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Monday 15 September 2014

"If You're Going To Start A Rumble" -The Importance of Fights In Elvis Movies: Exactly why were there so many fights in Elvis movies? Were they crucial to the plot or did they replace the plot themselves?
In his films, fights were always useful for raising Presley’s morale –he often choreographed them himself with the Memphis Mafia – and as a means of reassuring those fans (especially men) who had preferred the hard, rocking Elvis that he had not, as a friend of writer Greil Marcus put it, "sold out to the girls." So it came to pass that in twenty-nine of his thirty-one feature films, he throws at least one punch.

Go HERE as respected author Paul Simpson takes a fascinating look at the importance of fights in Elvis movies

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


(Mini Book Review) ELVIS: AN AMERICAN TRILOGY VOLUME 1 “FAMILY” MISSISSIPPI TO MEMPHIS, Dennis W. Forbus

DenKar Publishing Group, USA, 2014, Softcover, 287 pages, Illustrated, Index, ISBN-13: 978-0578138305.

Synopsis: Unusual and visually impressive release where the Elvis story is told in the first person. Well done and true to the spirit and incidents in Elvis’ life. As the first volume of a 'trilogy', the book explores Elvis' familial roots and incidents from his early life in significant detail. A strength of the narrative are the stories revealed through interviews with many Presley and Smith family members and others who knew Elvis in his formative years. Elvis historians will welcome this information.

Another strength of this release are the many interesting and sometimes extremely rare photos and archival material it includes. Some of the hundreds of images include the Tupelo Hospital where, after his birth, Elvis and Gladys spent 2 days, a photo of Elvis aged about 7 at church and stunning color photos of a young, blond Elvis leaving East Tupelo Consolidated School one afternoon.

The author, Dennis W. Forbus, is an ETA. Reviewed by Nigel Patterson, EIN

The book description: A journey through the world of Elvis, before the world knew Elvis. This volume one of our trilogy brings out the very roots of the Presley and Smith Families, in depth stories never before shared in publications, from people never before heard of in the Elvis world. Yes, some fresh stuff for the Elvis fans and collectors. This project will reveal family photos, historical documents, and property locations and proof of places Elvis lived that few have ever been told about, much less seen pictures of. Interviews from family members, friends, church members, classmates, fans, and even people that made fun of Elvis, laughed at him, and gave him the very reason to one day sing and record his hit song, "Don't Be Cruel."

This volume goes in great details of family roots and childhood stories, mishaps, and mysteries. The volumes coming soon deals with his friends and fans, and his faith and his final days. Stories told by those that knew Elvis the boy, or the man, long before he became Elvis, The King of Rock-n-Roll! Even get to hear stories that came right from Elvis himself! Nineteen years of interviewing family, friends, band members, background singers, church members, body guards, and many more. Over 73 people have been interviewed and used in this trilogy set. Four years of actual investigating and writing this project. Nine trips to Tupelo, seven trips to Memphis and Graceland, and many miles travels to parts throughout America. Why? To simply place proof and integrity inside these pages. Both the author, as well as the publisher, have gone to great lengths to print what we believe is the truth according to our historical facts findings over the past years.

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'Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 2' - New Book: Following on from his very successful book 'Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 1' author Kieran Davis is ready to print the second volume.
'Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 2' is a comprehensive review of Elvis' November tour of 1970. With 140 pages, many new and unpublished photographs, and new fan stories.
Delivery is not expected until early / mid November but all prepaid orders are guaranteed to get a copy. As always this is a short run book of less than 500 copies.

Go HERE to order the book - direct from the author.


See EIN' exclusive interview with author Kieran Davis here.

Read our review of his marvellous book 'Elvis: Live at the International'


(News, Source;KD/ElvisInfoNet)


Roustabout actor Richard Kiel, (Bond villain "Jaws") dead at 74: Richard Kiel, the giant actor best known as Jaws in the James Bond movies, has died in hospital at the age of 74. He starred in two films in the 007 franchise - The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker - as the villain 'Jaws'.
Standing at a shade under 7ft 2in, Kiel’s natural presence was further enhanced by the set of stainless steel teeth which gave the character his nickname.
His other credits included a role in the classic Jerry Lewis comedy The Nutty Professor as well as parts alongside Elvis Presley in Roustabout, Cannonball Run 2, Pale Rider and Happy Gilmore.
Richard Dawson Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939.
His considerable height was the result of a condition known as acromegaly, which produces excessive growth hormones in the pituitary gland.
Kiel worked as a nightclub bouncer before landing some minor acting roles on television. One became one of the most loved episodes of The Twilight Zone, in which he played an enigmatic alien who lands on Earth.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis The Musical' Tour 2015': German fan club Elvis Memories is the official promoter for the upcoming Elvis The Musical 2015. Just announced is that The Stamps will also be backing up ETA Grahame Patrick including 'Why Me Lord' and 'How Great Thou Art'.
"Elvis - The Musical" turns back time.. you will feel the passion of The King re-born as Grahame Patrick performs. Every gesture and facial expression is 100% Elvis.
Elvis is the most successful solo artists in the world, selling over a billion records. He still lives for his fans, at least in their hearts. Also, almost four decades after his death, his music, his hip movement, his sex appeal, his voice and his unforgettable show!


For INFO and German TOUR DATES - Click here


(News, Source;ElvisMemories)


Saturday 13 September 2014

Barbara Streisand Talks Elvis: Barbara Streisand and Elvis will duet on "Love Me Tender" as part of her new Partners album due out this week. One of the songs that helped make Elvis a household name, this reimagined duet of "Love Me Tender" has been widely praised by the music industry, considered "breathtaking" by Parade music writer Lindsay Lowe. Approved by the Presley family, a love song is reborn when two icons come together in this delightful duet.
Now fans can enjoy a sneak peek at the historic track and hear from Streisand about the mutual respect she and Elvis had for each other.
It was Streisand who debuted at the opening of the International Hotel, but it was Elvis who broke box office records, making Sin City a destination to see "A

list" entertainment. - Go here to YouTube and watch the 3 minute clip.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Is Alive' New Conspiracy Book: EIN loves a good conspiracy and here it comes again, Adventures Unlimited Press has announced a new book 'Elvis Is Alive: The Complete Conspiracy' written by by Xaviant Haze.
From the Publisher:.. Oh Elvis, where art thou? Living on the Moon? Witness Protection? Kalamazoo? For more than 35 years Elvis lovers have been asking themselves this question, desperately wanting to believe their musical hero is still alive. Seeking to finally put the matter to rest, Xaviant Haze blows the Elvis conspiracies vault wide open with the first book dedicated solely to the mysteries surrounding the King of Rock n’ Roll. While giving an accurate and concise history of the King's life, he also illustrates how Elvis's talent was seized and controlled by the darker forces within the entertainment industry. The rise of an artist to celebrity status, his work while a mind control victim and his (or her) ultimate self-destruction has become an all-too-familiar story in pop culture, so frequently seen it can hardly be considered a coincidence. But Elvis was no manufactured Disney creation, he was a true one-of-a-kind talent rising from epic poverty to become one of the most iconic entertainers the world has ever seen. His was a tale of screaming fans, groundbreaking music, untold riches, dizzying fame and a spectacular free fall into obliteration. It was also a tale of UFO encounters, zany fake funerals, studies in metaphysics, numerology, occult theology—and a strange connection with Michael Jackson. An infamous pill addiction led the King to an early "death" and in the aftermath a pop culture phenomenon was born, enabling Elvis to sustain a famous afterlife thanks to over three decades of

conspiracy theories. It’s time to reexamine these theories and put to rest once and for all the notion that Elvis could have faked his own death. If we can…
Out February 12, 2015.
Go here to the Xaviant Haze blog ‘Did Elvis Fake His Own Death’ and you can get the general idea. He has copied a lot from EIN’s own conspiracy section archives.
(News, Source;FanClubBerlin/ElvisInfoNet)

The History Of Elvis' Palm Springs Palace: Forbes has published a cute article on 'Graceland West The History Of Elvis' Palm Springs Palace'. .... A true king has more than one castle, and Elvis was no exception. In addition to his Memphis palace, Graceland, Presley had homes in Las Vegas and Palm Springs, Calif. But the latter property, at 845 West Chino Canyon Road (which is listed at $2.99 million), had a storied history before and after Elvis—because McDonald mogul Ray Kroc and Frankie Valli also called it home.
1970 - Elvis purchases 845 West Chino Canyon from the Kroc family for $105,000 and records nine songs in the house. He and Priscilla (and their daughter, Lisa Marie) live there several months a year; the couple divorces in 1973. But the place is no Heartbreak Hotel: Once a bachelor, Elvis adds another 2,000 square feet to the home–including a new bedroom and an entertainment suite.
1981- Four years after Elvis’ death, singer Frankie Valli purchases the home. Within four seasons he sells it to a Japanese investor for $500,000.
1983-2013 - The property changes hands many times over the next three decades, including several foreclosures and lawsuits about who is the rightful tenant. One of the home’s owners, Reno Fontana, begins offering tours of "Graceland West" (as it is now known), and the value of the house ranges from $883,000 to $2.18 million.
2014 -Graceland West, which still contains many of the original fixtures from when Elvis was still in the building, is listed for $2.99 million. Now it just needs someone to tender an offer–and love it you-know-what.
(News, Source;Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Identical' Movie Stinker Review: There are so many Elvis based movies, often low-budget- that the majority of them get poor reviews and little audience love. But EIN has never seen the poor reviews that have been posted for 'The Identical'. Yes, Elvis' name is NEVER mentioned at all but from every angle this is an Elvis movie.
Bob Grimm on NewsReview recently posted the unbelievably negative "Hunka burning crap".
... The Identical, one of those "faith-based" movies like God’s Not Dead, and Heaven is For Real is a take on the surviving Elvis twin premise, replacing Elvis and Jesse Presley with the fictional Ryan Wade and Drexel Hemsley, both played by real-life Elvis impersonator Blake Rayne.
Obviously, getting the rights to Elvis music would cost more than three new Cadillacs, so the producers of this dreck wrote some crap Elvis copycat music and a shameless script that stars Elvis without really starring Elvis. I would encourage the likes of Lisa Marie Presley to sue the makers of this movie for obviously stealing her dad’s likeness, but then she would have to actually see this movie, and I wouldn’t wish that fate on anyone.
Somehow, this aberration attracted the likes of Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green and Joe Pantoliano to star in it. It’s bad. It’s so bad, one viewing could cause septic shock.
... So, while one brother grows up to be Elvis-like, living in a house called Dreamland and making bad surf movies, the other is pseudo-Elvis like, joining
the Army and singing in honky tonk bars.
It’s worth noting that Rayne was 40 years old when he filmed this movie, a movie that asks him to be in his teens for a good hunk of its running time. Rayne does look and sound like Elvis, but he’s missing some of that Presley bravado. Actually, he’s missing all of that Presley bravado.
The whole thing is just bizarre beyond words, and made even weirder by the fact that this is a movie the producers want church groups to attend.
I watched this movie in complete disbelief, totally aghast, mouth agape, and laughing out loud at its wretchedness while sitting in a completely empty movie theater. The music, with such wannabe hits as "Boogie Woogie Rock and Roll" and "Sunrise Surfin’" is inexcusably awful
...
Oh dear.. Full Review here
Please email EIN if YOU have seen the film, As an Elvis fan please tell us your opinion. 
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 10 September 2014 - - - EIGHT Big News Stories - - -

(Book Review) Memphis Mafia Princess: Shirley Dieu's memoir of her years inside Elvis' inner circle is one of two new books (the other being Ginger Alden's release, Elvis and Ginger).

Fan reaction to Memphis Mafia Princess has been a strongly positive one and, as EIN's Nigel Patterson recently discovered on reading Ms Dieu's memoir, rightly so.

From living the high life and backgammon parties at Huigh Hefner's private club to the rigours of touring and Elvis' tragic death, Shirley Dieu weaves a fascinating mosaic of life in Elvis’ inner circle and colorfully brings to life the nuances of both people and events.  While the release is a positive affirmation of Shirley's experience with Joe Esposito (her partner for almost 5 years) and Elvis, it is balanced with insightful observations about Elvis, others in his life and a number of important incidents, one of which is particularly confronting and raises serious questions about the conduct of several of the Memphis Mafia.

Read our full review (Book Review, Source: EIN)


'Ultimate Elvis Sessions' UPDATE: As Erik Lorentzen and the team carrying out the final proof-reading and head to print it could be your LAST CHANCE to get your pre-orders in. With a LIMITED EDITION of 2,000 boxes worldwide Pre-Orders are close to being Sold Out. The time-line of the three books has also been slightly altered.
... Originally, when this project was being discussed some years ago, the general idea was to have three volumes of Ultimate Elvis, each one dealing exclusively with the three decades Elvis recorded: the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. That would give the work a neat symmetry, we believed.
However, as the project took shape and, incredibly, grew to about 1600 pages - which included a great deal of text along with about 3000 images -
it became obvious that the amount of material we had for each of the decades varied considerably. This was due, in the main, to the fact that while Elvis’ recording career spanned twenty-four years from 1953 to 1977, his
his professional recording career only started in 1954 and paused, so to speak, in 1958. And while he did record some material at home in the 1958-1960 period, there wasn’t that much of it. The sixties, however, proved to be extremely prolific in terms of the number of film soundtracks he recorded, not to mention the non-film, original recording sessions he undertook during that period.
Therefore, in order to even out the material in three volumes of similar length - not so say accommodate the extensive discography and song index in the final volume - we decided to deviate slightly from our original idea and cover the time frame thus: 1953 – 1960; 1961-1968; and finally, the years leading up to 1977.
 
GO HERE for INFO and PRE-ORDER details - including the Special Deal being offered by The Elvis Files.
Don't pay over $400 as some dealers are suggesting - buy it direct to your door from Elvis Files. Legendary guitarist James Burton sums it up neatly: 'These are the most beautiful books I have ever seen and the best researched.'.
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet.com)

Remember....A Love Story: A new book by Eve A. Thomas has been released. A 'new age' publication, Eve's book tells the story of how after learning to meditate she was able to connect with loved ones and friends on the other side.......

Eve Thomas first heard the song of his soul on June 5, 2006 - and he's been communicating with her ever since. The King of Rock 'n' Roll, that is. Remember... is a different kind of love story. Eve and Elvis have shared many lives together. They're "Twin Flames" - souls who are together in this universe to evolve their souls into wholeness and eventually match the frequency of their Twin Flame. As Eve loves, so Elvis loves; their energy is shared. In this compelling memoir, Eve gains deeper spiritual insight through numerology, meditation, and past life regression. As she moves further along her path, she cultivates her gift of communication with those who have passed over, all the while experiencing extraordinary synchronicities with the King himself. (News, Source: Eve A. Thomas)

Watch the book trailer


The 5 most forged historical autographs:

5. Michael Jackson: Jackson's autograph has more than doubled in value since his death in 2009. That has brought an influx of fakes to the market.

4. John F Kennedy: Kennedy was a busy man and could not personally sign much correspondence. This means many Kennedy "signatures" are autopens or secretarials.

3. Neil Armstrong: Armstrong stopped signing in 1994. Genuine examples are consequently rare.

2. The Beatles: Beatles autographs are hugely tempting to fakers. After all, top-grade photos signed by all four members are worth up to £27,000 ($44,460).

1. Elvis Presley: Elvis was just 42 when he died, making his autograph far rarer than a star who lived a long life. He passed away 37 years ago, which means many of his signatures are now lost. It explains why so few genuine Elvis autographs are around. And why collectors fight hard to own one. That's why fakers can make good money.

(News, Source: Paul Fraser Collectibles)

Fake or real?:


Secret Love Nest where Elvis Got A Lot More Action: The UK tabloid Metro writes.. In an unassuming two-bed bungalow in Palm Springs, California, many a female Elvis Presley fan got a ‘hunk a hunk of burning love’ from the King. Known only to the singer and his inner circle, the secret love nest was where Elvis took his female admirers so they could stay away from the prying eyes of the Press.
The King was so sure that nobody was watching that he reportedly used to sunbathe naked around the property’s pool. Now never-before-seen photographs of photographs taken 50 years ago by a Hollywood insider provide a tantalising glimpse of the private lair of one of history’s enduring sex symbols.
Apart from Elvis’s all-black room, there was also a predominantly pink room that was used by Hollywood actress Natalie Wood – whenever she (ahem) stayed over.
(EIN NOTES - This story about Natalie Wood is rubbish as Elvis and Priscilla bought this Chino Canyon residence on April 14th, 1970. After their 1973 divorce, Elvis added a new wing to the house. Natalie Wood never stayed there.)
Outside was a kidney-shaped pool surrounded by palm trees and director’s chairs with ‘Elvis Presley’ and ‘The Col’ written on the back.
The photographs were taken by gossip reporter Roger Asquith (Right with Elvis) who was the UK media’s ‘man in Hollywood’ for 40 years.
The 82-year-old said: ‘It wasn’t a film star’s mansion, but it wasn’t supposed to be. It was just a little love nest for him to go there and stay for weekends and stay out of everyone’s way.
‘Nobody knew it was there and these pictures have never been printed.’
Mr Asquith not only ran Hollywood News Agency out of Palm Springs, he was also an estate agent – and one of his friends was trusted with a set of keys to Elvis’s hideaway. One day, when the friend was asked to check that the place was clean before a visit from Colonel Parker, Mr Asquith tagged along with his camera.
He said: ‘It was just a very nice house, very comfortable and ideal for him
to take girls with him. It was in an immaculate condition, so I just took a few photographs and left.’
Mr Asquith put the photos into storage years ago and forgot about them until he rediscovered them during a recent clear-out.
The home is now a private residence and up for sale.
Go HERE to Metro UK for all the photos and the full and typically tabloid story
(News, Source;MetroUk/ElvisInfoNet)

"Streets of San Francisco" Staring Elvis?: This story was noted on the FECC message board back in 2007, but has recently been picked up again. The "Elvis" episode of the old TV series 'Streets of San Francisco' featuring a young Michael Douglas has been getting YouTube hits again. Mentioned in Elvis Monthly at the time, the episode featured Elvis co-star Bill Bixby (Clambake, Speedway) and featured all sort of Elvis characters in the story. The screenplay was written by Elvis acquaintance Rick Husky. Called 'Target : Red' it was first shown in September 1974.
Bill Bixby plays hitman Jerry Schilling, there is also a character called General Red West, an FBI agent called Vernon Presley and sidekicks Sonny and Lamar.
Guest stars: Byron Morrow (Vernon Presley), (Nurse), David McLean (Captain), Bill Bixby (Jerry Schilling), Andrew Duggan (Major General 'Red' West), Linda Marsh (Myrna Schilling), Bret Morrison (Lamar Fisk).
At the time Rick Husky was supposedly pitching a screenplay for what he hoped might be Elvis' movie comeback - Was this a version of that script or was he trying to show Elvis and Parker what he could do.
CLICK HERE to YouTube to watch the episode
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)


The Week That Elvis Reigned Over Seattle: Elvis was a rock star, a movie star. He was The King. And for 10 days in September 1962, Elvis Presley had Seattle all shook up. Elvis was shooting on location for his12th film, It Happened at the World's Fair.
His 6-year-old co-star was Vicky Tiu, who would go on to become the first lady of Hawaii. Vicky was homesick on the set, and felt like she didn't have a friend in the world. But she found one right after flubbing her lines in a big scene with Elvis.
"After probably 20 or 30 takes, Elvis said, 'Stop. It's the end of the day. We're gonna call this a take and the little lady and I are going to have dinner,'" Vickie Tiu Cayetano recalled.
"And he knew how homesick I was. I was just so nervous and upset, and he started talking to me over dinner, and I felt like I was the only person in the whole world with Elvis."
Another scene-stealer was 10-year-old Kurt Russell, who did Elvis the favor of a swift kick on film.
Russell said, "Elvis was a nice man, I worked with him and did what I had to do, and he was a cool guy. He threw the football around. He made a very, very lasting impression on me."
Legendary Seattle deejay Pat O'Day had known Elvis for years. And he was thrilled when the star's manager, Colonel Tom

Parker, made him a tantalizing offer.
O'Day recalled, "The colonel had said to me, "Do you want to be in the picture with Elvis?"
O'Day and his colleagues were swiftly ushered onto the set.
"And Elvis walked up, and (Parker) lined us up next to Elvis, and pulled the photographer over and said, 'Okay, get this.' And the photographer shot the picture, and he said, 'Pat, congratulations. You've just been in a picture with Elvis.' It was a typical Colonel Parker bit."
In a short 3 minute video clip Pat O'Day, Vicky Tiu and other talk about the excitement
Go HERE to view on NBC King5 Evening Magazine
(News, Source;NBC/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis was a programmed slave of the Illuminati: Something very different in our Elvis Conspiracy section today. The Elvis story has always been one rich in color, rhetoric and the obtuse resonance of ridiculous claims......as this entertaining but factually and intellectually spurious article (excerpt) highlights:

Hollywood and the music industry are big mind control centers, used by the Illuminati to influence us in the ways that suit their goals. We have seen many great artists come and go through the years and as we think about it, they have influenced us quite a lot in different ways. We all have our favorites, who many of us "look up to" and admire. They are a big part of the children's and teenagers lives. I have covered parts of the Hollywood business in other articles, but just as interesting is the music industry.

The rock industry programming started with Elvis Presley, who very likely was a programmed slave and who's programmer was his manager, Col. Tom Parker................ Read the full article


Monday 8 September 2014

‘Final Countdown To Midnight' jewel-case Versions Review: The new BackDraft separate CD and DVD sets of ‘Final Countdown To Midnight’ - Elvis’ fabulous New Year’s Eve concert are out now. But Beware of Fakes! Several EIN readers have been sold dodgy CDR or DVDR copies by unscrupulous dealers being passed off as these new releases. We have been told that they are all only CDRs or DVDRs and none came with the booklets as promised. Two collectors complained of the DVDR skipping – So Buyers Beware!.
Go HERE as EIN checks out these new Backdraft releases.
Yes they both come with different booklets and they are factory-pressed DVDs and CDs.

In limited supplies, ask your honest Elvis dealer!

Check your local dealers now for new copies.
(News, Source;Backdraft/ElvisInfoNet)


The Fiercest Music Looks: Music has a look every bit as powerful as its sound, as 'Fashion Rocks' concert plays in New York the Daily News celebrated the fiercest music looks.
Over the last 50 years, artists like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Run-D.M.C. have made fashion statements.
The link between the two has long had a great champion in the "Fashion Rocks" series. Since the event began, in the U.K., back in 2003, it’s raised millions of dollars for various charities through its all-star concerts. This year, "Fashion Rocks" comes to Brooklyn for the first time, the concert brings back original fashion plate Usher, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, KISS and more.
To toast the event’s central mission - bonding music and style - we combed five decades of fashions that rock. These are the most fierce:

1- James Brown’s processed ’do:
Often credited as having "The Hardest Working Hair in Show Business," Brown stood out in the early ’60s with his long, shiny, and heavily processed locks. Setting his hair with pink and yellow curlers, Brown’s bouffant was said to add three inches to his height. To explain his attention to his dapper appearance, the icon once said, "I represent not just the soul, but the clothing, the shoes, the car, the attitude. I want to show the kids what show business is all about."

2- Elvis Presley’s black leather suit:
By the late ’60s, Elvis’ career had been flagging, unaided by the roaring British Invasion and the explosion of underground rock. But, in ’68, he staged a TV concert that proved so revitalizing it became known as "the comeback special." Elvis sounded robust in the show. But he looked even better. The form-fitting leather get-up he sported reminded millions of what made them scream to begin with.

Other runner-ups were..
3- The Beatles mop tops:
4- Diana Ross and the Supremes’ evening gowns:
5- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ heroin chic:
6- Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust:
7- The Sex Pistols’ safety pin clothes:
8- Run-DMC’s black hats/LL Cool J’s Kangol hats:
9- Madonna’s cone bra:
10- Kurt Cobain’s flannel shirts:
For the full NYDN article click here

See Below for our Spotlight on James Brown and Elvis -
(News, Source;NYDN/ElvisInfoNet)



James Brown and Elvis, soul-brothers and spiritual kin: Elvis was "The King of Rock and Roll", James Brown was "The Godfather of Soul" and both changed our musical world forever. But while many Elvis fans know only a little about James Brown, in many ways Brown was a spiritual kin to Elvis and understanding their careers is essential to comprehending the era they lived in, the music that they made and the lives they changed. In this fascinating article EIN’s Harley Payette & Piers Beagley check out their connections and the power of their music. (Source EIN, Jan 2007)

Sunday 7 September 2014

'Elvis Returns to Gospel Roots for Final Flourish' : This very week back in 1977 the UK newspaper The Observer published an interesting article about Elvis' final chart comeback....
"Two weeks after Elvis' death there he had an incredible nine singles in the UK Top 50 and seven of the UK Top 30 albums. In America the vast resources of the RCA corporation could not cope with the demand, while the British branch hastily withdrew redundancy notices issued to 94 staff at its pressing plant in Washington, County Durham. No one in the record industry can recall anything like it. Even the deaths of Jim Reeves and Buddy Holly, which both stimulated enormous sales, were small events compared with the hectic activity of the past few weeks.
You can't open a trade paper or teenage magazine without being confronted with advertisements for Elvis T-shirts, charms, bracelets or books, costing anything from 30p to £75 for a pendant. Last week, Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, appointed a US firm, Factors Etc, as official merchandising company.
It seems, somehow, a thoroughly appropriate end to a career which was remarkable not only for its dedicated commercialism, but also for the curious religiosity which surrounded Presley's name. Regardless of his age and increasing weight and those truly awful films, he was still the original, inimitable teenage rebel.
His last album, Moody Blue, appeared in the shops in the week of his death. It was recorded partly at public concerts and partly in the private studio at Graceland. Perhaps the most impressive piece on the record is Unchained Melody. Presley's treatment of it is quite amazing. After all the commentaries about his natural sympathy for black music, one still needs to hear this impassioned rendering to realise how well he had absorbed the gospel idiom. A comparison with Mahalia Jackson is the only feasible point of reference when faced with the command which he brings to the tune. He decorates it with elegant, ornate flourishes and rises at the end to a sure, mellow falsetto which is as moving as it is uncontrived.
In his later work, it is noticeable that Presley abandoned the more bland part of his repertoire in favour of the country ballad and black gospel-cum-blues. After more than a decade of listening to advice about what he should sing, from 'In the Ghetto' onwards, one can sense that he was finally reasserting himself. As an established popular artist he was entering what might have been his most fruitful period.
RCA recently issued a batch of Presley's bestselling singles as well as the double album Elvis: 40 Greatest. I would urge you, however, to listen particularly to Moody Blue. It proves that he was by no means a spent force and suggests poignantly the mature development of which we are now deprived.
(News, Source;TheObserver/ElvisInfoNet)

Poor Reviews for 'The Identical' Elvis Movie: The reviews are coming in for the new movie 'The Identical' the story of which parallels Elvis' own life. 'The Identical," which features over 20 original songs (NOT Elvis songs), is now in the US cinemas and the reviews are not good....
.. What if Elvis Presley's stillborn twin brother had survived, only for the two infants to be separated at birth? How might their lives differ, reflect one another and perhaps even intersect? That's the intriguing premise behind the Elvis-inspired faith-based drama "The Identical," which nominally tells the story of Drexel "The Dream" Hemsley and his long-lost twin, Ryan Wade (both played by Blake Rayne).
According to film critics, however, "The Identical" is bogged down by its mawkish execution and lack of originality.
In a review for The Times, Robert Abele writes, "Director Dustin Marcellino and writer Howard Klausner steer their parallel-fates movie toward every cliche, and the aggressive wholesomeness — including avoidance of anything potentially grim about race relations in the Deep South of the '50s and '60s — undercuts the emotion behind their tale of following one's God-given talent."
The movie, Abele says, "is ultimately too schematically sentimental … to have much of an impact."
USA Today's Claudia Puig calls "The Identical" a "contrived twins-separated-at-birth movie." The idea for the film "might have made for a mildly intriguing skit, but blown out into a full-length feature it's at best campy and at worst an amateurish, sentimental schlock-fest. The casting is off-base, and for a
movie about the love of music, the original tunes are thoroughly forgettable."
Regarding the cast, Puig says that even the great Ray Liotta "overacts" in his role as Ryan's stern preacher father and Ashley Judd "dully plays" his mother, while the narration is "heavy-handed" and "clunky."

Please email EIN if YOU have seen the film, As an Elvis fan please tell us your opinion. 
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis Photos in John Rockwood Book: All John Rockwood really wanted was a concert ticket and a backstage pass. He came of age in rock and roll’s prime, drawn to the music’s seductive pull by watching Elvis and The Beatles and the Rolling Stones make the girls scream on The Ed Sullivan Show. A few years later he found his entrée into this wild world inhabited by his musical idols: the camera. His work would be published, he’d get paid, and best of all he could hang out with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells and Bo Diddley, sharing drinks, enraptured by their stories while getting to know them as men.
“The camera was my access and it was bigger than anything,” Rockwood said. “Once I got into it, it was like the circus came to town and I left with the circus.”
Now, more than 26,000 pictures later, the 65-year-old retired Owens Corning worker is basking in the publication of 'Can I Get A Witness' (162 pages, University of Toledo Press, $22.95), which collects more than 150 of his photos in a handsome presentation that captures the grit, passion, and grind of an era of music that will never happen again.
Artists featured in the book include Elvis Presley, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Zappa, the J. Geils Band, Humble Pie, Bad Company, the Stones, Jimmy Reed, Ritchie Havens (the cover shot), and Toledoans such as Art and Roman Griswold.
He also had access to his blues idols, he drank with them and served as a chauffeur and friend. He recorded their music, backed them up in bands
when they played in Toledo, rounded up liquor, and made sure they felt welcome here.
Go here to Toledo Blade for the full story & details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis Joe" Popular Las Vegas Dealer Killed: The World Series of Poker lost one if its most popular and animated dealers this week. Joseph "Elvis Joe" Levine, a 56-year-old dealer at the WSOP for nearly 30 years, was shot and killed in his Las Vegas home on Wednesday.
According to the police report, the most likely culprit is Marjorie "Maggie" Fiora, a homeless woman who was arrested in the backyard of a nearby home not long after the shooting.
Many from within the poker community extended their condolences after this sad event, including WSOP officials and players like Robert Mizrachi and Victor Ramdin. Levine, who was famous for his Elvis-like appearance, will be missed by many.
(OddSpot, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 5 September 2014 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

Ginger Alden on the NBC Today Show: Ginger Alden "Elvis Presley’s final love" joined the NBC Today show to publicise her much-anticipated memoir “Elvis & Ginger”. In the interview she discusses what Elvis was like in his final days. She also notes that Elvis wasn't as overweight as some thought he was.. "He would oversalt his food, and at times he would appear bloated on camera. But he was never fat. I thought he was a handsome man; he just wasn't 20 anymore."
She also showed her engagement ring and talked about the dreadful final night as well as the "sleep packets" prescribed for his chronic insomnia.
Click HERE to the 5 minute interview on NBC.

(News, Source;NBC/ElvisInfoNet)


Priscilla Suggests Fans Stay Calm about Elvis Planes (again): After Tuesday's news about Elvis’ two jets, the 'Lisa Marie' and 'Hound Dog II' now up for sale, Priscilla told fans, "Concerning the recent reports about the planes. Please be patient. We are STILL negotiating and it is not appropriate for us to discuss at this time. Thank you , Priscilla"
EIN realises that EPE no doubt want to own the planes so as to "cut-out the middle man" and increase their base profits. We guess that EPE thought they would be the only definite buyers and would be offering less than seller K.G. Coker wanted. So it makes business sense for him to put them up for sale to anyone, if only to scare EPE to a higher price.
After both the Graceland auction and the high prices being demanded by EPE for the new Hotel (see news story below), EIN can see his logic in pushing for a better price.
After all, if new owners ABG want the big spenders as part of their Elvis "clients", then EPE/ABG suppliers will be thinking they should spend big in return!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sweet Inspirations Inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame: Last week at the special Rhythm, and Blues Music Hall of Fame, Ohio ceremony, The Sweet Inspirations as well as many other including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye and The Funk Brothers were all inducted.
As reported by Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville, the award was accepted posthumously by the families of Myrna Smith and Sylvia Shemwell. 
Martin Smith, son of the late Myrna Smith, noted, "We did not only accept in honour of the late Myrna Smith and the late Sylvia Shemwell, but gave well deserved credit to Estelle Brown and also to Portia Griffin." 
The Sweet Inspirations founder Emily "Cissy" Houston, was unable to attend the induction ceremony. Cissy did however compose a beautiful letter that was read out loud at the ceremony.
Very sadly two of the group have passed away. Myrna Smith joined The Sweet Inspirations in 1965 and sadly passed away Dec 24th, 2010 while Sylvia Shemwell who joined in 1968 died in February 2010.
Estelle Brown is the only original Sweet Inspirations member still performing live today. (Right:Estelle Brown with EIN's Sanja Meegin)
Myrna Smith was very close to Elvis and initially dated Elvis' close friend Jerry Schilling before they married.
Go HERE to EIN's exclusive interview with Myrna Smith
Go here to the Rhythm, and Blues Music Hall of Fame website.
(News, Source;ElvisPresleyFansofNashville/ElvisInfoNet)

Warhol’s Presley and Brando Head to Auction: Whom would you prefer to live with, Elvis Presley or Marlon Brando? For $140 million, you might have them both!
Two seminal paintings by Andy Warhol from the 1960s “Triple Elvis [Ferus Type]” from 1963 and “Four Marlons” from 1966, will be put up for sale at Christie’s Rockefeller Center auction house on Nov. 12. While Brett Gorvy, Christie’s worldwide chairman of postwar and contemporary art, is cautiously estimating the paintings could bring $140 million together, he added that each has the potential to top the $100 million mark, perhaps even outperforming Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster),” a two-panel painting from 1963, which brought $104.5 million at Sotheby’s in November.
Of the two, “Marlon speaks to a younger audience, because there is a very raw sexuality to the image,” Mr. Gorvy said. “He’s the person every young actor wants to be.”
For years, dealers and auction house experts have courted officials at WestSpiel, the German casino company that owned the paintings. Controlled by the German government, WestSpiel runs six casinos; the paintings had been hanging in its casino in Aachen since the late 1970s.
“They were originally purchased for the décor of the casino,” Lothar Dunkel, WestSpiel’s managing director, said in a telephone interview.
Five years ago, when officials realized just how valuable the paintings were, they came down off the walls and were placed in storage for safekeeping.
“We have thought about this long and hard and believe now is the time to sell,” Mr. Dunkel said. The art market’s strength is one reason.
Thomas Ammann, a Swiss art dealer who died in 1993, sold both paintings to WestSpiel in the late ’70s. The company paid around $85,000 for the Presley and about $100,000 for the Brando, according to Mr. Gorvy.
The paintings have never been at auction before, but among Pop Art images, they are about as celebrated as any. “Four Marlons,” based on a film still from the 1953 movie “The Wild One,” shows Brando in a leather jacket leaning forward on his motorcycle looking cool and seductively composed.
“Triple Elvis [Ferus Type]” shows the singer in three overlapping images — Warhol’s way of creating the feeling of movement — taken from a publicity shot for his 1960 movie “Flaming Star,” with his legs apart, pointing a gun at the viewer. Nearly 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide, it was an impressive presence when first shown at Warhol’s 1963 solo show at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.
See EIN's article on Andy Warhol's Elvis imagery  here.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

More 'Elvis & Ginger' Publicity: Ginger Alden is working the media hard to publicise her new autobiography.
The New York Daily News published some extracts where Alden detailed Elvis’ bad temper, secluded Graceland life, and luxurious gifts. She revealed intimate details about their relationship, Elvis bouts with gunfire and rare ventures beyond his Graceland bedroom.
It includes..
.... Alden noticed that while they were in Vegas, she saw nothing beyond the hotel suite and the showroom. Elvis didn’t get out much.
Back at Graceland, he spent most of his days and nights upstairs in his pyjamas, rarely venturing beyond his bedroom or adjoining office. In their time together, she never saw him eat at a table. Meals were delivered to them in bed.
To spruce up, Elvis might throw on a jewelled blue bathrobe. Or if there was a need to leave the house, he would pull a jumpsuit over his pyjamas and strap on a belt to accommodate the gun he always carried. Among his many firearms, Elvis owned several magnums.
One night, when she couldn’t stay awake to keep reading with him, she saw one of the magnums in action — or rather heard it. A

deafening roar woke her up. Elvis had fired the pistol at the wall over the headboard.
He explained that he had asked her to get him some more yogurt and she hadn’t jumped to. “It was an attention-getter,” he explained.
It was that night that they first made love. Elvis opened her robe, but refused to strip off all of her lingerie. His pyjamas didn’t come entirely off, either. “I don’t believe people should be completely undressed until they’re married,” he told her before consummating their relationship.
Before his next show, he gave her another diamond necklace and a diamond watch.

Go HERE to the NY Daily News for the full article.


(News, Source;NYDN/ElvisInfoNet)


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Elvis' 1967 Cadillac Coupe De Ville For Auction: The final Barrett-Jackson event of the year and what better way to kick it off than with a Cadillac? Not just any Cadillac, mind you, but the very one that Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned in late in 1967.
Here is the description from the Barrett-Jackson docket:
“Elvis Presley's 1967 Cadillac Coupe De Ville has been a part of Mike L. Moon's private collection since 1979 and has been on display at the Elvis Presley Museums in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Niagara Falls, Canada ever since.
“This red Caddy purchased by Elvis on September 15, 1967 had become widely known as ‘The Honeymoon Cadillac’ as he and Priscilla were often seen driving it around Memphis and to his Circle G ranch shortly after they were married. (EIN notes, that is odd as they were married in back in May '67!)
“Documentation includes copies of the original Bill of Sale and title as well as the original Protect-O-Plate showing the name Elvis Presley and listing the address of Graceland. Also included are newspaper clippings and a copy of the book ‘Hurry Home Elvis’ in which the Cadillac is mentioned on page 118."
The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction takes place Sept. 25-27 in Sin City. 
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 2 September 2014 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

Elvis Planes Now Up For Sale: Elvis Presley’s last two jets, the 'Lisa Marie' and 'Hound Dog II' are now up for sale.
The four-engine “Lisa Marie” features a queen-size bed, gold bathroom fixtures, a videotape system with four TVs and a stereo system with 52 speakers, according to the sales advert.
It states "Accepting Serious Offers For Purchase Option, As A Package Of Two Aircraft Previously Owned By Elvis Presley. For Display Only, Not Airworthy For Flight!"
The tail section on the 1960 Convair 880 features Presley’s trademark “TCB” — for “Taking Care of Business” — and a color scheme personally chosen by Elvis.
The smaller “Hound Dog II” JetStar was Presley’s back-up
plane, flown while “Lisa Marie” was remodeled to suit Elvis’ tastes, the ad said.
These planes represent the epitome of 1975 rock star luxury, but if you buy them don’t expect to fly them.
“They’re both museum pieces,” said K.G. Coker, the Memphis man who bought them after Presley’s 1977 death. They’ve not been flown since they were parked at the tourist entrance to Presley’s Graceland mansion in 1984.
Coker’s ad doesn’t set a price, but it he is looking for “serious offers.”
Millions of Elvis fans have peered into the planes as part of the Graceland tour, with Coker getting a cut of the ticket proceeds, but his agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises has expired. He’s looking for a buyer because his agreement with and negotiations to keep them at Graceland have failed, leaving the jets’ future up in the air.
Fans erupted in protest when a news report in July said Elvis Presley Enterprises sent a letter to Coker asking him to move the planes from Graceland Plaza, across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the singer’s famous home by next year.
Priscilla Presley, the singer’s former wife and mother of his daughter Lisa Marie, tried to ease fan fears in a tweet on July 2: “Please calm down, we’re in the midst of negotiations. It’s as simple as that.”
A spokesman for EPE last week stated that negotiations were still going on, but Coker declined to comment on the process.
Presley’s father sold the planes in 1978, but his estate later negotiated with the owners to park them at Graceland after it was opened to the public. Go HERE to see the advert & to buy the Lisa Marie!
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis The Man & His Music' #105 Out Now: The new issue of EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine is out now.
In the September Issue:
- Bill Baize Interview
- Collecting Greek 45s
- Jim Colyer - Mystery Solved!
- The Rarest, Most Unique Piece Of Presleyana?
- New TTWII Box-Set Reviewed
- Photos, Your Letters, CD, DVD & Book Reviews

EIN really appreciated the honest review of TTWII Deluxe set by Arjan Deelen as well as Paul Richardson's interview with Bill Baize of The Stamps. The interview includes...
ETMM: How was it like playing before 60,000 fans in Pontiac, on December 31st 1975, ?
Bill Baize: It was the most interesting concert that I was ever a part of. The stage was 35 feet up in the air in the middle of the football field, and it was built on scaffolding. We had to climb three flights of stairs

to get there. Because of the dome structure of that stadium, there were powerful fans running constantly to keep the dome supported. At that height, the breeze from those fans blows about 30 miles an hour. It was very uncomfortable on that stage. There were, as you said, over 60,000 people in the stadium. They were extra loud and happy because it was New Year's Eve. Even though being way up there on that stage was a little awkward and scary, the concert turned out to be a lot of fun. Elvis was singing one of his songs where he'd squat, extending one leg while sitting on the other foot. During this pose, he ripped the seam out of the seat of his jumpsuit. He immediately knew what had happened, so he asked us to sing 'Sweet, Sweet Spirit' while he went to change. He headed down the three flights of stairs - remember, this was in the middle of the stadium - and, when he reached the bottom, Red, Sonny and Joe were there with another jumpsuit. There was no privacy and some
of the people in the crowd could actually see what was going on. Knowing this, Red, Sonny and Joe gathered round him and they all held up long coats around Elvis while he changed. Elvis climbed back up the three flights of stairs and continued the show. Any way, it was a great and memorable night.
GO HERE for a longer extract and more ETM&HM info

Go HERE to ETM&HM to subscribe or just purchase this issue.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis will shake his hips once again ... as a hologram: Elvis may have left the building 37 years ago, but he'll be returning to the stage again soon – only this time, as a hologram.

Pulse Evolution, who resurrected Michael Jackson's image for a holographic TV performance at the Billboard Music Awards in May, announced a partnership with The Estate of Elvis Presley Monday (25/08/14), with plans to bring The King of Rock 'n' Roll to live performances and commercials as a hologram, according to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.

A concept and venue for the 60- to 90-minute live shows has not yet been determined, although Pulse has already begun work on the project, which could take 18 to 24 months to complete, said company executives. The late icon's estate will also decide if the holographic image will resemble a younger or older Presley, Pulse CEO Frank Patterson said. Jamie Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands Group, which manages Presley's estate, said there are talks of Elvis' holographic image playing four-night residencies in Las Vegas and Macau, and even performing with Michael Jackson's hologram, according to Adweek. Salter added that Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley support the technology. When USA TODAY spoke with Pulse executive chairman John Textor about Jackson's holographic image in May, he mentioned Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Bob Marley as obvious candidates for holographic treatment.

"We're hearing from a lot of estates and promoters saying, 'We're ready for a concert,' " Textor told USA TODAY, before cautioning that "if we're going to bring a Michael or an Elvis back into this form of stage entertainment, it must be story-based. You can't have Elvis sitting on a stool singing 20 songs. That won't work."
(News, Source: Patrick Ryan, USA Today)

Stunning duet for Streisand and Elvis: In her upcoming duet album Partners (due out Sept. 16), Barbra Streisand pairs up with some of the world’s greatest male vocalists, from Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie to John Legend and Michael Bublé. One of the most breathtaking tracks on the album is her virtual duet with Elvis Presley to his 1956 ballad “Love Me Tender.”

EIN Note: You can listen to the duet here. The duet is a great recording, very well produced and remaining true to the feel of Elvis’ original recording. And, based on all selections from the album we heard, Ms Streisand is (in her usual) superlative form. (News, Source: Parade)

Here’s the full track list for Partners: 1. It Had To Be You (w/ Michael Bublé) 2. People (w/ Stevie Wonder) 3. Come Rain Or Come Shine (w/ John Mayer) 4. Evergreen (w/ Babyface) 5. New York State Of Mind (w/ Billy Joel) 6. I’d Want It To Be You (w/ Blake Shelton) 7. The Way We Were (w/ Lionel Richie) 8. I Still Can See Your Face (w/ Andrea Bocelli) 9. How Deep Is The Ocean (w/ Jason Gould) 10. What Kind Of Fool (w/ John Legend) 11. Somewhere (w/ Josh Groban) 12. Love Me Tender (w/ Elvis Presley)

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Elvis did it first, says Miley Cyrus: The face of the twerking movement, Miley Cyrus has been a lightning rod for controversy. Her infamous MTV Video Music Awards performance last year, as evidenced by all those FCC complaints, was arguably the most scandalous music moment since Janet Jackson's Nipplegate. Even when she isn't on stage, she's still causing a stir, whether its chilling topless in the desert or spending time with the Flaming Lips or sending a homeless youth to accept her Video of the Year award. Still, it's Cyrus' provocative moves – which were watered-down for her NBC special – that create the most trouble, but as Cyrus tells Australia's Sunday Night, she's just carrying the torch lit by Elvis Presley's gyrating hips.

"Elvis, he wasn't wearing the outfits I was wearing but he was coming out and he was doing like the OG twerking. Like, no one wants to admit that he was twerking, he was," Cyrus said (via NME). "He was like sex. He was a symbol of sex but no one would have ever called Elvis a slut because he wasn't a girl. It's

that double standard and I think I'm doing something for the double standard."

Miley also has a message for the "concerned parents" riled up that might be sending a bad message to her young fans. "The only thing I'm an example of is freedom, especially in this time where the energy of the world is shifting from male energy to female energy," Cyrus tells Sunday Night's Chris Bath. "I think a lot of that was started by these girls that get to watch my show and see young people just being themselves and representing freedom." (News, Source: Rolling Stone) EIN thanks Steve Johnson for the correction - ......Miley's comments certainly have credence as the following archival article from 2002 attests.


Person of the Week: Elvis Presley:

Wise men say only fools rush in
but I can't help falling in love with you.
Shall I stay, would it be a sin
If I can't help falling in love with you?

—Elvis Presley, "Can't Help Falling in Love"

Twenty-five years to the day after his death at the age of 42, Elvis Aron Presley's name fairly droops under the weight of its acquired cultural significance. Briefly tagged a teen idol, the King of Rock and Roll swiftly transitioned into category-defying superstar. Today, college professors devote whole careers to examining Elvis's influence on America's cultural mores, his impact on American sexuality and most of all, our apparently unflagging passion for his music.

Even in death, Elvis's commercial success is unparalleled; he's sold more records (1 billion worldwide) than any other artist in history, and his estate is priceless. Given his spectacular popularity, it's easy to forget that when he first came on the national scene in the 1950s, Elvis was considered highly subversive.

Middle America was flummoxed by his singing, which didn't fit with the era's squeaky-clean bill of fare. It wasn't just his lyrics; it was what he introduced vocally — appropriating the blues and gospel styles of the African-American South, he brought "black" music to white Americans. Then there was the matter of his stage presence. Elvis Presley, the performer, was all about sex — it may have only been the suggestion of sex, but it was there all the same, in the sneer, the gyration, the raised eyebrow. And that unfettered sex appeal represented everything American parents wanted to suppress in the mid-1950s. Wanted to — but couldn't.

Born in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley showed an early aptitude for music. By the time he was 19, he was recording his own music, and at 21 he was an international star.
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine.

-"Hound Dog"

In 1956 and '57, Elvis appeared several times on television variety programs hosted by Ed Sullivan and Milton Berle. During his second appearance on the Berle show, he sang "Hound Dog" and engaged in a bit of his trademark hip swiveling. The broadcast generated shock nationwide, and sparked a flurry of hysterical press.

In 1957, the famously stiff Ed Sullivan, who'd once vowed never to have Elvis on his show, was so thrilled by his guest's effect on the show's ratings that he announced on camera, "I wanted to say to Elvis and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy." Such sentiments did not keep the network brass from issuing an historic decree to the cameramen: Elvis was to be shot strictly from the waist up.
The Elvis revolution was on — and as parents around the world quickly realized, the sultry crooner wasn't just a temporary distraction. As the singer's popularity exploded, his risque dance moves sent girls into paroxysms of excitement and his slightly suggestive half-snarl made mothers everywhere a little bit nervous.
(News Article, Source: Jessica Reeves, TIME.com-2002)


Very High Prices for "Graceland Guest House" Founders: EPE have announced seemingly ridiculous prices to become a founding member of their new hotel complex - up to $30,000 - something the average Elvis fan could never afford. The publicity promises, "Graceland is proud to announce The Founders, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the ultimate Elvis fan. Only 1,500 Founders will be in on the ground floor to gain exclusive lifetime access to rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest landmark and its groundbreaking new resort - The Guest House at Graceland.
As a Founder you will be our special guest and enjoy

unprecedented access to Graceland, special events, exclusive opportunities, and Southern hospitality as only Elvis could offer. This lifetime 40-year membership, with first option to renew, can be handed down to the next generations. You’ve always belonged here, you’ve always felt the connection, and now it’s time to come home to Graceland."
They are asking for a $500 deposit but the total price (as handed out during Elvis Week) is quite unbelievable.
The "DIAMOND LEVEL" entry promises the following...
- Stay up to 10 nights a year at The Guest House with no blackout dates, and pay only the hotel maintenance fee (currently $71.50 per night)
- Early access to reservations, up to 13 months in advance
- Guaranteed Elvis Week accommodations when reserved more

than 12 months in advance
- Guaranteed suite upgrade for non-premiere weeks, if reserved more than 6 months in advance
- Invitation to the family cocktail gala
- Your Time Capsule and personal Grand Plaque on The Founders Wall at The Guest House
- Annual archival Diamond Level gift on Elvis’ birthday
The cost of this is $30,000!

No wonder, as Forbes noted (see EIN's August 15 'Why Did Graceland Have the Elvis Week Auction?' story below) the Graceland Auction was a good idea for EPE to learn who the Elvis high-rollers might be.
EIN reads the above description to mean that for $30,000 you can ONLY stay TEN nights at the new complex per year - and you still have to pay $71.50 per night!
What sort of Elvis fan can afford that? This seems a very expensive time-share deal!

As the new owners ABG announced back in 2013 "We envision moving the Elvis brand into other realms beyond music, including the luxury items market." ABG's Joel Weinshanker was at Elvis Week and appears to be the driving force.
The lesser "GOLD LEVEL" Founder (for only 750 members)
Let's you stay only FIVE nights at the new complex per year, you still have to pay $71.50 per night and costs the lesser price of $10,000!
And you don't get the "Invitation to the family cocktail gala"

Go here to Graceland for more Founders details. Note that in Graceland's publicity photo (above) of the hotel there is NOT ONE image of ELVIS!!!
Go HERE to EIN's look at "The Sale of the Graceland estate" and on-going stories
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'King Of The Hilton' New Anne E. Nixon book: 'King Of The Hilton' is an exciting new book about Elvis in Vegas seen through the eyes of someone who was there, superfan Anne E. Nixon..
After many requests from fans, respected Elvis writer and researcher Anne E Nixon, (author of Ten Years After and The Elvis Archives), is for the first time publishing her detailed show reports from the Vegas years.
Anne attended 40 Elvis Presley shows from 1972-1976, and wrote copious notes on each performance. A few of her show reports were printed in books and magazines at the time, but only now has she opened the vaults and every show she attended is given in-depth coverage.
With the help of  Richard Harvey, she has written a text-rich 300 page A5 sized softback book that will delight all fans of Vegas-era Elvis.  King of the Hilton is an affectionate, and sometimes poignant diary that takes the reader right back to the Hilton Hotel in the seventies, when Elvis reigned supreme.
Crammed with show anecdotes, complete set-lists, musician/celebrity/jumpsuit checklists, and verbatim Elvis dialogue - the authors had access to previously uncirculated private audio - and loaded with never before published facts about the Hilton scene during those heady days. All of this delivered at a fan-friendly price only- £15.99 / US$27
Inside this handsome book you’ll find -
*Complete first hand reports of every show of the final Vegas season in December ‘76.

*The famous 1974 ‘Desert Storm’ closing show as seen from a front booth.
*Over 100 illustrations including Hilton artefacts.
*The '74 monologues.
*Cancelled! The 1975 season.
*In-depth appendix of songs, suits and show times.
*Closing Night '73 'Monkey' show, exactly what happened on-stage .
*Each edition of this limited print run publication will be signed and numbered.

To be published in October 2014...........Order your signed copy today!

Click HERE - To read an interview with the authors, see a Sneak Peak and Order your signed copy! (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


New release from the 'SR' label: ELVIS – LIVING THE PAIN (1-CD LONGBOX 4 PANEL DIGIPACK) 

HILTON HOTEL SHOWROOM, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA, 21-02-1972 MIDNIGHT SHOW

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label is titled "Living the Pain" and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas February 21, 1972.

As everybody knows SR concentrates it's work on early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to produce always unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his possibilities. With the new release, we are proud to present the complete show from February 21th midnight show, a rare show from a Vegas winter season always poor of official and unofficial releases.. Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it.

The midnight show from February 21th, as presented on this CD, represents just one of the best shows of the season, If we look closely at the first Vegas act of 1972 we can see that Elvis concentrates on the music to produce great shows. The in-between song chat and banter have gone and each number is delivered promptly without even a pause for applause.

The 'NEW' songs introduced do reflect the mood of the man and for sure the rocking days are over but the rendition of the early seventies repertoire is solid and sung with great ability.

Talking of these new additions we see some great songs, representative of his life from this stage on. Naturally we are referring to songs such as 'You Gave Me A Mountain' which has an autobiographical theme of a man who no singing the pain, but LIVING IT and 'An American Trilogy' which demonstrates his personal beliefs and patriotic views. Elvis also worked hard to promote his new single 'Until It's Time For You To Go.' Here are also included rare performance of Help Me Make It Through The Night together the classic Bridge Over Troubled Water.. This recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is very good considering the early season.
Go HERE to All CD New Releases 2014 for more details and tracklist
(News, Source;SR/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis "for sale" at Amazon UK
   

Legal Showdown: Swedish Woman Claims She Is The True Daughter Of Elvis Presley, Not Lisa Marie!: In a shocking new report that will blow everyone away, the Lisa Marie Presley America has grown to know as Elvis‘ only daughter may not actually be who she says she is

A Swedish woman named Lisa Johansen, a married mother-of-four with a law degree, is claiming that she was switched at age nine “for security reasons,” The National ENQUIRER is reporting. Although Presley’s lawyers have blasted Johansen’s, 43, claims, The ENQUIRER has reviewed exclusive photos of the woman claiming to be the King’s daughter interacting with members of the Presley family. Opposite: Ms Nikula/Johansen and a guy we believe is Elvis Presley, unless of course he is the double who replaced Elvis when he was discharged from the Army

But an insider claims that Elvis would be none-too-pleased if he heard about the goings-on with his alleged “real” daughter.“Elvis could be spinning in his grave if his REAL only child is being kept from the life she deserves,” an insider told The ENQUIRER.

But the legal battle that Johansen has started isn’t her only one. She is also embattled in a legal dispute with the publisher of her memoir, I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley’s Real Daughter, after reportedly refusing a DNA test even though she allegedly received $200,000 for the tell-all. The Swedish woman claims she was born Feb. 1, 1968, to “Priscilla Ann Beaulieu and Elvis Aaron Presley.” She describes her childhood as a “fairy tale with my father as the king and myself as the pampered princess,” The ENQUIRER reports.

 

After Elvis died, Johansen told The ENQUIRER that she remembers very little until Beaulieu allegedly whisked her away to Europe. (Conspiracy, Source: The National Enquirer)

EIN Comment:  Apologies for the sensationalist National Enquirer rhetoric above but we wanted to publish its story as printed.

For the record: Lisa Johansen (aka birth name Sari Marjatta Nikula) first came to fan and media attention more than 15 years ago in 1998 with the publication of her book (cited above), I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley’s Real Daughter, which as again noted above, became the subject to legal action by the publisher, after Sari refused to undergo the DNA test she had originally agreed to.  The publisher sought repayment of its sizeable advance ($200,000) to Sari in what was effectively a breach of contract.  The facial analysis provided in her book as substantiation of her claim to be the “real Lisa Marie Presley” was written by Hakan Borglund, Uppsala University School of Engineering, a friend of Ms Nikula and her husband. The Johansen's resurrected their story again circa 2010-11 before this latest push. Ms Johansen is married to Torrey Omark, who legally changed his name in the mid 1990s to Alex Johansen. As with a number of conspiracy books with an Elvis theme, I, Lisa Marie is well written and an interesting read.  It just lacks logical believability and (by all accounts) valid academic evidence to support it.

For more on Ms Johansen's claims visit EIN's Elvis Conspiracy section


New soundboard release announced by the Elvis Concert Fan label - Elvis 1975 On Tour (2CD):

Macon, GA. April 24 1975

Jacksonville, FL. April 25 1975

Lakeland, FL. April 28 1975

+ BONUS TRACKS FROM 3 SHOWS

Lake Charles, LA. May 4 1975 (afternoon & evening show) + Murfreesboro, TN. May 7 1975

A new 2 cd-set from ELVIS CONCERT FAN, including all 3 available soundboard recordings from april 1975, newly remastered, including the opening show from tour number 12 (since 1969).
Plus as a bonus recordings from 2 shows in Lake Charles (May 4 1975) and the tour closing show (May 7, 1975). Including 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.
Go HERE to All CD New Releases 2014 for more details and tracklist
(News, Source;email/ElvisInfoNet)
   
News and EIN exclusives from earlier last month

ELVIS WEEK 2014 - EIN exclusive report: Sanja Meegin, EIN's roving reporter, has packed her bags, and said goodbye to MEMPHIS once again.
With Elvis Week sadly over, EIN's special Roving Reporter finally had the chance to visit Graceland and found some inner peace, the spirit of Elvis and a chance to say Goodbye for Elvis Week 2014. .

EIN is the only website with these exclusive reports GO HERE to see her COMPLETE 2014 Elvis Week report with plenty of great photos - don't miss out

(Elvis Week 2014, Source:Sanja/EIN)


Elvis and Ginger pre-orders move it back to #1 on Amazon Best-Selling Pop Biographies & Memoirs Chart: Strong 'pre-order' sales for Ginger Alden’s upcoming memoir, Elvis and Ginger. While Amazon no longer has a “Top 40" Elvis books listing, Ms Alden’s book yesterday regained the #1 on its best-selling Pop music biographies list. On 26 August, the 'best-selling' Elvis books on the various Amazon Top 40 charts were:

Elvis and Ginger is due for release next month (a number of online booksellers have reported that copies are starting to arrive early from the publisher). (News, Source: Amazon)

Elvis begged 'ex' Priscilla for reunion: Another recent book, by Shirley Dieu (Joe Esposito's former long-time partner) and the woman dubbed the "Memphis Mafia Princess", is also attracting fan and media interest.

Author Shirley Dieu (Memphis Mafia Princess: Living in "the "Elvis World"), who interviewed Priscilla at length, says she told her she met the King of Rock and Roll in July 1977, four years after their divorce, and he begged: “I’m miserable. I want my family back.” Calling her Satnin, his pet name for her during six years of marriage, Elvis referred to their daughter Lisa Marie, saying: “I miss the family times we all had. Lisa needs her mom and dad together.”

He also told Priscilla he had no intention of marrying his new fiancée, 20-year-old Ginger Alden, who was devastated to discover she did not figure in his will after his death on August 16.

Ms Dieu, a long-time girlfriend of Elvis’s former road manager and confidant Joe Esposito, recounts the story in her book "Memphis Mafia Princess: Living in the Elvis World". The former model included the revelations with Priscilla’s blessing.

She said: “She hadn’t put it in her autobiography. She said she thought enough time had passed and was happy for me to include it in my book. I feel so privileged she trusted me with this.” Elvis’s sad attempt to woo back the woman he met while doing national service in the US Army in Germany would probably have worked had he lived, Ms Dieu believes.

She said: “I don’t believe Elvis would ever have married Ginger. Nobody liked Ginger. She didn’t fit in with the group. She was 20 years old and he was 42. When you think of all the women Elvis dated – and we liked them all – why would he pick this one girl? I think her mother was pushing her on him.

“I believe there were three women in Elvis’s life who really cared about him – Linda Thompson, the longtime girlfriend he split from before turning to Ginger, his former screen co-star and lover Ann-Margret and Priscilla. Those women would have been there for him no matter what, especially Priscilla.”

Her book tells how Elvis doted on Priscilla. Ms Dieu added: “Who knows what might have happened had she said yes immediately to his final plea to her to come back.” (News, Source: express.co.uk)

EIN Note: EIN will publish a review of Memphis Mafia Princess: Living in "the Elvis World" later this week. It appears Ms Dieu's book is currently only available from the book's website (it is not available from online sellers such as Amazon).


Caveat Emptor!!!

Alleged Elvis scam involving Circle G Ranch: The Elvis Presley Books Discussion Group (Facebook) has alerted its members to an apparent scam involving participation in a 'pyramid scheme', where by donating $200 you will receive $20 for each referral person (new member) you obtain for the scheme. The alleged intent of collecting donations is to fund a theatre on a small piece of land adjacent to the actual Circle G Ranch.

The other incentive to join the scheme is that you also acquire a 1" share of a very small piece of land that was once a part of the ranch.

The operator of the scheme is one Blair Bremner. Mr Bremner has a history of operating 'pyramid schemes' and if you Google his name you will find there ahave been a number of people far from happy with the unfulfilled promises of his various schemes over the years.
(News, Source: Jane Green, Elvis Presley Books Discussion Group, Facebook)
Link to the website for the scheme
What is a pyramid scheme: A pyramid scheme is an arrangement where members (entrants) pay money to participate and only make money back if they recruit new members to the scheme. The person(s) operating the scheme take a cut of the money invested by every person who joins the scheme.
Pyramid schemes are outlawed in a number of countries including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, China and Norway.

Elvis' cultural influence highlighted by Midsumma Exhibition artwork: The gunslinger pose of Elvis in Flaming Star was imortalised by Andy Warhol in a series of iconic images now showing in various art museums around the world. That Elvis transcends artistic media and culture is again signified by the following archival image and story sent to EIN recently.

I have been blown away by a Midsumma exhibition… which is a statement in itself. Gayme at the Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, is perhaps one of the most significant curated Midsumma shows I have seen in a long time in terms of the daring, innovative curatorial content and the quality of artworks on display. (https://artsdiary365.wordpress.com/tag/aboriginal/, 2010)

The second room of the exhibition displays photographs by Dianne Jones and Gary Lee, both of whom are breaking traditional gendered stereotypes of indigenous men and women. In her near-life-size photographs, Dianne Jones seemingly effortlessly re-imagines herself as an American preacher, Elvis, Audrey, or the Fonz.

She boldly explores her androgyneity to convincingly transform herself into characters of either gender without the recourse to the Sherman-style facial prosthetics. While the photographs are good quality works of art in their own right (in terms of the composition and technical attributes), this is perhaps the first time an attention has been focused on the America-centric, Hollywood influence of Anglo, Italian, and Hispanic stereotypes on the indigenous (or urban indigenous) culture. Gary Lee continues Jones’s breaking with the stereotypes in his sexualised and homo-eroticised photographs of indigenous and pan-Asian youths. If Brooke Andrew has explored in his Sexy and Dangerous series the objectification of the indigenous male within the context of anthropological photography, this is perhaps the first time that an Aboriginal male has been openly viewed as a contemporary pin-up, let alone a gay pin-up model. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Visit EIN's "Elvis in Art" archives...........

including a narrative-visual article on Andy Warhol's Elvis imagery


Filmmaker back in US to finish "Orion" film documentary: British filmmaker Jeannie Finlay is back in the US to film the remaining part of her upcoming film bio on Jimmy Ellis, aka the masked singer "Orion". Ms Finlay's film is "Orion: The Man Who Would Be King".

In 2014, Jimmy Ellis (Orion) remains the one true superstar of the profession variously referred to as Elvis tribute artists, impersonators or sound-a-likes.

About the film: Nottingham-based filmmaker Jeanie Finlay's fifth feature film, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King tells the story of Jimmy Ellis, an unknown singer who was plucked from obscurity and adopted into a crazy scheme to pose as a masked Elvis look-alike in the wake of the King's death, giving birth to the "Elvis is alive" myth.

Starting with the creation of an outlandish fictional identity and concluding with the most tragic of endings, Finlay has documented a truly remarkable story, but before she can release her account of the rise and fall of this legendary masked figure, she needs help with the financial backing of the project and has taken to Indiegogo to crowd fund the project. Excerpts from Jeanie Finlay's interview with Uni2 Know:
Uni2 Know: Where were some of the most interesting places the filming of the Orion movie took you?
JF: "It was really amazing to walk around Sun Records Studios, to see where the records were actually recorded, to see the master tapes and to stand in Shelby Singleton's office (the producer that discovered and created Orion). We also went to the house where Orion grew up as a boy and his son took me to the place that he was murdered, and that was incredible. Moving and terrible of course, but it gave an incredible sense of the history of the story coming to life."
Uni2 Know: Did any of interviewees for Orion particularly stand out?
JF: "I had a rule that everyone I interviewed in the film had to be connected to Orion is some way. I interviewed his band mates, the fan club manager and we interviewed his road manager at Vernon Presley's house (Elvis’ dad) round the back of Graceland. But some interviews had more of an impact on me than others. For his son - who was still massively grieving from his father's brutal murder - to take us to the place his father was killed was extraordinary, and I consider it a real privilege that he took the time to explain to us what that felt like." (News, Source: Jeanie Finlay/uni-2.co.uk)

Visit the Orion film site
Watch the film trailer
Read EIN's recent article on the amazing and ultimately very tragic life of Jimmy Ellis


(New book release) Elvis Presley's 1956 Lincoln Continental up close and personal: This slimline photo book by David B.L. Johnstone features twenty pages of previously unpublished private photos of the 1956 Lincoln Continental once owned by Elvis.

Some photos were taken prior to this iconic vehicle being fully restored and are up close and in never before seen detail. (News, Source: David B.L. Johnstone)


 

Great prices on Elvis at Amazon!


'Elvis Files Magazine ISSUE 8' Review: The June issue, once again featuring Elvis stories and new unpublished Elvis photos that would be missed from Lorentzen's "Elvis Files" series of books.
One of the treats of this issue is the variety of stories about Elvis, and the comparison between all periods of his career in some new and revealing photos.

This issue looks at
- Clambake, "a real Christmas clinker!"
- ‘My Memories of Elvis’ by his "best friend" Cliff Gleaves. It runs the nine pages and includes some delicious shots and cool stories from the late fifties.
- "Elvis and Ann-Margret, the hot summer of 1963"
- How Colonel Parker and Hal Wallis controlled Elvis’ film Career.
- Elaine Christan as Elvis' "That’s The Way It Is" concerts from August 14, 1970.

Plus plenty more Rare Candids not featured in previous Elvis Files books.
Go HERE as EIN checks the new issue- with plenty of rare photos and magazine extracts.
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


New ‘Final Countdown To Midnight' jewel-case Deluxe Versions OUT NOW: Due to the enormous success of Backdraft’s box-set ‘Final Countdown to Midnight’ it appears that not enough copies were pressed which have left keen Elvis fans having to go without. Released only six weeks ago, copies are now impossible to track down.
Since Backdraft are unable to publish more copies of the boxset due to logistical reasons, they have now released two separate products both housed in a deluxe super-jewel case.
A 2CD version and a separate DVD only release, both with different front covers, contain a deluxe 24 page booklet inside. We would like to point out that the content of the booklets in both of the releases are entirely different and that, the photographs and text information are NOT repeated inside each of the releases. (Click here for bigger images)
These are again in very limited supplies and dealers will be restricted on quantities.
In the meantime, the production team at Backdraft would like to thank Elvis fans from around the world for their enormous support on this and our past releases. Check your local dealers now for new copies.
(News, Source;Backdraft/ElvisInfoNet)

"The King's Third Act" New TTWII Review: The Wall Street Journal's Jazz columnist, Will Friedwald has published a glowing article on the new TTWII release.
He notes, "Elvis Presley in Amazingly Dynamic Form and At the Height of His Formidable Powers"
...... Within the span of a few months in 1970, the short-lived film genre known as the "concert/documentary movie" reached its apogee with three releases that each marked a turning point in artistic evolution. "Let It Be" was the final major appearance of the Beatles; "Woodstock," the first big blockbuster concert movie... but "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" was something else entirely: It captured the King of Rock 'n' Roll at the very moment he was reclaiming his throne and beginning a new phase in his electrifying career, a remarkable third act that would eclipse everything he had previously done.
This new incarnation would find Elvis returning to his roots as a live performer, encompassing a wider range of material as he appeared before ever-larger audiences. This renaissance was unfortunately brief; by the mid-1970s, Presley's substance abuse and self-destructive tendencies would catch up with him. He would be a bloated mess in the final months of his short life, but in 1970, he was in peak physical condition and artistically at the top of his game.
Copious evidence of this is now offered in a new package from Sony Legacy, which features two DVDs in addition to eight compact discs as well as a splendidly illustrated 80-page booklet.
The DVDs contain two very different versions of the 1970 feature: the original theatrical edit and the 2001 "restoration." It's his performance that drives "Elvis: That's the Way It Is." At the start of his career, Presley was widely perceived as a divisive figure in American culture. No entertainer did more, even inadvertently, to create the generation gap. Yet in the final and, in many ways, the most rewarding phase of Presley's career, the singer entered into what seems, in retrospective, like a musical crusade to bring people together. In this, his major asset was his versatility as a performer and Presley sang any song in any genre that suited him.
Presley hops from genre to genre, imbuing it all with his majestic voice and dynamic personality.
From basic 12-bar Delta-style blues, he moves to the Gospel-infused soul music of Ray Charles's "I Got a Woman." Before the evening is through, he also sings the contemporary country classic "I Can't Stop Loving You" and Simon & Garfunkel's folk-rock spiritual "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" all in addition to the many Elvis signatures that he reprises, both old ("Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel") and new ("Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto"). A few years later he would attempt to bring all of America together with his "American Trilogy," which juxtaposed a song from the North, the South and an African-American spiritual.
The 1970 concert is essentially one climax after another, not only
because the editors assembled the footage from six different shows, but because Presley himself - in what has become his trademark white jumpsuit - is in amazingly dynamic form and at the height of his formidable powers. And yet, as searingly dramatic as Presley is, he doesn't lose his sense of humor; when he gets to the line "Baby, I'd get down on my knees for you," he shouts the aside "if this suit wasn't too tight!"
Even the 10-disc box doesn't amount to the whole story: Warner Bros. released a two-disc Blu-ray set of the film, again with the 1970 and 2001 edits, but with a different selection of outtakes and extra footage. (Even more footage from the individual concerts was issued on a 3-DVD bootleg a few years ago.)
Theatrical concert movies were pretty much wiped out by MTV in the mid-1980s as kids were getting pop-music videos at home 24 hours a day. Yet special spectacles are now edging their way back into cinemas, and this week the restored "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" will be shown nationally in US movie theaters. Elvis may be singing about having lost something, but this remarkable film, like the singer himself, has only gained in stature over the past four decades.
(Above review is edited - go here for full WSJ review)
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

New Book "Elvis: An American Trilogy - Vol 1" Out Now: Author Dennis W. Forbus is excited to announce that after missing two deadlines because of licensing and copyright issues, they have finally released our Volume One of the Trilogy Book Set called; "Elvis: An American Trilogy - Volume 1, Family - Mississippi to Memphis." It has taken four years to complete this first volume, with volumes two and three coming out in 2015.
We have spent lots of time and money, as well as traveling many miles, to many on-site locations, to investigate and verify our stories. Also realize that this book is very different than any other Elvis book you've seen. Check it out on the web, read the reviews from those that worked for and with Elvis, or even from his own family members.
With over 300 photographs in our 291 pages, and the cover art done by our friends and EPE,Inc. Official Artist, Mrs. Betty Harper, and interviewing over 73 people that knew Elvis the man best, we would like to invite you to visit our website and to consider ordering one or more copies of the newest Elvis book available.
DenKar Publishing Group is proud to present:
- Elvis:An American Trilogy - Volume One Family, Mississippi To Memphis By Dennis W. Forbus (Now On Sale Online or have your bookstore to order it for you.)
The publicity notes... "Elvis: An American Trilogy’ is the work of professional

Presley impersonator, Dennis W. Forbus. Disgruntled by the abundance of misinformation, misunderstanding and often blatant lies surrounding the life and death of Elvis Presley, Forbus decided to compile a series of books that would set the record straight – with Elvis’ life told through the star’s own eyes. The first volume, ‘Family’, deals with Presley’s tumultuous childhood and the characters that shaped his future. Research was gathered through over seventy interviews (including classmates, family members, and childhood friends) as well as photographs, historical documents and public records.
‘Elvis: An American Trilogy’ tells Presley’s accurate and compelling life story, through his own eyes. The three books are poised to clear up the confusion and assumptions made about the legend, while shunning the public’s mold to expose a man whose personal life was equally as fascinating as his extroverted stage presence."

Go HERE to order and for more infomation.
Also noting that 'Elvis:An American Trilogy - Volume Two Friends & Fans, Loneliness To Loyality' will be coming in the Spring of 2015.
'Elvis: An American Trilogy - Volume Three, Faith And Final Days, Graceland To Gloryland' coming Summer of 2015)
Also, please remember that we travel worldwide, as a 2013 Award Winning Elvis Impersonator.
(News, Source;DennisW.Forbus/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' BMW 507 Roadster Being Restored: Elvis Presley's BMW is getting the rock star treatment all over again.
This rare BMW was the King's personal ride while serving in the Army between 1958 and 1960.
BMW Classic, the automaker's official restoration arm, is bringing the King's 507 roadster back to showroom quality. The red roadster, one of just 254 built between 1955 and 1959, was actually Presley's second 507, or by some accounts, the same car painted red after adoring women wrote their names and numbers all over the  original white body in lipstick.
In either case, Presley was stationed in Germany in the late 1950s as a private in the U.S. Army, but aside from operating a tank and standing guard, the King of Rock 'n' Roll was no ordinary GI. In between his many overseas girlfriends, Presley bought one of the most expensive cars at that time.
He spotted the 507 in a local dealer after the Porsche 550 Spyder, the other great sports car in which heartthrob actor James Dean famously died, wasn't available.
For a $3,750 lease, for a used model raced by Hans Stuck, Elvis cruised around Germany in one of the most beautiful and rarest BMWs ever made until his Army tour was up in 1960. From there, the story gets murkier. The 507 was shipped to the U.S., except its original 150-horsepower V8 engine was swapped for a small-block Chevy somewhere in Alabama and was drag-raced. Later in 1968, an engineer named Jack Castor bought the car in Arizona and then let it sit in a warehouse for decades. Only recently has Castor shipped the car to BMW to let the experts restore Presley's car.
Currently, the car is on display in its original condition at the
factory BMW Museum. Presley also bought a BMW Isetta -- the funny microcar that had its single door up front -- even before leaving for Germany. Discounting every other car Elvis bought in his lifetime, it was sure good to be the King with keys to a BMW 507.
(News, Source;GerbrandV/ElvisInfoNet)

Gladys Pregnant with Elvis - More Confirmation: The debate continues over whether this photo first published by EIN back in June 2014 really is Gladys Presley. At the time EIN's good friends Joan and Paul Gansky reported back for EIN....
.. These pictures are taken in Reeds Department Store, Tupelo. The occasion, written across the huge photo was, "First Annual Picnic for Tupelo Garment Co. and Reed Bros. Inc. Employees". The date is July 6, 1934, Gladys is pregnant with Elvis!
After the photo was published several people, including Marty Lacker, informed EIN that the photo could not be of Gladys as she looks so different. We understood the debate and followed up, Reed's Dept store at the time said, "The photo was authenticated by some of Gladys' personal friends and people who worked with her or knew her.  Elvis' school buddy Guy Harris also said it was Gladys in the photo."
They informed EIN they would send further proof. Well, now another letter from a childhood friend of the Presleys, Azalia Smith Moore has been added to the display at Reeds in Tupelo. In it she confirms that she could identify several of the women in the photo one of them being Gladys Presley. She writes, "I was born shortly after Elvis and we attended school together.... Elvis played with me in the large backyard while our mothers prepared produce from the garden."
(News, Source;Reeds/Gansky/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis: A Listener's Guide" EIN Interview with Author Shane Brown: Since Elvis's death in 1977, hundreds of books have been written about Presley, but very few concentrate on the most important thing: the music.
The new book by Shane Brown 'Elvis Presley: A Listener's Guide' discusses the remarkable and yet often frustrating legacy that Elvis left behind. Buy why do we need a new critique?

Author Shane Brown kindly agreed to be interviewed by EIN about his interesting new look at Elvis' music.
We ask..
- What insights does this new book bring?
- Was Felton Jarvis important?
- Was Col Parker good or bad?
- Do you really review every song Elvis recorded?
- What songs does he never want to hear again? and much much more
Go here to our detailed interview - EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Files Magazine Vol.9' OUT SOON: Erik Lorentzen notes that the new 'Elvis Files Magazine Vol.9' will be coming soon. So get in your orders now.

Includes the articles...
- September 1957
- Elvis and That's The Way It Is
- Las Vegas Septmber 1974


The annual subscription cost including postage is €58
Go here to the Elvis Files for more info



More details very soon on EIN.

 

 



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Happy 75th Birthday James Burton: The man still seems as young as ever but yesterday, August 21st, was James Burton's 75th birthday!
Back in 2003 EIN's Piers Beagley called up James Burton on the very day to wish him Happy Birthday.
We asked him many questions including about his wonderful statement, “To be a good guitar player you have to let your playing breathe and that it is often what you don’t play that makes a great guitar player."
We also noted that surely “The Wonder of You” must be the only Number 1 chart song where the lead guitarist gets a spoken credit! That perfect moment when Elvis says, “Play something James”!
Go here to our 2003 exclusive Birthday interview with the great man.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Young Man With The Big Beat' Cheap Box set: Being re-released for 2014 in a Limited Edition cheap slim-line box-set is Elvis' 'Young Man With The Big Beat'.
A great opportunity for those that missed it in

Go HERE for EIN's detailed YMWTBB review

UK price - only £19.99 = Euro25 = US$33 with FREE Delivery in the UK.

Click to Pre-order now special deal >> . . Young Man With The Big Beat - OUT September 15, 2014.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Robin Williams joins Elvis: EIN was shocked to hear of the sad death of the great comedian and actor Robin Williams yesterday.
With Williams tragic death it is hard not to think of other entertainment legends, like Elvis, who climbed to the height of fame only to be undone by the pressure of it all.
In a now disconcerting 1981 episode of his hit TV series ‘Mork and Mindy’, Williams as Mork reported back to Orson about what he had learnt about the culture of Earth. Williams commented, "Being a star is a 24-hour job and you can’t leave your face at the office… some of them can’t take it." He then listed the names of famous Earthlings who were sadly destroyed by the pressures of fame, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Elvis Presley.
On a happier note, he never took anything seriously and when asked, in the Actors Studio programme, about the possibility of an afterlife he explained his version of Heaven, "If Heaven exists, when I arrive at the Pearly Gates, God will say, "The concert begins at 5, it will be Mozart, Elvis and anyone of your choosing.. There's seating near the front!"'.
Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP. 1951-2014
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Memphis to Nashville '61' FTD Promo: The new FTD book written by David English and Pal Granlund. Both authors will be at Elvis Week to promote their new book which has been getting very positive reviews.
Please check out these great photos and the two YouTube promo videos

- Go HERE to the first Promo video showing you an overview of the book and rare photos.
- Click HERE to the second promo featuring Elvis' Press Conference, Feb 25, 1961 at Claridge Hotel, Memphis with the six minute audio of Elvis' Press Conference plus great pictures.
-  For more info and book news see the 'Memphis to Nashville '61' facebook page here.

Pål Granlund and David English along with The Memphis Boys’ members Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman and Reggie Young plus Jerry Schilling appeared at the August 14 Elvis Week Official Insiders Event.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is’ Blu-ray Reviews: The new Blu-ray release of "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" is out for Elvis Week and getting excellent reviews…
"The classic 1970 concert film/’rockumentary’captured Elvis in his prime. Dennis Sanders directed the film with cinematographer Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch) giving it the distinct look.
The 2000 re-edit put the focus squarely on Elvis, following the development of the show, from rehearsals to the final stage performance. The bottom line is, this is one concert film anyone calling themselves a rock ‘n’ roll fan must own.
From BluRay website ...
Video Quality - For a concert film shot on 35mm in 1970. 'Elvis: That’s the Way It Is' looks darn good in this latest 1080p, AVC encoded Blu-ray release from Warner. While
the grain structure can look a little heavy at times, particularly during some of the candid, rehearsal scenes, and blacks can drift a little bit too far toward crushing, this is basically a clean, nicely textured and detailed catalogue release with good color reproduction. What you’ll notice especially is that, unlike most of the post-MTV era concert videos, the camera lingers and lights don’t flash incessantly. This allows the eyes (and the camera) time to focus and capture really strong live footage that, despite its age, looks a lot better than some HD live concert footage of more recent vintage.
Audio Quality - Remixed from the original 16-track masters and that mix is brought to Blu-ray in a lossless English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. It sounds about as good as it gets, though some spots still have some slight warts, especially during the rehearsals. For the main event in

Vegas, the sound is relatively big and dynamic, with clean instrumentation, a decent amount of separation, and clear, full vocals from Elvis upfront in the mix. Some instruments occasionally ‘escape’ to the surround channels, but mostly the music stays in front, and sounds rather wide, with lots of room ambience in the back.
Supplemental Materials: While Elvis fans will certainly appreciate getting more Elvis in the form of these outtakes on Blu-ray (and DVD), the problem is everything is still in standard definition. It also would have been nice if Warner saw fit to transfer the original theatrical edition to Blu-ray as well, rather than just including a DVD of it with the Blu-ray of the re-release.
Packaged in a Deluxe Blu-ray Book with 40-pages of rare concert photos and backstage glimpses into Elvis’ life.
Overall: The King is in the building, ladies and gentlemen. Elvis: That’s the Way It Is is classic, and the re-release edition on Blu-ray puts the focus squarely on
Elvis himself; a major plus for fans. For those who still want to see the original version of the film, the theatrical version is included on DVD. Also, the hot medley of "Little Sister/Get Back" from the outtakes main film’s rehearsal scenes, is what rock ‘n’ roll was meant to be and is worth the price of admission alone.
Go HERE for the full blu-ray website review and details
See below for purchase options
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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FTD Releases August 2014: Three new releases announced for August 2014 release, a Classic Album, UK book, plus new LIVE vinyl album.
- ‘Elvis For Everyone’ – Classic Album.
This 2-Disc 7" Set Celebrates 1965’s Classic Album "Elvis For Everyone" and features a selection of previously officially unreleased session outtakes.
The original press release posted by RCA in August 1965 says, "This is the first Elvis Presley album since 1962 [POT LUCK] that is not a movie soundtrack album." In this new album, Presley demonstrates great versatility by singing a wide range of songs, familiar and unfamiliar, slow ballads and hard-driving rock’’n’rollers. Only one of these songs has ever been issued before ("Summer Kisses, Winter Tears"). The lead off-song, "Your Cheatin’ Heart." Is the title song of the new movie based on the life of Hank Williams., currently playing throughout the country … ..Varied repertoire and Elvis in top form make this really Elvis For Everyone."
Although it was compiled from previously unreleased recordings, it appeared like a breath of fresh air to Elvis fans that had become
somewhat tired of the formulaic soundtracks. The LP hit the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. 
This 2-CD classic edition features insightful essays, rare memorabilia and great outtakes! 
It also features the rare overdubbed version of "Wild in The Country" that featured maracas and additional bass guitar. Although, the source remains a mystery to this day, it was supplied to RCA-UK for its stereo version of the album as a replacement for "Summer Kisses." This track had been issued two months before on RCA-UK’s unique album, Flaming Star And Summer Kisses. 
Apart from OPTIONAL MASTERS that could have been used, DISC 2 contains 23 Previously Unreleased Outtakes from the ‘60s!!!!!!
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- "Best Of British – The RCA Years 1957-1958
This is Elvis, with the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958.  As a companion to the critically acclaimed and highly successful ‘Elvis: The Best Of British - The HMV Years’, this book contains the full history of over FIFTY iconic Elvis songs initially released by RCA in Great Britain. Again, each song has been thoroughly researched to the same high standards and is graphically catalogued.
Containing over 1000 illustrations, unpublished photographs and charts, together with rare items of memorabilia, this volume of ‘The RCA Years’ moves the story forward to explicitly reveal previously unknown facts and additional British connections to the songs. 
Within these 500 pages and amongst many formerly unknown
fascinating facts, you will discover: 
The English pub that inspired an Elvis song! 
Exactly where and when Elvis learned to play piano! 
The real life characters contained within the lyrics of Jailhouse Rock! 
The CD included with this book features many first-time officially released Elvis tracks. Here, amongst his classic songs, are the songwriters’ demo recordings as Elvis first heard them, plus the message he recorded on his home answer machine! 
‘The RCA Years (1957 - 1958)’ chronicles the meteoric rise in Great Britain of the ‘Sun King’ to the man who would ultimately be crowned ‘Artist Of The 20th Century’. 
Elvis innovated, others imitated!
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- "Hot August Night" Special LIVE Double-Vinyl 
Limited Edition Vinyl 2-Disc Vinyl Set.
Vinyl cutting by Abbey Road Studios
DMM Copper Mastering
180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
Strictly limited pressing
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'That's the Way It Is' Legacy 2CD Set - OUT NOW: The double CD Legacy version features the original album, singles, bonus tracks plus the previously unreleased August 12th Dinner Show.
CD 1 Original Album: 1. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 2. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights, 3. How The Web Was Woven, 4. Patch It Up, 5. Mary In The Morning, 6. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, 7. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 8. I’ve Lost You, 9. Just Pretend, 10. Stranger In The Crowd, 11. The Next Step Is Love, 12. Bridge Over Troubled Water,
ORIGINAL SINGLES: 13. I’ve Lost You (single version), 14. The Next Step Is Love (single version), 15. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (single version), 16. Patch It Up (single version), OUTTAKES 17. How The Web Was Woven (Take 1), 18. I’ve Lost You (Take 1), 19. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2), 20. Patch It Up (Take 1), 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 1)
CD 2: August 12, Dinner Show - Previously Unreleased.
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'Elvis: That's The Way It Is' Deluxe Edition: After weeks of speculation Sony/RCA/Legacy officially announce the release of monumental definitive edition of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)" presented together for the first time ever in a Deluxe Box Set (8CD/2DVD). Available on August 5, 2014.
The CD selection is exactly as EIN predicted with two concerts being officially released for the very first time. 
CD1 ‘That's The Way It Is’ - Original Album
CD2 August 10 Opening Show - (FTD One Night in Vs)
CD3 August 11 DS - Unreleased
CD4 August 11 MS - (BMG Live In Las Vegas box-set)
CD5 August 12 DS - Unreleased
CD6 August 12 MS - (BMG 30th Anniv box-set)
CD7 August 13 DS - (FTD The Wonder Of You)
CD8 Rehearsals - (BMG 30th Anniv box-set)
That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) is the most ambitious Elvis Presley restoration package ever created, bringing together - for the first time ever - the album, the theatrical and home video versions of the film, six full-length concerts (featuring previously unreleased performances), rehearsal highlights and other rare recordings in one astounding and essential package. The result of an historic partnership between Sony and Warner Brothers, the deluxe set combines the video and audio assets of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is with unique and previously unreleased material.
The highly-collectible That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition), bonuses include unreleased material, remixed and remastered audio and a new 80-page book detailing the entire event with facts, songwriter and musician interviews, and photos in a deluxe 8CD/2DVD box set.
Originally released on RCA Records in November 1970, Elvis: That's The Way It Is combined eight studio tracks, recorded in Nashville, and four live concert performances recorded in Las Vegas during Presley's 1970 "Summer Festival" season at The International Hotel in Las Vegas to create one of Elvis' best albums.
On July 14, rehearsals for the movie and live shows commenced at the MGM lot in Culver City, California. The Hollywood cameras rolled for five different rehearsals prior to the opening night on August 10. Unquestionably, Elvis was keen to broaden his repertoire for the film,as more than 60 songs were attempted during the period, far more than the usual average of 20 to 25 that would normally be chosen. Over the four nights filmed by MGM, Elvis and his band worked tirelessly, trying out a broad variety of musical styles, emphasizing his desire to share the wide range of music he loved with his audience. Director Denis Sanders captured the end result magnificently, providing fans throughout the world with their first glimpse of the new contemporary Elvis performing at the peak of his vocal prowess both in rehearsal and on the stage.
'That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)' centers on the SIX complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. Two of the shows are released for the first time in their entirety.
The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-the-wall” outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. Completing the audio section, a separate disc of insightful rehearsal highlights, featuring unusual song selections showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians.
That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) puts the original RCA album and the 1970 MGM documentary feature together in a single package for the first time. It includes the previously released original theatrical DVD version (1970) and the re-edited and extended DVD version from 2000.
(EIN note: What a shame not one scrap of new footage has been included. This would have been the perfect place and presumably indicates that there will never be an official release of any more MGM filmed material).
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