Monthly Archives: November 2021

Celebrating Elvis and Thanksgiving

I have posted “Happy Thanksgiving, Elvis” pictorials seven times since 2010.  I need to keep it simple this year, but at least I’ve got one.

 

Believe it or not, this the best turkey Elvis picture I have found on the internet. Some of the other ones were pretty bad.

 

This immediately caught my eye, but the concept confuses me. Is Elvis carrying a cooked turkey outside?  To serve at the picnic table in these gorgeous surroundings?

 

 

Have a great Thanksgiving, everybody.  I hope you have much to be thankful for and that all your prayers are answered.

More About the Elvis Picture Disc Tribute Album

I haven’t posted in two weeks, and it feels like more.  But I had two garage sales spread over a couple of weekends, and that was a lot of work. I made $367, so that was good, but I need to get back to posting.

I’d like to do a follow-up to my Nov. 4 article about an Elvis Picture Disc Rarity.

 

As you learned in the original post, To Elvis: Love Still Burning is an album of 11 tribute songs about Elvis released after his death released by Jerry Osborne, author, publisher, ex-deejay, and avid Elvis collector. That bio is according to a front-page article in Billboard magazine about Jerry.

 

 

One of Jerry’s many accomplishments was his bi-weekly newsletter titled Record Digest published for record collectors. He was a huge collector himself, and owned dozens of Elvis tribute 45s. He narrowed down to the best eleven and decided to make an album.

Jerry had to go through many procedures to take his product to market: clearances and licenses, getting the green lights from RCA and the company that controls the rights to Elvis merchandising aids, securing the artwork for the album, and signing on with a company to press the vinyl.  There were no legal hassles because these weren’t songs sung by Elvis but songs sung about him.

Jerry ordered an initial pressing of 8,000 copies to be sold through his Record Digest and collector shops. But they immediately sold out, and soon record distributors ordered 500 and 2,000 copies.  As sales increased, Pickwick Records got involved and ordered 8,000 copies.  At one point, To Elvis: Love Still Burning was backordered 30,000 copies.  Fans really wanted to hear tribute songs to Elvis.

 

I met Jerry Osborne and hung out with him backstage at a couple of Elvis Week concerts.  He gave my book, BIG E and the SANTA MAN a very positive review.  You might find it fun to visit his website, especially if you are a record collector.

 

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Remembering Ronnie Tutt

Most of you know I spend much less time doing ElvisBlog now that I am the full-time caregiver for my wife.  I have been reposting old articles from the archives this year because it takes less time.  I also don’t visit a lot of the websites I’ve used for years to get inspirations for new posts.

So, it wasn’t until November 6 that I found out Elvis’ drummer Ronnie Tutt died on October 16.  ElvisBlog has remembered a lot of people in Elvis world who passed away during the last 16 years. It’s time to add a belated remembrance of Ronnie Tutt.

 

 

I assume you’ve read all the biographical stuff about Ronnie already, so I’ll do something different.  At a concert in November 1969, Elvis amused himself with the names  Ronnie Tutt and bassist Jerry Scheff during the introductions:

“So that’s Tutt and that’s Scheff.  That’s Tutt Scheff, any way you look at it, boy.”  (Think about that one for a minute.)

 

 

I like this picture of Elvis’ two long-time drummers, Ronnie Tutt and DJ Fontana. I believe it was taken at one of Darwin Lamm’s Good Rockin’ Tonight concerts at Elvis Week.  The TCB Band was featured, and DJ was the special guest.  I was backstage, but I can’t remember if Ronnie and DJ played together or DJ took over the drum kit on a few songs. Either way, it was a great show.

 

Before the concert, I sat in a room backstage where the TCB guys were hanging out.  They were at a table and I was on a chair against the wall, but I caught every bit of their rambling conversations about all kinds of stuff.  Ronnie was the funniest.  A real good ol’ boy.  Toward the end, Glenn Hardin left, so I asked if I could sit on his seat and have a picture taken with them.  I think Darwin snapped it.

 

How would you like to see Ronnie Tutt do a drum solo?  Click here. You can see by Elvis’ Sundial Jumpsuit that the clip comes from a 1977 concert

 

 

Good bye Ronnie Tutt.  We will miss you.  Say hi to Elvis for us.

 

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A 2010 Repost With An Update

It has been a while since I shared the news that comments (or my replies to them) can no longer be added to ElvisBlog posts.  I feel bad that there are now 43 comments in a kind of limbo on my blog platform.  I can read them, but that’s all. It seems to be related to my transition to a static site (no new posts, no bells and whistles), just the Archives available for reading. 

Recently, a comment came in from one of the most prominent people in Elvis World – Jerry Osborne, the famous writer, collector, and Elvis expert.  His comment was on a blog I wrote back in 2010, in which I wrote about his creation of a very rare and strange Elvis album. I would like to repost part of that and add his comments.

Picture Disc Rarities 

Back in the heyday of vinyl LP albums, the picture disc was a unique variation highly sought by some collectors.  Instead of a plain old black disc, you get a record with a picture of the singer in vibrant color.  I have several picture discs in my record collection, but I’ve never played them.  I want to keep the images as pristine as possible.

Of course, with Elvis Presley, things often went to extremes, and such is the case with some of his picture discs.  Would you believe there exists an Elvis picture disc with songs on it by KC and the Sunshine Band?

 

This picture disc is visible through the die-cut cover sleeve.  To Elvis:  Love Still Burning features a reasonably accurate painting of Elvis, but look closely at the top of the sleeve.  Inside a box it says KC & The Sunshine Band.   It turns out that the music on this disc is from their album KC & The Sunshine Band – Part 3, which came out in 1976.

So, we have an Elvis picture disc that plays songs by KC & The Sunshine Band.  How weird is that?  

The modified cover was actually designed for an Elvis tribute album with eleven songs by various artists.  After Elvis’ death, many artists wrote and recorded their own tributes to the King of Rock & Roll.  The songs were sought out and assembled by Jerry Osborne, the famous writer, collector, and Elvis expert. 

 

Here is Jerry’s comment prompted by the above.

Greetings Phil and friends!

Thought I might explain about the Elvis/”K.C. & the Sunshine” LP.

When I sent the reel tape of all the songs I collected for the album, they made one experimental picture LP before they mastered my tracks. So it was handy to use the music from an existing K.C. project on it.

Since I was planning to keep this prototype, I put it in one of the jackets, and added the little “K.C. & the Sunshine Band” banner so that I wouldn’t mistakenly send that copy to someone expecting the tracks listed on the back cover.

Keep up the good work, Phil!

 

Here is how the finished Elvis album looked

I am not aware of any other collection of Elvis tribute songs on one album, so this is a special compilation.

To Elvis:  Love Still Burning is significant historically, because it was the first commercially issued picture disc LP.  Who but Elvis would be featured on the first album to have a full color image of the artist on the record?

Here is the back cover showing the song list and the eleven singers paying tribute to Elvis almost immediately after his death.

 

 

There is another reason I was happy for you to read this old post.  On the back cover is a message to the fans from Jerry Osborne, who conceived and produced the album. 

Of all the words written about Elvis after his death, I think this is the most special praise I have ever read.  Here is Jerry’s message:

 

To Elvis:  Love Still Burning

The brightest star on earth has now become the brightest star in Heaven, and left us with a love… still burning.

Elvis actually drew his love from us, his fans and friends.  But then he turned right around and let that love flow like a waterfall, back to us, through his music and his personal appearance.  In fact, through his mere presence, we felt more love and magic than words can describe.

                                                                                  Jerry Osborne

Nice sentiment, Jerry.  You folks out there who had a chance to experience Elvis’ presence know it is true.

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