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Thursday 23 June 2016
Wayne Jackson, Memphis Horns Legend, Dead at 74: Wayne Jackson, trumpet player and one-half of the legendary horn section the Memphis Horns, who played on Elvis' 1969 key Memphis Sessions  died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure at a Memphis hospital. A good friend of EIN's, he was only 74.
His wife Amy Jackson commented, "He was a beautiful soul who touched the world with his trumpet. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his incredible musical legacy, which he leaves us with. God gave him a gift, and he used it to the fullest … He loved his family, his friends and his fans the world over."
Born in Memphis and raised across the river Wayne Jackson's love of music began with a guitar. But one night his mother came home with a trumpet for her 11 year-old son. "I opened up the case, and it smelled like oil and brass. I loved that, so I put it together, blew, and out came a pretty noise. My first taste of Sweet Medicine." The rest is music history.
By 12th grade Wayne Jackson found himself playing with a group called The Mar-Keys. They had a number one smash called, 'Last Night.' It was 1961.
What followed was a magical ride making music history with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, all the soul greats. In 1969, Wayne and sax man, Andrew Love, became "The Memphis Horns" and found themselves working with a host of stars such as Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, B.J. Thomas and Elvis Presley.
Jackson noted that, "Back then, we had to do those songs from front to back with no mistakes and with good feelings. That’s what made musicians out of us. That’s what trained us. Now musicians all around the world judge their performances against those records with us on them, and that’s why we’re heroes."
Jackson's trumpet features on a wide range of classic LPs and singles from that era, including Otis Redding's Otis Blue and Dictionary of Soul, Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and many more soul standards.
Jackson's distinctive trumpet is recognizable on so many classics such as Otis Redding's 'Dock OF The Bay', Eddie Floyd's 'Knock On Wood' and Dusty Springfield's 'Son Of A Preacher Man'.
In 1969, Jackson and Love split from Stax to form their own Memphis Horns, and the duo would quickly find work adding their trademark brass sound to countless albums and singles, including Al Green's Let's Stay Together, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds."
In the ensuing decades, the Memphis Horns were recruited to record with artists like U2, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young and Billy Joel, and tour with acts ranging from Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker to the Doobie Brothers. Jackson also performed on Jack White and Alicia Keys' Quantum of Solace theme "Another Way to Die."
Wayne Jackson played on 52 Number One songs, 83 gold and platinum-selling albums, 116 Top Ten records and 15 Grammy-winning records. Jackson and Love were given Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to music in 2012; a few months later, Love died of complications with Alzheimer's disease.
"How fortuitous of God to have put the two of us together," Jackson said at the time of Love's death. "The first time I heard
Andrew play I knew we would be perfect together. He had a big tone, and I had a big tone. And I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way. We loved to laugh together. We laughed and travelled all over the world making records and touring with artists of all genres. We got to do what we loved everyday and share our unique gifts."
Wayne Jackson was a good friend of EIN's always up for a chat and discussion.  I feel privileged to have known both Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. - (photo above with EIN's Piers Beagley)
Jackson said of Elvis, "The first time I actually heard Elvis sing ‘In the Ghetto’ however I was quietly sitting with my horn and looking at the music. I hadn't heard any of it yet and I suddenly realised that this was really special stuff. I just got a chill up my spine hearing that. I knew that it was going to be a landmark record for Elvis because it was about such a current topic. I thought "My God, here we all are genuinely in the ghetto!" There really was a guy with an automatic rifle on the roof in case of something bad happened - especially after Martin Luther King died.
You see American Studios was in the worst part of town. Stax was a little nearer Graceland, but American & Hi studios, all of them were in the worst parts of town. ‘Suspicious Minds’ was also an emotional subject for Elvis at that time as well and it was a thrill to be involved in those songs, knowing that they would be so important to his future career as they were."

Wayne Jackson - November 24, 1941 – June 21, 2016 - RIP.
Go here to EIN's exclusive interview with Wayne Jackson.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New books from Elvis Files: Erik Lorentzen has announced more details about the first of his series of books called the “Gold Standard Series”.

These books will focus on highlights in Elvis’ wonderful career in the same way that 'A Touch Of Gold Lame' did.

We are proud to announce our two books to be released later this year - both celebrating their sixtieth anniversary.

Elvis In Person - The Florida Tour Of August 1956’
Worldwide release will be on August 3, 2016  – the 60th anniversary
- Pre-Order information coming soon


‘At The Mississippi Alabama Fair And Dairy Show’ September 26, 1956 Tupelo
To be released September 26, 2016 - the 60th anniversary

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

 

Elvis Presley 'Blue Hawaii' movie locations: Many of the places where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii on the island of Oahu are still visible for Elvis fans. Elvis stayed at the Ocean Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village during filming in Oahu from March to April 1961 and that same hotel was used to film many of the famous scenes in the movie.
For example, the cafe by the beach where Elvis was sitting with actresses Joan Blackman and Nancy Walters in one scene is still there. The location where they filmed the scene, then called Makahiki Gardens, is now where The Hau Tree Bar is located. The venue is a casual laid-back bar and restaurant that sits right next to the beach with the picturesque Diamond Head volcano in the background.
The open-air entrance to the hotel was also used in Presley's film. Elvis drives up in the Dodge Dart convertible to pick up his tour group at the hotel entrance which still looks the same to this day.
The resort, which has added many new towers over the years, pays tribute to The King with detailed information on Presley's link with Hilton Hawaiian Village. The hotel displays large photo boards filled with pictures of Elvis and his many visits to the hotel.
Another memorable scene that fans can recreate is the picnic that Elvis had with Maile, played by Joan Blackman. They drove up to a romantic scenic lookout point in Honolulu, which is now an official lookout point in Puu Ualakaa State Park. The park sits on Mount Tantalus and offers gorgeous views that stretch from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor. When Elvis and Joan Blackman filmed this scene there was no designated park there.
Go here to Trina Yannicos full article and more photos at The Examiner.
Also go HERE to EIN's own article about Elvis' special Oahu locations by Sanja Meegin
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

TG Sheppard talks Elvis: Country music stars T.G. Sheppard  and Crystal Gayle are set to perform a special Independence Day weekend concert July 1 at the Welk Resort Theatre in Branson. T.G. Sheppard  talked of his friendship with Elvis.
T.G. Sheppard: The greatest Elvis story, for me, is the day he called me up and said ‘Hey buddy, what ya doing?’ Any time he ever called me, that’s what the words were, ‘what ya doing?” I told him it was one o’clock in the morning and I was getting ready to go to bed. He said ‘I need you to get out here to the house.’
So I got up and got in my car at 1 o’clock in the morning and drive out to Graceland. As I pull up to the front door, he’s coming outside and tells me to get in the car. I get in the limo and asked where we’re going, and he says ‘we’re going to Dallas.’
I said ‘man, it’s one o’clock in the morning, why are we going to Dallas?’ He tells me he wanted me to see a new airliner he was having built called the Lisa Marie.
Elvis said ‘I just bought another jet today, a JetStar, and I want to take a trip in it, so let’s go out to Dallas and take a look at this big jet I’m building.’ Both of those are on display today at Graceland, but anyway, we flew to Love Field in Dallas and on the flight out there we’re sitting almost knee-to-knee about two feet from each other. Our noses were almost touching. (laughs)
He looks at me and says ‘Uh, I bought you a bus today.’ I said ‘what?’ He said ‘I bought you a tour bus.’
I said ‘Elvis, uh, I don’t even have a band yet.’

He looked at me and said ‘Well I’m gonna buy you the bus, but I ain’t paying for no damn band.’ (laughs)
So the next day when we got back to Memphis, he had sent J.D. Sumner and Larry Strickland to North Carolina and gave J.D. Sumner a blank check that was just signed, and told him to find me a bus, which they did.
What that did was give me the confidence to go on and get very serious about my career. I thought to myself ‘If Elvis Presley believes in me enough to buy me a tour bus, maybe I have a shot in this business.’
It made me work harder and have the confidence any performer starting out needs to have success. I owe that confidence of mine to Elvis.
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Click here to Branson Tri-Lakes News for the full interview.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 22 June 2016
'A Little Thing Called Life' - New Linda Thompson book: Linda Thompson finally breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, modern American superstars, Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner.
For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business.  The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King.  Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.
- Now for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between.  From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their  Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland’s greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis’s twin demons - drug abuse and infidelity- forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death. 'We're all human and fallible' explains Linda
- It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis’s death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal-winner Bruce Jenner.  Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the apparently perfect life that they built with their two young sons - Brandon and Brody - before Bruce changed everything with a secret he’d been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly thirty years, a secret that Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world.  Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce’s identity and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together,
- And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster, a relationship that lasted for 19 tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before.  Filled with compelling and poignant stories and 16 pages of photographs, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.
Out on August 23rd.
Pre-order now and SAVE $10 from AMAZON here >> - A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis's Graceland to Bruce Jenner's Caitlyn & Songs in Between - Full price US$28
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Way Down in the Jungle Room' at Phillips Recording Service: The Memphis Commercial Appeal notes that back in May they reported some interesting Elvis Presley happenings afoot at the Phillips Recording Service. Although details were vague, officials from Sony/Legacy and longtime Elvis band members were on hand at Phillips to work on tracks for an upcoming project. The work was reportedly for a 40th anniversary package marking the King's 1976 home recording sessions at Graceland's Jungle Room.
Last week, Sony/Legacy finally did confirm that a two-disc collection titled "Way Down in the Jungle Room" will come out Aug. 5, just in time for annual Elvis Week festivities. The double disc set rounds up the results of sessions Presley cut in the Jungle Room in winter and fall 1976, with a core of longtime TCB band members including guitarist James Burton and drummer Ronnie Tutt.
While the first disc will include all the masters, it's the previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions that are of particular interest. Those tracks were mixed by Memphian and Grammy-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang, the longtime Sun Studio ace, currently working out of Phillips Recording Service.
"I was recommended to Sony's Rob Santos," says Ross-Spang of his involvement with the project. "He comes to Memphis quite a bit and knows the Phillips family. I mentioned that my favorite place to work was Phillips, and he's always wanted to do something there, so it came together pretty perfectly."
"We mixed 18 tracks from the Jungle Room sessions, and the really cool thing is James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt - all those guys who played with Elvis came to town and hung out while I mixed," says Ross-Spang. "It's pretty interesting mixing with James Burton standing over your shoulder."
The above photo shows Engineer Matt Ross-Spang (far right) with Jerry Phillips (left) and James Burton during mixing sessions at the 'Phillips Recording Service'.
Ross-Spang's work offers a sparer-sounding version of the Jungle Room material. "Those songs were originally done on 16-track at the house, but afterwards Felton Jarvis took the tracks back to Nashville and added strings and horns and overdubs. Which was cool, but it's really great just to have the original kind of swamp-y tracks, real bare bones. I think that's where some of the material really shines."
The sessions find Presley in rare form, feeling comfortable in his home environs and chatty with his band. "It was neat to hear that side of him and to hear all those guys in a room together playing," says Ross-Spang. "It was pretty wild to solo tracks and hear Elvis laugh and joke around with the boys. Or listening and getting chills hearing him do 'Danny Boy' or something. I've worked with a lot of people who thought they were Elvis, so it was really cool to work with the real thing."
Ross-Spang says he tried kept the project pure from a technical standpoint. "Obviously, with all my time at Sun, I'm a massive Elvis fan. I think oftentimes these kinds of projects go to people who maybe aren't the biggest fans, and maybe they want to make it too modern. I'm such a fan of the old stuff that I wanted to keep it in that tradition. We mixed all analog; I used original tape slaps and the Phillips echo chambers and plate reverbs. We kept it mixed how it would've been done back then."
The sessions were particularly special for Knox and Halley, Jerry and Jud and other members of the Phillips family, who have been working diligently over the past couple of years to renovate and relaunch the family studio. "There's three echo chambers at Phillips, and two of them we just rewired right before the session," Ross-Spang says. "So the first thing to run through them was Elvis Presley. Elvis never recorded at Phillips, so it was a pretty magical thing to have him christening the chambers."
"Way Down in the Jungle Room" is available for pre-order on CD at Amazon > Only $13.98 for a double album ! >>> >>
For the complete story by Bob Mehr of The Commercial Appeal go HERE.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)
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'An Evening With Priscilla Presley' in Rama, Ontario: Kathy DeNike has announced another Priscilla event similar to the 'open conversation' in August at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora.
An Evening With Priscilla Presley - Offering audiences a rare opportunity to gain insight into a world only a few have entered, journey with Priscilla Presley through her fascinating life in an intimate interview format where she will answer audience questions and share stories that will spark curiosity and conversation.
Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Casino Rama
5899 Rama Rd
Rama, Ontario
Show time: 8:00 PM- Doors open: 7:00 PM
Click here to Ticketmaster for Concert Ticket Purchase
Prices: starting at $30
(News, Source;KdeN/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Gun Licence at July Auction: Elvis Presley’s gun licence, reported to be the only original document that includes all the legendary singer’s fingerprints, will be auctioned in Switzerland in July.
The permit issued by the state of California in 1970 gives the musician’s name as Elvis Aaron Presley and includes a number of personal details: date of birth, height, driving licence and social security numbers, address, and lists his profession as “singer”.
It also details the guns that Elvis was licenced to use and features the famous crooner’s signature.
The document will be sold by the Galartis auction house in Montreux, on the edge of Lake Geneva at the “Music Memorabilia” sale on July 9 as part of the city’s 50th jazz festival.
Galartis described the document as “incredible” and said it is the only one that includes a complete set of the singer’s fingerprints.
The licence is expected to fetch between US$46,000 to $51,500 when it goes under the hammer.
Other items in the sale include a collarless mohair jacket worn by John Lennon at a concert at the London Palladium in 1963. The famous item has the inscription “John” on the label and the tailor’s name, Dougie Millings, and is estimated to fetch around US$150,000. The only known painting by Jimi Hendrix is also up for sale. The picture titled “Flower Demon”, certified as genuine by Hendrix’s family, is expected to earn around $190,000.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 18 June 2016
'Way Down In the Jungle Room' Official announcement: SONY announces the new 2-CD Release 'Way Down In the Jungle Room' To Be Released August 5
The "Definitive Compilation of Presley’s Last Sessions — Recorded in Graceland’s Legendary Jungle Room — Includes Studio Masters, Rare Alternate Takes and 16-page Booklet"
The most complete and comprehensive collection of Presley's final studio recordings ever assembled in one anthology, "Way Down In The Jungle Room" is an essential and welcome addition for every fan's library. In the mid-1970s, Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, became another kind of pioneer as one of the world's first major recording artists to create fully-realized professional level records in the intimacy of his own home studio.
With original recordings executive-produced by Elvis Presley with producer Felton Jarvis (who'd helmed most of Elvis' records from 1966-1977), "Way Down In The Jungle Room" brings together, for the first time in one collection, master recordings and rare outtakes laid down during two mythic sessions (February 2-8, 1976
and October 28-30, 1976) in Graceland's den -- known as the Jungle Room -- which was converted into a professional caliber recording studio for the purpose of capturing these indelible performances. The outtakes have been newly mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Tennessee.
For these sessions, Elvis was backed by many members of his longtime touring band including: James Burton (guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums), David Briggs (keyboards), Glenn D. Hardin (keyboards), Jerry Scheff (bass), Norbert Putnam (bass) and J.D. Sumner & the Stamps (vocals).
In 1976, when the tracks for "Way Down In The Jungle Room" were cut, Elvis Presley had been an RCA Records recording artist for 20 years, inventing the sound and attitude that defined the very essence of rock 'n' roll. With the help of RCA's mobile recording truck and longtime producer Felton Jarvis and engineer Mike Moran at the board, Elvis tackled a far-ranging mix of country and pop covers ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Danny Boy," "Solitaire") and late-period classics of his catalog, such as "Moody Blue" and "Way Down."
Ten of the Jungle Room master takes first emerged on From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee in the spring of 1976, including the Top 10 hit "Hurt." More tracks from these sessions were later paired with live material and released in July 1977 (a month before Elvis' death on August 16) on the "Moody Blue" album. The title track would top the country charts that month; "Way Down" would follow. These were the last studio albums released during Elvis' lifetime.
According to the album's producers, "Way Down In The Jungle Room" has been resequenced to "bring a fresh perspective to the material." The material on Disc 2 - The Outtakes was mixed for this collection at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis and includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a "fly-on-the-wall experience of what the sessions were like." With the exception of track 13 ("She Thinks I Still Care"), the performances on Disc 2 have been sequenced in the order they were recorded.
Way Down In The Jungle Room with also be available on 150g 12" vinyl in a 2LP gatefold sleeve and as a digital collection.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Way Down’ publicity in Rolling Stone: The publicity ramps up for ‘Way Down in the Jungle Room’ with Rolling Stone on-line noting "Hear Elvis' Rare 'She Thinks I Still Care' From Last Sessions".
They note in part … About a year and a half before his death, Elvis Presley grew bored of the typical studio experience and turned the Hawaiian-themed den of his Graceland mansion, known as the "Jungle Room," into a recording space. It's there where he sang what ultimately became his final studio recordings. An upcoming compilation, Way Down in the Jungle Room, due out August 5th, will collect the sessions - including rare alternate takes of songs - for the first time.
(EIN notes that of course this take has been out on FTD releases)
One such rarity is an outtake of one of the first tunes the singer recorded in the Jungle Room, "She Thinks I Still Care." George Jones had made the Dickie Lee-penned cut a country chart topper in 1962, and Connie Francis and Anne Murray both recorded subsequent versions. Presley recorded a number of takes of the song during late-night sessions on February 2nd and 3rd, 1976. One came out as the B Side to the Number One country single "Moody Blue," and two alternate versions – take two and take 10 – will appear on Way Down in the Jungle Room.
CLICK here to Rolling Stone to view the complete article and hear the track.
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Atlanta 1975' Import CD/DVD: A new special release from the MxF label, “Atlanta 1975'' featuring the unreleased Show from Atlanta April 30, 1975 plus a bonus DVD with unreleased footage from the same tour.
After the successful Las Vegas Hilton comeback, in spite a little bit overweight but with strong spirit, Elvis is ready to face his first tour of the 1975.. The rock attitude is back the performance is relaxed and superb like many critics noted…, still at the top if his ability he deliveries the classic one hour show as usually, but very intense updating the show with more contemporary repertoire, tossing away mostly of the oldies.. There is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, bringing back his best seventy rocker like Burning Love and his first That’s All Right Mama…and naturally his karate exercises…introducing his latest rocker single TROUBLE.. He sang with rough power and sensitivity at the same time, delivering a solid short show, with songs like Let Be There recent hit from Olivia Newton-John” and the classic “My Boy” sang terrifically. Elvis finally started to perform again his rocking repertoire appearing to be more focused on the music.
The sound is very good for an audience recording, considering that this kind of recording, we the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out a simple re-mastering work.
The DVD features amateur footage remastered with matching audio.
This is the first very special Product for this label, this new CD&DVD combo will be housed in a deluxe LONG DIGIPACK, containing a 12 page booklet plus high quality glossy 135 gram paper poster.
Limited edition in 500 copies with five alternate sleeves.
See All the Elvis CD News 2016 for full tracklistings and more details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 14 June 2016
‘Way Down In The Jungle Room’ New August Release: The next exciting Elvis Presley release from Sony Legacy is scheduled for early August ‘Way Down In The Jungle Room'.
The publicity notes,, By 1976, Elvis Presley’s association with RCA Records had reached its 20-year mark. While this tenure resulted in some of the most important records in rock and roll history, Presley - now 40 years old and having spent much of his time working in recording studios - was anxious for a change and eager for a less formal recording experience.
Seeking alternatives to maintain Elvis’ renewed showings on the country and adult contemporary charts, the decision was made to convert the "Jungle Room" - a room in Elvis’ Graceland estate, so named for its exotic décor - into an informal studio. With the help of RCA’s mobile recording truck and longtime producer Felton Jarvis at the helm, Presley would sporadically record in the "Jungle Room" throughout 1976. Far from hastily realized material, Elvis would tackle a far-ranging mix of country and pop covers ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "I’ll Never Fall in Love Again," "Danny Boy," "Solitaire") and late-period classics of the Elvis Presley catalog, such as "Moody Blue" and "Way Down." In its own special way, these sessions anticipated a bridge between the bloom of Nashville’s Music

Row in the ‘60s and ‘70s and the low-fidelity, intimate, DIY-style recordings like Bruce Springsteen’s stark Nebraska.
- A majority of the "Jungle Room" material was released as From Elvis Presley Boulevard, in the spring of 1976, featuring the Top 10 hit "Hurt." A year later, in July 1977, more of these sessions were paired with overdubbed live material and released as Moody Blue. The title track would top the country charts that month; "Way Down" would follow, bolstered by the tragic news that Elvis Presley had died on August 16, 1977. They were the last studio albums released in his lifetime.
- Way Down In The Jungle Room recontextualizes these sessions across two discs, presenting original master takes with rare alternates and showcasing Presley’s brilliant final act. The change of setting did nothing to inhibit the power of these magnificent recordings, and Way Down In The Jungle Room shines a proper light on his achievements - The King of Rock and Roll, at peace in his castle but with no intention of abdicating his throne.
It will be released as a 2CD set and double VINYL.
Shop Elvis has it for the CD set for pre-order at US$14 - to be shipped around August 2, 2016.
DISC 1 - The Masters
1. Way Down
2. She Thinks I Still Care
3. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
4. Pledging My Love
5. For The Heart
6. Love Coming Down
7. He'll Have To Go
8. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
9. Hurt
10. Never Again
11. Danny Boy
12. Solitaire
13. Moody Blue
14. It's Easy For You
15. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
16. The Last Farewell
DISC 2 – The Outtakes
1. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - take 1
2. She Thinks I Still Care – take 10
3. The Last Farewell - take 2
4. Solitaire - take 7
5. I'll Never Fall In Love Again – take 5
6. Moody Blue – take 1
7. For The Heart – take 1
8. Hurt – take 3
9. Danny Boy – take 9
10. Never Again - take 9
11. Love Coming Down – take 3
12. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – take 4
13. She Thinks I Still Care – (alternate version) take 2
14. It's Easy For You - take 1
15. Way Down – take 2
16. Pledging My Love – take 3
17. For The Heart – take 4

Chips Moman - Passed Away aged 79: Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and guitarist Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman, who wrote and produced hits for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield and many others, died in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia, on Monday, one day after his 79th birthday.
Long regarded as the key force in the rebirth of Elvis' career, Moman also produced Willie Nelson's CMA Award-winning smash version of Elvis' "Always on My Mind." Along with Larry Butler, Moman earned a 1976 Grammy for writing the B.J. Thomas pop-country hit, "(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song)."
As a teenager, Moman hitchhiked to Memphis and was heard playing guitar by Sun Records' artist Warren Smith. Soon, he was playing rockabilly guitar in the touring bands of Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent. The budding musician then relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a session guitarist and became interested in record producing. After his return to Memphis to work as an engineer for Satellite Records, the struggling label would soon rewrite music history as Stax Records. Moman produced the label's first hit, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)," for Carla Thomas.
Moman left Stax in 1962 and opened his own recording facility in Memphis. American Sound Studio became a music powerhouse, where
the boss produced hits for Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Joe Tex, the Box Tops, and many others. The sessions were played by the house band, the Memphis Boys. Moman also continued to write songs, including the soul classic, "The Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." (Right: Chips Moman at the American Sound Studios for the special commemoration ceremony, 2014)
Early in 1969, Moman produced the Mac Davis-penned "In the Ghetto," for Elvis Presley as well as 'Suspicious Minds', 'Kentucky Rain' and 'Don't Cry Daddy'.  The socially conscious lyrics and Presley's momentum from his recent "comeback" concert gave the King his first Top 10 hit in four years. From 1967 to 1971, American Sound Studio placed more than 120 hits on the charts, notching nearly more than one-quarter of the Billboard Hot 100 chart hits in a single week.
In the mid-Seventies, Moman left Memphis for Atlanta, then Nashville, where his "Luckenbach, Texas" (co-written with keyboard legend Bobby Emmons) would become country music's second platinum-selling single. He would go to on to produce and perform on records by Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson, among others, before moving back to Memphis and then West Point, near La Grange.
Moman was described as, "A quadruple-threat. He was a great musician, a great songwriter. He knew players and he knew how to pick a great
song even if he didn't write it. When he put the players together he knew what he wanted to hear because he could do all of it."
Moman was elected into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1990 and Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2014. He is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Monique and son Casey.
Read more about Elvis' key 1969 Memphis sessions here.
EIN will publish an indepth look at Chips Moman's work soon.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 11 June 2016

Muhammad Ali letter to Bud Glass: Back in 2005 Bud Glass published his excellent books about Elvis ‘Behind the Image’. The second book featured a charming article about Muhammad Ali and Elvis, so naturally Bud Glass sent Ali a copy.

In response Ali wrote to Bud Glass saying how much he appreciated the book and that .. "I was especially humbled that you thought to include a small section highlighting my friendship with Elvis"

 


Click here to view the ‘Elvis: Behind the Image Vol 2' book extracts about Elvis & Muhammad Ali - plus Ali’s letter in detail.

 

 

(News, Source;BudGlass/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Files Magazine June Issue- Sneak Preview: While the Elvis Files final volume '1976-1977' has just gone to the printers, the work never stops as the Elvis Files Magazine Issue 16, June 2016 will also be published soon.

Features articles on
Elvis on TV- 'Welcome Home Elvis' 
Happy Days in Las Vegas and Anaheim
Fun in Acapulco
Wild In The Country

Films For Schools that teach lessons from Elvis' life: Elvis Presley left a legacy of entertainment, but that’s not all.
“Elvis was born in poverty, but he didn’t turn out that way,” said Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation. It was suggested that they should doing something for kids, and using Elvis as a role model.
The decision was made to commission a short film, “Dream the Dream: From Hopelessness to Hope” geared toward third-grade classes that visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum.
This past school year, all Tupelo School third graders, as well as those from Saltillo Elementary School, watched a guide teach four kids that they can follow Elvis’ example to pursue their own dreams.
The story was co-written by Randle and Chuck McIntosh, who also directed. It points out how Elvis was different from other kids, but that was OK. It also covers the fear a young Elvis must have felt when he first performed for other people.
“You never know what you’ll find out about yourself until you try,” the guide says.
After “Dream the Dream,” board members wanted to tell another story.
“Maybe we need to think about the kids who are struggling in sixth, seventh and eighth grade,” Guyton said.
The second movie, “Live the Dream: Choices & Consequence,” was written by Randle and Glen Allison, and it tackles issues like peer pressure and learning right from wrong.
“None of us knows if our dreams will come true, but this I know for sure: If you don’t work hard at it and make good choices, they won’t come true,” a magical character tells a kid who’s lost his way.
  “Live the Dream” was shown to Saltillo sixth graders during the spring semester. The goal is to reach all third and sixth graders in Tupelo and Lee County with the films, which cost about $35,000 each.
“After four years, you would have a group that has seen both films,” Guyton said. “Hopefully, they’d remember what they learned.”
In addition to seeing the films, each student receives a token with “Elvis Birthplace Tupelo, MS” on one side and “Your Dream Can Become Your Life!” on the other.
“Elvis was always willing to give back,” Guyton said. “That’s the inspiration.”
Click here to the full story in the Daily Journal
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Are you in this Tupelo 1956 picture with Elvis?: At some point, you have probably seen the photograph of a young Elvis Presley performing before an enthusiastic crowd at the old Tupelo Fairgrounds in 1956.
Tupelo comms director Leesha Faulkner has a huge copy of that photograph hanging in her office at City Hall.
And she's on a quest to identify everyone who is in that photograph.
Faulkner has Post-it notes on the picture in her office with the names of those already identified. But she's asking anyone who's in the picture to come by City Hall and let her know.
Her goal is to put the photo on the internet with the names of everyone who can be seen in it.
If you were in the photo or know someone in this classic photo of Elvis performing in Tupelo please contact
- Tupelo communications director Leesha Faulkner
Phone 662-231-5802
Or Email via leesha.faulkner@tupeloms.gov

(News, Source;Tupelo/ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 8 June 2016
'Being Elvis' New Book: The publicity notes that this is "The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of the King of Rock 'n' Roll."  EIN says "Really!!!!??"  - by author & UK journalist Ray Connolly.  
....... What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis.
On the outside he was all charm, sex appeal, outrageously confident on stage and stunningly gifted in the recording studio. To his fans he seemed to have it all. He was Elvis. With his voice and style influencing succeeding generations of musicians, he should have been free to sing any song he liked, to star in any film he was offered, and to tour in any country he chose.
But he wasn't free. The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American South, which, as he blended gospel music with black rhythm and blues and white country songs, helped him create rock and roll, had left him with a lifelong vulnerability. Made rich and famous beyond his wildest imaginings when he mortgaged his talent to the machinations of his manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, there would be an inevitable price to pay. Though he daydreamed of becoming a serious film actor, instead he grew to despise his own movies and many of the songs he had to sing in them. He could have rebelled. But he didn't. Why? In the Seventies, as the hits rolled in again, and millions of fans saw him in a second career as he sang his way across America, he talked of wanting to tour the world. But he never did. What was stopping him?
'Being Elvis' takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame.
Hardcover: 368 pages - Out November 2016
Go here for EIN's Interview with Ray Connolly
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis On Television 1956- 1960 The Complete Sound Recordings’ CD/Book OUT SOON: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with MRS's 2CD/100-page set titled ‘Elvis On Television 1956- 1960 The Complete Sound Recordings’ - out very soon.
The recordings contain the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored. Fans who have enjoyed our previous mastered works will be pleased to know that our restoration techniques have now been applied these historical television soundtrack recordings. The quality of these recordings are now far superior than ever released before.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale dialogue with Dewey Phillips.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

The tracklist includes, The Six Dorsey Brothers – Stage Shows (CBS), the two  The Milton Berle Shows (NBC),
Wink Martindale – Top Ten Dance Party (WHBQ TV),  The Steve Allen Show (NBC), Hy Gardner (NBC),  The Three Ed Sullivan Shows (CBS), plus The Frank Sinatra Show (ABC) - a total of sixty-seven tracks over two CDs. With greatly improved audio - remastered for 2016. Heading to dealers very soon.
See All the Elvis CD News 2016 for full tracklistings and more details
If this is anything like the recent MRS 'ELVIS LIVE in the 50's The Complete Concert Recordings' it will be a superb addition to any Elvis collection.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Brazilian Lawyer wins Tupelo Elvis Festival: A Brazilian lawyer won the Tupelo Elvis tribute contest last weekend. He will represent Elvis Presley's birthplace in an annual contest of Elvis impersonators at Graceland.
Diogo 'Di Light' Leichtweis, 34, of Porto Alegre, Brazil, won Saturday's tribute competition in Tupelo, where thousands of visitors attended the annual Elvis Festival.
'Elvis is huge in Brazil. People love his movies, especially Blue Hawaii,' Leichtweis said. 'Since I was a kid, my father has been a huge fan.'
The lawyer beat ten other contestants and among his prizes took home $5,000, a guitar from Tupelo Hardware Company and will represent Tupelo in the 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis.
After taking the top prize of this year's competition, he told CW that he was speechless and that it 'means the world' to have won because Tupelo 'is the most important competition in the world'.
'I think Elvis was a complete artist,' Leichtweis said. 'He had charisma, talent, the voice, the look. He was the greatest entertainer of all time.'
Over the years, Leichtweis said he's formed close ties with other young men attempting to fill in the King's shoes. They're a unique group and very supportive of one another, he said.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 6 June 2016
Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Two: 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 Part Two of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Being caught & jailed for his bootlegging business
- Where he obtained some of the bootleg tapes
- Meeting Janis Martin the famous “female Elvis”
- Meeting Felton Jarvis
- His official solo projects with BMG
- Working with Ernst Jorgensen
- Seeing Elvis live in concert
- Paul Dowling & Life nowadays
Go here - & Don’t Miss Part Two of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Ali and Elvis: The Memphis Comm Appeal reports this story of Muhammad Ali at Elvis Week as told by George Klein, whether it is true or not we cannot confirm. It is true however that Ali did visit Graceland a few times after Elvis' death and spent time in the Meditation Garden. The photo here is from 1985. 
...  Now they're both gone. The singer and the fighter. The King and The Greatest. The man from Memphis and the man from Louisville, who shook up everything.
Both men emerged from small, Southern cities to change the cultural landscape forever. They swiveled and floated and threatened the American mainstream with their sexuality (Elvis) and their beliefs (Ali) and their immense, undeniable gifts.
They were outlandish and brilliant. They had parallel comeback stories. If anyone understood the celebrity of Ali, it was Elvis. If anyone understood the celebrity of Elvis, it was Ali.
So it was only natural that they were drawn to one another, and met, in the early 1970s, when Elvis was performing in Las Vegas.
George Klein noted, "Ali said he really liked the way Elvis dressed. He said they were both originals. So Elvis contacted his designer and ordered a robe made for Ali and presented it to him. It said 'The People's Choice.' It was supposed to say 'The People's Champ.' But Ali wore it anyway. Howard Cosell asked Ali, 'Where did you get that beautiful robe? Ali told him, 'Elvis gave it to me.' "
Ali later came to Memphis during Elvis Week. According to Klein, he agreed to speak at the memorial service.
"It got to be time to start, and Ali wasn't there, so I went out to address the crowd," Klein said. "Well, I start talking, and then I see a man walking toward the stage, right down the aisle, and it was

the champ. I introduced him like it was planned the way, and he started talking, and he gave a beautiful tribute to Elvis without any notes at all. And then, at the end, he sang an a cappella rendition of Don't Be Cruel. It was perfect. He didn't miss a word or a note."
After the service, Klein walked Ali out to his limo. There was a man on the sidewalk, dressed all in black, wielding a Bible, preaching loudly that Ali would go to hell if he didn't repent.
"I don't want to criticize anyone for their beliefs, but it was totally inappropriate," said Klein. "He kept yelling horrible things. Well, Ali got in the limo, and it started to pull away, but then it stopped and backed up. Ali got out of the limo, and he walked up to the man - he was a smaller man - and did something I'll never forget. He picked him up, kissed him on both cheeks, and put him back down. Then he got back in the limo and he was gone."
(News, Source;MemphisCommAppeal/ElvisInfoNet)

$82 million Elvis painting Damaged: A visitor to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) tripped and brushed the surface of an Andy Warhol’s 'Triple Elvis' painting.
A museum viewer called into local network KRON 4 and reported that a visitor elbowed and possibly fell into the unique Elvis painting. The painting was removed as a precaution from the gallery on Friday morning. The painting is now in the conservation studio where it is being evaluated.
Conservators believe that the contact is considered minimal. SFMOMA said it will not issue a statement or news release about the incident.
Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis painting is apparently an $82 million painting.
Images of the painting after the incident were not immediately available.
Andy Warhol's "Eight Elvises" is one of the world's most expensive paintings and sold for $100 Million in 2008. 
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis - Hilton Showroom Vol 4' New Import: AudiRec proudly presents 'Elvis - Hilton Showroom Volume 4'. It includes an audience recording of the complete and so far unreleased performance from March 31, 1975 (Dinner Show) at the Las Vegas Hilton. The sound on this new CD is probably the best from all volumes of the series so far.
A really interesting show in really good sound. The reports show that Elvis seemed a bit uncomfortable with the audience on this Monday evening. One fan from the US even commented “Elvis came out rarin' to go and was hit right at the beginning by the coldest, deadest audience we have ever seen in Vegas”. Well, since you now have the complete performance on CD just judge yourself! Fans of our series know what to expect, not only from listening but also from reading in the usual high quality 16 page booklet that is included with first-hand information from what was going on at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas in March of 1975.
EIN Note - FTD has just released "Las Vegas 1975' a double CD of Elvis' March 75 season including the soundboard from the following day - April 1st 1975.
Go here to 'All The Elvis CD Release News 2016' for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Saturday 4 June 2016
Muhammad Ali "the Elvis Of Boxing" Dies Aged 74: Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday in a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74. Ali, who lived in Phoenix, had suffered with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years.
Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.
But he was more than the sum of his athletic gifts. An agile mind, a buoyant personality, a brash self-confidence and an evolving set of personal convictions fostered a magnetism that the ring alone could not contain. He entertained as much with his mouth as with his fists, narrating his life with a patter of inventive doggerel.
When Elvis died in 1977, the globe stopped spinning for a while or so it seemed, as everyone took a collective breath to contemplate the magnitude of his premature passing. It was much the same yesterday as everyone awoke to the desperately sad news that Muhammad Ali,
a friend of Elvis' had died. While Ali's death was considerably less shocking, his departure still leaves us in a darker place.
The sport he loved and performed to such an extraordinary, spellbinding level has lost its most prominent figure, the one who with a smile, a poetic quip and a dancing shuffle helped bridge the gap between boxing fans and the rest.
Ali said of his friend "Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn't want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know."
At the turn of the millennium, Ali was voted man of the century, sportsman of the century, and personality of the century. He later appeared at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London to a rapturous reception.
As he said, 'Live every day like it's your last because someday you're going to be right.'
Muhammad Ali, RIP - 17 January 1942 - 3 June 2016
Go here to our EIN Special 'Elvis was NOT a Racist'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine June Issue: While the Elvis Files final volume '1976-1977' has just gone to the printers, the work never stops as the Elvis Files Magazine Issue 16, June 2016 will also be published soon.

Features articles on
Elvis on TV- 'Welcome Home Elvis' 
Happy Days in Las Vegas and Anaheim
Fun in Acapulco
Wild In The Country

Featuring plenty of previously unseen photos

Go here to The Elvis Files to subscribe directly


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Wednesday 1 June 2016

'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' at The Printers: The very final volume of the 'Elvis Files' series 'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' is at the printers. The book covers the final years of Elvis' life, the continuous energy-draining treadmill of tours, the final recording sessions and the last CBS TV Special.

Click HERE for exclusive pages in good quality as a special Sneak-Peak from the book.

While Elvis was not a well man in the last twenty months of his life, collectors will surely find this detailed look into these last years not only an emotional ride but also a part of Elvis' history that cannot be ignored.  

Pre order by sending € 125 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no
Or click here to order straight from Elvis Files shop
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


UPDATED - Paul Dowling in-depth EIN Interview: 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 this fascinating and informative interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- How he became part of the Elvis World
- How he became one of the world's most famous Elvis bootleggers
- The shock of Elvis' death
- The classic bootlegs, THE DORSEY SINGLE , TV GUIDE PRESENTS ELVIS, The 68 COMEBACK LP, The ROCKIN REBEL LP.
- Unreleased Elvis material
 
- includes the possibility of 'Don't Be Cruel' outtakes! 
- Unreleased material noted on RCA paperwork
- Famous Elvis Bootleg customers such as Elton John and RCA's 'Elvis producer' Joan Deary


Go here - & Don’t Miss - this exclusive interview with EIN's Piers Beagley - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash' Book/CD Combo: Confirmed June FTD release - Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971. The story is told across 450 pages through exclusive interviews, newspaper articles, primary documents and hundreds of photographs. It is also accompanied by a bonus CD that contains unreleased versions of studio-tracks from June 1970 and an upgraded audio-recording of a show from later that year. As a complete package, this book / CD-combo takes fans back to an eventful period in Elvis’ later life and career when he - and the people around him - really did take care of business in a flash.
- Hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career between the autumn of 1970 and the first weeks of 1971
- Features several hundred photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished
- Contains rare documents, reports from the time, and new and exclusive interviews
- Comes with a bonus CD that offers three unreleased versions of studio-tracks from June 1970, two unreleased MONO singles, a remastered recording of Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on November 11th 1970 - plus two other bonus tracks.

CLICK HERE to some UPDATED Preview Pages and full CD details-
(News, Source;DE/ElvisInfoNet)


"Tollbooth Elvis": Musician Donna Frost was expecting a typical drive home as she left her show at Uncommon Ground and got on Chicago's I-90 to head towards the suburbs.
But as she pulled up to a tollbooth along the way, a man who looked just like Elvis Presley reached out to take her change.
"I'm imagining this," Frost says she remembers thinking. So she went back the next day. And sure enough, Elvis was still there.
Frost said a friend later connected her with Vince, the man known as Tollbooth Elvis. He said he didn't realize he looked like "the King" at first. But after getting so many compliments he started dressing the part.
Their encounter inspired Frost to write a song titled, "Elvis in a Tollbooth," which she performed live in the WGN studio.
Click here to WGN for the studio clip
"Elvis" still works in the Chicago tollbooth.
(Oddspot, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

FTD June Releases: FTD have announced two new releases for June 2016.
- Speedway 'Classic Album' as a 2 disc set. It will include both the Mono and Stereo masters plus a few previously unreleased outtakes of the songs, 'Let Yourself Go', 'Mine' and 'Goin’ Home' as well as eight "Remixed Soundtrack Masters".
DISC 1 features the ORIGINAL ALBUM plus REMIXED SOUNDTRACK MASTERS plus these OUTTAKES
21 Suppose (long Version)
22 Let Yourself Go - take 5*
23 Let Yourself Go - take 6*
24 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby (movie version)*
25 Goin’ Home - takes 16* & 23*
26 Mine – takes 1*, 2*, 3* & 4
27 Mine – takes 8* & 9
28 Mine – take 13*
29 Suppose (Nashville master) *Previously unreleased
Click here to "SONY FTD NEWS 2016' for full tracklists

Plus "Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" see above


ETMHM #112  Out Now: EIN's favourite music magazine, 'Elvis The Man & His Music' June 2016 issue is out now.

In this issue:
- Annett Wolf Interview  - Second Unit Director of ‘Elvis In Concert’
- Songs Elvis Rejected
- Elvis '60 Album' Box-Set Review
- EPE & The CBS Recordings  "The Elephant In The Room"
- For Love Nor Money Part Two (Bringing Elvis to the UK)
- From The Time - 1964
- Readers’ Letters
- CD & Book Reviews


Click here to ETM&HM for more info and to subscribe

 

 

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'Elvis At Christmas' the next Elvis & the RPO release?: Elvis Matters fan club suggests that the next 'Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' release will be titled  'Elvis At Christmas'.
Originally EIN reported on December 27 last year that album producer Don Reedman noted that plans were underway for a new Elvis Gospel album featuring the RPO. Perhaps plans have changed, or more likely Gospel material will also be included in the new RPO album. The "Christmas Duets" album was of course not as big a success as had been hoped for.
In Elvis Matters next June magazine they have an exclusive interview with the managing director of the orchestra. During the conversation Ian Maclay told them the news that during the next few months a Christmas album will be recorded with the working title 'Elvis At Christmas'.
The release of the album is planned in November and some tracks will also be part of the set list of the UK RPO concerts tour.
You can read the entire interview with Ian Maclay in the Elvis Matters magazine by joining their fan club - Go here if you want to subscribe
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/ElvisMatters)

'The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley' New Book: Out this September is 'The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley'  by author Ted Harrison ('Elvis People: The Cult of the King').
The publicity includes ...
There is no other way to put it: Elvis is the King. Note the present tense: even though Elvis (supposedly) died nearly forty years ago, he has lived on in our hearts, as a sound, as an image, and as an especially vigorous personality. In fact, it’s safe to say no other celebrity has done so quite as well. The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley is the story of that afterlife, of Elvis after he left the building. Walking the eccentrically carpeted rooms of Graceland, bidding into stratospheric sums on his auctioned relics, and mingling among the some 200,000 impersonators of his likeness, Ted Harrison offers nothing less than the ultimate Elvis tribute.
Harrison begins, of course, in pilgrimage: to Graceland. He shows how Elvis’s estate was pillaged nearly to ruin by his manager but was saved through the deft business acumen and financial vision of his divorced wife, one Priscilla Presley. If Graceland seems holy, that’s because it is: Harrison unveils in Elvis’s allure a deeply spiritual dimension, showing how Elvis fans, over the decades, have anointed their idol with Christ-like qualities. Underpinning the whole story is Elvis’s extraordinary charisma and - lest we forget - his astonishing musical genius.
 Fascinating, colorful, and deeply informative, this book is a must-have for any fan, anyone who was ever lucky enough to see Elvis alive or who hopes they might still be able to.
Out September 15, 2016 - 256 pages from Reaktion Books
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier in the week ...
'Elvis' Humor: Girls, Guns & Guitars' new Book Out Now: 'Elvis' Humor: Girls, Guns & Guitars' by is a biography by author Steven Bo Keeley of Elvis's top 290 comic moments. The King of rock and roll is for the first time revealed as the King of humor. Girls, guns, guitars, morgues, one-way mirrors, fleets of gifts, duping the U.S. President, chimpanzee sex, charade assassins, and water pistol fights are the deepest insights into the real Elvis.
Presley had a thoughtful, comprehensive sense of humor, as detailed in the first chapter 'The Psychology of Elvis' Humor’. The best comic moments of his life follow. What Others Say about Elvis Presley’s Humor:
- “I wish we had a full-length documentary of the way we all carried on at these locations. It would be a heck of a comedy.” – Sonny West
- “Elvis, as much as anybody I’ve ever known in my life, loved to laugh. His whole life was built around trying to find humor in things.” - Ronnie Tutt
- “Whether it was a whoopee cushion placed on one of the guy’s chairs or dried red peppers poured on someone’s eggs, there was always a prank ready to be played.” - Peggy Lipton (model, girlfriend)
- “Elvis was an impulsive guy. And when you mix impulse, temper, and pills, you’re going to have some interesting situations.” – Marty Lacker
- “Elvis had no parameters. He moved the lines of behavior wherever he wanted them and if he went too far, he moved them out farther.” - Lamar Fike
410 pages - paperback
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

"My Brother Elvis" To Be Released Worldwide On August 16:  David E. Stanley, Elvis Presley's step brother whom Elvis took under his wing as a young adolescent to work with him on tour in the 70's, will release his new book, My Brother Elvis, worldwide on Amazon on August 16.  A very personal story about Elvis Presley's last years of addiction struggles, the book release coincides with the 39th Anniversary of Elvis' tragic passing at Graceland on August 16, 1977. Stanley is issuing the new release in his ongoing efforts to help those struggling with addiction, as he himself, turned his life around from drug addiction after the passing of his brother. The book also includes a hotline for addiction help.
David E. Stanley, whom "The King" invited to become his bodyguard on the road at age 16, brings his first-hand perspective to the life of the legend the world has come to know. Over the past few decades, the author, filmmaker and globally renowned inspirational, business and self-development speaker has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world with cautionary tales of the dark side of Elvis, which ultimately led to his demise. Now, with the release of My Brother Elvis, Stanley further loosens the mystery and opens up candidly about his years as part of Elvis' family and road entourage.
"I hope that these revelations of my time with Elvis might save others from the pain I suffered during the final years of his life," Stanley says. He continues, "It's my way of reaching out to those who loved Elvis in the hopes of touching their lives as much as he touched mine. I felt it was my responsibility to write a book about these realities of Elvis beyond the glitz, glamour and fun. He was human, and his very human frailties and vulnerabilities cost him his life. If addiction could happen to Elvis, it can happen to anyone."
Though My Brother Elvis is the rawest, most personal and hard hitting of Stanley's works, the author has drawn inspiration from his years with his famous stepbrother in several previous bestselling books. The Elvis Encycopedia was the first complete and authenticated compendium containing everything there was to know about the singer's personal and professional life. Other works include the New York Times bestseller Elvis, We Love You Tender; Raised On Rock; Restoring My Father's Honor; and Conversations With The King: Journals Of A Young Apprentice.
"I have chosen to share my stories about Elvis and my past, even as dark as they can be, only if they can serve to communicate a positive, hopeful message that can help people," says Stanley.  He continues, "Nobody loved Elvis more than I did.  I wrote My Brother Elvis to humanize him not only for longtime fans passionate about him and his music, but also for young people, to make sure they realize that while life with 'The King' was often pretty cool, there was also a high price to pay for the party."
.. As David Stanley has already published the books 'Raised On Rock', 'The Elvis Encyclopedia' and "Conversations With the King' - can there be anymore that hasn't already been told?
See EIN's exclusive interview with David Stanley here.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Billy Ray Cyrus looks for a reinvention as a fallen Elvis impersonator on CMT: After spending years portraying the father of a fictional pop star Billy Ray Cyrus the country singer-actor sought something different for his next TV project. The comedy “Still the King” tells the story of “Burnin’ ” Vernon Brownmule, a one-hit-wonder who became the “second best Elvis impersonator” in the business. It premieres on US CMT on June 12.
The series follows Vernon's misadventures after he bottoms out with alcohol, is sentenced to community service and discovers he has a teenage daughter, the result of a one night stand. Naturally, this leads to a job impersonating a preacher. Think of it as “Eastbound & Down” goes to Nashville.
- How did this show come together?
My grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher, my dad had a gospel quartet in that church. I’ve always been fascinated with Elvis. And, just being totally honest,  I was asking myself, "How do I reinvent from this?"
I was playing some casinos in Louisiana. It was late one night, the bus was fueling up, I was out walking my dog and looked at this old dilapidated Pentecostal church and in the background was this place that Elvis used to play on the "Louisiana Hayride" and all of a sudden it just hit me: dysfunctional Elvis impersonator who finds his way into the church as a preacher. And boom. I went back on the bus and started writing it.
-  Did you already have Elvis impersonation in your back pocket?
I had never done any in my life.  I always say there’s a little bit of Elvis in all of us, and sometimes we just don’t know where it is. When you put on an Elvis suit and start putting on the jewelry, a little bit of Elvis just naturally comes out.
-  The show plays a lot with your past, which you’ve shown some sense of humor about, but never like this. How was that?
Well, of course I go, “OK, so I’m reinventing myself, right? What’s the best way to reinvent myself but as a dysfunctional Elvis impersonator who lies his way into the church, who is a one hit wonder, and has a mullet?” (laughs) You know, it’s like, "Wait a minute, are you sure that’s a reinvention?"  I hate to say it, but I even laugh now thinking about it.
- Did you go down a dark road like this back in the '90s?
Yeah I lived a little bit of a crazy life at one point. It never got quite that dark -- it got a little blurry, but not dark.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Guitar and Piano Sell At Auction: The guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father in 1969 went under the hammer at Julien's Auction this last weekend in New York for US$334,000.
Vernon Presley is said to have changed the finish of the Gibson Dove acoustic guitar to ebony after his son earned his black belt in karate. It beat auction house Julien’s estimate of US$200,000 to US$300,000 for Saturday’s sale. During a 1975 concert in Asheville, North Carolina, Presley had given the guitar to fan Mike Harris, who had kept it until now.
Elvis’s first piano also sold for US$140,025 but at less than the US$200,000-300,000 estimate - and overall the bids for every item no matter which superstar hey had belonged to were at less than expected.
Elvis Presley's 1961 black Mohair Lanksy Bros. suit which sold for $28,125;
Elvis Presley's painted leather jacket also sold for $50,000 which was the estimated value (See below)
Another highlight of the auction was the Michael Jackson  red neoprene vinyl jacket created by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush for his 996-1997 HIStory world tour. It scored more than four times the auctioneers’ estimate of US$40,000 to US$60,000 selling at $256,000.
The highest bid reached US$354,400, for John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to Beatles song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” but Julien’s had expected it would fetch between US$300,000 and US$500,000. Overall, the sale produced lukewarm results.
Lady Gaga’s first piano, estimated to be worth US$100,000 to US$200,000, did not find a buyer. Neither did Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Fender Broadcaster electric guitar, valued at US$400,000 to US$600,000.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Juliens)


Graceland spend another $21M on Expansion Plans: EPE applied this week for more construction permits for work totaling $21.3 million across the street from Graceland.
The company will replace the complex of decades-old tourist buildings that house souvenir shops, dining and an exhibit of Elvis' cars.
Dirt work started a few months ago behind the existing buildings along Elvis Presley Boulevard at Craft Road.
The documents describe the planned construction as "core and shell construction'', the project total cost will around $35 million.
EPE calls it the "Westside Project'' because the buildings are on the west side of the street across from Graceland.
The old buildings will be removed and replaced with 200,000 square feet that will house a new museum of Elvis’ cars, two restaurants, a multipurpose building, six retail spaces, a museum themed “Elvis the Entertainer,’’ and other exhibits.
Graceland officials have said they plan to move Elvis’ gold records, guitars, jumpsuits and other memorabilia from the mansion into the new space.
The tourist facilities will be greatly expanded on a 46-acre site that includes land acquired from where Craft Manor and other apartment complexes once stood. - The two Elvis airplanes will stay in place.
The Westside Project will eventually mean the demolition of Heartbreak Hotel, but only after completion this fall of the new 450-room resort hotel called The Guest House at Graceland. The Guest House is on the east side of Elvis Presley Boulevard, north of Graceland.
(News, Source;EIN/CommercialAppeal)

More News and EIN exclusives from earlier in May ...

'Elvis On Television' MRS or BOXCAR?: Several EIN readers have been confused by the two new releases announced for 'Elvis On Television'. Understandably since the cover images are very similar!
Both products celebrate Elvis on TV from his first national introduction on the Dorsey Brothers ‘Stage Show’ in January 1956, through his appearances on other TV shows hosted by Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan, to Elvis’ post-army appearance on The Frank Sinatra-Timex Show in May 1960.

The BOXCAR BOOK delves behind the scenes of each show documenting his arrival, the rehearsals and the shows themselves, all the way through to the Frank Sinatra-Timex Show in May 1960, Elvis' last television appearance for eight years.
Written by Gordon Minto, it is supported by scores of historical documents, memorabilia and hundreds of rare photographs - many of which have never before been published. This book will captivate the reader throughout, and is the most detailed document on the history of Elvis on Television from 1956-60.
The BOXCAR book is Hardcover and 400 pages
A "Coffee-table" sized book, dimensions: 26 x 3.5 x 32 cm

This large deluxe slip-case book is a similar format to the other impressive Boxcar publications. It will contain hundreds of stunning photos of Elvis' TV performances as huge coffee-table size images.
'Aloha From Hawaii' Boxcar book (see EIN review here)
and 'Graceland Through the Years' (see EIN review here)

In comparison, the 'Elvis On Television' MRS CD/Book combo is formatted as CD "box-set" size in a similar format to their recent MRS 'ELVIS LIVE in the 50's The Complete Concert Recordings'.'
Basically, if fans want to buy the Remastered MUSIC of 'Elvis On Television' then you need the MRS release - but fans who collect Elvis photos and books and want a stunning coffee-table sized book need to order the BOXCAR publication.
More info and some preview pages coming soon to EIN.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD Releases - OUT NOW: The three new FTD releases, the Classic Album, double 1975 soundboard and special King Creole vinyl release are at your Elvis dealers now.
1 - "Elvis" ('68 Comeback) is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album".
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus tracks. Disc 2 contains,
Somewhat disappointingly this includes the material previously released on the excellent FTD 'Let Yourself Go' but also includes 9 previously unreleased tracks.
'Let Yourself Go' however was edited into a "making of the NBC Special" audio documentary (see EIN's detailed review here).
Now we get a more thorough look into the session tapes.
Go here to SONY/ FTD 2016 releases for full tracklists

2 - 'LAS VEGAS 1975' - double-pack soundboard concert release.
The album features two of Elvis' best concerts from his Las Vegas March/April 1975 season.

The March 22 concert is considered one of the best concerts of the season and was first released on the Fort Baxter bootleg 'A Profile Vol. 2'.
Elvis is in fine voice and the excellent set-list includes Big Boss Man, It's Midnight, Promised Land, My Boy as well as the one-off 'You're The Reason I'm Living' (as previously issued on the 'Live In Las Vegas' BMG box-set)

EIN contributor Ciscoking comments, The Las Vegas March 22, 1975 MS is by far the best concert from the season so although previously bootlegged the concert is an essential release. The April 1, Dinner Show is also a great addition with a fine song line-up and Elvis in a fantastic mood - the bonus songs were also very carefully chosen.

The April 1 concert was previously released on bootleg back in 2009 by Southern Comfort/Fort Baxter and it is an excellent show - see EIN review here.

This will be a great double-pack from FTD.
Go here to SONY/ FTD 2016 releases for full tracklists

 

3 - 'King Creole' The Monitor Mono Mixes. Special single Vinyl - on 180Gram VINYL.
These mixes were recorded by RCA's studio engineer separately to the King Creole album Masters and include the few outtakes of the session that have been released.
Tracks include, As Long As I Have You (long version - take 8 ), Crawfish (unedited master) and King Creole (first version - take 18).
Go here to SONY/ FTD 2016 releases for full tracklists


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


US Elvis Festivals in June: Once again in 2016 you can celebrate Elvis Presley at festivals all over the world this summer. These three US festivals take place in June,
Lake George Elvis Festival June 1-5
The five-day Lake George Festival includes three headlining shows, gospel concert, performances on the lake's cruise boats a classic car parade and, of course, a preliminary round of the Ultimate ETA Contest.
Click here to Lake George Elvis Festival  for info

Tupelo Elvis Festival June 2-5
The Tupelo Elvis Festival features a Sunday Gospel Concert, a preliminary to the Ultimate ETA Contest, great music, the festival features a number of local food vendors, a carnival midway, pet parade, beauty pageant, 5k run, disc golf, movie poster exhibit, and much more.
Click here to Tupelo Elvis Festival  for info
See more details below

Penticton Elvis Festival June 24-26
Dozens of tribute artists grace the outdoor stages, which are set around the picturesque Okanagan Lake, CA, along with special guests.
The Ultimate ETA Contest preliminary round is June 25-26.
Click here to Penticton Elvis Festival  for info

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Tupelo Elvis Festival 2016: The Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact that his music has on the world.

The 18th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival will be June 2 - 5, 2016.
It recently announced this year's fabulous poster

Each year's festival features regional, national and local artists along with a Sunday Gospel Concert and a Tribute Artist Contest that serves as a preliminary round of the
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Fans come from near and far to see who will be chosen to represent Tupelo in Memphis during August.
In addition to all of the great music, the festival features a number of local food vendors, a pet parade, beauty pageant, 5k run, disc golf, movie poster exhibit, and much more.

For more info click here to the Tupelo Elvis Festival website

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits' (Zoey Goto): Due for release on 1 July is Elvis Style a celebration of the aesthetic world of Elvis Presley - a release that looks beyond just Elvis' wardrobe to his hairstyles, cars and interior design preferences. As one of the most significant pop icons of the 20th century, Elvis’s impact on the music world has been widely discussed and analysed. Surprisingly, however, his influence on design and fashion remains largely overlooked. 

Elvis Style investigates why Elvis was, and continues to be, an icon of style, focusing on his wonderfully expressive hairstyles, clothes, cars, and interiors. Elvis Style offers the reader an intriguing and insightful journey though the crazy, cool and at times kitsch world of a true megastar. Contemporary design experts have been interviewed to offer fresh insights into Elvis’s style choices.

These include Sex and the City stylist Patricia Fields, costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (The Artist), the British celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie, Andy Lecompte (Madonna’s hairstylist), Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton, Andy Spade (Jack Spade and Kate Spade brands) academics from the University of Mississippi, the Victoria & Albert Museum, George Barris (creator of the Batmobile and Elvis’s personal car-customiser) and Hal Lansky of Lansky Brothers (Elvis’s favourite tailoring house) who has also provided the foreword for Elvis Style. 

Elvis Style includes around 150 photos, many of which are full colour and show rarely seen before Elvis-worn garments, interiors and cars from Elvis’s extensive private collection. (Book News, Source: EIN)

EIN Note: EIN will publish a review of Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits and interview with author, Zoey Goto, in the coming weeks.

Sixty years ago Elvis took the Twin Cities by storm: Sixty years ago May 13, 1956, Elvis Presley played his first concerts in Minnesota.

He played two concerts, an afternoon concert in St Paul City Auditorium plus an evening show in Minneapolis. "Elvis vibrated his hips so much, and the 3,000 customers squealed so insistently at the vibrations, it was impossible to hear him sing," wrote the Minneapolis Tribune and noted, "In moments of public passion Elvis clutched the microphone to his forehead. He ended up limp and sweating and loped off the stage half-staggering. The mob screamed and ran for him".


- photo below - Exhausted after his strenuous performance, Elvis Presley fell to his knees and received a neck rub from an old hometown buddy, Airman 3/C Edward Thornton of Tupelo, Mississippi, who at that time was stationed at Fort Snelling.

Click here to the StarTribune for more pics.

Even better get yourself the massive book of Elvis 1953-1956 - 'Elvis Files Volume 1'

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Now available:

'Elvis & Nixon' "definitely worth watching": The media reviews are very mixed - as are the opinions of Elvis fans - but 'Elvis & Nixon' has received another positive review from the Victoria Advocate.
It includes ..  "Two historical icons meet in the new comedy from director Liza Johnson that's based on an actual meeting between Elvis and President Nixon that secretly took place in the Oval Office on Dec. 21, 1970. This was before Nixon had the White House bugged so the script is a loose interpretation of how that encounter went down. Did I mention it's pretty funny?
There are many reasons why this absurd film is so charming, but first and foremost, it's the wonderful casting of Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Nixon, both consummate actors on top of their A-game who wouldn't be my first choice to play either role. The fact that apart from the clothing neither one really resembles Elvis nor Nixon (although Spacey at just the right angle bears a resemblance) gives the film wacky appeal but also the two actors play the roles without attempting to use a cliched accent and
believe it or not it works.
The film soars during the few minutes that Elvis and Nixon are together in the Oval Office where all presidential protocols go right out the window. Elvis shows off his karate moves and Nixon shows off his moon rock, obviously the two became BFFs.
"Elvis and Nixon" will definitely put a smile on your face and the film is worth watching just to see Shannon and Spacey take on these two iconic figures.
Three 1/2 stars out of five - click here to the full review if you want it.
It premieres in Australia at the Sydney Film Festival in June.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Jungle Room Sessions Special Release for 2017?: As EIN reported back in March, Sony Legacy senior vice-president John Jackson - and co-producer of the 60 CD box-set - announced that SONY were already working on a special release for 2017, the 40th anniversary of Elvis' untimely death.
Jackson noted, "We’ve got some interesting ideas for 2017. The 40th anniversary of some of the last recordings he made is coming up, so we’re toying with the idea of how to best present those. It’s my argument that he never lost it -- that he was never anything less than amazing. He was the greatest singer of all time, as far as I’m concerned, and was always trying to do his thing. Despite all the troubles he had in the '70s, including fights with the label, how they were promoting him and how they made him feel, he was still cutting great stuff.
That’s a lot of what we’re talking about now."
As keen fans know there is close to one CD's worth of material that still remains officially unreleased from Elvis' last two recording sessions in Graceland's Jungle Room. These tracks include Bitter They Are Harder They Fall take 2, Moody Blue take 3, multiple takes of She Thinks I Still Care and Solitaire, The Last Farewell take 3, as well as material such as Moody Blue take 10 with Strings Overdub, certainly enough to make a fascinating set for Elvis collectors.
Now two recent photos have been posted showing the TCB Band plus Elvis legacy producer Ernst Jorgensen and John Jackson in the Sam Phillips studio as well as the Jungle Room itself. This is surely part of the work involved for this new 2017 release.
The TCB band were also in Sam Phillips Madison avenue recording studio working on this "secret" project. Sam
Philips granddaughter Haley Phillips is seen in the photo above standing in front of Ernst Jorgensen.
Thanks to Elvis Matters for the images.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

Coco Palms Demolition moves closer: In Hawaii last week it was reported that Coco Palms developers have secured funding for demolition.
John Pang, a representative for Coco Palms Hui, LLC, told the Kauai County Planning Commission, “We have now received confirmation for receipt of the funds necessary to acquire the property, as well as the funds for demolition and to prepare construction plans”.
Private Capital will foot the bill for demolition of the resort, which was destroyed during Hurricane Iniki. The final price of construction is almost $3.5 million.
Coco Palms officials want to breathe new life into the resort. Once the closing papers are in order, demolition will start immediately, Pang added.
The current plan is to open the hotel during the first quarter of 2018.
EIN's Sanja Meegin visited Coco Palms only last week - and added new photos to her special article below.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATE: Today it has been confirmed for EIN that the first buildings to be demolished with be the bungalows, including Elvis' - and that demolition with start at the end of this month. If you want to visit the old Coco Palms resort you have only a couple of weeks left.  
UPDATED - Elvis and the Coco Palms Resort: Elvis spent quite some time on the Hawaiian island of Kauai vacationing, and filming Blue Hawaii - in fact the last 20 minutes of the movie was shot on and near the grounds of the Coco Palms resort. Kauai has always been EIN's Sanja Meegin's favourite of the Hawaiian Islands, primarily because of its unspoiled majestic natural beauty, but also because of its Elvis ties.
The recent news that Hawaii's Coco Palms Resort will be completely renovated made her extremely eager to see this paradise where Elvis sang The Hawaiian Wedding song whilst floating up the lagoon on a floral canoe with co-star Joan Blackman.
Click here as Sanja brings us her fabulous 2015 report on one of Elvis' most famous Hawaiian destinations with some fabulous before and after shots.
- Aloha From Hawaii! Now with new photos for 2016 -
(Spotlight, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN's Rare Elvis Facebook page Now with 19,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs - from EIN's V-P Sanja Meegin.

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.

Click here to access our Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

You need to be a Facebook Member.


Interview with Caroline Cahoon-Hauser, author of How 'Bout A Date?: Encounters with a Young Elvis: “How ‘Bout a Date?” is a true story of Caroline Cahoon-Hauser encounters with the twenty-year-old Elvis Presley, whom she met at a local concert at the Sheffield, Community Centre in Alabama only months before his rise to national fame.

Linda Ann McConnell (author of The Dreamer) talked with Caroline about her book and meeting Elvis - their very interesting conversation can be read here

(Interview: Source: Linda Ann McConnell)


"Elvis- I'm Leavin'" Elvis Folk/ Country RSD Release: Sony Legacy announces their Elvis vinyl release for Record Store Day 2016, celebrated worldwide on Saturday, April 16, 2015.
The Elvis Presley - I'm Leavin': Elvis Folk - Country - 1LP 12" Black Vinyl compilation album brings together the very best recordings of Elvis Presley's work in the Folk and Country genres from 1966-1973. The collection includes masters from Elvis' sessions at RCA Victor's Studio B in Nashville in May 1971, a period from which material penned by several folk writers surfaced spontaneously amid Presley's gospel and holiday recordings. This anthology finds Elvis in an introspective mood, masterfully creating definitive versions of iconic compositions that resonated personally with him.
Side A: I'm Leavin', Early Mornin' Rain, Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues, Until It's Time For You To Go, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (edited version) (2:45)
Side B: You Asked Me To, Gentle On My Mind, Tomorrow Is A Long Time, I'm Movin' On, (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me, Loving Arms - Take 2.
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS ELVIS Record Store Day Releases - SPECIAL PREVIEW: Memphis Recording Service will release Limited Edition pressings of Elvis’ entire live concert performance recordings from 1954 – 1961 on 3 exclusive double LP vinyl’s, each with a 24-page gatefold, for Record Store Day on April 16th 2016.

The titles are ‘Live In The 50’s - The Complete Tour Recordings’, ‘The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954 – 1956’ and ‘Such A Night In Pearl Harbor’ with all of the tracks remastered, they will be the best on vinyl for many years to come.

Each release comes as a LIMITED EDITION 180 gram 2LP set with bonus 24-page gatefold photo album featuring many rare and unreleased photographs.

Sometimes EIN gets lucky - Go HERE for our special preview of these FANTASTIC DOUBLE-VINYL - surely a must for any Elvis collector - Features plenty of example shots

 

(Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet).


"Every album Elvis ever made, and then some": More good US publicity for the new 60CD box-set via the LA Times & associates. It notes,
... The new box set follows Sony Legacy's release of every track Presley recorded officially on the 30-CD box set "The Complete Elvis Presley Masters" in 2010 which presented Elvis recording career in chronological order.
"His masters are well represented everywhere," said SONY's John Jackson, "but the idea here was to have all the original albums in tip-top shape for digital, for downloading and for CD, rather than just doing a few at a time. This is the first time all the album masters have been up to the same quality at one time. We've gone back and done them all over again, from scratch, for this package for the hi-res audio providers, for the 'Mastered for iTunes' program, for Spotify and all the streaming services. This is not a piecemeal exercise."
The CD set, which is selling for around US$250 on Amazon - about $4 per CD - is timed to coincide with the 60th
anniversary of the original release of Presley's first RCA album, "Elvis Presley." It includes a 300-page small-format book with pages devoted to each release, including song titles, songwriter and musician credits and other relevant archival information.
"What really comes across, more than just the music, is the marketing and the promotion of Elvis as a famous person. You see how sometimes they would include a new poster: Here's a picture of what he's up to in Germany [during his two-year stint in the Army], here's a fold-down calendar with the date circled of when he's coming home from Germany, here's a picture of him in concert for all the people around the world who couldn't go see him perform live.
"Everything was one large idea to the Col Parker and RCA Records. Sometimes the music wound up suffering, but he continued to come back by recording great tracks along the way. Elvis was always looking to record songs he liked, even though, especially early on, the fare offered to Presley was drastically limited by Parker's insistence that songwriters share their publishing royalties with Presley and Parker's music publishing firm.

See EIN"S in-depth review here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Elvis Files Vol. 7 1974-1975'  Book Review: I truly think by now that reviews of these beautiful hard-cover Elvis Files books are almost unnecessary. After six sensational volumes of the Elvis Files over the past 5 years it is hard to believe that fans would waver on whether to purchase this newest volume that focuses on Elvis in 1974 and 1975.
In the two years featured here Elvis performed close to 260 concerts including seven mind-numbingly repetitive seasons at the Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe casinos. By now it is usually accepted that touring had become more of a chore to Elvis although he could still put on some high calibre performances.
While the vast majority of the photos from this period are basically candid photos, the book features well over one hundred pages of stunning full size colour photos.
As always the real pleasure of this book is a chance to reference the reviews and articles from the time along with stunning photos while listening to the particular concerts, no other series of Elvis photo-books comes close.

Click here to EIN Review with lots of example pages, review excerpts and great photos
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


Elvis Week 2016 Schedule Announced: EPE have announced their preliminary schedule for Elvis Week 2016.
Elvis Week is August 10-16, 2016.
Join great performers and guests as they share their favorite Elvis stories and music. Guests for 2016 include drummer DJ Fontana, TCB Band member Glen Hardin, Elvis co-stars Francine York and Celeste Yarnall, former members of The Stamps Quartet, Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Charles Stone, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs, Jamie Kelley - and many, many more!
Their schedule of events includes the Candlelight Vigil, The Ultimate ETA Contest, Official Graceland Insiders Contest, Conversations on Elvis: Elvis' Co-Stars, The Auction at Graceland and much more!
Tickets On Sale Next Week - Click here to EPE for the schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

NOW UPDATED - 'The Elusive Norman Taurog' EIN Spotlight: Who was Norman Taurog? - It is a legitimate question because he remains one of the most elusive characters in Elvis Presley’s remarkable career. Even in Starmaker, the memoirs of Hal B. Wallis, for whom Taurog produced six Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies and three Presley flicks, he seems a bit player.
Taurog is not the kind of director to be revered at film school - and film author David Quinlan describes his Presley films as "the only dull spots" in the filmmaker’s career.

So what was Taurog's background and how did he get to direct more films so many Elvis movies?

Go here as respected author Paul Simpson investigates the legacy of Norman Taurog - NOW UPDATED with some fascinating background information thanks to EIN reader Frank Locke.

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInfoNet)

'The West Coast Tour '76' FTD CD Review: FTD have released their second 1976 double-set in a row, this time featuring two shows from Elvis' November tour, San Francisco, November 29, 1976 and Anaheim's Closing Show from the following day. 1976 is not an easy Elvis live-in-concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements.
By late November 1976 however Elvis had become involved with new love Ginger Alden. As fans are well aware Elvis’ final 1976 tour of December is well known for having the most energetic and exciting concerts from this tiring and lacklustre year, however back in November Elvis was already more energised, losing weight and excited to be with Ginger.
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out this new FTD double-pack ....
Superfan Tom McAllister - who was at the concert and took the front cover photo - also adds his own comments..
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
(CD Reviews; Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS LIVE in the 50's The Complete Concert Recordings' Review: The new MRS box-set 'Elvis Live in the 50’s The Complete Concert Recordings' was publicised as the ultimate tribute to Elvis Presley documenting his shows from the 1950’s. The 3 CD’s represent for the first time ever, the release of the complete collection of archival live concert recordings by Elvis Presley in the 1950’s. All of the 82 tracks included have been painstakingly remastered and restored.

The 172 page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first to the very last shows performed in the 1950’s. It contains linear notes that includes every show listing (now updated) and is accompanied by hundreds of photographs many of which are rare and unpublished.
The book includes tour details (date, town, venue) and all photos are annotated. The customary range of press clippings is a powerful record of 1950s publicity ads, ticket stubs, receipts and show reviews.

 

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release along with some scans from the book showcasing Elvis in action.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra UK Tour 2016: Following on from the release of last year’s incredible million-selling album, "If I Can Dream," comes the announcement of the world exclusive live concert experience featuring the most recognizable voice of all time, Elvis Presley, backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, for a six date UK arena run this November.
The critically acclaimed album, "If I Can Dream," uses archive recordings of The King’s voice featuring new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits, to create an overwhelmingly encapsulating and enthralling album. The album is Elvis’ twelfth UK number one album and his fiftieth to hit the UK top-ten.
Now fans will have a chance that many have never had before – to experience the man who changed the course of popular music – the biggest selling solo artist in history (having sold an astonishing one billion records world wide), live on screen, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known “rocking” songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads.
"If I Can Dream" was produced by Executive Producer, Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Priscilla Presley will be also be making a very special appearance at the arena shows. "What an honor for me to present the live debut of what has become a very prestigious and beloved album backed by a full symphony orchestra," she said.
These one-off UK performances will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren’t enough and who continues to break records.
Tour Dates
November 17th – Glasgow SSE Hydro
November 18th – Leeds First Direct Arena
November 20th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 22nd – Birmingham Genting Arena
November 23rd – London O2 Arena
November 24th – Manchester Arena
Ticket pre-sale has commenced - CLICK HERE to ticketline.co.uk for concert tickets and info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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

- Why did Elvis perform so many cover songs
- Elvis only played NYC once in 70’s. What were his thoughts/feelings about the Big Apple?
- What do you think of the handling of Elvis' legacy and is Lisa Marie responsible for letting this get out of control?
- Did Elvis ever watch any of bruce lee's movies? what did he think of Bruce?
- Is there any truth in what James Brown "revealed" in his book?
- Did John Lennon go to Elvis' house and play guitar with Elvis a lot
- Was Elvis allergic to Codeine,

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' for his answers plus how to send in your questions. 

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

 

'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 .
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