ALL SHOOK UP

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If Elvis Pres­ley sings about danc­ing in the whole cell­block, and no one is around to hear it, does that jail­house still rock? It’s the sort of ques­tion Priscilla Pres­ley pon­ders – al­beit not in those words – as she has ex­plained to me when our paths have crossed. Once, in New York, she noted that she and her team work to keep Elvis rel­e­vant and en­sure he isn’t for­got­ten.

The no­tion sur­prised me. Won’t fu­ture gen­er­a­tions rec­og­nize the King of Rock ’n’ Roll in the same way we rec­og­nize Shakespeare or the Mona Lisa to­day?

“There’s not loy­alty with artists to­day like it was back in the day,” Priscilla told me. “So that’s an­other thing ... how are we go­ing to keep him cur­rent?”

To that end, there’s Where No One Stands Alone – a new col­lec­tion high­light­ing Elvis’s love for and roots in gospel mu­sic. The songs con­tain new in­stru­men­tals and back­ing vo­cals from for­mer Elvis col­lab­o­ra­tors, in­clud­ing mem­bers of his back­ing group The Stamps and Cissy Hous­ton – Gram­my­win­ning mom of Whit­ney Hous­ton – who sang live with him. The ti­tle track is also reimag­ined, as a duet with Elvis’s daugh­ter Lisa Marie Pres­ley.

Mean­while, Grace­land’s Elvis Week fes­tiv­i­ties in Au­gust fol­low on the heels of Colling­wood’s famed an­nual Elvis Fes­ti­val – all of which en­sures that the King hasn’t quite left the build­ing just yet. —

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