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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
 
Charlie Musselwhite had hung around Elvis Presley when he was a teenager, and he has some stories, I am sure.  But this story of mine is going to be about some of the influences swirling and why Frank may have listed Elvis Presley on the credits of Freak Out.  I haven't much time right now, so I will cut this short and list one possibility.

1. Emmet Sargent was a classical cellist and played on Elvis Presley records, and is listed on the credits of Freak Out.  I had access to Emmet Sargent and truth is, with some effort, I could provide you with a photo of his cello as I know where it currently resides though Emmet Senior is long since gone. 

2. My grandmother used to buy me Elvis Presley records for a birthday present and then after hearing them liked Elvis so much she wanted to take them back.  My Grandmother and I were invited to the Pomona Premier of "The World's Greatest Sinner."

3. I liked Elvis, and Frank once gave me a music lesson in my living room based on the differences between Elvis's version of "Hound Dog" and Willa Mae (Big Mama) Thornton's version of "Hound Dog".

4. Elvis Presley was the object of worship for a girl I knew in Junior High, and she and her mother would drive to Los Angeles (Bel Air actually) and hang out at the gate day after day in the hopes of seeing him, a fellow just like them who had made good and so he was their hero.  The mom worked at the local Orange Julius on Foothill in Claremont and would occasionally give me a free drink if I came in with her daughter.  Elvis was their Great White Hope, you see.  A very poor family, where the father drank and would lose his job, job after job, then sit at home in his boxer shorts watching television all day, and the kids wore 10 cent go-aheads as did the rest of the family even when they went out.    Elvis was the object of worship for another girl I knew in Junior High,who actually met him in Germany.  Her father, an evangelical minister famous on local radio, had flown with his daughter to Germany with the express purpose of meeting Elvis which they did do.  I don't believe this was a benign trip on the minister's part, that he has a plan or ulterior motive which did not realize.  They returned, and within a few years he was killed in a motel room love tryst.

Maybe all those reasons and more (as Frank had heard all those stories from me as I was growing up).  The part I liked the best was the music lesson, comparing two different versions of the same song. 


 




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