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Gospel music was a significant
part of not only who Elvis became
as a man, but as an artist as well.
As Elvis mania continues to consume
generation after generation
throughout the world, fans still
crave new insights into the person
of Elvis Presley. This book takes
a look at his roots and the role of
gospel in his foundational years,
as well as the comfort, solace, and
strength it offered him in the years
of his meteoric rise in popularity.
is a rarely explored aspect of this
American icon and one that reveals so much about the
Elvis so many have yet to discover.

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Moscheo, who backed Elvis as a singer in the gospel group the Imperials and recently produced an Elvis tribute movie called Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert, provides a glimpse of Elvis's enduring love of gospel music. Raised on Southern gospel music, Elvis attended gospel sings to hear groups like the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps. He even auditioned for a place in the Songfellows in 1954 at Sun Records but turned it down to pursue a solo career. Moscheo chronicles Elvis's friendships with gospel greats such as Mahalia Jackson and J.D. Sumner; Elvis even employed the all-women's gospel group the Sweet Inspirations, led by Cissy Houston, as his backup vocal group from his first live show in 1969 until his death in 1977. Elvis's love of gospel has never been too mysterious, and Moscheo's repetitious and pedestrian prose does little to enhance our knowledge of Elvis's roots in the genre. Libraries seeking complete collections on Elvis will want this book, but most can pass.
—Henry L. Carrigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599957296
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 8/13/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 399,859
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Moscheo lives in
Nashville, TN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    I love you

    Ilove you elvis presly

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    The Gospel Side of Elvis, Great Music!

    The Gospel Side of Elvis, Great Music! This is one of Elis Presley's best music Cds! He was great sinnging Gospel Music. I have 90% of all Elvis Presley music Cds, and his Gospel Music is one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    Great book written by a true friend of Elvis

    What a wonderful look at the spiritual side of Elvis. All the fans who have done their in depth research on Elvis and love to read about the sensitivity of this truly wonderful man will find this a touching heart-felt book. Joe Moscheo did an excellent job of telling his memories of his friend Elvis.

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