E-Alert #171....Sunday 15 May 2005
CBS mini-series "Elvis" has been broadcast
and fan reaction has generally not been kind. Despite substantial
promotion, part 1 of the program was trounced by Desperate
Housewives. Whether its poor performance signifies a waning
of interest in the Elvis story remains to be seen, but after
the great success of earlier programs about Elvis (eg. "Elvis"
- Kurt Russell and "Elvis & Me), EPE and the TV stations
have plenty to think about.
Elvis by the Presleys screened in the US yesterday
to a very positive response.
of the items added to
mini-series beaten well by Desperate Housewives and slammed
US air dates for Elvis by the Presleys
airing Aloha & Comeback Special
Hawn talks about Elvis
by the Presleys book & CD debut on US charts
Thompson speaks about Elvis' final years
Courts get nod for National Preservation Month
had bone cancer rumor explained
Presley website launched
musical to be made about Priscilla's life
you Lisa Presley's biggest fan? Prizes to be won
FTD release announced
book & CD releases
"real" Elvis off-stage
to Elvis "strung out" in Vegas audio
clips from opening night of "All Shook Up" on
the two Graceland "tourism" ads
rules on Television (updated)
A Legendary Performer Vol. 5 (CD)
& Beautiful - TV Guide single
by the Presleys (Target "bonus" DVD)
talks to TV Guide
Terrill (co-author of Sonny West's upcoming book)
Marie Presley (Larry King Live - full transcript)
Joe White chews the fat with EIN
Oberst (Rockin' Across Texas)
results slam CBS mini-series:
A recent poll of some of the members of Club Elvis in Chicago
showed a stunning 90% of the members polled did not like the
Elvis mini-series. Majority of the opinions were as follows:
Actor portraying Elvis was a terrible actor. Actor portraying
Elvis didn't capture the look, feel and charisma that Elvis
had. Actor portraying Elvis didn't have the hair or even the
appeal. Actor portraying Elvis did a bad job with lip-synch.
Actor portraying Elvis was as flat as a pancake. The production
failed to capture the 50's era flavor, it looked more like
a cheap Brady Bunch makeover. The only positive reflection
of the series was the actual use of Elvis' music and Elvis'
voice during the songs. Overall rating of 100 members polled,
1/4 star out of 5 stars. That's the way it is.....(Source:
generosity: There was a story
on CBS' Denver affiliate station about Elvis giving news anchor
Tom Kinney a Cadillac. It followed Kinney ending his story about
Elvis's car giving spree in Denver in 1976 by asking Elvis on
air if he would give him one too. Elvis called him and asked
him what color he wanted! I remember when this all happened
here in Denver in 1976. What I didn't know is that later Elvis
would call Kinney and talk to him for hours on several occations.
He never met him in person! See the video at www.kcnc.com. The
car is now at the Forney transportation museum. (News, Source:
CBS Denver affiliate/Sanja Meegin)
CD: "Watch me Ronnie...I'm doing things up here!"
has announced the release of the bootleg CD "Watch me Ronnie...
i'm doing things up here!" (originally mentioned here at the
Elvis Express). The CD-R is released by Unchained Melody Records
who are claiming that this release is a digitally restored,
speed-corrected and remastered presentation of the show. They
also state that this is not a repackaging of a previously
released album, such as is common among Elvis Import CDs.
description on ebay states "this issue is a painstakingly
perfected reworking of an original sound source complete with
brand new artwork and the results are awesome." "Listen for
the first time to one of Elvis’ greatest live performances
in the way in which it should be heard…the way 4000 people
at the Las Vegas Hilton heard it on March 22nd 1975." Unchained
Melody Records go on to state that they possess no glass molded
CDs of this album and while you’re therefore bidding on an
original copy it is not a “silver-backed” CD.
listing: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got
A Woman/Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me - And I Love You So
- Big Boss Man - It's Midnight - Promised Land - Green Green
Grass Of Home - Fairytale - Band Introductions - My Boy -
I'll Remember You - Let Me Be There (with reprise) - Teddy
Bear/Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - You're The Reason I'm Living
(1st Live Version) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing
CD set released in UK:
ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? Fantastic collection of Elvis
tracks on 4 CDs!! The best of the best.
ULTIMATE COLLECTION (UK
CD set re-issue): Does exactly what it says on the tin...
The Ultimate Elvis Collection!!
Lee Lewis vs Elvis Presley in 1976
to Harold Loyd, first cousin to Elvis, and the presiding guard
on duty at Presley's Graceland mansion -- in the early hours
of November 22, 1976, he was greeted by an unexpected visitor.
Jerry Lee Lewis, accompanied by his wife, pulled up to the
mansion's front gate in his new Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
asked Loyd if he could see Elvis, but was told that the King
was asleep. Lewis politely thanked Loyd and drove away without
incident. Later that morning, at 9:30 a.m., Lewis flipped
his Rolls while rounding the corner at Peterson Lake and Powell
Road in Collierville.
police report on the incident stated that the Breathalyzer
test yielded negligible results, but that Lewis was obviously
tanked on something and that he was charged with driving while
intoxicated, reckless driving, and driving without a license.
the infraction, says his sister Linda Gail, Lewis most likely
repaired to his home to rest. Less than 12 hours later, he
was holding court at The Vapors, one of his favorite Memphis
reasons that are still debated, Lewis decided to leave the
Vapors -- alone -- at about 2:30 a.m. At precisely 2:50 a.m.,
almost 24 hours later to the minute, he again pulled up to
Graceland, this time in a new Lincoln Continental. The car
wasn't the only thing that had changed from the night before.
Lewis' manner on the 23rd was markedly different.
was armed, angry, and obviously inebriated -- a dangerous
combination for a man mere mortals call "Killer." "He was
outta his mind, man," recalls Loyd. "He was screamin', hollerin',
on the goddamn phone. I know you got an intercom system. Call
up there and tell Elvis I wanna visit with him. Who the hell
does he think he is? Tell him the Killer's here to see him."
just put my hands up in the air and said, `Okay, okay, Jerry,
just take it easy.'" Loyd retreated to the guard booth and
picked up the house phone. One of "the boys" answered and
Loyd apprised him of the situation. Loyd was advised to call
the cops, and wasted no time in doing so.
later Presley himself rang down to the guard booth. Loyd recalls
their conversation precisely. "Elvis was on the line and he
said, `Wh-wh-what' -- see, he used to stutter a lot when he
got upset -- `Wh-wh-what the hell's goin' on down there, Harold?'
said, `Well, Jerry Lee Lewis is sittin' in his car down here
outside the gate, wavin' a derringer pistol and raisin' hell.'
said, `Wh-wh-what's that goddamn guy want?' "[I said] `He's
demanding to come up and see Elvis’.”
said, `Oh, I-I-I don't wanna talk to that crazy sonofabitch.
Hell no, I don't wanna talk to him. I'll come down there and
kill him! You call the cops, Harold.'
told him I already did and he said, `Good. When they get there
tell 'em to lock his butt up and throw the goddamn key away.
Okay? Thank you, Harold.'"
Billy J. Kirkpatrick was the first to arrive on the scene.
Though Lewis was still seated in his car, Kirkpatrick knew
he was armed and approached with caution. Kirkpatrick ordered
him out of the car, but Lewis would not comply. "[Kirkpatrick]
had to pull him outta the car," remembers Loyd.
told him to keep his hands on the steering wheel where he
could see 'em. Jerry said he just wanted to see Elvis, but
Kirkpatrick told him to shut up. Now Jerry, he had tried to
hide his pistol by puttin' it in between his knee and the
door. But when Kirkpatrick opened the door, the damn gun fell
out onto the floorboard [laughs]. Kirkpatrick picked up the
gun, and it was cocked and loaded."
police report states that on closer inspection, Kirkpatrick
noticed that the front passenger window of Lewis' car was
smashed in. This accounts for the deep gash on the bridge
of Lewis' nose, obvious from his mugshot.
to Kirkpatrick's report, the injury was sustained "from broken
glass resulting from attempting to jettison an empty champagne
bottle thru [sic] the closed window of his '76 Lincoln."
and four other officers took Lewis away immediately. But Loyd
would receive another visitor before night's end. He explains,
"When the wrecker came down and towed Jerry's car away [at
approximately 4 a.m.] they hadn't much more than gotten outta
sight when another car comes flyin' up the driveway and two
guys got out. I recognized one of 'em as Jerry Lee's dad.
was laughin', sayin', `Ha, ha, ha, ain't this some crap, man?
I just got word that they've taken my son to jail. This guy
with me here, he just got me outta the Hernando jail. I just
got out, and Jerry done gone ahead.'"
enough, Elmo Lewis -- age 78, no less -- was arrested at 7:30
p.m. on the 21st for speeding and driving while intoxicated.
He spent two nights in jail, and failed to make his court
appearance scheduled for the morning of 23rd. Like father,
like son, indeed.
Linda Gail (Jerry Lee's youngest sibling) interpretation of
November 23rd reads quite a bit differently.
Lee admitted to me that he had been partyin' and drinkin'
and that he was a little bit out of it," Gail recalls, "but
he swore his intentions were good. He's very misunderstood,
you see. It's a shame really."
Linda Gail's account, it was Presley who wanted to see Jerry
Lee. He was depressed and called over to the Vapors hoping
that Jerry Lee would come to Graceland and keep him company.
She insists that Loyd never even informed Presley of Jerry
Lee's arrival, and that Jerry Lee grew belligerent only because
he feared for what Presley might do if he didn't see him.
believe, really and truly, that the people who were associated
with Elvis at that time were trying to manipulate him. He
was supporting all of them financially, and it was in their
best interest to keep him isolated."
Gail continues, "Jerry really had no motive to lie. Why would
he leave a place where he was havin' a perfectly good time
to go down to Elvis' house and make a scene? It just doesn't
make any sense. He had his whole entourage with him, and a
couple of girlfriends, and they were havin' a great time.
There was no reason for him to go down there other than that
he was concerned for his friend."
Gail's voice takes on a halcyon quality when she remembers
Elvis and Jerry Lee's friendship. She speaks of their mutual
respect for one another, and tells stories of them riding
motorcycles together and even going on double dates.
two guys really did love each other," she says. "I do believe
my brother just wanted to check on Elvis. He went there to
cheer him up and kinda bond with him again. I guess everybody
over at Graceland didn't want the two of them to get together
because Jerry was really havin' one big party at the time.
If him and Elvis had started runnin' the roads together, can
you imagine what that would have been like? It probably would
have been more than Memphis could have stood."
from The Memphis Flyer)
- Elvis “mug-shot” from 1970 when he was presented with an
honorary police badge.
you have a question about Elvis?
week EIN receives many questions from fans around the world.
A selection of questions and our answers will appear regularly
in the E-Alert.
(Canada): Who was Elvis'
Hi Sue, It depends what you mean by 'first girlfriend' I guess,
since we all have a different definition. A few names spring
to mind .. In summer 1948 Elvis was just 13 and still lived
in Tupelo. At the time his girlfriend was Caroline Ballard,
with whom he went to see movies at the Strand Movie Theatre.
late 1948 the Presley's moved to Memphis. When Elvis was 15
his first girlfriend in the Lauderdale Courts was Betty McMahan,
whom he is sitting next to in one of the more famous photos.
He often took her to the Suzore cinema in Memphis.
Wardlaw, Betty's friend, also hung around with Elvis after
Betty started dating someone else. There is a great quote
form Billie who said, "Elvis was a great kisser, and since
we were always playing spin the bottle in the dark, he didn't
let his shyness get in the way"!
early girlfriend was Dixie Locke who is sometimes labelled
in documentaries as "Elvis' first girlfriend". She was with
Elvis at the South Side Junior Prom in 1955 (see photo attached)
and was around when Elvis and the 'Blue Moon Boys' were just
starting to become regional stars.
perhaps his most famous "first girlfriend" is June Juanico.
June was from Biloxi, Mississippi, and also dated Elvis in
1955. She was 17 and it certainly was one of Elvis' most significant
early relationships. They dated all summer and June became
very close to Elvis' family especially his mother Gladys.
She even discussed the possibility of marriage with Elvis.
Elvis on the verge of super stardom she knew that it could
never work and so made up her mind to move on and not look
back to something that might have been! She has written a
very nice book called Elvis in the Twilight of Memory. Look
link doesn't work use url: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1559703938/qid=1069667999/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/103-5238298-1631052?v=glance&n=507846)
Who wrote the book Priscilla, Elvis
week's answer:Sonny West is currently touring Australia)
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