Thoughts, prayers, and thanks always to the family of; Marty Lacker, Patti Perry, Todd Morgan, Red West, Sonny West, Lamar Fike, Joe Esposito, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Mryna Smith

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1971 Elvis onstage white jumpr with circular slotted oneof the BEST shots

 

The holidays have started and three more approaching; Hanukkah, CHristmas, and New Years. I hope, and wish, everyone is healthy – happy – and enjoying the life you have this day.

I’m sad. Real sad. And not just because of the carousel of bad health news and missing my children 24/7. I’m sad for the families who have lost loved ones. Families who are dealing with heath issues. Families without transportation. Families without means. Families who are broken. But, because this is an Elvis Presley related blog (and thank you for visiting and we sincerely appreciate it) those mentioned herein.

Inasmuch an I am (personally) sorry, and sad, I have been thinking a lot about those who have passed that not just “shared” a life with Elvis but were integral in the life of Elvis. Those who were essential accounts, firsthand accounts, of his life. His moods. His faults. His dreams. His accomplishments. His shortcomings. His career. His loves. His losses. His giving. His temper. We look back now and see the accomplishments but we forget that Elvis was the best. He did not have the perspective as we do to look back with envy. He was working. He was experimenting. He was living his life. He had no idea how things would play out. He tried. And he tried again. He stayed true to himself. His love of his mother. His life in destitute poverty. His being laughed at and bullied for being different. What all seems like glitz and glitter now only came about because of the summary of all these actions. All these feelings. All these efforts. It looks easy now, because Elvis made everything look easy and it was real and graceful, but he endured hardships and the harshest of criticism and attacks. The Grand Ole Opry, who he grew up listening to and respected, telling him to “go back and drive a truck” while laughing at him as they turned him down to perform at the Opry. How about being called satan? How about being blamed for the rise in delinquency in youths and their violence? How about having derogatory names, and inferences, about his beloved mother? I could go on and on.

My thoughts are on the families, the loved ones, the friends, etc. of those whose loved ones have passed and are still mourned who were in Elvis’ life. In so specific order they are; Patti Perry, Lamar Fike, Red West, Sonny West, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Myrna Smith, and Joe Esposito. Also, Todd Morgan my friend who started at Graceland when it opened and bridged the gap (and I will forever respectfully ask that Billy Smith be given a PERMANENT recognition by EPE/Priscilla/Lisa Marie and make every effort to allow him to share what he wants and never have to worry about money again) between the fans and the estate. To those who know me I don’t take “friendship” lightly and Todd and a few others named in this post were my friends. I miss them. I will always.

May God bless those families/loved ones/friends of those mentioned here and THANK YOU for all you have done and I’m forever sorry for your loss. They were individually and collectively unique and essential. Elvis fans are forever in their debt and count me among them.

Take care and may God bless you all.

 

Jeff Schrembs

 

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Beautiful underrated Elvis ballad with exceptional candid home movies

The grass won’t pay no mind is one of Elvis’ underrated ballad. Elvis loved this song and it showed in his voice. His inflections.
Neil Diamond wrote this song and Elvis recorded several of his songs but Elvis loved the simplicity yet meaningful words and the…beauty.
Whoever put together this video, with its two cutaway screens, did an exceptional job. It shows a happy and healthy Elvis. The same with Priscilla. It is just flat out good to the soul. It does take a while to get used to.
And to those who watch CLOSELY you will see Elvis, at the very end, slowly raise his middle finger. I have the complete video and Elvis cracks up and whoever is taking the video must have too as the camera goes side to side. Elvis had an incredible humor.
I love this song.
I love this video.
And I am honored to share it with you.
Take care and may God bless you.

 

 

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Elvis and October 9, 1973

DIVORCE 4n1 photos October 9 1973 interesting yet sad candids   It has been well documented that (sadly) Elvis and Priscilla’s marriage began to deteriorate in 1971 and, with increasing torment for both, Elvis filed for divorce from Priscilla with it being finalized on October 9, 1973. These photographs capture Elvis and Priscilla walking out of court. Elvis appears to be heavy (i.e. gained weight). Priscilla appears to be fine. At times they held hands and, as one photograph confirms, Elvis reached over and kissed her. Priscilla would later state that “as we walked out of court I held Elvis’ hand. They were swollen and I was shocked at how bad he looked. I was worried. Elvis had always taken great pride in his appearance and I wasn’t prepared for how he looked. I knew the divorce, and seeing Lisa Marie, weighed heavily on him and we both made mistakes. He leaned over to me and sang part of the Dolly Parton song I will always love you”.

What many Elvis fans don’t know is that Elvis made a specific request of Priscilla in the divorce filings/proceedings which the presiding Judge upheld and that was Priscilla was not to use the Presley name. She was court ordered to legally change her last name. Elvis did not make this demand at the spur of the moment. He made it a center piece of his divorce. Many of those close to Elvis, including family members – coworkers – loved ones – friends – etc, have said that “Elvis was adamant on Priscilla losing the right to be called Presley. There was no doubt that Elvis loved her very much but there were other emotions involved. Elvis never thought his marriage would come to an end “. He had invested much in the relationship and as photographs and videos attest Elvis dotted on Priscilla. Elvis showed PDA. Elvis was always intimate and gentle behind closed doors with Priscilla. Openly he was caring, and loving and the photos and videos of the late 1960’s show that this was among the happiest times in Elvis’ life.

At the time of Elvis’ divorce I had been a fan for decades. Many magazines had storylines about the problems in their marriage for a few years. When the divorce was realized the story became more sensational with obvious leaks from firsthand accounts. The american love story between Elvis and Priscilla had come to an end (legally) approximately six and a half years of marriage.

We never contemplated that Elvis would pass away four years later. We had seen Elvis recently on TV on the Aloha from Hawaii concert and Elvis looked fine and sounded exceptional. noticeably Elvis included many love, divorce, children, etc. songs that meant a great deal to him. Since my own parents were divorced, and at the time I was the only one of my peers/classmates whose parents got divorced. It was almost unheard of and Elvis could have married just about any woman in the world as fans we worried and we hadn’t seen Elvis this sullen/sad since (sadly) his beloved mother passed away on August 14, 1958.

Those close to Elvis say between the divorce, the reality that Lisa Marie was not always nearby, his failing health (mentally, emotionally, physcially), his financial burdens, and no other major professional endeavors in the works (i.e. unlike the 1968 comeback TV special by Singer, his return to live performances in 1969 after a seven year absence, the pent up deamand by fans to see Elvis in concert across the United States/World, the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii tv special which was watched by an estimated audience of ONE BILLION people, etc.) it was a combination that adversely affected Elvis 24/7. Worth noting is that Elvis never knew how much he was loved. How much he was admired. How much his music meant to people. How many cared about him. Today it is a no brainer but Elvis had serious doubts about his legacy and the choices he had made in his life.

Elvis was wholly unique. I am sad that generations never had the chance to see Elvis alive, in concert, releasing great music, and/or seeing him in his prime. Looking, and smiling, like no one else..ever. He was remarkable.

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Unique mannerisms of Elvis Presley

Great entertainer. Check.

Great singer. Check

Successful actor. Check

Greatest recording artist in history. Check

Tremendously charitable throughout his life. Check

But let’s look at some of his (yeah he was human) mannerisms.

Elvis had a great and sincere laugh. He got tickled. There were times he couldn’t stop laughing. He had a quick wit. He had a photographic memory. He, in private moments or those when he was recording, used foul language. Some of the unreleased “takes” show Elvis using curse words and though it may be seemly to others it was a part of his personality.

He said; sir, mam, yes sir, yes mam, thank you, and he went out of his way to thank everyone from the guard at the gates to the engineers to the secretaries to the fellow musicians. He was thoughtful and one example of this is that he always sent flowers to Ann Margret every time her show opened. He was “country” in his heart, some mannerisms, and in some speech. But don’t get lost in that because Elvis had extravagances that many can only dream of (4 engine airplanes, custom jewelry, handmade clothes, personal hair stylist, best of the best hotel suites in Las Vegas and elsewhere, vacations to Hawaii/Bahamas taking along family/friends/co-workers and of course loved ones.

He LOVED his mother. He loved his father but the love he had for his mother was palpable. He showed his affection for her in words, gestures. kisses, hugs, holding her hand, touching her hair, etc.

Elvis had one leg shorter than the other. This allowed him to move his legs in ways not seen before (note – one of my legs is shorter than the others and I can mimic those leg movements BUT the pains it causes in the lower back/hips can be excruciating and sometimes immobile).

Elvis wore lifts in his shoes. He started doing this in the late fifties and definitely in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This put his height to 6’1 and borderline 6’2. Without lifts medical documents put his height at 5’10, 5’11, and in interviews Elvis said several times in response to “how tall are you” he said “right at six feet”.

As a young man, teen, and through the 1950’s Elvis had an INCREDIBLE metabolism. He was a vivacious eater routinely eating several cheeseburgers, several order of fries, a milkshake or two, and washed it down with a soda. Sweets were a staple. Down home country southern meals awash with lard, butter, etc. Some of the meals (note – many times Elvis would eat the same meals for weeks at a time) he enjoyed were; meatloaf, potatoes (mashed and otherwise), corndogs, hotdogs sometimes with chili, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, etc.

Elvis was not a drinker. If he drank it would be in moderation and it was a whiskey, peach brandy, and a few times a taste of bourbon. Growing up in the south, and his father had a history of drunk binges (this was not something Elvis was proud of and sadly Gladys took to the bottle with increasingly quantity which may have contributed to her (sadly) deteriorating health.

Elvis had, at first, a cap on his front teeth (it was one of the two that are exactly in the middle of the mouth and are slightly bigger than the others) which overlapped part of the other front tooth. Elvis also had a permanent remedy by having an implant (note –  photographs of Elvis tooth, mould, and so many RARE photographs can be seen at our sister website of http://www.ElvisCollector.info). All in all Elvis took care of his teeth and they were a focal point of Elvis incredible looks.

Elvis had blonde hair. It started to get darker when he was a teenager. You can see in some of Elvis’ tv appearances and in Elvis’ first movie (note – it was the only movie that Elvis was not the headliner but was listed as a co-star) Love Me Tender circa 1956 that his hair was brown. But, starting in 1956, Elvis died his hair jet black. In later years, from what I can surmise by looking at countless photographs, Elvis died his hair blue black. This gave him a shine and enhanced his already almost inhuman great looks.

Elvis broke his finger playing football. It was his pinky finger. The advances in hand/finger surgeries didn’t improve greatly until the 1990’s and certainly now so Elvis was told by his surgeon that there could be a permanent disfigurement on the pinky. Elvis asked the surgeon “can you set it somehow so I can play the guitar”? The surgeon made an off hand comment causing Elvis ( note – accounts vary but this is the essence of what was said) to say “you don’t have to listen to my music but playing the guitar is part of my job”.

Elvis’ body shape, meaning his torso waist and shoulders, was in the shape of the letter. Those who dressed him for the movies, concerts, etc. have proclaimed that “Elvis had the perfect canvas to dress him for he had a slender waist with large shoulders forming an almost perfect V. The upper part of Elvis’ legs were strong and muscular. Everything looked good on Elvis. For concerts he preferred the color white but one of his favorite colors was blue and he was bummed a little that he couldn’t wear blue more often on stage but he affirmed that the color white played off well with the three primary colors used in his concerts. Worth noting is that Elvis thought the pores on his face, and especially on his nose, were too large. He thought this calves/bottom part of his legs were a little small. He popped his collars up to cloak the acne (note – as a teenager/young man he had terrible acne on his face and back of his neck. He underwent medical procedures, starting in 1956, to clear up the acne and the lessen the scarring that acne leaves behind) on the back of his neck. He also thought he had a “skinny” or “elongated” neck (note – firsthand accounts vary in the severity of Elvis being self conscious about the shape of his neck but everyone agrees he had an issue with it).

Elvis was self conscious about his weight/appearance that he would, when he could be seen by fans/others, wear a t-shirt when swimming. When doing things on the water. Elvis was visually muscular but he was strong. A stark contrast can be seen in many photographs with Tom Jones, on vacation, where Tom is totally comfortable shirtless and even though the temperature/humidity was hot Elvis wore t-shirts.

Elvis would comment to those close to him, when watching his movies/concerts/etc, to “get that fat ass or look at that fat ass”. He was VERY weight conscious about his weight and it was evident during the early and surely the late 1970’s and his weight shocked fans viewing the photographs of Elvis wearing a track suit with Priscilla, Vernon and a few others walking after the final court appearance circa October 9, 1973. There is no doubt that, and the medical aspects of this cannot be understated as it contributed greatly to his problems with his metabolism which once allowed him to naturally burn the calories, the problems in his marriage took a huge toll on Elvis psyche (note – like so many of us his medical/emotional/physical/monetary contributed severely to him eating unhealthy or in larger portions). Increased eating, like it is for millions, was drastically increased when he was sad and for many reasons starting mildly in 1972. Elvis was a few pounds heavy and Elvis was told, and this was rare because Elvis often was surrounded by “yes” persons, “that Elvis had to lost 25 pounds” for the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert which was the very first worldwide telecast via satellite and was seen around the world with a total viewing audience of a BILLION people (note – by far this is the greatest television accomplishment especially taking into consideration the population of the United States/word was far less than now and there was only one screen to view this and it was via a TV which many people, for various reasons, did not have access to a TV. If, in 1973, there were as many “screens” as now along with the same population, there is no doubt that the total worldwide viewing audience would vastly increase).

Another point is that there were cooks on hand at Graceland 24 hours a day. The pantry, fridge, freezer, etc. was always stocked with the foods/beverages that Elvis wanted. This included ice cream and I bring this up because in 1977 Elvis weighed the most and for the last week of his life (i.e. August 16, 1977) Elvis “dieted”. In the late hours/early morning hours the last 24 hours of Elvis life one of his cooks saw a sadness in Elvis and said “honey are you sure you don’t want something to eat a snack a sandwich”? The cook said “Elvis’ responded with a half-smile giving off part of his great facial expressions/smile and then said maybe a cookie or two and some ice cream”. She made, or recently had made, the cookies from scratch and she brought up two scoops of ice cream and five cookies. The remnants of Elvis’ bowl/plate showed he enjoyed the ice cream and ate all the cookies except one and a half.

Man, I have much to say on this topic but I have to go now. Though this is not related, and some may not appreciate me saying so, I encourage everyone to have the specific blood tests to check your thyroid levels every six months. Your thyroid manages everything from your metabolism to your mood to your lack of energy to your sleep to you gaining weight to how your look at yourself and/or life. Just about everything can be adversely effected by issues with your thyroid (note – I believed, like millions of others do, that my blood tests including the full spectrum of checking my thyroid. I believe that my thyroid contributed greatly to my health issues, personal interactions, actions, etc. for at least a year before it was diagnosed that my thyroid levels were awful. It got increasingly worse and contributed (which I am forever sorry for taking full responsibility for everything I said, did etc. and I am not proud of this) to the deterioration of my marriage/relationships. When I heard the news that I had thyroid cancer I almost didn’t believe it. I had been going through internal/mental/emotional/physical hardships that I mostly kept to myself. When I had my first surgery to remove the very very very large tumor on the right side of my thyroid they checked the left side (note – it is better in all ways to have part of your thyroid rather than none and this organ is very important/crucial) and it too confirmed carcinoma i.e. cancer and my entire thyroid had to be cut out). This was unexpected by my physicians, surgeon, and by me. I have been aggressive personally, and an advocate for as many people as I can be, in getting medications/health care/etc., for my thyroid levels (note – yes even though I have no thyroid it is crucial to the body so taking daily medications is mandatory. I still have ups and downs, pertaining to my thyroid and so many other adverse effects associated with thyroid disease, but I have good doctors/surgeons/specialists and I do everything I can to be physically and emotionally healthy.

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Elvis 1977

Last Vacation Elvis with Ginger nice frontal shot.jpg   I have, throughout my life, have read so many books, magazines, articles, blogs, posts, etc. about Elvis’ life onstage and off in every aspect of his life. The year 1977 is widely known as the year Elvis died. Sadly, Elvis did die on August 16, 1977 but in this article/post I choose to write about how he (in part) lived in 1977.

Though these eyes are failing me I have seen so many Elvis photographs, videos, etc. throughout his entire life including 1977. Thus I have the benefit of (approximately) six decades of being a fan. A historian. An expert. An author. All of these things pertaining to Elvis Presley.

Many have watched the 1977 tv concert which showed a very sickly Elvis Presley. He never should have been on that stage he should have been receiving, ongoing and by the greatest physicians on this earth, medical care for his illnesses (i.e. physical, mental, emotional, etc.). The adverse effect the book “Elvis what happened?”. written by two of ELvis most trusted friends/employees Red West and Sonny West along with Dave Hebler cannot be minimized. It decimated him. It hurt him to the core. It hurt him at a time when he was suffering enough. Actually…more than enough.

… to be continued

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Red West passed away July 18, 2017

  • I just don’t have the words but my prayers go out to the family and loved ones.
  • To be continued…

PRESS RELEASE:

  • Courtesy of Hollywood online
  • Red West, a boyhood friend and member of Elvis Presley’s “Memphis Mafia” who appeared in many of the singer’s movies as well as in Road HouseBlack Sheep Squadron and Goodbye Solo, has died. He was 81.

West died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

West appeared as a stuntman/actor on dozens of episodes of CBS’ futuristic Western series The Wild Wild West in the 1960s and a decade later had a regular role as Sgt. Andy Micklin on another Robert Conrad-starrer, NBC’s Black Sheep Squadron.

He portrayed Red Webster, the owner of an auto parts store who gets his revenge against Ben Gazzara’s character, in the Patrick Swayze classic Road House (1989) and was Sheriff Tanner in the Walking Tall movies released in 1973 and 1975.

As a leading man, West garnered acclaim when he played an old-timer who forges a friendship with a Senegalese cab driver (Souleymane Sy Savane) in director Ramin Bahrani’s North Carolina-set drama Goodbye Solo (2008).

A native of Memphis, West played football in junior college, served in the U.S. Marines and became a Golden Gloves boxer and karate instructor. He first connected with Presley when both were students at Humes High School, he recalled in a 2008 interview.

“Elvis was always different,” he said. “We had crew cuts and wore T-shirts and blue jeans; Elvis had the long ducktail, the long sideburns, and he wore the loud clothes and naturally was a target for all the bullies. One day luckily I walked into the boys’ bathroom at Humes High School and three guys were going to cut his hair just, you know, to make themselves look big or make them feel big or whatever, and I intervened and stopped it.”

After Presley began his recording career, West served as his driver and then worked as one of his bodyguards for years. Meanwhile, he appeared alongside Presley in 18 films, including Flaming Star (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls!(1962), It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Live a Little, Love a Little(1968).

West also wrote or co-wrote such Presley songs as “Separate Ways,” “If Every Day Was Like Christmas” and “If You Talk in Your Sleep” and worked with singers Ricky Nelson, Pat Boone and Johnny Rivers as well.

One year after he was fired by Presley’s father and two weeks before Elvis’ death on Aug. 16, 1977, the tell-all book Elvis: What Happened?, co-written by West, was published and became a controversial best-seller.

West, who studied with the acclaimed acting teacher Jeff Corey, also appeared in at least two movies filmed in his hometown — Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker (1997) and Ira Sachs’ Forty Shades of Blue (2005) — and on a 2011 episode of the TNT series Memphis Beat.

His film résumé also included Two for the Seesaw(1962), The Americanization of Emily (1964), The Legend of Grizzly Adams (1990), Natural Born Killers(1994), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer(1998), Cookie’s Fortune (1999) and Glory Road(2006), and on TV he was seen on BonanzaMannixGet SmartThe Six Million Dollar ManThe Fall Guy and Nashville.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Pat — who was one of Elvis’ secretaries — and sons John and Brent.

Rare 1972 video Elvis receiving 2 gold records

Via YouTube comes this exceptionally rare video of Elvis (1) showing off his humor while trying to tie the LARGEST tie of all time and (2) receiving two gold records from RCA for Elvis’ Madison Square Garden album and for the 45 single “words” which was written by one of the Bee Gees.

Enjoy:

List of Elvis Presley’s girlfriends w/photos

Courtesy of YouTube comes an interesting list of the “girlfriends of Elvis”.

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Elvis Presley and Easter (2013 All Rights Reserved)

1964 Elvis Presley Easter CardEaster Greetings

HAPPY EASTER!

Elvis Presley loved Holidays and Easter became a very special time after the birth of his beloved daughter Lisa Marie.

After Elvis was old enough to walk Elvis scheduled Easter egg hunts and loved to see his little daughter finding the eggs and flashing her smile and telling her dad “I found it”.

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