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Birthday Elvis Presley
"I think I have something tonight that's not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes."
~ Elvis Presley
If one Elvis is good, then two Elvises must be even better! Though he’ll forever be associated with Memphis, Tennessee, home to his Graceland mansion, Elvis Presley was a born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. It was there that Presley began to sing and play guitar, sometimes even bringing the instrument to school to play gospel music for his classmates. Elvis Presley's Scottish roots have been traced back to the village of Lonmay, Aberdeenshire. According to genealogists, blacksmith Andrew Presley of Lonmay had a son called Andrew who emigrated to New Bern, North Carolina at the time of the Jacobite uprisings (1745/46). This tartan, created for the Double Elvis Gallery, an art gallery in Stockholm, serendipitously includes some of Elvis' favourite colours, black, baby blue (as in suede shoes), and red! One of three tartans referencing the "King of Rock 'n Roll", this tartan was inspired by the 1963 Andy Warhol exhibit which included silkscreens of multiple images of Elvis Presley in cowboy attire from one of his movie roles, silkscreened over a silver background! If you're an Elvis fan, this tartan might be just the thing if you kilt up with some of those blue suede shoes! 🏴 🎸 🎤
This corporate tartan was designed by G Broberg in 2011.
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King".
Elvis Presley's roots can be traced back to a village in Aberdeenshire, according to a Scottish author.
Purportedly, the musical icon's ancestors lived in Lonmay in the 1700s. Scotland was also the location for The King's only visit to the UK, a brief landing at Prestwick Airport in 1960.
Warhol likely based this painting on a film still from the 1960 movie Flaming Star. It is one of twenty-three Elvis canvases that were first exhibited at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1963 Warhol's second show there. Apparently too busy to frame the works himself, Warhol sent a roll of canvas silkscreened with repeating images of Elvis, stretcher bars of various sizes, and directions to cut the canvas into segments however the gallery saw fit. Warhol's Elvis canvases were his first to feature multiple, overlapping figures, a formal device that almost makes it seem as if the singer-actor's likeness is moving or flickering against the silver-screen background.
For more on the Double Elvis Gallery, click double Elvis!