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from graceland to burbank to graceland

BEST CLASSIC BANDS just published “Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback: Burbank to Graceland” (although it should have been “Graceland to Burbank”). It addressed the television special, the records associated with it, and what followed. The article declared, “By the final days of the decade, Elvis was arguably as famous as he had been in the ’50s.” [Read more] “from graceland to burbank to graceland”

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pressed between the pages of mac davis’ mind

SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATED WITH ELVIS that receive the most credit in terms of Presley’s successful career are usually two teams: Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller and Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman. But a third team was paramount in Elvis’s transition from sappy movie matinee idol of the mid-1960s to potent music and cultural figure in 1968-1969: Billy Strange-Mac Davis. [Read more] “pressed between the pages of mac davis’ mind”

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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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elvis’ golden caricatures volume 7 (elvis by hirschfeld)

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] “elvis’ golden caricatures volume 7 (elvis by hirschfeld)”