Elvis Presley

  • Film

    September 4, 2014

    Elvis Lives in The Identical - and so Does His Boring Twin

    Elvis slash fiction is shocking only in its banality.

  • Film

    August 28, 2014

    Elvis Lives in The Identical - and So Does His Boring Twin

    Elvis slash fiction is shocking only in its banality.

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Elvis's Stuff Rolls Through Houston

    John Lennon famously said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing." But after Elvis, innumerable objects owned by or otherwise connected to the late King of Rock and Roll -- who recorded his debut single, "That's All Right," 60 years ago this July -- have come to rest at his Memphis mansion Graceland, whi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    January: Houston's Month of Tribute Bands

    I spend a lot of time working out my concert calendar. Even if I don't make it out to all the shows I want to go to, I still like to know when all my favorite bands are going to be in town. So besides the Houston Press' own concert calendar, I spend a lot of time on the great Web site Space City Roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Lisa Marie Presley at Dosey Doe, 9/15/2013

    Lisa Marie Presley Dosey Doe September 15, 2013 Lisa Marie Presley's entourage arrived in two giant gleaming buses on Sunday afternoon. People, already waiting in spontaneously arranged, purposeless lines, swapped stories about their Elvis memorabilia in idle attempt to one-up each other on some bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Could Elvis Have Been Saved From Himself? One Man Says Yes

    When Elvis Presley came into Memphis' Stax Studios in December 1973 to cut some new material, Norbert Putnam -- the experienced Muscle Shoals-born session bassist -- could tell that something was off about the King. "He had gained a bit of weight, I noticed. And he had gone through the divorce with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Elvis's Bassist Recalls Stax Sessions, One Song The King Couldn't Finish

    The year 1973 was a pivotal one for the King. Elvis Presley was at a definite crossroads, both personally and professionally. On one hand, he had returned to consistent live shows in 1969 after a lot of years making mostly insipid movies in Hollywood, to rapturous audiences. And the live record fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Happy E-Day: What If Elvis Had Lived?

    Note: Elvis Presley would be 78 years old today, if he had not (supposedly) died in Memphis in August 1977. This article originally appeared as part of Rocks Off's "Elvis Week" in January 2011, and still seems plausible two years later. Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Nixon Meets the King: The White House Tapes Revealed

    Forty-two years ago today, one of the trippier meetings in the annals of U.S. music and politics went down when Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll and a global icon of the youth movement, paid a friendly White House visit to President Richard Nixon, that same movement's sworn enemy. Put blun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers

    Last week we took a look at some of the most holiday spirit-dampeningly awful songs ever recorded. We aren't quite done ruining your holiday spirit just yet however, as this week we have compiled ten of the saddest holiday cover songs ever recorded. Rewind: The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Top 5 Rockers Who Overcame Stammering

    Recently, I became somewhat concerned as my formerly flawlessly articulate three-year-old daughter began to stammer whenever she tried to talk. It was a very sudden onset that is still occurring, and I wondered if this was the first sign of a serious problem that she would have to work to overcome. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Select Elvis Presley Artifacts From Graceland Are On A Media Tour

    Angie Marchese started working at Elvis Presley's Graceland over 23 years ago while still in high school, as a tour guide. Today, she is the archival director for the museum and Presley household. The Memphis native travels the country showing items off from the Presley estate, and Rocks Off was luc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Notice: Mariah Carey Still Has More No. 1 Singles Than Elvis

    Four years ago this week, Mariah Carey made music history by scoring the 18th No. 1 single of her career. Think about that for a second: If you're reading this, Mariah Carey has recorded more No. 1 singles than women you've had sex with (a lot more). What makes the feat even more incredible is that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Elvis: Why A 22-Year-Old Still Loves The King

    Elvis Presley was one of my first favorite musicians. Around 1994, my parents had signed up for one of those ridiculous 99 cent CD clubs, getting endless amounts of CDs. An Elvis Presley compilation was one of them. I found myself jumping around my house doing my own kind of five-year-old version o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Nine Covers of "Heartbreak Hotel" on Its 58th Birthday

    Exactly 58 years ago, Elvis Presley released Heartbreak Hotel on RCA Records, which had just bought his contract from Sun Records for a measly $35,000. Heartbreak sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually become the King's first certified gold record. Also, it's worth noting that, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Elvis Presley's Graceland: A Peek Inside With My Crappy Cell Phone Camera

    A few weeks back I went on a Mid-South trip through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and sadly, Arkansas. Along the way I followed the Mississippi Blues Trail as much as I could, before hitting Memphis and Sun Studios and Graceland, and moving on to Nashville for a whole new set of museums and att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Elvis' Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​In 1957 at the near peak of his early success, Elvis Presley did what many artists did: He made a Christmas record. The result was what would become one of the best s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    9 People Who Could Play The King In New Elvis Biopic​Tuesday, Paste reported that director John Scheinfeld will be adapting Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, the memoir of Elvis Presley confidante Sonny West, who was one of the King's bodyguards for 16 years. West was a member of the "Memphis Mafia," Elvis' merry band of bone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    10 Odd Things Left At Elvis Presley's Grave

    Chris GrayAs close as Rocks Off has ever come personally to Elvis' grave. Graceland was already closing for the day by the time we got there in April.​Today is the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which means that even as you read this, Graceland workers are hard at work sorting, cat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    The Most Bizarre Music Memorabilia Ever Auctioned Off

    michaeljacksonfuneral.orgNote: Not the actual million-dollar jacket.​Have you ever worked in a souvenir store, memorabilia outlet or run an online auction? If so, odds are you have developed a venal, burning hatred for collectors. Rocks Off isn't going to mince words: collectors are some of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Future Elvis: What If The King Had Lived?

    ​Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who was in the Darth Vader suit, and Ron Paul are all the same age as Elvis Presley would be on Saturday? Look at Woody Allen next time you see him on TMZ and just think, he's as old as Elvis. In order to get in the frame of mind to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Does Elvis Still Matter?

    As part of our ongoing celebration of Elvis' birthday week, Rocks Off asked our writers the simple question in the headline. ​Chris Gray: Absolutely he still matters. When I was compiling that list of quotes and lyrics about Elvis earlier this week, I wasn't that surprised to see that even Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Celebrate Elvis' 76th Birthday with a Feast Fit for the King

    Stuff that diet indeed, Mr. Presley.​I'll never forget my first trip to Graceland. Memphis is a magical city in and of itself -- Civil War sites, steamboats, Beale Street, the Smithsonian Museum of Rock & Soul, amazing meals at the Inn at Hunt Phelan -- but there's something about the great, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Elvis: 30 Famous Quotes About The King

    ​Rocks Off is celebrating Elvis week this week - the King would be 76 years old on Saturday. (Or hell, maybe he will be 76 years old on Saturday.) That's more than three-quarters of a century, but it just doesn't seem like a very long time. Maybe that's because whether or not he actually died ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Rock Stars' Troublesome Family and Friends

    ​Wednesday, the NAACP released an extensive, in-depth study of the main six groups which provide the lion's share of support for the infamous Tea Party movement, and the results of their study are not encouraging. It chronicles a great deal of cross-pollination between Tea Party and white supr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Five Onstage Meltdowns Funnier Than Courtney Love In D.C.

    Universal Music Group​As far as Rocks Off knows, everything is hunky-dory for Hole's show at House of Blues this evening. Courtney Love and friends are scheduled to play from 9:45 to 11:15, which Rocks Off is interpreting as they could go on anywhere from 9:45 to 11:15. As Hole's rambling, sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Return Of The King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback

    ​In 1957, Elvis Presley was the epitome of cool. But what a difference a decade makes. By the Summer of Love, the still-pompadoured singer was - at the ripe old age of 32 - a musical anachronism in a year that brought the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Monterey Pop and Sgt. Pepper's. Plus, he'd been c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    G.I. Blues: A Soldiers' Playlist

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the truly momentous occasions in popular music: On March 23, 1958, Elvis Presley reported for induction into the U.S. Army, thus opening up a thousand alternate timelines for musical historians to formulate "What if he hadn't?" scenarios. For the next few years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Pop Rocks: The King Is Dead

    ​Last Friday -- January 8 -- marked what would have been the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley. The milestone was dutifully noted on most national new broadcasts and publications, tastefully hitting the high points of the King's life without dwelling overmuch on this drug- addled final years. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Happy 75th Birthday, Elvis, Wherever You Are

    Remember that scene from Pulp Fiction where Mia Wallace explains to Vince Vega that there are two kinds of people in this world - Elvis people and Beatles people? Well, Rocks Off is an Elvis person. We're not a fanatic or anything, but we have been to Graceland, have a huge hole in our heart for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    The Top Rock-Star Death Conspiracies: Elvis, Michael, Kurt, Tupac and More

    It seems that the stranger and weirder our world gets by the day, humanity struggles to find reasons behind all this calamity and tragedy. We try our best to find conclusions to why bad things happen, and when we can't fully fathom that the awful truth is just that, instead try to blame the influen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Thursday Is World Toilet Day; We Celebrate Without Using An Expletive In The Headline

    ​Hair Balls would like to take the time to discuss a very serious matter: pooping. Specifically, pooping in a toilet. More specifically, not having a toilet in which to poop. It's a serious situation that affects 2.5 billion people in developing nations, according to the World Toilet Organization ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    © David Nathan-Maister and Oxygenee Ltd.​Although it's taking place next month, spots will fill up quickly for Absinthe: Revealed, so we're doing you a favor by telling you about it now. On December 5 at 7:30 p.m., Avant Garden will be hosting a "celebration of tastings and truths" about o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Five Memorable - But Not Necessarily Good - Astrodome Concerts

    Bobby Weatherford​It was (semi-seriously) billed as the Eighth Wonder of World, the brainchild of Judge Roy Hofheinz was the first domed ballpark and - for better or worse - ushered in the era of the homogeneous, multipurpose stadiums. The Structure Formerly Known as Harris County Domed Stadium si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    For April 15: Five Movies About Taxes

    April 15 each year brings with it the journalistic challenge of covering yet another "last-rush filers" story, or some clever way to say that it's the deadline for getting your return in. (We still wonder if anyone's ever been prosecuted because their return had an April 16 postmark.)The subject of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    "If The Real Thing Don't Do The Trick" -- A Barracuda, Elvis & San Antone

    Photo courtesy Leake Auction CompanyFor a moment there, it seemed like a lost piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia was rediscovered.No, not the mason jar where they kept his stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon, but something almost as cool - a Plymouth Barracuda thought to have been bought by the King ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    For the King: Elvis Impersonators from Around the World

    Elvis Presley would be - or, depending on who you believe, is - 74 years old today. But he's as popular as ever, and alive or dead, as Mojo Nixon has noted many times, Elvis really is everywhere... Rob Kingsley, Elvis Tribute UK's 2008 European Champion   "Turkish Elvis" Nevrez Caliskan

  • Culture

    July 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Elvis Takes a Milby Coed to the Carhop

    When you get right down to it, most often the blogosphere is usually a pretty obnoxious place. But every now and then you find a story like the first one in the comments box of this post on John Gonzales’s old Bayou City History blog. Here’s some backstory and an excerpt to get you started. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    August 9, 2007
  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Suspicious Minds

    commercial tie-ins

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2007

    Tuna Does Vegas

    Place your bets, everybody

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007
  • Music

    October 19, 2006

    Wanda Jackson

    Wanda Jackson appears Thursday, October 19, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main. Call 713-529-9899 for more info.

  • Film

    June 15, 2006

    Royal Flush

    The King serves up a clumsy portrait of James Marsh's America

  • Calendar

    January 5, 2006
  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Big Boss Man

    Jimmy T99 Nelson predated and outlived Elvis P. and has won the affections of Elvis C.

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