Monthly Archives: December 2021

Molly, You Were A Great Dog

Elvis and Molly. Better than a Hound Dog

 

Today we had to put our wonderful dog Molly to sleep. She lived to 15 years, two months, very old for a 55 pound golden retriever.  We are going to miss her so much.

I posted this picture years ago on ElvisBlog.   It was created by Carol Stephens, the graphic artist who did my two book covers. I asked her if she could replace the hound dog in the original photo from the Steve Allen Show with Molly. She did a fabulous job.

I have about a thousand other pictures of Molly without Elvis in them.  I’m spending the weekend making a slide show to share with my wife as we grieve.

 

May all you readers have a fulfilling year in 2022.

Phil Arnold

 

 

Merry Christmas from ElvisBlog

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I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a great new year ahead.

Phil Arnold

Santa Plays a Mean Guitar

I was really pleased with a post I did back in 2017 titled Rock On, Santa, Rock On.  It took years of collecting pictures of Santa playing a guitar to get enough to think about using them in a post.  Then I Googled like crazy to find more.  It was a lot of work, and deserves to be on ElvisBlog again. 

TSanta Rocking Out

I won’t be writing about my Elvis  this time.  In honor of the Christmas holidays, this post will be all about Santa. Over the years, I’ve built a huge file of unusual Santa Claus images. Like the one above. I just love this picture of him rocking out on a guitar.

 

Santa Playing Guitar 2

Here’s a totally different take, but equally cool, to me. I hope you like these images of Santa playing a guitar, because I’ve got a lot of them.

 

Santa withOne Leg, Two Feet

Most of the images have Santa playing electric guitars, but this one is acoustic. I label all my pictures with something descriptive; so I call this one Santa with One Leg and Two Feet.

 

Santa with Big Black Boots

This Santa doesn’t look like he moves around much playing his guitar. I labelled him Santa with Big Black Boots.

 

Short Santa

This is the first of several rockin’ Santas wearing sunglasses. I’ve got many pictures of him in different activities wearing shades. They will certainly show up in another ElvisBlog post around Christmastime some year.

 

Santa with Red Sunglasses

How do you like the square red lenses on this Santa’s sunglasses?

 

Aging Hippie Santa

I call this one Aging Hippie Santa. It reminds me of an old buddy of mine, and I really like it.

 

Santa Playing Guitar in the Snow

Hey Santa, where’d you plug that cord in?

 

Santa and Texas Flag

Based on Santa’s coat and sombrero, I thought this was the flag of Mexico. Actually, it’s the Texas state flag.

 

Santa Playing Guitar 4

How do you think this Santa can play this guitar with gloves on?

 

Santa on One Foot

This reminds me of Elvis doing his karate kicks on stage. You need to get that leg up a little higher, Santa.

Santa Playing Guitar 3

More pictures of Cool Santa wearing sunglasses while playing the guitar.

 

ZZ Top Santa

I labelled this one ZZ Top Santa.

 

Santa with Green Guitar

Back to full-figured Santa. Missing a finger, though.

 

Santa the Bluesman

I call this one Santa the Bluesman. He just exudes soul.

 

Santa Playing Guitar

This Santa’s fingers on the frets make it look like he is really playing the guitar. Most of the other pictures just have him holding the neck.

 

Campfire Santa

I don’t think you can play an acoustic guitar wearing gloves any better than you could an electric one. I labelled this one Campfire Santa, imagining him sitting around a campfire pickin’ and singin’ songs for the elves.

 

Coca Cola Santa

I call this Coca-Cola Santa. Doesn’t he look like the images in those old Coke ads? There weren’t any flying V guitars back in those days, though.

 

Santa with a Flying V Guitar

Here’s a couple more Santas playing Flying V guitars.

 

Santa Playing Flying V Guitar

They are both among the happiest looking Santas in this pictorial spread.

 

Santa with Stogie

As you have seen, people have created some wild images of Santa. This is the one of two I have with him chomping on a stogie.

 

Santa Blowing up the Speakers

Here is the second one. Nobody drew Santa smoking a pipe.

 

Santa with no legs

How do you like Santa in a muscle shirt and sporting tattoos? I like the Christmas tree guitar. What happened to your legs, Santa?

 

Santa Slamming Guitar

This is kind of a strange pose. I suppose Santa is slamming his guitar on the stage, like Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townsend.

 

Santa Rocks - World Tour

We’ll end with this one. I wish the picture was sharper, but it’s a blow-up from a small image. Great concept.

 

And here is a picture I found since the original posting.

Santa and his reindeer band

 

Have a Merry Christmas everybody

 

 

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Christmas Eye Candy for Elvis Fans

I used to really like doing the Elvis eye candy posts.  Plus they were quicker to do because I already had the pictures in my files.  No need to surf Google Images to find photos that worked for a specific article.

This is probably the only new post on here all year.  I hope you are OK with the reprints you have been getting.

There are currently 64 unanswered Comments on ElvisBlog.  I’m sorry about that. I have never not answered a Comment: 1770 of them over the years. Now, I can read them, but that’s all.  Here’s why. When I explained my desire to change ElvisBlog to a static blog (no new posts, no comments),  I got a free ride from  my blog platform people. But somehow the ability to do Comments clicked off early.

 

Anyway, let’s get back to some Christmas Elvis Eye Candy.

 

This may be around in color, but I think Elvis Santa has a special charm in B&W.

 

Here, they added blue to the black and white.  Nicely done.  I wish it said Christmas at Graceland.

 

Of course, this is the Christmas tree in the Graceland living room.

 

And this is the Christmas tree in the dinning room.

 

And this is the Christmas tree in the Jungle Room.  Elvis must have liked having a lot of Christmas trees in Graceland.

 

Have you ever seen this alternate shot of the Jungle Room Christmas tree.

 

I tinkered around with Windows Paint to create this one. Feel free to copy it if you want to set out some subtle hints to your sweetie about your Christmas wishes.

 

Here we have an Elvis Elf.  Pretty fuzzy, but I blew it up from a tiny original.

 

Yeah, reindeer Elvis.

 

And a pretty cool Elvis Santa.  I like the XMAS belt buckle. But that mic chord is too much.

 

How about a snowman Elvis.

 

If you are going to print some fake money with Elvis in a Santa hat on it, a million dollars seems perfect.  Nice theme: Blue Christmas with Elvis. The neck on that guitar is way too short.

 

Ive probably used this twice already, but I really like Elvis Santa in a gold lame suit.

 

I hope you all are having a fine Christmas season so far.

 

Paul McCartney Sings Elvis

Folks, I am sorry it has been a while since my last post.  I used to be so good about posting every weekend, but that was back when my wife was in good health.  So, for now, let’s have another look at a pretty cool blog from 2013. For some reason, you may find it takes a long time for the imbedded videos to open. Also, don’t forget to click on Full Screen.

 

Elvis and Paul McCartney

 

Recently, the official Elvis Presley website presented their selections for The Top 12 Moments for Elvis Presley’s Graceland in 2013.

Top 12 Moments for Elvis Presley's Graceland in 2013

 

Some of the selections had nothing to do with Graceland, such as Encore Presents the Elvis Movie Collection in May. (that came in #6). But there were also notable events that actually occurred at Graceland last year. #1 on the list was the voting by USA Today, picking Graceland the #1 Iconic Tourist Attraction. Also, coming in at #5 was Lisa Marie Performs in the Jungle Room.

But, my favorite was #4 – Sir Paul McCartney Visits Graceland for the First Time.

 Paul McCartney Visits Elvis' Graceland

 

Paul had an interesting visit. He left behind his personal guitar pick, “So Elvis could play his guitar in heaven.” It’s nice Paul thinks someone there at Graceland has a way to get the guitar pick up to Elvis in heaven. Paul also received a rare special private tour of the Graceland archives. That must have been really cool. Finally, he played Elvis’ famous 1956 Gibson 1200 guitar while humming the “Loving You.”

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered once seeing a YouTube video of Paul McCartney singing “Loving You,” so I searched it out. I found it – plus eight other videos of him doing Elvis songs. Here they are, for you to enjoy, too.

 

Loving You: I guess you still call it a video, even if there is nothing shown but a photo of Paul and Linda McCartney. However, we can hear Paul do a simple version of the song with acoustic guitar.

Paul and Linda McCartneyClick Here

 

Lawdy Miss Clawdy: This is quite different. Paul is wearing a black leather jacket and he rocks out with a full band. Great piano work, similar to the way Elvis’ song sounded on This Is Elvis.

 

Let’s Have A Party: I have to admit this performance mirrors Wanda Jackson’s version of the song more than it does Elvis’. The footage is from some sort of BBC program. Joining Paul on stage are David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Ian Paice (Deep Purple, Whitesnake). Can you imagine Elvis singing with that kind of back-up crew? I love you Scotty, but Gilmour is just an incredible guitarist.

 

That’s Alright Mama: I like this one because someone has spliced footage of Paul singing the song into Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special performance. What tickles me is that Scotty and DJ are on both clips. Well done.

Elvis doing Thats Allright Mama

Scotty Playing That's Alright Mama

 

Heartbreak Hotel: We’ve all seen singers do an acoustic versions of songs, accompanying themselves on guitar. But for this video, Paul does it on bass. In fact, it is Bill Black’s original upright bass. Paul tells a story about it and then sings a far too short version of “Heartbreak Hotel.”

 

Blue Moon of Kentucky: This is another too-short video, but it is a treat to see and hear George Harrison and Ringo Starr join Paul on an Elvis song.

 

Blue Suede Shoes: You will note that Paul properly dedicates this song to Carl Perkins. However he does mention Elvis’ version of the song. The video was filmed in 1999, and the caption credits it to the RockHall Jam Band. You can enjoy Eric Clapton and Robby Robertson (The Band) do their guitar solos. Look closely and you can spot Bonnie Raitt, Paul Shaffer (David Letterman bandleader) and other people you may recognize.

 

All Shook Up: We will end with another BBC screamer featuring Paul McCartney and David Gilmour. Rock on.

 

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