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WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2023
I just enjoyed very much watching this film footage of Elvis performing in 1973. This is fan footage that has been lovingly preserved for all these years and is now being shared.
I came across this first video below of a song that is very important to me in my Orion/Elvis collection of favorites. As you will see this film combines video footage of Jerry Lee and of Elvis himself with the audio of one of the songs which later became a part of the The Killer, The King album. It was also first on the Duets – Jerry Lee Lewis & Friends EP.
I will forewarn my long-time visitors that I have covered the below in the long-ago past. But, it should be an eye-opener for those who are relatively new to my material. It may be considered a refresher course for those who are old-timers with me.
In this first version below, you will hear, at the very end of the song, only “Man you’re with it …” with the name left off entirely.
Jerry Lee Lewis & The King -What’d I say
I have two versions of this song on my own YouTube channel. Please visit and listen and read my descriptions for full details. My links are below:
This first is from The Killer, The King album, and in this one, you will hear that the comment at the end is cut off completely.
In my second video of this song below, you will hear the full comment “Man you’re with it tonight, ELVIS“
ELVIS IS ALIVE – What’d I Say from the DUETS album Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends
The key factor about this song is that Jimmy Ellis said that he overdubbed Jerry Lee Lewis’ older records. However, Jerry Lee says at the end of “What’d I Say” “Man you’re with it tonight, ELVIS!” thus proving that the song was not overdubbed by the second voice which IS Elvis. You will hear on this black and white video above that the word “Elvis” is cut off…but you do hear Jerry Lee say “Man you’re with it…” thereby obliterating the name “Elvis“. I know this is not an easy puzzle to follow nor to catch all the pieces…but the proof is there that Elvis did sing some of the Orion songs.
Jesse has told me himself that some of the Orion songs really are him. Listen to the above and see if you don’t agree that this definitely is one of Elvis’ songs.
Please visit my Orion pages to see the full history and details of the very complicated clues involving Elvis/Orion/Orion Pictures/Jerry Lee Lewis etc. See my links below:
Thank you for taking the time to peruse my rather involved article above. I hope everyone will enjoy it and have fun following the “breadcrumbs” left by Elvis for all of us to find and understand. The above is only one facet of the many, many clues which Jesse said he left for his fans.
I am happy to share with everyone that Jesse did phone me late Wednesday afternoon. I am so thankful that Jesse was feeling better than when we last spoke. I was not as sad as I was when we last talked. So, we had a very nice chat this time. Of course, speaking with him really did light up my day. He is the best brother in the world as he called because he was concerned about how I was feeling.
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THURSDAY, MAY 4TH, 2023
MONDAY, MAY 8, 2023
I am elated to see the below good news about James Burton who has recently come thru a bout of serious health issues. So happy that he is well enough to do the below very special show.
Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton and Sir Brian May announce one night only concert
Elvis Presley’s legendary guitarist James Burton has announced a UK concert with Sir Brian May, Van Morrison and more.
He may be 83, but Elvis Presley’s very own TCB band guitarist James Burton shows no sign of stopping.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star is well known for his collaborations with The King through countless Las Vegas shows and concerts, plus his work with the likes of George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers and more.
Now the music icon is set to perform James Burton and Friends UK, for one night only at The London Palladium on Sunday June 4, 2023.
He’ll be joined on stage by Queen guitarist Sir Brian May, who grew up inspired by Elvis’ band member.
Meanwhile, Van Morrison, Albert Lee, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and more surprise guests will also be performing in a show that will transport the audience back across six decades of music.
Sir Brian said: “This concert, centered around my hero James Burton, one of the most influential guitar players of all time, is something we’ve been wanting to do ever since we played together in Nashville in 2019. It’s for a great man, and a great cause – and best of all we all get to play with James Burton!”
Burton himself said: “We are thrilled to bring together such an incredible lineup of musicians for this event. Not only will it be a fantastic evening of entertainment, but it will also help us continue our mission of providing music education to those who need it most. We’re grateful to all of the artists who are generously donating their time and talent to support our cause.”
Burton added: “I’ve always wanted to do my own show, which – in 2005, we actually came up with the idea, invite all of my friends that I worked with, and all my guitar player friends and singers as well. I wanted to do something for the kids in music, and I got to thinking I would like to donate guitars to the kids in school – you know, get music back in schools. But the government took it out years ago. I still get letters from teachers and young kids thanking me for this program that we do.”
A statement said: “Proceeds from the show will go to The James Burton Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instructions. Over the years, the Foundation has given thousands of guitars to schools, children’s and veterans’ hospitals, and other organisations. The success of this event will allow the Foundation to expand its music education program, facilities, and partnerships.”
To book tickets for James Burton and Friends UK with tickets starting at £61.70, click here.
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2023
I enjoyed watching this interview with James Burton remembering the good times he had playing backup for Elvis. The above article had James on my mind and so I went looking and found this video.
SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2023
I like this very much.
TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023
I want to share with everyone that our sweet Jesse called late this afternoon. He sounded in good spirits. He has been able to get outside some and even pulled a few weeds…wanted to mow some…but wasn’t advisable. He enjoys sitting out on his balcony now that spring is here. He takes his CD player out with him and plays some music. I am so happy that he is getting to enjoy springtime. It certainly made my day getting to speak with him. My wonderful brother.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2023
Below is an interesting article about Elvis’ love of autos.
We all recall that the very last photo of Elvis was taken on the night before his “death” (retirement) while returning to Graceland driving his Stutz Blackhawk. Below is a photo of that car along with the last photo of Elvis driving it.
A Look At Elvis Presley’s Iconic Car, the 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was known not only for his incredible music but also for his taste in extravagant and unique automobiles. One such vehicle that captured the King’s heart was the Stutz Blackhawk III, a luxurious and rare car that became synonymous with Elvis’ style and panache. In this article, we will explore the history of the Stutz Motor Company, dive into the unique features of Elvis’ Stutz Blackhawk III, and provide tips for nostalgic fans who wish to emulate the King’s automotive legacy.
The History of Stutz Motor Company
The Stutz Motor Company was founded in 1911 by Harry C. Stutz, an American engineer and automobile entrepreneur. The company started with the production of the Stutz Bearcat, a sports car designed to compete in the prestigious Indianapolis 500. The Bearcat achieved immediate success, finishing 11th in the 1911 race and earning a reputation as a reliable and fast car.
Over the years, Stutz Motor Company expanded its lineup, producing luxury sedans, roadsters, and coupes. The company gained recognition for its innovative engineering, such as the use of overhead camshaft engines and safety glass. Despite its achievements, the Great Depression took a toll on the luxury car market, leading to Stutz Motor Company’s bankruptcy in 1935.
In the late 1960s, the Stutz name was revived by New York banker James O’Donnell, who aimed to create a modern luxury car with a classic design. The result was the Stutz Blackhawk, introduced in 1970. This new model featured a bold and ostentatious design, capturing the attention of celebrities and elites, including Elvis Presley.
The Blackhawk series continued to evolve, with the Blackhawk II and III introducing various improvements and new features. The Stutz Blackhawk III, in particular, became a symbol of opulence and exclusivity, with only a limited number of units produced.
Unfortunately, the Stutz Motor Company could not sustain its success in the long term. The production of the Stutz Blackhawk ended in the mid-1980s, and the company ultimately faded into history. However, the legacy of the Stutz Blackhawk, especially the III, remains alive and well, thanks in no small part to the enduring influence of Elvis Presley.
The Features That Made Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk III, Unique
Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk III was a customized masterpiece that embodied the King’s extravagant lifestyle. One of the most striking features of the car was its bold design, with a long hood, prominent grille, and sleek profile. The car’s exterior was painted in a deep black, accentuating its elegance and making it instantly recognizable as Elvis’ signature ride.
The Blackhawk III’s interior was no less impressive, featuring plush red leather upholstery and genuine wood accents. The dashboard boasted an array of gauges and controls, giving the car a high-tech feel for its time. The entertainment system, a must-have for the King of Rock and Roll, included an 8-track tape player and a state-of-the-art sound system.
Under the hood, Elvis’ Stutz Blackhawk III was powered by a 7.5-liter V8 engine, capable of delivering immense power and torque. This allowed the luxurious coupe to reach impressive speeds and accelerate swiftly, ensuring that the King traveled in style and speed wherever he went.
Elvis’ Blackhawk III was also equipped with several unique customizations that made it a one-of-a-kind vehicle. These included a gold-plated steering wheel, gold-plated exterior accents, and custom wire wheels. These eye-catching details further emphasized the car’s exclusivity and status, making it a perfect fit for the King’s flamboyant personality.
In addition to the luxurious appointments and customizations, the Stutz Blackhawk III also featured advanced safety features for its time. The car was equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, a rarity in the early 1970s, ensuring reliable stopping power. Furthermore, the Blackhawk III came with an advanced security system to protect both the vehicle and its occupants.
The combination of distinctive design, opulent features, and powerful performance made Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk III a true icon of its time. This unique vehicle represented the perfect fusion of the King’s passion for music, luxury, and automobiles.
Car Shopping Tips for Nostalgic Elvis Presley Fans
For Elvis Presley fans who dream of owning a car reminiscent of the King’s legendary Stutz Blackhawk III, there are several key factors to consider. First, be prepared to invest a significant amount of time and effort into finding a suitable vehicle, as the Stutz Blackhawk III is an exceedingly rare and sought-after car.
When searching for a Stutz Blackhawk III or similar vehicles, consider contacting classic car clubs, attending car shows, or browsing online car auctions and marketplaces. Networking with other collectors and enthusiasts can be invaluable in locating potential leads on available cars.
When evaluating a prospective purchase, be sure to thoroughly inspect the vehicle for any signs of rust, damage, or other issues. Consulting a classic car expert or mechanic for a professional assessment can help you make an informed decision and avoid potential pitfalls.
Be prepared for the costs associated with owning a classic car, such as insurance, maintenance, and storage. Investing in proper care and upkeep is crucial to preserving the value and performance of your prized automobile.
Once you have acquired your dream car, transporting it safely and securely should be a top priority. To ensure the safe arrival of your Stutz Blackhawk III or other classic car, consider working with a reputable car shipping broker who can crawl their network for the best car shipping deals.
According to Montway.com, one of the Missouri car shipping brokers available to classic car lovers nationwide, “When speaking to a professional auto transport carrier or broker, be prepared with the following information:
Pickup and drop-off destinations
Vehicle type, size, and year”
First, research and select a reputable car shipping company with experience in transporting classic and luxury vehicles. Make sure to check customer reviews, ask for references, and verify that the company is licensed and insured.
Next, opt for an enclosed car carrier to protect your vehicle from potential damage caused by weather, debris, or other factors during transit. While this option may be more expensive than open transport, the additional protection is well worth the investment for such a rare and valuable car.
Finally, thoroughly document the condition of your vehicle before shipping, including taking photographs and noting any existing damage or issues. This will help ensure that you have accurate records in the event of any disputes or claims upon delivery.
The Role of the Stutz Blackhawk III in Elvis Presley’s Life
The Stutz Blackhawk III played a significant role in Elvis Presley’s life, serving as a symbol of his success and a testament to his love for unique automobiles. Elvis purchased his first Blackhawk in 1970, and over the years, he would go on to acquire three more, including the Blackhawk III.
Elvis often used the Blackhawk III for personal transportation, driving it around Memphis and even using it to transport fellow celebrities, such as Frank Sinatra. The car was also a fixture at Graceland, Elvis’ beloved home, and can still be seen on display at the estate today.
The Stutz Blackhawk III was not only a personal favorite of Elvis, but it also became an integral part of his public image. Photos and footage of the King behind the wheel of his Blackhawk III are among the most iconic images of his later years, serving as a lasting reminder of his passion for automobiles.
Elvis Presley’s love for the Stutz Blackhawk III extended beyond his own collection. He also gifted a Blackhawk to his close friend and physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, as a token of his appreciation. This generous gesture further solidified the car’s association with Elvis and his circle.
The King’s affinity for the Stutz Blackhawk III has undoubtedly contributed to the car’s enduring legacy, turning it into a cultural icon and a sought-after collector’s item. Today, Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk III remains an emblem of his extravagant lifestyle and an enduring testament to his love for unique and powerful automobiles.
Elvis Presley’s Other Cars and His Love for Automobiles
Elvis Presley’s passion for cars extended far beyond the Stutz Blackhawk III, as he amassed an impressive collection of vehicles throughout his life. Some of the most notable cars in his collection included a 1955 Pink Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special, a 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, and a 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.
The King was also known for his love of motorcycles, owning a variety of models from Harley-Davidson, Triumph, and Honda. His 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide, in particular, is considered one of the most valuable motorcycles in the world, having sold at auction for a record-breaking $800,000 in 2019.
Elvis’ car collection was not just for show; he often enjoyed driving his vehicles and sharing them with his friends and family. He was known to take impromptu road trips, exploring the open roads and indulging in his love for speed and adventure.
In addition to driving and collecting cars, Elvis was also known to have a strong interest in automotive technology and design. He often customized his vehicles to suit his personal tastes, adding features such as custom paint jobs, upgraded sound systems, and luxurious interior appointments.
Elvis’ passion for automobiles was so well-known that it even made its way into his music and films. Several of his movies, such as “Viva Las Vegas” and “Spinout,” featured prominent car-related storylines, while songs like “Baby, Let’s Play House” and “No Money Down” showcased his love for fast cars and the open road.
Elvis Presley’s enduring love for automobiles has become an integral part of his legend, with his impressive car collection serving as a testament to his personal style, success, and passion for life.
Elvis Presley’s love for the Stutz Blackhawk III and his extensive collection of unique automobiles have left an indelible mark on both automotive and pop culture history. As fans continue to celebrate the King’s life and legacy, the Stutz Blackhawk III remains a shining example of Elvis’ extravagant tastes and enduring influence. By following the tips and insights provided in this article, nostalgic Elvis Presley fans can continue to honor the King’s passion for cars and perhaps even acquire a piece of automotive history for themselves.
A Look At Elvis Presley’s Iconic Car, the 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III
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Graceland Prepares for Exciting Summer with a New Exhibit, All- American Weekend, Elvis Week, Live Concerts and More
New ’68 Special Enhanced Exhibit Scheduled to Open Memorial Day Weekend
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—May 24, 2023 — Elvis Presley’s Graceland® is gearing up for a busy summer filled with a variety of activities and numerous reasons to visit. It kicks off with the opening of a newly reimagined ’68 Exhibit, which provides an up-close look at Elvis’ legendary 1968 NBC television special. The exhibit features artifacts such as tickets to the original show and the blue chairs that Elvis and the band sat on during the sit-down portion of the special. Along with a replica stage and the famous ELVIS in red lights display, visitors can also see Elvis’ made-for-tv outfits including his famous black leather suit and white “If I Can Dream” suit. With 28 TVs throughout the exhibit, guests can immerse themselves in video clips of the unforgettable special that launched the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s “comeback” to live performing. The exhibit opens Memorial Day weekend at Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
This summer will be the last chance for visitors to tour the Making of ELVIS Movie Exhibition celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s hit film and take Graceland’s Elvis Movie Ultimate VIP Tour. The exhibition looks at the beginning of the creative process for the celebrated film and follows its journey to the big screen, including behind-the-scenes videos of the making of the film, handwritten notes, drafts of scripts, storyboards, props, set pieces, costumes, and more. The Elvis Movie Ultimate VIP tours include a private tour guide to share insight into the extensive research done by Baz Luhrmann while at Graceland, along with the stories of the real-life artifacts replicated in the movie. The Making of ELVIS Movie Exhibition and Movie UVIP Tours close on September 4.
In July, Graceland will be lit in red, white, and blue as it celebrates the nation’s independence during its All- American Weekend on July 1-2. The weekend will include an Elvis tribute concert, VIP Dinner and Reception on the grounds of Graceland, gospel brunch, and a special “hidden” tour of Graceland, and will be capped off with a one-of-a-kind fireworks extravaganza set to Elvis music.
Elvis Week 2023 will mark the 46th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, with nine days of events, August 9-17, celebrating Elvis’ life and legacy. Elvis Week has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from around the world.
During Elvis Week 2023, Graceland will honor the anniversaries of two of Elvis’ landmark television specials with the ’68 Special 55th Anniversary Enhanced Screening on August 14 and Aloha from Hawaii 50th
Anniversary Concert on August 16. Additional highlights of the week include the Ultimate Elvis Tribute ArtistContest Rounds on August 10 and 12; Conversations on Elvis on August 15; plus the cornerstone event of the week, the Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of August 15.
Graceland Live’s diverse and rapidly growing concert lineup is also presenting several concerts this summer at the Graceland Soundstage. Booked so far are August 8 – Motionless in White and In This Moment; August 17 – Clint Black; August 19 – Richard Marx; August 24 – Black Jacket Symphony; September 7 – W.A.S.P.; and September 8 – Cheap Trick; with additional shows also booked throughout the fall and into winter.
From new and limited-time exhibits to great food, a refreshing pool, and the chance to walk in the footsteps of an American legend, this summer offers lots of great experiences for fans and music lovers. Check out Graceland.com for a list of 15 great reasons to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland this summer.
Tickets are now on sale for all of Graceland’s summer activities at Graceland.com
About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland and its related properties, including Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Graceland’s entertainment and exhibition complex over 200,000 square feet in size; the new 80,000 square feet Graceland Exhibition Center featuring rotating exhibits; the AAA Four Diamond Guest House at Graceland 450-room resort hotel; and the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours, and attractions worldwide. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. Graceland is the only attraction worldwide to ever receive ten USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards including “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour,” “Best Tennessee Attraction and Iconic Landmark,” “Best Musical Attraction,” “Best Historic Southern Attraction,” and the #1 “Iconic American Attraction.” The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards named Graceland the most popular attraction in Tennessee and one of the top 25 landmarks in the world and Rolling Stone named it one of 10 Great American Music Landmarks. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.
Stay connected to Elvis Presley’s Graceland:
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@ElvisPresleysGraceland on Facebook @VisitGraceland on Twitter and Instagram @Offficial Graceland on YouTube
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THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2023
I want to apologize for not being more active here on the site for this past week. We have been busy and I have had several painful days when I could not be as active on the computer. I thank everyone for bearing with me…old age and bad health as usual.
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MONDAY, MAY 29, 2023
Another good match of Elvis/Jesse.
TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2023
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2023
Elvis’ guitarist James Burton praises ‘wonderful’ King’s kindness in private moments
EXCLUSIVE: Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about working with The King, ahead of his upcoming charity concert with Sir Brian May and more music legends.
James Burton has had the most incredible career and shows little sign of stopping at 83.
The rock legend has worked with all the greats, including the late Tina Turner, and is the only guitarist to have played with all four members of the Million Dollar Quartet and the Rat Pack.
Ahead of his highly-anticipated UK show next week, the musician spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about the joy of working with Elvis Presley as his TCB guitarist across the Las Vegas years and those iconic concerts.
He recalled: “All the shows were fantastic and sold out. I don’t think there was any show that wasn’t sold out that I recall.”
Asked what Elvis was like in private, Burton shared: “Working with Elvis was a real treat. The guy was such a fantastic person, a great entertainer and couldn’t do any wrong. We were always there for him and he there for us. He was a wonderful guy.” He joked: “If only he could sing, that was the only problem that we had!”
Asked what his favourite Elvis concert was, he admitted 1973’s Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite, adding: “It had a lot to do with the atmosphere.”
The 83-year-old is planning on playing tribute to The King at James Burton and Friends UK on Sunday June 4, 2023 at the London Palladium.
Burton teased he hopes to be performing Little Sister, Suspicious Minds and Heartbreak Hotel. Meanwhile, Queen legend Sir Brian May will open the show with him in a duet of Suzie Q and Hello Mary Lou.
Elvis’ guitarist shared: “I’m excited. We’ve got some great people and it’ll be fantastic.”
Another big feature of the show will be a Glen Campbell tribute alongside Steve Wariner. Van Morrison, Albert Lee, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and more surprise guests will also be performing in a concert that will transport the audience back across six decades of music.
Sir Brian May will open James Burton’s show
Elvis’ guitarist added it was a “real pleasure” that every seat sold will be going towards his charity.
His team shared: “Proceeds from the show will go to The James Burton Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instructions. Over the years, the Foundation has given thousands of guitars to schools, children’s and veterans’ hospitals, and other organisations. The success of this event will allow the Foundation to expand its music education program, facilities, and partnerships.”
To book tickets for James Burton and Friends UK click here.
There is a new listing for the album THE KILLER, THE KING on eBay at a more reasonable starting bid if there are those who are looking to buy.
Please visit the below link as the image shown is only a screenshot and is not a clickable link.
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I have created the new page for Current News and Events for the month of June, 2023.
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