Panel Discussion: The King at B: Top Musicians Remember Elvis

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August 31, 2017 - Elvis Presley recorded more than two hundred songs at Historic RCA Studio B, including “Stuck on You,” “Little Sister,” “Good Luck Charm,” “Guitar Man,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” and many of his gospel classics. Coinciding with the sixtieth anniversary of Studio B’s opening and the fortieth anniversary of Presley’s death, four renowned musicians talk about their extensive work with Presley at the historic Music Row studio. David Briggs began playing piano and organ on R & B and pop hits in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in his teens. He moved to Nashville in 1964, and two years later accompanied Presley on “Love Letters” in Studio B, beginning an association that continued until the singer’s death in 1977. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member James Burton helped popularize the Telecaster electric guitar sound in the 1950s and ’60s before joining Presley’s band in 1969. He led Presley’s TCB Band for eight years, and his guitar solos were a hallmark of Presley’s shows. Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy played guitar, harmonica, bass, trumpet, and organ on several Presley sessions in Nashville and Hollywood between 1965 and 1971. Like Briggs, bassist Norbert Putnam played on early R & B hits in Muscle Shoals before moving to Nashville in the mid-1960s. He met Presley at Studio B in 1970 and went on to record over one hundred songs with the King.


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