Friday, May 6, 2016

Guitarist Harold Bradley will be presented with the Cecil Scaife Visionary Award




Nashville, TN - Guitarist Harold Bradley will be presented with the Cecil Scaife Visionary Award on Tuesday, May 17, at the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Bradley, 90, is the most-recorded guitarist in music history and an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. This year mark’s the 70th anniversary of his first session. He and his brother, the late Owen Bradley, built five Nashville recording studios, including the Quonset Hut on Music Row.

Bradley was the first president of the Nashville chapter of NARAS and a member of the Grammy organization’s Board of Governors, and was awarded the Trustees Award at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Bradley also served from 1991-2008 as President of the Nashville Association of Musicians, Local 257 of the American Federation of Musicians, and also was elected as the international vice president until 2010.

Brenda Lee, Ray Stevens, Ray Walker, Charlie McCoy, David Briggs and others will speak at the event. Bradley is also expected to perform.

The award is given annually to an individual whose life and work have made it possible for future generations to realize careers in the music industry. Scaife envisioned a music business programs for college students to learn the industry. That idea grew into what is now the Mike Curb College of Music Business and Entertainment.

Funds raised from the event go into The Cecil Scaife Endowment at Belmont University and a Scholarship in Harold Bradley’s name will be given to a rising senior in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Previous recipients include Mike Curb, Tony Brown, Wynonna Judd, David Briggs & Norbert Putnam, Amy Grant, Jo Walker-Meador, U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and “Sunshine” Sonny Payne.

Source: Music Row

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nixon Tricked Elvis into Thinking the President Had Made Him a Federal Agent


People Magazine

The King wore a purple velvet suit,  (jacket was deep purple ONLY, the rest was BLACK), a massive gold belt buckle and came bearing a pistol, framed in a display case, when he visited the White House on Dec. 21, 1970, hoping to meet President Richard Nixon. ( It was 1971, NOT POST 9-11).

The famous encounter, the subject of a new sh*t movie, Elvis & Nixon, starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon, has long been one of the most bizarre  (There's that Buzz word again, Elvis fans!) 
chapters in presidential history.

More than 45 years later, a new book by former White House Secret Service agent Clint Hill, about his years serving Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, describes the memorable moment when Elvis Presley arrived at the northwest gate of the White House. Hill, 84, thought he'd heard it all until he got a call that day from his administrative assistant. "Clint, you're never going to believe what just happened. Elvis Presley showed up at the northwest gate wanting to see the president." "I said, 'Are you sure it's Elvis?' " Hill recalls. The assistant told him the King of Rock and Roll had indeed stopped by and left a letter for the president written on American Airlines stationery.

He indicated because of his relationship with the young, he thought he could do a good job helping the United States government deal with the drug problem," says Hill. "So he thought it would be a good idea if they would make him a special agent." The letter was taken to Nixon's staff, who, Hill notes, "thought it might be a good idea [for Elvis] to meet the president, maybe a quick photo opportunity."

They contacted Elvis at his hotel and he came to the Oval Office later that afternoon.

"He brought a gun in a framed box, which we looked at to make sure it was not any problem," says Hill. "And he presented that to Nixon."  Again 1971, not post 9-11

In turn, the President gave him an honorary Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Agent badge. "[Elvis] believed he had some authority, which he did not have," says Hill. 

"He had no power of arrest or any legal authority whatsoever. [But] he went away happy."


BIM:   How DISRESPECTFUL! All to sell his book. Shame! I am so heartbroken for Elvis.

No One has stood up for Elvis!!!!

Not the estate, his family or friends or the $ellout who took part in this awful movie. And many fans are afraid to, why, I have no clue! 

Elvis was so proud of this and now it's all a JOKE. 

Elvis is the Mickey Mouse icon of the Graceland Resort.

While many fans won't speak out, they contact me, feed me more details, and add fuel to my fire.

I am ON FIRE!

Listen, I don't care if they won't speak out.

I have seen the best days of Elvis Week.

I'm not into ETA's. But whatever floats your boat.

Many fans have joined me and canceled their subscription to SiriusXM because of the coverage of this movie.

My head can not wrap around the fact that Elvis' estate which made ZERO dollars from this film allowed 24/7 promotion of the film when they could have been promoting their hotel or merchandise. $$$$

None of these DISRESPECTFUL "stories" have EVER been told until now that this comedy is out. 

Thanks again $ellout!

I RESENT that this person says they "TRICKED ELVIS" like he was some dumb hillbilly even if his estate and family won't defend Elvis Presley. I will!

And I will not stop EVER defending Elvis since no one else will! 

Elvis has given me so much especially all my wonderful friends!

TCB with TLC! Megan Murphy ( I proudly say my name!)

 People

Monday, May 2, 2016

Michael Shannon can't get through Viva Las Vegas




 If Michael Shannon hasn't proved his disrespect for Elvis YET, read this from a Billboard interview:

"He took acting seriously and wanted to do better films. I still can't get through Viva Las Vegas, but he was great in King Creole. It was something he ran into time and time again: He wasn't taken seriously.

Hello Ugly Elvis...the chemistry ALONE in this film....geez! Maybe Harum Scarum but Viva? No way!

$ellout failed AGAIN! This just shows how much Shannon learned and studied about Elvis. And the respect he took away.

ZERO POINT ZERO! TAKE THE PAYCHECK AND RUN!  That is what Jerry taught them, the hero!

So let me a fellow Elvis fan school you,  Elvis' movies made so much money, they funded the biggest movies ever made. I bet $ellout didn't tell you that.

And the little he told the actors about Elvis compared to the huge quantity about himself is very clear to true Elvis fans.


Lisa Marie Presley: Elvis' DIGNITY was one of THE Most Important things to him




This Elvis and Nixon movie has me so enraged. The joke, the "character" of Elvis, the Mickey Mouse, the fairy tale he is becoming. The press, the actors and the public taking jabs at him. It's heart breaking to me.

I thought of this song by Elvis' daughter, Nobody Noticed It and I remembered her interview with Rolling Stone. So I dug it out and below, she talks about seeing other so called friends betray her dad. When she says they were trying to take his dignity....that hit home for me. That's exactly how I feel about this movie and the media circus. The on line comments calling him a junkie and worse, people taking this movie as true and we all know that becomes TRUTH in today's society. Elvis was so proud of the day he visited the White House. And it is killing me that actors, press and the public are calling this Bizarre, Insane, Crazy, and Ridiculous. And WORSE, they are laughing at him.

As Lisa says, "You slithering motherf*ckers have no right. None." YES! And I hope she has added one more name to that list. 

The song explicitly about her father is called 'Nobody Noticed It'. It was written after a day when, clicking through the TV channels, she stumbled across the E! True Hollywood Story: The Last Days of Elvis in which many of her father's associates and hangers-on talked about his downfall. 

'I couldn't believe they were trying to take his dignity , Sonny West, Marty Lacker, Red West, all these people that were worse than him'.

These were all people she knew from his lifetime: 'They scared the hell out of me when I was a kid, too. I remember seeing the Playboys, the drugs, the women.

I watched it all, and I watched them. I know the real story behind all of them, and I know what they're out there doing'.

After seeing the program, she was in shock. She couldn't sleep, she was so angry. 'I just thought, 'You slithering motherf*ckers have no right. None. You were responsible for this just as much as he was.

His dignity was one of the most important things to him, and you are trying to take it away'. '

She called one of her co-writers and put her fury and sadness into a song. 'All that you had to endure . . '. she sang, 'nobody noticed it'.

'He didn't have anyone to keep him leveled off. You get into this world where nothing you do is wrong.

I don't think any artist has really done that well with it, they usually end up destroying themselves.

Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison , he wasn't the only one

It's like you have no basis anymore. No foundation.

And I think he was one of the first ones to go through it. It was very lonely there, where he was. I know that'.

From her 2003 Rolling Stone Interview

Michael Shannon impersonates Elvis in a Dracula Cape on Jimmy Fallon


Michael Shannon, I mean Ugly Elvis appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon wearing a DRACULA cape impersonating Elvis. After a few jabs at Elvis' expense, he mentions Lauderdale Courts in Memphis. Nothing flattering said about Elvis. Enjoy the paycheck courtesy of Elvis!

Simon Fuller consulting with Priscilla Presley on Elvis Hologram

Priscilla Presley & Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller is a leading entertainment executive who has made an enormous impact on pop culture for a period of almost thirty years. He created the television sensation American Idol and is the Executive Producer of the dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance.

His record breaking management company XIX Entertainment is the guiding light behind music icons like Annie Lennox, Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood and many others.  He has also built an amazing roster of sports stars including David Beckham, Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton.  His two luxury fashion labels include Victoria Beckham and Roland Mouret. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and celebrated for his humanitarian work.

Forbes has an in depth interview with Simon Fuller and we noticed he mentioned Priscilla Presley and working with her to make the Elvis hologram a reality.

Forbes: What is next for the ultimate entrepreneur?

Fuller: I kind of always follow my instincts and my passion, so there will always be music in everything I do. The music industry is my first love.  I have recently become very drawn to virtual reality (Fuller is currently the largest share holder of hologram company Pulse, famous for their Tupac and Michael Jackson hologram performances).

I think we can reinvent the entertainment business as we know it through virtual reality. It applies to almost everything. For me, as a creator it gives me the opportunity to re-think things in exciting ways. Priscilla Presley gave me the digital rights to Elvis Presley and I will be consulting with her every inch of the way on creating a virtual reality series around him.



Click Here for Forbes in depth interview with Simon Fuller

George Jones new bio The Grand Tour review



 by BOB RUGGIERO

This brief but richly written bio by longtime music scribe Kienzle is the most comprehensive look at the wild life, musical career and, most important, inner workings of the Possum  — a nickname, we see, he alternately hated and cherished.

Of course, Kienzle retells some of the more offbeat trials and tribulations that have become part of Jones lore: the time his wife took away his car keys, so he drove a tractor to the liquor store; the car crashes and cocaine binges; his bizarre “Duck” and “Old Man” voices and personae; a stormy marriage to singer Tammy Wynette; and the scores of drunken performances and missed concerts which gave him the moniker of “No Show Jones.”

But he also unearths even more stories with research and original interviews. One time early in his career, in order to cool down a non-air-conditioned bus, Jones shot several holes in the floor of his non-air-conditioned bus, not realizing that those holes only served to suck in the vehicle’s exhaust fumes.

Or once, drunk, he passed out in a shower stall; only the combination of his naked ass covering the drain and the quick-thinking Faron Young pulling him out likely saved him from drowning.

“Sober, he had [mother] Clara’s noblest attributes,” Kienzle writes of Jones's early drinking, the beginning of a pattern he held for decades. “A binge summoned forth the obnoxious, abusive spirit of George Washington Jones. If he realized what he’d done after sobering up, remorse set in and apologies flowed — until the next whiskey was poured.”

The George Jones-Melba Montgomery "Bluegrass Hootenanny" sessions in January 1964. Left to right: Ray Walker, Pappy Daily, Jones, Tommy Jackson, unknown, Curtis McPeak (banjo), Pig Robbins (piano), Bob Moore (bass)Russell D. Barnard Collection of Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina

But, thankfully, Kienzle also gives ample pages to the story and development of Jones’s musical life. And while he started off singing in the styles of heroes like Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe (Jones was, by all accounts, a gifted mimic), he eventually found his own voice awash in deep heartache and regret.

Like Frank Sinatra, George Jones (who died three years ago this week) could really live inside and interpret a lyric in songs like “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Window Up Above,” "The Battle," “The Grand Tour,” “A Picture of Me (Without You)," "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)" and what many consider his finest song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” That last title a movie-worthy story in which the protagonist’s pining for a woman ends only with his death and a funeral that she attends.

Kienzle also details Jones’s frustration with and disdain for the creeping influence of pop into the country music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s that, while hugely commercially successful, sounded closer to bland soft rock than country. He did appreciate members of the “New Traditionalist” movement — most specifically Alan Jackson, who became a close friend — for swinging the pendulum back a bit.

There are also stories of financial chaos and mismanagement that Jones himself was largely responsible for, and his fractious relationships with his children.

And then there’s the tragic 1965 incident after a show near a club called Shelley’s in La Porte (later the site of the original Gilley’s), where the president of Jones's fan club was found beaten and strangled to death a short distance away. Jones and his band were the last people seen with her, so they remained under a cloud of suspicion until a transient admitted to the crime.

The Grand Tour is an apt title for this deep survey of George Jones, who with the help of fourth wife Nancy sobered up and spent the last 20 years of his life basking in the accolades of his legacy. And with a movie of his life in the planning stages, there’s still some Show left in this No Show yet.

Read Bob's Full Review at Houston Press

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