Exterior and interior of the Elvisly Yours
We have had many fans from all over the
world emailing and phoning us and even trying to book tables for our "Elvisly
Yours Restaurants" Project. At the outset, I knew negotiations will be ongoing
for many months and the earliest anticipated date for the opening of the first
such Restaurant in London would be in late 2005 . The consortium of companies
behind the concept meet every few weeks to discuss progress and there are many
ongoing negotiations with a number of potential investors, in not only the UK
but around the world. Each Restaurant will cost at least $6,000,000.00 to build
and equip. In fact, one of the leading property developers in the UK Leisure
Industry whom we met last week believed the cost would probably be even higher.
With such a large investment time will be needed to complete all
We have been asked to offer a smaller
scheme for Germany. But, we want to make a visit to an "Elvisly Yours
Restaurant" anywhere in the world an experience to remember, something
spectacular, something worthy of the memory of Elvis and hence, will only keep
to our original plans. We are delighted our concept has captured the imagination
of Elvis fans everywhere. We have had a lot of positive response and would like
to thank everyone that has taken the time to email, write or phone, even Tourist
Boards in Britain. Many fans have also asked if they can work in the
Restaurants, even an Elvis impersonator as a chef. We want to employ Elvis fans
when we have completed negotiations and after building work is completed. We
will let fans know through our website, newsletter and the media.
There is no problem getting investors for the
Restaurants but we want an investor/operator, a company already well established
in the catering business and will help guarantee its
We are sorry we are late with the Newsletter.
Essentially No.24 that should have been released in November has been delayed
until now. Continued..
For those the Gods
are about to destroy
they first make mad
feature about the bizarre antics of EPE)
Remember you read some months ago,
exclusively in the Elvisly Yours Cyber Newsletter, that Graceland and EPE were
for sale at £350,000.00. Many people questioned this stor. Now one of the
highest authorities in the Elvis World, Bill Burk, publisher of "Elvis World"
has confirmed EPE turned down an offer of $5000,000.00 from a Casino.
Apparently, EPE turned down the offer because they think the business is worth
ONE $billion. According to Forbes Magazine EPE made $40 million last year. It is
not clear whether this amount is turnover or profit. With the $millions the
management probably all pay themselves, I believe, it is unlikely it was clear
profit. These accounts reflected a good year with part of the 25th Anniversary
included, but any accountant would say it is madness to value the EPE business
Below are the official accounts from
Probate Court in Memphis, Tennessee. These are public records showing the assets
of Graceland in 1981and published in our book "Rare Elvis":
Assets at 31st July
Furnishings & Clothing
|| (a selection of the assets
Believe it or not but these are the
actual figures taken from Probate Court Records for the Elvis Presley Estate in
Memphis. How did they get from $8.5 million to $1billion in 23 years ? Just look
at the value the accountants put on Elvis jewellery, horses, musical equipment
and Graceland, the house itself ? If a reader is
an accountant perhaps he or she can explain the valuation of the assets of the
Elvis Presley Estate.
IN MEMORY OF
Sadly, Richard Davis died in August
from a heart attack and a Tribute and Fundraising Concert is being organised in
Richard's memory by Patsy Andersen at a Casino in Mississippi on January 6th.
Richard left a wife Kim and three young triplets. All proceeds will go towards
helping raise the children.
We urge all visitors to Graceland for
the 70th Anniversary to attend the Concert. It is has one of the biggest and
best line-ups ever from the Elvis World.
Artists Featured: Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge, TG Sheppard, Steve Cropper,
Ronnie McDowell, Billy Swan, Kevin Adams, Sonny Burgess, Jimmy Velvet, George
Klein, Joe Kent, Jerry Presley, Suzannah Leigh, The
January 6th 2005 8pm, tickets $25.00
901-525-1515 for tickets
For more information click on these
George Klein, Richard Davis and
Auction of Elvis
artifacts and memorabilia
cannot make this wonderful Concert in tribute to Richard Davis and fundraiser
for the triplets perhaps you would like to send a donation to his widow or even
donate some Elvis memorabilia for auction. Every fan has lots of doubles of
records, CDs, videos or memorabilia, so why not send any extra items to the :
Richard Davis Appeal c/o Debra Campbell 3324 Herring Gull Lane N. Las Vegas NV.
89084. Checks should be made payable to Mrs. Kim Davis.
(see "Going Down Memory Lane" for
stories about Richard)
For the first time in our history we
did not have one entrant to one of our competitions. The last Newsletter
featured a competition to name all the people in the photograph below. We are
repeating the competition for this Newsletter and hopefully we will get some
Send us a list of names,
from left to right, of all the people in the photograph. December 18th 2004 we
will draw at random a person who has correctly named the group. They will win
our 2005 Elvisly Yours calendar (or USA 'Elvis in Canada') plus a NEW
PRIZE ...a baseball hat "This hat is NOT licensed by
Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Martin's House
Becky Martin was a close friend and
classmate to Elvis in Lawhon school in Tupelo. She had opened her home to people
to see her Elvis room and to tell stories. Sadly, Becky passed away a few
months ago and her nephew now has her house. He has leased it to Jim Browder, a
well known "Elvis Tour Operator" in Memphis and with Norma Presley, Elvis'
second cousin they are showing the house again. Norma is Noah Presley's daughter
and youngest child. Noah was Elvis' grandfather's brother. She is telling of the
family and showing very rare pictures of uncles, great uncles and aunts and
cousins etc. This will be a big boost for Tupelo. Norma's brother was the
sheriff was killed in 2001 and her other brother was sheriff until
I believe when you visit Graceland
Elvis' family and friends should be there to meet the fans answering all their
questions instead of kids on minimum wage who weren't even alive when Elvis
died. Harold Loyd just tore tickets at the Trophy Room instead of being given a
special desk where he could meet visitors and talk about his life with Elvis.
Vester Presley was threatened with the sack unless he would keep quiet about
EPE. Billy Smith, Elvis' cousin was fired from Graceland because he dared
criticize all the mistakes Soden was making. So when you go to Tupelo there will
be some real information from Norma Presley about Elvis and Tupelo, Gladys and
Vernon and all the Presley family. Make sure you go to Becky Martin's House when
you visit Tupelo.
There will be a $6.00 charge off the
street to visit the house, with $1.00 going to St. Jude's Hospital. Anyone
taking a Tupelo tour with Jim from Memphis may visit the house for free. Norma
will be there talking to Elvis fans and talking about how Tupelo was in the 30's
and the 40's. For further details contact Jim Browder : email@example.com.
EMERALD ELVIS in Cork for 70th
Mark Leen the Emerald Elvis will be
appearing on Saturday, January 8th at the Cork Opera House with a fantastic
Show. There are only 1,000 seats available and they are selling fast, so book
today. Mark puts on a great Elvis tribute show and has the best selection of
Elvis jumpsuits in Europe worth over £50,000.00.
Mark was the joint winner of the
"Elvisly Yours Restaurant" Contest in London on July 5th and he will be the
opening act with Paul Lillie when we open the first Restaurant in London. Cork
is a lovely city on the east coast of Ireland and there are very cheap flights
by Ryannair if you book early. Why not make a great Elvis weekend in Cork, see
the Show, drink draught Guinness and enjoy good, Irish
For more information visit: www.emeraldelvis.com or write
to Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking Line: (353) 021 - 427
0022 Fax: (353) 021 - 427 6357
Opera House Box Office, Emmet Place, Cork City,
Why do ELVIS Fan Clubs and Elvis websites keep on giving BMG FREE
It amazes me that Elvis fan clubs and
Elvis websites keep on giving BMG FREE publicity. Elvis fan clubs struggle to
survive and what has BMG or RCA ever done for the fans and the fan clubs? They
have made $billions off the fans turning out Elvis compilation after
compilation, the same thing year after year. If Elvis fan clubs and websites
stopped running FREE advertising BMG would have to pay.
BMG have hoodwinked the fans for years.
It is about time they started to help the "hand" that feeds them and pay for
advertising in Elvis fan club magazines, newsletters and websites. In all my
dealings with businesses over the years BMG are the meanest. A good friend is a
senior executive with Warner Brothers who were promoting with BMG. Their
executives wanted all sorts of samples from Warner's but were not willing to
reciprocate by giving their products in return.
In all the years Elvisly Yours has been
in existence the only time BMG gave me anything was when I arranged for eight
ETAs to promote the release of "Suspicious Minds". We had several TV news crews
and the publicity went worldwide. The ETAs performed for free and just got
£300.00 between them for traveling from all over the UK. BMG gave me some CD
singles to give to the ETAs and some albums for Elvisly Yours that we play in
our shop. We have to pay a fee to the Performing Rights Society to play Elvis'
music in the shop, instead of being paid for the free
Elvis clock "Comeback"
£2.50, Eu £5.00, Ov £7.50
Elvis clock "50's"
£2.50, Eu £5.00, Ov £7.50
ELVISLY YOURS Competition Winner
Winner of the Elvisly Yours monthly draw is:
Helen Barton of Sawston,
Cambridge who wins the 70th Anniversary Calendar
GOING DOWN MEMORY
I spent many happy hours with Richard
Davis on my visits to Memphis with the Elvisly Yours Fan Club. Richard was
almost like a Siamese twin to George Klein and they would always be together at
DJ functions where George was performing and at Elvis Events.
was always very accommodating with the fans and was pleased to sign autographs
and have his photo taken. He would often come to the hotel to meet our tour
group or meet us at Alfred's on Beale Street.
Richard did not produce a book and cash in
on his association with Elvis like others in the Memphis Mafia. He would never
betray Elvis and Elvis as meant so much to him and he wanted to protect their
Richard was one of the good guys and he will be missed by his
family, friends and many of the fans who had the pleasure to meet him and enjoy
his great stories. Fans visiting Memphis for the 70th birthday must go to the
Special Tribute in honour of Richard at the Horseshoe Casino and to help his
widow and the 2year old triplets he left.
I invited Richard to England
in the 1984 and he was our special guest at Sussex Beach Holiday camp also
featuring Screaming Lord Sutch. He enjoyed meeting Sutch and it was a great
Richard Davis, Sid Shaw & Jim
Richard Davis in Britain,
He had a great time in England. I gave him
an Elvisly Yours watch where Elvis would appear then disappear on the face of
the watch every 15 seconds. He loved the watch and wore it every day. On one
visit to Memphis Richard complained to me that the watch stopped working and
could I get it fixed. I said, "Richard, did you try changing the battery?". That
was typical of Richard. What many fans did not know was Richard was the exact
same build as Elvis. Whenever Elvis wanted any new clothes he would send Richard
to the store to try on outfits.
Richard would chose the ones that fitted,
looked good and then take them back to Elvis at Graceland. Elvis would make his
choice and then return the clothes not needed. Elvis would have been mobbed if
he tried to buy clothes at any store and conveniently Richard was the same size
so he became a wardrobe manager for Elvis.
Being the same size meant that Richard
also appeared as a double for Elvis in a number of Elvis' movies. When the film
directors needed stand in shots for Elvis, Richard would be the guy standing in.
Richard also did security for Elvis on film sets and concerts. Richard was one
of the Memphis Mafia and you can often see photos of him close to Elvis for many
years of Elvis' career.
LANSKY almost in a
One of Elvisly Yours' customers in Memphis
was Bernard Lansky of Lansky Brothers and he used to buy our memorabilia for his
store Beale Street store.
I was told by one of Elvis' friends to be
careful, Bernard was a jive man. I did not know the term but I got to know him
and enjoyed his company until I started doing business with him.
Bernard came by our warehouse to look at
our Elvis memorabilia as he saw something he liked he took a sample and kept
several items, not offering to pay. I said, "I am giving you all these goods,
what have you got for me?" and he gave me a sort of joke credit
The front of the card is printed
The back of the card has the inscription,
"We are giving you this credit card out of the
goodness of our hearts. Now take some good advice: put it in a drawer and forget
about it. Once you start borrowing, there's no end to it. It's true you own the
card now and can go out and act like a big shot, spend money all over town,
break your poor mother's heart and who knows what trouble you will get
into. Look, don't
be a Putz. Save your money, get a good education, become a doctor, marry rich,
then buy wholesale and pay cash".
HEBREW NATIONAL BANK . I still have the card, today and I
often recount the story of the "jive man". We started trading with Lansky and
gave him a very good deal that I live to regret. I gave him stock on sale or
return. Each time I was back in Memphis would check what he sold and he would
On a visit in August in 1988 I got a call from Lansky saying he
would like more stock. I went by his store with Elvis' cousin Danny Smith who
was working for me at the time. He was the son of Billy Smith. After Billy was
fired by Graceland I offered him a job to run my office in Memphis and Danny
Bernard Lansky in his shop
Danny Smith at an Elvisly Yours
party in 1988 Memphis
We arrived at the store and asked
if he had done a stock check so I could be paid. He said he was far too busy and
had not done a stock check but he had done well with my goods. He said he needed
more stock and he would pay me after Elvis Week. I asked him if I could check
the stock with one of his staff but he refused and kept on insisting on more
stock. Danny started to get upset because this was clearly unfair and Lansky had
several staff who were standing around doing nothing. We started to count the
stock ourselves and tempers started to become frayed between Danny and Lansky. I
said that unless he would pay me I would take my stock back. The frayed tempers
became heated. Within seconds there was Danny Smith with fists raised in the
blue corner and Bernard Lansky with fists raised in the red corner. I managed to
relieve the tension and just told Lansky I was packing all my goods and taking
them back. When I returned to the warehouse I calculated he owed me at least
$1,200.00 but since neither he nor his staff had counted the stock it would be
difficult to prove without suing Lansky. I have never received one penny in
payment to this day from Lansky, the "jive man". All I have to remember is the
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12.95 each (£2.00 p&p UK)
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