questionsfor the >40 crowd, what were you doing 35 years…

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@cowboydann: I love Bruce Campbell.

BTW, check your PMs.

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@okham: Plus 1000 for the bubba ho-tep reference.

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I was at a campground with my parents when I saw it on the little black and white Tv we had in the motorhome. I was devastated at the time. He was supposed to play in our area soon and we had planned to see him.

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I don't remember at all, even though I was in my late teens. I guess I wasn't a big fan but I have come to appreciate some of his music more as I've gotten older.

However, I clearly remember hearing of John Lennon's death a few years later.

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Where was his last concert before he died?

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I was overseas somewhere (Italy maybe?). I never could understand what made people so crazy for him. As far as I was concerned, I was sad to hear he had died, but it didn't really bother me that much.

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I really don't remember much about it. I remember being told, and asking "who was that".

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I was probably in the hospital as I was one day old.

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I was only in 1st grade and I remember I was in the car with my Mom and we heard it on the radio. She cried, I cried because she was crying. She loved Elvis when she was younger, at that point her and my Dad were more country music fans. But she was still heartbroken.

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@bill7718: I was thinking more along the lines of "Satin Sheets" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E".

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@jsimsace: I can give examples if needed, but I doubt that they are. :)

Let me help you with that:

There's a tear in my beer
'cause I'm cryin' for you,dear
you are on my lonely mind.

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@moondrake: Thanks for your reply. I feel the same way about the Beatles.

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@ohcheri: Thanks for your response. I don't recall my parents' reaction, but I was at football practice. Anyway, I had to listen to "sad-country music" when I was growing up. I can give examples if needed, but I doubt that they are. :)

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@okham: Elvis alive? Possible, but he would be 77 and probably wouldn't remember if he took a dump yesterday or not. JFK? No, I was the lone gunman and I never miss. :)

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It was summer vacation and I had been out with my friends. I walked in the front door and my mom was sobbing which totally freaked me out because I had never seen my mom cry. She told me Elvis had died and I sat down and cried with her. My earliest introduction to music was my mom's collection of Elvis 45's.

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I was trying to access the fledgling internet on my Tandy TRS-80 at 14400 baud. Sadly, Google hadn't been invented yet so info was very scarce! Seriously though, I watched the newscasts that day to get all the details. How many remember the song put out shortly after Elvis died by Ronnie McDowell called "The King is Gone"? He sounded just like him! Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_tv-_3UtjU

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I would have been 13 years old. I remember laying in bed at my cousins house listening to the radio and wondering when they were going to stop playing one Elvis song after another and start playing some good music. Little did I know...

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I was babysitting. The kids had been put to bed and I was lying on the sofa in these folks' living room waiting for them to come home, listening to the radio. The announcer broke in to tell us that "The King is dead." I didn't really know what to think about it, I thought of Elvis as someone from my parents' music generation. As I grew older and developed a broader perspective I learned that Elvis, like a number of other legendary performers, is an icon for all generations. I vaguely remember when Mama Cass died and thinking what a tragic waste it was for someone with so much going for her to have died so young.

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I hate to break it to you, but Elvis isn't dead. He's living in a retirement community with JFK.