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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 24

 

A Star Is Born 2018

I’m sure most of you readers are aware of all the media hype for the latest version of the movie A Star Is Born. This one pairs up Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (or Stefani Germanotta, her real name, as listed on the above poster).

How many of you also know that Elvis was offered the male lead in the 1976 version?

A Star Is Born 1976

According to the definitive book ELVIS – His Life from A to Z, “Barbra Streisand wanted to costar with Elvis, in what would have been his finest screen role. But an agreement couldn’t be reached with Colonel Parker, who wanted one million dollars plus top billing for Elvis, rather than to settle for a percentage of the movie’s gross.”

So Kris Kristofferson got the role.

Probably not one of Col. Parker’s best moves.

 

Jerry Seinfeld in an Elvis Jumpsuit:

Rolling Stone Cover o Seinfeld in Elvis Jumpsuit

Do you save old magazines with good intentions to read them again? I’m bad that way, but lately I’m culling out anything I can use on ElvisBlog, and throwing the rest away. Here’s the cover of the September 22, 1994 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. It may be hard to tell in the small photo here, but the full-sized cover shows this is an expensive original design that probably weighs 40 pounds like some of Elvis’ jumpsuits did.  And his attempt at an Elvis lip curl is really lame

Jerry Seinfeld in Elvis Jumpsuit

This is a different pose that accompanies the lengthy article celebrating the end of Jerry Seinfeld’s twelve-year run on the TV show Seinfeld. There is no mention of the jumpsuit in the article, so it must be just to emphasize the subtitle on the magazine cover: The King of Prime Time Comedy.

There was one other picture of interest in this magazine.

Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson

Supposedly, this was the first photograph of Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson after they were married in 1994.

 

Here are pictures of some other showbiz folks dressed up in Elvis jumpsuits.

Bill Murray in an Elvis Jumpsuit

 

 

Britney Spears 2007 in an Elvis Jumpsuit

 

 

Glen Campbell Wearing Elvis Jumpsuit - 1975

 

Andy Kaufman in Elvis Jumpsuit

 

Geraldo 1992 in Elvis Jumpsuit

 

Nathan Fillion (Rick Castle) in his Elvis Jumpsuit

The guy in the middle is Nathan Fillion In an episode of Castle.  Check out the twin Elvi’s with matching American Eagle jumpsuits and white scarfs on each side.  Does anybody know what the storyline was to have Fillion dressed up like this?

 

Who was Elvis’ Favorite Auto Mechanic?

Earlier this week I got an email from an ElvisBlog reader in Spokane who makes and collects guitars. After negotiating on the phone to buy a double-neck guitar, he went to pick it up.

Double -neck guitar

It turned out the owner also had many other guitars, including one he says he got from Elvis. It is an electric guitar with the same inlay as the acoustic guitar below.

Elvis Presley Guitar -

 

The man claims to have been Elvis’ go-to automobile mechanic for many years up until Elvis’ death.

This is the story the ElvisBlog reader relates about the mechanic, who we will call Al for now.

‘Elvis’ car broke down on his way to Tahoe. Al was a mechanic at a local car repair place. His boss asked if he could put a new motor in this Lincoln, and he agreed to work all night so Elvis could leave in the morning. Well, I guess he finished around 3 AM, and a guy came to pick up the car, but they started drinking beer and the guy was too drunk to drive.

“Meantime Elvis shows up, thanks the guy, asks Al’s boss if he could offer Al a job, to which Al said yes, and thus became his mechanic for years. Elvis would have his private plane pick him up and fly him to his various places like Bel Air, Memphis and I think he said Florida, where he had vehicles and Al would make sure they were tuned up and ready to go. He got paid $2400 a month which he says was really good money back in the sixties/seventies. He became really good friends with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, and he claimed he was like an uncle to Lisa.”

 

When the collector got to Al’s house for the double-neck, he found a very protective/reclusive type old man.

“He lets me in and I noticed he is packing a gun on his hip. He finally started to loosen up a bit after he realized I truly enjoy guitars and that’s when all the stories started coming forth. Really want to believe him but … I have some doubts.”

The story goes that Elvis gave Al the electric guitar with the fancy neck inlay. It was a movie prop although it really played. Elvis also gave him a gold album award, photos, and lots of other stuff.

The guitar collector says, “It all sounds really cool, but there is that slight twinkle of doubt that is bothering me.” He hopes there is someone out there who knows about a car mechanic/guitar collector with strong connections to Elvis, and has asked my help.

So, if anyone is familiar with who worked on Elvis’ vehicles from late 60s until Elvis’ death, please reply on Comments and add some credence to this story about Elvis’ favorite auto mechanic.

 

 

 

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Getting Fooled by Photoshopped Elvis Photos

 

Elvis and Lisa

I showed this picture back in March and I was completely sure it was the real deal – not Photoshopped. Alert reader Diana from Long Island chimed in on Comments, “The fake ‘picture’ purporting to show Elvis and Lisa is awful–yuch.”

But I still wasn/t convinced and commented back, “A week before you, other reader claimed the Lisa and Elvis picture is Photoshopped. So, I asked him to help me out and send something that would prove this. It just seems unlikely that someone could find separate photos of both people in those unusual positions. But if you can find the originals, I would love to post them.”

Well, neither Diana nor Tony, the other detractor, sent in the proof — but I stumbled into it on Facebook.

 

Man and Child Before Elvis and Lisa Photoshopping

I think this was cropped from a larger photo, but there is still enough left to figure out what the Photoshop jockey did. He/she lifted the two bodies off this picture and found a nice shot of the Graceland living room to paste them on. The he found profile shots of Elvis and Lisa that were age appropriate and added them to the bodies. Diana, you and Tony were right. Sorry I doubted you.

 

Elvis on Guitar In The Sky

I’ve always liked Photoshopped Elvis photos like this. There’s no attempt to fool anyone to think it is real. Just a cool image.

 

Swirling Elvis

And I don’t know what kind of special effects would produce a picture like this, but I love it.

 

Elvis Meat Hammer

I get a kick out of the ones that are genuinely funny.

 

Elvis and Kiss

I have a file with 19 Photoshopped variations of Elvis in his Jailhouse Rock outfit. I recently found number 20. I like this one, too.

 

Twin Jailhouse Rock Elvises

Not bad, is it?

 

Elvis and Dog

But, the realization that a number of people are trying to fool us fans is starting to p— me off. We cherish Elvis so much that we’re inclined to want to like these warm and fuzzy pictures. We wish they were real.

Thanks to my friend Troy in Virginia for setting the record straight of the above photo of Elvis and a dog: “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.

 

Photoshopped Elvis and Priscilla

What I really don’t get are these manufactured photos of Elvis and Priscilla. Why take a picture of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood and put Elvis and Priscilla’s heads on them? Aren’t there hundreds of legitimate photos of Elvis and Priscilla already?

 

Fake Elvis and Gladys Presley

This is even worse. Why would anyone want to switch Elvis’ head for Vernon’s in a photo with Gladys? Maybe it was a Photoshop rookie getting some practice. It sure is a crummy job.

 

Elvis Fake or Photoshopped Photos

I mentioned finding the original picture used in the Elvis and Lisa fake on Facebook. You wouldn’t believe so many sites are devoted to this. The one above supposedly has 572 photos, but I gave up after scrolling through 10 % of them. Here are three other Facebook pages like this:

Elvis – Fake Photoshopped Pics Revealed
Fake Photoshopped Elvis Pics
Elvis Presley – Fake Photoshopped Photos

There is a good bit of duplication, but you might want to take a look at one or two of them if you are curious about the original photos used to make the fakes.

You can also go on Pinterest and search for Fake Elvis Photos. You can scroll for a long time looking at them, but there doesn’t seem to be many of the ‘before pictures’ used to make them.

 

Elvis and Molly. Better than a Hound Dog

Let’s end with a photo a graphic designer made for me as a favor. It looks sort-of like the famous picture of Elvis on the Steve Allen Show singing Hound Dog, except that is my dog Molly on the stand. This is the avatar I use on PHOENIX – The Elvis Forum.

 

This Photoshopping of Elvis pictures certainly seems to be a big growing phenomenon. It better not get too big, or Graceland will jump in and make it a part of Elvis Week, like they do now with the tribute artists and Elvis memorabilia auctions. Maybe there will be a big exhibit at the Guest House ballroom, or maybe a competition for the best Elvis Photoshop Artist.

Don’t dismiss this idea. They already have named Betty Harper, Joe Petruccio, and others as Official Artists for Elvis Presley Enterprises. Maybe someday there will be Official EPE Photoshop Artists as well.

 

 

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Graceland Promotes Christmas in July Again

Christmas in July

I did an article back in 2010 about Graceland’s 12 Days of Christmas in July promotion. They offered two Elvis items each day. I praised the items I liked, and here’s one of my favorites

Sun Records Black Cap

Clean and simple – just the SUN Records logo and young Elvis.

 

But I wasn’t shy about knocking the items I hated.

Jailhouse Rock Replica T-shirt

This is one of the lamest T-shirt designs I have ever seen. Usually they put Elvis’ name in letters or signature on the T-shirts, but I’m glad they didn’t on this one.

Elvis and Dale Earnhardt Fantasy Race Car Cap

This is anything but clean and simple. It’s got six different things on it: Elvis, Welcome to Las Vegas, and Dale Earnhardt’s picture, signature, and his number 3. I think the blur on the left side of the bill is Elvis’ signature. Too much.

Elvis Blue Suede Shoes Lamp

This is my all-time least favorite Elvis product foisted on his adoring fans. It would be hard to design a more stupid-looking lamp than this one.

 

I really haven’t been keeping track of whether Graceland has been doing Christmas in July promotions in any of the years since 2010, but when I scrolled through the offers this year, a couple of things caught my eye.

Elvis Christmas Drop Ornaments

First, Christmas tree ornaments. There are several dozen different designs offered, but these two are the best of the bunch. They are five inches tall and made of shatter resistant plastic. They are called the Blue Peacock Drop Ornament and Red Drop Ornament, respectively. There is also a Gold Lamé one, but that image is so overused. All three options are $6.99.

 

Second, Christmas wrapping paper. Maybe this has been available before, but it is new to me. I think they came up with a great idea. Here are the six designs with brief comments.

ELVIS GROOVY TREE WRAPPING PAPER

This design is called Groovy Tree. If you look real close, you can see the repetition of pyramids that sort-of look like Christmas trees. Some of the other selections don’t have any connection with Christmas, but they are still pretty cool.

 

ELVIS PROFILE SIGNATURE WRAPPING PAPER

Here we have Elvis Profile Signature. This design could be used to wrap presents for birthday, anniversary, baby shower, etc., so it probably ought to be offered year-round.

 

GRACELAND METALLIC WRAPPING PAPER

This is Graceland Metallic wrapping paper. Maybe those are snowflakes mixed with musical notes in the design, so there is a tenuous connection to Christmas. I wonder if the actual paper has the same blurred spot in the middle of the Graceland logo and name.

 

ELVIS GROOVY WAVE WRAPPING PAPER

This is the second one with an Elvis silhouette in the design. Also a similar name – Groovy Wave.

 

I LOVE ELVIS WRAPPING PAPER

Bet you can figure out what they named this one – I Love Elvis.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SILHOUETTE SNOW WRAPPING PAPER

And finally, a third Elvis silhouette design, cleverly titled Silhouette Snow. I like Elvis framed by large snowflakes. There’s green and red in the design, so this works best for me as a Christmas wrapping paper.

Each roll is 30 inches wide and nine feet long. The price is $6.99, but as it says in the blog’s first picture, there is 20% off, which brings it down to $5.59. NOTE: The sale ends Sunday July 22. That is this coming Sunday, so get moving if you like any of these.

These wide rolls cost more in postage if you buy just one – $6.89 to my zip code. An order of two or three rolls has the same postage of $7.18. The best deal is to buy four or five. The $8.22 postage isn’t too bad spread over several rolls.

 

Graceland covered all the bases by also offering two designs of Elvis tissue paper.

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE TCB TISSUE PAPER

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE TCB TISSUE PAPER

The sheets are 20” by 26”, and you get three sheets of each for $5.99, or $4.80 with the discount. Up to four packs ship for $6.89 postage.

There are also three designs of gift bags available for $4.99 each, or $4.00 with discount. They are in the TCB design above, and the Graceland Metallic design, plus one with Elvis wearing the turtle-neck sweater from the pool scene in Jailhouse Rock.

 

So, you can tell I’m pleased overall with Graceland’s Christmas In July promotion. The only things I’m not crazy about are the eleven Graceland ornaments, most of which don’t even mention Elvis. Like this 4½” L x 3″ H x 2¾” D hand-crafted glass ornament that costs $48.00.

Graceland Christmas Tree Ornament

Not for me. I’d break it for sure. The shatter resistant plastic Blue Peacock Drop Ornament will suit me just fine.

 

Happy Christmas in July

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

Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon with1956 Messerschmitt KR200

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

Elvis in 1956 Messerschmitt KR200

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

 

Elvis and Horses

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

 

Elvis in Deep Thought

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

 

Elvis Mobbed by Fans

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

 

Elvis is crowned

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

 

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

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

 

When Elvis Presley was across the street from Lauderdale Courts

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

 

Young Elvis and girl

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

 

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

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

 

Young Elvis in Swim Trunks

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

 

Scotty, Elvis, and Bill

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

 

Closest Haircut On Elvis

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

 

Elvis mother with a donkey at Graceland

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

 

Elvis kissing his mom Gladys goodbye before deployment to Germany.

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

 

Elvis chatting with fans at the Graceland gates.

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

 

Young Elvis wiith Sandy Hair - 2

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

 

Young Elvis with Sandy Hair - 3

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

 

Elvis with Sandy Hair - 1

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

Elvis Playing Jody Tatum in Kissing Cousins

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

 

Elvis Presley On The Set Of Loving You 1957

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

 

 

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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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