Conspiracy theories are an interesting thing. At first glance we’re likely to laugh at them and cast them off as ridiculous notions made by crackpots in tin foil hats but then once you really start to check out the details of the story, it can start to pull you in. You read on and it starts to make sense. Before you know it, you’re dusting off your funnel, wrapping in in tin foil and protesting the moon landing. Well, maybe that’s a bit extreme but the point being that it can be easy to believe these theories given enough information, sometimes we want to believe them, they can be exciting, an unknown truth hidden from the world. The world of rock and roll is no different, it’s full of secrets and stories about some of histories best loved musicians, some alive, some dead. Let’s take a dive into some of these mysteries and you can see what you think.
One of the worlds best known rock and roll artists, there are so many theories and stories about the death of Elvis Presley, most pertaining to the fact that he didn’t die at all and instead he still lives hidden away from the world. First off, it’s not hard to see why people might believe that he didn’t die, or rather hoped he didn’t, Elvis was adored by his many fans, it’s likely that the theories simply came from a desperate longing for one of them to be true in hopes that they’d not lost their musical idol.
There have been many sightings of the man since he (supposedly?) died in 1977 on his toilet after taking a deadly concoction of drugs. The earliest of these sightings took place in Memphis International Airport, a man who apparently strongly resembled Elvis was seen and supposedly said his name was “Jon Burrows”. This is a seemingly unimportant detail until you take into account the fact that that was the name that he used to give at hotels so nobody would know which room he was staying in. Later there were a series of sighting that took place in a Michigan city named Kalamazoo in the 1980s. Perhaps the strangest is a notable extra that appeared in the popular family film Home Alone, though I’m not so sure why he’d go to all that length to hide himself and then go and feature in the background of a Hollywood blockbuster movie.
In 1999 a number of sighting were recorded at the opening of California’s Lego Land amusement park, though later it was revealed that Elvis impersonators were hired as an attraction to the park, a likely story no doubt!
Perhaps the most in depth of theories surrounding the mans death involves his twin brother Jesse, who notably died at birth. Even before the death of Elvis the story of Jesse Presley seemed to capture people’s imaginations. This theory however states that Jesse never died at childbirth and it was in fact he who died on the toilet in 1977, supposedly the original plan was to reveal that Elvis was still alive 5 days later in a sort of Rock and Roll Jesus story.