Monthly Archives: April 2005

RUMBLE IN THE RINK

There are many good stories about Elvis out there, but I’ll try to pass on ones that have a source attribution and are probably true.  Here’s one of the best.

 

One night in 1957, Elvis reserved the Rainbow Skating Rink in Memphis for a private party.  About 150 people showed up, and for the first two hours nothing of note happened.  Then, Elvis walked in and joined the group.  After a few minutes, all the girls left the rink, and the boys split up, half on one side, half on the other.  Rink employee, Will McDaniel, had no idea what was going on, but he wanted to join the action, whatever it was.  He lined up with the group on the ice at the opposite end from Elvis. 

 

Then he learned the rules of the game — charge the other side and try to knock somebody down.  Elvis blew the whistle, came right for Will, and literally knocked him out.  When Will woke up and regained his composure, he was ready for a second try against Elvis.  The whistle blew again, and both sides surged toward the other.  This time, Will slammed Elvis hard to the ice.  In his own words, “I dodged his moves and laid him out.”  

 

The flush of victory was fleeting as Will realized the trouble he might be in for harming the “King”, so he quickly got off the rink and hid under a table.  Fortunately, Elvis wasn’t hurt, and the evening of fun continued.  Lots of folks have stories to tell about meeting Elvis, but not many of them can top this one.

 

© 2005  Philip R Arnold

AN ELVIS DRAWING MENTIONED AT THE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL

Michael Jackson is not the only person being painted as a slime ball at his current trial. Some of the prosecution’s witnesses have less than stellar histories, too.  Take for example, Adrian McManus, a maid for Jackson from 1990 to1994.  She and four other former employees sued Jackson for $16 million back in the mid-1990’s.

 

When these five people first approached a lawyer about filing their civil suit, they apparently had little money between them.  Based on the lawyer’s advice, they sold stories to the tabloids to come up with his $17,000 fee. 

 

The case was so flimsy that Michael Jackson countersued.  He not only won, he was awarded $1.5 million to cover his legal costs.  On top of that, the former maid was ordered to repay Jackson $30,000 for stealing a sketch of Elvis Presley that Jackson had drawn.

 

The former maid said she found the Elvis drawing in the trash and thought it had been thrown away.  She said she didn’t consider its worth.  It is my opinion the prosecution will regret ever putting her on the stand in the current trial.  The jury will know she is a liar.   They know there’s no way an Elvis drawing gets thrown away.  And when she said she saw no value in an Elvis drawing, she deserved to be cited for contempt of court.

 

© 2005  Philip R Arnold

SEXIEST ROCK & ROLL ARTISTS OF ALL TIME

In the 24th Anniversary issue of Elvis International magazine, this writer hammered cable channel VH1 pretty good for their shabby treatment of Elvis in their various Top 100 Greatest lists.   So, it's only fair to give them praise for their “100 Sexiest Artists Of All Time.”

Elvis ranks #2 on the list, trailing only Madonna.  As the sexiest male rocker of all time, Elvis is followed on the list by Mick Jagger, Prince, Jim Morrison, and Sting.  For once, Elvis killed the Beatles on a VH1 list.  They rated only the 25th sexiest artists.

However, VH1 left me shaking my head with the corny comments in their web-site feature on the Top 100 list.  “Even before 50's teens had seen Elvis' bad boy good looks, the languid drawl of “That's All Right Mama” made them aware of a world spinning below their belts.  When he finally hit the TV screen, he became Public Enemy # 1 of sex.” 

What the heck does that mean?  It is obviously from the reference point of teenage girls, but I can speak for the teenage boys of the day,  We wanted hair like Elvis, attitude like Elvis, clothes like Elvis.  Basically, we wanted the sex appeal of Elvis.  He was our Public Envy # 1.

© 2005  Philip R Arnold

Elvis Presley Goosebumps

 

It can take me four hours to go through a 60 minute Elvis DVD, and even longer for an Elvis movie.  That’s because I like to play with Pause, Slo-Mo and Single-Frame-Advance while I’m watching.  I do this on the TV just for fun, or on my laptop, so I can capture screen shots you would otherwise miss as the film advances at 24 frames per second.

Elvis was getting considerable heat in the press as the year 1956 ended.  His gyrations on TV had many pundits claiming he was a bad influence on the country’s teenagers.  Bowing to this pressure, Ed Sullivan filmed Elvis from the waist up on his third and last appearance, January 6, 1957.
 
Elvis knew this was happening, but he improvised a wonderful move to connect with his young audience.  At the big finale of “Don’t Be Cruel,” he bent his head forward and raised his right hand above his head, his fingers spread, his palm facing back. 

 

 

As Elvis sang the last notes, he looked out of the top of his eyes and he curled his hand down slowly while it vibrated like an alarm going off.

 

 
Words cannot do justice to the impact of this gesture.  If you have either video “Elvis ’56,” or “The Great Performances,” or “ELVIS: The Ed Sullivan Shows,” you can see for yourself.  Go to the end of “Don’t Be Cruel” where he raises his hand and hit the pause button.  Then do single-frame advance.  You will be amazed at the still pictures of Elvis, especially his hand and his eyes. 

 

He looks like a mad wizard about to shoot lightning bolts from the ends of his fingers.  I promise, it will give you goosebumps.

 

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