April 13, 2016

Few things in life were as important to "Heartbreak Hotel" co-composer Mae Boren Axton as the concept of Family. A recurring theme of the book is the way in which the Borens and the Axtons impacted upon her life. Her mother, her father, her husband, and one of her brot...

September 10, 2015

Perhaps the most overlooked part of the "Heartbreak Hotel" saga is the crucial issue of publishing rights. In 1950s popular music, the publisher often received the lion's share of the revenue, moreso than the writer and much moreso than the singer.


As such, the allocat...

Above all things. Colonel Tom Parker loved "playing the game". By nature he was a practical joker and would happily spend $10 to con you out of $1.


His most famous and long-standing joke was his own private club named The Snowmen's League of America, which was a pun on...

July 20, 2015


Mae Boren Axton's full birth name was Nannie Mae Boren which is exactly and precisely the same name as her mother.  She was the penultimate child of nine, and the only daughter.


In letters to her brother Lyle, Mae conifrmed that their family was not overly...

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