Ask Charlie Hodge

The Charlie Hodge talkshow in Sweden on February 23rd. is now one week away. In cooparation with Elvis Unlimited Sweden we give you the opportunity to ask Charlie the question you always wanted to ask him. Elvis Unlimited Sweden will ask your question during the show and together with them we will publish the answers on ElvisNews. The person with the most interesting question will win a personal signed picture from Charlie. You can mail your question to Elvis Unlimited Sweden The venue for the event is Folkets Hus at Järntorget in Gothenburg, 7 pm and ticketprice is 150 Sek. The producers, Elvis Unlimited Sweden will have salestables at the venue so don´t miss out on meeting Charlie and at the same time pick up some new CDs.
Source: Elvis Unlimited Sweden / Updated: Feb 18, 2005 

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lindes (profilecontact) wrote on May 6, 2005report abuse
I met CH once and he was a jerk. Just another EP sycophant, an annoying little man who laughed too loudly and too often at unfunny things.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2005report abuse
I am not a big fan of Charlie Hodge. Met him a few times on meetings in Holland and can't say I like him. Neither do I like his singing on the Elvis records. Got no question for him.....
analj (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2005report abuse
Eagleone, are you sure you're an Elvis fan? it's brake my hart when somebody like you talk about our men in such bad way, I think we're here to learn about Elvis world , not cirticise him that way.
Crawfish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 28, 2005report abuse
Guys please ... calm down! We will all be banned again!
Crawfish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 28, 2005report abuse
Hey Charlie, if you have a moment would appreciate a private moment/call. EN has our contact details. I for one thank you for your love and work to EP. Enough said! Cx
Tomas (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2005report abuse
larflynn, You are right I wen to the show, it was great Charile was Fantastic. I meet him after the show and he is a gent very kind and sincere, you can tell why Elvis kept him around. I dont want to same much more as you have made the point perfectly.
KatherineAnne (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2005report abuse
I'd like to know some of the details about the music lessons Charlie apparently took in Germany, and then shared what he had learned with Elvis.
larflynn (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2005report abuse
I have just spent the past few days in the company of Charlie Hodge during his visit to Dublin. I can easily say he is the nicest people I have met in a long time. He is genuine in all he says and he was with Elvis for a long time which speaks volomes, unless people doubt Elvis' judge of charachter. He tells funny, personal and sometimes sad stories of his time with Elvis. Anyone he spoke of in Elvis' entourage, he spoke oabout highly and with great regard and never spoke a bad word about anyone, he still holds them all as his friend as he does Elvis..He was a true genleman in the time I spent with him and talks endlessly about his friend Elvis. As for peole saying why wasnt he in Elvis' will if he was such a good friend? If you were a fan surely you would know the answer. He chatted to everyone, gave autographs tirelessly, and was just a gentleman in every sense. I think he supported Elvis in every way he could and if a few moments in a documentary were he laughs at jokes forms your opinion of Charlie then I suggest that mindsets need to be broadened and look beyong the reels of movie clips..18 years living at Graceland is a great legacy and if he was good enough for Elvis ..well then thats good enough for me and should be for eveyone else..
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
King of WB: if someone over here is pathetic, it's you. I only said that overdone laughing sounds stupid. I never said something about Hodge as a friend to Elvis. And repeating that bag or pile of bones remark only shows how narrow minded you are. I bet you could do better if you search all my contributions on the internet over the years. The only thing you will discover is that I think the "huray, it's Elvis" contributions doesn't add much.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
I think your right Teacher. I dont think Elvis had much choice but to keep doing the concerts. It could not have done Elvis' health much good. Maybe I should ask Charlie why Elvis done so many concerts in the 70s
Teacher (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
Perhaps Elvis did so many concerts because he had to keep the money coming in. He spent money like crazy and when it was running low he went on tour. He didn't leave much behind when he died.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
Do you know how many concerts Elvis done? No singer or group would think of doing that many concerts today. Cause they know how hard work it is. I have nothing to ask Charlie Hodge
RobIrish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
eagle elvis got lazy? 2 concerts a day and thats lazy?
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
elvis was he's own worst enemy and you can blame the colonel . elvis bored and on substances and the colonel at the gambling what do you expect . elvis was relying on substances got fat and lazy that why he recorded only and only the same old songs in live .
RobIrish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
I want to ask this again.... cause u all seem to be ignoring it, why on irish tv did Charlie say that Parker was the best thing that happend to Elvis? why ?? we all know thats cod testicles!
RobIrish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
Old Shep.. fantastic question absoultley fantastic question, but charlie would probably say well parker wanted him to do better songs but elvis didnt.... charlies dodgy from wot i seen
hillbillycatlover (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2005report abuse
Recommend you all read Charlie's book "Me 'N Elvis Elvis" before you assume things regarding his attitudes and relationships. It's an easy read. TCB'n with TLC, Bett
Loesje (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
Boys, don't get too personal again!
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
Sorry Lex, my mistake. You never did refer to Elvis as a "bag of bones" I've just read that posting of yours again. You actually referred to him as "a pile of bones". Most of your postings seem to either criticise Elvis or the opinions of his fans. How pathetic.
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
Ah, Lex! Was wondering when you'd pop up again. Maybe Charlie did go a little over the top in laughing at every joke but I don't think that this means that Charlie was/is insincere towards Elvis as a friend. I can tell you what he doesn't do. He doesn't go around referring to Elvis as now nothing more than "a bag of bones" like a certain someone I could mention. I wonder who I'm referring to?
P.S. Is there anything that Elvis did that you didn't think was dumb? And before you say it, I don't look on Elvis as some kind of perfect god-like being who could do no wrong. After all, you've already filled that post no doubt.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
If i could ask Charlie a question it would be " Why did Elvis go through some great songs in rehersals but still sing the same old stuff on stage?"
Rev. Gerhard (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
It was not Elvis' and it is not Charlies' passion to criticize people, especially those whose abilities they know. And both were wise enough knowing that there is noone without weaknesses.
RobIrish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
Rev.. if he was "just the right friend for the king" then why did he say that Tom Parker was the best thing that happened to Elvis?? We all know Elvis could have been so much more without Parkers manipulation.
Rev. Gerhard (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
I know him as a person who really has a wonderful laugh, and who has the wonderful gift to infect a lot of people with his joyousness. Don't blame him that you do not belong to those. He is a very warm hearted man. And if you are his friend and have sorrow and cry, he will cry with you.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
"We weren't there so bad-mouthing someone without the facts is pointless"... well it IS a fact that he laughed at every dumb joke, and that looks/ sounds stupid.
Rev. Gerhard (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
Charlie is a wonderful person, with a huge heart, a huge sense of humour, a golden soul and last but not least with a great musical talent. Just the right friend for the King!
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
The trouble with mentioning anyone who was around Elvis for so long is that they will be accused of being a leech, sidekick, hanger-on, etc. Isn't it just a possiblity that there were one or two decent people around him too? Anyone who has ever listened to Charlie Hodge talk about Elvis can obviously see that he loved the man. He was devastated by Elvis' death - and that's an account given by others in Elvis' circle. So he praised the Colonel. So what? The Colonel made some monumental mistakes in regard to Elvis. On the other hand he also made some shrewd decisions too. Give Elvis some credit for those he chose to have around him. He knew exactly what the score was in regard to the hangers-on, the Colonel, etc. They weren't perfect and neither was Elvis. Can any of us say that the people we choose to have around us - friends or otherwise - are always the greatest examples of virtue, and always have our best interests at heart??
Give Charlie some credit. He at least talks of Elvis in glowing terms. If he has some interesting stories to tell then great. Elvis chose his friends. We weren't there so bad-mouthing someone without the facts is pointless.
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
elvissessions: No, he acted this way in private also.
Actually, I wonder if he could have acted another way.
Maybe he was Elvis' best friend, because many people around Elvis told me this, but it says a lot about the entourage. Being with these people for all his life, maintained Elvis in a not-so-challenging environment.
They all seem so dumb. Some will tell me it's Elvis' choice. Theyre right: his choice and his failure. I just can't understand it.
RobIrish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
elvis sessions one more thing ok you said it youreslf , charlie acted like a side kick but you know what Elvis thought he was a close friend, but like you said elvis sessions Charlie was only a side kick, a leach on Elvis" side !
RobIrish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
elvis sessions so what you mean is that charlie was a plonker !! ok then. he dosent seem to know his left leg from his right. To say that Parker was the best thing that ever happened to Elvis is ludicrus ( spelt wrong but you know what i mean) I seen him on the irish tv show and he talked complete crap !!
elvissessions (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2005report abuse
"I'd like to ask him why he laughed so loudly at every joke
made by Elvis, even if it wasn't funny." His role was a lot like Paul Schaeffer on Letterman or Ed McMahon on the Tonight Show. They're there too help lighten the mood, encourage the audience and set a tone.
The sidekicks laugh at the jokes, even the ones they've heard a thousand times, because they're *putting on a show*. It's for the benefit of the audience's experience. In that respect, Charlie Hodge is no different from thousands of other entertainers.
legalvol (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2005report abuse
Although I live in Tennessee, I have never met Charlie. I don't have a question, I would just like to know the funniest, most memorable "event, thing, etc." that he can remember about Elvis. I don't want to hear "dirt" on the King, that would upset me, and I don't believe Charlie has ever done that. I just want something funny and memorable. Thanks.
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2005report abuse
I'd like to ask him why he laughed so loudly at every joke
made by Elvis, even if it wasn't funny. It makes him look dumb, and it shows he was a "yes-man" like the others, even if he was Elvis' best friend (much more than Joe).
That's says a lot about the whole group.
RobIrish (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2005report abuse
Well according to Charlie Hodge on the irish morning tv program on Friday the 18th he said that the "Parker" was the best thing that ever happened to Elvis and that "Parker" never used him. So this puts all the bad choices made, eg the movies, down to Elvis" responsibility and not the Tom Parkers. If this is Charlies way of thinking i'd rather not here his replys to any questions.

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