Music publishing fiascos, creative frustrations, and Elvis Presley’s scrapped 1977 Nashville session

Forty-one-year-old Elvis Presley radiates happiness as he leans down from the stage of the Omni Coliseum to accept gifts from the 17,000-strong crowd on December 30, 1976, in Atlanta, Georgia. The “Promised Land” rocker had shed significant weight since his abysmally-reviewed tours earlier that summer, sporting the white Arabian jumpsuit for the first time since 1974. The impending New Year seemingly foretold that Presley was back with a vengeance, but his opiate addiction, depression, diminishing health, and inability to stop catering to a girlfriend half his age would overtake him eight months later in a lonely Memphis mansion. Photography by Keith Alverson / Restoration by Matt Ashton / For Elvis CD Collectors Forum

With the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic building anticipation as to how Tom Hanks and the fresh-faced Austin Butler will interpret their legendary alter egos, a summit with Elvis Presley’s final TCB Band pianist Tony Brown is imperative to unraveling the boy from Tupelo’s career discontent. Brown, who veered…

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Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ something fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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