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).

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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

 

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

 

Love means never having to say you’re sorry…NOT


  In a galaxy far far away (i.e. in the 1970’s) one of the greatest tear jerker movies ever made was released. It’s name said it all “Love Story”.

 

I won’t play spoiler so if you are part of the “new generation”, who knows nothing about this movie, then (a) I DARE YOU to rent it – watch it – and not cry (and YES 1 tear constitutes crying) and (b) this article is not for you.

 

To the “seasoned generation(s)” (how do you like that word I used “seasoned” as opposed to “old”?) you know that THE memorable line, in the movie, was “love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Pause to reflect. Still pausing. Pausing some more. Through pausing.

 

Anyway IN THE REAL WORLD saying you’re sorry IS important especially when it comes to those you love. If you don’t think saying you’re sorry, or really being sorry, is not important then ask yourself this “are you willing to lose the greatest love of your life” OR “are you willing to permanently damage your relationship with those you care most about” (memory lapse alert=I forgot to add the question marks so here they are?)?

 

To take it a step further it is more important that you FEEL SORRY – that you understand the other person’s point of view – that you learn from your mistakes – and that your ACTIONS (not when you get caught or when it is too late) reflect the reality of you being sorry.

 

They say (don’t ask me who they are because I am still finding out who I am in certain areas) that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and this is also untrue because over these past 2 years I have learned a lifetime of “lessons”, and (sadly) the deterioration of relationships that meant/mean the world to me, and real lessons are not…easy.

 

NOTHING will ever replace the interaction between the ones we love.

 

NOTHING will ever replace the knowledge, the heightened senses, and the soul turning inner feelings, of falling in love…with the…one. The one that you waited for. The one you hoped for. The one you longed for. The one that you just…knew.

 

To those who haven’t found “the one”…don’t give up.

 

To those who have found “the one” then never let loose – never stop listening – never stop improving – never stop telling them how much they mean to you – never stop loving – and never EVER take them for granted or minimize their needs. When God puts you together with “the one” he never says it will be “easy” nor does he promise “the status quo”. As each year passes there should be a RENEWAL of the relationship keeping the aspects that “work” for both and striving to improve/change/etc. the aspects that…”don’t”. Only by this realization, commitment, and effort can one lay their head down at night with a loving heart not worried about what tomorrow will bring (concerning the strength of the relationship).

 

I used to think that not drinking, not doing drugs, not going out to parties/bars/etc., being a good Father, never pursuing anyone else (for one night or otherwise) working hard, trying, etc. was…”enough”. It wasn’t. The life lesson I learned is that not only was it NOT ENOUGH but that I should have known, with every cell in my being, that it wasn’t and that I should not of fallen into the “trap” of complacency.

 

For those keeping score, or who may be familiar with my online writings, you may be aware that I was diagnosed with cancer about 2 years ago. This was in addition to an “alphabet soup” of medical diagnosis/complications and very real mental/physical/emotional problems with adversely affected me 24/7.

 

You ask “how do we get from love story – to life lessons – to your illness”? Well, Mr. and/or Mrs. Impatient let me tell you. But first, because I can, I will play the “pause card” and make you read the next sentence (lesson learned…don’t rush me).

 

There are those, both near and far, that I NEED (and are and have been deserving) to hear me say “I’m sorry” not because I can form the words and speak them but…because I am…and I have been and I wish I had the chance earlier.

 

It’s like the saying (“them again”…who are they really?) that goes “if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there, is a sound made” (or something to that effect)? Well, what if you are sorry – have been sorry – have changed for the better (in many many ways) and yet the persons deserving of hearing these words aren’t around and/or don’t provide you with the opportunity to convey these earnest feelings? Are you still…sorry? The answer is YES and the real answer is YES and you should never forget it and work, 24/7, to replace the lives/memories/moments (of each person deserving of hearing the apology) with ones of; happiness, love, understanding, acceptance, joy, peace, etc.

 

In summary, movies have their place. Words have their place. Actions have their place. But none of these, individually and/or collectively, can ever replace the exchange of a heartfelt/sincere interaction when one conveys the words of “I’m sorry” regardless of IF or WHEN the other person(s) accept the apology. That, my online friends, is the point of this story and it is especially true when it is…a LOVE story.

 

 

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