Elvis Presley December 31 2017

If one can imagine being the greatest entertainer in the world at 21 years old, blessed and keeping his promises made to his mother when he was a child of buying her a big house and never having to worry about money, etc. 1957 was a year of success on every level,  having created history in many entertainment fields such as; TV viewing numbers, record sales, and being in successful films everything (besides Elvis being away from Gladys for appearances/concert/movies) was going great in Elvis’ life onstage and off.

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But, after Elvis and Gladys and Vernon (and a few other persons) had decorated the home – put up the christmas tree (it was silver and the most expensive one available) – and prepared for Christmas which was upcoming a knock came to the door. Elvis Presley was officially served with US Army draft notifications. As Elvis opened the envelope he turned to Gladys who had been sobbing feeling the weight of the world. How? Why? Why now? The photographs, and I have them all, of Elvis reading the draft notification paperwork shows a stunned Elvis holding a little dog under one arm reading the paperwork again and again. Elvis tries to smile to lighten Grady’s burdens but his head is spinning thinking “my career is over – all of this is over”. Waves of emotions showed on Elvis, Vernon’s, and Gladys faces and body language. Elvis departed to get himself together so he could assure Gladys, his beloved mother, that all would be fine.

Knowing that this would be the last Christmas, and New Years, spent at home for two years the family that was born into bitter poverty had always survived…together. But, that was to change and change soon.

Unlike other entertainers Elvis would NOT go into the military as a goodwill ambassador, or do concerts for US civilians to buy bonds to support the military as so many others had done, but that Elvis would (with few exceptions) go through his tenure in the Army as did his fellow inductees.

Word soon spread among the family members, and close friends, and all failed to alleviate Gladys’ soulful mourning. She was inconsolable. The understanding between Elvis and Gladys and Vernon pertaining to everyone else was that they were not to speak about Elvis’ leaving but try to make the holidays one of precious memories, laughter, and togetherness. As was the case his entire life Elvis did everything 24/7 to let his mother know he loved her above all else (excluding God/Jesus) and it would be all right. She was physically, emotionally, and mentally devastated and the tolls it would take on her would manifest themselves each and every moment of each and every hour of each day without end. No one knew how much their world was to change nor did they even contemplate the fact that this would not only be the last Christmas/New Years at home but the last that Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon would be together at all for Gladys would (sadly) pass away approximately eight months later on August 14, 1958 at the age of 46 (note: Elvis never knew she was 46 years old as throughout his life he was told she was 4 years younger than she really was so when she passed Elvis believed her to be 42 years old. August, the second week of August, 42 years of age would sadly not be the only significant dates in the lives of a Presley dying for Elvis would follow her on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42).

…to be continued

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 to everyone and may God bless you and yours…always.

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Under appreciated Elvis Presley ballads

Elvis was known as the “king of rock and roll” a title which he never asked for and on several occasions, in response to fans yelling out or having signs of “you are the king Elvis” his response was “there is but one king and his name is Jesus Christ”. However, there is no doubt that Elvis enjoyed the success and adulation sans titles.

Elvis Presley sang ballads just as he sang Gospel and uptempo songs. He put his all into each song, as he was a perfectionist who would literally make himself exhausted (vocally, mentally, and physically) until he got the song “just right”, and as much as his fans loved the rock and roll the girls/women swooned over his ballads.

For the purpose of this post, based upon my own love and experiences for great ballads, here are ten ballads recorded by Elvis. In no specific order they are:

  1. In my way
  2. How the web was woven
  3. 500 miles (note – this song is quasi Gospel but Elvis’ recording of this song in the album “in a private moment”)
  4. And I love you so
  5. Sylvia
  6. Tender feeling
  7. This is our dance
  8. The girl I never loved
  9. Earth angel (note – this version is from a home recording in Germany circa 1959)
  10. The wonder of you (note – this version is a live version circa 1970 from the documentary “That’s the way it is”)

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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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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.

 

Elvis Presley requirements – September 10, 2015 edition

Welcome to the September 10, 2015 edition of Elvis Presley requirements.

What are, or is, the “Elvis Presley requirements” you say?

Well, it is my (approximately) six decades of personal experiences of  collecting, reading, etc. all things of quality concerning the life, onstage and off, of Elvis Presley.

If you want to learn intricate details about Elvis, and even after these six decades I am still learning and/or rediscovering, I have some recommendations.

First and foremost you can garner a lot of information, music, videos, etc. by visiting the official Elvis Presley website of http://www.Elvis.com. YouTube has a lot of content as well but don’t get distracted, or worse, about others that have adverse agendas and/or use attention getting subject lines that are hollow.

There are some exceptional books about Elvis. Some of the most interesting Elvis books are authored by Peter Guralnick] and some of my favorite books, which I recommend, are authored by Alanna Nash.

You can find exceptional books, articles, writings, posts, video projects, documentaries, etc. with contributions by (including but not limited to); Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, Jerry Schilling, Sandi Pichon, Joe Esposito, Sandie Kay Stevens, etc.

If you are looking for some great songs Elvis recorded, but are not widely acknowledged but are nonetheless exceptional, here are a few of my favorites; inherit the wind, wearing that loved on look, wonderful world, unchained melody, treat me nice, snowbird, walk a mile in my shoes, you’ll never walk alone, 500 miles, mona lisa (aka portrait of my love), trying to get to you (1968 edition), let yourself go, and edge of reality.

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Until next time…

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Elvis. Elvis Presley. Elvis Aron Presley. And the fans who remember him

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Singer.

Performer.

TV star.

King of Las Vegas.

His live performances unequalled.

Gospel singer.

Actor.

Son.

Father.

Friend.

Employer.

To his fans  he left behind three decades of exceptional professional endeavors that resonates to this very moment.

“Nuff said.

Jeff Schrembs

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Cool pictures pertaining to Elvis Presley – June 30, 2015 edition

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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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Elvis Presley versus Michael Jackson

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For those who did not live through the era when Elvis Presley was alive will never appreciate all of the talents that Elvis had. In every category of entertainment Elvis was unsurpassed. Here is a quick checklist.

Acting – Elvis was the ONLY movie star who made money (gross and net) for the studio in everyone of his movies.

TV – Elvis’ 1950s TV appearances captured over 85% of the entire viewing audience. Elvis’ appearances on Ed Sullivan were groundbreaking and encompassed Elvis’ style, movement, passion, and his vocal abilities. Elvis 1960 Frank Sinatra Special, when Elvis was discharged from the United States Army in 1960, was the most watched TV show of that year. Elvis’ 1973 Aloha from Hawaii special was watched, via satellite, by over a BILLION PEOPLE. Keep in mind that the US population then was approximately 211 million people versus the approximately 365 million people today.

Concert Appearances – Elvis was the greatest live performer of all time. No backup distraction dancers. No special digital effects. No lip syncing. No auto tune. Just Elvis on a stage with a microphone and the fans went crazy. Elvis played to SOLD OUT concert venues, the largest in the United States including the 1970 Houston appearance in excess of 100,000 paid audience members, every year from 1969 until (sadly) his death in 1977. Elvis is known, for good reason, to be the “king of Las Vegas” because he earned it.

Record sales – Elvis was, and is, the ONLY singer to have number 1 records in (4) four decades (i.e. 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and again in 2002 (a little less conversation remix). Elvis is the ONLY singer to have number 1 records in the categories of; gospel, rhythm and blues, country, rock and roll, pop music, and Christmas. Elvis’ record sales, over a billion, have been “undercounted” as there has never been a true, and accurate, attempt to calculate all of his sales in the United States and worldwide. Elvis’ music was so diverse, and exceptional, that it diluted the amount of number 1 songs and top ten hits (i.e. BIllboard came out in 1956 and Elvis’ hits were put into multiple categories as no one would put a “label” on his vocal range and style).

Graceland – Elvis’ longtime personal residence in Memphis Tennessee is the second most visited home in the United States and has been since it’s opening in 1982. Only the White House has more visitors annually than Graceland.

Earnings – Elvis made millions in eras when the “medium family income” was $5,000.00 (five thousand dollars). Elvis’ has been the highest paid earner over 97%, in a (sadly) category of deceased, of the time from 1977 until this post 2015.

In every possible category Elvis Presley is, was, and forever will be the greatest singer/performer/entertainer who ever lived and that includes Michael Jackson. If these facts aren’t enough to convince you then please follow this blog and visit http://www.ElvisCollector.info for more original articles by Jeff Schrembs.

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