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In the French translations of Harry Potter, Voldemort’s middle name is “Elvis.”— UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 6, 2012
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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:
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.
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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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….”
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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:
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Crawdaddy has this amazing story of this 1971 Las Vegas encounter, and it is hard to tell what’s weirder:
The King often enjoyed a good record back in his day.
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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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.