ELVIS HAS BEEN VOTED THE KING OF MUSIC FOR THREE YEARS IN A ROW!!!
LET’S ALL BAN TOGETHER AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS YEAR SO WE CAN MAKE IT FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!!!!
Choose who must hold the title of
THE KING for 2018 !
PLEASE VOTE ONCE EVERY DAY!!!
Also Elvis’ song “Suspicious Minds” was in second place for the Song of Ages and was not far behind the #1
Also Elvis’ Album “Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley” was in second place for the Album of Ages and was not far behind the #1
So do NOT forget to vote for these two categories also!!!
songofages.com The Song of January – Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley with 2,507 Votes.
albumofages.com The Album of January – Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley with 2,897 Votes.
Linda Sigmon and 3761 people have already signed. Sign the petition now! NBC: Honor the 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special
Honor the 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special
On December 3, 1968, NBC aired what has since become known as Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special which was not only the most watched TV special that year, but also the catalyst for a rebirth in Elvis’ career and the motivating factor in his decision to return to performing in front of live audiences again after several years of making movies in Hollywood.
We are petitioning NBC to replay the unedited version of this special on the 50th Anniversary next December 3, 2018, in the same time slot of 9:00PM EST in honor of this historic television and cultural event.
This will not only be a great show of respect for the life and legacy of Elvis, but also a true thrill for his millions of fans around the world.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
The below is one of my favorite comparisons of Elvis and Jesse. I love the radiance of his sweet smiles.
This one bears repeating.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018
This is a cute video which I enjoyed and which I think Jesse will like too. Hope my visitors will as well.
ELVIS IS ALIVE
Published on Feb 5, 2014
Elvis Is Alive by Cindy Larson written by Kenny Lee of KLP Records. Video directed by Kenny Lee.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018
Needless to say, Jesse will be watching the Super Bowl on this Sunday night.
Gates of Graceland – Unboxing Elvis’ Sports Equipment
Published on Feb 2, 2018
Elvis Presley loved sports, especially football and karate. In this episode of the Gates of Graceland, Director of Archives Angie Marchese and host Tom Brown check out Elvis’ football cleats and jerseys, karate uniform, his handwritten football plays and much more. Learn more about Elvis and football with this Graceland Blog post: https://www.graceland.com/blog/elvis-…
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
A good friend, Mike, shared the below photo with me a while back. It touched my heart and made me feel so much compassion for Elvis. This photo was taken after one of his amazing concerts in November, 1970. Below, is the description which one person wrote about this show. This photo shows how Elvis pushed himself to the point of sheer exhaustion while doing those shows that we all love so much.
I had never seen this photo before and I thank Mike so much for bringing it to my attention.
I am posting this photo only because I want everyone to see and understand how hard Elvis was working on stage to give every audience a spectacular show. As I have stated before, Elvis worked harder doing those shows than many men do while digging ditches. Let’s all stop for just a moment and think how much more demanding his shows became later on leading up to August 16, 1977 when he had some more health problems and was “so tired of being Elvis Presley“.
I apologize to Jesse for showing this photo as he may not like being seen so very exhausted to the point of collapse.
Here is the description of this show which was written by someone who knew him:
(This photo was taken in San Diego, on November 15, 1970. It was after the concert was over, and Elvis was walking towards the limousine. It was one of the best shows he ever did on stage, it truly was. He was full of energy, happy and loving the interaction with audience. He didn’t stand still for a second on stage that night. So, what you’re looking at in this image of Elvis, is Elvis looking extremely exhausted after a great concert.)
Below is a photo of Elvis on stage during this show. As you can see he was perspiring from all the effort he was putting into the show. I know if we could see the entire concert, we would fully understand how he became so completely worn out.
Below is a video based upon the November 15, 1970 San Diego show. Some of the photos shown in this video are obviously not from this same show. This song is done so beautifully.
Elvis Presley – How Great Thou Art / with Reprise /
Published on Apr 22, 2013
Elvis Presley – Live In San Diego.
Time: 8.30 P.M.
Venue: San Diego, CA.
Place: Sports Arena
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018
Below is a new video on YouTube which includes a song that was cut from the movie “Charro”.
Let’s Forget About the Stars – Elvis Presley | Cut Song from Charro! (1969)
Below is another great video showing the comparison between Jesse’s face and Elvis’s face by the owner of the YouTube channel Elvis / Jesse Video Comparisons. This one was published on Feb 6, 2018. So much appreciation to the creator of these fantastic comparisons, my friend Simon Laxon.
Elvis / Jesse Comparison 13 (See description below before viewing)
Below is the announcement of the soundtrack to the new HBO documentary ELVIS – THE SEARCHER being released on April 6th.
RCA/Legacy Recordings Set to Release Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) on Friday, April 6
Musical Companion to Upcoming Two-Part Documentary Available in Multiple Configurations including 3CD Deluxe Box Set
Deluxe Edition includes Selections from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready’s Original Score Plus the Songs that Influenced Elvis
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) Produced by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, Thom Zimny and Jon Landau
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and RCA Records will release Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) on Friday, April 6.
The musical companion to the two-part documentary directed by Emmy® and Grammy® award winner Thom Zimny, Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) will be available in digital and physical configurations including an 18-track definitive soundtrack, a 2LP gatefold 12″ vinyl edition and a 3CD collectible deluxe box set.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) includes the 18 essential Elvis Presley hits, powerful performances, and rare alternative versions of songs at the musical core of the groundbreaking three-hour two-part film which focuses on the development of Elvis’ spellbinding artistry, from his early blues and country roots and influences through his seismic contributions to popular culture to his 1976 recording sessions at the Jungle Room in Graceland. The two-part documentary film, which will premiere in the United States on HBO on April 14, 2018, uses rare footage lensed throughout Elvis’ life and career as a means of exploring Elvis’ singular musical vision in all its complexity.
The 3CD deluxe box set features 37 additional Elvis cuts plus a special disc featuring selections from Mike McCready’s (Pearl Jam) original score for “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing “Wooden Heart”; and the music that inspired Elvis (including R&B and country classics and “Home Sweet Home” sung by his mother, Gladys Presley). The Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) deluxe 3CD set includes a 40-page hardcover book featuring rare photography, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a director’s note by Thom Zimny.
In his package notes for Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack), director Thom Zimny writes, “the soundtrack was in my mind from the beginning. I wasn’t just making a film, I was thinking about the collection of recordings I would gather for a person who saw the film, who wanted to complete the experience, just as I always had. Thankfully, our friends at Sony gave me and the Searcher team the chance to create this collection. It’s been in my mind for years now. To me, this collection is part of the film.”
“So, in this collection, one gets not a Greatest Hits package but a song-by-song, curated portrait of an artist,” writes Warren Zanes in the book featured in Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack [Deluxe Box Set]), “….an artist who very consistently and courageously gave himself to his performances, as if in the giving he might find some missing part of himself. The truth in his voice, in the end, was the sound of a searcher. Along the way, he built a catalogue as deep as any found in the broad and beautiful vistas of American music.”
As Bruce Springsteen observes in the documentary, Elvis Presley belonged to a singular category of musicians in the pantheon. “You hear performers in the thrall of the beauty of invention, not knowing quite where they’re going to go, not knowing exactly what they’re doing,” Springsteen said. “Just discovering and doing it literally as the music is being played…. You’re out on the frontier and it’s a very pristine and exciting place to be.”
“You know, God bless him,” said Tom Petty. “He was a light for all of us. We all owe him for going first into battle. He had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn’t make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music.”
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) is available for pre-order now:
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ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER, an HBO Documentary Films production, in association with Sony Pictures Television, debuts in the United States on SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.
Priscilla Presley, David Porter (legendary Memphis music writer and producer), Thom Zimny (director), Jon Landau (producer) and moderator John Jackson (SVP A&R, Sony Music) will discuss the film, the cultural impact of Elvis’ music and how that impact became the embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll at the 2018 SXSW Festival in March.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – CD/Digital
1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. That’s All Right
4. Baby Let’s Play House
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
7. Hound Dog
9. Mona Lisa
10. Milky White Way
11. Like A Baby
12. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
13. It’s Now Or Never
14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
15. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
16. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
17. Hurt (take 5)
18. If I Can Dream
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) [Deluxe] – 3CD Deluxe Box Set
1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
4. Old Shep
5. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
6. That’s All Right
7. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
8. Fool, Fool, Fool
9. Tweedlee Dee
10. Baby Let’s Play House
11. Good Rockin’ Tonight
12. Trying To Get To You
13. Blue Moon
14. When It Rains It Pours
15. Blue Christmas
16. Heartbreak Hotel
17. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
18. Money Honey
19. Hound Dog
20. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
23. Farther Along
24. Mona Lisa
25. Hide Thou Me
26. Loving You (end title take 16)
27. Lonely Man (solo version)
28. Power Of My Love
1. Milky White Way
2. A Mess Of Blues
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (duet with Frank Sinatra)
5. Like A Baby
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
7. It’s Now Or Never
8. Wooden Heart
9. Swing Down Sweet Chariot
10. Reconsider Baby
11. Bossa Nova Baby
12. C’mon Everybody
13. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
14. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
15. Run On
16. Baby What You Want Me To Do
17. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
18. Baby Let’s Play House (rehearsal)
19. Words (rehearsal)
20. That’s All Right
21. Never Been To Spain
22. An American Trilogy
23. You Gave Me A Mountain
24. Burning Love (rehearsal version)
25. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
26. Hurt (take 5)
27. If I Can Dream
1. Dissolution 2 – Mike McCready
2. Satisfied – The Blackwood Brothers
3. That’s All Right – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
4. She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me Sometimes – Joe Hill Louis
5. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames
6. Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf
7. Rock-A-My Soul – The Blackwood Brothers
8. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – The Prisonaires
9. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
10. Write Me A Letter – The Ravens
11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Bill Monroe
12. Ain’t That Right – Eddie Snow
13. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – Johnnie Ray
14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price
15. Home Sweet Home – Gladys Presley
16. Blowin’ In The Wind – Odetta
17. Tomorrow Is A Long Time – Odetta
18. The Weight – The Staple Singers
19. Heartbreak Hotel – The Orlons
20. Wooden Heart – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
21. Rebound – Mike McCready
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – 2LP
1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. That’s All Right
4. Baby Let’s Play House
5. Heartbreak Hotel
1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
2. Hound Dog
4. Mona Lisa
5. Milky White Way
1. Like A Baby
2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
3. It’s Now Or Never
4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
1. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
2. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
3. Hurt (take 5)
4. If I Can Dream
Soundtrack Producers: Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, Thom Zimny and Jon Landau
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) is available for pre-order now:
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Below is another of the wonderful videos created by Simon Laxon showing how the facial features of Elvis and Jesse match up identically. My sincere thanks to Simon for creating this one which is special to me because it is one of my own favorite photo comparisons from my web site. Simon does such a splendid job proving the truth with his videos.
Elvis / Jesse Comparison 16
Published on Feb 8, 2018
Here is the link to the YouTube channel where all of the comparisons may be viewed:
The following is Simon’s description of how he creates his videos in order that everyone may understand the process involved.
I have used Paint shop Pro 7 and Bandicam Free Video recording software to make this video. The photographs are Linda Sigmon’s Jesse Photograph and a stock photograph of Elvis from the internet.
I cropped Linda’s original Jesse photograph, so that it just showed the face and shoulders, but left it the original colour. I then used a stock colour comparison photograph, of Elvis, from Linda’s website.
I rotated the photograph by 13 degrees to the left, so that it matched the orientation of Linda’s Jesse Photograph. I then cropped the photograph, so that it just showed the face and shoulders. I then resized it, so that it was of similar size to Linda’s Jesse Photograph.
I copied both of the photographs onto a new “white” blank image. I then used the Clone brush accessory, in Paint shop Pro 7, to select a point on the Elvis photograph. This allowed me to then copy the photograph over the photograph of Jesse. The eyes, nose, cheeks, chin, mouth and jaw lines match.
Whilst cloning the Elvis photograph over the Jesse photograph, I used Bandicam free video capture software to record in real time.
There are two more of Simon’s recent new videos which I want to share also:
Elvis / Jesse Comparison 14
Elvis / Jesse Comparison 15
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
My friend, Mike, brought the below special offer from Graceland to my attention. I thank Mike for making me aware of this nice gesture.
Graceland Commemorates Elvis’ Army Anniversary with Offer for Veterans, Active Duty Military
FEBRUARY 07, 2018
Graceland to Open Expanded “Private Presley” Exhibit Chronicling Elvis’ Military Career
Elvis Presley began his service in the United States military on March 24, 1958, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army. To salute our troops and to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Elvis’ military service, Graceland has announced that complimentary tickets to the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex will be made available on Saturday, March 24, 2018 to all military veterans and those serving on active duty. Additionally, the AAA four-diamond Guest House at Graceland resort hotel will offer its “Salute to Heroes” discounted rate of 30% off standard room rates to both active and retired military.
This anniversary day will also mark the opening of an expanded “Private Presley” Army exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The newly-expanded “Private Presley” exhibit will take an in-depth look at Elvis’ military service, including letters from Elvis’ manager Col. Parker to the Army asking for a deferment to allow Elvis to complete filming of “King Creole,” letters from the Army regarding press access to Elvis, his original Army footlocker, the dress that his mother Gladys wore at his induction ceremony, and more. Fans can also learn about how Col. Parker kept Elvis’ career alive while he was serving in Germany and see items from Frank Sinatra’s legendary “Welcome Home, Elvis” 1960 ABC television special.
MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL OFFERS
A complimentary ticket for Elvis Presley’s Memphis must be requested on-site at Graceland on March 24, 2018 by active or retired members of the U.S. military with valid ID.*
The Guest House at Graceland accommodations at the “Salute to Heroes” discounted rate have limited availability. Reserve Guest House accommodations in advance by calling 800-238-2000 or visiting GuestHouseGraceland.com.
* Special offer for complimentary ticket to Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex is valid for military veterans and active duty military with valid government issued active or retired Military ID on Saturday, March 24, 2018. This complimentary ticket cannot be reserved in advance. Ticket must be requested on site at Graceland on March 24 and must be used on that day. Complimentary ticket can be upgraded on site for a fee to include tour of Graceland Mansion and/or Planes. Ticket cannot be transferred, distributed or resold. Families of military veterans and active military can receive 10% off Mansion Only Tour, Elvis Experience Tour, Elvis Entourage VIP Tour and Elvis Presley’s Memphis ticket for up to six individuals (these tickets must be purchased by the qualifying person in one transaction with one payment). Discounts cannot be combined and do not apply to special events. The discounted tickets must be purchased directly from the Graceland Ticket Office. Discounts/refunds cannot be applied after the ticket purchase has been completed and do not apply to prior purchases.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Below is the photo of Elvis in his DEA STAFF logo jacket in June, 1977…a logo which he was seen wearing MANY times leading up to August 16, 1977. The reason that I am showing this photo documentation once more is because I recently realized that I have excerpts from two of Jesse’s letters which he wrote in the 1990’s-2000, during the writing of his book with Hinton, which further prove that Elvis’ interests in law enforcement and federal agencies did go way beyond honorary positions. I do know that I have shared this before on my page devoted to the topic of his law enforcement and federal agency work. However, many of my entries on that page were posted way back in 2010 and probably have been overlooked by many of my newer visitors. So, I think it is important that I point out this very important aspect of Elvis the man which is so much more important than the image.
Below are the two copies from his letters (from my own copy of the rough draft of the book) in which he details his plans and hopes to continue doing that type of work AFTER he left in August, 1977. As you will see, he did get to participate in two drug busts…one in Miami, Fla. and one in Denver, Colorado AFTER his “death“. His hopes and plans for doing this work came to a halt when he was recognized during one of those drug busts. This is so sad that even after giving up his entire life as the “ELVIS image“, he still could not have the privacy to fulfill his wish to actively pursue the work which he wanted so much to do.
You will also see that he resorted to undergoing plastic surgery to alter his looks enough that he would not run the risk of being recognized.
I hope everyone will take a moment to digest the importance of his statements in these two letters to better understand The Man and get past the “Elvis image” and all the lies which have been told to portray him as a “drug addict“. Has anyone ever stopped to think of Elvis as a very talented actor and the fact that undercover agents pretend to be the same as those who they are infiltrating??
Here is another statement written by Jesse concerning his work with the law enforcement agencies after 1977, the busts in which he participated as well as the plastic surgery.
Also, as outlined in my article on my page devoted to the topic of Elvis’ DEA and other law enforcement work, Bruce Frey explained in his interview with EIN that he had learned that the DEA STAFF logo, which Elvis was seen wearing so often, was only issued to DEA agents and staff and would not have been given to any member of the general public.
I apologize that some of the above has already been reported by me earlier here on my website during the past 8 1/2 years. However, it is very important to me that people do understand the REAL truth about Elvis before 1977 and Jesse since 1977.
I thank my friend, Aaron Y. for sharing the below photo of Elvis in his DEA jacket:
Another of Elvis’ Law Enforcement credentials…this for the city of Memphis. I thank my friend, Ricky, for sharing this with me.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
The YouTube channel “The Spa Guy” has posted a series of video interviews with Sandi Miller who was a “Gate Girl“, an Elvis fan, who was fortunate enough to become friends with Elvis in California back in the 60’s. These videos have been added to YouTube over the past few days with the final one being posted today. I have enjoyed this series and I think my visitors will also. Also, I think Jesse will perhaps have fun hearing about those long ago days through memories of Ms. Miller.
Elvis Presley Gate Girl Sandi Miller Tells Stories Part 1 The Spa Guy
Published on Feb 5, 2018
This video is about Sandi Miller a California “Gate Girl” who because friends with Elvis Presley and took more than 1000 pictures as well.. These are incredible stories of her times of knowing Elvis personally enjoy.. This is part #1 of 3.. .. Subscribe for more..
WHEN YOU ARE WATCHING THE BELOW VIDEO, BE CERTAIN TO STOP AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION AT ABOUT THE 5:25 MINUTE POINT. HERE SHE TELLS ABOUT THE LAST TIME SHE SAW ELVIS AND HIS MENTIONING TAKING TIME OFF TO GET HEALTHY AND HIS NEW PLANS AND GOING DOWN A NEW PATH. HE WAS MAKING STATEMENTS OF THIS KIND TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE LEADING UP TO AUGUST, 1977. I RECALL READING, IN ONE OF LARRY GELLER’S BOOKS, THAT ELVIS SAID THIS SAME SORT OF THING TO HIM AS WELL.
Elvis Presley Gate Girl Sandi Miller Tells Stories Part 2 The Spa Guy
Published on Feb 8, 2018
Elvis Presley Gate Girl Sandi Miller Tells Stories Part 3 The Spa Guy
Published on Feb 12, 2018
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018
My dearest friend MJ found this clipping from a newspaper dated August 17, 1985. I loved the synchronicity of the placement of this article about the 8 year anniversary Elvis Week at Graceland with the advertisement for the ORION movie RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
This ORION movie was released on August 16, 1985 and was one of my earliest pieces of documentation showing the correlation of this movie production company and Elvis. Those who were members of my 1990-1991 newsletter (NOTES FOR THE RECORD) and who have followed my website for these 8 1/2 years will recall my diligence in putting together an expansive amount of material proving the Elvis/Orion connection.
Below is an excerpt from my website page devoted to the images which document my findings regarding the ORION / ELVIS / JESSE connections.
As you can see this excerpt dealt specifically with the above mentioned movie RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Release dates for…
The Return of the Living Dead…this movie was released in the USA on (drum roll) August 16, 1985!!!!
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
– Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi – 16 August 1985 (USA)
How about that, Elvis fans!?!?!
Orion Pictures Corporation (1985) (USA) (theatrical)
Here is the the link to this page of my website.
There are two other pages devoted to my ORION research and findings.
Here is the article from the newspaper about which this article is focused. I thank MJ so much for sending this clipping for me to share here on my site.
Below is another ORION PICTURES happening on AUGUST 16. This one is kind of like “death and starting over“. This one in 1991.
Orion Pictures dodges bankruptcy on August 16, 1991
ELVIS ONCE STATED THAT “THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES. EVERYTHING HAS A MEANING“.
I HAVE COME TO FULLY APPRECIATE AND BELIEVE THAT HE WAS CORRECT.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Below is another good photo of Elvis wearing the DEA logo.
I thank Fidelia H who mentioned me when she posted this on Facebook.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Just want to share that Jesse called today and we had a good visit. He is doing all right. He has been having trouble with his phone and when trying to call us, he would hear the phone ring on and on but it was not ringing through on our phone or else it was only ringing once here and then cutting off. He uses a very specialized phone and so when his phone does not function correctly, he cannot just use a different phone but has to wait for his own phone to be repaired. This is the situation for security reasons. We were both relieved to be able to speak today.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Elvis Presley’s Watch to Hit the Auction Block (Exclusive)
5:16 PM PST 2/15/2018 by
Will the vintage Omega have collectors all shook up?
You can’t envision a much cooler moment than Elvis Presley sauntering into a cocktail lounge at the Sahara in early-1960s Las Vegas: Picture him taking a seat next to a stranger, who notices the flash of diamonds on the wrist of the king of rock ‘n’ roll. “I like your watch,” the stranger says. Noticing that the guy who broached the subject is also wearing an expensive timepiece, Elvis responds: “I like your watch — want to trade?”
That scenario happened more often than you might think. Now, one of the watches Presley gave away is about to take the spotlight: A vintage Omega, purchased by RCA Records in 1961 at Tiffany & Co., will hit the auction block May 12 at Phillips in Geneva. And it’s not just any watch, it’s a milestone piece. RCA execs presented the watch to their most valuable artist to celebrate the sale of 75 million Elvis Presley records. The case back’s engraving commemorates the event: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60” (the record company pinpointed Christmas 1960 as the day the record-breaking sales figure was achieved).
“This was a big moment in Elvis’ life, and this watch celebrates that,” says Paul Boutros, senior vp and head of watches for the Americas for Phillips. “He had just been discharged from the Army, which had drafted him at the peak of his career, and even though he was out of the limelight, his records were still selling like crazy. He crossed the 75-million mark and was being welcomed back to record more music and make more movies. This is the watch that documents that fascinating moment in time.”
RCA spared no expense, it seems, in selecting this particular trophy: The 33-millimeter manual watch is crafted in 18-karat white gold, with 44 round brilliant diamonds embellishing its bezel. The dial is also marked “Tiffany & Co.” under its Omega logo. (For watch nerds, the piece’s movement is also stamped with “OXG,” Omega’s U.S. import code, for additional proof of its authenticity.)
“It’s a very nice, very slim dress watch that’s well-suited to its period,” Boutros notes. “I would consider it the most elegant of all his watches that we’ve come across in our research.”
The watch makes its public debut this weekend at Watches & Wonders, a multi-brand event for watch aficionados taking place throughout Miami’s Design District. Phillips is displaying the piece, alongside other highlights from the upcoming Geneva auction, Friday through Sunday at the Design District’s Opera Gallery.
The watch is being consigned by the nephew of the man who indeed traded his Hamilton timepiece for Presley’s Omega in that Sahara cocktail lounge. “The watch has hardly been worn over the years; it’s in excellent condition and, given the crispness of the engravings on the case back, doesn’t look like it’s been polished,” says Boutros, adding that the consignor approached Phillips following the success of October’s Paul Newman Daytona auction. “He’d been sitting on the watch for years, and after reading about the record-breaking result of that auction, he got in touch with us. He’d spoken with other houses previously, but he felt they didn’t understand the watch’s importance.”
Phillips has set an auction estimate of $50,000 to $100,000 for the piece, which will come with a certificate of authenticity from the Elvis Presley Museum at Graceland and a 1982 Dave Marsh book, simply titled Elvis, which includes images of Presley wearing the timepiece.
Ultimately, while Boutros estimates that Presley owned — and traded — perhaps hundreds of watches over the years, it’s not likely there’s another sitting in a drawer that will draw the same interest. “This is the most historically significant one ever to appear on the market,” he says. “When you fold in its clear provenance and its great background story, it became a very compelling piece for us to sell. We love watches with great stories.”
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018
I like this comparison a lot…
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018
My good friend, Simon Laxon, has been hard at work creating more of his fantastic video comparisons between photos of Elvis and my photo of Elvis/Jesse with his grandson taken in 1994. I ask everyone to please visit his YouTube channel and show your appreciation for his generous efforts. Below is his latest creation which I love.
Published on Feb 21, 2018
The Description below explains the difference with the cheek and jaw line, as both photographs are facing slightly away from each other. The comparison is more on the Eyes, Nose, Cheek bones, Mouth and Chin.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018
I want to share that Jesse called late this afternoon. We had a very good visit. He is well and sounded so good. We talked about his weather and ours. I was telling him that I saw our first daffodil in the edge of our yard on the 16th and it has been warm this week and now they are in full bloom. When I wrote to Jesse yesterday, I printed out the photo of our first blossom so he could get a little feeling of “spring”. He was feeling sad about the death of Billy Graham and wishing that it were possible for him to come to North Carolina to pay his respects. He likes for me to laugh when we speak and we did some of that today. Made my day to speak with him for sure…always does. He and I are “soul siblings“…we agreed on that today. He is so sweet and caring.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018
My friend, Jeannette, shared the below images with me. I enjoyed seeing these very much. I have seen the library book checkout card with Elvis’ signature a number of times. But, this is the first time that I have seen a photo of the book which he checked out and his own personal library card.
I thank Jeannette very much for sharing this with me.
I saw this video on YouTube and it looks so good that I am going to share it here before I get to watch it. The comments posted regarding this video caught my attention. If I learn that it is not as good as the reviews indicate, then I shall remove it from my website. I hope everyone will enjoy it…as much as I expect to myself. Normally, I don’t post anything until I have viewed it. However, I have to be away from home all day and won’t have a chance to watch it today.
I see from scanning through that it contains footage from the TV series ELVIS which aired back in 1990 which I did love watching and hated when it ended. Elvis was played by Michael St. Gerard who to me was the very best actor ever to portray Elvis. Also, there are clips of an interview with Sam Phillips who I always enjoy seeing and hearing. Also, an interview with Scotty Moore and George Klein.
ELVIS PRESLEY – THE RECORD THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Published on Oct 15, 2017
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018
My friend, Jeannette, also shared the below video with me. I loved this so much. Wonderful video and song!
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