Is Elvis Presley still alive today...?
Elvis' death was announced to the world back in 1977, while he was in his 40's and still touring in concerts. Stressful lifestyle, diet, and prescription drugs seemingly got the best of his heart.
All through the years there have been some people who have questioned his death. "Elvis is still alive" is an urban legend still circulating today... Some say Elvis living is a myth -- yet some people feel Elvis just faked his death and is living.
A film maker Adam Muskiewicz has been researching this myth and is making a film entitled "The Truth About Elvis", scheduled for release in August 2007. On his website ElvisWanted.com, you can watch the trailer of his movie - it's quite interesting.
But even with all that, I can't help but wonder, would a person who was so deeply in love with music, with his fans, with giving his best in concerts, just abandon all that, fake his death, and go live incognito?
However that might be, let's for some fun imagine how the story might have gone had he continued to live life to the fullest in 1977 -- had he continued his musical life and done more concerts, recordings, songs.
Elvis probably would have continued touring, remaining very popular for years and years. Hundreds of thousands of Americans would have seen him live yearly - and he would have even made tours in Europe and Asia and Australia.
Then, little by little he would have slowed down some because of advancing age, giving less concerts and less often. He likely would have stopped heavy touring some time in the late 1980s, but keep performing here and there in a lesser scale, giving concerts and specials on through for many years.
Elvis would have been making more concert recordings and other music CDs, selling quite well. Then he also would have written at least one book, if not several, about his life, which his loyal fans would have bought in great quantities. His wealth would have increased, but he would have continued to give to charities and to his friends, not letting money to become the focus of life.
Gradually during the 90's he would have almost totally disappeared from the public eye. Young people would be listening to rap and heavy metal and hip hop and you name it. At 2010 Elvis would have been 75 years old, aged honorably and graciously. He'd be giving interviews to the media every once in a while, and appearing in "nostalgia" TV shows.
Finally he would be enjoying relative privacy compared to his concert years, happily retired in Graceland, surrounded by friends and a loyal staff that helps him around. He could still move around and pick up his guitar and sing - especially his favorite music gospel songs, but also other pieces and ballads for the closest family and guests.
Well, I don't know, maybe it would have happened some other way. But I am almost positive that if Elvis was still living, he wouldn't be as popular and as widely loved as he is right now. The Elvis fan clubs would have a sharply declining membership as the old fans would be dying off... We wouldn't have an abundance of Elvis impersonators, nor people making a big deal about Elvis sightings. Nobody would be making fun or mockery of him, nor would there be 'dead Elvis' websites.
If you are an old fan of his, you probably would still like him, but if you're one of the younger generation, chances are you (or I) wouldn't have found his music, and you wouldn't be visiting this website today.
The legend of Elvis Presley and his music are very much alive.
How Elvis died
The full story of that day in August 1977.
Elvis Death Revisited
Radio broadcasts from August 1977, vintage interviews of shocked friends and fans, on-the-scene reports as fans are interviewed at the gates of Graceland, the news conference at the hospital where Elvis was taken, and more.
Death of Elvis Presley - find his grave and see his coffin.
Is Elvis Alive museum in Missouri, by Bill Beeny.
ElvisWanted.com - offering a high prize for whoever can find Elvis alive.
Elvis Sightings at Answers.com
The Elvis Sighting Bulletin Board