Tag Archives: Elvis Presley

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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For Veterans Day: Private Presley

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

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Elvis Presley’s 2nd Ed Sullivan Appearance: October 28, 1956

58 years ago today, Elvis Presley made his second historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. A re-post. On September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. He had been booked for 3 … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis. R.I.P. to the great photographer Alfred Wertheimer, known mainly for the extraordinary series (weak word, there are over 3,800 photos) of photos he took of Elvis Presley during the spring and summer of 1956, right before, and just as, … Continue reading

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King Creole (1958): The Dreamspace of “New Orleans”

Young Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) in King Creole (1958) is a high school flunky a couple times over (“I’m not going back to school. Before you know it, I’ll be a freshman again”), working jobs as a busboy in seedy … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley’s 1st Ed Sullivan Appearance: September 9, 1956

58 years ago today, Elvis Presley made his first historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. A re-post. In September of 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the first of three appearances over the next couple … Continue reading

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The Identical (2014)

It’s obvious why the editors at Rogerebert.com assigned me this one! “The Identical” asks the question: What would have happened if Elvis Presley’s twin brother had lived? I have more questions, the main one being: Why is the music so … Continue reading

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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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