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Aug 1
Casting is over for Last Train to Memphis, a film based on Peter Guralinick’s towering 2-volume biography of Elvis Presley. Go here for more info. 
If the film is anywhere near as good as the books, this should be an amazing tale of the rise (and presumably fall) of the King of Rock and Roll.

Casting is over for Last Train to Memphis, a film based on Peter Guralinick’s towering 2-volume biography of Elvis Presley. Go here for more info. 

If the film is anywhere near as good as the books, this should be an amazing tale of the rise (and presumably fall) of the King of Rock and Roll.

Help us save the WHBQ Studio where Dewey Phillips did the very first interview with Elvis Presley!

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Nov 6

Something I learned today (it will fascinate you):

Really fired up for The Gaslight Anthem’s return to DC on Friday night. For some reason the American Slang tour missed us entirely. Handwritten comes out on Tuesday, and you can hear it here. I really like what I’m hearing so far from it.
The above photo from their site references Elvis’ TCB logo and oath…


 …which The Hold Steady have appropriated as well:

Really fired up for The Gaslight Anthem’s return to DC on Friday night. For some reason the American Slang tour missed us entirely. Handwritten comes out on Tuesday, and you can hear it here. I really like what I’m hearing so far from it.

The above photo from their site references Elvis’ TCB logo and oath…

 …which The Hold Steady have appropriated as well:

Elvis wanted to record “I Will Always Love You”

In the wake of Whitney Houston’s death, I went looking up “I Will Always Love You,” which brought some interesting information. Elvis Presley wanted to record the song, but when Colonel Parker discussed their usual terms (Elvis got 50% songwriting credit for any tune he recorded), Dolly Parton took her song and walked.

Dolly apparently did write it for Porter Wagoner, whom she was splitting with at the time. She hit #1 twice with it - the second time when it was redone for the soundtrack of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

John Doe of X is another artist who covered the song; his version actually appears in a scene in The Bodyguard, playing on a jukebox.

Whitney was actually supposed to cover “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” by Jimmy Ruffin as the lead-off single from the soundtrack. When it became known that the upcoming Fried Green Tomatoes movie was using that song, Whitney requested another tune. Kevin Costner brought her Linda Ronstadt’s cover of Dolly’s song, and she re-arranged it with David Foster.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Jan 8
Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley! He’d have been 77 today. He enjoyed giving people guns. If he were with us today, he’d probably give you the gun off his back.
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Elvis Presley

Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley! He’d have been 77 today. He enjoyed giving people guns. If he were with us today, he’d probably give you the gun off his back.

suicideblonde:

Elvis Presley

The roguish reputation dogged Led Zeppelin for years. In 1972, Elvis Presley wanted to meet the band…. Elvis finally turned to them. “Is it true,” he said, “these stories about you boys on the road?”

Plant answered, “Of course not. We’re family men. I get the most pleasure out of walking the hotel corridors, singing your songs.” Plant offered his best Elvis impersonation. “Treat me like a foooool, treat me mean and cruuuel, but loooooove me….”

For a moment Elvis Presley eyed them both very carefully. Then he burst out laughing. Then his bodyguards burst out laughing. For the next two hours he entertained them in his suite. He had never heard their records, he said, except for when his stepbrother played him ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ “I liked it,” said Presley.

Later, walking down the hallway from the hotel room, Page and Plant congratulated themselves on a two-hour meeting with the King.

“Hey,” came a voice from behind them. Presley had poked his head out the door. “Treat me like foooool….”

- —from Cameron Crowe’s 1993 review of the Led Zeppelin box. 
Another tribute to The King on the anniversary of his death.

in the fade: Elvis is dead.

inthefade posted an awesome and brutally personal remembrance of The King today - please click through to read the whole thing:

August 16, 1977: I was sitting in the backyard listening to the radio when I heard the news. It shocked me, and on some base, teenage level, it pleased me that I was going to deliver this news to my mother. I went inside, stood in the doorway of her bedroom and watched her make her bed for a minute before I went in for the kill.

Longtime readers may have noticed certain items tagged It will fascinate you on this blog.  Here’s a clip of where that phrase comes from, a peculiar stage presentation by Elvis Presley brought to you on the anniversary of his death. It spans a number of topics:

  • Bill Cosby
  • Karate
  • O’Grady - a book that will fascinate you
  • Being strung out
  • Hotel employees, Jack - bellboys… freaks that carry your luggage up to the room… people workin’ around, you know, talkin’… MAIDS!
  • Things that are damaging to: myself, father, daughter, doctor, my relationship with you
  • Pulling your tongue out by the roots!
  • Getting out of this mood

Alice Cooper Once Almost Shot Elvis Presley

Crawdaddy has this amazing story of this 1971 Las Vegas encounter, and it is hard to tell what’s weirder:

  • the voices in his head that almost led Alice Cooper to pull the trigger on The King? 
  • The fact that all this happened while in the company of Linda Lovelace and Liza Minnelli? 
  • Or how The King’s swift reflexes led to an impromptu demonstration of how to disarm an assailant? 
  • Click through to read the tale, it will fascinate you.
Dec 4
The King often enjoyed a good record back in his day.
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Elvis Presley

The King often enjoyed a good record back in his day.

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Elvis Presley

Never saw this before today: very film noir poster for Elvis’ King Creole, created in honor of the King’s 75th Birthday in January 2010.  From the super-cool Pulp Sunday blog here.
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Never saw this before today: very film noir poster for Elvis’ King Creole, created in honor of the King’s 75th Birthday in January 2010.  From the super-cool Pulp Sunday blog here.

halsf:

ffffairytale:longshadow:theniftyfifties:(via elvisaronpresley)

Playmixt has a peculiar interest in Elvis, that alternates between awe in what he achieved during his lifetime, and a weird fascination with the personal proclivities that he kept hidden from the world.  That being said, this article at Boing Boing goes maybe just a tad too far for my taste:
Elvis Autopsy Instruments At Auction.
Click here or on the photo for the story.

Playmixt has a peculiar interest in Elvis, that alternates between awe in what he achieved during his lifetime, and a weird fascination with the personal proclivities that he kept hidden from the world.  That being said, this article at Boing Boing goes maybe just a tad too far for my taste:

Elvis Autopsy Instruments At Auction.

Click here or on the photo for the story.

May 8
Not even the flooding in Nashville can stop Elvis.

jaynethepain:

nashvilleneedsmoremetaphors:

hartleymanages:

Nashville flood conquers Elvis.

Impossible…he’s still alive.

Not even the flooding in Nashville can stop Elvis.

jaynethepain:

nashvilleneedsmoremetaphors:

hartleymanages:

Nashville flood conquers Elvis.

Impossible…he’s still alive.