Elvis Presley’s planes are coming home to Graceland


Elvis Presley’s planes, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, to be moved from Graceland (from the AP)

Two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, could be moved from Graceland to a location down the street under a plan approved Thursday by a county board.

The Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved a proposal from the planes’ current owners, OKC Partnership, to place the aircraft on a lot just steps from the Graceland property.

The planes have been situated at Graceland since the mid-1980s, and they are a popular tourist draw. They had been sold after Presley’s death and were eventually purchased by OKC Partnership in Memphis.

OKC Partnership and Graceland agreed to bring the planes to the singer’s home. Their agreement called for OKC Partnership to receive a cut of ticket sales in return for keeping the planes there.

In an April 7, 2014, letter to OKC Partnership, Elvis Presley Enterprises said the company was exercising its option to end the agreement and asked OKC “to make arrangements for the removal of the airplanes and the restoration of the site on or shortly after April 26, 2015.”

The Memphis City Council must approve the plan. If they are moved to the new location, the planes would be part of an outdoor display and museum for tourists to visit.

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Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley


WM 1955 CANDID Elvis trying on jacket

 

Elvis and Buddy Holly

Young Buddy Holly was a nineteen-year-old aspiring musician in Lubbock Texas when he first met Elvis. It happened at the local Cotton Club on October 15, 1955. Buddy and his friend Bob Montgomery opened the show as Buddy and Bob, before Elvis came out and took over. Buddy Holly also opened for Elvis that year at the Fair Park Coliseum.

 

Here is an interesting legend to come out of these meetings, according to Elvis – His Life from A to Z by Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius:

 

“According to legend, Elvis told Holly and Montgomery that if they came down to the ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ he’d get them on the show, but when they did show up, Horace Logan [ed. note: station manager at KWKH, which produced the Louisiana Hayride] turned them away, and Elvis wasn’t there.”

 

In spite of this, Holly has been quoted, “Without Elvis, none of us would have made it.

 

Here’s a little-known nugget. Elvis’ band, Scottie Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana, caused almost all West Texas Rockabilly bands to change their style, including the Crickets playing behind Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison’s band.

 

Elvis and Buddy Holly must have liked a lot of the same songs, because they both recorded these songs by other popular singers:

 

Good Rockin’ Tonight (Roy Hamilton)

Reddy Teddy (Little Richard)

Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)

Shake, Rattle and Roll (Joe Turner / Bill Haley)

Rip It Up (Little Richard)

 

Elvis never recorded any songs released by Buddy Holly, and Holly never recorded any Elvis songs except one. He once said, “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” was his favorite Elvis song. He recorded it as a demo during a visit to a radio station in 1956. To my knowledge, it was never released during his life.

 

After his death, all sort of rare Buddy Holly music was released. Because Holly’s career was cut so short, the total number of songs he recorded was much less than Elvis accumulated. But that didn’t prevent historians and record producers from finding every scrap of tape with Holly playing and singing on them. Then they put out albums like this. He was the undisputed king of the lost-basement-tapes, until they started digging for Jimi Hendrix material a decade later..

 

It is generally known that Waylon Jennings was part of the Crickets on that fateful night fifty years ago. He was supposed to be on the charter plane with Holly, but gave up his seat to the Big Bopper. There are few photos of Jennings with Holly, but here is one:

 

There is one last Elvis and Buddy Holly connection. Both Elvis and Holly are charter members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1986,when the first ten inductees to the Hall were named, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly were chosen. Two rock icons, for sure.

 

New site pertaining to Elvis Presley’s recordings


 

EP RECORDS link

 

We just discovered this website but, as of July 2014, we wanted Elvis Presley fans worldwide to know about it. Hence the reason for this post.

As always we hope you enjoy this and please continue to follow our blogs and visit http://www.ElvisCollector.info and our (still in beta testing) http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org.

http://www.elvisrecords.us

 

 

Jeff Schrembs shares 10 of his favorite Elvis Presley songs


Being limited (self implemented) to choosing only (10) ten favorite Elvis Presley songs is subject to; moods, memories, and mentality.

In no specific order they are:

 

Portrait of my love

How the web was woven

You’re so square…baby I don’t care

Always on my mind

500 miles

Suspicious minds

I was the one (rehearsal version circa 1970)

Earth angel (YES Elvis sang this song)

Peace in the valley

If everyday was like Christmas

 

By the way if you haven’t heard some of these songs please visit my YouTube page and…enjoy.  The direct link is: https://www.youtube.com/user/JeffSchrembs

 

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