Monthly Archives: February 2005


Have you ever seen the ads for Elvis Refrigerator magnets?  I bought a set a few years ago.  It came with a seven-inch tall Elvis body and four different outfits:  the Blue Hawaii floral shirt and lei, Army Uniform, Karate outfit, and the black leather pants and coat from the ’68 Comeback Special.  I liked all of them except the Army uniform.  It just didn’t look very cool, especially the big old clunky boots.


One time, when my brother came to visit, I showed off my three favored Elvis outfits, and finally just threw the Army stuff in the trash because I would never use it.  Later, when I was out of the kitchen, my brother retrieved the boots and pants.  He cut the pants-legs about mid-calf and put them and the boots back on the Elvis magnet. 


He called me back into the kitchen and had the best time pointing out he had created “Jethro Elvis.”  If you ever watched The Beverly Hillbillies, you know the look of Jethro’s pants and boots.  I went along with the gag while my brother was there, but as soon as he left, those pants and boots were history. 


©  2005   Philip R Arnold    All Rights Reserved


The boy from Memphis could sing,

Soon girls called him “The King.”

He died too young,

The last song was sung,

But the fans kept doing their thing.


Elvis made a lot of dough,

Didn’t keep much of it though.

Colonel Parker’s

50% marker

Came off the top, you know.


There once was a singer named Elvis

Who sure could shake his pelvis.

This has to end.

We can’t pretend,

That some other word rhymes with Elvis.

© 2005  Philip R Arnold


Hopefully, most Elvis fans also have a warm spot in their hearts for his original guitar player, Scotty Moore.  For those of us who do, there is a very special treat coming up later this year.  How does this sound?  A ninety-minute TV special titled “The Guitar That Rocked The World,” featuring Scotty and a roster of British guitar heroes playing two dozen of Elvis’ biggests hits.


Last December, Scotty and his musical director, Steve Shepherd, traveled to London for a three-day recording session at the legendary Abbey Road Studio.  The stellar line-up of other pickers includes Eric Clapton, Mark Knoffler of Dire Straights, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, Bill Wyman and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, and many more.


The producer conducted hours of interviews with these musicians, which will be condensed down for use in the special.  The overriding theme they reveal is the admiration and respect these guitar players have for Scotty Moore, a genuine rock pioneer.  Just as Elvis was the inspiration for many singers who followed, dozens of American and British guitarists have cited Scotty as their first role model.  More news as it become available.


© 2005  Philip R Arnold


There have been recent press reports about Elvis’ granddaughter doing modeling work for the IMG Agency.  The interesting thing is that the name listed in the press for this sixteen-year-old beauty is Riley Keough Presley.  She is, of course, the first child of Lisa Marie Presley and former husband Danny Keough, and she was christened Danielle Riley Keough.


So, why is her name now Riley Keough Presley?  It sounds like a good marketing move to me.  Certainly it can’t hurt her modeling career or a possible future recording career to have the Presley name out in front.  Although Lisa Marie kept her out of the public eye for her first fourteen years, we should see a lot more of Riley from now on.


There is almost nothing in the press about Lisa Marie’s twelve-year-old son, and that’s the way it should be at that young age.  But in about five years, don’t be surprised if a hot new rock star emerges on the scene – Benjamin Keough Presley.  I sure hope so.


© 2005  Philip R Arnold