Last Train to Memphis, the first part of Guralnick's two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, was called a “masterpiece” by the New York Times. This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis's life in rich and previously untoldf detail. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unraveling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex relationship between Elvis and his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking drama of the American dream, encompassing race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation. Written with grace, sensitivity, and passion, Careless Love is a fascinating look into one of the most misunderstood people of our time, and into the very nature of success.
Love Me Tender: The Love Songs is the first-ever in-depth look at the love songs of Elvis. This documentary explores the remarkable music that sparked such phenomenal devotion in the hearts of fans worldwide. Hosted by Golden Globe-nominated actress Ashley Judd (pictured below), Love Me Tender: The Love Songs of Elvis packs together 20 performances with interviews and other footage into a 90-minute DVD that is sure to be a 'must have' for Elvis fans today and for years to come.
Few female singers matched the hard-swinging and equally hard-living Anita O'Day for sheer exuberance and talent in all areas of jazz vocals. Though three or four outshone her in pure quality of voice, her splendid improvising, wide dynamic tone, and innate sense of rhythm made her the most enjoyable singer of the age. O'Day's first appearances in a big band shattered…
This 2005 set is a good collection of 24 love songs from throughout Elvis' career. Although there are a couple of odd choices like "Hawaiian Wedding Song" here, for the most part this concentrates on Elvis' big hit ballads and slow dance favorites, which makes this a good choice for love-minded listeners on a budget.