[Dixielandjazz] The Blues, Elvis and Dixieland Jazz

Jim Beebe jbeebe at centurytel.net
Tue Sep 30 17:08:20 PDT 2003

Tom Wiggins:

"Without Col. Parker, Elvis could very well have ended up another Pat Boone, just a nice guy and a pleasant crooner."

Elvis ending up another Pat Boone?  I don't think so. Anybody who doubts Elvis's powerful talent should view the recently reissued Elvis DVD that shows him in rehearsal and in Vegas when he reemerged after making movies for 9 years. It becomes quite clear that he knew what he was doing and what he wanted.  He clearly acknowledges his influences: Rhythm & blues, Country, Gospel and Pop.
 # note that the new drummer in Elvis's band, Ronnie Tutt is fabulous and neatly backs up Elvis's every move.  James Burton, the lead guitarist is a lesson in superb guitar artistry and also a lesson in unobtrusively backing up a dynamo like elvis. Elvis's band lays down a swinging groove and is agumented by a larger band.

Another note * elvis liked Dixieland Jazz and had some in one of his movies.

( I had to get dixieland jazz in here some how so that Bob R wouldn't get his ire up)

Jim Beebe

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