YES WE DID IT:
If you remember on 8th April 2017 we wrote the following letter to President Trump and encouraged fans around the world to do the same. It has just been announced that Elvis Presley has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Dear Mr President:
This year I have been President of the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain for 50 years! As a fan club we have collectively achieved some remarkable successes, as well as empowering 100,000s of UK fans to visit Graceland and beyond, and 2017 being the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death we will have the largest international affinity group in Memphis.
Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Elton John, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Rod Stewart, Sir Van Morrison Sir Ray Davies, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Tom Jones and dozens of other British entertainers possibly not known to you have all been influenced by the music of Elvis Presley, and have received Knighthoods by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Female singers such as Dame Vera Lynn, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Dame Julie Andrews are awarded Damehoods and such awards are gifted for both their services to entertainment and charitable acts. (Politicians too receive awards, the most notable being Sir Winston Churchill, and it goes without saying that if you were a Brit, then at the end of your tenure you could possibly have been knighted and thereafter known as Sir Donald Trump).
As it is in your power to bestow awards to your fellow Americans, this year Presley should be top of your list. Elvis has sold more recordings than any other world-wide performer – over the past year in the UK alone he has sold almost two million albums – and his global outreach has delivered phenomenal benefits both commercial and cultural to your nation. Internationally he has been and still is your country’s most famous American, and even in death his home is a major international tourist attraction, second only (we are told) to your White House.
What isn’t generally appreciated is that more than any other entertainer Elvis Presley unknowingly encouraged young people across the world to learn the English language, as they painstakingly translated his song lyrics and his movie scripts.
Your country’s National Medal of Arts wasn’t established until 1983, six years after Elvis died, but I would humbly request that Elvis Presley posthumously receives an award this year. It would be an honour that would be celebrated by his fans not only in the USA, but around the world.
ELVIS PRESLEY FAN CLUB
Footnote: (After 1,000s of our members responded to our request to write to the President Trump we were advised by a white house aid that the “Arts” medal had been retired, but our massive
campaign obviously helped to decide that Elvis Presley should receive an award
CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises our great friend Jack Soden receive the award from President Trump in the absence of his daughter Lisa-Marie Presley who was not well enough to attend the ceremony