Death 0 : Elvis 1

Death 0 : Elvis 1

Elvis lives! Of course this statement about the King of Rock’n’Roll is to be taken figuratively, not literally. Actually, it’s often thrown around too freely because it does, in fact, have a deeper, philosophical meaning. Of course the statement refers to the fact that he’s been made “immortal” through his music. This is a perfect example of #ThePowerOfMusic and Elvis is not the only example of this, read below…

The power of music survives death

And he has lived this music eccentrically – without consideration for losses or himself. Between pills and his own genius, he lived life on the edge. And like many others, he died much too soon. However, if death knocks unmistakably at the door but you remain in people’s memories with your songs for all eternity, can you ever really die?

The King at the end of his streak

In the last years of his life Elvis Aaron Presley ruined himself more and more mentally and physically. In the end, he weighed 150 kg, was marked by his lifestyle and addicted to pills. His former doctor writes that he prescribed him 10,000 medications in the year of his death alone. And that was just one of several doctors taking care of the star. His diehard fans protect him and deny any statements about his alcohol and drug addictions and call them “blasphemous lies”. Despite all the mysterious and unexplained circumstances, the fact remains that he died too early, at the age of 42 on August 16th, 1977. Many fans still go on pilgrimages to his former home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee. He has left behind an unforgettable musical heritage. Elvis is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in pop and rock history.

Elvis in his prime


Elvis in his last year of life (1977)


Graceland, Elvis’ home (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Musical artists that outlast time

The debates about whether Elvis and all the other “deceased” artists are still alive will probably never end, proving the timeless power of music. The memory of the King of Rock’n’Roll and all the other legends such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Freddy Mercury or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will still be alive even when all those who are now discussing it are already in their graves. As long as you talk about them and listen to their songs, they are very much alive at least in the memory and emotions of the fans. Especially in the past few years many rock and pop legends have passed away. They are most likely playing with Elvis now in Heaven’s rock ensemble.

This video captures well the impact that Elvis Presley had on his closest friends and undoubtedly on the whole world…


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They died too soon but are far from dead

Here are a few other proofs that death has no chance against music:

Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
The Doors – Riders On The Storm
Ac/Dc – Thunderstruck
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
David Bowie – Heroes
Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Jimi Hendrix – Bold As Love
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Michael Jackson – Thriller
2Pac – Changes
Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile
Aretha Franklin – Respect

Rest in Peace to all of these artists / musicians / songwriters (and the countless others not mentioned here). You live on in the sound waves, in our hearts and in our lives.


Which songs and artists did we forget in the playlist? Missing a name? Who else comes to mind? We are looking forward to your comments either here or on the Facebook post! 

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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.

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    On 31 January 2015, entertainment web site published an article reporting that the body of a homeless man discovered in San Diego had been found through DNA testing to be that of singer Elvis Presley:

    Earlier this month, an 80-year-old, homeless, white-bearded man was found deceased under an overpass in San Diego, California. Nobody knew the man’s name, but friends referred to him as Jessie, so investigators decided to try DNA testing with hopes that something would pop up in the nationwide DNA database. What popped up on the computer screen in the high-tech lab stunned everyone. The DNA results of ‘Jessie Doe’ were an exact match to the one and only, Elvis Aaron Presley.

    Lab technician Robert Brensdale said he and his lab assistant, Madeline Hedgespeth, laughed when the name popped up. “We thought somebody, somewhere, somehow in the system pulled the greatest and most elaborate prank on us ever, we both laughed with hysteria for about an hour,” Brensdale told Jerry Hardin of the Hollywood Word, a new entertainment publication based out of Los Angeles. Jesse Pix ?

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