CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS – APRIL, 2019

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Please do visit my new YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwcvN-9eB1ZG0vl6EqZqU9w/videos

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Choose who must hold the title of

THE KING for 2019!

PLEASE VOTE ONCE EVERY DAY!!!

Also Elvis’ song “Suspicious Minds” for the Song of Ages. 

Also Elvis’ Album “Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley” for the Album of Ages. 

Do NOT forget to vote for these two categories also!!!

thekingofmusic.com

songofages.com   

albumofages.com

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019

Jesse called tonight and we enjoyed speaking as always.  He has tried to call me a number of times but has had technical problems with his phone. Sometimes it rings just once and then cuts off the call before we can speak which is really frustrating. Needless to say, I was so happy and thankful that we were able to speak tonight.

He is doing all right now after recovering from the flu which he had a couple of weeks ago.  He asked about my eye and we spent some time discussing that.  As always, it made my day to hear his voice and know that he is OK.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019

Jesse called again tonight because he was interrupted and had to hang up before we were through with our conversation last night.  We had more time to speak tonight and had an enjoyable visit just talking about a number of different things.  I just thought everyone would be happy to know that he is fine and so very thoughtful to call me again. I sure could get used to this…calls every day would be amazing!! Sure did brighten my day!!

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019

It is my humble opinion, as an Elvis fan since 1956, that this precious recording should only be on prominent display in Graceland and should have been bought by EPE when it was auctioned off.

Elvis’ first single

In 2015, an acetate recording of the first songs Elvis Presley ever recorded sold at auction for $300,000 to an unnamed bidder — who turned out to be White.

After a painstaking digital transfer at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Third Man released a single of the Elvis Recordings on vinyl for Record Store Day.

Elvis’ 1st Recording Digitally Transferred at the Country Music Hall of Fame

OfficialTMR

Published on Apr 9, 2015

Elvis Presley’s “My Happiness” b/w “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” 7″ vinyl is available here: https://thirdmanstore.com/my-happines…

In June of 1953, Elvis Presley made his first ever recording directly to acetate at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN. This one-of-a-kind piece of music history was recently purchased by Jack White at auction. On February 26th, 2015, Jack White met with legendary music archivist Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN to have this “holy grail of rock n roll” digitally transferred, so Third Man Records could repress it for the masses. A facsimile of this record, using this transfer without alteration, was available on Record Store Day, April 18th, 2015. A cleaned-up and re-mastered version of this recording is available as a 7″ on Third Man Records.

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=wvtSMMaYUug

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/04/04/third-man-records-10-big-moments-jack-white-label-anniversary/3363931002/

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Continuing the history of Elvis’ very first recording:

Elvis Presley First Record My Happiness What Happened to it Spa Guy

Spa Guy

Published on Mar 29, 2018

This video is about The Spa Guy telling the story of the first Acetate Record Elvis recorded at Memphis Recording Service with Marion MacInnes and what happened to that record that was for his Mama…

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My good friend, Dennis F. Miller, shared the following video with me and I enjoyed it very much.  I thank Dennis very much.

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SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT

ON FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

I just posted a new item on my Facebook pages and I want to share it on here also.  I know this material is not new to my visitors who have followed my original website for years.  So, I am sharing it for those who may be newcomers to the truth which I have been sharing on my site for almost ten years.

Here is the copy of my new post on Facebook:

I want to direct those who doubt the truth of my website, my material, my friendship with Elvis (who IS Jesse), etc. to the following page of my website. Wanda June Hill who was a very close and dear friend to Elvis for 15 years before he left in 1977 became a very good friend to me. She knows that Jesse really is Elvis and she wrote several statements endorsing my website and the validity of Jesse being Elvis. She wrote the statements specifically for me to display on my website. She also wrote a statement that she gave me permission to use anything she shared with me on my website.

Wanda is a beautiful person with a true heart of honesty and continued love of her friend, Elvis. She has been a true friend to me also and I treasure all of the time she and I spent on the phone and in Emails. I am very blessed to have become a personal friend with Wanda.

For those who are not familiar with Wanda June Hill, you will see on my website page that she has written two of the best books ever written about Elvis. Every fan who truly loves Elvis and cares about the man, the person, and not just the image should read Wanda’s two books. I first read them in 1990 and have treasured them ever since.

I believe visiting this page of my website will be a learning experience for those who doubt the truth told by myself and Jesse on my website. Please do take the time to visit and read this page in its entirety.

Thank you very much,
Linda

Below is the link to Amazon.com from which you may purchase her first book “WE REMEMBER, ELVIS

http://www.amazon.com/We-Remember-Elvis-REVISED-2006/dp/1419658093/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401645525&sr=1-2&keywords=We+Remember%2C+Elvis

We Remember, Elvis: REVISED 2006 edition Paperback

We Remember Elvis Wanda June Hills book

by Wanda June Hill (Author)

This book has been re-released and revised with additional sections added,because after 25 years, Elvis’ dignity has been torn up time after time, by people who didn’t know him, judged him and what he stood for by their own imperfections, desires and delusions for what ever gain they received. He has been one of the most misunderstood and vilified entertainers of his time and for the most part after his death. In this book, We Remember, Elvis many people who did know him, who had personal contact with the man, more than the entertainer have come together to tell their stories and in doing so, let Elvis reveal himself in ways he never was allowed to do while living.

Also, I am sharing the web site from which you may download for FREE her second book:

Elvis – Face to Face

With love by Wanda June Hill

and a Few Friends

http://elvisfacetoface.wordpress.com/

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Below you may listen to all 15 of the songs on the Elvis Found Alive CD.  This is a YouTube channel and the songs will play in a loop all the way through all of the songs.

Highway 61 – Topic

Published on Jan 3, 2015

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kHy2CukLl5kuvqwm1cyhj4o74zZsY9o7s

Joel Gilbert forced me to remove the player from my website.  Jesse told me himself that he did record the songs on this CD.  Gilbert lied to me and disputed Jesse’s word.  Jesse said that Gilbert is a d….. liar.”  I, of course, KNOW that Jesse told me the truth.  When you hear the songs, you also will KNOW that Jesse told me the truth.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

Memphis all shook up by threat to move Graceland to Japan

After the White House, Graceland is said to be the most-visited private home in the US. Picture: Supplied
After the White House, Graceland is said to be the most-visited private home in the US. Picture: Supplied

In the midst of a dispute with the city of Memphis, the man who manages Elvis Presley’s former home and the surrounding attractions made an extraordinary threat: Graceland might leave Memphis and find a new place to dwell.

“We had an offer ten days ago to move Graceland to Japan,” Joel Weinshanker, managing director of Elvis Presley Enterprises, said. “We had two offers to move to the Middle East and one [to move] to China. They offered us more profit than we could ever make in Memphis.”

The idea that Graceland could be dismantled and shipped overseas, like the old London Bridge that was sent to Arizona, has been forestalled, however, by an expected deal that would grant tax incentives on a $US100 million expansion.

There would be a hangar for Elvis’s planes, an enlarged guesthouse for visitors and a club modelled on the carpet-walled Jungle Room, an eccentrically decorated living room in Elvis’s mansion. The city council is expected to approve the deal this month.

It had been held up by concerns over a 6000-seat concert arena planned in the expansion.

The city had previously agreed that it would only allow for the use of public funds on a single concert venue, an arena that is also the home of the local basketball team.

Elvis Presley strolls the grounds of his Graceland estate in circa 1957. Picture: Supplied
Elvis Presley strolls the grounds of his Graceland estate in circa 1957. Picture: Supplied

A lawyer for Mr Weinshanker’s company told the Memphis Business Journal last week that the agreement reached with the city would preclude the use of funds from tax incentives on the new concert arena.

Mr Weinshanker said that Graceland already had a soundstage where it could hold concerts and a 500-seat theatre inside a newly built guesthouse, that has replaced the elderly Heartbreak Hotel. The concert arena “will be done by 2022”, he said on Monday.

“We have a deal with Live Nation, we will have about fifty concerts a year.”

He acknowledged that it was rather unlikely that Graceland would have been moved. “No matter how famous Elvis got, no matter how much money he made, he always came back to Memphis,” he added.

The Jungle room at Graceland. Picture: Supplied
The Jungle room at Graceland. Picture: Supplied

He said that dollars $US750,000 from the tax break scheme would be reinvested into a local community project. Mr Weinshanker, 48, said that this was in keeping with the spirit of the King: when he was alive “he would go down to the gates, there would be 50 people waiting for him, he would say: ‘Let’s go to the movie theatre,’ and he would pay for their tickets, buy them all popcorn,” he said.

An archivist had found plans suggesting that he had hoped to build a guesthouse too, Mr Weinshanker said, but he added: “It wasn’t as big as the one we built.”

Under the expansion plan the guesthouse, which has 450 rooms, would get another 150.

The hangar for Elvis’s planes would also function as a party space, he said. “We get all the time people wanting to have parties at Graceland.”

He said Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, 51, was “very involved” in the project. “When she knows what is happening, she has this little smirk. It’s the way Elvis would have done it,” he said. “When she speaks, you are looking at her dad.”

After the White House, Graceland is said to be the most-visited private home in the US, drawing 600,000 people last year. It was opened to the public in 1982, five years after the death of Elvis, and as the mansion became a place of pilgrimage, Elvis Presley Enterprises took over the shopping centre across the road, which was steadily filling up with souvenir shops.

Lisa Marie Presley still owns the mansion and its gardens, but has made it permanently available to Elvis Presley Enterprises, in which she has a share. Mr Weinshanker took over the company in 2013.

The Times

Elvis Presley greets fans at the gates of Graceland in Memphis in 1957. Picture: AP Photo/Elvis Presley Enterprises
Elvis Presley greets fans at the gates of Graceland in Memphis in 1957. Picture: AP Photo/Elvis Presley Enterprises

SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT

ON FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

My longest and closest friend, M. J., sent me the following letter which appeared in a fan club publication back in 1977.  This letter pertains to the book “Elvis, What Happened?” which was written based upon the reports of Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler as told to Steve Dunleavy.  As you will see this letter was written by Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, who sent it out to some fan clubs in July, 1977.  

M. J. came across this old newsletter while doing some cleaning and though that perhaps it would be something that my visitors would like seeing.

I won’t even say one word about my opinion of that nasty little book.  Just know that I appreciated reading Mr. Presley’s letter which sums up the situation about that book quite well.

I thank M. J. for sharing this with all of us.

Vernon Presley letter 1977

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Graceland Brings Food, Fun, Fireworks to Memphis with ‘All-American July 4th Getaway’

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 22, 2019–Elvis Presley’s Graceland ® will turn red, white and blue as it celebrates our nation’s independence during the “All-American July 4 th Getaway,” July 4 – July 7, 2019. Graceland is bigger and better than ever before, and for four days, guests traveling to Memphis – chosen by Frommer’s, Trip Savvy and The Travel Channel as one of the hottest destinations of the year – will enjoy amazing food, live music and entertainment for the entire family.

The holiday celebration kicks-off with an “All-American Dinner Party and Firework Extravaganza” set to some of the king’s greatest hits at the Elvis Presley’s Memphis ™ entertainment complex. The fun continues throughout the weekend with movie marathons and pool parties at The Guest House at Graceland Resort, an incredible NASCAR fan experience featuring a photo op with Kyle Busch’s #18 M&M’S Toyota Camry and chance to get behind the wheels of a real NASCAR racing simulator, and a night of true Memphis rock ‘n’ roll with a concert from the Brandon Cunning Band.

Graceland’s “All-American July 4 th Getaway” is headlined by a phenomenal performance from four-time GRAMMY winners and “rock ‘n’ roll royalty,” Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer, and songwriter forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rocks most memorable hits. This love affair has endured for 40 years, and the duo continues to wow fans with their chart-topping hits.

Guests will also be treated to tours of the iconic Graceland mansion, the Elvis Presley’s Memphisentertainment complex and experience the brand-new Graceland Exhibition Center featuring three fantastic exhibits: Muhammad Ali: Greatest of All Time, Memphis Music Legends and A Century of the American Motorcycle.

Packages for Graceland’s “All-American July 4 th Getaway,” including discounted rates at TheGuest House at Graceland Hotel and Resort, are on-sale now. For more information, including a complete schedule, visit Graceland.com/July4th.

About Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland and its related properties, including Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Graceland’s new entertainment and exhibition complex over 200,000 square feet in size; the AAA Four Diamond Guest House at Graceland 450-room resort hotel; and the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours, and attractions worldwide. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. Graceland is the only attraction worldwide to ever receive six USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards: in 2019 it was voted “Best Tennessee Attraction and Iconic Landmark, in 2018, it was voted “Best Tennessee Attraction” and “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour,” in 2015 voted the world’s “Best Musical Attraction” and “Best Historic Southern Attraction,” and in 2013 voted the #1 “Iconic American Attraction.” In 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards named Graceland one of the top 25 landmarks in the world and Rolling Stone named it one of 10 Great American Music Landmarks. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.

https://www.washtimesherald.com/news/national_news/graceland-brings-food-fun-fireworks-to-memphis-with-all-american/article_be9b555f-be23-5aa4-8016-fb0092557882.html

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Thank goodness there is someone out there checking out fake stories such as the one below about “Jessie” being the homeless man found dead in San Diego several years ago.

Fake News: Body Of Homeless Man Found In San Diego Has NOT Been Identified As Elvis Presley

  •  by: Alan Duke
  •  20 hours ago (Sun, 21 Apr 2019 22:19:12 Z)

 

Was the body of a homeless man found in San Diego identified as Elvis Presley? No, that’s not true: it is a hoax started by a known fake news site in 2015, but copied and shared many times in the years since by others on social media platforms. Elvis left the building in 1977 and he has not been hiding out at A Burger King or as homeless man.

The story was shared in a post (archived here) published on May 7, 2015 datelined San Diego, California. It opened:

Earlier this month, an 80-year-old, homeless, white-bearded man was found deceased under an overpass in San Diego, California. Nobody knew the man’s name, but friends referred to him as Jessie, so investigators decided to try DNA testing with hopes that something would pop up in the nationwide DNA database. What popped up on the computer screen in the high-tech lab stunned everyone. The DNA results of ‘Jessie Doe’ were an exact match to the one and only, Elvis Aaron Presley.

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=793535864087078&set=a.583004098473590&type=3&theater

There are many ways to know this story is fake, but let’s start with the original source. It was first published by Empire News on January 31, 2015. Click here to see the story. That is a good clue. Empire News describes itself as fictional:

Empire News is intended for entertainment purposes only. Our website and social media content uses only fictional names, except in cases of public figure and celebrity parody or satirization. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

Another big clue is the reference to the homeless corpse being matched to Elvis through a DNA database. Forensic investigators access the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which was not established until 2002. It had the DNA of just 1 million people by 2015 when the story claims the Elvis match was made. There would be no reason for DNA from Presley, who died in 1977, to be entered into CODIS.

The fake story has been copied and shared many times in recent years, including this post:

*If you want to know where Elvis really is, visit Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. He is buried in a family graveyard next to the mansion.

*Linda’s own note here:
THIS IS WHERE THE AUTHOR WENT A STEP TOO FAR!!!! Ha, ha!!!

https://hoax-alert.leadstories.com/3470383-fake-news-bod-of-homeless-man-in-san-diego-not-identified-as-elvis-presley.html#

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THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019

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Wedding at Graceland has begun production.

Kellie Pickler is back in the building. The actress will return to Hallmark for a sequel to her Christmas hit movie, Christmas in GracelandWedding at Graceland has begun production, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal.

Christmas at Graceland, which was Hallmark’s highest-rated film of 2018, was filmed in Memphis, Tennessee, and the sequel is shooting there as well, with much of the principal photography taking place in the late Elvis Presley’s mansion.

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Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown in ‘Christmas at Graceland.’Katherine Bomboy/Crown Media

Pickler and Wes Brown are reprising their roles as Laurel and Clay, respectively. Additionally, the sequel will feature a cameo by Priscilla Presley, former wife of the legendary singer. In the film, the Elvis and Me author, 73, will share a fond memory of her May 1967 wedding to the King of Rock and Roll.

The TV movie will also include a special performance by Lee Brice and will air on June 1, as the kickoff for Hallmark’s annual June Weddings franchise.

In the movie, Laurel, a single mother to Emma, is surprised when Clay proposes at the Graceland estate. She accepts but they quickly realize they have two options if they want to get married at Graceland Chapel: waiting 18 months for an opening or marrying there in three weeks due to a cancellation. On top of that, Laurel’s dad and stepmother couldn’t be more different to Clay’s parents.

“When you have Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown, Priscilla Presley, Lee Brice, Elvis’ unforgettable music, and Graceland, a dream location for a marriage ceremony, Wedding at Graceland promises to be the best day of your life,” Michelle Vicary, executive VP of the programming and publicity for Crown Media Family Network, said in a statement.

Wedding at Graceland airs on Hallmark Channel Saturday, June 1, at 8 p.m. ET.

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2019/04/15/priscilla-presley-joins-kellie-picklers-christmas-at-graceland-sequel/23712057/

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Below is a second interview with Louise Smith who is the widow of Elvis’ first cousin Gene Smith.  I posted one interview with her not too long ago which was done this same day but by a different interviewer.

Published on Jan 11, 2019

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eid8VXyN038&t=33s

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SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT

ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

Below is a note/prayer of despair which Elvis wrote in late 1976.  This is NOT a suicide note…just a note expressing his misery with his life at that point in time.  Those around him who insist to this day that “he loved being Elvis Presley” were either so caught up in their own sinful lives to even notice that he was drowning in despair or simply cared not about him at all except for the source of their income and lifestyle.  

This note expresses exactly what Jesse told me himself “The last two years of my life (as the image) were pure misery.

Elvis note of dispair

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I would ask that everyone, please, go back and listen to the statements made by Mrs. Louise Smith in the above video interview.  You will hear her say that Elvis stated words to the effect that he was the most miserable S.O.B. in the world because he could not even go out and do the things that those around him could do.  

Also, listen to her description of Elvis during their final visit to Graceland about two weeks before he left.  Also, please view once more below the excerpt from Gene Smith’s book about that same last visit in which Elvis told Gene how unhappy he was.

The copy below is from my original web site page devoted to Gene Smith.

Here you will see another page from Gene Smith’s book, which is described in more detail farther below on this page.  You will see that Elvis invited Gene and Gene’s wife Louise to Graceland early in August, 1977.  The private words which Elvis spoke to Gene are VERY significant.  Elvis told Gene the same thing that he had spoken to a number of other people “…so tired of being Elvis Presley“.   I am certain that Elvis knew this would be the last time that he would see Gene…a “goodbye” visit…and a “goodbye” comment.

Gene Smith's book visit to Graceland.jpg

Please visit my full page devoted to Gene Smith on my original web site.  

https://lindahoodsigmontruth.com/15-gene-smith-elvis-first-cousin-and-closest-lifelong-friend-says-it-was-not-elvis-in-the-coffin/

Please bear all of this in mind the next time you hear some fan say “Oh, he wouldn’t have done this to his fans.

Fans can be very selfish in their expectations and assumptions.

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BELOW IS THE LINK FOR THE NEW PAGE 

FOR MAY, 2019

https://lindahoodsigmontruthcontd.com/current-news-and-events-index/current-news-and-events-may-2019/

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