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introduction to elvis-atouchofgold.com

ELVIS PRESLEY – THE NAME STILL HAS POWER, still has meaning, even among record collectors. But not what it used to mean. Record collecting in general has changed dramatically in the past ten years, mostly due to the staggering amount of information available on the World Wide Web. And collecting Elvis records has changed considerably, too. This site will address many of those changes. Elvis – A Touch Of Gold the blog (not to be confused with a similarly titled book that I published; see sidebar) explores the artifacts of Elvis Presley’s career as a recording artist:… Continue Reading introduction to elvis-atouchofgold.com

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live chat now available on “a touch of gold”

NOW WE CAN TALK ANYTIME! You and me! (You and I?) (Us?) I added a live chat line to my websites; the access icon is a picture of me; it can be found in the lower right corner below. When I am online, just click on it, type a message, and I can respond! We can then have a back-and-forth talk about whatever is on your mind. Beware: because of the nature of the medium, lengthy statements are almost impossible to make. We’re stuck with short bursts back and forth. And that’s the nexus of this article;… Continue Reading live chat now available on “a touch of gold”

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I got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)

THERE IS A MEMORABLE SCENE in the 2006 movie Little Miss Sunshine that takes place in the family Volkswagen van. The grandfather gives some unasked-for ‘life advice’ to his grandson. I won’t repeat the advice; see the movie. But it’s great advice about how to make it fun it takes two (of course it’s coarse). I have already bestowed its wisdom on younger humans—male and female—who asked appropriate ‘life questions’ of me. The old man’s advice sits comfortably alongside a little saw that I have tried to keep in mind since I was in college: When I’m… Continue Reading I got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)

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I was going to subscribe to your site, but if you mention drugs once …

IT STARTED SIMPLY: someone posted a comment on my Elvis Facebook page: “I was going to subscribe to your Elvis web blog, but then started to read some of your posts. OMG if you mention drugs once!” Then it got worse. Actually, once is about the rate at which I mention Elvis and drugs on this site, but let’s save that for later, as this whole article addresses the Facebook comment. So, I have a Facebook page titled Elvis – A Touch Of Gold. It’s linked to this website—each time I post something here, it appears there. Actually, a snippet of text… Continue Reading I was going to subscribe to your site, but if you mention drugs once …

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fools fall in love and have dirty dirty feelings about girls girls girls who then have bossa nova babies!

THE ROUND PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is my faveravest rock & roll website! I found it once upon a time, kept coming back, posted a few comments, ended up in a few conversations with the host Nondisposablejohnny, and now consider him an Internet friend. One of the categories on his site is “Stupid Stuff People Say About Elvis,” which led me to get down and dirty about one of the stupidest things I have read about Elvis. 1 Currently, there are eighteen entries on The Round Place In The Middle, each worth a read, if only to… Continue Reading fools fall in love and have dirty dirty feelings about girls girls girls who then have bossa nova babies!

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about those elvis gold and platinum record awards

THE ARTICLE JUST PUBLISHED here on A Touch Of Gold titled “elvis’ riaa gold record awards 1958-1975 (while he was alive)” stated that Elvis had died with a mere twenty-eight RIAA Gold Records collected during his career. It also pointed out that he didn’t have a single RIAA Platinum Record Award on his wall! He had plenty of awards from RCA Victor and related companies from around the world, but only twenty-eight of the most valuable and important awards. That article below sheds light on the criteria required for those awards and the reticence of RCA Victor and may record… Continue Reading about those elvis gold and platinum record awards

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elvis’ riaa gold record awards 1958-1975 (while he was alive)

ELVIS DIED WITH ONLY 28 GOLD RECORDS. That is, he collected only twenty-eight official RIAA Gold Record Awards during his career. He also moved to that mansion on the hill without a single Platinum Record Award on his wall! Neither he nor Colonel Parker nor RCA Victor showed any real enthusiasm for the awards while he was alive. Since his death, the Presley People have done an admirable job in getting RCA and the RIAA to make things right. Working with the vast personal files of Colonel Parker, the RIAA certified and awarded 110 Gold and Platinum Record… Continue Reading elvis’ riaa gold record awards 1958-1975 (while he was alive)

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elvis’ golden caricatures volume 4 (shaggin’ the ’50s)

ELVIS’ GOLDEN CARICATURES VOLUME 4 features still more images of Presley hoppin’ and a-boppin’ in the ’50s! Like the first three, this collects fourteen images in the main gallery, and the featured image found at the top of the page and below the gallery. Despite this being the fourth volume,t here is absolutely no drop-off in quality and the EF (enjoyment factor) remains just as high! For more information on the art of caricatures, refer to the first volume of this series of articles. Each image below has the artist’s name beneath it. Each name—and many are first names… Continue Reading elvis’ golden caricatures volume 4 (shaggin’ the ’50s)

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can fifty million elvis fans be wrong? (yet more gold records vol. 2)

IN TWO RECENT ESSAYS here on A Touch Of Gold, I addressed issues regarding Elvis Presley’s 1959 album ELVIS’ GOLD RECORDS VOL. 2 (RCA Victor LPM-2075). Specifically, I examined how the record was titled in its Wikipedia entry, where it is referred to as by the phrase “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong,” as if that was the record’s title. I argued that the phrase was a bit of hyperbole tagged to the record to promote sales. With this third essay, I have a look-see at the origin of that blurb (and the use of “fifty… Continue Reading can fifty million elvis fans be wrong? (yet more gold records vol. 2)