Blue Suede Connection

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Return to 1968 --Today!

This week on Blue Suede Connection, we will be digging into Elvis' triumphant return to the stage, the studio, and back to his true self--the entertainer.

It was June, hot in California, when Elvis entered the Burbank studio's, joined by Steve Binder and company to recreate history. He'd been here before, making history wasn't new to Elvis. He's started the musical and cultural revolution back in 1956. And unbeknown to Elvis, he was about to do this again.

"There is something magical about watching a man who has lost himself find his way back home...He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect from rock 'n' roll singers."
John Landau, Review of "Elvis" (1968 TV Special)

Dipping back to the past, with Scotty More and DJ Fontana joining him on the stage, he reached for the future with well scripted musical scenes full of gospel and blues. Elvis and Steve Binder zapped his career into proper rhythm.

"It was the finest music of his life. If ever there was music that bleeds, this was it."
Greil Marcus, from his book "Mystery Train," remember the 1968 TV Special.

Like a black panther, Elvis took the stage, armed with a 1968 Hagstrom Viking guitar; cocked and loaded, ready to awe his audience. Though his nerves were rattling, his confidence more down than up, he displayed nothing but cool assurance.

 "It's insane the charisma he had. I've never seen anything like it to this day." - Faith Hill

"My boy. My boy," Elvis huffs. "It's been a long time Jack."

In true Elvis fashion, his need to be honest with his audience overcomes his seemingly professional demeanor. The audience laughs with him, loving his honesty from the stage.

This is what makes Elvis more than star--he is a legend. And he's about to prove it.

He isn't aware of the history he is making. He only knows he is fighting for his spot in the current music scene; for his right to go on in the spot light.

And the world applauded!

Join us on Blue Suede Connection, this Sunday, April 8th, live on 93.7 WRGG 2p-4p as we replay the music, explore the creative process, with many interviews from those that were there, like Steve Binder. Hear Elvis himself talking about the process while making history. Re experience the times, the happenings of the times with a special ending, staring Martin L. King as well as Elvis' famous ending "If I can Dream."

Rev. King had a dream. Elvis lived out that dream, loving all people, no matter their race or color of their skin.

Join us and relive these emotions, high and low.

Dan and TL