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"The King!" Elvis Presley (Official Thread)

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

  1. gcczep

    gcczep Ever Onward...

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    The King by The Singer From The Black Country

    ROBERT PLANT REMEMBERS MEETING ELVIS

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    Elvis Presley
    by Robert Plant

    Born January 8th, 1935 (died August 16th, 1977)
    Key Tracks: "Mystery Train," "Hound Dog," "Suspicious Minds"
    Influenced: Bono, Bruce Springsteen (and many more)

    There is a difference between people who sing and those who take that voice to another, otherworldly place, who create a euphoria within themselves. It's transfiguration. I know about that. And having met Elvis, I know he was a transformer.

    The first Elvis song I heard was "Hound Dog." I wasn't equipped with any of the knowledge I have now, about the Big Mama Thornton version or where all all that swing was coming from. I just heard this voice, and it was absolutely, totally in its own place. The voice was confident, insinuating and taking no prisoners. He had those great whoops and diving moments, those sustains that swoop down to the note like a bird of prey. I took all that in. You can hear that all over Led Zeppelin.

    When I met Elvis with Zeppelin, after one of his concerts in the early Seventies, I sized him up. He wasn't quite as tall as me. But he had a singer's build. He had a good chest — that resonator. And he was driven. "Anyway You Want Me" is one of the most moving vocal performances I've ever heard. There is no touching "Jailhouse Rock" and the stuff recorded at the King Creole sessions. I can study the Sun sessions as a middle-aged guy looking back at a bloke's career and go, "Wow, what a great way to start." But I liked the modernity of the RCA stuff. "I Need Your Love Tonight" and "A Big Hunk o' Love" were so powerful — those sessions sounded like the greatest place to be on the planet.

    At that meeting, Jimmy Page joked with Elvis that we never sound checked — but if we did, all I wanted to do was sing Elvis songs. Elvis thought that was funny and asked me, "Which songs do you sing?" I told him I liked the ones with all the moods, like that great country song "Love Me" — "Treat me like a fool/Treat me mean and cruel/But love me." So when we were leaving, after a most illuminating and funny 90 minutes with the guy, I was walking down the corridor. He swung 'round the door frame, looking quite pleased with himself, and started singing that song: "Treat me like a fool. . . ." I turned around and did Elvis right back at him. We stood there, singing to each other.

    By then, because of the forces around him, it was difficult for him to stretch out with more contemporary songwriters. When he died, he was 42. I'm 18 years older than that now. But he didn't have many fresh liaisons to draw on — his old pals weren't going to bring him the new gospel. I know he wanted to express more. But what he did was he made it possible for me, as a singer, to become otherworldly.
     
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    Lynch Rockin' Out

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    Hotel California from the '68 comeback special




    I have such a man-crush for the king on this TV special. I'd definitely have his babies. :flirt





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    That's Alright from the same performance

     
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    They showed this performance on PBS last month, and I forgot how good it was...
     
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    Man, the ladies in the audience shrieking... :D
     
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    I think I'm kinda addicted to this one!

     
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    Whenever I watch the 68 special, I am always surprised by the sheer amount of charisma Elvis seems to radiate. What a great performer he was.

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    He mostly certainly did possess a great deal of passion for his craft as well as much pure natural charisma.Unfortunately,sometime in the early to mid 70's,he slowly became a mere shell of himself,succumbing to the drug addictions and obesity that would of course eventually bring on his early demise.I saw a tv special once about entertainment's most shocking moments,which included the Elvis death,though I have no idea why.Shocking?The man spent the last few years of his life slowly committing suicide.I remember in the couple of years preceding his passing,people were almost taking bets about when he would go if he didn't seek out serious professional help.Sad and tragic,but at the time of his death,I only had so much sympathy for a man who wasn't doing very much to help himself.When he died at 42,he looked more like 55 or 60.And an out-of-shape 55 or 60 year old at that.............
     
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    Cleaned up the 'ol Elvis thread....yeah man!! :D
     
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    He did have his voice until the very end though. What a shame he couldn't get it together. That voice was only getting more powerful.
     

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