Guest Blog: ElvisBlog's Greatest Hits, Volume 1

This is Tygrrius, filling in again for Phil.


As an Elvis fan, you are undoubtedly used to “greatest hits” and various other methods of re-packaging existing material. Today, I'm going to steal a page from RCA's playbook by taking a look at ElvisBlog's Greatest Hits.

We'll start our compilation with a look back at the early days of ElvisBlog.

RILEY KEOUGH PRESLEY? (February 6, 2005)

Phil's early posts were shorter than his more recent work and also contained fewer photos. This instant classic was a look at Lisa Marie's daughter, Riley Keough, as she started her modeling career. This post gained ElvisBlog some of its earliest readers. Writing about models will tend to do that.

Nearly five years later, Riley is now twenty. In a certain way, she's following in her grandfather's footsteps. She's at work on her first movie, The Runaways. It's a film about the 1970s girl band of the same name that featured Joan Jett. Dakota Fanning will star as Jett, while Kristen Stewart will play Cherie Currie. Riley will appear as Marie Currie in the movie, scheduled for release in 2010.

ELVIS AND CAPTAIN MARVEL JR. (November 20, 2005)

Was Elvis' life influenced by comic books? A clever series of articles over at the excellent Dial B for Blog compared Elvis with Captain Marvel, Jr., and caught Phil's eye. Elvis himself would seem to agree with Robby Reed, writer of the original piece. “When I was a child . . . I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times,” Elvis said in 1971.


Here, Phil takes the 2005 hit film Walk The Line to task for implying not only that Elvis used drugs in 1956, but that he also helped to get Johnny Cash hooked as well. Not being a Cash fan, I can't say I've even seen the movie. The only thing interesting about it to me is Reese Witherspoon, but she has plenty of other movies I'd rather see her in.

Tyler Hilton, a professional singer in his own right, played Elvis in the film. He actually has a couple of songs on the soundtrack, great versions of “That's All Right” and “Milkcow Blues Boogie” that I bought as individual MP3s from Amazon. “That's All Right” gets covered every now and then, since it was Elvis' first single, but “Milkcow” is pretty rare. Hilton makes occasional appearances on the TV series One Tree Hill.


Thanks again, everyone.

/Tygrrius, The Film Frontier

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