Friday, November 14, 2014

"My Happiness", Elvis Presley, 1953.

Auction at Graceland generated millions of dollars worth of publicity.
Update: 23rd February 2015 .
London Graceland/Elvis Exhibit 100,000 visitors so far!  
My Happiness sold for 300.000! See full story here
Ed Leek's niece Lorisa Hilburn the benefactor.
Elvis Presley would have been 80 today if he had lived. The whole world  looks to Graceland today.
A great many Elvis Presley stories on google news. As his 80th birthday nears there is ....bound to be an upsurge! 
BBC  TV Breakfast News feature the Elvis Presley / Graceland Artifacts Exhibition in London UK this morning.

Elvis Presley, books, DVDs CDs and assorted gifts now widely available in our stores.

Priscilla Presley is in Manchester U.K. 11th December 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

The John McCormack statue by sculptor Rory Breslin is sure to become a huge attraction in Athlone county Westmeath. Already covered briefly on RTE 1 Radio, it is sure to attract TV documentary makers.
 Excuse the date above,  Story in depth

Westmeath Independent newspaper looking for opinions on the new John McCormack statue in Athlone.
Priscilla Presley to Star in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Opera House Theatre Manchester UK 11th December 2014 till 4th January 2015.
 Massive Elvis Presley Exhibition to take place at the O2 London UK from mid December to August 2015!!!   
NEWS. 12th November 2014. A New statue of the great Irish tenor John 'Count' McCormack was  unveiled in his birthplace Athlone county Westmeath, Friday 24th October. The statue is located outside the Athlone Civic Centre and Library. 
The story is slowly but surely heading for The Irish Times (Eh Roisin?) and RTE1 radio tonight on Arena 7pm.
R.I.P., Deborah Cavendish, Dowager, Duchess of Devonshire. An Elvis Presley fan. She told me so in a little note!
 Ebola Has A Visa!

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: 25nd June 2014.

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.

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!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A copy of Constable's famous Haywain painting, by yours truly, and Maureen my wife. circa 1974.

Monday, October 07, 2013

John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara Sculpture Cong Mayo Ireland.


 A wonderful depiction of John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara sculptured in bronze, as they appeared in the movie, "The Quiet Man", which has become a much loved classic, shown regularly on TV around the world.

Ireland will definitely benefit from this work by a gifted artist, sculptor, Mark Rode.
Tourist numbers to Cong in county Mayo Ireland, are sure to increase!