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Cerys Matthews' Elvis Souvenir Can't Be Licked

April 27, 2011 (3:18 pm) GMT
Welsh musician Cerys Matthews has a stomach-churning piece of rock memorabilia - recording studio equipment covered in Elvis Presley's saliva.
Cerys Matthews

The former Catatonia frontwoman owns a section of wood panelling from a studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where The King recorded some of his biggest hits.

And she insists the artifact - a 'gobo' which was placed near Presley's mouth when he laid down vocals - is one of her most prized possessions.

Cerys Matthews tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "I have a piece of a gobo from the RCA studio in Nashville where recorded. It is covered in Elvis' spit. A gobo is a panel about seven or eight feet tall, sometimes with a window in it, which acts as a sound barrier in a recording studio. It separates the noise of different musicians, and prevents too much spillage down the microphones."

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