freddie does elvis proud on “crazy little thing called love”

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MY APOLOGIES, I AM LATE (STILL) with the promised set of ar­ti­cles on the Gold Stan­dard Se­ries of Elvis records. And a second, more con­tro­ver­sial ar­ticle of­fers a re­vealing look at a highly sought-after col­lec­table with a du­bious pedi­gree. I am still working on tech­nical as­pects of my blogs and still have ob­sta­cles in the path of having them up-to-date and run­ning quickly and smoothly. [Continue reading]

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. [Continue reading]

if you don’t get elvis by now, you probably never will

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ANOTHER DAY, an­other ques­tion about Elvis on Quora needing a sane an­swer. And there are a lot of ques­tions about Elvis. This one was “What was it about Elvis that cap­ti­vated his mil­lions of fans?” First please no­tice that the person who asked the ques­tion placed it in the past tense, which I addressed. [Continue reading]

what made elvis great and was he the best rock & roll singer ever?

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EARLIER TODAY I fielded an­other ques­tion on the Quora plat­form: “What made Elvis Presley great and was he the best rock and roll singer ever?” Rather than tax my mind trying to come up with some­thing clever, in­stead I re­called to the best of my ability—keeping in mind that I may be suf­fering with in­cip­ient Denny Crane Syndrome—a re­view that was forty-six years old. [Continue reading]