Today: Elvis Presley passed away in 1977 – 35 years ago

is music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country.

President Jimmy Carter
August 17, 1977

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Elvis Aaron Presley
Born January 8, 1935
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Died August 16, 1977 (aged 42)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, blues, gospel, R&B
Occupations Musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1953–77
Labels Sun, RCA Victor
Associated acts The Blue Moon BoysThe JordanairesThe Imperials
Website elvis.com

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King“.

From Allmusic (Richie Unterberger):

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-’50s to the mid-’70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death in 1977, may make him the single highest-selling performer in history.
More important from a music lover’s perspective, however, are his remarkable artistic achievements.Presley was not the very first white man to sing rhythm & blues; Bill Haley predated him in that regard, and there may have been others as well. Elvis was certainly the first, however, to assertively fuse country and blues music into the style known as rockabilly. While rockabilly arrangements were the foundations of his first (and possibly best) recordings, Presley could not have become a mainstream superstar without a much more varied palette that also incorporated pop, gospel, and even some bits of bluegrass and operatic schmaltz here and there. His ’50s recordings established the basic language of rock & roll; his explosive and sexual stage presence set standards for the music’s visual image; his vocals were incredibly powerful and versatile.

Read more @ allmusic.com

Suspicious Mind:

Mystery Train:

If I Can Dream:

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Best 25 songs of 2011 according to Egil

Repost – Still proud of my 25 best songs from last year.. Great music!
Gillian Welch gets 2.. because she delivers this years greates new album..
(btw – best “released” album this year is off course “The Rolling Stones – The Brussels Affair”)
Here is this year’s greatest song:

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Number 11:

  1. Gillian Welch – Tennessee
  2. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Codeine
  3. Ryan Adams – Come Home
  4. Wilco – One Sunday Morning
  5. Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  6. Hayes Carll – Hide Me
  7. Charles Bradley – The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
  8. Tom Waits – Chicago
  9. Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes
  10. The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind
  11. Dave Alvin – Johnny Ace Is Dead
  12. Josh T Pearson – Country Dumb
  13. Robert Earl Keen – Soul Of Man
  14. Feist – Graveyard
  15. Gregg Allman – Devil Got My Woman
  16. Deadman – Till The Morning Comes
  17. PJ Harvey – In Dark Places
  18. Lucinda Williams – Copenhagen
  19. White Denim – Street Joy
  20. The Black Keyes – Lonely Boy
  21. The Damn Quails – Midnight Swagger
  22. Joe Ely – Not That Much Has Changed
  23. The Decemberists – June Hymn
  24. John Hiatt – Hold On For Your Love
  25. The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine
Most of the songs are on Spotify -> Best songs of 2011

-Egil

Today: Jim Dickinson passed away 3 years ago

“(Jim Dickinson is)…. that magical musical maestro from Memphis….   he was the kind of guy you could call to play piano, fix a tractor, or make red cole slaw from scratch.”
-Bob Dylan

From Wikipedia:

James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (November 15, 1941 – August 15, 2009) was an American record producer, pianist, and singer who fronted, among others, the Memphis based band, Mudboy & The Neutrons.

Some highlights:

Introducing himself – from www.artistshousemusic.org:

Down in Mississippi:

Album of the day: James Luther Dickinson – Dixie Fried:

Read about the album @ allmusic: Dixie Fried

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Photo special: Willis Earl Beal Oya Festival 2012

Willis Earl Beal’s 2012 album Acousmatic Sorcery is a somewhat special album, and not that easy to like at first go, but it’s a grower. That said, the live show is very different, his voice is so much more prominent live, and what a fabulous voice it is!

The concert at Oya was a real eye opener for me, now I can fully appreciate his talent, and the album became so much more after i saw the live performance.

The picture are a little bit higher in resolution if you click on them, and if you are really interested I have them in real high-def of course, fell free to contact us for copies.

What a fantastic new artist!

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Video of the day: Trampled by Turtles covers My Morning Jacket’s Wonderful (the way I feel)

Today we give you a Fantastic cover version!

Recorded in a hotel room in upstate NY, July 21st 2012, by Trampled by Turtles, “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” off My Morning Jacket’s record ‘Circuital’

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