Friday, April 8, 2011
Would you enjoy celebrating Carl Perkins "Week" and "Birthday" - DOWNTOWN, Jackson?
"Rockabilly Was Born April 9,1932"
This week we feature the music of Carl Perkins and a "Rockabilly" Birthday Party
Audio tape of Carl singing a duet with Paul McCartney.
Carl and Paul McCartney talking in a taped interview.
Video tape of Carl telling "tales and stories" of his life.
The "Million Dollar Quartet" Playbill from Broadway show in New York.
Audio tape of Carl describing how he founded "Rockabilly Music".
Blue Suede Boots Carl performed in on stage (on display).
See Poster with pictures - advertising concert titled:
with Paul McCartney
"MY OLD FRIEND"
Saturday Afternoon, April 9th, CARL'S BIRTHDAY
(Celebration) 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM featuring Carl Perkins Music
Rockabilly Hall of Fame., 105 North Church Street, Jackson, Tn.
1:00 PM - Norbert Putman tells George Harrison's relationship with Carl.
Randy Cooper, Steve Patterson, Mark Brooks performs Carl's songs recorded and performed by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Ricky Nelson and the Beatles!!!!!!!!!!!!
Red, Hot and Blue Band - performing Carl's songs "Bopping the Blues", "Dixie Fried", "Gone, Gone, Gone", "Turn Around"
The "StunningCunnings" band from Memphis honors "Rockabilly"
The Ivory's - Makes Jerry Lee Lewis' Rockabilly Music come alive! "Great Balls of Fire", "Crazy Arms", "Whole lotta Shakin' Going on"
Dr. Brandon Golf, Dr. Jeremy Tubbs, Mark Brooks, Willi X Evans Perform "The Beatles" recorded songs of Carl's "Matchbox", "Honey Don't", "Every Body's Trying to be my Baby".
What would it take for you to make Carl Perkins "Week" and "Birthday" come alive?
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"It's a happy music" Gordon Stroker, the Jordanaires
If you're in the area, don't miss this great event!
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Actress Barbara Eden has a new book out titled, Jeannie Out of the Bottle. She is best known for her role in, I dream of Jeannie. But Elvis fans know her best for her role in Elvis Presley's film, Flaming Star.
Barbara had this to say about working with Elvis, "He was a delight, a lovely guy. He was very well bred by his mother who had taught him manners. I'd walk on the set and he'd stand up immediately and pull a chair out for me. We laughed and flirted but it was tame, it was sweet. Years later I was with my second husband and we saw him in Vegas and Elvis said to him, 'How did you ever get with her? I tried!' I looked at him like, 'What? Come on,' but it was nice."
|Johnny Harra as Elvis in the film, This Is Elvis|
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7100 Crowley Road
Fort Worth, TX 76134
Phone: (817) 293-1350
If you would like to send flowers there is a florist at the funeral home.
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The Magic Of The King Lived In Johnny
The magic of “The King” will always live on thanks to the musical expressions of Johnny Harra. Seeing him in concert is the closest some generations will ever come to experiencing the magic “Elvis” conveyed to his audiences. Some say “Elvis’s” spirit lives on in Johnny. Ever since Johnny was 11 years old people noticed his uncanny resemblance to “Elvis Presley”, from the face, lips,and hair to his voice and mannerisms. .
Johnny was raised in a religious environment as a son of an Assembly of God minister. His mother played church piano, while his father traveled with Oral Roberts’ tent meetings. Johnny’s first love, naturally, became gospel music. At age seven, johnny began singing solo and with the church choir. Johnny remains very religious, and grateful as “God has opened many doors for me.”
“I first became aware of Elvis in 1956 with “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” By the time I was 14 or 15 kids were calling me “Elvis” at school. I looked a lot like him and everyone I knew loved him.” The similarities did not end there. Johnny was “emulating” the rock and roll singer on stage at school activities and many other events. .
“Johnny Harra is not just another Presley impersonator,” claims The Star Newspaper, “his looks, life and family bear a stunning resemblance to the late rock superstar. Harra and his daughter, Lisa Marie, are almost doubles of Elvis and his daughter of the same name. Harra’s mother could also pass for Elvis’ mother, and his ex-wife, Donna, looks remarkably similar to Priscilla Presley.” Johnny simply replies, “I think my family must have a spiritual connection with Elvis’ family.” .
In concert, whether in Dallas, Las Vegas, or Europe, the Elvis look-alike is met by screaming, emotional fans. Many of his fans cry (men included) or sit captivated my his look and amazing voice. .
His fans are not the only ones to notice Johnny. Col. Tom Parker chose Johnny Harra to portray Elvis in the Warner Brothers film, “This Is Elvis.” Johnny appears in the movie as Elvis at the end of his career. “I thought it would be an easier job than it turned out to be,” says Harra in a voice nearly identical to Elvis’. “But to enter Graceland and walk up those stairs into his private quarters was such an emotional experience that it actually put a painful strain on my heart. I felt that Elvis was really at my side.”
Johnny’s respect and admiration for Elvis is great and he feels it was such an honor to have been chosen to portray a part in the life story of the man whom he has paid tribute for so many years in the only movie to have the cooperation and blessing of the Presley family and Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Warner Brothers released the movie on dvd, August 10, 2007.
Johnny Harra began touring the American Southwest and Europe to standing-room only crowds. Immediately after the death of Elvis Presley, Johnny’s show at the Gigis Club in Holiday Inn(DFW Airport) started selling out. On August 28, 1977, Johnny Harra was contracted to headline the KBOX radio station music festival at the Cotton Bowl to a crowd of over 30,000 fans!
Randall Stewart, of Dallas, worked at the festival. Randall says, “nobody was prepared for the crowd’s reaction to Johnny Harra”.
“Everything was cool, I didn’t anticipate any real big deal,” Randall said. “But when Johnny came out, I’d never seen anything like it.” A small riot occurred among the women in the audience over a scarf he threw. .
When Johnny helped open Red Bird Mall in Dallas, he set a record for attendance with an estimated 200,000 people.
Johnny Harra was chosen to headline the Continental Theater for the Silver Bird Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Night after night he played to sold out audiences with his amazing “Profiles of Presley” show. The success there lead to an exclusive three year, six million dollar contract with the Silver Bird in 1978. Where Johnny’s band conductor was “Elvis’s” own Bobby Morris, who conducted for Presley from 1969-1973. .
Johnny Harra has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, and on national TV shows like Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson and Dick Clark. Johnny Harra has traveled internationally performing his “Profiles of Presley” show. Johnny Harra took a long break to focus on family and raise his daughter Lisa Marie. Now he’s back to captivate you and your guests with his charisma, stage presence, and great singing ability. After 40 years of performing “Elvis” Johnny can perform almost every “Elvis”song ever released! Johnny tours with his band Music Country USA, and Has been working with Charlie Estepp Entertainment and performed all over the world..Johnny Harra passed away on March 30.2011 In a Dallas Hospital. Johnny Harra was Loved by all and will Live in our Hearts Forever!!!
THERE IS NOW HAVE AN ACCOUNT AT THE FUNERAL HOME SET UP TO TAKE MONEY.HERE IS THE INFO AND JUST TELL THEM ITS FOR THE JOHNNY HARRA FUND. Laurel Land Funeral Home and Cemetery
7100 Crowley Road
Fort Worth, TX 76134
Phone: (817) 293-1350
Below is a link to Twibbon in memory of Johnny, if you have a Facebook or Myspace page and want to show your love and respect for Johnny, please feel free.
|Elvis Collector Greg Page|
Catch Elvis Presley's story and treasures at Stockland Baulkham Hills - Australia
Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go to see Elvis.
Elvis Presley is in the Hills thanks to former Yellow Wiggle and Dural resident Greg Page who has bought Presley’s story and treasures to Stockland Baulkham Hills.
The exhibition opened yesterday (April 7) and runs until April 29.
It was, perhaps, a little known fact that Presley was an incredibly generous man, having come from a very poor background.
Page said he wanted the exhibition to highlight Presley’s tremendous generosity and that is why all proceeds from the gold coin entry will go to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief appeal.
“Elvis would walk down the main street with his manager and give his manager a roll of $100 bills,” Page said.
“He would tell his manager to give people a $100 bill. In those days, that would be worth a fortune.
“Much is said about Elvis, particularly in his last year, but little is known about his generosity and that’s what this is all about.”
Presley’s generosity is matched by Page who is known for giving back to the community himself.
Page started collecting all things Elvis quite by accident six years ago when the Wiggles were touring America and had a day off in Memphis.
He was 5 the day Presley died in 1977 and loved Presley’s music but had never thought of collecting memorabilia.
“We had day off in Memphis and everyone was going to tour Graceland,” Page said.
“They said ‘come on, we have to do it’. I though ‘yeah’ but went and that was it. I was interested in his music before but did not know the story of the man.
“That visit changed my life.”
Page started his collection by buying a cheque signed by Presley in a Gold Coast memorabilia shop.
Six years later, there are thousands of items but a pride and joy is the 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II which Page has owned for a year after buying it from a private collector.
The Lincoln is now owned by Graceland and will return to America in January to join the other Presley cars at his home.
“It is the car Elvis drove Priscilla home in when they married,” Page said.
“It is also the car he drove Natalie Wood in when they dated and the car he drove to the barracks when he registered for the Army.”
The exhibition has been endorsed by the Estate of Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises - a fact Page is proud of - and he hopes to take the exhibition elsewhere after Stockland Baulkham Hills.
“I picked Stockland Baulkham Hills because I am a Hills resident and have shopped here since it opened in 1979,” he said.
Marketing manager Mark Galbraith encouraged everyone to check out the exhibition.
“We are very excited that Greg has picked Stockland Baulkham Hills to stage the exhibition,” he said.
The Salvation Army’s corporate and major gifts co-ordinator Randy Wood said proceeds would help flood, earthquake and tsunami victims.
“Elvis was a very generous man and this is a very generous thing for Greg to do for us,” Mr Wood said.
See more photos at http://hills-shire-times.whereilive.com.au/photos/gallery/elvis-in-the-hills/