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Elvis Lives On

Today, August 16, is the 35th Anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. He died in 1977 of a heart arrhythmia at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. As one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of his time, his death came as a shock to his many devoted fans. In honor of Elvis, included here are some interesting facts about the “The King”.

Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.  In 1954, Elvis began his singing career at the legendary Sun Records. His recording contract was sold a year later to RCA records.  Elvis had an illustrious career as a singer and an actor.  He has been inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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Famous “Elvis” Tradmarks

The famous left-sided grin

His movements, with his pelvis, that gave him the nickname, “Elvis, the pelvis”, which he strongly disliked

Longer and slightly deeper sideburns

White sequined jumpsuits with rhinestones

Onstage karate moves

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches (with bacon)

Two trademark phrases were “Thank ya!” and “Thank ya’ very much!”

Southern accent

Black hair often greased back

Husky voice

“Elvis” Trivia

  •  Owned a pet chimpanzee called “Scatter”.
  •  Had 18 Billboard #1 songs, the first being “Heartbreak Hotel” in March of 1956. His 18th and final #1, “Suspicious Minds”, was released in September 1969.
  • The book he was reading at the time of his death was “The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus” by Frank O. Adams, (Psychical Aid Foundation, USA, 1972).
  • From the time they met up until his death, Elvis always sent a roomful of flowers to Anne Margaret whenever she opened up a show in Las Vegas.
  • After seeing him in concert, Liberace suggested adding flashy costumes into his act. Elvis took the advice, and became famous for his gold lame jackets and jeweled white jumpsuits. He later reserved a seat for Liberace at a majority of his concerts, as his way of saying thanks.
  • Died with about $5 million in his bank account.
  • Elvis did not like confrontation. He wanted to fire his manager, Tom Parker, many times. He would tell his friends “Tell Parker, he’s fired.” His friends would go tell him, then Parker would say “Tell Elvis to tell me personally”. Elvis never did.
  • Once an opera singer attended one of his 1950s concerts and met him backstage. The singer told Elvis that he sang like a hillbilly and needed singing lessons. Elvis replied, “Thanks for the advice, but how many of the thousands of people out there tonight came to hear you sing?”.
  • In 1977 alone his personal physician, Dr. ‘George Constantine Nichopoulos’ (usually referred to as “Dr. Nick”), had prescribed at-least 10,000 hits of amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives, and hormones for Presley. His medical license was eventually revoked for prescribing such huge amounts of drugs.
  • His home Graceland in Memphis is the second most popular private tourist attraction in the United States after the White House, and is estimated to bring in $150 million to the city itself each year.

“Elvis” Quotes

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.” -Elvis in 1956, talking about his way of moving on stage.

“The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said, ‘What’d I do? What’d I do?’ And he said “Whatever it is, go back and do it again.” -From a 1972 taped interview used in MGM’s documentary “Elvis on Tour”

“…the image is one thing and the human being is another…it’s very hard to live up to an image.” -From the press conference prior to his record-breaking Madison Square Garden shows in New York City, 1972

 

May Elvis forever rest in peace. His legacy will live on as long as we hold him in our hearts and memories.

 

Related Articles

The 100 Greatest Elvis Presley Songs Of All Time (Part 4: The Top 25)

References

Biography for Elvis Presley. (1990-2012). Retrieved from IMdb.com Inc: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000062/bio

Elvis Presley: The Official Site of the King of Rock & Roll. (2012). Retrieved from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc: http://www.elvis.com/about-the-king/

 

 

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Quotes from the Masters: Picasso

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The Picasso at the Daley Center in Chicago.

I am taking up the Saturday Challenge that “Bringing Europe Home” has offered.  I will use the quote from a Master, “Everything you can imagine is real.” by Pablo Picasso in a post.

This quote by Picasso resonates in my heart for I truly believe that what you think is what you are.  If you believe that you are successful then you will be, and if you believe the opposite, then you will be.

In his book entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote,Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Therefore, if you do not like what you are or what you believe you are, then simply change your beliefs.

Of course, changing your beliefs is a process that you must work at to achieve.  What is amazing is that if you consciously direct your thoughts toward what you wish to be, suddenly, you will be your thoughts.

Here is an example from my own life:  I went to college to become a teacher, I went through all the classes, completed my student teaching, but still did not believe I was a teacher.  When I secured my first teaching position, I began the year by putting up my bulletin boards, filling in my class list, and making my lesson plans. On the first day of school, when I picked up my class from the playground, a mom pointed at me and said to her son, “See, she is your new teacher.” It, then, hit me.  I am a teacher!

Amazingly, even though I had worked four years to become a teacher, it was not until that moment that I believed.  Unfortunately, we do not always have someone to name what we are, most times, we have to believe it and live it ourselves.

The magic in this thinking is that one must also work towards what you imagine in order to make it real.  There are steps that must be taken before you can make your beliefs a reality.  Hence, if you want a new car, you can imagine all you want, but it will not become yours unless you first work towards your goal and believe you can have it. For most of us, a car will not appear in our driveway just because we imagined it.  We must take the steps to achieve what our minds imagine.  We have to think of our thoughts as a seed that we plant, water, fertilize, and eventually it becomes a beautiful flower. Then, everything we imagine is real.

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Illusions by Richard Bach

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IllusionsIllusions by Richard Bach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two barnstorming pilots meet in an Illinois field. One of them is Donald Shimoda, who quit his job as a mechanic at a garage and as a “Messiah”. He left both jobs, because, he was frustrated by people who cared more about the show than the message. Shimoda becomes a teacher to the other pilot, Richard, and even teaches him to perform miracles on his own.
Shimoda share quotes from the “Messiah’s Handbook” with Richard. Some of the more inspiring quotes are…
• “You are never given a wish without being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”
• “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”
• “The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
• “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”

Illusions is a novel that lets the reader decide what is reality and what is illusion. It states that we are all potential “messiahs” if we choose to be. This book is a precursor for the bestselling novel Jonathan Living Seagull. I have read them both, however, Illusions has left a lasting impression on me.
I have shamelessly read this book at least four times. I no longer have a hard copy of the book because I loaned it to someone and he or she never gave it back. It is a short book with only 192 pages, but the information in the book is so applicable that you will want to keep it and refer to it often. I highly recommend reading this book.

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