EPE now sells
after suing Elvisly Yours
in 1985 for selling Elvis panties!!
of EPE panties
In February 1985 Elvisly Yours received an order for Elvis
panties from the USA. This was the only order ever received
from America. Within a few days of placing the order the
customer, a Jane Sasai, had received the order in the States.
Little did we know that Jane worked for one of EPE's law firms
and the "knickers" (as we call them in Britain) were to be the
main basis of a lawsuit against Elvisly Yours Inc, Elvisly
Yours Ltd and me, personally. EPE claimed we were demeaning
the memory of Elvis Presley by marketing such a disgraceful
product as Elvis ladies panties.
The case was dragged on for 6.5 years by EPE and eventually
in 1991, without trial, we lost in US Federal Court. Thus
started one of the most powerful monopolies in the history of
the USA, with total control by a private company (EPE) of the
name, image and likeness of America's most famous star, Elvis
Presley. Colonel Parker swore an affidavit that suggested I
was some sort of pervert (it was recently discovered EPE
licensed panties in 1956). I was hammered by EPE in further
affidavits, depositions and legal arguments. At the first
Appeal Hearing in 1987, in Cincinnati, the lead Judge visibly
cringed when she heard I had the audacity to produce Elvis
ladies underwear, inscribed with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight',
'It's Now or Never' and 'Love Me Tender'. Her name was Judge
Kennedy and I wonder if she will be just as shocked by the
latest antics of EPE.
The HYPOCRITES at EPE who sued me in 1985 in the USA for
selling Elvis knickers are now marketing Elvis knickers
themselves, except they now market them as "intimate ladies
apparel". I was dragged through the US Courts for over six
years, called all the names under the sun by EPE and their
cronies, lost a landmark legal battle in US Federal Court and
was forced out of the Elvis business in America for selling
Elvis panties to an EPE legal secretary. To quote the common
English slang to the two-faced gits at
Perhaps I can reverse the US
Federal Injunction against me selling Elvisly Yours products
in America. It would be interesting to get a legal opinion
from a US Intellectual Property lawyer. Perhaps we have such a
lawyer subscribe to or receive this
of Dennis Roberts
stage having fun with Elvis
For Elvis fans, Charlie Hodge was probably the most
important member of the Memphis Mafia. If Elvis was the "King"
in the Elvis World Charlie was the equivalent of a
When he died there were massive tributes to Charlie on the
Internet from fans, fan clubs, family, friends and many
members of the Memphis Mafia. You can read our tribute to
Charlie on our website:
tribute to Charlie Hodge
Charlie was with Elvis
from the Army Days, lived at Graceland throughout the 1960's
and until Elvis died. He was onstage by Elvis' side for the '
68 Comeback and throughout the Concert years and until Elvis'
death on the 16th August 1977.
It was Charlie, with Joe Esposito, that announced the death
of Elvis to the world's media from Baptist Memorial
The tributes from many of the Memphis Mafia were
particularly glowing. Charlie seemed to be everyone's friend
and he was suitably honoured but according to reports there
was only one member of the Memphis Mafia who attended the
You only die once and one should show respect at a friend's
death by attending their funeral whenever possible.
There was only one funeral for Charlie so I am disappointed
more of his friends from the 'Elvis circle' did not make it to
Charlie's funeral to pay their respects. The sole person from
the inner circle was Sonny West and he apparently gave a
beautiful eulogy. Others attending from the Elvis World
were Jimmy Velvet, Patsy Anderson, Jerry Presley and Kim
Davis, Richard Davis' widow.
It seems little was done by EPE to honour Charlie other
than a mention on their website. Lisa and Priscilla should
have attended the funeral.
Lisa grew up as a child with Charlie around every day at
Graceland and Priscilla knew Charlie for 45 years.
If Bob Sillerman would have wanted to endear himself to
Elvis fans he also could have attended the funeral because
Charlie was the equivalent of "Elvis Royalty".
Most fans would have now heard of Bob
Sillerman's plans to turn the Graceland area into a
theme park and open an Elvis themed Casino in Las Vegas.
There has also been talk of taking Elvis around the
In August 1982 when I was
exclusively supplying EPE with British made Elvis
souvenirs to sell at Graceland after it opened to the
public I had a meeting with Soden and Ken Brixey. I
proposed EPE should tour a Graceland Exhibition around
the world when business was slow in the winter months.
Elvisly Yours would help with marketing and PR and
supply Elvis memorabilia. Ken loved the idea but 24
years later Soden has still done nothing to promote
Elvis worldwide. He is too lazy, does not care about
Elvis and has made so much money for himself staying in
Memphis as CEO of EPE. Ken was the marketing manager of
Graceland and I had formed a good working relationship
with Ken and his associate Twyla Dixon, the curator at
Graceland. It has always been my greatest regret that
two hard working, highly imaginative and conscientious
staff who were for all intensive purposes running
Graceland at the time were fired by Soden and then it
was downhill all the way. Soden should have been fired
and not Ken and Twyla. The Elvis World would have been a
much happier place and EPE so much more responsive to
the needs of the fans, the fan clubs, Elvis' family and
friends. Those were the good old days when EPE was
friendly and caring about Elvis and his memory and were
willing to listen to people in the Elvis
Now, after all these years Bob Sillerman
has woken up to the neglect of EPE in the world and has
realised the idea I suggested in 1982 should have been
acted upon. A touring Graceland Exhibition would not
only be very profitable in itself but would be the ideal
vehicle to promote trips to Memphis and Graceland and of
course, Las Vegas when the Elvis Presley Casino is
It has always amazed me how
lacking in imagination EPE has been since Jack fired Ken
Brixey and Twyla Dixon; no reason has ever been
adequately explained for their dismissal. I have not
been to Memphis in twelve years but I am sure the area
in the Graceland vicinity is just as derelict now as it
was then. Instead of visitors seeing Graceland and then
taking in lots of other local events, shopping and
entertainment EPE has consistently destroyed future
growth of the area by threatening local business that
wanted to have any hint of an Elvis theme. There was a
great club opposite Graceland with Dennis Wise
performing Elvis Shows encouraging fans to stay in the
vicinity, but as soon as he could Soden padlocked the
doors and kicked out the owners. Dennis and his wife put
on one of the best Elvis tribute shows I have seen and
also helped us to raise money for charity to take
handicapped Elvis fans to Graceland. On one fund-raising
night with Patsy Presley at Dennis' Elvis Club we raised
over $4,000.00. Patsy had kindly donated several Elvis
artefacts for the auction, including a champagne glass
from the wedding of Elvis and Priscilla. For all these
years EPE should have been working with local business
instead of harassing and intimidating them. The Better
Business Bureau in Memphis has always had a very poor
rating for EPE but hopefully that will now change as Bob
Sillerman puts out a hand of friendship to Memphis
business. He has got a mountain to climb and I hope he
realises how much damage has been done in the past by
previous management at EPE.
I have yet to see Bob
Sillerman put out a hand to Elvis fans and fan clubs,
instead we have Elvis rubber ducks, Elvis rubber masks,
tacky jumpsuits, Elvis panties and eviction of the last
two remaining independent Elvis stores in the immediate
Graceland vicinity. Also, there is the hidden threat to
Elvis Tribute Artists in the USA. EPE can use a silly
law in the USA called the "Right of Publicity". This law
passed secretly one night in Tennessee without public
debate protects the rights of dead stars and their heirs
to stop others using their name, image and likeness and
that includes impersonating Elvis Presley. In the UK it
seems Judges care more for the Rights of the People
instead of a handful of dead stars, their relatives and
thousands of lawyers. The closing statement in the
Judgement by an eminent UK Appeal Court Judge in my case
against EPE March 12th 1999 in the UK Court of Appeals
was as follows:
should be no a priori assumption that only a celebrity
or his successors may ever market (or licence the
marketing of) his own character. Monopolies should not
be so readily created.
High Court and Court of Appeals believed a monopoly,
such as that held in the USA by EPE, is against the
public good and should be stopped. In London alone there
are six Elvis themed restaurants yet in the whole of the
USA there is not even one Elvis Restaurant. Because of
pathetic marketing EPE could not even run an Elvis
themed Restaurant in Memphis and it had to close for
lack of business. With 600,000 plus visitors a year
going to Graceland it really did not take much marketing
skill to transport just a fraction of those visitors to
have lunch and/or dinner downtown to Beale
Just when you thought it couldn't
get any worse…
…EPE have launched Elvis Bobble Heads
First we had the Elvis Rubber Ducks, closely followed
by Elvis Rubber masks, then came tacky Elvis jumpsuits,
then Elvis ladies panties (after suing us for selling
panties in 1985) and now the latest licensed Elvis
product launched by EPE are Elvis bobble
Bobble heads are those ghastly items that sit in the
back of a car or dashboard, usually a dog or cat and
their head bobbles.
EPE are so proud of their latest licensed product it
was launched on the homepage of their official
I cringe at wondering what the next
wonderful product will be from the "official" company
protecting the name, image and likeness of the world's
Can you imagine Princess Diana bobble heads, or
Nelson Mandela rubber masks or what about Queen
Elizabeth rubber ducks?
In historical importance Elvis is up there among the
great names in history and he deserves more respect than
is being shown by EPE.
How low will the licensing
department of EPE stoop to make a buck?
When Elvis fans are crying out all over the world for
more concert footage, more concert audio, more rare
material from the vaults and out-takes of films, what
the hell are EPE doing? They are degrading and demeaning
Elvis Presley and his memory.
p&p £5.00 p&p,
£7.00 Eu, £12.50 world
Elvis' Missing Hair
Elvisly Yours has obtained possession of beautiful framed
prints that should have included a strand of Elvis'
The product was being auctioned on the Auction World TV
Channel for £300.00 each, we have been advised, before the
company went bankrupt.
Each frame measures 18ins x 12ins (56cm x 32cm), has a wide
black polished wood frame, with Perspex and weighs 2kgs with
the protective mailing carton.
We cannot find the strand of hair or the certificate of
authenticity and consequently the price we can offer you is
only £59.00 plus postage and packing.
We knew when we bought the stock the certificate of
authenticity went missing with the liquidation of the company
but we still expected to find the strand of Elvis' hair.
Everything arrived carefully packed and in outer cartons but
on testing many frames none included the hair.
This is bizarre, because it would have been very expensive
and time wasting to take apart the carton, outer packaging and
frame to place one strand of Elvis hair in the middle of the
replica gold disc.
Investigations are ongoing to find the missing hair.
This makes this product one of the most unusual and unique
items of Elvis memorabilia ever produced...framed Elvis hair
that has disappeared???
for the framed hair stated:
This is an authenticated tiny strand of Elvis's hair.
Originally acquired from Thomas B. Morgan, Jr. on Sept 17
2002. He was a close friend of Homer 'Gill' Gilleland until
Mr. Gillelland's death his death in 1995. Homer was Elvis's
hairdresser for many years going on tour with him and working
with him from the late 50's until his death in 1977 and he had
many gifts from his friendship with Elvis and Vernon Presley.
One of Homer's prize posessions was a bag of Elvis's hair
clippings he had saved over the years from cutting Elvis's
hair. These clippings were later given to Mr.
The strand is placed within a small gold record
with a photo of Elvis above, all framed within a wide black
frame. The back of the picture has a printed page with all the
authentication. This includes verification from Thomas B.
Morgan to the hair's source. Mr. Morgan was also personally
acquainted with Elvis, serving as an admin asst. to Sheriff
Gene Berksdale, Sheriff of Shelby County and Memphis. He was
involved in commissioning Elvis as a Special Deputy and he
visited Graceland on Aug 15, 1977 to deliver Sheriff's Dept
jumpsuits. The following day Elvis died.
Will George Best Airport, Belfast encourage
to name 'Elvis Presley Airport'?
The simple answer to this hypothetical question
BELFAST City Airport is to be renamed George
Best Airport. A ceremony unveiling the new signage has been
planned for 22d May 2006, on what would have been Best's 60th
birthday. The former Manchester United and Northern Ireland
international footballer died last
Brian Ambrose, the airport's chief
executive, said: "George Best was the finest footballer
Northern Ireland has ever produced and one of the greatest
footballers to grace the world stage. We believe renaming the
airport after George is a fitting and permanent tribute to his
George Best more than
anyone united the Protestant and Catholic communities. But a
poll by a local radio station found 48 per cent of city
residents opposed to the move. Even though Barbara
McNarry, Best's sister, spoke of her pride at the honour, she
accepted that others had reservations. But she was taken aback
by the ferocity of some of those opposed to the renaming.
There will be those that looked at Best's failings as an
alcoholic but all genius has its dark side and it is for his
football genius George will be remembered and not his personal
George's sister said, "We fully understand
that there are people who perhaps don't agree with it. But
there's nothing more that the family can do. If the family
have been honoured in this way, I don't know what on earth we
are expected to do but accept it very
Belfast will have George Best Airport. In
Liverpool the airport has been renamed "John Lennon Airport"
so it seems logical that Memphis should rename its airport
after Elvis Presley. But there is no logic when it comes to
politics in Memphis. Black leaders may justifiably argue the
airport should be renamed after "Martin Luther King" since he
was assassinated in Memphis. Others will argue for "W.C. Handy
Airport", the father of the blues. I don't know how many rows
I had with Memphians who do not care for Elvis or appreciate
what he has done for the city of Memphis.
clearly remember in the late 1980's the Jaycees had a
Halloween display in a Memphis shop window of a "dead Elvis"
with backdrops of a toilet seat, gunge coming out of Elvis'
face and body, pills on the floor, half-eaten peanut butter
sandwiches and hamburgers scattered around. One of Elvis'
greatest honours and one he most cherished was receiving the
Jaycees Award for one of the top 10 American citizens. The
city did nothing to condemn this outrage nor did EPE take
legal action. Most Memphians really do not care enough for
Elvis and only a small percentage have ever visited Graceland.
If anything, they resent the mass of tourists that come to
their city because of Elvis Presley. I have been to Memphis 52
times from England and had an apartment in the city for three
years so I have a very wide experience of the opinions of
The only thing Memphis has really done to
honour Elvis is to name a street after him and that was during
his lifetime. Also, there is the Elvis Presley Trauma Center
but they have actually been threatened legally by EPE. I am
sure any major efforts to use the name Elvis Presley have been
thwarted in the past by EPE management who would want
$$$$$$$$$. So I am afraid the noble efforts of Maurice Colgan
of Ireland to realise his dream and campaign for "Elvis
Presley Airport, Memphis" will have to continue for many more
Another superb product from Elvisly
Front and back
of the new Elvis card pack
Elvis playing cards £9.95 for 2 packs
p&p £1.00 p&p,
£2.00 Eu, £3.00 world
While EPE is launching more and more demeaning products
featuring grotesque images and caricatures of Elvis we are
planning to launch quality memorabilia using the best
photographs and art work of Elvis Presley.
We would now like to introduce the finest Elvis Presley
playing cards in the world. There are 58 different photos of
Elvis with each pack. There are 52 suit cards and 4 jokers in
each pack and the back and front cover.
The 4 suits represent different eras of Elvis' life. For
Hearts there are photos from the 1950's, Clubs has the Movie
years, for Diamonds the '68 Comeback and Change of Habit
period and Spades the 70's and Vegas era.
We will also be framing the entire collection and selling
the cards as beautiful framed memorabilia like the framed old
cigarette and bubblegum cards.
We recommend fans should buy two packs, one to use, the
other to keep, still shrink wrapped and in mint
The playing cards will be in stock in Britain in about four
weeks but you can NOW pre-order two packs and receive a
special gift for pre-ordering - an original RCA card with the
These were produced in limited quantities and given to the
birthplace at Tupelo for distribution to Elvis fans. I managed
to acquire the last remaining calendar cards, highly
National Historic Landmark
March 27th 206 at 10am Graceland will be
designated a "National Historic Landmark". This is yet another
great honour for Elvis Presley and long overdue. I have no
idea why it has taken almost 29 years since Elvis died to
grant Graceland that status. I cannot think of any other
individual in American history who has encouraged more
positive publicity for the USA and its music and culture or
encouraged more people to visit America and spend their hard
earned money. Perhaps some of our American friends could
explain the long delay in bestowing this honour on Graceland.
If you check this link : Sec.
65.4 National Historic Landmark criteria you will find the
US Government criteria for choosing a "National Historic
Landmark". Elvis' home Graceland certainly fulfils much of the
criteria so why the 29 year wait ?
According to the
official website: www.cr.nps.gov/nhl/
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant
historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior
because they possess exceptional value or quality in
illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United
States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this
national distinction. Working with citizens throughout the
nation, the National Historic Landmarks Program draws upon the
expertise of National Park Service staff who work to nominate
new landmarks and provide assistance to existing
Graceland will become the fourth
National Historic landmark in Shelby County joining Sun
Studio, Beale Street and Chucalissa Indian village. In America
other NHLs include the White House, Mt Vernon (George
Washington's home), Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge,
Smithsonian Institution Building, Alcatraz, San Francisco
Cable Cars, Hoover Dam etc.
These are the favourite t-shirts chosen by fans from
our last Newsletter
'Elvis the King' t-shirt
''Elvis Lives in
our Hearts' t-shirt
D20. Elvis pillowcase
£1.50, Eu £3.00, Ov £4.50
p&p UK £1.00, Eu
Elvis sunglasses SILVER
p&p UK £1.00,
ELVISLY YOURS Competition Winner
The winner of the Elvisly Yours
monthly draw is Eric de Vette of Holland.
receives a pack of the NEW Elvis playing cards when in