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 Post subject: Bernard Lansky's Alzheimer Struggle
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:15 pm 
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Bernard Lansky's Alzheimer Struggle: Elvis Presley was merely the most famous patron of Lanksy Brothers, founded by Bernard and his brother, Guy Lansky, in 1946. Others were Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas and Otis Redding.

Bernard Lanksy worked seven days a week even into his 80s at Lansky Brothers store, which began under another name as a tie store in 1981. But an era ended about two years ago when Alzheimer's left him unable to do what he lived to do, serve his customers. A quiet family dinner marked his 85th birthday on March 10.

"We miss having him here," said Hal Lansky, who worked with his father for almost 50 years. "We were a great team."

Lansky's was at ground zero of a cultural revolution that began with rock and roll.

In 1952, Beale Street was jumping with blues clubs, bars, gambling dens and cool cats who liked to parade in loud suits and snazzy shoes. Lansky Brothers menswear at 126 Beale was the place to get them, not just for Memphis but for much of the Mid-South.Patrons were almost all black, except for the occasional hipster wannabe like Elvis, then 17, whom Lansky would see pressing his nose to the glass until Lansky finally went out to meet him. Lansky would become a key player in creating a distinctive style for a rising supernova.

While other young rebels were wearing T-shirts and jeans, Elvis, with Lansky's help, blazed forth in silk suits, blousy shirts and voluminous trousers with peg-leg pants that only accentuated his flying legs and rotating pelvis. He wore bright-colored shirts, especially pink and black (when men didn't wear pink) and lime-and-black combinations. His shoes were a novel black-and-white spectator look, or white bucks or patent ankle boots.

Lansky helped create all the outfits Elvis wore to perform on the "Louisiana Hayride" shows that helped launch him, including a bubble-gum pink suit. He put Elvis in the big plaid jacket and black pants that stood out even on black-and-white TV for his breakthrough performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
At the start, Lansky let the penniless Elvis buy on credit. A shrewd businessman, he new that a hot young performer would be a walking billboard for Lansky fashions.

A great man, EIN sends his family best wishes for peaceful final years.

(News, Source;MemphisCommercialAppeal/ElvisInfoNetwork)
(Source: Elvis Info net)

"Value are like fingerprints. Nobody's the same, but you leave them all everything you do" ELVIS AARON PRESLEY
 Post subject: Re: Bernard Lansky's Alzheimer Struggle
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:54 am 
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:hello: Its a Real Shame when Some One like Bernard gets this Type of Disease, just think of the Memories he has that will sooner or Later be Lost forever. Lets Keep him and his Family in our Prayers, Thank You Liliane for letting us know about this. :love:

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