"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)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)


"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
















































































































































































































































































DVD Review: The 50th Anniversary Tribute to the King of Rock and Roll...starring Kraig Parker

Released by Next Show Entertainment

Kraig Parker is one of America's premier Elvis tribute artists. On watching his impressive DVD, The 50th Anniversary Tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, it is easy to see, and hear, why.

His is a polished performance which engages its audience. From a frenetic 'All Shook Up' to Elvis concert staples such as 'American Trilogy', 'My Way' and 'Jailhouse Rock', you will be caught up in the Elvis concert experience, safely in the hands of Kraig Parker. The show includes an atmospheric 'Kentucky Rain' where you can feel the rain drops falling around you, a perennial favorite in 'Return To Sender', and a moving version of 'In The Ghetto'. There is a rollicking 'Teddy Bear' and a great version of the underappreciated 'Rubberneckin'.

Many fans will enjoy Parker's presentation of 'Hound Dog'. Performed as Elvis amusingly did at the Interenational in Vegas in 1969, it is a delightful performance. A salute to the "vets" comes with 'G.I. Blues' and of course no Elvis tribute is complete without a strobe light infused, hip shaking version of 'Suspicious Minds'. 'How Great Thou Art' is sung as a tribute to Loanne Parker, the Colonel's widow, who is in the audience. With The Jordanaires assuming their customary role on the song it is a memorable performance.

Also in the audience are Jerry Schilling, Joe Esposito, Charles Stone, Al Dvorin, Dick Grob and Sam Thompson.

Kraig Parker has a strong voice and you really feel its power when he effortlessly hits the high notes in one of the show's highlights, a rousing rendition of 'Hurt'.

Overall, Kraig exhibits a very good vocal resemblance to Elvis and fans will not be disappointed. As did Elvis, he mixes his song listing with a nice balance between uptempo, rock and roll and ballads.

While Kraig closes his show with the customary 'Can't Help Falling In Love' the DVD features five bonus tracks. There is an energetic 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy', a "raising the roof" effort with 'Never Been To Spain', and The Jordanaires excelling with a solo performance of one of Elvis' favorite gospel, numbers, 'Storehouse of His Love'. You literally reach the mountain top during 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes', and fittingly, the closing bonus number is the artist's own tribute to Elvis, 'The Legend Lives On'.

Kraig Parker creates a very good Elvis image without having the uncanny facial resemblance that one or two other tribute artists have. He is a first rate performer who interacts well with his backing groups and his audience (there was certainly no shortage of women lining up for a kiss and a scarf during his quieter numbers).

With a superb white jumpsuit, Parker moves well without always trying to exactly mirror The King's moves. A healthy dose of familiar facial inflections completes the visual image.

Strong filming of Kraig's performance value adds to the production. There is good use of alternating camera angles and crowd reaction. It comes as no surprise that this is an exemplary production, the producer and director, Angela Fairhurst and Dennis Rosenblatt, are both Emmy Award winners.

Filmed at the 7,000 seat Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, in addition to The Jordanaires, Parker is backed by The Royal Tribute Band, a very strong rock and roll outfit. Excellent female background vocals are provided by LaDonna Goodwin, Rheda Williams & Genevieve Dew, and Caz Soloman also provides great male vocal backing. Completing Kraig Parker's backing is the Artie Schroeck & Orchestra – Artie was formally the orchestra conductor for Frank Sinatra.

The audio quality on the DVD is fantastic. You have your choice of Stereo or full 5.1 Dolby Digital, and when you pump up the volume on the Dolby option watch out! It literally lifts the roof. The 5.1 Dolby Digital option also allows the big orchestra sound accompanying Kraig to really shine through. At times there was a minor audio sync problem with the disc I watched but this in no way affects your viewing pleasure.

The visual quality is also excellent and is presented in HD Widescreen format which will please many viewers.

The DVD comes with good cover image and design and an attractive picture disc. I would have liked to have seen a chapter or song selection option but this is a small issue. The disc is "all region".

If Kraig Parker ever tires of doing his Elvis tribute, for his next project I reckon he'd be well suited to taking on another Las Vegas king, Wayne Newton. His vocal skills and facial look would serve him very well.

Verdict: At one point in his performance, Kraig Parker asks the audience, "Are you having a good time?" The answer is a resounding yes...pump up the volume and enjoy!

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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 Menphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowlt 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 ofered $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