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

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

I got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)

THERE IS A MEMORABLE SCENE in the 2006 movie Little Miss Sunshine that takes place in the family Volkswagen van. The grandfather gives some unasked-for ‘life advice’ to his grandson. I won’t repeat the advice; see the movie. But it’s great advice about how to make it fun it takes two (of course it’s coarse). I have already bestowed its wisdom on younger humans—male and female—who asked appropriate ‘life questions’ of me. The old man’s advice sits comfortably alongside a little saw that I have tried to keep in mind since I was in college: When I’m old and decrepit, sitting… Continue Reading I got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)

I was going to subscribe to your site, but if you mention drugs once …

IT STARTED SIMPLY: someone posted a comment on my Elvis Facebook page: “I was going to subscribe to your Elvis web blog, but then started to read some of your posts. OMG if you mention drugs once!” Then it got worse. Actually, once is about the rate at which I mention Elvis and drugs on this site, but let’s save that for later, as this whole article addresses the Facebook comment. So, I have a Facebook page titled Elvis – A Touch Of Gold. It’s linked to this website—each time I post something here, it appears there. Actually, a snippet of text with a photo and… Continue Reading I was going to subscribe to your site, but if you mention drugs once …

the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 7 (1969–1976)

IN 1969, THE GOLD STANDARD SERIES was changed for a third time: the visually lifeless orange label was replaced by a more attractive bright red label. (The orange label remain as the primary label for RCA’s standard catalog singles and albums.) Otherwise, the layout and the typeface remained the same from the previous to the newest.  In 1968, RCA had switched from its classic black label to a more ‘modern’ orange label for all its records. Whether this change was intended to affect the Gold Standard Series remains unclear: the amount of orange label GS records is so small that it as long… Continue Reading the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 7 (1969–1976)