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On March 23, 2014, this program

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


Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley... The man, the myth, the King...
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!


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"Philosophy for a happy life:
Some to love (Something to love)
something to look forward to
Something to do!"

Elvis Presley



The artist's secret

Elvis gave everything on stage... his voice, his body, his soul... The secret of his way of singing will always lie within his soul... A singer does not come to us without a soul, without feeling, and it is the voice, the instrument that vibrates with our being and above all he knew how to make us feel with his music... 
He dominated all styles, Rock, Blues, Gospel... He could make us feel in any style... In We are definitely talking about the King of Rock and roll, Elvis Presley... and before Elvis... there was Nothing! They say that music is the art of combining sounds, silences, using melody, harmony and rhythm, and of course, sensitivity to transmit them. Beyond all this when you are a musician, or you are an artist,
there is such a feeling... so strong and so strange, within us
that we always wanted to transmit to the world. There is a force, a stimulus inside that invades with such force, that if you don't let it out you explode...

Elvis, from a very young age, already had that sensitivity that would touch everyone's heart...FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS 1 "Following the Path of the King..."

The euphoria of the moment.

EIn his early days Elvis unleashed hysteria in his fans. In his performances, the women screamed, moaned, kicked... Elvis loved hearing the screams and encouraged them to continue. On stage sometimes they would try to climb up to touch his idol and he would have to kick them out with his foot or with the help of others. If they got to him, they wanted to touch him, they ripped off his clothes... After the performance he had to run away to hide until the situation calmed down.

Although Elvis was not yet the main figure of the show, he was already known and drew so much attention for his performance that he went through the same thing.

An example of this behavior took place on May 13, 1955, at the end of a performance in Jacksonville, Florida. When Elvis said goodbye on stage he told the audience: "hey girls, I'll wait for you backstage ...." this would cause hysteria ... and subsequent reactions that would occur from then on. Elvis himself would say that when he went out the back door, he found a group of girls screaming. They surrounded him and pounced on him, ripping his clothes to shreds, his new jacket, his shirt, even his underwear... when the police arrived, he only had one shoe and one sock. They obviously wanted something else, so he was physically damaged and had to be put on iodine in the hospital. He would get a rash on his skin, because he was allergic. This example would be one of the worst... but they had to take action from then on. In other cases, when they left with the car shot after the performance, the girls surrounded the vehicle and some would sneak into it... Elvis had all the girls he wanted. He was young and also fame gave him the opportunity to do what he wanted without thinking about the consequences...

The Circle of Friendship

Charlie and the Laughing Box.
Charlie Hodge and Elvis Presley, a lifelong friendship.

There are particular moments that we remember with longing, with joy and above all as an anecdote. This would be the case the first time Elvis saw Charlie Hodge. Like Elvis, Charlie Hodge was also a singer, he began his musical career at the age of 17, when he met Bill Gather with whom he formed a gospel quartet. Later he with another group and from the age of twenty he would be part of the Foggy River Boys, being the lead singer for the ABC TV network, in the "Ozark Jubilee". He was a year older than Elvis and his voice was tenor, obviously he had many things that could unite him with Elvis, but the main reason would always be music.

Charlie was very short and the rest of the quartet were much taller than him, so sometimes, when they came on stage to sing, the technicians put the microphones higher or less at the same height. When Charlie went out with the rest of the quartet, they put the microphone so high that he could not sing, so he took the habit of carrying a box of Coca Cola with him to get on it and be able to sing at the same height as the rest. of the group. It was a peculiarity in his show, since he was in public view and this was very funny, but Charlie did not care, since he sang as the main voice in his group and the important thing was the voice of the.

Elvis and his cousin, Billy, first saw him in mid-1955, singing in a show at the Memphis Auditorium, accompanying singer Red Foley. After the performance Elvis wanted to meet the singer and the quartet so he went backstage to talk to them. He wasn't known as an artist yet, he was just in his early days. Elvis noticed Charlie because he saw him on top of the box and he was very amused. He talked to him and told him that he used to see him on television with the group. Chance or destiny made it so that in the year 1958, both Charlie and Elvis were recruited to do their military service. Then they would meet again and from there a friendship relationship arose. Charlie helped Elvis a lot, they had music in common and Elvis who wanted to improve, learn, would be guided and trained by Charlie who had vocal knowledge.
It must be remembered that Elvis never received a musical education and everything he learned he did naturally, without teachers. But it is true that Charlie at this time would be his teacher, also his friend, because he trusted her a lot. Their friendship was something natural, from that moment on, they sang Gospel, they had the same taste for music, even Elvis would consult Charlie vocally, not only at this time, but also as the years progressed, even when Elvis would return to the scene in 1969, they chose the repertoire together, their help was undoubted.
And at many important moments in Elvis's life, Charlie would also be his loyal confidant. Elvis used to remind Charlie with laughter of the Coke Crate anecdote.
This memory always made him laugh, as he liked to have people around him that he knew how to make others laugh, he liked to remember this. Elvis once told Charlie, "Every great person in history has had some sort of court jester, or comedian, around them." He always had someone around who could make him laugh. "The comedian can get away with saying almost anything to him, and he can say whatever he wants to his buffoon and the guy won't be mad at him."

Charlie Hodge on stage: a talk about Elvis Presley - YouTube

That was going to be part of his job for Elvis. But regardless of this anecdote that Charlie would tell, their friendship would be sincere and with very happy moments.
Charlie was a very humble, smiling man and above all a person with a lot of stamina and he never considered this kind of thing with Elvis because he considered him his friend.

Charlie was the eternal smile .... As a singer he taught Elvis a lot, vocal technique and tricks to use his instrument. And it was the replica voice of him on stage... Elvis was supported by his harmonies in many songs. He was the shadow of Elvis on stage, with his guitar, his voice, serving water, offering his handkerchiefs to the public... always laughing together. A very talented man, we don't know if he would have continued as the main voice of his quartet or perhaps over time he would have chosen as a soloist. Although his voice was modest... but you don't need to have a great voice, nor be very tall to become great. And Charlie was "big" on the Elvis Trail.

"Following the Path of the King..."

Mario Lanza and Elvis.
The eternal voices

Mario Lanza an important figure in the musical training and entertainment of Elvis Presley Elvis said of Mario Lanza in 1972: "I had Mario Lanza records when I was 17, 18 years old. I would listen to the Metropolitan Opera. I love this music." In the early 1950s, Elvis continued to audition for the first few years at Sun Studios in Memphis, before releasing his first single in 1954 with "That's Alright, Mama" and remained his admirer thereafter. Lanza, named Alfredo Arnold Cocozza, 1921-1959. He was an operatic tenor and a very popular movie star. The first artist whose single recording sold 25 million copies of an album, Maria Callas called him the greatest tenor voice of the moment and Arturo Toscanini called him the greatest voice of the 20th century. Elvis is said to have met Lance in Los Angeles, in a meeting organized by Steve Sholes, his producer and later kept in touch by phone, but there is no photograph and there is no clear record of this. I
t is true that there was telephone contact between them, on some occasion Elvis he was able to talk to his idol. The two singers had a lot in common, they had an innate gift for singing, an unmistakable voice, both were musical virtuosos in their field, signed to RCA. They both started out as truck drivers and each later was drafted into the armed forces. Both were successful actors in exclusive movies in their own image. And curiously, both had a tendency to obesity, so they struggled to lose weight on many occasions. Sadly, both died prematurely. Mario Lanza died at only 38 years old and Elvis at 42. There was a mutual admiration between them since they also sang songs published ...Elvis recorded "Santa Lucía", it is also known that during the recordings at Rocca Place, Elvis recorded "be my love" a song that Mario Lanza had made popular but unfortunately there is no proof. Mario also sang two songs that he recorded Elvis, "Danny Boy" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" . But it's normal since none of them composed music and they could have common tastes. Elvis Presley evolved a lot over time as an artist, his way of singing would be the test of maturation and of trying to find other paths... The influence of the lyrical over time became more important in Elvis' voice, although he was never a lyrical singer , he liked to try a song, for example songs like 'O Sole Mio', the timeless Neapolitan classic. A song written by Giovanni Capurro and Eduardo Di Capua in 1898, was recorded for the first time by Giuseppe Aselmi in 1907 and popularized by Mario Lanza . The adaptation to the English language would result in the version with the title of "It's Now or Never". Mario's eldest daughter, Colleen, would tell on several occasions that Elvis had the habit of calling her father. In fact, she phoned and talked to Mario in Italy during the period from 1957 to 1959. She was a child and always liked to pick up the phone, she was about 11 years old at the time. She distinctly remembered hearing Elvis's unmistakable voice after saying hello and say how extremely courteous he was. She said that she had heard sometimes, how they passed the time talking. They talked about the cinema, the scene, how much they didn't like 'Hollywood' and the people who had caused them difficulty and pain... he said mostly about Mario. Since they were both RCA recording superstars, they also exchanged 'stories of war'of experiences,...about people they knew in common and about the business of making records in general. Elvis, during his time in the army in Germany, would have been well aware of Mario's European gigs and controversies.. .these were major entertainment news topics. And since soldiers are not prohibited from making phone calls during leave and time off, Elvis certainly could have easily obtained Mario's phone number from RCA. They say Colleen's anecdotes were sincere and believable-sounding, and didn't seem like just fancy embroidery designed to create interesting conversation.

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The opening to Spirituality
April 30, 1964


A special moment in the life of Elvis PresleySometimes people change the course of our history... Elvis finds himself in a moment where disappointment with his films and the people around him take an unexpected turn. It is time to question your life, your professional course, to ask yourself questions, to search for spirituality, faith... at this moment Larry Geller appears on your path. One of the stylists who at that time worked for great celebrities in Los Los Angeles, during the 1960s. Larry was working with the famous Jay Sebring, who had a large clientele in Hollywood. Well-known characters such as Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Peter Sellers, Steve McQueen, Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda, Robert Wagner, James Garner, Bobby Darin, Sammy David, Jr., Rock Hudson, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke, Kirk Douglas, Tony Bennett, Jackie Gleason and many, many more.
He was called in to do Elvis Presley's hair for the first time and after styling his hair, instead of running off to his next celebrity client, Larry stayed on for three hours, because they began to talk and understood each other as if they were great friends. Elvis talked to him about everything, from show business to the nature of life, his ideas, his thoughts.
It was such a natural and deep conversation, that Larry didn't realize then at this moment that this day was going to happen. to change two lives, both his and Elvis's. A spiritual field was opening up in Elvis, an awakening that although he was already there, he hadn't been able to share with anyone. By the time the talk was over, Larry was more than just his stylist, she started being his friend. A close friendship that would continue until Elvis's death in 1977. At this time Elvis was in love with Ann Margret, a woman with whom he had many things in common. Until now everyone could see this crush, but no one had told him about their relationship. But to Larry Geller he would confess his love for Ann Margret and explain the reason for the decision he had made. During the filming of the movie Girl Happy when Ann went to visit him at the studios. She would explain her decision to leave her. The reason was that the two of them were too similar, their personality, his career was too important and Elvis wanted a woman and a family and Priscilla could represent all this, besides her obligation, her word had him tied. Elvis eventually left her but remained attached to her for a long time and the friendship never left.

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Elvis and the Speed

Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine from 1960

EIn 1965, Elvis used a car to promote himself, it would be the 1960 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine. This would be one that Elvis had already used occasionally as a promotional tool for Elvis Presley and RCA.
The car was a true luxury and opulence item. Costing $100,000, it would be customized by George Barris with gold plated interior gadgetry, such as a telephone, refrigerator, entertainment console with ten-record RCA turntable auto changer, rotating TV, and tape deck. It was lined with forty layers of exterior paint, with diamond dust and oriental fish scales that would be used on the exterior. It also included hubcaps, headlight rims and the front grill which were gold plated in 24 karat gold. To adorn the windows and for your comfort it included curtains and cushions with gold fabric that were used to cover the rear windows and to separate the front and rear seats.
It was a fantastic car and worthy of a King!
Colonel Parker saw an even greater benefit in this so he spoke to RCA and they agreed to buy it for $24,000 as a promotional tool. The car ride was a great success. In Houston, 40,000 people came to take a look and take a ride with Elvis Presley's car. The "Car of the gold" would be the name that he would receive from then on.
In Atlanta, the car was the guest of honor at a dinner for 250 dignitaries. In the late 1970s the car was donated to the Country Music Association Hall of Fame in Nashville. It would be even more valuable over time since it would still be for promotion and they would make a profit from its display.
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Chet Atkins and the Nashville Sound

We continue with a bit of history.The creators of what is called the Nashville sound. The initiative had to do with Producer Chet Atkins and executive assistant Bob Ferguson, who took the reins through also producer Owen Bradley. They decided to eliminate the violins and the steel guitar, to make the singers more attractive, to give them the effect of the voice. They called it the Nashville sound from then on and Chet Atkins said it was a media-created label attached to a recording style. He also used the Jordanaires and a rhythm section on such hits as Jim Reeves' "Four Walls" and Don Gibson's "He'll Have to Go" and "Oh Lonesome Me" and "Blue Blue Day."
The once rare phenomenon was different and began to have a big success in pop and from there it started rolling. The Producer was the one who guided the selection of material and the musical background of the artist. Atkins, who in addition to being a producer was a guitarist, came to make his own records, in a sophisticated home studio, which they normally visited, visiting the standards of pop and jazz. He often recorded the rhythm tracks on RCA but added his solo parts, refining the tracks until the results were just right.
Chet Atkins would be admired by all guitarists of all styles, for his albums, for his creativity, his ideas that were musically unique and also because he did all kinds of electronic experiments in order to create. He became known internationally as "Mister Guitar". In March 1959, Porter took over as chief engineer at RCA's B studio in Nashville. Porter helped Chet Atkins get a better reverb sound in the studio, a German effects device, an EMT reverb board.
They said of Porter that he had a golden ear, because he caught at all times the problems that they could have in the acoustics of the studio. For this reason this collaboration made the recordings significantly better and success was also achieved in the studio. Nashville's sound became more dynamic. The Porter Atkins collaboration would be of vital importance for this improvement, both got along well and collaborated to make the recordings more effective. Porter left RCA at the end of 1964, then Chet Atkins said "the sound was never the same, never this big". Chet Atkins was known for his playing, for the so-called "Atkins Style", the characteristic of the thumb and the first two, sometimes three, fingers of the right hand. He developed this style from listening to Merle Travis occasionally on the Radio, his playing caught his attention, he was sure no one could play that articulately with just the thumb and forefinger and he assumed he needed the thumb and forefinger. two fingers. That was the style that was pioneered and mastered. He collaborated on the music that Elvis Presey recorded and gave it a personal style, adding the Nashville sound and the particular performance also not only from his production but also from sound engineers such as Bill Porter. An example of this can be heard in the song "Are you lonely tonight".
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Changes in the Image of Elvis Presley

During 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.
"Siguiendo el camino de el Rey..."



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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 ...
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FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS 1967. A bit of history.

The year 1967 begins for Elvis Presley still without news in his artistic life, still tied by his contractual obligations, again films that do not contribute anything to his career and a change of marital status, his wedding with Priscilla. In this time the musical world has changed and it has nothing to do with the successes it has had before and there is still a little time left for its new recognition, but there is a novelty that will mark a new course, the Grammy award. .The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presents the Grammy Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. It is the music equivalent of the Academy Awards, given for achievement in film, the Emmy Awards, for television, and the Tony Awards, for performance on stage. The first Grammy Awards ceremony took place in the spring 1959, so some of Elvis's earliest hits, such as "Don't Be Cruel," "Heartbreak Hotel" and many more, could not have been nominated. But Elvis was nominated in that first year: "A Fool Such as I" was nominated for Record of the Year, which Bobby Darin lost "Mack the Knife" and "A Big Hunk O' Love" was nominated for both Best Performance by a Top 40 Artist and Best Rhythm and Blues Performance."Are You Lonesome Tonight?" It was nominated for Best Recording of the Year; Best Single Record or Track Vocal Performance, Male; The instrumental "The Theme from A Summer Place" won that year for Record of the Year. Also in 1960, "G.I. Blues" was nominated for Best Vocal Performance Album, Male; And Best Sound Track Album or Original Cast Recording for a Motion Picture or Television. The next year, "Blue Hawaii" was also nominated for Best Sound Album or Original Cast Recording for a Motion Picture or Television. He lost to the "West Side Story" soundtrack. On March 2, 1967, in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, the Grammy Awards were to be held. Elvis became a Grammy winner in 1967. His second Gospel album, "How Great Thou Art" won Best Sacred Interpretation. This would be the first step in a change of course, of a repertoire that had already begun a few months before... but which will timidly give a new path to his artistic life."Following the path of the King... ".


The magic of music and martial arts

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. 

The one who was Elvis's official photographer between 1970 and 1975, Ed Bonja, has passed away on 09/04/19 in Berlin at the age of 74. Ed told us the story of Elvis through the lens of his objective. The photos of him always spoke for themselves, crossing the barriers of any language. His work reflected every moment, every instant of the artist, sometimes without caring about the approach, the light... Ed was looking for the moment, Elvis's inner light, the improvisation, the feeling... That's why many of the photos of him are so anecdotal to us. He was looking for that special moment, what he saw and felt in Elvis when he was photographing him. But how did Ed Bonja come to be Elvis's photographer? Ed's uncle, Tom Diskin, was Colonel Parker's right-hand man for many years, which is how Ed met the Colonel in the 1950s and later Elvis in 1964, during the filming of the movie Girl Happy, when he was 19 years old and helped the colonel as a secretary. In 1970, as a result of Elvis's live performances, the colonel required his services to collaborate with the luggage, the equipment... and immediately, since he was studying photography, the colonel began to pay him for some of his photographs, he looked at his photos and chose them for album covers or advertisements. Thus, little by little, he would become Elvis's official photographer. In those years he took about 10,000 photographs of Elvis on his tours... His photos were used in all kinds of souvenir materials, to promote Elvis tours... and were also used on the covers of his singles and LPs from the 1970s. Ed mainly photographed Elvis on stage. He didn't photograph him backstage much as he didn't want to intrude on his privacy. He was quite shy and always tried to stay in the background, but even so, as Ed himself told us, Elvis knew he was there! When he was about to take a picture of him and Elvis came out on stage for the first time, Elvis would see him and point his guitar at him and say: "How are you doing tonight, Eddy? ... and then he would stop so that I could take a picture nice picture Ed told us that big stars rarely do these things, but Elvis was obviously special... Other times when Elvis would run up and down the stage and Ed would be there, hiding behind the stack of speakers, Elvis turned his eyes and looked at the lens of his camera!... "! He was looking at me! "Ed Bonja told us emotionally. Rest in peace Ed. And wherever you are, we will recognize in each star, the flash of your camera looking for Elvis in infinity to take one more picture... We'll remember you!...
From Tupelo to Memphis

"Following the path of the King..."

88104357_1461501384019583_8696444781598867456_njpg        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..."

Elvis on stage, wearing his impressive gold, platinum and diamond ring, with a central one of 11.5 carats, with the TCB logo framed by the characteristic rays.
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..."


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