CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS JANUARY, 2020

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020

I have just printed out the final batch of messages for Jesse and I will be mailing them out to him today.  I thank each and every person who has shared your love and support with him through your kind messages.

I have closed the Messages for Jesse page now.  Hopefully, I will have it open and available for next Christmas and for his birthday next year.

Much love and appreciation,

Linda

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I just posted this announcement on my Facebook pages and want to share it here as well.

Linda Sigmon is feeling exhausted.

Just want to let everyone know that I am NOT going to be moving my original website from its current location after all. Been working on that effort and it has been very stressful.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2020

Peyton’s Places library on ESPN+

  • Final Five Episodes Remaining in Season-long Series
  • All Previous Episodes Available to Binge Anytime

The ESPN+ original series Peyton’s Places, the 30-episode documentary hosted by Peyton Manning, continues with weekly episodes debuting through the conclusion of the NFL postseason.

The football-themed Peyton’s Places series is produced by NFL Films in collaboration with ESPN+ and is part of the year-long celebration of the National Football League’s 100th season. It debuted in July exclusively on ESPN+ and the first 25 episodes are available for streaming anytime.

In the next five episodes (eps. 26-30), Peyton hits golf balls with his favorite rival, Tom Brady, explores Elvis Presley’s touch football playbook, discusses the quarterback position with NFL Hall of Famers, investigates the history of the NFL’s championship game and visits the busts of NFL legends in Canton, Ohio.

  • Episode 27 – Elvis Presley (January 12): Peyton visits Graceland in Memphis, where Jerry Schilling, the man who considers Elvis Presley his best friend, shares how “The King” drew up an entire playbook worth of football plays.

https://espnpressroom.com/us/press-releases/2020/01/peyton-manning-visits-with-tom-brady-in-latest-episode-of-espn-original-series-peytons-places/

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Linda Thompson gifts Brody Jenner with ex Elvis Presley’s necklace

Call it a gift fit for a King.

For Christmas this year, Linda Thompson surprised her son Brody Jenner with a diamond necklace that once belonged to her ex-boyfriend, late musical legend Elvis Presley.

The piece features the letters “TCB” — a nod to the “Heartbreak Hotel” crooner’s motto, “Taking Care of Business” — along with a sparkly lightning bolt.

“@brodyjenner has a deep admiration for Elvis – not only as the king of rock ‘n’ roll, but as the ‘king of bling’ as well… 😉⚡️So this is what I got Brody for Christmas this year!” Thompson, 69, shared on Instagram. “He already has a TCB tattoo on his wrist!”

Brody Jenner TCB necklace
Linda Thompson TCB necklace to Brody Jenner

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020

I want to share with everyone that Jesse called me tonight.  He sounded wonderful and we had a nice visit.  He said that he is not looking forward to his birthday and we agreed that age is just a number and just one more day.  He said that he is going to live his life out as Jesse.  As always, his call really did make my day for me.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JESSE!!!

Starts Today at 9:55 AM

2020 Elvis Birthday Proclamation…

Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116, USA

Happy 85th birthday, Elvis! Elvis fans from around the world will gather on the front lawn of Graceland to celebrate the king’s birthday.

https://livestream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland/2020elvisbirthday

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020

Below is the link at which we may watch this video after the 12th.  I will be making Jesse a DVD copy of this episode because I know this will be of particular interest to him.

Episode 27 – Elvis Presley (January 12): Peyton visits Graceland in Memphis, where Jerry Schilling, the man who considers Elvis Presley his best friend, shares how “The King” drew up an entire playbook worth of football plays.

https://www.espn.com/watch/series/2043dd20-9cc0-4abe-b652-c8e7dfdfefa0/peyton-s-places

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I thank my nice friend, Ricky P., who shared the below image of today’s front page of the  Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper honoring Elvis.  How very nice to see this tribute.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020

For those who may have missed the birthday proclamation ceremony on live stream yesterday, here is a video of it in its entirety.

Elvis Presley Birthday Declaration Graceland January 8th 2020 The Spa Guy

Jan 9, 2020

The Spa Guy takes you to the Annual Birthday Declaration on the front grounds of Graceland January 8th 2020.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020

This is a video of the Midnight Sing at Graceland on the eve of Elvis’ 85th birthday.

Elvis Presley 85th Birthday Midnight Sing Graceland Jan 7-8 2020 The Spa Guy

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In this video The Spa Guy takes you to the annual Happy Birthday Singing at the Graceland Front Gate.. Held at midnight on January 7th to commemorate Elvis’ 85th Birthday on the 8th.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020

The below was shared by my friend Bernadine M. on Facebook.  We have displayed smaller versions of this photo before.  The scar on his shin is very clear on this one.  Because of the angle of this left leg, the scar on that shin cannot be seen.  But, it is there as I have shown before.  

My thanks to Bernadine.

And this image is from the IMDB picture of Elvis in Kid Galahad and the scar is there on his shin, i know you have had this image before but this one is on the Movie Data base 🙂🕺

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020

BY JOE LEYDON

The musician sat down with us to go over his album lineup process and his friendship with Elvis.

 

C&I: Regarding the Elvis Presley songs — “I Wanna Live Like Elvis” and “The Day Elvis Died” — you and Elvis were very close. In fact, he even purchased your first tour bus for you, right?

T.G.: Yes, he did. He bought me my first tour bus, and that was a great gift. But you know what the greatest gift was? In giving me the bus, he gave me the confidence to work harder, and not let him down as a friend. I didn’t want to disappoint him after giving me such an incredible gift. So I worked harder to try to make my mark and to cut the best music I could.

C&I: But because you were such good friends — is that why it’s taken so long for you to sing about him? Like, maybe as recently as 10 years ago, it still might have been too painful?

T.G.: Painful is a good word, I guess. But really, I didn’t want people to think that I would be riding the coattails of my friend. And let’s face it, it would’ve been easy years ago to jump on the train, write a book, start recording music about him, because of our friendship. But I have never wanted to do that, or make it appear that I was doing that. So therefore, I have waited all these years to actually pay tribute to my friendship that I had with him. And I’m glad I haven’t done anything up until now. But, yeah, anytime that I am at Graceland, it’s still difficult to go into the house and walk through, because all the memories come flooding back. I don’t know, I guess I still expect him to turn the corner and walk out of a room like I’ve seen him do so many times in the past — and it’s still tough.


ON THE RADIO: T.G. Sheppard continues to share music and memories from 2 – 5 p.m. Central each Friday on the T.G. Sheppard Show on SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio (Channel 19).

You may read this full article at the below link:

https://www.cowboysindians.com/2020/01/live-from-memphis-with-tg-sheppard/

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020

My good friend Dennis F. Miller loaned his copy of Dick Grob’s book “ELVIS – Safe and Sound” to me and I just finished reading it a few days ago.  This is a very good book and is well-written and well-documented throughout.   This book validates that many people have formed misconceptions and wrong opinions about some of the people who were close with Elvis.  One such person is Colonel Tom Parker who has been badly misjudged by a lot of fans.

As I have shared previously, Jesse remained close with Col. Parker until the day Col. Parker passed away.  I know this for a fact because Jesse called one of our mutual friends about three weeks before the Colonel’s passing saying that he was sick and going to die.  Then, on the day of Col. Parker’s passing, Jesse again called our friend to tell him that Col. Parker had just passed away.  This was BEFORE any news agency had gotten hold of the story.

Jesse has written that Colonel Parker was the mastermind behind the August 16, 1977 faked death plan.

Jesse has told me that he did not know what he was going to do when Col. Parker died.  Jesse has stated that he is not a businessman.

So he still counted on Col. Parker for advice and assistance.  

People have wrongly blamed Col. Parker (and also Dr. Nick) for Elvis’ “death” on August 16, 1977.  This is terribly wrong for without these two devoted and loyal friends, we would not have the man the world knew as Elvis still with us as Jesse to this very day.  These two men withstood all kinds of hate and daggers from people who profess to be Elvis fans and never once exposed Jesse to the world by defending themselves.  My respect for Dr. Nick and Col. Parker knows no bounds because of their never-ending loyalty to Elvis even at their own expense and troubles.

My reason for this lengthy explanation and defense is because of the following paragraph from Dick Grob’s book which substantiates that which I have just written.  Dick Grob’s book is, of course, copyrighted and therefore I cannot scan pages to share.  However, I have typed a transcript of a portion of a paragraph to share below.  This is found on the first page of Chapter 11, page 146.

Over the years many people have referenced the number of shows Elvis did in 1976 as a possible contributing factor to his passing on August 16, 1977, implying that Colonel Parker overworked Elvis in 1976.  I do know for a fact, because I was present during a conversation between Elvis and Colonel Parker at the end of 1975, that this was not true.  Elvis told Colonel Parker, “I want you to book more shows next year!”  When Elvis first started doing tours and performances in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, his desire was to play to live audiences so he could see and hear his fans; this was his driving force.  During their meetings, there was a discussion between Elvis and Colonel Parker about booking more shows.  This conversation ended when Elvis told Colonel Parker, “If you don’t book me more shows, I’ll get a new manager who will book more shows.  I want to do more shows on the road next year!”  With that statement Elvis left his bedroom and walked into the hotel suite where everybody was sitting.  Colonel Parker did his job, booking more shows in 1976 than ever before.  He did this, although he did not want to, because he knew the toll it would take on Elvis and everyone else in the group.

Below is a copy of a very special poem written by Col. Parker himself as a tribute to his friend Elvis.  The last line of the poem is very special and significant.

Col. Parker poem framed for sale in Jan. 2017

http://auction.sigauctions.com/colonel_tom_parker_signed_and_framed__my_memories_-lot39573.aspx#

In closing my article, below are three small excerpts from Jesse’s handwritten letters for the book in which he mentions Colonel Parker in his usual favorable terms.  These copies are taken from my rough draft of the book.

Jesse letter re the Colonel

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Jesse's letter for the book about Col Parker and plan

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

I thank my good friend Dennis F. Miller for sharing the below document with me.

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The below news was shared with me by my “bestest” friend, M. J.   I thank her so much.  Looks like a good show.

Next Sunday, January 19, “Collector’s Call” a Me TV series episode will show…

Next time on Collector’s Call: ”Meet George”

Elvis superfan George has spent decades building a collection covering the entire reign of the King of Rock and Roll. His hundreds of records, movie posters, fan magazines and more take up nearly every inch of his home. We’ve brought certified appraiser (and lifelong Elvis fan) Judy Martin to put a price on the collection. Judy has also brought a rare Elvis comic-book appearance that she’ll try to persuade George to take in trade for one of his other treasures.

 

WATCH A 30 SECOND VIDEO DETAILING THE EPISODE…

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My friend, Elisabeth W. wrote the following and posted this good comparison on my Facebook timeline.  Hugs and thanks to Elisabeth.

Hello Linda Sigmon! I saw the post about the scar on Elvis’ right leg and it got me to thinking. Here are two photos where I lined up the left collarbone that’s kind of wonky and the right leg (from the knee down). They’re the same.

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  • Elisabeth W.   Here are the photos used:
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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

    Below is a letter which I received from Jesse in 2004.  This was written after the dust started to settle from the book being published; after Hinton and his associate did their best to destroy the friendship between Jesse and me; it was not the best of times.

    I have shared this on my original website at some point in the past.

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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020

    More than 80,000 people have claimed Elvis tribute artist as profession

    Jan. 8, 2020 would have been the King’s 85th birthday

    There are 84,000 individuals who have previously told the Internal Revenue Service in the United States that earn a living by impersonating, ahem, paying tribute to the King of Rock’N’Roll, who would have turned 85 years old Wednesday.

    Tributes to Elvis Presley started as early as 1956, so shortly after Presley’s rise to fame, and by the time of Presley’s death by heart attack on Aug. 16, 1977 at the age of 42, 170 tribute acts existed.

    This number has since ballooned into the tens of thousands, if not more, now part of a global industry that includes memorabilia, conventions, and tribute competitions, including the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Championship. Preliminary rounds for that competition started last year with winners travelling to the final showdown during Elvis Week 2020 running Aug. 8 to 16 in Memphis, TN.

    Graceland, Presley’s famed mansion in that city, located at 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd, will be the site of several events marking his birthday, starting Jan. 8 and running through Jan. 11. They include tours, concerts, and appearances by Jerry Schilling, a long-time personal and professional friend of Elvis, and Elvis’ wife, Priscilla Ann Presley.

    Elvis Presley also remains an alive force on various charts. According to Forbes, Presley remains the second-highest earning dead celebrity, having earned $39 million dollars in 2019. That places him second behind the son-in-the-law he never met. Michael Jackson, who was briefly married to Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie Presley, topped the list with $60 million.

    Elvis’ cultural presence will likely grow in the coming years thanks to a bio-picture scheduled for release in October 2021, starring Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Tom Hanks as his long-time manager “Colonel Tom” Parker. At least Hanks is not donning the jump suit himself.

    https://www.vicnews.com/news/more-than-80000-people-have-claimed-elvis-tribute-artist-as-profession/

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    Below is a wonderful interview with Mrs. Marian Cocke which was just recorded last week.  

    Marian Cocke Interview by Carey Rayburn Elvis Presley’s 85th Birthday Celebration Memphis 2020

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    Jan 15, 2020

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    This is a clip from my interview with Elvis nurse Marian Cocke

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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020

    Interesting speech by Mayor of Shelby County.  

    When I initially posted this video of the speech by Mark Luttrell, I was convinced that he HAD to be speaking about the “Elvis Found Alive” CD album which was recorded by Jesse.  It was pointed out to me, quite bluntly that, that was not the case.  Below is my humble explanation.

    UPDATE:

    Turns out this speech was sometime in 2016 and therefore it is highly unlikely that the album he referred to is Jesse’s.

    Here is an article which contains a video of this speech and states that it was in 2016. The first place that I saw this speech did not give any indication of when it was delivered. Thus my two day search on YouTube, Google, etc. trying to find the date.

    I can’t understand why he was so excited and repeated “Elvis is alive” several times.

    I apologize to everyone for this false alarm from me.

    Here is the article which I found which includes this video also along with the year in which the speech was delivered.

    https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1229811/Elvis-Presley-old-Priscilla-Presley-interview-Elvis-85th-Elvis-concert?fbclid=IwAR15e5S7d6Ged-yajsHd1zg2FQJZgzUcPoqaZ1aNopjnXLqXg_C9x3n85yY

    It is not surprising that, as usual with any event at Graceland, there was a rumor started that the man in the background in the red jacket was really Elvis.  Which, of course, it was not.

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    MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020

    Below is another reason for Elvis leaving when he did:

    Elvis Presley: King didn’t want to be an ‘OLD MAN’ on stage says Priscilla

    ELVIS PRESLEY didn’t want to perform over 40-years-old and wouldn’t believe his popularity as fans celebrate his 85th birthday, reveals Priscilla Presley.

    By GEORGE SIMPSON

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    MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020

    Just want to share with everyone that Jesse called us this afternoon.  Tom and I enjoyed speaking with him so very much as always.  He is doing pretty well although he has had a virus for a few days.  He is already looking forward to spring when he will be getting to sit out on his balcony and enjoy some time outside.  We talked about our little Daisy and what a joy she is.  While we were on the phone, our cat, Bob, came and rattled the window screen to get in which set off a very loud round of barking by Cayce and Daisy who are always ecstatic when Bob comes in.  Jesse said that sounded like fun and I told him that it is a zoo around here sometimes.  We had a very enjoyable time visiting and it made my day as always.  How very blessed I am to be Jesse’s “sister”.

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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020

    Photos of Daisy,Cayce, and Bob…our sweet fur babies.❤️🥰😍

    I am going to be sending these photos to Jesse on Friday and so I thought I would share them here for everyone to see.  These are three of the sweetest spirits on earth…our comfort zone.

    Daisy Jan 20, 2020Daisy and CayceDaisy and Bob with Tom

    As you can see above, the term “fighting like cats and dogs” does not apply in our household.

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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020

    Blackwood Quartet to perform ‘The Gospel Side of Elvis’

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    Showings

    Mars TheatreSat, Feb 8 2:00 PM

    Buy Tickets 

    Mars TheatreSat, Feb 8 7:00 PM

    SOLD OUT 

    Event Info
    Doors Open: 1 hour before showtime
    Run Time: 90 minutes with intermission
    Ticket Price: $25
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    Website: ronblackwoodagency.com/gospel-christian-artists/elvis-gospel/
    Blackwood Quartet
    Today, Mark Blackwood fronts The Blackwood Quartet and continues the tradition of his family and their association with Elvis Presley.

    SPRINGFIELD — The incredible songs, the amazing stories, the history of a legend will all come to the stage in “The Gospel Side of Elvis,” starring the Blackwood Quartet. 

    Two shows are scheduled at the Mars Theatre on Feb. 8. Tickets are still available for the 2 p.m. show but the 7 p.m. show is sold out (call to be placed on the wait list). Tickets can be purchased at http://www.marstheatre.com, Springfield City Hall, theatre box office or call 912-754-1118.

    The year was 1934. Brothers Roy, Doyle and James Blackwood, along with Roy’s son R.W., formed what was to become the most beloved and respected gospel group of all time, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. This quartet went on to be featured on several TV shows, including “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters,” the beloved American classic “Hee Haw” and the prestigious “Arthur Godfrey Talent Show” in 1954. 

    A few weeks later that same year, tragedy struck when two members of the group, R.W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles, were killed in a plane crash. After the accident, many fans and critics alike believed that the quartet would not be able to go forth. However, as fate would have it, R.W.’s youngest brother, Cecil Blackwood, joined the group along with the bass singer, J.D. Sumner, silencing any doubts the public had about the quartet continuing to be a force in gospel music.

    Cecil Blackwood was a childhood friend of Elvis Presley. They attended Sunday school together and formed their first gospel quartet called “The Songfellas” long before Elvis went on to become the King of Rock ‘n Roll. The association between the two families was lifelong. 

    In 1958, Elvis sent a plane to North Carolina and brought the Blackwoods to sing at his mother’s funeral. James Blackwood would sing “How Great Thou Art” at Elvis’ Funeral.

    Cecil Blackwood’s son, Mark, joined his family in the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in 1986. He sang lead for many years alongside his dad, Cecil, and many other talented singers. 

    Today, Mark Blackwood fronts The Blackwood Quartet and continues the tradition of his family and their association with Elvis Presley. “In The Gospel Side of Elvis,” the group performs Presley’s personal favorites, including “Amazing Grace,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Crying In The Chapel.”

    The Blackwood family has received nine Grammy Awards and is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and many more!

    Bill Gaither said, “The Blackwood name is the best-known name in gospel music worldwide.”

    The group tours regularly and brings the word of Christ through song to both believers and non-believers.

    Visit www.marstheatre.com to learn more about these shows and upcoming movie schedules.

    https://www.effinghamherald.net/local/blackwood-quartet-perform-gospel-side-elvis/

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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020

    I came across the below photo of Elvis which I thought was a good comparison to Jesse’s photo.  As I always say, we can’t have too many good matches.

    Elvis to compare-horz best

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