The U. S. Male

Would Elvis Presley have been as big a star if he’d been named David instead? I suspect he’d end up owning the name; you’d have “Dave” alongside Madonna and Cher and Oprah, and that guy Letterman would be going by his middle name (which is “Michael”). How Elvis Costello fits into this scenario is anyone’s guess.

That said, today Elvis has been gone almost as long as he was here in the first place, which prompts me to a few offhand musings about the King.


  1. McGehee »

    8 January 2018 · 9:16 pm

    I wonder how many people, hearing Stafford on “Suspicion,” thought, “Good! Elvis went back and did it right!”

  2. CGHill »

    8 January 2018 · 9:27 pm

    RCA probably wasn’t ruthless enough.

    Consider, if you will, Philadelphia soul singer Nella Dodds, who put out a spiffy cover of a Supremes LP track (“Come See About Me,” from Where Did Our Love Go) for New York’s Scepter/Wand. Berry Gordy was sufficiently incensed to order up zillions of Supremes 45s, which of course went to Number One and left Nella squashed at #74.

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