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saying something stupid like “elvis was a dumb hick”

EX­CEPT FOR A FEW ID­JITS, there is near uni­versal recog­ni­tion and ac­cep­tance of the ge­nius and wonder that was the Bea­tles from 1962 through 1970. Making a snide re­mark about the artistic and com­mer­cial achieve­ments of John Paul George & Ringo, or saying some­thing stupid about their place at the top­per­most of the rock & roll totem pole, will guar­antee that few will ever take your ut­ter­ances se­ri­ously again! [Read more] “saying something stupid like “elvis was a dumb hick””

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quora question answered: was elvis presley a great musician?

I RE­CENTLY DIS­COV­ERED QUORA, a sorta so­cial media web­site with a mis­sion: “To share and grow the world’s knowl­edge.” They do this by al­lowing reg­is­tered mem­bers (it’s free and easy) to ask ques­tions and other mem­bers to offer an­swers. When I signed up, I ticked off a number of cat­e­gories of in­terest to me, and these are the ques­tions that Quora sends me via email every day. [Read more] “quora question answered: was elvis presley a great musician?”

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the original RIAA gold standard was based on units of one million

THE ORIG­INAL RIAA GOLD RECORDS were in­tro­duced in 1958, and there were only two awards: a Gold Record for sin­gles, and a Gold Record for LPs. To qualify, a single must have sold a min­imum of 1,000,000 copies, while an LP album must have sold $1,000,000 at the man­u­fac­tur­er’s whole­sale price. [Read more] “the original RIAA gold standard was based on units of one million”

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country music fans were always divided on elvis

IN A RE­CENT AR­TICLE, I broke Elvis fandom down into sev­eral dis­tinct groups, or gen­er­a­tions. In re­sponse, John Ross (over­seer of The Round Place In The Middle web­site) posted a pair of ob­ser­va­tions in the Com­ment Sec­tion. I started to an­swer his points in that sec­tion, but re­al­ized that I had a bit to say on the sub­jects. [Read more] “country music fans were always divided on elvis”

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fifty generations of elvis fans can’t be wrong

THE TERM “ELVIS FAN” is gen­er­ally ban­tered about as if it de­scribes one large group that has been more or less the same for sixty years. There are many gen­er­a­tions of fans, from those who fell in love with Elvis the Pelvis in the ’50s, to those who grew up with “the King” through the Jump­suit Years of the ’70s. [Read more] “fifty generations of elvis fans can’t be wrong”

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another mess of blues with wikipedia and elvis

A MESS OF BLUES seems to be the song that sums up many of the en­tries on Wikipedia for rock & roll in gen­eral and Elvis Presley in par­tic­ular. Their ar­ticle on the sound­track album for the 1968 NBC-TV Spe­cial ELVIS is so error-ridden as to be not only not useful, but to be down­right harmful! [Read more] “another mess of blues with wikipedia and elvis”

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elvis as contented everyman in “good omens”

ELVIS MAY HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING, but he has passed into pop­ular cul­ture as an his­tor­ical figure and as a metaphorical/mythological pres­ence. These latter two were first found in songs, es­pe­cially after his death. They can now be found in movies and lit­er­a­ture, in­cluding Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens”! [Read more] “elvis as contented everyman in “good omens””

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I’m a guest blogger on the official Graceland website!

WELL LAWDY MISS CLAWDY, I’m a guest blogger for Elvis! On Friday, the of­fi­cial web­site for Grace­land picked up my ar­ticle on the 1968 NBC-TV Spe­cial as part of their an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the orig­inal De­cember 3, 1968, broad­cast date.

Grace­land ran a con­densed ver­sion of my ar­ticle under the orig­inal title, “Elvis Presley’s ’68 Come­back – Bur­bank to Grace­land. [Read more] “I’m a guest blogger on the official Graceland website!”