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How To Be a VIP at Elvis Week 2018

Elvis Week 2018 Logo

I’ve been to Elvis Week four times, but the last was in 2007. I would like to get back one more time because there have been so many changes and additions to the Graceland complex. But I’m retired and on a fixed income, so some of the Elvis Week options now offered by EPE are beyond my reach. Here is an extreme example.

“Elvis Week Elite” Ticket Package:

This one costs $1500 per person and allows you to feel like a VIP for the whole week. Information on the Elite Package is not found on Graceland.com. There are references to it, but when you click on them, it just takes you to the lesser packages.

Hollywood News Daily

I found out about Elite Ticket Package on hollywoodnewsdaily.com, and the article says these tickets can only be ordered over the phone. Maybe Graceland has a special contact list of deep-pocketed fans and sends them email invitations urging them to snap up some of these exclusive tickets.

Elvis Presley's Memphis SoundStage

If you buy the Elvis Week Elite Package you will get to see eleven concerts and events over eight days at the Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Special Event with Lisa Marie Presley (8/11)
Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event (8/12)
Darlene Love in Concert (8/13)
Conversations on Elvis: Co-stars (8/14)
The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Concert (8/14)
Conversations on Elvis: Gospel (8/15)
A Musical Salute to Elvis (8/15)
Conversations on Elvis: ’68 Special (8/16)
’68 Special 50th Anniversary Celebration (8/16)
Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections (8/17)
Elvis Live in Concert (8/18)

As a bonus you get reserved, assigned front-of-the house seating to all these events, and you get early access to the Soundstage ten minutes before the general public.

 

Lisa Marie Presley at table

After the Lisa Marie special event, package ticket holders have admission to an “Exclusive Photo and Autograph Opportunity” with her.

On Monday August 13 you get to attend two events at the Grand Ballroom at the Graceland Guesthouse.

Guesthouse at Graceland Grand Ballroom

Elvis Fan Reunion – 1pm
Elvis Week Dance Party – 9pm

These are general admission events. The Elite Package ticket holders can really have a big day on the 13th, because they also have the Darlene Love concert that night at 7pm. However, they might be a little late getting to the dance party if they stay after the concert to get a selfie with Darlene or to buy an autographed photo of her.

 

Elvis Presley's Memphis

On Friday, August 17, the package includes admission to the Party at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. There’s going to be live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and cash bars. The Graceland calendar of events does not state the party is in any building, so I guess it’s outside.

There is one additional event for the Elite ticket holders at Grand Ballroom at the Guesthouse. At 5pm on August 16, they get to attend a “Private VIP Reception.” Although no details are given on the website, it sounds like it is tied in with the ’68 Special event at 7pm across the street. But they will not have to walk there. They can take the dedicated shuttle service.

Guesthouse Shuttle Bus

Actually, the Elite Package includes unlimited use of this shuttle service between Guesthouse and Graceland from 8am to 11pm all week. It says nothing about Elvis’ Presley’s Memphis being on the route, but you have to think that it is.

 

Elvis Presley's Graceland

Of course, the Elvis Week Elite Ticket Package includes a tour of the Graceland mansion, and, as you would expect, it is the top-of-the-line Ultimate VIP Tour. Regular prices on these tickets are $169 per person.

Ultimate VIP Tour of Graceland

 

Are you starting to get tired just thinking about doing all this stuff?

 

Here are a few extra perks the Elite Ticket Package offers.

$150 in food vouchers for Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex
Elvis Week Parking Pass good for Graceland parking on August 10-18
Elvis Week Collectibles Pack (with exclusive merchandise valued at $50)
Commemorative Elvis Week Elite laminate (your badge to show you’re a VIP)
Reserved line placement for Candlelight Vigil
Elvis Week Property Pass

 

I must admit, if I had $3,000, I might consider buying two Elite Package tickets for one final Elvis Week blast. However, there would be lots of other expenses to cover. Air fare to Memphis, food costs above the $150 voucher, and six nights at the Graceland Guesthouse (I would skip the Lisa Marie event on the 11th and the fan club presidents’ event on the 12th and pick-up the schedule on the 13th).

Guesthouse at Graceland

Of course, lodging for six nights at the Guesthouse is much higher during Elvis Week than at other times. Let’s see what the cheapest room for two people with a king bed would be for six nights from August 13 through August 19:

 

Guesthouse Room Rate

 

Wow! Let’s see, there’s $3,000 for the Elite Package Tickets, about $600 for air fare, $2,540 for lodging, about $500 for meals, and probably another $250 for incidentals. That totals $6,900.

 

If I ever win the lottery, I’ll definitely go for it. Otherwise, I’m gonna stay home.

 

 

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Elvis T-Shirt Review — Summer 2018

Tailor-made Elvis T-Shirts

It’s the weekend before the 4th of July, time to do my ninth annual review of Elvis T-shirts. Before we get into the latest designs from ShopGraceland.com, I just want to point out the above photo and say that someone has come up with a great idea for a custom-made Elvis T-shirt. These women are wearing shirts that show themselves hugging Elvis and about to be kissed. How cool is that! Does anybody know if this is something done at Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland or maybe at an Elvis convention? Please let me know on Comments and I’ll share with everybody. Now for the review.

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68 Comeback Joe Petruccio:

JOE PETRUCCIO 68 STANDUP Elvis T-shirt

Hopefully you all are familiar with Joe Pertruccio’s fabulous Elvis artwork. I have featured T-shirts with his Elvis drawings on them before, and praised them highly. I also like black T-shirts. From a distance, it’s probably hard for someone to get what’s going on with this shirt. You have to move up closer and focus on the image to see it’s Elvis in his famous black leather outfit playing guitar. It doesn’t even need to have his name on it. Very subtle, and yet, probably the edgiest Elvis T-shirt ever made. $30

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Guitarman Joe Petruccio:

JOE PETRUCCIO GUITARMAN ELVIS T-SHIRT

Now that I have praised Joe Petruccio, let’s talk about one of his miss-fires. Even close-up you might need a while to figure what this design is all about. Let’s blow it up and look for anything Elvis in it.

JOE PETRUCCIO GUITARMAN T-SHIRT Blow-up

Did you find the name Elvis Presley spelled out vertically in the guitar’s neck? I wish it had been left off this one, too. As subtle as the first one was, this one is over-kill — just too much stuff. It’s almost psychedelic, not the type of thing most Elvis fans are looking for. $30

 

Just Pretend Joe Petruccio Raglan:

JOE PETRUCCIO JUST PRETEND RAGLAN Elvis T-shirt

I feel kind of guilty for knocking any Joe Petruccio design, so I’ll try to make up for that by praising this one. I love the simplicity, and it’s so effective it also doesn’t need Elvis’ name on it. The raglan cut is a nice variation, too. It costs $30, but I’d pay more to have the image on the back of the shirt and something like this on the front.

Elvis Presley in Sundial Jumpsuit.

 

Elvis Presley Made America Great:

ELVIS PRESLEY MADE AMERICA GREAT 24.99

Okay, that’s enough on the shirts with Joe Petruccio designs. Here’s a good one for the 4th of July. I like Elvis Presley done in red, white and blue, but I can’t keep from picking at it a bit. They should have made the capital P for Presley all blue with white stars. It looks more like a D the way it is.

ELVIS PRESLEY MADE AMERICA GREAT Silhouette Blow-up

And the little Elvis silhouette distracts from the clarity of both words.

I do like the theme Elvis Made America Great, but I hope no wingnut finds it offensive because it’s derived from another phrase that disturbs them. I sure wouldn’t want an Elvis fan hassled at a restaurant because they were wearing this shirt. $25

 

Elvis Shades TCB Collage:

ELVIS SHADES COLLAGE TCB T-shirt

There have been lots of TCB T-shirts and lot of shirts with Elvis wearing his signature sunglasses. Now we have one with both. I especially like the bright sunburst radiating out from behind the TCB. It enhances both photos. The website says.” Take Care of Business in this hip 70’s collage Elvis T-shirt.” $25

 

68 Special Rhinestone Woman’s:

ELVIS PRESLEY 68 SPECIAL RHINESTONE WOMEN'S T-SHIRT

This woman’s T-shirt appeals to me for its simplicity. The image looks a little different because it is done by a process the website calls, “a tonal dark rhinestone graphic of Elvis.” I don’t know what that means, but it’s not real rhinestones as have been featured on other shirts over the years. They cost big bucks, but this one can be yours for $60.

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Ambition is a Dream with a V8 Engine:

ELVIS PRESLEY AMBITION IS A DREAM WITH A V8 ENGINE RAGLAN

This is a good concept that started well but finished poorly. The overlapping V and red-colored 8 draw the eye to the wrong thing. Elvis’ picture is the only thing that should be prominent in the center. Then the bottom text could read, “with a V8 Engine.” Much more balanced and easier to read. Raglan style shirts seem to be very popular these days, and the black sleeves on a white shirt is a nice touch. $30

 

Graceland Microphone Raglan:

GRACELAND MICROPHONE RAGLAN T-shirt

This is my least favorite. I have fussed before about T-shirts that say Graceland with no mention of Elvis. I am an Elvis fan, not a Graceland fan. But somebody must like Graceland shirts, because they keep coming up with new designs. This shirt really bugs me because it says Graceland: Home to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Why not “Home of Elvis Presley”? $30

 

I feel like this review has not presented enough designs I like, so here are a few from a source you might not think of: AllPosters.com.

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Elvis – Peacock:

allposters.com Peacock Jumpsuit Design Elvis T-shirt

I like it when they come up with Elvis designs that are new and different. Using elements from Elvis’ fabulous Peacock jumpsuit is a great idea. And Elvis’ blue face is kind of interesting, too. Only $20. AllPosters.com has lots of Elvis T-shirts priced at $18 and $20.

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Circle G Ranch:

allposters.com Circle G Ranch Elvis T-shirt

They don’t get much more original than this. I wonder if the folks who are campaigning for Elvis’ Circle G Ranch to be preserved and open to the public are aware that this shirt exists. $24

 

Elvis Presley – Long Live the King:

Allposters.com Long Live the King Elvis T-shirt

This is a wonderful woman’s T-shirt. I wish they had it in men’s. A great profile picture of Elvis with strong gold text saying. “Long Live the King.” What more do you need? And just $20.

 

I hope you enjoyed ElvisBlog’s 2018 Elvis T-shirt review.  You can read the previous eight reviews by typing T-Shirt Review in the search box.

 

As I did my research for this post, I noticed there are a great many products celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special. Some are great, some not so much. I’ll probably do a review of them sometime soon.

 

Have a cool 4th of July

 

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 22

Do you remember the above photo from an ElvisBlog pictorial post three weeks ago? No information was given about the crown on Elvis’ head by the site where I found it, so I asked if any reader knew something about the reason he was being crowned. Well, reader Jo remembered seeing it in a book she owned, and she sent in an answer.

Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowell

The book is The Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowell, Edie Hand and Joe Meador, published in 2009. It contained the following information from Louise Smith, widow of Elvis’ cousin Gene Smith:

“One day, Elvis came to our house and the press followed him inside. A man and woman accompanied the man from the newspaper. They presented Elvis with a trophy. Written on it was the fact that during Elvis’ movies in the theater, they had sold more popcorn than during any other movies. They took a picture of me and Elvis and the woman who presented the trophy and it was in the newspaper in Memphis. When (Elvis) left, I told him that he had forgotten his trophy, and he told me that he would get it later. He came over many times to our house, and I always tried to give him the trophy and he always said he would get it later. Guess what? I still have the trophy that was shown in the newspaper article.”

Elvis Receiving Crown in 1960

Jo even attached this photo and caption which accompanied the article in the book. However she said she was a bit puzzled. “The date is given as 1956, but Elvis actually looks older – his sideburns are missing and his jacket is the same as that worn in the Welcome Home Elvis rehearsals in 1960. Has Louise got her dates muddled????”

So, I did a Google search for Elvis Popcorn Award, and an article came up with this picture.

Louise Smith, Elvis and Popcorn Award

The woman on the left is identified as Louise Smith and the one on the right as the presenter of the trophy. Five decades after the event, it would appear Louise Smith’s memory was indeed a little muddled, because the crown was not what accompanied the award. A trophy did

Popcorn Trophy Plaque

I blew up the award to see what it said. You can see the word Kernel, then Popcorn, (something), U.S.A.

So, the reason for the crown still remains a mystery, but the trophy picture confirms one thing:

Elvis was the King of Movie Popcorn Sales

 

 

More Elvis Armpit Sweat Revealed:

Elvis and Horses

This photo also appeared in that pictorial three weeks ago. I said I thought it had been taken on the set of Love Me Tender. However, I was corrected by reader Delores, who is quite a font of Elvis knowledge. She said the picture came from Loving You when young Susan Jessup (Delores Hart) took Elvis out to the family farm.

Elvis and delores Hart in Loving You

In the article I suggested that there couldn’t be many other pictures out there showing Elvis armpit sweat. Wrong!! Reader David did considerable detective work and found it in photos from three other movies.

Elvis Arm Sweat in 1960 GI Blues

G.I. Blues

 

Elvis Arm Sweat in 1962 follow that dream

Follow That Dream

 

Elvis, armpit sweat in1960 Flamig Star

Flaming Star

 

Of course, what I didn’t think we would ever see were any photos in real life of Elvis armpit sweat. David had that covered, too.

1970 Photo of Elvis Arm Sweat

Elvis in 1970

 

The Anniversary of the Opening of Graceland to the Public:

I get emails all the time from Graceland.com/news, Graceland Insiders, Shop Graceland, and probably some others. When I see the word Graceland, I click on them pretty much automatically to see what’s new. Yesterday, this came up.

Graceland Opened on June 6, 1982

 

I thought I would get to read about the history of this event. Then I scrolled down and saw this:

15% Off Graceland Gear

In the span of one month, we will see four reasons for a sale: Aloha from Hawaii anniversary, Memorial Day, Graceland’s opening anniversary, and Father’s Day. And I’ll bet there is some other reason for a sale prior to the 4th of July.  I hope they are selling ELVIS Gear at the next one.

So, Thursday was the 36th anniversary of the opening of Graceland. In four years, I expect a big event will be held with special guests, concerts at the Soundstage, special packages at the Guesthouse, etc. Here are a couple of pictures that will probably show up then on Graceland.com/news.

Aunt Delta and Jack Soden at opening of Graceland, June 7, 1982

This is EPE president Jack Soden and Elvis’ Aunt Delta (who continued to live in Graceland after the tours began) cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

 

Graceland Opening Flyer

Here is an advertisement for the opening of Graceland to the public. I wish it was a clearer image so we could read the ticket prices. The fine print down at the bottom says “Tours may be closed on Monday after September 1.” Of course, that never happened. The public response was too great.

 

Editor’s Note: Reader responses came in quickly confirming that the follow two photographs were definitely not taken the first day Graceland opened to the public.  As I had speculated, they were taken the day after Elvis died as fans poured into Memphis.  Sorry for the confusion.

You might want to scroll past them and look at two new photos giving a much clearer accounting of the opening of Graceland to the public.

 

These next two pictures, supposedly taken at that opening show amazing response on the first day.

Fans at Opening of Graceland

That looks like Elvis Week, doesn’t it? Or possibly the day after Elvis’ death was announced.  The internet source I used says it was taken on June 7, 1982, but the amount of mis-labeled Elvis photos on the internet is cause for a little skepticism. .

Fans at opening of Graceland

And this is supposed to be an aerial view of the event. You can barely see the mansion in the top right corner surrounded by trees. I never knew the opening of Graceland was such a highly attended event.

 

3,024 Tickets sold on the first Day Graceland opened to the public

This is a cropped photo that contains a significant fact in the text at the bottom. 3,024 tickets were sold the first day Graceland was opened to the public.

 

Fans Line Up outside Graceland on Day it Opened to the public

These are fans lining up to enter Graceland on the first day it was open to the public.

 

Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room

I would like to thank everyone who purchased one of the Elvis treasures I brought out from the Fuzzy Room and offered for sale. The three T-shirts were the last to go earlier this week. Next week I will show more items from the Fuzzy Room. Here’s a little tease – a set of Elvis Presley Salt and Pepper Shakers with a 50s look. Bet you haven’t seen these before.

Elvis Salt and Pepper Shakers

 

 

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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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Elvis Baseball Cap Review – Spring 2018

My Old TCB Cap

This is a TCB baseball cap I got eight or ten years ago as a bonus for buying a one-year subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.  I’ve worn it practically every day since, and it has held up well   However, it’s looking old and dirty.  Compare it to what it looked like when I bought it.

Brand New TCB Lightning Bolt Baseball Cap

I loved the embroidered gold TCB lightning bolt on the black fabric.  The underside of the bill is also gold.  Viewed straight on, the double-colored front lip of the bill is very cool.  And, on the back, in gold embroidery, is Taking Care of Business.

I always like it when someone sees the lightning bolt and says to me: “Elvis fan, right?”  Then a little Elvis conversation happens between us. I wish it would happen more often.

So, I decided I needed a new Elvis baseball cap, and I went on line to the Graceland Official Store.  As I studied the choices and considered the plusses and minuses of each one, I realized I needed to do a blog about Elvis baseball caps.  I’ve done a bunch of T-shirt reviews, but for some reason I never thought about reviewing baseball caps before.

 

TCB BLACK LOGO CAP:

TCB BLACK CAP

This is the first TCB lightning bolt cap I came to.  The tag under it said, “Throw this hat on and Take Care of Business ,Elvis style.”  That’s a pretty good pitch.  The cap is distressed washed, which gives it a look I like. If you study the circle logo, ELVIS appears sideways twice.  But the intriguing thing is the embroidered EP that continues from the crown down onto the bill.  I didn’t like that at first, but it’s growing on me.  The cap has Graceland embroidered on the back strap. $17.99

 

TCB SCATTER CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY TCB SCATTER CAP

When I saw this one, I knew the search was over.  This is a worthy replacement for my old one.  The word Scatter in the title refers to the repetitive TCB design on the front of the cap.  The gold TCB thunderbolt is embroidered, as is the Elvis Presley signature. When I looked for the price, I was so disappointed.  It said “Sold Out.”  I had to keep looking.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE SEQUIN CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE SEQUIN CAP

At first, I got a chuckle out of this one, but now I think it would look outstanding on a girl Elvis fan.  It just radiates Party Time.  Having it completely covered in pink sequins is such a great idea.  The tag under the picture calls it both a glam cap and a sparkle hat.  It also says, “You will LOVE this cap!”  I believe they are right.  $19.99

 

THE KING GUITAR WINGS CAP:

ELVIS PRESLEY THE KING GUITAR WINGS CAP

If it wasn’t for the pink bill I would definitely get this one.  On first glance, it looks like a weird guitar with wings, and that’s just fine.   You really have to study that detailed embroidered design to catch everything in it. There is Graceland at the bottom.  Then, the letters in ELVIS make the body of the guitar, and PRESLEY makes the guitar neck. There are two little crowned-things the tag calls ‘Griffins’.  I particularly like the way the logo embroidery starts on the bill and goes straight up into the crown. I’m getting to like this new wrinkle in baseball cap design.  If they’d make the bill completely black, I think sales would really jump.  $19.99

 

EP GRACELAND BLACK CAP:

EP GRACELAND BLACK CAP

No thanks.  Not for me.  I like the little 50s Elvis silhouettes on the sides, but the embroidered crown patch is just dull (even if it’s done with special metallic satin thread).   $17.99

 

GRACELAND ATHLETIC GRAY CAP:

GRACELAND ATHLETIC GRAY CAP

This hat appeals to me.  The extra stitching lines are a nice touch.  The logo design is not bad, although I would prefer ELVIS to be bigger and Graceland smaller.  Back years ago, the baseball caps never mentioned Graceland, but now some don’t mention Elvis.  $19.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND CAP

ELVIS PRESLEY'S GRACELAND CAP

This cap is promoted as having a broken-in vintage feel because of the distressed Elvis Presley’s Graceland imprint.  That’s fine, but the fuzzy edges on the big EP embroidery kill it for me.  This would be a better cap without it.  $17.99

 

The Graceland Air Logo Cap:

Here’s one of those caps that feature Graceland but have no mention of Elvis.  That drops it way down on my review.

Graceland Air Baseball Cap- Side

The embroidered Lisa Marie signatures on the sides are supposed to be a plus, but Elvis Presley would be so much better.  $19.99

 

 ELVIS KHAKI MILITARY CAP:

ELVIS KHAKI MILITARY CAP

 

This doesn’t work for me at all.  The title name calls it a military cap, but to me it looks like something for a woodland troll.  I don’t like white baseball caps, and I hate the font for the green scroll work.  And why is the ELVIS not centered on the crown? This thing just looks stupid.  $19.99

 

Elvis the King Silhouette Cap:

Elvis The King silhouette cap

I do like this white contrast stitching, especially on the bill. And the blue and white sandwich lip on the bill is great.  The logo design is fine, but I’m not fond of the frayed edge patch technique.  It is riveted on, which is interesting.  Not bad, but I’m not getting it. $19.99

 

PINK CLASSIC CAR CAP:

PINK CLASSIC CAR CAP

Okay, here’s one that has Elvis Presley on it and no Graceland.  It’s a good hat for the female Elvis fan.  I guess the fuzzy edges around the patches is something in favor these days, but I’m not a fan.  $19.99

 

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE BLACK CAP WITH RED BILL:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE BLACK CAP WITH RED BILL

Elvis baseball caps don’t get any more throwback than this.  The color of the bill matches the embroidered red signature.  It has an adjustable back strap with antiqued gold buckle, while all the other caps have Velcro straps.  $15.99

 

 

So, what hat did I pick to replace my old worn-out one?  Because my favorite choice was sold out, the nod has to go to the first one in this review:

TCB BLACK CAP

 

However, I’m going to wait a little while to see if this sold out winner comes back in stock.

ELVIS PRESLEY TCB SCATTER CAP

 

 

Next weekend we’ll look at some of the hats Elvis actually wore.  Do you think he wore many baseball caps?  We’ll see.

 

 

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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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60th Anniversary — Elvis’ Army Induction

Graceland Blog - 60th Anniversary of Elvis' Induction into the Army

Graceland posted this two weeks prior to the actual anniversary date of March 24, 1958, and I’ll be a little early here as well. Their blog post is a good one, and I recommend that you read it. There are nine big photos and a short video. I had never seen the picture of Elvis sitting in front of the Christmas tree looking at his draft notice.

Other highlights include Elvis’ famous quote that the Army was “a duty I’ve got to fill and I’m going to do it.” I also got a kick out of learning that Col. Parker handed out “King Creole” balloons to the fans outside the induction center. Leave it to Parker to turn it into an opportunity to promote the movie Elvis had just finished filming.

 

Elvis in army - Lip Snarl

I’ve been collecting Elvis Army photos for about twelve years and now have hundreds of them. So, I’ve culled through them and tried to find the most interesting. How do you like him doing his signature lip curl while in Army uniform and carrying a duffel bag on his shoulder?

 

Elvis Company D 80th Battallion

You’ve probably seen this photo before, but do you know what “Armor” means?

Elvis in Tank

It means tanks.

Elvis on tank

 

So far, we have seen Elvis in three different Army hats. Here are some more.

Elvis Wearing Army Helmet

Elvis In Army Uniform

Elvis - Dec 17, 1958 Grafenwoehr exercise camp

 

Elvis was photographed with a lot of fans while he was stationed in Germany, but this one takes the prize.

Elvis and Four German Babes

 

Speaking of fans, check out this letter from three young Elvis Presley lovers. They actually sent it to President Eisenhower imploring him exempt Elvis from a G.I. haircut – “If you cut his sideburns off, we will just die.”

1958 letter to President Eisenhower about Elvis' haircut

 

And here is Elvis with his Army haircut and no sideburns.

Elvis with Sleeves Rolled up

Now, take a look at one of the lesser known photos of Elvis getting that haircut at Ft. Chaffee in Arkansas.

Elvis Getting Army haircut at Ft. Chaffee Barber Shop

Have you ever had some guy sweeping up your hair clippings the minute they hit the floor? This was arranged by Col. Parker who saw yet another promotional opportunity. He ordered that all of Elvis’ hair clippings from his Army induction haircut be gathered up and sent to his fan clubs. One lock ended up at the Tulsa World newspaper, and they used it in a contest. Winner Sybil Coughman completed this sentence “I think the US Army can make the best use of Elvis by…

“…letting him give hip exercises to the soldiers to keep them trim and in good shape like he is.”

Hip exercises. Yeah, the Army will surely go for that.

 

Elvis with Army Haircut

Here’s one last rare haircut photo. It appeared in a six-page pictorial spread in a magazine called Cool Hep Cats.

Elvis on Cover of Cool Hep Cats

This may be the only magazine in history to superimpose text over Elvis’ face.

Cool Hep Cats Cover with Printing on Elvis' Head

 

Okay, that was going off on a tangent. Let’s get back to Elvis in the Army.

You probably know that Elvis’ Memphis friends Red West and Lamar Fike travelled to Germany to continue their roles as buddies in residence. Elvis also made friends with two future Memphis Mafia members while in the Army – Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge. Here is a shot of Elvis and Charlie in uniform.

Charlie Hodge and Elvis in the Army

They originally connected at Ft. Chaffee during Elvis’ four-day stay there. They shipped off to Ft. Hood, Texas together and also on the USS Randall troop ship to Germany.

Charlie Hodge and Elvis on USS Randall

Look at the white box below Elvis’ left hand. It was another Col. Parker idea, and guess what it contained? Dozens of playing-card-sized autographed photos of Elvis. As the tug boats began pushing the USS Randall out into New York Harbor. Elvis flipped the cards, a hand-full at a time, over the railing and they fluttered down to lucky fans standing on the dock four decks below. Parker must have had advance knowledge that the US Army Band would be present on the dock the day Elvis shipped out. So, he printed up copies of the music to several Elvis songs and delivered them to the band leader who in turn passed them out to all the musicians. Songs they played that day included “That’s All Right,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t be Cruel,” “Tutti Fruitti” and others.

There were no John Philip Sousa marches to mark this occasion. Col. Parker really could pull off some good schemes to promote Elvis.

 

Elvis in Battle Fatigues Playing Guitar

I have four different photos of Elvis in his Army uniforms playing guitar. I suppose he entertained the guys during off hours.

 

Elvis Visiting Bill Haley in Stuttgart 1959

Elvis (plus Red West and Lamar Fike) were entertained by Bill Haley while on leave in Stuttgart, West Germany in October 1959.

 

Elvis Meeting Marion Keisker in 1960

Do you remember Marion Keisker, the studio manager for Sam Phillips at Sun Records who is credited as being first to recognize Elvis’ potential? She left Sun Records in 1957 and joined the Air Force. While she was in Germany as assistant manager of the Armed Forces Television Network in 1960, Marion Keisker and Elvis held a reunion

 

Elvis the Soldier

And one last look at Elvis, the soldier.

 

There have been two other ElvisBlog articles about Elvis in the Army.  If you would like to learn more, click on these:

Elvis in the Army — By the Numbers

Sergeant Elvis A. Presley

And next week we will look at Elvis’ discharge from the Army and his trip home to Memphis.   It’s only the 58th anniversary, so the Graceland Blog probably won’t cover it for two more years.

 

 

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

Elvis on Typewriter

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

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

Pinterest Elvis Tabs

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

 

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

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

 

Elvis Making a Face in G.I. Blues

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

 

Elvis and Priscilla

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

 

Elvis and Priscilla 2

This one looks legit.

 

Elvis with Panties from the Audience

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

 

Elvis in Uncle Sam Hat 1976 Atlanta

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

 

Elvis March 26, 1976 Memphis,

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

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

 

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

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

 

Elvis Showing off His moves

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

 

Elvis and Sonny West on the beach Blue Hawaii 1961

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

 

Elvis with a Rod Stewart Hairdo

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

 

 

Gladys' Father and Mother

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

 

Elvis and Dog

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

 

Linda Thompson at Elvis' funeral She wore THAT

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

 

Playing Football with Glasses on

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

 

Back of Elvis' Head at Concert

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

 

Elvis and Carolyn Jones King Creole

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

 

Hands on Elvis' Butt

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

 

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

 

 

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Rock on, Santa, Rock on

Santa Rocking Out

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

 

Santa Playing Guitar 2

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

 

Santa withOne Leg, Two Feet

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

 

Santa with Big Black Boots

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

 

Short Santa

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

 

Santa with Red Sunglasses

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

 

Aging Hippie Santa

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

 

Santa Playing Guitar in the Snow

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

 

Santa and Texas Flag

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

 

Santa Playing Guitar 4

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

 

Santa on One Foot

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

Santa Playing Guitar 3

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

 

ZZ Top Santa

I labelled this one ZZ Top Santa.

 

Santa with Green Guitar

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

 

Santa the Bluesman

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

 

Santa Playing Guitar

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

 

Campfire Santa

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

 

Coca Cola Santa

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

 

Santa with a Flying V Guitar

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

 

Santa Playing Flying V Guitar

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

 

Santa with Stogie

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

 

Santa Blowing up the Speakers

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

 

Santa with no legs

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

 

Santa Slamming Guitar

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

 

Santa Rocks - World Tour

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

 

Have a merry christmas everybody

 

 

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Are There Any Collectible Elvis Figurines That Actually Look Like Elvis?

Elvis Presley Collectible Vinyl Figures

That’s a pretty scary face looking out from this box. It says ELVIS, but does it really look much like him? This is the latest collectible Elvis figurine. It is made by Kidrobot and is available on Graceland.com for $14.99.

Elvis Vinyl Figure '68 Special by Kidrobot

Here’s another view. It is the ’68 Special black leather version, and it doesn’t look much like Elvis to me, either, except maybe the lip snarl.

Elvis Gold Lame Vinyl Collectible

And this is the other option – Gold Lamé Elvis. Both are 4-1/2 inches tall, which means the head is about 2-1/2 inches. That should be plenty big enough to allow decent design and art work that looks like Elvis.

 

Back in 2008, I did an article on Tiny Elvis Heads from various figurines on the market over the years. I realized how difficult the task was when the head was just ¾” tall, like this:

Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Collector Set

This one is the Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Set, and his eyes are just creepy. But, like I said, it must be hard to mold and paint a good Elvis on such a tiny head.

Elvis Jailhouse Rock Christmas Ornament

Here’s what I call the skinny Elvis head Jailhouse Rock Christmas tree ornament. I’ve realized you could make a collection of just Jailhouse Rock Elvis figurines.

Elvis Nodnik

This charming thing is called an Elvis Nodnik.

Elvis Jailhouse Rock Bobblehead

This is called the Wacky Wobbler Bobblehead. There is another set of Elvis bobbleheads offered by Royal Bobbles, but no Jailhouse Rock design, just ’68 Special and Las Vegas Jumpsuit.

NECO Jumpsuit Elvis Bobblehead

Believe it or not, there is a third set of Elvis bobble heads by Neco.  And you have to say this head is very well done, easily identified without the jumpsuit or the name on the base.

 

Mini Black Elvis Nutcracker

However, if this nutcracker didn’t have the name on the base, who would ever guess it was Elvis? I do like the guitar strung over his shoulder, though. Here’s another nutcracker that’s maybe a little better.

Elvis Phoenix Jumpsuit Nutcracker

The Phoenix jumpsuit helps, but it still needs the name on the base.

 

While we are talking about bad images, how about this horrible one?

Elvis Jailhouse Rock n Sock Em Robot

I wonder if they ever sold any of these. Why would anybody want one?

 

Elvis Windshield Bobbler

I actually have one of these hanging in a window across the room, but I really like the way the photographer framed Elvis with the Graceland wall in the background.

 

Jumpsuit Elvis Pez

This is one of three PEZ Elvis that came in this tin display. The head is just over ½ inch high, so the PEZ designers deserve praise for coming up with a good tiny Elvis.

 

Elvis Bobble-Car Wacky Wobbler

This is a nice variation in Elvis figurines, and the face is pretty good.

 

Barbie Collectibles three doll Tommy as Elvis

Uggggh! This looks more like Kim Jung Un than Elvis.

 

Barbie Blue Hawaii Elvis Presley Doll

Blue Hawaii Elvis is not too common in the figurine themes. The top four are Jailhouse Rock, ’68 Special Black Leather, Aloha White Jumpsuit, and Gold Lamé. Others include G.I. Elvis and young Elvis wearing a sport coat.

 

Let’s finish up with the best of the Elvis figurines. That title goes to McFarlane Toys was started in 1994 by Todd McFarlane, a comic book creator and illustrator. His first figurines were the characters from his Spawn comic series. He has now produced hundreds of figures including cartoon horror icons, sports legends, dragons, the Simpsons, the Beatles, and many more.

McFarlane Elvis Wearing White Suit from '68 Special

Now this looks like Elvis. I also like it because it features Elvis dressed in a different outfit than in those other sets. I’m sure you recognize it as the white suit he wore in the ’68 Special when he sang “If I Can Dream.”

 

McFarlane Toys Elvis Jailhouse Rock

This is so good. Look at this close up to see how well McFarlane captured Elvis’ likeness.

McFarlane Jailhouse rock Elvis Side View

I’m really impressed with the quality of this Elvis reproduction. I don’t think they are still in production, but when I searched for good images, I found them for sale on eBay and other places.

 

Mr Potatohead Jumpsuit Elvis with Black Guitar

If you would prefer a fun Elvis figurine over an accurate one, there is always the Mr. Potato Head Elvis. I have the whole set.

 

 

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