CURRENT NEWS & EVENTS – DECEMBER, 2018

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ELVIS HAS BEEN VOTED THE KING OF MUSIC FOR THREE YEARS IN A ROW!!!

LET’S ALL BAN TOGETHER AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS YEAR SO WE CAN MAKE IT FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!!!!

Choose who must hold the title of

THE KING for 2018 !

PLEASE VOTE ONCE EVERY DAY!!!
We are nearing the end of the year and Elvis is losing out to a non-American singer.  This is not acceptable!!!

Also Elvis’ song “Suspicious Minds” was in second place for the Song of Ages and was not far behind the #1

Also Elvis’ Album “Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley” was in second place for the Album of Ages and was not far behind the #1

So do NOT forget to vote for these two categories also!!!

thekingofmusic.com

songofages.com      

albumofages.com

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

I want to share that Jesse called me last night.  We had a good “family” phone visit.  His week has not gone particularly well.  Just the usual day-to-day things that happen to all of us.  Delayed mail delivery, TV died, some shoulder pain from an old rotator cuff injury, etc.  But, he is OK.  As always, his call was such a blessing to my day.

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I thank my talented and dedicated friend, Simon Laxon, who has created another great video comparison of the photos of Elvis and Jesse.

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A new box set has been released of the movie commemorating Elvis’ 1968 Comeback Special show.  We saw this in the theater when it came out and enjoyed it so very much.  

It was in theaters on a limited basis and so those who missed it in theaters are in for a treat.

The below article is long and includes some videos so be sure to visit the site.

Director Steve Binder Recalls How Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special Came to Be

Director Steve Binder Recalls How Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special Came to Be

On Friday, a special 50th anniversary box set commemorating one of the biggest moments in the career of Elvis Presley, the ’68 Comeback Special, was released — click here for more informationand here to buy a copy of the set. The timing of the release comes nearly 50 years to the day of the special, which aired on NBC on Dec. 3, 1968. 

https://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2018/11/30/elvis-presley-68-comeback-special-steve-binder-interview-anniversary/

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018

This is a very short video…but interesting.  

Elvis Exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Uploaded on Nov 16, 2018

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018

 I enjoyed this brief video…

Preview Bruce Jackson On The Road With Elvis

Elvis Australia
Published on Dec 3, 2018
‘Bruce Jackson On The Road With Elvis’ is a large format (240 x 315mm | 9.5″ x 12.5″) 222 page beautifully presented hardback book printed on premium, semi-matt art archive paper and comes in a custom made slipcase. This original story, with not only an account of a remarkable Australian’s life but also a fresh, new insight into the life of Elvis Presley, will be welcomed by fans who may have thought everything on Elvis’ life and career had already been said. ‘Bruce Jackson On The Road With Elvis’ features many original, never-before-published photographs from the Jackson family collection. https://www.elvispresleyshop.com/bruc…

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018

My dear friend, Cristóbal R. , surprised me with gifts in the mail yesterday for Jesse and me.  I love the item which he had made for us so very much and I asked his permission to display it here on my web site.  He so kindly gave his approval for me to do so.  Below, is his gift which means so much to me.  Hugs to Cristóbal.

Cristobal gift to Jesse and me

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My good friend, Chris M., has shared with me several news article links regarding the upcoming NBC TV special commemorating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ 1968 Comeback Special.  My thanks to Chris.

Blake Shelton to Host All-Star Tribute to Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special

The special will air on NBC on Feb. 17.

NBC will mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 “Comeback Special” with “Elvis All-Star Tribute Special,” to air on Sunday, Feb. 17. Participating artists have not yet been announced, other than host Blake Shelton.

The original “Singer Presents…. Elvis” special aired on Dec. 3, 1968 and was sponsored by the sewing machine company. Later known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” the appearance marked Presley’s first live television performance since 1961 and featured the iconic artist, dressed in a black leather jumpsuit, accompanied by his band in the famed, intimate “boxing ring without ropes.” It was shot in front of a studio audience, in-the-round 360-degree style.

“I’ve always wanted to do a tribute to these shows, and the 50th anniversary marks the perfect occasion,” says veteran Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, who also has upcoming specials including “Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones” (BET, Dec. 9) and “Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night) (NBC, Dec. 10) in addition to his usual upcoming duties on “Music’s Greatest Night.” When mega-attorney John Branca approached him a year ago with the idea, Ehrlich jumped right in. “There are only a few moments in television history as iconic,” he says, having previously helmed a special on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

And while the official line-up of performers won’t be announced until next week, expect plenty of the kind of unique stylistic and artist pairings that Ehrlich has become used to.

“We’ve really tried to be as authentic as we could to that original look,” says Ehrlich, who slightly enlarged the original production’s 12 x 12-foot stage on NBC’s Burbank lot to 14 x 14. “I’ve used that in-the-round look on many occasions in my career,” hinting he might even use the technique on this year’s Grammys.

The likes of original director Steve Binder (who is interviewed during the program) and songwriter Mike Stoller were among the invited guests to view the tapings on a sound stage at Universal last month, which was supplemented by set pieces that evoke the original gospel and opera segments, as well as the famous scene set against that flashing neon-lit ELVIS backdrop.

The complete list of performers will be officially announced next year, but the line-up ranges from younger performers to veterans, and more than a fair share of Ken Ehrlich’s famed “mash-ups.”

The 50th anniversary of Elvis’ famed ’68 comeback also included a Fathom Events theatrical run last summer, and Sony Legacy’s just-released box set, “’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition),” a five-CD, two Blu-ray package that collects all known audio and video for the first time in one place.

https://variety.com/2018/music/news/elvis-presley-68-comeback-special-tribute-blake-shelton-1203077734/

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018

My sincerest thanks to my good friend, Simon Laxon, for creating another fantastic video which proves that the features of Elvis’s face and Jesse’s face all line up perfectly. This is Simon’s 85th video which proves the truth.

Elvis / Jesse Comparison 85 

Elvis / Jesse Video Comparisons
Published on Dec 5, 2018

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Below is another article about the upcoming airing of the ’68 Comeback Special tribute show on NBC.  The reason that I am sharing this article is because it does give a list of the artists who performed for the show during the taping back in October.  Also, Lisa Marie is a partial host along with her daughter, Riley Keough.

Blake Shelton Hosting NBC’s Elvis Presley Tribute Show

Blake Shelton is ready to honor the King, with the singer set to host NBC’s Elvis Presley tribute show in February, with Shelton sharing the news on social media on Monday, Dec. 3.The special will commemorate Presley’s 1968 television special, which was held 50 years ago on the day Shelton shared his announcement.

“50 years ago, Elvis Presley’s Comeback Special aired on @nbc,” The Voice coach tweeted. “And on February 17, I’ll be hosting a special #ElvisAllStarTribute on the same network to honor The King! See y’all there.”

Blake Shelton

@blakeshelton

50 years ago, Elvis Presley’s Comeback Special aired on @nbc . And on February 17, I’ll be hosting a special on the same network to honor The King! See y’all there.

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The show was filmed over two nights on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 on the Universal lot in Los Angeles, which is the same lot NBC uses to film The Voice.

The first night featured performances by Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Mac Davis singing their versions of Presley’s classic hits. The second evening featured a performance by Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies bandmates Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, as well as tributes by Adam Lambert, John Fogerty and Dierks Bentley.

Shelton himself also performed for the broadcast, singing Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” while Ballerini sang “Always On My Mind,” Mendes performed “Hound Dog” and Malone and Urban teamed up for a tribute of their own.

Many of the artists took the stage dressed in homage to Presley, and one Twitter user who attended the first night of the event wrote that Malone sported “a banana colored diamond encrusted Elvis look alike suit with crystal bedazzled cowboy boots.”

In addition, the special will also include pre-recorded songs from Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran, Yolanda Adams and John Legend.

Performances were filmed in an intimate, in the round setting, with some audience members even sitting on the stage.

Rare interviews and footage of Presley will also be included on the broadcast, which will be be partially hosted by the singer’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and granddaughter Riley Keough.

Presley’s original special aired on Dec. 3, 1968 and was the first time the entertainer had performed on NBC since 1961. The special went on to become NBC’s highest-rated program of the season.

https://popculture.com/music/2018/12/04/blake-shelton-hosting-nbc-elvis-presley-tribute-show/

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I want to share with everyone that Jesse called me this afternoon.  We did have a good visit but he had to leave for a Dr. appointment.  He is not feeling as well as we all would hope that he could be.  Let’s all say prayers that he will be feeling good again real soon.

Jesse said that the messages which my visitors posted, and which I sent to him last Friday, were sweet.  He enjoyed reading the Christmas greetings and wishes.

I will continue printing out the posted messages each Friday throughout December and the first week of January ending with Friday, January 4th.  Thank each one of you for participating.

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SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT

ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018

I thank my good friend, Elaine M. who posted this article onto my Facebook page.  This is wonderful.  Wish we could get all of the stop lights in America set to show Elvis like this town in Germany does.  It certainly should be done in Memphis for certain!

German town has Elvis lights

BERLIN (AP) – Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the central German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a U.S. soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon.

The red shows an image of the singer striking a pose at a microphone and the green depicts his trademarked hip swivel dance.

They went online this week in the town of Friedberg, where Elvis, who died in 1977, was stationed at the U.S. Army’s Ray Barracks from October 1958 to March 1960. He lived in nearby Bad Nauheim.

Friedberg, north of Frankfurt, already has an “Elvis Presley Platz” – Elvis Presley Square – and decided to add the three lights as an added attraction for the many Elvis fans who already make the pilgrimage to the town.

http://www.fox5ny.com/entertainment/german-town-has-elvis-lights?fbclid=IwAR1Qzra6Av3pdvENzheiZLgWhpn15iAMme9M7vF0ukJQT-fzEr-e1n9gnFk

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My friend, Dave P., sent me the below photo of Elvis which he felt was a good match for Jesse’s photo.  I thank Dave and I certainly do agree.

Elvis from Dave P. with Jesse

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My friend, Steven R. sent me the below photo of Elvis from the movie “Kid Galahad” and pointed out that, if enlarged, the scar on one of Elvis’ legs can be seen.  Below is the photo along with the cropped and circled scar. My thanks to Steven for sharing this with me.

I have other photos of Elvis from a movie scene in which the scars can be seen even though makeup had been applied in an effort to hide the scars.  These photos are displayed on my original web site.

Movie still with makeup on Elvis' leg to cover scar circle in red.jpgElvis move still showing scar on leg.jpg

Years ago, my good friend, Lucilia, found the below, showing the scar on one leg.

Scar on Elvis' right leg - Lucilia found.jpg

For anyone who does not know about the scars on Jesse’s legs, below is the photo showing this.

BEST JESSE   scars on both legs circled.jpg

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018

Below is a letter which Elvis wrote many years ago which was shared with me by my friend, Jeannette H.  This letter is a good sample of his handwriting which looks very much like Jesse’s letters to me.  I thought everyone would enjoy seeing this letter which Elvis wrote to one of his first Karate instructors.

Take note of his wording: “This little…” when referring to his gift to this man and his gift to me.

Elvis letter to Karate instructor

Here is the letter which Jesse wrote to me in March, 2009…

Jesse's letter of affirmation 3-28-09

Also, below is a note which Elvis wrote to Linda Thompson with this same wording of “this little…“:

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018

The below is an excellent interview with John Wilkinson about Elvis.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know my visitors will also.  Jesse will enjoy seeing a more recent interview with his good friend from his life as Elvis, I believe.  Sadly, John passed away almost 6 years ago.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018

Elvis Pez dispensers offer treats for when you’re hungry tonight

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper The Daily Meal

Well, it’s-a one for the money, two for the … Pez? Singer Elvis Presley passed away in 1977, but real fans know that the King of Rock and Roll has never truly left the building.

Now his iconic image is available on two distinct Pez candydispensers, which have been dubbed, “Elvis Pez-Ley dispensers.”

One reflects a slim, 1960s-era post-military Elvis, while a 1970s version features the slightly older, Las Vegas-era King in his signature sunglasses and a white popped jumpsuit collar.

You likely know how Pez works: Load up the dispenser with the tablet-shaped candies, and then flip back the character’s head (sorry, Big E) to pop the candy out and enjoy.

Both dispensers are boxed in retro-style packaging and include three Pez candy refills. They’re available exclusively from It’Sugar, the largest specialty candy retailer in the world, featuring over 100 retail locations in 27 states. They’re $3.99 in the stores, or can be purchased online at itssugar.com for $4.99 apiece.

“We’re really excited to bring these Elvis Pez-Ley Pez dispensers to fans in a unique way,” said Jeff Rubin, It’Sugar’s CEO and founder. In the famously quoted words of Elvis himself, thankyou, thankyouverrahmuch.

Elvis was known for his love of comfort and snack foods, especially peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Take a trip through American history with this gallery of the most popular snack foods of the last 10 decades.

View slideshow

https://www.pacificsandiego.com/sns-dailymeal-1955646-elvis-presley-pez-dispensers-121118-20181211-story.html

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018

Just want to share that Jesse called me tonight.  We didn’t get to talk too long this time as he just wanted to tell me several things.  He is doing pretty well and is still seeing the Dr.

He did get to go out shopping for the first time in a long time. 

Of course, it made my day to get to speak with him.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT

SENT ONE DAY EARLY DUE TO CHRISTMAS MAIL RUSH

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

This video is a very nice recap of many of the outstanding Elvis events during this year of 2018.  I thank my friend, Bernadine M., for sharing this on my Facebook timeline.

Elvis News of 2018

Published on Dec 14, 2018

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

Jesse phoned me again last night to continue our earlier conversation.  He is doing pretty well.  He is like the rest of us in that he is trying to get Christmas things done.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

There are only a few more days to post messages to Jesse for CHRISTMAS on my site.I will be mailing out the new messages the middle of this week. So, I ask that anyone wishing to add their message, please do so by midnight on Tuesday.

The Messages to Jesse page will remain open through Thursday, January 3rd. The final messages will be mailed out on Friday, Jan. 4th for Jesse’s birthday on Jan. 8th.To those who have already posted messages, you are all welcome to post multiple messages.My thanks to everyone.🎵🎼🎶❤️
Messages for Jesse new header
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

My friend, Dennis F. Miller, sent me the photo of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on display now at Graceland.  I thank Dennis for sharing this with me.  It is posted on the Graceland page on Facebook as shown below.  

I feel sad that Jesse could not have this to keep for himself.

77 Elvis Presley s Graceland

77 Elvis Presley s Graceland Home
I just now posted my response to a comment which was posted regarding this display :
Elvis Presley s Graceland Posts

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This page has grown quite long and I have created a 2nd page for the rest of this month:

https://lindahoodsigmontruthcontd.com/current-news-and-events-index/current-news-events-december-2018/page-2-current-news-events-december-2018/

 

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