May 12, 2008 - 12:32:30 AM
Some of Elvis' generous gifts donated to charities would become public knowledge , but the rest of the donations were only known to a hand full of people, who were directly involved in the life of Elvis Presley.
These generous gifts in total, annually would reach a figure of 2 million dollars during the period of Elvis' life when he was able to distribute that amount of money to organized charities.
There were also some small gifts generously given, one of which went to a crippled lady. Elvis personally delivered a brand new wheelchair.
Large and small amounts were generously given to relatives, friends and those who worked for him were also very much considered, with motorcycles, Cadillac''s, horses, trucks and cash gifts, TCB and TLC necklaces were a symbolized gift given to the guys who worked for him and their wives, identification bracelets and Christmas gifts.
Bonuses were considered as a small part of his generosity.
Elvis offered many wonderful gifts to his family and friends. His generosity at times would involve building a beautiful new home for his father Vernon and wife Dee.
He had given a $50,000 cheque to the Motion Picture Relief Fund Home and Hospital. This large amount was one of the largest ever given and was accepted on behalf of the Hospital, by Frank Sinatra.
When it came to a special occasion, like Weddings.
Elvis had great joy in these occasions. He picked up the expenses for Joe Esposito and Jenny Schilling wedding in 1970.
There were also others, Elvis paid for Dick Grobs wedding. Then his wedding gift to Dick and Marilyn was a new automobile.
George Klein was the next in line, George asked Elvis to be his best man. Elvis proudly accepted, offering to pay for the wedding and reception in Las Vegas.
All arrangements were made for the wedding to take place on the top floor of the Hilton, it was Elvis' suite, which was beautifully decorated for the wedding. The catering was also organized for the reception.
Then all expense paid first class flights were arranged for the 15 couples being present.
Elvis Presley''s sincere generosity came from deep within, giving to others whether in his music to his fans or giving donations to selected organizations.
His personal gifts to those he loved, was his way of sincere thanks to those who loved him.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.