When I published the first half of my images of Gene Kitson’s unusual matchbook cover collection, I wanted to come up with an unusual and clever title. Failing that I decided to use the one above.
My thinking is that if the title is clever or unusual enough it will attract more clicks than Miner’s. Should that occur I’ll consider myself the winner of Editor Miner’s weekly “Most Viewed” designation that his articles usually always win.
Anyway, the subject – Matchbooks – started me thinking about burning which led to Elvis’ “A Hunk, A Hunk of Burning Love” song which is definitely a strange title for a song. So I watched him perform it on YouTube.
Now I’m old enough to barely remember when Elvis’ hit song “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog” first came out. I always thought that was a strange song for a man to sing. And I was right for as you are, no doubt, aware it was first released by the blues singer Big Mama Thornton. But nobody cared and it was a big hit for him.
By the time “A Hunk, A Hunk of Burning Love” was released I wasn’t paying much attention to Elvis any longer. So watching him perform it on YouTube was eye opening. He had on one of his signature white jumpsuits. He stood with his side to the audience with his legs spread front to back for nearly the whole song. He moved very little. He was still very trim and looked to be in good physical condition. So I don’t know why he didn’t shake it a bit more.
Also he had his guitar on him but only played just a few notes in the very middle of the song. Then at the very end he pulled off his guitar, whirled it once around and then just stuck it straight out in front of him and held it there. He was posing so someone could get a good photo is all I could think of.
I enjoyed his performance even though much about it seemed very strange. His was such a famous figure and so familiar that I think it was easy to overlook just how weird some of the stuff he was doing actually was.
Speaking of weird, what follows is the second half of Gene’s unusual collection. [Editor: here’s part one: Maplewood History: A Hunk, A Hunk of Burning… Hobby?]
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