|DOES ELVIS STILL MATTER?
September 19, 2015 - South Milwaukee Now. / Elvis Express Radio
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Goodnight everyone! ELVIS
"Elvis changed the soul of modern music. Without him, Madonna would be a teacher in Detroit."
British journalist Tony Parsons
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In........
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Last month marked the 38th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Every year around that date questions arise about the King?
Does he still matter?
Is he still relevant?
Critics say the number of Elvis impersonators is down, and so are visits to Graceland.
“The number of Elvis impersonators or Google searches for ‘Elvis impersonator’ aren’t reflective of interest in Elvis,” said Gary Hahn, EPE (Elvis Presley Enterprises) vice president
of marketing and media. “Our business, here at Graceland and around the world, is thriving.”
“People are often surprised at the scene at Graceland,” said Kevin Kern, EPE director of public relations. “The crowd is younger and more varied than they’d imagined. not
everybody is an Elvis fan either. They could be just music enthusiasts, or fans of Paul Simon and ‘Graceland.’ Elvis is a part of pop culture, a part of history.”
Elvis’ popularity dying? I don't think so.
From the website sonymusic:
Legacy are proud to announce that 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' will be released worldwide on October 30th.
As an exciting revisit of Elvis' work, 'If I Can Dream' was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. The 14-track album
features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus a duet with Michael Buble and appearances
by Il Volo and Duane Eddy.
"This would be a dream come true for Elvis," Priscilla Presley says of the project. "He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music... the force
that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done." Don Reedman also commented, "Abbey Road Studios and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are
as good as it gets and Elvis deserves as good as it gets."
Back to the upcoming CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Priscilla Presley says this:
"This is right down the alley for Elvis. Knowing him, he wanted bigness, he wanted fullness, he wanted drama. His manager at the time, Col. Parker, said 'just have Elvis singing,
that's all the people want.' But onstage, he surrounded himself with the music that influenced him - gospel singers, an orchestra, a rock band. People didn't get that. Our culture and
music has changed so drastically, I think that we have to keep [Elvis] right in line and do whatever we can to keep him current. I'm not saying we'd change his voice. It will always be
him singing. But it will be a new take on it. He would have been the first to jump in. We're just carrying out, really, the DNA of Elvis Presley and keeping him authentic."
The new CD is available October 30.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Remember, ELVIS is an anagram for LIVES.