"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, an unstoppable, fundamental and primordial 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
















































































































































































































































































EIN E-Alert #200...Monday 12 December 2005

Hi everyone

Well we made it and what a milestone it is! Edition 200 of our weekly E-Alert. And to celebrate we are giving away 5 great Elvis prize (details below). We want to thank everyone who has given us feedback over the nearly 4 years the E-Alert has been published. We continue to add 3 to 4 new subscribers each week and the distribution list now exceeds 3,000 plus secondary distribution on two other email newsletter lists.

Also, watch out on the site shortly, as courtesy of Bookwise International, we will be giving away 5 copies of the Alanna Nash book, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia. This is widely recognised as one of the best books ever published about Elvis! In addition, we will shortly add a great new (two part) interview with Memphis Mafia member, Lamar Fike (see teaser below).

We've added some new information on the right and left hand columns of the site's Home page (the info also appears in the left & right hand columns of each E-Alert). Please scroll down and let us know what you think

Nigel & Piers

EIN E-Alert #200 Competition

(competition open to all fans worldwide - winners announced in next week's E-Alert)

To win one of these great Elvis prizes simply click below and send:

Please enter me in EIN's E-Alert #200 competition


  • Artist of the Century 10 track promo/sampler CD
  • Elvis Today (deluxe 7" FTD release)
  • Elvis By The Presleys hardcover book
  • Hitstory (3CD BMG boxset)
  • Follow That Dream (color catalog of the collectors label)gue)

This week on the site: Lamar Fike talks to EIN

Later this week we will be publishing part 1 of a two-part interview with prominent Memphis Mafia member, Lamar Fike. In our fascinating interview with Lamar we find out the real reason Elvis shot out his TV set when Robert Goulet came on screen, why Anita Wood threatened to throw herself off a window ledge, Lamar's involvement with the publishing company Hill & Range, the Albert Goldman biography, Elvis and his weight gain, and how Lamar is doing following his recent bout with cancer.......plus many, many other issues.

Some of the items added to www.elvisinfonet.com this week:

  • The King (graphic novel) - Book review
  • Elvis On Tour Outtakes - DVD review
  • "Elvis Empire" glorious catalog for upcoming Elvis auction
  • Elvis' hair involved in fraud scheme
  • See Bill Burk in Germany this month
  • Varied prices for "The King" by Jim Piazza
  • Is it time for an animated Elvis series on TV?
  • Wanda Jackson's Elvis tribute album


  • Car punches hole in Graceland wall
  • Joan Deary "remix" album
  • Does Lisa Presley plan her own Elvis film? - conflicting reports
  • New book from JAT - The One called Charro
  • No alternate takes on 3 new BMG Elvis releases
  • Elvis vs. Madonna - the debate rages

HILTON – E.P.  LOYALTY PROGRAM:  Edward Verbraeken from Europe has proposed this idea:

Exceptional joint marketing opportunity for Hilton Hotels and EPE and CKXE which will be a success-story for all involved:

Strong recommendation from a worldwide guru of international marketing: Make a joint-marketing effort/program with the  HILTON hotels CHAIN whereby: 

All Elvis fans (worldwide) should get 30% discount on regular hotel room rates or a “flat rate” of US$50 per night in Hilton hotels and US$75 per night in all Hilton Hotel Resorts:

Such a program is similar to the Frequent Guest program that have established  all major hotels and FT airline programs. In view of the fact that Hilton hotels have tremendously benefited from Elvis’ performances in the Las Vegas Hilton for many years and cashed in revenues that were unheard of before 1969 when the King actually sang before sold-out audiences and everyday twice!  Unequalled so far in Vegas and music industry!  The fact that Hilton has therefore put up a bronze statue of Elvis in the lobby, is not sufficient, we feel.

In addition, Elvis & his entourage have stayed hundreds of nights in Hilton hotels everywhere in the U.S. and therefore those hotels should ALL participate in the program and offer special amenities to Elvis fans carrying their HILTON-EP LOYALTY CARD.  Easy for Hilton to monitor the success rate of such a program and create therefore a new lucrative database of traveling Elvis fans who might prefer to stay in Hiltons (or Doubleday's, Garden Inns etc). (Source: Pete Smith)

Journey to Graceland

Many thanks to DC Bradley in the US who sent us news about this tribute song:

'There is a good Elvis tribute song ("Journey to Graceland") on the website www.elvis4u.com   It tells the story of going to Graceland and visiting all the sites there that most people visit.  It is in the early Elvis rock-a-billy style (but can be varied of course)  and refers to Elvis as the "King of Rock and Roll"  in the chorus.   It might be a good song to be a part in promoting the new Elvis "revamping" efforts presently underway.  It may have potential to be included as part of any new project to rejuvenate the Elvis empire for all the world to enjoy.'


‘A Lost Elvis Treasure……Blue Suede Shoes (The Elvis Ballet)’

A ballet set to the music of Elvis Aron Presley! Who are we trying to kid? But yes it did happen and it was a major hit.

On May 29, 1996 a most unusual ballet opened at Cleveland ’s State Theatre. The world premiere of Blue Suede Shoes had both critics and audiences in raptures. The Cleveland Plain Dealer printed the headline: ‘Blue Suede Shoes sizzles with perfection!’ while the opening night audience gave the performers a 15 minute standing ovation.

Those that were lucky enough to see Blue Suede Shoes were mesmerised by its action and color. The brainchild of artistic director, Dennis Nahat, it featured 18 brilliant sets and 280 spectacular, glittering costumes designed by Hollywood ’s legendary, Bob Mackie. The ballet sequences were choreographed by Nahat and the Cleveland San Jose Ballet company. The ballet was presented by New Dance Ventures and the Cleveland San Jose Ballet.

What was particularly innovative about the Elvis ballet was the way it used The King’s music to tell a powerful story about innocence and the post-war American Dream. As Dennis Nahat commented: “We didn’t realise it then, but Elvis set the tone for the time. I don’t know if the current generation really understands who he was. To my generation, he’s an icon. He came on the scene and hit us between the eyes and captured our feelings with music. He freed an entire generation.”

The structure of Blue Suede Shoes was clever. Each of the 36 Elvis songs symbolised individual parts of the story (with Guitar Man used as an overture linking different scenes). For example, Arthur tries to woo Sally (I Want You, I Need You, I Love You), the local bad boy arrives (Devil In Disguise) and the Army beckons (Soldier Boy). Returning home after a lonely winter (Long Lonely Highway ) the GI’s are unrecognised (Stranger In My Own Home Town). Later a fight ensues to the strains of Trouble and the boys spend a night (One Night) behind bars (Jailhouse Rock). Other songs prominent in the ballet included Hound Dog, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Bossa Nova Baby, Starting Today, Tutti Frutti, Are You Lonesome Tonight? And Mama Liked The Roses.

Critics also noted how Blue Suede Shoes incorporated contemporary social themes - for instance, In The Ghetto was used to symbolise the effect of drugs. And initially, more traditional patrons of the ballet form were quite dismissive. Dennis Nahat commented: “We had some people say, “How can you use Elvis in this classical art form?’, but I just said, ‘Elvis is classic.’ “

The spectacle of the ballet involved seven scenes:

  • High School (see pic at left)
  • Hot Dog Drive-In (see pic at right)
  • In the Army
  • Highways & Lonely Streets
  • Saturday Night
  • Jailhouse
  • Rockin’ Golden Oldies

At the end of the day Blue Suede Shoes displayed artistic integrity and was notable for introducing new patrons to the art form that is ballet. Described at the time as being as easy to watch as a movie Blue Suede Shoes brought new ideas to the fine arts medium. It seems Elvis’s ability to continually transcend musical, social and cultural genres is limitless!

At a time when the fine arts in the US were in trouble, facing government funding cuts and falling patronage, Blue Suede Shoes enjoyed immense success with 63,000 people attending its opening season. Buoyed by its success, the producers developed plans to tour the production nationally and internationally. Sadly the plans to stage the ballet outside of the US were never realised, apparently due to financial and logistical considerations. As a result overseas fans missed out being captivated by its fresh and energetic approach to the Elvis story.

The soundtrack to Blue Suede Shoes was issued by RCA (#67458-2) in 1997 as a double CD set with attractive slipcase and a 16 page full-color booklet.

One performance of Blue Suede Shoes was telecast on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in America and if you ever get a chance to see it...DO NOT MISS IT!

The ballet was resurrected in 2002 and performed by Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley.

Verdict: Blue Suede Shoes was a brave, socially aware and sparkling undertaking that richly deserved the success it received.


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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)


"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