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November 16, 2012 |
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 11, 2012 |
It's no Graceland, but the Beverly Hills home shared by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla is hardly a jailhouse either. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom French Regency estate, seated on a 1.2-acre promontory with city-to-ocean views of Los Angeles, is now for sale at $12.995 million, according to real estate website Trulia . The gated, 5,367-square-foot property is in a quiet cul-de-sac of Trousdale Estates and bears the ZIP code 90210....
October 3, 2012 |
Elvis Costello's been part of the pop music landscape for so long now, and has written and recorded so much, it can be hard at times to remember what it was like before he elevated the game with his razor wit, impeccable compositional skills and kiln-hot passion. The pre-Elvis age probably feels like another era to many -- as indeed it was before his explosive debut in 1977 -- and that may be the inspiration for the cheeky title of his current solo tour that stopped Tuesday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre: “2054 -- the Centenary Tour.” But even though 100 years haven't passed literally for the often-brilliant, engaging English singer and songwriter, he did tip his stylish raffia boater hat to nearly a century's worth of musical tradition.
September 8, 2012 |
“Rockabilly filly” Rosie Flores returned to her Southland stamping ground Wednesday for the unveiling of a project obviously near and dear to her heart, “The Blanco Sessions” album she produced for '50s rockabilly singer and songwriter Janis Martin. The album comes out Sept. 18, but showcasing the material Martin sang for her first new recording in more than two decades falls to Flores. Shortly after working on the album in 2007 with Flores, Martin, then 67, learned she had cancer, and died a few months later.
August 16, 2012 |
Elvis Presley fans numbering in the thousands outside Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of his death got quite the surprise Wednesday evening when the King's former wife and daughter -- Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley -- showed up for the annual candlelight vigil at the cultural icon's estate in Memphis, Tenn. Mother and daughter have largely avoided the hoopla surrounding the Aug. 16, 1977, death that has turned into an annual celebration of all things Elvis but remains a personal time of pain for them.
August 16, 2012 |
Elvis Presley 's death 35 years ago today jolted the nation. The singer was just 42 when he was found by his manager in the bathroom of his already iconic mansion Graceland. He had been scheduled to start a nationwide tour. Join Times rock critic Randall Roberts and music writer Randy Lewis at 4 p.m. as they talk about why Elvis' persona continues to loom so large in pop culture. Like Marilyn Monroe , who died 50 years ago this month, Presley remains relevant. FRONT PAGE: L.A. Times coverage of Presley's death Why the fascination with a man The Times described the day after his death as "the one-time truck driver whose swivel-hipped singing style made him an entertainment legend"?
August 16, 2012 |
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 |
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.
June 7, 2012 |
Elvis is coming back from the dead, thanks to some digital wizardry. Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the Academy Award-winning studio that created visual effects for the "Transformers" films and "Tron: Legacy," has signed an agreement with Core Media Group to jointly develop and produce a series of "virtual" Elvis Presley likenesses for a range of entertainment projects, including appearances in shows and film and TV productions. With studios in Los Angeles; London; Vancouver, Canada; and other cities, Digital Domain created the computer-generated likeness of the late rap artist Tupac Shakur for Dr. Dre's recent show at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.