Will the Official Graceland Store have Anything Left to Sell on Black Friday?

If you’ve ever bought something from the Official Graceland Store, you are now on their email list. I’m betting it’s a very long list, and the marketing folks at EPE are certainly putting it to good use. Here are the promotions they have emailed me in the past two weeks.

 

Nov. 5 – Shop Elvis Bling:

Shop Elvis Bling 11-5

 

Nov. 8 – Deck the Halls in Elvis Style:

Deck the Halls in Elvis Style 11-8

 

Nov. 9 – Pre-Order Elvis New Releases:

Pre-Order Elvis New releases 11-9

 

Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day Sale:

Elvis Veteran's Day Sale 11-11

 

Nov. 13 – Elvis Gifts for Her:

Elvis Gifts for Her 11- 13

 

Nov 16 – Elvis Apparel:

Elvis Apparel 11-16

 

That’s a pretty impressive run of sales promotions – six of them in twelve calendar days:

Elvis Bling
Elvis Christmas
Elvis New Releases
Veteran’s Day
Elvis Gifts for Her
Elvis Apparel

 

I’d like to talk about one of these promotions: Elvis Gifts for Her. Any man on the Graceland Store mailing list might find some welcome Christmas ideas for his wife (if she’s an Elvis fan, too).

But what about a female fan scrolling through the offerings, especially if she is the only Elvis fan in the family. If she looks through the choices in the Elvis Gifts for Her and finds something she likes, very possibly she hints to the hubby to get it for her for Christmas. Maybe he never knows what to buy her, anyway, so he’s happy to get the clue.

Which is the same pitch I have used for three years for my book, BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

My Book -- BIG E and the SANTA MAN

I figured, okay, it’s about Elvis and it’s a Christmas story. It’s the perfect Christmas present for Elvis fans.

So ladies, tell your man to go to Amazon.com and type in the book’s name in the search box. The page pops up, and in a couple of clicks, he can take care of a present for his sweetie.

 

My book is inexpensive, but it will get him major points because it’s a great story and you will love it.

And the editors of Santa’s World magazine love it, too. So much, in fact, that they ran a cover story feature about Big E.

Santa's World

Only kidding. I used this picture in my second promotional post back in 2015. There’re a lot of new folks reading ElvisBlog now, so I thought I’d use it again.

But I’m not kidding about one other thing. You will like BIG E and the SANTA MAN if you get a copy. To get one for yourself, please click below.

Amazon page – BIG E and the SANTA MAN

Amazon page – BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2

philarnold@charter.net –  email to get an autographed copy directly from me for $10 (U.S. destinations, others are more).

 

Thanks a lot,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005 – 2018)

 

Update on BIG E Sales

My Book -- BIG E and the SANTA MAN

In just over 24 hours since I made the last post, I’m already thrilled with the results. Email orders for 19 copies of BIG E and the SANTA MAN have come in.  Four people, including one in Canada and another in France,  wanted copies of both books.

I did have to check to see if they were OK with the additional postage for destinations outside the U.S.  Fortunately, this did not kill the orders.

I feel pretty stupid not mentioning the foreign country postage differentials in the original post.  My next project will be to go back and revise it with a $5 adder to Canada and $15 to Europe.

I hope the sales through Amazon are going equally well.  I won’t know until they send my end of the month report.

I heard from a reader on Comments.   She reminded me that I didn’t describe in a nutshell what the book was about and guessed that it was fiction.  It was a reminder to me that new readers have come to ElvisBlog in the past year who haven’t seen all the previous posts promoting the book.  I’ll bring them up to speed next post.

Thanks to everyone who is buying BIG E and the SANTA MAN.  I really appreciate the support.

Santa Thumbs UP

Phil Arnold

Hey, How About Giving Me A Hand Here

It’s time for me to fess up about something. I’m getting old, I’m running low on retirement money, and I’m cutting expenses wherever I can. My wife says if I stopped doing ElvisBlog, I’d save a lot there. She’s right; it costs me money to renew the blog platform and my URL each year.

A few friends have told me for years that I should monetize my blog, and I can’t tell you how many solicitations have come in wanting to advertise on ElvisBlog. But, I’ve been determined to keep it clean. I’m an Elvis fan that wants to do a blog that Elvis fans will enjoy.

And a big part of that has been keeping ElvisBlog free of bothersome ads like you see on Facebook and everywhere else.

I really dislike this stuff and don’t want it on my blog. So, I hope you’ll think of the old Original Blogmeister as a generous person who at his own expense has never diluted your ElvisBlog reading pleasure by clogging it up with ads.

 

Which brings me to the reason for this post. I’d like to ask you readers for a reciprocal favor. I don’t want you to send money, and I’m not starting a Go-Fund-Me page.

What I would really like is for you buy my book.

My Book -- BIG E and the SANTA MAN

I have promoted BIG E and the SANTA MAN here the past few Christmas seasons, and I appreciate all you readers who have ordered a copy. But ElvisBlog has thousands of readers, so I know I haven’t persuaded a whole lot of you yet.

Rather than give you a pitch, here’s an excerpt from a review on Amazon.co.uk.

“This funny, heart-warming and thought provoking story is skillfully written – the author has a way of painting vivid pictures with his words.”

BIG E and the SANTA MAN has many other terrific reviews, but I like this one because it mentions “skillfully written” and “painting vivid pictures with his words.” I want you to know this book is no amateur effort. I am a good writer, plus the story was critiqued by ten or so other writers, proofread by three of them, and finally edited by a pro (my wife will never know how much that cost me).

So, I state proudly, this is a really good book, and if you are an Elvis fan, you will like it, maybe love it. That’s the way it’s been since the beginning. No one who has ever read BIG E and the SANTA MAN has had a bad word to say about it. Just lots of good words.

So, I am making my request, confident that if you help me by buying my book, it will be a win-win for you. You will receive a wonderful rock & roll Christmas fantasy starring Elvis, and you will be contributing a little to keep ads off ElvisBlog.

 

Let’s look at the Amazon page for BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Amazon Page

You can see the price is only $7.99 – very affordable. I make $2.07 for each copy that sells. I make a little more if you deal directly with me and order an autographed copy using PayPal.

And there is also a Kindle option for $2.99. If you download this to your smartphone, you’ll never stop checking in – wanting to know what happens next with Big E.

I don’t make very much money on Kindle sales, but I’m plenty happy to have them.

 

Amazon Page. BIG E and the Santaman - Part 2

Here’s the Amazon page for BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2. If you really want to help out, you can buy both. The prices are the same.

Plus, Part 2 is a terrific story with two cool new characters, so you will be getting a double shot of good reading.

 

I plan to put out a couple more posts between now and Christmas staying on the theme of keeping ads off ElvisBlog.

 

Of course, I will again ask for your support to buy a copy of my book. But, I will also cover all sorts of fun things about BIG E and the SANTA MAN to encourage you.

 

I’ll start with one on this post. This is what Big E tools around in up there at the North Pole.

Big E's Flying Gold Cadillac

This is his jet sled. It goes on land… and in the air. You readers know all about Elvis’ love for hot cars. Can you imagine how thrilled he would have been to have a flying gold Cadillac? Do you think he would push it to the limit and perform all kinds of amazing maneuvers? Hmmmm. Sounds a lot like what Big E does in my story.

On Christmas Eve, Santa must ride with Big E in the jet sled because it will take both of them (and it) to save Christmas. You’ll love these guys together. Best buddies.

 

Oh, yes, the names in the title. BIG E is the name that Santa’s unexpected visitor wants to be known as. Santa Man is the playful nick-name Big E likes to call Santa once in a while.

 

So, here’s what I hope you will do. Click on one of these links and go to Amazon. Then buy a book or two.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Amazon page

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2  Amazon page

 

You Kindle folks can get your downloads right there, too.

 

Or, if you want an autographed copy for $10 delivered, send an email to:

philarnold@charter.net  . (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.)

There are higher postage rates for destinations outside the U.S.  Please add $5 for Canada, and $15 for Europe. . I don’t know what the adders are to Japan and South America, but there are ElvisBlog readers there, so I guess I better find out. Amazon has really good shipping rates on the non-autographed books ordered there.

Be sure to  let me know what inscription you would like on your copy.

 

On these direct sales, I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal. You approve it and I send the book(s) right out to you.

Or, let me know you want use a check to purchase. I’ll put your name on a copy until the check gets in.

 

Can you handle another tease about the story?

Villain

There are no pictures in BIG E and the SANTA MAN, but this guy is exactly the way I envision the villain. A good story needs a good villain, and this guy gives our heroes all they can handle. Really good villain.

 

We’ll close with one more excerpt from an Amazon review:

“This lighthearted tale had me chuckling all through the book. Phil’s style and spot-on Elvis characterization made this quite an enjoyable read for all fans of Elvis – and Santa Claus.”

 

So, how about it? Can I get a hand here?

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Amazon page

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2 Amazon page

philarnold@charter.net – Email for direct purchase

 

Thanks in advance for your support.

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005 – 2018)

 

Deeper Look at a Recent Elvis Auction Item

I started out to do my usual Elvis auction review on the November 3 Heritage Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction. However, I got stuck on the very first Elvis item – a handbill for his’ March 25, 1961, Pearl Harbor concert.

Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill - Front

 

[Just real quick for you newer Elvis fans that might know about the concert, it was to raise money toward the proposed memorial for the USS Arizona that was sunk by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 1102 American seamen perished that day.]

 

I’ve looked at this handbill picture several times before, and one time I wished I knew how to Photoshop, so I could do an upgrade on it. Elvis did not wear those baggy gold pants at the Pearl Harbor concert. Just the gold coat.

Elvis at Pearl Harbor Concert

I wanted to take the handbill picture and Photoshop some black pants on Elvis – get him to look like he did when he performed. Then, I realized that the black pants wouldn’t show against the handbill’s black background. So, I gave up on the idea.

 

There were other things about this playbill I found interesting. It was obvious that Bill Black was no longer part of the Elvis band. DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore are listed in the marquee sign along with the Jordanaires.

All Star Cast on Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill -

 

By March 1961, Bill Black was into the third year of his career with Bill Black’s Combo. They were touring around the country playing hits like “Smokie – Part 2” and “White Silver Sands.”

Bill Black Combo 1962
Note that Bill Black has traded his stand-up bass for an electric one.

 

The man who replaced Bill Black in Elvis’ band for the Pearl Harbor show was Nashville session musician Bob Moore. The rest of the All-Star Cast referred to above was Floyd Cramer on piano, Hank Garland on rhythm guitar, and Boots Randolph on sax. All Stars indeed.

 

The back of the playbill featured three photos and lots of text.

Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill - Back

 

Here’s a better look at the three pictures.

USS Arizona War Memorial Rendering

This is the architect’s rendering of what the planned USS Arizona Memorial would look like.

 

USS Arizona Memorial Construction Sign

And here we have a picture of the sign on the site where the memorial would be built.

 

Col. Parker and Bigwigs Before Pearl Harbor concert

Col. Parker with the chairman of the memorial commission and the head Navy guy.

 

Another thing that struck me was the very brief narrative Heritage Auction’s website gave to this handbill, a significant collectible.

Elvis Presley Bloch Arena, Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill (The Pacific War Memorial Commission Proudly Presents, 1961). Very Rare. Double-sided, for a benefit show in Hawaii on Saturday March 25th. One side is printed in gold and black, showing a full-length image of Elvis wearing a gold suit, listing the support act as Minnie Pearl. Measures 9.25″ x 12.25″. In Very Good condition.

When I first read it, my thought was, “I wonder what Jeff Marren and Laura at Graceland Auctions would have to say, because they do such a great job on the narratives.” I inquired them, and found out they did have two tickets for the Pearl Harbor concert at auction last year. This is what they said then.

“Perhaps what endears Elvis Presley to his fans so much is the fact that it seemed like there was no end to his willingness to give. In December 1960 an editorial ran in an L.A. paper about the stalled efforts to complete the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. This article was spotted by the Colonel, and Elvis answered the call to duty.

“A benefit concert was organized to raise $50,000 towards the completion of the memorial. On January 11, 1961, a press conference was held and it was announced that Elvis would perform this benefit concert on the condition that every penny from the concert must go to the fund.

“Having honorably served his country in the Armed Forces, Elvis held this memorial and the soldiers that perished near to his heart.

“Ticket prices ranged from $3 to $10 for reserved section seats, and $100 for the 100 reserved “ringside” seats—and Elvis was the first to buy a ticket.

“The concert was set for March 25, 1961, and 4,000 screaming fans, 15 songs and $54,000 later, Elvis left the building. As a result of the concert and the huge amount of media attention it garnered, public and private donations flooded in from all over the country. On May 30, 1962 (Memorial Day) the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated.”

Perhaps it doesn’t matter, but I’d like to think wonderful background text like this might bring some higher bidding.  In fairness, the concert playbill went for $1,125 as presented, which is pretty impressive.

And I love this line about Elvis, “it seemed like there was no end to his willingness to give.” Elvis’ generosity is well documented, but this is the best description of it I have ever read.

 

$100 Ticket for Elvis Presley Pearl Harbor Concert

Here’s one of those $100 tickets. That’s almost $900 in today’s money. Note there were no assigned seats. It must have been like a special private party area where you just socialized until it was time to find a seat and settle down for the show.

 

There are three interesting things in the text on the back of the handbill.

Under the heading Symbol of Freedom, it said, “The benefit performance by Presley… is symbolic of a new generation of Americans who have not forgotten the price of freedom or how dearly it has been maintained.” That sounds like Elvis to me.

Congress had authorized construction of the memorial three years earlier, but fund raising had slowed down to a crawl. Prior to the concert, only $300,000 of the needed $500,000 had been raised. One of the commissioners worried that “today the Arizona is but a rusting tomb.” The Colonel and Elvis jumped in to turn that situation around.

Two days after the concert, Elvis started the filming for Blue Hawaii.

 

The USS Arizona's anchor

My wife went to Hawaii twenty years ago with girlfriends, and of course, they went to the USS Arizona Memorial.

 

USS Arizona War Memorial Finished

So she’s seen it, and I haven’t

 

People Entering the USS Arizona War Memorial.

My wife said it was a moving experience. I’m happy for her, but I’m a little jealous.

 

Photos and text used by permission, copyright 2018 GracelandAuctions.com

 

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Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 5

It’s been two months since I last posted a group of Elvis collectibles for sale on here. I need to be more regular with this, because the time to move and down-size is steadily approaching. Thanks for helping me find new homes for the Elvis stuff I’ve collected for decades and displayed in my Fuzzy Room.

Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room

       Please Note: The prices are for delivery to USA destinations only.
Postal rates to other countries are just prohibitive and mailing to
them is way more hassle. Sorry.

 

Graceland Book:

 

Graceland Coffee Table Book

This is a terrific book. It has 253 pages containing hundreds of photographs, most in color, and many are full-page or larger. Nearly all were taken just for this book by the Director of Photography at Memphis State University. They are sharp, clear, and beautiful. And many show you details in the various rooms of Graceland that we have not seen elsewhere.

The text accompanying the photographs was written by Chet Flippo, Senior Editor at Rolling Stone magazine. You will learn plenty of new stuff here, too. In addition to chapters on every room at Graceland (except Elvis’ bedroom), it covers his automobiles and planes, the ’68 Comeback Special, the Army days, Gold Lamé Suit, Aloha from Hawaii, Tupelo home, Elvis memorabilia, and much more.

Please disregard the shadow across the cover in my photograph. This book will look great on your coffee table. When it was originally published in 1993, the price was $60. I am willing to let it go for $18 delivered. It is in very good shape. Move fast to snap up this deal.

 

’68 Comeback Special Salt & Pepper Shakers:

 

(Editor’s Note: This has been sold.  The first set of Elvis salt and pepper shakers offered on here also went very fast.  I wish I had more.)

 

Elvis Presley Salt and Pepper Shaker Set in Box

Considering all the stuff Graceland is offering in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the TV special, I’m surprised they didn’t bring back this one.

Elvis Presley Salt and Pepper Shakers

The round shaker with The Elvis picture on it is the salt shaker. The Elvis in Red Lights is the pepper shaker.

Elvis Presley Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

And this is how they go together on your dining room table. The set can be yours for $12 delivered.

 

James Burton Autographed CD:

 

(Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.)

 

James Burton - Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin'

We all know about James Burton playing guitar for Ricky Nelson before joining Elvis in 1969. In between he recorded this album. Here is what one Amazon reviewer said about it:

“The jaw-dropping Telecaster work of James Burton and the ethereal pedal-steel sound of Ralph Mooney led Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and countless others to recruit them for their sessions. They also cut a bunch of tunes together in the late ’60s; here are those killer cuts: Columbus Stockade Blues; The Texas Waltz; Moonshine; Your Cheatin’ Heart; Spanish Eyes , and more.”

James Burton autographed CD

I am offering the CD autographed by James Burton for $6 delivered.

 

Readers Digests with Elvis Articles:

 

(Editor’s Note: This item has been sold.)

 

Two Elvis stories in Readers Digest

The one on the left has this tease: The Plot Against the King. The title inside is: The Colonel and the King.

The Colonel and the King

This is an excerpt from the book The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by noted Elvis biographer Alana Nash. At 17 pages with 14 photographs, it is very interesting reading.

Where Elvis Lived

The other Reader’s Digest has the cover tease: Where Elvis Lives, but the six-page story covers much more than Graceland.

This is a two-fer deal, both for $5 delivered.

 

Elvis T-Shirts:

 

Elvis Jailhouse Rock T-shirt

 

(Editor’s Note: This item has been sold.  The other two T-shirts are still available.)

 

This is a spectacular T-Shirt. Most Elvis shirts just have a picture on the chest area of the front. This one has the background image from the Jailhouse Rock dance scene on every inch of the front and back. And centered on both sides is a large, very sharp photo of Elvis. It is simply the best two-sided Elvis T-shirt you will ever find. Size XL. $15 delivered. If you email me to say you want this, refer to it as the Jailhouse Rock T-shirt.

 

Nobody Knows I'm Elvis

This shirt will get you comments whenever you wear it. Size XL. Just $5 delivered.

 

Elvis Face T-shirt

Like the first shirt, this design is no longer available from the usual sources. The photo reproduction of Elvis’ face is so well done, and it really grabs people’s attention. A perfect T-shirt to wear at Elvis Week (or anywhere). Size XL. $10 delivered. Refer to this as the Elvis face shirt if you email to claim it.

 

Elvis Flipbook:

 

(Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.)

 

Elvis Flipbook

In this age of digital images and videos, we can still enjoy a throw-back to much earlier times when flipbooks were a popular form of entertainment.

Elvis Flipbook OpenSorry for this pathetic photo. It was tough to take a picture showing the inside when you flip through it, but I can say it does a great job of showing Elvis’ stage moves while wearing the gold coat. The flipbook is in perfect shape. How about just $4 for it?

 

Small Stuff:

 

Elvis Magnet, Patch, and Matches

So, here we have a 3” long Greetings from Graceland refrigerator magnet done in the familiar postcard style. Also an 2-1/2 x 2-1/2” Elvis 60th Birthday patch. And a book of Elvis matches, with none of them removed. $5 for all three.

 

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If you want an item, send me an email at philarnold@charter.net.  (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.) As usual, first come, first served. I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal. You approve it and I send the item right out to you. With a check, it’ll take a little longer.

Thanks for your support.

Phil Arnold

 

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Tag Lines in Elvis Movie Previews

Elvis at the Movies

Clever entrepreneurs keep coming up with unique ways to tap into the dedicated Elvis fan market. A nifty one comes from GoodTimes Home Video: a 90 minute collection of the trailers for all 33 Elvis feature films, titled “Elvis In The Movies.”

It’s kind of neat to watch the string of three-minute coming-attractions hyping each new Elvis movie, in sequence. Sometimes, they would start with an attention-catching phrase flashing across the screen, but more often, they began with a booming announcer voice-over extolling some element of the movie.

Along with snippets of film, these written or spoken teasers gave the fans an idea of what the movie was about. Here they are in chronological order.

 

Love Me Tender

His first great motion picture. Out of the great Southwest comes the sensational adventure of the notorious Reno brothers and the girl they fought over.

 

Loving You

The first big, modern musical built around the fiery personality of Elvis Presley. Follow him through the barnstorming days, and the one night stands, the big moment when girls discover him — and he discovers girls.

 

Jailhouse Rock

Elvis is back and so is his biggest movie hit… The astounding success story of this rebel with a voice that rocked the world.

 

King Creole

They’ve crowned a new king on the street where jazz was born. Now he crowns his meteoric rise to fame with a fiery burst of dramatic power.

 

G.I. Blues

The red, white and blue show of the year. It’s a three day pass at those frolicking frauleins, but the dancing darling who blocks every pass has all the guys in a spin — and guess who the boys are betting on to break through her defenses.

 

Flaming Star

The white man’s song was on his lips, but an Indian war-cry was in his heart, as he is torn between two loyalties, and he fought to save them both.

 

Wild In The Country

Elvis Presley sings songs of love to Hope Lang, songs of love to Tuesday Weld, songs of love to Millie Perkins. And wherever Elvis goes, excitement follows. Tense, torrid, tempestuous.

 

Blue Hawaii

Elvis as your personal guide to America’s exotic Eden, our Polynesian paradise. He hits the beach with the most luscious armful of delight on the island.

 

Follow That Dream

Follow that car. It’s headed toward this theater, loaded with the most happy-go-lucky group of wanderers who ever came down the pike chasing after the rainbow.

 

Kid Galahad

It’s a knockout. It’s a honey of a picture, filled with that Elvis kind of action, that Elvis kind of love.

 

Girls, Girls, Girls

Skipper Elvis serenades a port full of girls, girls, girls. The greatest of all Elvis Presley musicals with a whole album full of brand new songs.

 

It Happened at the Worlds Fair

Here, against the panorama of one ot the most glamorous and exciting events of recent times, is everything that made Elvis Presley one of the greatest entertainment stars in the world.

 

Fun in Aculpulco

It’s Elvis on fire with a Latin lilt, Latin love, Latin rhythm.

 

Kissin' Cousins

There’s gals in them thar hills, and look who’s driving them wild. The two greatest lovers in the Great Smokies.

 

Viva Las Vegas

The excitement when these two let themselves go on a wild and woolly whirl through Funtown, USA. A jumpin’ jackpot of melody.

 

Roustabout

Rambling, roving, restless, reckless. Elvis, getting the chicks all worked up, but cutting loose from any dolly that can tie him down.

 

Girl Happy

… when Elvis invades the land of the bikinis on those spring vacation revels. And thousands of college kids go, go, go.

 

Tickle Me

Yes, it’s Elvis as a swinging, singing cowboy. A rodeo ridin’, bronco bustin’ champ, whose job is wrangling fillies on a dude ranch.

 

Harum Scarum

Across the burning sands rides a dauntless stranger, meeting every challenge with clashing swords and bare-handed daring.

 

Frankie and Johnny

Here comes the King of the Mississippi… in a story that shows… that there ain’t no good in men.

 

Paradise Hawaiin Sryle

Running wild as a copter flyboy with more co-pilots than he can handle.

 

Spinout

It’s Elvis swinging. It’s Elvis singing. It’s Elvis racing. With his foot on the gas — and no breaks on the fun.

 

Easy Come, Easy Go

Flip-out with Elvis. Elvis making the scene, and he’s with some of the most luscious lovelies that ever filled out a bikini. Elvis rockin’ and sockin’ on the waterfront.

 

Double Trouble

Elvis is in trouble, big trouble. Elvis is on his way. He’s off to mod London and swinging Europe — and mystery.

 

Clambake

It’s Elvis cooking up a storm of entertainment. Elvis throws the wildest beach party since they invented the bikini and the beat.

 

Stay Away Joe

Now and again, the West produces a man who stands apart from the crowd. Noble as the valley, rugged as the rocks, a man of action who makes an unforgettable impact. Joe Lightcloud is such a man ???

 

Speedway

He’s a high flying stock car jockey with a room full of trophies. Elvis has a one-track mind and a winning streak that couldn’t be broken, until he found a gorgeous, groovy government agent in his slip-stream.

 

Live A Little, Love A Little

It’s a blow-up, it’s a blast. A love affair between a photographer, his pussycat, her playboy, and a pooch.

 

Charro

A different kind of a killer, a different kind of a man. On his neck he wore the brand of a killer, on his hip he wore vengeance.

 

The Trouble with Girls

It’s Elvis Presley. He’s the boss, boss-man of a groovy traveling tent show. It’s a little wicked and wild, weird and wacky — wallopin’ way-out entertainment.

 

Change of Habit

Elvis Presley, in the change of pace roll as a doctor doing his best to keep the lid on a red-hot ghetto.

 

 

I noticed a few things as I compiled this list.

Groovy was used a couple of times, and that is not a word we would think of today to describe Elvis. However, these movies are from the 60s, and groovy was used a lot in those times.

Elvis was described as fiery twice, including, “fiery burst of dramatic power” in King Creole. That’s a good line.

Bikini was used in three trailers, but it could easily have been in more.  They could have condensed down the tag for Clambake and just said:  Bikinis !!!

I’m a little surprised they used this line in Frankie and Johnny: “in a story that shows there ain’t no good in men.” What type audience were they trying to attract with that?

I am a big fan of alliterations, such as “tense, torrid, tempestuous” in Wild in the Country.

Here are some other good ones:

“wild and wooly whirl” in Viva Las Vegas.

“rambling, roving, restless, reckless” in Roustabout.

‘gorgeous, groovy government agent” in Speedway.

“a little wicked and wild, weird and wacky — wallopin’ way-out entertainment” from The Trouble with Girls.

 

And the Alliteration Grand Champion comes from Live A little, Love A Little:

“A photographer, his pussycat, her playboy, and a pooch…. All about passion, punches, pleasure, pandemonium.”

 

Wow. An eight-word alliteration. That’s pretty hard to do.

 

Here’s a challenge for you.  Come up with an Elvis alliteration and post it on Comments.   The first one I thought up was easy, early Elvis, and that’s terrible.  See if you can do better.

 

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 8

Elvis on Motorcycle Phottoshopped on Warren Beaty Photo

Actually, we will start with two you have seen before. This appeared in Part 7 of the series back on August 11. Alert readers Delores, Jo, and Leon’a all quickly posted on Comments that it was Photoshopped. However, this week I heard from reader Paul, and he included a link to the original.

Warren Beaty - Shampoo 1975

This is Warren Beatty in a clip from the 1975 movie Shampoo. Thank you, Paul.

 

I like receiving your comments on Elvis photos, especially when you include a link to the originals before they are Photoshopped, so keep them coming.

 

Hands-on-Butt

This one posted on Part 1 of the series last January, and a week later I posted that three readers had informed me it was not Elvis, just an Elvis Tribute Artist. Nobody said how they knew, but it sounded reasonable, and I acknowledged their opinions.

Well, last week I found that picture again on Pinterest, as well as this:

Elvis Backside. Very, Very Nice !!!!! Rocker Man - Not Elvis

The woman who posted it added this comment: Very, Very Nice !!!!! But a guy named Rocker Man replied: Not Elvis. So, I don’t know what to believe.

That Pinterest board had other photos along the same lines, but this one really topped them all.

Collage of Elvis Presley Butt Pictures

 

People do some strange things with Elvis photos. They should be happy with the real photos of Elvis, like this one of him playing football:

Elvis and his friends playing a game of football with some very interested girls watching on

 

Let’s move on to another topic. Lately, there have been some new photos of Elvis eating.

Elvis Eating ribs

This is almost certainly Memphis-style barbequed ribs. Once during Elvis Week, a group of us went to Marlowe’s Restaurant, and I had their ribs. They were great. Because Marlowe’s is just a few blocks down the street from Graceland, it might be a good bet this is their ribs Elvis is munching on.

 

Elvis Presley eating lunch while filming his first movie, “Love Me Tender” (1956)

This is Elvis eating lunch in 1956 during a break in the filming his first movie, “Love Me Tender.”

Elvis Eating

I love Elvis’ eyes on this It looks like something is going on to his left, and he is wary about it.

 

Speaking of Marlowe’s Restaurant, look what’s on their website:

Jumpsuit Pajamas at Marlowe's Restaurant Website - $36

Ladies’ Elvis Jumpsuit Pajamas. Outstanding idea. $36. I’ve never seen them anywhere else. Let me know if you have.

 

Priscilla Presley's wedding crowns

Can you guess what this is? Here’s a big clue.

Elvis and Priscilla at Wedding, May 1, 1967 in Las Vegas

There it is on Priscilla’s head as she and Elvis celebrate their marriage on May 1, 1967,

Priscilla wearing crown at wedding reception redo

And she also wore it at their second wedding reception in Memphis four weeks later. In her book, Elvis and Me, Priscilla said “We threw a big reception at Graceland for all our friends and relatives.” The italics were provided by Priscilla, to indicate she and Elvis were not happy with way some of the folks in their circle were excluded from the wedding ceremony.

In 2010 I posted an article called Elvis’ Wedding Reception Redo about this event. Click here to take a look.

 

Gladys with Vernon .. wedding

This is a photo with a caption, Gladys and Vernon Presley on their wedding day. They married on June 17, 1933 when Gladys was 19 and Vernon was 17. Gladys looks pretty, doesn’t she?

Vernon and Gladys - Early 40s

This photo shows up on the internet occasionally with the tag Vernon and Gladys’ Wedding Picture, but that is disputed because Vernon does not look like a seventeen-year-old.

 

Elvis amd Priscilla behind desk

OK you Photoshop sleuths out there. Is this a phony? I think I’ve seen Priscilla in that net hat somewhere before. I wish it was real, because there are only a few photos out there of Elvis’ upstairs office off the bedroom.

Editor’s Note:  It took only a few hours before super sleuth reader Jo sent me two of the original pictures used to make the above Photoshopped one.

Priscilla Pic Used in Elvis Desk Photoshop

Elvis Desk Before Photoshop

The photoshop jockey even changed the photo on Elvis’ desk.

 

Elvis and Young Friends in Tupelo

When I found this photo and read the caption, I remembered two of the names were people who had written a book about Elvis that I really enjoyed.

Book We Remember Elvis

If you want to read about Elvis as a youngster, written by people who actually shared those times with him, you should get this book. It has stuff in it you haven’t read in any of the other biographies.

 

1955 photo ofElvis Presley with Fans

We will close with some iconic shots of Elvis and his fans. The first was shot in 1955. It’s pretty amazing the attraction Elvis had with the girls.

Fans Going Crazy at Elvis Concert

And he still had it twenty years later.

 

 

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 24

 

A Star Is Born 2018

I’m sure most of you readers are aware of all the media hype for the latest version of the movie A Star Is Born. This one pairs up Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (or Stefani Germanotta, her real name, as listed on the above poster).

How many of you also know that Elvis was offered the male lead in the 1976 version?

A Star Is Born 1976

According to the definitive book ELVIS – His Life from A to Z, “Barbra Streisand wanted to costar with Elvis, in what would have been his finest screen role. But an agreement couldn’t be reached with Colonel Parker, who wanted one million dollars plus top billing for Elvis, rather than to settle for a percentage of the movie’s gross.”

So Kris Kristofferson got the role.

Probably not one of Col. Parker’s best moves.

 

Jerry Seinfeld in an Elvis Jumpsuit:

Rolling Stone Cover o Seinfeld in Elvis Jumpsuit

Do you save old magazines with good intentions to read them again? I’m bad that way, but lately I’m culling out anything I can use on ElvisBlog, and throwing the rest away. Here’s the cover of the September 22, 1994 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. It may be hard to tell in the small photo here, but the full-sized cover shows this is an expensive original design that probably weighs 40 pounds like some of Elvis’ jumpsuits did.  And his attempt at an Elvis lip curl is really lame

Jerry Seinfeld in Elvis Jumpsuit

This is a different pose that accompanies the lengthy article celebrating the end of Jerry Seinfeld’s twelve-year run on the TV show Seinfeld. There is no mention of the jumpsuit in the article, so it must be just to emphasize the subtitle on the magazine cover: The King of Prime Time Comedy.

There was one other picture of interest in this magazine.

Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson

Supposedly, this was the first photograph of Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson after they were married in 1994.

 

Here are pictures of some other showbiz folks dressed up in Elvis jumpsuits.

Bill Murray in an Elvis Jumpsuit

 

 

Britney Spears 2007 in an Elvis Jumpsuit

 

 

Glen Campbell Wearing Elvis Jumpsuit - 1975

 

Andy Kaufman in Elvis Jumpsuit

 

Geraldo 1992 in Elvis Jumpsuit

 

Nathan Fillion (Rick Castle) in his Elvis Jumpsuit

The guy in the middle is Nathan Fillion In an episode of Castle.  Check out the twin Elvi’s with matching American Eagle jumpsuits and white scarfs on each side.  Does anybody know what the storyline was to have Fillion dressed up like this?

 

Who was Elvis’ Favorite Auto Mechanic?

Earlier this week I got an email from an ElvisBlog reader in Spokane who makes and collects guitars. After negotiating on the phone to buy a double-neck guitar, he went to pick it up.

Double -neck guitar

It turned out the owner also had many other guitars, including one he says he got from Elvis. It is an electric guitar with the same inlay as the acoustic guitar below.

Elvis Presley Guitar -

 

The man claims to have been Elvis’ go-to automobile mechanic for many years up until Elvis’ death.

This is the story the ElvisBlog reader relates about the mechanic, who we will call Al for now.

‘Elvis’ car broke down on his way to Tahoe. Al was a mechanic at a local car repair place. His boss asked if he could put a new motor in this Lincoln, and he agreed to work all night so Elvis could leave in the morning. Well, I guess he finished around 3 AM, and a guy came to pick up the car, but they started drinking beer and the guy was too drunk to drive.

“Meantime Elvis shows up, thanks the guy, asks Al’s boss if he could offer Al a job, to which Al said yes, and thus became his mechanic for years. Elvis would have his private plane pick him up and fly him to his various places like Bel Air, Memphis and I think he said Florida, where he had vehicles and Al would make sure they were tuned up and ready to go. He got paid $2400 a month which he says was really good money back in the sixties/seventies. He became really good friends with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, and he claimed he was like an uncle to Lisa.”

 

When the collector got to Al’s house for the double-neck, he found a very protective/reclusive type old man.

“He lets me in and I noticed he is packing a gun on his hip. He finally started to loosen up a bit after he realized I truly enjoy guitars and that’s when all the stories started coming forth. Really want to believe him but … I have some doubts.”

The story goes that Elvis gave Al the electric guitar with the fancy neck inlay. It was a movie prop although it really played. Elvis also gave him a gold album award, photos, and lots of other stuff.

The guitar collector says, “It all sounds really cool, but there is that slight twinkle of doubt that is bothering me.” He hopes there is someone out there who knows about a car mechanic/guitar collector with strong connections to Elvis, and has asked my help.

So, if anyone is familiar with who worked on Elvis’ vehicles from late 60s until Elvis’ death, please reply on Comments and add some credence to this story about Elvis’ favorite auto mechanic.

 

 

 

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Speculating on Elvis’ Rings Can Be Risky

 

Elvis Presley Unsold Blach Sapphire Ring at Julien's

The collector who purchased this ring for $7,500 in August 2017 thought he could sell it for a sizeable profit just eight months later in May 2018. He was wrong.

We’ll take a look at several Elvis rings in this post — ones that exemplify the risks of short-term speculating on them. First, here is the description of the above ring on the website for the August 12, 2017, Graceland Auction.

 

Diamond and Black Star Sapphire Ring:

The shimmering rays of the star effect in the star sapphire is called asterism, from the Latin word astrum, or “star.” Black star sapphires owe their stars to the included crystals of the shiny, dark mineral hematite. The unusual design of this 14-karat yellow gold, diamond and black star sapphire ring has a “Star Trek” flair.

Star sapphires were a favorite of Elvis’ and he was as known for wearing them as often as he gifted them to friends and family. This ring has an oval black star sapphire being held by two rays of diamonds atop a textured gold high-set band. The interior of the band is marked “14k”. The black sapphire measures 7.5 by 5.9 mm; the ring weighs 8 grams and contains 6 small diamonds.

This ring, size 6 1/4, emanates from Charlie Hodge and was purchased by the consignor in the early 1980s along with 11 additional rings. Elvis gave Charlie all 12 rings simultaneously in the same box in which Elvis had kept them. There are several photos of Elvis from the filming of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is that show him wearing a small ring on his pinky finger that strongly resembles the offered ring.

Elvis Presley - Close-up of Black Sapphire Ring

 

The ring had a minimum bid of $5,000, and the winning bid was $6,000. However, the winning bidder actually had to pay $7,500 because the standard 25% buyer’s premium was added.

Graceland Auction's Final Prices Include Buyers Premium

 

The last thing on the Graceland Auction website was this:

The ring, gifted by Elvis to Charlie Hodge, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

 

So, if I had owned this ring and needed to sell it, I too would have placed it on Graceland Auctions. They always do such a nice job with their detailed and interesting descriptions, plus a nice assortment of high-quality photos.

Elvis Presley's Black Sapphire Ring Pictures

 

And I would also have made the investment required to get the Letter of Authenticity (with pictures) from Graceland Authenticated. While that would have cost me 10% of the fair market value of the ring, I believe that will be more than covered by the increase in value it produces.

Graceland Authenticated Letter of Authenticity

 

To summarize, I’ve been following auctions of Elvis items for years, and I truly believe the Graceland Auctions gets the best results for people wanting to sell their Elvis memorabilia.

I also believe that folks who buy top-tier items through the Graceland Auctions have acquired something that will appreciate over the years. Here is a quote from Glenn Johnson who owns about 1,000 Elvis items at an estimated value of $4.5 million.

“A lot of people say the value of Elvis items will go down once his older fans are gone. I look at other historical figures and cultural icons from 100+ years ago. Their original fans are gone obviously, but yet their collectibles are fetching outrageous prices (ie Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, any early presidents). I say Elvis is here to stay.”

Glenn is certainly not the only Elvis collector who expects their collection to become more valuable as time goes by. However, would they think of trying to “flip” a new purchase in just eight months? I doubt it.

However, somebody did just that, as we saw above.

 

Julien's Auctions

Same ring. But, just the one photo that’s shown at the top of this post. Just a five-line item description.

That’s not going to juice up bidders much. And I’m not sure what kind of bidder base is attracted to an auction with more Britney Spears and Kiss stuff than Elvis.

But the best predictor of a bust when trying to flip an Elvis ring is simply the math of the whole thing. Bear with me please. Say the guy that bought the black star sapphire ring at Graceland for $7,500 wanted to make $1,000 profit. The hammer price (when the auctioneer slams the gavel down and says “Sold.”) would have to be $8,500 or more. Let’s go with that.

When that winning bidder pays up, he would have to cover that 25% buyer’s premium, bringing it up to $10, 625. But, wait, there’s more. Julien’s has another charge – 3% for on-line bids. That brings it up to $10,880. Nearly $11,000 for a ring that sold for $7,500 just eight months earlier. No, thanks.

 

Here are three more Elvis rings that sold on Graceland Auctions and did manage to sell on Julien’s – but at a loss.

 

Tiger’s Eye Ring:

Elvis Presley - Gold and Tiger’s Eye Ring

(From the Graceland Auction website):  Elvis loved jewelry and often his spirituality affected the gems he chose. Tiger’s eye was one stone that Elvis favored, perhaps because it is believed to bring harmony, balance and protection as well as enhance good luck. This simple and classic 10-karat yellow gold men’s ring, weighing 9 grams, has a single central oval-shaped tiger’s eye stone measuring 17 by 12 mm. The ring, size 10, was gifted by Elvis to Pat West, wife of Red and secretary to Elvis. The ring comes with a letter from Jimmy Velvet and Bobby (Red) West on Elvis Presley Museum certificate stock and states in part, “This large cat’s eye ring was worn by Elvis Presley. It was given to Pat West by Elvis while Pat was his secretary.” As further provenance, additional documents include a copy of a letter, dated December 15, 1983 on Elvis Presley Museum letterhead. This charming ring with impeccable provenance documentation is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Elvis Presley's Tiger's Eye Ring - Upright

The ring sold at Graceland Auction for $10,000 including the 25% buyer’s fee. It sold at Julien’s for a hammer price of $8,000. This attempt to flip an Elvis ring resulted in a $2,000 loss.

 

Diamond and Garnet “Swami” Ring;

(From Graceland Auction website): This noble ring, in the form of a maharaja with diamond eyes and a large garnet centered on the front of his turban, is fit for a King—so what better person to own such a bauble than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, especially since the term “maharaja” means great ruler or king. The ring is marked 14k yellow gold and has stylized shoulders that accentuate the bearded and bejeweled turbaned head. The diamond eyes each weight 0.01 carat and measure 1.2 mm and the ring measures size 9 1/4. The ring, with a total weight of 27.3 grams, is offered with a detailed letter from the consignor that states in part:

“One of the items I picked up from Tom Hulett at this time was Elvis’ Turban Ring or Swami Ring. He told me at one point after wearing it amongst some other rings, Elvis took it off his hand and told Tom to try it on. Tom mentioned something about it being a kind of unusual ring while he put it on one of his fingers, and Elvis told him to just keep it. Much later on I found out that this might be one of the rings Elvis is wearing in the photos where he is wearing a turban, the long red coat with black accents, and the Ram Head necklace.”

The ring is also accompanied by a letter from Graceland Authenticated.

Elvis Presley's Swami Ring - Profile

The ring sold at Graceland Auction for $12,500 including the 25% buyer’s fee. It sold at Julien’s for a hammer price of $10,000. This attempt to flip an Elvis ring resulted in a $2,500 loss.

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Gold and Gray Star Sapphire Ring:

Elvis Presley - Gold and Gray Star Sapphire Ring

(From Graceland Auction website):  Elvis was fond of jewelry featuring the star sapphire, which emanates rays from the center as light is shone on the stone. Elvis would often wear star sapphire rings and would as frequently gift them to family and friends. Perhaps his fascination stemmed from the special significance of sapphires in numerology, of which Elvis was an enthusiast. The offered gray star sapphire is set in a 14-karat gold “birds nest” setting, adding to its allure. The men’s ring, measuring size 10 1/2, is marked 14k and comes with a letter from Sam Thompson which states in part,

“During this time, in December of 1976, and while talking with Elvis upstairs at Graceland, Elvis called me into his dressing area of his bedroom and asked what size ring I wore. I told him I didn’t know and he told me to hold out my hand and he handed me a ring he removed from his own hand for me to try on. It fit on my pinky finger and he smiled and said it was his gift to me. The ring is nugget style, 14K yellow gold, with a gray star sapphire, and about a size 10 1/2. It has been in my possession since that day in 1976.”

This stunning gift from Elvis to Sam is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Elvis Presley's Gray Sapphire Ring Profile

The ring sold at Graceland Auction for $8,750 including the 25% buyer’s fee. It sold at Julien’s for a hammer price of $8,000. This attempt to flip an Elvis ring resulted in a $750 loss.

 

So, we have a total loss on the three Elvis rings of $5,250!!   Ouch.

 

Julien’s Auction in May 2018 did have a few spectacular results, including this ring.

Fifty-Diamond Star Ring:

Elvis' $100,000 Diamond Star Ring

A hundred grand for an Elvis ring!! In spite of the fact that the picture used obviously is not the best one to show off this stunning ring. The item detail does a better job.

“A diamond star-shaped ring given by Elvis Presley to a concert-goer Donna Lewis on July 24, 1975, during a performance at the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

“The ring is designed in 14K white gold, topped with 50 full-cut round diamonds totaling approximately 6.00 cts. and graded H-I color and VS-SI clarity, size 7 1/2. 25.4 grams.

“Accompanying the ring is a photograph of Lewis and Presley at the moment he gave her the ring; an image of Presley wearing the ring; an affidavit from Lewis; and two images of Presley with a thank-you card given to him at a concert on March 18, 1976, in Johnson City, Tennessee.”

 

I wonder what kind of price this fabulous ring would have brought at a Graceland Auctions with lots of great pictures, extensive description, and an all-Elvis bidder base.

 

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Hallmark Channel Movie — Christmas at Graceland

Hallmark Countdown to Christmas

My wife is a dedicated viewer of the movies on the Hallmark Channel. A few days ago, they ran a promotion for their Countdown to Christmas series of new holiday-themed movies. I was in the kitchen making a snack when it came on, and I paid little attention to the sound coming out of the TV. Then they said one of their new movies was Christmas at Graceland and my interest perked up.

 

Christmas at Graceland poster

 

I said to myself, “I don’t remember reading anything about this on Graceland.com/news that I check out regularly. So, I did a little search on the site for “Hallmark Movie.” This is what came up:

 

Graceland.com.news Article on Hallmark Movie

 

No wonder I didn’t remember it. This news spot posted three and a half months ago, and there hasn’t been another feature about it since. There surely is a big one coming, but ElvisBlog will share with you now as much as I have been able to find.

 

Kellie Pickler

This is a glamour shot of country singer Kellie Pickler who stars in the movie. Of course, this is not exactly the image Hallmark would want for their movie heroine, so she has a much different look in the film.

 

Kellie Pickler in Christmas at Graceland

 

Actually, Kellie Pickler is much more than a country singer. She got her start on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006. That was one of the strongest groups of contestants ever, with Taylor Hicks winning, Katharine McPhee placing second, and Chris Daughtry coming in fourth. Despite finishing sixth, Kellie Pickler got a major record deal, and forged ahead with her singing career.

 

KELLIE PICKLER AND DEREK HOUGH Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars

In 2013, Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars.

 

Pickler and Ben Talk Show

She is also the co-host of the Pickler & Ben talk show on CMT, for which she earned a Daytime Emmy nomination.

 

Wes Brown in Christmas in Graceland

And this is Wes Brown, her co-star in Christmas at Graceland. He has starred in many Hallmark Channel movies, including “June in January,” “Love Begins,” “Love’s Resounding Courage,” “Christmas Cookies,” and “Love Under the Stars.”

 

Here is a brief synopsis of the movie that appeared on the Memphis Commercial-Appeal website on September 20:

“Country singer Kellie Pickler stars as Laurel, a native Memphian turned Chicago finance executive who returns to her hometown for a bank deal. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Wes Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations.

“Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom.”

And the audience stays glued to find out if she stays in the business world or falls in love with Clay and reunites with him to pursue that old dream. I think you can guess which way it goes.

 

Graceland Guesthouse Lobby

There is a 22 second teaser video on the Hallmark Chanel website that opens with this shot of the lobby of the Graceland Guesthouse.

 

Kellie Pickler Walking into the Graceland Guesthouse

Then there is a clip of Kellie/Laurel walking into the lobby. No explanation about the young girl.

 

Outside Graceland

Then, as the action presumably shifts to Graceland, this shot is shown briefly.

 

Kellie Pickler in Scene from the Christmas in Graceland

And this clip is when Kellie/Laurel sings in front of Graceland.

 

I searched the web looking for a more complete synopsis of the plot. I did find these pictures of Graceland in July being turned into a winter wonderland with artificial snow (tiny bio-degradable flakes of recycled paper).

 

Trucks of Snow Blowing Equipment at Graceland

 

Fake Snow Machines at Graceland

 

Blowing Fake Snow at Graceland

Notice the guy is wearing shorts.

 

Guy in Shorts Blowing Fake Snow at Graceland

This guy is, too. They even put up the famous Graceland Merry Christmas display.

 

Graceland Drive with fake Snow

On this shot down the drive from Graceland, you can see where the fake snow stops. That’s Elvis Presley’s Memphis across the street.

 

And here’s the final result:

Snow-Covered Graceland

 

Christmas at Graceland will premiere at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Nov. 17, and be repeated during the same prime time slot several times over the following weeks. It probably will be at a different time when it is repeated on Christmas Day as part of a marathon of new Hallmark holiday movies.

 

I have a history of watching Elvis movies over and over.  My wife does the same thing with those Hallmark Channel movies.  So, I guess we’ll be watching Christmas at Graceland several times together.  I’ll bet that many of you will watch it multiple times, too.

 

 

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