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January 31, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Elvis belongs at the top of the list

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Regarding the story about the 25 greatest performers in Las Vegas history, which ranked Elvis No. 3:

There are a plethora of reasons of why Elvis, the king of rock ’n’ roll, is really No. 1. But the main reason: No one, since or before, has performed 57 shows in 28 nights at the Las Vegas Hilton.

In the early ’70s , Elvis did 8 p.m. and midnight shows through Labor Day and then added a Labor Day 2 a.m. show to wind up the four weeks.

That’s a feat that will never be duplicated.

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  1. You're correct letter writer. Liberace? I guess the Sun missed the news: "In October 2010, the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas closed after 31 years of being open to the general public. In June 2011, Liberace's Tivoli Gardens Restaurant, then operated by Carluccio's, closed its location next to the museum and relocated elsewhere. According to Liberace Foundation President Jack Rappaport, the museum had been in negotiations with money interests on the Las Vegas strip to relocate the museum, but were unsuccessful. The Liberace Foundation, which provides college scholarships to up-and-coming performers, continued to function.

    Can you ever imagine closing down Graceland?


  2. "While visitor numbers [Graceland] grew to around 700,000, by 2005, and partly due to the negative impact on US tourism of 9/11, visitor numbers at Graceland had reportedly declined to around 600,000 due to the rough surrounding neighborhood."

    How many visitors to the closed Liberace Museum?


  3. ""Mob Museum" " $30 Million price tag. Taxpayer money. Mayor Goodman's legacy.

    BTW, the barber chair that supposedly Albert Anastasia was using when he was whacked in '57 is a fake.


  4. "BTW, the barber chair that supposedly Albert Anastasia was using when he was whacked in '57 is a fake."

    Or it's one of the worse restorations in museum history.


  5. Elvis Presley was so big in show business and movies.With sold out performances in Vegas over the years that he appeared here,(57 shows in 28 days). It's hard to believe that he is ranked at only the number 3 spot of greatest performers to appear in Vegas.

    Who ever is in charge of placing performers in his or her category of the greatest in lineup.I say "don't be cruel" to Elvis.If he were alive today (Elvis)I believe he would be "all shook up" in his number 3 spot placement.

  6. "...although I love Elvis' music and his movies, don't put Elvis on too high of a pedestal..."

    BChap -- depends on whether you're talking about Vegas Elvis or the Boy From Tupelo.

    Elvis remains the King in my book. But then I am a card-carrying saint of the Church of Elvis and biased thereby.

    "But perhaps the desire of the thing called fame will torment thee." -- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Roman Emperor, 2nd Century A.C.E.

  7. Carmine,

    BTW,the barber chair that supposedly Albert Anastasia was using when he got whacked in, 57 is a fake.

    So who cares about Albert Anastasia and the barber chair he got whacked in.He went in for a shave and a haircut and ended up getting clipped.

  8. "...nothing wrong with being biased when it comes to your favorite singer."

    BChap -- so which Elvis do you prefer? Personally I prefer the Boy from Tupelo Elvis.

    Jim Morrison was more a poet than a singer. I can still quote from "Horse Latitudes" and "When the Music's Over."

    "All our lives we sweat and slave
    Building for a shallow grave
    Must be something else we say
    Somehow to defend this place
    Everything must be this way
    Everything must be this way" -- from "The Soft Parade"

  9. "So who cares about Albert Anastasia and the barber chair he got whacked in.He went in for a shave and a haircut and ended up getting clipped." @ Samspeaks

    Bada Bing, bada bang, bada boom!


  10. "...this shows how great of a poet Jim Morrison was, because Jim was, in fact, a pretty good singer."

    BChap -- for me his best vocals were on "End of the Night" from their first album, the two lines he lifted from William Blake's "Auguries of Innocence" -- "Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night."

    See, we do have something in common. You must be old, too.

    "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" -- Nietzsche quote and Megan Fox tattoo