Tribute Island: A Tribute to Elvis

March 28th 1–4pm SLT

It’s blue suede shoes and Rock N Roll Skirts at Trib­ute Island this week!
Elvis Aaron Pres­ley, in the hum­blest of cir­cum­stances, was born to Ver­non and Gladys Pres­ley in a two-room house in Tupe­lo, Mis­sis­sip­pi on Jan­u­ary 8, 1935. His twin broth­er, Jessie Garon, was still­born, leav­ing Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his par­ents moved to Mem­phis, Ten­nessee in 1948, and Elvis grad­u­at­ed from Humes High School there in 1953.
Elvis’ musi­cal influ­ences were the pop and coun­try music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he fre­quent­ly attend­ed, and the black R&B he absorbed on his­toric Beale Street as a Mem­phis teenag­er. In 1954, he began his singing career with the leg­endary Sun Records label in Mem­phis. In late 1955, his record­ing con­tract was sold to RCA Vic­tor. By 1956, he was an inter­na­tion­al sen­sa­tion. With a sound and style that unique­ly com­bined his diverse musi­cal influ­ences and blurred and chal­lenged the social and racial bar­ri­ers of the time, he ush­ered in a whole new era of Amer­i­can music and pop­u­lar cul­ture.

He starred in 33 suc­cess­ful films, made his­to­ry with his tele­vi­sion appear­ances and spe­cials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-break­ing, live con­cert per­for­mances on tour and in Las Vegas. Glob­al­ly, he has sold over one bil­lion records, more than any oth­er artist. His Amer­i­can sales have earned him gold, plat­inum or mul­ti-plat­inum awards for 150 dif­fer­ent albums and sin­gles, far more than any oth­er artist. Among his many awards and acco­lades were 14 Gram­my nom­i­na­tions (3 wins) from the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Record­ing Arts & Sci­ences, the Gram­my Life­time Achieve­ment Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Out­stand­ing Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the Unit­ed States Jaycees. With­out any of the spe­cial priv­i­leges his celebri­ty sta­tus might have afford­ed him, he hon­or­ably served his coun­try in the U.S. Army.

His tal­ent, good looks, sen­su­al­i­ty, charis­ma, and good humor endeared him to mil­lions, as did the humil­i­ty and human kind­ness he demon­strat­ed through­out his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regard­ed as one of the most impor­tant fig­ures of twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry pop­u­lar cul­ture. Elvis Aaron Pres­ley passed away at his Mem­phis home, Grace­land, on August 16, 1977.

Come dance, have some fun, an’ pay trib­ute to “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with the one and only Gabi Riel, of Radio Riel. Tell ya friends. Bring your part­ner (if you don’t have a part­ner, use a wood­en chair)

Join us in Sec­ond Life at Trib­ute Island (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tribute%20Island/230/96/0) or tune in at http://music2.radioriel.org/ !

About Trib­ute Island

Trib­ute Island is all about cel­e­brat­ing the lives of the peo­ple we’ve lost and loved. Peo­ple who have inspired us, enter­tained us, self­less­ly pro­tect­ed us, and who have filled our lives with sound and colour.Most of our exhibits are inter­ac­tive in some way. This place has loads of ‘East­er eggs’ just for fun. The island is rough­ly divid­ed into top­i­cal areas. Enjoy explor­ing, and click the exhibits for free­bies and to leave your own trib­ute. We also hold reg­u­lar events, and infor­ma­tion is post­ed for these both in the Info Cen­tre and at the hub or avail­able thor­ough the Trib­ute Island group. Why not grab a free Trib­ute Island scoot­er from by the main tele­hub to help you get about.

Trib­ute Island is an ongo­ing exper­i­ment by Asso­ci­at­ed North­cliffe Dig­i­tal, part of the online wing of the DMGT group in the UK. It is kept free for every­one to use for the fore­see­able future. Trib­ute Island is man­aged by AND staff, who run social events and main­tain the sim on a semi-vol­un­tary basis. If you would like to help, please con­tact a sim man­ag­er for more infor­ma­tion.

Trib­ute Island was built dur­ing Octo­ber ’07 by AND, with the senior design con­sul­tants and mas­ter builders of Wind Meta Works.Please explore the island, take some time to con­tem­plate and think about some of the exhibits, and help cel­e­brate the lives of the peo­ple rep­re­sent­ed here.

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