5 Lunchtime Links: Elvis Presley’s 81st birthday

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Elvis Presley recording a new song in an unident. recording studio, backed up by the Jordanaires vocally (made up of Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Jr., Hoyt Hawkins and Hugh Jarrett), Bill Black on bass and D.J. Fontana on drums. (Photo by Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley recording a new song in an unident. recording studio, backed up by the Jordanaires vocally (made up of Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Jr., Hoyt Hawkins and Hugh Jarrett), Bill Black on bass and D.J. Fontana on drums. (Photo by Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Elvis Presley recording a new song in an unident. recording studio, backed up by the Jordanaires vocally (made up of Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Jr., Hoyt Hawkins and Hugh Jarrett), Bill Black on bass and D.J. Fontana on drums. (Photo by Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

1. Happy birthday Elvis!

81 years ago today a tiny baby King of Rock ‘n’ Roll hip thrust his way into the world. Elvis Presley began recording in 1953 but didn’t really make it big until 1956’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” The singer would go on to make a major, sexually-progressive mark on the world — especially young female fans everywhere. You can view pictures of Presley at a Nashville recording studio before he truly made it here.

2. Why was there so much hype surrounding Channing Tatum’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ appearance?

Beyonce. Beyonce is why. In his battle against wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Channing had a very special guest share his stage space. Queen Bey came out when Magic Mike performed her hit “Run the World (Girls),” and (of course) gave the talented “Step Up” star a run for his lip syncing cred. Audience members cried, Channing performed “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and in the end he and wife Jenna tied for the ultimate prize. Maybe we’ll see Channing return Beyonce’s favor and stop by that Super Bowl thing.

3. Pachanga Fest restructures as concert series.

The sunny celebration of Latin music that is Pachanga Fest will be looking a little different in the future. No longer will there be a spring festival held at Fiesta Gardens’ lakeside shores, but there will be an ACL Live partnership that brings the quarterly Pachanga Latino Music Series. The first show will feature popular children’s television show “Pocoyo,” what festival founder Rich Garza calls “Sesame Street Live” for “the Spanish-dominant Univision set.”

4. Rolling Stone releases Kendrick Lamar “ACL Live” tape early.

You don’t have to wait quite as long as you though to watch Kendrick Lamar’s ACL live set, which he filmed last fall. Rolling Stone has released an exclusive look at Lamar’s performance of his song “I.” The full hour-long set will be televised this Saturday at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS affiliate KLRU. You can see a set list here.

5. EZ’s closed after major fire.

North Lamar’s pizza/burger joint EZ’s, where some of “Friday Night Lights” was filmed, is closed indefinitely after a kitchen fire caused around $400,000 in damage Wednesday night. The fire began when a piece of equipment was dropped on a gas line. A North Lamar staple since 1994, the restaurant will have an insurance meeting to decide whether or not it will reopen.


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