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Elvis In Person : The 1969 Fantasy Concert DVD is an incredible complete show created using a tremendous collection of footage to make a very enjoyable show. Elvis' 'first live performance in nine years' is finally in film format. The audio is as we all know it, the video comes from various sources, some of it well know, other very rare, but the overall experience is breathtaking! Buy Now.

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The Champ and the King DVD | Elvis Presley & Muhammad Ali

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'The Champ and the King' DVD set is limited to 100 numbered copies and is designed as a commemorative item and tribute to the special friendship between Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali and the two occasions Ali wore the robe. The main program about the robe is 22 minutes plus 2 hours of bonus material.

Elvis Presley Video The Champ and the Kind DVD Preview  (02:23)

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The DVD contains

  • The Story Of The Robe
  • 'Black Superman' by Johnny Wakelin
  • Elvis In a Fighting Mood
  • Ali Talks Elvis
  • Muhammad Ali dodges 21 punches in 10 seconds ...
  • Muhammad Ali speaks at Elvis Memorial Service
  • Stand By Me by Muhammad Ali

Bonus

  • (Just) Muhammad Ali wearing the Robe
  • Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Bugner (Ali wearing the robe in the ring + the full fight)
  • Ken Norton vs. Muhammad Ali (Ali wearing the robe in the ring + the full fight)

The special friendship between the King Of Rock 'N Roll', Elvis Presley and the 'Greatest of all time', boxing legend Muhammad Ali is as fascinating as it is lacking in detailed information. Here is what we do know ...

On February 14, 1973 Elvis presented Muhammad Ali with an 'Elvis Style' robe emblazoned with the words, 'People's Choice' on the back in rhinestones and jewels. The wording was a mistake as Ali was known as the 'The Peoples Champion'. Elvis was very upset about this but it too late. Ali thanked Elvis for the robe then went directly to the Las Vegas Convention Center for his fight that night against Joe Bugner where he wore Elvis' robe for the first time. Often the story is told he did not wear it this night, but as you can see in the video clip below, he sure did, and he won the fight too! As an aside Sammy Davis Jr was ringside for the fight and bought into the ring post fight by Ali.

Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley February 14, 1973.
Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley February 14, 1973.

Muhammad Ali wearing the 'Elvis robe'

Elvis Presley Video Muhammad Ali | February 14, 1973 (03:33)

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Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley February 14, 1973.
Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley February 14, 1973.

Al wore the robe a second time, entering the ring on March 31, 1974 at the Sports Arena in San Diego California, for his first fight with Ken Norton. The television commentator can be heard to say 'That robe was given by Elvis Presley at his last fight in Las Vegas. It cost around $3000.00 and it's Ali's pride and joy. On the back it says 'The People's Choice' in rhinestones and jewels and he loves it'. Ali lost the fight (only the second professional fight he had ever lost) and never again wore the robe considering it bad luck.

Elvis Presley Video Muhammad Ali | March 31, 1973 (02:40)

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Ferdie Pacheco: (Ali's fight doctor): 'I was there the time Elvis presented Ali with the robe. It was in Las Vegas in February '73 and it was really something to see. They really didn't know what to do with each other. Obviously Elvis was enthralled to be in Ali's presence, but so was Ali, he loved Elvis. He wasn't really into the music, but he said, 'Boy, that guy can dance. What an entertainer'. Elvis came in to Ali's hotel room with the robe, 'The People's Champ' written on the back in jewels. Ali sees Elvis coming in and says, 'Hey, that's Elvis, man. He looks pretty good!' And both of them looked at each other like good-looking women would look at each other to appraise how they look.

Muhammad Ali : 'People don't realize what they had till it's gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. 'Elvis was my close personal friend. He had a robe made for me. I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know'.

Elvis Presley Video The story of the robe (03:42)

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Joe Bugner wanted a robe too

Joe Bugner : I said 'Excuse me, Elvis that's a beautiful robe you gave Ali. I'd love one like that because, as you know I'm also a champion'. But Elvis turns around and says 'you're no champion' just like that. I told Elvis to get stuffed and I walked out. Elvis' bodyguard, Red West, comes over and says 'hey man whatya doin' ... no one speaks to the King like that'. I said 'mate, you tell Elvis he's a ****head'. (Hey Joe, you don't ask for gifts! It was you who was the ****head).

Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali

On January 8, 1935, a baby was born in Tupelo, Mississippi into a family struggling through endless poverty, just 'white trash' in the minds of the white middle-class, a kid with no future. Elvis Presley went on to become the most important figure in entertainment history and, in the process, completely destroyed the established barriers of race.

On January 17, 1942, a baby was born in Louisville, Kentucky into a family struggling through endless poverty, just another 'black kid' in the minds of the white middle-class, a kid with no future.

Muhammad Ali went on to become the most important figure in boxing history and, in the process, completely destroyed the established barriers of race. A quality these two iconic figures shared was instinctive intelligence, much of the seemingly apocalyptic disruption they caused to the white status quo that then existed came not by design but as a result of their personalities and upbringings. They didn't, at least initially, seem to know what they were doing, they were being themselves.

I think mutual respect is the best description of the nature of Ali and Elvis' relationship.

Muhammad Ali wearing the robe and Elvis Presley had given him. vs Ken Norton March 31, 1973.
Muhammad Ali wearing the robe and Elvis Presley had given him. vs Ken Norton March 31, 1973.

Muhammad Ali wearing the robe and Elvis Presley had given him. vs Ken Norton March 31, 1973.
Muhammad Ali wearing the robe and Elvis Presley had given him. vs Ken Norton March 31, 1973.

The robe and Elvis Presley gave Muhammad Ali.
The robe and Elvis Presley gave Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley.
Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley.

Vernon Presley and Muhammad Ali.
Vernon Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali paying his respect to Elvis (Jack Soden is to his left).
Muhammad Ali paying his respect to Elvis 1984 (Jack Soden is to his left).

Muhammad Ali at the 'Hard Rock' cafe 1988.
Muhammad Ali at the 'Hard Rock' cafe 1988.

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