Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:07 am
Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:15 am
likethebike wrote:Sorry to derail your thread RJM.
Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:22 am
likethebike wrote:I disagree on "Hurt" being a party trick. When Elvis gets to that spoken part man, he just sounds broken. Sorry I didn't address it sooner.
Peter- I think some of the reason that people like Day don't get the credit they deserve is that because in the rock history they're often portrayed (for lack of a better term) as villains. Phony, antiseptic artists perpetuating a played out style. A lot of people take "Before Elvis there was nothing" literally. I remember an interview I did a few years back with the popular DJ Bruce Morrow and he mentioned Doris Day as just about the lamest thing in the world. For me, I had always liked her as a movie star, but it was an oldies/nostalgia show I was listened to a few years back that really sold me on her. They used "Sentimental Journey" as the theme to their show and hearing it driving home every night I was struck by just how sensuous her vocal style was. She really deserves more respect as a musician.
Part of the not hearing stuff though has come from the rigid categorization that overtook contemporary radio a few decades back. Even rock and roll was segregated within itself. For instance the classic rock audience never hears Elvis, Chuck Berry or Jerry Lee Lewis. Then of course, there's the passing away of the audience that originally heard it. They never had a forum like Rolling Stone to keep the memory alive, but it would be a shame if it was lost. I wish it was more written about.
I definitely agree about discoveries through other artists. Half the blues artists I have I was led to by Elvis. And I would have never discovered Sinatra or many traditional pop artists without my addiction to Bobby Darin. He opened my ears to those sounds. Ironically, I discovered Haymes through Darin. I bought the two DVD set of State Fair because the remake was a Darin movie. I watched the original and loved Haymes' voice and aplomb. I discovered Joni James because one of my favorite doo wop groups- the Duprees practically worshiped her and used lots of her material for their hits.
This happens a lot less today because the market place demands mostly all original material.
Sorry to derail your thread RJM.
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