Keep an Eye Out for this Guy.

During the LSU/Clemson championship game Monday night, the cameras will certainly show several shots of fans. I think it’s a good bet they will find this fellow called the LSU Elvis in the stands.

His name is Dixon McMakin, and he is a fixture at all LSU games. He’s been an Elvis fan since he was six-years-old when his grandmother told him how she lived next-door to Elvis in Memphis.

You will notice he is wearing a replica of Elvis’ famous Tiger Jumpsuit. That works well since the LSU team is called the Tigers. (But so is Clemson).

 

 

 

 

 

During the LSU/Clemson championship game Monday night, the cameras will certainly show several shots of fans.  I think it’s a good bet they will find this fellow called the LSU Elvis in the stands.

 

His name is Dixon McMakin, and he is a fixture at all LSU games.  He’s been an Elvis fan since he was six-years-old when his grandmother told him how she lived next-door to Elvis in Memphis.

 

You will notice he is wearing a replica of Elvis’ famous Tiger Jumpsuit.  That works well since the LSU team is called the Tigers.  (But so is Clemson).

Elvis for President – A Familiar Theme

 

Did you get this in your email last week from the Graceland Official Store? They had a long string of promotions and sales in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but then came some time to fill before the inevitable Elvis birthday promotion. So, Elvis for President fit the bill, nicely.

 

Here we have a 6’ by 4” magnet. The pitch is that you could put it on your car. I like this one because of the way the V in Elvis contains the TCB lightning bolt. I’m surprised they didn’t think of this before now. Anyway, the magnet goes for $8.99

 

Here’s the T-shirt that’s on the email flyer. I suggest more color would have been an improvement. It looks like the image of a campaign poster on the front, but surprisingly, the Graceland Store doesn’t offer the poster. They might have missed a good opportunity there. If you’re interested in the T-shirt, it goes for $24.99.

 

What’s a presidential campaign without buttons? I like the “It’s Now or Never” theme.” This button is 3” round and costs $4.50.

 

This is an 11-1/2” by 3” bumper sticker that goes for $4.99. That’s a pretty good deal. I like how they used the TCB lightning bolt on this as well.

 

There were other items available that didn’t particularly interest me, but you may have a different opinion. So, check out the Graceland Official Store.

 

Oh, look. Graceland was pushing the idea of Elvis for President four years ago. Something tells me we will be seeing it again in 2024.

 

I like the round button for 2020 better than this one for 2016.

 

It looks like there was no Elvis for President promotional campaign in 2012, but I did find a couple of pictures to illustrate the idea for 2008.

 

I like the “Seeing Eye Squirrels for Dogs.” Or maybe, “10-Foot woman Goes On Rampage in New York.” You gotta watch out for those 10-foot women.

 

The rest of this post will just be an eclectic collection of random Vote for Elvis stuff.

 

I like the message here, the rest of it is dull. It’s got color printing, so why not a good color photo of Elvis?

 

I think this is the cover of a bootleg concert DVD of Elvis’ performance in Charlotte in March 1976.

 

I like the colors of this. It’s a little fuzzy because I blew up a small picture. Behind the stars, I see a letters f and e, but I can’t figure out the rest. Any help?

 

Here is that design on one of the many items of clothing offered during Elvis for President 2016.

 

This is a great message that was ruined by a horrible caricature of Elvis. I wasn’t even going to post it, until I got the idea to white-out the face. The artist did do a good job on Elvis’ hair, though.

 

Another great message. I didn’t white-out this face; it came that way. It seems there is just no end to the different images people have produced from Elvis’ classic Jailhouse Rock pose. I’ll add this one to my collection of them.

 

I was curious about the words above the eagle’s head, so I looked them up in a Latin dictionary. Rerum means things. Procurum is the action of taking care of, hence management, stewardship. In other words, taking care of things – or taking care of business. Very clever

 

It looks like this Elvis for President idea has been around since the 50s.

 

I’m so glad Joe Petruccio is cool with me showing his art on ElvisBlog and making comments about it. I love his artwork, and this is just one of his best creations.

 

I like the use of red, white, and blue on those first buttons above, but this combination of white, gold, and black is pure Elvis. He’s got my vote.

 

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Happy Birthday Elvis

A Look at Elvis’ First Weekend of Each New Year

I have a number of Elvis reference books I use when researching topics for new blog posts. Sometimes I just scroll through one to get an inspiration. That worked for me this week with ELVIS: Day by Day by Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen.

 

On a hunch, I said, “Let’s see what Elvis did on his first weekends of each new year.” I tutnrned out to be a good idea.

 

1955 – 01 Saturday:   Change in Manager

Elvis performed in a concert billed as the “Grand Prize Saturday Night Jamboree” in Houston, TX. That’s quite a name, but nothing notable occurred at the event. However, January 1, 1955 was the date Bob Neal’s contract to manage Elvis went into effect.

Scotty Moore was glad to turn it over to Neal, who he knew could do a better job. But you have to wonder how Neal let it slip away into the hands of Colonel Parker.

 

1956 – 01 Sunday: No More Concerts at High Schools

By now Elvis was part of a Grand Ole Opry package tour headlined by Hank Snow and featuring Webb Pierce. They performed that night at a concert in an auditorium in St. Louis.

However, the next night, Elvis teamed up with Johnny Cash for a concert in Charleston, MS. Elvis was billed as The King of Western Bop. I looked up Western Bop, and Wikipedia had nothing, but Google had this:

The significance of this concert is that it is the last time Elvis performed in a high school. He was had already appeared in larger venues, so this must have been contracted well before his popularity exploded, and Elvis was fulfilling the deal.

 

1957 – 04 Friday:   Pre-Induction Physical

Elvis drove his Cadillac Eldorado from Graceland to the Kennedy Veterans Hospital for his Army pre-induction physical. Then he left by train to New York for his third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show two nights later.

The Memphis Draft Board held a press conference to announce that Elvis was classified 1A and he would be drafted in the next six to eight months. He wasn’t inducted until fourteen months later, so I guess Col. Parker did a good job negotiating some delays.

 

1958 – 03 Friday:   Side Show Medicine Pitch

Back in 2005. 101 Strings released an album of Elvis songs done in classical fashion.

However, the idea was originally brought to Col Parker on January 3, 1958, and he hated it. He had a brash response to the RCA executive that suggested it. Parker said it sounded like a “Side Show Medicine Pitch.” I guess a classical reworking of Elvis’ music was a better idea after he was dead.

 

1959 – 04 Sunday: The Dream

This new year found Elvis in the Army and stationed in Germany. The time difference between there and Memphis may not have mattered to Elvis as he called Col. Parker at 5 A.M. local time.

But Parker shook off his sleep and ended up talking to Elvis for an hour-long chat. Parker joked that the call interrupted a dream he was having about Elvis getting an early release. I know plenty of female Elvis fans dreamed about him, but I doubt the Colonel did.

 

1960 – 08 Friday:   Planning for Life After the Army.

There was nothing noted in the book for Elvis’ first weekend of 1960, but the second Friday, Elvis’ birthday on January 8, was very interesting.

Dick Clark had arranged to celebrate Elvis’ 25th birthday on American Bandstand by interviewing him by phone from Germany. It’s interesting that most of the conversation concerned up-coming plans for after Elvis returned home. This included a recording session (that resulted several singles and the album Elvis Is Back), his appearance on the Frank Sinatra TV show, and his next movie, G.I. Blues.

None of this would happen until late March or April, but obviously, Col. Parker had the deals already cut by early January.

Later in the day, Elvis hosted his own birthday party in Germany. The gang presented him a trophy with a wordy inscription.

“Elvis Presley: Most Valuable Player.
Bad Nauheim Sunday Afternoon Football Association, 1959.”

I tried to find a photo of this trophy, but apparently one does not exist.

 

1961 – 06 Friday:   King Karate

During the first week of 1961, Elvis was in Hollywood filming Wild In The Country. The cast and crew through him a birthday party two days before his 26th birthday.

In keeping alive the tradition of weirdly-titled awards, they gave Elvis a plaque saying:

“Happy Birthday, King Karate”

There is no photo to be found of it, either.

 

My reference book had nothing listed for the first weekends of 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966, so we’ll skip them and move on.

 

1964 – 03 Friday:   Picking Out New Wardrobe Items.

The highlight of this weekend was apparently going to Lansky Bros. to shop for new clothes. Elvis’ visits to Lansky’s were frequent and continued over a long period of time.

 

1967 – 06 Friday:   Elvis Gets Into Horses

On this date, Elvis supervised the renovations of the Graceland barn to accommodate his recent horse purchases. He bought a registered palomino named Midget’s Vandy, that he promptly renamed Rising Sun.

Although Elvis also bought Midnight Sun for his father and a Tennessee walker named Traveler, he soon started calling the Graceland barn “The House of the Rising Sun.”

 

This was fun to do. We will return to this subject again someday and cover the last ten new years of Elvis’ life.  I hope there will be less about Col. Parker in them.  I’m not a big Col. Parker fan, but if he’s a factor on the date, I’ll have to write about him as well as Elvis.

 

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Happy New Year

The End of a Decade — 10 Years, 10 Elvis Pictures

How do you link Elvis and the years in the last decade? By finding pictures of Elvis with text on them that includes a year – calendars, Elvis Week logos, Photoshop creations, etc.

Then you remove all the text but the year.

 

These stamps come from Mustique, a small private island that is one of the Grenadines, a chain of islands in the West Indies. I wouldn’t mind having a strip of these.

 

You may recognize this as one of the many calendars featuring photos of Elvis taken by Al Wertheimer. They put a bit of color into this iconic Elvis photo.

 

I like the use of an Elvis silhouette in addition to a nice Elvis photo on this one.

 

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen this picture before, but it’s in my files now. I like the scarf around Elvis’ neck.

 

I cropped and deleted parts of the original to get this. Apologies to Sandi Fox. She does nice work.

 

It also took some clean-up here to result in this. I’m glad I could save the silver and blue swirl that compliments Elvis’ jumpsuit. 2015 is my favorite picture, so far.

 

In an ElvisBlog article about Elvis caricatures, I included a quote about his sleepy-eyed look. It said, “It’s the low riding eyelids… the confidence and control factor half-mast eyes seem to exude.”

Elvis had that going here, didn’t he?

 

How cool is this? 2017 is my new favorite, slightly ahead of 2015.

 

This is another picture I don’t have in my files. Elvis has got some big-time sideburns goin’ here.

 

You could Photoshop this one and have Elvis smoking a pipe. If anybody can do that, please send me a copy.

 

This must be a picture from “Love Me Tender.” Serious-looking Elvis.

 

While I was researching this, I found a lot of earlier years, too.  There will probably be other decade pictorials like this in the future.

 

 

 

And I hope 2020 will be a great year for all of you, too.

 

 

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Merry Christmas

Christmas Eye Candy for Elvis Fans.

What a great way to start this post. How many of you ladies said, “Oh, yeah” when you saw it?

 

There are many paintings on the internet showing Bogey, Marilyn, Elvis, and James Dean together in scenes like at a bar or around a poker table. This is the only one that has Elvis and Marilyn in Santa outfits.

I guess the scene is a movie theater – one that’s big enough to have a Christmas tree and presents in it.

 

Technically, this photo was not taken at Christmas. But it’s nice to see Graceland in winter.

There’s no snow in this side shot of Graceland, but it does show the large manger scene.

 

The most common shot of a Christmas tree in Graceland is this white artificial one with red balls in the living room.

But the next photo shows how the Graceland dining room is decorated now. You can’t tell if the tree is real or artificial, but it is covered with a variety of lights and ornaments.

I’m guessing they wouldn’t showcase tree decorations that weren’t there while Elvis was around. Or would they?

 

I love the looks on the young elves’ faces.

 

I don’t have information on the creator of this Elvis as Santa picture. It’s pretty good, but check out a very different Elvis Claus.

 

This takes a little explaining. It’s the artwork for the cover of my not yet published book called “Elvis Claus.” We see an older Elvis with a beard that had turned grey over time. After years of avoiding contact with people, he ventures out wearing festive Christmas apparel, and the people who meet him say he looks like both Elvis and Santa. He adopts the nickname Elvis Claus, which eventually gets shortened to Elvis. So, we have Elvis hiding in plain sight as Elvis.

As for this image, it is the work of a great graphic artist. I picked out the Elvis photo for her to age, as well as the other one showing the hat, beard, and coat. By the way, it was a promo photo of Tim Allen in “The Santa Claus 2”

 

I gave this one a title — “The Elves Have Left the Building.”

 

I like the design and colors of this. I may use it again as the title image for a future blog post.

 

You will recognize this as the cover of Elvis’ 1971 Christmas album. It looks OK, I guess. But they also made a promo piece that blows up the Elvis snowman, and it’s not so good.

See what I mean?

 

Now, let’s take a look at some Elvis Christmas tree ornaments.

 

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I think this is pretty cool. Years ago I cropped off the name of the creator. Now I wish I knew, so I could give her a shout-out.  Although it is not a real ornament, I think EPE would have a winner if they came out with a line of Christmas ornaments done like this.

Now, here are some real ones produced during the early days of Elvis’ career.

 

For some reason, quite a few early ornaments were a TV with Elvis on the screen.

 

 

I like how this one plus two of those above come with tiny rabbit-ears.

 

Modern day concepts are interesting, too. How about an Elvis T-shirt ornament?

 

Or a mini Elvis lunchbox ornament?

 

There’s a lot going on with this one. Elvis in front of jailhouse bars dangles down, as do the three lower things.

 

Not a bad Christmas wish list.

 

This image of Elvis in a Santa hat is done in a style called pointism painting. It’s different, but I’m not that crazy about it.

 

I heard on the news that yesterday (December 20) was National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

So, I decided to see if there were any Elvis sweaters out there with this theme. It turns out that there are over 20 ugly Elvis Christmas sweaters for sale, but most of them aren’t really so ugly. Next year maybe I could do a review of them, like I do for Elvis T-shirts.

 

I could see me wearing this one, except it costs $60, so that prices it out of my reach.

 

Elvis had the unique ability to joke around and still look super-cool.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas, Everybody

 

Phil Arnold

 

A Change is Coming

On January 31, 2020, ElvisBlog will celebrate its 15th anniversary.

First ElvisBlog post

 

During that time I have done 891 posts. Last January I made a commitment to keep going until I hit the 1,000 mark. I am still determined to meet that challenge.

 

However, it will be reached in a different way. After January 31, ElvisBlog.net will become a static site. No new articles will be posted.

 

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Well, I have figured out how I can do it myself. The formatting, the bulk mailing, everything. The appearance of my email blog will look very similar to what’s coming in now. You will be able to read it right there in your inbox or open it up as a web page.

 

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The Muppets present “Great Moments in Elvis History”

As mentioned last week, the elves in the Muppet Classic Theater DVD were dressed in Elvis-type garb and had Elvis hair. And all three of them spoke and sang like Elvis. The picture above shows the three Elvises making blue suede shoes.

For those of you who got the incomplete postings last week on my first two tries, you missed the video of The Elves and the Shoemaker segment of the DVD where they do their stuff. This is fun, so here are two ways to check it out if you haven’t already.

The full 9-1/2 minute skit:

 

The 5 minute edited version showing the Bad Shoes Blues song sequence and a bit more:

 

The Muppets returned to TV in 1996 in a new show called Muppets Tonight. It was very similar to the original The Muppet Show.

It ran for three seasons, which was long enough for three more appearances by the Elvises in a recurring feature, “Great Moments in Elvis History.”

The concept is interesting. They chose three great moments in world history and substituted Elvises for three of the main characters in each.

 

The Declaration of Independence:

Sorry for the lame picture quality. The video I grabbed it from is the only one I could find. The story has some fun with quibbling going on between Washington and Jefferson, particularly when John Hancock tells them that all ties with the king have been severed, and they argue about who really is The King.

When Ben Franklin arrives and tells them he has discovered electricity, they cheer and bring up their electric guitars. They break into a song using the melody from “Blue Suede Shoes,” with brand new lyrics.

One if by land,
Two if by sea.
Let’s all rock for democracy.
Don’t you, don’t you tread on me.

At the end of the skit, we get a fake preview of next week’s Great Moments in Elvis History. This is Elvis of Arabia, but it was five more weeks until the next Great Moments is shown, and it was not Elvis of Arabia.

 

Elvis the King and His Knights of the Roundtable:

Here we have Guinevere, King Arthur, Lancelot, and Merlin. The gag here is that the dragon has captured Guinevere. Merlin goes to rescue her, and the dragon is glad to give her back. The song parodied in this skit is Jailhouse Rock, with these lyrics:

The dragon has captured Lady G.
Don’t you worry, Excalibur is here.
Everybody knows that dragon is hot.
We’re rockin’ here in Camelot.

I like this front shot of Muppet Elvis Merlin.

 

The gag preview at the end of this skit is Tarzan of Graceland.

 

Elvis Caesar:

Here the Elvises are playing Brutus, Mark Antony, and Julius Caesar. There is no singing in this short skit, but there are plenty of gags.

The bit with Brutus brandishing a large knife was interesting, considering the actual facts of Caesar’s assassination.

 

The gag preview at the end of this skit is Sir Elvis Newton.

 

Someone has put together a YouTube video that combines all three Great Moments in Elvis History. Check it out.

 

I hope you enjoyed my three-part series on The Muppets and Elvis.

 

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