Posts Tagged ‘Elvis’

Elvis & Corporate Welfare

April 18, 2019

The dirt-poor city of Memphis is giving tax breaks to Graceland.

“So why, you might ask, is a city that regularly ranks among the nation’s poorest giving several hundred million dollars in tax breaks to a long-dead rock star’s house museum where the cheapest ticket costs $41?”

— “This Has to Be One of the Most Ridiculous Corporate Welfare Deals in Quite Some Time,” Henry Grabar, Slate

 

Video: “Money Honey,” written by Jesse Stone, recorded by Elvis Presley, 1956.

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There’s a Santa That Looks a Lot Like Elvis

December 10, 2016

“There’s a Santa that looks a lot like Elvis,” a Bob Rivers parody of Meredith Willson‘s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” sung in a Bing Crosby sound-alike voice. Crooner Crosby had a hit with the tune in 1951.

Young people: Elvis Presley was a popular vocalist back in the last century. In his later years he … um, filled out a bit from eating deep-fried peanut butter-jelly-and-bacon sandwiches, and weighed 350 pounds at his death in 1977. Of course, your grandma might not think he’s dead.

Bob Rivers recordings.

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Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

December 5, 2016

Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me),” written by Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius, performed by The Smithereens. It was originally recorded in 1957 by Elvis Presley, backed by The Jordanaires. The tune has been covered by many other artists including Mae West.

Related:

“Santa’s Privacy Policy,” Laurence Hughes, McSweeney’s

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Suspicious Minds

April 17, 2016


“Suspicious Minds,” written and performed by Mark James in 1968. It was a huge hit for Elvis Presley the following year.

More:

“Caught in a Trap: Suspicious Minds, Elvis’ Last No. 1 Hit,” Marc Myers, The Wall Street Journal via Elvis.com.au

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Santa Claus Is Back In Town

December 28, 2015

“Santa Claus Is Back In Town,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957.

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There’s a Santa That Looks a Lot Like Elvis

December 20, 2015

“There’s a Santa that looks a lot like Elvis,” a Bob Rivers parody of Meredith Willson‘s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” sung in a Bing Crosby sound-alike voice. Crooner Crosby had a hit with the tune in 1951.

Young people: Elvis Presley was a popular vocalist back in the last century. In his later years he … um, filled out a bit from eating deep-fried peanut butter-jelly-and-bacon sandwiches, and weighed 350 pounds at his death in 1977. Of course, your grandma might not think he’s dead.

Bob Rivers recordings.

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Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

December 20, 2015

“Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me),” written by Aaron Schroeder andClaude Demetrius, performed in this 1957 recording by Elvis Presley, backed by The Jordanaires.

The tune has been recorded by many other artists including Mae West and The Smithereens:

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

December 17, 2015

“I’ll be home for Christmas,” written by Walter Kent with lyrics by James “Kim” Gannon, recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957. Bing Crosby had the first hit with this tune in 1943, backed by the John Scott Trotter Orchestra.

More: 

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Library of Congress

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Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

December 17, 2015

“Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me),” written by Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius, performed in this 1957 recording by Elvis Presley, backed by The Jordanaires.

The tune has been recorded by many other artists including Mae West and The Smithereens:

(more…)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

December 24, 2014

“I’ll be home for Christmas,” written by Walter Kent with lyrics by James “Kim” Gannon, recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957. Bing Crosby had the first hit with this tune in 1943, backed by the John Scott Trotter Orchestra.

More: 

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Library of Congress

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