|Posted by Mickey Moran on June 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM|
A young singer, Jimmy Ellis gets a "one shot deal" with Challenger Records before moving to Boblo Records where one of his five singles is called "I'm Not Trying To Be Elvis". Ellis' voice is remarkably similar to Elvis', presenting a marketing dilemma for record companies
Prior to his claimed death, Elvis allegedly meets Ellen Foster in March 1977 at the Graceland gates. He is struck by how closely Ms Foster resembles his mother, Gladys. It will later be claimed he rang Ms Foster on 14 August 1977 telling her he would not be leaving on 16 August for his scheduled concert tour
Elvis A(a)ron Presley dies at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee...or does he?
Obscure book release "Elvis Presley Dead or Alive" by Tupelo based private investigator, Will Jima is published. So obscure, in fact, that it does not become part of "is Elvis alive" folklore
A number of networks develop, publishing newsletters. The major drivers of these networks are names like Chanzes, Brewer-Giorgio, Smiley and Aitcheson. They serve to reinforce the "believers" faith with claims of death threats and evidence. The newsletters have names like "The Elvis Beat" (Mary Smiley), "Elvis Lives" (Ron Collamore & Kate McNeil), "The gathering"* (Gail Brewer-Giorgio), "Notes from Orion" (Anna Mae Strunk), "Search: Investigative Newsletter" (Phil Aitcheson/Presley Commission); "Spotlighters" (Carole Taylor Smith), and "The Elvis Special" (Maria Columbus & Jeannie Tessum, acting as a conduit for Steve Chanzes). While most of the networks wane, the advent of the Internet will see a number rise again from the late 1990s (see also 1994-2004)
December 31, 1977
Mike Joseph takes a photo at Graceland while visiting the mansion with his family. By late 1982-early 1983 he realizes that in the photo's background is an image of someone who looks remarkably like Elvis, sitting watching the crowd from behind the screen door of the "pool house"
Jimmy Ellis signs with Sun Records
The duets album, "Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends", is released by Sun Records in November. Who is the mysterious singer dueting with Lewis who sounds just like Elvis?
Geraldo Rivera's 'The Elvis Cover-Up' airs on ABC TV's new show, "20-20" sparking a wave of interest
Author, Gail Brewer-Giorgio's novel, Orion, is published. It tells the story of a world famous singer who fakes his death. Talk of a film adaptation of the book fails to materialize. The author claims the book was "pulled" from bookstore shelves!
1979 - 1982
Shelby Singleton, owner of Sun Records, sees an opportunity to market Ellis as the masked singer, Orion. Agreement with Brewer-Giorgio is reached and the Orion bandwagon rolled on merrily for several years. It is said that Ellis & Presley would switch places on stage, giving Elvis the chance to perform again as a masked singer.
Platinum Publications publishes a newsstand magazine, "The Elvis Cover Up"
Steven C. Chanzes (aka Steven Crown; aka Al Jeffries), a Florida businessman, releases his book, "1935? Where Are You?". The book was published by Direct Productions, a company ordered to be involuntarily dissolved by Florida's Secretary of State a year earlier! The book is later republished with a new author, Al Jeffries!
Chanzes commences publication of his "underground" newsletter, Eternally Elvis
The second issue of Eternally Elvis introduces the Sivle Nora monologue tape, which will later become the key part of Gail Brewer-Giorgio's 'Is Elvis Alive' book & cassette package.
Major Bill Smith, a Texas record producer initiates legal action against EPE, "the world's biggest monopoly", believing it is interfering with promotion of his eventual book about Elvis being alive, "Memphis Mystery (Requiem for Elvis)". The book is (privately) republished by Smith several times between 1987 and 1992
A photograph of Muhammad Ali is taken purportedly showing "Elvis" in the background. It is not until 1989 that it gains media publicity thru the efforts of Gail Brewer-Giorgio. Elvis' step-brother, Billy Stanley, and Muhammad Ali, both state that it is Elvis in the photograph.
The large hardcover novel, "Fairytale", is anonymously published. Later, sources claim the book is the work of noted Elvis photographer, Sean Shaver, and noted Elvis fan club president/author, Wanda June Hill
Singer David Darlock appears on the GERALDO talkback show in April. Darlock admits he was paid $250 in April 1981 by the Elvis fan club, "Eternally Elvis" (operated by Steve Chanzes) to simulate the voice of Elvis for an album (others say it is the voice of Dan Willis). He also produced the signed contract of this deal! Darlock also claims to be able to channel Elvis and stop his own watch from ticking while channeling. He is later proven to be a fake.
"The Presley Arrangement", a novel by Monte Nicholson is first published (it is reissued twice, most recently by Living The Dream Press, in 2004). As with the 1979 Gail Brewer-Giorgio novel, Orion, there are claims that 'The Presley Arrangement' mysteriously disappears from bookstores. Beyond his novel, the alleged sighting by the author of photos of Elvis boarding a helicopter at Graceland post his death on August 16, 1977 becomes one of the major elements fuelling the "is Elvis alive?" phenomenon
Curb Records operated by Major Bill Smith releases the 45rpm single, "Spelling On The Stone" (CRD-10522). Its conspiratorially flavored lyrics inspire "believers" and have them take notice of the grave marker that is misspelled at Graceland.
"Is Elvis Alive?" by Gail Brewer-Giorgio is published. With its bonus, "The Elvis Tape", the book reportedly sells more than 1 million copies
Mickey Moran starts investigating the Elvis conspiracy. His website is featured in People Magazine, Elvis fan club newsletters, radio talk shows, and quickly spreads throughout the Elvis conspiracy world. http://elvisconspiracy.webs.com/
The sighting of Elvis in Kalamazoo, Michigan by housewife, Louise Welling, sparks a wave of Elvis sightings around the world and fuels interest in the efforts of Brewer-Giorgio.
Fan club presidents on two continents receive late night visit from two mysterious "men in black" suggesting presidents cease investigations into Elvis being alive
"The Elvis Files: Was His Death Faked?" by Gail Brewer-Giorgio is published
A companion video "The Elvis Files" is released based around Gail Brewer-Giorgio's book of the same name. It is re-issued in DVD format in late 2005 (Europe) and early 2006 (Australia)
The small, slimline book, "The Elvis Mystery", by John McRae is published
"The Elvis Files" & "The Elvis Conspiracy" TV specials hosted by Bill Bixby air. Gail Brewer-Giorgio was instrumental in the first special which suggested Elvis may not have died in 1977.
"The Death of Elvis What Really Happened" by Charles C. Thompson II and James P. Cole is published
The self-appointed Presley Commission which includes Phil Aitcheson, Monte Nicholson, and Gail Brewer-Giorgio, conducts an investigation into Elvis' death. It's investigation results in the Presley Commission Report, packed with evidence that Elvis may have lived beyond 1977.
"Elvis The Unquiet Grave Or The True Story of Jon Burrows" by Belkis Cuza Male is published. There are English language and Spanish language editions
"Jon Burrows" credit card paper trail becomes a major discussion point in the Elvis conspiracy world.
Mary Smiley publishes Presley Commission memo indicating the Commission has had an interest in her activities
"True Disbelievers: The Elvis Contagion" by Serge Denisoff & George Plasketes is published.
"Project Red Book" is discussed on the Elvis message boards and websites. It involves the cover-up of a murder at Graceland!
Mickey Moran writes his book, "The Elvis Conspiracy Encyclopedia"
"The Truth About Elvis Aron Presley In His Own Words" by Dr Donald Hinton with "Jesse" is published and a campaign is commenced to solicit donations from fans to support an ailing Elvis. In his book, Hinton claims to be treating Elvis 'from a distance' (as he's never met him face-to-face!)
Steven Chanzes (now apparently not involved in the "is Elvis alive?" world), again falls foul of the law when his Florida based telemarketing company is found by the Department of Justice to have been soliciting contributions by misleading contributors that it is a registered charitable institution.
Discussion on message boards that Elvis and the "real" Lisa Marie Presley had lived in Switzerland since 1982
The motion pictures 'Home Alone' and 'Finding Graceland' are widely discussed on the boards. A "bearded" Elvis allegedly appears in 'Home Alone' while in 'Finding Graceland' many believe the hobo seen on the train is also Elvis.
Dr Hinton is suspended from practicing pending investigation of fraud charges to do with his "Elvis is alive" claims. In a scene reminiscent of Elvis' final years, it is claimed Hinton wrote prescriptions for 34,000 hydrocodone (an antitussive) pills for "Jesse/Elvis" from 1997 to 2002. Hinton is eventually cleared of fraud but realizes he has been conned and publicly apologizes.
Memory Records in Czechoslovakia releases the CD, "Elvis The Cover-Up". It is a mix of radio/TV material and live recordings of Elvis in 1977
"The Tupelo-Memphis Murders: A Psychological Study of Self-Destruction and Murder!" is published. Under a fiction guise it brings together most of the major Elvis conspiracies
Independent film maker, Adam Muskiewicz, commences his research and a website for his film, The Truth About Elvis
"Elvis' DNA Proves He's Alive" by Bill Beeny is published through Branden Books. A shorter edition had been earlier published privately by the author with the title, "DNA Proves That Elvis Is Alive!"
A detailed but complicated "schematic", "Elvis/Jesse/Jon Burrows", linking around 50 names in the "is Elvis alive?" story is released. Copies sell on ebay for up to US$75.00
"Decoding the Tupelo-Memphis Murders: A Psychological Study of Self-Destruction and Murder!" is released. The 'limited edition' pressing sells out in less than 3 months
late 2005-early 2006
The budget priced DVD "The Elvis Files" is released initially in Europe and then Australia. It is the DVD edition of Gail Brewer-Giorgio's original 1990 video promoting her book of the same name
The TV documentary Death By Excess screens in England on Sky One (15 Dec)
EIN, with assistance from private investigation consultants, JNA & Associates, tries to prove there is a flaw in Bill Beeny's Elvis DNA proof but is unsuccessful
Due for publication: "The Presley Alternative", Phil Aitcheson & Deborah Wines (dec.) - the author's present the Presley Commission findings
Due for publication?: Mary Smiley's book about Elvis not dying in 1977
Due for publication: "Shadows of Reason: On the Elusive Trail of a Lost King - Elvis Presley, Post August 16, 1977", Dr. John Walker/Center for Studies in Popular Culture - academic examination of the "is Elvis alive?" arguments and evidence
Mickey Moran starts "The Presley Assignment" and starts putting together a team to find out the truth about Elvis once and for all. thepresleyassignment.com