What Happened to Elvis Presley’s Wedding Ring?

Elvis Presley unveiled his wedding band ring at The Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas on Monday, May 1, 1967, the day he wed Priscilla in a ceremony that celebrated one of the most famous marriages of the 20th century.

The band is decorated with eight baguette-cut diamonds within a border of sixteen fill-cut diamonds. It sold at an auction for $90,000 in 2006.

Note: At the same auction by Profiles in History, the original Cowardly Lion costume worn by actor Bert Lahr fetched $700,000. Presley’s band had an expected sale price of $100,000 – $150,000.

Here is some information about the wedding band from 2006:

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Happy 82 Birthday Sir Tom Jones, From My Mom in Heaven

Knowing I’m an advid autograph collector, my mother, Geraldine Dennis was always on the lookout and obtained several signatures for me.

In April 1969, she took me to a Tom Jones concert with my cousins Carolyn Sanders Gerland and James Johnson at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio, Texas. Gladys Knight and the Pips and comedian Norm Crosby also appeared.

They performed on a stage, in the center of the arena, with an amazing orchestra on one side. I was only 13 and the entire show was incredible. Tom Jones sang such hits as “It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah,” and “Help Yourself.”

I was mesmerized by the strength in his voice and boldness of his showmanship. (It would be three years later, in April 1972, when I would see Elvis Presley for the first time at that same arena…and up until that concert, never did I believe Tom Jones could be beat. LOL.)

Elvis & Tom, 1969

For years Mom would laugh and say, “When I die I want to come back reincarnated as a gospel backup singer so I can stand behind Tom Jones and watch him work on stage.”

She meant it.

On her 50th birthday we took her to the Magic Time Machine restaurant. It first opened in 1973, the year I graduated from high school, and continues to be a fun favorite in San Antonio.

 The Time Machine is like no other restaurant I’ve ever seen, with no two seating areas alike. In San Antonio, you can sit at the Sweethearts Table, in The Attic, a Thatched Hut or even an old Refrigerator. Mom loved the salad bar, a shiny red 1952 MG-TD Roadster modified to serve as a soup and salad vegetables.

“The thing that sets The Magic Time Machine apart is our zany cast of characters who transport our guests into another point in time,” their website bills themselves. “Our servers dress in costumes representing popular pop culture icons from the past, present, and future. The entertainment comes from the humorous interaction with your server in a family friendly environment. Pirate or Princess? Hero or Villain? We have characters for every occasion and group. At The Magic Time Machine, ‘Laughing Aloud is Allowed’!”

It was a fun night that January 17, 1988. Elvis was in the house and Mom told her friends Wayne and Betty Lewis, “I wished Tom Jones would make an appearance too” and explained her reincarnation wish.

We had great laughs but it was especially joyful to see her open my present to her—an 8×10″ glossy personally autographed picture of Tom Jones. The smile and happy tears on her face endure in my thoughts even today.

I took mom to see Tom Jones two more times (she had even seen him in Las Vegas) both in San Antonio’s Majestic Theater and the Laurie Auditorium. Each time she repeated her reincarnation wish–“gospel singer behind Tom Jones.”

When Mom died in September 2006, the funeral at First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas was full. My sister Bobbi Shipman and I both addressed our dear family and friends, some we hadn’t seen in decades. Of course, there was great emotion and sadness.

To end it all, a gospel group from a Black San Antonio church led by Janet Givens (she has sang to royalty and backed up Michael Bolton) practically blew the stained glass windows out of the church with their songs. They concluded with “Oh Happy Day!”

Mom’s funeral was appropriately uplifting…just like her.

Happy Birthday Sir Tom Jones

I imagine that as Sir Tom Jones celebrates his 82nd birthday here on Earth June 7th, Mom will be wishing him good will and happiness from Heaven–and looking at his behind.

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What Really Happened at the 2017 Mandalay Bay Shooting in Las Vegas?

Who was Rich Higgins and why should we pay attention to his name?

What the government and media handlers deem “conspiracy” is now being exposed as far from being “theory” regarding the October 1, 2017 massive shootings near the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

🔹George Soros’ Soros Fund Management “shorted,” or bet against the stock price of Mandalay Bay’s MGM shortly prior to the shooting. MGM owns the Mandalay Bay shooting site.

🔹MGM Grand CEO James Murren quietly dumped a lot of his personal MGM stock prior to the shooting.

🔹At the time of the shooting, the top five floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel housed the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

🔹Bill Gates (through Cascade Investment) and Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal owned the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

🔹Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal was arrested by the Saudis for corruption a month after the shooting on November 4.

🔹There was a prior shooting at an airport involving the likely assassination attempt on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

🔹Bin Salman was likely staying (not totally confirmed yet) at the Mandalay Bay hotel and was forced to flee the premises in disguise. 

Rich Higgins, who served in the National Security Council strategic planning office in 2017, was fired for being too pro-Trump by Deep State members within government.

As so many other patriots, Higgins was quickly labeled as a “conspiracy theorist” by Deep State connected news agencies. We now know he has been fully vindicated. 

Higgins

In at least a 50-page report prepared for Higgins soon after he left NSC, evidence shows shocking information about the mass shooting.

Entitled “All Source Assessment: Attack on the Route 91 Country Music Festival October 1, 2017 Mandalay Bay Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada,” the report offers these astonishing clues to what actually occurred:

🔹The alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, did not commit suicide as reported by officials and corporate media.

🔹He was executed, likely by ISIS and ANTIFA operatives. The FBI knew this would occur beforehand.

Paddock

🔹The ANTIFA group claimed responsibility for the shooting including the notice: “One of our comrades from our Las Vegas branch has made these fascist Trump supporting dogs pay.”

What happened to Higgins?

His friend, Mike Daugherty, announced on Facebook: “Rest In Peace Rich Higgins. You are a hero. He passed this morning at 3 am. (February 22, 2022) This guy was all guts for no glory. He was amazing… Had so much surgery. Fought to survive in ICU for months on end…Crushing loss of an unsung hero that history will elevate. He told them all way early about the inside knives in the White House….so the insider mob fired him. What a tragic loss. Pray for his wife and small kids.”

Quotes from the report:

🔹“Stephen Paddock may have anticipated the arrival of a fly in team of additional shooters that would assist in the operational execution.”

🔹An Australian man, Brian A. Hodge is a “person of interest” with “possible ties to Islamic organizations and a possible Islamic State (IS) linkage.”

Hodge California drivers license

🔹“Mr. Hodges’ personal profile is more befitting of a left wing or Anti-Fascist Action (ANTIFA) affiliate, but recent intelligence reports point to an increased level of collaboration between groups like Antifa and Islamic State.”

🔹“The FBI was closely monitoring Antifa operative engagements with Islamic State and Al Qaeda (Arabian Peninsula and Islamic Maghreb) personnel in Germany…the FBI has discovered a “level of chatter” between left wing revolutionary groups and Islamic terrorist groups.”

🔹“The report fuses open source information with tactical counter terrorism analysis, cyber intelligence, and digital data mining capabilities.”

🔹“Mr. Hodge traveled to Berlin, Paris, London, and back to Berlin approximately 2 weeks prior to the attack in Las Vegas.”

🔹“Further data mining of Mr. Hodge’s activity on the night of the attack reveals that while he was originally located at the Mandalay Bay and the surrounding Enterprise area, (he) departed downtown Las Vegas while publicly claiming to have been hiding in the bushes outside the Mandalay Bay. Mr. Hodge’s signatures reveal that he is located approximately 10 miles north of the Mandalay Bay hotel…”

🔹“How did Mr. Hodge know, only 3 hours after the attack, in advance of the public and most officials, that a security guard had been killed (actually shot and wounded) on the 32nd floor?”

Security cameras showed 32nd floor hallway

🔹“Intelligence methods reveal that during the frenzy Hodge stayed at Knotty Pine Motel in north Las Vegas in Room Number 17, a room that was associated with a man named German Torres Moreno, a Mexican national from the city of Penjamo, Mexico, in Guanajuato, Mexico, an area that is rife with ISIS recruiting.”

🔹The report indicates that ISIS claimed some responsibility for the shooting operation and referred to Stephen Paddock as one of their operatives.

🔹Paddock was living at the Mandalay Bay with a woman from Australia named Marilou Danley.

🔹Danley was in the Philipines when the shooting occurred.

🔹Intelligence showed at least one ISIS communication network indicated Paddock had converted to Islam and ISIS granted him the Muslim name Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki, as Newsweek reported.

🔹Al-Naba, the ISIS magazine reported “A soldier of the caliphate attacked a gathering of 22,000 Americans at a concert in the city of Las Vegas, resulting in nearly 60 killed and 600 injured…Brother Abu Abdul Barr stationed himself in a room on the 32nd floor of a hotel overlooking the concert and opened fire continuously on the crowds using 23 firearms and more than 2,000 bullets and died, may God accept him, after running out of ammunition.”

From Higgins report.
FBI and Vegas Police quickly leaked select videos to New York Times in efforts to support their lone man gunner theory.
Paddock at Mandalay Bay

According to the Higgins Report: “Immediately following the attack, during the morning of October 2, Mr. Hodge appears in numerous Australian media reports including print, radio and television. Notably, he does not share the links to these radio and television interviews on any of his own social media outlets. This is highly suspicious behavior. Later in the day on October 2, Mr. Hodge departed Las Vegas and arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Mr. Hodge appears to travel to the Anatolia Doner Kebab House…This restaurant address is affiliated with numerous other businesses in the Albuquerque area and is owned by a Mr. Mehmet Kokangul and Umit Kokangul. Mr. Mehmet Kokangul appears to be a Turkish National from Adana Turkey, a known center of Islamic State activity in Turkey.”

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Elvis Presley, Music in Black and White

Three Music Historians Open the Blinds of Truth on How He United People of All Races

With Over 40 Historical Photos

Presley fans across the globe realize that knowing the truth about Elvis Presley and the subject of racism requires knowledge about his early childhood and an exploration of the facts of his life throughout his career.

The great American musical pioneers of the 1950s were precise in their adamant characterizations of Presley being a uniting force. They often described him as the person who did far more for bringing blacks and whites together than anyone culturally.

According to three of the finest music culture researchers around the world, they all agree that Presley was a catalyst and powerful (as an individual human being and a worldwide example) influencer from the beginning and still continues to be.

Elvis with B.B.King, 1956

Some time ago, I reached out to three experts on the topic to set the record straight. Their cumulative research represents over 85 years of study, exploration and documentation in the field of culture, music history and Elvis Presley. These specialists are: 

  • Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello
  • Craig Philo (CP) is a music researcher and historian from Sheppey, in Kent, U.K.
  • Jay Viviano (JP) is a pop culture historian with over 20 years of experience in research of icons of the 50’s and 60’s, with a strong concentration on Blues artists.

Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello (GPA): “Critics and the uninformed should put themselves “in the position the 7-year-old Elvis Presley found himself in, circa 1942. He was white, but living in an area of Tupelo, Mississippi, totally surrounded by African Americans.

With an unerring ear and a photographic memory, he totally absorbed everything he heard, LIVE, at the gospel churches attended by African Americans. Now, this was not Georgia, Florida, New York, or Illinois, let alone California, Washington State, but Mississippi, a state which was then the poorest of the then 49 states of the Union.”

Craig Philo (CP): “Sam Bell, a childhood black friend in Tupelo, feared for his friend when Elvis made his life changing journey to Memphis at the age of 13 with his beloved parents. You see, perhaps old Sam knew a thing or two about human behavior, knew how his friend’s open and honest approach to all he came in contact with, driven into him by his mother not to hurt another’s feelings would someday hurt him, how right he was!”

Sam Bell

GPA: “Then, at age 13, with his parents, he moves to the second poorest, Tennessee, actually to Memphis, the crossroads of urban and city blues.

Forget about the ear and the memory as, by now, starting at age 16, we are talking about a human being who MUSICALLY loves and masters everything around him–namely R&B, the Blues, and Gospel of all denominations, plus European ballads, Country and Western, Opera, Neo-classical recordings, Pop, you name it, he masters it.

And to top it all, he is armed as well with the most eclectic and elastic voice in history. In 1954, it became the most important, which it remains to this day. And that is why BB King was so impressed when he first met him, a lad of 17. ‘He knew more blues and gospel songs than anyone I had ever met’ and years later added, ‘I understand why they call him the King.’ Nuff said, from the King of the Blues.”

Downtown Memphis

Jay Viviano (JV): “Reverend Milton Perry was an early Civil Rights activist in the 1950s. He had Elvis’ back just like many other great legends did. He published an open letter to Black America in a 1957 magazine that stated, after spending time talking to not only white people, but Black people in the R&B and Blues community, as well as African Americans that knew him as a child in Tupelo.

‘I found that an overwhelming majority of people who know Elvis speak of this boy as a boy who practices humility and a love for racial harmony,’ Rev. Perry wrote. ‘I learned that he is not too proud or important to speak to anyone, and to spend time with his fans of whatever color, whenever or wherever they approached him.’”

GPA: “Elvis stealing from black music? Tell it to BB King, Otis Redding, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Cissy Houston, Darlene Love, Jim Brown, Mohammed Ali, Jesse Jackson, Al Green, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sammy Davis Jr. Count Basie, even Public Enemy’s Chuck D, who reconsidered his 1989 views in Fight the Power, and he did so in 2002, as well as to hundreds of other notable African Americans I have on record saying that was NOT the case with Presley.”

JV:BB King, bluesman Little Milton and Little Richard referred to Elvis as an ‘Integrator.’ And they both use the words ‘that guts it took for Elvis to do what he was doing’ in their own interviews.

Elvis ticked off mainstream racist white America when he came on the scene–especially the KKK and white Citizens Council members—by hanging out with black folks in public, speaking respectful of black artists and continually defending rock and roll, R&B and blues music to the point that young white American kids were paying attention and opening up their minds.

This drove their parents (meaning mainstream racist white America) to anger against Elvis. For his first two years on the scene he was public enemy number one. Little Richard in a later interview in his life praised Elvis passionately for his impact on young white America.”

CP: “In all my time on researching Elvis Aaron Presley I have never ever once come across any racial behavior or activity. Indeed the only stuff you will find was a slanderous lie that’s gathered mythical proportions through the years originally reported by Sepia magazine in April of 1957 and consequently torn to shreds by none other than the great Louie Robinson of Jet Magazine.”

GPA: “In fact Louis Robinson, the talented African American writer who Jet Magazine commissioned to go to LA and interview Presley on the MGM set of “Jailhouse Rock”, in 1957, to obtain his views on racist and other “copycat” remarks which appeared in SEPIA, a magazine geared towards the African American market in the US South. But unlike Jet and Ebony, it was owned by white anti-integrationist and based in Fort Worth, TX.

Robinson has just passed away. He unequivocally stated the rumors were false, so this mentioning of Presley as one who stole, or copied, from African Americans and coming from a prestigious magazine as Ebony tells me (that any writer who differs), well how can I put this, is ill informed.”

JV: “The truth though, which stands up to scrutiny, is that there simply was no other white man as famous as Elvis back in those days that took so many hits for proudly befriending the black community.


The ridiculous fact that people try to spread the opposite as ‘some sort of truth’ makes it paramount that this is handled aggressively.”

CP: “When actor Sidney Poitier and tennis great Arthur Ashe wanted to write books, they sought Mr. Robinson’s help.

‘Never in my life have I known a better man,’ Poitier said.

Yes, Robinson went and interviewed Elvis on the set of Jailhouse Rock. The fact Presley was never in Boston when the quote was reputedly made matters little to some. It was and remains a vicious lie concocted by a fearful white middle America as a weapon to try and cut down this brave and carefree spirited individual whose only crime was to record the music he loved and respected. And at all times in doing so paid reverence and respect to those black artists that he deemed did it better than he did. After all, there is no color in music!”

JV: “People need to get over their ignorance about American history. Elvis did himself NO favors back then by hanging out and letting himself be photographed with black folks. Racism was a common blatant practice of the day. It was these very things that made Elvis hated by many older white folks, yet respected by the black community.

Reverend Milton Perry concluded his statement by saying ‘Presley set an example of wholesome Brotherhood. I find something to admire in Presley and that is his attitude on the racial issue. And that it would be good if other people in the South in other parts of the nation emulated his attitude’.”

GPA: “Notice that, in the US, of all the early Blues, Country and Western, Gospel and R&B masters, the ones who sprang from them, namely Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley, Little Richard and Ray Charles, let alone the ones who sprang from or appeared in the scene IMMEDIATELEY after them; namely Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and say Eddie Cochran, the only one whose MUSICAL palette was totally complete was Elvis Presley.

Otherwise, how can one explain that the top singer in the world, on December 4, 1956, should start, the guitar now firmly in his arms, the so called Million Dollar Quartet session with an Agustin Lara song from 1941, the classic “Solamente una vez.” Only Elvis, in this case with (his mother) Gladys’ music taste’s help, was destined to rule.”

JV: “Interestingly, not only did Elvis have the same Blues background as many blues men had, but also their same Country and Western roots. As so many Blues artists did indeed, in many of their interviews, state they had strong Country and Western music influences as well. 

Otis Blackwell had strong country and Western roots. Some in the Blues and R&B community accused him of being too country. That explains why he and Elvis were probably such a perfect fit right out of the gate for Elvis to end up doing a handful of his songs. I always thought these dynamics were interesting and things aren’t always cut and dry as people assume.”

CP: “Is it so farfetched or is it just simple logic that of the time in mid-50’s segregated America that it took a white kid to bust open the doors for all these truly great black artists?

Is it right that Presley gets lambasted and ridiculed by so many because he was that one?

People seem to forget the song that catapulted him to stardom in the south had on the backside of it ‘Blue moon of Kentucky’ steeped in Bluegrass/Country, until Presley spiced it up as he did with ‘That’s Alright,’ which is in no way a theft of any kind! Crudup is in there but so too are other influences. Presley was not a COPYCAT! A COOL CAT YES!”

JV: “I mean is there anybody that SERIOUSLY would say, if they could go back in time, they would tell Muhammad Ali, James Brown, BB King, Bobby blue Bland, Etta James, Sammy Davis Jr, Jackie Wilson and many others, they were wrong for proudly calling Elvis their friend and stating he was a help to black artists. 

Many of them said it wasn’t until Elvis got other white kids across America listening to rock and roll that it was after that, their own records started to skyrocket in sales. And if we go back and look at the physical numbers and sales charts we see this is true.

Even modern activists that have been around since the 1960’s civil rights movement have admitted they were wrong about Elvis. Nikki Giovanni there for the movement since the 1960s is a perfect example: ‘I’m glad to find out I was wrong about Elvis.’

Dret Scott Keyes when becoming aware of the integrity Elvis had, always pointing out the black music influence on him, just as he did the country and western and white pop artists, ‘Elvis was honest.’
And they’re certainly not the only ones.

The R&B community acknowledge him and inducted him into the R&B Hall of Fame the same year along with Little Richard, Bobby Rush and other legends that had publicly praised Elvis.”

CP: “When a reporter referred to Elvis as the ‘King of Rock ’n’ Roll’ at the press conference following his 1969 Las Vegas opening, he rejected the title, as he always did, calling attention to the presence in the room of his friend Fats Domino, ‘one of my influences from way back.’ He often paid homage to Fats recognizing no one could sing those songs like he did.

From close friends to the many, many black entertainers that he adored or merely those that met him briefly, have come out and said PROUDLY he was my friend. To quote Muhammad Ali, ‘Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you’d want to know.’ Sammy Davis Junior another also was quoted as saying “the only thing that’s matters, is that he was my friend.”

Fats Domino and Elvis

GPA: Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey was highlighted on a recent Black History Month television program and I the “mention of Mahalia Jackson and Elvis Presley having recorded the Reverend’s ‘Take my Hand Precious Lord.’ There was another song also penned by the Reverend which was, in fact, written for Mahalia in 1937 and which Presley sang live, on January 6, 1957, during his third appearance at the Ed Sullivan Show, at CBS.

The audience, estimated by Trendex, the precursor of Nielsen, at 50 million. As this may be the largest audience ever assembled on US television for a gospel song, ever, and that includes Obama’s swearing in which drew less than 50 million. It may be important to take note of what became of it.

Presley wanted to sing it, as he had promised his mother that he would do, but Ed Sullivan was initially against it. During rehearsals that same day, the decision to film Presley from the waist up only was taken by Sullivan, for other reasons, so eventually Sullivan eased on Presley’s request.

Elvis was allowed to sing it that night, immediately following Sullivan’s announcement that Presley wanted specifically for those watching to send their contributions towards the lessening of the plight of some 250,000 Hungarians fleeing the Soviet intervention of their country and which had taken place on both the 24th and 31st of October of 1956. Sullivan added that Presley wanted to dedicate the song to the Hungarians.

By the end of 1957, in the next 11 months, some $6 million were received as a result of Presley’s request. In 2010, the Mayor of Budapest honored Presley posthumously by making him a citizen of that city and naming a park facing the oldest and most beautiful bridge, the Margaret Bridge, after him.

Elvis Presley Park, Budapest

The song’s delivery by Presley was so earnest, that it brightened the hearts of the 50 million watching, and they in turn, as I said, sent the equivalent of $49.5 million in 2016 dollars (SFR 26 million at the 1957 SFR 4.31 to the US$ exchange rate). So, the Reverend’s song brought a happy ending, via Elvis, as the refugees settled for life in both Vienna and London.”

JV: “Just one example is Elvis being the ONLY white artist that bothered to show up at charity events for black folks. Google ‘Elvis Goodwill Review Memphis.’ Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and many other white artists, were NOT doing these things. And many of the black artist from those days have pointed this out, while making it very clear, Elvis WAS.

People need to get over the NEED to inaccurately, continue to portray Presley as just some ‘cold-hearted cultural bandit.’ We need to quit believing the lies and rumors that keep getting passed on over the decades as “truth” and to start respecting the words of our legends who said otherwise.

Elvis Presley With Sweet Inspirations Astrodome March 3, 1974

To even try to disagree with these things or argue against it only makes those that do look bad, and it’s a disrespect to our great black legends that have praised and defended Elvis.

There were white guys back then that were cheap imitations, just jumping on the bandwagon, like Pat Boone, and others that are guilty of appropriation, but James Brown, BB King, and many others said Elvis was NOT the one. They pointed out Elvis came from extreme poverty and humble conditions and new and respected the music he was singing.

The R&B community has done the research themselves in recent years and found out Elvis was incorrectly labeled ‘a racist and cultural thief.’ They have done their part trying to publicly honor Elvis in many ways the last few years and help clear Elvis name of slanderous claims of him being a ‘racist thief.’

Many have paid attention to many of our great black legends from the past who have defended Elvis in their interviews and in their own autobiographies, basically stating how much credit EP always publicly gave to black artists in his interviews and how much help he was to the black community ….especially when we consider the KKK is documented to have hated Elvis.”

CP: “For far too long accusations of cultural thief, racist and white trash have been disgracefully hung around Presley’s neck like a blinding Vegas neon sign. The time has come once and for all for this crap to be debunked–blown to smithereens. You can label it anyway you like, but purely and simply, isn’t it time the real truth was told?

Now telling the truth, researching the truth is far different from listening to rumor. If you think by cupping your ear to listen with intent to nasty whispers and needless tittle tattle in trying to dirty a man’s name is without shame, then continue. The real shame here is that actually that man stood for so much that was right with the world. Still, if that is OK and of noteworthy behavior to you then stand up and be counted and look like the fool you are. Do some reading! In all seriousness it borders on stupidity and ignorance of biblical proportions.”

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Las Vegas Comic-Magician Amazing Jonathan Dead at 63

The bizzare and original comic-magician Amazing Johnathan died at his home in Las Vegas on Tuesday, 2-22-22.

Johnathan (AJ) whose legal name was Johnathan Szeles, passed away about 11:30 p.m. with his wife, the sideshow stunt artist Anastasia Synn, by his side.

Although I enjoyed his performances four times over the years at the Golden Nugget and Sahara, it was after a show at the Koval Theater at Miracle Mile Shops in 2007, I was able to interview him and meet his then sidekick, the kooky Psychic Tanya, Penny Wiggins.

Jack Dennis with the Amazing Johnathan and Psychic Tanya, Las Vegas, 2007.

“These shows take the breath out of me,” AJ, obviously tired, wisecracked as he apologized for cutting my time short “Maybe I will need to renegotiate my contract to have more time off.”

Little did he know at the time a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy was in his future. First diagnosed in 2009, as his heart muscle weakened and became more degenerative, doctors told AJ that he only had a year to live. In November 2014, he told an audience at an ENTSpeaks event at Inspire Theater in downtown Las Vegas the sobering news.

He stunned the crowd by stating, “The greatest time of my life was spent here. I made millions of dollars, I have two beautiful houses, and everything came crashing … down. And I was told I have a year to live.”

A single laugh came from the crowd, and A.J. said, “It’s not a joke…So. Um … I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry, but, it’s very scary,” his voice quivered. “My heart is failing. My wife says it failed long ago. But it is actually failing, for real.”

“The last thing I said to him was, ‘I love you, honey, I’ll be with you when you get up from your nap,’ ” his wife Anastasia Synn said almost midnight Tuesday night. “We were feeding him oranges and strawberries. He was so peaceful. He said, ‘Yay!’ He had the most pure and sweetest look on his face.”

Johnathan did not wake up from that nap.

“For the next 36 hours, he was unresponsive,” Synn said. “We spent that time snuggling with him.”

The Las Vegas Journal-Review reported “Synn, Magic Castle official and longtime family friend Erika Larsen, and caregiver Stephanie Castellone of the BurlyCares nonprofit medical assistance organization, were with him at the end. Castellone is herself a performance artist, a contortionist, and was in A.J. and Synn’s wedding in June 2014.”

Anastasia and Johnathan

“I did my best to keep his medicine in his system, clean his foot wounds, do everything a nurse would do and I’m not a nurse. But I loved him so much,” Synn said. “He wanted to pass at home. For the past six months I was begging him to go the hospital, but he absolutely hated going there.”

Born in Detroit on Sept. 9, 1958, Johnathan act was in line with my wicked sense of humor. Before many of his shows a camera would focus on audience members projecting putdowns, bizzare accusations and sick captions. These were definitely adults only performances.

AJ was hands on, inviting unsuspecting members of the audience on stage for saucy humor. If an innocent onlooker was reluctant, he would often go into the audience for a one-on-one routine. I’ve seen him appear to magically swallow his eyeball, skewer his tongue with a spike and take a swig of Windex.

Since the mid-1980s, AJ appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman” and Fox’s “Comic Strip Live.” He was extremely popular on Comedy Central and hosted his own variety specials.

In January 2016, he reunited for a final time with Wiggins, who played Psychic Tanya for more than 15 years, to host a midnight variety performance at Baobab Stage at Town Square.

AJ with Wiggins

At the top of the show, Wiggins greeted A.J. with a line he’d actually written, “Weren’t you supposed to be dead two years ago?”

Wiggins, an outstanding comic actress in her own right, cried late Tuesday remembering Johnathan as “the nicest man and one of the funniest people I knew.”

Mac King, currently performing at Excalibur and currently the longest-running headliner on the Strip, posted, “So sad to lose my friend Johnathan, absolutely one of the funniest guys in the world. Thanksgiving will never be the same.” A.J. was a frequent guest at King’s holiday party.

Johnathan is survived by his sisters, Nancy Rogers and Gail McGuire, and his first wife, Sandra Bowing. A.J. had been saddened over the recent death of his mother, Doreen Szeles.

“He was so loved,” his wife said. “I want him to have the biggest celebration, with everyone who loved him tell the stories of the pranks he played on people. There was nobody else like him.”

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Amusement Park and Thrill Rides Gone Wrong

In September 2021, the High Roller on the Las Vegas Strip suddenly stopped working, stranding about 150 people on the attraction for 90 minutes.

“The High Roller Observation Wheel was stopped during its rotation on Friday night, due to a network connectivity issue involving one of the cabins,” Caesars said in a statement. “Approximately 150 passengers were aboard the wheel at the time. Engineers resolved the network issue within approximately 90 minutes, the wheel’s rotation resumed, and all passengers safely disembarked and received refunds.”

The High Roller raises riders 550 feet in the air and is the largest observation wheel in North America. The wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one revolution and features 28 cabins. 

Although terrified, there were no reported injuries. Las Vegas injuries from amusement type rides exceed 90 per year, but the national numbers are staggering.

In an average year over 9,000 people are injured on amusement park rides in the United States. Theses are statistics from the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

This data represents only injuries serious enough to require treatment in an emergency room. The total number of injuries that occur are even more.

CPSC reported that in 2017, emergency rooms saw 43,405 injuries associated with amusement attractions and rides, for both mobile, like traveling carnivals, and fixed-site parks, such as Six Flags, Sea World or Disneyland.

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When the injuries from inflatable amusement park rides are included, the number of injuries increases by over 3,800. When both moon bounces and inflatable slide injuries are added, it increases by 3,300 and still doesn’t include the number of people injured on public water slides.

Kids often crowd into bounce houses, and jumping up and down can send other children flying into the air too.

The latest numbers indicate about 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from bounce house accidents. Most involve children falling inside or out of the inflated playthings, and many children get hurt when they collide with other bouncing kids.

Wind blows inflatable off the ground.

Half of all people hurt on amusement park rides are children. Over 16 percent of reported injuries occur to children between the ages of 10 and 14. Children account for three-quarters of accidents involving a rider falling or being ejected from a ride during its operation.

During a span of three years over 50 people were killed riding amusement park rides. These deaths most often occurred on roller coasters. The second most deaths occurred on whirling rides.

Types of Injuries Experienced

Bumper car rides and others that move people around at a high rate of speed cause many accidents.

Roller coasters also cause many accidents. People often experience a stroke from trauma that occurs to ligaments in their neck. Traumatic brain injuries can happen from high levels of stress put on the brain by excessive speed. Detached objects hitting a person’s head also causes injury.

People experience varies types of cuts, torn ligaments as well as broken bones. Some individuals drown on waters slides and a number of other water rides.

The Cause of Accidents

Many accidents are determined to have resulted from mechanical failures caused by improper maintenance and more.

Rides are sometimes operated incorrectly.

In some cases, a passenger does not follow safety instructions. Accidents happen when a rider stands up at the wrong time, removes safety restraints too soon and more. Some accidents occur because a ride is designed to create a thrill by spinning fast or traveling at excessive speeds.

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This Anti-COVID Regimen We’ve Used Two Years Has Kept Us Safe

By Dodie Dennis

Being a registered nurse for 40 years, as soon as we heard about COVID-19 pandemic, I did extensive research to find the right supplements and foods for Jack and me to fight it. (Shown at the bottom of this article).

Both of us agreed we would not be taking any so-called experimental vaccines that were rushed into development and not adequately proven.

We elected to modify our vitamins, minerals and food intake instead.

Hard to get.

Hydroxychloroquine, which has been around since 1946, has been used to treat autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to malaria and others.

The more research I did, talking with and learning from physicans, nurses and researchers, I decided on a regimen for us.

Let me just say, we have taken road trips through Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Colorado since June 2020.

Some of the crowds we’ve been in included Graceland, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, D.C., Ark Encounter, Branson, Royal Gorge, Sea World, concerts, various zoos, museums and theaters.

We are not fond of wearing masks, but out of respect for others, we do so only in medical offices, hospitals, businesses or restaurants that require it (usually we go someplace else).

We have relatives that had COVID, some two or three times, even after taking the jab. We know more people who have died from it who were recently jabbed. We also know many nurses and even doctors who will not get jabbed. We are respectful to any individual for whatever their choice is, but we will not be jabbed.

Our Anti-COVID Regimen

🔹Today we eat a low sodium (under 2,000 mgs a day) diet. We emphasize more vegetables and fruit, and smaller entrees of meat, chicken, seafood, etc. We do prefer chicken (not fried) over meat.

🔹The #1 thing we take every evening is zinc with tonic water. It’s the closest thing to hydroxychloroquine that we know of. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t require a prescription.

🔹Tonic water contains quinine, which has been used for centuries to treat malaria.  Chloroquine is a relative of quinine — both are extracted from the bark of the cinchona tree. Quinine has been around for centuries, discovered by Peruvian natives in the 1820s.

There are a few reasons why quinine and chloroquine work as an anti-viral. First they can change the pH in the cells, making them more alkaline (thus impairing virus’s ability to replicate).
 
Second, quinine and chloroquine help bring otherwise bio-unavailable zinc into your cells, and the zinc inhibits the virus’s ability to replicate inside your cells.

🔹Sunlight (vitamin D) also minimizes the effects of viruses.  A 2020 study found that people with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to die from coronavirus. 

🔹Vitamin C is used to help our God given immune systems fight off any viruses we come in contact with. We take Emergen-C containing 1000 mg of Vitamin C as well as B Vitamins and other antioxidants.

🔹We also take a proprietary blend of CoQ10, Citicoline, and refined fish oil.

🔹In addition, we consume Green Pasture Products such as fermented Cod Liver Oil along with their Concentrated Butter Oil.

🔹Concentrated Butter Oil is made from milk produced by rapidly growing greengrass fed cows. It is extracted and concentrated through centrifugation. The speed of grass growth, timing of grazing, species of grass, climate, and extraction method are all-important factors in making real Concentrated Butter Oil.

Their blend contains naturally occurring Vitamins A and D. It’s a natural source of Omega Fatty Acids.

🔹This cod oil is so good for your heart, brain and joints. I’ve tried many brands over the years (former national champion volleyball player) and Green Pasture helped me in just a matter of days like no other.

🔹But my go to, especially for joint health, is without a doubt the Green Pasture Skate Liver Oil.

🔹Last, but not least, we take probiotics that supports gut health–the basis for immune system health.

Highly recommended!

This article is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Health information articles provide general health information and are not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a physician or other health professionals. We advise you to contact a health care professional with any questions or concerns about specific health care needs.

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Masked or Unmasked? We Counted Public Locations For a Month

For the entire month of October, 2021, we counted the number of individuals we saw wearing masks as opposed to those not wearing them in public places.

We traveled in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California during this time period. All Nevada casinos required masks, so we didn’t count those.

In reverse chronological order, here are the results:

🔹Iron Skillet Restaurant on I-93, between Kingman and Wickenburg, AZ. 10/31, Halloween. 4 masked. 26 unmasked.

🔹Claim Jumper Restaurant, Golden Nugget, Laughlin, NV. 10/30. 2 masked. 18 unmasked.

🔹House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV. 10/29. 8 masked (including staff). 43 unmasked.

🔹Mandalay Bay to Excalibur Tram, Las Vegas, 10/29. 4 on, 8 off.

🔹America Restaurant, NYNY Resort, Las Vegas, 10/28. 3 on. 28 off.

🔹Discount Tire, Kingman AZ, 10/27. 3 masked, 12 unmasked.

🔹5 Guys Burgers, Kingman AZ, 10/27. 4 masked (including 3 behind counter), 15 unmasked.

🔹Circle K, Phoenix, AZ, 10/27. 2 masked. 8 unmasked.

🔹Half Price Books, Phoenix, 10/26. 14 masked. 0 unmasked.

🔹Oink! Restaurant, Phoenix, 10/26. 6 masked (including staff). 31 unmasked.

🔹Red Robin Restaurant, Scottsdale, AZ, 10/25. 8 masked (including staff). 46 unmasked.

🔹Bowlins Trading Post, Picacho Peak, AZ. 10/25. 12 masked (including staff). 39 unmasked.

🔹John Fogerty Concert, Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Casino outdoor event. 10/24. (99% wore masks when playing or walking through the casino as it was strictly enforced). We arbitrarily counted a large sample of the concert goers as there were about 4,000 seating with another 800+ standing in the back. Concert: 43 masked. 424 unmasked.

🔹South West Sonaran Outdoor Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ, 10/23. 18 masked. 92 unmasked. Restaurant: 32 masked (including staff). 0 unmasked.

🔹La Quinta Inn, Tucson,10/23. 9 masked (including staff). 26 unmasked.

🔹La Quinta, Deming, New Mexico, 10/22. 7 masked. 7 unmasked.

🔹La Quinta, Fort Stockton, TX.10/21. 7 masked (including staff). 38 unmasked.

🔹HEB Food/Drugs. Kerrville, Tx 10/20.
11 masked. 63 unmasked.

🔹Home Depot, Boerne, Tx. 10/19. 9 unmasked. 34 masked.

🔹HEB Food/Drugs, Boerne 10/19. 24 masked, 112 unmasked.

🔹Chili’s Restaurant, Boerne 10/17. 11 (including staff) masked. 22 unmasked.

🔹Whataburger San Antonio, Tx. 10/15. 6 masked (including staff). 20 unmasked.

🔹Santikos Palladium Movie Theater: James Bond 10/11. 8 masked. 59 unmasked.

🔹Fritze BBQ, Boerne, Tx 10/7. 4 masked. 16 unmasked.

🔹Mary’s Tacos, Kerrville, Tx 10/5. 7 masked (including staff). 26 unmasked.

🔹Apple Store Patio Restaurant, Medina Tx. 10-2-31. 5 masked 36 unmasked.

274 unmasked. 1,166 unmasked. Out of 1,440: 19% masked. 81% unmasked.

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Las Vegas Reopens: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Las Vegas, Nevada casinos statewide are riding a tourism surge and seeing monthly winnings records. This has caused hotel room rates to rebound with visitors now approaching pre-pandemic levels.

In 2020, at the peak of pandemic and lockdowns, we didn’t stay home. Instead, we went on a summer roadtrip that covered 15 states from Texas to Washington D.C. and back. This included stops in crowded tourist spots like Graceland in Memphis, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Andy Griffith Museum in North Carolina, Ark Encounter in Kentucky, and Branson, Missouri.

This year, we are currently on our second roadtrip of 2021 out West visiting Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada. In May, we traveled to the Royal Gorge and Garden of the Gods in Colorado, Carlsbad Caverns and International UFO Museum in New Mexico.

On our current trip, we’ve enjoyed a day at the Southwest Sonaran Outdoor Desert Museum near Tucson, Phoenix and are in Las Vegas as I write this. (Note: Old Tucson Movie Studios is closed. Pima County is trying to decide what to do with it.)

If you are interested in getting away from home, TV, news propaganda and mandates, consider doing what thousands of Americans are doing: Travel.

Those planning to visit Las Vegas should check the Nevada Health Response for updates on state and county requirement changes. We didn’t bother because we are not that concerned about restrictions and enjoy being free spirits. Visitors could check directly with resorts, attractions and other experiences for full details around operations. We had few problems.

In Vegas, these are our general thoughts after being here four days:

Dining

We found some of our favorite restaurants closed, so we sought out opportunities to discover new ones. In the LINQs Promenade area you can take a trip to Flavortown at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar. The celebrity chef brings you his big, bold flavors and tasty twists on comfort food. It’s a good place to bring your appetite. They have everything from a Tatted-Up Turkey Burger to Jack Daniels steak to a giant, over-the-top cheesecake dessert. There is also a good view of the Vegas Strip from their 6,500 square-foot outdoor patio.

TRASH TALK

One of Fieri’s signatures is his Trash Can Nachos. It’s as over-the-top as the Food Network personality who created it. The nachos are literally presented in a mini trash can and feature a tower of corn tortilla chips, house-smoked pork, cheese, black beans, jalapenos, sour cream, pickled onions, cilantro, pico de gallo and chipotle barbecue sauce.

Nearby is Hot Diggity Dog.

Person holding a hotdog with bbq meat and arugula topping.

HOT DIGGITY DOG

One of the favorites is The Gold Standard, featuring smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato confit, baby arugula and garlic-chive aioli. Another is the Billionaire Dog, complete with a Kobe beef frank, foie gras torchon, port onion marmalade and truffle mayo.

At New York-New York Hotel, we found all restaurants opened. We elected to go to one of my favorites, America. They’ve never let me down. It’s not overly noisy like some eateries can be in Vegas.

My biggest disappointment was the gutting of the House of Blues restaurant at Mandalay Bay. They totally destroyed the peaceful blues vibed –with tree– bayou scenery and replaced it with a large and loud, concrete and steel, industrial manufacturing plant type eatery. No acoustics and wide open to the ambient noise of the slot machinery, it will be the last time I will ever eat there. We heard other diners complaining about it too.

House of Blues, before
HOB, after

We noticed Rice, our favorite restaurant at the Luxor next door, is closed down. Eventually we noticed many higher end establishments (including steak houses, seafood, sushi, Italian and more) have shuttered their doors at Westgate, Bally’s, Paris, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Venetian, Excalibur and Luxor too.

(During our visit, hundreds of Culinary union workers in red shirts marched in protest on the Strip about their pay, working conditions and vaccine mandates.)

Like gasoline, about 3.55 a gallon now, the costs for buffet meals have increased since I was here a couple of years ago. They tend to be in the $23-$45 range weekdays and $29-59 on weekends.

🔹At the back, left hand corner of the Luxor casino, is a reasonably priced (at Vegas standards) quick to order grill called Backstage Deli. We had breakfast and coffee at $26 total, with tip, for two.

🔹At Hard Rock Cafe, just north of MGM resort on the Strip, Dodie had the “most delicious steak salad ever,” for $20. I enjoyed their Smokehouse Combo (Ribs and pulled pork, fries, coleslaw and baked beans for $27).

🔹Our most expensive splurge was fourth row seats for Dodie’s first ever Cirque du Solevil show, “O” at Bellagio. Note: The Conservatory there is a must see free attraction. It changes with the seasons and holidays.

🔹Instead of taking a Lyft, Uber, or cab to the different venues, we bought a Monorail pass at $13 for 24 hours. It was long enough for us to enjoy most of the east side of the Strip from MGM south to Westgate, north. We also deboarded at Bally’s to walk across Las Vegas Blvd. to Bellagio where “O” plays.

🔹My favorite daytime (afternoon entertainment) is The Mac King Comedy Magic Show, now at Excalibur.

🔹The most fun we had for the best bargain was the Ultimate 4-D Experience at Excalibur.

For $14 a person, we enjoyed 15 minute versions of two action packed films of Wonder Woman and San Andreas with 3-D glasses, moving seats and special effects (water mists, bubbles, lighting enhancements and other special effects).

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High Heels in Vegas and on the Trail

My friend Lee told me about his first trip to Las Vegas about fifteen years ago.

“It was not long after my wife and I were married,” Lee said. “I was just 27, and very excited to be staying at a nice hotel overlooking the famous ‘Strip.’”

“But from the time we arrived, until the second day of our trip, my wife had been feeling under the weather and we basically remained shut in the room,” he continued. “Needless to say, I was chomping at the bit and had the biggest case of cabin fever ever.” 

Finally, the following morning, Lee’s wife was feeling better and they decided to go have breakfast. During the meal Lee expressed how eager he was to visit the different casinos and sights of the famous boulevard. They decided, with no agenda, they would just visit each resort and let fate take them where it may.

To prepare for the outing, his wife elected to wear high-heels. When he mentioned it was not a good idea because of the considerable walking, she became even more determined to wear them.

“We walked from one end of the strip to almost the other, and let me just say, her feet were hurting,” Lee remembered.

“Let’s get a cab,” Lee’s wife finally decreed.

Lee and his wife agreed before the trip that with a limited budget each would have a certain amount of quota cash they would spend each day.

“Needless to say, it was okay by me as long as she paid for the cab,” Lee winked.

I laughed and told Lee it reminded me of the time my daughter Jennifer and I went to hike on a trail of a nearby park when she was seven. She insisted on wearing high heels. After a bit of a debate, I gave in and chalked it up to this being a lesson she would have to learn. To my misfortune, it didn’t take long before I was piggy-backing Jennifer for a couple of miles because of her aching feet.

Lee and I had a good laugh about this and agreed that perhaps both of these quick stories represents many of our problems in life.

How many times do we make decisions on our appearance or what others may think of us (even total strangers) versus what is practical?

What percentage of our problems are self-induced and caused by our choices?

How often are we asked to bale others out, and we obediently comply, because of their hasty choices?

Buck Owens’ Stories of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash

Country Music legend Buck Owens was once asked, “Looking back on your great career, is there any one thing you regret doing or not doing?”

Owens performed at Houston Rodeo one week after Elvis in 1969.

“Elvis Presley was appearing at the Hilton in Las Vegas,” Owens thought of the first thing that popped in his head. “Bakersfield to Las Vegas in a plane is only 30 minutes. So, I set up [an arrangement] with Colonel Tom [Parker] for my two sons and I and my wife to see Elvis.”

“At the last moment I felt bad and my wife and I didn’t go, but my two sons and their wives went. They had a big box, a special place. And nobody got the word to Elvis that I wasn’t there.”

“In the middle of his show, Elvis made this great introduction to Buck Owens. … My sons told me they put the spotlight over on our box and folks were applauding. I was very upset. I never had another chance to meet him.”

“I was a great Elvis fan. They were very kind. They sent back a couple of security people from the Hilton to take my sons and their wives backstage to Elvis’ dressing room. They said hello, got to meet him and had a couple of pictures made with him. I really do regret that I missed it.”

Hee Haw

“The most memorable person I ever performed with was Don Rich; there’s no doubt about it. However, talking about other artists, I owe so much to Johnny Cash, because in 1960 Johnny Cash took me on a tour with him all the way across Canada, down through Seattle and Portland.”

“Then Luther [Perkins, Cash’s guitarist] dropped me off at my house in Bakersfield after the tour. I got to play before tens of thousands of people. Johnny Cash was so hot, and he gave me that opportunity. I sang three or four songs each show.”

Cash in Hee Haw

“I always felt like I owed Johnny Cash that debt forever. I would never be able to repay him. So, my most memorable person is Johnny Cash. I don’t know anyone that has meant more to country music than Johnny Cash has meant. He’s the absolute champion. Although I’m a fan of many of the others, I’m a great believer in the great Johnny Cash.”

Have you ever turned down a song to record and then it became a hit with another artist? If so, what was the song title?

“Well, you know I did turn down a song. Nat Stuckey sent me a song one time called “Hungries for Your Love.” I changed it to “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line.” Don Rich and I took that and wrote some verses about it and made a nice big song about it.”

Stuckey

“Immediately thereafter, I got another song from Nat Stuckey. Nat Stuckey passed on some years ago from cancer. He sent me “Pop a Top.” I loved the song. I thought the song would be a hit, but I didn’t want to do a song at that time about drinking and all that.”

“Jim Ed Brown put it out and made a hit out of it. I never regretted that, because it wasn’t that I didn’t believe in the song, it’s just I didn’t want to do a drinking song at that time.”

Mel Tillis Dreamed of Playing in Las Vegas Where Elvis Presley Performed

I first met Pam Tillis in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 1979 while she was singing backup  to her father, country music singer Mel Tillis.

Mel and Pam Tillis


Mel surprised his daughter by announcing to the crowd at the Frontier Hotel that night that he was inviting her up front so she could sing a song by herself.

“Daddy would do that occasionally,” Tillis laughed later. “So I am always ready.”

“Daddy always says he  wanted to play at the Frontier because that is where Elvis played,” she laughed after the show.

The first time Elvis Presley ever performed in Vegas was back in 1956.


Mel Tillis introduced his next big hit that night. It was “Are You Sincere?,” a song Elvis had recorded and released a few years before his death in 1977. 

Years later, daughter Pam, released a big hit “Maybe It Was Memphis.”

Mel died on November 19, 2017 at age 85. His biggest hits included “I Ain’t Never“, “Good Woman Blues“, “Sawmill,” “I Got the Hoss,” “Southern Rains,” “Send Me Down to Tucson,” and “Coca-Cola Cowboy“.

It is only fitting that Pam Tillis today, pays tribute to Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, and another King, Martin Luther in her co-written song ‘Two Kings.’ She often tours with Suzy Bogguss and Terri Clark at “Chicks With Hits” performances and on her own.