pressed between the pages of mac davis’ mind

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SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATED WITH ELVIS that re­ceive the most credit in terms of Pres­ley’s suc­cessful ca­reer are two teams: Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller and Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman. But an­other team was para­mount in Elvis’s tran­si­tion from the sappy movie matinee idol of the mid-1960s to his emer­gence as a po­tent figure in 1968-1969: Billy Strange-Mac Davis. READ MORE

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

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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

from burbank to graceland to facebook

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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

elvis’ golden caricatures volume 7 (elvis by hirschfeld)

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THE FIRST CARICATURE of Elvis Presley ap­peared in July 1956 in Col­lier’s mag­a­zine. The drawing was by the inim­itable Hirschfeld, and it was clean, simple, and ef­fec­tive. But it was a rather bland drawing, lacking the pizazz usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with his work—as if he wasn’t par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in his sub­ject. READ MORE