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Fried 'Nanner Sandwich

Updated on November 4, 2014

By: Wayne Brown


There was only one King of Rock n’ Roll

Born in the town of Tupelo on a January so cold

He was born lovin’ music; made his little soul twitch

But what he really loved was a fried nanner sandwich



Moved up to Memphis and started drivin’ a truck

Met ol’ Sam Phillips, a real stroke of rocker’s luck

Took up music and left that truck in the ditch

It was time for yet another fried nanner sandwich



A white boy sportin’ a rock-a-billy sound

Never seen, never heard in these parts all around

Dancin’ on the stage his records he would pitch

Just get that boy another fried nanner sandwich



He ended up on television just a shakin’ on the stage

His music was contagious, his movements all the rage

Some called him crazy the way the danced with an itch

Pay it no attention; just bring a fried nanner sandwich



He lived up at Graceland, up ol’ Memphis way

The girls hung around his place all the live long day

They wished to run their fingers in that dark hair so rich

But to him nothing mattered but a fried nanner sandwich



He acted in movies playin’ tough guys all the day

He’d beat up the others, and then he’d sing and play

But it wasn’t long a-fore his stomach was all-a-twitch

And someone raced his way with fried nanner sandwich



He played the shows in Vegas in his rhinestone jumpsuits

Ol’ Colonel Parker’s marketing was making tons of loot

But when you boil it down to the glamour and the glitch

He’d rather have mama fix a fried nanner sandwich



Age and pills slowed him down and begin to steal his act

But his fan base never faltered and kept his shows all packed

He still wore those jumpsuits with seams of a broader stitch

And he kept chewing on a good ol’ fried nanner sandwich



He lived in fame’s shadow right up until the very last

But with his loyal fans his time and talents never past

Then the reaper came to his door with the eternal pitch

The King had finally ate his last fried nanner sandwich


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© 2010 Wayne Brown


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @Ann....Thank you! ~WB

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      5 years ago

      Great job the real Elvis

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Funny, I was just reading this one to some family Elvis fans on Tuesday night...they got a laugh out of it. Elvis probably would as well. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      Suffering from WB withdrawals . . . so glad to find this one. I saw Elvis perform at our local rodeo many years ago . . . quite exciting when he threw clothing into the audience. I liked his movies. Always the hero winning the girl. Who else can still draw the same fan base . . . making the annual pilgrimage to Graceland . . . Who else would want to take on the personna -- I ain't nothing but a hounddog . . .

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You bet I do - the littlest one is into tumbling and cheer leading. She also plays softball - this year they will be on two different teams:-( this summer should be a crazy one!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...My wife beats me up everytime I make fun of him. She's serious about the "E". Sounds like you got a broad spectrum on your hands! WB

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Nice WB - my 9 yr old enjoyed seeing the black & white video with me. I have some Elvis - two of the girls love him:-). The other one just cares about getting another grand slam:)

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Janna Jones...glad I could get the memories have some good ones too. That Elvis concert you attended would make for a good reading hub if you can get enough details from the memory. What an exciting time but offered up in the simplicity of the day. Thanks for sharing! WB

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      Janna Jones 

      7 years ago

      Great hub. Its always good for stories to trigger old memories. Yours did two for me.

      One was with my MiMi, my grandmother on my mothers side. There wasn't a lot of money, but some plain ol white bread, mayo and sliced banana was sooo dang good. I can almost taste it. mmm

      and Two was when I was very young...I'm thinking about 2 or 3, couldn't have been much older than that...about 1952 or 1953. My mother was a huge fan of The King and she took me to to old Joe Freeman Colosseum here in San Antonio Texas.

      I can still remember it like yesterday, made a big impression on me, cause I am 60 now!

      Anyway, there was Elvis at one end of the oval arena on stage, and three rows of ambulances between the stage and the floor audience. I was a little too young to quite understand it all...but I do remember all the woman screaming...lolzzz

      Great hub Wayne. Thanks for the memories!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      prasetio30...Thank you for your support and I hope you like the sandwich...The King sure did. He took his with some fried bacon as a topper! All the best to you! WB

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good morning, Wayne. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy. I thought I'll found delicious sandwich recipes. But this is absolutely great than recipes. Good work, my friend. I really enjoy this hub. Rating up. God bless you!


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      8 years ago from Texas

      my my no wonder Elvis was so huge in his later years Im sure it was all those sandwiches. Poor Elvis I did love him and his whole rags to riches story as well as his spiritual self and the love he had for his mother, although some people try to make something weird about that, I say that a man who loves his mother and is not afraid to show it is a real good man. Cheers to you Wayne, Im sure you loves your mama too.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ladyjane1...I have heard that you have to melt butter in a skillet or pan (get about butt-deep in there) and when it is hot, you add the bread with the peanut butter applied heavily on the up side. Then you slice the nanners and lay them on while both bread sections are cooking. Once the bread has cooked in the butter you combine the two sides. I always heard that Elvis liked to add a healthy portion of fried bacon to his sandwich. Give it a go! WB

      @Stan Fletcher...Isn't it amazing how much impact one person can have on the world. I always thought that the special thing about Elvis was that he was born as a twin but his brother died. It was as if he took on the energy and lives of two men in his younger years. Thanks for the good words. WB

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      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      This is funny and sad, just like Amy said. Elvis changed my whole life. I was a wee lad when my grandmother brought down all of Dad's original 45's. They would be worth a fortune now, but my little brother turned them into frisbees and now all we have left is a few of the covers. Those early Elvis songs made me want to pla the guitar and sing just like him. No, I really wanted to BE him. Even today, when I see him on TV, before the drugs had taken their toll, I am amazed how much charisma lived in that one human being. There wil never be another like him. Not even close. Thanks for the memories. Great hub.

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      8 years ago from Texas

      After all the hoopla about these sandwiches I had to try one a while back and I wasnt too impressed with them I do love bananas and peanut butter sandwiches but just not together. I do lurves me some Elvis though!!! Cheers.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Micky Dee...Thanks much Micky...Now that you're all grown up, you can have one with a double order of bacon on top! LOL! WB

      @Amy Becherer...I was a bit afraid that his fan club might want to lynch me for this one, Amy! Your comments are right on though...funny and sad. WB

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      Amy Becherer 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Your poem was both comical and sad...just like Elvis. Thanks for the fun of reading this.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You hit a grand=slam with this too! I grew up on nanner-sandwiches! We couldn't afford the bread though! Rock on Wayne!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Some say the King lives on. The last report I had he was working at a Taco Bell in Muleshoe TX! Thanks much. WB

      @epigramman...We're just like Forrest Gump and Jennie...mama says we go together like peas and carrots! LOL! WB

      @Austinstar...Nothin' like a fried nanner sandwich after a little EP music! WB

      @Old Poolman...Keep on Fried Nanner Sandwichin'! WB

      @ValerieH...Good to see you...been a while. I am sure the E is getting his sandwiches whereever he may be! WB

      @TimBryce...Sounds like the perfect meal for Thanksgiving! Thanks, Tim! WB

      @Tom Whitworth...Tom you didn't mention whether or not The Darvons were hooked on fried nanner sandwiches! LOL! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      The King has died but the King lives on through his music. I would never have learned to play guitar until I was at the old Spurr Pool in Moundville with my sister Barbette an I heard Elvis on the jukebox.

      I had gotten an old toy four string guitar the previous Christmas in 1955 and I took off the attachment and learned how the chords were made and that's how I learned how to play guitar and never would have been a Darvon without Elvis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      8 years ago

      Nice tribute Wayne, but now I'm hungry.

      All the Best,


    • ValerieH profile image


      8 years ago

      Hopefully Elvis is getting some good ole nanner sandwiches up in Rock n Roll heaven right about now. I recently read a hub about Elvis which was rather good I think it was on Ladyjane's sight not sure. Good poem. Thank you for it thank you very much....

    • Austinstar profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      I am so hungry right now looking at that photo! Good stuff.

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      Old Poolman 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful, and I happen to love fried nanner sadwiches myself. Great job Wayne.

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      .....well there they are - just above - the holy trinity of Hubpages - Saddlerider, Wayne Brown and Elvis - it dosen't get any better than this ......unless of course you're one lucky reader like the humble epi-man who is always royally entertained and rewarded when he comes to the hubs of Mr. Brown's many poetic narrative beauties ......

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Hail to the King Of Rock N Roll. and to all nanner sandwich lovers of the world. I'M MOST CERTAINLY ONE OF EM

      Bring it


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