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Elvis Santa Hats and Other Bad Ideas

 

Back in July 2010, ElvisBlog critiqued the items offered by EPE in their big summer sale, “12 Days of Christmas in July” .  Some item drew praise, while others were blasted – like this one:

 

 

Gold sunglasses with fake sideburns – uugghh.   Graceland has sued vendors for making unauthorized Elvis merchandise, often citing how the product demeaned the image of Elvis.  Well, what does this do?  The glasses are fine, but the sideburns look so cheesy.

Now, something new has been offered in the official Elvis catalog that is just as bad:

 

What genius came up with a blue Elvis Santa hat with sideburns?  Just what you wanted, right?   It’s a good thing they had Elvis embroidered on the white fur, or we would have no idea what this was supposed to be, especially since the hat is blue.  The catalog says the blue design was inspired by Elvis’ famous jumpsuits of the 70s.  However, Elvis had some great red jumpsuits.  Why not use one of them and at least keep the red Santa theme?

While we are talking about blue Santa hats with sideburns, here is another one.

 

There might actually be some Star Trek fans out there who would like to have a Spock Santa hat, especially since it has an extra feature – Spock’s pointy ears.  Santa’s elves are often portrayed with pointy ears, so it kind of looks like this might work as a Santa’s elf hat.

Now, if the elves have really big ears, maybe this would be the perfect hat:

 

 

Too bad.  The embroidery says Santa Yoda, not Santa elf.  If they can put out a Star Trek Santa hat, why not a Star Wars one, too?

It’s easy to imagine that someone would want a Santa hat or a Santa Elf hat, but would anybody want a Santa Reindeer hat?

 

Let’s end with a special Santa Elvis hat that surely symbolizes everything that is Christmas.

Yes sir, a black Santa hat with Elvis sunglasses and the title of one of his Christmas songs embroidered on the fur.  I think I kind-of like this one. It’s just $13 at Kmart online.  You know, I am going to get one.

Too bad they didn’t put sideburns on it.

 

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“There's So Many Funny Things About That Meeting”

The above quote was made by Jerry Schilling, Elvis’ long time buddy.  The meeting he referred to was when Elvis met President Nixon in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970.  Schilling made the quote while participating last year in a panel discussion presented by the National Archives Administration.  It was titled We Were There When Nixon Met Elvis.  Schilling was joined on the panel by Emil (Bud) Krogh, Deputy Counsel to the President and the man who oversaw the War on Drugs.


 

At the panel discussion with Jerry Schilling and Bud Krogh, they were introduced as two men who had participated with their bosses in this historic event.  They are the definitive sources for all the strange events which made this story so compelling.  They will certainly be utilized as experts by the producers of the recently announced movie Nixon Meets Elvis.

 

Jerry Schilling and Bud Krogh

I strongly recommend you click here to see the YouTube video of the National Archives panel discussion.  It lasts one hour and fifteen minutes, but it is well worth your time.  Here are a few teases of what you will hear.

 

This is the famous six-page letter Elvis wrote to President Nixon.  After flying all night from Los Angeles, Elvis went to the White House before dawn and personally gave it to the Secret Service guards and asked that it be delivered to President Nixon.  Schilling tells how it shows Elvis was a proud patriotic American, but Schilling and Krogh have a little chuckle about Elvis’ line, “I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist Brainwashing techniques.”

 

Of course, Elvis wouldn’t visit the White House without taking the President a gift.  He chose a valuable WWII commemorative gun he had on the wall of his Bel Aire home.  It and seven bullets were mounted in a glass display frame.

 

 

The panelists had interesting stories about how the Secret Service ultimately waived White House protocol and let Elvis enter with his gun gift.  Schilling also told how Elvis had removed his three concealed pistols and left them on the floor on the limo before approaching the White House.

 

Elvis had a purpose for his visit to Nixon.  He wanted to get an official badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.  Schilling and Krogh talk about this at some length.  When the moderator asked Schilling if Elvis’ had fond memories of the meeting, he answered that Elvis was most proud that he got that badge.

One thing we learn from the discussion was that this iconic meeting was originally kept secret by agreement of both sides.  That was difficult because Elvis had come in contact with many government employees as he was shown parts of the White House and ate at the White House Mess.  But, the secrecy worked for thirteen months, until columnist Jack Anderson ferreted out what had happened and broke the news.

 

 

Schilling and Krogh told some other interesting stories that did not any illustrating images shown on the big screen.  There was Elvis’ decision to stop off at a Washington, DC donut shop.  Two Superfly types ogled at Elvis’ assortment of rings and other jewelry, and said, “That’s some really nice jewelry.”  Elvis pulled out a stub-nosed pistol and said, “And I aim to keep it.”

During his brief tour of the White House, Elvis was taken to the Situation (War) Room.  Elvis was a big fan of the movie Dr. Strangelove, and he could speak all the lines of every character.  When he entered the War Room, he blurted out a favorite Peter Sellers line, “You can’t fight in the War Room.”

Toward the end of the meeting, Elvis asked if Jerry Schilling and Sonny West could come into the Oval Office, too.  After they chatted with Nixon a bit, he went behind his desk and opened a drawer.  It had a selection of gift items the President gave to visitors.  It was so funny to hear Schilling tell Elvis how moved in and searched through everything to pick out proper gifts for him and his buddies – plus wives & girlfriends.

 

You probably have heard how Elvis often used the code name Jon Burrows when he travelled.  He used that name again on his trip to Washington DC, and on his letter to Nixon.  Think about this.  How does going under the name of Jon Burrows provide any secrecy when you go through two airports, a hotel lobby, a donut shop and a visit to the White House looking like this?

 

I’m sure nobody ever figured out he was Elvis.

Again, I urge that you watch “We Were There When Nixon Met Elvis.”

 

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50th Anniversary Movie Pictorials: Blue Hawaii – 1961

Blue Hawaii was released fifty years ago in November 1961.  It was Elvis’ seventh film and was his most commercially successful movie, in spite of a rather skimpy plot.  There is lots of great scenery, and 26-year-old Elvis looked in top form in his skin-tight swim trunks. Plus, there’s no shortage of skimpily-clad young ladies cavorting on the beach.

 

Movie Posters:

    

 

Lobby Cards:


 
 

 Scenes from the Movie: 

Elvis arrives in Honolulu and stages this kiss to make girlfriend Maile (Joan Blackman) jealous.   Elvis kisses three other co-stars in Blue Hawaii.

 

Elvis and buddies play music while Maile is stuck in the surf with no bathing suit top. 

 

The famous wedding on a raft moving down a canal.

 

Down Time on the Set:           

               

          

 

Foreign Posters: 

          

German Posters

 

                          
 French Poster                                                      Italian Poster

Elvis Kissing His Co-Stars:
 

Rebellious teenager Ellie plants a kiss on Elvis
 

The teenagers’ chaperon has a strange way of telling Elvis she has fallen in love with his father’s boss.  Maile sees it and gets the wrong idea, of course.

Elvis and Maile sort out the confusion and get married

 

Movie Press Book: 

 

Cheese Cake Photos:           

           

Joan Blackman looking good

 

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Elvis & Money — Two Stories from Elvis & Nixon

Elvis fans know he always travelled with an entourage.   Four, five or six members of his Memphis Mafia accompanied Elvis everywhere, and they took care of all arrangements and logistics of the trips.  This included any expenses incurred, so Elvis never had the need to carry much money.  Somebody else always handled it.



So, when Elvis stormed out of Graceland on Saturday, December 19, 1970, all he had in his wallet was a little cash and a credit card he had never personally used.  This was the start of the strange saga that ended with Elvis meeting President Richard Nixon in the White House two days later.  His experiences with the money needs he encountered along the way are fascinating.

When Elvis arrived at the Memphis Airport, he went to the Pan Am ticket counter to get a flight to Washington DC.  According to the 1999 movie Elvis Meets Nixon, the girl behind the counter asked him how he wanted to pay for his ticket. 
 

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Elvis reached for his wallet and realized he had forgotten to load up with cash before leaving home.  So, he tried a couple of ploys.  First, Elvis asked if they could just send the bill to the Colonel.  Of course, that didn’t work, so the counter girl brought her supervisor over to speak with Elvis.

Elvis made one more futile attempt to have the man send the bill to the Colonel.  When he got the same negative answer, Elvis pulled out the keys to his car.  He offered the supervisor a chance to drive Elvis’ brand new Cadillac while he was out of town, if they could work out a way to cover the ticket.
 

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The man was tempted, but ultimately he backed away and asked if Elvis had a credit card.  Elvis finally remembered he carried a credit card in his wallet for emergencies, and this was one.  Problem solved.

 

Movies sometimes embellish the truth, and that may be the case here.  However, it is a documented fact the Elvis started his trip with almost no cash.  This was verified by Elvis’ long time friend Jerry Schilling at a January 2010 lecture program presented by The National Archives Administration.


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National Archives presents “We Were There When Nixon Met Elvis”

 

This program, titled “We Were There When Nixon Met Elvis,” had two men share their experiences of the famous meeting.  In addition to Schilling, there was Egil (Bud) Krogh, Deputy Counsel to the President and the man who oversaw Nixon’s War on Drugs.  He was instrumental in setting up the meeting, and is included in some of the official photographs taken at the historic event.



Jerry Schilling was with Elvis for a day and a half before that meeting, and he was invited in to meet the President and was included in one of the last photos snapped to commemorate the event.  As Schilling explained at the panel discussion, after Elvis checked into the Hotel Washington, he returned to the airport and booked a flight to Los Angeles.  He called Schilling who had been living there for the previous year, working as an apprentice film editor.  Elvis asked him to pick him up at LAX.  Schilling complied, and the two spent the night at Elvis’ house on Hillcrest Drive in Beverly Hills.
Elvis wanted Schilling to accompany him back to Washington.  Schilling agreed and got back into his old routine of making arrangement for Elvis.  This included booking the flight and getting some money.  Elvis had a check book at his Beverly Hills home, but it was Sunday night and the banks were closed.  Money machines had not yet been invented in 1970.  Schilling had very little cash.  So what could they do?
Believe it or not, they contacted Gerald Peters, the limo driver Elvis always used while filming in Los Angeles.  Elvis called him Sir Gerald because he had once been a driver for Winston Churchill.  Sir Gerald provided limo service for the rich and famous, so he was well known to the management of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  On the drive to the airport, they stopped at the hotel, and Sir Gerald, Elvis and Jerry Schilling went inside.  Together they got a check for $500 cashed.  Schilling put the envelope containing the bills in his inside coat pocket, and they headed to the airport with their money problem solved.

 

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On the flight, Elvis moved around and socialized with many of the passengers.  The war in Viet Nam was going on in 1970, and Elvis spent ten minutes speaking with one of the G.I.s returning home for the holidays.  Here’s the rest of the story in Jerry Schilling’s words:


He (Elvis) comes back to me and he goes, “Where’s that money?”
I know what’s going to happen, so I said, “What money?”
And he goes, “The 500 dollars.”
I said, “Elvis, we’re going to Washington.  That’s all we’ve got.”
He said, “You don’t understand.  This man’s been in Viet Nam.  He’s going back home for Christmas.” 
Any true fan of Elvis instinctively knows how this story ends.  Elvis gave the soldier the entire $500.
 
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Elvis moving around and talking to folks on the flight
 
These two little stories about Elvis illustrate some truths that make up the Elvis legend.  The first is a little sad because it shows what a sheltered existence his fame forced him into.  Without his buddies around him, Elvis could struggle with some things normal people take for granted.
The second story is so wonderful it can bring tears to your eyes.  Elvis is famous for giving away cars, rings, and so forth, but I think his actions with the soldier are the best example of his generosity I have ever heard.

 
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Happy Veteran’s Day, Elvis — 2011

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Eric Bana — A Good Choice for Elvis & Nixon Movie

On October 24, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that a movie would be made about Elvis’ 1970 meeting with President Richard Nixon at the Whitehouse.  Within 24 hours, the story was on dozens of websites and media sources.

 

 

My first reaction was – hey, this had been done before.  Somebody already made a movie about the Nixon/Elvis meeting, and I have a copy of it on an old video tape.  I dug it out of my collection of Elvis-related movies.  There is some strange and funny stuff in there that I need to watch again someday.

Next I did a lot of Google searches about Elvis and Nixon, and before long, I had material for three different ElvisBlog articles.  For the first one, let’s start with Eric Bana, the actor chosen to portray Elvis in the new movie.

The obvious question is — can they make him look like a believable Elvis. The above photo used on the Hollywood Reporter story might make you wonder.   Another question might be about what movie credits Eric Bana has on his resume.  We can answer both questions by looking at some shots from his movies.

 

 

Here he is as Sgt. First Class “Hoot” Gibson in Black Hawk Down from 2002.  He sort of has the “Charro” look with sunglasses.  Good, strong facial feature.

 

 

In 2003, Eric Bana played Bruce Banner who turned into Hulk after being hit by an experimental ray. 

 

 

       

Here he is playing Prince Hector in Troy from 2004.  If that is his own hair, they certainly can fix it to look like Elvis.  They will also need to work on the nose a bit, too.
 

 

In Munich from 2005, Eric Bana played Avner, the Mossad agent on the four-man unit created to wipe out the Olympic terrorists.  Too bad Elvis wasn’t bearded when he met Nixon, because Bana looks good that way.

 

Another role without a heavy beard.  Here Bana plays Henry in The Time Traveler’s Wife from 2009.  Colored contact lenses could easily change the eye color from brown to blue.

 

Bana plays evil Captain Nemo in Star Trek, also released in 2009.  Of course Eric Bana looks nothing like Elvis here, but it does show the kind of transformation the make-up artists can pull off.

 

This partial revue of Eric Bana’s films shows he has handled a variety of acting rolls and should do fine portraying Elvis.  He is an Australian who has learned to sound like an American, and should have no trouble learning to speak like a good old boy from Mississippi.

The next two photos did not come from any movies.  One is a candid shot of Bana walking down the street, and the other is a publicity still.

                          

                       

 

Finally, we have a publicity photo that should convince anybody that Eric Bana is the man to play Elvis.  There’s an old joke about rating someone as minus zero on the Elvis Scale.  If the scale is 1 to 10, I think Eric Bana gets about a 9.

 

 

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

 

Fans Find Ways to Connect Elvis and Halloween

There are all sorts of Elvis costumes available at www.ShopElvis.com right now.  Certainly, it’s fun for fans to dress themselves up as Elvis for Halloween.  However, some fans with artistic talents have created images that morph Elvis into iconic Halloween decorating and costume themes.  Here are some interesting ones.

 

Skeleton Elvis:

                                    

 
Vampire Elvis:                                         

                             

Dr. Frankenstein’s Elvis Experiment:

Ghost Elvis:

                                                                           

 
Reptile Elvis: 


Robot Elvis: 

 

Zombie Elvis:

                            

 


Elvis Jack-O-Lantern:      

                                  

 

Alien Elvis:

Star Wars Elvis:

 

Neon Ghost Elvis:

 

Mummy Elvis:

 

That’s this year’s scrapbook of Elvis Halloween images.  Check out previous ones here and here.  I hope the zombie pictures weren’t to gruesome.  You should have seen some of the skeleton Elvis pictures that didn’t get used.  Nobody seems to have created images that connects Elvis to two other popular Halloween icons, bats and witches, so here is a cartoon drawing combining a bat, a sexy witch and an Elvis who looks like something out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory.

 

 

Happy Halloween from ElvisBlog

 

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The Evolution of Elvis Tribute — Part 3

Reference books state that Elvis gave performances in 79 cities in 1956.  How many cities do you think hosted Elvis Tribute Artists in 2011?  My guess is that it could be ten times that number.  ETA shows aren’t limited to just large cities.  They have come to three small suburban cities in my area, and you probably have seen the same where you live.  These were one-night gigs, and one tribute artist did the whole show.

In 2008, a two-part ElvisBlog article noted a change in the nature of some Elvis tribute concerts.  It covered a package show called The Elvis Birthday Tour with three top Elvis Tribute Artists performing back-to-back-to-back.  One did the 50s Elvis songs, another wore a black leather suit and sang hits of that era, and finally a jumpsuited ETA did the songs from Elvis’ Vegas days.

 

Donnie Edwards

Ryan Pelton

Shaun Klush

 

The show moved around to eight Midwest cities where expensive tickets in large venues moved Elvis tribute into the realm of big-time entertainment.  These multi-artist shows have continued in the years since, and similar tours have performed in other areas of the country.

 

Now, one very talented performer has done something I never thought possible.  He repeated his act for 18 shows in a city of just 62,000.  The venue was the Greenville Little Theatre in Greenville, SC.

 

This doesn’t look like a performaning arts center you’d find in a city of just 62,000 people, but Greenville is the hub of an area with 400,000 people.  The Little Theater presents a schedule of extended runs like Barefoot in the Park, The Music Man, and A Christmas Carol.  So, I was incredulous when I saw their newspaper ad for ELVIS: Shake, Rattle, & Roll, running from September 15 to October 2.

 

 

The star of the show was Scot Bruce.  Although I have seen or read about dozens of Elvis Tribute Artists, I was not familiar with Scot Bruce.  Certainly the theater-going public in our area didn’t know him either, so how could he continue to put people in $30 seats for 18 performances?  Part of the answer was the Little Theatre subscriber base of 3,000, but a capacity of 600 seats time 18 shows equals 10,800.  Scot Bruce had to deliver, if this was going to be a successful run.

 

 

It turned out that savvy marketing, a great review in the paper, and tremendous word-of-mouth recommendations made this a very profitable show for the theatre.  The Friday and Saturday night shows nearly packed the house, and week-nights had ¾ of the seats filled.

The reason the reviews and word-of-mouth were so good was because of the considerable talents of Scot Bruce and his band.  So, who is this guy who did such a great job?  Based in Los Angeles, Scot has a varied background that led to his Shake, Rattle and Roll show.  Over the years he has been a radio personality, singer, drummer, songwriter, and actor.  During his early years in L.A., Scot experienced his share of hard times, so he started doing a 1950s era Elvis show to supplement his income.  What was meant as a part-time gig has grown into a full time career.

 

 

Scot’s live shows have taken him across the U.S. and many parts of the world.  He and his four-piece band regularly perform at Disneyland, and he tours with the Legends of Rock and Roll – Buddy, Roy & Elvis.  However, it was his performance in another touring show, Idols of the King, that gave him the chance to reach new levels in Elvis tribute.  Idols of The King is a two-part play, half music and half vignettes about two Elvis fans who would do anything to see Elvis perform in Las Vegas. 

 

 

Scot Bruce has starred Elvis in the show’s extended runs in many performing arts centers around the country, including the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, former home of the Grand Ole Opry, and the Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.  However, it was at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA where Scot made such an impression on the theater’s administrators that they worked with him to book his own show for an long run.  The theater-goers had loved him so much in Idols of the King that they came back to catch him again in ELVIS: Shake, Rattle & Roll in 2010.  Then, Scot brought his show there again in 2011, and it had 23 sell-out shows.

As fate would have it, the Artistic Director of the Greenville Little Theater was visiting his son in Abingdon, VA and took in a performance of the show.  He was so favorably impressed that he booked Scot for 18 shows in my city this fall.  When I saw it, I was so favorably impressed I had to write this blog article.

Scot took a risk when he planned his new show.  He decided to skip the all-too-common jumpsuit Elvis, because “when I wore a jumpsuit I looked more like Evil Knievel.”  Instead, Scot specializes in Elvis’ music from the 50s and early 60s.  He performs 28 songs, split into two segments.  First, he does a delightful set of Elvis’ early hits.  I especially liked when he was joined at center stage by just the guitarist and bass player, and they did a tribute to Elvis’ songs from Sun Records.

 

After the break, Scot came back on stage in a ’68 Comeback Special black leather outfit.  He performed a mixed bag of Elvis tunes from the early sixties, three gospel songs, and two late 60s hits:  “Burning Love” and “Suspicious Minds.”   It was strange but rewarding to see someone not wearing a jumpsuit do “Suspicious Minds” without those blaring trumpets.

 

 

The program ended with what has become the de facto Elvis tribute show finale: “American Trilogy,” complete with the US flag unfurling in the background.  I’ve seen this before several times at other performers’ shows, but I still get choked up every time.

The other element of Scot Bruce’s successful show is that he has been a lifelong Elvis fan, and it shows.  I loved his banter between songs.  It contained humor, trivia and a lot of respect and admiration for the King.


I don’t guess there are too many theater artistic directors who read ElvisBlog, but I hope one of you readers might know one.  Send him a link to this article, and maybe he can envision Scot Bruce in ELVIS: Shake, Rattle, & Roll succeeding in your home town.  If that should happen, be sure to go.  You will have a blast.

 

Scot Bruce in  ELVIS: Shake, Rattle, & Roll   www.scotbruce.com

Scot Bruce Fans Facebook Page

 

 

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Do We Really Need Elvis Barbie?

On September 15, Elvis.com/news featured an interview with the designer of the new Elvis Barbie doll.  Maybe I missed something, but I never knew it was already on the market.  As you can see, Elvis Barbie is wearing an outfit inspired by his famous gold lamé suit.  She is touted as wearing a ‘pompadour ponytail, and can be yours for only $49.99.

 

The article begins with this declarative statement, “Wearing one of the king’s signature looks, the new Elvis Barbie doll has quickly become a must-have item for collectors and fans!”   In the interview, the designer said, “From the collector community to Elvis fans, everyone is loving this doll!”

Well, not quite everyone.  As soon as the interview text ends, 33 comments are listed.  Obviously, they were not screened, and that might have been a good idea.  Here are some samples:

Tim Clinton:  Uhhhhmmm.  Somebody is running out of ways to make money?

Tammy Moore Colon:  What a stupid looking thing… ELVIS IN DRAG?  What disrespect to the king and his fans!

Beth Harper:  It sucks and Elvis was no sissy and that doll makes him look like and the doll is so freaking ugly, nobody wants to buy that    piece of crap….

Mike Kennedy:  Elvis Barbie is such an idiotic idea… at least make Ken look     like Elvis.

 

Actually, somebody already came up with that last idea.  Here are two mini Elvis outfits you can buy on eBay to make your Ken doll look like Elvis.

 

Here are a few more comments from folks who saw something else in the face of the Elvis Barbie doll:

Hounddoggle Hundley: Doesn’t look like Elvis.  Looks like Priscilla more.

Joan Domske:  I agree.  Guess the Priscilla doll wouldn’t sell.

 

Okay, you can call it.  Does Elvis Barbie look more like Elvis, Barbie or Priscilla?  Remember, they already did Priscilla before in the Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Collector Gift Set.

 

              

 

      

Here are two other sentiments from totally out in left field:

Maudie Johnson:  This doll should be called Lisa Marie and not Elvis or      Priscilla.

Johnny Jr. Szeto:  Looks more like the Korean band – Wonder Girls.

 

Of course, not all the comments were negative.  In fairness, there are some folks who like Elvis Barbie:

Espen Kromke: I want it.  Actually, I do.

Savannah Faircloth:  Instead of complaining about how it disrespects Elvis or looks like Priscilla… maybe we should all be grateful that the King’s legacy is still living on.  So maybe it is a girl doll or maybe it looks like his ex, regardless, people continue to release new and exciting products in remembrance of Elvis.

Reeme Dreeme: OMMMMMMMMG!  This is SOOOOOO COOOOL!  WANT     IT NOW!

 

Can you blame Mattel going for another Elvis and Barbie connection?  They certainly hit pay dirt with the Barbie Loves Elvis Collectors’ Set.

 

 

Elvis looks plenty manly here, but he doesn’t look much like Elvis.  And Barbie certainly doesn’t look so hot.  There are even pictures on the internet of a counterfeit Elvis and Barbie set.

 

I Googled Elvis Barbie to do research on this blog story, and I went to enough sites to see a bewildering array of Barbies.  An Italian website had several poses of Elvis Barbie in a different outfit.  Here’s one showing the pompadour ponytail from the side.

 

Another site had Barbie in black leather.  Mattel might sell a lot of this one if they released it as ‘68 Comeback Barbie.

 

The weirdest thing I found on my internet search was a nude beefcake shot of Elvis from the wedding set.  There was no similar nude Priscilla shot.  Very strange.

 

May I include a beef of my own about Elvis Barbie?  Why did they make her so skinny?  Her legs look to be the size of matchsticks and her arms like toothpicks.  Maybe they should call her Anorexic Barbie.  Any person that thin would be taken to the hospital and put on IV support.     

            

 

Just for kicks, I used Windows Paint to make Elvis Barbie more voluptuous.  If she had been marketed with that body, at least the comments from guys might have been better.

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“Elvis and Us” — The King is now in a Beatles Museum

This past Wednesday, October 5, a new Elvis exhibit opened in England.  It is titled “Elvis and Us,” and is stocked with a wonderful selection of items loaned by EPE.  Some of the rare artifacts have never even been displayed at Graceland.

 

The venue housing “Elvis and Us” is “The Beatles Story” in the Fab Four’s hometown of Liverpool.

 

The news report and links on Elvis.com/news do not mention what was moved out to make room for the Elvis exhibit, but it certainly covers a lot of space.

 

Of course, fans will do self guided audio tours with head phones.

 

And a short film featuring an interview with Priscilla seems inevitable.

 

What would an Elvis exhibit be without a jumpsuit or two?

 

Other items from Elvis’ wardrobe and jewelry are a must, too.

 

You didn’t think Graceland would miss a good opportunity to sell Elvis merchandise, did you?

 

So far, all the pictures here have been about Elvis exclusively, but the exhibit does connect him and the Beatles wherever possible.  This wall shows the effect Elvis had on the young lads in Liverpool in the late 50s.  The striped shirt on the left was worn by Elvis in Jailhouse Rock.

 

The big Elvis/Beatles connection was the one time they met at his home in Bel Air, California on August 27, 1965.

 

This wall echoes the words Elvis spoke when the meeting got off to a stilted start.  The white bass guitar is the one Elvis strummed during the visit from the Beatles.

 

One of special items in the exhibit is the pool table from the home in Bel Air, which was used by Elvis’ buddies and one or two of the Beatles that night.  It has never previously been offered for public display.  The Beatles’ mop-top hairdos adapted better to a Q-ball design than Elvis’ pompadour did.

So, if you are planning a trip to England any time in the next two years, be sure to include a day trip to Liverpool and take in “Elvis and Us” at “The Beatles Story” museum.

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