Tag: Elvis Presley

Sunday 1/8/23 12pm ET: RadioMax Special: Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), or simply Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the “King of Rock and Roll”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Presley, on rhythm acoustic guitar, and accompanied by lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, was a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. In 1955, drummer D. J. Fontana joined to complete the lineup of Presley’s classic quartet and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage him for more than two decades. Presley’s first RCA Victor single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. Within a year, RCA would sell ten million Presley singles. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, Presley became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll; though his performative style and promotion of the then-marginalized sound of African-Americans[6] led to him being widely considered a threat to the moral well-being of the White American youth.

In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He held few concerts, however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. Some of his most famous films included Jailhouse Rock (1957), Blue Hawaii (1961), and Viva Las Vegas (1964). In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed television comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley gave the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, Aloha from Hawaii. Years of prescription drug abuse and unhealthy eating habits severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.

Having sold over 400 million records worldwide, Presley is recognized as the best-selling solo music artist of all time by Guinness World Records. He was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, rhythm & blues, adult contemporary, and gospel. Presley won three Grammy Awards, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. He holds several records, including the most RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, the most albums charted on the Billboard 200, the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the UK Albums Chart, and the most number-one singles by any act on the UK Singles Chart. In 2018, Presley was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

On the evening of Tuesday, August 16, 1977, Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin another tour. That afternoon, Ginger Alden discovered him in an unresponsive state on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion. Attempts to revive him failed, and he was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital at 3:30 p.m. He was 42 years old.

President Jimmy Carter issued a statement that credited Presley with having “permanently changed the face of American popular culture”. Thousands of people gathered outside Graceland to view the open casket. One of Presley’s cousins, Billy Mann, accepted US$18,000 (equivalent to $80,000 in 2021) to secretly photograph the body; the picture appeared on the cover of the National Enquirer’s biggest-selling issue ever. Alden struck a $105,000 (equivalent to $470,000 in 2021) deal with the Enquirer for her story, but settled for less when she broke her exclusivity agreement. Presley left her nothing in his will.

Presley’s funeral was held at Graceland on Thursday, August 18. Outside the gates, a car plowed into a group of fans, killing two young women and critically injuring a third. About 80,000 people lined the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery, where Presley was buried next to his mother. Within a few weeks, “Way Down” topped the country and UK singles chart. Following an attempt to steal Presley’s body in late August, the remains of both Presley and his mother were exhumed and reburied in Graceland’s Meditation Garden on October 2.

We will feature Elvis – 30 #1 Hits, Moody Blue from 1977, Elvis Movie Soundtrack from 2022

Monday 1/2/23 12pm ET: Feature LP: Elvis Soundtrack (2022)

Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album to the biographical film Elvis, based on the life of American singer-actor Elvis Presley. The soundtrack was released by RCA Records on June 24, 2022, the same day as the film’s theatrical release. The album is produced by Baz Luhrmann and Anton Monstead who also worked on the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby. It comprises 36 tracks, while featuring actual recordings of Presley’s songs, it also features few tracks performed by Austin Butler (who portrays Presley in the film), and several popular artists, namely Doja Cat, Eminem, Diplo, Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Swae Lee amongst others. The album also features variations on Presley material by big name artists in a variety of genres and styles. It consists a mix of genres, including pop, rock and roll, jazz, R&B and hip hop. The album spawned five singles: “Vegas”, “Trouble”, “The King and I”, “If I Can Dream”, “Tupelo Shuffle”.

Thursday 10/13/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Elvis Presley – 30 #1 Hits (2002)

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), or simply Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the “King of Rock and Roll”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy.

Elvis: 30 #1 Hits is a greatest hits collection of songs by American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. It was released by RCA Records on September 24, 2002. It is the first Elvis Presley album to feature the remix of “A Little Less Conversation” by JXL that was released earlier in the year and reached No. 1 in the UK and Australia.

When released, Elvis: 30 #1 Hits was an instant success, going straight to the top of the albums charts in several countries and shipping mass quantities around the world. A companion album, 2nd to None, was released the next year. By 2003, the album had received certifications in more than 15 regions and had sold millions of copies worldwide. Its most recent certification, a 6× Platinum award, for US sales in excess of six million copies, was announced by the RIAA on March 8, 2018.

  1. “Heartbreak Hotel” 2:10
  2. “Don’t Be Cruel” 2:04
  3. “Hound Dog” 2:16
  4. “Love Me Tender” 2:45
  5. “Too Much” 2:33
  6. “All Shook Up” 2:00
  7. “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” 1:48
  8. “Jailhouse Rock” 2:37
  9. “Don’t” 2:49
  10. “Hard Headed Woman” 1:56
  11. “One Night” 2:33
  12. “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I” 2:40
  13. “A Big Hunk o’ Love” 2:12
  14. “Stuck on You” 2:21
  15. “It’s Now or Never” 3:15
  16. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” 3:06
  17. “Wooden Heart” 1:58
  18. “Surrender” 1:51
  19. “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame” 2:10
  20. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” 3:01
  21. “Good Luck Charm” 2:26
  22. “She’s Not You” 2:08
  23. “Return to Sender” 2:09
  24. “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise” 2:23
  25. “Crying in the Chapel” 2:23
  26. “In the Ghetto” 2:45
  27. “Suspicious Minds” 4:29
  28. “The Wonder of You (Live)” 2:35
  29. “Burning Love” 2:50
  30. “Way Down” 2:37
  31. “A Little Less Conversation” (JXL Radio Edit Remix) 3:33

Wednesday 8/31/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Elvis Presley – Moody Blue (1977)

Moody Blue is the twenty-fourth and final studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on July 19, 1977 by RCA Records, four weeks before his death. The album was a mixture of live and studio work, and included the four tracks from Presley’s final studio recording sessions in October 1976 and two tracks left over from the previous Graceland session in February 1976. “Moody Blue” was a previously published hit song recorded at the earlier Graceland session and held over for this album. Also recorded at the February session was “She Thinks I Still Care”. “Way Down” became a hit after Presley’s death less than one month after this album’s release. The album was certified Gold and Platinum on September 12, 1977, and 2× Platinum on March 27, 1992, by the RIAA.

The first American pressings were pressed on translucent blue vinyl, for a limited run, the only time an Elvis record had been released in such a creative way. It soon reverted to black vinyl. However, after his death it returned to blue, making the US black vinyl the rarer of the two. In the UK all pressings were black vinyl.

  1. “Unchained Melody” (recorded on tour) 2:32
  2. “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” (recorded on tour) 2:57
  3. “Little Darlin'” (recorded on tour) 1:52
  4. “He’ll Have to Go” (recorded at Graceland) 4:28
  5. “Let Me Be There” (from the album Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis) 3:26
  6. “Way Down” (recorded at Graceland) 2:37
  7. “Pledging My Love” (recorded at Graceland) 2:50
  8. “Moody Blue” (recorded at Graceland) 2:49
  9. “She Thinks I Still Care” (recorded at Graceland) 3:49
  10. “It’s Easy for You” (recorded at Graceland) 3:26

Elvis Presley – vocals, piano on “Unchained Melody”, executive producer
The Sweet Inspirations – backing vocals
Sherrill Nielsen – backing vocals
Kathy Westmoreland – backing vocals
J.D. Sumner & The Stamps – backing vocals
Myrna Smith – backing vocals
James Burton – lead guitar
John Wilkinson – rhythm guitar
Jerry Scheff – bass except “Let Me Be There”
Duke Bardwell – bass on “Let Me Be There”
Tony Brown – piano except “Unchained Melody”, “Let Me Be There”, “Moody Blue” and “She Thinks I Still Care”, overdubbed organ on “Unchained Melody”
Glen D. Hardin – piano on “Moody Blue”, “Let Me Be There” and “She Thinks I Still Care”
David Briggs – Fender Rhodes electric piano, clavinet, overdubbed piano on “Unchained Melody”, “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” and “Little Darlin’”
Ron Tutt – drums
Bergen White – string and horn arrangements
Bobby Ogdin — acoustic piano on “Unchained Melody”[7]: 142  and “Little Darlin'”
Norbert Putnam – bass on “Unchained Melody”[7]
Alan Rush – guitar on “Unchained Melody”, “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” and “Little Darlin’”, backing vocals on “Little Darlin’”
Dennis Linde – bass on “Unchained Melody”, “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” and “Little Darlin’”, backing vocals on “Little Darlin’”
Randy Cullers – drums on “Unchained Melody”, “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” and “Little Darlin’”
Farrell Morris – percussion and bells on “Unchained Melody”

Monday 7/11/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Elvis Soundtrack (2022)

Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album to the biographical film Elvis, based on the life of American singer-actor Elvis Presley. The soundtrack was released by RCA Records on June 24, 2022, the same day as the film’s theatrical release. The album is produced by Baz Luhrmann and Anton Monstead who also worked on the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby. It comprises 36 tracks, while featuring actual recordings of Presley’s songs, it also features few tracks performed by Austin Butler (who portrays Presley in the film), and several popular artists, namely Doja Cat, Eminem, Diplo, Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Swae Lee amongst others. The album also features variations on Presley material by big name artists in a variety of genres and styles. It consists a mix of genres, including pop, rock and roll, jazz, R&B and hip hop. The album spawned five singles: “Vegas”, “Trouble”, “The King and I”, “If I Can Dream”, “Tupelo Shuffle”.

Friday 1/8/2021 3:30pm ET: Feature Artist – Elvis Presley


Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twin less twin—his brother was stillborn. When he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularize of rockabilly, an up-tempo, back beat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

We will feature tunes with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – The Wonder of You (2016)

The Wonder of You is a compilation album by American singer Elvis Presley (1935–77). It was released on October 21, 2016 by RCA Records and Legacy Recordings. The album features archival vocal recordings of Elvis accompanied by new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at the Abbey Road Studios.

It is the follow-up album to If I Can Dream (2015), which was a commercial success, selling 1.6 million copies worldwide. Elvis’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley has said of The Wonder of You: “Elvis always loved the great, operatic vocalists. We often talked about his interest in recording material that allowed him to perform in that space. It’s exciting to hear him on these recordings, performing with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via the magic of Abbey Road Studios. He would have loved these performances and I’m very happy that we were able to make this dream come true for Elvis and his fans.”

1. “A Big Hunk o’ Love” 2:22
2. “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” 2:35
3. “Suspicious Minds” 3:45
4. “Don’t” 3:10
5. “I Just Can’t Help Believing” 4:35
6. “Just Pretend” 4:06
7. “Love Letters” 2:55
8. “Amazing Grace” 3:46
9. “Starting Today” 3:10
10. “Kentucky Rain” 4:03
11. “Memories” 3:15
12. “Let It Be Me” 3:26
13. “Always on My Mind” 3:39
14. “The Wonder of You” 2:31

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s we feature music from: Steve Miller Band, Captain and Tennille, Santana, George Benson, Elton John, Pablo Cruise, Jimmy Buffett, Foreigner, Elvis Presley, Andy Gibb, Tommy Roe and more . . .