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B.B. King and Elvis

BB King at 86

By now you surely know that blues legend B.B. King died last week at age 89. I did a lot of deep Google searching to find things connecting B.B. and Elvis, and I found a few to use in this post celebrating the blues master’s life and career. Most interesting were the quotes B.B King said about Elvis over the years, interspersed here between a few photos.

 

Elvis and BB King -2

An early photo of Elvis and B.B. King – occasion and place unknown.

 

“He used to come around and be around us a lot. There was a place we used to go and hang out at on Beale Street. People had little pawn shops there and a lot of us used to hang around in certain of these places, and this is where I met him.”

From: ELVIS – His Life from A to Z by Fred W. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius

 

 

Elvis, Claudia Ivy and BB King

Photo taken of Elvis, Claudia Ivy, and B.B. King at the WDIA Goodwill Review on December 7, 1956. Elvis and George Klein hung out backstage. Elvis made a brief emergence from behind the curtain, and received rousing applause from the audience. Also on the program were Ray Charles, the Moonglows, and Rufus Thomas.

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“When I first met Elvis, I didn’t think too much of Elvis Presley. I thought he was a handsome young man, but he wasn’t singing as he started to sing later. So I didn’t think too much about him – his guitar or his singing – at the time. But I thought he was a nice person – it wasn’t that I disliked him.”

From: http://www.pbs.org/americanrootsmusic

 

 

Elvis Wearing Jacket like BB Kings Jacket

Elvis must have like the plaid coat B.B. wore in the above photo. Check out the jacket Elvis wore on the day of his induction into the Army.

 

“Finally I heard him do some Arthur Big Boy Crudup. I heard him do some of those songs, and then I started to turn my head a little bit. That ain’t the same Elvis Presley that I been hearing. And he went on from there doing some other things that sound black to me. That’s when I started having respect, respect, respect. And he sorta earned it, earned that respect from me at that time.”

From: http://www.pbs.org/americanrootsmusic

 

 

Bobby Blue Bland and BB King

This is B.B. King in concert with Bobby Blue Bland, who got his start as B.B.’s limo driver. They were together back in 1999, the only time I ever saw B.B. perform.

BB King Concert Ticket

It was such a wonderful concert, even though B.B. performed while sitting on a chair for most of the show.

 

Bobby Blue Bland and Elvis

Elvis also had contact with Bobby Blue Bland back in the early days of their careers.

 

“I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studio. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra’s. I was a tremendous fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.”

From: http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay

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B.B. King's Blues Club, Memphis

This is B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis. During Elvis Week 2002, two fine ladies and I drank and danced there for hours. We closed the place down and then went to the Candlelight Vigil. My knees killed me the next day.

BB King's Blues-Club, Memphis

This isn’t the band we had that night, but you get the idea. The girls were from Japan and Canada, which illustrates a fact about Elvis Week. People come from all over, and it’s so easy to make new friends. Elvis fans are just good people.

 

B.B. King and Elvis Presley Welcome Center - Memphis

Here is an Elvis/B.B. connection you may not be aware of. The white sign says “B.B. King and Elvis Presley Welcome Center.” The huge mosaic egg says, “MEMPHIS – Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll.”

B. B. King and Elvis Presley Welcome Center Map

If you’ve got enough time during your next visit to Memphis, you can check it out. While you are down on the banks of the Mississippi, be sure to take in Mud Island Park, too.

 

“Finally I had a chance to meet him and I found out that he really was something else. He started to be more and more and more. And he was still like that to me, Elvis was, until he died. As far as I was concerned, he was growing all the time.”

From: http://www.pbs.org/americanrootsmusic

 

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Elvis and B.B. King

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“He was unique. And he loved the blues, it’s a pity he didn’t do more.”

From: http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay

 

 

B.B. King

 

Good bye, B.B. We’ll miss you. Say hi to Elvis for us.

 

 

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More Posts from the Archives to Mark Elvisblog’s 10th Birthday

Happy 10th Birthday Cake

Last week, in honor of ElvisBlog‘s 10th birthday, we looked at old articles originally posted at the beginning of each new year.  That took us up to 2009.  Here’s the next five.

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Fifth Birthday:  Postscripts to Earlier ElvisBlogs – 6, January 30, 2010

It’s been four months since the last Postscripts, and lots of interesting photos have cropped up that relate to earlier blogs.  Here’s a look at several of them.  Click on the titles below to see the original columns.

Elvis Birthday Cakes:  Three weeks ago, we looked at Elvis birthday cakes, including the one presented to him on the set of King Creole when he turned 23 in 1958.  Elvis was also filming a movie on January 8, 1961, when he turned 26.  Here is Elvis and the cake, along with costar Hope Lang, during the filming of Wild in the Country.

More NodNiks:  Back in December, we zoomed in on the heads of various Elvis figurines, bobbleheads and Christmas ornaments available at www.ShopElvis.com.   I was not particularly charmed by the two NodNiks, mainly because their marshmallow-shaped heads looked kind of stupid to me.  However, the promo text said they were the next big thing with young collectors.  Perhaps this isn’t just wishful thinking.  Certainly, they will have better success with these other choices.

                            


Giant Elvis Pez:  In that same blog article, I stated that my favorite little Elvis collectible was Jumpsuit Elvis Pez from the three-pack gift tin.  However, not all Elvis Pezes (Pez Elvises?) are small.  How about a three-foot tall Giant Elvis Pez?  The one on the right is available in the Cirque du Soleil Viva Elvis gift shop in Las Vegas.  The one with the TCB shield actually has a chip in it that plays an Elvis song.

                              

Mixed Media Elvis Art:  Back in August, we looked at Elvis Images constructed of various unusual materials.  Google Images picked up several of them, and the Elvis bust made of matchsticks has brought many folks to ElvisBlog.  Now we have a similar bust made from colored matchsticks:

The same article contained an Elvis Statue made entirely of butter.  Since then, we have found another Elvis butter statue which includes a hound dog.  To keep this fair and balanced, here is a butter statue of Michael Jackson and his pet chimp.

 

Again, in that old article, we looked at two Elvis images done on toast.  One was scratched out on one piece of toast; the other contained hundreds of pieces.  Here is one in between with Elvis’ face on thirty pieces of toast.

Elvis M&M Ornament for Christmas:  Prior to Christmas 2008, we looked at the wide variety of Elvis M&M Christmas tree ornaments that were available.  Now, the selection is even better, expanding to free-standing models.  Here is “A Little M Conversation” M&M Elvis.  Sorry to be a critic, but what’s with the eyebrows up on the top of the head?  Kind of looks like Groucho Marx hair, doesn’t it?  And what’s that thing he is holding in his left hand?  At $20, I’ve got to pass on this one.

 

Pick the Better Elvis Image:  Last fall, this article contained two Photoshopped pictures depicting Elvis as Superman.  Here’s one more with young Elvis as Superboy.  I still don’t know why nobody has done Elvis as Captain Marvel Jr., who was the super hero that young Elvis admired so much:

   

Look at all the things Elvis copied from Captain Marvel Jr. and his alter-ego Freddy Freeman:  the hairdo, the lightning bolt (in his TCB Logo), the cape, and the white scarves around the neck.

In Search of Historic Elvis:  This column from early December 2009 was a little short on pictures.  Here is a photo of an ancient Elvis petroglyph that could have fit right in.

Like we’ve said here many times before, Elvis is everywhere.

 

6th Birthday:   Reagan, Obama, and Elvis,  February 5, 2011

Lately, there has been much in the press about Barack Obama’s shift to the center.  He is said to be thinking and sounding a lot like Ronald Reagan.  This, plus the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birthday on February 6, has even prompted news magazines to pair the two presidents on their covers.

Current Time magazine cover featuring Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama

 

One thing the press hasn’t mentioned is that both presidents have been Elvis fans, and that they’ve worn clothing to give them that Elvis look.

               

Obama favors the young Elvis gold lamé coat from 1957.  Reagan looks great in the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii American Eagle jumpsuit.  Some clever folks did a nice job on Photoshop making these shots.

Do you know how many presidents Elvis met?  Of course there was Nixon in 1970.  Lesser known is that Elvis met both Jimmy Carter and George H W Bush – before they became presidents.

Jimmy Carter was the Governor of Georgia when he and Rosalyn visited Elvis backstage after a June 1973 concert in Atlanta.  George H W Bush was UN Ambassador when he was the guest speaker at the dinner where Elvis was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1971.

 

John F Kennedy was one president Elvis never met, but a Photoshop jockey with questionable taste did try to give us picture simulating an occasion when they got together.

 

 

 7th Birthday:   You Ain’t Nothin’ But A… Golden Retriever?, February 28, 2012

All good Elvis fans are familiar with him singing “Hound Dog” on the Steve Allen Show in 1956.  After all the fuss Elvis caused performing the song on the Milton Berle Show, Allen made Elvis dress up in a tux and sing to a hound dog wearing a little top hat and sitting on a platform.

          

Now, check out this picture. 

     Elvis and Molly

My talented friend Carol Stephens does all the graphic design for Elvis International magazine.  I am always impressed by how much her work enhances my articles published there.  Carol recently got a new dog and had the inspiration to play around with one of the photos from the TV show.  She replaced the hound dog with her doggie and sent me a copy to see how I liked it.

I loved it and immediately wrote back and asked her if she could do the same thing with my golden retriever, Molly – please, please, please.   Carol is such a sweetie.  She said yes.  My wife helped me get Molly in the right pose for a photograph, and I e-mailed it to Carol.  The picture above is the result.  It is so cool, and I now have a large blow-up of it on the wall above my desk.

Carol did one other clever thing.  The deposed hound dog is now off to the side, looking back as if to say, “Hey, what happened here?”

I know there are lots of Elvis fans who also have beloved dogs in their household.  Maybe they would also like to see their dog in this shot with Elvis.  Carol did mine for free, but she does get paid for her artistic work.  So, my gift to her will be to let anyone with any interest know they can contact Carol at Stephens@2D-CreativeDesigns.com.

If you have any other graphic design needs, you might also want to check out her website www.2D-CreativeDesigns.com.   Carol has done a lot of great work, including the ElvisBlog logo.

 

8th Birthday:   Elvis Presley’s Gold Limousine, February 2, 2013

Every once in a while I check out the “News” at Elvis.com.  Unfortunately, to find the few newsworthy items, you have to skip through a lot of what really are advertisements.  During the past week, so-called news reports have been about the new 64 gigabyte Elvis USB drives, the 2013 Elvis Presley Holy Land Tour, big saving on Valentines Day gifts at ShopElvis.com, and my favorite, a 30% discount at Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods.

However, one news item that caught my eye was this:

Elvis.com news

I immediately recognized the car as Elvis’ customized Cadillac that toured all over Australia in 1968.  It has an interesting story.  Elvis wanted to have his own classic-styled luxury limousine, so he bought a 1960 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood for $10,000, and he took it to Barris Kustom City in North Hollywood, California.  George Barris had considerable fame for producing customized cars.

Elvis and George Barris

Elvis and George Barris in 1960

Elvis told Barris what features he wanted, and Barris gave Elvis many designs, artist renderings and engineering drawings before the modifications were decided.  The price tag was $65,000, which is $487,000 in today’s dollars.

Dream Car

Exterior modifications made significant changes to the roof, the paint, and the trim.  The headlight rims and all other trim were plated in 24 carat gold, as were hand-spun hub cap bullets and flanges.  The car is painted with forty coats of translucent pearl paint containing crushed diamond dust and pure fish scales from the orient.  The top was lengthened and the rear quarter panel windows were replaced by portholes.

1960 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo-Series-75

Here’s what the rear quarter panel windows on a standard 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood look like.  In addition to the portholes, the back window above was also replaced with a smaller one.  The roof was covered with coarse grain white pearl naugahyde.

The interior modifications were even more impressive.  Keep in mind that Elvis had no intention of driving the car himself.  His concept was for a chauffer driven limousine with a yacht-inspired lounge area in the back for him.

Elvis' Seat

Elvis’ Dream Car was designed to give him the ultimate in comfort by transforming the back-seat into a plush private cabin.  The seats are done in air-foam biscuit tufted panels made from gold frieze (with pearl buttons) imported from France.  The two-tone trim is done in white pearl Naugahyde.  The side and roof panels are covered with same gold-frieze biscuit panels and white Naugahyde.  Note that the porthole has the privacy cover in place, and gold lamé drapes can be closed to cover the smaller custom rear window.  Not shown in the photo is a car-phone mounted in a console between the seats.  To the right of where Elvis sat is his private control panel.

Elvis' Control Panel

Here is a blow-up of Elvis’ control panel which contains the intercom microphone Elvis used to talk to the chauffer, as well as controls for the radio, air-conditioner and heater.

 TV, Freezer, etc

Here is a view of many of the customized features at Elvis’ disposal.  At the top is the gold lamé privacy drapes between the front and rear seats.  The gold plated color TV sits on a swivel.  To the right of the TV and clock is a closed vanity case.  Below the TV is a gold refreshment bar that freezes its own ice cubes in two minutes and a refrigerated cab unit.  On the left is the pull-out RCA record player with 10-record automatic changer.

Draem Car Accessories

This shows a different view of the center lounge.  The gold vanity case is open.  Below it is the AM-FM tuner and the open shoe buffer.  Note the TV is not on the swivel in this shot, which seems to serve as a small table for Elvis to put stuff on.  Somewhere in the panel of accessories is a pull-out bar.  The open side door window has the same gold lamé curtains used throughout the car.

Close-up of shoe buffer and white mouton fur

This close-up shows the fold out shoe buffer and white mouton fur on floor.

 

Vanity Case

This close-up shows the open gold vanity case which contains a gold electric razor, gold hair clipper, chrome brush, etc.

It is not recorded just how much Elvis used his dream car, but souvenir-seeking fans caused enough damage to the car that he ultimately stopped using it.  He sold it to RCA who used it for promotional purposes across the country from 1965 to 1967.

Caddy Tour

 

Next, the car was shipped to Australia for a tour to raise money for the Benevolent Society of New South Wales.  It made almost four-dozen stops and was viewed by almost 400,000 people.

Souvenir Brochure

 Elvis’ gold car was not just displayed at large Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne.  It also appeared in schools, shopping centers, and civic centers in many smaller communities.

Dream Car on Display

 

As the Elvis.com news report above states, the tour of Elvis’ gold Caddy raised over $110,000 ($700,000 in today’s dollars).  You all know how generous Elvis was and how much he contributed to charity.  You may not have known that his car could do that too

 

9th Birthday:   Planet Elvis, January 2, 2014

If you are a news junkie like me, you’re probably aware of the buzz about this recent New York Times Magazine cover.

 New York Times Magazine Cover

The subtitle is:

The gravitational pull of a possible 2016 campaign is bringing all the old Clinton characters into her orbit.

Well, Elvis has pulled all of us fans into his orbit for over fifty years, so I wondered if there had ever been any reference to Planet Elvis. I went to Google, the Exalted Source of All Knowledge, and did an image search for Planet Elvis.  I had to scroll down the results for many pages before coming to what I wanted, but there was some interesting stuff on the way.

 

Elvis - Prince from Another Planet

When Elvis gave his four-show block of concerts at Madison Square Garden in June 1972, there were positive reviews all over the media. The most memorable line was in the New York Times, who said about Elvis, “He looked like a prince from another planet.”

 

Planet Elvis - Aloha from Hawaii
I should have known this image would turn up in the search results. The planet is earth, and the satellite is beaming Elvis to all parts of it. This is a good concept for Planet Elvis.

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Elvis Has Left the Planet

I love this T-Shirt. What a clever twist on Al Dvorin’s classic line at the end of Elvis’ 1970s concerts: “Elvis has left the building.” The phrase has since become a popular culture catchphrase, sometimes even a humorous punch line, but this is the best adaptation so far.

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Elvis Left the Planet

You might say this is a variation on the ‘Elvis has left the planet’ idea.

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Elvis on Karaoke Planet

This sounds like fun. Has there ever been a Karaoke party where nobody sang an Elvis song? Hard to imagine.

 

Elvis on Planet Football

I never heard of Planet Football, but I’m glad Elvis lives on it.

 

Planet Elvis Cartoon

Has any celebrity been featured in more cartoons than Elvis? This one is pretty good.

 

Multi Elvis Globe

There is no text at all on this image, so how does Google Images know to make it a result in a search for the words Planet Elvis? Maybe the Exalted Source of All Knowledge is magic, too. To me, it looks more like a fortune teller’s ball than a planet. But, it’s still a nifty image.

 

Painted Elvis - Man on the Moon

The site with this image didn’t have anything much to say about it. Maybe this is the artist’s interpretation of the man on the moon.

 

Elvis and Planets

This is more like it. Here’s my interpretation: Planet Elvis with its moon circling by, earth off in the distance, and a white hot vortex sucking in all the Elvis music. What do you think?

 

Planet Elvis

Finally. I knew there had to be a picture of Planet Elvis out there somewhere. Hillary wants to be the President, but Elvis is already the king.

 

So, ElvisBlog moves into its 11th year.  Interest keeps growing, and people visited the site 179,000 times last year, resulting in 292,000 hits (page views).  Thanks to all you Elvis fans who have been reading ElvisBlog.

 

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Getting the Elvis Photos Organized

Elvis Wearing Eyeliner

filed in “Young Elvis Photos”

During 2008, the third year of ElvisBlog’s existence, photos became a major part of each new post. There are literally zillions of Elvis photos on the internet, and if you spend the time to search for them, it is easy to amass a nice collection.

The shot of young Elvis above is purported to show him wearing eye-liner. Unfortunately, it was discovered years after posting an ElvisBlog article titled “Eye-Liner Story,” but I went back and added it to the story.

At the time, I didn’t file it in a specific file, just the big general one. There are dozens of others in there that need to be filed, as well. So, I’m doing that right now – and writing a blog article about the more interesting ones as I go.

 

Elvis Wearing Eyeliner

filed in “Products”

This one will go into the “Products” file. I should probably create a new one called “Crappy Elvis Products”, because this hideous thing really qualifies. Please note some of the fine print: Handcrafted Elvis Head. Right. None of that inferior poured-into-a- mold stuff here. But the best line is Looks Just Like Real Hair. Hey, we can see the picture on your box. Curly little green leaves do not look like Elvis’ hair.

 

Elvis on Walk of Fame, Hollywood

filed in “Misc”

This is Elvis’ star on The Palm Springs – Walk of Stars. I think the reason I didn’t originally put it in a file, is that I didn’t know where to put it. Still don’t. So, it goes in the “Misc” file, but I hate that file. It’s like you’re surrendering in the challenge of getting organized.

 

Elvis and Memphis Mafia Members

filed in “Memphis Mafia”

I don’t know why this wasn’t filed under “Memphis Mafia” from the beginning, where it obviously belongs. Can you name the guys: Joe Esposito, Elvis, Red West, Vernon, and Jerry Schilling. Don’t know who the guy in the white coat is.

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Elvis Crop Drawing

filed in “Images”

This must have taken someone a lot of time to do. Elvis is way more interesting than crop-circles, and they did a great job of getting Elvis’ image right. I’m not sure that humongous mic in front of his mouth was needed. This will be one of the most unusual pictures in the “Images” file.

 

Bill Murray at Crossroads Festival

filed in “Elvis Impersonator Losers”

This is Bill Murray at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in 2009, I think. He is getting filed in “Elvis Impersonator Losers” in a sub-file named “Celebrities”. That may be unfair because most of them look pretty good in a jumpsuit. Especially Britney Spears. I’m getting enough celebrities in the file to do an ElvisBlog post on them.

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Bill Murray at Crossroads Festival

filed in “Collingwood”

If you want to go to a great Elvis Festival, you need to check out Collingwood, Ontario. I’ve been to it twice and had a ball both times. This is their beloved street dance, but no dancing takes place. Instead, folks bring their own chairs and enjoy eight hours of tribute artists and a dynamite band doing Elvis songs. You can see old Elvis, fat Elvis, young Elvis, kid Elvis, female Elvis, and a lot of really good ones. This picture will go to my personal files under “Collingwood,” but “Really Fun Times” would work, too.

 

Elvis versus Godzilla

filed in “Misc”

This stupid Photoshop product tickles me a lot. How do you like this line?

At last! The King’s Final Most Captivating Role

Another pic to go in “Misc.” Seems appropriate.

 

Bill Randall Lost Elvis Footage

filed in “Lost Elvis Footage”

This is a 1993 article in Time magazine. I copied it so I could save the text of the article. It tells how the mythical Lost Elvis Footage from June 1955 finally showed up and was sold to Polygram Films for $2.2 million. Well, it is now twenty-one years later, and we still haven’t seen the footage released for us fans. I don’t think the film exists anymore. Still, I am starting a new file named “Lost Elvis Footage,” and adding this and several other pictures to it. It’s pretty certain there will be a future ElvisBlog article on the whole topic.

 

Elvis with Arms Crossed Over Guitar

filed in “Strong Elvis Pictures”

Almost every Elvis photo goes right into a file, but this one never did. I don’t think there were many other shots taken where Elvis had an electric guitar hanging down like this. He looks good. This is a natural for the “Strong Elvis Pictures” file.

 

What You Can't Do to Elvis

filed in “Misc”

This is so clever. I wish I had thought of it, but congrats to whoever did. Maybe I should start a “Clever Elvis Stuff” file and put this in it. It’s just too good to be in “Misc.”

 

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Happy Birthday ElvisBlog

This month marks the ninth anniversary of ElvisBlog. The number of Elvis fans visiting the site continues to grow, and the inspirations for blog topics keep coming, so ElvisBlog will plug along into its tenth year.

Elvis Picking up Girl

One thing I learned over the years is to include a good picture early in the post. Don’t open with a whole bunch of text pushing the first photo way down and off the reader’s screen. ElvisBlog is supposed to be fun, not a literary journal. The first image now also shows on my Facebook page in the thumbnail tease from the NetworkedBlogs link. It really pays to have an interesting first photo.

By the way, this shot was used in Caption Contest #13 back in 2009 with the winning caption “Elvis tries out a new way to pick up girls.” There hasn’t been a new caption contest is a long time. I need to do some.

 ElvisBlog 2007 Homepage

 

This 2007 ElvisBlog homepage shows what it looked like for the first few years. Obviously, it needed to be jazzed up a bit. The tag line to the right of the title may be too small for you to read, but it said:

Nuggets of news, history and commentary posted every Sunday

 

That had to go. I make a serious effort to post a new blog every weekend (Friday – Sunday, sometimes Monday), but you can’t pin yourself down to a specific day. Also, the tag line worked originally when the posts were all text, but as pictures become a prominent part of the mix, the trend went toward more fun topics. Thus, the change in 2011 to:

All the Cool Stuff Out There in Elvis World

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Elvis Spank

Thanks to endless hours of searching on Google Images, I have collected a bottomless treasure chest of cool Elvis images. Until now, this picture has never been used on ElvisBlog, mainly because it didn’t fit in any of the themes. I have one set of pictures that I am saving until the last post, whenever that is. It will surely anger the folks at Graceland, but it will be too late then for them to put the muscle on me.

If you scroll back up, you will note that the title of that 2007 post was “Fool’s Gold,” referring to the huge sandwich containing a jar of peanut butter, a jar of grape jam, and a pound of bacon on an Italian loaf split down the middle. Elvis had such a craving for it that he flew from Memphis to Denver to get one.

Early on, I delighted in other catchy titles like:

Virtuoso of Hootchy-Kootchy – This title came from Jack Gould, entertainment critic for the New York Times. It was the only semi-favorable opinion in his brutal article about Elvis’ second appearance on the Milton Berle Show.

A Jug of Corn Liquor at a Champagne Party — This post was a look at Elvis’ 1956 appearances at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. The line came from a Newsweek magazine review.

Is It A Sausage? No, It’s A Rusty Foghorn – This title came from two phrases in a 1956 New York Times review of Elvis’ first movie Love Me Tender. The reviewer said Elvis looked like a smooth, damp-looking sausage, and his singing voice sounded like a rusty foghorn.

My favorite title of all was Turgid, Juicy and Flamboyant, from another New York Times review, but it has the same problem as the others above — the word Elvis was not in the titles. I learned that to grow your SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Elvis needed to be in the title, so now it is whenever possible. Check out the titles of the eight most recent ElvisBlog posts, top of left column.

 

Bush in an Elvis Jumpsuit

This is just another photo to break up the text. And an example of how the Photoshop jockeys love altering Elvis. ElvisBlog has posted photos of Presidents Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43) and Obama in Elvis jumpsuits. I did get some negative feedback when I posted Osama bin Laden in one.

 

After a few years of emphasizing the fun side of Elvis, a logo was added to the ElvisBlog homepage.

 

ElvisBlog Lip Logo

 

Hopefully everyone recognizes the famous Elvis lip curl. That was one inspiration for it. Here is the other:

 

Rolling Stones logo

 

One last thing about the February 2007 ElvisBlog homepage shown above. Under Recent Articles, the list included “Happy Birthday ElvisBlog.” Back then, after two years of existence, the number of hits per week was up to a little over 1,000. Today it is over 5,600. So, thanks to all you folks who keep coming back.

As long as I’m able, ElvisBlog will continue to bring you all the cool stuff out there in Elvis World.

Phil Arnold
Original Elvis Blogmeister

 

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What’s In A Name?

It might be impossible to prove, but the case could be argued that Elvis was the most photographed man in history. Certainly, his image has been posted on the Internet more than anyone else. I searched Google Images for Elvis Presley, and there’s not enough hours in a day to scroll down to the last of pictures.

Google Images search for Elvis

Here’s another category Elvis probably leads in – the most interesting presentations of his name by graphic artists. Here’s a selection from the incredible array of designs used for ELVIS.

Blue Script Elvis

Colorful Elvis

Elvis Hilton Summer Festival Banner

ELVIS in Red Lights

Elvis in the 60s

Elvis Postcard

Elvis the legend

Elvis with Sihloutte

Flames Elvis

Genuine Elvis

Guitar Pick Elvis

Matinee Majesty Elvis

Multicolor Elvis

Multi-color Elvis

Oriental looking Elvis

Patriotic Elvis

Red Script Elvis

Shiney Blue Elvis

Sparkly Elvis

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