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