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TCBCast 142: Joe Var Veri

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Release Date: 12/01/2020

TCBCast 154: Black Lives Mattered to Elvis feat. Giacomo (Jay) Viviano show art TCBCast 154: Black Lives Mattered to Elvis feat. Giacomo (Jay) Viviano

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week we're joined by Elvis researcher Giacomo "Jay" Viviano to discuss his and his colleagues' work uncovering stories, interviews and other research relating to Elvis's connections with people of color.  For Song of the Week, Justin takes Mark Potter's Patreon request song "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" and tries to show how Elvis and others slowly moved it from its fairly restrictive country roots into the rock genre, while Gurdip would rather be out on a "Moonlight Swim." Featured Songs of the Week: Justin: I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water Gurdip: Moonlight Swim Note: this...

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TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week, Justin & Gurdip highlight five songs apiece that Elvis recorded written by Black songwriters - whether they have interesting stories behind them, are iconic tunes of Elvis' musical career, or the guys just happen to like the songs a whole hell of a lot. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip is all pooped out after picking the fiery "Dixieland Rock" from 1958's "King Creole" soundtrack. Justin finishes out by going deep on "If I Can Dream," the finale number of the "Singer Presents Elvis" TV Special from 1968, and loosely inspired by the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....

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TCBCast 152: Dudley Brooks and Elvis show art TCBCast 152: Dudley Brooks and Elvis

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip explore the life and music of pianist Dudley Brooks, the jazz pianist who came into Elvis' life through his feature films, and put his own distinctive stamp on Elvis' sound in the 50s and early 60s. We also explore Dudley's a few non-Elvis cuts from his career as a songwriter, most famously the holiday hit "Everybody's Waiting for the Man with the Bag." Then, for Song of the Week, Justin shines a light on "Up Above My Head" from the 68 Special, and the unique influence of Sister Rosetta Tharpe on rock and roll. Gurdip selects "Any Way You Want Me," the ballad recorded at...

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TCBCast 151: Billboard R&B - June 16, 1956 show art TCBCast 151: Billboard R&B - June 16, 1956

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week, Justin & Gurdip dig into a little bit of information on Elvis' attendance at a Juneteenth celebration night at Libertyland in Memphis on June 19, 1956, and then look at his chart placement with "Heartbreak Hotel" and "I Want You I Need You I Love You" among his peers on the R&B best sellers chart from three days earlier, June 16. Gurdip's right at home listening to classics by Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter and Fats Domino, but Justin reveals to Gurdip's dismay that he's not the biggest fan of one of the singles featured on the chart. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip...

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TCBCast 150: Elvis & The Beatles Pt. 2 feat. Antony Rotunno show art TCBCast 150: Elvis & The Beatles Pt. 2 feat. Antony Rotunno

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week marks the third anniversary of TCBCast, and we start off wrapping up our in-depth discussion about Elvis & the Beatles with Antony Rotunno from Glass Onion: On John Lennon. We finally dig into all the various songs Elvis did that were originally written & recorded by the Beatles, some of the Elvis-related songs The Beatles performed, and compare their feature film acting performances before finally closing out with Antony posing a twist to his trademark final question from Glass Onion interviews: what do we think Elvis would have done if he'd lived? For the 250th Elvis song...

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Just in time for our big 150th episode and third anniversary of TCBCast, we're thrilled to have Antony Rotunno, from the podcast Glass Onion: On John Lennon, join us for our first-ever big two-part discussion about Elvis and The Beatles. We cover a lot of ground in this first half, from the Quarrymen's Elvis-inspired demo, to Elvis' sole attempt at serious songwriting, and the Beatles' open desire as fans to see Elvis return to his rock roots. There's plenty of comparisons between performing styles, the wide variety of genres both took influence from, how fame impacted them, and even...

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TCBCast 148: The Quiet Comeback: 1966-1968 feat. David TCBCast 148: The Quiet Comeback: 1966-1968 feat. David "Ghosty" Wills

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Justin & Gurdip are joined this week by radio personality and longtime TCBCast listener David "Ghosty" Wills to discuss one of the most underrated and misunderstood eras of Elvis' career: the two years leading up to the famous NBC TV Special. Beneath the formulaic movies, poorly constructed soundtrack albums, and a generally well-received gospel album, those who look deeper can find an artist rediscovering the styles and sounds that originally inspired him... long before the conventionally accepted "reawakening." Here is an Elvis Presley rediscovering hard-hitting R&B tunes, crossing...

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TCBCast 147: Elvis: What Happened? An Intro to TCBCast Book Club show art TCBCast 147: Elvis: What Happened? An Intro to TCBCast Book Club

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Justin & Gurdip start off 2021 and Season 4 of TCBCast reacting to Peloton's new exclusive Elvis remixes, then examining the first five chapters of the infamous 1977 book "Elvis: What Happened" by Steve Dunleavy, Dave Hebler and Red & Sonny West, as selected by TCBCast listeners. Justin points out the importance of context; particularly Dunleavy's long history in the right-wing tabloid media sphere, but also acknowledging his strength as a writer. Gurdip ponders whether the karate experts in the book are really as lethal as they say, and both guys consider the deeper moral questions...

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As 2020 winds down, Ryan joins Gurdip & Justin for an absolute whopper of an episode: our first-ever in-depth discussion of one of Elvis' 1970s concerts. Since its bootleg release the year Elvis died, the Pittsburgh New Year's Eve show from 1976 has claimed in some circles as perhaps the last great Elvis Presley concert. Armed with the "New Year's Eve" FTD and the "Final Countdown to Midnight" bootleg DVD, the guys try to examine whether the widespread belief that Elvis simply didn't care about performing anymore by 1976 holds water in light of this concert's expanded setlist, engaging...

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TCBCast 145: Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas show art TCBCast 145: Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas

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In 1971, Elvis laid down his second holiday-themed album, full of both traditional hymns and then-contemporary originals. The question is whether, despite the classic "Merry Christmas Baby," does the rest of the album hold up if you don't grade it on the Christmas Curve? In the news, the guys discuss the recent passing of country artist Charley Pride, Justin provides his in-depth review of the new book "Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music, and the True Story of Heartbreak Hotel" from author Tony Plews, then gives a long-awaited answer to a listener question about why he doesn't...

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This week Justin & Gurdip are joined by musician, songwriter and Elvis enthusiast Joe Var Veri, who's known on YouTube for his unique covers of Elvis and other classic rock acts as well as original material. Hailing originally from Melbourne, Australia, Joe deep dives Elvis' creative process as a musician, the value of live performing as an artist, and highlights some of his most memorable recordings, including his version of "I'm Leavin'," which was given the stamp of approval by songwriter Michael Jarret. If you'd like to hear more of Joe, check out joevarveri.com and youtube.com/joevarveri. We also recommend checking out material from his wife, comedian Veronica Mosey, at veronicamosey.com.

Then, for Song of the Week, Justin brings to light the many Elvis connections to the currently popular "1940s rapping but wait for ittttt" video featuring gospel group The Jubalaires. Later known as the Jubilee Four, bass singer George McFadden served as one of the only artists Elvis ever sang backup for in the studio on "The Climb" from 1964's "Viva Las Vegas." So much cool history here in this one! Then, inspired by the From Elvis in Nashville set, Gurdip surprises with his pick of the bluegrass classic (and Elvis deep cut) "A Hundred Years from Now."