Elvis Week 2013

EIN News and Reports

It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that EIN's special Roving Reporter Sanja Meegin cannot attend Elvis Week this year due to other important commitments. I know that many EIN readers will share my disappointment, however we will still bring you special news and stories from the Promised Land.

FROM EPE's CEO Jack Soden - Dear Elvis Fans,
On behalf of the staff of Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., we’d like to offer you a warm welcome to Memphis, and welcome back to many of the familiar faces we have come to know and love over the years as we celebrate Elvis Week.
2013 has already been a busy year as we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of “Aloha from Hawaii” in Honolulu in January on the very same night the world saw Elvis in the TV first of a globally satellite televised concert. During Elvis Week this year we will help recreate that magic with an encore presentation of this enhanced edition of “Aloha from Hawaii.” Presented at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis, a movie palace Elvis often frequented, you’ll go back to 1973 to experience the magic of one of Elvis’ finest concert performances.
While we celebrate Elvis Week 2013, we will also share some of the details of what we have planned for 2014 as we mark the 60th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the day Elvis recorded a song that would change the world of music forever - “That’s All Right.”
I look forward to seeing you at the exciting events we have planned for this year and let me be the first to invite you back next year for all of the exciting things we have planned to commemorate 60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Jack Soden - CEO, EPE, Inc --- (Right with EIN's Sanja Meegin)

Sunday 18 August 2013 .... ELVIS WEEK ....

'ALOHA From Hawaii' in Memphis 2013: While it wasn't the true 40th Anniversary celebration - which took place in Honolulu back in January - the Aloha 2013 concert at the Memphis Orpheum was certainly the highlight of Elvis Week 2013. Sadly this wasn't the Honolulu International Center, but the ornate lobby of the Orpheum was totally filled with anticipation as Elvis Week neared to a close.
Jack Soden and other EPE staff were noticeable along with plenty of Hawaiian celebratory threads.

Tom Brown introduced the special presentation, while after the intermission, former members of The Stamps, including Bill Baize and Donnie Sumner, took the stage for a gospel set as they had done in Hawaii back in January.
This gave the DVD re-cut a more personal appeal as of course sadly the TCB Band are not featured as part of this special DVD re-evaluation

Elvis fans were stunned by their amazing 'Sweet, Sweet Spirit', and the stunning 'How Great Thou Art'.
Everyone was blown away by the never-before-seen-footage Elvis footage and the super-sound which gave you a real in-concert feel.

Go here for the 40th Anniversary Aloha concert in Hawaii - EIN EXCLUSIVE REVIEW - plus much more on Aloha 2013.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Dean Z Wins the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest: EPE reports that ten of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world competed saturday night at a packed house at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis where the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist was announced.
Dean Z is now the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner.
  Dean moved to Las Vegas aged seventeen to reach toward his goal of establishing himself as a well-known Elvis act. He is honored to be a part of the Ultimate ETA Contest and admires all the ETAs who have gone on to win the contest. His favorite Elvis song is “Bossa Nova.”
Adam  Fitzpatrick was Second Place
Jay Dupuis was Third Place

EIN says there is ONLY ONE ELVIS but if you want to know more go HERE for the EPE Elvis UETA page
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 16 August 2013 .... ELVIS WEEK ....

Remembering ELVIS in 2013: Thirty Six years ago, at 3.30 in the afternoon of 16 August 1977, Elvis Presley was pronounced dead at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. His girlfriend, Ginger Alden, had found his body a little more than an hour earlier, collapsed on the floor of his Graceland bathroom. He had had heart failure while siting down and reading a book entitled 'The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus'. Elvis was only 42 years old.
However back at the start in 1956 within months of his arrival on the national stage, the godlike Elvis had destroyed the old showbiz order, rewritten the rules on young desire and initiated the era of the teenager.
BEFORE Elvis, there were no teenagers - older children were just adults in training, apprentices to the past; AFTER Elvis, there was youth culture, the most powerful commercial force in the history of the world.
Go here as on the thirty-sixth anniversary of Elvis' passing EIN looks back at the legend and the legacy...
(Spotight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The Candlelight Vigil 2013: Elvis Presley fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Graceland on Thursday to pay their respects to the rock n' roll icon with a solemn candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary of his death.
Thousands of Presley fans carried lit candles as they walked slowly and silently through the Mediation Garden at Graceland, Presley's longtime Memphis home. The garden is the location of Presley's grave and also is the spot where his mother, father and grandmother are buried.
Wreaths of flowers and pictures of Presley encircled the grave, while shadows cast by the glowing candles danced along the stone wall surrounding the garden. Soft music played in the mild night, as some in the procession bowed their heads or cried quietly.
Police estimated 35,000 people would attend the vigil. Last year, an estimated 75,000 people descended on Graceland when Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley appeared together at the vigil for
the first time since it began.
The vigil started as an informal gathering the year after his death. It has blossomed into a major tourist event. Fans begin lining up along the outer wall of Graceland about 12 hours before the vigil, and many will stay until the early morning hours of the next day. The event also has become an international affair hosting fans from Australia, Brazil, England and Japan and other foreign countries.
Rodrigo Gandarillas, a native Chilean who now lives in Houston, said the vigil is a way to give thanks for the enjoyment Presley has given him. "The thing that impacts me the most about the vigil is the large amount of people from different countries, different races and different languages who understand 'the King's' musical message," Gandarillas said.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

Watch Video of the 2013 Candlelight Vigil: Thousands of Elvis fans gathered around the gates of Graceland for the annual Candlelight Vigil and celebrated the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The ceremony for the 36th anniversary was organized as always by the Elvis Country Fan Club. The theme for this year's Candlelight service was announced the beautiful 1970 release 'Just Pretend'.
The weather was surprisingly pleasant, unlike the usual mid-August heat and humidity.
Go HERE to watch a replay of the Ceremony.
After the opening ceremony at the gates of Graceland, fans walked up the driveway to Meditation Garden and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to
participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis' passing.
Go HERE to watch a replay of the Meditation Garden walk up
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Gears Up for 60th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll: As thousands of fans gathered for Elvis Week and the annual Candlelight Vigil, EPE announced plans for a yearlong celebration to commemorate Elvis’ first professional recording, considered by many music historians to be the birth of the rock ‘n’ roll music movement.
On July 5, 1954, Elvis walked into Sun Studio in Memphis and recorded a sped up version of Arthur Crudup’s "That’s All Right" with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips first played the song July 8, 1954 on WHBQ radio and the switchboard lit up, the song was repeated fourteen times in a row during the "Red HOT and Blue" broadcast due to public demand. Rock ‘n’ Roll was born and the world of music changed forever.
Kicking off the year-long celebration in 2014 is the New Year’s Eve Hard Rock Café Guitar Drop on world famous Beale Street. Thousands will gather on the famed blues alley in Memphis to take in live music and watch a 10-foot guitar wrapped in the 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll art as it descends 100 feet onto Beale Street at midnight in the Central time zone.
On January 8th, fans from around the world will gather at Graceland to celebrate the birth of the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll as a cake fit for a king is cut during the Elvis Presley Day

Proclamation Ceremony. Events continue through the 11th and include a concert by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as they showcase symphonic interpretations of the songs that helped give Memphis the title of Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
A special exhibition will open at Graceland on March 3, 2014 showcasing Elvis’ impact on music and popular culture over the past 60 years and chronicling the birth of rock ‘n’ roll . The vaults of the Graceland Archives have been opened to help develop this unique exhibit that will be included as part of the Graceland VIP Tour.
The site of Elvis’ first professional recording session, Sun Studio, will be the site of a global celebration on July 5th as Memphis and the world mark the birth of rock ‘n’ roll with Elvis Presley’s recording of "That’s All Right." Additional details for festivities planned at the famed Memphis recording studio will be announced at a later date.
The impressive ‘ELVIS PRESLEY – ON STAGE’ music experience will kick off a 23 date tour of the United Kingdom starting in April through the end of May, taking the 60th Anniversary celebration on the road to Europe (see story below).
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 15 August 2013 .... ELVIS WEEK .... 2nd News Update ....

Watch the Candlelight Vigil LIVE via YouTube: Fans gather tonight 8:30pm in Memphis at the gates of Graceland. After an opening ceremony at 9pm, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis' gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis' passing.

the Candlelight Vigil LIVE via YouTube.
8pm - 10pm CT Memphis time.
1am - 3am GMT /UTC
11am - 1pm Sydney
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Mother Dolores Hart at "Conversations on Elvis": It’s not that often you find a nun headlining a rock and roll event. But fans packed the main stage tent at Graceland Wednesday to hear Mother Dolores Hart along with singer/songwriter T.G. Sheppard and bassist Norbert Putnam tell tales of the King of Rock and Roll at the "Conversations on Elvis" discussion.
Fans were particularly interested in Mother Dolores’ unusual story. Before she joined a monastery as a nun, Mother Dolores was a rising actress in Hollywood and costarred with Elvis in two of his films. She’d been in prestige films and starred on Broadway, but gave it up for the cloistered life.
Cloistered but not isolated: with permissions from her abbess and the archbishop, she published a book and came to Memphis to visit fans and sign "The Ear of the Heart." She’s also taking
pictures of people she’s meeting on the trip — fans, staffers and even reporters. "I’ve always wanted to see Graceland and where Elvis lived and where his heart was," she said. "I feel his presence here so much."
She recalled the first time she met Elvis (asking him "What do you do?" because she’d been studying too hard to pay attention to pop culture), saying, "I could not believe his charisma — his voice and how it penetrated the heart."
A long line of fans stood to meet her and get signed copies of her book.
T.G. Sheppard also told his stories. Elvis knew Billy Neal Browder in the early days before he changed his name to T.G. Sheppard. He recalled to fans how Elvis was walking around Graceland singing along with his first hit, but Elvis didn’t know his friend Billy — who was hanging around at Graceland — was also T. G. Later Elvis found out and said, "Hey, you could’ve told me you were T.G. Sheppard."
(News, Source;MCAppeal/ElvisInfoNet)

Roger Semon & Ernst Jorgensen Talk about Stax:  Roger Semon knows the music business and Elvis Presley’s sound like few others do. And he knows where RCA, Presley’s record label, went wrong in marketing what should have been a historic intersection of Presley with Stax Records.
Roger Semon told the standing-room-only crowd at the Stax Museum, the problem wasn’t the music. It was in the images that were wrapped around the albums and singles over the course of three albums that featured the tunes recorded at Stax by Elvis in July and December of 1973. 
Semon explained, "All of Elvis’ records from 1970 to around ’73 – every single album – came with Elvis wearing a wonderful white jump suit. I think in a way as great as he was, it actually confused Elvis’ output. Whether it was a live
recording or whether it was Elvis’ phenomenal Stax sessions, there was no discrimination with regard to the packaging. There was always Elvis in the white jump suit." It didn’t help that the US music charts were based on radio airplay and album sales were also in a different place in terms of what was popular. "Genesis, David Bowie, contemporary music had really taken over in a massive way."
Ernst Jorgensen said the music Presley selected was a high point because the earlier publishing deal with Hill & Range music - that had dictated in large part the material he normally recorded - had lapsed.
"By 1973, Elvis gets more courageous because his publishing deal had fallen apart. But in some ways he was let down. I think he had been very much let down by radio in ’73 and ’74."
Muscle Shoals bass player Norbert Putnam earlier told Wayne Jackson (Memphis Horns), "It didn’t look this good when you played here,"  Putnam remembered getting to the Stax sessions early before anyone else except an engineer.
"I tried to imagine the scene that was Otis Redding and the Memphis Horns. I thought, ‘I bet the king of rock ‘n’ roll can light this place up.’"
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Dolores Hart, Norbert Putnam Interview at Elvis Week: Tom Brown, VP of Original Productions at TCM sat down with Mother Dolores Hart and bassist, Norbert Putnam, for an Elvis Week exclusive
In this delightful 30 minute interview both Norbert Putnam and Mother Dolores Hart reminisce about their times with Elvis.
Mother Dolores Hart is particularly animated when talking about her past. She laughs delightfully about Elvis asking her out all those years ago and notes, "I think Elvis was very moved by the word of the Lord."

DONT MISS THIS - Go here to view the 30 minute YouTube clip.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvsInfoNet)

Top 10 Finalists Announced in Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest: EPE sends congratulations to the winners of the Semifinal Round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. They are listed below in no particular order. These top ten finalists will compete for the title of 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The group will be narrowed down to the top five, before the ultimate winner of the contest is announced.
Matt Cordell - Winner of the Atlantic City ETA Contest
Jay Dupuis - Winner of the Tupelo Elvis Festival
Adam Fitzpatrick - Winner of the Penticton Elvis Festival
Chad Collins - Winner of the Las Vegas ETA Contest
Diogo "Di" Leichtweis - Winner of the Sao Paulo Elvis Festival
Ben Thompson - Winner of Europe's Tribute To Elvis Contest
Cliff Wright - Winner of the Fill The Blue Suede Shoes ETA Contest
Jim Barone - Winner of the Food Lion AutoFair ETA Preliminary
Michael Chambliss - Winner of the Georgia Elvis Festival
Dean Z - Winner of the Rockin' Elvis Fest at Pala Casino
EIN says there is ONLY ONE ELVIS but if you want to know more
go HERE for the EPE Elvis UETA page
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 14 August 2013 .... ELVIS WEEK ....
"Elvis at Stax" Listening Party: Two of Memphis’ titanic musical presences came together in 1973 when Elvis Presley went to Stax Studio to record during July and December of that year - and yesterday the Elvis fans flocked to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on McLemore Avenue to hear the sounds that came from those sessions.
Excerpts from the new box set of those recordings were played and a panel including Norbert Putnam, bassist at the December session, discussed this musically historic event.
Ernst Jorgensen noted, that it was an important moment in Elvis history, "He went to the studio to sing any music he wanted to." Elvis was eager to try new music and was reeling from his divorce from Priscilla Presley.
Putnam recalled memories from the December sessions. "He
was like a kid in high school. He was a great raconteur and told us stories for two hours. Then he led us through the recording."
The fans at Stax were soaking in the music and loving Putnam’s tales of the recording studio.
GO HERE to watch the STAX Listening Party video via YouTube.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis Humes High School Marker: Here is the all new State Marker to honour Humes High School, "Alma Mater of Elvis Presley".
Elvis first attended Humes in 1948 and graduated from Humes High School in 1953. It was while at Humes that Elvis got his first taste of fame. His singing career began while he was a student at Humes, where he won the senior class talent show. Elvis' his slicked back hair and unusual style of dress were tolerated by Principal Thomas C Brindley.
Thanks to Elvis Express Radio

- photo by Gabe Rodriguez

(News, Source;ElvisExpressRadio/ElvisInfoNet)

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Elvis Week: Yesterday fans also flocked to Graceland for a showcase of contestants from the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The contest begins with the semifinal round at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, August 14 at 7pm. and the Final Round on Saturday, August 17, at 7pm at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis.
The judging criteria are as follows:
Vocals - Overall singing ability
Style - Ability to present a look and style that well represents Elvis during the era of the song being performed
Stage Wear - Rating of the ETA's stage wear
Stage Presence - Ability to recreate the charisma Elvis created.
EIN says there is ONLY ONE ELVIS but if you want to know more go HERE for the EPE Elvis UETA page
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 13 August 2013 .... ELVIS WEEK ....
Elvis Week brings back the faithful: The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Elvis Week 2013 is off and running. Ticket sales are strong and hotel rooms are well booked if not sold out.
Elvis week is bringing back many of the faithful but it's also attracted some new fans. At Graceland the Elvis Week Main Stage opened its doors for the Salute to Memphis Music Concert Monday night - while on Sunday evening on Beale Street, George Klein emceed his annual Elvis Mafia Reunion at Alfred’s. The place was packed with fans who could then ask questions of people who knew Elvis firsthand.
One was regular Marian Cocke who was Elvis' private nurse. When Klein introduced her, he noted that as his nurse, Cocke often gave Elvis a rubdown. "Every night!" she said, earning a collective swoon from the audience.
Cocke has hosted an annual Elvis Presley Memorial Dinner Charity Event for 25 years. This year's dinner is close to sold out.
(News, Source;MCA/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS In Concert' Screenshow for Europe in APRIL 2014: It’s just been confirmed that the 'Elvis Presley In Concert' screen show will be touring Europe in April 2014 BUT sadly without the TCB Band. This is not the popular version that toured South-America successfully recently (and will return there in October), but instead it’s a low-budget version without the original TCB band members & singers. These have been replaced by unknown musicians. The shows are being offered by Live Nation. Live Nation was previously SFX Ent who used to own EPE and was formed in the 1990s by media executive Robert Sillerman and are already involved in Elvis EPE merchandise.
Back in 2012 Arjan Deelen discussed the idea that EPE might continue the Elvis In Concert show without the TCB Band - and we
had a great response from EIN readers - See the Article Here. However while EPE's marketing manager Scott Williams was considering our petition his job was terminated.
It looks like the 'Elvis Presley In Concert' screen show without the TCB Band could become the regular tour in the future.
Click here to send your thoughts to EIN.
(News, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis At Stax' special party Today: In Memphis today there is a special party in Stax Studios Museum. In conjunction with the much-anticipated "Elvis At Stax," RCA/Legacy Recordings is hosting a very special listening party at the Stax Studios Museum of American Soul Music on August Tuesday, Aug 13, 4pm to 6pm.
EPE say that "Fans will have an opportunity to stand in the very same spot where Elvis recorded the music they are hearing" - this is of course rubbish as the original Stax studios were unfortunately torn down in 1989 with the new "replica studios" built for the new Stax Museum opened in 2003.
However in addition to this you can witness stories and details behind the music and recording sessions from representatives of Sony (Ernst & Roger, no doubt) and special guest Norbert Putnam, who recorded with Elvis at Stax in December 1973 - so for music
fans it really will be an interesting session to attend. - Admission to this event is free.
Fans unable to attend can listen to the live broadcast via Elvis' YouTube Channel.
CLICK HERE for YouTube live broadcast from 4:30pm-5:30pm.
(News, Source;Legacy/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley Birthplace Celebrates: Memphis is not the only place celebrating Elvis Week, in Tupelo this weekend Elvis fans from throughout the world visited the Elvis Presley Birthplace Park to celebrate Fan Appreciation Day.
The day began activities for Tupelo's own Elvis Week, which remembers the anniversary of the artist’s death.
Lesia Marcum of Birmingham, Ala., drove here with her husband and two nieces to celebrate her 30th Elvis Week. "I come because he is Elvis,” she said. “The magic, the heart, the voice, the spirit, the man, his kindness. No matter the mood you are in, he can cheer you up.”
Blair Hill, assistant director at the Birthplace, said he looked up during his opening remarks and saw his friend, Walter from Brazil, whom he only sees on Elvis’ birthday and during Elvis Week.”
It is like welcoming family back home,” Hill said.
This is the first year events will be held entirely on the grounds, thanks to a new amphitheater and theater that opened last August. Previously, entertainment and food was in the church across the street.
For more information about Elvis' Tupelo birthplace and Museum click here.
(News, Source;Bette/ElvisInfoNet)

Candlelight Vigil and STAX Party to be On Elvis' YouTube Channel: Fans not able to attend this year's Candlelight Vigil in person can watch the ceremony live by subscribing to EPE's Official Elvis YouTube Channel. The YouTube Live stream of this year's ceremony will take place from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. CT on August 15, 2013. Tune in to share in this cornerstone, annual Elvis Week event.
Fans can also tune into other YouTube Live events:
"Stax Listening Party" on August 13
Candlelight Vigil Live Stream Thursday, August 15 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. CT
CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Elvis Channel.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

“Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii” New 2013 DVD release: Elvis made television and entertainment history with his “Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii” concert television special. The performance took place at the Honolulu International Center, now known as the Neal Blaisdell Arena, on January 14, 1973. It was beamed live via Globecam Satellite to various countries, on a delayed basis to approximately 30 European countries and first aired in the U.S. on April 4 on NBC. The viewing audience was estimated at over one billion worldwide.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii,” fans from around the world gathered in Honolulu in January 2013 for five days of celebrations. The highlight of the week was a screening of a special re-edited version of “Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii,” that was shown at the Blaisdell Arena on Jan 14, exactly 40 years to the day Elvis performed there.
The re-edited version, which includes rarely-seen footage and audio, received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. This special 40th anniversary edition offers a new look at Elvis during one of his most outstanding concert performances of his career.
See EIN 'Aloha 2013' detailed Review here - We can certainly recommend this re-cut version although how the extra-wide image will fit a standard TV format needs to be seen 
ELVIS ALOHA FROM HAWAII • Re-edit of “Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii” as
seen at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu on January 14, 2013
+ BONUS FEATURES • Event footage from the “40th Anniversary Aloha from Hawaii Celebration” in Honolulu in January 2013
• A Look Inside the New “Elvis’ Ha waii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit” at Graceland
• Clips from Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii” Press Conferences
• Replica Booklet of Program from January 14, 2013 Screening Event.
Release date: August 19, 2013. The single DVD can be pre-ordered from EPE Shop Graceland here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Collecting the King" at Elvis Week 2013: The 21st Annual Collecting the King® Memorabilia Show returns for August, 2013! This year it will be held in the Bert Parker Room on August 12-13-14-15 (Monday through Thursday) during Elvis Week 2013 at the luxurious Peabody Hotel.
Dealers at our show this year will include many good friends and well established names in the Elvis collecting world including, Ray Jackson (R&J Collectibles), Rocky Kruegel (Stardust Records) who always has the most incredible assortment of 45’s each year, and of course, yours truly, Soundz Good Records with our large assortment of rare and collectible Elvis Records and memorabilia. In addition, representatives from Heritage Auctions will be set up at the show looking for new Elvis items for future auctions, so be sure to bring in your rarest Elvis memorabilia and talk to them.
Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
The Bert Parker Room - August 12 - 15

Showtimes: 10am - 6pm Daily
FREE Admission
Sneak preview Sunday, August 11 - 6pm to 8pm @$10.00
The best Dealers selling the best of the King’s collectibles! Go HERE for more details.
(News, Source;Nigel/ElvisInfoNet)

Download the New Elvis Week App: Fans can download the official Elvis Week app for a FREE mobile guide to this year's celebration in Memphis on August 10 - 17. This fully-loaded app will help you rock 'n' roll through the week and make sure you have the latest details in hand. Visit the iTunes store to download the new iPhone app for free or visit Google Play to down load the new Android app for free!
The official Elvis Week app features:
• Customizable event schedule that allows you search by venue, date or upcoming events, plus gives you the opportunity to create a favorites list by hitting the star button in the top right corner
• Complete list of Elvis Week guests with photos and bios
• Map of the Graceland grounds and Memphis-area with important Elvis Week locations marked
• Elvis news feed with live updates through out the week
• Video section with daily recaps of this year's events
• FAQ section with answers to some frequently asked Elvis Week questions
Go HERE to EPE for links
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Mylon Le Fevre Joins Elvis Week Line Up: Grammy Award winner Mylon Le Fevre will be making a special guest appearance during Elvis Week.
Le Fevre was only 17 years old and in the Army when he wrote his first song, "Without Him." He was performing that song on stage at a Gospel convention in Memphis, when unbeknownst to him, Elvis Presley was there. After the concert, Elvis asked to meet Mylon, and shortly thereafter, Elvis recorded the song for his album, "How Great Thou Art." From this point on, Le Fevre embarked on a rock and roll journey that he documents in his new book "Live Forever," featuring more than 100 photos, many of which have never been seen before.
Mylon was born into the pioneering Southern Gospel family, The Le Fevre's, and he spent some time as a member of the famed Stamps Quartet. Fans can purchase tickets to see Le Fevre, along with former members of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and DJ Fontana, during the "Official Elvis Insiders Event" taking place on August 17.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

New Guests Join Elvis Week Lineup: This year Elvis Week is August 10 - 17 and EPE have just announced new special guests who will be making an appearance for the first time.

- Ronnie Milsap - at the Official Elvis Insiders Event; Saturday, August 17
Country music legend Ronnie Milsap did session work with Elvis, including playing piano and singing on "Kentucky Rain." Milsap is known as country music's most popular and influential performers and continues to be one of the most successful cross-over singers of his time. NOTE - Ronnie Milsap has now sadly cancelled his appearance.
Mother Dolores Hart and bassist Norbert Putnam - at Conversations on Elvis; Wednesday, August 14
- Mother Dolores Hart starred with Elvis in two films – "Loving You" and "King Creole." Six years later and after 10 successful feature films, she left Hollywood and joined the Abbey of Regina Laudis. Following Conversations, Mother Dolores will be signing copies of her new book, "The Ear of the Heart."
- Norbert Putnam, known as "Putt" by Elvis, recorded as a session bassist with Elvis on over 100 tracks. Norbert was also one of the studio musicians during Elvis’ December 1973 recording session at Stax in Memphis. He will be joined by representatives from Sony who will be talking about the new "Elvis at Stax" release.

Go HERE for full EPE list of Guests.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week "Elvis at Stax" special party in Stax Studios: In conjunction with the much-anticipated August 6th release of "Elvis At Stax," the 3-CD box set chronicling the music Elvis recorded at Stax Studios in July and December 1973, RCA/Legacy Recordings is hosting a very special listening party at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on August Tuesday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m.
EPE say that "Fans will have an opportunity to stand in the very same spot where Elvis recorded the music they are hearing" - this is of course rubbish as the original Stax studios were unfortunately torn down in 1989 with the new "replica studios" built for the new Stax Museum opened in 2003.
However in addition to this you can witness stories and details behind the music and recording sessions from representatives of Sony (Ernst & Roger, no doubt) and special guest Norbert Putnam, who recorded with Elvis at Stax in December 1973 - so for music fans it really will be an interesting session to attend.
Admission to this event is free.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2013 Brochure: Now available to download is the official brochure for Elvis Week 2013 showing EPE’s full schedule.

CLICK HERE to download the Elvis Week brochure -

Elvis Week 2013 is Saturday, August 10 - Saturday, August 17. EPE are excited to be bring back the Elvis Week Main Stage at Graceland again this year.

The Main Event this year is the repeat of the “Aloha from Hawaii” 40th Anniversary Enhanced Screening that was shown in Hawaii this past January (and damn good it was too - See EIN Review here

See Elvis Week 2013 Schedule highlights below


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Week 2013 Events Schedule: EPE is already warming up for Elvis Week 2013 with tickets for Elvis Insiders going on sale this Tuesday, April 9.
Elvis Week 2013 is Saturday, August 10 - Saturday, August 17. EPE are excited to be bring back the Elvis Week Main Stage at Graceland again this year.
The Main Event this year is the repeat of the “Aloha from Hawaii” 40th Anniversary Enhanced Screening that was shown in Hawaii this past January (and damn good it was too - See EIN Review here
Other Elvis Week 2013 highlights are
- August 14 - Conversations on Elvis - Hosted by Tom Brown, this event lets fans hear from those who worked closest with the king – from friends, colleagues, co-stars,
musicians and more. Confirmed guests: Mother Dolores Hart, T.G. Sheppard, who formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis while promoting records for RCA – Elvis would later, as a token of their friendship, give TG his first tour bus. More guests to be announced soon.
- August 15 - Elvis Gospel Celebration: Start off your morning with an amazing gospel celebration featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs and former members of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet – Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland as they sing some of their favorite Elvis gospel songs on stage.
- August 15 - Candlelight Vigil: After an opening ceremony at the gates of Graceland, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis' gravesite in quiet remembrance.
- August 16 - Official Elvis Insiders Event: This year’s Elvis Insiders event will be a celebration of all that is Elvis with special segments that highlight various parts of Elvis’ life and career. Attendees will enjoy sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes looks, rarely-seen videos, feature segments filmed just for the event,
- August 16 - “Aloha from Hawaii” 40th Anniversary Enhanced Screening: At the Orpheum Theatre, celebrate entertainment history with a special enhanced screening of Elvis’ landmark 1973 television event. Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii”. As a special enhancement to the evening, enjoy a performance by former members of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet.
- August 17 - Elvis Celebration Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey with Special Guest DJ Fontana: Join us for a celebration of Elvis music during a special afternoon concert event. The show will feature Terry Mike Jeffrey and band performing some of their favorite Elvis tunes, joined by Elvis’ original drummer – DJ Fontana.
Plus the usual 'Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests' that for some reason regularly sell out.
For the complete EPE 'Schedule of Events' Click Here.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS WEEK 2012, The Sanja Meegin report: "Maybe it's too late, sometimes I even hate myself for loving you..."
Well dear friends all good things come sadly to an end so here is Sanja Meegin's final wrap up of ALL the ELVIS WEEK 2012 insider news from the Promised Land.
On the last day she finally toured the mansion properly to soak up the end-of-the-week loving Elvis vibes.
She saw the sensational Shawn Klush/Cody Slaughter concert - as well as experiencing the ETA finals.
Was it a great Elvis Week overall for 2012? - Click here to see all the photos. -- EIN is the only website with these daily exclusives so click here & don't miss these special SANJA reports.

(Elvis Week 2012, Source:SanjaMeegin)

ELVIS WEEK 2011, EIN reports: Go here for all the details about Elvis Week 2011. EIN has reviews and the news - plus a message from Lisa Marie Presley at Candlelight Vigil:

Click here for Elvis Week 2011 reports & photos.


(Elvis Week 2011, Source:EIN)

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(Right:Elvis' Speedway jacket in the shop window)

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