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    Quote Originally Posted by aajj View Post
    ^^^ Yeah, Tortelvis! I've heard Dread Zeppelin and I think they're pretty good. Another band, whose name I cannot recall, gave Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon the reggae treatment and it worked well.


    My favorite Elvis impersonator was Elvis himself in the 1970s. Ain't nuthin' like the real thing.

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    I'm not sure how many of us look and weigh the same in middle age as we did in our twenties. I look back at photos I thought at the time were hideously unflattering, and now I can't believe how good I looked! Ah, memories...

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IwE7H4p1Whs

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I heard an interesting thing about Elvis was that he apparently had photographic memory, so he would read a movie script one time and have all his lines memorized as well as every other actors lines.
    I've heard this about Shirley Temple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figleaf View Post
    I'm not sure how many of us look and weigh the same in middle age as we did in our twenties. I look back at photos I thought at the time were hideously unflattering, and now I can't believe how good I looked! Ah, memories...

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IwE7H4p1Whs
    Certainly true but Elvis had a prescription drug problem which contributed to the decline of his appearance and health.

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    There are Hindu sects where they worship only one God. Sects like you Christians have Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Lutheranist, West Orthodox, East Rite Orthodox.

    NOTE: The author is an Indian atheist/apatheist/naturalist. Society has rejected him.

    But, being curious, I know.
    I always find Hinduism somewhat tricky to pin down. Is it right that there is just one God, the rest being manifestations of the one, or is that an over-simplification?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figleaf View Post
    Thank you very much for those links. It's the first time I had heard' Aura Lea'. The tender lyrics and pretty tune remind me of Stephen Foster's Irish influenced songs like 'Beautiful Dreamer' and 'Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair'. It's always interesting to compare Elvis' performance of old songs with earlier incarnations of the same melody, or the recordings of earlier singers. Here's a well known one: 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' dates from the 20s and was a hit for Al Jolson. Here's Jolson in a much later recording, though earlier than Elvis':

    Yes, I like it too.

    This is a fascinating area, it could be a thread in itself.

    Knowing this community, I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned the blacking up in that clip.
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    Amongst all of the diversions on this thread it is apparent that most of us seem to know Elvis more by reputation and his most popular songs than anything more substantial. Perhaps Figleaf you could give us a 'less well known but still very good' Elvis song of the day link to YT for the next few days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figleaf View Post
    I'm not sure how many of us look and weigh the same in middle age as we did in our twenties. I look back at photos I thought at the time were hideously unflattering, and now I can't believe how good I looked! Ah, memories...

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IwE7H4p1Whs
    Which may remind one of the gawdawful "before 'n afts" seen in the obits these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood View Post
    Amongst all of the diversions on this thread it is apparent that most of us seem to know Elvis more by reputation and his most popular songs than anything more substantial. Perhaps Figleaf you could give us a 'less well known but still very good' Elvis song of the day link to YT for the next few days?
    I like this one, 'Tender Feeling'. It's incredibly sentimental- when I was playing it just now, my son left the room in disgust!


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    Elvis has a beautiful voice. I thought I recognised the tune - and then I did. It's Shenandoah, with a few twiddles!
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    Here's a lovely song, 'Young and Beautiful'. We can compare Elvis' performance with a cover version by Richard Hawley, who is an Elvis obsessive. Richard has also recorded an album of songs with Lisa Marie Presley, which I haven't heard yet, but I mean to. If you haven't heard Richard live yet, don't waste any more time- he's absolutely electrifying!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Elvis has a beautiful voice. I thought I recognised the tune - and then I did. It's Shenandoah, with a few twiddles!
    I thought it sounded suspiciously good for one of his 60s movie songs! It's from 'Kissing Cousins' (1963), and the rest of that soundtrack is very forgettable indeed. I just typed 'Shenandoah' into YouTube and there it was, you are totally right! The original lyrics are better too.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4_YJ4SpS4tY

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    Coincidentaly I was listening to Richard Hawley just an hour ago: the wonderful Coles Corner album. Didn't know he'd made an album with Lisa Marie.

    I was thinking last month that its curious that the music from Elvis' Christmas albums don't seem to get the radio/mall play that they once used to - in fact out my way its absolutely zero (and when you consider the stuff they do play...). maybe the situation is different elsewhere.

    My parents had this one when I was little:

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonNZ View Post
    Coincidentaly I was listening to Richard Hawley just an hour ago: the wonderful Coles Corner album. Didn't know he'd made an album with Lisa Marie.

    I was thinking last month that its curious that the music from Elvis' Christmas albums don't seem to get the radio/mall play that they once used to - in fact out my way its absolutely zero (and when you consider the stuff they do play...). maybe the situation is different elsewhere.

    My parents had this one when I was little:

    We could do with more Elvis at Christmas time as well as at most other times! Coincidentally Richard Hawley sang a lovely 'Blue Christmas' live on the radio a few years ago, on either BBC Radio 2 or Radio 6 Music. I don't know whether it was recorded, though. Coles Corner is one of my favourite albums ever: I actually went on a pilgrimage in 2011 with the children to visit John Lewis in Sheffield, the site of the original Coles Corner. Then we went off in search of Lady's Bridge, a distinctly unprepossessing structure in a seedy part of the centre that was then being redeveloped. Just when I was feeling a distinct sense of anticlimax the rain stopped, and a beautiful double rainbow appeared! (Well, from where I live, it's cheaper and quicker to get to Sheffield than to Graceland!)

    Here's my favourite Coles Corner song (after 'The Ocean' anyway) which actually sounds like it could have been recorded in Sun Studios, c.1955. I'm sure that's what the echoey effect is for.


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    I got 2 Elvis albums on LP, sounds awesome.

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    'Frankie and Johnny'- a jazzy song from the 20s, I think, from the sountrack of the movie of that name:


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