taped.. and 4.25 hours on Film (August to September 1972)
Thats around 70 Super 8mm cartridges (3min and 20seconds each)
Unprocessed it fills a suitcase, so I threw away almost all my garments
to get it home, including the Shirt I wore backstage for my Elvis meeting
(so now I can't remember what colour it was. HA!!)
How long have you been looking for me???
If I knew I was that lost, I would have asked you for directions !!!
Did you remember the Elvis shirt in previous Post?
have you caught up with all those LINKS about me yet?
will be back shortly.. SincerELy ... REX
EPS the Anne Nixon Topic that started last night, and is now removed
today. I had a really strange Email about Anne Nixon from a very
weird Lady, she sort of sounded very very young, and asked me strange
questions about Anne, - I was wondering if this is the person pretending
to be her. NOW! (The last I heard Anne Nixon wasn't on the Internet at
home, and wasn't really thinking about it - It would be nice if she changed
her mind however...)
This picture August 1972, "Suspicious Minds"
WOW, thank you so much for the photo, it's wonderful
I dream a world where man no other man
will scorn. Where LOVE will bless the earth
and peace its paths adorn...
When the real Anne Nixon wants to join, just let us know Rex.
If you have me on video getting a kiss from Elvis - that means I've been looking for you for 37 YEARS!! You've been lost a very long time my friend!! Ever since he died I have gone to Memphis and looked through every photo, every book - hoping someday I'll find it. I know someone out there has a picture or a video SOMEWHERE and I'm really hoping it's you!! I wish you would have asked me for directions a long, long time ago! I will anxiously be waiting for you to be able to view these films and get back with me. Or, you can send me the film and I'll go find someone with a machine to watch them on....(I know, when hell freezes over - LOL)!! Do you know anyone with a machine that would let you watch them??? Can you tell how bad I want you to have this on film????
I was 17 the last time I saw Elvis in Vegas in 12/76!! It's too bad we didn't meet then cause I probably would have run away and gone with you to chase Elvis....LOL 2 weeks on the road following Elvis - oh to me that would have been a dream come true! But, I am thankful for the times I did get to see him. Best memories a teenager could have and my memories are cherished!!!!
I'm reading your stuff now - you were soooooooooo LUCKY!!!!!! Hey - did you ever meet a girl in Vegas called Patricia Ann Cervone? She was from New York - early 20's and was out there for every performance for a week or two at a time. She was one of my pen pals and I've wondered what happened to her. She sent me some pix she took at MSG - very, very nice girl - and as a 14-15 year old kid - she was my idol cause she was living my dream!!!!!
Forever Best Friends
Rex.....is there any chance that you were there for opening nights on 08/04/1972 and/or 08/06/1973? What about the dinner show from 08/17/1971?
[quote =TotallyInsane;297715]Rex,If you have me on video getting a kiss from Elvis -
that means I've been looking for you for 37 YEARS!!
WILL TRY TO VIEW IT AS SOON AS I CAN, THEN WILL GET BACK TO YOU
(A lot of times I filmed female Elvis fans giving Elvis gifts, glasses on water
exchanging scarfs "like Anne Nixon's Moment") you sometimes couldn't carry
on filming - due to security, if someone took a flash picture close to you -
you just had to stop, -
One time a Lady told me off for allowing my Camera
motor to wir'rrrrr in her ear, during FEVER in Feb'73. No one turned me in
or stopped me ever in Vegas. (not so on tour one time..) - Please don't think
a 100% I have you on film, lets just say its 50-50 at the moment. Some
other fans may have a photos of you, I know of 700+slides from Aug-Sept'72
but lost contact with that lady. (I only have a dozen or so of them, but i did view them all in feb'73 on a 4 foot screen) She took them on Weekends only, but including Friday night. and the Sept labour day holiday end of season.
Or, you can send me the film and I'll go find someone with a machine to watch them on....
(I know, when hell freezes over - LOL)!!
YES, NO CHANCE - The films are part of my Life. Sorry....
I'm reading your stuff now -
you were soooooooooo LUCKY!!!!!!
When on Kings Court, and you finish the Links I gave. Go to top "SEARCH"
put in my Name, and it will show you all the other posts and Topics I
have been involved in. (some on 1972) - Don't forget to register, as all
my Posts have many pictures and articles added to them, and you won't
see them if you can't log on as a member. (EIN are still working at getting
all the pictures back on the features)
Hey - did you ever meet a girl in Vegas called Patricia Ann Cervone?
She was from New York - early 20's and was out there for every
performance for a week or two at a time.
She was one of my pen pals ..dream!!!!!
I had many letters from Patricia, she wrote many articles in my WORLDWIDE
ELVIS NEWS SERVICE WEEKLY, in fact after Elvis in Omaha(1st July 74)-
I flew home via NY, and that day visited her for most of the day, her MUM
made the biggest Italian multi dish Dinner I have ever seen. Did you know
her Black Cat was called ELVIS, so it was Elvis this and that all afternoon-
Until her dad got in from work, when it was BLACK'Y you S.O.B (VERY funny)
In 1977 when CBS was about to be broadcast in the USA, I flew to NY to
arrange it to be taped on a semi-professional Video "Sony Umatic" - the
Dutch FC President, flew in the day after me, (John Brus) and then the day
before the CBS on TV, Pal Grunland from the Norway "Flaming Star" club
arrived at NY airport, John and Myself picked him up and went straight to
Patricia's Home for the Evening, which was a wonderful time...
Pal by the way meet Elvis SIX times, he was at MSG, also the Press Conf:
and Backstage with Elvis, to give him Police Badges and a gold disc from
Norway. He took film at all 3 things, and a good few photos.
The day of the CBS broadcast - we taped it in our Hotel in Queens, and
2 videos got made in Manhatten, and North of NY - The following day the
North of NY video (the best one) was used to make a 16mm film negative
-due to an error the print was made without sound, but I had the Negative
and magnetic track, so got a release print made at RANK Film Lab near
London. (for 14foot wide film festivals, across Europe, long before any
Europe TV channel showed it)[/quote]
Hope you are all finding this of interest.. Tell me more about yourself
please, so its not quite so One Sided... bye for now "REX"
This is the 1971-VEGAS Link at ELVIS THE KINGS COURT site
Very Detailed info on August, more of a black hole on February.
If you read all the links please from yesterday, you will have a lot bigger
picture of my life and all the dates, - sorry..
But to help give you an index for the questions, this is an expanded version
for the internet, of my September 2008 Postal Flyer "ELVIS QUEST"
IT INCLUDES all the following.
Dates of shows on 1st two trips to Vegas, 72-73
The 3 tours. Venues dates in 74 - 76 -77
An index of the 2 dozen Candid Elvis Views....
My quest for searching for past Elvis Friends.(this has changed a lot since'08)
An Internet site, reviewing my 1970s Efforts with my ELVIS WEEKLY publication. .............hope this helps....
The 3 openings you mention, I didn't attend (wish I had) but I would still be
willing to pass on info on any part of these openings, from my WORLDWIDE
ELVIS NEWS SERVICE FILES. via other fans that did attend. What would you
like to hear about first?? the August 1971 season is an ongoing LONG TOPIC
on Elvis the Kings Court, with pages of info from start to end, and things
still being added, you should really drop in and take a look, please..
E - Mail = REX.MARTIN57@YAHOO.COM 2 0 0 9 ~ A Longer Note from “R e x”
At the Start of JANUARY 2004 I retired from running a Very Large Retail Shop in Fleetwood. For the past 5 years, I've been working through various Photo, Slide Show and music projects on a Computer for Myself and my Mother.
FIVE TRIPS TO SEE ELVIS from 1972 – to – 1977 ( TOTAL = 64 Concerts )
1972 - Vegas (Mid August for 9 days and then short 5 day break - then all NINE September shows including 3am Show and meeting Elvis 'for 8 minutes' on the final night just before the 8pm Dinner show.. )
1973 - Vegas (February, - including the 15th Feb left stage, then closed the show twice. Plus Riot Show on 18th)
1974 - TOUR (June – picked up at CLEVELAND the whole of the ground floor moved forward & the Front rows were raiding the Low Stage Left – Right – and Centre from start to end “Wild” ~ (Took one day off to visit with a good friend) then all shows up to the 3 shows in Omaha, Neb. Ending 1st July )
1976 - TOUR (March from all 3 in Johnson City, Tenn ~ 6 City tour –then on following day flight to Memphis)
1976-GRACELAND-saw Elvis many times going out thru Gates - at the Airport, Elvis/Linda took small Lear Jet up circling over Gracelands, & Leaving Cinema early AM, + saw him over the side Graceland Church fence. Plus met VERNON outside his home. + Talked to Sam Phillips on Phone in Alabama (Twice) - then sent his son to meet me.
1977-TOUR (March ~ Norman Ok, to Alexandra Lousiana - bit of a strange tour, flew home thinking he's still touring – but when I get home find out the following day Elvis cancelled and went to his Memphis Hospital)
Plus around 22 sightings most in Daylight
Coming out Back of Hotels getting into cars - 9 times -
(One time I was in the Lobby inside security because I was staying on the floor below him),
Travelling over a rise 'slowly' on a Arena Campus road towards Venue ~I had a portable floodlight !!!
(Twice in White Ford LT and once standing next to Driver of Greyhound Bus)
going down ramps into Arena (3 times) /Once Arriving at an Airport
(Bloomington) & all the Memphis sightings
The next thing is to start Converting all my Live! Film to Digital High Definition on Hard Drives and edit plus upgrade the Sound and Vision Plus add Titling to Blue ~ Ray D V D' s. (Its a very Big Project – and will take some time to complete) Besides my own film, I have a lot of Footage that I arranged other fans to take for me. (for Instance ~ Almost a complete show with Original Sound in Seattle 12 Nov'70 White Fringed suit with Green Beads “not multicoloured as TTWII”)
Also have an original film professionally taken IN FULL TRUE COLOUR (silent) from the September 1957 Tupelo Show.(Not a fan film + Not on the Tupelo DVD last year although some of it was in Blk & Wht) I've had this for 40 years..
A film of Elvis leaving the Philly Hilton for the Afternoon show (in Daylight)'74 ~ wearing Peacock Jumpsuit with Long Black Leather Coat over his Shoulders shot in 64 frames per second, so when shown back at 18fps, super quality in Slow Motion. (As seen in 'Essential Elvis' magazine picture spread recently)
None of the 26 + hours of film I took has ever been transferred direct to any type of DVD format. Some of it is around on VHS, many generations down on how the Original Film looks. (Also I didn’t put out the VHS stuff)
My QUEST - INFO WANTED
The Elvis fans -Janet Barker + Alan Trower (from England) + Gitt Nymand & May Britt Berlind (from Sweden) ~ Taken backstage to meet Elvis with me in 1972 – to re-live the memories of the event with them. +”Bill Pallister (Virginia Beach, Virginia ~USA)” + “Martha Collins (California? USA)” + Also would like to contact “Elaine Coons” L.A. California., ~”Madeline Burt ~ (daughter of Jane Winston in California)” “the 'Two' AUSTRALIAN fans I shared a room with in Vegas 1972” MANY THANKS, R e x . . .
REX MARTIN'S - ELVIS PRESLEY WEEKLY NEWS SERVICE.
Issued between 1969~1978 this fantastic little mag was produced by UK super fan Rex Martin and proved to be one of the most amazingly accurate sources of up to date info ever published on any artist. Initially the newsletter was produced on a duplicator machine and without any photos but crammed full of reviews of Elvis live concert performances from the fans who actually attended the shows. Later issues developed into a more sophisticated photocopied format sometimes spreading over four five and even six pages to an issue.
Many times Rex would follow Elvis on his USA tours and send back full details of each show for inclusion in the newsletters. Reports of those shows would land on subscribers doormats within a couple of days of Elvis' performance thanks to Rex and his newsletters. As the years (and issues) progressed it continued to offer on the spot concert reports but had developed into a booklet style but still full of those fantastic concert reviews plus photos & scans of newspaper cuttings devoted to the concerts reviewed and the life and movements of The King before/after leaving the stage. Just about every live concert Elvis performed was reviewed in some way within the pages of these newsletters, from the songs he sang, the things he said and the suits he wore. Attendance figures, backing band/vocalist info, celebrities present, newspaper reviews of the shows and loads of other great titbits of detail were all contained within Rex's newsletters. Snippets of info would be crammed into every piece of available space on the pages as Rex tried to report on just about everything happening in the Elvis world. Advance reports of Elvis upcoming single and album releases from around the world would be reported on in this little publication which is still fondly remembered by long time Presley fans.
As a reference source for detailing or studying Elvis' live performances these magazines are invaluable and never fail to astound with the sheer detail included in just about every issue. Published in small qualities of a few hundred they have become true collectors treasures as very few have managed to survive the ravages of time. It's now been around thirty years since the last issue was sent to subscribers.
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WOW! what a thread. Thanks Rosanne for starting it.
Hearing ELVIS speak is ALWAYS a thrill for me. The FTD is very clear.
Praying that Gail finally has the picture of her kiss that she has been seaching for for decades. (((Gail)))
Rex, I am off to read more of your details. This is a fabulous reading.
I will never forget you Rosanne.
Again Rex.......THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
Wow Rex I am really enjoying reading all your stuff! It is amazing! You have had such great experiences. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
I have my fingers crossed for you Gail. I hope so much you get your photo. I hope there is one somewhere of you too Rosanne in all of Rex's things. Wow that would be something!
Is Elaine Coons related to Virgina Coons? Virigina is the one that collected money for the heart association (heart or cancer I can't remember which) and got to meet Elvis. She gave him a crown and a list of people's names that made donations and then she sent us all that donated money to the cause a picture of her meeting Elvis. She made the donation in honor of Elvis. Is this the same lady or someone related to her? If it's the same lady - do you think she's still living? Also, do you now know where Patricia Ann Cervone is?
Forever Best Friends
Virginia Coons passed away a good few years ago - I'm afraid.
She meet me at LA airport in 1972 and 73. I stayed at her home for a
short while (until some Elvis Aussie Fans arrived, then I stayed with a
good friend of hers) - Yes Elaine is her daughter, she ran an Elvis Mag.
called KalidEscoPe for a while, which was a great Info 80s mag, that looked
similar to Rockys Strictly Elvis.
She has been on my ELVIS QUEST FLYER since Sept08. so far no leads
about her any place. Sue Wiegart in LA hasn't heard from her for sometime.
Yes Virginia is the Lady with the award and framed list of names of Elvis
fans that gave money towards Elvis Aloha Cancer Fund (in his name) my
name is one of about 30 on it.
She was in LEN AND ROSEMARIE LEECH's Hilton room just hours before
going backstage to meet Elvis. Len took a photo of the award on a table
along with the Frame. Also YANIQUE DISKIN (Tom's wife) was in Len & R.
room every day. (I had a corner to store equipment Ha.!)
If you read the 3rd part of my interview at EIN about the riot show on the
18th Feb73, you will know a little more about YANIQUE and her being in
Len's Room, she told many story's about Elvis in his homes...(wish I'd
written them all down now.
Virginia of course stood next to Elvis many times (in photos) outside his
LA homes in the 60s, she had a really large Photo collection.
I have 2 5x7" photos taken of Virginia with Elvis, has everyone seen them??
the first Elvis' eyes are closed, so they took a 2nd one.
I have a lot of Virginia's 60s pics with Elvis, including the ones when Elvis
is breathing in Laughing gas from a balloon.
Virginia is mentioned in Jerry Hopkins, orig book on Elvis, in the Fans Chapter
along with myself and Bill Kaval. This chapter has been removed for the
recent reprint of both of Jerry's books into ONE.. I was writting to Jerry
before he published the 1st book, when he was working for Rolling Stone in
London. My special Preview copy of the book from him has the words...
To REX, with thanks My Collaborator. Jerry.
Patricia stored some posters for me at the end of the 70s, the last time
I saw her was at her parents home in 1980 in Long Island. I lost contact
with her after that.. - She caused some controversy in July 1977 when
she sent out an OPEN LETTER to Elvis and a lot of Elvis Fan clubs, about
what Elvis was doing to Himself (quite insightful looking back on it) Some
Clubs didn't Like her for doing it, but worse was to come in the Wests book
and later Goldmine's hatchet job.( on Elvis and John Lennon) thank god he
isn't still with the Living...
Patricia's family home in the late 70s, caught fire, from Xmas Lights that
had been placed on a tree next to the house, which shorted out into the
House. All her collection was destroyed, and I think she lost heart after that.
A year later the house had been rebuilt, and I couldn't tell the difference
between the New house and the Old. I didn't put her on my Quest Flyer,
but it would be interesting to chat to her again.....
See told you it was a few stories..... SincerELy REX
Would love to contact her (E-mail, phone letters -Satellite, smoke signals,
bush telegraph, signal flags, or I could just YELL.... ) Wonder if she remembers me ?? (don't leave me out of the loop)
Best news I've heard since, RETURN TO SENDER was released, or was it
WHAT NOW, WHAT NEXT, WHERE TO.
Glad your on the case MIDNIGHT, I'm sure I can rely on you!!,
think you'll make a great go-between, and I was about to try the
CIA, the FBI and the Better Business Bureau.
Better shut up before I frighten her away, give Elaine my regards
SincerELy ..... REX .....