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Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 6

It’s been almost three months since I last posted a group of Elvis collectibles for sale on here.  I need to get back to it, because the time to move and down-size is steadily approaching. Thanks for helping me find new homes for the Elvis stuff I’ve collected for decades and displayed in my Fuzzy Room.

 

Please Note:  The prices are for delivery to USA destinations only.  Postal rates to other countries are just prohibitive and mailing to them is way more hassle.  Sorry.

 

A 3-Pack of Elvis-Related Movie DVDs:

Three Elvis-Related Movie DVDs

All three of these are definitely worthy of watching.  Here’s what they’re about.

Elvis Has Left the Building.  Kim Basinger looks terrific as a travelling cosmetic sales woman who inadvertently kills an Elvis impersonator and goes on the run.  Lots of strange stuff ensues, including a cameo by Tom Hanks.  The finale with all those Elvis impersonators up on the roof of the casino is classic.

Finding Graceland.  This one is more surreal but very satisfying.  If you can’t imagine Harvey Keitel in a jumpsuit performing Elvis songs, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  Within the context of this story, he is achievement of this goal is very believable.

ELVIS – The Mini-Series:  This was an eight-episode TV series back in 2005 that’s been packed into 173 minute video. Johnathan Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Elvis in it. He had the Elvis voice down well, but fortunately he just apes it to the real Elvis on the songs. Be sure to check out his outstanding moves wearing the famous gold coat. Trivia:  Robert Patrick plays Vernon.  That’s quite a transformation going from T-1000 in Terminator 2 to Vernon Presley fourteen years later. This is a duplicate of the original DVD, but it plays great.

The price for this combo is $15 delivered to US destinations.

 

Elvis Forever TV Guide Issue:

TV Guide - 25th Anniversary Elvis Issue

TV Guide did a big-time celebration of the 25th anniversary of Elvis’ death in this issue.  They glued a hologram picture on the cover, and devoted 14 pages to Elvis.  There’s an interesting article written by William F. Buckley with a few facts you might not already know.  Then, there’s a story about how the movie Loving You “mirrored the dramatic rise of the legendary performer.”  Finally, there were remembrances by some people who you might not expect to have connections with Elvis: Danny Glover, Mimi Rodgers, Melonie Griffin, Wynona, and others.

This special TV Guide issue is just $8 delivered.

 

Elvis Trading Cards Encased in Protective Plastic:

 

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

Elvis Trading Cards

This is not the complete set of 66 Elvis trading cards issued in 1978.  However, these 32 cards are in perfect shape inside heavy plastic sleeves.  You can slide the cards out if you want to examine closely.

Elvis Trading Cards - Back

As you can see, there are fun facts on the reverse sides.

Just $9 delivered for this collection of laminated trading cards.

 

Copies of Elvis International Magazine with Autographs by Elvis’ Musicians and Contemporaries:

 

50th Anniversary of Rock and Roll Issue:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

Elvis International Magazine

This is a great collectible just for its 10 rare full-page photos and dozens of smaller ones. Plus, the magazine is crammed full of good articles like:

The Beginning: Scotty Moore

Genuine American Music Legends: (written by me)

Still Taking Care of Business: (about the TCB Band also written by me)

Collecting the King

The Legends: (also written by me)

Meeting Elvis: (first impressions by Ike Turner, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Waylon Jennings, Skeeter Davis, Etta James, and Jerry Lee Lewis)

Roots of Rock and Roll

D.J. and Bill, Unjustly Excluded from Hall of Fame: (written by Max Weinburg, drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band)

Elvis on Cover of Rolling Stone: (written by Bono of U2, but somehow proofreading failed to catch it spelled Bobo one time)

Elvis and Rock ‘n Roll

Recognition for Elvis at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial: (an intriguing story about the prominent proclamation recognizing Elvis’ roll in making the memorial a reality – but was removed 28 years later)

 

In my opinion, this is the biggest and best issue of Elvis International magazine ever.  But the copy I am selling has autographs by these special people.

Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker Autographs

Elvis’ Original Bandmates

Scotty Moore

D.J. Fontana

Jordanaires who recorded and toured with Elvis

Gorgon Stoker

Ray  Walker

Elvis' TCB Band Autographs

TCB Band

James Burton

Ronnie Tutt

Jerry Scheff

Glen D. Hardin

Boots Randolph, Millie Kirkham Autographs

Recorded with Elvis in the 60s

Boots Randolph

Millie Kirkham

Bob Moore

Plus

Ronnie McDowell

Red Robinson

Eddie Miles

Billy Swan

Stan Perkins (Carl’s son)

Lee Rocker

Nancy Black (Bill’s daughter)

I was backstage for two concerts presented by Darwin Lamm, the publisher of Elvis International.  I took this copy of the magazine around to everybody and got them to sign on the pages where there were articles about them and photos of them.

Someone else took around an acoustical guitar and got all the same signatures.  It sold at auction for several hundred dollars.  My magazine is going for just $50.

 

70th Birthday Tribute Issue:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

Elvis International Magazine 70th Birthday Tribute

This issue has a large lineup of great articles:

Elvis’ Influence on Music Has Been Profound

Global Moment in Time – July 5, 1954, Sun Records… 50 Years Later

Backstage with 21 Music Legends (I wrote this.  It’s when I got all those autographs)

Collecting the King

Christmas to Remember (written by Joe Esposito)

Meeting Elvis (first impressions by Tony Curtis, Liberache, Mamie Van Doren, Glen Campbell, and Tammy Wynette

Elvis – The Mini-Series

Elvis Art – Elvis Week Art Contest

Al Dvorin Remembered (The man who coined the phrase, “Elvis has left the building)

Memories of Elvis

At the Hayride

Richard Davis Remembered

Elvis on Film – Mr. Rock ‘n Roll

 

Joe Esposito Autograph

As you can see, I got Joe Esposito to autograph the article he wrote.  That should make this very good issue worth $12.

 

ELVIS 24th Anniversary Collector’s Edition:

Elvis International Magazine 24th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Sorry, my camera made some light distortions in this picture.

 

When I first started writing for Elvis International magazine, I didn’t realize that I could have some say in what photos accompanied my articles.  So, I was very surprised when two Al Wertheimer pictures showed up in an article titled, “Does VH1 Hate Elvis – Or Are They Just Stupid?” The photos had absolutely no connection to my story, but I was fine with that.  I’ll take two Al Wertheimer pictures any time.

Al Wertheimer Autographs

So, when Al commissioned me to write the forward to his book, ELVIS, The Early Years, I sent him a copy of the issue and asked him to autograph it.   He actually autographed both pictures, and as a bonus, he noted the date when each was taken.  And on the one on the right, he wrote, “No More Paper Towels,” the title he used when he first published the photo.

So, this is a great Al Wertheimer collectible.

 

In addition, this issue of the magazine contains the only Elvis fiction ever published in Elvis International.  It is, “The Bootleg Album,” written by me (and containing a picture of the wrong album)

 

All in all, this double autographed Al Wertheimer issue is easy worth $20.

 

ELVIS – The Ed Sullivan Shows 3-DVD Set

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Elvis Presley - Ed Sullivan Shows

Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show three times .  This set has the complete shows including the ads.  Here’s the Elvis Songs you get on each one.

DISC ONE: Sept 9, 1956

Don’t Be Cruel

Love Me Tender

Ready Teddy

Hound Dog

Three hits and a Little Richard cover.  When Scotty goes into his guitar riff in Ready Teddy, Elvis does some serious shaking.  I wish Scotty had jammed on even more, and we could have seen what other moves Elvis had to give us.

Elvis Doing Ready Teddy on Ed Sullivan 09-09-56

DISC TWO: October 28, 1956

Don’t Be Cruel

Love Me Tender

Love Me

Hound Dog

Seven weeks later, Elvis does three of the same songs again.  His hit songs not only went high on the charts, they stayed there for really long times.  Love Me is a great song anyway, but seeing Elvis sing it is a special treat.  My favorite of this show.

DISC THREE: January 6, 1957

Medley: Hound Dog / Love Me Tender / Heartbreak Hotel

Don’t Be Cruel

Too Much

When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

Peace in the Valley

This show had a variety of songs.  The big three, Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, and Hound Dog were back again; four months after Elvis did them on his first Sullivan show appearance. There was his latest hit, Too Much. There were two songs never released as singles – When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again and Peace in the Valley. They were on four-song EPs, and both made it to the charts.  Elvis did his first TV medley, but the songs were too short to really enjoy..

The highlight of this DVD for me was Don’t Be Cruel. Ed Sullivan had Elvis filmed from the waist up on this show, but Elvis still found ways to generate excitement. On Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis toyed with the young girls in the audience by doing hand motions, mouth movements and exotic looks with his eyes. I had fun using pause and single-frame advance to capture his intensity.

Elvis Doing Don't Be Cruel on Ed Sullivan Show 2

Elvis Doing Don't Be Cruel on Ed Sullivan Show

Elvis had some powerful eyes.

Buy this three-DVD set for $15 delivered and you will be glad you did.

 

OK, to summarize, these are the Elvis goodies I am parting with:

A 3-Pack of Elvis-Related Movie DVDs — $15

Elvis Forever TV Guide Issue — $8

32 Elvis Trading Cards Incased in Protective Plastic — $9

50th Anniversary of Rock and Roll Issue loaded with Autographs — $50

70th Birthday Tribute Issue – Joe Esposito — $12

ELVIS 24th Anniversary Collector’s Edition – Al Wertheimer — $20

ELVIS – The Ed Sullivan Shows 3-DVD Set — $15

 

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If you want an item, send me an email at philarnold@charter.net.  (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.)   As usual, first come, first served. I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal.  You approve it and I send the item right out to you.  With a check, it’ll take a little longer.

 

Thanks for your support.

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Graceland Vocabulary Now Includes After-Party

 

Elvis Week 2019 Schedule of Events

I’ve been studying the schedule of events for Elvis Week 2019. It will be a nine-day affair, covering two weekends – Friday, August 9 through Saturday, August 17.

Now, you can imagine that most folks thinking about going to Elvis Week would prefer being there that last weekend. There’s some very good events scheduled… and it’s special to be there around Graceland on the 16th , even if you don’t do the candlelight vigil.

 

So, how does EPE plan to attract folks to come on those real early dates — that first weekend. I think they have come up with a great idea.

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And I had planned to tell you all about it, but I’m stuck until Graceland posts the ticket prices.

So far, it looks good for the fans, but if the prices are crazy high, maybe it won’t seem so great.

 

Here’s one more tease to hold you until we get those Elvis Week prices and I can finish this post.

Ultimate Elvis Week After-Party

 

They are throwing an After-Party at Elvis Presley’s Memphis on the first three nights of Elvis Week 2019. There will be cash bars and food stations along the streets. There will be a stage set up outside in front of Vernon’s Smokehouse, and according to the press release, “many of your favorite Elvis tribute artists will be jamming.”

Sounds like some pretty good parties, doesn’t it?

To be continued…

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 10

Elvis getting served Milk

I like this because it showed Elvis drinking milk. Then I noticed that his jacket looked familiar. Before I tell you, do you want to guess where he wore it?

 

The answer is Elvis‘ first appearance on the Milton Berle Show, April 3,1956.

Elvis and Milton Berle walking on his Ankles

According to ELVIS: From A to Z:

[Elvis] and Berle did a brief comedy sketch, with Berle playing his “twin brother,” Melvin Presley. During the sketch Berle mistakenly referred to Elvis as “Elvin.”

I’ve never read that Elvis made a stink about the lack of sensitivity with the twin brother bit and Berle screwing up his name. Elvis had better manners than that.

 

Elvis Jailhouse Rock

I’ve seen lots of posters for Jailhouse Rock, but this is new to me. I like it because of the big four actions that we’ve never seen like this before:

SINGING
FIGHTING
ROMANCING
DANCING

There were only two movies before Jailhouse Rock — Love Me Tender and Loving You, so is this claim true?

Love Me Tender rates lower in singing, for sure. Fighting, too, because we’re talking about swinging fists, not getting shot and dying. Love Me Tender also had zero romancing and dancing.

Loving You had some great singing, but not the equal of Jailhouse Rock. Pretty much the same with fighting. Loving You had little romancing and no dancing.

Looks like the ad called it right. We hadn’t seen Elvis in action like this before Jailhouse Rock.

 

Ruffled Elvis

Isn’t this an interesting shot? You don’t often see Elvis’ hair look like that.

 

SpectraVision Video discs of Elvis' Movies

These are SpectraVision Video Discs of three Elvis Movies. If you are too young to remember video discs, here’s how far back they are in the evolution of watching movies at home. Before Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS, and BetaMax, there were video discs. But they’re a good Elvis collectible because they’re rare and have big color pictures on them.

 

Priscilla and Elvis getting ready for a motorbike ride in LA, 1965-66.

The tag on this picture said, “Priscilla and Elvis getting ready for a motorbike ride in LA, 1965-66.” I have read quite a few times that Elvis didn’t like wearing blue jeans because they reminded him of his poor upbringing. However, I keep seeing pictures like this covering a long time period showing him wearing them, so I don’t know.

 

I didn’t know Elvis ever had a green jumpsuit. I thought I had something unique in my book when Big E wore one.

Big E in Green Jumpsuit

 

Elvis in Shirt Tied at the waist

This was taken between July 9 to 19 in 1956 when Elvis was on vacation with family and a few close friends in Biloxi and Ocean Springs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A lot has been written about Elvis as a fashion icon, so I wondered what my friend Zoey Goto, famous fashion reporter, would think about this outfit.

I asked her, and she sent back this:

For me,. the way Elvis styled his shirt – knotting it at the front to expose both his chest and navel would have been very shocking within the context of the time, when gender stereotypes were more rigid.

But I actually feel Elvis was so ahead of the curve, that we still haven’t quite caught up with his style. Menswear is still pretty conservative and wary of appearing too “feminine” by putting men in pink or exposing the male body. Elvis just didn’t care about this rule book. He had such confidence within himself, he managed to wear these risky outfits in the ’50s, and later the body skimming bejeweled jumpsuits, and was still seen as a very macho and desirable man.

This outfit in particular, topped off with the sailor’s hat, would end up looking camp on pretty much every guy apart from Elvis!

 

Thank you Zoey.

I’ve plugged her book before when she gives me insightful stuff to use in the blog, but also because it is totally different than any other Elvis book. Please check out Elvis Style

 

Elvis Linda Joe and Dick Grob

This is probably a fan photo. How cool would it have been to get that close to Elvis strolling through a parking lot and snap a photo of him?

 

Elvis and Cissy Houston

This is Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mom. She was a member of the Sweet Inspirations, but left the group in August 1969.

 

Aloha from Hawaii Concert

This shot was taken during the filming of Aloha from Hawaii. I love the cameraman out on the end of that crane. This was a big-time production.

 

Elvis Peeled Back

There was some text on this picture, but I took it off. I like the image of a shiny metallic surface being peeled off to reveal Elvis.

 

Elvis Speedway Poster

Usually Elvis movie posters are full of exclamatory phrases, but this has just two words, Speedway and Elvis. I don’t think any other movie poster had a larger image of Elvis’ costar than him, but having him dancing on top of the race car is pretty clever.

 

Elvis TCB Money Clip

Elvis owned and gave away a lot of lightning bolt TCB jewelry. But his custom made money clip here has an interesting variation on the design. I think I like it better. The clip sold for $20,755 at auction.

 

Elvis - TV room before 1974

This is the downstairs TV Room as it looked before 1974. Here it is after remodeling.

Elvis TV Room after 1974

Three TVs now, gold records are gone, much more modern. I’ve never read anything that said what percentage of his time Elvis spend in the various rooms of Graceland. But I’ll bet he spent a lot of good times down here.

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Red Velvet Shirt is Top Prize at Elvis Auction – Even with Part of it Missing

Elvis' Red Velvet Shirt from '56 Tupelo Concert

Back on January 8, Elvis’ 84th birthday was celebrated in many ways. One was the 12th Graceland Auction. There’s lots of cool stuff I want to report on, starting with his famous red velvet shirt. The shirt topped the field of 233 entries with the highest winning bid. Ten bids ran the price up to $37,500 (including 25% buyer’s premium).

The most interesting thing to me is that it was so bid so high in spite of a large section of the fabric being cut off.

Didn’t matter. It was still Graceland Auction’s big star. I try to predict how things will be bid compared to the estimate. I have a fairly good average. On this one, I was pretty sure bidders wouldn’t care about the flaws that much. I thought it would hit its estimate of $30-50,000, and it did.

We are talking about the custom-made red velvet shirt that Elvis wore during the evening show at the September 26, 1956 Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show in Tupelo.

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Poster

 

According to the auction website:

“This shirt is perhaps one of the most significant artifacts of clothing from a key period in Elvis’ life. Any Elvis-worn clothing from the 1950s is rare enough–we have seen few examples. But a shirt possibly worn by Elvis at one of the most important 1950’s concerts in his career is unprecedented.”

 

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Red Velvet Shirt - piece cut out of back

This shot from the back shows the irregular cut removing the bottom part of the shirt. Here’s a look at the full length.

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Backshot

Actually, this is the same shirt, but blue, worn at the daytime concert

The auction website does a superb job with background on this iconic red velvet shirt. Here is the text as written by Jeff Marren and Laura Pickett.

“1956 was one of the most pivotal years for Elvis because it was during the course of these 12 months that Elvis rose to superstardom and international acclaim. With his Sun contract being purchased by RCA, Elvis produced not one, but two million-dollar-selling albums this year with several huge hits including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog”; he appeared on national television more than ten times; performed over 140 concerts in more than 75 cities; starred in his first Hollywood feature film, Love Me Tender; and signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

“This momentous year catapults Elvis from the edge of fame into the stratosphere, and as his popularity gains momentum, it’s evident that he is destined for greatness and success like no other entertainer before him.

“In August of 1956, Elvis began filming for his first movie role in The Reno Brothers, later renamed Love Me Tender to capitalize on the success of his smash hit. After shooting wrapped for Love Me Tender in mid-September, Elvis returned to his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi on September 26, 1956 to perform a pair of shows on the stage of the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show.”

 

Tupelo Daily Journal - Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert

“The international phenomenon returned to great fanfare and pride among his hometown folk who welcomed him with a giant banner that read Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Presley Home.”

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Homecoming Poster

“Tupelo mayor James Ballard presented Elvis with a guitar-shaped Key to the City, and Mississippi governor J.P. Coleman read a proclamation during the fair honoring Elvis.”

Getting Key to City at Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert.

“It was during these two concerts that Elvis famously wore two different velvet shirts, he sported the blue velvet shirt in the afternoon performance and the red velvet during the evening show.”

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Afternoon Show - In Color

“The shirts are rumored to have either been gifted to him by Natalie Wood or made for him by his mother. While the facts surrounding the origins of the shirts vary, the fact that he wore these special shirts on several occasions, including his Tupelo homecoming performance, is undisputed. And despite advance planning, it was not without a bit of drama that he was able to wear these special shirts during this famous homecoming.

“Alanna Nash recalls in her book entitled Baby Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him that the “heartbreak blue” shirt:

…almost didn’t make it to Tupelo. Barbara Hearn was Elvis’s date, and early that morning on Audubon Drive, where the Presleys were having remodeling work done, “Elvis handed me something on a clothes hanger with a laundry cover on it. He said, ‘Hold this.’ There was a bit of confusion, and lots of people around, and I stood there holding it until I thought, ‘Gosh, I’m not a closet rod here,’ and I laid it on the sofa.”

They rode down together in Elvis’s new white Lincoln Mark II, and when they arrived at the dressing tent, Elvis suddenly turned to Barbara. “Where’s my shirt? Do you have my shirt?” “What shirt?” “The shirt I gave you to hold this morning.” Oh, gosh! She didn’t know he meant to bring that shirt! Barbara felt really bad, but Elvis was very sweet about it. They just quickly called somebody in Memphis who hadn’t left yet, and they brought it on down.

Colorized Photo of Elvis and Barbara Hearn

Elvis and Barbara Hearn. This is a colorized photo.

“Elvis so treasured these fabulous shirts that the performances in Tupelo were not the only occasion on which he would wear them. Elvis can also be seen wearing both the red velvet shirt and the blue velvet shirt in the earlier promotional photos taken for Love Me Tender shot at the beginning of September 1956.”

“Furthermore, the red velvet shirt is donned by Elvis on the cover of his album For LP Fans Only which featured recordings from 1956 but was not released until February 1959. He wore these shirts again in mid-October at home on Audubon Drive as seen in photos of him playing with the dog, Sweet Pea, that he gave to his mother.”

Elvis Presley and Sweet Pea - October 18, 1956

Notice Barbara Hearn’s photograph in the background

‘…and on January 1957 after rehearsals for his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a vest over the shirt.”

Elvis in Red Velvet Shirt Backstage at Ed Sullivan Show

“He also appears wearing one of the velvet shirts in an image used in Baby Let’s Play House by Alanna Nash in which Elvis is sitting in a theater next to Natalie Wood and Nick Adams.”

Elvis, Natalie Wood & Nick Adams

 

“Offered is very likely the red velvet shirt which Elvis cherished, as evidenced by the many times he lovingly wore it for significant events. This iconic shirt from so early in Elvis’ career and the start of the cultural revolution that his music and style would spark is a quintessential relic from a pivotal time in entertainment history.”

“Unequivocal photomatching is nearly impossible with a shirt of this construction and fabric, and this is further complicated by the very small number of photographs from the period, especially from the evening concert on September 26, 1956.”

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Evening Show Wearing Red Velvet Shirt

(Here are two photos of the red shirt at the evening show)

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Evening Show1

“And this is further complicated by the very small number of photographs from the period, especially from the evening concert on September 26, 1956. That being said, photos that do exist from the concert, and the early September Love Me Tender publicity photo shoot, do show strong similarities to the offered shirt.”

Elvis - Love Me Tender Promotional Photo

Love Me Tender movie publicity photo

“The placement and shape of the buttons, the style and shape of the ruffled seams and the position of the seams at the chest all show at least a passing correlation to the same areas on the offered garment. The shirt has most likely shrunk somewhat, either from improper cleaning or a poor storage environment, and a portion has been removed from the bottom. This may have been done to remove a damaged area of the fabric, though we cannot be sure.

“The strongest evidence that this is the shirt worn by Elvis in Tupelo and elsewhere in 1956 and early 1957 is our consignor herself. The shirt originates from Marilyn Pritchett Pruit, who was married to Elvis’ cousin for a period starting in the late 1960s and was given the shirt at Graceland in 1969. Her letter of provenance, which accompanies the shirt, states:

On Dec. 21, 1968 I married Jesse Earl Pritchett, son of Nashville Lorene Presley Pritchett. Nash was the baby sister of Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. At Elvis’ New Years Eve party in 1968, I met Elvis. I was not a diehard fan, so I wasn’t going to faint when I met him!! Well I almost did. JE, as I called my husband, called Elvis over to meet me. Elvis said “Hi Marilyn” and I could not speak, nothing would come out of my mouth. He was the most gorgeous man I had ever laid eyes on. Elvis found that very amusing.

Sometime around the middle of 1969 I was at Graceland and Elvis had Aunt Delta Biggs going thru his closet. It was packed and he wanted to send some clothes to Goodwill. This red shirt, one of the ones that Natalie Wood had made for him in the 50’s was in the clothes Aunt Delta had taken to send. I picked up the shirt and was admiring it. Seeing I liked it, Elvis gave me the shirt. It has been my pleasure to own it for almost 50 years. I hope you will cherish it as much as I have.

(Graceland Auctions has confirmed that when Mrs. Pritchett received the shirt, the portion had already been trimmed from the bottom. So, we don’t know how it happened and probably never will).

“This shirt is perhaps one of the most significant artifacts of clothing from a key period in Elvis’ life. Any Elvis-worn clothing from the 1950s is rare enough–we have seen few examples. But a shirt possibly worn by Elvis at one of the most important 1950’s concerts in his career is unprecedented. This extraordinary shirt is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.”

“The shirt’s fabric remains amazingly supple to the touch, and all but one button on the left cuff is completely intact. The interior tagging is missing and a portion of the shirt has been trimmed from the bottom of the shirt.”

Close Up of Elvis' Red Velvet Shirt

 

In spite of these things, the auction graded the shirt as “Very Good to Excellent condition.” And I’m sure the new owner is delighted to own it. I know I would.

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Graceland Auction Creates New Fan Experiences (and Funds Charity)

Jan 2019 Graceland Auction

I’ve written seventeen articles covering the Graceland Auctions since they began during Elvis Week 2014. I like to pick out items that catch my interest or have an unusual back story and report on them.

However, this post on the January 8, 2019 auction will cover the first thirteen lots. These are all brand new fan events they’ve created for folks to bid on. And these are some really desirable packages. Here’s the list:

Annual Pass for Unlimited Visits to Graceland

Private Graceland Evening Tour and Dinner With Up To 24 Guests

Graceland Romantic Weekend Getaway

Be a Graceland Archivist for a Day

1-Hour Outdoor Photo Shoot at Graceland Mansion

Photo Shoot of Your Classic Car or Motorcycle in Front of Graceland Mansion

Private Tour of the Graceland Stables

2-Hour Private Tour of Graceland Archives

Tour of Graceland with Elvis’ Cousin

Private Movie Screening In The Guest House Theater

Hidden Graceland Private Tour

Co-Host a “Gates of Graceland” Episode

Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods Wedding or Vow Renewal

 

That is a very impressive list. Some fun stuff. Let’s look at a few in detail.

 

Graceland Romantic Weekend Getaway:

Graceland Romantic Weekend Getaway

Here is the text from the Graceland Auction website as written by Jeff Marren and Laura Pickett.

Bring your favorite Elvis fan on a very special romantic getaway to Graceland and the Guest House at Graceland.

The winning bidder and one guest will spend two nights in one of our unique, luxurious two-bedroom king suites that feature a living room, dining room, kitchen and bar area.

Champagne, chocolates and flowers will be waiting in your room upon arrival.

While at Graceland, be treated to two Ultimate Graceland VIP Tours, plus dinner for two at Delta’s Kitchen and a private movie screening of your favorite Elvis movie at The Guest House Theater.

Delta’s Kitchen in the Graceland Guest House

Delta’s Kitchen in the Graceland Guest House

This terrific package went for $2,750, which seems like a pretty good deal. I can’t help thinking it would be better if the winning bidder could bring three guests, because it’s a two-bedroom suite. It looks like Party Central, so it would be great fun for two couples to share together.

It might also feel weird to be just two people in the theater watching an Elvis movie.

Movie Theater In the Graceland Guest House

 

If I had bid and won this package, I think I’d I open the theater doors and let in anybody that wanted. Of course, I don’t have $2,750, so that’s just a dream.

 

Private Tour of the Graceland Stables:

Graceland Stables

Again, from the auction website:

Throughout the years, Elvis could often be seen riding his horses around the Graceland property and would ride down to the front gate to sign autographs for fans.

The winning bidder and a guest will receive the opportunity to tour the Graceland Stables and meet the current Graceland horses. The 90-minute tour will also include an up-close look at saddles used by Elvis and his entourage, personal western wear including chaps, hats and boots all worn by Elvis, and even Elvis’ handwriting on the wall where he wanted the tack and harnesses of each horse.

This would certainly be a good way to add a unique treat to your Graceland visit. It went for $1,500, significantly above the estimate.

 

Photo Shoot of Your Classic Car or Motorcycle in Front of Graceland Mansion:

Photo Shoot of Your Classic Car or Motorcycle in Front of Graceland

Elvis had a passion for everything with wheels, including cars and motorcycles, and now those who share his passion will get a unique opportunity to drive their car or motorcycle through the famous musical gates at Graceland just like Elvis did.

The winning bidder will receive a 15-minute photo shoot of their car or motorcycle in front of Graceland Mansion by our Graceland photographer. Winning bidder will receive digital file of all photos following photo session for private use.

This cool deal had 23 bids, the most of any item in the group. It went for $2,825, approximately three times the estimate.

I have an idea for this one, too, if I was the winning bidder. I’d rent a ’59 Caddie convertible to use in the photo. That way I’d have a picture taken were you can actually see the faces of me and my friends in the car.

 

Private Graceland Evening Tour and Dinner With Up To 24 Guests:

24 People Outside Graceland

Invite up to 24 guests for the ultimate Graceland experience as they enjoy an after-hours tour of Graceland Mansion led by a member of the Graceland Archives team.

Followed by a private dinner and a screening of your favorite Elvis movie at Presley Motors Automobile Museum, surrounded by some of Elvis’ most iconic cars, including his Pink Cadillac, 1975 Dino Ferrari and 1973 Stutz Blackhawk. Dinner will be catered by Vernon’s Smokehouse.

Graceland Car Museum - Dinner Tables

 

I like this one – a package for 25 people. It went for $2,500, so for $100 per person, you get the special tour of the mansion, followed by a party at the automobile museum where you see the cars, watch a movie, and eat some good food. A fine value for somebody with a lot of money and a lot of Elvis fan buddies.

 

Annual Pass for Unlimited Visits to Graceland:

Graceland VIP Tour Pass

Experience Elvis Presley’s Graceland all year long with an exclusive Graceland Annual Pass for two.

The Graceland Annual Pass will offer unlimited Elvis Experience Tours + Planes for 12 months for the winning bidder and one guest. The Experience Tour + Planes includes a tour of Graceland Mansion, access to all Elvis Presley’s Memphis attractions and exhibits plus tours of Elvis’ two personal airplanes.

I’m surprised that nobody put in the minimum bid of $1,000 on this. Maybe it’s a logistics thing — getting back to Memphis multiple times in one year could be hard to pull off. Maybe seeing the mansion and airplanes over and over makes it get boring.

 

 

Now, I want to report on something that has been underplayed in the media reports about this Graceland Auction. It is the amount of money these newly created packages are bringing to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.

Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation Logo

100% of the auction hammer price on them will be donated to the Foundation. The hammer price is the winning bid when the hammer comes down on the high bid. It is before the 25% buyer’s fee is added.

The total funding generated by these thirteen fan experiences came to $25,700. Not bad, but EPE does so much more. The company underwrites all the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation’s administrative expenses, so all the Foundation’s funds are used for donations to charitable causes.

If you are not familiar with the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, it was formed by Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises in 1984 to continue Elvis’ own tradition of generosity and community service and to honor his memory.

The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation receives a portion of the overall business income of Graceland/EPE, with additional funding from the company’s royalties on specially licensed products and from special benefit events the company stages.

A meaningful amount of the funding also comes from donations made by Elvis fans from around the world. Some Elvis fan clubs hold drives to raise money for the foundation.

It has created the Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Communication & Fine Arts at the University of Memphis to assist students majoring in areas that relate to Elvis’ own career: music, film, television, theater, etc.

Also, the Foundation has a long-standing relationship with one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families.

 

Elvis fans have grumbled about some of the things EPE has done, but let’s give credit where it’s due. Their support of the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation is commendable.

 

Let’s finish up with one more of the fan experiences won at the auction.

 

2-Hour Private Tour of Graceland Archives:

2-Hour Private Tour of Graceland Archives

The Graceland Archives collection consists of over 50,000 photographs, 3,000 textiles, thousands of documents and a large collection of furniture, musical instruments, awards, automobiles, and other artifacts associated with the personal life and career of Elvis Presley and has been visited by a very few select guests, including Oprah and Paul McCartney.

The winning bidder of this experience and one guest will go beyond the ropes into the coveted Graceland Archives at an undisclosed location for an exclusive two-hour private tour with Graceland’s Vice President of Archives & Exhibits, Angie Marchese.

The private tour will feature exclusive white glove experiences, including holding artifacts, looking in archival boxes of special collections, seeing many never-before-displayed items, and a photo opportunity with an artifact taken by the Graceland photographer.

This sounds interesting, but I never thought anyone would bid the $5,000 minimum (which means a total payout of $6,125). I was almost right. One person thought it was worth it. For that kind of money, the tour ought to go on all day, with a break for lunch at Vernon’s Steakhouse, and a private movie screening afterward.

 

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Some Elvis Birthday Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before

I picked this one because it said something other than “Happy Birthday Elvis.”

They certainly have a big birthday celebration going on right now at Graceland. EPE came up with enough things to do to make it a four day event. Seems like they did a good job.

 

There’s the same appeal with this message. I like “Happy Happy Birthday Baby,” and that Elvis shot is a strong one.

 

This is the most unique message I found. I had to do a screen grab from a video on YouTube to get it. Don’t split those pants, Elvis.

 

Here we go with the traditional greeting. This sure looks like Elvis doing a song in Fun in Acapulco.

 

I believe this picture comes from one of the Dorsey Bros TV Show

 

Joe Petruccio keeps creating wonderful Elvis art. I love the way he’s got birthday cake candles in the lenses of Elvis’ famous shades.

 

I don’t get this one at all. What does Tinkerbell have to do with Elvis’ birthday?

 

This is clever — putting Happy Birthday vertically. You know, I think I might have used this one ten years ago. Oh, well.

 

When I first saw this, I thought Elvis was opening a present from Priscilla. But, no. It’s Debra Paget on the set of Love Me Tender. And what was in the box?

 

OK, a hound dog. Elvis was going to get a lot more after that.

 

Here one last variation on the greeting. Sandi Fox Norton did a nice job.

 

We Elvis fans send birthday wishes, as well.

 

 

Happy Birthday, Elvis. We miss you.

 

 

Some ElvisBlog Stuff

At the end of this month, ElvisBlog will enter its 15th year. That’s a long time, but I’m still posting every weekend.

 

I hope you’ll be happy to learn that I am committed to keep my blog going for three more years. That should give me enough time to reach 1000 posts. The tally now is 822, counting this one you are reading.

So, that’s my goal. Get to 1,000 posts (without padding the count too much with one-picture posts, like the last one on New Year’s Eve).

 

Here’s another stat for you. 393 people are now subscribers to ElvisBlog. 2018 was an active year for new people signing up.

My blog platform says 393 people are following ElvisBlog, utilizing the terminology seen on social media sites. I like the sound of that better than subscribers. I tend to think of these 393 folks as the most loyal readers, although I know they aren’t the only ones.

So, these subscribers/followers get a new post delivered to their email inbox every time I post one online.

It comes in like this:

The recipients can either scroll down and read it right there in email, or click to open it up in web view.

 

I am thinking about a change for ElvisBlog. No details now, but it might be a good idea for anyone who likes the blog, but  isn’t already following it, to go to the Subscriber box at the top right and sign up. Think about it.

 

I was very happy with the support I received last October when I did the first promotional post on my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN. I asked you to buy enough copies so I could use the profit to pay for my blog platform and URL. You did, and I thank those of you who bought books, either through Amazon or direct with me. There were two people who came through really big. Very special people. Thank you.

 

However, I must say I was disappointed by the minimal support I got in early December, the last promotion for BIG E and the SANTA MAN. I needed to sell seven more books to hit my Amazon royalty threshold. And it didn’t happen. I’m disappointed.

I even thought about buying the last two copies myself to get over the hump so I could get my royalties.

But, I decided, that’s stupid. I’ll bug the ElvisBlog readers one more time. So, here it is.

You have read all my promotional posts, all of the validation of this book’s quality. I won’t go through all that again. This is a great story, and if you are an Elvis fan, you will enjoy it. You will be reading about a man called Big E, but you’ll be visualizing Elvis in all the heroics and action. He is a perfect protagonist.

 

OK, here’s the Amazon page for BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

I’d like to point out two things. See the 5 star reviews. There’s more on Amazon UK and Amazon France.

And, finally… the price. Just $7.99. This is such an inexpensive treat.

So, would a few of you fine readers who didn’t get enough Elvis stuff for Christmas please click HERE and order a copy of my book.

Thank you,

Phil Arnold
Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005-2019)

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 9

Elvis Backstage at Maple Leaf Gardens ~ Toronto ~ April 2, 1957

This shot shows Elvis’ disdain for the pants of the famous Gold Lamé Suit. He is clowning around in them (and the gold shoes) on a prop dolly backstage at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on April 2, 1957.

Look how baggy and stiff they are. No wonder Elvis didn’t like them.

 

Elvis at Arcade 1956

This is Elvis and his cousin Junior Smith at an arcade in 1956. He had an entourage of one back in the early days. In the later years, this room couldn’t have held all the guys hanging around Elvis.

 

Elvis wiith Diana Goodman in the back of his limo July 19, 1975

This is Elvis with Diana Goodman in the back of his limo on July 19, 1975. We can’t see any of the rings he surely was wearing, but check out the gold bracelet and the gold chain around his neck. That is some serious weight of gold. On the downside, it was time for Elvis to give this coat away to Charlie Hodge, or one of the other guys. He had definitely outgrown it.

 

 

Long White Fringe Suit...Elvis only wore one time. The fringe got all tangled up when he danced.

This is a jumpsuit Elvis wore only one time. His jumpsuits all had cool names like Black Butterfly, Inca Gold, or King of Spades. This one is simply referred to as ”the Long White Fringe Suit.” Elvis wouldn’t wear it again after the fringe got all tangled up when he danced.

I think the whole thing is pretty ugly, and I’m surprised Elvis even put it on. Anyway, the Long White Fringe Suit joined the baggy gold pants in the Elvis wardrobe rejects hall of fame.

 

oks like Charlie Hodge and Elvis are Dancing

All you good fans recognize this as Charlie Hodge on stage with Elvis. At first glance, they seem to be dancing together.

 

February 12, 1977 - Elvis Presley Palm Beach International Airport 3

This is Elvis during his best interpretation of Bo Diddley.

 

Bo Diddley

If you are too young to know about Bo Diddley, look him up. There’s a lot more to the Bo Diddley story than that square guitar.

 

Elvis Presley & Gene Vincent

Here’s Elvis with Gene Vincent. I loved all three of his hits, and wish he had made more. Gene Vincent is another early rocker with an interesting story. Look him up, too.

 

Elvis On stage at 68 Comeback Special

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the main three outfits Elvis wore in the ’68 Comeback Special. Here is a fourth one. It’s not up to the brilliance of the white (If I Can Dream) suit, the black leather outfit, and the burgundy gospel suit.

 

Young Lisa and Elton John

This is an interesting photo of young Lisa and Elton John. Compare it to one many years later.

 

Lisa and Elton John - Later

 

This is from Stay Away Joe, and there’s a lot of girls in that car with Elvis.

Elvis and Girls in Car in Stay Away Joe

 

But this is from real life.

Elvis in a Car with Three Girls

How about that look on his face? Elvis, you lucky dog.

 

 

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Christmas Greetings from ElvisBlog

First Christmas at Graceland 1957

This photo was taken in December 1957, Elvis’ first Christmas at Graceland.  It appears that his first outside decorations included a life-size model of Santa’s sleigh containing lots of presents, including two guitars.  Behind that was a huge Santa Claus, which appears to be about 12 feet tall.

The woman and child are not identified, but it is said that Gladys can be seen to the left of the sleigh heading toward the Graceland  front door.

 

Here, Santa and the sleigh are incorporated into the Christmas scene and message that endures at Graceland to this day.

 

The tag on this photo says that this is Elvis in front of Graceland in March 1957 while renovations were going on.  He and his parents moved in on May 16.

 

I’m not promoting a Photoshop make-over here, but how nice would it have been if somebody had snapped Vernon, Elvis, and Gladys in front of Graceland with Santa and his sleigh ?

 

 

A Merry Christmas to all,

 

Phil Arnold,

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

Many thanks to reader Karen Middleton for sending me the first photo above.