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Elvis' Career Highs and Lows: The 1970s

HIGH: Hanging with Tricky Dick

Hopped up on prescription meds, Presley met Richard Nixon in the Oval Office in 1970 to request being named "Federal Agent-at-Large" for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (predecessor to the Drug Enforcement Agency). The King was apparently concerned about the hippie movement and wanted to "help the country out." He brought the President a Colt 45 pistol as a gift — and protection against hippies perhaps. More importantly, Presley made Nixon seem cool for one brief shining moment.
 
 



 LOW: Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Sandwiches and Jumpsuits

 We all know how the story ends. Peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches, shootouts with TV sets, concerts-turned-jumpsuit-juzitsu lessons, and ultimately the King found dead on a bathroom throne. Elvis spent the '70s drugged and touring relentlessly. He refused what little help was offered to him and became a bloated caricature of his former hip-shaking self. Elvis Presley remains one of the great tragedies of rock all of these years later. Still, the dude could sing until the end.

 
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  • Elvis Fan In Oregon 2010/01/09 02:03:41
    Elvis Fan In Oregon
    +3
    BRADY969 you are an idiot. Elvis never stole anything in his life, and was a nice, but human, guy. He loved almost all kinds of music and could sing anything. He was a simple guy who allowed himself to be controlled by others. Just one story in millions is that he loved Jackie Wilson and paid his medical bills. Happy Birthday, Elvis

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  • Wes 2010/01/09 16:53:36
    Wes
    +1
    Elvis was the real deal. He cared about others and never ripped off anyone's music. He was heavily influenced by black blues and r&b; artists. If that's ripping off anyone then most artists today are guilty of the same. There is a difference. The man was, and still is an icon. Was he a flawed person? Was he sad? Was he searching? You could answer yes he was but aren't most artists the same. He was a flawed man yes but there will never be another Elvis.
    RIP Elvis you are truly the KING of Rock and Roll!
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2010/01/09 02:33:07
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Even though I never cared for his music, Elvis was the real deal. He served his time in the military instead of using his money and influence to get out of it. He earned what he got. He was happy and helped others.
  • Elvis Fan In Oregon 2010/01/09 02:03:41
    Elvis Fan In Oregon
    +3
    BRADY969 you are an idiot. Elvis never stole anything in his life, and was a nice, but human, guy. He loved almost all kinds of music and could sing anything. He was a simple guy who allowed himself to be controlled by others. Just one story in millions is that he loved Jackie Wilson and paid his medical bills. Happy Birthday, Elvis
  • ♣♦Miss Cellophane♥♠ 2010/01/08 22:45:54
    ♣♦Miss Cellophane♥♠
    R.I.P "The king", you died on your throne
  • Grey 2010/01/08 21:08:31
    Grey
    I've heard his music of course. Never cared for it.
  • Michael 2010/01/08 20:23:01
    Michael
    Just goes to show that perhaps most people are searching for the wrong goals.
    Family, love and purpose are the most import things!
  • Pam 2010/01/08 18:47:43
    Pam
    +1
    Nobody as talented,as cool, or as gorgeous as my first crush! Love him and miss him!!!!!
  • Marti Pam 2010/01/08 23:22:32
    Marti
    Mine too. In fact, I am listening to his music right now - as I do every day.
  • Pam Pam 2010/01/09 15:59:33
    Pam
    +1
    Me too Pam! Loved him -- and there will NEVER be another singer like him! He could sing any song better than the original artist could. GREAT TALENT!!
  • melly~thwarting Satan since... 2010/01/08 18:03:59
  • Marti melly~t... 2010/01/09 02:50:43
    Marti
    +1
    Yummmmmmmmmmmmy! Love the photos in the red shirt.
  • nississippi son 2010/01/08 17:52:02
    nississippi son
    +1
    Elvis was a great singer up to the end, and he was always good to his parents. I did not know until only recently, Elvis wanted to join a Gospel Quartet, and was turned down. Just imagine what Impact he could have had on Gospel Music, at one time. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELVIS
  • BRADY969 2010/01/08 17:40:39
    BRADY969
    +1
    HIS LOW...stealing from black artists and not giving credit where credit was due.

    HIS HIGH....Getting little white kids into rhythm and blues thus getting me into rock.

    If it wasn't for Elvis, I may never of discovered Bo diddley or Calvin New Born. From there I never would of learned about Hendrix or Zeppelin and I may never of knew where rock REALLY CAME FROM. Rock and Roll didn't start with Elvis....The only thing that started with Elvis was 16 year old girls creaming their panties.

    Thank you Elvis.
  • melly~t... BRADY969 2010/01/08 18:04:21
    melly~thwarting Satan since 1971
    +1
    Couldn't have said it better.
  • Diana BRADY969 2010/01/09 03:13:59
    Diana
    You are crude and wrong.
  • BRADY969 Diana 2010/01/09 10:41:30 (edited)
    BRADY969
    Booooo. I'm right and crude. All of his first hits were remakes from black artists...he never gave them credit.

    Keep worshiping a talentless theif.
  • ALPEAUX 2010/01/08 17:21:28
    ALPEAUX
    +1
    Several years, our Louisiana Sec. Of State Fox McKeithan called me to photograph the dedication of the Delta Music Museum in Ferriday, LA. Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Rev. Jimmy Swaggert are ALL from Ferriday, LA. Elvis recorded on SUN records, just like Jerry Lee Lewis did.

    At the dedication, I got an hour playing in Ferriday. I sold enough copies on my CD to buy a new keyboard.

    My friend Jason D. Williams ended up recording on SUN. So did Elvis in his hey-days.

    Elvis ended up recording on RCA. He got sold for $35,000.00. It seems that SUN had some big hopes for Jerry Lee Lewis. When he married his cousin, his response in England was marginal. Many USA radio stations were making "record-breaks" on the air.

    This event put Jerry out of being a top entertainer for some years. "Whole Lotta' Shakin'" , and "Great Balls of Fire" were Jerrys HOT sellers. After the marraige bit, Jerry sunk in the charts but continued playing.

    Elvis continously went to SUN and eventually got recorded.

    I had a tape that had Jerry Lee, Elvis, Johnny Cash on it. When Hurricane Rita hit, I LOST the tape. It could've been something to keep.

    Anyway, Elvis had a massive amount of talent, him and Jerry BOTH did, not to mention Johnny.

    We'll miss ELVIS and hope that Mickey and Jerry continue kicking butt...They're real musicians.

    Just some memories,

    Alpeaux


  • CODE 11 2010/01/08 16:36:11
    CODE 11
    Long live rock and roll...Thank you very much
  • Gun665 2010/01/08 16:32:19 (edited)
  • Sister Jean 2010/01/08 16:32:11
    Sister Jean
    +2
    Other than the joy of his daughter, I feel Elvis was a sad searching man

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