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We talk about the history of the Golden Age of Rock and Roll folks, and this was a defining moment, within a year Elvis Presley would become The King of Rock and Roll, and no TV Host would ever make fun of him again. Oh, the numbers? Steve Allen's ratings that nigh...

July 24, 2015

 Well, that's it for ELVIS WEEK, of course we just touched on his career and hits, but I hope everyone enjoyed revisiting the life of the King of Rock and Roll. As all 'E's fans know, at the end of each Concert the announcer would say, "Elvis Has Left the Building" and...

July 24, 2015

With his loyal acolyte, Charlie Hodge, beside him, The King, obese and drug addled, sings the appropriate 'Unchained Melody.'

July 24, 2015

I remember my shock the day Elvis died, August 16th, 1977.  There was a radio bulletin with the unexpected news; how old was he?  The answer was 42, and he was a mess, but that’s another story.  An hour or so later the phone rang; it was another promo guy/friend Patt M...

July 23, 2015

Elvis and Vegas were made for each other...he seemed at home in the bright lights of Las Vegas, and for once, in the movie, he was matched with a leading lady in Ann Margaret who could match Elvis song for song and dance step for dance step.

July 23, 2015

President Richard Nixon and Elvis - image via Smithsonian Magazine 

 

The image is legendary: Then President Richard Nixon preparing to award Elvis a federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerious Drugs badge to Elvis Presley. The real question is: Why?

 

Elvis had many collec...

July 22, 2015

Heartbreak Hotel was co-written by Mae Boren Axton, the mother of future singer and songwriter Hoyt Axton.  It was based in part on an actual event…an unknown man destroyed all of his identification, and jumped to his death from a Miami hotel room.

July 21, 2015

"Sundeen, I've got to talk to you," he whispered, dragging me into a corner.  "I just saw Elvis, Vernon called me from a hotel and asked me to come up to a certain room, and when he opened the door, there was Elvis about 300 pounds, wearing Bib Overa...

July 21, 2015

Elvis Presley’s career was on the wane in the late sixties.  He’d been replaced in popularity by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and various other rock and r&b acts.  The middle-of-the-road stuff he’d been recording for years just wasn’t getting it any long...

July 20, 2015

When Elvis Presley was a youngster, he was introduced to what was then called "race music"...what we would call blues and r&b later. One song Elvis particularly liked was "Good Rockin' Tonight," first done by New Orleans' Roy Brown, and a ye...

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