I didn’t know today was American Eagle Day until I heard it on the news. But I did know I had several images in my files that combined Elvis and the American eagle.
Have a wonderful American Eagle Day
I didn’t know today was American Eagle Day until I heard it on the news. But I did know I had several images in my files that combined Elvis and the American eagle.
I’m going to try it a little different this time. There will be just one item — a collection of 9 issues of The Star tabloid from the first years after Elvis’ death. I will write about the stories in each one, which you may find interesting even if you have no interest in buying them.
As you can see on the cover, there are four Elvis stories in this issue, and they total five pages. The first one on page 9 has the title, “Elvis: He was still pleading with ex-wife Priscilla to come back to him.” It’s a pretty favorable article for both Elvis and Priscilla. It says she flew to Memphis twice in his last year to be with him during hospitalizations. I didn’t know that.
The reason given for Priscilla falling for Elvis at such a young age was her quote, “He made me comfortable… He was very gentle. He was his own man, a very compassionate and understanding person.” That sounds like Elvis.
The writer of the article made a few errors that we fans would easily catch. There was a list of leading ladies in his films that Elvis dated, and it mistakenly included Natalie Wood and Anita Wood. I thought I knew the names of everyone Elvis ever dated, but the article mentioned Malessa Blackwood, Miss Memphis Southmen (World Football League team), and Diane Goodman, former Miss Georgia. I looked them up and the story had it right.
The biorhythm article is very interesting. If Elvis hadn’t died on August 16, He was at even greater risk with a triple critical day on August 18 when all three cycles intersected at their low points. I Googled biorhythm chart and put in my birthday. I’m in the clear for the next month. You might have fun doing it, too.
What you won’t have fun with is the article “Elvis What Happened.” It’s an excerpt from the hit-job book of the same title by Red West, Sonny West, and Dave Heebler. I read the book once, and that’s enough for me.
This issue of The Star is 48 pages long, and reading the rest of it is like a time capsule. There are articles about:
John Kennedy Jr passing a survival course at age 16
Bing Crosby and his wife Kathryn
Nick Nolte and his many girlfriends
Pet Crabs (after the Pet Rock craze)
Mick Jagger cutting up wife Bianca’s credit cards
John Travolta and Olivia Newton John — just friends, not lovers.
The Star generally doesn’t carry the outrageous stories favored by some of the other supermarket tabloids, but these two come pretty close:
“Working wives run the risk of growing beards”
UFO’s are time machines from the future”
All in all, this issue is loaded with interesting stuff about Elvis and a lot more. You would enjoy reading it.
These eight pages are loaded with a variety of stuff about Elvis. Here is a list of the titles:
Stepbrother reveals: I gave Elvis a massage only hours before he died
Secret girlfriend says: I loved him for 5 years
The bodyguard’s tribute [Red West]
And more from the Book the World is Talking About [another excerpt from Elvis What Happened]
The Beginning, The Glory, and The End
Nurse became substitute mom to lonely idol [Marion Cocke]
Elvis and Priscilla were still legally married, her lawyer says
he bought a $35,000 ring – at 12:30am
The night Lisa Marie will never forget
$ Million ransom plot that nearly paid off [about stealing Elvis’ corpse for ransom]
Linda: He loved me to the end
Win fifty Elvis LPs [10 question quiz to enter in drawing]
Despite the cover tease, there are actually seven color photos and eight B&W photos in this section.
There were plenty of other stories compatible with the time capsule mentioned earlier:
Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti
Prince Charles and French society beauty
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy Jr’s Romances
Farrah Fawcett Leaving Charlie’s Angels
Even though Elvis didn’t make the cover of this issue, there is plenty for an Elvis fan to read including these titles:
Three Elvis Presley look-alikes pay tribute to the king [Yes, there were Elvis impersonators even before he died. Does anybody remember Jesse King, Alan Meyer or Bill Haley (not the one with the Comets)]
Elvis’ dad faces bitter courtroom battle over who should get the Presley millions [Vernon’s ex-wife Dee trying to get her hands on money she didn’t deserve]
This Elvis poster in color is yours for only $1.75 [and 50¢ postage]
Private Presley joins the Army – and re-discovers his passion for guns
That last article says that on one 1970 shopping spree in Beverly Hills, Elvis bought 32 handguns, one shotgun, and one rifle. It sounds like Elvis bought firearms like he did cars and jewelry. The article also mentioned some of the ridiculous reporter questions he had to put up with. Like, would he buy blue-suede combat boots, and would he ask fans to send him Southern fried chicken.
The other celebrity stories included:
G. Gordon Liddy
Farrah Fawcett and Lee majors
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field
And, of course, lots of stuff about the cover subject, Jackie Kennedy
The cover story is another excerpt for “Elvis What Happened.” The three-page article has two color photographs. I don’t find Mike Stone a particularly handsome man.
That full-cover Elvis poster is back, and this time there is also a tote bag with the same image going for $3.50 plus $1 postage
In some ways, The Star paved the way for People magazine. Here are just some of the celebrities in this issue:
Greg Allman and Cher
John Mitchell and J.R. Haldeman
Tatum O’Neal and Michael Jackson — We’re in love
Cheryl Ladd joining the cast of “Charlie’s Angels [and eight large color photos of the Girls, but no Farrah Fawcett]
Behind-the-scenes look at in in-fighting and over-budget problems at Star Wars
And, in the weird category, how about a pyramid pendant that gives you bio-cosmic energy?
The promised album contains four color photos of Elvis and Lisa Marie, plus one more of Priscilla, Elvis, and Lisa Marie. But that wasn’t all of the Elvis pages. There was also:
Inside story of the Elvis body-snatching by ex-Marine who tipped off the police
High school concert that launched Elvis Presley on the road to stardom
Elvis fans remember him in prayers
The celebrities with photos and articles included:
Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson in the Hardy Boys TV show
TV violence [Telly Savalas, Angie Dickinson]
One thing that made me smile was this title, “Billy Graham predicts his death within 10 years.” Fortunately he called that wrong.
Also, there is a short piece about a group of psychics who declared President Jimmer Carter to be “The Warrior President.” I guess they changed their opinion after his handling of the Iranian Embassy terrorism.
The $12 million swindle is some pretty interesting reading. It seems to be for real because it had two quotes from the FBI and references a message sent to Elvis’ bank, the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis. The scam was to buy Elvis’ Convair 880 known as the Lisa Marie, do massive upgrades, and lease it back to him. I did not know that Elvis owned five planes over his life. There was also a Jetstar (Hound Dog Two), a Jetstream, a Falcon, and a Gulfstream.
Another article was titled, “Ann-Margret: I’m still stunned by his death.” I did not know that she attended Elvis’ funeral.
There was also a piece on the contest mentioned earlier [50 Elvis albums as prize].
The last Elvis story in this issue was, “Elvis Presley planned a private war against drug pushers.” It’s pretty bizarre and strains credibility. The first part is the familiar story of Elvis getting a federal narcotics badge when he visited President Nixon in the White House. Next is an episode where Elvis suspected a new guy on the payroll of stealing two rings. The guy tried to leave town, and Elvis learned about the flight he would be getting on to escape. Supposedly, Elvis and the boys rushed to the airport, where he went right out on the runway and flashed that federal badge in front of the taxiing plane. I’ve never heard about this before. Pretty strange.
And here’s a taste of the celebrities covered in this issue:
The Star obviously wanted to do something special to commemorate the first anniversary of Elvis’ death, and they did a good job on a 12-page pullout section. Check out this lineup:
A year after his death, millions still mourn
Memphis expects a stampede [50,000 expected visitors, 9,000 hotel/motel rooms] [ABC planning a three-hour TV special, with Priscilla, Charlie Hodge, and the Jordanaires]
The Elvis nobody knew – 11 rare photos [all common now]
The Elvis Industry [small potatoes compared to now]
A year later, Elvis’ bodyguards are still torn by the death of The King
[This is basically an attempt by Red West, Sonny West, and Dave Heebler to cool off the backlash caused by their crummy book.]
Inside Graceland – first pictures [Seven nice color photos, one I’ve never seen before]
Win 60 Elvis LPs [new contest, bigger prize]
Elvis – More popular dead than alive [analysis by two psychiatrists]
Psychics say: We have been in touch with Elvis’ spirit [I’d be more impressed if they had predicted how popular Elvis would be 42 years later]
In addition to the inside Graceland photos, there were 25 more color and B&W ones throughout this special section. Plus, a color montage of four Elvis drawings by artist Brian Clinton fills up the last page. I’ve never come across it before, so here it is for you:
Have you ever seen it before?
Here’s a sample of the other celebrities with articles and pictures in the magazine: Marie Osmond, Jane Fonda, Margaux Hemmingway, Ted Kennedy, Patricia Nral, George Hamilton, and Charlton Heston.
The two-page, five-photo article about Dee Stanley Presley is the only Elvis content in this issue. Basically, she tries to polish up her image.
Of course, there were dozens of stories about a wide array of celebrities, but you get the idea without me naming them.
I never heard of photographer Sean Shaver, but I did find him in one of my reference books. Supposedly, he took 80,000 photos of Elvis, and here we see six small B&W ones and nine larger color ones, two of which are new to me.
OK, here’s the deal. I am selling this nine-issue collection for $30 delivered (and I’m covering probably $10 postage to mail them). They are not mint copies protected for the last 40 plus years in plastic sleeves, but they are mostly in pretty good shape.
I checked out most of the issues on eBay, and prices ranged from $7.00 to $13.50 delivered, so $30 delivered for nine issues is a deal. You will have hours of reading about Elvis if you get this collection. You will probably also read many of the stories about other celebrities, like I did. That’s the reason I’m late posting this blog.
So, if you want to purchase my collection of The Star tabloids featuring Elvis, let me know by email at email@example.com. Do not put your message in Comments. As usual, first in gets it.
The price is for delivery to US destinations. Postage to Canada would be $15 to $20 more. Indicate if you can do payment by PayPal, and I’ll send you an invoice. If not, I’ll hold off mailing the magazines until your check arrives.
Somebody is going to be very happy they jumped on this deal. But if you come in late, don’t worry. You can try again when I offer my collections of National Enquire and Midnight Globe magazines with Elvis content.
Thanks very much for your support.
I like doing these. They’re fun for me, too.
How do you like Fozzie at the gates of Graceland? Because of this picture, I found out that Sesame Street did a number of skits about Elvis, and they are available to see on YouTube. I’ll probably do an Eye Candy post on them sometime.
Before seeing this picture, I’m pretty sure I could have listed the ten original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These were all my guys when I was a teen, except James Brown who came in later. The selection committee did good. The graphic designer for this montage did not, at least by my preferences.
Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard should have bigger pictures. To make room, Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers should shrink down. Just saying.
Is this an amazing picture, or what? I love it. But it took a whole lot of angled rotation cropping, and other tricks to end up with this. Believe it or not, both these faces were originally connected to dog bodies. It was so bad.
Great concept, but you can’t split Heartbreak into two words. Blows the whole deal. The hanging basket could have been a nice touch, but it’s too close..
Here’s another sign about parking for Elvis. Not just one space, but a whole row.
You don’t often see Elvis figurines wearing a blue jumpsuit, so this one gets a plus for that. But there’s a big minus, too. Why is this Elvis holding a ballpoint pen in his mouth? Stupid. I’ll bet not many of these sold.
Speaking of Elvis jumpsuits, here are Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner wearing them in the 2001 movie 3,000 Miles to Graceland. Too bad they had to be bad guys. Do you remember how the bad guys in the old cowboy movies were always dressed in black? Take away the white scarf, and Costner’s jumpsuit is perfect for his character.
Okay, here we have a Mexican restaurant named Loco Elvis. I like the bar open to the street. How do you like the electrical wire job they have right overhead? Yikes.
At first I thought this was the outside of the 24 Hour Church of Elvis, but now I think this is the back wall of the church, and they had a lectern or something in front of it. Pretty weird.
This reminded me that I had once written about Oracle of the Plywood Elvis. Just for kicks, I opened that old post and clicked on the link that takes you to their website. Eleven years later, here is where that click takes you to:
I like the graphic design on this a lot. The slice of banana on the rim of the glass is outstanding. Here’s a true story. The first time I read the text at the bottom, I read it as:
PEANUG BUGGER & BANANA
Thanks to ElvisBlog subscriber Karen for sending this in.
And he likes Elvis. Good man. I own a black velvet Elvis picture. Do you?
About 20 years ago, there was a cartoon movie on TV called Quest for Camelot. This is supposed to be a two-headed dragon in a white jumpsuit playing Elvis singing “a hunka hunka burnin’ love.”
There is no real Elvis connection with the picture, but it is so well done. And I need to end this post with something good.
If you watched Kellie Picker and Wes Brown find love in Christmas at Graceland, I’m sure you’ll be tuning in on Saturday night to watch Wedding at Graceland.
And a lot of other folks will be joining you. In the current TV Weekly, it says, “Christmas at Graceland was one of the highest-rated films in the history of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas.” With popularity like that, why not do a sequel? And have it on the air just six months later.
Actually, a more correct title would be:
You will recognize the Graceland front door behind Wes Brown as he proposes to Kellie Pickler.
But this is where the wedding will take place. I have not been to Memphis since this chapel was unveiled during Elvis Week 2018, so I had no idea where the Chapel in the Woods is. But, thanks to Google Maps, now I do.
In this aerial view, you can see that the chapel is very close to the Guest House at Graceland at the top and a long way from the Graceland mansion down at the bottom. That actually makes good sense, because presumably the wedding party and guests would be staying at the hotel. Plus, there’s the proximity of several bars where folks could go to continue the party.
Here’s a front view of the Graceland Chapel in the Woods. The TV Weekly article calls it exquisite and picture-perfect. To my eyes, it looks a little less than that. That large wall off to the left definitely takes away from the curb appeal. See those folks and the tables beyond the wall? This is the patio area where guests can mingle after the wedding, weather permitting. Here’s a better look.
I hate to fuss too much, but I don’t find this view appealing. There’s that big, long, plain white wall, but I’m sure the view looking away from the chapel is lovely with the trees and the landscaping.
Kellie Pickler said, “It is an intimate chapel in the woods that has so many windows, so natural light floods in.” Not from this side of the chapel.
The windows on the opposite side certainly make up for that. And, both ends allow a lot of light to enter. The Graceland website says the seating capacity is 100 people. It doesn’t show in this picture, but an intimate reception area is located at the back of the chapel that offers a table to showcase the wedding cake.
Also, note the door for one of the two private dressing rooms.
When I searched the web for photos, look what I found.
It seems there was an earlier Graceland Chapel in the Woods, and it was close to the mansion. I’ve never seen it, so if you have, share something in Comments. I did find out that it held 50 people.
(Note to anyone at EPE who reads this blog — The #4 official Graceland Blog for Elvis Week 2018 has a picture of this chapel, not the new one. You might want to fix that)
I think this one really qualified as picture-perfect. Perhaps it’s been torn down, and that’s a shame, or maybe they’ll think of another way to utilize it.
It also had an inside reception area with a hand-painted mural of the Graceland mansion that served as backdrop for photos as the newlyweds cut their wedding cake. I kind of like this and wonder why the concept wasn’t incorporated into the new chapel.
Okay, back to the movie. As you can see, Priscilla is in it. According to US Weekly, she will reminisce on her own big day during her cameo. Kellie Pickler had very nice things to say about her: “She’s so lovely and has such a sweet, sweet, kind spirit.”
There are also a number of Elvis’ songs included in the soundtrack:
Love Me Tender
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
A Little Less Conversation
And Kellie Pickler gets to sing several Elvis hits, especially, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
For some reason, Wes Brown shaved off the beard he had in Christmas at Graceland. I think he looks better with it.
I hope you will enjoy Wedding at Graceland on Saturday night. It will be one of the few times, my wife and I will be watching the same show on TV.
Seven weeks ago, I searched for photos of the new Graceland Exhibition Center, and couldn’t find any. Well, look what showed up last week.
The email from infoGraceland.com offers a link to the Exhibition Center – click here – and it is full of all kinds of information about what’s already there and what’s coming. I could do a whole blog on it, but I’ve got one nearly finished that is time-sensitive and must be published quickly.
In the meantime, here’s something in the center that piqued my interest.
This sounds like it could be a fun place. I wanna go.
Do you think it will look like this?
The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, and that means it’s time for the 9th annual ElvisBlog review of the new arrival Elvis T-shirts. We’ll also look at some recently discounted shirts at ShopGraceland.com. It’s interesting to note what made them a hard sell.
New ones first.
This is an excellent one to start with. Elvis looks great in the ’68 black leather. There’s a million shots of that around, but this one also shows the heads of the girls around the pit for the acoustic set. Nice touch. I don’t know what sublimated means; same with the red tonal graphic background it has, but they work just fine. Here’s a bonus — the design is on the back, too. $29.99
I love all of Joe Pertruccio’s paintings of Elvis, and ShopGraceland was smart to use several of them on new T-shirts. This is the Sundial jumpsuit Elvis wore on his last concert in 1977. I can’t figure out why this pose is called “Just Pretend,” but it I love Elvis with his back to the crowd and disappearing into the shadows of the stage. $29.99 and worth it.
The website said this was a promotional photo from the early days, and it’s a good choice. I like the way the blue background varies from dark at the shoulders to brighter around Elvis. Of course, those floating hearts are supposed to be emanating from Elvis as he is lovin’ on that guitar, but I think hearts near Elvis’ head is a super concept for a women’s T-shirt. $29.99
Or, if you don’t want to be subtle with the hearts, here is a beauty for you. Great graphics. And this one is double sided, as well. $29.99. Go get one, ladies.
This is the first Elvis T-shirt to feature cold-shoulder cutouts. Unfortunately, the three-word cursive graphic isn’t very eye-catching. Hopefully we’ll see more of this style with better designs. $29.99
I like red T-shirts, and this is not bad. It would be better if the image of Elvis was blown up about three times. $24.99
It looks like most of the best new arrivals are for women. No surprise. I like this one because of the different way they presented the Elvis silhouettes. The 3/4 sleeve and long tail give it a pretty unique appearance. Take another look at the Elvis silhouette on the right. It’s coming up soon on a shirt I do not like.
Next are three discounted shirts with numbers on them..
Well, it’s colorful and all, but this is just weird. There is fine print that says Aloha from Hawaii 1973-2018, but who can see it? That big blue 45 is what jumps out at you. All of these anniversary T-shirts get discounted the next year, and this went from $24.99 to $12.50.
The website says, “2018 will be the 41st year of Elvis fans from around the world coming together to commemorate Elvis’ life and career.” I guess that’s the politically correct way of saying the 41st anniversary of his death. The out-of-date shirt has been cut from $24.99 to $12.50.
Okay, can you figure out what the 50 is all about? Elvis in his ’68 black leather suit should give you a clue. It;s a shame to see any Joe Petruccio arywork get used on a shirt that will be obsolete in a year and discounted. This went from 29.99 to $20.99.
How about a couple I really don’t like?
The website says this one is sold out, so somebody must like it. The raglan-cut long sleeve design is a plus. My big complaint is one I have voiced here before. Too much Graceland, not enough Elvis. It costs $29.99. Why bother when that much money will get you some great shirts that feature Elvis?
The large silhouette in this design is the one I told you to keep in mind earlier. However, here it looks like a raging Godzilla, mostly because the overlaid concert photography that makes him look scary. Here’s a blow-up.
Then there’s the little silhouette over his neck. That looks like Elvis is getting a radioactive charge that’s about to crumble him to the floor. This T-shirt is a complete mess. It used to be priced at $29.99, now reduced to $15. Good luck.
ShopGraceland also has a selection of $14.99 shirts – the original price, not a discounted one. I wondered if there were any pleasant surprises. No. I should have known why they were cheap.
There are several more of these uninspired designs that feature Graceland with very little Elvis. If you had $30 to spend, what would you rather have two Graceland T-shirts or one good Elvis T-shirt? Like the one below.
I saved my favorite for last. It’s another Joe Petruccio painting, this time of Elvis in the ’68 black leather. The addition of the marquee stage sign with the lights in white, not red, is masterful. This shirt is no frills, but still packs a big punch. $29.99
This photo shows why Elvis had to ditch the gold lame pants. He liked getting down on his knees while performing, but after a while, the gold started to wear off. According to the tag on this picture, it was snapped on April 1, 1957 in Buffalo NY.
Here’s Elvis at it again later that year in Seattle.
I labelled this one, “Elvis’ Smallest Concert Crowd.” To be honest, I screen grabbed it from an Elvis movie. Do you know which one it was?
I’ve had fun trying to figure out who is who here. The easy ones are Charlie Hodge – top right, Ronnie Tutt – bottom right, John Wilkinson – bottom left, and James Burton top left,. I’m pretty sure that’s Jerry Scheff in front of Burton. So, that leaves the two guys in the middle. Any ideas? I did some research, and one of them has to be Larry Muhoberac, the keyboard player for less than a year before Glenn D. Hardin joined the group.
This is the cover of a bootleg album. It featured the songs Elvis performed on the three Ed Sullivan shows.
Obviously, this shot didn’t appear in the movie Girl Happy, but Elvis and Mary Ann Mobley seem to be enjoying themselves during a break in the filming..
This is Eddie Arnold with Elvis. Neither one seems to be enjoying this encounter. Both have their arms folded, and Elvis is looking away.
I like to put photos of young Elvis into these pictorials. Unfortunately, the tag said nothing about where or when it was taken.
( Thanks to two reader comments, we now have the uncropped photo and an explanation of what is going on.)
This is cousin Gene Smith with Elvis on May 27, 1956. in Dayton, Ohio. They are playing a made-up game they used to play when they were bored to pass the time. It was possibly a truth or consequence type, where the loser would get smacked on the forehead when they answered wrong.
Thank you Sandy and Leon’a for providing this.
In the second Eye Candy for Elvis Fans post, I showed a poster for his 3am performance at the Las Vegas Hilton on September 3, 1973. Here is a photo that is supposed to be from that concert, but I don’t believe it. The audience is too big for a hotel ballroom.
I enlarged and cropped to get this view of the stage. It might hold Elvis and the band, but where would the Stamps and the Sweet Inspirations fit? The background is too plain for a classy hotel venue. This has to be somewhere else.
This is the dirtiest you will ever see Elvis. It was on the screen in Jailhouse Rock for a just a couple of seconds, so you hardly had time to notice it.
The caption under this is hard to read, but it says, “Charlie, Lamar, Elvis and Rex (laughing) in front of the house with a dog.” Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, and Rex Mansfield were Elvis’ buddies when they served together in Germany. However, I don’t see a guy laughing.
Anyway, the house mentioned in the tag is this one:
Elvis enjoying free time before performing at the Warrior Hotel, Sioux City, Iowa, May 23, 1956. Guess he hadn’t gotten into big, expensive watches yet.
Think about this. Your brother gives you an autographed Elvis photo he got while they were in the Army. Then a friend of yours who doesn’t like Elvis tears it up. That would make her an ex-friend in my book.
Reader Kathy Kessel says the other fellow in the picture is not her brother and wonders who he is. It’s a long shot, but does anyone have an idea?
Let’s end with a splash. How do you like that gold curtain? I didn’t know that Elvis made curtain calls.
(Note: The movie with Elvis’ smallest concert crowd is Loving You, and he sang the title track.)
I’ve been collecting images of different artist depictions of Elvis for years, and I finally got almost enough modern art pictures for a blog post. So, I did the Google thing and found some more good ones. Enjoy.
This is a painting from artist Dean Russo. After looking at this unnamed print several times, I think I could do with less shapes, especially the worm over Elvis’ left eye and the small sharks teeth scattered about. Nice use of color, though. If this strikes your fancy, click here.
I can see elements of Elvis, John Lennon and Donald Trump in this one. However, you know how I much I talk about Elvis’ eyes. Artist Fabian Carreno really didn’t capture them, in my opinion, but it doesn’t distract too much from the other good work. Click here if interested.
I like this Elvis print on dhgate.com because it shows his full body, not just his face. This is one of my favorites in this selection. For some reason, they didn’t give the artist’s name. Click here if interested
According to the website, one of the best places to display this painting is the baby room. I don’t know about that, but it sure would look good in the living room. I think artist Potrebbero Piacerti did an excellent job of using bold colors to enhance a wonderful image of Elvis. Click here to find out more.
Now here is an image that does capture Elvis’ intense eyes. Painted by adisetia72, it is for sale on many online sites that feature modern art prints, and I would imagine it sells well. Very fine job. Click here.
This isn’t a print. It’s actually the image on a T-shirt titled Elvis – King of Hearts. It’s a little too washed-out for my taste, but I can see how it might appeal to others.
There are way more Elvis paintings with him facing to the right than left, so that’s one reason why I like this one. Also, please note that all the colored parts of Elvis’ face are straight-line shapes — no brush strokes. The painting is by Istikhar on the Deviant Art website. Check it and other goodies here.
This is a serigraph (whatever that is) signed by the artist, Doug Auld. It’s too weird for my taste, by I am impressed with his ability to pull off an Elvis image using fish. Appropriately, it is titled “ELVIS – King of the Sea.” Click here if you like it and have over $400 to spend.
This print by the artist Lobo is titled “Suspicious Minds”. I guess it is okay to take an Andy Warhol concept and take it to another level. The more I look at this, the more I like it. Click here for more info.
There are brush strokes galore on this painting by Oleg Cameira on Saatchiart.com. I see a touch of sadness, probably because of all the blue colors. Nicely done, but not one of my favorites. Click here to learn more.
I found this image on Pinterest a while ago and traced it back to the website for My Pop Art. Now, I can’t find it on there to give you a link. That’s a shame, because this one is top of the line when it comes to Elvis Pop Art.
I hope you enjoyed this little Elvis art gallery.
Last week, frequent ElvisBlog commenter Katgirlblue wrote,
”Wow! You were a teenager in 1956?!! You actually witnessed the early explosion of rock ‘n roll and the Elvis revolution!? I can only imagine how great that must have been…. I’m so jealous.”
That reminded me I had written an article that touched on this subject in the Winter 1999 issue of Elvis International magazine.
The article went back to the year when I discovered Elvis. Of course, everybody discovered Elvis that year. He blasted into stardom and took us teenagers along for the ride.
However, 44 years later (back in 1999), I couldn’t remember exactly when I first connected with Elvis. So, I watched videos of all of Elvis’ 1956 TV appearances to find clues.
It was pretty fun research to do, and it paid off. I was able to make an exact determination of my Elvis epiphany and wrote about it.
For this ElvisBlog post, I scanned the article, cut it up, and pasted it in sections. I stuck in relevant pictures to break up the long blocks of text. I hope you enjoy my personal Elvis story.
Elvis with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey
(Magazine format changed from 2-column to 3-column at this point)
It’s an interesting endeavor for a writer to critique something he wrote twenty years ago. I am disappointed in myself for for the double that year. The folks at Elvis International didn’t catch it either.
As I read it today, this story seems to wander a bit. It starts out about the Artist of the Century, and then goes into my search to determine when I discovered Elvis. It was seeing him on the Milton Berle show, but then I continued to describe his appearances on the Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan shows. And finally, because Sullivan showed him from the waist up, I explained how Elvis used his eyes and hands to connect with us fans.
If I had been writing ElvisBlog back then, I would have had enough subjects for four different posts.
Anyway, in spite of the wandering narrative, I hope you enjoyed this.
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Did you know that April 26 is National Pretzel Day? I didn’t, until I saw it on the news this morning, and that worked out well for me.
I’ve been putting together a new post that has come along much slower than expected, pushing its posting beyond this weekend. I needed something to plug the gap, and a quick Google search provided a few connections between Elvis and pretzels.
There have been all sorts of food items capitalizing on Elvis’ popularity, including Bar-B-Q sauce, hot chocolate, candy, and wine. The above tin contains frosted pretzels, although the website did not include a photo of them.
Same thing here – frosted pretzels in a guitar-shaped tin, and no picture of them.
I used to think the worst hair on an Elvis picture was the little green leaves that grew on Chia Elvis, but pretzel hair is equally bad.
And someone has drawn a pretzel Elvis. I can’t figure out why they went with a blue pretzel.
I had to change my Google search to pretzel Elvis, rather than Elvis pretzel. That one brought up a tribute artist named Elvis Pretzel. I’ll spare you the picture of him.