Thursday, 6 November 2014

Elvis Before Graceland

Little is known about the time just after Elvis graduated till he rocked the world. Until now.

The years of 1952 through 1954 are critical in understanding Elvis, because they helped form the man, his dreams, and his direction in life. It is only natural to ask what life was for Elvis in these trialing years, and what the defining factors were that projected him down the path he took later.

James Tipler, Elvis' former boss at Crown Electric, was in the unique position to shed plenty of light on those years. Mr. Tipler experienced both the young and the older Elvis, and his record tells an untold story that answers many other questions about the latter Elvis. 

What kind of job did Elvis do while he was at Crown Electric? What was the quality of work he put in? Was he as good and disciplined there, as he turned out to be later in life, during gruesome concert schedules that required such a strong will? Why did he invest in his former employer’s business, even after he made it big? Why did he suddenly stop buying his concert clothing from Lansky's? Why did he choose to live in Memphis after achieving the success he had? What was the true reason why Elvis never performed outside the U.S.?

"Elvis Before Graceland" is advertised as a treasure trove of documents, photos, and events never released or told before, and a must-read for all who are interested in Elvis' earlier life. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Scratch My Back


This little fella is a creature called a South American Coati. His name is Elvis, and the exotic little fur ball loves nothing more than some nap-time scratches. Watch as he demands all the back scratches and belly rubs his owner can give.

Source: - Nicolle von Eberkopf

Friday, 26 September 2014

Elvis and Barbra

Barbra Streisand on singing “Love Me Tender" with Elvis: “Our spirits were touching." "Love Me Tender" is one of the 12 extraordinary duets on Barbra's album Partners.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The 21 Wittiest Comebacks Ever to End an Argument

Huffington Post recently had their readers voting for the 'Wittiest Comebacks Ever to End an Argument.'  Twenty-one made the list and our man, Elvis, came third in the poll with the following:

We, as Elvis fans know he had quite a sense of humour and was very witty.  If we had a say, I'm sure we would have had Elvis taking up all the spots on this list of 21! So, let's make our own list of 'Elvis's 21 Wittiest Comebacks'. Just write your favourite Elvis saying, comeback or answer in the comments box and show the world Elvis was the King of Wit! 

Are you up for this challenge? Then, go cat go!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

EPFCA at 10 - Take 4

After watching G.I. Blues at our local drive-in at the tender age of 6/7, I became a hardcore Elvis fan. My first LP was G. I. Blues which I still have. My first 7-single was Elvis. My first CD and DVD was Elvis. Elvis has always been part of my life.

In 2004 ETV started showing all the old Elvis movies and I was seriously hooked again, feeling like the little girl of all those years ago.

At around that time Annemarie and Nicolette drove around handing out flyers advertising the Elvis Fan Club at different libraries. Not coming to Somerset West Library where I work, a friend from Strand Library sent me one. It took a couple of months before I phoned, not knowing what to expect as some Elvis fans are real weirdos! And then another couple of months before I went!

Well, what a great surprise. Here I am 7 years later and still a member. We are like one big happy family enjoying Elvis once a month.

My highlight was definitely in 2007 when 4 of us went to Memphis for the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death. There were 75,000 fans. Driving through the gates of Graceland for the first time, was such an emotional experience for me. Walking through Elvis’ house, touching things he had touched (not allowed, but I did!), wow. Then standing by his grave – words just cannot describe the way I felt.

Thank you EPFCA - happy 10th birthday and here’s to the next 10 years!
 Jackie van Schalkwyk © EPFCA