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Listen to Jimi Hendrix Playing One of His Best Concerts Ever

The reason why the Band of Gypsys period remains to this day arguably the most influential and beloved period of Jimi Hendrix’s career was because it marked the beginning of a heavier, funkier direction with his old Army buddy Billy Cox on the bass and Buddy Miles of Electric Flag fame on vocals and drums.

It was a union that signified a cognition in the changes going on in African-American culture with the bold moves being made by Sly Stone, Miles Davis, George Clinton, Eddie Hazel and Bernie Worrell, clearly evidenced in the bag of new material the trio brought with them on New Year’s weekend as 1969 turned into 1970 at the Fillmore East.

These songs, including “Who Knows”, “Machine Gun” and renditions of original Miles compositions (“Them Changes”, “We Gotta Live Together”)—all of which appeared on the original Capitol LP Band of Gypsys—have been cited as the roots of such groundbreaking acts as Death, Living Colour, Fishbone, the Wu-Tang Clan and D’Angelo. Hell, even Drake.

There were four shows, two on New Year’s Eve and two on New Year’s Day, and the whole run was recorded for what would become the final album Hendrix would see released in his name before he died. However, the majority of the tracks from the original Band of Gypsys LP came from the two New Year’s Day shows, while other releases like 1999’s Live at the Fillmore East, contained just a smattering from all four shows.

But thanks to Legacy Recordings in conjunction with Experience Hendrix, we can now hear full performances from each concert, starting with the trio’s blistering first show on New Year’s Eve.

A 75-minute testimonial to the material Hendrix, Cox and Miles had been working on since October of ’69, which comprised the entirety of their set, time-honored Hendrix faves such as “Purple Haze”, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Red House” were eschewed for the proto-funk blues of “Ezy Ryder”, “Bleeding Heart” and “Earth Blues”.

Forget about any other version of these Fillmore East shows you’ve owned in the past. This one’s the real deal.

If you want to hear the Band of Gypsys at their hottest that weekend, a notion Cox wholeheartedly concurred with during our exclusive conversation about Machine Gun: The First Fillmore East Show, it was indeed on this first night. And as the sole survivor of both of Hendrix’s bands, including the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cox is indeed a national treasure. As a fan of Hendrix since I was 9, it was an honor to discuss that weekend with him—a microcosm of time that ignited a whole new funk that still resonates in 2016.

For all the music Jimi had done in the late ’60s, it was definitely this Band of Gypsys period that seemed to have achieved the biggest impact in terms of inspiration for other artists, and across a wide spectrum of sounds at that.

We just fused jazz, blues, classical and R&B together in our own way. We made it work.

And the music you had brought to that first Fillmore show was essentially all new material, right?

It was new, it was fresh, and we were anticipating going onstage. And when we went on, we were ready to attack this stuff, because we had rehearsed it and we had it down. I think it was a flawless performance, this first show. I sat back and listened to it and it was flawless. Band of Gypsys, for me, was a group about growth and evolution without ego interfering. We were just plain old musicians loving each other and loving the music and we were motivated.

How far back did you both of you guys go with Buddy?

I had met Buddy when I got to New York. I was a big fan of The Electric Flag, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity to meet Buddy let alone work with him. He was out playing drums for Wilson Pickett when he was 16 years old, but his parents didn’t necessarily approve of that because they wanted him to get an education.

So he figured out a way to play out during the times when he was not in school. He came up early in the music scene. Everybody knew Buddy, but he couldn’t get out the way he wanted to because his mom kept a reign on him [laughs]. She wanted him to get a quality education, but it was rough because music was pulling at him.

Jimi Hendrix was no golden throat, but he did have an effective and distinctive singing voice. However, when you and Buddy Miles were backing him up on vocals, it was pure magic.

Our harmonies were so tight, sometimes it sounded like just one voice, because we got into the music so closely. And I think that’s perhaps the one thing that made this music so unique and different from what Jimi was doing before. You heard those overtones and that harmony being draped over top of the music, and then Jimi would take his guitar and go way out on a limb with it while we were just laying down the rhythm for him. It was an incredible feeling, especially in concert.

Sadly, the group was short-lived because Jimi had contractual things to do, and then the management sees it one way, the group sees it another way. So when you’re under contract, you got to go where the people who have the power tell you to go and what to do. And a lot of them, they not musicians and they think their way is right, and that causes groups to disband and then things happen.

One thing I can say about the music though was that we worked all this out ourselves. There wasn’t a guy with a suit on telling us, “Oh you’re doing this right, you’re doing this wrong.” We were permitted to put this together ourselves and consequently, it came off very perfect for that date in time. But I think a lot of times, people get involved in music who are not musicians, and I think that messes things up.

One thing I always wondered about in regards to this whole New Year’s weekend that you guys had spent playing the Fillmore East was what you all were doing before the shows, like during the day. How did you spend those hours leading up to the shows, especially this first one that was just released?

Oh man, we hung out and we ate. We were all about the same age, we were friends, and we all came up in the Southern Chitlin’ Circuit together, so we shared many of the same likes and dislikes. We all talked the same lingo. We had been rehearsing for this thing at Baggy’s.

We knew we had this concert to do, and I believe that the very first show was probably the best show that we had done. I’d like to give you a quote that the great Miles Davis and what he had to say about the Band of Gypsys. And I quote, “It’s that GDMF’n ‘Machine Gun’ ” when Miles was questioned on what he heard in the music of Jimi. Then you can find this in his autobiography on pg. 293, where he says, “The best [Jimi] sounded to me was when he had Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass.”

And that was really classic, because we all respected Miles so much. He had a lot of personal things I didn’t necessarily agree with, but when it came to music he was as pure as can be, because Miles—to me—was a genius.

It’s well known the mutual admiration Jimi and Miles had for one another as well.

Jimi loved and respected Miles, and the feeling was mutual. In fact, they had planned on doing a project after Jimi had gotten out of his contract and things like that, but it never happened. But I can say there were plans in the future for Miles and Jimi to get together. Man, that would have been incredible.

Who made the call to record the whole run of shows for Band of Gypsys?

What had happened was Jimi was being sued at that particular time for $15 million or something like that, I forget the denomination. And he says to me, “Man, I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I don’t got no money to give these people, and they talking about suing.”

So I said to him, “Well, give them a record, give them a concert, give them something!”

So a couple of days later he decided he was going to give them an album, but we get to keep our songs and we get paid for it, etc., etc. So I said, “O.K.! I’m in!” And then he talked to Buddy who was over in Europe, and we decided to help him out. It was a one-time deal. So we all got together as friends and consequently, the Band of Gypsys was born; out of a necessity.

Is the plan to release each show as its own album moving forward, to your knowledge?

That will be a decision made by Experience Hendrix. But there’s a lot of stuff in the can that needs to be looked at as part of the Band of Gypsys the group and the stuff that we did. When they first released the Band of Gypsys album, it was very raw and I was really picky about my mistakes, going like, “Oh, I should have picked up on this spot,” or “My string was out of tune.”

But now there’s some things in the can that was made in the studio between me, Buddy and Jimi that were completed and man, it’s smokin’. I’m waiting for that to be released. Experience Hendrix does a great job with this music, and there’s some new stuff on the horizon they should bring out.

Truly one of the biggest what-if’s in music to this day was where Jimi Hendrix would have gone had he lived to see the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the millennium. As a fan who hears elements of Jimi in so much new material coming out, and especially in modern R&B, it’s a hypothetical I wonder about quite often.

Jimi always wanted to get into some other areas of music, he just didn’t live long enough. But he had a lot to offer. This music, even the music he’s doing now today posthumously like Machine Gun still sounds new, because he had a knack.

And all the great ones—Beethoven, Gershwin, Miles, Bob Dylan—made their music sound so important was because they had the knack to write in the now. Not every musician could write in the now. That’s what put him in the class with the masters.

U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd set to headline Bonnaroo


A general view of atmosphere during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Day 4 on June 14, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee.

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MANCHESTER, Tenn. — U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd are set to headline the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June.

Festival organizers announced the 2017 festival lineup on Wednesday.

U2’s set will include its 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree.” Other artists set to perform during the four-day event include Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, The xx, Tove Lo, Lorde and Cage the Elephant.

The 16th annual Bonnaroo festival will be held June 8-11 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, about 60 miles south of Nashville.

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Gary Barlow reveals he wants Elvis Presley back from the DEAD for a dream duet in hilarious video

GARY Barlow has answered our Take That pun questions and revealed he wants to duet with Elvis Presley.

The singer, 45, guest edited Bizarre and stuck around The Sun office for an exclusive online clip.

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In a nod to their 1993 hit, we asked Gary Barlow “When did you last ‘pray’?”

He replied: “I’ve got a strange habit. I’m not really a bad flyer but every time before takeoff I bizarrely say a little prayer.”

He also revealed that Elvis would be the musician he’d like to see ‘back for good’.

“I think Elvis, Elvis was just amazing. I think it reminds me of something I’ve been doing recently that Elvis was like so talented.  Singer, songwriter, actor –  just a total star .

“I’d like to duet with him. He probably wouldn’t want to duet with me though.”

There have been many highlights for the Let It Shine judge in his career but his big reunion at Wembley is a night he’ll ‘Never Forget’.

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“I must say, one of the big nights for us was when we all got back together as a five and all walked out a Wembley Stadium.

“It was one of those moments where I thought let’s just freeze this moment cause it felt amazing.”

The singer also reassured Take That fans they will never have to go through another break up, following the band’s initial split in 1996 which sparked outright bedlam.

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With the singer’s increasing involvement in musicals and TV,  coupled with his solo desires, there are genuine fears he might call it a day after their 25th Anniversary Tour in 2018.

But Gary insists the band will always be active and believes they’ll one day get back together as a five piece – with the estranged Jason Orange back in the fold, as well as Robbie Williams.

At 90, Chuck Berry back to rock ‘n’ roll

Rock pioneer Chuck Berry turned 90 on Tuesday with the surprise announcement that he plans to release his first album in decades.

Chuck Berry was one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. (AFP/Pablo Porciuncula)

NEW YORK: Rock pioneer Chuck Berry turned 90 on Tuesday (Oct 18) with the surprise announcement that he plans to release his first album in decades.

Berry said he recorded the album – entitled simply “Chuck” – at studios around his native St. Louis and will release it sometime next year.

Considered one of the creators of rock ‘n’ roll, Berry helped define 1950s youth culture and shape the future of music by bringing together rhythm and blues, country guitar and consummate stage showmanship.

His 1958 song “Johnny B. Goode” is one of the most recognisable in popular music and was selected to represent rock music for potential extraterrestrial listeners on the Voyager spacecraft.

“Chuck” will be the first album in 38 years by Berry, who has gradually cut back on live performances as his age advances.

Chuck Berry dedicated the album to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. “My darlin’, I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” he said in a statement.

Berry recorded the album with his backup band – which includes his son Charles Berry Jr. on guitar – from his two decades of shows at the Blueberry Club in St. Louis.

The band “fell right into the groove and followed his lead,” the younger Berry said. “These songs cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work,” he said.

Chuck Berry, who was in the first round of inductees when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1986, will hold events to promote the album that will be announced later, his label said.



Paul McCartney Is Suing Sony Over The Beatles’ Songs

Paul McCartney is suing Sony in an attempt to win a battle Duran Duran lost, according to the BBC. In what has already been called one of the most important legal battles in music history, the 74-year-old singer is suing Sony over control of the publishing rights to The Beatles‘ back catalog.

Paul McCartney has filed a legal case in a U.S. court seeking to regain control over the publishing rights to as many as 267 of The Beatles’ songs. The 21-time Grammy Award winner has been trying to regain control over the classic songs since the 1980s when Michael Jackson outbid McCartney for the rights.

But the estate of Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, sold the band’s songs to Sony in 2016 along with other hit songs the late King of Pop had acquired in his lifetime. Paul McCartney’s legal battle with Sony is what is often referred to as copyright termination.

In legal terms, copyright termination is when an artist has the right to regain ownership of their works from music publishers after some period. Paul McCartney is not the only artist to exercise copyright termination rights, which is part of the U.S. 1976 Copyright Act in court, as Prince, Billy Joel, and Duran Duran have previously used it to regain control over their music.

But many experts find similarities between the cases of Paul McCartney and Duran Duran, who lost its case last month when the court ruled that the contracts they signed in Britain took precedence over their rights in the U.S.

Under U.K. law, music publishers are allowed to hold copyright rights until 70 years after the artist’s death. So basically Paul McCartney’s lawsuit was motivated by the singer’s fears that Sony could use Duran Duran’s legal loss to prevent him from regaining control over The Beatles’ songs.

In the legal papers filed on behalf of Paul McCartney, the singer is seeking to prevent Sony from challenging his attempts to regain the publishing rights to the songs. Sir Paul is worried that Sony could accuse him of a breach of contract or publishing agreement, according to Forbes.

“Rather than provide clear assurances to Paul McCartney that defendants will not challenge his exercise of his termination rights, defendants are clearly reserving their rights pending the final outcome of the Duran Duran litigation.”

While Paul McCartney says in the lawsuit that he is seeking “unclouded title” to his publishing rights, Sony has said it was “disappointed” by the former Beatle’s legal action and downplayed it as “unnecessary and premature.”

Sony also said in the statement that it has “the highest respect” for Paul McCartney and added that it has “enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship” with the singer.

Paul McCartney’s ongoing legal battle with Sony is of particular interest to British artists seeking to regain control over the publishing rights to their songs as, unlike Duran Duran, the singer has filed the papers in the U.S.

While some of The Beatles’ songs Paul McCartney is seeking to regain control over won’t be eligible for copyright termination in the U.S. until after 2025, the singer will be able to hold the publishing rights to “Love Me Do,” composed in 1962, as soon as next year.

Under U.S. law, songs become eligible for copyright termination after 56 years. Paul McCartney has been showering Sony with notices claiming publishing rights to the songs since 2008. But Sony has repeatedly declined to acknowledge Sir Paul’s rights to terminate copyright, the legal papers said.

With his lawsuit, Paul McCartney wants to get a confirmation from the U.S. court that he will be able to reclaim ownership of his songs as well as legal fees.

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Buddy Holly: The tour from hell

The rickety old bus took out of the Duluth Armory late on Saturday, Jan. 31, 1959, and headed throughout St. Louis Bay into the frigid Wisconsin night.

On board were some tired, stinky rock ‘n’ rollers and their harried supervisor. The Winter Dance Celebration tour had actually just completed its ninth gig in as many days and was headed east for Appleton and Green Bay, for shows 10 and 11 on Sunday.

As the temperature plunged to around 30 listed below and the wind shouted, fate stepped in. The southbound bus creaked to a stop as it had a hard time up a slope on Hwy. 51 about 10 miles south of Hurley.

Friend Holly, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Waylon Jennings, Dion and the others were stranded on a remote highway in the northern Wisconsin forest. They gathered under blankets and burnt papers to try to remain warm. Buddy’s drummer was nursing painful frostbitten feet.

It was the night the music nearly died.

As Holly fans from around the world assemble on Iowa’s Surf Ballroom to bear in mind his death in a plane crash 50 years ago and celebrate his music, the little-known story of the Wisconsin bus breakdown and the rest of the difficult tour is worth telling to comprehend why Holly chartered the plane at Mason City.

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Buddy Holly performing with Waylon Jennings and Tommy Allsup at the Feast Ballroom, Montevideo, on Jan. 27, 1959.

One of the country’s most popular rock stars, Holly had actually hesitantly signed onto the midwinter Midwest tour since he required the cash. After 11 days of touring, he was tired– tired of the endless miles on frozen buses, tired of carrying out in filthy clothes, tired of quarreling with his manager in Clovis, N.M., and worn out of sleeping sitting up on tough seats.

By all accounts, the rockers offered a rousing efficiency in Clear Lake on Feb. 2, 1959. But instead of get on that cold bus once again to take a trip 365 miles to Moorhead, Holly, J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper) and Valens got on a single-engine Beechcraft Treasure trove that crashed into a cornfield just after departure. All three and pilot Roger Peterson were eliminated.

The story of “The Day the Music Passed away” is legend– made more famous by Don McLean’s ’70s song “American Pie.” Not so popular is exactly what some call the “Trip from Hell.”

The midwinter tour was especially challenging for Texans Holly and his reconstituted Crickets, and for Valens, a Southern California kid who had not packed a winter coat.

” It was so cold on the bus that we ‘d need to wear all our clothes, coats and everything. … I could not believe how cold it was,” wrote Waylon Jennings, who played bass for Holly on the trip. The original Crickets were back in Texas.

General Artists Corp. had organized the trip with no thought to geographic peace of mind.

” They didn’t care,” states Holly historian Costs Griggs. “It resembled they threw darts at a map. … The trip from hell– that’s what they called it– and it’s not a bad name.”

Griggs, who long back transferred to Holly’s house town of Lubbock, Texas, from Connecticut, approximates they had utilized 5 different buses before driving into Clear Lake– “reconditioned school buses, unsatisfactory for school kids.”

The tour began in Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 23, 1959. It then zig-zagged throughout the next 11 days from Wisconsin to Minnesota to Wisconsin to Minnesota to Iowa to Minnesota to Wisconsin to Iowa to Minnesota.

There were no roadies to assist establish and pack up, and only icy two-lane highways to get from town to town.

At the Tuesday night, Jan. 27 dance at the Fiesta Ballroom in Montevideo in western Minnesota, young fans excitedly crowded the phase. All the shows were drawing big, enthusiastic crowds.

Bob Bunn, who played with a local band called the “Rockin’ Rebels,” wanted Holly to sign his guitar. So after the show, Bunn owned to Montevideo’s Highway Coffee shop, where the singers had actually gone to get something to eat. Bunn greeted Holly, who seemed in a rush as he left the cafe.

” Is it always this damn cold in Minnesota?” Holly asked.

” No,” Bunn responded. “It gets a lot chillier.” The next day, the trip visited the Prom Ballroom in St. Paul.

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circa 1958: Headshot of American rock ‘n’ roll musician and vocalist Friend Holly (1936 – 1959) wearing his signature horn-rimmed spectacles.

In the 50 years because that wonderful night at the Carnival, Bunn, now 71 and a retired farmer, has actually had a chance to ponder what his idol went through on the geographically challenged tour. “It wasn’t prepared worth a darn, and it killed a great deal of excellent individuals.”

On Saturday, Jan. 31, the tour made its second-longest haul– 368 miles from Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Duluth.

Bob Dylan, then a young high schooler from Hibbing named Robert Zimmerman, has told the story of making eye contact with Holly.

” He was terrific. He was unbelievable. I indicate, I’ll always remember the image of seeing Pal Holly up on the bandstand,” Dylan informed the Wanderer in 1984.

The Duluth show ran until about 11 p.m. The balky bus had been kept in the Armory basement to remain warm. Trip members evacuated and headed into the completely cold Wisconsin night.

Tommy Allsup, the Crickets’ lead guitar player who will be in Clear Lake at the big 50th anniversary bash on Feb. 2, has vibrant memories of that next unscheduled stop on Hwy. 51.

” We had actually launched this incline, it was snowing real bad, and the bus simply started going slower and slower, and the lights got dimmer and dimmer, and all of an abrupt the bus stopped,” Allsup remembers.

” The motorist said, ‘The bus is frozen,’ … It was so cold, and we were simply sitting there right in the middle of the road. Everybody started thinking we were about to freeze to death.”

Dion’s Belmonts began lighting newspapers to produce warmth. Holly’s drummer Carl Lot was in discomfort and having trouble moving his legs. Allsup looked at his feet; they had turned brown.

At that moment, they saw headlights in the range. “It looked like it took forever to get to us.”

A sheriff’s deputy, who had actually looked out by a passing trucker, sized up the dire scenario and got 4 vehicles to take the musicians to Hurley. He also got Lot to the health center in close-by Ironwood, Mich., where the drummer would find out 2 days later about the plane crash.

The Iron County Miner carried a short item on the rescue– published three days after the crash– calling the stranded entourage an orchestra. “The guys were gently dressed and struggled with extreme cold of 35 below absolutely no that early morning with no heat in the bus while they waited for somebody to come along.”

There are few individuals in Hurley still alive who keep in mind that night. One is Gene Calvetti, now 85, who hauled the bus to his daddy’s garage. He recalls getting to the scene to discover the guys “complaining about the cold and afraid of bears.” He likewise bears in mind that the bus engine “was shot.”

The singers wound up at the Club Carnival in Hurley to get something to consume. Some went to a hotel in Ironwood to get a brief night’s rest. The next day, they headed to Green Bay by train and Greyhound bus; the Appleton show was canceled.

Monday, Feb. 2 was supposed to be an off-day. At the last minute, tour organizers reserved Clear Lake. So it was back on the bus for the 355-mile journey.

Life on the bus: Cold not only pain

” We attempted to hang our old and wrinkly matches in the aisle, and after a while, it got kind of ripe therein. We smelled like goats,” Jennings wrote.

Allsup puts it another method: “We were lacking white t-shirts and underclothing.”

The dreadful conditions also triggered camaraderie, story telling and lots of jamming.

Dion described in his autobiography how he and Holly huddled under blankets.

” Through the dark hours while we awaited something to occur, we would inform each other stories. Him, about Lubbock. Me, about the Bronx. I could always get a laugh from him– soft and low like his drawl …”

John Mueller, who plays Friend Holly in a traveling roadway program called “Winter Dance Party,” has unusual insight into what the ’50s entertainers endured. In 1999, Mueller and the other musicians aimed to duplicate ’59 trip. It was the 40th anniversary of the plane crash, and he wished to honor the ’59 trip by going back to the initial cities and original places.

” By the time we got to Clear Lake, I had lost my voice, I had lost about 10 to 15 pounds, I was just physically tired, as was everyone in the group. The difficult nature of the tour, following the specific geographic routing, it truly hit me in the head why they chartered the aircraft,” stated Mueller, whose group took a trip in warm, comfy minivans.

Griggs, who has actually dedicated his life to Holly’s music and story, believes the Wisconsin bus breakdown was the last straw.

” Pal had his mind comprised then. He believed, ‘I do not desire to go another 400 miles on this bus.’ “

Indeed, even the Civil Aeronautics Board discussed the tour conditions in its report on the examination and reason for the crash. “Due to the fact that of bus trouble, which had actually pestered the group, these 3 decided to go to Moorhead ahead of the others.”

As many a Holly enthusiast knows, Allsup and Jennings were expected to be on the aircraft. They provided up their seats to Valens and the Bopper, who was ill. Allsup lost out to Valens in a last-minute coin toss.

When Buddy found out that Waylon’s seat had gone to the Bopper, he informed his bass player with a grin, “Well, I hope your damned bus freezes up once again.”

“Well, I hope your ol’ plane crashes,” responded Jennings, who was haunted for many years by that exchange.

Holly headed for the airplane, and the bus headed for Moorhead.

Holly buffs also know that 15-year-old Robert Velline of Fargo, and his band– called at the last minute the Shadows– filled in at the Moorhead Armory show the next night.

Velline ended up being Bobby Vee, who now lives near St. Cloud. At 65, he is still visiting the country and when again belongs to this year’s Clear Lake show.

“I shamelessly do a homage to Holly in almost every program that I do. He was my Elvis, as much as I enjoyed Elvis, Pal was the man who spoke with me.”

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A group of guys view of the wreckage of a Beechcraft Treasure trove airplane in a snowy field outside of Clear Lake, Iowa, early February 1959. The crash, on February 3, declared the lives of American rock and roll artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson.



New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

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The clip includes a ghostly row of tv screens flashing the lyrics of Mr. Bowie’s tune, which explores styles of disembodiment and confusion. Above the screens is a sign for Newton Electrical, a reference to Thomas Jerome Newton, Mr. Bowie’s character in the movie “The Male Who Fell to Earth.”

That character was resurrected as the protagonist of ” three months prior to he died.

Responding to the brand-new release on social media, fans celebrated and mourned the musician once again.

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Elvis Presley ‘Auction At Graceland’ Generates $330,531 In Sales

On Saturday there was another Auction at Graceland, with personal possessions of Elvis Presley up for sale, consisting of weapons, charge card, clothing and precious jewelry. Elvis Presley Enterprises held the Auction at Graceland in celebration of Elvis Presley’s birthday and as part of a weekend of celebrations. It was also the sixth Elvis Presley sale from Graceland Auctions. In 2014, Graceland Auctions launched their authentication services.

The Elvis Presley auction took place inside the Guest Home at Graceland, and there were 160 pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia up for action on Saturday, according to U.S.A Today. Bidding happened live, however there was likewise bidding over the internet as well as the telephone. The Auction at Graceland lasted for two hours and brought in $330,531 in sales at its conclusion.

The bidding on Saturday’s Auction at Graceland started with a 1953 Humes High School year book which had actually been signed by Elvis Presley. This yearbook with Presley’s signature sold for $4,000. A terrific part of the auction’s focus was on “larger ticket” items, most notably a fashion jewelry collection which Elvis Presley gave as a present to his assistant and excellent buddy Charlie Hodge.

Elvis Presley autographed photo that is inscribed to composer Irving Berlin at an auction on March 21, 2012 in New York City.
Elvis Presley signed image that is inscribed to author Irving Berlin at an auction on March 21, 2012 in New York City. [Image by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images] There was a diamond and gold”Lion Head “ring that Elvis Presley gifted to Hodge which fetched $37,500. This ended up tripling the approximated pre-auction rate and was likewise the top grosser from the entire Auction at Graceland.

There were also two other pieces that Elvis Presley gave to Charlie Hodge, that included a sapphire and gold ring together with an “Indian Head” gold coin ring dated from 1911. Each of these rings brought in $9,375 at the auction. The last product of jewelry out of the Hodge collection was a “Pyramid Ring” made from gold and diamonds, and this was auctioned at a rate of $8,125.

It wasn’t simply precious jewelry that Elvis Presley wanted to hand out to friends, nevertheless, and firearms were another thing that he used to distribute. Throughout Saturday’s Auction at Graceland, there was a “Police Favorable Special”.32 caliber pistol that Presley handed out to Richard Grob, who was his bodyguard. This was offered at $10,625 and doubled is pre-auction price quote.

Other items that were especially popular at the Graceland auction were images of Elvis. A few of these consisted of Terry Wood photos which revealed Elvis Presley’s 1956 show held in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley’s home town, which earned $8,125.

There were also 35mm negatives that were originals of an Elvis Presley jam session which included the guitar player Scotty Moore, who died in 2015. These were approximated to be worth $2,000, however cost $6,250. Trude Forsher also held an archive of pictures that cost $6,250, with the pre-auction quote noted at $1,500.

There are many other products at the Auction at Graceland that held interest for bidders, specifically individual valuables of Elvis which had been used frequently. These consisted of things like a platinum album award for Aloha from Hawaii, which sold for $9,375, a blue suede jacket that Elvis Presley used which brought $4,750, a diamond cluster cocktail ring that was auctioned at $13,750, a card which showed that Presley was licensed as a sixth-degree black belt in karate got $2,375 and a Union 76 charge card from the 1970s which cost $3,375.

Elvis Presley with President Richard Nixon at the White House on December 21, 1970.
Elvis Presley with President Richard Nixon at the White House on December 21, 1970. [Image by National Archives/Getty Images] While fans of Elvis Presley commemorated his birthday by buying products being auctioned at Graceland on Saturday, the International Business Times likewise reported that on exactly what would have been Presley’s 82nd birthday, there were still conspiracy theories surrounding Elvis and individuals who thought that his death was truly a scam. Last month, for instance, one theory started making the rounds online which purported that Elvis Presley had even appeared in the background of the motion picture House Alone, which was released in 1990. While conspiracy theories about ElvisPresley may continue, a lot of his fans were really happy on Saturday to lastly own Elvis souvenirs through the Auction at Graceland. [Included Image by Keystone/Getty Images]

Elvis Presley alive: Birthday sighting sparks theory King is not dead

A BEARDED dead ringer for fallen icon Elvis Presley has been spotted at his Graceland home – fuelling speculation The King is alive and well.

Despite the death of the American singer in 1977, age 42, conspiracy theorists across the world are convinced the star is still with us.

Notorious theories of the King of Rock and Roll faking his own death and going into hiding have been whirling around the web for decades.

No offical cause of death was given, although post-mortem tests revealed his body was full of prescription drugs believed to have cause heart failiure.

Now new shock pictures of a mysterious bearded man mingling with fans at an event to mark his 82nd birthday have reignited the debate.

A cake-cutting ceremony to remember the music superstar was held on the front lawn of his Graceland home on Sunday January 8, 2017.

Dozens were in attendance at The Guest House in Memphis, Tennessee, where birthday celebrations were held for the first time.

Intriguing images from the event showing the chubby grey-haired man stood among the crowd were posted to a Facebook page named “Elvis Presley Is Alive”.

In the snaps, the man, wearing a black jacket, a cap and shades, is seen stood surrounded by bodyguards with fans honouring Elvis at the bash.

At first glance his likeness to the Love Me Tender ace is dubious as the man, sporting a pony tail, appears to have different facial features.

But despite inconsistencies, growing numbers of truth seekers are sold on the theory that Elvis never left the building at all.

ICON: Elvis would have turned 82 on January 8 2017



Opinions on whether the unknown man could really be the King, aged 82, are deeply divided on social media.

Susan Bradley wrote: “I did notice that man at a few points during the video and wondered if it was him.

“I thought, he’s hiding in plain site again. The people next to him probably have no idea.”

Janet Porter posted: “When I watched it I got so excited when I noticed the man and saw the tcb jacket and hat.

“I knew it was Elvis straight away so happy he got to spend his birthday celebration with his fans.”

Anna Brennan commented: “Must be our Elvis. The bodyguards are so obvious. Wish I was there so much. I would have noticed him.”

But some are of the view that the mystery bloke is actually Jesse Garon Presley, the stillborn identical twin brother of the Blues Suede Shoes singer.

Wild theories claiming Jesse, delivered 35 minutes before Elvis, survived the birth and lives to this day are well known among fanatics.

Marisa Berardinelli wrote: “Wow. We got a glimpse of Jesse yayy. We thank you so much for pointing it out to us.”

In a post ruminating over his features, the Facebook page wrote: “Look at this picture! Notice the pony tail? Elvis does not have a pony tail, therefore this must be Jesse.

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