Monday, December 15, 2014
Nashville native Millie Kirkham, whose sky-high iconic soprano helped define Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" and a number of other classic '50s, '60s and '70s recordings, has died. Kirkham reportedly passed away in Nashville on Sunday after suffering a stroke last week. She was 91.
Kirkham was born Mildred Eakes in Hermitage, Tenn., in 1923 and grew up in nearby Donelson. She started her career singing in the National Life and Accident Insurance Girls' Glee Club before becoming a regular performer on WSM broadcasts, including Sunday Down South, working under WSM-AM programming director and Tree Publishing (later Sony/ATV Music Publishing) founder Jack Stapp. She was married to drummer Doug Kirkham, who died in 1986.
Singing as a sort of unofficial fifth member of The Jordanaires, Kirkham didn't just lead the "whoo-ooh-oohs" on "Blue Christmas," her first session with Elvis in 1957 — she came up with the part. As the story goes, The King originally didn't want to record the song, but had to, and called on the singers to come up with something silly enough to keep RCA from releasing it.
“I started going ‘Whoo-oo-oo-oo,’ " Kirkham told Bill Lloyd in a 2012 live Q&A at the Country Music Hall of Fame, which honored her as part of its Nashville Cats series. “[Elvis] motioned for me to keep doing it, so I did it all the way through the whole song. When we were through, we all laughed and said ‘That’s one record the record company will never release.’ But they did. And if I got royalties, I’d be a rich old woman.”
Kirkham became a regular session and stage backup vocalist for Elvis, appearing on hits like "(You're the) Devil in Disguise," gospel cuts like "Milky White Way" and versions of "Polk Salad Annie," "C.C. Rider" and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters."
She also sang on classics by many other artists, such as Ferlin Husky's "Gone," Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry," Patti Page's "These Fools," Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet," Roy Orbison's "It's Over" and George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Other names on Kirkham's sprawling list of credits include Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline, Porter Wagoner, Bob Dylan, Charley Pride, Kris Kristofferson, Carl Perkins, Loretta Lynn, Hank Snow and Reba McEntire.
Source: Nashville Scene
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Friday, September 12, 2014
For the life of me I can not figure out why any real Elvis fan would be excited about this. I will NEVER listen to this duet. C'mon guys, you are sell outs! We all know from various sources for MANY years, EP did not like Streisand. Stop drinking the Kool Aid EPE is selling you! Elvis was the King of Rock n Roll not easy listening!
A friend of mine recently pointed out how Elvis is now lumped in with Tony Bennett on those late night Time life infomercials. Elvis is becoming irrelevant and WE fans are accepting it! Let's not allow history to be recreated. We want Elvis' legacy to be properly preserved for future generations, don't we?
Am I alone here? Geez it's bad enough EPE wants to take your hard earned dollars that you should be putting away for retirement to build their hotel. The rewards you get are laughable. If they sought investors, each would get a percentage of profits. Yet fans investing get what? An advanced offer to give them MORE money. What a scam! Really! And the nerve of EPE and Memphis! CLEAN UP THE CRIME, pretty buildings solve nothing! Elvis protected his fans from concert ticket gouging, he realized how hard folks worked for their money. I'm not sure he'd be proud of this or the city of Memphis, how it treats his fans or what it has become. The city of Memphis has a responsibilty to the tourists they lure there to have a SAFE enviroment. It's a war zone up by EP Blvd and downtown. Let's face facts!
Building a beautiful hotel in such a corrupt and extremely dangerous city is like building the Taj Mahal on the Gaza Strip!
C'mon Guys! Wake up! Back in the day, WE Elvis fans would not have fallen for this. And when EP is no longer relevant, and all the ETAs formally take over, we only have ourselves to blame. Keep EP and his legacy in mind FIRST and FOREMOST.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
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