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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.
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1. What did Elvis pay for Circle G Ranch?
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
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?
Quiz Answers: b, a, c, d, b, a, c, b, d, b, d, c
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.
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.
Born: January 8, 1935 – Tupelo, Missisipi
Dead: August 16, 1977 – Memphis, Tennessee
Hair: Light blondish brown (he dyed his hair black.)
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 WaterFavorite 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
Hair: dishwater Blond ( Dyed Black )
Shoe size: 11D
Elvis favourite Drink: Pepsi cola
Cigar: Roi-Tan Blunts
Foods: Peanut Butter, Mashed Potatoes, Cheesburgers
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,
NICKNAMES FOR ELVIS:
Elvis the Pelvis the Hillbilly Cat
the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hillbilly Frank Sinatra
Alan (code name at Graceland)
Crazy Cat Crazy
the Country Cat
the King of Western Bop
Sir Swivel Hips
Tiger (karate name)
the Atomic Powered Singer
“my Boy” and “son” (used by the colonel)
Mr. Wiggle and Shakethe King of Hearts
the King of Love
the King of swoon
ELVIS’ ADDRESSES DURING HIS LIFETIME:
(there were no area codes.)
870-0370 (the colonel)
Beverly Hills: 278-3496
274-8498 (the colonel)
Palm Springs: 325-3241
325-4781 (the colonel)
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.
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.
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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ELVIS: DEAD OR ALIVE ?
1. Elvis’ name is misspelled on his tombstone. Elvis’ full name is Elvis ‘Aron’ Presley…, not Elvis ‘Aaron’ Presley. His father would not have let this happen. When Elvis was born, his name was misspelled on his birth certificate and his father went to great lengths to get the error corrected. The spelling of Elvis’ name was very important to the Presley family. They wanted Elvis to see that Aron was part of Garon (Garon is the middle name of Elvis’ twin brother that was stillborn). Why the misspelling on the tombstone? Some say it is because Elvis did not want to tempt fate.
2. Elvis’ current resting place is in between his father and his grandmother and not next to his mother where he had adamantly requested. It is doubtful that the people close to him would allow these things to happen. Elvis is a superstitious man – enough so that he wouldn’t tempt fate by putting his real name on a tombstone, or violate the ground next to his mother until he was ready to be placed there for good.
3. Elvis was very vain, and he was embarrassed about his recent weight gain – An astonishing 50 pounds in the month before his so-called death. Even though he weighed 250 pounds at the time of his death, his death certificate lists him at a spry 170 pounds. The original death certificate disappeared, and the current death certificate is dated two months after his alleged death.
4. Elvis’ coffin required several pall bearers because it weighed 900 pounds. Attendants at the funeral reported that the air around the coffin was rather cool. It is suspected that the coffin contained an air conditioning unit or dry ice to keep a wax body cool. A wax body that was a replica of Elvis designed to fool funeral- goers. And how did the Presley family get a 900 pound, custom made coffin ready for the showing of the body that was held on the day after his death? It takes a lot of time to build such an elaborate coffin. Alanna Nash, formerly of the Louisville Courier-Journal, who viewed the body in the casket twice, commented on how wax-like it looked. La Costa, sister of Tanya Tucker, said, “We were right up to the casket and stood there, and God, I couldn’t believe it. He looked just like a piece of plastic laying there. He didn’t look like Elvis at all… He looked more like a dummy than a real person.”
5. And why have the funeral so quickly? Some speculate that the immediacy was intended to make it as difficult as possible for the people who were Elvis’ biggest fans (heads of fan clubs, etc.) to attend the proceedings. It could be a concern that they might recognize the flaws in the wax replica…, many of which were noticed anyway.
6. Elvis was an 8th degree black belt whose hands were rough with calluses, yet the body in the coffin had hands that were soft and pudgy. The body in the coffin had a pug nose and arched eyebrows (unlike Elvis) and most importantly, one of the sideburns on the corpse was loose and falling off. A hairdresser later reported gluing the sideburn back on the body.
7. Two hours after Elvis’ death was announced publicly, a man who reportedly looked remarkably like Elvis purchased a ticket for Buenos Aeries, paid in cash, and used the name John Burrows: the name Elvis had used as an alias several times before.
8. He had a few books that were considered to be his most prized possessions. He had a Bible, several pharmaceutical books, books on death, and most importantly Cheiro’s Book of Numbers and the Autobiography of a Yogi. After his death was announced, these books disappeared and were never recovered. Also missing were specific pieces of jewelry and pictures of his mother.
9. In the weeks preceding his alleged death, Elvis’ actions were not those of a man who was about to embark on an extensive US tour. He ordered no new suits despite having gained 50 pounds since his last tour.
10. Elvis fired several employees that he had relied upon for a long time.
11. Two days before his alleged death, Elvis telephoned a friend of his named Miss Foster (Elvis had been friends with her for a long time because she reminded him of his mother). He told her that he wasn’t planning on going on the upcoming tour. She asked him if he had canceled it, and he said that he had not. When she asked if he was ill, he said that he was fine, and that she should not ask any more questions or tell anyone anything, and that she should not believe anything she reads. He told her that his troubles would all soon be over, and that he would call her in a few weeks. The author of ‘Elvis Where Are You?’ writes that Miss Foster took a polygraph test regarding this story, and that she was not lying.
12. The day after Elvis’ alleged death, a woman named Lucy De Barbon, a former lover of Elvis’, received a single rose in the mail. The card indicated that the flower was from “El Lancelot”. This had been her pet name for Elvis, and it was a name that no one else knew. Flowers can’t be sent from beyond the grave.
13. Elvis had many reasons to fake his death. Elvis’ life was in danger. He had recently lost $1,300,000 in an airplane/real estate deal with a California based organization called the “Fraternity” that had links to the Mafia. It is speculated that he corroborated with the government to expose the organized crime ring in exchange for protection – perhaps in the form of a new life and identity compliments of the witness relocation program.
14. Elvis was a prisoner of his own fame. He had many other reasons to leave his life behind. Because of his incredible popularity, he was the recipient of several death threats, and he was concerned about the safety of his ex-wife and daughter. Sometimes when he wanted to leave Graceland, he would send out look-alikes to distract would be followers. Elvis was also known to ride in the trunk of someone else’s car to avoid detection.
15. Elvis had the means to fake his own death. He is accused of destroying himself with drugs. In reality, Elvis was a pharmaceutical expert. He took a lot of drugs, but he knew what he was doing and was extremely careful. He knew what drugs he could self- administer to create a deathlike state. Further, Elvis’ experience with the martial arts was such that he could slow his heart rate and breathing in order to feign death. He was an eighth degree black belt.
16. Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had once created a new identity for himself. He came to this country as an illegal immigrant from Holland, but through various connections managed to create an elaborate identity complete with a passport, birth certificate, drivers’ license, and social security number. He would have known how to give Elvis a second life.
17. Elvis’ Lloyds of London life insurance policy still has not been cashed in. Why? It is not illegal to fake your death as long as you don’t profit from it.
18. There was a helicopter hovering over Graceland just moments before Elvis was found dead. Did Elvis get on that helicopter? Did the helicopter drop off another body to take Elvis’ place? Monte Nicholson, a veteran with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept., writes in his novel The Presley Arrangement about a government helicopter hovering over Graceland, and finally landing in the back. Nicholson was informed there were pictures of Elvis getting on the helicopter during the early afternoon of August 16. Others report seeing a helicopter – including Larry Geller in his book If I Can Dream: Elvis’ Own Story, who says he saw from his window at Howard Johnson’s: helicopters hovering over Graceland.
19. According to handwriting experts, Elvis’ own handwriting was on his death certificate/coroners report.
20. Some of Elvis’ closest friends were asked, by Vernon, not to attend the funeral.
21. Elvis’ father refused to have his son’s coffin draped with the American flag, traditionally given to all dead veterans. Did he know that the coffin did not contain his son’s body?
22. In December 1970, Elvis was inducted into the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) by President Nixon. Elvis had just been awarded one of America’s Ten Outstanding Young Men for his efforts to wipe out drugs. Elvis went undercover for the DEA and helped put one of America’s largest crime rings behind bars. This particular undercover operation was coded ‘Operation Fountain Pen’. Was Elvis really addicted to drugs…, or was he the ultimate actor after all? The U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington confirmed in a letter to Maria Columbus, president of The Elvis Special fan club, that Presley visited FBI headquarters on December 31, 1970 and was given a tour of FBI facilities. Two months prior to meeting with President Nixon, Elvis was presented with a CNOA Membership Certificate that reads: This is to certify that Elvis A. Presley is a member in good standing of the California Narcotics Officers Association. Once when Elvis was on stage, he wanted to prove to the audience that he was not strung out on drugs like everyone said he was. He then displayed a certificate to the audience and said, “This if from the International Narcotics Enforcement Association. This Certificate gives me special honors and a lifelong membership. I’ve been wearing a federal narcotics badge for six years. They don’t give you that if you’re strung out.” One of the fan letters states that several police uniforms were delivered to Graceland on August 15, 1977.
23. The Elvis estate demanded that no cameras be brought to the funeral.
24. One month prior to August 1977…, $1,000,000.00 was withdrawn from his personal checking account.
25. The medical examiner’s report says that the body was found in the bathroom in a rigor-mortised condition. The homicide report says that the body was found in the bedroom ‘unconscious’.
26. What about the tape – authenticated – that was sent to a top voice-identification expert, on which Elvis talked about things that did not occur before August 1977?
27. What about the mind-boggling picture taken in the poolhouse behind Graceland’s Meditation Gardens four months after the death of Presley and showing a man seated who looked exactly like Elvis? Mike Joseph took this photograph in January 1978 while on vacation and visiting Meditation Gardens. There is an audio recording of Mike Joseph stating that the person in that photograph is Elvis. Later, after a meeting with Joe Esposito and Al Strada, he changed his story. Now he says that he never stated that it was Elvis in the photograph even though he was recorded as saying it was.
28. “I may not look good tonight, but I’ll look good in my coffin,” said Presley on his last concert tour, 1977. At a different time he said, “I know I look fat now and I’ll look terrible for my TV special coming up. But I’ll tell you this: I’ll look good in my casket.”
29. “If I should return you would not recognize me” is underlined in one of Elvis’ favorite books.
30. In ‘Elvis, My Brother’, Billy Stanley noted that Elvis was wearing a jogging suit with the DEA logo during the early morning hours of August 16, 1977.
31. There are 663 FBI pages on Elvis, much of the material consists of files dated after August 1977.
32. Phone records show that Ginger Alden, Elvis’ girlfriend at the time of his alleged death, phoned the National Enquirer one to three hours before calling downstairs for help when she found Elvis in the bathroom floor. How did she know to call them one to three hours before there was anything to call about? Did she know that there was going to be a body in there later in the day?
33. What about the sightings, many by very credible people?
34. Elvis believed that he was chosen by God for something special. He thought he had special powers like, hands-on-healing. I think he may have had some special gifts other than his voice. Elvis was always studying about religion. He didn’t want to take any chances when it came to getting into the Kingdom of Heaven. One of his favorite books, which you will find on display at Graceland now, was The Passover Plot by Hugh Schonfield in 1966. The book is a story of how Jesus may have faked his death and came back 16 years later instead of being resurrected. Elvis may have faked his death and given up all worldly possessions in an effort to make it into the Kingdom of Heaven. Elvis once mentioned to a friend that he would like to become a Monk. After August 16, 1977, a man dressed as a Monk went into a popular entertainment club. Another customer reported that the face under the hood looked remarkably like Elvis Presley. As it turns out, the club was owned by a good friend of Elvis’.
35. There were orders by the Presley Estate that no cameras be brought to the funeral. However, one of Elvis’ relatives, Bobby Mann, managed to sneak one in. The picture he took appeared on the front of the National Enquirer. It is evident in the picture that it is not Elvis Presley.
36. Elvis was pronounced dead at 2:56 PM. Between that time and when the body was viewed the next day, there seemed to be enough time to do all of the following: Autopsy and embalming were completed, the body was back at Memphis Funeral Home around 8:00 PM, sixteen white limousines were ordered, a white Cadillac hearse was readied, a specially designed casket was ordered and flown in, a casket blanket of 500 red roses was made, the security and police were ordered, the tour was canceled, personal calls were made by Vernon to fan club presidents asking that they not attend, clothing was chosen, songs were chosen, ministers contacted, the procession planned, and the body was put on private display by 11:30 the next morning.
37. Dee Presley, Elvis’ stepmother, said she received a call from someone sounding like Elvis, saying things only Elvis knew.
38. A picture taken September 23, 1984 shows Muhammad Ali, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and what appears to be Elvis Presley. When Muhammad Ali was in Fort Worth, Texas, toward the end of 1989, promoting his cologne, two people showed him the picture. As reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ali identified the man in the picture with him as “My friend Elvis.” Also, in late 1989, a lady showed the picture to Elvis’ step-brother, Billy Stanley. Billy pointed the man out as being Elvis Presley. He said he wanted a copy of the picture to put on his office wall to prove that Elvis was not a racist.
39. Priscilla made wildly contradictory statements about where she was on the night of Elvis’ death. Elvis’ road manager let it slip that he was worried about Priscilla and daughterLisa Marie at Graceland after Elvis’ death — a time period when Priscilla was SUPPOSED to be in Los Angeles.
40. Joe Esposito said, on the Geraldo show June 18, 1990, “In the first place, how can hecommit suicide? He’s living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.”
March 4, 1977
Elvis’ last leisure trip with friends. Friends stated that Elvis acted unusually…, as if he were saying goodbye.
June 26, 1977
Elvis’ last concert in Indianapolis.
July 26, 1977
The F.B.I. signalled that the investigation into Frederick Peter Pro had enough evidence to go to the grand jury. (Operation Fountain Pen)
Elvis desperately tried to contact President Carter to discuss some urgent personal business.
August 15, 1977
U.S. Attorney, Michael Coty, advised the F.B.I. that his office was ready to go before the grand jury with the Operation Fountain Pen case.
August 16, 1977
Elvis Presley was reported dead at Graceland.
October 18, 1977
Four members of “The Fraternity” – including Frederick Peter Pro – were arrested in connection with the Presley case where they had conned Vernon Presley out of more than $1,000,000.00 in 1976 on the sale of one of Elvis’ airplanes.
December 31, 1977
Shortly after Meditation Gardens was opened to the public…, Mike Joseph took his family there while on vacation. While there, they snapped a few pictures. After returning home and developing the film…, Mike noticed someone sitting inside the doorway of Graceland out by the swimming pool. After blowing this picture up and examining…, it was discovered that the person in the picture looked very much like Elvis.
The president of the oldest Elvis fan club received an audio cassette from Steven Chansis. The cassette contained a telephone conversation of Elvis speaking with someone about what he has been up to since faking his death. He made the statement that he has been growing beards and such in an effort to hide.
Q: What was the size of Elvis’ army boot?
Q: Who was the person who named the EP Continentals Fan Club?
A: Elvis himself
Q: Three chandeliers at Graceland were purchased in 1974. The chandelier hanging over the dining room table and the chandelier over the stairs leading to the second floor are both made of Italian cut glass in the Maria Theresa style. The third chandelier hangs in the foyer just inside the front door. What kind of crystal is it made of?
A: The chandelier in the foyer of Graceland is made from Strauss crystal.
Q:Elvis began filming “LOVE ME TENDER” in August 1956. What was the reason Elvis was excited to meet the producer, David Weisbart?
A: Elvis was excited to meet David Weisbart because he produced the James Dean movie “Rebel Without A Cause”. James Dean was Elvis’ favorite actor and Elvis greatly admired him.
Q: What was the only time that Elvis was credited as being “Executive Producer”?
A: In the credits for “Aloha from Hawaii” Elvis was listed as “Executive Producer” along with RCA Record Tours.
Q: When Elvis received his award for one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America” he hosted a cocktail party at Graceland for the honorees. As he greeted each nominee, he gave them what as a gift?
A: He gave each of the nominee’s a specially designed expensive watch. The watches had been designed with his name, “Elvis Presley,” written around the face.
Q: Elvis has a musical note on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. What is the name of the restaurant it is in front of?
A: Elvis’ musical note on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee is on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant “Alfred’s Bar and Grill”.
Q: Before leaving the army in March 1960, US Commanding Officer General Richard J. Brown gave Elvis a special certificate. What was the certificate for?
A: The award presented to Elvis was a special certificate of merit for “cheerfulness and drive and continually outstanding leadership ability.”
Q: When did Elvis receive sole ownership of Graceland?
A: Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957 with his parents listed, but it wasn’t until August 12, 1960 that Elvis became sole owner of Graceland. Elvis’ father Vernon, issued a quitclaim deed to Elvis after his marriage to Dee Stanley.
Q: Elvis never attended college, but was a member of a fraternity. What was the name of the fraternity?
A: Elvis was inducted into the Arkansas State College’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity by Rick Huskey, fraternity president, at a ceremony held at Graceland on October 16, 1960.
Q: Which one of Elvis’ movies was partially filmed at “Iverson Ranch” in Los Angeles, California?
A: Several scenes from the Elvis movie “Harum Scarum” were filmed at “Iverson Ranch in Los Angeles, California.
Q: What was the first song Elvis recorded that did not include the Blue Moon Boys?
A: Elvis recorded “Love Me Tender” August 24th, 1956 with session musicians which did not include the Blue Moon Boys at the request of 20th Century Fox.
Q: What was the license plate number of the 1960 cherry red convertible MG used in the Elvis movie “Blue Hawaii?”
A: The license plate number of the 1960 red convertible was issued from the state of California and was STS 527.
Q: Elvis received a “Tree of Life” pendant for his birthday in 1965 from his friends. Engraved on the reverse side was “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” in English and two other languages. What were the other two languages?
A: The saying engraved on the reverse side of the “Tree of Life” pendant included translations in Hebrew and Latin.
Q: Joe Hyams of the New York Herald Tribune made this statement to Elvis “According to reports, you’ve chosen some remarkable parts of the human anatomy to sign autographs. What was Elvis’ response?
A: Elvis replied “That’s not true. I’ve written on arms, legs, and ankles – any place decent where someone can take soap and wash it off… I don’t want no daddy with a shotgun after me!”
Q: What did Elvis receive from the Las Vegas Hilton for Christmas 1976?
A: The Las Vegas Hilton gave Elvis a diamond, blue enamel and 14k gold pendant depicting the signs of the zodiac with a white gold arrow pointing to Elvis’ astrological sign, Capricorn
Q: Which one of Elvis’s singles advertised on the record sleeve a 1974 Elvis Easter TV special that never happened?
A: In January 1974, the single “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” advertised a 1974 Elvis Easter TV special that never happened.
Q: Elvis wore a gold lion ring during the filming of “Elvis, That’s The Way It Is.” What stones were used for the lion’s eyes?
A: The lion’s eyes were set with emeralds.
Q: Elvis owned a 1966 Silver Cloud III, white Rolls Royce. Name one of the three previous owners.
A: Elvis’ 1966 was previously owned by Michael Landon, Charlie Rich, and Charley McClain.
Q: What did Elvis receive from the aircraft broker when he accepted delivery of the “Lisa Marie?”
A: Elvis received a 4 fluid ounce bottle of cologne named “Trouble.”
Q: What color was the racing helmet Elvis wore in “Viva Las Vegas?”
A: The helmet was black with a red stripe down the center with white lightening bolts on each side along with white lettering with Elvis’ character name…”Lucky.”
Q: There were two different colored ribbons used for the backstage passes for the “68 Comeback Special.” One was purple with white lettering. What color was the other one?
A: The second backstage pass was a yellow satin ribbon with red lettering. Both ribbons read “Official- Elvis Presley Shows.”
Q: What address of Elvis’ was published in the 1972 International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association directory?
A: Elvis’ address was listed on page 64 as Elvis Presley, 9034 Sunset Blvd., Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
Q: Elvis purchased a black dyed muskrat coat with a silver fox collar on March 16, 1973. Where did he purchase this coat?
A: Elvis purchased this fur coat from Fuhrman’s of Beverly Hills Manufacturer’s of Fine Furs at a cost of $1,102.50
Q: What color was the pleat inset of the flared leg on Elvis’ Peacock Jumpsuit?
A: The leg pleat inset on Elvis’ Peacock jumpsuit was gold lame.
Q: When did Elvis have the marble floor in the dining room at Graceland installed?
A: On October 25, 1961 Elvis paid $952.31 to have the marble floor installed in the dining room at Graceland.
Q: Which president of the United States invited Elvis to his Presidential inauguration?
A: Lyndon B. Johnson sent an invitation addressed to the Presley’s at Graceland to the January 20th, 1965 Presidential Inauguration.
Q: Elvis used a deep red velvet bedspread in the 1970’s at Graceland. What was the color of the underside?
A: The underside of the bedspread was white cotton.
Q: What was the size of the solitaire diamond in Elvis’ onyx TCB ring?
A: The solitaire diamond in Elvis’ onyx TCB ring was 10.68 carats surrounded by an additional 3.5 carats that formed the letters and lightening bolts.
Q: Elvis appears on what page of the 1951 Humes High School yearbook?
A: Elvis’ picture appears on page 29 of the 1951 “The Herald” yearbook in the center of the “A” Company Second Platoon, ROTC group photograph.
Q: When Elvis appeared in Las Vegas in 1956, the advertisement billed him as an “extra added attraction.” Name one other person or group featured in the advertisement.
A: Freddy Martin and his orchestra, Shecky Greene, Rusty Draper, Billy Duke and his Dukes, Chuck Leonard, and the Eastmen Trio were all featured in the advertisement for the New Frontier Hotel.
Q: With which jumpsuit can you see Elvis wearing a belt with the Presidential Seal on it?
A: The Blue Prehistoric Bird also known as the Blue Bicentennial Suit and Blue Egyptian Bird.
Q: The Sahara Hotel printed a souvenir menu for Elvis’ engagement dates of May 4th through the 20th, 1973. What did it look like?
A: The menu was in the shape of a record with “ELVIS” on the center label.
Q: When did Elvis purchase the pool table for the basement of Graceland?
A: On March 15th, 1960 , Elvis purchased a reconditioned billiard table and equipment at a total cost of $445.48 including tax and delivery for the pool room in the basement of Graceland.
Q: What was the advertising slogan used to sell Elvis Presley lipstick?
A: The slogan used to promote Elvis Presley lipstick was “Keep me always on your lips.”
Q: What did Elvis give his father and Dee Stanley Presley as a wedding gift?
A: Elvis gave them a Wallace punch bowl, ten cups, tray, and ladle. The tray was engraved with the initial “P” in the center.
Q: Elvis owned a home at 1174 Hillcrest Drive in Beverly Hills, California. What was the name of the neighborhood where it was located?
A: Elvis’ home on Hillcrest Drive was located within the exclusive Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills.
Q: What color was the couch from the Circle G Ranch house?
A: The couch was a chintz pattern in tones of beige, rust and blue on a dark blue background.
Q: What did Priscilla give Elvis for his 32nd birthday?
A: She gave him a 14k white gold and diamond calendar pendant with 18 diamonds and the initials “EAP” on one side and a 1935 January calendar with the number 8 represented with a red stone.
Q: What was unique about some of the admission tickets for G.I. Blues?
A: Some of the admission tickets were in the shape of a brown paper army hat with red and blue lettering. These tickets were available at select theaters throughout the country.
A Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step brother) mentioned a new movie in the works
Starring Johnny Depp in the lead role Produced By Clint Eastwood
As I find out more I will be adding to this post so lease keep checking back, I have great respect for Mr. Depp and Mr. Eastwood so I think this film sounds promising.
I hope it will focus on the positive side of Elvis, we all knew he was human and not perfect. Elvis was so much more than the most fantastic entertainer the world has ever seen, Im just hoping this movie will reveal more about Elvis that people should know.