TITLE: THE FOUR KEYS TO ELVIS' SUCCESS.
This painting was one of my first rock and roll icon art pieces. Created in about 1991, this scenario from my imagination-is painted in folk-art manner and
shows Elvis enacting four of the keys to his success.
1. Love Your Mama
2. Go on TV.
3. Pose with Pretty Girls
4. Wear Fancy Clothes.
This piece like most of my rock and roll icon art is very autobiographic.
she writes: "when I lived in Nashville and was with a singer songwriter-
we watched new stars rise to fame-
after their agents and hair and makeup people worked on their "look" ...
after they posed for hundreds of publicity pictures
after they slept with the right people.
after wheel barrows of money appeared at the back doorsteps of record and publishing companies on music row...
not in Elvis' time...
Elvis didn't have 20 thousand dollar mixing boards
and the press agents...
just raw talent -
Talent and guts to drive hundreds of miles between radio stations-
performing on air from one little town to the next ...
until the day the Grande Ole Opry called (or the Ed Sullivan show) and asked for a live television appearance..."
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