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Some Interesting Stuff about Hallmark’s Wedding at Graceland

If you watched Kellie Picker and Wes Brown find love in Christmas at Graceland, I’m sure you’ll be tuning in on Saturday night to watch Wedding at Graceland.

And a lot of other folks will be joining you. In the current TV Weekly, it says, “Christmas at Graceland was one of the highest-rated films in the history of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas.” With popularity like that, why not do a sequel? And have it on the air just six months later.

 

Actually, a more correct title would be:

Proposal at Graceland — Wedding at the Chapel in the Woods

 

You will recognize the Graceland front door behind Wes Brown as he proposes to Kellie Pickler.

 

But this is where the wedding will take place. I have not been to Memphis since this chapel was unveiled during Elvis Week 2018, so I had no idea where the Chapel in the Woods is. But, thanks to Google Maps, now I do.

In this aerial view, you can see that the chapel is very close to the Guest House at Graceland at the top and a long way from the Graceland mansion down at the bottom. That actually makes good sense, because presumably the wedding party and guests would be staying at the hotel. Plus, there’s the proximity of several bars where folks could go to continue the party.

 

Here’s a front view of the Graceland Chapel in the Woods. The TV Weekly article calls it exquisite and picture-perfect. To my eyes, it looks a little less than that. That large wall off to the left definitely takes away from the curb appeal. See those folks and the tables beyond the wall? This is the patio area where guests can mingle after the wedding, weather permitting. Here’s a better look.

I hate to fuss too much, but I don’t find this view appealing. There’s that big, long, plain white wall, but I’m sure the view looking away from the chapel is lovely with the trees and the landscaping.

Kellie Pickler said, “It is an intimate chapel in the woods that has so many windows, so natural light floods in.” Not from this side of the chapel.

 

The windows on the opposite side certainly make up for that. And, both ends allow a lot of light to enter. The Graceland website says the seating capacity is 100 people. It doesn’t show in this picture, but an intimate reception area is located at the back of the chapel that offers a table to showcase the wedding cake.

Also, note the door for one of the two private dressing rooms.
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When I searched the web for photos, look what I found.

It seems there was an earlier Graceland Chapel in the Woods, and it was close to the mansion. I’ve never seen it, so if you have, share something in Comments. I did find out that it held 50 people.

(Note to anyone at EPE who reads this blog — The #4 official Graceland Blog for Elvis Week 2018 has a picture of this chapel, not the new one. You might want to fix that)

I think this one really qualified as picture-perfect. Perhaps it’s been torn down, and that’s a shame, or maybe they’ll think of another way to utilize it.

 

It also had an inside reception area with a hand-painted mural of the Graceland mansion that served as backdrop for photos as the newlyweds cut their wedding cake. I kind of like this and wonder why the concept wasn’t incorporated into the new chapel.

 

Okay, back to the movie. As you can see, Priscilla is in it. According to US Weekly, she will reminisce on her own big day during her cameo. Kellie Pickler had very nice things to say about her: “She’s so lovely and has such a sweet, sweet, kind spirit.”

 

There are also a number of Elvis’ songs included in the soundtrack:

Love Me Tender
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
A Little Less Conversation

And Kellie Pickler gets to sing several Elvis hits, especially, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

For some reason, Wes Brown shaved off the beard he had in Christmas at Graceland. I think he looks better with it.

 

I hope you will enjoy Wedding at Graceland on Saturday night. It will be one of the few times, my wife and I will be watching the same show on TV.

 

 

 

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Do You Remember This?

 

Seven weeks ago, I searched for photos of the new Graceland Exhibition Center, and couldn’t find any. Well, look what showed up last week.

The email from infoGraceland.com offers a link to the Exhibition Center – click here –  and it is full of all kinds of information about what’s already there and what’s coming. I could do a whole blog on it, but I’ve got one nearly finished that is time-sensitive and must be published quickly.

In the meantime, here’s something in the center that piqued my interest.

This sounds like it could be a fun place. I wanna go.

 

Do you think it will look like this?

 

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Elvis T-Shirt Review – Summer 2019

The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, and that means it’s time for the 9th annual ElvisBlog review of the new arrival Elvis T-shirts. We’ll also look at some recently discounted shirts at ShopGraceland.com. It’s interesting to note what made them a hard sell.

New ones first.

 

ELVIS 68 SPECIAL BLACK LEATHER WOMEN’S SUBLIMATED T-SHIRT:

 

This is an excellent one to start with. Elvis looks great in the ’68 black leather. There’s a million shots of that around, but this one also shows the heads of the girls around the pit for the acoustic set. Nice touch. I don’t know what sublimated means; same with the red tonal graphic background it has, but they work just fine. Here’s a bonus — the design is on the back, too. $29.99

 

JOE PETRUCCIO JUST PRETEND MEN’S T-SHIRT:

 

I love all of Joe Pertruccio’s paintings of Elvis, and ShopGraceland was smart to use several of them on new T-shirts. This is the Sundial jumpsuit Elvis wore on his last concert in 1977. I can’t figure out why this pose is called “Just Pretend,” but it I love Elvis with his back to the crowd and disappearing into the shadows of the stage. $29.99 and worth it.

 

ELVIS KISSING GUITAR WOMEN’S SUBLIMATED T-SHIRT:

 

The website said this was a promotional photo from the early days, and it’s a good choice. I like the way the blue background varies from dark at the shoulders to brighter around Elvis. Of course, those floating hearts are supposed to be emanating from Elvis as he is lovin’ on that guitar, but I think hearts near Elvis’ head is a super concept for a women’s T-shirt. $29.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY HEARTS PROFILE WOMEN’S SUBLIMATED T-SHIRT:

 

Or, if you don’t want to be subtle with the hearts, here is a beauty for you. Great graphics. And this one is double sided, as well. $29.99. Go get one, ladies.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY FOLLOW THAT DREAM COLD SHOULDER WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:

 

This is the first Elvis T-shirt to feature cold-shoulder cutouts. Unfortunately, the three-word cursive graphic isn’t very eye-catching. Hopefully we’ll see more of this style with better designs. $29.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY KING OF ROCK N ROLL T-SHIRT:

 

I like red T-shirts, and this is not bad. It would be better if the image of Elvis was blown up about three times. $24.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SILHOUETTE COLLAGE 3/4 SLEEVE WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:

 

It looks like most of the best new arrivals are for women. No surprise. I like this one because of the different way they presented the Elvis silhouettes. The 3/4 sleeve and long tail give it a pretty unique appearance. Take another look at the Elvis silhouette on the right. It’s coming up soon on a shirt I do not like.

 

Next are three discounted shirts with numbers on them..

 

ELVIS ALOHA FROM HAWAII 45TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM T-SHIRT

 

Well, it’s colorful and all, but this is just weird. There is fine print that says Aloha from Hawaii 1973-2018, but who can see it? That big blue 45 is what jumps out at you. All of these anniversary T-shirts get discounted the next year, and this went from $24.99 to $12.50.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY 41 LOGO T-SHIRT:

 

The website says, “2018 will be the 41st year of Elvis fans from around the world coming together to commemorate Elvis’ life and career.” I guess that’s the politically correct way of saying the 41st anniversary of his death. The out-of-date shirt has been cut from $24.99 to $12.50.

 

JOE PETRUCCIO ELVIS IS BACK 50 WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:

 

Okay, can you figure out what the 50 is all about? Elvis in his ’68 black leather suit should give you a clue. It;s a shame to see any Joe Petruccio arywork get used on a shirt that will be obsolete in a year and discounted.  This went from 29.99 to $20.99.

 

How about a couple I really don’t like?

 

GRACELAND ROCK GUITAR FRAME RAGLAN:

 

The website says this one is sold out, so somebody must like it. The raglan-cut long sleeve design is a plus. My big complaint is one I have voiced here before. Too much Graceland, not enough Elvis. It costs $29.99. Why bother when that much money will get you some great shirts that feature Elvis?

 

ELVIS ALOHA FROM HAWAII 45TH ANNIVERSARY WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:

 

The large silhouette in this design is the one I told you to keep in mind earlier. However, here it looks like a raging Godzilla, mostly because the overlaid concert photography that makes him look scary. Here’s a blow-up.

Then there’s the little silhouette over his neck. That looks like Elvis is getting a radioactive charge that’s about to crumble him to the floor. This T-shirt is a complete mess. It used to be priced at $29.99, now reduced to $15. Good luck.

 

ShopGraceland also has a selection of $14.99 shirts – the original price, not a discounted one. I wondered if there were any pleasant surprises. No. I should have known why they were cheap.

 

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There are several more of these uninspired designs that feature Graceland with very little Elvis. If you had $30 to spend, what would you rather have two Graceland T-shirts or one good Elvis T-shirt? Like the one below.

 

JOE PETRUCCIO TAKE MY HAND MEN’S T-SHIRT:

 

I saved my favorite for last. It’s another Joe Petruccio painting, this time of Elvis in the ’68 black leather. The addition of the marquee stage sign with the lights in white, not red, is masterful. This shirt is no frills, but still packs a big punch. $29.99

 

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 12

Elvis on his Knees - 1st April 1957 - Buffalo NY

This photo shows why Elvis had to ditch the gold lame pants. He liked getting down on his knees while performing, but after a while, the gold started to wear off. According to the tag on this picture, it was snapped on April 1, 1957 in Buffalo NY.

 

1957 Elvis Seattle concert

Here’s Elvis at it again later that year in Seattle.

 

Elvis' Smalest Crowd Ever

I labelled this one, “Elvis’ Smallest Concert Crowd.” To be honest, I screen grabbed it from an Elvis movie. Do you know which one it was?

 

Elvis Presley TCB Band

I’ve had fun trying to figure out who is who here. The easy ones are Charlie Hodge – top right, Ronnie Tutt – bottom right, John Wilkinson – bottom left, and James Burton top left,. I’m pretty sure that’s Jerry Scheff in front of Burton. So, that leaves the two guys in the middle. Any ideas? I did some research, and one of them has to be Larry Muhoberac, the keyboard player for less than a year before Glenn D. Hardin joined the group.

 

Two Elvis bootleg LP's that featured the Elvis Ed Sullivan recordings

This is the cover of a bootleg album. It featured the songs Elvis performed on the three Ed Sullivan shows.

 

Elvis and Mary Ann Mobley

Obviously, this shot didn’t appear in the movie Girl Happy, but Elvis and Mary Ann Mobley seem to be enjoying themselves during a break in the filming..

 

Elvis And Eddy Arnold

This is Eddie Arnold with Elvis. Neither one seems to be enjoying this encounter. Both have their arms folded, and Elvis is looking away.

 

Elvis Blocking the Light

I like to put photos of young Elvis into these pictorials. Unfortunately, the tag said nothing about where or when it was taken.

( Thanks to two reader comments, we now have the uncropped photo and an explanation of what is going on.)

This is cousin Gene Smith with Elvis on May 27, 1956. in Dayton, Ohio. They are playing a made-up game they used to play when they were bored to pass the time. It was possibly a truth or consequence type, where the loser would get smacked on the forehead when they answered wrong.

Thank you Sandy and Leon’a for providing this.

 

3AM Concert Labor Day, September 2, 1973

In the second Eye Candy for Elvis Fans post, I showed a poster for his 3am performance at the Las Vegas Hilton on September 3, 1973. Here is a photo that is supposed to be from that concert, but I don’t believe it. The audience is too big for a hotel ballroom.

3AM Concert Labor Day, September 2, 1973 - Blowup of Stage

I enlarged and cropped to get this view of the stage. It might hold Elvis and the band, but where would the Stamps and the Sweet Inspirations fit? The background is too plain for a classy hotel venue. This has to be somewhere else.

 

Dirty Elvis in Jailhouse Rock

This is the dirtiest you will ever see Elvis. It was on the screen in Jailhouse Rock for a just a couple of seconds, so you hardly had time to notice it.

 

Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, Elvis and Rex

The caption under this is hard to read, but it says, “Charlie, Lamar, Elvis and Rex (laughing) in front of the house with a dog.” Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, and Rex Mansfield were Elvis’ buddies when they served together in Germany. However, I don’t see a guy laughing.

Anyway, the house mentioned in the tag is this one:

Elvis' Home in Germany

 

 

Elvis in front of Jukebox - Warrior Hotel, Sioux City, Iowa, May 23, 1956

Elvis enjoying free time before performing at the Warrior Hotel, Sioux City, Iowa, May 23, 1956. Guess he hadn’t gotten into big, expensive watches yet.

 

Elvis Army Photo

Think about this. Your brother gives you an autographed Elvis photo he got while they were in the Army. Then a friend of yours who doesn’t like Elvis tears it up. That would make her an ex-friend in my book.

Reader Kathy Kessel says the other fellow in the picture is not her brother and wonders who he is. It’s a long shot, but does anyone have an idea?

 

Elvis in front of Gold Curtain

Let’s end with a splash. How do you like that gold curtain? I didn’t know that Elvis made curtain calls.

 

 

(Note: The movie with Elvis’ smallest concert crowd is Loving You, and he sang the title track.)

 

 

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Colorful Elvis Modern Art

I’ve been collecting images of different artist depictions of Elvis for years, and I finally got almost enough modern art pictures for a blog post. So, I did the Google thing and found some more good ones. Enjoy.

Elvis by Dean Russo

This is a painting from artist Dean Russo. After looking at this unnamed print several times, I think I could do with less shapes, especially the worm over Elvis’ left eye and the small sharks teeth scattered about. Nice use of color, though. If this strikes your fancy, click here.

 

Elvis Painting by Fabian Charreno

I can see elements of Elvis, John Lennon and Donald Trump in this one. However, you know how I much I talk about Elvis’ eyes. Artist Fabian Carreno really didn’t capture them, in my opinion, but it doesn’t distract too much from the other good work. Click here if interested.

 

Elvis on Bike

I like this Elvis print on dhgate.com because it shows his full body, not just his face. This is one of my favorites in this selection. For some reason, they didn’t give the artist’s name. Click here if interested

 

Elvis Painting by Potrebbero Piacerti

According to the website, one of the best places to display this painting is the baby room. I don’t know about that, but it sure would look good in the living room. I think artist Potrebbero Piacerti did an excellent job of using bold colors to enhance a wonderful image of Elvis. Click here to find out more.

 

Elvis - Good Eyes by adisetia72

Now here is an image that does capture Elvis’ intense eyes. Painted by adisetia72, it is for sale on many online sites that feature modern art prints, and I would imagine it sells well. Very fine job. Click here.

 

ELVIS KING OF HEARTS T-SHIRT

This isn’t a print. It’s actually the image on a T-shirt titled Elvis – King of Hearts. It’s a little too washed-out for my taste, but I can see how it might appeal to others.

 

The King Elvis by Istikhar on Deviant Art

There are way more Elvis paintings with him facing to the right than left, so that’s one reason why I like this one. Also, please note that all the colored parts of Elvis’ face are straight-line shapes — no brush strokes. The painting is by Istikhar on the Deviant Art website. Check it and other goodies here.

 

Elvis King of the Sea by Doug Auld

This is a serigraph (whatever that is) signed by the artist, Doug Auld. It’s too weird for my taste, by I am impressed with his ability to pull off an Elvis image using fish. Appropriately, it is titled “ELVIS – King of the Sea.” Click here if you like it and have over $400 to spend.

 

Elvis - Suspicious Minds by Lobo

This print by the artist Lobo is titled “Suspicious Minds”. I guess it is okay to take an Andy Warhol concept and take it to another level. The more I look at this, the more I like it. Click here for more info.

 

Elvis Painted by Oleg Cameira

There are brush strokes galore on this painting by Oleg Cameira on Saatchiart.com. I see a touch of sadness, probably because of all the blue colors. Nicely done, but not one of my favorites. Click here to learn more.

 

Elvis Painting on My Pop art

I found this image on Pinterest a while ago and traced it back to the website for My Pop Art. Now, I can’t find it on there to give you a link. That’s a shame, because this one is top of the line when it comes to Elvis Pop Art.

 

I hope you enjoyed this little Elvis art gallery.

 

 

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What It Was Like Discovering Elvis in 1956

Last week, frequent ElvisBlog commenter Katgirlblue wrote,

”Wow! You were a teenager in 1956?!! You actually witnessed the early explosion of rock ‘n roll and the Elvis revolution!? I can only imagine how great that must have been…. I’m so jealous.”

That reminded me I had written an article that touched on this subject in the Winter 1999 issue of Elvis International magazine.

Elvis International Article

 

The article went back to the year when I discovered Elvis. Of course, everybody discovered Elvis that year. He blasted into stardom and took us teenagers along for the ride.

However, 44 years later (back in 1999), I couldn’t remember exactly when I first connected with Elvis. So, I watched videos of all of Elvis’ 1956 TV appearances to find clues.

Elvis 56

It was pretty fun research to do, and it paid off. I was able to make an exact determination of my Elvis epiphany and wrote about it.

For this ElvisBlog post, I scanned the article, cut it up, and pasted it in sections. I stuck in relevant pictures to break up the long blocks of text. I hope you enjoy my personal Elvis story.

 

Joe Niagara

 

Elvis With Dorsey BrothersElvis with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey

 

 

(Magazine format changed from 2-column to 3-column at this point)

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s an interesting endeavor for a writer to critique something he wrote twenty years ago.  I am disappointed in myself for for the double that year.  The folks at Elvis International didn’t catch it either.

As I read it today, this story seems to wander a bit. It starts out about the Artist of the Century, and then goes into my search to determine when I discovered Elvis. It was seeing him on the Milton Berle show, but then I continued to describe his appearances on the Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan shows. And finally, because Sullivan showed him from the waist up, I explained how Elvis used his eyes and hands to connect with us fans.

If I had been writing ElvisBlog back then, I would have had enough subjects for four different posts.

 

Anyway, in spite of the wandering narrative, I hope you enjoyed this.

 

 

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