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Farewell To The King

August 17, 2011 by  

Was it really more than three decades ago that we learned that the King was dead? Yes, it was on August 16, 1977 that Elvis Presley was rushed from Graceland to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Doctors were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead of a “cardiac arrhythmia” at the age of 42. Thousands of fans kept a vigil outside of Graceland for three days before his burial. Thousands more lined the streets of Memphis on the day of his funeral.

Elvis had 107 hits, including 28 gold records, 12 No. 1 songs and 38 top 10 hits. Yet the most amazing stat, at least to me, is that his estate earns more from royalties and licensing agreements today than he earned when he was alive. And Graceland remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

So don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.

–Chip Wood



Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • johnnywoo

    Elvis started dieing,when his Mother died.He loved her truely!

  • Incredulous1

    And what did we learn from Elvis’ tragic “prescription addiction?” Nothing! In fact, we now allow the “legalized pushers” to advertize on TV! Are we nuts?!?

  • http://Hotmail-MSN John Webb

    What did we learn from Elvis? Just his presences was great and he had depression when his mother died. We also learned if you are good at somehting and keep on plugging away against all odd’s, you can be great. If you think that isn’t true, then why did you comment? Drugs I agree, we need to look at the pill popping, drug pushing industry and slow it down, stop the train from rolling. I asked the head cardiologist when I woke up three days after surgery, why a certain drug added to an already list, when I became suicidual, it was the reaction to the drug she put me on. My problem was no one monitored the mental condiditon only the amount I was given, very dangerous when you are the patient.

    Being a survivor of several operations and A/FIB is a constant annoyance I can only say this with honest integrity, “only the strong survive.” If you not apart of the solution, then you are apart of the________________.” Where do you fit in the equation? My problem with everyone and everthing now is, everyone has a comment or opinion. There are two types of people, those that do and those that don’t, where do you fit into the puzzle? I know myself if I was younger, I sure would be an activist for atleast we have some one in the oval office, that hasn’t taken the rugs from the white house, or better yet, got a BJ in the Whitehouse. I think we operate as a country when problems exist with the brain power to fix it. My mother and dad’s generation, you never said a diskind word about your government and especially your president. That’s right YOUR PRESIDENT.Kids were suppose to be quiet and not say anything especially if an adult was talking, respect etc. Now I think different, young adults (Y Generation) should take over because of the old way isn’t working and maybe a solution with new fresh young blood and new ideas will prevail for the war on drugs.


    Well, Elvis has definately left his mark and we can all hear him anytime we want, he’s just not singing any new stuff we can hear, that’s for the big guy with the choir in the world that awaits all of us…

  • FlaJim

    Presley owed nearly everything he became and had to the clever management of Col Parker. Presley himself had turned into a goofy caricature by 1960, 1961.

    He was a momma’s boy which is different from someone who sincerly loves his mother. In fact, he was a spoiled brat to whom no one ever said, “No.” He rarely bathed. His ‘courtship’ of Priscilla would be called pedophilia by any definition of the term. He was reportedly a voyeur who got his kicks looking through holes in the wall when members of his entourage were making out with young women or girls.

    He claimed authorship of dozens of songs he had no part in writing, including ‘Hound Dog’ which was written and performed back in the 40s.

    He may have been ‘King’ to some but to me, he was an overweight, drug addled, self absorbed slug.

  • http://Manta Johnny Heaston

    Elvis was a personal friend.I cried . I have most of his recordings,knew and loved his MOM and DAD.All great and loving people. What more can I say,I just do not know THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!!

  • WickedPickle

    The King is Dead.. Long Live the King.


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