Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Elvis – The Seacher

When you think of Elvis, what comes to mind?

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Elvis is far more.

On Saturday HBO broadcasts a three-hour, two-film presentation Elvis Presley: The Searcher that includes stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and features more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him.

The first part details Elvis’ early life in Tupelo, Mississippi and his unprecedented rise to fame over a single year. The second part begins with his return home after his Army discharge and facing a rapidly changing pop-music scene.

In this week’s oldie segment we depart from the usual format of fun or interesting factoids followed by the oldie.

Earlier this week the National Public Radio program 1A devoted an hour (47 minutes to be exact) to a panel discussion about the social, cultural, and historic contributions made by Elvis rather than the all-too-often tabloid references. Their insights were respectful and reverent.

Guests included:

  • Thom Zimny Director, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”
  • Alan Light Screenwriter, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher;” music journalist; former rock critic, Rolling Stone; former editor-in-chief for both Vibe and Spin
  • David Porter,  Record producer; songwriter; 2005 inductee, Songwriters Hall of Fame; first staff songwriter at Stax Records

If your only perceptions of the King are cheesy movies, jumpsuits, and fatty diets, you need to hear this history lesson (with some song clips) that is well worth your time.

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