ORDERS received before
December 18th will be shipped in time for Christmas
WE WISH all CYBER CLUB
ELVIS FANS everywhere
A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS and
ROCKING NEW YEAR
Elvisly Yours is proud to
announce "Jailhouse Rock the Musical" will premier in England at Plymouth on 20th
just a two week engagement
20th February - Saturday 6th March 2004
Eves 7.30pm Thurs & Sat Mats at 2.30pm
the Palace Theatre Manchester
March 9th 2004 for two weeks
: 0870 - 4013000
“Jailhouse Rock” will be Rocking
at the Piccadilly
from March 26th and grand opening April 19th 2004
OFFICE : 020 7369 1754
details about the Musical
MARIO stars in "Jailhouse Rock the
He had come by our
shop a few months ago and was thrilled to be short-listed for the part of Vince
Everett in "Jailhouse Rock the Musical". I was told by the
producers that he had been short-listed and I praised Mario to them. They said
they wanted a Vince Everett in his 20's and Mario was worried because he is
in his 30's but he obviously impressed them sufficiently to get the part and
I am thrilled for him after all the years of hard work he will star in a
major West End Show. I am sure his family is proud of him and we wish him
every success in the show and in his future career.
1998 I was invited to the Music Hall in Shoreditch to put in our shop
for an Elvis Night and watch an Elvis Tribute Show by Mario. I had not
heard of Mario before, but the Music Hall had highly praised him and
their praise was justified. It was a great night at this wonderful
Venue which has sadly closed at this location because it could not get
support from the local or central government. The food was great, the
atmosphere warm and inviting and then Mario appeared.
He put on a
superb show that night with various costume changes and could do the
whole repertoire of Elvis Presley numbers through the 50's, 60's and
70's. He looked the part with his dark looks, Elvis style hair and had
great costumes. He did not just sing but really entertained the
audience and they loved him. He had many curtain calls and had a whole
gang of his family along to support him. Mario is of Greek origin and
has performed regularly for the Greek community in Britain. We kept in touch and Mario was invited to the opening of the
new Elvisly Yours shop at 233 Baker Street in March 2004.
THE REAL VINCE EVERETT
There was a real Vince Everett and he was
a dear friend for almost twenty years. I hope with the recognition
"Jailhouse Rock the Musical" will receive perhaps my dear friend
Vince will also be remembered for his massive contribution to the Elvis
World before his untimely death. Sadly, his estranged wife refused to let
any of his friends know when and where he was buried. She had good reason to be
angry with Vince who was so Elvis mad that he sold the family house without
telling his wife. She was evicted with young children from her home when the
new owners turned up on the doorstep after Vince left for Memphis to spend
the money from sale of the house on Elvis artifacts. He was addicted to
collecting Elvis memorabilia, books and photographs and his amazing
collection has disappeared. I have repeated the obituary I wrote for Vince
Everett and had on display in my shop at the Trocadero in 1998 :
IN MEMORY OF
November 6th 1998 Vince Everett was found dead in his flat. He had died from
a massive heart attack and with him died his amazing Elvis collection. Vince
wasn’t just an Elvis fan, wasn’t just an Elvis collector. His whole life
was devoted to Elvis. As early as 1957 Vince was chasing after Elvis in
America. He missed Elvis who was in Hollywood filming but befriended
Elvis’ parents and worked for them for nothing as a handy man. In return
Vernon Presley gave Vince some of Elvis’ old jackets and so started
Vince’s amazing collection. Vince had fourteen of Elvis’ 50’s jackets
including the one worn at the signing of the RCA contract.
went to Germany and met Elvis at his home where Elvis gave him a solid gold
bracelet. He followed Elvis continuously in the States in the late 60’s
and early 70’s until 1973. Vince always said that Elvis died inside in
1973 after his divorce from Priscilla and all the fun times had gone.
1995 one of Vince’s dreams was realised when we took part of his unique
collection to Japan where it was put on display in Mitsukoshi Depart Store
in Tokyo for six days attracting 18,000 visitors. It was hoped to follow
this success with other tours but alas there was not the money to promote.
The collection was displayed in Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival in 1997
but was badly publicized and did not succeed. It is believed part of this
valuable collection is still sitting in storage in Scotland.
Vince died sadly the family refused to allow any friends to the funeral and
Vince had many friends-who knows what happened to the collection? Vince
collected Elvis memorabilia for over 40 years. He had thousands of albums and CD’s, thousands of photographs, books,
magazines and hundreds of personal items that belonged to Elvis. Just like a
drug addict is addicted to drugs, Vince was addicted to Elvis. He had to buy
the next book, the next record, next anything Elvis. He would do crazy
trades offering valuable personal artifacts for just one record. Elvis was
his life. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and by a special friend
who found poor Vince on November 6th 1998.
all the people I have ever met in the Elvis World Vince was the most devoted,
most knowledgeable about Elvis and no one else can take away his reputation
as the world’s no.1 Elvis fan...the no.1 spot is reserved for ever for
Vince Everett. Of course, Vince Everett was the name adopted by Vince when
he heard that was to be the name Elvis used in the film Jailhouse Rock.
few people knew Vince’s real name, Andrew Cohen, and that he was Jewish,
just like Elvis. We will all miss you Vince. RIP, at least you are now with
your hero, Elvis.
YOU MEAN LOT !
On our website and in our last Cyber
Newsletter we asked fans to bid at least £50.00 for the few remaining
signed photographs of Julie Parrish and not one of you mean lot has bid. We
will extend the offer until December 31st 2003 after which we will use eBay.
Surely, with Christmas coming such a signed photo will make a great gift and
help a cancer charity in Julie's memory!!
BUY A SIGNED PHOTO OF JULIE PARRISH
and help raise
money for the Lynda Jackson MacMillan Centre for cancer support.
When Julie died, on October 1st and had been so kind to
me by sending FORTY signed photographs in gratitude for a brief period of
time I helped her, I wanted to honour her memory. I had already given ten of
her photos to the Elvis Express Club to raise money for the Chestnut Tree
House children's hospice and others were given as prizes in a special
competition or on display at the Elvisly Yours Shop. Except for a few,
including one made personal to me, the remainder will be auctioned through
our Elvisly Yours Cyber Club and web site. There are no more signed
photographs of Julie Parrish. Just a few she signed to fans she met in
Memphis or friends and some sold through her website or at a limited number
of Elvis Conventions. She did not even realise until quite recently that
Elvis fans would want her signed photos.
We are asking generous fans to bid at least £50.00
$80.00) per signed photograph and all proceeds will
go to the Lynda Jackson MacMillan Centre. It is a unique charity that
supports cancer victims and their families by offering advice and
counselling to all those in need and they have helped tens of thousands of
people over the years. Julie had ovarian cancer twice and I am sure would be
honoured to think her signed photographs and memory are helping others who
have had to battle cancer. Perhaps you want something special as a Christmas
gift for a family member or friend, we can even frame the photo for a small
additional cost of £5.00. We would like to aim for a target of £1,000.00
for the charity so Julie's family may be sent a special certificate from the
Lynda Jackson MacMillan Centre. Each purchaser will receive a letter of
thanks and receipt from the charity. There are seven photos with Elvis from
the film in which she co-starred, "Paradise Hawaiian Style" and the
rest are from StarTrek, model photos of Julie, Beverley Hills 90210 and
other famous TV shows. Remember not only will
the photos be an investment but you will be helping a cancer charity. We do
hope that Elvis fans are generous and we are giving you the first option to
bid for the photographs and if any remain they will be auctioned on eBay.
Bill Burk injured in car
Sadly, last month Bill Burk was
injured in a serious car crash. At first, it was thought his
injuries were not serious but later tests showed some internal
damage also neck and back injuries. Bill was in a lot of pain and I
hope he is on the road to full recovery
memorial service pamphlet
We are indebted to Jim Wilbar, Joel Wachbrit, Paul and
Joan Gansky for permission to publish the pamphlet given to the
congregation at Julie Parrish' moving Memorial Service.
SCOTTY MOORE HAS BRAIN SURGERY
Scotty Moore has just had a brain surgery and was taken
to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. His surgery was
for a brain embolism and apparently went very well. The doctors seemed very
optimistic and expect a full recovery; this was not a stroke.
I was recently informed that Scotty was only ever paid a
pittance for "Don't be Cruel" and other songs. His image has been
used to sell pop up greeting cards and such. BMG release old out takes as
new records but paying the musicians the one time recording fee back in 1956
at let's say $46.00. Yes, only $46.00 was paid to Scotty for "Don't Be
Cruel" the slow version, with Scotty's lead in, which virtually made
the record. Scotty has been trying to sell his personal belongings just
to pay for food bills and supplement his social security cheque while EPE
and BMG have made hundreds $millions. What a way to treat one of the world's
greatest ever guitarists. We wish Scotty a full recovery and hope he gets better very
ELVIS MOMENT IN TIME
our last Cyber Newsletter we mentioned the plans for an "Elvis
Moment in Time" when Radio Stations all over the World will be
encouraged to simultaneously play on Julie 5th 2004 "That's All
Right". It is a great idea and would be a world first for any
artist. I wrote to the organisers in Memphis offering my help to
promote the idea to fans all over the world but they have not
bothered to reply. With or without them "Elvisly Yours" is
now kick-starting the campaign to persuade every radio station in
the world to simultaneously play 'That's All Right' on July 5th
2004. We will find out the chosen Memphis time when the record was
recorded. In the meantime pass on this Newsletter to all your Elvis
friends and start contacting radio stations around the world to put
them on notice to play "That's All Right" at the preset
time. Please let us know what feedback you get from your radio
stations and if you get any resistance just let us know and we will
bombard the radio stations with phone calls, emails and faxes to get
them to join in "That's All Right DAY".
Perhaps you will have more luck
than me contacting the "Memphis Convention and Visitors
Bureau" to get them to respond to my offer to help
them. We need to mobilize Elvis fans around the world to contact
every radio station to simultaneously play
"That's All Right" on July 5th 2004. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
tell Alexandra or Mary that Sid sent you !!
about radio stations the Elvis Express Independent Elvis Fan Club
now has its own radio station which can be picked up on the internet
and is recorded every Friday for one hour. Simply click on to www.elvis-express.com
and follow instructions or click on the banner :
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GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE
Recently, I have been looking for photographs and
clippings of Screaming Lord Sutch. There will be a wonderful, new
biography on David Sutch written by Graham Sharpe of William Hill
fame. The book will be released next Spring to commemorate the fifth anniversary of David's death. David had persuaded me to stand in the
March 1st 1984 Chesterfield by-election.
We livened up the town and
put on rock 'n' roll and Elvis events for two weeks. We held the
world's first press conference in a fish and chips shop, sold beer at
1p a pint to encourage the media to attend our first rally, we formed
a coal-ition in a coal mining town and so it went on.
thousands of people happy with our campaign. The Labour Party invited
us for a beer, the Tories for tea and cakes and the Liberal Democrats
for coffee even though we were the opposition because our campaign was
so much fun. Read
the original historic manifesto
Whilst hunting for photos of me and Sutch, like one
does, I found old photographs from other times in Elvisly Yours'
history. I found a photo when I presented the miniature of our life-size statue to Jack Soden in 1982.
Funny, but in 1985 and under oath
at a deposition,
Mr Soden stated he did not know we were trading in
America even though he was given the statue miniature & other items
of Elvisly Yours memorabilia.
Then there was the time that a beautiful hand made
replica of Graceland in silk flowers was presented to Graceland in
January 1985. But, it disappeared never to be put on the grave or seen
again. It is so beautiful I am sure some thief still has it on display
at their home in Memphis.
Not long after the floral Graceland was
presented I was sued by EPE in US Federal Court. It just shows how
sick the EPE management are, they even stopped a beautiful floral
tribute from Elvisly Yours being put on Elvis' grave.
Incidentally, we have just found in our
warehouse "SACK JACK" and
"HIT THE ROAD JACK" button badges from 1985 and are offering them for the first time ever on
price £3.95 set of 4
£1.00 p&p UK £1.50 other countries)
Lord Sutch and Sid (Chesterfield by-election)
Lord Sutch with Elvisly Yours statue
Joni (Soden), George Klein, Alan Fortas
Bill Burk, Beth Pease, Jim Kingsley (deceased), Sid
Memphis, October 1982
Joni (Soden), Jack Soden and Sid
with presentation of miniature statue.
Memphis, October 1982
Elvisly Yours floral tribute to Elvis: Aunt Nash, Twyla Dixon, Denise,
Memphis, January 1985
includes a thesis by Sid Shaw, DisGraceland
and 21 more papers by experts in the Elvis World
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winner of the Elvisly Yours monthly draw is Svante
Rask of Skogas, Sweden.
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a signed copy of “Elvis, A King Forever”. List
all the mistakes in an email marked “deliberate
mistakes” and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first person drawn out of the hat December 31st 2003 with the correct
list will win the signed, hardback book.
many deliberate mistakes can you find in this short history of Elvis
Elvis Jesse Presley was born on
August 16th 1935 in the small Alabama town of Tupelo. His parents,
Vester and Gladys, worked as sharecroppers on the cotton fields and
were very poor. As work was scarce in Tupelo, the family moved to
Memphis, Tennessee where Elvis attended the County High School. After
graduating, Elvis got a job working for the Crown Gas Company as a
driver. It was during this time that Elvis made his first record, a
birthday present for his father, at Sam Phillips' Sun Recording
After hearing about Elvis from
his partner Marion Koster, Sam invited Elvis back to record a few more
numbers with the help of local musicians Bill Moore and Scotty Black.
Elvis was able to re-create the sound of the black, blues singers
together with a hillbilly beat and the results were sensational. The
records Sam released did well locally, and it soon became clear Sun
Records just couldn't cope with National demand. Phillips sold Elvis'
contract to Columbia Records for $35,000 but a change of heart by the
executives there gave RCA the chance to sign Elvis up themselves. And
so Elvis became RCA's biggest recording star with number one after
number one on both sides of the Atlantic. Elvis' fame spread worldwide
and the hits just kept on coming. Movies were next, and Elvis made the
trip to Hollywood for his first film "Loving You". The fans
flocked to see Elvis on screen and he also became one of America’s
most popular movie stars.
just like any other American man, was drafted in 1959. He joined-up
with the U.S. Marines
and was stationed in France. Whilst in service Elvis met his future
wife, Priscilla, the daughter of his commanding officer. After his
national service was over, Elvis bought his new home in Memphis called
'Graceland'. His career was unaffected by his years in the forces and
a film of his adventures was quickly made. Throughout the sixties,
Elvis continued to record great records and starred in many films,
including "Roust around", "It Happened At The Worlds
Fair", "Spin off ", "Blue Hawaii",
"Paradise Hawaiian Style" and "A Stone For Danny
Fisher". But Elvis had not performed before his fans
for many years, so in 1969 he was persuaded to make a T.V. Special for
the ABC network. The show was a tremendous success and this encouraged
Elvis to play a season of shows in Las Vegas. He later went on
tour and performed another TV special in Hawaii during 1974. Other
countries visited by Elvis included Canada, Scotland, West Germany and
Japan, although British fans were sadly never to see him appear on
stage in Britain. The tragic news of his passing came on a sad January
night in 1977. Elvis, in body, was dead, but his spirit and legend
will live on forever..
N.B. There are 26
mistakes and list each mistake by word(s)
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