The Red Elvis: Spotlight on the Dean Reed Collection

10044753, Dean Reed collection. Dean Reed in high school in Denver.
10044753, Dean Reed collection. Dean Reed in high school in Denver.

Have you seen the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man about a long-forgotten folk singer named Sixto Rodriguez from Detroit, whose music became a hit during the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa? Did you know that Colorado has its own version of Sugar Man? Well, sort of. While their stories are not exactly the same, there are common threads: both were singers whose music resonated with people in foreign countries and whose tunes were used as unofficial anthems in political and social causes. Let me introduce you to Colorado’s  “Red Elvis,” Mr. Dean Reed. Continue reading “The Red Elvis: Spotlight on the Dean Reed Collection”