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March 2010
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late March
  • Burglary Suspect Claims to be Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley
    ( / AP, March 31 2010)
    Franklin County authorities say a man accused of breaking into a home in Franklin County claiming to be Jesus Christ and Elvis Presley will undergo a mental evaluation. Authorities say 65-year-old Jean Timms of Gun Town, Miss., is charged with third-degree burglary, attempted indecent exposure and resisting arrest.

    Officials say the homeowner was awakened by the break-in and confronted Timms, who first said he was Jesus Christ and was there to have sex with his wife and daughter. They say that a few minutes later, Timms identified himself as Elvis Presley and pulled his pants down to his knees. Police were called, and they say Timms ran out but was quickly captured. He was being held without bond at the county jail.

  • CKX near buyout with One Equity Partners
    (, March 27 2010)
    The company that owns the "American Idol" franchise may itself be looking to get out of the spotlight.

    CKX, the publicly traded entertainment company that also controls the Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley brands, is close to completing a buyout with One Equity Partners, the private-equity operation of JPMorgan Chase. The deal on the table involves CKX investors getting around $6 a share, with CKX boss Robert F.X. Sillerman continuing to control around 21 percent of the company. CKX shares closed up 8.8 percent yesterday to $5.96, but surged to $6.19 a share in after-hours trading. The company has a market cap of $554 million.

    ... The buyout represents another bite of the apple for Sillerman, whose last bid to take CKX private was stalled by the credit crunch. ... CKX also controls the rights to the names and likenesses of celebrities living and dead with the goal of leveraging them as much as possible.

  • Elvis impersonators square off at annual steak-eating contest
    (Marin Independent Journal, March 26 2010)
    More than $5,000 raised for clubıs Sick Kids Fund

    Ray Hollick felt a bit full after eating a 72-ounce steak and winning the annual North Shore Cruisers meat-eating contest on Saturday evening at Dunlop Lake Lodge, about 10 kilometres north of Elliot Lake.

    The Elvis Presley impersonator competed against his younger counterpart, Elvis impersonator Thor Bonfig. Hollick finished his monster meal in 46 minutes and 15 seconds.

    The senior Elvis tribute artist made eating the massive meat look easy. His wife Priscilla Hollick did not seem surprised. Before the match started she said her husband has been training all his life for this moment. When Hollick was a teenager he ate about seven pounds of meat. ...

  • Fairfax names field after man who loves it most
    (Marin Independent Journal, March 26 2010)
    Years from now, when Little League players at Fairfax's Contratti Field want to know why their ballpark is decorated with the image of Elvis Presley driving a tractor, Jim Jenkins will tell them about the man who turned the downtown field into something special. ...

  • Gaga & Elvis are dream duet
    (, March 26 2010)
    A duet featuring Lady Gaga and Elvis Presley has been voted fans' ultimate collaboration in a new poll.

    Music lovers were asked to pick the two singers they would most like to see team up for a track in a survey by dating website - and a duet between the Poker Face hitmaker and The King came top.

    Michael Buble and Nina Simone came second on the rundown, while soul stars Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross were voted third. A Will Young/Barbra Streisand duet was the fourth most popular combination, while a Bonnie Tyler and Meatloaf collaboration rounded out the top five.

  • Museum exposes Elvis, "the threat" to American morals
    By Virginie Montet
    ( / AFP, March 26 2010)
    When Elvis Presley made his debut he triggered a wave of conservative media outrage scandalized by the young pop idol who they swiftly denounced as a "threat to the morals of young America."

    A new exhibition dubbed "Elvis: The groundbreaking, hip-shaking, newsmaking story," now charts the fortunes of the explosive singer, who was in later years to become known simply as "The King".

    "Elvis startled America and the news media in 1956, and press coverage was often scathing and alarmist," said Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum in Washington, which is hosting the expo. But by painting Elvis as a danger after his 1956 appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," the media actually helped the young singer -- trademark quiff, jumpsuit and all -- shoot to fame.

    "The press of the 1950s viewed themselves as arbiters of American values. The press criticism was very harsh, very negative," Paulson told AFP. "But if you tell America that somebody is too dangerous and too sexy to be on a TV set, you find yourself selling a lot of records overnight. It turned out to be very helpful to his career."

    The exhibit, which opens in what would have been Elvis's 75th birthday year, features a flurry of news clips from the 1950s where he is accused of triggering an "orgy of squealing" among "agitated" adolescents and old ladies alike. "He vibrated his hips so much... it was impossible to hear him sing," another article read. In a June 16, 1956 Time magazine piece, a policeman quipped: "If he did that in the street, we'd arrest him."

    In addition to rare photographs, newspaper clippings and a news scrapbook compiled by Elvis manager colonel Tom Parker, the exhibit features some of the most memorable costumes from his stage and screen appearances, many never shown publicly before.

    There is the dress uniform Elvis wore during his US Army service, a signed champagne bottle from his marriage to Priscilla at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and his 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle and leather jacket that helped make the singer a symbol of youth rebellion.

    Also on display are the gold-plated belt and velvet jacket Elvis wore during his 1970 White House meeting with president Richard Nixon, an event so closely guarded that it was not leaked to the press until a year later. The photograph of the conservative president shaking the King's hand is the most requested photo at the National Archives, even surpassing the Bill of Rights or the US Constitution. Elvis came away with a federal narcotics badge which Nixon gave him after the singer requested to be made a federal anti-drugs agent-at-large.

  • What do Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger and Corey Haim Have in Common[?]
    By Steven Sherman
    ( / Christian Newswire, March 26 2010)
    What Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger and Corey Haim have in common is that they all died from prescription drug overdoses. Opioid analgesics are drugs that are usually prescribed to treat pain. Poisoning death rates involving opioid analgesics have more than tripled in the United States since 1999.

    The weekend of April 10th - 11th, 2010 has been designated as the 20th Annual "Just Pray NO!" to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting. Since April 7th, 1991 "Just Pray NO!" Ltd. has sought to unite Christians from around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of the addicted and their families. Not only is substance abuse America's number one health problem, the devastation of alcoholism and other drug addiction has impacted families and communities worldwide! ...

  • Police look for burglar who stole record player
    (, March 25 2010)
    State police are looking for those responsible for burglarizing a Centre Hall home and stealing a 47-year-old man's "Elvis Presley" gold 45 rpm record player. Police said the man was gone from the home from May until March 10, and returned to find the record player and several vinyl records - including "Jailhouse Rock" - missing.
    Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Rockview at 355-7545.

  • Gospel singer brings his story, music to Portage: Armond Morales talks about surviving cancer
    By Susan O'Leary
    (, March 22 2010)
    A Grammy Award-winning gospel singer who has performed with Elvis Presley, Jimmy Dean and Pat Boone demonstrated his mellow bass vocals Sunday evening at the Central Church of God in Portage. "God has blessed me with a wonderful gift, and I use it for him," Armond Morales told the congregation gathered for the 6 p.m. service.

    Morales, who sang for 42 years with the gospel musical group The Imperials, and his wife, Bonnie, now live in Nashville, Tenn. For the past year and a half, the couple have traveled on the weekends, performing and ministering at churches around the country. ...

    Grammy Award winner Armond Morales leads members of Portage's Central Church of God in song Sunday during his visit to the church.

  • 'Elvis Presley obsessed with teenage girls'
    Press Trust Of India
    (, March 21 2010)
    Elvis Presley, the 'King of Rock and Roll', was a womaniser who was obsessed with teenage girls and had a penchant for those who looked like his mother, a new book claims.

  • Elvis shook, and society did too
    (Memphis Commercial Appeal, March 20 2010)
    Was Elvis Presley such a news media phenomenon that he deserves a special, stand-along exhibit at journalism's showcase, the Newseum in Washington?

    Are you kidding?

    Consider this: when Mikhail Gorbachev was contemplating dismantling the Soviet Union, according to documentary film maker Larry Nager, he played Elvis Presley records for background music.

    "Elvis did change everything," said Nager, author of the 1998 book "Memphis Beat: The Story of America's Musical Crucible." ... The seismic shift in popular culture that occurred becase of Elvis Presley is the focus of a retrospective at the Newseum that features some memorabilia that haven't even been made public at Graceland. The exhibit follows a National Archives review earlier this year of the historic meeting in 1970 between Elvis and President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office.

    Biographers, historians, behavioral scientists, cutlural and music critics, and fans contacted by The Commercial Appeal said the focus of the exhibit at the journalism-centric museum on Pennsylvania Avenue is legitimate, both because Elvis change the way the news media handled celebrity and for lesson on how celebrities manipulate their audiences and influence social policy. ...

  • Women's Center's Boogie has Elvis theme
    (, March 20 2010)
    Since the 1950s, legions of fans have thrilled to Elvis Presley's memorable music. The King of Rock 'n' Roll still has fans all shook up throughout the world.

    A 75th birthday bash presented by the Fort Bend County Women's Center and title sponsor, PCCA, commemorating Presley's legacy will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Stafford Centre. Boogie is the Women's Center's '50s and '60s annual fundraiser bringing out over 900-plus guests to shake, rattle and roll to the greatest hits of that era.

    Proceeds from this fundraiser provide emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling and other support services to victims of family violence and sexual assault and their children to achieve safety and self-sufficiency. "We are creating a unique event to commemorate this milestone in the Presley legacy.  We will have a pink Cadillac full of ideas for this event and we're hoping to have a whole lotta Elvis related items where Elvis' legs wont be the only thing shaking at the Stafford Centre," says Alina Gonzalez, event chair. ...

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