Check out this picture I found!
Elvis with a BEARD!!! I am going to guess this was taken right around the time he acted in the film Charro!… which is the only time he ever sported a beard… at least as far as I know.
The guy with him? Wayne Cochran. And that was his look. A big, greasy, white pompadour. He’s responsible for the song Last Kiss. It went like this, Where oh where can my Baby be? The Lord took her away from me! She’s gone to heaven so I got to be good, so I can see my baby when I leave this world.
Pearl Jam covered it. And J. Frank Wilson actually had the hit with it after Wayne Cochran. It’s said that Last Kiss was the culmination of the death rock songs of the 50’s. It started in 1958 with Jody Reynolds’ “Endless Sleep.” My favorite of the genre is “Tell Laura I Love Her.”
Here’s a video of Wayne doing his THANG!
How did I find the picture? You know how some guys search for boobies? I search for pompadour.
Here’s another clip: