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A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:29 am

On Tuesday, December 29, 1970, Elvis made a "quiet visit" to Tupelo to collect another badge.

This one was given to him by Lee County Sheriff Bill Mitchell, at the County Jail. Elvis knew Bill from his childhood, when Mitchell played in Mississippi Slim's band at WELO Radio.


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Also with him that day were wife Priscilla and old childhood pal Guy Harris, a Tupelo Police sergeant at the time.

Never seen this one before.


701229_w Priscilla_Guy Harris_Tupelo County Jail.JPG


Harris kept in touch with Elvis even after he left Tupelo.


560700_w Tupelo friend Guy Harris.JPG
With Guy Harris, 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis - circa July 1956
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Last edited by drjohncarpenter on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:55 am

Nice, thank you, John.

There was a lot of "stuff" going on in late 1970 - early 1971, wasn't there ... some of it weird and some of it wonderful ...

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:05 am

In the eight weeks leading up to New Year's Day, 1971, it seems Elvis could not get his fill of badges...

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:20 am

Thanks for the larger image Doc.
Here are three more from that day. They came along with the one that you posted with Priscilla.
701229-Tupelo-02.jpg

701229-Tupelo-03.jpg

701229-Tupelo-04.jpg


Also this one form the same day:
701229-Tupelo-06.jpg


Sincerely
Brian
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Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:33 am

HereĀ“s a photo I have only seen in the 1977 magazine Tupelo Mississippi View. Elvis with Earl Newsome.
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Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:26 am

Elvis with Earl Newsome - new photo to me, thank you very much!
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Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:39 am

Cool. I'll have to add them here;

http://www.elvis-collectors.com/candid- ... f1270.html

Thanks Doc

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:55 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:On Tuesday, December 29, 1970, Elvis made a "quiet visit" to Tupelo to collect another badge.

This one was given to him by Lee County Sheriff Bill Mitchell, at the County Jail. Elvis knew Bill from his childhood, when Mitchell played in Mississippi Slim's band at WELO Radio.


701229_w Bill Mitchell_Tupelo County Jail.JPG


Also with him that day were wife Priscilla and Bill Morris, Shelby County Sheriff. Never seen this one before.


701229_w Priscilla_Bill Morris_Tupelo County Jail.JPG



I wonder why Priscilla is wearing a wig?

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:26 am

hilton22000 wrote:Elvis with Earl Newsome - new photo to me, thank you very much!
This article is from Strictly Elvis 34:

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Thanks for the additional information on Tupelo Sgt. Guy Harris! I've updated my post.
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Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:27 am

gigitmd wrote:I wonder why Priscilla is wearing a wig?


Because it makes her look especially attractive.

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:06 am

Thanks, and to everyone who chipped in.

A most fascinating time period. It's at times like this that I wish I'd devoted myself to psychology. ;)

rjm

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Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:34 am

Fascinating that EP was already thinking of using, recording and releasing "The Impossible Dream" as early as December 1970.

I wonder if it in any way ties in with his "I was a dreamer" speech so beautifully delivered just a short time later?

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:21 pm

George Smith wrote:Fascinating that EP was already thinking of using, recording and releasing "The Impossible Dream" as early as December 1970.

I wonder if it in any way ties in with his "I was a dreamer" speech so beautifully delivered just a short time later?


Maybe it even ties into "If I Can Dream," although Elvis did not bring it to life in his '70s concerts.

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:01 pm

Excellent post and some images new to me. Thank you. As has been mentioned earlier, Elvis, considering he wasn't working, did more weird and wonderful things in the few weeks around Christmas 1970 than most people do in a lifetime.

::rocks

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:46 pm

That 701229-Tupelo-02.jpg image posted by Brian is a new one on me, does anyone have it in a bigger size please?

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:24 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
gigitmd wrote:I wonder why Priscilla is wearing a wig?


Because it makes her look especially attractive.


And she really, really looks stunning in the picture.

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:28 pm

Have met Guy Harris whilst in Tupelo and he is a very nice person, always has time for the Elvis fans visiting the Birthplace. Wonder if Elvis visited the overlook to look down on his birthplace where BMG have since placed the marker. There are plans for two new statues to be placed at the overlook once funds have been raised, one of Elvis the boy sitting on a milk crate and one of Elvis the Entertainer.

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:16 pm

There did seem to be a cause and effect relationship between the assassination/kidnap threat and the paternity suit, and Elvis' all-in enthusiasm for all things law enforcement. Are there any photos of Elvis with badges, guns or blue lights, taken prior to late 1970?

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:11 am

Delboy wrote:Excellent post and some images new to me. Thank you. As has been mentioned earlier, Elvis, considering he wasn't working, did more weird and wonderful things in the few weeks around Christmas 1970 than most people do in a lifetime.

::rocks


My pleasure.

I agree with elvisjock that stresses in 1970 (ongoing marriage issues, August threat, November paternity suit) were a major factor in his intense interest in law enforcement and collecting of official badges, weaponry and karate.

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:27 pm

Agreed. Great pics, Doc!

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:29 pm

KHoots wrote:Agreed. Great pics, Doc!


Thanks!

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:49 pm

It's always cool to see as many shots from one day as possible, so here's one more addition for this particular visit.
Someone's selling it (along with two other shots from the same time period, including a new-to-me New Years Eve shot) on ebay with a really "realistic" price.

--> http://www.ebay.com/itm/photograph-of-e ... 4d11613560
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Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:40 pm

THE BADGE ;
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Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:10 pm

Thank you for the additions to the topic!

Re: A "Quiet Visit" To Tupelo --> December 1970 !

Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:11 am

:smt041 Wonderful pics!!! Thank you very much friends... :smt038