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Title: Elvis Presley
Post by: In My Life on January 09, 2015, 06:11:09 AM
There are quite a few mentions of Elvis on this forum but he doesn't seem to have a topic dedicated to him. I guess his 80th birthday, which was actually yesterday, is a good time for him to get one! His first TV appearance came on January 28, 1956 on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. He went over so well that they had him back five more times in February and March!

19560128 - Elvis Presley - Dorsey Brothers Stage Show-1 (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xu6tjv)


This site has lots of early videos conveniently located in one place :):

http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/1956_january_28.html (http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/1956_january_28.html)
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 09, 2015, 07:31:17 AM
That early stuff still sounds wonderful (see also Buddy, Gene, Larry, Chuck etc!).
Funnily enough, although we get 'Elvis sighted on the moon' type stories and news of items being sold for silly money in auctions, I think that Elvis is badly served in the main.
This guy would easily get in a list of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century.   
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Kevin on January 09, 2015, 08:00:45 AM
Unfortunately Elvis, like Dylan, doesn't seem to go down too well in Beatleworld. Lots of "he didn't write his own songs" or "he didn't evolve", as if the only measure of greatness or importance is that set by The Beatles.
In his day, in his prime, his importance and influence are near incomparable. He is still the blueprint. Agree about the list thing.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Moogmodule on January 09, 2015, 11:11:08 AM
Unfortunately Elvis, like Dylan, doesn't seem to go down too well in Beatleworld. Lots of "he didn't write his own songs" or "he didn't evolve", as if the only measure of greatness or importance is that set by The Beatles.
In his day, in his prime, his importance and influence are near incomparable. He is still the blueprint. Agree about the list thing.

Considering how important Elvis was to the Beatles it's almost disrespectful for a Beatle fan not to appreciate his position in modern music. .
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ovi on January 09, 2015, 02:45:41 PM
Unfortunately Elvis, like Dylan, doesn't seem to go down too well in Beatleworld. Lots of "he didn't write his own songs" or "he didn't evolve", as if the only measure of greatness or importance is that set by The Beatles.
In his day, in his prime, his importance and influence are near incomparable. He is still the blueprint. Agree about the list thing.


That "Elvis didn't evolve" is one of the worst, least accurate cliches in popular music. It needs to go, get on with it, people. Four words I have to say: If I Can Dream.

http://youtu.be/9CMlYVu9J4g (http://youtu.be/9CMlYVu9J4g)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Klang on January 09, 2015, 04:00:06 PM

I like a number of his latter period songs. Personally, I find 'If I Can Dream' a bit maudlin, but there's a nice message at it's heart.

He certainly did change over the years. Whether or not it can be viewed as "evolving" is a matter of individual taste, I suppose. Maybe that's core issue at hand here.

 :)

Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 09, 2015, 05:01:41 PM
The most over-valued commodity in pop music, and it's a recent phenomenon, is longevity.

Most reputations are, rightly, founded on no more than about six years (think 'Please Please Me' to about 'Abbey Road')..... some through necessity (e.g. Buddy Holly - he died), the rest because their later stuff is never as good/instinctive/vibrant as the stuff they did at the beginning.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: tkitna on January 10, 2015, 12:56:39 AM
Unfortunately Elvis, like Dylan, doesn't seem to go down too well in Beatleworld. Lots of "he didn't write his own songs" or "he didn't evolve", as if the only measure of greatness or importance is that set by The Beatles.
In his day, in his prime, his importance and influence are near incomparable. He is still the blueprint. Agree about the list thing.

I agree with what Kevin said.  Nobody can argue about the influence and great songs that Dylan wrote.  I just don't want to hear him sing them.  Elvis on the other hand wasn't a song writer, but I do want to hear him sing.  The King was way easier to digest for me.  Crazy thing is I have about 5 Dylan albums and I'm not sure why.  I tried to like him, but just cant.  I have about 5 Elvis records too and I do listen to those every now and then. 
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Joost on January 10, 2015, 09:45:50 AM
I think it's hard to overstate the influence that Elvis Presley had on the pop and rock culture. He almost single-handedly made rock 'n' roll cool and "sexy". There were people before Elvis that made some pretty good rock 'n' roll, but Elvis made it the cultural phenomenon that it eventually became. But that's not to say that all he had was his looks, his moves and his incredible charisma. In my book, you're a good singer if you have the ability to make a song sound better than anyone else can. And by that definition, Elvis may have been the best there ever was.

But as an artist, he did have a whole lot against him. He didn't write songs. He had no artistic integrity to speak of, he didn't really seem to care too much if the songs he recorded were actually good. He never came up with something new, pretty much everything he did was already done before, he just brought it to a larger audience. And between his first album and the famous Comeback Special, he never made the tiniest bit of progression in any possible way for twelve whole years.

In conclusion: the greatest entertainer pop music has ever known, but hardly an artist.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Kevin on January 10, 2015, 03:02:20 PM


But as an artist, he did have a whole lot against him. He didn't write songs. He had no artistic integrity to speak of, he didn't really seem to care too much if the songs he recorded were actually good. He never came up with something new, pretty much everything he did was already done before, he just brought it to a larger audience. And between his first album and the famous Comeback Special, he never made the tiniest bit of progression in any possible way for twelve whole years.

In conclusion: the greatest entertainer pop music has ever known, but hardly an artist.
But surely it's quite a journey from the rockabilly o f It's Alright Mama to the social commentary of In Th Ghetto, via rock and roll, gospel and soundtrack music.
Can you really judge his musical integrity? How do you in know he didn't care what he recorded? I could make the same accusation against McCartney, or The Beach Boys even. Poor song choice doesn't necessarily equal no integrity.
Many Americans claimed the Beatles gained fame and fortune by plundering the great American songbook. Originality is a hard case to prove.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Bobber on January 10, 2015, 03:10:53 PM
Interesting paragraph coming from Mark Lewisohn's Tune In:

"Another change was that publishers were inducing certain artists to form joint companies, to house the copyrights in the songs they recorded. Cliff Richard had barely written a thing at this point but still he had two publishing firms, and it might be pointed out to writers tat, if he was to record their song, here was where they should vest its copyright. Colonel Parker was the past master at this: anyone who wanted Elvis to record a song was advised to give the copyright to Elvis Presley Music, Inc, or he probably wouldn't do it, a policy to owed everything to 'greed now' and nothing to 'artistry always' or any kind of long-term thinking, because the best songwriters simply took th best songs away from Elvis and gave them to other big singers."
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Mr Mustard on January 10, 2015, 06:37:05 PM
I always regard Elvis as the earthquake which shifted the world of musical entertainment... and triggered the mighty tsunami that was The Beatles. For sure there'd be no Beatles without Elvis, but we all know the landscape would be unrecognisable with no Beatles. I always tease my Elvis mad cousin by referring to him as their warm up man   ;)

Ironically, Presley suffers from his charisma, stage magnetism and good looks - all of which obscure (to some people) the fact that he was such a SUPERB singer - not just the voice itself but the phrasing and interpretation. Awesome.

Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Kevin on January 10, 2015, 09:53:20 PM
Interesting paragraph coming from Mark Lewisohn's Tune In:

"Another change was that publishers were inducing certain artists to form joint companies, to house the copyrights in the songs they recorded. Cliff Richard had barely written a thing at this point but still he had two publishing firms, and it might be pointed out to writers tat, if he was to record their song, here was where they should vest its copyright. Colonel Parker was the past master at this: anyone who wanted Elvis to record a song was advised to give the copyright to Elvis Presley Music, Inc, or he probably wouldn't do it, a policy to owed everything to 'greed now' and nothing to 'artistry always' or any kind of long-term thinking, because the best songwriters simply took th best songs away from Elvis and gave them to other big singers."
I hate being wrong

Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 11, 2015, 07:33:46 AM
A group.
A group who wore suits.
A four-piece group who wore suits.
A front-man who wore glasses.
A front-man who wrote songs and wore glasses.
An album cover from 1958 that looks like a dry run for 'Please Please Me' from 1963.....

I love Elvis but, certainly when considering America, the biggest influence on The Beatles for me is Buddy Holly & The Crickets.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Joost on January 11, 2015, 08:44:45 AM
But surely it's quite a journey from the rockabilly o f It's Alright Mama to the social commentary of In Th Ghetto, via rock and roll, gospel and soundtrack music.
Can you really judge his musical integrity? How do you in know he didn't care what he recorded? I could make the same accusation against McCartney, or The Beach Boys even. Poor song choice doesn't necessarily equal no integrity.

It's not a secret that Elvis didn't really care for many of the songs that he recorded for especially his soundtrack albums in the 1960s. And at least the bad songs that Paul McCartney and The Beach Boys recorded were own compositions. If you record songs written by other people despite not really liking them, I don't think you have a whole lot of artistic integrity.

Come on, can you really imagine the guy who made those amazing Sun single going "Wow, that 'Wooden Heart' is such an amazing song, I can't wait to get to sing it'?
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Kevin on January 11, 2015, 12:06:02 PM
It's not a secret that Elvis didn't really care for many of the songs that he recorded for especially his soundtrack albums in the 1960s. And at least the bad songs that Paul McCartney and The Beach Boys recorded were own compositions. If you record songs written by other people despite not really liking them, I don't think you have a whole lot of artistic integrity.

Come on, can you really imagine the guy who made those amazing Sun single going "Wow, that 'Wooden Heart' is such an amazing song, I can't wait to get to sing it'?
Hi joist. It's an interesting argument. Lennon spent much of the seventies saying he was "forced" to record endless songs he couldn't stand. So we can add lack of artistic integrity to his already lengthy list of sins.  Sing it everyone "Michelle my belle, these are words..."
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ovi on January 11, 2015, 12:44:21 PM
In conclusion: the greatest entertainer pop music has ever known, but hardly an artist.

I don't buy this at all, who says song-writing is a must for the 'artist' title? You're judging things based on 60's pop-rock where everybody started to write their own stuff. Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra are not artists? And taking songs others wrote and making them your own is not as easy as you make it sound. Perhaps in some cases it can be even harder than singing the songs you actually wrote.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Joost on January 11, 2015, 02:24:43 PM
I don't buy this at all, who says song-writing is a must for the 'artist' title? You're judging things based on 60's pop-rock where everybody started to write their own stuff. Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra are not artists? And taking songs others wrote and making them your own is not as easy as you make it sound. Perhaps in some cases it can be even harder than singing the songs you actually wrote.

There aren't many words that are harder to define than "art" and "artist". But I think that an artist should at least be a pretty creative person.

Music was both Elvis Presley's passion and his job for almost all of his adult life. And yet he never (or hardly ever) wrote lyrics, wrote music, produced, became a noteworthy instrumentalist, came with ground breaking ideas... He just sang on the songs that his manager and producers handed to him. That doesn't sound like a very creative, or artistic, person to me.

Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Elvis as the incredible singer, the insanely charismatic stage personality and the iconic trendsetter that he was. And I've been a fan of his music ever since I was eight years old. But I just think that he was mostly an entertainer (perhaps the best ever in pop music) and barely a true artist. And yes, I feel the same way about Sinatra.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 11, 2015, 07:44:49 PM
Rock 'n' Rollers dig Elvis, don't get me wrong, but rock 'n' roll in the mid-to-late 50s threw up hundreds of heroes (some famous, some female, some barely known outside of their home town) and your average rock 'n' roller, from my constant reading of the subject, does seem to put Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry, Buddy, Larry Williams et al above, or at least on a par with, Elvis.

I'm not questioning his influence (it's HUGE) but, you know, I rarely listen to him, yet listen to rock 'n' roll (the proper 50s stuff, not the cliche) all the time.

It tends to be people who don't really listen much to rock 'n' roll who are the ones who have shrines of the fella in their front room, not the rockers!

They're also the people who tend to have no quality control in their love for the man, not really differentiating between the lean, hungry version (i.e. the only one that is really worth investigating) and the Vegas model or anything in-between.....see also Michael Jackson fans.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: ibanez_ax on January 11, 2015, 08:04:17 PM
Lennon did say "No Elvis no Beatles" but they covered songs by Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Carl Perkins,  Buddy Holly and black girl groups.

Elvis opened up Rock and Roll in the 50s to white kids in the U.S. who had (parent's) money to spend on records, and allowed (in my opinion) better artists like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, etc. to get exposure.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Joost on January 11, 2015, 10:00:18 PM
Rock 'n' Rollers dig Elvis, don't get me wrong, but rock 'n' roll in the mid-to-late 50s threw up hundreds of heroes (some famous, some female, some barely known outside of their home town) and your average rock 'n' roller, from my constant reading of the subject, does seem to put Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry, Buddy, Larry Williams et al above, or at least on a par with, Elvis.

If you only look at the rock & roll years, the 1950s material, it could be argued that Jerry Lee and Chuck were maybe better than Elvis. But if you look at everything they did, including the 60s and 70s material, Elvis wins by a landslide...
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 12, 2015, 09:02:54 AM
Yeah, fair enough, but who cares about the years after Elvis joined the army?
John and Paul didn't. I'm not sure I do!

It's a contentious notion about Chuck anyway.
The Stones' first 45 in 1963 was a Chuck song from 1961 and the whole London R'n'B scene from 1962 to 1965 was made almost entirely in his image, not Elvis's.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Joost on January 12, 2015, 02:20:41 PM
Yeah, fair enough, but who cares about the years after Elvis joined the army?

A whole lot of people do. The '68 Comeback Special, the Stax sessions and the Aloha From Hawaii concert, for instance, were pretty amazing.

In fact, some of his very best songs were recorded in the late 60s and early 70s. Suspicious Minds, Burning Love, American Trilogy, My Boy, If I Can Dream... And what were Chuck and Jerry Lee doing in those years?
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 12, 2015, 04:54:29 PM
It's largely irrelevant, Joost, it's what The Beatles, The Stones, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix were doing in the late 60s that matters.
Elvis's period of influence, a very important period mind you, had long gone.....as had Chuck's and Jerry Lee's.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Joost on January 12, 2015, 05:49:50 PM
It's largely irrelevant, Joost, it's what The Beatles, The Stones, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix were doing in the late 60s that matters.

Maybe it was irrelevant to The Beatles and The Stones and everyone else who mattered in the 1960s. But to this day there are still people who are influenced by Elvis Presley in one way or another. And to anyone who grew up in or after the 1970s, 'Suspicious Minds' and 'In the Ghetto' are probably just as relevant as 'That's All Right' and 'Heartbreak Hotel'.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: stevie on January 12, 2015, 11:28:11 PM
That early stuff still sounds wonderful (see also Buddy, Gene, Larry, Chuck etc!).
Funnily enough, although we get 'Elvis sighted on the moon' type stories and news of items being sold for silly money in auctions, I think that Elvis is badly served in the main.
This guy would easily get in a list of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century.

He would be in the top 20 of that list, maybe even the top 10 along with the Beatles and probably Marilyn Monroe depending on the theme of the list. I have never bought any Elvis records but I love a few of his
songs and have read a few books about him. So I appreciate his enormous influence on music.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Mr Mustard on January 13, 2015, 02:35:19 AM
Being the most impersonated human being on the planet there's no arguing with the gigantic shadow cast by Elvis. As a solo entertainer and an individual icon he's pretty untouchable.

Plenty of music (as opposed to showbiz) fans play the "what if.." card speculating on the impact and influence Buddy Holly may well have gone onto achieve had he lived, but let's not overlook the argument that, had Buddy himself not heard Elvis in '55, his own sound would probably never have evolved and blossomed as it did. Certainly in his brief career Buddy produced more quality numbers than the (overrated IMO) Jerry Lee Lewis (two good songs) and Chuck Berry (one tune re-using different lyrics) put together. Little Richard could blow the lot of them (apart from Presley) off the stage anyway and was arguably a more palpable influence on the fabs than anyone...

Interesting to note that The Beatles never officially attempted an Elvis cover version? Did they perhaps feel this would have been sacrilege, whereas the back catalogues of Holly/Perkins/Berry/Richard etc were all fair game and ripe for sampling?

I'd put it this way: The Beatles loved Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, The Everly Brothers...
they adored Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly and Little Richard...
but they worshipped Elvis Presley.

Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 13, 2015, 07:09:56 AM
Hey oldbrownshoe!  You would get a kick out of this movie...


(http://www.pastposters.com/cw3/assets/product_expanded/(JamieF-AC)__HeartbreakHotel(onesheet)1.jpg)



This teenage boy kidnaps Elvis Presley in 1972.  He wants to cheer up his depressed mom who is a BIG Elvis fan.  He gets Elvis to trim his sideburns and dress in his dad's 1957 clothes and become the savage young Elvis Presley he used to be...


(http://www.elvisblog.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Heartbreak-Hotel-2.jpg)


(http://cineplex.media.baselineresearch.com/images/300876/300876_large.jpg)




Watch his mom's reaction...


Elvis - Love me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la5J1wmf7H8#)

Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 13, 2015, 07:24:47 AM
A whole lot of people do. The '68 Comeback Special, the Stax sessions and the Aloha From Hawaii concert, for instance, were pretty amazing.

In fact, some of his very best songs were recorded in the late 60s and early 70s. Suspicious Minds, Burning Love, American Trilogy, My Boy, If I Can Dream... And what were Chuck and Jerry Lee doing in those years?


Right, Joost.  Even with his 4 inch collar, he was still The King...


Elvis Presley - Burning Love (live 1973) HQ 0815007 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wJXiQEjVgQ#)


Thank you.  Thank you very much.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 13, 2015, 09:07:21 AM
I think The Beatles worshipped Buddy more than Elvis.....can anyone get on the blower to Paul to find out?

Fair enough, you all win, and if people like all the 'Guitar Man' stuff, and even films like 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style', who am I to argue?

I've just made it a personal mission on my part to never, that's NEVER, own a record by anyone wearing a jump-suit.
Ain't gonna happen, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Moogmodule on January 13, 2015, 09:26:02 AM
You're cutting yourself out of the entire Gary Glitter catalogue OBS. Can you give that much up?  ;D
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Mr Mustard on January 13, 2015, 11:24:00 AM

I've just made it a personal mission on my part to never, that's NEVER, own a record by anyone wearing a jump-suit.
Ain't gonna happen, I'm afraid.




Really? Ain't That A Shame.....

(http://i57.tinypic.com/11kl4c5.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: tkitna on January 13, 2015, 01:09:05 PM

Really? Ain't That A Shame.....


Lol.  Beat me to it.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: oldbrownshoe on January 13, 2015, 05:21:04 PM
If that was a picture of John in the 60s I'd be mortified, Mr. Mustard.
It isn't, therefore I'm not!
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: In My Life on August 17, 2017, 03:21:49 AM
Hard to believe we're marking the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death.
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Hello Goodbye on August 17, 2017, 03:33:43 AM
Elvis is not dead...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9YfEZtQBtY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9YfEZtQBtY#)

...He just went home.






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXGXCXifcWg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXGXCXifcWg#)

Thank-you.  Thank-you very much.




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: tkitna on August 17, 2017, 05:58:49 AM
The king rocked

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWVMXLSS1cA# (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWVMXLSS1cA#)
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: In My Life on August 18, 2017, 04:10:35 AM
^^^
  8)
Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Hello Goodbye on August 30, 2017, 03:12:43 AM
The king rocked


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qka6JrKUM5U# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qka6JrKUM5U#)