CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS FEBRUARY, 2020

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2020

I love listening to Elvis speaking in this 1972 interview and believe that my visitors will also.

Elvis interview; July 1972

Aug 21, 2016

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020

Still waiting to see more about this Netflix animated series about Elvis…  Haven’t seen any more news for quite a while since it was announced last August.

Agent King - Elvis Presley

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020

My good friend, Dennis F. Miller shared the below photo of Elvis on my Facebook timeline and even though it is a totally different pose, the first thing that came to my mind was that this photo so closely matches Elvis in the pool house door from Jan. 1, 1978.  

 

Elvis pool house door comparison

My sincerest thanks to Dennis for sharing the Elvis photo.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

I want to share below some photos of one of my very favorite Elvis possessions which I purchased well over 30 years ago.  I bought this beautiful box at an antiques and collectables market in Charlotte, N. C.  I have always felt so lucky to own this one-of-a-kind item which bears the official logo/trademark of the Graceland Estate.  As you will see the Graceland logo is imprinted while the lettering is hand-painted.

I already had this box when I began publishing my newsletter in July, 1990 and used it as a filing box for the master copies of my newsletters as well as some of my earlier research and documentation.  

There are so many of my memories stored in this little wooden box which I treasure so much.

Copyright of my photos

Elvis Box 6front side

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Elvis Box 4back side

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Elvis Box 5one end (the other end is blank)

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Elvis Box 3inside of box with some of my files

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Just want to share with everyone that Jesse called tonight.  He had to leave for an appointment shortly and so we only spoke for just a few minutes.  He is doing fine and is going on a trip this weekend.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020

My friend, Jeannette H., sent the below photo to me as a comparison to Jesse’s left hand in the photo holding his grandson.  I thank Jeannette, who has shared many things with me, for her friendship and helpfulness.

Photo from Jeannette for Jesse's hand

jesse&Ben sharpened and darker

While we are at it, let’s don’t forget to compare the faces in these two photos!

Elvis hand comparison face only-horz

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Good interview with the son of Billy Smith, Elvis’ cousin.

Elvis Presley Cousin Danny Smith Memphis Mafia Kid The Spa Guy

Jun 24, 2019

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SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT 

ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Photo of Elvis is one featured in this article regarding Life Magazine’s library of photographs.

From Elvis to FDR: Rare and iconic LIFE magazine picture collection released

A rare collection of LIFE magazine photos has been released, with fascinating images showing iconic figures including Elvis Presley, Franklin D Roosevelt and Muhammad Ali.

Life photo of Elvis

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/life-magazine-picture-collection-rare-released-a4356776.html

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Below is a good interview with Dick Grob who was the head of Elvis’ security.  I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Dick’s most recent book.  I highly recommend it to everyone.

Dick Grob Elvis Head of Security 1967 to 1977 The Spa Guy

Spa Guy

Oct 12, 2017

In this video The Spa Guy interviews Dick Grob who was Elvis’ Head of Security from 1967 to 1977… He has a new book out called Elvis Safe and Sound.. You can get the Book from The Elvis Pawn Shop on Facebook.. or email TheElvisPawnShop@gmail.com

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WEDNESDAY,  FEBRUARY 12, 2020

I thank Patricia B. for sharing the below precious image with me.  Too cute not to share!❤️

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Below is a footnote to the above comparison of Elvis’ and Jesse’s hands:

Photo from Jeannette for Jesse's hand

jesse&Ben sharpened and darker

While we are at it, let’s don’t forget to compare the faces in these two photos!

Elvis hand comparison face only-horz

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I love this song in the below video…however that is not the reason that I am sharing it.  I noticed that this one video of Elvis on YouTube has had almost eight million views.  Just think of that, everyone…one video of Elvis has had 7,979,651 views.  I am always so very proud of our Elvis.

This is a very well done video and contains some very nice photos.

Elvis Presley – Green Green Grass Of Home (best video)

7,979,651 views

Elvis Presley Green, Green Grass of Home Elvis recorded it March 11, 1975.

youtu.be/uvGvmsLQaHA

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I want to share that Jesse called tonight.  He had a very nice time on his trip and saw some pretty country.  He enjoyed it so much that he hopes to go to the same place again in the spring when it is a bit warmer.  He sounded especially good tonight and we had a really nice visit.  As always, his call was a very bright spot in my day.  I always feel so blessed to speak with him and know that he is well and safe.

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SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT

ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020

(Sent one day early because of the postal
holiday on next Monday)

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020

This beautiful artwork was shared by my friend Wayne C. and I thank him so very much for allowing me to share it here on my website.  Hugs to Wayne.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020

I really enjoyed this article about Elvis’ love of cars throughout his life…that is prior to 8-16-1977, of course.

15 Surprising Facts About Elvis Presley’s Car Collection

Elvis Presley wasn’t just an iconic singer and actor, but also a massive gearhead. He’s estimated to have owned over 200 cars during his lifetime.

Elvis Presley is a man that needs no introduction. The “King of Rock and Roll” is one of the most iconic musicians that ever lived, and it would be difficult to find somebody who doesn’t know who this legend is. However, one thing that people might not be aware of is how much of a gearhead the musician actually was.

He had a car collection fit for a king, and he is estimated to have owned over 200 cars in his lifetime. Cadillacs had a special place in his heart, and he also loved other American cars such as Chryslers and Lincolns. Also, he had several motorcycles, dune buggies, scooters, and golf carts. In fact, his collection was so large that 20 of his favorite cars are displayed today at the Elvis Presley Auto Museum in Memphis.

Today, we have compiled a list of 15 surprising facts about the King Of Rock’s car collection. Let’s get right to it!

15 He Once Shot His De Tomaso Pantera As It Wouldn’t Start

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In the early 1970s, Elvis bought a yellow De Tomaso Pantera, and one day, as it wouldn’t start, he got angry and shot it multiple times. Strangely, the car started running, and he claimed that it ran better after the incident. Today, the car is in a private collection, and it still has the bullet holes.

14 He Owned More Than 100 Cadillacs In His Lifetime

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Elvis Presley is known to have owned more than 100 Cadillacs in his lifetime. He would just walk into dealerships and buy them by the dozen. In fact, one day, he bought 32 of them and gave them all away in one afternoon. Of course, he didn’t drive most of these cars and gave so many of them away.

13 He Repainted His BMW 507 Red Because Fans Would Write Messages On It In Red Lipstick

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In 1959, Elvis Presley purchased the luxurious BMW 507 in white. However, because avid female fans were constantly leaving messages on it in red lipstick, he decided to paint it red. After remaining in a dusty barn for years, in 2016, it was restored by BMW and brought back to its former glory.

12 His 1954 Cadillac Sedan Caught On Fire And Completely Burned Down

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In a freak accident, his pink 1954 Cadillac Sedan caught on fire. Elvis claimed that the night before, he was staring at it and thinking that it’s one of the most beautiful cars he’s ever seen. Perhaps he gave it the bad eye. Thankfully, he and his girlfriend were unharmed.

11 His First Car Purchase Was A 1941 Lincoln

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His first ever car purchase was a 1941 Lincoln, but contrary to popular belief, this wasn’t his first car. His first one was offered to him by his father, and it was a 1952 Lincoln Zephyr that his dad had bought for $50. It became Elvis’ very first car, and it was mostly used to go on dates.

10 He Gave Away So Many Cars

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Elvis Presley was famous for giving away so many cars, most of them Cadillacs. He offered cars to his dentist, doctor, band members, and bodyguards, and he even gifted some to strangers. Also, he gave away six cars to his maid and cook, three of them Cadillacs.

9 He Was The First American To Own A Stutz Blackhawk

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During the ’70s, Elvis Presley bought many Stutz, and he was the first ever American to own one. He was actually offered a pre-production prototype of the car, but sadly, he crashed it and ended up keeping it in storage. His 1973 Stutz is iconic as the last ever photo of Elvis was taken in it.

8 Most Of His Cars Were American-Made

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Elvis was a very patriotic guy, and it shows in his choice of cars. Although he did own a few foreign cars such as a Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, and BMW, the majority of his fleet consisted of American-made cars. He loved Cadillacs, of course, but also Lincolns and Chryslers.

7 He Was A Very Impulsive Car Buyer

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In 1962, Elvis Presley visited a dealership in Memphis and saw the Ford Thunderbird, a car that was only produced 200 times. He asked for the price, to which the dealer replied $61,000, and he told him he would take it right there and then. He sent somebody to pick up his Cadillac, and he went home in the Thunderbird fifteen minutes later.

6 He Used His 1954 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine To Stock The Grounds

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In 1954, Elvis bought a Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine in blue, but he had it painted yellow. He would use this car to stock the grounds, hauling chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, and even a turkey back to Graceland. It was left in such bad condition that although it was fumigated, it was just never the same again.

5 He Squashed Grapes On A White Cadillac Eldorado To Show The Customizer The Color He Wanted

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In June, 1956, Elvis flew to Houston, Texas, to buy a Cadillac Eldorado. It was originally white, but he took it to famous car customizer Jimmy Sanders and squished a handful of grapes on it in order to show him the exact color he wanted it to be. However, Elvis let the car go in December, 1957.

4 There Is An Elvis Presley Car Museum In Memphis, Tennessee

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In Memphis, there is a car museum with around 20 of Elvis’ favorite cars, and it is known to be one of the most legendary car museums ever. It was first opened in 1989, and some of the cars displayed include his 1956 Cadillac ElDorado Convertible, his dune buggy, his 1975 Dino Ferrari, and much, much more.

3 His 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT 4 Is Displayed In The Auto Museum At Graceland

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Today, Elvis Presley’s iconic 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT 4 is displayed in the Auto Museum at Graceland, where several of his favorite cars are shown to the public. Elvis didn’t often purchase foreign cars, though he did own a Rolls-Royce, a BMW, and this very special Ferrari.

2 His Last Known Photograph Was In A 1973 Blackhawk III

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The last time Elvis was photographed, he was driving his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III. This was probably his favorite car of the ’70s. On August 16, 1977, he was photographed in it as he headed home after a visit to the dentist. Sadly, he passed away a couple of hours later.

1 He Owned More Than 200 Cars In His Lifetime

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Elvis Presley is estimated to have owned over 200 cars in his lifetime. He also liked motorcycles, buggies, scooters, and golf carts. No wonder he used to gift some to complete strangers! As mentioned earlier, the majority of the cars were American-made, and he is estimated to have owned more than 100 Cadillacs.

https://www.thethings.com/surprising-facts-about-elvis-presleys-car-collection/

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Below is an up-to-date article regarding the AGENT KING adult animated series which is in the works to be aired on the Netflix channel.  But, still no date for the actual airing.

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Elvis Presley Animated Series Agent King Coming to Netflix

Andy Sanders

Published 3 days ago on February 13, 2020

By Andy Sanders

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, earned a black belt in Karate, indulged “Suspicious Minds,” and obtained particular agent standing from President Nixon. Priscilla Presley will put all these collectively within the upcoming Agent King, an grownup animated comedy sequence which can run on Netflix, in accordance to Selection.

The sequence additionally merges ideas behind each Marvel and DC legends, and the mythology of The Gong Present‘s Chuck Barris, who might or might not have been an murderer for the CIA, in accordance to the e-book and film Confessions of a Harmful Thoughts. In Agent King, Elvis will shake his pelvis throughout working hours however will remodel into an secret agent who retains America secure.

“From the time Elvis was a younger boy he all the time dreamed of being the superhero combating crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do exactly that,” Priscilla Presley stated in an announcement.

That is true. Elvis earned a seventh-degree black belt. Whereas there may be some debate over this, his coach, Chito-Ryu stylist Hank Slemansky, insisted Presley do it proper as a result of the martial artwork was getting a nasty fame from too many faux or dangerous black belt claimants. Presley began his coaching whereas he was nonetheless within the military, incomes his first-degree black belt in 1960. He was additionally very happy with the drug company badge he obtained from the president.

Priscilla Presley co-created the sequence with John Eddie. It’s being developed by Sony Footage Animation, Sony Footage Tv, and Genuine Manufacturers Group. Mike Arnold (Archer) shall be a showrunner, author and government producer for the brand new sequence. It’s being government produced by Jamie Salter (Elvis Presley: The Searcher), in addition to Cory Slater (Elvis All-Star Tribute) and Marc Rosen (Sense8).

Presley’s animated wardrobe shall be designed by the legendary John Varatos. There isn’t any phrase but on whether or not he wears the identical cape he often carried out in over his customized, sweat-absorbing stage jumpsuit.

No Agent King launch date has been introduced.

https://checkersaga.com/elvis-presley-animated-series-agent-king-coming-to-netflix/11120/

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Below is a YouTube video of one of the Orion songs which I have believed was really performed by Elvis…it does not sound like Jimmy Ellis to me.  I am going to include an article about this song which proves that the song was not written until 1979.  Take a listen and decide for yourself:

Orion-crazy little thing called love

Jul 17, 2012

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This song was actually written as a tribute to Elvis and it makes perfect sense to me that Elvis would have chosen to perform this song under the cover of Orion.

Jesse has always stayed on top of the current music scene so I feel certain that way back when that song became a hit, he would have taken note of it and thought that it would have been a perfect song for him. 

Freddie Mercury Wrote This No. 1 Queen Hit in a Bathtub

Lizzie Wells

February 15, 2020

The internet is full of images and videos connecting Elvis Presley with the song A Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Many fans believe that the king of rock and roll wrote the hit, but that isn’t actually the case. The song belongs to another rock legend, Freddie Mercury.

And despite A Crazy Little Thing Called Love being a massive hit, it took little effort from Mercury to create the tune. Here’s the story of the song that refreshed Mercury’s image and shot his band, Queen to the top of the US charts.

Why does everyone think Elvis sang ‘A Crazy Little Thing Called Love’?

Search YouTube for A Crazy Little Thing Called Love and the results will be filled with images of Elvis. Many believe he wrote, or at least performed the song before his death in 1977. While it’s true that the song fits Elvis’ normal style, it wasn’t written until 1979 — two years after Elvis’ death.

Mercury created the song as a tribute to Elvis, but the king of rock and roll never heard the song and definitely didn’t perform it.

So, why does everyone believe Elvis is behind A Crazy Little Thing Called Love? Since Mercury wrote the song as a tribute, he often performed the hit in typical Elvis fashion, wearing a black leather jacket, white t-shirt, and slicked-back hair. In addition, many Elvis impersonators have performed the song over the years, adding to the myth that it’s an Elvis creation.

https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/freddie-mercury-wrote-this-no-1-queen-hit-in-a-bathtub.html/

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Below is a very interesting interview with Roy Turner who is a Tupelo historian regarding the death of Elvis’ twin brother Jesse at birth and the general location of his grave. This video is from the SPA Guy and was just posted on YouTube today. Very informative. It would be a good idea to pass this on to any of the poor misguided souls who actually believe that Jesse did not die at birth.

Elvis Presley Jesse Garon’s Grave Roy Turner Tupelo Historian The Spa Guy

Feb 17, 2020

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This video is about The Spa Guy introducing you to Roy Turner a Historian in Tupelo Mississippi who tells us what he has learned in his over 40 years researching Elvis history in Tupelo.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Jesse called me tonight.  He is doing pretty well.  We both have painful thumbs…one of his and both of mine.  Ours are both on-going problems which are not going away.  We talked for a while but there is no news to share this time.  

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020

Me with J. D. Sumner and with Harold Lloyd❤️

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Good memories from long ago days.  Ahhhh…to be that young again.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020

It is very disappointing that this movie is not being released here in the US.

‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ Documentary Set for Re-Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Trafalgar Releasing has set a re-release for the concert documentary “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” for April 22 in 14 countries, Variety has learned exclusively.

The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.”

The 1970 concerts in the film were part of Presley’s first tour in more than a decade. The film was directed by Denis Sanders.

Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing, said, “It’s been 50 years since this career changing documentary about The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was released, yet the lasting legacy of Elvis Presley and his music can be seen more clearly than ever in film, music and culture.”

“Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” will be released in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand.

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/elvis-thats-the-way-it-is-documentary-release-1203507018/

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

The below article is very interesting and contains the two really good videos below.  The first walks us thru the hidden archives at Graceland to see some things never seen before.

The second video regards the new Elvis exhibit at the Graceland complex and is regarding Elvis’ love of football.

I know everyone will enjoy these videos.

5 Star Stories: Graceland takes us behind-the-curtain for a look at unseen artifacts from the King’s collection

Nearly 43 years after the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s death, 600,000 fans still flock to the National Historic Landmark each year for a glimpse into Elvis’ life, but they only see a fraction of his collection.

For the first time, Graceland allowed our cameras behind-the-curtain to show you a rare side of Graceland that only family, staff and VIPs have seen … until now.

These gold TCB sunglasses are kept under lock and key in a secret archive room at Graceland.

These gold TCB sunglasses are kept under lock and key in a secret archive room at Graceland. (Source: WMC)

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Xs & Os: Elvis and His Love of Football.

 

 

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