Music Break - Elvis Presley

Elvis appears in the Vinyl episode ‘The king and I’. There are dialogues and events in the episode that indirectly hint to certain rumors. These are rather confirmed than explained. No doubt, that Elvis’ earlier career is impressive, and so is the manager’s. However, the decay of ‘the King of Rock and Roll’ to ‘a drained cash cow in a luxury farm’ seems to be due to the manager’s obsessions rather than the Elvis’. The episode indicates, - by letting the manager Richie get sober, that the gambling addiction was the most damaging.

Historically, Elvis Aaron Presley is a most significant cultural icon of the previous century. He was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an up-tempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm & blues, combined colored music, - and energized interpretations sexually performance style. The religious and racial provocations made him enormously popular and controversial, and even a movie star. He made a highly profitable comeback in Las Vegas after the military service. However, several years of prescription drug abuse damaged his health severely, and caused his death in 1977 at the age of 42.

Elvis’ manager, Colonel Thomas Andrew, defined the role of masterminding talent management. He controlled every facet of the Elvis life and had a ruthless devotion to his own financial gain by increasing the fee from the traditional 10 % to 50 %. Colonel’s gambling addiction got out of hands, though. He owed the Las Vegas Hilton $30 million. He earned about $100 million on Elvis, but his estate was barely worth $1 million when he died. This is a main reason that Parker signed Presley to the Casino in ‘69. This bounded Elvis to never tour outside the Casino again and got him drug addicted. Colonel once said about managing Elvis, that even an elephant can be tamed, - knowing well that circus animals are fatally drugged.

Elvis wife Priscilla Presley and their daughter Lisa Marie Presley became devoted members of the Church of Scientology after Elvis death. The main reason was to promote the anti-psychiatry front group and the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. They publicly expressed; “The psychotropic drugging of millions of children has to stop." (Btw, “How to Heal Dane Psychocracy’ is talked through in the Extra UU 2015.aug.28.) Lisa even thought she could save ‘The King of Pop’, Michael Jackson, by marrying him, - yet gave up after a couple of years. No wonder there are many myths around ‘The King’. There is a fair chance that the young Michael Jackson and Prince will eventually appear in Vinyl.
Elvis Presley in Concert June 19, 1977 Omaha

Extra UU1 – Elvis Documentary and Film

(Full Documentary)
Rare Moments with the King (1987) Full Documentary
Elvis Presley - The Last 24 Hours
Elvis Presley Movie - Love Me Tender 1956

Extra UU2 – Vinyl "The King and I"

“Looking to raise cash for his label, a newly sober Richie flies to LA with Zak, hoping to sell the company jet to a rival record exec, Lou Meshejian. After attending a beachfront party teeming with many of Lou's music clients, Richie and Zak head to Las Vegas in hopes of somehow convincing Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to ditch Presley's current label and sign with American Century. The detour includes a steamy encounter in which Zak's fantasies come true, at a price.”
Elvis performs in Vegas
Richie meets Elvis
Richie and Zak meet the Colonel, Elvis' manager

Extra UU3 – RIP Prince

This Extra UU is dedicated Prince Rogers Nelson that unexpected and unfortunately died yesterday at the age of 57. Representatives stated that he suffered from ‘bad dehydration’ and had been fighting ‘influenzas’ for several weeks. However, TMZ reported that he was treated for a drug overdose and left the hospital contrary to doctors' recommendation. This might seem like another musical royalty case.
Historically, Prince was renowned for his innovations, flamboyant stage presence, and his various vocal range. His music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia and pop. His trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance, and rock music. Prince wrote his first song at seven, but recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes at 19, before releasing his debut album that went platinum. His success continued in several phases. In 1984, he referred to his band as The Revolution and released the iconic Purple Rain. The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the double album Sign o' the Times in 1987 as a solo artist. He made band The New Power Generation in 1991. Next, he changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol Prince, also known as the ‘Love Symbol’, which is similar to the Egyptian sign Ankh (life). In order to free himself from contractual obligations to Warner Brothers, he began releasing new albums at a faster pace. Finally, in 2000, he began referring to himself as ‘Prince’ again. Prince also wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.
Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
R.I.P. Prince of Rock PRINCE VS MICHAEL JACKSON [Part 1]