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Blast From The Past – An American Trilogy

Mickey Newbury is a songwriter most famous for a song he arranged, but did not write.

One night in Los Angeles, at a time of national distress over war and race issues in the U.S.A., Newbury spontaneously combined a southern anthem (written by a northerner, D.D. Emmett), a northern anthem (written by a southerner, William Steffe), and a third song that was originally a Jamaican slave song (All My Sorrows).

In the audience that night were many celebrities, Odetta, Kristofferson and Streisand among them. The trio of songs brought tears to Odetta’s eyes. It came to be called An American Trilogy, and would be adopted by Elvis Presley as the centerpiece of his later concerts.

This clip is an extra from LIVE AT THE HERMITAGE, the new Mickey Newbury DVD, and features Marie Rhines on violin. The clip is uploaded with the permission of the Newbury family, and the DVD is available in the cd store at www.mickeynewbury.com

The track formed part of his 1971 concept album “Frisco Mabel Joy”


The original Mickey Newbury version reached #26 in 1972, and #9 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart. Later in 1972, Elvis Presley’s version reached #66, and peaked at #31 on the Easy Listening chart.

This is from a concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and broadcast live via satellite around the world on January 14, 1973. It was watched by over one billion viewers worldwide and remains the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.

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June 14, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Video | , | Leave a comment

George Weiss (April 9, 1921 – August 23, 2010)

During my recent sabbatical from posting I had failed to clock the news of the passing of the great songwriter George David Weiss.

He had originally planned a career as a lawyer or accountant, but his love for music led him to the Julliard School of Music where he honed his skills in writing and arranging. This experience led to writing arrangements for Stan Kenton, Vincent Lopez and Johnny Richards.

Weiss went on to write some of the most popular pop songs of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.He worked with many collaborators, but a large number of his well-known songs were written with Bennie Benjamin.

Weiss also had successful song hits with other composers. That list includes “Lullaby of Birdland” (1952, with George Shearing), and two of my favourite songs of all time “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (1961, with Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, recorded by Elvis Presley), “What A Wonderful World” (1967, with Bob Thiele, recorded by Louis Armstrong).

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley

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“What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

To buy the music of Louis Armstrong click HERE

For a full obituary from The Scotsman click HERE

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October 1, 2010 Posted by | News, Old Music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

One Sided Love Affair

“One Sided Love Affair” – Elvis Presley

If you want to be loved,
Baby, you’ve got to love me, too.
If you want to be loved,
Baby, you’ve got to love me, too.
Oh yeah, ’cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

If you wanna be kissed,
Well, you’ve gotta kiss me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be kissed,
Well, you gotta kiss me, too.
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

Well, fair exchange bears no robbery,
And the whole world will know that it’s true.
Understanding solves all problems, baby,
That’s why I’m telling you

If you wanna be hugged,
Well, you gotta hug me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be hugged,
Well, you’ve gotta hug me, too.
Yeah, ’cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

If you know you can’t take it,
Baby, why try to give it?
If you know you can’t take it,
Then baby, why try to give it?
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

Well, fair exchange bears no robbery,
And the whole world will know that it’s true.
Understanding solves all problems, baby,
That’s why I’m telling you

If you wanna be hugged,
Well, you gotta hug me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be hugged,
Baby, you gotta hug me, too.
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

To buy the music of Elvis Presley click HERE

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Video | , , | 2 Comments

Elvis Presley

 

Elvis would have been 75 today, however, his death has probably increased his popularity over time and the marketing people are never short of cashing in on any opportunity to repackage and sell (rip off) his devoted fan base as this “new” best of collection proves.

On checking I have 61 Elvis songs on my iPod, more than I would have thought though this is the only complete album.

The sleeve influenced The Clash’s “London Calling” and the music…..well that influenced just about everyone.

“I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” – Elvis Presley

This album was released in 1958, ten years later after a series of average movies and national service he made the best comeback ever courtesy of this television special.

Poor dead brilliant.

To buy the music of Elvis Presley click HERE

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox 5

Today is a blue Christmas

“Merry Christmas Baby” – Elvis Presley

“Christmas Blues” – Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Sonny Boy’s Christmas” – Sonny Boy Williamson

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Blues, Christmas, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun 2

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house, and after
eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.

 

 
 
 
 

The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, ‘Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly’.
Then the other man said, ‘What is the name of the restaurant?
The first man thought and thought and finally said, ‘What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know… The one that’s red and has thorns.’

 

 

‘Do you mean a rose?’

 

 

‘Yes, that’s the one,’ replied the man.

 

 

He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled,

 

 

‘Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?’

 

Boom Boom

 

“I Forgot To Remember To Forget” – Elvis Presley

I forgot to remember to forget her,
I can’t seem to get her off my mind.
I thought I’d never miss her,
But I found out somehow
I think about her almost all the time.
The day she went away
I made myself a promise
That I’d soon forget we ever met.
But something sure is wrong,
‘Cause I’m so blue and lonely.
I forgot to remember to forget.
The day she went away
I made myself a promise
That I’d soon forget we ever met,
Well, but something sure is wrong,
‘Cause I’m so blue and lonely.
I forgot to remember to forget.

To buy the music of Elvis Presley click HERE

December 11, 2009 Posted by | Humour, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Elvis and his All Star Band

Here is the lovely Ann-Margret with a cover of an Elvis standard

“Heartbreak Hotel – Ann-Margret

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November 8, 2009 Posted by | Cover Stories, Humour, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Elvis Presley

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A new 100-track box set is to be released to celebrate what would have been Elvis Presley‘s 75th birthday this coming January.

Surprisignly, the box-set ‘Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight‘ is the first major career-spanning collection to be released.

The four-disc set begins with Elvis’ first self-recorded at Memphis Recording Service song, “My Happiness” and runs through to the Junkie XL remix of “A Little Less Conversation” which was a No.1 hit in 2002.

Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight‘ will be released on December 8, while a single disc of the key tracks from the box will be available on January 5, 2010

Source www.uncut.co.uk

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The remastered Hot 100 of Elvis classics in one beautifully-packaged four-CD boxed set spans the breadth of Presley’s monumental, rags-to-riches career, Elvis 75 – Good Rockin’ Tonight presents an artist who exploded in the mid-1950s, when he shook up a buttoned-down world with his mold-breaking music, not to mention his sideburns, swiveling hips, flamboyant wardrobe, and raw sexuality. Until his death at 42 in 1977, he would move from rockabilly, rhythm and blues, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll to country, pop, gospel, and even to light operatic fare to become one of the greatest and most-beloved entertainers the world has ever known. He would also sell several hundred million records.

 This definitive set has the chart-topping hits, numbers from his movies, deep cuts from various gold and platinum albums, and exciting in-concert performances. Featuring rare photographs and an incisive essay by respected music writer Billy Altman, ELVIS 75 repeatedly demonstrates that, to paraphrase one of his more famous album titles, 50,000,000 Elvis fans — and counting — can’t be wrong.

“So Glad You’re Mine” – Elvis Presley

(words & music by Arthur Crudup)
My baby’s long and tall,
She’s like a cannonball.
Say, everytime she loves me,
Lordly, you can hear me squall.
She cried, Ooo-wee.
I believe I’ll change my mind.
She said, “I’m so glad I’m living”.
I cried, “I’m so glad you’re mine”.

My baby knows just how
To treat me right.
Gives me plenty loving
Morning, noon, and night.
She cried, Ooo-wee.
I believe I’ll change my mind.
She said, “I’m so glad I’m living”.
I cried, “I’m so glad you’re mine”.

When my baby does what she does to me,
I climb the highest mountain,
Dive in the deepest sea.
She cried, Ooo-wee.
I believe I’ll change my mind.
She said, “I’m so glad I’m living”.
I cried, “I’m so glad you’re mine”.

My baby’s lips are red
And sweet like wine,
And when she kisses me,
I get high every time.
She cried, Oo-wee.
I believe I’ll change my mind.
She said, “I’m so glad I’m living”.
I cried, “I’m so glad you’re mine”.

To buy the music of Elvis Presley click HERE

October 17, 2009 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

Elvis The ’68 Comeback – 40 Years On

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The Elvis ’68 Live Album is one of my favourites particularily the original expanded version from a few years ago which included the full stripped down sit down segment of the show which highlights Elvis and his band at their rockabily best.

A bit like the Kind of Blue Miles david release the ’68 Comeback it again released as a new box set with cD and DVD content

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November 23, 2008 Posted by | Video | | Leave a comment

   

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