ALL SHOOK UP
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. —