ELVIS & ME
By Jack Evans
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Hi I am nearly 17 and I own virtually all of Elvis Presley’s master recordings. I wanted to write this article to explain why am I an Elvis fanatic I have Asperger’
s which means I will have an obsession but it could have been Bon Jovi or Jerry Lee Lewis or many other artists but it was Elvis. To fully explain this I will
have to go back to the beginning of my love of Elvis.

We used to get our Saturday papers delivered and around 2002 the British Daily Mail dropped through the door. They had a free Elvis Cd that week from
30 Number One Hits and Second to None.  My interest was piqued, remember I was only six. So I put the record on that night and I loved all the songs but
in particular I kept replaying Heartbreak Hotel and I Was The One.  From there really I never looked back and now it has been 11 years of enjoying Elvis’s
music.

Why Elvis?
That is a question I have been asked many times and I think what it was at the start and still is today, is that voice added to the ghostly piano playing on
Heartbreak Hotel - I was hooked.  What I have picked up on since then, especially with the live shows, is the fact that even when Elvis was struggling with
his physical and mental --- important period but for them it’s the only period that they think about. I think that there are a couple of measures that RCA
could take to attract younger audiences to renew their fan base:
1 Take off the overdubs to Elvis’s masters, especially on the ballads. The strings make Elvis’s music seem even more dated today.

2 Have more contemporary remixes, as “A Little Less Conversation” was a great success and younger fans that enjoy the remixes will hopefully go on to
experience the original recordings.

3 Make sure that when publicising Elvis they focus more on the 50s because 70s Elvis may put a younger audience off.
YES
NO
Conclusion
Little did I know that 11 years ago when that little blue C.D dropped through the door that I would become such a fan of Elvis. As I write this, it is
approaching 36 years since he died.  Elvis has accompanied me in the good times, bad times and all others in between.

Even though I sometimes get quizzical looks from fellow teenagers when I say I am an Elvis fan, it still hasn’t diminished the amount of enjoyment I have got
from the past eleven years, long may it continue. I would like to say a special thanks to Elvis Express Radio for giving so much fun and Elvis entertainment
over the past couple of months.