Tickle Me

Tickle Me Movie Poster


I’m so glad I found this post when I was digging for a good oldie to repost.  It started out as a regular movie review that included publicity stills, lobby posters, and maybe a screen-grab or two of scenes from the movie.


But I got carried away with making screen-grabs and did twenty-one of them.  I made heavy use of pause, single-frame-advance (and back) and created a lot of great shots this way.  Then I wrote a narrative around all my pictures.


So, here is a really fun look at Elvis’ movie, “Tickle Me.



Women Oogling Elvis in Tickle Me

Here is an example of one thing that makes Tickle Me work for me. This shot happened when Elvis first arrived at the Circle Z Ranch. I could have selected another fifteen or twenty similar pictures of beautiful girls ogling Elvis from other scenes in this movie.


Jocelyn Lane's First Look at Elvis in Tickle Me

This is Elvis’ love interest, played by Jocelyn Lane, one of my favorite Elvis costars. This is how she first sees Elvis as he starts work at the Circle Z health ranch.


Elvis Enjoying the View - Tickle Me

And this is a few seconds after he first sees her. Don’t the students usually face the instructor when doing exercises? Oh, well, that wouldn’t be as much fun.


Elvis Falling Over Table

The view gets Elvis so shook up he tumbles over a patio table. It’s one of the best physical humor bits Elvis did in his movies. There wasn’t a stunt double. He did it.


Elvis Singing in Local Bar - Tickle Me

In addition to Jocelyn Lane and a bevy of beautiful women, Tickle Me also has pretty good music. Elvis is backed up by three different bands, including this one in a bar the night before he reports to the ranch.


Elvis - Band at Ranch Party

Then there is this band at a luau at the ranch. Elvis must have liked that jacket. He wears it in a lot of scenes.


Elvis - Band in the Saloon

And finally, Elvis is backed by these guys in a dream sequence. I prefer to call it a double-dip-dream because both Elvis and Jocelyn are wide awake and see the same flashback to a saloon a hundred years earlier. Think about that for a minute.

This is not the only wonderfully ludicrous element of the film.


Elvis -- Another Song with Invisable band

Here Elvis sings and an invisible band provides the musical accompaniment.


Lovely Girls Following Elvis - Tickle Me

Same deal here. Lots of sound coming from that invisible band, again.


Here’s an interesting tid-bit about the music in Tickle Me. Elvis did not record any new songs for it. Instead, the movie featured songs culled from these old Elvis albums: Pot Luck, Something for Everybody, and Elvis is Back. Probably some kind of cost saving idea of Col. Parker’s.


So, in addition to girls and music, what else does Tickle Me have to offer? How about bad guys in creepy-looking masks:


Monster at Door - Tickle Me

Monster in Window - Tickle Me



Actually, this is a real donkey. He apparently lives in the ghost town where Jocelyn (alone, and later with Elvis) looks for her grandfather’s hidden gold coins.


Ghost Town in Tickle Me

See the donkey? Once Elvis and Jocelyn get to the ghost town, the sort-of plot kicks in, but so does a bunch of silliness.


Restored Hotel in Tickle Me

Like the hotel supposedly restored by the State Historical Society. The doors are not locked, no one is there to welcome visitors, and it has hot running water and wooden chests full of clothes to change into.


Jocelyn Wet and Mad at Elvis - Tickle Me

Which worked out well for Jocelyn after she got caught in a thunderstorm. She does an excellent job of being wet and mad at Elvis in this scene.


Elvis Giving Quick Spank to Jocelyn - Tickle Me

But Elvis calms her down once he gets her inside.


You don't Mind Kissing your Boss Do You

Elvis also had to calm down the beautiful ranch manager who asked him, “You’re not afraid of a little kissing with your boss, are you?”

Elvis looks directly at the camera and winks. A nice touch. Can you remember Elvis doing it in other films?  I can’t.


Red West and Elvis Fighting - Tickle Me

There’s one thing I always look for in Elvis movies. It’s the fight scene with Red West. Someday I’ll tabulate how many of them there are and do a blog post on them.


Red West Before Swinging at Elvis - Tickle Me

Here’s Red pulling his date away after she threw herself at Elvis.  Gee, we’ve never seen that before, have we?



Elvis and Jocelyn Lane - Kiss # 1 - Tickle Me

As usual, we will end this pictorial essay with Elvis kissing his leading lady.


Elvis and Jocelyn Lane - Kiss # 4 - Tickel Me

Elvis and Jocelyn Lane kissed four times in Tickle Me. That might be a record. I don’t know.


Elvis and Jocelyn Lane - Kiss # 3 - Tickle Me

This is such a fine photo of Elvis hugging his costar, but the kiss quickly followed.


Elvis and Jocelyn Lane - Kiss # 2 - Tickle Me


Strangely, they did not kiss when they found the gold, or when they got married, or when they took off on their honeymoon. Too bad. That certainly would have set the movie record for Elvis kissing his love interest.


Tickle Me premiered nationally on May 28, 1965.


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The Women Who Loved Elvis


This is the cover of a book by famous music writer Alanna Nash.  I have read some of her other writings, and she does a good job.  Please note the subtitle, “Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him.”

Alanna Nash was very successful at getting excerpts from her books placed in magazines.  Such was the case with the Ladies Home Journal and an article from her book.  It was titled, “The Women Who Loved Elvis.”  Here is another look at an ElvisBlog post from 2013 about this article.


That enticing title graced the cover of the August 2007 issue of the Ladies Home Journal.  As soon as I read the first line of the subtitle, “Very Private Confessions,” I knew this was prime material for an ElvisBlog article.

A good many ElvisBlog readers probably missed the Ladies Home Journal article by leading Elvis writer Alanna Nash.  It featured seven lovely ladies associated with Elvis in a variety of ways.

The subtitle “Very Private Confessions” turned out to be quite a stretch.  I looked specifically for them and have listed below my best guess at each woman’s “Confession.”


June Jaunico:   Elvis’ girlfriend for over a year in 1955/56.

June 4

“We got so wrapped up in kissing on our very first date – nothing too sloppy, it was marvelous – a little pecking here and there, a little nibble here and there, then a serious bite.”  (This one is a very sweet confession, but wouldn’t a real confession have been about what she and Elvis did on date number five or six, not on the first one?)


Wanda Jackson:   Sang in concerts on tour with Elvis and was his girlfriend in  1955/56.

Wanda Smiling and Elvis

“In the early part of ’56, he gave me one of his rings… We stood by his car and he asked me to be his girl… I had a crush on him, and being able to know him and know his heart made me admire him a lot.  So, I said I’d be his girl.”  (Good move, Wanda)


Raquel Welch:     Had a bit part in the 1964 movie Roustabout.

Raquel Welch

  “One of his guys came over and said, “Elvis is having a little party at the house, and if you’d like to come up…” I had a very strict upbringing, and I didn’t like the setup, so I didn’t go.”  (Big mistake.  Bet you wish you had that one to do over again, Raquel.)


Mary Ann Mobley:   Appeared in Girl Happy and Harum Scarum

Mary Ann Mobley

“Elvis and I felt a common bond, coming from Mississippi.  He thought I understood him… This is an odd thing to say about Elvis Presley, but it was like I was working with my brother.  We never dated.”  (Sorry, but there is nothing else remotely approaching a confession in Mary Ann’s section.)


Jo Smith:   Wife of Elvis’ very close cousin Billy Smith

Jo Smith

“He loved you to talk babytalk to him, and we had to take care of him and cater to him like a small child… He liked to be put in bed and be told good night.”  (You have to assume this took place in the time after Priscilla and before Linda Thompson.  Can’t see Jo Smith tucking Elvis in bed when either of them was around.)


Linda Thompson:   Elvis’ girlfriend from 1972-76.

Linda Thonpson in Jungle Roon

“But I think it’s wonderful if you can be all things to each other.  And he and I were.  He called me ‘Mommy.’  And he was like my father at times.  And we were like brother and sister at times, and we were like lovers at times.  (Looks like they played ‘cowboys and Indians’ at times, too.)


Kathy Westmoreland:   Recorded and toured with Elvis in the 70s.

Kathy Westmoreland 2

“My last in-depth conversation with Elvis was just a few weeks before he died.  I remember he said, ‘Kathy, what’s it all about?’  And I said, “I think that is for you to find out for yourself.’”  (Kathy’s section in the article was very short and mostly about sad topics.  This is about the most upbeat thing she said.)


Here is a selection of other interesting quotes by some of the ladies.

June Jaunico didn’t hear from Elvis for a while after that first date.  “It turned out he was calling and my older brother wasn’t bothering to tell me.  Finally, he said, ‘Some guy with a hillbilly accent called.’”

Wanda Jackson and her dad were backstage on the first stop of a tour with Elvis in 1955.  “All of a sudden my dad and I started hearing screaming.  My daddy said, ‘I wonder if there’s a fire or something.  Let me go look.’  I started getting my things, and he came back and said, ‘No, relax.  But you’ve got to see this for yourself.’  He took me to the wings, and there was Elvis singing and moving and gyrating, and all these girls standing at the foot of the stage, screaming and reaching for him.”

Raquel Welch had a revelation about how sexy a guy could be when she saw Elvis in concert for the first time.  “Like many adolescents of the 50s, I had been completely gaga over Elvis.  I saw him live in San Diego in one of his early shows.  It was my first rock ‘n’ roll concert ever.”

Linda Thompson quote seems to dispute reports that Elvis knew he would die young.  “I think it’s terrible for people to say they couldn’t imagine Elvis growing old.  Everybody has that right, even if they are a sex symbol. He wanted to live to be an old man.”

And, we sure wish he had.



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75 Reasons We (Still) Love Elvis

One of the interesting things I do when reposting old ElvisBlog articles is to click on all the included links and see if they still work.  On this post from 2010, I took issue with something published on www.spinner.com.  But, when I clicked on its link, nothing came up, so I went to Wikipedia. Spinner was sold to AOL in 1999, combined with another site in 2002, revamped in 2008, and shut down completely in 2008.

I would like to think it served them right for being so stupid about Elvis, as you will see below. 



Like all of you, I am a big Elvis fan who recently celebrated his 75th birthday on January 8.  Perhaps you had an experience like I did on that day.  A number of friends sent me e-mails telling me to check out Elvis links on the web they thought would interest me.  You got some, too, didn’t you?

One friend suggested I check out www.spinner.com for their article “75 Reasons We (Still) Love Elvis.”  Spinner.com is a music website, but when I checked it today, their top three stories were about the bands Ting Tings and Mission of Burma and singer Jason Karaban.  So, it is safe to say that their sphere of interest generally doesn’t include music of the 50s, 60s or 70s.


In my opinion, the Spinner staff members who put together their list could not possibly be true Elvis fans.  They simply needed a total of 75 items, and they didn’t know enough about Elvis to come up with that many good ones.  Here are some of their stupidest reasons they supposedly still love Elvis:

#64 The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies’ blue suede sneakers
#57 Luka Blooms’s version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
#54 Dexter Romweber, bastard son
#52 Bobbie Ann Mason’s brief “Penguin Live” bio
#41 Eminem, “Without Me”
#40 Other Elvises: Costello, Grbac, Stojko, Perkins
#37 Fine Young Cannibals’ version of “Suspicious Minds”
#36 Dead Kennedy’s version of “Viva Las Vegas”
#29 His sons-in-law: Nic Cage and the King of Pop
#21 Spinal Tap’s harmony-challenged rendition of “Heartbreak Hotel”
#12 Kim Jong Il’s man-crush


OK, they picked five other artists’ versions of famous Elvis songs and four other people who have the same Elvis first name.  What totally lame reasons to say they still love Elvis Presley.  How do you like the two ex-sons-in-law they picked?  Why not the fathers of Elvis’ four grandchildren:  Danny Keough and Michael Lockwood?

I had to Google Bobbie Ann Mason to find out what “Penguin Live” was all about.  It is a book about Elvis that must be terrible, because you can buy it on Amazon.com for 92ȼ new or 8ȼ used (Seriously. Shipping is $3.99).  Likewise, Wikipedia reveals that Dexter Romweber is a modern-day singer who affects an Elvis-style stage demeanor.  Yes, sir, those two certainly make me still love Elvis.

When I Googled Kim Jong Il and Elvis, at least a photo came up.  It was a Photoshopped picture from a parody website called Kim Jong Il Gallery in 2006.  I don’t know how Spinner.com derived a man-crush from this:


To be fair, about half of the Spinner.com list did make sense.  Here are some of the ones I like:

#74 Nickname: “The Memphis Flash
#71 Shaking hands with Nixon
#68 Vernon and Gladys
#67 Scotty Moore and Bill Black, hanging on for dear life
#61 Singing to a basset hound
#60 The “Jailhouse Rock” dance
#49 The American Eagle cape
#43 Graceland
#34 Sideburns
#25 The Elvis stamp
#18 “Elvis In Concert”
#16 Buying his black-and-pink “cat clothes” from Lansky’s on Beale Street
#8   “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is”
#6   The Million Dollar Quartet
#5   Grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches
#3   “The ’68 Comeback”
#2   “That’s All Right”
#1   “Thank you… thank you vurry much!”

They actually did a pretty good job on the ones at the top of the list.  But, if you or I were to sit down and make our own list of reasons we still love Elvis, we would have no trouble coming up with more than 75 good ones.

I think I’ll give the list a try on his birthday next year – “The Top 76 Reasons ElvisBlog Loves Elvis.”  I promise you Dexter Romweber, Kim Jong Il and Michael Jackson will not be on it.


If you’ve got time on your hands because of the Covid 19 shutdowns, here’s an exercise  for you.  How about compiling your own list of 25 reasons you still love Elvis.  If you send it to philarnold@charter.net, I’ll publish it next week.  This could be interesting.


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Another Assortment of Elvis Goodies That Need a New Home

I hope some of you will find a collectible or two here you like.  Keep in mind that the prices are delivered – no shipping costs get added.  I must admit I guessed too low on the postage for two of the items I sold last time.  It was so high on one that it came to more than the selling price. Oh, well. It still went to a good home.

Directions on buying procedure is at the end of this post.

One other point, the price delivered to Canada would be at approximately 50% higher than the listed price.


Editors’ Note:  The decals are sold.

Four Elvis Decals:

This is two versions of the same Elvis picture. I particularly like the white version that would look so cool on a dark background. They measure 4” x 5-1/2”.


These are two copies of the same decal showing Elvis in the famous Sundial jumpsuit. They measure 4” x 5”.

All four decals for just $5 delivered.


Las Vegas Elvis Figurine:

McFarlane Toys is well-known for top quality, highly-detailed figurines, and this is a shining example.

See the fringe hanging down from the sequined white jumpsuit typical of those Elvis wore in Las Vegas? That is a great example of how excellent the detail work is.

The figurine and base are almost 8 inches tall.

Las Vegas Elvis is no longer available from McFarlane. The best price on eBay is $28 plus $9 shipping for a sealed one like mine (there are also prices of $50, $70, and even over $100). But this wonderful Elvis collectible can be yours for $23 delivered.


Editor’s Note:  The ticket is sold.

Elvis Concert Ticket:

This ticket was from a June 5, 1976 concert at the Omni in Atlanta. It is preserved in thick, clear acrylic plastic. Very nice presentation.

The acrylic is heavy, so I’ll be eating a lot of postage. $7 delivered to you.


Editor’s Note:  The puzzle is sold.

All About Elvis Puzzle:

This is a 1,000 piece puzzle that is 27” by 20” when put together. It features a photo of Elvis from the pool scene in Jailhouse Rock. But this is a puzzle with something special. All around its perimeter are boxes (called scenes) with text and little pictures detailing Elvis’ life history. What’s special is that inside the boxes are clues telling you what pieces to find next.

The back of the packaging calls it:

A terrific story-telling puzzle. Each scene uncovers fascinating facts or amazing trivia… and then leads you to the rest of the story.

This unusual puzzle has a range of prices on eBay, but the cheapest is an opened one for $12 plus $8 postage. Mine is still-sealed. With that much postage, my price of $14 delivered is a good deal.


Editor’s Note:  The Elvis stamp assortment has been sold.


An Elvis Stamp Assortment:

This is a numbered sheet of the famous Elvis stamp released on January 8, 1993. Don’t you wish stamps still cost 29 cents? There are 40 stamps in this sheet, so at the very least it is $11.60 worth of usable postage. But the real value is because it is a numbered sheet of historical important Elvis stamps.


This is an even better sheet of 40 stamps, because it is presented inside a sealed Commemorative Edition cardboard sleeve.


This one takes some explaining. You can see the single stamp in the center. It is also postmarked with a First Day of Issue postmark. The sleeve is the size of the jackets on 45 records. The center cut-out is just like they used to be, and the thumb-pull cut-out was very common on old 45 sleeves.

I wanted to see what this item was going for on eBay, but I didn’t know what to call it in the search box. After three tries I found Elvis Presley 1st Day of Stamp Issue Ceremony Program. And below it in the scroll was First Day of Issue Stamp, 45 RPM Record Sleeve & Program.

Because my copy is still sealed, I did not know there was a program inside. You can barely make out the January 8, 1993 date. The Postal Service had an extravagant first day of issue release ceremony at Graceland on Elvis’ birthday, and that’s the program inside.

Side note: I tried to find some pictures of the ceremony on Google, but I didn’t have time to really dig deep. I remember watching it on TV, or maybe just a clip on CNN, but one thing stuck in my mind. Jerry Lee Lewis was there.


These are envelopes the Postal Service sold back when the stamp was issued. They have a big B&W picture of the Elvis stamp printed on it, but there is enough room to put on an address. I have one blue and two white envelopes.


The Postal Service did so many special things with the Elvis stamp. One of them was giving us fans a chance to vote on the image for the stamp. In the months leading up to the release, you could go up to the post office counter and ask for ballots. They were on postcards. You marked your pick and sent the card back to be tabulated.

The top image above was generally called the “Young Elvis” stamp, and the other was tabbed the “Old, Fat Elvis.” This was so wrong because the drawing was based on a photo taken at the Aloha From Hawaii TV special when Elvis was only 38. The fat tag was totally outrageous, because Elvis trained and dieted for months before that show, and he was in terrific shape.


The items offered in this Elvis Stamp Package so far are all worthy collectibles. But I am offering so freebies, as well.


This is a promo mailing piece the Postal Service put out to promote the stamps. Inside it showed and described all the other Elvis stamp goodies they were offering.


The Postal Service wasn’t alone in selling items related to the Elvis stamp. Graceland got in on the act in a big way.


This is the catalogue of all the products Graceland was offering with the Elvis stamp on them. Here is a partial list:

Music box
Tie tac
Desk clock
Wall clock
Pewter letter opener
Pewter collectible Spoon
Pewter keyring
Beer stein
License plate
Stained glass
Baseball cap
Oven mitt and potholder
Hand towel
Refrigerator magnet
Beach towel (I brought one of these and used it a lot)
Shot glass
Coffee mug

Graceland never missed an opportunity to sell Elvis collectibles, did they?


So, that’s the whole Elvis stamp package: a numbered sheet of 40, another sheet presented inside a sealed Commemorative Edition sleeve, First Day of Issue Stamp in 45 RPM record sleeve & program, three envelopes printed with the stamp picture, the Elvis stamp ballot, and two freebies. Snap this one up for $50.


The Elvis Stamp Watch:

This is one of two items in the Graceland catalog that I am offering for sale. It is the rectangular watch, and you can see that the original price was $39.95 (plus shipping).

It comes in the original box and has never been worn. It can be yours for $14.


Elvis Stamp Stained Glass:

This is another picture of a listing in the Graceland catalog. I would call it stained-glass-lite, because it doesn’t have individual pieces of glass held together with solder. But it still looks very nice hanging from a suction-cup hook on a window. The catalog picture doesn’t show the gold-color chain and frame around the glass.

A bonus feature is that you can view it from both sides, and looking at the back flips the Elvis picture and we see Elvis facing left.

Although the original price was $39.95 plus shipping, this item goes for $16 delivered.


Okay, If you like any of these offered items and would like to purchase them, let me know by email at philarnold@charter.net. Please don’t put it in Comments. Do indicate if you want a PayPal invoice, and I’ll get one right out. If you’d rather pay by check, let me know, and I’ll hold your selection for you until it arrives.

Thank you so much for your support.

Phil Arnold
Original ElvisBlogmeister

The King Revealed

I hope you will enjoy this reprint of an article  I posted back in 2013.


A recent news article on Elvis.com announced a so-called instant keepsake – the magazine ELVIS: The King Revealed.  This “Official Graceland Special Edition” is touted for going deep into their Elvis historical archives, accessing thousands of photos, documents, interviews and Elvis memorabilia, and sharing them with the public for the first time.

Elvis - The King Revealed


With over 350 ‘rare’ photos, the magazine is probably worth its $9.99 price.  But I wish they had used a different title.  The King Revealed just sounds too much like those Midnight Globe and National Enquirer tabloid headlines from the late 70s and early 80s.  I remembered that many of them proclaimed all sorts of different stuff they supposedly revealed about Elvis.

That was enough motivation for me to look in my large box of old tabloid issues with Elvis cover stories to see how many had the words Elvis and Revealed in the headlines. To my great surprise, there were none.

Instead, I found three tabloids with the words Elvis and (variations of) revealed  in the small print front-page teases for stories inside . Let’s take a look at them.


Midnight Globe — November 22, 1977:

Starlet Reveals Why She said “No” to the “King.” Elvis’ Secret 2-Year Romance

Midnight Globe - Nov 22, 1977

The starlet who revealed why she said no to Elvis is Joan Freeman, his co-star in Blue Hawaii and Kid Galahad.  According to the article, “When we first set eyes on each other, there was a spark, a magic in the air… There was just that special something between us, sometimes so warm and wonderful you could almost reach out and touch it.”

Wow, that special something sure sounds like lust to this reader.

Blackman claims she knew Elvis prior to working with him on Blue Hawaii in March and April 1961.  It’s possible she met Elvis in Hollywood in 1957, while she was filming her first role in Good Day for a Hanging, but all of her other parts were in movies made while Elvis was in Germany.  Anyway, she said Elvis begged her repeatedly to appear in one of his movies, but she turned him down each time.  “I wanted parts because of my ability, not because I was dating Elvis.”  She maintains she got the role in Blue Hawaii because producer Hal Wallis picked her.

The Starlet Who Said No

The special something between Blackman and Elvis heated up when they got to Honolulu in 1961.  The Midnight Globe asserts they had a wild, tumultuous love affair while there.  “We had rooms next to each other in the hotel, and for weeks we just lived together.” This led Elvis to propose marriage.  “He really wanted me to be his wife… But I said no… I was in love with another actor, Hampton Fancher III (mostly TV work, lots of westerns).

So, Elvis got shot down in his wish to marry Joan Blackman, but for some reason, he wanted her to appear with him two films later in Kid Galahad.  Who needs marriage when you can still have that special something?


The Star — June 27, 1978:

New Tapes Reveal Elvis and Priscilla’s Eternal Love

The Star - June 27, 1978


Elvis didn’t make the cover of this issue (just a promo tease in the bottom right corner), and he barely was shown in the centerfold photo-spread. The new tapes referenced came from Wanda June Hill, who used them to write her book We Remember Elvis.  She says she first met Elvis in a Hollywood studio and kept in contact with him for fifteen years, right up to his death.  Apparently, she had a tape recorder going much of the time during their phone conversations.

The Star article does emphasize the continuing love Elvis and Priscilla had for each other, even after their divorce in 1971.  That seems to be accepted narrative these days, but maybe it was considered a revelation back in 1978 when the article appeared.

The Eternal Love of Elvis and Priscilla

What’s interesting is the choice of photos under the banner “The Eternal Love of Elvis and Priscilla.”  There’s one tiny picture of them in the upper right-hand corner.

Priscilla and Mike Stone

There is a considerably larger photo of Priscilla and Karate trainer Mike Stone on the lower right.  He is not mentioned in the article, except for the photo caption that says, “He [Elvis] forgave the relationship she developed with Mike Stone after the separation.  (After?)


Priscilla and Hairdresser Elie Erzer

There is an even larger photo of Priscilla with her ‘latest escort,’ Hollywood hairdresser Elie Erzer.  What ever happened to calling them boyfriends or lovers?


Linda Thompson

There is also a great shot of Linda Thompson I’ve never seen before.  She gets treated rather kindly in the article.

Finally, there is a familiar glamour shot of Ginger Alden.  She doesn’t come out too well in the article.  In fact, the author says Elvis was about to cut off the relationship shortly before his death.  Supposedly, he had a beautiful blonde woman waiting in the wings.


Midnight Globe – Dec 13, 1977 :

Elvis’ Stepmom Reveals for the First Time.  Truth Behind the Presley Divorces

Midnight Globe - Dec 13, 1977


Dee Stanley is the stepmom who reveals the truth behind the Presley divorces.  She and Vernon were married for fourteen years, but they separated in 1974 when she found out he had been seeing another woman he met in Las Vegas.  The article says she never thought for a second that the separation would lead to a divorce.  However, three years later, Vernon was still living with the woman.  A few months after Elvis died, Vernon and Dee had a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic.

Ninety percent of the Midnight Globe article is about this divorce and the aftermath.  The only time Dee mentions Elvis and Priscilla’s divorce is when she compares it to hers.  “The two marriages… succumbed to the same sort of strains – Elvis’ work on the road, in Las Vegas and other places, and Vernon going off with him.  The two of them felt the same way, that there was a separate man’s world where women shouldn’t be allowed to enter… ”  Dee called it the reverse of an old saying: “Like son, like father.”

Dee Presley

Dee also discussed her divorce settlement as fair and generous, and that Vernon had always been that way.  Later in the article, she admitted it was enough for her to live an opulent lifestyle for the rest of her life.  Near the end of the article, Dee says she still feels for Vernon.  She tells him she still loves him and she prays someday they might marry each other again.  That didn’t happen for Elvis, and we know how that old saying goes.


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Amusing Captions for Elvis Photos

Starting in 2008, I did a series of caption contests where readers could submit captions for a picture I posted.  Here are the 29 photos and the fun captions.


Caption Contest # 1 — November 2, 2008

Elvis’ new and improved Memphis Mafia stands by, ready for action.



Caption Contest # 2 — November 17, 2008

The result after Vernon lectured Elvis on not spending all his money so fast.



Caption Contest # 3 — November 30, 2008

“Stupid cow, wandering in here where we’re doin’ maneuvers.  Welcome to splatter city.”



Caption Contest # 4 — December 8, 2008

“I need that wrench on the floor behind you. Could you reach around and get it for me, please.”



Caption Contest # 5 — January 12, 2009

The real Elvis Presley and a Don King Impersonator



Caption Contest # 6, January 25, 2009

“Who brought that dog in backstage?”



Caption Contest # 7

{It appears I used somebody’s photo who did not approve, and he removed it.}



Caption Contest #8 —  February 23, 2009

I like the way my caddy drives much better then this!!!!!!!



Caption Contest # 9 — March 10, 2009

This is a great sandwich, Mama.  You wanna pass me four or five more.



Caption contest # 10 — March 22, 2009

“I’m all right, Mama
I’ll be all right you’ll see.
Driving off a bridge,
Is better than hitting a tree”

{Reader Jean Pyle sent a poem, not a caption for this.  She did it several more times as well.}



Caption Contest # 11 — April 7, 2009

Moments later, Elvis was doing the Jailhouse Rock.



Caption Contest # 12 — May 5, 2009

When a child claiming to be Elvis’ son showed up, Elvis wrote this on the return envelope:

“Return to Sender.
This child’s unknown.
No such offspring.
No boy I own.”


Caption Contest # 13 — May 28, 2009

Elvis tries out a new way to pick up girls.



Caption Contest # 14 — June 21, 2009

Elvis’ singing sets the beach on fire



Caption Contest # 15 — June 21, 2009

Hey, ditch that guitar and get me some towels.



Caption Contest # 16 — October 26, 2009

“Ghouls rush in, when intruders dare to tread.”



Caption Contest # 17 — December 3, 2009

Please step back , sir.  Mr Presley doesn’t need any help trying on new pants.



Caption Contest # 18 — December 27, 2009

“I won’t be home for Christmas.
You can’t count on me.
Here are a couple of reasons,
Beside my Christmas tree.”



Caption Contest # 19 — February 3, 2010

Shake it, baby, shake it



Caption Contest # 20 — March 11, 2010

There was no winner on this one because nobody submitted a caption. But seven years later, somebody went into the archives, saw the picture, and submitted this:

Hey, got a light?



Caption Contest # 21 — April 8, 2010

Elvis Incorporates Levitating Air Piano Into His Act



Caption Contest # 22 — July 8, 2010

FTD’s cover art team picks another winner.



Caption Contest # 23 — September 3, 2010

I Want the Man who Stepped on my Blue Suede Shoes To Come Forward.



Caption Contest # 24 — October 21, 2010

Hey.  Knock off the kissing.  You’re supposed to be throwing the ball with me.



Caption Contest # 25 — January 19, 2011

Hurry up, Doc.  Are you sure this will cure air guitar cramping?



Caption Contest # 26 — April 13, 2011

“I could have had a V-8”



Caption Contest # 27 — October 6, 2011

“Lamar, Red. Help!!! Get me out of here.”



Caption Contest # 28 — December 13, 2011


“Now, girls.  Stay here.  I’ll ring room service for four fried peanut butter sandwiches. Thank You very much!!”



Caption Contest # 29 — April 22, 2018

Elvis and Anita Wood Close-up for Caption Contest

Anita:   Elvis My Darling, I will think of You every night                                   when I go to bed!

Elvis:    Honey, If You Do, You Won’t Sleep!!


I stopped posting caption contests in 2011, but when I saw this picture, I put in the quote clouds and challenged readers to come up with what Anita Wood and Elvis would say to each other.


Special thanks to Jean Pyle for submitting six winning captions.


FBI Investigates the Strange Elvis Pimple Scam

This is a post from back in 2009. It mentions the research I used to do in creating every new post.  That was very time consuming, so these repeats are a nice break for me.  Also, I didn’t get any angry comments before about the language in one of Elvis’ quotes. But you can skip this post if hearing him swearing will upset you.


Do you folks know about the South African self-described doctor who threatened to blackmail Elvis, and who had his plans thwarted by the FBI.  I hadn’t heard about it until I was doing research for a story idea and came across a very bizarre tale.

My research was prompted by a realization that next year we will experience  50th anniversary celebrations of many of major events in Elvis’ life. 1960 was full of them: Elvis’ homecoming from the Army; his first recording session after returning; appearing on the Frank Sinatra TV show; his first movie role since coming back; etc. I read more about them in the wonderful book Elvis: Day By Day, by Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, which chronicles everything of importance in Elvis’ life. Then I realized we did not celebrate the 50th anniversary of any Elvis event during 2009, because Elvis spent all of 1959 in the Army.

Certainly, he put his career on hold that year, but life was never dull for Elvis. Something must have happened. I decided to go back exactly fifty years and find out what went on in Elvis’ life in November 1959. If it was interesting, I’d write about it. Boy, was it interesting.

The story began in October when Elvis saw a magazine advertisement for weekly herbal skin treatments available in Germany, where he was stationed. The treatments were offered by a South African, Dr. Laurenz Griessel-Landau, and he hyped them as his miraculous method for reducing enlarged pores and acne.

Even at age twenty-four, Elvis still experienced the lingering effects of his well-known teenage pimple problems. Famous photographer Al Wertheimer once noted that a German magazine licensed some of his 1956 Elvis photos, but chose to air-brush out the pimples on Elvis’ back.


Photo showing pimple on Elvis’ chest


Elvis liked the sound of the skin treatments and had his secretary contact Dr. Griessel-Landau. Elvis received an immediate reply, a ten-page letter from the doctor who said he would be delighted to treat Elvis. In fact, it would cost nothing except the doctor’s expenses, unless it worked to Elvis’ satisfaction.

For the next few weeks Elvis went on maneuvers, so the herbal skin treatments didn’t begin until November. They lasted for two hours each, several times a week, and they took place in Elvis’ bedroom in his off-base home. The applications were applied to Elvis’ face and back. Elvis was positive he could see results, which he displayed to family and friends. However, no one else could recognize any change.


Elvis in front of his home in Bad Nauheim, Germany with fans


Inside the house with his father and grandmother


After about a month, the skin therapy sessions abruptly ended. It seems the good doctor got kind of carried away while he applied the treatments to Elvis’ body. Elvis accused him of making sexual advances. Think about it. We don’t know if Dr. Griessel-Landau was gay or not, but he certainly had maneuvered himself into an enviable position if he was. He was rubbing lotion on the body of the most handsome guy in the world (Carl Perkins’ words, not mine).

According to Guralnick’s other excellent book, Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, “Elvis emerged from a session with Dr. Landau in his bedroom with a look of horror on his face. The sonofabitch was queer he told Lamar and Rex, and he was going to kill the fucking sonofabitch. Landau was hustled out of the house right away, if only to keep Elvis from actually following through.”

Elvis’ reaction must have enraged the doctor, because he reappeared that night with a letter threatening to blackmail Elvis because of “a sixteen-year-old underage girl” he knew Elvis had been seeing. Uh, oh. It wasn’t very smart to challenge Elvis, especially about his special friend Priscilla, who was actually only fourteen at that time. This was practically a declaration of war, and Elvis came out with his guns blazing.

First, he went to the Army’s Provost Marshal Division. Good move. Get the Army’s legal boys involved. They probably jumped at the chance to go after a foreign slimeball trying to blackmail Elvis Presley. In fact, they even brought in more reinforcements: the FBI. The real heavy guns. It was time to teach this creep it doesn’t pay to mess with “the King.”

Well, the FBI quickly determined Dr. Griessel-Landau wasn’t a real doctor. He must have seen that things weren’t going too well, so he wrote another letter to Elvis saying he had decided not to take action against the singer. We can assume Elvis’ attitude was, “Too little, too late. You’re not getting off that easy.”

The FBI continued to put big-time pressure on Dr. Griessel-Landau, and soon the phony doctor flew to London and was never heard from again.


So, things worked out well for Elvis… except he still had pimples.



© 2009   Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister   All Rights reserved   www.ElvisBlog.net

I Can’t Believe It. An Elvis Photo I’ve Never Seen Before

Over the past 16 years doing this blog, I’ve looked at what seems like a million photos of Elvis.  And I have uploaded many thousands of them to my files.  So, I was surprised when a friend emailed this one to me.


Have you ever seen it before?  If you did, it was in black-and-white.  The website historydaily.com recently did a feature on colorized rare historical photos. I don’t know if the colorizer is the name in the upper right corner or the one in the bottom left, but whoever it is, they did a great job.  When I look at this photo on full-screen, it is just amazing.  The colors jump right out at you.


This is a photo that was in my files.  Elvis and Gladys are wearing the same clothes and Elvis is holding the same glass.  So, it happened just before or after the colorized one.  Even if you are generally against altering Elvis pictures, you have to agree that this colorization vastly improves the image.


A note of thanks:

I want to say how much I appreciate the wonderful response to last weekend’s sale of my Elvis mementos.  Within two hours after posting, all but one item was spoken for.  So, thank you to Kathleen, Irene, Angela, Sharys, and Noralyn.

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A Nice Assortment of Elvis Goodies That Need a New Home

For the first time since February I am posting a sale of Elvis items. There will be more, because I certainly misjudged the amount of Elvis memorabilia I collected over the years. Here’s some you might like.

Keep in mind that the prices are delivered – no shipping costs get added. Also, the price delivered to Canada would be at approximately 50% higher.


License Plate and Metal Sign:

Editor’s note – These items have been sold.

Elvis, TCB, and the lightning bolt. Cool black and gold (sorry, my photo didn’t pick up the gold color very well)


This metal sign is a little bigger than the license plate, and still sealed. It’s been stored with the other plate, so they go as a pair.



Scotty Moore Autographed pictures:

Editor’s note – This item has been sold.


I got to spend a lot of time backstage during two Good Rockin’ Tonight concerts at Elvis Week 2007. It was a wonderful opportunity to get autographs, and I have already sold several issues of Elvis International magazine that had autographs by Scotty, DJ, the TCB guys, and more.

But I was especially interested in getting Scotty Moore’s autographs, so I brought three nice photographs with me for him to sign. The one above was taken on December 5, 2005 when the Rolling Stones invited Scotty Moore backstage before their concert in Memphis. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood joined Scotty around a cardboard stand-up of Elvis in the gold suit.


This is a colorized photo of Scotty and Elvis on stage. I don’t know if Elvis actually wore a red coat, but he looks great in it.


Did you know that Scotty and Eric Clapton played three Elvis songs together back in 2005? “That’s All Right,” “Money Honey,” and “Mystery Train.” This picture is a screen grab from the video A Tribute to Elvis — by Scotty Moore and Friends.

Filming was done at Abbey Road Studios. Clapton got to pick the songs he wanted to play with Scotty, and he went for the early stuff, including two Sun Records rockabilly numbers. He and Scotty were seated and backed by a minimal band, but the sound is just wonderful. For the first and only time  in history, these two guitar immortals played together. It really was a magic moment.

I wrote a blog about this video that tells the backstory. It details all the English rockers that played with Scotty. Unfortunately, it also explains how Scotty got screwed by the British producers. Click here.for a very interesting read.

So, here’s the package deal for a Scotty Moore fan out there — All three autographs on outstanding photos, plus the A Tribute to The King video.



Elvis Comic Books:


These didn’t sell when I offered them back in February, let’s price them down and see if that works.

Elvis Shrugged is a three-issue satire based on Ayn rand’s magnum opus “Atlas Shrugged.” You may recognize on the cover Madonna, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, Willie Nelson and others. (Spoiler alert – Elvis and Madonna end up together). Very rare set. I went to eBay and the best price for the full set was $18.37.

$10 for all three.


Editor’s note – This item has been sold.

Part 7                                    Part 6                                      Part 1

The Elvis Presley Experience tells the story of his life in comic book form. There is a bit of sci-fi stuff at the beginning before the real story begins. I have Part 1 about Elvis’ early days up until he signed with Col. Parker, and Part 6 which covers the’68 Special, Las Vegas, the split with Priscilla, and finally his death. Part 7 is all fiction about a cosmic return to the stage. If this doesn’t sell, I might go on eBay and buy Parts 2, 3, 4, and 5 to make it a complete set. That will be worth some real money. But you can save me the effort by snapping up this deal.

$7 for all three.


Elvis Clock:

Editor’s note – This item has been sold.


I went to eBay to see what this clock was selling for, but surprisingly, it wasn’t there. But everything else was. I had no idea there were so many different Elvis clocks out there. This one is 14 inches in diameter and runs on a single AA battery. It is done in a muted distressed-looking motif .

With all the protective packaging, this will ship in a pretty big box, so I will be covering a lot of freight on it.

How about $12 delivered.


Elvis Sheet Music:

Editor’s note – These items have been sold.

Here are five Elvis songs:

Good Luck Charm
It Won’t Seem Like Christmas Without You
Steamroller Blues
Heartbreak Hotel
Can’t help Falling in Love

Plus the tribute song, “The King is Gone” written and sung by Ronnie McDowell.

How about $6 for all of them?



Editor’s note – This item has been sold.

I went on eBay to see what other sellers wanted for this. The highest delivered price was $39.99, and the cheapest was $24. This was for still-sealed, the same as mine.

Let’s cut that best price in half. This game box is big, so postage is a lot, but I’ll still let it go for $12 delivered.


Comic Elvis Christmas Cards:

Editor’s note – This item has been sold.

Ten cards and envelopes. The inside says Merry Christmas in a red font. Here’s a card you can send to your Elvis buddies at Christmastime.

Just $5


Recently, a commentor said she didn’t understand why I have to sell my Elvis mementos. The truth is that I am 78 years old, my wife is in very poor health, and it is prudent to downsize. I am trying to sell, or give to charity, or throw away a great deal of the stuff we have accumulated during 48 years of marriage.

So, If you would like to help and want any of these offered items, let me know by email at philarnold@charter.net. Please don’t put it in Comments. Do indicate if you want a PayPal invoice, and I’ll get one right out. If you’d rather pay by check, I’ll hold your selection for you until it arrives.

Thank you so much for your support.

Phil Arnold
Original ElvisBlogmeister


Elvis Photos in the American Cool Exhibition

On this date in 2014, the Smithsonian Institution  wrapped up a long-running exhibition  titled  American Cool.   Here is another look at the ElvisBlog post it inspired.


American Cool Photo - Elvis Peforming at Tupelo 1956

This is the picture chosen to represent Elvis in the American Cool exhibition presented by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition shows photographs of 50 men and 50 women selected as typifying cool during the last century in America. It runs through September 7, 2014.


American Cool Exhibition at National Portrait Gallery


It’s not surprising that many of the American Cool are rock singers or other assorted musicians. The list includes:

James Brown, Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Gene Krupa, Willie Nelson, Charlie Parker, Prince, Selena, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Carlos Santana, Tupac Shakur, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Muddy Waters.

One notable omission is Michael Jackson. I guess too many things have happened that diminished his cool factor.


Andy Warhol and Elvis Paintings

Andy Warhol also made the list, and look at the photo of him they chose to show the exhibition.


In addition to the list and the photos of each cool person, the website and related links have passages explaining what qualities represent cool. I culled out some of the best ideas and matched them up with appropriate Elvis pictures.


Elvis - exudes the aura of something new and uncontainable
To be cool means to exude the aura of something new and uncontainable.


 Elvis - the opposite of innocence

Cool is the opposite of innocence.


Elvis - an original artistic vision carried off with a signature style

[A cool person has] an original artistic vision carried off with a signature style.


 Elvis - a charismatic edge and a dark side

Someone cool has a charismatic edge and a dark side.


 Elvis - an earned form of individuality

Cool is an earned form of individuality.


 Elvis - a recognized cultural legacy

[A cool person has] a recognized cultural legacy.

 Elvis - the opposite of innocence

Cool referrers to a combination of wildness and intensity in men unconcerned with social conformity.


Elvis - has situation under control, and with a signature style

A cool person has a situation under control, and with a signature style.


Elvis - created an original persona without precedent in American culture

Every individual here created an original persona without precedent in American culture.


Elvis - contributed an original artistic vision to American culture symbolic of a particular historical moment

[A cool person] has contributed an original artistic vision to American culture symbolic of a particular historical moment.


Elvis - rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge and mystery

Cool carries a social charge of rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge and mystery.


Elvis - iconic power, or instant visual recognition

[A cool person has] iconic power, or instant visual recognition.


For my money, the National Portrait Gallery could have posted nothing but photos of Elvis for their American Cool exhibition.


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