A Tribute to Charlie Hodge
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It is very difficult to photograph bronze and the photos taken at the unveiling ceremony do not do our beautiful statue justice. We had professional photos taken of the statue when it was on display at Capital Radio during October 1981 as featured below...

Sadly and strangely, the photographer who took the excellent photos of the statue died a few weeks after the photos were developed. He was a friend of Jon Douglas. The fan who stole the original miniature bronze replica of the statue on display at the Elvisly Yours Centre also died a week after stealing the sculpture. Jon Douglas died a few years ago and was well into his 90's. to me he was the greatest sculptor ever in Britain and was never given the true recognition he deserved because he was a bit of a maverick to his peers in the world of British sculptors. Charlie Hodge loved the statue unveilings and was truly moved and honoured to unveil such a work of art in memory of his friend, Elvis Presley. We offered the statue for free to the major museums in London but no museum wanted our Elvis so we eventually found a home in London in 1982. The statue has appeared hundreds of times on TV, on Rolling Stones and Del Amitri videos, on Top of the Pops and has travelled throughout Britain and Germany. It has raised £thousands for charity as we ask fans and tourists to give a £1 donation for charity to take their photo with the statue.

Photos of Charlie from the Elvisly Yours collection :

Typical Charlie, relaxing 
with a cigarette in his hand

Charlie official portrait 1981

Charlie in car park of Sheraton 
Universal Hotel where we first met

Charlie and Sid at Sheraton Universal Hotel 
LA, Summer 1981

Charlie and damaged statue with 
rude looking microphone

Official programme 27th September 1981
signed by Charlie

Charlie on stage having fun with Elvis

Charlie on my office phone talking to a newspaper, giving Goldman hell !!

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