December 2011

Celebrating Elvis Presley's 77th Birthday

Boston is hosting the Spirit of the King: Elvis Presley’s 77th Birthday Concert on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Elvis Presley would have been 77 on January 8, 2012. Although Elvis passed away in 1977, his birthday has continued as a time of celebration for his fans all over the world for many years. Fans are really going all out this year to show how the spirit of the “King of Rock and Roll” lives on in many ways. 
Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley that has since been dedicated as a museum and a celebration of his life and career, is having a multiple-day birthday bash celebration for Elvis. It spans from Thursday, January 5, 2012 to Sunday, January 8, 2012. Events include a Graceland trivia tour, a dance club party that’s held in the Elvis Presley Car Museum a southern birthday breakfast that celebrates some of Presley’s favorite foods, a fan club event, live performances by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and a gospel music tribute, among many other fun festivities.

Young Man With A Big Beat

Elvis Presley Retrospect 1956

With the coming of Elvis Week there has been a lot of buzz regarding the year 1956. It was the year Elvis Presley made his big break into the music scene and ascended into the heights of superstardom and he began his reign of King of Rock n Roll.

This moment has been captured on a deluxe 5 CD set titled “Young Man with the Big Beat-The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Recordings”. It was in this year that Elvis crossed the country exposing the public to black music and his signature upper-lip sneer and gyrating hips. He took the nation by storm, recording his staple songs “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog”.

Elvis Presley's Christmas Duets

Elvis Presley’s Christmas music is legendary. There is all kinds of merchandise with some of his tunes, such as “Blue Christmas,” attached to them. His holiday tunes gets played on radio stations all over the country, and they have been a mainstay for decades around many Christmas trees. So, in 2008, when RCA Records released a Christmas album that features the vocals of Elvis mixed with the vocals from many contemporary singers, there was a mixed reaction. The album, simply title “Christmas Duets” is something that you either think is a very good or a very bad idea.

I'll Have uh Blueeee....blueee blueee blueee Christmasssss....

"blue christmas" past, present, future...

Blue Christmas

Written in 1948 by the song writing team of Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, this song of unrequited love during the holiday season has become a marker and iconic song throughout music history.

The song was originally recorded by Doye O’Dell and popularized by country singer Ernest Tubb and also by Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra. Russ Morgan and the Morganaires also did a version that got airplay.