Having Fun With Elvis on Stage
January 25, 2019 8:31 PM Subscribe
In 1974, Elvis released what has been called one of the worst albums of all time: Having Fun With Elvis on Stage. The album was thought up by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who had recently started his own label to squeeze a little extra money out of Elvis's career. Parker, however, was unable to release any of Elvis's music through the label due to his existing RCA contract. The result is thirty-plus minutes of awkward, disjointed, contextless banter lifted from various stage performances. Mental Floss sat through the entire recording in an attempt to ascertain just how much fun there is to be had (short answer: not much). Ernie Smith of Tedium looks back at the Elvis album alongside some of the best--and worst--on-stage banteristas of all time.
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