Monthly Archives: December 2019

Happy New Year

The End of a Decade — 10 Years, 10 Elvis Pictures

How do you link Elvis and the years in the last decade? By finding pictures of Elvis with text on them that includes a year – calendars, Elvis Week logos, Photoshop creations, etc.

Then you remove all the text but the year.

 

These stamps come from Mustique, a small private island that is one of the Grenadines, a chain of islands in the West Indies. I wouldn’t mind having a strip of these.

 

You may recognize this as one of the many calendars featuring photos of Elvis taken by Al Wertheimer. They put a bit of color into this iconic Elvis photo.

 

I like the use of an Elvis silhouette in addition to a nice Elvis photo on this one.

 

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen this picture before, but it’s in my files now. I like the scarf around Elvis’ neck.

 

I cropped and deleted parts of the original to get this. Apologies to Sandi Fox. She does nice work.

 

It also took some clean-up here to result in this. I’m glad I could save the silver and blue swirl that compliments Elvis’ jumpsuit. 2015 is my favorite picture, so far.

 

In an ElvisBlog article about Elvis caricatures, I included a quote about his sleepy-eyed look. It said, “It’s the low riding eyelids… the confidence and control factor half-mast eyes seem to exude.”

Elvis had that going here, didn’t he?

 

How cool is this? 2017 is my new favorite, slightly ahead of 2015.

 

This is another picture I don’t have in my files. Elvis has got some big-time sideburns goin’ here.

 

You could Photoshop this one and have Elvis smoking a pipe. If anybody can do that, please send me a copy.

 

This must be a picture from “Love Me Tender.” Serious-looking Elvis.

 

While I was researching this, I found a lot of earlier years, too.  There will probably be other decade pictorials like this in the future.

 

 

 

And I hope 2020 will be a great year for all of you, too.

 

 

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Merry Christmas

Christmas Eye Candy for Elvis Fans.

What a great way to start this post. How many of you ladies said, “Oh, yeah” when you saw it?

 

There are many paintings on the internet showing Bogey, Marilyn, Elvis, and James Dean together in scenes like at a bar or around a poker table. This is the only one that has Elvis and Marilyn in Santa outfits.

I guess the scene is a movie theater – one that’s big enough to have a Christmas tree and presents in it.

 

Technically, this photo was not taken at Christmas. But it’s nice to see Graceland in winter.

There’s no snow in this side shot of Graceland, but it does show the large manger scene.

 

The most common shot of a Christmas tree in Graceland is this white artificial one with red balls in the living room.

But the next photo shows how the Graceland dining room is decorated now. You can’t tell if the tree is real or artificial, but it is covered with a variety of lights and ornaments.

I’m guessing they wouldn’t showcase tree decorations that weren’t there while Elvis was around. Or would they?

 

I love the looks on the young elves’ faces.

 

I don’t have information on the creator of this Elvis as Santa picture. It’s pretty good, but check out a very different Elvis Claus.

 

This takes a little explaining. It’s the artwork for the cover of my not yet published book called “Elvis Claus.” We see an older Elvis with a beard that had turned grey over time. After years of avoiding contact with people, he ventures out wearing festive Christmas apparel, and the people who meet him say he looks like both Elvis and Santa. He adopts the nickname Elvis Claus, which eventually gets shortened to Elvis. So, we have Elvis hiding in plain sight as Elvis.

As for this image, it is the work of a great graphic artist. I picked out the Elvis photo for her to age, as well as the other one showing the hat, beard, and coat. By the way, it was a promo photo of Tim Allen in “The Santa Claus 2”

 

I gave this one a title — “The Elves Have Left the Building.”

 

I like the design and colors of this. I may use it again as the title image for a future blog post.

 

You will recognize this as the cover of Elvis’ 1971 Christmas album. It looks OK, I guess. But they also made a promo piece that blows up the Elvis snowman, and it’s not so good.

See what I mean?

 

Now, let’s take a look at some Elvis Christmas tree ornaments.

 

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I think this is pretty cool. Years ago I cropped off the name of the creator. Now I wish I knew, so I could give her a shout-out.  Although it is not a real ornament, I think EPE would have a winner if they came out with a line of Christmas ornaments done like this.

Now, here are some real ones produced during the early days of Elvis’ career.

 

For some reason, quite a few early ornaments were a TV with Elvis on the screen.

 

 

I like how this one plus two of those above come with tiny rabbit-ears.

 

Modern day concepts are interesting, too. How about an Elvis T-shirt ornament?

 

Or a mini Elvis lunchbox ornament?

 

There’s a lot going on with this one. Elvis in front of jailhouse bars dangles down, as do the three lower things.

 

Not a bad Christmas wish list.

 

This image of Elvis in a Santa hat is done in a style called pointism painting. It’s different, but I’m not that crazy about it.

 

I heard on the news that yesterday (December 20) was National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

So, I decided to see if there were any Elvis sweaters out there with this theme. It turns out that there are over 20 ugly Elvis Christmas sweaters for sale, but most of them aren’t really so ugly. Next year maybe I could do a review of them, like I do for Elvis T-shirts.

 

I could see me wearing this one, except it costs $60, so that prices it out of my reach.

 

Elvis had the unique ability to joke around and still look super-cool.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas, Everybody

 

Phil Arnold

 

A Change is Coming

On January 31, 2020, ElvisBlog will celebrate its 15th anniversary.

First ElvisBlog post

 

During that time I have done 891 posts. Last January I made a commitment to keep going until I hit the 1,000 mark. I am still determined to meet that challenge.

 

However, it will be reached in a different way. After January 31, ElvisBlog.net will become a static site. No new articles will be posted.

 

Instead, I will be sending new posts out by email. There are currently 449 “Subscribers” who get a new ElvisBlog post delivered to their email inbox every weekend, sent by my blog platform . This is the way it comes in:

 

Well, I have figured out how I can do it myself. The formatting, the bulk mailing, everything. The appearance of my email blog will look very similar to what’s coming in now. You will be able to read it right there in your inbox or open it up as a web page.

 

As you know, I have attempted to generate a little income by selling my book and some of the Elvis goodies in my collection. I’ve made barely enough money to cover the expenses involved with keeping the blog going. So, I’m going to try something different.

I’m going to ask you to pay $10 to continue enjoying ElvisBlog for the next 100+ posts until I hit the 1,000 mark. That’s 10¢ a week.

 

 

Starting in early January, I will send out PayPal payment requests for $10 to all the ElvisBlog subscribers.

If you have a PayPal account and want to continue getting ElvisBlog, just approve the billing.

If you don’t have PayPal, just send me a check. The mailing address for alternate payment will be noted on the invoice.

If you don’t wish to be a paid subscriber, cancel the payment request. I will be sorry to see you go, but that’s your call.

 

For those of you who haven’t previously signed up as subscribers but would like to continue getting ElvisBlog by email, the first step is to put your email address the box in the top right of this page and click on subscribe.

 

I assume some of you will have comments or questions about this change. So, please send them in on Comments. I’ll be happy to see what you have to say.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005-2019)

 

The Muppets present “Great Moments in Elvis History”

As mentioned last week, the elves in the Muppet Classic Theater DVD were dressed in Elvis-type garb and had Elvis hair. And all three of them spoke and sang like Elvis. The picture above shows the three Elvises making blue suede shoes.

For those of you who got the incomplete postings last week on my first two tries, you missed the video of The Elves and the Shoemaker segment of the DVD where they do their stuff. This is fun, so here are two ways to check it out if you haven’t already.

The full 9-1/2 minute skit:

 

The 5 minute edited version showing the Bad Shoes Blues song sequence and a bit more:

 

The Muppets returned to TV in 1996 in a new show called Muppets Tonight. It was very similar to the original The Muppet Show.

It ran for three seasons, which was long enough for three more appearances by the Elvises in a recurring feature, “Great Moments in Elvis History.”

The concept is interesting. They chose three great moments in world history and substituted Elvises for three of the main characters in each.

 

The Declaration of Independence:

Sorry for the lame picture quality. The video I grabbed it from is the only one I could find. The story has some fun with quibbling going on between Washington and Jefferson, particularly when John Hancock tells them that all ties with the king have been severed, and they argue about who really is The King.

When Ben Franklin arrives and tells them he has discovered electricity, they cheer and bring up their electric guitars. They break into a song using the melody from “Blue Suede Shoes,” with brand new lyrics.

One if by land,
Two if by sea.
Let’s all rock for democracy.
Don’t you, don’t you tread on me.

At the end of the skit, we get a fake preview of next week’s Great Moments in Elvis History. This is Elvis of Arabia, but it was five more weeks until the next Great Moments is shown, and it was not Elvis of Arabia.

 

Elvis the King and His Knights of the Roundtable:

Here we have Guinevere, King Arthur, Lancelot, and Merlin. The gag here is that the dragon has captured Guinevere. Merlin goes to rescue her, and the dragon is glad to give her back. The song parodied in this skit is Jailhouse Rock, with these lyrics:

The dragon has captured Lady G.
Don’t you worry, Excalibur is here.
Everybody knows that dragon is hot.
We’re rockin’ here in Camelot.

I like this front shot of Muppet Elvis Merlin.

 

The gag preview at the end of this skit is Tarzan of Graceland.

 

Elvis Caesar:

Here the Elvises are playing Brutus, Mark Antony, and Julius Caesar. There is no singing in this short skit, but there are plenty of gags.

The bit with Brutus brandishing a large knife was interesting, considering the actual facts of Caesar’s assassination.

 

The gag preview at the end of this skit is Sir Elvis Newton.

 

Someone has put together a YouTube video that combines all three Great Moments in Elvis History. Check it out.

 

I hope you enjoyed my three-part series on The Muppets and Elvis.

 

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Elvis, Elvis Presley, and Graceland are registered trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.