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The King is dead…long live the King

Holy Cross student Morgan Cope pictured with some of her vinyl records of The King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley. Morgan is a massive fan of the iconic singer. DR29

 
IF local student Morgan Cope embarked on her Elvis obsession by way of a fluke, the local 17-year-old has hardly looked back.
 
The Holy Cross student happened to come across a single line in a book some years ago which started her wondering if she should check out the King’s music. 
 
“I read the line, ‘I can dig Elvis,’ and I just thought I should have a listen,” Morgan explained. 
 
Wednesday August 16 marked the 40th anniversary of the Elvis Presley’s death and Morgan says the King’s music has never been more relevant. 
 
“I grew up listening more to Johnny Cash than Elvis but I suppose there are a few songs everyone knows,” she continued. 
 
“But after I read that line and after I started listening to his music, it was like, I’m obsessed with Elvis.” 
 
Having only been an Elvis fan since she was 15, Morgan has nevertheless started quite a collection and has amassed some seven pieces of vintage Elvis vinyl as well as a recently released compilation CD. 
 
“I only got the record player a year and a half ago so I’m still collecting,” Morgan said. 
 
“The other thing is: Elvis records aren’t that easy to come by.” 
 
Citing, among her favourite songs, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ Morgan believes Elvis’s music has an almost timeless quality. 
 
“If I listen to certain music I can always find trickles of Elvis’s music coming through,” she said. “He influenced such a wide range of major artists. 
 
“I know too that if I came home and I put on a different kind of modern music, people would say,  ‘what is that rubbish you’re listening to?’ But if I came in home and I put Elvis on, everyone would sing along.” 
 
Elvis Presley was just 42 when he died from a heart attack on August 16, 1977. However his selling power remains strong. According to Forbes’s list of top earning dead stars he earned £21million in 2016. 
 
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