Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music and Media

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music and Media

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"Man In Love"

There were a lot of cats besides Elvis who twisted out from under country music in the `50s. And I don't mean just Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, or anyone else you could name.

Tommy Tucker cut a couple of sides, posed for a photo with Jayne Mansfield, got drunk and killed four people while driving. Ersel Hickey's publicity still, thanks to being included in Michael Ochs' "Rock Archives," is far more famous than the singer ever was. "I bit Elvis Presley on the leg when I was drunk one night," Roy Head reports. "The Vanishing Race" Besides having a great title, "Tattooed On Their Tongues: A Journey Through The Backrooms Of American Music" ($25.00, Schirmer Books) boasts a hell of an author in Colin Escott. He wrote the definitive biography of Hank Williams; he wrote "Good Rockin' Tonight: The Sun Records Story." "The idea of sitting in an anteroom for two hours waiting for a ten-minute audience with someone like Madonna is my private hell," he writes in his introduction to "Tattooed. …

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