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elvis’ golden caricatures volume 6 (wild in the 60s)

FROM 1960 THROUGH 1968, the image that Elvis Presley pre­sented to the public was some com­bi­na­tion of boy-next-door and movie-matinée-idol. In fact, the Elvis of these years comes close to re­al­izing the goody two-shoes/mama’s-boy image he was sad­dled with in some quarters!

Among car­i­ca­tur­ists, there isn’t as much in­terest in re-imagining this Elvis as there is in the Elvis the Pelvis of the ’50s and the jump-suited Elvis of the ’70s. [Read more] “elvis’ golden caricatures volume 6 (wild in the 60s)”

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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!”

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from burbank to graceland to facebook

WELL, BLESS MY SOUL, what’s wrong with me? As a writer (someone who writes), I’ve been itchin’ like a man on a fuzzy tree for some time, hence my com­pul­sive posting in my three blogs. I have posted 800,000 words in just three years on my three sites: Neal Umphred Dot Com, Rather Rare Records, and Elvis – A Touch Of Gold. [Read more] “from burbank to graceland to facebook”

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facts and fallacies about elvis’ gold records volume 4

IN FEB­RUARY 1968, RCA Victor is­sued the fourth volume of the “Elvis’ Golden Records” se­ries. It was the first com­pi­la­tion of million-sellers in five years but only half the tracks were gen­uine gold record hits. The whys and where­fores for this are filled with fal­lacies and mis­con­cep­tions, many of which are ad­dressed in this ar­ticle. [Read more] “facts and fallacies about elvis’ gold records volume 4”

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elvis’ 50 worldwide #1 chart-topping hits

Lawdymiss­clawdy, but I ac­ci­dental like pushed “Pub­lish” in­stead of “Save Draft” and so I sent this ar­ticle out onto the world­wide web well be­fore it was com­pleted. So I have to apol­o­gize and tell you that I’ll finish it lickety-split and get it back up here where it belongs! [Read more] “elvis’ 50 worldwide #1 chart-topping hits”

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got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)

THERE IS A MEM­O­RABLE SCENE in the 2006 movie Little Miss Sun­shine that takes place in the family Volk­swagen van. The grand­fa­ther gives some unasked-for ‘life ad­vice’ to his grandson. I won’t re­peat the ad­vice; see the movie. But it’s great ad­vice about how to make it fun it takes two (of course it’s coarse). [Read more] “got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)”