Take a Ride on the Mystery Train with Updated A BOY FROM TUPELO

One of the best Elvis Presley stories in recent memory was an audio collector’s July 2012 discovery of a live recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget.” Not realizing the rarity of what he had found, the collector posted the 1955 Louisiana Hayride radio show segment on YouTube as a curiosity piece. Once Elvis…

Laughing with Elvis

Elvis Presley fans tend to take a moment to remember him on January 8, for today would have been his 82nd birthday. I was 9 years old when I first became aware of Elvis’ birthday. Either the weekend before or after January 8, 1985, local radio station AM 1140 WRVA hosted guest DJ Steve Christopher…

Music of the Year for 2016

It is the end of the year, which means I like to crunch the numbers around my digital music collection and listening habits. According to iTunes, out of 10,217 unique tracks in my collection, the one I played most often in 2016 was “Rey’s Theme,” composed by John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

Elvis: It’s Only Live

I thought it might be interesting to start a list of live Elvis Presley songs officially released for which no formal studio recordings are available. It turned out longer than I expected – over 50 songs so far, and that is not including any that I might have missed. Hearts Of Stone Tweedlee Dee Little…

Way Down In The Jungle Room

Which “Jungle Room” Elvis CD Should You Buy?

[Side Note: Introducing the new look of Pastimescapes, which now leverages the Expound theme. Look for more tweaks in the coming days.] Memphis. When it comes to Elvis Presley, there is something magical about the music he created in his adopted hometown. That magic is tangible, no matter if we are talking about his early SUN sides…