S.Korean Elvis fan follows his dream with own memorial hall

More than 30 years after the untimely death of Elvis Presley, devotees worldwide are still paying fervent tribute to the King of Rock’n Roll.

They don’t come more ardent than South Korean Lee Jong-Jin, who sold two apartments to build his own memorial hall – halfway around the world from the world-famed Graceland museum in Memphis.

The “Follow that Dream” hall at Paju north of Seoul, which opened a decade ago and is named after a 1962 Elvis movie, houses a huge collection of memorabilia.

A 200-inch (508 cm) screen plays constant edited footage of Elvis performing in Las Vegas in August 1970. Visitors are strongly recommended to finish their tour by watching the film on comfortable red couches.

Positioned between the screen and the seats are three sets of amplifiers, each reproducing different music styles from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Every inch of wall space is plastered with pictures and placards of Elvis, album covers and lyrics of his hit songs. Life-size models of the King, strumming a guitar or clutching a microphone, adorn the hall.

“The memorial hall is non-profit so I spend a lot of money trying to maintain it,” said Lee, sporting a black shirt imprinted with Elvis’s face and with his hair moussed back like his idol.

Lee, who runs a Seoul publishing company, said although he has no money, he also has no debt because – believe it or not – “Elvis transfers money to the accounts” whenever the memorial hall needs it.

The hall attracts many Japanese, American and British tourists but Lee said his aim is to pay tribute to Elvis rather than run a theme park-type operation.

He does not sell snacks or drinks except on the days around the January 8 anniversary of the singer’s birth in 1935 and the anniversary of his death on August 16, 1977.

On those special occasions he offers steaks and other favourite Elvis dishes to visitors and members of the Korean fan club of which he is president. Lee spends around 30 to 40 million won (25,000-34,000 dollars) on each event.

He painstakingly put together his 10,000-item collection in a variety of ways. Some of his 72 old (78 rpm) records came from US soldiers based in Korea.

Parked outside the hall is a white Cadillac Eldorado that was part of the escort for Elvis’s coffin. Five other cars similar to those once driven by him were bought at auction by Lee or members of his fan club.

“All my collection is equally important and valuable to me,” he said. “Once, a huge fire burnt everything and another time a flood ruined them. I had to start from ground zero and it was heartbreaking.”

Lee said officials from Graceland, the singer’s former home, once visited his memorial hall to check whether he was violating copyright by offering pirated DVDs or CDs.

“They were surprised to see that I wasn’t selling anything and that this place served a pure purpose.”

Lee described his passion for Elvis’s music as “love at first sight”.

“I heard a melody and I realised that he was the one. It has been more than 40 years since then and I don’t even remember what song it was.”

The music can even cure hangovers, he once told a radio programme.

“Hundreds called me over the next few days and asked which particular song that was. The answer is, all Elvis songs. It’s obvious that Elvis has become a big part of my life.

“Both my wife and my daughter love Elvis and love what I do for him because they also recognise Elvis is an honourable man.”

Asked his own age, Lee said he stopped counting when he turned 42 because “that is the age Elvis died”.

Various local councils, he said, have offered to relocate his exhbition in bigger and better premises elsewhere in the country. A decision will be taken around the end of the year.

“Then more people will be able to enjoy and appreciate Elvis’s music and legacy,” said Lee.

Except for special occasions, the “Follow That Dream” hall is open from 1-7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations must be made in advance.

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Elvis has left the building, but his star remains on Hollywood Blvd. For uses other than the original street, see Hollywood Boulevard (disambiguation).
Hollywood Boulevard is a boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, beginning at Sunset Boulevard in the east and running northwest to Vermont Avenue, where it straightens out  where it was rededicated Friday after a face lift fit for a King.

“I am happy to welcome Elvis Presley back to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a pavement along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, which is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of not only human celebrities but fictional characters honored by
….. Click the link for more information. with his newly restored star,” said Johnny Grant. Johnny Grant is a radio personality, television producer and the honorary mayor of Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, which is an unpaid and unelected ceremonial position with no legal status, given that Hollywood is not a city, but rather a district within the City of Los Angeles.

The Daily News reported Wednesday that Hollywood community activists were all shook up over the poor condition of Walk of Fame stars for many film, TV, radio and music celebrities.

Presley’s star near the intersection with Highland Avenue was in particularly poor shape after 38 years of wear and tear, subway construction and memento-hunting fans.

All the more problematic, activists said, because the Presley star is the most visited of all 2,100 stars on the three-mile Walk of Fame and its condition reflected poorly on the entire area.

Grant, who is board chairman for both the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Historic Trust, immediately ordered repairs to the Presley star after getting inquiries about it from reporters.

  • Category: Recording
  • Unveiled: 06 Dec 1996

  • Address: Corner of Hollywood Blvd. and La Brea Ave.
  • Position: 12 tiles from the curb, facing east
  • GPS location:
    34.101421, -118.344942
  • Notes: Star was unveiled on 02/09/60 but moved to its current location

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Budapest to name landmark after Elvis, declare him honorary citizen of the Hungarian capital

Budapest to name landmark after Elvis, declare him honorary citizen of the Hungarian capital
By Associated Press

March 2, 2011

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budapest’s mayor says Elvis Presley will be declared a posthumous honorary citizen of Hungary’s capital and a city landmark will be named after him.

Mayor Istvan Tarlos said Wednesday that Elvis will be commemorated because of his support for Hungary in the wake of the short-lived, anti-Soviet revolution of October 1956.

On the city’s website, visitors can pick one of 12 locations to be renamed after Elvis, including street crossings, a small square and a site at the foot of Margaret Bridge, which spans the Danube River. Voting closes March 15.

On Jan. 6, 1957, during his last appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Elvis sang a gospel standard, “Peace in Valley,” which Sullivan said reflected the singer’s preoccupation with Hungarians’ plight after the uprising.

Quite an honor and just goes to prove – Elvis is Loved  Everywhere!

There will be an Elvis street or square named after Elvis!
The major of Budapest remembered that Elvis asked the Ed Sullivan show’s public to send charity for the victims of 1956 Hungarian Revolution!

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A Look At Elvis

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Bless his heart, this is sad, I just want to hug him:  (last concert)

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This Is Elvis

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New Elvis Movie Update

I had made a previous post about a new Elvis movie in the works.


Some of you seemed to be somewhat skeptical about this happening.
Here is more info about this movie coming together:

Johnny Depp is desperate to play legendary singer Elvis Presley in a biopic.
I will keep everybody posted as this unfolds, please keep checking back for updates!
This story seems to be popping up everywhere




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Elvis Presley – Trivia

1. What did Elvis pay for Circle G Ranch?
a. $36,000
b. $437,000
c. $1,000,000
d. 128,000

2. What was Elvis’s job before cutting his first record in 1955?
a. delivery truck driver for Crown Electric
b. worked in a sewing factory with his mother
c. a line cook at the local diner
d. he cut lawns for the local neighbors
3. What was Elvis’s first appearance on national television and when?
a. “Louisiana Hayride” on KWKH March 5, 1955
b. “The Roy Orbison Show” on KOSA May 31, 1955
c. “Stage Show” on CBS January 28, 1956
d. “Milton Berle Show” April 1956

4. Between which two celebrities is Elvis’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
a. Gary Cooper and Milton Berle
b. Jack Lemmon and Ronald Regan
c. Fred Astaire and Ingrid Bergman
d. Ray Charles and Vivian Leigh

5. How many of the following women did Elvis marry?  Magdalen Moran, Dixie Locke, June Juanico, Anita Wood, Priscilla Beaulieu, Linda Thompson, Ginger Alden
a. three
b. two
c. one
e. six
6. What did radio personality, Dewey Phillips, call Elvis when spinning his record on the radio for the first time?
a. Elton Preston
b. Eli Preistly
c. Elia Priest
d. Ellis Perry

7. What was Elvis’s favorite alias to use when traveling?
a. Tom Wilson
b. John Carpenter
c. Jon Burrows
d. Lucky Jackson

8. Which of Elvis’s movies was the only one to premiere in New York City?
a. Viva Las Vegas
b. Love Me Tender
c. Jailhouse Rock
d. Blue Hawaii

9. Of what was Elvis made honorary captain in 1956?
a. Louisiana Hayride
b. The Tupelo Rotary Club
c. The Mississippi State Baseball Team
d. Louisiana State Highway Patrol

10. What was one of Elvis’s earliest gifts to his mother after giving her the famed pink Cadillac?
a. a vacuum
b. an electric mixer
c. a house
d. a washer/dryer set

11. How many number one singles made it to the Billboard Charts in Elvis’s lifetime?
a. 10
b. 38
c. 57
d. 17

Quiz Answers: b, a, c, d, b, a, c, b, d, b, d, c

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Elvis Presley – Did You Know….

During March and April of 1972, Elvis films on and off stage during his 15-city concert tour. This tour started in New York and ended in New Mexico. The footage is part of the documentary Elvis on Tour, which recoups it’s production costs after three days in theatres and receives a Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary.

January 16, 1971.Elvis accepts the honor of being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees). He is very proud of this – and rightly so.

July 31 – August 28, 1969. The now famous four-week, fifty-seven show engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. His show is wildly successful. Elvis’ first live album, Elvis in Person at the International Hotel is recorded during this engagement.

During January and February of 1969 Elvis records some of his best work ever. Returning to Memphis, his produces four hits which will be released in late ’69 and early ’70. They are “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Don’t Cry,” “Daddy” and “Kentucky Rain.”

June 27, 28, 29, and 30, 1968. Taping for an NBC television special, which actually aired on December 3, 1968. The true name was Elvis but it is commonly called the ’68 Comeback Special.

With his huge generosity always evident, in July, 1964, Elvis donates $50,000 to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, reportedly the largest single donation the organization has ever received up to this date. Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Sinatra accepted the gift.

In early 1964 Elvis purchases the Potomac, former presidential yacht of Franklin Roosevelt, for $55,000

May 8, 1960 brings ABC airing Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home, Elvis edition of his variety show, for which Elvis was paid a staggering $125,000.

Having developed an interest in karate while in the Army, Elvis received his first degree black belt in March of 1960.

In July of 1956 he does a parody of that sketch on Steve Allen’s show by singing to a real Bassett hound. Elvis wasn’t happy about the idea – but he does it anyway. His success on Berle and Allen prompt the previously reluctant Ed Sullivan to sign a three appearance deal for $50,000 – an unheard of amount back then.

When Elvis’ now legendary hit Heartbreak Hotel was released, it sold 300,000 copies the first week

Elvis’ favorite female singer was Anne Murray and he recorded a version of “Snowbird.”

Elvis was offered the lead role of Tony in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, West Side Story, but Colonel Parker forced to make Presley turn it down as non-commercial despite Elvis’ arguments it would legitimize his acting career. The film won ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Elvis was proud of his role in King Creole because the part was originally offered to one of his idols, James Dean. Although songs were later slipped into the movie, Elvis considered it his best work.

Billboard’s Joel Whitburn declared Elvis the “#1 Act of the Rock Era,” beating out The Beatles. His opinion was based upon Elvis’ dominance of the top 100 list of singles artists since 1955.

Elvis was the first artist to sell over one billion records worldwide and was the best-selling record artist in history.

The exact time and place of Elvis’ birth was in a small, two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi at 4:35 AM on January 8, 1935.

Elvis had 18 televisions in his Graceland home, including one installed on the ceiling over his bed.

Elvis’ idol was General Douglas MacArthur.

  • Elvis collected statues of Joan of Arc and Venus de Milo.
  • In 1988, Elvis’ name made approximately $15,000,000.
  • In 2002, a remixed version of his 1968 song “A Little Less Conversation” was featured in a Nike commercial. It was released as a single in the UK, and went straight to #1.
  • Elvis only made one commercial during his entire career. It debuted on November 6, 1954, and it was for “Southern Made Doughnuts.” He sang the jingle “You can get ‘em piping hot after four PM, you can get ‘em piping hot. Southern Made Doughnuts hit the spot, you can get ‘em piping hot after four PM.”

Elvis was born in a small, two-room “shotgun shack” in Tupelo, Mississippi at 4:35 AM on January 8, 1935. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered 35 minutes earlier, stillborn – a fact which haunted Elvis until his dying day, causing him to believe that he had two souls within him, and two lives to live in a single lifetime.

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Elvis Presley – More F.YI.

Elvis was one of the first people in the U.S. to own a “Betamax” system VCR

Elvis was nominated for a “Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television” for G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii in 1961 and 1962 respectfully.

In 1963, Elvis won second place in the “Golden Laurel for Top Male Musical Performance” in Girls! Girls! Girls!. In 1965 he won third place for his movie Viva Las Vegas. In 1966, he finally won the award for his movie Tickle Me

When The Beatles first came to America in 1965, Elvis was the only person they wanted to meet. On August 27, they got their wish. According to John Lennon, they spent an entirely enjoyable evening at the Presley home in Bel Air, California, talking, singing and laughing with each other. After wards, Lennon said they enjoyed his company very much.

Elvis is one of only a few artists, including Johnny Cash and Hank Williams to be inducted into both The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and The Country Music Hall of Fame.

On August 29, 1977, there was an attempt to steal Elvis’ body, but it failed. Because of that, Vernon Presley received approval from the Memphis Adjustment Board to allow re-interment of the bodies of Elvis and his mother, Gladys, in the Meditation Garden behind Graceland.

Elvis was featured on a 5.50 kr postage stamp issued by Sweden in 2004.

Elvis once attended a concert for singer Connie Francis,, but left for emotional reasons when he heard her sing the Italian song “Mama” as his mother had just recently died.

Elvis held a single day’s attendance record for his March 74 shows at the Houston Astrodome in March 1974, with 89,000 fans attending two shows.

Elvis was the #1 touring act in America for the year of 1977.

During the 60s and early 70s Elvis used to play touch football at Whitehaven High School with kids around the neighborhood.

Elvis loved football very much and often had three televisions set up at Graceland to watch all of the games.

Elvis’ 1960 single It’s Now Or Never is one of the best selling singles of all times (if not ‘the’ best selling single) with sales which are estimated between 25 and 30 million copies.

Elvis reportedly fell for Elizabeth Montgomery on the set of Kid Galahad (1962). She is said to have visited his house on two occasions. Nothing came of it as she was married to Gig Young at the time, but they remained good friends until he passed away.

Elvis’ 1977 country hit, Way Down, was the No. 1 song on Billboard magazine’s country singles chart the week of Elvis’ death

The book Elvis was reading at the time of his death was The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus by Frank O. Adams.

Elvis’ television debut was on the regionally telecast Louisiana Hayride, 5 March 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana

During February, 1976, RCA hauled all manner of mobile recording equipment to Graceland. The week of recording in the den will produce an album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee A wonderful boost, this album went to #1 on country charts.

On Christmas of ’75, Elvis performs a New Year’s Eve concert in Pontiac, Michigan, and sets a single performance record of 62,500.

On June 26, 1977 Elvis’ last live performance anywhere was in Indianapolis, IN.

In August of 1974, Elvis supposedly received an offer to resurrect his acting career when Barbra Streisand and her producer-boyfriend Jon Peters offered Elvis the lead role in the remake of A Star is Born. Although Elvis was bored on the road and needed a new challenge, the opportunity never came to fruition.

On January 14, 1973, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii was taped at Honolulu International Center Arena. It was seen by nearly 1.5 billion people. The album went to #1 quickly!

During June 9-11, 1972, entertainment history is made as Elvis, in advance, sells out all four engagements at Madison Square Garden. Among the 80,000 attendees were John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Art Gurfunkel. His stirring rendition of “An American Trilogy” was a highlight. Surprisingly, this was Elvis’ first live concert in New York City.

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Elvis Presley – F.Y.I.

Born: January 8, 1935 – Tupelo, Missisipi
Dead: August 16, 1977 – Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6’1
Hair: Light blondish brown (he dyed his hair black.)
Eyes: Blue
Chest: 39-40
Waist: 32″
Hips: 41
Shoe size: 11D’
Blood type: O
Social security number: 409-52-2002
Selective service number: 40-86-35-16
Army serial number: 53310761 (draft number)

Registration number for his Convair 880 Jet: N880EP
National Bank of Commerce checking account number: 011-143875 (he signed all checks “E.A. Presley”)
Favorite flower: Jasmine
Favorite Sports: Karate, Racquet ball, Football
Favorite drink: Pepsi, Gatorade, Mountain Spring Water
Favorite actors: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Dean Martin, Rudolph Valentino
Favorite wild animal: Tigers
Favorite make of car: Cadillac, Stutz,
Favorite gemstone: Diamond
Favorite home: Graceland
Favorite colors: Blue, black, white, gold
Favorite toothpaste: Colgate
Favorite Aftershaves: Brut, and Aqua Velva
Blood type: 0 positive
Weight: 168 to 250 ( his weight increased after 1975 )
Waist: 30 – 42
Eyes: Blue
Hair: dishwater Blond ( Dyed Black )
Shoe size: 11D

Elvis favourite Drink: Pepsi cola
Cigar: Roi-Tan Blunts
Foods: Peanut Butter, Mashed Potatoes, Cheesburgers
Toothpaste: Colgate
Aftershave: Brut
Books: The bible, The face of Jesus, The impersonal life,
The Prophet, The Shroud of Turin
Films: Patton, Dr. Strangelove, Monty Python and Holy Grail,
The Party, The pink Panther, The dirty harry film.
Co-stars: Ann Margret, Nancy Sinatra, Mary Ann Mobley, Juliet Prowse,
Shelley Fabares

Mama’s Boy
Big E
Big El
the Cat
Elvis the Pelvis the Hillbilly Cat
the King
the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hillbilly Frank Sinatra
Alan (code name at Graceland)
the Chief
Crazy Cat
the Country Cat
Fire Eyes
the King of Western Bop
Wiggle Hips
Tiger Man
Mr. Dynamite
Memphis Flash
Mr. Rhythm
Sir Swivel Hips
Pelvis Elvis

Tiger (karate name)
Elvis Pretzel
Mr. Safety
the Atomic Powered Singer
“my Boy” and “son” (used by the colonel)
Hillbilly Bopper
Mr. Obscene
Mr. Wiggle and Shakethe King of Hearts
the King of Love
the King of swoon

(there were no area codes.)
Memphis: 397-4427
870-0370 (the colonel)
Beverly Hills: 278-3496
274-8498 (the colonel)
Palm Springs: 325-3241
325-4781 (the colonel)

Tupelo Mississippi
1. 306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive. The two room wood frame house that Vernon built for $ 180 was designated a state historical site by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on January 8, 1978.
2. Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy, 1940-41
3. Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment, 1942
4. Vernon paid $ 200 down on the house on Berry Street on August 8, 1945. He was forced to sell it on July 18, 1946. “Doll” Smith lived here with the Presleys and then Minnie Mae Presley moved in.
5. Commerce Street, a rental, in 1946
6. 510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo where the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.
7. Mulbery Alley
8.1010 North Green Street, in the Shakerag section of Tupelo.
Memphis Tennessee
1. 572 Poplar Avenue (Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949)
2.185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)
3. 398 Cypress Street (rented from January 7 to April 1953
4. 2414 Lamar Avenue (rented from end of 1954 to mid-1955)
5.1414 Getwell Street (rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.)

6. 1034 Audubon Drive, where Elvis bought a three-bedroom home in April 1956 for $ 40,000 The family lived her from May 11 1956 to March 1957. Elvis allegedly sold the house for $ 55,000 it had an iron fence which still exists at the property. The Audubon Drive neighbors hated the Presleys and the commotion caused by fans. A neighborhood group asked the Presleys to leave.
7. 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard (in a suburb of Memphis called Whitehaven) is where Graceland sits. Elvis purchased the house for $ 100,000 and lived there until his death.
Southern California
1. Elvis stayed at the Knickerbocker Hotel on Ivar Avenue, on the 11th floorwith Memphis Mafia, Gladys, and Vernon during the filming of Loving You. He then stayed at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and eventually moved to the Regent Beverly Wilshire at 9500 Wilshire Boulevard.
2. 565 Perugia Way, Bel Air (a rental 1960-63 moved back into the home 1963-65)
3. 1059 Bellagio Road, Bel Air was a rental and had a bowling alley Elvis lived here briefly in 1963 and 1965
4. 10550 Rocca Place, Bel Air (a rental from late 1965 to May 7 1967)
5. 1174 Hillcrest a three bedroom home in the Trousdale Estates was purchased on May 7 1967, for approximately $ 400,000
6. 144 Monovale in the Holmby Hills

7. 835 Chino Canyon Road was a vacation home in Palm Springs Elvis built this white stucco single story fifteen room ranch ranch for $ 85,000 and willed it to Lisa Marie in 1979 it was sold.
8. 1350 Leadera Circle, was in Palm Springs. Elvis rented the five thousand square foot home in April 1970.

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