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seeso
01-08-2010, 05:39 AM
UU member Rainhill (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?15977-Rainhill) gave me the idea for this thread!

Elvis turns 75 today. If you've seen my 5 Facts video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3zMyhwKmP4), you know that I wanted to change my name to Elvis when I was six years old. He was one of my father's favorites, and he holds a special place in my heart.

Got an Elvis-related ukulele video? Post it in this thread!

I'll start it off with my "Love Me Tender" -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=030tgLD0G4M

pithaya9
01-08-2010, 05:47 AM
Happy Birthday to Elvis. I have to say that I was not really an Elvis fan until I visited Graceland, it was a very moving experience.

Rzr
01-08-2010, 06:19 AM
I'm working on one. Lets see if I can get something on video. If not you'll have to imagine how good/bad it sounds.

mailman
01-08-2010, 06:27 AM
seeso, I never tire of your "Love Me Tender" cover.... Great job!

Lanark
01-08-2010, 12:22 PM
Elvis is big for me too.

I'm just about to head into the other room, pop open a beer and stick "Elvis : That's the Way It Is" in the Dvd player with the '68 Special right after. This is almost a holiday for me.

SailQwest
01-08-2010, 12:46 PM
I love Elvis! We do several Elvis covers including Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giJXZsOHBaY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjVTta0MAuk

sukie
01-08-2010, 01:49 PM
Elvis is big for me too.

I'm just about to head into the other room, pop open a beer and stick "Elvis : That's the Way It Is" in the Dvd player with the '68 Special right after. This is almost a holiday for me.

Why didn't you say something? We could've had cake at lunch!

Ahnko Honu
01-08-2010, 02:20 PM
http://eventyrskogen.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/elvis_ukulele.jpg
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kendra
01-08-2010, 03:28 PM
Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Burning Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIod3Kw4WvM

DeG
01-08-2010, 03:56 PM
How about an Elvis themed web cast? I'm just waiting on the Ukulele Bart Elvis show to start at 8:00PM Pacific time. :)

http://kulakswoodshed.com/webcast

johnbaxter
01-08-2010, 04:36 PM
When I was 12 my mother took me to the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA. I saw Elvis when he was still with SUN Records. He was 21. He blew the roof off the place. It made a lasting impression that I will never forget.

Ukuleleblues
01-08-2010, 04:55 PM
Hey we were inspired to make this for the KINGS Birthday. Thankyouverymuch



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0MnjxmmJT4

itsme
01-08-2010, 07:11 PM
Hey we were inspired to make this for the KINGS Birthday. Thankyouverymuch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0MnjxmmJT4

That was awesome! Really enjoyed it. :)

strum4ever
01-08-2010, 09:21 PM
Can't think of a better tribute to The King! :worship:

Baron K
01-08-2010, 09:26 PM
Happy B-day mr Presley!

Here's an old cover of Love me tender that I made for '08 Bushman contest:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f_dBYiAPEg

Ahnko Honu
01-08-2010, 09:28 PM
I'm the love-child of Elvis Presley.

ichadwick
01-09-2010, 02:05 AM
Coming from the small town that holds the biggest, annual Elvis festival in the world - Collingwood, ON - I was a bit surprised that we didn't mark the occassion with at least some public recognition. But I suspect that next July, when more than 100 Elvis tribute artists arrive for the annual show and contest, and 30-40,000 people arrive to watch and participate, someone will make note of it.

Although he revolutionized rock and gave rock and roll real vitality, Elvis was never my favourite performer in my youth. When I was old enough to really pay attention to pop music, Elvis was making mediocre movies, softer rock, and his days of being the mold-breaking rebel with the shaking hips were long over.

The Beatles arrived on the scene when I was 12 or 13, and they captured my attention - along with the others in the British Invasion - the Animals, Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dave Clark Five and so on. Elvis was moving into the background against a new wave of rebel musicians (mostly from the UK).

There was a bit of a resurrgence in his 1968 Comeback Special (a great show, by the way), but like Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, and others of that era, the time had passed for that music. The era of psychedelic rock was upon us, along with a huge folk upswell. Had he lived, I've no doubt he would have made a comebback in the 21st century.

I really didn't start to appreciate Elvis until the mid-1990s, when Collingwood started to host its estival and I started to look deeper into his music and life. I started to listen to his early music with keener ears, I read a few biographies, and started to look into the early history of rock and roll to discover his roots. I got to appreciate rockabilly more, too. His story is very interesting to read and I recommend the two-volume biography, Careless Love and Last Train to Memphis to anyone who wants to know more.

I'm still not a fan of his 'softer' stuff and while I appreciate his talent in singing, I don't care for his gospel stuff either. But I like and appreciate a lot more Elvis now than I did when he was alive. I wish I knew then what I know now of the man so I could have appreciated him while he was still performing.