introduction to a touch of gold

THIS WEBSITE/BLOG titled “Elvis – A Touch Of Gold” includes articles on Elvis’ records and the sessions that made them possible As an introduction, I also address Presley’s movies, television and concert appearances, and even some memorabilia—mostly the ’50s EPE novelties like charm bracelets, lipstick, and other yucky stuff for girls. Here I will primarily address the music and the records of Elvis Presley, especially those that were released as 78, and 45 rpm singles and 45 and 33 rpm albums (EPs and LPs, respectively) on vinyl during his lifetime. Each article will contain facts, commentary, and opinion, and will usually… Continue Reading introduction to a touch of gold

on the edge of reality with the pseudo-pyschedelic elvis

IF I CAN DREAM, I’ll have this article finished before I find myself sitting on the edge of reality. You know—where life’s dream lies disillusioned and dark shadows follow me. (But that’s another story for another time.) Each year on this day I try to write something about my experience of being an Elvis fan since I was in grade-school way, way back in the ’50s.  But I’m gonna make it happen today and write about the pseudo-psychedelic Elvis of 1968! Usually, I find some excuse for not completing anything—for a while, it was good bourbon, now my excuse… Continue Reading on the edge of reality with the pseudo-pyschedelic elvis

hirschfeld and elvis: drawings and prints 1956-1968

  THE FIRST CARICATURE of Elvis Presley appeared in July 1956 in Collier’s magazine. The drawing was by the inimitable Hirschfeld, although it was a rather bland drawing, lacking the pizazz usually associated with his work—as if he wasn’t particularly interested in his subject. Nonetheless, Hirschfeld and Elvis continued to be linked, as he would draw Presley several times through the years. This eighth volume of “Elvis’ Golden Caricatures” collects those drawings and some prints. Long known only by his last name, Hirschfeld is considered one of the most important figures in 20th century drawing and caricature, having influenced countless… Continue Reading hirschfeld and elvis: drawings and prints 1956-1968

the first published caricature of elvis presley

THE FIRST CARICATURE OF ELVIS PRESLEY that I have found was first published in the July 6, 1956, issue of Collier’s magazine. The image was drawn by the inimitable Al Hirschfeld and was used to illustrate yet another column criticizing the singer—or more accurately, the singer’s fans. As this is an important image, I have devoted the entirety of this article (essentially “Elvis’ Golden Caricatures Volume 7”) to this one drawing. The first six volumes in this series of articles covered art that addressed Presley in the 1950s and ’60s (see the list of links at the end of… Continue Reading the first published caricature of elvis presley

quora question answered: was elvis presley a great musician?

IRECENTLY DISCOVERED QUORA, a sorta social media website with a mission: “To share and grow the world’s knowledge.” They do this by allowing registered members (it’s free and easy) to ask questions and other members to offer answers. When I signed up, I ticked off a number of categories of interest to me, and these are the questions that Quora sends me via email every day. One of the first questions on one of my first emails concerned Elvis Presley’s “musicianship.” Of course, I had to answer. But it took me more than a week to compose the answer (I… Continue Reading quora question answered: was elvis presley a great musician?

the original RIAA gold standard was based on units of one million

THE ORIGINAL RIAA GOLD RECORDS were introduced in 1958, and there were only two awards: a Gold Record for singles, and a Gold Record for LPs. To qualify, a single must have sold a minimum of one million (1,000,000) copies, while an LP album must have sold one million dollars ($1,000,000) at the manufacturer’s wholesale price. There were no “unit” sales required for LP certification, and there were no Platinum Record Awards. The Record Industry Association of America (originally R.I.A.A., now the periodless RIAA) stepped in to offer independently audited and certified ‘official’ awards in place of the common awards made by individual record… Continue Reading the original RIAA gold standard was based on units of one million

moody blue – facts and fallacies about elvis’ final album as a collector’s item

AUGUST 16, 1977, WAS THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL: Elvis Presley died. Very few fans were aware of his deteriorating health and we were unprepared for our own response to his death. Fans were aware of Elvis in general: his latest album, MOODY BLUE, had been released four weeks earlier and was selling better than usual. In the months after his death, his final album became one of his best selling albums ever. Due it being his final album, MOODY BLUE holds a special place in the Elvis canon, despite it’s being a relatively undistinguished album, even by Presley’s flagging efforts… Continue Reading moody blue – facts and fallacies about elvis’ final album as a collector’s item