Monthly Archives: August 2009

TEN WEBSITES WITH INTERESTING ELVIS CONTENT

 

In earlier Elvisblog articles, we have looked at odd Elvis websites.  The group we will look at this time are not weird at all, so you may enjoy taking some time to check them out.

 

ELVIS IS EVERYWHERE:  This is a sentiment expressed on ElvisBlog numerous times, and the website Geocities.com/Multielvi offers graphic proof of its accuracy.  Here is a collection of photagraphs taken by two fans who travelled around the country.  They had their camera ready as they found lots of Elvis statues, pictures, signs and other stuff.

ELVIS JUMPSUIT INDEX:  There are a number of websites that cover Elvis’s jumpsuits thoroughly.  The reason I like ElvisConcerts.com is because you can click on “Engagement Reference,” and you get a drop-down list of every Elvis concert from 1969 to 1977.  If you want to know what jumpsuit Elvis wore at a particular show, scroll down to it and click.  Not only will you get the jumpsuit name, in many cases there are pictures as well.  And if you care, there is information on the venue, the attendance, the song list and more.

 

CARICATURES OF ELVIS:  For years I have collected Elvis caricatures on my hard drive files.  I assembled them from dozens of websites.  Then I discovered AboutFacesEntertainers.com, which had 114 of them, including almost every one in my file.  Check them out and see which ones are your favorites.

A PRISCILLA PHOTO ALBUM:  There are infinitely more photographs of Priscilla than there are Elvis caricatures, and no one site has them all.  However, if you would like to browse through 51 photos of Priscilla at all ages, you should try SimplyCilla.com.

 

RARE ELVIS RECORDS, CDs and MOVIE MEMORABILIA:  There are several websites that cover Elvis collectibles, but I thought it was interesting that one of these sites would be done by a man in Germany (remember, Elvis is everywhere).  So, I hope you enjoy checking out Rare-Elvis.de

 


ASK THE ELVIS EXPERTS:  I enjoy reading this site, because fans can come up with the darndest questions about Elvis.  The first time you check out AllExperts.com, you might want to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “All.”  An index of all Elvis question topics covered since 2004 pops up, and you can just click on the ones that interest you.  Later, you can do like me and have fun reading just the newer questions that have come in since the last visit.

 

THE ELVIS INN IN JERUSALEM:  Yes, this is another reminder that Elvis is everywhere.  Here are a few outside and inside pictures of the Elvis Inn located in Jerusalem.  Do you think they used enough images of Elvis?  I have no idea why this website is called InfiniteTadpole.com.


CROCHET YOUR OWN ELVIS DOLL:  Strange as it seems to me, there are apparently enough Elvis fans out there who also crochet to support sales of a pattern for making a fifteen-inch-tall Elvis doll.  KathleenEarly.com advises that it is made using simple, well-known stitches.  I like the way it stands up for display by cleverly using a wire mic cord for balance.

 

PARTY TIME WITH ELVIS:  If you want to do an Elvis theme party, here is the website for you.  PartyThemeShop.com has decorations, games, recipes, puzzles and everything else Elvis fans could want.

LOTS OF ELVIS STAMPS:  You would be amazed at how many countries have issued Elvis stamps.  But, if you check out CoolStamps.com, you will find out.

 

This one is from Kazakhstan.  Remember, Elvis is everywhere.

 

©  2009   Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister   All rights reserved    www.ElvisBlog.net

 

The Elvis / Star Trek Connection

 

Like most folks, I suppose, I keep up with several blogs regularly.  A bonus for me is that I am friends with three other serious bloggers.  Alan Hanson is a fellow Elvis blogger at www.elvis-history-blog.com.  He takes his Elvis writing a lot more seriously than I do, but I love reading his articles.  Dave Newell is the brain behind www.thehistorybluff.com, and he and I have been buddies for years.  He messes with history, and comes up with some hilarious posts.  And, finally, Tygrrius, the chief blogger honcho at www.thefilmfrontier.com.  Ty writes about his somewhat strange combination of interests:  Star Wars, Star Trek, and Elvis.   I enjoy his writing about his various sci-fi passions, but Ty does just as well when he veers off and writes something about Elvis.

During the 28 days my wife was in the hospital after open-heart surgery, Ty posted two guest articles on ElvisBlog.  For a while, I just couldn’t get in the frame of mind to write anything, so I really appreciate Ty filling in.  Now, after thinking about it for several days, I have come up with something to write that would work on The Film Frontier.  Call it a little pay back, although Ty insists he needs none.

My idea was to come up with a connection between Elvis and Star Trek.  Believe it or not, there actually is one.  Three actresses have appeared in both Elvis movies and Star Trek TV episodes.

 

CELESTE YARNALL:

Some of you may have met Celeste Yarnall at an Elvis Week, because she has become something of a regular guest there these past few years.  She appeared briefly in Live A Little, Love a Little, from 1968, just four films from the end of the Elvis movie string.  His movies were starting to get bad, but this one was so stupid it was funny.

                      

Yarnall played Ellen, a model he met at a party.  One of the ways Elvis (Gary Nolan) convinced her to come back to his apartment with him was by singing, “A Little Less Conversation.” 

When Elvis gets her home, Bernice, another woman with an eye on Elvis, creates a ruckus while vacuuming, totally breaking the mood.  Ellen gets mad and insists Elvis take her home.

 

One year earlier, Celeste Yarnall appeared in a Star Trek episode titled, “The Apple.”  Instead of being hit on by Elvis, this time it was Ensign Chekov.

                                            

She escaped Checkov’s advances, and later, Captain Kirk consoled her by showing her his giant horn.

TERI GARR:

Teri Garr appeared in six Elvis movies:

Kissin’ Cousins  1963
Fun in Acapulco  1963
Viva Las Vegas  1964
Roustabout   1964
Girl Happy   1965
Clambake   1967

However, her screen time was not as an actress.  At this early point in her career, she was a dancer trying to break into acting.

                 
Viva Las Vegas

            

                                               Roustabout                                            Kissin’ Cousins

Teri Garr got one of her first acting jobs in Star Trek episode # 55 titled “Assignment Earth.”  Captain Kirk and Spock travelled back in time to 1968 Earth to stop Gary Seven, a villian who was trying to explode an oribal bomb over Asia.  Teri Garr played Roberta Lincoln, a ditzy blond in a very short mini-skirt who was hired by a henchman of Gary Seven to supposedly develop a new ecyclopedia.  In the end, she became suspicious and helped save Earth.

                    

 

YVONNE CRAIG:

Most Elvis fans know she was one of the Tatum sisters in Kissin’ Cousins, but she appeared in an earlier Elvis movie in a small part.  Yvonne Craig had a small role in It Happened at the World’s Fair, released in 1963.  She played Dorothy Johnson, a love interest of Elvis’ character, Mike Edwards.  While her scene with Elvis was short, it could be called pretty hot, as you can see by these stills.

                    

           
Two movies later, Yvonne Craig showed up in a much larger role in Kissin’ Cousins.  Do you think Elvis might have really liked her first performance and put in a good word for her?   Anyway, she played Azalea Tatum, who had to fight with her sister Selena for Elvis’ attention (Air Force Captain Josh Morgan).  Azalea finally ends up the winner in the Elvis sweepstakes.

           

These roles were tame compared to her character in a Star Trek episode in 1967: “Whom Gods Destroy.”  Yvonne Craig played Marta, a green-skinned inmate at the Federation asylum on Elba ll.  She was delusional, seductive and skilled in exotic dance.   The evil Garth of Izar coerced her to carry out a plot to assassinate Captain Kirk.  

         

She got alone with Kirk, started to seduce him, and then pulled a knife and tried to stab him.  He fought her off, and Spock arrived to help subdue her.    After the failed assassination attempt, her master, Garth of Izar, ended her life by blowing her to bits with a new explosive.

         
        

I love this line from Spock after the assination attempt:

“She seems to have worked out an infallible method for ensuring permanent male fidelity.  Interesting.”

©  2009    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister    All Rights Reserved  www.ElvisBlog.net

Mixed Media Elvis Art

 

Elvis Week always awakens the fans' interest in Elvis, and many of them go to the internet to connect with him.  Consequently, August 16 is always the busiest day of the year for traffic on ElvisBlog, and the days immediately before and after are big ones, too.  So, there really needs to be something new posted for you folks to enjoy.

I am 900 miles from home, living in a hospital room with my wife after open-heart surgery.  She is doing fine now after several scary setbacks.  I'm finally in the right frame of mind to write, but all my files of story ideas are back home.  So, here is an easy blog using pictures saved in the hard drive of my laptop.  You will be amazed at all the diffent stuff artists have used to depict Elvis.

 

 

Can you believe this outstanding bust is constructed from matchsticks?  Its creator is Scottish artist David Mach.

 

This Elvis statue is made out of butter.  A whole lot of butter.  I don't know who the lady who made it is.

 

How about an earthenware Elvis teapot?  Looks homemade by someone named Jack Earl.

 

Believe it or not, this is the best of three different balloon Elvises I found on the internet.

 

This media for one is hard to decipher, but the website where I found it said it was made entirely out of pieces of toast, with more or less toasting to get the different shades.  I wish I hadn't cropped off the man on the left (a bit of blue clothing shows), because it would show you how big this art item is.  Huge.

 

 

Staying with the toast theme, this Elvis art was created by scratching off part of the surface the toast on a peanut butter and nanner sandwich.  People think of the strangest things.

 

This is barely recognizable as Elvis wearing his famous sunglasses.  It is made entirely of tiny puzzle pieces.

 

How strange is this one?  Look close and you will see that Elvis' image is created with stereo and electronic equiptment. 

 

 

If you had a million guesses, you would never guess what this Elvis art is made from:  crushed Cheeze Puffs. 

 

You'll have to take my word for it, but this Elvis picture is made from hundreds of little Elvis pictures. 

 

This isn't the best image of Elvis, but considering what it is made from, the artist accomplished a lot.  We can call this one Organic Elvis because it is made from stuff like poppy seeds, grits and pine needles.

 

Our last example of Mixed Media Elvis Art should be the favorite for many people:  Chocolate Elvis.

 

Happy Elvis Week everybody.

 

(C)  2009    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister   All Rights Reserved    www.ElvisBlog.net

 

Guest Blog: ElvisBlog's Greatest Hits, Volume 1

This is Tygrrius, filling in again for Phil.

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As an Elvis fan, you are undoubtedly used to “greatest hits” and various other methods of re-packaging existing material. Today, I'm going to steal a page from RCA's playbook by taking a look at ElvisBlog's Greatest Hits.

We'll start our compilation with a look back at the early days of ElvisBlog.

RILEY KEOUGH PRESLEY? (February 6, 2005)

Phil's early posts were shorter than his more recent work and also contained fewer photos. This instant classic was a look at Lisa Marie's daughter, Riley Keough, as she started her modeling career. This post gained ElvisBlog some of its earliest readers. Writing about models will tend to do that.

Nearly five years later, Riley is now twenty. In a certain way, she's following in her grandfather's footsteps. She's at work on her first movie, The Runaways. It's a film about the 1970s girl band of the same name that featured Joan Jett. Dakota Fanning will star as Jett, while Kristen Stewart will play Cherie Currie. Riley will appear as Marie Currie in the movie, scheduled for release in 2010.

ELVIS AND CAPTAIN MARVEL JR. (November 20, 2005)

Was Elvis' life influenced by comic books? A clever series of articles over at the excellent Dial B for Blog compared Elvis with Captain Marvel, Jr., and caught Phil's eye. Elvis himself would seem to agree with Robby Reed, writer of the original piece. “When I was a child . . . I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times,” Elvis said in 1971.

WATCHING ELVIS IN 'WALK THE LINE' (March 26, 2006)

Here, Phil takes the 2005 hit film Walk The Line to task for implying not only that Elvis used drugs in 1956, but that he also helped to get Johnny Cash hooked as well. Not being a Cash fan, I can't say I've even seen the movie. The only thing interesting about it to me is Reese Witherspoon, but she has plenty of other movies I'd rather see her in.

Tyler Hilton, a professional singer in his own right, played Elvis in the film. He actually has a couple of songs on the soundtrack, great versions of “That's All Right” and “Milkcow Blues Boogie” that I bought as individual MP3s from Amazon. ”That's All Right” gets covered every now and then, since it was Elvis' first single, but “Milkcow” is pretty rare. Hilton makes occasional appearances on the TV series One Tree Hill.

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Thanks again, everyone.

/Tygrrius, The Film Frontier

Mini Elvis Blog

 

My thanks go out to Tygrrius, chief blogger honcho at www.thefilmfrontier.com for posting a guest article on ElvisBlog a few days ago.  It is the second time he's appeared here, but the last time we just swapped earlier blog articles from our sites.  Some day, when my wife's health problems are clearly in the past, I will have to pay Ty back.  I'm not into sci-fi the way he is, but the challange to come up with something appropriate for his blog will be fun.

On the news this morning, I heard that it is the 40th anniversary of the Beatle's Abbey Road album.   I have a few pictures in my Altered Elvis photoshop file, so now is a good time to share them with you.

 

 

Of course, you Beatle fans will remember that the boys walked from left to right the album cover.  So, this had to be an alternate shot that some Photoshop jockey found.  Of all the photos of Elvis to add to the scene, why did he pick this one in the ugly plaid coat?

 

This one obviously has nothing to do with Abbey Road, but it is interesting.  However, what kind of band has four guitar players and no drummer?

 

This is my favorite Elvis/Beatles picture.  Looks like John Lennon travelled to Germany to meet with Elvis and sing some tunes for him.  Very well done.