Elvis


  • The King at the Garden: Elvis Presley’s 1972 Triumph

    June 10, 1972, was no ordinary day at Madison Square Garden. The hallowed halls, famous for hosting legendary sports battles and unforgettable music performances, were about to witness another momentous event. Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was back in New York City for the first time since the ’50s. This wasn’t just…

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  • Hound Dog and the Hip Thrust Heard ‘Round the World: Elvis’s Iconic 1956 Performance

    On June 5, 1956, Elvis Presley stepped onto the stage of The Milton Berle Show, ready to perform his latest single, “Hound Dog.” Little did anyone know, this performance would become one of the most talked-about moments in television history and a defining point in the evolution of rock and roll. Presley, already a rising…

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  • Why 2024’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Disappoint

    “There has to be a party. Which is why there have to be as many inductees crammed in as groupies at a Mötley Crüe orgy.”

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  • A Deeper Look Into a Modern Classic: The Dayton Wright Hommage

    From the PMA vault, this article was initially published in August 2022 and is worth revisiting. One of my favourite and most memorable listening experiences this year was of the state-of-the-art Dayton Wright Hommage (French for Homage) loudspeaker, a cutting-edge re-imagining and redesign of the Dayton Wright XG-10 of yore. The Hommage uses nine XG-10…

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  • Elvis at Sea: The Day the King Rocked the USS Hancock

    On the third day of April in 1956, a spectacle unfolded that was nothing short of a cultural earthquake, with Elvis Presley at its epicenter. This wasn’t your garden-variety television appearance; it was an event that would ricochet through the annals of music and television history, leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of American…

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  • Icons at Twilight: The Sinatra Soirée

    In the neon-lit heart of Las Vegas, where the desert meets decadence and the nights are longer than the odds, a photograph was snapped in 1969 that would freeze time in a frame, capturing a confluence of kings, a chairman, and a hoofer. This wasn’t just any night; this was the opening night shindig for…

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  • The Night Bo Diddley Broke the Mold on National TV

    On the evening of November 20, 1955, the usual calm of Sunday night television was shattered by the electrifying strum of a square guitar. Bo Diddley stepped onto the stage of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” not just to perform but to ignite a cultural revolution. Scheduled to play Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” Diddley instead…

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  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Rock’s Overlooked Matriarch

    Beginnings in the Delta Cotton Plant, Arkansas, 1915: Nestled amidst a sea of cotton fields, this town, where the Mississippi Delta begins its stretch, bore witness to the birth of Rosetta Nubin. It wasn’t just any place; the Delta was the cradle of American music, a melting pot of African rhythms, field hollers, and church…

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  • The King’s Homecoming in Tupelo

    In the sultry heat of a Southern afternoon, amidst the intoxicating scents of cotton candy and the rural festivities of the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, a rebellious rhythm began to play. It marked the homecoming of Tupelo’s most illustrious son, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. The year was 1956, a transformative…

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  • Elvis Presley’s 1954 Opry Debut: A Pivotal Moment in Rock ‘n’ Roll History

    Elvis Presley’s 1954 Opry Debut remains an iconic moment in music history. While today we easily associate Elvis with his swiveling hips and captivating dulcet tones, the music world of 1954 did not immediately recognize the impending legend from Tupelo, Mississippi. Yet, on October 2nd of that year, he stepped onto the revered Grand Ole…

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  • Sammy Davis Jr. at Elvis’ Stage Comeback

    In the kaleidoscopic universe of Las Vegas, where neon lights pierce the desert night and every high note echoes the clink of a jackpot, legends Sammy Davis Jr. and Elvis Presley found a friendship as enduring as their tunes. It all came into focus on July 31, 1969—Elvis’s comeback night at the International Hotel. There,…

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  • The King’s First Chords: Elvis Presley’s Debut Recording

    In the annals of music history, July 18, 1953, marks a momentous occasion. It was on this day that Elvis Presley, the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, ventured into Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and made his first-ever recording. It was a modest start, a heartfelt gift for his beloved mother, that would inadvertently…

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  • Treasures from the Vinyl Vault, Part 4

    Welcome to my series Treasures from the Vinyl Vault. In it, I will feature select gems from my approximately 12,000 ever-growing vinyl collection, accumulated over a 45-year period and counting.

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  • Norah Jones’s “I Dream of Christmas”—A new Christmas classic?

    At this time of year, I have always been fascinated by the question of what draws musicians from nearly every musical genre to Christmas music. Google “Christmas music” and you’ll see literally thousands of listings, everyone from Cheech & Chong and XTC to Charles Brown and The Flaming Lips. Even The Rolling Stones have a…

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  • MoFi’s 40th Anniversary Edition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller REVIEWED

    When MoFi offered to send me an advanced promo for one of the most famous albums of all time, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and thrill of revisiting a classic forty years after its initial release.

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