- 'Dancing' Stars Angered Over Bruno's Bolton Jive Slam
(omg.yahoo.com, September 28 2010)
Sarah Palin may have turned up to "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night, but the big story was the beat down crooner Michael Bolton got from one of the judges.
Bruno Tonioli enraged not only British judge Len Goodman, but also the contestants, after he said Michael's jive with Chelsie Hightower - set to Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" -- was the "worst" dance he's seen in 11 seasons. Brutal Bruno ended up giving Michael and Chelsie a 3 out of 10, something that sent shockwaves among the celebrities. ...
- Elvis Presley Enterprises Buys 3716 Elvis Presley Blvd
Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports
(memphisdailynews.com, September 28 2010)
Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has bought a 3,500-square-foot building at 3716 Elvis Presley Blvd. from JBC Financial Group for $1.1 million. Built in 1976, the building sits on 0.56 acres on the east side of Elvis Presley Boulevard north of Dolan Street.
The Shelby County Assessor's 2010 appraisal is $159,300.
The seller, JBC Financial Group, received the property in September 2004 via quitclaim deed from Clinton C. Thomas. JBC Financial lists a Florida address.
Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and CKx Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of EPE, have been buying property around Graceland for several years, citing plans to revitalize the neighborhood.
In a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in August, CKx reported preliminary plans including an expanded visitors center, new attractions, new souvenir shops and potentially a boutique convention hotel.
"Although we continue to consider the exact scope, cost, financing plan and timing of such a project, we expect that the redevelopment of Graceland, if and when pursued, would take several years and could require a substantial financial investment by the company," the company said in the statement.
For more information about redevelopment in Whitehaven around the Graceland area, see the Aug. 14 story "Gaining Speed" in The Daily News' sister publication, The Memphis News, at memphisdailynews.com.
- NPR Recreates Elvis' Favorite (Killer) Sandwich
By Jeff Neumann
(m.gawker.com, September 28 2010)
Did you know that Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich was fried peanut butter and bananas? Fans say the King added bacon, too. Some NPR reporters decided to recreate "The Elvis," and the first bite got this reaction: "Wow, this is gross."
NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Blog Me" blog cooked up The Elvis for "Sandwich Monday" and their reactions are pretty great.
Mike: Wow, this is gross. The flavors don't blend. It's like N'SYNC. They're great together, but as solo acts not so much.
Eva: Yes, they're competing.
Ian: If we're talking about N'SYNC, this sandwich is definitely Joey Fatone.
Ian: I'd prefer my bacon on the side.
Eva: Elvis never had anything on the side. He just had another one of these sandwiches beside his sandwich.
Mike: I just don't see what the fuss is about.
Ian: Maybe Elvis liked his so much because he also put pills on his sandwich. Peanut butter, banana, bacon, and quaaludes.
- Elvis Presley Meets Tofu Pad Thai at Nage
Posted by Stefanie Gans
(washingtoncitypaper.com, September 24 2010)
I'm not sure if Elvis Presley would have been a fan of Meatless Mondays -- the movement to abstain from animal proteins one day a week for a healthier population and planet -- but I have a feeling he'd like this peanut butter and banana dish.
The King's most famous (only?) nod to vegetarianism was his grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches (even though there are variations of the bite with crispy bacon). A year ago, Nage, situated in the Marriott Courtyard Embassy Row on Scott Circle, hosted an Elvis Week Special that included the above sandwich plus other Memphis specialties, such as Priscilla's chicken and waffles. While the commemorative week didn't return this year, it must have been in chef and owner Glenn Babcock's subconscious.
- Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. to rock American Legion
By PHIL FOLEY
(lapeerareaview.mihomepaper.com, September 23 2010)
Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. will perform Sunday at the American Legion Hall in Lapeer. He says hes the actual son of the late Elvis Presley. And Bill Marquardt, general manager of the Lapeer Center Building, says the area is lucky to be able to book him, but is Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. who he claims to be?
One way to find out is to support Lapeer Center Building''s dinner concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lapeer American Legion Hall. Tickets are $25 per person and $160 for a table of eight, with proceeds benefiting the half-century old Lapeer Center Building.
Marquardt said he recently got a last minute call from Tommy Vale at The Oldies Agency, which represents more than 50 oldies and tribute bands, saying he had a last minute opening in Presley Jr.'s Midwest schedule. Without enough time to get a temporary liquor license for his building, Marquardt put together a deal with the Legionares. "We'll be doing a lot more work with them," he promised.
Presley Jr.'s press material says he was born Philip Stanic Christmas Eve 1961 in Gary, Ind. He says his mother was Angelique Delores Pettyjohn, a young actress who had a walk-on role in Blue Hawaii, the first of Elvis Presley's three Hawaiian movies, which was released the month before he was born.
Presley Jr., his story goes, was given to a pair of Yugoslavian circus performers with the Ringling Brothers Circus, who didn't tell him who he really was until he was 21.
Then again, there's a tabloid publication that claims Elvis, who'd be 75 today, faked his death in 1977 and was father to a son born in Germany six months later.
The King's official biographers, however, list Lisa Marie Presley as his only child.
Still, Presley Jr. says he has a federal court order giving him the right to use the name. Presley Jr.'s press materials include a five-page "identity verification," that notes he's never received a cease-and-desist demand from the Presley Estate and that Nevada's Eighth Judicial District Court gave him the right to use the name Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. in 1985.
Marquardt said he is "a talented musician and performer in his own right and he pays loving tribute to his father's music as well as performing his own."
Either way, Marquardt said it's a good show and it helps support the non-profit Lapeer Center Building, which has been serving Lapeer County residents for more than 50 years.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall, 1701 W Genesee St. and Presley Jr.'s show will start at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 810-664-9313.
- Bill Porter: Recording engineer who helped shape the Nashville Sound [Obituary]
(independent.co.uk, September 19 2010)
Visiting RCA Studio B in Nashville can be an eerie experience because the place has changed so little since the early 1960s, when the American sound engineer Bill Porter recorded 150 tracks by Elvis Presley, including the Transatlantic chart-toppers "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Surrender" and "Good Luck Charm" on a then state-of-the-art three-track machine. ...
- Rock Hall presents pictures of Presley with 'ELVIS 1956'
(news-herald.com, September 17 2010)
Elvis may have left the building -- permanently, more than three decades ago -- but there's a building located on the shores of Lake Erie where his legend never departs. That is, of course, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which on Monday unveiled "ELVIS 1956: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" in the Circular Gallery of the Main Exhibit Hall.
"This is a touring photo exhibit of Presley from January 1956, just after his arrival in New York City and after he signed with RCA Records," said Rock Hall Curatorial Director Howard Kramer. "It coincides with his television debut January 1956 on 'The Dorsey Brothers (Stage) Show.' Alfred Wertheimer is sent to cover him, and he stays with Elvis on and off through July of that year. He goes down to Memphis with him. It's really as Presley's rocket starts to rise and goes into orbit and suddenly goes supernova. So Wertheimer is there to document these really galvanizing moments in American cultural history." ...