[INTRO: I am a die hard, card carrying Elvis fan and have been for as long as I can remember. There is so much about Elvis to love; his incredible singing voice, his generous spirit, his looks (the most gorgeous man ever), his movies (yes, his movies. They make me happy, so critics can just shush), his service in the army, his magical presence on stage, his transcendent charisma, and…I could go on and on. As a matter of fact, on my 50th post, I believe it was, I DID go on and on. I listed 50 things I love about Elvis. It wasn’t difficult. I am an author and I mention Elvis in almost every story I write. I named my son Presley. I was fortunate to see Elvis in concert three times. I have been to Graceland five times… See? I love Elvis. I have been blogging weekly for more than a year, but going forward, I will blog every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. My life is insanely busy and I found myself missing weeks from time to time. This way, I’m more likely to be consistent. Hopefully, even if you are not an Elvis fan, you appreciate something about him and will find my posts interesting. Feel free to comment. Thank you so much for stopping by!]
Some interesting, random facts… (Well, to me, everything about Elvis is interesting. :))
In 1954, when Elvis was cutting some early records at Sun Studios, he auditioned for an amateur gospel quartet called the Songfellows. They turned him down. Ha, can you imagine???? I would bet they sorely regretted that.
Not only was Elvis a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s great-great grandfather, Isaiah Harrison, he was a distant cousin of Jimmy Carter.
In 1973, Elvis gave Muhammad Ali a $10,000 white robe, with the words “People’s Champion” emblazoned across the back. Ali was touched, and wore the robe on 31 March, when he fought Ken Norton for the first time. Norton broke Ali’s jaw in the second round, before winning a 12-round decision. Ali vowed never to wear the robe again, although he maintained his friendship with Elvis.
In 1976, Paul McCartney’s wife, Linda, purchased the stand up bass used by Bill Black (a member of Elvis’ original band). The McCartney’s knew someone in Nashville who knew Bill Black’s family. The bass was just sitting in a barn. In a PBS performance here while back, Paul unveiled the bass before a small studio audience. With the instrument in his hands, he visualized himself being on stage with Elvis. “If I were Bill Black, then Elvis would have been right there,” he observed, pointing to a spot just a few feet in front of him. Then he played the bass while singing Heartbreak Hotel. I would guess the bass is extremely special to Paul, not only because it belonged to Bill Black, but because his beloved wife Linda gave it to him.
Some of Elvis’ best songs were not all that well-known by many people, even those who ‘liked’ Elvis but weren’t obsessive Elvis fans. Are you familiar with these?
How many of those have you heard? I love them all, and I think they should have been huge hits. Not sure what happened there.
I’ll leave you with a quick little anecdote and a song I’m sure you’ve heard, but I’ve recently re-fallen in love with it:
My favorite line is “Baby if you ever loved me, then Bonnie and Clyde loved the law.” 🙂 So cute!
A while back, I worked on the assembly line for General Motors. I listened to Elvis radio the entire time, which made the long, boring hours so much easier to handle. A guy I worked with once commented that he couldn’t understand how I listened to Elvis, and only Elvis, for all those hours. He said, “I like Led Zepplin every bit as much as you like Elvis, and I couldn’t listen to them non-stop.” I replied, “Then obviously, you don’t like Led Zepplin’ as much as I like Elvis.” DUH…am I right? 🙂
Thank you for stopping by…Happy Friday!
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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:
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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.
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?
8 responses to “Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 72 – Random Facts and Songs You May Not Have Heard”
Sad to say I don’t think I heard those songs before…I’m Leavin’ is rather mournful considering Elvis has gone from us, even if not our memories. I always thought he had a great voice and stage presence, but the scripts they gave him in the movies left something to be desired…I think he could have done better acting if they’d given him roles with more meat in them!
Yes, it is rather mournful. Haunting. 😦 So true. He could have been a fantastic actor. Thanks for stopping by!
More interesting factoids about The King! I have never heard a single one of the songs you included.Thanks!
Thanks, Susan. It’s crazy how many wonderful songs he had that didn’t get a lot of play.
I’ll be so darn glad when you get around to publishing the book, so I can get my own autographed copy. I as well have not heard any of the songs you presented with the exception of “It’s Still Here” but I heard the writer Ivory Joe Hunter’s version (not my taste). Loved some of the snapshots in the video in “I’m Leavin'”–never saw Elvis do the scruffy look before and, of course, dear Lord, he kills it! Please don’t ever run out of new and fascinating collections of facts about the King, Alicia…or, as I said at the beginning, get that damn book published! PS: Aw, the assembly line at GM…now that takes me back a spell. 🙂
Ha, yes, ma’am. I’ll work on getting that book published. 🙂 Hmmm….I’ve never head Ivory Joe Hunter’s version. I’m sure Elvis puts him to shame. I know, the scruffy look is soooo sexy. Thanks, madam. I don’t intend to run out of things to say about him. I appreciate your patronage! 🙂
I hadn’t heard all of those, no! (The last is my favorite–That Loved On Look.) Love the photos, especially Scruffy Cowboy Elvis. I’d never seen those shots. Thanks for another fun look at The King!
I also love the last one. (Of course, I love them all). Yes, that scruffy cowboy look is from the movie, Charro. Gorgeous! 🙂 You’re welcome…thank you so much for stopping by!