CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS AUGUST, 2015
Choose who must hold the title of the king!
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VISIT “THE KING OF MUSIC” POLLING SITE AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR 2015. WE SIMPLY CANNOT LET ANYONE ELSE CLAIM ELVIS’ RIGHTFUL TITLE. BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE SITE FOR VOTING:
They have announced the King for the Month of June…..
The King of June – Elvis Presley With 21,965 Votes.
The King of July – Elvis Presley with 21,630 Votes.
I see that we have fallen short of the total votes for Elvis in the month of June compared to our total votes in the month of May. Let’s all make a reminder for ourselves which we will see every day. This is important.
A good friend to our site, Linda F C, discovered this week that there is a poll receiving votes for the Song of Ages. A link to this second poll is shown at the very top of the site on which we are all voting every day for the KingofMusic. Below is the link to theSongofAges voting location.
Elvis has the number 1 song presently as well as number 3. Suspicious Minds is number 1; Love Me Tender is number 3.
Let’s add this to our daily to-do list in addition to voting for the King of Music. We can keep an Elvis song in first place here as well. As you will see below Suspicious Minds is far ahead in the lead now; and was also the number one song for the month of June.
The Song of June – Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley With 5,079 Votes.
The best song election is a very complicated issue. Because of this, election will be separated into at least two phases. In the first phase we will determine the list of songs. In the second phase election will start all over again, no more than 70 the most popular songs will be in the final voting list. You should suggest your favorite song here.
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley (56%, 20,014 Votes)
- Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (22%, 7,930 Votes)
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley (13%, 4,716 Votes)
The Song of July – Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley with 4,822 Votes. The Second was Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley with 2,574 Votes.
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2015
I want to apologize for my ongoing absence. I am still feeling way below par. I am not seriously ill…at least I don’t think I am. I was having some symptoms which my Dr. wanted to try to track down by the process of eliminating some of my medications to see if they were causing the symptoms. The second one which we discontinued threw me into a bad tailspin of lethargy and fatigue. I have little energy and just kind of drag through my days right now. This too shall pass. I appreciate everyone being patient and understanding until I get back to my normal level of activity here on the site.
We still do not have out computer back in service. The first repair shop just was not equipped to test to determine exactly which parts were affected by the lightning strike. It is now in the hands of the computer expert from whom we bought the computer a year ago. If it can be fixed, this young man will definitely fix it. Perhaps he will have a prognosis for us before this week is out.
I feel badly not being really active during this new month leading up to August 16th.
But, I will hopefully be more active on here very soon.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2015
Revision of Elvis Presley album sales increases The King’s total by 1 million
|Trina Yannicos | Elvis Presley Examiner|
|August 3, 2015
A recent revision in the calculation of certified albums in the U.S. for The King of Rock and Roll has resulted in an increase of 1 million in Elvis Presley album sales. Elvis Presley’s official album sales…
Area man talks about working with Elvis Presley
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Ron “Terry” Strauss is originally from Fonda. He piloted Elvis Presley’s Convair 880 jet, the “Lisa Marie” from November 1975 until Presley’s untimely passing. Strauss describes working with the Presley family as situation of “Anything you want, no questions asked.” Strauss traveled from his home in Florida to visit the Fonda Arts Center recently to share his stories with the community.He spoke of how Elvis always flew late nights, never during the day. Going on a flight to Denver for gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Lisa Marie Presley’s birthday is a vivid memory for Strauss. Elvis would often come to the cockpit of the jet, but never wanted to try flying it himself, at least according to Strauss. Elvis also seemed nervous about flying from Strauss’s perspective. Vernon and Elvis would give the crew and pilots anything they needed to keep the aircraft in the best possible condition, Vernon Presley was often concerned about his son’s safety. The Lisa Marie’s crew were on call 24/7 by the Presley family, and would often get calls at 2 a.m. to take the plane on late night trips. Elvis would even have to disguise himself to get from Graceland to the airport, sometimes as a police officer, other occasions as a motorcycle rider. Some rather interesting moments from Strauss’s recollection of flying with the Presley family include how Elvis rarely drank alcohol on the aircraft, Elvis’s dates that he would bring on the plane, and how the “King” once carried around loaded revolvers on the aircraft.
Strauss still has a collection of gifts from Elvis. A yellow Corvette Stingray, a solid gold TCB (Taking Care of Business) necklace that was given to all of the crew members, (one has been sold for 18,000 dollars.) Strauss expressed he wishes he could have done things different if he had known Presley were to pass so unexpectedly. He never introduced his children to him or had any pictures taken.
“Sometimes tragedy becomes serendipity, as is the case with this Elvis Presley stage-worn jumpsuit from his 1973 Las Vegas Hilton shows and concert tours. With its parts damaged, disassembled and then reunited after decades, it has emerged as a complete and original stage worn artifact from the peak of Elvis’ 1970’s performing career.”
Other items of note that will be auction during Elvis Week’s Auction At Graceland include:
- Elvis Presley “Viva Las Vegas” Jacket worn in dance scene with Ann-Margret (Estimated $30,000-50,000)
- Million Dollar Quartet Signed Guitar with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis signatures (Estimated $20,000-30,000)
- “TCB” Diamond and Gold Necklace gifted to Sammy Davis Jr. by Elvis Presley (Estimated $20,000-30,000)
- 1956 Elvis Presley Double-Signed Transfer Agreement moving 15 Songs to Gladys Music (Estimated $20,000-30,000)
- Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Gold Owl-Shaped Ring gifted to a fan from the stage (Estimated $15,000-20,000)
- 1969 Elvis Presley Handwritten Signed Letter to Gary Pepper discussing the inaugural show at the International Hotel (Estimated $10,000-15,000)
- Elvis Presley Signed Shirt from his personal wardrobe provided as the Grand Prize in a 1973 Boy Scout raffle (Estimated $8,000-12,000)
- 1968 Elvis Presley Film-Worn Jacket from “Live a Little, Love a Little” (Estimated $7,000-10,000)
- 1957 Elvis Presley Enterprises Elvis Presley Doll in rare original box (Estimated $7,000-10,000)
- 1971 Elvis Presley Signed Martial Arts Card with fingerprints (Estimated $5,000-7,500)
- Elvis Presley’s Personal Walther Model PPK/S 9mm Kurz Handgun ornately engraved “Elvis” and “TCB (Estimated $100,000–125,000)
[Image via Elvis.com]
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2015
New CD matches Elvis Presley with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Elvis Presley auction offers ‘Viva Las Vegas’ jacket, signed guitar and more
August 6, 2015 4:04 AM MST
This year marks what would have been the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley. “Elvis Week” is an annual celebration of the life and career of Presley that is held the week of August 16 to coincide with the anniversary of his death on that date in 1977. As part of “Elvis Week 2015” in Memphis, Tennessee, the Graceland Archives studio holds an “Auction At Graceland,” a signature event in August and during the birthday celebration each January 8th.
During the auction, private Elvis Presley related items, each authenticated by the staff at “Graceland Authenticated” are offered to the general public. One of the most anticipated items for sale this month is Presley’s “Starburst Jumpsuit,” worn during some 1973 and 1974 performances on stage. The estimated amount of the winning bid is between $100,000 and $150,000.
<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>Don’t forget the upcoming events during which the new Elvis Forever USPS stamp will be unveiled and presented at Graceland on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Below are the times and details from http://www.graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule/USPS Elvis Stamp Sale at Graceland Wall12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Front Wall at Graceland.
The new USPS Forever Stamp featuring Elvis Presley will go on sale at midnight at the front wall at Graceland for fans who want to be among the first to purchase. Stay tuned toGraceland.comfor more information.
USPS Elvis Stamp Dedication Ceremony8:00 a.m. North lawn, Graceland.
Elvis will be commemorated on a USPS Forever Stamp as an inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan for this First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony. Free and open to the public. Read more about the new Elvis stamp.
A complete list of all activities scheduled for Elvis Week, which runs from the 8th through the 16th, may be found at: http://www.graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule/I am certain that Jesse will take note and wish to call it to everyone’s attention that Sat. August 8, 2015 is a very significant date from a Numerological standpoint. It is equal to8-8-8.When the digits in this year 2015 are added together and reduced to a single digit, one arrives at the 8. Of course, as I have pointed out previously on my site, the date on which Elvis chose to leave us was also a number 8 day all the way around: 8-16-1977 calculates to 1 x 8; 2 x 8; and 3 x 8 (8-16-24).
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2015
Below is a link at which you may view the live stream of the new Elvis Forever postage stamp ceremony on Wednesday August 12th:http://livestream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland/ElvisStampBelow is a link at which you may view the live stream of the Candlelight Vigil on August 15th:http://livestream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland/CandlelightVigilBelow is a link at which you may view the live stream of the Auction at Graceland on August 13th:http://livestream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland/AuctionatGraceland2015
MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015
Below is a photo of the two beautiful new Elvis statues which have been unveiled in Tupelo. This photo is courtesy of Save The Legacy Of Elvis Presley
We were able to get our computer repaired completely and we now have it back in full operation…better than before. So, I do have all the functions back.I am still not feeling well and thus will be limiting my time corresponding. I apologize to those who have sent me Emails and/or posted to me on my Facebook pages, to whom I have not responded. For the time being my time spent corresponding will be really limited.I want to thank everyone who has posted messages of concern and caring. I love you all very much.I will continue normal updates to my web site as always.
My good friend, Elaine M., shared with me on Facebook that Amazon now has many copies of Jesse’s book at much more reasonable prices. I thank Elaine for telling me about this. I have not priced the book on Amazon in a long time and had no idea that the prices have come down so much. Below is the link to the list of books now available.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015
This sounds like it is a really good book…so happy she decided to write it.
Elvis Presley’s private nurse writes a memoir of her time working for the ‘extremely generous’ superstar
- Letetia Henley Kirk lived on the grounds of Graceland from 1972
- ‘He was not only my patient but a good friend,’ said the 73-year-old Kirk
- She met him in 1968 when he went to her clinic for saddle sores
A West Tennessee woman who was Elvis Presley’s private nurse is releasing a book giving an insight into her life around the music legend and his family.
Letetia Henley Kirk lived on the grounds of Graceland – Presley’s longtime Memphis home – with her husband and two young daughters from 1972 to 1983 and often traveled with Presley on tour, The Jackson Sun reported.
Her self-published book, titled ‘Taking Care of Elvis – Memories with Elvis as His Private Nurse and Friend’, is a collection of short stories. It also includes dozens of previously unpublished photos.
Elvis Presley’s private nurse from 1972 until his death has written a book. The self-published book, titled ‘Taking Care of Elvis – Memories with Elvis as His Private Nurse and Friend’, is a collection of short stories and never before published photos
‘He was not only my patient but a good friend,’ said the 73-year-old Kirk, who planned to release the book Monday.
She considered Elvis, pictured in 1973, a good friend
For nearly 40 years, she kept silent about her years with Presley.
But Kirk said she changed her mind after a friend convinced her to attend an event during Elvis Week last August in Memphis.
She talked to many of the fans who descend on Graceland each year to commemorate the death of Presley on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42.
‘I realized how hungry the fans are for stories about what life was like during a normal day at Graceland,’ Kirk said.
‘They already know the stories about drugs and sex and life on the road.
‘They want to know what Elvis was like at Graceland during his private time. That’s what this book is, light-hearted stories of my memories and experiences with Elvis.’
Kirk was hired at The Medical Group in Memphis where she worked for 40 years.
She met Presley in 1968 when he went to the clinic for treatment of saddle sores from riding horses.
‘We treated him after hours, and he saw Dr Nick,’ Kirk said, referring to Dr George Nichopoulos.
‘I was in the room assessing Elvis, and he was sitting in the corner talking to me with his head down.
‘I walked over, lifted his chin and said, ‘Elvis, if you talk to me, you look at me.”
She thought she was in trouble when Nichopoulos called her to his office and, with a solemn look on his face, asked what she said to Presley.
When she told the doctor, he grinned and said Presley liked her country ways.
She became Presley’s regular nurse when he went to the clinic, and that led to her move to Graceland in 1972.
Kirk says the book is lighthearted stories of her time with Elvis. She moved to Graceland, pictured, in 1972 after becoming his regular nurse
Kirk, now 73, also recalls the 1977 day she learned in disbelief that Presley had died at Graceland
Kirk recalled working at the clinic on August 16, 1977, on the Elvis died and said she got a call from her husband who told her to ‘get home quick’.
She jumped in her car and soon saw the ambulance as it raced Presley to the hospital.
She drove through the front gate of Graceland and learned what happened.
‘I was in total disbelief,’ Kirk said. ‘I never dreamed something like that would happen. I still get emotional about it, and the book was very hard to write because of that emotional journey.’
But Kirk said the light-hearted stories in the book kept her spirit lifted, such as the ones about gifts she received from Presley, including how she turned down a black Cadillac.
‘Elvis was extremely generous and just loved to make people happy,’ she said. ‘I was a very blessed country girl.’
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015
My good friend, Elaine M., shared the following order information for the above book. I attempted to find this information, but was not able to do so. I thank Elaine so very much for locating and sharing this with me.
Linda here is more info about the book you mentioned. I emailed her to get a copy. I love reading good stories about our Elvis!
The 160-page, soft-cover book sells for $30. You can receive one by mail for $36.50. Contact Kirk at 901-491-8406 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015
Just want to share with everyone, as always, that Jesse did phone me late this afternoon. We only spoke briefly as he was being rushed. He called to see if I am feeling better. He sounded wonderful and was doing well today.
The Elvis Forever stamp presentation ceremony was beautifully done and was very moving. I enjoyed it so very much. It was wonderful to see so many speakers paying tribute to the man we all love so much. The stamp itself is beautiful and one that we can all take great pride in owning and using.
Below is the video of the ceremony for us all to enjoy again.
SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2015
I just now saw that there is a copy of Jesse’s book for sale on Ebay at a very good price of only $34.46 with free shipping. For those who are interested, here is the link to this item. It is described as a used book but in good condition.
The Truth about Elvis Aron Presley: In His Own… (SKU: G1561676764I4N00)
MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015
The Candlelight Vigil is now available for viewing as a video and I will insert the video below. I’m glad that they are putting the events onto videos so that those who missed seeing them will now have a chance to view. I watched the entire event Saturday night and it was quite nice.
I did not view the auction. They have also placed that event on a video and I will insert that below also.
My friend, Jeannette, shared this beautiful photo with me on Facebook. It originates from United Elvis Admins.
The following is an article which I have been thinking about posting for the last week or so. It is focused on an article which ran in the GLOBE Tabloid on August 10th. As a rule, I do not give any credence to anything in the tabloids unless I KNOW that what they have published is true BEFORE I ever see it in a rag mag. In this case, I do know absolutely that they have based their article about Elvis’ health and their interview with Dr. Nick upon a true fact.
This article does describe the health issue with which Elvis had been dealing for a long time. He was very worried about this condition because the Drs. had told him if he did not have the surgery, he would die. He knew that if he had the surgery, it would not “fit the image of Elvis Presley” and that he would have to take a good long time off from his work…would perhaps not be able to return to his performances at all due to the aftermath of the surgery and an implanted device which he would have to learn to live with.
Wanda June Hill has told me in detail how sick Elvis was and how he agonized over whether to have the surgery; whether to just continue to deal with all the problems it was causing him in order that he could continue performing and take his chances; whether to have the surgery because the Drs. had told him that he would die without it, but they had also told him that it would be a very serious surgery and that there was no guarantee of it being completely successful; the worst part is that they had told him that he could die during the procedure. He was speaking with another good friend in addition to Wanda June Hill and he shared the questions and worries which he had about the illness with that other close friend also.
It appears that those who worked for him, and with him, were not informed of his very private illness. They did not know that Elvis was taking them into account in all of his decisions because he knew he had so many people and their families relying on him for their livelihoods….wives and children of the guys who worked for him as well. I have shared here on my site, earlier, some of the details regarding Elvis’ ill health and why he had to leave to have the surgery to literally save his life. Jesse told me that he was glad that I did explain about his situation. So, I don’t believe he will mind that I add this article. I share these things in order that the fans will come to understand and feel total compassion for what he was going through and why he had to do what he did. It was a choice between life and death quite simply.
“The last two years of my life were pure misery.” Jesse Presley as spoken to me. Jesse did confirm to me that he did have the necessary surgery.
Below are copies of a few key points in their article. Their full article makes me uncomfortable because of the angle of their attitude toward Dr. Nick. Those points will not be shown below…only the excerpts containing the truth.
The following is my final excerpt from this article. This is the section to which I most want to call everyone’s attention. What Dr. Nick says is the truth as was witnessed by Elvis’ very close friends and confidantes…with the main BIG exception being that Elvis did not die, but left so he could have the life saving surgery. I am so thankful for the 38 years which he has had and extremely thankful for the past 23 years during which he has allowed me to know the truth directly from him.
Below is a copy of one page of Jesse’s introduction to his book. Here you will see his own statement about the reasons for his decision to let the image of Elvis Presley die and to reinvent himself as his twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley. You may view the introduction in it’s entirety on the following page of my web site.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015
My friend, Nita, shared the following on Facebook. This is so true…time for us all to stop and reflect upon life. Remember, Elvis said “There are no coincidences; everything has a meaning.” Let’s all stop and reflect upon that as it relates to current events.
A good friend, Ron Collamore, sent me the following substantiating information in support of the article which I posted yesterday about how ill Elvis was in 1977. I thank Ron so much for locating these two excerpts from books.
Ron wrote to me:
In this book - ELVIS: THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE by Richard Peters, he writes, " May 29, 1977. Looking tired, his voice weak, Elvis walks off stage in mid-performance in front of 13,000 people in the Baltimore Civic Centre. However, after a thirty minutes break, he reappears to rapturous applause and completes his show with five more songs. It is, nevertheless, an ominous occurrence......"
From this book - ELVIS: THE FINAL YEARS by Jerry Hopkins, he writes, "John Wilkinson: "He asked J.D. and the guys to sing a couple of numbers and Charles Hodge emceed while he was gone. I got the impression he had to go to the bathroom. When he came back, he thanked everybody and apologized. He said, 'But when you gotta go, you gotta go.' and then, under his breath, I could hear him over the microphone. He said, "Sometimes it hurts me so fuckin' bad...." (Linda! I'm sorry for using a swear word, but it's in the book. Please forgive me.) Back to John's story, 'It was like his insides were just being torn up. I also saw him wince as he walked a couple of times, as if it was hard for him to move. Hence no more stage movements. It was tragic to see."
It's related to May 29, 1977 concert. It's on page 222.
Hopefully it does help you and you have my permission to use them for your website. Ron
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015
Noddy, who is a good friend, shared the following video with me in order that I may share it with Jesse on a DVD. It is a very unique history tour of Graceland which traces the history of the owners of the land up to today…goes all the way back to 1864 during the civil war era. I hope that I will be able to copy this to a DVD for Jesse to enjoy. I thank Noddy for finding and sharing this unique video.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland Memphis – The History Tour 1864 – 2015