Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 13

This is a nice picture of Carl Perkins and Elvis surrounded by fans wanting autographs. Carl certainly wasn’t blessed with outstanding hair like Elvis.

 

But Carl Perkins’ hair looked considerably better in 1982 in this photo with Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.  They sure look like they are having fun.

 

How do you like this strong picture of Elvis? Believe it or not, it came from an online catalog image of a double-sided blanket throw. Very nice artwork.

 

Young Elvis in a wistful mood.

 

This is interesting. Somebody found these two photos and put them together on Pinterest. Tommy Dorsey blows the trombone with Frank Sinatra and Elvis decades apart. Very clever.

 

This photo makes me sigh. It does not look like the best of times for Elvis. I guess it was taken at the racquetball court because he is in a jump suit. Maybe not. Anybody know?

 

Definitely better times for Elvis in this picture. Wow. Of course, it is from the bordello scene in the ’68 Comeback Special.

 

That’s Elvis’ right hand behind his head. Look what some joker did with this picture.

 

 

The caption on this one said it was taken on July 1, 1966 at the MGM Studios in Culver City, CA. Elvis looks younger than his 31 years. In fact, he struck me as a college student carrying books across campus. That reminded me I had a couple of similar photos of Elvis in other collegiate-looking wardrobes.

 

This is Elvis on his 22nd birthday.

 

Here he looks absolutely preppy.

 

And in a role reversal, Elvis is now the teacher for a group of teenagers

 

The first thing that attracted me to this photo was Elvis’ big eyes. But just for fun, we could say that fellow in the bottom left was taking a selfie of himself and Elvis.

If selvies had been around during Elvis’ time, he would have been in a ton of them.

 

I’ve already posted my favorite picture of Scottie Moore and Elvis. This one of James Burton and Elvis is excellent because they are both atypical. James is not playing the guitar, and Elvis is playing the piano. That’s a nice smile on James, while Elvis shows the emotion he is putting into the song.

 

I couldn’t find out the story behind this. You can see there is an Elvis timeline in the background, so the original must be much bigger for people to be able to see the images, and especially to read the text.

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This came from a trading card. It appears to be colorized, so we don’t know whether Elvis really had brown hair when it was snapped. But he does look good.

 

Well, Movie Life magazine got this one wrong. I would love to read all the bogus stuff they had to say about Elvis and Ann Margret being married.

 

Let’s end with a bonus picture on the 50th anniversary of the USA landing on the moon.

 

It’s hard to believe I’ve found enough new pictures to do this 13 times.   I like doing these posts, and it seems like you readers like them, too.

 

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Celebrating National Hot Dog Day with Elvis

The TV news I watch in the morning likes to point out some of these unusual “National Days.” If I can find a few pictures connecting Elvis with them, I like to put them on ElvisBlog.

 

This is actually a picture disc. “Hot Dog” was one of the songs in the movie Loving You. It was the song Elvis was singing when his female manager engineered a riot. I don’t know why “Hot Dog” deserved a picture disc. It was a fairly weak tune in the movie compared to the title song and rockers like “Teddy Bear”, “Mean Woman Blues”, and “Got A Lot of Living To Do.”

In the song, Elvis is not talking about food. Hot dog is a happy exclamation about how his baby is coming home to him. Hot dog is mentioned 12 times in the lyrics.

 

I have this book, but soon it will be available the next time I offer some more stuff from my Fuzzy room for sale.

Actually, that is not a hot dog on the cover. It is a Brat, but that’s close enough.

 

 

Have a great National Hot Dog Day.

The Good, the Bad, and the Mildly Amusing

One of the things taking up space in my Fuzzy Room of Elvis stuff is a stack of old ShopElvis.com catalogs.

 

I don’t know what motivated me to save them, but they are headed to the recycle bin now. Before they go, I thought it would be fun to feature some of the more interesting offers here on ElvisBlog.

 

SUMMER 2007

 

The Good:

Although this light is pretty expensive, it is very cool. Turn it on and have the red lights blink in sequence while “Don’t Be Cruel” plays. Perfect for a party.

 

The Bad:

 

This is just pathetic. The sunglasses look fine, but those phony sideburns hanging down from the temples are lame. I’d be embarrassed to wear this. The wig sucks, too.

 

The Good and Bad:

I like the bottom plate because of the good color picture of Elvis and the simple clear message. The top one is stupid. RCK N’RL just doesn’t work, and the Elvis picture isn’t near as good.

 

The Mildly Amusing:

This shirt is pretty dark and hard to read, but that’s part of its appeal to me. Say you’re walking toward someone wearing this shirt; the first thing you could make out is FREAK. “Hmm, what’s this?” Then Stone Cold Natural comes into focus. “Hmm, who is it?” And finally, you see the answer is Elvis. Okay!

Non-fans have no idea that “Stone cold natural freak” is part of an Elvis quote from his August 1, 1969 opening night at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. He was actually relating to his audience what they might be thinking about his return to live concerts.

“Hair flying everywhere, he’s gotta be a weirdo, man, I’ll tell you. Stone cold natural freak, man. That’s why he ain’t been in public nine years.”

I can’t believe Graceland ever authorized an Elvis T-shirt that calls him a freak.

 

FALL 2007:

 

 

The Good:

I own this book; bought it when it was first offered. It’s wonderful, filled with terrific jumpsuit photos. A real bargain. If there was a catalog Hall of Fame for good Elvis stuff, this book would be the first inductee.

 

The Bad:

Notwithstanding the history of this design, I think it’s way low on eye appeal. It looks like Elvis had Charlie or one of the guys iron white letters onto  blue T-shirts. And what does having “ElvisInsider’s.com” on the back add?

Here’s the shirt’s design history. Elvis Presley Enterprises sponsored a football team in the early 60s. Elvis is circled, and you can easily find Red West. If anyone knows that other players were Memphis Mafia, put it in Comments.   [Frequent commenter Gerard Montz has identified Alan Fortas to Red’s left, and on the opposite end of that row Sonny west.]

 

The Mildly Amusing:

This is amusing because it is both good and bad. The price of $115 is pretty steep. The big problem is that it’s terrible as a cookie jar. You would have to use both hands to pick up the lid. The good part is that probably nobody will ever put cookies in it. It’ll look fine on a shelf.

 

More Good:

$22 sounds like a very good deal for 3 CDs of Elvis Karaoke songs. In a tin, no less. They did a good job picking out the three photos. I never bought this set, and now I kind of wish I had. I’d play them while doing stuff like house cleaning, just singing away.

 

SUMMER 2008, Vol 2

 

 

The Good:

This item makes no pretense of being a simulated real gold record award, but they have done a good job creating a pseudo one. This plaque would look great hanging on a wall with other Elvis stuff. The record is gold-plated, the photo is colorful, everything is nicely arranged, and the matting is first class. I think it justifies the high $150 price tag.

 

The Bad:

I can’t figure this one out. Does the salt and pepper come out end of the guitars’ necks? If so, could there be room for more than one hole? That would take a whole lot of shaking to get anything out. How do the guitars stand up? Not worth $30 to me. We have looked at other Elvis salt and pepper shakers on ElvisBlog before, and they were all better than this set.

 

The Mildly Amusing:

The main item here is the Elvis shower curtain, and for some reason, I like it. My wife would never allow it, though. I wonder if you ladies would be intimidated by having Elvis in the room while you are undressed…or maybe not. If you want something a little less in-your-face, maybe the Elvis soap dispenser is more your speed.

The one part of this set I totally dislike is the Elvis trash can. It’s made of clear plastic, so a pile of used tissues and other junk will frame Elvis’ picture. Please, no. EPE failed to meet their own standards for objectional use of an Elvis image. I can’t believe many people bought a trash can with Elvis on it.

 

More Bad:

I’m sure my dog wouldn’t care if his collar had pictures from Elvis movie lobby cards on it. And his fur would cover them up so much I couldn’t see them, anyway.

The collar is made of leather and the images are not bad. Maybe they should just make it longer and market it as a belt for people.

 

SUMMER 2008, Vol 3

 

 

The Good:

The photo of this wallet in the catalog is about 1” by 1-1/4” so you could barely make out the embossed image of Elvis. But in actual size it is pretty good. $40 doesn’t seem outrageous for an Elvis leather wallet, so this one works for me.

 

The Bad:

I like the idea of a leather Elvis duffel bag, although the $500 price is way too much. But what ruins this item for me are the images of Elvis that are screen-printed onto it. Here’s a blow-up.

The one on the left is just bizarre. There is an Elvis head coming out of the top of another Elvis head. That’s bad enough, but the distended hand freaks me out. That’s just about the ugliest Elvis image I’ve ever seen. The other one is better, but the S in Elvis is part cut off. What genius came up with these two losers?

 

The Mildly Amusing:

I don’t know how ShopElvis figured people would choose the socks based in these tiny catalog pictures of them. Today, everything is sold online, and you can get a big image with just a click. Much Better.

As I studied these socks, several were just a jumble of shapes and colors I couldn’t make out. I wondered what “Comic Elvis” really looked like, so I blew it up.

To me, this should be called “Angry Elvis.” It probably wasn’t a big seller. I sort of like the socks with the white suit from the ’69 Comeback Special.

 

FALL 2008

 

 

The Good:

I have stated in here many times how much I like Joe Petruccio’s artwork of Elvis. There just doesn’t seem to be any end to the wonderful images he creates. And, Graceland has been very liberal using them on all sorts of products. I think using them on flasks is a great idea. My favorite would be the Sundial Jumpsuit back view – the one Elvis wore at his last concerts.

 

The Bad:

Now that I’ve said good things about Joe Petruccio, I hope he won’t mind if I criticize one of his paintings. Sorry, but I just don’t find this image of Elvis attractive. Maybe in those big poster reprint he sells online the image will show better.

 

The Mildly Amusing:

When I first saw this, I said, “Hey, that’s a good idea, and $60 seems reasonable.” Then I realized with two of these designs your butt would be sitting on Elvis. Maybe that wouldn’t turn others off, but for me it would have to be a set of the signature bar stools.

 

More Good:

You know about the “Elvis Presley Boulevard” street signs that came out decades ago. Here’s a nice alternative. $13 sounds like a good deal for a 24” long sign. If I had one it would be installed over the doorway to my Fuzzy Room of Elvis goodies.

 

More Bad:

There are a number of die-cast models of different cars Elvis owned out there. I’m fine with that. But why did they do a 1957 Chevy station wagon? Elvis never owned one of them. Sometimes, they just go overboard trying to think of new Elvis stuff to sell us.

 

So that’s it. The first five ShopElvis catalogs in my stack. There are lots more, so we will do this again.

 

 

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Happy 4th of July, Elvis — Once Again

I posted the first “Happy 4th of July, Elvis” pictorial back in 2009, and repeated that topic regularly through 2014. Then I had trouble finding pictures that hadn’t already been used, so I skipped the next three years, did one in 2017, and skipped last year. I would like to reuse a picture from 2012 to start this year’s post.

 

 

The folks who have created these images usually include fireworks, bald eagles, the American flag or combinations of these patriotic symbols.

 

 

I have many other images of Elvis with the American flag that don’t specifically mention the 4th of July. Here are some of the more interesting ones.

 

 

 

This is the first Elvis figurine I’ve ever seen with him holding a small American flag. Nice touch.

 

 

I’m not sure why the artist put all that dark shading on the left side of Elvis’ face here.

 

 

 

 

This is very clever.

 

This wonderful creation was done by the outstanding painter Betty Harper. It’s just one of her many Elvis works.

 

Here’s another terrific Betty Harper painting of Elvis and the flag. Do yourself a favor and check out her website.  https://bettyharper.com/

 

I like the flag around Elvis’ face, not over it. This is a bit much for my taste

 

This is a little weird, but there is no problem seeing that this minimalist depiction is Elvis. I kind of like the curvy flagpole.

 

This is really outstanding.

 

Here’s some more great artwork, but I can’t make out the artist’s name. Did you notice the American eagle cleverly included?

 

This could have been a pretty good picture, but why does Elvis’ hair look green?

 

We all know that Elvis was such a patriotic American, and we salute him for that.

 

If Elvis was alive today, you know he would wear a pair of these with pride.

 

 

We’ll end by reusing a picture from the July 4th 2011 post.

 

 

 

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ElvisBlog’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snub List

I have subscribed to Goldmine magazine for over three decades. In recent years, it has morphed into more of a music lover’s magazine, but that’s fine with me. There are great articles in every issue, and a few of them gave me ideas for ElvisBlog posts. It happened again this month.

 

As you may know, the latest class of inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was announced recently. That inspired one of the best Goldmine writers, Mike Greenblatt, to post an article on their website about singers and groups worthy of induction that have been passed over time and again.

From top left, they are Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Harry Nilsson, Little Feet (lead singer Lowell George shown). Willie DeVille, and Warren Zevon. For some reason, Greenblatt’s other choice, The Doobie Brothers, is not included in the picture montage.

I can see his point on all of them except Willy Deville. In fact, I was into classic rock from the late 60s on, and I owned albums by Jethro Tull, Harry Nilsson and Little Feet. However, Greenblatt overlooked something — something that the Hall of Fame voters have ignored for years…

 

It’s as though the Hall voters think, “Well, those 50s acts have been eligible for so long, surely all the good ones are inducted by now.” The last 50s singer to be inducted was Brenda Lee in 2002. Not one 50s act in the last 17 years. This is just wrong, and it motivated me to make the ElvisBlog Rock & Roll Hall of Fame snub list.

First, here’s a little history of the induction of 50s acts.

1986

Elvis Presley
Chuck Berry
Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis
Everly Brothers
Buddy Holly
Fats Domino
Sam Cooke
Ray Charles

1987

Carl Perkins
Clyde McPhatter
Ricky Nelson
Bill Haley
Eddie Cochran
Jackie Wilson
The Coasters

1988    The Drifters
1990    The Platters
1991    LaVerne Baker
1994    Duane Eddy
1998    Gene Vincent, Lloyd Price
2000    The Moonglows
2001    Ritchie Valens
2002    Brenda Lee

As you can see, over the past thirty years, only eight 50s acts have made it to the Rock Hall, and none since 2002. I believe they don’t even consider them anymore.

 

Here are four that I contend deserve recognition, too — my own Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snub List

Pat Boone:

 

I have read articles saying Boone does not belong for two reasons. One, he stole lots of his earliest hits from genuine R&B singers and groups. Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame,” The El Dorados “At My Front Door,” the Flamingos’ “I’ll Be Home,” Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally,” and Ivory Joe Hunter’s “I Almost Lost My Mind.”

That argument has always bothered me because Elvis did the same thing at the start of his career. Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right,” and “My Baby Left Me,” Roy Brown’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman,” Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train,” Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, and Little Richard’s “Tuitti Fruitti.”

The other beef some folks have about Pat Boone is that he wasn’t really a rocker because his biggest hits were ballads like, “Love Letters in the Sand,” “April Love,” and “Don’t Forbid me.” This doesn’t make sense. The Platters hits were all ballads, and that didn’t keep them out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

I can add a personal note here. I was around in the late 50s, and I listened to rock and roll music on my favorite AM radio station. To us teenagers, everything we heard on that station was rock and roll, because that was their format. We totally accepted the Platters, Little Richard, Pat Boone, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Flamingos and everyone else we heard as rock and roll stars. Fast songs, slow songs. — it was all rock and roll to us.

Because the teenagers and the disc jockeys of the 50s considered Pat Boone to be a rock and roll star, the Hall voters should give this man a break and vote him in before he leaves this earth.

 

Connie Francis

 

I make frequent searches into the Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Guess how many Top 40 hits Connie Francis had? Thirty-five, including four #1s: It’s strange, but her most enduring hits, “Who’s Sorry Now” and “Lipstick on Your Collar” made it to only #4 and #5 respectively.

A Goldmine magazine article said, “This New Jersey teenager was the first female superstar of Rock & Roll, her success laying the groundwork for every following young lady who wanted to become a Rock & Roll recording star. That she has maintained her icon status and remains, even today, a successful force in the industry is a tribute to her enduring talent.” Mighty high praise, and well deserved.

Connie Francis’ career spanned the late 50s and early 60s. Her hit production in either decade alone would justify induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How can someone with thirty-five hits be ignored like this?

 

Chuck Willis

 

Chuck Willis was the embodiment of a fifties dance craze called the Stroll. At every high school dance, when his hit “C.C. Rider” came on, we would immediately form long double stroll lines. Couples would take turns “strolling” down between the lines.

Dancers could keep it simple or could show off their spin moves. Everybody loved “C.C. Rider,” and I couldn’t believe it when I looked it up in that Top 40 book and saw that it topped out at number 12.

Chuck Willis had two more stroll hits, then a faster one, “Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes,” that turned out to be prophetic. Although he was just 30 years old, he failed to survive an operation in early 1958. He had recorded the song a few weeks before, and it was released posthumously.

I guess Rock Hall voters have bypassed Chuck Willis because he had just four hits. That doesn’t make sense. Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran had only three hits each, and they’re in the Hall of Fame. But the big issue to me is how someone who originated a rock and roll dance craze could be ignored.

 

The Diamonds

 

The Diamonds are best remembered for their huge hit, “Little Darlin’,” but they had fourteen other Top 40 records. Their second biggest hit was, “The Stroll.” As I’ve already said, the Stroll was a huge dance craze in the late 50s, and The Diamonds jumped right on the bandwagon.

There is some interesting trivia about “Little Darlin’.” It stayed at #2 on the charts for eight weeks. Do you know what song was lodged at #1 and kept it out of the top spot? It was “All Shook Up,” by Elvis.

Perhaps the knock against The Diamonds is that they too, began their career with covers of songs that were already hits for black R&B artists. Frankie Lymon’s “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” The Willows’ “Church Bells May Ring,” The Rays’ “Silhouettes,” and others. Honestly, I don’t like this PC nonsense when it comes to voting for rock stars. If a singing group scores 15 Top 40 hits, they belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Period.

 

Maybe someday the Rock Hall will have something like baseball has for the MLB Hall of Fame. It’s an old timers committee that looks back to see what worthy players have been passed over and finally gives them the recognition they deserve. I think the four acts on my snub list would prime candidates.

 

I have one more singer to mention. He’s not a 50s star because he made his mark in the early 60s. But, I have been a lifetime fan, so I’ll toot his horn, too.

 

Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker has been eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since its very first induction year 1986. I can’t believe the selection voters have skipped Chubby for 43 straight years. He is the only rocker to have the same song reach #1 two separate times, first in 1960 then again in 1961. That incredible accomplishment alone should get him in the hall.

Chubby was lucky to live and record in Philadelphia, because that was the home of American Bandstand. When “The Twist” was released, Dick Clark was happy to book Chubby for multiple appearances, and that led to other TV shows. He did live concerts everywhere. But he didn’t just sing on TV or the stage. He danced. To quote Goldmine magazine again, “His constant appearances, his good looks, his winning smile and his personable nature – not to mention his dancing prowess – made even adults want to twist… Following his lead, the world soon was twisting.”

By what logic has Chubby Checker been denied recognition by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?  He wasn’t just a one-hit act. In addition to “The Twist” Chubby had 17 other hits, and a total of seven Top 10 songs. This man does not deserve such shabby treatment.

Yea, Chubby.

 

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Fun with Gold Lamé — Part 3

For the first three years, ElvisBlog was all text. Then in 2008, one of the first posts with photos was Fun with Gold Lamé. I had lots of images in my files to use. In fact, there were so many, I did a Part 2 less than a year later. Here’s my favorite picture from it.

This came from Star Wars — Return of The Jedi. Someone has replaced Luke Skywalker with Elvis. Of course, Star Wars superfans know that these space creatures are henchmen of Jabba The Hut, who has sentenced Luke to die. The gang plank is on a desert skiff, not an ocean ship, and they are pushing Luke into the Sarlaac Pit, where he will be breakfast for a sand-dwelling monster. Why someone thought to put Elvis wearing his gold suit in this shot is a mystery to me.

 

I’ve accumulated more Elvis gold lamé suit photos over the past ten years, so let’s take a look at some.

 

This is Elvis with the RCA Records mascot Nipper during a bizarre moment on stage. You can just imagine how worried Col. Parker must have been that Elvis would wear the gold of his coat’s elbows. He had already worn it off the knees of the pants.

 

Betty Harper has done dozens of terrific paintings of Elvis. I was thrilled when Elvis International magazine used one of them to illustrate an article I had written. When Betty painted Elvis in the gold suit, she could have made the pants less baggy than they really were. But Betty stayed true to real life. Note the gold shoes. They don’t show up too much in photos.

 

I love Elvis in this shot. I’m surprised he doesn’t have more rings on his fingers.

 

I know I’ll get comments for showing this one. I’ll say sorry in advance.

 

This reverse-angle shot shows Elvis performing in the gold coat and black pants. I don’t know where this arena is, but these girls aren’t showing the kind of crazy enthusiasm we expect when looking at crowd shots from Elvis concerts.

 

Did you know that Pat Boone did an album of Elvis songs? What genius thought that it would sell? At least they had the good sense to make the gold pants slim and trim.

 

Doesn’t Elvis look great in this shot? I have six photos on him performing on his knees wearing the black pants. If I can get some more, I’ll put them together in a new post.

 

This is pretty cute. Blue Elvis Teddy Bear in Gold Lamé. It was for sale years ago at an auction, and I’ve never run across it since.

 

Is this spectacular, or what?

 

This is one of the worst Elvis products ever. The website calls the Elvis Gold Lame model the last in a series of Elvis rubber ducks. You mean there’s more? Yukkkk. They also say that it’s weighted for great upright floating. It ought to be weighted for great sinking.

 

Even though Elvis preferred to perform wearing black pants with the gold coat, he can be seen in several photos wearing the gold pants during casual activities backstage. Maybe he was trying to wear them out quicker.

 

This photo was taken on December 5, 2005 when the Rolling Stones invited Scotty Moore backstage before their concert in Memphis. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood joined Scotty around a cardboard stand-up of Elvis in the gold suit. I printed out this picture and got Scotty to sign it at Elvis Week 2007. I don’t guess I’ll ever get Keith and Ronnie to sign it.

 

We’ll close by adding another wonderful Joe Petruccio painting of Elvis to those that have appeared in this blog. I love his work.

 

 

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Elvis and American Eagle Day

 

 

I didn’t know today was American Eagle Day until I heard it on the news.  But I did know I had several images in my files that combined Elvis and the American eagle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful American Eagle Day

 

 

Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 7

Note:  This item has been sold

 

I’m going to try it a little different this time. There will be just one item — a collection of 9 issues of The Star tabloid from the first years after Elvis’ death. I will write about the stories in each one, which you may find interesting even if you have no interest in buying them.

September 6, 1977 — Elvis What Happened

As you can see on the cover, there are four Elvis stories in this issue, and they total five pages. The first one on page 9 has the title, “Elvis: He was still pleading with ex-wife Priscilla to come back to him.” It’s a pretty favorable article for both Elvis and Priscilla. It says she flew to Memphis twice in his last year to be with him during hospitalizations. I didn’t know that.

The reason given for Priscilla falling for Elvis at such a young age was her quote, “He made me comfortable… He was very gentle. He was his own man, a very compassionate and understanding person.” That sounds like Elvis.

The writer of the article made a few errors that we fans would easily catch. There was a list of leading ladies in his films that Elvis dated, and it mistakenly included Natalie Wood and Anita Wood. I thought I knew the names of everyone Elvis ever dated, but the article mentioned Malessa Blackwood, Miss Memphis Southmen (World Football League team), and Diane Goodman, former Miss Georgia. I looked them up and the story had it right.

The biorhythm article is very interesting. If Elvis hadn’t died on August 16, He was at even greater risk with a triple critical day on August 18 when all three cycles intersected at their low points. I Googled biorhythm chart and put in my birthday. I’m in the clear for the next month. You might have fun doing it, too.

What you won’t have fun with is the article “Elvis What Happened.” It’s an excerpt from the hit-job book of the same title by Red West, Sonny West, and Dave Heebler. I read the book once, and that’s enough for me.

This issue of The Star is 48 pages long, and reading the rest of it is like a time capsule. There are articles about:

John Kennedy Jr passing a survival course at age 16
Bing Crosby and his wife Kathryn
Nick Nolte and his many girlfriends
Pet Crabs (after the Pet Rock craze)
Mick Jagger cutting up wife Bianca’s credit cards
John Travolta and Olivia Newton John — just friends, not lovers.

The Star generally doesn’t carry the outrageous stories favored by some of the other supermarket tabloids, but these two come pretty close:

“Working wives run the risk of growing beards”
UFO’s are time machines from the future”

All in all, this issue is loaded with interesting stuff about Elvis and a lot more. You would enjoy reading it.

 

September 20, 1977 — 8 Pages of Elvis. — Giant Full-Color Pull-Out

These eight pages are loaded with a variety of stuff about Elvis. Here is a list of the titles:

Stepbrother reveals: I gave Elvis a massage only hours before he died

Secret girlfriend says: I loved him for 5 years

The bodyguard’s tribute [Red West]

And more from the Book the World is Talking About [another excerpt from Elvis What Happened]

The Beginning, The Glory, and The End

Nurse became substitute mom to lonely idol [Marion Cocke]

Elvis and Priscilla were still legally married, her lawyer says
he bought a $35,000 ring – at 12:30am

The night Lisa Marie will never forget

$ Million ransom plot that nearly paid off [about stealing Elvis’ corpse for ransom]

Linda: He loved me to the end

Win fifty Elvis LPs [10 question quiz to enter in drawing]

Despite the cover tease, there are actually seven color photos and eight B&W photos in this section.

There were plenty of other stories compatible with the time capsule mentioned earlier:

Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti
Prince Charles and French society beauty
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy Jr’s Romances
Farrah Fawcett Leaving Charlie’s Angels

 

October 4, 1977 — Elvis: Fabulous Poster Offer

Even though Elvis didn’t make the cover of this issue, there is plenty for an Elvis fan to read including these titles:

Three Elvis Presley look-alikes pay tribute to the king [Yes, there were Elvis impersonators even before he died. Does anybody remember Jesse King, Alan Meyer or Bill Haley (not the one with the Comets)]

Elvis’ dad faces bitter courtroom battle over who should get the Presley millions  [Vernon’s ex-wife Dee trying to get her hands on money she didn’t deserve]

This Elvis poster in color is yours for only $1.75 [and 50¢ postage]

Private Presley joins the Army – and re-discovers his passion for guns

That last article says that on one 1970 shopping spree in Beverly Hills, Elvis bought 32 handguns, one shotgun, and one rifle. It sounds like Elvis bought firearms like he did cars and jewelry. The article also mentioned some of the ridiculous reporter questions he had to put up with. Like, would he buy blue-suede combat boots, and would he ask fans to send him Southern fried chicken.

The other celebrity stories included:

G. Gordon Liddy
Jack Klugman
Princess Caroline
John Travolta
Phil Silvers
Farrah Fawcett and Lee majors
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field
Robert Blake
And, of course, lots of stuff about the cover subject, Jackie Kennedy

 

October 11, 1977 — Elvis: The Karate Man Who Stole His Wife

The cover story is another excerpt for “Elvis What Happened.” The three-page article has two color photographs. I don’t find Mike Stone a particularly handsome man.

That full-cover Elvis poster is back, and this time there is also a tote bag with the same image going for $3.50 plus $1 postage

In some ways, The Star paved the way for People magazine. Here are just some of the celebrities in this issue:

Liza Minelli
Greg Allman and Cher
John Mitchell and J.R. Haldeman
Tatum O’Neal and Michael Jackson — We’re in love
Cheryl Ladd joining the cast of “Charlie’s Angels [and eight large color photos of the Girls, but no Farrah Fawcett]
Behind-the-scenes look at in in-fighting and over-budget problems at Star Wars

And, in the weird category, how about a pyramid pendant that gives you bio-cosmic energy?

 

October 25, 1977 — Elvis family Album

The promised album contains four color photos of Elvis and Lisa Marie, plus one more of Priscilla, Elvis, and Lisa Marie. But that wasn’t all of the Elvis pages. There was also:

Inside story of the Elvis body-snatching by ex-Marine who tipped off the police

High school concert that launched Elvis Presley on the road to stardom

Elvis fans remember him in prayers

 

The celebrities with photos and articles included:

Elton John
Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson in the Hardy Boys TV show
Joanne Woodward
TV violence [Telly Savalas, Angie Dickinson]
Suzanne Somers
Brigitte Bardot
Cary Grant
Rod Stewart

One thing that made me smile was this title, “Billy Graham predicts his death within 10 years.” Fortunately he called that wrong.

Also, there is a short piece about a group of psychics who declared President Jimmer Carter to be “The Warrior President.” I guess they changed their opinion after his handling of the Iranian Embassy terrorism.

 

November 15, 1977 — $12 Million Elvis Rip-Off

The $12 million swindle is some pretty interesting reading. It seems to be for real because it had two quotes from the FBI and references a message sent to Elvis’ bank, the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis. The scam was to buy Elvis’ Convair 880 known as the Lisa Marie, do massive upgrades, and lease it back to him. I did not know that Elvis owned five planes over his life. There was also a Jetstar (Hound Dog Two), a Jetstream, a Falcon, and a Gulfstream.

Another article was titled, “Ann-Margret: I’m still stunned by his death.” I did not know that she attended Elvis’ funeral.

There was also a piece on the contest mentioned earlier [50 Elvis albums as prize].

The last Elvis story in this issue was, “Elvis Presley planned a private war against drug pushers.” It’s pretty bizarre and strains credibility. The first part is the familiar story of Elvis getting a federal narcotics badge when he visited President Nixon in the White House. Next is an episode where Elvis suspected a new guy on the payroll of stealing two rings. The guy tried to leave town, and Elvis learned about the flight he would be getting on to escape. Supposedly, Elvis and the boys rushed to the airport, where he went right out on the runway and flashed that federal badge in front of the taxiing plane. I’ve never heard about this before. Pretty strange.

And here’s a taste of the celebrities covered in this issue:

Rudolph Nureyev
Johnny Carson
Paul Anka
Bette Davis
Captain Kangaroo
Raymond Burr
Patty Hearst
Norman Mailer

 

August 15, 1978 — Special Elvis Tribute – One year Later

The Star obviously wanted to do something special to commemorate the first anniversary of Elvis’ death, and they did a good job on a 12-page pullout section. Check out this lineup:

A year after his death, millions still mourn

Memphis expects a stampede [50,000 expected visitors, 9,000 hotel/motel rooms] [ABC planning a three-hour TV special, with Priscilla, Charlie Hodge, and the Jordanaires]

The Elvis nobody knew – 11 rare photos [all common now]

The Elvis Industry [small potatoes compared to now]

A year later, Elvis’ bodyguards are still torn by the death of The King
[This is basically an attempt by Red West, Sonny West, and Dave Heebler to cool off the backlash caused by their crummy book.]

Inside Graceland – first pictures [Seven nice color photos, one I’ve never seen before]

Win 60 Elvis LPs [new contest, bigger prize]

Elvis – More popular dead than alive [analysis by two psychiatrists]

Psychics say: We have been in touch with Elvis’ spirit [I’d be more impressed if they had predicted how popular Elvis would be 42 years later]

In addition to the inside Graceland photos, there were 25 more color and B&W ones throughout this special section. Plus, a color montage of four Elvis drawings by artist Brian Clinton fills up the last page. I’ve never come across it before, so here it is for you:

Have you ever seen it before?

Here’s a sample of the other celebrities with articles and pictures in the magazine: Marie Osmond, Jane Fonda, Margaux Hemmingway, Ted Kennedy, Patricia Nral, George Hamilton, and Charlton Heston.

 

November 28, 1978 — Elvis family Secrets

The two-page, five-photo article about Dee Stanley Presley is the only Elvis content in this issue. Basically, she tries to polish up her image.

Of course, there were dozens of stories about a wide array of celebrities, but you get the idea without me naming them.

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April 10, 1979 — Elvis Family Photo Album

I never heard of photographer Sean Shaver, but I did find him in one of my reference books. Supposedly, he took 80,000 photos of Elvis, and here we see six small B&W ones and nine larger color ones, two of which are new to me.

 

Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 7

OK, here’s the deal. I am selling this nine-issue collection for $30 delivered (and I’m covering probably $10 postage to mail them). They are not mint copies protected for the last 40 plus years in plastic sleeves, but they are mostly in pretty good shape.

I checked out most of the issues on eBay, and prices ranged from $7.00 to $13.50 delivered, so $30 delivered for nine issues is a deal. You will have hours of reading about Elvis if you get this collection. You will probably also read many of the stories about other celebrities, like I did. That’s the reason I’m late posting this blog.

So, if you want to purchase my collection of The Star tabloids featuring Elvis, let me know by email at philarnold@charter.net.  Do not put your message in Comments. As usual, first in gets it.

The price is for delivery to US destinations. Postage to Canada would be $15 to $20 more. Indicate if you can do payment by PayPal, and I’ll send you an invoice. If not, I’ll hold off mailing the magazines until your check arrives.

Somebody is going to be very happy they jumped on this deal. But if you come in late, don’t worry. You can try again when I offer my collections of National Enquire and Midnight Globe magazines with Elvis content.

 

Thanks very much for your support.

Eye Candy (3) for Elvis Fans

I like doing these. They’re fun for me, too.

How do you like Fozzie at the gates of Graceland? Because of this picture, I found out that Sesame Street did a number of skits about Elvis, and they are available to see on YouTube. I’ll probably do an Eye Candy post on them sometime.

 

Before seeing this picture, I’m pretty sure I could have listed the ten original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These were all my guys when I was a teen, except James Brown who came in later. The selection committee did good. The graphic designer for this montage did not, at least by my preferences.

Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard should have bigger pictures. To make room, Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers should shrink down. Just saying.

 

Is this an amazing picture, or what? I love it. But it took a whole lot of angled rotation cropping, and other tricks to end up with this. Believe it or not, both these faces were originally connected to dog bodies. It was so bad.

 

Great concept, but you can’t split Heartbreak into two words. Blows the whole deal. The hanging basket could have been a nice touch, but it’s too close..

Here’s another sign about parking for Elvis. Not just one space, but a whole row.

 

You don’t often see Elvis figurines wearing a blue jumpsuit, so this one gets a plus for that. But there’s a big minus, too. Why is this Elvis holding a ballpoint pen in his mouth? Stupid. I’ll bet not many of these sold.

 

Speaking of Elvis jumpsuits, here are Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner wearing them in the 2001 movie 3,000 Miles to Graceland. Too bad they had to be bad guys. Do you remember how the bad guys in the old cowboy movies were always dressed in black? Take away the white scarf, and Costner’s jumpsuit is perfect for his character.

 

Okay, here we have a Mexican restaurant named Loco Elvis. I like the bar open to the street. How do you like the electrical wire job they have right overhead? Yikes.

 

At first I thought this was the outside of the 24 Hour Church of Elvis, but now I think this is the back wall of the church, and they had a lectern or something in front of it. Pretty weird.

This reminded me that I had once written about Oracle of the Plywood Elvis. Just for kicks, I opened that old post and clicked on the link that takes you to their website. Eleven years later, here is where that click takes you to:

 

 

I like the graphic design on this a lot. The slice of banana on the rim of the glass is outstanding. Here’s a true story. The first time I read the text at the bottom, I read it as:

PEANUG BUGGER & BANANA

Thanks to ElvisBlog subscriber Karen for sending this in.

 

And he likes Elvis. Good man. I own a black velvet Elvis picture. Do you?

 

About 20 years ago, there was a cartoon movie on TV called Quest for Camelot. This is supposed to be a two-headed dragon in a white jumpsuit playing Elvis singing “a hunka hunka burnin’ love.”

 

There is no real Elvis connection with the picture, but it is so well done. And I need to end this post with something good.

 

 

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Some Interesting Stuff about Hallmark’s Wedding at Graceland

If you watched Kellie Picker and Wes Brown find love in Christmas at Graceland, I’m sure you’ll be tuning in on Saturday night to watch Wedding at Graceland.

And a lot of other folks will be joining you. In the current TV Weekly, it says, “Christmas at Graceland was one of the highest-rated films in the history of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas.” With popularity like that, why not do a sequel? And have it on the air just six months later.

 

Actually, a more correct title would be:

Proposal at Graceland — Wedding at the Chapel in the Woods

 

You will recognize the Graceland front door behind Wes Brown as he proposes to Kellie Pickler.

 

But this is where the wedding will take place. I have not been to Memphis since this chapel was unveiled during Elvis Week 2018, so I had no idea where the Chapel in the Woods is. But, thanks to Google Maps, now I do.

In this aerial view, you can see that the chapel is very close to the Guest House at Graceland at the top and a long way from the Graceland mansion down at the bottom. That actually makes good sense, because presumably the wedding party and guests would be staying at the hotel. Plus, there’s the proximity of several bars where folks could go to continue the party.

 

Here’s a front view of the Graceland Chapel in the Woods. The TV Weekly article calls it exquisite and picture-perfect. To my eyes, it looks a little less than that. That large wall off to the left definitely takes away from the curb appeal. See those folks and the tables beyond the wall? This is the patio area where guests can mingle after the wedding, weather permitting. Here’s a better look.

I hate to fuss too much, but I don’t find this view appealing. There’s that big, long, plain white wall, but I’m sure the view looking away from the chapel is lovely with the trees and the landscaping.

Kellie Pickler said, “It is an intimate chapel in the woods that has so many windows, so natural light floods in.” Not from this side of the chapel.

 

The windows on the opposite side certainly make up for that. And, both ends allow a lot of light to enter. The Graceland website says the seating capacity is 100 people. It doesn’t show in this picture, but an intimate reception area is located at the back of the chapel that offers a table to showcase the wedding cake.

Also, note the door for one of the two private dressing rooms.
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When I searched the web for photos, look what I found.

It seems there was an earlier Graceland Chapel in the Woods, and it was close to the mansion. I’ve never seen it, so if you have, share something in Comments. I did find out that it held 50 people.

(Note to anyone at EPE who reads this blog — The #4 official Graceland Blog for Elvis Week 2018 has a picture of this chapel, not the new one. You might want to fix that)

I think this one really qualified as picture-perfect. Perhaps it’s been torn down, and that’s a shame, or maybe they’ll think of another way to utilize it.

 

It also had an inside reception area with a hand-painted mural of the Graceland mansion that served as backdrop for photos as the newlyweds cut their wedding cake. I kind of like this and wonder why the concept wasn’t incorporated into the new chapel.

 

Okay, back to the movie. As you can see, Priscilla is in it. According to US Weekly, she will reminisce on her own big day during her cameo. Kellie Pickler had very nice things to say about her: “She’s so lovely and has such a sweet, sweet, kind spirit.”

 

There are also a number of Elvis’ songs included in the soundtrack:

Love Me Tender
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
A Little Less Conversation

And Kellie Pickler gets to sing several Elvis hits, especially, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

For some reason, Wes Brown shaved off the beard he had in Christmas at Graceland. I think he looks better with it.

 

I hope you will enjoy Wedding at Graceland on Saturday night. It will be one of the few times, my wife and I will be watching the same show on TV.

 

 

 

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