miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2012

Elvis’ Christmas Album” reached gold record status

Elvis' Christmas Album" reached gold record status
"Elvis' Christmas Album" reached #1 on Billboard's album chart during the 1957 holiday season. Elvis's version of "Blue Christmas," now considered a rock 'n' roll holiday classic, is played on radio stations across the country every December. Of course, " Elvis Christmas Album " was reissued every holiday season after its first appearance in 1957. During the Yule season of 1963, sales of the album finally reached the one million mark, earning it gold record status. It was Elvis's sixth gold album at the time. In the 40 odd years since then, Elvis first Christmas LP has continued to sell in a multitude of repackaged recording products. The popularity of Elvis first Christmas recordings has outlived most of the critics who condemned them over 50 years ago..

martes, 27 de noviembre de 2012

Red Robinson with Elvis Presley

Today Red Robinson ranks right behind Dewey Phillips as the fifties DJ most associated with Elvis Presley. Robinson had unprecedented access to Elvis on August 31, 1957, when Presley appeared in Vancouver. Red personally recorded Elvis's press conference that day and introduced him at Empire Stadium that evening.
Elvis Presley and Red Robinson "I had a microphone and a 601 Ampex Tape Recorder wrapped in leather— beautiful—weighed about 60 pounds. That's why the quality is so good. I just carried it in. Now you've got gatekeepers and all that stuff, and Elvis had a few too, but nobody stopped me. But I did that with Buddy Holly, Louis Armstrong, everybody. Now people say, oh, you had foresight, what a visionary. It was just that I was a fan then; I'm a fan now. I just wanted to preserve the encounter.
"There was a makeshift stage set up at the north end of Empire Stadium. They built the stage and put a roof over it for rain. For both Elvis and later the Beatles it was a hot summer night, so they didn't need it. They removed the goal posts. At the side of the stage was a little thing like a tollbooth. After I introduced him, I just stood and watched the show from back there. I could see everything.
"There was pandemonium … wild, pandemonium, euphoric—but a riot? No. I'd say the first five or six rows in front of the stage is where the problem was, and that was where the fear was, and that was why D.J. Fontana says he thought they were gonna get killed. That was the thrust. The rest of the people were well behaved."

sábado, 24 de noviembre de 2012


9 February 1956 - Carolina Theater, Spartanburg, South Carolina
3 above..March 17, 1956, Dorsey Brothers fifth show,
April 21, 1956. City Auditorium Houston, TX
May 19, 1956 - Nebraska Coliseum, Lincoln, Nebraska
Toledo, Oh., on November 22, 1956,backstage Sports Arena
Elvis running for shelter ,Portland, September 2, 1957, either before or after the press conference that day, held at Multnomah Athletic Club. It appears to have been taken through a window, thus the reflections seen on the image.



June 8, 1956 show in Los Angeles.
July 4, 1956 show at Russwood Park in Memphis
November 25, 1956 - The Armory, Louisville, Kentucky
 Buffalo, NY. Memorial Coliseum : April 1, 1957
Ottawa, April 3, 1957

jueves, 22 de noviembre de 2012



These legal papers would have undoubtedly left Elvis all shook up. They are the divorce documents that legally handed over part of the King's beloved fleet of cars and a top of the range motorbike to his estranged wife. Elvis and Priscilla Presley split up in 1972 and drew up a property settlement agreement to outline what she should receive from the divorce. The original papers, that were sold at auction in Texas for nearly £6,000 on Monday (12th), show Elvis signed over ownership of three of his prized possessions - a 1971 Mercedes-Benz car, a 1969 Cadillac El Dorado and a 1971 Harley Davidson motorbike. The documents also show Priscilla had originally agreed to a cash settlement that was 7.5 times less than the amount she finally received. She signed the paperwork that confirmed she would receive a $100,000 tax-free lump-sum payment.
The official document is at odds with the $750,000 payment she eventually received after she appointed new lawyers who advised her to seek more money. A As well as Elvis' cars and cash, actress Priscilla also stood to receive half the income from the sale of their three properties in California. The document, which is signed by both Elvis and Priscilla, has come to light after its unnamed private owner sold it at an online auction after having it for 20 years.
Margaret Barrett, of Heritage Auctions of Texas, which sold the paperwork, said: 'These types of documents always give people a fascinating insight into the lives of the rich and famous. 'It is a side of their lives that previously only they and their lawyers would get involved in. 'The agreement granted Priscilla ownership of a 1971 Mercedes Benz, a 1969 Cadillac El Dorado, a 1971 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, $100,000 in cash, and half the income from the sale of their three houses in California. 'It is initialled in ink by Elvis and Priscilla on page three and signed by them on page nine. 'The supplement specifies that taxes applied to the cash would be paid by Elvis.'
The property settlement agreement, dated August 15, 1972, was between Elvis Aaron Presley and Priscilla Ann Presley. It stated the couple had agreed to split the property to avoid further legal costs. It reads: 'The parties were married on May 1, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 'Unfortunate circumstances and unhappy differences have arisen between the parties by reason of which they have lived separate and apart since February 23, 1972, and by reason of which they intend to dissolve their marriage. 'By this property settlement the parties wish to avoid unnecessary litigation and the emotional stress and expense which would accompany.'
Elvis and Priscilla met in 1959 and married in May 1967. 


May 21, 1955 - Hayride.
September 10, 1955 at the Hayride.
With director Robert Webb, cousin Gene Smith, Fox commissary - early October 1956
Fox commissary - early October 1956
late-morning-early afternoon of Sunday, January 6, 1957 at the Warwick Hotel in New York.
Elvis would soon be off for rehearsals for his appearance on Ed Sullivan that night -- his last, and the only one where he was shot "from the waist up."
Elvis' visit to the Rainbow Roller Skating Rink on March 19, 1960
March 21, 1960 in Decatur, Al.

 from November 8, 1962.
Vernon accompanied Memphis mayor Loeb to the set of "It Happened at the World's Fair," where the mayor officially accepted Elvis' donation of $50.000 to combined Memphis charities.
 Director Norman Taurog s also in the pic

miércoles, 14 de noviembre de 2012



Backstage in Las Vegas sometime in February 1970

With Canadian fan club President Claude Laliberte in Las Vegas on August 24, 1970

With fans in Las Vegas on August 26, 1970

At the Las Vegas airport sometime in the fall of 1970

With a fan in LA on October 7, 1970
In his car in LA on November 4, 1970

Backstage with Jerry Scheff, Felton Jarvis, Ronnie Tutt and Dick Grob before his November 14, 1970 evening show in Los Angeles

Elvis in Tupelo becoming a Sheriff of Lee County on December 29, 1970 with Tupelo Sheriff Bill Mitchell doing the honours

Cool purple shades at TJ's nightclub in Memphis to celebrate New Year's Eve on December 31, 1970

martes, 6 de noviembre de 2012


Norfolk, Va. May 15, 1955.

June 10, 1955 at the American Legion in Breckenridge, TX
Monday, July 4, 1955 -- Hodges Park, De Leon, TX
October 21-23, 1955 in St. Louis at the Missouri Theatre
Audubon Drive - Sunday June 17th 1956.
2 above..Charlotte, June 26, 1956
August 12, 1956 at the Muni in New Orleans
On April 15,1957 the day the Presleys had hoped to move into Graceland, they were still living in the house on Audubon. Contractors still had a month's work ahead of them. On that day, however, Elvis, now back in town after completing his spring tour, visited Graceland and posed for photographers on a tractor he had purchased for use on the property.