Posted to OGR on 01/03/2010
This coming Friday, January 8, 2010, marks the 75th anniversary of
Elvis Pressley’s Birth. He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon
Elvis and Gladys Love Presley on January 8, 1935 in the two-room
shotgun house built by his father in readiness for the birth. Jesse
Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered 35 minutes
before him, stillborn. Growing up as an only child, he became close to
both parents and formed an unusually tight bond with his mother. Elvis
moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee at the age of thirteen. The
family lived just above the poverty line and attended an Assembly of
God church where he found his initial musical inspiration. Fast forward
to August 1953, Elvis walked into the offices of Sun Records. He aimed
to pay for a few minutes of studio time to record a two-sided acetate
disc: "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" for his
mother. After he recorded, Sun boss Sam Phillips asked Marion Keisker,
the receptionist at Sun to note down the young man's name, which she
did along with her own commentary: "Good ballad singer. Hold." Good
call Marion!!! The rest is Rock and Roll History.
This Christmas season has been a rough one for travelers. First we had
the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit
on Christmas Day followed by the worst holiday snowstorm since 1999.
These two events have tied up the airways and highways across the
country, leaving many holiday travelers stranded all over the country.
We at Our Generation Radio hope that you had a Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year and have returned safely to your homes.
This week, an Arctic Air Mass is sweeping from the northern plains to
the southeast. Add to that the threat of a Pacific low to sweep across
the country we have a higher than normal chance of frozen precipitation
this week. OGR will do our part to fight old man winter with hot tunes
and warm memories! Oh MY!
Copyright 2010 Rick Wrigley