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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dlew919, May 1, 2020.
"Before Elvis, there was nothing."
my take on the beetles
I aver that Mr. McManus would be a much more difficult guy to, uh, ape.
I lived in Las Vegas, in 1991.
There were several “Elvis’s” that lived in my low-rent apartment complex.
I’m a po’ boy.
Anyways, one of those guys got a regular, brutal mocking from the youngun’s that lived there.
The poor guy never broke character.
I was not among the mockers.
I know the type, and I feel bad for them
Please don’t think there is any genuine dislike of you, your opinion, or the “King”.
His amazing success is testimony to that.
I’m a Beatles generation guy.
It’s when I came out.
If I was older, maybe Elvis woulda been my guy.
If I was younger, uh, Michael Jackson (who was a year younger than me), or Metalllica?
So, who is it now, Areola Grande?
I'm a beetles generation guy, too
ugh, give me Elvis, Chuck, Jerry Lee
I had to google to see who that was , and I still don't know
The unholy trinity!
I thought Charlie Rich had more spin on the ball.
He definitely had the writing/singing/playing thing, in spades.
Of the three you mention, imagine a guy, or gal with Little Richards voice, Jerry Lee’s outrageousness, and Chuck’s huge output of material.
That cat, or chick would be the “One”.
I’m pokin’ fun at Arianna Grande.
Surely, being a male animal of the regular guy (no offense) persuasion you know what an areola is.
Ha ha yes, and that's why i googled somewhat hesitantly. I was expecting possibly some weird Taco Bell porn or something
So in your worldview, Jerry Lee is outrageous compared to Richard? Yikes.
To me, Jerry Lee, Elvis, Chuck and Richard are the Mount Rushmore of rock. The founding fathers.
Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Eddie Cochran, too.
Add "n' roll" to that statement and I wholeheartily agree
Semantics. Would there even be rock without the “n’ roll” era?
Of the three, or if you like, in my world view, Jerry Lee is the least interesting/skilled of the three.
Little Richard was the rawest.
I won’t argue who the founders were/are.
Every artist (except maybe Sun Ra) stands on the shoulders of who came before.
We all learn by imitating.
We (all) don’t know how lucky we are.
I’m a pop music fan.
If it was created to be sold, it’s pop music, IMO.
Playing and listening to pop music is what I live for.
No there would not, however, rock n' roll lost something (more than a simple suffix) when it morphed into "rock", which was somewhere in the dark 60s
Ok, completely off topic here, but this is for real-
That exact rhythm pattern and turnaround lick, is the first thing I ever learned when I picked up a guitar when I was 12.
My dad showed it to me. I learned it before I learned G, C, and D. He showed it to me, said something to the affect of it being the basic building block of rock and blues, and then went off to work at the army base. I got it down solid that day. It was the only thing I could play, but it did genuinely impress the hell out of my friends.
After that I didn’t play guitar again for about six months or so. Then I was walking through the living room one day while my dad was at work. There was an Eagles songbook on the coffee table and his guitar was sitting right there. I figured I liked the Eagles, and I was bored. The book had a page at the beginning that explained how to read the chord diagrams.
So I learned Peaceful Easy Feeling, Lyin’ Eyes, and Take It Easy. My fingers were trashed! I sang and played them for him when he got home and he took me out that weekend and got me my own guitar. But I always used to practice that little bluesy thing. It made me feel like I was really playing guitar, and not just strumming.
I had completely forgotten about it. I bet I haven’t played it in thirty years now. I’m gonna do that right now.
Try me, regarding my knowledge.
I haven't been through the entire thread but there's an Irishman called James Brown (records under the stage name 'The King') who covers a wide variety of songs in the manner of Elvis. I've got one of his CDs and it's great fun to listen to.
A few examples:
Alright, I just thought about this again. Songs Elvis might have sung had he lived? All of them.
Seriously. He might not have been prolific as a writer but as a singer he probably sang every song ever, if not in the studio then at least on stage. Elvis undeniably worked his arse off and by the time he passed (August '77?) he had released something like 25 albums in the 1970s alone. Just seven years. Imagine an artist doing that now! He covered any song that wasn't nailed down. Blues, country, soul, pop, the lot.
Had he lived there's a good chance that he would have sang anything his management could have gotten their hands on.
Full disclosure: I'm not really a fan, just his Sun sides and the comeback specials. But would I be interested in hearing him sing "Sailing"? Or "Roxanne" or "Atlantic Avenue"? Or Springsteen numbers, or Prince, or "Whip It" by Devo, or anything really? Hell yeah! Like him or not he had a great croon on him, and even when he was just phoning it in (Hello, Vegas!) you'd still be getting a performance that nobody else could deliver. Think about it.
In terms of what he might have sung the possibilities are endless, and not all as far fetched as we might think. Miles Davis was covering Cyndi Lauper tunes before he died. I honestly think that with Elvis, had he lived, anything could have happened.
Touched a nerve, eh? Delayed reaction!