Some Elvis Photos I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 7

Elvis and Vernon at Autubon Dr.

This is probably the most fun series for me to do because it inspires a lot of reader comments. At the end of this post we will look at some of them generated by one photo in Part 6 of this series. Now, let’s look at some new ones.

Does Elvis look like he’s having fun, or what? The tag on this shot simply said 1956, which seems correct. Please go on Comments if you know anything more about it.

Editor’s note:  Alert reader Delores advised that this photo was taken on April, 19, 1956   at the Municipal auditorium in Oklahoma City.

 

Elvis Presley Duck Lips

The caption on this photo said, “Move over Instagram Duck Lips photos. Here is the original Duck Lips! – and the best looking as well.” I have no idea what Instagram Duck Lips is all about, but I do like this picture.

 

Elvis in front of Humes High school. Life magazine.

As you can see, this was a Life magazine photo. Elvis on his Harley in front of Humes High School is obviously a posed shot, but it came out really well

The first photo in this post was Elvis and Vernon working on the Harley in the garage on Audubon Drive.

 

Elvis on Motorcycle

This is a really strong photo of Elvis. Isn’t that fringe on his shirt? Doesn’t surprise me a bit.

 

Elvis on Harley

We’ll add one more photo of Elvis on his Harley. At first I thought this was part of the Al Wertheimer collection, but Elvis’ shirt and hat are different than those on Wertheimer’s famous shot.

Editor’s note:  Frequent commenter Delores advised this photo was taken on Tuesday, April 2, 1963 at Dixie Queen in Memphis.

 

Priscilla Presley Hot Picture

Priscilla had dozens of glamour shots taken over the years, and I have 42 of them in my files. However, this is a new one to me. Someday I should do a blog post on Priscilla’s hottest photographs. This one will be in there.

 

Linda Thompson & Priscilla Presley

Linda Thompson and Priscilla. Looks like it’s Photoshopped. What do you think?

 

Police Mugshots

Somebody went to a lot of trouble to put this collection of police mug shots together. I’m sure you won’t have trouble identifying them, with the possible exception of Kurt Cobain on the bottom right.

However, there is a clue that this is not a police mugshot of Elvis – his identifier has no numbers on it, just his name. That’s because this was his official Army photo, highly cropped to not show his insignia and darkened a bit to make Elvis look more sinister. Here’s the real thing.

Elvis - Army Mugshot - 1960

You can find the bogus police mugshot on some websites saying it was taken on October 18, 1956 after his arrest following a fight at a downtown Memphis service station. However, he was not photographed in jail and was quickly released. A week later the service station owner, Clarence Harwell, publicly apologized to Elvis for the incident. Elvis was cleared in city court of misconduct.

 

Elvis - Colorado Police Badge Photo

Here’s another one that some websites call a police mugshot. However, the photo was taken on November 17, 1970 in Denver, Colorado where Elvis was in town collecting an honorary police badge for donating to the construction of a gym. Elvis was not arrested but rather was taking a photo for his badge.

 

Rare Elvis with Record album

I like this shot because you don’t often see his hair looking like this (although another was in Part 6 of this series). Here’s something for you Elvis detectives out there who can always seem to find out stuff about the pictures I post. What is the album Elvis is holding?

 

Elvis during the Follow That Dream shoot.

You don’t see his hair look like this in many photos, either. The tab said it was shot during the filming of Follow That Dream, but I don’t remember it looking like this in the movie. It has to be before he started dying his hair black.

 

Snapshot of Young Elvis

Continuing with the hair theme, he looks sandy-brown here. But is that army fatigues he is wearing? Anybody know?

 

October 1958. Elvis getting a haircut in Bad Nauheim.

This is not nearly as famous a haircut photo as the one taken in Ft. Jaffe after Elvis’ induction into the Army. Several months later in Bad Nauheim, Germany, Elvis’ hair had grown back.

 

Okay, let’s look at some reader responses to one picture in the post five weeks ago.

 

Elvis with Badge on

When I posted this, I wrote:

There was no information with this one. Elvis almost looks like a real law officer with the badge and the jacket passants (shoulder-straps). How do you like that huge TCB ring? I wish the photographer had snapped Elvis with his head up and smiling.

Within hours of posting this, in quick succession, I heard from three readers. Vanessa advised me that the photo had been taken at the funeral of a police officer. Selma advised that the deceased was Denver police officer Eugene Kennedy, and she provided links for more photos. And Sandy advised that the date was January 28, 1976, and she also provided links. Here are some other photos these ladies helped me find.

Elvis and Officers

 

Newspaper Article

 

Rings Elvis Wore at the Funeral

One photo was so large I could crop a blow-up of the rings Elvis wore.

 

Elvis at Funeral

And here is the photo of Elvis in the uniform and smiling, just like I had wished we could see.

 

 

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Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 3

Fred Flintstone Elvis T-shirt - Back

You readers are the best. I’m so pleased by your support helping me find new homes for the Elvis stuff I’ve collected for decades and displayed in my Fuzzy Room.

Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room

You’ve snapped up every item I offered for sale. So, now it’s time to look at some new Elvis goodies.

Please Note: The prices quoted are for delivery to USA destinations only. Postal rates to other countries are just prohibitive. Sorry.

 

Fred Flintstone / Elvis T-shirt:

Editor’s note:  This item has been sold.

Fred Flintstone - Elvis T-shirt

I’ll bet you’ve never seen this outstanding two-sided T-shirt before. I did an extensive internet search and could find just one. It was for sale at $25 plus postage. Mine is gently worn, so I will cut that price in half and sell it for $15 delivered. Size XL. Wear this on your trip to Graceland and you’ll catch the attention of lots of other fans.

 

1,000 Piece Elvis Puzzle:

Editor’s Note:  This item has now been sold.

 

Elvis Puzzle

If you like puzzles as much as you like Elvis, this is for you. There are a lot of used versions of this available on line, but what I am offering is unopened. The picture above is the cover of the box. Here is a bigger picture of the puzzle, which measures 18 x 28 when completed.

Elvis Legends Puzzle

Prices for the unopened puzzles online range from $25 to $37 plus freight. Here’s a deal – $17 delivered.

 

Set of Five M&M Elvis Figurines:

Editor’s Note: This item has now been sold.

 

M&M Elvis

The M&M people did a good job with the iconic Elvis outfits on these 3” tall resin figurines. There are white and blue jumpsuits, gold lamé suit, ’68 Special black leather, and Aloha from Hawaii flowered shirt. All but the one in the blue jumpsuit were originally part of a set. I added one more because I liked these little guys so much. They do tip over fairly easily, so I added a spot of glue on their soles to keep them steady on the woodgrain panel you see. I have popped them off for shipping, but it’s so simple to put them back.

I looked all over the internet and found one, two, and three piece offerings, but not the original four-piece set I bought. Strange. The consensus price for one was $10 plus postage, so let’s see if a price of $20 for all five delivered works for somebody. I probably should go on line and see what the M&M collectors would bid, but these guys should go to an Elvis fan. They are so cool.

 

Elvis 29¢ Stamp Beach Towel:

Editor’s note:  This item has been sold.

Elvis Stamp Beach Towel

This big beauty measures 31” x 56”. It has had very little use and still looks great. I found another one online for $15 including postage, so I’ll offer this one at $12 delivered.

 

Elvis 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition:

Editor’s Note:  Three copies of this have been sold, but I have two more.

30th Anniversary Issue

This 64 page high-quality publication was a big seller at Elvis Week 2007. I was at the tables for four days selling it and other items associated with Elvis The Magazine. I am also listed as a Contributing Editor in it, although it contains none of my work.

What it does contain is a treasure of information, recollections, and full-page photos.

Elvis…30 Year Timeline: This is a year-by-year account of everything concerning Elvis that occurred from 1978 to 2007. I’ve never seen this done before, and it is most interesting.

Conversations and Memories: I love this section, especially the folks whose comments about Elvis haven’t shown up a lot in other media. Here’s the list:

Bernard Lansky
DJ Fontana
Frank Paige (announcer at the Louisiana Hayride)
Janelle McComb
Joe Esposito
Sam Phillips
Johnny Black ( Bill Black’s brother)
Joe Moscheo (Imperials Quartet)
Millie Kirkham
Don Siegel (director, Flaming Star)
Marian Cocke
Don Robertson (songwriter)
Ben Weisman (songwriter)
Harold Lloyd (jeweler)
Anita Wood
Jimmy velvet
Scotty Moore
Johnny Cash
June Juanico
Eddie Fadal
Neal Mathews (Jordanaires)
Gordon Stoker (Jordanaires)
Ray Walker (Jordanaires)
Ira Jones (Elvis’ Army Sargent)
Red West
Charlie Hodge

Collecting the King – Thirty Decade of Elvis Conventions: This article by expert Robert Alaniz has a few surprises.

Elvis Presley Fan Clubs: A listing of 37 domestic and international.

Origins of Elvis Week: Good article, but I wish it was longer.

26 full-page photographs, some you haven’t seen elsewhere:

 

This collector’s item originally sold for $19.95. It can be yours for $10 delivered.

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Elvis Rubix Cube:

Editor’s Note: This item has now been sold.

 

Actually, this cube is considerably simpler than the original Rubix. You won’t have any trouble getting it opened and maneuvered into twelve Elvis photos:

Blue Suede Shoes
Teddy Bear
Jailhouse Rock
Hound Dog
Don’t be Cruel
Thank you, thank you very much
G.I. Blues (above)
Shake Rattle and Roll (above)
Burnin’ Love
Lonely Street
Blue Hawaii
Heartbreak Hotel.

Elvis Rubix Cube

It’s 3” in each direction, a fun little fidget. I found it online at $7.50 plus another $7.50 postage. I think somebody is padding the postage a bit here. How about $9 delivered?

Jailhouse Rock

Blue Hawaii

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Elvis Pins, Magnets, and Key Chain:

Editor’s note:  This item has been sold.

 

Elvis Pins, Magnets, and Key Chain

Here’s a nice set of little Elvis collectibles. There are three refrigerator magnets – Elvis with a guitar, Elvis and Nixon, and a really nifty mini-45 gold record that says Love Me Tender. The Elvis stamp makes its second appearance here on a keychain. And there are two pins, one with a photo and the other with a drawing. How about the whole package for $12 delivered?

 

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Thanks for your support.

Phil Arnold

 

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Elvis’ Fabulous Wardrobe – Part 7

Elvis' Suzy Cream Cheese Two-Tone Brown Suede Fringed Jacket - Back

Sadly, only one of the last four Graceland Auctions offered more than a minimal selection of Elvis’ wardrobe. Here are the two items offered on Jan 6, 2018 during the Elvis Birthday Week celebration.

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1970s Leather Jacket:

Elvis' Leather Jacket He Gave to Bodyguard Dave Hebler

 

The auction website says, “Leather jackets have always been synonymous with the kind of cool of which Elvis Presley certainly had no shortage.”

This light brown leather coat with three-button front closure and two side pockets was one of several that Elvis owned in various colors. A manufacturer’s tag at the back collar states, “Genuine Leather / by Grais / Made in U.S.A.” Rubin Grais was an immigrant shoe maker from Russia who came to the U.S. and adapted his skills to create one of the iconic leather manufacturers of the ’40s and ’50s.

Grais Label

Elvis gave this coat to his bodyguard, Dave Hebler, who worked for him from 1972 to 1976. A Letter of Authenticity from Hebler states,

“One day Elvis invited me upstairs to his bedroom at Graceland and offered me all of his jumpsuits. He complained that they no longer fit him and that he wanted them out of his closet. I told him I had no use for his jumpsuits nor did I have the ability to store them at my apartment. I then moved a majority of the jumpsuits to the shed at the back of Graceland. I did receive several jackets including this brown leather jacket. Elvis had several of these.”

Perhaps because there was no accompanying photo of Elvis wearing the coat, the auction had an estimate of $3 – 4,000, which seemed pretty cheap to me. Somebody picked up a good deal at $2,875 including the auction surcharge.

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Signed Shirt from Elvis’ Personal Wardrobe:

Signed Shirt from Elvis' Personal Wardrobe Provided as the Grand Prize in a 1973 Boy Scout Raffle

 

Besides being a typically cool Elvis shirt, this one has an interesting history. The green shirt has gold buttons down the front and gold stars across the chest and on the collar and cuffs.

Elvis was well-known for his generosity and philanthropy, which became a long-standing tradition. A good example is Elvis donating this shirt to Memphis Boy Scout Troop #225 to raise money for their Jamboree Trip Fund. Tickets were printed for the raffle and each sold for a donation of 50 cents.

Announcement on Elvis' Donated Shirt

 

Harold A. Smith purchased this ticket in 1973 and was the lucky winner. Harold’s wife Shirley, who was a part-time nurse at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, took the shirt to work when Elvis was there as a patient and was able to get his autograph on the lower left front side.

Elvis' Signed Shirt

 

Smith had the shirt framed, and it hung in his KOA campground office as a big attraction until he sold the campground in 1984.

Although there is no picture of Elvis wearing the shirt, it is stamped “Elvis” in the collar, and the lot includes the winning ticket and a Memphis Press-Semiter newspaper article about Elvis’ donation to the Boy Scout troop. However, it is the autograph that made it a highly prized Elvis double collectible. The minimum starting price was $8,000, and the winning bid was $11,250.

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Now, I would like to take a look at Elvis’ clothing items from the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction held earlier this month.

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Paisley Shirt:

Elvis Presley's Paisley Shirt 1

 

Elvis purchased a lot of clothing from IC Costume Co. including this orange and blue paisley long sleeved, button down shirt. Elvis gave the shirt to his Aunt Delta in the 1970’s. There is no accompanying photo of Elvis wearing the shirt, but it does come with a letter of provenance from Aunt Delta. The estimate was $4 – 6,000, and it went for $3,993.

 

Green Suede Pullover Top:

Elvis' Pullover Top

 

Elvis’ personally owned and worn custom green suede pullover top with the Anton, Beverly Hills label and his initials “EP” sewn on as labels. Elvis gifted this shirt and many other articles of clothing to his close friend Charlie Hodge. Like the preceding shirt, the estimate was $4 – 6,000, and it went for $3,993.

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Black Faux Fur Pants:

Elvis' Black Faux Fur Pants

 

These unusual pants also came from the IC Costume Company. Elvis seemingly gave away his clothing to everybody, this time to his uncle Vester Presley (Vernon’s brother) one day when he was cleaning out his closets. For some reason, the minimum bid was only $2,000, but six bids pushed the winning number up to $4,290. Too bad they didn’t come up with a photo of Elvis wearing faux fur pants.

 

Paisley Shirt:

 

The facts are the same on this red and blue paisley long sleeved shirt as the previous one – made by IC Costume Co, given to his Aunt Delta, and an estimate of $4 – 6,000. However, it sold for $3,300, which is $693 less. I can’t figure out why they weren’t valued the same.

 

 

From this point on, we will look at something I’ve never seen before at auctions of Elvis’ wardrobe – six NO BIDS.

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Pale Blue Balloon-Sleeved Shirt:

Elvis' Pale Blue Balloon-Sleeved Shirt

 

First we have another Elvis owned and worn IC Costume Co. shirt with pale blue balloon-sleeves and large pointed collar. Elvis gave the shirt to his close friend and valet Richard Davis. It seems like stuff Elvis gave to Davis has been showing up at auctions for a decade. I wonder when the supply will run out. The minimum bid was only $2,000, but nobody cared to pony up that much. Maybe the shirt was too plain.

 

Stay Away Joe Red Wine Denim Jacket:

Elvis' Red Wine Denim Jacket from Stay Away Joe

 

Elvis wore this red wine colored denim jacket in his film “Stay Away Joe.” It is one of several denim jackets made for Elvis to wear in the film. Elvis gave the jacket to Charlie Hodge who was an extra on the movie. Hodge apparently accumulated a ton of Elvis’ clothing over the years. Also offered were three photographs of Elvis wearing the jacket during filming, such as in the shotgun wedding scene.

Elvis in Stay Away Joe Shotgun Wedding Scene

 

I have always maintained that photos of Elvis wearing an article of clothing enhanced its value to collectors. That must have been the thinking when the minimum bid was set at $8,000 and the estimate at $9 – 12,000. Pretty strong, and it must have scared off potential bidders. Also, this is movie wardrobe, not clothing that Elvis purchased and wore in his personal life.

 

Suzy Cream Cheese Two-Tone Brown Suede Fringed Jacket:

Elvis' Suzy Cream Cheese Two-Tone Brown Suede Fringed Jacket

 

The back of this stunning two-toned brown suede fringed jacket is shown in the first photo of this post. Elvis gave it to his friend Shaun Nielsen, who first met Elvis when he was a back-up singer on his gospel album “How Great Thou Art.” Shaun sang with Elvis until his final show, and one day when they were recording in the Jungle Room at Graceland, Elvis took the members of his band and vocalists upstairs and told them each to pick out something that they liked. This jacket was just one of many items he gave to Nielson. The minimum bid of $7,000 seemed reasonable to me, but not to the bidders.

 

Suede Shearling Coat:

 

Elvis’ personally owned and worn tan suede coat that he purchased from one of his favorite stores, Goldsmith’s in Memphis. Goldsmiths would often open late at night for Elvis so that he could shop privately.

 

Suede Shearling Coat- Elvis Wearing 2

These are two of the three supplied photos of Elvis wearing the coat.

Suede Shearling Coat - Elvis Wearing

Elvis gave this coat to Richard Davis who took care of his wardrobe and eventually became Elvis’ wardrobe manager. With three supporting photos, I thought the minimum bid of $6,000 was reasonable. Shows how much I know. Nobody bid.

 

Blue Track Suit with Red and White Stripes:

Elvis' Blue Track Suit with Red and White Stripes - Both Views

 

Elvis owned and wore this blue track suit with red and white stripes. He wore it at Graceland and when traveling on his plane. Elvis gave the track suit to Aunt Delta.

It does come with a photo, but the auction website says “Comes with a photo of the same track suit, or one virtually the same (I added the italics).” That might have tampered the enthusiasm of the bidders, and surely the minimum bid of $5,000 did.

 

Burgundy Patent Leather Boots:

Elvis' Burgundy Patent Leather Boots

Burgundy patent leather boots that Elvis wore off-stage for his casual every day wear. They ended up with Charlie Hodge who make a surprising statement in his letter of provenance: “Elvis’ shoe size varied from size 10 to 12.5 depending on the make of the shoes or boots.”

Here’s an included photo which the website says shows Elvis wearing the same, or very similar boots. There’s not even much of the boots showing. The estimate was $5 – 7,000, but again no bids.

 

 

Gotta Have Rock and Roll

So, a total of six items of Elvis’ wardrobe drew no bids. I’ve mentioned several possible reasons for this unheard of occurrence. But I think the big problem was that this Gotta Have Rock & Roll auction featured memorabilia from dozens of singers and bands. It probably attracted many bidders with no interest in Elvis.

On the other hand, the Graceland Auctions are 100% Elvis items, and they are scheduled to be part of big events like Elvis Week. My suggestion to the owners of the no-bid items here is to try again at the Graceland Auction in January 2019. With slightly lower minimum bids on the Stay Away Joe jacket and the track suit, I think every one of six items will draw multiple bidders and sell.

 

 

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Graceland Promotes Christmas in July Again

Christmas in July

I did an article back in 2010 about Graceland’s 12 Days of Christmas in July promotion. They offered two Elvis items each day. I praised the items I liked, and here’s one of my favorites

Sun Records Black Cap

Clean and simple – just the SUN Records logo and young Elvis.

 

But I wasn’t shy about knocking the items I hated.

Jailhouse Rock Replica T-shirt

This is one of the lamest T-shirt designs I have ever seen. Usually they put Elvis’ name in letters or signature on the T-shirts, but I’m glad they didn’t on this one.

Elvis and Dale Earnhardt Fantasy Race Car Cap

This is anything but clean and simple. It’s got six different things on it: Elvis, Welcome to Las Vegas, and Dale Earnhardt’s picture, signature, and his number 3. I think the blur on the left side of the bill is Elvis’ signature. Too much.

Elvis Blue Suede Shoes Lamp

This is my all-time least favorite Elvis product foisted on his adoring fans. It would be hard to design a more stupid-looking lamp than this one.

 

I really haven’t been keeping track of whether Graceland has been doing Christmas in July promotions in any of the years since 2010, but when I scrolled through the offers this year, a couple of things caught my eye.

Elvis Christmas Drop Ornaments

First, Christmas tree ornaments. There are several dozen different designs offered, but these two are the best of the bunch. They are five inches tall and made of shatter resistant plastic. They are called the Blue Peacock Drop Ornament and Red Drop Ornament, respectively. There is also a Gold Lamé one, but that image is so overused. All three options are $6.99.

 

Second, Christmas wrapping paper. Maybe this has been available before, but it is new to me. I think they came up with a great idea. Here are the six designs with brief comments.

ELVIS GROOVY TREE WRAPPING PAPER

This design is called Groovy Tree. If you look real close, you can see the repetition of pyramids that sort-of look like Christmas trees. Some of the other selections don’t have any connection with Christmas, but they are still pretty cool.

 

ELVIS PROFILE SIGNATURE WRAPPING PAPER

Here we have Elvis Profile Signature. This design could be used to wrap presents for birthday, anniversary, baby shower, etc., so it probably ought to be offered year-round.

 

GRACELAND METALLIC WRAPPING PAPER

This is Graceland Metallic wrapping paper. Maybe those are snowflakes mixed with musical notes in the design, so there is a tenuous connection to Christmas. I wonder if the actual paper has the same blurred spot in the middle of the Graceland logo and name.

 

ELVIS GROOVY WAVE WRAPPING PAPER

This is the second one with an Elvis silhouette in the design. Also a similar name – Groovy Wave.

 

I LOVE ELVIS WRAPPING PAPER

Bet you can figure out what they named this one – I Love Elvis.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SILHOUETTE SNOW WRAPPING PAPER

And finally, a third Elvis silhouette design, cleverly titled Silhouette Snow. I like Elvis framed by large snowflakes. There’s green and red in the design, so this works best for me as a Christmas wrapping paper.

Each roll is 30 inches wide and nine feet long. The price is $6.99, but as it says in the blog’s first picture, there is 20% off, which brings it down to $5.59. NOTE: The sale ends Sunday July 22. That is this coming Sunday, so get moving if you like any of these.

These wide rolls cost more in postage if you buy just one – $6.89 to my zip code. An order of two or three rolls has the same postage of $7.18. The best deal is to buy four or five. The $8.22 postage isn’t too bad spread over several rolls.

 

Graceland covered all the bases by also offering two designs of Elvis tissue paper.

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE TCB TISSUE PAPER

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE TCB TISSUE PAPER

The sheets are 20” by 26”, and you get three sheets of each for $5.99, or $4.80 with the discount. Up to four packs ship for $6.89 postage.

There are also three designs of gift bags available for $4.99 each, or $4.00 with discount. They are in the TCB design above, and the Graceland Metallic design, plus one with Elvis wearing the turtle-neck sweater from the pool scene in Jailhouse Rock.

 

So, you can tell I’m pleased overall with Graceland’s Christmas In July promotion. The only things I’m not crazy about are the eleven Graceland ornaments, most of which don’t even mention Elvis. Like this 4½” L x 3″ H x 2¾” D hand-crafted glass ornament that costs $48.00.

Graceland Christmas Tree Ornament

Not for me. I’d break it for sure. The shatter resistant plastic Blue Peacock Drop Ornament will suit me just fine.

 

Happy Christmas in July

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How To Be a VIP at Elvis Week 2018

Elvis Week 2018 Logo

I’ve been to Elvis Week four times, but the last was in 2007. I would like to get back one more time because there have been so many changes and additions to the Graceland complex. But I’m retired and on a fixed income, so some of the Elvis Week options now offered by EPE are beyond my reach. Here is an extreme example.

“Elvis Week Elite” Ticket Package:

This one costs $1500 per person and allows you to feel like a VIP for the whole week. Information on the Elite Package is not found on Graceland.com. There are references to it, but when you click on them, it just takes you to the lesser packages.

Hollywood News Daily

I found out about Elite Ticket Package on hollywoodnewsdaily.com, and the article says these tickets can only be ordered over the phone. Maybe Graceland has a special contact list of deep-pocketed fans and sends them email invitations urging them to snap up some of these exclusive tickets.

Elvis Presley's Memphis SoundStage

If you buy the Elvis Week Elite Package you will get to see eleven concerts and events over eight days at the Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Special Event with Lisa Marie Presley (8/11)
Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event (8/12)
Darlene Love in Concert (8/13)
Conversations on Elvis: Co-stars (8/14)
The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Concert (8/14)
Conversations on Elvis: Gospel (8/15)
A Musical Salute to Elvis (8/15)
Conversations on Elvis: ’68 Special (8/16)
’68 Special 50th Anniversary Celebration (8/16)
Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections (8/17)
Elvis Live in Concert (8/18)

As a bonus you get reserved, assigned front-of-the house seating to all these events, and you get early access to the Soundstage ten minutes before the general public.

 

Lisa Marie Presley at table

After the Lisa Marie special event, package ticket holders have admission to an “Exclusive Photo and Autograph Opportunity” with her.

On Monday August 13 you get to attend two events at the Grand Ballroom at the Graceland Guesthouse.

Guesthouse at Graceland Grand Ballroom

Elvis Fan Reunion – 1pm
Elvis Week Dance Party – 9pm

These are general admission events. The Elite Package ticket holders can really have a big day on the 13th, because they also have the Darlene Love concert that night at 7pm. However, they might be a little late getting to the dance party if they stay after the concert to get a selfie with Darlene or to buy an autographed photo of her.

 

Elvis Presley's Memphis

On Friday, August 17, the package includes admission to the Party at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. There’s going to be live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and cash bars. The Graceland calendar of events does not state the party is in any building, so I guess it’s outside.

There is one additional event for the Elite ticket holders at Grand Ballroom at the Guesthouse. At 5pm on August 16, they get to attend a “Private VIP Reception.” Although no details are given on the website, it sounds like it is tied in with the ’68 Special event at 7pm across the street. But they will not have to walk there. They can take the dedicated shuttle service.

Guesthouse Shuttle Bus

Actually, the Elite Package includes unlimited use of this shuttle service between Guesthouse and Graceland from 8am to 11pm all week. It says nothing about Elvis’ Presley’s Memphis being on the route, but you have to think that it is.

 

Elvis Presley's Graceland

Of course, the Elvis Week Elite Ticket Package includes a tour of the Graceland mansion, and, as you would expect, it is the top-of-the-line Ultimate VIP Tour. Regular prices on these tickets are $169 per person.

Ultimate VIP Tour of Graceland

 

Are you starting to get tired just thinking about doing all this stuff?

 

Here are a few extra perks the Elite Ticket Package offers.

$150 in food vouchers for Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex
Elvis Week Parking Pass good for Graceland parking on August 10-18
Elvis Week Collectibles Pack (with exclusive merchandise valued at $50)
Commemorative Elvis Week Elite laminate (your badge to show you’re a VIP)
Reserved line placement for Candlelight Vigil
Elvis Week Property Pass

 

I must admit, if I had $3,000, I might consider buying two Elite Package tickets for one final Elvis Week blast. However, there would be lots of other expenses to cover. Air fare to Memphis, food costs above the $150 voucher, and six nights at the Graceland Guesthouse (I would skip the Lisa Marie event on the 11th and the fan club presidents’ event on the 12th and pick-up the schedule on the 13th).

Guesthouse at Graceland

Of course, lodging for six nights at the Guesthouse is much higher during Elvis Week than at other times. Let’s see what the cheapest room for two people with a king bed would be for six nights from August 13 through August 19:

 

Guesthouse Room Rate

 

Wow! Let’s see, there’s $3,000 for the Elite Package Tickets, about $600 for air fare, $2,540 for lodging, about $500 for meals, and probably another $250 for incidentals. That totals $6,900.

 

If I ever win the lottery, I’ll definitely go for it. Otherwise, I’m gonna stay home.

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before — Part 6

Young Elvis is Cool jacket

This is a shot of young Elvis that’s new to me. I was tickled with the caption for it on Pinterest describing what Elvis is wearing:

A jacket given to John W. Heath by one of hiHumes High Scteachers who was the son of a man who got the jacket from a girlfriend who got it from Elvis after a concert.

I’ve complained before about incorrect tags on some Elvis photos, but this one is just plain confusing. Here’s another look at the jacket.

a jacket given to John W. Heath by a Humes High School teacher who was the son of a man who got the jacket from a girlfriend who got it from Elvis after a concert.

 

How about a little quiz? This picture was tagged “Only photo that shows the entire wedding party at the Presley Wedding in Las Vegas, May 1, 1967.” I had fun trying to figure out who everybody is.

Only photo that supposedly shows the entire wedding party at the Presley Wedding in Las Vegas, May 1, 1967

I missed the first guy on the left. He is Harry Levitch, Elvis’ jeweler. Then, Richard Davis. Jerry Schilling, and Joe Esposito’s wife Joan. I needed help on the next two: Jerry Schilling’s girlfriend Sandy Kawelo, and Priscilla’s sister Michelle Beaulieu. Next, Vernon’s wife Dee, Priscilla’s mother Ann, Priscilla, Elvis, and Vernon. I needed help on the two fellows on the bottom left: Priscilla’s brother Donny and her father Paul. Then Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge.

However, the caption on this picture is wrong. Although the reception had a lot of folks, only four Elvis buddies were in the very limited wedding party at the actual ceremony.

Marty Lacker, Elvis, George Kline at Elvis' Wedding

Marty Lacker and George Kline made the cut, but they are not part of the above group picture, so it shouldn’t be labeled the “entire Elvis wedding party.”

Billy Smith

Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith was also at the exclusive wedding ceremony, and he is missing from the group picture.

 

Elvis at June 5 1955 Watermelon Party, Hope Arkansas

I’m pretty confident the caption on this one is correct: “June 5 1955 Watermelon Party, Hope Arkansas.” See the watermelons back there?

 

Priscilla Sticking Out her Tongue

How do you like this shot of Priscilla sticking out her tongue? I cropped it from a photo of her at the top of the stairs leading to her and Elvis’s bedroom at Graceland.

Priscilla at top of stairs leading to Elvis's bedroom at Graceland

To be completely honest, when I first found this picture, I never even noticed the stair railings until I read the caption. Cropping was an improvement

 

casual Hair Elvis

I really like this picture of young Elvis. Apparently, he was doing the low open-shirt thing way back in his teens. But the casual hair style is so different from what we think of as typically Elvis. Does anybody have any idea when and where this was taken? If you do, please put it into Comments.

 

Elvis - Interesting Outfit

Here we have a totally different spectrum of style on older Elvis. That’s not just a regular white shirt. It’s got ruffles on the sleeve cuff, elastic bands around the upper arm, and a big fancy collar. How about the blue scarf with the neckerchief slide half – way down. You don’t see scarves in many Elvis photos. The big attraction for me is the humongous belt. This is like a jumpsuit belt worn over regular pants, not a jumpsuit. It even has chains on the side. Nice wardrobe, Elvis.

 

Elvis Presley AND THE GIRL THAT FAINTS - Copy

I may have seen this one before, but it is nice to look at it again. The tag on the photo said “Elvis Presley AND THE GIRL THAT FAINTS.” Elvis was holding her hand with his. How lucky she was. She’s gonna come out of it with Elvis’ face just inches away from hers.

 

Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton

The caption said, “Backstage with Clapton before his opening night performance in Las Vegas. January 26th 1974.” I can kind of see this as Eric Clapton.

Elvis backstage with Eric Clapton before his opening night performance in Las Vegas. January 26th 1974

Then there’s this profile, and I don’t know. Looks more like another Eric — Eric Burdon (lead singer of The Animals and War).

Eric Burdon

What do you think?

 

Editor’s note:  Alert reader Paul made a convincing argument about why the person with Elvis is neither Eric Clapton nor Eric Burdon.  Alert reader Sandy said it was Sean Shaver, a photographer.  Here’s a different photo of him with Elvis

Elvis and Sean Shaver

I think Sandy is right.  Sean Shaver has published numerous photo books about Elvis:

1979 – The Life Of Elvis Presley
1981 – Photographing The King
1983 – Portrait Portfolio
1984 – Our Memories Of Elvis
1987 – The Elvis Book, vol II
1987 – The Elvis Book, vol III
1991 – The Elvis Book, vol IV : The Candid Elvis
1992 – Elvis In focus

 

Elvis with Badge on

There was no information with this one. Elvis almost looks like a real law officer with the badge and the jacket passants (shoulder-straps). How do you like that huge TCB ring?  I wish the photographer had snapped Elvis with his head up and smiling.

 

Elvis Gtrating on Stage Floor, New Orleans 1956

No wonder Elvis’ early concerts drove the teenage girls bananas. The tag said this photo was taken at a New Orleans concert in 1956. Just for kicks I cropped and blew up the crowd watching Elvis.

Fan Close-up at Elvis Concert ,New Orleans 1956

Not many guys in attendance, and I think I see a couple of dads.  See the two kids on the front left that are leaning?  Scroll back and you will see why.

 

Elvis and Priscilla Caricature

I have a file with 124 caricatures of Elvis in it, but this is the first time I’ve seen an artist do Priscilla, too.  I think he did a good job. Maybe someday I should do a post of my winners and losers in the Elvis Caricatures file.

 

Gladys, Dodger, and Barbara Hearn at Elvis concert, Russwood Park Memphis, TN July 4, 1956

There are many photos out there of Elvis’ July 4, 1956 concert at Russwood Park in Memphis. Al Wertheimer had his camera clicking all night, but I don’t know if this one of his. It’s interesting because of the three women in it. I’m sure you recognize Gladys. Next to her is Elvis’ paternal grandmother Minnie Mae, whom Elvis called Dodger. Do you think she was freaked out when she saw what her grandson did for a living?

And the young lady is Barbara Hearn who was Elvis’ girlfriend at the time.

Barbara Hearn and Elvis' Grandmother Dodger

Here are Barbara and Dodger at Elvis’ home on Audubon Drive prior to the concert.

 

I believe this was taken on the day he graduated high school....1953. Gladys looked so young & pretty here.

Let’s do one more family picture. I like this one especially because of the sentiment of the person who posted it

“I believe this was taken on the day he graduated high school….1953. Gladys looked so young & pretty here.”

 

 

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Elvis T-Shirt Review — Summer 2018

Tailor-made Elvis T-Shirts

It’s the weekend before the 4th of July, time to do my ninth annual review of Elvis T-shirts. Before we get into the latest designs from ShopGraceland.com, I just want to point out the above photo and say that someone has come up with a great idea for a custom-made Elvis T-shirt. These women are wearing shirts that show themselves hugging Elvis and about to be kissed. How cool is that! Does anybody know if this is something done at Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland or maybe at an Elvis convention? Please let me know on Comments and I’ll share with everybody. Now for the review.

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68 Comeback Joe Petruccio:

JOE PETRUCCIO 68 STANDUP Elvis T-shirt

Hopefully you all are familiar with Joe Pertruccio’s fabulous Elvis artwork. I have featured T-shirts with his Elvis drawings on them before, and praised them highly. I also like black T-shirts. From a distance, it’s probably hard for someone to get what’s going on with this shirt. You have to move up closer and focus on the image to see it’s Elvis in his famous black leather outfit playing guitar. It doesn’t even need to have his name on it. Very subtle, and yet, probably the edgiest Elvis T-shirt ever made. $30

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Guitarman Joe Petruccio:

JOE PETRUCCIO GUITARMAN ELVIS T-SHIRT

Now that I have praised Joe Petruccio, let’s talk about one of his miss-fires. Even close-up you might need a while to figure what this design is all about. Let’s blow it up and look for anything Elvis in it.

JOE PETRUCCIO GUITARMAN T-SHIRT Blow-up

Did you find the name Elvis Presley spelled out vertically in the guitar’s neck? I wish it had been left off this one, too. As subtle as the first one was, this one is over-kill — just too much stuff. It’s almost psychedelic, not the type of thing most Elvis fans are looking for. $30

 

Just Pretend Joe Petruccio Raglan:

JOE PETRUCCIO JUST PRETEND RAGLAN Elvis T-shirt

I feel kind of guilty for knocking any Joe Petruccio design, so I’ll try to make up for that by praising this one. I love the simplicity, and it’s so effective it also doesn’t need Elvis’ name on it. The raglan cut is a nice variation, too. It costs $30, but I’d pay more to have the image on the back of the shirt and something like this on the front.

Elvis Presley in Sundial Jumpsuit.

 

Elvis Presley Made America Great:

ELVIS PRESLEY MADE AMERICA GREAT 24.99

Okay, that’s enough on the shirts with Joe Petruccio designs. Here’s a good one for the 4th of July. I like Elvis Presley done in red, white and blue, but I can’t keep from picking at it a bit. They should have made the capital P for Presley all blue with white stars. It looks more like a D the way it is.

ELVIS PRESLEY MADE AMERICA GREAT Silhouette Blow-up

And the little Elvis silhouette distracts from the clarity of both words.

I do like the theme Elvis Made America Great, but I hope no wingnut finds it offensive because it’s derived from another phrase that disturbs them. I sure wouldn’t want an Elvis fan hassled at a restaurant because they were wearing this shirt. $25

 

Elvis Shades TCB Collage:

ELVIS SHADES COLLAGE TCB T-shirt

There have been lots of TCB T-shirts and lot of shirts with Elvis wearing his signature sunglasses. Now we have one with both. I especially like the bright sunburst radiating out from behind the TCB. It enhances both photos. The website says.” Take Care of Business in this hip 70’s collage Elvis T-shirt.” $25

 

68 Special Rhinestone Woman’s:

ELVIS PRESLEY 68 SPECIAL RHINESTONE WOMEN'S T-SHIRT

This woman’s T-shirt appeals to me for its simplicity. The image looks a little different because it is done by a process the website calls, “a tonal dark rhinestone graphic of Elvis.” I don’t know what that means, but it’s not real rhinestones as have been featured on other shirts over the years. They cost big bucks, but this one can be yours for $60.

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Ambition is a Dream with a V8 Engine:

ELVIS PRESLEY AMBITION IS A DREAM WITH A V8 ENGINE RAGLAN

This is a good concept that started well but finished poorly. The overlapping V and red-colored 8 draw the eye to the wrong thing. Elvis’ picture is the only thing that should be prominent in the center. Then the bottom text could read, “with a V8 Engine.” Much more balanced and easier to read. Raglan style shirts seem to be very popular these days, and the black sleeves on a white shirt is a nice touch. $30

 

Graceland Microphone Raglan:

GRACELAND MICROPHONE RAGLAN T-shirt

This is my least favorite. I have fussed before about T-shirts that say Graceland with no mention of Elvis. I am an Elvis fan, not a Graceland fan. But somebody must like Graceland shirts, because they keep coming up with new designs. This shirt really bugs me because it says Graceland: Home to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Why not “Home of Elvis Presley”? $30

 

I feel like this review has not presented enough designs I like, so here are a few from a source you might not think of: AllPosters.com.

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Elvis – Peacock:

allposters.com Peacock Jumpsuit Design Elvis T-shirt

I like it when they come up with Elvis designs that are new and different. Using elements from Elvis’ fabulous Peacock jumpsuit is a great idea. And Elvis’ blue face is kind of interesting, too. Only $20. AllPosters.com has lots of Elvis T-shirts priced at $18 and $20.

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Circle G Ranch:

allposters.com Circle G Ranch Elvis T-shirt

They don’t get much more original than this. I wonder if the folks who are campaigning for Elvis’ Circle G Ranch to be preserved and open to the public are aware that this shirt exists. $24

 

Elvis Presley – Long Live the King:

Allposters.com Long Live the King Elvis T-shirt

This is a wonderful woman’s T-shirt. I wish they had it in men’s. A great profile picture of Elvis with strong gold text saying. “Long Live the King.” What more do you need? And just $20.

 

I hope you enjoyed ElvisBlog’s 2018 Elvis T-shirt review.  You can read the previous eight reviews by typing T-Shirt Review in the search box.

 

As I did my research for this post, I noticed there are a great many products celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special. Some are great, some not so much. I’ll probably do a review of them sometime soon.

 

Have a cool 4th of July

 

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More Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room

Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room

When I offered a few Elvis items for sale four weeks ago, I had no idea whether it would work or not. Actually, it worked out very well, with most items getting spoken for within hours after posting the sale.

For those of you who missed it, the Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room is where all my Elvis stuff is lovingly displayed (or at least stored). But I am facing a scaling-down to a smaller home, and there won’t be any space for all my Elvis mementos. So, I am offering them to you ElvisBlog readers for really good prices.

Please keep in mind that these prices are for shipment to U.S. destinations only.  Postage to other countries is so high that it makes the costs prohibitive.  I wish I could negotiate special rates like Amazon has done, but that’s a pipe dream.

 

Elvis Presley Doll – “The Sun Never Sets on a Legend”

 

Editor’s note: This item has been sold.

 

Elvis Presley - The Sun Never Sets on a Legend

This is a 12” Elvis doll with 15” tall packaging that looks like a showcase. It has decorative musical notes as a backdrop, as well as a unique design and shape – the plastic window front side is curved, which allows for more of the doll and interior contents be viewed while on display. Elvis is on a stand that resembles a stage platform on top of which he is performing.

This is one of a 1993 three-part Hasbro “Elvis Presley – The Sun Never Sets on a Legend” commemorative collection. There is great attention to detail – from Elvis’ red jacket, black pants, and white shoes, to the beautifully detailed guitar. Even the black plastic top and bottom insert sections of the box contain Elvis’ facsimile autograph.

Elvis Presley - The Sun Never Sets on a Legend - Back

Back of the packaging

I have never opened it up to see the numbered Certificate of Authenticity, so I guess I can say it is in mint condition. However, it was frustrating not to be able to see (or play) the bonus 45rpm record inside of Elvis singing “Jailhouse Rock.”

Elvis Presley - The Sun Never Sets on a Legend - eBay Offers

I checked out eBay to see what this was going for. The lowest I found was this one for $38 delivered. The two lower prices above were for used ones, and the cheapest also had $13 postage. So, I will make this a bargain by pricing it at $28 delivered.

If you want this “Jailhouse Rock” doll, please send me an email at philarnold@charter.net, and I will reserve it for you and add a note to this post that it is sold.

 

Deck of Elvis Playing Cards with 54 Alfred Wertheimer Photos:

Editor’s note:  This item has been sold.

 

Elvis - Al Wertheimer Playing Cards

There are some other Elvis playing cards out there, but this deck with a different Al Wertheimer photo on each card is the most desirable to me. I’ve opened the box up twice to look at the pictures, so the cards are in perfect shape.

Elvis Playing Cards Alfred Wertheimer - back

Back of deck box

I found a few of these Elvis card decks listed on eBay with delivered prices ranging from $8-11. I can do $7 delivered, but I’m afraid the postage that I cover will eat up a good chunk of that. I did a crummy job of estimating what the postage would be on that first round of goodies, and these cards are heavy.

 

Wackel-Elvis Hanging Figure:

Wackel Elvis - in box

You may ask (as I did) what is a Wankel-Elvis? Here is a pretty interesting story from Wikipedia:

Wackel-Elvis (German pronunciation: vakəlˈɛlvɪs, “Wobbly Elvis”) is a 6 inches tall, hanging dashboard figure designed to resemble Elvis Presley. A prototype of the figure was first introduced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi in a series of television commercials which were broadcast in several European countries. The commercials were produced in 2001 to promote Audi’s new continuously variable “multitronic” transmission. Due to a high demand by Elvis fans after publication of the commercials, 15,000 Wackel-Elvis figures were produced and sold at the Audi factory outlet store.

The Wackel-Elvis figure is suspended from an elastic band connected to a suction cup attached to the windshield or rear window of a vehicle. The waist and left shoulder of the figure are equipped with flexible metal spring joints. The design prompts the figure to swing its hips, pivot around its vertical axis and shake its left arm up and down while the vehicle is in motion, creating an effect that resembles Elvis Presley performing on stage.

 

Wackel-Elvis at Graceland

Some clever fan had a Wankel-Elvis hanging from their dashboard when they took this photo with the Graceland wall in the background.

The best price I found for this (still in the box) was $24.99 plus $5.02 postage. So I think it’s a pretty good deal at $17 postage included.

 

Gray-haired Wankel Elvis

Editor’s note: This item has been sold.  The white jumpsuit model is still available.

 

If you don’t care about the box because you would want to hang Elvis in your car, anyway, here’s a deal for you. This alternate design can be yours for $10. When you send me an email at philarnold@charter.net be clear about which Wankel-Elvis you want.

 

Bubba Ho-Tep Limited Edition DVD:

 

Editor’s note:  This item has been sold.

 

Bubba Ho-Tep Limited Edition

If you are a bit unclear on what Bubba Ho-Tep is all about, take a minute and read this article I posted on ElvisBlog in 2008. Or perhaps the original video cover will jog your memory.

Bubba Ho-Tep DVD Cover

Here is a synopsis of the story from Amazon.com:

Mud Creek, Texas, is about to get all shook up. When mysterious deaths plague the Shady Rest retirement home, it’s up to an aging, cantankerous “Elvis” (Bruce Campbell) and a decrepit and black “JFK” (Ossie Davis) to defeat a 3,000-year-old-Egyptian mummy with a penchant for sucking human souls! Can the King show the world that he can still take care of business?

Don Coscarelli directs and Bruce Campbell stars as the King of Camp in this intentionally over-the-top schlockfest. Bubba Ho-Tep is partially about Elvis Presley and partially about the title character, an Egyptian cowboy zombie, but mostly it is about camp. The movie is equal parts story and back story. We learn through narration and flashback how Elvis didn’t really die, ending up instead in a rest home in East Texas with JFK who says he was dyed black and had his brain removed, presumably for reasons of national security.

Campbell and Davis realize that something strange is going on when their rest-home compatriots start dropping off suspiciously. The whole movie leads up to a final showdown to the death with the Egyptian cowboy zombie who has been killing fellow residents because he thought no one would notice. The movie unfolds a bit slowly; it is, after all, a geriatrics-fight-Egyptian-cowboy-zombie movie. In the end, though, Campbell is flawless as the aged King; his accent, intonations, glasses, and trademark karate are at the same time sincere and over the top.

Ok, so this is nifty movie, and it has some interesting history according to Wikipedia:

Originally the film was “roadshowed” by the director across the country. Only 32 prints were made and he circulated them around various film festivals, and garnered critical success. By the time it was released on DVD, it had already achieved cult status due to positive reviews, lack of access, and similar on-the-road hard work by Campbell. While the film revolves around an ancient Egyptian mummy terrorizing a retirement home, Bubba Ho-Tep also deals with the deeper theme of aging and growing old in a culture that values only the young.

You might be wondering what’s with the jumpsuit looking thing wrapped around the DVD case.

Bubba Ho-Tep Jumpsuit Shirt

It’s a nicely done mini-jumpsuit shirt that is one of many special features offered in this “Limited Edition. The others include:

Audio Commentary by director Don Coscarelli and star Bruce Campbell
Audio commentary by “The King”
Joe R. Lansdale reads from Bubba Ho-Tep
Deleted scenes with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell
The making of Bubba Ho-Tep
Fit For a King – Elvis Costume Featurette
Rock Like an Egyptian – The music of Bubba Ho-Tep
Music video
Photo Gallery
Original theatrical trailer

I also searched for this item on the internet to see what other folks are selling it for. The cheapest I found was $24.92 plus freight. I think you will be very happy if you snap up this Limited Edition Bubba Ho-Tep for $20 delivered.

 

Elvis Salt and Pepper Shakers:

Editor’s note:  This item has sold.  They must be really rare, because several folks have wanted to buy them.

 

Elvis Salt and Pepper Shakers

This is a very cool set. The color of both shakers is actually the same; there was light coming from a window on the left side that makes them look different.

They feature a very popular silhouette of 50s Elvis shaking his hips at the mic, and I think this is the best usage of it I have seen.

I looked all over the internet to find what other folks are asking for this set. I could not find even one posted for sale, so I guess it is pretty rare. It can be yours for $15, postage included.

 

Elvis “All Shook Up” Sugar Shaker:

Editor’s note:  This item Has been sold.

 

Elvis 50s Sugar Shaker

Here’s another 50s Elvis image put to good use. Doesn’t this remind you of the sugar shakers they had in the diners back when you were a teenager? This thing is pretty heavy, so the delivered price for it is $9.

 

 

Last time, some folks replied in Comments that they wished to purchase an item. It really works better if you just email me at philarnold@charter.net. I check email much more frequently than Comments, so I can mark an item as sold right after I hear from you.

In your email, indicate whether you wish to use your PayPal account or a personal check to pay. I don’t yet have a PayPal button that businesses use, just a personal account like you do.

Pay Now with PayPal Button.

Sample only

So, when I reply to your email and confirm your purchase, I will initiate a PayPal invoice.  You get an email notification that you confirm, and the money is transferred.

So, please go back and look over the items and see if there’s anything you would like to have.

I really appreciate your support,

Phil Arnold

 

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Remembering DJ Fontana

DJ Fontana at center of Band

Perhaps you do the same thing I do when musicians we love pass away. Last year when Tom Petty and Chuck Berry died, I pulled out old albums and CDs and listened to their music as a way to connect with them and commemorate their impact on me.

But when DJ Fontana died two days ago, it didn’t seem as satisfying to listen to Elvis songs. I wanted something unique to DJ. Then I remembered I had his book.

DJ Fontana book - The Beat Behind the King

 

Although I had read it when it came out in 2002, I sat down and read it again. I was wonderful. Everyone who has met DJ knows he is a down-home good ole boy, and his personality shines through the words.

DJ Fontana at Drums

 

But there was a special bonus in DJ’s book. It contained a CD titled “Life on the Road,” and for some reason, I had never listened to it before.

 

DJ Fontana - Life on the Road CD

Well, I plopped that thing into the player and was mesmerized for the next 23 minutes. It was like DJ and I were sitting together at a bar, and he was telling all these wonderful old stories. Now, I’m going to miss him even more.

I’m not sure, but I suspect that the audio on this CD was the taped interview that publisher Darwin Lamm used to write the book chapter also titled “Life on the Road.” Of course, some language was cleaned up and some other editing changed things a bit. There were also short stories that ended up in the chapters titled “Recording with Elvis” and “68 Special.”

 

DJ Played with 20 Singers

Tributes to DJ Fontana are all over the web now, and I would like to offer you something different than the same stuff you’ve already read. For example, DJ was a much in-demand session musician in his career after Elvis. This page from his book lists twenty artists he has played or recorded with.

 

DJ Played with 19 more Singers

Here are nineteen more. And you could add a few more that came along after 2002. I’m not sure why mostly pictures of Elvis were used on these two pages. There are plenty of other photos in the book, half or even full page shots, and DJ is in most of them.

 

DJ in Lederhosen - G.I. Blues

Bet you won’t see this picture in any other tribute to DJ. It was taken on the set of G.I. Blues. All the guys playing in the band in the German bar were dressed in lederhosen. DJ tells a story in the book about how he had to allow make-up to be put on his knees “to give them a bit of color.’

DJ appeared in three other Elvis movies: Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole.

DJ's Solo Scene in Loving You

This is DJ’s solo scene in Loving You where he comes out of a high school after a spring hop and removes the sign that announced the performance they just finished.

 

DJ-Fontana-and-Karen-Arrive-on-the-Red-Carpet-at-Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-Inductions

This is DJ and wife Karen walking on the red carpet to his 2009 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Bill Black was also voted in posthumously.

DJ Fontana, Nancy Shockley & Louis Black at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

This is DJ accepting his statuette. Beside him are Bill Black’s children, Nancy and Louis. At the far right is Max Weinburg, the drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, who inducted DJ. Weinburg had campaigned for years to get DJ inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Max Weinburg Article in Elvis the Magazine

Max Weinburg Article in Elvis the Magazine

 

Phil Arnold, Joe Esposito & DJ Fontana

This is a picture of me standing behind Joe Esposito and DJ Fontana at Elvis Week 2007. I was supposedly doing security detail (making sure nobody pushed in line or stole the books they were selling and signing), but all the fans were well behaved and it was just fun for me. I met Al Wertheimer a few minutes after this picture was snapped.

DJ Signing Books at Elvis Week 2007

This is a shot from behind the table. DJ signed a lot of books that day. Everybody loved DJ.

 

I’d like to close with words from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as they remembered DJ:

Drummer DJ Fontana was a rockabilly icon and the indispensable pulse at the center of Elvis Presley’s songs. For fourteen years he played alongside of Elvis as part of the band. Together they recorded hundreds of songs and blew audiences away with rollicking, fun-loving, informal jams.

 

 

DJ Looking Spiffy at Elvis Week 2007

 

Goodbye DJ. We’ll miss you. Say hi to Elvis for us.

 

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 22

Do you remember the above photo from an ElvisBlog pictorial post three weeks ago? No information was given about the crown on Elvis’ head by the site where I found it, so I asked if any reader knew something about the reason he was being crowned. Well, reader Jo remembered seeing it in a book she owned, and she sent in an answer.

Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowell

The book is The Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowell, Edie Hand and Joe Meador, published in 2009. It contained the following information from Louise Smith, widow of Elvis’ cousin Gene Smith:

“One day, Elvis came to our house and the press followed him inside. A man and woman accompanied the man from the newspaper. They presented Elvis with a trophy. Written on it was the fact that during Elvis’ movies in the theater, they had sold more popcorn than during any other movies. They took a picture of me and Elvis and the woman who presented the trophy and it was in the newspaper in Memphis. When (Elvis) left, I told him that he had forgotten his trophy, and he told me that he would get it later. He came over many times to our house, and I always tried to give him the trophy and he always said he would get it later. Guess what? I still have the trophy that was shown in the newspaper article.”

Elvis Receiving Crown in 1960

Jo even attached this photo and caption which accompanied the article in the book. However she said she was a bit puzzled. “The date is given as 1956, but Elvis actually looks older – his sideburns are missing and his jacket is the same as that worn in the Welcome Home Elvis rehearsals in 1960. Has Louise got her dates muddled????”

So, I did a Google search for Elvis Popcorn Award, and an article came up with this picture.

Louise Smith, Elvis and Popcorn Award

The woman on the left is identified as Louise Smith and the one on the right as the presenter of the trophy. Five decades after the event, it would appear Louise Smith’s memory was indeed a little muddled, because the crown was not what accompanied the award. A trophy did

Popcorn Trophy Plaque

I blew up the award to see what it said. You can see the word Kernel, then Popcorn, (something), U.S.A.

So, the reason for the crown still remains a mystery, but the trophy picture confirms one thing:

Elvis was the King of Movie Popcorn Sales

 

 

More Elvis Armpit Sweat Revealed:

Elvis and Horses

This photo also appeared in that pictorial three weeks ago. I said I thought it had been taken on the set of Love Me Tender. However, I was corrected by reader Delores, who is quite a font of Elvis knowledge. She said the picture came from Loving You when young Susan Jessup (Delores Hart) took Elvis out to the family farm.

Elvis and delores Hart in Loving You

In the article I suggested that there couldn’t be many other pictures out there showing Elvis armpit sweat. Wrong!! Reader David did considerable detective work and found it in photos from three other movies.

Elvis Arm Sweat in 1960 GI Blues

G.I. Blues

 

Elvis Arm Sweat in 1962 follow that dream

Follow That Dream

 

Elvis, armpit sweat in1960 Flamig Star

Flaming Star

 

Of course, what I didn’t think we would ever see were any photos in real life of Elvis armpit sweat. David had that covered, too.

1970 Photo of Elvis Arm Sweat

Elvis in 1970

 

The Anniversary of the Opening of Graceland to the Public:

I get emails all the time from Graceland.com/news, Graceland Insiders, Shop Graceland, and probably some others. When I see the word Graceland, I click on them pretty much automatically to see what’s new. Yesterday, this came up.

Graceland Opened on June 6, 1982

 

I thought I would get to read about the history of this event. Then I scrolled down and saw this:

15% Off Graceland Gear

In the span of one month, we will see four reasons for a sale: Aloha from Hawaii anniversary, Memorial Day, Graceland’s opening anniversary, and Father’s Day. And I’ll bet there is some other reason for a sale prior to the 4th of July.  I hope they are selling ELVIS Gear at the next one.

So, Thursday was the 36th anniversary of the opening of Graceland. In four years, I expect a big event will be held with special guests, concerts at the Soundstage, special packages at the Guesthouse, etc. Here are a couple of pictures that will probably show up then on Graceland.com/news.

Aunt Delta and Jack Soden at opening of Graceland, June 7, 1982

This is EPE president Jack Soden and Elvis’ Aunt Delta (who continued to live in Graceland after the tours began) cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

 

Graceland Opening Flyer

Here is an advertisement for the opening of Graceland to the public. I wish it was a clearer image so we could read the ticket prices. The fine print down at the bottom says “Tours may be closed on Monday after September 1.” Of course, that never happened. The public response was too great.

 

Editor’s Note: Reader responses came in quickly confirming that the follow two photographs were definitely not taken the first day Graceland opened to the public.  As I had speculated, they were taken the day after Elvis died as fans poured into Memphis.  Sorry for the confusion.

You might want to scroll past them and look at two new photos giving a much clearer accounting of the opening of Graceland to the public.

 

These next two pictures, supposedly taken at that opening show amazing response on the first day.

Fans at Opening of Graceland

That looks like Elvis Week, doesn’t it? Or possibly the day after Elvis’ death was announced.  The internet source I used says it was taken on June 7, 1982, but the amount of mis-labeled Elvis photos on the internet is cause for a little skepticism. .

Fans at opening of Graceland

And this is supposed to be an aerial view of the event. You can barely see the mansion in the top right corner surrounded by trees. I never knew the opening of Graceland was such a highly attended event.

 

3,024 Tickets sold on the first Day Graceland opened to the public

This is a cropped photo that contains a significant fact in the text at the bottom. 3,024 tickets were sold the first day Graceland was opened to the public.

 

Fans Line Up outside Graceland on Day it Opened to the public

These are fans lining up to enter Graceland on the first day it was open to the public.

 

Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room

I would like to thank everyone who purchased one of the Elvis treasures I brought out from the Fuzzy Room and offered for sale. The three T-shirts were the last to go earlier this week. Next week I will show more items from the Fuzzy Room. Here’s a little tease – a set of Elvis Presley Salt and Pepper Shakers with a 50s look. Bet you haven’t seen these before.

Elvis Salt and Pepper Shakers

 

 

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