Elvis “the searcher” HBO 2 part series

I have a lot to say about this but I’m on my iPad and typing would take so long they would have to “search” for me as I would expire it would take so long.

I will update this in the upcoming week so stay tuned

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Elvis Presley’s 1957 BMW 507 has been restored

BMW restores Elvis Presley’s 1957 BMW 507 video

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Check out this dilapidated BMW 507 that was once owned by Elvis Presley. The car, found in a barn in the US, was put on display in Germany in 2014 prior to undergoing a two-year restoration.

Two years ago it was a case of “now or never” for the restoration of a decrepit classic once owned by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

The BMW 507, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful roadsters ever made, had been found rusting away in a barn near San Francisco in 2014.

BMW’s Classic Group stepped in and have completed an amazing ground-up restoration with the result of their work to be unveiled publicly for the first time on August 21 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the US.

Elvis Presley in front of a BMW 507.

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Elvis Presley in front of a BMW 507.

It was March 1958 when Presley – who died August 16, 1977 – fell in love with the 1957 BMW 507 roadster.

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This dilapidated 1957 BMW 507 was once owned by the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.

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This dilapidated 1957 BMW 507 was once owned by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

Already famous, and serving a two-year stint in the US Army, Presley was stationed in Germany when he witnessed hillclimb champion Hans Stuck race a 507 at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry in southern France. “The King” took possession of that same roadster in December 1958.

The car was originally painted Feather white but it quickly became covered in kisses, phone numbers and messages – often written in red lipstick. Presley had it repainted a flashy red to camouflage the marks.

The ultimate celebrity automobile, Presley’s 507 was featured in international magazines and even had a role in a minor movie. By 1960 the car made its way to the United States. After passing through several other owners, Jack Castor purchased it in 1968 and kept it for decades.

This dilapidated 1957 BMW 507 was once owned by the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.

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This dilapidated 1957 BMW 507 was once owned by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

The car was in a bad way when it was rediscovered and even had a Chevrolet V8 engine under the bonnet.

But, back in the BMW Group Classic, the car has received a complete restoration over the course of the past two years, with working including repairs to the subframe which had been altered to fit the Chevrolet engine. BMW Group Classic has also built an entirely new V8 for the car.

Although there has been suggestions that the car should remain in the “Presley red” colour, the restored BMW 507 roadster is now back to its original Feather white colour.

This dilapidated 1957 BMW 507 was once owned by the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.

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This dilapidated 1957 BMW 507 was once owned by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

BMW is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will present an array of historic models from pre-

Linda Thompson book to be released August 2016

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Linda Thompson is well known to Elvis Presley fans around the world as being the woman Elvis chose to date, for a period of years, after Elvis seperated/divorced from Priscilla. But her life story is not limited to being one of the great loves of Elvis (which she was).

People email me around the world, to http://www.ElvisCollector.info and http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org, asking why I don’t have photos/videos/blogs/audio/etc. about Lisa Marie and/or Linda Thompson. My answer has been, and will forever be, that Lisa Marie has her own (blessed) memories and she has forums in which to tell her story. Thus it is not my place to interject concerning a father and his daughter.

Pertaining to Linda Thompson she also has her own story and forums in which to share and/or tell her story and I trust the judgment, and wisdom, of Linda Thompson.

My observations concerning Linda Thompson is that she really loved, and cared for above and beyond, Elvis. She is (including but not limited to); very intelligent, (no disrespect intended) but a beautiful person/woman, quick witted, funny, fashionable, loyal, trustworthy, a successful and talented writer including several beautiful songs such as “my grown up Christmas list” which, in full disclosure, is one of my favorite “contemporary Christmas songs”.  Personally she is a wonderful mother and grandmother and she exudes a spiritual (positive) spirit and can (literally) light up a room.

Her new book, scheduled to be released in August of 2016 per Amazon, is entitled “A little thing called life”. Her is the direct link for pre-ordering/ordering Linda Thompson book released August 2016. I pre-ordered her book via Amazon and look forward to receiving it,  and reading it, and I am thankful that she opted to share aspects of her life with the world. Doing so is a brave and honorable thing.

I remember first seeing Linda Thompson back in the 1970’s a couple of times and then (sadly) during Elvis’ funeral with her (if my memory is correct) mother. The first few times I saw her she was immaculately dressed and affectionate/supportive of Elvis publicly and vice versa. But when I saw her at Elvis’ funeral she was (justifiably so)…devastated. Yet she was doing everything she could, with a grace and loving heart, to comfort Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley (who was beyond crushed and it was very moving/touching to see how many friends/family members/co-workers/relatives/etc. were doing everything they could for Vernon. But, his sorrow went to his marrow). His heart. His soul. He loved his son and I don’t know how he was able to get through Elvis’ funeral and the months afterward until he (sadly) died.

Interestingly Linda’s older brother, Sam Thompson, worked  in a security capacity for Elvis from 1972 until 1976 (approximately when Linda Thompson and Elvis ended their relationship). Sam Thompson went on to have a successful career and I wish him continued success in all of his personal and professional endeavors.

I have always encouraged Elvis Presley fans to; reach out, support, let them know how much they are respected and appreciated, add their various works to their collection(s), seek out, and acknowledge their lives and their sacrifices (which include the sacrifices of their family/loved ones). These sentiments are, of course, applicable to Linda Thompson.

I have always believed that Elvis Presley fans are the most loyal, and diverse, fans in the world. I hope that they, and tens of thousands of others, purchase her book – encourage family/friends to do so – and share their feedback via social media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.).

I say this (in part) because Linda Thompson has had a unique life , and is not solely about Elvis but includes aspects about Elvis from her firsthand perspective, and any endeavor she is involved in, in my opinion, is a worthwhile endeavor and should be very interesting. I look forward to reading her book and I am thankful she took the time to write this long awaited book.

Take care and may God bless you and yours…always.

 

Jeff Schrembs

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Fathers Day 2016 – Elvis Presley as a Father

cool shirt   There are many friends, and authors who eloquently have written about this aspect of Elvis’ life, (i.e. Marty Lacker, Red West, Sonny West,  Alanna Nash, Billy Smith, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, etc.) who were with Elvis when Priscilla was pregnant (from May 1, 1967 to February 1, 1068) – when Lisa Marie was born – and for the 9+ years Lisa Marie was  with her Father (as he sadly died on August 16, 1977).

There is not a shred of a doubt that Elvis loved Lisa Marie from; the moment it was confirmed Priscilla was pregnant, to every kick and movement during those 9 months, to the deliver (note: back then the man was not allowed in the delivery room and they had to wait in a designated “waiting room”).

Also, in southern culture (which I know firsthand and is a prominent place of where I come from and how I look at certain things especially respect, admiration, appreciation, etc. for women) the Father was kept from seeing his wife and newborn child until both were cleaned up and “presentable”. Furthermore the Father, in this case Elvis, was given strict instructions about Priscillas expected recovery time which Elvis not only took to heart but he had a deeply held belief that God gives life through the mother and that her body is literally a sanctuary and the relationship between man and wife can change (still loving and caring but “different”) once a child is born.

Priscilla and Elvis married both wanted children but I don’t believe that Priscilla envisioned that she would become pregnant on her honeymoon. Thus, this celebratory time in their life soon turned to semi-bedrest and after the birth months of recovery.

Priscilla becoming pregnant was a great joy in Elvis’ life and he was a loving, concerned, and proud expectant Father. He doted on Priscilla and together they chose names should it be a son and/or a daughter.

1967 was a turning point in Elvis’ life as he was on the cusp of getting out of his movie contracts, that had been in place since his release from the US Army whereby Elvis starred in (approximately) three movies per year and had stifled Elvis’ creative juices and kept him from appearing before a live audience something that he truly loved…and needed,  and he was in better physcial shape.

But he, nor anyone else, had any idea that within the next two years he would catapult back into the forefront of the musical world and renew his superstardom first by his 1968 Singer TV Special (by the talented Steve Binder) entitled “Elvis” and then his successful return to live performances starting in Las Vegas.

Lisa Marie was the greatest love of Elvis’ life.

She had the best of Elvis’ features as well as those of her stunningly beautiful mother Priscilla. She was quick witted, smart, and (like her Father) seemed to be always on the move.

Thankfully, Lisa Marie has shared many of her stories/recollections about her and her beloved Father (i.e. in videos, books, interviews, photographs, etc.) which I encourage everyone to seek out and enjoy.

The photographs taken of Elvis and Priscilla in the hospital with newborn Lisa Marie show a smiling, animated, laughing, and joyously proud Elvis who took to holding, and fonding over,  Lisa Marie like he had done it his whole life. Of course Priscilla looks beautiful and her smiles are equally bright and the love she has for her daughter is evident in every breath… every movement.

Writing this blog will never do justice to the love Elvis had for Lisa Marie. I think their love was beautiful, consuming, unique, and eternal. I believed that he loved her so much and that when the marriage between Elvis and Priscilla began to deteriorate it adversely effected Elvis every moment of his life. I don’t believe Elvis ever thought that he would bring a child into this world and not be able to spend their lives together with an enduring triangle of love cemented by an ever present Mother and Father.

Lisa Marie has been blessed to have her own children who I am sure she loves greatly. Lisa Marie is a multi-talented woman who is sensitive, regal, and in so many ways strong/brave/fierce. She is married to Mr. Michael Lockwood since 2006 and by all accounts they are happy, committed, and loving parents. I wish her and her family all the best in life.

Elvis spoiled Lisa Marie with gifts, attention, freedom, etc. I believe he did this, in part, because of his childhood growing up with love but also in adjunct poverty. Also, I believe Elvis (like many of us do) had an internal clock that was known only to Elvis but precipitated his intentions and his actions.

Perhaps it was because his mother died on August 14, 1958. For whatever reasons Elvis, as he did in every aspect of his life, did what he thought best and the end result was that he raised (along with Priscilla) an  exceptional woman in her own right.

I believe that Elvis Presley was a good Father. That he showed his love to Lisa Marie and that his love has, in part, sustained her throughout her life.

Lastly, I believe that true love is not only essential but never ending. That true love is not defined by geography, time, space, or presence. That true love is the greatest gift God bestowed to us other than his son, Jesus. I believe that the love between Elvis and Lisa Marie exists to their very day and that, as it should be, it belongs between them.

** Note – though I possess many photographs of Elvis with Lisa Marie I made a decision decades ago that it is not my place to show them to the general public. That the only person who should control those moments encapsulated on film (i.e. photos and videos). I am also very appreciative to Lisa Marie for giving of her time to Elvis Presley fans worldwide and to carry on supporting worthwhile charitable endeavors as Elvis did throughout his life.

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HAPPY FATHERS DAY 2016.

Take care and may God bless you and yours…always.

 

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Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley by Jeff Schrembs

Alanna Nash is the expert when it comes to Muhammad Ali and Elvis. Not only did she write several exceptional books about Elvis Presley, and about Muhammad Ali, but she had access to those who knew these two men. I highly recommend that the professional works of Alanna Nash be sought out, purchased, read, and collected. They are, one and all, great reads. Here is a link to Alanna Nash via Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Alanna-Nash/e/B000ARBFRA Books written by Alanna Nash via Amazon

Like Alanna Nash I was born in Louisville Kentucky the birthplace of Muhammad Ali. During my childhood, and teenage years, Muhammad Ali was a divisive man due to his stance on not going into the US Military and his conversion to Islam.  Worth noting is that Muhammad Ali admired Malcolm X who (sadly) was murdered by a faction of the Nation of Islam. This is not conjecture this is fact.

Elvis Presley grew up bitterly poor. When I say bitterly poor I mean that Elvis was born into a family without monetary means. Both men were born in January. Elvis on January 8, 1935 and Ali on January  17, 1942. Elvis grew up in the throes of the great depression and WWII. Ali was three years old when the war ended. That the Presley family lived in a small two room home. There were times when they lived on the grace of others. Elvis’ mother could not read and write but she was a darling of a woman who loved her son unconditionally. Muhammad Ali was born to a working class family where his father wrote music, painted signs, played the piano and other works.

Elvis admired Muhammad Ali for his 1960 Olympic performances where Ali represented the United States using his birth name, which he would later change, of Cassius Clay a unique name for a unique man.

Elvis Presley, contrary to many “celebrities”, went into the US Army via draft from 1958 to 1960. Elvis was offered, by all branches of the US Military, the military career of going to difference bases and performing before the troops. Also, he was to use his name, likeness, singing, etc. to sell US war bonds. Elvis Presley chose to go into the US Army and be treated like every other enlisted man. This meant going to boot camp. Pulling KP. Being stationed in Germany in the freezing cold. Elvis was, at times, on military maneuvers when he crossed the Russian lines which could have resulted in his death as the breach of any “lines” could result in death or capture. The Russians had made comments about Elvis Presley and his worldwide fame including their belief that Elvis was a pawn for the United States.

Elvis watched Muhammad Ali fight in the 1970s via “closed circuit” television. Closed circuit was similar to what we now call “pay per view” but you had to go to a specific venue to watch the fight and back in the 1970s, which I know firsthand, the size and quality of the TV picture was (wholly) lacking. Those who could not pay to see the fight relied on radio a medium that most Americans had access to.

Muhammad Ali became a friend of Elvis Presley and had long admired his career and his personal life rising from poverty and at times state assistance. Ali once said of Elvis “Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you’d want to know’. ‘Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn’t want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don’t admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you’d want to know’.

On February 14, 1973 on the eve of the Ali – Joe Bugner fight Elvis presented Ali with a custom full length sequined robe with the words on the back saying “the peoples choice”. The estimated cost of this robe was $3,000.00. Ali cherished the robe.

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When Elvis Presley died on August 17, 1977 Muhammad Ali was very sad about losing his friend. Ali reached out to Priscilla and Vernon to convey his condolences. When Graceland, Elvis’ home in Memphis Tennessee, opened up to the public Muhammad Ali visited and laid flowers on Elvis grave. Ali was moved to tears as he was escorted by Jack Soden the President of EPE/Graceland.

These two men knew success on a level unknown to the vast majority. This does not make them better or worse it just shows how, if one applied their god given gifts with passion – commitment – and hard work, that success will follow. And if someone is doing a job they enjoy it makes a daily positive impact on the soul.

Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali, who died yesterday on June 3, 2016, will always be considered “the greatest” in their chosen profession. They achieved unparalleled success and worldwide fame. They had fans around the world and millions of people. through generations to come, will learn of their stories and revel in the body of works they left behind.

My prayers go out to the Ali family and those who knew Ali and loved him. The world lost a good man who had a great love for children including, private and public, charitable acts that benefited many.

Take care and may God bless you.

 

Jeff Schrembs

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  • Jeff Schrembs has been a fan, and collector, of Elvis Presley for (6) six decades. Mr. Schrembs has numerous blogs, and his premier website of http://www.ElvisCollector.info and the (100% free with no ads, no pop-ups) Elvis Presley forum http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org, where he shares his collection, insights, firsthand accounts, photographs, videos, original articles, etc. Mr. Schrembs’s website has received numerous awards and has a ever growing following. Mr. Schrembs is an Elvis Presley expert, collector, historian and author. Mr. Schrembs has undertaken, for 4 decades, the massive commitment to the preservation of rare Elvis Presley photographs, audio files, documents, autographs, handwriting, etc.

 

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38 years ago Elvis Aron Presley (sadly) died (i.e. August 16, 1977)

Some Days it seems like yesterday Elvis was making crowds scream in sold out concerts

Others it seems like…a lifetime ago.

Many, those who grew up with me and/or I gave life to, have wondered “why are – or how are – you an Elvis fan”? There is no big mystery to it. I liked his music. I applauded his charitable endeavors. I lived during his lifetime and saw him reach the greatest heights of fame and go through the depths of…pain (i.e. divorce, declining health, financial issues, lawsuits, etc.).

He was human. He had dreams. He had loves. He lost. He used his God given talents for three decades. He came from poverty and earned his family a quality of life they could never have  dreamed of.

He didn’t care about color. He was loyal. He had a temper. He had charisma x1000000000000000000000000000. He was a spiritual man. He loved the voices of others in many musical genres.

The video I have put into this post, thanks YouTube, contains some of the most sincere and honest comments Elvis ever made before a live audience starting at (approximately) the 1 minute mark begining with “this is the probably the greatest honor I’ve ever had in my life”….

I say no more.

Jeff Schrembs

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Ranking Elvis Presley’s dance scenes in film and/or in concert

Surprisingly the girls who Elvis took to prom/dances, during his high school years, said that Elvis was too shy to dance.

Those around Elvis (i.e. his trusted friends) knew he disliked to dance but he made the distinction between dancing and moving to the rhythm while performing. On stage, and in film, Elvis moved and the audience went…wild.

There are many unique moments when Elvis got caught up in the music and he let loose earning his nickname of “tiger”. Fortunately Elvis left behind numerous movies, and live concerts, whereby his talents are apparent.

I have ranked what I believe, for different reasons and in no specific order, are the top five Elvis Presley dance scenes:

Mean Woman Blues from Elvis’ movie entitled Loving You

I Got A Lot Of Living To Do from Elvis’ movie entitled Loving You

Jailhouse Rock scene from Elvis’ movie entitled Jailhouse Rock

Suspicious Minds from Elvis’ movie Elvis That’s The Way It Is

Blue Suede Shoes from Elvis’ TV special entitled “Singer presents Elvis” otherwise known as; the comeback special, the 1968 special, 68 comeback, etc.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs

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10 of my favorite candid quotes by Elvis Presley

imagesL2565TCVShe was the world to me. She always believed in me. When my career got going I spent too much time away from her. There wasn’t a mother who loved her son more. There wasn’t a son who loved his mother more. She is my everything.

Rock and roll music has been around for about five years. The people like it. It’s selling. I don’t know how much longer it will last because years ago when the charleston was popular if you went up to those people and said it wouldn’t last they would not have believed you.

I have hopes and dreams just like everyone else. One day I want to have a wife. A family. Because that’s what is really important in life…family.

I’ve got folks from Kentucky. I played the armory there in Louisville. The police warned me and thought the crowd would go wild or they thought I would go wild (laughter) so the police filmed me. The people there are real nice and some of the most beautiful country in the world is in Kentucky.

Colonel do you know if we got anything in the works? An 8 millimeter disney movie.

I’ve been in love. About 3 or 4 times but it never worked out. Even when your heart is broke or hurt you still have to be open to love and believe it will happen. That’s what I do.

)In response to a question about his favorite male and female actors) I like the films by James Dean, Marlon Brando. I like Kim Novak.

I cared too much it made me physically ill. I don’t think they purposely wanted to hurt my career but when I got the script it was the same thing. I played the same characters with different names and locations. The movies made money but it got to a point, and most of the songs weren’t that good, that it made me sick. Sick to my stomach. Just sick but I had to do it because I had contracts.

I like to read. From newspaper to magazines to books. As a child I read comic books. I read some of them over and over. I read different books. Probably the first book I ever saw was the bible. I carry around books on tour and I always have my bible with me.

I’ve been lucky. I don’t know why God blessed me. I think about that a lot. Some people think I’m some sorta different from everyday people. I cry. I have fears. I have hopes and dreams. I hurt when I see bad things happen to people especially children. When I went to the hospitals to visit with them I put on a smile for them. I give them an autograph or a teddy bear. But as soon as I leave the hospital I break down. I don’t show it to them because they are going through enough. I feel. The public doesn’t see that often but people close to me have seen it and a lot of times it’s just me with my feelings.

Jeff Schrembs 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Rare photographs in regards to Elvis Presley via www.ElvisCollector.info

From our website http://www.ElvisCollector.info here are some rare, unique, and cool photographs.

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WMM ARMY in full deress 2 girls one boy and wall WMM ARMY great color candid wearN elmer fudd hat WMM ARMY autographed RARE by beach perHps WMM 1977 August 16 ambulance leaving Gracelnad with woodpnael truck WMM 1970 Elvis with Emilio Muscelli who was matron of International HOtel WMM 1975 Onstage kissing brunette standin up front stage WMM 1960s Memphis Mafia Lamar far right WM rare Kenpo box WM RARE FAMILY Vernon and Glayds marriage cert WMM 1956 GRACELAND with fans RARERERERER