On July 28, Sony releases an unprecedented compilation of Elvis Presley's pre-stardom years (1953-55). A Boy From Tupelo - The Complete 1953-55 Recordings is a boxed package. The three-CD set begins with the four recordings a teenaged Elvis made at the Memphis Recording Service (part of Sun Records) for his personal use. The collection includes a large, lavishly illustrated 120 page book covering his 1954-55 schedule virtually day by day, with amazing photos of him at various Deep South venues with a few in color.
Scotty Moore and Elvis Presley are names forever joined in history, Scotty, Elvis's first guitarist, died yesterday at 84 in Nashville, where he'd resided for over half a century. From Presley's first Sun recordings in July 1954, until the singer entered the Army in 1958, and for a brief time after his 1960 discharge, Scotty's bopping, snarling and slashing guitar framed Elvis's vocals on everything from "That's All Right (Mama)" to "Hard Headed Woman" (from King Creole).
It's been a bad week for pop culture icons, with James Gandolfini's death, country singer-yodeler Slim Whitman slipped his mortal coil yesterday in Miami at age 90 of heart failure. He'd released a new album just three years ago.