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August 16, 2012 | By August Brown
In recent years, The Times has been out front in its coverage of the deaths of iconic performers, including Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston . But perhaps no artist's death was as big a story as the death 35 years ago of Elvis Presley of a heart attack at Graceland, his mansion in Memphis, Tenn. "Elvis Presley didn't invent rock n' roll, but he was its most important figure and primary symbol," then-Times' critic Bob Hilburn wrote in an appreciation.
July 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
An hour's worth of film shot by a fan during Elvis Presley's 1972 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be included in a new 40 th anniversary deluxe reissue of the live recording from that show. The package also includes two of Presley's complete performances among four he gave over the course of three days in June 1972. The film will get its world premiere Aug. 17 in Memphis, Tenn., a free event that's part of Elvis Week activities commemorating the 35 th anniversary of the singer's death in 1977.
November 16, 2012 | Los Angeles Times wire services
Bernard Lansky, the Memphis retailer who helped a young Elvis Presley establish his signature clothing style of pegged pants, two-toned shoes and other flashy duds in the 1950s, has died. He was 85. Julie Lansky, the clothier's granddaughter, said he died Thursday at his Memphis home. He had Alzheimer's disease. Bernard Lansky and his brother Guy started a retail business in Memphis in 1946, with help from a $125 loan from their father, Samuel. After World War II, the store started selling Army surplus goods on Beale Street.
October 19, 2009 | Georgia Garvey
When John Urso left Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on Sunday, he carried two shirts carefully hung and wrapped in plastic -- shirts too small for him to wear. But then again, it would be a shame to risk spilling spaghetti sauce on cloth that may have touched the king of rock 'n' roll. "It's worth every penny," said Urso, who bought the priciest item in a Chicago auction of Presley memorabilia that included locks of Presley's hair allegedly from his famous 1958 Army haircut. Urso passed on the $15,000 hair, but he bought a white cotton shirt with "EP" monogrammed on the chest for $52,000.
June 4, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hugh Jarrett, 78, a member of Elvis Presley's backup singing group the Jordanaires, died Saturday at an Atlanta hospital from injuries suffered in a March car accident. The Jordanaires formed as a gospel quartet in 1948. Six years later Jarrett, who sang bass, joined the group, which caught Presley's attention after performing on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" TV show and live performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. After Presley signed with RCA Records in 1956, the Jordanaires provided vocal backing to the star on tour and on recordings, including such hits as "Don't Be Cruel," "Teddy Bear" and "Don't."
March 27, 2013 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Gordon Stoker, the lead tenor in the Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness, his son, Alan, told the Associated Press. He was 88. Stoker joined the Jordanaires in 1950, two years after they formed in Missouri. He originally played piano for the group. They caught the attention of Presley in the mid-1950s when they performed with Eddy Arnold at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. When Presley burst onto the national scene in 1956 on Steve Allen's TV show, Stoker and the Jordanaires were with him. They also sang on the original New York RCA studios recordings of "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel" and other hits.
February 14, 2010
A circus fit for the King Montreal meets Memphis as Cirque du Soleil premieres for the public its revamped tribute to Elvis Presley in Las Vegas on Feb. 21. "Viva Elvis," staged at Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter, is a blend of Cirque's famous acrobatics and the King's music. If you're looking for an Elvis impersonator, you'll need to look elsewhere on the Strip; modern remixes of Elvis' hits dominate the production. Ticket prices start at $115, including taxes and fees. Info: www.ticketmaster .com.
Elvis Presley called him "Mr. Kahane." His job, as he put it, was "to stay up there until the dessert is served." Or whatever else it took--like getting booed off the stage in Madison Square Garden by a churlish crowd weary of waiting to see the King. Jackie Kahane, the stand-up comedian who opened for Presley for seven years before the singer's death in 1977, died Monday in Encino of cancer. He was 79.
December 4, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Aaron Schroeder, a songwriter, independent music publisher and record producer who co-wrote 17 songs for Elvis Presley, including “It's Now or Never,” has died. He was 83. Schroeder, who had a rare form of dementia for about 18 years, died of heart failure Wednesday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home in Englewood, N.J., said his wife, Abby. FOR THE RECORD: Schroeder obituary: The obituary of songwriter Aaron Schroeder in the California section Dec. 6 said he co-wrote Barry White's "Love Theme.
September 11, 1994 | Peter Guralnick, Peter Guralnick's previous books include "Feel Like Going Home," "Lost Highway" and "Sweet Soul Music." This article is adapted from "Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley," the first volume of a two-volume biography, to be published by Little, Brown and Company this month
Elvis Presley's first record ("That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky") was recorded on July 5, 1954. It was released on the Sun label two weeks later. Elvis was 19 years old. He had never appeared anywhere professionally. In fact, he had only met the two members of his band, guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black, the day before the initial session.
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