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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 8

Elvis on Motorcycle Phottoshopped on Warren Beaty Photo

Actually, we will start with two you have seen before. This appeared in Part 7 of the series back on August 11. Alert readers Delores, Jo, and Leon’a all quickly posted on Comments that it was Photoshopped. However, this week I heard from reader Paul, and he included a link to the original.

Warren Beaty - Shampoo 1975

This is Warren Beatty in a clip from the 1975 movie Shampoo. Thank you, Paul.

 

I like receiving your comments on Elvis photos, especially when you include a link to the originals before they are Photoshopped, so keep them coming.

 

Hands-on-Butt

This one posted on Part 1 of the series last January, and a week later I posted that three readers had informed me it was not Elvis, just an Elvis Tribute Artist. Nobody said how they knew, but it sounded reasonable, and I acknowledged their opinions.

Well, last week I found that picture again on Pinterest, as well as this:

Elvis Backside. Very, Very Nice !!!!! Rocker Man - Not Elvis

The woman who posted it added this comment: Very, Very Nice !!!!! But a guy named Rocker Man replied: Not Elvis. So, I don’t know what to believe.

That Pinterest board had other photos along the same lines, but this one really topped them all.

Collage of Elvis Presley Butt Pictures

 

People do some strange things with Elvis photos. They should be happy with the real photos of Elvis, like this one of him playing football:

Elvis and his friends playing a game of football with some very interested girls watching on

 

Let’s move on to another topic. Lately, there have been some new photos of Elvis eating.

Elvis Eating ribs

This is almost certainly Memphis-style barbequed ribs. Once during Elvis Week, a group of us went to Marlowe’s Restaurant, and I had their ribs. They were great. Because Marlowe’s is just a few blocks down the street from Graceland, it might be a good bet this is their ribs Elvis is munching on.

 

Elvis Presley eating lunch while filming his first movie, “Love Me Tender” (1956)

This is Elvis eating lunch in 1956 during a break in the filming his first movie, “Love Me Tender.”

Elvis Eating

I love Elvis’ eyes on this It looks like something is going on to his left, and he is wary about it.

 

Speaking of Marlowe’s Restaurant, look what’s on their website:

Jumpsuit Pajamas at Marlowe's Restaurant Website - $36

Ladies’ Elvis Jumpsuit Pajamas. Outstanding idea. $36. I’ve never seen them anywhere else. Let me know if you have.

 

Priscilla Presley's wedding crowns

Can you guess what this is? Here’s a big clue.

Elvis and Priscilla at Wedding, May 1, 1967 in Las Vegas

There it is on Priscilla’s head as she and Elvis celebrate their marriage on May 1, 1967,

Priscilla wearing crown at wedding reception redo

And she also wore it at their second wedding reception in Memphis four weeks later. In her book, Elvis and Me, Priscilla said “We threw a big reception at Graceland for all our friends and relatives.” The italics were provided by Priscilla, to indicate she and Elvis were not happy with way some of the folks in their circle were excluded from the wedding ceremony.

In 2010 I posted an article called Elvis’ Wedding Reception Redo about this event. Click here to take a look.

 

Gladys with Vernon .. wedding

This is a photo with a caption, Gladys and Vernon Presley on their wedding day. They married on June 17, 1933 when Gladys was 19 and Vernon was 17. Gladys looks pretty, doesn’t she?

Vernon and Gladys - Early 40s

This photo shows up on the internet occasionally with the tag Vernon and Gladys’ Wedding Picture, but that is disputed because Vernon does not look like a seventeen-year-old.

 

Elvis amd Priscilla behind desk

OK you Photoshop sleuths out there. Is this a phony? I think I’ve seen Priscilla in that net hat somewhere before. I wish it was real, because there are only a few photos out there of Elvis’ upstairs office off the bedroom.

Editor’s Note:  It took only a few hours before super sleuth reader Jo sent me two of the original pictures used to make the above Photoshopped one.

Priscilla Pic Used in Elvis Desk Photoshop

Elvis Desk Before Photoshop

The photoshop jockey even changed the photo on Elvis’ desk.

 

Elvis and Young Friends in Tupelo

When I found this photo and read the caption, I remembered two of the names were people who had written a book about Elvis that I really enjoyed.

Book We Remember Elvis

If you want to read about Elvis as a youngster, written by people who actually shared those times with him, you should get this book. It has stuff in it you haven’t read in any of the other biographies.

 

1955 photo ofElvis Presley with Fans

We will close with some iconic shots of Elvis and his fans. The first was shot in 1955. It’s pretty amazing the attraction Elvis had with the girls.

Fans Going Crazy at Elvis Concert

And he still had it twenty years later.

 

 

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Some Elvis Photos I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 7

Elvis and Vernon at Autubon Dr.

This is probably the most fun series for me to do because it inspires a lot of reader comments. At the end of this post we will look at some of them generated by one photo in Part 6 of this series. Now, let’s look at some new ones.

Does Elvis look like he’s having fun, or what? The tag on this shot simply said 1956, which seems correct. Please go on Comments if you know anything more about it.

Editor’s note:  Alert reader Delores advised that this photo was taken on April, 19, 1956   at the Municipal auditorium in Oklahoma City.

 

Elvis Presley Duck Lips

The caption on this photo said, “Move over Instagram Duck Lips photos. Here is the original Duck Lips! – and the best looking as well.” I have no idea what Instagram Duck Lips is all about, but I do like this picture.

 

Elvis in front of Humes High school. Life magazine.

As you can see, this was a Life magazine photo. Elvis on his Harley in front of Humes High School is obviously a posed shot, but it came out really well

The first photo in this post was Elvis and Vernon working on the Harley in the garage on Audubon Drive.

 

Elvis on Motorcycle

This is a really strong photo of Elvis. Isn’t that fringe on his shirt? Doesn’t surprise me a bit.

 

Elvis on Harley

We’ll add one more photo of Elvis on his Harley. At first I thought this was part of the Al Wertheimer collection, but Elvis’ shirt and hat are different than those on Wertheimer’s famous shot.

Editor’s note:  Frequent commenter Delores advised this photo was taken on Tuesday, April 2, 1963 at Dixie Queen in Memphis.

Editor’s note #2:  More information has come in from another helpful reader, Sandy Van Horn.  The photo above was taken by Memphis Commercial Appeal photographer, Robert Williams.

 

Priscilla Presley Hot Picture

Priscilla had dozens of glamour shots taken over the years, and I have 42 of them in my files. However, this is a new one to me. Someday I should do a blog post on Priscilla’s hottest photographs. This one will be in there.

 

Linda Thompson & Priscilla Presley

Linda Thompson and Priscilla. Looks like it’s Photoshopped. What do you think?

 

Police Mugshots

Somebody went to a lot of trouble to put this collection of police mug shots together. I’m sure you won’t have trouble identifying them, with the possible exception of Kurt Cobain on the bottom right.

However, there is a clue that this is not a police mugshot of Elvis – his identifier has no numbers on it, just his name. That’s because this was his official Army photo, highly cropped to not show his insignia and darkened a bit to make Elvis look more sinister. Here’s the real thing.

Elvis - Army Mugshot - 1960

You can find the bogus police mugshot on some websites saying it was taken on October 18, 1956 after his arrest following a fight at a downtown Memphis service station. However, he was not photographed in jail and was quickly released. A week later the service station owner, Clarence Harwell, publicly apologized to Elvis for the incident. Elvis was cleared in city court of misconduct.

 

Elvis - Colorado Police Badge Photo

Here’s another one that some websites call a police mugshot. However, the photo was taken on November 17, 1970 in Denver, Colorado where Elvis was in town collecting an honorary police badge for donating to the construction of a gym. Elvis was not arrested but rather was taking a photo for his badge.

 

Rare Elvis with Record album

I like this shot because you don’t often see his hair looking like this (although another was in Part 6 of this series). Here’s something for you Elvis detectives out there who can always seem to find out stuff about the pictures I post. What is the album Elvis is holding?

 

Elvis during the Follow That Dream shoot.

You don’t see his hair look like this in many photos, either. The tab said it was shot during the filming of Follow That Dream, but I don’t remember it looking like this in the movie. It has to be before he started dying his hair black.

 

Snapshot of Young Elvis

Continuing with the hair theme, he looks sandy-brown here. But is that army fatigues he is wearing? Anybody know?

 

October 1958. Elvis getting a haircut in Bad Nauheim.

This is not nearly as famous a haircut photo as the one taken in Ft. Jaffe after Elvis’ induction into the Army. Several months later in Bad Nauheim, Germany, Elvis’ hair had grown back.

 

Okay, let’s look at some reader responses to one picture in the post five weeks ago.

 

Elvis with Badge on

When I posted this, I wrote:

There was no information with this one. Elvis almost looks like a real law officer with the badge and the jacket passants (shoulder-straps). How do you like that huge TCB ring? I wish the photographer had snapped Elvis with his head up and smiling.

Within hours of posting this, in quick succession, I heard from three readers. Vanessa advised me that the photo had been taken at the funeral of a police officer. Selma advised that the deceased was Denver police officer Eugene Kennedy, and she provided links for more photos. And Sandy advised that the date was January 28, 1976, and she also provided links. Here are some other photos these ladies helped me find.

Elvis and Officers

 

Newspaper Article

 

Rings Elvis Wore at the Funeral

One photo was so large I could crop a blow-up of the rings Elvis wore.

 

Elvis at Funeral

And here is the photo of Elvis in the uniform and smiling, just like I had wished we could see.

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before — Part 6

Young Elvis is Cool jacket

This is a shot of young Elvis that’s new to me. I was tickled with the caption for it on Pinterest describing what Elvis is wearing:

A jacket given to John W. Heath by one of hiHumes High Scteachers who was the son of a man who got the jacket from a girlfriend who got it from Elvis after a concert.

I’ve complained before about incorrect tags on some Elvis photos, but this one is just plain confusing. Here’s another look at the jacket.

a jacket given to John W. Heath by a Humes High School teacher who was the son of a man who got the jacket from a girlfriend who got it from Elvis after a concert.

 

How about a little quiz? This picture was tagged “Only photo that shows the entire wedding party at the Presley Wedding in Las Vegas, May 1, 1967.” I had fun trying to figure out who everybody is.

Only photo that supposedly shows the entire wedding party at the Presley Wedding in Las Vegas, May 1, 1967

I missed the first guy on the left. He is Harry Levitch, Elvis’ jeweler. Then, Richard Davis. Jerry Schilling, and Joe Esposito’s wife Joan. I needed help on the next two: Jerry Schilling’s girlfriend Sandy Kawelo, and Priscilla’s sister Michelle Beaulieu. Next, Vernon’s wife Dee, Priscilla’s mother Ann, Priscilla, Elvis, and Vernon. I needed help on the two fellows on the bottom left: Priscilla’s brother Donny and her father Paul. Then Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge.

However, the caption on this picture is wrong. Although the reception had a lot of folks, only four Elvis buddies were in the very limited wedding party at the actual ceremony.

Marty Lacker, Elvis, George Kline at Elvis' Wedding

Marty Lacker and George Kline made the cut, but they are not part of the above group picture, so it shouldn’t be labeled the “entire Elvis wedding party.”

Billy Smith

Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith was also at the exclusive wedding ceremony, and he is missing from the group picture.

 

Elvis at June 5 1955 Watermelon Party, Hope Arkansas

I’m pretty confident the caption on this one is correct: “June 5 1955 Watermelon Party, Hope Arkansas.” See the watermelons back there?

 

Priscilla Sticking Out her Tongue

How do you like this shot of Priscilla sticking out her tongue? I cropped it from a photo of her at the top of the stairs leading to her and Elvis’s bedroom at Graceland.

Priscilla at top of stairs leading to Elvis's bedroom at Graceland

To be completely honest, when I first found this picture, I never even noticed the stair railings until I read the caption. Cropping was an improvement

 

casual Hair Elvis

I really like this picture of young Elvis. Apparently, he was doing the low open-shirt thing way back in his teens. But the casual hair style is so different from what we think of as typically Elvis. Does anybody have any idea when and where this was taken? If you do, please put it into Comments.

 

Elvis - Interesting Outfit

Here we have a totally different spectrum of style on older Elvis. That’s not just a regular white shirt. It’s got ruffles on the sleeve cuff, elastic bands around the upper arm, and a big fancy collar. How about the blue scarf with the neckerchief slide half – way down. You don’t see scarves in many Elvis photos. The big attraction for me is the humongous belt. This is like a jumpsuit belt worn over regular pants, not a jumpsuit. It even has chains on the side. Nice wardrobe, Elvis.

 

Elvis Presley AND THE GIRL THAT FAINTS - Copy

I may have seen this one before, but it is nice to look at it again. The tag on the photo said “Elvis Presley AND THE GIRL THAT FAINTS.” Elvis was holding her hand with his. How lucky she was. She’s gonna come out of it with Elvis’ face just inches away from hers.

 

Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton

The caption said, “Backstage with Clapton before his opening night performance in Las Vegas. January 26th 1974.” I can kind of see this as Eric Clapton.

Elvis backstage with Eric Clapton before his opening night performance in Las Vegas. January 26th 1974

Then there’s this profile, and I don’t know. Looks more like another Eric — Eric Burdon (lead singer of The Animals and War).

Eric Burdon

What do you think?

 

Editor’s note:  Alert reader Paul made a convincing argument about why the person with Elvis is neither Eric Clapton nor Eric Burdon.  Alert reader Sandy said it was Sean Shaver, a photographer.  Here’s a different photo of him with Elvis

Elvis and Sean Shaver

I think Sandy is right.  Sean Shaver has published numerous photo books about Elvis:

1979 – The Life Of Elvis Presley
1981 – Photographing The King
1983 – Portrait Portfolio
1984 – Our Memories Of Elvis
1987 – The Elvis Book, vol II
1987 – The Elvis Book, vol III
1991 – The Elvis Book, vol IV : The Candid Elvis
1992 – Elvis In focus

 

Elvis with Badge on

There was no information with this one. Elvis almost looks like a real law officer with the badge and the jacket passants (shoulder-straps). How do you like that huge TCB ring?  I wish the photographer had snapped Elvis with his head up and smiling.

 

Elvis Gtrating on Stage Floor, New Orleans 1956

No wonder Elvis’ early concerts drove the teenage girls bananas. The tag said this photo was taken at a New Orleans concert in 1956. Just for kicks I cropped and blew up the crowd watching Elvis.

Fan Close-up at Elvis Concert ,New Orleans 1956

Not many guys in attendance, and I think I see a couple of dads.  See the two kids on the front left that are leaning?  Scroll back and you will see why.

 

Elvis and Priscilla Caricature

I have a file with 124 caricatures of Elvis in it, but this is the first time I’ve seen an artist do Priscilla, too.  I think he did a good job. Maybe someday I should do a post of my winners and losers in the Elvis Caricatures file.

 

Gladys, Dodger, and Barbara Hearn at Elvis concert, Russwood Park Memphis, TN July 4, 1956

There are many photos out there of Elvis’ July 4, 1956 concert at Russwood Park in Memphis. Al Wertheimer had his camera clicking all night, but I don’t know if this one of his. It’s interesting because of the three women in it. I’m sure you recognize Gladys. Next to her is Elvis’ paternal grandmother Minnie Mae, whom Elvis called Dodger. Do you think she was freaked out when she saw what her grandson did for a living?

And the young lady is Barbara Hearn who was Elvis’ girlfriend at the time.

Barbara Hearn and Elvis' Grandmother Dodger

Here are Barbara and Dodger at Elvis’ home on Audubon Drive prior to the concert.

 

I believe this was taken on the day he graduated high school....1953. Gladys looked so young & pretty here.

Let’s do one more family picture. I like this one especially because of the sentiment of the person who posted it

“I believe this was taken on the day he graduated high school….1953. Gladys looked so young & pretty here.”

 

 

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Elvis’ First Guitar — A New Twist on a Old Story

Two new Elvis Statues in Tupelo

Every ElvisBlog article involves research on Google/Images. Sometimes I will scroll down well below the pertinent pictures just to see what new-to-me Elvis photos might show up. That’s how I found the one above.

The two statues are part of the several attractions added to make the visit to Elvis boyhood home in Tupelo a bigger experience. They were unveiled in 2012 as part of the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ passing. I like the contrast of young Elvis with his simple acoustic guitar in front of adult Elvis in all his jumpsuit and cape splendor.

Elvis at 13 Statue in Tupelo

There is another statue of young Elvis in the complex now known as the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum and Chapel. I’ve never visited it, but by the time I do, I’ll bet even more stuff is added.

Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum

 

Let’s go back to the statues for a minute. Both young Elvis statues have him holding a guitar.  Tupelo is not only where Elvis was born, it is also where he got his first guitar. Just about every fan knows he bought it at the Tupelo Hardware Store.

Tupelo Hardware

Tupelo Hardware Inside

 

The story most people know about Elvis’ first guitar runs pretty close to the one in Elvis Day by Day.

Elvis Day by Day

The book’s authors, Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, are two highly esteemed Elvis historians. Guralnick is a guest speaker at Elvis Week this year, and Jorgensen has had the same honor previously. They have done decades of research on Elvis and written several other books about him. So, what you read about Elvis in their books can be trusted as factual. Or at least factual according to their research documents as of 1999 when Elvis Day by Day was published. Here is the entry for January 8, 1946:

“On Elvis’ eleventh birthday, his parents buy him a guitar at the Tupelo Hardware Store. As Gladys Presley later tells the story, Elvis wanted a bicycle, but she was put off both by the cost and by her fears that he might get hurt.”

Color Picture of Elvis' First Guitar

Last year, a fellow Elvis fan named Carol Austin sent me a copy of a book written nine years after Elvis Day by Day. It states two things that differ from the earlier book – he did not go into the store wanting a bicycle, and it was not on his eleventh birthday. Why should we believe this different version of the story?

Book We Remember Elvis

Because the book, We Remember Elvis, was written by four people who were boyhood chums or relatives of young Elvis in Tupelo. If you want to fully understand the hardships that Gladys, Vernon, and Elvis went through prior to moving to Memphis, you can’t do better than this book. These four authors lived that life too. But, there were many happy moments as well. Chapter 33 – Elvis’s Christmas Wagon begins:

“Christmas of 1945 was great…. Elvis had gotten a glossy wooden Wagon Master…. That wagon was a spectacular model. The frames on the side slid in and out of metal holders.”

Elvis 1945 Christmas Present -- Wagon Master

Image from book – similar to Elvis’

Elvis took almost every child in his playgroup for rides in the first days after Christmas. On the last Saturday of the year, Elvis and his two best buddies, Odell Clark and Guy Thomas Harris, took turns pushing the wagon up the hill on Kelly Street and riding it down. They would give the passenger a huge shove and watch their friend take a roller coaster ride and hear the squeals of laughter.

When the boys tired, they rode the wagon down Kelly Street to the Assembly of God Church (since moved to the Elvis birthplace complex).

Elvis - Assembly of God Church Tupelo

In 1945, there were wide sandy ditches of the sides of the road, and the three boys parked the wagon and played in the sand with toy metal trucks carrying on a make-believe construction job. Then disaster hit, as described in the book:

“Coming along the road was a big dump truck filled with scrap metal driven by a neighbor named ‘Peanut’ Gamble.’ … He and some of the Randle boys pulled big pieces of metal out of grown up weeds on the back property lines. … [Gamble] then backed his big truck back onto the roadway. Unfortunately, Elvis’ new wagon was right behind the truck’s big wheels.”

The boys screamed “stop,” but it was too late and the wagon got crunched. Elvis picked up several broken pieces and stared in disbelief. Then he began hysterical crying and ran toward home.

“’Mama, Mama, Mama,’ he cried….Mama could fix anything! Gladys had heard his cry and was running toward her son. Her face was blood red and her breath was sporadic as she rushed to her child….Gladys grabbed Elvis into her arms, pulled him tight to her chest, but she trembled with the power of her emotions.”

Peanut Gamble caught up with them and apologized over and over. He took out his wallet and gave Elvis every bill he had. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see it.”

Gladys carried Elvis all the way home as he clutched the money tightly. He had his chin resting on her shoulder and his arms and legs wrapped around her body. He was thinking of getting a new wagon, but another thought seeped in – maybe buying new rifle instead.

 

Let’s look at two calendars to get a sense of the timing of this story.

December 1945

The two dates circled are when Elvis got the wagon and when it got crushed.

January 1946

You all recognize January 8 as Elvis’ birthday. But the 5th of January is when Elvis went to Tupelo Hardware. As the book says, “The next Saturday was the day to go to Tupelo to replace the broken toy.” (The Presleys actually lived in the village of East Tupelo, now annexed into the city of Tupelo.)

By then, Elvis was committed to try to buy a 22 rifle with his money. Gladys wouldn’t hear of it, and doggedly maintained they were going to buy a wagon. Once in the store, Elvis took her hand and dragged her in the direction of the rifles. She continued past them and pulled him toward the wagons. Then something caught her eye and she looked up. Elvis’ eyes turned to see what she was looking at. It was a display of guitars.

The salesman saw the interest and asked, “Do you play the guitar, Mam?” Elvis made a quick glance back to the rifles before giving his full attention to the glistening guitar.

“The smart salesman immediately climbed the sliding ladder to take down the smallest of the instruments [it was a 1940s Kay model]. He slid the strap over Elvis’ head and adjusted the guitar at the perfect angle to fit Elvis’ young body. He handed him a small ivory pick. The child immediately placed his slender fingers on the proper frets as his Uncle Vester had taught him. When he strummed the strings with the pick, there was just enough harmony for the salesman to brag generously on the child’s talent.”

Elvis placed his money on the counter and got two one-dollar bills back. He strolled out of the store with the guitar still hanging over his shoulder. We can assume both he and his mother had big smiles on their faces. Gladys had to be happy that Elvis wasn’t carrying a rifle, and Elvis had to be thrilled with his new guitar.

January 1946

So, that’s how it all started. I am absolutely confident that Elvis told the story of his trip to Tupelo Hardware to his buddies numerous times, and they have recounted it in the book We Remember Elvis. This is the real story of Elvis’ first guitar.

 

Guernsey's Auction Sept 14, 2011

Elvis’ first guitar went up for auction at Guernsey’s on September 14, 2011 in New York City. I have spent entirely too much time on Google trying to find out what it went for, or if it even sold at all. If anyone knows, please put a message on Comments.

 

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A Look at Riley Keough’s Movie career

Riley Keough Modelling

Three weeks ago, I surfed the internet looking for information about Elvis’ first grandchild, who had just gotten married. I found very little about the marriage, but there was plenty about Riley Keough’s modelling career and her movie work.

Riley Keough Movie Credits

According to AllMovie.com, Riley has appeared in five movies so far and has number six coming out in May – Mad Max: Fury Road. Let’s take a look at them in chronical order.

 

The Runaways – 2010:

The Runaways

Riley Keough already had a successful modelling career going when she got her break in the movies. In 2010, she appeared in a small part in The Runaways, a film about the groundbreaking 70s all-girl band. She played the Marie Currie, the sister of main character Cherie Currie (played by Dakota Fanning). Riley’s character had to stay home and take care of their sick dad while her sister went on the road to tour with the band.

Dakota Fanning and Riley Keough

Although Riley was twenty at the time of filming, she was very believable as a sixteen-year-old in the movie. She would play teenagers in her next two films.

 

The Good Doctor – 2011:

The Good Doctor

Riley graduated to a co-starring role in her next film. She was very credible as a sick teenager in The Good Doctor. Her condition required a soft-spoken, often frail-sounding dialogue, and she was easy to accept in the role.

Riley Keough in The Good Doctor

The doctor turned out to be a real slimeball, and he eventually killed her. That’s not really a spoiler – you can see it coming a mile away. But, I won’t reveal if he gets away with it or not.

 

Jack & Diane: — 2011:

Jack & Diane

Riley also co-starred in her next film, and it was a bold leap into a radical role. See the dark haired person at the top of this picture. That’s Jack, a butch lesbian, played by Riley.

Riley as Jack in Jack& Dianne

Here’s a better shot. Talk about transforming yourself to fit the role. I must admit, I enjoyed this movie the least of Riley’s movies, especially when it veers off into horror movie territory at the end.

 

Magic Mike – 2013:

Magic Mike

Next, Riley took a supporting role in a big movie. She played a stripper in Magic Mike. I couldn’t find a clip from the film showing her, but here she is with the whole cast.

Magic Mike Cast

You can see that Riley is not playing a teenager in this movie. Scroll back, and see how different her characters look in the films.

 

Kiss of the Damned – 2013:

Kiss of the Dammed

I’m not a real big fan of vampire movies. This one confused me with the concept of good vampires and bad vampires, but Riley was neither. She appeared near the end in a minor part as an innocent foil of an older female vampire.

Riley in Kiss of the Damned

 

Mad Max: Fury Road – Premiering in May 2015:

Mad Max Fury Road Poster

Riley must be thrilled to have sixth billing in this new installment of the Mad Max franchise. It is her first role in an action-adventure film. Hopefully the crazy special effects leave her some room to show her acting chops.

Mad Max Cast

Riley plays one of the “five wives” that Charlize Theron’s character must transport across the desert.

Mad Max Clip 4

That’s Riley right on the right. She’s changed her look again, this time as a redhead. Here’s another look, with Riley in the middle.

Mad Max Group Shot

 

And one more look of Riley in a shot containing one of the less freaky-looking male characters.

Mad Max Clip 5

The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road sure makes it look like it will be a big film, a summer blockbuster. Riley’s role in her only other big movie, Magic Mike, was very brief and she didn’t stand out. This time could be different. A credible performance in a meaty role could move her up in the Hollywood hierarchy of female actors.

 

Lee Jeans Ad 2011

If not, Riley can always fall back on her ultra-successful modelling career. Either way, Elvis would be proud of what his granddaughter has achieved.

 

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Elvis’ Granddaughter Riley Keough Gets Married

Elvis' Granddaughter Riley Keough

I stumbled across something on the internet while looking for interesting news out there in Elvis World. It was posted on February 15 on the London Daily Mail website.

Riley Keough on Honeymoon

The article was very short on details, so I thought I’d check out Graceland.com/news to get the full story. To my surprise, there was no news about Elvis’ twenty-five year old granddaughter getting married. Here are the news posts on Graceland.com since Riley and Ben Smith-Peterson got married in a small, private ceremony in Napa, California on February 4.

Graceland.com-news

For some reason, EPE has yet to post any news on Graceland.com/news about his first grandchild, Riley Keough, getting married sixteen days ago. Strange. They didn’t hesitate to bring her to Memphis on January 8 to hype the 80th Birthday Celebration.

Family at Graceland, Jan 8, 2015

Lisa, Priscilla, Lisa’s son Ben Keough, Riley, and in front, one of Lisa’s twins

Well, certainly Lisa Marie would consider her daughter’s marriage to movie stuntman Ben Smith-Peterson to be a newsworthy event. So, I checked out her website.

Lisa Marie Website 2-16-15

Nope. No new posts since last October. Okay, how about Lisa’s twitter page.

Lisa Marie Twitter on 2-16-15

Look at this. Lisa’s last Tweet concerns Riley. No, wait. It’s just about her getting by with no hot water or toilets. Nothing since January 20. Nothing about the wedding. What’s going on?

Well, how about grandmother Priscilla? Surely she proudly announced the marriage of her first grandchild on her website.

Priscilla Presley webpage

Nothing here, either. But if you want to buy some of Priscilla’s branded products, lots of them are just a click away. Also, you can learn all about her playing the wicked queen in the stage play of Snow White.

Priscilla Playing Wicked Queen in Snow White

Well, maybe Priscilla used Twitter to announce the marriage of her granddaughter.

Priscilla Presley Twitter 2-16-15

Nope. This is the only message on her Twitter account since February 4. Did you notice that Lisa has 118,000 followers and Priscilla has just 33,000? You can apply any meaning to that you want.

Well, how about Riley’s dad, Danny Keough? Maybe he announced something about the marriage.

Lisa marie and Danny Keough

Nope. Couldn’t find a website or Twitter presence for him, but this old picture on Google shows that Riley’s good looks didn’t come just from Lisa.

Here’s something else interesting I found on Google.

Baby Danielle Riley on People Mag Cover

Riley made the cover of People Magazine when she was born, although they called her by her first name, Danielle. I’ve never read anything about how she decided to go with Riley, her middle name.

So, what’s it all mean, this absence of any mention by Graceland and the family about Elvis’ granddaughter getting married? I don’t know, but I did think it’s curious. Let’s end with some photos of new bride, Danielle Riley Keough Smith-Peterson and her husband.

Ben and Riley

Riley and Ben met on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. She has #6 billing in the credits as a character called “Capable.” Really.

Ben's Tatoos

Nice Tats

 

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After 37 Years, National Enquirer Headlines Presley Plastic Surgery Again

Priscilla on Cover July 21, 2014 National Enquirer

This is the July 21 issue of the National Enquirer. When I saw it on the stand at the grocery store check-out line, I thought “big deal, this story has been around for years on TV entertainment shows and websites.” Certain Elvis websites, too. But, then I remembered something in my collection of supermarket tabloids with Elvis on the cover. I searched through the storage box and found this.

Elvis on Cover April 26, 1977 National Enquirer

This is the April 26, 1977 issue of the National Enquirer. Elvis didn’t get the big headline, but they found a nasty-looking photo of him, and used the caption: Elvis’ Bizarre Behavior and Secret Face Lift.

It certainly appears that the Enquirer is having trouble coming up with new ideas. They are now repeating a theme they used 37 years ago, just changing the subject from Elvis to Priscilla. They couldn’t even come up with a clever line of crap for their headline. After classics like “Elvis Fathered My Alien Baby,” shouldn’t we get something equally bizarre like “Botox Poisoning Enables Priscilla to Communicate with Horses.”

 Priscilla in July 21, 2014 National Enquirer

Above is what they reported in their story. Do Botox injections actually count as plastic surgery? I thought that involved cutting with a scalpel. Anyway, I read the whole article and it is pretty disgusting, so there will be only one excerpt here. It sure sounds like the usual Enquirer drivel, but I think this has been reported elsewhere. Supposedly, the villain in this story is an unlicensed bogus plastic surgeon from Argentina who told Priscilla he was injecting her with his miracle anti-wrinkle serum.

“The serum turned out to be industrial, low-grade silicon, similar to what’s used to lubricate auto parts!”

The Enquirer states that this guy has been nicknamed Dr. Jiffy Lube. How could a smart woman like Priscilla ever get involved with such a sorry con artist?

Priscilla in July 21, 2014 National Enquirer - 2

This is the rest of the story. Elvis was finally mentioned three-quarters of the way through. While the Enquirer sated there have been no suggestions that Priscilla is addicted to face treatments, they just had to mention Elvis’ problem with prescription drugs.

Along the bottom of the two-page spread, you can see a timeline of Pricilla’s appearance over the years. They certainly didn’t pick the worst pictures of her during the Botox years. You can Google Priscilla Presley Botox, and some really scary photos pop up. I can’t figure out why she would go out in public looking like that, knowing it would attract the paparazzi.

Priscilla looks pretty in some of the Enquirer younger photos, but none that showed her as the absolute knock-out she was in her twenties, thirties and forties.

Priscilla Presley in Black Shirt

Beautiful Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley - Ivory Skin

Smiling Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley in Gold Lame

 

So, how did the National Enquirer treat Elvis in his cover story article 37 years ago?

Elvis in April 26, 1977 National Enquirer

They clobbered him big time on the last three bulleted items above, but no mention of them is warranted here. The so-called face lift was simply small eye-tucks. Here is how the Enquirer reported the story.

In a desperate attempt to improve his appearance, the sagging superstar had a face lift at Mid-South Hospital in Memphis on June 18, 1975. Newsmen were told he was in the hospital for treatment of an eye condition…

Presley’s decision to have a face lift surprised even many of his closest friends. One of them… recalled, “Elvis had been secluded for three days, and then told one of his bodyguards to come into the room. He asked, ‘How do I look?’

The bodyguard told him, ‘You look good, your eyes look clear and everything.’ He just wanted to make Elvis feel good, because if he was in a bad mood, he would take his gun and start shooting things.”

So, the bodyguard thought he was being questioned about some other eye condition and never noticed the results of the eye-tucks.

 Elvis After Eye Lift Surgery

Here is a photo of Elvis supposedly taken shortly after the eye surgery. The comments on the forum where I borrowed it seemed to concur that the difference after the tucks was negligible. What do you think?

 

Lisa Marie Presley

Here’s a prediction. Elvis and Priscilla won’t be the last members of the family to get the National Enquirer treatment on a face lift cover story. I just hope it’s an eye-tuck and not Botox.

 

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ELVIS: The King Revealed

A recent news article on Elvis.com announced a so-called instant keepsake – the magazine ELVIS: The King Revealed.  This “Official Graceland Special Edition” is touted for going deep into their Elvis historical archives, accessing thousands of photos, documents, interviews and Elvis memorabilia, and sharing them with the public for the first time.

Elvis - The King Revealed

 

With over 350 ‘rare’ photos, the magazine is probably worth its $9.99 price.  But I wish they had used a different title.  The King Revealed just sounds too much like those Midnight Globe and National Enquirer tabloid headlines from the late 70s and early 80s.  I remembered that many of them proclaimed all sorts of different stuff they supposedly revealed about Elvis.

That was enough motivation to look in my large box of old tabloid issues with Elvis cover stories to see how many had the words Elvis and Revealed in the headlines. To my great surprise, there were none.

However, there were three Elvis tabloids featuring variations on the word revealed, like Starlet Reveals, or New Tapes Reveal.

 

Midnight Globe — November 22, 1977:

Midnight Globe - Nov 22, 1977

The starlet who revealed why she said no to Elvis is Joan Freeman, his co-star in Blue Hawaii and Kid Galahad.  According to the article, “When we first set eyes on each other, there was a spark, a magic in the air… There was just that special something between us, sometimes so warm and wonderful you could almost reach out and touch it.”

Wow, that special something sure sounds like lust to this reader.

Blackman claims she knew Elvis prior to working with him on Blue Hawaii in March and April 1961.  It’s possible she met Elvis in Hollywood in 1957, while she was filming her first role in Good Day for a Hanging, but all of her other parts were in movies made while Elvis was in Germany.  Anyway, she said Elvis begged her repeatedly to appear in one of his movies, but she turned him down each time.  “I wanted parts because of my ability, not because I was dating Elvis.”  She maintains she got the role in Blue Hawaii because producer Hal Wallis picked her.

The Starlet Who Said No

The special something between Blackman and Elvis heated up when they got to Honolulu in 1961.  The Midnight Globe asserts they had a wild, tumultuous love affair while there.  “We had rooms next to each other in the hotel, and for weeks we just lived together.” This led Elvis to propose marriage.  “He really wanted me to be his wife… But I said no… I was in love with another actor, Hampton Fancher III (mostly TV work, lots of westerns).

So, Elvis got shot down in his wish to marry Joan Blackman, but for some reason, he wanted her to appear with him two films later in Kid Galahad.  Who needs marriage when you can still have that special something?

 

The Star — June 27, 1978:

The Star - June 27, 1978

 

Elvis didn’t make the cover of this issue (just a promo tease in the bottom right corner), and he barely was shown in the centerfold photo-spread. The new tapes referenced came from Wanda June Hill, who used them to write her book We Remember Elvis.  She says she first met Elvis in a Hollywood studio and kept in contact with him for fifteen years, right up to his death.  Apparently, she had a tape recorder going much of the time during their phone conversations.

The Star article does emphasize the continuing love Elvis and Priscilla had for each other, even after their divorce in 1971.  That seems to be accepted narrative these days, but maybe it was considered a revelation back in 1978 when the article appeared.

The Eternal Love of Elvis and Priscilla

What’s interesting is the choice of photos under the banner “The Eternal Love of Elvis and Priscilla.”  There’s one tiny picture of them in the upper right-hand corner.

Priscilla and Mike Stone

There is a considerably larger photo of Priscilla and Karate trainer Mike Stone on the lower right.  He is not mentioned in the article, except for the photo caption that says, “He [Elvis] forgave the relationship she developed with Mike Stone after the separation.  (After?)

 

Priscilla and Hairdresser Elie Erzer

There is an even larger photo of Priscilla with her ‘latest escort,’ Hollywood hairdresser Elie Erzer.  What ever happened to calling them boyfriends or lovers?

 

Linda Thompson

There is also a great shot of Linda Thompson I’ve never seen before.  She gets treated rather kindly in the article.

Finally, there is a familiar glamour shot of Ginger Alden.  She doesn’t come out too well in the article.  In fact, the author says Elvis was about to cut off the relationship shortly before his death.  Supposedly, he had a beautiful blonde woman waiting in the wings.

 

Midnight Globe – Dec 13, 1977 :

Midnight Globe - Dec 13, 1977

 

Dee Stanley is the stepmom who reveals the truth behind the Presley divorces.  She and Vernon were married for fourteen years, but they separated in 1974 when she found out he had been seeing another woman he met in Las Vegas.  The article says she never thought for a second that the separation would lead to a divorce.  However, three years later, Vernon was still living with the woman.  A few months after Elvis died, Vernon and Dee had a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic.

Ninety percent of the Midnight Globe article is about this divorce and the aftermath.  The only time Dee mentions Elvis and Priscilla’s divorce is when she compares it to hers.  “The two marriages… succumbed to the same sort of strains – Elvis’ work on the road, in Las Vegas and other places, and Vernon going off with him.  The two of them felt the same way, that there was a separate man’s world where women shouldn’t be allowed to enter… ”  Dee called it the reverse of an old saying: “Like son, like father.”

Dee Presley

Dee also discussed her divorce settlement as fair and generous, and that Vernon had always been that way.  Later in the article, she admitted it was enough for her to live an opulent lifestyle for the rest of her life.  Near the end of the article, Dee says she still feels for Vernon.  She tells him she still loves him and she prays someday they might marry each other again.  That didn’t happen for Elvis, and we know how that old saying goes.

 

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Cashing In On Those Old Gifts From Elvis

I’ve been following auctions of Elvis memorabilia for so long that certain trends have become obvious.  One is that prices for Elvis’ rings really dropped after the recession hit in 2008, but they are coming back pretty strong now.  Another is that Elvis gave away a phenomenal amount of his wardrobe and jewelry to his Memphis Mafia buddies and other friends.

 

Heritage

My favorite auction house, Heritage Auctions, has a good one coming up on August 10.  Their Entertainment and Music Memorabilia Auction contains 49 Elvis items.  Some of the offerings do not need a Letter of Authenticity – stuff like rare records, movie posters, signage from Las Vegas performances.  But clothing and jewelry do.  And these LOAs tell us who Elvis gave the articles to, and who is converting their old Elvis treasures into cash.

Sonny West and Elvis -- 1970

Sonny West and Elvis — 1970

Sonny West must have decided to clean out the closet, because he offers seven items of Elvis clothing at the upcoming auction.  There are also one item each from Alan Fortas, Richard Davis, Marty Lacker, and Joe Esposito.  A nice leather jacket has a LOA from Charlie Hodge, but this must be the second (or third?) time through the auction cycle for it, because Charlie died some years ago.

 

Patsy Presley -- 1976

Patsy Presley — 1976

A new name showed up this time on six Letters of Authenticity – Patsy Presley.  The item descriptions identify her as Elvis’ double cousin, and this peaked my curiosity.  She gets this interesting distinction because her father was Vernon Presley’s brother Vester, and her mother was Gladys Smith Presley’s sister Clette.  Seems like those Presley boys were both courting two of the Smith sisters back in Tupelo.  They married and had kids, making Elvis and Patsy double cousins.

 

Patsy Presley (center) at Graceland --1960

Patsy Presley (center) at Graceland –1960

 

Most Elvis fans will know that Elvis’ Uncle Vester presided as Graceland gatekeeper and good will ambassador for many years.

See the resemblance to Vernon and Gladys?

See the resemblance to Vernon and Gladys?

 

Some fans may also know Patsy Presley from her appearances at different Elvis festivals.

Patsy Presley -- 2013

Patsy Presley — 2013

 

An interesting piece of trivia about Patsy Presley is that she married Gee Gee Gambill in 1967, after which he became one of the Memphis Mafia, overseeing Elvis’ wardrobe.  He was also one of just five in the group invited to Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding.  While guys closer to Elvis, like Jerry Shilling, Red West and Charlie Hodge, were snubbed, Gee Gee got to be there because he was “family.”

At some point, Patsy Presley and Gee Gee Gambill divorced, and she later married Clayton Geranen.  Both Gambill and Geranen died in 2005.  According to internet search results, Patsy Presley worked as a secretary at Graceland for many years, and was devoted to Elvis.  She and Priscilla became close friends, often going shopping or to the movies together.  It was reported a few years ago that Patsy remains friendly with both Priscilla and Lisa Marie, the one Elvis relative that both have chosen to keep in touch with.

Finally, one website made reference some years ago to the existence of the Patsy Presley Collection on eBay.  I have been unable to find it there now, so perhaps she decided to move a group of Elvis items quickly by auction.  Here’s what she is offering on August 10.

Army Jacket, Pants, and Hat:

ARMY Jacket, Pants, and Hat (1960) MB 10,000

 

Diamond Ring:

Diamond Ring  14 carat gold MB 3,000

 

Gold Chai Pendant:

Gold Chai Pendant

 

Graceland Gate Openers:

Graceland Gate Openers

 

Graceland Office Wall Clock:

Graceland Wall Clock

 

Racquetball:

 Racquetball

 

Check out what the auction website says about this green racquetball:

“Elvis’ affinity for racquetball is well-documented.  On the eve of the King’s passing he had played with guests at Graceland – this was one of the balls used. LOA from Patsy Presley Geranen.  Estimate: $800 – up.”

Now I’ve seen it all.  A racquetball gets a Letter of Authenticity, and the auction house thinks it will bring $800.  If this represents a new trend, it’s pretty weird.  Oh, well.  That’s what makes Elvis World so interesting.

 

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Priscilla, Lisa, and John Travolta

The other day I stood in the supermarket checkout line and spotted the February 6 issue of the tabloid National Enquirer.  Lisa Marie and John Travolta were side-by-side on the cover, just above the headline “Divorce Shocker: Whose marriage can be saved.  Whose can’t.”

 I immediately flashed back to something in my collection of tabloids with Elvis cover stories.  However, the issue I remembered wasn’t about him.  It was the August 12, 1978 issue of Midnight Globe, and the cover featured Priscilla and John Travolta.  The headline reads “Priscilla Presley, Travolta in New Romance.”

 

So, in the span of 33 years, John Travolta has appeared on tabloid covers with both Elvis’ wife and daughter.  Let’s take a look inside and see what’s going on.

First, it should be pointed out that the current magazine does not link Travolta and Lisa together in any kind of divorce shocker.  Rather, there are two separate stories about the marital problems each supposedly has going on.  In Lisa’s case, some of the problems between her and husband Michael Lockwood are related to different opinions on how to raise their three-year-old twin daughters and to how she keeps him removed from anything to do with the Presley finances.

However, Midnight Globe says the biggest source of stress is Lisa’s relentless determination to restart her singing career.  She apparently considers her third album (and first since 2005) to be a do-or-die effort.  Lisa is now 44, and she hasn’t had a hit song in seven years, so this might actually be the case.  The CD, titled Storm and Grace, comes out on May 1, so we should know pretty soon if her singing career will continue.  One way or the other, let’s hope everything works out for Lisa and Michael.

Travolta’s problems stem from the fact that he is an accomplished pilot and has his own airplane and airstrip right at his house.  According to National Enquirer, he has recently developed a penchant for taking unannounced flights to Tahiti, Miami, San Juan, Mexico, Central America, and even Bosnia.  The good news supposedly is that his wife Kelly Preston had threatened Travolta with divorce if it continued, and he has sworn off his globetrotting ways.

The John Travolta and Priscilla story back in 1978 is much more interesting, and it also includes Lisa Marie.  According to Midnight Globe, Elvis’ ten-year-old daughter was a big fan of Vinnie Barbarino, the character Travolta played on the hit TV show Welcome Back Kotter.  Lisa knew her mom had Hollywood connections, and talked Priscilla into arranging a visit to the set.

When they got there, Travolta was charming and gracious, and took them to lunch at the studio commissary.  Supposedly, there was immediate chemistry between Priscilla and Travolta.  At the time the article was published, “sources” reported they had three or four secret dates.


They each had their own reasons for not appearing in public together.  Travolta did not want to take any chances of offending his hoard of loyal teeny-bopper fans.  Priscilla had a TV special about Elvis in the works and didn’t want any publicity that might distract from it.

Midnight Globe did mention that Priscilla was 33 and Travolta was only 24, but had no mention that either of them considered their age difference any problem.  It is interesting that Priscilla had previously experienced the reverse of this.  She was only 14 when she came into the life on 24 year-old Elvis.

John Travolta is now 57, and his career continues with meaty roles in movies.  It is a safe assumption that his face will again grace the covers of the tabloids.  After sharing them with Elvis’ wife and daughter, maybe he will make it a trifecta and share one with Elvis’ granddaughter.  If Riley Keough and John Travolta ever appear on the same cover of National Enquirer, I’m buying that one, too.

 

 

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