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.
Terry Bradshaw's upcoming show in Vegas is big enough news that it's worth reposting this entry from December 2011, a reminder of the fact that 36 years ago, when he wasn't dazzling everyone on the field, Bradshaw, with two Super Bowls behind him, had a side gig: country singer.
They called him the Young Sheriff, then the Singing Sheriff, and finally just "Sheriff." There was only one Faron Young, a true original even in the often-quirky field of classic country. A powerful vocalist and masterful interpreter of country's twin-fiddle honky tonk style, he was one of Nashville's true wild men, not unlike his friends, George Jones and Hank Williams Sr. Known for boozing, brawling and a foul mouth, he was also known as compassionate, especially with musicians down on their luck.
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.