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Keith Richards and his dog Ratbag during a visit to Hyde Park in 1965.


On this day in music history: April 28, 1964 - “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley is released. Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, it is the fifty fourth single for the rock & roll music icon. The title song to Presley’s fifteenth film, co-starring Ann-Margret, it is written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman (“Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Little Sister”, “Surrender”). The track is recorded on July 10, 1963 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, CA. Though only a modest hit upon its original release (#29 Pop) when it is released as the B-side to his cover of “What’d I Say” (#21 Pop), it becomes one of Elvis’ best known and loved songs, having been covered by numerous artists and also petitioned by the city of Las Vegas to make it the official city song. “Viva Las Vegas” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Freddie Mercury backstage by Neal Preston, c. 1981

Debbie Harry by Bob Gruen, Coney Island, NY, 1977

“We were in America when the cat licked John’s nose, and he started stroking it. Very much him. I never saw John as a hard bastard at all. Never saw him bite, or be disrespectful. I miss him a great deal.” - Robert Whitaker