Discussion in '50's Music' started by Gabble Ratchet, Dec 26, 2009.
The Chairman Of The Board And The King
^I'll race your Nixon with a Sinatra.
The King and The Greatest...
That picture is awesome. Thanks for posting it!
I am surprised I haven't posted in this thread yet. Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis were all played in my house when I was growing up. Elvis was a performer that I had to seek out on my own. I like all of his tunes "pre-enlistment" and most of his later music. The "middle" era of his work is quite fluffy. I can't agree with a fan crazed evaluation that "every thing he did is a masterpiece", which you hear quite often down here.
I will say this, if anybody could make a bad tune sound decent, it was Elvis.
Even from my absolute favorite artists, I could/would never say anything like that. If I ever had a weak moment and did say something like that, I think it would just be an over-generalization.
Cool pic of these two legends
A lot of the middle period "fluff" was due to writers having to come up with tunes for his many many films obviously much faster than they were able to come up with consistently strong material.Whenever Presley and his team were truly devoted to delivering the goods,they were usually damn good at it.In the midst of all the mediocre soundtrack scores,Presley scored big artistically with 1967's "How Great thou Art" which I believe is regarded as on the best recordings of the genre ever.Early period works,particularly the Sun sessions,really kicked off rock and roll to an exasperatingly thunderous start.Particularly when you keep in mind that around that time,the Billboard charts were full of Pat Boone,Doris Day,Four Lads Four Freshman,a lot of nice but rather pedestrian bill of fare.Presley's early life influences of local black gospel church singers shine exorbitantly through the richly soulful wailings of the times.
Number 32 and The King...
Jim Brown and Elvis Presley...
A Pair of Kings...
Presley with B.B. King [sans Lucille]
It's Not Unusual...
The King and the Welsh Elvis Tom Jones?
I read Presley loved Jones' "Green Green Grass Of Home" upon first hearing it that he played it non-stop on a road trip. They became fast friends because of it.
Separate names with a comma.