"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 #203...Monday 9 January 2005

Hi everyone

What would have been Elvis' 71st birthday was celebrated in many countries yesterday or through the week with substantial radio, TV and print media coverage. Surprisingly, or some would say, not surprisingly, while several Elvis festivals thrived in places such as Australia and North Carolina, the official birthday tribute in Memphis was poorly attended. Perhaps EPE needs to rethink the nature of the annual birthday event.

Nigel & Piers

The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:

"The Final Tour"

Breaking News

Oprah interview with Lisa & Priscilla on Aussie TV: Finally!, the episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show featuring Lisa and Priscilla Presley airs tomorrow (10 January) at 2pm on the 10 Network in Australia. This is well worth watching.

Tabloid says Lisa to marry at Graceland: The latest edition of the National Examiner (Jan. 16) reports that Lisa Marie plans to get married, at Graceland. The report states there may be two receptions, one for family, the other with her country friends.  Given the notoriously unreliable nature of the tabloids it will be interesting to see how much truth there is in this report. (Source: Carol in Ohio)

EIN Newsletter #72

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter has been posted to all financial members. With a theme of "1972", its 28 pages are crammed full of Elvis, Elvis and more Elvis, including:

  • candid color and b&w photos from 1972
  • Three Spotlight articles NOT featured on the EIN web site ("Separate Ways - Life In Private"; "1972 The Music"; "Elvis Live - Madison Square Garden, 1972")
  • a selection of the latest news and views from around the Elvis world
  • listing of new FTD & CD releases

In addition, Issue #73 includes the Annual EIN Mega Quiz to test your Elvis knowledge. Five great Elvis prizes to be won!

Elvis fans celebrate his birthday: It's a day no Elvis presley fan forgets. Today marks the singer and actor's seventy-first birthday. Elvis started his career in 1954. In what film does his character spank a rebellious teenager was it Blue Hawaii, GI Blues or Kissing Cousins?

If you don't know the answer it's Blue Hawaii. This trivia is part of the celebration of Elvis` seventy-first birthday at the Black Velvet Nostalgia. Discounts, cake, cookies, and prizes had almost one hundred Elvis fans and collectors all shook up to add to their collections. Owner Marcia Abel has had her fare share of wild stories about this rock n roll heartbreaker. "Ladies jumping over tables trying to get to elvis on stage they didn't make it but they tried," Abel said. So what makes the king the king?

"I don't know I just like him, his music and I like the neat things he's done for people and I just think he's a neat person," one fan said.

Another fan said, "He's just so charismatic and he`s just very handsome besides that he was just a very kind person and he adored his mother and he treated people with respect and even no matter how much money he made he was still a person and he made you realize that.

Owner Marcia Abel said, "Nobody can sweat like Elvis, his voice, he could sing anything he could sing with music without music, he was just the best and besides he's good looking. Fans just can't help falling in love.

"Elvis there's never been one like him and there'll never be another one," Abel said. Elvis has not left this building or his fans hearts. Elvis starred in 33 films and had over 150 albums and singles for which he won three grammys. Elvis died of heart failure in 1977. (Source: KQ2 News)

Ernst Jorgensen compiling his Sun Records "coffee-table" Elvis photobook: Elvis Presley's dreamy eyes jump out in the ad promoting his Port Arthur appearance. He wasn't the star he would become, but the Louisiana Hayride knew that Mississippi boy with the hip moves had something. The Port Acres Fire Department sponsored the “Western Show” Friday, Nov. 25, 1955, at Woodrow Wilson Auditorium. Scotty & Bill and The Chelette Sisters and “many others” were promised. Boneau's record store offered advance tickets for $1.25; holdouts paid $1.50 at the door.

Ernst Jorgensen called The News from a house on a hill an hour's drive from Copenhagen. “It's cold,” he said. Jorgensen would love to reach local residents lucky enough to catch this Elvis show. It was a critical time in his career. Presley was switching from Sun Records to RCA and would soon become an international star.

The plan is to compile memories and snapshots of young Elvis into a coffee table book with CDs, something for the serious collector, Jorgensen said. The author imagines Elvis was feeling pretty good about himself, having signed with RCA on Nov. 21.

Carolyn Monte, one of those Chelette Sisters, now of Dallas, didn't know to be impressed at that Port Arthur concert. He was still just that good-looking boy.

“We had heard of him, but he wasn't that big of a deal at that point in time. We saw him as somebody who was entertaining Š a cute guy. He was the most gracious young man Š a gentleman all the way down the line,” Monte said.

Hanging around backstage gave you the real goods on a person, she said.

“He was one of the sweetest, kindest, most well-behaved and well-mannered young men you'd ever want to have your teenage daughters around,” she said.

Mary Jo was her oldest sister, who has since died.

“Elvis had an eye for her. He was a prankster by the way. He came up behind Mary Jo and put his arms around here and made this grotesque sound. It grossed her out so much. She said, ‘Get away from me.' Then he asked her to go to a cafe for a Coke. She said, ‘No way.' ” Monte recalled.

At that point, she said she was thinking, “Pick me!”

Contact this reporter at ddoiron@panews.com.

The book compilers got this memory from Doyle Reynolds:

I was at high school in Port Arthur. There was a little place where we had lunch called Skip's place, and they actually had a couple of Elvis records on the jukebox, so when he came to town, a lot of people were excited to see him, I wasn't going to see him. That day I was downtown Port Arthur, doing some work for my father, when I saw him drive by in his pink and charcoal gray Cadillac, and gosh what a lovely car, but what was even lovelier, and I hate to admit this, I was a hubcap thief, I said to myself I'm going to get these hubcaps.

My friend and I went down the Woodrow Wilson auditorium, and there was a little parking lot in the back, and I was sure I knew exactly where the car was gonna be parked, and we went back there with our screwdrivers, we jumped out to steel these hubcaps but they were wire wheeled. So we picked up the screwdrivers and got back to the car, and at this time the back of the auditorium opens, and three other young men ran out back to look at the car, and right behind them came a policeman or some kind of security and said “You guys get back in here, you can't go outside during the intermission”.

So they turned around and went back in and he then looked at us and said “You are no privileged characters, get back in.”

So we went in and I looked at the back of the stage was right at that back door, and I looked in there and saw a girl that I knew from high school, and she was part of The Chelette Sisters, they were kind of semi-famous around Port Arthur. They were on the same bill that night and I think they had already performed.

So I saw Mary Jo Chelette standing just inside the door. Garland Sonnier and I just walked in there, and she happens to be talking to Elvis Presley. There was a big heavy library table, he was kind of sitting on that, in the middle part of it, and she was talking with him. There was a guy on the other end of it counting money, so I kind of marched in there said hi to Mary Jo and Elvis.

He was about three years older than me. I said “I hear you like gospel music.” That just lit him up. We talked for a good while about gospel music, and he had gone to church with The Blackwood Brothers and The Statemen and they were really my heroes, my sister had dated one of the Florida Boys. We talked for about 15 - 20 minutes, maybe, I can't remember the transition here, but he goes out on stage and he had a red jacket, black shirt, black pants and a tie.

Guys around school were wearing derbys. I had this red derby, and Elvis goes out on stage singing, and I wasn't really paying much attention to him, I was talking to someone else, I was just a social butterfly back then. I was kind of on the edge of the stage, off to the right looking at the stage. He was very active on stage, he just moved and jumped, and I remember he had to stop and get a new guitar, because his strings were broken, he said “ I can't play with these three strings.” So he comes to the edge of the stage, gets another guitar, sees my derby, and ask me if he can wear that derby and he walks out on stage with that red derby, with his red jacket, and the other people are laughing. I think to holler at him to get it back. (Source: Port Arthur News)

Candle maker recalls time as Elvis flame

Tom Garmon has come up with what he thinks is the perfect advertising slogan for his mother's candle-making business:

"Former Elvis flame ignites national candle line."

Virginia Anderson, who now lives in Hattiesburg and manufactures a line of premium scented candles, said she was 16 and living in Memphis in 1957 when she met Elvis Presley. Her cousin was visiting from Bakersfield, Calif., and her mother took them to see the gates of Graceland.

"He came down in his black Cadillac with his bodyguard," Anderson said. "I noticed he was kind of flirting with me. He went on out the gate and down the highway. He came back and the gatekeeper said 'Elvis wants to see you.'"

Presley asked her out on a date for the next night.

"I was, needless to say, all dolled up. I still have the dress hanging in my closet," Anderson said. "Elvis had just moved into Graceland in March. I went out with him on July 19, 1957. He had on a black lace shirt and black pants. He didn't have an undershirt on."

They went to a movie theater, using the side entrance, and left before the movie was over, Anderson said. Then they had dinner in a private dining room at a restaurant called Chenault's.

"That's where he got mad at me," Anderson said. "He thought I was looking at his bodyguard, Cliff. He made me cry and I asked to go home. I said it's hard to be out with a world idol and act like yourself. He said, 'I know, darlin'."

They ended up back at Graceland, where Anderson said Presley sang his songs to her, including his big hit at the time, "Teddy Bear." Their second date was two days later, on Sunday, when he picked her up on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

After that, he went to Hollywood to make a movie. Several months later, he took her out again, but that was the end of their relationship. She said she was a good girl and resisted his moves, even if she did break a date with her boyfriend to go out with Elvis.

"No girl could resist Elvis," she said.

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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