Taschenbuch - 128 Seiten - Omnibus Press - Englisch I SAID, ´WHAT´D I DO? WHAT´D I DO?´ HE SAID, ´WELL, WHATEVER IT WAS, GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN!´ An exclusive account of the extraordinary life of Elvis Aron Presley, 1935-1977 The Elvis Archives details the undisputed facts of Elvis´ life and career and is illustrated with over 100 rare and exclusive photographs. Written and compiled by British fan club president Todd Slaughter with international Elvis expert Anne E. Nixon, The Elvis Archives presents the documentary truth about Elvis, a truth that has so often been forgotten amid the deluge of hero-worship, criticism and myth-making of the past 30 years. ... It was very different back in 1935 on that cold January day —the 8th, a Tuesday — when Gladys Love Presley, aged 22, gave Nirth to identical twins in the tiny house on Old Saltillo Road built by Vernon Presley, his father, and his brother Vester. Vernon was four years younger than his wife, and they´d only moved into their new home the previous month. Sadness mingled with joy; the first child, Jessie Garon, was stillborn. Happily, Elvis Aaron survived and was given love in abundance. There may have been dreadful poverty and hardship in East Tupelo in the Depression-hit Thirties, but love cost nothing, and Tupelo´s child grew up secure in the heart of his family, and in a church-minded, close-knit community that sang its heart out in praise of God. The music the boy heard in the First Assembly of God church was to influence and shape his future. A quote in early fanzines, attributed to Gladys, told how the church singing affected her young son: ´´When Elvis was about two years old, he´d slide off my lap, run down the aisle, and stand looking up at the choir and try to sing with them. He was too little to know the words, but he could carry the tune.´´ As he grew older, Elvis sang at church revivals with his parents, a favourite song being, ´I Won´t Have To Cross The Jordan Alone´. ´´Even then,´´ Gladys reportedly said, ´´he couldn´t stand still when he sang.´´ Interestingly, the only Grammys that Elvis ever won were for gospel music (in 1967 for the album How Great Thou Art, in 1972 for the album He Touched Me, and in 1974 for a live performance of `How Great Thou Art´). In 2001, Elvis was inducted posthumously into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, whose previous inductees included Mahalia Jackson and Billy Graham. The pastor of the First Assembly of God church in East Tupelo was Frank Smith, who used a guitar and sang to get his message across to his congregation, and who encouraged young Elvis in his singing. Many years after Elvis became famous, it became known that Vernon Presley had done time in Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi. With two others, he´d forged a cheque, and in June 1938, began his three-year incarceration, but was released in less than a year. The loss of the main family breadwinner meant that Gladys and Elvis had to leave their home and move in with relatives. On Vernon´s release, the family lived in a succession of homes. Gladys, a skilled needlewoman, did her bit to help the family finances, and Vernon found what work he could. In the autumn of 1941, six-year-old Elvis began to attend East Tupelo Consolidated School on Lake Street, also known as Lawhon Elementary School. One of his classmates was Becky Martin, who recalled that pupils were required to learn the names of the American presidents and the capital cities of each state, as well as the Gettysburg Address, the one that contains the oft-quoted words, ´´... government of the people, for the people, by the people´´, which Abraham Lincoln gave in 1862. Like Elvis, Becky Martin enjoyed singing. Before classes at Lawhon School, Becky said that there´d be a chapel service, and Elvis. would sometimes sing ´God Bless My Daddy´, or say a prayer. It was, some sources say, Elvis´s 5th grade teacher, Mrs Oleta Grimes, who taught Elvis to sing ´Old Shep´, a touching ballad about a boy and his faithful dog. She certainly had plenty of faith in the quiet child, and in 1945, when he was ten years old, it was Mrs Grimes who entered the shy lad into the Children´s Day contest at the annual Mississippi-Alabama fair at the Tupelo Fairgrounds on October 3...
(Echoes) 8 tracks Quicksilver Messenger Service This unique show offers up a slice of QMS history with most of the band following other pursuits shortly after. Valenti carried on his solo career while Cipollina took Olsen into various offshoot projects. Duncan relocated to Hawaii, Elmore dropped into the background and Lewis ventured deep into the disco scene, the conclusion of a period that had promised so much more. Many of the shows on the Solid Silver ´comeback´ tour of 1975/76 brought Quicksilver back into the club scene, playing in more intimate surroundings such as My Father´s Place in Roslyn, New York. It harked back to their days as psychedelic protagonists from San Francisco. Their appearance here in 1976 reflects times gone by and allows the band to enjoy their respected repertoire that had brought them the deserved attention in the late 196os. Echoes proudly presents the entire FM broadcast of QMS´ appearance at My Father´s Place in Roslyn, New York on 31st January 1976. Professionally re-mastered original broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.
(1994/MCA) 89 career spanning tracks including unreleased Conway on hometown radio aged 12!, his audition tape for Decca Records, never released track ´Sweet Sweet Spirit´, played at Twitty´s memorial service.80 page booklet with detailed bio/discography and rare photos.
Gebundene Ausgabe - 383 Seiten -Parragon Inc - Englisch Introduction Elvis Presley burst onto the American music scene in 1956, although he had been well-known locally around Memphis for some time beforehand. He quickly became synonymous with the new rock ´n´ roll music and teenagers everywhere took him to their hearts. His sensual performing style whipped his female fans into a frenzy, which initially caused much criticism in the press — but the resulting publicity did his career no harm at all. After he was drafted and did his service in the US army, without complaint or favors, opinion about him in the press began to change, and on his return his new, mature style helped him to reach an even wider audience. Not content with being perhaps the world´s most popular singer, he also moved into acting and soon took Hollywood by storm. During his career he made 31 movies — all of which were a success at the box office — and in the middle of the 1960s he was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. After he returned to the concert stage in the 1970s his shows in Las Vegas were legendary, and he was soon dubbed the `World´s Greatest Entertainer´. Elvis Presley: Unseen Archives charts the fascinating life of Elvis, right from his humble beginnings to his tragic death as a superstar and its aftermath. The exciting collection of photographs featured not only show him performing, but also include candid shots documenting his private life and a comprehensive selection of stills taken during the making of his movies. Many of the photographs are not clearly dated in the archives, but in this book they have been carefully placed in context with what was happening in his career at around the time they were taken. The pictures are accompanied by detailed and perceptive captions, which give a rounded portrait of the world´s most famous singer. Elvis Presley was a phenomenon and his legacy continues to captivate people even today — the King may be dead, but his memory lingers on.
(2015/Sundazed) 12 tracks. Wayne Cochran! The exclamation point is there for a reason. Known as ´The White Knight of Soul,´ Cochran was flamboyant in both voice and attire. Crowned by a swooping white pompadour, he held back nothing on stage. His performance style was very reminiscent of fellow Georgia native Little Richard Penniman. Like Penniman, music led Cochran to his current career as a minister. Anyone who’s ever witnessed a fire-and-brimstone southern gospel service can see the connection between gospel’s passion and r&b’s groove. Issued by Chess Records in 1967, Wayne Cochran! captured the outrageous energy of his live show within the album’s grooves. This explosive collection of songs proved that Cochran deserved to share the label home of r&b greats like Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Rather than a traditional artist portrait, the front cover features an outline of his white pompadour against a black background. Simple and direct, it stood in stark relief against the sea of day-glo, psychedelic imagery of the day. To put it another way, the cover art clearly conveyed that this album was all killer, no filler. The original mono version of this LP is incredibly rare and changes hands for princely sums. However, there is no need to empty the savings account now that Sundazed Music has prepared a righteous reissue, in glorious mono! Sourced from the original analog master tapes, this Sundazed edition is 180gm of concentrated soul. Just add a turntable and watch the party spring to life!
(2014/Doxy) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1958 ´Sun´ LP album Even as a little boy, Johnny Cash had a feeling he was going to be famous one day. It wasn´t the kind of premonition he could go about telling people. They´d have thought dreams of fame and riches pretty far removed from the Cash´s barely-productive 40-acre cotton farm in Arkansas. Especially sincc Johnny had no idea of how he was going to make his mark. Johnny left the farm to go into the Air Force — and in his travels hc acquired first, a wife — and secondly, a guitar. Assigned to Germany and forced to leave his wife behind, Johnny found a faithful companion in his guitar. The boys in his barracks seemed to like his pickin´ and singin´ — and gradually the plan for a career began to take shape. He would be a singer — a country singer. When he got back from service, Johnny was not so modest about his plans for the future. He let his Memphis friends know he was going to be a singer — a good singer, a famous singer — a singer who would revolutionize country music. No matter how long it took — he was determined! As it happened, Lady Luck inclined her face toward Johnny almost immediately. His releases on the Sun label were instantly acclaimed, and in 1956, one year after Johnny Cad, launched his recording career, he was named the most promising country and western artist of the year in four separate polls. After the success of ´I Walk the Line´ as a simultaneous C & W and popular hit, it was indicated the course Johnny´s career should take. Though always identifying himself as a singer for the country fans — a favorite entertainer on the Grand Ole Opry — Johnny Cash with ´Ballad of a Teen-Age Queen´ came to be a top selling artist in the pop recording field. Almost reluctantly, Johnny evolved a pop-country style in arrangement and instrumentation, evident in such hits as ´Guess Things Happen That Way´ and ´The Ways of a Woman in Love´ to supply the demand for Cash records by fans of both types of music. It is ironic that Johnny Cash caused more of a revolution in pop music than in country music, as was his big aim, by being one of the first C & W artists exposed on national ´general entertainment´ ´TV shows; and the first C & W artist to capture the LP market with one great release (Sun 1220). Johnny Cash — in his voice, looks and demeanor — carries a certain aura of ´specialness´. He is a very dramatic figure — tall, muscular, with blue-black hair. He looks the part of a folk singer — a 20th century wandering minstrel. And his fatalistic style, both in composing and singing, has a quality of monotone, but of ´emotional monotone´ that defies analysis, but which is genuinely powerful. Johnny Cash is one of those persons endowed with an exceptional talent which had to express itself. And being expressed, his talent has been uniquely recognized and applauded by many loyal fans, who will enjoy this reminiscent album of the songs which to date are landmarks in the career of the one and only Johnny Cash. --- Original album liner notes
(Star-Club) 14 tracks - During the first half of the 60s there was only one Norwegian popgroup that made it outside Norway. Their name was The Sunbeams, a group mainly featuring roaring saxophone instrumentals. They came from Eidsvall, a small village by Miosa, Norway´s largest lake. And throughout their career, they remained semi-pro´s as school and other jobs prevented them from going on a full time career. The members were Eil W Finbraten - Tenorsax, Jan E Brustad - Drums, Ole K Fredriksen - Lead Guitar, Bjorn V Smedsrud - Rhythm Guitar and Ole N Molstad - Bass. The Band first started in September 1962 and half a year later they won a recording contract, which led to the recording of their first hit ´I´ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Cocoanuts´. This recording was a big hit in both Norway, Sweden and Danmark. It was also released in Germany. Belgium, Holland, Austria. and many other countries. The Sunbeams appeared on TV and toured Scandinavia several times and also made a trip to Germany. During their career, they released seven singles in Norway, but after ´Cocoanut´, their only big hit was ´Grand Pa´. The group splitted in the summer of 1964, since the members had been called for military services.
Taschenbuch - 144 - Gazelle Book Services - 2012 - Englisch This true account of the rise of country music is told by a 1940s band musician, Don Davis, who became a music business executive and worked with all the Grand Ole Opry stars. Johnny Cash, the Carter family, Waylon Jennings, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, and many others were his friends and appear throughout the book. They played from Mobile to Nashville and back again to his beloved Alabama. This masterful storyteller recalls colorful songwriters, record personalities, and fans with real incidents —over his sixty-year career, that will move readers from laughter to tears. View 100 photographs showing real people, places, and instruments that have become country music legends. The stories will inform the fans and inspire current musicians to keep to their roots and enjoy the music.
64 Seiten - Magna Books - 1994 - Englisch RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS INTRODUCTION Born on 8 January 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis was one of a set of twins born to Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Presley. From the very begin-ning, Elvis Aron Presley was a survivor: his brother, Jesse Garon Presley, died six hours after birth. As a boy, Elvis enjoyed singing in the East Heights Assembly of God Church. He first performed publicly while in fifth grade, singing ´Old Shep´ on WELO radio, as a reward for taking second place in a talent contest. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis attended OC Hume High School. While driving a truck for the Crown Electric Company, Elvis stopped by Sun Records Memphis Recording Services, where he paid four dollars to record two songs—´My Happi-ness´ and That´s When Your Heartache Begins.´ He returned there in January 1954 to record ´Casual Love Affair´ and I´ll Never Stand in Your Way.´ This time, Sam Phillips, the head of Sun Records, liked what he heard, and a legendary singing career began. His recordings mounted up, and he became a regional phenomenon, then a national and an inter-national phenomenon. After television appearances on the Dorsey brothers Stage Show and the Milton Berle Show, Elvis signed a contract with Hal Wallis of Para-mount Pictures to star in three motion pictures. Elvis was to make further television appearances on the Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason and Ed Sullivan variety shows. Among his early hit songs were ´Mystery Train´ (1954) and That´s MI Right, Mama´ (1954) (both with Sun Records); ´I Gota Woman,´´Money, Honey,´´Heart-break Hotel,´ Lawdy Miss Clawdy,´´Shake, Rattle and Roll,´´Tutti Frutti´ and ´Blue Suede Shoes´ (all January of 1956, with RCA Records); lailhouse Rock,´ All Shook Up,´ Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear´ and Too Much´ (all 1957, with RCA); plus RCA renditions of ´All Shook Up´ and ´It´s Now or Never.´ In fact, Elvis recorded three dozen tracks in late 1956, many of which were released during his two-year tour of duty with the US Army at the end of the decade. These included love Me Tender,´ Don´t Be Cruel,´ `Ready Teddy,´ Rip It Up,´ Long Tall Sally´ and his greatest hit ever: ´You Ain´t Nothin´ But a Hound Dog.´ His acting future lay in motion pictures, however, and sine Paramount had no immediate project for Elvis, Hal Wallis arranged a deal with the Twentieth Century-Fox studios, and thereafter handled many of Elvis´ movie deals.´ Elvis´ first film for Fox was to be Love Me Tender, co-starring Richard Egan and Deborah Paget. Released on 16 November 1956, it was a smash hit. Through the years, he would star in 30 motion pictures, among which were Loving You (Paramount, 1957); Jailhouse Rock (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957); King Creole (Para-mount, 1958); GI Blues (Paramount, 1960); Flaming Star (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960); Wild in the Country (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961); Blue Hawaii (Para-mount, 1961); Follow That Dream (United Artists, 1962); Kid Galahad (United Artists, 1962); Girls! Girls! Girls! (Paramount, 1962); It Happened at the World´s Fair (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962); Fun in Acapulco (Hal Wallis Productions, 1962); Kissin´ Cousins (Metro-Gold-wyn-Mayer, 1964); Viva Las Vegas (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964); Paradise, Hawaiian Style (Paramount, 1966); Spinout (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966); Easy Come, Easy Go (Paramount,1967); Double Trouble (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967); Clambake (United Artists, 1967); Stay Away, Joe (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Speedway (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Live a Little, Love a Little (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Charro! (National General Productions, Inc, 1969); and The Trouble With Girls (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Decem-ber 1969); Change of Habit (NBC-Universal, January 1970). There were also documentaries such as Elvis: That´s the Way It Is (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970) and Elvis on Tour (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972), plus a number of television specials, including Aloha From Hawaii (1973). With the revival of his live performance career in 1968, Elvis again began turning out the hit records, as is discussed later in this book. When he died in 1977, Elvis Presley was 42, and yet had lived a life that would require most men several full lifetimes to live. In his worldwide community of fans, he lives on. Facing page: Elvis Aron Presley had an impoverished childhood that was rich in his paren& love. When he died a wealthy man on 16 August 1977, the world lost one of its greatest
(1998/Cedar) 22 tracks VICTOR SILVESTER & HIS BALLROOM ORCHESTRA Victor Silvester became very popular throughout the world with his unique style in strict tempo records for dancing. In the thirties and forties he only had one other strict tempo orchestra in competition with him. Namely that of Josephine Bradley whose orchestra was sometimes directed in the recording studio by Geraldo. Silvester had learned the piano as a boy, studying at the London College of Music. This proved to be a great asset in the forming of his orchestra. The master began his career as a dancing instructor at a salary of one pound per week. At the age of twenty two Silvester won the World Dancing Championship and opened his new dancing school in Bond Street, London People came from all over the world to learn dance there. The success of his records in Britain soon spread to Europe, Australia, South Africa, and even in India they were doing the Quickstep! All the dancing schools were using his records. Year after year Silvester´s records were top sellers in numerous countries and were also used in cinemas, theatres and skating rinks. This outstanding popularity of Victor´s records automatically meant that the BBC were anxious to secure his services and in 1941 he devised the world famous radio programme ´´The Dancing Club´´, to which some 0 10,000,000 listeners tuned in to his weekly broadcasts. BOB ELDRIDGE