THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career. For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis." The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King.
ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive. Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line! Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" on The Milton Berle Show six months later, not only because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show. He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year. Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army. All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special. 1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated. I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it. Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it. I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider." a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'". The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.
GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND: It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death. Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)
MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."
ELVIS WEEK 2014: The King Lives on in Memphis.
SPOON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.
AROARA is advance streaming In The Pines.
CHORUS GRANT is advance streaming Space.
TWEEDY is "Flowering" ahead of Sukierae.
THE AFGHAN WHIGS cover The Police hit "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."
WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Arlo Guthrie, Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.
RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Drowned In Sound about the current folk scene, life as a touring musician, the Guitar Camp he set up in Woodstock 3 years ago, his passion for cricket and Chelsea Football Club, and the Islamic faith he converted to in 1974.
NINE 90s BANDS, from the "Where Are They Now?" file.
WHY DO WE LOVE the music we heard as teenagers? It's science!
THE GROSSEST BAND MERCH, according to NME.
CUTOUT BIN:From the Clash to Gordon Lightfoot, from Chuck Berry to the Butthole Surfers, from the Faces to the Lemonheads, plus Bob Dylan, the Replacements, the Beta Band, the Shangri-Las and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are: The Expendables 3, which is currently scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Let's Be Cops, which opened Wednesday and is scoring 10 percent; and The Giver, scoring 28 percent.
ROBIN WILLIAMS was battling the early stages of Parkinson's disease, it has been revealed by his widow, Susan Schneider.
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE gave birth to a baby girl.
NICKI MANAJ has bettered Michael Jackson's record for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits. This more a comment on internet age charts than artistic quality.
MICHAEL STRAHAN & NICOLE MURPHY may reconcile.
REESE WITHERSPOON, rocking out the way only white girls can during what looks like a wedding-related event.
LINDSAY LOHAN predicts she'll mess up her stage debut.
UKRAINE: A pro-Russian rebel leader in one eastern Ukrainian city resigned and shells reportedly rocked another rebel-held area Thursday as the Ukrainian military kept up its deadly offensive to retake separatist strongholds.
ISRAEL: A new, five-day truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding on Thursday despite a shaky start.
LIBYA:Tripoli University has closed due to continuing insecurity in the capital city. Ansar al Sharia ignored the Parliament's call for an unconditional ceasefire in Benghazi and Tripoli. Operation Dignity forces bombed a boat allegedly carrying fighters and weapons from Syria as it approached the port of Derna on Aug. 11; Islamist fighters in the city tried to hit the Operation Dignity plane with anti-aircraft missiles.
IRAQI Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has stepped aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents. Most of the tens of thousands of Yazidis who scrambled up Mount Sinjar to escape advancing militants have now climbed down, said Pres. Obama while calling off an evacuation plan. Yazidi leaders and emergency relief officials on Thursday strongly disputed American claims that the siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq had been broken and that the crisis was effectively over, saying that tens of thousands of Yazidis remained on the mountain in desperate conditions.
MAYMO THE BEAGLE balances fruits and veggies on his head.
THE POCKET GOPHER: Endangered, but well-endowed.
A SALMON CANNON which sucks fish out of water and fires them over barriers such as dams has been developed.
DUKE THE DOG was elected Mayor of Cormorant, MN.