Recalling one of the most impactful days in the history of music, one half of legendary country music duo, Montgomery Gentry looks back on the day when this unforgettable world-class musician passed away.
On August 16th, 1977 Elvis Presley passed away from a heart attack at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. That same day, a 10-year-old future country musician learned the devastating news that shook the world.
Troy Gentry opened up about what was happening in the world on the day that Elvis died as part of a new documentary called ‘816: The Day Elvis Presley Died’ from Outlaw Film Productions.
In the film, they feature various testimony from notable music figures and close friends of the Presley family and show all the various aspects of the shockwave his death caused.
During the interview, Troy explains that when the news broke he was just having fun at a neighbor’s house, but his plans to see the larger-than-life celebrity and famed musician were quickly dashed.
“I was at a neighbor’s house swimming and ironically, my mom and I were going to see him perform at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky,” Troy explained. “It was just weeks – a couple weeks – before he was supposed to play when he passed. It was going to be my first opportunity to see him live in concert….unfortunately I never made it to that.”
The sudden death of Elvis Presley rocked all corners of the world and had an unimaginable impact on music. It’s a day that we will never forget.
Watch both Troy Gentry’s interview and the trailer for‘816: The Day Elvis Presley Died’ below and let us know what you were doing on the day Elvis died in the comments.
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