Elvis Presley’s lasting legacy: Conversation with the newsroom

Elvis Presley‘s death 35 years ago today jolted the nation.

The singer was just 42 when he was found by his manager in the bathroom of his already iconic mansion Graceland. He had been scheduled to start a nationwide tour.

Join Times rock critic Randall Roberts and music writer Randy Lewis at 4 p.m. as they talk about why Elvis’ persona continues to loom so large in pop culture. Like Marilyn Monroe, who died 50 years ago this month, Presley remains relevant.

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Why the fascination with a man The Times described the day after his death as “the one-time truck driver whose swivel-hipped singing style made him an entertainment legend”?

Why, more than three decades after his death, does he still hold the records as the artist with the most chart hits (165), the most Top 40 hits (104), and the most gold and platinum records.

See what Roberts and Lewis have to say at 4 p.m. and if you have question for them, pose it on the comments below or on Twitter or Google+ using the #asklatimes hashtag.



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