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Caption Contest # 29

Elvis and Anita Wood at Fort Hood, Texas 1958

This is a photo I recently discovered on Pinterest. The tag under it said it was snapped at Ft. Hood, Texas in 1958. I love this picture for two reasons. One is that adorable little girl, completely unaware of the stirred passions going on right next to her. But, more important, this the best shot of Elvis and Anita Wood I’ve ever seen.

So good, in fact, that it prompted me to do another Elvis Caption Contest. It’s been many years since the last one.

 

Elvis and Anita Wood Close-up for Caption Contest

OK, I cropped it to this close-up and added thought clouds. Here is your chance to be creative and come up with what Anita and Elvis are thinking right then. Have fun with it and put some good ideas into Comments. Next week I’ll post the best ones (that I can repeat on ElvisBlog without getting into trouble).

 

 

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More Anecdotes about Elvis’ Humor and Love of Fooling Around

Elvis and Vera Tschechowa in Munich in april 4 1959.

Two years ago I shared a few excerpts from the book Elvis’ Humor by Bo Keeley. Bo had a unique concept to prevail in a crowded market with a successful book about Elvis. He went out and bought 43 other books on Elvis, and searched through them to find 290 anecdotes about his humor and love of fooling around and pulling stunts on others. Bo has been kind enough to let me share with you more of these great little insights into Elvis.

Elvis Humor

Elvis’ Humor is organized into many categories like the three in the subtitle: Girls, Guns, and Guitars. Previously we looked at a few from the Graceland and Movies chapters. Now, we will look at selections from the chapters Games, Parties, Pranks, and Paybacks. Bo Keeley precedes each story with a little background and follows with the original source information. Some are edited here for brevity.

 

Pippin

Fourteen-year old Jerry Schilling had known Elvis through a string of Sunday football contests at a Memphis playground when, in 1956, the newly successful singer invited Jerry to the amusement park. Sometimes Elvis rented Libertyland for his entire entourage from closing to the next morning, with instructions that all the rides, games, cotton candy, and hot dog stands were to be open all night.

Elvis favorite - Pippin Ride

The first time I {Jerry Schilling} went to the fairgrounds, I found myself lined up with the group to take a ride on the Pippin, which even in the fifties seemed old and rickety enough to add a little actual terror to every ride. Elvis got in the first car, and Anita Wood snuggled up close to him. Patsy Presley, Gene and Billy Smith, and a few of the others got in a car behind them. Those of us new to the Fairground experience stood on the platform as the ride began and the cars started up their slow climbs.

We could hear the continual yells of fear and excitement. But when the car finally came back around to the starting platform, we saw a heart-stopping sight: Anita Wood sat in the first car alone.

Elvis had been thrown from the Pippin. Some of the girls screamed. The rest of us stood frozen in shock. And then, just before the horror of what happened really grabbed a hold of us, we heard a tremendous laugh coming up the stairs behind us. We turned to see Elvis, grinning like a happy, misbehaving little kid. It was a trick I saw him pull almost every time he brought new people to the Fairgrounds – he’d figured out a spot at the top of the first hill where he could jump out just before the ride took off at top speed. Then he’d scale down and sneak around back. And every time, he got a tremendous kick out of the looks of panic on everybody else faces.

Jerry Schilling: p.54 – Me and a Guy Named Elvis

 

Wanda’s Duel

Wanda June Hill met Elvis Presley at the MGM offices in 1963, and struck up a cordial relationship peppered with practical jokes. On one occasion, Elvis and his boys were playing around the offices, running in and out, shouting and shooting each other with water pistols. Elvis came running into her office, giggling, and hid behind a desk, gun ready, to blast anyone coming through. Two minutes later, when no one did…

Wanda Hill and Elvis

Wanda Hill and Elvis

He took aim and fired a blast in my face. I stared at him, shocked, and then without thinking who he was, I picked up a paper cup with melting ice from a Coke and tossed it in his direction. It got him right in the chest and splattered up his face. The look on his face would have been worth millions on film.

He was stunned and speechless. For a few seconds I thought surely he would kill me, as his expression changed from shock to surprise, then anger. Then he slowly relaxed and his handsome face began to smile. He tossed back his head and laughed. Then, brushing off the ice and slowly raising his water pistol, feet spread apart, and with the meanest and most deadly look I’ve ever seen, he drew aim at my heart and fired his water pistol.

Well, it was nearly empty, and the stream sort of dribbled at me. That was too much; we fell all over the office laughing. Elvis went off to refill and I went back to work, wet, but totally sure Elvis was something else – just what I hadn’t decided yet.

Wanda Hill: p.3 – We Remember Elvis

 

New Year’s Eve

Anyone who knows anything about Elvis knows he loved fireworks. He would send one of his Memphis Mafia across the state line into Arkansas to buy a carload of fireworks for special holiday events, the most spectacular of which was New Year’s Eve. Elvis would burst out. “It’s time to play war.”

Elvis with Roman candle

New Year’s Eve he decided to stage another, slightly quieter but possibly more dangerous war. He and eleven friends pulled on heavy gloves and jackets and football helmets and went into the yard, where they chose up sides, and Elvis distributed over a thousand dollars’ worth of Roman candles, firecrackers, and cherry bombs.

No one was hurt, but when the play ended, the air stank with the smell of scorched wool and cotton and melting polyester, and everyone’s clothes were gaping with blackened holes.

Jerry Hopkins: p.66 – Elvis – The Final Years

 

All Dance, No Show

In June 1959, with 15 days leave to enjoy, Elvis and his Army friends Lamar Fike, Charlie Hodge, and Rex Mansfield travelled to Munich and Paris. Two days in Munich were followed by over a week of karate and partying in Paris where, on several occasions, Elvis would invite the whole chorus line of girls from the Moulin Rouge Club back to his top floor suite of the Prince de Galles Hotel with a panoramic view of the Arc de Triomphe

Elvis at Lido club Paris

One memorable night the entire chorus returned to the suite with them, and everyone was still asleep the next evening at 9:30 when the phone rang. It was the manager of the Lido, who announced to Lamar that he would like to begin the first show. Lamar told him to go right ahead and hung up without thinking any more about it. A moment later the phone rang again, and the same message was repeated. “Lamar got angry,” observed an amused Rex, and this time… told the Lido manager… to quit bothering us. The manager told Lamar that he could not start his show, because we had his entire chorus line in our hotel suite.

Peter Guralnick: p.34 – Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

 

Upstaged

In 1971, in the middle of Tom Jones’ show at the Stardust in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley got up and walked out. The usual arrangement to view a performance like this was for the maître d’ to sit Elvis and the group after the lights went down, and to escort them to the backstage dressing room before the end of the show to avoid being a distraction.

But Elvis was in the habit of drinking lots of Mountain Valley Spring Water, and in the middle of Jones’ show, he had to go to the bathroom. Jerry Schilling, one of the athletic Memphis Mafia, got up to go with him. Presley carried a cane then, both for the look and its potential as an emergency weapon. However, his best defensive move on the bathroom run was speed – Elvis had learned to do a fast power-walk through the lobbies and casinos and showrooms to avoid being stopped, and Jerry could hardly keep up with him…

Elvis with Girl and Mountain Valley Spring Water

On our way back from the bathroom, we were walking even faster than we had before. We passed a little lounge where a cover band was playing. Their lead singer was a big burley guy who happened to be in the middle of singing an Elvis tune. The big guy wasn’t bad, but he was overdoing the Elvis vibrato just a bit. Without breaking stride, Elvis said, “Jerry, wait here,” and stormed into the lounge.

Elvis with Cane

He walked right up to the stage, hoisted his cane like he was going to clobber this guy and said, “If you’re gonna do it, do it right.” He gave the crowd in the lounge a great big wink, hopped off the stage, and zoomed right out of there. But the big singer didn’t see the wink – he’d been so startled that he’d fallen over on the stage.

We were cracking up about it all the way back to our table. But no sooner did I get settled in to see the rest of Tom’s show than Elvis leaned over to tell me, “Jerry, go back and invite that guy and his band to come up to the suite after the show.”

Jerry Schilling: p.230 – Me and a Guy Named Elvis

 

First Jewelry Buy

A curious addition to the Memphis Mafia in 1967 was George C. Nichopoulas, also known as ‘Dr. Nick, who became Elvis’ personal physician.

Lowell Hayes and Elvis

On Christmas Eve 1970, Dr. Nick called me (Lowell Hayes, the jeweler) and said, “Elvis is gonna be at the Memphian Theater. And we’re having a movie. He’d like to see some jewelry.” I said, “Great. I’ll be there.”

About midnight I took a case of jewelry to the Memphian and they ushered me in and sat me down right behind Elvis. They told him, “Lowell Hayes is here.” Elvis turned around and acknowledged me and got up and motioned for me to follow him. We went into the men’s room, opened one of the doors to a toilet stall, and he sat down on the toilet and said, “Let’s have the case.”

I set it down on his lap, and Elvis did all his Christmas shopping sitting on the toilet in the Memphian Theater. He made quite a nice purchase and we became fast friends. As far as I know, if I was anywhere near, for the rest of his life, he bought everything from me. From that day on I made the TCB necklaces, rings, and all of Elvis’ jewelry.

Rose Clayton: p.252 – Elvis Up Close

 

Blanks and Blood

The compassion in Elvis Presley is brought out in stunts pulled on him. In 1956, one of his enduring traits on screen was a refreshing naivety. When something nice happened, he smiled. When something he didn’t like happened, he turned it around. When something new was thrown in his face, he got confused. Elvis the actor couldn’t hide it.

Elvis Shooting Gun in Love Me Tender

Sometimes the joke was on Elvis. In Love Me tender, Elvis’ character, Clint Reno, has to shoot his brother Vance, played by Richard Egan. Director Robert Webb explained the scene and briefed Elvis on how he wanted it done. Certain that the gun contained blanks, Elvis fired. He hit Egan in the shoulder.

Egan grabbed at the spot where the bullet ripped through his shirt. Blood gushed out of the wound and all over Egan’s clothes. Elvis ran to him in a state of panic, convinced he had shot Egan for real. As Egan dropped to his knees, Elvis began to cry. The script called for Egan to lay on the ground in pain; instead, he started to laugh. Everyone else on the set started to laugh as well.

Richard Egan Laughing

Elvis was confused and he turned to Webb for an answer. He soon realized he’d been ‘had’ using one of Hollywood’s oldest tricks. Electric wire fired powder onto the victim and a pack of thick, red fluid, resembling blood, burst open onto the actor. Hurt that anyone had laughed at his naiveté Elvis was further mortified that they now realized he knew nothing about prop techniques used in the movies.

The scene and the blood pack were ruined, so Webb ordered a ten-minute break so the crew could set up for a retake. He turned to Elvis and said that the performance had given him the best laugh of his life.

Jim Curtin: p.96 – Elvis, Unknown Stories Behind the Legend

 

Stood Up

Priscilla had married Elvis in 1967, when she was 21. (When) the marriage soured in the early 70s she confesses that she sought his attention with what he seemed to love most — practical jokes…

Priscilla in front of Stage with Elvis

One night, after he’d left early for a show, I put on a black dress with an exceptionally low-cut back. When it came time for Elvis to give away kisses to girls in the audience – a regular part of the show – I went up to the stage. Instead of kissing me he kept on singing his song, leaving me to stand there.

With my hair hiding the dress strap around my neck I appeared to be nude from the waist up. I could hear the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘ahhhh’s’ of the audience. They were under the impression that a topless girl had cornered Elvis and he couldn’t figure out what to do.

Elvis Kissing Priscilla at Concert

I kept whispering to him, “Kiss me, kiss me, so I can sit down,” but he decided to turn the joke on me, and made me wait in the spotlight for the duration of the song. Planting a big kiss on my lips, he surprisingly introduced me to the audience. I felt a bit embarrassed and made my way back to my seat.

Priscilla Presley: p.281 – Elvis and Me

 

Lone Ranger

In early January 1976, Elvis decided to fly a large entourage to Colorado for a vacation. After checking into a Denver hotel, he dispatched Joe Esposito to Vail to find rental accomodations for the group. On January 7, he spends the evening of his 41st birthday in a rental chalet on the slopes. Elvis wears a full-face ski mask during the day to avoid recognition, and mostly appears on the slopes at night in a rented snowmobile. One evening, after a skiing accident, Dr. Nicopoulas’ son, Dean, needed medical attention, Elvis, Dr. Nick, and Dean raced to the local hospital…

Lamar Fike, Priscilla and Elvis

Lamar Fike, Priscilla and Elvis

Finally we arrived at the hospital. I pulled out my Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance card with Elvis Presley Enterprises printed on it, and handed it to the busy receptionist. She must have thought she was being cute, ’cause she smirked back, “Yeah. So where’s Elvis?”

Still wearing his ski mask, Elvis looked all around, left and right, up and down, then answered mischievously, “He’s here… somewhere.”

“And who are you?” the receptionist shot back.

“The Lone Ranger,” Elvis replied matter-of-factly.

But she had already returned to her paperwork, paying no attention to the silly masked man.

George Nichopoulos: p.101 – The King and Dr. Nick

 

 

My thanks to Bo Keeley for agreeing to let me use excerpts from his delightful book in this post. If you are interested in getting a copy of Elvis’ Humor – Girls, Guns & Guitars, click here.

 

 

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Elvis Images Found in Archaeological Collections

1,800 Year-Old Roman Bust

In 2008, famous antiquities collector Graham Geddes of Melbourne, Australia, revealed his discovery of a 1,800-year-old marble bust that looked like Elvis Presley. The ‘Elvis’ sculpture is 2nd Century AD Roman acroterion – a kind of architectural ornament often found on the corners of a sarcophagus, a stone tomb or burial chamber. According to antiquities specialist Georgiana Aitken: ‘It bears an uncanny likeness to Elvis Presley. It’s the quiff that does it.”

Ms. Aitken made other statements that caused quite a commotion within the archaeological community:

“Looking at this face with its Elvis-like quiff, strong jaw and nose, one is inevitably led to the thought that the human face, for all its diversity and subtlety, has after all an ability to repeat itself.”

“Fans of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, seeing this face from the distant past will be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life.”

This notion caused many collectors, archaeologists, and museum curators to take a second look at their collections and to do extensive searches in their photographic reference books to see if Elvis images may have been found in other ancient cultures.

 

A ROMAN MARBLE ACROTERION CIRCA MID TO LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.

An even better likeness of Elvis was found in this Roman burial vault acroterion circa mid-to-late 2nd century AD.

 

Here are some of the other Elvis likenesses found in archaeological collections:

Adalaid, Australia – Cave Drawing – 300,000 BC

 

 

Luxor, Egypt — Giant Bust Sculpture — 2,000 BC

 

Belize River Valley, Belize – Cave drawing – 60,000 BC

 

Sultan Kala, Turkmenistan – Stone Carving – 1,400 AD

 

Florence, Italy – Bronze Bust – 900 AD

 

Pylos, Greece – Marble Bust – 600 BC

 

St. Lucia, West Indies – Wall Art – 1,200 AD

 

Iraklio, Crete — Giant Carved Cameo — 1,100 AD

 

Sagalassos, Turkey – Stone Tablet – 400 AD

 

Kyota Japan –Bamboo Wood Carving – 1,500 AD

 

Burial and Ritual Sites, Central Mongolia – Cave Drawing — 150,000 BC

 

Tiwanaku, Bolivia – Painted Stone Tablet – 1,600 AD

 

Moon Landing – Clue to Earlier Visitors — 1971

 

 

If you’re starting to wonder if this story is on the level, scroll down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 4

Elvis and Lisa

I haven’t done one of these picture posts in a month. They are so much fun because they generate a lot of reader response. Just as a reminder, these are shots I have found on Pinterest, some with descriptive tags (often wrong) and some untagged. Ever since I signed up with Pinterest and set my interest as Elvis Presley, they constantly send me emails linking to new photos people have recently Pinnned. So, let’s take a look at some of them.

 

Elvis and Dolores Hart at set of Loving you 1957. She was the first woman who kisses Elvis Presley in a film

The tag on this one was very good: “Elvis and Dolores Hart at set of Loving You 1957. She was the first woman who kisses Elvis Presley in a film.”

Director Hal Kanter giving Dolores Hart and Elvis Presley instructions on how to do a scene Elvis Forum

This is also from Loving You. I love the caption on Pinterest: “Director Hal Kanter giving Dolores Hart and Elvis Presley instructions on how to do a scene.” Can’t you just imagine that Elvis is thinking, “Hey, man, move over. I’ll teach her how to kiss.”

 

Dan Blocker and Elvis

Elvis with Dan Blocker form the TV show Bonanza. How many celebrities do you think Elvis met in his life?

 

Elvis and Lee Majors

Here’s another one. Lee Majors was called a “blond Elvis Presley” because of his resemblance to Elvis, but his hair doesn’t look too blond here.

 

Bond, Elvis Bond

I know some of you readers hate Photoshopped Elvis pictures, but you have to admit that Elvis makes a great-looking James Bond. (My name is Bond. Elvis Bond.)

 

Elvis and Buddies - Two Unidentified Men

Here’s one taken on the set of Speedway:  Standing – Jerry Schilling, Marty Lacker, Larry Jost (sound department), Elvis, Don Sutton (Pitcher for the LA Dodgers), and Richard Davis.  Kneeling – George Klein and  Joe Esposito.

Elvis Eating Soup on the Way Home from the Army 1961

This shot of Elvis eating soup actually didn’t come from Pinterest. It is a screen grab I made from a video on YouTube. It was filmed in 1961 on Elvis trip back to Memphis after his discharge from the Army.

 

Sunday July 30, 1961, Elvis visited the park Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida, While filming Follow that Dream

This is also from 1961. It was shot when Elvis visited Weeki Wachee Springs during free time while filming Follow That Dream in Florida. These pretty girls played mermaids during the underwater shows.

 

Elvis Guitar Zap

Does this look like Elvis shooting some kind of zap ray out the neck of his guitar? I made this one, too. In a behind-the-scenes video about the filming of That’s The Way It Is, they used interesting tricks to morph from one shot to the next. It took several attempts, but I finally got the screen grab to look like this.

 

Elvis Sleeping

There was no tag to indicate when and where this was snapped. Some readers have stated this is actually Anthony Perkins and not Elvis.  Does anybody have definitive proof either way?

 

Elvis and Shadow

I love this image, and I sure hope it’s not Photoshopped.

 

Elvis Presley cutting Billy Smith;s Hair 1957

I know the Pinterest tag on this is completely wrong. It says,” Elvis Presley cutting Johnny Cash’s hair. 1960.” First, Elvis is wearing the western outfit from Loving You, which filmed in 1957. Second, this is not Johnny Cash. I believe it is Elvis’ cousin Gene Smith. Here he is with Elvis on the set of Love Me Tender.

Elvis - Love Me Tender on Set 1956

Looks like the same guy, right?

(Editor’s note:  I had originally made a typing error and called him Billy Smith.  Within eight hours of posting this, six alert readers made comments pointing out this error.  Sorry)

 

Let’s close with some reader comments from the last time we did these pictures.

 

Elvis Pondering Nashville recording session in April 14, 1956

Reader Dolores R commented, “Elvis Pondering — the photo is a Nashville recording session in April 14, 1956.” I checked the photos in the book Elvis Presley – The Complete Recording Sessions for this date, and they all have Elvis wearing this shirt. You nailed it, Delores.

 

Elvis and Big Tree

My friend Gerard Montz came up with a great tag for this photo:

“Tree Be Nice”

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 3

Elvis in Confident Pose

Remember this picture of sharp-looking Elvis from last week.  Alert reader Delores sent this message, “The photo with the number 256, below on the left, is cropped. The original is Elvis talking to Jim Brown on the set of ‘Roustabout.’”  That jogged my memory, and it turns out I already had another photo of them together in my files.

Elvis & Jim Brown

This one had to been taken during the same conversation.  Good catch, Delores.

 

Two weeks ago, I mentioned I could not find any photos of Ginger Alden at Elvis’ funeral.  Well, Bent from Denmark came through again and sent me a link to this picture.

Ginger Alden at Elvis' Funeral

If anyone knows of a photo of Ginger at the funeral that actually shows her face, let me know.

 

Elvis on Typewriter

Remember this picture that alert reader Diana pointed out a phony, with Elvis’ head Photoshopped on Marlon Brando’s body.  I said I didn’t have time to look for the original, and two readers did it for me. Jeanne at the wonderful Facebook page Pompadour sent this picture.

Marlon Brando and Cat

It looks like the Photoshop jockey flipped the image horizontally.

 

Elvis and Cop

I posted this last week without any information about where it was shot.  Delores came through again with this: “The picture with the cop is from Oakland California – June 3, 1956. He is being escorted by Oakland police at Oakland Auditorium.”

 

 

OK, here are some new Elvis photos I had never seen before this week

 

Elvis at Base of Huge Tree

This is a cool shot.  Is that Lisbeth Scott, Elvis’ costar in Loving You, in the middle?  The tree is sitting on a concrete slab, so can it even be living?

 

Elvis Pondering

Is this Elvis deeply pondering something or in a pose during a stage performance?  Anybody know?

 

Elvis Bowing

What a terrific photo.  I hope nobody writes to tell me it is Photoshopped.  I hope someone does write to advise when and where it was taken.

 

Vernon and Elvis At Graceland after Gladys' death

This is obviously a real picture of Elvis and his dad.  The tag on Pinterest said it was taken at Graceland after his mama’s death.  If you study the emotional pain on Vernon and Elvis’ faces, it sure sounds like the right description.  What a sad time they went through.

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen – Part 2

Elvis Drawing on Bald Head

Last weekend’s ElvisBlog post generated the most immediate comments I’ve ever seen (other than the get well wishes after my wife’s surgery).  It seems that posting Elvis pictures I find on Pinterest can be tricky, especially the ones that don’t have any tags explaining what they are.

 

Playing Football with Glasses on

Like this one.  I assumed it was Elvis playing football, but three different readers informed me it was Johnny Harra.  You may remember he played the role of Elvis at age 42 in the movie “This is Elvis.”  (There were three other actors playing Elvis at different ages.)  I guess this picture is a clip from the movie, but I haven’t seen it in ages and can’t remember.

 

Elvis and Dog

When I posted this one, I said I hoped it wasn’t Photoshopped, because I liked it so much.  Well, my good friend, blogger Troy Yeary, got out the magnifying glass and did some detective work.  He reported, “Unfortunately, as you suspected, the one with the dog has to be a fake because he is wearing a Jeff Gordon #24 NASCAR collar, and Gordon did not start racing until the early 1990s.”  Good catch, Troy.

 

Linda Thompson at Elvis' funeral She wore THAT

Two readers commented on this shot of Linda Thompson at Elvis’ funeral.  Frequent commenter Tracey (aka Fluffy Sprout) wrote this:  “On the picture of Linda at Elvis’ funeral, she said this was a favorite dress that Elvis had bought her, and that he loved her wearing it whenever she was with Elvis.”  So, maybe it’s not as inappropriate as I thought.

Priscilla at Elvis' Funeral

Out of curiosity, I searched for photos to see what Priscilla wore at the funeral.  This hazy shot looks like it was taken by a fan, and it supposedly shows Priscilla being led forward by group of men.

Priscilla and Lisa Marie at Elvis' funeral

This photo was tagged, “Priscilla and Lisa Marie at Elvis’ funeral.”  Does that look like Priscilla’s profile?

For what it’s worth, I scrolled through dozens of Elvis funeral photographs, and I couldn’t find one with Ginger Alden in it.

 

Elvis Making a Face in Blue Hawaii

I mentioned that this picture was tagged as G.I. Blues on Pinterest, and that the Army insignia seemed to verify that.  Two readers knew better, and one pinned down the actual movie scene.

“The one of Elvis  in uniform sticking out his tongue is not from G.I. Blues, it’s from Blue Hawaii. Elvis and Joan went in the water at his old shack on the beach and a little boy came up to them, and Elvis asked him if the cat got his tongue.”

 

Gladys' Father and Mother

This photo generated the longest ElvisBlog comment ever.  It came from Jeanne Kendall, a true Elvis expert and the force behind Pomadour, a wonderful Facebook page celebrating Elvis and Elvis Tribute Artists.

Hi Phil!  Great blog, as usual!

Yes, that is a photo of Gladys’ parents, Bob and Doll Smith.  I post it on Pompadour every year on their Anniversary along with this info that you might find interesting:

Bob Smith (1873-1931) was the son of White Mansell’s sister, Ann.

Ann Mansell was a striking woman of dignity and stature, a commanding presence until her death at eighty-six. Bob Smith and Doll Mansell, Elvis Presley’s maternal grandparents, were first cousins. This was a genetic intensification, a doubling, of the family lineage. The marrying of first cousins, with its intensities and possibility for dysfunction, was common in insulated communities of the agrarian South.

Like Doll, Bob Smith was very handsome, his Indian blood evidenced in a noble brow, good bone structure, even features and dark, deep-set eyes. His black hair was dark as coal. Doll would be bedridden from tuberculosis throughout the marriage. Like his uncle and father-in-law, White Mansell, Bob Smith labored long and hard as a sharecropper, and occasional moonshiner, to support his invalid wife and eight children. The noose of poverty tightened on the family, and on Elvis’ mother, Gladys Love Smith (1912-1958) who was born on April 25, 1912.

In 1931, when Gladys was 19 her father Bob Smith died. It was completely sudden and unexpected. Everyone had expected the sick ‘Doll’ to die first. As was his request he was buried in an unmarked grave.

So Gladys did not have a strong role model in a mother, and Vernon did not have a strong bond with his father. Both these facts would impact heavily on Elvis Presley’s life.

[www.elvis.com.au/presley/biography/elvis_presley_family_history.shtml]

I hope all is going well with Beverly’s recovery.  Take care,

Jeanne (Pompadour: A Tribute to Tribute Artists)

Thank you, Jeanne (and also to the original writer at elvis.com.au.)

 

Hands on Elvis' Butt

Three people wrote to tell me this was not Elvis.  The best came from Merjin, a reader from the Netherlands:  “That last one is an ETA. The suit resembles the first (stone) Arabian suit, but is different.  Belt looks like a fantasy Target suit belt.  No Elvis!”

 

Elvis on Typewriter

Only one person challenged this as a Photoshopped phony.  The specific comment was:  “The one with the cat is a big fake.  I believe the original is of Marlon Brando and his ugly arm (not to be mistaken ever for Elvis’ beautiful one).”  Interesting.  There may be something to that, but I just don’t have time to look for a Marlon Brando original.

 

If anyone has more information on the photos posted last week, please put them on Comments.  Now, let’s look as some more pics that certainly seem to be the real deal.

 

 

 

14-year-old Priscilla and Elvis met while doing his service in Germany

The tag says this is 14-year-old Priscilla Elvis sitting with Elvis in Germany.  No wonder Elvis was attracted to her.  Very pretty.

 

Elvis with His Arms Up

There was no tag on this, and I have no idea what’s going on.  Somebody help us out here.

 

scene where Presley sings Viva Las Vegas is performed in one single unedited shot—the only known example of such a technique in Presley's movie career.

I picked this image partly because of the detailed caption:  “The scene where Elvis Presley sings Viva Las Vegas is performed in one single unedited shot—the only known example of such a technique in Presley’s movie career.”  I wonder who keeps track of this kind of stuff.

 

 

Elvis in Confident Pose

We’ll see two shots back-to-back that show Elvis’ body posture in different situations.  Above he looks super-cool and confident.

 

Elvis and Cop

Here he looks a little gawky.   I guess the policeman was part of security leading to/from a venue.  Anybody know?

 

Handsome Elvis in Fringe Jumpsuit

Now that’s a handsome man.

 

Elvis Making a Face

Oh, well, not every candid shot can be flattering.

 

Elvis and Ann Margtret in Viva Las Vegas

Hey, that’s not Priscilla.  It’s Ann Margret. There was an interesting tag, but I did some detective work myself.  The tag said, “Viva Las Vegas. A week later, Ann Margret married Roger Smith. The following week Elvis married Priscilla in Las Vegas at the MGM Hotel.”

Actually, Elvis and Priscilla married first on May 1, 1967.  Ann Margret and Roger Smith married a week later on May 8, 1967.  But Viva Las Vegas was filmed in 1963 and released the following year.  There sure is a lot of mis-information about Elvis on the internet.

 

Jane Elliot and Elvis Goofing Around Backstage Change of Habit

Here’s a movie-related picture with a tag I can completely believe:  “Jane Elliot and Elvis Goofing Around Backstage During the Filming of Change of Habit.

 

Elvis and Plywood Artwork August 1973

We’ll close with one last shot of Elvis looking really handsome.

Handsome Elvis August 1973

Now look at him with the plywood artwork cropped out and his face resized 20% bigger.

Someday I’ll be cruising through Elvis photos on Google Images or Pinterest, and I’ll find this one.  I’ll enjoy seeing that it came from ElvisBlog.

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before (and you probably haven’t either)

Elvis on Typewriter

When I come up with an idea for an ElvisBlog post, I often go to Google Images to find some new pictures to supplement what I’ve already got in my files. As I scroll down through all the choices, sometimes I see one that I know I had created by modifying an original photo slightly to get rid of extraneous stuff. (For example, the rest of the couch on either side of Elvis above.)

So, I saw one of mine on Google and clicked on it. But that didn’t’ take me to ElvisBlog. It took me to Pinterest. Somebody had liked the picture and pinned it there. To my utter delight, I discovered there are dozens of categories of Elvis photos to browse through.

Pinterest Elvis Tabs

I found many, many pictures that were worthy of saving to my files, and in no time I had enough for this post. Let’s take a look at some.

 

Two-toned Wine Glass Leather Two-piece - One of the four similar leather suits Elvis wore during his 1974

How do you like this outfit? The tag under it on Pinterest said, “Two-toned Wine Glass Leather Two-piece – One of four similar leather suits Elvis wore during 1974.” I’ve never seen Elvis in this before. At first glance, this almost looks like George Harrison.

 

Elvis Making a Face in G.I. Blues

This is tagged as a screen grab from G.I. Blues, and the Army insignia seems to verify that. Next time I watch the movie, I’ll be on the lookout for Elvis making this face.

 

Elvis and Priscilla

Some of the pics on Pinterest are obviously Photoshopped, and some make you wonder if they are. I’m guessing this is Photoshopped for two reasons. Look at the uncropped stuff beside Priscilla’s arm. But the big red flag is her huge right hand – big enough to palm a basketball.

 

Elvis and Priscilla 2

This one looks legit.

 

Elvis with Panties from the Audience

They don’t make panties like this anymore, do they? I wish I had created a category for “Stuff Thrown on Stage as Elvis Performs.” You wouldn’t believe all the different items fans have showered Elvis with.

 

Elvis in Uncle Sam Hat 1976 Atlanta

The tag said simply “Atlanta, 1976.” So, did somebody toss the hat on stage, or did Elvis bring it out from backstage to wear and celebrate the Bi-centennial?

 

Elvis March 26, 1976 Memphis,

The tag on this one was very informative. “March 26, 1976, Memphis, Elvis spots a traffic accident, pulls over, gets out of his car, walks to the scene of the accident and offers the stunned participants any help they need.”

I looked for more information on this, and found that Elvis pulled out his police badge to justify his presence on the scene. He sure did love those law-enforcement badges.

 

The Monkey orchid. Iskele, Famagusta, Cyprus. That Looks Like and Elvis Jumpsuit

This is so cool. Somebody recognized that this orchid looks like an Elvis jumpsuit. For the record, it is a Monkey orchid found in Famagusta, Cyprus.

 

Elvis Showing off His moves

How about Elvis showing off his moves in those baggy Zoot Suit pants.

 

Elvis and Sonny West on the beach Blue Hawaii 1961

Have you ever seen Elvis wearing a bathrobe? This shot is identified as Elvis and Sonny West on the beach while Blue Hawaii was being filmed in 1961. I’m guessing the third guy with his back to us is Red West.

 

Elvis with a Rod Stewart Hairdo

There was no tag on this, so I’ll label it “Elvis with a Rod Stewart hairdo.”

 

 

Gladys' Father and Mother

I guess this is legit. Does anybody know what a Grit button is?

 

Elvis and Dog

This is just adorable. I hope it’s not Photoshopped, but I’m guessing it is.

 

Linda Thompson at Elvis' funeral She wore THAT

This is a shot of Linda Thompson at Elvis’ funeral. I’m sorry, Linda, but that was not the right wardrobe choice for mourning Elvis.

 

Playing Football with Glasses on

I’ve collected many photos of Elvis playing football, but this is the first time I’ve seen him doing it while wearing glasses.

 

Back of Elvis' Head at Concert

Study this photo for a minute. Did you figure out that this is the back of Elvis’ head while he is performing on stage?

 

Elvis and Carolyn Jones King Creole

You might think this was a publicity photo for King Creole. However, before I cropped off a lot of extraneous stuff off the right side, you could see it was a casual moment backstage.

 

Hands on Elvis' Butt

We’ll end with this incredible shot. I certainly hope it’s a real photo. Does anybody know?

 

I thought this was a lot of fun. There are many more photos, so we’ll do it again.

 

 

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Rock on, Santa, Rock on

Santa Rocking Out

I won’t be writing about my Elvis and Santa books this time. In fact, I won’t even be writing about Elvis. In honor of the Christmas holidays, this post will be all about Santa. Over the years, I’ve built a huge file of unusual Santa Claus images. Like the one above. I just love this picture of him rocking out on a guitar.

 

Santa Playing Guitar 2

Here’s a totally different take, but equally cool, to me. I hope you like these images of Santa playing a guitar, because I’ve got a lot of them.

 

Santa withOne Leg, Two Feet

Most of the images have Santa playing electric guitars, but this one is acoustic. I label all my pictures with something descriptive; so I call this one Santa with One Leg and Two Feet.

 

Santa with Big Black Boots

This Santa doesn’t look like he moves around much playing his guitar. I labelled him Santa with Big Black Boots.

 

Short Santa

This is the first of several rockin’ Santas wearing sunglasses. I’ve got many pictures of him in different activities wearing shades. They will certainly show up in another ElvisBlog post around Christmastime some year.

 

Santa with Red Sunglasses

How do you like the square red lenses on this Santa’s sunglasses?

 

Aging Hippie Santa

I call this one Aging Hippie Santa. It reminds me of an old buddy of mine, and I really like it.

 

Santa Playing Guitar in the Snow

Hey Santa, where’d you plug that cord in?

 

Santa and Texas Flag

Based on Santa’s coat and sombrero, I thought this was the flag of Mexico. Actually, it’s the Texas state flag.

 

Santa Playing Guitar 4

How do you think this Santa can play this guitar with gloves on?

 

Santa on One Foot

This reminds me of Elvis doing his karate kicks on stage. You need to get that leg up a little higher, Santa.

Santa Playing Guitar 3

More pictures of Cool Santa wearing sunglasses while playing the guitar.

 

ZZ Top Santa

I labelled this one ZZ Top Santa.

 

Santa with Green Guitar

Back to full-figured Santa. Missing a finger, though.

 

Santa the Bluesman

I call this one Santa the Bluesman. He just exudes soul.

 

Santa Playing Guitar

This Santa’s fingers on the frets make it look like he is really playing the guitar. Most of the other pictures just have him holding the neck.

 

Campfire Santa

I don’t think you can play an acoustic guitar wearing gloves any better than you could an electric one. I labelled this one Campfire Santa, imagining him sitting around a campfire pickin’ and singin’ songs for the elves.

 

Coca Cola Santa

I call this Coca-Cola Santa. Doesn’t he look like the images in those old Coke ads? There weren’t any flying V guitars back in those days, though.

 

Santa with a Flying V Guitar

Here’s a couple more Santas playing Flying V guitars.

 

Santa Playing Flying V Guitar

They are both among the happiest looking Santas in this pictorial spread.

 

Santa with Stogie

As you have seen, people have created some wild images of Santa. This is the one of two I have with him chomping on a stogie.

 

Santa Blowing up the Speakers

Here is the second one. Nobody drew Santa smoking a pipe.

 

Santa with no legs

How do you like Santa in a muscle shirt and sporting tattoos? I like the Christmas tree guitar. What happened to your legs, Santa?

 

Santa Slamming Guitar

This is kind of a strange pose. I suppose Santa is slamming his guitar on the stage, like Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townsend.

 

Santa Rocks - World Tour

We’ll end with this one. I wish the picture was sharper, but it’s a blow-up from a small image. Great concept.

 

Have a merry christmas everybody

 

 

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Organizing My Elvis Pictures – Part 2

Elvis Signing Something

I’m on the internet all the time looking for stuff to inspire an ElvisBlog post. Like a news item or a historical story, but often I will type something Elvis-related in the Google search box, and just check out the images that pop up. Surprisingly, I find some of the best pictures after scrolling down four or five pages where the images start to waver off your original search term. Like the picture above with Elvis writing something, or more likely, autographing a page for a fan.

I have a nice file of Elvis autographs compiled from dozens of auction results, but this photo didn’t seem right to file there. So, to save time when I discovered it, I just put it in my humongous master folder called Photos for Blog Articles.

Photos For Blog Articles File

Here you can see the first fourteen files in my blog photo folder. There are a total of 145 files with hundreds of sub-files. But there are also hundreds of individual pictures just in the folder, but not filed.

So, I will do this post about organizing some interesting ones into the proper files. Like the photo at the top. Believe it or not, that file is Elvis in the Army. The site where I found it said it was taken in Bad Nauheim, Germany.

 

Elvis in Thonburi, Thailand

The website information on this one said it was a giant Elvis billboard in Thonburi, Thailand. I had no idea where to file it. It just didn’t fit anywhere. So, I’m going to put it in Images, which is kind of a catch-all for interesting pictures of Elvis himself or his first name. Like this:

On Sun Record

Or this.

Elvis plus Guitar

 

Here’s one that’s pretty strange.

Born on January 8

It is kind of distressing to know that Kim Jong Un shares the same birthday as Elvis. I had no idea where to file this, but I’m now putting it in Elvis and Other Stars. David Bowie already has a sub-file in there.

Speaking of Kim Jong Un, did you know his father was a big Elvis fan?

Kim Jong Il in Elvis Jumpsuit

That’s Kim Jong Il in an Elvis jumpsuit. He’s filed in Elvis Impersonator Losers, a file with way too many crummy looking Elvis wannabies. Then I got curious about whether Kim Jong Un inherited the same genetic preference for Elvis.

Kim Jong Un as Elvis Presley

The best I could find was this Photoshopped image. I made two copies and filed one in Altered Elvis and the other in that loser file with his dad.

 

Elvis Presley's Memphis

Do you remember when EPE opened an Elvis-themed restaurant in the old building where the Lansky Bros. clothing store used to be? The restaurant folded after a few years, but Graceland still owned the name Elvis Presley’s Memphis and used it again when they opened the new entertainment complex this year. I have decided to file this picture under Lansky Bros.

 

Linda Thompson and Bruce Jenner

I don’t know why I didn’t immediately file this one in the Linda Thompson sub-file of the Elvis Girlfriends folder, but it’s in there now. How do you like the good-looking fellow Linda paired up with after Elvis? I think his name is Bruce, but I could be confused.

 

Elvis Bacon

This one is now in Products. It’s not a good fit, but where else can I file a piece of bacon that looks like Elvis? Somewhere in my master folder there’s a potato chip that looks like Elvis. And a cloud, too, I think. Maybe I can find them and start a folder called Stuff That Looks Like Elvis.

 

British Passport - Elvis Autograph on Page 32

This could have been put in the Autographs folder, but I didn’t initially do that because I thought I could use the interesting story about it in a blog post. Well, here it is. This is page 32 of the British Passport of Pauline Mary Harvey. Apparently, she met Elvis in 1963 and needed something for him to autograph. I believe the little picture of Elvis was pasted in later.

British Passport - Pauline Mary Harvey - 1963

 

I am sure you all have seen the photo of Elvis making a face while getting a shot. It’s filed in the Caption Contest folder.

Elvis Getting A Shot

This blood pressure picture will go in there, too, although it will be harder to come up with a funny caption.

Elvis Having Blood Pressure Taken

 

Woodstock From back of Stage

This doesn’t really belong in any Elvis folder because it is a shot of the crowd at Woodstock taken from the back of the stage. I saved it because I thought it was such a cool photo, but it will stay in limbo because I just don’t know where to file it.

 

Sketch of Elvis made by Jimi Hendrix in 1957 - 14 years old

Speaking of Woodstock, one of the best performers there, Jimi Hendrix, made this drawing of Elvis in 1957 when Hendrix was fourteen years old. Look hard and you can make out all the Elvis song titles he added. This picture is now filed in Elvis and Other Stars.

It hasn’t been widely reported that Elvis was an influence for Hendrix. What do you think?

 

24 Hour Church of Elvis

How about the 24 Hour Church of Elvis in Portland, Oregon? It just doesn’t fit in any folder category, so I put it in Odds and Ends, which is not much of an improvement over not filed at all.

 

Album of Elvis Novelty Songs

Here is a two CD set containing 25 Elvis novelty and tribute songs. You can buy it on Amazon right now for $12.99. I put it in Elvis Records even though it’s not one of his own.

 

Barbara Hearn Dancing With Elvis

I must have discovered this picture early in my days of collecting Elvis photos and wasn’t sure who the girl was that Elvis danced with. Now, I immediately recognize her as Barbara Hearn, because there are several other photos of her wearing this dress. So the photo has now been filed in the Barbara Hearn sub-file of the Elvis Girlfriends folder. Look what else I have in that file – One of the shortest but expressive love letters to Elvis you will ever see.

Barbara Hearn Dancing With Elvis

Elvis not only made the girls swoon, he made them sigh.

 

The last time I did a post about organizing my Elvis photos was back in June 2014.  Click here to check it out.

 

 

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Taking a Knee — Elvis Style

The news has been filled for a week about folks taking a knee in protest.  Frankly, I’m getting tired of all the commentary, both pro and against.  So, here is a pictorial essay of Elvis taking a knee, with no commentary at all.

 

 

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