ELVIS PRESLEY’S LEGACY as both a recording artist and an actor seems to suggest that he had his head buried so far up his own behind during the ’60s that he didn’t notice that the times they were a-changing. But his final four movies and their soundtracks suggest otherwise.
Actually, he was far too astute not to have been aware—the lack of response by him aesthetically was probably more a combination of things, such as:
By indifference I mean that things were not as bad as they may have seemed at the time to we fans and historians reviewing those years retrospectively.… CONTINUE READING
EXCEPT FOR A FEW IDJITS, there is near universal recognition and acceptance of the genius and wonder that was the Beatles from 1962 through 1970. Making a snide remark about the artistic and commercial achievements of John Paul George & Ringo, or saying something stupid about their place at the toppermost of the rock & roll totem pole, will guarantee that few will ever take your utterances seriously again!… CONTINUE READING
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. … CONTINUE READING
A MESS OF BLUES seems to be the song that sums up many of the entries on Wikipedia for rock & roll in general and Elvis Presley in particular. Their article on the soundtrack album for the 1968 NBC-TV Special ELVIS is so error-ridden as to be not only not useful, but to be downright harmful!… CONTINUE READING
WELL, BLESS MY SOUL, what’s wrong with me? As a writer (someone who writes), I’ve been itchin’ like a man on a fuzzy tree for some time, hence my compulsive posting in my three blogs. I have posted 800,000 words in just three years on my three sites: Neal Umphred Dot Com, Rather Rare Records, and Elvis – A Touch Of Gold.… CONTINUE READING