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Elvis Marginalia

Elvis was a voracious reader. He wrote in the margins of all of his books, underlining sentences obsessively (sometimes every line on the page), writing notes to himself on the side. I had to be asked to step back from … Continue reading

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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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“Down there we got a plant that grows in the woods and the fields … eeeeverybody calls it Polk Salad.”

Elvis getting dirty with the swamp-funk anthem “Polk Salad Annie.” In other words: You hot-shot snobby folks from the two coasts wanna look down on us Southern boys? Well, I’ll give you Southern. I’ll give you Southern Gothic. I’ll give … Continue reading

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It’s Got To Cost You Something

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. Here is a re-post. I don’t care who you are. If you think you are worth watching, it’s got to COST you something. The great performers understand this. People with great pipes are … 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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60 Years Ago Today: July 30, 1954: Elvis Steps Onstage at the Overton Park Shell

The Overton Park shell, Memphis 60 years ago, on July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right” at Sun Records, with Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass. Sam Phillips hustled the 45 over to Memphis DJ … Continue reading

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The Elvis Puzzle

Every year, we stay in the same house, a big rambling old house, with a gigantic wraparound porch, perched on the edge of a huge hill that leads down to the lake. Our family has grown exponentially this year, with … Continue reading

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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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