Spanning the Elvis globe: Christmas memories, Myrna Smith, movie compilations, and Andy Warhol

I hope all of you had a nice Christmas. We had a beautiful, white Christmas here in Richmond, Virginia. We made lots of new memories spending time with our families. Right now, I’m listening to The Complete Million Dollar Quartet, which one of my sisters gave me. In fact, “White Christmas” just finished playing. “Reconsider Baby” is up now. Good stuff.

My wife gave me a fantastic framed and matted print of Elvis playing the guitar in the ’68 Comeback special. The funny thing is, my brother and his wife gave me a hoodie sweatshirt with the same image on the front. I also received a couple of other great Elvis pictures from my in-laws. If I’m not careful, my office is going to turn into an “Elvis room.” While he’s trying to take over, Elvis still has to compete with Star Trek, Star Wars, and various other collections in here, though.

Christmas day was tinged with sadness this year for Elvis fans because Myrna Smith of the Sweet Inspirations passed away. Thomas yesterday posted a nice piece over on Elvis Today about his encounters with Myrna (A Sweet, Sweet Inspiration — Elvis Today). I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but from all accounts she seemed like a very classy and special person.

One of my favorite things to do as an Elvis fan over the years has been creating compilations of his music for my own personal use. I’ve been doing this since 1988, when I was 13-years-old. Back then, I made them on cassette tape. About ten years later, I moved over to CD-Rs. These days, I make my personal compilations on iTunes playlists. The technology advances, but the music remains the same.

Creating Elvis compilations is one of the pastimes that I have in common with David over at Elvis Australia. In fact, David took the hobby to its ultimate level last year by contributing to an Elvis compilation for actual use and sale by Sony, the 2-CD Elvis Presley: 50 Australian Top Ten Hits 1956-1977 set. David’s set was released in January as part of the 75th birthday celebration and made it to number nine on the charts. How many Elvis fans can say they contributed to a top ten Elvis compilation? That’s pretty cool.

About three weeks ago, I listed what I consider Elvis’ 25 best movie songs. I’ve received some interesting feedback on that, especially after it was later cross-posted on Elvis Australia, including people noting specific tunes that I (intentionally) left off – such as “Teddy Bear” or “Return To Sender.” That list also inspired David to create a new, personal compilation (Elvis Sings In The Movies: Twenty Easy Listening Fun Movie Songs — Elvis Australia).

Like beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder. I recently called out Phil over at ElvisBlog for stating that Andy Warhol’s various Elvis prints did not seem like art to him. Phil has now retorted with a good-natured follow-up. It appears that none other than Bob Dylan may be in agreement with Phil on Warhol’s value (Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and Elvis — ElvisBlog). As a great philosopher once said, you can’t win ’em all.

2 thoughts on “Spanning the Elvis globe: Christmas memories, Myrna Smith, movie compilations, and Andy Warhol

  1. I’ve always liked the idea of an Elvis “After Hours Jazz Moods” album..here’s maybe what my track listing would be: help me out with some more!?

    I need Somebody To Lean On
    Almost In Love
    Anyplace Is Paradise
    City By Night
    Love Letters (’66)
    Lonesome Cowboy
    Crawfish
    Almost

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    • Nice compilation you’ve started. Not sure about jazz, but “Blue Moon” certainly fits the “Elvis After Hours” theme.

      You could also throw in “Angel” and maybe the Close Up version of “Lonely Man.” “Love Me Tonight” from Collectors Gold also springs to mind.

      So, there’s a few more for you. Maybe some others out there will have some more suggestions.

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