CURRENT NEWS & EVENTS SEPTEMBER, 2021

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

Take a look at this great match between Elvis in the Army and the Statue of Liberty.

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I enjoyed this video showing some of the gifts which Elvis gave to Gary Pepper.  This is very touching to me because of the many gifts which Jesse has given to Tom and me.  Nothing can compare to being friends with Elvis/Jesse…not because of the material gifts but because of the love he expresses to his friends in every way.

Gifts Elvis Gave Gary Pepper!

Ashley Drew

Let’s take a look at even more gifts Elvis Presley gave his friend Gary Pepper! Watch my video on 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐏𝐞𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐫 here: https://youtu.be/Pp-ZLWmvgwo Watch my 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐰/ 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐲’𝐬 𝐍𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞 here: https://youtu.be/C9mfxf3OqKs The TRUTH about Gary Pepper! Interview with nurse Nancy. Elvis Presley’s friend Gary Pepper was a special person. He had Cerebral Palsy but that didn’t stop him from being Elvis’s #1 fan and accomplishing great things. I had the opportunity to chat with Gary’s nurse and friend Nancy who was there through it all in Memphis, TN

youtu.be/yhQ9bdmKEIU

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SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

I want to recommend an older book to everyone.  There are so many trash books out there and people get lead astray by them.  So, I want to make everyone aware of a truly wonderful book about Elvis.  I think that over the years I have probably mentioned this book before…so please forgive my memory if I repeat myself.  This book is so good that it deserves to be mentioned more than once.

The title of this book is “The Truth About Elvis” and it was written by Jess Stearn with Larry Geller.  The dedication near the front of the book says it all…see copy below.

I have had my copy of the book for so many years and am thinking of reading it once again now.  I will display the copy of the front and back of my book so you may search for it on the Internet.  It is available on Ebay and Abebooks.com at affordable prices.  It is also on Amazon but the price is high on there.

When you read the covers you will understand a little of why I love this book so much.  

I want to share something here that I do not believe I have ever shared before.  During a phone conversation with Dr. Hinton when Jesse’s book was being written, we discussed a title for the book.  I suggested “The Truth About Elvis Aron Presley – In His Own Words“.   As you can see, this book influenced my suggestion for the title.  

Below are the images of this book:

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

Elvis Presley’s White Eyelet Jumpsuit From 1972 Madison Square Garden Concert Sold

By Bruce Haring

September 5, 2021 8:37am

Elvis is still the King. Kruse GWS Auctions, the entertainment memorabilia auction house specializing in celebrities, sold a key piece of his career at a Saturday auction for more than a million dollars.

The Elvis Presley Eyelet Jumpsuit and Cape from his 1972 Madison Square Garden performances in New York has sold for $1,012,500, with the auction house reporting it as a world record price, albeit without noting any details on what record it beat.

The ensemble, designed by Bill Belew, became one of the most-photographed and iconic costumes of Elvis’s career. The show where he wore it was his first live performance at Madison Square Garden. The eyelet jumpsuit and cape has been in a private collection for more than 30 years prior to it going to auction.

Other Elvis memorabilia also was a hit at the weekend auctions. Highlights include an Elvis Presley Jar of Hair with extensive documentation, sold for $72,500; Elvis Presley’s racing helmet from the film Viva Las Vegas, sold for $23,750; the Elvis Presley tuxedo tailcoat from the film Frankie & Johnny sold for $75,000; Elvis Presley’s personal and stage-worn boots sold for $28,750; Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special Sheet Music sold for $15,000; Elvis Presley’s Schick electric razor sold for $3,000; and an Elvis Presley Custom Eagle Belt made by Mike McGregor sold for $25,000.

“We are thrilled to have hosted such an exciting auction this weekend where fans and collectors from around the globe bid on extraordinary memorabilia from the life and career of Elvis Presley,” said a statement from Brigitte Kruse, rounder and lead auctioneer of Kruse GWS Auctions “The outstanding sale of his iconic 1972 Madison Square Garden eyelet jumpsuit and cape represents not only a world record price, but is a true testament to the legendary reverence and love people still feel for him.”

Elvis performed four sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden, the only New York City arena shows of his career (he was on stage for several TV broadcasts in 1956-7, including The Ed Sullivan Show).

The shows spawned a live album, Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden. It peaked at No. 11 on the Top 200 US Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and was certified triple platinum in 1999 for sales of more than three million units. It ranks as one of the best-selling live albums of the 1970s.

Elvis Presley’s White Eyelet Jumpsuit From 1972 Madison Square Garden Concert Sold

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

Someone Paid $72,500 For The Weirdest Piece Of Elvis Memorabilia Ever

One of Elvis Presley’s most iconic jumpsuits sold for more than $1 million over the weekend.

But something quite odd also went for big bucks.

A jar of the King’s hair, with “extensive documentation” to prove it’s not faux fur, fetched $72,500, Kruse GWS Auctions said in a news release.

This jar of hair that belonged to Elvis Presley sold for $72,500. (Photo: Kruse GWS Auctions)
This jar of hair that belonged to Elvis Presley sold for $72,500. (Photo: Kruse GWS Auctions)

“This collection of hair was saved from haircuts given to Elvis Presley by his personal barber, Homer Gilleland, over the years and represents the largest and most well-documented collection of Elvis’ hair in the world,” the auctioneer described the memorabilia, now someone’s newly acquired treasure. “This isn’t a lock of hair that you typically find, but is a massive, baseball-sized specimen which has not been offered for sale in nearly 20 years.”

Whoever won the auction might even feel like they got a bargain: The hair last sold in 2002 for $115,120.

Grooming was apparently a big deal at this weekend’s auction, as the King’s Schick electric razor sold for $3,000.

Other auction highlights include the jumpsuit that Elvis wore for his landmark performances at Madison Square Garden in 1972 and which sold for a record $1,012,500, a racing helmet worn in the film “Viva Las Vegas” ($23,750), his “Frankie & Johnny” tuxedo tailcoat ($75,000), his personal and stage-worn boots ($28,750), sheet music from his 1968 Comeback Special ($15,000) and his custom eagle belt ($25,000).

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/someone-paid-72-500-weirdest-052121989.html

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West Memphis looks to showcase its musical heritage with blues depot.

 

 

 

 

 

Please take note of the smooth rounded edges of the badge which Elvis is wearing.

Now, take note of the design of the edges of the badge which Elvis was given…as circled in red.

Also, I have read accounts stating that Elvis only carried the badge inside the leather case always…this was quoted as being stated by some of his associates.  

Also, we have all seen photos of Elvis wearing his DEA STAFF  logo warm up suits.  Below is an article from my original website which validates that these suits were official issue.

Ron sent me the following excerpts from the article titled   ELVIS: MEMPHIS TO MADISON” by Bruce Frey

“Hi Linda,

I came across this article, ELVIS: MEMPHIS TO MADISON” by Bruce Frey. Good article!

He writes, ” I attempted to find the source of Presley’s DEA outfit mystery and contacted Elvis Presley archivist at Graceland. They were confused about the outfit and did not seem to have any information. I reminded them that they currently had the DEA running suit displayed in Graceland which they confirmed. The archivist stated that they never learned the origin of this particular outfit.”

And so, he writes, “I contacted the DEA museum collection manager, Vince Lutes, who informed me that Presley had acquired the “DEA Staff” running outfit through his personal contacts in the DEA. Lutes states that this particular outfit was only available to DEA officials and staff workers at this time and that the general public would not have been available to obtain one. Presley was obviously very fond of this outfit as he can be seen in numerous photos towards the end of his life wearing this”

He did mention that Elvis was wearing this outfit on very early morning of August 16, 1977.”

I thank Ron so sincerely for bringing this article to my attention.

Elvis on June 26, 1977… before his very last show.

Below is a news article regarding Graceland celebrating the 50th anniversary of the meeting of Elvis with President Nixon.

Gallery: Graceland celebrates 50th anniversary of Elvis, Nixon meeting with pop-up exhibit

Famous Elvis and Nixon White House meeting
Famous Elvis and Nixon White House meeting(Elvis Presley’s Graceland)
Updated: Dec. 21, 2020 at 4:42 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Elvis Presley’s Graceland opened a pop-up exhibit Monday in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Elvis and President Richard Nixon meeting.

50 years ago an Dec. 21 Elvis and Nixon had a rather unusual meeting.

The meeting stemmed from Elvis’ passion for collecting police badges. Graceland officials say he was after a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, so he wrote a letter to president and flew to Washington, D.C. to hand deliver it offering his services in the war on drugs.

“After Elvis, the biggest star in the world, asked me to proofread his letter to President Nixon, the leader of the free world, we ended up in the Oval Office of the White House,” stated Jerry Schilling, a friend of Elvis. “Now Elvis’ letter is displayed at the National Archives in Washington DC along with such documents as The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights. It was an honor to be part of this true American story.”

Graceland says the exhibit includes a five-page, handwritten letter from Elvis to Nixon, the clothing Elvis wore to the Oval Office, the presidential cufflinks gifted to Elvis and a badge that was presented to him.

kait8.com/2020/12/22/gallery-graceland-celebrates-th-anniversary-elvis-nixon-meeting

My good friend  Dennis F. Miller shared with me the below photo of a display of some of Elvis’ DEA items,etc.:

The below photo of the badge along with the accompanying credentials is very much validation of Elvis’ position.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Below is an article about another valuable document from Elvis’ life  being auctioned…something which should have never left the estate and should be on display at Graceland.  I don’t understand how this is allowed to happen.

The 1957 contract signed by Elvis Presley to purchase Graceland brings $114,660 in an online auction

  • PHOENIX, Arizona

  • September 22, 2021

The custom-framed 1957 contract signed by Elvis Presley and his parents for the purchase of the home in Memphis that became known as Graceland sold for $114,660 in an online auction.  PristineAuction.com

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The 1957 contract signed by Elvis Presley and both of his parents for the purchase of the home in Memphis that became known as Graceland soared to $114,660 in an online auction held August 10th by PristineAuction.com, based in Phoenix. It was the only lot in the auction. A month later, Beckett named PristineAuction.com its Auction House of the Year for 2021.

“This auction was certainly one of a kind,” said Jared Kavile the president and founder of PristineAuction.com. “The company is proud to be part of the sale of such an incredible piece of history. The legend of The King will always live on, and Graceland is one of the most famous mansions in the world, visited by millions of people from around the globe. To be part of that is an honor.”

The contract was the actual purchase agreement allowing the Presleys to purchase the property at 3764 Highway 51 in Memphis. It was printed on Virginia Grant Realty Company letterhead and included Virginia Grant’s handwritten agreement, stating the Presleys would trade their property on Audubon Drive in Memphis for $55,000 credit, plus an extra $90,000 to purchase Graceland.

When Elvis was a boy, he told his parents one day he would make a lot of money and take care of them, putting an end to their years of hard work and financial struggles. Buying the Graceland mansion was the fulfillment of that childhood promise. Graceland was Elvis’s world. He and his parents lived and died there. For many, Graceland has come to represent the American Dream.

The custom-framed document, 30 inches by 34 inches, was dated March 17, 1957. It was signed by Elvis, his parents (Vernon and Gladys) and agent Virginia Grant, who signed her name in red and black ink pen. The $114,660 purchase price included the buyer’s premium. After Presley’s 1977 death, Graceland was named a National Historic Landmark. It opened to the public in 1982.

artfixdaily.com/artwire/the-1957-contract-signed-by-elvis-presley-to-purchase-graceland

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