CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS – FEBRUARY, 2019

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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!!!

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019

MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND

MARCH 23 – 24, 2019

Graceland is proud to honor Active Duty Military, Veterans, Shelby County First-Responders and their immediate family members. Help us celebrate our heroes and join us March 23-24 for a weekend full of events, special performances, patriotic programming and exclusive offers.

ELVIS WAS ONE OF YOU! 

In remembrance of the 61st Anniversary of Elvis’ Induction into the U.S. Army, we’ve dedicated a weekend at Graceland to recognize those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. We will be showcasing Elvis’ patriotism through a variety of different family-friendly events and activities.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Bret Michaels – Live in Concert 
The legendary Poison front man performs live at Graceland Soundstage Saturday night (March 23). As one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Poison defined the fast, gritty, and glamorous rock ‘n’ roll scene. Bret Michaels has sold over 35 million albums and has been in the spotlight for decades, but he is certainly showing no signs of slowing down.
Concert Admission Prices: 
$49.50 Advance | $60 Day of Show (General Admission)
Free Tickets* for Active Military, Veterans, and Shelby County First Responders (Limited Quantity)

*FEES APPLICABLE ON ALL TICKETS. Active members of the U.S. Military, veterans and Shelby County First Responders can reserve FREE (+ Fees-Only) tickets to this show as part of Graceland’s Military Appreciation Weekend. One ticket per valid Official ID. Free (+ Fees-Only) Tickets may be reserved online but can only be picked up at Graceland Box Office (no “Print at Home” option). Valid Identification Required at time of pickup. 

Plus: 

  • Free Entry to Museum Exhibits (with Valid Military ID)
  • Special Presentations
  • Photo Ops with Elvis’ Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Veteran & Active Duty Member VIP Gatherings
  • Patriotic Mansion Lighting (Starting Monday, March 18)
  • Care Package Donation Stations (Starting Monday, March 18)
  • Kids Crafts and Activities
  • Free Limited-Edition Elvis Army Posters (Designed by Joe Petruccio)

…and more!


Elvis Presley began his service in the United States military on March 24, 1958, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army. To salute our troops and to commemorate the 61st Anniversary of Elvis’ military service, Graceland will provide free entry tickets to the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex to Active Duty, Retired Armed Services, and Shelby County First-Responders from Saturday March 23 through Sunday March 24. Graceland Military Weekend guests will also have an opportunity to have their photo taken next to Elvis Presley’s Presidential Medal of Freedom!

Two-Day Weekend Entry Wristbands* to Elvis Presley’s Memphis (EPM) will also be available for purchase by family members and guests at an extremely discounted price of $29.50 (limit three discounted wristbands for every valid ID presented). Weekend wristbands allow guests to go in-and-out of EPM all day Saturday and Sunday (normally $29.50 per day). In addition, Active Duty Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families can be upgraded on-site and will receive 10% off tours of Graceland Mansion and/or Planes.

*Complimentary and Discounted tickets for Elvis Presley’s Memphis and Mansion must be requested on-site at Graceland on March 23rd thru March 24th (2019) by U.S. Military Veterans, Active Members of the U.S. Military, and Shelby Country First Responders. Valid Identification Required.

Elvis Presley’s Memphis includes the Private Presley: Elvis in the Army Exhibit, where you can learn more about Elvis’ service to his country as you walk through his induction and time spent in the service, including his time spent in Germany. Military Weekend guests will be treated to a special “show and tell” presentation from Graceland’s Archives Department representatives in the Private Presley exhibit. In addition to the special presentation, Private Presley visitors get an in-depth look at letters from Elvis’ manager Col. Parker to the Army asking for a deferment to allow Elvis to complete filming of “King Creole,” letters from the Army regarding press access to Elvis, his original Army footlocker, the dress that his mother Gladys wore at his induction ceremony, and more. Fans can also learn about how Col. Parker kept Elvis’ career alive while he was serving in Germany and see items from Frank Sinatra’s legendary “Welcome Home, Elvis” 1960 ABC television special. Special artifacts include Elvis’ Army fatigues, dress uniforms, suitcases and more.

Free limited-edition Elvis Army Posters designed by Joe Petruccio will be handed out to the first 500 people who arrive at Graceland on Saturday and Sunday! Additionally, the AAA Four Diamond-rated The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel will offer its “Salute the Heroes” discounted rate of 50% off the best available rate* to Active Duty Military, Veterans and Shelby County First Responders who are looking for overnight accommodations just steps away from all of the weekend activities.

*Limited availability. Valid for active duty, reservist and retired, law enforcement, firefighters and armed forces. Not valid for groups – one room limit per ID, per night. Valid government ID card (or dependent ID card) required at check-in. Learn more.


GRACELAND’S MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 24
PATRIOTIC MANSION LIGHTING (DAILY AT SUNSET)

Graceland mansion will light up red, white and blue all week to showcase our appreciation for Active Duty and retired U.S. Armed Forces members. Watch the mansion light up each night on the Graceland live cam beginning Monday March 18th through Sunday March 24th!

CARE PACKAGE DONATION STATION AT GRACELAND CROSSING (10:00AM-4:00PM DAILY | FREE PARKING)

Graceland will be collecting care package items for active and deployed military leading up to and throughout Military Appreciation Weekend at Graceland. Donations will be collected starting Monday March 18th and shipped to active units overseas following the weekend of March 24th. Guests are encouraged to visit the public drop-off point at Graceland Crossing, located at 3727 Elvis Presley Blvd, to donate some of the most requested items by armed forces overseas such as: Wet Wipes, Jerky/Sunflower Seeds, Protein Bars/Meal Bars, K-Cups for Keurig Coffee Machines, Ramen Noodles, Instant Mac & Cheese, Shaving Cream, Lip Balm, Cotton Socks, Powdered Drink Mix, and Individual Packets of Hot and BBQ Sauces.

Saturday, March 23
9:00AM-9:30AM | PRESENTATION OF COLORS (ENTRANCE OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S MEMPHIS)

Guests are invited to arrive early and observe a flag raising ceremony by uniformed flag bearers, who will also lead a recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance followed by a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

9:00AM-4:30PM (ALL DAY) | CARE PACKAGE DONATION STATION AT GRACELAND BOX OFFICE

Graceland will be collecting care package items for active and deployed military throughout the weekend. Donations will be collected and shipped to active units overseas following Military Appreciation Weekend. Guests are encouraged to visit the drop-off point located at the entrance of Graceland’s ticketing box office to donate some of the most requested items by armed forces overseas such as: Wet Wipes, Jerky/Sunflower Seeds, Protein Bars/Meal Bars, K-Cups for Keurig Coffee Machines, Ramen Noodles, Instant Mac & Cheese, Shaving Cream, Lip Balm, Cotton Socks, Powdered Drink Mix, and Individual Packets of Hot and BBQ Sauces.

10:00AM-4:30PM: (ALL DAY) | FAMILY DROP-IN ACTIVITIES AT THE HOLLYWOOD BACKLOT EXHIBIT

Write a Letter to a Soldier: Take the opportunity to thank a soldier by writing a letter in the Hollywood Backlot Exhibit. Letters will be sent to deployed soldiers.

Kids Crafts: Clothespin Military Planes, Styrofoam Bowl Army Helmets, and Egg Carton Tanks: Get hands-on at this family activity where kids of all ages will learn how to create a variety fun military-themed crafts out of everyday household items such as clothespins, egg crates, and take-out containers.

4:45PM-5:00PM | RETIRING OF COLORS (ENTRANCE OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S MEMPHIS)

To signal the end of the daytime activities, a flag lowering ceremony will be performed by uniformed flag-bearers followed by a playing of the “Retreat” song followed by “To the Colors” – similar to the daily ceremony held at all Army installations as the national flag is lowered at the end of each day. This ceremony is one of the oldest traditions in the U.S. Army, which dates back to the Revolutionary War.

8:00PM | SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: BRET MICHAELS AT GRACELAND SOUNDSTAGE

Doors open at 7:00pm.
The legendary Poison frontman performs live at Graceland Soundstage Saturday night (March 23). As one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Poison defined the fast, gritty, and glamorous rock ‘n’ roll scene. Bret Michaels has sold over 35 million albums and has been in the spotlight for decades, but he is certainly showing no signs of slowing down.

Concert Admission Prices: 
$49.50 Advance | $60 Day of Show (General Admission)
Free Tickets* for Active Military, Veterans, and Shelby County First Responders (Limited Quantity)

*FEES APPLICABLE ON ALL TICKETS. Active members of the U.S. Military, veterans and Shelby County First Responders can reserve FREE (+ Fees-Only) tickets to this show as part of Graceland’s Military Appreciation Weekend. One ticket per valid Official ID. Free (+ Fees-Only) Tickets may be reserved online but can only be picked up at Graceland Box Office (no “Print at Home” option). Valid Identification Required at time of pickup. 

Sunday, March 24
9:00AM-9:30AM | PRESENTATION OF COLORS (ENTRANCE OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S MEMPHIS)

Guests are invited to arrive early and observe a flag raising ceremony by uniformed flag bearers, who will also lead a recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance followed by a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

9:00AM-4:30PM (ALL DAY) | CARE PACKAGE DONATION STATION AT GRACELAND BOX OFFICE

Graceland will be collecting care package items for active and deployed military throughout the weekend. Donations will be collected and shipped to active units overseas following Military Appreciation Weekend. Guests are encouraged to visit the drop-off point located at the entrance of Graceland’s ticketing box office to donate some of the most requested items by armed forces overseas such as: Wet Wipes, Jerky/Sunflower Seeds, Protein Bars/Meal Bars, K-Cups for Keurig Coffee Machines, Ramen Noodles, Instant Mac & Cheese, Shaving Cream, Lip Balm, Cotton Socks, Powdered Drink Mix, and Individual Packets of Hot and BBQ Sauces.

9:30AM-11:00AM | VETERAN & ACTIVE DUTY MEMBER VIP GATHERING (PRIVATE PRESLEY): SPECIAL MILITARY-THEMED ARCHIVES “SHOW AND TELL” PRESENTATION

Join representatives from Graceland’s prestigious Archives Department for stories and an up-close and personal look at special artifacts from Elvis’ time in The US Army.

10:00AM-4:30PM: (ALL DAY) | FAMILY DROP-IN ACTIVITIES AT THE HOLLYWOOD BACKLOT EXHIBIT

Write a Letter to a Soldier: Take the opportunity to thank a soldier by writing a letter in the Hollywood Backlot Exhibit. Letters will be sent to deployed soldiers.

Kids Crafts: Origami Army Tanks, Paper Soldiers, and Patriotic Head Bands: ;
Learn more the art of folding paper into decorative shapes while getting an easy step-by-step tutorial showing kids how they can make their own origami paper tank.  Young artists can also spend time creating paper soldiers and crafting patriotic head bands during this hands-on family activity.

11:30AM-2:30PM | PHOTO OP WITH ELVIS PRESLEY’S PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM (PRIVATE PRESLEY)

Elvis Presley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018. The posthumous award bestowed by the President is — along with the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The medal was established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize notable service in the war. In 1963, President Kennedy reintroduced it as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime.

4:45PM-5:00PM | RETIRING OF COLORS (ENTRANCE OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S MEMPHIS)

To signal the end of the daytime activities, a flag lowering ceremony will be performed by uniformed flag-bearers followed by a playing of the “Retreat” song followed by “To the Colors” – similar to the daily ceremony held at all Army installations as the national flag is lowered at the end of each day. This ceremony is one of the oldest traditions in the U.S. Army, which dates back to the Revolutionary War.


ELVIS IN THE MILITARY

On March 24, 1958, Elvis was inducted into the United States Army at the Memphis Draft Board and assigned serial number 53310761. On March 25, at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he received his indoctrination exam and traditional, military, G.I. haircut in front of 55 media photographers. Elvis commented to the crowd, “Hair today, gone tomorrow.”

Elvis received basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. Private Presley was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood and received advanced tank instruction. Elvis completed his basic training by the end of May. He earned a marksman’s medal and was classified as a sharpshooter with a pistol. Elvis also was named acting assistant leader of his squad. Elvis was stationed there for six months and his parents joined him at a temporary home near the base.

In August 1958, Gladys Presley became ill and returned to Memphis where she was hospitalized with acute hepatitis. As her condition became more serious, Elvis requested emergency leave. He arrived in Memphis on the afternoon of August 12th. Gladys Presley died in the early hours of August 14th at the age of 46. She lay in state at Graceland and services were held at the Memphis Funeral Home on August 15th. Elvis was devastated by his mother’s passing. They had always been very close and giving his mother and father a better life had been one of the most heartfelt ambitions in his professional pursuits. He returned to his Army duties on August 25th.

Elvis left the U.S. for his eighteen-month assignment to West Germany in September 1958. Elvis was assigned to Company C, a scout platoon frequently on maneuvers. It was hoped that in this capacity, Private Presley would be largely out of the public eye and able to do his duty as an active member of the U.S. Army. His father Vernon Presley and grandmother Minnie Mae Presley lived with him in his off-base residence in Bad Nauheim. Company C left for maneuvers in Grafenwohr, Bavaria, located on the Czech border on November 2, 1958. Here, Elvis endured the same field conditions as every other soldier. Elvis achieved the rank of private first class in November 1958, specialist fourth class in June 1959, and sergeant in January 1960. He was honorably discharged on March 5, 1960.

Part of Elvis’ personal commitment was that he did not perform during his two years in the service though he was often asked to do so. Save for a quick recording session on his first leave from Fort Hood in June 1958 after completing basic training, he took a two-year hiatus from his career. But his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, kept the promotional machinery running, orchestrating continuing record releases, merchandising and special fan communications and taking full advantage of the intense press interest in the most famous soldier of the time, all the while making plans with Elvis for the resumption of his career once he returned to civilian life in March 1960. Elvis served his country just like any other G.I., with none of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him. He was, by all accounts, a model soldier, earning the lasting respect of his fellow soldiers and the public at large. Elvis worried what the long time away from performing, recording and acting might mean for his career. His fans, however, remained steadfast, new audiences would embrace him and many of his greatest achievements still lay ahead.

Elvis returned home to Graceland in March 1960 with great press and public fanfare. He quickly went back to the recording studio producing his album “Elvis Is Back!”, which would hit number two on the charts with three singles going to number one. He starred in Frank Sinatra’s “Welcome Home, Elvis” ABC TV special. For this appearance, he was paid $125,000, a record sum at the time. Then, it was back to the movie studio to resume his film career with the musical romantic comedy “G.I. Blues”, which took advantage of the attention on Elvis’ real-life army service and became a smash hit.


MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL OFFERS*

Complimentary and Discounted tickets for Elvis Presley’s Memphis must be requested on-site at Graceland on March 23rd thru March 24th (2019) by U.S. Military Veterans, Active Members of the U.S. Military, and Shelby Country First Responders. Valid Identification Required.

The AAA Four Diamond Guest House at Graceland resort hotel will offer a special Military Appreciate discounted rate of 50% Off Best Available Rate per night to active military, veterans, and Shelby Country first responders. The Guest House at Graceland accommodations at the Military Appreciation Weekend discounted rate have limited availability. Reserve Guest House accommodations in advance by calling 800-238-2000 or visiting GuestHouseGraceland.com. Valid Identification Required. Learn more.

*Special offer for free ticket to Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex is valid for active members of the U.S. Military, Veterans, and Shelby County First Responders on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 (2019). Complimentary tickets cannot be reserved in advance. Tickets must be requested on site at Graceland on March 23 or March 24 and must be used on that day. Complimentary tickets can be upgraded on site for a fee to include tour of Graceland Mansion and/or Planes. Ticket cannot be transferred, distributed or resold. Families of military veterans and active military can receive 10% off Mansion Only Tour, Elvis Experience Tour, and Elvis Entourage VIP Tour for up to six individuals (these tickets must be purchased by the qualifying person in one transaction with one payment). Discounts cannot be combined and do not apply to special events. The discounted tickets must be purchased directly from the Graceland Ticket Office. Discounts/refunds cannot be applied after the ticket purchase has been completed and do not apply to prior purchases.

https://www.graceland.com/military-appreciation-weekend

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Below is a full video of the 1977 tour which was filmed to be broadcast on TV.  This airing did not take place until October, 1977 after Elvis had “died“.  I have always disliked that it appeared that the final TV version was edited to make Elvis look less than his best.  

It has always been apparent to me that Elvis and Col. Parker knew that this would be Elvis’ final and farewell concert tour.  Thus they planned for it to be filmed for TV as a “goodbye” to the fans.  Jesse says that they left so many clues.  In my opinion, the planned airing of the 1977 tour was one of those glaring clues that things were being put in place for his retirement from show business as Elvis the image.

I enjoyed this version which you will see below very much.  This video also shows filming from two camera angles at once.  The only negative that I see is that the film was remastered which improved the quality but also caused everyone to appear wider and heavier.  But, the sound quality and clear video are worth this minor flaw.

ELVIS IN CONCERT 77 FULL CONCERT (MULTI CAMERAS 16.9 HD REMASTER) EDIT A NEW EXPERIENCE ENJOY!

Elvis in Concert ’77 presented in multi cameras from CBS and RCA, June, 19, Omaha, Nebraska and 21, Rapid City, South Dakota. For the first time the mixing and editing of the two remastered concerts in HD, 16.9, using 24Bit 96KHZ audio for the best possible sound. Duration: 1h 48 “My name is Wayne Newton”.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pai0_hP9Jc

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Jesse called me this afternoon shortly before the Super Bowl began.  He is well and we had a very nice visit.  He recently had an MRI and the results were good.  We discussed my eye condition some more.  He is so sweet to be concerned for me.  I will see my ophthalmologist again tomorrow afternoon and hope to get some answers. 

Because of all of the horrible weather and record-breaking low temps across much of the nation, my package to Jesse from Friday before last was not delivered to him until today by overnight delivery.  I have heard about some places where the post offices closed down and there was no mail delivery.  Fortunately, neither Jesse nor I have suffered from the horrible weather but the mail was delayed because the bad weather did cover so much of our nation and disrupted USPS services.
As always, Jesse’s call made my day!

WAY TO GO, PATRIOTS!!!!

You’ve gotta be gooooooood to wear an Elvis logo!!!!

Patriots emblem

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Inside the ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’: 7 Highlights From NBC’s Upcoming Special

Roger Catlin 

PREVIEWNBCU Photo Bank

Elvis Presley in the ’68 Comeback Special

Formally titled Singer Presents…Elvis, the electrifying performance show from a half century ago forever became known as the ’68 Comeback Special for mightily reviving the career of Elvis Presley.

Once the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the 33-year-old had seen his power sputter as rock matured and the quality of his movies declined. The TV special was a last-ditch effort to help fund another film, but it became an unexpected statement of purpose that reignited the swagger of his ’50s glory while pointing to the dramatic musical heights he’d still attain.

Priscilla Presley Remembers Elvis 50 Years After His Iconic 1968 Special

Priscilla Presley Remembers Elvis 50 Years After His Iconic 1968 Special

‘He was the real deal. Even off the stage. He had a presence. He had charisma,’ she remembers.

Presley died in 1977, but NBC’s Studio 4 in Burbank, California, retains the spirit of that game-changer for a new special, Elvis All-Star Tribute, with careful set reproductions and an impressive roster of current artists, including Jennifer LopezKeith UrbanCarrie Underwood and Josh Groban.

No one tried karaoke re-creations, says musical director Don Was: “You never out-Elvis Elvis.” Adds host and performer Blake Shelton, “It’s one of the more magical things I’ve ever, ever been a part of in music.” Some highlights:

“Trouble”/”Guitar Man”

Both programs begin with a close-up of the sneering King delivering a song from his fourth movie, 1958’s King Creole —”If you’re looking for trouble, you came to the right place” — before shifting to the rocker about a Southern boy made good. In 2019, Shelton takes the rebel stance in black leather, similar to the iconic outfit Presley wore in the original, calling it “for sure one of those moments in my life where I’m thinking, ‘Are you kidding me? I’m wearing and performing in a piece of history.'”

“Baby, What You Want Me to Do”

A relaxed Urban duets with tattooed rapper Post Malone on this blues standard. “I had no idea this guy could rock out on the guitar like that,” Was says of Malone. “He laid down such a deep groove.” Presley had never recorded the song until ’68, when he performed it twice in the special — one of those times with old bandmates Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, brought in for the occasion. It was the first time Presley had played live with them in years, and also the last.

“Heartbreak Hotel”

Lopez exudes animal allure in a skintight jumpsuit as she rocks Presley’s first million-selling No. 1. “Incredibly charismatic and exciting,” pronounces Was of the “great singer.”

“Memories”

One of two songs commissioned for ’68, “Memories” represented a big break for songwriter Mac Davis. “I had basically a little over 24 hours” to pen the tune, he says. The only participant from 50 years ago to also perform in the update, Davis sings it to accompany a montage of Presley family photos.

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Documentary Spotlights the Man and His Music

‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ Documentary Spotlights the Man and His Music

‘We wanted to look beyond the white suit,’ says director by Thom Zimny.

“A Little Less Conversation”

A sharp-dressed John Legend takes on the first song Davis ever sold to Presley. It never appeared on the special, but in the movie Live a Little, Love a Little from that same year. The tune flopped…but reached No. 1 in 2002 when remixed for a World Cup Nike ad.

’50s Medley

Presley’s jam with his former bandmates on “Hound Dog” and other oldies was the heart of the first special. Producers employ a similar rough-around-the-edges approach to “That’s All Right,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Don’t Be Cruel” with Mac Davis, Malone, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town and Shelton, who called it one of All-Star‘s “most unexpected, raw moments. It connects the dots through the generations.”

“If I Can Dream”

It takes a village to carry the stirring conclusion of the 1968 show into a new century. Footage of Presley precedes verses sung by Shelton, Malone, Underwood, Shawn Mendes and Rucker. (This is the one new track on the companion music release The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special, out February 15.)

Original director Steve Binder had commissioned the song to capture Presley’s own feelings about the year, tarnished by the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. — and the emotion came through. “I don’t think we’d be talking today if he didn’t do that special,” Binder says. “Elvis actually is more important now historically than when he was alive.”

Elvis All-Star Tribute, Sunday, February 17, 9/8c, NBC

https://www.tvinsider.com/747162/elvis-all-star-tribute-nbc-blake-shelton/?fbclid=IwAR3U0TOA3CpUE2sVXVwkpzdIc_RMJnNuTceAzbB4B7-wTBrTk4jFWRLcmEk

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019

I am so sad to share the following news article:

George Klein, legendary DJ and friend to Elvis Presley, has died
POSTED 8:48 PM, FEBRUARY 5, 2019, BY WREG STAFF, UPDATED AT 08:54PM, FEBRUARY 5, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — George Klein, the legendary Memphis DJ and best friend to Elvis Presley, has died at 83-years-old.

Klein was a friend of Elvis Presley since they met at Humes High School at age 13. He was a groomsman in Elvis’ wedding and a pall bearer at his 1977 funeral.

Klein died Tuesday evening.

Congressman Steve Cohen released a statement saying, “George Klein was a friend of Elvis, a friend to many and a friend of mine. A member of the Memphis Mafia and always TCB, George kept Elvis’ music at the forefront from the days of “Jailhouse Rock” to “Elvis Time” on SiriusXM satellite radio. He was always a nice guy and we were mutual friends of the late Irvin Salky. His was a life well lived and he will be missed.”

https://wreg.com/2019/02/05/george-klein-legendary-dj-and-friend-to-elvis-presley-passes-away/

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Graceland seeks workers at job fairs

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is seeking full-time, part-time and seasonal employees ranging from ticket sellers to food and beverage workers.

Job fairs are scheduled 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, and 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Graceland SoundStage in Elvis Presley’s Memphis, 3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Candidates are encouraged to fill out an application online at https://www.graceland.com/careers and bring a printed resume to the event.

Applicants should wear business casual or business professional attire.

Complimentary parking for applicants will be provided in the Graceland parking area off Elvis Presley Boulevard.

– Daily Memphian staff

https://www.dailymemphian.com/article/2858/Daily-Briefs

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Elvis Presley Enterprises celebrates legacy, life of beloved DJ

Elvis Presley Enterprises celebrates legacy, life of beloved DJ
Elvis Presley and George Klein (Source: Google)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – Elvis Presley Enterprises is remembering the life of legendary DJ George Klein.

Klein, 83, was a close friend of Elvis.

The two met in high school and stayed close until Presley died in 1977.

Klein told hundreds of Elvis stories to a worldwide radio audience for SiriusXM in a studio across from Graceland and impacted so many.

WMC sat down with musician Brad Birkedahl who said he first met Klein when his band would perform on the Elvis cruise. He said Klein was just as important to Rock n Roll as Elvis.

“I think he taught people to always be nice. He never turned down an autograph, he never turned down and interview. His stories were always the same, you knew that it really happened,” Birkedahl said.

Elvis Presley Enterprises released the following statement on Wednesday, the day after Klein’s death.

“Priscilla, Lisa and all of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises are deeply saddened that we have lost our dear friend George Klein. Elvis and George met at Humes High School in Memphis and formed a lifelong friendship. Elvis stood up as George’s best man at his wedding and George remained a close confidant throughout Elvis’ life. After Elvis’ passing, George continued as a great friend and supporter of Graceland, Lisa and Priscilla and continued to honor Elvis’ legacy through sharing stories and memories with fans around the world as a DJ on Elvis Radio at Graceland. Our hearts are with George’s family, friends and fans – as we celebrate his life and his important place in the history of Memphis music.”

Klein spent the end of his life in poor health, but remained surrounded by loved ones who came to visit his bedside.

His visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. until his service, which begins at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery with interment to immediately follow.

His service will be available to watch at this link.

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/02/06/elvis-presley-enterprises-celebrates-legacy-life-beloved-dj/

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Blake Shelton Sings Praises of Elvis Presley Ahead of All-Star Tribute

Blake Shelton is one of several artists who will appear in the upcoming Elvis All Star Tribute television special, honoring the iconic Elvis Presley. For Shelton, it was a chance to acknowledge one of his musical heroes, who helped shape the way for artists like Shelton.

“I think when I came out of the womb – I’ve been saying this but I mean it,” Shelton said in a video shared on his social media pages. “You’re born knowing who Elvis is. The name Elvis is just part of the fabric of humanity. He just is this thing that exists in the air, and contributed obviously so much to music. But I think he is the definition of what’s cool.”

https://popculture.com/country-music/2019/02/06/blake-shelton-praises-elvis-presley-all-star-tribute/

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SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT

ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Jesse called last night and we had a good phone visit.  He is doing fine and sounded great. He was hoping to hear some good news about my on-going eye problems.  I appreciate his caring and concern so much.  His prayers for me mean so much.  His call made my day as always.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

I like the new comic book series coming out on Feb. 13th.  My long time visitors may recall the comic book about which I shared an article a few years ago:  ARMY OF DARKNESS which showed copyright 1993-2005 Orion Pictures.  The title of that particular edition was HAIL TO THE KING with “Elvis” on the cover.

The below article is about the new ARMY OF DARKNESS series which also features Elvis.

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: ASH HUNTS DOWN THE KING IN DYNAMITE’S CRAZY ARMY OF DARKNESS/BUBBA HO-TEP CROSSOVER

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Feb 9, 2019

The indefatigable demon slayer Ash Williams is lured to the undead like a moth to the flame so it’s only natural he’d gravitate toward the legendary, mummy-battling charisma of a senior Elvis Presley in his paranormal-punching prime.

In a crossover of epic proportions uniting two of actor Bruce Campbell’s most memorable characters, Dynamite and IDW have pooled their creative resources and delivered a wild horror series pairing the Evil Dead franchise’s boomstick-carrying S-Mart employee with the monster-fighting King of Rock and Roll in Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1.

Army of Darkness Cover A

Credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Written by Scott Duvall (Narcopolis: Continuum) and adorned with insane art by Vincenzo Federici (Grimm Fairy Tales), this mad miniseries follows our fearless Ash as he heads to the Lone Star state to locate the velvet-voiced Elvis Presley, whose exploits vanquishing an evil mummy have reached his world-weary ears.

This trippy Texas road-trip also involves a time-traveling Elvis jumpsuit, a flashback trip to ’70s Vegas, and the unholy revelation of a new Book of the Dead called the Necronomicon Ho-Tep. Will Ash meet his match when swapping wisecracks with a 4,000-year-old, soul-swallowing mummy? Can King Elvis mentor Ash beyond a monumental mid-life crisis before it evolves into a dead-end affair?

Army of Darkness Slice 3

Credit: Dynamite Entertainment

“Our debut issue sees Ash road trippin’ through Texas in search of the Elvis Presley, a man he greatly admires and thinks might be able to help him out,” Duvall tells SYFY WIRE.  “See, Ash isn’t getting any younger. He’s tired but he’s not prepared to go out in a blaze of glory just yet. So when he catches wind about an old man claiming to be Elvis kicking mummy ass, he sets out on a mission to discover the truth for himself and perhaps even grow as a person (as much as Ash is capable of). However, where Ash goes, Evil is not far behind, and when it combines forces with a re-animated Bubba Ho-Tep, Ash and Elvis are the only ones who can stop him!”

Army of Darkness Slice 1

Credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Duvall’s entry point into the story and Elvis’ world, is seen through the lens of author Joe R. Lansdale, who wrote the Bubba Ho-Tep movie prequel novel, Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers.

“There will be time portals thrown into the mix, but those weren’t necessary to get these two iconic Bruce Campbell characters together,” he adds. “I liked the idea that Ash could just hop in his car and drive us to where Elvis is holed up. They exist on the same plane of reality and we didn’t need magic or time travel to get us here, just enough gas in the tank. 

“This crossover is something I’ve thought about for a long time, and to see it come to horrific life thanks to the killer talents of Vincenzo Federici, Michele Monte, and Taylor Esposito, not to mention our fearless editor Kevin Ketner and the rest of the Dynamite crew (special shoutout to IDW) is beyond incredible. I hope fans will come along for the ride!” 

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Credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Get groovy and march into our exclusive 5-page peek plus variant covers for Dynamite/IDW’s Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, then tell us if you’ll follow these two cult classics into the abyss of hell when the premiere issue strikes on Feb. 13.

Please visit my three pages, on my original web site, devoted to all things related to Elvis/Jesse and Orion (the singer and the movie production corporation).
https://lindahoodsigmontruth.com/text-page-for-orion-elvis-jesse-connection/
https://lindahoodsigmontruth.com/elvisjesse-and-orion-documentation-images/
https://lindahoodsigmontruth.com/orion-pictures-much-of-the-material-originated-from-me/

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

I have an update about my vision problem.

I saw my ophthalmologist last Monday. I will be having surgery on my eye on March 28th. Until I heal, hopefully in April, I will continue to limit my time on the computer because of not seeing well out of my right eye. When I am active on the computer, I must close one eye and only use the other eye which is not comfortable and causes fatigue in my good eye.

During this time, I will continue to not read many of my private messages on Facebook as the type on them is small and I am receiving an overwhelming number of messages from new friends.

I do apologize for my absence with reading and responding to everyone on my Facebook page. Due to the volume of messages, I am unable to read and respond to everyone under normal conditions. I am very sorry for this.

On another note, after the bad news about my eye on Monday, I saw my dentist on Wednesday for some discomfort and learned that I have an abscessed tooth which requires a root canal tomorrow afternoon followed by a new bridge because the bad tooth is the anchor on my bridge…ouch!!!

Ain’t life grand!?! LOL😏

I will continue to share any news that I can. I do well with web sites with larger displays…just not with smaller type.  I WILL always post when Jesse phones me.

I thank everyone for understanding my limited work until sometime in April after I heal from the surgery to be done on March 28th.

Love, light and peace to everyone,
Linda

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

I thank my good friend, Dennis F. Miller, who shared the below news article with me today.

Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown to reunite in this summer’s ‘Wedding at Graceland’ on Hallmark

JOHN BEIFUSS | MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL 
Country star Kellie Pickler battled with humidity in July to shoot her new Hallmark film, “Christmas at Graceland,” which was shot at Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis. (Nov. 16)
AP

Silver bells will give way to wedding bells when the Hallmark Channel in just a few months airs “Wedding at Graceland,” the inevitable sequel to the cable television network’s recent ratings smash, “Christmas at Graceland,” Hallmark officials confirmed Monday.

To be filmed in Memphis in April on a production schedule even more whirlwind than the featured couple’s courtship, “Wedding at Graceland” will reunite stars Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown as Laurel and Clay, the former Memphis sweethearts who rekindled their romance during “Christmas at Graceland.”

Expect the nuptials to take place in the Graceland Wedding Chapel in the Woods, which opened during Elvis Week last year on the grounds of the Elvis Presley mansion.

The honeymoon will continue (at least for fans of Hallmark romance and for Memphis film crew workers in need of a job) when Pickler returns in a third Elvis-inspired Hallmark movie set for December. That film does not yet have a title, according to Pam Slay, Hallmark’s senior vice president for network program publicity.

The third movie will be shot later in the year, and not back-to-back with the “Wedding” film, Slay said. Shooting on the second film likely will occur in July, on more or less the same schedule as “Christmas at Graceland” in 2018.

They're baaack: Wes Brown and Kellie Pickler will reunite for "Wedding at Graceland."
They’re baaack: Wes Brown and Kellie Pickler will reunite for “Wedding at Graceland.”
HALLMARK

“Wedding at Graceland” will be the centerpiece of what Slay calls the Hallmark Channel’s “‘June Weddings’ franchise.” This “franchise” is an attempt to build a slate of original summer movies to match the appeal of the network’s “Countdown to Christmas,” an eight-week ratings juggernaut of romantic wish-fulfillment that now makes Hallmark the top network in December.

Shot in July in Memphis (with fake snow on the ground and actors in winter coats sweltering in the 90-plus-degree heat), “Christmas at Graceland” was the No. 1 Hallmark movie of the past year and the fourth highest-rated film in the channel’s history.

“Hallmark came with an idea, and obviously it has blossomed into an extremely successful pairing and spectacular ratings,” said Elvis Presley Enterprisese CEO Jack Soden, a Graceland fixture since Elvis’ mansion was opened to the public in 1982. “You take Hallmark’s large and dedicated audience and you take the Elvis fan world, and you have a match made in heaven.”

To coordinate the two new movies, Hallmark will retain production offices in Memphis from March through July and possibly into the early fall. Some shooting for the productions could take place on sets erected inside the 20,000-square-foot Graceland Soundstage, the relatively new performance venue that — as its name indicates — was designed in hopes that one day it could serve double duty as a film location.

Re-purposing space on the Graceland campus for film and television production fits into the ambitious plans of Graceland overseer Joel Weinshanker, managing partner for Graceland Holdings LLC, the company that is the majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “The master plan is for two or three or even four buildings that would be suitable for production,” Soden said.

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/2845216002?fbclid=IwAR2_J2rwv9_aPpcK5KnE3BMLtE-4u3evAN1VPLntnpU9sb21g9ukbKOBgmw

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Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran and more set to honor Elvis Presley this Sunday on NBC

19 of music’s biggest names will honor The King this Sunday on 9NEWS.

The biggest names in music will honor the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’ on Sunday, Feb. 17 on NBC.

The television event celebrates the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special.’ Wearing iconic black leather, Presley performed his biggest hits and climbed back to the top of the charts.

Sunday’s tribute features musical performances and collaborations from 19 stars of music including Yolanda Adams, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Alessia Cara, Mac Davis, John Fogerty, Josh Groban, Adam Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Pistol Annies, Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

ELVIS ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
Tyler Golden/NBC

‘Elvis All-Star Tribute,’ which will be hosted by Blake Shelton, will also feature rare footage and interviews with Priscilla Presley and a special appearance from Lisa Marie Presley.

‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’ musical performances will include:

  • “Trouble”/”Guitar Man” – Blake Shelton
  • “Hound Dog” – Shawn Mendes
  • “Burning Love” – Keith Urban
  • “Baby, What You Want Me to Do” – Keith Urban & Post Malone
  • “Jailhouse Rock” – John Fogerty
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Always on My Mind” – Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Heartbreak Hotel” – Jennifer Lopez
  • “One Night” – Darius Rucker
  • “Suspicious Minds” – Blake Shelton
  • “Love Me Tender” – Alessia Cara
  • “Memories” – Mac Davis
  • “A Little Less Conversation” – John Legend
  • “Are You Lonesome Tonight” – Little Big Town
  • “Blue Suede Shoes” – Adam Lambert
  • “Love Me” – Pistol Annies
  • Hits Medley (“That’s All Right,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Suede Shoes”) – Mac Davis, Post Malone, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker & Blake Shelton
  • Gospel Medley (“How Great Thou Art,” “He Touched Me,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carrie Underwood & Yolanda Adams
  • “Little Sister” – Dierks Bentley
  • “It’s Now or Never” – Josh Groban
  • “If I Can Dream” – Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton

A companion album, ‘The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special,’ will be released on Friday, Feb. 15 by RCA/Legacy Recordings.

‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’ airs Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT

ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

(sent early because of USA holiday on Monday)

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019

This is for all of us true Elvis fans who just spent two hours watching the NBC Elvis ’68 Tribute show and did not get to hear so much as one whole song done by Elvis himself in the entire show.  We only saw and heard tiny snippets of Elvis himself.  More of a tribute to the songs made famous by Elvis than a tribute to Elvis and his ’68 show.  THIS is how it was sung!

Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream

Published on Sep 24, 2008

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=227&v=xD_v3ERDECM

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