When I started this blog four years ago and up until last Saturday I thought that the birth of Across The Kitchen Table was the only auspicious thing to have happened on 08th January in cultural terms anyway. It turns out that seventy four years previously on this date in Tupelo, Mississippi a child was born who arguably would have nearly as much influence in his time on popular music as this blog has over the last 48 months.
When I was younger I was never a big Elvis fan, probably due to hearing the soundtrack to G.I. Blues on a loop from when I brother was old enough to start demanding that my mum put it on the record player, Wooden bloody Heart playing over and over and over again. Or it could have something to do with all of those shit films that were always on on Boxing Day or Ne'erday.
My dislike was further reinforced by punk and all the pot shots taken by those charismatic front men whose careers lasted a couple of singles at most some of which were good but most of which were shit. I suppose he was an easy target, definitely a large enough one in the years before his death and a caricature of his former self.
It wasn't until my mid twenties when a friend gave me the Elvis Presley album, the compilation of the early Sun Sessions that I started to take notice and from then on I started to look at the "King" in a different light. It is quite a job separating the wheat from the chaff as far as the recordings go and there are loads of crap compilations out there but for me my preference is still those raw pre-army recordings and my favourite as I've mentioned before is Crawfish from King Creole. But I do love the Elvis in Memphis album if I block out the abomination that is Mama Liked The Roses.
Anyway, instead of the obligatory Pale Fountains song today I thought that I would post something by the big man.
BTW if you have done so before the Peter Guralnick books Last Train From Memphis and Careless Love are absolutely essential reading if you have any interest in Presley.
*Apparently David Bowie was also born on this day.
E P - Mystery Train