JULIE PARRISH DIES
Julie wrote this inscription on her
photo to me :
"Sid, I thank you with all my heart
for your kindness in helping me get my great, great, great
papers from the Public Record Office, Kew
Gardens. Bless You! Love, Julie Parrish
It is with much sadness that I learned of the death of
Julie Parrish. I never met Julie Parrish, never spoke to her and yet somehow
through our email and personal correspondence it was like I had known her
for years and that she was a friend. Sadly, in the Elvis World I have met
many people who are takers but Julie was a giver and she gave from her
She had written to me in April asking for help to track
down some information about her ancestry in Sussex and gave simple
instructions of what was needed. I put her request on our website and in our
Cyber Newsletter but no one came forward to help Julie so I went to the
Public Records Office to find the documents she needed. It was an
interesting and enlightening experience going through all these ancient
original documents. I managed to photocopy some pages but others had to be
mailed to me. Eventually, after a couple of weeks, I sent off all the copied
documents to Julie. She sent a brief thank you message by email and then
some weeks later she posted FORTY signed photographs of herself, including
one signed personally to me which is on display in the Elvisly Yours
Shop at 233 Baker Street, London. I will cherish this photograph and
its personal message. Many of the photographs have already been used to
raise money for charity and the rest I will specially auction through our
website and possibly on eBay to raise money for the Lynda Jackson MacMillan
Centre for Cancer Support. Julie had fought ovarian cancer twice and won and
although the cause of her death is not known at the time of writing it may
well have been as a result of her battles with cancer. She came over ill on
Wednesday October 1st and was taken to hospital where she died.
She had offered to pay my small expenses for getting
her documents but I had written I did not want any money because I joked
that she should treat me and Maureen to a slap up meal when she came to
London. Sadly, she wrote that she did not think she could ever afford to
come to England. Being ill in America is a huge financial burden. I have
never understood how the American people have put up without a health
service for all these years and if you get cancer you can be ruined, even
with insurance which does not cover all bills. Just two weeks ago I received
a card from Julie with a UK cheque for £25.00 from a friend of Julie's and
I was surprised because I did not want or expect any money. It had been such
a pleasure to visit the Public Record Office and forty signed photographs
was way over the top as a 'thank you'.
We are planning on visiting Los Angeles and we had
hoped to meet Julie after our friendship had developed through email and
letters. I wanted to give her a copy of my book and my 2004 calendar and
some day hoped to invite her to England for an Elvis promotion. I had heard
so much about her from fans and people in the Elvis World. Everyone had a
nice word for Julie, she was truly an angel and now she has joined all the
other angels in "Blue Suede Heaven".
I kept a permanent advert for her photographs on our
web pages and in our Newsletters hoping that fans would buy Julie's
photographs to help her realize her dream and visit England again to
research her family ancestry. I would like to hear from any fans that did
write to Julie and I know they all got a response as she was a lady who
cared. After her acting career waned she gave her life to helping battered
wives and helping other cancer sufferers. My great regret was never meeting
Elvis or seeing his concerts and now there is another regret that I did not
meet such a sweet, warm and caring person like Julie who has died at the age
of 62 years old. Our sympathies go to her family, friends and the so many
fans that she touched with her love, warmth and kindness.
If you have any messages
about Julie please leave them on the Elvisly Yours message board www.elvisly-yours.com
. The bidding for signed photos of Julie which she sent to Elvisly Yours
will start at £50.00 each plus p&p and all proceeds will go to the
Lynda Jackson MacMillan Centre for Cancer Support. If you would like a
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RUBBERNECKIN' reaches no.5
UK singles charts
I do not know about other fans but I
have continually flicked through Sky Music channels every night hoping
to see the video of "Rubberneckin" but have only ever seen
it once and I have never heard it on the radio. Conversely, I have
seen Elton John's video dozens of times. No wonder it did not make
no.1 because the marketing was so poor. I can't let you know when to
hear or see "Rubberneckin" because BMG refuse to send me any
information about Elvis Presley. They do not want to offend the
megalomaniacs at EPE so they exclude "Elvisly Yours" a main
source of Elvis information and Elvis publicity in the UK ... what
thinking, what marketing, what stupidity?
I wouldn't mind but I think the
remix is not as good as the original which was a pretty poor song by
Elvis' fantastic standards. Rumour has it that BMG had originally been
sent another, far better version of Rubberneckin' and copied the
idea, giving a so-called "Legend" (in his own mind)
Paul Oakenfold the job of remixing. If you want to hear a far better
version of "Rubberneckin" go to website : www.traffickingelvis.co.uk.
BMG never cease to amaze me. Not
only do they follow up the brilliant remixed version of "A Little
Less Conversation" with a poor, second remix they then mask Elvis' eyes on the cover of the CD, infuriating Elvis fans. Elvis'
amazing eyes were his most magical and appealing characteristic and in
those eyes he had a look, a smile, a sexiness in different ways for
each and every fan. Then, some bloody joker at BMG thought it would be
good marketing idea to cover up his eyes and the whole entourage of
jokers at BMG allowed this complete monstrosity of a CD cover to be
released. If it wasn't for NIKE's marketing skills ALLC would have
never seen the light of day, also credit should go to the director of
"Ocean's Eleven" who used ALLC in the film and inspired NIKE
to use that song for their TV campaign. With constant
bombardment of the TV commercial around the world during the World Cup
it was the foresight of NIKE that made ALLC such a hit. Elvisly Yours
helped to hype the story around the world about ALLC getting to no.1 in
the UK for which we take some credit, but we got no thanks from BMG
and certainly none from EPE - they deserve each other but sadly the
fans have to suffer yet again !
"They couldn't organize a booze-up
in a brewery"
In London there are SEVEN Elvis theme
restaurants, all have been successfully operating for many years and all
give a good service to their customers. In Memphis there was only ONE Elvis
Restaurant and with the 600,000 plus visitors to Graceland every year it
should not have taken much skill or decent management to operate
successfully. You would be wrong because EPE's Elvis Presley Memphis
Restaurant has recently closed.
There is a huge misapprehension that the
people who run Graceland are astute businessmen but for years I have stated
publicly that if your replaced EPE's management with baboons they would make
even more money. It is the magic of Elvis that brings in the business and
people will always visit Graceland whoever is running the show. With a
restaurant downtown it was a different proposition as management and
marketing skills were required. Since EPE has made sure there is nothing to
do in the Graceland area when it closes each day most tourists arrive on
their tour buses, visit Graceland and often leave the city immediately after
their pilgrimage. To get them to go downtown and visit their restaurant
needed simple marketing, a little bit of imagination, drive and promotion.
Instead EPE have managed to destroy what should have been a very profitable
restaurant. "They couldn't organize a booze-up in a brewery". How
you can run an Elvis Restaurant business in Memphis into the ground is
beyond belief? Surely, everyone who visited Graceland is a potential
customer and yet they failed miserably. I am sure that Paul Chan of
Gracelands Palace of London and Kent could have done a much better job
having successfully run his restaurants now for 15 years.
For more information about the closure of
the "Elvis Presley, Memphis" Restaurant read this article by
Thorne Peters 'EP's
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new Musical "Jailhouse Rock" from the producers of
the spectacular and highly successful "Buddy" will
now release in Britain in February for a brief tour of the
regions before it is launched in London's West End.
They now have a
shortlist of three actors to play the key roll of Vince
Everett (Elvis Presley's role in the movie). Sadly, the real
Vince Everett who was the world's no.1 fan died in 1998 and
would have been so proud to see the Musical. He went to
Memphis to meet Elvis but found that he was filming
"Jailhouse Rock" and his name in the film was going
to be "Vince Everett" so that is when Vince changed
his name by deed poll even before the film came out.
The Musical will
tour the World and MGM have given rights to a producer in Los
Angeles. It has taken 10 years of negotiating and fund-raising
to bring the Show to the public and it premiers in Britain in
February. As soon as the theatres are announced book your
tickets because they will be sold out immediately !
Roots Of Elvis
A search for the origins of Elvis’s music
When David Neale was a small boy in Wales, the only cowboy-suit he had was an old hand-me-down. Then he
saw Elvis in his red-and-white “Teddy Bear” cowboy outfit in Loving You and he became a fan immediately.
Roots Of Elvis is really not about David at all, however. Instead, it investigates the origins of Elvis’s recordings, listing
over 450 titles that were recorded by someone else before Elvis made his own version.
“There have been many other books about Elvis, but we recommend this book as being one which
deserves a special place on your bookshelf.” (Elvis The Reality FC, New Zealand)
Readers will be surprised at the range of musical heritage, including gospel, folk, rock, r&b, and even classical. Elvis
was not kidding when he sang that “There ain’t nothing long with long-haired music, like Brahms, Beethoven and
Bach” — they all appear in the book! Some songs listed date back centuries, some are relatively
new, but in each case, the artist that originally recorded the song and when this was done is indicated.
“There's lots of information there.” (Peter Nazareth, Professor of English and African-American
World Studies and advisor to the International Writing Program, University of Iowa)
Accompanying each title is also a short text, providing background information about some aspect of the
number: the songwriter or -writers, the original recording artist, the song itself, or about Elvis’s own version.
“I don't know how many fans will be interested in the information you have
gathered: those who really care about the music and not the tell-all crap. You have
history in your pages.” (Eve Bradfors, Elvis fan, USA) Roots Of Elvis is available for purchase at the
site. Roots Of Elvis can also be bought from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and numerous other online booksellers.
For additional information, visit David
Neale's website.Roots Of Elvis (ISBN 0-595-29505-3) by David Neale was published in September 2003 by
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