LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and...
Highlights from the career of drummer Hal Blaine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Session drummer Hal Blaine, who died Monday at age 90 , played on thousands of records in the 1960s and '70s. He was best known for the opening solo on the Ronettes' "Be My...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley Enterprises and local officials in Tennessee say they've reached an agreement outlining several projects for expansion plans at Graceland.
Singer wants to bring music back to Hernando’s Hideaway
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley played there. And Jerry Lee Lewis did often.
So did Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns and Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. and the MGs.
Venezuela socialist party boss stirs up support on talk show
MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) — It was show time for the most-watched program on Venezuela's normally sleep-inducing state TV: Episode No. 240 of "Hitting it With a Sledgehammer," the talk show hosted by one of the ruling socialist party's most-revered — and reviled — leaders.
A military salsa band playing pro-government songs stirred up a live audience of several thousand state employees, pilot cadets and ideological die-hards.
Americans Chock and Bates win ice dancing at Four Continents
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The American ice dance duo of Madison Chock and Evan Bates gained some huge momentum with the World Championships a month away.
Chock and Bates captured the first major international title of their career Sunday at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
They scored 126.25 points during their free dance, which was to a medley of Elvis Presley tunes, and finished with 207.42 points to edge Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who totaled 203.93 points.
George Klein, Elvis Presley’s friend, radio host, dies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — George Klein, the deep-voiced radio personality who became friends with Elvis Presley in high school and stayed close to the King of Rock 'n' Roll throughout his career, has died. He was 83.
Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82.
Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Elvis Presley’s jewelry, clothing sold at Graceland auction
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jewelry, clothing and other Elvis Presley-related memorabilia have been sold at auction in Tennessee.
Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction at The Guest House Graceland netted more than $600,000 Tuesday on what would have been his 84th birthday. The Guest House is a hotel located steps from the Graceland home, where the singer lived in Memphis.
Today in History for January 8th
Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, dies at 87
DALLAS (AP) — Not many CEOs dress up as Elvis Presley, settle a business dispute with an arm-wrestling contest, or go on TV wearing a paper bag over their head.
Herb Kelleher did all those things. Along the way, the co-founder and longtime leader of Southwest Airlines also revolutionized air travel by practically inventing the low-cost, low-fare airline.
Kelleher died on Thursday. He was 87. Southwest confirmed his death but did not indicate the cause.
Presley’s ‘Comeback Special’ still relevant, 50 years later
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley wanted an honest answer. Steve Binder gave him one.
Presley was meeting Binder for the first time in Binder's office in Los Angeles in 1968. A music and television producer, Binder had been asked to put together an NBC television special featuring Presley, who had become more of a movie actor than a rock 'n' roll singer in the 1960s when the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were dominating the rock world.
Elvis Presley memorabilia to be auctioned at Graceland
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Items associated with Elvis Presley will once again be on the auction block at Graceland as part of a celebration of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's birthday.
According to a news release on Wednesday, the auction will take place Jan. 8 at The Guest House at Graceland during the celebration of Presley's 84th birthday.
It’s no Christmas miracle: Giannis Antetokounmpo has arrived
Atari's original video game console was the hot toy. Leisure suits were cool. Elvis Presley unexpectedly died. The first "Star Wars" movie was released.
The year was 1977.
That was the last time the Milwaukee Bucks appeared on Christmas Day.
"It's been a while," Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said, knowing it was an understatement.
Longtime Morgantown radio DJ, Bob Elliott, dies from cancer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sometimes you had to listen closely when Bob Elliott was on Morgantown radio back in the 1970s and '80s.
Not because he was soft-spoken, no sir. The guy had a big, rumbling baritone (except when he would dissolve into laughter on the air and the guffaws would go up an octave).
It's because Elliott, 70, who died last week in Kentucky after battling cancer, often employed sonic subtleties during his time behind the microphone at WCLG and at the former WMQC, in Westover.
It’s now or never pedestrians: German town has Elvis lights
BERLIN (AP) — Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the central German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a U.S. soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon.
The red shows an image of the singer striking a pose at a microphone and the green depicts his trademarked hip swivel dance.
Trump honors Elvis, Babe Ruth, Staubach, Page
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Kellie Pickler brings Christmas in July to Graceland
Trump says 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.
Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Mississippi trustees approve 3 new historical markers
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three new historical markers have been approved in Mississippi.
Trustees for the state Department of Archives and History say the markers are for Raymond Presbyterian Church in Hinds County, Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson County and the city of Verona in Lee County.
The Raymond church was founded in 1842 and its building was constructed in 1871.
Country bluesman, hit songwriter Tony Joe White dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A record label representative says Tony Joe White, the country bluesman and hit songwriter behind such successes as "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia," has died. He was 75.
Elvis group sues Memphis for Graceland plan approval delay
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley Enterprises has sued the city of Memphis over a delay in approval for expansion plans at Graceland.
According to The Commercial Appeal , the federal lawsuit last week alleges illegal retaliation last month when the Land Use Control Board delayed consideration of a Graceland expansion plan.
100 days in, Atlantic City’s reopened casinos looking good
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One has Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the costumes the Beatles wore onstage, and the management know-how and money of one of the world's largest and most successful hospitality companies — even as it replaces its boss.
The other has a successful sports betting facility, a redesigned casino floor and family owners determined not to make the same mistakes that sank its predecessor.
Aretha Franklin tops list of Memphis music hall inductees
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Soul songstress Aretha Franklin is headlining a diverse and influential class of performers and music industry personalities who are being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
The hall said Wednesday that Franklin, a Memphis native, will be honored at an induction ceremony Nov. 1.
Known as the "Queen of Soul," Franklin sang hits such as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools." She died in August at age 76.
Expansion starting soon for Las Vegas Convention Center
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Construction is expected to start soon on the $935.1 million expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's board of directors on Tuesday approved a guaranteed maximum price of $758.1 million on a 1.4 million-square-foot building that will include 600,000 square feet of new exhibition space.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the board is counting on completion of the new exhibition hall by Dec. 1, 2020.
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Graceland no longer charging for Presley candlelight vigil
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley fans will no longer pay about $30 to visit his grave during the annual candlelight vigil on his death anniversary in Memphis, Tennessee.
Graceland officials say the charge to walk past Presley's resting place at his former home during Elvis Week has been discontinued. Devotees flock to Graceland every year to honor the rock n' roll icon during Elvis Week, the celebration of Presley's career as a singer and actor.
New Louisiana Film Trail website; state plans more
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's new film trail runs from New Orleans and Elvis Presley's "King Creole" to northwest Louisiana's "Bonnie and Clyde" museum, by way of the home for "Steel Magnolias."
Hinting marriage, undercover cop elicits slaying confession
CLEVELAND (AP) — There wasn't much doubt in the minds of police in the Ohio village of Hartville, best known for its fertile muck farms, that Phil Snider killed his wife of 53 years.
But it took an undercover female officer who played her role so convincingly that the 73-year-old man proposed marriage over numerous cups of fast-food coffee and he revealed in gruesome detail how he had bludgeoned 70-year-old Roberta Snider to death and disposed of incriminating evidence.
Great Falls Balloon festival held this weekend
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Organizers of the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston and Auburn are hoping that the weather holds for weekend launches.
Weather forecasters say rain is likely Saturday with a chance of thunderstorms, potentially creating problems for the balloons.
The rest of the festival events are expected to go on as scheduled and, rain or shine. Music, food, and belly dancing are among the events.
Fans walk silently, solemnly past Elvis’ grave during vigil
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fans of Elvis Presley are holding flickering candles and walking quietly past the grave of the rock n' roll pioneer on the 41st anniversary of his death.
Devotees of Presley flock to Memphis, Tennessee, every year to honor his life and career during Elvis Week. The candlelight vigil is the keystone event, with solemn mourners moving slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland.
Today in History for August 16th
Hundreds of items with ties to Elvis Presley sold at auction
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A gold record, photos and jewelry are among the more than 200 items sold at an auction of memorabilia related to late singer Elvis Presley.
The highest-priced item sold at The Auction at Graceland on Sunday was a 1942 Beretta 9mm pistol given to Elvis as a gift in December 1970. Price tag: $51,250.
The auction took place during Elvis Week, the annual celebration of his life and career. Presley died in Memphis 41 years ago, on Aug. 16, 1977.
Lisa Marie Presley to take part in Elvis Week celebration
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An exhibit centered on the career of Lisa Marie Presley, and a launch party marking the release of an album of gospel songs by her late father Elvis Presley, are among the highlights of this year's Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis — 41 years ago. Since then, fans have been making a pilgrimage to Graceland to celebrate the King of Rock n' Roll's life, movies and music.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Mississippi hometown could create a tourism partnership with the German city where he lived while serving in the U.S. Army.
Presley was born in 1935 in Tupelo. From 1958 to 1960, the king of rock 'n' roll lived in Bad Nauheim (bahd NOW-hime), near Frankfurt in what was then West Germany.
Company preserves, reinvents historic RCA building
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — It really should be hallowed ground, at least for music fans.
New Jersey's own Frank Sinatra signed a recording contract in the seventh-floor boardroom.
So did Woody Guthrie.
And some guy named Elvis Presley.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's earliest recordings were produced within its walls.
Bruce Springsteen’s childhood home sold
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A childhood home in New Jersey where Bruce Springsteen lived for seven years has been sold for $255,000.
The Asbury Park Press reports the two-family home at 39 Institute Street in Freehold was listed for $269,900 in November.
The Springsteens lived on the left side of the house from 1955 to 1962.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America, Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless faded denim jacket and colorful headband, and Michael Jackson's famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino.
Today in History for July 5th
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A plaque honoring Elvis Presley's final concert is returning to the former site of Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis.
A rededication event is planned for Tuesday on the 41st anniversary of the 1977 concert that happened seven weeks before Presley's death.
It's usually a bad sign when critics start questioning your film before it's even finished. But director Eugene Jarecki had to endure worse. While making the documentary "The King," he actually got gruff from a member of his own film crew.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis says it is turning over maintenance of 22 state roads in the city limits back to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
A news release posted on the city's website says Memphis is not renewing a contract with the department in which the city repairs potholes, clears snow and ice and removes trash on state roads that also serve as prominent city streets.
Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana has died
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — D.J. Fontana, a rock 'n' roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley's first and longtime drummer, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday.
Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville on Wednesday night. She said he'd been suffering complications from breaking his hip in 2016.
Doors biographer Jerry Hopkins dead at 82
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Hopkins, a prolific music journalist who co-wrote a million-selling biography of the Doors that Oliver Stone adapted into a feature film, has died.
Hopkins died of heart failure June 3 in Bangkok, his longtime residence. He was 82 and his death was confirmed Tuesday by his son, Nick Hopkins.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — In an Elvis Presley contest full of men with slicked-back hair and rhinestone-studded jumpsuits, a 19-year-old was chosen as being most like the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
News outlets report that Nick Perkins of Tickfaw, Louisiana, won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.
It happened Saturday in Tupelo, the Mississippi city where Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A guitar that Elvis Presley played in "Girls! Girls! Girls!" will be offered for private sale after drawing no bids at auction.
The Commercial Appeal reports the guitar was listed at a beginning bid of $32,000 when a Los Angeles auction house placed it on the auction block Thursday.
Jennifer Warnes, "Another Time, Another Place" (BMG)
Even when major an-album-a-year bands and singers are rare, the 17 since Jennifer Warnes' last record, "The Well," are far too lengthy an interval, making her return that much sweeter.
Still further back is her career peak — her tremendous 1987 collection of Leonard Cohen songs, "Famous Blue Raincoat" — and her soundtrack hits from "Norma Rae," ''An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Dirty Dancing."