Blues

8

Receive - Prince Rama* - Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World (CD, Album)

01.09.2021

He is a great success and a fine actor, but I think he shouldn't have said it. This is a trend, just the same as he faced when he started years ago. Leiber and Stoller were again in the studio for the recording of Elvis' Christmas Album. Toward the end of the session, they wrote a song on the spot at Presley's request: " Santa Claus Is Back in Town ", an innuendo-laden blues.

Though they were brought back on a per diem basis a few weeks later, it was clear that they had not been part of Presley's inner circle for some time. A couple of weeks into the new year, " Don't ", another Leiber and Stoller tune, became Presley's tenth number-one seller.

It had been only 21 months since "Heartbreak Hotel" had brought him to the top for the first time. Recording sessions for the King Creole soundtrack were held in Hollywood in mid-January Leiber and Stoller provided three songs and were again on hand, but it would be the last time Presley and the duo worked closely together. They kept him separate. On March 24,Presley was drafted into the U.

His arrival was a major media event. Hundreds of people descended on Presley as he stepped from the bus; photographers then accompanied him into the fort. Presley commenced basic training at Fort HoodTexas. During a two-week leave in early June, he recorded five songs in Nashville. Presley was granted emergency leave to visit her and arrived in Memphis on August Two days later, she died of heart failure at the age of Presley was devastated and never the same; [] [] their relationship had remained extremely close—even into his adulthood, they would use baby talk with each other and Presley would address her with pet names.

He became "practically evangelical about their benefits", not only for energy but for "strength" and weight loss as well, and many of his friends in Receive - Prince Rama* - Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World (CD outfit joined him in indulging.

It became a lifelong interest, which he later included in his live performances. He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit. While in Friedberg, Presley met year-old Priscilla Beaulieu. They would eventually marry after a seven-and-a-half-year courtship. In Special Serviceshe would have been able to give musical performances and remain in touch with the public, but Parker had convinced him that to gain popular respect, he should serve his country as a regular soldier.

Armed with a substantial amount of unreleased material, they kept up a regular stream of successful releases. Presley returned to the United States on March 2,and was honorably discharged three days later with the rank of sergeant.

The album features several songs described by Greil Marcus as full of Chicago blues "menace, driven by Presley's own super-miked acoustic guitar, brilliant playing by Scotty Moore, and demonic sax work from Boots Randolph. Elvis' singing wasn't sexy, it was pornographic. Presley returned to television on May 12 as a guest on The Frank Sinatra Timex Special —ironic for both stars, given Sinatra's earlier excoriation of rock and roll.

Also known as Welcome Home Elvisthe show had been taped in late March, the only time all year Presley performed in front of an audience.

The broadcast drew an enormous viewership. Bluesthe soundtrack to Presley's first film since his return, was a number-one album in October. It reached number 13 on the U. In FebruaryPresley performed two shows for a benefit event in Memphis, on behalf of 24 local charities. During a luncheon preceding the event, RCA Victor presented him with a plaque certifying worldwide sales of over 75 million records.

Presaging much of what was to come from Presley himself over the next half-decade, the album is largely "a pleasant, unthreatening pastiche of the music that had once been Elvis' birthright". Another benefit concert, raising money for a Pearl Harbor memorial, was staged on March 25, in Hawaii.

It was to be Presley's last public performance for seven years. Parker had by now pushed Presley into a heavy film making schedule, focused on formulaic, modestly budgeted musical comedies. Presley, at first, insisted on pursuing higher roles, but when two films in a more dramatic vein— Flaming Star and Wild in the Country —were less commercially successful, he reverted to the formula. Among the 27 films he made during the s, there were a few further exceptions.

Hal Walliswho produced nine of them, declared, "A Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood. Of Presley's films in the s, 15 were accompanied by soundtrack albums and another 5 by soundtrack EPs. The films' rapid production and release schedules—he frequently starred in three a year—affected his music. According to Jerry Leiber, the soundtrack formula was already evident before Presley left for the Army: "three ballads, one medium-tempo [number], one up-tempo, and one break blues boogie".

But by and large, according to biographer Jerry Hopkinsthe numbers seemed to be "written on order by men who never really understood Elvis or rock and roll". In the first half of the decade, three of Presley's soundtrack albums were ranked number one on the pop charts, and a few of his most popular songs came from his films, such as " Can't Help Falling in Love " and " Return to Sender " But, as with artistic merit, the commercial returns steadily diminished.

During a five-year span— through —Presley had only one top-ten hit: " Crying in the Chapel "a gospel number recorded back in As for non-film albums, between the June release of Pot Luck and the November release of the soundtrack to the television special that signaled his comeback, only one LP of new material by Presley was issued: the gospel album How Great Thou Art Shortly before Christmasmore than seven years since they first met, Presley proposed to Priscilla Beaulieu.

They were married on May 1,in a brief ceremony in their suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. It was not until Octoberwhen the Clambake soundtrack LP registered record low sales for a new Presley album, that RCA executives recognized a problem. Presley's only child, Lisa Mariewas born on February 1,during a period when he had grown deeply unhappy with his career. Parker had already shifted his plans to television, where Presley had not appeared since the Sinatra Timex show in He maneuvered a deal with NBC that committed the network to both finance a theatrical feature and broadcast a Christmas special.

Recorded in late June in Burbank, Californiathe special, simply called Elvisaired on December 3, Later known as the '68 Comeback Specialthe show featured lavishly staged studio productions as well as songs performed with a band in front of a small audience—Presley's first live performances since The live segments saw Presley dressed in tight black leather, singing and playing guitar in an uninhibited style reminiscent of his early rock and roll days.

Director and co-producer Steve Binder had worked hard to produce a show that was far from the hour of Christmas songs Parker had originally planned. He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect of rock 'n' roll singers. He moved his body with a lack of pretension and effort that must have made Jim Morrison green with envy. The soundtrack album rose into the top ten. According to friend Jerry Schillingthe special reminded Presley of what "he had not been able to do for years, being able to choose the people; being able to choose what songs and not being told what had to be on the soundtrack.

He was out of prison, man. I give you my word I will never sing a song I don't believe in. Buoyed by the experience of the Comeback Special, Presley engaged in a prolific series of recording sessions at American Sound Studiowhich led to the acclaimed From Elvis in Memphis.

Released in Juneit was his first secular, non-soundtrack album from a dedicated period in the studio in eight years. As described by Dave Marsh, it is "a masterpiece in which Presley immediately catches up with pop music trends that had seemed to pass him by during the movie years. He sings country songs, soul songs and rockers with real conviction, a stunning achievement.

Presley was keen to resume regular live performing. Following the success of the Comeback Special, offers came in from around the world. He responded, "That's fine for me, now how much can you get for Elvis?

He was scheduled to perform 57 shows over four weeks, beginning July Moore, Fontana, and the Jordanaires declined to participate, afraid of losing the lucrative session work they had in Nashville.

Presley assembled new, top-notch accompaniment, led by guitarist James Burton and including two gospel groups, The Imperials and Sweet Inspirations. Parker, who intended to make Presley's return the show business event of the year, oversaw a major promotional push.

For his part, hotel owner Kirk Kerkorian arranged to send his own plane to New York to fly in rock journalists for the debut performance. Presley took to the stage without introduction. The audience of 2, including many celebrities, gave him a standing ovation before he sang a note and another after his performance.

A third followed his encore, "Can't Help Falling in Love" a song that would be his closing number for much of the s. Cassandra Petersonlater television's Elvira, met Presley during this period in Las Vegas, where she was working as a showgirl.

She recalled of their encounter, "He was so anti-drug when I met him. I mentioned to him that I smoked marijuana, and he was just appalled. He said, 'Don't ever do that again. Several of his family members had been alcoholics, a fate he intended to avoid. Presley returned to the International early in for the first of the year's two-month-long engagements, performing two shows a night. Recordings from these shows were issued on the album On Stage. Presley was performing in a jumpsuit, which would become a trademark of his live act.

Presley had been the target of many threats since the s, often without his knowledge. Presley went onstage with a Derringer in his right boot and a.

The album, That's the Way It Isproduced to accompany the documentary and featuring both studio and live recordings, marked a stylistic shift. As music historian John Robertson noted, "The authority of Presley's singing helped disguise the fact that the album stepped decisively away from the American-roots inspiration of the Memphis sessions towards a more middle-of-the-road sound. Another week-long tour, of the West Coast, followed in November.

On December 21,Presley engineered a meeting with President Richard Nixon at the White Housewhere he expressed his patriotism and explained how he believed he could reach out to the hippies to help combat the drug culture he and the president abhorred.

He asked Nixon for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge, to add to similar items he had begun collecting and to signify official sanction of his patriotic efforts. Nixon, who apparently found the encounter awkward, expressed a belief that Presley could send a positive message to young people and that it was, therefore, important that he "retain his credibility". On hearing reports of the meeting, Paul McCartney later said that he "felt a bit betrayed. The great joke was that we were taking [illegal] drugs, and look what happened to him", a reference to Presley's early death, linked to prescription drug abuse.

The U. Best received by critics was Elvis Countrya concept record that focused on genre standards. If [Presley's] sin was his lifelessness, it was his sinfulness that brought him to life". A date tour commenced with an unprecedented four consecutive sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.

After the tour, the single " Burning Love " was released—Presley's last top ten hit on the U. Presley and his wife, meanwhile, had become increasingly distant, barely cohabiting. Inan affair he had with Joyce Bova resulted—unbeknownst to him—in her pregnancy and an abortion. Priscilla related that when she told him, Presley "grabbed Presley replied, "Well, the image is one thing and the human being another In JanuaryPresley performed two benefit concerts for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in connection with a groundbreaking TV special, Aloha from Hawaiiwhich would be the first concert by a solo artist to be aired globally.

The first show served as a practice run and backup should technical problems affect the live broadcast two days later. In Japan, where it capped a nationwide Elvis Presley Week, it smashed viewing records. The next night, it was simulcast to 28 European countries, and in April an extended version finally aired in the U. As described by Bobbie Ann Mason"At the end of the show, when he spreads out his American Eagle cape, with the full stretched wings of the eagle studded on the back, he becomes a god figure.

At a midnight show the same month, four men rushed onto the stage in an apparent attack. Security men came to Presley's defense, and he ejected one invader from the stage himself. Following the show, he became obsessed with the idea that the men had been sent by Mike Stone to kill him. Though they were shown to have been only overexuberant fans, he raged, "There's too much pain in me Stone [must] die. After another two full days of raging, Red Westhis friend and bodyguard, felt compelled to get a price for a contract killing and was relieved when Presley decided, "Aw hell, let's just leave it for now.

Maybe it's a bit heavy. Presley's divorce was finalized on October 9, Twice during the year, he overdosed on barbituratesspending three days in a coma in his hotel suite after the first incident. Towards the end ofhe was hospitalized, semi-comatose from the effects of a pethidine addiction. According to his primary care physicianDr. George C. NichopoulosPresley "felt that by getting drugs from a doctor, he wasn't the common everyday junkie getting something off the street". Presley's condition declined precipitously in September.

Keyboardist Tony Brown remembered Presley's arrival at a University of Maryland concert: "He fell out of the limousine, to his knees. People jumped to help, and he pushed them away like, 'Don't help me. Everybody's looking at each other like, 'Is the tour gonna happen'? He was slurring. He was so fucked up. It was obvious he was drugged. It was obvious there was something terribly wrong with his body.

It was so bad the words to the songs were barely intelligible. I remember crying. He could barely get through the introductions. So often I thought, 'Boss, why don't you just cancel this tour and take a year off? He patted me on the back and said, 'It'll be all right. Don't you worry about it. Cultural critic Marjorie Garber wrote that he was now widely seen as a garish pop crooner: "In effect, he had become Liberace.

Even his fans were now middle-aged matrons and blue-haired grandmothers. On July 13,Vernon Presley—who had become deeply involved in his son's financial affairs—fired " Memphis Mafia " bodyguards Red West Presley's friend since the sSonny Westand David Hebler, citing the need to "cut back on expenses". Another associate of Presley's, John O'Grady, argued that the bodyguards were dropped because their rough treatment of fans had prompted too many lawsuits.

RCA, which had always enjoyed a steady stream of product from Presley, began to grow anxious as his interest in the recording studio waned. After a session in December that produced 18 songs, enough for almost two albums, Presley made no official studio recordings in Despite concerns from RCA and Parker, between July and OctoberPresley recorded virtually the entire contents of six albums.

Though he was no longer a major presence on the pop charts, five of those albums entered the top five of the country chart, and three went to number one: Promised LandFrom Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennesseeand Moody Blue Eight studio singles from this period released during his lifetime were top ten hits on one or both charts, four in alone. Presley and Linda Thompson split in Novemberand he took up with a new girlfriend, Ginger Alden.

Grossly overweight, his mind dulled by the pharmacopia he daily ingested, he was barely able to pull himself through his abbreviated concerts. According to Guralnick, fans "were becoming increasingly voluble about their disappointment, but it all seemed to go right past Presley, whose world was now confined almost entirely to his room and his spiritualism books.

In the first, shot in Omaha on June 19, Presley's voice, Guralnick writes, "is almost unrecognizable, a small, childlike instrument in which he talks more than sings most of the songs, casts about uncertainly for the melody in others, and is virtually unable to articulate or project".

The book Elvis: What Happened? He was devastated by the book, and tried unsuccessfully to halt its publication by offering money to the publishers. On the evening of Tuesday, August 16,Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin another tour.

That afternoon, Ginger Alden discovered him in an unresponsive state on a bathroom floor. According to her eyewitness account, "Elvis looked as if his entire body had completely frozen in a seated position while using the toilet and then had fallen forward, in that fixed position, directly in front of it. It was clear that, from the time whatever hit him to the moment he had landed on the floor, Elvis hadn't moved. President Jimmy Carter issued a statement that credited Presley with having "permanently changed the face of American popular culture".

Presley's funeral was held at Graceland on Thursday, August Outside the gates, a car plowed into a group of fans, killing two young women and critically injuring a third.

While an autopsy, undertaken the same day Presley died, was still in progress, Memphis medical examiner Jerry Francisco announced that the immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest. Asked if drugs were involved, he declared that "drugs played no role in Presley's death". The pathologists conducting the autopsy thought it possible, for instance, that he had suffered "anaphylactic shock brought on by the codeine pills he had gotten from his dentist, to which he was known to have had a mild allergy".

A pair of lab reports filed two months later strongly suggested that polypharmacy was the primary cause of death; one reported "fourteen drugs in Elvis' system, ten in significant quantity". That, together with his drug habit, caused his death. But he was difficult to diagnose; it was a judgment call. The competence and ethics of two of the centrally involved medical professionals were seriously questioned. Francisco had offered a cause of death before the autopsy was complete; claimed the underlying ailment was cardiac arrhythmiaa condition that can be determined only in someone who is still alive; and denied drugs played any part in Presley's death before the toxicology results were known.

It was permanently revoked in the s after the Tennessee Medical Board brought new charges of over-prescription. Inthe Presley autopsy report was reopened. Joseph Davis, who had conducted thousands of autopsies as Miami-Dade County coroner, [] declared at its completion, "There is nothing in any of the data that supports a death from drugs. In fact, everything points to a sudden, violent heart attack. Other staff "could say nothing with confidence until they got the results back from the laboratories, if then.

That would be a matter of weeks. Eric Muirhead, "could not believe his ears. Francisco had not only presumed to speak for the hospital's team of pathologists, he had announced a conclusion that they had not reached. Early on, a meticulous dissection of the body As they proceeded, the doctors saw evidence that his body had been wracked over a span of years by a large and constant stream of drugs. They had also studied his hospital records, which included two admissions for drug detoxification and methadone treatments.

Put simply, the strain of attempting to defecate compressed the singer's abdominal aortashutting down his heart. However, inForest Tennantwho had testified as a defense witness in Nichopoulos' trial, described his own analysis of Presley's available medical records. He concluded that Presley's "drug abuse had led to falls, head trauma, and overdoses that damaged his brain", and that his death was due in part to a toxic reaction to codeine—exacerbated by an undetected liver enzyme defect—which can cause sudden cardiac arrhythmia.

Between andsix of Presley's posthumously released singles were top-ten country hits. Graceland was opened to the public in Attracting over half a million visitors annually, it became the second most-visited home in the United States, after the White House.

Inhe received the W. It topped the charts in over 20 countries and was included in a compilation of Presley's number-one hits, ELV1Swhich was also an international success. The album returned Presley to the Billboard summit for the first time in almost three decades. Ina remix of " Rubberneckin' ", a recording of Presley's, topped the U.

They were part of a campaign that saw the re-release of all 18 of Presley's previous chart-topping UK singles. The first, "All Shook Up", came with a collectors' box that made it ineligible to chart again; each of the other 17 reissues hit the British top five. For much of his adult life, Presley, with his rise from poverty to riches and massive fame, had seemed to epitomize the American Dream. Sincethere have been numerous alleged sightings of Presley. A long-standing conspiracy theory among some fans is that he faked his death.

It is as if he has been canonized by acclamation. Presley's earliest musical influence came from gospel. His mother recalled that from the age of two, at the Assembly of God church in Tupelo attended by the family, "he would slide down off my lap, run into the aisle and scramble up to the platform.

There he would stand looking at the choir and trying to sing with them. The Statesmen were an electric combination Bass singer Jim Wetherington, known universally as the Big Chief, maintained a steady bottom, ceaselessly jiggling first his left leg, then his right, with the material of the pants leg ballooning out and shimmering. As a teenagerPresley's musical interests were wide-ranging, and he was deeply informed about both white and African-American musical idioms.

Though he never had any formal training, he had a remarkable memory, and his musical knowledge was already considerable by the time he made his first professional recordings aged 19 in When Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met him two years later, they were astonished at his encyclopedic understanding of the blues, [] and, as Stoller put it, "He certainly knew a lot more than we did about country music and gospel music.

Presley received his first guitar when he was 11 years old. He learned to play and sing; he gained no formal musical training but had an innate natural talent and could easily pick up music. While he couldn't read or write music and had no formal lessons, he was a natural musician and played everything by ear. Presley played rhythm acoustic guitar on most of his Sun recordings and his s RCA albums. Presley was a central figure in the development of rockabillyaccording to music historians.

Carl Perkins was doing basically the same sort of thing up around Jacksonand I know for a fact Jerry Lee Lewis had been playing that kind of music ever since he was ten years old. At RCA Victor, Presley's rock and roll sound grew distinct from rockabilly with group chorus vocals, more heavily amplified electric guitars [] and a tougher, more intense manner.

Inhis first gospel record was released, the four-song EP Peace in the Valley. Certified as a million-seller, it became the top-selling gospel EP in recording history. After his return from military service inPresley continued to perform rock and roll, but the characteristic style was substantially toned down.

His first post-Army single, the number-one hit "Stuck on You", is typical of this shift. RCA Victor publicity referred to its "mild rock beat"; discographer Ernst Jorgensen calls it "upbeat pop". While Presley performed several of his classic ballads for the '68 Comeback Specialthe sound of the show was dominated by aggressive rock and roll.

He recorded few new straight rock and roll songs thereafter; as he explained, they had become "hard to find". Like his work of the s, Presley's subsequent recordings reworked pop and country songs, but in markedly different permutations. His stylistic range now began to embrace a more contemporary rock sound as well as soul and funk. Much of Elvis in Memphisas well as "Suspicious Minds", cut at the same sessions, reflected this new rock and soul fusion.

In the mids, many of his singles found a home on country radio, the field where he first became a star. The developmental arc of Presley's singing voice, as described by critic Dave Marsh, goes from "high and thrilled in the early days, [to] lower and perplexed in the final months.

Jorgensen calls the recording of "How Great Thou Art" "an extraordinary fulfillment of his vocal ambitions", as Presley "crafted for himself an ad-hoc arrangement in which he took every part of the four-part vocal, from [the] bass intro to the soaring heights of the song's operatic climax", becoming "a kind of one-man quartet". Hess himself thought that while others might have voices the equal of Presley's, "he had that certain something that everyone searches for all during their lifetime.

Marsh praises his reading of " U. Male ", "bearing down on the hard guy lyrics, not sending them up or overplaying them but tossing them around with that astonishingly tough yet gentle assurance that he brought to his Sun records.

Music critic Henry Pleasants observes that "Presley has been described variously as a baritone and a tenor. An extraordinary compass Presley's best octave is in the middle, D-flat to D-flat, granting an extra full step up or down. His voice can not be measured in octaves, but in decibels; even that misses the problem of how to measure delicate whispers that are hardly audible at all.

When Dewey Phillips first aired "That's All Right" on Memphis' WHBQmany listeners who contacted the station by phone and telegram to ask for it again assumed that its singer was black. Interviewed inhe recalled how in his childhood he would listen to blues musician Arthur Crudup —the originator of "That's All Right"—"bang his box the way I do now, and I said if I ever got to the place where I could feel all old Arthur felt, I'd be a music man like nobody ever saw.

Anti-negro prejudice doubtless figured in adult antagonism. Regardless of whether parents were aware of the Negro sexual origins of the phrase 'rock 'n' roll', Presley impressed them as the visual and aural embodiment of sex.

Despite the largely positive view of Presley held by African Americans, a rumor spread in mid that he had at some point announced, "The only thing Negroes can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes.

On the set of Jailhouse RockPresley granted Robinson an interview, though he was no longer dealing with the mainstream press. He denied making such a statement: "I never said anything like that, and people who know me know that I wouldn't have said it. A lot of people seem to think I started this business. Songwriters were obliged to forgo one-third of their customary royalties in exchange for having him perform their compositions. The program, produced in New York, was hosted on alternate weeks by big band leaders and brothers Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

The sessions yielded eight songs, including a cover of Carl Perkins ' rockabilly anthem " Blue Suede Shoes ". Joined by five previously unreleased Sun recordings, its seven recently recorded tracks were of a broad variety.

There were two country songs and a bouncy pop tune. As described by Hilburn, these "were the most revealing of all. Unlike many white artists He not only injected the tunes with his own vocal character but also made guitar, not piano, the lead instrument in all three cases.

Rodman argued that the album's cover image, "of Elvis having the time of his life on stage with a guitar in his hands played a crucial role in positioning the guitar His performance, on the deck of the USS Hancock in San DiegoCalifornia, prompted cheers and screams from an audience of sailors and their dates. It became the new closing number of his act.

Edgar Hoover. It warned that "Presley is a definite danger to the security of the United States. After the show, more than 1, teenagers tried to gang into Presley's room at the auditorium. Indications of the harm Presley did just in La Crosse were the two high school girls Berle persuaded Presley to leave his guitar backstage, advising, "Let 'em see you, son.

Presley has no discernible singing ability. His phrasing, if it can be called that, consists of the stereotyped variations that go with a beginner's aria in a bathtub. His one specialty is an accented movement of the body Elvis, who rotates his pelvis Allen, no fan of rock and roll, introduced a "new Elvis" in a white bow tie and black tails.

Presley sang "Hound Dog" for less than a minute to a basset hound wearing a top hat and bow tie. As described by television historian Jake Austen, "Allen thought Presley was talentless and absurd I don't want to do anything to make people dislike me. I think TV is important so I'm going to go along, but I won't be able to give the kind of show I do in a personal appearance. Pressed on whether he had learned anything from the criticism to which he was being subjected, Presley responded, "No, I haven't, I don't feel like I'm doing anything wrong.

I don't see how any type of music would have any bad influence on people when it's only music. I mean, how would rock 'n' roll music make anyone rebel against their parents?

A few days later, Presley made an outdoor concert appearance in Memphis, at which he announced, "You know, those people in New York are not gonna change me none. I'm gonna show you what the real Elvis is like tonight. Throughout the following performance, he largely kept still, except for wiggling his little finger suggestively in mockery of the order. According to Elvis legend, Presley was shot only from the waist up. Watching clips of the Allen and Berle shows with his producer, Sullivan had opined that Presley "got some kind of device hanging down below the crotch of his pants—so when he moves his legs back and forth you can see the outline of his cock.

I think it's a Coke bottle. We just can't have this on a Sunday night. This is a family show! Though the camerawork was relatively discreet during his debut, with leg-concealing closeups when he danced, the studio audience reacted in customary style: screaming. Accompanying Presley's rise to fame, a cultural shift was taking place that he both helped inspire and came to symbolize.

Igniting the "biggest pop craze since Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra Presley brought rock'n'roll into the mainstream of popular culture", writes historian Marty Jezer. Presley, more than anyone else, gave the young a belief in themselves as a distinct and somehow unified generation—the first in America ever to feel the power of an integrated youth culture.

The audience response at Presley's live shows became increasingly fevered. Moore recalled, "He'd start out, 'You ain't nothin' but a Hound Dog,' and they'd just go to pieces. They'd always react the same way. There'd be a riot every time. The album includes "Old Shep", which he sang at the talent show inand which now marked the first time he played piano on an RCA Victor session.

According to Guralnick, one can hear "in Receive - Prince Rama* - Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World (CD halting chords and the somewhat stumbling rhythm both the unmistakable emotion and the equally unmistakable valuing of emotion over technique.

Presley returned to the Sullivan show at its main studio in New York, hosted this time by its namesake, on October After the performance, crowds in Nashville and St. Louis burned him in effigy. Though he was not top-billed, the film's original title— The Reno Brothers —was changed to capitalize on his latest number-one record: "Love Me Tender" had hit the top of the charts earlier that month.

To further take advantage of Presley's popularity, four musical numbers were added to what was originally a straight acting role. The film was panned by critics but did very well at the box office. Though Phillips no longer had the right to release any Presley material, he made sure that the session was captured on tape. The results, none officially released for 25 years, became known as the " Million Dollar Quartet " recordings.

Presley made his third and final Ed Sullivan Show appearance on January 6, —on this occasion indeed shot only down to the waist. Some commentators have claimed that Parker orchestrated an appearance of censorship to generate publicity. Leaving behind the bland clothes he had worn on the first two shows, he stepped out in the outlandish costume of a pasha, if not a harem girl.

From the make-up over his eyes, the hair falling in his face, the overwhelmingly sexual cast of his mouth, he was playing Rudolph Valentino in The Sheikwith all stops out. At the end of the show, Sullivan declared Presley "a real decent, fine boy". Already an international star, he was attracting fans even where his music was not officially released. The mansion, which was about 9 miles 14 km south of downtown Memphis, was for himself and his parents.

It was Presley's third straight number-one album. The title track was written by Leiber and Stoller, who were then retained to write four of the six songs recorded at the sessions for Jailhouse RockPresley's next film. The songwriting team effectively produced the Jailhouse sessions and developed a close working relationship with Presley, who came to regard them as his "good-luck charm". Presley undertook three brief tours during the year, continuing to generate a crazed audience response.

In a magazine article, he decried rock and roll as "brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phoney and false. It is sung, played and written, for the most part, by cretinous goons. This rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore. He has a right to say what he wants to say. He is a great success and a fine actor, but I think he shouldn't have said it. This is a trend, just the same as he faced when he started years ago.

Leiber and Stoller were again in the studio for the recording of Elvis' Christmas Album. Toward the end of the session, they wrote a song on the spot at Presley's request: " Santa Claus Is Back in Town ", an innuendo-laden blues. Though they were brought back on a per diem basis a few weeks later, it was clear that they had not been part of Presley's inner circle for some time.

A couple of weeks into the new year, " Don't ", another Leiber and Stoller tune, became Presley's tenth number-one seller. It had been only 21 months since "Heartbreak Hotel" had brought him to the top for the first time.

Recording sessions for the King Creole soundtrack were held in Hollywood in mid-January Leiber and Stoller provided three songs and were again on hand, but it would be the last time Presley and the duo worked closely together. They kept him separate. On March 24,Presley was drafted into the U. His arrival was a major media event.

Hundreds of people descended on Presley as he stepped from the bus; photographers then accompanied him into the fort. Presley commenced basic training at Fort HoodTexas. During a two-week leave in early June, he recorded five songs in Nashville. Presley was granted emergency leave to visit her and arrived in Memphis on August Two days later, she died of heart failure at the age of Presley was devastated and never the same; [] [] their relationship had remained extremely close—even into his adulthood, they would use baby talk with each other and Presley would address her with pet names.

He became "practically evangelical about their benefits", not only for energy but for "strength" and weight loss as well, and many of his friends in the outfit joined him in indulging. It became a lifelong interest, which he later included in his live performances.

He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit. While in Friedberg, Presley met year-old Priscilla Beaulieu.

They would eventually marry after a seven-and-a-half-year courtship. In Special Serviceshe would have been able to give musical performances and remain in touch with the public, but Parker had convinced him that to gain popular respect, he should serve his country as a regular soldier. Armed with a substantial amount of unreleased material, they kept up a regular stream of successful releases. Presley returned to the United States on March 2,and was honorably discharged three days later with the rank of sergeant.

The album features several songs described by Greil Marcus as full of Chicago blues "menace, driven by Presley's own super-miked acoustic guitar, brilliant playing by Scotty Moore, and demonic sax work from Boots Randolph. Elvis' singing wasn't sexy, it was pornographic. Presley returned to television on May 12 as a guest on The Frank Sinatra Timex Special —ironic for both stars, given Sinatra's earlier excoriation of rock and roll. Also known as Welcome Home Elvisthe show had been taped in late March, the only time all year Presley performed in front of an audience.

The broadcast drew an enormous viewership. Bluesthe soundtrack to Presley's first film since his return, was a number-one album in October. It reached number 13 on the U. In FebruaryPresley performed two shows for a benefit event in Memphis, on behalf of 24 local charities.

During a luncheon preceding the event, RCA Victor presented him with a plaque certifying worldwide sales of over 75 million records. Presaging much of what was to come from Presley himself over the next half-decade, the album is largely "a pleasant, unthreatening pastiche of the music that had once been Elvis' birthright".

Another benefit concert, raising money for a Pearl Harbor memorial, was staged on March 25, in Hawaii. It was to be Presley's last public performance for seven years.

Parker had by now pushed Presley into a heavy film making schedule, focused on formulaic, modestly budgeted musical comedies. Presley, at first, insisted on pursuing higher roles, but when two films in a more dramatic vein— Flaming Star and Wild in the Country —were less commercially successful, he reverted to the formula.

Among the 27 films he made during the s, there were a few further exceptions. Hal Walliswho produced nine of them, declared, "A Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood. Of Presley's films in the s, 15 were accompanied by soundtrack albums and another 5 by soundtrack EPs. The films' rapid production and release schedules—he frequently starred in three a year—affected his music.

According to Jerry Leiber, the soundtrack formula was already evident before Presley left for the Army: "three ballads, one medium-tempo [number], one up-tempo, and one break blues boogie". But by and large, according to biographer Jerry Hopkinsthe numbers seemed to be "written on order by men who never really understood Elvis or rock and roll".

In the first half of the decade, three of Presley's soundtrack albums were ranked number one on the pop charts, and a few of his most popular songs came from his films, such as " Can't Help Falling in Love " and " Return to Sender " But, Receive - Prince Rama* - Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World (CD with artistic merit, the commercial returns steadily diminished. During a five-year span— through —Presley had only one top-ten hit: " Crying in the Chapel "a gospel number recorded back in As for non-film albums, between the June release of Pot Luck and the November release of the soundtrack to the television special that signaled his comeback, only one LP of new material by Presley was issued: the gospel album How Great Thou Art Shortly before Christmasmore than seven years since they first met, Presley proposed to Priscilla Beaulieu.

They were married on May 1,in a brief ceremony in their suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. It was not until Octoberwhen the Clambake soundtrack LP registered record low sales for a new Presley album, that RCA executives recognized a problem. Presley's only child, Lisa Mariewas born on February 1,during a period when he had grown deeply unhappy with his career. Parker had already shifted his plans to television, where Presley had not appeared since the Sinatra Timex show in He maneuvered a deal with NBC that committed the network to both finance a theatrical feature and broadcast a Christmas special.

Recorded in late June in Burbank, Californiathe special, simply called Elvisaired on December 3, Later known as the '68 Comeback Specialthe show featured lavishly staged studio productions as well as songs performed with a band in front of a small audience—Presley's first live performances since The live segments saw Presley dressed in tight black leather, singing and playing guitar in an uninhibited style reminiscent of his early rock and roll days.

Director and co-producer Steve Binder had worked hard to produce a show that was far from the hour of Christmas songs Parker had originally planned. He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect of rock 'n' roll singers. He moved his body with a lack of pretension and effort that must have made Jim Morrison green with envy. The soundtrack album rose into the top ten. According to friend Jerry Schillingthe special reminded Presley of what "he had not been able to do for years, being able to choose the people; being able to choose what songs and not being told what had to be on the soundtrack.

He was out of prison, man. I give you my word I will never sing a song I don't believe in. Buoyed by the experience of the Comeback Special, Presley engaged in a prolific series of recording sessions at American Sound Studiowhich led to the acclaimed From Elvis in Memphis. Released in Juneit was his first secular, non-soundtrack album from a dedicated period in the studio in eight years.

As described by Dave Marsh, it is "a masterpiece in which Presley immediately catches up with pop music trends that had seemed to pass him by during the movie years.

He sings country songs, soul songs and rockers with real conviction, a stunning achievement. Presley was keen to resume regular live performing. Following the success of the Comeback Special, offers came in from around the world. He responded, "That's fine for me, now how much can you get for Elvis?

He was scheduled to perform 57 shows over four weeks, beginning July Moore, Fontana, and the Jordanaires declined to participate, afraid of losing the lucrative session work they had in Nashville.

Presley assembled new, top-notch accompaniment, led by guitarist James Burton and including two gospel groups, The Imperials and Sweet Inspirations. Parker, who intended to make Presley's return the show business event of the year, oversaw a major promotional push. For his part, hotel owner Kirk Kerkorian arranged to send his own plane to New York to fly in rock journalists for the debut performance.

Presley took to the stage without introduction. The audience of 2, including many celebrities, gave him Album) standing ovation before he sang a note and another after his performance. A third followed his encore, "Can't Help Falling in Love" a song that would be his closing number for much of the s. Cassandra Petersonlater television's Elvira, met Presley during this period in Las Vegas, where she was working as a showgirl.

She recalled of their encounter, "He was so anti-drug when I met him. I mentioned to him that I smoked marijuana, and he was just appalled. He said, 'Don't ever do that again. Several of his family members had been alcoholics, a fate he intended to avoid. Presley returned to the International early in for the first of the year's two-month-long engagements, performing two shows a night.

Recordings from these shows were issued on the album On Stage. Presley was performing in a jumpsuit, which would become a trademark of his live act. Presley had been the target of many threats since the s, often without his knowledge.

Presley went onstage with a Derringer in his right boot and a. The album, That's the Way It Isproduced to accompany the documentary and featuring both studio and live recordings, marked a stylistic shift. As music historian John Robertson noted, "The authority of Presley's singing helped disguise the fact that the album stepped decisively away from the American-roots inspiration of the Memphis sessions towards a more middle-of-the-road sound.

Another week-long tour, of the West Coast, followed in November. On December 21,Presley engineered a meeting with President Richard Nixon at the White Housewhere he expressed his patriotism and explained how he believed he could reach out to the hippies to help combat the drug culture he and the president abhorred.

He asked Nixon for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge, to add to similar items he had begun collecting and to signify official sanction of his patriotic efforts. Nixon, who apparently found the encounter awkward, expressed a belief that Presley could send a positive message to young people and that it was, therefore, important that he "retain his credibility".

On hearing reports of the meeting, Paul McCartney later said that he "felt a bit betrayed. The great joke was that we were taking [illegal] drugs, and look what happened to him", a reference to Presley's early death, linked to prescription drug abuse. The U. Best received by critics was Elvis Countrya concept record that focused on genre standards.

If [Presley's] sin was his lifelessness, it was his sinfulness that brought him to life". A date tour commenced with an unprecedented four consecutive sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. After the tour, the single " Burning Love " was released—Presley's last top ten hit on the U.

Presley and his wife, meanwhile, had become increasingly distant, barely cohabiting. Inan affair he had with Joyce Bova resulted—unbeknownst to him—in her pregnancy and an abortion. Priscilla related that when she told him, Presley "grabbed Presley replied, "Well, the image is one thing and the human being another In JanuaryPresley performed two benefit concerts for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in connection with a groundbreaking TV special, Aloha from Hawaiiwhich would be the first concert by a solo artist to be aired globally.

The first show served as a practice run and backup should technical problems affect the live broadcast two days later. In Japan, where it capped a nationwide Elvis Presley Week, it smashed viewing records. The next night, it was simulcast to 28 European countries, and in April an extended version finally aired in the U.

As described by Bobbie Ann Mason"At the end of the show, when he spreads out his American Eagle cape, with the full stretched wings of the eagle studded on the back, he becomes a god figure. At a midnight show the same month, four men rushed onto the stage in an apparent attack.

Security men came to Presley's defense, and he ejected one invader from the stage himself. Following the show, he became obsessed with the idea that the men had been sent by Mike Stone to Album) him. Though they were shown to have been only overexuberant fans, he raged, "There's too much pain in me Stone [must] die. After another two full days of raging, Red Westhis friend and bodyguard, felt compelled to get a price for a contract killing and was relieved when Presley decided, "Aw hell, let's just leave it for now.

Maybe it's a bit heavy. Presley's divorce was finalized on October 9, Twice during the year, he overdosed on barbituratesspending three days in a coma in his hotel suite after the first incident. Towards the end ofhe was hospitalized, semi-comatose from the effects of a pethidine addiction. According to his primary care physicianDr. George C. NichopoulosPresley "felt that by getting drugs from a doctor, he wasn't the common everyday junkie getting something off the street". Presley's condition declined precipitously in September.

Keyboardist Tony Brown remembered Presley's arrival at a University of Maryland concert: "He fell out of the limousine, to his knees. People jumped to help, and he pushed them away like, 'Don't help me. Everybody's looking at each other like, 'Is the tour gonna happen'?

He was slurring. He was so fucked up. It was obvious he was drugged. It was obvious there was something terribly wrong with his body. It was so bad the words to the songs were barely intelligible. I remember crying. He could barely get through the introductions.

So often I thought, 'Boss, why don't you just cancel this tour and take a year off? He patted me on the back and said, 'It'll be all right. Don't you worry about it. Cultural critic Marjorie Garber wrote that he was now widely seen as a garish pop crooner: "In effect, he had become Liberace. Even his fans were now middle-aged matrons and blue-haired grandmothers. On July 13,Vernon Presley—who had become deeply involved in his son's financial affairs—fired " Memphis Mafia " bodyguards Red West Presley's friend since the sSonny Westand David Hebler, citing the need to "cut back on expenses".

Another associate of Presley's, John O'Grady, argued that the bodyguards were dropped because their rough treatment of fans had prompted too many lawsuits. RCA, which had always enjoyed a steady stream of product from Presley, began to grow anxious as his interest in the recording studio waned.

After a session in December that produced 18 songs, enough for almost two albums, Presley made no official studio recordings in Despite concerns from RCA and Parker, between July and OctoberPresley recorded virtually the entire contents of six albums. Though he was no longer a major presence on the pop charts, five of those albums entered the top five of the country chart, and three went to number one: Promised LandFrom Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennesseeand Moody Blue Eight studio singles from this period released during his lifetime were top ten hits on one or both charts, four in alone.

Presley and Linda Thompson split in Novemberand he took up with a new girlfriend, Ginger Alden. Grossly overweight, his mind dulled by the pharmacopia he daily ingested, he was barely able to pull himself through his abbreviated concerts. According to Guralnick, fans "were becoming increasingly voluble about their disappointment, but it all seemed to go right past Presley, whose world was now confined almost entirely to his room and his spiritualism books.

In the first, shot in Omaha on June 19, Presley's voice, Guralnick writes, "is almost unrecognizable, a small, childlike instrument in which he talks more than sings most of the songs, casts about uncertainly for the melody in others, and is virtually unable to articulate or project". The book Elvis: What Happened? He was devastated by the book, and tried unsuccessfully to halt its publication by offering money to the publishers.

On the evening of Tuesday, August 16,Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin another tour. That afternoon, Ginger Alden discovered him in an unresponsive state on a bathroom floor. According to her eyewitness account, "Elvis looked as if his entire body had completely frozen in a seated position while using the toilet and then had fallen forward, in that fixed position, directly in front of it.

It was clear that, from the time whatever hit him to the moment he had landed on the floor, Elvis hadn't moved. President Jimmy Carter issued a statement that credited Presley with having "permanently changed the face of American popular culture". Presley's funeral was held at Graceland on Thursday, August Outside the gates, a car plowed into a group of fans, killing two young women and critically injuring a third. While an autopsy, undertaken the same day Presley died, was still in progress, Memphis medical examiner Jerry Francisco announced that the immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Asked if drugs were involved, he declared that "drugs played no role in Presley's death". The pathologists conducting the autopsy thought it possible, for instance, that he had suffered "anaphylactic shock brought on by the codeine pills he had gotten from his dentist, to which he was known to have had a mild allergy".

A pair of lab reports filed two months later strongly suggested that polypharmacy was the primary cause of death; one reported "fourteen drugs in Elvis' system, ten in significant quantity". That, together with his drug habit, caused his death. But he was difficult to diagnose; it was a judgment call. The competence and ethics of two of the centrally involved medical professionals were seriously questioned.

All you have to do is chat with one of our online agents and get your assignment taken care of with the little remaining time. We have qualified academic writers who will work on your agent assignment to develop a high quality paper for you. We can take care of your urgent order in less than 5 hours.

We have writers who are well trained and experienced in different writing and referencing formats. Are you having problems with citing sources? Course help is here to help you with citations and referencing.

This means you can get your essay written well in any of the formatting style you need. By using our website, you can be sure to have your personal information secured. The following are some of the ways we employ to ensure customer confidentiality.

It is very easy. Click on the order now tab. You will be directed to another page. Here there is a form to fill. Filling the forms involves giving instructions to your assignment. The information needed include: topic, subject area, number of pages, spacing, urgency, academic level, number of sources, style, and preferred language style. You also give your assignment instructions. When you are done the system will automatically calculate for you the amount you are expected to pay for your order depending on the details you give such as subject area, number of pages, urgency, and academic level.

After filling out the order form, you fill in the sign up details. This details will be used by our support team to contact you. You can now pay for your order. We accept payment through PayPal and debit or credit cards. After paying, the order is assigned to the most qualified writer in that field. The writer researches and then submits your paper. The paper is then sent for editing to our qualified editors.

After the paper has been approved it is uploaded and made available to you. You are also sent an email notification that your paper has been completed. Our services are very confidential.

All our customer data is encrypted. Our records are carefully stored and protected thus cannot be accessed by unauthorized persons. Our payment system is also very secure. We have employed highly qualified writers. They are all specialized in specific fields. To ensure our writers are competent, they pass through a strict screening and multiple testing. All our writers are graduates and professors from the most prestigious universities and colleges in the world.

We have writers who are native speakers and non-native speakers. Our writers have great grammar skills. Being one of the largest online companies in the world providing essay writing services, we offer many academic writing services. Some of the services we offer include. We offer essay help for more than 80 subject areas. You can get help on any level of study from high school, certificate, diploma, degree, masters, and Ph.

We accept payment from your credit or debit cards. We also accept payment through. PayPal is one of the most widely used money transfer method in the world. It is acceptable in most countries and thus making it the most effective payment method.

We offer free revision in case you are not satisfied with the order delivered to you. For such an order you are expected to send a revision request and include all the instructions that should be followed by the writer. Also remember to state the exact time the writer should take to do your revision.

We offer free revision as long as the client does not change the instructions that had been previously given. In case a client want to alter the instructions, revision can be done but at a negotiated fee. We do not take the issue of plagiarism rightly. As a company we try as much as possible to ensure all orders are plagiarism free. It is surprising, but we do have some tricks to lower prices without hindering quality. The support team will view it after the order form and payment is complete and then they will find an academic writer who matches your order description perfectly.

Once you submit your instructions, while your order is in progress and even after its completion, our support team will monitor it to provide you with timely assistance. Hiring good writers is one of the key points in providing high-quality services.

We try to make sure all writers working for us are professionals, so when you purchase custom-written papers, they are of high quality and non-plagiarized. Our cheap essay writing service employs only writers who have outstanding writing skills.

The quality of all custom papers written by our team is important to us; that is why we are so attentive to the application process and employ only those writers who can produce great essays and other kinds of written assignments.

All our cheap essays are customized to meet your requirements and written from scratch. Our writers have a lot of experience with academic papers and know how to write them without plagiarism. Moreover, at our academic service, we have our own plagiarism-detection software which is designed to find similarities between completed papers and online sources. You can be sure that our custom-written papers are original and properly cited.

Our cheap essay writing service tries to always be at its best performance level, so each customer who pays money for paper writing can be sure that he or she will get what is wanted. There can be a number of reasons why you might not like your order.

You can also request a free revision, if there are only slight inconsistencies in your order. Your writer will make the necessary amendments free of charge. You can find out more information by visiting our revision policy and money-back guarantee pages, or by contacting our support team via online chat or phone. We even have an urgent delivery option for short essays, term papers, or research papers needed within 8 to 24 hours.

We appreciate that you have chosen our cheap essay service, and will provide you with high-quality and low-cost custom essays, research papers, term papers, speeches, book reports, and other academic assignments for sale.

We provide affordable writing services for students around the world.

Frage - Various - SaGa Series 20th Anniversary Original Soundtrack −Premium Box− (CD, Album), Super GemZ Ingame 3 (Original Sound Version) - Chris Hülsbeck - GemX Extended Soundtrack (File, Albu, Grey Clouds - The Rurals - Sweeter Sounds (CD, Album), Le Loup Et La Cigogne - Various - Fables De La Fontaine (Vinyl, LP), Chronic Death - Agathocles - Matadores Del Libertad (Vinyl, LP), Armer Pierrot - Vico Torriani - Rendezvous Mit Vico Torriani (Vinyl, Album), Näkki - Noitalinna Huraa! - Kalan Silmä (Vinyl, LP, Album), Love With The Madman - Be-Bop Deluxe* - Original Album Series (Box Set, Album, Album, Album, Album,, MCs Act Like They Dont Know - DJ Fiskars & J-Laini - Kovat Levyt Vol. 4 (CDr, Album), Rhinestone Cowboy - Various - The Greatest Music Ever Sold On Capitol Records And Tapes (Vinyl, LP), Private Act (Instrumental), Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica - Revisited (15th Anniversary Edition) (Vinyl, LP, Album), New Life - Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell (Vinyl, LP, Album)