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Elvis´ hearing

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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?

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What?


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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.


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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:

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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.

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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?


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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.

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


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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.

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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:


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


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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!


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Can someone PLEASE answer that DAMN phone???


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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.


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Huh?


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BEHAVE!

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


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


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Huh?


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drjohncarpenter wrote:Huh?
Say that again!



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oh shut up!


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What's that?


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