Elvis: The One and Only King


Original Telegram, 1957



*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.





Larry Aiken was a well-known radio and television personality in Evansville. He also was a businessman and created his own entertainment and promotion business. In 1957, he received a personal telegram from “the King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley. Due to time constraints, Elvis was unable to attend Aiken’s program and apologizes; however, Elvis sent his best wishes to Aiken and with his career. At this time, Elvis “… dominated the best-seller charts and ushered in the age of rock and roll” (Marsh, 2012). This was the beginning of Elvis’ reign as the King of Rock N’ Roll and his legacy continues on, even after his unfortunate death on August 16, 1977, at the age of forty-two (Marsh, 2012).


Marsh, D. (2012, August 23). Elvis Presley. Retrieved February 3, 2017, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Elvis-Presley


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