Well, I think you can say that Merle Haggard had a hit and sort of dragged me along. I was never terribly knowledgeable about country music. The first real good taste of it I got was when I was eighteen or nineteen, working in a pulp mill in Springfield, Oregon. It was always wet, really depressing. Wintertime. Dank. I really didn’t know anyone, and someone told me to go out to this place where there was a lot of country music. I wasn’t very interested, but this guy told me there were a lot of girls there. So I went. I saw Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Unlike most country bands, they had brass and reeds and they played country swing. They were good. It surprised me a little bit, how good they were. Also, there were a lot of girls there, which didn’t surprise me at all. So I guess you could say that lust expanded my musical horizons. … [Read more...] about Clint Eastwood’s American Dream
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“So I said, ‘There’s a song I think you really should listen to,'” she continued. “And he said, ‘Well, put it on.’ So I did, and he just sat there at the desk. He put his head down and kind of nodded to it. He closed his eyes and said, ‘Damn, damn good song.’ And the next thing I know, we’re back in Vegas, and he ate it up and spit it out.” … [Read more...] about Hear Elvis Presley’s Dramatic, Newly Orchestrated ‘American Trilogy’
When it came to picking the songs for If I Can Dream, Priscilla purposely chose tunes that weren’t “the obvious songs,” even if it’s hard to avoid some of his biggest hits. So alongside “Love Me Tender” and “Burning Love,” the new collection features the Aloha From Hawaii standout “Steamroller Blues,” the 1962 single “Anything That’s Part of You” and the Neil Diamond–penned “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind.” It also features a new guitar line by Duane Eddy on “An American Trilogy,” operatic vocals by Il Volo on “It’s Now or Never” and Michael Bublé singing half of a feisty duet on “Fever.” “One of the main concerns was not having an artist that would compete with Elvis,” Priscilla says. “This was thought out. This was not putting his name on something. Michael was so professional and such a perfectionist. Elvis loved … [Read more...] about Hear Elvis Presley’s Powerful, Newly Orchestrated ‘If I Can Dream’
Fourteen of Elvis Presley‘s greatest vocal performances will be paired with new orchestral accompaniment on an upcoming collection titled If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On the LP, classic tracks like “Love Me Tender” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” will boast new arrangements courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which recorded their performance at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The album, the latest addition to the ongoing celebration of what would have been Presley’s 80th birthday in 2015, arrives on October 30th. … [Read more...] about Elvis Presley Classics Get Orchestration on ‘If I Can Dream’
Hrithik Roshan Is All Praise For Pashmina Hrithik began his post by writing, "So proud of you Pashmina. You are an extremely special soul and an extraordinary talent. Your brightness and warmth lights up every room you walk into. Sometimes I wonder where you get that magic, but most times I thank god for giving you to our family." … [Read more...] about Hrithik Roshan’s Encouraging Words For Cousin Pashmina Roshan: Films Or Not, You Are A Star!