All Squeezed Up at Graceland

Last month, the American Accordionists Association held its annual festival in Memphis, Tennessee. The gathering featured performances by Riders in the Sky (with Joey Miskulin), Jeff Lisenby and the NashVegas Jazz, Tony Lovello, Bruce Gassman, Joe Natoli and Mary Tokarski. In between the concerts, workshops and competitions, a small band of accordionists made their way over to the King’s house for a little rock and roll… accordion-style.

Under the direction of Frank Busso, the fifty-strong accordion band played “Love Me Tender” and “Blue Suede Shoes” on Elvis’ doorstep:

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  1. Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys had a hit with Blue Suade Shoes in 1956, same year as Carl Perkins. There’s a great collection of his stuff on the Bear Family label called “Blue Suede Shoes:Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight.” (switch to your language, search (upper left) for “Pee Wee King.” Good record, they were rockin’ around the clock in the ’40’s!