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I Feel This Would be Perfect for Your Readers

Well, maybe… maybe not.

After 8-1/2 years of existence, ElvisBlog has really good SEO (search engine optimization).  So lots of folks with a product or program or website or whatever concerning Elvis will Google search and find the site.  Then, they send an e-mail hoping I will share their great (fill in the blank) with the blog’s readers.  Usually, I can’t help because ElvisBlog is about providing interesting articles, not free advertising.

Circle G Foundation Logo

The only exception is when I can build an interesting blog article around the project.  The best example of this is the Circle G Foundation which is trying to save Elvis’ old horse ranch in Mississippi.  There was such a full history and so many photos available, I got three blog articles out of it – here, here, and here.  Hopefully, they did some good.

Better guess at location

Circle G Ranch Aerial View

 

For some reason, the past week has seen a rush of these requests.  While none work for a stand-alone blog article, here’s a little information from five of them.

 

DoYouRemember.com:

Graceland

I’ve been getting e-mails from these folks for some time.  I don’t know how I got on their list, but if their latest topic interests me, I click on the link and read it on their website.  A recent post is titled June 1982: Graceland Opens to the Public.  It’s a nice little interview with Graceland’s director of public relations, Kevin Kern.  Click here to read it.

While you are there, you might want to type Elvis in the search box.  There are sixteen other features that are about completely about Elvis or at least mention him.

Elvis is Dead

Do You Remember asked me to share the Graceland article on ElvisBlog, and suggested I share an ElvisBlog article on their site.  I might just do that.  Every little bit helps that SEO.

 

Mercum Auctions:

Mercum Auctions Celebrity Auctions

I keep up with six or seven auctions that have a history of offering Elvis items, but I have never heard of Mercum.  However, they do have a dozen photos of Elvis during his Army days provided by old buddy Rex Mansfield.  Also included is a set of eleven Army slides, copies of Elvis’ induction and discharge papers, and a few other items. To view them all, click here.    Scroll down to the Elvis items.

 

Long live the King:

Long Live the King

This request came in from freelance photographer Mike Dvorak, who is doing a project on Elvis Tribute Artists and the fans who love them.  He is trying to raise $28,000 to finance his project titled Long Live the King.  Click here to see a short video about his concept and several still photos of ETAs he has already photographed.  Note to Troy Yeary at the Mystery Train Elvis Blog.  You won’t like any of these guys, except maybe the fellow above.  I know you will love that fur coat over the jumpsuit.

 

Paul Fraser Collectibles:

Paul Fraser Collectibles

This English company recently produced a short guide on collecting Elvis memorabilia.  If you prefer to consider big-ticket Elvis collectibles at a fixed price, rather than auction bidding, this guide may be just what you need.  Be warned, there does seem to be fair amount of hype.

 

Widescreen.org:

Widescreen.org

This came in as a Comment on ElvisBlog’s recent series of Random Thoughts on Encore’s month of Elvis movies in May.  I guess I’ll approve it for posting, but the writer (signed only as Leb) kind of dissed me. He said, “My main comment concerning your review is the lack of information concerning HOW Encore broadcasted these films. Encore uses what is known as Pan n Scan. In other words, they redirect the film which you are watching. Doesn’t this matter to you?”

Actually, no it doesn’t.  I’ll let others worry about defending the visions and intentions of film makers.  I just want to watch Elvis movies.

Next, Leb said, “Most of Elvis’ quality Hollywood output (and cultural influence and popular music for that matter) ended with Liverpool in 1964.”  Well, he’s right about the quality of Elvis’ movies after 1964, but no way Elvis’ cultural influence ended then.  And Elvis had thirty-nine Top 40 hits (including two #1s) after 1964.

The last thing Leb said didn’t sit well with me at all.  “I am including a URL for your consideration. I hope you enjoy it and it wakes you up.”

Sorry, I’m afraid you wasted your time on me.

 

 

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Elvis’ Circle G Ranch — Part 1

Last week, I mentioned that Elvis had his own little private trailer village tucked away in the far reaches of his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi.  His foray into cowboy communal living is an interesting story, especially because spring 1967 was probably the happiest period of his life.

When the Circle G Foundation asked me to write an article about the ranch, I started searching the web and various Elvis books to learn all I could about the ranch.  I found lots of Circle G Ranch pictures, and the most common topic is some variation of this:

 

Grass in Front

This is called the ranch house, and it has declined a lot in the forty-five years since Elvis was last in it.

 

Street right in front

I didn’t help when the highway was moved practically up to the house.  It was a flower shop when this picture was taken.

 

Back side of house

After decades of neglect and abuse, the Circle G ranch house is ripped up and falling apart.  The inside photos are even sadder.  If the Foundation gets enough support to entice a wealthy fan/benefactor to buy this place, they plan to rehabilitate the ranch house as the Visitors’ Center for their projected amenities at the ranch.

Elvis and Priscilla started out using the ranch house immediately after purchasing the property on February 9, 1967.  But Elvis liked having his buddies around, and he figured the way to do that was to buy eight house trailers and have them installed on poured concrete pads near the lake.  Plumbing and electrical power systems were installed, and a septic system was dug.  It was like Elvis had built his own little “Memphis Mafia Village.”

 

Better guess at location

This is an aerial view taken some years after Elvis owned the Circle G.  The ranch house is essentially hidden by tree cover at the top left of the picture.  The building and swimming pool in the peninsula jutting out into the lake were not there when Elvis was.  The upper oval marks where the house trailers were located.  During Elvis’ time, there appeared to have been more trees along the fence line behind the trailers.  The arrow above shows the approximate location of the famous E P barbeque grill.

BBQ

 

Priscilla probably was very happy to have the accommodations for the guys set way back on the 163 acre property.  The roll of the land created a high spot of pasture that blocked the view of the lake and the trailers from the house.   However, Elvis seems to have really loved hanging out with his buddies in the trailer area.  As a result, on March 3, he ordered one more two-bedroom trailer for him and Priscilla.

Two days later, he took off for Los Angeles for the planned start of filming on Clambake.  However, there were production delays and Elvis suffered a minor concussion from a fall in the bathroom of the Rocca Place home he rented.  A week later, Jerry Schilling got married in Palm Springs, and of course, Elvis and Priscilla attended.

Elvis probably returned to the ranch for a few days before principle filming for Clambake finally began on March 20.  His trailer would have been set up and functioning when he arrived there, so this is when Elvis’ Circle G experience changed from the ranch house to the house trailer.

Circle G Trailers 1

Circle G Trailers 2

Circle G Trailers 3

Circle G Trailers 4

Circle G Trailers 5

 

Sorry for the poor quality of these pictures.  I was lucky to find any at all.  It’s almost like Elvis banished cameras from the ranch when he and his buddies were there.  The website where I found these photos offers proof this was one of the Circle G trailers Elvis bought, but they can’t say for sure it was the one Elvis and Priscilla used.  However, we do know Elvis had a front porch built on theirs, so this may be it.

Clambake filming paused sometime in early April 1967, and Elvis was able to enjoy about three straight weeks on the ranch.  It could be argued that this was the happiest time of his life.  We will look into this in more detail next week with Part 2 of our series on Elvis’ Circle G Ranch.

 

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