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Why 'The King' Never Left The US

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By Rima Pundir

There are many inexplicable things about Elvis Presley. One of the biggest urban legends about Presley is that somehow, he is still alive. This despite the funeral that thousands of his fans thronged to when he suddenly passed away on August 16, 1977. More than forty years of his death have passed and Presley is still a musical entity to be reckoned with. And yet, this world-famous, internationally-popular artist never traveled out of the US for concerts. A mystery that needs looking into...

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Why Elvis?

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Many people have asked this question, why Elvis? Out of all the musicians of that time, what was so special about this one that he became the King or even the God of rock? Of course, there is no denying that he was one talented singer and songwriter and someone who even Freddie Mercury emulated in the Queen song, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Unlike Mercury who traveled far and wide with his troop, spreading music, Presley left the States just once to perform.

The Shows In Canada

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The only country other than the USA where Elvis held a show was Canada. And the shows happened in the same year. Half of Canada, especially the female half swooned in joy and desire, the other half was up in arms against a man they considered the very devil for he was bedeviling the young women and men of Canada. The journalists who met him before the shows found him to be a surprise, for he was soft-spoken, charming and very well-behaved.

The Reason Elvis Stayed In The US

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Presley was an international star and yet it was strange that other than the 1957 concerts of Canada, there was no other country he went and performed in. The reason was his manager, Tom Parker or as he was called later, Colonel Parker. Apparently, Parker had a hidden past, that he was an illegal immigrant in America, and never traveled because he had no US passport or papers. In avoiding travel, he cost Presley not just fortune but also fame. Tom Parker supposedly had a much darker past he needed to hide.

Will The Biopic Divulge All?

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To solve this and many other mysteries of Elvis Presley's life, Baz Luhrmann is making a biopic on Presley. For Presley, it's Austin Butler who has been roped in and Tom Hanks will be playing the manager, Tom Parker, with all his secrets of a dark past. Will the movie delve into who Tom Parker really was or will it solely focus on what made Elvis Presley the King of Rock and Roll? Since the movie is slated for an end 2021 release, only time will tell.

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