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    Remembering Elvis Presley, His Life and Music

    This thread is dedicated to Elvis Presley.
    Last edited by Nancy; 01-08-2015 at 06:25 PM.
    Adam
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    Could Elvis Presley sing?

    Yes, he could.

    Elvis was not a singer like Frank, of course, but I think he had a wonderful voice. There are many songs sang by he very good, and he wasn't only a rock n'roll singer. He sang very beautifuls balads. I'm Elvis fan. When he sang "Love me Tender" with Frank in that show he was making the second voice that's why we heard more Frank's voice.

    Lourdes
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    Yes..I too think he could sing very well..definitely Frank came thru the most on the TV show..but I think Elvis had a very nice and warm voice and gave some pretty good performances on album and in concerts...I don't recall him really singing any of the Great American songbooks tunes.....maybe he did..does anyone know..how did he do?

    I like his If I Can Dream and that Kentucky song(?) and Suspicious Minds..he had really good rythym in his pop tunes and was very musical..again I think he had a very warm and relatable and personal sound.

    I haven't heard his gospel songs..those are probably pretty good too!

    Thanks!

    Selena

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    Sometimes Operatic Elvis...

    Elvis was most definitely a great singer.Even in his last year (1977) he was still able to hit some really high operatic notes.Listen to his studio and concert versions of the song "Hurt" and you'll see what I mean.Elvis could be powerful and he was also a great ballad singer.He did a knockout version of "I'll remember you" in 1966 (Don Ho also did a great job with that song as well).A forgotten gem is his early 70's version of "The first time ever I saw your face".He does something quite different and unique with the song that separates his recording from Roberta Flack's original.Perry Como used to tell me that he would stand backstage at the International Hotel in the early 70's and watch Elvis perform.Mr.Como loved Elvis' version of "Bridge over troubled water".He humbly told me that Elvis did the song the best of all!Perry recorded his own version of the song which is also phenomenal.Elvis was definitely regarded highly as vocalist by other singers and listeners alike!
    Ron

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    Thumbs up Hi, Selena

    I agree with all that you said here. I liked Elvis, still like and will continues to like. He had a great voice and was a dedicaded artist. I have ALL his albums and many videos of his performances. Maybe I have a lack intelligence...

    (forgive any mistake in English).



    Lourdes
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    Wink Hi, Carl

    Thanks for the photo. It's beautiful!

    Lourdes
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    Simply magnificent

    Elvis had a wonderful, warm, powerful voice that suited his type of music very well. I am very thankful that Elvis was able to share his talent with the world for over twenty years. He is sorely missed.

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    What have millions of us been listening to all these years!

    Comparisons are inevitable so I won't suggest that it is a mistake to compare Elvis and Frank. They were both tremendous personalities with memorable voices and tons of talent.

    Elvis was known as The King (of Rock and Roll) and Frank was known as The Voice. Their musical styles were as different as the men themselves, but they had one giant trait in common: each wanted to entertain and sing more than anything else in their lives. Each sacrificed much for the privelege of dedicating themselves to the world and their craft. Each
    contributed greatly to the world of music and the huge legacy of American popular culture.

    Perhaps if those who disagree would listen to some of E.P.'s gospel collections, they might change their minds. Also, I can recommend highly his favorite of his own recordings, Tomorrow Is A Long Time. The feeling on this record is tangible and extremely moving.

    So, to compare Elvis to my dad is not unlike comparing Ella and Aretha. Both extremely talented - just different styles. What could possibly be wrong with that? There is room for everybody.

    I am sorry to intrude on your discussion but since Elvis was a dear friend of mine and I could not let the insults go by without commenting. Elvis was one of the most wonderful people I ever met and having seen him perform many times I can say that his shows were absolutely incredible and his voice filled the showrooms with magic. Audiences loved him and so did I - and I consider myself a fairly intelligent person.

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    I thought the movie was really cute.

    Regarding Susan's next message:

    As we go through life, it's "not what we did we regret, but what we didn't do". And though it's a cliche, to me it's still relatively fresh on the horizon.
    ......pick yourself up...... ......dust yourself off...... ......start all over again...... (my e-mail)

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    It's amazing how passionate people get about music

    Nancy- I understand your defending Elvis since he was a friend, and since you love his music. I get the same way when anyone puts Tom Jones down. But there's one thing we all agree upon..at least on this website....your dad was the greatest!
    My heart.

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    Thumbs up Elvis

    Nancy, I say AMEN to all you have said.

    There's place for everyone in this world. I like Elvis and I adore Frank. THAT'S ALL.

    Lourdes
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    Good Morning!

    I haven't heard the song mentioned by Nancy..now I am really curious!

    Adam...I'm not trying to convert you , but I just listened to a song I think you might like called 'Don't'....it's kind of in the same vain as the 'If' thread...it's very sweet and gentle and about being in love and wanting/needing/hoping that the girl will hear his 'plea'.

    I agree his voice is not as flat out beautiful and his singing style is not as clear and resonant as Mr. Sinatra...but I think that improved as he grew older.

    I love 'Hard-Headed Woman' and 'Jailhouse Rock', I think those songs rock and when I'm in a dancing mood, they really get me going!

    And I really enjoy his bouncier songs like 'Good Luck Charm' 'Stuck On You' 'I'm All Shook Up' 'I Love You Too Much'.

    And one of my favorites and a song he does that I find very inspiring is 'If I can Dream'.

    I guess this 'debate' can go on forever....I mentioned before that my parents were fans and they aren't really the types to be 'fans'...they don't collect cds, books, etc.....but I remember when Mr. Presley died, I heard it on the radio and went in and told my mother ( my parents had just seen him a few months prior) and the look on my mother's face was pure shock and disbelief, it was very startling to her and very sad, even my father was kind of shocked and sad and circumspect and he usually covers his more vulnerable or sad moments with humor...it really meant something to them...they were born in 1944, so remember Elvis from the beginning...and I tell you...my Mom was compelled to go out and buy an Elvis t-shirt!

    That impressed me alot as, again, that would not be a normal thing for her to do! And then they went out and bought the 'blue vinyl' Moody Blue album....I also listened to that alot when dusting/vacumming etc.

    So, again it is all subjective...based on actual talent and a body of work and of course the intangible 'feeling' and 'connection' you make with any artist...what you heard or felt when listening to them sing - their heart, their spirit, their energy and you take it in and it merges with your own inner thoughts and feelings and dreams.

    PS Regarding the previously mentioned 'intelligence' question thru-out this thread - My dad was an executive for a very long time in the Technology unit at a big company here in town and a self-taught computer programmer (he learned from programming manuals that were thrown out at his job, around 1970) and my Mom has a Masters in Psychology and is a practicing Therapist.

    Selena

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    Hey Johnofphilly- what a blast from the past

    I remember listening to SUSPICION with my sister way back when, and we couldn't believe how much he sounded like Elvis. What ever happened to Terry Stafford? I never heard of him after that song. Also, can you answer this question...what was the line after the word 'suspicion" ...it sounds like "corvince my heart" instead of "convince my heart"....or is it some other word altogether.

    Hey Johno- I just re-read your post and saw that you already answered my question! Can you believe that in all these years neither my sister nor I could figure out that the word was "torments". I guess Terry Stafford fans ain't too bright either
    My heart.

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    Fred, that was a great musical year, 1964

    I think it was '64, or maybe '65. I know every good thing in Philly tends to walk out on it. Breyers Ice Cream, the Latin Casino, and American Bandstand being no exception. Dick went to Hollywood and took it with him.

    My memory has gotten fuzzy as to whether I saw Terry on Bandstand or Lloyd Thaxton, a comparable mid-sixties teenage dance show host whose show replaced Bandstand. I think it was the latter.
    ......pick yourself up...... ......dust yourself off...... ......start all over again...... (my e-mail)

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    I have the tape of that show. All I know is that was Frank's idea to make a TV show about the return of Elvis from the Army. The show was all about the return of Elvis and it shows us Frank very happy to be there. If he doesn't like Elvis's
    music I don't know. Maybe Nancy knows... But I like...

    Regards,

    Lourdes
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    Just a question

    I have heard mention that Frank sang 'Love Me Tender' on one of his later albums, does anyone know anything about this and what album it was on?

    If you have heard it, what is it like?

    Adam
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    Love Me Tender

    The version that I have is contained in the 20 disc "Complete Reprise Collection" According to the bio on the song, it was recorded in 1979. It doesn't say that it was previously unreleased. His voice was a little raspy, but his phrasing was perfect. I personally like the version. I could be wrong, but since it was recorded in 1979, it may be on his Trilogy album.

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    Hi Guys,

    Yes, "Love Me Tender" is on "Trilogy."

    Eugene

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    Thanks

    Thanks Eugene, i'll have to look out for it.

    Are there any other crossover songs from the big two?

    Adam
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    "My Way" is one that comes to mind.

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