Tuesday 9 August 2022 - - - - Elvis Week 2022 "Starting Today..." - - - -
‘Elvis Week 2022’ Kicks Off Today: Elvis fans are gathering in Memphis and heading towards Graceland as ELVIS WEEK kicks off.
The first two days are nearly all "Elvis Tribute Artist" based with Cody Ray Slaughter (right) presenting his “One Night Only” concert tonight along with a private reception beforehand
The new ‘Elvis The Next Generation’ kicks off the day with a concert showcasing talented young artists inspired by Elvis Presley. Wednesday 10th August features
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet ‘N’ Greet
- Elvis Presley Trauma Center Fan Reception - The annual Elvis Presley Fan Reception at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis. Light refreshments and tours of the trauma center.
- Elvis Unplugged – Starring Dean Z & Friends- Special guest performers include Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winners Patrick Dunn and Ben Thompson.
- Throwback Graceland Mansion Tours With Live Guides
In celebration of Graceland opening to the public in June 1982 an opportunity to tour Graceland Mansion as fans did in the early years, with live tour guides.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round – Who will take home the crown of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2022
- ‘ELVIS’ Movie Screening - 7pm Free at Guest House Theater Graceland.
Watch Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS on the big screen during this special Elvis Week.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist After-Party
Go To Elvis Week EPE Schedule Here (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Olivia Newton-John Has Died: Four-time Grammy award winner Australian/UK singer/ songwriter/ actress Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73.
Olivia Newton-John was born 26 September 1948. She sold more than 100 million records worldwide including 'You're the One That I Want' one of the biggest-selling singles of all time. Other major hits included 'I Honestly Love You', 'Physical', 'Hopelessly Devoted to You, 'Magic' and 'Xanadu'. Elvis covered two of her big hits 'Let Me Be There' and 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)' live in concert.
Olivia Newton-John also performed 'O Come, All Ye Faithful' on Elvis' 2008 "Christmas Duets" release.
- Listen here to the Elvis /ONJ duet via You-Tube
Another Elvis connection is that Film Producer Allan Carr supposedly offered Elvis a role in the massively successful 'Grease'. The movie was however filmed in 1977, a fateful year.
Allan wanted Elvis to play "Teen Angel" a rock'n'roll spectre that appears during 'Beauty School Dropout'.
'Grease' stared John Travolta as the young "Elvis-Styled" character Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson.
Good friend John Travolta paid tribute.. “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!
Your Danny, your John!”
Newton-John has been a long-time activist for animal and environmental rights plus health awareness and cancer charities.
Newton-John saw Elvis in concert but never met him. She noted, "I was really excited to see Elvis at the Hilton in Las Vegas. Elvis would always be The King. He's got a special something, and he is magic as soon as he comes on stage. I also like it because Elvis sends himself up.
Afterwards I went backstage to meet him but sadly I never met Elvis up close and personal. His road manager said there was an emergency and Elvis had to leave the building, Literally!"
Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and has been raising awareness since then. RIP Olivia Newton-John 26/09/1948 > 8 August 2022. (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis King of the Rings Vol 2: Elvis author Paul Belard has sent EIN this unique Elvis ring that is featured in his new book 'Elvis King of the Rings Volume 2'.
The ring shown is 14 karat gold and diamond, emblazoned with Elvis’ motto, “TCB”, on the face.
It was given to a friend who chose to remain anonymous.
Estimated to bring $30,000-$45,000, it sold for $43,125 at an auction on May 27, 2021.
Published by Linden Press, the A4 sized book showcases many more of Elvis' bling in color. From the stunning cover image of Elvis' famous TCB ring the book is chock full of other rings highlighting his flashy, grandiose, and flamboyant jewelry style.
See more details below
(News, Source;PB /ElvisInfoNet)
Barbara Eden Talks Elvis: It is hard to believe but 'I Dreamed of Jeannie' star Barbara Eden is now 90 years old. She is participating at ELVIS WEEK 2022 and has recently been talking about working with Elvis on his 1960 film Flaming Star. "Unlike other co-stars I didn’t have a romance with Elvis, he a real gentleman. At the time I was married to actor Michael Ansara.
I’d come on the set, and Elvis would get me a chair. Actors usually don’t do that. You can sit on the floor, they don’t care. And in between shots, when they were fixing the lights and everything, Elvis would get his guitar out and sing, quite wonderfully. And we used to talk. We talked a lot.
Elvis would ask 'How do you have a working marriage in Hollywood? How do you do this with all the stuff going on?'.
I explained, 'You know, for us, it's our job. This is how we make money. That's it.'
Elvis then told me 'Well, I met this girl in Germany, but I'm not too sure, she's awfully young.' But he didn't tell me how young! Priscilla was 16 years old by then. And I said, 'Well, you know if the two of you are a team, you'll be fine.'"
Little did I know!"
Barbara Eden and her husband would later attend Elvis' show in Las Vegas. "I've seen a lot of people work, but this was the most thrilling thing I've ever seen. All those guitars! Elvis was fabulous. He was just wonderful. And I remember him that way, not the later years. Because Elvis was beautiful and a lovely man.
Elvis was just a dear to work with. With no huge ego sticking out.
He was very sure of himself. He knew what he was and what he wanted to accomplish. He was grounded, which I loved. And he was wonderful to work with. He cared about what he was doing. He knew the role was demanding and hard, but he worked just as hard at it. And he was really good. I just loved him."
You can hear more from Barbara Eden at Elvis Week (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis prayed before going on stage: Even at the height of his fame, Elvis called on God to calm his stage nerves, his stepbrother Billy Stanley reveals in a new biography.
While his fans worshipped him as a rock’n’roll deity, Elvis Presley would say a prayer before going on stage, reading the Bible and looking to God for guidance in everything he did, his stepbrother has recalled.
“When we saw him bow his head, then we knew,” Billy Stanley, who also worked for the singer, told the Observer, noting that Presley did not recite the prayer aloud. “It was probably about 15 seconds long. I asked him once, ‘Why do you say the prayer before?’ He said: ‘It kind of settles my nerves but also I want God to help bless this concert, so make it a good one.’ He always turned to God whenever he needed help.”
Presley once told him that a show was like a first date: “You never really know how the date will turn out but you always hope it will be a good one.”
Although Presley’s love of gospel music is well known, Stanley believes that the depth of his Christian faith is not realised. “He relied on God for everything. It’s where he got his strength. Elvis was so appreciative of what the Lord had given him. He thanked God every day and constantly sought God’s guidance through prayer and reading the Bible.”
Everybody looked at the glitz and glamour of Elvis. They didn’t look at the man and try to understand his faith. When you’ve spent 17 years with an individual, you get to know him pretty well.”
Stanley’s forthcoming book, The Faith of Elvis, is published in October. Read the full article (News, Source:D.Alberge/Guardian/EIN)
Elvis books riding high in Amazon sales chart: On Saturday 6 August, three Elvis titles featured in Amazon's 'Top 20 Best Selling Popular Music books'.
At #6 was Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Peter Guralnick) (softcover);
at #9 - Elvis & Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancee and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story (Ginger Alden) (Audible audiobook); a
nd at #11 - The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley (Alanna Nash) (softcover). (News, Source: Amazon)
Saturday 6 August 2022 - - - - Three days to Elvis Week 2022 - - - -
'ELVIS' Soundtrack Number One: The week after the release of movie's 'ELVIS Original Soundtrack' CD the charts have shown excellent sales and chart positions. UK Official Charts have 'ELVIS' #1 Soundtrack album (up from last week's #14). 'ELVIS' #3 Compilation Album chart 'Elv1s #30 Hits' #12 Top 100 Album chart.
USA Billboard charts 'ELVIS' #4 Soundtrack album 'ELVIS' dropped to #95 on Top 200 Album chart
Australia ARIA chart 'ELVIS' #4 on Australian Top 50 album chart - an amazing jump up from last week's #102
(New book) Elvis King of the Rings Volume 2: Prolific Elvis expert and author, Paul Belard, has published the second volume in his popular Elvis King of the Rings photo books.
Published by Linden Press, the A4 sized book showcases many more of Elvis' bling in color. From the stunning cover image of Elvis' famous TCB ring the book is chock full of other rings highlighting his flashy, grandiose, and flamboyant jewelry style.
The book can be ordered directly from the author (email@example.com) or via Amazon.
(News, Source: Paul Belard/EIN)
EIN will publish a review of this new volume shortly. For a taste of what it is like, read the Elvis Day By Day (with contributions from EIN) review of 'Elvis King of the Rings Volume 1'
Oscar for Austin Butler campaign: A Best Actor campaign for 'ELVIS' star Austin Butler has clearly been under way ever since the film premiered at Cannes this past May.
It takes hell of a performance to receive the glowing praises of Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, but Butler has done just that. All four are Oscar of these actors are Oscar winners, by the way.
In Luhrmann’s OTT pop-art statement, Butler gives a consummate performance that defies caricature. Elvis, despite being so open for interpretation, was a very specific iconic and American personality, and Butler brings him to life in ways that aren’t stereotypical, but uniquely their own. You can dismiss the actual movie all you want, but can anyone actually deny that Butler’s work here is astoundingly pitch-perfect? 'ELVIS' is doing extremely well at the box office as well and has brought back adult audiences to movie theaters throughout the summer, something no film has been able to do since the pandemic began. It’s currently the 9th highest grossing movie of the year with $131 million made, and counting. A Best Picture nod isn’t out of the question either.
Indiewire also has Baz Luhrmann (ELVIS) as a contender for Best Director along with otehrs such as Oliver Hermanus (Living) and Jordan Peele (Nope).
With what looks to be a potentially weak field in the 2023 Best Actor race, I currently have Butler as the frontrunner. Other actors getting good traction include Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Hugh Jackman (The Son), Bill Nighy (Living) and Adam Driver (White Noise).
Butler is coming and there really is no stopping him. Anyone betting against him right now should cancel that bet, he will get nominated and maybe, even, win the Oscar next March.
(News, Source: Jordan Ruimy, worldofreels.com /ElvisInfoNet)
Thursday 4 August 2022 - - - - Five days to Elvis Week 2022 - - - -
'ELVIS' Pre-order in Amazon's Best Sellers: Demonstrating the popularity of Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' movie the new DVD, BluRay and 4K Blu Ray are all sitting in Amazon's 'Best Sellers in Movies and TV' and these are purely for Pre-orders as they are not being released until September 13, 2022. 'ELVIS' DVD is even Number One!
The two Blu-Rays are sitting at #8 and #22. This of course does not take into account the future Digital streaming release.
He died 45 years ago but ELVIS is still topping the charts! (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis’ ‘lost’ jewellery Auction: A new discovery thought lost "the Lost Jewelry Collection of Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker" is up for auction this month. It includes over 40 pieces representing monumental moments throughout Elvis' entire career. The auction will also include over 25 pieces of other Elvis owned and / or jewelry plus over 120 other Elvis items. Auction is July 27 - Sat, August 27
- Elvis 1973 Lincoln Continental "Last" Limousine, personally owned and driven by Elvis. The limo was purchased by Elvis in December, 1975 after he saw the vehicle in a movie. Min Bid:$60,000.00
- Elvis Presley 68 Comeback Special Hagstrom V-2 Guitar-
Min Bid:$750,000.00 - Elvis Presley's 9.81ctw Diamond "First" TCB Ring
Elvis experts and historians have long known about a collection of jewelry Elvis gave to his manager Col Parker. Two hundred items, including gold rings encrusted with jewels, cufflinks, watches and chains, will go up for auction on Aug. 27. Also included is the guitar played by Presley during his famous “comeback” TV special of 1968.
Priscilla worked with Kruse on the collection, although Priscilla does not own any of the pieces.
Priscilla said, “It brings back memories for sure”. She added that it was a running joke with her former husband that he constantly bought or commissioned jewelry for Parker because the manager already had everything he needed and the Presleys did not know what else to buy him.
Priscilla said she felt protective of the items because she designed some of them, including artifacts with the logo for TCB Band - “TCB” stood for “taking care of business,” a favorite expression of Presley’s.
Priscilla has supported the auction in part because she was weary of seeing so many fake Elvis artifacts for sale.
“There is so much product out there that is not authentic at all and that worries me. I want to know for sure that that is going to go to someone who is going to care for it, love it.”
go here to GWS to bid and for more pics and info (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)
Nine Elvis Week events Not To Miss: The Memphis Commercial Appeal has noted .. With 2022 marking the 45th anniversary of Elvis' passing and due to renewed interest in all things Elvis thanks to the success of the recent ELVIS movie, this year’s Elvis Week festivities look to be the most well attended in recent memory. Unsurprisingly many of the key Elvis Week events (August 9 > 17) are already sold out, and others require purchase of high dollar ticket packages. But here is a sampling of events that are still open, affordable and more than worth attending for Elvis fans or the musically curious in Memphis. - Elvis the Next Generation. 2pm August. 9
A new concert event will kick off Elvis Week 2022, “Elvis the Next Generation.” The concert will showcase young artists inspired by Presley.
- Elvis Unplugged, featuring Dean Z & Friends 1pm Aug. 10,
Veteran ETA Dean Z hosts an afternoon concert where he will be joined by special guest performers for a mix of music and stories. - Elvis Songwriters Showcase. 2pm Aug. 11
Some of Elvis’ greatest tunesmiths will be on hand to play songs and tell stories about their efforts for the King. Musician Andy Childs will host a group of writers including Dickey Lee, Mike Stoller and Billy Swan.
- Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest Finals. 7pm Aug. 12
The 2022 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will see a new winner crowned and take home a $20,000 prize. Hosted by Ultimate ETA winner Dean Z.
- All the King’s Men. 7pm Aug. 13.
Hosted by Terry Mike Jeffrey and Andy Childs, members of the classic TCB Band including James Burton, Glen Hardin, Jerry Scheff and Memphis Boys member Gene Chrisman will share their insights and recollection of working with Elvis. The show will also feature a tribute to late TCB Band drummer Ronnie Tutt who died last fall.
- Elvis: Behind the Scenes. 10am Aug. 14.
Special guests will include Sam Thompson, Elvis' friend and personal bodyguard; Charles Stone, tour producer for Elvis throughout the 1970s; and Greg McDonald, who also worked closely with Colonel Tom Parker on Elvis' career. - Conversations on Elvis: The Man, The Music, The Legend. Aug 15 10am and 1.30pm
Appearances by Priscilla Presley; “Flaming Star" Barbara Eden, Jerry Schilling; singer Pat Boone; plus James Burton, Glen Hardin and Jerry Scheff, among others. - Candlelight Vigil. 8:30pm Aug. 15. -
Admission is free.
- Viewing Party for 'Elvis Presley In Concert' 7pm Aug. 16.
The Elvis Week concert highlight is already sold out. But if you don’t have tickets to the show, the Guest House will be hosting a viewing party of the concert live as it is happens on a big screen.
Go here to Memphis.Comm.Appeal full article.
Go here to EPE to book tickets (News, Source;MCA/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis’ 1962 Lockheed Jetstar For Auction: Back in May 2017 EIN noted that Elvis' Private Lockheed Jet had sold at auction for US$430,000! We doubt that it has moved anywhere since then. Included in this months GWS auction that same jet is for sale. Minimum Bid:$100,000. The 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has sat on a runway in Roswell, New Mexico for 40 years and has no engines and an unrestored cockpit.
In 2017 the buyer did not release any plans for the plane, however it did not sell for the 2017 hoped-for US $2 > 3 million!. (In 2017 EIN wondered how it would be worth anything since we would like to see photos of Elvis in the actual plane). Today this artifact is currently owned by a "very loyal Elvis Presley fan" who is almost 80 years
old and would like to sell it and would love to see it restored for the world to enjoy. The 1962 red Lockheed JetStarOne which Elvis purchased in July 1976 (via a trade-in on his previous investment in a Dessault-Falcon airplane) eventually became the center of a long drawn-out FBI investigation "Operation Fountain Pen" where Elvis and Vernon were swindelled in an aircraft refurbishment deal. Despite the auctions' suggestion that the cool-looking red velvet interior was designed for Elvis, the previous owner has stated that this is not the case.
Untouched since Elvis owned it, the jet is the only plane once owned by the legendary singer that is privately owned. Two other Elvis owned planes, including the Lisa Marie, are already displayed at Graceland in Memphis. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet). Go here to GWS auctions and buy yourself a plane!
Monday 1 August 2022 - - - - Eight days to Elvis Week 2022 - - - -
ELVIS earnings still rolling in!: As at 31 July, Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' biopic continues to perform strongly with its worldwide gross now at US$234.3M.
In the US the gross is now $129M, with an additional $105.3M in other markets. It is one of the rare films without superheroes or dinosaurs to reach that mark.
'ELVIS' has easily past Elton John's 'Rocketman' which grossed a worldwide total of $195.2 million but still has a long way to go to catch up with Freddie Mercury's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with the final worldwide total gross of $910 million - against a production budget of about $52 million.
ELVIS costars Tom Hanks as manager Col Parker with relative newcomer Austin Butler in the title role. Butler, who beat out higher profile actors has attracted Oscar buzz. 'Elvis' is now the second highest-grossing film of Luhrmann’s career. 'The Great Gatsby' at $355.6 million worldwide is the highest-grossing film of Luhrmann's career so far.
TCM 'Elvis Presley Marathon': As Elvis mesmerisingly sang in the title song to 1964’s Viva Las Vegas, “How I wish that there were more than 24 hours in the day.” His legion of fans will indeed get 24 hours’ worth of a dozen of the King’s movies as he opens TCM’s annual August event, Summer Under the Stars, which honors a different film star each day of the month.
And while the August 1st slate begins with the posthumous patchwork 1981 documentary This Is Elvis, it’s anchored by the aforementioned Sin City musical dramedy classic (8/7c), featuring Presley as auto racer Lucky Jackson but dominated by his chemistry with equally swivel-happy costar Ann-Margret.
The 20th annual month-long salute to cinema icons, with a different star featured in a 24-hour marathon each day through August, gets off to a hip-swiveling start with wall-to-wall Elvis Presley movies and documentaries. Other films playing are Speedway (1968), Double Trouble (1967), Elvis On
Tour (1972), Kissin' Cousins (1964), Girl Happy (1965), It Happened at
the World's Fair (1963), Spinout (1966) and Live a Little, Love a Little
(1968). Just the thing for those whose appetite was whetted by Baz Luhrmann’s current big-screen biopic starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. Go HERE to TCM for more info
Måneskin ‘If I Can Dream’ Video: Million-selling Italian glam rock Måneskin - winners of Eurovision Song Contest 2021- have now released their video for ‘If I Can Dream’ recorded for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘ELVIS’.
The band first teased the track during their performance at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, before releasing it on streaming services last month.
Måneskin frontman Damiano David explained, “We were talking about it with Baz Luhrmann, who had this really cool, super-smart idea, because it would have been so easy to give us an up-tempo song and go super rock-ish. He saw that between the lines that we were going to be able to give something else to show the sweet side of Elvis. I think we did a great job!”
The meaning of the song is very contemporary: ‘If I can dream of a better land / Where all my brothers walk hand in hand.’ It’s about uniting, it’s about
peace, freedom and happiness, and it’s coming out at the right moment. We’re really proud of what we did, and to be part of this project. I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing.”
The video is well-worth watching as it incorporates the ELVIS movie as Måneskin visit to Graceland.
go here to YouTube to see the clip (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Fats Domino and Elvis, Mutual Admiration: In the new Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' drama - in the scene about the 1969 Las Vegas Press Conference Elvis says, "I'm not the King of Rock'n'roll.. here's Fats Domino, he's the real King of Rock'n'roll".
While Elvis loved Fats Domino some fans have commented that Elvis did not actually state that line. However EIN would like to note that Elvis' words, when asked about Fats Domino, were in fact "I love him, he's the greatest!"
From a dramatic point-of-view, along with Elvis' previous comments to Jet magazine, a similar point is made.
As reported by super-fan Maria Columbus "Elvis was asked what he thought of Fats Domino. Elvis beamed and said, "I love him, he's the greatest!""
Recently, making a similar splash, is Fats Domino singing 'Blueberry Hill' at Austin City.
On stage the great Fats Domino says.. "Right now I'm going to do a number - and I play it for such a wonderful man I loved so well.
I just can't help it but I say this when I play this number every night. I've played this number so many times and I think of this man every time I come to my bandstand. I play this for the great Elvis Presley"
Elvis was Not Racist: Priscilla recently appeared on Sky News to discuss the ELVIS movie, as well as Elvis' iconic legacy.
When asked by Sky News how Elvis would fare in "this weird cancel culture" Priscilla confirmed that "Elvis was not prejudiced in any way and not racist in any way.
Elvis was never racist. Elvis had friends, black friends and friends from all over. Elvis loved their music. He loved their style. He loved being around, you know, black musicians."
Priscilla cited his friendships with Fats Domino and Sammy Davis Jr., who she said would "always come into the dressing room" when Elvis performed in Las Vegas.
"He loved, loved being around blacks and being around anyone actually."
Priscilla praised Luhrmann's new biopic "Elvis" which stars Austin Butler as Elvis and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla herself. Elvis' friendship with B.B. King is a key part of the movie.
Recently due to a wider understanding of cultural appropriation Elvis' legacy has again come under scrutiny during the film's promotional cycle.
In the movie Luhrmann shows how Elvis repackaged historically black genres, styles and performances, along with Gospel and country, to become a star.
Elvis first single was a cover Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's blues classic "That's All Right". This is highly acknowledged in the film and the lead-single also being a re-working Big Mama Thornton's 'Hound Dog' as Doja Cat and "Vegas" which is now top-ten worldwide. (News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis Presley News Report August 2022: Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier presents all the recent news.... including new ELVIS movie is a blockbuster!, the 'On Tour' CD-box announcement, "new" Elvis Jumpsuits still being made and an excellent Catherine Martin (Elvis designer) interview at the end.
And a "Fuzzy Tree" has Emiel Maier all shook up.
'ELVIS Original Soundtrack' CD OUT NOW: At last the 'ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' CD has been officially released worldwide today - OUT NOW.
The CD is twenty-two tracks, whereas the Digital Release is 36 tracks.
CD priced at Australia AU$22 and UK £10.99 and US$14 "The soundtrack features Elvis's extraordinary body of work spanning the 1950s, '60s and '70s, while also celebrating his diverse musical influences and enduring impact on popular artists today."
1. Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) - Elvis Presley
2. Cotton Candy Land - Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
3. Vegas - Doja Cat
4. The King And I - Eminem & CeeLo Green
5. Tupelo Shuffle - Swae Lee & Diplo
6. Baby, Let's Play House - Austin Butler
7. Craw-Fever - Elvis Presley
8. Strange Things Are Happening Every Day - Yola
9. Trouble - Austin Butler
10. Can't Help Falling in Love - Kacey Musgraves
11. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Lenesha Randolph
12. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Jazmine Sullivan
13. Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) - Elvis & Tame Impala
14. Power of My Love - Elvis Presley and Jack White
15. Polk Salad Annie (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
16. Suspicious Minds (Film Edit) - Elvis Presley
17. Burning Love (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
18. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Elvis Presley & Stuart Price
19. Don't Fly Away (PNAU Remix) - Elvis Presley & PNAU
20. If I Can Dream - Måneskin
21. Suspicious Minds - Paravi
22. In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) - Elvis feat. Nardo Wick
Luhrmann on 'four-hour' 'ELVIS': As Baz Luhrmann revealed at the Sydney ELVIS movie premiere he had to edit his extended movie version down to a realistic 2 1/2 hours for cinemas. He has always talked about a four hour version, which fans hope will be released on the future DVD.
Recently Luhrmann talked with the Radio Times about scenes that were cut from the film. "I have a four-hour version. I do. But I had to bring it down to 2 and a half hours.
I would have liked to lean into some of the other things more and there’s so much more. I mean, there’s lots of stuff that I shot like the relationship with Elvis' original the band, I had to pare them down. And it’s so interesting how the Col Parker got rid of them.
Similarly Elvis' relationship with his first girlfriend Dixie Locke featured more .. And later on how once Elvis is caught in a trap. And he’s discombobulated and doesn’t understand… someone who’s got such a hole in his heart like Elvis constantly looking and searching for love and finding it on stage but nowhere else.
The last section was edited.. Elvis' addiction to barbiturates and all of that, and like what happens when he started doing wackadoo things like going down to meet President Nixon. I had that in there for a while but there just comes a point where you can’t have everything in, so I just tried to track the spirit of the character.”
EIN is looking forward to the 4 hour version. (News, Source;RT/ElvisInfoNet)
New 'Follow Elvis' app:The publicity notes... Can’t get enough Elvis? The new Follow Elvis aims to highlight the untold story of the King, where he came from.. and more. The developers bill it as the “ultimate immersive fan experience that curates written articles, audio design, and video footage showcasing the compelling story of Elvis.”
The Follow Elvis app includes an exclusive guide to Elvis’ life and times spent in Memphis, Tennessee. “We’ve read all the books, watched all the films, and listened to the music over and over,” adds the team behind the app. “But we want to go deeper and give his millions of fans around the world the change to get a close-up of The King.”
The guide includes more than 800 pages of brand new, thoroughly researched articles revealing previously unpublished facts about Elvis. The team spent more than 20,000 hours on countless research trips to Memphis to collect the best stories, film 200 locations around the city, and create a unique audioscape experience for the app.
Some of the Follow Elvis app highlights include:
o- 200+ episodes of 5-15 minutes on key locations in Memphis linked to Elvis. Each episode contains new footage, stills, and a voiceover for the ultimate experience.
o- Select your own itinerary on a route following the footsteps of Elvis in video, audio, and text for 200+ locations in and around Memphis.
o- More than 800 pages of brand new, thoroughly-research articles revealing facts about Elvis.
- 36 hours of stories presenting new sides of rock & roll legend Elvis Presley’s life in Memphis.
The ultimate Elvis quiz for fans to test their knowledge on the life of the King of Rock & Roll.
The app highlights some of Elvis’ favorite restaurants in the city, including having his own back room at The Delta Room. The app is available in the App Store and Google Play. The full experience costs US$24.99, while individual sites can be bought for US$0.99. Don’t have time for a full tour of the city? Pick and choose the locations you visit. EIN NOTE: we have not trialled this app as yet. (News, Source: Ashley King, digitalmusicnews.com)
Austin Butler 'went home in tears': It is perhaps more like method acting but Austin Butler's emotions were shaked, rattled and rolled after he endured a particularly hard filmmaking experiment at the hands of director Baz Luhrmann. Austin Butler recently explained to VMAN....
"Well, when I was on my first day in the recording studio, Baz wanted me to get as close to performing as possible. He had all the executives and everybody from RCA, who were back in the offices, he brought them into the recording studio and he goes, 'I want you all to sit facing Austin,' and he told them to heckle me. So then they were making fun of me and stuff while I was singing."
The 30-year-old actor suggested that there was no malice in Luhrmann's tactic, but rather the filmmaker's intent was to get Butler to empathize with the criticism Presley faced throughout his career. "When we were filming this moment when Elvis first goes on stage and he's getting heckled by the audience, I knew what that felt like. I went home in tears that night. I really did."
Previous Luhrmann movie star Leonardo DiCaprio had previously warned Butler.
"Leo told me, 'Baz is going to constantly keep you off balance, and it's going to pull things out of you that you never knew you had inside you.' That's exactly the experience that I had. There were days where I just thought, 'Baz, why don't we just do what we prepared?' I realized that he would push me right to the edge of what I was capable of. You capture
lightning in a bottle in a way — if you had just done the thing that you had prepared, it may have been more stale." prepared, it may have been more stale."
“I was so nervous, and we were recording on actual equipment that Elvis recorded ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ on,” he remembers. Butler was told that the studio visit would be "laid-back and playful" and saying that
they’d just be recording one line or so at a time while workshopping the voice. “We got down there and it was not that at all. We were recording old school, where all the musicians - some of the best musicians in the world - were recording the entire song. And so that was how I cut my teeth in the recording studio.”
Butler's experience with Luhrmann seems to have paid off as his performance as ELVIS has already got Oscar buzz for 'Best Actor'. (News, Source; VMAN/ElvisInfoNet)
New POD and Kindle book releases: The introduction of print on demand (POD) and online digital (Kindle / Nook book) options have made vanity publishing a generally cost-effective means of getting into hard and/or digital print - they also mean authors or publishers looking to exploit the market can do so relatively easily. In recent weeks the following (and it is not a full list) softcover titles have been added to Amazon sites:
The Ultimate Film Poster Book (hardback and softcover editions)
The Other Side of EP: The Big Cat, The Blues and The Afterlife
Synopsis and Review of Elvis and Me: An Autobiography by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
Review: Elvis & Me(similar to preceding title)
Follow That Dream – Harry Shahoian (ETA release)
Elvis Presly’s Biography (note the inexcusable incorrect spelling!)
240+ Elvis Quotes That Will Leave You All Shook Up ;
In addition, the following titles are among the relatively cheap Kindle titles that have appeared:
Elvis Presley: His Truth Is Marching On (ETA release)
The King Cool: Elvis Presley for Fans
Synopsis and Review of Elvis and Me: An Autobiography by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
Review: Elvis and Me (similar to preceding title)
Summary of Elvis and Me
Elvis Presly’s Biography
Elvis and the Fab Four: Short Story - (News, Source: EIN; Amazon)
Release date – 'Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind': On July 6 EIN published a news item about this new book by the owner of the EP Blvd Pawn Shop in Memphis, Jon Daly. While the book is yet to be listed on the EP Blvd Pawn Shop site, EIN has been advised that the 152 pages “hardcover” will be available for purchase on that site just after Elvis Week 2022. For British fans, the book is already listed on the Elvis Shop London sitefor pre-order at £49.99.
From the book description (full information is included in EIN’s July 6 news item): The book details the November 1976 West Coast Tour and does so in remarkable detail. With full cooperation of Elvis’ road manager, Charles Stone, who also wrote the introduction, the book gives you unique VIP access on that tour. There are over 150 photographs, unpublished paperwork from Colonel Parker’s office, insights from the musicians, memorabilia, tour and recording details, original advertisements, reviews, memories from the fans and more.
(News, Source: Mary Clark; ESL)
Priscilla honored for contributions to Memphis: Last weekend Theatre Memphis honored Priscilla Presley’s contributions to "Memphis Art and tourism".
The group additionally introduced the dedication of a $2,500 performing arts scholarship in Presley’s title.
The occasion follows the new interest in Memphis following Baz Luhrmann’s film 'ELVIS'.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Graceland to the general public which has introduced Memphis to millions of tourists from around the globe.
A number of Memphis leaders spoke on Priscilla's eternal effect on the town and awarded her honors, including Pastor Keith Norman of First Baptist Church, US. Rep. Steve Cohen and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland who presented Presley with a key to town.
The highlight of the evening was when various Priscilla friends from Luhrmann to country singer TG Sheppard, appeared both in person or via video to share emotional tales about her life.
On stage Priscilla, 77, was humbled and in great humour making the room really feel like a family reunion rather than a ceremony.
She acknowledged that “My time in Memphis is what drives me and from coming here with Elvis always has". (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in July
Interview with actor Adam Dunn / Bill Black in 'ELVIS':Elvis author-researcher, Paul Bélard, interviews actor Adam Dunn who plays Bill Black in Baz Luhrmann's movie 'Elvis'.
The interview is particularly of interest as Paul Bélard recently published the first detailed biography of super-bassist Bill Black.
In the interview Adam Dunn reveals.. - how he got the role,
- how he learnt to play double-bass Bill Black style,
- about meeting Tom Hanks and Austin Butler,
- working with Xavier Samuel and Terepai Richmond who played Scotty and D.J.
- the 'trouble' filming the Russwood Park riot
- and much much more...
Elvis biopic soars past $200M globally: Stunning news that Baz Luhrmann’s 'ELVIS' has crossed $200M global with a great -32% hold internationally in 73 markets.
Internationally outside the US it’s nearing $100M with $91.8M through Sunday.
It is one of the rare films without superheroes or dinosaurs to reach that mark.
Grosses US Domestic $118,376,000. International $91,800,000 - Worldwide $210,176,000. ELVIS costars Tom Hanks as manager Col Parker with relative newcomer Austin Butler in the title role. Butler, who beat out higher profile actors has attracted Oscar buzz. 'Elvis' will soon pass 'Australia' to become the second highest-grossing film of Luhrmann’s career. 'The Great Gatsby' at $355.6 million worldwide is the highest-grossing film of Luhrmann's career so far.
"An Elvis for Himself": A newsletter for music lovers by a music fanatic.
Published by Robert C. Gilbert ‘Listening Sessions’ features a long-form essay on an album or artist.
..With Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis hitting theatres last month, there’s been renewed interest about Elvis Presley, his legacy and whether he continues to matter..
My essay "An Elvis for Himself" only tangentially mentions the new Elvis biopic and instead, focuses on a series of recordings Elvis made in Nashville between May 1966 and January 1968. It was perhaps the most commercially fallow period of his career but amidst the diminishing returns of movies and movie soundtracks was a collection of recordings that stand as among Elvis’ most interesting and varied. Taken together, they provide a vantage point to better understand the comeback that started with the famous NBC special taped in June 1968 and aired on December 3 of that year....
Go HERE to ‘Listening Sessions’ for this fascinating article.
EIN thanks our friend Kees Mouwen for the word-up. (News, Source;ELvisDayByDay/EIN)
Elvis Week 2022 New Guests: EPE are excited to announce that the following guests been added to the 2022 Elvis Week line-up. For music fans, the best news will be that Ernst Jorgensen, producer / historian will announce details of the upcoming 'Elvis on Tour' release out this November. Pat Boone, singer, composer, actor and writer, was a friend of Elvis Presley. Pat will appear at Elvis Week for the first time in more than 15 years at Conversations on Elvis on August 15 to share some of his favorite stories and memories; he will also appear at The Sapphire Collection Event on August 16, where he will share music, memories, and answer questions from the audience. Billy Swan is a legendary singer, songwriter, and musician, who wrote the song “I Can Help,” which Elvis recorded in 1975. Swan will appear for the first time at the Songwriters Showcase on Aug 11 to share his music and stories of the king Marlyn Mason co-starred alongside Elvis in the 1969 “The Trouble with Girls.” Mason, an actress, producer, and screenwriter, will appear at Conversations on Elvis on Aug 15.
Brian “Q” Quinn stars on the comedy show “Impractical Jokers” on truTV and is a die-hard Elvis fan. He will appear at Conversations on Elvis on August 15.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Cassandra Peterson and Norbert Putnam will be unable to appear during Elvis Week 2022.
- The 'On Tour' Sony Listening Party is on Sunday, August 14. 2pm and is free Ernst Jorgensen will “unbox” this exciting new 'On Tour' CD box set and give the audience a detailed preview of the unreleased music included in it.
- 'ELVIS' Baz Luhrmann Movie Screenings
Two Screenings and chance to watch it at the Graceland Guest House.
Wednesday, August 10. 7pm and Tuesday, August 16. 1pm
Tickets are free, but you must reserve to attend.
'ELVIS' actor Shonka Dukureh (Big Mama Thornton) found dead in Nashville home: In shocking news, Shonka Dukureh, who played rhythm and blues singer Big Mama Thornton in Baz Luhrmann's recent ELVIS biopic, has been found dead at her home in Nashville. She was 44.
Police said there were no signs of foul play.
Shonka Dukureh was a singer, actor and former teacher who had recently made her big screen debut as Big Mama Thornton.
Dukureh’s performance of the song 'Hound Dog' which Thornton recorded in 1952, four years before Presley, went viral online after the film was released.
The actor and singer, who also shared the stage at Coachella this year with Doja Cat, had a theatre degree and an education degree from Trevecca Nazarene.
In an interview last month Dukureh recalled the moment she heard she got the part in Elvis and was being flown to Australia for the shoot.
"I thought it was the best Christmas present I had ever received.
I knew to really pay tribute to her, I had to tap into myself, my own self-confidence, my own voice.
I was just so honoured."
In 1952, Big Mama Thornton became the first singer to record Hound Dog, four years before Elvis.
Her recording, released in February 1953, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 and is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll".
Elvis' version became one of the best-selling singles of all time with 10 million copies sold globally, and was simultaneously number one on the US pop, country and R&B charts. (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)
The book includes a fabulous Elvis-related story about Ron Strauss visiting his bank manager to obtain a home mortgage and the time Ron fell asleep in Elvis’ bed will bring a smile to the reader’s face. Other interesting accounts include Ron’s reaction to Elvis carrying a loaded gun on board (in a pressurized cabin), and many readers will appreciate reading how Ron felt about Linda Thompson and Ginger Alden.
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently took flight with an advance copy. What Nigel found, not only added appreciably to his knowledge of a rarely written about aspect of the Elvis Presley story and provided greater insight as to who Elvis was as a person, but also offered a wonderfully rich and entertaining account of the life and times of the underappreciated, Ron Strauss.
'ELVIS' Movie Soundtrack VINYL release: Baz Luhrmann confirmed that - as expected - there will be a VINYL release of the 'ELVIS' Original Movie Soundtrack.
House of Iona / RCA Records will release the highly anticipated VINYL version of the 'ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'. The soundtrack album features highlights from Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster film ELVIS. The soundtrack has a variety of artists, mixing different genres and sounds to create something special alongside the movie. It features tracks from some of the biggest stars – Eminem & CeeLo Green (“The King and I’), Tame Impala (“Edge of Reality (Remix)” with Elvis Presley), Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak (“Cotton Candy Man”) and Jack White’s duet with Elvis Presley (“Power of My Love”). From Kacey Musgraves’ angelic version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” to Doja Cat’s “Vegas”
the album blends the old classics with a unique flare that brings new life to these Elvis Presley classics.
GO HERE to 'Elvis The Music' for some fun listening (News, Source;BL/ElvisInfoNet)
Making ELVIS' clothes: Or 'How 'Elvis' Costume Designer Catherine Martin transformed Austin Butler Into Elvis'! In a fascinating 10 minute video, acclaimed costume designer Catherine Martin (she has won four Academy Awards for her work and Baz Luhrmann is her husband), discusses how she approached making the costumes Austin Butler wears in the Elvis biopic. “I think one of the things the Graceland archive allowed me to see was a world that formed Elvis. Both his mother and father were products of the Depression, and his father kept every single receipt and every single check that ended up back at the bank. I saw the kind of financial simplicity that he came from, and how extraordinary his fashion choices actually are because he’s completely self-created. Elvis lived in a time before stylists and before people helped to create the image. This was totally Elvis creating the look himself.”
Ms Martin also makes several incisive observations about what Elvis' clothing meant to him as a person....
Gohere to 'Vanity Fair' to watch (News, Source:EIN/Vanity Fair)
'Elvis UK Cover Story' Book Review: Elvis experts John Townson and Gordon Minto recently published their new (digital) book 'Elvis UK Cover Story: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley's British EP & LP Sleeves 1956-1977' designed to add to and complement their original 'Elvis UK' book.
It is a 286 page, fully comprehensive book, providing the ultimate guide to Elvis’s EP and LP album sleeves released in the UK between 1956-1977.
Extensively illustrated in full colour and arranged in sections, this book addresses a wide range of topics including back cover photos, printing companies, sleeve notes, etc.
There are extended sections including 'Front Cover – Fact File', and 'For UK Fans Only' an in-depth study of those albums that originated in the UK, or were only ever available in the UK.
It includes a wealth of background info incorporated into the text.
It is a downloadable digital flip-book stored on your own device.
Reading through this fact-filled investigation, the amazing thing EIN discovered was just how many sleeve variations, UK only releases, and cheap RCA / Parker design decisions there were.
For the world’s biggest superstar some of their marketing decisions were truly bewildering. And some of their design choices total madness.
'Elvis Live At The International - 50th Anniv Edition' New Book: Elvis author Kieran Davis has published his revised and expanded 50th Anniversary edition of his book 'Elvis Live At The International'.
Originally published back in 2011 and one of EIN's favourite books (see EIN In-depth review here) Davis has been working on a worthy 50th anniversary expanded version. Now double with the pages, the book now weighs over 2 kilos. Kieran Davis explains, It might have been delayed by nearly two years due to the pandemic, but the updated and expanded version of one of our first books is Out Now.
Coming in at 432 pages this hardback book contains more stories, images, memorabilia and newspaper materials than ever before fleshing out the story of the early Vegas years with even greater detail.
Go HERE to Kieran Davis website to order the book - hurry it is a limited print run. (News, Source;KD/ElvisInfoNet)
Australian 'Elvis' Exhibition a Smash Success: The Australian Elvis exhibition closes later this week and every ticket is already SOLD OUT. More than 200,000 people have travelled to Bendigo, Victoria to visit 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland'. Since it opened in March the ELVIS exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery has attracted 219,000 people, outstripping the Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe exhibitions, which attracted 152,706 and 143,222 people respectively.
The exhibition is considered the gallery's most successful to date and will close to a sell-out crowd on Sunday.
More than 65,000 visitors to the exhibition were first-time visitors to the gallery and 24,000 of the Elvis fans travelled to Bendigo from interstate.
Gallery director Jessica Bridgfoot says the exhibition has injected a sense of excitement and energy back into the city.
She said 86 per cent of ticketholders were tourists who lived outside of Bendigo.
"We are thrilled with the way visitors, local businesses and the community at large embraced the exhibition," Ms Bridgfoot said.
She said the team at the gallery had a multitude of ideas about what was to follow Elvis.
The gallery's next exhibition season will feature historic and
contemporary Chinese art and design.
Victorian Tourism Minister Steve Dimopoulos said Elvis had been a smash hit for Bendigo and for the state.
He said the government had expected the exhibition to be popular, but hadn't dreamed it would be such a success. (News, Source;ABC/ElvisInfoNet) - See EIN's 'Elvis Rocks Bendigo' review here -
JULY 10 - 'Elvis Rockin' the Billboard Charts': While the initial huge spike in Elvis sales maybe passing, Billboard has pointed out how much the 'ELVIS' movie has pushed Elvis' overall music sales.
Following the film’s US premiere the Original Soundtrack digital release topped the Billboard Soundtracks chart while 'Elvis:30 #1 Hits' re-entered Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in 19 years.
Elvis' music catalogue also posted a 67% increase in US official streaming growing to 27.04 million. Elvis' most-streamed song being 'Can’t Help Falling in Love'.
Lead single 'Doja Cat’ 'Vegas' also hit #34 in Billboard Hot 100 and top 10 on Billboard Hot Rap Songs. The song also hit #4 in Australia, #3 in New Zealand, #15 Ireland, #22 Netherlands and still heading up other overseas charts. Elsewhere on the Billboard charts. ‘Elvis’ Soundtrack also takes a bow at #4 'Top Rock & Alternative Albums' and 'Top Rock Albums' - and #26 on the Billboard 200.
The Billboard 200 chart entry gives Elvis his 58th top 40-charting album. That ties him with Frank Sinatra for the most top 40 albums on the list since it began in 1956. Right behind Elvis and Sinatra are Barbra Streisand (with 54), Grateful Dead (52) and Bob Dylan (51).
’Elvis 30 #1 Hits’ went from #103 to No.33 returning to the top 40 for the first time since February of 2003. It spent three weeks atop the chart upon its release in 2002.
In total for the week, the album earned 17,000 equivalent album units (up 74%). Digital Streaming shows Elvis' song catalog with 62 million on-demand official streams globally in the week ending June 30, up 53% from the week previous. Elvis' top three most-streamed songs in the US were “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (2.3 million; up 35%), “Suspicious Minds” (1.99 million; up 69%) and “Jailhouse Rock” (1.4 million; up 51%). Doja Cat's ‘Vegas’ hit the US top 40 for the first time and garnered 10.82 million on-demand official US streams, while globally it earned 22.32 million streams (up 10%).
The single is being promoted to US pop radio by RCA as of July 11 where it’s so far only bubbling under.. (News, Source/Billboard/ElvisInfoNet)
'Virtual Elvis Week 2022': Good news for Elvis fans who can't make it to Elvis Week in Memphis for this historic year with Graceland confirming their second annual Virtual Elvis Week - August 9-16. Fans can celebrate the legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll from anywhere in the world through an amazing online experience with live concert events, conversations with special guests, and incredible fan experiences!
Highlights include Elvis in concert on the big screen, All the King’s Men Jam Session, Ultimate ETA Contests, a full day of Conversations on Elvis, and more!
We are pulling out all the stops for Virtual Elvis Week 2022, with concerts and events at the Graceland Soundstage live streamed in pristine HD with soundboard audio! And, to enhance your experience, we are expanding the viewing time!
All shows included in each pass are available from the time they premiere and can be re-watched on demand for 7 days following the show.
With Covid issues still happening worldwide plus difficulty with International travel this is a great idea.
Click here to EPE to purchase Virtual Elvis Week tickets (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis author-researcher, Paul Bélard, reviews Luhrmann's 'ELVIS':Prolific Elvis author, Paul Bélard, wrote down his detailed thoughts after watching the Elvis biopic. His energetic review is great reading and starts..
...Well, I came, I saw, I was conquered! What a wild and unpredictable rollercoaster ride it was. I often had goosebumps and I must confess tears welled up in my eyes when Elvis appeared in all his sorrowing condition at the end of the movie, but still singing his heart out with a voice that never left him, a solemn testament to the music he had always cherished. It brought home the irreparable loss we suffered upon his untimely death.
- For added interest EIN has also assembled a “baker’s dozen” of review excerpts from a variety of other reviews for the new Elvis biopic...
(UPDATED Review) 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' ROCKS Bendigo: If you're yet to visit Australia's exclusive exhibition 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' you better get in quick as it closes soon on JULY 17. EIN’s Nigel Patterson checked out the biographical 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' exhibition in the Victoria, Australia, city of Bendigo.
Included in the more than 300 items on display are personal treasures and a diverse array of artefacts from Elvis’ performance and film career.
As the Bendigo Art Gallery Curatorial Manager, Lauren Ellis explained, "Elvis intoxicated the nation’s youth and provoked vicious backlash from conservative personalities, Elvis Presley invented himself piece by piece. The more I discovered about Elvis' life– the more I wanted to know. "
Luhrmann narrates the 'Hayride' sequence from ELVIS: The New York Times features an 'Anatomy of a Scene', where directors reveal the secrets that go into making key scenes in their movies. This week Baz Luhrmann narrates the 'Hayride' sequence from his ELVIS biopic.
It was the ELVIS hip swivel that changed a generation. And it is at the heart of this scene in the biopic “Elvis” that introduces the musician to the world.
In the sequence, Elvis (Austin Butler) is giving one of his first performances in front of an audience while Col. Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), the man who would become his manager, watches on.
Luhrmann explains.. "We discussed many, many ways in how you get to meet Elvis. We felt that you should discover him in performance mode.
Because Elvis wasn't just about what he sang, it was just as much about how he looked and how he moved.
But most importantly it was his effect upon the audience.
So the decision was made to meet Elvis at what we determined would be his first performance.
And in that moment of being mocked you can see Elvis trigger..
Because it happened all the way through his life..
Elvis was mocked for being different, mocked for being shy, mocked for being poor, mocked for his association with black music and having black friends.. he was mocked.
And in that moment it triggered within him what we termed his superpower..."
Go HERE to New York Times to see the full clip and discussion.. (News, Source;NYT/ElvisInfoNet)
'Aloha From Hawaii' Deluxe FTD indepth Review: When seeking Elvis' key career highpoints, if one goes by the sales and the audience viewing numbers, there is only one answer. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite. RCA’s double album of the show was released throughout the world in February 1973 and shot to the #1 spot in many countries including the U.S. It is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
While in 2013 RCA/ Legacy released the '40th Anniversary edition' sadly the audio of the main concert left much to be desired.
In 2022 FTD released this upgraded 'Aloha From Hawaii' set with Matt Ross-Spang remixing the original broadcast - plus including the full after-concert 3am 'Insert Song' session in a 3-CD set. In 'large-size 8" format with 24 page booklet it is a stunning package.
(Interview) Alanna Nash talks to EIN: With the recent reissue of her best-selling book, 'The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley', renowned author, Alanna Nash, took time out of her busy schedule to discuss Elvis, the Colonel and other related issues with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen, and prolific Elvis author, Paul Bélard.
In her candid interview, Alanna provides insightful commentary about the Colonel’s early years before coming to America, when he lost his way in promoting Elvis, the controversial source Byron Raphael, Lamar Fike’s finding about the rumor the Colonel was involved in the death of a woman in Holland, why Elvis didn’t take more control of his career, the new Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' biopic and much, much more...
Another Elvis #1....this time in books: Congratulations to acclaimed author, Alanna Nash, as the re-issue of her book, The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, is the #1 selling book in Amazon USA's Popular Music (Books) category. Amazon also has it ranked #2 in both Music History (Books) and Criticism and Music Business (Books).
'The Elvis Business Is Booming Into the Billions': Billboard recently published an article how "With the new biopic, booming publishing valuations and his continued cultural cache, the value of Presley's estate is doing gangbusters." It included ...
.. Of all the songs the Elvis filmmakers ran by Peter Raleigh for publishing approval, one jumped out at him: “Cotton Candy Land,” a 1963 ballad Elvis Presley sang to a sleeping girl in It Happened at the World’s Fair. “It’s an unexpected choice for an Elvis biopic,” says Raleigh, co-president of Raleigh Music Group, which administers 25% of Presley’s song catalog, who approved the Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak cover for the film. “But it does work for the context.”
In addition to Graceland the late Presley’s song catalog is the jewel of his estate holdings. Graceland draws 700,000 visitors a year, and Presley’s posthumous popularity is constant, with occasional spikes from movies or other cultural events such as 2002 'A Little Less Conversation' remix. Luhrmann's ELVIS movie is sure to do the same.
These intermittent revenue boosts are crucial for
the investors who have plowed tens of millions into Presley’s estate in recent years.
Aside from Graceland, the bulk of the Presley estate’s value is in the 650 compositions for which it owns co-publishing rights. Billboard estimates Presley’s catalog generated publishing royalties that averaged $12 million annually over the last three years; of that, Authentic Brands took about $4.5 million. The estate, however, doesn’t profit as much from other valuable Presley holdings – in 1973, Parker made a deal to sell all of Presley’s master recordings to RCA Records for $5.4 million, which means the label pays no royalties to the estate for tracks released before 1973.
Sony Music-owned RCA Records has earned an average $23.5 million in annual revenue over the past three years. "Elvis consistently is one of our top 10 artists” says Lyn Koppe, executive vp of global catalog for Sony Music.
The new ELVIS film stands to turbo-charge this kind
of listening trend. Baz Lurhmann took over an office at Graceland and incorporated the estate’s resources into his work. “If he didn’t know a date of an event, the historian at Graceland had access to his entire life."
EPE's Joel Weinshanker says the estate went “back and forth with Baz” over rights to songs, as well as other intellectual-property holdings such as the singer’s name and likeness, trademarks, merchandising and, of course, anything pertaining to Graceland, in 2018. “I took Baz down to Memphis and we spent several days going through Graceland and talking about who Elvis was, what he desired, what his fears were.”
Lisa Marie as well as Priscilla have made effusive endorsements. More importantly, the film is an investment, a marketable product that could potentially generate serious revenue for the estate for years to come. ABG notes, “We think this soundtrack is going to live forever, and hopefully be the entry point for fans to hear about Elvis in an entirely new way.” (News, Source;Billboard/ElvisInfoNet)
Is Sony/ RCA on the ball? Surprisingly, the one major organisation “dragging the chain” with regard to capitalising on the success of the new movie appears to be Sony Music….
Considering the high level of media and public interest in the biopic you would also expect Sony to have CDs available to buy when the film launched, and interest is at its highest. Yet in all countries the ELVIS soundtrack album is not being released until late July while the expanded edition of 30 #1 Hits is listed for release in the US and UK on July 8 – based on several Amazon sites it does appear to be already available in a number of European countries.
Sony Australia has announced the soundtrack album (late July) but at this time only import copies of the 30 #1 Hits 2CD are listed on Australian sites, at a cost of nearly $100! A missed opportunity?
Col Parker must be turning in his grave!
(News, Source: EIN; EDBD)
'The Elvis Presley Channel' Offical Launch: Today the entertainment / streaming company Cinedigm Corp announced the launch of The Elvis Presley Channel. In partnership with EPE / ABG the new streaming channel comprises Elvis Presley films and specials along with additional movies, series and lifestyle programming inspired by Elvis - including new, original series in development.
Now available in the USA, The Elvis Presley Channel is accessible as a free, ad-supported streaming television channel on connected TVs, digital set-top boxes, media-streaming devices and online. With an overall reach of more than 100 million devices, fans can find the linear channel through several popular streaming platforms, including LG Channels, Amazon Freevee, VIZIO WatchFree+, Comcast's Xumo, Plex, Local Now and Dish Sling TV. Additionally, the Xfinity 'What to Watch' channel on XUMO will feature a curated collection of films and documentaries from Elvis channel during primetime starting the weekend of July 2, and continuing weekly throughout the rest of July.
Cinedigm President Erick Opeka said, "Elvis Presley is an iconic performer whose global appeal transcends across generations and a diverse range of fans. We see his ongoing influence today in music, movies, fashion and culture. Building on this expansive legacy, The Elvis Presley Channel will provide compelling programs, including exclusive and eclectic original series and specials, across a variety of concert, documentary and scripted content genres. With the channel, we aim to not only thrill current fans and showcase Elvis' influences and demonstrate enduring impact but to engage new generations of fans through our curated and creative program line-up." The Elvis Channel features two 12-hour blocks (aka “wheels”) of content.
Cinedigm will regularly refresh the programming on the channel, with upwards of 175 hours of Elvis and Elvis-adjacent material expected to be
featured each month.
2022 is a banner year for Elvis with the launch of ELVIS, from Baz Luhrmann plus the 45th anniversary of Elvis' passing at Elvis Week 2022 from August 9 - August 17. Additionally, Netflix is slated to launch the Elvis animated action-comedy series "Agent King" and Sony has two Elvis albums planned later this year. The Elvis Presley Channel "a Mix of New and Classic Programming" Refreshed monthly with hundreds of hours of films and series, The Elvis Presley Channel will provide viewers with an intimate look at one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. Through exclusively streamed films, series and documentaries, fans can relive the glory days of rock ‘n' roll with the legend who transformed music. Programming curated by Cinedigm for the channel will include:
Exclusive films and specials such as the Elvis '68 Comeback Special, Elvis Aloha From Hawaii and both the broadcast & unedited versions of 'Elvis, by the Presleys'.
Themed programming blocks including Elvis'
Favorites, Friends of Elvis, Elvis Inspired Reality and Lifestyle Programming, African American Artists that Inspired Elvis and 50's Rock N' Roll Rebel Movies. Fans will be able to tune in for hours watching some of Elvis' favorite TV and film content including The Beverly Hillbillies, John Wayne movies such as Angel and the Badman, Blue Steel and Riders of Destiny, as well as Bruce Lee films like Warrior's Journey and The Man The Myth.
Search Your TV guides for more ie Amazon Freevee (News, Source;Cinedigm/ElvisInfoNet)
"ELVIS" Behind The Scenes: A neat seven minute clip from Screen Australia about Behind The Scenes of the new ELVIS movie.
Baz Luhrmann, Designer-Producer Catherine Martin and producer Schuyler Weiss talk about their experience making Elvis, from filming on the Gold Coast, the effects of COVID on production and why Luhrmann continues to return to Australia to make his films.
"Elvis in the studio"- excerpt from the critically acclaimed recent book, 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early recordings': ... Surviving outtakes make it abundantly clear that it's the 21-year-old Elvis Presley, not ostensible producer Steve Sholes, who's in control. Even when Sholes pronounces a take satisfactory, Elvis, if not happy, overrules him and insists on doing it again. And if one of the musicians makes a mistake, forcing a new attempt, Elvis remains nonplussed. "In his own reserved manner," as recalled in Elvis '56, In the Beginning, a journalist on hand to view the session would write, "he kept control, he made himself responsible. When someone else made a mistake, he sang off-key The offender picked up the cue. He never criticised anyone, never got mad at anybody, but himself. He'd just say, "Okay, fellas, I goofed." (News, Source:EIN) Read EIN's detailed review of 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley'
Read EIN's revealinginterview with the author, Gary Parker
'ELVIS 30 #1 Hits Expanded Edition' - New Release: To be released next week to coincide with the new Baz Luhrmann ELVIS movie, Sony Music is repackaging 'Elvis'
30#1 Hits' together with 'Second To None' creating 'ELVIS 30 #1 Hits Expanded Edition'
Released date is next week June 24, 2022.
Priced at UK £12.99.
This twin set was previously released in 2013 as a double pack '30# 1 Hits / 2nd To None' selling in the US for US$16. see below for details..
Either way it is a great double-set at a good price.
ELVIS 'Austin Butler Pre-Production Test Footage': This is a sensational clip. Forget all those average Elvis Impersonators you might have seen, here Austin Butler truly inhabits Elvis character showing what he could do
at a pre-production jam.
As 'Depper' rightly comments, "Austin was a brilliant choice as there are millions of new young Elvis fans just based on the trailers alone. Many more will join us in the Elvis fanbase as soon as the movie drops. This movie successfully explains the contributions to music of Elvis Presley, to today's current generation. Elvis' legacy has been given a tremendous boost, and will help young people understand that he was a force of good for American music and humanity." (News, Source;EIN)
'ELVIS' Soundtrack Digital Tracklist: Finally we get the tracklist for the Baz Luhrmann soundtrack album.
It's great to get something new that will hopefully push a new generation to discover Elvis' immense back-catalogue
In Australia you can hear the first single 'Vegas' by Doja Cat playing everywhere. A cool sign.
From RCA Records / Sony Music
Pre-order started today June 10, 2022 Release Date: June 24, 2022 Tracklist
1. Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) – Elvis Presley
2. Also Sprach Zarathustra / An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley
3. Vegas – Doja Cat
4. The King and I – Eminem & CeeLo Green
5. Tupelo Shuffle – Swae Lee & Diplo
6. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Elvis Presley & Stuart Price
7. Craw-Fever – Elvis Presley
8. Don’t Fly Away (PNAU Remix) – Elvis Presley & PNAU
9. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kacey Musgraves
10. Product of the Ghetto – Nardo Wick
11. If I Can Dream – Maneskin
12. Cotton Candy Land – Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
13. Baby, Let’s Play House – Austin Butler
14. I’m Coming Home (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
15. Hound Dog – Shonka Dukureh
16. Tutti Frutti – Les Greene
17. Strange Things Are Happening Every Day – Yola
18. Hound Dog – Austin Butler
19. Let It All Hang Out – Denzel Curry
20. Trouble – Austin Butler
21. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Lenesha Randolph
22. Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) – Elvis Presley & Tame Impala
23. Summer Kisses / In My Body – Elvis Presley
24. ’68 Comeback Special (Medley) – Elvis Presley (News, Source; Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
25. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – Jazmine Sullivan
26. If I Can Dream (Stereo Mix) – Elvis Presley
27. Any Day Now – Elvis Presley
28. Power of My Love – Elvis Presley & Jack White
29. Vegas Rehearsal / That’s All Right – Austin Butler & Elvis Presley
30. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
31. Polk Salad Annie (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
32. Burning Love (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
33. It’s Only Love – Elvis Presley
34. Suspicious Minds – Paravi
35. In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) – Elvis Presley & Nardo Wick
36. Unchained Melody (Live at Ann Arbor, MI) – Elvis Presley
'ELVIS' EIN movie review: Keith Richards said, "Elvis hit like a bombshell ... it was like the world went from black and white to Technicolor." While those words apply to Elvis Presley they could similarly apply to Baz Luhrmann's style of film direction. Compared to the regular Hollywood output Baz Luhrmann movies have a similar feel of busting out of jail and going from black-and-white to technicolour. They are loud, brash, super-colourful, fast-edited and exciting, they have their own language and style.
The full-bore soundtrack, the glowing colour, the revelation of Austin Butler's truly stunning performance and the real excitement of the fast editing really does make it feel that Luhrmann has grabbed Elvis' true spirit. The film not only tells Elvis’ life but has the genuine excitement of the real Elvis, something that I've never felt from any previous Elvis Bio-Pic.
The incredible fact is that while the movie includes so many snatches of real Elvis (Hy Garner interview, Lisa Marie, Al Dvorin etc) yet Austin Butler has one so enthralled in playing Elvis' character that you can hardly spot the difference.
However typical of a Luhrmann movie you can see why fans' overly detailed fact-checking needs to be left at the door - and knowledgeable Elvis fans should just enjoy the ride. Go here for EIN Piers Beagley's exclusive and detailed review
Baz Luhrmann ELVIS Sydney Premiere: The Sydney Premiere of Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS movie was presented in the glorious Sydney State Theatre where Luhrmann's first film 'Strictly Ballroom' was featured thirty years ago at the 1992 Sydney Film Festival.
The evening was part of Sydney's VIVID festival and before the actual Premiere, director Baz Luhrmann spent an hour in conversation discussing his life in movies as well as his thoughts on ELVIS.
The Sydney Media were out in force to celebrate the international cast of the movie, including Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Australia's Olivia DeJonge, along with Director Baz Luhrmann.
EIN's Piers Beagley was lucky enough to be part of the ELVIS celebration - and who knew that his night would include an Elvis sing-a-long with Tom Hanks! Go here for the Baz Luhrmann discussion and plenty of Premiere pics.
(Book Review) 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early Recordings' (Gary Parker):‘For Elvis Presley, stardom was the promise, and he made the trip, but at an extraordinarily high cost’. This is one of the thought provoking themes in Gary Parker’s latest book which critically examines in thoroughly researched detail, Elvis’ seminal recordings in the 1950s (as well as more briefly discussing Elvis’ post Army recordings).
Noting that... "Elvis' clever manipulation of his numerous interests remains one of the music world's great marvels. Presley, with one foot in delta mud and the other in a country hoedown, teamed with Scotty Moore and Bill Black to fuse two distinctly American musical forms -- country and blues -- to form what would come to be known as 'rockabilly'". This is a book with plenty to discuss.
In their 2,100 words collaboration, EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley, review what they have found to be one of the best, and most important, Elvis book releases of 2022. Read the full review here (Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)
Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' movie posters for 50s/ 60s/ 70s - plus a great shot of Austin Butler
'This Is Elvis - The Lost Theme Song' EIN spotlight: With all of the hype surrounding Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic, ELVIS, many fans will fondly recall the first official movie of Elvis' life, 1981's 'This Is Elvis', which, for better of worse, is the benchmark against which all subsequent attempts are measured.
One of the well-known names involved with This Is Elvis was Jerry Schilling, who was hired as a Consultant on the film - and who was involved in getting the long-lost theme song written and recorded by Beach Boy Carl Wilson and Sweet Inspirations Myrna Smith..
Another delight is discovering that Beach Boy Carl Wilson had a great love of Elvis.
Book Review - Elvis: The Quest For An Oscar (James Turiello): Many will find it surprising that someone could write more than 500 pages detailing the case why Elvis deserves to receive an Honorary Academy Award, but
author James Turiello has achieved this with his latest book.
EIN's Nigel Patterson spent a weekend exploring the author's argument.
Can someone who appeared in Kissin' Cousins, Harum Scarum and Clambake really be Oscar worthy?
In a detailed review, Nigel discusses what the book has to offer and provides his assessment of whether or not the author successfully makes his case that Elvis is deserving of an Honorary Oscar.
(Book Review) 'Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis': From author /DJ Ron Brandon 'Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis' is a self-published biography.
Ron Brandon was the person who recorded Elvis' 1956 live performance in Tupelo and our Elvis legacy would be less rich had he not done so and then sent Elvis a personal copy!
The book details "55 years of Behind The Scenes stories of Disc Jockeys, Rock & Roll, and Elvis.. as told by the author that lived them"
It includes 23 chapters, 96 pages, 150 photos many in color, A4 size with large type easy-to-read, excellent quality.
Chapters include sections on radio stations WTUP Tupelo 1956, WMOC Chattanooga 1962, WNOE and Marty Lacker New Orleans 1963, 'Radio Music Report' magazine, Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, as well as the story of 'Elvis comes home to Tupelo'. Brandon tells the stories of hard work, meeting loads of radio personalities and getting a successful time slot in multiple radio stations. He meets plenty of interesting characters along the way, both good and bad! He also was the person who tracked down Elvis' 'Mystery Kisser'!
Packed full of stories EIN's Piers Beagley spent time enjoying this look into a very interesting life well-lived!go here to find out more (Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
'The Pot Luck Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released back in December 2021, 'The Pot Luck Sessions' was the eighth in FTD’s “complete sessions” packages. An 8 inch deluxe 5-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and session data, memorabilia and rare photos. The set includes remastered complete RCA sessions from Elvis' June 25 and October 15 1961 and March 18-19 1962 recording sessions.
The set features a good number of previously unreleased outakes and EIN also uncovers plenty of Elvis studio discussions that had been previously edited out on earlier "Classic Album" releases such as Elvis saying, “Here we go already. How do like that
arrangement, Red?” an important question to his friend Red West who
had composed the song 'That’s Someone You Never Forget'.
Gary kindly took time to discuss what we can expect in his new book, Jethro Tull, and things in-between.
Elvis’ Sun recordings vs. RCA early recordings, the muddy Mississippi delta plains, Elvis’ swirlingly innovative mixture of hair-raising rock & roll and balladry.
'ELVIS WEEK 2022' Details: EPE have finally released the first details about ELVIS WEEK 2022. The publicity states... We are so excited to be able to share what we have planned for Elvis Week 2022 - and we can't wait for you to join us here in Memphis for this historic celebration.
Graceland will be welcoming fans from around the world on August 9-17 for Elvis Week 2022, as we mark the 45th anniversary of Elvis' passing and honor the man, the star, the icon - the King of Rock 'n' Roll!
Elvis Week 2022 will offer an unforgettable line-up of concerts, conversations, tributes, and more. 2022 highlights include...
- The August 16 'Elvis Presley in Concer't featuring Elvis on the big screen backed by a live band;
Includes James Burton, Glen Hardin, Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Larry Strickland and a special appearance by Priscilla Presley.
- All the King's Men, showcasing those who shared the studio and stage with Elvis;
Hear stories from TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Memphis Boy Gene Chrisman.
- The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Dinner Show, where fans can enjoy Elvis' gospel favorites;
Features Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Stamps' Larry Strickland, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations.
- Conversations On Elvis: the man, the music, the legend
Including Priscilla Presley; James Burton, Glen Hardin, Estelle Brown with more guests to be announced.
- The annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and performances by many of EPE's past Ultimate winners;
- The the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15 where fans gather in quiet remembrance of the king.
Tickets for Elvis Week 2022 officially go on sale on Thursday, March 10!
Check out the schedule of events & tickets here at Graceland website
There will be further special guest announcements and added events (News, Source;EPE/EIN)
MRS 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo 1956' CD Review: At the end of last year the UK based MRS label released their Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
The set contains the complete 1956 RCA studio master recordings in mono and (DES extracted) stereo versions. These were thirty classic RCA recordings that would help change the future of popular music.
The accompanying 20-page booklet includes photographs and memorabilia plus introductory notes.
While 'DES Stereo' remastering can sometimes reveal new details about classic MONO studio recordings, trying to create believable stereo from echoey mono masters is not that easy, even when using "highly advanced sound processing techniques".
Can classic mono tracks such as 'Hound Dog', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'My Baby Left Me' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' really sound better in DES stereo?
'Elvis: South Bound- Tampa / Atlanta '75' FTD in-depth Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. This 5" digipack double-soundboard features two more concerts from Elvis' 1975 Spring Tour. The Tampa April 26, 1975 Afternoon show at Curtis Hixon Convention Center plus Atlanta Omni Coliseum May 2, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano tracks, there was often very little drums or orchestra in the mix. So can this release show us anything new?
But while collectors are right to be a little reticent about “Afternoon Shows” this soundboard is surprisingly enjoyable...
(Book Review) 'Don't Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story': It is easy to forget that, in the beginning, Elvis was only one part of a trio put together by Sam Phillips, which included Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar.
The unique sound that emerged from their early sessions was the result of a close collaboration of like-minded musicians and an engineer who wanted to generate something as yet unheard. Bill Black's contribution to Elvis’ success went beyond the bass playing. His antics on stage — twirling his bass, riding it as if it was a bronco to be tamed, trading corny jokes with Elvis — delighted the audiences. Scotty confirmed that, “If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days.”
Memphis Mansion’s Henrik Knudsen fortuitously befriended Bill Black's family and was entrusted with the family’s treasured scrapbook.
Using this key source, plus the investigative power of author Paul Belard, key rock'n'roll bassman Bill Black finally gets the biography he deserves with this impressive 260 page book.
Packed full of rare photos, great stories and interviews, EIN's Piers Beagley spent some quality time enjoying this very fine tribute to "Blackie" a great musician and a true character ... go here to find out more.. (Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
"ELVIS 45" Year-long Celebration: Elvis Presley’s Graceland will be celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout 2022 in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of his passing in 1977. ELVIS 45 will include special events, giveaways, new exhibit openings, and concerts at Graceland during the year, plus exclusive merchandise offerings and more!
The yearlong celebration kicks off this week during Elvis’ Birthday Celebration on January 6-9 in Memphis. Additional Elvis 45 events planned for 2022 include Graceland traditional annual events like Ultimate ETA Weekend, Graceland Performing Arts Camp, Elvis Week 2022,Holiday Lighting Weekend, and Christmas Tours: plus, one-time events including a Valentine’s Day Package,Jailhouse Rock Party, Memphis Music Weekend and more.
- As part of ELVIS 45, Graceland is offering the highly collectible ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection featuring a 2022 Graceland Annual Pass, limited-
edition records, plus other exclusive items. Additionally, Graceland will be giving out 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM Records to visitors in Memphis who tour on six select days in 2022. - Graceland will also open four new exhibits in 2022:'Rock On' in early January, a replica guitar exhibit in partnership with Gibson Guitars; 'Elvis: Dressed to Rock' on May 7, featuring jumpsuits and stagewear from 1969-1977; 'Graceland: Welcome to My World' on June 7, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Graceland opening to the public; and 'Dear Elvis' in August, an exhibit honoring Elvis fans.
Go here to EPE for all the details (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)
Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek:As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team, EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.
EIN is delighted to be able to talk with the author Carlos Varrenti - as well as Elvis Files designer Robert Van Beek to find out more.
We find out more about Carlos Varrenti's Argentinian background, how he came to be involved with designer Robert Van Beek and The Elvis Files for the expanded reprint, what highlights are in the book and what new stories fans will be able to discover within the covers. Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..
"Elvis Back In Nashville" 8/10 Review: It's great to see the mainstream music press already giving truly positive reviews to the new "Elvis Back In Nashville" box-set that comes out next week. UNCUT uk music magazine have already reviewed it noting.... "The King's final recordings in the country music capital"
Elvis Presley was more ambitious than his late career output might suggest.
During his 1971 sessions in Nashville, he cut tracks for his dream project: a folk-rock record featuring songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kris Kristofferson and others. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, and tracks from those sessions were scattered across cookie-cutter collections throughout the'70s. 'Elvis Back In Nashville' collects those recordings in one place, showcasing his stylistic range (gospel, carols, standards... you name it) and offering a glimpse of what might have been.
Despite being sold as a nostalgia act, Elvis was absolutely devoted to whatever he song he was singing. He immersed himself in the story and invested each line with nuance and character, whether it's the casually funky "Put Your Hand In The Hand" or the delicate "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (recorded while he had the flu). Box-Set rates 8/10. Extras: 6/10. Archival photos and liner notes by David Cantwell.
MRS presents 'ELVIS: September 1970' in-depth Review:MRS's new 2CD deluxe set features a new previously unreleased soundboard
from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD that covers the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans.
Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand-new previously unknown concert captures Elvis feeling 'loose-as-a-goose' yet still performing with a real intensity. His live versions of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' were truly exceptional this evening.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
(Book Review) Elvis June 1956: June 1956 was another busy month for Elvis Presley and author Paul
Bélard captures the frenzy and excitement of Elvis' rocket-to-stardom in
this new photo-book, ‘Elvis June 1956’.
Elvis' 1956 juggernaut was picking up strength during the month with a series of dynamic live shows across America, appearing on Wink Martindale’s ‘Dance Party’ TV show, violating segregation laws in Memphis, outraging media critics and many parents with his burlesque show rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ on The Milton Berle Show and rehearsing for his appearance on The Steve Allen Show as the highlights.
The book includes some wonderful archive material such as.. - “Singing Sensation Causes Near Riot Here”
- “Writhing Singer Has Long Beach Soxers Wailing”
- "Elvis Sends 6,400 Here Into Frenzy”
- “Presley Leaves You In A Blue Suede Funk”
· “The Presley Problem”
This graphic biography illustrates how our man worked hard getting his career off the ground. All this packed on 220 pages. Go here as Nigel Patterson and Kees Mouwen check out this look at one of Elvis' key months of his career (Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)
Despite what some fans may think, Elvis’ Army years were eventful, full of interesting and sometimes sad, incidents.
Those two years in the Army were important in shaping Elvis as a person.
As Kees notes in his enlightening review, in her book, Trina Young “goes behind the superficial public relations story of Presley’s army years”.
'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes. However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions. Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.
EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies. In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including... - Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography
UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game. Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end... And EIN wants YOUR SAY -Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more... (Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 45,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.
Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.
"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project. Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement.. "It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."
We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet. (Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!) (News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)
Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005.
The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone. EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD. 'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960... 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962... 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.-
Release date: March 12, 2021.
From Amazon for $14.99. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares):The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.
It is available in English and Spanish text editions.
'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review:Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud.
A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review:
A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready". EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
US CD box-set
UK CD box-set
‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music,
including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images. (FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished. And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future? Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.
Now $88 (down from $105) <<< US Amazon
UK Amazon >>> £73.00
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Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ..."The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best. I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!" Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show. Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show. One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published- Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings. The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases. Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for? In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..
Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common. Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.
EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . . - Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral . . . and much much more... Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.
Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK
'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly. Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy. Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker. Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969. (Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)
'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others. It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.
UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses .... - Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story
'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet. - Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems. - Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet. - Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want. PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015. Try Before You Buy -
Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. -
NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, -
Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis' (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage! The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy . (Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)
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