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

an alternative Back In Memphis album

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ELVIS PRESLEY’S FUTURE hung on the de­ci­sion he made in early 1969 on where he should make his next records. He could re­turn to the com­fort­able con­fines of RCA’s Studio B in Nashville, home to most of his big hits of the early ’60s. But then he risked falling back into the pat­terns that led to the dis­ap­pointing hits of the past few years. READ MORE

best answer ever given by elvis to a journalist’s question

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ELVIS HELD A RARE PRESS CONFERENCE on Au­gust 1, 1969, to cel­e­brate his re­turn to live per­forming. The get-together was held at the In­ter­na­tional Hotel in Las Vegas, where Elvis had played the night be­fore to an invitation-only au­di­ence that in­cluded Ed Ames, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach, Shirley Bassey, Pat Boone, Dick Clark, Petula Clark, Angie Dick­inson, George Hamilton, Wayne Newton, and former flame Ann-Margret. READ MORE

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. 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

what were the best elvis albums of the ’70s?

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WHAT WERE ELVIS’ BEST ALBUMS OF THE ’70s? That’s ac­tu­ally a fairly easy ques­tion to an­swer: the ones recorded in 1970. There is no ques­tioning that the quality of Pres­ley’s record­ings di­min­ished dra­mat­i­cally after 1971. This was due to his de­te­ri­o­rating phys­ical and mental health along with artistic turn to­wards melo­drama and bom­bast. READ MORE