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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2022
I am so sorry to learn of James Burton’s illness. May he make a full and swift recovery. God bless this good man.
(Image credit: Jon Super/Redferns)
James Burton – a Nashville-based guitarist who has played alongside Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and many more – has been diagnosed with kidney cancer.
Revealing the diagnosis on social media on Friday (September 30), the 83-year-old said he’s due to have an operation today (October 3) at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Hospital, adding: “Even though I have a great team of doctors, I know God is in control.” He also asked his fans and followers to pray for his “total healing.”
Born in Dubberly, Louisiana in 1939, Burton has worked with a remarkable list of musicians throughout his career, including The Everly Brothers, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Judy Collins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison and loads more.
But perhaps his most noteworthy gig was alongside Presley, as part of the rock and roll icon’s TCB Band. Burton played with the group for almost a decade, until Presley’s death in 1977.
A self-taught player, Burton is regarded by many as one of the best rock ‘n’ roll six-string players of all time. He has been a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001, when he was inducted by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. In his speech at the time, Richards said: “Let me put it this way: I never bought a Ricky Nelson record, I bought a James Burton record.”
In an interview with Guitar Player(opens in new tab), Burton recalled his time working with Elvis Presley, saying the icon “always worked real close with the musicians.”
“The way Elvis liked to work was that he would listen to a record and sort of copy some of the things that caught his ear and he thought he could enjoy working with,” he said. “He had a certain way of singing other people’s songs, and he could even make them sound better sometimes.”
I just want to say “Hi” to everyone and apologize for my absence once more.
Tom and I are staying busy with my two days per week of physical therapy, plus trying to work in the at-home therapy exercises, our other doctor appointments, plus just day-to-day living. My shoulders, arms, and hands still hurt much and prevent me from being on the computer too much. Tom will be having surgery on one eye on Friday. I had a follow-up mammogram for cancer last Friday and saw the surgeon on Monday for the evaluation of cancer. The news was good so far…I am so thankful to say. I must return for this same follow-up in 6 more months and thereafter every 6 months for two years.
I am having trouble with my eyes again and will be seeing the Dr. this Saturday.
So as you can imagine, an old lady with ailments and stuff going on does not have as much time as I would like to spend working on our website. But, please don’t despair, I will be here off and on and will always post when Jesse calls.
Thank you all so much for visiting this website and for caring about Jesse, me, and Tom.
I do thank everyone who has emailed me and I am so sorry that I just haven’t had the time or good hand/arm health to respond.
Love to all always,
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2022
Below is an article listing 10 movies about Elvis that the author of the piece feels that everyone should see. I have seen some of these movies and will say that “THIS IS ELVIS” has always been my favorite movie about Elvis.
10 Best Movies About Elvis Presley Everyone Must See
Elvis Presley was fondly known as a singer and actor who was conferred the title of ‘King of Rock and Roll’. As an actor, he played over 30 roles in several films beginning in 1956 with the movie Love Me Tender.
However, as he has given so much to the entertainment industry through his music and movies, he was found a worthy inspiration behind several films and documentaries. Even his controversies throughout his life gave enough inspiration for some of the movies.
In this article, we will be sampling some movies about the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Some of these movies even made it to the box office’s highest-grossing musician biopics with the likes of Loretta Lynn‘s Coal Miners Daughter.
Best Movies About Elvis Presley
1. True Romance
- Release Date: September 10, 1993
- Actors: Apparition of Elvis
- Box Office: $12.6
This movie was released on September 10, 1993, as an American romantic crime film. The movie was written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. On IMDB, its star rank was as high as 7.9. Though it doesn’t totally feature an Elvis character, it is still regarded as one of the best Elvis Presley movies ever made.
The budget of True Romance was $12.5 million and at the box office, it made $12.6 million. Rotten Tomatoes, has a rating of 93%.
In the movie about Elvis Presley, the music legend made an apparition to the lead character Clarence of the film and convinced him to kill Drexl, the Alabama pimp.
Generally, the plot of the movie revolves around a comic-book nerd, a fanatic of Elvis Presley, and a prostitute named Alabama. The nerd and prostitutes fell in love despite her relationship with her pimp. The plot develops further to the point that the nerd kills the pimp and elopes with Alabama with a mob on their trail.
2. This Is Elvis
- Release Date: April 4, 1981
- Actors: Ral Donner voiced an imitation of Elvis Presley’s speaking voice
- Box Office: $2 million
The American documentary was released in 1981 and was about the life of Elvis Presley. Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo directed the movie. This Is Elvis grossed $ 2 million at the box office in the U.S and Canada and got a Gold certification of 500,000 units in the United States (RIAA).
On IMDB ranking, it scored as high as 7.5 stars and on Rotten Tomatoes, was ranked 88% on Tomatometer and 87% audience score having over 50 ratings.
Interestingly, the character of the actor and musician was portrayed by as many as 4 actors in this movie. The first actor who took on the role was Paul Boensch II who played the role of 11-year-old Elvis. When he was 18, another actor portrayed that part of his life, and this actor is David Scott. Dana Mackay was the one who played Presley at the age of 35 while Johnny Harra played the role of Elvis at the age of 42.
3. Elvis (2005)
- Release Date: 2005
- Actors: Jonathan Rhys Meyer
Having a 7.2 rating on IMDB, 2005’s Elvis is one of the best Elvis Presley movies you would come across. It mirrors the life of Elvis Presley from his humble background and beginnings to fame and stardom. It is a miniseries written by Patrick Sheane Duncan and directed by James Steven Sadwith.
In 2005, the movie won 3 Satellite Awards for Best Miniseries or Television Film, Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, and Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for Meyer’s portrayal of Elvis Presley.
4. Elvis (1979)
- Release Date: February 11, 1979
- Actors: Kurt Russell (Ronnie McDowell as Elvis’ singing voice)
This American biographical film was directed by John Carpenter. Kurt Russell played the part of Elvis in the movie about the life and career of the rock and roll star. It however did not conclude the last few years of his career as the movie’s plot ended in 1970.
The movie has had 4 nominations, two each for Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Awards. It charted in the 55th position on Australia’s Kent Music Report. Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes places the biography on 65% rating with just 4 reviews on Tomatometer. Generally, this 1979 adaptation of the rock and roll legends life is one of the best movies ever made of Elvis Presley.
5. Bubba Ho –Tep
- Release Date: June 9, 2002
- Actors: Bruce Campbell
- Box Office: $1.2 million
This is a comedy horror film that was written, co-produced, and directed by Don Coscarelli. The plot of the story is based on a novella by Joe. R Lansdale with the same title.
Bubba Ho – Tep was initially budgeted to be $1 million and on Box office, it grossed as much as $1.2 million. Its IMDB rating stands at 6.9 out of 10. While on Rotten Tomatoes it has a Tomatometer and Audience Score of 79%.
The plot of the film tells a story about the mysterious deaths in a quiet retirement community. Elvis who had been in a coma for a while only to wake up in the nursing home, aged, befriends Jack with whom he went on to investigate the unnatural deaths around them.
6. Elvis and Me
- Release Date: 1988
- Actors: Dale Midkiff
This biography was written by the former wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Ann Presley alongside Sandra Harmon. The biography shines a light on her life and the relationship between the rock star and Priscilla.
Elvis and Me was the highest-rated TV movie in 1987 and 1988. The very first part had a record-high view of 32,400,000 viewers and the second part had 31,400,000 viewers.
Rotten Tomatoes, has a rating of 95% via audience scores.
7. Finding Graceland
- Release Date: September 12, 1998
- Actors: Harvey Keital
This movie is about an Elvis Presley impersonator who went on an adventurous ride with another man. During the ride, the driver, Gruman, revealed to his passenger the loss of his wife and other tragedies. The passenger claiming to be Elvis then becomes a source of strength and courage to him. He offered his host and driver comforting words filled with wisdom.
On IMDB, the movie was rated 6.4 out of 10, and on Rotten Tomatoes it scored 47% on Audience Score and 40% on Tomatometer.
8. 3000 Miles to Graceland
- Release Date: February 23, 2001
- Actors: 4 men dressed up as Elvis Presley
- Box Office: $18.7
The 2001 released movie 3000 Miles to Graceland is about a robbery that happened at a casino during Elvis’ convention week. It is a heist black action comedy film that was directed, co-produced, and co-directed by Demian Lichtenstein. The Co-writer is Richard Recco.
The making of the movie was budgeted to be $62 million and it had a box office gross rate of $18.7 million. On Rotten Tomatoes it scored as low as 14% Tomatometer with 97 reviews. The audience scored the movie 46% out of 50,000 ratings.
9. Heartbreak Hotel
- Release Date: September 30, 1988
- Actors: David Keith
- Box Office: $5.5 million
Written and directed by Chris Columbus, Heartbreak Hotel is an American comedy film. This story revolves around the fictional kidnapping of the rock and roll star, Elvis Presley, and his eventual release. David Keith played the role of Elvis in the movie with grossed $5.5 million in the United States and Canada despite having a budget of $13 million.
IMDB rating places the movie on 5.7 over 10 and on Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 38% on Tomatometer and 50% on audience rating.
10. Elvis Has Left the Building
- Release Date:
- Actors: Gil McKinney as Young Elvis, Joel Zwick as Squashed Elvis, Tom Hanks as Mailbox Elvis, and David Leisure as Hole-in-the-head Elvis.
- Box Office: $152,547
2004 released Elvis Has Left the Building was a comedic story about a sales rep who killed a series of Elvis impersonators by accident. She however becomes the love interest of Miles (Corbett) who was an advertising executive.
The movie had a budget of $11.5 million and grossed $152, 547 worldwide. On Rotten Tomatoes, the 2004 movie was rated 37% in audience score. Despite its poor rating, it still makes it to the list of one of the best movies about Elvis Presley of all time.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2022
I am so happy to share that Jesse called me tonight. He said that he has been feeling pretty well except for some usual day-to-day things. He sounded wonderful to me, of course. He has football on his mind now that Fall is here…getting a new sweatshirt for a college team he is following. We checked on each other’s health as usual and just had a nice chat. He reminded me how many years we have been close friends…we have grown old together and I have treasured every minute of it. I am so thankful for the blessing of his call.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022
This quote spoke to me about the friendship that Jesse and I have shared for so many years.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022
I am so sorry that we have lost the wonderful actress who appeared with Elvis in “Blue Hawaii“. Angela Lansbury passed away this week.
Below she speaks of her experience working with Elvis saying how nice it was.
Angela Lansbury talks about Elvis Presley and Blue Hawaii
There is some good news about James Burton. His family posted the below on Facebook on October 8th. We continue to wish him the very best.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022
Just for fun…
In pictures: AI shows what dead stars would look like if they were alive
Highly-realistic images have shocked the internet
Updated Sunday Oct 09 2022
A photographer has used artificial intelligence to bring back celebrities from the dead.
With AI, Istanbul-based Alper Yesiltas, who is also a lawyer, reimagines what celebrities who have passed away would look like today if they were still alive.
The highly-realistic images have shocked the internet.
He said that he wanted to see people he missed which included some celebrities. He is calling the project “As If Nothing Happened to Them”.
In an interview with My Modern Net, Yesiltas said that “anything imaginable can be shown real”.
Not too bad, huh!?
Below is a video that tells some interesting background for one of Elvis’ songs which I truly enjoyed. Hope you will too.
Elvis Presley – The Story Behind: In The Ghetto (Track Explainer Series)
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2022
It’s never too early to start making plans for big Elvis events.
GRACELAND KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAYS WITH THREE DAYS OF FESTIVITIES
November 17-19, 2022
Fans are invited to experience an American holiday tradition as the Christmas lights come alive again at Graceland during the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 17. Then, spend the weekend with us for three days of festive events, including the Elvis Christmas Peace Concert on Friday, November 18 and Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show on Saturday, November 19.
Ticket packages and individual tickets to concerts are available – plus don’t miss out on our afternoon Christmas tours, or enjoy evening UVIP tours of Graceland Mansion! Tickets are on sale now!
January 5-8, 2023
Elvis Presley’s Graceland celebrates the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday each year with four days of special events. Join us in Memphis on January 5-8 as we honor Elvis Presley’s birthday with concerts, movies, conversations, and more! This year’s festivities include our annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, Memphis Symphony Orchestra concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey, Conversations on Elvis, plus a very special Elvis screen show to mark the 50thanniversary of Aloha from Hawaii!
Tickets and packages go on sale Saturday, October 22 at 12:00 pm CST. Pre-sales for Founders and Insiders will be emailed directly to members.
Below is a current photo of Elvis’ twin granddaughters. They are beautiful and growing up so fast…they are now 14.
Elvis Presley’s twin granddaughters, Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood. Photos: @elvis, @borden_g/Instagram
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022
Below is some more information about the song “In the Ghetto“. Mac Davis certainly was a very talented songwriter whose songs were perfected by Elvis on records.
Special to the Avalanche-Journal
Mac Davis’ compositions for Elvis Presley earned him his greatest recognition as a songwriter. He often joked, “Elvis been berry, berry GOOD TO ME!” The iconic superstar recorded multiple top hits written by Mac: “Memories,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” “A Little Less Conversation.” And, “In the Ghetto.”
William Kerns, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal entertainment editor, wrote, “Had he only penned Elvis’ No. 1 smash, ‘In The Ghetto,’ (Mac’s) place in the annals of important songwriters would be assured.”
Mac’s memories of Lubbock influenced his writing of 1969’s “Ghetto.” He said, “I grew up with a little kid whose daddy worked with my daddy, and he was a Black kid. We were good buddies, five or six years old. I remember him being one of my best buddies. But he lived in a part of town, and I couldn’t figure out why they had to live where they lived, and we got to live where we lived. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we didn’t have broken bottles every six inches. It was a dirt street ghetto where he lived.
“I’d always wanted to write a song about it, where a kid is born, he doesn’t have a male parent, and falls into the wrong people and dies just as another kid comes along and replaces him. It’s just a vicious circle . . .
“A buddy of mine, Freddy Weller, came over. He said, ‘Hey, I got this lick that Joe South showed me.’ He played this lick on the guitar, and boy, I just heard ‘In the Ghetto.’”
Mac continued, “I didn’t say anything, went home that night and sat down with that lick . . . By about two o’clock in the morning, I had written the song. Of course, I called Freddy up as I was wont to do in those days and sung him the song at two o’clock in the morning. There was a long silence, and he . . said some foul cuss word and hung up on me.”
Mac also wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Lou Rawls, Bobby Goldsboro and many others.
You may read more about Mac Davis at the link below for the full article:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022
Just want to share with everyone that Jesse phoned me earlier tonight. We had a very good visit. He wanted to check in on my health. I was so very, very happy to get to speak with him. He is doing as well as usual. He and Tom discussed football thru me and that was enjoyable. He is looking forward to giving out some treats on Halloween…while wearing a mask, of course. He always enjoys seeing the children in their costumes. As always, his call was such a happy blessing.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2022
Below is a very interesting video about Bob Neal who was, as many fans know, Elvis’ manager before Col. Parker. I really enjoyed viewing this video and learned a lot that I did not know. I hope my visitors will find this enlightening as well.
Elvis Presley – The Story of Elvis manager Bob Neal
Oct 25, 2022
In this video, Stig Ulrichsen tells the story of Elvis Presley’s second manager, Bob Neal, who was born in Belgian Congo in Africa to missionary parents. Bob was one of the local deejays that Sam Phillips gave an acetate of Elvis’ first record which he played on WMPS and later Sam contacted him and asked if he had a spot for Elvis, Scotty and Bill on his show in Overton Park. On March 15, 1955, Bob Neal signed an amended one-year contract agreement with Elvis, giving him a 15 percent commission.
It still makes me sad that most fans still cannot hear and see the truth when it is right in front of their faces. Phew!!! After 13 1/2 years of hard work, honesty, blood, sweat, and tears on my part; plus this recent statement at the vigil, people still can’t or won’t accept the real truth. There is none so blind as he who will not see.
The below video on YouTube again made me sad ☹. As you may see, thousands more people have viewed this video than have visited my website in the two months since I posted about this topic, and many posted comments agreeing with the negative outlook of the YouTube channel owner. Also, there are 250 comments posted and as far as I can see just scrolling thru, most are of a negative outlook. So, I am presenting it here one more time in hopes that some soul will see, hear, and really listen and be made glad.
August 16, 1977, actually was the re–birth–day of Elvis as Jesse. It was Jesse’s 45th birthday!
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ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2022
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022
Below is a video of a long-ago TV report filmed at Graceland & which is the very first TV filming at Graceland after Elvis left. I haven’t seen this video in a long time and really enjoyed watching it again just now.
Elvis’s House, first filming at Graceland after Elvis’ death
Elvis’s house, first filming at Graceland after Elvis’ death Graceland Tour Elvis Presley Home, Cars and Airplane – Graceland Elvis Presley Home in Memphis Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, once owned by singer and actor Elvis Presley. His daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, inherited Graceland after his death in 1977. Graceland is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in the vast Whitehaven community, about nine miles (14 kilometers) from Downtown and less than four miles (6.4 km) north of the Mississippi border. It was opened to the public as a museum on June 7, 1982. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991, becoming the first site related to rock and roll to be entered therein. Graceland was declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006, also a first for such a site. Graceland is the most-visited privately owned home in America with over 650,000 visitors a year, rivaling publicly owned houses such as Biltmore Estate, Hearst Castle and the White House. Graceland Elvis Presley Home in Memphis Explore the beautiful mansion, walk the gardens where he found peace, tour the aircraft that he traveled on from show to show, and encounter Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex for an unforgettable experience featuring legendary costumes, artifacts, and personal mementos from Elvis and his family. This video was filmed at April 3, 1981 🎬
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022
Below I am displaying a quote from a recent interview with Elvis’ ex-wife which proves that some facts which Jesse wrote in his handwritten letters, which were published in Jesse’s book, were the truth. She is preparing for a tour in the UK in which she says she is going to hold nothing back. I will provide the link to the entire article so that everyone may read it and learn about her upcoming tour.
This quote has to do with Elvis being an undercover DEA agent.
The below is from my earlier article on my original website: https://lindahoodsigmonstruth.com/
Here are two excerpts from Jesse’s letters in which he told about the police work he did after 1977…until he was recognized. He also states, once more, that he did have some plastic surgery with which he was not too pleased.