Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
NOTE- Don't pay any attention to the alive in 85 nonsense, it is a inside joke.
Monday, April 28, 2008
2.What A Wonderful Life
3.Take Me To The Fair
4.(Such An) Easy Question
5.A World Of Our Own
Movie songs dominated this week with four of the five appearing in Elvis films. It Happened is represented twice. I have been blaring my favorite movies soundtrack a lot this past week. Also I have been watching Fallow That Dream the last few nights after listening to that soundtrack pretty much over and over last week. I am a sucker for the soundtracks, especially the early 60's movies. Easy Questions is an early 60's song even though it appeared in Tickle Me that came out several years later.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It is my turn to pick a question for this week so I have to get to work on that.
Elvis opened the show by saying this"This is probably the greatest honor I’ve ever had in my life. Ah. There’s not much I can say except, it really makes you feel good". That lets you in on how important this was to Elvis.
Below is the last number Elvis did on the show. After singing three songs and being pretty tame. He tore into Ready Teddy.
Come with me
While the moon is on the sea,The night is young
And so are we, so are we
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
It is with such great and abiding sadness that I am telling you that Bill passed away peacefully today at Baptist Hospital at 10:10 am, surrounded by his 3 children -- Gary, Jennifer, Randy -- and me.
He had irreversable brain damage from cardiac arrest suffered Monday afternoon, and it was his living will that he not be kept alive artificially in a situation like that.
It is terribly painful for those of us left behind, who will miss him so dearly, but Bill is now in a much better place.
Services will be at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue. Visitation on Sunday, April 27, 3-6 pm. Service Monday, April 28, 1 pm. Burial at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at a later date next week.
We ask that any memorials be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org, in Bill's name.
Thank you for all your prayers and support throughout Bill's illness. We both truly appreciated it!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Some of the performances from the gig can be found on disc five of the 50's masters set. It is pretty interesting to hear.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Many people do not realize just how much Martin influenced Elvis. Elvis sang a lot of Martin's while trying to catch on around Sun. If you notice Elvis' style of singing ballads in the 50's you can certainly hear the Martin influence. Elvis would go on to sing many songs in his time Martin recorded at one time or another. Martin wanted Elvis to be on his first TV show in the 50's but Parker wanted a ton of cash and Dean was not having that. It is a shame it did not happen. That would have been something really important to Elvis. In a book about Martin, it tells a story that you can absolutely believe about Elvis. in the 60's Elvis used to ride by Dean's house all the time, but never got gather the nerve to go up to see him. Elvis was the shy type, and probably would have been scared to death. Even though Elvis was the biggest thing ever, he had his own hero's. Dean Martin was one of his biggest. Once in 1970 during a Vegas concert Elvis noticed his idol in the audience and broke out into Everybody Loves Somebody. I have never heard this, but would love to get the chance. As important as the influence of Gospel, Blues, and Country are, the crooners can't be over looked. Elvis wanted to be a balled singer long before he became a rock and roller. Dean Martin was one of those singers Elvis greatly admired. Below is the version of I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine. It is brilliant. Also I can't do a blog about Martin and not post my favorite song as well. Please watch both and enjoy the King of Cool, Dean Martin.
You can tell Elvis was certainly doing his version with Martin's in mind. Also just notice his delivery and such. Then listen to some of Elvis' ballads from the 50's.
That song has always been on of my favorites of all time.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Girls!Girls!Girls! had two and Paradise,Hawaiian Style has two as well.
Thinking about this poll got me in a Blue Hawaii mood. I have watched Blue Hawaii every night this week. I would say I am going to go watch it again tonight. Song below is one of my all time favorites.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Continuing with my thoughts on Elvis on television I am going to talk about Elvis's second performance on Milton Berle's show. Elvis would appear in June of 1956. Elvis sang two songs, Hound Dog and I Want You, I Need You, I Love You. I Want You was on of the first things I can remember about seeing old Elvis footage. For some reason It is not shows as much as some of his other TV stuff, but I think It is pretty good. It has always been on of my favorite performance's. The video below is of Elvis doing Hound Dog.Elvis bumps and grinds like never before on TV and truly causes an uproar across the country. I think it is one of the most important events of his career because it got him so much attention. That would lead to his other TV appearance's that would make history. Elvis would add an extra verse on the end of this song, that was totally unplanned. The band had no idea, but you could never tell. Overall this is one of my favorite Elvis appearance's on TV.This would also be Milton Berle's last telecast after being the Kings of Television comedy for many years.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
No time for a real blog tonight. I am busy watching the women's semifinals. The Memphis Tigers men's team has made it to the finals. They will play Kansas tomorrow. If my Gators can't win it, then Memphis would be my second choice since I love the city and coach Cal is pretty key. Graceland of course is bathed in blue lights. In honor of the Tigers I am going to post the video below for them.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Also a brew ha ha has occurred over Madonna passing him with top ten hits. She is not there yet despite what is being reported. Elvis has forty top ten hits. She will probably will get there though. I do not really dig Madonna's act either but she is a great performer and she has lasted for a good length of time. If anyone is going to break that record, might as well be her. She is a fan of Elvis. She loves Elvis and would consider that one of the highest honers she could achieve if she did.
At the end of the day either one of these artist can hold up to Elvis. They will never have the impact on the world as Elvis did. Fifty years from now they might have some things said about them. Elvis will still be talked about though one hundred years from now. Also Elvis holds a lot of records still no one will ever pass. My favorite one I think is that Elvis has had 150 different albums and singles that have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He probably has more and research hopefully will prove it seeing the right people make sure it happens. He has far and away more then anyone. I am going to stop my rambling about that, I am going to go into a heated rant talking about some of these things though. So the point of the post I guess is, records are going to be broke. No one of the last fifty years though can touch Elvis. He set the bar high, and I do not think I will ever see another artist come close to doing what he did.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I ran across this by pure accident tonight looking for something else Elvis related. I will admit it, I am a fan of the Golden Girls. That shows has always cracked me up. I was watching this video and totally lost it during this first scene when talking about seeing Harum Scarum over fifty times. Who the hell has seen Harum Scarum over fifty times? Alright, I have seen it that many times or more. Also at the end of the clip there is a scene with all the Elvis impersonators. Quentin Tarantino plays the young Elvis in the back row. He actually appeared in a few episodes of Golden Girls as Elvis.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I am going to talk more about the television appearances made by Elvis in the 50's. These appearances would help Elvis rocket to super stardom. After a serious of appearances on Stage Show, Elvis would appear twice on The Milton Berle Show. Elvis' first appearance would come on April 3rd of 56. The broad cast would come from the deck of the USS Hancock which was docked in San Diego at the time. Mostly service man were in attendance with some of there family. A group of young girls were brought in and put in front of the stage. Elvis would sing Shake, Rattle Roll, Blue Suede Shoes, and Heartbreak Hotel. Elvis would also perform a skit with Berle where Milton played Elvis' twin brother. Which was probably a little bit odd for Elvis, but he was a good sport about it anyway. This is a pretty good performance but lacks a little of the excitement as some of the stage show appearances in my opinion Elvis. Elvis was getting more attention at this point, and his record was doing pretty good. Though the next appearance on Berle's show would be the one that caused such a uproar and make the world notice him. I will do a separate blog about that on a later date. Check out the video below of Elvis signing one of his songs from the April visit to Berle's show.