Friday, April 11, 2008

The King Lives On

I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be able to blog about the immortal Elvis Presley but ... that day has finally come. A bunch of previously unseen photos of The King have just been made public (from a show he did at Madison Square Garden in the 70's) and I feel they are deffo worth talking and blogging about ... here are a few of the newly discovered pics of Elvis Presley:

A rare collection of previously unpublished Elvis Presley pictures have just been released. The images capture the King in his jumpsuited glory while rocking in Madison Square Garden, New York, in 1972. They were recently found, almost by accident, by George Kalinsky, who took the photos. Kalinsky came across the photos while doing research for a billboard company campaign called "Great Moments in New York." Kalinsky has been the official Madison Square Garden photographer for more than 40 years and said he did not realize at the time that he had so many good shots. "When I photographed the show, I thought I only had a few good ones," he said. "I just never really looked at the files until recently. He was electrifying in his white jumpsuit, with his cape on ... He was quite humble, but he had an aura. There are very few people who have triple-X charisma, and Elvis was one," Kaplinsky added. Kalinsky needed to get permission from Elvis Presley Enterprises, the business arm of the performer's estate, to reproduce Presley's image for the campaign. The estate asked if he had any more photos, and Kalinsky came back with about 40 unpublished images from Elvis' second-night performance at the concert in 1972, said Kevin Kern, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises. Kern said Elvis experts were impressed with the collection, which show him performing on stage at the age of 37. "What came from their mouths was 'Wow!"' Kern said. "These are very crisp, clear, professional photos of Elvis. It's such a rare find," he added. The collection is set to be displayed at Graceland, the former Memphis home of Elvis, as part of "Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access," an exhibit that will also feature more than 50 of Elvis' famous jumpsuits.

What a great find! At the very least, these photos remind us of just how cool Elvis Presley was in his hey day. He may be gone from the Earth but he still lives on in our hearts and minds ... an apparently on our blogs with the discovery of these new photos. [Source]