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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Why God took Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977 (part 1)

BIO Elvis with Gladys and Vernon teh WelcomeHome Tupelo concert cndidd  My heart, and prayers, remain with the; family members, friends, relatives, loved ones, etc. pertaining to Elvis Presley and his passing on August 16, 1977. I can’t imagine their burden nor their loss.

It has taken me (approximately) six decades now to formulate this post which is based up (literally) thousands of books, audio files, documents, interviews, conversations, emails, first hand account, real documentaries, etc. I have always put a premium on eyewitnesses, factual sources, facts, and context. No sensationalism. No monetary endeavors. Just me passing along unique/cool/rare/ content as I do on these posts and on http://www.ElvisCollector.info (premier Elvis Presley website with exceptional content) and/or http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org (100% free Elvis Presley forum and though it remains in the beta testing stage we invite you to join).

To address the subject line of this post “Why God took Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977” we must look back to the day of his birth of January 8, 1935.

Gladys Love (Smith) Presley and Vernon Elvis Presley knew they were having a baby. One baby. They had no idea if it was a boy or a girl they just prayed for a healthy child. They even picked out names if it was a boy or a girl. I know the name they chose if it was a girl but that is not my story to convey publicly. But, the boy was to be named Jessie Garon Presley.

When Gladys went into labor a boy was delivered and it was perfectly formed except it (sadly) was not breathing. Gladys and Vernon were empty, lost, and consumed by their sorrow.

As the doctor, who back then made house calls, was gathering his things to leave Gladys said “I think there is another one”. The doctor, against his better judgement, did an examination and confirmed. An identical twin to Jessie was born, healthy, and breathing, and though their tears reigned their hearts gave thanks to God but they had a dilemma and that was “what to name this baby”? After all the doctor needed a name to put on the certificate/paperwork.

Within moments they settled on Elvis, which was Elvis’ fathers middle name, and Aaron which rhymed with “Garon” and paid homage to the biblical Aaron the older brother of Moses.

On January 8, 1935 through the stench of death and loss Elvis Aaron Presley was born into the world void of wealth, monetary means, but loved as much as any mother…ever. Vernon, in his own ways, loved Elvis but the love and bond between Gladys and Elvis started in the womb and would last (sadly) until her last breath.

To be continued…

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’s Jaycees Award & Speech 1971 (rare footage = WOW)

Elvis Presley was nominated, and won, the coveted award from the Jaycees and here are the details courtesy of usjayceefoundation.org;

The inaugural class of TOYM recipients in 1938, announced in January 1939 by Future Magazine, still ranks as one of the most famous. Included were: George Gallop, pollster; Elmer Layden, football coach; Howard Hughes, business and aviation; Douglas Corrigan, aviation; and Rudy Valee and Orson Wells, entertainers. A 1939 TOYM group was never selected but in 1940 and every year until 1973 a TOYM group was selected for a year and recognized the next year. There were no winners for 1972. In 1973, the TOYM event was revised to honor the designates for the current, rather than the previous year. Because of this change, there were no winners for 1972. Since 1973, the tradition of recognizing outstanding young people for the year in which awarded has continued.

Currently, candidates must be United States citizens, age 18 through 40, who exemplify the best attributes of the nation’s young people, the Jaycee Creed and dedication to a better nation. Thousands of nomination forms have been distributed each year before judging panels reduce the field to 20 candidates and then select the final 10. Currently the awards program is conducted each year in March at the United States Jaycees National Meeting.

To understand the magnitude of the award in the eyes of those who have received it consider this story: Elvis Presley TOYM 1970

Accepting the Jaycee Honor “Terrified Presley” read the headline in the Memphis Press-Scimitar. The “King” was shakin’ backstage, but no tin the manner that most people would have thought, as excerpts from the newspaper story show:

“Elvis Presley stood in the wings at the Auditorium in memphis on January 18, 1971, and admitted he was ‘terrified.'”

“He was perspiring profusely and his head was hanging low as he awaited his turn on stage as one of the United States jaycees 10 Outstanding Young Men of America for 1970.”

“‘I’m scared to death.’ he told Frank C. Taylor, chairman of the Outstanding Young Men (sic), who reminded the superstar that he had appeared hundreds of times before much larger crowds. ‘Yeah but not like this,’ Elvis replied.

“‘It was a different plateau for him,’ Taylor said. ‘For the first time, he was being paced on the level with achievers in realms other than entertainment, and for the first time Elvis felt he was being accepted like a true professional. He like the association of being given such an honor along with those nine other guys, and he was impressed by their tremendous abilities. And none of the others singled Elvis out for adulation more than any other, and he liked that too.”

When Elvis’ turn came, he took his place at the podium and looked back at the other winners seated on stage. With a sweeping gesture, he said: ‘These men may be the Kingdom of God.'”

“The famous voice cracked, he could not go on.”Elvis at podium

“‘He was the only one to have genuine tears in his eyes and to break up,’ Taylor said.

“Elvis stopped, stepped back for a second, regrouped himself and spoke again.”

“‘Without a song, the day would never end, without a song, a man ain’t got a friend,’ the famous singer said, quoting a classic song.”

“Then he ended with difficulty, saying humbly: ‘So I’ll just keep on singing my song.'”

Elvis always consider the Jaycee Awards as his most valued achievement. The honor was so important to Elvis, he was there to receive it in person labored weeks over his now famous speech. The Jaycee Award was one of the few trophies that Elvis received during his lifetime that held a special place. It represented Elvis initiation into the mainstream, acceptance by his peers for his contributions as a humanitarian and entertainer. His Ten Outstanding Young Men trophy, as well as the tuxedo he wore to the ceremony that night, have been kept on display at his Memphis home, Graceland and is seen by thousands of visitors every day.

Courtesy of YouTube comes part of the video pertaining to Elvis receiving this award that Elvis not only was humbled by but actually opted to appear in person, with Priscilla and members of his family and Memphis Mafia, to accept the award and give one of his most iconic and heartfelt speeches.

Happy 105th birthday to Gladys Presley

* Original story by Jeff Schrembs 2017 All Rights Reserved & published with the       expressed written permission of Mr. Jeffery Schrembs

WM Gladys BIRTHDAY         April 25, 2017 is the 105th birthday of Gladys Love (Smith) Presley who most know as the beloved mother of Elvis Presley. Hence Gladys was born on April 25, 1912 and (sadly) died on August 14, 1958 at the age (that everyone believed was right/truthful/correct/etc.) of 42 years old. However, she died at the age of 46 years old on August 14, 1958.

Depending on the source(s) the reason Gladys changed her age was; in order to marry Vernon Presley and becoming a closer  age of Vernon, to seemingly appear to be younger to her friends/fellow church members/etc., because she was illiterate (i.e. could not read, could not write, could not drive a car, never had a drivers license, etc.), and/or to maximize benefits to what extent has been lost to history. *** Note – I recommend, and encourage, everyone to seek out – purchase – read – tell others about – etc. the exceptional books about Elvis/Gladys/Vernon/Memphis Mafia/etc. by Alanna Nash which shed some light on these subject matters. Here is the link via Amazon Author Alanna Nash’s books on Amazon

I have, over a time span of approximately six years, viewed/read/listened to/ etc. just about everything related to Gladys, Vernon, and Elvis. Looking at her pictures as a young woman you see a dark haired, dark eyed, vert attractive young woman, favorable complexion, youth radiating from her skin,  with a desirable figure ( no disrespect intended just stating a fact) and a smile that invites you into her…soul. Very beautiful, individually and collectively, photographs which clearly show the similarities to Elvis.

Other photographs, taken after Elvis received his Official United States Military Draft notice which was served on the 3rd week in December of 1957 their first Christmas at Graceland, show every emotion in her face (swollen with reddish imprints that allowed her tears and lack of sleep to be channeled away from her eyes) .

The days leading up to Elvis’ being physically drafted into the US Military, and initially reporting to basic training in Texas for the US Army but ultimately being ordered to be assigned to Germany, tore into Gladys with great pains. Great tournament. Great uncertainty. Great worry. And even triggering  the horrendous events of January 8, 1935 when her firstborn son Jessie Garon Presley was born “stillborn” meaning he was born dead. Also, triggering her inconsolable heartbreak over losing another child a few years after Elvis was born (Note – Elvis was born on January 8, 1935 and was the second child delivered with Jessie Garon Presley being stillborn). Then came the life changing news, from her doctor, that she would never again be able to carry a child to term which meant never being able to have another child. This is but one of the reasons from the special relationship between Gladys and Elvis which included her unrelenting love/devotion to Elvis and vice versa.

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Elvis Presley was, is, and forever will be the MAN

Like the headline? Well it took me all of 1/10000000000th of a second to come up with it. Finding my car keys? I’m lost. Elvis? I can recall.

Lets compare Elvis FOUR to FIVE to SIX DECADES AGO to “celebrities” of today shall we?

Homes: Elvis had homes in Memphis Tennessee and in California at the same time. Elvis home is an official American LANDMARK

TV’s: Elvis had 3 set into the wall of his “man cave”. They were all color (and that was a rarity in that day/time) which he copied after President Johnson so Elvis could watch all 3 football games at the same time. Yeah we all have access to screens 24/7 how but who wouldn’t want to sit and watch football games with Elvis?

Large Screen Movie: Elvis had the largest, most technologically advanced, TV screen (projector) to watch movies at this home (in the Jungle room FYI). Also Elvis was the FIRST American to own a VHS from Sony.

Jewelry: Elvis had his own Jeweler. He owned MILLIONS, over his lifetime, of dollars of jewelry. From rings the size of golf balls, to lions head necklaces, to “crazy” engraved solid gold bracelets, etc. in every shape – design – etc.

Cars:  No contest. Elvis OWNED (not rented) the baddest cars on the planet. BMW 507 check. Mercedes Benz limo black on black check. Stutz blackhawk CHECK. Custom painted purple luxury cars check. Pink caddy for his mother than never had a drivers license and never knew how to drive check. Iconic Lincoln with suicide doors check. In Americana the 1950s are defined as the best in advances and style and Elvis OWNED (literally) the best of the best every decades of his life.

Toys:  Motorcycles. The King had them in spades. Three wheelers too. All custom and bad TO the bone.

Horses: Elvis loved horses. He kept them at Graceland throughout his life and during the 1960’s bought an entire ranch called the “Circle G ranch” complete with trailers to live in (for everyone), stables, horses, and anything else one would need.

Planes: Yes please. Elvis not only bought a million dollar plane but he SPENT an additional (estimated) million dollars on renovations. Then he named it after his beloved daughter Lisa Marie. Hugh Hefner did it first, and Elvis borrowed Hef’s plane at one time, but Elvis did it best.

Style: CHECKMATE. Elvis hair. Winner. Elvis look. Winner. Elvis clothes. Winner. Elvis custom capes. Winner. Elvis designed the first “karate style Vegas suit” Winner. Elvis even, before he died, had a custom jumpsuit to be used with LASERS. Yes I said LASERS and that was 1977.

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Elvis Presley & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 2017

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The upcoming weeks mark the well deserved federal holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. “day”. In my opinion Dr. King, Jr. was an incredible leader who put his own well being in jeopardy standing up for not only what was right but to obtain justice for the masses.

I have, on several occasions, read the writings of Dr. King, Jr. and those he wrote while he was in jail (like so many of his writings) were powerful and stirred my emotions. What an incredible leader.

Decades ago I was honored, by marriage, to have stayed in the suite in Washington DC at the Willard Hotel. This was the same suite that Dr. King, Jr. wrote his “I have a dream speech”. Though the wedding took every moment the significance of Dr. King, Jr. being in the same suite was very…humbling. I have great memories of that time, and that love, I (in far too many ways) I took for granted. But, this post is about the connection(s) between Elvis and Dr. King, Jr.

Elvis grew up poor. Elvis never saw one’s color nor did he tolerate those who treated others with anything but respect.

Elvis grew up in the church moved by preachings, the choir, and the church filled. Elvis grew up a southerner and endured everything that being a southern man, at the period in history, entails. Elvis loved the church and was a deeply spiritual man. The same can be said of Dr. King, Jr.

Several firsthand accounts confirm that Elvis had respect, and admiration, for Dr. King, Jr. and his non-violent approach.

On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered by a coward. And he was murdered in Elvis’ beloved city of Memphis in Tennessee which upset Elvis greatly. One would think that living in the 1960’s, which I did and all the turmoil and the decade had earlier brought the murder of America’s President John F. Kennedy and months after Dr. Kings’ death came the murder of Robert Kennedy, that “nothing would be shocking” as the country was “numb” by back to back killings bringing anger and uncertainty. But, when it came to the death of Dr. King, Jr. millions of people then and now mourn and that includes this writer.

During the 1960’s Elvis was locked into movie contracts which played out to be approximately three per year. Not many people know that Elvis had to star in movies regardless of the quality, or lack of, the scripts. Elvis had no say over the movies he starred in and the 1960’s were, in many instances, frustrating for Elvis.

Elvis was presented with an opportunity to have a TV special that would air around the Christmas season in 1968. I have written about aspects concerning this special in great detail so what I will say now is that Elvis, with the guidance of the talented producer/director, realized that this was the chance for him to return to a live audience (which he was kept from for approximately 8 years) as well as showcase his first love in entertainment and that was singing/performing.

When the time came, after great momentum, for Elvis to decide how to end the TV Special, which would be sponsored by the Singer sewing company and titled “Elvis”, Elvis wanted to express his feelings. His pulse. His sensitivity. His release from years of pent up anger/frustration. Elvis shared this with Walter Earl Brown, a great song writer, and together they used direct quotes of Dr. Kings, they came up with one of the greatest songs in the world…”if I can dream”.

Not only was the song beautiful but Elvis poured his heart and soul into the song. There are two versions of this song from the 68 special and one was Elvis in front of the audience in black leather and he never looked, or sounded, better. The other was Elvis, dressed in a white 1960’s fashionable suit, singing in front of large red lit letters that spelled out “E L V I S”. The version of Elvis in white is my personal favorite version of this song. I encourage everyone to watch Elvis performing this song and affirm that, with every pore and vocal inflection, Elvis shared a soulful message with the viewing audience all the while paying respect and love to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The TV ratings were a success and catapulted Elvis back into superstardom as a singer/performer. Out of the thousands of songs Elvis knew, and he had a photographic memory, he could not of picked a better song than “if I can dream”. I believe it is one of Elvis’ greatest performances and certainly was a meaningful song for him as a man and as an entertainer.

It is hard, at times, for me to believe that it has been 49 years since Dr. King, Jr. took breath upon this earth. And it has been, as of August 16th of this year (i.e. 2017), 40 years since Elvis took his last breath. Both of these men had failures, shortcomings, and regrets but they were both wholly unique and they rose to infamy for what they stood for – what they believed – and how they chose to live their lives. I miss them both and my prayers are always with the family, and loved ones, of these great men.

Take care and God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org

 

 

 

January 8, 2017 Elvis Presleys’ 82nd birthday

I don’t know why but as the years pass by I find myself often reflecting and, in between having a permanent broken heart and missing/loving/wanting the best for/etc my children, yearning for days gone by when Elvis was filling stadiums and his songs fluttered on the airways.

Now it is January 8, 2017 and the 82nd anniversary of the day he was born. Man, in a few years it will be MORE YEARS PAST THAN ELVIS PRESLEY EVER LIVED. The math on this is that Elvis was 42 years old when he died. As of today it has been 39 years since he (sadly) passed away (August 16, 1977). So, in the next few years it will 43 years since Elvis died versus the 42 years he lived. What a loss. What a…loss.

Graceland, and Priscilla and Lisa Marie, will (in all probability) have a week of acknowledgement filled with events as fans gather from around the world. His beloved home, Graceland, will be open and there will be candle light vigils in remembrance. The tree, whose branch expectantly broke while the members of the “Memphis mafia” were in a car during his funeral/mourning, will still be there as is the wall that fans have been writing on since the 1950’s.

I have Elvis’ music, and other eclectic singers, in every “listening device” including the albums and 45’s (which I have two record players but I don’t want to damage the records which was not the case when I was a child/young man/younger/etc. as I played the grooves off each Elvis record I could get my hands on. Man, what a…loss.

As 2017 rolled around I was heavy hearted thinking about all of the people who (sadly) passed away that were; related to, loved by, trusted by, worked with, etc. Elvis. The same is true with others in the entertainment industry whose passing were worldwide news. But, Elvis had an uncanny ability to surround himself, individually and collectively, with people of quality. Of great intellect and personality. Of being grounded and unique. With sadness, yet respect, I have put their names in memorandum on http://www.ElvisCollector.info. I hope to add much more content to these special people.

While I created http://www.ElvisCollector.info with hesitation and with nothing other than a positive distraction for me far removed from my cancer treatment(s) and my divorce but most of all from the nightmare that is custody/visitation issues. My heart goes out to the children of divorce as well as their parents and loved ones. Back to http://www.ElvisCollector.info.

I have been amazed at how many people visit http://www.ElvisCollector.info each day. Each month. Each year. At one point I put “digital pins” on a “digital map of the world” on my laptop(s). The pins were red and the map was white outlined in black. Before the month was out the red pins were in (literally) every corner of the world. To make things even more joyous the site was ranked, in about 70 different categories, number 1 in many search engines.

I added site content and decided to put “never seen before” photographs along with cool and unique; videos, audio files, photographs, documents, handwriting, personal possessions, etc. pertaining to Elvis. But, I had a few “non-negotiable s” such as; I would not allow anything about Lisa Marie (out of respect as she has her own forums to do so if she wants), I would not allow anything about anyone Elvis dated other than Priscilla (this was a hard decision for me as so many of those Elvis dated are INCREDIBLE people including  Linda Thompson, Sandie Kaye Stevens, Kathy Westmoreland, etc.) for the same reason pertaining to Lisa Marie, I would not allow anything to be sold/offered for sale, I would not allow any ads, I would not allow any pop-ups, I would put things on the site that were interesting to me, I would write original stories/articles about Elvis onstage and off, I would put an emphasis on the visual (photographs, videos, etc.), I would put Elvis’ life onstage and off told by FACTS and in context, and I would keep the format simple yet compelling.

I also wanted fans to know about other sites, and person(s) (including but not limited to Russ Howe, Paul Litcher, Phil Arnold, Sandie Kaye Stevens, Sandi Pichon, Marty Lacker, Alanna Nash, etc.), about Elvis. Now, I have very high standards, as has been the case since the late 60’s, but these sites/people are truly deserving to be recognized. I hope people check out every site/person listed as they are worth the “click” and the “time”.

Well, I’m off to knock out a few chores/errands but here are a few cool things that I hope your enjoy.

Please visit, and share via social media and verbally, http://www.ElvisCollector.info and http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org (please BOOKMARK as the name is sooooo long and typing it over and over will give you carpal tunnel) the Elvis Presley forum that is 100% free to join. Please note that the forum is still in the “beta testing” realm and hopefully 2017 will be the year it is up to par with my expectations.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Take care and may God bless you and yours always.

Jeff Schrembs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis’ return to live appearances circa 1969 courtesy of YouTube (audio)

1969 was a great year for Elvis Presley personally, physically, mentally, and professionally.

Elvis’ 1968 Singer TV Special entitled “Elvis” had the highest TV ratings of the year. Elvis showcased his magnetism and his four and a half octave vocal range with ease. The show contained Elvis singing; some of his prior hits, gospel, and one of the greatest songs/performances when he ended the show with “If I Can Dream” dressed in a white suit giving his all in a powerful and emotionally moving way.

I am “young” enough to remember watching this special on TV (note: I have been a diehard Elvis Presley fan for six decades now) and Elvis was simply…amazing. I could not wait to be able to purchase the album that contained songs from the TV special.

In 1969 Elvis had been married for (approximately) two years to Priscilla who he met in 1960 while stationed in Germany during his US Army tenure (i.e. 1958 – 1960). He and Priscilla were blessed to have a beautiful baby girl (approximately) the year before. Elvis had years of pent up frustration with the lack of quality songs he was given to record. Elvis was in peak physcial condition and he radiated sex appeal.

Via YouTube here is Elvis’ (audio) of his first live perfomance in (approximately) nine years. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have. Even after all these years Elvis’ singing is unrivaled.

Jeff Schrembs

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org