Japanese Prime Minister -Avid Elvis Fan

I  know this story is old news to most Elvis fans, but I was surprised to find out how many new Elvis fans never heard about this.

Prime Minister Koizumi and President Bush

( you can see he is sporting his Elvis shades)

Upon arrival at Graceland Mr. Koizumi says: “It’s a dream”

(Bush and Koizuma in the Jungle room at Graceland)

You’re a pretty good Elvis singer’, the president said, in an obvious prompt to his guest. Bush knew what was coming, having previously experienced Koizumi’s tendency to burst into song when it comes to the late rock ‘n’ roll legend who is the Japanese leader’s undisputed musical hero.
Koizumi quickly complied. Love me tender, he sang. ‘Wise men say, ‘Only fools rush in’.

Prime Minister Koizumi, Self-described Elvis ‘maniac’ proudly shares the same birthdate as Elvis (Jan. 8th)
The premier, whose brother, Masaya, once ran the Elvis fan club in Yokohoma and was instrumental in erecting a Presley statue in Tokyo in 1987.

Koizumi reportedly sang Elvis songs in a duet with actor Tom Cruise while the latter was in Japan filming ‘The Last Samurai’, and
in 2005, after a speech to the Asia Society in Sydney, Australia, Koizumi also sang along with the Australian foreign minister when an orchestra struck up ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’

Shortly after taking office in 2001, the popular but unlikely sex symbol with the “lion’s mane” hairdo surprised his countrymen by releasing a CD of his 25 favorite Elvis hits, including ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’, ‘Are you Lonesome Tonight?’ and ‘It’s Now or Never’. Proceeds went to a Japanese charity.
He had already written a letter to a local Elvis fan club in which he said, ‘I never get tired of listening to his songs no matter how many times I hear them. … Elvis is forever and so are his songs’

Message To Elvis Fans From Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan

The following is the (spoken) message specifically released by the Prime Minister to Elvis fans at large.

Yes, I really love Elvis. I am no fussy about genres of music, from classics to rock. Elvis has been my most favorite for long. Sure, my younger brother, who is also an Elvis maniac enlightened me about Elvis. He once got involved in fan club affairs as a head of local chapter in Yokohama.

But I took a liking to Elvis as early as when he made the sensational debut. Elvis is the best and a class by himself when he sings rock or ballad or any type of songs. I never get tired of listening no matter how many times I hear him over more than 40 years in my life. Above all, I like his songs, say, ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’, ‘Hawaiian Wedding Song’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

When “Elvis The Concert” came to Japan in Nov. 1999, I went to Tokyo Forum not to miss this once-in-my-life chance. It was so electrifying, even really touching. There never be a superstar like Elvis before nor after Elvis. I am sure he was the greatest singer ever lived in the 20th century.

Since I took office (of the Prime Minister), I have been so busy that I literally have no time for sleep. In weekends, when I find time to be back (to my private) home, and can afford listening to Elvis songs after weeks long craving, certainly his voice eases off my fatigue.

These days, I feel sort of healing power from his Gospels. No doubt, Elvis’ recordings are a godsend great legacy of art from the last century. Elvis is forever and so are his songs. We should share this legacy with many more people, not just by fan-club people alone. Especially, younger generations now.

Whoops! I almost forgot to say this: my birthday is January 8th, the same day of Elvis’, that is what I always speak proudly of …. ‘I have been an Elvis fan since my young days and love music from classics to rock’

Elvis Presley Fan Club Tokyo

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Elvis – His Thoughts and Things He Wrote

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3iJ4g71jCo&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXCUoRGZowk&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA58XYj5VL0&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxWIaPi-iE&feature=related

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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