Category Archives: Music

On This Day: July 5, 1954 – Elvis Presley Recorded “That’s All Right”

All photos of Sun Studio in this post were taken by me. “That’s All Right”, what would be the first single, which went off like a bomb (at least in Memphis, although other regions of the South would follow) was … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July

Marvin Gaye Sings Star Spangled Banner – 1983 All Star Game – Los Angeles, CA from Neil Gronowetter on Vimeo.

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R.I.P. Scotty Moore

Elvis’ first guitarist, who played on all of those tracks at Sun, and then moving on to RCA with Elvis, and then moving on to Hollywood with him (Elvis was loyal), has died at the age of 84. Here is … Continue reading

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On This Day, 1957: Jerry Lee Lewis Kicks That Stool Back

Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut on the Steve Allen Show. The performance is terrifying. Imagine tuning in in 1957 and seeing THAT come out of your screen. He’s an Old Testament speaking-in-tongues preacher, he’s a leering sex maniac, … Continue reading

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“You just have to make plans for when the dreams die.” Stephen Colbert to Eminem on cable access show

How have I never seen this before. How have I never seen this interview between Stephen Colbert and Eminem before? Stephen Colbert hosted a public access show in Michigan called “Only in Monroe.” He interviewed the hosts. He did some … Continue reading

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You Said It, Eddie

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R.I.P. Chips Moman

Elvis Presley and producer Chips Moman, American Sound Studio, Memphis, 1969 RIP to the great music producer, songwriter, and studio owner Chips Moman, who was an essential and crucial part of the thrilling warp-and-weft of the Memphis music scene in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Tom Jones

I’ve written about him before, mostly here. He’s still out there. His voice is not only intact but as powerful as it ever was. He is recently a widow after 59 years of marriage. He is beloved by his fan … Continue reading

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Summer Shuffle

… over a two-week period where I never stopped running around. Still no sign of things slowing down. Out to LA on Thursday for only three days. A whirlwind. Here’s the music that’s been in my ears over the last … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe: “File My Claim” from River of No Return

Of all of the wonderful musical numbers Marilyn performed in her films, this one, from River of No Return is my favorite. I’m not sure I even want to say why. Or break it down. Or analyze the reasons it … Continue reading

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