Social Media Celebrates Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday

Image of box set cover of Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight (Sony Legacy).

Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight (Sony Legacy), a 100-track, four-disc box set, commemorates the King’s 75th birthday.

On this day 75 years ago, Elvis Aaron Presley was born in a two-room house in Tupelo, Miss. In honor of “the King,” who died on August 16, 1977, here is just a sampling of the wide-ranging ways Social Media keeps his rock n’ roll spirit alive.

The Music

Heading out to a karaoke party tonight to honor Elvis’ birthday?  Sing along to your favorite Elvis tunes at HXCMusic.com or the YouTube Karaoke Channel.  Or get vocal on the Montreal karaoke bar scene at Agora, Cabaret Mado, Cheers, Club Date, Club Karaoke Cash Box, K100, Kagopa, Karaoke Box, Le Swimming, MBox, Piano Bar, PangPang, Tycoon Karaoke or Vocalz.

Upload (or not) your efforts at SingSnap or  This Is Karaoke. Check out the winners of last year’s Elvis Week Karaoke Contest on MySpace. Think you can you do better? Try “Love Me Tender,” the site’s top Elvis karaoke song.

Photo of comedian and impersonator Andy Kaufman.

Elvis Presley said Andy Kaufman was his favorite Elvis impersonator.

The ImpersonatorsAnd in  what’s become an effective Social Media mix of YouTube, blog and community sharing, see this August 2009 entry on Joe Spake’s Weblog.

Too many to list.  Select your favorite Elvis impersonator on YouTube. Want to join the club? Go to B & K Enterprises for jumpsuits, belts, rings and get the behind-the-scenes story.  Now all you need are the sunglasses, cape and scarf. Or simply purchase an Elvis Presley Dress Up magnet set. But then, that won’t get you in the Professional Elvis Impersonators Association. But it will get you into The National Association of Amateur Elvis Impersonators (NAAEI), where the “only requirement for membership is a desire to be Elvis.”


VisionTV
hosts Remembering the King: A 75th Birthday Tribute to Elvis, featuring movies and specials, and an Elvis: Love Me Tender DVD Contest. Today is the last day to enter.

The Contests

Cirque de Soleil debuted its Viva Elvis tribute last December. Become a fan of the offical Facebook page, which includes a special offer for tickets at $75 in honor of Elvis’ birthday. That offer also ends today.

Enter the Elvis Presley 75th Anniversary Sweepstakes to win a trip for two to Graceland plus the new 4-CD box set “Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight” featuring 100 songs.

And for both fans and impersonators alike, there’s the 2010 Elvis Extravaganza Impersonator Contest at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, Feb. 13-14.

Cirque de Soleil poster of Viva Elvis Las Vegas show.

A  limited time offer: $75 tickets to Cirque de Soleil’s Viva Elvis tribute in Las Vegas. See Viva Elvis on Facebook.

The  Bizarre

Have an Elvis sighting to report? You’re not alone. Go to the Elvis Sighting Bulletin Board or Proof: Elvis is Alive. However, Elvis sightings reported on the official Elvis Presley Web site are limited to “sightings in pop culture.”  Not sure where you stand on the Elvis dead or alive issue?  Watch this informative video, and then decide.

And while you may have missed out on the May 2006 eBay auction of his childhood home, you can purchase other Elvis memorabilia on eBay.

Still not finding what you need?  Let Elvis Find do the work for you.

Unlikely References

“The arrival of Google’s Nexus One smartphone is like the Beatles following Elvis Presley.” – Technologizer post by David Worthington

“The hell with Elvis, Christmas Spirit has now left the building.” –  Janet Reid; shared via FriendFeed by Chris Brogan

“James Stewart from newintel.co.nz has a chat with the notorious Elvis of Social Media – Chris Brogan chrisbrogan.com.” –Vimeo posting by James Stewart

The Recipes

You have likely heard the folklore about Elvis’ fried peanut butter and banana sandwich (original recipe uses one stick of butter.) Also try pound cake and other Elvis Southern cooking favorites or the inventive “Mini-Elvis Bacon Cupcakes for Fat Tuesday.”  Or go whole hog, so to speak, and buy the Presley Family Cookbook or Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis’ Favorite Recipes.  To be served with these Elvis-inspired drinks.

Stats

Want to know how Elvis’ Social Media profile compares to that of Madonna, Michael Jackson and the Beatles?  A Rapleaf study released last July sampled public profiles of 1.1 million fans of the four artists across major social networks. The results are not surprising, given the well-documented trend in age group and social media adoption.

Elvis remains a beloved figure worldwide, in his many forms. And rightly so. The man had amazing talent and charisma. And he was all too human. Do you have a favorite Elvis Web site or related reference or memory to include?  Please contribute to the comments section.

For more information:

The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration

The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 2010

Watch Elvis Birthday Events on Elviis.com via GracelandCam™

Montreal karaoke upstart signs profitable duet with Google

Official Elvis Presley Fan Clubs Worldwide

Andy Kaufman becomes Elvis (1977) YouTube Video

Elvis impersonator

Follow Elvis on Facebook, Twitter (@GracelandNews, ouch!), YouTube, Flickr, MySpace

 

About Alison Cummings

Business Writing, Copywriting, Content Marketing.
Communications + Marketing + Technical Expertise.

Comments

  1. Great article! I’m glad to see you’re keeping up with Elvis’s work in social media.

    I work for Aristotle Interactive, an online marketing agency. We represent Elvis Presley. We even created a lot of the apps on his Facebook page.

    In fact, you can learn all about Elvis’s work in social media and mobile technology soon. We’re proposing a presentation for SXSW in 2012. Voting is happening right now from August 15 to Sept 2. We’d love you to help us spread the word, so we can show how strong Elvis Presley fans really are.

    Here’s the link to where you can vote. Thanks! http://bit.ly/pr1BIi

    • Hi Rhen,

      Always happy to support Elvis and fans!

      Will continue to promo the Elvis SXSW panel submission “The King’s work in social media & mobile tech”: bit.ly/pr1BIi

      Elvis fans: Tomorrow, Sept. 2, 2011, is the closing day for voting.

      Would love to do a follow up on “The King and Social Media.”

      Let me know.

      Best,
      Alison