Below is an article which ran recently in the UK regarding a phone call which Elvis made to Gail Brewer-Giorgio back in October, 1988 during the time that she was making so many TV appearances regarding her NY Times bestseller book “Is Elvis Alive?”. This will be older news to those who were involved in all of this way back in the 1980’s-1990’s or even during the 11 1/2 years of my own websites. Again, I share this for the interest of those who are newcomers to the real truth that Elvis did not die in August, 1977.
Elvis Presley ‘alive’: King ‘CALLED woman in 1988 to discuss Lisa Marie’s wedding’
ELVIS PRESLEY died in 1977, leaving his fans, friends, and family devastated – but many people think the King faked his death, and is still living to this day. And during a TV special in 1991, a woman claimed she received a phone call from the late singer to discuss Lisa Marie Presley.
Elvis Presley was 42-years-old when he was pronounced dead. The King of Rock n Roll was found at his Graceland home in Memphis on August 16, 1977. The singer was found in the bathroom by his fiancée, Ginger Alden. The King’s emotional funeral was filled with friends, loved-ones, and people from his past. There is a prevailing theory, however, that the King faked his death.
While the King was spotted in an open casket during his funeral, many theories suggested it was fake, with many other people claiming they had seen him walking around long after his death.
This theory saw even more credibility years after Elvis’ death, as people claimed they had seen him both at Graceland, and indeed at the Bahamas.
In 1991 Bill Bixby held a TV special on the theory that Elvis was alive, called The Elvis Files.
Throughout the show Bill explored these stories, and interviewed a number of people who claimed they had seen the star since his death.
Elvis Presley alive: A fan of the King explained how she was called by him (Image: GETTY)
Included in this collection of interviewees was Gail Brewer-Giorgio, an author and Elvis Is Alive theorist.
During her chats with Bill on the live TV special, she told of a time that Elvis called her home in 1988.
Telling Bill and the live studio audience, Gail said: “In October of 1988 around 2:30 in the morning a call came to my home from a man who identified himself as Elvis Presley.”
Gail was keen to ensure she was not being duped, however, so she did explain that she verified the man’s voice.
Gail continued: “Realising, of course, that he could have been an impersonator, I asked him key questions that were answered correctly.”
What’s more, Gail then recorded the call – but claimed she had a “very poor tape recorder”.
Throughout the stuttery clip of Gail talking to the man who claimed to be Elvis – which can be seen above – the King spoke candidly about his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
“Elvis” commented on Lisa Marie’s wedding with Danny Keough – which took place in 1988, the same year as the call.
He said: “My daughter[‘s wedding] came as a surprise to me. A very big surprise.”
The man claiming to be Elvis later went on to say: “I’ll definitely be out before I’m a grandfather.
“The dust will settle and everything. Believe me.”
Of course, this was over 30 years ago, and Elvis still has not returned – so could he still be in hiding?
Later in the TV documentary handwriting specialist Paul Weast examined Elvis’ death certificate against a letter the star wrote to President Nixon years prior.
After comparing the two documents, Paul explained that they came from the same person.
He told Bill: “I was supplied with a copy of a letter written to President Nixon in 1970, and the death certificate at the time of his reported death. I examined these two documents and compared them by measuring the slant of the handwriting, the spacing between the letters, spacing between the words, the size of the letters, and the individual letter formations.
“My conclusions after this exhaustive examination was, in my professional opinion as a document examiner, that same person who wrote the letter to President Nixon also wrote the death certificate of Elvis Presley’s death.”
I was friends with Gail Brewer-Giorgio for several years in the late 1980’s and very early 1990’s. Tom and I visited in Gail’s home in January, 1990 and Gail played the full tape of her phone conversation with Elvis for us to hear. I immediately recognized that it definitely was Elvis’ voice in the call. When I heard him speaking about his wanting to come out and heard his encouraging words to Gail, I became even more adamant in my support of Gail which led to my publishing my own newsletter, with Gail’s blessing, from July 1990 thru March 1991. That newsletter ultimately resulted in my being contacted by a man who knew Elvis. This man only contacted me after I stopped my newsletter and he told me, near the end of our phone conversation, that Elvis really did like my newsletter. I had secretly been sending my newsletter to someone who I felt certain was still friends with Elvis asking that my newsletters be passed along to Elvis.
Below is a photo of me with Gail during our Jan. 1990 visit in Gail’s home.
Below is the phone conversation which Elvis had with Gail which she sold with one of her subsequent books. Taping the call after being asked not to and then selling it with a book was a betrayal of Elvis’ trust in calling her. He did send her the “ammunition” as promised in the form of Gene Smith (Elvis’ first cousin) telling Gail to have the handwriting on the death report analyzed which would prove that it was filled out by Elvis himself. At that point, Elvis still did not know that she had taped his call. It was then OK’ed that Gene Smith go to the filming of the TV show “The Elvis Files” and tape his statement that he did not believe it was Elvis in the coffin. So, Elvis did give her a lot of “ammunition“.
Once Elvis realized that Gail had taped that call and sold it after being asked not to make the tape, he no longer speaks to anyone on the phone without using the voice distortion…at least that is my belief though I have not asked him.
After the success of the first Bill Bixby TV show, contracts were drawn up for a follow-up show to be produced and Gail was to be very much involved in that second show. However, the show was sabotaged and aired in a totally different manner to discredit the first show. Gail was completely left out of the loop of the second show. She should have stopped after the first show.
It is sad that Gail pressed ahead too much and lost the trust of Jesse/Elvis…she also lost my trust. It is no wonder that Jesse trusts so very few people after so many people have betrayed him and sold him out.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2020
Foundation looking for 1961 Elvis concertgoers for new documentary film on USS Arizona Memorial
Were you at the Elvis Presley concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena on March 25, 1961?
If so, then the nonprofit World War II Foundation is interested in interviewing you for a new documentary film in the works, “Elvis and the Arizona,” to be narrated by country music star Brantley Gilbert.
The nonprofit based in Rhode Island produces films on individual personal stories from World War II as part of its mission to educate younger generations about the war. President and filmmaker Tim Gray said the foundation is now seeking Hawaii residents who went to that concert to interview for the film while its crew is on Oahu on Dec. 6.
“We are interested in your memories of that day and seeing Elvis in person at Bloch Arena,” said Gray in an email. “We are also looking to film any moments from the concert such as ticket stubs and personal photos.”
Presley, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” played a huge role in helping to bring the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to fruition, according to Gray.
At the suggestion of his manager Col. Tom Parker, Presley held the famous benefit concert at Pearl Harbor in March of 1961that not only helped raise money for the struggling memorial project, but also helped revive the nation’s passion for honoring those killed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
The film is the 29th one by the World War II Foundation, which has already produced several focused on Pearl Harbor, narrated by stars ranging from Gary Sinise to Tom Selleck and Matthew Broderick.
That’s All Right by Elvis Presley, 1954: The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll recorded this album while he was jamming in the studio. His producer pressed record, and one of the most famous albums in history was born. It’s worth $4,000 today.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020
Below is another article which features Elvis’ 1961 benefit concert in Hawaii for the USS Arizona Memorial.
Elvis Presley’s 1961 benefit concert remembered
By JAYMES SONG
March 24, 2011
In this photo taken March 25, 1961 and provided by the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Elvis Presley performs at the Bloch Arena on the Pearl Harbor Navel base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley helped raise money and bring attention to help build the USS Arizona Memorial. The King is being asked to deliver one more time. (AP Photo/ Word War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument)
In this photo taken March 25, 1961 and provided by World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Elvis Presley receives an award from members of The pacific War Memorial Commission at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley helped raise money and bring attention to help build the USS Arizona Memorial. The King is being asked to deliver one more time. (AP Photo/ Word War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument)
In this photo provided by World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. A program is shown for a benefit concert in Hawaii put on by Elvis Presley for the USS Arizona Memorial (not built yet) in 1961. Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley helped raise money and bring attention to help build the USS Arizona Memorial. The King is being asked to deliver one more time. (AP Photo/ Word War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument) NO SALES
Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley helped raised money and directed much-needed attention to the stalled efforts to build the USS Arizona Memorial. The King is now being remembered for his contributions as the historic sites at Pearl Harbor enters a new era.
Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., will start selling T-shirts on Friday for $24.95 to commemorate the iconic crooner’s historic benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena on March 25, 1961. Proceeds will support the educational programs at the USS Arizona Memorial and the new $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
The black T-shirt features an image of the original concert billboard with Presley standing in his gold lame suit and a hangtag replica of the concert ticket. The shirts will be available at the visitor center’s bookstore or online at http://www.PacificHistoricParks.org through the end of the year.
“For us, recognizing this benefit concert is a way of making the public aware of the cultural history of the memorial,” said Daniel Martinez, Pearl Harbor historian for the National Park Service’s World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
Congress in the late 1950s authorized the construction of the memorial to honor the crewmembers entombed when the USS Arizona was sunk during an aerial attack by the Japanese that plunged the United States into World War II. The Pacific War Memorial Commission was tasked with raising $500,000 to build the USS Arizona Memorial.
Ralph Edwards, host of the hit TV series, “This is Your Life,” kicked off the public fundraising efforts on his Dec. 3, 1958 show when he featured Arizona crewmember and Medal of Honor recipient Samuel Fuqua. More than $95,000 was raised.
But contributions and attention dwindled over the next couple years, with less than half of the $500,000 raised. Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, read about the stalled efforts in the Los Angeles Examiner.
Presley, who was already scheduled to be in the islands to film “Blue Hawaii,” agreed to help by performing a benefit concert. It was his last live stage performance for more than eight years.
“Both of these celebrities, one that kicked it off and one that came to its aid two years later, are important,” Martinez said. “I think this is the beginning of the influence of celebrities in national campaigns of fundraising in our country. … It wasn’t just a concert. It was an event that had national attention and media coverage.”
On March 25, 1961, the 26-year-old Presley took the stage to an arena packed with 4,000 frenzied, screaming fans who paid anywhere from $3 to $100 a ticket.
Presley performed 15 songs that night, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” ”All Shook Up,” ”I Got A Woman,” ”I Need Your Love Tonight,” ”Don’t Be Cruel,” ”Are You Lonesome Tonight,” and “Swing Down Sweet Chariot.” He ended the show with a rousing performance of “Hound Dog, which included a slide across the stage on his knees.
The concert raised about $54,000, and public and private donations poured in following the show, which received heavy publicity across the country. Hawaii’s then-freshman Sen. Daniel Inouye, who today is the most senior member of the Senate, helped secure the final $150,000 to complete the construction during the fall.
“Mr. Presley’s role is significant because it brought renewed interest in finishing the memorial and undoubtedly had an influence on the citizens of the United States and our government,” Martinez said.
The USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated the following year on Memorial Day — May 30, 1962. The gleaming, white, open-air structure straddles the Arizona’s sunken hull, where 1,177 lives were lost. In all, some 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers were killed in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
“This is one of many examples we have of Elvis’ desire to use his talent to help and honor others,” Jack Soden, president and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises said in a statement. “Especially considering his own military service, we’re certain this one was especially significant to Elvis.”
Today, the USS Arizona Memorial, a top visitor attraction in Hawaii, is managed by the National Park Service and includes the newly rebuilt Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Despite being Elvis Presley enlisted in the US Army in 1958, the King of Rock N Roll knew a hit when he heard it. The 23-year-old never saw battle, but was stationed in Friedberg, Germany, to carry out his two-year conscription. In 1960, towards the end of his time in the army, Presley fell in love with a song which would eventually become his unforgettable track It’s Now Or Never.
It’s Now Or Never was released in 1960 and spent eight weeks at the top of the charts in the UK.
In 2005 it was announced the single had sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
It went down in history as Elvis’ biggest selling international song of all time.
It’s Now Or Never’s inspiration came from the Neapolitan song O Sole Mio, however.
After hearing the English version of the song – There’s No Tomorrow – whilst in Germany, Elvis told his recording company about his idea.
Elvis showed the song to his publisher, Freddy Bienstock, who was visiting him at the time.
Upon returning to his New York office, Bienstock went on the hunt for a couple of songwriters.
The publisher eventually found Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold, who got to work on Elvis’ version of the song straight away.
In the 1986 book Behind The Hits by Bob Shannon, Wally Gold was quoted in saying he recorded the iconic song in just under half an hour.
Gold said: “Aaron wrote other hits, I wrote other hits. But a song we finished in 20 minutes to a half-hour was the biggest song of our career.”
Shortly after Gold and Schroeder wrote the song, Elvis returned from his service and recorded the track on April 3, 1960.
Just three months later Elvis released the song on July 5, 1960, launching the best selling song of his career.
I want to share with everyone that Jesse called me late this afternoon. I was concerned that he had not called this week so his call was a relief to me. I always worry about how he is doing. He has not been as well this week. The cough which he had recently has evidently led to some breathing problems. He saw his doctor this week. He has no fever so he is certain that it is not related to the Covid-19…I am so relieved about that. The Dr. gave him a flu shot. The doctor has told him that he has a good immune system. We had a good chat and, as always, his call was a wonderful blessing in my day.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
I am slowly reading the book shown below which contains some very good documentation of Elvis’ early days at Sun Records. I have read other earlier books by Darrin Memmer and I highly respect him for the research which he devotes to writing his books. He always strives to share the truth about Elvis and often dispels non-truths which have been told and/or written by others. I do highly recommend Darrin’s books.
I want to share a YouTube channel about which I just read in the above book. I have visited this channel and am listening to the interviews with Sam Phillips and Marion Keisker as I compose this article. It is very informative and enjoyable.
SUN DAYS WITH ELVIS – Plus ELVIS PRESLEY’S AMERICA
Oct 11, 2016
The story of the early days of ELVIS PRESLEY and how he walked into the offices of the Memphis Recording Service to make a private recording as a present for his Mother has long since passed into legend. An insightful documentary around the magic of Sun with detail accounts with the people who knew Elvis and his music at the time.
I want to share with everyone that Jesse called me tonight and we had a good chat. He sounded strong and did not cough while we were talking so that is a very good sign. We only talked about some private things this visit and so I haven’t any other news to share this time. As always, his call was a huge help to me during a worrisome time for me. Someone loaded a very long document onto our computer over the Internet. The security systems did not intercept this and that worries me. So, not a happy time for me. Speaking with Jesse about it did make me feel better. His calls always help so much.
SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT
ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2020
Another Elvis article…
Elvis Presley ‘always took a gun to bed’ upstairs at Graceland shares King’s close friend
Elvis Presley was famously obsessed with guns and would often be armed wherever he went, especially in his later years. But did you know The King would even take a firearm up to bed with him? Upstairs at Graceland, which is off-limits to the public to this day, is Elvis’ bedroom, where members of the Memphis Mafia would be invited up to hang out with the star.
Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith lived at Graceland with his wife Jo and in a new video below, she spoke of The King keeping a gun by his oversized black and gold bed.
Jo Smith said: “He always kept one on his nightstand.”
She remembered how when they hung out in Elvis’ bedroom he’d sometimes even joke around with the gun, reaching for the weapon in jest if they said he wasn’t right about something in a conversation.
Jo laughed: “[We’d say] oh maybe you are right!”
And by the end of the evening, Jo and Billy would go to hug Elvis good night in his bed.
They would all say how much they loved each other and looked forward to seeing each other in the morning.
The couple described how “privileged” they felt in that “very special moment.”
Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie has also spoken of Elvis’ bedroom in the past, highlighting the piles of those spiritual books kept in his bedroom and office upstairs at Graceland.
Lisa Marie told Lorraine in 2018: “He always had books stacked up high next to his bed and they were all religious.
“If you go up to his bedroom, there’s a little office connected and there’s just nothing but books of every religion…a million bibles.
“He was constantly searching and he was very connected to gospel.”
While off-limits to the public, Elvis’ bedroom is maintained just as he left it, as requested by his daughter.
Published at Sun, 15 Nov 2020 14:40:00 +0000
I certainly don’t blame Elvis for taking a gun upstairs to his bedroom at Graceland. My husband, Tom, also does this every night and has for many years.
Elvis Presley’s home is kicking off its Christmas season with the Graceland Annual Lighting Ceremony. This is when the Memphis mansion is decked in seasonal decorations and its outdoor Christmas lights are turned on for the first time. And this year the event will be virtual-only due to the on-going pandemic.
Elvis fans can tune in to watch the broadcast live via Facebook at 6pm CST on Thursday, November 19.
For UK fans that’s midnight at the end of November 19 going into November 20.
To see what’s in-store, check out last year’s Graceland Annual Lighting Ceremony below.
Meanwhile, this year fans visiting Memphis can enjoy the special Christmas live mansion tour.
Elvis Presley: Graceland announce virtual Christmas lighting ceremony – How to watch LIVE (Image: GRACELAND/GETTY)
Graceland are also putting on Christmas live mansion tours (Image: GRACELAND)
A statement by Graceland reads: “This year, guests visiting Graceland on December 1-20, can enjoy special Graceland Christmas tours daily from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
“Our Graceland Christmas tours will feature live tour guides throughout Graceland mansion sharing stories about what it was like to spend Christmas at Graceland with Elvis, and guests will be surrounded by the beauty of Elvis’ traditional holiday decorations, both inside and outside Graceland mansion.
“In addition, the Graceland mansion tour will feature special holiday displays direct from the Graceland Archives.”
Graceland’s staircase at Christmas (Image: GRACELAND)
I have been worrying and debating about posting what happened to me (was done to me) by Facebook. But, after all my consideration, I have decided to share this because I feel it is important for others to be aware of Facebook’s actions toward me.
I posted on here recently about my announcement, which I posted on Facebook, that I was closing my account with Facebook because of them having closed my Elvis/Jesse Presley fan page without any correspondence with me about their planning to or having taken this action against me. I also posted my anger with Facebook because of their slant toward Democrat socialists takeover of our United States of America.
I also posted on here recently that someone/entity had implanted a very long document onto our desktop computer without our consent or knowledge and that, for some reason, our security program did not catch this and prevent it. I have spent much time researching the source of this document and the threats it may have carried.
My research has found that it was uploaded to our personal computer by FACEBOOK. It also appears that, within this huge document, was a key stroke logger code. This really angers me and was very unsettling to me. The document also replicated itself 183 times on our computer. The number of times it replicated was tied to the number of pages on my website which carried the option for visitors to share the link to my pages to their friends on Facebook. This option has heretofore appeared at the bottom of every page of my website. You will see that I have totally removed this option from my pages. Also, this type of option for Twitter has also been removed. In so doing, it also deleted the “Like” options at the bottom of every one of my two website’s pages.
I have washed my hands of Facebook and Twitter for good. My accounts with them are closed and will NEVER be reinstated.
Below is proof of the above stated facts about Facebook and what they did to our personal computer. The users of Facebook should be aware of this and be very careful on Facebook to not post anything negative about Facebook due to their possible actions against their users.
Facebook monitors and tracks the locations of users it deems a threat
Below is my announcement on Facebook about my closing my account back around October 20th. Evidently Facebook deemed my announcement as a “threat” to them. It was NOT my intention to “threaten” them in any way. I merely wanted my over 4,000 friends on Facebook to be aware of my reasons for closing my account.
I have decided to close my Facebook account. I just came from closing my Twitter account as well.
My dissatisfaction with Facebook began a few months ago when Facebook, with no legitimate reason, suddenly closed my Elvis/Jesse Presley page. This was completely unwarranted and was done without so much as a private message to me communicating their plan to close my page nor the reason why. Thereby, I had NO opportunity to respond whatsoever. This was very hurtful and upsetting to me, of course.
I was, and still am, angry that they closed my completely honest and legitimate page while leaving all manner of fake and fraudulent Elvis pages to spread their lies, garbage and misuse of people’s trust.
Something else has caused me to reach the point of closing my account. As many of you may have seen and heard in the news the past few days, Facebook and Twitter have been blocking posts and entire accounts of people who have posted anything to expose the criminal actions of the Biden family involving the millions and millions of dollars taken in by Hunter Biden, who then shared the money with his family, namely his father V.P. Joe Biden. Joe Biden’s position of Vice President to Obama was used by Hunter to gain his access to people of high offices in Russia, China, and the Ukraine. He received three and one half million dollars from the Mayor of Moscow’s wife alone. All of this has been exposed by the New York Post in an article about the disclosure of private Emails on Hunter Biden’s personal laptop. This information has also been collaborated by A former BUSINESS partner of Hunter Biden’s.
Facebook and Twitter are probably going to be investigated and called before the U. S. Senate for a hearing. I personally hope that they are put out of business. They are nothing but Silicon Valley computer geeks who stumbled upon goldmines in their social platforms and know nothing about running big companies much less the government of the United States.
Facebook has censored several articles which I attempted to post in the past because it went against the liberal socialist views of the CEO of Facebook.
I am livid that the huge tech companies which have made fortunes off of the capitalist system of commerce in our great nation now want to block the conservative views of the supporters of President Trump who did more than any other president in the history of our nation to create the strongest and most robust economy in the world.
They try to hide the fact that Joe Biden is bordering on dementia and is nothing but a tool of the radical left of the Democrat party. Biden will be declared incompetent within a very short time if elected and Kamala Harris who is more socialist and radical than Bernie Sanders will be the actual president of the United States.
I am a patriotic and active conservative who has enthusiastically supported President Trump even before he took the historic ride down the escalator to announce his candidacy. We have attended his rallies and contributed to his campaigns faithfully and our respect for him is endless.
I will no longer support Facebook nor Twitter with my presence nor my uniquely important and truthful information.
My websites will continue on as always and everyone is invited to please visit my sites to keep up with my Elvis news. I will still be posting on my website every time that I speak with Jesse just as I have been doing.
I shall miss all of my friends greatly and thank each one, from the bottom of my heart, for your friendship and support.
I plan to close this account on this coming Friday, October 23, 2020.
You can get my two website addresses from the introduction column of this page. I will post the links to both of my websites here on my timeline before closing my account.
I close by sending love, light and peace to all,
Linda Hood Sigmon
Below are scans from my printout of Facebook’s 47-page document which they implanted on our personal desktop computer without our knowledge or consent. I have only scanned a very few instances to prove my point that this is from Facebook and that it did contain a “logger” tracker.
Below is the phrase which I used to research this document on the Internet:
Below are instances of Fb which stands for “Facebook” and the word “Facebook” itself:
Below is one example showing the “Facebook logger”:
Below shows the “tracking”:
Below is the link to some of the search results which I found about Facebook’s document on the Internet. You will see that this was known to be from Facebook as far back as 2010-2011 and that it apparently contains a keystroke tracker. By the way, I believe that installing a keystroke tracker on someone’s computer is a crime!
I will add only that I have had to research and download several applications to get this document totally removed from our computer and to try to determine if it did any damage while it was on my computer.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Here is a real treasure for sale…
Lock of Elvis Presley’s hair up for grabs at Staffordshire auction
A lock of Elvis Presley’s hair could sell for thousands of pounds at an auction in Staffordshire next week.
A few strands of dark hair from the singer are set to go under the hammer in a music memorabilia sale at Hansons Auctioneers on November 19, with a guide price of between £4,000 and £6,000.
The hair was collected by one of the star’s hairdressers, Homer Gilleland, and attached to a souvenir card which states: “This card contains a lock of hair from the King of Rock and Roll as cut by Mr Gil of Memphis, memories of which in future years yours they will always be – Elvis 1935-1977.”
It is being sold, together with a racquetball used by Elvis, by 75-year-old lifelong fan and retired building site manager Tom Unwin.
He said: “I bought the hair about 10 years ago and the racquet in 2002 from a man who was running an Elvis fan club I belonged to. I have been a huge Elvis fan since I was 15.
“I’ve collected memorabilia all my life – everything you can imagine to do with Elvis. I’ve been to his home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, a few times and met members of his band and his wife Priscilla Presley. She was fantastic.
“I’m selling now because I’ve had so much enjoyment from showing my Elvis memorabilia to friends over the years. I would like others to experience that same enjoyment.”
The racquetball racquet, which also has a guide price of £4,000-£6,000, comes with a letter of provenance from Lamar Fike, a member of Elvis’s famed inner circle called the ‘Memphis Mafia’.
Claire Howell, music memorabilia valuer at Hansons, said: “What incredible Elvis mementos these are, treasured by a true fan for many years. Hair has always been a wonderful keepsake as it lasts forever. For any Elvis fan, here’s an opportunity to own a little piece of the legend more than 40 years after his premature death at the age of 42.
“Elvis is the King of Rock and Roll. He was one of the most talented and charismatic singers of all time, a cultural icon of the 20th century. He had an enormous impact on the music industry and became famous as an actor, starring in many films.
“But his hair had an impact on the world, too. He was renowned for paying great attention to his famous locks, which were actually blond. At a time when men didn’t dye their hair, he used gel, hairspray, colour – whatever it took – to achieve his rockabilly look. The girls swooned and, thanks to Elvis, a hair salon for men opened in Hollywood, unheard of back then. He was a ground-breaker in more ways than one.”
The auction is being held at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, near Stafford. For more information, email email@example.com
The above article about Elvis’ hair brought our own gift from Jesse to my mind. Below you will see some of his hair which was given to Tom and me as a gift quite a few years ago…Christmas, 2000. This certainly is a real treasure to us so I do know how this gentleman feels about his own possession of a sample of Elvis’ hair.
You may view the hair, the Christmas greeting to my husband and me along with rings he sent as gifts to each of us. You will see his actual handwriting on the envelope and the greeting card. This took place at Christmas, 2000.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020
This year the Christmas lighting ceremony at Graceland was virtual only on Facebook. Since I have closed my Facebook account, I was unable to watch it for the first time in many years. Below is a video from Graceland which is available on YouTube.
A number of special guests have helped us kick off the holiday season by turning on the Christmas lights at Graceland Mansion. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Graceland’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony over the years! Featuring: Trisha Yearwood (2015), John Stamos (2014), Scotty McCreery (2018), and Chip Esten (2013).
Below is an update article about the outcome of the lock of Elvis’ hair being auctioned yesterday in the UK.
Lock of Elvis Presley hair sells for £4k
A lock of hair from legendary singer Elvis Presley has sold for £4,000 at auction.
The hair was collected by hairdresser Homer Gilleland, who according to a letter of provenance, even cut the star’s hair on tour and on film sets.
It was sold by collector Tom Unwin, 75, from Kidsgrove, in Staffordshire, who bought it 10 years ago.
Mr Unwin said he had been a “huge Elvis fan” since the age of 15 and had collected memorabilia all his life.
“I’ve been to his home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, a few times and met members of his band and his wife Priscilla Presley, she was fantastic,” he said.
According to a letter of provenance, Mr Gilleland got to know Elvis in the early 1950s as he used to cut his mother’s hair.
The letter states: “Mr Gill cut Elvis’s hair on tour, movie sets and at Graceland. When Mr Gill went to Graceland to cut Elvis’s hair, he would wrap up the towel with this hair and, when he got home, he would take the hair and place it in a plastic bag.
“Over the years Mr Gill collected a sizeable amount of hair. After Elvis passed away, he would give a few strands to fans taped to a card.
“When Mr Gill couldn’t work anymore, he began to sell it.”
Claire Howell, music memorabilia valuer at Hansons, said Elvis’s hair had proved popular with fans as “it lasts forever”.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020
“Elvis Presley`s talent as a musical artist was double barrelled and more; his voice, on the one hand, was extraordinary for its quality, range and power, as well as being a unique stage performer with instinctive natural abilities in both areas; he was the master of a wide and diverse range of vocal stylings and ventriloquist effects, from the clear tenor of his C&W heroes, to the vibrato of the Gospel singers he loved, his voice invariably possessing an aching sincerity and an indefinable quality of yearning virtually impossible to pigeonhole”.
From the U.S Department of the Interior`s paper on criteria for greatness as a vocalist, which, together with all aspects of his life and legacy, led to the inclusion of his home, Graceland, in the National Register of Historic Places, in 2006.
I have opened the “Messages to Jesse” page for Christmas and his birthday messages to be posted by the visitors to my website. Below is the link to the new page.
I invite everyone to participate and to post multiple messages during the coming weeks. I thank everyone in advance for your expressions of love and caring to Jesse during this holiday season.
I also encourage you to invite others to visit and take part in the messages page. As I am no longer on Facebook, I haven’t a way to announce this option as I have in the past and so I hope my visitors will help by passing along this invitation to your friends.
Every month I will post an Elvis Presley News Report. If you like this posting then please inform other kindred spirits (like fellow Elvis-fans!). (Spread the word!) THANKS to all who have put this EPNR on their Facebook page. I truelly appreciate that!!! Thanks for subscribing.
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