Category: elvis presley

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Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret publicity photos for “Viva Las Vegas” (1964)

Albums Released In 1962

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Elvis Presley photographed by Alfred Wertheimer

recording at RCA Studio 1 in New York on July 2, 1956. During this session, he recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Vintage Bravo Magazine Covers

  1. Mick Jagger (September 14, 1970)
  2. Paul McCartney (October 26, 1970)
  3. Elvis Presley (January 11, 1971)
  4. Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn (October 4, 1971)

  5. Chi Coltrane (June 14, 1973)

  6. Tina Turner (January 1, 1975)
  7. Alice Cooper (April 30, 1975)
  8. Lita Ford (August 4, 1977)
  9. Agnetha Fältskog (June 28, 1979)
  10. Debbie Harry (July 26, 1979)

The Mississippi Blues Trail

  1. Robert Johnson (Greenwood, MS)
  2. Ike Turner (Clarksdale, MS)
  3. Howlin’ Wolf (West Point, MS)
  4. B.B. King (Berclair, MS)
  5. Otis Rush (Philadelphia, MS)
  6. Son House (Tunica, MS)
  7. Muddy Waters (Rolling Fork, MS)
  8. Albert King (Indianola, MS)
  9. Bo Diddley (McComb, MS)
  10. Elvis Presley (Tupelo, MS)

On this day in music history: December 3, 1968 – “Elvis” (aka “The ‘68 Comeback Special”), airs on the NBC television network. Directed by Steve Binder (“The T.A.M.I. Show”), the special is a major turning point in Presley’s career. Having spent the majority of the 60’s making two to three films a year, Elvis had not performed in front of a live audience in over seven years. Scheduled to be aired during the Christmas holiday season, Elvis and his manager Colonel Tom Parker are ambitious to the make the show more than the singer performing Christmas carols. The program features him performing elaborate production numbers as well as in front of an intimate studio audience with members of his original 50’s era band. Initially, Presley is hesitant to performing in front of a live audience, but Binder reassures the singer and offer support. The special is both a major artistic triumph and a ratings blockbuster, setting the wheels in motion for Presley to re-establish his music career after nearly a decade of making movies that had tarnished the singers’ reputation both musically and image wise. In 2004, the three DVD box set “Elvis Presley – The ’68 Comeback Special Deluxe Edition” is released. The set contains the original broadcast version along with complete versions of the sit down performance sets with Presley’s original band, as well as previously unseen rehearsal and performance footage that does not make the original cut. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the special’s original broadcast, RCA Records releases a eighty seven track four CD set titled “The Complete ’68 Comeback Special” containing the original twelve song soundtrack album, along with seventy five previously unreleased outtakes. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the special’s original broadcast, RCA/Sony Legacy reissues it as a five CD + two Blu-ray box set on November 30, 2018.

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On this day in music history: November 28, 1960 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Lou Handman and Roy Turk, it is the fourteenth number one single. The song is written in 1926 by Handman and Turk, and originally recorded by Al Jolson. Presley’s version is recorded at RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, TN on April 4, 1960, and is one of several songs cut during a highly productive series of sessions that also produces the smash hit “It’s Now Or Never”. While recording his vocal (captured in just one take), Presley asks that the lights be turned off in the studio. On the finished record, though barely audible, you can hear Elvis bump into the microphone stand at the song’s conclusion. Released on November 1, 1960, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #35 on November 14, 1960, it leaps to the top of the chart only two weeks later. “Lonesome” is Presley’s third chart topper since being honorably discharged from the US Army earlier in the year “Are You Lonesome Tonight” also hits number one the UK singles chart on January 23, 1961, spending four weeks at the top. Regarded as one of Elvis Presley’s signature songs and one of his most enduring recordings, “Lonesome” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2007. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Elvis Presley in Germany as an American G.I. while serving in the U.S. forces in 1958.

On this day in music history: November 21, 1955 – Elvis Presley officially signs with RCA Records. With his star on the rise after scoring hits with Memphis, TN based Sun Records, RCA comes forth with an offer to buy Presley out of his contract with Sun. RCA Records A&R man Steve Sholes sends Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker a letter (the original document is stored in Graceland’s archives) on October 27, 1955 expressing his desire to sign Presley. Parker rejects Sholes initial offer, and the pair negotiate back and forth over the next few weeks before a deal is finally reached on November 15, 1955. RCA buys Elvis’ contract from Sun for $35,000 (which includes a $10,000 signing bonus for Presley), with the singer signing his contract with the label on November 21, 1955. It marks the beginning of a historic alliance between the rock & roll icon and the record label that lasts until Presley’s death in August of 1977.

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On this day in music history: November 10, 1969 – “A Change Of Habit”, starring Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara McNair opens in US theaters. Released through Universal Pictures, it is the thirty-first and final film starring “The King Of Rock & Roll. Having made two to three films a year since being honorably discharged from the army in 1960, it is another in a series of "make ‘em quick, make ’em cheap” films that Presley is encouraged to do by his manager Colonel Tom Parker. However, by the late 60’s, Presley’s allure as a box office draw has been greatly diminished by the inane scripts and often less than exemplary material he is given to sing for the accompanying soundtrack albums. Having scored a major artistic and ratings triumph with his “’68 Comeback Special” in December of 1968, Elvis is anxious to get out of the long term movie contracts he has been bound to through the whole of the 1960’s. In “Habit”, Elvis plays a doctor who falls in love with Moore’s character who he is unaware is a nun. Under a four picture deal with Universal, it is Mary Tyler Moore’s last film with the studio prior to the start of her landmark television series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. “A Change Of Habit” is also Moore’s last film before co-starring in the Best Picture Oscar winner “Ordinary People” eleven years later in 1980. “A Change Of Habit” does less than stellar box office and is in and out of theaters within a matter of weeks, bringing an end to Elvis Presley’s career as a movie star.

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