Monthly Archives: December 2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ELVISBLOG

It’s time to say thanks to all the Elvis fans who visited Elvisblog this year.  I like writing the articles every week, and it seems like you enjoy reading them.  Merry Christmas to you all.

 

Your host has some traveling to do this holiday season, so there will be no regular articles posted on December 18 or 25.  Instead, there is a special Christmas treat.  It is a short fiction story titled ELVIS CLAUS – Santa’s Favorite Brother Gets A Present.  It takes place in 1983, and because its main character is Elvis, you have to start with a little willing suspension of disbelief.  As much as we might wish otherwise, Elvis is no longer with us.  But it’s still fun to write about him as though he were.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

To read ELVIS CLAUS, click on the folder “Elvis Fiction by Phil Arnold” in the left column.  After you’ve read it, why not e-mail it to a few Elvis fan buddies.  I think you’ll agree it would be a nice way to remember them this Christmas.

 

The next regular Elvisblog article will be on Sunday, January 1, 2006.  Remember, the new internet address is www.elvisblog.net.  Please change your bookmarks to this because automatic forwarding from the old address ends soon.

 

Merry Christmas and a hunk-a hunk-a burning love to everyone!

 

Phil Arnold,  host and creator of Elvisblog

ELVISBLOG NEWS — 12/11/05

 

Elvis Christmas Fiction

 

Next Sunday, December 18, Elvisblog will feature a special Christmas treat.  In lieu of a regular blog, I will be posting a wonderful short story titled, “ELVIS CLAUS, Santa’s Favorite Brother Gets A Present.”  You are really going to enjoy this.  It will be located in the Elvis Fiction – by Phil Arnold folder in the left column.  Of course, there will be a prompt in the main body of the page as part of Elvisblog’s Christmas greeting to its visitors.

 

 

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Just another reminder, the internet address for Elvisblog has changed.  Although you can still access the site using the old address, sooner or later the blog server will stop that service.  Please change your bookmark to www.elvisblog.net.

ELVIS WEEK NEEDS SCOTTY, DJ, AND THE JORDANAIRES

The current issue of Elvis International, The Magazine has an article titled “Elvis… Where Are You?”  It is by a man I haven’t met but would like to.  Robert Alaniz owns Soundz Good Records, and he organizes huge memorabilia shows at each Elvis Week.  He also writes good articles.

 

Robert’s title question, “Elvis… Where Are You?” refers to his concern that Elvis’ spirit in Memphis was fading this year.  Robert noted that many of Elvis’ original entourage were absent from the festivities in 2005, and said, “Elvis’ spirit is strong with them and when they’re not there, his presence is weakened.”

 

I agree completely.  Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, and The Jordanaires were not at the last Elvis Week, and it just didn’t feel right without them.  These guys give off oodles of great Elvis Karma, because they were there in ’54, ‘55, & ‘56 when it all began.  Scotty helped shape the sound of Elvis’ music from the very first second it existed.  DJ came on board in 1955, and Gordon Stoker was one of the four men in the Jordanaires in 1956 who provided vocal accompaniment for Elvis.  Ray Walker joined the group in 1958, so his connection with Elvis is long and deep.

 

These four men — Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Gordon Stoker, and Ray Walker — are the real deal.  And we are lucky to still have them with us.  Scotty is 74, DJ is 71, Gordon is 76, and Ray is 71.  To me, these four men are national treasures, which makes it all the more sad they weren’t at Elvis Week this year.  Robert Alaniz presumed they were likely in Europe, where the international fans wanted them.  He said he understood that everyone has to make a living, but “you’d think that Elvis Week in Memphis would be the place for them to be.”

 

Boy, do I agree with that.  It would be terrific if somehow they are all at Elvis Week 2006.  If so, you should plan to go and soak up some of that genuine Elvis spirit, while it is still strong.

 

Here’s some good news.  The odds are great that Scotty, DJ, Gordon, and Ray will be at Elvis Week 2007, because Darwin Lamm, Editor of Elvis International, will present a two-day, 30th Anniversary Tribute and Concert.  Darwin has done similar Elvis Week events since 1988, and he always has Scotty, DJ and The Jordanaires at his concerts.  This one will probably be called something like The Last of The Legends, and it will be the one absolutely-don’t-miss event of Elvis Week 2007.  I will be backstage.

 

© 2005   Philip R Arnold

ELVISBLOG NEWS — 12/4/05

 

www.elvisblog.net 

 

Things are moving much faster than I reported in the news a week ago.  The URL address for Elvisblog has already been changed to www.elvisblog.net.  If you have the old address bookmarked as a favorite, it will still work for a while, but why not change it now to www.elvisblog.net.

 

 

Odd Websites

 

On November 28, someone typed odd websites into Google Search.  Google reported they found 3,170,000 odd websites, and the listed the first ten.  Elvisblog came in #8.  I printed out the page and showed it to my wife.  She asked, “Is That Good?”  I mumbled, “Well, yeah, I guess, sort-of.”  Then I went back and checked Google.  They weren’t passing judgment on what was odd.  They were reporting the magnitude of hits on sites containing the words, “odd websites.  On November 7, Elvisblog posted, “New Archive Articles, Some Odd Websites, and A Tease. 

 

 

New Magazine Article

 

The new issue of Elvis International, The Magazine is off the presses, and it contains another article by your blog host, Phil Arnold.  It has been added to Elvisblog as well.  Just click on the Archives folder in the left column.  The first listing will be “January, 1956,” and it takes a detailed look at what this writer considers the most significant month in the life of Elvis Presley.

ELVIS AND MAMIE VAN DOREN

In the late 50’s and early 60’s there were three blond bombshells sometimes referred to as “The 3 M’s”: ”Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Mamie Van Doren.  Howard Hughes discovered Mamie Van Doren at age 16, and she signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1953. 

 

On her web site, www.mamievandoren.com, she talkes about herself in the third person: “Mamie starred as the “bad girl” in some of Hollywood’s most enduring teenage cult films.”  Her signature film was the 1960 feature “Sex Kittens Go To College.

 

“Off the screen, Mamie was a maverick in her personal life as well, often following her heart in torrid off-screen romances.”  According to http://allmovie.com, her autobiography Playing The Field claims she slept with nearly every male in the entertainment industry

 

OK, would you like to know if Elvis was one of those lovers?

 

Mamievandoren.com has a section called Bedtime Stories, and Elvis is in there.  So are Burt Reynolds, Tony Curtis, and a bunch of other famous men.  Mamie goes into quite graphic detail of her sexual liaisons.  Sometimes, the Bedroom Stories almost read like pages from a romance novel.  Here’s one sample about Elvis and her:  “He French kissed me deeply and I responded passionately to him, barely able to hold myself back.”

 

So, the question is, did she hold back or not.  Or did Elvis hold back like he did with Elvira?  You’ll have to check out Mamie’s web site to find out.  It’s a better place than Elvisblog for that kind of stuff.  Let’s just say they had quite a night.   Elvis took her to the Frontier Hotel, the Sahara, and the Desert Inn before they started necking in his Cadillac.

 

There are two other interesting things of note.  Mamie proudly admits she stole Elvis’ wiggle when she danced and sang in the 1957 movie Untamed Youth.  Also, her site has present-day photographs of her in revealing outfits.  For a woman in her 70’s, she looks great.  Sort of makes you of wish you had been in those Bedtime Stories.

© 2005   Philip R Arnold

JANUARY 1956

From:  71st Birthday Tribute, January 2006

 

 (A Look Back, 50 Years Later, At What Could Be The Most Significant Month in Elvis’ Career)

 by Phil Arnold

 

On January 2, 1956, Elvis performed at a high school in Charleston, Mississippi.  It was an event similar to more than a hundred others in 1954 and 1955 when Elvis toured extensively throughout the south and southwest.  But things were about to change for Elvis – in a big way.

 

Back in late November 1955, Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract to RCA Records for $35,000, but nothing changed in Elvis’ life immediately.  He still had a string of previous concert commitments to fulfill, and there was the usual downtime over the Christmas holidays.  Right after his 21st birthday, however, things got very busy for Elvis. 

 

On January 10, he and Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, and Bill Black did their first recording session at the RCA studios in New York City.  Floyd Cramer, who had played piano behind Elvis on some Louisiana Hayride shows and Chet Atkins, guitar virtuoso and RCA Nashville studio chief, augmented the small group.  This first session produced “I Got A Woman,” a hit for Ray Charles a year earlier, and “Money Honey,” and earlier hit for the Drifters.  Both would end up in Elvis’ first LP album, Elvis Presley.

 

The big accomplishment of the day was recording “Heartbreak Hotel,” a song that sounded unlike anything Elvis had recorded before.  It would ultimately become his first hit for RCA and would stay at # 1 for seven weeks.

 

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After one of his last performances at the Louisiana Hayride on January 15, Elvis started a six-day tour through Texas, as part of Hank Snow’s All Star Jamboree.  Col. Parker was Snow’s manager before taking over Elvis’ career, and he put Elvis on thirty-two of Hank Snow’s shows.  On January 20 in Fort Worth, Elvis did his last appearance as a supporting act.  From then on, he would always be at the top of the bill.

 

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Hank Snow and Elvis                                                Seventh Billing

 

On Saturday, January 28, Elvis made his first appearance on national television.  He and the boys performed on CBS’ Stage Show, starring Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.  Elvis sang “I Got A Woman” and “Shake, Rattle, and Roll / Flip, Flop, and Fly,” two Joe Turner hits he often performed on stage.  Although Elvis’ first TV exposure was on a rather low-ranked show, it was the start of the buzz about him that grew to a roar later in the year.

 

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First TV Show – January 26, 1956                                  Elvis with Dorsey Brothers

 

Elvis finished January on a tremendous roll.  Next up, in quick succession, were more recording sessions at RCA, more television appearances, a two-week tour through Virginia and the Carolinas as the headliner, the release of his hugely successful first album, and a screen test with Hal Wallis at Paramount. 

 

In spite of all this, bigger things were still ahead for Elvis.

 

 

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