Elvis got fat, get over it

Elvis, hero to heel, the sex symbol who got fat


early aging software


Elvis and Karen Carpenter, who starved to death after Elvis died

It is strange to see this image and know he died three years before her

I guess this is the infamous where Elvis suggested the Petula Clark and Karen have a threesome, eh? How dumb were they  to turn him down?


Mama Cass of the Mama and Papas singing backstage in Vegas with Elvis

Linda Thompson with Elvis at the time



RCA: Sam Cooke

I lean towards he was set up and murdered…..

The Mysterious Death of Sam Cooke

September 7, 1957

Sam Cooke released the single “You Send Me.”

Daily Elvis: September 7


In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Marv Johnson, the Falcons, Jessie Belvin, the Pips, Sil Austin, and Baby Washington were among the performers in a concert at Memorial Auditorium. Advance tickets sold for $1.50 each.

Daily Elvis: June 10

June 12, 1959

Chess Records release two LPs in US, Chuck Berry’s third album “Chuck Berry Is On Top” and Bo Diddley’s first release, “Go Bo Diddley”.

Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson perform on the same bill in Norfolk, Virginia. At Cooke’s insistence, arena management includes integrated seating for the audience.

Elvis Presley left today on a two-week furlough to Paris, France

Daily Elvis: June 12

September 7, 1959

Craig Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Sam Cooke hit ‘Only Sixteen’. Born Terence Perkins, he was employed as a milkman before becoming a professional singer and was known as the ‘Singing Milkman’.

Daily Elvis: September 7

April 29, 1960

With the payola scandal still in the news, Dick Clarkdivested himself of some of the recording company interests and music publishing rights he owned

Sam Cooke began a week’s engagement at New York’s Apollo Theater.

G.I. Blues Production

Daily Elvis: April 29

May 6, 1960

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960. Designed to deal with discriminatory practices in America’s segregated South, the act established federal inspection of voter registration rolls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone’s attempt to vote or register to vote.

Sam Cooke performed at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC, while the Platters were in San Francisco at Fack’s #2 Club.

Elvis worked at Radio Recorders from 1.00 to 10.00 p.m. recording for G.I. Blues.

Daily Elvis: May 6

May 20, 1960

At the Tivoli Theater in Chicago: The Flamingos, the Crests, and Sam Cooke

The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played the first night of a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire. Three of the Silver Beetles adopted stage names: Paul McCartney became Paul Ramon, George Harrison was Carl Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Stael.

Elvis in  G.I. Blues production

Daily Elvis: May 20

May 13, 1961

Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Clyde McPhatter, Sam Cooke, the Olympics, and Aretha Franklin appeared at the Keil Auditorium in St. Louis.

Blue Hawaii  production for Elvis

Daily Elvis May 13

August 9, 1961

At RCA Victor’s Music Center of the World studios in New York City, Sam Cooke recorded “Frankie and Johnny.”

Daily Elvis: August 9

Sam Cooke starts a two week stay at New York’s Copacabana Club. A 70-foot billboard announcing the engagement was erected in Times Square.

Daily Elvis: June 24

December 11, 1964

Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke’s body in Franklin’s apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, pants or underwear. The shooting was ultimately ruled a justifiable homicide.

Extracts from Peter Guralnick’s Sam Cooke biography | Music | The …

For Elvis CD Collectors • Elvis and Sam Cooke

Elvis v. Sam Cooke – Soulful Detroit

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Entertainment vs Violence

The Platters: Only You

December 12, 1954

The Platters played the Riverside Rancho in California.

December 12, 1955
Elvis appeared with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins on a show at the National Guard Armory. Mississippi.

According to Bill E. Burk, the show was booked by Bobby Ritter, a dee jay for WTUP in Tupelo, who also reputedly booked Elvis for others shows in Mississippi, including Bruce and Tupelo. “He (Elvis) was always late on stage, it seemed,” said Ritter. “On those nights when he would arrive late, Bob Neal and I would go on stage. Bob would be the comedian and I the straight man and we tried to keep the folks entertained until Elvis got there, but they didn’t want to hear us.”
Carl Perkins remembers the Amory concert well.
Perkins and Elvis had driven to Amory together from a concert the night before in Helena, Arkansas. En route, they were discussing music and both mentioned how much they liked singing the song, Only You, made popular by the Platters.
During his time on the Amory stage, someone in the audience shouted, “Only You, Carl.”
“You got it, hoss,” Carl snapped back, and sang his version of the song.
Perkins had the house jumping and they weren’t ready for him to leave the stage when the time came.
Backstage, Perkins found Elvis sitting, head in hands, shutting out the world.
“You feelin’ okay?” he asked Elvis.
“Aw, ain’t no need in me goin’ on,” Elvis replied. “They’re ready for you. What’d you do Only You for?”
Challenged, Perkins snapped, “’Cause I wanted to. ‘Cause I can sing it. There’s two reasons. You want another one?”
“Well, I was gonna do it,” Elvis told his fellow Sun partner.
“Well, go on out there and do it,” Perkins commanded.
“Hell, the Platters are singin’ it somewhere tonight.”
“I ain’t that big a damn fool,” a sulking Elvis said. “I ain’t goin’ out there and sing something you done sung. You done tore ’em all to pieces. I might as well go on to the car. “
Ritter and a partner had seen this interplay. Ritter made a five dollar bet, that despite the audience’s reaction to Perkins, Elvis would come out the crowd winner at the end.
“Walking toward the stage, Elvis asked me what we had been talking about,” said Ritter. “I told him about the bet.”
When Elvis walked on, the crowd was still shouting “We want Carl! We want Carl.”
Elvis, said Ritter, seemed to become overly motivated.
“He went wild. He sang, he was all over that stage. He was down on his knees. He was attacking that guitar.
“And it wasn’t long before he had ’em eatin’ outta his hands!”
When he re-entered the backstage area, Elvis winked at Ritter and said, “Go get your five dollars!”

By this time, Elvis had signed with RCA and the concert in Amory would be the last time the three acts would appear together – Carl Perkins was days away from audition the “Blue Suede Shoes” for Sam Phillips and cut it at Sun.
Sometime in the fall of 1955, Carl and Johnny shared a bill at the Armory in Amory. It was reputedly on this show that Johnny suggested that Carl write a song based on a phrase he had heard. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as “blue suede shoes.” Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes. Carl replied, “I don’t know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes?“
While playing in Jackson, Tennessee several nights later, he saw a dancer in the crowd trying to keep his girlfriend away from his new blue suede shoes, which connected with the idea that Cash had given him and leads his writing lyrics and subsequently he and his brothers worked up an arrangement.

December 12, 1957

Ignoring that he was still married to Jane Mitchum, 22-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis marries his third cousin, 13-year-old Myra Gayle Brown, in a brief civil ceremony in Hernando, Mississippi. The union was performed by the Reverend M.C. Whitten with no family or friends in attendance. It would eventually ruin Jerry Lee’s Rock ‘n’ Roll career.

December 12, 1959

After being pushed out of the number one spot on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for the last four weeks, Bobby Darin‘s “Mack The Knife” returned to the head of the list. It is a feat that is seldom duplicated.

The four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation after an incident on August 10th in Cincinnati. Despite the outcome of the trial, the scandal would severely damage the group’s career.

December 12, 1961

James Brown, The Famous Flames, Sugar Pie DeSanto and The Brownies all appeared at The Evergreen Ballroom, Lacey, Washington.

The Beatles appeared at Hambleton Hall, Huyton in Liverpool after returning to Liverpool from their first live performances in south England and London. The Beatles arrived so late for their appearance in Huyton that they only had time to play for 15 minutes. The promoters, having to pay The Beatles their full £15 were very unhappy.

December 12, 1966
The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Vibrations’, the group’s third US No.1. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.

December 12, 1967
Ray Charles performed as the headline act at New York’s first Jazz Festival, held at Downing Stadium.

American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3.28.pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.

December 12, 1970
The Doors played their last concert with Jim Morrison as lead singer, at the Warehouse in New Orleans. Band members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore would later recall watching Jim Morrison lose “all his energy” as the show came to a close.

December 12, 1976
Elvis Presley performed his last Las Vegas Concert.

Scarf Sideman Charlie Hodge’s birthday.

After the show of December 12, 1976 Elvis broke down in his dressing room and cried. He had talked with Rex Humbard, televangelist, about the lack of meaning of the life he lead. Humbard (who died aged 88 in 2007) recollected: “I took both his hands in mine and said: “Elvis, right now I want to pray for you”, “Please do”, Elvis said, and cried.”
Humbard later performed Elvis’ funeral service.

The Associated Press reported that the US military used loud music to “create fear, disorient and prolong capture shock” for prisoners at military detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among the songs blasted 24 hours a day were ‘Born In The USA’ by Bruce Springsteen, ‘Hell’s Bells’ by AC/DC, ‘White America’ by Eminem, ‘The Theme From Sesame Street’ and ‘I Love You’ from the Barney and Friends children’s TV show.


74-year-old Gayla Peevey was on hand to welcome another hippopotamus to the Oklahoma City Zoo, more than sixty years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped raise $3,000 to purchase the facility’s first one. She was also was there in December 1953 when the Nile hippopotamus Mathilda arrived, and her recording of “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas” has since gone on to become a Christmas favorite.

First it was Image, then came Brand

Qué es la marca personal, como crear marca persona, trucos y ejemplos.

you are a person, brands are product labels

onno doove Honestly, what’s with all the brand worshiping? People should get their starstruck heads out off their asses and start actually producing stuff… <rant off>

Nina From Canada, eh people who are brands just sell their name to be on other people’s products. I forget what year america let companies be persons under the law and after that people became incorporated

onno doove I know i know, it’s just, if you are going to sell an idea, let it at least be good one, and not just an empty image…

Nina From Canada, eh good ideas are harder to sell, eh

onno dooveDavid Bowie was selling a brand/image, but at least it was one with a layered content and message (I’d recommend the album ‘Diamond Dogs to you)…

Am i too smart? Do i expect too much?

Nina From Canada, eh  he reinvented himself so often, he is almost an ant-brand. whereas, elvis got stuck with the one image.

blackstar bowie’s last a reference to elvis – but for elvis, it was a simple word swap in a movie title song

onno doove Hehe, i might just be obsessed by the core beauty of ideas and things, that’s why superficial glamour grates on me so much…

Packaging only interests me in an aesthetic way (the Japanese are really good at that stuff), but in the end it is the content that matters to me…

I’ve got so much hubris, i believe that should be true for everybody.

(And yes, mr Bowies Blackstar is a masterpiece…)

Nina From Canada, eh i almost bought that david bowie release that came in a clear case with purple printing, just for the packaging… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_%2B_Vision_(box_set)

japan does the best elvis releases too, sony is better for elvis than rca ever was;

also, yes, you are too smart.

Entertainment vs Violence

December 8, 1963

19 year old Frank Sinatra Jr. was abducted at gun point from his hotel room at Harrah’s Casino in Lake Tahoe, California. Two days later he was released unharmed after his father paid the kidnappers’ $240,000 ransom demand. Within a week, three perpetrators were located and arrested.

At their trial, which took place in the Spring of 1964, the defendants claimed that Frank Jr. had orchestrated the abduction as an elaborate publicity stunt, but there was no evidence to support their accusation. The young mastermind behind the scheme, Barry Keenan, served 4-and-a-half years in federal prison and went on to become a successful real-estate developer.

The idea of not being allowed to profit from crimes with book and movie sales resulted from this crime.; and was entered into American law.

Frank Sinatra, Jr., Kidnapping — FBI


Just two months after his 40th birthday, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman, who remained at the scene, reading his copy of The Catcher in the Rye and read it until the police arrived to arrest him. He confessed it was for the fame. he remains in jail in 2017 – Yoko Ono attending every parole hearing.

Much of America learned of the tragedy from ABC-TV, which was in the midst of airing an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Announcer Howard Cosell, who had interviewed Lennon years earlier, announced the news of the murder: “This, we have to say it, is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival.”

When asked why he decided to target Lennon, Chapman said he couldn’t resist the fame that would come with the crime. “That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there,” he said. “I couldn’t resist it.”

Murder of John Lennon – Wikipedia

Nina notes, I remember being on a public transit bus, I was 12. two teenaged girls were crying and we we found out why, my Mother did. She’d seen The Beatles in 1964 in Vancouver BC.


Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People, telling the host that she wished she had done “eight thousand million things differently” to have prevented the death of her husband, Kurt Cobain.


A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

Although he had denounced The Beatles’ music as “decadent” in the 1960s, Cuban President Fidel Castro attends the unveiling of a statue of John Lennon in Havana’s El Vedado Park on the 20th anniversary of singer’s murder.


BPI figures showed that the UK sales of seven-inch singles had increased by 84% on the previous year. The report claimed that bands such as The Darkness, The Strokes and The White Stripes had boosted sales by releasing special limited edition seven-inch records.


Sony/Legacy Recordings releases Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday with a 100-song box set called “Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight.”


Several hundred people with candles and glow sticks braved cold temperatures to sing John Lennon songs next to a peace monument in Liverpool, England. In New York, hundreds of fans gathered in Central Park, near the spot where Lennon was shot. Flowers were laid in the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park, which was converted to a memorial garden after his death.


Sinead O’Connor celebrated her 45th birthday by marrying her fourth husband, Barry Herridge, in a 10 minute, drive-thru ceremony in Las Vegas. O’Connor achieved just one Top 40 single, the chart topping “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990, but gained notoriety in 1992 when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on the October 3rd edition of US TV’s Saturday Night Live.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that over 1.15 million people have been killed by firearms in the United States since John Lennon was gunned down thirty-five years earlier.

The Rolling Stones 73-year-old frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time when his girlfriend, 29-year-old Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to the couple’s son. Jagger had previously fathered seven other children, Georgia, James, Jade, Elizabeth, Lucas, Karis and Gabriel, who range in age from their 40s to teenagers.


On the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Yoko Ono continued her plea for gun control in the United States with a Facebook posting that said, “Dear Friends, every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone. Together, let’s bring back America, the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him.”

Sir Mick Jagger became a father again at the age of 73, after his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York City. The singer already had seven children, whose ages range from 17 to 45 and he became a great-grandfather in 2014.

Elvis and Location Markers

In 1977, Elvis Presley had finished a concert and was in his limo when he saw some young men fighting at a gas station. He stopped his vehciles and broke up with fight.

to the amazement of his Memphis Mafia group, Elvis did a wheelhouse kick and knocked a pack of cigarettes out of the tough guy’s shirt pocket.

weeks, later, Elvis would take pills to not have to face his fans, after the publication of the Bodyguard Book.

the original marker:

'Elvis Memphis to Madison 1977' - An EIN exclusive Spotlight

that time Elvis stopped a fight


Neglected marker shows where Elvis Presley in a karate stance stopped a fight in '77 |


Fan, Sonny Hugues and Elvis Presley, December 5, 1968

the time an elvis concert included a fight scene