* published with permission of Jeff Schrembs
Contrary to popular opinion Elvis Presley never appeared on American Bandstand. However he did conduct an interview with Dick Clark in 1960 while serving in the US Army.
Video courtesy of YouTube – AUDIO ONLY
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
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
Getting to know Elvis Presley by Jeff Schrembs 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
His name “triggers” a flood of emotions, memories, thoughts, that is…never-ending.
Elvis was the GREATEST Entertainer who ever lived…period. Elvis was the GREATEST Singer. Elvis was the most successful Hollywood Movie Star…ever (every one of Elvis’ movies made money and no other “actor/actress” can make the same claim).
Elvis was the GREATEST Gospel Performer…ever. When Elvis was on TV (i.e. Milton Berle, Ed Sullivan, Comeback Special, Aloha from Hawaii, etc.) he was the RATINGS KING! Elvis was the CONCERT SELL OUT KING of all time from 1969 through 1977. NO ONE will ever touch Elvis’ Concert attendance records…ever!
Elvis had style, swagger, desire to reach out of his “monetary challenged” existence and use the ONE “tool” that he could count on for success…himself. Elvis wanted to provide for his Mother and man he looked the part, acted the part, played the part, and just flat out BLEW everyone away onstage, and was just as “exciting” offstage.
Elvis was a loving son, husband, father, and a wonderful friend who gave of himself as he truly cared.
Elvis was gifted by God with a face, stance, physical presence, that was COMMANDING and there was NO ONE who looked like him before, then, after, now, as he was similar to a “Greek god statute” with the physical prowess of a Tiger.
If Elvis wanted it…he got it. He absorbed it. He turned it inside out and outside in. He read, he asked questions, he prayed, he kept a dialog with his Mother (after her passing) as well as to his twin brother (who died at birth) and he constantly questioned WHY did God allow him such success?
WOW not many people realize/know how HUMBLE a person Elvis was and it was NOT an act. Yeah, sure he could/would “yes mam” and be very respectful and some people (like you Geraldo Rivera give Elvis his PROPS!) thought it was an “act”…but it was as real as that perfectly defined nose and that jet black hair and those grey-blue-auburn colored eyes that Elvis had.
Elvis was the HIGHEST PAID ENTERTAINER for the majority of his life, excluding when he was mandated to complete the “movie contracts” that went from (approximately) 1961-1968, in a time when the HIGHEST income tax bracket was 90% (which is UNHEARD of today).
Elvis always took care, monetarily, of those within his “inner circle”. Elvis would, and did, give away TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars every year to Charities in Memphis. Elvis not only paid his “inner circle” but he took care of their expenses/food/etc. If you were “in” with Elvis…you were in.
Most of the Memphis Mafia, as Elvis’ “inner circle” were called, were men. However, there was one SPECIAL lady named Patty Perry who was very much in Elvis’ “inner circle”.
There is no doubt that each of these individuals (truly) cared for Elvis. There is also no doubt that, beginning in late 1971, Elvis had some health issues that needed to be addressed.
Many of the “inner circle” tried to provide Elvis with “good advice/options”, concerning his health issues, and sometimes the advice was given “face to face” and just before Elvis died it was released in a book entitled “Elvis what happened?”
There is NO DOUBT that Elvis’ health declined, with a few good months here and there, beginning in late 1971 but really began to deteriorate in 1976 and went FULL FORCE deterioration in 1977. No one can put themselves in his “shoes” as that man (literally) felt like he had the World to carry. He had to make money so he had to perform. He could not eat right, sleep well, go to the bathroom well/often, he had stomach issues, reactions, digestive problems, and (among other things) an enlarged heart.
Elvis continued on performing NOT because he necessarily wanted to (note: in fairness Elvis loved to perform but we are talking about 200 shows a year for a man over the age of 40) but he HAD to
I am NOT a “doctor” but based up all of the “insiders” books, articles, interviews, products that I have read for OVER 40 years now (and continue to read vicariously daily) I believe that Elvis was predisposed for Depression and/or “great highs” and/or “great lows”.
Elvis was allergic to Penicillin and on one occasion he was accidently given Penicillin and had a reaction and almost died. During his time Penicillin was the NUMBER 1 drug to fight infections for most of America…except Elvis and others who had the bad reactions. Elvis had a MAJOR sleeping disorder and had to take medication to even TRY to get some sleep. Elvis’ natural body was ALWAYS moving and ready to go. Elvis stayed up until the sun came up and went to bed and slept until late afternoon – sometimes Elvis would sleep for days and stay in his bedroom.
One FACT stayed with Elvis ever since he was a little boy and that was that he would not outlive his Mother’s age. Elvis often talked about that during his lifetime and several times PRIOR to his Mothers passing.
Elvis TRULY BELIEVED, in his heart and soul, that it was inevitable. When Elvis’ Mother died Elvis believed that she was 42 years old. Factually she was 46 years old and she had kept her true age from Elvis all of his life. Therefore Elvis, going into 1977, knew that the first month of 1977 (January) he would in fact turn 42 (1/8/77). We can only imagine how that REALITY played in Elvis’ head and in his attitude and in his decisions.
Elvis was a COLLECTOR of fine/unique items: clothes, cars, jewelry, shoes, horses, furniture, buses, motorcycles, 3wheelers, etc. Elvis also owned the FIRST “cell phone” (we have a photo of it and it is encased into a wooden box but it worked). Elvis also owned the FIRST VHS player (we have a photo of it as well that we took in 1977) here in the United States. If it was “cool”, cutting edge, etc. then Elvis would get it.
Elvis had a PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY. Elvis also had a great ability to put his thoughts down on paper including designing things. Elvis was a “multi-faceted” man who was multi-talented and a giving caring human being.
Elvis was the MOST PHOTOGRAPHED person who ever lived. Elvis was also the MOST PRODUCT FRIENDLY Entertainer of his time meaning that you could get an Elvis doll, lunchbox, shirt, hat, coat, shoes, etc. Thus there are MANY MANY Elvis Collectibles (we define as Elvis items made AFTER his death of August 16, 1977) and Elvis Memorabilia (we define as Elvis items made during his lifetime of January 8, 1935 until August 16, 1977).
Take care and may God bless you.
|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|
|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|
|All Shook Up||1||1957|
|(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear||1||1957|
|Treat Me Nice||18||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|
|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|
|I Feel So Bad||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|
|Such a Night||16||1964|
|Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby||16||1964|
|Crying in the Chapel||3||1965|
|(Such an) Easy Question||11||1965|
|Puppet on a String||14||1965|
|If I Can Dream||12||1968|
|In the Ghetto||3||1969|
|Don’t Cry, Daddy/Rubberneckin’||6||1969|
|The Wonder of You/Mama Liked the Roses||9||1970|
|You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me/Patch It Up||11||1970|
|If You Talk in Your Sleep||17||1973|
August 17, 2012
Dear Lisa Marie:
35 years ago, and 1 day, you lost your Father and no one will ever know the pains you have had to endure/bear all these years.
Throughout the years I have seen a constant division between certain family members, and members of the Memphis Mafia, and EPE. This was a topic and I routinely discussed with my friend, who (sadly) died before his time, Todd Morgan who rose through the ranks at EPE. I would never disclose the specifics of our conversations but he respected my opinion as I did his.
Over the past few years we have lost so many of those who Elvis; loved, worked with, befriended, trusted, etc. With each passing day the remaining members of the Memphis Mafia, as we all do, grow older and the loss of their friend (i.e. Elvis Presley) never…diminishes. There is no doubt that they, individually and collectively, loved Elvis and carry with them regrets.
I have always believed that events in ones’ life, or a series of events, should ALWAYS be put in context. That people can disagree and yet respect one another. That loving, and caring for, our “fellow man” is not just applicable to those nearby or that we are related to or that ended up on the right side of a position. I have had the utmost respect for Elvis’ charitable endeavors and I am proud to know that you, Lisa Marie, have carried on with giving of your time – your heart – and monetarily.
I ask you now, Lisa Marie and EPE, to please consider that (literally) millions of Elvis Fans Worldwide would like, as would I, to see each member of the Memphis Mafia (i.e. Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, and each member of their immediate family, etc.) formally recognized – appreciated – respected – and embraced by you and EPE. I ask this not because of any “gain” on my part but that time is never guaranteed and that there needs to be true healing between the parties (publicly and privately).
I wish that you never had to grow up without your Father. I wish that God had granted Elvis more time so that he truly knew how much he meant to all of us…and future generations. That he was given time to heal (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.). That he was able to spend more time with you. That he was given the respect, and appreciation, he earned and deserved from the “critics” and “award nominating agencies”.
Some of my most cherished photos, of your Father, is not him onstage but reaching out to hold a child – visiting children in a hospital – bringing a little blind girl onstage – smiling while hugging a child with cancer – and/or kissing an elderly woman and thus bringing an immediate smile to her face. These “acts of kindness” come from the heart and Elvis had, among other things, a huge heart and the world was better off for it. I have always stated that there is honor in kindness – honor in forgiveness – and honor in giving others another chance. In accordance with these genuine gestures I now have authored this open letter to you.
I have lived long enough to know the beauty of a simple gesture and that small steps can lead to honest dialog and communication. This is what I hope, and wish, for…now.
In closing, I will continue to wish you, EPE, and each of your family members nothing but happiness and success in all of your endeavors.
Take care and may God bless you.
2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
You doubt this? You challenge by saying “connect Brad Pitt to Elvis in three steps”…challenge accepted (all in good clean fun of course).
Here are the three steps to connect Elvis Presley to Brad Pitt:
STEP # 1 – Elvis to Telly Salavas (Telly bought a home Elvis owned in 1975).
STEP # 2 – Telly Salavas is Jennifer Aniston’s godfather
STEP # 3 – Jennifer Aniston dated Brad Pitt.
Get the picture? Give it a try and if you get stuck then ADMIT YOUR STUCK AND ASK FOR HELP. That’s the rules as I made this game up. Enjoy.
There are (sadly) reports that Sonny West has been hospitalized and is undergoing urgent medical care at the hospital. Needless to say, this news saddens us and our; thoughts, prayers, and support goes out to Sonny West and to his beloved family and friends. May God bless you and watch over you during this time of need.
Please join us in offering your; condolences, prayers, thoughts, support, etc. for Sonny West – his family – Sandi Pichon – Red West – etc,.
Sonny West is an irreplaceable part of Elvis’ life and we have the utmost respect for him, Red West, Sandi Pichon, and their respected family members.
The facts are that Elvis loved Sonny, and Red, for the majority of his adult life and the time to solely focus on the “regrets” (which I believe all parties endured) OR a specific event in time…has long passed.
These men loved Elvis and their place in Elvis’ life, onstage and off, is deserving of our; respect, appreciation, understanding, and acknowledgment. They were with Elvis almost 24/7 for (approximately) three decades. That in itself is honorable and only they truly know the sacrifices that they made through August 16, 1977…and each moment hereafter.
Thus I say THANK YOU to Sonny West, Red West, Sandi Pichon and to each of their family members for all they have shared (and equally as important what they have kept to themselves for they are entitled to their memories and opinions) with Elvis Presley Fans all these years.
Please GET WELL SONNY and we will be praying for your full recovery.
There are (sadly) reports that Sonny West’s medical condition has deteriorated and that he is in the hospital for heart related issues and is not doing well.
Please join us in offering your; condolences, prayers, thoughts, support, etc. for Sonny West – his family – Sandi Pichon – Red West – etc.
We wish Sonny West a full recovery and offer our support, and prayers, to everyone involved.
Take care and may God bless you.
2012 All Rights Reserved