I grew up withElvis Presley. One of the first records I was given was a 78rpm copy of Hound Dog, which I still have ! I sold plenty of Presley's singles and albums, when I worked in record stores. My five years working for the UK office of RCA Records got me even closer to the King.
So when I began my radio career, a weekly Elvis Hour, onSuperGold seemed obvious. The service launched on Sunday 24th June 1990, and the first Elvis Hour was on at 6pm. Some months later we moved it to a 7pm start, where it remained until the night that SuperGold closed down, on Sun. 1st September 1996.
The show was a winner with the listeners, from Day One, and it just grew and grew. I took a number of Elvis fans on a pilgrimage toGraceland, in 1991, and made the 4-hour documentary Walking In Memphis, as seen through their eyes.
I made several more trips to Memphis, culminating in presenting the programme live fromThe Jungle Room and the grounds of Graceland, in April 1995 as part of my Morgan On the Mississippi series of shows.
I first had the pleasure of working withThe Jordanaires on a tour of the U.K. in 1991. This photo was taken in the Dressing Room at the Lewisham Theatre on 26th Jan. 1991
(L to R): Neale Matthews, Ray Walker, Gareth Morgan (aged 8), Willie Morgan, Dwayne West, and Gordon Stoker.
Sadly, Neale Matthews passed away on 21st April 2000, and is missed.
I had the honour of introducingThe Jordanaires, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana live on stage at Wembley, when they accompanied the Elvis sound-alike Johnny Earle for the special 15th Anniversary show on 16th August 1992. I actually shared a dressing-room with Scotty and D.J. , and used that opportunity to record interviews for My Elvis Hour.
Elvis' pet-name for them was The Gordon-aires (after Gordon Stoker)!
After my final Elvis Hour onSuperGold, I accepted a presentation of a commemorative painted plate from Bill Hyde (right) of the Bedfordshire branch of the Elvis Fan Club.
Julie Mundy, (left) the Secretary of the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain, presented me with a pair of microphone bookends, inscribed with Elvis' autograph. I treasure these.
I also presented TheElvis Hour on the Oldies Station in Leeds, in 1999.
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