- Hey everyone, I was wondering if there s a Canadian Elvis fan here that has a channel called Vision TV, that would help me with something please? There will beMessage 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2011View SourceHey everyone,
I was wondering if there's a Canadian Elvis fan here that has a channel called Vision TV, that would help me with something please? There will be a 3 part show that'll occur next week called "The Church Of Elvis" & enclosed below is the information. If you or someone you know in Canada that gets this channel & can record this for me, I'd appreciate it very much. If you can help me, either let me know here or email me privately please? Thanks:
The Church of Elvis airs on VisionTV January 10, 11 and 12 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT
Men and woman wave their arms in the air ecstatically, first spelling, then calling out the name of the man they have come together to praise. A Pentecostal revival? No, an Elvis festival.
The Church of Elvis walks the footpath of Elvis’s life, retracing how faith influenced the man and his music; and how, in turn, he inspired near religious adulation amongst his fans. Elvis is probably the only pop icon who has blurred the boundaries between the secular and sacred, complete with missionaries (tribute artists), sacred texts (records and films), disciples (fans), relics (the scarves, clips of hair), pilgrimages (Tupelo, Graceland), shrines (his gravesite), and all the appearances of a resurrection (with reported Elvis sightings).
Guiding the way is tribute artist, Ron Moore, a man of faith himself, and a recording artist who many consider to have to closest voice today to Presley. Ron, along with his wife, Lois, heads down into the heart of Elvis country to uncover rare stories and unseen items with people who knew the King first hand; perform in Elvis’s old haunts; and meet the super-fans who have dedicated their lives to enshrining their idol.
“Let There be Elvis” - January 10
1935 – 1953 (Birth to first recording)
Ron travels to Tupelo, Mississippi - an essential pilgrimage for believers of “the King”. Elvis first appeal to the general public came at a local singing competition where he was bested 65 years ago by Shirley Gillentine, who also went to church with Elvis. Magdelene Morgan, Elvis’s Tupelo girlfriend, joins Ron as they visit the church where she first met Elvis. This Pentecostal church exposed Elvis to emotional, music-filled expressions of faith. The roots of Elvis’s musical influences were also aided by his boyhood friend, Sam Bell, who used to sneak Elvis into the local black church.
In 1953, Elvis paid $10 to make his first two recordings “My Happiness” and “That’s Where the Heartache Begins” at Sun Records. To many followers Sun Records is hallowed ground. So much so, that no person is permitted to record any Elvis song there. Elvis would come back once more to record “That’s Alright Mama”.
These were the final days of relative anonymity for Elvis. After the release of his upcoming single, life would never be the same for him again.
“Spreading the Gospel” - January 11
1954 – 1966 (from his first public performance to the height of his popularity)
Although “That’s Alright Mama” was starting to get radio play, Elvis found himself performing in small towns, fairs, and opening up for other established acts. With the guidance of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis began to play the southern circuit and caught the eye of radio producers. When Elvis signed with RCA it was like going from a tent revival to a cathedral service.
Elvis was denounced in a sermon entitled, "Hotrods, Reefers, and Rock and Roll and it made him wary of the old guard of his faith. He was also troubled because he could no longer worship in public. Elvis confided to his friend and fellow chart topper Pat Boone and Pat shares his conversations with Elvis, and the advice he gave to him.
When Elvis’s mother passed away he started exploring other religious beliefs, while still adhering to his Pentecostal roots. At the same time, Pricilla entered his life. Wanting to nurture a new relationship, and feeling spent as a prophet of rock n’ roll, Elvis retreated to Graceland to continue his movie career.
Fame was wearing him down and Elvis was starting to lose his spiritual moorings. While in Hollywood Elvis met Larry Geller and when Larry asked, “What is your purpose?” Elvis realized he had been asking himself that for years. Soon Larry became Elvis’s spiritual advisor, helping him explore numerology, cosmology, metaphysics, and Judaism.
“Roots of a New Religion” - January 12
1967 – Present Day (Vegas and beyond)
Elvis performed more than 800 shows at the Hilton in Las Vegas in the early 70’s. He never liked being called ‘the King’, maintaining that there was only one and he certainly wasn’t of this world.
What makes the Elvis movement so unique is the level of dedication of his fans. Rockin’ Robin, is purported to have the largest private Elvis memorabilia collection in the world. “Graceland Too” is a scaled down replica of the original and does double duty as a museum and homestead of curator and super fan Paul McLeod. Billy Miller believes Elvis is still alive and that there is a conspiracy to hide the facts and he’s dedicated his life to uncover this mystery. Patrick Leahey, on the other hand has spent time debunking these claims.
Though some wanted to surround themselves with their idol, a few others want to look like them. Ron, who categories himself as a “sound-a-like”, makes the trip to meet Dr. William Zamboni to find out exactly what would it take to make someone like him look more like the King. What defines Elvis facial topography? What makes him attractive to others? And what is the cost of obtaining that beauty?
For Elvis, he was more concerned about his internal growth. Though he explored the mystical, he returned to his traditional religious roots in his mid thirties. In 1971 Elvis released “He Touched Me” which won him a second and final Grammy. He stayed close to his gospel roots till the day he died.
When Elvis died, the industry of Elvis Tribute Artists exploded. The Collingwood Elvis Festival is the largest gathering of Elvis Tribute Artists in the world. Ron Moore has been performing there for over 6 years.