"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)


"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges…. producing....no propelling...an unstoppable, fundamental and primordial shift in not only musical... but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)

















































































































































































































































































Interview: Ronald King


Ronald King is the author of the book Elvis On Stamps A Pictorial Reference Book .

In this interview Ronald talks to EIN about the fascinating world for Elvis philatelists, the involvement of one of Elvis' closest friends, Charlie Hodge and a legal battle over the name, Elvis On Stamps.

EIN: Ronald, many thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us. Could I start by asking you to tell us a little about your background.

RK: I was born in Southern California and resided there until I was 18 years old. I joined the Army, served in Viet Nam, and was medically retired after ten years. After the military, I went to Mortuary School and graduated Pi Sigma Eta. In 1984, I was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky.

EIN: How did you become interested in this very specialised but intriguing area of Elvisana?

RK: In 1978, The country of Granada produced the first Elvis stamp honoring the passing of the King, Elvis Presley. From that one stamp drew my interest to other countries producing Elvis stamps that would soon follow.

EIN: Do you have a favorite Elvis stamp?

RK: They are all my favorite. However, I particularly like the stamps with the souvenir sheets and the art work that surrounds the stamp itself.

EIN: Which country/countries do you consider have released the most interesting Elvis stamps, and why?

RK: Again, I would have to say all of them. Countries have issued stamps from all phases of his remarkable life time including his childhood, pre-fame days, the young recording artist, the early performer, Elvis in the studio, Elvis in various costumes, the movie years, television performances, the veteran performer, to the final years of his again, remarkable life.

EIN: The very diverse range of well known and obscure countries to release Elvis stamps is amazing.  What are your thoughts on the meaning of little known countries, eg. Burkina Faso and Centraficaine, releasing stamps about an entertainer you would have thought they know little about?

RK: I was totally surprised and extremely impressed. After extensive research, I come to find that these countries have little to no means in producing the quality of these stamps. Basically, alot of countries use a company called (IGPC) Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation, out of New York. They produce these stamps for the country, and act as their agent, on behalf of that country.

EIN: You are obviously an Elvis fan.  When did you become a fan and apart from stamps, what are your other interests in Elvis?

RK: On my birthday in 1957 (I was 9 years old) I was given my first record player and one record, "All Shook Up" from my parents. I guess that was the beginning. My other interests in Elvis is his music. What a voice! I also enjoy collecting his 78 records.

EIN: One of Elvis' closes friends, Charlie Hodge, was involved in the first printing (Smoky Mountain Publications) of Elvis On Stamps.  Please tell us about Charlie's involvement.

RK: I first met Charlie Hodge several years ago at Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where he performes. I approached Charlie about endorsement, and after he reviewed my book he agreed. "Elvis On Stamps" were sold at Memories Theatre, where Charlie would autograph them.

While we are on the subject, let me say something about Charlie. Charlie Hodge is a fine gentleman. You could'nt have a better friend in Charlie, maybe that's why he was Elvis' friend for so long.

On the Gambia block of stamps dated January 8, 1995, there is a stamp of a young Elvis
wearing a hat and his mouth is a little full. Elvis once told Charlie that when that picture was taken, he had a peanut in his mouth.

EIN: Elvis On Stamps is one of 4 volumes - are the other three volumes available?

RK: Not at this time. Only the first volume has gone to print, however, the other three are ready.

EIN: In total, how many stamps are presented in the four volumes?

RK: There are approx. 400 stamps total. This is taking in account that each stamp is counted as a single from a block. One block or souvnier sheet can have several stamps together usually nine.

EIN: Do your four books cover all Elvis stamp issues, and if not, do you have any plans for an a fifth?

RK: My four volumes do not cover all the Elvis stamps made. I'm sure as we speek, another issue has been printed. I'm really undecided at this time about a fifth volume.

EIN: How can Elvis fans obtain your books?

RK: I have a VERY limited number of books available. They can be ordered through: 

Smokey Mountain Publishing
7690 Asheville Highway
Greeneville, Tennessee 37743 USA

"Elvis On Stamps" signed, sells for $29.95  plus exact postage.

To reserve one it might be best to e-mail me at tcb1@xtn.net

EIN: Can fans buy Elvis stamps from you?

RK: No, I'm sorry I don't sell stamps. What I have is for my own private collection.

EIN: What tips have you for Elvis fans interested in adding to their Elvis stamp collections?

RK: The Internet is a good place to start. Also, large stamp companies can help with the new as well the hard to find issues.

EIN: You have a copyright infringement case against the author of another book called 'Elvis On Stamps'.  What is the status of this issue?

RK: I'm glad you asked that question. The other "Elvis On Stamps" book is by Dr. Nitaya Kanchanawan who is president of the Elvis Presley Information Center of Thailand, and teaches the Thai language at Ramkhamhaeng University.

Dr. Kanchanawan was contacted by our attorney for Copyright Infringement. Dr. Kanchanawan has infringed on the Name, Originality, Copyright, and her book was illlegally published. As of August 2004, Dr.Kanchanawan has not had the decency to respond to any of the allegations.

I will probably move forward with this legal issue. I'm sorry Dr. Kanchanawan didn't contact me, I feel we could have worked something out. Sometimes silence is not golden.

EIN: Finally, what is Ronald King up to these days?

RK: I reside in East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. I am semi retired, and enjoy riding my horse Vanity. I like fishing, jet skiing, and anything Elvis.  

EIN: Ronald it's been a pleasure. Thank you very much.  


Read EIN's review of "Elvis On Stamps"

Contact Ronald King to reserve a copy of "Elvis On Stamps"





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"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"

(Dr. Gary Enders)


" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"



"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)


"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")


"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"

(Bob Dylan)


"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"

(Sir Paul McCartney)