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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:15 am

Jay Leno's Garage: Cars and Music
The likeable talkshow host & car enthusiast met Sammy Hagar, Brad Paisley, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Kelly Rowland, talked about car songs like Little Red Corvette and Little Deuce Coupe, but most amusingly visited a mobile museum dedicated to Elvis Presley. In a bizarrely small space, for $10, visitors can see assorted memorabilia from Elvis' skillet, his TCB necklace, and some bottled water. Only in America...
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 03, 2017 8:12 am

Was watching Leo Sayer being interviewed this morning, plugging his imminent UK tour, and among other news, he told of having spoken to Elvis Presley the night before he died. Supposedly, Elvis raved about "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and invited him over to come and make music.
But next morning, he was dead Shocked
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:04 am

There have been many shows & some repeats to mark the 40th anniversary of the great man's death.

Joanna Lumley - Elvis and Me
This 2015 show was in some ways a glorified plug for that album which featured his vocals added to an orchestral production. Jo met Priscilla Presley and was shown around Graceland. Jo also met some of his friends from Tupelo, the DJ George Klein, an early girlfriend in Dixie Locke, the clothes shop owner Hal Lansky whose father helped provide his clothes, and so on. It did make a change to see and understand his Tupelo upbringing in rough parts of town, and then the blues influence in Memphis, where he made his own recordings at first. Jo's conclusion was that the death of his mother around the time of his time as a GI had a detrimental effect (understandably) as he was close to his mother, and the dubious Colonel Tom provided a dominating fatherly guide.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:11 am

The World's Most Photographed - Elvis Presley
Part of a 2005 series, this half-hour considered those who took pictures of the raw untrained Elvis, before Colonel Tom started clamping down the rough edges of his image and put him in crap movies. It did point up that his mother died 19 years and 2 days before her son.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:11 am

The Seven Ages of Elvis
A quirky new effort which looked at his career in 7 stages: Elvis the Child, Elvis the Pelvis, Elvis the Soldier, Hollywood Elvis, '68 Comeback Elvis, Vegas Elvis and Dead Elvis. Many of the familiar faces like Mike Stoller and DJ Fontana were present and correct, and looking pretty ill in some cases. What struck me was that having escaped from his movie slough of despond with the 68 comeback, he was then trapped on a live treadmill instead, accelerating his decline. Such a sad waste.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:47 am

Elvis: The Rebirth of the King
With this being the 50th anniversary of the '68 Comeback Special, this doc focused on how the special rescued his career from the stranglehold of Colonel Tom Parker, and how he was inspired by Roy Hamilton to move into a fresher musical direction. The problem was that any success became short-lived, and once Parker contracted Elvis into long runs at Vegas, he was in an even worse state than he had been in his movies, with the inevitable, tragic consequence.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:01 am

National Enquirer Investigates... Death of a King
Amusing if uninspiring account of the usual story, with only hairstylist Larry Geller speaking up from the contingent of people who actually met & knew Elvis. The usual stories of whether he might have faked his death, and the degree of drug-taking involved, competed with allegations that the Mafia took him out because he was part of a US government sting operation, or that he committed suicide. Perhaps the freshest story, to me, was the person who claimed that she was the real Lisa Marie Presley, having been substituted for safety when young and packed off to Sweden, safe from retaliation. It was debunked in court, but the idea of a real child being replaced has been a topic of fantasy from less rational times onwards.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:29 am

His drummer DJ Fontana has died at the age of 87  Sad
The drummer, whose full name was Dominic Joseph Fontana, played on more than 450 Elvis songs, including Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock.
He also featured on Elvis's legendary 1968 TV show, which has become known as the '68 Comeback Special.

He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2009 and joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later that year in the sideman category.
He was the last surviving member of Elvis' band, and he passed away in his sleep. I always thought he came across well. RIP
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:26 am

Celebrity Mysteries: Elvis Presley - Is The King Truly Dead?
Dear oh dear. Was it really his body in the coffin, or a wax dummy? Why was the funeral so soon after his death? Why was his middle name mis-spelled on the tombstone? Why did he withdraw $1m the day before? Similarly, why take out a huge insurance policy? Was he spotted booking a flight to Argentina under an alias? Was it a different body in the autopsy? Was he the target of the Mafia, in relation to work for the FBI? Was there a DNA mix-up? Did he tell an audience that he'd look better dead?
The short answer to all this is - yes, he is.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:40 am

Elvis and the Girl From Vienna
James Forsher told the story of his mother Trude, who briefly became secretary to Colonel Tom & Elvis at the time of his early movies and before he went into the Army. But her marriage was in difficulties, and she and her husband wanted to go their separate ways. The so-called Colonel felt this would reflect badly on his client, and warned her she'd be fired if it happened. But it did, and that was the end of her association. She went on to work in television development and do quite well.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:05 am

Elvis Presley: The Searcher
Lengthy two-part effort using the technique of hearing the voices of contributors whilst showing clips of Elvis in illustration. This could cover some of the speech being old (such as those long dead). Some of the more interesting voices came from performers like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty who had plenty to say at various points. There was much scorn for the Colonel's idea of good business, although not really hammering home the point that his short-term thinking meant disaster in the long-term. Elvis seems to get a twice-yearly burst of these sorts of docs, marking his birthday and his deathday.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:14 am

Elvis and the Memphis Mafia
Amusing, though melancholic, story of how Elvis put together a band of friends to give him someone to turn to in the absence of his mother. Some of them think he was forced to marry Priscilla against his wishes (!). He burnt too much midnight oil, larking in Vegas nightlife. He was naïve about his drug abuse - how much recreation did he need? He was temperamental, had many flings, received death threats. The so-called Colonel was a ferocious gambler. Perhaps a lighter moment came when hairdresser Larry Geller was brought in by Elvis to discuss spiritual matters - as other "mafiosas" felt he was a bad influence! A rather sobering graphic at the end listed how several of those interviewed had died now (though not Larry).
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