Elvis Week 2015 Highlights
The 38th Elvis Week of 2015 was amazing for some many cool reasons this year.
-- Reports, fan interviews and Elvis Radio coverage of the midnight release of the Elvis Forever stamp, his second stamp. Elvis is the first rock and roll artist with two stamps -- the same way he was the first rock and roll artist with his very own SiriusXM channel!
-- For the very first time, Elvis' family, including Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, led the Candlelight Vigil, and you heard it LIVE on Elvis Radio.
-- VIP guest Mac Davis brought his guitar into the Elvis Radio Graceland Studio LIVE with Big Jim Sykes where he played and told the stories behind how he wrote A Little Less Conversation for Aretha Franklin (but Elvis “got it first”) and then remixed it again as a global Elvis Presley hit record in the 21st century. If that wasn’t enough of a story, Mac showed us how he wrote his classic Elvis super-smash hit “backwards.” He explained that he couldn’t make the hook work on the theme of Vicious Circle, so as he strummed the familiar opening chords of one the finest songs Elvis recorded, the words “In The Ghetto” came out of his mouth, and as soon as Elvis Radio’s George Klein told Elvis to go with the “message song,” Elvis and Mac soared straight to the top of the charts. Mac finished his guest DJ appearance by playing the very first hit he wrote at sixteen for Kenny Rogers, Something’s Burning!
-- Priscilla Presley, Executive Producer on the October 30 release of If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded in London, and Vice President of A&R and Content Development at Legacy Recordings John Jackson joined Elvis Radio’s Argo for an exclusive music program sharing the backstory of this unprecedented symphonic project, conceived-created-produced by Priscilla. This special is now in post-production and will have a global world premiere in the fall.
-- The Elvis Radio studio was full on Friday August 14 LIVE from Graceland with Elvis’ record label’s executive brass, just like the good ol’ days with the Colonel (when Colonel Tom Parker called RCA, the record execs jumped first before asking the Colonel how high!) as Argo hosted the backstory behind the recording sessions of the newly released double album, Elvis Today, on its 40th anniversary with Vice President of A&R and Content Development for Sony Legacy John Jackson, Vice President, Sony Music A&R Product Development Rob Santos, and Roger Semon, the Sony Legacy photo researcher and art director for Elvis.
-- Argo hosted and played “Anderson Cooper” for the Q&A sit down at the annual Elvis Week Presidents’ Event with producer and Grammy Award winner Tony Brown, who played piano for Elvis in the 1970’s.
Argo & Tony Brown Argo, Priscilla Presley & John Jackson Candle Light Vigil John Jackson, Argo, Rob Santos & Roger Semon Mac Davis & Big Jim Sykes