Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy birthday, Elvis!

When I was in my early teens there was a program on the radio after midnight called "The night wish." I remember me and my brother writing to the program (no e-mail back then!) one year and wishing for an Elvis song on the 8th of January.

This must have been in the early 80's. In our letter we pointed out that this was Elvis birthday and we also wrote how old he would have been if he'd still lived. And of course we took the chance to wish for an unusual Elvis song, one we'd just discovered that's still a favorite.

The song we wanted to hear was "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" and we were thrilled when we, after being awaken by the alarm clock in the middle of the night, turned on the radio and heard the announcer reading out our birthday greeting for Elvis.

Unfortunately the song then played was "Trouble" and that made us a little disappointed. Especially since we'd clearly explained in our letter the difference in spelling between the song from Elvis Today and the one from King Creole.

But as I turned off the light after hearing Elvis ending the song with the word "Yeah" I thought that, yeah, we had succeeded nevertheless. We'd made the listeners aware of that this was Elvis birthday and we'd congratulated him on nationwide radio. Happy birthday, Elvis!

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