Saturday, January 8, 2005

Remembering Elvis' Birthday

If you would have told me 20 years ago that I'd be an Elvis fan I would have burst out laughing, but it didn't take long to cultivate an appreciation. (The same could be said for country music).

Turner Classic Movies brought in the New Year with some classic concert films, including Elvis on Tour and Elvis: That's The Way It Is. The latter chronicles Elvis' 1970 concert series in Las Vegas, following the show's genesis from rehearsal to stage. While the performance is very impressive, the highlight of this movie was the intimate footage of Elvis' rehearsals with his bandmates, backup singers and orchestra, capturing his genuine charm and character.

The Curt Jester offers two amusing posts in honor of what would be Elvis' 70th birthday (Janary 8). And on that note, here's a post of mine from last year: "Remembering The King", with a look at Elvis' roots in gospel music.

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