Elvis Week 2010

Yesterday was the kick off for Elvis Week 2010… and I am not there.

I am wondering if there’s a way I might be able to get there but I don’t think it’s in my cards. I think I’ll just go see the Red Elvises on Thursday at the Bethlehem Musikfest. (Let me know if you are planning on being there, maybe we can catch up!)

Probably one of my FAVORITE Elvis songs is Suspicious Minds. And I started thinking of Mark James who wrote it. On my first visit to Memphis back in 1999 (or was it 2000?), I went to the Rock and Roll Soul Museum and I saw the napkin where he scribbled the lyrics to Suspicious Minds. Can we just say it was like eating a York Peppermint Patty? At any rate, just now I decided to see what other songs he wrote. It’s hard to get a definitive list but Wikipedia says his canon consists of:

“The Eyes Of A New York Woman”
“Hooked on a Feeling”
“It’s Only Love”
“Suspicious Minds,”
“Sunday Sunrise”
“Raised On Rock”
“It’s Only Love”
“Moody Blue”
“Always on My Mind”

What a great list of songs. You can listen to them here: Share Songs by Mark James, writer of Suspicious Minds In fact, back when I was trolling Match.com, I used the one lyric from Moody Blue as my “Headline.”

My personality unwinds, just like a ball of twine, on a spool that never ends.

Yeah, I am sure I scared away many potential opportunities with that one. Whatever. It certainly doesn’t matter anymore. Besides, it was better than my original headline, “Chock Full of Chocolaty Goodness!”

Mark James continues to perform to this day but under the name, Frankie “Uray” Zambon. I had assumed he was dead since he doesn’t seem to be turning much out of late. This morning I listened to Sirius/XM’s Underground Garage and I heard Andrew Loog Oldham wish Jimmy Dean a Happy Birthday. ANDREW! JIMMY DEAN DIED LAST MONTH! Let’s hope it was just a rebroadcast.

PS Do you think it’s time I give Elvis and Peter Tork their own categories? I certainly write enough about both of them.

15 thoughts on “Elvis Week 2010

  1. B. Davis

    I’m trying to figure out the connection between pants that are too tight and the inury of wee lil lad and lassies under your care. There’s some covert demonic meaning…wasn’t there a Bewitched episode with that plot line? From a strictly carnal point of view, I have no problem with pants that are too tight, and neither do millions of other pervs who haunt the internet.

    Back to the subject at hand: Mark James has a fine discography. He was a contemporary of two of my favorite pop composers: Eddie Rabbit, who wrote the great Elvis classic “Kentucky Rain”; and Mac Davis, who wrote the beautiful song “Memories” and “In The Ghetto”. No wonder Elvis had such a stunning comeback.

    By the way, “goodness” is the silliest, most fatuous B.S. word in the history of advertising. “You’ll enjoy the down-home goodness of Wonder Bread!”

  2. Gomer

    I’m impacting my colon and gaining a few new prescription drug habits for Elvis week.

    Whatever I can to further the Beatification of the most overrated entertainer in American history. I know…it’s blasphemous on this blog to dis anything prior to cable television, but I just do not see the allure of “The King”.

    Let the flogging begin.

  3. B. Davis

    Like PT Barnum, Elvis was a great showman whose “art” appealed to the vast wasteland of the great unwashed. He was America’s White Trash Savior-King. (I prefer the mature Comeback Elvis who stopped making crappy movies like Change of Habit and Harum Scarum). Every Elvis movie was simply a lame vehicle for selling records. Eddie Murphy in one of his standup routines ridicules the King for having no acting talent….

  4. Donna Post author

    “If you’re an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you’re not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible.”

  5. Gomer

    Donna, you’ve managed to silence me in one fell stroke. I simply cannot respond to a generality which could apply to nearly anything in the universe.

    Well played.

  6. Donna Post author

    Thanks! 🙂

    Look, you don’t like him. That’s fine. I don’t get it, but whatever. I’m not going to defend my taste. I don’t expect you to defend yours.

  7. B. Davis

    I’m in your corner, Gomer. Elvis was The Anointed One
    because he could sing black music and appeal to a broader audience. Most people of color consider Elvis an imposter who stole Chuck Berry’s and Bo Diddley’s music. Look at the talentless offspring that Elvis produced.

  8. Gomer

    You do not have to defend your taste Donna. You have great taste and style! My beef is with the phenomenon of Elvis that still lingers today.

    I could not have said it better.

  9. Donna Post author

    Maybe there’s a reason it still lingers? Like, his music touches people? If you don’t get it, just accept it’s not for you. To each their own.

    And B.Davis– what in the world have you been eating? These turds you’ve been dropping all over the comments section are going to stain!

    If you prefer the Matured Comeback Elvis, you should know Change of Habit was released in 1969, the same year as his Comeback Special! And it was in this movie he sang the song, “Rubberneckin’ which was recently re-released and remixed. (It was also his last feature film and it co-starred Mary Tyler Moore playing a nun!)

    How can you NOT like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2Scz91hEKg ?????

    or this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-yZifpgCR0

  10. B. Davis


    I’m old enough to remember very well the day that Elvis died. I don’t need YouTube videos or newspaper clippings of his career to jog my memory because I followed his career while he was alive. During the last 5 years of his life Elvis was considered an embarrassing, porcine has-been dressed in ridiculous karate jumpsuits. Yes, Elvis was a huge star until he morphed into a drug-addled Las Vegas lounge lizard. I’m a big fan of his music, but not of his thespian efforts…and after having suffered through a lot of his movies I vigorously maintain that he’s one of the worst actors in cinematic history. By the way, I consume a Mediterranean Diet…lots of fruits and vegetables…I run 15 miles a week, stand 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh 176 pounds. My mental and physical well-being are excellent….thanks for the concern.

  11. B. Davis

    On your recommendation, I dropped by my local booze peddler and picked up some Slivovitz and Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur. I feel as if I’ve taken a European vacation without leaving my humble abode.
    Matter of fact, after a few drinks I feel as if I’ve visited Venus and Mars and all the asteroids in-between, which is of course the reason for drinking. This year I gave up coffee and carbonated beverages including Coca-Cola.
    Starting Jan. 1, 2011 I’m swearing off alcohol. I’m not Catholic, but I consider the next few months to be one long-ass Mardi Gras, and Jan.1 will mark the beginning of my Perpetual Lent. (My stomach, colon, and liver will thank me later). If I drink sufficient quantities of Slivovitz I will feel badly about insulting Saint Elvis of Memphis. (The Slivovitz label says it’s “kosher for Passover” so this is going to be a truly ecumenical experience for me).

  12. B. Davis

    One more superfluous comment about Elvis….
    a great-uncle of mine in Tupelo, Mississipppi was the
    physician who brought Elvis Presley into this world on
    January 8, 1935. Yes, Donna, a member of MY FAMILY
    delivered Elvis Presley.

  13. Gomer

    Why is everyone in such a snit? I long ago “accepted” that Elvis was not for me. That should not preclude me from pondering the question of his appeal (or talent for that matter). If anything, the fact that I am so sure I don’t care for the King obviates why I would question his appeal.

    Did someone have a bad day?

  14. B. Davis

    If you cut 80% off the run-time of Elvis’ movies and retain just the musical numbers, you end up with about 50 great music videos. Which when you think about it, that’s what Elvis was….a pre-MTV video artist with a great manager and an inexplicable movie career.
    (Countdown starts for the next Donna explosion).

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