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Van Cliburn: 7 Things He and Elvis Had in Common
Posted By Patrick Kiger On February 27, 2013 @ 4:49 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
In the mid-to-late 1950s, there were two young men in their early 20s – one born in Mississippi, the other in Louisiana – who not only climbed meteorically to the top of the musical world  but caused a sensation with their flamboyant hairstyles and matinee-idol looks.
One of them, of course, was Elvis Presley , the hip-wiggling singer whose energetic synthesis of country and rhythm-and-blues was potent enough to wow all the teenagers watching him on grainy black-and-white TVs.
The other was Van Cliburn, a classical pianist whose triumph at first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958, when he was just 23, enthralled a nation that had been embarrassed just six months before by the Soviets’ victory in the race to launch the first space satellite. Cliburn, who died on Feb. 27 at age 78  in Fort Worth, Texas, returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, made the cover of Time magazine and, like Elvis, was invited to play live on national TV. Here’s a clip of him performing in Moscow:
The parallels between Elvis and Van Cliburn make it intriguing to compare and contrast the two superstars of different musical genres. Here are some similarities:
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 top of the musical world: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-02-2013/grammy-night-photos.html#slide1
 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Van_Cliburn_Way.jpg
 Elvis Presley: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/08/15/cant-help-falling-in-love-with-elvis-35-years-later/
 died on Feb. 27 at age 78: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/02/27/4647640/van-cliburn-dies.html?storylink=addthis#.US5AjmHXcDY.facebook
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FQfcIBZY7s
 Don’t Be Cruel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLSgqH2BOeg
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lUFFZqXtoM
 Ailbhe: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1197
 New York Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/arts/music/van-cliburn-pianist-dies-at-78.html?hp&pagewanted=all
 Elvis Presley Boulevard: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=elvis+presley+boulevard&fb=1&gl=us&hq=elvis+presley+boulevard&ei=WWcuUbi9Auy50AHMsIDQCg&ved=0CMMBELYD
 Van Cliburn Way: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=van+cliburn+way+fort+worth&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x864e73c29aabc5f9:0xf3b2003f7c29a88d,Van+Cliburn+Way,+Fort+Worth,+TX+76107&gl=us&ei=6GYuUciuHIvv0QGf9ICAAw&ved=0CEkQ8gEwAw
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