I haven’t done one of these Postscripts in years, but some stuff has come up that will work. Like this interesting six-song EP. It played at 45rpm but functioned as a small album. The record has a maroon label, making it even more rare and valuable to collectors. The cover is a variation of the classic album, with Elvis reduced to just three images. I wish I had run across this a week earlier, because I could have put it into last weekend’s post on the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Peppers, which veered off to remade covers of 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong.
Here’s a variation on Sgt. Peppers that’s not an album, but a magazine. Good luck figuring out who all the faces are.
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong is not the only Elvis album to get copied. Recognize the album cover they’re copying here?
A month ago, we said Goodbye to Graceland Plaza. A newer shot makes a great comparison before and after.
Heavy machines sit where Graceland Plaza used to be.
Thanks to my friend Bob Strother, I have found something that would have been great in the Chuck Berry Tribute back in March. Here’s the story.
On August 20th, 1977, NASA sent up a two-hour recording of The Sounds of Earth on the Voyager I spacecraft. It included natural sounds of animals, a French poem by Gaugliere, a passage from the Koran in Arabic, and messages from President Carter. Plus lots of music — everything from classical to Johnnie Be Goode by Chuck Berry.
Soon, Steve Martin teamed up with the Saturday Night Live crew to do a skit about it. Supposedly, scientists had received a response from space, and Time magazine had promised to print the message on the cover of the next issue. Dan Aykroyd’s character says, “Yes. They’ve sent us a message. It may be just four simple words, but it is the FIRST positive proof that other intelligent beings inhabit the universe.”
The panel moderator asks, “What are the four words?
Steve Martin’s character replies, “The four words that came to us from outer space — the FOUR words that will appear on the cover of Time magazine next week – are… He holds up the magazine. ‘Send More Chuck Berry’.”
Clever, very clever.
This goes along with the article three weeks ago about Soundstage A at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Judging by the prices, expensive might be substituted for rocking.
I found this photo taken by someone in front of Soundstage A. The big building at the end is the Elvis the Entertainer Museum
This shot is framed farther right, with the entrance to the Soundstage on the far right.
This picture and commentary were posted nearly four years ago in a feature called According to Wikipedia — The 10 Weirdest Elvis Presley Memorabilia. To my surprise, I heard from Diana Henry, the girl wearing the cast when Elvis signed it twice. Here is what she had to say:
“I was the owner of the cast. Elvis didn’t come into the audience. He was kneeling by the stage talking to me. I didn’t beg him to sign it again. He didn’t realize he dropped sweat on the first signature and I told him so he signed it again. I wrote the story and sold it with the cast and the turquoise scarf he gave me.”
This is one of the best fan stories about Elvis memorabilia I have ever seen. Thank you, Diana, for telling us about it.
Adam West, who played Batman on TV from 1966 to 1968, died yesterday at age 88. This is not a picture of Adam West. It is Photoshopped Elvis. You have to look closely to see all the Elvis references. Lip snarl, large jumpsuit collar, scarf, bat costume open at the neck, and wide jumpsuit belt.
We’ll miss you, Adam West. Say hi to Elvis for us.
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