I just ordered me a die cast model of the Dale Earnhardt legends car that features Elvis on it. I am super excited about this. Dale and Elvis are for sure two of the coolest people to ever walk this earth. This will look great beside my Dale Jr die cast I have with Elvis on it.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Donna Douglas is the doll of the week. She played with Elvis in the movie Frankie and Johnny. It is probably my least favorite Elvis movie. Though I still dig it and Donna is one of the reasons way. She is most famous for a role on the television show The Beverly Hillbillies. That happens to be one of my favorite shows ever.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I am going to have to rant a little on here for a moment. I have been wanting to order some cd's from the FTD label for a few weeks now. Though two of the cd's I want to get, Wild In The Country and Kid Galahad are not available. I got to thinking and I can't remember them being available for some time now. I have not heard anything about these being discontinued but I do not know what the cause could be. It is pissing me off a little because I really want both of these releases. Hopefully they have them in stock soon because I am itching to buy several new Elvis cd's.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"Don't Be Cruel" is definately in my top five favorite Elvis songs of all time. When I hear other artists try to record it, it's like mixing pizza and peanut butter, they just don't mix. One exception to the rule is from the Elvis: Viva Las Vegas documentary when Chris Isaak and Brandi Carlile team up to sing the song as a duet. It's a really good rendition of the classic song especially hearing them sing like they are singing to each other. It's different but pretty damn good. Check out the video!
Monday, February 23, 2009
I'm a huge fan of Jailhouse Rock (obviously with my pen name) because it shows the raw Elvis of the 50's in a badass sort of way. To me, Jailhouse Rock was never meant to be seen in color even though you can see it that way. It takes away the rawness of the movie and just looks very unnatural to me. This past Elvis Week was awesome because I got to watch Jailhouse Rock on the front lawn of Graceland at the Music and Movies event. Sadly, they wont be doing that this year. Another thing that I love about the move is the awesome soundtrack with my favorite song being "Young and Beautiful." What's sad about the whole thing is three days after completing the film, Elvis' co-star Judy Tyler was killed in an automobile accident which prevented Elvis watching the movie because they were close friends. On a lighter note, the movie has one of the most famous dancing scenes in history and is sometimes credited to be the first music video and that is of course the sequence of "Jailhouse Rock". Little do people know that the choreographer for the movie, Alex Romero, originally created a dance in a style that was geared for a more classically trained dancer than Elvis. After Romero saw that it wasn't going to work for the song, he asked Elvis how would he normally move to the song thus creating Elvis as an uncredited choreographer for the film. Flippy.... real flippy
Hey everybody! I want to apologize for my hiatus from the best damn Elvis blog on the net. The only excuse I have is that I kept drawing blanks for topics. Don't get me wrong, i'm a huge Elvis fan but Mike is way more knowledgeable towards the King than I ever could be. I want to thank him for keeping the blog going strong and keeping his creation going. I got to thinking and I just said screw it and with the help of Mike's persuasiveness, If I cant make topics to blog about, i'll just rant about Elvis. I hope to make ya'll happy, thanks again!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
One of the new exhibits at Graceland is centered around Elvis' time spent making movies. I was listening to Elvis Radio the other day and they had been talking about one of the things on display is the "Clambake Suit". Which is what Elvis has on in the picture above. The say it is the first time is has been on display. I will have to say it is awful, but for some reason I have always found it interesting. Maybe because it is so odd. Or It might have to do with the fact I have always been a big Clambake fan. Now in a post a while back I was talking about this suit being auctioned off. That suit was the first one made for Elvis but was too small and never used. From everything I have ever seen wrote about this suit, it says it was cut up into tiny bits. Then sold in the record "Elvis: The Other Sides — Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2". So I am curious to what suit Graceland has. I will for sure have to investigate this some more.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sue Ane Langdon is the doll of the week. She played in the movies Roustabout and Frankie and Johnny with Elvis. I really enjoyed her role as Madame Mijanou. She was hilarious in that part.
I have not done a very good job with the blog this week. I have been working fourteen hour days and it has about done me in. I haven't felt like doing much, hopefully I will get several post in this weekend to make up for it.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
It has been announced that later this month a #3 race car will be introduced with Dale Earnhardt and Elvis both on it. It is part of the "Enduring Legends" series that has saw Earnhardt share a car before with Johnny Cash and John Wayne. The car with Elvis will be unveiled in Las Vegas where it will be in display through the Vegas race. At the first of March the car will be sent to Graceland to be displayed in the automobile museum where it will stay until April. Then the car will be sent to the home office of DEI for display. Collectible editions of this car will be available for purchase. I am very excited about this because I am a huge fan of the Earnhardt's and they are big fans of Elvis'. Dale Jr often speaks of his love for Elvis. It is going to be neat to see this car, hopefully I can make it out to Memphis to see the car in person. I will for sure be getting on the the collectible reproductions to put along with my Budweiser #8 Elvis themed car Dale Jr drove a few years ago.
My favorite album cover is from the self titled first RCA release from early 1956. This is one of the more iconic covers of all time and has been very influential. A lot of people of copied this cover to some degree, most famous of course is the London Calling album by the clash. RCA couldn't have picked a better picture for this release in my opinion. This new thing Elvis Presley was a part of is all summed up in the picture. It is wild, loud, and out of control. You get a sense of just how out of control this music is in this picture. The twenty year old Elvis is flat out getting it on stage. The pink and green lettering was interesting as well, and something that has always been the theme of the artist who copied this cover.
Friday, February 13, 2009
My second favorite album cover is from the 1970 album (I'm 10, 000 Years Old ) Elvis Country. I have always thought the picture on Elvis and his parents was very cool. One of my favorite pictures of Elvis period. Elvis was only 2 years old at the time of the picture.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This album was Elvis' first release after getting back from Germany. It was released in April on 1960. It has always been one of my favorite albums, and is one of Elvis' best. The cover for this album is cool and I dig Elvis' hair.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Elvis In Person is from the 1970 and contains a recording of a 1969 concert in Vegas. It was a very good show. I remember being very young and wanting this CD just because I thought it looked so cool. I love this picture and the way it is set in the black background with Elvis having the black suit on is very cool.
Monday, February 9, 2009
This week I am counting down my favorite album covers from Elvis. They are not necessarily my favorite albums. These don't include albums from movies either. Later I will have a separate countdown for those. Number five on my list is the cover from Elvis Golden Records Vol. 2, 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong. This was released in 1959 and is one of the more famous Elvis album covers. A few artist have borrowed the idea of this cover over the years.
This is a shot from the movie It Happened At The Worlds Fair. Of course this is the movie that Elvis' character was named Mike Edwards. One of his coolest characters, and where my pen name came from.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Debra Paget is my doll of the week. She has been my DOW before but I ran across this picture the other day and was thinking about how much I have always liked her. I believe she is one of the more underrated beauties of the 50's. She played with Elvis in his first movie Love Me Tender, and Elvis had a huge crush one her! She had a boyfriend at the time but they became very good friends during the filming. Her mother loved Elvis and thought a lot of him. She played in a few good movies in the 50's including The Ten Commandments but unfortunately her film career declined in the late 50's. She still is one of my favorite actresses from all of Elvis' movies.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I ran across this live version of Such A Night the other day. It was one of my favorite songs off the Elvis Is Back album. It is not a song Elvis would sing live later on when he returned to the stage. This version if from the 1961 concert in Hawaii to benefit the Pearl Harbour site. I would love to have this entire concert on cd because I would say it was a pretty good one. It was one of the few times Elvis performed live in the early sixties. I know one thing, he still was as good as he was in 58 when he left. Hopefully one day FTD will give this show some work and put it out.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Elvis in Memphis about to give out a bunch of money to various charities around Memphis and some others that were important to him. He did this many many times year after year. His favorite thing to do once he came into money was to give back to others. Nothing pleased him more. One of the many reasons I admire Elvis.