It was 42 years ago when Elvis died and Cadillac Jack recorded it from his transistor radio…
Our facebook friend Cadillac Jack has this momento to share with all, especially if you’re an Elvis Presley fan. CJ just so happened to have recorded the announcement of the night Elvis died, from his local radio station KALE 960 AM broadcasting from the town of Kennewick, in the great state of Washington.
Published: August 16, 2019
42 years ago today, we lost Elvis Presley. He was 42. In a few months Elvis will have been gone longer than he was here on earth. I was 13 and a fan, having bought “Way Down” on 45 and “Elvis’ Golden Records” on LP just a few months prior to his death. It was a Tuesday night when I heard the announcement during the weekly Top-10 countdown on KALE 960 AM in Kennewick, WA. It was “breaking news” and interrupted the countdown….so I recorded it. Forgive the low quality…I taped if from a transistor radio using a cassette recorder with a built-in mic. Here it is if you want to listen. It was a superbly done piece….especially for a small market like Kennewick, WA:
I believe it was over a year ago when Jack was diagnosed with cancer, told his then employer, who then promptly terminated his contract with the radio station. Imagine how one would feel when his doctor tells him about this life threatening disease, then losing your job, all happening the same day. Brazingly CJ hit his facebook page running, sharing his life’s story and the hell he’s had to put up with for over a year. He’s indeed, a brave man. Jack endured extensive surgical procedures to remove what he refers to in his facebook comments as the ‘Mass in his Ass’ After massive chemo treatments, lots of prayers, so far so good…. Jack has an incredible attitude which I can attest to just following his facebook posts.
An Update this Saturday morning from Cadillac Jack… just received this email from CJ, telling us in his own words, sharing what he’s been going through in his battle with cancer…
Cadillac Jack bio:
Former Afternoon Drive Air Talent at WEGX Eagle-106 Philadelphia
Former 6-10pm Night Jock at WAVA Washington, DC
Former 7pm-11pm Night Jock at KQLZ Pirate Radio Los Angeles
Studied Performing arts at Central Washington University