THE QUESTION ON QUORA was “Which was better, 60s Elvis or 70s Elvis?” I was surprised to see that the first two answers were “70’s” as I can’t imagine any serious student of Presley’s recorded output would prefer his declining years over his mature middle years.
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]
THIS TIME, the question on Quora allowed me room to speculate something that, unlike so so many others, I just do not like doing. For one reason, just like so so many others, my speculation is so often inaccurate. [Continue reading]
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]
AUGUST 16, 1977, was the day the Earth stood still: Elvis died. Very few fans were aware of his deteriorating health and we were unprepared for our own response to his death. Fans were aware of Elvis in general: his latest album, MOODY BLUE, had been released four weeks earlier and was selling better than usual. [Continue reading]