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 Post subject: 75th Birthday celebrations on British radio & tv
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:59 am 
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There are a few Elvis programs shown on tv here from Saturday and also please see article below, some of which I've unfortunately already missed but gonna be listening into the others:

BBC Radio 2 commemorates Elvis’s 75th birthday with a series of insightful documentariesWEBWIRE – Thursday, November 26, 2009
BBC Radio 2 marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday with a season of revelatory documentaries, from 26 December 2009-8 January 2010. Including programmes presented by Suzi Quatro, Jerry Hall and Rob Brydon, the season encompasses everything about "the King of Rock ’n’ Roll", the music, the films, the brand and his personal life.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes, Radio 2, says: "From expert opinion, to Elvis through the eyes of his fans, Radio 2’s season of documentaries provides a fascinating insight into Elvis the man, his music, his influence and his enduring legacy as the undisputed King of Rock ’n’ Roll"

Jerry Hall kicks off the season on 26 December with Elvis – Gospel According To The King (at 10pm), as she explores the importance of gospel music in Elvis Presley’s life. Travelling back to his early influences, and featuring contributions from The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, James Burton and Jerry Scheff, the programme also explains how Elvis incorporated gospel songs into his on-stage repertoire and his movie soundtracks.

Jerry comments: "Although Elvis was The King of Rock ’n’ Roll, his roots were the gospel music that he had grown up listening to while still a small boy when his momma took him to the Baptist churches in rural Tennessee"

Between 1956 and 1969, despite having no training as an actor, Elvis made 31 films. Elvis – Movie King Or Celluloid Sellout (Part 1 can be heard on 28 December at 11.30pm and Part 2 on 29 December at 11.30pm), presented by Paul Morley, investigates the movie career of the singer, revisiting the songs and exploring the stories from GI Blues, Blue Hawaii and King Creole, to Girls Girls Girls, Flaming Star and Kissin’ Cousins.

Also on 29 December, Paul Gambaccini presents Elvis – Elvis & Dewey, at 10.30pm, the fascinating story of a pioneering DJ who played a part in the birth of rock ’n’ roll in Memphis and the start of Elvis’s career.

Dewey was the first DJ to introduce an Elvis record on the radio in July 1954. The programme includes extracts from Dewey’s radio and TV programmes and interviews from Louis Cantor, classmates of the entertainer and the late Memphis musician and producer, Jim Dickinson.

Don’t Start Me Taking About... Elvis (on 1 January at 7pm) tells the story of Elvis in the words of his fans. Offering a unique insight, the programme investigates the way The King impacted on everyday life and the commonplace.

Rob Brydon’s World Of Elvis – The Las Vegas Years (2 January at 10pm) explores the relationship that the singer forged with the fascinating city. Focusing on his seven-year run between 1969 and 1976, Brydon explores his Las Vegas legacy in a programme that revisits a golden period in his remarkable career.

On 4 and 5 January, Paul Gambaccini tells the story of brilliant reinvention and cultural obsession of what is arguably the most influential celebrity brand in history. Elvis – The Brand (Part 1/Part 2 at 11.30pm), sidelines the singer’s musical fame and highlights his power and influence as an American icon.

Paul comments: "I am delighted to be involved in Radio 2’s Elvis season. Elvis & Dewey spotlights the very first DJ to play a Presley record. At the other end of the time span, The Brand is right up to date in its analysis of Elvis as both cultural icon and commercial goldmine"

Elvis – When The King Met The President (on 5 January at 10.30pm) is the story of when The King of Rock ’n’ Roll met the President of the United States to offer his services and help in the fight against drug abuse and Communist brainwashing.

Exploring the meeting between the two individuals, the programme includes accounts from President Nixon’s aides, who were present on the day, and Jerry Schilling, who reveals how the relationship continued after their meeting.

In a Memphis hotel room back in 1974, American singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro declined an invitation by The King himself to visit him in Graceland. Thirty-five years later, Radio 2 sends her there to explore her life-long obsession with Elvis, the connection she feels with him and his influence on her career.

Graceland (on 7 January at 10pm) follows Suzi on this amazing journey as she visits Elvis’s birthplace, meets his childhood friends and heads to Memphis to his first recording haven - Sun Studios.

Life-long friend George Klein offers a personal insight, before Suzi makes the long-awaited and highly emotional visit to Graceland itself.

Suzi comments: "To finally be going to Graceland after all these years ... wow – what a journey. It was ... very, very emotional. I was in tears many times as I traced the footsteps of Elvis Presley who was, and is, the reason I do what I do"

Following his previous series profiling Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland, Michael Freedland marks The King’s life with a six-part series on what would have been Elvis’s actual 75th birthday. Part one of The Elvis Trail (on 8 January at 7pm) begins in Tupelo, Mississippi, on 8 January 1935. Shortly before dawn, Gladys Presley gives birth to twins – Jessie Garon is born dead, but Elvis Aaron is alive and healthy.

This series looks at the incredible journey of Elvis’s life, ending with his untimely death on 16 August 1977.



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 Post subject: Re: 75th Birthday celebrations on British radio & tv
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:18 pm 
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Sounds Great Sis, :D they were having on TMC TV Channel here all day Elvis' Movies which I Missed. :(



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:19 am 
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Sorry you missed the all day movie showings, Rose-Lyn! :( I have the Don't Start talking about Elvis tribute which they played last August on my computer from a disc, not sure if I can send over to you but will have a go!

Will be listening to the ones in the days ahead to listen to what they say about our guy!



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:04 pm 
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:hello: Yeah I didn't have Cable, which you have to have with living surrounded by Mountains like I'am. So I wasn't able to watch Elvis on TV, but I'm going to get Cable Saturday so I won't be Missing Elvis anymore on TV! Yes Please do if you can send over to me that Tribute if your able to, I would Love to see it. I'm Planning A Elvis Night sometime this week, with what I do have. :love:



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Rose-Lyn: I think the radio show tribute (not on tv, sorry I confused you there! :oops: :oops: ) will be too big a file to send over and it was first played August 16th 2007 here so listening on my MP3 the other day I think you will find it rather depressing, some of it's ok BUT starts with 'Long black limousine' not a great song to begin with! Hadn't heard this in a long time though so hope I'm gonna be excused, really sorry sis! :oops:

Julie: Started to see Vegas program but after 10 minutes lost interest as the same people being interviewed as always! The radio program the other day was quite good though; the Paul Gambaccini one last night was 11.30 pm and li'l me was already dozing on the sofa before then! Only half an hour anyways! The one with Suzy Quatro on 7th starts at 10.00 pm though so not so late, sounds good, she's a nice lady and one of the original 'rock-chicks', remember her?!

Re Dr Who, the last 2 parter was really good and saw it - I haven't made up my mind yet, may give Matt Smith a try in Spring 2010 when the new series starts, just see what he's like but I do agree with you that David has been very good, and one of my favorite 'doctor who's of all time! Liked Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker also plus Russell Davies has been a great script-writer and has brought the program back to life after it had lost it's way for a while!



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:hello: That's OK Sis I understand if the File is to Big, I plan on Celebrating Elvis' Birthday with to start with Aloha. Then who knows from there, so that is ok I have Missed out on what they are having TV. :hug:



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Thanks, sis! :D :P :love: Hope you were able to enjoy watching Aloha and other Elvis things on his birthday too! :) :D :P :hello: :hug:



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:hello: O YEAH! :wink: :D :love:



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