Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WETS-fm Public Radio for East TN-Southwest VA-Western NC-Americana-Classical-NPR News-ETSU

WETS is pleased to present a one-hour radio special, From Elvis in Memphis, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's historic American Sound recording sessions that produced 'Suspicious Minds,' 'In The Ghetto,' and the From Elvis in Memphis album. From Elvis in Memphis takes us inside these recording sessions, which many believe to be his finest recordings since leaving Sun Records.

Over a two-week span in early 1969, producer Chips Moman and his "Memphis Boys" studio band backed Elvis on a mix of pop, country, and R&B tunes unlike any other Elvis Presley recordings. These highly productive sessions produced two albums, as well as the singles "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto" - two of Elvis' three most played songs on radio stations today. Interview subjects include producer Chips Moman and a few of the musicians from these sessions, including Reggie Young, Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons, Donna Jean Godchaux, and Gene Chrisman. Join us Friday at noon and Saturday at 11 pm for From Elvis in Memphis.

WETS-fm Public Radio for East TN-Southwest VA-Western NC-Americana-Classical-NPR News-ETSU

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Forgotten Hits: Remembering Elvis

This site has sound files of writer Mark James's version of Suspicious Minds as well as Elvis's Don't Cry Daddy and Rubberneckin'.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Press Coverage of 40th Anniversary of 1969 Elvis American Sessions

Some recent newspaper stories covering the 40th Anniversary of Elvis's 1969 American Sessions and the re-release of From Elvis in Memphis:

Only memories remain of studio where Elvis cut last hit single, 'Suspicious Minds,' in 1969...,0,2041325.story

From Elvis in Memphis put Presley back on top...

From Elvis In Memphis: when Elvis Presley found his soul...

Chips Moman gives a little more conversation on Elvis' 1969 creative rebirth...

In this undated photo released by Sony Music, American Sound Studio is shown in Nashville, Tenn. Among the recordings that came out of American Sound...