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The Lost Elvis Album

In the early 60s, Elvis got into a regular routine. He made movies, and a soundtrack album was released for each. In addition, he went to Nashville every spring to record at RCA’s famed Studio B.

These annual sessions in Nashville produced a cache of songs to be released as singles. Each year after the spring Nashville sessions in ’60, ’61, and ’62, Elvis released a new non-soundtrack album. Col. Parker decided they would not include any hits. He was correct in believing the fans would still buy the albums anyway, and then later all the hits could be included in one of many Elvis “Best Of” compilations.

So, the cycle for albums following the spring Nashville sessions was this:

1960 – Elvis Is Back

 

1961 – Something for Everybody

 

1962 – “Pot Luck.”

Things went differently after the recording sessions at Studio B on May 26-27, 1963. As usual, a new 45 release followed within a month. “Devil In Disguise” was the A-side, and it went to #3 on the charts. The B-side was “Don’t Drag That String Around,” written by Otis Blackwell (“Don’t Be Cruel”). Another good song, “Witchcraft,” was the B-side to “Bossa Nova Baby,” released in October that year.

However, in 1963, no regular non-soundtrack album was released. Pretty strange, considering that they had 13 brand new songs in the vault. It’s an interesting story.

 

Actually, RCA had scheduled an album using these recordings to come out that fall, but then they decided they had enough new hits to make Elvis Golden Records, Vol 3, so they issued it instead.

 

Why bother with untested studio material when a greatest-hits record is a sure thing?

 

Next up was the Fun In Acapulco soundtrack release in November ’63, but two extra songs were needed for filler. “Love Me Tonight” and “Slowly But Surely” were pulled from the remaining unused spring ’63 Studio B recordings.

 

By April 1964, it was time for the Kissin’ Cousins soundtrack album. This movie was also short of enough songs for a full album, so again two songs from the May ’63 Nashville sessions were used: “Long Lonely Highway” and “Echoes of Love.”

That was the death knell for the concept of an album of all the May ’63 Studio B recordings .Two more songs made it into the standard album Elvis for Everyone in 1965. Four of the remaining songs were used in the soundtrack albums for Double Trouble in 1967 and Speedway in 1968.

At that point, all thirteen songs from the planned 1963 Nashville sessions album had been released in one way or another.

 

Finally, in 1991, twenty-eight years after the songs were recorded, RCA decided to right a wrong and released a CD of the May ’63 sessions. It is appropriately titled The Lost Album, and I would rather own it than a lot of the Elvis CDs containing “Previously Unreleased Recordings.”

Elvis was just 28 in 1963, and he was still rocking pretty good. The session featured three guitar players (led by Scotty Moore) playing on each song, and it had a double drum kit: DJ Fontana and Buddy Harman. Elvis also had Floyd Cramer on piano, Boots Randolph on sax, Bob Moore on bass, and the Jordanaires and Millie Kirkham on vocals, truly bringing the group assembled there up to all-star status.

For my money, I think the best song on The Lost Album is “Memphis,” written and first recorded by Chuck Berry. I also like “Devil In Disguise,” “Witchcraft,” and “Slowly But Surely.” The rest of the songs are well described by Earnst Jorgenson in Elvis Presley, A Life in Music. He said they.

“were all passable, and their flawless, pleasant sound make them records Elvis fans could enjoy.”

 

In 2007, RCA rereleased it with a new title and much more appealing cover art:

 

By either title, this really qualifies as a long-lost Elvis album.

So, if the concept of an unreleased Elvis album from 1963 interests you, check out either The Lost Album or For The Asking. You’ll be in for a treat.

 

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The Elvis/Star Trek Connection — Part 2

This is the rest of the 2009 post on the nine actresses who appeared in Elvis movies and Star Trek episodes.

 

Laurel Goodwin:

  Laurel Goodwin was the biggest omission in ElvisBlog’s original “Star Trek Elvis Connection”.  She played Laurel Dodge, Elvis’ love interest in Girls, Girls, Girls.  Actually, it was more like “the winning love interest,” because Stella Stevens was a former flame that still hoped for a future with Elvis’ character, Ross Carpenter, and she kept popping up throughout the movie.  The dance that Elvis and Laurel did (pictured above) is one of my favorite scenes from his films.  It must have been difficult to come up with a dance routine that was funny, but this one was.

 

On Star Trek, Laurel appeared as Yeoman Colt in an episode that contained Spock, but not Captain Kirk or any of the other familiar Enterprise crew members.  That’s because she was in “The Cage,” the one hour pilot that was produced to sell NBC on the series.  Parts of it were used for flashback scenes in a later two-part episode, but “The Cage was not broadcast intact until 1988, twenty years after the series ended.  I like Goodwin’s look in this better than in the Elvis movie.  That’s Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike.  Don’t you bet he and Laurel Goodwin would have had significantly better careers if they had kept their roles when the series went into production?

 

Nancy Kovack:

Nancy Getting Elvis' Eye in Frankie and Johnny

 

Nancy Kovack also had a major role in an Elvis movie.  She played Nellie Bly, the “losing Elvis love interest” in Frankie and Johnny.  (Not to say Elvis’ movies were formulaic, but do you notice the pattern here?)  Nellie Bly was immortalized in the song as the girl who caused Johnny (Elvis) to do Frankie wrong.  Actually, Johnny just believed Nellie was a good-luck charm for his frequent gambling, but Frankie and the riverboat owner (Nellie’s former boyfriend) thought otherwise.  Skullduggery ensued, and Johnny discovered the real a good-luck charm was the one Frankie gave him.  He carried it in his breast pocket, and it saved him from a bullet to the chest.  Of course, Frankie and Johnny got together at the end of the movie, but Nellie did okay too, as she went back to the riverboat owner.

 

On Star Trek Nancy Kovack played Nona in “A Private Little War,” and got to wear the nifty warrior witch outfit you see above.  Nona was the wife of Tyree, leader of the Hill People on the planet Neural.  However, she wanted power and betrayed him.  She stole Dr. McCoy’s phaser and sought out the leader of a rival faction, but ended up being stabbed to death.


Julie Parrish:

Julie Parrish played Joanna, an employee of the Kahala Hilton hotel in Paradise, Hawaiian Style, but she did not play an Elvis love interest.  However, she was part of a scene that requires much willing suspension of disbelief.  She had Elvis’ character (a helicopter pilot named Rick) transport a consignment of pedigreed dogs to a dog show.  The dogs freaked out and Elvis lost control of the helicopter.  Before he could gain control, he ran a car off the road and into a ditch.  Well, the driver of that car just happened to be a big shot in the Federal Aviation Administration (oops).  Gee, what a coincidence.

 

Her Star Trek role was as Miss Piper, Starfleet Adjutant to Commodore Mendez on planet Talos lV in the two-part episode “The Menagerie.”  This is the show where parts of “The Cage” were shown in flashback.  Captain Pike was also in the newer plot, but he had been badly disfigured by delta rays.  Fortunately, Julie Parrish’s figure was just fine, and it was well displayed throughout the story.

Emily Banks:

The credits for Live A Little, Love A Little list Emily Banks’ character as “Receptionist.”  I know it’s hard to notice with that voluptuous stand-up occupying so much of the photo above, but look closely, there is a receptionist here.  Hey, Elvis, don’t stare.  Emily Banks fared a bit better with dialogue, as she had enough lines to be the fifth woman listed in the credits.           

For her Star Trek appearance in “Shore Leave,” Emily Banks played Yeoman Tonia Barrows and got to do considerably more acting.  When some of the Enterprise crew beamed down to Omicron Delta for badly needed shore leave, a mysterious energy field (they show up at lot, don’t they?) caused strange things to happen individually to each crew member.  For Yeoman Barrows, it was a visit from Don Juan.  Too bad for Dr. McCoy, who thought scoring with her would be the perfect form of R&R.

 

Shari Nims:

Shari Nims was listed way down on the credits of Easy Come, Easy Go as Mary, although this name was never revealed in the film.  In fact, her only part came in the Easy Go-Go nightclub scene where Elvis sand “I’ll Take Love.”  Elvis was rocking so good that Mary came up on stage, grabbed a tambourine, and boogied along with him.

       

There was a bit of real acting by Sheri Nims as Sayana in “The Apple.”  Kirk led a landing party to Gamma Trianguli VI, where they noted an abnormal electromagnetic field (geez, another one) was causing subsurface vibrations.  When they investigate further, they discovered the flower-child-like people of Vaal, including Sayana, who had no concept of love or sex.  Do you think maybe the Enterprise crew educated them?

 

Tanya Lemani:

Tanya Lemani did not appear in an Elvis movie, but she was featured in the ’68 Comeback Special.  She had significant screen time as a belly dancer in the segment where Elvis sang “Little Egypt.”

         

She had a much larger part playing Kara in the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold.”  Kirk, McCoy and Scotty beamed down to the hedonistic pleasure planet Argelius II, and went to a favorite café.  Kara’s dancing infatuated them all, especially Scotty.  When she came over to their table, Scotty put his best moves on her and she agreed to leave with him.  As you can see in the picture above, Scotty was really pleased with this development.  Unfortunately, Kara was attacked out on the street and stabbed to death.

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The Elvis/Star Trek Connection — Part 1

This is a repeat of a post from 2009. Part 2 will follow soon.  Because I put so much time and research into doing these, I’m glad to get a second usage of them.

You may find it hard to believe, but there are nine actresses that appeared in both Elvis movies and Star Trek episodes.

 

CELESTE YARNALL:

Some of you may have met Celeste Yarnall at an Elvis Week, because she has become something of a regular guest there these past few years.  She appeared briefly in Live A Little, Love a Little, from 1968, just four films from the end of the Elvis movie string.  His movies were starting to get bad, but this one was so stupid it was funny.

         

             

Yarnall played Ellen, a model he met at a party.  One of the ways Elvis (Gary Nolan) convinced her to come back to his apartment with him was by singing, “A Little Less Conversation.” 

When Elvis gets her home, Bernice, another woman with an eye on Elvis, creates a ruckus while vacuuming, totally breaking the mood.  Ellen gets mad and insists Elvis take her home.

One year earlier, Celeste Yarnall appeared in a Star Trek episode titled, “The Apple.”  Instead of being hit on by Elvis, this time it was Ensign Chekov.

    

                             

She escaped Checkov’s advances, and later, Captain Kirk consoled her by showing her his giant horn.

 

TERI GARR:

Teri Garr appeared in six Elvis movies:

Kissin’ Cousins  1963
Fun in Acapulco  1963
Viva Las Vegas  1964
Roustabout   1964
Girl Happy   1965
Clambake   1967

However, her screen time was not as an actress.  At this early point in her career, she was a dancer trying to break into acting.


Viva Las Vegas

   Roustabout 

              Kissin’ Cousins

Girl Happy

Editor’s note: This is the photo generally offered as proof that Teri Garr appeared in Girl Happy, but there have been sceptics who said it doesn’t look enough like her.  So, when I was working on a post about the movie, I used pause and single-frame advance and found this.

That’s definitely Teri Garr, and you can see she is wearing the same blouse as in the beach dancing shot.

 

Teri Garr got one of her first acting jobs in Star Trek episode # 55 titled “Assignment Earth.”  Captain Kirk and Spock travelled back in time to 1968 Earth to stop Gary Seven, a villian who was trying to explode an oribal bomb over Asia.  Teri Garr played Roberta Lincoln, a ditzy blond in a very short mini-skirt who was hired by a henchman of Gary Seven to supposedly develop a new ecyclopedia.  In the end, she became suspicious and helped save Earth.

              

 

YVONNE CRAIG:

Most Elvis fans know she was one of the Tatum sisters in Kissin’ Cousins, but she appeared in an earlier Elvis movie in a small part.  Yvonne Craig had a small role in It Happened at the World’s Fair, released in 1963.  She played Dorothy Johnson, a love interest of Elvis’ character, Mike Edwards.  While her scene with Elvis was short, it could be called pretty hot, as you can see by these stills.

              


Two movies later, Yvonne Craig showed up in a much larger role in Kissin’ Cousins.  Do you think Elvis might have really liked her first performance and put in a good word for her?   Anyway, she played Azalea Tatum, who had to fight with her sister Selena for Elvis’ attention (Air Force Captain Josh Morgan).  Azalea finally ends up the winner in the Elvis sweepstakes.

       

These roles were tame compared to her character in a Star Trek episode in 1967: “Whom Gods Destroy.”  Yvonne Craig played Marta, a green-skinned inmate at the Federation asylum on Elba ll.  She was delusional, seductive and skilled in exotic dance.   The evil Garth of Izar coerced her to carry out a plot to assassinate Captain Kirk.  

She got alone with Kirk, started to seduce him, and then pulled a knife and tried to stab him.  He fought her off, and Spock arrived to help subdue her.    After the failed assassination attempt, her master, Garth of Izar, ended her life by blowing her to bits with a new explosive.


        

I love this line from Spock after the assination attempt:

“She seems to have worked out an infallible method for ensuring permanent male fidelity.  Interesting.”

 

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Was This Elvis’ Best Birthday Present Ever?

This is a reprint of a post from 2013.  I have added a couple of new photos.

 

Perhaps you have seen this photo on the internet.  I run into it from time to time, but nobody has ever included a caption or text explaining the story of Elvis and this old car.

It turns out, there is quite a story.  While doing research on an upcoming article in Elvis International magazine, I found something in the book “Baby Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him,” by Alanna Nash.

 

The book stated that Elvis’ father purchased him a 1942 Lincoln Zephyr for his 18th birthday.  That’s the car in the photograph.  It cost $50, which was a lot of money back in 1953, especially for a man of modest means like Vernon Presley.

 

A restored 1942 two-door Lincoln Zephyr

 

Elvis owned hundreds of Cadillacs, Lincolns, and other fancy cars in his life, but it is unlikely that any of them had the kind of impact on his life that this worn out old Lincoln did.  The reason is simple.  The car sparked a big jump in Elvis’ social life. It enabled him to go out on dates with teenage girls.

According to the book, in the first three months after his 18th birthday, Elvis used the Lincoln for at least five different dating opportunities:

Driving to a party and giving a pretty girl a ride to her home afterward.

Going to the “Teen Canteen” at McKellar Lake and enjoying hamburgers and shakes.

Attending the All-Night Gospel Singings at Ellis Auditorium to see the Statesmen and the Blackwood Brothers perform.

Parking on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and watching the water roll by.

Taking in a movie at the drive-in theater in West Memphis, Arkansas.

The last two on the list would seem to be perfect places for serious making-out, which the book says Elvis enjoyed during this period.  You can bet Elvis loved having his own car.

Elvis had enough money to pay for his gas and dating expenses, because he worked part-time at night ushering at Loew’s movie theater and selling soft drinks at Ellis Auditorium.

So, when it came time to attend his Senior Prom on April 17, 1953, Elvis used some of those earnings to rent a shiny new, dark-blue Chevy.  The next day it was back to the old Lincoln again, and certainly Elvis longed for the days when he could afford to buy his own fancy new car.

 

 

That happened twenty-three months later when he purchased a 1954 pink and white Cadillac, but Elvis had to cherish his happy memories of dating in the car he received for his eighteenth birthday.

 

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Elvis and Dr. Seuss

Bet you never thought you would see Mr. Potato Head, The Muppets, and Dr. Seuss all in the headlines in a just a ten day span. You do know there is an Elvis connection with the first two. We just finished up a three-part series on Elvis Mr. Potato Head. And, two years ago, I also did three blog posts about Elvis and The Muppets.

So, when the news came out about six of Dr. Seuss’ books, I wondered if I could find anything connecting Elvis and Dr. Suess. I came across this.

 

Hoo knew the Grinch was an Elvis fan. I guess the text is a reworking of a lyric the Grinch did in the movie. If anybody knows the real lines, please put them on Comments and I’ll share.

This design has been used on coffee mugs and T-shirts. If interested in one for next Christmas, Google Elvis Presley Grinch, it will take you right there.

So, I am pleased about finding an Elvis connection with Dr. Seuss. Years ago, I posted about the Elvis connections with LEGOS and Barbie Dolls. I wonder if there’s anything coming that will put them in the headlines, too, and I can repost all that old stuff.

 

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Elvis Mr. Potato Head Revisited – Part 3

This January 2011 post is the third in a series on Elvis Mr. Potato Head.

 

I’ve done two previous articles on the Elvis Mr. Potato Head figures.  The first was favorable, and that resulted in me getting an e-mail thank you message from from Dean Gorby of PPW Toys, the company that makes the Elvis Mr. Potato Heads for Hasbro.  I wrote back and asked if I could get some in-house photos of the Elvis Live, as the first model was called.

Dean sent me unpublished pictures of Elvis Live with the white jumpsuit, and I used that for a second ElvisBlog article.   More recently he sent me photos of the ’68 Special black leather model, including a little note filling me in on the results when ’68 Special debuted at the New York Toy Fair in February.

Elvis Mr. Potato Head is front and center at the Toy Fair

Dean expressed his happiness at getting so many favorable comments from the folks coming by their booth at the Toy Fair.  “Many people said they liked it better than the first.  The overall response was that people thought it was cuter because you can see his eyes, where as the first version had sunglasses.”

Elvis Live Potato Head

          

’68 Special Elvis Potato Head

      

Sorry, but I am going to disagree with those folks.  I like the sunglasses way better than the eyes.  However, there is some good news.  You can remove the eyes from black leather and replace them with the sunglasses.  Like this.

’68 Comeback Elvis Wearing Sunglasses

The next two outfits in the series will probably be Jailhouse Rock and Gold Lamé, but both are unlikely to include the sunglasses because they are 50s themes.  Of course, if you have your sunglasses from Elvis Live, you could move them around to all the models.  I liked this idea so much, I asked Dean if he would send me some extra glasses, so every Elvis Mr. Potato Head I buy can wear them.  They just came in, and they are very cool.  Thank you, Dean.

(Editor’s note: I have three extra pairs of the sunglasses. If anybody wants one, let me know at philarnold@charter.net)

While we are talking about moving Mr. Potato Head parts around, here’s another idea to think about.  It sure looks like the mask and helmet of Darth Tater would fit nicely over that black leather suit.  And, you know you can replace that mic stand with the light sabre.  Remember how Elvis always imagined Captain Marvel Jr. as his alter ego.  I wonder what he would think about being Darth BlackLeather.

 

      

 

Speaking of mics, Dean recently told me about the bonus goodies they inserted into 500 packages of each model.  Their experiences with Elvis Live and ’68 Special were quite different.  They produced 500 gold mic stands, and randomly mixed them in boxes of the black leather Elvis above.  It didn’t get noticed.  However, special gold guitars replaced 500 of the standard black ones with jumpsuit Elvis, and they had quite an effect.  Dean said he has seen many for sale on line, and they have consistently sold for about $100 each.

Elvis Live with standard black guitar

Special Gold Guitar

Now, I’ve got to ask Dean for one of those gold guitars.

 

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Elvis Mr. Potato Head Revisited – Part 2

This October 31, 2010 post continues the series on Elvis Mr. Potato Head.

 

Most Elvis websites and blogs noted the announcement of Elvis Mr. Potato Head back in June.  Some were actually hostile to the idea, but I liked it and said so.  I may be old, but I like my Elvis toys, and this is a good one.

In my previous ElvisBlog article, I dug a little deeper and reported on PPW Toys, the company that manufactures Elvis Mr. Potato Head as a licensee of Hasbro.  This prompted a nice comment by Dean Gorby, business development manager for PPW.  He was impressed that I understood his toy represented Mr. Potato Head dressing as Elvis and was meant as a humorous homage.

Four months later, Mr. Gorby went even further.  He sent me four images and told me I was welcome to use them on ElvisBlog.  Here they are.

This is an image you will see a lot pretty soon.  As previously announced, the second Elvis Mr. Potato Head will be dressed in black leather from the ’68 Comeback Special.  Unfortunately, it will not be available for the 2010 Christmas season, but we can get it starting in February 2011.


This is a super artist’s rendering of the final design selected for the first Elvis Mr. Potato Head dressed in a white jumpsuit.

This is a design that didn’t make it, and I think we can see why.  The optional sunglasses are a nice design, but the buck-teeth are a no-no. 

 

This is impressive – views from the front, back, both sides, top and bottom.  Elvis Mr. Potato Head may be a toy, but designing it is a serious business.

 

Mr. Gorby also advised me that there will be a third Elvis Mr. Potato Head introduced in late 2011.  To pump up interest, Hasbro/PPW will let the fans choose what iconic Elvis image will be featured.  They will offer three choices and have a vote to determine which one they will actually make.

If it works out like the other series of Elvis collectibles, these choices will be from the usual group of images – Jailhouse Rock, gold lamé, Blue Hawaii flowered shirt, etc.  I would like to propose some other options that are often overlooked.

                        

This could inspire a “Hound Dog” version, so named because this is the shirt and coat Elvis wore when he appeared on the Milton Berle Show, June 5, 1956, and introduced “Hound Dog,”  

This performance was the one that created a firestorm of negative reaction across the country.  It was a TV event just as momentous in Elvis’ legacy as the Comeback Special and Aloha From Hawaii, but his outfit never gets the same notoriety.

     

This outfit could be called either “Loving You” or “Teddy Bear” because Elvis wore it in the movie Loving You when he sang “Teddy Bear.” 

It has a part in the story line when it is a gift to celebrate Elvis moving up to co-headliner of the travelling concert troupe.  He is also wearing it when a very aggressive groupie sneaks into his dressing room and puts some moves on him.

      

The teddy bear outfit has also been featured on various CD, album and 45 record covers, but it never shows up on Elvis collectible figurines.

 

                              

This one could be called “Karate Elvis.”   I actually have a refrigerator magnet set that includes this Karate Gi as one of the clothing options.  Wouldn’t a Karate Elvis Mr. Potato Head be cool?

No matter what the choices for design # 3 are, Hasbro and PPW will have a great run of success with Elvis.  If the series continues on to additional designs, I’ll bet you’ll someday see a boxed set of mini Elvis Mr. Potato Heads.  If so, you can count me as a customer.

 

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Elvis Mr. Potato Head Revisited

I’m sure you all know about Mr. Potato Head being in the news lately.  The media coverage reminded me that Hasbro introduced Elvis Mr. Potato head over a decade ago, and I had come up with enough photos to create three ElvisBlog posts about it.  In the next few days, all three will be reposted here.

 

Mr. Potato Head Elvis — Yikes!

Posted June 13, 2010

I told my wife that they were coming out with an Elvis Mr. Potato Head, and she replied, “Oh God, what’s next.”  I think I have the answer to that question, but first let’s take a look at the latest in themed Elvis collectibles.

Elvis Mr. Potato Head

 

According to a report on www.elvis.com/news dated 6/9/10, Elvis Mr. Potato Head will be unveiled at Elvis Week this year.  Want to bet they will sell a lot of them – even at the inflated price of $20.

Of course, Elvis Mr. Potato Head is just the latest in a long line of Elvis figures in white jumpsuits you can buy:

 

M&M Elvis

Elvis Whisky Decanter

Elvis Teddy Bear

Bobble-Head Elvis

Pez Elvis

The news release stated that a second version of Elvis Mr. Potato Head wearing his ‘68 Special black leather outfit will be out in time for the 2010 Christmas season.  It was unstated, but you can be sure there will be other iconic themes to follow.  All the Elvis collectibles pictured above have several models, including Jailhouse Rock, Army Private Elvis, 50s Rocker, etc.  I’ll bet the third Elvis Mr. Potato Head is decked out in gold lamé.

The news release also stated:  “components such as hairstyles, costumes, faces and musical instruments will be compatible with every version so fans can mix and match the styles with hilarious results.”   That doesn’t sound so hilarious to me, but it might be if you used other available Mr. Potato Head accessories.

Party Spud Accessories

Halloween Spud Accessories

Can you imagine Elvis with buck teeth, Dracula hair, or a clown hat?

 

Hasbro Toys has been making Mr. Potato Head since 1952, and they have developed many versions over the years.  Here are a few that are pretty cool:

Santa Potato Head

Darth Tater

Princess Sweet Potato

                                       

 

Unlike these examples, Elvis Mr. Potato Head is actually produced by PPW Toys as a licensee of Hasbro.  PPW has previously developed a series of sports-themed Mr. Potato Head figures.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Atlanta Braves

Duke Blue Devils

                                                          

 

Elvis was not the first rock and roll Mr. Potato Head produced by PPW Toys.

KISS Potato Heads

 

EPE has been trying to find as many ways as possible to get youngsters interested in Elvis, and I think Elvis Mr. Potato Head will work just fine.  However, to answer my wife’s question about what’s next, Graceland should look at the latest craze with the kids — Silly Bandz.  They are wearing hundreds of different shapes on their wrists.  There are the only a few available shapes with a musical theme, so here’s a tip for EPE.  Sign up Silly Bandz as yet another licensed vendor and add this to their product line.

Musical Silly Bandz

Future Elvis Silly Bandz?

                                                                                                                            I’m too old to ever wear an Elvis Silly Bandz, but this big kid has already told his wife he wants one of those Elvis Mr. Potato Heads for Christmas.  I will put it on the shelf above my desk, right next to my set of Elvis M&Ms and my Pez Elvis.

 

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ElvisBlog Pictures on Pinterest

Look what came into my email yesterday. Ever since I started searching Pinterest for Elvis photos to use in blog posts, they send me a dozen or so emails every week. Usually the email header says something like:

We think you might like these 17 ideas

Two days ago, this was the header:

Nose Jobs, Photos Of Puppies and more ideas to search for

I don’t know why Pinterest thought I would be interested in photos of nose jobs, but I did enjoy looking at the puppy pictures.

But the email I got yesterday had a very different message:

Hey, Phil Arnold! Don’t miss out on these Pins

That direct salutation to me definitely got my attention. Above, you can see the first three photos (Pins) in the scroll. I immediately recognized the one of Elvis wearing his karate Gi and nothing else as a photo I had created. It is from an Elvis refrigerator magnet set I sold last year. I scrolled down, did a little clicking, and found out that 12 of the 16 photos in this email had appeared on ElvisBlog. I don’t know why, but I thought it was pretty cool to have Pinterest presenting ElvisBlog photos in an email to the guy that is ElvisBlog.

Before we look at some of the rest, please note the altered photo of young Marilyn Monroe and young Elvis came from a post just a month ago. If my old Pinterest searches had yielded the middle picture, I would have used it in the series called, Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before. It turns out, it came from eBay.

 

All three of these pictures came from ElvisBlog. One of my sales included Elvis trading cards, and this picture shows the back of two of them. The projection TV was in a 2016 post titled like it reads below the picture: Graceland Quiz – What Room are These Items In?

On the other hand, the label under the right picture is totally wrong. That old guy was the way I envisioned the villain in my book, BIG E and the SANTA MAN. That reminds me. I should do one more promotion for it this year. There’s been a lot of new Subscribers added since the last push back in December 2018.

 

Two of these were also photos illustrating ElvisBlog sales, and the ring picture came from the series Elvis’ Fabulous Rings.

Speaking of Elvis photos from my files, check this out:

That’s a lot of numbers, but 2/3 of the way down you will see Contains: 19,884 Files. These files are pictures. I have added nearly 20 thousand photos to my collection since I began doing ElvisBlog. They are organized into 176 folders and 1,046 subfolders.

If anyone reading this has an interest in owning a flash drive containing all of these images, contact me at philarnold@charter.net, and we’ll see what we can work out.

Elvis, Nixon, Clinton, and Limbaugh

When a prominent person dies, typically I would put the person’s name plus Elvis in the Google search box to see what pictures would come up.  I tried it today after learning that Rush Limbaugh had died, and this is what came up:

This is obviously a Photoshopped picture, and someone was trying to be funny. Then writing in blue says:

Elvis tells President Nixon Billy Clinton’s “Watergate Breakin” Idea

So, three of the men are named.  The fourth is identified with an arrow as Rusty Limbo.  I wondered if this could be what Rush Limbaugh looked like as a young man, so I searched some more.

Ys, it is.

If you look back at the group picture, you can tell the original is one of the shots taken by the White House photographer when Elvis met Nixon.

So, someone replaced Sonny West’s head with Bill Clinton and replaced Jerry Schilling’s head with Rush Limbaugh.  Pretty strange.  One last look.

I wonder if Jerry Schilling has ever seen this picture.

 

R.I.P Rush