Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sorry, TCB Band — No Call from the RockHall, Again


On February 9, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame made an interesting announcement.  They will enshrine six rock backing-bands from the 50s and early 60s at the 2012 Induction Ceremony in April 4.  The bands will join all the previously announced bands and singers in this year’s class, the ones that survived a significant judging competition.

The funny thing is that these old bands got a pass straight into the RockHall.  No judging, just picked by committee.  I’m fine with their easy ride.  The more of these old rockers we can get in there the better.

That committee did have one criterion.  Each band had to play behind somebody already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The press release said, “[These] groups should be recognized along with the original lead singer inductee.”  This sounds like the powers behind the Hall of Fame realized an earlier mistake, and they are taking a move to fix it.  Good for them.

For example, Hank Ballard will no longer be considered a single performer.  From now on the name of the Inductee will be Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.

The other bands selected are:

Bill Haley and the Comets
Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
James Brown and the Fabulous Flames
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

I’ll bet the Miracles and their fans have been hounding the hall since 1987, when it put Smokey Robinson without them.  That was wrong and stupid.  Congratulations to all the bands.  They deserved it.

So, I’m happy about what did happen, but I’m upset about what didn’t happen.  The TCB Band has again been ignored. (Ed. note:  Lead guitarist, James Burton was inducted in 2001in the relatively new “Sideman” category.)

ElvisBlog has frequently commented about how the Hall hasn’t inducted the other members of the band.  Scotty, Bill, and DJ from the Blue Moon Boys have all been in since 2010.   What is holding up recognition for the TCB guys?

Ronnie Tutt……….Drums
Glen Hardin………Keyboards
John Wilkinson….Ryhthm Guitar
Jerry Scheff……….Bass

These seasoned pros certainly belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  But, perhaps they didn’t fit the mold this time.  They weren’t a 50s/60s band.  And announcers at the performances didn’t regale the entrance of “Elvis and the TCB Band.’

So, it looks like Ronnie, Glen, John and Jerry will have to wait until the Hall adds 70s backing-bands.  Or maybe, the Hall could gain some sense and induct them as “Sidemen,” where they belong.  And do it soon.


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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets #17


Elvis Beer Cans:  In 2004, Miller Brewing Co. released a set of eight commemorative beer cans celebrating 50 years of rock music.  Doing the math, that would mark the start of rock and roll in 1954, and we all know what happened then – Elvis’ first recording, “That’s All Right.”  So, of course Elvis was on one of the cans.

You might be surprised who the other seven rockers were:  Eric Clapton, Blondie, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Joe Walsh, and Willie Nelson.  The images of each artist were reproductions of Rolling Stone magazine covers with their faces on them.  The one for Elvis was dated September 22, 1977, the first Rolling Stone cover issued after his death.

Crummy Elvis Shit:  In 2008, someone Googled “Crummy Elvis Shit,” and 6,330 links came up.  ElvisBlog was #7 on the list because each of those three words had been included separately in an article on Elvis’ movie Live A Little, Love A Little.  Just for kicks, I Googled the phrase again recently, and this time there were 1,140,000 sites on the list.  So, it would appear the worldwide supply of Crummy Elvis Shit has grown appreciably in four years.  ElvisBlog moved higher on the list.  Many websites go through extensive steps to upgrade their SEO (Search Engine Optimization), but without doing any work at all, I can brag that Google now rates ElvisBlog #1in Crummy Elvis Shit.


Elvis Astrological Chart:  In 2009 the GottaHaveRockandRoll auction sold an Elvis astrological chart for $3,900 plus auctioneer’s fee.

Elvis Astrological Chart

If this seems like an outrageously high price, there were some good reasons to justify it.  The auction lot also included charts for Priscilla and Gladys.  In addition, there was a 23-page Interpretation, which included handwritten marks, underlinings and outlinings by Elvis.  The charts and interpretation were prepared by famed astrologer Dane Rudhyar using information assembled by Elvis’ buddy and hairstylist Larry Geller.  Geller gave it all to Elvis as a gift in 1966, and in 1974 Elvis gave it back to him.  When it was put up for auction the first time in 2001, Geller tossed in some personal 8×10 photographs (never-before-seen, of course) of Elvis and a backstage pass he wore at one of Elvis’ concerts.  They were still part of the lot that sold for $3,900 three years ago.


Elvis Proves Las Vegas Never Sleeps:   Take a close look at this Elvis concert poster from 1974.

Can you believe an Elvis show started at 3:00 in the morning?  Elvis had already performed twice that night, so we can presume he was just thrilled to do another one.  Who says Col. Parker didn’t work Elvis to death in the 70s?

Funniest Quote about Elvis I Ever Heard:  A few years ago, PBS did a documentary about Elvis, and it featured interview clips from Paul McCartney, Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, and others.  Mark Knopfler, singer and guitarist for the band Dire Straits, told a story about when he was a young boy watching Elvis perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Knopfler’s father watched with him, and “Dad looked at me with real horror that I liked it.”

Smiling Gladys:  I have lamented here in this blog several times that Gladys always looks sad in all the photos of her.  So, I was really pleased to stumble across this picture on the internet.  It’s in pretty bad shape, but Gladys is smiling and even shows a little cleavage.  Great picture, but don’t copy/download/hotlink it yet.  I’m going to have my graphic artist buddy Carol Stephens clean it up, and I will post it again.

A  Cute Story, Maybe It’s True:  Here’s something I found on a Spanish website in English.  I think I’ve heard it before, but can’t remember for sure.

One day in the 70s, Linda Thompson talked Elvis into going with her to the local McDonalds restaurant near Graceland.  She said she was sick and tired of them never going out together.  Thompson made a bet with him — she said no one would recognize him and he could relax a little.  Elvis said he not only would be recognized but mobbed as well.  They walked in the McDonalds, approached the counter, and put in their orders.  Elvis ate his meal in wonder at the situation but really enjoyed his quiet night out.  So far, so good.

Then a man walked up to their table, looked at Elvis, and said he hated how men tried to look like Elvis Presley.  He said there was only one king and the others should give up.  Shocked at the man’s assumption that he was as impersonator, Elvis informed the stranger that he was indeed Elvis.  The man would not believe him, and said he pitied him for thinking he was Elvis.  Elvis tried again but could not convince the man.  Linda Thompson thoroughly enjoyed the whole situation and had an inspired idea.  She turned to Elvis and said, “Okay, Bob, enough is enough.  Stop playing.”

Elvis told her to confirm who he was.  She replied, “Will you cut the crap, Bob.”  Her ruse worked.  The man left their table.  Elvis was totally dumbfounded by what had happened, but he and Linda had a good laugh.


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Priscilla, Lisa, and John Travolta

The other day I stood in the supermarket checkout line and spotted the February 6 issue of the tabloid National Enquirer.  Lisa Marie and John Travolta were side-by-side on the cover, just above the headline “Divorce Shocker: Whose marriage can be saved.  Whose can’t.”

 I immediately flashed back to something in my collection of tabloids with Elvis cover stories.  However, the issue I remembered wasn’t about him.  It was the August 12, 1978 issue of Midnight Globe, and the cover featured Priscilla and John Travolta.  The headline reads “Priscilla Presley, Travolta in New Romance.”


So, in the span of 33 years, John Travolta has appeared on tabloid covers with both Elvis’ wife and daughter.  Let’s take a look inside and see what’s going on.

First, it should be pointed out that the current magazine does not link Travolta and Lisa together in any kind of divorce shocker.  Rather, there are two separate stories about the marital problems each supposedly has going on.  In Lisa’s case, some of the problems between her and husband Michael Lockwood are related to different opinions on how to raise their three-year-old twin daughters and to how she keeps him removed from anything to do with the Presley finances.

However, Midnight Globe says the biggest source of stress is Lisa’s relentless determination to restart her singing career.  She apparently considers her third album (and first since 2005) to be a do-or-die effort.  Lisa is now 44, and she hasn’t had a hit song in seven years, so this might actually be the case.  The CD, titled Storm and Grace, comes out on May 1, so we should know pretty soon if her singing career will continue.  One way or the other, let’s hope everything works out for Lisa and Michael.

Travolta’s problems stem from the fact that he is an accomplished pilot and has his own airplane and airstrip right at his house.  According to National Enquirer, he has recently developed a penchant for taking unannounced flights to Tahiti, Miami, San Juan, Mexico, Central America, and even Bosnia.  The good news supposedly is that his wife Kelly Preston had threatened Travolta with divorce if it continued, and he has sworn off his globetrotting ways.

The John Travolta and Priscilla story back in 1978 is much more interesting, and it also includes Lisa Marie.  According to Midnight Globe, Elvis’ ten-year-old daughter was a big fan of Vinnie Barbarino, the character Travolta played on the hit TV show Welcome Back Kotter.  Lisa knew her mom had Hollywood connections, and talked Priscilla into arranging a visit to the set.

When they got there, Travolta was charming and gracious, and took them to lunch at the studio commissary.  Supposedly, there was immediate chemistry between Priscilla and Travolta.  At the time the article was published, “sources” reported they had three or four secret dates.

They each had their own reasons for not appearing in public together.  Travolta did not want to take any chances of offending his hoard of loyal teeny-bopper fans.  Priscilla had a TV special about Elvis in the works and didn’t want any publicity that might distract from it.

Midnight Globe did mention that Priscilla was 33 and Travolta was only 24, but had no mention that either of them considered their age difference any problem.  It is interesting that Priscilla had previously experienced the reverse of this.  She was only 14 when she came into the life on 24 year-old Elvis.

John Travolta is now 57, and his career continues with meaty roles in movies.  It is a safe assumption that his face will again grace the covers of the tabloids.  After sharing them with Elvis’ wife and daughter, maybe he will make it a trifecta and share one with Elvis’ granddaughter.  If Riley Keough and John Travolta ever appear on the same cover of National Enquirer, I’m buying that one, too.



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Super Bowl Weekend — Elvis and Football


As we approach the Super Bowl, the attention of most Americans turns to football.  So, it’s an appropriate time to take a look at some photos of Elvis playing football over the years.


Many pictures of Elvis playing football can be found on the internet.  Unfortunately, a lot of them contain no captions or texts explaining when and where they are taken.  Here are two that appear to be young Elvis in 1956 or so.


The next set of photos was snapped at the Dave Wells Community Center in Memphis on December 27, 1956.



There was no information available on these next two pictures.  If you know anything about them, please reply in Comments.

According to one internet source, Elvis started a football team in California In September 3, 1963.  For some reason, he picked E.P. Enterprises as the name.




Here are two more photos with no information, but they obviously were taken sometime in the 70s.



Elvis took his last vacation to Hawaii in March, 1977.  While there, he and his buddies played some football, and these pictures were snapped.  Elvis really doesn’t look fat and out of shape, as one would expect just five months before his death.



So, whoever gets the Super Bowl trophy, Elvis fans will be glad to know he got one, too.


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