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1. How and when did you first hear about Elvis Presley?
: From my father, who is a great fan of the King. I was only 9 or 10 years old.
2. What was it that got you hooked on Elvis?
: His voice, his style, and timing — everything was just impeccable.
3. If Elvis were alive, what would you like to say to him or ask him
"My Message to Elvis": If Elvis were alive, I would just say, "How did you do all that? You left nothing for me chief", and I'd ask him why he couldn't participate in the 70's tour with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Joan Baez, and the rest when they came down to my country, Bangladesh. So what there were lawsuits against his boys the "Memphis Mafia"? So what the Colonel was an alien living illegally in the States? Elvis wasn't a kid — he could take his own decisions and this one, I believe, he could have easily taken. Trafficking drugs can't be his excuse. There were more drugs available in the Asian continents then, than Europe or America put together. Just different trade names.
4. WHICH is your favourite Elvis Presley song or movie?
And why is it your favourite?
: Since there are too many songs that are favorite, I would just like to mention the first four that come straight to my mind: An American Trilogy, If I Can Dream, Always On My Mind, and Can't Help Falling in Love.
I loved Blue Hawaii and Change of Habit, but would pick Love Me Tender for favorite — he continued to play that tragic hero his entire life.
5. Which is your favourite SUIT that Elvis wore on stage?
: They were all my favorite, but Elvis would look good anything in Blue, Red, or Golden on foreground, and white on background.
6. Who do you think Elvis loved most in his life, his greatest love?
: Loneliness was his greatest love, followed by Cilla (the proof being Lisa Marie), and then Ann-Margret, the latter whom he continued to send flowers for the rest of his life.
7. Where were you and what were you doing when you heard that Elvis had died?
: The news came to me pretty late after I was born in 1982. By then, of course, Elvis Presley had become my idol.
8. Why do you think Elvis still attracts new fans every year,
even long after his death?
: Again, his impeccable appearance, voice and timing — the fact he died young which attracts the more sentimental crowd towards him each year — since most of his songs are nostalgic.
Have you been to Graceland?...If so, would you like to share your experence or feelings on this site?
: No, but I would love to go one day and touch Elvis' grave, feel Graceland the way he felt, even though a lot has been renovated.
Elvis was a trend leader and constantly "transformed" himself in his career, like Madonna & music stars are famous for doing nowdays.
Which are your favourite "Elvis eras" in his career?
: Las Vegas stage superstar
Do you have a personal Letter to Elvis or Poem about or for Elvis that you would like to share on this site?
This may be included in our next book "Messages to Elvis". Add it here
:: None that I can share.
Would you like to tell us a little bit more about yourself to share on your own Elvis Presley Fan page?
: I never met the King. I only heard from my father, songs of the King, his life, but what drew me closer to him was his extraordinary voice. It seemed like Mother Nature gave all her powers to this man, in return for his brief life — and that only happens once in a lifetime. Damn, I missed it, but happy that Elvis did it exactly the way I would have. This is why I love him more.
Do you collect Elvis music or memorabilia?
: Music, Movies, Posters, Books, Personal items, Souveneir items, other
How would you rate our Elvis Presley Biography site?
Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve this site for Elvis's fans?
: Time for some real interviews. I know Charlie Hodge is gone and he can't be replaced, but you guys can still interview the ones still alive today: James Burton, Jerry, Glen, John Wilkinson, Kathy, Sonny W., Red W., Cilla (when she's over her pregnancies), and anyone else who can throw some genuine light on the man and his life that could have been more beautiful. Also, this is just a suggestion: How about a page only dedicated to Elvis facts? Like most argue Elvis was 6' (celebheights.com), but the real folks (who spent more time with him than anyone else) claim he was around 5'11" 3/4.
Thank you for your comments on our survey, I found it very interesting. Also, thank you for your suggestions they are valued. It`s easy to see the dedicating you have for this man. Elvis was a wonderful person with a very real and genuine personality; he has been a great inspiration to many world wide. Your choice of songs are all favorite`s of mine, and I also love Blue Hawaii. I hope you make it to Graceland! Im sure it`s an unforgettable feeling.
Presley was born poor in Tupelo, Mississippi, the son of Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith Presley. He was raised both in Tupelo and later in Memphis, Tennessee, where his family moved when he was 13. He had a twin brother (Jesse Garon Presley) who died at birth.
The young Elvis took up guitar at 11 and, after high school, worked at Precision Tool Company and then drove a truck for the Crown Electric Company.
Scottish author Allan Morrison claims that Elvis was of Scottish descent. In an as-yet-unpublished book, Morrison claims to have found that his ancestors lived in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire in the 1700s. According to Morrison, records show that Andrew Presley married Elspeth Leg in Lonmay in 1713. Their son, also called Andrew, went to the English colonies in 1745.
Through his father's mother Minnie Mae, Elvis descended from King Henry II of England.
His maternal grandmother was Jewish.
Each of us stands on the shoulders of our ancestors. So too Elvis; his genealogy
provides a fascinating view of the influences that help form him. Our story begins
with Elvis's maternal heritage through his mother, Gladys.
Elvis's great-great-great-grandmother, Morning White Dove (1800-1835), was a
full-blooded Cherokee Indian. She married William Mansell, a settler in western
Tennessee, in 1818. William's father, Richard Mansell, had been a soldier in the
Revolutionary War. Mansell is a French name--its literal translation is the man
from Le Mans. The Mansells migrated from Norman France to Scotland, and then
later to Ireland. In the 18th century the family came to the American Colonies.
The appellation "white" in Morning Dove's name refers to her status as a
friendly Indian. Early American settlers called peaceable Indians "white," while
"red" was the designation for warring Indians or those who sided with the British in
the Revolutionary War. It was common for male settlers in the West to marry
"white" Indians as there was a scarcity of females on the American frontier.
Like many young men in the American Southwest, William Mansell fought with
Andrew Jackson in the Indian Wars of the early nineteenth century. He fought with
Old Hickory in Alabama, at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and later in Florida too.
Returning to Tennessee from the Indian Wars, William Mansell married Morning
White Dove. Elaine Dundy says of the marriage, he (William Mansell) gained
"age-old Indian knowledge of the American terrain; of forests and parries; of crops
and game; of protection against the climate; of medicine lore, healing plants as well
as something in which the Indians were expert--the setting of broken bones."
Moreover, added to Elvis's lineage were Morning White Dove's ruddy Indian
complexion and fine line of cheek.
Like many other settlers, the newlyweds migrated to Alabama from Tennessee
to claim lands garnered in the Indian Wars. The Mansells settled in Marion County
in northeast Alabama near the Mississippi border. The Scots-Irish, like William
Mansell, were the predominant settlers of Alabama. One-tenth of the population in
colonial America was Scots-Irish at the time of the American Revolution. And a
very interesting group they were. The Anglican Reverend Woodmason had this to
say about the Scots-Irish women of William Mansell's day.
"They wore nothing but thin shifts and a thin petticoat underneath. They are
sensual and promiscuous. They draw their shift as tight as possible to the body, and
pin it close, to show the roundness of their breasts, and slender waists (for they are
generally fined shaped) and draw their petticoat close to their hips to show the
fineness of their limbs--so that they might as well be in puri naturalibus."
The Scots-Irish in America were a passionate community living close to the
earth. They disdained the niceties of their British neighbors. Of this Reverend
Woodmason had to say," they delight in their present low, lazy, sluttish, heathenish,
hellish life, and seem not desirous of changing it. These people despise knowledge,
and instead of honoring a learned person...they despise and ill-treat them..."
There were other views on the passionate lifestyle of the Scots-Irish, however.
James Hall of Philadelphia described a young, Scots-Irish frontiersman in this way.
"He strode among us with the step of Achilles...I thought I could see in that man,
one of the progenitors of an unconquerable race; his face presented the traces of a
spirit quick to resent--he had the will to dare, and the power to execute, there was
something in his look which bespoke a disdain of control, and an absence of
constraint in all his movements indicating an habitual independence of thought and
Think of Elvis in these words: the will to dare and the power to execute, a
disdain of control in all his movements indicating a habitual independence of
thought and action. This is the Scots-Irish heritage from which Elvis Presley issued.
In his genes he carried an independence of blood, the will to dare and the power to
execute. Many influences formed Elvis Presley besides the genealogical, yet this
description has a haunting accuracy.
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