dame kiri te kanawa on the greatest voice she ever heard

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KIRI TE KANAWA is not a name fa­miliar to most pop music fans, in­cluding those of Elvis Presley. Nonethe­less, she is one of the most fa­mous opera singers in the world and should be known to Elvis fans. She was born in New Zealand in 1944 into a family that was too poor to be able to af­ford to even keep her, making her family con­sid­er­ably poorer than the Pres­leys during Elvis’ youth. READ MORE

who gave elvis his big break in show business?

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THE QUESTION IS OLD: “Who gave (fill-in-the-blank) her big break in country music?” or “Who gave (fill-in-the-blank) his big break in the major leagues?” Those ques­tions are asked about singers and bands and base­ball and bas­ket­ball players, among others. It usu­ally comes from someone who has never been a big suc­cess in any field of en­deavor, let alone ones as de­manding as en­ter­tain­ment and sports. 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

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

a fivesome of quora questions about elvis answered

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SINCE I AM CURRENTLY TOILING AWAY at var­ious projects of con­sid­er­able girth—I mean, length—I’m going to post a few short-shorts. To break up things while I am re­searching and writing, I turn to Quora and an­swer ques­tions. Quora is a question-and-answer site where ques­tions are asked by users and then an­swered by other users, ei­ther fac­tu­ally or in the form of opin­ions. READ MORE

tell it like it was to the fort lauderdale chamber of commerce

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MY ATTENTION re­mains fo­cused on Tell It Like It Was, my new pub­li­ca­tion on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was re­mains fo­cused on music—mostly music of the ’60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues be­fore and after that decade even­tu­ally.

In the past week, Lew Shiner and John Ross pub­lished pieces on drum­mers: Lew with “Jack Sper­ling, King of the Big-Band Drum­mers” and John with “Give the Drum­mers Some!” READ MORE

“tell it like it was” on a screen near you now!

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MY APOLOGIES for ne­glecting reg­ular readers of my blogs for the past few months. For­tu­nately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly ru­mors cir­cu­lated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a pro­gres­sive com­mune in Ver­mont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. Sigh, as en­ticing as that sounds, there’s work yet to be done. READ MORE

lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time”

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STEAM ENGINE TIME. That’s the name of a con­cept in sci­ence and his­tory that many readers should be fa­miliar with. It’s also the title of a fine short-story that most readers will not be fa­miliar with. This story was written by Lew Shiner, who just might be known to some readers for genre-bending novels like Glimpses and De­serted Cities Of The Heart. READ MORE

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