Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, so my original plan for this blog was to present a photo montage of Elvis kissing girlfriends, fans and movie co-stars. However, accumulating enough pictures to do this right has been a slow process, so look forward to seeing it in 2011. For this year, here is a photo essay of different images that connect Elvis and Valentine’s Day.
Did you know that RCA released a posthumous Elvis album in 1985 titled A Valentine Gift to You? It was the kick-off to a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ birth. The song selection was a hodge-podge of lesser known album cuts and B-sides from the 50s and 60s, plus two hits, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (#1/1960) and “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” (#2/1961).
A Valentine Gift For You Back Cover
Here’s another album with a Valentine’s Day theme. It appears to be a bootleg live recording of Elvis’ concert on February 14, 1977 in St Petersburg, Florida.
Because candy is a popular Valentine’s Day gift, Russell Stover and other companies have put out chocolates in heart-shaped tins adorned with pictures of Elvis.
Less popular but still prevalent Valentine’s Day gifts are colorful heart-shaped balloons. Here are two with Elvis on them: I really like the one that says “You’re My HONKA HONKA Burning Love.”
Other countries have gotten in on the Elvis/Valentine’s Day connection. I’m not sure why the images from the Netherlands and Russia below are in English,
Dutch Radio Elvis Valentine Special Logo of French Bar
From A Russian Elvis Fan Club Website
With a million Elvis T-shirt designs out there, it is no surprise that one of them has a Valentine’s Day theme.
Now that we have Photoshop, many folks have created their own Valentine messages about Elvis and posted them on the internet. Here’s a look at a few of them:
Here’s hoping all you Elvis fans and your sweethearts have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.
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