CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS JUNE, 2016
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE DO VISIT THE BELOW PETITION AND SIGN FOR ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY TO BE MADE A NATIONAL HOLIDAY.
Choose who must hold the title of the king for 2016!
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VISIT “THE KING OF MUSIC” POLLING SITE AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY DURING 2016. WE SIMPLY CANNOT LET ANYONE ELSE CLAIM ELVIS’ RIGHTFUL TITLE. BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE SITE FOR VOTING:
I vote every single day and I hope everyone who reads this will do so also for every day the rest of this year.
Lets make it happen again for this new year of 2016!
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR 2015
Lets make it happen again for this new year of 2016!
Let’s all remember to vote every single day in 2016 for this same song again or any Elvis song which may be added to the list. Below is the link for voting for the new year.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016
There are so many people all over the world whose hearts are sad and heavy today upon hearing of the death of Muhammad Ali and I am certainly one of those.
I have admired, respected and enjoyed him since way back in the days when he was starting out as Cassius Clay. Truly, he was THE GREATEST in the world of boxing and on the public stage of life.
I want to share something personal to me from Ali back 26 years ago in 1990. I wrote him a letter of appreciation and respect in October, 1989. I never had an address for him until then and wrote soon after I did see his address. The following February, 1990, I received an envelope from him. He had autographed my letter to him and thanked me for the “great letter”. He also drew a large heart on a sheet of his personal letterhead stationary with a note to me and his beautiful autograph. This was the only fan letter that I have ever written to a “living” public figure. I did not write to Elvis before 1977 because I knew he got so much mail and mine would be only one of a huge pile of mail. I waited until after he “died” to write to him. LOL
As we all know, Elvis and Ali were very good friends before 1977. In the second page of my letter, I told Ali that I was so happy that they had been friends and that I could certainly see why they became friends. My heart hurts for Jesse now because I know that he has so many happy memories of his time with Ali.
I want to share my autographed notes from Ali as my tribute to his memory. He was a shining example for all of humanity. A man who stood up for his principles and never backed down. My everlasting respect to his memory.
“Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you’d want to know.”
Here is a video of Ali speaking, during an interview, about Elvis.
Muhamad Ali Talks About Elvis
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
My friend, Elaine, shared this beautiful photo with me on Facebook. I thank her so much for showing this to me.
Guitar MAN from Facebook
R.I.P Muhammad Ali
Published on Jun 3, 2016
“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.”
Goodbye Ali, The Greatest of All Time
January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016
The below is from a page which I used to have on my site years ago:
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Very good article from the Commercial Appeal about the friendship of Elvis and Ali.
The King and The Greatest made beautiful music
Muhammad Ali was talking to his friend Howard Bingham one day, when Elvis Presley came up.The story appears in Thomas Hauser's book Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times. Bingham is telling the tale."'We were in a car talking and (Ali) asked, 'If I walked down one side of the street, and Larry Holmes, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Mike Tyson walked down the other, which side would get more attention?' I told him his would. Then he asked, 'If I walked down one side of the street and Jesse Jackson walked down the other, who'd get more attention?' And I told him the same thing.
''So finally he asked, 'If I walked down one side of the street, and Elvis Presley walked down the other, who'd get more attention?' That one was harder, and I said, 'Overseas, you'd have more people, but in the United States it would be pretty close; maybe even a little for Elvis.' All he said was, 'I guess that's right. Elvis has been dead for a lot of years, so people would want to see if it was really him.' ''
That's perfect Ali, isn't it?Funny and brilliant and proud.But now they're both gone. The singer and the fighter. The King and The Greatest. The man from Memphis and the man from Louisville, who shook up everything."They were friends," said George Klein, a longtime confidant of Elvis. "People may not realize that. They had real respect for each other."Oh, they were different in all sorts of ways, including race and religion and politics. When Elvis was drafted, he served two years in the Army. When Ali was drafted, he refused to go out of principle.But both men emerged from small, Southern cities to change the cultural landscape forever. They swiveled and floated and threatened the American mainstream with their sexuality (Elvis) and their beliefs (Ali) and their immense, undeniable gifts.They were outlandish and brilliant. They had parallel comeback stories. If anyone understood the celebrity of Ali, it was Elvis. If anyone understood the celebrity of Elvis, it was Ali.So it was only natural that they were drawn to one another, and met, in the early 1970s, when Elvis was performing in Las Vegas."Ali said he really liked the way Elvis dressed," said Klein. "He said they were both originals. So Elvis contacted his designer and ordered a robe made for Ali and presented it to him. It said 'The People's Choice.' It was supposed to say 'The People's Champ.' But Ali wore it anyway. Howard Cosell asked Ali, 'Where did you get that beautiful robe? Ali told him, 'Elvis gave it to me.' "The two kept in loose touch after that, until Elvis' death in 1977. Said Ali: "Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know."Maybe that's why Ali later came to Memphis during Elvis Week. According to Klein, he agreed to speak at the memorial service."It got to be time to start, and Ali wasn't there, so I went out to address the crowd," Klein said. "Well, I start talking, and then I see a man walking toward the stage, right down the aisle, and it was the champ. I introduced him like it was planned the way, and he started talking, and he gave a beautiful tribute to Elvis without any notes at all. And then, at the end, he sang an a cappella rendition of Don't Be Cruel. It was perfect. He didn't miss a word or a note."After the service, Klein walked Ali out to his limo. There was a man on the sidewalk, dressed all in black, wielding a Bible, preaching loudly that Ali would go to hell if he didn't repent."I don't want to criticize anyone for their beliefs, but it was totally inappropriate," said Klein. "He kept yelling horrible things. Well, Ali got in the limo, and it started to pull away, but then it stopped and backed up. Ali got out of the limo, and he walked up to the man — he was a smaller man — and did something I'll never forget. He picked him up, kissed him on both cheeks, and put him back down. Then he got back in the limo and he was gone."
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016
My good friend, Blue Rose, sent the following article containing all the information about Muhammad Ali's funeral and memorial service. I thank her so much for sharing this information.
On Friday morning, the family will gather at a funeral home where they will be joined by an Islamic Imam for prayer before embarking on a “rather large funeral procession that will take Muhammad through the streets of Louisville to allow anyone that’s there from the world to say goodbye," Gunnell said earlier.
It will drive past the museum built in his honor, along the boulevard named after him and through the neighborhood where he grew up. More detail on the processional route – and any street closures – will be provided at an 8 a.m. briefing Tuesday, led by Mayor Greg Fischer.
But officials have said it will start at 9 a.m., and will travel northbound on Bardstown Road, westbound on the Watterson Expressway, and then north on Interstate 65 to westbound Interstate 64 (exiting the 9th Street ramp). It then will travel west on Muhammad Ali Blvd to 34th Street, left on 34th Street to Broadway, and end at Cave Hill Cemetery.
Ali will be buried in a private, family-only ceremony at Cave Hill, a national historic cemetery home to many prominent citizens including Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Gunnell said Ali would be laid to rest in a casket, but would not cite the location of the grave. More detail may be provided about the burial on Wednesday, Gunnell said.
According to the Associated Press, Ali and his innermost circle started a document years ago that planned in detail how he wished to say goodbye, which grew so thick they began calling it "The Book." The final revisions were made days before Ali died Friday at an Arizona hospital, his family by his side.
"The message that we'll be sending out is not our message - this was really designed by the champ himself," said Timothy Gianotti, as Islamic studies scholar who helped for years to plan the services. "The love and the reverence and the inclusivity that we're going to experience over the coming days is really a reflection of his message to the people of planet earth."
Tickets for the noon Jenazah Islamic funeral prayer service will be available on a first come first serve basis at the Freedom Hall box office window starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. There is a maximum of four tickets per request. There are 14,000 tickets available, Gunnell said. Free parking will be available.
On Thursday, doors will open at 9 a.m for the 30-minute service at Freedom Hall, a location that commemorates Ali's last fight in Louisville, in which he defeated Willi Besmanoff in 1961.
Imam Zaid Shakir, a Muslim American scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkley, California, who will be leading the service, said the Jenazah is seen as a "communal obligation." Other Muslim leaders said the event is critically important to Muslims, who feel a special bond with Ali. Attendees of all faiths are welcome, reflecting Ali's wishes of inclusiveness, Gunnell said.
Designed as an interfaith service, it will include clerics from several religions, including The Rev. Kevin Cosby of Louisville, Rabbis Michael Lerner and Joe Rapport of Louisville, a representative of the Buddhist religion and U.S.Senator Orrin Hatch representing Mormons.
There will be a poetry reading by Ambassador Attalah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X.
For those unable to attend, it will be streamed live from www.alicenter.org, and also shown on large screens just outside the Yum! Center.
Afterward, a private reception will be held at the Ali Center for friends and guests. The family has asked that, instead of cards or flowers, donations be made to the Ali Center.
I thank my friend Wanda DF who shared the following photo and facts.
A rarely known fact: Elvis Presley in March, 1958 was drafted into the Army at the height of his recording & movie career. During the two years he was in the Army he refused to accept any of his military pay & went as far to sign the checks back to the government as his donation to the country he loved...
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016
I love this video of J. D. Sumner and the beautiful rendition of the song.
Stamps Quartet - Sweet Sweet Spirit on Elvis Special.mpg
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Elvis TV special with JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet singing Sweet Sweet Spirit
I posted a number of articles about the below song when it was first discovered in 2011. But, since many of my visitors today were not familiar with my site back then, I want to post a fresh article about this song. Also, I have just found some more proof that the song is Elvis.
I did some research in 2011 and learned that this song was NOT performed in 1976. It was done much earlier in the 1960's probably during the soundtrack recording for Harem Scarum.
I sent the recording to Jesse to ask if it really was sung by him. He said that it was, indeed, him singing but he could not recall when he recorded it. However, he did say that Jimmie Crane had done some work for him. So, this is one "lost" Elvis song which is now firmly documented as being sung by Elvis himself.
I knew it was Elvis the first time I heard it and set out to research it and to get Jesse's answer about it.
I took a lot of heat back when this first came to light. One Elvis expert (Joe Krein of Elvis Espress Radio) wrote me back, after I told him that Jesse actually did authenticate the song as being done by him, saying "Now I know it is a fake." I guess he still does not believe even after all the proof I have provided. Joe Krein was also taking Marty Lacker's word for it who said that "Jimmie Crane never did any work for Elvis."
However. Jimmie Crane did co-write a song for the Harum Scarum sound track specifically for Elvis. This film was released in 1965. So, this proves that Marty Lacker is NOT infallible.
Below is the documentation of this fact:
Harum Scarum (1965) - Soundtracks - IMDb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059255/soundtrack Harum Scarum (1965) SoundTracks on IMDb: Memorable quotes and exchanges from movies, TV series and more. ... Written by Peter Anders (as Peter Andreoli), Vini Poncia (as Vince Poncia Jr.) and Jimmie Crane Performed by Elvis Presley.
Also, the beautiful song HURT, which Elvis performed so magnificently was co-written by Jimme Crane
Hurt (Roy Hamilton song)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Single by Roy Hamilton|
|Roy Hamilton singles chronology|
"Hurt" is a 1954 song by Jimmie Crane and Al Jacobs. "Hurt" was originally performed by Roy Hamilton, whose version peaked at number eight on the R&B Best Seller chart and spent a total of seven weeks on the chart.
- In 1976, Elvis Presley covered the song. Presley's version reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching No. 7 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart, No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, and No. 37 on theUK Singles Chart.
Below is a post by the forensic expert who authenticated that it really is Elvis singing "Living to Love You"
POSTS TAGGED ‘LIVING TO LOVE YOU’
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Last week I received an email from an attorney that I did some work for about a year ago, as the result of a Grand Rapids, Michigan television station contacting me with an audio recording that they believed was the voice of Elvis Presley.
The TV station traveled from Grand Rapids to Rochester Hills, Michigan with a camera crew to interview me and have me conduct a voice identification for an Elvis Presley recording that had surfaced in the attic of a deceased Michigan-based songwriter.
Talk about being put on the spot! I listened to the recording dozens of times. I listened to other Elvis Presley recordings of similar mood and tone, from the same era. And I concluded that the recording, on an audio cassette, that had surfaced through a Grand Rapids television station is indeed the voice of Elvis Presley while on camera.
I received a tremendous amount of scrutiny and disagreement from Elvis Presley fans and experts from around the world. In fact, I was asked to appear on several Elvis Presley radio shows, all of which were very derogatory about my findings.
Everyone has, and is entitled to, their opinion. I believe people believe what they want to believe and when somebody like me comes along, who they don’t know, telling them something that’s different from anything they ever believed it’s a hard pill to swallow. So I don’t blame them for disagreeing with me.
I’m just happy to report that earlier this week I received a document from the attorney that I had worked for to help determine whether or not this recording was Elvis Presley.
Here is a portion of the settlement agreement that I have permission to share:
This Settlement Agreement (“Agreement”) is executed and entered into as of the 15th day of January 2013 between LORRAINE RUSSO and DONALD FRAIELI (the “Crane Parties”), both c/o Jonathan J. Ross, Esq., Caplan & Ross, LLP, 270 Madison Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10016, on the one hand, and TIGHT HI-FI SOUL MUSIC, DOLORES M. LEIGH, RONALD LEIGH, and DWAYNE LEIGH (the “Leigh Parties”), all c/o Michael A. Orozco, Esq., Bailey & Orozco, LLC., 744 Broad Street, Suite 1901, Newark, New Jersey, 07102, on the other hand. (The Crane Parties and the Leigh Parties are hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to as “the Parties.”)
W I T N E S S E T H
WHEREAS, Jimmie Crane created, composed and authored an original musical composition entitled “Livin’ to Love You” (the “Composition”) which has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office under Registration No. PAu 001840273 dated November 7, 1993;
WHEREAS, Jimmie Crane recorded and produced a sound recording of the Composition featuring the recorded performance of Elvis Presley (the “Sound Recording”);
WHEREAS, the Crane Parties are the heirs to all of Jimmie Crane’s rights and interests, including copyrights, in and to the Composition and Sound Recording;
WHEREAS, the Leigh Parties are currently in the possession of a particular cassette copy of the Sound Recording (the “Leigh Copy”);
WHEREAS, the Leigh Parties have asserted that Jimmie Crane entered into agreements with Tight Hi-Fi Soul Music assigning copyright interests in the Composition and in other musical compositions authored or co-authored by Jimmie Crane (the “Claimed Agreements”);
WHEREAS, disputes have arisen between the Parties as to their respective rights and ownership claims in and to the Composition, the Sound Recording, the Leigh Copy, and several other musical compositions authored by Jimmie Crane and sound recordings thereof;
What had happened was, the Grand Rapids station came and interviewed me and then the attorney, who was representing the family of the songwriter, contacted me after I determined that it was Elvis Presley. I had helped her authenticate this recording. Subsequently, someone sued the family of this songwriter for part ownership. Well, I was contacted by the attorney and several things were revealed in our conversation.
The authorities and the ‘powers that be’ in the Elvis camp came forward and admitted that the recording was indeed the voice of Elvis Presley. The song is going to be sold. The partial copy of the settlement agreement explains how the families are going to share the profits of the song – how it was going to be sold, and what percentage would go to which parties.
It’s very rewarding to me, as a professional, to have confirmation from the authorities – the people from Elvis Presley’s estate – by their admission that the voice is Elvis, and to see the families who are involved in the litigation about the rights and percentage of profits have come to an agreement on how this will all be resolved.
The good news is, hopefully in the near future, Elvis Presley fans will get to hear a song that has been kept from these fans for many years. Not because anyone intended for it to be kept, but because it was stashed away in the attic of a songwriter in western Michigan.
For more on Voice Identification, check out Ed Primeau’s latest book, “That’s Not My Voice!” available on Amazon.
Elvis Part One:
OFFICIAL New Elvis Presley Song - "Living to Love You" Part One
www://youtu.be/eEbda4AOOQAElvis Part Two:
OFFICIAL New Elvis Presley Song - "Living to Love You" Part Two
Check out Ed Primeau’s latest book, “That’s Not My Voice!” available on Amazon.
photo credit: Engelbert Humperdinck & Elvis Presley (Autographed) 1972 via photopin (license)
Below is an earlier article by Mr. Primeau from 2011 in which he details his struggles with some of the same people who were attacking me regarding this song.
Friday, December 9th, 2011
Last Monday I did another radio interview for Elvis Express Radio. Joe from the network called me about 10 am EST and asked how I knew this song had Elvis Presley singing. I explained to him that I did forensic voice identification and compared the vocal to similar types of Elvis songs from around the same time. ‘What Now My Love’ was one of the songs I used as an exemplar, which is the second step when I conduct voice identification. In this case an exact exemplar could not be created for obvious reasons so we went with songs that were recorded around the same time and had similar vocal innovation.
We would like to know what you think about the new song. Do you believe its Elvis Presley?
Joe from Elvis Express radio told me during my interview that he had been an Elvis fan for 40 years and he believed that “Living to Love You” was not sung by Elvis Presley. I told him that I respected his opinion and we concluded the interview.
I did not think much of it because I have been an audio engineer working with world renowned and local musicians and artists as well as a forensic expert for 27+ years. Of course I could be wrong; there is always a margin of error in any voice identification.
Today I received an email from the lawyer handling the sale of the song. Her update is very interesting. She hired author Tom Grace who is an Elvis expert to listen to the song and review the documents.
Tom has positive feedback regarding my forensic analysis. After he listened to the tape he confirmed that it had to be Elvis for a different reason than my forensic voice analysis determined.
“No one would try to make a tape to sound like Elvis with such a poor arrangement” was his first comment. The instruments were all out of balance including the piano. Tom said he could hear the piano and he believes he knows who the piano player was and who was playing the guitar and base.
He has researched the date and time that everyone was together and came up with February 24, 1965 in Nashville when they were recording the soundtrack for the Elvis movie “Harum Scarum.” There are three recordings documented from 11:00 p.m. to Feb 25 at 1:00 a.m.
He does not know what was recorded other than they worked on one record which was for “Harum Scarum.” The recording was not put on a reel and must have been direct to acetate because there is a popping sound in it. It was not copy written until 1976; a letter to Albert Lee states copy writing does not normally occur until the song is published.
Speculation is that Jimmie Crain heard that Elvis wasn’t doing well in 1976, so he checked and found the song had not been previously copy written by RCA . He apparently decided to copy write it before something happened to Elvis.
Tom Grace will be publishing his findings and the lawyer representing the sale of the song, Violet Hinton, has contacted WWMT TV 3 to interview Tom Grace in a follow up story.
If you believe this song is Elvis Presley, hit the like button on the article link on Audio Forensic Expert’s Facebook page. You can also email us at Primeau@PrimeauProductions.com.
For more on Voice Identification, check out Ed Primeau’s latest book, “That’s Not My Voice!” available on Amazon.
photo credit: Hollywood Blvd 5 via photopin (license)
Below is my announcement that Jesse said that "Living To Love You" WAS recorded by him. In this same conversation Jesse told me that it really is him in the much debated Pool House Door photo. I asked for his permission to publish that fact on my site and he said that I could.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
WONDERFUL NEWS FLASH!!!!
I just got off the phone with Jesse and we had such a happy visit. Jesse is fine except for being a little tired tonight.
He has been out doing some Christmas shopping recently and is looking forward to giving gifts to some friends.
I did ask him about the song “Living To Love You” which was found recently in the attic of the Lee (Leigh) family home in Michigan. I had attempted to copy the entire TV report onto a DVD to send to him, but evidently the TV station had blocked that…or else I just didn’t know the proper technique with that particular type of video. Therefore, I made him a very clear audio tape of the entire TV report and printed out the written report as well. So he has heard the song very clearly. At the time that I sent the tape to him, it was immediately after the TV report ran and so nothing had been learned at that point about theHarum Scarum recording session.
Guess what!!!! Jesse said “Yes, that is me.” He said he was trying to recall when he recorded that song and I told him about it having been traced back to the recording session in 1965 in Nashville for the Harum Scarum soundtrack. I reminded him that Jimmy Crane had written the song Harem Holiday. Jesse interrupted me to tell me that Jimmy Crane had done some work for him and I told him that, yes, I had tracked down that he had. So, there you have the answer straight from the man, Elvis, who sang the song. So, it is all over but the shouting now where that song is concerned. The skeptics can keep on spinning their wheels.
Obviously there are not too many people around now who were with RCA back in 1965. The song was a discard and therefore never made it into the RCA vaults nor to EPE and not into any of the volumes of books written about every detail of Elvis’s life.
“There are people out there who know more about me than I do!” (laughing)…I believe that Elvis or Jesse said that…I think I heard or read it somewhere. I asked Jesse once if he said that and he didn’t recall for sure.
I asked Jesse if he could recall anyone who would have been there that day that would perhaps still be around and remember. Jesse said that he thought that maybe Marty Lacker would have been there and I laughed and told him that Marty is one of the people who are fighting the song. Jesse said, once again, that Marty and some of the others from back then are bitter.
Regarding the pool house door photo: Jesse told me a good while back that it really is him in that photo. I did not publish that fact when he told me. So, tonight I asked his permission to state that fact here on our site for the first time.
So, Hello World!! Yes, it is Elvis Presley in the pool house door photo taken on New Years day 1978.
All of the Al Strada, cousin Jimmy, air brushed in, etc. are just covers. You can take it to the bank…it IS Elvis. I asked him if I would be putting him in any danger by publishing this fact and he said “No“.
For full details regarding the photo, please visit my page titled The Pool House Door Photo.
Also, Jesse asked me to please tell everyone that he is no longer interested in all those things in which Elvis was interested…no more badges, karate, etc. He left behind all those things which were the old Elvis.
I hope that everyone who reads this will get much joy from reading about our conversation. Nothing can equal the joy that I get from speaking with him. Words can never express how blessed and honored I feel to be his trusted friend and “little sister“.
Below is a close up from the pool house door photo taken New Years day 1978 compared to a photo of Elvis from the 1972 outtakes from the filming of Elvis On Tour:
Here is the link to one of the pages of my site on which my articles about this song were published in 2011:
SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT ON FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016
SATURDAY JUNE 11, 2016
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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016
This is a wonderful way in which Elvis is being presented as a role model.
Films teach lessons from life of Elvis Presley
Posted on June 8, 2016 by M. Scott Morris in Entertainment, Lifestyle
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Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, holds tokens meant to remind kids of what they learned by watching two movies at the Birthplace. “Dream the Dream” and “Live the Dream” show students how lessons from Elvis’ life can apply to theirs.
By M. Scott Morris
TUPELO – Elvis Presley left a legacy of entertainment, but that’s not all.
“Elvis was born in poverty, but he didn’t turn out that way,” said Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation.
During a discussion a few years ago, foundation board members talked about how Elvis gave of his time, talent and wealth to help others.
Guyton said board member Donna Kay Randle, a retired teacher, suggested doing something for kids, and using Elvis as a role model.
“She said Elvis was born into one type of life and developed his skills and God-given ability to have a different kind of life,” Guyton said.
The decision was made to commission a short film. “Dream the Dream: From Hopelessness to Hope” is geared toward third-grade classes that visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum.
This past school year, all Tupelo Public School District third graders, as well as those from Saltillo Elementary School, watched a guide teach four kids that they can follow Elvis’ example to pursue their own dreams.
The story was co-written by Randle and Chuck McIntosh, who also directed. It points out how Elvis was different from other kids, but that was OK. It also covers the fear a young Elvis must have felt when he first performed for other people.
“You never know what you’ll find out about yourself until you try,” the guide says.
After “Dream the Dream,” board members wanted to tell another story.
“Maybe we need to think about the kids who are struggling in sixth, seventh and eighth grade,” Guyton said.
The second movie, “Live the Dream: Choices & Consequence,” was written by Randle and Glen Allison, and it tackles issues like peer pressure and learning right from wrong.
“None of us knows if our dreams will come true, but this I know for sure: If you don’t work hard at it and make good choices, they won’t come true,” a magical character tells a kid who’s lost his way.
“Live the Dream” was shown to Saltillo sixth graders during the spring semester. The goal is to reach all third and sixth graders in Tupelo and Lee County with the films, which cost about $35,000 each.
“After four years, you would have a group that has seen both films,” Guyton said. “Hopefully, they’d remember what they learned.”
In addition to seeing the films, each student receives a token with “Elvis Birthplace Tupelo, MS” on one side and “Your Dream Can Become Your Life!” on the other.
“Elvis was always willing to give back,” Guyton said. “That’s the inspiration.”
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016
I love this so much...
Lincoln 'Chips' Moman, Elvis Presley producer, dead at 79
You may click on the image from the video below and it will take you to a page where you will be able to play the full video.
Below is a still shot from the above video.
Below is the original actual photo to which Jesse's photo was added along with a portion of the article in which it appeared:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016
Elvis Presley’s gun licence to be auctioned in Switzerland
Other items in the sale include a collarless mohair jacket worn by John Lennon at a concert at the London Palladium in 1963.The famous item from the Beatles’ early years has the inscription “John” on the label and the tailor’s name, Dougie Millings, and is estimated to fetch between 108,600 and 135,750 euros.The only known painting by Jimi Hendrix is also up for sale. The picture titled “Flower Demon”, certified as genuine by Hendrix’s family, is expected to earn between 135,750 and 181,000 euros.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016
I want to thank two friends, one a very good old friend, Lucilia, who passed the below comparison on to me, and a new visitor to my site, J. Lopes, who found this excellent photo comparison and asked that it be forwarded to me. We can never have too much good evidence!!!
This is just a flash from the past as I do know that I have shared it somewhere on my site prior to this. I just came across it and I wanted to share it again for those who may not have seen it before. This is an excerpt from a letter which Jesse wrote to Dr. Hinton during the course of writing his book. This is from my own copy of the rough draft of the book.