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
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
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
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