Elvis Presley was a cultural icon. Often referred to as the King of Rock and Roll. He won and broke the hearts of millions of women. And no doubt, a new recording will have many swooning once again.
As a young, naive and budding superstar, Presley revealed in a recorded interview on the set of Love Me Tender that he was lonely as he spoke of love and life.
”The Early Show” got a clip of the never-before-heard interview from RCA/Legacy’s new Elvis Presley box set, “The Young Man With The Big Beat,” scheduled to be released on Sept., 27.
In the 1956 interview, Presley openly reflected on love, life and what his future would hold. The interview was recorded four years before his mega hit “Are You Lonesome Tonight.”
In the recording Presley said, “Am I in love? No, I thought I’d been in love, but I guess I wasn’t, it just passed over. I guess I haven’t met the girl yet.”
Presley went on to say that he wanted to settle down one day so that he would no longer feel “lonesome right in the middle of a crowd.”
Thousands of fans braved torrential rain to cheer on the music legend, who combined the gospel tracks from his latest album ‘Praise & Blame’ with his more well-known hits, including ‘Delilah’, It’s Not Unusual’, ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home’, ‘Kiss’ and ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’.
Despite the wet weather, the singer was on good form, telling the crowd – who descended onto the expansive grounds with picnic blankets and hampers in hand – stories of his friendships with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
One fan said: “It was really wet, but Tom made it all worthwhile. We forgot about the rain as soon as he started singing.”
English Heritage Picnic Concerts unite world-class music and breath-taking locations for a wonderful celebration of the British Picnic tradition and guests can choose to bring their own picnics or enjoy the delicious pre-prepared picnic hampers by Carluccio’s.
The Picnic Concerts allow guests to feast on some of the finest food and music in the most enchanting settings in the UK.
Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction were inducted into the Guitar Center RockWalk in Hollywood yesterday (June 1, 2011).
Perry, Dave and Stephen rocked up to RockWalk for their induction with a speech from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.
Their handprints are now part of the walk together with those from Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, Carl Perkins, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Queen and Run DMC.
Jane’s Addiction will now participate in the Guitar Center unsigned artist program where one unsigned band will win the opportunity to open for the band when they launch their summer tour.
Jane’s Addiction will release their next album ‘The Great Escape’ in August. It will be the band’s first album since ‘Strays’ in 2003.
Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums. Rock ‘n’ roll, civil rights and self-expression: From the fringes of society, radical new trends emerged that changed American culture and created icons in the 1960s. Now, 50 years later, several museums throughout Los Angeles are exploring the counterculture decade through exhibits showcasing the music, literature and art that shaped the revolutionary era.
“John Lennon, Songwriter” at the GRAMMY Museum
Through March 31, 2011
All Across the Universe…and now in especially in Los Angeles, John Lennon’s legacy lives — and for a limited time you can get in inside glimpse at his life, career and lasting impact. On what would have been his 70th birthday, the commemorative exhibit “John Lennon, Songwriter” opened at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. In the exhibit you’ll explore the origins of Lennon’s passion for music and songwriting, including his influences such as Eddie Cochran, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and others. You can also trace his evolution from his first band, The Quarrymen, through the Beatles era and then throughout his solo career. Personal memorabilia such as Lennon’s iconic round glasses, several guitars, drawings, hand-written lyrics and much more are on display as well as rare footage, photo and interviews. Don’t miss the interactive feature “In The Studio” with John Lennon. The GRAMMY Museum, in association with Hard Rock International produced this special exhibit, with pieces on loan from Yoko Ono. As a seven-time GRAMMY winner, it is the perfect venue to showcase Lennon’s prolific music career.
“Eva Hesse Spectres 1960″ at The Hammer
Through Jan. 2, 2011
Eva Hesse was one of the first women to achieve great success in the world of modern fine arts because of her cutting-edge work in painting and multimedia during the 1960s. Since her untimely death in 1970, she has been heralded as a visionary for her abstract self-portraits that depicted dream-like figures and emotional states. This specially curated exhibit at the Hammer Museum is the first time that these particular works from early in her tragically short career have been featured together. The exhibit was organized by E. Luanne McKinnon, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, and it is intended to delineate Hesse’s growth as an artist and her contribution to the greater art scene of the time.
Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge at The Huntington
Through Feb. 14, 2011
In a decade that was all about toppling the establishment, Charles Bukowski shouted the stories of the lowest tiers of society in his poems and novels. The author struggled through poverty and alcoholism right on the streets of Los Angeles, and he garnered material from his experiences. Writing in a raw, realistic voice he gained a cult following, though he never gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime. On display at The Huntington, you’ll find early edition prints of his works in literary magazines such as Wormwood Review, The Outsider and The Limberlost Review; rare novels; original drawings; and his manual typewriter.
Jerry Lee Lewis to write autobiography. Jerry Lee Lewis is going to tell his incredible story in an autobiography for HarperCollins Publishers. “I have spent my life listening to those who know so little say so much about me and my life,” said Lewis in a statement. “I am ready to say a whole lot about why I lived my life the way I did. People can read it, burn it, or never give it another thought. Either way the truth is about to be told, and I’m the only man still standing who can touch it.” Jerry Lee Lewis is a living legend and literally the last man standing from the crop that gave is Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. “Mr. Lewis personifies the American story, in all its richness and contradiction,” said Cal Morgan for IT Books. “He’s a man of astonishing natural talent, profound belief, and indomitable spirit. What a thrill to have the chance to work with him on this unforgettable book.” Morgan won the rights to the book after an auction. Jerry Lee Lewis signed to iconic Sun Records in the 50s and delivered early rock and roll hits like ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On’ more than half a decade before The Beatles formed. The Lewis book will be released in 2012.
Johnny Marr, Bad Lieutenant and Ian Brown cover 60s classics on charity album. Bad Lieutenant and Johnny Marr are amongst the artists commiting themselves to record to support Centrepoint. The album is called ’1969: Key To Change’ and features a whole bunch of artists recording their favourite songs from the year that brought the sixties to a close. Not only did the year end an era, but it was also the year Centrepoint was founded to help the homeless youth of the UK.
The full track listing is:
The Feeling – ‘In The Year 2525′ (originally by Zager & Evans)
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – ‘Space Oddity’ (originally by David Bowie)
Speech Debelle – ‘Give Peace A Chance’ (originally by John Lennon)
Mick Hucknall – ‘Chains Of Love’ (originally by J.J. Barnes)
Jools Holland and Ruby Turner – ‘You Are So Beautiful’ (originally by Billy Preston)
Frank Turner – ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ (originally by The Four Tops)
Chris Difford – ‘What Goes On’ (originally by The Velvet Underground)
Johnny Marr – ‘Tendency To Be Free’ (originally by Rabbit Mackay & Somic Rhythm Boyze)
Kevin and Galen Ayers – ‘Girl On A Swing’ (originally by Kevin Ayers)
Hard-Fi – ’1969′ (originally by The Stooges)
Pleasure Mob – ‘Gimme Shelter’ (originally by The Rolling Stones)
Bad Lieutenant – ‘In The Ghetto’ (originally by Elvis Presley)
Ian Brown – ‘In The Year 2525′ (originally by Zager & Evans)
A swatch of Elvis Presley’s hair, above, sold for $18,300 at a Chicago auction on Sunday, Reuters reported. The locks, believed to have been snipped from Presley when he joined the Army in 1958, were among about 200 items of memorabilia collected by Gary Pepper, who was president of the Tankers Fan Club for Elvis devotees. The hair was not DNA-tested, but authenticated by “an expert in celebrity hair,” said the auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The highest-grossing item was a cotton shirt with the monogram EP. Expected to sell for between $2,000 and $4,000, it went for $62,800. For most people, Elvis Presley was rock-and-roll. And they were right. Bill Haley may have made the first massive rock hit, and people such as Chuck Berry and Continue reading →
Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and the Ting Tings were among those honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London yesterday, recognized the most performed works in 2008 by writer and publisher members of U.K. collecting society PRS for Music, who are licensed by ASCAP for the U.S. Sir Paul McCartney was named songwriter of the year and was recognized with song awards for “All You Need Is Love,” “Come Together” and “Hello Goodbye,” while song of the year went to Coldplay for “Viva La Vida.” Universal Music Publishing was named publisher of the year for having five of the Continue reading →
Elvis Presley’s teenage grandson has landed a record deal worth $5 million. Benjamin Presley has landed a five-album contract with Universal, and has already started work on his first LP, which he hopes to release next year. However, Benjamin – the 16-year-old son of Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley – won’t be copying his grandfather’s defining rock ‘n’ roll sound. He said: “The Continue reading →
Columbia Records announces the release of A Cherry Cherry Christmas, the new Neil Diamond holiday collection, available in stores and online Tuesday, October 13. The title song, “Cherry Cherry Christmas,” is filled with references to many of Diamond’s greatest hits. Newly written and recorded by Neil Diamond for Christmas 2009, it is destined to become a new Christmas standard. Newly Continue reading →
How a Prominent African American Leader Claims Racism on the Part of Michael Jackson’s Media Coverage. “Rev Al is a racist” is something of concern on the Internet today. The “Rev Al” that they are referring to is Reverend Al Sharpton, a prominent African American minister that is oftentimes seen in the media. On Sunday, the reason behind the statement “Rev Al is a racist” was born. Rev Al Sharpton was preaching a Sunday sermon at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles when he commented that media coverage of Michael Jackson’s death was “disgraceful”. “Rev Al is a Racist” a Topic of Concern He was quoted as saying the following: “I am here because of the disgraceful and the despicable way some elements of the media have tried to destroy the legacy and image of Michael Jackson,” he told the congregation, charging the media with using different standards for black and white performers. You have had other entertainers that have had issues in their life,” he said. “But you [the media] did not degrade and denigrate them… Show the same respect for Michael and Michael’s family that you showed Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.” Say what? I can see where people would say that Rev Al is a racist. First, I don’t know if Rev Al is aware of this or not, but Elvis Presley experienced some issues because of his skin color. When I was researching an article I wrote that compares Michael Jackson to Elvis, I learned that the “King of Rock” himself had to deal with racial issues. When Elvis Presley came out with the hit “That’s All Right” white DJ’s wouldn’t spin the tune because they thought it was sung by a black artist. On the other hand, black DJ’s also wouldn’t spin the tune because they knew Elvis was white. The black DJ’s didn’t want to play anything by a white artist, just like a white DJ didn’t want to play anything by a black artist. Now THAT’S racism. Rev Al claims that having both black and white performers embrace Michael Jackson is an act of racism. I would think that the fact that both black and white people are mourning the death of Michael Jackson equally just goes to show you just how far America has come in bridging the racial gap.
Heavy metal’s heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock’s shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more like a concert than an awards show. For the first time, the no-holds-barred show, back in Cleveland following a 12-year holdover in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, was open to the public. And nearly 5,000 fans partied in the balconies inside renovated Public Auditorium as 1,200 VIPs dined below at tables costing as much $50,000 each. Many of the came to pay homage to Metallica, which earned top billing in an eclectic 2009 class that included rap pioneers Run-DMC, virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and rhythm and blues vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials.
Metallica’s members have survived some of the dark themes — death, destruction and desolation — that threads through its music, and their induction was a chance to celebrate their legacy as perhaps the hardest band to ever walk the earth. The event also served as a reunion as bassist Jason Newsted, who left the group in 2001, joined his former bandmates on stage for seering versions of “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman.” “Whatever the intangibles elements are that make a band the best, Metallica has them,” said Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who delivered a heartfelt speech in presenting the band. He recalled being on tour and hearing Metallica on the radio for the first time. “My mind was blown. It wasn’t punk rock. It wasn’t heavy metal. It just stood by itself,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was a mighty thing.” In accepting their awards, Metallica’s members were joined by Ray Burton, the father of original bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in 1986 when the band’s tour bus skidded off an icy road in Sweden. “Dream big and dare to fail, because this is living proof that it is possible to make a dream come true,” said frontman-guitaristr James Hetfield, who then rattled off a long list of hard-rocking bands he feels deserve induction. “Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden, Motorhead. We’d like to invite them through the door,” said Hetfield, who concluded his remarks by wrapping Ulrich in a bear hug. The evening ended with a jam for the ages as Metallica, Beck, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Joe Tyler and Flea brought the house down with a performance of the Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A Rollin.”
A guitar virtuoso, Beck, who was previously inducted in 1992 with the Yardbirds, was put in for his solo work. Although best known for his rock accomplishments, Beck’s career has wandered a fretboard of genres ranging from blues to jazz to electronica. “Jeff’s style is totally unorthodox to the way anyone was taught,” said Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who presented his longtime friend. “He keeps getting better and better and better.” Beck, wearing all white, was joined on stage by Page, a fellow guitar god, who played bass during a searing rendition of Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” With two turntables and a microphone, Run-DMC broke down the barriers between rock and rap. With sparse, stripped-down lyrics above pounding beats, the trio of Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell changed rap in the 1980s by taking the realities of the streets to the suburbs.
“They broke away from the pack by being the pack,” said rapper Eminem, looking like the band’s lost member by sporting the group’s trademark black fedora and black leather jacket. “They were the baddest of the bad and the coolest of the cool. Run-DMC changed my life.” “There’s three of them and if you grew up with hip hop like I did, they were the Beatles.” Their remake and collaboration with Aerosmith on the rock band’s “Walk This Way” changed modern music. “We were young guys with a new music that people thought was a fad, but we knew the culture was a way of life and we just lived it,” McDaniels said. “The music that we made then didn’t just impact friends, it impacted a generation. So I guess that’s what rock and roll does.” Any chance of a Run reunion ended with Mizell’s death in 2002, when he was shot to death outside his studio. His murder remains unsolved. Mizell’s mother, Connie, accepted the award on his behalf. “My baby is still doing it for me,” she said. Simmons cited “so many smart people and so much help” several times during his speech. He also thanked Mrs. Mizell, who allowed the group to set up their equipment in her Hollis, Queens, living room. “She never told us to turn the music down once,” Simmons said, turning to his late friend’s mom. “I’d like to thank you for that.” Cleveland’s Womack, the son of a steelworker, is best known for his soulful voice, but he had far greater musical range as a talented songwriter and guitarist. He also branched into gospel, returning to the roots that got him his start with a family group, the Valentinos. He later played guitar for Sam Cooke.
Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones introduced Womack as “the voice that has always killed me. He brings me to tears.” Wood then recalled a night in New York when he and Womack hid as some Hells Angels gang members were roughing up Wilson Pickett. Little Anthony and the Imperials, who began their career singing on street corners in Brooklyn, N.Y., opened the program with a gorgeous medley of hits “Tears on My Pillow,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “I’m Alright.” Many in the crowd mouthed the familiar tracks as lead singer Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine’s falsetto filled the room.
Longtime friend Smokey Robinson presented the doo-wop group, calling their induction “long overdue.” ourdine thanked his music teacher, “wherever you are” during his induction speech. “We’ve been in this now for 50 years, and when we were kids we never imagined in our wildest dreams we’d ever be here,” he said. “Now that it’s here, the one thing we can look at and say is nobody can ever take this away from us.” Drummer DJ Fontana and the late bassist Bill Black — both of Elvis Presley’s backup band — and keyboardist Spooner Oldham made it in the sidemen category. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson was inducted as an early influence. Dubbed the “Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice,” the 71-year-old Jackson got her start as a country singer. She was a flamboyant dresser, and her choice of skirts and high heels rankled some hardcore fans. It was Elvis Presley, whom she toured with the 1950s, who persuaded her to sing rock songs. “She could really rock and still kept her femininity intact,” said presenter Roseanne Cash. “She’s the prototype for so many of us.”