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”
“Raised On Rock”
“It’s Only Love”
“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.