My mother-in-law and father-in-law both went through Ft. Jackson in WWII, Taylor.
Graceland was just as I expected, though the neighborhood wasn't. I hear it's even rougher now. I loved every minute there, and I started loving Elvis when I was thirty. And I never stopped. I get this sense of awe about him that I only get with one other, Frank.
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She loves the theatre but never comes late That's why the Lady is a Tramp.
Gone too soon. Rest in peace Elvis, you will never be forgotten.
Sicilian pride forever
38 years ago today that Elvis left the building. Also 67 years ago today that Babe left the Stadium. Both tragically taken from us. Both, due to style decisions, left us before their time.
Out of the tree of life, I picked me a plum
I remember the day well, even though I was just a kid at the time. Still sad that Elvis left us. He will always be missed.
I will never forget losing Elvis, I was and still am, a devoted Elvis fan. Elvis was my life when I was young, everything I did revolved around him. My parents had promised that when I finished my O'levels, I could go on the annual trip with the fan club to see him in concert, I had just got my O'level results and was looking forward to booking my trip when the bulletin came on the news that he had died. To say I was inconsolable is an understatement, my dear mum didn't know what to do with me and she ending up walking the streets of Exmouth with me all that night while I tried to come to terms with what had happened. Everyone in my town knew of my love for Elvis and everyone was so kind to me for weeks and months after. Not seeing Elvis and Frank in concert were my biggest regrets and disappointments in life. Elvis will always have a large chunk of my heart and I miss him so much, he definitely got me through my teenage years and helped smooth all the rough times of my life.
As an Elvis fan and music collector (of his) since the mid-90s, I really appreciate all the kind words said here about him. It's especially nice to know how dearly you still hold Elvis in your heart, Nancy. Before I joined this forum I already knew from different sources throughout the years that Elvis considered Frank Sinatra as his favorite singer (as mentioned in at least one press interview where he was asked the question of who his favorite singer was, Elvis also mentioned singers like Clyde McPhatter, Dean Martin, Mario Lanza and also the gospel bass singers like Jake Hess) although he obviously did not agree with Frank's opinion about rock 'n' roll as voiced by Frank in the fifties.
He respectully disagreed lol, as do I, and I think and hope that after the famed 1960 Frank Sinatra Timex special featuring a.o. a fresh-out-of-the-army (and rather disarmingly shy) Elvis, Frank's opinion about Elvis as an enduring entertainer did change somewhat as compared to his opinion from the middle-to-late fifties. Lord knows that Elvis did his best to be accepted as an all-around entertainer and not JUST a rock and roll singer. he did record a lot more great music than is generally known, both in the 60s and 70s. I know the two met again in 1965, which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oi4ludKxsA
I regret however that we don't have any press quotes from either man about each other between that 1960 Special and Elvis' premature death. Or a musical cooperation of some sort, because their voices DID blend well, as can be heard during the finale of 'Witchcraft/Love Me Tender' (1960). There were lots of 1970s TV shows like Dean Martin's ( I love him too!) very entertaining "Celebrity Roasts" that gave the opportunity to many singers/actors/comedians.. to not only make fun of each other in a nice and hilarious way (but still respectful and classy, in contrast to most of the roasts of these last years which often scrape the bottom of the barrel in terms of put-downs and vulgarities), but also to heap praise towards one another. Even Don Rickles! And Muhammad Ali! So why not Elvis Presley? It was known that he was very funny in private as well as on stage, perhaps the colonel vetoed it?
I find it a big shame that Elvis never appeared on TV during the wildly succesful touring 1970s, or was never celebrated by his entertainment peers while he was still alive! At least they did do that for Frank, I'm glad he lived to experience all this appreciation from his collegues all the way up until the 1990s. Lots of later Elvis tribute shows and TV documentaries, and anecdotes, but like Ann Margret said in that rare 1990s TV interview (you can find it on YouTube): "Why didn't they say that while he was alive?". Those who have written books about Elvis post-1977.
I'm sure many celebrities DID say, however, how much they appreciated Elvis in private, people like Jack Lord, Nancy, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, Cary Grant (who was a big Elvis fan), Tom Jones, Mama Cass, etc. but publicly and openly nothing was ever undertaken to express this in the form of a televised celebration. This man should have won lots more Grammy's! What he has done for music... The man who together with Frank Sinatra and James Brown was responsible for the biggest musical shift in popular culture, globally, of the entire 20th century, deserved way better. That's my opinion. I think his early rock and roll persona and music was more of a hindrance to him than anything else, even starting in 1960, when he clearly expanded musically (check out his oustanding "Elvis Is Back!" album from 1960 or "From Elvis In Memphis"/"Back In Memphis" from 1969), and tackled many, many different genres very succesfully: blues, country, latino, pop crooning, soul, bossa nova, folk, etc. (indeed: "Tommorrow Is A Long Time IS a fantastic recording, one of my personal favorites also, Elvis learned it from the album Odetta Sings Dylan: apparently Elvis did not appreciate Dylan's voice that much as evidenced by his good-natured jokes during some of his 1969-1970 shows referring to having a "hoarse throat that felt like Bob Dylan had slept in it" , as opposed to his appreciation of Dylan's obvious genius songwriting skills, as evidenced by another frustratingly short but oh so hauntingly tender Elvis-sung "I Shall Be Released" which can be found on the before mentioned 1970s box set Walk A Mile In My Shoes (1995) and, in better context on Sony/FTD's "Elvis Now - expanded 2-cd set (2010)".
Anyone who has not heard that golden snippet, has missed something. Elvis mentions the name "DYLAN" loudly and respectfully to his band members at the end of that little piece. What a shame he didn't go on and complete a full take, because you can hear his voice was perfect for it, and it would have suited him better than many sub-par ballad compositions (alongside the obvious classics) he was singing during that decade. Elvis also did long and loose jams on Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" on both that release and on Sony/FTD's "Elvis - (The Fool Album) (2010)". And he also tackled "Blowin' In The Wind" during one of his 1960s home recordings as can be found on the 1997 "Platinum - A Life In Music" box set. Elvis was very good in doing folk music, in fact, as evidenced also by his take on "Early Morning Rain" or "That's What You Get For Lovin' Me". Another missed opportunity as a worthy follow-up to his great "Elvis Country" from 1970.
Which somehow leads me to wonder how wonderful it would have been if both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley in the 60s or 70s had made a kind of concept album out of specific Bob Dylan songs. A lot of singers were doing Dylan, I know, with mixed results, but I'm sure these gentlemen would have made something special out of it.
Specific songs that would have suited each of their distintive singing style. I'm sure it could have been done very well, artistically. Bob Dylan has recently released a clearly Frank Sinatra-inspired album "Shadows In The Night", and apparently visited with Frank the day before the 1995 TV special along with Bruce Springsteen (what I would give to have heard that conversation!), so everybody knows how strong Bob Dylan felt about Frank Sinatra (both in interviews and given this latest album) and about Elvis Presley as artists, which is all very well documented by quotes and even a song (about supposedly -lacking hard evidence of it taking place- meeting Elvis in Las Vegas): "Went To See The Gypsy" ("New Morning" album, 1970). How fitting it would have been had the favor been returned in a musical way, but some dreams will forever stay dreams, I guess.
You're so right Karyn. That's something, however different both men's approach and style was, Elvis and Frank like no other had tyhe ability to MOVE you, to sing directly to you, making you feel like you can look inside their souls. It takes a lot of courage and talent to be able to do that, to reach out and grab millions of listeners, because out of vulnerability on the highest musical level, comes magic. Which we can still feel and appreciate today, tomorrow and forever, making us feel young at heart every time we listen. :-)
It's probably been mentioned here before, but all of Elvis' Grammys were for gospel music, none for ballads or rock'n'roll. It's unfortunate that the Grammys weren't awarded until after most of his remarkable hits were recorded.This man should have won lots more Grammy's!
Pack a small bag....
Ace, you are such a wealth of information.
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
My favorite song.
1st Grammy Awards of 1958 saw Frank denied an album of the year win...but won best cover for Only the Lonely. Reasonably famous upset.
Got a lot of time for Elvis aside from his films and soundtracks which I dislike a lot in the main, the evolution of his catalogue up till the Vegas years is a really fine canon of music.
Pack a small bag....
OK, I bow to your vast, superior, unlimited fount of knowledge!
The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed ~ Bennett Cerf
I'll be loving you always, Elvis.
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She loves the theatre but never comes late That's why the Lady is a Tramp.