ANOTHER DAY, another question about Elvis on Quora needing a sane answer. And there are a lot of questions about Elvis. This one was “What was it about Elvis that captivated his millions of fans?” First please notice that the person who asked the question placed it in the past tense, which I addressed.
I didn’t intend this to be a long answer: just short and to the point. My answer is indented between the images below:
If you don’t get Elvis by now
In 1972, Stereo Review magazine reviewed Elvis’s HE TOUCHED ME album and said (more or less), “If you don’t get and appreciate Elvis by now, you probably never will.”
So, if you have to ask this question in search of a serious answer, you’re probably never going to understand what it is about Elvis that captivates his millions of fans.
(Please note that I answered your question in the present tense, not the past. Old fans continue to be captivated while new ones are being born every day.)If you don’t get Elvis by now, you probably never will (and you’ll probably get through life okay nonetheless). Click To Tweet
FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page was taken on June 9, 1972, during Presley’s much-ballyhooed press conference for the series of concerts he would be doing at Madison Square Garden:
“Elvis’ Madison Square Garden shows were the first time Elvis performed in front of a live audience in New York since his TV appearances on the Dorsey Brothers, Steve Allen, and Ed Sullivan shows in 1956 and 1957. Elvis performed before an audience of 20,000 fans at each of the four shows that took place June 9–11, 1972 (that’s a total of 80,000 fans for the entire weekend). Initially, only three shows were booked, but those sold out instantly, so the fourth show on June 11 was added.” (Graceland)
Mystically liberal Virgo enjoys long walks alone in the city at night in the rain with an umbrella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig who strives to live by the maxim, “It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble; it’s what you know that just ain’t so.
I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a college dropout (twice!). Occupationally, I have been a bartender, jewelry engraver, bouncer, landscape artist, and FEMA crew chief following the Great Flood of ’72 (and that was a job that I should never, ever have left).
I am also the final author of the original O’Sullivan Woodside price guides for record collectors and the original author of the Goldmine price guides for record collectors. As such, I was often referred to as the Price Guide Guru, and—as everyone should know—it behooves one to heed the words of a guru. (Unless, of course, you’re the Beatles.)