February 7, 2008 by sw00ds
[Rolling Stone, June 14/79)
(“Perspicacious” = Elvis Costello’s dad was clearly brushed up on his Christgau!)
Category: Dear Ed.
…just wondering if mama elvis beat him when he insulted ray charles.
Actually, that brings up a good point. When I posted this, I just assumed it had been written prior to the fracas in Columbus, Ohio, but in fact, the Columbus incident occurred in March. Changes my perspective on it somewhat.
Let me clarify: I mean it changes my perspective on the letter. The motives seem more obvious now.
Weird. I just listened to Armed Forces not too long ago and wondered if Elvis got an grief for that line in “Oliver’s Army.” This letter confirms that he must have, but I do remember the fallout that Gonzales referenced above. Nice!
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