MacDavis SongPainter photo 1500 crop

pressed between the pages of mac davis’ mind

SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATED WITH ELVIS that re­ceive the most credit in terms of Presley’s suc­cessful ca­reer are two teams: Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller and Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman. But an­other team was para­mount in Elvis’s tran­si­tion from the sappy movie matinee idol of the mid-1960s to his emer­gence as a po­tent figure in 1968-1969: Billy Strange-Mac Davis. [Continue reading]

Elvis LasVegas 1969 black outfit 1500 crop

suspicious minds (just how good can one record be?)

DO I WANT TO OPEN THIS ARTICLE by making a state­ment (“Elvis pops up in the most un­ex­pected places”) or by asking a ques­tion (“Just how good can one record be?”)? Last night we slipped the Coen Brothers’ In­tol­er­able Cru­elty into the DVD player and sat back to enjoy George Clooney as Miles Massey (hand­some, charming, amoral) match wits with Catherine Zeta-Jones as Mar­ilyn Rexroth (beau­tiful, in­scrutable, equally amoral). [Continue reading]

Elvis Memphis press conference 1969 1 1500 crop

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

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. [Continue reading]