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Never judge a man…. (Elvis Presley 5/8/2016)

The adage of “never judge a man what he does in public but what he does in private” is wisdom personified.

During Elvis’ concert years (i.e. 1969 to 1977) one of the things Elvis did in private was to sing gospel songs.

In his hotel suite, many times after performing onstage having given 2 live performances, Elvis had his backup singers – invited guests – invited celebrities – etc. to gather around the piano and sing gospel songs.

Elvis loved Gospel songs.

Gospel songs were as much a part of Elvis was his unique style. Unique singing. Unique stage presence. Elvis was gospel. Elvis loved God and his beloved son Jesus. Elvis, from the time he was old enough to walk, sang and most of what he sang was gospel music.

Against the will of Ed Sullivan, whose tv show in the 1950s was the most popular TV show in the world, Elvis (whose tv appearances had made history with the largest viewing audience in the world) had made a promise to his beloved mother Gladys to sing “Peace in the valley”.

At the time of Elvis’ Ed Sullivan tv appearances Elvis was ravaged by the “elite press”. They called him a dumb hillbilly. They said he couldn’t sing but mumble. They blamed him for all of the ills of youth and delinquency. The world had never seen anything like Elvis before…or since.

Onstage, and on tv, Elvis moved with passion and purpose. He exploded. He moved to the rhythm naturally. Every fiber of his being was put into his songs and tv and stage performances.

The press had ridiculed Elvis’ tv appearances as wild and jungle music. Ed Sullivan, who previously said he would never have Elvis on his tv show, ultimately paid Elvis the highest monetary amount ever paid for an entertainer to appear on tv. As a matter of fact it was three times the amount ever paid to any entertainer but Elvis’ tv ratings were astronomical.

Elvis, who had a photograph memory and remembered who hurt him and who helped him, knew that Ed Sullivan was behind showing Elvis on tv from the “waist up” thereby denying the tv audience the full Elvis experience. Between the acts of Ed Sullivan and the unwarranted attacks along with the promise to his mother Gladys (which was ultimately important) Elvis informed a shocked Ed Sullivan that he was going to sing “Peace in the valley”. Ed Sullivan went to Colonel Parker, and Parker also remembered Ed Sullivan’s slights against Elvis, to get Elvis not to sing this gospel song.

Colonel Parker, for better or worse, told Sullivan “the boy sings what he wants when he wants” and “he was contracted for  X number of appearances and X number of songs” and reminded Sullivan of the historical tv ratings and gave Sullivan the fact…Elvis would sing “Peace in the valley”.

Unlike Elvis’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, which was not hosted by Ed Sullivan who had been in a terrible auto accident but by Charles Laughton the successful actor, Sullivan was hosting and he knew the Colonel had a bona fide contract. It was a “lose lose” situation for Ed Sullivan.

Elvis’ appearances on the Ed Sullivan show have been put into many Elvis’ VHS and/or DVD documentaries. I encourage Elvis Presley fans to seek out these products as they are a must for Elvis fans.

You can see Ed Sullivan (note: this was the last appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show and it occurred on January 6, 1957 which was 2 days before Elvis’ 22nd birthday. Peace in the valley was the last song on the last appearance) onstage with a curious look on his face and told the live audience that “now he is going to sing a song to soft of in the mood he wanted to create peace in the valley” at which point Elvis comes out and sings this gospel song in a throughly meaningful way.

Besides Elvis’ promise to his beloved mother Gladys Ed Sullivan had made mention about the Hungarian relief efforts (note: Hungary declared Elvis an honary citizen of Budapest and had a city landmark named after him) as a way to transition Elvis into singing this heartfelt gospel song. It was evident, and documented, that Ed Sullivan did not want Elvis to sing a gospel song on his tv show. This was also true of RCA, who Elvis was under contract with, who didn’t want Elvis to make a gospel record let alone an album. These facts are for another day…in another blog which I hope you enjoy.

Worth noting is after Elvis sings Peace in the valley, after a short break, Ed Sullivan brings Elvis back out and pays Elvis a compliment that touched Elvis greatly and in fact was instrumental in the United States and the world changing their opinion of Elvis to reality. Elvis was always appreciative to Ed Sullivan for what he said. When you watch the footage of this you see an unsure Elvis listening to Sullivan not knowing what Sullivan was to say and then Elvis lifting his head up and shaking Sullivan’s hand while thanking him. Whatever prior resentment Elvis had against Sullivan was forgotten. The reviews of Elvis last tv appearance on the Ed Sullivan show were positive and Elvis often said “he didn’t have to do that (i.e. bring Elvis back out and compliment him)” and “I owe Ed Sullivan a lot” and “what Ed Sullivan did made a difference in people accepting me” and “I truly am thankful to Mr. Sullivan”.

The reality being that Elvis was a fine and decent young man. A man who loved his family, God, Jesus, and his country. A man who said “yes mam – no mam – yes sir – no sir”. A polite man. A humble man. A very sensitive man. A complex man. Thanks to YouTube you can watch it below.

Please share this blog, and our Elvis websites as listed below, to your friends and via social media. Take care and may God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs








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Cool Elvis Presley photos March 2016 editon

Elvis Presley was, among other things, the most photographed person in history.

I have been collecting, reading about, talking with people about, listening to, supporting, sharing my insights about, etc. anything and everything (of quality) about Elvis and his life onstage and off. Yes I had a real life but Elvis’ music was always there as a soundtrack to…memories and days gone by.

Here are some cool Elvis Presley photos. If you like them please share this blog with your friends and via social media. If you want to see more please visit our site of http://www.ElvisCollector.info. and/or our forum of http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.com.

Take care and may God bless you and yours.

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Check out www.Elvisonrecords.com

NEWSPAPER win a date with Elvis 1956   There are literally thousands upon thousands of Elvis Presley websites, blogs, fan clubs, etc. Due to our stringent criteria we only recommend sites/blogs/etc. that we believe are worthwhile. However, some times we come across interesting Elvis Presley related websites such as http://www.Elvisonrecords.com courtesy of Jochen Jakopitsch.

We know firsthand how much hard work, effort, time, frustration, organization, passion, etc. it takes to put together a website. So kudos to Jochen Jakopitsch and we wish his site, and his endeavors, great success.

There can never be enough quality Elvis Presley websites for Elvis, the man and the performer, remains intriguing and worthwhile.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs (published with the permission of Mr. Schrembs)






Please join me in prayers for Sandi Pichon, Sandie Kay Stevens, Sonny West, and Judy West


I (humbly) ask that you join me, now and in the future, in prayers for Sandi Pichon, Sandie Kay Stevens, Sonny West and his wife Judy West. Each of which is undergoing life threatening medical emergencies.

Sandi, Sandie, and Sonny individually and collectively knew Elvis Presley and we among his oldest, and most trusted, friends. They have, for decades now, undertaken many endeavors about Elvis onstage and off and their firsthand experiences with, and about, Elvis are priceless in the “Elvis world”.

Life is never guaranteed in length, and/or quality of, and THANK YOU for joining me in prayers.

Take care and may God bless you…always.

Jeff Schrembs



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1960 Elvis Presley & Frank Sinatra duet via YouTube

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My way – Elvis Presley’s timeless take on this legendary song

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Remembering those who; are connected to Elvis Presley and have (sadly) passed away

The holidays are upon us but those who have passed, along with their families, you will always remain in our; hearts, minds, thoughts, and soul.

Pertaining to Elvis Presley, and those in which he loved – befriended – worked with, we acknowledge you with:


Our heartfelt thanks, prayers, and thoughts (eternally) go out to the loved ones, friends, and family members as well.  May God bless you in every way.

In no specific order we remember now;      

Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977),

Vernon Elvis Presley (Elvis’ Father) April 10, 1916 – June 16, 1979,    

Gladys Love Presley (Elvis’ beloved Mother) April 25, 1912 – August 14, 1958,       

Minnie Mae Presley (aka: Dodger Elvis Grandmother and Vernon’s’ Mother) June 17, 1890 – May 8, 1980,  

Jessie Garon Presley (Elvis’ twin brother born before Elvis as a “stillborn child “January 8, 1935 – January 8, 1935 ),

Charlie Hodge (died March 63, 2006). Elvis’ friend and his onstage “right hand man who gave Elvis his water and his scarfs”) as well as decades of dedication and laughter.

JD Sumner (died November 16, 1998). Elvis loved his deep voice and is credited with hitting the “lowest note” ever recorded who also sang back up with Elvis onstage for years via JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet).

Myrna Smith  died on December 25, 2014. Myrna was an integral park of Elvis’ concert appearances, in the 1970s and in may Elvis Presley records (45, 33, 77, extended). Elvis and Myrna had a professional and playful relationship. They both resected each other’ singing abilities and Myrna enjoyed being around Elvis. She always had an “open door policy” to allow Elvis or Lisa Marie Presley to visit with.


Lamar Fike (who passed away January 22, 2011 at the age of 75) who was Elvis’ beloved friend of (approx.) twenty years and was Elvis’ “lighting manager” for Elvis’ Concerts and a source/recipient of Elvis’ humor.


Janelle McComb (who passed away July 25, 2005 at the age of 84). From EPE – Janelle McComb died on July 25 in Tupelo due to a congestive heart failure. Janelle was a friend of the Presley family since Elvis was four years old and remained close to Priscilla and Lisa Marie. As far as know, Janelle was 84 years old and was the driving force behind the Tupelo Youth Center, the renovation of the birthplace, the construction of the museum and the Elvis memorial Chapel. Janelle possessed a treasure of letters, notes and pictures from Elvis, which were never made public. Few fans know that Janelle was a gifted writer herself. For Lisa’s 4th birthday, she wrote a poem, called The Priceless Gift. Elvis was so touched by it, that tears filled his eyes. In fact, he was so impressed that he commissioned a second poem in 1976, this time as a Christmas gift for his father. One year later, shortly after Elvis had passed away, it was Vernon’s turn to call on Janelle, and ask her if she could write a poem for the gravestone. Janelle did, and it’s that poem that millions of fans all over the world have read in the Meditation Garden. Later, when the Eternal Flame was installed.

Patti Parry (i.e. Thursday October 27, 2011) died. Patti was a beloved, and trusted, trusted friend to Elvis for 17 years. Patti, like so many unique and talented people associated with Elvis will be (forever); missed, mourned, celebrated for their lives, and loved.

 John Wilkinson died, on January 11, 2013 at age 67, after battling cancer. John was a remarkably talented musician and played with Elvis for nine years and up to Elvis’ death in August of 1977.

Todd Morgan (of EPE) who passed away at the age of 45 on March 1, 2008.

 Al Wertheimer died on October 20, 214. Mr. Wertheimer was a professional photographer who captured exceptional photographs of Elvis in 1956. In this photo he is holding his most famous Elvis photograph entitled “the kiss”.

They, individually and collectively, will never forgotten as they remain forever in each of our hearts and we miss them  (in countless ways) all our lives.

We continue to have the family members, friends, and loved ones of each of these individuals in our thoughts and prayers. May God allow you the time to heal and may your pain be gradually replaced with fond memories now…and each day hereafter. May there come a day when all of us will be reunited on the “other side” and what a glorious day that will be.


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