Elvis Presley

Never before heard video of Elvis at 21 reveals he was lonely

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.”


Sir Tom Jones gets north London dancing

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.

Jane’s Addiction inducted into Hollywood’s Guitar Center Rockwalk

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

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

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 to write autobiography

Jerry Lee Lewis to write autobiography

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

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

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)

Michael’s hair and Elvis’s Hair sold

elvispresleyA 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 →

The Ting Tings, McCartney, Coldplay Honored At ASCAP Awards

The Ting Tings,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 grandson lands $5 million deal with Universal

Benjamin Keough-presley 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 →

Neil Diamond holiday collection to be released

neil-diamondColumbia 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 →

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