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American Way

"Memphis has been a music town since anyone can remember, and it's had places to record that music since there have been records," music journalist Ed Ward reported in a spot for NPR. "American Studios produced its share of hits, and yet it remains obscure," Ward said, comparing Chips Moman's studio at Danny Thomas at Chelsea to Sun and Stax. "That's all likely to change with Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios, both a book and a CD," he concluded. And when all the Dusty Springfield fans come rushing to Memphis to see where the Memphis Cats and Sweet Inspirations recorded all the backing tracks for the album Dusty in Memphis, they can buy some "cheap cigs" for souvenirs.

Neverending Elvis

Last week at an auction in Manchester, England, a soiled pair of light-blue underwear worn underneath one of Elvis' white jumpsuits in a 1977 concert attracted bids for £5,000 but failed to sell for the £7,000 asking price. On the other hand, Elvis' battered and marked-up Bible eventually sold for £59,000.

Verbatim

Reviews of Hardee's Memphis BBQ Thickburger are in, and they're not all glowing. The Snacktaku review from kotaku.com is the most succinct: "This was an incredibly bad idea."

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