Elvis’ Hollywood Blvd star receives respect
Placement of producer Bill Burrud’s bronze star in Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame has been postponed because Burrud’s star is alongside Elvis Presley’s.
Burrud contacted the Chamber of Commerce after learning of Presley’s death Tuesday and asked that the ceremonies be postponed “in deference to Elvis Presley’s memory.”
Burrud’s star will be about seven feet from Presley. Implantation of Burrud’s star was rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug 24. Burrud will be the 1685th celebrity to have his star placed in the walk of fame.
‘Great entertainer lost’ — Dick Clark
Dick Clark, who chronicled the career of Elvis Presley through his American Bandstand television show, said Tuesday that Presley “was a giant who will be missed by many of us.”
“The world has lost a great entertainer,” Clark said from the Aladin Hotel. “The music industry has lost one of its greatest innovators. The history of music could not possibly be written without taking note Elvis’ powerful influences in its development.”
Pat Boone stunned by news of Elvis’ death
Pat Boone and Elvis Presley rose to stardom during the 1950s at the same time, but Boone, with his clean-cut looks and white buck shoes, was set apart by Presley who skyrocketed to success with the look of the rebel.
Boone was stunned when he heard the news that Presley died in Memphis of an apparent heart attack at the age of 42.
“The void he will leave is impossible to gauge,” said Boone. “The one thing I regret is that he never made his tour of Europe and the Orient because of his fear of flying, which would have made him a world-wide success all over again.”
Elvis turned Cher on when she was just 11
Entertainer Cher Bono Allman said she first realized the power of a performer when she saw Elvis Presley on stage.
“The first concert I ever attended was an Elvis Presley concert when I was 11-years-old,” she said Monday after learning of Presley’s death. “Even at that age, he made me realize the tremendous effect a performer could have on an audience.
“It’s an incredible tragedy. His passing will leave a big void in all our lives.”