Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley and a singer-songwriter of her own right, passed away last month. Today, February 1st, would have been her 55th birthday.
I will never forget the first time LMP captured my attention. I was a teenager (it was probably around 2004ish). We had received a magazine in the mail advertising rock memorabilia, Elvis included. I had been a fan of Elvis growing up; my family listened to his music through the years (not to mention I had a Granny who loved him more than any of us!) I had heard of his daughter Lisa Marie, but she had never really been more than a passing thought, if I'm being honest.
Inside this memorabilia magazine, in between the pages trying to get you to mail-order a "golden" record of an album from the good ol' days, or a life-size photo blanket of your favorite music icon, long passed away, was an small insert. On this insert was a black-and-white photo of one of the most beautiful - if not the most beautiful! - women I have ever seen. I will never forget it; it was a photo of LMP, looking sideways at the camera, with the words, "Lisa Marie Presley/To Whom It May Concern."
While I cannot add the image to my blog, you can search "Lisa Marie Presley To Whom It May Concern" and find the exact photo I am talking about. Still gives me shivers!
In reality, the insert I had seen was nothing more than an advertisement for Lisa's new album, her debut album, which showcased her own songs sung with her own smoky voice, in a distinct way that finally separated her, so to speak, from her very famous father, Elvis Presley. Her style was different and she moved differently, but even so, in her eyes and in the curl of her lip when she sang, you could see how she favored her dad in many ways. Over the years, she sang a few moving "duets" with Elvis...see one of my favorites below.
When Elvis tragically passed away in 1977, Lisa was only 9 years old, and she found herself suddenly thrust into the world's spotlight, with the burden of Elvis's legacy, including his estate at Graceland, on her young shoulders. As a teenager, she turned to drugs, and even as an adult, she struggled. She was married several times in her life, most notably to pop superstar Michael Jackson, and was the mother of four children. In 2020, her son Benjamin took his life, and her heart was shattered. He was buried at Graceland, where Elvis and other members of the Presley family are interred. And when Lisa Marie died on January 12th of this year, she was buried next to her beloved son.
LMP had so much left to give to the music world and to her fans. But I think she knew deep down, especially after her son died, that her time was not far away. I will always remember her, her stunning voice, and her beautiful soul.