In this section you can submit questions to people that knew Elvis, or to other important people in the Elvis World.

Elvis´ hearing

Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:57 pm

Hi Sandy!

In the awful book by Albert Goldman, you can read that Elvis didn´t hear that good the last few years. According to that book Elvis had "the hottest stage sound in the business" (loud monitors to be able to hear). Of course, years of touring could damage any ears, but my question is: Is there any truth in this particular subject?

Kind regards

Björn

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:34 pm

What?

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:59 pm

His friends say he could hear a pin drop, yet there is a good deal of feedback on those later shows. System was turned up loud.

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:04 am

elvisjock wrote:His friends say he could hear a pin drop, yet there is a good deal of feedback on those later shows. System was turned up loud.


Especially a lot of live versions of "You gave me a mountain". Can anyone explain why it always happened in that song??? :shock:

//Björn

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:05 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:What?


I did wonder if Sandy did notice if Elvis´s hearing (or what it´s called in english) was less good in the later years.

//Björn

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:28 am

dreambear wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:What?


I did wonder if Sandy did notice if Elvis´s hearing (or what it´s called in english) was less good in the later years.

What?

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:41 am

dreambear wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:What?


I did wonder if Sandy did notice if Elvis´s hearing (or what it´s called in english) was less good in the later years.

//Björn


Don't mind the Doc. He's just fooling you...as if he can't hear you.

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:48 pm

Monique wrote:
dreambear wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:What?


I did wonder if Sandy did notice if Elvis´s hearing (or what it´s called in english) was less good in the later years.

//Björn


Don't mind the Doc. He's just fooling you...as if he can't hear you.


:lol: OK. I get it...and it was actually rather fun.

//Björn

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:11 pm

dreambear wrote:
Monique wrote:
dreambear wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:What?


I did wonder if Sandy did notice if Elvis´s hearing (or what it´s called in english) was less good in the later years.

//Björn


Don't mind the Doc. He's just fooling you...as if he can't hear you.


:lol: OK. I get it...and it was actually rather fun.

//Björn


It was! :lol:

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:35 pm

Monique wrote:Don't mind the Doc. He's just fooling you...as if he can't hear you.

Whaaaat?

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:29 am

From what I remember, the Goldman book implied Elvis suffered a perforated ear drum in the army, and so claimed his hearing issues were longstanding. I don't believe it at all, as all of the musicians around Elvis through the 60's / 70's all say Elvis could hear the minutest of details, and pick up on them.

As for the Doc, type bigger, and he might be able to hear you! Nice one Doc!

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:08 am

Can someone PLEASE answer that DAMN phone???

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:26 am

I doubt Elvis' hearing was impaired in any fashion by his live act. You have to remember that his shows were neither heavy rock concerts nor particularly long. He also had good breaks to rest in between his tours. Maybe there was a slight "method in his madness" here.

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:27 am

Huh?

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:29 am

BEHAVE!

<< Beehive!

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:15 pm

I have played in different rock bands (not heavy metal) and the drums (especially a cymbal crash or different feedback noises are painful for the ears). If you watch the rehearsals fron TTWII, it must have sounded rather much from the drums etc.

I can´t decide if he only jokes with the Sweet inspirations on the import CD "Moody blue and other great performances" when he mess up the lyrics in "AYLT":

Sweets: "Does your memory stray"
Elvis: "I can´t hear you honey"
Sweets: "Does your memory stray"
Elvis: "Does yours?"
:lol:

Regards Björn

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:33 am

Is there some kind of buzzing outside, or some loudspeaker?

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:20 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Is there some kind of buzzing outside, or some loudspeaker?


:D

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:53 am

dreambear wrote:
elvisjock wrote:His friends say he could hear a pin drop, yet there is a good deal of feedback on those later shows. System was turned up loud.


Especially a lot of live versions of "You gave me a mountain". Can anyone explain why it always happened in that song??? :shock:

//Björn


Perhaps Elvis was used to taking certain positions on the stage for some songs and with this one he came too close to the speakers/monitors. Just a guess.

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:14 am

Huh?

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:12 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Huh?


Say that again!

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:41 am

oh shut up!

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:04 am

What's that?

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:42 am

i loved reading this thread Doc you are too funny thanks for the laff
What!!???

Re: Elvis´ hearing

Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:12 pm

epf wrote:
dreambear wrote:
elvisjock wrote:His friends say he could hear a pin drop, yet there is a good deal of feedback on those later shows. System was turned up loud.


Especially a lot of live versions of "You gave me a mountain". Can anyone explain why it always happened in that song??? :shock:

//Björn


Perhaps Elvis was used to taking certain positions on the stage for some songs and with this one he came too close to the speakers/monitors. Just a guess.


Well, it actually makes some sense.

Regards//Björn