Can't wait to be back! ♥
Click on the link below to watch Debroah Allen's "Amazing Graceland" video:
Graceland - 3/2/13 - Vegas Exhibit
Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville President Caroline Pratt, will be at Elvis' beloved Graceland on Saturday, March 2nd to tour & photograph the brand new "Elvis: Live in Las Vegas" Exhibit!!
Can't wait to be back! ♥
Click on the link below to watch Debroah Allen's "Amazing Graceland" video:
Elvis Presley's Graceland and Heartbreak Hotel To Host Job Fair on March 4
February 28, 2013
Elvis Presley's Graceland and Heartbreak Hotel will host a job fair on March 4, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The job fair will take place at the Heartbreak Hotel located at 3677 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, TN.
We are currently looking for seasonal and part-time positions in the following areas:
Tupelo Elvis Festival Fairpark Entertainment Tickets On Sale Friday, March 1
February 28, 2013
The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association continues to make additions to the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival on June 6 - 9, 2013. The Fairpark entertainment lineup has developed into a high energy and exciting festival. Tickets for each Fairpark concert will be on sale Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Customers can purchase tickets through the office at 108 South Broadway Street in Downtown Tupelo or purchase online at TupeloElvisFestival.com.
Earlier this year, award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry was announced as the Saturday night headliner. To start off the night is a performance by Surviving Allison. The local hip band will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. and kick off a night filled with live music. Opening for Montgomery Gentry, the Tupelo Elvis Festival welcomes American Idol finalist Skylar Laine to the stage. This Brandon, Mississippi native was praised for her magnetic and sparkling personality, her rockin’ stage presence and her authentic country vocals that often moved her audience to tears. Skylar Laine recently performed during the 2012 Graceland Lighting Ceremonythis past November.
Friday night will kick off with Kirk Chism and The Lost Highway at 7:00pm, followed by Cadillac Three, a country/rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The three-member band has recently been signed to Nashville label Big Machine Records, which is the home of many well-known country musicians. Cadillac Three will open for headliner the New Orleans rock band, Cowboy Mouth.
Weekend passes are $20 and will only be available until April 30, 2013. Please contact the Tupelo Elvis Festival office with any questions by calling 662-841-6598 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about all of this year's events by visiting TupeloElvisFestival.com.
New Video Tribute, "To Elvis With Love: Writings on the Wall," Features Fans' Messages
February 28, 2013
Click on the link below to watch the video!
"To Elvis With Love: Writings on the Wall" is a new video series produced by the staff at Graceland to honor our fans who continue to visit each year and pay tribute to the king. Elvis fans can now check out the new video montage (above) featuring several of the messages fans have left for Elvis on the wall outside of Graceland in Memphis, TN.
In April of 1957 after Elvis purchased the Graceland property and was filming "Jailhouse Rock," the famous Graceland wall was installed with Alabama field stone and was one of the first additions to the grounds along with the famous iron gates. The wall outside of Graceland has given fans a sense of warmth, welcome and camaraderie. Over the years, fans have turned the wall into a special place where they write personal messages to Elvis. The Graceland wall has been signed by millions of people, including celebrities, politicians and fans from around the world.
Check out more videos featuring fans here at Graceland by visiting the Elvis YouTube page at YouTube.com/Elvis.
Elvis Related Twitter Posts 2/27/13
EP Fans of Nashville @EPNashvilleFans
I wish @ElvisPresley would follow my Elvis fan club@EPNashvilleFans :)
Elvis' Circle G @ElvisCircleG
YEE HA! Elvis is wondering where he's put his Circle G Foundation pin button! Our lovely pin button/badge is... http://fb.me/2voF6Br4u
Elvis' Circle G @ElvisCircleG
YEE HA! TO ELVIS FANS ALL OVER THE GLOBE - Elvis says "who needs a car when I've got my horse, all I need now is...http://fb.me/20YJ9lusd
Elvis Presley @ElvisPresley
#ElvisFans traveling to #Graceland soon- the construction on#ElvisPresleyBlvd has been moved to March 15-18 More:http://elvis.ly/i66nO
Huey's Restaurants @HueysRestaurant
Tomorrow is the last day to vote #Memphis as @Southern_Living's Tastiest Town! Every vote counts! #TastyMemhttp://www.southernliving.com/travel/souths-tastiest-towns-memphis-00417000081030/ …
Argo Memphis @ArgoMemphis
Cookin' up some smokin' hot #Elvis #Blues for tomorrow's show. We'll blast open the gates of #Graceland w/ a jam at 9a EST / 8a CST tomorrow
Are you that person who has to know the backstory to every landmark and attraction? Memphis is the place for you http://bit.ly/15y0TCz
Help Save Dewey Phillips WHBQ Studio
Help Save Dewey Phillips WHBQ Studio
The Chisca Hotel in downtown Memphis is being renovated and turned into apartments after becoming seriously dilapidated. The inside will be renovated starting in May 2013. In addition to the building having eight floors and hotel rooms it is home to the iconic WHBQ Studio where Elvis' song "That's Alright Mama" was first played on the air and where Elvis gave his first ever radio interview! There is a film group trying to salvage the studio by collecting donations to have the studio moved to the lobby. The studio would be reconstructed using the original materials and furnishings. $50,000 is their estimate to to fund the project.
The following link is where you can donate.
Link also has a video showing the current state of the studio:
Elvis Presley Blvd. Intersection Construction March 15-18 Due to Revitalization Project
February 26, 2013
Visitors to Graceland and Heartbreak Hotel on March 15-18 will experience some road construction on Elvis Presley Blvd. due to a revitalization project. Download the map of the detour route here.
The intersection of Elvis Presley Blvd. and Brooks Road will be closed starting at 7:00 p.m. Friday March 15, 2013, and will reopen Monday, March 18, at 6:00 a.m. Proper signage will be displayed in the area during this time to help direct visitors around the construction site.
Alternate Routes from Interstate 55:
Jerry Lee Lewis club to open in May on Beale
Jerry Lee Lewis' Cafe and Honky Tonk is scheduled to open in May on Beale Street.
A new club called Jerry Lee Lewis’ Café and Honky Tonk is slated to open May 1 at 310 Beale, the site of the old Pat O’Brien’s nightclub, according to Bud Chittom, who will be general manager of the business.
Asked if Lewis will perform at the club, Chittom said, “Details of his appearances are being worked out.”
J.W. Whitten, Lewis’ manager, said, “We’ll do something for the opening.” He added, “We’ll do something from time to time. Maybe a fan appreciation day or something like that. (Lewis) won’t be down there every Saturday night drinking and carrying on.”
Chittom said the restaurant will offer live rock-and-roll music and will feature memorabilia of Lewis, also known as The Killer, including his motorcycle, piano, posters and clothes he’s worn on stage.
The food will be “all Southern, from Louisana to low country to Mississippi to Memphis,” Chittom said.
About $150,000 will be spent getting the place ready, changing the dining room and acquiring artifacts, Chittom said.
The decor will not be set in the 1950s, the era Lewis rose to fame, Chittom said. “It will not be a sock hop or a malt shop. It’s a honky-tonk and cafe. Those haven’t changed in 60 years.”
Also May 1, Chittom and Wilbur Hensley plan to open Riverside Grill, a restaurant and gift shop at Beale Street Landing.
Source: commercial appeal.com
Elvis Related Twitter 2/26/13 Posts
From Twitter via Sun Records:
"Happy Birthday to the late, great Johnny Cash. He would have been 81 today. RIP!"
70% OFF ALL Mens Sale at Lansky 126.
St. Jude @StJude
In her blog this week, @ElisabethRohm shares some of her thoughts on what makes @StJude so special: http://bit.ly/StJudeERohm
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
#Hoops4StJude continues. Assist @StJude kids by giving. Your generosity means no family ever pays for care. http://ow.ly/i4DDF
Million $ Quartet @MillionDQuartet
We've got another treat to honor Johnny Cash's Bday; a playlist! So sit back, relax, and be swept away! http://spoti.fi/YWWUu4
Memphis Jones @theMemphisJones
Rock on, @EPNashvilleFans!
Tupelo CVB @MyTupelo
Tupelo LUVS us some @EPNashvilleFans!
Tupelo CVB @MyTupelo
Can u picture a happy kid named Elvis up in a treehouse with a BB gun and a few comic books, waving to his mama at the back door?#Tupelo
Commercial Appeal @memphisnews
Don't forget to vote #Memphis. There are only a few days left to win this thing! http://www.southernliving.com/travel/souths-tastiest-towns-memphis-00417000081030/ …
The Daily News @memphisdaily
.@PeabodyMemphis duckmaster Anthony Petrina talks about his marching mallard buddies and 1st year on the job http://ow.ly/i2BTd
Save Big with the ShopElvis Apparel Sale
Save Big with the ShopElvis Apparel SaleFebruary 26, 2013
Elvis fans can now check out some great deals from ShopElvis.com! Elvis fans can stock up on their favorite Elvis tees, hats, hoodies and jackets with the ShopElvis Apparel Sale, plus save 20% off Aloha gear and t-shirts when preordering the brand new "Aloha From Hawaii via Satelitte!"
Fans can enjoy these savings on Men’s and Women’s Apparel:
*Discounts are valid in the U.S. store only and do not apply to drop-ship items or shipping fees.
New Elvis Painting from Joe Petruccio!
Dear Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville Fan Club Members:
The former building of Humes High School where Elvis Graduated in 1953 and the new Bravo Academy needs our helps!
Dee O'Brien, the Executive Director at Bravo Academy School for Arts Integration and Industry has contacted us and they need our help to construct a new place for an Elvis Museum at the former Humes High School. There will also be a Historical Maker placed in front of the former Humes High School during August 2013. The marker is already paid for and is being created. Please read her letter below and if you cannot send your support, it is completely understandable. If you would like to make a donation in your name, you may by donating through the website pledgie at the link found at the end of Dee's letter. As a club we could donate together and could have a plaque inside the new Elvis museum with our fan club name. I am not forcing anyone at all to support the project and I will not bombard out fan club again about the project. So, if you would like to donate as a club just send me a private message and we will go from there, easy as pie and nothing to stress about.
Here is the letter from Dee O'Brien:
If you have followed the recent changes that have been ongoing with the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools merger here in Memphis you are aware that Humes Middle School which resides at Humes High School, where our own Elvis Presley graduated from in 1953, was one of 6 schools that will be closing as of May 2013. Principal, Deartis Barber and Music Director, Kenneth Greene implemented a vision to open the very first free standing Memphis City Optional School for Arts Integration and Industry here at Humes High School in August 2013. Bravo Academy School for Arts Integration and Industry will open in August of 2013 with 6th, 7th and 8th graders from all over Memphis, who will learn in an academic environment using blended and flipped classrooms integrating arts in to each of their academic classes. This is a nationally recognized model for teaching that will be implemented here.
We could not be more excited to be located at Historic Humes High School or the relationship of our creative and performing arts minded children that will be attending school in the same school that Elvis graduated from. As most of you may know, Humes High School has an Elvis room that is home to a large collection of his personal property that includes his high school diploma and other school related items but also many other things that have been donated to the school by Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises. With the need to increase school security for the safety of our children over the years it has become increasingly more difficult to allow the public in to view these things. It is an important aspect of not only Memphis history, but also the history of the school. We have come together and created a plan to benefit not only the fans of Elvis who would like to continue to visit the school and spend time viewing these items but also one that will directly benefit the children.
The ROTC Armory building, where Elvis himself took ROTC when he attended Humes is a separate building located directly behind main building. It is a large enough space to properly display all of his personal belongings as well as allow the public to easier access to them. We have been working hard putting together a plan to maintain the building as it was - aiming only to modify what is necessary to meet code requirements. This includes making the restroom facilities handicapped accessible, replacing the existing AC units and making sure that it is safe. When the project is completed, the ROTC Armory will be renamed "The Humes High School - Elvis Presley Memorial Museum".
The museum will be open to the public for a minimal admission fee and operated by a student volunteer program. I will personally oversee the program ensuring a most promising experience for both students and fans. The operation of the museum will be a non profit facility. Above and beyond the operating costs, all of the additional funds will directly benefit the students, faculty and visitors to the school in the form of continued upkeep of the museum and providing educational resources and materials for all.
I am sure you can imagine that the cost to make this happen isn't pocket change. With the school merger taking place officially in the summer of 2013 there have been tremendous budget cuts. We, the council and school have been working hard to secure grants, funding and contributions to help support this project. We have had HUGE commitments, support and endorsement from many Memphis arts organizations however, we are still lacking. Our goal is to have this project completed by the first of August, 2013. This date is important to us for many reasons. Humes High School is registered on the National Registry of Historic Places - recognizing Elvis. We have a historical marker in Nashville that will be here and placed in front of the school in August.
We need all the help that we can get to make this happen. We are asking for fundraisers, contributions and any other support and endorsement from those that would not only benefit from this but also would like to see this happen for the good of the public, community and students. What we would like to offer in addition to the afore mentioned, each contributor, personal or group will have a plaque placed inside the museum for all to see, recognizing everyone who helped make this possible.
I have included links to our school website as well as to www.pledgie.com
where we are currently accepting contributions. Please feel free to contact me at any time for additional information or questions you may have. Thank you so much for your time and support.
February 25th, 2013
Video of the present state of Dewey Phillips' WHBQ "Red, Hot & Blue" Radio Station Studio located in downtown Memphis at the former Chisca Hotel:
NEW Audio CD - "An Evening with Marian"
NEW "An Evening with Marian"
(Fond memories of Elvis as told by his personal nurse 1975-1977, Marian Cocke)
"This two an half hours double audio CD book was recorded February 2012. It was done for one purpose-to let the fans of Elvis Presley know the real Elvis Presley. Not a king, but a warm and loving man who loved to sing and to share the God given gift to others. Elvis was a fun loving man yet a very serious man. He was fun loving, he liked to play, he liked to ride motorcycles and three wheelers, and he liked to be with his friends and most of all he liked to bring happiness and joy to others. Elvis told me one day that it wouldn't be any fun to have wealth if he couldn't share it with others, and share he did. On the serious side of Elvis, he was firm and complete in his love of the Lord, his family and his beliefs. Elvis was a warm and loving man; but he was a man. He walked and talked and laughed and cried just like all of us do - and he put his clothes on the same way all of us do. In this audio book, I have tried to share this warm and loving man with those of you who loved and followed him; to those of us who still honor and love him, I want you to see the human side of him; I want you to share his laughter and his tears, his love and his disappointments. I want you to know the real 'Elvis Presley."
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Learn about Marian here:
Source: Marian Cocke Facebook Profile & Amazon Product Listing
Elvis Presley's vacation getaway mired in lawsuit
February 19th 2013
Tours of Elvis Presley’s former Palm Springs home have ceased, and its owners have been evicted, leaving behind a lengthy paper trail of lawsuits and bankruptcy.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department evicted owners Reno Fontana and his wife, Laura Whittier, from the home on Jan. 17 after claims by Financial Bonanza LLC, a Nevada investor, that the couple had been living in the home for nearly six years without making payments, while still offering the home and its celebrity pedigree up for tours.
“He pocketed the money,” said Michael P. Rubin, an attorney for Financial Bonanza, managed by Adrian Van Rijs, a real estate broker in Tarzana, Nev. “And he was making, I believe sufficient money.”
The home appears to have been purchased by Fontana in 2004. Fontana capitalized on its history as a winter getaway for Presley and his wife, Priscilla. He offered tours and rented out the space for events. Fontana even had the perfect name for the property: Graceland West. The home is not the well-known Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, designed by Robert Alexander at 1350 Ladera Circle, which served as a honeymoon retreat for Presley and Priscilla.
However, Graceland officials in Memphis refused to license the deal, a harbinger of the rocky future the home at 845 Chino Canyon Drive would face.
Rubin claims Fontana did little to pay back the money he owed Van Rijs.
“Fontana defaulted,” said Rubin. “And Van Rijs kept giving him more and more extensions and more and more time, and — before I was his lawyer — then finally, there was nothing else to do.”
By Oct. 11, 2012, when the property filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California, more than $2.4 million in liabilities were listed on property valued at $1.1 million, according to court documents.
Neither Fontana nor Stephen R. Wade, his legal representation, could be reached for comment Tuesday. However, according to legal documents, Fontana claims he was unfairly evicted because the bankruptcy case has yet to be settled.
The 5,100-square-foot home, built in 1946, could be returned to the tour circuit, said Rubin.
“We’re going to try to put it back in shape so they can start doing tours again,” he said. “Financial Bonanza may look for more investors or may end up selling it. But that’s long-term.”
To celebrate the opening of the Second Annual Winter Designer Fine Furniture Sale in New York, the auctioning of Elvis Presley’s white fur bed from Graceland will take place benefiting Alpha Workshops.; the nation’s only non-profit organization providing creative HIV-positive individuals with training and employment in the decorative arts. Located at The Altman Building at 135 West 18th Street in New York.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 23, 2013
Auction Of Elvis Presley’s Bed To Open 2nd Annual Winter Designer Fine Furniture Sale March 9-10, 2013.
Following the success of their first Fine Furniture sale, White Glove Transportation, a leader in Fine furniture logistics and delivery for the design community, is holding the Second Annual Winter Designer Fine Furniture Sale, for two days on March 9th and 10th. Located at The Altman Building at 135 West 18th Street in New York, the sale is offering over 500 pieces with a discount of up to 75%. Items include designs from showrooms such as Andrew Martin, Profiles, Grange, TK Collections, and more.
To celebrate the event, there will be a VIP opening night preview event on March 8th to benefit Alpha Workshops; the nation’s only non-profit organization providing creative HIV-positive individuals with industry-specific training and employment in the decorative arts. The centerpiece of the event is the auctioning of Elvis Presley’s white fur bed from Graceland. “Showcasing furniture from an iconic legend of American culture like Elvis Presley is the perfect balance of playful and nostalgia to kick off the sale” notes Neil Deutsch of White Glove Transportation. “Couple that with a great cause and never before access and pricing from top designers and this is an exciting opportunity”. Elvis Presley’s bed will be on display throughout the sale.
The 2nd Annual Winter Designer Fine Furniture Sale will have over $3 Million Dollars of Fine Furniture on display for immediate sale. White Glove Transportation will be on hand to facilitate a seamless and expedited delivery of each purchase. The event is open to both Interior Design industry professionals, as well as the general public. “Last year’s sale was a huge success. With the commitment of such high end showrooms and the aggressive sale pricing once again we expect a tremendous turnout,” states Deutsch.
2nd Annual Winter Designer Fine Furniture Sale- The Altman Building
March 9 & 10
135 West 18th Street
New York, NY
White Glove Transportation Services is a full service blanket wrap logistics company that for over 25 years has serviced the Fine Furniture Design community.
For more information on the first annual Winter Fine Furniture Designer Warehouse Sale and White Glove Transportation contact Neil Deutsch
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Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/business/press-releases/article/Elvis-Presley-s-Furry-Bed-to-be-Auctioned-for-4302168.php#ixzz2LqvPHrAF
Friends of Elvis - Save The Circle G Campaign
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where you'll find a simple question about Circle G. Answer correctly and you'll be entered into our draw. Once we reach 5,000 “likes” the draw will take place.
Circle G Foundation, a non profit organisation looking to secure the future of this significant landmark in Elvis’ history, has the backing of the MAYOR OF HORN LAKE and SENATOR THAD COCHRAN.
*The original cheque is now owned by Lesley Pilling, Founder of the Circle G Foundation!
'MAGIC BOOTH' BECKONS MUSIC LOVERS - SAVE DEWEY PHILLIPS WHBQ STUDIO
February 23, 2013
Push is on to save radio room
By Wayne Risher
A campaign is under way to preserve the Memphis radio booth that introduced Elvis Presley to the world nearly 60 years ago.
It’s the long-abandoned but remarkably undisturbed room where legendary disc jockey Dewey Phillips achieved two Elvis firsts: airing the newly minted “That’s All Right, Mama” and interviewing the nervous teen a few hours later.
As part of the historic Hotel Chisca’s conversion to apartments, developers reached out to the Memphis music community, former WHBQ Radio employees and museum operators about how to best preserve the scene of Phillips’ famous “Red, Hot and Blue” program of the mid-1950s. The hit musical “Memphis” is based on Phillips’ story.
Purists want the booth and surroundings restored and preserved in the exact same spot on the Chisca’s mezzanine level, but that appears unlikely unless a deep-pocketed individual or organization steps forward.
More likely, the booth would be taken apart and put back together in a more publicly accessible street-level space, perhaps as part of a restaurant.
In a new YouTube video, “Red, Hot & Rescue,” Memphis filmmaker Michael McCarthy leads a dimly lit tour of the time warp that is the Chisca’s mezzanine. He shows viewers the booth where the magic happened and describes how it would be relocated to the first floor, with a little help from friends of Memphis music.
McCarthy, whose film credits reflect a lifelong interest in Elvis, has teamed up with promoter Rachel Hurley at Kangaroo, a friend at MTV and the music-themed fundraising site PledgeMusic.com to generate public support and $50,000 for the cause.
Whatever the solution, time is short. Developers are up against a May deadline to start structural repairs and environmental cleanup on the extremely dilapidated hotel, which they bought last year from the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ.
Terry Lynch, partner in the development group, said architectural plans call for apartment units in a 4,000- to 5,000-square-foot suite that has sat vacant since WHBQ left around 1963. Developers put together the deal to save the Chisca on the thinnest of margins, leveraging $17 million to $21 million in private investment with $3 million in public incentives to eliminate one of Main Street’s worst eyesores.
“From the lender’s perspective, they’ve underwritten an apartment building. To tell them we’re building a museum, that doesn’t really excite them,” Lynch said. “Our business is to develop it. We’ve got to be respectful as an ownership group to our lender.”
In addition to cutting into project revenues, preserving the booth on the second floor would set up a logistical conflict between apartment use and a museum open to the public, Lynch said.
Recent visitors to the WHBQ suite have included former disc jockeys Jack Parnell, George Klein and Dave Brown, Memphis Music Foundation president Dean Deyo, Memphis Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum executive director John Doyle, Sun Studio president John Schorr and record promoter David Fleischman.
WHBQ owner George Flinn hasn’t taken the tour, but said he’s supportive of efforts to save the booth and is willing to work with organizers on such details as the original equipment, which is in storage.
Flinn bought the station from RKO in the 1980s. “As far as I know, I think we’ve got the original microphone and the turntable,” he said.
Flinn and Parnell fall decidedly into the purist camp, and Flinn likes the idea of WHBQ broadcasting from the Chisca again.
“Personally, I think it is not wise to move it,” Flinn said.
However, if economics don’t allow it, “I’d be happy to work with them either way they want to do it.”
Parnell, a longtime voice-over artist who worked with Dewey Phillips and eventually succeeded him on the air, said the studios looked much as they did when WHBQ moved out 50 years ago. “It was a time capsule we were seeing.”
Source: © 2013 Memphis Commercial Appeal
The King Maker: Meet the Man Who Fashioned Elvis and Saved America
February 12, 2013
Finding, curating, and selling quality goods, while educating guys on what it is they're actually buying, is Bureau of Trade's mission and one they do quite well. On the eve of the site's relaunch, BoT takes a look back at the man who dressed Elvis.
It was 1952, and though WWII was over, America now faced a threat from within. Bankrolled by postwar prosperity, a cultural McCarthyism had taken hold of our youth and infected our land with a pestilential squareness. Buzzcutted Biffs prowled the halls of our high schools looking for nonconformists to wedgie. Our nation was in grave danger.
Just in the nick of time, luckily, a greasy pompadour appeared at Bernard Lansky's shop window.
Lansky Brothers was on Beale Street in Memphis, the very bosom of the American blues, and by the 50's, a dicey track of juke joints, cathouses, and ad-hoc casinos. It was a place that ran on pure swagger, which Lansky -- face of a Polish Jew, heart of a Memphis hustler -- provided in the form of the raffish, tailor-made mohair, sharkskin, and silk suits a young Elvis was now ogling. That swagger is what would save us all.
Elvis had a sparkle in his eye, a bunch of amazing ideas he stole from black people, and a voice that could drench the loins of a softball coach, but he was nothing without the clothes. Lansky put Elvis in the black suits with the pink piping. Lansky floated him gold lamé blazers when times were tough. And only in Lansky's wrapping does Elvis become the cultural big bang, the unstoppable, irresistible force that shimmies into America's living room on the Ed Sullivan show and frees our children from a horrifically bland Archie Comic existence.
Lansky clothed Elvis throughout his life, apart from, tellingly, his days as a bloated pillhead sweating to death in a polyester cape-neck jumpsuit -- those came from a costume designer. Lansky died in November at the age of 85.
R.I.P Bernard Lansky: Elvis' clothier, American hero, and a mensch. - Patrick Heig
Read More http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq-eye/2013/02/the-king-maker-meet-the-man-who-fashioned-elvis-and-saved-america.html#ixzz2LqoPfMZZ
Photo Spotlight: Sneak Peek at New "Elvis: Live from Vegas" Exhibit
February 22, 2013
Elvis fans can now enjoy another new exhibit here at Graceland in 2013! Get a sneak peek of the new “Elvis: Live from Vegas” Exhibit inside Sincerely Elvis in our new photo spotlight!
“Elvis: Live from Vegas” allows guests to experience Las Vegas through the eyes of Elvis Presley. The exhibit features part of the 30-foot marquee Col. Parker had made to stand outside the New Frontier Hotel in 1957 and the first jumpsuit worn on-stage by Elvis in 1970. Other jumpsuits featured in the exhibit include Elvis’ Leather and Chains suit worn in August of 1970, Elvis’ three-piece Spanish Flower suit worn in 1972, and Elvis’ I Got Lucky jumpsuit that was worn in 1970. From the first time the King of Rock ‘n’ roll stepped foot on-stage in Vegas through his triumphant return in 1969 and beyond, this exhibit captures all of the excitement and energy that is Elvis in Las Vegas.
STAR IN THE 2013 GRACELAND VIDEO SPOT
STAR IN THE 2013 GRACELAND VIDEO SPOT
Enter your photos for a chance to become a star of our new 2013 Elvis Presley’s Graceland tourism spot!
We are looking for your best shots from your recent trip to Graceland – both inside and outside the mansion – that we can use to showcase why Graceland really is the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage. We will choose our favorites that best showcase the Graceland experience to be featured in the new spot.
For the best chance to be selected, this is what we are looking for:
Elvis Presley and Brooks Intersection to Close for Repairs
February 21, 2013
(Memphis) – Elvis Presley Boulevard is the gateway to one of Memphis’ top attractions. It’s also an area people who live in Whitehaven say is in dire need of a major overhaul.
“I can think of no better word other than deplorable,” Whitehaven resident Margaret Black said.
That’s about to change. Starting March 1st at 7 p.m. the intersection of Brooks and Elvis Presley will get a face lift.
It’s the first part of the $43 million revitalization project along a three-mile stretch of road through Whitehaven.
“It’s not a very nice intersection right now. We`re trying to create an intersection so you know you`ve arrived somewhere,” one presenter said at a community meeting Thursday night.
About 60 people attended the meeting and learned how the city plans to clean up the main intersection.
It’s going to pour concrete instead of asphalt, but that takes time.
“There will be inconveniences. They have already told us. So therefore, in order to get something you have to give something up. So, for awhile it will be inconvenient but the end product is supposed to be excellent,” Black said.
Business owners are also looking forward to the updates.
“Anything that will improve the area I am for,” souvenir shop owner Ricky Roberts said.
Tax accountant Tonya McCraken worries about what the upcoming closure will do for business. Her store front is right in the heart of the intersection of Elvis Presley Blvd. and Brooks.
“That`s going to be real bad for this business especially this time of year because it’s very busy this time of year,” she said. ”That`s really going to slow me down.”
She still smiles because she knows it will all be worth it in the end.
“That will be exciting to see something new to this intersection.”
The intersection will be closed from March 1 at 7 p.m. to March 4 at 6.a.m. There will be detours.
If you are going south you can take Brooks to Lakeview then Winchester to Elvis Presley.
If you are going north you can take Winchester to Millbranch to Brooks to Springbrook then to Elvis Presley.
Source: wreg news station website
From Elvis Presley Enterprises:
Alternate Routes from Interstate 55:
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Elvis American Eagle Wall Sculpture
Elvis American Eagle Wall Sculpture
A wonderful way to commemorate The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll®, the Elvis®: American Eagle Wall Sculpture combines the portraiture of famed celebrity artists Nate Giorgio, Bruce Emmett and Chris Notarile in one stunning presentation shaped like an eagle in flight. This home décor exclusive is officially authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises and is available only from The Bradford Exchange.
Elvis Presley’s splendid American Eagle Jumpsuit inspires this new panoramic masterpiece displaying bold images of the beloved King of Rock and Roll® in some of the most legendary performances of his career. Stunning imagery captures Elvis® dressed in sleek black leather and sparkling gold lamé, plus dramatic, colourful costumes that he made famous. From the ’68 Comeback Special® to the glamour of Las Vegas ensembles and Elvis’ famous Eagle Jumpsuit with its magnificent cape, it’s a wonderful display of vivid imagery and lifelike portraiture of one of the greatest performers of our time.
The sculptural eagle is hand-crafted and hand-painted to bring out every lavish detail. Featuring a wingspan of over 51cm, the sculpture boasts richly textured feathering that shimmers with gleaming, hand-applied gold. The eagle’s bright white hand-painted head and tail feathers form a striking contrast. The eagle’s talons display a golden record with a replica Elvis® signature, silvery music notes and a genuine Swarovski crystal sparkling at the centre. This splendid panoramic eagle is expected to attract strong demand from Elvis Presley fans and is limited in its edition to just 3,000. So don’t miss out – reserve yours now!
This exclusive Elvis American Eagle Wall Sculpture from The Bradford Exchange features:
Pay tribute to one of the greatest performers of our time with this unique panoramic eagle, inspired by Elvis Presley’s splendid American Eagle Jumpsuit and available only from The Bradford Exchange
Sculpture combines the portraiture of famed celebrity artists Nate Giorgio, Bruce Emmett and Chris Notarile in one stunning presentation
Stunning imagery captures Elvis® dressed in sleek black leather and sparkling gold lamé, the famous Eagle Jumpsuit with its magnificent cape, plus other dramatic, colourful costumes that he made famous
This panoramic sculpture is hand-crafted and hand-painted to bring out every lavish detail
The eagle boasts richly textured feathering that shimmers with gleaming, hand-applied gold and the eagle’s bright white hand-painted head and tail feathers form a striking contrast
The eagle’s talons display a golden record with a replica Elvis® signature, silvery music notes and a genuine Swarovski crystal sparkling at the centre
Officially authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises
Worldwide edition limit of just 3,000 – reserve yours today!
Hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity attesting to its limited-edition status
365-day money back guarantee
Featuring a wingspan of over 51cm
5 instalments of $39.99 or $199.95 (plus postage and handling)
Saturday, February 23 2013 is a FREE admission day at The Country Music Hall of Fame!!
You can see Elvis' White Gold Cadillac and Elvis Gold Piano given to his by Priscilla.