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Memphis Blues Again: Elvis ’69

Barney Hoskyns, Aspects of Elvis (Sidgwick & Jackson), 1994

ELVIS PRESLEY must have sensed that his credibility was on the line when he made the decision, in early January 1969, to cancel a Nashville recording date and book instead what were to be his first Memphis sessions in fourteen years. Fresh from the lean, mean triumph of the NBC-TV ‘Comeback’ special aired in December, he knew he had to capitalize on the excitement which that performance had generated.

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