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He Made Old Men's Blues Sound Young: Remembering Elvis

Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2002

WE REMEMBER his ignominious end, and the cavalcade of white Cadillacs driving through Memphis for his funeral 25 years ago this month, but mostly the 1970s Elvis Presley seems far away and out of focus, the songs dreary and the singer lost. Yet the records Presley made more than 20 years earlier in that same southern city are still fresh and incontestably alive. And that's a key to his achievement as an artist.

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