Monthly Archives: February 2016

Elvis in Short Sleeves

EP Monogrammed Elvis Short Sleeve

There are lots of photos out there showing Elvis as a fashion icon.

Cool Elvis Out the Sun Roof

In fact, in March 2010, Graceland introduced a new exhibit called Elvis Presley: Fashion King. According to the press release at the time, it explores the fashion trends ushered in by the King of Rock & Roll.

Elvis Presley Fashion King Logo

 

The best fashion photos of Elvis came from his later years when he wore some stunning clothes. Even his casual wear during that period was notable.

Graceland Fashion King Exhibit

 

But in the fifties and early sixties, when Elvis dressed casually, he wore a number of short sleeve shirts with no particular fashion statement.

Elvis in Very Plain Short Sleeve

Not only did he wear short sleeve shirts, he rolled up the sleeves.

Elvis on Phone in Short Sleeves

 

Sullen Elvis in Short Sleeve

The top few buttons were almost always open.

Elvis with Short Sleeves Rolled up, Buttons Open, Collar Up

 

Elvis Signing Autographs Wearing Short Sleeve

There are a lot of photos of Elvis wearing this shirt.

Elvis WearingCustom Made Pink Gabardine Short Sleeve Shirt

When Elvis first started getting into stylish clothes, he went to Lansky Bros. in Memphis. This custom made Lansky shirt from 1956 sold for $2,925 at a 2013 Gotta Have It auction.

 

Elvis during Rehersal for Ed Sullivan Show

Elvis wore this shirt while rehearsing for the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. It shows another common Elvis preference – the collar turned up.

 

Elvis Wearing Short Sleeve in Girls, Girls, Girls

Elvis had all of his favorite early shirt features going in this shot from Girls, Girls, Girls – rolled-up short sleeves, open buttons, and turned up collar.

Elvis in Plain Black Short Sleeve

But, he doesn’t have them here. Looks pretty plain for Elvis, doesn’t it?

 

60s Elvis in Short Sleeve 1

This is older Elvis in unusually conservative clothing. Still rolling up those sleeves, though.

 

Elvis in Short Sleeve Like a Regular Tourist

Elvis looks like he could be just another tourist in Hawaii in this shot.

Elvis Wearing Faux Suspenders Short Sleeve

This looks like faux suspenders to me.

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Elvis did make attempts to get some fashion elements into his short sleeve shirts with so-so results

Elvis in Jazzed Up Short Sleeve

Young Elvis in Decorative Short Sleeve

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However, there is one shirt that doesn’t look very sharp by itself, but it shines when a sport coat is added to the ensemble.

Short Sleeve Shirt Worn by Elvis while Singing Hound Dod on Milton Berle Show

 

Elvis Doing Hound Dog on Milton Berle Show

This is Elvis performing “Hound Dog” on the June 5, 1956 Milton Berle Show. If you don’t know all about how Elvis’ gyrations that night ignited a firestorm of protest, you need to brush up on your Elvis history

. Black rayon shirt with pink yoke worn by Elvis Presley on The Milton Berle Show on June 5, 1956

I don’t know if the other parts of Elvis’ outfit from that landmark performance still exist, but the shirt sold for $51,000 at the Julien’s Music Icons Auction in June 2010. Not bad for an ugly short sleeve shirt.

 

 

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So, How Much is an Elvis Autograph Worth? — Part 7

 

Elvis Handwritten & Signed Note to Charlie Hodge - Envelope Back

Elvis autographs keep showing up at rock and roll memorabilia auctions. I wonder how many times he signed his name on something over the course of his life. It must be many thousands, but bidders keep paying big bucks for his autographs. As before in this series, the value generally depends on what Elvis signed (plus the condition, of course). Here’s what sold at a Gotta Have It auction in November 2015 and a Heritage auction in February 2016.

 

Unreleased Photo (Shreveport, 1954-55):

Early Unreleased Elvis Photo (Shreveport, 1954-5)

This black and white snapshot was takenof Elvis backstage at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana during an early performance at the Louisiana Hayride. The auction website doesn’t say that this photo was shot on a Polaroid camera, but how else would the original owner be able to snap it and also get Elvis to sign it on the back? The size is tiny, just 2.25” X 3.25”, which sounds like the early Polaroid pictures..

Autographed Back of Early Unreleased Elvis Photo (Shreveport, 1954-5)

Elvis signed it in pencil. According to the auction website, the autograph was obtained by a young lady that Presley dated when he was in Shreveport. How do you like the way she glued cutout phrases to the photo: “My Babe”, “Memphis, Tennessee”, and “Elvis Presley”.

The winning bid of $2,375 has to be significantly due to the autograph being on a very rare, early picture. For less money, I would prefer a bigger picture with the autograph on front so it would display well.

 

Handwritten Song List for an RCA Recording Session:

Elvis Handwritten Song List for an RCA Recording Session

Elvis hand wrote this list of songs he wanted to use for an RCA recording session in Stax Studios in Memphis from July 20-25, 1973. It is written in black ballpoint pen on white paper.

Elvis' Album Raised on Rock

Four of the songs were released as A-sides or B-sides of singles. That left only six songs for the planned new album Raised on Rock, so three more were recorded in September in the living room of Elvis’ Palm Springs home.

Living Room of Elvis' Palm Springs House

While this song list is not technically an autograph, it contains a lot of printing by Elvis. It was certainly a popular item, generating ten bids and selling for $5,900.

 

Handwritten & Signed Note to Charlie Hodge:

Elvis Handwritten & Signed Note to Charlie Hodge

This also does not contain Elvis’ signature, but it has a printed message he wrote to Charlie Hodge plus Elvis’ initials in black ballpoint pen.

This is the front of a Hilton Hawaiian Village envelope presumably from November of 1972 when Elvis performed a show there. For some reason, Elvis also initialed the inside of the envelope flap as shown at the beginning of this article.

This item had just one bidder, but he was willing to part with $1,000 to get it.

 

Signed Black and White Image, Circa 1956:

Elvis Signed Black and White Image, Circa 1956

This appears to be a fan club-type insert, depicting a headshot of a serious Elvis with his name printed below on the lower left side. The inscription in green fountain pen ink on the left side reads “To Gina from Elvis Presley.” The photo is 8″ x 10″, and with the autograph on the front, it begs to be presented in a proper frame.

Even without a fancy presentation, it had six bids and went for $1,750.

 

Inscribed and Signed “The Prophet”:

Elvis Hand Annotated and Signed The Prophet

The auction website says this is Elvis’ personally owned copy of “The Prophet,” that he gave to Col. Parker’ assistant Tom Diskin. It is well known that this book was quite important to Elvis, so it is reasonable to question whether this is the original copy given to Elvis by columnist May Mann, or if it might be another copy he just bought for gift giving.

Elvis Hand Annotated and Signed The Prophet - Cover

Elvis inscribed the book to Tom Diskin when they were on the Paramount lot during the filming of a movie. The minimum bid was $2,500, but no one was willing to part with that much. Maybe prospective buyers shared the same doubts I had.

 

Signed Photos Taken at Tyler, Texas Concert in 1955:

Elvis Signed Photo (1955

The next two autographed photos were both taken at a Tyler, Texas concert on January 25, 1955. However, the results are different for them, and I can’t see the logic of it. Both photos were taken from the same close-up position and have similar Elvis autographs on the back.

Elvis' Autograph on Back of Photo (1955 -- Back

The pictures were taken at a travelling Louisiana Hayride show. They are both small, just 3”X 3”. This first one has two vertical creases at the left and right sides, some wear at the creases and edges, and a pinhole in the upper-left corner, with two more at the upper-right corner.

In spite of the small size and less than stellar condition, it still sold for $1,625.

Here is the other one.

Elvis Presley Signed Photo 1955 -- Front

Elvis Presley Signed Photo 1955

The photo is in better shape and the autograph doesn’t run off the edge like the first one. The minimum bid of $1,250 plus 25% auction house premium equals $1,562, which is $62 less than the first one went for. However, it received no bids. I don’t get it.

 

Previous Posts in this Series:

Part 6

Part 5

Part 4

Part 3

Part 2

Part 1

 

 

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Graceland Quiz – What Room are These Items In?

Decorations in TV Room at Elvis' Graceland

Graceland.com has started an interesting video series called Hidden Graceland. If you haven’t watched the first two installments, I recommend that you do. Very interesting stuff.

The above knick-knacks are decorations at the bar in the famous downstairs TV room. Let’s see if you can figure out in what room some other items can be found. Some will be easy, others will be impossible, but you will enjoy learning about them.

Lamp In Elvis' Graceland Living Room

If you scroll down, you will learn that this lamp is located in the….

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Elvis on Couch in Geaceland Living Room

Graceland Living Room

 

Now for something a little more difficult.

Elvis' Desk in his Bedroom suite office (2)

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Bedroom Suite Office in Elvis' Graceland

Office in Bedroom Suite

Map of Upstairs at Elvis' Graceland

The desk is oriented differently in Elvis’ office in this schematic of Graceland’s upper floor. The oval in the bathroom shows where Elvis died. The room at the top is labelled Ginger’s dressing room, so this layout must have been drawn in 1976-77. Also, note that there are stairs going down to the front entrance and to the kitchen.

 

Couches in Elvis' Graceland Raquet Ball Lounge

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Raquet Ball Lounge in Elvis' Graceland

Raquet Ball Lounge

Note the piano. How many do you think there were at Graceland?

This should be easy.

Chandalier above The Front Entrance Stairs

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Front Entrance Stairway at Elvis' Graceland

Front Entrance Stairway

 

 

Furniture in Elvis' Parents' Room in Graceland

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Elvis' Parents' Room in Graceland

Gladys and Vernon’s Bedroom

 

Dining Room Cabinet

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Graceland Dining Room

Graceland Dining Room

The dining room wasn’t always this elegant. Check it out back in the early 60s with young Priscilla in view.

Priscilla in the Graceland Dining Room Mid 60s

 

This may be a tough one.

Staircase in Elvis' Graceland Jungle Room

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Strange Chair in Elvis' Graceland Jungle Room

Jungle Room (not sure where the steps go)

 

Here’s another interesting object found in the Jungle Room.

Model in Jungle Room at Elvis' Graceland

Not Photoshopped. She was really there, but not when Elvis was alive.

 

If you miss this, you haven’t taken the Graceland tour.

Chairs and Table in Elvis' Graceland Pool Room

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Elvis' Graceland Pool Room

Pool Room

 

Monkey in Elvis' Graceland TV Room

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TV Room in Elvis' Graceland

TV Room

 

Here’s a bonus picture of something else in the TV room.

Elvis' Records in TV Room at Elvis' Graceland

Elvis’ Phonograph Records

 

This is one of the impossible ones I mentioned at the start.

Storage Room off TV Room at Elvis' Graceland

It is in one of the storage rooms off the TV room.

Christmas Decorations

It mostly stores Christmas decorations now, but back in the 70s, Charlie Hodge lived there for a while.

TV Room in Basement of Elvis' Graceland

In the upper right, the room is marked Bodyguard’s Room. I see an adjacent bathroom with a toilet and sink. I wonder where Charlie showered.

 

Projection TV in Elvis' Graceland Jungle Room

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Jungle Room in Elvis' Graceland

Jungle Room (Projection TV not there now)

 

Light Fixtures in Elvis' Graceland Kitchen

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Kitchen in Elvis' Graceland

Graceland Kitchen

 

How did you do on the Graceland Quiz? We may try this again. By my count, Elvis had three pianos in Graceland: the living room, the bedroom, and the racquetball lounge.

 

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