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"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)



"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)


"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"

(Bono from U2)


"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"

(Little Richard)


"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')


"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"

(Johnny Carson)

Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:

Heartbreak Hotel (1956)

Don't Be Cruel (1956)

Hound Dog (1956)

Love Me Tender (1956)

Too Much (1957)

All Shook Up (1957)

Teddy Bear (1957)

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

Good Luck Charm (1962)

Return To Sender (1962)

In The Ghetto (1969)

Suspicious Minds (1969)

Burning Love (1972)

(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)

Elvis Facts:

Elvis was 5' 11" tall


Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond


Elvis' blood type was O Positive


Elvis' shoe size was 11D


One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian


Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936


The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948


Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002


In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride


Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker


The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety


Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm


Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show


In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin


Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest


The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US


Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US


Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967


They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973


Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax


Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson


On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16


"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion


For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000

Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release


Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973


In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale


Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977

When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen

More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages


At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)


By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs


During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million


While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
















































































































































































































































































Musicians connect with their inner Elvis!

Source: TownOnline.com

Elvis has come to the aid of the Angels.

"Cape Cod Covers: The King," a 20-song CD by some of the Cape and Islands most popular performers, is more than just a tribute to Elvis Presley. The newly released recording is a fund-raiser for Angel Flight New England, a volunteer corps of over 1200 private pilots who provide free transportation to patients in need of life saving medical care, as well as to their families.               

David Wood, an Angel Flight pilot, initiated the project. Wood who owns and runs Puff the Magic, a tobacco store in Hyannis, is also a musician who played drums for Herb Reed and The Platters for 15 years. Taking advantage of his musical background, Wood came up with the concept album and enlisted the assistance on a diverse cross section of local performers.            

Wood said it was a recording of "All Shook Up" by the Randy Frost Trio that inspired him to put together the CD. Wood, who played drums on the recording, liked what he heard and decided that an Elvis cover compilation might be way to raise some money for the airborne angels of mercy.            

"Everyone love Elvis," Wood surmised, also recognizing that that the Elvis songbook was varied enough that there was something in it for everybody.             

The songs on the CD cut across the entire Elvis landscape: edgy rockabilly, pop rockers and ballads, Hollywood camp, and grandiose Las Vegas epics. The compilation is a mixed bag of interpretations and results. Among the high points are Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish's driving "Little Sister, 57 Heavy's funky "Hound Dog," and The Greenhead's down in the alley "Reconsider Baby."           

Not surprisingly, Link Montana (aka Bruce Maclean) is also among the artists who nailed their number. Maclean, who just about channels Ricky Nelson when he performs and also includes several Elvis numbers in his repertoire, is well within his element singing "I Gotta Know" and it shows. The song was recorded in his own Maclean Studios in Orleans.               

"It's an obscure one that I've been playing for years. Nobody would know that it's an Elvis song unless they were a real a real aficionado," Maclean said. "I like a song that's so intrinsically good that people will like it even if they never heard it before."            

Most folks have heard "Love Me Tender," before. The sweet and simple ballad is one of Elvis' signature songs, so it isn't surprising to find it among the Cape covers. What is surprising, however that it's sung by The Ticks, a female trio better known for their irreverence than for their sentimentality.               

"What's funny is they're a punk band and I was expecting something like that," Wood said. "They came in with an acoustic guitar and sang three-part harmony like angels."                

Emma Levy, who sang lead, said that they group definitely went against type.                

"Everybody thinks of us as just rock 'n' roll. We thought: let's try something different. It gave the a chance to show off their harmonies" Which you really can't hear with loud punk music."

Chandler Travis, of Incredible Casual, Philharmonic and Modern Maturity fame, reunited with his old musical partner Steve Shook for a breezy take on "Good Luck Charm." The song also gave the two, who performed as Travis and Shook and the Club Wow back in the '70s, a chance to re-connect with each other.

We always loved playing 'Good Luck Charm.' It wasn't one of the songs that we used a lot because it's a pretty mellow little thing. It's not one of those things that hits you over the head. But we always loved playing it and never forgot it," Travis said.             

"When David came up with this idea it served a dual purpose for me, because I've been trying to get Steve to play more again. And got in the studio and he had so much fun. We've had a couple of practices since they and they've both been so great," said Travis, adding that he and Shook are working on some new material.             

The CD is expected to be the first in a yearly series of recordings each one devoted to covering the songs of a celebrated group or singer. All we be fundraisers for Angel Flight NE,            

Angel Flight NE, begun in 1996, has answered 30,000 requests and flown eight million miles all free of charge. Woods, who's flown approximately 100 flights for the organization, said that his reasons for volunteering weren't entirely altruistic.                 

"To be perfectly honest, I wanted to increase my flying hours," said Wood, who's had his pilot's license for about two years. "Nobody wanted to fly with me because they thought they were going to die."                

But once he took to the air for Angel Flight and met his passengers his outlook changed.             

"You realize how short life is and how precious it is. You think you have troubles but, these people have the greatest of obstacles," Wood said. "It's incredible."


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"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"

(Dr. Gary Enders)


"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"



"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)


"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")


"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"

(Bob Dylan)


"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"

(Sir Paul McCartney)


"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"

(Johnny Cash)


"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"

(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)


"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"

(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)

Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:

#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)

#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)

#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)

#3: One Night (1958)

#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)

Elvis Facts:

Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50

While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959

Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957

Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed

During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13

In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age

In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m