elvis http://wknofm.org en The Million Dollar Quartet http://wknofm.org/post/million-dollar-quartet <p>On December 4, 1956, Elvis dropped by Sun Studios to visit Sam Phillips. Although Elvis was now a recording star with RCA, he was still close to Phillips, his old friend and mentor.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the time, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis were at the studio working together on some of Perkins' latest songs. When Johnny Cash happened to stop by, the four musicians started singing together.</span></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:52:58 +0000 Steve Pike 18511 at http://wknofm.org The Million Dollar Quartet Elvis' First Home In Memphis http://wknofm.org/post/elvis-first-home-memphis <p>Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He grew-up there in a shotgun shack that his father, Vernon, built.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elvis was thirteen when his parents moved to Memphis. Throughout his teens, the family moved around, living in small apartments and low-cost public housing.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Steve Pike 18076 at http://wknofm.org Elvis' First Home In Memphis Beatles Bomb In Memphis http://wknofm.org/post/beatles-bomb-memphis <p>Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, went into the mid 1960’s with a strategy.&nbsp; He repositioned Elvis from a singer who made movies to a movie star who made records.&nbsp; This simple distinction successfully locked in millions of dollars in upfront movie money, and successfully detached Presley from depending on the fickle whims of the demographics which drove disc sales.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:37:01 +0000 Rob Grayson 25687 at http://wknofm.org Beatles Bomb In Memphis Elvis Presley's Death http://wknofm.org/post/elvis-presleys-death <p>For many Memphians of a certain age, August 16, 1977 was really “The Day the Music Died.” Elvis Aaron Presley died at his mansion, Graceland.&nbsp;</p><p>A native of Tupelo, Elvis moved to Memphis as a teenager. After high school, he walked into Sun Studios to make a record for his mother, Gladys.</p><p>Sam Phillips heard him and realized that he had found a white singer with a black feel. Hits like “That's All Right Mama” and “Hound Dog” left the music world all shook up. And it's still shaking.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:05:16 +0000 Steve Pike & Justin Willingham 18645 at http://wknofm.org Elvis Presley's Death Lady Luck Has The Final Say http://wknofm.org/post/lady-luck-has-final-say <p><span lang="EN">One of the few false starts in the meteoric rise of Elvis Presley&rsquo;s early entertainment career was an ill-fated run in Las Vegas in 1956. Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana spent two weeks trying to light a fire under a stodgy bunch of middle-aged gamesters. Even this fortnight drubbing displayed a silver lining, as an enthusiastic throng mobbed a special Saturday teenage matinee performance. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:35:30 +0000 Rob Grayson 11348 at http://wknofm.org Lady Luck Has The Final Say