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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2022
Emiel Maier has created his new monthly Elvis report which I share each month.
Elvis Presley News Report 2022: May (‘Elvis’ movie news & Priscilla in Australia & too much Elvis??)
Apr 28, 2022
Elvis’s Favorite Singer
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2022
I really enjoyed the below interview with Mary Jenkins and hope my visitors will also. I am also sharing another interview with her below…a very sweet lady.
Elvis’ cook Mary Jenkins, Letterman, October 9, 1987
Elvis Presley’s longtime Graceland cook, Mary Jenkins
Edited from a 1995 BBC special, “The Burger and The King”. Mary Jenkins Langston passed away in June of 2000 at the age of 78. Thanks to darksideka for a link to “The Burger and The King” which was posted in its entirety by magus26 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VatdS…
My good friend, Dennis F. Miller, shared the below advertisement page of an upcoming show to visit and enjoy during Elvis Week. This show will be chock full of interesting things to see.
My thanks to Dennis for sharing.
I never tire of hearing his voice…
Elvis: In His Own Words
THE MAN BEHIND ELVIS PRESLEY’S ICONIC OUTFITS
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BY KAREN CORDAY/MAY 3, 2022 2:41 PM EDT
Elvis Presley is famous for his velvety voice, his hip-shaking dance moves, his charisma, and his outrageous lifestyle. He’s equally famous for his iconic, instantly recognizable outfits, particularly from the late 1960s until his death in 1977. The black leather suit worn for his 1968 comeback special. The velveteen suit he wore when he was invited to the White House by then-president Richard Nixon. The spangled jumpsuits he wore onstage, including the Peacock and the Aloha Eagle. All of these outfits and more were designed by one man.
Bill Belew was a graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design, per the B & K Enterprises Costume Co. website. He designed costumes for a slew of performers, including Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as a variety of stage productions, including “Sweet Charity,” “Funny Girl,” and The New York City Ballet’s production of “Giselle.” Add to that list several television specials and programs, including the Emmys, the Grammys, and the American Music Awards.
As reported by Salon in 1999, Belew came to work with Presley when producers of The King’s 1968 comeback special, which ran on NBC, invited Belew to submit some designs. Belew had worked with the same producers on another television special featuring singer Petula Clark. He told Salon that his first idea came to him immediately: “It always seemed like people assumed he wore black leather, but he never did … At that time, though, we were into denim, and I said, ‘What if I just duplicate a denim outfit in black leather?’ Elvis loved it.”
ELVIS WORE JUMPSUITS IN ORDER TO MOVE EASILY ON STAGE
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Bill Belew’s vision appealed to both Elvis Presley and his fans. It kicked off a nearly decade-long partnership in which Belew’s designs helped Presley create a new, flashier, more theatrical presence both on and off stage. Belew told Salon, “I wanted the clothes to be easy and seductive and that was it. And I never wanted anything to compromise his masculinity.” In 2008, costume designer and historian Butch Polston, who owns the B & K Enterprises Costume Co. and considered Belew a mentor, spoke with the Los Angeles Times. He described the design details Belew incorporated into Presley’s jumpsuits. The jumpsuits were made in response to Elvis’ request for stage clothes that were easy to move around in, like the gi he wore when practicing martial arts.
Belew used high, Napoleonic collars to frame Presley’s face, Edwardian pointed sleeves, and wide bell bottoms with kick pleats. Famous costumes included the Aloha Eagle Suit and the Burning Love Suit, which was red with a pinwheel pattern. The Flame Suit had two iterations, the first of which featured jeweled flames on the front, back, and down the legs, and the Dragon Suit, which featured a dazzling rhinestone dragon motif. Presley’s favorite, said Polston, was the Peacock Suit (shown above), which featured embroidered peacocks with the tail feathers running down each leg. It sold in 2008 for $300,000 (via USA Today.)
HOW THE ALOHA EAGLE CAME TO BE
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In an interview with Elvis Australia, Bill Belew said he thought that Presley’s favorite outfit that he’d designed was the Aloha Eagle suit, which he famously wore for his 1973 “Aloha From Hawaii” special. This costume included a cape, which Belew said was inspired when Elvis told him, “Bill, I just want the suit to say America.” Belew noted that he’d recently been in Europe, when there had been controversy regarding an American eagle being displayed across an American embassy. The idea for an eagle motif replaced his original idea for an American flag-themed suit, and Elvis was on board.
The original cape, featuring an eagle with outstretched wings, was floor length, but a modification was necessary when the full length cape turned out to be too heavy for Presley to move in, actually causing him to fall over when he attempted to rehearse in it. Belew replaced it with a short cape and later laughed, reminiscing, “[A]ll these years I always carried this image in my head of Elvis making the step forward and then bam. Laying there amongst all this cape. And I can see him howling with laughter, too.”
Bill Belew designed the many outfits, but much of the embroidery was designed and stitched by his coworker, Gene Doucette. Doucette told The Guardian in 2010 that he sketched the original eagle idea for the Aloha Eagle suit and explained his costuming philosophy: “I didn’t just want glitter. I wanted a story.”
SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT
ON THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2022
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022
Just want to share with everyone that Jesse called me earlier tonight and we had a very good phone visit. He sounded good and had been able to spend some of today outdoors as it was nice weather…good old springtime finally. He will be seeing his Dr. again and may be seeing a specialist to figure out what is wrong. I almost missed speaking with him this time which would have crushed my spirits. There was such a beautiful sunset and we had gone outside to see it but came back in pretty quickly because the breeze was too cool. When we got back inside Jesse was in the process of leaving us a message so I made a mad dash for the phone. It certainly made my day to speak with him as it always does. Not a sweeter brother in this old world.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022
Hi to everyone. I have good news and bad news.
I will share the really good news first. Jesse called last night. He said that he was feeling better and had seen his doctor who had given him a shot which helped quite a bit. He may be getting some more diagnostic tests run also. What a joy it was for me to hear his voice and to hear his news.
Now, for the bad news. Monday morning my desktop computer laid down and died on us. We took it to be repaired yesterday and it is ready for us to pick up later this afternoon. The bad news is that when they installed the new operating system, they did not backup my files and programs beforehand, as I had specified, and wiped everything off my computer and could not, therefore, replace everything . Now my computer is a blank slate just like a new computer. I will have to completely reinstall everything that was on there. Fortunately. I do have Carbonite backup.
The hitch is that because my material is so.o.o.o.o huge, I cannot restore it by downloading to my computer. I have to pay Carbonite to send me a copy of all my files on a hard drive for me to reinstall it on my computer. I have been through this re-installation process before and it never goes well, quickly, nor smoothly. I cannot get Carbonite to setup my order until I have my computer back and online. Then it will be several days before they get my files copied onto a hard drive and get it delivered to me. Then my hard work begins.
I said all of that to say this: I won’t be back on my web site for some time after I close out this post.
Right now I am using our “antique” Windows 7 laptop which has NONE of my material on it. It won’t even communicate with my printer although I set it up to do so.
I have no idea when I will receive the hard drive from Carbonite nor how long it will take for me to get it all loaded onto my computer and to get everything sorted out and placed properly. I have had to work with the Carbonite hard drive files before and it has never gone smoothly and has turned into a nightmare more than once.
I will return to my web site as soon as my computer is able. I thank everyone for your patience.
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022
JUST A BRIEF UPDATE ON MY COMPUTER SITUATION:
As it turned out, we were not able to get our computer back on Wednesday. The Email I received that my computer was ready to be picked up was a complete mistake. Turns out that they had not even started to work on it. So we made that rather long drive for nothing. I have heard nothing more from the repair shop and can do nothing now but wait. I called and left a question message about the state of my repair this morning and am waiting for a call back.
On top of that, our satellite Internet connection has been down off-and-on because of weather.
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022
Well, “Hi” to everyone. I know that there must be rumors started by now that I have died again. LOL ! Evidently the devil is out to get me off of my computer. Right now, I am lost in a sea of having no computer and having very sketchy use of our Internet and home phone connection. First of all, I have had to order a hard drive copy of my computer from Carbonite because the Geek Squad made a mess of copying my data files missing many of them; the solid state drive which contained all of my programs and applications is totally lost because it had a block on it (built in without my knowledge) whereby the Geek Squad could not access it in order to copy it; Carbonite does not back up that part of my computer either so I have to try to reconstruct all of that drive from memory. I am awaiting delivery of the Carbonite hard drive.
On top of that our ViaSat Satellite service which has our Internet and home phone service has been going out off and on for about a week. It finally stopped coming on for days at a time. It just came back on today and I jumped on here to try to get a little bit of work done before it goes out again. I have set up a service visit with ViaSat and they should be here tomorrow afternoon. Sadly, when their service goes out, we have neither Internet nor home phone service. So, I have no way of knowing if Jesse has tried to call or not. If he did call, he did not leave a Voice Mail message. I received a gift package from him last week and I will post a photo of the two beautiful items which he sent to me once I get all of my computer and Internet equipment working at the same time again.
All of this has really put a lot of stress upon me…not to mention all of the complicated work which I have ahead of me which I really do not feel up to doing. So, I can only ask that everyone, please say prayers for me and bear with me until I can get things back in proper working order.
Needless to say, I cannot even think of trying to get to any Email messages in the foreseeable future…I am very sorry.
Thank you all so much for your understanding and patience.
I WILL BE SENDING TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT
ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022 BECAUSE
MONDAY WILL BE A POSTAL HOLIDAY
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2022
Hi to everyone! Well, I finally have some real news to share tonight while our Internet connection is up and running.
The good news is that Jesse called us tonight and I am so thankful to get a call and to know that he is doing fairly well. I have missed him so much as this is the longest we have gone without speaking for a long time and I was, of course, worried about him. His phone has been giving him trouble and it cut off our conversation one time tonight and he called me right back. He hasn’t felt really well for some time too and just had some days when he hasn’t felt up to calling. He did sound really good to me tonight and we enjoyed our catch-up phone visit. He had been concerned about me too because I have been writing to him about all of the woes we have had with our computer, Internet and phone line problems…and our little “Cayce” being ill. This month has really been a rough row to hoe.
Our phone and Internet connection is still out of order more than it is in good order. The repairman who was scheduled to arrive last Wednesday afternoon did not call nor arrive. Then Thursday our connection went off for about 24 hours and Tom called them and made sure that they rescheduled us for a visit to repair or replace our equipment. Now they are supposed to show up on Monday. Sure hope they don’t let us down this time.
I just finally received my Carbonite hard drive backup of all my data via Fed-Ex yesterday afternoon and I plan to begin working on that task tomorrow. So, I will be tied up with that work for the next while. I would never have expected our computer to crash along with our satellite phone/Internet service at the same time. Guess the devil is out to disrupt my life and my work on the computer.
But I end this post on the more-than-happy note of speaking with Jesse which was the highlight of my day and my month since the 11th.
I will be back once our equipment is all back in working order.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 1, 2022
I HAVE MORE BAD NEWS UNFORTUNATELY. I FELL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND BROKE MY ARM. I HAVE MY ARM IN A SLING AND AM WAITING TO GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON. THE PAIN IS ABSOLUTELY EXCRUCIATING AND IS LEAVING ME ALNOST TOTALLY DIBILITATED.
TOM AND I WILL STILL GET MY WEEKLY MAIL SENT OUT TO JESSE TOMORROW.
I WILL BE IN AND OUT OF THIS SITE WITH UPDATES. I THANK EVERYONE FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
WITH LOVE, LIGHT AND PEACE TO EVERYONE
SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT
ON THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2022
I HAVE CREATED THE NEW PAGE OF CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, 2022.
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CURRENT NEWS & EVENTS