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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" by Bono

by on Aug.19, 2008, under music

Below, a link to the article written by Bono about Elvis Presley:

The Immortals: The Greatest Artists of All Time

Watch this, and you’ll agree.


If I Can Dream

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Tour of Elvis' Graceland

by on Aug.16, 2008, under music

Like many visitors are doing this week down in Memphis, I will take you on a tour of Elvis’ Graceland. Elvis purchased his home in March of 1957. Bellvue Boulevard was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard on January 8, 1972 (Elvis’ 37th birthday). To quote Paul Simon’s song Graceland: “For reasons I cannot explain there’s some part of me wants to see Graceland.” For a while, I had wanted to travel to Memphis, but I never got around to it. However, three months ago, I was turning the big 4-0 and decided that was where I wanted to celebrate. And my trip to the Land of Elvis and the Home of the Blues has lingered in my head longer than any other.

Below are some pictures I took at the mansion and at the other Elvis exhibitions on the grounds of Graceland.

3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard

3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard

The Lving Room

The Lving Room

Elvis' TV and Music Room

Elvis' TV and Music Room

The Jungle Room

The Jungle Room

Elvis' Grave

Elvis' Grave

The Trophy Room

The Trophy Room

Some of the many pantsuits on display.

Some of the many pantsuits on display.

The Pink Cadillac

The Pink Cadillac

Those were just a few highlights. For more on Graceland and Elvis, along with a great video tour of Graceland go here: Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Click here for Cher’s lively version of Marc Cohn’s song “Walking in Memphis.” She’s dressed like Elvis and the video has great footage of the city.

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The Other Sides of Elvis

by on Aug.15, 2008, under music

For many people, songs like Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock, etc. are all they know about Elvis Presley. And it’s these same people who might not think too much of him or wonder what the big deal is. And of course, everyone has a right to his or her opinion. However, one of the things that really makes Elvis so extraordinary, besides his good looks and onstage charisma, is the fact that he did a great deal in a short amount of time. Yes, he started early, but he also made his departure at the relatively young age of 42. It is true that he didn’t write his own songs. But frankly, with all the acting, dancing, recording, and touring he did, I wonder if he’d ever find the time to write anything.

If someone would sit and watch his movies, listen to the soundtracks he recorded while acting and dancing in those movies, listen to his numerous gospel and country western albums, along with his mainstream rock and roll material, it would be quite exhausting. So, I would like to give him credit for all his contributions to American culture: an extensive catalog of music, memorable and pelvis-shaking live performances, and many films. His legacy is still strong, even 31 years after his last performance.

Let’s explore some of Elvis’ lesser known songs, but which still deserve some recognition.

Below, some of his country songs:

Trying To Get To You

One Night With You

Funny How Time Slips Away

(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I

Love Me

I Forgot To Remember To Forget

Some of Elvis’ greatest performances were his inspirational and gospel songs. Here are a few of them:


“If I Can Dream” (in my opinion, his most passionate performance)

How Great Thou Art

Peace In The Valley

Amazing Grace

You Gave Me A Mountain

Put Your Hand In The Hand

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Elvis Week Begins!

by on Aug.14, 2008, under music

In remembrance of the 31st anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing on August 16, 1977, it will be Elvis Week on Adeli’s Music Blog.

On August 13, 1960, Elvis’ It’s Now or Never was the Number 1 song in the U.S. and in other countries. It entered the UK charts at Number 1 and spent nine weeks at the top. This song sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, and it was Elvis’ biggest international hit. It’s Now or Never is my favorite Elvis song.

It's Now Or Never gold record on display at Graceland

It's Now Or Never gold record on display at Graceland

Some of my other favorite Elvis songs include:

Suspicious Minds
Kentucky Rain
In The Ghetto
If I Can Dream
I’ve Got A Feelin’ In My Body
Wearin’ That Loved On Look
Almost Always True (from Blue Hawaii)
Promised Land

Click here for a great montage of Elvis moments with his song Kentucky Rain in the background.

This is a great time for my reading audience to contribute, so share your thoughts on Elvis with me. Tell me about your favorite Elvis songs, movies, live performances and so on. Email me at Please include your name, age, and occupation along with your comments. I will post all the comments this weekend. Or feel free to leave me a comment here.

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