11:01 AM EDT 12/11/2013
Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00AM
As any Hallmark card can tell you, the holidays are about bringing people together. For some of us, that means reuniting with grown-up children, or welcoming long-lost cousins into our homes. But for musicians, it means something else: seasonal duets, often performed with the oddest of partners.
From reality-show novelty songs to stocking-stuffer EPs, Christmas isn't Christmas until two people who have no business being in the same room have crowded in front of the mic to sing a holiday classic. Why do they do this? You should just as soon ask Black Friday shoppers why they camp out for hours in front of big-box stores. Holiday magic is a compelling thing.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 02:00PM
What would Kurt Cobain look like today? How about Jimi Hendrix? That was the question Sachs Media Group recently asked of photo restoration and manipulation company PhoJoe: The end result is this series of hypothetically-aged portraits of deceased musicians. Enjoy the twinge of nostalgia, then tell us – what do you speculate each of these musicians would be doing right now? Elvis PresleyElvis Presely in the Rocker Heaven Series Photo by: Courtesy Sachs Media GroupIn 2013, Elvis Presley presides over the largest musician-owned eatery chain in the United States, an all-you-can-eat buffet called Hunks & Hunks O' Burnin' Love. Kenny Rogers cries himself to sleep every night, lamenting Kenny Roger's Roasters perennial #2 slot. Also, in this alternate universe, Lisa Marie never married Michael Jackson.
Originally posted 04/25/2013 05:00PM
There's nothing like a good nonfiction book to lift the veil on unfamiliar worlds. This week our staffers are getting enlightened about Elvis Presley, marathon running and what really goes on behind the scenes in hotels. Got a book that's taught you something fascinating lately? Let us know below!
Originally posted 04/08/2013 02:15PM
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – usually.
But when Nashville's biggest stars descend on Sin City for the ACM Awards, there's no telling what'll happen when The Strip is full of cowboys bumping their bedazzled elbows with Elvis.
Check out what happened when PEOPLE caught 'em in the act during ACM weekend.
Elvis (a.k.a., Victor Trevino, Jr.), embraces his inner country Hound Dog.
Originally posted 10/02/2012 08:15AM
Call it a case of the King's daughter meeting King Neptune.
Yes, that's Lisa Marie Presley, eager to immerse herself in local village life, literally getting a taste of her adopted country by selling fish and chips from a parked van in East Sussex, near the $14.5-million home she shares with husband Michael Lockwood and her children, reports the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Kim Scales, who owns the Mr. Chippy food wagon in Presley's hamlet of Rotherfield, told the newspaper, "We were all laughing, because not one of the locals realized who it was. She served one local [an order of ] double fishcake and chips, and he didn't have a clue that she was Elvis Presley's daughter."
Originally posted 08/16/2012 08:30AM
Thirty-five years after his death, Elvis Presley is still the King.
Tens of thousand of Elvis fans who gathered at Graceland for a candlelight vigil Wednesday night, on the eve of the 35th anniversary of his death at age 42, were treated to a special appearance by Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley – the first time the late singer's ex-wife and daughter have attended the annual vigil together.
"I've always avoided this because I felt that it would be too emotional," Lisa Marie, 44, told the crowd, reports the Associated Press. "But I really felt it was important to come down here tonight. I love you very, very, very much."
"You should see this from our point of view. It's amazing," said Priscilla, 67, as she looked out from the stage at a sea of burning candles. "It's truly a sight to behold."
Originally posted 02/15/2012 11:30AM
All right, no jokes about "who" she'll be wearing on the red carpet.
But the beautiful blonde '60s starlet whom baby boomers knew as Dolores Hart will be attending this year's Academy Awards – in her longtime real-life role, as a Benedictine Nun named Mother Dolores.
Currently the subject of an Oscar-nominated HBO documentary, God Is the Bigger Elvis, Mother Dolores, who in her Hollywood days made Loving You and King Creole with Presley (and 11 movies in all), will be at the Kodak Theatre on Feb. 26 right along with nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and presumably on stage should the film about her win the gold, her rep confirms to PEOPLE. And she'll be wearing her habit.
"In a contemplative life," Mother Dolores, now 73 and still a voting member of the Academy, told PEOPLE in 1998, "I've stayed more in touch with what is going on in the heart of our profession than I did when I was reading Variety only to find my own name."
Originally posted 02/02/2012 06:00PM
When Lisa Marie Presley arrived to preview Graceland's new exhibit dedicated to her childhood relationship with her father, Elvis Presley, she was overcome with emotion.
"I walked in with my twins [Harper and Finley, 3], looked around, and I gasped. I couldn't tell if I was going to laugh or cry," she tells PEOPLE.
The exhibit, called Elvis ... Through His Daughter's Eyes, opened Wednesday (Lisa Marie's 44th birthday) and features childhood mementos including her crib, first baby shoes and a gold ID bracelet her father gave her, among other artifacts.
Originally posted 09/20/2011 02:35PM
At just 21, Elvis is not yet the most famous person on the planet, but he soon will be. He is sweet, innocent and soft-spoken, but already feels his destiny approaching – his fate to conquer the world with his music and find the girl who can take away his loneliness.
Elvis Presley's life changed forever in 1956.
Now, a new audio recording of the young rockabilly singer – as part of a five-disc box set featuring interviews and live and studio recordings – from Mississippi captures him on the precipice of fame, daydreaming about cars and girls and, one day, fame and family.
Listen to the interview interview here:
"I don't smoke and I don't drink, and I love to go to movies," he tells his listeners in a recording included in the new deluxe Elvis 1956 package, due out Sept. 27. "Maybe someday I'm going to have a home and a family of my own, and I'm not going to budge from it. I was an only child, but maybe my kids won't be."
Originally posted 08/16/2011 09:30AM
Thousands of Elvis Presley fans held a candlelight vigil at Graceland late Monday night to mark the 34th anniversary of the King's death.
An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 devotees from all over the world – including Japan, England and Germany – gathered at Presley's home overnight, processing through the Presley family cemetery and leaving flowers and other mementos at the singer's gravesite. Some even sported sideburns and pompadours in tribute to the late superstar.
The vigil is the cornerstone of "Elvis Week," an annual celebration held at the Memphis estate where he died on Aug. 16, 1977, at 42.
"I try to be like him, in the ways that he was nice to people and how he treated people," one fan, a pompadour and sideburn-sporting Patrick Lucas, told the Associated Press. "He was a giving person."
– Liz Raferty
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