1979 An audience of 43 million people watched the ABC made-for-TV movie, “Elvis!” starring Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Season Hubley, and Pat Hingle. Produced by Dick Clark it was the first Elvis Bio-Pic and Kurt Russel’s first adult movie role, good thing he didn’t get the Han Solo role in Star Wars.
– in Europe, the movie had 2 more songs and was released in theatres.
6h1990 the first Elvis tv series, episode 2 airs
“You’ll Be Gone” is a song co-written by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music and released in 1965 on the Girl Happy soundtrack album and as a 45 single. The song was recorded in 1962 and is significant because it was co-written by Elvis Presley, with his bodyguard Red West and Charlie Hodge.
“You’ll Be Gone” was released as an RCA Victor 45 picture sleeve single on February 9, 1965 as the B side with “Do the Clam“, as RCA Victor 47-8500. . “You’ll Be Gone” charted at no. 121 on Billboard. In Canada, “You’ll Be Gone” reached no. 16 on the singles chart as a double A side with “Do the Clam” in February, 1965 in a six-week chart run.
The A side “Do the Clam” reached no. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and remained on the chart for 8 weeks. 21 on Billboard in the United States, no. 15 on the Record World chart, no. 16 in Canada, and no. 19 in the UK. It was very successful in Australia, where it reached no. 4 on the charts. It has appeared on six compilation albums of Elvis Presley’s recordings. Co-writer Dolores Fuller is perhaps best known for her role as the title character’s girlfriend in Ed Wood‘s 1953 surrealist film, Glen or Glenda.
It is possibly the dirtiest ditty that Elvis did, and few noticed being a movie song.
George Klein went to High School with Elvis and became a Memphis DJ.
He considered himself part of The Memphis Mafia, but most of the core members did not. Klein never made his income from Elvis; but he did introduce many of Elvis’s girlfriends to him.
He was later to the tell all books and his “Elvis my Best Man” showed Elvis more contextualized to the music industry, but Klien gave into the same see the bad sex things Elvis made us do that the other memphis mafia guys also fell into.
“Improved attitudes can translate into more inclusion in labour and housing markets, and better mental health for sexual minorities, write Cevat Giray Aksoy, Christopher S. Carpenter, Ralph De Haas and Kevin Tran.”
Pianist/singer/actor Liberace died of AIDS at 67. (Sincerely Yours, The Loved One)
In 1987, I went on a vacation to Memphis and saw Sun Records, Sam Phillips Studios, his second label and Graceland, Beale Street and the house on Audon Drive along with the neighbourhood where Lauderdale courts was where the tour guide feared to drive, but where the Housing Development still stood, the one the Presleys had lived in was gone.
I was 19 and was with my 30 year old aunt, who was blind.
We went to all the Elvis shops across from Graceland, none of which are there anymore, for decades now.
and I described to her the postcards and these are the one that she had purchased on that vacation long ago.
there are three postcard companies represented
Elvis Presley Enterprises the iconic Elvis images
an American company licensed by EPE for Elvis postcards
an Italian company doing a range of post card sets, including Americana which included Elvis.
another item – the limited print run hand signed Vester Presley – A Presley Speaks
At about 1:00 a.m. CST, about four minutes after taking off from the Mason City, Iowa airport, the chartered airplane containing Buddy Holly (Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day), Ritchie Valens (Donna, La Bamba), and the “Big Bopper” J.P. Richardson (Chantilly Lace), crashed into an Iowa field, instantly killing all three and the pilot Roger Peterson. Headed for the next “Winter Dance Party” tour stop in Fargo, North Dakota, the plane had been chartered by Holly so that the band members could travel in heated comfort (their tour bus had a broken heater) and arrive early for the next show. The pilot, not informed of worsening weather conditions, decided to fly “on instruments,” meaning without visual confirmation of the horizon, which led to the crash. Richardson was 28, Holly was 22, and Valens was 17. Don McLean later immortalized the tragedy in his classic song “American Pie,” calling this “the day the music died.”
Holly and “J. P.” Richardson Jr “Bopper” widowed pregnant wives. Holly’s wife miscarried upon the news.
On the 19th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death, his birth home in Lubbock, Texas was saved from scheduled demolition by its new owner who bought the house days earlier.
1979 A sold-out concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Wolfman Jackhosted the show, which featured performances by Del Shannon, Jimmy Clanton, the Drifters, and an appearance by original Cricket Nikki Sullivan.
The Day the Music Died – TIME ‘The day the music died’? Hardly – CNN.com Remembering the ‘Day the Music Died’ – NY Daily News February 3, 1959: The Day the Music Died | Mental Floss
This 6 LP boxed set of Buddy’s recordings from Lubbock to New York is one of my faves to play. Hearing the familiar That’ll Be the Day music to Buddy’s chirping “This is Norman’s ID” was hysterical.
A few years back, the son of JP Richardson had his father exhumed.
The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly’s wives were pregnant when the tour started. Maria Holly had a miscarriage.
The son looked upon his father for the first time.
Apparently, the Texas heat had preserved him rather well.
in some cultures, that makes the Big Bopper a saint.
When the movie “La Bamba” came out, I thought it was a fictional story.
Like most of the audience as it turned out.
near the end, when Buddy Holly appears, I remember the sudden collective gasp of breath and moan of dispair, of the audience, myself included, realizing this was a biopic, not a fictional movie about 50s rock n roll.