More Shades of Elvis

Last week, the new book Shades of Elvis was discussed. The shades are of course, the iconic sunglasses Elvis preferred in the Seventies. However, before he settled on that classic design, Elvis wore several different styles of sunglasses in his younger years.

 Elvis Wearing Early Sunglasses

Most of the photos shown here came off the internet with no historical context, so we’ll just has to make our best guesses. This looks like circa 1956 to me.

Elvis in Army Sunglasses

Okay, he’s in the army here, so these sunglasses were part of Elvis’ look in 1958 and 1959.

 

Elvis in Early Sunglasses

This one is tougher to figure out. I’m thinking post-Army, but who knows. If anyone does, you are welcome to inform us in Comments.

 

Elvis in Blues Brothers-looking Sunglasses

Same thing on this one. Elvis looks like one of the Blues Brothers.

 

Once Elvis’ sunglasses became part of his persona, he seemed to have a little fun with it. Check out some of these oversized glasses he wore on stage.

 

Elvis -- August 18, 1975 Vegas

This shot was taken on August 18, 1975.

 

Elvis Wearing Big Blue Sunglasses

Here’s a nice oversized pair with blue frames.

 

Elvis Wearing Big White Glasses

Uh, oh, they’re getting bigger.

 

Elvis Holding Giant Sunglasses

Now this is getting ridiculous.

 

Finally, here’s Elvis wearing a few unusual sunglasses.

 

Elvis on his Aspen holiday 1976

This photo was shot during Elvis’ vacation to Aspen, Colorado in 1976. Maybe he wore them snowboarding around.

 

Elvis Clowning Around During Filming TWTII

Here is Elvis clowning around during the filming of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is in 1970.

 

Elvis Sunglasses With Lisa Reflections

This is an incredibly clever Photoshopped Elvis picture. I wish I knew who did it, and if they will let me know on a comment, I’ll add proper photo credit.

 

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One response to “More Shades of Elvis

  1. Hi there:
    Elvis Tribute Artists are the subject of a new documentary being filmed now! Watch the trailer & contribute to the campaign:
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/all-the-king-s-men
    Kind Regards,
    Allison

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