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Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller: By Royal Appointment

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, March 1995

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the greatest rock 'n' roll songwriting team of all time, have their songs celebrated in the musical Smokey Joe's Cafe ...

He Made Old Men's Blues Sound Young: Remembering Elvis

Comment by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2002

WE REMEMBER his ignominious end, and the cavalcade of white Cadillacs driving through Memphis for his funeral 25 years ago this month, but mostly the ...

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The Facts About Elvis

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Keith Matthews, Record Mirror, May 1964

FROM JIMMY SAVILE ...

Ringo Talks About El

Interview by Keith Matthews, Record Mirror, November 1964

ALTHOUGH the Beatles are continually quoted and misquoted, interpreted and misinterpreted, they don't really mind what is said about them. ...

Elvis Presley: More Old Songs: Tickle Me

Film/DVD Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1965

Tickle Me isn't the GREATEST film Elvis has ever made, but it isn't the worst, either. ...

"Recording Sessions I Have Known" by Charlie McCoy

Interview by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, May 1966

When you hear a harmonica wailing in the background on currently popular blues, country, folk or pop recordings, it's probably being played by an ultra-talented guy ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian Style

Film/DVD Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

Presley's usual (Hawaiian) style ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian StyleNME Readers Reply

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, July 1966

B. UYDER, Sheffield: Why should Alan Smith (NME last week) have to apologise to Elvis fans for saying what he thinks of his new film ...

Elvis, Usually Surrounded By Girls, Is Now Encircled By Controversy

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

SOME Of Elvis' staunchest British fans want to boil me in oil again. Another suggests I lower myself into a spin-dryer and turn it on. ...

Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Them, Beach Boys, Kinks et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1967

A multitude of newies this week including Presley, Dylan, & Beach Boys ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #1

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

As told to Jim Delehant ...

In TV-Film Show With Elvis!

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1968

On steps five feet from him ...

Elvis Takes Off Tiny Tim And Richard Harris

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1968

The continuing story of ELVIS and ANN MOSES (Editor of Tiger Beat) ...

Elvis Presley to Make Personal Appearances

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

ELVIS PRESLEY, with one eye to the increasing interest in old-style rock and the other to his decreasing income from movie roles, is making plans ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis (NBC Television Special)

Film/DVD Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, December 1968

Elvis television triumph ...

Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin et al: Album Reviews

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, April 1969

Both sides of the great Elvis Presley, orchestral pop from the Brothers Ryan ...

Elvis Presley's Comeback Gets Off To Exciting Start

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

ELVIS PRESLEY, the "old groaner" of the rock 'n' roll generation, still has his snarl. The acknowledged king of early rock opened a month's engagement ...

Elvis Presley: International Hotel, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, September 1969

SECOND LOOK AT ELVIS ...

Elvis Presley: International Showroom, Las Vegas

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, February 1970

KING ELVIS RULES VEGAS AGAIN. New songs and old in his act after his first night including 'Proud Mary', 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes', ...

Elvis Presley: Wagging His Tail In Las Vegas

Live Review by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, February 1970

ELVIS WAS SUPERNATURAL, his own resurrection, at the Showroom Internationale in Las Vegas last August. ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: No Payment For My Elvis Songs Says Crudup

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, February 1971

SIXTY-FIVE year old blues-man Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, whose songs 'That's Alright Mama' and 'My Baby Left Me' were hits for Elvis Presley back in ...

Elvis Presley: The Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1972

I'M GETTING pretty sick of all this talk about what a gross Tom Jones imitation Elvis has become. Baby fat and other people’s songs, indeed. ...

Scotty Moore: The Man Who Launched A Thousand Licks

Interview by Norman Jopling, New Musical Express, January 1973

PEOPLE AROUND at the time Elvis first made it claim that guitarist Scotty Moore was the musician most responsible for "The Elvis Presley Sound". Moore ...

Elvis Presley: Revolt Into Style

Essay by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, March 1974

ELVIS PRESLEY. The giant among giants, and yet also that strange kind of comic-book hero, Mr Reverso Man. ...

Elvis Presley, the Sweet Inspirations: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, June 1974

PERHAPS AMERICA'S two most important musical artists took to the roads recently. Bob Dylan blazed a crosscountry tour which left followers and non-believers alike a ...

Elvis Presley: There Is No Truth In the Rumour that Elvis Is Losing His Marbles

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, October 1974

ELVIS AARON PRESLEY, one time truck driver and supreme rock-and-roll superstar, has been taking some pains of late to allay a host of false rumours ...

Elvis Presley: The Promised Land

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1975

IT HAS ALWAYS been accepted as an article of faith by ladies and gentlemen in the critical profession that Elvis Presley is not dead. ...

Elvis Presley: Pictures Of Elvis

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, December 1975

THERE CAN BE little doubt that the Elvis Presley Sun collection was a compilation of some of his finest work. ...

Okay, Kids... Which Twin is the Real Elvis?

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1976

"I'm gonna go infiltrate the International ELVIS PRESLEY Fan Club Convention", said MICK FARREN. ...

Elvis Presley: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1976

DESPITE MEDICAL PROBLEMS Elvis Presley's show at the Long Beach Arena proved that he still has the voice and romantic quality that established him as ...

Elvis: Well, Bless-uh Muh Soul, What's-uh Wrong With Me?

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, May 1976

WHEN AN artist hasn't produced anything of note for something like 14 years, the world begins to judge him on just about anything but his ...

Rock 100: Elvis Presley

Retrospective by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

"THAT'S FINE, MAN," CHORTLES SAM Phillips over the studio intercom at 760 Union Avenue, Memphis. "Hell, that's different. That's a pop song now." ...

In Search of the Real Elvis

Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, February 1977

Otherwise known as an interview with FELTON JARVIS (Felton who???) ...

Elvis Presley: The King is Dead

Obituary by Philip Norman, Times, The, August 1977

ELVIS PRESLEY will be remembered as the first and the greatest exponent of Rock and Roll music, whose recordings of 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Hound Dog' ...

Elvis Presley is Dead

Obituary by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, August 1977

IT WAS ONE OF THE worst storms to hit London since God knows when. The thunder rolled, lightning flashed and the rain hammered into the ...

Elvis Presley

Obituary by Martin Hawkins, Country Music Review, October 1977

WHILE NOT wishing to add to the enormous number of narratives, eulogies and gutter press 'exposes' which have appeared in print in recent weeks, it ...

Elvis Presley: Junk, junk food junk prose (pulpitations for all)

Book Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, October 1977

Red West, Sonny West, Dave Hebler, as told to Steve Dunleavy: Elvis – What Happened? ...

Andy Kaufman Does De Elvis

Report by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, January 1978

OH, GOD, where did they find this poor soul, and what desperate circumstances could have resulted in his presence on stage before us? ...

Death in Hi-Fi or First Tastes of Tombstone

Overview by Nick Tosches, Waxpaper, March 1978

Music deaths are big news nowadays. It seems hardly an ish of Rolling Stone goes by when we aren't treated to a eulogy for a ...

The Sun King: Sam Phillips

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Palmer, Memphis, December 1978

BACK IN THE MID-'50s, the Sun Records studio at 706 Union Avenue was the epicenter of a sudden, wrenching shift in world consciousness. Tremors had ...

The Million Dollar Quartet

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, June 1981

WE USUALLY think of Elvis Presley simply stepping into Sun Studios in Memphis, in answer to Sam Phillips' call, and walking out a few days ...

Goldman Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog!

Book Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, February 1982

Elvis by Albert Goldman (McGraw-Hill) ...

Elvis: The New Deal Origins of Rock 'n' Roll

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, December 1982

EACH YEAR, on August 16, the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Memphis State University hosts a memorial service and seminar in his honor. ...

James Burton

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

ONE OF THE GREAT rock'n'roll guitarists of the 1950s, but a man who remained virtually unknown to all but the cognoscenti until comparatively recently, is ...

Scotty Moore

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

THERE CAN BE few more graphic illustrations of the fact that rock'n'roll music is no longer some here-today-gone-tomorrow speck of lint in the wind than ...

Perkins, Presley et al: The Complete Million Dollar Session

Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, June 1988

TOTALLY UNEXPECTED, totally out of the blue, and just when you'd almost given up on hearing anything this exciting again... ...

Elvis Presley's Memphis

Guide by Steve Turner, Independent, The, April 1991

Thousands of worshippers still flock to Memphis, birthplace of Elvis. They should bypass Graceland. Rock first rolled here. ...

Greil Marcus: Dead Elvis

Book Review by Andy Gill, Q, March 1992

AT THE CLOSE OF the Presliad, the most substantial part of his classic Mystery Train and still the most illuminating work on Elvis, Greil Marcus ...

Elvis Presley: The King Of Rock'n'Roll: The Complete '50s Masters

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1992

FROM US postage stamps to academic treatises like Greil Marcus's Dead Elvis which ponders how a rock singer ends up as apple-pie as Abe Lincoln, ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis - The 50s

Review by Mark Sinker, Wire, September 1992

PERHAPS THE most unexpected thing about RCA/BMG's Presley-project is how unexpected so much of it is. ...

Elvis Presley: From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters 1

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, The, October 1993

IT'S EASY TO DISMISS ELVIS PRESLEY'S post-army career – easy, that is, until one is forced to sit down and listen to a song like ...

Elvis: The Goldman Factor

Essay by John Tobler, 'Aspects of Elvis', 1994

ELVIS PRESLEY WAS THE UNKNOWING centre of controversy in his quite short life: only being screened from the waist upwards on TV so that his ...

Memphis Blues Again: Elvis ’69

Retrospective by 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 ...

Wise Men Say: Elvis Presley

Book Excerpt by Simon Frith, Aspects of Elvis, 1994

"I DON'T THINK EL WILL EVER RATE WITH the more serious students of popular song – his syrupy crooning with vibrato went out with Rudy ...

Elvis Presley: Love Him Tender, Love Him True

Book Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, December 1994

Peter Guralnick: Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley ...

Elvis: Father, Son & Hillbilly Cat

Essay by Mick Farren, MOJO, February 1995

Boy-King/Fertility God brings wonder and prosperity to the land, is cut down but manages to transcend death... The ballooning Cult of Elvis is turning into ...

Elvis Presley: Long Live The King!

Overview by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Most insist that Elvis Presley died on August 16 1977. Yet some say that not only is The Memphis Flash alive, but that they've seen ...

Elvis Presley: Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential ‘70s Masters

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, The, December 1995

ELVIS PRESLEY'S music in the 1970s is often dismissed as the bombastic, half-hearted hack work of an overweight, pill-addicted, badly dressed has-been. In the liner ...

Sweet Movements Of A Hillbilly Hellion

Essay by Robert Gordon, Cleveland Ballet Company (official program), 1996

THERE ARE CINDER block joints you can still go to in Memphis, wooden shacks in Mississippi, places that are out of the way and not ...

That's Another Fine Messiah You've Got Me Into

Comment by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, April 1996

John Lennon thought The Beatles were bigger than IT, some people think Elvis is/was IT and Michael Jackson seems to think he is IT. So ...

Elvis & Leiber & Stoller

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Die Welt Woche, 1997

WHEN JERRY Leiber and Mike Stoller submitted the sickly ballad 'Love Me' to Elvis Presley in the late summer of 1956, they thought the boy ...

25% Of The King: Col. Tom Parker

Obituary by Michael Gray, Guardian, The, January 1997

COLONEL TOM PARKER, the flamboyant tent-show hustler who was Elvis Presley's Svengalian manager, has died in Las Vegas at the age of almost 90. He ...

Elvis, homoeroticism and 'Jailhouse Rock'

Essay by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, August 1997

'Oh yes,' said Stanley, a builder - though not a man known ever to have displayed his bum cleavage beyond the privacy of his own ...

Elvis Presley 1999

Comment by Gary Pig Gold, purrmag.com, Spring 1999

IT WAS ELVIS' BIRTHDAY a few weeks ago. While this fact usually only piques the interest of a few misguided Teddy Boys overseas at this ...

Scotty Moore's Classic Axe Goes Under The Hammer

Report by Mark Pringle, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2000

Former Elvis Presley producer weeps after auctioning off "the most important guitar in rock and roll history" ...

Presley/Clinton: Bill Has Left The Building

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, November 2000

Double Trouble: Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in the land of no alternatives by Greil Marcus (Faber & Faber, £9.99, 248pp) ...

Elvis Presley and the Impulse Towards Transculturation

Essay by Rob Bowman, Crawdaddy!, Spring 2000

ELVIS WAS A hero to most but he never meant shit to me/You see straight out racist the sucker was simple and plain/Motherfuck him and ...

Hey Conductor You Must: Rock'n'Roll Iconoclasm In America

Essay by Richard Riegel, Loose Palace, Spring 2000

2006 Author's note: I wrote the following piece in the summer of 1993 on assignment for Rob O'Connor's Throat Culture magazine, after I had suggested ...

Elvis Presley: The Once And Future King

Film/DVD Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2001

WE ALL KNOW the way it was in the Seventies, Elvis Presley's last eight years on earth. He spent them as a bloated, drug-glazed fraud, ...

Elvis in Hollywood

Retrospective by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2001

"I've had intellectuals tell me that I've got to progress as an actor, explore new horizons, take on new challenges, all that routine. I'd like ...

Elvis Presley: Live In Las Vegas

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, August 2001

ELVIS PRESLEY wasn't always the Clown Prince of Las Vegas. Back in 1956, he secured a two-week booking at the Venus Room in the city's ...

The King and I: A Visit to Graceland

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2001

KREATURE COMFORTS – "the Lowlife Guide to Memphis" – claims that Memphis can offer visitors "the best or worst of vacations: you could hit a ...

The Great Late Elvis: Taking Vegas-era Elvis seriously

Comment by Marc Weingarten, slate.com, August 2001

WHEN IT COMES TO the late-period Elvis — you know, the one that played the best rooms in Las Vegas and ate far too many ...

Otis Blackwell 1932 - 2002

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, May 2002

Prolific writer behind some of Elvis’s greatest hits ...

Elvis Presley: Today Tomorrow & Forever

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, July 2002

LET'S BE honest: this, once again, is Elvis Presley '56-'77 squeezed into five exhilarating, and at times exasperating hours. There are two major differences this ...

Memphis: Visions of a Bluff City

Special Feature by Joss Hutton, Rock's Backpages, August 2002

Click here to see Joss Hutton's evocative images of Memphis, 25 years after Elvis's death ...

Memphis Still Sings The Blues

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2002

MEMPHIS IS ONLY technically in Tennessee. In psychic reality, it's the capital of Mississippi. Everyone who lives there knows it. What this 50 per cent ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis 30 # 1 Hits (RCA)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Blender, Fall 2002

The King is gone, but he's not forgotten: Thirty classics from the best singer who ever lived. Period. ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: Rock Me Mama: 22 Original Hits By The Godfather Of Rock & Roll

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Bluebird/RCA, 2003

"DOWN IN TUPELO," Elvis Presley famously remarked in June 1956, "I used to hear old Arthur Crudup bang his box the way I do now, ...

Sam Phillips: Rock'n'Roll Evangelist

Obituary by Andria Lisle, MOJO, September 2003

For Sam Phillips rock'n'roll was a religion And, boy, did he spread the gospel. ...

Elvis: The First Sun Sessions

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 2004

IT WAS A QUIET WEEK in Memphis. Monday, January 4, 1954. Everyone easing into the new year. Nobody paid any attention when, around lunchtime, a ...

Elvis Presley: 2nd To None

Review by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, January 2004

THE UNDERLYING theme of 2nd To None, the 'sequel' to 2002's wildly successful 30 #1 Hits, is a bit hard to pin down. #1 Hits ...

Elvis Presley: How 1968 Bought Elvis a King Sized Comeback

Retrospective and Interview by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, January 2004

AS 1968 BEGAN, Elvis Presley's career was in trouble, the result of too many formulaic films and equally uninspired soundtracks. But by the year's end, ...

Tryin' To Get To Elvis

Essay by Adam Blake, Cosmik Debris, April 2004

IN THE LIBRARY today I put on the Sun Sessions to cheer me up while I was working. When it came around to the bridge ...

Elvis Presley: He Touched Me – The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

THE ONLY Grammys Presley won in his lifetime were for gospel records, and for a long spell in the '60s his songs of praise were ...

Elvis and the Songsmiths

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut Legends, Spring 2005

CLYDE OTIS and Ivory Joe Hunter had just returned from a day's duck-hunting when the phone rang. It was the song publishers Hill and Range ...

Rediscovering the joy in the sad story of Elvis

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Telegraph, May 2006

NO POP ICON ever came to a sadder or less regal end than the once gorgeous, gaudy "King" of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley. When ...

Elvis At 72

Comment by Jonh Ingham, mog.com, August 2007

EVERY YEAR a bunch of new noisy kids will tell you rock and roll is a young man's game. At 72 and still The King, ...

The Return of the King: Elvis and the Making Of The '68 Comeback Special

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, August 2008

When Elvis Presley donned a black leather suit and stepped in front of NBC's cameras for his 1968 TV special, he changed the historical perception ...

Sympathy for the Devil – A Kind Word for Albert Goldman

Essay by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages, April 2009

ALBERT HARRY GOLDMAN is inarguably the most controversial music biographer of the last generation. His biographies of first Elvis, then John Lennon, have been spit ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis' Christmas Album Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, December 2009

IN 2007, the Recording Industry Association of America revealed that, having notched up 12m sales, Elvis Presley's Christmas Album had become the top-selling holiday release ...

Not Elvis, BUT….

Retrospective by Gary Pig Gold, Rock's Backpages, August 2012

FIRST, THERE WAS you-know-who. Or at least up until thirty-five years ago there was. ...

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