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.
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.