Latest Elvis News

As discussed on this week’s show, there is a new official animated video for Elvis’ 1961 classic Can’t Help Falling In Love. It’s quite well done so click the link below to watch on YouTube.

JAT PRODUCTIONS announce’s a New Book, focusing on Elvis Presley’s concert at Veteren’s Memorial Coliseum, September 9th 1970, in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be 50 Year’s in 2020 ! This publication will include over 100 Super Rare and Unpublished Photo’s from the show. These photo’s are exclusive to JAT . Also included with the book will be a compact disc of legendary producer Chips Moman’s last interview, also exclusive to JAT PRODUCTION’s. BONUS: 2020 ELVIS Throwback Pocket Calendar ! Order book: Only $69.95 US plus shipping Worldwide @ http://www.jatpublishing.com

To place your order, you may use the PayPal links below or send check or money order to: J.A.T. Publishing • P.O. Box 56372 • Chicago, IL 60656

In The Valley of the Sun 

Retail $69.95 (plus S&H)

(EER – we do not sell Elvis products but we can put you in touch with the sellers)

Elvis ‘A Star Is Born’ Contract: While most fans know about Barbra Streisand asking Elvis to appear in her movie ‘A Star Is Born’ it is a real surprise to know that the proposed agreement for his version is actually in the Graceland archives.
In a new ‘Inside The Archives’ video Angie Marchese brings out the contract in a black folder.
Included in the contract was $1000 per week expenses for Elvis and First Class transportation to all locations. Also she notes, “Elvis would be entitled to first position credit and 100 per cent of the title above the title.”
It’s pretty detailed! Goes into marketing as well as producing and photography and everything that goes along with making an Elvis movie.”
In the end Elvis never made another movie but continued touring throughout 1976 and some of the following year.
Go here to the YouTube video – runs 3 minutes 
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley’s samurai sword found hidden in Graceland drawer: WATCH the story behind it

ELVIS PRESLEY’s samurai sword, gifted to him by a Japanese soldier, was discovered hidden in a Graceland drawer.

Back in 1982, five years after Elvis Presley died, Graceland was opened as a museum for the first time. When preparing the house for public viewing, the archives team found that most of the drawers were empty but in a few The King had left behind some real treasures. One particular highlight was a samurai sword discovered in a drawer of the Living Room.


The Graceland team had no idea how it got there until Dick Grob, Elvis’ Head of Security from 1967-1977, told the story behind it.

Appearing on the Gates of Graceland web series, he said the incident took place in late 1976 or early 1977, in the last year of The King’s life.

Elvis was upstairs and was already in his pyjamas as was getting ready to go to bed.

Dick said how he got a call from his security team member Harold Lloyd on the gates, saying there was a guy in uniform who wanted to see the Head of Security.

Dick thought it would be one of his police officer friends but it turned out to be an elderly Japanese veteran in his military uniform and carrying a samurai sword.

Struggling with his English, the soldier said: “I brought this to give to Mr Presley.

“I was an officer in the Japanese military during World War II and I want to apologise to you and to Mr Presley for us fighting you guys. I’m really sorry about that.

“Because Mr Presley studied karate and learned from Mr Ed Parker, who was a champion in Japan, I want to give this to Mr Presley as a token of my appreciation.”

Touched by this, Dick went up to the house to see if Elvis was available.

But The King didn’t want to have to get dressed to go down there as he was about to go to sleep.

So Dick went back down to Graceland’s gates and told the Japanese veteran, saying Elvis appreciated this but was already in his pyjamas.

So as a courtesy the Head of Security took the soldier around on one of the golf carts to show him the grounds, while the Japanese man left Dick with the samurai sword to give to Elvis later.

Later on, Elvis came downstairs to Graceland’s kitchen where Dick was sitting with the sword.

The King asked if the Japanese soldier was still around and when he saw the sword took it out and started swinging it wildly around the room.

Dick shouted: “Elvis! You’re dangerous with that!”

The Head of Security says he then jokingly pulled his gun out on The King and said: “If you don’t put the damn thing down I’m gonna shoot!”

So Elvis walked on into the Living Room and put the samurai sword in the drawer where it’s believed to have been left undisturbed until it was discovered by the Graceland team around 1982.

Another hidden highlight in the drawers of Graceland is found by the kitchen.

Inside is a 1993 phone book that was owned by Elvis’ Aunt Delta who lived at Graceland until she died that year, even though it was open to tours. This meant her bedroom and the kitchen wasn’t accessible to the public yet.

But also inside that drawer is childhood graffiti by Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie. It reads, “Lisa’s home Graceland” will the smiley face.

(EER -Not sure why this has been brought out now when its been known about for years. But its a good read.Plus it was found by Patsy Anderson )

lvis Presley ─ The World’s Most Photographed’ New Book: More Previews: Coming soon, a new monster project by Erik Lorentzen. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25×30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.€115 (US$140) incl shipping – Pre-order at Elvis Files website and see full size sample pages > www.theelvisfiles.com

Sun Records” Sold!: The private music publishing company ‘Primary Wave’ has bought the iconic Sun Records label including its 6000 song masters with such classic recordings as Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes,” Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line,” Roy Orbison’s “Ooby Dooby” and Billy Lee Riley’s “Red Hot” among them. Elvis Presley’s SUN recording are not part of the deal. Suggestions are that the deal was for US$30 million. SUN records still turns over around $4 million a year.
The deal also included the Sun Records trademark, which sources say is also a very profitable component, as well as the Sun Diner in Nashville and its merch business too. John Singleton — brother of the late Shelby Singleton who purchased the Sun label back in 1969 from founder and industry legend Sam Phillips — will stay on overseeing the Sun Records operation.
“We are extremely pleased to pass the Sun Records baton to Primary Wave and are confident 

Elvis Presley News Report Feb’ 2021: From Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier, here is the Elvis Presley News Report of February 2021, includes the Unseen film discovered and three New Re-Mixes.
Runs 11 minutes

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Graceland

Celebrate Valentine’s Day like a King and Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll with our “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Hotel Package!  Available the nights of February 12-14, the “Can’t Help Falling in Love” package includes:

  • One-night hotel accommodations at The Guest House at Graceland with Self-Parking 
  • Two Elvis Experience Graceland Tours 
  • Bottle of Elvis Wine with Two Wine Glasses and Dinstuhl’s Chocolate 
  • Dinner for Two at The Lobby Bar 
  • Breakfast for Two at Shake, Rattle and Go 
  • Live Music Nightly in The Lobby Bar (February 12-14, 7pm to 10pm)

Make plans now to celebrate with that special someone and experience the luxury of The Guest House at Graceland.  Book your experience in one easy step and enjoy a savings of 20% off your room and tour tickets as well as package amenities!

To book your “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Valentine’s Day Package, call 1.800.238.2000 and mention “HELPLOVE” or book online by clicking HERE.

*Package with amenities is valid for one night only but you can reserve additional room nights at the standard rate. Package components have no cash value.  Gratuities are not included.  Based on availability and subject to black out dates or restrictions.

SOURCE: Dave Rogers, Elvis Celebration of the Man and His Music FB GroupWhy so many Elvis fans continue to repeat this same misinformation, I will never know.Or will I?Of course I will . . . because they hear someone say it and then it gets repeated over and over again and the next thing you know it’s the gospel truth.So let’s set the record straight once and for all, shall we?Here are the undeniable, unequivocal and irrefutable facts.—————————————————————— The First Contract (Nov. 21, 1955 – March 25, 1956)—————————————————————–The Colonel received 25% commission on the gross income. Gross income excluded the cost of booking fees paid to any booking agencies (concert venues).The Colonel was responsible for his own expenses for travel, room and board, unless Elvis or his father requested the Colonel to accompany Elvis to any location. If they did, then Elvis had to pay his expenses.—————————————————————— The Second Contract (March 25, 1956 – Jan. 1, 1967)—————————————————————–This was essentially the same contract as the first with the exception that Elvis was now of full legal age. As such his father was no longer listed as his legal guardian. This agreement was now solely between Elvis and the Colonel.Sorry Hank Snow, the Colonel screwed you too!—————————————————————— The Third Contract (January 2, 1967 – March 1973)—————————————————————-With this agreement, the Colonel continued to receive his 25% commission on Elvis’s movie salaries and guaranteed RCA record royalties, but the manager’s share jumped up to 50% on side deals and any income beyond basic payments in the film and record contracts.Let’s break this down a little. This means that the Colonel only received 25% of the guaranteed income from ALL 33 of Elvis’s movies, NOT 50%.The 50% commission came into play on any deals that the Colonel cut over and above what was already guaranteed to Elvis. These would be considered as bonus payments or additional incentives secured by the Colonel from movie studios, RCA Records or from the sale of Elvis merchandise.—————————————————————— The Fourth Contract (March 1973 – January 1976)—————————————————————–A new management contract in March 1973 gave the Colonel 50% of Elvis’s guaranteed income from recordings, not just from side deals, but still NOT from his live performances.In 1974, to consolidate the licensing of Elvis’s image on merchandise, the Colonel established Boxcar Enterprises from which he also took 50% of that income.—————————————————————— The Final Contract (January 1976 – Sept. 30, 1980)—————————————————————–This is the contract that rightfully enrages Elvis fans everywhere as Elvis signed and (for some reason) agreed to a 50-50 split with the Colonel on his live appearances along with his record guarantees and side deals.Even after Elvis was deceased, this contract remained in effect until it was finally rendered null and void on September 30, 1980 when court appointed Memphis attorney, Blanchard E. Tual issued a 300-page report that argued that “all agreements with Elvis Presley terminated on his death,” and recommended that all monies due the estate be paid directly to the estate and not pass through Parker’s hands. Tual charged Parker with “self-dealing and overreaching” and with violating “his duty both to Elvis …and to the estate.”————–Summary————–So there you have it. The cold hard facts.The key take away’s here are this:From 1955 – 1967, the Colonel only received a 25% commission.From 1967 – 1973, the Colonel began receiving a 50% commission on side deals and any income beyond guaranteed payments in the film and record contracts.From 1973 – 1976, the Colonel began receiving 50% of all guaranteed record royalties along with the additional side deals.From 1976 – 1977, he began receiving 50% from all live performances, record royalties and side deals———————–Closing Remarks———————–I will close this post with the fitting words of Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick from his book, “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley” . . .“And yet no one could say Elvis was an unwitting, or even unenthusiastic, participant, as he put his neat, flowing signature on the line marked “Approved” at the end of every one of Colonel’s side deals.From Elvis’ point of view as much as Colonel’s, money was for spending, and what you spent it on was nobody’s business but your own. There was never going to be any problem about money so long as the two of them kept their wits about them.It was almost karmic in fact, as he explained to Ed Parker, the way that money came in one door just as it was going out the other. He boasted to the guys how the old man had pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes once again. And if the Colonel made some money for himself in the process—well, that was to be expected, there was plenty for everyone, and no one else could have made the deal anyway. The Colonel deserved his share.”~ Peter Guralnick

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Why Elvis Presley got upset when a Broadway star performed on television

Firstly, a little background. This all starts with a singer named Robert Goulet. Goulet was most known for playing Sir Lancelot in the Broadway musical Camelot. According to the book Elvis Memories: The Real Elvis Presley – by Those Who Knew Him, Goulet once performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on television.

Elvis dated an actress called Linda Thompson. Thompson’s brother Sam recalled what the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll said about Goulet’s singing voice. “He said ‘He’s got a lovely voice, but there’s no feeling there,’” Sam recalled. “‘It’s like, vocally, you sing an opera and you have to have feeling in your voice, like you’re talking.’” Perhaps Elvis’ assessment of Goulet’s singing had something to do with the fact that the two singers worked in different genres with different vocal expectations.

How Priscilla Presley Reacted When Elvis Presley Shot His TV

What Happened When Elvis Presley Tried to Sleep With Karen Carpenter and Petula Clark at the Same Time

  • January 22, 2021

Elvis Presley was a legendary ladies’ man, however, not everyone knows he once tried to sleep with Karen Carpenter of The Carpenters. In fact, he wanted to get intimate with Carpenter and Petula Clark at the same time. Here’s what happened one time in the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s dressing room.

Elvis Presley with a microphone
Elvis Presley | Frank Carroll/Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Who are Karen Carpenter and Petula Clark?

Firstly, some background. Carpenter was one of the singers from The Carpenters. She is famous for her voice, which is one of the most acclaimed in pop music history. Sadly, she died at age 32 due to complications stemming from anorexia. 

Clark is a pop singer known for her hit “Downtown.” In addition to having other hit songs, she also appeared on the stage in a number of classic musicals like The Sound of Musicand Sunset Boulevard.https://www.youtube.com/embed/G2z7jgFN97w?feature=oembed“Downtown”

RELATED: What Elvis Presley and Mick Jagger Did That John Lennon Called ‘Bullsh*t’

What happened when Elvis Presley got Karen Carpenter and Petula Clark alone

Our story begins at an Elvis concert. “Neither Karen nor I had met Elvis before,” Clark told The Sydney Morning Herald. “We thought it would be fun to see his show. Afterwards we were invited back to his huge dressing room.”

Very quickly, the crowd in the dressing room dissipated. “There were other people there, but when Elvis appeared, everyone disappeared,” Clark recalled. “So it was just Elvis, Karen and me.” Clark said Elvis was a perfect Southern gentleman during their time together — eve if he had some not-so-innocent intentions. Clark said Elvis wanted a threesome.https://www.youtube.com/embed/jV127kNz0hs?feature=oembed“(They Long To Be) Close To You”

RELATED: How John Lennon Convinced Mick Jagger to Never Meet Elvis Presley

Carpenter had an innocent image and it apparently reflected reality. “Karen was quite naive and, by then, I wasn’t,” Clark told Stuff. “I could see what was going on and I felt very protective, almost like I was her big sister. After a while I said, ‘Karen, it’s quite late and you’ve got to do that thing early tomorrow morning.’ She just looked confused and said, ‘What thing is that?’” In the end, I shoved her out of the room. In fact, I shoved both of us out of the room. Elvis found it quite funny actually. As we were leaving, I turned around and he was smiling as if to say, ‘I’ll get you one day’. But he never did.”

Did the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll spread a false rumor about Petula Clark?

During an interview with The Guardian, Clark said some people thought that she did sleep with Elvis. In fact, she thinks the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll spread the rumor they got intimate. Despite this, Clark said she wasn’t that attracted to him anyway

What happened to Petula Clark and Karen Carpenter afterward

Clearly, there was no real relationship between Elvis and Carpenter or Elvis and Clark. However, Clark said she was close friends with Carpenter. Clark even paid tribute to their friendship at the Royal Albert Hall following Carpenter’s death. Carpenter and Clark were not the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s fantasy threesome, however, they were great friends.

‘Elvis Unlimited’ new Magazine Launch

Coming soon the “new” Elvis Unlimited Magazine – Spectacular First Issue.
4 magazines yearly, in English, 60-pages.

“Exciting Elvis article written by people from all around the world”
free Flexidisc included in the first issue.
Cost €53.75 per year. (65.40 US Dollar ) Sixteen Dollars per magazine

Saving Music History – Elvis Presley’s Original Fan ClubWhen I heard they were tearing down Col Tom Parker’s house in Madison TN where Elvis’ first original fan club building was, I knew what I had to do.click on pic.

Rockhurst Auctions Elvis Presley Offerings:  Rockhurst Sports, Rock & Roll and Americana Auction ends soon – this saturday 16 January 7:30PM
Bidding is ongoing and the auction of 414 items features nearly 100 lots of Elvis Presley personal items, jewelry, autographs, personal affects (like his saddle!) and vintage concert memorabilia.
Highlights include
– Elvis’ stunning, 14K gold nugget style ring with a dozen diamonds embedded randomly on its face that was owned by Elvis Presley and gifted by him to the lead singer J.D. Sumner. Sumner was a close friend and early idol of Elvis’, going back to Sumner’s time in the gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet in the early 1950s. Throughout Elvis’ 1970’s tours, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps were fixture, backing up the singer for years. During that time, Elvis constantly gifted items such as the offered ring to J.D., often times after they left the stage after a show. He admired Sumner and showed it any way he could. Estimate $20,000 – $30,000
– Elvis Presley Owned Bible Given to Him By Gary Pepper at 1957 Graceland Christmas Eve Party. The bible was given to Elvis by Gary Pepper, a long time friend, on December 25, 1957. Elvis used the bible and then gave it to Elvis’ Aunt Nash, in early 1965 during one of their many bible discussions. Any time that Aunt Nash was around Elvis would often take her upstairs to his bedroom, wrap her in a blanket and they would have in-depth conversations about the bible. During one of these conversations – Estimate: $10,000 – $12,000
Other items include
– Elvis Owned Custom Black Three-Piece Tuxedo Made for His 1969 Film The Trouble with Girls – with Graceland Authenticated LOA
– Elvis’s Saddle Used at Graceland and His “Circle G” Ranch – Made by Mike McGregor – with Graceland Authenticated LOA
– Elvis Owned 14K Gold Nugget Diamond and Garnet Ring Given to His Girlfriend Sheila Ryan – Former Jimmy Velvet Collection
– Elvis Owned Custom Made Shirt Blue Nylon V-Neck Button Down Gifted to His Cousin Billy Smith
– Elvis Owned Deep Red Sweater 1960’s “Sy Devore” Button-Down. – 1957 RCA Green Felt Gold Record Award to Colonel Tom Parker for Making Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” A Million Seller
– Elvis Owned “ELVIS” Silver ID Bracelet – Gifted to His Cousin Patsy Presley
– Elvis Presley Signed and Inscribed Photo and Priscilla Presley Signed Wedding Photo
– Go HERE to bid – and check out all the ELVIS items – The online auction ends this Saturday, January 16 US time
(News, Source;RA/ElvisInfoNet)

THE KING’S LAST GREAT SESSION…Elvis Presley: From Elvis In Nashville

by George W. Harris • November 23, 2020

Yes, he still recorded a ton of concerts, but for all intents and purposes, this 4 disc set has Elvis The  King at his last “great” studio session. It’s the 50s anniversary of this session that resulted in his classic Elvis Country album as well as having tunes included on Love Letters From Elvis, Elvis Now and That’s The Way It Is. 

Riding on the high tide of his successful Back In Memphis album where he had a relaxed session with local cats, Elvis repeated the same idea in Nashville, surrounding himself for a 5-day marathon with even long term sideman James Burton joining in on guitar, along with Chip Young and Eddie Hinton. Filling out the band was Norbert Putnam/b, Jerry Carrigan/dr, David Briggs/p, Charlie McCoy/org-harm and Charlie Hodge/voc with Elvis strumming on acoustic guitar.

The results have Elvis delving into every part of his repertoire, ranging from big and bold arias of ballads, bel canto romance, raucous boogie, casual back porch folk, straight-ahead rock and of course a dash of gospel.

The band itself shows off its chops on a handful of jams that you wish would never end, as on  “Mystery Train” and “Tiger Man”. Elvis preaches it on the corner for a hard hitting “I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago” takes you to the swamp on the bluesy The Fool” and yee haws at the hoedown on “A Hundred Years From Now”. The team twangs through a vintage VFW read of “It’s Your Baby, You Rock It” and takes you to the dusty back roads with Elvis and McCoy’s harp getting down and dirty on “I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water” that has Elvis sound absolutely convincing as if he were sitting next to you after you  picked him up in your old Ford. Elvis sound absolutely comfortable here, relaxed enough to take vocal chances with his range and little ad libs, like it was a night at the Moose Lodge. Just take a listen to Elvis sounding like he couldn’t even get into a Vegas nightclub as a janitor as he shuffles the blues on a bona fide juke joint jumping “Faded Love”.

For the ladies, Elvis works up a romantic sweat on tear in the beer specials like “Tomorrow Never Comes” , “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Snowbird” going the extra mile on an agonizing and definitive read of “Make The World Go Away” while he shows up in his faded blue jeans for the muscular  men, with Burton in a fiery mood, and rocks out on a fist pumping “Patch It Up,” a torrid and maniacally piano’d  “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and a gritty “Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It”.

There’s a collection of outtakes and studio chatter; most interesting is the C&W version of “Faded Love” and the casual mood during the rehearsals or extra takes of “You Love Me” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Through it all, even on the cover photo, Elvis comes across as just one of the boys, and possibly trying to hang on to that last part of his life.

There’s also a great 28 page booklet that has notes by producer Mikael Jorgensen as well as some nice work by essayist David Cantwell. The last time at home before Vegas took him for the last time.

Geoffrey Stephens passes away .He was an English songwriter and record producer, most prolific in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and 1970s. He wrote a long series of hit records, often in conjunction with other British songwriters including Tony Macaulay, John Carter, Roger Greenaway, Peter Callander, Barry Mason, Ken Howard, Alan Blaikley, Don Black, Mitch Murray, and Les Reed and Elvis Presley (Im Leaving)

Nashville Elvis Festival cancelled 2021: “In an abundance of caution” the Nashville Elvis Festival has announced that it will take a pause in 2021.
We will return in 2022, bigger and better than ever. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Nashville Elvis Festival is usually in March and celebrates the music and legacy of Elvis Presley.
It is produced by Tom Brown and Brian Mayes for Music City Festivals, LLC.

(News, Source;NEF/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 2021

January 7-9, 2021

Join us in Memphis on January 7-9, 2021, for Elvis’ 2021 Birthday Celebration. Enjoy three days of birthday festivities surrounding the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday!

Tickets for Elvis’ Birthday Celebration events are on sale now! Buy Birthday tickets online or call Graceland Reservations at 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322. 

UPDATE 12/23/20: In accordance with the new Shelby County Health Directive and in coordination with their department, adjustments have been made to the Elvis Birthday Celebration 2021 schedule. Please see updated schedule of events below.

If you have already purchased event tickets to attend Elvis’ Birthday Celebration, emails were sent out to ticket buyers with additional details. If you have questions regarding your tickets or events below, please email reservations@graceland.com or call Graceland Reservations at 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322.COVID-19 Protocols will be in place for all events. This includes the requirement of masks, temperature screenings, and socially distanced seating. Find out more about our Graceland’s COVID-19 Protocols. BUY BIRTHDAY TICKETS

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2021 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, January 7

HIDDEN GRACELAND TOUR WITH ANGIE MARCHESE & TOM BROWN – TOUR 1

7:00 PM. Graceland Mansion.
Tickets: $350 – SOLD OUT 

Extremely limited availability; only 10 tours available.
Join Gates of Graceland Host Tom Brown and Graceland’s VP of Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese, on an exclusive, after-hours tour of Graceland Mansion. Have you ever wondered what might be inside a drawer or around a corner? This one-of-a-kind experience will give you a glimpse at items you will not see on tour – and will feature a special photo op inside Graceland Mansion.


Friday, January 8

ELVIS BIRTHDAY PROCLAMATION CEREMONY

9:00 AM. Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Please note: this is now an outdoor event.
FREE to attend – but advanced ticket reservation required. This event is now sold out.
Enjoy a ceremony with Graceland/EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Fans who are unable to attend can watch the ceremony online. 
Seating to this event will be general admission, but socially distanced seating groups of 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be setup. Attendees will be asked to sit the appropriate seating group for your party.

ELVIS BIRTHDAY CAKE AND COFFEE

10:00 AM. Vernon’s Smokehouse, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Free.
Complimentary birthday cake and coffee served at Vernon’s Smokehouse. 

5:00 PM. Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Please note: this is now an outdoor event.
Tickets: Section 1 – $55; Section 2 – $35 
BUY NOWJoin singer and musician Dean Z for an evening of Elvis music live at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Enjoy an acoustic experience ranging from Elvis’ biggest hits to some of his beloved fan favorite songs. Dean, backed by members of his band and back-up singers, will share music, laughter, and fun. This popular Elvis Week event is making its Elvis Birthday Celebration debut!  
Due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols, seats for this event will be assigned closer to event date based on purchase order. Patrons will receive seating assignments at ticket pick-up and all tickets in transaction will be considered a ticket grouping. When assigning seats, ticket groupings will all be seated together with the max of 4 people; if more than 4 tickets are purchased in the transaction, your group will be broken into several ticket groupings. 

HIDDEN GRACELAND TOUR WITH ANGIE MARCHESE & TOM BROWN – TOUR 2

7:00 PM. Graceland Mansion.
Tickets: $350 – SOLD OUT 

Extremely limited availability; only 10 tours available.
Join Gates of Graceland Host Tom Brown and Graceland’s VP of Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese, on an exclusive, after-hours tour of Graceland Mansion. Have you ever wondered what might be inside a drawer or around a corner? This one-of-a-kind experience will give you a glimpse at items you will not see on tour – and will feature a special photo op inside Graceland Mansion.


Saturday, January 9

ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH & EVENING TOUR

4:00 – 6:00 PM. Graceland Mansion Tours. 
5:00 – 7:00 PM. Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Tickets: $75 for adults; $45 for youth 5-10; children 4 and under are free. 
BUY NOWCelebrate Elvis’ birthday at Elvis Presley’s Memphis and with a private evening tour of Graceland Mansion decorated for the holidays. The special evening tour of Graceland Mansion will include live tour guides inside Graceland Mansion and Elvis Christmas music playing throughout the rest of the mansion grounds. Guests will also be able to tour exhibits at Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex (Car Museum, Presley Cycles, Archives Exhibit, Army Exhibit, ICONS Exhibit and Elvis: The Entertainer).  In addition, guests will also enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar at Vernon’s Smokehouse restaurant, which will be operating in accordance with the latest Shelby County Health Directive. Tours of Graceland Mansion start at 4:00 pm, with Elvis Presley’s Memphis opening 5:00 pm. Advanced purchase only.

HIDDEN GRACELAND TOUR WITH ANGIE MARCHESE & TOM BROWN – TOUR 3

7:30 PM. Graceland Mansion.
Tickets: $350 – SOLD OUT 
Extremely limited availability; only 10 tours available.
Join Gates of Graceland Host Tom Brown and Graceland’s VP of Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese, on an exclusive, after-hours tour of Graceland Mansion. Have you ever wondered what might be inside a drawer or around a corner? This one-of-a-kind experience will give you a glimpse at items you will not see on tour – and will feature a special photo op inside Graceland Mansion.

ADDITIONAL AND MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS

BETTY HARPER ART SHOWING & APPEARANCE

January 7-9. 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Gift Shop, The Guest House at Graceland. 
Meet Betty Harper, officially licensed Elvis Presley artist, who has drawn over 20,000 images of Elvis, and view art from her collection.

GRACELAND TOURS

Tours of Graceland Mansion and Elvis Presley’s Memphis will be available daily.  Graceland Mansion will be decorated for the holidays indoors and out through January 10. Visit the Graceland Tickets page for prices and details. 

FREE WALK-UP TIMES FOR MEDITATION GARDEN

During Elvis’ Birthday Celebration, we will offer free morning walk-up visits to Meditation Garden from 7:30 am – 8:30 am on the mornings of January 8-10.  

CELEBRATING ELVIS PRESLEY’S BIRTHDAY

Coinciding with his birthday, Wines That Rock (The Official Wine of Rock ‘N Roll™) rolled out the red carpet and enlisted 2020’s Wine Enthusiast ‘40 Under 40 Tastemaker’ Andrew Nelson to make a California Cabernet Sauvignon that pairs perfectly as an inaugural Elvis release.

This Limited-Edition, individually numbered bottle is a powerful, full-bodied wine that has rich flavors of blackberries, toasty oak, and espresso that merge with finely polished tannins for a long luxurious finish. Fit for a King!

In collaboration with Graceland, Elvis’ estate and Wines That Rock, this release is a first in a series of wines exclusively commemorating Elvis Presley’s huge impact on the world, culture and rock ‘n roll.

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Elvis and Nixon: 50th Anniversary – Graceland Opens New Exhibit Commemorating The Meeting

Fifty years ago, on December 21, 1970 the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll met the President of the United States. 

Graceland will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the famous Elvis and Nixon meeting at the White House, with the unveiling today of a pop-up exhibit from the Graceland Archives “Dear Mr. President… Elvis and Nixon.” Among the artifacts displayed are the five-page handwritten letter from Elvis to Nixon, the outfit Elvis wore to the Oval Office, the Presidential cufflinks given to him as a gift from the President and the badge presented to him.

Elvis was an enthusiastic collector of police badges and the owner of dozens from departments and agencies from all over the United States. But there was one badge that he really wanted: a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. So, in December of 1970 he flew from Memphis to Washington, D.C. with his friend Jerry Schilling to hand deliver a letter he wrote while on the plane, to President Nixon at the White House. In the letter he offered his services in the war on drugs—as a “Federal Agent at Large.”

His arrival at the White House gates on December 21, 1970 proved effective. Following some confusion from the Secret Service and White House staff, after a few hours he had the meeting with President Nixon, gifted him with a Colt .45 pistol and asked for the badge he so wanted to own. Nixon obliged, they had their photograph taken, and the next day Elvis returned to Graceland. 

“After Elvis, the biggest star in the world, asked me to proofread his letter to President Nixon, the leader of the free world, we ended up in the Oval Office of the White House,” stated Schilling. “Now Elvis’ letter is displayed at the National Archives in Washington DC along with such documents as The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights. It was an honor to be part of this true American story.”

The official photo of this unusual event has since become the most requested in the history of the National Archives.

Chips Moman: The Record Producer Whose Genius Changed American MusicPaperback – December 10, 2020

Chips Moman’s genius began in the studio, where he instituted technical innovations that forever changed the recording industry, but it expanded from there with an uncanny ability to recognize hit songs when he heard them as rough demos, and then blossomed with an unsurpassed string of hit records. He rescued Elvis Presley’s career with his recordings of “Suspicious Minds” and “In the Ghetto,” and he provided Willie Nelson with one of his most memorable signature songs, “Always on My Mind.” Not bad for a Georgia country boy who dropped out of school in the eighth grade and hitchhiked to Memphis in search of the American Dream. 

“I think the Chips Moman story has provided me with the best book I have written since Colonel Tom Parker, which was purchased by Warner Bros. for its Elvis film starring Tom Hanks,” says author James L. Dickerson. “I anticipate great interest in a movie based on Moman’s story. Small wonder. He has been called the “Steve McQueen of the music business.'”

Chips Moman’s genius began in the studio, where he instituted technical innovations that forever changed the recording industry, but it expanded from there with an uncanny ability to recognize hit songs when he heard them as rough demos, and then blossomed with an unsurpassed string of hit records. He rescued Elvis Presley’s career with his recordings of “Suspicious Minds” and “In the Ghetto,” and he provided Willie Nelson with one of his most memorable signature songs, “Always on My Mind.” Not bad for a Georgia country boy who dropped out of school in the eighth grade and hitchhiked to Memphis in search of the American Dream. 

“I think the Chips Moman story has provided me with the best book I have written since Colonel Tom Parker, which was purchased by Warner Bros. for its Elvis film starring Tom Hanks,” says author James L. Dickerson. “I anticipate great interest in a movie based on Moman’s story. Small wonder. He has been called the “Steve McQueen of the music business.'”

A stunning new book from author Tony Plews, ‘Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel’ is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that launched his career and changed the world.

• Published week beginning 14th December 2020 via Amazon
• £17.99 + postage
• The in-depth story of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame, as viewed through the lens of “Heartbreak Hotel”
• An Elvis Presley book like no other
• Almost a decade of research, writing and revisions
• 200,000 words, 700 pages and 563 tales to be told
• 33 photographs, documents and articles, most previously unpublished or unseen since the 1950s
• A chapter devoted to every Presley recording session 1953-1956
• Made with the assistance of the families and estates of Tommy Durden, Mae Boren Axton, Agnes Sampson and Delta Pinney, including the only living witness to the event that inspired the songwritersSource: Elvis Information Network

A mystery buyer couldn’t help falling in love with Elvis Presley’s honeymoon hideaway — and has agreed to purchase the saucer-shaped Palm Springs, California, home for more than its $2.5 million listing price.

Elvis and Priscilla rented the five-bedroom, five-bathroom hideaway in Palm Springs for their honeymoon in 1967. The futuristic home is made of four connected pods — some spherical, others hexagonal. It first splashed onto the architectural scene as Look Magazine’s 1962 “House of Tomorrow.”

“It’s scheduled to close today,” listing broker Scott Histed told The Post. “We had several offers on it, and it sold over asking price.” 

Histed, of California brokerage Bennion Deville Homes, said that the home at 1350 Ladera Circle had several conditional offers over the past few years that fell through. The property was listed 10 times over the past six years and on Nov. 30, offered a nearly 75% discount from its original $9.5 million asking price in 2014. 

Built in 1960 by local builder Robert Alexander for his family, the 5,000-square-foot house with mountain views boasts a floating fireplace, rock walls, walk-in pantry, four-car garage and a heated gunite pool. The property is next to a tennis court, which is also for sale, asking $1.18 million, according to the listing.

Source New York Post

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT (THAT NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT) Episode 3 of the new “Elvis: Behind the Image” video series has just been released and is available totally free for all Elvis fans to enjoy: https://youtu.be/9y7k7X7XOZI

THIS particular production has a very special meaning and relevance to those dedicated fans who really “get it” …and as they say, when you are a fan who “gets it” then “no explanation is necessary”.

Please be sure to check out all of my other videos on my YouTube channel. Like, SUBSCRIBE and then click the icon to be notified if upcoming episodes the second they are released. JOIN THE ALL ACCESS/MEMBERS ONLY area for bonus material – ALL ABSOLUTELY FREE! Details at: www.elvisbehindtheimage.com

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to experience amazing shows like the two Nassau Coliseum concerts on July 19th, 1975? Or even controversial shows like College Park ’74? Good news for all fans of rare Elvis footage, because we have just obtained the complete Rex Martin 8mm footage collection, and plan to release it all over the next months. Much of this footage is superb quality, with amazing action clips and fantastic close-ups. This is as close as it gets to experiencing the man in concert!

Our first release is “Sold Out! The Rex Martin 8mm Collection volume 1”, a 2 DVD-set that contains THREE hours of rare 8mm footage, most of it never released before. All from the original tapes, raw and unedited, everything just as it was originally recorded. We decided to release this footage as is, without any editing, for historical purposes.

There are many amazing, lovely, cool, funny and GREAT moments on this release: Elvis using his guitar like a bayonet during ‘C.C. Rider’ in Uniondale ‘75, singing a rare ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ during the rock medley in ‘73, and much, much more. This is the REAL Elvis, captured live during tours from ’70 to ’76.

PLEASE Support this release and we will finally open the floodgates for rare & amazing footage. This is a release from fans to fans. We could have included an expensive book to make more money, but we just wanted to make this material available in the most affordable way possible. Hence this 2DVD-set that’s absolutely filled with rare 8 mm footage.

(Book Review) Beyond the Stars: My Seven Year Journey with Elvis Presley (Grace Pearl): Do our souls survive our mortal being? Can we communicate with those who have crossed over? Some believe, others don’t. EIN’s Nigel Patterson approached this new book by psychic-medium, Grace Pearl, with an open mind.
Regardless of one’s belief, Beyond the Stars is an interesting book. It is well written and offers a perspective that will be foreign to many readers.
It challenges preconceived notions and for those that accept its basic premises, offers insights to our psychic abilities and an intriguing narrative account of communication and experiences with the spirit entity, Elvis Presley.
Go here to read EIN’s full review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Z2 Comics And Authentic Brands Group Team Up For An Original Graphic Novel Celebrating Icon Elvis Presley In Elvis: The Graphic Novel

Writer Chris Miskiewicz and Artist Michael Schelfer set to Collaborate on the Official Original Graphic Novel in Celebration of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll


Dec 11, 2020, 13:35 ET


NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Z2 Comics and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a global brand development, marketing, and entertainment company and owner of the Elvis Presley Estate, today announced an all-new original graphic novel that captures the amazing story of one of the most celebrated performers of all time: Elvis Presley. The book is available for pre-order in multiple editions now, including a limited-edition oversized hardcover accompanied by a new compilation album from Sony Music, mirroring the story through the musician’s own early output that came to define American rock and roll. 

A new graphic novel that captures the amazing story of one of the most celebrated performers of all time: Elvis Presley.Tweet thisElvis: The Graphic Novel will follow the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s humble beginnings in Memphis as a young artist struggling to find his voice and break into the music industry. From the history-making Sun Studio to television sets across the nation, the trials and tribulations of Elvis Aaron Presley are illustrated in graphic detail by author Chris Miskiewicz(Grateful Dead: OriginsThis Is Where We Fall) and Marvel Comics artist Michael Shelfer.

Elvis Graphic Novel Deluxe Editions
Elvis Graphic Novel Deluxe Editions

“Elvis is one of the most universally celebrated names in entertainment,” says Z2 publisher, Josh Frankel. “His name transcends music itself as one of the larger-than-life figures in the history of pop culture. We hope to make this graphic novel an origin story for Elvis fans akin to what Alan Moore’sWhatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow is for the Son of Krypton.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Z2 Comics on the release of Elvis: The Graphic Novel, written by the brilliant Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by the exceptional Michael Shelfer,” said Marc Rosen, EVP Entertainment, Authentic Brands Group. “We are confident that fans of all ages will connect with the story and be delighted by the visual content.”

Elvis: The Graphic Novel will be released in softcover at finer bookstores and comic shops everywhere in August 2021 and is available to preorder nowdirectly from Z2 Comics website in both standard and a deluxe “Blue Suede” edition, inclusive of an exclusive vinyl compendium and prints from artists Chris Hunt and Erik Rodriguez.

ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY
Elvis Presley is one of the most influential pop culture figures of the 20th century. Often referred to as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Elvis’ commanding voice and charismatic stage presence unleashed a musical and cultural revolution that changed the world. Over the course of his extraordinary career, Elvis was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards (3 wins), sold over 1 billion records worldwide, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named “One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation” by the United States Jaycees, as well as the 2018 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to his musical accolades, Elvis starred in 33 films and made numerous television appearances.

More than 60 years after his global debut, Elvis’ legacy is stronger than ever. His life and music have inspired countless hit musicals, movies and TV series’, fiction and non-fiction books, musical covers, and commercial endorsements, as well as a robust merchandise program spanning collectibles and fashion collaborations. An enduring symbol of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s” stardom, Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis home, is the second most-visited home in the United States after the White House, drawing over 600,000 visitors annually and tens of thousands of fans for its Elvis Week celebration. With more than 15 million fans across social media and a growing multimedia presence, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” continues to inspire today’s most influential musicians, designers, entertainers, and social influencers and captivate audiences around the world. 

For more information, visit elvisthemusic.com. Shop Elvis products at shopelvis.com
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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Z2 Comics:

Z2 is the premier destination for official music-related graphic novels, created by way of direct and authentic partnerships with top-tier artists, musicians, directors and pop-culture icons. Z2 has published the first-ever Gorillaz graphic album, as well as debut comic works by Grammy nominated artists Sturgill Simpson and Poppy, pop punk provocateur Yungblud, and many others. Additionally, the company has tapped top talent for official graphic biographies for such legends as BeethovenCharlie ParkerThe  Grateful Dead, and Elvis Presley. In 2021, Z2 will publish graphic novel tie-ins to essential albums by The DoorsAnthraxDio, and many more to be announced.. Z2 has published the first-ever Gorillaz graphic album, as well as debut comic works by Grammy nominated artists Sturgill Simpson and Poppy, pop punk provocateur Yungblud, and many others. Additionally, the company has tapped top talent for official graphic biographies for such legends as BeethovenCharlie ParkerThe Grateful Dead, and Elvis Presley. In 2021, Z2 will publish graphic novel tie-ins to essential albums by The DoorsAnthraxDio, and many more to be announced.

About Authentic Brands Group
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development, marketing, and entertainment company, which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment, and lifestyle brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG elevates and builds the long-term value of more than 50 consumer brands and properties by partnering with best-in-class manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Its brands have a global retail footprint in more than 100,000 points of sale across the luxury, specialty, department store, mid-tier, mass, and e-commerce channels, and more than 6,000 freestanding stores and shop-in-shops around the world. 

ABG is committed to transforming brands by delivering compelling product, content, business, and immersive experiences. It creates and activates original marketing strategies to drive the success of its brands across all consumer touchpoints, platforms, and emerging media. ABG’s portfolio of iconic and world-renowned brands generates more than $14 billion in annual retail sales and includes Marilyn Monroe®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Sports Illustrated®, Dr. J®, Greg Norman®, Neil Lane®, Thalia®, Nautica®, Aéropostale®, Forever 21®, Juicy Couture®, Vince Camuto®, Herve Leger®, Judith Leiber®, Barneys New York®, Brooks Brothers®, Frye®, Lucky Brand®, Nine West®, Jones New York®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Bandolino®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Volcom®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Thomasville®, Drexel®, and Henredon®. 

For more information, visit authenticbrandsgroup.com.
Follow ABG on TwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

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The book ‘Inventing Elvis – An American Icon in a Cold War World’ by Mathias Haeussler – an Assistant Professor of Modern European History at Regensburg University, Germany – was released. From the press release: Elvis Presley stands tall as perhaps the supreme icon of 20th-century U.S. culture. But he was perceived to be deeply un-American in his early years as his controversial adaptation of rhythm and blues music and gyrating on-stage performances sent shockwaves through Eisenhower’s conservative America and far beyond. This book explores Elvis Presley’s global transformation from a teenage rebel figure into one of the U.S.’s major pop-cultural embodiments from a historical perspective. It shows how Elvis’s rise was part of an emerging transnational youth culture whose political impact was heavily conditioned by the Cold War. As well as this, the book analyses Elvis’s stint as G.I. soldier in West Germany, where he acted as an informal ambassador for the so-called American way of life and was turned into a deeply patriotic figure almost overnight. Yet, it also suggests that Elvis’s increasingly synonymous identity with U.S. culture ultimately proved to be a double-edged sword, as the excesses of his superstardom and personal decline seemingly vindicated long-held stereotypes about the allegedly materialistic nature of U.S. society. Tracing Elvis’s story from his unlikely rise in the 1950s right up to his tragic death in August 1977, this book offers a riveting account of changing U.S. identities during the Cold War, shedding fresh light on the powerful role of popular music and consumerism in shaping images of the United States during the cultural struggle between East and West. Get 35% off – use the discount code ELVIS20 when ordering from bloomsbury.com.Source: elv75 / Updated: Dec 10, 2020 

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David M. Perry is a journalist and historian. He is senior academic adviser in the history department of the University of Minnesota. Follow him on Twitter. The views expressed here are those of the author. View more opinion articles on CNN.

It shouldn’t have to be so hard but, unfortunately, two negative factors are colliding to create dangerous skepticism about the coming vaccine. First, anti-vaccination panic is widespread on both the left and the right in general; an October CNN poll showed the number of Americans who said they’d get a coronavirus vaccine having dropped since May. Second, much of what the Trump administration has told us about coronavirus has been either wrong or a lie. Throughout the pandemic, I’ve consoled myself through the hardest moments by remembering that the effort to produce both a vaccine and treatments for Covid-19 was proceeding at an unprecedented scale. If we could just hang on, I reassured myself, this would end. The last month has brought the extraordinary news that at least two of the vaccines are performing with great efficacy at stopping the virus. The first doses should arrive in week, bringing needed relief to those most at risk. But to really beat the virus, we’re going to need the vast majority of people to take the vaccine. Otherwise, we’ll end up in a situation where vaccinated people will have immunity, but the disease will remain endemic in the population. That’s better than epidemic, but even a 95% effective vaccine is not 100%, and some people will not be able to vaccinate due to immune-system deficiencies or other complicating factors. 

One of those complications stems from misuse of the concept of herd immunity, which occurs when a large enough percentage of a population is immune, making person-to-person spread unlikely.Highly controversial Trump adviser Scott Atlas, a radiologist from a conservative think tank embedded at Stanford University, talked his way on Fox News into taking over Trump’s response to the disease (this after Jared Kushner failed his way up to lead the response April, and Mike Pence took over and declared there would be no second wave in June). Atlas’s arguments boiled down to what would have been a grisly strategy, sacrificing so many lives, even if it could have worked.But the herd immunity approachfailed in Sweden. It’s currently failing in America, where Thursday saw a dark new threshold of a daily death toll. That’s because herd immunity isn’t a viable strategy without a vaccine. In fact, according to Yale health policy professor Howard Forman, herd immunity has never happened on its own (without a vaccine) with any disease in human history. Not ever. Meanwhile, Trump’s spokesperson has declared the new vaccines the “Trump Vaccine,” a branding that is just not going to get some skeptical people on board. And, unfortunately, anti-vaccination conspiracy theories run rampant among an unfortunately bipartisan fringe in our otherwise divided society.What’s to be done?

In addition to former presidents stepping forward, I’ve been thinking about Elvis. After his Ed Sullivan appearance, vaccination rates rose rapidly, with Elvis’ celebrity providing at the very least a tool to popularize the key public health message. What’s more, we’ve already seen the power of celebrity in changing attitudes around Covid-19 for the better. All the dire warnings coming from scientists lacked the impact of Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilsonannouncing they had caught the virus on a fateful Wednesday in March. The NBA called off all their games that same night. Suddenly, a lot more people were taking this seriously. Actors like Richard Schiff have continued to use their platforms to broadcast information about their experiences with the disease. We’re going to need a massive infrastructure and logistics campaign to get the vaccines where they need to go, but then people will have to want to take it. That’s where it’s time to get celebrities on board. Obama, Bush, and Clinton can lead the way, but that’s insufficient.We need to at least try to get Trump on board too, because tens of millions of Americans regard him as their most trustworthy exemplar. Perhaps it’s a promising sign that on Thursday, Ivanka Trump tweeted the news of the former presidents’ statements, adding: “I applaud these pronouncements to help assure the public that the vaccine is safe and effective. My offer holds to do the same.”In fact, every politician should be willing to get the vaccine on camera in order to convince their narrow base. The Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regional trusted health authorities (I’m in the Midwest, so I’m thinking about the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic), and governors should all reach out to the stars of country music and pop, basketball and NASCAR, and get them on board. Beyonce and Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, the boys from BTS, LeBron James, Tom Brady, whomever we can. Get our free weekly newsletter

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Join us on Twitter and FacebookWe’re no longer in the concentrated media environment of the 1950s Sullivan show where a single star on a single station can shape the news of the nation, but the diversity of platforms and audiences can be a strength if everyone finds a known and trusted face within their media niche taking the vaccine.I suppose we’re going to have to find some YouTubers and TikTok stars to livestream vaccination, but I’m too old to know which one. President Biden, feel free to reach out to my 11-year-old for advice on this. Bare arms. Get vaccinated. Be safe from Covid. Save the world. What more could a celebrity want?

Dolly Parton ‘cried all night’ over recording dispute with Elvis Presley

Annabel NugentNovember 30, 2020

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Dolly Parton has revealed that she once turned down Elvis Presley’s request to record a cover of her song “I Will Always Love You”.

Parton released the song in 1974, but the song gained further popularity after it was covered by Whitney Houston in 1992, for the romantic thriller The Bodyguard.

The country singer said in her recent Netflix documentary Here I Am that Presley had also wanted to record a version of the song, but she denied his request due to money.

She opened up about her regrets surrounding the decision in The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self.

She wrote: “I’d been invited down to the studio to meet Elvis and be there when he sang my song. That was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me. Who doesn’t love Elvis?

“But then Colonel (Tom Parker, Presley’s manager) called me the afternoon before the session and said, ‘You do know we have to have at least half the publishing on any song that Elvis records?’

Elvis Presley photographed in 1955Getty Images
Elvis Presley photographed in 1955Getty Images

“And I said, ‘No, I did not know that.’ He said, ‘Well, it’s just a rule.’ So I said ‘Well, it’s not my rule.’”

Parton revealed that she then “cried all night long, ‘cause I was so disappointed”.

“It wasn’t Elvis, I loved Elvis. And I’m sure he was as disappointed as I was because he had it all worked up and ready to go,” he said. “I know he loved the song.”

The 74-year-old added: “Priscilla (Presley’s wife of six years) told me later that he sang that song to her when they were coming down the steps of the courthouse after they divorced. That really touched me and I thought, ‘Oh well, I can only imagine.’ But it wasn’t his fault.”

She went on to reveal that she has written a song called“I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night”. Parton said: “I had an Elvis soundalike sing it with me and we actually sing ‘I Will Always Love You’ in it.”

Earlier this month, the country music legend was credited with having “cured coronavirus” after it emerged that Moderna’s vaccine – reported to be 94.5 per cent effective against coronavirus – had been partially funded by the Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund.

How John Lennon Convinced Mick Jagger to Never Meet Elvis Presley

  • November 24, 2020

John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and Elvis Presley are three of the most famous rock stars ever, however, they didn’t always have nice things to say about each other. John once convinced Jagger not to meet Presley. Here’s a look at how Jagger ultimately felt about that decision.

Mick Jagger and others in a studio
The Rolling Stones |Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The negative things Mick Jagger said about Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry

In an interview on Paul Du Noyer‘s website, Du Noyer asked Jagger if he could name one of his heroes. “There was Elvis, I suppose, though he was so ghastly in other ways and you somehow knew it,” Jagger said. “Plus, he didn’t write, and the other people who were influential, say Chuck Berry, were all writers, who would inspire you to be a writer and influence your style.”

Although Berry influenced Jagger, Jagger still felt disappointed when he met Berry. Why? Jagger recalls Berry being “rude,” “overbearing,” and “oddly cheap.” He said he didn’t idolize Berry as much as Keith Richards did so Richards was much more disappointed when he met Berry. Jagger’s experience with Berry — as well as a conversation with John — convinced him not to meet Presley. https://www.youtube.com/embed/e9BLw4W5KU8?feature=oembed“Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley

RELATED: What Elvis Presley and Mick Jagger Did That John Lennon Called ‘Bullsh*t’

“I never met Elvis either, because John Lennon once told me he was a real disappointment,” Jagger said. “So I said I’d take his advice, because I’d already had it with Chuck Berry and I didn’t want it to happen again with Elvis.”

Jagger had some second thoughts about his decision. “Though now, of course, I wish I had met Elvis, you know what I mean? You never think, ‘Oh he’s gonna die soon, I’d better hurry up and meet him.’ Because in those days he wasn’t very old. If nothing else, you’d still be able to talk about it, wouldn’t you?” Afterward, Jagger said he was glad he met Berry, flaws and all.https://www.youtube.com/embed/vGJTaP6anOU?feature=oembed“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

RELATED: Katy Perry Once Said Mick Jagger Hit on Her When She Was ‘Like 18’

What was John Lennon referring to?

In the quote, Jagger discusses John being disappointed in Presley. It appears he was referring to the time Presley met The Beatles in Graceland in 1965. The meeting was initially awkward, with the Fab Four saying very little to Presley, their idol. 

It’s fascinating to think The Beatles could be starstruck by anyone. Supposedly, the atmosphere that night became livelier once The Beatles started playing music with Presley, but John apparently had some negative things to say about the meeting when he discussed Presley with Jagger.https://www.youtube.com/embed/xt8XQLvKBUs?feature=oembed“Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley

Are The Rolling Stones more acclaimed than Elvis Presley?

So there was a time when Jagger felt Presley would be a disappointment. This raises an interesting question: Who currently has more critical respect — Presley or The Rolling Stones? Rolling Stone released a list of the greatest artists of all time in 2010. The Rolling Stones are in fourth place on the list, behind Presley, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles. Jagger was worried Presley would disappoint him — but Presley didn’t disappoint the critics.

Elvis’ 30 top-selling single records: A neat article by Charles Apple for The Spokesman Review.
Elvis Presley, the original “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” long before Michael Jackson was born, graduated from the regional Memphis-based Sun Records to a major recording contract with RCA Records in late 1955. He’d go on to sell 50.5 million 45 rpm records in the US, and that’s not counting his many albums or tickets to the movies in which he starred.
Here’s a look at Elvis’ success as a singles artist.
Elvis’ very first RCA single release, “Heartbreak Hotel,” would ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for seven weeks and at No. 1 on the Billboard Country and Western chart for 17 weeks. And even with all that success, “Heartbreak Hotel” is “only” Elvis’ seventh best selling single in terms of discs sold.
Elvis’ all-time top-selling single, “It’s Now or Never,” was based on the Italian standard “O Sole Mio.” Elvis had heard Mario Lanza’s recording of that song during his time in the Army in Germany and asked his publisher what he could come up with along the same lines. The result would spend eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would also be Elvis’ biggest international hit.
Deserving of special notice is Elvis’ huge 1956 two-sided single hit single. He recorded “Don’t Be Cruel” but then – instead of the usual throwaway song – the label added “Hound Dog” as the single’s B-side. “Hound Dog” took off first, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Best Sellers chart before “Don’t Be Cruel” overtook it, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop, Country and Rhythm and Blues charts. Between the two sides, the single would spend 11 weeks at No. 1 – yielding only to Elvis’ next single, “Love Me Tender.”
In all, Elvis would spend 25 weeks at the top of US Billboard’s Best Sellers chart in 1956.
Numbers sold, as listed by the Recording Industry Association of America and reported by Chartmasters.org
EIN adds, to be honest I am not sure how  the classic #1 ‘Suspicious Minds’ is beaten by ‘Good Luck Charm’ or even ‘In the Ghetto’.
The RIAA only note Elvis’ US sales rather that Worldwide, hence ‘A Little Less Conversation’ down at #24 surely Elvis’ biggest selling worldwide #1.

‘Rare items unearthed in Graceland archives: At Graceland this year, archivist Angie Marchese has been giving Elvis fans a behind-the-scenes look in her Inside the Archives videos. Posted on Graceland’s official Instagram account, the latest saw the Elvis historian surprised by one particular item uncovered in the archives. 
At the start of the video, Angie found a members receipt for the American Guild of Variety Artists, dated October 3, 1956.
But it was the second randomly selected item that surprised the Elvis historian. Angie picked out a brand new cheque book from the National Bank of Commerce, with the first one being for the Presley rental account.
She said: “I’ve never heard of this

account! Think I’m going to have to do some research on that to see what that one’s about.” Perhaps it was a bank account Elvis used for when he rented particular items he didn’t want to keep?
Meanwhile, another of Elvis’ possessions had a connection to his early girlfriend June Juanico. It was a matchbook from the Buena Vista hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, presumably from around the mid-1950s when they were dating.
Angie enthused: “Wow! Elvis was in Biloxi on vacation with June Juanico. I wonder if this is where they stayed.”
Finally, the Graceland historian uncovered a very early possession of Elvis’ father Vernon Presley.
Angie showed fans Vernon Presley’s United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America union dues book from 1942. The item said the initiation fee was $50 and even had Vernon’s birthdate on it of April 10, 1916.
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Elvis Presley: “All Shook Up” in Canada Paperback – January 7, 2020

Elvis Presley, in his remarkable career, only toured outside the United States once and that was in 1957. On two separate tours, he performed concerts in three Canadian cities: Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Notably, the Elvis concert in Vancouver at Empire Stadium on August 31, 1957, would be the final time the King performed in Canada. Over six decades have passed since those unforgettable concerts and fans (young and old) still remember when the King rocked Canada! The book contains interviews with fans and media members who attended Elvis’ Canadian concerts; some had the opportunity to meet Elvis backstage. In addition, there are rare photos taken of Elvis in Vancouver, as well as photos of Elvis taken by fans who met the King in the 1960s. Also, there are insightful comments and reflections about Elvis: Canadian TV personality, Elaine “Lainey” Lui; Canadian music manager, Bruce Allen; legendary Vancouver disc jockey, Red Robinson (emcee of the King’s 1957 Vancouver concert) and more. This is a book not only for Elvis fans, but fans of rock ‘n’ roll music and pop culture history. Long live the King!

‘Elvis Day By Day 2020 – The Year In Review’ New Book:Poplar Tunes Publishing and the Memphis Mansion are proud to announce the release of ‘Elvis Day By Day 2020 – The Year In Review’. 
The 600 news-updates on everything that happened in the Elvis world this year clearly show that Elvis Presley still matters today! 
We compiled all the news and added over 50 in-depth reviews, articles and interviews, covering both the important as well as more odd-ball releases of the year, in one complete and fully illustrated reference-book. 
The book was compiled and written by Kees Mouwen with additional contributions by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley – from the Elvis Information Network – and other fans from around the world, and a preface by renowned Elvis Presley author Alanna Nash. 
The full color book measures 20 x 25 cm / 8 x 10 inch and contains 300+ pages with more than 550 illustrations. 
The year 2020 will be remembered as a ‘special’ year. We saw several great Elvis releases on CD and vinyl (lots of it!), many new books, movie releases on DVD, Blu-ray and in cinemas around the world. We had to say good-bye to friends from the Elvis world and there was the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a huge impact on the Elvis world too. 
This year marked several anniversaries. We celebrated Elvis’ 85th birthday with a virtual Elvis Week. 65 years ago Elvis signed his first contract with RCA Records, 60 years ago he

reviews, articles and interviews on the main – and odd-ball – releases of the year. 
The good, the bad, the funny and the sad, and even the news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one complete book to revisit 2020 as it happened.
The book will be available mid-January 2021.
For more information or to (pre-)order the book, only €30.00, visit: Elvis Day-By-Day or Memphis Mansion
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  • July 25, 2020
Elvis’ 30 top-selling single records: A neat article by Charles Apple for The Spokesman Review.
Elvis Presley, the original “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” long before Michael Jackson was born, graduated from the regional Memphis-based Sun Records to a major recording contract with RCA Records in late 1955. He’d go on to sell 50.5 million 45 rpm records in the US, and that’s not counting his many albums or tickets to the movies in which he starred.
Here’s a look at Elvis’ success as a singles artist.
Elvis’ very first RCA single release, “Heartbreak Hotel,” would ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for seven weeks and at No. 1 on the Billboard Country and Western chart for 17 weeks. And even with all that success, “Heartbreak Hotel” is “only” Elvis’ seventh best selling single in terms of discs sold.
Elvis’ all-time top-selling single, “It’s Now or Never,” was based on the Italian standard “O Sole Mio.” Elvis had heard Mario Lanza’s recording of that song during his time in the Army in Germany and asked his publisher what he could come up with along the same lines. The result would spend eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would also be Elvis’ biggest international hit.
Deserving of special notice is Elvis’ huge 1956 two-sided single hit single. He recorded “Don’t Be Cruel” but then – instead of the usual throwaway song – the label added “Hound Dog” as the single’s B-side. “Hound Dog” took off first, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Best Sellers chart before “Don’t Be Cruel” overtook it, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop, Country and Rhythm and Blues charts. Between the two sides, the single would spend 11 weeks at No. 1 – yielding only to Elvis’ next single, “Love Me Tender.”
In all, Elvis would spend 25 weeks at the top of US Billboard’s Best Sellers chart in 1956.
Numbers sold, as listed by the Recording Industry Association of America and reported by Chartmasters.org
EIN adds, to be honest I am not sure how  the classic #1 ‘Suspicious Minds’ is beaten by ‘Good Luck Charm’ or even ‘In the Ghetto’.
The RIAA only note Elvis’ US sales rather that Worldwide, hence ‘A Little Less Conversation’ down at #24 surely Elvis’ biggest selling worldwide #1.

Elvis Presley became both famous and infamous — and John Lennon wasn’t always a fan. He and the other Beatles went out of their way not to mimic Presley in a very specific way. In addition, John felt Mick Jagger replicated one of Presley’s mannerisms that he couldn’t stand.

John Lennon with a guitar
John Lennon | Max Scheler – K & K/Redferns

John Lennon on the Beatles’ crazy antics during their early days

John opened up about so much in a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, where he discussed everyone from Judy Collins to Bob Dylan to Chairman Mao Zedong. He made some surprising comments about Presley and how he moved. Presley was known for swiveling his hips — an act which many people felt was too sexual back in the 1950s. 

Initially, the Beatles had some interesting stage antics of their own. “When we were younger, we used to move, we used to jump around and do all the things they’re doing now, like going on stage with toilet seats and sh*tting and p*ssing.” However, the Beatles deliberately wouldn’t move like Presley.

“[T]his is interesting: in the early days in England, all the groups were like Elvis and a backing group, and the Beatles deliberately didn’t move like Elvis,” John said. “That was our policy because we found it stupid and bullsh*t. Then Mick Jagger came out and resurrected ‘bullsh*t movement,’ wiggling your *rse. So then people began to say the Beatles were passé because they don’t move. But we did it as a conscious move.”

Mick Jagger, his dancing, and a rock ‘n’ roll circus

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JeFwaWFTGYU?feature=oembedJohn Lennon at The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

Well, what about Jagger? Jagger’s dance moves have received a mixed reception over the years. Some fans find them strange, distracting, and undignified. Others think they’re iconic. Many of the former fans feel validated by Maroon 5’s hit song “Moves like Jagger,” which celebrates Jagger’s dance skills.

In addition, John appeared in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. In it, Jagger dances by wiggling his arse. Maybe John wasn’t a fan of Jagger’s dancing, but he was still willing to put up with it on television.

RELATED: The Rolling Stones Song John Lennon Worked on and Called ‘Bullsh*t’

Did John Lennon have anything nice to say about Elvis Presley?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Txz9ToL9kGQ?feature=oembedJulian and Sean Lennon at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

RELATED: Mick Jagger on Why the John Lennon-Paul McCartney Partnership Ended

John had some harsh critiques for Presley’s dancing, however, he also had some very kind words for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. John didn’t want to move like Presley, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t want to be Presley at one point. According to the book The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001, John’s sons, Sean and Julian, inducted Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. During the ceremony, they read a quote from their father praising Presley. 

In it, John said “Van Gogh probably wanted to be Renoir or whoever went before him. And I wanted to be Elvis.” To this day, John’s words are cited to illustrate the impact Presley had.

Elvis Presley wasn’t generally known for scandals like other classic rock stars, however, he famously shot his television set. According to someone who knew him, he shot the television because he was upset by how a certain singer sang a certain song on the air. Here’s a look at the incident — and how Priscilla Presley responded to it.

Elvis Presley with a toy gun
Elvis Presley | Bettmann / Contributor

Why Elvis Presley got upset when a Broadway star performed on television

Firstly, a little background. This all starts with a singer named Robert Goulet. Goulet was most known for playing Sir Lancelot in the Broadway musical Camelot. According to the book Elvis Memories: The Real Elvis Presley – by Those Who Knew Him, Goulet once performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on television.

Elvis dated an actress called Linda Thompson. Thompson’s brother Sam recalled what the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll said about Goulet’s singing voice. “He said ‘He’s got a lovely voice, but there’s no feeling there,’” Sam recalled. “‘It’s like, vocally, you sing an opera and you have to have feeling in your voice, like you’re talking.’” Perhaps Elvis’ assessment of Goulet’s singing had something to do with the fact that the two singers worked in different genres with different vocal expectations.https://www.youtube.com/embed/dyd0ucV2MCM?feature=oembed“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” by Robert Goulet

RELATED: What Elvis Presley and Mick Jagger Did That John Lennon Called ‘Bullsh*t’

Elvis took huge issue with Goulet’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” because Goulet got the words wrong. In response, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll said “You learn the words of our national anthem, you SOB!” Afterward, he shot the television set. 

His daughter. Lisa Marie Presley, asked her father why he chose to shoot the TV. He responded he did so because he didn’t want to stand up and turn it off. This is one of the most well-known anecdotes of Elvis’ career.

Elvis Presley's TV on a table
Elvis Presley’s TV | Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

RELATED: How John Lennon Convinced Mick Jagger to Never Meet Elvis Presley

How Priscilla Presley reacted to the incident at the time — and in hindsight

This raises an interesting question: How did Priscilla react to her husband’s unorthodox behavior? “It’s funny now,” she told The Guardian. “But scary at first. Very scary. There was no warning. Maybe he was in a bad mood that day, or maybe he would just see someone he didn’t particularly care for so he’d just pick up the gun and….” Priscilla laughed nervously.

Later in the interview, she emphasized the positive aspects of her marriage. “Elvis and I had a truly loving relationship, I have to say. I’m not going to taint it in any way. I was honest in my book [Elvis and Me] but people go further, they try and pick out things that make it bigger and complicated.”

Elvis Presley holding a woman and a gun
Elvis Presley in Flaming Star | 20th Century Fox/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

RELATED: Justin Bieber Broke a Record Elvis Held for Nearly 60 Years

In the years since the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll shot a television set, Goulet’s fame dwindled but Elvis’ did not. He remains an icon of Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, and the Baby Boomer generation. Fans can still see the television set he shot inside a museum at Graceland. The broken television stands as a reminder of an experience that scared Priscilla at the time — though she can laugh about it in hindsight.

Elvis in Bronze

To be unveiled in Bad Nauheim in Germany is the wonderful statue Elvis in Bronze. The original on the left was taken during Elvis’s tour of duty and soon the statue will be on display for fans to see and enjoy. The statue will be dedicated on January 8 2021.

Discussed on Show 1445

Elvis Presley Here we have a scarf from the International Hotel Las Vegas from 1969. It came in several colors..Pink and black , green and black ,yellow and black. Very hard to come by. Size 28″ x 28 “. Elvis photos and RCA Records logo.Love these scarves they come in several colors some harder to find than others.We will be discussing this on the show.

Bud Glass and ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE (The Series) is proud to announce the release of EPISODE 2 of the new FREE video series premiering NOW on YouTube! “ELVIS AND THE LEGEND OF THE JEWELED CROSS PENDANT”   This full, feature- length documentary is a true, real-life adventure that I guarantee that you have absolutely never seen before! And don’t forget to join the free “ALL-ACCESS, MEMBERS ONLY” area to see extra, bonus material for each episode. Bonus material in this episode is called “ELVIS AND THE EXORCIST” …and yes …it is strangely tied to Episode 2! Also, Please give a “thumbs up” ON THE YOUTUBE PAGE, subscribe to be notified of upcoming episodes. Feel free to post on your FB page and pass this on to all your Elvis friends. Official Website: www.elvisbehindtheimage.com

Please watch the release to the end because there is a mention of my friend and founder of Elvis Express Radio, Lee Dawson. I would like to thank Bud Glass for that inclusion.

Check out this new animated video of the Elvis classic Blue Christmas. Nicely done!

Patsy Anderson  · Elvis Express Radio has just got word this morning, that our sweet friend Patsy Andersen Presley, was admitted into the hospital with jaw pain, pneumonia & COVID. For those of you who know Patsy, she was the backbone of Graceland & EPE for years! She’s a little spit fire & is a spunky little thing lol! She really needs our prayers to fight this though!!!

Give Like the King this Holiday Season with Graceland’s Poinsettia Campaign

We are excited to announce our 2020 Graceland Poinsettia Campaign to support the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.

The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation offers support to various charitable organizations, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs. In addition, the foundation also supports the Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Communication & Fine Arts at the University of Memphis to assist students majoring in areas that relate to Elvis’ own career: music, film, television, theater, etc.

By making a donation to the Graceland Poinsettia Campaign, you will you be supporting the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation as well as adding to the beauty of Graceland during the holiday season. The beautiful red poinsettias line the staircase at Graceland and can be seen throughout the mansion by our guests who visit during this special time of year.

Graceland’s offers two ways for you to make your donation to the Poinsettia Campaign:

  • ONLINE: You can make a $25 donation to the Graceland Poinsettia Campaign online by CLICKING HERE
  • MAIL: You may also donate to the Graceland Poinsettia Campaign by mailing $25.00 (US funds) by check or money order payable to the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation to:
    Poinsettia Campaign
    c/o Graceland
    P.O. Box 16508
    Memphis, TN  38186-0508

For every $25 donation, you will receive a special Graceland holiday postcard mailed to your home and your name will be listed on our online Graceland.com Poinsettia Campaign donors list.

Polk Salad Annie

This iconic performance of the one and only Elvis Presley was recorded Live at Las Vegas back in 1970. What an entertainer he was! Listen to this young lady ROCK OUT WITH THE KING!

Graceland Christmas Season Kicks Off: The Christmas festivities have started at Elvis’ house! Discover the magic of Christmas as Graceland is decorated for the holidays through to January 8, 2021.
The Graceland Annual Lighting Ceremony kicked off our 2020 holiday season, as fans from around the world tuned in to watch the holiday lights at Graceland Mansion come alive for another year!  
A number of special guests have helped us kick off the holiday season by turning on the Christmas lights at Graceland Mansion. Join us for a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Graceland’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony over the years!
Our “Best of Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony” video features: Trisha Yearwood (2015), John Stamos (2014), Scotty McCreery (2018), and Chip Esten (2013). Click Here To Watch The Best Of Graceland’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Elvis 1′ 1977 Cadillac for Private Sale:Elvis purchased many Cadillacs during his lifetime for both his personal use and as gifts for family, friends and fans. Elvis’ 1977 maroon and silver Cadillac Seville – V8 automatic is the last known Cadillac driven by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The Cadillac was purchased by Elvis in October 1976 for his own use and he chose the burgundy and silver colour scheme himself and had a CB radio installed.
Elvis was seen driving the car the day before his death in August 1977. Later Vernon, gave the car to Elvis’ girlfriend, Ginger Alden. The car is in its original condition and still has the CB radio which Elvis used to communicate with the kitchen at Graceland and the guard house outside to open the gates.
It was auctioned by Graceland in 2014. The car was purchased by a UK fan and collector and until recently was on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire, England.
However the Elvis # 1 Cadillac’is now in storage in the UK and the owners are looking for a private buyer
The number plate is the original “Elvis 1” and it is being sold so they can utilise the funds for another project.
They are interested in legitimate buyers only and no time wasters.
Price can be negotiated – 
please contact Jim Welsh via email at jimwelsh01@gmail.com
EER This Caddy was used most of the time by the Colonel. 
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Elvis #5 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: Last year ELVIS jumped back up the Forbes charts to become #2 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity but this year he has taken a bad hit, dropping down to Number 5 but still earning an easy $23 million without getting out of bed.
Michael Jackson again tops Forbes magazine’s annual list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities but with an estimated of $48 million income, a drop of 12mill from last year, with his Music catalog (which includes Elvis and Aretha Franklin!) and a long-term Sony deal accounting for more than 70% of his earnings.
Dr. Seuss gets #2 thanks to a series of seven-figure TV and film deals with books still Dr. Seuss’ biggest income stream earns $33 million.
Charlie Brown & Snoopy creator Charles Schulz stays at #3, while Arnold Palmeralso holds at #4 with his Arizona Beverages deal bringing in millions.
Elvis’ income was truly hit by the coronavirus as Graceland closed for two months this year and is now operating at reduced capacity with earnings dropping by .
Sadly, there are also young newcomers to the list 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD(No. 7) who died December 2019 earned $15 million and NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January, is ranked No. 6, having earned $20 million.
The top ten also featured Bob Marley with $14 million, John Lennon $13 million and Prince with $10 million.

Elvis – Firearm & weapon Collector

Paul Balard His latest photobook from prolific Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector An Illustrated Compendium, focuses on one of Elvis’ major passions.  Elvis’ love of guns (and other weapons) is well known, but until now there has not been a detailed narrative and visual record of this passion. Belard has managed to compile a visually impressive and narratively comprehensive account, presenting hundreds of Elvis’ guns, knives, holsters, and other associated items, and most of the items are in color. 
With interesting background information and a range of rare archival material (including affidavits, auction records, and letters of provenance) this book is an important one which neatly fills a hole in the multi-faceted Elvis story.

‘Destined to Die Young’ New Book: A fascinating new book, ‘Destined to Die Young’ is the definitive examination of why the world lost Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977, when he was only forty-two years old. Author Sally Hoedel has painstakingly researched the subject and offers factual and scientific data – plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis – to support her claim that Elvis Presley was never going to live a long life.

In this well-documented book, Hoedel explores how prescription medication was only one aspect of his compromised health and did not ultimately cause his demise. She examines Elvis Presley — a son, husband, father, and devoted friend — while ploughing through the negative hype and legendary myths surrounding the man. Elvis’ downward spiral of health struggles is presented and, for the first time ever, it is revealed that he suffered from disease in nine of eleven bodily systems, five of which were present from birth. This book dispels the long-held theory that abuse of prescription drugs is what killed Elvis.

On Stage with Elvis Presley’ New Book: A new book from Stuart Coupe and Stig Edgren, ‘On Stage with Elvis Presley: The backstage stories of Elvis’ legendary TCB Band’ with James Burton, Ron Tutt, Glen D. Hardin, and Jerry Scheff.
Foreword by Jerry Schilling. 
There are many stories about Elvis Presley, but these are the backstage personal stories of the four key members of Elvis’ legendary TCB Band – James Burton, Ron Tutt, Glen D Hardin, and Jerry Scheff. These extraordinary musicians were hand-picked by Elvis in 1969, and toured with him until he tragically passed away in 1977. Imagine the stories about what Elvis was like when he was getting ready to go on stage! There are very few Elvis books about what life was really like on the road with The King.
Author Stuart Coupe is a well-respected Australian music journalist, author as well as being a band manager and promoter.

133 pages – Out Now on Kindle and paperback

The Elvis Files Magazine #33 Out Soon: Once again Erik Lorentzen has put together a cracker of unseen photos and Elvis stories for his new Elvis Files Magazine #33.
He notes, all subscriptions ran out with #32.
If you want This issue and # 34, 35 & 36, send €60 by PayPal to Elvis Files. And as always, we promise to keep our promises to you regarding unseen photos….
The magazine includes… 
– Elvis at Troy Arena, November 1956 
… “Elvis Presley, whose jet-propelled career has reached stratospheric heights  in only one year, comes to Troy’s Hobart arena on Saturday, November 24, for two performances.
Despite the critics who contend  he can’t last, the teenagers feel Elvis has taken the rock’n’roll and blues music and has made it out of the category of rhythm long time. The handsome six-footer may into pop-type that can endure a be drafted and an opportunity to see him in person playing his guitar and singing his famous ballads has made his southern Ohio public very pleased.” 

– Loving You – Behind The Scenes 
– Huntsville 1975

David Stanley Talks Elvis: The UK tabloids keep posting “new” Elvis stories, and although badly fact-checked they at least show Elvis’ on-going popularity in the UK.
Recently they featured “David Stanley says Elvis’ inner torment caught up with him in the end”
… Elvis’ step-brother David Stanley grew up alongside The King at Graceland and was with him until the very end as an inner member of the Memphis Mafia.
David Stanley became part of Elvis’ family in 1960 when his mother Dee married the star’s father, Vernon Presley, on July 3, 1960. He grew up living next door to Graceland and, when he was old enough, became part of the inner circle who made sure everything went smoothly and exactly as Elvis wanted. David was even there in the bathroom at The King’s Memphis mansion on the night Elvis died.
Stanley describes a man who was always struggling with his gifts and his fame, who struggled to allow people to truly know and love him.
As a child, he just remembers being taken to school in a pink Cadillac by the man who “looked over at me and he picked me up and he gave me a hug and he welcomed me into his family.

“He took me in and he shared his life with me. He knew that my dad had been swept out of my life, and he did that replacement thing.”
But as David grew up, he started to understand the pressures his step-brother was under and to see a man struggling to feel worthy of all his extraordinary gifts.
David said: “When people talk about him and how big he is, he was such a magnet, people were just drawn to him.
“He had a hard time being that. I mean, he was being Elvis Presley. I think in the end that’s what caught up with him.
“How do you become a person that everybody loves? How do you become a person everybody adores and follows and wants to be around and wants that pat on the back?”
He says Elvis struggled with more than just fame. The star famously delved deeper and deeper into spiritualism in his final years, rooted in his sincere attempts to make sense of his life
David added: “Watching him being Elvis, cool Elvis, up Elvis, down Elvis, sad Elvis, the great entertainer he was, watching him do that and towards the end, watching him go through that… Many times Elvis would sit down by himself and say, ‘Why me? Why I do have these phenomenal gifts?’
He always wanted to share it but he always had that problem of, ‘why has this been bestowed on me?‘”
Elvis “went the extra mile to make you feel special” and yet was not able to let others do the same for him.
He explained: “Elvis loved to love people but it was difficult for Elvis letting people love him or letting us love him. He would just go inside himself and try to figure out who he was.”
No matter how much those around the star tried to help him, especially towards the end, David added: “Elvis was ultimately responsible for himself. We could only take care of him as much as we could.”

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