I didn’t know today was American Eagle Day until I heard it on the news. But I did know I had several images in my files that combined Elvis and the American eagle.
Have a wonderful American Eagle Day
I didn’t know today was American Eagle Day until I heard it on the news. But I did know I had several images in my files that combined Elvis and the American eagle.
I’m going to try it a little different this time. There will be just one item — a collection of 9 issues of The Star tabloid from the first years after Elvis’ death. I will write about the stories in each one, which you may find interesting even if you have no interest in buying them.
As you can see on the cover, there are four Elvis stories in this issue, and they total five pages. The first one on page 9 has the title, “Elvis: He was still pleading with ex-wife Priscilla to come back to him.” It’s a pretty favorable article for both Elvis and Priscilla. It says she flew to Memphis twice in his last year to be with him during hospitalizations. I didn’t know that.
The reason given for Priscilla falling for Elvis at such a young age was her quote, “He made me comfortable… He was very gentle. He was his own man, a very compassionate and understanding person.” That sounds like Elvis.
The writer of the article made a few errors that we fans would easily catch. There was a list of leading ladies in his films that Elvis dated, and it mistakenly included Natalie Wood and Anita Wood. I thought I knew the names of everyone Elvis ever dated, but the article mentioned Malessa Blackwood, Miss Memphis Southmen (World Football League team), and Diane Goodman, former Miss Georgia. I looked them up and the story had it right.
The biorhythm article is very interesting. If Elvis hadn’t died on August 16, He was at even greater risk with a triple critical day on August 18 when all three cycles intersected at their low points. I Googled biorhythm chart and put in my birthday. I’m in the clear for the next month. You might have fun doing it, too.
What you won’t have fun with is the article “Elvis What Happened.” It’s an excerpt from the hit-job book of the same title by Red West, Sonny West, and Dave Heebler. I read the book once, and that’s enough for me.
This issue of The Star is 48 pages long, and reading the rest of it is like a time capsule. There are articles about:
John Kennedy Jr passing a survival course at age 16
Bing Crosby and his wife Kathryn
Nick Nolte and his many girlfriends
Pet Crabs (after the Pet Rock craze)
Mick Jagger cutting up wife Bianca’s credit cards
John Travolta and Olivia Newton John — just friends, not lovers.
The Star generally doesn’t carry the outrageous stories favored by some of the other supermarket tabloids, but these two come pretty close:
“Working wives run the risk of growing beards”
UFO’s are time machines from the future”
All in all, this issue is loaded with interesting stuff about Elvis and a lot more. You would enjoy reading it.
These eight pages are loaded with a variety of stuff about Elvis. Here is a list of the titles:
Stepbrother reveals: I gave Elvis a massage only hours before he died
Secret girlfriend says: I loved him for 5 years
The bodyguard’s tribute [Red West]
And more from the Book the World is Talking About [another excerpt from Elvis What Happened]
The Beginning, The Glory, and The End
Nurse became substitute mom to lonely idol [Marion Cocke]
Elvis and Priscilla were still legally married, her lawyer says
he bought a $35,000 ring – at 12:30am
The night Lisa Marie will never forget
$ Million ransom plot that nearly paid off [about stealing Elvis’ corpse for ransom]
Linda: He loved me to the end
Win fifty Elvis LPs [10 question quiz to enter in drawing]
Despite the cover tease, there are actually seven color photos and eight B&W photos in this section.
There were plenty of other stories compatible with the time capsule mentioned earlier:
Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti
Prince Charles and French society beauty
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy Jr’s Romances
Farrah Fawcett Leaving Charlie’s Angels
Even though Elvis didn’t make the cover of this issue, there is plenty for an Elvis fan to read including these titles:
Three Elvis Presley look-alikes pay tribute to the king [Yes, there were Elvis impersonators even before he died. Does anybody remember Jesse King, Alan Meyer or Bill Haley (not the one with the Comets)]
Elvis’ dad faces bitter courtroom battle over who should get the Presley millions [Vernon’s ex-wife Dee trying to get her hands on money she didn’t deserve]
This Elvis poster in color is yours for only $1.75 [and 50¢ postage]
Private Presley joins the Army – and re-discovers his passion for guns
That last article says that on one 1970 shopping spree in Beverly Hills, Elvis bought 32 handguns, one shotgun, and one rifle. It sounds like Elvis bought firearms like he did cars and jewelry. The article also mentioned some of the ridiculous reporter questions he had to put up with. Like, would he buy blue-suede combat boots, and would he ask fans to send him Southern fried chicken.
The other celebrity stories included:
G. Gordon Liddy
Farrah Fawcett and Lee majors
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field
And, of course, lots of stuff about the cover subject, Jackie Kennedy
The cover story is another excerpt for “Elvis What Happened.” The three-page article has two color photographs. I don’t find Mike Stone a particularly handsome man.
That full-cover Elvis poster is back, and this time there is also a tote bag with the same image going for $3.50 plus $1 postage
In some ways, The Star paved the way for People magazine. Here are just some of the celebrities in this issue:
Greg Allman and Cher
John Mitchell and J.R. Haldeman
Tatum O’Neal and Michael Jackson — We’re in love
Cheryl Ladd joining the cast of “Charlie’s Angels [and eight large color photos of the Girls, but no Farrah Fawcett]
Behind-the-scenes look at in in-fighting and over-budget problems at Star Wars
And, in the weird category, how about a pyramid pendant that gives you bio-cosmic energy?
The promised album contains four color photos of Elvis and Lisa Marie, plus one more of Priscilla, Elvis, and Lisa Marie. But that wasn’t all of the Elvis pages. There was also:
Inside story of the Elvis body-snatching by ex-Marine who tipped off the police
High school concert that launched Elvis Presley on the road to stardom
Elvis fans remember him in prayers
The celebrities with photos and articles included:
Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson in the Hardy Boys TV show
TV violence [Telly Savalas, Angie Dickinson]
One thing that made me smile was this title, “Billy Graham predicts his death within 10 years.” Fortunately he called that wrong.
Also, there is a short piece about a group of psychics who declared President Jimmer Carter to be “The Warrior President.” I guess they changed their opinion after his handling of the Iranian Embassy terrorism.
The $12 million swindle is some pretty interesting reading. It seems to be for real because it had two quotes from the FBI and references a message sent to Elvis’ bank, the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis. The scam was to buy Elvis’ Convair 880 known as the Lisa Marie, do massive upgrades, and lease it back to him. I did not know that Elvis owned five planes over his life. There was also a Jetstar (Hound Dog Two), a Jetstream, a Falcon, and a Gulfstream.
Another article was titled, “Ann-Margret: I’m still stunned by his death.” I did not know that she attended Elvis’ funeral.
There was also a piece on the contest mentioned earlier [50 Elvis albums as prize].
The last Elvis story in this issue was, “Elvis Presley planned a private war against drug pushers.” It’s pretty bizarre and strains credibility. The first part is the familiar story of Elvis getting a federal narcotics badge when he visited President Nixon in the White House. Next is an episode where Elvis suspected a new guy on the payroll of stealing two rings. The guy tried to leave town, and Elvis learned about the flight he would be getting on to escape. Supposedly, Elvis and the boys rushed to the airport, where he went right out on the runway and flashed that federal badge in front of the taxiing plane. I’ve never heard about this before. Pretty strange.
And here’s a taste of the celebrities covered in this issue:
The Star obviously wanted to do something special to commemorate the first anniversary of Elvis’ death, and they did a good job on a 12-page pullout section. Check out this lineup:
A year after his death, millions still mourn
Memphis expects a stampede [50,000 expected visitors, 9,000 hotel/motel rooms] [ABC planning a three-hour TV special, with Priscilla, Charlie Hodge, and the Jordanaires]
The Elvis nobody knew – 11 rare photos [all common now]
The Elvis Industry [small potatoes compared to now]
A year later, Elvis’ bodyguards are still torn by the death of The King
[This is basically an attempt by Red West, Sonny West, and Dave Heebler to cool off the backlash caused by their crummy book.]
Inside Graceland – first pictures [Seven nice color photos, one I’ve never seen before]
Win 60 Elvis LPs [new contest, bigger prize]
Elvis – More popular dead than alive [analysis by two psychiatrists]
Psychics say: We have been in touch with Elvis’ spirit [I’d be more impressed if they had predicted how popular Elvis would be 42 years later]
In addition to the inside Graceland photos, there were 25 more color and B&W ones throughout this special section. Plus, a color montage of four Elvis drawings by artist Brian Clinton fills up the last page. I’ve never come across it before, so here it is for you:
Have you ever seen it before?
Here’s a sample of the other celebrities with articles and pictures in the magazine: Marie Osmond, Jane Fonda, Margaux Hemmingway, Ted Kennedy, Patricia Nral, George Hamilton, and Charlton Heston.
The two-page, five-photo article about Dee Stanley Presley is the only Elvis content in this issue. Basically, she tries to polish up her image.
Of course, there were dozens of stories about a wide array of celebrities, but you get the idea without me naming them.
I never heard of photographer Sean Shaver, but I did find him in one of my reference books. Supposedly, he took 80,000 photos of Elvis, and here we see six small B&W ones and nine larger color ones, two of which are new to me.
OK, here’s the deal. I am selling this nine-issue collection for $30 delivered (and I’m covering probably $10 postage to mail them). They are not mint copies protected for the last 40 plus years in plastic sleeves, but they are mostly in pretty good shape.
I checked out most of the issues on eBay, and prices ranged from $7.00 to $13.50 delivered, so $30 delivered for nine issues is a deal. You will have hours of reading about Elvis if you get this collection. You will probably also read many of the stories about other celebrities, like I did. That’s the reason I’m late posting this blog.
So, if you want to purchase my collection of The Star tabloids featuring Elvis, let me know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not put your message in Comments. As usual, first in gets it.
The price is for delivery to US destinations. Postage to Canada would be $15 to $20 more. Indicate if you can do payment by PayPal, and I’ll send you an invoice. If not, I’ll hold off mailing the magazines until your check arrives.
Somebody is going to be very happy they jumped on this deal. But if you come in late, don’t worry. You can try again when I offer my collections of National Enquire and Midnight Globe magazines with Elvis content.
Thanks very much for your support.
The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, and that means it’s time for the 9th annual ElvisBlog review of the new arrival Elvis T-shirts. We’ll also look at some recently discounted shirts at ShopGraceland.com. It’s interesting to note what made them a hard sell.
New ones first.
This is an excellent one to start with. Elvis looks great in the ’68 black leather. There’s a million shots of that around, but this one also shows the heads of the girls around the pit for the acoustic set. Nice touch. I don’t know what sublimated means; same with the red tonal graphic background it has, but they work just fine. Here’s a bonus — the design is on the back, too. $29.99
I love all of Joe Pertruccio’s paintings of Elvis, and ShopGraceland was smart to use several of them on new T-shirts. This is the Sundial jumpsuit Elvis wore on his last concert in 1977. I can’t figure out why this pose is called “Just Pretend,” but it I love Elvis with his back to the crowd and disappearing into the shadows of the stage. $29.99 and worth it.
The website said this was a promotional photo from the early days, and it’s a good choice. I like the way the blue background varies from dark at the shoulders to brighter around Elvis. Of course, those floating hearts are supposed to be emanating from Elvis as he is lovin’ on that guitar, but I think hearts near Elvis’ head is a super concept for a women’s T-shirt. $29.99
Or, if you don’t want to be subtle with the hearts, here is a beauty for you. Great graphics. And this one is double sided, as well. $29.99. Go get one, ladies.
This is the first Elvis T-shirt to feature cold-shoulder cutouts. Unfortunately, the three-word cursive graphic isn’t very eye-catching. Hopefully we’ll see more of this style with better designs. $29.99
I like red T-shirts, and this is not bad. It would be better if the image of Elvis was blown up about three times. $24.99
It looks like most of the best new arrivals are for women. No surprise. I like this one because of the different way they presented the Elvis silhouettes. The 3/4 sleeve and long tail give it a pretty unique appearance. Take another look at the Elvis silhouette on the right. It’s coming up soon on a shirt I do not like.
Next are three discounted shirts with numbers on them..
Well, it’s colorful and all, but this is just weird. There is fine print that says Aloha from Hawaii 1973-2018, but who can see it? That big blue 45 is what jumps out at you. All of these anniversary T-shirts get discounted the next year, and this went from $24.99 to $12.50.
The website says, “2018 will be the 41st year of Elvis fans from around the world coming together to commemorate Elvis’ life and career.” I guess that’s the politically correct way of saying the 41st anniversary of his death. The out-of-date shirt has been cut from $24.99 to $12.50.
Okay, can you figure out what the 50 is all about? Elvis in his ’68 black leather suit should give you a clue. It;s a shame to see any Joe Petruccio arywork get used on a shirt that will be obsolete in a year and discounted. This went from 29.99 to $20.99.
How about a couple I really don’t like?
The website says this one is sold out, so somebody must like it. The raglan-cut long sleeve design is a plus. My big complaint is one I have voiced here before. Too much Graceland, not enough Elvis. It costs $29.99. Why bother when that much money will get you some great shirts that feature Elvis?
The large silhouette in this design is the one I told you to keep in mind earlier. However, here it looks like a raging Godzilla, mostly because the overlaid concert photography that makes him look scary. Here’s a blow-up.
Then there’s the little silhouette over his neck. That looks like Elvis is getting a radioactive charge that’s about to crumble him to the floor. This T-shirt is a complete mess. It used to be priced at $29.99, now reduced to $15. Good luck.
ShopGraceland also has a selection of $14.99 shirts – the original price, not a discounted one. I wondered if there were any pleasant surprises. No. I should have known why they were cheap.
There are several more of these uninspired designs that feature Graceland with very little Elvis. If you had $30 to spend, what would you rather have two Graceland T-shirts or one good Elvis T-shirt? Like the one below.
I saved my favorite for last. It’s another Joe Petruccio painting, this time of Elvis in the ’68 black leather. The addition of the marquee stage sign with the lights in white, not red, is masterful. This shirt is no frills, but still packs a big punch. $29.99
This photo shows why Elvis had to ditch the gold lame pants. He liked getting down on his knees while performing, but after a while, the gold started to wear off. According to the tag on this picture, it was snapped on April 1, 1957 in Buffalo NY.
Here’s Elvis at it again later that year in Seattle.
I labelled this one, “Elvis’ Smallest Concert Crowd.” To be honest, I screen grabbed it from an Elvis movie. Do you know which one it was?
I’ve had fun trying to figure out who is who here. The easy ones are Charlie Hodge – top right, Ronnie Tutt – bottom right, John Wilkinson – bottom left, and James Burton top left,. I’m pretty sure that’s Jerry Scheff in front of Burton. So, that leaves the two guys in the middle. Any ideas? I did some research, and one of them has to be Larry Muhoberac, the keyboard player for less than a year before Glenn D. Hardin joined the group.
This is the cover of a bootleg album. It featured the songs Elvis performed on the three Ed Sullivan shows.
Obviously, this shot didn’t appear in the movie Girl Happy, but Elvis and Mary Ann Mobley seem to be enjoying themselves during a break in the filming..
This is Eddie Arnold with Elvis. Neither one seems to be enjoying this encounter. Both have their arms folded, and Elvis is looking away.
I like to put photos of young Elvis into these pictorials. Unfortunately, the tag said nothing about where or when it was taken.
( Thanks to two reader comments, we now have the uncropped photo and an explanation of what is going on.)
This is cousin Gene Smith with Elvis on May 27, 1956. in Dayton, Ohio. They are playing a made-up game they used to play when they were bored to pass the time. It was possibly a truth or consequence type, where the loser would get smacked on the forehead when they answered wrong.
Thank you Sandy and Leon’a for providing this.
In the second Eye Candy for Elvis Fans post, I showed a poster for his 3am performance at the Las Vegas Hilton on September 3, 1973. Here is a photo that is supposed to be from that concert, but I don’t believe it. The audience is too big for a hotel ballroom.
I enlarged and cropped to get this view of the stage. It might hold Elvis and the band, but where would the Stamps and the Sweet Inspirations fit? The background is too plain for a classy hotel venue. This has to be somewhere else.
This is the dirtiest you will ever see Elvis. It was on the screen in Jailhouse Rock for a just a couple of seconds, so you hardly had time to notice it.
The caption under this is hard to read, but it says, “Charlie, Lamar, Elvis and Rex (laughing) in front of the house with a dog.” Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, and Rex Mansfield were Elvis’ buddies when they served together in Germany. However, I don’t see a guy laughing.
Anyway, the house mentioned in the tag is this one:
Elvis enjoying free time before performing at the Warrior Hotel, Sioux City, Iowa, May 23, 1956. Guess he hadn’t gotten into big, expensive watches yet.
Think about this. Your brother gives you an autographed Elvis photo he got while they were in the Army. Then a friend of yours who doesn’t like Elvis tears it up. That would make her an ex-friend in my book.
Reader Kathy Kessel says the other fellow in the picture is not her brother and wonders who he is. It’s a long shot, but does anyone have an idea?
Let’s end with a splash. How do you like that gold curtain? I didn’t know that Elvis made curtain calls.
(Note: The movie with Elvis’ smallest concert crowd is Loving You, and he sang the title track.)
I’ve been collecting images of different artist depictions of Elvis for years, and I finally got almost enough modern art pictures for a blog post. So, I did the Google thing and found some more good ones. Enjoy.
This is a painting from artist Dean Russo. After looking at this unnamed print several times, I think I could do with less shapes, especially the worm over Elvis’ left eye and the small sharks teeth scattered about. Nice use of color, though. If this strikes your fancy, click here.
I can see elements of Elvis, John Lennon and Donald Trump in this one. However, you know how I much I talk about Elvis’ eyes. Artist Fabian Carreno really didn’t capture them, in my opinion, but it doesn’t distract too much from the other good work. Click here if interested.
I like this Elvis print on dhgate.com because it shows his full body, not just his face. This is one of my favorites in this selection. For some reason, they didn’t give the artist’s name. Click here if interested
According to the website, one of the best places to display this painting is the baby room. I don’t know about that, but it sure would look good in the living room. I think artist Potrebbero Piacerti did an excellent job of using bold colors to enhance a wonderful image of Elvis. Click here to find out more.
Now here is an image that does capture Elvis’ intense eyes. Painted by adisetia72, it is for sale on many online sites that feature modern art prints, and I would imagine it sells well. Very fine job. Click here.
This isn’t a print. It’s actually the image on a T-shirt titled Elvis – King of Hearts. It’s a little too washed-out for my taste, but I can see how it might appeal to others.
There are way more Elvis paintings with him facing to the right than left, so that’s one reason why I like this one. Also, please note that all the colored parts of Elvis’ face are straight-line shapes — no brush strokes. The painting is by Istikhar on the Deviant Art website. Check it and other goodies here.
This is a serigraph (whatever that is) signed by the artist, Doug Auld. It’s too weird for my taste, by I am impressed with his ability to pull off an Elvis image using fish. Appropriately, it is titled “ELVIS – King of the Sea.” Click here if you like it and have over $400 to spend.
This print by the artist Lobo is titled “Suspicious Minds”. I guess it is okay to take an Andy Warhol concept and take it to another level. The more I look at this, the more I like it. Click here for more info.
There are brush strokes galore on this painting by Oleg Cameira on Saatchiart.com. I see a touch of sadness, probably because of all the blue colors. Nicely done, but not one of my favorites. Click here to learn more.
I found this image on Pinterest a while ago and traced it back to the website for My Pop Art. Now, I can’t find it on there to give you a link. That’s a shame, because this one is top of the line when it comes to Elvis Pop Art.
I hope you enjoyed this little Elvis art gallery.
Well, you’re not going to find anything intellectually demanding on this ElvisBlog post, but there is some superficially attractive and entertaining stuff you might like.
Like a giant floating Elvis head.
Or the winner of the Ultimate Geriatric Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.
How do you like this face? It’s a decent replication of Elvis. Any guesses what this is?
This angle should give you a clue.
Did you guess PEZ Elvis? With the high white collar and the shades, jumpsuit Elvis blows away the other guys. Poor Army Elvis in the center. He doesn’t look anything like Elvis.
Here’s the three of them inside the metal display box. Two packs of PEZ candies and a playable CD are behind them. Blue PEZ guy in the middle doesn’t look like Elvis, either, so here is the altered PEZ Elvis showcase I came up with.
But I did find a good way to use the other two guys.
Have you ever seen this shot of Elvis attracting a crowd of lovelies in bikinis? He probably could have pulled it off in real life, but this is from a movie. Do you know which one?
This combo stamp of Bill Clinton and Elvis came from the republic of Chad in Africa. Chad produced all kinds of Elvis stamps a couple of decades ago. They were targeted toward the collector market, not for mailing letters. There were so many different ones that one pundit joked that Elvis stamps had become Chad’s number one export.
You all know about Elvis’ famous gold suit. How do you like this silver one?
Here’s an interesting variation on Mt. Rushmore: Elvis, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Jimmy Hendrix. If it was up to me, I would take out Marley and replace him with Eric Clapton.
Does anyone know why Lisa decided to pose for this photograph?
Elvis toilet paper is a pretty strange collectible, but keeping it in a glass display is just bizarre.
The third and last issue in the Elvis Shrugged comic book series. Elvis on steroids wearing jumpsuit pants and belt. I own this one, and the artwork inside is really lame compared to the cover.
I like the bug-eyed bald guy telling the ELVII to attack. I’m not so sure about Tinkle! Crash!
I snapped this photo from a T-shirt I owned for 25 years. I sold that Elvis Flintstone T-shirt to a lady in Canada. But I got a bum mailing address from PayPal, and the package never got delivered to her or returned to me. I’m resigned to the fact that the shirt is gone forever, so I’m glad I at least have this picture.
The movie clip of Elvis with all those girls at the pool was Spinout. Here’s another good shot.
Elvis gets to check them out one by one as they go into that tent. That definitely moved the plot forward.
Please let me know if you like Eye Candy for Elvis Fans or not. They’re pretty easy for me to put together, so there may be more to come.
Here are some clips from a EuroNews video on YouTube.
Friedberg is a town about 2-1/2 miles from Bad Nauheim where Elvis served in the Army. I believe the next picture was taken in Bad Nauheim.
After I cropped this picture, the sign doesn’t appear as large as it really is. I like the way they cut Elvis’ silhouette out of the center of the sign and made a separate stand-up of him. Wonder why they used a Jailhouse Rock outfit. It seems like the uniform from G.I. Blues would be more appropriate.
At a November political rally in Tupelo, MS, Donald Trump said.
“Tupelo, home of thousands of hard-working American patriots, and the proud birthplace of the king of rock n’ roll, Elvis. Elvis! We love Elvis.”
“I shouldn’t say this, you’ll say I’m very conceited, because I’m not, but other than the blonde hair, when I was growing up they said I looked like Elvis. Can you believe it? I always considered that a great compliment.”
What do you think?
This is one of the more recent ones I’ve heard from.
They don’t just do Elvis fashions, but they have dozens of them. Here’s a few that got my attention.
This is the “Elvis Cowboy Prairie Sunset Turtleneck Sweater.” It looks pretty good… until you see the price tag of $249.
If you’re involved in the effort to restore Elvis’ Circle G Ranch, here something for you – “The Cowboy Ranch A-Line Skirt.” Just $89.
This is the art work on another item. I was intrigued with the image of four floating Elvis heads, all with his famous shades, so I saved it for my files. However, on a long-sleeved turtle neck sweater, it looks horrible. Especially at $259.
It’s better on the “Vegas Glam Fringe Satin Scarf.” $149
And finally, we have the “Groovy Afrique Pattern Midi-Dress.” $298
I did a little surfing on Amazon and found these samples of Elvis Cupcakes.
And my favorite:
I published this list a few weeks ago. George W Bush honored two music stars, Barack Obama honored thirteen, and Donald Trump honored Elvis. Notice what name is missing? Bill Clinton. He honored lots of folks in other categories, but no musicians.
I can’t figure out why Clinton didn’t jump at the chance to pick Elvis. During the 1992 Presidential campaign, the press corps started comparing Bill Clinton to Elvis, although the candidate never did this himself. The press even made references to Clinton’s campaign plane as “Air Elvis.”
It has been said that one of the late boosts to Clinton’s campaign in 1992 was when he played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the Arsenio Hall Show.
I didn’t have a good place to post this picture when President George Bush 41 passed away a few weeks ago.
Elvis met George H. W. Bush before he became President. Bush was the Ambassador to the UN when he was the Keynote Speaker at the 1970 awards dinner for the “Ten Outstanding Young Men” by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, or the Jaycees.
George H. W. Bush was Bill Clinton’s opposition in that 1992 campaign. He felt compelled to respond to this linking of Clinton and Elvis, by stating this in a campaign speech:
“Clinton is on all sides of every issue. He’s been spotted more places than Elvis Presley. I guess you’d say his plan really is ‘Elvis Economics’. America will be checking into Heartbreak Hotel.”
Noted Elvis author Greil Marcus contends that an Elvis reference in any politician’s campaign speech is a guaranteed sound-bite on the evening news, although there is no guarantee what the public’s response will be. This quote is said to have lost votes for former President Bush in his re-election campaign:
“I finally figured out why Clinton compares himself to Elvis. The minute he takes a stand on something, he starts wiggling.”
Actually, we will start with two you have seen before. This appeared in Part 7 of the series back on August 11. Alert readers Delores, Jo, and Leon’a all quickly posted on Comments that it was Photoshopped. However, this week I heard from reader Paul, and he included a link to the original.
This is Warren Beatty in a clip from the 1975 movie Shampoo. Thank you, Paul.
I like receiving your comments on Elvis photos, especially when you include a link to the originals before they are Photoshopped, so keep them coming.
This one posted on Part 1 of the series last January, and a week later I posted that three readers had informed me it was not Elvis, just an Elvis Tribute Artist. Nobody said how they knew, but it sounded reasonable, and I acknowledged their opinions.
Well, last week I found that picture again on Pinterest, as well as this:
The woman who posted it added this comment: Very, Very Nice !!!!! But a guy named Rocker Man replied: Not Elvis. So, I don’t know what to believe.
That Pinterest board had other photos along the same lines, but this one really topped them all.
People do some strange things with Elvis photos. They should be happy with the real photos of Elvis, like this one of him playing football:
Let’s move on to another topic. Lately, there have been some new photos of Elvis eating.
This is almost certainly Memphis-style barbequed ribs. Once during Elvis Week, a group of us went to Marlowe’s Restaurant, and I had their ribs. They were great. Because Marlowe’s is just a few blocks down the street from Graceland, it might be a good bet this is their ribs Elvis is munching on.
This is Elvis eating lunch in 1956 during a break in the filming his first movie, “Love Me Tender.”
I love Elvis’ eyes on this It looks like something is going on to his left, and he is wary about it.
Speaking of Marlowe’s Restaurant, look what’s on their website:
Ladies’ Elvis Jumpsuit Pajamas. Outstanding idea. $36. I’ve never seen them anywhere else. Let me know if you have.
Can you guess what this is? Here’s a big clue.
There it is on Priscilla’s head as she and Elvis celebrate their marriage on May 1, 1967,
And she also wore it at their second wedding reception in Memphis four weeks later. In her book, Elvis and Me, Priscilla said “We threw a big reception at Graceland for all our friends and relatives.” The italics were provided by Priscilla, to indicate she and Elvis were not happy with way some of the folks in their circle were excluded from the wedding ceremony.
In 2010 I posted an article called Elvis’ Wedding Reception Redo about this event. Click here to take a look.
This is a photo with a caption, Gladys and Vernon Presley on their wedding day. They married on June 17, 1933 when Gladys was 19 and Vernon was 17. Gladys looks pretty, doesn’t she?
This photo shows up on the internet occasionally with the tag Vernon and Gladys’ Wedding Picture, but that is disputed because Vernon does not look like a seventeen-year-old.
OK you Photoshop sleuths out there. Is this a phony? I think I’ve seen Priscilla in that net hat somewhere before. I wish it was real, because there are only a few photos out there of Elvis’ upstairs office off the bedroom.
Editor’s Note: It took only a few hours before super sleuth reader Jo sent me two of the original pictures used to make the above Photoshopped one.
The photoshop jockey even changed the photo on Elvis’ desk.
When I found this photo and read the caption, I remembered two of the names were people who had written a book about Elvis that I really enjoyed.
If you want to read about Elvis as a youngster, written by people who actually shared those times with him, you should get this book. It has stuff in it you haven’t read in any of the other biographies.
We will close with some iconic shots of Elvis and his fans. The first was shot in 1955. It’s pretty amazing the attraction Elvis had with the girls.
And he still had it twenty years later.
My wife is a dedicated viewer of the movies on the Hallmark Channel. A few days ago, they ran a promotion for their Countdown to Christmas series of new holiday-themed movies. I was in the kitchen making a snack when it came on, and I paid little attention to the sound coming out of the TV. Then they said one of their new movies was Christmas at Graceland and my interest perked up.
I said to myself, “I don’t remember reading anything about this on Graceland.com/news that I check out regularly. So, I did a little search on the site for “Hallmark Movie.” This is what came up:
No wonder I didn’t remember it. This news spot posted three and a half months ago, and there hasn’t been another feature about it since. There surely is a big one coming, but ElvisBlog will share with you now as much as I have been able to find.
This is a glamour shot of country singer Kellie Pickler who stars in the movie. Of course, this is not exactly the image Hallmark would want for their movie heroine, so she has a much different look in the film.
Actually, Kellie Pickler is much more than a country singer. She got her start on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006. That was one of the strongest groups of contestants ever, with Taylor Hicks winning, Katharine McPhee placing second, and Chris Daughtry coming in fourth. Despite finishing sixth, Kellie Pickler got a major record deal, and forged ahead with her singing career.
In 2013, Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars.
She is also the co-host of the Pickler & Ben talk show on CMT, for which she earned a Daytime Emmy nomination.
And this is Wes Brown, her co-star in Christmas at Graceland. He has starred in many Hallmark Channel movies, including “June in January,” “Love Begins,” “Love’s Resounding Courage,” “Christmas Cookies,” and “Love Under the Stars.”
Here is a brief synopsis of the movie that appeared on the Memphis Commercial-Appeal website on September 20:
“Country singer Kellie Pickler stars as Laurel, a native Memphian turned Chicago finance executive who returns to her hometown for a bank deal. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Wes Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations.
“Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom.”
And the audience stays glued to find out if she stays in the business world or falls in love with Clay and reunites with him to pursue that old dream. I think you can guess which way it goes.
There is a 22 second teaser video on the Hallmark Chanel website that opens with this shot of the lobby of the Graceland Guesthouse.
Then there is a clip of Kellie/Laurel walking into the lobby. No explanation about the young girl.
Then, as the action presumably shifts to Graceland, this shot is shown briefly.
And this clip is when Kellie/Laurel sings in front of Graceland.
I searched the web looking for a more complete synopsis of the plot. I did find these pictures of Graceland in July being turned into a winter wonderland with artificial snow (tiny bio-degradable flakes of recycled paper).
Notice the guy is wearing shorts.
This guy is, too. They even put up the famous Graceland Merry Christmas display.
On this shot down the drive from Graceland, you can see where the fake snow stops. That’s Elvis Presley’s Memphis across the street.
And here’s the final result:
Christmas at Graceland will premiere at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Nov. 17, and be repeated during the same prime time slot several times over the following weeks. It probably will be at a different time when it is repeated on Christmas Day as part of a marathon of new Hallmark holiday movies.
I have a history of watching Elvis movies over and over. My wife does the same thing with those Hallmark Channel movies. So, I guess we’ll be watching Christmas at Graceland several times together. I’ll bet that many of you will watch it multiple times, too.
I am posting this article on August 16, a very important day for all Elvis fans. It is the 41st anniversary of Elvis’ passing.
So, why start the article with a picture celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ’68 Comeback Special? I got the idea from EPE. They’re doing that today, too.
This picture is one of several Graceland has produced as part of a big promotional push they’ve got going on for the ’68 Comeback Special right now. For years, they have been trying to drop the word Comeback, and just call it the ’68 Special, so seeing Comeback in the text was a bit of a surprise. I like it.
However, you probably know this TV special was simply called ELVIS when it aired back in 1968.
There’s an interesting piece of information on this ad for the show. The date was December 3rd. So why is Graceland celebrating its 50th anniversary now? Perhaps you remember that it was filmed several months before it was broadcast. Maybe they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the filming.
No. It was filmed on June 27 and 29. So, what is the reason Graceland chose to celebrate it in mid-August? Elvis Week, of course. It goes on for ten days, and they need lots of events to keep the fans busy. So, why not schedule two ’68 Comeback Special happenings on the big day — August 16. That’s a smart plan
Here’s what they said on Graceland.com/news about these events:
10:00 AM. Graceland Soundstage, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $25
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ groundbreaking television special “Elvis” – or known to many fans as the “’68 Comeback Special.” Hosted by Tom Brown, the event features Steve Binder, who conceived, directed and produced the ’68 Special, called by TV Guide “the second greatest musical moment in television history next to the Beatles debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.” Binder will share his memories of working with the king, and he’ll discuss what’s in his upcoming book, “Comeback ’68 Elvis: The Story of the Elvis Special.”
More special guests will include: musical director Billy Goldenberg, writer Allan Blye, guitarist Mike Deasy; and Tanya Lemani George, the belly dancer who performed during “Little Egypt.”
She’s the one I’d be most interested in seeing (I’ll bet she can still do a mean belly dance).
7:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $55
Join us as we celebrate Elvis Presley’s groundbreaking NBC television special that aired in December 1968, “Elvis.” The show will feature an enhanced screening of what has become known as Elvis’ “’68 Comeback Special” with live music, special guest appearances and performers, and much more.
Special guests include Steve Binder, Allan Blye, and Billy Goldenberg introducing segments of the program and sharing behind-the-scenes stories.
If you went to the “Conversation of Elvis – ’68 Special” show earlier, you might be hearing some stuff for a second time. That’d be OK.
Another concurrent event is the recently expanded selection of ’68 Special items on sale at store.graceland.com. A month ago, there were 37 choices; now there are 72. Here are a few that caught my eye for one reason or another.
I like this one because of its name, which is, “Elvis Black Leather Multi-Dangle Carabiner Key Ring.” You just can’t have too many Elvis Multi-Dangles. The carabiner is the thing at the top. The little gold record is a mini version of the magnet I sold on here last week. You can get one of these key rings for $8.99.
This is a limited edition coin for $12.99. The front looks good to me, but the back seemed off somehow. To look closer, I blew it up.
This is the worst depiction of Elvis I have ever seen. His hair looks like it turned into an eel with its head over Elvis’ eye. There are worms crawling over his face and leeches on his body. The rest of it defies description. Here’s the photo they were trying to replicate.
Wow. Think I’ll skip the coins.
They did a much better job reproducing that image on this comforter set. If you want one, it will set you back $140.
Here’s an 8 inch tall Elvis Bobblehead dressed in his famous black leather outfit. The price is $29.95. I had to show this item because I have one in my Fuzzy Room that I’ll be selling one of these days – for half that price.
Here’s another image that ended up on a lot of the 50th anniversary merchandise. This is a 2-1/2 inch diameter refrigerator magnet prices at $4.99. Take a look at the thing on Elvis right wrist. You can get one of them, too.
They call this a bracelet, and it actually is real leather. The website says it is inspired by the bracelet that Elvis wore while filming the ’68 Comeback Special, so it might be a different design. I’m not sure if many folks, even Elvis fans, would make the connection if they saw it on someone. The price is $29.99.
This T-shirt features a third Elvis image associated with the ’68 Special – the white suit he wore when singing “If I Can Dream.” Although it does not have the words ’68 Special on it, the famous red ELVIS marquee sign and the white suit easily identify it. Cost is $24.99.
Same thing with this baseball cap. $17.99.
There is one other ’68 Comeback Special event scheduled for today, August 16, but it is for all of us who didn’t make it to Elvis Week.
This was the announcement in Graceland.com/news. When you clicked to open it, there was very little information, except a link to this:
Tickets in my area are $15.75, but they may be different around the country. Here’s what they had to say about the movie:
This anniversary event includes the legendary television special, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from director/producer Steve Binder and others influenced by Presley, his music and this iconic event.
Sounds pretty good, but a little pricey.
Let’s end with a picture that reflects the real meaning of August 16 for Elvis fans. The Candlelight Vigil has more significance to them than anything else going on during Elvis Week.
We miss you, Elvis.
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