The Worst Photo of Elvis
was probably the best looking guy in history. Perhaps
Rudolph Valentino fans would disagree, but I don’t
think many are around to dispute the fact so in Elvisly
Yours’ opinion Elvis wins hands down until you see the
worst photo of Elvis ever. As I search my archives, not really archives,
more like boxes and bundles of photos I have collected
over the years, I come across some interesting photos. I
have photos not only of Elvis but also from my 52 trips
to Memphis, 40 trips to Russia and visits to many other
countries on behalf of Elvisly Yours.
Of my entire collection I
think this is the worst ever photo taken of Elvis
Presley. He was pulling a funny face on stage in the
1970’s and it always cracks me up when I see it and
thought I would share it with you. Perhaps some fans who
were lucky enough to see or meet Elvis have an even
uglier photo of Elvis. Please send me a jpeg of your
worst Elvis photo and the best (rather worst) will be
published in the next Newsletter.
Elvisly Yours Shops
Our lease at the
Trocadero was precarious and they could give us short
notice to vacate. The owners always wanted to make one
large unit out of the various small units at the back
entrance to the Trocadero so we knew our tenure was
limited. But the nature of our leaving was dramatic and
gave us no time to plan for a new store.
Management at the end of 1999 decided to charge us an
extra £17,700.00 per year in service charges. On
investigation this was four times the rate per sq.ft of
large stores in the complex. We still had to pay rent
and rates and now a massive new charge. Rates alone were
£16,500.00 per year so I objected and offered the same
rate as large stores. We were evicted and they gave us
SEVEN days to vacate the premises. Of course, we had no
new shop to move to. Our store unit at the Trocadero
remained empty for 11 months, time during which they
would have received rent and we would have enough time
to find a new location. Not only were we forced to move
but notes we left at the shop for customers to contact
us were immediately removed but if staff at the
Trocadero asked what happened to us they said we were
out of business.
At the same time
Elvisly Yours was forced out to find a new store the
London Beatles Store was also looking for a new location
so we looked together. We wanted to move to Covent
garden but rents were far too high and several premises
we could afford did not want to have memorabilia shops.
Eventually we found two shops next door each other that
had been empty for five years on Baker Street. For two
months we harangued the owners who were Abbey National
and eventually we signed a lease and moved in March
2000. On one shop there was a sticker for Apple
computers and on the other store in the dust and dirt on
the window the name "Elvis" was written in
large print. Immediately we knew the choice of shop and
No. 231 would be the London Beatles Store (Apple) and
No. 233 would be Elvisly Yours (ELVIS). As the stores
had been left derelict for five years there was lots of
painting and refurbishment to do and we opened
eventually at the end of March 2000. WE were just two
doors from the Sherlock Holmes Museum and we racked our
brains for appropriate songs to combine Elvis, Holmes
and the Beatles as potential promotional theme tunes for
the new tourist location: "Hound Dog of the
Baskervilles" and "She's Leaving
Holmes"...awful I know but can you think of better
We have remained at 233
Baker Street, London NW1 until today. Our shop is just
100 yards north of Baker St Station and just 100 yards
from Regents Park. We are open 7 days a week
10.30am-6.30pm. Give us a visit soon and bring a copy of
this article on Elvisly Yours Shops and you will be
given a FREE poster.
the latter years of taking Elvisly Yours tours to visit
Memphis and Tupelo we found a new friend who was named
by Elvis as "Bardhal". The name Bardahl is a
nickname given by Elvis and is actually a brand of oil.
His real name is Will MacDaniel but everyone calls him Bardahl. He was a close friend for years with George
Klein and Richard Davis and used to hang around with
Elvis and the guys playing touch football in the 1950's.
was either Aunt Loraine or Linda Gail Lewis who brought
Bardahl along to meet the fans from our fan club tour to
Memphis and he would hang around with our group during
our stay in Memphis. Bardahl was always cheerful, always
smiling, always lots of fun and would recount stories
about the early years with Elvis. Our fans would often
migrate to Hernando's Hideaway at the back of the hotel
where we stayed in Memphis. Bardahl would join us
bopping the night away, especially when the fabulous
Linda Gail Lewis was performing. Some fans would roll
out of Hernando's at 5am and missed the tours we
arranged each day during our Trip. Apparently, the night
club, Hernando's Hideaway and the premises are for sale
at the moment.
last tour we took to Memphis was in October 1992 and I
lost touch with my dear friend Bardahl. I still hear
about him from friends who visit Graceland and he
joins fans each 'Elvis Week' in Memphis.
Randall Lee Rose
For some years on
Capital Radio the Elvis DJ was Randall Lee Rose and we
had some great times with Randall in the mid to late
1980's. In those days Capital Radio used to run special
Elvis nights at nightclubs and they were very successful
so I don't know why they did not continue them. We used
to do lots of promotions over many years with Capital
Radio since 1981 when they displayed our life size
bronze statue of Elvis for some months in their foyer.
This occured when they had their radio studios on Euston
Road before their move to Leicester Square in Central
The highlight of our
successful promotions with Randall was when he recorded
from Russia my visit in 1988 when we had an apartment
full of all the greatest rock stars in the Soviet Union
singing live over the telephone from Leningrad to
Capital Radio in London. The Rock stars sang a
repertoire of great Elvis numbers and they were all
drunk at the time. I never did get to hear the show and
wonder whether Capital radio kept a tape. It was really
wild and a "first" in British radio history
uniting East and West with live rock 'n' roll from a
communist country and probably totally illegal in the
published Elvisly Yours magazines (1980-1992) we used to
run regular competitions in each issue. My favourite was
"Deliberate Mistakes" and this tested fans
general knowledge about Elvis facts and history.
through the text of this article below and send a list
of all the mistakes. The first correct entry opened on
July 20th 2006 will receive a pack of the new Elvis
How many deliberate mistakes can you find in this
short Elvis history?
Elvis Jesse Presley was born on August 16th 1935 in
the small Alabama town of Tupelo. His parents, Vester
and Gladys, worked as share-croppers 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
After hearing about Elvis from his receptionist, 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
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.
Elvis, just like any other American man, was drafted in
1959. He joined-up with the U.S. Marines and was
stationed in France. It was here that Elvis met his
future wife, Priscilla, the daughter of his commanding
officer. After his national service was over, Elvis
moved-in to 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 "Roustaround", "It Happened At
The Worlds Fair", "Spinoff", "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 dates in the Las Vegas
He later went on tour and
performed another T.V. 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.
The tragic news of his passing came on a sad January
night in 1977. Elvis, in body, was dead, but his spirit
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