Word Ways

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Silvery Sleep


Darryl Francis


August 2002 is the 25th, or silver, anniversary of the death of rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presely. Elvis died in August 1977, and has been the subject of two previous articles of mine in Word Ways, "Elvis Lives" in February 1993, and "Elvis for Everyone" in May 1993. Prompted by recent trips to Tupelo, Mississippi (his birthplace) and Memphis, Tennessee, I decided to take a new look at the wordplay that could be spun around some of the words, names and song titles in Elvis' life and career. My findings are presented here twenty-five years after Elvis' death.