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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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This week in Elvis History

by on Aug.06, 2012, under music

Aug. 1, 1970 – “The Wonder of You” hit #1 in the U.K.

Aug. 3, 1957 – “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” hit #3 in the U.K.

Aug. 3, 1974 – “If You Talk In Your Sleep” hit #17 in the U.S.

Aug. 4, 1956 – “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” were released.

On Aug. 6, 1955, Elvis Presley’s single “Mystery Train” was released. (One of my favorites from his early years.)

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Come on everybody, swivel your hips!

by on Jan.08, 2012, under music

Come On Everybody

A Little Less Conversation

Devil in Disguise

Burning Love

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Elvis: The Gospel Side

by on Jan.08, 2011, under music

Growing up, Elvis knew everything about gospel music and it was the type of music he enjoyed singing the most. He was very spiritual, and you can tell by listening to his inspirational and religious songs. They weren’t all serious songs though; many were uplifting and upbeat, as lively gospel revivals were a huge form of entertainment in the South during the 50s. As an adult while touring, he’d spend hours after his concert performances singing gospel songs with his band members.

Below are a few of my favorite gospel songs performed by Elvis:

Swing Down Sweet Chariot

(There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)

Milky White Way

I’ve Got Confidence

Crying in the Chapel

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Elvis: Early Performances

by on Jan.08, 2011, under music

Here are some early Elvis performances on the variety shows in the early 50s.

Love Me Tender (mixed with scenes from his first film of the same title)

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Hound Dog (on The Milton Berle Show)

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Elvis: Remixed

by on Aug.15, 2010, under music

When the compilation Elvis 30 #1 Hits was released in 2002, it included one “new” song, the JXL remix of “A Little Less Conversation.” It was a hit, even with the kids who perhaps had heard of Elvis, but didn’t know any of his songs.

One year later, realizing that one collection of Elvis hits wasn’t enough, 2nd to None was released, and included the Paul Oekenfold remixed “Rubberneckin’,” an attempt to re-create the excitement of JXL’s fantastic remix from the previous year. It wasn’t as cool.

After that, others jumped on the Elvis remix bandwagon, with remixes of King Creole, Too Much and several others. There’s one that I actually like… (Marie’s the Name) of Latest Flame.

Check it out below.

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Elvis Week 2010

by on Jan.06, 2010, under music

Friday, January 8, 2010, marks the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birthday. At Graceland, the biggest Elvis celebration yet is taking place this week.

Check out some of the events below:

Stay tuned for more Elvis!

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Elvis: The Fashionista

by on Aug.15, 2009, under music

Elvis was a true American Idol and the King of Rock and Roll and… a fashionista? Yes. Elvis perfected, or at least took, the 1970’s jumpsuit phenomenon to new levels! The jumpsuits he wore for his performances were specially made for him, and often, the idea for their designs came from Elvis himself.

At Graceland, there is a hall with Elvis’s jumpsuits and some of his other outfits on display. The one he’s wearing in the photo shown above is on display as well. His gold lamé suit and the black leather outfit from his 1968 Comeback Special can also be viewed.

Below, are some photos I took at Graceland last year. Everything was behind glass cases, so unfortunately, there’s some glare in the photos.

The Gold Lamé Suit

The Gold Lamé Suit

Red Velvet Jacket

Red Velvet Jacket

1968 Comeback Special: Black Leather Outfit

1968 Comeback Special: Black Leather Outfit



Memphis '74 Suit and Cape

Memphis '74 Suit and Cape

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Elvis Week '09

by on Aug.10, 2009, under music

Elvis Week happens twice a year. In Memphis, flocks of fans descend on Graceland to celebrate his birthday on January 8th and in August to commemorate his passing on August 16th.

Elvis Week is packed with events and tributes at Graceland and around Memphis. Here, on Adeli’s Music Blog, I do my best to entertain and inform my readers about the King of Rock n’ Roll, and to celebrate his music.

Last year, I gave you a small tour of Graceland and wrote about the different sides of Elvis (country, gospel, rock). This year, I’ll show you more of what you might see if you visit Graceland, including displays of his awards, his cars, and his famous jumpsuits, a review of the newly-released DVD of Elvis’s classic performances on the Ed Sullivan show, and of course, more music!

Let’s begin by watching a new (new to most) video (mixed with classic footage) of one of Elvis’s earliest hits from 1956.


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