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Remembering DJ Fontana

DJ Fontana at center of Band

Perhaps you do the same thing I do when musicians we love pass away. Last year when Tom Petty and Chuck Berry died, I pulled out old albums and CDs and listened to their music as a way to connect with them and commemorate their impact on me.

But when DJ Fontana died two days ago, it didn’t seem as satisfying to listen to Elvis songs. I wanted something unique to DJ. Then I remembered I had his book.

DJ Fontana book - The Beat Behind the King

 

Although I had read it when it came out in 2002, I sat down and read it again. I was wonderful. Everyone who has met DJ knows he is a down-home good ole boy, and his personality shines through the words.

DJ Fontana at Drums

 

But there was a special bonus in DJ’s book. It contained a CD titled “Life on the Road,” and for some reason, I had never listened to it before.

 

DJ Fontana - Life on the Road CD

Well, I plopped that thing into the player and was mesmerized for the next 23 minutes. It was like DJ and I were sitting together at a bar, and he was telling all these wonderful old stories. Now, I’m going to miss him even more.

I’m not sure, but I suspect that the audio on this CD was the taped interview that publisher Darwin Lamm used to write the book chapter also titled “Life on the Road.” Of course, some language was cleaned up and some other editing changed things a bit. There were also short stories that ended up in the chapters titled “Recording with Elvis” and “68 Special.”

 

DJ Played with 20 Singers

Tributes to DJ Fontana are all over the web now, and I would like to offer you something different than the same stuff you’ve already read. For example, DJ was a much in-demand session musician in his career after Elvis. This page from his book lists twenty artists he has played or recorded with.

 

DJ Played with 19 more Singers

Here are nineteen more. And you could add a few more that came along after 2002. I’m not sure why mostly pictures of Elvis were used on these two pages. There are plenty of other photos in the book, half or even full page shots, and DJ is in most of them.

 

DJ in Lederhosen - G.I. Blues

Bet you won’t see this picture in any other tribute to DJ. It was taken on the set of G.I. Blues. All the guys playing in the band in the German bar were dressed in lederhosen. DJ tells a story in the book about how he had to allow make-up to be put on his knees “to give them a bit of color.’

DJ appeared in three other Elvis movies: Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole.

DJ's Solo Scene in Loving You

This is DJ’s solo scene in Loving You where he comes out of a high school after a spring hop and removes the sign that announced the performance they just finished.

 

DJ-Fontana-and-Karen-Arrive-on-the-Red-Carpet-at-Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-Inductions

This is DJ and wife Karen walking on the red carpet to his 2009 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Bill Black was also voted in posthumously.

DJ Fontana, Nancy Shockley & Louis Black at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

This is DJ accepting his statuette. Beside him are Bill Black’s children, Nancy and Louis. At the far right is Max Weinburg, the drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, who inducted DJ. Weinburg had campaigned for years to get DJ inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Max Weinburg Article in Elvis the Magazine

Max Weinburg Article in Elvis the Magazine

 

Phil Arnold, Joe Esposito & DJ Fontana

This is a picture of me standing behind Joe Esposito and DJ Fontana at Elvis Week 2007. I was supposedly doing security detail (making sure nobody pushed in line or stole the books they were selling and signing), but all the fans were well behaved and it was just fun for me. I met Al Wertheimer a few minutes after this picture was snapped.

DJ Signing Books at Elvis Week 2007

This is a shot from behind the table. DJ signed a lot of books that day. Everybody loved DJ.

 

I’d like to close with words from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as they remembered DJ:

Drummer DJ Fontana was a rockabilly icon and the indispensable pulse at the center of Elvis Presley’s songs. For fourteen years he played alongside of Elvis as part of the band. Together they recorded hundreds of songs and blew audiences away with rollicking, fun-loving, informal jams.

 

 

DJ Looking Spiffy at Elvis Week 2007

 

Goodbye DJ. We’ll miss you. Say hi to Elvis for us.

 

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 22

Do you remember the above photo from an ElvisBlog pictorial post three weeks ago? No information was given about the crown on Elvis’ head by the site where I found it, so I asked if any reader knew something about the reason he was being crowned. Well, reader Jo remembered seeing it in a book she owned, and she sent in an answer.

Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowell

The book is The Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowell, Edie Hand and Joe Meador, published in 2009. It contained the following information from Louise Smith, widow of Elvis’ cousin Gene Smith:

“One day, Elvis came to our house and the press followed him inside. A man and woman accompanied the man from the newspaper. They presented Elvis with a trophy. Written on it was the fact that during Elvis’ movies in the theater, they had sold more popcorn than during any other movies. They took a picture of me and Elvis and the woman who presented the trophy and it was in the newspaper in Memphis. When (Elvis) left, I told him that he had forgotten his trophy, and he told me that he would get it later. He came over many times to our house, and I always tried to give him the trophy and he always said he would get it later. Guess what? I still have the trophy that was shown in the newspaper article.”

Elvis Receiving Crown in 1960

Jo even attached this photo and caption which accompanied the article in the book. However she said she was a bit puzzled. “The date is given as 1956, but Elvis actually looks older – his sideburns are missing and his jacket is the same as that worn in the Welcome Home Elvis rehearsals in 1960. Has Louise got her dates muddled????”

So, I did a Google search for Elvis Popcorn Award, and an article came up with this picture.

Louise Smith, Elvis and Popcorn Award

The woman on the left is identified as Louise Smith and the one on the right as the presenter of the trophy. Five decades after the event, it would appear Louise Smith’s memory was indeed a little muddled, because the crown was not what accompanied the award. A trophy did

Popcorn Trophy Plaque

I blew up the award to see what it said. You can see the word Kernel, then Popcorn, (something), U.S.A.

So, the reason for the crown still remains a mystery, but the trophy picture confirms one thing:

Elvis was the King of Movie Popcorn Sales

 

 

More Elvis Armpit Sweat Revealed:

Elvis and Horses

This photo also appeared in that pictorial three weeks ago. I said I thought it had been taken on the set of Love Me Tender. However, I was corrected by reader Delores, who is quite a font of Elvis knowledge. She said the picture came from Loving You when young Susan Jessup (Delores Hart) took Elvis out to the family farm.

Elvis and delores Hart in Loving You

In the article I suggested that there couldn’t be many other pictures out there showing Elvis armpit sweat. Wrong!! Reader David did considerable detective work and found it in photos from three other movies.

Elvis Arm Sweat in 1960 GI Blues

G.I. Blues

 

Elvis Arm Sweat in 1962 follow that dream

Follow That Dream

 

Elvis, armpit sweat in1960 Flamig Star

Flaming Star

 

Of course, what I didn’t think we would ever see were any photos in real life of Elvis armpit sweat. David had that covered, too.

1970 Photo of Elvis Arm Sweat

Elvis in 1970

 

The Anniversary of the Opening of Graceland to the Public:

I get emails all the time from Graceland.com/news, Graceland Insiders, Shop Graceland, and probably some others. When I see the word Graceland, I click on them pretty much automatically to see what’s new. Yesterday, this came up.

Graceland Opened on June 6, 1982

 

I thought I would get to read about the history of this event. Then I scrolled down and saw this:

15% Off Graceland Gear

In the span of one month, we will see four reasons for a sale: Aloha from Hawaii anniversary, Memorial Day, Graceland’s opening anniversary, and Father’s Day. And I’ll bet there is some other reason for a sale prior to the 4th of July.  I hope they are selling ELVIS Gear at the next one.

So, Thursday was the 36th anniversary of the opening of Graceland. In four years, I expect a big event will be held with special guests, concerts at the Soundstage, special packages at the Guesthouse, etc. Here are a couple of pictures that will probably show up then on Graceland.com/news.

Aunt Delta and Jack Soden at opening of Graceland, June 7, 1982

This is EPE president Jack Soden and Elvis’ Aunt Delta (who continued to live in Graceland after the tours began) cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

 

Graceland Opening Flyer

Here is an advertisement for the opening of Graceland to the public. I wish it was a clearer image so we could read the ticket prices. The fine print down at the bottom says “Tours may be closed on Monday after September 1.” Of course, that never happened. The public response was too great.

 

Editor’s Note: Reader responses came in quickly confirming that the follow two photographs were definitely not taken the first day Graceland opened to the public.  As I had speculated, they were taken the day after Elvis died as fans poured into Memphis.  Sorry for the confusion.

You might want to scroll past them and look at two new photos giving a much clearer accounting of the opening of Graceland to the public.

 

These next two pictures, supposedly taken at that opening show amazing response on the first day.

Fans at Opening of Graceland

That looks like Elvis Week, doesn’t it? Or possibly the day after Elvis’ death was announced.  The internet source I used says it was taken on June 7, 1982, but the amount of mis-labeled Elvis photos on the internet is cause for a little skepticism. .

Fans at opening of Graceland

And this is supposed to be an aerial view of the event. You can barely see the mansion in the top right corner surrounded by trees. I never knew the opening of Graceland was such a highly attended event.

 

3,024 Tickets sold on the first Day Graceland opened to the public

This is a cropped photo that contains a significant fact in the text at the bottom. 3,024 tickets were sold the first day Graceland was opened to the public.

 

Fans Line Up outside Graceland on Day it Opened to the public

These are fans lining up to enter Graceland on the first day it was open to the public.

 

Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room

I would like to thank everyone who purchased one of the Elvis treasures I brought out from the Fuzzy Room and offered for sale. The three T-shirts were the last to go earlier this week. Next week I will show more items from the Fuzzy Room. Here’s a little tease – a set of Elvis Presley Salt and Pepper Shakers with a 50s look. Bet you haven’t seen these before.

Elvis Salt and Pepper Shakers

 

 

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Elvis and National Donut Day

National Donut day

By now you have probably heard that Friday, June 1 has been proclaimed National Donut Day.  To join in the celebration, I would like to repeat an ElvisBlog post from 2012 with a little updating.

 

Elvis and Southern Maid Donuts

 

Most serious Elvis fans know he did only one advertisement during his career. It was for one of his favorite food items – donuts. Elvis recorded a radio jingle for Southern Maid Donuts.

Hot Hot Hot Southern Made Donuts

 

Elvis’ association with Southern Maid Donuts started when he began regular appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA, in October 1954.

 

Elvis performing at the Louisiana Hayride

Elvis performing at the Louisiana Hayride

 

Elvis frequented The Southern Maid Donut store in town, getting an early foundation for his well-publicized lifetime affinity for donuts, especially jelly donuts.

Box of Southern Made Donuts

 

Southern Maid Donuts began in Dallas, Texas in 1937, and the total of company-owned or licensed stores now exceeds 100. The Southern Maid name came about because the founders wanted a name that encompassed humble southern traditions, memories, and feelings.

Southern Made Sign on Stage at Hayride

 

The Louisiana Hayride was a perfect venue for marketing their product, and Southern Maid Donuts provided large sponsorship on the show’s radio broadcasts for several years. The radio spots featured a strange little jingle that deserves some explanation.

 

Hot Donuts at Southern Made

 

One of Southern Maid Donuts claims to fame is the sign above their stores with giant red neon letters lighting up the night sky — HOT, HOT, HOT. The stores sell donuts, éclairs, bear claws, apple fritters and other goodies all day long, starting at 6AM. But after 4PM, you can order a box of twelve glazed donuts made especially for you and served to you piping hot. Southern Maid Donuts have no preservatives. They are made to be eaten HOT, not saved for later. If you want hot, light-textured donuts that literally melt in your mouth, these are hard to beat.

Neon Sign at Southern Made

 

So, it follows that their radio jingle was:

You can get them piping hot after 4PM,
you can get them piping hot,
Southern Maid Donuts hit the spot,
you can get them piping hot after 4PM.

 

A number of Louisiana Hayride performers sang the jingle, including Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash, and Johnny Horton. Elvis’ version aired on November 6, 1954.

 

To my knowledge, there is no remaining copy of Elvis singing the Southern Maid Donut jingle. I wonder what that would be worth if it ever did surface. A caller on George Klein’s radio show said that he had obtained the commercial in 2009. If so, why hasn’t it been aired by now?

In a comment to the original post, reader Kelly said:

“The caller’s name is Scott Tubbs from Shreveport. He used to work for Forost Dairy, a local milk company back in 1997. At that time, Mr. Tubbs did not know the importance of the jingle. He did in fact obtain the tape from a ex-employee of Sothern Maid, but she was later fired for selling it to him as it did not belong to her. As I understand it a court battle for it pursued . Mr. Tubbs was invited to join George Kline on his radio show when he was visiting his TWO sets of twins who live in Crodova, TN.”

 

Johnny Cash -- Southern Maid Jingle

 

For some reason, the Johnny Cash version of the jingle was preserved, and it can be heard on the CDs, The Best of the Louisiana Hayride, Volume 4, and Johnny Cash: Hayride Anthology. In another comment to the original post, according to reader Mark,

“Unfortunately’ the recorded Johnny Cash ”Southern Maid Donuts” commercial on the Louisiana Hayride is just Johnny ”talking” about the donuts — no jingle is sung!”

 

Donut Worry, Be Happy

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Happy Memorial Day from ElvisBlog

Elvis and American Flag

 

Happy Memorial Day

When an Old Fan Has to Say Goodbye to His Collection of Elvis Goodies

Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room

Unfortunately, I’m old, and it’s time to scale down. When we move, there will be no space to put all the Elvis stuff I have now in what I call my Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room. (Or the junk room as my wife calls it. She has a point — over the years a lot of other stuff has ended up in there, too.)

Every once in a while, I will post pictures of some of my mementos. I don’t have anything you would call a big collectible, but I know somebody out there will want every one of these goodies. There will be cheap prices to make them go quickly.

Unfortunately, this offer must be limited to readers in the USA only.  Postal rates to other countries are just prohibitive.  Sorry

So, here are the first offerings from the Fuzzy Room:

Author’s note:  All items except these T-shirts have been sold.  I’m surprised. I thought they would go quick.

Early Elvis T-Shirts:

I have owned these for 30 years, and they go way back beyond that. The first two say M on the label, but they look like they would work best for a woman or an adolescent child. Wear them yourself or maybe you could start a little early Elvis indoctrination with a grandchild. It’s never too young or too old to be an Elvis fan.

 

ELVIS T-Shirt

This one has the word ELVIS in a lighted marque design on a dark blue background. Sorry about the wrinkles, but these shirts have been folded up in storage for a while.

 

Elvis name and Image T-shirt

Super colorful shirt with Elvis’ image and his name in gold block letters. This is my favorite of the three.

 

Elvis Lives On T-shirt

This shirt has no size label, but it’s a bit smaller than the other two, so let’s call it size S. Bright blue background with white flock lettering. It was probably a homemade iron-on.

You can have all three T-shirts for $15, which includes postage. At the end of this post, we’ll look at payment options.

 

Elvis License Plate:

Author’s Note: This items has been sold.

 

Elvis License Plate

I bought this in Las Vegas about 15 years ago, and it has been part of the wall art in the Fuzzy Room ever since. The price to you is only $6, and that includes the postage. An excellent deal.

 

Elvis ’56 — book by Al Wertheimer:

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Author’s note:  This book has sold.

 

Author’s note #2:  I see I never posted a picture of the book, so here it is.

 

Elvis '56 Book

This book was a huge seller back in 1979 when Al Wertheimer published it. Perhaps you do not know the story of how he took over 3,000 photos of Elvis in 1956. If not, click here to read the article I wrote about him in 2006 for Elvis the Magazine.

Elvis the Magazine 29th Anniversary Issue

Elvis the Magazine 29th Anniversary Issue - My Article

 

Anyway, all those photos sat unused in Al’s files for over twenty years. When Elvis died, Al discovered he had a treasure trove of material and published Elvis ’56 – In the Beginning.

Books autographed by the author are always special, but the copy I am offering has been inscribed and signed by Al Wertheimer twice. I bought the book from a vendor at Elvis Week a few years before I got the chance to interview Al and write about him. Inside the front cover, Al had written a short thank you note to Irving Paul and signed and dated it November 22, 1979.

Then, after I got to know Al, I sent him the book and asked him to inscribe a message to me. This is what he wrote:

To Phil Arnold:

Who is Irving Paul? I don’t remember. I’m glad though that my book wound up in your hands. It’s been out of print for some time and will become rarer as the years go by. Thanks for your interest in the “Wertheimer Collection” of Elvis photos I took in 1956. Glad to have such a good writer as a fan.

Be well,

Al Wertheimer 11/11/07

Perhaps you are wondering why I would let go of something as special as this. The reason is because Al sent me another copy of Elvis ’56 with an entirely different inscription. It’s long, so I won’t repeat it all. But he did call me, “a very talented writer and Elvis Blogster who did such a fine job of telling my story in Elvis the Magazine.” He also said, “Let’s stay in touch,” and we did. If you look at the right column of this page under Blog Categories, Al Wertheimer is represented 15 times.

So, I am asking $15 for the double-inscribed and signed copy of Elvis ’56, and a good bit of that will go for the shipping and postage because this is a heavy book.

 

Elvis Teddy Bear Wearing Gold Lame Suit and Holding Guitar:

 

Author’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

Elvis Bear in Gold Lame Suit

There is one of these on eBay right now going for $24.94 plus $9.30 shipping. I’m letting it go for $12 total. Here is the picture from eBay showing the back that says, The King of Rock and Roll.

And the one I’m selling also has the replica of the 29 cent Elvis stamp shown above.

Elvis 25th Anniversary Documentary:

 

Author’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

ELVIS 25th Anniversary Documentary

If you still have a working VHS tape player, you will find this different and enjoyable. Back in 2002, the 25th anniversary Elvis Week was a huge celebration. As the back cover says,

This Elvis documentary takes a look at the Elvis Fans, Elvis Music, Elvis Friends, and Elvis Events that took place during this incredible Tribute Week.

More than 50,000 fans showed up on the 25th Anniversary, and Greg Summit from Westlake Entertainment was there to follow the fans around Memphis to catch the excitement on film. Mr. Summit filmed the fans, the Tribute Artists, the friends of Elvis, and the events throughout the week.

It gives those who were unable to be there, a chance to see the excitement of the 25th Anniversary Tribute Week. For those who were there, it will certainly bring back the wonderful memories.

 

I was there, and I’m glad I have another copy of this video to relive that big party.

The price is just $6, and that includes shipping costs.

 

Elvis Necktie:

Author’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

Elvis Necktie

At my age, I won’t be wearing a tie like this anymore, but it was fun to wear to Elvis gatherings over the years. It’s got Elvis singing into a mic, two pink Cadillacs, drums, sax, guitar and records. Just $5.

 

There are two ways you can purchase any of these items – PayPal or personal check. I don’t yet have a PayPal button that you are probably used to.

Pay Now with PayPal Button.

Sample Only

This button is available if you have a business PayPal account, but I have a personal one like you probably do, too. I will be upgrading soon, because it will aid in sales of my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN when the next annual campaign starts next October.

In the meantime, here’s how to use PayPal.

1) Open up your account page on PayPal.com and click on Pay or Send Money.

PayPal Account Page

2) Click on Pay for goods.

Pay for goods

3) A box pops up where you enter my email address: philarnold@charter.net. Click Next.

Enter seller's email address

 

Enter the price of the item. And the item description where it says Add a note. Then scroll down and click Continue.

Enter Price and Item description

You will go to the order summary page you are familiar with, and if everything is right, click Send Payment Now. It’s actually pretty easy.

PayPal sends me a notice of the sale, and I mark it sold on the blog. Then I mail it to you.

Or you can send me an email that you want to purchase an item by check. I’ll confirm and hold it for you until I get your check.

 

So, please go back and look over the items and see if there’s anything you would like to have.

I really appreciate your support,

Phil Arnold

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 5

Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon with1956 Messerschmitt KR200

It’s been two months since I last posted a review of Elvis photos that I’ve recently discovered on the internet. So, let’s do it again, and hope no Photoshopped images slip in. I know the one above is for real. Isn’t that a great picture of Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon? It was cropped from a larger 1956 shot showing the whole odd car and an old man.

Elvis in 1956 Messerschmitt KR200

There they are. The car is a 1956 Messerschmitt KR200, a three-wheeled, two-seated microcar. One website says Elvis owned and drove the car for at least a year, before trading it to Memphis clothes store owner Bernard Lansky in return for a three-hour shopping spree in 1957. Another website says Bernard’s brother Guy bought the car. My guess is that Elvis never drove it again once he started buying Cadillacs.

 

Elvis and Horses

I believe this was taken on the set of Love Me Tender. Looks like the horses wanted to be in the picture. Let me know the next time you see another Elvis photo showing armpit sweat. There can’t be many out there.

 

Elvis in Deep Thought

This post had no tag on this, so can anybody place it? Obviously a movie set. Elvis sure is in deep thought.

 

Elvis Mobbed by Fans

Did Elvis have it good, or what? The girls fawned all over him. Elvis looks pretty amused by the whole thing.

 

Elvis is crowned

Elvis is being crowned, but there was no info with the posting. I wish it was a picture of him alone, wearing the crown. Does anybody know anything about this one? If so, please post them on Comments.

 

Elvis - sitting in the audience watching Tom Jones at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV-- 9-3-1974

Isn’t this a great shot? I love the shading effect. It looks like the work of a professional photographer, but it could have been just be a lucky shot by a fan in the audience who caught Elvis looking up to watch Tom Jones at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, September 3, 1974.

 

When Elvis Presley was across the street from Lauderdale Courts

This is a fan photo taken when Elvis lived at Lauderdale Courts. Is that a sleeveless shirt Elvis is wearing? What’s the strap around his ribs?

 

Young Elvis and girl

It’s pretty rare when a new picture of teenaged Elvis pops up. This young lady was so thrilled with the snapshot that she kept it in her blue-jeans pocket for weeks –  with obvious results.

 

Elvis Presley Boston Garden November 10, 1971 8.30 pm Boston, MA.

Here is a shot of Elvis from behind while performing at the Boston Garden, November 10, 1971.

 

Young Elvis in Swim Trunks

Young Elvis in a swim trunks. He filled out one much better in Blue Hawaii in 1962. I’ve got some more pics of him waterskiing at a young age that we’ll review next time.

 

Scotty, Elvis, and Bill

We all have seen many photos with Elvis, Scotty, and Bill together. Have you ever seen this one? Does Elvis’ clothing give any clue where it was shot? Bill Black looks a bit like Brad Pitt, doesn’t he?

 

Closest Haircut On Elvis

With the exception of his Army induction haircut, this is the closest cropped I’ve ever seen Elvis.

 

Elvis mother with a donkey at Graceland

The tag on this was “Elvis mother with a donkey at Graceland.” I guess that could be right because they had so many acres originally. You can notice a little smile on Gladys’ face. I wish there were more photos of her smiling. They’re pretty rare.

 

Elvis kissing his mom Gladys goodbye before deployment to Germany.

Here’s a shot that had a tag under it saying Elvis is hanging out of a troop train window and kissing his mom goodbye just before deployment to Germany. Alert reader Jo advised that it couldn’t be Gladys because she was already dead by the time he took the train to NY and embarked on the SS Randall for Germany. Jo says the train made a stop in Memphis and that’s why George Klein is in the picture.  The woman is a fan.

 

Elvis chatting with fans at the Graceland gates.

I believe this would be inside the Graceland wall. Elvis probably had the gatekeeper let in some pretty girls to chat with him. Along with Alan Fortas and Joe Esposito, at least that’s what the tag says. I’m not so sure. Any clues?

 

Young Elvis wiith Sandy Hair - 2

All Elvis fans know his real hair color was a sandy brown. I found three shots recently showing him before he started dying it black.

 

Young Elvis with Sandy Hair - 3

This one is a colorized version of a shot snapped on  August 7, 1954 when Elvis first played The Eagles Nest in Memphis.  Looks like they got the hair color about right.

 

Elvis with Sandy Hair - 1

At first I thought this was Elvis playing Jodie Tatum in Kissin’ Cousins, but that was filmed in 1964 when he was 29. He doesn’t look that old here.

Elvis Playing Jody Tatum in Kissing Cousins

This is a clip from the movie. But look at the big cigar in the first pic. Elvis didn’t smoke them as a teenager, did he?

 

Elvis Presley On The Set Of Loving You 1957

The tag on Pinterest said it was taken on the set of Loving You in 1957. Otherwise, you’d think it was a Photoshopped picture. Either way, it’s a very strange one.

 

 

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Fun Hats Suited Elvis Well

Young Elvis Wearing Cowboy Hat

Elvis seems to have had a fun time whenever he wore different hats. No matter what he wore, he always looked great. Except maybe this next one.

Elvis in Ugly Hat

 

Elvis wasn’t the only one who got to wear a German officer’s hat on this summer 1956 boat trip with June Juanico off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Elvis Wearing German Officer's Hat

 

Elvis Wearing Santa Hat on Stage

I wonder how many songs he sang after putting on this Santa’s hat.

 

Young Elvis in Funny Hat

I guess we are seeing the underside of the brim of this hat. Maybe a straw hat? I wish there were a side view of Elvis wearing it, but I’ve never seen one.

 

Elvis Wearing Gilligan Hat

There are pictures out there showing Elvis wearing different versions of this style. Reader Tracy called it a Gilligan hat, if you remember that TV series.

 

Elvis in Fun Hat

I cropped Col. Parker from this picture. Much cooler picture without him.

 

Elvis, Wearing Inside-out and Backwards Baseball Cap.

New reader Jo sent in this shot of an inside-out baseball cap on backwards. It was snapped on the set of Follow That Dream, which was filmed in 1961. She guesses that Elvis might have been the first person to ever do that. Wasn’t it a decade or two later that this style became popular during baseball rallies? Elvis always was ahead of his time.

This exceptional case doesn’t blow the theory that Elvis never wore baseball caps.

 

Elvis Wearing Cowboy Hat and Lei

This is an interesting combination. Elvis is wearing a Hawaiian lei and a cowboy hat. There are lots of photos of Elvis wearing cowboy hats, but many are movie clips or on-set shots. I wonder how many movies he made wearing cowboy hats. Would somebody like to figure that out and let us know?

 

Elvis Wearing Indian Headress

It’s not common, but Elvis also wore Indian headdresses in several photos.

 

Elvis got to wear some interesting head coverings in a few movies.

Elvis Wearing Hat from Frankie & Johnny

Elvis Wearing Turban in Harem Scarum

Can you name the movies these two came from?

 

Elvis in Strange Hat from Harem Scarum

This weird one comes from Harem Scarum. That’s a straw so Elvis could duck under the water and not be discovered by the bad guys. I’ve seen a lot of Photoshopped Elvis photos, but nobody has ever put this head on some other body. Seems like a natural.

 

Elvis Souvenir Hats

These are Elvis souvenir hats that Col. Parker thought up early in Elvis’ career to sell at concerts. They would cost about $12 in today’s money.

Elvis Wearing Souvenir Hat

Look close. Elvis is wearing one of those caps. The cops behind him seem to approve.

Elvis Posing in Souvenir Hat

Elvis posing again. He did have fun with hats.

 

After the article on Elvis Baseball Hats for sale posted two weeks ago, reader Karen sent in these photos of a great Elvis hat she bought at a Festival in Michigan in 2012.

Kelly Sent in a Cool Elvis baseball hat.

 

Karen's Hat Close-up

I agree.  This is a great hat.

 

 

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A Look at Elvis’ Taste in Hats

Elvis - Black Fedora

Last week we looked at a bunch of Elvis baseball caps available at GracelandOfficialStore.com, and it generated a lot of comment. Some folks even sent pictures of other caps they like. We’ll look at a few of the comments next time as part of Mini-Nuggets.

At the end last week’s post I said we would next cover the hats Elvis actually wore in his personal life. I really researched deep, especially in his younger years, and there were no real photos of him wearing a baseball cap. None. The best I could find was this:

Elvis Wearing Baseball Cap at Concert-1976

This is obviously Elvis performing on stage in a jumpsuit. The tag said 1976. So the best guess is that somebody threw it up onstage and Elvis put it on. If anybody has a different photo of Elvis wearing a baseball cap please send it to me at philarnold@charter.net.

 

The first photo in this article shows Elvis’ favorite style of headgear — snappy, narrow-brimmed Trilby and Fedora hats.

Elvis wearing Trilby Hat

Trilby hats have very narrow brims, like this one. Wikipedia says the trilby was once viewed as the rich man’s favored hat; it is sometimes called the “brown trilby” in Britain and was frequently seen at the horse races

In her book Elvis Style, author Zoey Goto reports that Elvis purchased his extensive collection of headwear from Baltimore Beaver, Resistol, Oleg Cassini, and Lansky Brothers.

 

Elvis in Fedora

Sorry this one is so blurry.

 

Elvis in Caddy, Weatring Fedora

Elvis looks sharp in his Caddy wearing this fedora.

 

Elvis Posing wearing Fedora hat

The first thing you notice is Elvis’ cool pose; then it looks like he is singing to a shower door. The hat is perfect in this shot.

 

Elvis Black Leather Hat sold for $2,151

This is a black leather fedora that Elvis owned. It sold at auction a few years ago for $2,150.

 

Elvis also liked motorcycle hats and the very similar boat captain’s hat.

Elvis in Motorcycle Hat

This is the same hat Elvis wore in the famous Al Wertheimer Harley photo.

 

Elvis in Boat Captain's Hat

I don’t know if this was snapped on a movie set or in private time.

 

Priscilla and Elvis wearing a Police cap

Is that a police hat? Priscilla looks pretty good, doesn’t she?

 

Priscilla Wearing a Baseball Cap

Whoa. Here she is wearing a baseball cap. I don’t know the year on this one. Help, anybody?

 

Elvis Wearing Two Army Hats

If you look close at this one, Elvis appears to be wearing two Army hats. Looks like it was pretty cold for maneuvers that day.

 

Elvis wearing Double Army Hats

He’s definitely wearing two in this shot.

 

Next week we will see some reader comments on Elvis baseball caps and look at the hats Elvis wore when he was fooling around.

 

 

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Elvis Baseball Cap Review – Spring 2018

My Old TCB Cap

This is a TCB baseball cap I got eight or ten years ago as a bonus for buying a one-year subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.  I’ve worn it practically every day since, and it has held up well   However, it’s looking old and dirty.  Compare it to what it looked like when I bought it.

Brand New TCB Lightning Bolt Baseball Cap

I loved the embroidered gold TCB lightning bolt on the black fabric.  The underside of the bill is also gold.  Viewed straight on, the double-colored front lip of the bill is very cool.  And, on the back, in gold embroidery, is Taking Care of Business.

I always like it when someone sees the lightning bolt and says to me: “Elvis fan, right?”  Then a little Elvis conversation happens between us. I wish it would happen more often.

So, I decided I needed a new Elvis baseball cap, and I went on line to the Graceland Official Store.  As I studied the choices and considered the plusses and minuses of each one, I realized I needed to do a blog about Elvis baseball caps.  I’ve done a bunch of T-shirt reviews, but for some reason I never thought about reviewing baseball caps before.

 

TCB BLACK LOGO CAP:

TCB BLACK CAP

This is the first TCB lightning bolt cap I came to.  The tag under it said, “Throw this hat on and Take Care of Business ,Elvis style.”  That’s a pretty good pitch.  The cap is distressed washed, which gives it a look I like. If you study the circle logo, ELVIS appears sideways twice.  But the intriguing thing is the embroidered EP that continues from the crown down onto the bill.  I didn’t like that at first, but it’s growing on me.  The cap has Graceland embroidered on the back strap. $17.99

 

TCB SCATTER CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY TCB SCATTER CAP

When I saw this one, I knew the search was over.  This is a worthy replacement for my old one.  The word Scatter in the title refers to the repetitive TCB design on the front of the cap.  The gold TCB thunderbolt is embroidered, as is the Elvis Presley signature. When I looked for the price, I was so disappointed.  It said “Sold Out.”  I had to keep looking.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE SEQUIN CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE SEQUIN CAP

At first, I got a chuckle out of this one, but now I think it would look outstanding on a girl Elvis fan.  It just radiates Party Time.  Having it completely covered in pink sequins is such a great idea.  The tag under the picture calls it both a glam cap and a sparkle hat.  It also says, “You will LOVE this cap!”  I believe they are right.  $19.99

 

THE KING GUITAR WINGS CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY THE KING GUITAR WINGS CAP

If it wasn’t for the pink bill I would definitely get this one.  On first glance, it looks like a weird guitar with wings, and that’s just fine.   You really have to study that detailed embroidered design to catch everything in it. There is Graceland at the bottom.  Then, the letters in ELVIS make the body of the guitar, and PRESLEY makes the guitar neck. There are two little crowned-things the tag calls ‘Griffins’.  I particularly like the way the logo embroidery starts on the bill and goes straight up into the crown. I’m getting to like this new wrinkle in baseball cap design.  If they’d make the bill completely black, I think sales would really jump.  $19.99

 

EP GRACELAND BLACK CAP:

EP GRACELAND BLACK CAP

No thanks.  Not for me.  I like the little 50s Elvis silhouettes on the sides, but the embroidered crown patch is just dull (even if it’s done with special metallic satin thread).   $17.99

 

GRACELAND ATHLETIC GRAY CAP:

GRACELAND ATHLETIC GRAY CAP

This hat appeals to me.  The extra stitching lines are a nice touch.  The logo design is not bad, although I would prefer ELVIS to be bigger and Graceland smaller.  Back years ago, the baseball caps never mentioned Graceland, but now some don’t mention Elvis.  $19.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND CAP

ELVIS PRESLEY'S GRACELAND CAP

This cap is promoted as having a broken-in vintage feel because of the distressed Elvis Presley’s Graceland imprint.  That’s fine, but the fuzzy edges on the big EP embroidery kill it for me.  This would be a better cap without it.  $17.99

 

The Graceland Air Logo Cap:

Here’s one of those caps that feature Graceland but have no mention of Elvis.  That drops it way down on my review.

Graceland Air Baseball Cap- Side

The embroidered Lisa Marie signatures on the sides are supposed to be a plus, but Elvis Presley would be so much better.  $19.99

 

 ELVIS KHAKI MILITARY CAP:

ELVIS KHAKI MILITARY CAP

 

This doesn’t work for me at all.  The title name calls it a military cap, but to me it looks like something for a woodland troll.  I don’t like white baseball caps, and I hate the font for the green scroll work.  And why is the ELVIS not centered on the crown? This thing just looks stupid.  $19.99

 

Elvis the King Silhouette Cap:

Elvis The King silhouette cap

I do like this white contrast stitching, especially on the bill. And the blue and white sandwich lip on the bill is great.  The logo design is fine, but I’m not fond of the frayed edge patch technique.  It is riveted on, which is interesting.  Not bad, but I’m not getting it. $19.99

 

PINK CLASSIC CAR CAP:

PINK CLASSIC CAR CAP

Okay, here’s one that has Elvis Presley on it and no Graceland.  It’s a good hat for the female Elvis fan.  I guess the fuzzy edges around the patches is something in favor these days, but I’m not a fan.  $19.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE BLACK CAP WITH RED BILL:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE BLACK CAP WITH RED BILL

Elvis baseball caps don’t get any more throwback than this.  The color of the bill matches the embroidered red signature.  It has an adjustable back strap with antiqued gold buckle, while all the other caps have Velcro straps.  $15.99

 

 

So, what hat did I pick to replace my old worn-out one?  Because my favorite choice was sold out, the nod has to go to the first one in this review:

TCB BLACK CAP

 

However, I’m going to wait a little while to see if this sold out winner comes back in stock.

ELVIS PRESLEY TCB SCATTER CAP

 

 

Next weekend we’ll look at some of the hats Elvis actually wore.  Do you think he wore many baseball caps?  We’ll see.

 

 

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Caption Contest Results and a Little History on the TV Elvis Shot

Elvis and Anita Wood Close-up for Caption Contest

There weren’t as many replies as expected to the caption contest last weekend. The idea was to come up with what Elvis and Anita Wood were thinking in the shot above.

Reader Tracy:

Anita:   Elvis My Darling, I will think of You every night when I go to bed!
Elvis:    Honey, If You Do, You Won’t Sleep!!

Reader Nancy:

Anita:  Marry me
Elvis:  If only you were 14

Reader Isabelle:

Anita: Take the helmet from your hair
Shake it loose, let it fall
Lay it soft against my skin
Like the shadow on the wall

Elvis: Come and lay down by my side
Till the early morning light
All I’m taking is your time
Help me make it through the night

Reader Leon’a:

Anita: ”I promise Baby, I’ll write you every day.
Elvis: “You better, and I don’t want any of them to be ‘ Dear John ‘ letters either !!!!”

Reader Clementine:

Anita:. “Elvis, won’t you be my ‘Special Hound Dog’… Please Baby’ ??”

Elvis:…”Sure Baby, as long as you‘ll be ‘My Devil in Disguise!! “

 

(And here are the thought quotes I came up with)

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Anita: “I’m gonna miss you so much.”

Elvis: “That loser Robert Goulet better not be hangin’ around you while I’m gone.

 

If you do get the humor in that one, it’s because you know the story. But some of you might not get it, so it would help to hear about what happened — leading up to Elvis shooting a TV.

Color Drawing of Robert Goulet on Elvis' Shot-up TV

The best explanation is a quote by old Elvis buddy Marty Lacker in an interview he did with www.elvisinfonet.com:

“Elvis harbored some bad feelings about Goulet from back in the late 50s when he was in the Army. Elvis’ girlfriend Anita Wood was a singer and she did shows with Goulet and Buddy Hackett. Anita would often write Elvis in Germany, and one time Goulet added a postscript to one of them telling Elvis in a sly way that he was personally taking care of Anita. Elvis didn’t like that and he never forgot, so when he saw Goulet on TV, he shot the TV out.”

No wonder Elvis got mad. He’s overseas in the Army and gets a letter from his girlfriend Anita Wood back home, but slimy Robert Goulet writes on the bottom something like, “Don’t worry, Elvis, I’ll take care of Anita while you are gone.”

Not only did Elvis mad, he carried that grudge against Robert Goulet for years. Sixteen years later, in 1974, he got a measure of satisfaction. It happened while Elvis was working at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. He was in his top-floor suite when he saw Goulet on TV. Elvis took out his gun, shot the TV, and (according to Allexperts.com) said, “Get that s**t outta my house!”

 

Photo of shot-up Elvis TV

 

The shot-up TV has had an interesting journey since then. It currently resides in one of the exhibits at Elvis Presley’s Memphis across the street from Graceland.

Elvis Presley's Memphis

PBS even did an online feature about the TV being on display at the new complex.

PBS Story on Elvis Shooting TV Mar 3, 2017

 

This was actually the second time the TV had been on display at Graceland. On March 20, 2006, It was featured at the opening of the new exhibit called Elvis After Dark. Of course, the items in these exhibits are cycled off and replaced by others periodically, so the TV went into a Graceland storage room.

 

nnie Leibowitz Exhibit at Smithsonial Museum Showing Elvis' Shot-uo TV

Then in 2011, famous photographer Annie Leibowitz went to Graceland and photographed the TV. It became part of her exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute.

 

So, let’s think about this. After thirty-two years (1974 — 2006), the Goulet TV shows up at Graceland. How did it get there? Allexperts.com reported:

“The TV is currently on display at Graceland. It was found a few years ago in the attic above his father’s office.”

Vernon's Office at Graceland.

It looks like a TV could fit the attic on the right..

Okay, Elvis blasts the Goulet TV in Vegas in 1974, and then has it crated up and shipped back to Memphis, so it could be stored in his dad’s office for thirty-two years. Of course, Elvis paid the hotel for the damaged TV. But it was junk, so why would it be saved? Was there any reason to lug a ruined big-box 25 inch TV up to the office’s attic?

Seems like a stretch, but maybe there’s more to this story that we don’t know that would explain things.

 

 

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