RCA introduced the EP album during the “battle of the speeds”

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RCA’S FIRST “EP” WASN’T WHAT YOU THINK! Three years be­fore they signed Elvis Presley, RCA Victor in­tro­duced record-buyers to the 45 rpm, extended-play EP record. This new format was an ex­ten­sion of their 45 rpm single that had been launched in 1949. That format had been de­vised to sally forth into the mar­ket­place and do battle with Columbia’s 33rpm long-playing LP album. READ MORE

just launched: a new elvis publication on medium!

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AS IF I WASN’T BUSY ENOUGH, I just launched my second pub­li­ca­tion on Medium. The title of the new pub­li­ca­tion is Elvis: That’s The Way It Was and, of course, it’s all Elvis all the time! “But,” you may be thinking, “doesn’t mem­ber­ship with Medium cost $5 a month?” Dinna fash your­self (look it up): This new pub­li­ca­tion will only in­clude ar­ti­cles al­ready pub­lished here on this blog. READ MORE

c’mon over to bleeding heart liberal petitions on facebook

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I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Face­book page. READ MORE

an alternative Back In Memphis album

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ELVIS PRESLEY’S FUTURE hung on the de­ci­sion he made in early 1969 on where he should make his next records. He could re­turn to the com­fort­able con­fines of RCA’s Studio B in Nashville, home to most of his big hits of the early ’60s. But then he risked falling back into the pat­terns that led to the dis­ap­pointing hits of the past few years. READ MORE

best answer ever given by elvis to a journalist’s question

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ELVIS HELD A RARE PRESS CONFERENCE on Au­gust 1, 1969, to cel­e­brate his re­turn to live per­forming. The get-together was held at the In­ter­na­tional Hotel in Las Vegas, where Elvis had played the night be­fore to an invitation-only au­di­ence that in­cluded Ed Ames, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach, Shirley Bassey, Pat Boone, Dick Clark, Petula Clark, Angie Dick­inson, George Hamilton, Wayne Newton, and former flame Ann-Margret. READ MORE

were elvis’ double-sided hits of the ’70s two hits or one?

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FROM ELVIS PRESLEY’S FIRST RECORD in 1954 through 1968, the major na­tional pop charts were tal­lied in such a way that both sides of a single could make the chart as in­di­vidual hits in­de­pen­dent of one an­other. This greatly ben­e­fited Elvis, as his sin­gles usu­ally car­ried two strong sides, each ca­pable of being an A-side. This was def­i­nitely not a uni­versal prac­tice in the music busi­ness at the time. READ MORE

elvis was the king of the double-sided hit (1956-1968)

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DUELING POP CHARTS ex­isted during most of the heyday of rock & roll music. Due to the weird ways in which the var­ious mag­a­zines com­piled their charts, there were often major dif­fer­ences in where a record found it­self on any given week. Records reached #1 on one chart but pooped out at #3 on the others. And be­cause of the way these charts were com­piled, both sides of the same record could be hits in­de­pen­dent of one an­other! READ MORE

was elvis more famous than you-know-who?

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HOW FAMOUS WAS ELVIS? That was the ques­tion on Quora. Once upon a time, that it was fairly easy to an­swer: Ac­cording to Jerry Hop­kins, whose Elvis – A Bi­og­raphy (1971) was the first bi­og­raphy of the man, a global survey showed that more people in the world rec­og­nized Elvis by his first (or given) name—and that in­cluded you-know-who!—than READ MORE

the alternative Love Letters From Elvis album

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WITH THE RELEASE of If I Can Dream in Oc­tober 1968, Elvis began a string of su­perb sin­gles and al­bums that lifted him from the dol­drums of the life­less Hol­ly­wood movies that had de­fined his ca­reer for years. These new records lifted him back to the top­per­most of the pop­per­most across the planet. His re­turn to live per­forming in July 1969 ce­mented his su­per­star status. READ MORE

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