Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 5

Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon with1956 Messerschmitt KR200

It’s been two months since I last posted a review of Elvis photos that I’ve recently discovered on the internet. So, let’s do it again, and hope no Photoshopped images slip in. I know the one above is for real. Isn’t that a great picture of Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon? It was cropped from a larger 1956 shot showing the whole odd car and an old man.

Elvis in 1956 Messerschmitt KR200

There they are. The car is a 1956 Messerschmitt KR200, a three-wheeled, two-seated microcar. One website says Elvis owned and drove the car for at least a year, before trading it to Memphis clothes store owner Bernard Lansky in return for a three-hour shopping spree in 1957. Another website says Bernard’s brother Guy bought the car. My guess is that Elvis never drove it again once he started buying Cadillacs.

 

Elvis and Horses

I believe this was taken on the set of Love Me Tender. Looks like the horses wanted to be in the picture. Let me know the next time you see another Elvis photo showing armpit sweat. There can’t be many out there.

 

Elvis in Deep Thought

This post had no tag on this, so can anybody place it? Obviously a movie set. Elvis sure is in deep thought.

 

Elvis Mobbed by Fans

Did Elvis have it good, or what? The girls fawned all over him. Elvis looks pretty amused by the whole thing.

 

Elvis is crowned

Elvis is being crowned, but there was no info with the posting. I wish it was a picture of him alone, wearing the crown. Does anybody know anything about this one? If so, please post them on Comments.

 

Elvis - sitting in the audience watching Tom Jones at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV-- 9-3-1974

Isn’t this a great shot? I love the shading effect. It looks like the work of a professional photographer, but it could have been just be a lucky shot by a fan in the audience who caught Elvis looking up to watch Tom Jones at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, September 3, 1974.

 

When Elvis Presley was across the street from Lauderdale Courts

This is a fan photo taken when Elvis lived at Lauderdale Courts. Is that a sleeveless shirt Elvis is wearing? What’s the strap around his ribs?

 

Young Elvis and girl

It’s pretty rare when a new picture of teenaged Elvis pops up. This young lady was so thrilled with the snapshot that she kept it in her blue-jeans pocket for weeks –  with obvious results.

 

Elvis Presley Boston Garden November 10, 1971 8.30 pm Boston, MA.

Here is a shot of Elvis from behind while performing at the Boston Garden, November 10, 1971.

 

Young Elvis in Swim Trunks

Young Elvis in a swim trunks. He filled out one much better in Blue Hawaii in 1962. I’ve got some more pics of him waterskiing at a young age that we’ll review next time.

 

Scotty, Elvis, and Bill

We all have seen many photos with Elvis, Scotty, and Bill together. Have you ever seen this one? Does Elvis’ clothing give any clue where it was shot? Bill Black looks a bit like Brad Pitt, doesn’t he?

 

Closest Haircut On Elvis

With the exception of his Army induction haircut, this is the closest cropped I’ve ever seen Elvis.

 

Elvis mother with a donkey at Graceland

The tag on this was “Elvis mother with a donkey at Graceland.” I guess that could be right because they had so many acres originally. You can notice a little smile on Gladys’ face. I wish there were more photos of her smiling. They’re pretty rare.

 

Elvis kissing his mom Gladys goodbye before deployment to Germany.

Here’s a shot that had a tag under it saying Elvis is hanging out of a troop train window and kissing his mom goodbye just before deployment to Germany. Alert reader Jo advised that it couldn’t be Gladys because she was already dead by the time he took the train to NY and embarked on the SS Randall for Germany. Jo says the train made a stop in Memphis and that’s why George Klein is in the picture.  The woman is a fan.

 

Elvis chatting with fans at the Graceland gates.

I believe this would be inside the Graceland wall. Elvis probably had the gatekeeper let in some pretty girls to chat with him. Along with Alan Fortas and Joe Esposito, at least that’s what the tag says. I’m not so sure. Any clues?

 

Young Elvis wiith Sandy Hair - 2

All Elvis fans know his real hair color was a sandy brown. I found three shots recently showing him before he started dying it black.

 

Young Elvis with Sandy Hair - 3

This one is a colorized version of a shot snapped on  August 7, 1954 when Elvis first played The Eagles Nest in Memphis.  Looks like they got the hair color about right.

 

Elvis with Sandy Hair - 1

At first I thought this was Elvis playing Judy Tatum in Kissin’ Cousins, but that was filmed in 1964 when he was 29. He doesn’t look that old here.

Elvis Playing Jody Tatum in Kissing Cousins

This is a clip from the movie. But look at the big cigar in the first pic. Elvis didn’t smoke them as a teenager, did he?

 

Elvis Presley On The Set Of Loving You 1957

The tag on Pinterest said it was taken on the set of Loving You in 1957. Otherwise, you’d think it was a Photoshopped picture. Either way, it’s a very strange one.

 

 

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Fun Hats Suited Elvis Well

Young Elvis Wearing Cowboy Hat

Elvis seems to have had a fun time whenever he wore different hats. No matter what he wore, he always looked great. Except maybe this next one.

Elvis in Ugly Hat

 

Elvis wasn’t the only one who got to wear a German officer’s hat on this summer 1956 boat trip with June Juanico off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Elvis Wearing German Officer's Hat

 

Elvis Wearing Santa Hat on Stage

I wonder how many songs he sang after putting on this Santa’s hat.

 

Young Elvis in Funny Hat

I guess we are seeing the underside of the brim of this hat. Maybe a straw hat? I wish there were a side view of Elvis wearing it, but I’ve never seen one.

 

Elvis Wearing Gilligan Hat

There are pictures out there showing Elvis wearing different versions of this style. Reader Tracy called it a Gilligan hat, if you remember that TV series.

 

Elvis in Fun Hat

I cropped Col. Parker from this picture. Much cooler picture without him.

 

Elvis, Wearing Inside-out and Backwards Baseball Cap.

New reader Jo sent in this shot of an inside-out baseball cap on backwards. It was snapped on the set of Follow That Dream, which was filmed in 1961. She guesses that Elvis might have been the first person to ever do that. Wasn’t it a decade or two later that this style became popular during baseball rallies? Elvis always was ahead of his time.

This exceptional case doesn’t blow the theory that Elvis never wore baseball caps.

 

Elvis Wearing Cowboy Hat and Lei

This is an interesting combination. Elvis is wearing a Hawaiian lei and a cowboy hat. There are lots of photos of Elvis wearing cowboy hats, but many are movie clips or on-set shots. I wonder how many movies he made wearing cowboy hats. Would somebody like to figure that out and let us know?

 

Elvis Wearing Indian Headress

It’s not common, but Elvis also wore Indian headdresses in several photos.

 

Elvis got to wear some interesting head coverings in a few movies.

Elvis Wearing Hat from Frankie & Johnny

Elvis Wearing Turban in Harem Scarum

Can you name the movies these two came from?

 

Elvis in Strange Hat from Harem Scarum

This weird one comes from Harem Scarum. That’s a straw so Elvis could duck under the water and not be discovered by the bad guys. I’ve seen a lot of Photoshopped Elvis photos, but nobody has ever put this head on some other body. Seems like a natural.

 

Elvis Souvenir Hats

These are Elvis souvenir hats that Col. Parker thought up early in Elvis’ career to sell at concerts. They would cost about $12 in today’s money.

Elvis Wearing Souvenir Hat

Look close. Elvis is wearing one of those caps. The cops behind him seem to approve.

Elvis Posing in Souvenir Hat

Elvis posing again. He did have fun with hats.

 

After the article on Elvis Baseball Hats for sale posted two weeks ago, reader Karen sent in these photos of a great Elvis hat she bought at a Festival in Michigan in 2012.

Kelly Sent in a Cool Elvis baseball hat.

 

Karen's Hat Close-up

I agree.  This is a great hat.

 

 

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A Look at Elvis’ Taste in Hats

Elvis - Black Fedora

Last week we looked at a bunch of Elvis baseball caps available at GracelandOfficialStore.com, and it generated a lot of comment. Some folks even sent pictures of other caps they like. We’ll look at a few of the comments next time as part of Mini-Nuggets.

At the end last week’s post I said we would next cover the hats Elvis actually wore in his personal life. I really researched deep, especially in his younger years, and there were no real photos of him wearing a baseball cap. None. The best I could find was this:

Elvis Wearing Baseball Cap at Concert-1976

This is obviously Elvis performing on stage in a jumpsuit. The tag said 1976. So the best guess is that somebody threw it up onstage and Elvis put it on. If anybody has a different photo of Elvis wearing a baseball cap please send it to me at philarnold@charter.net.

 

The first photo in this article shows Elvis’ favorite style of headgear — snappy, narrow-brimmed Trilby and Fedora hats.

Elvis wearing Trilby Hat

Trilby hats have very narrow brims, like this one. Wikipedia says the trilby was once viewed as the rich man’s favored hat; it is sometimes called the “brown trilby” in Britain and was frequently seen at the horse races

In her book Elvis Style, author Zoey Goto reports that Elvis purchased his extensive collection of headwear from Baltimore Beaver, Resistol, Oleg Cassini, and Lansky Brothers.

 

Elvis in Fedora

Sorry this one is so blurry.

 

Elvis in Caddy, Weatring Fedora

Elvis looks sharp in his Caddy wearing this fedora.

 

Elvis Posing wearing Fedora hat

The first thing you notice is Elvis’ cool pose; then it looks like he is singing to a shower door. The hat is perfect in this shot.

 

Elvis Black Leather Hat sold for $2,151

This is a black leather fedora that Elvis owned. It sold at auction a few years ago for $2,150.

 

Elvis also liked motorcycle hats and the very similar boat captain’s hat.

Elvis in Motorcycle Hat

This is the same hat Elvis wore in the famous Al Wertheimer Harley photo.

 

Elvis in Boat Captain's Hat

I don’t know if this was snapped on a movie set or in private time.

 

Priscilla and Elvis wearing a Police cap

Is that a police hat? Priscilla looks pretty good, doesn’t she?

 

Priscilla Wearing a Baseball Cap

Whoa. Here she is wearing a baseball cap. I don’t know the year on this one. Help, anybody?

 

Elvis Wearing Two Army Hats

If you look close at this one, Elvis appears to be wearing two Army hats. Looks like it was pretty cold for maneuvers that day.

 

Elvis wearing Double Army Hats

He’s definitely wearing two in this shot.

 

Next week we will see some reader comments on Elvis baseball caps and look at the hats Elvis wore when he was fooling around.

 

 

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Elvis Baseball Cap Review – Spring 2018

My Old TCB Cap

This is a TCB baseball cap I got eight or ten years ago as a bonus for buying a one-year subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.  I’ve worn it practically every day since, and it has held up well   However, it’s looking old and dirty.  Compare it to what it looked like when I bought it.

Brand New TCB Lightning Bolt Baseball Cap

I loved the embroidered gold TCB lightning bolt on the black fabric.  The underside of the bill is also gold.  Viewed straight on, the double-colored front lip of the bill is very cool.  And, on the back, in gold embroidery, is Taking Care of Business.

I always like it when someone sees the lightning bolt and says to me: “Elvis fan, right?”  Then a little Elvis conversation happens between us. I wish it would happen more often.

So, I decided I needed a new Elvis baseball cap, and I went on line to the Graceland Official Store.  As I studied the choices and considered the plusses and minuses of each one, I realized I needed to do a blog about Elvis baseball caps.  I’ve done a bunch of T-shirt reviews, but for some reason I never thought about reviewing baseball caps before.

 

TCB BLACK LOGO CAP:

TCB BLACK CAP

This is the first TCB lightning bolt cap I came to.  The tag under it said, “Throw this hat on and Take Care of Business ,Elvis style.”  That’s a pretty good pitch.  The cap is distressed washed, which gives it a look I like. If you study the circle logo, ELVIS appears sideways twice.  But the intriguing thing is the embroidered EP that continues from the crown down onto the bill.  I didn’t like that at first, but it’s growing on me.  The cap has Graceland embroidered on the back strap. $17.99

 

TCB SCATTER CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY TCB SCATTER CAP

When I saw this one, I knew the search was over.  This is a worthy replacement for my old one.  The word Scatter in the title refers to the repetitive TCB design on the front of the cap.  The gold TCB thunderbolt is embroidered, as is the Elvis Presley signature. When I looked for the price, I was so disappointed.  It said “Sold Out.”  I had to keep looking.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE SEQUIN CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE SEQUIN CAP

At first, I got a chuckle out of this one, but now I think it would look outstanding on a girl Elvis fan.  It just radiates Party Time.  Having it completely covered in pink sequins is such a great idea.  The tag under the picture calls it both a glam cap and a sparkle hat.  It also says, “You will LOVE this cap!”  I believe they are right.  $19.99

 

THE KING GUITAR WINGS CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY THE KING GUITAR WINGS CAP

If it wasn’t for the pink bill I would definitely get this one.  On first glance, it looks like a weird guitar with wings, and that’s just fine.   You really have to study that detailed embroidered design to catch everything in it. There is Graceland at the bottom.  Then, the letters in ELVIS make the body of the guitar, and PRESLEY makes the guitar neck. There are two little crowned-things the tag calls ‘Griffins’.  I particularly like the way the logo embroidery starts on the bill and goes straight up into the crown. I’m getting to like this new wrinkle in baseball cap design.  If they’d make the bill completely black, I think sales would really jump.  $19.99

 

EP GRACELAND BLACK CAP:

EP GRACELAND BLACK CAP

No thanks.  Not for me.  I like the little 50s Elvis silhouettes on the sides, but the embroidered crown patch is just dull (even if it’s done with special metallic satin thread).   $17.99

 

GRACELAND ATHLETIC GRAY CAP:

GRACELAND ATHLETIC GRAY CAP

This hat appeals to me.  The extra stitching lines are a nice touch.  The logo design is not bad, although I would prefer ELVIS to be bigger and Graceland smaller.  Back years ago, the baseball caps never mentioned Graceland, but now some don’t mention Elvis.  $19.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND CAP

ELVIS PRESLEY'S GRACELAND CAP

This cap is promoted as having a broken-in vintage feel because of the distressed Elvis Presley’s Graceland imprint.  That’s fine, but the fuzzy edges on the big EP embroidery kill it for me.  This would be a better cap without it.  $17.99

 

The Graceland Air Logo Cap:

Here’s one of those caps that feature Graceland but have no mention of Elvis.  That drops it way down on my review.

Graceland Air Baseball Cap- Side

The embroidered Lisa Marie signatures on the sides are supposed to be a plus, but Elvis Presley would be so much better.  $19.99

 

 ELVIS KHAKI MILITARY CAP:

ELVIS KHAKI MILITARY CAP

 

This doesn’t work for me at all.  The title name calls it a military cap, but to me it looks like something for a woodland troll.  I don’t like white baseball caps, and I hate the font for the green scroll work.  And why is the ELVIS not centered on the crown? This thing just looks stupid.  $19.99

 

Elvis the King Silhouette Cap:

Elvis The King silhouette cap

I do like this white contrast stitching, especially on the bill. And the blue and white sandwich lip on the bill is great.  The logo design is fine, but I’m not fond of the frayed edge patch technique.  It is riveted on, which is interesting.  Not bad, but I’m not getting it. $19.99

 

PINK CLASSIC CAR CAP:

PINK CLASSIC CAR CAP

Okay, here’s one that has Elvis Presley on it and no Graceland.  It’s a good hat for the female Elvis fan.  I guess the fuzzy edges around the patches is something in favor these days, but I’m not a fan.  $19.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE BLACK CAP WITH RED BILL:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE BLACK CAP WITH RED BILL

Elvis baseball caps don’t get any more throwback than this.  The color of the bill matches the embroidered red signature.  It has an adjustable back strap with antiqued gold buckle, while all the other caps have Velcro straps.  $15.99

 

 

So, what hat did I pick to replace my old worn-out one?  Because my favorite choice was sold out, the nod has to go to the first one in this review:

TCB BLACK CAP

 

However, I’m going to wait a little while to see if this sold out winner comes back in stock.

ELVIS PRESLEY TCB SCATTER CAP

 

 

Next weekend we’ll look at some of the hats Elvis actually wore.  Do you think he wore many baseball caps?  We’ll see.

 

 

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Caption Contest Results and a Little History on the TV Elvis Shot

Elvis and Anita Wood Close-up for Caption Contest

There weren’t as many replies as expected to the caption contest last weekend. The idea was to come up with what Elvis and Anita Wood were thinking in the shot above.

Reader Tracy:

Anita:   Elvis My Darling, I will think of You every night when I go to bed!
Elvis:    Honey, If You Do, You Won’t Sleep!!

Reader Nancy:

Anita:  Marry me
Elvis:  If only you were 14

Reader Isabelle:

Anita: Take the helmet from your hair
Shake it loose, let it fall
Lay it soft against my skin
Like the shadow on the wall

Elvis: Come and lay down by my side
Till the early morning light
All I’m taking is your time
Help me make it through the night

Reader Leon’a:

Anita: ”I promise Baby, I’ll write you every day.
Elvis: “You better, and I don’t want any of them to be ‘ Dear John ‘ letters either !!!!”

Reader Clementine:

Anita:. “Elvis, won’t you be my ‘Special Hound Dog’… Please Baby’ ??”

Elvis:…”Sure Baby, as long as you‘ll be ‘My Devil in Disguise!! “

 

(And here are the thought quotes I came up with)

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Anita: “I’m gonna miss you so much.”

Elvis: “That loser Robert Goulet better not be hangin’ around you while I’m gone.

 

If you do get the humor in that one, it’s because you know the story. But some of you might not get it, so it would help to hear about what happened — leading up to Elvis shooting a TV.

Color Drawing of Robert Goulet on Elvis' Shot-up TV

The best explanation is a quote by old Elvis buddy Marty Lacker in an interview he did with www.elvisinfonet.com:

“Elvis harbored some bad feelings about Goulet from back in the late 50s when he was in the Army. Elvis’ girlfriend Anita Wood was a singer and she did shows with Goulet and Buddy Hackett. Anita would often write Elvis in Germany, and one time Goulet added a postscript to one of them telling Elvis in a sly way that he was personally taking care of Anita. Elvis didn’t like that and he never forgot, so when he saw Goulet on TV, he shot the TV out.”

No wonder Elvis got mad. He’s overseas in the Army and gets a letter from his girlfriend Anita Wood back home, but slimy Robert Goulet writes on the bottom something like, “Don’t worry, Elvis, I’ll take care of Anita while you are gone.”

Not only did Elvis mad, he carried that grudge against Robert Goulet for years. Sixteen years later, in 1974, he got a measure of satisfaction. It happened while Elvis was working at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. He was in his top-floor suite when he saw Goulet on TV. Elvis took out his gun, shot the TV, and (according to Allexperts.com) said, “Get that s**t outta my house!”

 

Photo of shot-up Elvis TV

 

The shot-up TV has had an interesting journey since then. It currently resides in one of the exhibits at Elvis Presley’s Memphis across the street from Graceland.

Elvis Presley's Memphis

PBS even did an online feature about the TV being on display at the new complex.

PBS Story on Elvis Shooting TV Mar 3, 2017

 

This was actually the second time the TV had been on display at Graceland. On March 20, 2006, It was featured at the opening of the new exhibit called Elvis After Dark. Of course, the items in these exhibits are cycled off and replaced by others periodically, so the TV went into a Graceland storage room.

 

nnie Leibowitz Exhibit at Smithsonial Museum Showing Elvis' Shot-uo TV

Then in 2011, famous photographer Annie Leibowitz went to Graceland and photographed the TV. It became part of her exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute.

 

So, let’s think about this. After thirty-two years (1974 — 2006), the Goulet TV shows up at Graceland. How did it get there? Allexperts.com reported:

“The TV is currently on display at Graceland. It was found a few years ago in the attic above his father’s office.”

Vernon's Office at Graceland.

It looks like a TV could fit the attic on the right..

Okay, Elvis blasts the Goulet TV in Vegas in 1974, and then has it crated up and shipped back to Memphis, so it could be stored in his dad’s office for thirty-two years. Of course, Elvis paid the hotel for the damaged TV. But it was junk, so why would it be saved? Was there any reason to lug a ruined big-box 25 inch TV up to the office’s attic?

Seems like a stretch, but maybe there’s more to this story that we don’t know that would explain things.

 

 

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Caption Contest # 29

Elvis and Anita Wood at Fort Hood, Texas 1958

This is a photo I recently discovered on Pinterest. The tag under it said it was snapped at Ft. Hood, Texas in 1958. I love this picture for two reasons. One is that adorable little girl, completely unaware of the stirred passions going on right next to her. But, more important, this the best shot of Elvis and Anita Wood I’ve ever seen.

So good, in fact, that it prompted me to do another Elvis Caption Contest. It’s been many years since the last one.

 

Elvis and Anita Wood Close-up for Caption Contest

OK, I cropped it to this close-up and added thought clouds. Here is your chance to be creative and come up with what Anita and Elvis are thinking right then. Have fun with it and put some good ideas into Comments. Next week I’ll post the best ones (that I can repeat on ElvisBlog without getting into trouble).

 

 

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More Anecdotes about Elvis’ Humor and Love of Fooling Around

Elvis and Vera Tschechowa in Munich in april 4 1959.

Two years ago I shared a few excerpts from the book Elvis’ Humor by Bo Keeley. Bo had a unique concept to prevail in a crowded market with a successful book about Elvis. He went out and bought 43 other books on Elvis, and searched through them to find 290 anecdotes about his humor and love of fooling around and pulling stunts on others. Bo has been kind enough to let me share with you more of these great little insights into Elvis.

Elvis Humor

Elvis’ Humor is organized into many categories like the three in the subtitle: Girls, Guns, and Guitars. Previously we looked at a few from the Graceland and Movies chapters. Now, we will look at selections from the chapters Games, Parties, Pranks, and Paybacks. Bo Keeley precedes each story with a little background and follows with the original source information. Some are edited here for brevity.

 

Pippin

Fourteen-year old Jerry Schilling had known Elvis through a string of Sunday football contests at a Memphis playground when, in 1956, the newly successful singer invited Jerry to the amusement park. Sometimes Elvis rented Libertyland for his entire entourage from closing to the next morning, with instructions that all the rides, games, cotton candy, and hot dog stands were to be open all night.

Elvis favorite - Pippin Ride

The first time I {Jerry Schilling} went to the fairgrounds, I found myself lined up with the group to take a ride on the Pippin, which even in the fifties seemed old and rickety enough to add a little actual terror to every ride. Elvis got in the first car, and Anita Wood snuggled up close to him. Patsy Presley, Gene and Billy Smith, and a few of the others got in a car behind them. Those of us new to the Fairground experience stood on the platform as the ride began and the cars started up their slow climbs.

We could hear the continual yells of fear and excitement. But when the car finally came back around to the starting platform, we saw a heart-stopping sight: Anita Wood sat in the first car alone.

Elvis had been thrown from the Pippin. Some of the girls screamed. The rest of us stood frozen in shock. And then, just before the horror of what happened really grabbed a hold of us, we heard a tremendous laugh coming up the stairs behind us. We turned to see Elvis, grinning like a happy, misbehaving little kid. It was a trick I saw him pull almost every time he brought new people to the Fairgrounds – he’d figured out a spot at the top of the first hill where he could jump out just before the ride took off at top speed. Then he’d scale down and sneak around back. And every time, he got a tremendous kick out of the looks of panic on everybody else faces.

Jerry Schilling: p.54 – Me and a Guy Named Elvis

 

Wanda’s Duel

Wanda June Hill met Elvis Presley at the MGM offices in 1963, and struck up a cordial relationship peppered with practical jokes. On one occasion, Elvis and his boys were playing around the offices, running in and out, shouting and shooting each other with water pistols. Elvis came running into her office, giggling, and hid behind a desk, gun ready, to blast anyone coming through. Two minutes later, when no one did…

Wanda Hill and Elvis

Wanda Hill and Elvis

He took aim and fired a blast in my face. I stared at him, shocked, and then without thinking who he was, I picked up a paper cup with melting ice from a Coke and tossed it in his direction. It got him right in the chest and splattered up his face. The look on his face would have been worth millions on film.

He was stunned and speechless. For a few seconds I thought surely he would kill me, as his expression changed from shock to surprise, then anger. Then he slowly relaxed and his handsome face began to smile. He tossed back his head and laughed. Then, brushing off the ice and slowly raising his water pistol, feet spread apart, and with the meanest and most deadly look I’ve ever seen, he drew aim at my heart and fired his water pistol.

Well, it was nearly empty, and the stream sort of dribbled at me. That was too much; we fell all over the office laughing. Elvis went off to refill and I went back to work, wet, but totally sure Elvis was something else – just what I hadn’t decided yet.

Wanda Hill: p.3 – We Remember Elvis

 

New Year’s Eve

Anyone who knows anything about Elvis knows he loved fireworks. He would send one of his Memphis Mafia across the state line into Arkansas to buy a carload of fireworks for special holiday events, the most spectacular of which was New Year’s Eve. Elvis would burst out. “It’s time to play war.”

Elvis with Roman candle

New Year’s Eve he decided to stage another, slightly quieter but possibly more dangerous war. He and eleven friends pulled on heavy gloves and jackets and football helmets and went into the yard, where they chose up sides, and Elvis distributed over a thousand dollars’ worth of Roman candles, firecrackers, and cherry bombs.

No one was hurt, but when the play ended, the air stank with the smell of scorched wool and cotton and melting polyester, and everyone’s clothes were gaping with blackened holes.

Jerry Hopkins: p.66 – Elvis – The Final Years

 

All Dance, No Show

In June 1959, with 15 days leave to enjoy, Elvis and his Army friends Lamar Fike, Charlie Hodge, and Rex Mansfield travelled to Munich and Paris. Two days in Munich were followed by over a week of karate and partying in Paris where, on several occasions, Elvis would invite the whole chorus line of girls from the Moulin Rouge Club back to his top floor suite of the Prince de Galles Hotel with a panoramic view of the Arc de Triomphe

Elvis at Lido club Paris

One memorable night the entire chorus returned to the suite with them, and everyone was still asleep the next evening at 9:30 when the phone rang. It was the manager of the Lido, who announced to Lamar that he would like to begin the first show. Lamar told him to go right ahead and hung up without thinking any more about it. A moment later the phone rang again, and the same message was repeated. “Lamar got angry,” observed an amused Rex, and this time… told the Lido manager… to quit bothering us. The manager told Lamar that he could not start his show, because we had his entire chorus line in our hotel suite.

Peter Guralnick: p.34 – Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

 

Upstaged

In 1971, in the middle of Tom Jones’ show at the Stardust in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley got up and walked out. The usual arrangement to view a performance like this was for the maître d’ to sit Elvis and the group after the lights went down, and to escort them to the backstage dressing room before the end of the show to avoid being a distraction.

But Elvis was in the habit of drinking lots of Mountain Valley Spring Water, and in the middle of Jones’ show, he had to go to the bathroom. Jerry Schilling, one of the athletic Memphis Mafia, got up to go with him. Presley carried a cane then, both for the look and its potential as an emergency weapon. However, his best defensive move on the bathroom run was speed – Elvis had learned to do a fast power-walk through the lobbies and casinos and showrooms to avoid being stopped, and Jerry could hardly keep up with him…

Elvis with Girl and Mountain Valley Spring Water

On our way back from the bathroom, we were walking even faster than we had before. We passed a little lounge where a cover band was playing. Their lead singer was a big burley guy who happened to be in the middle of singing an Elvis tune. The big guy wasn’t bad, but he was overdoing the Elvis vibrato just a bit. Without breaking stride, Elvis said, “Jerry, wait here,” and stormed into the lounge.

Elvis with Cane

He walked right up to the stage, hoisted his cane like he was going to clobber this guy and said, “If you’re gonna do it, do it right.” He gave the crowd in the lounge a great big wink, hopped off the stage, and zoomed right out of there. But the big singer didn’t see the wink – he’d been so startled that he’d fallen over on the stage.

We were cracking up about it all the way back to our table. But no sooner did I get settled in to see the rest of Tom’s show than Elvis leaned over to tell me, “Jerry, go back and invite that guy and his band to come up to the suite after the show.”

Jerry Schilling: p.230 – Me and a Guy Named Elvis

 

First Jewelry Buy

A curious addition to the Memphis Mafia in 1967 was George C. Nichopoulas, also known as ‘Dr. Nick, who became Elvis’ personal physician.

Lowell Hayes and Elvis

On Christmas Eve 1970, Dr. Nick called me (Lowell Hayes, the jeweler) and said, “Elvis is gonna be at the Memphian Theater. And we’re having a movie. He’d like to see some jewelry.” I said, “Great. I’ll be there.”

About midnight I took a case of jewelry to the Memphian and they ushered me in and sat me down right behind Elvis. They told him, “Lowell Hayes is here.” Elvis turned around and acknowledged me and got up and motioned for me to follow him. We went into the men’s room, opened one of the doors to a toilet stall, and he sat down on the toilet and said, “Let’s have the case.”

I set it down on his lap, and Elvis did all his Christmas shopping sitting on the toilet in the Memphian Theater. He made quite a nice purchase and we became fast friends. As far as I know, if I was anywhere near, for the rest of his life, he bought everything from me. From that day on I made the TCB necklaces, rings, and all of Elvis’ jewelry.

Rose Clayton: p.252 – Elvis Up Close

 

Blanks and Blood

The compassion in Elvis Presley is brought out in stunts pulled on him. In 1956, one of his enduring traits on screen was a refreshing naivety. When something nice happened, he smiled. When something he didn’t like happened, he turned it around. When something new was thrown in his face, he got confused. Elvis the actor couldn’t hide it.

Elvis Shooting Gun in Love Me Tender

Sometimes the joke was on Elvis. In Love Me tender, Elvis’ character, Clint Reno, has to shoot his brother Vance, played by Richard Egan. Director Robert Webb explained the scene and briefed Elvis on how he wanted it done. Certain that the gun contained blanks, Elvis fired. He hit Egan in the shoulder.

Egan grabbed at the spot where the bullet ripped through his shirt. Blood gushed out of the wound and all over Egan’s clothes. Elvis ran to him in a state of panic, convinced he had shot Egan for real. As Egan dropped to his knees, Elvis began to cry. The script called for Egan to lay on the ground in pain; instead, he started to laugh. Everyone else on the set started to laugh as well.

Richard Egan Laughing

Elvis was confused and he turned to Webb for an answer. He soon realized he’d been ‘had’ using one of Hollywood’s oldest tricks. Electric wire fired powder onto the victim and a pack of thick, red fluid, resembling blood, burst open onto the actor. Hurt that anyone had laughed at his naiveté Elvis was further mortified that they now realized he knew nothing about prop techniques used in the movies.

The scene and the blood pack were ruined, so Webb ordered a ten-minute break so the crew could set up for a retake. He turned to Elvis and said that the performance had given him the best laugh of his life.

Jim Curtin: p.96 – Elvis, Unknown Stories Behind the Legend

 

Stood Up

Priscilla had married Elvis in 1967, when she was 21. (When) the marriage soured in the early 70s she confesses that she sought his attention with what he seemed to love most — practical jokes…

Priscilla in front of Stage with Elvis

One night, after he’d left early for a show, I put on a black dress with an exceptionally low-cut back. When it came time for Elvis to give away kisses to girls in the audience – a regular part of the show – I went up to the stage. Instead of kissing me he kept on singing his song, leaving me to stand there.

With my hair hiding the dress strap around my neck I appeared to be nude from the waist up. I could hear the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘ahhhh’s’ of the audience. They were under the impression that a topless girl had cornered Elvis and he couldn’t figure out what to do.

Elvis Kissing Priscilla at Concert

I kept whispering to him, “Kiss me, kiss me, so I can sit down,” but he decided to turn the joke on me, and made me wait in the spotlight for the duration of the song. Planting a big kiss on my lips, he surprisingly introduced me to the audience. I felt a bit embarrassed and made my way back to my seat.

Priscilla Presley: p.281 – Elvis and Me

 

Lone Ranger

In early January 1976, Elvis decided to fly a large entourage to Colorado for a vacation. After checking into a Denver hotel, he dispatched Joe Esposito to Vail to find rental accomodations for the group. On January 7, he spends the evening of his 41st birthday in a rental chalet on the slopes. Elvis wears a full-face ski mask during the day to avoid recognition, and mostly appears on the slopes at night in a rented snowmobile. One evening, after a skiing accident, Dr. Nicopoulas’ son, Dean, needed medical attention, Elvis, Dr. Nick, and Dean raced to the local hospital…

Lamar Fike, Priscilla and Elvis

Lamar Fike, Priscilla and Elvis

Finally we arrived at the hospital. I pulled out my Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance card with Elvis Presley Enterprises printed on it, and handed it to the busy receptionist. She must have thought she was being cute, ’cause she smirked back, “Yeah. So where’s Elvis?”

Still wearing his ski mask, Elvis looked all around, left and right, up and down, then answered mischievously, “He’s here… somewhere.”

“And who are you?” the receptionist shot back.

“The Lone Ranger,” Elvis replied matter-of-factly.

But she had already returned to her paperwork, paying no attention to the silly masked man.

George Nichopoulos: p.101 – The King and Dr. Nick

 

 

My thanks to Bo Keeley for agreeing to let me use excerpts from his delightful book in this post. If you are interested in getting a copy of Elvis’ Humor – Girls, Guns & Guitars, click here.

 

 

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Elvis Images Found in Archaeological Collections

1,800 Year-Old Roman Bust

In 2008, famous antiquities collector Graham Geddes of Melbourne, Australia, revealed his discovery of a 1,800-year-old marble bust that looked like Elvis Presley. The ‘Elvis’ sculpture is 2nd Century AD Roman acroterion – a kind of architectural ornament often found on the corners of a sarcophagus, a stone tomb or burial chamber. According to antiquities specialist Georgiana Aitken: ‘It bears an uncanny likeness to Elvis Presley. It’s the quiff that does it.”

Ms. Aitken made other statements that caused quite a commotion within the archaeological community:

“Looking at this face with its Elvis-like quiff, strong jaw and nose, one is inevitably led to the thought that the human face, for all its diversity and subtlety, has after all an ability to repeat itself.”

“Fans of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, seeing this face from the distant past will be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life.”

This notion caused many collectors, archaeologists, and museum curators to take a second look at their collections and to do extensive searches in their photographic reference books to see if Elvis images may have been found in other ancient cultures.

 

A ROMAN MARBLE ACROTERION CIRCA MID TO LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.

An even better likeness of Elvis was found in this Roman burial vault acroterion circa mid-to-late 2nd century AD.

 

Here are some of the other Elvis likenesses found in archaeological collections:

Adalaid, Australia – Cave Drawing – 300,000 BC

 

 

Luxor, Egypt — Giant Bust Sculpture — 2,000 BC

 

Belize River Valley, Belize – Cave drawing – 60,000 BC

 

Sultan Kala, Turkmenistan – Stone Carving – 1,400 AD

 

Florence, Italy – Bronze Bust – 900 AD

 

Pylos, Greece – Marble Bust – 600 BC

 

St. Lucia, West Indies – Wall Art – 1,200 AD

 

Iraklio, Crete — Giant Carved Cameo — 1,100 AD

 

Sagalassos, Turkey – Stone Tablet – 400 AD

 

Kyota Japan –Bamboo Wood Carving – 1,500 AD

 

Burial and Ritual Sites, Central Mongolia – Cave Drawing — 150,000 BC

 

Tiwanaku, Bolivia – Painted Stone Tablet – 1,600 AD

 

Moon Landing – Clue to Earlier Visitors — 1971

 

 

If you’re starting to wonder if this story is on the level, scroll down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elvis’ 7 Day Journey from Soldier to Civilian

Elvis' Seven Day Journey

Elvis’ tour of duty of duty in the U.S. Army ended in March 1960.  However, getting home from Germany was a long seven-day process that included two military troop transport air flights, a secret limousine ride, two private car rail trips, and a special police escort from the Memphis Airport to Graceland. Here is a look at Elvis leaving the Army and going home.

 

DAY 1 – March 1, 1960:

The first of three press conferences during Elvis’ week-long trip took place on this day at the base near Bad Nauheim, Germany. It was the Army, not Col. Parker, who scheduled this one for the Armed Forces Radio and Television, and there were more than one hundred reporters and photographers in attendance.

Elvis Presley Discharge Press Conference March 1 1960

The Enlisted Men’s Club provided the venue for Elvis’ commanding officer to present him with a certificate of merit. It cited his “cheerfulness and drive and continually outstanding leadership ability.”

Elvis and His Army Certificate of acheivement

The reporters were allowed to ask Elvis questions, and here is his response to one about serving as a real soldier rather than as a Special Services entertainer at military clubs:

“People were expecting me to mess up. To goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn’t take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise, not only to the people who were wondering, but to myself.”

I believe any objective analysis would have to agree that Elvis accomplished his goal.

 

(Editor’s note: Last week when I posted the photo of Elvis and former Sun Records office manager Marion Keisker, I did not realize the shot had been taken at this press conference marking Elvis’ discharge from the Army. I found that out researching for this new post.)

A highlight of the press conference was surprise appearance of Captain Marion MacInness (her Air Force rank and married name).

Marion Keisker

When Elvis saw her, he was overjoyed and excitedly asked her, “I don’t know whether to kiss you or salute.” Showing her sense of humor, she answered, “In that order.”

 

DAY 2 – March 2, 1960:

Although Elvis was later asked if he left behind any special girl, and he replied “not really,” the truth is that he showed up at the Rhine-Main airbase with Priscilla Beaulieu in the car with him. There is a famous photo of Priscilla waving goodbye to him that appeared in the March 14 issue of Life magazine. They must have figured out what was going on, because the caption read, “Girl He Left Behind.”

Elvis with Priscilla Before He Leaves Germany

 

Once on the plane, Elvis had plenty of other female attention. He entered the plane through a rear door and took a seat in the back to keep a low profile. However, the word of his presence soon spread throughout the plane. For the next two hours, stewardesses and the wives and children of other GI’s made a line to the back of the plane asking for Elvis’ autograph.

The Air Force troop transport plane flew from Frankfort, Germany to a base in Prestwick, Scotland, where there was a two-hour layover before a different plane continued the trip to the U.S. Apparently, the Air Force had made extensive plans for his short stay, and word of Elvis’ impending arrival had leaked out. Here is what the Scottish Daily Mail said about Elvis’ only visit to Great Britain:

“Hundreds of screaming teenagers drowned the noise of the jet engines when Sergeant Elvis (the Pelvis) Presley flew into Prestwick last night.”

Elvis shook hands, signed autograph books, posed for pictures – then bewilderedly whispered to an Air Force Lieutenant, ‘Where am I’?”

Elvis was allowed to speak to reporters for five minutes on the tarmac and then was whisked away in a staff car to meet the troops at the local NCO club. Next, he was shuffled off to the base Teenage Club for more interaction with young fans.

Elvis Fans get All Shook Up at Prestwick airport

 

Finally, Elvis and seventy-nine other soldiers boarded a Military Air Transport Service C-118 for the trip back to America.

 

Day 3 – March 3, 1960:

At 7:42 AM, Elvis arrived at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey during a driving snowstorm. The welcoming party included Col. Parker, already in full Elvis-promotion mode. He was accompanied by nineteen-year-old Nancy Sinatra, who had announced her engagement to singer Tommy Sands just one week earlier. The Colonel had signed a deal for Elvis to appear on TV with Frank Sinatra, and daughter Nancy’s presence was the perfect start to the PR campaign.

Elvis With Nancy Sinatra

 

Also present was actress Tina Louise from the TV show Gilligan’s Island, representing the Mutual Radio Network. A March 9 Variety article noted that Tina Louise was dressed in a “tight white dress with her bright red hair peeking out of a turban,” She made Elvis blush when she asked him, “Are you still going to use suggestive movements?”

Elvis Presley and Tina Louise at Discharge Press Conference

 

There were hundreds of reporters on hand to gobble up the news, as the Army held its second Elvis discharge press conference. The New York Times ran a front-page story of the event.

New York Times - Elvis

The article contained two quotes I find interesting.

“Maj. Mark Bottorff announced that Sergeant Presley had ‘behaved himself in a manner so to cast great credit on the Army.’”

“Tom Parker, the singer’s manager, said his client had a gross income of $1,600,000 in 1959. But Parker admonished: ‘Please state carefully the Government gets 91 percent in income tax.’”

So, the Army brass talked about Elvis’ great behavior and being a credit to the Army, but Col. Parker talked about money.

In their People section, a Time magazine article had two of Elvis’ press conference answers to reporters’ questions, including this nugget:

“Elvis, proudly wearing medals for good conduct and marksmanship, promised he will soon climb into his gaudiest working mufti [Ed. note: civvies], agitate his pelvis of yore (‘If I stand still, I’m dead’), and ‘never abandon rock ‘n roll as long as people keep appreciatin’ it.’”

Of course, the writer for Time magazine had no idea what Elvis’ gaudiest working outfit would become in another decade.

 

Day 4 – March 4, 1960:

Elvis was back on US soil, but he wasn’t free from the Army, yet. He spent this entire day going through the involved Army discharge procedures. However, his presence back home was enough motivation for Estes Kefauver, the Tennessee Senator, to read a tribute about him in the U.S. Senate chambers. So, Elvis is commemorated forever in the Congressional Record with this passage:

“To his great credit, this young American became just another G.I. Joe…. I for one would like to say to him, yours was a job well done, Soldier.”

 

Day 5 – March 5, 1960:

It was never reported if Elvis slept well the night before, but if not, his excitement at being discharged would certainly have been the cause. Finally, at 9:15am, the Army gave him a formal honorable discharge and a mustering out check for $109.54 (The TV appearance with Frank Sinatra would pay him $125,000).

Elvis Presley's Last Army Payday

Note the three stripes on his sleeve.

Elvis and the Colonel left the base in a limousine and traveled along a snow-packed and fan lined highway. Somehow, they eluded the press and went to Trenton, NJ, where they waited at a hotel for most of the day. They were joined by Col. Parker’s assistant Tom Diskin, Parker’s brother-in-law Bitsy Mott, and Elvis’ buddies Lamar Fike and Rex Mansfield. That night, they all went to the train station to board a private railroad car that took them to Washington, DC.

Day 6 – March 6, 1960:

In Washington, Elvis and his party boarded a second private railway car on the “Tennessean” line, which would take him home to Memphis. The train left at 8:05 a.m., and made many stops along the way. The Colonel had made sure Elvis’ private car was at the end of the train and included an observation platform. At each stop along the way, Elvis would stand on the platform and wave to the adoring crowds. He was wearing a specially tailored blue dress uniform, complete with white gloves. Somehow, either through error or perhaps at the instructions of Col. Parker, Elvis’ rank insignia gained an additional fourth strip, indicating he was a Staff Sergeant.

Elvis in Custom Army Uniform after Discharge

 

Day 7 – March 7, 1960:

There were a few reporters on the train, and one of them reported that Elvis did not sleep through the night. Who could blame him? In a matter of hours he would be home. Elvis arrived at the Memphis train station at 7:45 a.m.

Elvis Welcome Home

He mingled with the fans for a while, and then he and Col. Parker got in a police car for the ride to Graceland. The driver was Memphis Police Captain Fred Wollard, and Elvis received a full police escort.

Elvis Getting Police Escort in Memphis

When Elvis arrived at Graceland, he stood outside looking at it. He took a deep breath before going in. This has been generally interpreted as his reflection on his mother’s death while he was in basic training and his sadness in knowing she would no longer be in the home he bought for her.

That afternoon, Elvis held his third press conference in seven days. This time it was with fifty reporters in his father’s office in a building behind Graceland.

Elvis Presley Press Conference at Graceland March 7, 1960

The most famous quote to come out of this event was this:

“I just can’t get it in my mind that I’m here.”

 

(Editor’s note: I wanted to include an image of Elvis’ Army discharge certificate in this post, but this is all I could find.  It appears that  some Photoshop jockey produced a bogus one. I wonder why he didn’t put in the correct date while he was at it. The oval marks are mine.)

Elvis Presley- Discharge Certificate

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60th Anniversary — Elvis’ Army Induction

Graceland Blog - 60th Anniversary of Elvis' Induction into the Army

Graceland posted this two weeks prior to the actual anniversary date of March 24, 1958, and I’ll be a little early here as well. Their blog post is a good one, and I recommend that you read it. There are nine big photos and a short video. I had never seen the picture of Elvis sitting in front of the Christmas tree looking at his draft notice.

Other highlights include Elvis’ famous quote that the Army was “a duty I’ve got to fill and I’m going to do it.” I also got a kick out of learning that Col. Parker handed out “King Creole” balloons to the fans outside the induction center. Leave it to Parker to turn it into an opportunity to promote the movie Elvis had just finished filming.

 

Elvis in army - Lip Snarl

I’ve been collecting Elvis Army photos for about twelve years and now have hundreds of them. So, I’ve culled through them and tried to find the most interesting. How do you like him doing his signature lip curl while in Army uniform and carrying a duffel bag on his shoulder?

 

Elvis Company D 80th Battallion

You’ve probably seen this photo before, but do you know what “Armor” means?

Elvis in Tank

It means tanks.

Elvis on tank

 

So far, we have seen Elvis in three different Army hats. Here are some more.

Elvis Wearing Army Helmet

Elvis In Army Uniform

Elvis - Dec 17, 1958 Grafenwoehr exercise camp

 

Elvis was photographed with a lot of fans while he was stationed in Germany, but this one takes the prize.

Elvis and Four German Babes

 

Speaking of fans, check out this letter from three young Elvis Presley lovers. They actually sent it to President Eisenhower imploring him exempt Elvis from a G.I. haircut – “If you cut his sideburns off, we will just die.”

1958 letter to President Eisenhower about Elvis' haircut

 

And here is Elvis with his Army haircut and no sideburns.

Elvis with Sleeves Rolled up

Now, take a look at one of the lesser known photos of Elvis getting that haircut at Ft. Chaffee in Arkansas.

Elvis Getting Army haircut at Ft. Chaffee Barber Shop

Have you ever had some guy sweeping up your hair clippings the minute they hit the floor? This was arranged by Col. Parker who saw yet another promotional opportunity. He ordered that all of Elvis’ hair clippings from his Army induction haircut be gathered up and sent to his fan clubs. One lock ended up at the Tulsa World newspaper, and they used it in a contest. Winner Sybil Coughman completed this sentence “I think the US Army can make the best use of Elvis by…

“…letting him give hip exercises to the soldiers to keep them trim and in good shape like he is.”

Hip exercises. Yeah, the Army will surely go for that.

 

Elvis with Army Haircut

Here’s one last rare haircut photo. It appeared in a six-page pictorial spread in a magazine called Cool Hep Cats.

Elvis on Cover of Cool Hep Cats

This may be the only magazine in history to superimpose text over Elvis’ face.

Cool Hep Cats Cover with Printing on Elvis' Head

 

Okay, that was going off on a tangent. Let’s get back to Elvis in the Army.

You probably know that Elvis’ Memphis friends Red West and Lamar Fike travelled to Germany to continue their roles as buddies in residence. Elvis also made friends with two future Memphis Mafia members while in the Army – Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge. Here is a shot of Elvis and Charlie in uniform.

Charlie Hodge and Elvis in the Army

They originally connected at Ft. Chaffee during Elvis’ four-day stay there. They shipped off to Ft. Hood, Texas together and also on the USS Randall troop ship to Germany.

Charlie Hodge and Elvis on USS Randall

Look at the white box below Elvis’ left hand. It was another Col. Parker idea, and guess what it contained? Dozens of playing-card-sized autographed photos of Elvis. As the tug boats began pushing the USS Randall out into New York Harbor. Elvis flipped the cards, a hand-full at a time, over the railing and they fluttered down to lucky fans standing on the dock four decks below. Parker must have had advance knowledge that the US Army Band would be present on the dock the day Elvis shipped out. So, he printed up copies of the music to several Elvis songs and delivered them to the band leader who in turn passed them out to all the musicians. Songs they played that day included “That’s All Right,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t be Cruel,” “Tutti Fruitti” and others.

There were no John Philip Sousa marches to mark this occasion. Col. Parker really could pull off some good schemes to promote Elvis.

 

Elvis in Battle Fatigues Playing Guitar

I have four different photos of Elvis in his Army uniforms playing guitar. I suppose he entertained the guys during off hours.

 

Elvis Visiting Bill Haley in Stuttgart 1959

Elvis (plus Red West and Lamar Fike) were entertained by Bill Haley while on leave in Stuttgart, West Germany in October 1959.

 

Elvis Meeting Marion Keisker in 1960

Do you remember Marion Keisker, the studio manager for Sam Phillips at Sun Records who is credited as being first to recognize Elvis’ potential? She left Sun Records in 1957 and joined the Air Force. While she was in Germany as assistant manager of the Armed Forces Television Network in 1960, Marion Keisker and Elvis held a reunion

 

Elvis the Soldier

And one last look at Elvis, the soldier.

 

There have been two other ElvisBlog articles about Elvis in the Army.  If you would like to learn more, click on these:

Elvis in the Army — By the Numbers

Sergeant Elvis A. Presley

And next week we will look at Elvis’ discharge from the Army and his trip home to Memphis.   It’s only the 58th anniversary, so the Graceland Blog probably won’t cover it for two more years.

 

 

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