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Friday 21 November 2014

Ten Actors Who Owed Success to Elvis: The Hollywood Reporter recently named ten actors who they believed clearly owed their success to being in an Elvis movie! ... The world knew him as the King of Rock and Roll, but it turns out that Elvis Presley had a pretty good eye when it came to co-stars who’d go on to achieve greater fame in later life (or, in a couple of cases, those whose careers had fallen on hard times and needed a little boost; Angela Lansbury, I’m looking at you).
Elvis starred in 31 dramatic movies during his lifetime - a movie career that began with the Nov. 15, 1956 release of Love Me Tender - but how many of his co-stars do you remember? It turns out, more than you think. Here are ten actors you probably wouldn’t have guessed had shared the screen with the King.
Walter Matthau — King Creole (1958)
Eight years before Matthau received an Oscar nomination for his role in The Fortune Cookie (and a full decade before The Odd Couple made him a star), the actor played Maxie Fields in this early Presley movie — a club owner, abusive boyfriend to Elvis’ love interest in the movie and a character saddled with the unfortunate nickname “The Pig.” Clearly, things could only get better for him. But what about that love interest…?
Carolyn Jones — King Creole (1958)
Yes, the girl that the King had his eyes on (despite The Pig’s
presence) turned out to be none other than the woman who, six years later, would become better known as Morticia Addams on The Addams Family. She’d also go on to make appearances on a number of television shows, including Batman, Ironside and Fantasy Island. If only she’d stuck with Elvis, who knows where she might have ended up…?
Barbara Eden — Flaming Star (1960)
Eden was still five years away from her I Dream of Jeannie fame when she took the female lead role in Don Siegel’s adaptation of the novel Flaming Lance, replacing Barbara Steele midway through filming. She wasn’t alone in being a replacement; Presley himself got the role of Pacer Burton following Frank Sinatra having been linked to it. Considering that it was stills from this movie that Andy Warhol used to create Double Elvis, think about how different pop art could have been if Sinatra had stayed involved.
Charles Bronson — Kid Galahad (1962)
Yes, it’s true: long before Bronson became synonymous with New York vigilantism in the Death Wish series, the actor was a bit-part player in the
little-known Elvis movie about a former soldier finding success as a boxer. A year later, he’d be struggling to escape a Prisoner of War camp alongside Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, almost certainly using skills gained from merely standing in close proximity to the King. But Bronson wasn’t the only future star to pop up in this movie…
Ed Asner — Kid Galahad (1962), Change of Habit (1969)
Lou Grant was some distance away when Asner made the first of two screen appearances with Presley (In addition to Kid Galahad, he also showed up in 1969’s amazing Change of Habit). You’d be forgiven for missing him in Galahad, however; he’s uncredited in his role as Assistant D.A. Frank Gerson.
Teri Garr — Kissin’ Cousins (1964), Clambake (1967)
A strange fact about Teri Garr: years before she’d become known for roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Tootsie and Young Frankenstein, she appeared in uncredited bit parts in not one, but two, Elvis movies.
Bill Bixby — Clambake (1967), Speedway (1968)
When Bixby appeared in Clambake — the first of two Presley movies he showed up in, with the other being Speedway, a movie which also featured the “acting” debuts of a bunch of real-life racing drivers — The Incredible Hulk was just a comic book character and even The Courtship of Eddie’s Father was just an idea in the back of a writer’s brain. Thankfully, Elvis was around to give America’s former Favorite Martian something to do while he waited.
Corbin Bernsen — Clambake (1967)
Bixby wasn’t the only familiar face to show up in Clambake — although it’s unlikely you’d recognize future L.A. Law and Psych star Bernsen in the movie; his is an uncredited role as “Boy at
Playground,” his first on-screen appearance.
Dick Sargent — Live A Little, Love A Little (1968)
When Sargent played Harry (above right) in one of Elvis’ final movies, Dick York was still Darren on television’s Bewitched. It would be another year before the actor — at that point, arguably best known for a role in 1959’s Operation Petticoat supporting Cary Grant and Tony Curtis — would step into York’s comfortable shoes, making this slight comedy (which features Michele Carey as a prototype manic pixie dream girl) his most high-profile gig yet… and probably a sign that he could put up with Samantha’s cute magic tricks.
Dabney Coleman — The Trouble with Girls (1969)
Snagging the role of Harrison Wilby in this genuinely strange quasi-comedy must have seemed like a good news/bad news deal for Coleman. On the one hand, it was an important role in a high-profile movie, which he hadn’t really enjoyed before. On the other, the reason the role is important is because his character gets killed off early on to get the story going. The heights of Nine to Five must have seemed almost unimaginable at the time.- Oddly enough, this movie also features appearances of Frank Welker and Nicola Jaffe, who’d go on to voice Fred and Velma in Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo for years afterward. Yet more proof that Elvis & his producers recognized potential when he saw it.
Go HERE to full article and movie clips
(News, Source;HR/ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Presley Baptist Hospital Cover Up:  Salon.com has published an excerpt from the new Joel Williamson book 'Elvis Presley: A Southern Life.'
"What America didn’t hear about the death of the king. - After Presley's death, an effort was launched to protect the reputation of the hospital that had treated him. (EIN will be reviewing the book soon).
... The call came to Memphis Fire Station No. 29 at 2:33 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 1977. The dispatcher indicated that someone at 3754 Elvis Presley Boulevard was having difficulty breathing. “Go to the front gate and go to the front of the mansion,” the voice directed. Ambulance Unit No. 6 swung out of the station onto Elvis Presley Boulevard and headed south, siren wailing, advertising a speed that the ponderous machine had not yet achieved.
  The two medics manning the ambulance recognized the address right away. The “mansion,” as the dispatcher called it, was Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, three miles south of the fire station. They had been there often, to take care of fans fainting at the front gate and pedestrians injured by passing automobiles. Two years before, one of the medics, Charles Crosby, had come to assist Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, after he suffered a heart attack. He thought it might be Vernon again.
  As the ambulance crested a low hill and swooped down the broad six-lane boulevard toward Graceland, the gates swung open and the crowd milling around the entrance parted. Making a wide sweeping turn to the left, the vehicle bounced heavily across the sidewalk and hurtled through the entranceway, striking one of the swinging metal gates a clanging
blow. One of the several musical notes welded to the gate fell off. Crosby accelerated up the curving drive toward the mansion. He braked hard in front of the two-story, white-columned portico. Climbing down from the ambulance, Crosby and Jones were met by one of Elvis’s bodyguards.
“He’s upstairs,” the man exclaimed, “and I think it’s an OD.”
 
...  Later at Graceland, Dr Nichopoulos would secure Vernon Presley’s signature to a document authorizing an autopsy of his son’s body by the staff of Baptist Hospital, to be paid for by the Presley estate. Thus, Vernon might share—or not share—the resulting report with anyone he chose. If the object was to keep the cause of Elvis’s death a secret, it was an excellent move both for the Presley family and for Dr. Nichopoulos. If Elvis died by his own hand from popping too many pills, only trusted people needed to know the truth, and the carefully constructed public image of Elvis would be secure. Also, if Dr. Nichopoulos had prescribed too many pills for Elvis, that fact might be kept from authorities who might otherwise take away his medical license or even bring him up on criminal charges.
 
The Cover-Up
Baptist Hospital administrators realized that in dealing with the death of Elvis Presley they were involved in a public relations matter that might damage the hospital’s sterling reputation. Over the years they had carefully concealed the nature and seriousness of his often embarrassing illnesses, including those resulting from drug abuse. Dr.
Nichopoulos had always checked Elvis into Baptist Hospital because he knew they were discreet. That was surely one reason why he ordered Charles Crosby to drive the ambulance some seven miles to Baptist Hospital rather than to the nearest emergency room, at Methodist South Hospital, only blocks away from Graceland.

The autopsy was conducted by a specially selected and highly skilled team of nine pathologists headed by the hospital’s chief of pathology, Dr. E. Eric Muirhead. Dr. J erry Francisco, the medical examiner for Shelby County, closely observed the proceedings. It would be his responsibility to declare to the world the official cause of Elvis Presley’s death....

- EIN warning, some fans may find the full details emotionally disturbing - It was a very sad end to an amazing life. - Go HERE if you want to read the full extract.
(News, Source;Elvis Presley: A Southern Life/ElvisInfoNet)

Ed Hill Elvis Memoirs Coming Soon On-Line: Ed Hill was a member of the Stamps Quartet and would often announce, “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night!”
The Tennessee Star Weekly Journal has been given exclusive rights to publish the Ed Hill memoirs that detail his close relationship with Elvis Presley. They will begin next week. This chronicle of Elvis is found no where else.
Hill recalls how he both became a member of the quartet and his first experience with Elvis. “I started to work for J. D. Sumner, who owned the Stamps Quartet, at his office. He came in one day and said he needed me to help fill in until he could find a new baritone singer. So I filled in, for almost 25 years.”
The first show I did with Elvis was in California. He flew us out there. And I needed to learn all the songs. So, I was given a live performance tape to study. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know my part very well. We were singing the program and he kept looking at us. I was thinking maybe I was singing the wrong part. All of a sudden he walks over to us. He puts his hand out, shakes mine and said ‘Ed Hill, welcome to the family.’”
That was the beginning of a long friendship, one that Hill reveals in his memoirs.

EIN will link to the Ed Hill TSJ memoirs when it starts next week.
(News, SourceTSJ/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Memphis Map in Wall Street Journal: The Wall Street Journal recently featured a story on paper maps vs. apps, and included Memphis Map for Elvis Fans, a paper map that features all of the Elvis-related locations in town.
The map's creator, Alan Grossman, and his wife, Andrea Shaw, are big Elvis fans who wanted to honor the King with a map of all of the important places in Memphis - even if they no longer exist.
The paper Elvis Memphis map, with its pastel peach landscape shows 137 sites, most with hand-drawn illustrations, flagging possible points of interest to die-hard—really die-hard—Elvis fans.
There is Graceland, of course, Elvis’s mansion and final resting place. But there is also Coletta’s Italian restaurant, where Elvis enjoyed a slice of pizza. There are dozens of markers for buildings that don’t exist anymore — like the Britling Cafeteria, where Gladys, worked as a waitress in 1952, and Crown Electric Co., where he took a job as a truck driver.
Grossman says he invested nearly $50,000 creating his paper Elvis map. He sells the map for $9.95 through a website and some Memphis stores, including Graceland’s gift shop.
When Mr. Grossman and his wife, Andrea Shaw, were married in 1991, Ms. Shaw caught his Elvis bug, and pushed to do a map.
She threw herself into the research, but was dismayed to find that many important Elvis sites were no longer there—either the buildings had a different use or had been torn down and all that was left was a vacant lot. No matter. The couple decided the map would show all possible points of interest, including those that no longer existed, such as the local draft board where Elvis registered in 1953.
Manik Gupta, Director of Google Maps, says paper and digital can coexist. The Elvis map is “fantastic,” he says.
Go HERE and check out the magnificent ELVIS MEMPHIS MAP
(News, Source;Memphis/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley – Welcome Aboard! New CD: A new double-CD from the "Bootleg Series" label, this time an amazing 68 tracks relating to the film 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' With Mono, Stereo Masters, outtakes, Movie Versions and original acetates it sadly features no newly discovered outtakes. 
'Elvis Presley – Welcome Aboard! (2cd Bootleg Series)
68 Tracks on 2 cd's - Including:

- All masters in Mono, Stereo & Binaural sound!
- Alternate & uncut movie versions + the original movie versions
- Complete & unedited masters
- The acetate recordings
- "Girls! Girls! Girls!" lobby spot & more!
A special edition from The Bootleg Series!
And also a 16 pages booklet with photos, movie facts & recording information!
Go here to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details & tracklist.

(News, Source;Bootleg/ElvisInfoNet)


The Wicked Queen Priscilla Is Back!: Priscilla Presley has arrived in Manchester ready to star as the Wicked Queen in the Opera House’s big Christmas pantomime. It’s her first ever time in the city and she says she’s looking forward to exploring our culture and history - including visiting lots of our traditional pubs!
Priscilla says: “I’m looking forward to getting to know the city and explore. I love the pubs here! I wish we had pubs like this in LA. Everyone here is so proud of their community pub, you go in and people are so friendly, it’s a place to go to socialise and find out what’s going on. The first time I went to a pub in this country - I got to know everything about everybody in town. I thought oh my god this is better than any soap opera! It’s such fun that you can let your guard down and everyone is so welcoming in Manchester."
Priscilla made her panto debut two years ago in Wimbledon as the Wicked Queen and is reprising the role here in Manchester alongside Warwick Davis, Tam Ryan, Philip Olivier, Natalie Andreou and Daniel Stockton.
Priscilla, 69, says: “I loved the idea of playing the Wicked Queen. It has been great finding out where the booing is in the character, it has been educational, to the point where I became quite receptive to the boos - it’s all in good fun! The more you invite it the more people join along.”
Priscilla is also busy preparing a new Elvis exhibition in London, with a host of rare archive Elvis artefacts on display in the UK for the first time that she has brought to the UK from Graceland.
Priscilla says she’s still surprised by the level of interest in the icon to this day. “It’s been quite a journey. It’s been 37 years since he’s passed but I think that Elvis gave us so much, whether it be his music or films, but to be able to last this long is something I know that he himself would have been very very surprised about. The exhibit is here because the English fans have been so supportive of Elvis for years and years and years and a new generation are interested too.”
Snow White is at the Opera House from December 5 to January 4, tickets are on sale HERE now.
(News, Source;WickedAlways/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Elvis "live” Hologram Las Vegas Show in the Works: Jamie Salter, the branding guru who owns a majority of Elvis' estate, is planning a “live” show in Las Vegas with Presley appearing as a hologram.  The Elvis Presley show still continues with Elvis boasting 12.4 million “likes” on Facebook and 187,000 followers on Twitter and the recently released a duet with Barbra Streisand. Never mind that he died in 1977.
And that’s just the beginning for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and other long-dead celebrities. Reviving a corpse from a cryogenic deep freeze is still the stuff of science but every other promotional possibility is on the table. The Elvis “live” show in Las Vegas with Presley appearing as a hologram will be much like the one of Michael Jackson that appeared at a show in Sin City earlier this year. Pinup queen Bettie Page, managed by dead-celeb superagent Mark Roesler, is slated for a holographic burlesque herself.
Today, deceased icons from pop culture’s heyday are enjoying unprecedented success, out-earning even their former flesh-and-blood selves, says Salter, one of the new breed of brand managers using technology to wring big bucks from superstars otherwise resting in peace (or so we hope).
These late luminaries are profitable in part because they first captivated fans in a pre-Internet age of truly mass media, dominating the popular imagination in ways few contemporaries can match, Salter says
Even better, they aren’t able to create the sort of mischief that bedeviled their handlers back in the day, potentially damaging their brand in the bargain. They can no longer lapse into drug-induced comas in hotel rooms (Elvis), assault girlfriends with vodka bottles (Jimi Hendrix) or set themselves on fire
while freebasing (Richard Pryor). “They can’t get pulled over for drunk driving, their reputations are intact.”
Model Kate Moss, by contrast, can still embarrass sponsor Burberry Group Plc (BRBY) by appearing to snort cocaine on the cover of a British tabloid. Bets on the dead have lately paid off big.
 Salter bought the Elvis estate, including Graceland and the rights to the singer’s image and music, from Core Media Group Inc. in November 2013. Salter’s New York–based Authentic Brands Group LLC expects profits to rise by 25 percent this year thanks to Elvis-themed bathrobes, calendars, cookie jars, cuff links, luggage, Christmas-tree toppers and, oh yeah, music.
“We bought Elvis at the right time,” Salter says. “None of the kids listen to his music, but look at how they’re dressing, and their flipped-up haircuts.” For a page ripped straight from Presley’s pompadour playbook, just Google Justin Bieber’s latest coif.
(News, Source;Bloomberg/ElvisInfoNet)

'Ultimate Elvis Sessions' Slip-Case: This is the slip-case design of the long-awaited 'Ultimate Elvis Sessions' Deluxe book-set that is now at the printers. The demand is high and so some Elvis websites - that earlier promised fans an "equivalent purchase price" - have now increased their prices to $540 plus freight! Don't go there and don't pay over $500 as some are suggesting - the Special Deal from Elvis Files for €230 = US$320 including postage still applies GO HERE for INFO and More Example Pages & PRE-ORDER details Get it direct to your door from Elvis Files. Legendary guitarist James Burton sums it up neatly: 'These are the most beautiful books I have ever seen and the best researched.'.

- In three volumes featuring every session and every Elvis release - all the singles, EP's and Album releases - plus reviews, interviews and in-depth looks into Elvis' sessions & with an incredible 1,700 pages this will truly be the ULTIMATE sessions book.
Elvis Sessions Fans should not miss out - get your final pre-orders in now. With a LIMITED EDITION of 2,000 boxes worldwide Pre-Orders are close to being Sold Out... "Originally, when this project was being discussed some years ago, the general idea was to have three volumes of Ultimate Elvis, each one dealing exclusively with the three decades Elvis recorded: the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. That would give the work a neat symmetry, we believed.

However, as the project took shape and, incredibly, grew to about 1700 pages - which included a great deal of text along with about 3000 images - it became obvious that the amount of material we had for each of the decades varied considerably. Therefore, in order to even out the material in three volumes of similar length - not so say accommodate the extensive discography and song index in the final volume - we decided to deviate slightly from our original idea and cover the time frame thus: 1953 – 1960; 1961-1968; and finally, the years leading up to 1977.
GO HERE for INFO and More Example Pages & PRE-ORDER details -
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet.com)

"Lightning Strikes Twice In Portland!" New Import CD: Out soon is the new Straight Arrow's double-digipak CD release, called "Lightning Strikes Twice In Portland!" (From „The Rick Rennie master tapes“ Vol. 2), featuring the Wednesday, November 11th, 1970 & Friday, April 27th, 1973, Memorial Coliseum, Portland shows. These shows may well represent some of best of Elvis Presley live in the 70s. The Nov. 11th, 1970 recording really captures the raw excitement and electricity of those early tours. Elvis delivers a high octane performance that drives the audience in a frenzy. In parts he sounds a bit unfocused, but overall both Elvis and his audience are having such a ball that any criticisms of his performance are nothing more than nitpicking. The April 27, 1973 concert in the same city may well be his best show of the year, and is a serious contender for "Elvis' best concert performance in the 70's". Compared to the '70 show, his performance here is tighter, more focused and far more varied. Elvis is vocally strong and he delivers the goods in a knock-out performance.
It is now the right time for the ultimate re-release of these special
recordings - in a new, crisp, dynamic sound. Straight Arrow’s release of the November 11th, 1970 show appears - for the first time - totally complete. The Opening Vamp and the famous "Elvis has left the building" announcement at the end of show were restored. The 1970 show is taken directly from the original stereo master tape. The 1973 show is taken from a 1st generation copies made back in 70s. Original tape transfers made in March 2004 have been used. Every second was digitally restored from scratch to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your local dealer for samples. As with every Straight Arrow’s release, this beautifully designed double-digipack edition is limited to 500 copies. These shows never sounded better!
Go here to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details & tracklist.
'The King Holds Court' New Import CD: Following the remarkable success of our earlier 3CD set "On A Winning Streak", Straight Arrow is pleased to announce another 3CD collection featuring three more unreleased shows from the Summer 1973 engagement in excellent quality audience recorded audio. Tuesday, August 28, 1973 Dinner Show & Wednesday, August 29, Dinner & Midnight Shows, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The three shows are all strong shows, with Elvis vocally strong (much more than in February '73) and delivering a very varied selection of songs at each of the shows. It's clear that he is in his element here, as his entertaining interaction with the audience and his knock-out vocal performances amply demonstrate. The presence of his daughter Lisa Marie inspires Elvis to give his best. These shows are a delight, and especially in this clear vibrant audience recorded audio that gives you a true "you are there" feel, they make for captivating listening. The August 28, 1973 D/S and August 29, 1973 D/S and M/S are previously unreleased. A few highlights from the (previously released) August 28, 1973 M/S were added. All 3 shows are taken from 1st
generation copies of original audience recorded cassettes, made back in the 70s by English super-fan Rex Martin. Every second was digitally restored, every click manually removed, every drop-out fixed to achieve optimal listening pleasure.
Go here to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details & tracklist.
(News, Source;SA/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 17 November 2014

(Interview) Allen J. Wiener author of Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll talks to EIN: Earlier this month EIN ranked Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll as one of the 'Two Best Books in 2014 that add Appreciably to our Knowledge & Understanding of Elvis'.

Following our review Allen kindly took time out of his busy schedule promoting Channeling Elvis to talk to EIN's Nigel Patterson.

In an insightful and thought provoking interview Allen talks about many intriguing issues including:

  • whether Elvis would have made it without television
  • did Elvis appear on the Roy Orbison TV show
  • why the controversy of Elvis' "Hound Dog" performance on the Milton Berle Show was an over reaction.
  • why Steve Allen is unfairly criticised over Elvis' appearance on his show
  • the 'special clause' the Colonel had added to Elvis' contract with RCA
  • why Elvis generally acquiesced to the Colonel and TV producers during filming
  • the lack of chemistry between Elvis and Frank Sinatra
  • the Elvis single regarded by one of his well known backing singers as being an "inferior, throwaway song"
  • the stars who tried to stop Elvis from appearing on their show
  • behind the scenes of the Comeback Special as Elvis bonds with producers Steve Binder and Bones Howe
  • which studios Elvis actually moved into and slept at during filming of one of his TV appearances
  • why producer Marty Passeta included "visual distractions" in the "Aloha" special
  • will EPE ever release Elvis in Concert

Click here to read this fascinating Interview


FTD Tracklists Announced: The tracklists for the two November/December FTD 'Classic Album' releases have been announced.
Nothing surprisingly new, just a few BINAURAL outtakes on the Christmas Album and those expected missing 'Britches' and 'A Cane And A High Starched Collar' outtakes on Flaming Star that you have always desperately longed for!
- 'Flaming Star' Classic Soundtrack Album
1 Flaming Star
2 A Cane And A High Starched Collar
3 Britches
4 Summer Kisses, Winter Tears
5 Flaming Star (end title version)
Alternate movie name title tracks
6 Black Star
7 Black Star (end title version)
Plus multiple Outtakes
Go to EIN's SONY/FTD page for full track list

- 'Elvis' Christmas Album' - FTD Classic Album
1 Santa Claus Is Back In Town
2 White Christmas
3 Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
4 I’ll Be Home For Christmas
5 Blue Christmas
6 Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
7 OH Little Town Of Bethlehem
8 Silent Night
9 (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
10 I Believe
11 Take My Hand, Precious Lord
12 It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
BONUS SONGS
13 My Wish Came True
14 Treat Me Nice
15 Don’t
THE BINAURAL SESSION TAPES
Full session for (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) and 'It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)' Go to EIN's SONY/FTD page for full track list


Latest Billboard Album Charts UPDATE: More new entries for last week have come to light (Thanks to Brian Quinn).

- 'It's Christmas Time' re-enters the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at 100 for w/e 22nd November, 2014; rises from 49 to 12 on the Catalog Album Chart and remains at 9 on the Holiday Album Chart.
- 'Merry Christmas, Love Elvis' re-enters the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at 161; is a new entry on the Catalog Album Chart at 32; drops from 14 to 18 on the Holiday Chart and rises from 22 to 10 on the Country Catalog Album Chart.
- 'The Classic Christmas Album' is a new entry at 21 on the Country Catalog Album Chart.
- 'Heart And Soul' drops from 11 to 19 on the Country Catalog Album Chart.

'Blue Christmas' (Single) rises from 44 to 30 on the Holiday Digital Songs Chart.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Saturday 15 November 2014

“My Happiness” Acetate To Be Auctioned!: Following the highly successful Auction at Graceland during Elvis Week 2014, collectors from around the world will once again have the opportunity to own a piece of history with the January 8, 2015 Graceland auction surrounding the annual birthday celebration in Memphis.
All 68 of the genuine Elvis artifacts from third-party collectors offered in the auction have been thoroughly researched and evaluated by Graceland Authenticated.
Some of the signature items up for bid on January 8, 2015 include:
-   “My Happiness” Acetate - Considered part of the “Holy Grail” of artifacts in rock ‘n’ roll history, Elvis’ first-ever recording is a 78 mm acetate produced at Memphis Recording Service (home of the Sun Record Company) in June of 1953. Elvis paid $4 USD for what was said to be a gift for his mother. It features the songs “My Happiness” (Side A), which is the only Elvis recording that exists of this song and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (Side B).  The Presley family didn’t actually have a record player, so Elvis took the acetate to the home of friend Ed Leek,
who did, where he listened to the results of his first studio recording session. Elvis left the acetate behind at the Leek home and never gave it to his mother. This historical 78 acetate was the beginning of a revolution in the music industry and the start of an iconic legend.  In private hands since it was created, Elvis’ first recording is being offered for the first time since Elvis walked into that Memphis studio over 60 years ago.
  -   Autographed copy of “That’s All Right” 78 record #209 - The first professional recording of Elvis on the Sun Record label, Elvis autographed it for friend Ed Leek and it reads “To a good pal, Elvis Presley” in blue ink on the iconic Sun label.  Considered by some music historians to be the rock ‘n’ roll equivalent of the “Shot Heard Round the World,” this record jumpstarted the unprecedented craze over the future King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  -   Elvis’ First Driver’s License - Issued on March 24, 1952, Elvis’ first driver’s license lists his date of birth as 1-8-35, occupation as student, hair color of brown, eyes as blue and height of 5’11. The original typed address on the Tennessee driver’s license appears as 185 Winchester at the Lauderdale Courts public housing development in Memphis where the Presley family once lived.
Penciled in is an updated address of 698 Saffarans Avenue Memphis.
 -   Second Louisiana Hayride Contract - Signed on September 8, 1955, by Elvis, Gladys and Vernon with all three of the Presley’s signatures in bold red ink, this contract committed Elvis to perform every Saturday for one year, starting November 12, 1955. Early contracts signed by the whole Presley family are extremely rare - all three signatures were not required on contracts once Elvis turned 21, just four months after this contact was signed.
 -   Jacket from “Viva Las Vegas” - Shooting jacket that Elvis wore in a firing range scene with Ann Margret from “Viva Las Vegas.”
 -   TLC and TCB 14 Karat Gold & Diamond Necklaces - Necklaces gifted by Elvis to Tish and Tommy Henley. Elvis was known to give the TCB (Taking Care of Business) to those men close to him and TLC (Tender Loving Care) to the women who were close friends. Each necklace has 12 inset diamonds contained in the lightning bolt pendant with 14 karat gold rope chain designs.  
The Auction at Graceland will take place January 8 at 7 p.m. CST at the new Archive Studio. Bidding will begin online two weeks prior to the live auction here.
The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Country' Voted a Must-Own Rock Album: Rolling Stone recently voted Elvis' 'Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)' in their list of "50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own".
They noted... Country music's love affair with rock music has been an open secret for a long time we voted for 50 rock albums that should be rattling around inside a pick-up's glove compartment or blasting from the pocket of a blue jean....
The list is chronological, other albums from the similar period are The Rolling Stones, 'Sticky Fingers', Bob Dylan, 'Nashville Skyline', The Band, 'The Band'.
Elvis Presley, 'Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)' (1971)
- Elvis recorded country music throughout his career — from classics at Sun sessions in the Fifties to unrepentant schlock. 1971's Elvis Country isn't as famous as his 1968 comeback landmark From Elvis In Memphis but it's one of his most consistent, thematically tight albums, showing off his voice in boundless, effortless form and taking on a set of songs he had a deep connection with. Recording at Nashville's RCA Studios with greats like guitarist James Burton and drummer Jerry Carrigan, he does honky-tonk, bluegrass, countrypolitan, Western swing and Sun Records
rock & roll (a blazing version of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," recorded in one take, when Elvis and producer Felton Jarvis realized they were short of material). His moving version of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," a song Al Green covered two years later, might be the album's capper but he even throws some soul into Anne Murray.
Go here for the full article
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis and Nixon’ already Sold to Key Markets: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought key markets for “Elvis and Nixon” including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Scandinavia.
The film stars Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley. The project, based on the 1970 meeting of the two figures at the White House, is being introduced at AFM to foreign buyers by sales-financing banner Bloom.
Liza Johnson (“Hateship Loveship”) will direct. Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma are producing. Prescience’s Tim Smith and Paul Brett are executive producing with Prescience financing.
The meeting took place on Dec. 21, 1970, when Presley showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with Nixon to be sworn in as an undercover agent.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 14 November 2014

Why Is Elvis Special: The Sydney Morning Herald recently commented on The London Elvis Exhibition.... "If I hear that some event has booked an Elvis impersonator and everyone pretends to groan, I am secretly delighted. Even if the ETA is rubbish ELVIS music will remind you of the real thing.
So what is it that is so special about Elvis?
What is his distinctive magic, when even a  '50s rock fanatic could just as  easily worship Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry or Eddie Cochran?
Well, even apart from the sound of him, there's plenty to love. There's the fact that unlike too many later stars he was real, self-made: a moody boy from a two-room house in Tupelo who loved his guitar and served the draft as an ordinary soldier, donating his army pay to charity, asking no special treatment and buying TV sets and extra fatigues for his mates on the base.
When did Mick Jagger or Ozzy Osbourne ever do anything so sweetly, laddishly benign? Here was no plastic celeb but an American spirit: a son of the great racial melting-pot with a dash of Celt and Cherokee in him, a church-going white kid whose first love was Gospel, a Beale Street regular in the segregated South. Indeed, young Presley was one of the musicians gripped and inspired by the daring DJ radio stations that brought R&B into white culture, kicking out the bland Perry Como discs to play dangerous "race records".
Elvis although white, sang and moved "in a black way". Whereas Cliff
Richard, that bland vanilla rocker, sang and wiggled in a safer "white" way. Curiously, we were allowed Paul Robeson, presumably because he sang opera and spirituals and didn't move at all.
So, yes, the sexiness, the edgy hip-swivelling freedom of Elvis was important to his appeal and remains so. But look at all the enormously fat, white-rhinestoned impersonators who feel equally empowered to represent him in his later years. There is a rueful sense of pity, a kinship in human fallibility, in the very fact that his fit, golden youthfulness deteriorated after his divorce into obesity and addiction to prescription drugs (having being fed amphetamines by his army sergeant in Germany for stamina and weight loss).
There's a narrative arc, a story both inspiring and mournful: poverty and wild riches, musical enthusiasm, a willingness to dance with youthful insouciance through cultural boundaries. There's energy and sweetness, naivety, simple religiosity, flawed but heartfelt relationships, self-disgust and early death. Yet soaring over it all is that golden voice and that defiance: think of the energy of Heartbreak Hotel, a song that makes you swagger, rather than slouch, down your own version of Lonely Street.
The crowds  searching for Graceland grace at this London exhibition will be sneered at. Some prim souls have no pity for his decline, others
just resent his adoption by matronly figures embarrassingly far from the cutting-edge of rock culture.
To them I say, back off. Do anything that you wanna do, but don't you step on our blue suede dreams.
(News, Source;SMH/ElvisInfoNet)

ASK Marty Lacker!: Today Marty answers your questions about....

- Why did Elvis always give in to the Colonel, was Elvis afraid of his own manager.
- Was Elvis around Liberace at all during the Vegas Years.
- Which Elvis associate still has wonderful stories to tell.
- Aloha and the Helicopter arrival.
- Why was Elvis wearing one black glove & a flashlight at Klein's wedding
- Elvis Rolls Royce, what happened to It
 

Warhol's Triple Elvis $81.9 million at Auction: Christie's held the biggest art auction in history on Wednesday, selling $853 million worth of contemporary and post-war art, led by a pair of Andy Warhol works featuring multiple images of Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando. The impressive haul beat Christie's high pre-sale estimate of $836 million.

A bidding war drove Warhol's "Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)" to $81.9 million, while "Four Marlons" fetched $69.6 million to lead the sale of 80 works in a packed saleroom where only five works failed to find buyers. Christie's had estimated the silkscreen-on-linen Warhols would together sell for more than $130 million, which turned out to be conservative in the intensely competitive market.

It was the fourth successive time since May 2013 that the auction house's post-war and contemporary sale broke the record for the highest-ever total of a single sale.


(News, ElvisInfoNet)


Latest Billboard Album Charts: Once again very little new action for Elvis recently on the US charts but it must be getting near Christmas as Elvis 'regular albums creep back into the charts.

'It's Christmas Time' re-enters the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at 100 for w/e 22nd November, 2014; rises from 49 to 12 on the Catalog Album Chart and remains at 9 on the Holiday Album Chart.
 
'Merry Christmas, Love Elvis' re-enters the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at 161; is a new entry on the Catalog Album Chart at 32 and drops from 14 to 18 on the Holiday Album Chart.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Trevor Simpson and 'The Best Of British #2': Trevor Simpson, a former building society manager, top flight soccer referee and music aficionado was entranced by Elvis from the moment he exploded onto the English music scene in the late 1950s with Heartbreak Hotel.
He was a schoolboy then and the love of all things Elvis has never diminished.
Trevor, who lives in the UK, has over the years contributed to magazines like Goldmine, Elvis the Man and his Music and the Graceland approved bi-monthly Essential Elvis.
In 2007 Trevor began a huge undertaking with the first of what will eventually be a trilogy of books charting Elvis’s impact on the British and worldwide music scene.
The result was 'Elvis: The Best of British - The HMV Years', a huge tome that was sold all over the world.
Even more significant was a pre-order of 1,000 copies by EPE, which later asked for 500 more.
It was a labour of love and had taken five hard years of research and writing before publication. But that was not the end.
Unsurprisingly it went down so well that Trevor was commissioned to write a second book (same title except this time it is the the RCA Years) - and now a third is already in the planning stage.
The latest offering - another mine of amazing facts, statistics, photographs and reminiscences continues Elvis’s story through his transition from HMV to RCA record labels.
It is peppered with golden nuggets like how RCA’s first British Elvis release Teddy Bear was kept off the number one spot by the HMV distributed All Shook Up. Ironically as part of the deal which took Elvis from one company to the other HMV was allowed to continue distribution for 12 months.
Trevor’s research has brought him into contact with Wayne Mann, Elvis’s cousin (their mums were sisters), and he explains how Elvis learned to play piano at his home two doors away in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The book also reveals the time when Elvis was embarrassed (in the nicest possible way), on the Ed Sullivan Toast of the Town show.
Elvis finished his set singing the gospel song Peace in the Valley following which Sullivan said “this is a real decent, fine boy. We want to say that we’ve never has a pleasanter experience with a big name than we’ve had with you”. Apparently the CBS switchboard lit up with people desperate to know where they could buy the song.
“The first book took five years of research, and there was plenty of material for this second one,” said Trevor who is now contemplating Elvis’s gospel influences to round off the trilogy. “It has taken eight hours a day, five days a week for a year to complete the latest book, but I’ve loved every minute of it.”
(News, Source;BrighouseEcho/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Now with 1,710 pages and over 2,000 stunning photographs - Don't believe other dealers who say the price has gone up - Don't pay over $400 as some are suggesting - the Special Deal from Elvis Files for €230 = US$320 including postage still applies GO HERE for INFO and More Example Pages & PRE-ORDER details Get it direct to your door from Elvis Files. Legendary guitarist James Burton sums it up neatly: 'These are the most beautiful books I have ever seen and the best researched.'.

Monday 10 November 2014 - Bringing you the insider Elvis news others websites miss...

Elvis Presley #1 "Celebrity Veteran": On US Veteran's Day the military have listed their "Top 10 Celebrity Veterans".
It seems only fair that the man known as "the King of Rock 'n' Roll" should be the king of this list. Drafted by the U.S. Army just as he was experiencing a rise to stardom seldom seen before or since in popular music, Presley didn't shirk from his duty and found himself trading in his leather jacket for combat fatigues. He entered the Army as a regular GI at Ft. Chaffee on March 24, 1958. As his famously tousled hair was shaved down to regulation length, he cracked, "Hair today, gone tomorrow." His induction was a major event, with hundreds of overlookers and media there to witness it. "The Army teaches boys to think like men" Elvis said.
Elvis was stationed at Ft. Hood for Basic Training and was assigned to the Second Armored Division's 'Hell On Wheels' unit. Later he was assigned to the Third Armored 'Spearhead' Division, and stationed in Friedberg, Germany -- it was here that he met Priscilla Beaulieu, who would eventually become his
wife. During his time in Texas and Germany, Elvis kept a low profile, although he was already wealthy enough to bring his father and grandmother to live with him off-base.
By the time he finished his Army stiny, Elvis had been promoted to sergeant, and he was honorably discharged from active duty on March 5, 1960 at Fort Dix, receiving a mustering-out check of $109.54. Just prior to his exit, Elvis reflected on his experiences in an interview for Armed Forces Radio and Television: "I was in a funny position. Actually, that's the only way it could be. People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn't take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise, not only to the people who were wondering, but to myself."
The ten celebrities are famous, they've gone on to great things, and they all have one thing in common: they served in the U.S. military.
The rest of the top ten are
2. Clint Eastwood - "I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go... It was only a couple of years after World War II... We said, 'Wait a second? Didn't we just get through with that?'"
3. Johnny Cash - "That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station."
4. Mr. T, 5. Chuck Norris, 6. Morgan Freeman, 7. Humphrey Bogart, 8. Ice-T, 9. Steve McQueen, 10. George Carlin.
(News, Source;MilitaryUS/ElvisInfoNet)

New Book 'The world knows Elvis Presley–but they don't know me': THE SMELL GETS WORSE!! - as we noted earlier 'Something smells very bad here', a new book about Elvis with the publicity noting Elvis' "previously unknown spectacular collection of objects from Nazi Germany'!"
'The world knows Elvis Presley – but they don't know me' (Elvis´ own words to Larry Geller shortly before his death) by Bruno Tillander is supposedly "An interesting portrait which casts a new light on the biggest artist in history!"
Apart from Larry Geller denying any real involvement - although his name is first on the book cover - Marty Lacker also tells EIN,
"I read that story about Tillander's new book and all I can do is shake my head in disbelief at some of that shit he states. 
As for Elvis' supposed vast Nazi memorabilia, all I ever saw in 20 years was a Nazi Military officer's hat and a brown overcoat that they were always depicted as wearing in the winter.
First of all, he features two great pillars of truth, Larry Geller and George Klein so I suggest they list this book in the FICTION section.  Geller and his far eastern spiritual crap that screwed Elvis' head up and Klein who is a habitual liar.
Where do these people get all this bullshit? Anyone who wastes their
money on this piece of shit is an idiot."- Marty Lacker.
EIN has also noted the following Swedish news item.. 
"Three well-known Swedish musical artists Lotta Engberg, Martin Stenmarck, and Magnus Carlsson plus their booking agent Bruno Tillander have been charged with tax evasion and face up to two years in prison, reports news agency TT.
The artists' booking agent Bruno Tillander is also being charged and is suspected of gross accounting violations and serious tax evasion. Tillander faces up to six years in prison and if he is found guilty he would be forced to serve a minimum of 6 months in jail.
EIN suggest that this sounds like an Elvis book that everyone should avoid at all cost
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday EIN Elvis New Book Selection

'Elvis in Hawaii' books released in Kindle format:

The two books by noted author/researcher, Jerry Hopkins, examining Elvis' love affair with the island state of Hawaii are now available in Kindle format. Both books are full of interesting information, arcvhival material, color photos and are priced under US6.00!

The Two Best Books in 2014 that add Appreciably to our Knowledge & Understanding of Elvis:
The Two Best Elvis Related Memoirs of 2014:
Read EIN Interview
The Four Best Elvis Photo-Journal Book Releases of 2014:
Indepth Review soon
Indepth Review soon
Note: Not all these releases are not available from online or regular bookstores (to obtain enquire with your regular Elvis supplier)

FTD November Releases OUT NOW: The two new FTD releases are OUT NOW, the1975 soundboard, and Something For Everybody VINYL set.
'Elvis In Florida – April 1975' - The most exciting release, a new soundboard single disc 7" set featuring highlights from Elvis’ concerts during April 1975. The performances are taken from Jacksonville (April 25) and Lakeland (April 27 & 28). The 12-page booklet features great photos by Keith Alverson and memorabilia.
During his April 1975 tour Elvis was in good form, in a great mood and cracking jokes. We have already had plenty of soundboards from the May 1975 but no complete soundboards from April. FTD's Southern Nights captured the fabulous feeling from this 1975 spring era. (See Southern Nights FTD review here)
The tracklist includes plenty of favourites such as, Help Me, My Boy, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, I’ll Remember You, Big Boss Man, It’s Midnight, Funny How Time Slips Away and That’s All Right.
Go here to FTD/SONY 2014 news for full tracklist & more details

'The Something For Everybody Sessions' Double VINYL. A special Limited Edition 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set featuring the best outtakes from Elvis' great March & June 1961 sessions. Also includes plenty of outtakes of the classics 'Little Sister' and '(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame'.
• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing

 

 

Go here to FTD/SONY 2014 news for full tracklist & more details


Two Elvis Singles in "Catchiest Top 20": It is hard to know whether to celebrate being in a singles chart that includes Spice Girls 'Wannabe' and Lou Bega 'Mambo No. 5' - but according to a University research program into the world's most recognisable song, Elvis Presley's 'It's Now Or Never' and 'Devil in Disguise' are his catchiest songs. (for people who do On-Line quizzes!!)
The data from more than 12,000 participants was analysed by the academic and colleagues and the Spice Girls ' Wannabe' was judged the most recognised song. It sold 7 million copies worldwide and topped the chart in 22 countries.
'Mambo No 5' by Lou Bega was the second most recognisable track, while Survivor’s 'Eye of the Tiger' was third. Lady Gaga, Abba, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and the Human League also feature in the top 10 chosen from more than 220 bestselling popular songs since the 1940s,
Elvis featured at #13 with 'It's Now Or Never' and #18 'Devil in Disguise'. The Beatles surprisingly had no singles in the chart while Lady Gaga, Michael
Jackson were the only other artists with two catchy singles in the Top Twenty.
"We were particularly interested in music and memory and why exactly it is that certain pieces of music stay in your memory for such a long time," Burgoyne told BBC News. "You may only hear something a couple of times yet 10 years later you immediately realise that you have heard it before. Yet other songs, even if you have heard them a lot, do not have this effect."
The study aimed to identify whether the catchiest songs had similar characteristics. He said he believed that very strong melodic hooks seemed to be the most memorable, but further research would be conducted next year. Few studies had been conducted into this aspect of popular music, the academic added.
The Hooked on Music game will be available online until the end of the year. Check it out here if you want to try it out.
Burgoyne said that a better understanding of how our musical memory operates could be applied to research into dementia.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 8 November 2014

'Elvis 80' with Duets and Remixes?: The Elvis Matters fan club is suggesting a rather strange collection for the 'Elvis 80' new album. The first CD 'King Of Rock 'n' Roll' will feature the regular twenty greatest hits tracks with CD 2 a similar 'King Of Love' 20-track selection BUT the third CD might feature a rather odd selection including 'Duets' and a selection of Remixes. Note that Dani Klein was featured on a VIVA ELVIS 'Love Me Tender' duet.
CD3 : The King of TODAY (Remixes)
1 Shake That Tambourine (by: Alle Farben)
2 Bossa Nova Baby (by: Viva Elvis)
3 A little less conversation (by: JXL)
4 Blue Suede Shoes (by: Viva Elvis)
5 Rubber Neckin' (by: Paul Oakenfold)
6 Burning Love (Viva Elvis)
7 Suspicious Minds (by: Viva Elvis)
King of DUETS
8 Love Me Tender (feat. Dani Klein)
9 The Lady Loves Me (feat. Ann Margret)
10 You're The Boss (feat. Ann Margret)
11 Today, Tomorrow And Forever (Ft Ann Margret)
12 There Ain't Nothing Like A Song (Ft Nancy Sinatra)
The King of SPECIAL VERSIONS
13 Are You Lonesome Tonight (Laughing Version)
14 Wooden Heart (Muss i denn) (03:20 Version)
(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

'An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians' UK Tickets ON Sale: Back in August Arjan Deelen was proud to announce that he had tracked down Elvis' 1970 drummer Bob Lanning. He was able make a deal with him for an exclusive tour in May 2015. This will mark the first time since 1970 that Bob will be playing Elvis’ music. For the first time, you will be able to hear songs like ‘Polk Salad Annie’, ‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ and many others as played by the drummer that you can hear on the original Elvis versions.
Enthusiasm is already running high among Elvis fans for the 2015 “An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians” shows (featuring a.o. Duke Bardwell, Bob Lanning and Marlyn Mason). Below you can see a list of the shows booked at present. We are excited about every show obviously, but we are particularly thrilled about coming to the U.K. for the first time. We will be performing at the prestigious “100 Club” on Oxford Street in London, and also at the impressive “Sage Gateshead” in Newcastle, one of the leading U.K. concert venues. The London gig is in collaboration with Todd Slaughter and the Official Elvis Presley Fanclub of Great Britain, while Trevor Cajiao at “Elvis – The Man And His Music” has been instrumental in getting us the Newcastle show. There’s talk now about doing a special interview session with the musicians at The Sage. Anyone who has read Trevor’s excellent interview with Duke in issue # 31 of the magazine knows that this will probably be very memorable.
Dates booked so far...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 Vara Konserthus, Vara, Sweden
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, U.K. -
Get Tickets HERE
Thursday, May 7, 2015 The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, U.K. - Get Tickets HERE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Sellosali, Espoo, Finland
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Chapito @ Casino 2000 Mondorf, Luxembourg
Friday, May 15, 2015 Metropool, Hengelo, Holland
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Sunday May 17, 2015 Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland

More info soon.
(News, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

New Book 'The world knows Elvis Presley–but they don't know me': Something smells very bad here, a new book about Elvis with the publicity noting Elvis' "previously unknown spectacular collection of objects from Nazi Germany'!"
'The world knows Elvis Presley – but they don't know me' (Elvis´ own words to Larry Geller shortly before his death) by Bruno Tillander is supposedly "An interesting portrait which casts a new light on the biggest artist in history!"
The Publicity states, Elvis Presley was a product of the American social conditions, the mentality of the American South, the attitudes towards weapons and the segregation that permeated the entire American society up until the mid-1960s.
The Southerner Elvis Presley had a weapons fixation, was known to have a temperament, and had a contradictory relationship to the black civil rights movement. He was a reactionary crime-fighter with fictitious role models such as Clint Eastwood’s film character "Dirty Harry". He supported the Vietnam War and offered President Richard Nixon his services in the fight against communism and left-wing liberal movements. All of these ingredients make Elvis a colorful personality, moving him closer to one of his ideals – the patriot, anti-communist, Republican, gun lobbyist and eternal American icon John Wayne.
Elvis also owned a very extensive and spectacular collection of objects from Nazi Germany, something that until now has been unknown to the general public. He was used by the greedy manager Tom Parker and his network of business contacts in a distasteful way. Elvis was deeply religious, and with the aid of his close friend and spiritual advisor Larry Geller, this book offers an interesting insight into his spiritual faith. The book presents a new and exciting image of Elvis, far from the superficial "Hollywood Elvis" of the silver screen and the official, retouched image of him. This is entertaining reading, an uncensored celebration of a great hero. The book also kills many myths and false after-the-fact stories that have circulated around Elvis for more than 60 years.
Introduction by George Klein. Fully illustrated with many unique photos.
Guest writers in this book: Larry Geller, George Klein, Tom Morgan Jr (Sheriff’s Department, Memphis), Barbara Hearn, Åke Ölvestad Music historian.

EIN notes that Larry Geller knows nothing about any "Nazi Collection" and since Elvis had several very close Jewish friends this storyline seems an absurd suggestion.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: Once again very little new action for Elvis recently on the US charts but it must be getting near Christmas as Elvis 'regular albums creep back into the charts.

'Heart And Soul' drops out of the Billboard Album Chart for w/e 15th November, 2014. It also drops from 38 to 43 on the Catalog Album Chart.

'It's Christmas Time' rises from 10 to 9 and 'Merry Christmas, Love Elvis' remains at 14 on the Holiday Album Chart. 'It's Christmas Time' also re-enters the Catalog Album Chart at 49.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Graceland Christmas Lighting Ceremony with John Stamos: Elvis' Christmas lights at Graceland will be turned on this year by actor and Elvis fan John Stamos. The annual lighting ceremony at Graceland will take place on November 21 at 6 p.m. Patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis will help Stamos light up the King's castle for the season. Channeling his inner Elvis, Santa and his red jumpsuit-inspired suit will arrive by limousine and police escort. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids following the lighting ceremony. The lighting event featuring John Stamos is free and open to the public.
The extensive Christmas display at Graceland includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature the Presley family's Christmas décor starting on Nov. 21 through to his birthday week celebration in January.
Stamos said, "I am honored to be a part of the Graceland tour experience and tremendously excited to be there in person for the lighting ceremony this year. I am a major Elvis fan and know how important the holidays were to him.
The event will be on Livestream for those who are not in Memphis
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Thursday 6 November 2014

'Ultimate Elvis Sessions' At The Printers!: The long-awaited 'Ultimate Elvis Sessions' Deluxe book-set is finally at the printers. In three volumes featuring every session and every Elvis release - all the singles, EP's and Album releases - plus reviews, interviews and in-depth looks into Elvis' sessions & with an incredible 1,700 pages this will truly be the ULTIMATE sessions book.
Elvis Sessions Fans should not miss out - get your final pre-orders in now. With a LIMITED EDITION of 2,000 boxes worldwide Pre-Orders are close to being Sold Out...
"Originally, when this project was being discussed some years ago, the general idea was to have three volumes of Ultimate Elvis, each one dealing exclusively with the three decades Elvis recorded: the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. That would give the work a neat symmetry, we believed.
However, as the project took shape and, incredibly, grew to about 1700 pages - which included a great deal of text along
with about 3000 images - it became obvious that the amount of material we had for each of the decades varied considerably. Therefore, in order to even out the material in three volumes of similar length - not so say accommodate the extensive discography and song index in the final volume - we decided to deviate slightly from our original idea and cover the time frame thus: 1953 – 1960; 1961-1968; and finally, the years leading up to 1977.
GO HERE for INFO and More Example Pages & PRE-ORDER details - including the Special Deal being offered by The Elvis Files.
Don't pay over $400 as some dealers are suggesting - buy it direct to your door from Elvis Files. Legendary guitarist James Burton sums it up neatly: 'These are the most beautiful books I have ever seen and the best researched.'.
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet.com)

Priscilla Talks About London 02 Exhibition: Speaking from her home in Los Angeles it's clear that Priscilla is delighted with her latest idea to bring Elvis to life in Britain.
"Elvis wasn't putting on any pretence, he never did. What you saw with him is what you got. Not everyone knows that, people know his music but they don't necessarily know the real Elvis, I want the world to know he was a lovely, loyal man. You don't get that with so many musicians or celebrities these days, they don't value their fans, so I want to share with the world what he was really like." She noted.
Next month an exhibition to celebrate his life will come to London's O2 Arena. It will be the first time Presley's most treasured possessions have left Graceland.
As well as give the British public an enormously exciting experience, and the opportunity to view some precious unseen exhibits, Priscilla wants to explain Elvis' legacy. Show is fans he was a real person, not someone who just simply sang on a stage.
"I'm very, very excited as we have been wanting to do this for some time. It is a peak behind the scenes of the real Elvis, Elvis the father, son, friend, dad. Elvis was just so very loyal and that will come across, he was someone who could be trusted, someone who people could rely on, the trust factor was very important to him, he was wonderful.
Another thing that was so special to him was the fact that he graduated from high school, he was the first person in his family to ever do that. Things like that people don't necessarily know but that's the kind of thing that I remember so fondly about him."
"I'm very excited about it, we have been wanting to bring an Elvis

exhibition to England for some time. Some of these exhibits haven't been seen before, Elvis will be so happy, he always thought this British fans were so supportive, he had a special love for them. He took nothing for granted. Elvis even made a scrapbook himself, filled with pictures of the fans, he never forgot them. He felt very attached to Britain."
Specific items leaving Memphis for the first of its kind London exhibition include:
TCB" (Taking Care of Business) ring, 16 total karats with a centre solitaire of 11.5 karats
American Eagle jumpsuit from "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii"
Red 1960 MG Roadster from the film "Blue Hawaii"
Elvis’ personal wallet

Priscilla will be visiting the O2 to see her ex-husband's possessions out in their full glory. She is starring in the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves pantomime in Manchester so will make a trip to London. Lisa-Marie too has a scheduled a time to see it too.
Tickets for the exhibition go on sale today - visit ElvisAtTheO2.com.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis & Nixon’ New Movie, now with Kevin Spacey: The rumoured movie 'Elvis & Nixon' has now found two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to play President Richard Nixon opposite Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as rock ‘n’ roller Elvis Presley as the reconfigured project hits AFM this week. Written by actor Cary Elwes with Hanala and Joey Sagal, 'Elvis & Nixon' centres on the historic 1970 meeting between King and the president that famously yielded one of the more curious White House photo ops in pop culture history.
Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship, Return) is directing Elvis & Nixon, which The Butler’s Cassian Elwes is producing with Holly Wiersma. Byron Wetzel is executive producing alongside Tim Smith and Paul Brett for Prescience, which is backing the project.
'Elvis Meets Nixon' was the original made-for-TV 1997 movie about the same topic which stared Rick Peters as
Elvis Presley and Bob Gunton as Richard Nixon.
On the morning of December 21, 1970, Presley showed up on the White House lawn asking to speak with the president at the height of his revived rock ‘n’ roll stardom. President Nixon received him in the Oval Office, where they discussed the patriotic Presley’s views on drug use and hippies (he didn’t care for either, though he would develop an addiction to barbiturates), and the King asked to be sworn in as an undercover federal agent, leaving behind a gifted Colt .45 for the president. Less than four years after their powwow, Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal; three years after that, Presley was dead at 42.
Elvis & Nixon unfolds during the course of a week. Eric Bana and Danny Huston once were attached to the roles, but it’s a new package that’s also seen some script revisions and filming is slated for an early 2015 start. "It’s almost hard to fathom this story which evolved in the Oval Office between these two extraordinary men," said Walton. "It’s almost too good to be true."
(News, Source;DeadlineHollywood/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: A Southern Life': Elvis Presley might have left the building, but he’s become immortal in movies, songs and books, including UNC history professor emeritus Joel Williamson’s biography "Elvis Presley: A Southern Life."
Unlike other tributes to the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Williamson’s book discusses Elvis as a product of Southern culture — much like Williamson, himself.
"As I learned more about his life I wanted to feel what he felt there, to the extent that I am a Southerner, a male, a son of farmers who came to town, I had a head start."
A retired Lineberger professor of southern studies and race relations at UNC, Williamson has researched Elvis for 20 years, seeking to connect with his hometown roots. He moved to Memphis to walk the same streets as Elvis, visited his birthplace in Tupelo and made 14 trips to his Graceland estate.
What separates Williamson’s book from other Elvis biographies is its focus on the southern origins of Elvis’ stardom.
"In my writing I sought to offer a reading of the life of Elvis Presley and the lives of girls and women in the 20th century in the South and in America," Williamson said.
Williamson, had help from Ferber and Donald Shaw, a professor in UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
"He is a tremendously insightful scholar in southern culture," Shaw said.
Shaw noted Williamson’s link between Elvis and women of the 1950s. Southern
women were emerging from a period of economic depression and World War II, and their lives were confined socially, Shaw said. They were expected to be chaste and proper, he said, until Elvis liberated them.
"Elvis represents such a unique part of southern culture, and southern culture was influenced by Elvis’ music," Shaw said.
A southern scholar who teaches in Mississippi near where Elvis was born, Ownby said he was intrigued by Williamson’s approach.
"The book shows that Elvis Presley’s identity got stuck at a very early age. He got stuck as the object of a female desire — when that had a range of challenging meanings, but he chose to stick with it," Ownby said.
"It’s a great biography — and great biographies are powerful in themselves," he said. "Joel Williamson never says that Elvis is an example of something. I found that after I read this book, it stayed with me."
So maybe Elvis hasn’t left. Not yet, anyway.
EIN is also impressed with the book and will be publishing our review soon.
(News, Source;DailyTarheel/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 3 November 2014

'Elvis 80' SONY Birthday release: As suspected SONY is working on another "Greatest Hits" type compilation for Elvis' 80th Birthday celebration on January 8, 2015.
Back in 2009 the 'Elvis 75 Good Rockin’ Tonight' 4 CD set with then "new" audio re-mastering from Vic Anesini was a delight to behold. One can only imagine this new 2015 set being a too obvious repeat. This time 80 tracks "All The Hits" have been promised on three CDs.
Supposedly to be released early December.
Right is the suggested cover (not confirmed)
Of the "Elvis 75" release Ernst Jorgensen explained back in 2009, "We’re a little bit on a mission. We always try to see if we can get new devotees for our little project, get people to look beyond the 30 number-one hits. This box set is really what that’s all about. Maybe it’s even more about that than it is about getting a better sound. … it gives us the opportunity to put a package out that’s tempting because it has all the hits. And then fans go in … and find all these songs that are nowhere near as famous but that we think are aesthetically just as important and see if we can get people excited

about the Elvis they didn’t know."
EIN notes that however this time round every track has already been remastered and released - so will 'Elvis At 80' be a budget re-tread or offer something better?
(Go here to EIN's look at the 2009 'Elvis 75 Good Rockin’ Tonight' review)
(News, Source;ElvisMemories/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' last #1 'Suspicious Minds' 45 years Ago: It was this week forty- five years ago that Elvis had his last US Billboard Number One! After premiering his new single with some sensational Las Vegas summer performances the record would reach the US #1 spot on November 1, 1969.
Billboard notes, "In the wake of the success of Elvis Presley's December 1968 NBC TV special, Elvis – often referred to as the '68 Comeback Special – the 34-year-old singer headed into the recording studio in January 1969 to build on the momentum.
Among the cuts Presley laid down at Memphis' American Sound Studio was his seventh and final No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, "Suspicious Minds." A number of his hits, such as "Hound Dog," predate the launch of the chart in 1958.
"This is where it all started for me," Presley told Billboard during his only in-studio interview after signing with RCA in 1955,"It feels good to be back in Memphis recording."
Presley also remarked that it was "especially refreshing" that the American Sound sessions were among the few he did in the '60s that weren't tied to a film.
After years of acting in movies and churning out their soundtrack albums, Presley and his pop career were rejuvenated. His comeback was complete on Nov. 1, 1969 when "Suspicious Minds," released as stand-alone single, became his first No. 1 Hot 100 hit since 1962's "Good Luck Charm."
Presley continued to rack up top 40 hits in the early '70s, including his final Billboard No. 2 smash, "Burning Love," in 1972. (It was blocked from the top by Chuck Berry's novelty hit 'My Ding-a-Ling'. "
Go here to EIN's spotlight on 'Suspicious Minds'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"ELVIS At The O2" London Exhibition: Britain will get personal insight into the life of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, through the largest Elvis retrospective ever mounted in Europe, Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life. Opening at The O2, London on December 12, the exhibition will showcase over 300 artefacts direct from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives, some of which have never been exhibited outside of Graceland in Memphis. It will run for nine months.
The Exhibition chronicles the rise of the rock ‘n’ roll icon and how Elvis impacted popular culture around the world through his music, movies and personal style. From his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame, the exhibition will explore Elvis mania that first swept America and then the world, ground-breaking recording sessions, record-breaking concert tours, his military service, Hollywood film career and influence on fashion. Most importantly, visitors will get an intimate peek behind the
gates of Graceland and come to know the man who strived to be the best possible, father, son and friend.
Over 300 artefacts presented in Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life will include automobiles, personal items, historical documents, iconic stage costumes, guitars, gold and platinum records, and photography, in addition to dazzling audio and video presentations. Even the famous pool table Elvis played on with The Beatles will be on display.
Specific items leaving Memphis for the first of its kind London exhibition include:
TCB" (Taking Care of Business) ring, 16 total karats with a centre solitaire of 11.5 karats
American Eagle jumpsuit from "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii"
Red 1960 MG Roadster from the film "Blue Hawaii"
Elvis’ personal wallet containing photos of a young Lisa Marie Presley
Elvis’ personal keys to Graceland
Some artefacts will only be on display for a limited period of time during the nine month run, giving the exhibition narrative a fresh and exciting story worth seeing on multiple occasions. Artefacts scheduled to be on display for a limited period of time over the course of the exhibition include:
1955 Pink Cadillac Fleetwood used for touring and eventually given to his mother
Elvis’ gold lame outfit worn on stage in 1957
Black leather suit from the "1968 Comeback Special"
Exhibition coordinator Nic Wastell says: "What we will be presenting is as much of Graceland as will fit into The O2. There has never been anything like this for Elvis before. No exhibition mounted previously has ever been so revealing of the man and the star."
As a companion the largest Elvis themed retail outlet ever assembled in Europe will serve as a marketplace for a large variety of Elvis and Graceland merchandise, including a broad selection of Elvis Presley CDs and boxsets including an exclusive Limited Edition 2-CD keepsake collection, "The Music From Elvis At The O2," made specifically for this Exhibition and only available with ticket purchase or at the O2 Exhibition retail outlet.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale at 9am London time on Friday, November 7,
For more information about the exhibition & tickets visit ElvisAtTheO2.com.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Two New Deluxe Releases from Gravel Road: Two new deluxe book releases have been announced by the Gravel Road Music label.
The publicity states
- 'Elvis, Love American Style' (Directly from SOUNDBOARD recordings Series no.1)
Out soon is Gravelroad Music brand new Deluxe 100+ pages book with Soundboard CD "'Elvis, Love American Style' featuring the 28th June, 1974 concert Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Arena.
"On April 25, 1974, A Thursday, The journal ran a four paragraph story on page 15 of the first section under the headline, "Elvis To Be Here In June 28" A one head column shot of Elvis.."
This was the only announcement, No Printed ads, No TV commercials.
IT WAS SOLD OUT!!! 2 months in advance 11,800 seats !!!
Even today fans who heard the concert say: "IT ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER OF 1974"
All reviews on this show were raving, but it took almost 13 years to redo this hard to find and rare show justice and made available again to the fans. The concert is now included with a beautiful deluxe hardcover book featuring amazing shots and stunning artwork!
It is time for the ultimate re-release of this special concert!
The 'Elvis, Love American Style' deluxe hardcover book with 100+ pages and many (80+) amazing beautiful page size photos of the show
with the light blue "Phoenix" pattern jumpsuit, essential liner notes, background information and news reviews AND the concert is fully re-mastered audio. In crisp dynamic sound! The audio is taken directly from the original soundboard tape transfers made in 2004. Every second was digitally restored from scratch to achieve optimal listening pleasure.
Limited to 550 copies worldwide, in the best possible artwork & audio!
Go here to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details & tracklist.
- 'Elvis, Vegas Rhythm" Revisited' (Directly from SOUNDBOARD recordings Series no.2 )
The second release from our new soundboard recordings series. A Brand New Deluxe 110+ pages book with Soundboard CD 'Elvis, Vegas Rhythm" Revisited' featuring the February 3rd, 1973 Dinner show.
Plus on Multi Media DVD in full format 2 extra shows February 2nd, Midnight Show and February 3rd, 1973 Midnight Show and 45 Minutes 8 mm footage of the January/ February Vegas Season.
A Deluxe Full Colour Hardcover Book with 45+ minutes 8 mm Footage of January/ February 1973 and 3 SOUNDBOARDS fully re-mastered in amazing sound! And over 85+ amazing and rare photos many page size. Extended liner notes, a lot of background information about the CD in one package!!
It is time for the ultimate re-release of this special concert!
The deluxe hardcover book features 110+ pages and many (85+)
amazing beautiful page size photos of the show, essential liner notes, background information and news
All in crisp dynamic sound!
The being there feel is present with all 3 soundboards Fully re-mastered in the way it should have been! These Elvis shows sounds simply fantastic!
The audio is taken directly from original soundboard tape transfers and it shows…. Every second is digitally restored from scratch to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your dealers for samples!
Limited to 550 copies worldwide, in the best possible artwork & audio!
For here to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details, tracklist and inside look at the books.
(News, Source;GRM/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 1 November 2014

Elaine Beckett -Easy Come Easy Go costar- Interview: Elaine Beckett was born in England, qualified with an Arts Degree and yet was somehow destined to be a co-star in Elvis’ 1966 movie ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’.

The film was Hal Wallis' last movie with Elvis and the circumstances - including forcing Elvis to wear a scuba suit and with only a low-budget - were not ideal.
Elaine Beckett still lives in LA and it was through a connection with her fine work for ‘The Humane Society Of the US’ that EIN managed to track her down for an interview about her amazing career and her time with Elvis.
Elaine Beckett not only worked with Elvis but met a multitude of fascinating people through her life in Arts and the movies..

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley talks with Elaine Beckett about her amazing life...

(Interview, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Reviews): If I Can Dream: The Story of "Being Elvis" for 50 Years and Elvirus! Elvi-geddon: Dawn of the Elvi Invasion: Dave Ehlert became an ETA in 1967, a decade before Elvis' death. He continues to perform as "Elvis" in 2014. In addition, Ehlert recently published two Elvis ebooks - the first, his light-hearted and entertaining autobiography, the second a clever Elvis sci-fi/zombie novel.

In a "double review" EIN's Nigel Patterson explores what are two fun and entertaining ebooks. Read Nigel's full review


Ginger Alden memoir ................ 'softcover' edition announced:

Not surprisingly, given its strong sales, Berkley Trade has announced ELVIS and Ginger will be released in softcover/paperback format in August 2015.

Or if you don't want to wait, the competitively priced hardcover and Kindle editions are available from Amazon (to order click on images opposite). (News, Source: Amazon)

....Hardcover

Kindle....


Friday 31 October 2014 - - - Happy Halloween - - -

Elvira and Elvis: Halloween is upon us and possibly our thoughts turn to "Elvira, The Mistress of the Dark". Since 1981, Elvira has become an icon and something of a Halloween tradition, hosting and skewering bad horror movies. Recently Elvira actor Cassandra Peterson was interviewed by Den of The Geek, where she talked about meeting Elvis.
Before she was the famed '80s horror show hostess Elvira, Cassandra Peterson was a Las Vegas showgirl with big dreams.
Elvira: When I was little my influences were, Vincent Price and Ann Margaret. Maybe I am kind of like the illegitimate child of Vincent Price and Ann Margaret. I have a little bit of both of those going on. Ann Margaret was my idol. I saw her in Bye Bye Birdie and I just thought "Oh my god, sexy redhead. She kissed Elvis actually in the movies. I want to be her."
Elvira: I was a big groupie, I loved music. I got to realize the dream of actually meeting Elvis and actually going out on a date with Elvis, so that was a dream come true for me. There was a lot of making out going on, we had a great time.
I met him in Vegas when I was a showgirl, and I went to his room, which was a giant two-story suite at the top of the International Hotel in Vegas, which is no longer there. He sat down at the piano and he sang a song with me sitting on the piano bench with him. I started harmonizing with him, and we were singing a song together. That’s when Elvis said to me "you have a pretty decent voice. Why don’t you get into singing? Why don’t you stop being a showgirl and take vocal lessons? Become a singer".

Elvis was 100 percent responsible for me getting out of Vegas and going on with my career. Elvis said to me, 'You don't want to stay here, this is not a town you should be in.' And I don't think if that would've come from anybody but Elvis I would've done it."
Elvis' advice inspired a move to LA, which is where Peterson auditioned for the role of Elvira. The rest is horror show history. More than 30 years later, she's still casting a spell on her legions of fans.
Go here for the full Geek article.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Mick Jagger Re-Confirms New Elvis Movie: The Rolling Stones frontman, who is producing James Brown biopic, Get On Up, as well as an untitled HBO "music-oriented" series, reconfirmed his bio-pic that brings the life of teenage Elvis to screen.
"I have been asked to be involved in producing a movie on an adolescent Elvis ... so that's in the works," he said.
Over a year ago EIN confirmed that Mick Jagger was a producer on the new Elvis bio-pic 'Last Train To Memphis'.
The rock star is also working on an HBO show which will be directed by Martin Scorsese. "I'm not in it. It's a story I worked on with Marty. It was going to be a movie and then we made it into a TV series. It's fictional drama. The lead character is the owner of a record company and it's about his life."
Jagger said he is "doing fine" following the suicide of his longtime partner, L'Wren Scott in March. "My family's been very supportive, you know. I've had a lot of work to do so that's kept me, you know, in a good way."

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Jim Carrey Spoofs Elvis for Halloween: Poor old Elvis! It is truly stunning that 37 years after his death Elvis still has such a major presence in all media. However doing stupid imitations of Elvis has always been an easy option for comedians and for Halloween Jim Carrey was back at it again. This week he donned a red Elvis-inspired outfit with horns for ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Halloween ep.
Carrey did his best to bring the funny back to "Saturday Night Live" but the skit has been reviewed as "Despite the initially amusing (or was it just jarring?) visual spectacle of Carrey decked out as Hellvis (picture a ’70s era Elvis with curly horns and red jumpsuit), this tedious Jailhouse Rock–style ditty made me never want to touch another pecan pie as long as I live."
"You might as well stop, it will never be enough," he said of the audience's cheers when he first appeared onstage, adding how

Halloween is "the one day of the year that I actually blend in."
In true Carrey fashion he continued the shenanigans with a strange Elvis Presley tribute he called "Hellvis" along with backup singers and a choir.
EIN Notes - we posted this story only because it was halloween and because it again demonstrates Elvis legacy is still everywhere.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Alvin Stardust, dies aged 72: Alvin Stardust was one of the more bizarre UK glam rock sensations of the 1970s. The singer with the Elvis quiff, looked like an Elvis Presley impersonator in his leather "Comeback-Suit" and used all manner of Elvis vocal mannerisms when in 1974 he sang his first and biggest hit, 'My Coo-Ca-Choo'. There was no doubt who he was imitating. His hair was luxuriantly bouffant, black sideburns covered most of his pale cheeks and he gazed at the camera with a mixture of sexy come-hither and curled-lip disdain. His only real concession to "glam" lay in the huge rings that he wore on his leather gloves.
Stardust went on to have four Top 10 hits in quick succession in the early 1970s. The most famous were 'My Coo Ca Choo' and 'Jealous Mind', although 'Red Dress' and 'You You You' were not far behind.
His original choice of name was Elvin, melding Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent. Before he adopted the chartbusting persona of Alvin Stardust, he had already had a trial run at pop stardom as Shane Fenton, lead singer with Shane Fenton and the Fentones. The group scored a handful of minor hits at the start of the 60s.
Although Stardust’s successes in the 1970s tended to dwarf the rest of his career, he enjoyed a revival in the 1980s before moving on to concentrate on acting and TV.
Alvin Stardust (Bernard William Jewry), 27/9/42 - 23/10/14 RIP
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: Once again very little new action for Elvis recently on the US charts but it must be getting near Christmas as Elvis 'regular albums creep back into the charts.

'Heart And Soul' drops from 166 to 198 on the Billboard Album Chart for w/e 8th November, 2014. As of this week total units sold are 793,264 units.

'It's Christmas Time' drops from 6 to 10 and 'Merry Christmas, Love Elvis' drops from 10 to 14 on the Holiday Album Chart.



(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


News from earlier this week...

‘Flaming Star’ On Blu-Ray: There is a little confusion from fans as there are two versions of Elvis' very fine 1960 western 'Flaming Star' released on Blu-Ray.
Both releases are limited to 3,000 copies.
The first release from FOX - the basic movie with no extra audio commentary - is available for only US$16 !
The vision quality has been rated as very good.
Click here to Amazon to purchase - Only £9.90 = US$16 >> Flaming Star [1960] [Region Free] Blu Ray

The second version (far right) to be released November on the 'Twilight Time' label will feature the extra Special Features of Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs

and Nick Redman / Original Theatrical Trailers and Isolated Music Score.
This version is for Pre-order for US$29.95 from Screen Archives. Look here.
EIN says - Fans beware as other Elvis website shops are charging excessive prices for these releases.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians' Tour Update: Back in August Arjan Deelen was proud to announce that he had tracked down Elvis' 1970 drummer Bob Lanning. He was able make a deal with him for an exclusive tour in May 2015. This will mark the first time since 1970 that Bob will be playing Elvis’ music. For the first time, you will be able to hear songs like ‘Polk Salad Annie’, ‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ and many others as played by the drummer that you can hear on the original Elvis versions.
Enthusiasm is already running high among Elvis fans for the 2015 “An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians” shows (featuring a.o. Duke Bardwell, Bob Lanning and Marlyn Mason). Below you can see a list of the shows booked at present. We are excited about every show obviously, but we are particularly thrilled about coming to the U.K. for the first time. We will be performing at the prestigious “100 Club” on Oxford Street in London, and also at the impressive “Sage Gateshead” in Newcastle, one of the leading U.K. concert venues. The London gig is in collaboration with Todd Slaughter and the Official Elvis Presley Fanclub of Great Britain, while Trevor Cajiao at “Elvis – The Man And His Music” has been instrumental in getting us the Newcastle show. There’s talk now about doing a special interview session with the musicians at The Sage. Anyone who has read Trevor’s excellent interview with Duke in issue # 31 of the magazine knows that this will probably be very memorable.
Dates booked so far...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 Vara Konserthus, Vara, Sweden
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, U.K.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, U.K.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Sellosali, Espoo, Finland
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Chapito @ Casino 2000 Mondorf, Luxembourg
Friday, May 15, 2015 Metropool, Hengelo, Holland
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Sunday May 17, 2015 Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland

More info soon.
(News, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

Wertheimer's Reaction To Finding The 'Mystery Kisser': It was back in 2010 that radio broadcaster Ron Brandon was the keen Elvis fan who discovered the identity of Wertheimer's famous 'Mystery Kisser'. It was Ron who actually got Mystery Kisser Barbara Gray and Alfred Wertheimer together on the phone for the first time since 1956 to discuss that famous night. This would lead to a Vanity Fair exclusive "The Elvis Kiss Mystery-Revealed!" in August 2011 along with multiple TV appearances and EPE promotion.
When found Barbara Gray, was 75 and didn't reveal her identity for the money or fame. "I just wanted to get my name on the damn picture,". Gray admitted that she become fed up with being known only as the "unknown woman in the wings" with a young Elvis in a stairwell at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia.
With the death of Alfred Wertheimer, Ron Brandon recalls what it was like to make that incredible phone call to Wertheimer and to reveal to him that the Elvis "Mystery Kisser" was finally found...
Go HERE to EIN's exclusive spotlight and fascinating story from Ron Brandon.
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Joe Moscheo Elvis Collection On Ebay: The Imperials Joe Moscheo is selling off his personal Elvis collection, all items never before offered. They are coming directly from Joe Moscheo himself. These items are all associated with the career of Elvis Presley and his connection to the imperials. Each item comes with a COA signed by Joe Moscheo and a photo of Joe and Elvis together.
Joe is also the author of The Gospel Side Of Elvis.
The collection for sale includes the 'Telegram from Elvis to Imperials 7/31/69 Vegas Opening Night' for a rather expensive US$3,000. Sadly there is no Elvis signature and it is from "Elvis And The Colonel".
There is also other International Hotel memorabilia and a 1998 signed letter from Priscilla 
The items all  comes with a COA from Joe Moscheo that it is from his personal collection.
Go HERE to check out the Ebay offers.


(News, Source;Ebay/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Palm Springs home auction cancelled: Any hopes of bidding on the former Palm Springs home of Elvis Presley have just been dashed. A public auction slated Saturday for the 1946 home located at 845 W. Chino Canyon was cancelled Wednesday morning.
The listing agent, Jeff Egan stated that the seller had instead accepted a pre-auction offer.
The sale price and the identity of the buyer will only become public record after the escrow closes within the next 30 days.
When the auction price was $2.59 million and the home attracted multiple offers and counter-offers.
Egan acknowledged that the home, which has sat vacant in disrepair for months, needs quite a bit of renovation.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

News and EIN exclusives from earlier last month

Oct 20, 2014 - Alfred Wertheimer Passed Away: EIN is sad to report that Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer passed away earlier today. His collection of images of Elvis in 1956 are unequalled.
"Elvis was unique in that he permitted closeness, not six to eight feet away, which was standard, but right up close, three to four feet away. He was so intensely involved with what he was doing: it was as if he were laser focused; whether he was combing his hair or chatting up the girls, he would be himself. I didn't realize how unique that was. I put Elvis under my microscope and studied him."

Wertheimer's images are witness to an incredible time in the history of photography, as well as to the birth of a star and new chapter in the history of music.
He was a lovely man who always took the time to chat to fans. He is pictured here recently with EIN's Sanja Meegin.
Alfred Wertheimer 1929-2014 R.I.P.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


EIN Spotlight on Alfred Wertheimer: Photographer Alfred Wertheimer was a special guest at this year's Elvis Week "Conversations On Elvis". Wertheimer described a few of those moments he spent with Elvis back in 1956 to the crowd but of course the main topic of discussion was the recent discovery and confirmation of the woman belonging to the famous "Elvis Kiss" photograph.
It is incredible to learn that over seven days in 1956 Wertheimer shot over 3,500 photographs of Elvis in the months of March, June, and July in the unbelievable year that "the Memphis Flash" became the iconic "Elvis the Pelvis".
Back in 2009 Vanity Fair contributor Bob Colacello wrote a fascinating and detailed article about Alfred Wertheimer which goes on to explain far more about how Wertheimer and Elvis interacted to get those iconic images - "The First of Elvis".
EIN presents an edited version of that in-depth and fascinating interview along with some stunning photographs of Elvis, some that you may not have seen before. Click here for a great look at Elvis in 1956 with lots of fabulous Wertheimer photos.
(Spotlight: Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

New FTD November Releases: Four new FTD releases coming out in November, a 1975 soundboard, Something For Everybody VINYL set, Elvis' Christmas Album (Classic Album) and Flaming Star soundtrack album.
1. 'Elvis In Florida – April 1975' - The most exciting release, a new soundboard single disc 7" set featuring highlights from Elvis’ concerts during April 1975. The performances are taken from Jacksonville (April 25) and Lakeland (April 27 & 28). The 12-page booklet features great photos by Keith Alverson and memorabilia.
During his April 1975 tour Elvis was in good form, in a great mood and cracking jokes. We have already had plenty of soundboards from the May 1975 but no complete soundboards from April. FTD's Southern Nights captured the fabulous feeling from this 1975 spring era. (See Southern Nights FTD review here)
The tracklist includes plenty of favourites such as, Help Me, My Boy, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, I’ll Remember You, Big Boss Man, It’s Midnight, Funny How Time Slips Away and That’s All Right.
Go here to FTD/SONY 2014 news for full tracklist & more details

2. 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' Double VINYL. A special Limited Edition 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set featuring the best outtakes from Elvis' great March & June 1961 sessions. Also includes plenty of outtakes of the classics 'Little Sister' and '(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame'.
• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing

 

 

Go here to FTD/SONY 2014 news for full tracklist & more details

 

3. 'Flaming Star' FTD Soundtrack Album.
No tracklist or details have been supplied as yet.
Presumably it will include the complete outtakes from the October 1960 session. It should include the officially unreleased (overdub) outtakes of 'Britches', 'A Cane And A High Starched Collar' and other delights.

Release date late November.

Full details soon

 

4. 'Elvis' Christmas Album' - FTD Classic Album
No tracklist or details have been supplied as yet.
There is little unreleased from Elvis' classic 1957 Christmas album September session. There is a known short part of studio dialogue before 'White Christmas' but the main session outtakes have been lost. Perhaps some more extra studio banter has been found on the master count-ins.
There are however plenty of binaural outtakes from the January 1957 'Peace In The Valley', 'It Is No Secret' session etc.


Release date late November - just in time for Christmas.

Full details soon

(News, Source;KJ/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


Shirley Dieu, author of Memphis Mafia Princess, talks to EIN: With many fans already getting to know Shirley Dieu through her warmly received book, Shirley has taken time out of her hectic schedule to talk to EIN's Nigel Patterson about her life, and of course Elvis. In her entertaining interview Shirley reflects on a range of interesting topics:

  • her first impressions of Elvis
  • life at Graceland and on tour
  • some of the funny moments around Elvis (including the British comedy group Elvis liked to imitate)
  • the Memphis Mafia
  • Elvis' Monopoly Tour
  • the day Elvis died
  • Shirley's other lives as a, model, actress, Talent Agency operator and proprietor of a car brokerage company
  • the "Princess Di like" cover image on Memphis Mafia Princess
  • nights at Hugh Hefner's private club, PIPS
  • why it is probably a good idea to know your Academy Award nominees
  • revisiting a very different Graceland in the early 1980s (Interview, Source: EIN)

(Interview) Dennis Forbus author of one of 2014's best Elvis books talks to EIN: He may not yet be an household name in Elvis circles but Dennis Forbus's gravitas is increasing thanks to one of the most innovative and impressive Elvis books in many years.

Elvis: An American Trilogy Volume 1 features a powerful narrative wonderfully complemented by literally hundreds of rare archival images of Elvis - Dennis recently took time to talk to EIN's Nigel Patterson about his book. In a wide ranging, detailed and intriguing interview Dennis discusses:

  • his innovative use of the first person in Elvis: An American Trilogy Volume 1 "Family"
  • color, ‘movie camera footage’ of a pre-teen Elvis leaving East Tupelo Consolidated School in 1947!!!
  • Elvis' continuing influence in the world today
  • the impact of segreation and racism on Elvis
  • some of his major discoveries over 19 years interviewing those who knew Elvis and researching his book
  • Elvis and "The Wild Bunch Gang"
  • rare photos of a pre-teen Elvis included in his book
  • and a lot more!

Read our fascinating interview with Dennis Forbus here


'Showroom Internationale' New RSD Vinyl: A new vinyl album 'Showroom Internationale' a special numbered 2LP set is to be released for US Record Store Day.
The album will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available. Now in its seventh year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April plus an annual Black Friday (November 28, 2014) event occurring the day after Thanksgiving.
The publicity notes "Elvis Presley - Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl. The film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances."
The show is of course not previously unreleased as it is the same performance as released on the recent TTWII Legacy release as well as the Deluxe TTWII set.
While we may already have the concert, the album cover is damn fine!

(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis and Marilyn Monroe Holograms: Pulse Evolution Corporation and Authentic Brands Group have announced a partnership to also produce a virtually animated Marilyn Monroe. Together, they will leverage Pulse's leading human animation solutions to present Monroe to today's audiences in the form of new and exciting entertainment and branding opportunities, including "holographic" performances in theatrical productions, live appearances, mobile apps, commercials and more.
This announcement represents the second partnership between the leading brand development and licensing company, ABG and virtual performance industry pioneer, Pulse Evolution. "Fans and brand partners around the world enjoy holographic and virtual performances as a powerful form of modern entertainment. We are thrilled to showcase our leading celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to audiences around the world."
ABG is also the owner of the ELVIS brand and this push to create a Marilyn Monroe hologram can only lead to a faster creation of Elvis as a live performing hologram.
Among the successes of the Pulse team are the Virtual Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella Festival, Virtual Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, the award-winning effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with roles in high-end visual effects films like Avatar, Forrest Gump and more. With the addition of Marilyn Monroe, Pulse Evolution has a virtual performer catalogue that includes Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, representing three of the Top Five highest earning celebrity estates in the world.
(News, Source;CNN/ElvisInfoNet)


Tom Jones to Publish Autobiography: Music legend Sir Tom Jones is to release his autobiography next year through publishers Penguin. The Treforest-born singer, who has had worldwide fame and chart-topping hits for half a century, will share stories of his friendship with Elvis Presley, his racy Las Vegas residencies and turbulent TV career in his memoir. The book, yet to be named, is scheduled for release in autumn 2015 with the famous publisher after they secured the deal with Sir Tom’s son Mark Woodward, who is also the star’s manager. The 74 year-old will certainly have plenty to write about – not least about his incredible musical success, which has seen him notch up 36 UK top 40 hits and 19 more in the US. More recently he has won a new army of fans thanks to being a mentor on BBC One talent show The Voice.
But it’s likely to be his personal life which will whip up the most interest, with Sir Tom known for his legendary lothario which once saw him claim to have slept with around 250 groupies during his early days. Despite remaining married to childhood sweetheart Melinda since 1957 he has allegedly had affairs with Mary Wilson from The Supremes and former Miss World Marjorie Wallace. He’s also expected to lift the lid on his

friendships with some of the most famous faces in the world of showbusiness.
As well as Elvis Presley, who once serenaded him in the shower, the Green, Green Grass of Home singer has received advice and compliments from the likes of Frank Sinatra – who advised him to preserve his voice – and Otis Redding, who told Sir Tom he was the "greatest soul singer in the world".

In the past Jones has always stated that he would NOT publish his autobiography as he would "have to write about a lot of things that are better left unsaid."
Recently his stories about Elvis have become somewhat exaggerated so EIN only hopes that the book will contain some new stories about Elvis that are worth reading.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review): CHANNELING ELVIS How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll: Allen J. Wiener's latest book is now available and what a release it is! Focusing on arguably the most important factor in the making and maintaining of Elvis as an international superstar, Channeling Elvis is a long overdue critical examination of the seminal and underappreciated role television played in the Elvis story.

Allen Wiener's earlier works have been critically acclaimed for their rigorous research, deep analysis and thought provoking narrative. And Channeling Elvis is no different - the result of years of research, first hand interviews with people involved with each of Elvis' television performances and cogent analysis, the author weaves a wonderfully rich and expressive narrative full of texture, color and absorbing resonance.

Channeling Elvis is a very important release in the Elvis canon and a mandatory inclusion in any serious Elvis library!

Read EIN's detailed review here


2014 - Elvis Presley #2 Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: Five years after his death, the late and great King of Pop Michael Jackson continues to bring in profits, topping Forbes’ annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list for the second year in a row raking in $140 million - but with Elvis Presley still holding second place.
Forbes determined this year’s rankings which ranks deceased celebrities who grossed the most hard cash in the prior year to come up with an estimate of what each artist’s estate made between October 2013 and October 2014.
As last year, Jackson is followed by Elvis Presley whose estate raked in $55 million in the past 12 months. Peanuts illustrator Charles Schulz brought in $40 million. The report notes that much of the newly amassed wealth stems from several factors, including outside parties managing the artists’ licensing and merchandise after buying their intellectual property rights, attractions like Elvis’ Graceland mansion, and the long lasting franchises like Peanuts, which is in production for a 3-D flick, due in 2015.
This year's report has hardly changed from last year’s list, which also had Jackson as the top earner, followed by Presley and Schulz. Other top-earners are actor Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee, model and pinup pioneer Bettie Page and actor James Dean.
Jackson earnings were boosted this year by a highly publicised (but ultimately disappointing) hologram appearance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards plus a new album Xscape which despite the publicity did not make number one.
Elvis, the King of Rock n’ Roll, may again have taken a back seat to the King of Pop but Elvis' estate is still earning steadily thanks to his eternally
popular image, the internationally touring video-concerts and the stream of revenue from Graceland. Elvis' international earnings were bosted last year with his Platinum-selling UK Number 1 'The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song'. And with new owners ABG changing the marketing-base and with the talk next year of an Elvis hologram things will change - possibly for good or bad.
Top five Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2014.
1. Michael Jackson $140 million

2. Elvis Presley $55 million
3. Charles Schulz ('Peanuts' creator) $40 million.
4. Elizabeth Taylor $25 million.
5. Bob Marley $20 million.
Interestingly Beyonce is this year's top earning living Celebrity taking $115 million last year, less than the late Michael Jackson!
As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!
Elvis left the building 37 years ago - will Michael Jackson still be in the list in 30 years time? - EIN truly has its doubts.
(News, Source;Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)

ASK Marty Lacker!: Today Marty answers your questions about....

- Did Billy think Ginger was good for Elvis?
- Was is possible that Elvis' 60s movie period actually preserved his legacy.
- Atlantic Records and the Elvis Sun contract bid.
- Elvis' Football games, How rough were they for injuries?
- Did you know ahead-of-time what ELVIS' Jaycees speech would be
- Was Elvis an avid follower of any sport ?
 

(Book Review): Remember...A Love Story (Eve Thomas): The Elvis book library is a particularly eclectic one.  In 2014 the latest addition to the 'new age' genre is Eve Thomas’s engaging and thought provoking memoir, Remember...A Love Story.  Part biography, part revelation.......it is certainly not your usual book written around Elvis.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took an interesting and surprising journey into the spiritual world of Eve Thomas and her experiences with Elvis. From past lives which include being a passenger on the ill-fated Titanic to training elephants in India and twin flames (souls), this is a book that would have certainly attracted Elvis in his search for spiritual enlightenment and happiness.

Read our full review of a book that challenges and entertains


Todd Slaughter Talks Elvis!: One of the last to meet The King before he died, and friend of legendary manager Colonel Parker, Todd Slaughter has run the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain for almost 50 years.“I was utterly consumed by him.”
"My dream, was to meet Elvis, and I did it.” In fact, the 68-year-old is being rather lenient with the facts.
He actually met Elvis three times, the last time in June 1977. In six weeks, the biggest star rock ‘n’ roll has ever seen would be dead.
“I’d noticed a decline in his health. The first two times I met him, 1972 / 73, he looked the same, maybe put a little bit more weight on. When I met him six weeks before he died, there was a producer who said to me, take a look at him up close, our make-up lady says it looks as if he’s got six months to live – it turned out he’d got six weeks.”
That last encounter was at Indianapolis Airport, where Elvis presented Todd with an award for being president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain for ten years, and the footage of it, filmed by a news crew Todd had slipped $100, is thought to be the last ever recorded of the megastar.
“He came out of the plane, he looked very shaky, he did not look well. I then went to see what was his last show and he sang his heart out and did a set that lasted an hour-and-a-half instead of the usual hour. But I came back thinking things didn’t look good – and when it was announced on the radio that he’d died, I really wasn’t that surprised.”
A mechanical engineer by trade, Todd soon found himself sidetracked by the music industry.
“I met a lot of stars, from The Beatles to the Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, anybody who was anybody. And I was kind of a sycophant anyway! I thought it was great if you could meet these people.
“But it didn’t prepare me for meeting Elvis.” That encounter came about after Todd forged a relationship with Colonel Parker, Elvis Presley’s somewhat imposing manager.
“Colonel Parker was absolutely fantastic (EIN says, see below!), a phenomenal character. He very kindly said ‘you can meet Elvis’,” Todd reveals. "’I’ll arrange for the whole group, at the Las Vegas Hilton.”
While people travelling en masse to the States is a matter of absolute routine now, back in the Seventies it was a big deal, underlining the clamour for Elvis to perform in Britain, something which, famously, he never did.
“Colonel Parker said to me at one point, ‘look, if you want Elvis to come to Britain, you get me an offer’.
“And I did, from a promoter. But it didn’t happen. By then it was 1975 and obviously Elvis wasn’t that well.”
Two years later and he’d be gone, ravaged, it’s commonly thought, by rampant abuse of prescription drugs.
“Back then everything was changing – it was a phenomenal time to be around. All we do now, I think, is duplicate what’s happened before. Music is not as important as it used to be. There’s no excitement about what’s number one.
“Everything’s downloads, it’s in thin air, it’s in the ether.”
Except for Elvis that is. While Todd (shown above right in 2014) keeps his memory alive, The King, jumpsuit ‘n’ all, will always be real.
- Go here for EIN's 'The Dark Side of the Colonel'
(News, Source;stokesentinel/ElvisInfoNet)

Todd Slaughter and Elvis - Marty Lacker Comments: I read Todd Slaughter's article (see above) and it is easy for me to tell that he was conned by Parker and he probably allowed himself to be to get access to Elvis. However, he doesn't reveal that he had a strong entree to Parker because of the guy who started the fan club, Albert Hand, who made friends with Parker and who visited Elvis a number of times on the sets in Hollywood. All arranged by Parker because, whether Albert knew it or not, Parker was using him for publicity in England. The same with Slaughter, Parker didn't do anything for anyone unless he benefited from it.
Todd should have mentioned Albert who also once gave Elvis a bicycle built for two that he rode around the movie studio a few times. If it wasn't for Albert Hand, Todd would have never gotten near Elvis.

As for Parker's crap about Elvis being the one who did not want to play England - that's bullshit! It was all Parker because he was an illegal alien and he was afraid if he left the U.S. he would be found out.  More than one promoter, including Lloyd Greenfield who was

Tom Jones' road manager, offered deals for Elvis to play England. The first time Jones met Elvis on the set of Paradise Hawaiian, Lloyd was with him and I was standing next to Elvis when Lloyd offered Elvis $1 Million for one show at Wembley.  I told him to take it to Parker which he did - and then Parker
turned him down. - Marty


EIN Adds - Albert Hand was the first President of the Elvis Fan Club of Great Britain and in the early sixties visited the US to meet Elvis. He was also founder and editor of 'Elvis Monthly' magazine as well as producing the "Elvis Special" year-books. He later handed over the reins to the younger Todd Slaughter. Albert Hand died in 1972.
Todd Slaughter does honestly describe himself as "a kind of a sycophant". Parker would have loved that, perfect for manipulation!
(News, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet) - - - - Go HERE for more of 'Marty's Musings'

Fake Elvis "Answering Machine" message released by FTD!: The promotional blurb for the recent FTD book 'Best Of British – The RCA Years 1957-1958' noted in part, "This is Elvis, with the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958. The CD included with this book features many first-time officially released Elvis tracks. Here, amongst his classic songs, are the songwriters’ demo recordings as Elvis first heard them, plus the message he recorded on his home answer machine!"
Unfortunately it has now been revealed that Elvis' answering-machine message is a fake, edited together from The Truth About Me interview outtakes of August 22 1956. It isn't an answer phone message at all!.

Of course EIN certainly agree that the book, by Trevor Simpson, is a marvellous examination of the period and that the CD is only a bonus however this has to be a major slip-up, albeit only 16 seconds long. It has also been round for long enough for keen Elvis fans to know that it was only a fake. It starts "Hi, this is Elvis Presley" in exactly the same way as the Truth About Me.

Of course it might be OK to add it as a Bonus "joke" track but to promote it as the real deal is misleading at the very least. EIN now learns that FTD were made aware of this potential fake track as soon as the tracklisting came out but for did not think it necessary to update their promotional blurb.

(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)


'The Elvis Christmas Album' on Red Vinyl: Cargo Records are re-isssuing Elvis' original 1957 this time on red vinyl. It also comes with a CD as well as a free download.
"Elvis Presley's christmas album from 1957 with 12 classic Christmas songs. Pressed on high-quality red vinyl. 'Triple play' includes CD of the album and a download code with gatefold sleeve and obi strip.
Out  20 Oct 2014

Click here to Amazon UK>> The Elvis Christmas Album [VINYL] for more info and to pre-order.
£15 with FREE Delivery in the UK

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review) Elvis and Ginger: It has been 37 years in the making but finally, Elvis' fiancee and last love, Ginger Alden, has released her account of their relationship.

The picture Ginger paints of Elvis is a predominately positive one.  She had concerns about his reliance of medications and his temper, but she also shows the warmth of Elvis Presley and that he wasn’t always withdrawn or emotionally down.  Elvis laughed, talked, read books, played racquetball and had fun!

That said, release of her memoir has elicited an emotionally charged debate and divided some fans.

Read EIN's full review


(Book Review) Memphis Mafia Princess: Shirley Dieu's memoir of her years inside Elvis' inner circle is one of two new books (the other being Ginger Alden's release, Elvis and Ginger).

Fan reaction to Memphis Mafia Princess has been a strongly positive one and, as EIN's Nigel Patterson recently discovered on reading Ms Dieu's memoir, rightly so.

From living the high life and backgammon parties at Huigh Hefner's private club to the rigours of touring and Elvis' tragic death, Shirley Dieu weaves a fascinating mosaic of life in Elvis’ inner circle and colorfully brings to life the nuances of both people and events.  While the release is a positive affirmation of Shirley's experience with Joe Esposito (her partner for almost 5 years) and Elvis, it is balanced with insightful observations about Elvis, others in his life and a number of important incidents, one of which is particularly confronting and raises serious questions about the conduct of several of the Memphis Mafia.

Read our full review (Book Review, Source: EIN)


UPDATED - 'Elvis Madison 1977 - The Gas Station Incident': Bruce Frey witnessed Elvis stopping a brawl at a Madison Gas Station in June of 1977 - the very last time Elvis would be on tour.
Kathy Westmoreland was on tour with Elvis in June 1977 and got to hear Elvis' story first-hand about how he stopped the fight at the Madison Gas Station in June of 1977.
Thanks to Bruce Frey EIN has received permission from Kathy Westmoreland to tell her side of this famous story. It’s her version of what happened that night and helps explain how Bruce Frey happened to run into him because he went out a back gate and got ahead of everyone!
Go here for this EIN Exclusive by Bruce Frey - and to find out what Elvis told Kathy Westmoreland that night
 
(Spotlight, Source;BruceFrey/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Ultimate Elvis Sessions' UPDATE: As Erik Lorentzen and the team carrying out the final proof-reading and head to print it could be your LAST CHANCE to get your pre-orders in. With a LIMITED EDITION of 2,000 boxes worldwide Pre-Orders are close to being Sold Out. The time-line of the three books has also been slightly altered.
... Originally, when this project was being discussed some years ago, the general idea was to have three volumes of Ultimate Elvis, each one dealing exclusively with the three decades Elvis recorded: the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. That would give the work a neat symmetry, we believed.
However, as the project took shape and, incredibly, grew to about 1600 pages - which included a great deal of text along with about 3000 images -
it became obvious that the amount of material we had for each of the decades varied considerably. This was due, in the main, to the fact that while Elvis’ recording career spanned twenty-four years from 1953 to 1977, his
his professional recording career only started in 1954 and paused, so to speak, in 1958. And while he did record some material at home in the 1958-1960 period, there wasn’t that much of it. The sixties, however, proved to be extremely prolific in terms of the number of film soundtracks he recorded, not to mention the non-film, original recording sessions he undertook during that period.
Therefore, in order to even out the material in three volumes of similar length - not so say accommodate the extensive discography and song index in the final volume - we decided to deviate slightly from our original idea and cover the time frame thus: 1953 – 1960; 1961-1968; and finally, the years leading up to 1977.
 
GO HERE for INFO and PRE-ORDER details - including the Special Deal being offered by The Elvis Files.
Don't pay over $400 as some dealers are suggesting - buy it direct to your door from Elvis Files. Legendary guitarist James Burton sums it up neatly: 'These are the most beautiful books I have ever seen and the best researched.'.
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet.com)

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'Young Man With The Big Beat' Cheap Box set: Re-released for 2014 in a Limited Edition cheap slim-line box-set is Elvis' 'Young Man With The Big Beat'.
A great opportunity for those that missed it in

Go HERE for EIN's detailed YMWTBB review

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'That's the Way It Is' Legacy 2CD Set - OUT NOW: The double CD Legacy version features the original album, singles, bonus tracks plus the previously unreleased August 12th Dinner Show.
CD 1 Original Album: 1. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 2. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights, 3. How The Web Was Woven, 4. Patch It Up, 5. Mary In The Morning, 6. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, 7. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 8. I’ve Lost You, 9. Just Pretend, 10. Stranger In The Crowd, 11. The Next Step Is Love, 12. Bridge Over Troubled Water,
ORIGINAL SINGLES: 13. I’ve Lost You (single version), 14. The Next Step Is Love (single version), 15. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (single version), 16. Patch It Up (single version), OUTTAKES 17. How The Web Was Woven (Take 1), 18. I’ve Lost You (Take 1), 19. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2), 20. Patch It Up (Take 1), 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 1)
CD 2: August 12, Dinner Show - Previously Unreleased.
Order at Amazon - Only $16 >> That's The Way It Is (Legacy Edition) Go here to EIN's SONY/FTD 2014 page for and full tracklists.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: That's The Way It Is' Deluxe Edition: After weeks of speculation Sony/RCA/Legacy officially announce the release of monumental definitive edition of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)" presented together for the first time ever in a Deluxe Box Set (8CD/2DVD). Available on August 5, 2014.
The CD selection is exactly as EIN predicted with two concerts being officially released for the very first time. 
CD1 ‘That's The Way It Is’ - Original Album
CD2 August 10 Opening Show - (FTD One Night in Vs)
CD3 August 11 DS - Unreleased
CD4 August 11 MS - (BMG Live In Las Vegas box-set)
CD5 August 12 DS - Unreleased
CD6 August 12 MS - (BMG 30th Anniv box-set)
CD7 August 13 DS - (FTD The Wonder Of You)
CD8 Rehearsals - (BMG 30th Anniv box-set)
That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) is the most ambitious Elvis Presley restoration package ever created, bringing together - for the first time ever - the album, the theatrical and home video versions of the film, six full-length concerts (featuring previously unreleased performances), rehearsal highlights and other rare recordings in one astounding and essential package. The result of an historic partnership between Sony and Warner Brothers, the deluxe set combines the video and audio assets of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is with unique and previously unreleased material.
The highly-collectible That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition), bonuses include unreleased material, remixed and remastered audio and a new 80-page book detailing the entire event with facts, songwriter and musician interviews, and photos in a deluxe 8CD/2DVD box set.
Originally released on RCA Records in November 1970, Elvis: That's The Way It Is combined eight studio tracks, recorded in Nashville, and four live concert performances recorded in Las Vegas during Presley's 1970 "Summer Festival" season at The International Hotel in Las Vegas to create one of Elvis' best albums.
On July 14, rehearsals for the movie and live shows commenced at the MGM lot in Culver City, California. The Hollywood cameras rolled for five different rehearsals prior to the opening night on August 10. Unquestionably, Elvis was keen to broaden his repertoire for the film,as more than 60 songs were attempted during the period, far more than the usual average of 20 to 25 that would normally be chosen. Over the four nights filmed by MGM, Elvis and his band worked tirelessly, trying out a broad variety of musical styles, emphasizing his desire to share the wide range of music he loved with his audience. Director Denis Sanders captured the end result magnificently, providing fans throughout the world with their first glimpse of the new contemporary Elvis performing at the peak of his vocal prowess both in rehearsal and on the stage.
'That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)' centers on the SIX complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. Two of the shows are released for the first time in their entirety.
The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-the-wall” outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. Completing the audio section, a separate disc of insightful rehearsal highlights, featuring unusual song selections showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians.
That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) puts the original RCA album and the 1970 MGM documentary feature together in a single package for the first time. It includes the previously released original theatrical DVD version (1970) and the re-edited and extended DVD version from 2000.
(EIN note: What a shame not one scrap of new footage has been included. This would have been the perfect place and presumably indicates that there will never be an official release of any more MGM filmed material).
Go HERE to Amazon Pre-Order>> That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) with cheap price guarantee
Go here to EIN's SONY/FTD 2014 releases page for more details and full tracklists.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

       

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Parkes Elvis Festival 2009 (Australia)
Presley Law legal archives (Preslaw)
Presleys In The Press
Sale of EPE (Archives)
6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography
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50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - the most 'covered' Elvis album of all-time
Spotlight: Elvis Film Posters
FTD Review: An American Trilogy
Book Review: Elvis: A King in the Making
Interview: Vic Colonna - the Dangerous World of Bootlegging Elvis