Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Elvis Presley statues for Tupelo.

Sad news. UPDATE  6th October 2015.  Photo 1974.
Maureen my wife of almost 56 years died on the 14th September last aged just 74.. Following 9 months of repeated chest infections, loss of sight in her right eye and kidney failure, Maureen a very courageous little lady finally gave up the struggle. She died peacefully in her sleep. Our son John and daughter Tracey and I were by her side the day she died.
Maureen appreciated all the efforts of hospital medical staff to help her over many decades and therefore dedicated her body to the College of Surgeons in Dublin.
A memorial and Celebration of her life will be held  early next summer. All her relations and friends will be invited to a music and refreshments event, to be announced.

Maureen hand feeding a 'wild' pigeon in our back garden shortly after her 74th birthday on the 5th September 20215.
In my Blue Suede Jacket at the unveiling of sculptor Michiel Vander Sommen's beautiful sculptures of Elvis Presley. In Tupelo Mississippi overlooking Elvis's birthplace and the Elvis at 13 statue of 2002,  There were hundreds of fans and politicians etc there to see them.
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Dick Guytom of Tupelo Mississippi with clay image of Elvis at 11 by gifted sculptor Michiel Van der Sommen. Bronze versions of this and a much larger statue of Elvis Presley will be unveiled in Tupelo MS on the 8th of August 2015.  There will also be very important developments at Graceland in Memphis.
I may try and be there. Media interest here in Ireland and elsewhere would be welcomed. Tel 353 01 8403685.
Update July 26th 2015.
Hello old friends. :-) Life is good.
Flowers from our garden here in Mooretown Swords County Dublin are being transplanted wherever possible around the adjacent locality including 100 metres along a busy main road where they are admired by passers by and an example to hundreds of school children what can be done when there's a will.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Update 17 April 2015. Busy gardening and spreading flowers around the locality close to our home.

These new posters will be seen all over Ireland reminding people just how important Elvis Presley was/is to modern culture.

Elvis is on the building!

Friday, November 14, 2014

"My Happiness", Elvis Presley, 1953.

Waterside House hotel Donabate north county Dublin Ireland.  A new resource.

Priscilla Presley is in Manchester U.K. 24th November 2014.  Graceland Exhibition in London.

The "My Happiness" story presently circulating  in the international media has an Irish link. Yours truly!
Anthony and Dennis Duggan friends of Ed leek contacted me back in 2008, because Ed was attempting to find a buyer for Elvis's first disc. I was chosen to help publicise Ed's effoerts. We became good friends, exchanging letters, email and dozens of telephone calls.
Sadly Ed Leek died a few years ago and the disc became the property of his widow, Susan Leek. We spoke and she sent me notes, concerning the disc. Unfortunately Susan died last June. We had hoped to meet her in Florida when we were there. A mutual friend informed us of her passing.

Now Graceland is to auction the famous recording on what would have been Elvis's birthday, the 8th January 2015. 
Do I have a story to share?

Friday, June 27, 2014

UPDATE Monday 13th October 2014. 
NEWS. A New statue of the great Irish tenor John 'Count' McCormack is to be unveiled in his birthplace Athlone county Westmeath, Friday 24th October. 
See post 21 for more about the legendary singer.
R.I.P., Deborah Cavendish, Dowager, Duchess of Devonshire. An Elvis Presley fan. She told me so in a little note!
Important Elvis Presley Event Hacketstown Ireland 18th and 19th October 2014.
R.I.P. Robin Williams. You appreciated Elvis and Mozart.
R.I.P. Lauren Bacall.
Elvis Presley Week in Memphis is underway.  Tupelo Mississippi commemorates too!
BBC 4 TV to commemorate Elvis Presley's first commercial single, 'That's Alright Mama and Blue Moon of Kentucky, on Friday the 1st August at 9.10 pm.

The First Elvis Presley Festival in Elvis's birthplace, Tupelo Mississippi, August 1999..

There is growing interest in why it was only started in 1999 after more than three decades of inaction by the Tupelo establishment.

I know yours truly had earlier in 1999 asked the then Mayor, Glenn L McCullough "When is Elvis Presley Day in Tupelo?". The telephone went silent.

Need we get Sherlock Holmes on the case?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

‘All Shook Up’ in downtown Sanford

UPDATE: 29th March 2015

This is page getting a lot of Attention on google  yahoo, and webcrawler
‘The Elvis Presley Festival, Tupelo'  I contacted the Mayor of Tupelo back in 1999. I enquired when is the Elvis Presley Day in Tupelo?

A case for Sherlock Holmes. Elementary my fellow Elvis fans.
"I will have to get back to you on that" said the Mayor, Glenn L McCullough. Two day later his secretary called us here in Ireland by telephone and said, "The Mayor would like you to know an Elvis Festival will take place in Tupelo next August.
The first, after more than thirty years of virtual inaction.
I believe it came about because of my call to the Mayor. That fact has never been acknowledged by the powers that be in Tupelo.. Now is the time. Elvis's 80th birthday approaches. There will be a lot of Elvis stories in the media. We have the best !!! Call me 01 8403685.
 . Enough material for a TV Documentary.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Discovering Ireland.

Update 29th March 2015.
7th June 2014.
My wife Maureen and I
placed the Irish tricolour in the hand of the bronze statue of 'Elvis at 13' recently because the idea of portraying Elvis as a boy came all the way from Ireland to Tupelo Mississippi via snail mail to the Mayor, Larry K Otis, in 2001. He wasted no time and the statue was unveiled on Elvis's birthday the 8th of January, 2002.  A story in search of a Documentary maker. Where's RTE!  Or Any adventurous folk willing to take on an extraordinary Elvis Presley saga. Yes saga!

Kate Bush on the cover of Classic Pop magazine, 10 page coverage of her astonishing career in music.

Whytes Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia catalogue now available online. Hard copies at their premises.

A Kate Bush letter to me is included, plus some of my Elvis related photos from movie stars.

 The proposed Tupelo Elvis Trail is a most welcome development.

#News Update June 2014.

For Los Angeles Times readers, Kate Bush, below.
Below, Elvis wearing green in 1956.
Elvis on the cover of Vintage Rock magazine this month. 60th Anniversary 10 page feature.
PRISCILLA PRESLEY visit's Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo MS last Saturday and looks upon the statue of "Elvis at 13", by sculptor Michiel Van der Sommen, from an idea first proposed by an Elvis fan in Ireland! Priscilla received a miniature version of the statue as a gift.
Story in the Washington Post and travelling around the world.

The sculptor mentioned above, has included the photo of Priscilla with his statue of Elvis, on his website!
Richard Dawkins a huge fan of Elvis's Gospel music in his teens! The book is a fascinating look back on his extraordinary life.
Marilyn Mason dancing with Elvis.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Mary Tyler Moore.

Sent from her office in New York more than ten years ago.
She starred in Elvis Presley's last film, Change of Habit, as a Nun!