June 14th events about Elvis Presley





1953 – Elvis Presley graduated from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, TN.

1958 – Elvis Presley returned to Fort Hood, TX, for ten weeks of advanced tank training.

1963 – Priscilla Beaulieu graduated from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral High School.

1975 – The Elvis Presley single “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” hit #35 in the U.S.

1975 – The Elvis Presley album “Today” hit #48 in the U.K.

2004 – It was announced that TV Guide would be issuing four commemorative Elvis Presley covers in celebration of 50 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The covers were to be on newsstands July 1 (July 4th issue).

Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School 48 hours later


In my 50 years on this earth I have known; sadness, loss of loved ones, love, heartache, heartbreak, etc. as it is all “part of life”. What is not supposed to be part of anyone’s life is for innocent children, and adults, to be murdered. I have, as many have I am sure, run the emotional gauntlet from sadness to anger to sadness to praying to researching to watching to crying to thinking about my own children (and crying some more).

This murderer was (apparently) diagnosed with a form of autism. Much as been made about this and I am sure that much more will be discussed.

I know firsthand about autism as I have a son who has been diagnosed with a form of autism. He is (including but not limited to); loving, caring, strong, brave, intelligent, passionate, gifted, handsome, and I wouldn’t trade him (nor would I any of my children) for anything in this world.

He, and his siblings, are the “best” of their mother and me. Not one moment of one day goes by that I don’t think about them – worry about them – love them – miss them – pray for them – want the best for them – and would do everything humanly possible to protect them.

It is my hope that children, and/or adults, are not (in any way/shape/form) adversely affected by having a similar diagnosis of autism to this murderer.

To anyone who would try to “connect the dots”, and infer that having autism played a major role in these killings, needs to walk a thin line because some of the most beautiful, talented, and loving children and adults also have a form of autism.

Worth noting is that I am thankful everyday that my son’s mother had the courage, and the drive, to seek out medical care for my son at an early age. She was, and will always be, my hero pertaining to what she did for our son. I wish I could tell her just how much…

Between her unrelenting acts, and the excellent treating doctors, we were able to; get some answers early on, formulate a working plan for home, work with his school,  and I am proud of the young man that he has become.

To me it doesn’t matter what color he was, what his diagnosis were, as he was (pure and simple)…evil. He had every opportunity to stop himself and he CHOSE to kill over and over and over. It is so sad. So against all I believe in. Against all I know that is good on this earth. Everything I feel in my heart.

Since I first learned of this TERRIBLE, unimaginable, and horrific event I have thought so much about the victims and their family/friends/loved ones/etc. I know that they are devastated and that as I type these words they are inconsolable. They are grieving. They are crying. They are dealing with something that is an abomination and goes against…everything.

Earlier I saw photographs of these children and the tears just started. This tragedy goes further than the eye. Further than the mind. It goes to our very…soul.

I don’t know what, if any, “good” will come from this but I pray that the waters will  not be muddied by the murders medical diagnosis and/or gun rights debates but that the focus is on (a) helping the family/loved ones of the victims {now and in the future} and (b) working on NOW to ensure that this never is allowed to happen again.

The United States of America, when it puts it’s mind and heart to it, can achieve anything. We need to put pressure on our government to divert resources to protecting our children…and our lives.

Elections have divided us and this shouldn’t be about politics…but what is right. What is necessary. The victims deserve to be honored in every way possible and their names written into our minds and hearts…forever.

Here are the names of the victims of the senseless massacre that (sadly) occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut:

CHILDREN

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)
Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)
Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)
Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)
Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)
Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)
Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)
James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)
Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)
Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)
Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)
Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)
Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)
Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)

ADULTS

Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (age 29)
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (age 47)
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (age 52)
Lauren Russeau, 1982, female (age 29)
Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56, female (age 56)
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (age 27)

Elvis Presley & Christmas (by Jeffrey Schrembs)


The photograph above is a very rare Christmas card from Elvis and his infamous home…Graceland. This Christmas card is one of many that I have but it is among my favorite(s). There is no doubt that Elvis was proud of Graceland and loved spending Christmas there.

Christmas, and the weeks leading up to, was Elvis’ favorite time of the year. He loved the decorations, the smiles on others faces, the gracious acts of people during this time of year, buying presents for others, reflecting back on the year and looking forward to the next, and most of all having; friends, loved ones, relatives, etc. with him to share memories – love – time and more.

To those who were able to look upon Graceland, especially from the years of 1966 through 1973, the tasteful decorations – the lights – and the beauty would literally cause cars passing by to brake and the passengers look in wonder. It was a beautiful sight to behold and Elvis took great pride in illuminating Graceland and he never grew tired of driving through the gates of Graceland winding up towards his home looking at the spectacle of lights.

Even during the saddest Christmas of his life, which was Christmas of 1958 as his mother had died a few months earlier on August 14, 1958, Elvis still found the time to think about others and try to make it a special time…for others.

Interestingly, though Elvis is the most successful recording artist ever (note: in many categories including pertaining to Christmas songs (i.e. total album sales, total single sales, number of hits on Billboard, etc.) the music playing at Elvis’ home were those of other artists such as; Dean Martin, Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, and others.

Here is a summary of Elvis’ Christmas Songs:

Elvis recorded his first Christmas album in sessions of September 5 – 7, 1957 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood entitled “Elvis’ Christmas Album” and was released in October 1957. Content included Christmas hymns, secular Christmas songs and non-holiday gospel numbers. It initially hit #1 for 4 weeks on Billboard’s pop album chart and revisited the chart due to strong sales in subsequent holiday seasons through 1962.

It was repackaged with a new cover in 1958. There were other reissues with altered content and cover later on.

Working the sessions with Elvis were Scotty Moore (guitar), Bill Black (bass), D. J. Fontana (drums), Dudley Brooks (piano), and backing vocalists The Jordanaires and Millie Kirkham. These sessions were Millie’s first work with Elvis, who, ever the gentleman, took special care to see to her comfort because she was seven months pregnant at the time.

Millie performed a soprano obbligato (in a “winter wind” sort of effect) behind Elvis’ lead on the song “Blue Christmas”, a song that over the years would become synonymous with Elvis and Christmas. During the session, song writers Leiber and Stoller wrote for Elvis a song called “Christmas Blues”.

 By the end of the session it was renamed “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and it became another famous Elvis Christmas song. Material unrelated to the Christmas album was also recorded at these sessions.

Elvis recorded a second Christmas album called “Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas” in sessions of May 15 -21, 1971 at RCA Studio B in Nashville. It was released October of 1971. Players were James Burton (guitar), Chip Young (guitar), Charlie Hodge (guitar), Norbert Putnam (bass), Jerry Carrigan (drums), Larry Londin (drums), Kenneth Buttrey (drums), David Briggs (piano), Imperials member Joe Moscheo (piano), Elvis Presley (piano), Glen Spreen (organ), and Charlie McCoy (organ, harmonica and percussion).

Backing vocalists were The Imperials, June Page, Millie Kirkham, Ginger Holiday and Temple Riser. For this album producer Felton Jarvis attempted to set the Christmas mood in May by having the studio decorated with a tree and empty boxes beautifully wrapped. Elvis even brought gifts for everyone, presenting each with engraved gold bracelets that said “Elvis ’71″.

I hope that you enjoyed this article and may God bless you all.

Jeff Schrembs
http://www.ElvisCollector.info
www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org
2012 All Rights Reserved

Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from Jeff Schrembs


Personally, and on behalf of everyone at www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org, www.ElvisCollector.info, I wanted to say THANK YOU and wish everyone a; wonderful, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving.

To our military, and their loved ones/family members, THANK YOU for your service to our Country.

To my children, family, loved ones, and friends, please know that: I love you, I miss you, I pray for you, I long to see you, I want only the best for you, and you are always on my mind…and in my heart.

May God bless you all.

Jeff Schrembs

Proof positive that "feeling blue" IS really…blue


To all of those who are, including me, “feeling blue” it has now been proven that you ARE really – really – blue.  As confirmed in this scan when you are depressed it shows up as the color blue versus “normal” (what exactly is that nowadays”?) being yellow.

Here’s hoping that there are “brighter days” (think yellow) ahead for everyone and let’s not have (caution – Elvis Presley analogy – shocker coming from me isn’t it?) a “Blue Christmas” other than on our Christmas Music Playlists.

Take care and may God bless you all.

Proof positive that "feeling blue" = depression


To all of those who are, including me, “feeling blue” it has now been proven that you ARE really – really – blue.  As confirmed in this scan when you are depressed it shows up as the color blue versus “normal” (what exactly is that nowadays”?) being yellow.

Here’s hoping that there are “brighter days” (think yellow) ahead for everyone and let’s not have (caution – Elvis Presley analogy – shocker coming from me isn’t it?) a “Blue Christmas” other than on our Christmas Music Playlists.

Take care and may God bless you all.

Elvis Presley Billboard Top 20 Hits (during his lifetime)


Heartbreak Hotel
1
1956
I Was the One
19
1956
Blue Suede Shoes
20
1956
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
1
1956
Don’t Be Cruel
1
1956
Hound Dog
1
1956
Love Me Tender
1
1956
Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)
20
1956
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
19
1956
Love Me
2
1957
Too Much
1
1957
All Shook Up
1
1957
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
1
1957
Loving You
20
1957
Jailhouse Rock
1
1957
Treat Me Nice
18
1957
Don’t
1
1957
I Beg of You
8
1957
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
2
1958
Doncha’ Think It’s Time
15
1958
Hard Headed Woman
1
1958
One Night
4
1958
I Got Stung
8
1958
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I
2
1959
I Need Your Love Tonight
4
1959
A Big Hunk O’ Love
1
1959
My Wish Came True
12
1959
Stuck On You
1
1960
Fame and Fortune
17
1960
It’s Now or Never
1
1960
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
1
1960
I Gotta Know
20
1960
Surrender
1
1961
Flaming Star
14
1961
I Feel So Bad
5
1961
Little Sister
5
1961
(Marie’s the Name of) His Latest Flame
4
1961
Can’t Help Falling in Love
2
1961
Good Luck Charm
1
1962
Follow That Dream
15
1962
She’s Not You
5
1962
Return to Sender
2
1962
One Broken Heart for Sale
11
1963
(You’re the) Devil in Disguise
3
1963
Boss Nova Baby
8
1963
Kissin’ Cousins
12
1964
Such a Night
16
1964
Ask Me
12
1964
Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby
16
1964
Crying in the Chapel
3
1965
(Such an) Easy Question
11
1965
I’m Yours
11
1965
Puppet on a String
14
1965
Love Letters
19
1966
If I Can Dream
12
1968
In the Ghetto
3
1969
Suspicious Minds
1
1969
Don’t Cry, Daddy/Rubberneckin’
6
1969
Kentucky Rain
16
1970
The Wonder of You/Mama Liked the Roses
9
1970
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me/Patch It Up
11
1970
Burning Love
2
1972
Separate Ways
20
1972
Streamroller Blues/Fool
17
1973
If You Talk in Your Sleep
17
1973
Promised Land
14
1974
My Boy
20
1975
Way Down
18
1977