On this date, 16 August 1977, The King left the building, forever. Elvis Aaron Presley, America’s first and greatest rock-and-roll star, was 42.
The Mississippi-born musician with no formal training is still considered Billboard royalty, with 108 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the most of any rock artist in the chart’s history. His legacy includes a wide range of classics, everything from “Hound Dog” to “One Night.”
But besides his voice, there was nothing like the King’s hip-swiveling dance moves. Indeed by the late 1950s, the son of a sewing-machine operator and a truck driver had incurred the wrath of parents, pastors and even other entertainers, who considered his persona too vulgar and sexual. Yet that persona made countless teenaged girls swoon.
Today, those same dance moves have turned Elvis into one of the world’s most impersonated celebrates. And so to commemorate the King, we’ve put together an unforgettable mashup of Elvis’ 10 greatest moves. Dance along by bending your knees slightly, gyrating your hips, and feeling the rhythm in your pelvis. No doubt Elvis would have been delighted.
Happy Elvis Memorial Day. Long live the King.
Paragraphs 2-4 via HuffPost. Featured image via HuffPost Australia.