Tuesday, May 19, 2020

May 19 - New Book On First Years

Darrin Memmer announced the release of his new - untitled - book examining Elvis’ performances at Humes High school and the recording of his iconic single That’s All Right (Mama)’.

In advance of the book’s publication, Darrin has provided the Elvis Information Network with the first public view of a never-before-seen picture of Elvis Presley holding baby, Fawn Forbess, in 1960.

The 100 Greatest Debut Singles of All Time

Rolling Stone Magazine published the ‘The 100 Greatest Debut Singles of All Time’. 

A great debut single is the opening line in a conversation you never want to end, and hearing a band or artist get it right on their first try is one of the greatest thrills in music. 

The list is heavily titled toward singles that became building blocks to great careers, though there are a couple of seismic one-hit wonders here as well — after all, there’s something to be said for perfecting your musical vision in three minutes, remaking the world, and getting out of the way to let future generations make sense of the mess you’ve created.

Elvis Presley’s ‘That’s All Right’ is listed at No. 8. 

The magazine notes: Elvis Presley was a dirt-poor Mississippi hillbilly kid, but he was cocky — he even wore a pink suit to his audition. You can hear that confidence blast out of “That’s All Right.” Elvis was just trying to cut a straight country ballad one night at Sun Studios, when he started messing with a blues tune, Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right.” Sam Phillips rolled tape, and the rest was history. It didn’t much resemble the previous version — Elvis revamped the chords, the lyrics, the tone — and it became something new. He also added his own girlish sighs at the end: “I need your looovin’!” It made him a legend overnight. 

The Top 5:

5. Chuck Berry - ‘Maybellene’.
4. Run-DMC - ‘Sucker M.C.’s / It’s Like That’.
3. The Sex Pistols - ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’.
2. The Jackson 5 - ‘I Want You Back’.
1. Britney Spears - ‘…Baby One More Time’.

For the complete list visit Rolling Stone.

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Rolling Stone)