The 100 Most Important Americans

I finally had to make a list of the old articles I’ve reposted.  Twice now I started a repost only to realized I already had done that a few months earlier.

One thing the list showed was that i reposted only one 2006 article and none from 2005, the first year of ElvisBlog.  Back in the early years, there were no pictures, and I tend to think less of them than the later ones with lots of images.  Regardless, I decided to see if I could find a 2005 post to reuse.  Here it is.

 

Earlier this year the Discovery Channel cable network presented their list of the 100 Greatest Americans as determined by their viewers’ votes. Believe it or not, Ronald Reagan came in first, just ahead of two other rather significant presidents, George Washington and Abe Lincoln. Perhaps some folks might have been equally surprised to see Elvis ranked Number 8, but not us fans.

 

Inspired by the Discovery Channel list, I dug through some boxes in storage and found the 1994 issue of Life magazine containing their choices for the “100 Most Important Americans of The 20th Century”. Without any 18th or 19th century notables, the list looked much different, but there were no specific rankings. Of course, Elvis was included. In the eyes of the Life editors, Elvis was right up there with such notables as Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr., and Douglas MacArthur. That’s some pretty select company.

 

Each person honored had a page devoted to him/her, containing a picture, a 200-word review of their accomplishments, and a short subtitle at the top of the page. Many of these capsule subtitles bordered on corny. Elvis’ was pretty good: “The King Of Rock And Roll Led A Teenage Rebellion.” But other entertainers on the list didn’t fare so well: Bing Crosby (The Crooner Who Begat Easy Listening), Bob Dylan (Electric Minstrel Of Times That Were A-Changing), and Louis Armstrong (With Mr. Jazz The First Truly American Music Came Marching In).

 

Unfortunately, reading about these 100 most important Americans made me feel a little stupid. There were 28 people I had never heard of, but maybe I’m not alone. Do you know these names? Robert de Graff (invented paperback books for Pocket Books, Inc), James D. Watson (DNA Code), Frank MacNamara (father of the credit card), John Von Neumann (early computer innovator).

 

All of the men and women selected were pioneers in their fields and brought significant changes to American life, but so did one other man I would like to suggest — Sam Phillipsand my subtitle would be “The Man Who Discovered Elvis And Changed American Popular Music Forever.”

 

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Elvis and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

I heard it mentioned on the news today that Dr. Fauchi had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony last summer. That reminded me I had posted an ElvisBlog article a few years ago about Elvis getting the award as well.

That post occurred during a period when some glitch keep me from adding pictures to the text.  Well, I wanted to keep up with my once-a-week schedule for new posts, so I did the article  about Elvis and the Presidential Medal of Freedom without photos.  Later, when the glitch was fixed, I went back and added two pictures.  By that time, most folks had already read it and never saw the photos. So here it is again, with a couple of new notes I’ve added.

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom:

 

 

You all saw the news that President Trump honored Elvis with a Presidential Medal of Freedom award. I looked up the history on Wikipedia. What a great honor. Here is the explanation of what it is awarded for:

“especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

So, Donald Trump chose Elvis because of his significant cultural endeavors. Good choice.

There were lots of music notables like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald in the earlier years, But George W. Bush was the first to honor a rock & roll artist with the award — Aretha Franklin in 2005.

So, the Queen of .Soul was honored thirteen years before the King of Rock & Roll.

Here’s the music people who have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and which president selected them for the award.

Barack Obama honored eleven music artists, including Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. He awarded a total of 123 Medals in all categories, the most by any president. Trump is gonna have to step up the pace if he wants to beat Obama on Presidential Medal of Freedom awards.

 

Some New Factoids:

Donald Trump never selected another music star. He went heavy to sports figures including Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods, Lou Holtz, plus Rush Limbaugh, Justice Antonin Scalia, and several political figures.

Joe Biden may be the only person to both award a Presidential Medal of Freedom and get awarded one himself. In January 2017, one week before his presidency ended, Barack Obama had a surprise ceremony for his vice president. Biden said he thought he was coming to toast senior staff with the first lady and his wife Jill.

 

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Messages on the Graceland Wall

I hope that all of you living in the effected areas came through the snowstorm okay.  We got 6 inches but never lost power or had big branches come down.

Let’s reopost one of the funnier ones to ever appear on ElvisBlog.  This comes from 2008

 

Have you ever visited Graceland and written a message on the fieldstone wall that surrounds the property?   This phenomenon started while Elvis was still alive, and the grounds keepers worked diligently to keep the wall clean. After Elvis died, the volume of fan graffiti proved overwhelming, and the estate decided to leave the wall alone. Only crude messages were pressure-washed off. The rest would last a year or so until exposure to sun and rain faded them, giving newer visitors a chance to add their thoughts.

 

 

A few years ago I purchased a small book called “Dear Elvis: Graffiti from Graceland,” written by Daniel Wright, and It contained a selection of messages from fans. Mr. Wright returned to Memphis numerous times between 1989 and 1996 to record and photograph the ever changing Graceland graffiti for his book, and I would like to present some of the best here.

 

If this was Disneyworld, I’d buy a pair of Elvis ears!

 

Elvis. I wish I was your belt buckle for a day. Gina

 

Please quit writin’ on my wall. Thank you, thank you very much. “E”

 

George Burns is bringing cigars and news about Ann-Margret!

 

Elvis, yesterday I realized how much I love you, so I broke off my engagement to Adam. Please come home to Mama! – Monique

 

Elvis, you had great taste in women. Priscilla is a babe! – Dave

 

Elvis kicks butt!

 

You had a weird decorator. Thank God he didn’t write music! – Connie

 

Elvis, Elvis, let me be.

 

Keep your pelvis far from me!

 

Elvis, thanks for helping me celebrate my fortieth birthday. Too bad you missed the party! Sheila

 

Elvis, I’m bearing your ghost child, and I’m confused because I’m a man!

 

We love you, and so does the rest of Oz! – Melissa

 

You wouldn’t have liked the way Caddies look today, anyway. – Mary Lou

 

“If you can’t find a partner, use a wooden chair”?!? Ouch!

 

AGB – Atomic Graceland Babes

 

I can’t believe I’m doing this! Please don’t sandblast me! – Riedy

 

Elvis makes me hot! – Jerrie

 

Dear Gladys & Vernon – YOU DONE GOOD!

 

Elvis I came for a short visit, but a part of me will always remain… Jen

 

 

Elvis, it’s me again in ’93. Remember?

 

Hey Elvis: Lisa Marie made a big mistake. Come back and straighten her out. Mary, 1994

 

Dear God: Bolton and Cyrus for Presley?!? Let’s TRADE!!!

 

Can Elvis come out and play?? Jewels

 

Elvis, please call Kevin. He heard you were dead and he’s BUMMED.

 

Elvis, your burning love left a hole in my heart.

 

THANK YOU dear Elvis for all the happiness and the miracle. Wish I could stay forever. I will come back… Hatice

 

I love you now and forever. I will be with you someday. I will dream of you until then. — Jen

 

We travelled a long way, but, for you, we’d do it again in a minute! T.L.C!

 

You are fantastic! I never got to see you, but I have come to Graceland each August for 15 years. It still hurts, but the love from your fans all over this world helps mend these broken hearts. Thank you, Love, for your music and all the wonderful things you did and will forever do. You bring the world together in friendship and love. The world is full of beautiful people. Elvis, you are the most beautiful in every way. The world has learned, and always will learn, much from you and be grateful always. Till next year. You sing forever in our hearts.

 

©   2008   Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister   All Rights Reserved   www.ElvisBlog.net

Thanks to Everyone Sending Nice Comments About Our Dog Molly

I’ve explained a few times that I can no longer post comments or responses to them.  My ElvisBlog “theme” is no linger supported by its creator, so I can’t get it corrected.  It sucks, but I am getting a free ride in 2022 from my blog platform, so I can continue doing new posts and reposts like I have for the past year.

I always enjoyed reading your comments and answering them.  You sent some wonderful ones about my dog Molly’s passing, and I really appreciate your kind words. Special thanks goes to Terri in Missouri for sending me a card of sympathy.

 

When I posted about Molly, I said that I was going to make a slideshow of her life.  It is now done, and these are the first and last photos in it.

 

 

 

And here is the original photo of Molly that was photoshopped into the the Elvis hound dog picture.

Elvis and Molly. Better than a Hound Dog

 

I can’t believe I didn’t post anything about Elvis’ 87th birthday. Things have been kind of weird around here.  I’ll try to come up something good about Elvis to post soon.

Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday Elvis.

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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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.