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Monday, August 16, 2010

August 16th, 33 years later -The Day Elvis Died. Jon Pareles was right: "In death as in life, Elvis Presley has something for everybody."

1993 Elvis Presley postal stamp -Watercolor of Elvis by Mark Stutzmamn

This is the song and performance that my friend Shannon and I always loved best, and loved most to sing along to together when she lived in D.C., because, for me at least, it's the secular song of his that's closest to the power of his great gospel performances.

Elvis Presley - An American Trilogy, LIVE, 1973


fabulous story by author David Comfort, today, on the relationship between Elvis and his doting mother, Gladys.


Elvis, Gladys & Their Double Doomdate, Aug. 16

By David Comfort

Published: August 15, 2010

In 1934, Vernon Presley, age 18, recalled blacking out at the instant of his son’s conception; then, regaining consciousness, he had seen the night sky thronged with brilliant blue stars. Elvis Aron’s twin brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn.

The future King’s God-fearing mother, Gladys -- who herself almost died in the delivery -- believed he had inherited Jesse’s soul, and was “the One.”

Years later, Gladys would suffer a miscarriage, making her all the more protective of her only surviving child.

Read the rest of the story at:


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This article has some really great photos, some of which you may never have seen.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Sweltering heat can't keep Elvis fans from annual vigil

By Christopher Blank
Posted August 16, 2010 at midnight


Elvis Presley: Ten of Our Favorite Performances
This Week Marks 33rd Anniversary of the King's Death
August 16, 2010

If you never saw my previous post mentioning singer
Calle Kristiansson, prepare to be amazed. This gets me every time I see it, because this guy, whom nobody had ever heard
of, just casually walks up to the microphone and belts a home run on the first pitch like it's nothing -perfect.

Calle Kristiansson - Walking in Memphis -
IDOL Sweden 2009, auditions in Malmö


Calle Kristiansson Walking in Memphis - XL Live Expressen


See also: http://www.expressen.se/ and

Yohanna -Butterflies and Elvis from her Butterflies and Elvis CD


See also: http://www.youtube.com/TEAMYOHANNA
and http://teamyohanna.blogspot.com/
The guys at TY have got some brand new photos of this super-talent up on their blog, so check 'em out!

My previous posts on
Elvis contain lots of helpful hints on discerning why I am the way that
I am, how my personal world-view was shaped and why I write about the topics I do here,
many of which I never see anywhere else, even though there are, as we're constantly being reminded, tens of millions of blogs and websites.

January 8, 2010:

Walking in Memphis on Elvis' 75th birthday: some Swedish and Icelandic treats
to celebrate with

August 15, 2009

Sunday morning at 2 a.m. - Elvis In Memphis on QVC


TCB baby!

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