E-Alert #136..........Saturday, 7 August 2004
Elvis world is hotting up as the start of Elvis Week 2004
is almost upon us. You can check out all the latest news
on Elvis Week at:http://www.elvis.com/graceland/calendar/elvis_week.asp
EIN's roving reporter, Sanja Meegin, will log in periodically
with 'on the spot' reports as she and 12 other EIN members
enjoy the festivities in Memphis. Our official tour group
is guaranteed a fantastic time as this year we hook up with
the famous Elvis Week tours conducted by Todd Slaughter's
British fan club.
Elvis Article: Elvis auction: is it all genuine? In the
light of items being withdrawn from other auctions, EIN's
Piers Beagley casts a suspicious mind over the latest
auction claiming to have items once owned by Elvis.
King and Dick: short film about Elvis' famous meeting with
'Yellow' Wiggle and the TCB Band rock Nashville
photographic exhibition opens in Sydney
Me to be released on DVD?
Graceland" Elvis festival cancelled
Chapel on the move
to the Warner Bros Elvis DVD site (the site has some great
features including film synopses and wallpapers for each of
the 6 films)
Secrets of Elvis' record collection
news: Stella Patchouli's entertaining 'Tears of a Shadow:
The King, Marilyn and Me' reprinted
this week: The Elvis Odd Spot (weird, wacky and unusual
stories in the Elvis world)
All Right - Original Sun Master Plate: news just in
from Worldwide Elvis about the "Original Sun Master Plate"
- finally we will be able to hear the original sound as
Elvis recorded it on July 05, 1954. To be released in
the next few months as a limited edition pressing. (Elvis
News, Source: Worldwide Elvis)
Member of the Danish Elvis Fan Club: Elvis Unlimited advises
that The Danish Crown Prince Frederik was recently inducted
as an honouree member of the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club
Of Denmark. The Crown Prince attended a reception in Odense,
Denmark where the impersonator Henrik Busborg and his band
Devils were performing. From him he received a lifetime membership.
The Crown Prince is an Elvis fan himself. Some of you maybe
remember seeing the pictures of him singing along on Love
Me Tender at the Rock’n’Royal concert for him and his fiancé
just before their wedding.
book: “A Date With Elvis – Army Days Revisited”, will
be released in Germany in October. We will be posting details
on the site in the next few days.
DVD Boxsets in Europe: Region 2 (EC) fans will shortly
be trated to two Elvis DVD boxsets. The Elvis Collection Vol.
1 contains Jailhouse Rock, The Trouble With Girls, Spinout
and Double Trouble. Volume 2 contains Viva Las Vegas, Speedway
and Harum Scarum. Both boxes will be released on 30 August
2004 and the artwork is the same as for the US boxset, Elvis
The Signature Collection (artwork featured on www.elvisinfonet.com).
latest CD from the Madison label is out now.
CD contains a soundboard recording of Elvis' afternoon
show in Jackson, MS on June 8, 1975.
recording is nearly complete with only See See Rider
and the first half of I Got A Woman is missing.
of "unofficial" soundboards is a rarity these
days...most new titles being audience recordings or
previously issued studio outtakes.
Tracklist: I Got A Woman/Amen (incomplete) Love Me
If You Love Me Love Me Tender All Shook Up Teddy Bear/Don't
Be Cruel/Hound Dog/The Wonder Of You/Burning Love/Introductions
by Elvis of vocalists, band/Johnny B. Goode (James Burton)/Drum
solo (Ronnie Tutt)/Bass solo (Jerry Scheff)/Piano solo (Glen
D. Hardin)/ Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, orchestra/School
Days (Joe Guercio Orchestra)/T-R-O-U-B-L-E/Why Me Lord?/How
Great Thou Art (with two reprises)
on Top Ten Icons list: Time magazine has published a sries
of top ten lists. Elvis appears in the Icons of the Century
top ten, alongside Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara and Bruce Lee.
Cable World recently carried a report about last year's great
windstorm in the Southeast of the US. Despite its 100-plus-miles-per-hour
winds news of it was oversadowed by news of the killing of
Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay. What many people won't
know is that weather specialists nicknamed the storm "Hurricane
Elvis"...it was as eye-opening as it was ear-shattering.
and President Clinton: Recently, the weekend Sydney Morning
Herald featured an article on the new book Paul Campos’ ‘The
Obesity Myth’. A serious investigation into diet, health-risks
and mortality, the only two celebrities featured were past
President Bill Clinton, and Elvis. (Clinton lost around 15kg
in a 1994-96 health regime, around the same time he also met
Monica Lewinsky) In “The Two Elvises” section, Presley’s later
physical decline was discussed, however the article ignored
the fact that Elvis’ weight really yo-yo’d depending on his
general state of health. The article stated, “The Images of
fat Elvis and thin Elvis live together in the popular imagination,
like twin brothers struggling for the affection of America’s
interesting part of the article was that the Elvis photos
used were not the regular 1956 “thin” and 1977 “fat” but instead
used a publicity shot from 1962’s ‘It Happened at the World’s
Fair’ as the thin image, and a still from Aloha for the supposedly
fat! It’s a nice change from the old malicious tabloid images
of the past, since Elvis looks just healthy & fine in both!
While it is a shame that anybody still thinks ‘Fat Elvis’
is worth referring to, at least if we no longer see the Media
publish those terrible 1975/76 dreadful derogatory photos
it has got to be good for every Elvis fan. After all, how
many 38 year old men look as good as Elvis in his Aloha suit?
(apart from Nigel & I?)
for Scotty Moore & D.J. Fontana: noted Elvis tribute
artist, Ronnie McDowell, wants to show Scotty & D.J. how
appreciated they are by giving them both cars in recognition
of the 50th anniversary of rock & roll. Ronnie is currently
short by around US$10,000.00 and is seeking contributions
from fans to bridge the gap. To contact and contribute fans
can write to: WE CARE FUND c/o Volunteer State Bank 101 Hwy
52-W Portland, TN 37148
Stanley talks to EIN: Yesterday I spoke at length with
David Stanley, Elvis' youngest step-brother about life with
Elvis and David's upcoming film, The Headhunter. As always,
David was very candid. Our interview will be published on
the site early next week. In it David shares more about his
life working for Elvis, details several powerful scenes in
The Headhunter and talks about casting decisions.
can visit David's 'The Headhunter' website at: www.impellofilms.com
coming soon we'll have Piers' interview with Ed Bonja, former
Elvis tour manager and noted Elvis photographer.
has achieved four "Triple Chart Topping" singles: ie.they
have reached #1 on the major Singles charts in the USA, England
and Australia. The singles are:
You Lonesome Tonight?
Now or Never
we looked simply at sales (rather than chart positions), a
number of other titles such as ALittle Less Conversation (Elvis
vs JXL) would qualify as Triple Chart Toppers. (Source:
OzNet Music Chart)
Elvis album did RCA Victor refer to in Billboard as "The
Fastest Selling Album of 1961"?
to last week's question: "Such Vicious Minds")
note the trivia question is for your enjoyment only. There
are no prizes. Occasionally EIN runs an online quiz with prizes
and this is clearly announced at the time]
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