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"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)



"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
















































































































































































































































































New FTD "Clambake":

banquet feast or damp squid?

Read EIN's review of Clambake

There has been some interesting debate on the FECC messageboard regarding the latest FTD soundtrack release. EIN's Piers Beagley put the negative case for the release and while many agreed with Piers there were some who didn't, as the following messages attest:

Keith Richards Jr: You're dead wrong, guys. This is a fun record! In fact I prefer "Clambake" to the dull, dated and ridiculously overrated MOJO darling "Sgt Pepper" (mentioned in Piers' review) any day of the week. Of course "Hey, Hey, Hey" won't change your life, it's not the most intelligent song ever written exactly, but it is good clean entertainment as far as I'm concerned. Ramones never wrote "deep" and "smart" songs either, but "Pinhead", "Teenage Lobotomy" and "I Wanna Be Sedated" are masterpieces nontheless. This soundtracks also has some strong regular studio cuts on it. Only "Confidence" is embarassing, the rest is fun and/or just plain great stuff.

CD King: Clambake the FTD 7" Version is SUPERB. The Cover sleeve, packaging, booklet are all brilliant. The songs are not that bad. "How Can You Loose What You Never Had" is an excellent song. Those alternate and outtakes of "Hey,Hey,Hey" and others are hilarious and makes the whole album more interesting. Really enjoyed this CD. Ernst and company, MORE Please...

Girl Happy Boy: I always enjoy this elvis movie & soundtrack album. There are some forgotten great songs there (in my opinion) like: THE GIRL I NEVER LOVED , YOU DONT KNOW ME , JUST CALL ME LONESOME , SINGING TREE (anyone remember this beauty). I like CLAMBAKE soundtrack more than: PARADISE... or FRANKIE & JOHNNY

Nigel: Being the first Elvis film I went to see I've always had a soft spot for both the film & its music. The problem with the FTD release is that it has too many outtakes of the weakest tracks (eg. Hey, Hey, Hey) and not enough of the standout tracks such as You Don't Know Me & The Girl I Never Loved. As for the title track, IMO it is a lively up-tempo recording deserving of repeated listenings. And hey, if it's good enough for Jim Carrey to sing a line in an outtake to his film, Bruce Almighty, it can't be all that bad.

On the issue of the audio mastering there were some potent observations:

Keith Richards Jr: To be honest, I had never heard this album on CD before (only vinyl), so I can't compare the sound quality to previous CD reissues. It is obvious that FTD pays more attention to things like "Loving You" or "Elvis Is Back!". But all these CDs are supposed to be the ultimate versions and they are not exactly cheap either.

They need to get everything 100% right this time. For example, I think the "Frankie & Johnny" FTD is a minor disaster, soundwise. Perhaps they could have worked a little more on that one. But it's hard to say, I don't know how these things work, and how much money they can spend, etc.

Opposite: "Clambake" like jacket sold on ebay in 2005

Jerry Nodak: I agree with Keith. We pay the same price whether we purchase EIB, Today or Clambake. We should expect (and receive) equal sonic results. Today was really mucked up. Especially the masters. Horrid (imo). (Comment, Source: FECC)

EIN's reviewer Piers Beagley replies to the above criticism:

'Clambake' fans please note that my review was definitely not totally negative!
I pointed out that there are some fine songs on the CD, and yes I even like the movie "fluff" of the title track (even if it would have sounded better recorded in 1965 rather than during Elvis' musical renaissance of 1967!)

Not only that, but the packaging & cover design are one of FTD's very best. The pictures really shine!

On the music front I also noted that ‘You Don’t Know Me’ was the stand-out track from the session - it is beautiful - and that 'Clambake' (reprise) was a fascinating addition to our collections.

But when it comes down to the music content, this FTD could have been so much better.
a) Yes, if you like ‘Clambake’ it is fine - but why mess up the fun outtakes with unnecessary echo?
On this FTD Elvis sounds like he is singing in the toilet!

b) The songs overall (IMHO) weren’t great to start with, but the ballads would be been much more enjoyable in the special atmosphere of Studio B without added echo. The originals Masters on this FTD do not have the echo, so why add it to the outtakes?

c) Why have the “Studio” songs, which we own already 1000 times, repeated in worst quality that 60’s box-set?

d) The bootleg '24 Carat Gold' contains some fascinating outtakes from this session that have been left out of this FTD. I was really hoping for them to be included here in this 'Special Edition'. Surely the very reason for these FTD releases are to kill off the illegal bootleg market? Most notable omission is that we miss out on the lovely extra early take of ‘You Don’t Know Me’ with Elvis discussing the tempo with the band. It should have been top-of-the-list for inclusion on this FTD.

e) We are also still ignoring the worst disc Mastering fault since ‘So High’.

Finally, OF COURSE, if you like 'Clambake' I would never say you should not buy this FTD.

All you Clambake lovers please desist - For you my review is positive since it does say in the verdict: "If ‘Clambake’ does bring back happy memories then this FTD, along with its great packaging and some very nice studio moments is for you".


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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 Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly 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 offered $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