Elvis Presley Interviews by Ken Sharp
Read the latest interviews and reviews about Elvis Presley by Ken Sharp.
Ken Sharp- is the author of the FTD book; Writing For The King a 400 page Book with more than 140 interviews with songwriters like Paul McCartney, Leiber & Stoller, Pomus & Shuman, Red West, Mark James and Tony Joe White. Included are two CDs, the first contains previously unreleased RCA recordings of Elvis performing live in Las Vegas (1969 through 1972), the second a selection of the original demos submitted to Elvis.
The demo CD takes us from Heartbreak Hotel through classics like Teddy Bear, Trouble, Burning Love and Way Down.
'Writing for the King' by Ken Sharp is a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of politics, money, inspiration and great trivia about Elvis and the songs he turned into classics.
Index of Elvis Interviews A-Z
Elvis didn't listen much to his own music but he really loved From Elvis In Memphis
, the album he did with Chips Moman; that was an album full of great songs and Suspicious Minds
by my buddy Mark James. Elvis was so sick of the movie songs that he'd been recording and it was not doing his career any good. When he cut that album, the session was just loaded hits, In The Ghetto
, Suspicious Minds
, Don't Cry Daddy
, Kentucky Rain
Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber
helped give birth to rock and roll when they wrote Hound Dog
in 1952. Their list of hits sounds like the very history of rock and roll almost from the moment of its birth, with classic songs recorded by everybody from Elvis Presley
to the Drifters to John Lennon
Interview with Jerry Schilling by Ken Sharp. Longtime Elvis friend George Klein said, 'Jerry has an insight a lot of people don't have. He was one of the few guys who would tell Elvis the truth. I think he has a different angle because he had a lot of quality time with Elvis and Elvis respected his opinion on a lot of stuff'.
A treasure trove of Presley ephemera, Memphis Recording Service: The Rise Of Elvis Presley Volume 2 1955
offers a fascinating peek at the meteoric rise of the Sun Records star. Highly recommended.
Since the Nineties, Ernst Jorgensen has meticulously treated Elvis' musical legacy with immense care, respect, scholarly integrity and historical perspective and insight. He's also proven to be a wily detective as well, unearthing treasure trove after treasure trove of released and unreleased Elvis recordings. Quite simply he has set the bar for how one should protect, maintain and nurture an artist's catalog.