“Following the path of the King...”
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FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS was born... Almost
casually,... without many ambitions and with a great desire to know and get to know the figure of Elvis Presley. The proposal to do this program came from the Elvis Radio 24 hours Elvis Zone station to do a weekly program but once the project started... there was too much data, too many questions, and although it was a very small project... very simple. .. over time it has grown and our thirst for knowledge no longer has limits....
There is more and more information that we want to know and transmit to the public and we want to know more about Elvis's life, step by step, his movies, his music and especially his legacy that today has no comparison , so we will continue to walk this path that has become so important in our day to day..
Despite the time and circumstances we will continue until the end... Radio program dedicated to learning more and more about the voice of our time,... without comparisons or ambitions...
Without a doubt .... Elvis in you
"Following the path of the King..."
Ana Albajara Aml Elvbeat, Aml Albajara
Our program is different, special, we follow the story of Elvis
Presley to try to get to know him better, his music, his
filmography, ... everything that happened at the time of him and especially at the
man who lived music until the last moment...
the magic of the artist,... his most sincere heart transmitting all his soul through his voice.... So many songs performed and even being by composers who would have nothing to do with it... the same voice that captivates the world and unites us with these songs...
Thank you Elvis Presley for your gift!
Frase por Elvis Presley
"Philosophy for a happy life:
Some to love (Something to love)
something to look forward to
Something to do!"
Changes in the Image of Elvis PresleyDuring 1970 there are many good, interesting and wonderful circumstances at this time in Elvis' artistic life. His good mood is due to his return to the real artistic world with the performances. Although he promised to make another three films, this time it would be with another intention that could benefit his artistic career. And the film "That's The Way It Is" made in July and August will be a novelty and a contribution to their concert tours...
But there are already physical and health or other aspects that begin to get in the way of him. Glaucoma, an eye disease that gradually robs vision, is already beginning to give Elvis trouble.
It was already evident in these rehearsals that Elvis was wearing glasses so as not to be affected by the spotlights. His sensitivity at the sight of him was already affected.
Elvis's glaucoma was recurring and he got pretty sick. He wore an eye patch for it. One time in Nashville, on the previous recordings in June, Elvis was recording, and his eye got so bad, they had to come over and stick a needle in it to relieve the pressure. As that needle went in, he was in so much pain that Elvis bent a metal tray in half. Marty Lacker recounts that starting in the 1970s, Elvis began wearing polarized sunglasses day and night. He wore reading glasses, but he only wore them upstairs in his private rooms where no one could see him.
He then saw some glasses at Optique Boutique, and thought they were really good.
The origin of his famous glasses that we all know over time: Lamar Fike says that silver sunglasses with holes in the sides became one of his Elvis trademarks. Lamar bought a pair of glasses at a gas station that Elvis liked so much that he took them off his face. He liked them so much that he had Optique Boutique copy them and design his own range of glasses with his "EP" logo on the nose bridge.
From Tupelo to Memphis
"Following the path of the King..."
Curiosidades sobre la personalidad de Elvis Presley.En muchos casos se ha hablado acerca del aislamiento de Elvis Presley, de que no salía de su casa o que pudiera estar aislado del mundo, o de esa impresión equívoca que pudieran tener sus fans. Nadie mejor que de sus mejores amigos para aclarar este punto que muchas personas desconocen en realidad. Lamar Fike cuenta que Elvis salía siempre que le apetecía, que no era preso de su propia fama. Tenemos muchas fotografías que muestran a Elvis en coche, o en moto, o anécdotas que cuentan encuentros en muchos sitios con fans, etc que pueden contradecir todo ésto.
Es importante saber que Elvis tenía muy pocos amigos reales fuera de su grupo de gente habitual. La razón era su forma de ser especial, era muy desconfiado y realmente muy pocas personas llegaron a conocerle de verdad. Él no quería tener a su alrededor gente que no fuera su grupo de la Mafia o su familia que fueron los únicos que llegaron a entender su forma de ser. Él hacía lo que quería hacer , podía salir pero no era una persona habitual como el resto de famosos. No le gustaban los eventos, fiestas habituales en Hollywood, etc. Aunque en muchas ocasiones gustó de ver shows de compañeros y de sus artistas admirados, también para ver lo que hacía el resto evidentemente, sin embargo no gustaba de las grandes celebraciones a las que iban los demás famosos de la época. Le gustaban sus propias fiestas y no gustaba de ser centro de atención de nada, de ahí que cuando saliera lo hiciera sin crear ningún tipo de publicidad , ni fotos, ni siquiera avisar ...
Al final se encerró un poco más en su mundo y cuenta Lamar Fike que con el tiempo sí dejó de salir habitualmente, porque se cansó o porque sus hábitos entonces o su enfermedad al final pudiera evitar que saliera o que tuviera ganas de hacerlo. Uno de los factores importantes de ser tan querido por sus fans es que Elvis amaba a su público.
A diferencia de muchos artistas que odian la fama, curiosamente a Elvis sí le gustaba ser una superestrella, le gustaba firmar autógrafos, también disfrutaba de sus fans y disfrutaba cantando en actuación. Para Elvis era su trabajo ,pero le gustaba todo lo que tenía que hacer, era su pasión y su gusto el poder complacer a su público y en cierto modo su aspiración y su misión en la vida puesto que Elvis siempre se preguntó el por qué de su existencia y su respuesta era su misión era hacer un mundo mejor con sus canciones y ser ejemplo para su público.
Pero el círculo vicioso de la fama es lo que no estaba en su forma de ser, puesto que como hombre era muy humilde y esto se reflejó siempre en él. La gente nunca llegó a conocer esto, porque tenía una especie de círculo mágico de protección alrededor de su mundo.
Sus amigos , la Mafia siempre estuvieron por deseo propio de Elvis como círculo de defensa ante el mundo. Su unión fué tan grande que no sólo compartían su mundo musical, artístico, fuera y dentro de su casa... también sus aficiones, sus deportes, los juegos, las bromas, el kárate... Y en cierto modo llegaron a ser defensa para que su círculo mágico fuera siempre privado.
DE TUPELO A MEMPHIS
"Siguiendo el camino de el Rey..."
Reflections on the artistic path of Elvis Presley.
Throughout our lives we always meet other people who want to take advantage of our talent, our work, for free and with kind words that involve their true objective, which is to have their own success and benefit at the expense of another.
Elvis was always managed by Colonel Parker, his manager, a character who managed his artistic life from the beginning,
at first with success, since he took him to the top. He made him famous through TV, concerts...
But the contract with strings attached, the false words, of a man who cashed in on talent with promises, who denied any real talent to Elvis's aspiration as an actor. That he accepted economic agreements that over time damaged his image... His hope was frustrated by economic agreements that prevented him from returning to his path and lowered his self-esteem... The lack of decision to see himself alone without knowing how to manage his career and insecurity made Elvis an easy target for that type of person who turns words to wrap lies and seek his own benefit with the talent of others.
Even in his private life in 1969, after the concerts in August, Elvis wanted to go out, travel to Europe first on vacation and then on tour... The Colonel was not interested in going to Europe, it was not convenient for him to lose his juicy profit for which involved him again with the story that if he went on vacation, his fans might be offended because he still didn't have a tour scheduled in Europe.
Elvis did not want conflicts and once again agreed not to go to Europe, with this he ended another project. Another path that would never come to be,... And the most important thing still remained, that return to the stage that otherwise could have been a normal way of life for the artist, from which Elvis could not and did not want to give up...
Again out of insecurity and fear, I would give this character power.
It is true that Elvis had a choice at several crucial moments in his
his career, he had the option to change course, and was also to blame for his lack of courage.
What is going to happen, The Money Machine, of his manager's success, ambition and gambling addiction and the damage that had already been caused to the artist for years would make Colonel Parker turn his success into the condemnation of the ...
FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS
"Following the path of the King..."
Elvis had an unparalleled passion for martial arts, its practice and everything that his philosophy of life implies, the code of ethics, since it always fit perfectly with his own way of being.
spirituality, respect, discipline, honesty, loyalty, courage, compassion, humility... were values that always accompanied him in his way of life and with his great love, music.
Elvis also incorporated in his music, in his shows, the well-known karate movements.
Music with karate, carry an essential element that feeds the body and spirit, which forge personal development and character.
The driving energy that can be negative or positive is expressed through karate and also in its music.
Elvis began training in martial arts in 1958, while doing his military service in Germany.
There he met the Shotokan master, Juergen Seydel, who taught him the first Karate lessons at his house in Bad Nauheim.
He also spent hours training with Rex Mansfield, a partner who also served in the military with Elvis. Even during his vacations in Paris he would receive private lessons from Tetsugio Murakami, one of the best Shotokan Karate masters in Japan.
In 1960 and in the middle of an exhibition, at the Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, he met the father of American Kenpo, the famous Ed Parker. Ed became a friend and personal trainer of Elvis and one more member in his group, since in the future he would accompany him for his protection during concert tours.
He introduced him to instructor Hank Slomanski, who prepared him for the
Obtaining the Black Belt, which was given to him by himself, in an emotional ritual.
In 1970 he began to train with Master Kang Rhee in Memphis, with him he would train from 1970 to 1974. Elvis was ascending the Grades and such was his devotion and dedication, that in 1973 he was awarded the Seventh Dan Black Belt by Master Rhee. .
Elvis financed the Tennessee Karate Institute and paid for the United States Karate team's European tour.Elvis
Presley received his Eighth Degree Black Belt certificate, from Master Rhee, in a private ceremony. The
presentation was made on September 16, 1974 at Master Rhee's studio in Memphis.
Master Rhee said of Elvis: ''Elvis was very humble. In many ways, Elvis taught me more than I taught him."
He insisted on training and teaching in regular classes
with other students and quickly realized that the students were looking at him, instead of paying attention in class...
"Master Rhee also tells us other curious anecdotes...
One day Elvis was demonstrating kicking techniques, when all of a sudden... his pants tore, something that was also not uncommon to happen on stage during his shows. Elvis felt very embarrassed, and told the teacher and the students in the class, that he was not wearing underwear! He then asked Master Rhee "What do I do now?" .... Realizing that he will continue with the demonstration of
kicking techniques, obviously not possible, Elvis, who always had resources for everything, began to demonstrate self-defense techniques, which did not require the use of kicks ... and he was able to get away with his display! .
Elvis' lifelong commitment to the martial arts was rewarded with a place in the Hall of Fame for the Arts.
Since his return to the stage in 1969, he began to include karate movements in his show, this was a novelty and something unusual for an artist, which gave his shows a special character.
The magic of his music with his martial arts.
"Following the path of the King..."
Adiós ED BONJA. We'll Remember you. D.E.P.
From Tupelo to Memphis
"Following the path of the King..."
Elvis and Priscilla in December 1970. He is wearing his TCB pendant.
"About the legend of Elvis"
TCB the origin of the symbol 1970.
There are many versions of where the logo devised by Elvis Presley was born and turned into a pattern of life. Marty Lacker said that although the date generally given for the start of TCB jewelry is 1972, Elvis actually created the logo and started using it around 1970.
The initials TCB ... Taking Care of Business "(taking care of the business). It was a motto that Elvis would give full importance to in the Way of him. Since the meaning was total and absolute for him.
The lightning symbolizes exactly what it is, applied to this motto. "Taking care of business" was a black expression. Elvis would say it in an ethnic way, with a black accent. It was just a modern way of speaking.
Elvis came up with the jewelry after meeting a young man named Paul, who was a very cold professional. He was a bodyguard for Mayor Sam Yorty of Los Angeles, and worked undercover on drug issues. He met a girl who was the daughter of one of the West Coast Mafia bosses and wore a symbol resembling a lightning bolt. Her father was her boss... And the symbol was part of a Mafia insignia. And he said that image was frozen. This story stuck in Elvis's mind and I gave the symbol its meaning. Lightning has two meanings. One is "in an instant". In other words, "Whatever you need to do, do it fast." Lamar Fike used to say that the story would matter little to Elvis but the symbology and above all he used the lightning only because it was the symbol of the West Coast mafia, because it excited him.
Elvis was always an enthusiast with everything and then he began to think about it and wanted to bring this motto to his life by translating it into a jewel as a logo. Billy Smith said that the lightning also comes from the days of Elvis's army. And that was his battalion insignia. Although he also associates it with the comic book hero Captain Marvel Jr, because he also liked the lightning bolt he carried. That's where the idea of capes came from, a proposal that designer Bill Bellew designed for his stage costumes.
If we put together all these influences we could conclude that it could have been a set of ideas in his head. Finally the symbol was ordered to Schwartz, the Beverly Hills jeweler, who made the first designs. They were fourteen-karat gold pendants, and hung from a twenty-four-inch rope chain. Elvis gave them to members of the Mafia and to his dearest friends and close relatives. And then he came up with "TLC" "Tender Lovin' Care" for women.
The logo was branded on everything. The symbology from then on was carried on his rings, and later on the plane when he bought himself...
In the jackets, the clothes, the band... everywhere. It's even on his tombstone.
He also came up with the "TCB Oath". Elvis came up with it, and Red's wife Pat wrote it. She said:
"More self-esteem, more respect for others, respect for peers and instructors. Respect for all styles and techniques. Body conditioning, mental conditioning, meditation to calm and calm the mind and body. Sharpen your skills, increase mental awareness for all those who can choose a new perspective and personal philosophy." And get this. She also said: "Freedom from constipation."
This was evidently already one of her pranks...
And she would add: "T.C.B. all techniques in one".
And she signed it "Elvis Presley 8th."
The "eighth" was a reference to his eighth degree black belt. He was very proud of all this and of course it is what he believed in."
Following the path of the King..."
The exclusive TCB ring was made by his trusted jeweler and friend, Lowell Hays, from Memphis.
Hays received a very clear instruction from Elvis: "I want a ring to wear on stage, and I want it to be seen from the third row."
Lowell Hays in an interview commented that Elvis's reaction to seeing the end result of the ring was that he just...he went crazy."
The vocal complement in Elvis performances.It is evident that Elvis's work as a singer in many of his performances and recordings had a very interesting and particular collaboration that would give a different touch to his songs, when he was accompanied by the Choir and with the accompaniment of a very special soprano voice. The singer Millie Kirkham would be that different and special touch in many Elvis songs, as would The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials or The Stamps. Vocal accompaniment groups that would give the main voice a special and different support throughout his career. Many artists of the time sang alone with the orchestra, they did not want or did not need a choir or accompanists. But Elvis Presley always liked to play with the voices, because he was always interested in vocal groups, for him they would be a very important support.
Millie Kirkham the lead voice of the Choir with The Sweet Inspirations and The Imperials. . Light soprano with a recognizable voice on many recordings during the 1950s and 1960s. She would accompany many artists as a backing vocalist and add an original and unique touch to their performances. She was one of his favorite backing singers, ever since 1957 when he heard her singing on the song "Gone "Ferlin Husky. She liked it so much that she asked Steve Sholes to call her to record the sessions for the song "Blue Christmas" and other songs on the album that would be recorded for Christmas 1957. Her particular interpretation became special and we will always remember her above all for this song.
Kirkham would work in the studio sessions thereafter and for intervals of time until 1967. Although during the years 68 and 69 he also collaborated with Elvis from 1970 onwards, she would not follow the concert route. A spectacular soprano voice, her work on the Gospel album "His Hand in Mine" or "How Great Thou Art" would be the most remembered in her voice with Elvis. And she would return for the performances in Las Vegas in August 1970 at the International Hotel. In the movie That's the way it is, Millie would be the main voice that would give her original soprano touch to Elvis' songs on stage during the first performances in the Third season at the Hotel Int ernational from August 10 to 15, 1970. Kathy Westmoreland would be the one who would continue as voice in her place, until September 8 when the performances ended.
Later in 1975 Millie returned to collaborate on Elvis's "Today" Album. Millie Kirkham always had fond memories of Elvis's return in 1970. An exciting experience with all the members of the team, very nervous before the performance. But once on stage she was relaxed and spontaneous. Elvis loved doing silly things and trying to joke around while they were singing during performances. They all became a great team with Elvis.
The magic of the show...
Curiosities about Elvis.
Elvis Presley always confessed his most important wish in life... a wish that could never be fulfilled as he wanted... he wanted to be an actor since he began his career and his success as a singer. So when he started it was the most important thing for him, when he left all his power of action to his manager, Colonel Parker.
The capacity in Elvis and the motivation were very great, all his filming partners and directors speak of a talent to be developed and an actor who could be very great.
But over time, the mismanagement of his manager made him lose that initial path that he would have followed successfully for his part... films like Love Me Tender (1956), Loving You (1957) JailhouseRock (1957) King Creole ( 1958).
Over time Elvis had the opportunity to play other types of roles that seemed dramatic. They were offers in great roles that Colonel Parker unfortunately discouraged and if they were rejected, the option of becoming a talented actor would be lost. One of the most famous musicals of all time.
His ability to learn not only his character but many of the dialogues of the rest of the cast... The illusion that acting always represented... over time it changed and degenerated into boredom and disappointment due to their poor quality... .A talent wasted throughout these years locked up in a kind of showcase,... in films with simple plots and almost non-existent direction,... and their characters, which in some cases could be very interesting, lost all their meaning without a plot to develop .
The Home of Elvis Presley
144 Monovale-Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, CaliforniaIn December 1970 Elvis acquired another new property located in Beverly Hills, he bought it for $339,000. A spectacular, stately, Tudor-style house with imposing arches and high pitched roof, located in the corner of the hillside, in Holmby Hills. With a long private driveway that leads to a car yard. It is located in the exclusive "Holmby Hills" enclave that is between Bel Air and Beverly Hills. All the villas on the north side of the street were inhabited by world famous stars, such as Frank Sinatra and his wife Mia Farrow, who were married between 1966 and 1968, they would be neighbors of Elvis and Priscilla since they lived at number 120 on the same street. The house at 135 on the south side of the street was built in the 1970s by Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger. Actors and playwrights such as Norman Krasna, Robert Montgomery, father of Elizabeth Montgomery from the television series "Bewitched", Bewitched, etc. previously lived in the Elvis house. It is evident that this type of house served for a few years and then they changed to another dwelling. For Elvis it was another home in the concert period and close to the artistic world. When Elvis and Priscilla divorced, the house would be occupied by Priscilla and Lisa Marie, while Elvis Presley used his property on North Hillcrest Road as a second home next to his primary residence, Graceland. And in 1975, the house would be sold to Telly Savalas, the actor, for $625,000. Evidently Elvis would profit from the sale of this house later. But during the period in which he lived in it, the house had more additional bedrooms, for members of his retinue and his wives. It was also a considerably larger house than the previous one in Hillcrest. The 2-story house is surrounded by 2 acres of land and orange trees. The house was complete with a pool table, a soda fountain, and a screening room. The entire farm was surrounded by a high security fence. More land and obviously more privacy and more security, at a time that was important to Elvis, due to the threats he had received during his last concerts. Elvis was concerned about the safety of his family and moved into this larger, more secure house that had plenty of room for his bodyguard Sonny West and his family. Priscilla once said that this property was quite large and in dimension it was a comfort similar to the possibilities they could have in their Graceland house. These were different times in terms of security for Elvis Presley and his lifestyle, his f. Amilia was the most important thing to him.
"Following the Path of the King..."