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gutfiddle
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ok, first of all I am 27 and never really been into Elvis. I mean I've seen some of his movies which i guess isnt fair to judge him on but never really understood the big draw to his performances. Well, I watched the 68' comeback special last night and wow, I have to have a jumbo Gibson. Atleast a jumbo epiphone and I'm growing out my sideburns.
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It just shows the quality of his live performances. That he could sit on such a small stage, with only one or two support musicians (OK Scotty Moore counts for about 3 normal ones - so 6), no effects, either sound or light and entertain his audience.
OK, he could have blown his nose for an hour and most of them girls would have still swooned, but as a viewer of the programme, I was impressed by his performance.
The question is - how many of today's "mainstream artists" would (or could) do the same?

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the early years of Elvis are the best. the LasVegas years and even his movies are too pop culture for my tastes.

but search for his very early years when he was moving from gospel to rockabilly to hip shaking rock.

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I saw him live a few times and I can tell you that he was one heck of an entertainer. He captivated the audience with his first song and would not let them go until it was announced that "Elvis has left the building". Sometimes his encores would be longer than some others whole show.

I was however, never impressed with his movies and it is sad that most people remember him from them.

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I remember seeing that as a kid - him in black leather (i think that was right?) and a guitar. The guy had a rare magnetism, that's for sure.

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I cant remember...who were his backup guys./

they were good.

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I have to agree those movies realy gave people a bad taste about him, except for the women who just wanted to see him do anything, Cournel Tom Parker was just using him for big bucks not caring about his real talent, Elvis was Intimidated by him because he was so young when he started so he backed down from him, I like the 68 comeback special as well that is what he should be known for, not those stupid movies.

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I have to agree those movies realy gave people a bad taste about him, except for the women who just wanted to see him do anything, Cournel Tom Parker was just using him for big bucks not caring about his real talent, Elvis was Intimidated by him because he was so young when he started so he backed down from him, I like the 68 comeback special as well that is what he should be known for, not those stupid movies.

:)

The irony is that Elvis apparently really wanted to make it big in the movies and leave his music behind him. He was typically irritated that he was expected to sing and play in his films.

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Dogbite,
his main guitarist (and long time friend) was Scotty Moore - a man whose playing is ingrained into many millions of people's brains, but whose name is known to only a minute percentage. One of the true "unsung heroes". The rest are also "unsung heroes", because I have no idea of their names.

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greybeard. thanks. I was just about to google.
of course, Scotty Moore. !!! a huge player.

I think I will dig and try to name the other unsung boys.

nice thread, this brings back memories.

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a search gave me the name DJ Fonatana as Elvis's drummer. 14 years. he is reknowned and went on to play with many greats including a few rockers.

the legendary Jordanaires were backup singers. they are hufgely famous, inducted into several jhalls of fame in several genres of music.

so who played upright bass?

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His Bass player was Bill Black, who also led Elvis' combo

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I like the 68 comeback special as well that is what he should be known for, not those stupid movies.:)
The 68 come back is the way I will always remember Elvis.

That's where first hear "Baby What You Want Me To Do"

Still one of my favorite songs to play.

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I have to agree those movies realy gave people a bad taste about him,.
:)

No in my case it was four sisters and a mother who thought the man walked on water. Years of torture and abuse and I still don't like him. :shock: :P

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