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NFT: Sinatra vs Elvis

Jalapeno : 6/12/2019 12:48 am
In 1960, Elvis came home from serving in the US Army after being drafted during the height of his career.

Sinatra hosted him on his television show as a "Welcome Home Elvis" special.

The two never seemed to have ever had good relations between them. Especially in later years....

But this performance was a testimonial or at least a very well rehearsed charade....

Either way, it is a rare glimpse of two of the all time best vocalist singing each others songs.

Sinatra doing "Love Me Tender" and Elvis doing "Witchcraft".

A fun historical moment nonetheless.

Considering, according to Wikipedia...

"Sinatra had written an article in a French magazine, Western World, in 1957, describing rock and roll music as 'sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd—in plain fact, dirty—lyrics, and as I said before, it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth … this rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore.'

When asked his reaction to hearing this, Presley responded 'He has a right to his opinion, but I can’t see him knocking it for no good reason. I admire him as a performer and an actor but I think he’s badly mistaken about this. If I remember correctly, he was also part of a trend. I don’t see how he can call the youth of today immoral and delinquent.'


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I don't think either one did the other's song very well.  
81_Great_Dane : 6/12/2019 2:33 am : link
That upbeat arrangement of "Love Me Tender" is sort of a half-hearted attempt by Sinatra. It's a ballad, and Sinatra probably could have knocked it out of the park if he'd really taken the time to do it right.

Elvis looks a little lost and out of his element. Which was sort of the point. It was Sinatra's show and he was setting the rules. But, y'know, it's television.

It would have been interesting to hear Sinatra perform with Elvis with a rock-style band of guitars, keyboards and drums.

Elvis was really a helluva musician though. Underrated, if that's possible. I'm not sure if he's really appreciated for his skills.

As an aside: I expect that "Nelson" was Nelson Riddle, who was the gold standard for big-band arrangements. Elvis and Sinatra singing to a Nelson Riddle orchestra, wow.
Two icons  
joeinpa : 6/12/2019 6:26 am : link
Not surprising that there would b a generational gap. Sinatra wasn’t alone in believing Elvis was vulgar in that era. On the Ed Sullivan show they wouldn’t show him from the waist down when he performed.
One thing is for sure.  
smshmth8690 : 6/12/2019 8:36 am : link
Elvis would have put cheese on his linguine & clams.
I believe Sinatra was lauding the Beatles...  
Post Time : 6/12/2019 10:58 am : link
while early on others were calling them degenerate, etc., because of their hair and looks.
And rock and roll was kinda dirty...  
Post Time : 6/12/2019 11:00 am : link
The term "rock and roll" was a euphemism for having sex, after all...
RE: I believe Sinatra was lauding the Beatles...  
Chris in Philly : 6/12/2019 11:14 am : link
In comment 14470316 Post Time said:
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while early on others were calling them degenerate, etc., because of their hair and looks.


He also used to sing "Something" all the time.
Sinatra was more cutting edge than people give him credit for  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 11:19 am : link
RE: One thing is for sure.  
mattlawson : 6/12/2019 11:44 am : link
In comment 14470142 smshmth8690 said:
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Elvis would have put cheese on his linguine & clams.


not that theres anything wrong with that
Could either beat Justin Bieber up though?  
x meadowlander : 6/12/2019 11:51 am : link
:)
RE: Sinatra was more cutting edge than people give him credit for  
gmenatlarge : 6/12/2019 11:53 am : link
In comment 14470337 Greg from LI said:
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Sinatra "I got chunks of guys like you in my stool!"
RE: RE: One thing is for sure.  
smshmth8690 : 6/12/2019 12:02 pm : link
In comment 14470375 mattlawson said:
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In comment 14470142 smshmth8690 said:


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Elvis would have put cheese on his linguine & clams.



not that theres anything wrong with that


I don't think the Chairman of the Board would approve though.
That was great!  
HomerJones45 : 6/12/2019 2:02 pm : link
"Man, that's pretty." You were right, Frank.

Nice find.
RE: RE: Sinatra was more cutting edge than people give him credit for  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 2:21 pm : link
In comment 14470386 gmenatlarge said:
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Sinatra "I got chunks of guys like you in my stool!"


baahahahaha...."Steve, kick his ass!"

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Hsilwek92 : 6/12/2019 2:59 pm : link
I’m an Elvis performance artist  
Ralph.C : 6/13/2019 12:29 pm : link
I have 3 shows this weekend. I’ll post a few pics in a bit. If you’re in Lyndhurst and looking for something to do. Come to Bar 503. Show starts at 9. Going to have a great crowd!
It’s saturday  
Ralph.C : 6/13/2019 12:31 pm : link
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RE: Sinatra was more cutting edge than people give him credit for  
Model4001 : 6/13/2019 1:03 pm : link
In comment 14470337 Greg from LI said:
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One of Phil's greatest sketches.

"Swing baby, you're platinum!"
You'll never play the big rooms with that crap.  
Greg from LI : 6/13/2019 1:51 pm : link
You don't need to work blue, kid, you got talent!
Been playibg "the big rooms."  
Ralph.C : 6/17/2019 11:28 am : link
Been doing this for 2-1/2 years. It's really taking off. My show is 4-eras of Elvis. 1950s / Movie Era / 1968 / 1970-73.
5 costume changes. Runs about 2 hours.

And the chicks still dig him!!! lol

I'd have to go Sinatra on this one.  
Grey Pilgrim : 6/17/2019 11:36 am : link
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