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Choose who must hold the title of the king for 2016!  

Elvis Presley – The King of Music 2015. All Hail The King!


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!



Lets make it happen again for this new year of 2016!

The Song of Ages 2015 is Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley.

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.



I would like to start this another new month by thanking everyone who visits this website.  Your participation keeps my numbers steadily growing.  This lets me see that new people are coming to see and, hopefully, accept the wonderful truth that Elvis, the human being, did not die on August 16, 1977.  Only the image died that day.  We are all so very blessed to have him still on this earth with us living in as much privacy as possible.  Elvis is now Jesse.

I took a look at our visitors map this morning and was so happy to see the steady flow of visitors from all over the world.  I extend a hearty “Welcome!” to each person who spends time here on this website.  It is my immense joy to share the wonderful truth that Elvis is still with us today living the life that his brother would have had if he had survived at birth.  Elvis chose to reinvent himself as Jesse after leaving in Aug. 1977.  He wanted to give Jesse 42 years…”Elvis had 42 years and Jesse deserved to have 42 years also.“.  Those are Jesse’s own words to me.

Thank you, Jesse, for giving us all these years of your continued presence in our world and in our lives.  I am so happy and thankful that you have been able to do this “Your Way“…yes, you certainly DID do it “My Way“.

Elvis Presley ~ My Way ~ Amazing Version ~ DVD The Final Curtain ~ Live 1977, Last Concert on DVD

Music Was My First Love…  Published on Sep 8, 2016



Below is the view of the visitor map at one point earlier today about which I wrote above:





I came upon the below little note which Elvis wrote to Linda Thompson and seeing it, I thought that maybe my visitors would enjoy comparing it to one of his notes to me as the wording is similar in a tiny way.

The phrase from his letter to Linda of “this little book” triggered my memory of his phrase to me about “this little ring“.  I do recall the ring which Jesse gave me with this letter.  However, I don’t have a photo of the ring and it is stored away among all of my treasures which Jesse has given me over the past 25 years.

Hugs to Jesse for all he has given me…MOST of all his trust and friendship.



Below is a video clip taken from the movie “THIS IS ELVIS” which is my favorite movie depiction of Elvis’ life.  Jesse and I have not discussed this movie at all so what I say is strictly my own conclusion based upon the facts that I do know to be true.

In the taped 1981 telephone call of Elvis speaking with a friend (believed to have been Ellen Marie Foster), he spoke of the fact that there had been movies “in the recent past” with which he was not happy and saying that he wish they had asked him.  I think perhaps he may have been referring to the Dick Clark 1979 movie “Elvis“.

It has been my belief that the movie, from which the below clip was taken, is closest to the truth about Elvis. However, there are things in the movie which are out of sequence and other small errors.  

When I think of this movie, I always think of how Elvis would have chosen the title for this movie himself with the emphasis on “THIS is Elvis!!!”  I have written about this movie in the past, but it bears re-emphasizing, in my opinion.  Here are several of the significant reasons that I believe that Elvis, himself, as Jesse would have had some behind the scenes input into the contents of this movie:  

In 1981 when this movie was done by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc, Orion Pictures was associated with Warner;

Take a look at the group of Elvis/Jesse’s associates who were the primary advisers for this movie…Col. Parker (who Jesse said was the master mind behind August 16, 1977), Joe Esposito (who Jesse said was chosen out of his employees by Col. Parker to take part in the August 16, 1977 plan), Jerry Schilling (who Jesse told me knew him much better than most people with Elvis);

It was actually filmed inside Graceland and even included footage shot upstairs thus showing that this movie was authorized by the estate.  

“At the time of its release the film included lots of very rare and never-before-seen footage of Elvis Presley.”  This quote is from this site:

If you have not watched this movie “THIS IS ELVIS“, I really do recommend that you do so.  It makes the other so-called biographical movies about Elvis look like trash, in my opinion.

Graceland upstairs


 Below is the closing summation from a review written about “This is Elvis”:

Despite the irritating staged scenes, This Is Elvis is clearly the best documentary ever produced about Elvis Presley. Particularly for the current younger generation of Elvis fans, those who did not grow up with him in real time, this video biography will help put their idol’s life in perspective. — Alan Hanson | © March 2008

(Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., 2007)

Back many years ago, during our trips to Graceland and Tupelo, we saw displays pertaining to this film in the showcases.  I know that it was featured in the displays at Tupelo though I don’t recall for certain about anything at Graceland.

Below is a copy of one of my early articles regarding Warner/Orion and This is Elvis 

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THIS IS ELVIS – This film was produced by Warner Brother while they were partners with Orion Pictures.

Details proving this below:

This Is Elvis (1981)

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·       Warner Bros. Pictures


·       Warner Bros. Pictures(1981) (USA) (theatrical)

Orion Pictures

BackgroundOrion was first known as the Orion Pictures Company, that was first started in 1978 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Pictures and three former executives of United Artists: Arthur B. Krim, Eric Pleskow, and Robert S. Benjamin. Orion initially ran under Warner Communications (now TimeWarner) for a while. In 1982, Orion bought Filmways, Inc., after Orion was unhappy with distribution agreements with Warner Communications in the end of 1981.

THIS IS ELVIS was released in April of 1981 just months before Orion left their partnership with Warner Brothers.

This is Elvis” was released by Warner Brothers in April, 1981 as shown below from at

This Is Elvis (1981)

  101 min  –  Biography | Drama | Music   –  4 April 1981 (USA)

   The rare personal films never before seen by the public…

For any doubters, here is the Orion Pictures and Warner Brothers logo which proves that they were business partners.  This logo does NOT appear in the This is Elvis movie.  This is for documentation of their corporate partnership.

As I have spelled out before, Elvis/Jesse said in the 1981 taped phone conversations that he was not happy at all with some movies that had come out about him in the recent past.  I believe he was referring to the Dick Clark movie with Kurt Russell which came out in 1979.   He did not like the way he was portrayed.  He said he wished they had asked him before they did it…some of Elvis’s friends and associates from before 1977 played a part in that movieproduction.   I believe that THIS IS ELVIS was his biography…done the way he wanted it done.

In my opinion, the only other truly good biographical film about Elvis which has been done is the 1990 TV mini-series “Elvis, The Early Years“.  Jesse wrote in a personal letter to a mutual friend of his and mine, back when this show was being filmed,  “I can’t wait!“.  So I know he was very much aware of the making of the TV episodes and was excited about it airing.   I loved that series so much.    There is a playlist on YouTube which includes many of the episodes.  Below is the link to that playlist:

Also, below is a link to my own video on YouTube from one of the episodes relating to Orion Pictures:

ELVIS IS ALIVE: Elvis Presley TV Series and Orion Pictures in 1990 

Linda Sigmon

Uploaded on Oct 12, 2010

“In 1990 during the airing of the Elvis TV series, Orion Pictures previews of their movie RoboCop were aired during the commercial breaks of the very first and second episodes. Then immediately following the second episode, the movie RoboCop aired. So this is further documentation of the Elvis and Orion connection.

It was so exciting for me to see the Elvis episode end with the announcement of RoboCop airing next while the closing credits of the Elvis episode were still running. Then there is the beautiful ORION Pictures logo.

Please visit my web site for background material regarding Elvis being alive and connected with the name ORION…singer and movies.”


Again in my opinion, Michael St. Gerard is the only actor who has even come close to doing justice to playing the part of Elvis in any movie or TV production.

I particularly loved this episode and the Orion connection because it showed Elvis “hiding in the movie” theater, kind of parallel to Jesse working with some of the Orion Pictures work while “hiding“.

Also, please listen very closely to the comment made in the very opening of the Robocop movie previews at the end of the above Elvis The Early Years episode.  Of course, Robocop is an Orion Pictures movie.

“… he’s legally dead, we can do pretty much what we want to with him.”

You will hear this at the 8:56 minute mark of my above video.



As I am sure everyone knows, yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the horrific effects and consequences of that attack.  I am sharing a Graceland blog post from 2 years ago which details what Elvis did to make his contribution to the USS Arizona.  I enjoyed reading this and hope my visitors will also.

Elvis was and is a true patriot of the America that he loves.

Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Posted by Elvis Presley’s Graceland on Dec 12, 2014 

As much as Elvis Presley gave back, he could have been nicknamed the King of Generosity.

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, millions visit the USS Arizona Memorial, thanks, in part, to Elvis.

More than 2,400 were killed and 1,178 were wounded in the surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy  against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona was sunk, and 1,177 of its crewmen were killed. The attack led to the United States’ entry into World War II.

Elvis performed for service personnel and their families at Pearl Harbor on November 11, 1957, his last public performance before he entered the Army. Elvis was drafted into the Army that year, and he served two years before being honorably discharged in the spring of 1960.

“Ringside” seats for the memorial benefit show cost $100. Other tickets were priced from $3-10.

Later that year, Elvis and his manager, Col. Tom Parker, learned that there was a fundraiser for a memorial to the USS Arizona, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor. The pair decided to raise money for the memorial with a benefit concert.

Col. Parker announced the concert on January 11, 1961, at the Hawaiian Village Hotel in Honolulu. Every dime raised at the concert would go to the benefit, he said, and even Elvis himself would have to buy a ticket to get in – and he did. “You know,” Parker told the crowd, “Elvis is 26, and that’s about the average age of those boys entombed in the Arizona. I think it’s appropriate that he should be doing this.”

Elvis speaks at a press conference in Hawaii.

Elvis’ trip to Hawaii was all about TCB – not only was he going to raise money for the memorial, but he also started filming “Blue Hawaii.” Elvis flew to Honolulu with his co-star for the show, Minnie Pearl, on March 25, 1961. Fans lined up to greet him, of course, and he spoke at a press conference. The show took place that night at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena, and Elvis was accompanied by the Jordanaires, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana. Seats closest to the stage sold for $100, while other tickets were sold for $3-10.

Elvis performs at the USS Arizona memorial concert.

It was Elvis’ last public performance until his iconic 1968 television special. It was also the last time he wore his gold lamé suit.

Elvis’ concert raised awareness of the fundraiser, and the remaining funds needed were raised quickly. The memorial was completed a year later, and Elvis yet again proved he was a generous, caring patriot. You can visit the USS Arizona memorial, World War II Valor in the Pacific.

Listen to this week’s Graceland Podcast, which features news segments and interviews with Elvis about his time in the military and raising money for the memorial.


There was another historic anniversary earlier this week on Sunday.  Dec. 4th, 1956 was the date of the Sun Studio gathering of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.  This resulted in the jam session which became known as “The Million Dollar Quartet“.

I found an audio of this session on YouTube which I am sharing below.  I love hearing the relaxed visit among good friends all of whom just happen to be on the brink of greatness…most notably, our sweet Elvis.

Elvis Presley – Million Dollar Quartet [December 4, 1956]

Ale JungleRoom  

Published on Dec 4, 2015

Million Dollar Quartet [December 4, 1956]

  1. You Belong To My Heart

    2. When God Dips His Love In My Heart

    3. Just A Little Talk With Jesus

    4. Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley

    5. I Shall Not Be Moved

    6. Peace In The Valley

    7. Down By The Riverside

    8. I’m With A Crowd But So Alone

    9. Farther Along

    10. Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand)

    11. As We Travel Along On The Jericho Road

    12. I Just Can’t Make It By Myself

    13. Little Cabin Home On The Hill

    14. Summertime Is Past And Gone

    15. I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

    16. Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong

    17. Keeper Of The Key

    18. Crazy Arms

    19. Don’t Forbid Me

    20. Too Much Monkey Business

    21. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

    22. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

    23. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

    24. Don’t Be Cruel

    25. Don’t Be Cruel

    26. Paralyzed

    27. Don’t Be Cuel

    28. There’s No Place Like Home

    29. When The Saints Go Marching In

    30. Softly And Tenderly

    31. Is It so Strange

    32. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin

    33. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

    34. Rip It Up

    35. I’m Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye

    36. Crazy Arms

    37. That’s My Desire

    38. End Of The Road Black Bottom Stomp

    39. Black Bottom Stomp

    40. You’re The Only Star In My Life

    41. Elvis 





I want to let everyone know that, because many of you have included Christmas greetings to Jesse in your messages so far in December, I plan to mail those messages out to him the end of this week.  Therefore, please bear in mind that the cutoff for sending Christmas greetings will have to be midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 as I will be printing them out on Thursday morning.

I apologize that I am not spending much time working on the web site these days.  Very, very busy with lots of Christmas mail, etc.


Below is the most recent video from The Gates of Graceland series.

Gates of Graceland – Million Dollar Quartet


Published on Dec 7, 2016

The Million Dollar Quartet – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash – jammed at Sun Studio 60 years ago this month. Elvis’ date for the jam session, Marilyn Evans Riehl, chats with host Tom Brown about what it was like to attend that jam session. Marilyn talks about how she met Elvis in Las Vegas, what it was like to meet Elvis’ family, the famous jam session and how her story was lost over time. Learn more about Elvis Presley’s career when you visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee! Make your plans now at


Elvis Presley among 5 chosen for Mississippi Hall of Fame

By – Associated Press – Monday, December 12, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and four others are being named to the Mississippi Hall of Fame.

The board of the state Department of Archives and History met this month and selected the inductees: Evelyn Gandy, the first woman elected lieutenant governor of the state; Dr. James Hardy, who was a transplant surgeon; former state Rep. Aaron Henry, who was a civil-rights activist; rocker Elvis Presley; and Ida B. Wells, a journalist and women’s rights advocate.

“The contributions and accomplishments of these five Mississippians are astonishing, and a true testament to the character of the people of the state,” Archives and History Director Katie Blount said in a news release Monday.

With the new inductees, the Hall of Fame now includes 136 artists, activists, political leaders and others. New members are selected once every five years, and each group is limited to five inductees.

Those chosen can be either native-born Mississippians or people who moved to the state. They must have been dead at least five years.

Hall of Fame portraits hang in the Senate chamber of the Old Capitol in downtown Jackson.

The Archives and History news release says:

— Gandy was born in 1920 in Hattiesburg. She earned her law degree in 1943, was elected to the state Legislature in 1947 and became the first woman to serve as assistant attorney general, commissioner of public welfare, state treasurer, commissioner of insurance and lieutenant governor. She twice ran unsuccessfully for governor. Gandy supported advances in education, women’s rights, health care and human services. She died in 2007.

— Hardy was born in 1918 in Newala, Alabama. He earned his medical degree in 1942, and then served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. In 1955, Hardy became the founding chairman of surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. In 1963, he led the team that performed the world’s first lung transplant. In 1964, Hardy and his team transplanted the heart of a chimpanzee into a dying man, predating the first human-to-human heart transplant by three years. He died in 2003.

— Henry was born in 1922 in the small Mississippi town of Dublin. After serving in the Army, he earned his pharmaceutical degree and opened a pharmacy in Clarksdale. In 1951, he helped found the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, which promoted civil rights, voting rights and business ownership. Henry organized the Clarksdale branch of the NAACP, and in 1959 was elected state president of the civil rights group. He started the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Council of Federated Organizations. In 1962, Henry organized a mock state gubernatorial election and was the candidate in that “freedom vote.” Henry, a Democrat, served in the Mississippi House of Representatives 1982-96. He died in 1997.

— Presley was born in 1935 in Tupelo, and his parents bought him a guitar for his 11th birthday. He developed a musical style that combined pop, country, gospel and rhythm and blues. Presley released seventeen chart-topping albums during his lifetime, starred in more than 30 movies, won multiple Grammys and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into multiple music halls of fame. He died at home in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1977.

— Wells was born into slavery in Holly Springs in 1862. She taught in Mississippi and Tennessee, and won a lawsuit against the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1887 after being removed from a first-class car for which she had purchased a ticket. Wells bought a stake in a small newspaper and began a campaign against inequitable school funding, lynching and segregation, and in support of economic boycotts and women’s rights. She eventually moved to New York City and then Chicago, where she continued to write about lynching in the South. In 1909, Wells helped form the NAACP. She died in 1931.



OK…I seem to be always getting labeled in some crazy political statement or joke.  So, just call me a deplorable, irredeemable moron.  But that’s OK ’cause I KNOW Elvis IS alive and the political candidate who labeled half of us as the above is a socialist crook, liar, thief,  traitor, and all around “Nasty woman” and sore loser.  Ha, ha.


I want to share with all my visitors that I just got off the phone with Jesse.  He is doing pretty much OK.  He has had a lot going on plus some more problems with his stomach…thus his not calling for a little while.  His Dr. has him on antibiotics which seem to be helping.  Naturally, I always worry about him when he isn’t able to call for several weeks.  He knows that I am a worrier about my brother.

He asked me to pass along his thanks to several people who have sent Christmas gifts to him.  He always appreciates the caring and generosity of those who remember him at Christmas.

I, again, said how sorry I am about the loss of Joe.  I mentioned the dire circumstances of Sonny West and his wife in my last letter to Jesse.  I did not go into details in my letter because I didn’t want to cause him any worry.  Today, he said that he would like for me to send him the video of Sonny and his wife.  Jesse said again “I did forgive those boys…“.  Jesse is the most forgiving person in the world.  

I did not post the link to the video of Sonny West until now because I didn’t want Jesse to see it until I knew that he wanted to view it.  It is very sad and disturbing.

I will post only the link to it below for those of my visitors who may be interested:

As always, I was hugely relieved to speak with him and know that he is OK.  Hearing his voice was the best Christmas gift in the world for me .


We only have 18 days left to vote for Elvis as The King of Music for 2016.  He is leading for the year right now followed by Michael Jackson.  I want to urge everyone to please do vote every single day for the rest of this month/year so that we can be sure that Elvis wins again just as he did last year.  Below is the link for voting:

The current count is:



CMT’s Young Elvis Series Gets Premiere Date & New Title

by Denise Petski

December 14, 2016 8:15am

CMT has slotted a 10 PM Thursday, February 23, premiere for its eight-part limited series based on the musical Million Dollar Quartet and given it a new title. Sun Records will be paired with Nashville to complete the network’s Thursday night lineup.

Inspired by the Tony-winning musical, Sun Records tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, the series is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement and tells the true story of young musicians Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, who combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound and changed the course of music forever. The cast includes Chad Michael Murray, Billy Gardell, Drake Milligan, Kevin Fonteyne, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Trevor Donovan, Keir O’Donnell, Jennifer Holland, Margaret Anne Florence and Kerry Holliday.

Sun Records is produced by Thinkfactory Media with Greif as executive producer and Gil Grant as executive producer and showrunner. Barry Berg is co-executive producer, and Herb Nanas and Colin Escott are producers. Jayson Dinsmore and Julia Silverton executive produce for CMT.


Elvis birthday celebrations to be held at The Guesthouse

Tuesday, December 13th 2016, 7:39 pm ESTTuesday, December 13th 2016, 10:46 pm EST

By Staff

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)


Happy Birthday Elvis! The annual birthday celebration of Rock-n-Roll’s King draws thousands to Memphis and the iconic mansion. But, this year the celebration will be different.

For the first time, the birthday celebration events of Elvis Presley will not be held at Graceland. Instead, they will all be held at the newly opened The Guesthouse at Graceland. Elvis’ birthday is January 8.

Numerous events are scheduled between January 5-8. Those events include the traditional Elvis Presley’s Birthday Proclamation and an auction of some of the King’s rare, personal items. Other scheduled events are “Viva Las Vegas” Sing-A-Long, Fan Club Presidents’ Event, Official Graceland Insiders Reception and Graceland Tour.

Gavin and Robin Koon, Elvis’ ‘Follow That Dream’ co-stars, will be the special guests for the Fan Club Presidents’ Event and Graceland Insiders Reception.

To reserve your tickets, click here.

To see a day-by-day breakdown of events, times, and more details, click here.

Copyright 2016 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.





Vintage Audio: Elvis Presley’s Last Performance on “The Louisiana Hayride” (1956)

8:17 PM -Vintage Video-Elvis PresleyRockVintage Video

by VVN Music

Between October 16, 1954 and December 15, 1956, Elvis Presley made seven appearances on The Louisiana Hayride radio program.

Over the course of those seven shows, Presley developed from a young kid who was just getting a taste of the limelight to a full fledged star performing his hits in front of an audience of screaming girls.

For his first appearance on October 16, 1954, he performed two of his Sun Records sides, That’s All Tight and Blue Moon of Kentucky. As a matter of fact, through his sixth show on August 20, 1955, it was mainly the Sun tracks along with covers of songs like Tweedle Dee and Maybellene.

Then, after over a year away, he returned for one last appearance on this date sixty years ago. On this occasion, they let him perform ten of his best known songs:

  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • Long Tall Sally

  • I Was the One

  • Love Me Tender

  • Don’t Be Cruel

  • Love Me 

  • I Got a Woman

  • When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

  • Paralyzed

  • Hound Dog

Here are audio recordings (we had to set the “Vintage Video” label to the side for this one time) from that night:

I Was The One – 16th December 1956

Elvis Presley – Topic

Published on Nov 11, 2014

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

I Was The One – 16th December 1956 · Elvis Presley

The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954 – 1956

℗ 2011 Memphis Recording Service

Released on: 2011-11-21

Auto-generated by YouTube.


Elvis Presley Live-Don’t Be Cruel (15 Dec 1956)-Hayride

Andrew Butler

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Elvis Presley, 21


Elvis Presley Live-Paralyzed (15 Dec 1956)-Hayride

Andrew Butler

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Elvis Presley,21


Love Me – 16th December 1956

Elvis Presley – Topic

Published on Nov 11, 2014

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

Love Me – 16th December 1956 · Elvis Presley

The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954 – 1956

℗ 2011 Memphis Recording Service

Released on: 2011-11-21

Auto-generated by YouTube.


Elvis Has Left The Building – 16th December 1956

Elvis Presley – Topic

Published on Nov 11, 2014

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

Elvis Has Left The Building – 16th December 1956 · Elvis Presley

The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954 – 1956

℗ 2011 Memphis Recording Service

Released on: 2011-11-21

Auto-generated by YouTube.




More good news! ‘Bout time!!!!


Elvis Presley has posthumously won a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Along with Elvis, country legends like The Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard, and Bonnie Raitt have been recognized by the Recording Academy for their contribution to music, and each of the musicians’ hit songs will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Elvis’s iconic “Jailhouse Rock” has been chosen as the song to make its way into the Grammy Hall of Fame because of the enormous popularity it gained at the time of its release. Moreover, the Recording Academy believes that Elvis’s song will add value to their diverse collection of popular songs that can be truly considered as gems. According to Taste of Country, Neil Portnow, the President of the Recording Academy, spoke about how Elvis’s “Jailhouse Rock” proves to be culturally significant.

The Grammy Hall of Fame represents all genres of music. Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history.

The song was featured in 1957’s Jailhouse Rock, arguably Elvis’s most popular movie, and topped several of Billboard’s charts. The music video shows Elvis Presley singing the song along with a group of male prisoners while being imprisoned in jail.

Previously, Rolling Stone magazine had placed Elvis’s “Jailhouse Rock” amongst the Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and it has also been placed in Rock and Roll’s Hall of Fame for being amongst the 500 songs that helped to shape the history of Rock and Roll.

Elvis’s honor by the Recording Academy comes at a time when The Wonder of You, his recent compilation album, is gaining popularity among fans around the world. The compilation has Elvis’s vocal recordings accompanied by music provided by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.



Elvis Presley. Courtesy RCA

The musicians sure know it’s Christmas: the phenomenon of the holiday album

Rob Garratt

December 18, 2016 Updated: December 18, 2016 05:12 PM

The Christmas album has proved to be a tough roasted chestnut to crack over the years.

Few musicians emerge from the ordeal of releasing a festive single with their credibility intact, so surely only the most foolhardy (or cash-strapped) of ­artists would attempt a whole LP of seasonal tunes.

Yet try they do. From the ­hipster-pleasing holiday grooves of James Brown to the contemporary cheer of this year’s contenders, R Kelly, Neil Diamond and Kacey Musgraves, the list of performers eager to deliver some festive cheer is more bewildering than bedazzling. 

The King of them all, in more ways than one, is Elvis Presley, whose 1957 release, Elvis’ Christmas Album, remains the best-selling “holiday album” of all time, with 15 million copies shifted around the globe.

Split into a first side of secular standards (Santa Claus is Back in Town, White Christmas), and a second stretch of popular carols (Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem), Elvis’s vintage offering remains a Yuletide ­favorite.



To help us get into the Christmas spirit…

Elvis’ Special Christmas Program [Sunday, december 3 1967]

Ale JungleRoom 

Published on Dec 19, 2016

Elvis’ Special Christmas Program [Sunday, december 3 1967]

Intro: “Here Comes Santa Claus” – Announcer – “Here Comes Santa Claus”
Announcer – “Blue Christmas”
Announcer – “Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem”
Announcer – Mr. Robertson
Announcer – “Silent Night”
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
Announcer – “I Believe”
Announcer – Background Music “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
Special Message From Elvis – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”




This is one of my favorites of Elvis’ Christmas songs…hope it is one of my visitors’s as well.

Elvis Presley – On A Snowy Christmas Night, (HD)


Uploaded on Nov 27, 2010

BEST Christmas song ever, Elvis and A snowy Christmas Night. Merry Christmas to all. Midnight prayer. HD sound and pictures. Keep Christ in Christmas. The Lord’s been good to you.


My compliments to the person who created this beautiful video to accompany this song.


This is a lovely song made even nicer by watching Elvis with friends and family having fun in the snow on the below video.

Elvis Presley Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees-Take 4

laury etta  

Published on Dec 8, 2012

Elvis Presley – Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees – Recorded May 15, 1971



On this day in history (Dec. 20) 1957 – Elvis Presley is drafted

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 11:23 am










On this day in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army.

With a suggestive style–one writer called him “Elvis the Pelvis”–a hit movie, Love Me Tender, and a string of gold records including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” Presley had become a national icon, and the world’s first bona fide rock-and-roll star, by the end of 1956. As the Beatles’ John Lennon once famously remarked: “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” The following year, at the peak of his career, Presley received his draft notice for a two-year stint in the army. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for him to be spared, but Elvis would have none of it. He received one deferment–during which he finished working on his movie King Creole–before being sworn in as an army private in Memphis on March 24, 1958.

After six months of basic training–including an emergency leave to see his beloved mother, Gladys, before she died in August 1958–Presley sailed to Europe on the USS General Randall. For the next 18 months, he served in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps in Friedberg, Germany, where he attained the rank of sergeant. For the rest of his service, he shared an off-base residence with his father, grandmother and some Memphis friends.  Meanwhile, Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, continued to release singles recorded before his departure, keeping the money rolling in and his most famous client fresh in the public’s mind. Widely praised for not seeking to avoid the draft or serve domestically, Presley was seen as a model for all young Americans. After he got his polio shot from an army doctor on national TV, vaccine rates among the American population shot from 2 percent to 85 percent by the time of his discharge on March 2, 1960.






Below is another of the Gates of Graceland video series.  This one is all about Elvis and Graceland during Christmas. 

Gates of Graceland – Elvis and Graceland at Christmas


Published on Dec 28, 2015

Learn more about Elvis, Graceland and Christmas in the latest episode of Gates of Graceland! Stay tuned through the very end for a special surprise artifact from the Graceland Archives.




I wish each of my web site visitors a most joyous and Merry Christmas.  Thank you to everyone for visiting my web site.

The above lovely artwork was done by Zey who has done many beautiful drawings of Elvis.  My heartfelt thanks to her for allowing me to display this for the Christmas season.



I apologize that I have not been posting on my web site for the last few days.  Was busy with Christmas first of all.  Then haven’t been feeling well and am going for an MRI this afternoon.

Tom and I received Christmas gifts from Jesse one day last week.  So, that is my only news to share right now.

Thank everyone for understanding my absence.   I shall return!  

Love, light and peace to everyone.




Heppest of the Hep.Liked

December 27 at 6:58pm

1955 The Hillbilly Cat and the Blue Moon Boys! Rare silent 8mm color footage of Scotty Moore, Bill Black and ELVIS PRESLEY live in Magnolia Gardens, Houston, Texas. Thee earliest known August 7, 1955. “There was actually an ad for this appearance at the time, were in the audience that day and Jim and Lois Robertson, (newly weds) were trying out a new 8mm home movie camera with color. They didn’t really know of Elvis at the time and Lois Robertson only seemed to recall about 20 to 25 people in attendance. She filmed parts of the performance and after the color film was developed the Robertsons watched it once or twice, then put it away.” Audio over dubbed from the Texas 1955 Eagle’s Nest show. Not perfectly in sync but you get the idea! ? Dig It!! #hep #heppestofthehep #hoth


Heppest of the Hep.

June 29 ·

1956 Tupelos Own! Live with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, DJ Fontana, the Jordanaires and the King of the Hepcats, Elvis Presley! We hear “Heartbreak Hotel, Long Tall Sally, I Was The One, I Want you I need you I love you, I got Woman, Don’t Be Cruel, and Hound Dog.” Dedicated to the man who changed the world with his Gibson Guitar, Scotty Moore who passed on 6-28-16! Live at the Tupelo Fairgrounds! Footage taken from original Movietone news reel remastered by The Memphis Recording service, called “Tupelo’s Own, Elvis Presley” in which I highly recommend you buy on DVD! #hep #heppestofthehep #hoth


Below is a scan of Jesse’s Christmas gift to me which I received last week.  As you can see, it is a lovely matching necklace and bracelet.  I am so happy with it, of course.  I thank him so.o.o.o.o much for remembering me with this gift.

Jesse’s gift to Tom is something owned by him personally and from his filming of “Stay Away, Joe“.  Since this is a privately owned item of Jesse’s, I won’t display a photo of it without his permission.


I am still not feeling well and so I won’t be working on this website as much for a while longer…but will update as I can.

Something just occurred to me which I want to clarify:  The political views which I have expressed on this website are MINE alone.  I didn’t stop to think that someone could think that what I post also reflects Jesse’s own views.  This is not the case whatsoever.  Jesse never liked to express political opinions as Elvis before 1977 and he still does NOT talk politics to this day.








What Did Elvis Do
on New Year’s Eve?

New Year Eve clearly came during an important time of the year for Elvis. Christmas was six days before New Year’s Eve and his birthday fell just eight days afterwards. Of course, his biographers were not able to determine with certainty exactly where he was and what he was doing on each of the 41 December 31st’s of Elvis’s life. However, starting at year’s end in 1955, when he first started receiving national recognition, and ending with his last New Year’s Eve in 1976, we at least know Elvis’s whereabouts on the final day of each year, and more often than not we know what he was doing, at least in general terms.

There are few patterns in how Elvis celebrated the coming of each new year. Only three times did Elvis perform on New Year’s Eve—once at the start of his career and twice at the very end. Usually he spent that evening in Memphis, but occasionally he was elsewhere—in Louisiana, Las Vegas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, or Germany. He spent some New Year’s Eves quietly watching movies and some others hosting parties for over 200 guests. Enough for generalities, though. Let’s start at the beginning of Elvis’s career and see what is known of his activities on the New Year’s Eves of his life.

In 1955, December 31st fell on a Saturday, and so that night Elvis worked his regular gig on the Louisiana Hayride, broadcast out of Shreveport, Louisiana. A lot happened in Elvis’s life over the following 12 months. By the time New Year’s Eve rolled around again in 1956, he was the most famous entertainer in the country. All we know of that December 31st is that Elvis was scheduled to appear between 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Phillips’ Pop Shop, DJ Dewey Phillips’ new TV show in Memphis. Elvis spent the final day of 1957 at Graceland, but his enthusiasm that night must have been dampened by the issuance of his draft notice just 11 days earlier.

  • Elvis celebrated two New Years in Germany

Elvis spent the next two New Year’s Eves at his army posting in Germany. December 31, 1958, found Elvis living at the Hotel Grunewald in Bad Nauheim. We don’t know exactly what Elvis did on that night, but he may have gone to the post theater to see a movie. Soldier friend Rex Mansfield recalls that Elvis did that three or four times a week during that period. On the other hand, there may have been quite a party on Presley’s hotel floor that evening. Early in 1959, the hotel management asked Elvis to move out because of all the wild parties Elvis hosted there. Elvis probably spent New Year’s Eve 1959 with Priscilla, whom he had first met the previous September.

As year’s end approached in 1960, Elvis was in Hollywood shooting Wild in the Country. Production halted a week before Christmas, and Elvis flew home to Memphis for the holidays. He flew back to Los Angeles on January 2nd to resume filming. In 1961 Elvis finished his work on Kid Galahad December 20th, but instead of heading home, he decided to spend the holidays in Las Vegas. His biographers provide no details on his activities that New Year’s Eve, but you know what they say, “What happens in Vegas … ”

  • Elvis’s Memphis New Year’s Eve parties began in 1962

In 1962 Elvis started a New Year’s Eve tradition that would continue through the end of the decade. After a fireworks display at Graceland, Elvis hosted a party at Memphis’s Manhattan Club for over 200 family, friends, and fans. (The party may have been for Priscilla’s benefit. She had arrived from Germany two weeks earlier to spend the holidays with Elvis.)

By year’s end in 1963, Priscilla was living permanently at Graceland. The following New Year’s Eve was spent quietly watching movies at the Memphian theater, which Elvis rented out for the evening.

Two years after his first big year end party, Elvis again held another New Year’s Eve bash in Memphis. He hosted seven of them between 1964-1970. The first three were held at the Manhattan Club, the next two at the Thunderbird Lounge, and the last two at TJ’s, a Memphis club where Elvis’s buddy, Alan Fortas, was working. Guests at these parties enjoyed a catered dinner and entertainment. Among the acts who performed at Elvis’s New Year’s Eve parties were singers B.J. Thomas and Ronnie Milsap.

According to Elvis biographers Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, Elvis did not attend the 1966 party at the Manhattan Club because he could not find a parking spot out front. (Huh? Couldn’t Elvis have just gotten out at the front door and had one of his boys park the car for him?) At the 1967 party at the Thunderbird Lounge, recently married Elvis and Priscilla danced several times, including once to “Summertime,” a song requested by Elvis.

New Year’s Eve in 1970 was an eventful one for Elvis. He had spent much of December “badge hunting” across the country. The morning of December 31st found Elvis and his entourage in Washington, D.C., where they received a special tour of FBI headquarters. Then in a leased jet the group flew home to Memphis in time for the annual party at TJ’s.

That was the last big New Year’s Eve party hosted by Elvis. On December 31, 1971, a small, private party was held at Graceland. At the end of 1972, Elvis was in no mood to party. He was in the middle of a crash diet that saw him lose 25 pounds in preparation for his satellite TV concert in Hawaii on January 14, 1973. Elvis spent New Year’s time in 1974 at home in Memphis recovering from health problems.

  • Elvis shared his final New Year’s Eves with his fans

Elvis was on the road for the last two New Year’s Eves of his life. On December 31, 1975, he appeared at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. An estimated crowd of 60,000 shared the coming of the New Year with Elvis. In the Detroit News the next day, writer Mike Maza reported the following:

“Presley hit the 50-yard-line stage … at 11:10 pm. Women in glittery dresses and billowing pantsuits joined kids in a rush toward the stage. Lots of screaming. Everything flickered as a generation of flashcubes meets oblivion … Almost midnight: A 10-second countdown ends in cheers … spotlights swirl and balloons float down from the empty upper tier as Elvis and his fans sing, ‘Auld Lang Syne.’”

On New Year’s Eve 1976—his last New Year’s Eve—Elvis was again on stage, this time at Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh. According to Mike Kalina of thePost Gazette, a crowd of 16,049 were there as “Presley bounded on stage 35 minutes before midnight, but you would have thought the clock had struck 12. He received an ear-deafening ovation punctuated by thousands of blasts of flashbulbs and a patchwork of ‘We Love You Elvis’ signs hoisted aloft.”

“At the stroke of midnight,” Kalina reported, “the house lights went up and Elvis led the crowd in singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’. There were some brief huzzahs from the crowd but in a few minutes Presley was back singing.”

Elvis wouldn’t live to see another New Year, but his fans can be thankful that he chose to share the last two New Year’s Eves of his life with them. —Alan Hanson | © December 2009)

Below is a video of Elvis’ very last New Years Eve concert.  Sweet memories!

Elvis Presley – 1976.12.31 – New Years Eve – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tomek M  Published on Jun 16, 2011

Legendary New Years Eve concert in Pittsburgh, PA (taken from A New Year For Elvis DVD)





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