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- Dentist Buys Elvis Presley's Crown
(CBS News / AP, August 17, 2007)
Dentist Buys Porcelain Crown That Covered Gap In Elvis Presley's Teeth
A dentist has purchased an unusual bit of Elvis memorabilia - a porcelain crown that covered a gap in the King's teeth and the plaster mold used to make it.
"He had nice teeth," said Dr. Jim McCarthy, 58. "From a dentist's point of view, I find it interesting." McCarthy received the crown this week from the son of the dentist who made it. The crown came with affidavits from the dentist's family and a signed letter from Elvis' manager, Joe Esposito.
Lewis Weiss, 59, said Elvis Presley lived next door to his grandmother in Memphis, Tenn. His father, Henry Weiss was the Presley family dentist. "My dad took care of Elvis and his family before he had a record out," Weiss said in a telephone interview. "We used to play in the yard with Elvis. He used to sing to us."
His father kept a mold and spare crown in case Elvis needed one in an emergency. That happened in February 1971, when Elvis cracked his crown on a microphone while performing in Las Vegas at the International Hotel, now the Hilton. That was before overnight delivery, so Weiss, then 23, volunteered to fly to Las Vegas with the tooth. Elvis invited him to stay and gave him a front row seat to a concert. "My elbow was on the stage," Weiss remembered. "That night we got to party in his room."
After Elvis took the spare crown, Weiss' father made another.
Elvis died 30 years ago Thursday at age 42. Dentist Henry Weiss died in 1990.
McCarthy, a colonel with the Wisconsin National Guard, cut a deal to buy the mold and crown from Lewis Weiss while serving his second tour in Iraq. His son Patrick is a big Elvis fan and will inherit them, he said. McCarthy wouldn't say how much he paid for the artifacts.
A forensics dentist, he said it didn't take long to authenticate them. "If you look at the pictures of Elvis, you can see those teeth line up," McCarthy said. His examination revealed something else as well: "I tend to think maybe he did some grinding."
- Elvis' porcelain crown to go on eBay
(UPI, December 13, 2006)
The family of a Memphis dentist is putting the King of Rock and Roll's porcelain crown up for auction on eBay next month. A press release from the family of Dr. Henry Weiss, who was Elvis Presley's dentist until 1971, said the model of Presley's teeth and the porcelain crown will be offered -- along with a letter of authenticity signed by Joe Esposito, Elvis' longtime road manager. The eBay auction will begin Jan. 8, 2007, which would have been Presley's 72nd birthday. The letter from Esposito says Weiss always kept an extra crown on the model of Elvis Presley's teeth in case he chipped or cracked his crown. In February 1971, Elvis cracked his crown on a microphone while performing in Las Vegas. Esposito said Weiss' son, S. Lewis Weiss, flew a replacement crown to Las Vegas.
- Man Sells Appearances with Elvis Cup
(WECT TV6, July 27, 2005)
A North Carolina man has an interesting way to make extra cash. It has to do with a cup he says has ties to the king of rock and roll. Wade Jones took time out of his vacation in Kure Beach to show News 6 his styrofoam cup. He says Elvis drank water out of it at a concert in Charlotte in 1977. A�security guard gave him the cup to keep as a souvenir. Jones even kept the water in the freezer for ten years.
Now he's selling appearances with the cup on eBay. Recently he was paid $3,000 to bring it to a charity event in Colorado. Jones swears the cup is legitimate. He even had the manufacturer verify the cup is more than 27 years old.
- Elvis Sighted (in frying pan)
(e-Bay, July, 2005)
Sold on e-Bay: A cooking accident while making pancakes has revealed the image of Elvis in the burnt bottom of the pan caused bypancake mix. Would suit Elvis collectors and makes a great conversation piece. Frying pan is old and in average condition being a 'Chief' # 244 4 egg �frying pan�with an imprint of an American Indian head�wearing head gear. Be the first on your block to own this unusual item.
- C.J.: Lohan's locks for sale on eBay
(Star Tribune, July 13, 2005 )
Someone went to eBay Tuesday to make a big hairy deal out of what's left in a brush that supposedly was used on the noggin' of Lindsay Lohan. Ebay seller brealbronco identified herself/himself on the auction site as a "hair dresser" on Lohan's current movie, "A Prairie Home Companion," being shot in St. Paul. The opening bid was set at $100 (shipping cost from Minneapolis, $5. Whut, the celebrity hair merchant isn't insuring this prized item?). The site notes a winning bidder, but we're unsure of the final price paid by gace00031mjh.
... I asked Tom Schmidt, manager of 1609, formerly Urban Retreat, to pretend he was in possession of strands of Lohan's hair that he wanted to sell on ebay. Schmidt, who has never styled Lohan's coif, could not quite wrap his curling wand around the concept. "And I want to sell it?" said Schmidt. "Oh, how ridiculous! Nobody's hair" is worth money. How about locks from Elvis? "Well maybe," said Schmidt, who quickly reversed course, "Noooooo. It's ridiculous. Why would you want a couple of hairs of Elvis'? It's all ridiculous." ...
- Nutballz(TM) Buys Elvis Cup Appearance - Are You Surprised?
(Khalsa News Network, April 7, 2005)
After the successful Ebay sale of the leftover water from a cup Elvis drank from, Wade Jones, of Belmont, NC, decided to auction off a one time appearance of that same Styrofoam water cup. While many scoffed at the idea, Nutballz(TM) Inc., a diabetic and celiac friendly food company from Boulder, CO, realized that was just the thing they were looking for. The owner of Nutballz Inc., Kyla Duffy, happened to see the news about the surreal auction on Fox News as she was planning a fundraising event for the Center for Celiac Research. According to Duffy, "as soon as I saw the news piece, I knew that it was absolutely necessary that Nutballz Inc. has the famous Elvis Cup at our fundraising event on the 25th (of January)." The fundraising event, Nutballz Night Out, will be at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO, on January 25th, 2005, from 6pm - 10pm. Along with the opportunity to have a picture taken with the Elvis Cup, guests will have the opportunity to enter a raffle, enjoy live music, eat discounted food and wine, and compete for the title of "King (or Queen) of Karaoke." Information about Celiac Disease as well as samples of gluten free food will also be available. ...
- Elvis's Hair Helps Sell Classic Muscle Cars
(The Auto Channel / EWORLDWIRE, March 23, 2005)
Northern Illinois Classic Auto Brokers, Ltd. and Classicmusclecars.com announced today that their rock and roll memorabilia collection has acquired Elvis Presley's authentic hair. Presley's hair and other memorabilia can be viewed online at classicmusclecars.com, along with the documentation of providence on video. Presley's hair will join other memorabilia including, a rare 36 diamond TCB ring, a leather jacket worn by Presley around Graceland, a guitar given to John Wayne signed by Presley for a birthday present and many records, pictures and other miscellaneous collectibles at Classicmusclecars.com's showroom.
"Elvis was not only a rock and roller, he was a car guy too. He loved beautiful cars and loved to buy them. He also gave away many of the cars that he owned, which showed great generosity and kindness from a once poor southern boy who became the most famous entertainer of our time. His slogan TCB, which means taking care of business in a flash, has been inspirational to many people including myself. The TCB ring that we have in our collection has profound meaning as our company was started on a shoe string in 1978 and has become one of the major classic muscle car dealers in the country. No matter how hard of an uphill battle I had to climb everyday, I always remembered TCB.
"Although people may feel a little uncomfortable with the fact that we have acquired some of Elvis's real hair, I feel it brings him even closer to help us with the success of selling classic muscle cars. It brings out that good feeling to people when they buy classic muscle cars just like the good feeling they get when they listen to Elvis's music. He is still with us everyday at our showrooms at classicmusclecars.com," said Tony Begley, owner and founder of Northern Illinois Classic Auto Brokers and Classicmusclecars.com.
- Elvis has left the building, but we have lost our minds
(pantagraph.com, February 13, 2005)
It's ridiculous to think that anyone would pay $455 for 3 ounces of water thought to have been touched by Elvis at a 1977 concert. Or, how about $748 for a tree limb that supposedly broke off a tree at Graceland during Elvis' funeral. And, this is just the start of hundreds of weird celebrity items that have sold at auctions, many of them on Internet auction sites, during recent years. People have way too much time and money on their hands if they must resort to searching out and buying these absurd and unauthenticated items on an Internet site. But, there are other options. Why not take the money wasted on these whacky items and use them to fund a real cause -- one of which the celebrity might even approve. Perhaps a donation to a drug and alcohol abuse program instead of the 3 ounces of water, or, how about a gift to a local arboretum instead of the tree limb? These would seem to honor the celebrity and be a much better use of the money. ...
- Elvis Presley Styrofoam Cup For Sale
(DCE Cinemas , February 10, 2005)
A world-famous Styrofoam cup once used by Elvis Presley is being sold by its owner Wade Jones for $10,000 on the site eBay... but only if Paul McCartney bids. He also claims that he will give all the proceeds to Heather McCartney's favourite charity 'No More Landmines'.
Many have tried to buy the cup from Jones in the past, but he had refused all of the offers. The cup manufacturer Dart Container has also allegedly put in a bid. Mr Jones also takes it on tour with him around the US to raise money for various charities.
Wade Jones took the cup from an Elvis concert in Charlotte in February 1977, six months before the legendary singer died. Wade has since built up a cult status for the relic.He even has a website, elviscup.com, which celebrates the cup and supplies facts.
- TRASH OR TREASURE?
(Casey Research: What We Now Know , February 1, 2005)
So the old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." However, when the 'treasures' in question are 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwiches, or even human toe-nail clippings, one has to wonder: Who on earth would save them? And, more important, who would want to buy them, often bidding thousands of dollars? eBay - a favorite marketplace for merchants of the bizarre - saw bids flood in for a half-eaten, decade-old toasted sandwich, which just so happened to bear an image of the Virgin Mary. ... Still, items relating to non-holy icons have been known to attract large pilgrimages, too. At the Honolulu Academy of Arts, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, a test tube is purportedly home to "The Elvis Wart." The exhibit - which isn't supported by the Presley estate - also includes a lock of The King's hair and an Elvis toenail. And last December, three spoonfuls of water from a styrofoam cup Elvis sipped from at a 1977 concert in North Carolina were auctioned off on eBay by Elvis-fan Wade Jones. The water sold for $455. A month later, Jones attempted to sell a peek at the now empty cup - but not the cup itself - for $300, according to the Associated Press. ...
- Water Cup Used By Elvis Begins Tour In Colorado: Boulder Company Using Cup To Raise Money For Celiac Research
(thedenverchannel.com / Associated Press, January 24, 2005)
A 28-year-old Styrofoam cup that once touched the lips of Elvis Presley has arrived in Colorado -- after a Boulder company paid what one official called a "King's Ransom" to borrow it. Nutballz put in the winning eBay bid earlier this month to have the cup appear at a fundraiser. The company makes diet foods for people who have celiac disease and can't eat products containing gluten. The cup will appear at "Nutballz Night Out" Tuesday. Guests will be able to have their photos taken with the cup for $1 to raise money for celiac research. Wade Jones of North Carolina retrieved the cup of water during a 1977 Elvis concert. He sold a plastic vial of water on eBay for $455 last month.
- Elvis cup auction won by Colo. diet company
(azcentral.com / Associated Press, January 4, 2005)
Guess who shelled out the money for an appearance with the cup Elvis drank from? Nutballz. A company called Nutballz put in the winning eBay bid for an appearance of the Styrofoam cup. Wade Jones of Belmont, N.C., sold the water from a cup from which Elvis drank in 1977, then auctioned off an appearance with the cup, since he didn't want to sell it. Nutballz is a company that makes diet alternatives for those with celiac disease, who cannot eat gluten products. It bought the appearance to raise awareness of celiac disease. It will feature the cup at its "Nutballz Night Out" in Boulder on Jan. 25. Guests will be able to have their photos taken with the cup for a dollar, to raise money for celiac research. Nutballz isn't saying how much it paid for the cup appearance.
- Health food firm borrows cup Elvis used: Use of souvenir won in oddball eBay bid
By David Milstead
(Rocky Mountain News, January 4, 2005)
We know. Only a nutball would pay good money to borrow a plastic foam cup allegedly used by Elvis. Or more specifically, Nutballz, a Boulder-based company - founded by a former professional snowboarder - that makes cookies that are free of wheat or refined sugars. Nutballz won an eBay auction to borrow Elvis' styrofoam cup and will use it to raise money at the Nutballz Night Out Fundraiser Party Jan. 25 at the Boulder Theater.
It is hard to determine which part of this story is stranger. Let's start with Wade Jones of Belmont, N.C., who says he saw Elvis in Charlotte, N.C., in February 1977. Searching for a souvenir after the show, he asked a policeman for the plastic foam cup that Elvis drank out of. "When I got home, I didn't know exactly what to do with it, so I put some Saran Wrap over the cup, put a rubber band around it, and placed it in the door of our deep freezer," Jones writes in his eBay posting. Last month, Jones auctioned off the water that Elvis had left in the cup for $455, but refused to sell the cup. Instead, he came upon the idea of auctioning off the right to see the cup for a day - an auction which Nutballz apparently won.
"After 27 years, the 'Elvis Cup' will finally go on TOUR once again!" Jones says on eBay. "The Elvis Cup and I are flying to Boulder, Colorado for a charity event/promotional tour." Jones could not be reached late Monday for an interview. All comments are taken from the narrative in his latest auction - an autographed photo of Elvis and the cup. Not autographed by Elvis, mind you - "Signed personally by me . . . 'The Elvis Water Cup Guy, Wade Jones.' "
Now for Nutballz. The company will charge attendees at the Nutballz Night Out $1 to have their picture taken with the cup. "A portion of the money raised" will benefit the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research, which studies gluten intolerance. Also, the company hopes "to help raise awareness for celiac disease." Because we wrote this story, it worked. Nutballz, according to the company's Web site, "give you energy through protein-packed whey and rice, coupled with delicious, fiberful nut butters!" People who love to eat wheat, refined sugars and fat are excused from wondering if they might like chewing on plastic foam better. Those who feel left out of all the hysteria have alternatives on eBay.
One seller offers a chance to "See a cup that Elvis never saw or touched." This cup, he says, "was made in the late '80s, almost a decade after Elvis' . . . This is a nice ceramic cup - not some cheap Styrofoam cup - and has a starting bid that's much less than the cost of some other prominent cup auctions." No one has bid the minimum $3.
- Water torture
(Toronto Star, January 1, 2005)
May 2005 please put an end to nutbars auctioning holy images and relics on eBay and greater nutbars buying them. Joining the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich and the Jesus fish stick is water that Elvis supposedly didn't finish at a 1977 concert. Wade Jones of North Carolina says he kept the foam cup and its liquid contents for 27 years before suctioning out the remaining few tablespoons of water. The winning bid for the water was $455 (U.S.). Jones, 40, says he nabbed the cup from the stage after a Presley concert at the Charlotte Coliseum in February, 1977, six months before the bloated icon snuffed it.
- First water, now cup in Elvis auctions
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer / ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 29, 2004)
Miss your chance to buy some water from a cup once used by Elvis Presley? Don't be disappointed - now you can bid on a chance to see, but not own, the cup that held the water. The North Carolina man who sold the water on eBay last week is now auctioning off a one-time appearance of the Styrofoam cup that originally held the water. Wade Jones retrieved the cup and water when he went to a Presley concert in Greensboro in 1977. He saw Presley drink from the cup while introducing his band, and later asked a security guard to give him the cup as a souvenir.
The water, sealed in a plastic vial, sold for $455 on the online auction site on Saturday. Jones doesn't want to sell the cup, but is willing to put it on display. He wanted a minimum bid of $300, plus travel expenses, for an appearance by the cup, preferably on Elvis's birthday Jan. 8. As of Wednesday morning, Jones had received one bid for $300.
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by Douglas Green
Nashville pedal steel guitarist Pete Drake is truly a phenomenon. Not only has he been the man behind hundreds of country music hits, but through his recordings with Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Bob Dylan, is singlehandedly responsible for opening the entire pop and rock field to the sounds of the pedal steel.
Pete was born in Georgia forty years ago, but it wasn't until he was eighteen that he began playing steel guitar. Like so many before and since, Drake was inspired by the sounds of Jerry Byrd at the Grand Ole Opry. Pete then spotted a lap steel guitar in an Atlanta pawn shop, saved his money and bought it for the vast sum of $38.00.What kind was it?
A Supro; a little, single-neck like you hold in your lap. I tried to play like Jerry Byrd. I guess most of the steel players today started off the same way. He has really been fantastically influential. So I fooled around with that thing for six months or a year, and got a chance to do a couple of fill-in things on an Atlanta TV station when somebody'd be sick.
Did you have any formal training on steel?
I took one lesson, but I'd get records and sit around playing to them. That's how I really got started. This was around '49 or '50. Then when Bud Isaacs came out with a pedal guitar on "Slowly" by Webb Pierce, that shocked everybody, wondering how he got that sound. I guess I was the first one around Atlanta to get a pedal guitar: I had one pedal on a four-neck steel. It really looked funny. I made it myself, and it was huge, really too big to carry on the road or anything. I was playing in clubs all around Atlanta, then right after that I formed my first band.
What kind of group was that?
I had some pretty big stars working with me back then: Jerry Reed, Joe South, Doug Kershaw was playing fiddle, Roger Miller was playing fiddle with me, and country singer Jack Greene was playing drums. And we got fired because we weren't any good! I was on television in Atlanta for three and a half years, but we kind of wore ourselves out, so I decided to move to Nashville.
Roger Miller had come on to Nashville, and I had a brother there, Jack, who played bass with Ernest Tubb for 24 years. Jack died last year. At first Jack didn't want me to come, because the steel guitar was kind of dead then, in 1959. Everybody was trying to go pop. They was putting strings and horns on Webb Pierce records, and nobody was using steel guitar. So I starved to death the first year and a half. Then I worked with Don Gibson a while, then Marty Robbins.
When did you begin getting record session work?
I guess what really got me in was the "Pete Drake style" on the C6th tuning. When I first came up here everybody thought it was square, so I quit playing like that and started playing like everybody else. Then one night on the Opry, just for kicks, I went back to my own style for one tune behind Carl and Pearl Butler. Roy Drusky was on Decca then, and he come up to me and said, "Hey, you've come up with a new style. I'm recording tomorrow, and I want you with me." So I cut this session with him, and the word kind of got out that I had this new style (actually, it was the same thing I'd been playing for years in Atlanta, but it was new in Nashville). That month I did 24 sessions, and it's been like that ever since. That was in the middle of 1960, and that first record was "I Don't Believe You Love Me Any More," a number one record. Then I recorded "Before This Day Ends" with George Hamilton, and it, too, became number one. I just couldn't do anything wrong there for a long time.
How did your "Talking Guitar" thing come about?
Well, everybody wanted this style of mine, but I sort of got tired of it. I'd say, "Hey, let me try and come up with something new," and they'd say, "Naw, I want you to do what you did on So-and-so's record." Now, I'd been trying to make something for people who couldn't talk, who'd lost their voice. I had some neighbors who were deaf and dumb, and I thought it would be nice if they could talk. So I saw this old Kay Kayser movie, and Alvino Rey was playing the talking guitar. I thought, "Man, if he can make a guitar talk, surely I can make people talk." So I worked on it for about five years, and it was so simple that I went all around it, you know, like we usually do.
How did the talking guitar work?
You play the notes on the guitar and it goes through the amplifier. I have a driver system so that you disconnect the speakers and the sound goes through the driver into a plastic tube. You put the tube in the side of your mouth then form the words with your mouth as you play them. You don't actually say a word: The guitar is your vocal chords, and your mouth is the amplifier. It's amplified by a microphone.
When did you first use it on records?
With Roger Miller. He had a record called "Lock, Stock And Teardrops," on RCA Victor, but it didn't hit. Then I used it on Jim Reeves' "I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand." I really thought I'd used the gimmick up by the time Shelby Singleton and Jerry Kennedy of Mercury Records wanted to record me. I had already recorded for Starday [a Mercury label] some straight steel things like "For Pete's Sake," but I went ahead and cut a song called "Forever" on the talking thing. It came out, and for about two months didn't do a thing; then, all of a sudden, it cut loose and sold a million. So then I was known as the "Talking Steel Guitar Man," and did several albums for Smash, which is a subsidiary of Mercury.
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Shelby Singleton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He joined the Marine Corps, and after his military discharge he was hired by the Shreveport, Louisiana branch of Mercury Records doing promotional work. He rose in the company until he was a record producer and executive. In 1960 he achieved first hit single, Brook Benton's recording of "The Boll Weevil Song", which became a #2 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the following year. Singleton spent nine years at Mercury and its sister label Smash Records during which he was involved in producing many hit records, including "Walk On By", Leroy Van Dyke; "Ahab the Arab", Ray Stevens; "Wooden Heart", Joe Dowell; and producing acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, Charlie Rich, Dave Dudley and Brook Benton. In 1962 Singleton bought the master recording of "Hey Paula" by Jill and Ray, originally released on LeCam Records. He changed the duo's names to Paul and Paula and issued the song on Mercury's newly acquired label, Philips. The song spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1966 Singleton resigned from Mercury and formed several music labels, including SSS International and Plantation Records, achieving his first #1 hit in 1968 with "Harper Valley P.T.A." The following year he purchased Sun Records from Sam Phillips, including its classic rock and roll catalog.
Singleton is on the nominating committee of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
 Private life
He graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport, Louisiana at 15. Two years later he married his first wife married Margaret Ebey, who later rose in the country music scene as Margie Singleton. After 16 years of marriage they divorced. Singleton married three more times. He has four children; Stephen, Sidney, Shana, and Stuart. Stephen, Sidney, and Shana all have their own children as well. Stephen has Shelby the 3rd and Scarlett. Sidney has Stefanie and Sofia, identical twins. Shana has Drake and Emersyn, fraternal twins. Singleton and his family reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rockabilly Hall of Fame�: Shelby Singleton
Given Name: Shelby Singleton, Jr.
Date of Birth: December 16, 1931
Date of Death: October 7, 2009
Place of Birth: Waskom, Texas
Talents: Industry Executive, Record Producer
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Nowadays, it is virtually impossible for an independent label to get a No. 1 record on the singles charts. On that basis, Jeannie C. Riley's Harper Valley P.T.A., released on Shelby Singleton's Plantation label, would never have gone to No. 1 and certainly would not have gone gold and sold over 4 million copies. However, back in the late 60's, things were different, and for record company bosses with the wealth of experience that Shelby Singleton has, it was always possible.
He served in the Marine Corps in Korea where he was injured in combat, and still has a metal plate in his head. He moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, at the end of the Korean War and, in 1958, he became the local promotion man for Mercury Records. It was here that Shelby met his future wife, Margie, who was appearing on the Louisiana Hayride.
A year after joining Mercury, he had made sufficient headway to be promoted to Southern Regional Sales Manager. A year after that, he became Product Manager and than a record producer for the label.Although, he spent some of his time in Nashville, he chose to base himself in New York. Singleton had the knack of taking Country songs and having them recorded by non-Country acts. This started with Brook Benton's recording of The Boll Weevil Song in 1960, which became a Top 3 record the following year.
He also kept his ears to the ground, and when he heard that a record was doing well on an independent label, he would try and pick it up for Mercury. He was put in charge of Smash Records and eventually became VP of Mercury.
Among the hits during Shelby's nine-year period with Mercury and it's sister label, Smash were Walk On By by Leroy Van Dyke (1961), Wooden Heart by Joe Dowell (1961), Hey Baby by Bruce Channel (1962) and Ahab The Arab by Ray Stevens (1962).
In addition, he was involved with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, Charlie Rich, Dave Dudley and Brook Benton's other hits.
Shelby resigned from Mercury in 1966, and set up his own production company. He launched SSS International Records and shortly thereafter, Shelby set up his Plantation label and in 1968, had his No.1 hit with Harper Valley P.T.A.
The following year, he purchased Sun Records from Sam Phillips, which contained all the classic Rock'n'Roll records by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. He licensed the catalog to Charly Records for Europe and this has proven to be a big money earner, as Rock'n'Roll and Rockabilly is still popular there.
Shelby also operated the Silver Fox label and Shelby Singleton Music. Although he has never had another hit of the magnitude of Harper Valley P.T.A., Plantation racked up another thirty-six chart entries since the label was established.
One single released in 1980 on Sun was not a big hit, but has since become a trucker's classic. It was Dave Dudley's Rolaids, Doan's Pills And Preparation H.
In 1993, Jason D. Williams became the first artist to sign to a renovated Sun Records.
In 1997, Singleton merged Sun with Brave New Entertainment Corporation.
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RIP Shelby Singleton, famed producer, record executive and promoter, dies at 77 | at tennessean.comTune In Music City
Shelby Singleton, famed producer, record executive and promoter, dies at 77 at tennessean.com | Tune In Music CityPublishedby Peter Cooperon October 7, 2009in News. 0 Comments Tags: country, obituary, rock, shelby singleton.Shelby Singleton died just before 1 p.m. Wednesday in Alive Hospice Care at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, at age 77.
Mr. Singleton was a renegade producer, record executive, song-hunter and promoter who helped fuse country and R&B music in the 1960s and who perpetuated the Sun Records label since 1969. He had been battling brain cancer.
“A lot of people in this town owe a lot to Shelby,” said friend and protégé Jerry Kennedy, himself a famed producer. “He created a place here for a lot of us. Shelby did things in a different way. He was a maverick.”
Mr. Singleton produced Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” a No. 1 country hit that became one of the biggest independent records in Nashville history when released on his Plantation Records. He was an essential enabler in the careers of Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed, Roger Miller, Merle Kilgore and many others, He may be the only producer to record three No. 1 country records in one day on three different artists: Stevens, Leroy Van Dyke and Joe Dowell.
He was also, as Belmont University music business professor Don Cusic noted, “A wheeler-dealer.” And, as Kennedy said, “A clique-buster.” Most everyone who came into contact with him agreed that he was a character. He was also the owner of a brand new Rolls Royce.
“The Rolls came in on Monday,” Cusic said. “I’d seen him last week and he told me he’d ordered it. He said he’d always wanted one, and he said, ‘At my age and in my condition, I figured I’d better get it soon.’”
If Mr. Singleton’s career in music is any indication, it’s likely a very, very nice car. And he probably got it at a good price. During the early 1960s, he headed Mercury Records’ Smash imprint, where over and again he found quality recordings and viable artists, snapped them up for Smash and released hit records.
He heard a Texas pop duo named Jill and Ray on a recording of a song called “Hey Paula.” The recording was soon reissued on Smash, but not before Mr. Singleton changed the duo’s name to Paul and Paula. Jill and Ray didn’t like the idea at first, but they grew used to it by February 1963, when the song topped American pop charts.
A year earlier, he heard Bruce Channel’s “Hey! Baby,” a song that featured distinctive harmonica from a young Delbert McClinton. That one became a No. 1 hit for Smash after Mr. Singleton bought the master recording. With Smash, Mr. Singleton also presided over a roster that grew to include Roger Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Hebb, Ivory Joe Hunter, Pete Drake, Patti Page and James Brown. That roster included artists of varying styles, and it was not uncommon for Mr. Singleton to preside over sessions that featured African-American artists and white musicians.
“He brought (African-American) artists to town and put them up at his house,” said Kennedy, who often engineered sessions that Mr. Singleton produced, and who also produced hundreds of records for Kennedy-owned labels. “He brought people like Clyde McPhatter, Brook Benton and Ruth Brown here, and the only hotel where they were allowed to stay was the old Eldorado, in North Nashville. So most of the time, the artists stayed with Shelby.”
When Mr. Singleton heard Roger Miller singing witty, up-tempo numbers that were at odds with the serious-sounding material Miller was recording for RCA, Mr. Singleton signed Miller and told him he’d been singing the wrong songs. Miller immediately entered the studio and recorded 16 sides, including “Dang Me,” and his career turned a corner. And when Mr. Singleton — at the time a southeastern regional promotions man for Mercury — heard Stevens singing in an Atlanta nightclub, he soon offered the young performer a job in Nashville.
“When I left that job, he did the same thing for Jerry Reed,” Stevens said. “Shelby brought a lot of people to town. And working with him on the music later on, he had good instincts. Sometimes he did things I didn’t think were right at the time, but it turned out the decisions he made were right. Like, ‘Ahab’ was a four-minute song. He sliced it up and made it shorter. That bothered me at the time, but there’s no way the song would have been a radio hit if it had been four minutes long.”
In 1967, Mr. Singleton left Mercury and started Shelby Singleton Productions Inc. with $1,000. Twenty months later, his corporate value was estimated at more than $2 million. Much of that increase was due to “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” a song from the pen of Tom T. Hall. On Friday, July 26, 1968, Mr. Singleton produced Riley’s recording with featured instrumentation on the “pickin’ Dobro” from Kennedy. That night, he rushed the finished product to influential WSM disc jockey Ralph Emery. By daybreak, it was a hit: a literal overnight success. In a country music era dominated by Music Row’s major labels, Mr. Singleton’s little Plantation label sold millions of copies of “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
On July 1, 1969, Mr. Singleton purchased Sun Records, the label for which Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and others had recorded. Mr. Singleton began mining many of those artists’ back catalogs for release on Sun, and he oversaw licensing of reissues and the marketing of the ever-popular Sun Records T-shirts and other souvenirs.
“He was the all-around record guy,” Kennedy said. “Just a great merchandising guy, promoter and producer. He did it all, and he seemed to get along with everybody. Shelby was one of the biggest-hearted people around.”
Stevens, himself one of the most unique souls to smack boot heels on a Music City sidewalk, said, “Shelby Singleton was absolutely one of a kind.”
Un cáncer mata a Willy DeVille | El Periódico de Catalunya | Cultura
Un cáncer mata a Willy DeVille
- • El autor de ‘Demasiado corazón’ fallece en EEUU a los 55 años
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- El rockero Willy DeVille, en una imagen del año pasado.EL PERIÓDICO
Willy DeVille se ha unido a Edith Piaf». Con estas palabras, la empresa organizadora de conciertos Caramba Spectacles anunció ayer la muerte de una de sus perlas: el cantante y guitarrista estadounidense Willy DeVille, autor de cientos de temas; entre ellos, la mil veces cantada Demasiado corazón.
DeVille –aunque su verdadero nombre era William Borsey– murió «en paz» durante la noche del pasado jueves, 6 de agosto, en Nueva York. «Su música y su espíritu estarán siempre con nosotros», se leía ayer en su web oficial. El líder del grupo Mink DeVille tenía 55 años y llevaba dos meses luchando contra un cáncer de páncreas. Meses antes le había sido diagnosticada una hepatitis C que agravó su estado de salud. De hecho, había cancelado todos las citas preparadas para este año. Sus seguidores estaban informados de todo gracias a su web, en la que los comentarios médicos iban acompañados una frase demoledora: «El corazón roto».
Nada más conocer la noticia, Caramba Spectacles lanzó un comunicado en el que decía que DeVille se había «unido» a Piaf –la diva francesa que le inspiró y con la que colaboró en El gato azul–, a su productor Jack Nitzsche y a su compañero, el guitarrista Johnny Thunders.
DeVille comenzó su carrera en Nueva York en plena época punk, pero su música se abrió mejor paso en Europa que en su país natal. Su reconocimiento mundial llegó de la mano de su grupo, Mink DeVille, que se deshizo a mediados de los años 80. A finales de la década publicó su primer disco en solitario, Miracle, producido por Mark Knopfler. De hecho, el líder de los Dire Straits versionó una de sus canciones, Storybook love, para incluirla en la banda sonora de la película La princesa prometida. La pieza llegó a conseguir una nominación al Oscar. Para su primer disco en solitario, DeVille también contó con la colaboración del músico de country Chet Atkins.
DANDI Y MARIACHI / DeVille era un artista multidisciplinar. En los 90 adoptó un look entre dandi y mariachi, con el que será siempre recordado. Lucía tupé, llevaba el pelo largo y un bigote fino. Calzaba unas llamativas botas de vaquero y vestía un chaleco igual de llamativo. Tiempo después, dio un paso hacia el rythm & blues, el soul y la salsa, dos estilos muy presentes en sus últimos trabajos, Crow Jane Alley (2004) y Pistola (2008).
DeVille era el mejor ejemplo de músico autodidacta. Sin embargo, el éxito no le sonrió siempre. Cuando, en 1971, decidió marcharse a Londres y convertirse en un profesional de la música, terminó completamente frustrado por la terrible falta de éxito.
Sin embargo, siguió persiguiendo su sueño. Cansado de Londres, hizo las maletas y se volvió a su país natal. Pero esta vez fue a San Francisco, donde consiguió dar conciertos en pequeños locales. Después, decidió probar suerte en Nueva Orleans, cuyos ritmos ya no le abandonaron nunca, y Nueva York. Allí también tuvo un merecido éxito, aunque tuvo bastante más reconocimiento artístico en Europa. Tras varios conciertos en el Olympia de París, se declaró como «un gran amante de Francia».
Google Reader (1000+)from IS MENTAL by AmandaI'm taking the easy way out here because there simply are no words for how amazing McQueen is and was this season. He is a leader, an innovator, and on top of his game.
"McQueen, according to an internal logic detailed in a press release, was casting an apocalyptic forecast of the future ecological meltdown of the world: Humankind is made up of creatures that evolved from the sea, and we may be heading back to an underwater future as the ice cap dissolves."
This jungle mash-up was my favortie dress in the collection.
October 6, 2009
Objectum Sexuality: When Relationships With Inanimate Objects Become Intimate - Objectum sexuals - Jezebel
From a guy who loves Objectum Sexuals so much, he named a Last.Fm Group and fake band after them: Objectum-Sexualis! Songs About Fucking Buildings, and is a subscriber to every YouTube OS Channel he can find.Objectum Sexuality: When Relationships With Inanimate Objects Become Intimate - Objectum sexuals - Jezebel
All I can say is: Thank you, Tyra Show for featuring Erika Eiffel, and please follow up soon.
You have got to see this documentary about "objectum sexuals," people who fall in love with objects like fences and amusement park rides, (one woman even married the Eiffel Tower). And they have sex.
If you thought that men in love with Real Dolls was strange, wait until you see Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower, which follows these fetishists (all of them, for some reason, female). Interestingly, Objectum Sexuals — they call themselves OS people — believe their love with the objects are reciprocal and that they can telepathically communicate with them.
Amy Wolf is in love with a fairground ride called 1001 Nacht, for which she writes poetry. Based on appearances, she seems like an out-and-proud lesbian, but has no interest in humans. She also loves a church banister, a banister in her home, and the Empire State building. Having connected through an OS people forum on the internet, Erika goes to visit Amy. (Both women are said to have Asperger's and share a history of abuse.) They go to the fairground to see 1001 Nacht. In the clip above, Amy is left alone to have an intimate moment with the ride, while Erika goes for a walk. She happens upon a picket fence and feels an immediate attraction.
Erika La Tour Eiffel married the Eiffel Tower and then took its name. But she doesn't like referring to the structure as "it" because "calling something an 'it' instantly means it's inanimate." She gets "a sense" of an object's gender. According to her, the Eiffel Tower is female.
After suffering abuse as a child, and bouncing between foster homes, she joined the US Air Force but during her training, was sexually assaulted, and defended herself with a Japanese sword, which was her lover at the time. She refused to part with the sword, and was discharged from the military for psychological reasons. She then fell in love with an archery bow — she became a US medal champion in archery — but her feelings for the bow waned after time and she moved on to bigger things, literally, as in: tourist attractions. On their one-year anniversary, Erika goes back to visit the Eiffel Tower to consummate their marriage. She lifts up her skirt, and straddles one of the beams with "no barrier" between them. The entire documentary can be seen here online.
Strange loveNip/Tuck Features Objectum Sexuality - Objectum sexuality - Jezebel
On last night's Nip/Tuck, a doctor-after being caught fucking a couch-admitted that he is an objectum sexual, i.e. sexually and emotionally attracted to inanimate objects. Clip is NSFW, because of dudity.
Dudity = male nudity, and in this case, a very sculpted, naked ass.
We'd think the whole storyline was ridiculous if we didn't already see a documentary about objectum sexuality, and know it is a very real thing, at least, in the eyes of those who identify with it.
Most OS people (as they prefer to be called) are women, but there are instances of male objectum sexuality. Unfortunately, the educational website about OS isn't working, but after reading up on the issue, we noticed that the main difference between OS men and OS women is that the women usually aim to marry the objects they love, while men aren't as interested in that aspect.
Woman To Wed Amusement Park Ride - Woman marries amusement park ride objectum sexual - Jezebel ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK GOD THEY'RE BACK IN THE NEWS
Strange loveWoman To Wed Amusement Park Ride - Woman marries amusement park ride objectum sexual - Jezebel
Amy Wolfe, one of the subjects of a documentary about objectum sexuals (people who fall in love with objects) we posted on, is set to wed the amusement park ride she's had an on-again-off-again relationship with for 10 years.
To refresh your memory, Amy is a 33-year-old unemployed church organist who, upon first glance, looks like an out-and-proud lesbian, but only has eyes for objects like banisters, the Empire State building, and the Pennsylvania fairground ride 1001 Nacht, which she fell in love with 10 years ago and has finally decided to make a lifelong commitment to.
"I love him as much as women love their husbands and know we'll be together forever," Amy said of the ride that she claims to have a "sexual and mental" connection with. She also said that she will be taking the last name Weber, after its manufacturer. Witness some of their love in these clips:
Woman Getting Married To Fairground Ride [Telegraph]