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    Quote Originally Posted by KPM View Post
    IMO the photos are faked
    KPM mate, why do you still think these pictures are fake? Is it just because the person calling themselves Larry Blong said so?

    Why is it so unbelievable that at some point in his life, Elvis happened to be photographed with someone who looked and dressed a little bit like him?

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    I'm no expert at all, but if you look closely to the angles of the lightning (sun/shadows) it matches both Elvis, the surroundings AND the impersonator. It's "just" a picture of Elvis with a fan who dressed and looked like Elvis. I guess in about the 20 years that Elvis was famous by that time, it would have happened anyway (Elvis+impersonator on one picture)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRtherealJR View Post
    KPM mate, why do you still think these pictures are fake? Is it just because the person calling themselves Larry Blong said so?

    Why is it so unbelievable that at some point in his life, Elvis happened to be photographed with someone who looked and dressed a little bit like him?
    In one of the past threads, it was pointed out that when the photo was blown up-you can see some feathering consistent with a photo that is photoshopped. I am not an expert on photography nor on photoshopping so you can call my opinion as semi educated/with a "gut feeling" added in.
    Why its so important that this be a real authentic picture is beyond me, Elvis had his picture taken with literally a multitude of individuals-Elvis also had his image on magazines, in newspapers and every where photos are used-superimposed with people who never met him-celebrities and citizens.
    It really does not matter-Elvis was the reason the photo was taken not Blong, or Cotner, or whomever this photo is suppose to be.
    I will admit, on the internet, you never know who is answering to what name or for what reason they are giving the answer. But no one else named Blong has disputed the answer that this man gave-he said it was not him in the photo and that he has never done things others claim he has.
    Blong is not a huge concern to most of us, not in the slightest.
    In the past some have supposedly started websites in his name, altered photos to make claims of his performing as Elvis, or recording as Elvis.
    Totally false! That is my only interest in Blong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert View Post
    I'm no expert at all, but if you look closely to the angles of the lightning (sun/shadows) it matches both Elvis, the surroundings AND the impersonator. It's "just" a picture of Elvis with a fan who dressed and looked like Elvis. I guess in about the 20 years that Elvis was famous by that time, it would have happened anyway (Elvis+impersonator on one picture)?
    Couldn't have said it better, Albert! It's simply a genuine photo of EP with a fan. Nothing more. There is nothing extraordinary about the photo at all- it's not like it's a photo of Elvis meeting an alien or JFK.

    The 1 pic which was said by some to be "photoshopped" or "superimposed" in some way shows no image distortion, "feathering", or anomalies whatsoever.

    Neither do the 3 other different pics from this meeting that I have seen. As you correctly said, Albert- it was bound to happen eventually that Elvis would one day be photographed with an impersonator.

    KPM,

    I take your point about some of the supermarket tabloids superimposing Elvis with other people- one example which comes to mind is this one about Elvis and Cher having a baby:



    But these photos are rather amatuerishly done and clearly fake. Plus they were on the front of a magazine! The Elvis & impersonator pic has never to my knowlege ever been on the front of any magazine, newspaper or book ever.

    It's just a nice little photo (which is now a set of 5 as more have surfaced) which for some reason was singled out by someone calling themselves Larry Blong as being fake.

    But something has just occured to me. Larry Blong has always said "the picture" is fake. Picture-singular. He never said the "pictures are fake". Didn't he know there was more than 1 photo of this meeting? Why would anyone bother to fake 5 different pictures of the same meeting?
    If someone took the time and trouble to fake 5 pictures- for what purpose? What have these pictures ever been used for? Not a lot it seems....

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    The pictures of Elvis with this look a like, seem to be real for me. Usually when a photo is fake, we have seen the original one with Elvis, and I've never seen these pics without the look a like. I do not believe the look a like is Larry Blong, it maybe, but if Larry Blong himself denied it, it could be just a fan or another Elvis impersonator. BTW I feel sorry for the fan who started this thread, when someone starting a thread, and writes "First of all, let me say that this is NOT intended to start a debate about whether or not Elvis is dead or alive", I think we should show a little respect and not go into that.
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    Couldn't have said it better, Albert! It's simply a genuine photo of EP with a fan. Nothing more. There is nothing extraordinary about the photo at all- it's not like it's a photo of Elvis meeting an alien or JFK.

    The 1 pic which was said by some to be "photoshopped" or "superimposed" in some way shows no image distortion, "feathering", or anomalies whatsoever.

    Neither do the 3 other different pics from this meeting that I have seen. As you correctly said, Albert- it was bound to happen eventually that Elvis would one day be photographed with an impersonator.

    KPM,

    I take your point about some of the supermarket tabloids superimposing Elvis with other people- one example which comes to mind is this one about Elvis and Cher having a baby:



    But these photos are rather amatuerishly done and clearly fake. Plus they were on the front of a magazine! The Elvis & impersonator pic has never to my knowlege ever been on the front of any magazine, newspaper or book ever.

    It's just a nice little photo (which is now a set of 5 as more have surfaced) which for some reason was singled out by someone calling themselves Larry Blong as being fake.

    But something has just occured to me. Larry Blong has always said "the picture" is fake. Picture-singular. He never said the "pictures are fake". Didn't he know there was more than 1 photo of this meeting? Why would anyone bother to fake 5 different pictures of the same meeting?
    If someone took the time and trouble to fake 5 pictures- for what purpose?
    What have these pictures ever been used for? Not a lot it seems....

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    Yes they are amatuerish-but those photos were doctored in the 70s with technology that was "amatuerish" compared to the high tech computer photo programs that we have had for the last 10 years or so. Simple photoshop software in 2011 is from a distant planet technology wise compared to 1973...........
    As to why someone would fake 5 photos-for what purpose? Explain to me why someone would start fake Blong sites claiming that he is answering questions? Or why photos of Elvis are claimed to be Blong, or recordings done by Elvis are claimed to be Blong, or why some claim that Blong performed as Elvis in some concerts-for what purpose??? Blong (or someone claiming to be a BLONG) has denied all these allegations and has claimed there are 2 individuals that have caused all this controversy. For what purpose? Good question. I could care less about Blong or any individuals that make these false claims of Blong singing for Elvis or performing as Elvis-but I do care about the truth of the matter to others. Elvis sang for Elvis, Elvis performed for Elvis-not anyone else.
    Ask yourself why it is so important to someone to fake sites and make false claims about Blong? IMO the only reason to make these claims is to further tarnish Elvis the singer/Elvis the entertainer. Or perhaps to try and tie this to the Elvis alive myth which has also a couple of big proponents who pop in and out of Elvis sites to stir up controversy. For what purpose....is a great question that I have asked since I heard the name Blong used in the same sentence as Elvis Presley.
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    As long as I have been an Elvis fan, and this year actually makes 10 years, I've never come across this name or heard of this guy ><
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    QUOTE=KPM;394407]Yes they are amatuerish-but those photos were doctored in the 70s with technology that was "amatuerish" compared to the high tech computer photo programs that we have had for the last 10 years or so. Simple photoshop software in 2011 is from a distant planet technology wise compared to 1973...........
    As to why someone would fake 5 photos-for what purpose? Explain to me why someone would start fake Blong sites claiming that he is answering questions? Or why photos of Elvis are claimed to be Blong, or recordings done by Elvis are claimed to be Blong, or why some claim that Blong performed as Elvis in some concerts-for what purpose??? Blong (or someone claiming to be a BLONG) has denied all these allegations and has claimed there are 2 individuals that have caused all this controversy. For what purpose? Good question. I could care less about Blong or any individuals that make these false claims of Blong singing for Elvis or performing as Elvis-but I do care about the truth of the matter to others. Elvis sang for Elvis, Elvis performed for Elvis-not anyone else.
    Ask yourself why it is so important to someone to fake sites and make false claims about Blong? IMO the only reason to make these claims is to further tarnish Elvis the singer/Elvis the entertainer. Or perhaps to try and tie this to the Elvis alive myth which has also a couple of big proponents who pop in and out of Elvis sites to stir up controversy. For what purpose....is a great question that I have asked since I heard the name Blong used in the same sentence as Elvis Presley.[/QUOTE]

    KPM,

    That photo of Elvis with an impersonator is nothing to do with Larry Blong or the fake Larry Blongs- it is just a real photo which has been around for many years and it has been latched onto by people who are trying to make it out to be something which it is not. I myself could take any photo of Elvis with a fan and start raving on the internet forums that it was fake. Anything I said about the picture would not in any way change the fact the photo was genuine.....

    The same phenomenon also happened with this pic:

    Someone using the name Larry Blong latched onto it and claimed it was not Elvis but someone called Larry Blong. It's a real photo which has been drawn into a bizarre conspiracy theory.

    Same with the Elvis + impersonator gates pic- a genuine pic which has been siezed upon by some very dishonest people.
    And now since more photos of this meeting have surfaced it is becoming more and more unlikely that they were all somehow fake. And taking into account that the photo has never actually gained any mainstream publicity at all- except on a few specialist internet forums, the theory that it was faked sounds more and more unbelievable.

    Another thing......why would anyone this close to Elvis frame the shot with him on the right and an empty gate filling the other half of the shot? Would'nt the person have taken the time to fill up the entire lens with Elvis? Why take 5 photos of Elvis with him at the edge of the frame? Unless the impersonator was there....which of course he was!


    I know if I was this close to Elvis, I would have made sure I got him right close in the centre of the frame. I would'nt have taken up half of the frame with an "empty" gate, unless there was something over there worth getting in the shot!
    And to do photograph the same "empty" gate whether by accident or intention 5 or 6 times in every photo when Elvis himself is standing right over there simply does not make any sense.
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    blong also said in a news paper interview that he was a double for E.P. when he wanted to leave through the back of GRACELAND = hard to believe this guy , as for the picture in question it was taken by sandi miller i believe, as it apears in the behind the image book , she says ELVIS didn't know what to make of the guy so he laughed his *** off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRtherealJR View Post
    QUOTE=KPM;394407]Yes they are amatuerish-but those photos were doctored in the 70s with technology that was "amatuerish" compared to the high tech computer photo programs that we have had for the last 10 years or so. Simple photoshop software in 2011 is from a distant planet technology wise compared to 1973...........
    As to why someone would fake 5 photos-for what purpose? Explain to me why someone would start fake Blong sites claiming that he is answering questions? Or why photos of Elvis are claimed to be Blong, or recordings done by Elvis are claimed to be Blong, or why some claim that Blong performed as Elvis in some concerts-for what purpose??? Blong (or someone claiming to be a BLONG) has denied all these allegations and has claimed there are 2 individuals that have caused all this controversy. For what purpose? Good question. I could care less about Blong or any individuals that make these false claims of Blong singing for Elvis or performing as Elvis-but I do care about the truth of the matter to others. Elvis sang for Elvis, Elvis performed for Elvis-not anyone else.
    Ask yourself why it is so important to someone to fake sites and make false claims about Blong? IMO the only reason to make these claims is to further tarnish Elvis the singer/Elvis the entertainer. Or perhaps to try and tie this to the Elvis alive myth which has also a couple of big proponents who pop in and out of Elvis sites to stir up controversy. For what purpose....is a great question that I have asked since I heard the name Blong used in the same sentence as Elvis Presley.
    KPM,

    That photo of Elvis with an impersonator is nothing to do with Larry Blong or the fake Larry Blongs- it is just a real photo which has been around for many years and it has been latched onto by people who are trying to make it out to be something which it is not. I myself could take any photo of Elvis with a fan and start raving on the internet forums that it was fake. Anything I said about the picture would not in any way change the fact the photo was genuine.....

    The same phenomenon also happened with this pic:

    Someone using the name Larry Blong latched onto it and claimed it was not Elvis but someone called Larry Blong. It's a real photo which has been drawn into a bizarre conspiracy theory.

    Same with the Elvis + impersonator gates pic- a genuine pic which has been siezed upon by some very dishonest people.
    And now since more photos of this meeting have surfaced it is becoming more and more unlikely that they were all somehow fake. And taking into account that the photo has never actually gained any mainstream publicity at all- except on a few specialist internet forums, the theory that it was faked sounds more and more unbelievable.

    Another thing......why would anyone this close to Elvis frame the shot with him on the right and an empty gate filling the other half of the shot? Would'nt the person have taken the time to fill up the entire lens with Elvis? Why take 5 photos of Elvis with him at the edge of the frame? Unless the impersonator was there....which of course he was!


    I know if I was this close to Elvis, I would have made sure I got him right close in the centre of the frame. I would'nt have taken up half of the frame with an "empty" gate, unless there was something over there worth getting in the shot!
    And to do photograph the same "empty" gate whether by accident or intention 5 or 6 times in every photo when Elvis himself is standing right over there simply does not make any sense.[/QUOTE]
    You have never seen my wife use a camera, she chops off heads, never centers the photo and in general can take the worst photos possible
    But seriously, if you believe it is genuine, okay-I have my doubts.
    As far as it having nothing to do with Blong, the fact that multiple people continue to make the claim that it is him, even though he has denied it "brings in his connection" to these photos. The fact that their is controversy over this photo, and the implications I have pointed out some want to make from it, shows it indeed does tie into the Blong allegations. I dare say that if no one had said about this photo-"This is Larry Blong alongside Elvis, he use to double for Elvis on record and in concerts"
    This photo would not be a problem, no one would care whether its fake or authentic, it would be another photo of Elvis with some fan. It is the implications of the allegations made about this photo which ire some of us.
    Life does not make sense at times, neither do the reasons some people have for doing things in a certain way. There are some who go to extraordinary methods to sell their agendas, why??? Only they know the purpose.
    Since I have been here at TCB world every year or so someone brings up, this photo, Blongs connections to Elvis, and it usually indirectly ties into the Elvis is alive theory.
    WHY? Only those people (of various names and IDs) know their reasoning.

    But if you are satisfied they are real photos, thats your right. As you said-someone believing in something .. is not in itself proof. It is individual opinion.
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    I have known Larry Blong for nine or ten years through the internet. I was looking to find out if a Larry Blong existed as I had seen the website where "Blong" claimed to have doubled for Elvis, etc. etc. Larry did live in Memphis for a short time and was an Elvis imitator for a few years, and he did appear in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He was/is and Elvis junkie and became good friends with Elvis' Uncle Vernon and got to wander around Graceland a bit and they did pull a few stunts on fans. But he was never the Blong on the internet. His name appeared in Becky Yancy's book and some low life decided to have fun with it and created a lie using a real person's name.

    In regards to the photo that has been discussed of the Elvis look alike at the gate. I have been told that person is Dale Culberston. I have not been able to verify that or locate anyone by that name, but my credible sources tell me that this photo is real.

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    Funny this myth still goes on. The true Larry Blong has several times answered the question about the photo. Here is one of those answers:
    .........The Real Larry Blong (Double EL)
    My name is Larry Blong. I first found out about a website that
    carried my name from my nephews a few ago, before I knew much
    about computers. It was a whole bunch of lies from a site called
    sandyandelvis. They are promoting a bunch of lies and using my
    name without my permission. I was a fan of Elvis first and an imper-
    sonator second. My brother and I moved to Memphis in 1975
    just to be around Elvis. I performed at the 1976 Elvis Convention,
    where Elvis' buddy George Klein saw me. He told me, "Larry, Elvis
    wouldn't want to see you perform, it would be too scary". He then
    called Dick Clark in Las Vegas on my behalf. But Clark told GK he had
    three Elvis guys on the strip that do Elvis better than Elvis. So I did
    shows with George in and around Memphis. These scam artists took
    my name from a book written by Elvis' secretary, Becky Yancey, called
    "My Life With Elvis". In it I am listed as one of the top Elvis acts in the
    U.S.A. I have met Elvis on two occasions in the Vickers Gas Station in
    Memphis. Elvis may have known who I was through George Klein.
    Elvis had more important things on his mind than to worry about me.
    I am in two photos with Elvis by luck as a fan. Elvis never had anyone
    perform for him in any way. To say that is blasphemy! He even did
    most of his own stunts in Hollywood. I have told these people to
    stop using my name or I will sue them and all the sites that carry their
    garbage. I write Elvis "fiction" stories that I am sure Elvis fans would
    get a kick out of. That pic of that guy next to Elvis is a joke and not
    me. I have pics of me that at least impressed George Klein. So I hope
    this starts to set the record straight. Bill Burke wrote a nice article about
    me in the Memphis Press-Scimitar in 1976 called, "He is Double EL, A
    Near Duplicate", with quotes from George Klein, like he must study Elvis'
    moves 12 hours a day. Thanks George Klein, love you man.
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    I do not know what this whole discussion?
    It is just two pictures ELVIS and his fans. Always very amused me these pictures. When I first saw them in the book "ELVIS BEHIND THE IMAGE" I myself did not know which one is more similar to ELVIS:-D
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    A few years ago, maybe roughly ten, there was a guy claiming to be Larry Blong (it wasn't him though) but he went as far as to say he was so good at doing Elvis that Elvis had him stand in for him at a show that he otherwise would have had to cancel. This went on and on and the twat...sorry person was so adamant about it. I asked this person for two pieces of information - where did this happen and what was the memorable life changing date this event took place. It went very quiet and can you believe it - this ***** was never again heard mentioning this story.

    Yes, it was a shame as not only did it drag Elvis' name down but also the innocent fan the real Larry Blong as well.

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