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"The King!" Elvis Presley (Official Thread)

Discussion in '50's Music' started by Gabble Ratchet, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Phil B.

    Phil B. Far Out Man!

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    When Elvis died, it was the first time I ever saw my Mom cry. That has stayed with me my whole life.
     
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    I can certianly relate to your mom's sentiments regarding the passing of Presley.I myself shed a few tears when I learned of the death of George Harrison.Some artists have connected with their audiences SO much,you almost feel as though you've known them personally.I'm a big believer that music can indeed change the world or at least the life perspectives of the people in it...............
     
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    Got to admit ..... in that Las Vegas movie in the mid 60s ...
    Elvis was the best looking guy in America and Ann Margret ...
    prob the best looking gal !
     
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    Ann Margaret was an undeniable knockout,while around that time,Presley,hardly surprisingly,was one of the country's biggest box office stars.As much as many of his 60's films were dismissed for basically having the quality of "contractual obligation" movies,Elvis,of course,still maintained a well fortified fan base who remained loyal even in this period of theatrical mediocrity.............
     
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    Elvis was no doubt a lover of songs and a true conoisseur

    Gifted with a wonderful voice I get the feeling that he was always
    looking for songs to add to his repertoir

    for instance....... Welcome to My World.... a song that was realy assoc with Jim Reeves

    As he got older he seemed to leave rock and roll behind and moved more towards ballads where probably his heart was....

    You were always on my mind..... ( wot a classic song that Elvis made his own)
    Unchained Melody
    If I can dream...

    Elvis was lucky that there were so many great ballads being written that
    he could put into his stage act

    ( I have a feeling these dramatic ballads were a big part of the show
    and songs that were close to his heart )
     
  7. Hurdy Gurdy Man

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    Yeah,Elvis definitely was NOT stritly a rock and roll performer.R&B inspired rock was merely his genre of choice for the first phase of his career.Essentially,he could pull off different styles quite well.Won a couple Grammys for Gospel(I know many times the Grammys have been a lot of BS,but I think most music historians would agree that his victories here were among the legitmiate ones in the history of the controversial trophy).Like ALL the truly great singers,he was certanly gifted in the area of not just singing the songs,but also feeling the spirit in which the tunes were written.Sensational interpreter.Many have questioned the whole "King of Rock and Roll" thing,but then on the other hand,this was a title bestowed upon him by the public.Elvis just plain garnered much pleasure from giving a song all he could in order to maximize audience pleasure.Elvis was well aware that it was really black artists who molded the genre of rock as he learned much from black gospel church singers when he was a youngster and we all know here that Gospel did indeed play a part in the formation of orck and roll.He also was a big fan of black R&B,another major rock component.I sincerely doubt that Presley saw himself as the creator of ANY kind of music.He just plain possessed great passion for and derived much inspiration from good music.Once in a meeting with the members of Led Zeppelin,he even remarked that he was a fan of "Stairway to Heaven",yet he knew this was not HIS kind of song to record.He was well aware of both his gifts and limitations.NOBODY can sing EVRYTHING satisfactorily,a point some think the Stones made when they attempted psychedelia with "Satanic Majesties Request",not an wholly bad record,but hardly the Stones' fortey........
     
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    I love Elvis.

    I named my dog Elvis. Been wanting to find a jumpsuit for him for Halloween, might try to look this year. He is a 9 year old Boston Terrier, he has to dress up like his namesake at least once in his life.
     
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    joker1961 Crazy As F***

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    :oyea: thanks @Queen Diamond you`ve made me smile if you do post a photo and King Diamond are a Awesome band, what about Mercyful Fate
     
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    "Elvis was the king, Johnny cash the God" love a lot of his songs especially "My boy" he was true legend for sure
     

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