Searching for Elvis Presley’s humanity with Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune

Elvis Presley grasps a microphone and cuts loose in front of an 18,700-capacity crowd at the Inglewood Forum in November 1970
Elvis Presley grasps a microphone and cuts loose in front of an 18,700-capacity crowd at the Inglewood Forum in November 1970
Seen in the Nail Swirl aka “I Got Lucky” jumpsuit with red macrame belt and wielding the iconic 1956 Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar, a shaggy-haired, 35-year-old Elvis Presley grasps a microphone and cuts loose in front of an 18,700-capacity crowd at the Inglewood Forum on November 14, 1970. The Saturday afternoon was Elvis’s first Los Angeles concert in 13 years, and the $313,000 gross from this and the later evening show shattered the one-day box office record of $238,000 earned by the Rolling Stones over two shows the previous year according to Robert Hilburn’s glowing LA Times review. Elvis is most likely delivering opening number “That’s All Right” or Ray Charles’s “I Got a Woman.” Image Credit: Colorization by Matt Ashton / For Elvis CD Collectors message board

The Jimmy Fortune Interview, Part One

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Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune cradles an early 1950s Gibson J-45 vintage sunburst acoustic guitar to plug “God & Country.”
Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune cradles an early 1950s Gibson J-45 vintage sunburst acoustic guitar to plug “God & Country.”
Born on March 11, dapper-in-black Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune cradles an early 1950s Gibson J-45 vintage sunburst acoustic guitar on February 7, 2019, while publicizing “God & Country,” his eighth solo record and third distributed by Gaither Music Group. Dubbed “The Workhouse” by the manufacturer, Fortune acquired the J-45 from a pawn shop in Nashville around 2005. Photography by Lee Steffen / Courtesy of Jimmy Fortune

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