Merry Christmas 2017

To each and every Elvis Presley fan, casual viewer of this blog, Jack Soden, Lisa Marie, Linda Thompson, Alanna Nash, Sandie Kaye Stevens, Martine Prizzo (pardon if I misspelled the name but she is a good friend and knowledgeable about Elvis Presley and other great rock and roll artists as well as being one of my Facebook friends) Sandi Pichon, Billy Smith, Larry Geller, Russ Howe, Paul Lichter, etc I want to wish you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas 2017.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. I believe this and I respect others who may have a different emotion, opinion, etc. But on this day, the 25th of December 2017, families come together  and express their friendship and love for another and that is a beautiful thing indeed.

This life we have, and man I know the trials and tribulations that I have gone through from the first breath I took and (sadly) that my children have endured and are enduring, provides us with bountiful opportunities>

To those who are in prison/jail (excluding those of pure evil and have harmed others), and to their families and loved ones, I pray for you as your lives are deserving of respect and second chances. May you know that others are praying for you and wishing you success, good health, and happiness.

This time of year has always been the hardest for me (i.e. from mid September until January the 7th) as the worst things I have ever endured have happened on these dates. But, some of my children and their mother were born during this time period so even through the darkness their light comes through.

 

Take care and may God bless you always.

Jeff Schrembs

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

 

PS: Here are 7 cool Elvis photos. Enjoy and let others know about our sites/blogs via social media.

The first photo is of Elvis with Priscilla circa 1968.

The second is of Colonel Parker visiting Elvis while Elvis was in the US Army. The photo is circa 1959.

The third is Elvis’ beloved mother Gladys in the backyard circa 1957. Very rare.

The fourth is Elvis signing autographs. Notice his ring and bracelet. The man had style.

The fifth is a drawing I made in high school. It became a part of my portfolio, and acceptance, when I attended college at the Art Institute. My drawing is from a publicity photo of Elvis circa 1956.

The sixth is circa 1969 of Elvis with Priscilla and Tom Jones with Tom Jones wife.

The seventh is a personal note, with signature, of Elvis’ handwriting. The man was (wholly) unique as was his signature and his handwriting.

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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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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 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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Scotty Moore Elvis’ guitarist has died June 28, 2016

WM Scotty Moore died June 28 2016

Scotty Moore playing his guitar with Elvis Presley in middle and Bill Black far right onstage at the Louisiana Hayride. And to those who don’t realize it YES the world had color back then and it was bold, unique, cool, and beautiful. 

Scott Moored, Elvis Presley’s original guitarist and first manager, passed away on June 2016 in Nashville Tennessee at the age of 84. Our thoughts, and eternal prayers, go out to the loved ones/relatives/friends/etc. of Scotty Moore.

There is a case to be made that had it not of been for Scotty Moore Elvis would never have put together the song that launched his career (i.e. That’s all right little momma”) and the signing at Sun Records by Sam Phillips.

The story goes that Sam Phillips called Scotty Moore, who was a local musician that was in a group with Bill Black, and wanted him to come to Sun Studio and jam with Elvis Presley to try out some songs. The first time together was nothing special and Sam asked Sonny what he thought which prompted Sam to schedule another jam session and in that session music, entertainment, and the world would forever change.

It is a slight to just call Scotty Moore Elvis guitarist as he had a career before meeting Elvis and one afterward. However, he is well known as Elvis’ guitarist. Elvs was fortunate to surround himself with people of quality and that was certainly true of the multi-talented Scotty Moore.

I am very sad to learn of the death of Scotty Moore who I have respected all of my adult life. I had met  him on two occasions and I am thankful for that honor.

** I implore Elvis Presley fans worldwide to (now) reach out, support. share on social media, collect, etc. those who Elvis Presley was related to and/or worked with for decades. They are, including but not limited to, ; Marty Lacker, Sonny West, Red West, Billy Jo Smith, Joe Esposito, and Jerry Schilling.

Additionally there are many fans, friends, and outstanding authors about Elvis that we highly recommend such as; Alanna Nash, Sandi Pichon, Sandie Kaye Stevens, Russ Howe, Kathy Westmoreland, June Juanico, Anita Wood, Linda Thompson, Sam Thompson, Paul Litcher, Phil Arnold, and Larry Geller. Each of these individuals have their own stories as they were firsthand witnesses to Elvis Presley onstage and off.

Sadly, each year so many people of quality pass away. Many pass away without them truly knowing how much they are appreciated, respected, acknowledged, etc. by Elvis fans worldwide. In this day of instant messages, emails, social media, etc. there is no reason why we can’t take the time to reach out – give thanks – pray for – wish the best for – support – etc.

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Jeff Schrembs

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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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** The videos listed below, for each song referenced, are courtesy of YouTube **

 

 

 

 

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.

Thank for your visiting our site and please let others know about our blog, and websites, via social media.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY 2016.

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

 

Jeff Schrembs – 2016 All Rights Reserved

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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.