Our Friend Pete Smith has Died
I made the first website for Pete many years ago now, when that became to much to do, Pete designed his own site and although never completed I considered it to be of high quality. You can view it at the link above, we have preserved it on our servers after the Geocities hosting company announced they were closing down.
Pete's ex partner, Jen advised us in 2008 that he was seriously ill with a disease called PPA (Primary Progressive Aphasia) that affects speech and other parts of the brain. Pete had had to be put in a long term care facility. His nurse said one of the only things he talks about is Elvis, it's because he dedicated most of his life to making sure everyone remembered Elvis. Our sympathy is extended to both Jen and his youngest son, Dakota and Sean and Kelly Smith from his first marriage, both of whom have contacted us.
Kelly spent a lot of time with Pete his last week and she kept telling him 'I still have your Elvis things, I'm taking care of them for you' and it made his eyes open wide.
Pete: 'May God bless and keep you always...' (from Bob Dylan's Forever Young).
Jen, Dakota (Dakota who is 10 now) Sean and Kelly.
David Troedson / Elvis Australia
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Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.
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. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
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.