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Elvis at Graceland Gates, In the early days of fame and fortune.

May 8th, 2017 Comments off

EP at GL

“His Hand in Mine” by Elvis and the Jordanaires

April 9th, 2017 Comments off

“Got A Car for you Mahma!” Elvis and his pink Cadillacs

October 8th, 2016 Comments off

In early 1955 Elvis bought his first Cadillac, a 1954 model, which had been re-sprayed pink.  Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys drove it until it  was destroyed in a roadside fire between Hope and Texarkana, AR on June 5, 1955.

On July 5, 1955, Elvis purchased a new Cadillac Fleetwood  Series 60 in blue with a black roof.

Having mentioned a Pink Cadillac in the song Baby, Let’s Play House, the first song recorded by Elvis to appear on a national chart which made #5 on the Billboard Country Singles  chart in July 1955;  Elvis had the car repainted and gave the it to his mother as a gift, but  Gladys Presley never had a driver’s license.

 Elvis drove the car with the members of his band for most of 1955–1956.

On September 2, 1955, Scotty Moore  drove the car into a vehicle   causing $1000 of damage.

Having signed his contract with RCA in November 1955,  Elvis had the upholstery replaced, the body retouched and the black roof painted white.

On his return from military service in Germany  in 1960, Presley lent the car to his US Army buddy Joe Esposito, having bought himself a white with pink roofed 1961 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

The original pink Cadillac remains on permanent display at Graceland, in the auto museum. The car was once again brought to the front drive entrance of Graceland in June 2006, during the visit of President George W. Bush and Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi.

 

Before Michael Had ‘Bubbles’ – Elvis Had ‘Scatter’

September 30th, 2016 Comments off

When Elvis Was Young and So Were We: Jailhouse Rock

July 7th, 2016 Comments off
The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and they began to wail.
The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing. You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.
Let’s rock Everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block

was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock. Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone, Little Joe was blowin’ on the slide trombone.
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang, the whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang.
Let’s rock Everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock.Number forty-seven said to number three:
“You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see.
I sure would be delighted with your company, come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me.”
Let’s rock Everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock.

Run, run, run, run The sad sack was a sittin’ on a block of stone way over in the corner weepin’ all alone.

The warden said, “Hey, buddy, don’t you be no square. If you can’t find a partner use a wooden chair.”
Let’s rock Everybody, let’s rock. Everybody in the whole cell block was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock.

Shifty Henry said to Bugs, “For Heaven’s sake, no one’s lookin’, now’s our chance to make a break.”

Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said, “Nix nix, I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks.”
Let’s rock Everybody, let’s rock. Everybody in the whole cell block was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock.

Elvis Said . . .

July 3rd, 2016 Comments off

“ ‘Til we meet again, may God bless you. Adios.”
-Said in 1977 at the end of a concert during his last tour

Elvis and Celine

January 8th, 2016 Comments off

Elvis would have been 81 today. Really?

January 8th, 2016 Comments off

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“Now Son, that’s a lot sugar!””Ah, come on Momma, just one more, you know I don’t gain weight!”

October 8th, 2015 Comments off
ELVIS PRESLEY CAKE598578_401693433286481_1100704623_n
9×13 inch panIngredients
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup white sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
Directions
1. Prepare cake according to instructions on package. Bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Allow to cool. Make holes in cake with fork.
2. Combine pineapple and sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Spoon over cooled cake.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add vanilla. Add pecans and mix well.
4. Spread cream cheese frosting over cake.

 
 

 

 
 
 


 
 

 

Elvis, before . . .

October 2nd, 2015 1 comment

A simple sweatshirt instead of a jeweled cape and high-collared, tight-fitting flared-leg jumpsuit. The young Elvis, before he lost control, before his life changed dramatically, before he became a prisoner of his own fame and fortune. The Elvis we teenagers adored.

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