Charles Felton Jarvis was an American record producer and singer. Jarvis was responsible for most recordings of Elvis Presley in the years 1966–1977, he released his own singles in the late 1950s and early 1960s. However, he was more successful as a music producer, he produced the first six albums by John Hartford, the artists Tommy Roe, Michael Nesmith, Fats Domino, Jimmy Dean, Fess Parker, Charlie Pride, Carl Perkins, Skeeter Davis, Willie Nelson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Maria Dallas, Jerry Reed. In mid-December 1980, Jarvis finished, it contained ten recorded songs that matched Presley's original vocals with new instrumental tracks. On December 16, 1980, Jarvis and Jerry Flowers, an employee of RCA Records discussed questions for a radio interview to be held the following week on the occasion of the album's release, their conversation was captured on cassette tape and includes thoughts on the Guitar Man project and Jarvis's career. The formal radio interview never took place because Jarvis suffered a stroke on December 19, 1980.
He was admitted to a Nashville hospital where he died on January 3, 1981, at the age of 46. Honest John / Don’t Knock Elvis – on the label Viva Records Swingin’ Cat / Honest John – on the label Thunder Int. Columbia Miss Dimples / Little Wheel – on the label Thunder Int. Columbia Miss Indian Love Call / Goin’ Down Town – on the label MGM Ski King / Be-I-Bye – on the label ABC-Paramount Too Many Tigers / Knickle Knuckle – on the label ABC-Paramount Felton Jarvis interview with Jerry Flowers recorded December 16, 1980 Felton Jarvis at Elvis Australia Felton Jarvis discography at Discogs Felton Jarvis on IMDb Felton Jarvis at Find a Grave
Promised Land (Elvis Presley album)
Promised Land is the twenty-first studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records on January 8, 1975. It was recorded in December 1973 at Stax Records studios in Memphis and released on Presley's 40th birthday in January, 1975. In the US the album reached number 47 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and number 1 in Billboard's Top Country LPs chart; the album rose to number 1 in the Country Cashbox albums chart. In the UK the album reached #21; the material was the second pick from the December 1973 session, as the songs considered strongest had been issued on Good Times. The title track, a cover of the 1965 hit by Chuck Berry, was issued earlier as a single on September 27, 1974, hit number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK top ten, its flip side, "It's Midnight", reached 9 on the Country Charts. Another hit single from the album was "If You Talk in Your Sleep" reaching 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Promised Land" was used for the 1997 film Men in Black. In 2011, the FTD collectors label released an expanded, 48-track version of the album including outtakes.
Promised Land at Discogs
Anita Marie Pointer is an American R&B/Soul singer–songwriter, best known as a founding member of the Grammy Award–winning vocal group The Pointer Sisters. Anita was born in Oakland, United States. Though she was born in California, Pointer's parents were natives of Arkansas; as a result, her family traveled by car yearly from California to Arkansas to visit Pointer's grandparents who lived in Prescott. During that time, her mother allowed her to stay with her grandparents in order to attend fifth grade at McRae Elementary, seventh grade at McRae Jr. High, tenth grade at McRae High School. While in Prescott, she played alto sax as a member of the McRae High School Band. In 1969, she quit her job as a secretary to join her younger sisters Bonnie and June to form The Pointer Sisters, she and her sisters found fame in 1973, when the Anita-led "Yes We Can Can" reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1974, Anita's writing talents helped the group make music history when "Fairytale" became a hit on the country music charts and enabled The Pointer Sisters to become the first black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
"Fairytale" won the group its first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, a Grammy Nomination for the Best Country Song of the year in 1975. In the late-1970s and early-1980s, The Pointer Sisters rose to higher levels of success with "Fire", "He's So Shy", "Slow Hand" and "I'm So Excited". In 1983, the trio's album Break Out reached multi-platinum status and won the group two more Grammy Awards. In 1986, Anita found chart success with country superstar Earl Thomas Conley on the song "Too Many Times", which reached no. 2 on the country chart and in 1987, she released her first solo album Love for What It Is. Her album's first single "Overnight Success" reached mo. 41 on the Billboard R&B chart. A second single from the album, "More Than a Memory," charted, reaching #73 R&B in 1988. In 1994, Anita and her sisters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1998, Anita was singularly inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame; as of 2015, Anita continues to write and perform, maintaining an international touring schedule as a member of The Pointer Sisters.
Pointer has been married several times and had one child, who inspired one of the Pointer Sisters' most popular songs, "Jada," written by the group and released on their debut album. Jada died of cancer in June 2003. Anita's older brother, Aaron Pointer, was NFL referee, her cousin, Paul Silas, was an NBA head coach. Love for What It Is "Overnight Success" "Love Me Like You Do "The Pledge" "You Don't Scare Me" "More Than a Memory" "Have a Little Faith in Love" "Love for What It Is" "Beware of What You Want" "Temporarily Blue" Soundtracks1996: The Associate Biography of Anita Pointer
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2 is a compilation album featuring recordings by American singer and musician Elvis Presley. As with the first volume of the series, issued in 1974, the collection was a mixture of released and never-before-released recordings; the album was certified Gold on October 25, 1977 and Platinum and 2× Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA. In this volume of the Legendary Performer series, RCA released for the first time "Harbor Lights", a ballad Presley recorded during his first session for Sun Records in July 1954; this marked the first time since 1965 that RCA had released any unissued recordings from the Sun Records archives. Other unreleased material on the album included an alternate take of his 1956 hit "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", several performances from the 1968 NBC TV special that had not been issued, the song "A Cane and a High Starched Collar" from the soundtrack of the 1960 film Flaming Star, his 1960 recording of "Such a Night". A pair of unreleased interview recordings were included on this album.
The Legendary Performer series would continue with Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 3, released in 1978. Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2 at Discogs
Robert Thomas Christgau is an American essayist and music journalist. One of the earliest professional rock critics, he spent 37 years as the chief music critic and senior editor for The Village Voice, during which time he created and oversaw the annual Pazz & Jop poll, he has covered popular music for Esquire, Newsday, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, MSN Music, was a visiting arts teacher at New York University. Christgau is known for his terse, letter-graded capsule album reviews, first published in his "Consumer Guide" columns during his tenure at The Village Voice from 1969 to 2006, he has authored three books based on those columns, including Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies and Christgau's Record Guide: The'80s, along with two collections of essays. He continued writing reviews in this format for MSN Music and Noisey—Vice's music section—where they are published in his "Expert Witness" column. Christgau was born in Greenwich Village and grew up in Queens, the son of a fireman.
He has said he became a rock and roll fan when disc jockey Alan Freed moved to the city in 1954. After attending a public school in New York City, he left New York for four years to attend Dartmouth College, graduating in 1962 with a B. A. in English. While at college his musical interests turned to jazz, but he returned to rock after moving back to New York. Christgau has said that Miles Davis' 1960 album Sketches of Spain initiated in him "one phase of the disillusionment with jazz that resulted in my return to rock and roll", he was influenced by New Journalism writers such as Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe. "My ambitions when I went into journalism were always, to an extent, literary", Christgau said. Christgau wrote short stories, before giving up fiction in 1964 to become a sportswriter, a police reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger, he became a freelance writer after a story he wrote about the death of a woman in New Jersey was published by New York magazine. Christgau was among the first dedicated rock critics.
He was asked to take over the dormant music column at Esquire, which he began writing in June 1967. After Esquire discontinued the column, Christgau moved to The Village Voice in 1969, he worked as a college professor. From early on in his emergence as a critic, Christgau was conscious of his lack of formal knowledge of music. In a 1968 piece he commented: I don't know anything about music, which ought to be a damaging admission but isn't... The fact is that pop writers in general shy away from such arcana as key signature and beats to the measure... I used to confide my worries about this to friends in the record industry, they didn't know anything about music either. The technical stuff didn't matter, I was told. You just gotta dig it. In early 1972, he accepted a full-time job as music critic for Newsday. Christgau returned to the Village Voice in 1974 as music editor, he remained there until August 2006, when he was fired shortly after the paper's acquisition by New Times Media. Two months Christgau became a contributing editor at Rolling Stone.
Late in 2007, Christgau was fired by Rolling Stone, although he continued to work for the magazine for another three months. Starting with the March 2008 issue, he joined Blender, where he was listed as "senior critic" for three issues and "contributing editor". Christgau had been a regular contributor to Blender, he continued to write for Blender until the magazine ceased publication in March 2009. In 1987, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of "Folklore and Popular Culture" to study the history of popular music. Christgau has written for Playboy and Creem, he appears about the Replacements. He taught during the formative years of the California Institute of the Arts; as of 2007, he was an adjunct professor in the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University. In August 2013, Christgau revealed in an article written for Barnes & Noble's website that he is writing a memoir. On July 15, 2014, Christgau debuted a monthly column on Billboard's website. Christgau is best known for his "Consumer Guide" columns, which have been published more-or-less monthly since July 10, 1969, in the Village Voice, as well as a brief period in Creem.
In its original format, the "Consumer Guide" consisted of 18 to 20 single-paragraph album reviews, each of, given a letter grade ranging from A+ to E−. These reviews were collected and extensively revised in a three-volume book series, the first of, published in 1981 as Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. In his original grading system from 1969 to 1990, albums were given a grade ranging from A+ to E-. Under this system, Christgau considered a B+ or higher to be a personal recommendation, he noted. In 1990, Christgau changed the format of the "Consumer Guide" to focus more on the albums. B+ records that Christgau deemed "unworthy of a full review" were given brief comments and star marks ranging from three down to one, denoting an honorable mention", records which Christgau believed may be of interest to their own target audience. Lesser albums were filed under categories such as "Neither" and "Duds" (which indicated bad records and were listed without fur
Glen Dee Hardin is an American piano player and arranger. He has performed and recorded with such notable artists as Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Ricky Nelson. Hardin was born in a small town in the Texas panhandle. After getting out of the Navy in 1959, Hardin began his musical career in Long Beach and soon joined the house band at the Palamino Club in North Hollywood, called "Country Music's most important West Coast club" by the Los Angeles Times, it featured such performers as Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Hoyt Axton and Willie Nelson and was a popular hangout for other country entertainers such as Merle Haggard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Shortly afterwards, he became a member of the Shindogs, the featured band on Shindig!, an American music variety show which aired on the ABC network from 1964 to 1966. The series house band, the Shin-diggers featured a young Glen Campbell, James Burton, Billy Preston, Delaney Bramlett, Joey Cooper and Leon Russell. An early episode was taped in Britain with The Beatles as the guests.
The series featured other "British Invasion" bands including the Rolling Stones. Shindig! would continue to broadcast episodes from London throughout its run. Many popular performers of the day played on the show including Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Lesley Gore, Bo Diddley and Sonny and Cher, it notably featured both black and white acts during a time of racial segregation in the United States. A native of West Texas, Hardin had grown up with drummer Jerry Allison and bassist Joe B. Mauldin, both members of Buddy Holly's band the Crickets. After Holly's death in 1959, they continued to perform and record with guitarist/songwriter Sonny Curtis. During this period Hardin was made an honorary member of the Crickets and has played with them off and on for many years. Hardin found his first success as a songwriter in 1965 with "Count Me In", recorded by Gary Lewis & the Playboys. "Where Will The Words Come From" and "My Heart's Symphony" were hits that Hardin penned for Lewis. He soon became an in-demand session pianist and over the years has recorded with numerous artists in a variety of music genres including Bing Crosby, Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Buck Owens, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Rivers, Merle Haggard, Michael Nesmith, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam.
In 1970 Hardin got a call from Elvis Presley to replace Larry Muhoberac in the TCB Band, featuring James Burton, Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt. Hardin remained with the band until 1976, touring and recording with Presley and appearing in the Aloha From Hawaii TV special. Hardin studied arranging and arranged many of Presley's hits such as "The Wonder of You", "Let It Be Me" and "I Just Can't Help Believin'"; this high-profile position soon led to many other opportunities. In 1972 Gram Parsons regarded as the father of country rock, hired the TCB Band to record his first album, GP. Hardin played piano and was musical director on the sessions for this as well as Parsons' second album, Grievous Angel. Through his work with Parsons, Hardin was introduced to Emmylou Harris, with whom he would work after Parsons' death in the praised and influential Hot Band. Across several years this band included such notables as James Burton, John Ware, Rodney Crowell, Hank deVito, Emory Gordy, Jr. Albert Lee, Larrie Londin and Ricky Skaggs.
Hardin played piano on the Roy Orbison television special, A Black and White Night. Hardin toured in Sweden with the Cadillac band in 2007 and 2008. Hardin continues to tour performing in Europe. In June 2009 he played Breda in the Netherlands. In January 2010, Hardin went into RCA Studio B in Nashville with the Dutch singer Bouke. Bouke is the winner of the Dutch national TV show Waar Is Elvis, they recorded three songs together for a CD distributed among the Dutch and Belgian members of the Elvis Matters fanclub. Seen attending a service at Pastor Bob Joyce' s church. TCB Band The John Denver Band Emmylou Harris and her "Hot Band" Pastor Bob JoyceGRAM PARSONS Musical director/piano/etc Interview with Hardin about his time before and after Elvis Interview with Glen Hardin about his first arrangement for Elvis - NAMM Oral History Library