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Elvis Overhears an Assassination Threat in Costa-Gavras’ Z.

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60 Years Ago Today: July 5, 1954 – Elvis Presley Recorded “That’s All Right”

“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 recorded on July 5, 1954, by Elvis Presley, Bill Black (on bass) … Continue reading

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On This Day: July 2, 1956 – Elvis Presley Recorded “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog”

On July 2, 1956, Elvis Presley recorded two songs at the RCA studios in New York, “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Hound Dog,” which were released together, A-side (“Don’t Be Cruel”) and B-side (“Hound Dog”). One cannot possibly overstate the success … Continue reading

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Wanda Jackson Remembers Elvis

Wanda Jackson and Elvis Presley, 1955 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson (whom I was so lucky to see live a couple years ago – hell, she’s still out there, still touring, still recording) dated Elvis in 1955, … Continue reading

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A Hard Day’s Night (1964): Turning 50 and Coming to Theatres Again This Summer

A Hard Day’s Night, directed by Richard Lester, is turning 50 this year. To commemorate, the Criterion Collection is releasing the film in a gorgeous digital restoration with new sound mixes overseen by George Martin at Abbey Road Studios. There … Continue reading

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Ebertfest 2014: A Simple Life (2011) and Goodbye Solo (2008)

Roger Ebert called Ann Hui’s 2011 film A Simple Life “one of the year’s best films” (his review here). Maybe halfway through tears started falling down my face and they really never stopped until the end. It is a film … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret entertaining US troops in Vietnam, 1966 Today is Ann-Margret’s birthday. Her autobiography, Ann-Margret: My Story is wonderful. I highly recommend it. What a career. And it’s still going on. Of course there is the Elvis connection. That will be … Continue reading

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Easter Egg Hunt at Graceland

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Two Icons

One icon being watched over by another. From “I Hired a Contract Killer” (1990), directed by Aki Kaurismäki I also love this looping-together (almost accidentally) of the two guys – because of the image-similarity in two iconic albums, clearly a … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley and Orpheus Descending, Part Deux

This long post, inspired by my own research and a couple of paragraphs in Elaine Dundy’s wonderful book Elvis and Gladys, puts out the theory that Tennessee Williams re-wrote his first full-length play Battle of Angels into Orpheus Descending in … Continue reading

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