Tag Archives: Elvis Presley

For Veterans Day: Private Presley

Sept. 23, 1958: Interview with Elvis Presley in the library of the U.S.S. Randall just before sailing to Europe Elvis had had a chaotic couple of days prior, taking the train up from Texas with his fellow soldiers to Brooklyn … Continue reading

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The Great Pumpkin In the Flesh … Twice

Here’s Marlyn Mason and Elvis Presley, in an off moment during the filming of 1969’s The Trouble with Girls (in which Elvis actually plays a kind of secondary part. Amazing!) She appears to be holding up a pumpkin version of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly

Her birthday was yesterday. Here’s a post I wrote awhile back after seeing the great and legendary Wanda Jackson play a show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. She was 74 years old. She opened for Adele at the age of 73. … Continue reading

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For Bill Murray’s Birthday

Here is a guest-post I wrote for Jeremy Richey’s great site Moon in the Gutter, on Murray’s performance in Lost in Translation, but also about all of the indicators from his early career that he was not only a character … Continue reading

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Carl Perkins in 1955 On a Facebook thread the other day, Straight Outta Compton (which I loved) was being discussed and a guy showed up and said he didn’t like hip hop, he said he had a “visceral reaction” to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Tuesday Weld

From the great “Pretty Poison” (1968) with Anthony Perkins. And below you can see her as the creepily blank and heart-achingly gorgeous teenage majorette in the fantastic opening sequence of the film. See Pretty Poison if you have not. Don’t … Continue reading

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Love Me Tender, 1956: “And Introducing Elvis Presley”

This article was originally published in Bright Wall/Dark Room‘s issue devoted to Hollywood musicals. I prefer to celebrate Elvis’ life rather than mourn his death. So here’s an essay about Elvis’ much-anticipated film debut in “Love Me Tender” in 1956. … Continue reading

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Powerful Claws Threaten Us: Elvis Presley, 1968

One of my favorite Elvis performances. It’s one for the ages. Elvis Presley performing “Trying To Get To You” during the informal sit-down session section of his 1968 comeback special. There’s a rough raw-ness to these sessions that are not … Continue reading

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Keith Richards on Elvis Presley: “It Was Almost As If I’d Been Waiting For It To Happen.”

From Keith Richards’ wonderful Life: I think the first record I bought was Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally”. Fantastic record, even to this day. Good records just get better with age. But the one that really turned me on, like … Continue reading

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He Shook It Like a Chorus Girl

37 years ago today, Elvis Presley died. Every time he performed, his “soul was at stake.” And so we will always miss someone like that. As Dave Marsh wrote in his Elvis book: There is no explanation. And if one … Continue reading

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