Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 8

I didn’t do very well last time with the Elvis Centerfolds offering, but I’ve got an eclectic selection of Elvis goodies this time. Some are pretty special. See if you can’t help an old Elvis fan sell some stuff before he downsizes to a smaller house.

As always, prices are for delivery to USA locations. Shipping to Canada will add about an additional 35% to the cost. Sorry, but I can’t ship to any other countries.

 

Red, “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Beanie Baby:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I scanned eBay to see what this Elvis Beanie Baby was selling for. I found out that ty has created dozens of different models of Elvis beanies. There’s a bunch of smaller ones. The most sought after themes are the larger ones – “Burning Love” (pink), and “Blue Hawaii” (blue), and “Heartbreak Hotel” (red). But, red is the only one with a guitar. “Blue Hawaii” is pretty cool, because it as a fancy wide belt, but I’ve got the coolest, and I’m selling it.

As far as comparable prices on eBay, I didn’t consider the low-ball prices on used ones, especially those with no ty tag. There were very few of the red Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Beanie babies offered that are like mine – new, with the guitar and tag. The lowest price I found was $24 delivered, and I’ll beat that. Just $14 for the best, coolest, red Elvis Beanie Baby.

 

Royal Bobbles Elvis Presley Bobbleheads

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I did a blog post on these back in 2013 titled “The Battle of the Elvis Bobbleheads.” Actually, it was no contest. These Royal Bobbles models were the cream of the crop, and I have seen nothing new since then that challenges that. Here’s what their press release says about them:

“They are hand-molded, hand-cast, then hand-painted, hand-polished, individually hand-checked for quality, and then hand-packed. The result is that our pieces are much heavier, much more finely detailed, and of much higher quality. Royal Bobbles is leading the industry with their realistic and lifelike likenesses.”

The Royal Bobbles Elvis Bobbleheads are made heavyweight polyresin and stand at over 8” tall. The hand-painting is an especially noticeable on the Aloha from Hawaii white jumpsuit one.

“If you check the individual stones on the back and side of the Elvis ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ model, you will see the remarkable detail that went into painstakingly painting each tiny little stone by hand. Some of the details are so tiny that the artists had to use a brush with only one bristle.”

Can you imagine having the job of painting all these?

And I guess this is important to some people:

“Each figure features a hologram with a unique serial number on the bottom of the base to indicate authenticity.”

You can find both of these models on Amazon today – $26.95 for Aloha jumpsuit and $24.95 for ’68 Black Leather – plus freight (and these things are heavy). I’ll take $17.00 for Aloha delivered and $15 for Black leather delivered. Or, If you want both, how about $25? A very good deal. They have only come out of the boxes twice – to look at them when they first arrived, and to take the picture above.

 

Stained Glass Elvis:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

My dad was a stained glass hobbyist and he made this for me. We have his work in every window of our house, but we will be scaling down and will have far fewer windows. So, my wife has decided that if we can’t put up all of dad’s creations, Elvis will be among the missing. My loss, your gain. Just $15 delivered, with lots of care in shipping to make sure it doesn’t get broken.

One note. This is a one-sided stain glass item. If you hang it in your living room front window, it will look great from outside, but not from inside. The best spot to hang it is in a second story window with the face visible from inside.

 

Tanzania, East Africa Elvis Stamp Sheet:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

Nine Elvis stamps in an unopened clear plastic sleeve with the official EPE seal at the bottom left (hard to see in my photograph). A simulation of the seal is printed to the left of Elvis Presley on each stamp. The best price I could find on line was $6.05 plus $1.25 postage, and that was for used. You can pick up this pristine limited edition for just $4.

 

Elvis “Now Showing” Illuminated Musical Ornament:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

You can find this fabulous Elvis Christmas tree ornament on several websites for $39.95, the original price when it was first introduced. But some fool has it on eBay at $14.99 plus $8.95 shipping, so I guess that sets the market.

Not only is it illuminated, it plays Elvis singing, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”

Here is the ornament out of the packaging. Excellent detail work. Who wants to pick this one off for a bargain price of $16?

 

A 3-Pack of Elvis-Related Movie DVDs:

There were no takers when I offered these for $15 in February. I was surprised, because these are three interesting movies. Anyway, let’s drop the price way down to $8. Here are thumbnail descriptions about them.

Elvis Has Left the Building. Kim Basinger looks terrific as a travelling cosmetic sales woman who inadvertently kills an Elvis impersonator and goes on the run. Lots of strange stuff ensues, including a cameo by Tom Hanks. The finale with all those Elvis impersonators up on the roof of the casino is classic.

Finding Graceland. This one is more surreal but very satisfying. If you can’t imagine Harvey Keitel in a jumpsuit performing Elvis songs, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Within the context of this story, he is achievement of this goal is very believable.

ELVIS – The Mini-Series: This was an eight-episode TV series back in 2005 that’s been packed into 173 minute video. Johnathan Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Elvis in it. He had the Elvis speaking voice down well, but fortunately he just apes it to the real Elvis on the songs. Be sure to check out his outstanding moves wearing the famous gold coat. Trivia: Robert Patrick plays Vernon. That’s quite a transformation going from T-1000 in Terminator 2 to Vernon Presley fourteen years later. This is a duplicate of the original DVD, but it plays great.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine Birthday Tribute ’07 Collectors’ Edition:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

This is 52 pages of excellent Elvis photos and articles. (three written by me). But this copy is special because it contains autographs by Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Gordon Stoker, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, and other performers at Elvis Week 2007 concerts.

For $18 you can add this to your collection.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine 50th Anniversary of Rock & Roll Edition:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

Another special issue, this time celebrating Elvis’ first recording in 1954. It’s got three lengthy articles by me, lots of wonderful pictures, and autographs by DJ Fontana, TCB bandmates Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff, and Glen D. Hardin, and Elvis’ back-up vocalist Millie Kirkham.

Let’s price this one at $12.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine Winter 2000 Issue:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

This contains the first long article I wrote for the magazine. It was called “The Guitar That Changed the World,” which is title of an album Scotty Moore released in 1966. It contained 12 instrumental versions of Elvis hits, and Scotty was joined by DJ Fontana, Boots Randolph, and The Jordanaires. When I got to work back-stage at an Elvis Week concert in 2005, I got Scotty to autograph my article.

You can pick this one up for just $10.

 

White Pinwheel Jumpsuit Ornament:

Here’s another Elvis Christmas Tree ornament. Although it has no packaging, illumination, or singing, it does have a guitar. It is well made and decorated. It also has glitter that didn’t show in my picture for some reason

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You may already have tree ornaments of Elvis, but you probably don’t have this white pinwheel jumpsuit with a cool cape. $8 (Shipping will cost me half of that because of the packaging I’ll need to insure that guitar neck doesn’t break off.)

 

“Elvis’ Humor – Girls, Guns, a & Guitars”

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I have featured this book three different times On ElvisBlog. With the kind permission of author Bo Keeley, I took some of the funniest passages and added pictures to come up with blog posts. Bo was also kind enough to send me some free copies. They have a cover price of $17.95, but you can pick one up for just $7 delivered. A bargain for 375 pages of fun stories about Elvis.

 

A 3-pack of 50s Rock & Roll DVDs:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

These are rare and hard to find, and they will bring back memories for those of you who lived through the early days of Rock & Roll. For those of you who are younger, these DVDs will give you a glimpse of a remarkable era when life was simple and the music was the best ever. You can get all three for $12.

Jamboree: This is like watching an hour-and-a-half of MTV videos, 50s style. The featured singers are Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen, Charlie Gracie, The Four Coins, Carl Perkins, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon and more.

Rock & Roll and the 50’s: Watch this DVD and it will be like opening up a time capsule to an exciting era. In addition to all the music clips, there is news footage, TV ads and movie trailers. The singers featured in the music clips include Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Charlie Gracie, Bill Haley, and Fats Domino. And they sing multiple hits, not just one song. Set aside a whole night to watch this – it lasts for two hours and twenty-five minutes.

Rock, Rock, Rock: This is a movie in the rock-musical-romance genre. There is a bit of plot about a manipulative showbiz agent trying to land a pop singer and conniving to break up his romance with female vocalist. Tuesday Weld, who later played Elvis’ love interest in “Wild in the Country,” made her movie debut in this at age 13. Lots of musical performances are woven in, including Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Frankie Lyman, The Moonglows, LaVern Baker, Johnny Burnette, and more. If you like watching 50s teenagers jitter-bugging, this is the movie for you. This one lasts for two hours and thirty-five minutes.

 

FREEBIES:

To make this more interesting, here are freebies you can choose when you purchase something else.

1st pick goes to who gets the~~~Bobbleheads set
2nd pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Musical Ornament
3rd pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Stained-glass Elvis
4th pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Elvis Beanie Baby
5th pick (if anybody passes)~~~3-Pack of 50s Rock & Roll DVDs

Here are the choices:

Elvis trading cards: This is 16 cards out of a set of 704, which is selling for $169 on eBay. These are terrific quality. Heavy glossy cardboard with sharp graphics. The backs of the cards are nicely done with interesting info.

 

 

All Access Backstage Passes: These aren’t from actual Elvis concerts, or they would be going for hundreds of dollars. These are from Elvis Week concerts: 2002 Salute to Elvis, 2007 30th Anniversary Tribute and Concert, and 2007 Good Rockin’. Pretty cool to own.

 

Little Elvis Box: This is a cute 4” square metal box with a clear plastic insert in the lid that allows you to see an Elvis photo inside.

Editor’s Note:  This item has been selected.

 

 

Miscellaneous Goodies: Here we have a “Greetings from Graceland” refrigerator magnet, a 60th Anniversary patch, and an unused book of Elvis matches. The match book is listed on several websites as very rare, but none available to sell.

 

That’s a long list of Elvis items, and I hope you’ll find something that appeals to you. If you want an item, send me an email at philarnold@charter.net. (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.)

As usual, first come, first served. I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal. You approve it and I send the item right out to you. With a check, it’ll take a little longer. And if you live in Canada, let me know, and remember the delivered cost will be about 35% higher.

 

Thanks for your support.

Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005-2019)

 

Elvis, Elvira, and Halloween

Over the years, I’ve done several posts that feature Elvis in Halloween themes, but the supply of pictures available for this has been pretty much used up. So, this year, how about an article on someone who made a career out of Halloween themes… and also had a connection with Elvis?

 

Yes, we’re talking about Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the costumed vamp who hosted a horror movie show on television and went on to great fame.

 

 

Cassandra Peterson created the Elvira persona in 1981. Prior to that, she was a Las Vegas showgirl.

 

 

It was during this period Cassandra Peterson met Elvis.

“I had been patterning my whole life after Ann Margaret in Viva Las Vegas. So, Yeah, luckily, really, I met Elvis, and it was kind of my dream come true because by the time I went to Vegas, and I did meet Elvis, it was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s coming true! The whole movie’s coming true, you know!’ And, so, I did hang out with Elvis for a while, and he was wonderful and charming and nice, very down home, very sweet, innocent kind of person. He was so different than what anybody would ever think. Not like Mr. Show Biz Time, just a nice, really charming, wonderful guy, very funny sense of humor.”

 

 

Cassandra Peterson got started as Elvira in 1981, but back in 1969 she was just a 17 year old, struggling showgirl, when a friend of Cassandra’s managed to get them both invited to a party at Elvis’ penthouse suite in the Las Vegas International Hotel.

 

 

 

Elvis liked to be around showgirls, and on this night he took an interest in Cassandra.

“Elvis singled me out. I sat at the piano and he played songs for me. We were singing together and he said, ‘Oh, you have a good voice. Why don’t you go take some singing lessons, learn how to sing, and get out of here?’ He said, ‘Because this is a real short-lived career, being a showgirl.’ So, next day, I mean, really, the next day, I went out and I signed up for singing lessons, and within just a few months I got a singing part in the show. It really was the thing I needed to kind of get me out of there.”

Later, in a more private setting, they talked all night, and a variety of subjects were broached. Elvis told her he was very spiritual and discussed numerology. He showed her a jewel-encrusted belt buckle — a present from President Richard Nixon.

“It was the biggest, gaudiest things I had ever seen, and he was just so thrilled with it, like he was a little kid.”

She told him she smoked marijuana and that she was a virgin and both revelations had an effect on Elvis. He lectured her on the evils of pot, and marveled that there was actually a showgirl virgin in Las Vegas. After a while, she came to a realization.

“It was clear that he was not going to, like, hit on me. I could kick myself now for telling him. It would have been great to have him as my first lover. If it’s got to be somebody, it might as well be Elvis.”

 

How’s that for an understatement?

 

 

 

 

 

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Elvis and the Ed Sullivan Shows

There was some interesting history leading up to Elvis’ appearances with Ed Sullivan, just the kind of stuff that makes a good blog article.

Early in 1956, as Elvis’ career took off, Ed Sullivan was not interested in booking Elvis on his show. Sullivan even stated to the press, “He is not my cup of tea.” So, when Col. Parker offered to book Elvis for $5,000, Sullivan turned it down.

Another reason for Sullivan’s rejection was the famous Bo Diddley incident that turned Sullivan against all rock & rollers. In November of ’55, two of the hottest songs in the country were “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford and “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley.

 

Sullivan booked both singers on the same show, but Ford had to cancel at the last minute. In a decision that seems totally bizarre, Sullivan thought the song was more important than the artist, and he pressed Bo Diddley to sing “Sixteen Tons” on the live show.

If you remember “Sixteen Tons” and the music of Bo Diddley, you know how ridiculous that notion was. Bo Diddley certainly must have thought so, but he was just starting out and needed the exposure. He didn’t fight with Sullivan’s producer. They printed up cue cards with the lyrics to “Sixteen Tons” for Diddley, and he did the song in rehearsal.

 

However, when it was show time, Diddley performed his own song. This enraged Sullivan, and he vowed to see that Diddley would never appear on TV again. Of course, this did not happen, but he was banned from ever appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show again (as were The Doors and comedian Jackie Mason in the 60s).

 

With Sullivan showing no interest in booking Elvis, Col. Parker cut a deal with Milton Berle for two shows at $5,000 each. Berle was finishing up his eight-year reign as the king of comedy on TV. Elvis’ second appearance on June 5, 1956, was Berle’s last show and, whether he planned it or not, Berle went out with a bang.

 

Elvis’ wild gyrations while singing “Hound Dog” totally freaked out the nation. Teenagers loved it, parents hated it, and newspapers across the nation condemned it with lines like this:

New York Journal American – “primitive physical movement difficult to describe in terms suitable for a family newspaper.”

New York Daily News – Elvis “gave an exhibition that was suggestive and vulgar, tinged with the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos.”

San Francisco Chronicle – “in appalling taste.”

No doubt, this just reinforced Ed Sullivan’s determination to never have Elvis on his show. However, by then, Elvis was already signed to appear on The Steve Allen Show on July 1, 1956.

 

This was in the Sunday night slot directly opposite The Ed Sullivan Show. Because of all the outrage over “Hound Dog” three weeks earlier on the Berle show, Steve Allen thought about canceling Elvis’ appearance, but instead had him wear tails and a top hat and sing to a basset hound.

 

So how did Steve Allen with Elvis do in head-to-head competition with Ed Sullivan? Allen clobbered the king of Sunday night TV with 55% of the nation’s viewing audience. The ratings war went to Allen by a 20.2 to 14.8 margin.

 

 

Sullivan threw in the towel and negotiated with Col. Parker to get Elvis on his show. Parker knew he was holding all the cards and muscled $50,000 from Sullivan, an unheard of amount at the time. So, Sullivan who had passed on Elvis when the tab was $5,000, now had to shell out ten times that amount to get him later. At least it was for three shows.

 

Here’s a side thought. Eight months earlier RCA paid Sam Phillips $35,000 for Elvis’ recording contract, and now he was getting $50,000 for three TV shows. Did RCA get a good deal or what?

 

I have read several reviews and commentaries that express how important it was for Elvis’ career for him to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. I beg to differ. By the date of the first show, Elvis already had three #1 hits. His first album, Elvis Presley, was a million-seller and the first rock & roll album to go to the top of the charts. He was already filming his first movie and was under contract for several more. His live shows were jam-packed with screaming girls, and hardly a day went by without stories and photos of Elvis appearing in newspapers and magazines.

 

For the first show, anyway, I think Ed Sullivan needed Elvis more than Elvis needed him. About all Sullivan did for Elvis was make him more acceptable to the parents of his adoring fans. At the end of Elvis’ third appearance, Sullivan came out and called him “a real fine, decent boy.”

Sullivan closed with, “We’ve never had a pleasanter experience on our show with a big name than we’ve had with you; you’re thoroughly all right.” That may have allowed the parents to breathe easier, but it had no notable impact on Elvis’ career, which was already cruising away in overdrive.

 

This promo and press ticket are from Elvis’ second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Here are the three dates and the songs he performed at each:

Sept. 9, 1956

Don’t Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Reddy Teddy
Hound Dog

Oct. 28, 1956

Don’t Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Love Me
Hound Dog

Jan. 6, 1957

Hound Dog
Love me Tender
Heartbreak Hotel
Don’t Be Cruel
Too Much
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Peace in the Valley

 

 

If you own this DVD set, you have watched all of Elvis’ performances in sequence. This cleared up the confusion in my mind about whether Ed Sullivan filmed Elvis from the waist up on all three shows or just the last one. Actually, Sullivan allowed full viewing of Elvis on just one song each on the first two shows.

 

The song Elvis performs above was “Ready Teddy,” and it is my favorite when I watch the shows on the video. Scotty rocks out on the instrumental bridge, and we get a full-shot view of Elvis doing some hot footwork. This is the Elvis I tuned in to see back in 1956, and my preference is no different today. I must admit that one of his moves looks like classic James Brown, but I don’t care. Elvis’ dancing was great and I wished it had lasted much longer.

 

The Jordanaires backed Elvis on every song and were constantly visible behind or beside him except for the tight shots of Elvis’ head. That’s fine, but all of the band together was not seen except on two songs. You could tell Scotty, DJ, and Bill were close by, so why the camera didn’t pan to them mystifies me.

I really love the Jordanairs, but I think they should have been off to the side, and the band should have been behind Elvis for more than two songs.

 

Aside from that little bit of quibbling, watching Elvis on the Ed Sullivan shows was a wonderful treat back when I watched them on my family’s 10” B&W TV… and it’s even better on that DVD above. Do yourself a favor and get a copy.

 

 

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

 

The Many Faces of Elvis

These faces of Elvis over the years are pretty much devoid of emotion. However, Elvis did have eyes and mouth that could effectively express a variety of interesting moods. Let’s take a look at the many faces Elvis could make.

 

Like this. Good smirk face, Elvis. Here’s my idea of what could have been going on here.

Elvis has just told his cousin Gene Smith about a wild time he had one night in Las Vegas. Gene’s looking at him saying, “No way, man… Really?” And Elvis is giving Gene this silly smirk and laughing inside.

 

This is Elvis’ grunting face, and he sure does it well. Squinty eyes, curled lips, and bulging veins in his neck. You know if Elvis put that much emotion into every song he sang that night, the fans saw a powerful concert. I wish Elvis’ lip had curled up this much when he did his classic snarl.

 

Contemplative? That seems like a good tag for Elvis’ facial expression in this picture. His hair style would indicate this is toward the end of the movie years. Yet the shading on his face makes Elvis look older.

 

What do we call this look? Bemused? Amazed? If we were to put words to this picture, it might be, “Wow, can you believe all this mail I got.”

 

This is from Elvis’ performance of “Don’t Be Cruel” on the Ed Sullivan Show. I have written several times about the hypnotic effect of Elvis’ eyes at the end of the song. In fact, the pictures in those other posts show it better than this, but I wanted to use this colorized one. So what’s the tag? Intense? Entrancing? Piercing?

 

This is obviously Elvis’ happy look. Enjoying the moment with him is Jan Shepard, who played Elvis’ sister in King Creole. Sure makes you wish you could have have been at that table with them, doesn’t it?

 

Elvis is having fun with a fan here. This is definitely his amused look.

 

Does anyone know anything about this photo? We could call it Elvis’ despondent look. Or, maybe he is just thinking, or resting.

 

This clip from Change of Habit tickled me for several reasons. First, Elvis looks like he is ready to audition for Jim Carey’s part in Dumb and Dumber. Second, that horse over Elvis’ shoulder looks pretty ominous. But not as ominous as that serial killer behind them that’s looking toward Mary Tyler Moore. Anyway, I’ll call this a dumber face, but maybe you can come up something better.

 

This is Elvis giving us his bad-ass teenage rebel look. Like I wrote about years ago, Elvis wore eye makeup on stage. Looks like he has some on here.

 

And we’d have to label this as Elvis’ super-cool look. Sitting in his hotrod looking out the open window at a couple of girls, and thinking, “OK, are you gonna get in the car or stand out there giggling all night.”

 

Somber? Suspicious? Elvis is keeping a serious eye on something. And he sure looks different in Charro than in the other movies. That black leather bracelet got a reprisal on the ’68 Comeback Special.

 

This could be called Elvis’ intense or intimidating face. If a sword had been swapped for the mic, and John Wilkinson was removed, Elvis would look like some sort of Bavarian warrior.

 

This is a photo you all have seen before, but what a great illustration of Elvis’ pained-looking face.

 

I think this face is hilarious. It is a screen grab from G.I.Joe when he and his Army buddies are on a troop train through Germany. If anyone would like to describe what expression this is on Elvis’ face, please give it a go.

 

 

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

World Space Week — Elvis Style

Have you ever heard of World Space Week? Me, neither. Of course, there are days and weeks for all kinds of things, and if you want to look at the list, the URL is at the bottom of this picture. I wonder who gets to pick them.

Anyway, I discovered World Space Week while surfing the net a few days ago. I knew I had to do a post on the connection between Elvis and World Space. That just sounded too good to pass up. So here are some images that work pretty well for me as an exhibit of:

WORLD SPACE ELVIS

 

I think this one nailed it. You’ve got Elvis, the world, and the space. The yellow color in the center is a nice touch. Unfortunately, not all of the pictures are this noble and mesmerizing.

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This one is such a mess. Elvis is riding through space on a flying guitar case, dragging balloons behind him. He has on a suit, but he is barefoot. And, he has a little Christmas tree sitting on his lap. It looks like he will have to change his direction if he wants to get to that world up ahead. So, it’s a stupid picture, but it covered the three things we’re looking for — Elvis, world, and space.

 

This is the Chalmuns Cantina located in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. We’ve got Elvis and a space theme, but no world. Still, I like it, although the Photoshop work could have been better.

 

This one has two worlds and lots of space. I can’t decide if the floating musical notes are really needed, but they are different. I think the muted image of Elvis works well with the overall tone.

 

Here we have Elvis in name, but no picture. And, we’ll count the word planet the same as world. I showed this T-shirt picture before in an article inspired by this magazine cover.

I think World Space Elvis tops Planet Hillary.

 

I’m getting double usage out of this one, too. Although there’s no world in the picture, we do get a cool guitar that shoots out lightning bolts. Plus, Elvis has shoes on. Great picture.

 

I know I may hear from someone offended by this picture. Sorry. Elvis and space aliens. It looks like the Grand Poohbah is the blue guy on the screen. And they’ve got Marilyn Monroe back there destined to get the same treatment.

 

Back to the good ones. I like the way Elvis has stuck his guitar into the cloud. It’s just floating along beside him.

 

This is Space Dandy and his two loyal sidekicks. He’s wearing a jumpsuit — look at the red cape. And the hair. This is definitely a nod to Elvis.

 

This combines so much, but it’s still a stretch. The space connection is the Star Wars storm trooper outfit on a LEGO figure with an Elvis head on it. That’s a crummy Elvis face, though.

 

Although I rotated and cropped the original, this simple picture does offer everything in Elvis World Space. I don’t get what the message is with Elvis trudging along the top of that world, but I find this image interesting.

 

All it takes is an arm and a white jumpsuit sleeve to understand that it’s Elvis. It’s more difficult to understand what the point of this image is, but the touching fingers seems to be inspired by the art on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I guess we should just enjoy the design and not think about it too much.

 

This was a pretty simple Photoshop job, but I like it. A good one to end with.

 

I hope you enjoyed observing World Space Week — Elvis Style.

 

 

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Some Thoughts on Elvis Caricatures

 

We have all seen caricatures of Elvis. When I started a file of them 14 years ago, the drawings were pretty simplistic and unmemorable, like the ones above. They did, however, meet the definition of a caricature:

Caricatures are images showing the features of its subject in an exaggerated way. Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary.

Don’t worry, none of the nasty ones will ever be put on ElvisBlog.

 

Artist unknown

 

Obviously, caricature artists have a highly developed sense of facial observation. They can look at the features of a face and know which ones could be best exaggerated while still keeping the full image recognizable. Back in January, 2005, a website with a very long name (www.drawing-faces-and-caricatures-made-easy.com)  had an interesting topic:

 

“What Makes Any Face Caricaturable? How About Elvis Presley?”

 

How about him, indeed. When I saw that title, I knew it was going to be an interesting article. An expert was going to analyze Elvis’ face for the benefit of aspiring caricature artists. Cool.

Anyway, the writer explained how he would draw several features of Elvis’ face. Here are the highlights of what he had to say. The first one is the most incredible description of Elvis’ hair that I have ever seen.

HAIR: “Big. Huge. Massive. Larger than life.” All the superlatives you can conjure up for that top-heavy, fifties, bow-of-a-ship, tough dude, frontal assault of a hair-doo.”

Artist unknown

 

The article goes on to state that effectively drawing Elvis’ hair is a challenge.

“The answer is capturing the 3-D mass of it all. How do you do that? Lots of contours and highlights. Elvis also has lots of loose dangling ends of hair that fall across his face. You’ll see that in almost every caricature of Elvis, artists capitalize on this.”

Artist – LockUp Wallace

Now that’s some serious 3-D Elvis hair. But there’s none of the dangling ends like in the first two pictures. If you scroll back up to check them out again, also notice Elvis’ chin.

CHIN: “Elvis has a full rounded chin. About the only thing else I can say about it is when you draw it, think “sphere” or “square” and try to incorporate those shapes into the chin when you draw.”

Sorry, I don’t think it’s possible to incorporate square into anything about Elvis.

Artist – markdraws

 

Here’s another exaggerated Elvis chin. Nice job on the lip snarl, too. The article had little to say about Elvis’ snarl, but it did point out his cheekbones.

CHEEKBONES: “Whereas Arnold Schwarzenegger boasted really hard angles in his face, Elvis is softer edged. He has prominent cheekbones. They may drop low, because they have a mass to them. They also seem to rise high as they roll past the level of the eyes. You’ll see artists grab on that, too.”

Artist – Ron K

Note that Elvis’ eyes are closed in this one.

EYES, EYEBROWS, EYELIDS: “Women just plain love Elvis’ eyes. Even if this is what women find sexy, here’s what I see as the observable deal. It’s the low riding eyelids, almost that sleepy eyed look. You see Jack Nicholson and John Travolta do it. In any case, it’s the confidence and control factor half-mast eyes seem to exude. That’s what I think it is about his eyes women like. Then you couple the low eyelids with the slightly quizzical raised eyebrows, you get that come-on look.”

 

Artist – Bruce Stark

You have to say that this drawing has distinctive eyes, but they are not quite Elvis’ eyes. The legs remind me of Woody from Toy Story.

Artist Gabby Correia

Here’s a great job on Elvis’ eyes. The artist also nailed the big 3D hair. Also, you may notice that Elvis’ mouth is rather small.

MOUTH: “Traveling south down his face, you encounter the cheekbones, then rather full cheeks, then a relatively small maxilla behind the mouth (that’s the bone that holds your upper teeth). This explains why his mouth may seem small compared to Julia Roberts (who has a very broad, flat-at-the-front-where-the-teeth-are type of maxilla.) So, if you relate all that to Mr. Average, you could play up the forehead and cheeks and shrink the mouth.”

Artist – Benjamin Strobel

This drawing captures the small mouth, the high cheekbones, and of course, the big hair.

LIPS: “For a white guy, Elvis has pretty full lips. Even though, as mentioned above, the mouth overall seems on the small side (from corner to corner), the lips — especially the lower one — are very full.”

Artist – Tom Richmond

Here’s another full-lips drawing. This image of Elvis that has grown on me since I first discovered it. I think it is one of the best black and white caricatures of Elvis.

Several of the pictures above show Elvis in jumpsuits, but for some reason, that was not mentioned in the article as a major element for caricatures.

Artist – Zuo Chen

This one is a little puzzling. That’s a 50s Elvis pompadour, but he’s in a 70s jumpsuit. It is also an example of a frequently used caricature device – big head on a small body.

Artist – Carreno

 

NOSE: “You’ll see his nose drawn with a very broad root (where it comes out of the forehead between the eyes), that maintains that width right down to the sharp tip. A tip that has a dimple in it dividing left and right halves.”

I was surprised that the article made no mention of Elvis’ sideburns. Some of the photos above had big ones. Here is another.

Artist – Zack Wallenfang

These count as serious sideburns. This drawing has Elvis’ shades in it, but they are not really exaggerated. Not many of the Elvis caricatures I’ve found featured the glasses. That’s surprising, because they are a distinctive element associated with Elvis.

Here are a few more good drawings with a little comment.

Artist – Dan Adel

Another large Elvis head on a small Elvis body. This one shows young Elvis with a handful of fans up close and personal. Nice concept.

Artist – David O’Keefe

The big hair pictures generally seem to be young Elvis. And yet, here the sideburns are very subdued.

 

Artist – Alberto “Sting” Russo

Here’s a great Elvis caricature featuring his lip snarl. I guess I like the touches of color, but I’d like to see this one without it, too.

 

Artist unknown

I guess this is not technically a caricature because nothing is exaggerated. But I like it a lot, so we’ll end with it.

 

 

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Postscripts to Earlier ElvisBlog Articles

This the same photo I used to start the last Postscripts article back in April. That time, it was followed by a cropped copy of just the face. This time, it will be followed by three other Cat Elvis T-shirts that have been offered recently.

 

I’m not crazy about this one. What makes them think fans want a T-shirt with a cat/Elvis face on his US Army profile photo? I also don’t like the name – Elvis Purrsley – but at least it’s better than the first one – Meowvis Pawsley.

 

I don’t like this one at all.

 

Please, please… No more cat/Elvis T-shirts.

 

Back in 2010 I did a 50th anniversary look at Flaming Star. It featured these pictures of Elvis and Barbara Eden looking pretty chummy. However, as I pointed out then, she was actually the wife of Elvis’ character’s brother, played by Steve Forrest.

 

A few more Elvis and Barbara Eden photos have showed up.

Elvis never got this intimate with his sister-in-law in the film, but it is certainly a good movie promo picture of two beautiful people.

 

Another photo taken at this session was the inspiration for this famous Andy Warhol silkscreen.

 

For more on this Warhol artwork, check out this ElvisBlog post from 2010.

 

I’ve shown many variations on Elvis’ famous pose in Jailhouse Rock, the most recent in 2012. Many of them are very creative, but here’s one in 3D:

 

Here we have Elvis in fireman gear, hose in hand, balanced on the top of a fire truck. Where do people get their inspirations for this stuff?

 

Over the years, ElvisBlog has shown the work of artists and Photoshop jockeys that put US presidents in Elvis jumpsuits. Look what I just found.

Does anyone know if there is an Elvis connection to the Flamingo Café?

 

Once I had found an image of Joe Biden in a jumpsuit, I Googled all the other major Democratic presidential candidates to see if anybody had done them. The only thing I could find is this.

As I’ve written before, someone once said Al Gore was a minus zero on the Elvis Scale. I wonder what they would say about Bernie Sanders?

 

This is a really amateurish job of inserting Elvis into a photo of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road. I recently read an article on the 50th anniversary of the album, and it said a total of six shots were taken. This is one of the rejects with the Beetles going in the opposite direction from the one we know. Here’s a different rejected photo with a slightly better Elvis insertion.

It looks like Elvis has a spear pushing against Paul’s neck, but it just the sidewalk curb.

I guess the Photoshop guys can’t mess with the famous album cover photo without running into copyright problems. They won’t get into any trouble with this:

 

There are many images around pairing up Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Humphrey Bogart, but this is different.

The tag on this one said, “Beatles in Elvis Jumpsuits on Abbey Road.” I don’t think Elvis would have been caught dead in three of them, especially Ringo’s.

 

Just a few weeks ago, I posted these three photos of Elvis looking like a college student on campus. Here’s a new one:

 

 

This is a montage of Elvis doing his performance while on stage floors. It was taken from a post in 2017.

Here’s a new one.

 

I’ve been collecting Elvis photos for 15 years, and I never saw this one before last week. I love it. Doesn’t he looks like an animal on the prowl? Elvis was just so cool.

 

 

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$13 Elvis T-Shirts — Winners and Losers

The year 2019 has provided a bumper crop of T-shirts for review on ElvisBlog. They made up ¾ of the items covered in a March post on new arrivals at the internet Elvis stores. Then there was the annual summer T-shirt review around Memorial Day. And now, ShopElvis.com has cut the prices on nearly a dozen shirts from $19.99 to $12.99. Some are pretty good shirts; some not so much.

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Winners:

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American Legend Eagle:

 

If you like to wear patriotic T-shirts on the Memorial Day or 4th of July weekends, and you like Elvis T-shirts, here is your chance to combine both. You will note the words American Legend below Presley up by the neck. I like the flag and the attacking eagle in the middle. It is interesting to see both USA and The United States of America on this shirt. This shirt really works for me.

 

ANTIQUE GREEN ELVIS PRESLEY UKULELE AND SIGNATURE:

 

There were several Blue Hawaii T-shirts in this $12.95 offering. Here we have palm fronds, flowers, a ukulele, and Elvis’ signature. The background color is different than what we usually see. Good shirt.

 

PINK ELVIS PRESLEY BLUE HAWAII:

 

This is obviously a T-shirt for the ladies, and I can see why you would like it. The flowers seem to be the same ones as in the previous shirt. Does anybody know what they are?

 

BLUE GROTTO ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE:

 

This is about as simple as Elvis T-shirt design ever gets, but it has pleasant happy feel to it. I can see it will appeal to some Elvis fans.

 

Beige American Eagle Flag:

 

It might be a stretch to call this design an American flag, but its close enough to work as another patriotic T-shirt. I tried to blow-up the white stripes to see if they were guitar necks, but it got too fuzzy to tell.

 

LOSERS

 

ORANGE ELVIS PRESLEY UKULELE DANCERS:

 

When I first saw this, I thought, “What’s with the stubby legs on Elvis?” Then I realized that the original picture from Blue Hawaii had been cropped. But why? There was plenty of room to show everybody’s full legs. I can’t look at this one without focusing on Elvis’ stubby legs.

 

DENIM BLUE STARS AND EAGLE:

 

Maybe I’m being too critical, but this just seems too dark.  You really have to look hard to see that it is an Elvis shirt. I suppose it is more recognizable when worn, and some folks might like it.

 

RED ELVIS PRESLEY FLAG FACE GUITAR PATTERN:

 

It’s a good thing the name for this one includes flag, face, and guitar. Otherwise, we would have no idea what those tiny images are. This might have been OK if they were three or four sizes larger.

 

PATRIOTIC GUITAR T-SHIRT:

 

This looks more like a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt than an Elvis one. And it looks like some kind of black bugs are eating up everything starting at the bottom. I don’t get it.

 

OTHER INTERESTING T-SHIRTS at ShopElvis.com:

 

HAWAIIAN-PATTERN AQUA ELVIS PRESLEY IN FLOWERS:

 

Here’s those Hawaiian flowers again. I love the background pattern. On sale, down from $29.95 to $21.95. That’s a pretty good deal.

 

ORANGE ELVIS PRESLEY HAWAIIAN SUNSET:

 

This could have been another good Blue Hawaii shirt. I love the palm tree background. But what fool decided to spell ELVIS PRESLEY:

ELVIS
PRES
LEY

Sorry, that ruins it for me. But if you like it, the cost is $21.95 on sale.

 

AMERICAN EAGLE JUMPSUIT PAJAMAS:

 

This is pretty clever. There have been American Eagle T-shirts that didn’t quite work, but these pajamas look pretty good. They could have skipped the blue scarf to make it even better. The best news is that the design is continued around on the back.

This is not a sale item and goes for $39.95. You also get more American Eagles on the pants.

 

BLUE WAVE ELVIS PRESLEY UKULELE AND PARROTS:

 

We’ll end with probably the most colorful Elvis T-shirt I’ve ever seen. Note, it is not necessarily a Blue Hawaii shirt, so those birds are fine even if they weren’t in the movie. This is the best of the shirts marked down from $29.95 to $21.95.

 

 

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 26

Energizer Bunny:

What’s the Energizer Bunny playing his drum have to do with Elvis? Not much. But there is some resemblance to Laid-back Elvis Hound Dog playing his guitar.

 

Maybe what we need is an Energizer Elvis Bunny playing guitar.

Or…maybe not.

 

Elvis Pins:

The August 13 Graceland Auction had some interesting collections of 1956 pins worn by Elvis fans. These pictures were blown up from tiny images, so they are a little fuzzy.

“I like Elvis” was a popular theme, and the message was done with several different designs.

They even made pins for the folks that didn’t like Elvis.

 

Here are some other interesting themes.

 

This has to be my favorite pin message.

 

Song titles connected with Elvis seem to have been popular, too.

 

I had to look this one up in a Yiddish Slang Dictionary. It said, “Exclamation of shock or fear. This is similar to the expression ‘oy vey’ but with a larger sense of doom.” So Elvis caused some people to feel a sense of doom??? Give me a break

 

Vince Everett:

You good fans will remember this was Elvis’ character’s name in Jailhouse Rock. With the help of Peggy Van Alden (Judy Tyler), Vince became a recording star. He and Peggy founded Laurel Records, and these picture sleeves represent the first three records Vince released during the movie. Here are the fake 45 RPM records in paper sleeves used during filming.

This record had significant screen time in the movie. Note that this sleeve is actually autographed by Elvis.

Elvis sang all five of these songs in the movie, making Jailhouse Rock one of his best sound tracks. The sixth song in the movie was “I Want to Be Free,” which I ranked #7 on my Top 10 list of Elvis songs in a 2012 post.

 

Elvis Karate Fight MARKER:

On June 24, 1977, while riding from the Madison, Wisconsin airport to his hotel, Elvis noticed a street fight in progress at E. Washington Ave and Stoughton Road. It was two young men pummeling a teen on the ground.

While his limo was stopped at the nearby red light, Elvis ran from the car and threatened the combatants with a classic karate stance, and reportedly yelled, “I’ll take you on.” The young men recognized Elvis and stopped fighting in favor of shaking hands with the star. Elvis reportedly left after ensuring that everything was settled and taking time to shake hands with several onlookers.

A plaque to commemorate the event was installed at the site. It shows Elvis with a guitar and describes the incident. The plaque is not in good shape now. A metal plate bearing a description of what happened that day has been pried from the stone. But the image of Elvis, remained on the marker.

Elvis had flown into Madison for a performance at the Dane County Coliseum, part of his final tour. Unfortunately, his death came just 53 days later

 

Elvis’ $1.8 Million Dollar Watch:

A 1960 Omega watch that once belonged to Elvis sold at auction in May 2018 for $1.8 million. Wow.

It set a record price for the any Swiss Omega watch brand ever sold. Wow.

The timepiece sold for 18 times the highest estimate. Wow

RCA Records gave Elvis the watch to commemorate him selling 75 million records.

The watch is a manually winding, 18ct white-gold Omega Calibre 510, adorned with 44 round diamonds. It features the logo of Tiffany & Co – the company that originally sold the watch.

The back of the watch carries the inscription: “TO ELVIS, 75 MILLION RECORDS, RCA VICTOR, 12-25-60” – marking the date, December 25, 1960, when Elvis’ record sales reached that landmark.

 

Al Hirschfeld’s Caricatures of Elvis:

My son and his fiance treated themselves to a long weekend trip to New York City, and they took in a musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theater. His name sounded familiar, so I Googled him and found out he was regarded as the greatest caricaturist of the 20th century.

His biography included samples of his incredible drawings of famous people, including Elvis Presley. Here are three of the best.

This is regarded as the first published caricature of Elvis. It appeared in the July 6, 1956, issue of Collier’s magazine to illustrate a column criticizing the singer and his fans.

This one is titled Blue Suede Shoes and was a limited edition print (300 copies) in 1999. One sold at auction recently for $1,500.

A version of this drawing was published by The New York Times on December 1, 1968, in anticipation of the broadcast of the NBC-TV special Elvis two days later. This version was used to make limited-edition lithographs. An autographed copy sold at Heritage Auctions for $2,500.

 

That Al Hirschfeld link led me to another site with almost a hundred cool Elvis caricatures, and I had never seen 75% of them before. I can’t wait to do a blog post on the best ones.

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 14

How do you like this outfit? We’ll look at some other photos of Elvis in distinctive fashions, but this one deserves a little study. If we look at his left arm, we see the sleeve of his shirt. But above that we have maroon fabric that matches the color of a second button-less shirt with that crisscross pattern. The arm appears to be coming out through a slit in the blue coat (cape?) with the huge red collar. That’s really making a statement. And is that a pipe in Elvis’ right hand?

 

And here is young Elvis back when his wardrobe was simpler. My friend Zoey Goto has a book titled Elvis Fashion – From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits. This would have been a good illustration for it.

 

Taxicabs in Chattanooga used to carry signs advertising “See Rock City,” and maybe they still do. This picture had to been taken in the late 50s.

 

Elvis and Jennifer Holden both seem to be very happy on the set of Jailhouse Rock.

 

I may have seen this photo many years ago, but it wasn’t in my files. It is now, after I scanned a number of pictures out of Elvis International magazines I cut up to get Elvis centerfolds. By the way, the centerfold offer was a big bust. Only one sold out of a dozen. I can’t figure out why. Color centerfolds of outstanding Elvis images for $5 or $6 seemed like such a good deal. They will be back sometime at lower prices.

 

Elvis got a few perks while stationed in Germany, but it looks like he had to shine his shoes in the barracks, just like everyone else.

 

I know some of you hate Photoshopped Elvis pictures, and this isn’t a very good job of putting Elvis’ head on the biker. However, I kind of like this one. Sorry.

 

There are tons of Viva Las Vegas backstage photos of Elvis and Ann Margret out there, but this one is new to me.

 

I guess this is a fan photo, because no professional photographer would frame Elvis and Priscilla like this. She has black hair, so this is probably from the early 60s. Check out Elvis bathing suit and then compare it to this…

 

Pretty baggy looking.

 

Elvis looks better here in the White Concha jumpsuit that he wore in August 1970 at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Concha is a Mexican word meaning metal rings. Elvis’ jumpsuits wouldn’t stay simple like this for very long.

 

I’m can understand the reason why Elvis’ is drawn with squiggly legs in this caricature, but what’s up with the squiggly guitar?

 

This is such a strong photo of Elvis wearing his signature glasses. Has any other man looked so handsome wearing glasses? I can’t think of one.

 

Here’s Elvis with a jug of whisky on the table and a stogie in his hand. I don’t remember him smoking in Kissin’ Cousins, so this must have been a shot taken between filming.

 

Elvis sure did love his collection of law enforcement badges, didn’t. This is the federal narcotics badge he received as a result of his visit to President Richard Nixon in the White House.

 

There was no tag identifying what’s going on here, but it almost looks like lawmen are restraining Elvis from going after a heckler. Does anyone has more information on this shot?

 

Any help identifying this one would be appreciated as well. It appears to be an early-to-mid 60s shot of Elvis, so what caught my attention is the car-phone in Elvis’ hand. He certainly was a pioneer in embracing new technology.

 

 

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