Monthly Archives: June 2012

Elvis

Elvis is In The House (at least as a hologram!)

Elvis Is In The House — at least in hologram form

The King will “live” again!

ElvisAs was reported in this Events News BLOG on 4/17/12 entitled, “Music Sets The Stage for Corporate, Association and Incentive Events: Getting Its Cues from The Live Music Industry Once Again!” where I gave a description of the Tupac Shakur hologram that debuted at the Coachella music festival, Elvis Presley will get a similar hologram virtual treatment by the same company that made the late rapper’s lifelike hologram.

Digital Domain Media Group has announced that it is creating an Elvis hologram for shows, film, TV and other projects and special events worldwide, including “personal” appearances, and they have permission to do such from the family.

Although Elvis passed in 1977, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll remains one of the most popular figures in music and entertainment and continues to “represent” both Las Vegas and Memphis.

No word on when Elvis The Hologram will make its official debut. Digital Domain is working with Core Media Group, which handles various brands, personalities and properties.

Photo: the late great “real” Elvis NOT a hologram

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The Platters Founder Herb Reed Dies At 83

The Platters Founder Herb Reed Dies At 83

“The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

TheLateHerbReedAs I am often asked about The Drifters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, The Persuasions, or The Platters, “Are they the original?” I must report that Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like “Only You” and “The Great Pretender,” has died. He was 83.

Reed was a Kansas City, Mo., native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. Then a quartet, the group won amateur talent shows, and performed nights and weekends up and down the California coast while the members worked days at a car wash and at other odd jobs.

Reed came up with the group’s name, inspired by `50s disc jockeys who called their records platters.

The group underwent several lineup changes, even adding a woman singer to become a quintet, before signing their first major recording contract in 1955.

Reed sang bass on the group’s four No. 1 hits, including “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Their recordings are in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The group’s popularity reached across racial lines and genres, “achieving success in a crooning, middle-of-the-road style that put a soulful coat of uptown polish on pop-oriented, harmony-rich material,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website.

Today, started by Herb, The Platters music still lives on.

 

 

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