Elvis

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As we approach the 38th anniversary of Elvis’s death, it seems a good time to revisit Alfie’s special relationship with the King himself.  Fans of Alfie know that one of his longest standing musical influences is Elvis Presley; in his autobiography, My Story, Alfie mentions that he first started listening to Elvis through his brother Joe who was a big fan. He remains a fan to this day, choosing Burning Love as one of his tracks on James Watt’s Radio Stoke One on One interview in November 2014.  This made me very happy as it’s one of my favourite Elvis tracks – would love to hear Alfie sing this:

Other suggestions for Elvis songs we would like to hear Alfie sing are:

  • Jailhouse Rock
  • American Trilogy
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Wonder of You
  • Love Me Tender

Now I’m sure all the ladies reading this will be imagining Alfie singing Love Me Tender right now!  Maybe followed up with One Night With You!  Writing this, it occurs to me that there must be an Elvis song for any and every occasion – he had some repertoire.

Now, as we sadly don’t have Alfie singing any of these songs yet, here’s the next best thing and a playlist of Alfie Boe Singing Elvis (feel free to comment with any other videos you’d like to see there):

I can’t leave this Alfie and Elvis fest without once again recounting Cecelia’s story of meeting Elvis at the tender age of 5…on running up to him she got a kiss and a hug, swoon!  Upon meeting Alfie at an HMV album signing a couple of years ago she showed she hasn’t changed a bit in the intervening years by running across the room to hug Alfie (and did I mention that she gave Alfie a kiss the first time she met him?).  Gotta love Cecelia – to read her fan story, click here.

Alfie’s autobiography, My Story, is available here:

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I first started this blog, back on a wordpress site in July 2013, I was happy to hit 100 visitors – the fact that I knew them all didn’t matter one iota.  However, this blogging thing is just a little bit addictive and once I started, I couldn’t stop.  The longer I went on, the more I blogged and the more I blogged, the more visitors came along and that’s when I made the scary decision to move from a purely wordpress blog to my own site.  That was almost a year ago now and things have moved on somewhat!

When I moved to this current site, I had some targets in mind: how often to blog, to do some interviews, to feature some fan stories, to engage with as many Alfie Boe fans as possible and to share my passion with as many other fans as possible.  One of my targets was to attract the same amount of visitors to the new site as visited the old site – that happened in the first 3 months of transferring! (Not bad considering the stats don’t transfer over, you have to start again).

Then, I had a new number in my head: 30,000 hits.  Don’t ask my why I chose that particular number, it just popped into my head, same as pretty much everything else blog related pops into my head!

So thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has visited this site since May 2014 – each and every one of you is appreciated.  Especial thanks to everyone who has been with me since the beginning – you know who you are and I love you all.

And now we’re on our way to the next target – so spread the word! Sharing is caring so tweet and share on Facebook as many times as you like!

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There are two types of music, good and bad

The quote above comes from Alfie Boe who is endlessly asked about his broad musical choices and indeed, this love of and willingness to sing as many genres of music as possible, has gained him many fans.  It should be noted however, that this all encompassing approach to music has sometimes meant that critics and some fans are a little confused by Alfie’s career!  More to come of that in a later post.

Fans of Alfie know that one of his longest standing musical influences is the King himself, Elvis Presley.  In his autobiography, My Story, Alfie mentions that he first started listening to Elvis through his brother Joe who was a big fan; he remains a fan to this day, choosing Burning Love as one of his tracks on James Watt’s Radio Stoke One on One interview in November 2014. I’m particularly happy about this as it’s one of my favourite Elvis tracks – would love to hear Alfie sing this!  Are there any other Elvis songs that you would like to hear Alfie sing?  Let me know in the form below:

Back in October, I asked you what your favourite Alfie Boe singing Elvis song was and this was the list you came up with:

The first video is from Car Fest South when Alfie returned to his West London Karaoke Championship winning song Suspicious Minds to the unconfined joy of the entire crowd including Chris Evans – what a moment.  Really glad that If I Can Dream made the list as it meant I could choose one of my favourite Storyteller tour videos (showcasing the incredible talents of Seweuse and Lucy on backing vocals).  This song also gave me one of my favourite Alfie moments with my 8yo son: with my iPod on shuffle one day, Elvis singing If I Can Dream came on and 8yo asked who was singing.  When I replied Elvis, he looked totally confused and said “but why is he singing one of Alfie’s songs” – my work is complete LOL.

Would love to hear your Alfie / Elvis moments, leave me a comment!  You will all have to go a long way to better Cecelia’s Elvis moment – a few years ago (!) at the tender age of 5 she was on holiday when she met the King himself and got a kiss from him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How fantastic is that?????

I’ll leave you with Elvis and Burning Love:

Enjoy Alfie singing Elvis on the Storyteller DVD :

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In a week of great radio interviews, this one is without a doubt the best, mainly because it’s a whole hour devoted just to Alfie!  He picks a few songs to accompany the chat and Elvis is once again amongst the choices – so excited as he chose my favourite ever Elvis song, Burning Love!  Some nice chat as well about Elvis singing the Neapolitan songs Alfie loves.  He also chose my favourite Rolling Stones track, Sympathy for the Devil – great memories of dancing around the house with my big sister.

Any young singers would do a lot worse than listen to this interview if they want to have a long lasting music career – get the training and make sure you have an individual sound were just a couple of Alfie’s pieces of advice.

Alfie Boe’s new album, Serenata, is released on 17th November:

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…another of his Elvis numbers, albeit written by Willie Nelson, Always on My Mind at the Town Hall, New York.   Alfie seems to have a way with Elvis songs (that’s a psot I’ll come back to!) and this one is no different.

Accompanied to perfection by the lovely Al Vosper – thanks to Nikki for sharing.

Now, as mentioned earlier, Alfie has a way with Elvis songs  and I’d love you to tell me what your favourite Alfie singing Elvis number is – you know what to do with the form below!

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Suspicious Minds at Carfest South…and it was incredible!

Cast your minds back to last summer and you’ll recall that late august threatened to be one of the wettest we’d had and standing in a field all day wasn’t looking a fabulous prospect, even to see the gorgeous Mr Boe!  Anyway, Sally and I arrived at the festival site and tramped from the car park for what seemed like forever until we found Annie sat dead centre in front of the stage.  Perfect!  Linda W, Jan and Carole soon arrived and we had a wonderful afternoon chatting and waiting for the music to start.  Linda even had time to get a photo with Murray Gould, Alfie’s guitarist, and the result is my favourite of her:

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Just before Alfie came on, the karaoke on the next stage was in full swing, and one guy sang Suspicious Minds.  He was good but Sally turned to me and said “we need the West London karaoke champion to be singing this”.  For those of you who don’t know, Alfie was crowned West London karaoke champion with his rendition of this song, many moons ago.  Alfie’s set started and it was fantastic…until the very last song which turned out to be Suspicious Minds.  Our joy was unconfined and part of the joy was watching the Carfest host, Chris Evans, marvel at the way in which Alfie worked the crowd; to say he held them in the palm of his hand is an understatement.  Here is the fabulous Linda’s video:

 

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Hound Dog at Gawsworth – just about the only time he sang this particular Elvis number.  He must have liked it because he sang it at Lytham the next night too!

However, Alfie and Elvis have a special relationship as we have seen from the Elvis numbers that have peppered Alfie’s shows over the last couple of years; still, that’s a subject for a different blog…

Here is Hound Dog at Gawsworth – once again, thanks to Linda W for sharing.  The video starts with the Neapolitan section of the concert:

Incidentally, Gawsworth was the concert where one obliging Alfie’s Arrow lent him her bug spray!

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Regular readers may have noticed that this is the second Alfie Boe cruise related post in a week – the reason being that there have been so many more positive reviews since the cruise ended and now there is a new video to match!

Carole Hunt had a ticket to the first concert and had she not been an enterprising soul she might have left it there…however, if you’ve met her (and I had the pleasure at Carfest South in 2013) you will know that she’s very enterprising.  Through luck and persuasion, Carole was also able to attend the other three concerts and had the presence of mind to film Alfie singing Suspicious Minds.  Alfie doesn’t remember all the words but we won’t hold that against him as it was an impromptu performance of the Elvis hit and as seasoned Alfie fans know, forgetting the words is something he does quite frequently!

Sit back and relax this Sunday with Alfie and enjoy Alfie interacting with the audience – if you were one of the singers, get in touch!

WOW – what a fantastic set Alfie gave us at CarFest South! Holding the audience in the palm of his hand, Alfie and his great band gave us a very well thought out 45 minutes of glorious music. From the opener, “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” to a superb Elvis Medley (Including a stunning rendition of “Suspicious Minds”) at the end, Alfie showed the crowd what a truly amazing voice and stage presence he has.

However, the highlight of the set for me was the collaboration with Seasick Steve on JJ Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze” – Alfie was clearly in his element and having a ball.  At the beginning of the song, Alfie turned to Steve and said “this is gonna be fun” and you can see how much fun they both had in Linda Wellington’s video:

This fan at least, hopes for more collaborations between these two.

Thanks Alfie for an amazing day – and thanks to some fabulous friends who made it that extra bit special x