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Happy Birthday, Joan Blondell

Busby Berkeley’s The Gold Diggers of 1933 stands alone as an example of what a movie musical can do, and accomplish, and be. It breaks all the rules. Topical to the extreme (the actual year being in the actual title), … Continue reading

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Telegram from Elvis and The Colonel, February 1964

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Every Week Is “Elvis Week” Around Here

He was “Touched.” Or, as Lester Bangs wrote: “The only credible explanation is that Elvis was from another planet.” One of a kind.

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“I knew there was something I was never gonna see again.” – Bill Murray on why he went to Elvis’ funeral

Bill Murray crashing Elvis’ funeral, August 16, 1977 There’s no video, but here’s the audio of Murray telling David Letterman the story:

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Saying Good-Bye to Elvis

Graceland at sunset, 2013, on Elvis’ birthday. Taken by yours truly. Where Were You When Elvis Died? by Lester Bangs The Village Voice, 29 August 1977 Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing and what did it … Continue reading

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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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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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