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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 41 – Elvis’ Tells His Side plus Fun Facts

I ran across this awesome recording from a concert in August of ’69. Not only is it interesting to hear Elvis’ version of some of the events in his career, he is funny and charming as he tells it. Check it out:

 

And… Did You Know… 

After Elvis commemorative stamps were released (January 8, 1993), fans put them on envelopes and purposely sent them to bogus addresses, so they could have the envelope returned with “Return to Sender” and an Elvis stamp. I didn’t get in on that trend, but I do have a few sheets of those stamps. :)

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When Elvis was just a teenager, he heard the gospel group, the Jordanaires, and became a fan. He once told them, “If I ever get a contract with a major company, I want you guys to back me up.” According to Gordon Stoker, of the Jordanaires, when Elvis began recording for RCA in January 1956, he requested them as backup vocalists, but Chet Atkins, who was producing the record, told Gordon that this ‘new-probably-wouldn’t-be-around-long kid, named Elvis Presley’ wanted the Jordanaires, but since this kid was just a ‘flash in the pan,’ he told Gordon to take Ben and Brock Speer. Elvis was not pleased, and at a later recording session, once more insisted he wanted all of the Jordanaires. This time, his request was granted and the Jordanaires did back up for Elvis for the next 14 years, until he went to Vegas, where he was doing two shows a night. The schedule was too heavy for them, and they stopped touring with Elvis. 

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Elvis and the Jordanaires in the movie, Loving You.

(Side note: Elvis hated to wear jeans, because they reminded him of when he was poor, so about the only time he wore them was for movie roles)

 

Red West, Elvis’ ‘friend’ and part of the Memphis Mafia wrote several songs that Elvis recorded, among them, “Separate Ways.” Many people thought Red wrote it about Elvis’ and Priscilla’s split, but he actually wrote it about his separation with his own wife. Elvis changed the words (which were about Red’s son, Ben) from ‘the tears that he will cry’ into ‘the tears that she will cry’ to fit Lisa Marie. 

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Elvis and Red at Elvis’ 1034 Audubon Drive House : June 14, 1956.

Elvis wanted the intro to “Guitar Man” to sound like it did when Jerry Reed played it, and the only way to make that happen was to get Jerry himself. Jerry was fishing on the Cumberland River when he got the call from Felton Jarvis that Elvis wanted him to play on the record. He quickly agreed and headed to the studio in Nashville. Jerry was very anxious. He sat down to play, and Elvis said, “Just do those licks for me like you did on your original version.” Jerry made about three or four attempts and kept making mistakes. Finally, he looked up at Elvis and said, “God, you’re handsome!” Elvis thought it was funny that Jerry was so flustered, he was nervous as well.

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Next week I am going to Vegas to present workshops at a writer’s conference. As it happens, that is the weekend a new venture: “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience” opens in Vegas, and I have a ticket to the exhibit, not the show, but the exhibit is the main thing I’m interested in. Check out details here: 

http://www.graceland.com/vegas/

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Can anyone guess how excited I am???? :)

 

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EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. :) As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

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All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 40 – Why Elvis is the King of Music

A poll to crown ‘King of Music’ is in the works, and I have been religiously reminding Elvis fans on Facebook to vote for him daily. When I first discovered the poll a few months back, Michael Jackson was ahead. Now, Elvis is ahead by over 15,000 votes. The voting goes until January, 2016, so lots of time left, but I can’t imagine that anyone besides Elvis will end up with the crown. Here is the link if you want to take a look and vote. (You can vote once every 24 hours) 

http://thekingofmusic.com/

Of course, being a rabid Elvis fan for as long as I can remember, I am definitely biased as far as who should win King of Music. I’ve read comments on the website and people have posted stats and opinions and presented their own arguments for why their guy (mostly between Elvis and MJ), deserves to win. Everyone has their own opinion and tastes, and yes, statistics do back up an entertainer’s success. (However, I can’t imagine anyone attempting to pit another entertainer’s stats against Elvis’. No other singer has accomplished what he did, period.) Setting all of that aside, this contest is for the KING of MUSIC, correct? You would have to take into consideration which entertainer had the biggest impact on music, which one blazed a trail that earned him a ‘superior’ spot. And, when you take the word ‘music’ – surely a singer whose work spanned so many different categories embodies the very soul and definition of ‘music.’

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Consider all of Elvis’ genres: (and I’ve provided an example of a song in each)

(Do yourself a favor and watch these videos…pure pleasure! Especially Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Just Pretend and Suspicious Minds…okay, okay, I love them all!)

Early rockabilly:  That’s All Right, Mama

Rock and Roll:  Hound Dog

Ballads: Until It’s Time for You to Go

Blues: Reconsider Baby

Soul: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

Country: Just Pretend

Gospel: How Great Thou Art

Pop: Suspicious Minds

Then you have the songs that were just…Elvis. His movie songs, his covers, his rare recordings. No one can or will ever touch the magnitude of what Elvis has done for music. So, you can have your opinions and you can quote stats. But, there is only ONE King of Music…

Okay, I won’t keep you in suspense, it’s Elvis Presley!!! ;) 

Who is YOUR King of Music? (I promise I won’t ban you if it’s not Elvis :)) 

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EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. :) As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

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All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 39 – Elvis’ TV Appearances – The Early Years

In the early days, Elvis made quite a few television appearances on various shows. His first was on the The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show in January of 1956 in New York. The first show didn’t have a large turnout. It was raining, and Elvis, at that time, was not all that well known. He appeared on the Dorsey Brothers show a total of five times.

On April 3, exactly 58 years ago today, Elvis made his first appearance on the Milton Berle show in San Diego, from the deck of the USS Hancock aircraft carrier. He also performed concerts the following two nights. The San Diego Chief of Police announced that if Elvis ever returned to his city and performed in that manner, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct. LOL. I bet the chief later came to regret his words.

The second time Elvis appeared on the Milton Berle show a few months later, he stirred up a ton of controversy. He received the famous nickname, Elvis the Pelvis, from the press, and his act was called a ‘striptease.’ Jack Gould of The New York Times wrote, ‘Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability’. John Crosby of the New York Herald Tribune called Elvis ‘unspeakably untalented and vulgar’.

Ha! Little did they know…

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On July 1, 1956 (my birthday, although I wasn’t born yet…that would happen 5 years later), Elvis appeared on The Steve Allen Show. In order to avoid controversy, Steve had Elvis wear a tux and sing Hound Dog to a basset hound. Fans were incensed, claiming Steve did it to embarrass Elvis and to insult rock and roll. After the show, Elvis was interviewed on Hy Gardner’s live TV interview show. Elvis said: ‘I don’t feel like I’m doing anything wrong.  I don’t see how any type of music would have any bad influence on people. How would rock ‘n’ roll music make anyone rebel against their parents?’

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Ed Sullivan claimed he would never want Elvis on his show, but he changed his mind after learning that the night Elvis appeared on The Steve Allen Show, which was opposite his in the same time slot, Allen’s show brought in twice as many viewers. Elvis would appear on Sullivan’s show three times, September 9, 1956, October 28, 1956, and January 6, 1957.  His first show brought in 60 million viewers and gained the respect of many of his former critics.

Elvis, with the Jordanaires, sang ‘Peace in the Valley.’ I heard Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires being interviewed on Elvis radio recently. He said that Elvis had promised his mother he would sing Peace in the Valley on the show. Sullivan’s producer wouldn’t allow it, he told Elvis there had never been a religious song sang on the show, and there never would be. Elvis went to Ed and told him he’d promised his mother he would sing the song, but that ‘fella’ said he couldn’t. Ed told his producer to ‘let the boy sing whatever he wants.’ :)

On Elvis’ final appearance, the censors would only allow him to be seen from the waist up. At the end of the show, Ed Sullivan said, ‘This is a read decent, fine boy. We’ve never had a pleasanter experience with a big name’. 

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One of my favorites of Elvis’ early TV appearances was his spot on the Frank Sinatra Special after he returned from the Army.

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Here is an adorable clip of Elvis and Frank singing a duet. The clip also includes some commentary from Nancy Sinatra: PLEASE, do yourself a favor and watch this.

 

Sigh…can you imagine being a teen in the 50’s and never having seen rock and roll of any kind, and then, being exposed to Elvis??? Wow…

Although, some of you WERE teens in the 50’s. I’d love to hear from you about what it was like. What did you think of Elvis? What did your parents think? Any memorable experiences you’d like to share? 

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EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. :) As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

EndofLonelyStreet_w9180_FINAL

All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 38 – Elvis Impersonators…Yes or No?

Sorry this is posting on Saturday instead of Friday. And late at that. These past few days have been a whirlwind!

 

Elvis impersonators, we’ve all seen them. Some are talented and respectful, others look like caricatures with their ridiculously bushy sideburns and poofed up hair, their squatty, fat bodies and homely faces. They think they can deepen their voices and mumble, “Thank you, thank you very much” and we’re supposed to think they’re like Elvis. I’m not sure if they are trying to be funny (if they are trying, it’s not working), or if they really think they look and sound like Elvis. I can tell you right now, you don’t. No one does, no matter what they, or anyone else thinks. There was truly only one, and always will be only one, Elvis Aaron Presley. 

 

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There are also Elvis Tribute Artists. These guys seem to be a bit more respectful and serious. They seem to be a little closer to looking and sounding like Elvis. This guy, Donny Edwards, has won several ETA contests, and he seems to truly love Elvis. 

 

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But again, I’m afraid they all miss their mark. No one has that tone, that quality to their voice. That magic in their performances, that way of carrying themselves and moving the way The King of Rock and Roll did. Case in point, watch this video of Elvis singing Bridge Over Troubled Water in concert. You can feel it, deep in your soul. I can’t listen to him do this sound without getting choked up, and watching him sing it magnifies it ten-fold. Beautiful and moving. There absolutely is no other Elvis. No one who even comes close.  

 

 

I dislike watching impersonators and tribute artists, because, if I can’t have the real thing, what’s the point? I can deal with substitutions for margarine, sugar, and even crab meat, but not for the one and only Elvis. I don’t even like it when people say “Thank you, thank you very much.” Anything to do with Elvis should be left to Elvis.

 

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I’m going to be in Vegas toward the end of April, and they’re opening a new Elvis exhibit called The Elvis Experience, and I am going to try to go, just because I want to see the items on display and it should be a big, beautiful, exciting extravaganza, but apparently, a guy dresses up and performs Elvis songs. Personally, I could do without that part. Although, I might change my mind once I see it. It’s endorsed by Graceland Enterprises, so I’m sure it’s fabulous. I’ll be sure to blog about it when I return.

 

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http://www.graceland.com/vegas/

 

So, how do you feel? Do you enjoy impersonators or do you think they should give it a rest?

 

EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. :) As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

EndofLonelyStreet_w9180_FINAL

All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 37 – Elvis in the Army

I’m sure everyone knows the details of Elvis’ stint in the Army, but since the anniversary date is coming up, I thought I would use that as my blog topic. March 24th will be the 57th anniversary of Elvis’ 1958 induction into the Army, a day dubbed “black Monday” for his fans by the press. Elvis was drafted, and while he could have gone into Special Services, or avoided the draft altogether, he chose to serve. His decision resulted in many changes in his personal life and career. One thing it did was to alter the opinions of many of the older generation who gained a newfound respect for someone they’d previously accused of being vulgar, animalistic, and offensive.

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Although he was terrified he would lose his foothold to fame, and he was terribly homesick, Elvis served his two years on the army, working alongside the others, requesting to be treated like any other soldier. Elvis pulled KP duty like the other soldiers, became a pistol sharpshooter, and mastered the tanks obstacle course. When Elvis was asked about his decision to serve as a regular soldier instead of as part of the service club. He said, “I was in a funny position. Actually, that’s the only way it could be. People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn’t take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise, not only to the people who were wondering, but to myself.” In doing so, Elvis gained the respect of his fellow soldiers, who have attested to his wish to be seen as a regular soldier, despite his fame, and to his generosity while in the service. He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit.

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During his time in the service, two life-altering experiences occurred. His beloved mother, Gladys, passed away and he met Priscilla, who would later become his wife. Elvis also made many friends in the service, among them, Joe Esposito, who would become his assistant/road manager/right hand man, and Charlie Hodge, who sang with Elvis, handed him his scarves and water on stage, and performed various other important tasks. Both men loved Elvis dearly and stuck with him to the end.

The most tragic event in Elvis’ life, of course, was the loss of his mother. He was in Texas when Gladys became ill, he requested emergency medical leave, but it was denied. After he threatened to go AWOL, the army approved his leave, and the officer who originally denied his request was disciplined. It’s a good thing Elvis was able to be by her side. I can’t fathom how much more difficult her death would have been for him had he not seen her one last time.

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Elvis had many admirable qualities, but his serving in the Armed Forces might be one of the most impressive, if you really put it into perspective. In today’s world, can you imagine Justin Bieber, the members of One Direction, or Justin Timberlake taking a break from their career to serve in the Army? (I realize Bieber is Canadian, and I think One Direction is British, and I adore JT, I’m just making a point here :))

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As we all know, Elvis did NOT lose his foothold to fame. Although he didn’t perform live for 8 years after his return, and most of the records he made were movie sound tracks, the first record he recorded after his return was phenomenal, containing songs like Thrill of Your Love, Like a Baby, and Reconsider Baby. (I realize this might come as a shock, but I actually own the CD) :) I’ll close with a video of one of my favorite songs from the original track list:

 

Don’t forget about the giveaway. One commenter on this previous blog post will win:

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EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. :) As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

EndofLonelyStreet_w9180_FINAL

All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 36 – Elvis the BadA$$

Today is Friday the 13th, so I thought it fitting to center the post around some of the danger Elvis encountered in his lifetime. What a lot of people might not know is that Elvis wasn’t just a pretty face, a sexy body, an incredible talent, a phenomenal singer/entertainer, etc, etc, he was also a bit of a tough guy. Just the fact that he went into the army and insisted on being treated like any other soldier, pulling KP, marching with a pack, sleeping in the snow, and so forth shows his toughness. But, he was also a Karate expert and had some altercations over the years that demonstrated his badass-ness.

SIDE NOTE:

Here is an awesome interview right after Elvis returned to Graceland from the Army. The interview took place in Vernon’s office at Graceland. Isn’t he just so adorable and sexy, yet down to Earth?

 

 

A few of the many incidents over the years…

At a concert in Vegas, Elvis was rushed on stage by a group of men who had been drinking all day and listening to their wives and girlfriends go on and on about how beautiful Elvis was. Elvis managed to get in a Karate kick before the men were taken into custody.

George Klein, one of Elvis’ best friends, tells a story of a threat to Elvis while in Vegas that was taken seriously enough that the FBI recommended Elvis cancel his show. Elvis refused to run and hide, but he did ask a few of his guys to be in the audience, armed with guns. At one quiet moment in the show, a man from the balcony yelled out, “Hey, Elvis!.” Elvis dropped into a Karate stance and yelled back, “What?” The guy said, “Sing Hound Dog.” Elvis immediately launched into Hound Dog and later told George it was ‘the best Hound Dog he’d ever done.’

One night in October, 1956, Elvis was at a gas station in Memphis and the station attendant became angry because girls were hanging around Elvis’ car. He became aggressive with Elvis and cuffed him on the back of the head. A fight broke out, and another guy, who was 6’4, jumped in. Elvis took them both on and held his own until police arrived. When the officers asked Elvis for his name, he joked, “Well, maybe you’d better put down Carl Perkins.” :)

All three were brought into Court, Elvis was acquitted but the other two were charged with assault and battery and fired. Look at that overgrown bully in the center. 

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Here are some interesting newspaper articles from the time.

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What would be his final incident occurred in June, 1977, just two months before his death, in Madison, Wisconsin. Elvis was riding in his limo and noticed two guys at a gas station (what was his deal with gas stations? :)) attacking a young guy. Tom McCarthy, a Madison detective was in the limo with Elvis and recalls Elvis saying, “Look at those two punks. I don’t go for this two on one deal.” Before anyone knew what was happening, Elvis had bailed from the limo and confronted the attackers, ready to fight. The guys were so shocked and overwhelmed that Elvis was standing in front of them, that they immediately backed off their victim, and ended up shaking hands and apologizing.  

How many of today’s celebrities would jump into a brawl to try to protect some stranger? Even though none are as legendary and famous as Elvis, I can’t see them putting themselves in harm’s way like that for their fellow man, can you? 

Don’t forget about the giveaway. One commenter on this previous blog post will win:

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Click here for giveaway details

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EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

 

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. :) As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

EndofLonelyStreet_w9180_FINAL

All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

***ONLY $1.99***

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 35 – AWESOME Elvis Gift Bag Giveaway – Winner and answers announced!

And the winner is…

Amanda Stillwell-Seabolt – Congratulations, Amanda!!! I will contact you by email to collect your prize.

Thank you to those who played. You did really well on your guesses. The answers to all the questions are below. And, just a note, the answers regarding my book could be answered with just the info on this blog post, even without reading the book. The movies and song questions could be answered just by noting the year of their release vs. the year the story was set. And, the occupation Toby was pursuing was mentioned in the blurb. :)

This week, I am rolling out a contest and giving away a really great gift bag that only Elvis fans will be interested in. Along with it, I’m sharing a little trivia. (Well, you’ll have to come back to get the answers to the trivia)

GIVEAWAY: One commenter will win this Elvis gift bag simply by answering the below questions. You do not have to get them correct to win, but you do have to attempt to answer each.

ALSO, the first 5 people to email me at AliciaMDean@aol.com with the Subject line: EOLS will receive a free Ebook copy of End of Lonely Street. (you do not have to be a U.S. Resident to receive the ebook. Please include your preferred format in the email: PDF, Gifted through Kindle or Nook)

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*** TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

No purchase necessary to win.

The contest is in no way sponsored by Facebook, and Facebook is in no way associated with this contest. Alicia Dean is responsible for delivery of all prizes.

Must be a U.S. residents to be eligible (must provide a U.S. shipping address). Taxes due, if any, on prize winnings, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law.

In three weeks, on March 27, 2015, one name will be drawn from all commenters who attempt to answer the questions.

Gift Bag includes:  

Elvis Platinum Collection 3 disc CD (See track list below)

Four Pak of movies:  GI Blues, King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas

18 Oz Elvis Acrylic drinking glass

Elvis Gold Playing Card Gift Tin

The Elvis bag itself :)

Side note: I want to remind everyone to please vote for Elvis in the ‘King of Music’ poll. He is ahead of Michael Jackson, and we want to keep it that way. You can vote every 24 hours. Here is the link: http://thekingofmusic.com/ 

10 questions total. Some are Elvis questions and some are questions about END OF LONELY STREET, my 1957 Vintage Historical Short Story. Without having read the story,  if you’re an Elvis fan (and read the below blurb), you should be able to answer these questions.

Please provide all answers in one comment. You do not need to list the questions, simply provide the answers. Have fun!

1) What was Elvis’ first million selling record?

HEARTBREAK HOTEL

2) Where did the idea for Heartbreak Hotel come from?

FROM A SUICIDE NOTE A MAN LEFT, “I WALK A LONELY STREET”

3) Name 5 Elvis songs with a girl’s name in the title:

SEVERAL HAVE BEEN NAMED IN THE COMMENTS, SO I DON’T NEED TO NAME THEM HERE, BUT PROBABLY I WOULD NAME, ‘CINDY, CINDY’ ‘MARIE’S THE NAME’ ‘FRANKIE AND JOHNNIE’ ‘POLK SALAD, ANNIE’ AND ‘LAWDY, MISS CLAWDY’ :)

4) Which of Elvis’ movies was he most proud of?

KING CREOLE. HE FELT IT GAVE HIM A CHANCE TO DO SOME SERIOUS ACTING

5) One of Elvis’ early jobs was an assembler at MARL Metal Products. Why did his mother make him quit?

BECAUSE HE KEPT FALLING ASLEEP AT SCHOOL

6) What year did Elvis purchase Graceland? 

1957

7) Name this movie:

SORRY. I GUESS THIS WAS TOUGHER THAN I THOUGHT. FOLLOW THAT DREAM

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END OF LONELY STREET – 1957 Contemporary Romance Short Story questions:

8) Which of these movies is mentioned in the story:

JAILHOUSE ROCK – THE OTHERS WERE MADE AFTER 1957, WHICH IS WHEN THE STORY TOOK PLACE

  1. Jailhouse Rock
  2. Change of Habit
  3. Blue Hawaii

9) Which of these songs is NOT mentioned in the story:

IT’S NOW OR NEVER, IT’S THE ONLY ONE THAT WAS RECORDED AFTER 1957

  1. Playing for Keeps
  2. Love Me
  3. It’s Now or Never

10) What career is Toby pursuing?

TEACHER

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Blurb:

Can she let go of the past, before it destroys her future?

All Toby Lawson wanted was to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and the painful memories of finding her and the guy Toby loved kissing. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away, helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, and even though she knows her mother initiated the kiss, and that he didn’t kiss her back, she can‘t seem to get past what happened. He soon realizes that the true problem lies in Toby’s belief that she’s not good enough for him and in her fear that she will be just like her mother. 

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

TRACK LIST:

Disc: 1
1. Can’t Help Falling in Love
2. (Marie’s the Name Of)Latest Flame
3. Surrender
4. It’s Now Or Never
5. Stuck On You
6. Wooden Heart
7. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
8. A Big Hunk O’love
9. Little Sister
10. Rock-a-hula Baby
11. A Fool Such As I
12. I Need Your Love Tonight
13. One Night
14. I Got Stung
15. Hard Headed Woman
16. Don’t
17. Jailhouse Rock
18. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
19. All Shook Up
20. Too Much
21. Love Me Tender
22. Hound Dog
23. Don’t Be Cruel
24. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
25. Heartbreak Hotel
26. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
Disc: 2
1. The Girl of My Best Friend
2. King Creole
3. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
4. I Feel So Bad
5. Wild in the Country
6. Flaming Star
7. Lonely Man
8. I Gotta Know
9. A Mess of Blues
10. Fame and Fortune
11. My Wish Came True
12. Don’t Ask Me Why
13. Doncha’ Think It’s Time
14. I Beg of You
15. Treat Me Nice
16. Loving You
17. Peace in the Valley (For Me)
18. Playing for Keeps
19. Poor Boy
20. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold
21. Love Me
22. Any Way You Want Me
23. My Baby Left Me
24. Blue Suede Shoes
25. I Was the One
Disc: 3
1. There’s Always Me
2. Give Me the Right
3. It’s a Sin
4. Sentimental Me
5. Starting Today
6. Gently
7. I’m Coming Home
8. In Your Arms
9. Put the Blame On Me
10. Judy
11. I Want You With Me
12. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
13. Blue Hawaii
14. Almost Always True
15. Aloha Oe
16. No More
17. Moonlight Swim
18. Ku-u-I-po
19. Ito Eats
20. Slicin’ Sand
21. Hawaiian Sunset
22. Beach Boy Blues
23. Island of Love
24. Hawaiian Wedding Song

EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

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