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Elvis Presley – Interesting Facts

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I am a HUGE Elvis Presley fan!  Have been for many years.

Although…I am more a fan of his “non” top 10 type songs!  Love his gospel and his movie songs the most!

And interestingly enough…Mom did not send me the following facts! But she did Tweet them…so in a “I’ll take it as the post was for me” attitude….I am sharing them with you!  LOL  The last fact below is the most interesting to me!  I honestly never would have guessed this about him.

Elvis Had a Twin Brother Who Died at Birth:

A photo of Elvis performing in 1960. Image source: WikiCommonsElvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, just a half-hour after his mother gave birth to his twin brother, Jesse Garon. Sadly, Jesse was stillborn and buried the next day in an unmarked grave. Though Elvis never met Jesse in life, he spoke of his brother frequently. His mother, Gladys, often said Elvis had the energy of two people.

He was Just 22 Years Old When He Bought Graceland.

A shot of the front of Graceland. Image source: WikiCommonsThe Memphis estate that would be his home throughout the entirety of his career was originally built as a 500-acre farm dedicated to the owner’s daughter, Grace. When Elvis acquired the home in 1957 at the young age of 22, he kept the name but made a number of upgrades including a “jungle room” with a working waterfall and a wall of televisions so Elvis could watch multiple broadcasts at once. Today, more than 600,000 fans flock to Graceland each year to tour the King’s castle, but almost no one has ever seen his bedroom.

President Bill Clinton Was Denied Access to Elvis’s Bedroom.

Rumor has it that the heavily guarded room where Elvis spent his final hours remains in the exact condition it was in the night he died. Clothes remain in the drawers, sheets on the bed, and nothing touched. It’s the holy grail for any Elvis fan, but almost no one has ever walked through the plush double doors. Only Elvis’s family and the estate manager have keys to the padlocks, and when President Clinton toured the facility in the 1990s, he was denied access. Rumor has it there’s only been one non-Presley to cross the threshold into the King’s domain: actor Nicolas Cage. Cage married Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie, and as the story goes, got a personal tour of the bedroom as his wedding present.

Elvis Once Flew To Denver for a Midnight Snack.

No stranger to extravagance and a glutton for greasy food, Elvis spared no expense when it came to getting what he wanted—food included. And one night, after waxing nostalgic about a $50 sandwich he once had at a restaurant in Denver, Elvis and his entourage hopped on his private plane to go get one. The trip cost a whopping $16,000. Oh, and the sandwich? A full loaf of Italian bread sliced lengthwise, scooped out and filled with margarine, an entire jar of grape jam, an entire jar of peanut butter, and a pound of bacon, deep-fried. 

Elvis Never Performed Outside of North America.

Despite his immense popularity worldwide, the King never played outside our continent. In fact, despite the fact that 40 percent of his record sales came from outside the US, Elvis’s only shows outside our country were a few scattered Canadian performances in 1957. There are several theories as to why, but the most prevailing is that Elvis’s longtime controversial manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was actually an illegal immigrant who feared deportation if he left the United States.

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Never Gonna Give You Up…

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So….I was quite surprised when I got an email from my mom about the Famous Rick Astley Song – Never Gonna Give You Up.

Never Gonna Give You Up” is a song recorded by British singer and songwriter Rick Astley, released as a single on 27 July 1987. It was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was released as the first single from his debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody (1987). The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and West Germany.

The music video for the song has become the basis for the “Rickrolling” Internet meme, leading the song to have an alternate name “The Rickroll Song”. In 2008, Astley won the MTV Europe Music Award For Best Act Ever with the song, as a result of collective voting from thousands of people on the internet, due to the popular phenomenon of Rickrolling. The song is considered Astley’s signature song and it is often played at the end of his live concerts.

But then…I watched the video that was included with the email….and I saw WHY she sent it to me!  THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!

Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Sung by 169 Movies!

I am not sure I can ever give up on watching this!  Makes me LOL (out loud) every time I watch it!   I hope you enjoy!

The Straightest Gay Bodyguard Ever!

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Long ago…before he was famous….Eric Stonestreet revealed on Saturday, July 29, that he once worked as a security guard for a Garth Brooks concert 22 years ago.

The Modern Family actor, 45, shared an Instagram slideshow of himself protecting the country superstar, now 55, at a show. In the first throwback photo, Stonestreet stands below the stage as Brooks interacts with fans. The singer signed the photo, writing, “Eric, Love you pal.”

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In a second photo, Stonestreet looks serious while guarding Brooks as the musician performs a song on his guitar. The “Friends in Low Places” crooner wrote on the snap in a silver pen: “Here’s to circles.”

The Bad Teacher actor reminisced about his pre-fame job, captioning the pic, “In 1995 I worked security for A (ONE) Garth Brooks concert in Manhattan Ks. Last night I finally got to say you’re welcome for keeping him safe that night and basically giving him the wonderful career he’s had thus far. Thank you Garth for the amazing night I had with my #crew slash #squad #circles.”

The two stars reunited backstage at Brooks’ show at The Forum in Los Angeles and posed for a photo together.

Hello Summer…

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So…this is Two For One “Crap My Mom Sends Me Day”

First…The Awesome Pineapple “Hello Summer” graphic up above!!   She sent this one awhile back!  Been saving it for “Good” – Do you guys do that?  Save things for “Good” and then never use them?  My mom has done that her entire life.  And now she has me doing it!  LOL

But fortunately…she sent me something “GOOD” to go along with the first “GOOD” thing.

If you LOVE summer…then you will probably enjoy watching these animals dance to the song “Hello Summer” by Rameez.

If so… CLICK HERE FOR SUMMER FUN!!

Peggy Sue and Garth Brooks

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Sometimes…my mom sends me interesting tidbits of information….that RUINS things for me!  Like this one instance.

The subject line of the email was “Remember Which Movie Inspired Garth Brooks’ ‘The Dance’?”   And I was all ready to open this up and read about some wonderful LOVE STORY movie that would make you tear up and just sit there weeping because of how beautiful the movie was…and how breathtaking the movie was.

NOPE!

The answer was “Peggy Sue Got Married”

Now….I can’t totally hate on the movie.  It was…One Thumb Up for me.  But it just was not the answer I was expecting!!

Here is more on the reason why:

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Though “The Dance” has become one of the most iconic songs of Garth Brook’s career, most country music fans don’t know that it was inspired by a hit film.

Songwriter Tony Arata knew he was onto something when he first began working on the song in the mid-’80s, but he didn’t have a fully developed theme or even a title in the early stages. It wasn’t until he saw the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married that he realized what he wanted to write about. The movie stars Kathleen Turner as a woman who travels through time back to her high school days and decides to make different decisions and change her path in life, only to realize that what she already had is exactly what she should have had.

“It just hit me so hard,” Arata told Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper in 2013 (quote via Rolling Stone). “It hit me that you don’t get to pick and choose your memories in life. You have to go with things as they play out. You don’t get to alter them.”

That’s reflected in the song’s now-classic, timeless lyrics: “Our lives are better left to chance / I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.”

Arata’s publisher pitched the song all over Nashville but found no artist interested in cutting it due to its unusual subject matter. When then-unsigned Brooks heard Arata perform “The Dance” at Nashville’s world famous Bluebird Cafe, he was immediately interested and asked if he could cut the song when and if he got a record deal.

Brooks’ classic rendition of “The Dance” became one of the centerpiece tracks of his 1989 self-titled debut, but even at that, his record company balked at releasing it as a single. Capitol sent “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “Not Counting You” to country radio as singles and was ready to move on until Brooks’ producer invited the label head to a Brooks concert to see how the song was affecting audiences. After Jimmy Bowen witnessed the emotional impact of the song, Capitol released “The Dance” as the fourth and final single from Garth Brooks in April of 1990.

The song reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart on July 14, 1990, where it remained for three weeks. It went on to win Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year at the 1991 ACM Awards, and also took home Music Video of the Year at the CMA Awards. “The Dance” has gone on to become Brooks’ signature song.

“‘The Dance’ will be the greatest success as a song we will ever do,” Brooks told Playboy in 1994. “I’ll go to my grave with ‘The Dance.’ It’ll probably always be my favorite song.”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH GARTH SING “THE DANCE”

Beer Bottle Orchestra…

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When your Mom sends you an email…and the subject line is called “Beer Bottle Orchestra” – and you are from the state of Indiana…

Let me just say that your first thought is that a bunch of southern Indiana Rednecks got together, drank a bunch of Bud Light….and started blowing in them and making train noises.

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But NOPE!!   I was totally wrong!

This is actually pretty gosh darn amazing!  It is the “Peacherine Rag” composed by Scott Joplin and performed by a beer bottle orchestra in this creative and entertaining music video. The musical group is the St. Luke’s Bottle Band and they have raised several hundred thousand dollars for charities through their performances over the years.

Click Here To Watch The Video

I HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!

Ballet On A Bike…

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So…I am a guy!  When my mom sends me something titled Ballet on a Bike…my first thought of course goes to….

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (see above picture)

But nope….that isn’t what she sent.  What she sent was a little more impressive than a couple stunts to “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”

If you have never seen the sport of Artistic Cycling then prepare to be amazed as Nicole Frýbortová performs at the World Championships of Kunstrad. The sport is described as watching ballet on a bicycle and it’s easy to see why as she makes riding this bike while performing gymnastic like moves as if she were dancing on a stage. Thanks to the People Are Awesome crew for bringing us this entertaining video to watch.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH – YOU WILL BE AMAZED!!!

Typing – Is Music To My Ears…

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When Mom sent me the following video…I really wasn’t sure what to expect…

But when I watched it…after the first couple of times so I could get the laughing out of the way….I started to appreciate it for what it truly is…

It is music!  It is ART!

Check it out!!  The Classical Typewriter

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