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Elvis: Fan Comments

by on Aug.17, 2012, under music

I remember singing “Hound Dog” from the hearth of my fireplace (that was my stage) and listening to my dad’s records. My all-time favorite Elvis song is “It’s Now or Never.” My family was very connected to Elvis because my father loved him. For a few reasons: Elvis was very spiritual, had a good heart, was generous, and was Southern. My dad also grew up listening to the gospel singers that Elvis always had singing backup: Jake Hess (The Imperials), The Jordanaires, The Jubilee Four, and probably the biggest name in southern gospel music: JD Sumner and the Stamps. I remember listening to JD Sumner and the Stamps way before Elvis. I think a lot of people probably don’t even know Elvis had so many gospel singers singing with him. Lastly, I have probably listened to Elvis’s gospel music more than his mainstream music. By the way, the only 3 Grammy Awards he won were for his gospel music. -Jeremy L. Beck (singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer)

I am not a huge Elvis fan, but I have to acknowledge him as a great performer in American popular music. Besides the fact that he was very attractive, charismatic onstage, and had an amazing voice, I think he was a very interesting person, too, and people responded to that. Not everyone knows that he had a very diverse ethnic background, including some Native American heritage, and I think that helps to make him an American icon. My favorite periods for Elvis are the very beginning of his career (before he went into the army, and then did all those movies) and later during his resurgence in the late sixties. I like some of his lesser known songs, such as his cover of the old Hank Snow country song, “A Fool Such as I” and “Love Me.” From the later period I like “A Little Less Conversation,” “In the Ghetto,” and “Suspicious Minds.” -Sue Bachner (singer/songwriter of Ether Park)

Elvis’ profound mark on popular music was, by most accounts, a happy accident. He was not a songwriter, and did not aspire to be an innovator. He was a kid who wanted a record deal. The result of Sun Records’ discovery was nothing less than the gift of “black music” – and essentially rock’n’roll – to the rest of the country. Elvis was the messenger – an interpreter of music considered taboo by white America. Once the secret of this sonic groove and soul was out, it could not be stopped, and it changed the world. -Doug Hinrichs (percussionist)

Elvis was the only man from Northeast Mississippi who could shake his hips and still be loved by rednecks, cops, and hippies. – Jimmy Buffett

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Elvis Week

by on Aug.16, 2012, under music

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis’s leaving the building, so to speak. Commemorations and Elvis-themed events are taking place this week, at Graceland and around Memphis.

When I visited the Land of Elvis in May 2008, I was very impressed, and the fond memories of my trip still remain. While I really liked Graceland as a house, especially the outside architecture and how time stood still with all the 70’s decor, the thing that impressed me most was the Trophy Room at the back of the house. It was more than a room, as it had cases and cases of his outfits, many of his gold records on the wall, posters from his films, video monitors with concert footage, and much more Elvis memorabilia.

Visitors walk around with small hand-held monitors and headphones to guide them through every step of Graceland. It’s a testament to the vast catalog of Elvis music, his extensive film work, and the unmeasurable influence he had on music and culture. Long live the King!

Below, two short films about the Graceland Trophy Room, where Elvis’s gold records and jumpsuits are on display.

In the Trophy Room, I saw gold records of some of Elvis greatest hits close up, and here are just a few of those songs.

It’s Now or Never

Don’t Be Cruel

In the Ghetto

Hound Dog

At the Rock & Soul Museum in Memphis, there was more Elvis memorabilia on display, including one of his guitars and, encased in plastic, the organ on which “Suspicious Minds” was composed. Below, pictures I took with my cell phone. Of course, visitors are instructed not to touch anything, but I could not refrain from leaning over and touching the organ for a quick second. Plus, my friend and I were the only people at the museum at the time, so I knew I probably wouldn’t get busted.

And here is Elvis performing Suspicious MInds.

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Remembering Whitney

by on Aug.09, 2012, under music

Today would have been Whitney Houston’s 49th birthday. Her angelic voice brought joy to so many of her fans. Here are a few of her wonderful performances.

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Happy Birthday, Stevie Nicks!

by on May.26, 2012, under music

Stevie Nicks was born on May 26, 1948. Her work with Fleetwood Mac and her solo career have collectively produced over forty Top 50 hits.

Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, along with her then boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. Fleetwood Mac’s second album 1977’s Rumours produced four U.S. Top 10 singles. Nicks’ “Dreams” which was the band’s first and only U.S. number one, remained at #1 on for over 30 weeks. That album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide.

Nicks went solo in 1981, She has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and, with Fleetwood Mac, won the Grammy for Album of the Year for Rumours. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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On this day in 1999, 1989, 1979, and 1969

by on Apr.26, 2012, under music

April 26th

1999: No Scrubs by TLC

1989: Like a Prayer by Madonna

1979: Heart of Glass by Blondie

1969: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by The Fifth Dimension

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Happy Birthday, Tracy Chapman!

by on Mar.30, 2012, under music

Tracy Chapman was born on March 30, 1964. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy-winning musician. She’s been playing guitar and composing since the age of eight!

Happy Birthday, Tracy!

Watch some of her performances below:

Fast Car

Baby Can I Hold You

Talkin’ About A Revolultion

For My Lover

Crossroads

Smoke and Ashes

The Promise

Give Me One Reason

Telling Stories

Change

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Quincy Jones

by on Mar.14, 2012, under music

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933. He is a man of many talents and accomplishments – music conductor, record producer, arranger, film score composer, and trumpeter.

He has been active for more than five decades in the entertainment industry and Jones has earned 27 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He’s worked with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. He worked closely and was good friends with Sinatra. Their last project together was 1984’s “L.A. Is My Lady.” He produced Michael Jackson’s album Thriller and “We Are the World,” and the film The Color Purple.

Happy Birthday, Q!

For more on Quincy’s contributions to the music industry visit: http://www.quincyjonesmusic.com

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ELO

by on Feb.17, 2012, under music

ELO (the brainchild of Roy Wood) was formed to accommodate Roy’s burning desire to create pop songs with heavily classical overtones. The band’s direction for most of their existence was by Jeff Lynne who, after the band’s debut record, wrote all of the group’s original compositions and produced every album.

Here they are with Evil Woman:

The group also scored twenty Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as fifteen Top 20 appearances in the US Billboard charts. The band also hold the record for having the most Billboard Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history without ever having a #1 single.

Here are the band members (past and present)

* Roy Wood – vocals, cello, bass guitar, guitar, woodwind
* Jeff Lynne – vocals, lead guitar, piano, bass guitar
* Bev Bevan – drums, percussion
* Wilfred Gibson – violin
* Richard Tandy – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
* Mike Edwards – cello
* Bill Hunt – keyboards, French horn
* Hugh McDowell – cello
* Andy Craig – cello
* Trevor Smith – (occasional cello)

In 1980, Jeff Lynne was asked to write for the soundtrack of the musical film Xanadu, with the other half written by John Farrar and performed by the film’s star Olivia Newton-John. The movie performed poorly at the box office, but the soundtrack did exceptionally well, eventually going double platinum. The album spawned hit singles from both Newton-John (“Magic,” #1 in the United States, and “Suddenly” with Cliff Richard) and ELO (“I’m Alive,” which went gold, “All Over The World” and “Don’t Walk Away”). Xanadu, performed by both Newton-John and ELO, is ELO’s only song to top the singles chart in the UK.

Xanadu

Don’t Bring Me Down

Telephone Line

Turn To Stone

Mr. Blue Sky

Hold On Tight

Strange Music

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Happy Birthday, Dolly!

by on Jan.19, 2012, under music

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born January 19, 1946, in Sevierville, Tennessee. She is a Grammy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated, Tony Award-nominated, and Emmy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, author, actress, and philanthropist. Mostly, she is the Queen of Country!

She remains one of the most successful female artists in the history of country music, with 25 Number One singles and 41 Top Ten country albums. Dolly has the distinction of having performed on a Top Five country hit in each of the last five decades and is the only artist to score a Number One country single in each of the past four decades.

Visit Dolly’s official site: DollyPartonMusic.net

Sing it, Dolly!

Jolene

Shinola

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Gonna Fly Now!

by on Nov.21, 2011, under music

Rocky was released on this date in 1976. The Rocky movies have not only been a source for inspiration for athletes, but have had great music, including “Eye of the Tiger,” to accompany the victories and defeats of the “Italian Stallion.”

In honor of all the Rocky flicks, let’s watch videos of some of those inspiring tunes and movie moments.

The Rocky IV soundtrack is one of my favorite soundtracks, and it includes “Living in America,” “No Easy Way Out,” “Burning Heart,” and “Hearts on Fire

And here’s the inspiring scene from Rocky II.

Even after 35 years, Rocky’s triumph is still cool!

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