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Elvis Presley: Powerful Claws Threaten Us

Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935. Here is one of my favorite performances of his. It’s one for the ages. Elvis Presley performing “Trying To Get To You” during the informal sit-down session section of his 1968 … Continue reading

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“Animals Don’t Hate, and We’re Supposed To Be Better Than Them.” – Elvis Presley, the Twin Who Lived

Elvis was born on this day in 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi From Elvis and Gladys by Elaine Dundy On the chill afternoon of Tuesday, January 8, 1935, Catherine Hall was walking briskly home. At the end of Lake Street she slowed … Continue reading

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The Morrison Hotel Gallery: Icons on the Wall

After Inherent Vice, we headed south a couple of blocks to go check out The Morrison Hotel Gallery. I had never been. He knew where it was from memory (it had been years since he visited), only now it’s no … Continue reading

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Year in Review

I may write some magnum opus in the next two days, you never know, but here are links to some of the things I’ve written in 2014, here and elsewhere. I have worked hard to keep my site an eclectic … Continue reading

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A Maestro on the Fender Stratocaster

We went to see Billy Hector play last night, a New Jersey blues guitar legend. His guitar-playing is out of this world, and his guitar was vintage, battered, well-used, gorgeous. His playing ranges from dreamy, his fingers sliding up and … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Millie Kirkham

Millie Kirkham had an unearthly high soprano voice, and recorded with some of the biggest stars of her era (and other eras and ours). Perhaps most famously, she provided the swoopy woozy soprano part on Elvis’ original recording of “Blue … Continue reading

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Merry “Crimmus” From Elvis

As Elvis joked in his 1968 television special, “‘Crimmus’ is Southern for Christmas.” He recorded a lot of Christmas music, some traditional, some totally not, some religious, some secular, and here are some of my favorites.

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Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler: “House of the Rising Sun”

Chet Atkins: “I used to sing this when I was 8 years old and I didn’t know what it was about.” [Pause.] “What IS it about?” Mark Knopfler: “It’s one of them titty bars, don’t ya know.” Chet Atkins: “I … Continue reading

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December iPod Shuffle

I’ve been very sick. Nursing myself back to health and it’s slow-going. Thursday was a three-movie day: went to Hobbit screening in the a.m., then went to Birdman matinee, and then met up with Charlie for The Passionate Thief. Went … Continue reading

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Legends Together

Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie Wilson, Carl Perkins, and Linda Gail Lewis, performing “This Is Your Land” from the pilot of the never-produced Jerry Lee Lewis Show. Watching this has made my morning.

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