Elvisauris: Did you know there was a dinosaur named for Elvis? Back in 1990, two Ohio State geologists discovered the bones of an early Jurassic dinosaur in Antarctica. The find occurred just 400 miles from the South Pole. I can’t imagine what gave them the clue to dig there. Anyway, the skull of the 22-foot-long creature has a bony crest, and it didn’t take the scientists long to notice that it resembled Elvis’ big pomp hair-do of the 50s. Soon the dinosaur picked up the nickname Elvis. In time, everyone referred to it as Elvisauris, even though its official name is Cryophosauris ellioti. Elvisauris is much better, don’t you think?
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But, I’ll Be Back In May. Ohhhhhhh, Yeah: Here’s a story that is equally strange. The International Space Station circles the Earth at an elevation of 240 miles. The astronauts spend months on board, so it must get boring for some of them. I like the way Flight Engineer Carl Walz spiced up things. Somehow radio contact was set up with hundreds of Houston schoolteachers, during which Walz treated them to an Elvis impression from outer space. His song was to the tune of “Heartbreak Hotel”:
“Well, since I left my baby, I found a new place to dwell. It’s 400 kilometers in the air. It’s called Space Station Alpha. Oh, it’s so lonely. But, I’ll be back in May. Ohhhhhhh, yeah.”
In this case, I like the original words better.
So Let's Mention the Guitar Player, OK?: On June 4th, the News link on www.elvis.com announced that “That’s All Right” was listed as #37 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the greatest guitar songs. Here is the exact wording of the press release:
“In the June edition of Rolling Stone Magazine, Elvis Presley’s hit song “That’s All Right” was named on the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time article. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was ranked no. 37 on the list.”
Notice anything missing? How about the name of the guitar player – Scotty Moore! After all, this is the greatest guitar songs we’re talking about. I’m not going to hammer EPE, because plenty of other folks do that on the web. But, I’m a Scotty Moore fan, and it just wasn’t right to leave his name out of the news release. They did provide a nice link to www.rollingstone.com, where you can read the whole list. Rolling Stone got it right:
“Lead guitarist Scotty Moore’s hillbilly blues has become ground zero for the last 54 years worth of rockabilly. On Elvis’ first single, the guitarist’s lusty solo matches Elvis’ vocals and rhythm guitar perfectly.”
I like that – Scotty Moore: ground zero for rockabilly music.
Watching Women Fight: One of the less inflammatory “revelations” in that horrible Albert Goldman book titled “Elvis” is that Elvis liked to watch videos of women fighting. Goldman wrote:
“The typical film opens upon a shot of a couple of tough, coarse-looking broads sitting on a sofa and having a violent quarrel about a man. Suddenly, one woman reaches over and slaps the other’s face. The second woman retaliates by grabbing her by the hair. Then they really get into it like a couple of cats, screaming and clawing.”
Albert Goldman has been accused of making up much of the stuff in his book, and I know he’s lying here. Elvis would have watched lovely babes fighting, not tough coarse-looking broads.
Do You Know Which of These Songs Elvis Sang In His Movies?:
“Vino, Dinero Y Amor”
“Yoga Is As Yoga Does”
“We’re Coming In Loaded”
“Steppin’ Out of Line”
“Drums of the Island”
And the answer is —- all of them were in Elvis movies. No wonder he stopped making movies and went back to live concerts.
Elvis Has a Great Center of Gravity: In an August 16, 2007, article commemorating the 30th Anniversary celebration, New York Sun columnist Pia Catton declared that Elvis was one of the great American dancers. According to Catton, Elvis had a particular quality of movement that made him a star.
“Elvis had a center of gravity that was low, á la Gene Kelly, but also set back and deep. His sexiest moves – legs lolling back and forth, smooth like jelly, hips rolling and tossing everywhere – were performed as if there were a paperweight on a string tied around his waist and hung from his lower back. (Ed. note: Can you picture that?) With his weight adjusted to the back, he could free one leg to twist, pop, and jerk while maintaining perfect balance… Elvis’ glory was in the shifting of his weight… When he gets going fast, the force of the shifts make his shoulders jerk so hard he looks like he is being electrocuted.”
OK, now we know how Elvis could do it. However, it might not be a good idea to explain it to folks at an Elvis Week party. When you get to the part about a paperweight hanging from Elvis’ butt, they’re going to think you’re a nut. When you get to the electrocuted shoulders, they’ll be trying to get away from you fast.
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