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Thursday 29 September 2016

EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 20,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


'The Wonder Of You/If I Can Dream' Elvis/RPO Double set: Yet another version of the new 'Wonder Of You' album has been announced. A double-CD combining both the new album as well as the previous 'If I Can Dream'. I am not sure why any Elvis fans would need this - but it does have a cute alternate cover. So far you can only pre-order this via Amazon in Germany and Japan.
SEE below for Pre-order info for other CD versions.
The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises, standout tracks include a sultry new version of “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” and a stunning new take on “Always On My Mind.”
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic'  VINYL release is presented in beautiful gatefold packaging and pressed on 150g vinyl.
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic' DELUXE  Edition includes 3 additional tracks on CD, two, 150 gram LPs in a gatefold package, poster and a 12 page booklet, all housed in a 12”x 12” lift off box.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Cliff Richard duets with Elvis on new album: Sir Cliff Richard will “duet” with Elvis and 'Blues Suede Shoes' on Cliff's new album, announced just days after the singer was told that he will not be charged over allegations of historical sexual abuse.
Sir Cliff, 75, will make his pop comeback on a new collection of classic rock ‘n’roll covers released in November.
Sir Cliff has hit sights set on a Christmas #1, after the Crown Prosecution confirmed the decision not to prosecute him over allegations. Sir Cliff said it was time to return to “the thing I love best”, on an album, called 'Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll', which celebrates a “more innocent time”.
The album features new renditions of seminal tracks such as Roll Over Beethoven, Great Balls of Fire, Sweet Little Sixteen, the highlight is a “duet” between Sir Cliff and Elvis on Blue Suede Shoes. Richard, originally styled as a British rival to “the King”, admitted that he owed his career to Elvis.
Sir Cliff was unable to fulfil his dream of duetting with Elvis before the star’s 1977 death. But studio trickery, endorsed by the Presley estate, finally allows their voices to share the same song. Previous posthumous Elvis duets have featured Susan Boyle and Barbra Streisand.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Nashville Elvis Festival 2017 - Tickets On Sale: Fans from around the world will gather in Music City for the Nashville Elvis Festival - a premier Elvis event unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join us for a weekend of live music performances, celebrity appearances, on-stage interviews with Elvis’ friends and band members and  ETA artists.  Nashville Elvis Festival will be hosted by Tom Brown a longtime host of select Elvis Week events. March 30 - April 2, 2017.
Donnie Sumner just added to the line up - Donnie Sumner spent nearly eight years by the side of his friend Elvis Presley - first as the lead vocalist and arranger of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps and later as a constant houseguest, companion, back-up singer, arranger and
associate musician. Donnie was responsible for all the Elvis vocal arrangements from 1973-1976, before departing to pursue full-time ministry. Donnie is a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, with Elvis himself recording two of his country songs: “Mr. Song Man" and "I Miss You.” Donnie will join us as a Special Guest at TCB Session #2 as well as our Elvis Gospel Event - Don't miss it!
Also included are two special events worth noting.
TCB SESSION #1  - 68 SINGER SPECIAL ACOUSTIC JAM RECREATION
Hosted by Tom Brown and featuring Jay Dupuis with members of the EAS Band and special appearances by Jerry Schilling and D.J. Fontana.
Transport yourself back in time to 1968, and attend the taping of NBC's "Singer Presents Elvis". Paragon Studios will play the role of NBC Studio 4 in Burbank and Jay Dupuis, the 2014 UETA winner and co-star of the Elvis Lives Tour, will take on the iconic role of Elvis, performing the "'68 Comeback Special" acoustic jam in the round - up close and personal. 
TCB SESSION #2  - ELVIS RECORDING SESSION RECREATION 
Hosted by Tom Brown and featuring a special appearance by Jerry Schilling.
If you've ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the studio with Elvis, this is your chance! Step back in time as Bill Cherry, 2009 UETA winner, recreates a Nashville recording session, celebrating Elvis songs recorded in Music City. Paragon Studios will play the role of Nashville's famed RCA Studio B.
Tickets to the TCB sessions are limited - Go HERE to  Nashville Elvis Festival 2017 to check out the schedule.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley neat on-line Biograpy: "Simply Knowledge" is an educational website that "Guides with the right knowledge and right attitude". It is an ocean of knowledge, both in English and Hindi encompassing every detail and each facet of human life which ‘one must know’ in order to grow and attain the summits of success.
One of the biographies featured is of course Elvis Presley. It is a neat bio overview for younger (and older) readers.
"The man who created and popularised rock ‘n’ roll music was a talented white man, an American singer and entertainer with his roots in Southern music – Elvis Presley. Elvis had drop-dead good looks and was extremely charming. Even though global telecommunication during his time was at a nascent stage, Elvis Presley made international television history with a worldwide live broadcast of his television special ‘Elvis - Aloha from Hawaii’, via satellite. Come, let us
journey through the life and times of this heartthrob of millions, whose music has left a revolutionary imprint on our minds".
Click here to 'Biography of Elvis Presley | Simply Knowledge' to check it out.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 27 September 2016

It was 60 years ago - Elvis rocked Tupelo: Sixty years ago on September 26th 1956 an all-conquering Elvis returned to Tupelo and the Mississippi Alabama Fair stage to show one and all that the young kid who left Tupelo was now the world's biggest super-star. After all, it was only 11 years previously in 1945 that he had only managed fifth place at the Mississippi Alabama Fair Talent show.

With both Gladys and Vernon in attendance, as Tupelo historian Roy Turner notes - "Seeing the look on his parents' face, hearing the roar of the Tupelo crowd, he felt it could never be better than this. He was home."

This month Erik Lorentzen publishes a special book on this stunning event.
The newly discovered photos that EIN has seen are sensational...



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



'Elvis at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show : September 26 1956' - SNEAK PREVIEW: At the printers - the new book from Erik Lorentzen. Having now finished the Elvis Files series, Erik Lorentzen is concentrating on his new "Gold Standard Series" where he will expand on certain pivotal moments in Elvis' life enabling Lorentzen to publish yet more newly discovered and previously unpublished photos.
EIN has seen the pile of unreleased Tupelo concert photos and they are astounding.

Go HERE to EIN's Sneak Preview of twenty pages from this fabulous book.
The book will be published later this month.

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis’s Army' New book: 'Elvis’s Army' - Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield' is a new book from author Brian McAllister Linn.
When the U.S. Army drafted Elvis Presley in 1958, it quickly set about transforming the King of Rock and Roll from a rebellious teen idol into a clean-cut GI. Trading in his gold-trimmed jacket for standard-issue fatigues, Elvis became a model soldier in an army facing the unprecedented challenge of building a fighting force for the Atomic Age.
In an era that threatened Soviet-American thermonuclear annihilation, the army declared it could limit atomic warfare to the battlefield. From massive garrisons in Germany and Korea to nuclear tests to portable atomic weapons, the army reinvented itself. Its revolution in warfare required an equal revolution in personnel: the new army needed young officers and soldiers who were highly motivated, well trained, and technologically adept. Drafting Elvis demonstrated that even this icon of youth culture was not too cool to wear the army’s uniform.
The army of the 1950s was America’s most racially and economically egalitarian institution, providing millions with education, technical skills, athletics, and other opportunities. With the cooperation of both the army and the media, military service became a common theme in television, music, and movies, and part of this generation’s identity. Brian Linn traces the origins, evolution, and ultimate failure of the army’s attempt to transform itself for atomic warfare, revealing not only the army’s vital role in creating Cold War America but also the experiences of its forgotten soldiers.

The Roanoke Times review nicely notes... "In considering the long hard period of transformation, one ponders the profound commentary of Elvis Presley’s first sergeant: “By submitting to the draft and entering the Army as an ordinary private, Elvis accepted the discipline of an institution that had come to play a vital role in transforming men from assorted backgrounds into soldiers and Americans.” A condensed version of those lines might stand as a pretty good inscription on the Elvis’ tombstone."
Hardcover - 464 pages - $30 - Out Now - ISBN 9780674737686
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Australian Festival "Elvis Express" tickets Sold Out: The Sydney TrainLink Elvis Express to Parkes Elvis Festival for January 2017 has once again proven to be the most popular mode of transport for rockin’ n rollin’ into Parkes, having sold out all 400 seats in five hours.
A highlight of the Parkes Elvis Festival each year is the Elvis Express, that this year will depart Sydney’s Central Station on January 12, 2017. Tickets went on sale 4 months before the iconic event.
Passengers will be dressed in their finest Elvis costumes and experience live entertainment before arriving at Parkes Railway Station where thousands of locals are expected to welcome them for the festival’s 25th birthday celebrations.
“The fact that the Elvis Express sold out in a matter of hours is a great sign of the excitement that’s building for this milestone year,” festival director Cathy Treasure said. “The Elvis Express is a unique experience and we’re planning on putting on an unforgettable experience for all those on board.”
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 24 September 2016 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

'Elvis' Obscure Awards' - New Gates of Graceland: Elvis won Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and many more - but do you know about his Golden Boot awards, Laurel "Top Ten Name Power Star 1963" award or GeeGee awards?
You can find out about a few of the more obscure awards that Elvis received on this month's EPE Gates of Graceland episode.
Host Tom Brown and Graceland Director of Archives Angie Marchese take a tour of the Hall of Gold at Graceland and showcase a few of the more interesting awards Elvis won.
Video Runs 7 minutes

Click here to YouTube to see this Gates of Graceland episode.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Henrik Knudsen fined $75,000 for use of Graceland name!: Henrik Knudsen of Elvis Unlimited and the "Graceland" Museum Randers in Denmark has been fined $75 thousand in favour of EPE Inc. The payment will be transferred to the accounts of the estate of ABG / EPE.
The Danish commercial court ruled this week that that the Museum of Jutland has violated the rights of the heirs of Presley, copying the American house in Memphis, which still attracts more than 600 thousand visitors a year.
After the lawsuit was filed, the title was changed from "Graceland Randers". The Museum, owned by Henrik Knudsen, the self-proclaimed "professional Elvis fan", collected about six thousand exhibits. After its opening in 2011, he became one of 50 major attractions of Denmark.
Last year, Knudsen admitted that the lawsuit from Elvis Presley Enterprises took him by surprise. He claims that he voiced the idea of creating a Danish Graceland in 2005 and fans of the king

had every opportunity in order to prevent the use of the name of the original estate in the project. "Everything I did, my heart prompted. I'm a die-hard fan of Elvis, and I was doing all of this with no investment," he says.
The publication notes that the court, obliging the owner of the Museum to pay $ 75 thousand, yet acquitted him on a number of counts, including the sale of counterfeit Souvenirs.
The Elvis Museum was opened in 2011. All the exhibits from the personal collection of Henrik Knudsen. On the eve of the opening of the Museum he claimed to have had the support from ex-wife Priscilla.
(News, Source;Reuter/ElvisInfoNet)

Porthcawl Elvis Festival, Wales, this weekend: The biggest Elvis festival in the UK takes place this weekend in the seaside town of Porthcawl, Wales. Elvis Presley fans will be taking over the seaside town of Porthcawl this weekend 23 - 25 September 2016 as the annual festival returns for its 12th year.
The largest UK event The Porthcawl Elvis Festival attracts fans and impersonators from all over the world.
Across the weekend there will be artists performing and a string of Elvis competitions.
Thousands of fans have already made the trip to Porthcawl as the festival kicked off on Friday with heat one of this year’s Best Festival Elvis Competition.
Other featured events will be held in the Grand Pavilion including The Three Kings Show, The Elvies, and the Elvis Showband, Red Alert.
The pavilion will also be screening The Gift, an acclaimed short film about Elvis, followed by a Q&A with the producer.
This year’s headliner is American Victor Trevino who, earlier this month, came second in the Ultimate Elvis Competition held in Graceland.
If that wasn’t enough the Hi Tide Inn will also be hosting more than 100 shows throughout the weekend and around 20 other venues in and around the town will be putting on events as part of the Fringe Festival.
Go here to the Porthcawl Elvis Festival website.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis One' New CD Releases: The ELVIS ONE label has announced several new releases. Their releases come from the EU Public Domain / Bootleg grey area and so can be found on Amazon and EBay.
There is very little new for serious Elvis collectors but perhaps some stuff of interest to newer Elvis fans  ...  
1) 'From Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, California - Part 2'
A new album from ELVIS ONE with recordings from Elvis at Radio Recorders Studio. 27 Tracks, including rare movie versions, alternate takes, radio spots and more. all from the sixties. Only five tracks were officially released before, all other tracks are officially unreleased!
Includes overdubbed movie versions taken from Elvis' films plus a few alternate takes not officially released.
Of course there's a booklet with recording information and photos included.
Three new "The Hollywood Recordings"
Also 3 new cd releases from the ELVIS ONE label, including "Love Me Tender", "Jailhouse Rock / Loving You" and "King Creole" as the The Hollywood Recordings" series.
Each CD includes the original masters, ALL the movie versions in the best possible sound! And a lot more! "The Hollywood Recordings" gives you the ultimate Elvis movie experience together with the official releases from Elvis' record company.
"Love Me Tender" also includes outtakes, stereo masters, 6 original radio promo's! (unavailable before) and more... like the original album mixes from "We're Gonna Move", "Poor Boy" and "Let Me" as released on "A Date With Elvis" and "For LP Fans Only". PLUS the interview from August 22, 1956 ("The Truth About Me") recorded on the set of "Love Me Tender" - used for the Elvis Answers Back/Teen Parade Magazine, including outtakes.
"Jailhouse Rock / Loving You" including: a long acetate version from "Jailhouse Rock" and the song "One More Day" sung by Mickey Shaughnessy.
"King Creole" including: the ep versions of "Lover Doll" and "Dixieland Rock" together with the lp versions, the original movie version from the song "Banana" (sung by Liliane Montevecchi), live mono mixes, and 3 bonus tracks. - - Each cd includes a booklet with recording information and photos.

'Not Too Sweet' - Special Deluxe Edition: Announced by the SR label 'Not Too Sweet' a Special Deluxe Edition:10 Years Anniversary Edition.
In 2016 are Elvis collectors really crazy enough to want audience recordings on cassette and on Vinyl. It seems that some have lots of money to spare..   From the press release:
Soon to be released from the SR label is their first special BOXSET, featuring a special deluxe edition of the second label release NOT TOO SWEET. In 2005 this show has been the second release of the SR records, for the label 10 years anniversary the producers decided to reprint this super show in a limited deluxe boxset!!
...Without any doubt August 1972 is the focus of this year for ELVIS, 64 strong shows for this season, Elvis's voice was great - even richer than in his January/February season! Elvis also looked superb - with such HIGH QUALITY SHOWS, in excellent spirits. After a modest opening night the show will go growing day by day. ....
Boxset Includes - 4 LP SET + CD + CASSETTE - Five Shows Of Which Two Unreleased
+ 20 Pages Booklet + Poster (30x60 Cm) + Original 100 Copies Bonus Card
Housed in a deluxe boxset, limited 500 copies hand numbered and each copy individually sealed with large info sticker. - Go to 'All The CD News 2016' for full BOXSET details & tracklisting
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 22 September 2016
New Elvis Biopic Being Shot at Graceland: Weinstein Television is developing the first-ever scripted Elvis Presley television biopic to be shot at Graceland, the company announced on Wednesday.
The eight to ten part series will explore every aspect of the King of Rock n’ Roll’s life with access to Elvis’ personal archives including journals, clothing, automobiles and Graceland. The project is based on the 1982 book “Elvis” by author Dave Marsh.
Priscilla Presley is attached as an executive producer, and the production is working in full partnership with the Presley Estate. Harvey Weinstein and Jerry Schilling will also exec produce.
“I’m a big fan of Harvey Weinstein’s independent films,” said Priscilla. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him on this show and tell the story of how Elvis changed the culture of music and initiated a revolution that changed the world.”
No network is currently attached to this Elvis project, but it will be soon be discussed.
“We are excited to work with Harvey Weinstein and the team on this special project,” said Jamie Salter, CEO of ABG, “Partnering with producers of this caliber enables us to provide viewers with a new and original experience that is as captivating as the King himself.”
“This project will truly honor everything that made Elvis Presley a central figure of our time. This format enables us to do justice to Elvis’ rich and compelling story, which will be sure to thrill audiences.”
“To this day, Elvis is one of the few that lives up to the word ‘icon’. It’s an incredible opportunity to be the first-ever scripted TV series to shoot at Graceland and have access to Elvis’ personal archives. Elvis redefined an entire generation’s relationship to music and pop culture. This show will be an authentic and riveting look at how that came about from start to finish.”
The project will be overseen by Megan Spanjian who heads scripted television for TWC.
(News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine Issue 17 OUT SOON: It's hard to believe that The Elvis Files Magazine is about to enter its fifth year of publication.
Erik Lorentzen reminds everyone that it is time to renew any annual subscriptions.
Issue # 17 is heading towards the printers.
"Better than ever and second to none".

What a GREAT cover shot

And check out some example pages below - lots to read, previously unpublished photos and newly discovered articles. Plus Elvis in Las Vegas 1973-74 - This issue looks like it will be one of the best.

Subscribe annually for 4 issues by sending €58
by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

Or also €15 for a single issue

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions

 



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Larry Muhoberac, Elvis piano man, in Sydney nursing home: It has been sadly reported that Larry Muhoberac is now living in a nursing home on the Sydney Central Coast. It was Muhoberac who played piano for Elvis' at his sensational Las Vegas return to live performing. 
In fact, Larry Muhoberac’s hands have also doubled for Elvis’ in several movie scenes of The King playing the piano.
And while Elvis left the building long ago, Muhoberac who also played alongside Ray Charles, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand before moving to Australia with his wife Andra in 1986 - is now living at a nursing home near Sydney.
Sadly Muhoberac’s communication skills are not what they were, after being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, but the 79-year-old feels like getting his blue suede shoes on when he hears an Elvis song.
“Clearly something different and something significant happens when Elvis comes on,” wife Andra said.
In an interview early last year, Muhoberac recalled his first meeting with The King at Graceland.
“My initial impression was that he was very quiet. Nothing outrageous. No outrageous behaviour, at that time he didn’t have all the guards. He had one person at the gate to see who was coming in. I drove up. The guard says, ‘Well, go around back’. I drove up the driveway and went to the back door. He still had a screen-door entrance and everything else.”
He has fond memories of working on four of Elvis’ films — Frankie And Johnny (1966), Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966), Speedway (1968) and Stay Away Joe (1968) after moving to Memphis to find his musical fortune.
“The movie cues, the underscore cues, were done with a full orchestra and a rhythm section but when it came time to do the single songs, which were the performance numbers in the movie, we’d be over at Radio Recorders, which is a more intimate environment for recording, and it would just be the band and a rhythm section and sometimes The Jordanaires and the Anita Kerr Singers,” he recalled.
He remembers working with Elvis, Charles and Streisand with great affection.
“It was great fun and you got to see Hollywood. We were looked after really well. All the times were good.”
Muhoberac said Elvis had “a great feeling for the timing of the song. He contributed that and that was a major contribution. If a song was a little under or over the tempo, Elvis was very aware of that.”
He said he was shocked when he saw Elvis on TV shortly before his death at the age of 42 in 1977.
“You’ve got to realise that (Elvis) was a physical fitness fanatic,” he said.
“Then I saw him on TV and I couldn’t believe it. Something had happened. All the dissipated features, the general lack of physical health. He did not look healthy. He looked very ill.”
“You know, of all the people I have ever worked with the only person people ever ask about is Elvis. At the time you just did your job,” he said.
And with Elvis’ timeless music as a comfort, Muhoberac won’t be lonesome tonight­.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)
'All Shook Up' - FTD CD review: One of the best releases to highlight Larry Muhoberac's contribution on piano is this Midnight concert from August 26th 1969. The excitement of Elvis' return to live performances in August 1969 would never be repeated. On his Midnight shows Elvis had no time limit, was able to perform to his maximum and on this special night he was in a fabulously funny mood & as loose as a goose! ‘All Shook Up’ captures Elvis’ truly infectious laughter while at the same time Larry Muhoberac's piano driven mix. EIN sent Larry a copy of this great CD for his collection back in 2005(FTD Review, Source: EIN)

Monday 19 September 2016

Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.

Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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Win a copy of Elvis, The Numbers (book) - UK fans only: Author Joseph Rene has advised EIN that UK fans can win one of three signed copies of his book (read EIN's review). Joseph said:

"You might be interested to know that there are three signed copies of my book to be won in a contest taking place here on a local UK radio flipsideradio.org with DJ Kenny Stewart @elvisairways every Tuesday 7pm UK time:

To win, people just have to name three chapters of my book, all three Elvis' songs.

We gave away three clues:
Song #1 is a Gospel song
Song #2 has a location in its title
Song#3 was also recorded by Bob Dylan." (News, Source: Joe Rene/EIN)


'Elvis Off The Record' Home-recordings Import box-set: There is no "label" attached and the publicity notes..... For the very first time in 1 stunning boxset , containing 5 (!) CD's housed in glossy color cardsleeves with the complete Elvis home recordings in the best sound quality and in chronological order !
Also included is a beautiful 16-page full color booklet with photo's and recording information.
By far this is the best available release of Elvis' home recordings for your collection.
This set features the Eddie Fadal recordings, the Bad Nauheim recordings,  Red West's Rocca Place tapes, Sam Thompson's home recordings and many others.
EIN says please check your previous Elvis home-recording releases such as FTD's A Private Moment, BMG's 'Home Recordings' and the MRS 'Elvis Off Duty" before purchasing..

Go to 'All The CD News 2016' for full tracklisting
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 17 September 2016

UPDATED - 'Secrets and Lies: Getting to the Truth about Elvis' Christmas Album': Probably more than any other album of his career, Elvis’ Christmas Album is generally regarded as having created the most controversy.
Some would argue that the first album in 1956 did this, but actually there was relatively little backlash against it or Elvis in the press prior to the second Milton Berle appearance. Elvis’ Christmas Album, however, has stories of it being banned by radio stations, firings of DJs, and an irate Irving Berlin all attached to it.
These events make for great stories, have been often repeated, and only add to the legend of the boy from Tupelo taking on the establishment and coming out with #1 album.
But are they really true?
Go here to this fascinating EIN spotlight where author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy - now updated with your comments & more info

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


Million Dollar Quartet cancels Australian Tour!: Bad news for Aussies - the Australian tour of Tony award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet - announced only two months ago - has now been cancelled. No reason or details have been announced with the 'Australian Tour' still being noted on the MDQ official website.
EIN members are disappointed as we were all looking forward to seeing the award winning production.
The production, inspired by the true story of the famous 1956 recording session which brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, was due to open at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne on December 8, 2016 before heading to Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ 60th anniversary finale in Vegas: With several shows closing this year in Las Vegas sadly the 'Million Dollar Quartet' show at Harrah’s is also going to close but on December 4, 2016 – sixty years to the day after that famous event on Dec. 4, 1956 when Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins all got together for a jam at Sam Phillips’ Records in Memphis.
The show opened in February 2013 and featured a talented cast of actors and musicians who played their own instruments onstage. Those in the current company include original cast members Rob Lyons (Carl Perkins), Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Marc Donovan ( Sam Phillips). Elvis has been most recently portrayed by Justin Shandor (winner of the 2010 UETA competition in Memphis), and Scott Moreau has played Johnny Cash.
“Million Dollar Quartet” was easily one of the best musicals on The Strip, and is one of the rare shows where performers sing without backing tracks.
The show was a massive success with more than 1,500 performances and will be fondly remembered for its charismatic cast, top-notch performances.
We recommend you see “Million Dollar Quartet” while you can!
(News, Source, LasVegasTimes/ElvisInfoNet)

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” in Prada Advert: Elvis fans will be spotting the classic Blue Hawaii song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” in the new Prada advert. However it is not the sublime Elvis version - but a new update by 'Perfume Genius' aka Seattle's Mike Hadreas.
He has released three albums so far to critical acclaim. Other websites describe it as a "stunning cover".
"While the original Elvis version is a simple, slow dance-ready ballad that feels like a warm embrace in a dusty old dive bar, Perfume Genius’s pulsating update turns Presley’s chaste confession into something sexier and more exciting. He’s not just promising love, he’s threatening it."
Elvis fans can compare for themselves - click here to YouTube.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Riley Keough shaking things up! Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough looked sensational as she hit the red carpet at the American Honey premiere in New York on Tuesday
Her latest movie, American Honey, has already garnered praise from critics, winning the Prix du Jury at May's Cannes Film Festival.
Riley - with the striking looks of Elvis mixed with Lisa-Marie - looked sensational on the red carpet as she slipped into a beaded white mini-dress.
The stunning number worked wonderfully with her tanned skin, and showed off her slim pins to their full potential.

As the beauty arrived at the event, she was joined by her stunning co-star Sasha Lane, who lit up the red carpet in a simple golden camisole dress.
Their movie, which also stars Shia LaBeouf,  tells the story of a teenage girl who joins a travelling magazine sales crew and gets caught up in a whirlwind of mischief.
Riley has seen a jolt in her career since starring on the series The Girlfriend Experience. She is best known for her work in Magic Mike and Mad Max: Fury Road.

The actress met her husband Ben Smith-Petersen while starring in the film, in which she starred as Capable alongside big names Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
Riley and Ben tied the knot in the romantic setting of Napa Valley's vineyards in California last year.

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 16 September 2016
FTD Sept Releases - OUT NOW: The two FTD releases announced for early september are out now and at your Elvis dealer. Meanwhile 'Elvis' Gold Records Vol.4' will be released in a couple of weeks.
- 'Hometown Shows' new FTD CD -  The 'Hometown Shows' is another FTD double-CD release this time focusing on Elvis' Memphis performance from 1974/75. It features two legendary shows from the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, the March 17, 1974 (evening show) and June 10, 1975 performance.
The March 17, 1974 ES soundboard is a brand new unreleased show, while June 10 1975 is one of Elvis' best mid-seventies concerts which has been previously out on bootleg, most recently on  'Bringing It All Back Home'. An excellent show in GREAT sound.
This 1975 concert provided us with the great Ed Bonja cover photo for the 'From EP Boulevard' album (below) so you know that Elvis was up for a good time!.
Note the last few songs of the June 10 1975 were not recorded & so replaced with the same songs from the previous day' concert.

Mastered by Jan Eliasson (Disc 1) and Vic Anesini (Disc 2) the release is a 5” 2CD FTD digipack.
Tracklist - Disc 1 - March 17, 1974 (evening show)
1 Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2 See See Rider, 3 I Got A Woman/Amen, 4 Love Me, 5 Trying To Get To You, 6 All Shook Up, 7 Steamroller Blues, 8 Teddy Bear/ Don’t Be Cruel, 9 Love Me Tender, 10 Johnny B. Goode, 11 Hound Dog, 12 Fever, 13 Polk Salad Annie, 14 Why Me Lord, 15 Suspicious Minds, 16. Introductions, 17 I Can’t Stop Loving You, 18 Help Me
19 An American Trilogy, 20. Let Me Be There, 21. Funny How Time Slips Away, 22 That’s All Right, 23. Can’t Help Falling In Love, 25. Closing Vamp - Go to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2016' for full tracklists.

'Elvis: His Songs of Praise' new FTD book/CD combo: Announced by FTD, the first of two volumes titled "Elvis: His Songs of Praise" from author Trevor Simpson. Both books will combine to over 700 pages chronicling the 100 sacred, spiritual and inspirational gospel songs sung by Elvis.
Volume 1 promises over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high-quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics. Every song has been thoroughly researched in a similar manner to Trevor Simpson’s previous trilogy "Elvis: The Best of British”.

In early interviews, Elvis divulged that spiritual music was his first love and he publicly continued to reaffirm. Despite being acclaimed as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, he was only presented with three Grammy awards and they were for his spiritual music and the stories of these iconic songs are much, much more contained within this book. With special bonus 30 track CD.
Go here as Trevor Simpson revealed details about his in-depth investigations into Elvis' love of religious music - as well as news of his Book Launch in the UK.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Spliced takes “Nashville”' New Import CD: After their first “Hollywood” release, CMT is proud to present their latest release which promises to be another winner!
Again the STAR team has done all the edits on this album, and they did an even better job, with lots of excellent edits, and surprises.
Their professional edits will blow you away, and will make you believe these are unreleased takes. Just listen to the amazing alternate master of “Ain’t That Loving You Baby” re-created from scratch including 17 (!!) splices, this brings you the version used on the 1984 “Reconsider Baby” album, in much better remastered sound.
“Fever” is presented with longer intro and great splices creating a whole new outtake! “Guitar Man” is spliced 5(!) times and also has a new “What’d I Say” ending. “U.S. Male” has an unusual extra verse included which didn’t make it to the record “You son of a b…”
Another highlight must be “I Gotta Know” with alternate Jordanaires backing. “I Need Your Love Tonight” has an additional guitar solo, and the alternate “I’m Yours” also includes the spoken version.
The set comes in a “Deluxe Digipack” and is limited to 500 copies!

Wednesday 14 September 2016
'The Wonder of You' 2017 European Tour: Already announced for Australia, now in May 2017 'The Wonder of You' live concert experience featuring ELVIS with a full symphony orchestra live on stage is heading to Europe. They will be performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known rock 'n' roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads – with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.
The European dates will follow hot on the heels of six arena concerts in the United Kingdom in November 2016 (see info below) - which are all set to be sold out.
The critically-acclaimed "If I Can Dream" release, as well as its successor album, feature archive recordings of the king’s voice, and new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits along with several surprises.
"If I Can Dream" and "The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" were both produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman and executive produced by Priscilla Presley, Don Reedman and EPE.
"The Wonder of You," live in concert, is produced by EPE. The European concert tour is produced by GEA Live.
The new album "The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" is set for release on October 21, 2016.
Tour Dates Europe 2017 - CLICK HERE to buy tickets - Tickets go on sale September 16.
May 10th – Rotterdam, Ahoy
May 12th – Sweden, Malmo Arena
May 13th – Denmark, Herning – Jyske Bank Boxen
May 15th – Germany, Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Arena
May 16th – Germany, Oberhausen – Koenig-Pilsener Arena
May 18th – Switzerland, Zurich – Hallenstadion
May 19th – Belgium, Brussels – Palais 12
May 20th – Germany, Frankfurt, Festhalle
May 21st – Germany, Munich, Olympiahalle
May 22nd – Austria, Vienna, Wiener Stadthalle
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Pre-Order- 'The Wonder Of You' Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: You can Pre-Order the CD or vinyl versions now through Amazon or AmazonUK. EIN has been informed that the "Deluxe box-set" and vinyl versions will however not be released until December 2, 2016
The CD versions will be out world-wide - October 21, 2016
The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the album spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads. Featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises, standout tracks include a sultry new version of “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” the heartfelt emotion of “Kentucky Rain” and a stunning new take on the classic “Always On My Mind.” The new album is the follow-up to the global phenomenon 'If I Can Dream' released in 2015.
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic'  VINYL release is presented in beautiful gatefold packaging and pressed on 150g vinyl.
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic' DELUXE  Edition includes 3 additional tracks on CD, two, 150 gram LPs in a gatefold package, a poster suitable for framing and a 12 page booklet, all housed in a 12”x 12” lift off box.
US CD
US VINYL
UK CD
UK VINYL
. . . .

"Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond" New Book:  EIN has had a few readers question us about this new book from Lamar Fike. However Marty Lacker has confirmed that it is a book that Lamar wanted to publish - but never managed to finish before he sadly passed away. The book has been finally completed by Lamar's cousin (Tommy McDonald) put  together from Lamar's writing with the help of a friend, Harold Eggers. Marty tells EIN that it is a fine book with some good stories and info within its covers. Lamar's cousin is a "good guy" and this is what Lamar would have liked to have seen published for the fans.
"Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond - An Intimate Conversation with Lamar Fike, Elvis Presley's Closest Friend and Confidant" presents 400 questions about Presley's life and career with in-depth answers by good friend, Lamar Fike.
This 190-page book of informed and tantalizing insights into the character of the man who irreversibly changed 20th-century musical and cultural history.
A member of Elvis' famed "Memphis Mafia", Fike lived with Elvis and his parents at Graceland in 1957-58 and became intimately aware of the complex family history and dynamics that would influence Elvis until his final hour.
The book features recollections about Fike and Presley by music industry luminaries including Ray Baker, Jimmy Bowen, Jerry Chesnut and Anita Wood - with a special foreword by Fike's good friend Marty Lacker. In conversations with the authors, Lamar Fike repeatedly emphasized this book as a way of presenting and preserving as much "real truth" about Elvis as possible.
Check out the book on Amazon>> Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond: An Intimate Conversation With Lamar Fike, Elvis' Closest Friend & Confidant
Go HERE to EIN's exclusive interviews with Lamar Fike.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 12 September 2016

'Secrets and Lies: Getting to the Truth about Elvis' Christmas Album': Probably more than any other album of his career, Elvis’ Christmas Album is generally regarded as having created the most controversy.
Some would argue that the first album in 1956 did this, but actually there was relatively little backlash against it or Elvis in the press prior to the second Milton Berle appearance. Elvis’ Christmas Album, however, has stories of it being banned by radio stations, firings of DJs, and an irate Irving Berlin all attached to it.
These events make for great stories, have been often repeated, and only add to the legend of the boy from Tupelo taking on the establishment and coming out with #1 album.
But are they really true?
Go here to this fascinating EIN spotlight where author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis "Musicless" 'Blue Suede Shoes' Screen-test!: Sometimes we can all do with some more Elvis craziness  - and personally, knowing Elvis' love of Monty Python, I think that he would find this very funny.
Mario Wienerroither present Elvis' 1956 Blue Suede Shoes' screen-test without the actual music!

Perhaps not be to every fan's taste- but I am sure Elvis would have watched this again and again.

GO HERE to watch on YouTube - only runs 2 minutes..

EIN thanks Raymond Faithfull for the word-up.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Want to Buy Lisa Marie's UK House - only US$6 million!: The Daily Mail wittily reports "It's now or never if you want to live in Lisa Marie Presley's old house: Elvis's daughter's Grade II-listed mansion goes on the market for £4.5m  - and no, it's not in the ghetto!"
Home buyers have the chance to live the rock and roll lifestyle, as long as they have £4.5 million to spare.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley is flogging her 15th century country retreat Coes Hall.
The property, nestled in the East Sussex countryside close to the village of Rotherfield, is a luxurious 11 bedroom home with nine bathrooms. It is set amidst nearly 50 acres of land and many of the oldest parts of the house are Grade II listed, features include a personal cinema, billiard room and a gym complex with a swimming pool, spa and sauna. The property also boasts a five-bay garage and parking area, as well as stables and an orangery
The property listing suggests  'It is the perfect English retreat that would appeal to any buyers with a love for the quintessentially British".
Lisa Marie, 48, currently lives in San Francisco with her family.
She bought Coes Hall in 2010 with music producer husband Michael Lockwood, from whom she filed for divorce earlier this year after 10 years of marriage.
EIN's Nigel & Piers are thinking of going half-shares in it for a holiday retreat from all this Elvis writing! 
Click here to Daily Mail for all the photos
(News, Source;DM/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest UK Album Charts: Elvis' new album sales are sadly fading fast after the initial sales blast. (7 Sept 2016)
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' dropped out of the Official UK Album chart from last week's #68 position - after only 3 weeks in the charts.
'Way Down In The Jungle Room'
down #38 to #72 on the Sales Chart.
'Way Down In The Jungle Room'
down from #22 to #54 on the Physical Sales Chart.

'If I Can Dream'
CD is a re-entry at #97 on the Sales Chart.
'If I Can Dream'
CD is a re-entry at #81 on the Physical Sales Chart.

'Way Down In The Jungle Room'
dropped from #3 to #35 on the Vinyl Album Chart.

In the Scottish Charts
'Way Down In The Jungle Room'
dropped from #38 to #98 on the Album Chart.
'If I Can Dream'
was a re-entry at #93
While in the Australian Aria Charts
'Way Down In The Jungle Room'
dropped from #38 to #62 on the Album chart after reaching a peak position at #9.
'If I Can Dream'
also dropped from #53 to #69 on the Album chart.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 10 September 2016

Elvis first 'Ed Sullivan Show' 60 years ago: Noted as one of the "ten days that rocked America", it was sixty years ago on September 9,  1956 that  Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and rock and roll truly became part of mainstream American culture.
The New York Daily News published their story "Yes, It's Elvis Again!"  the following day.
... Boy, make fast those storm windows and call out the bodyguards! Elvis the Pelvis is here again. He was on the Ed Sullivan show last evening.
It was a much-subdued Elvis Presley (CBS-TV, 8 to 9 ) who was introduced from New York by the sardonic Charles Laughton subbing for Sullivan. Facing the cameras in Hollywood, he sang in his usual manner. What that manner is I've already described on several occasions; so there's no need to go into that again.
But I'll say this for the fellow. He merely moved and hopped about a bit; he did not gyrate his pelvis. (I guess we'll have to change his monicker.)
In fact, he gave a completely antiseptic and sterilized performance. Even a prissy spinster could not have objected to it.
Not that Elvis needs to bother. After all, Laughton called attention to the four gold records on the stage each representing sales of more than a million Presley Platters. And did his teen-age audience on the Coast scream! They think that the boy is worth the $50,000 Sullivan is paying him for three appearances.
Incidentally, there was another singer on the show - Dorothy Sarnoff. Outstanding. And Laughton made a swell emcee."

There was no shoot "from the waist up" rules that first night, as NBC viewers got to see the full Elvis action - legs, hips, and all when he rocked out on Little Richard's 'Ready Teddy' and the smash single  'Hound Dog.'  The teenage audience screamed as Elvis grunted, moved his tongue and crossed his eyes - with the camera focused on Elvis censorship seemed irrelevant.
The massive home-audience certainly wasn't offended enought that it changed the channel. The September 9th Sullivan show reached an astounding 82.6 percent of the TV audience - the largest single audience in television history.

For the best deluxe book about Elvis on TV and the Ed Sullivan show check out the 'Elvis on Television 1956-60' - new Boxcar production'

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



'Elvis at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show : September 26 1956' - SNEAK PREVIEW: At the printers - the new book from Erik Lorentzen. Having now finished the Elvis Files series, Erik Lorentzen is concentrating on his new "Gold Standard Series" where he will expand on certain pivotal moments in Elvis' life enabling Lorentzen to publish yet more newly discovered and previously unpublished photos.
EIN has seen the pile of unreleased Tupelo concert photos and they are astounding.

Go HERE to EIN's Sneak Preview of twenty pages from this fabulous book.
The book will be published later this month.

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


"Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond" New Book:  A new book on the extraordinary life and career of Elvis Presley has just been published by Hound Dog Books & Media.
"Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond - An Intimate Conversation with Lamar Fike, Elvis Presley's Closest Friend and Confidant" presents 400 questions about Presley's life and career with 400 corresponding in-depth answers by longtime colleague, Lamar Fike.
Their friendship dated from 1954 (just before Presley's first history-making Sun records) until the day Elvis died in 1977. Lamar was there for the entire ride:  Hollywood, the Army, Las Vegas and everything in-between.
This 190-page book of informed and tantalizing insights into the character of the man who irreversibly changed 20th-century musical and cultural history.
A charter member of Presley's famed "Memphis Mafia", Fike lived with Elvis and his parents at Graceland in 1957-58 and became intimately aware of the complex family history and psychological dynamics that would influence Elvis until his final hour.
"We knew what each other was thinking," said Fike. "Brothers are that way. Twins are that way. We were that way."
Until his death in 2011, Lamar Fike remained an authoritative source of first-hand Elvis information, inviting journalists L.E. McCullough and Harold F. Eggers, Jr. to interview him in his Nashville home. This yielded a fresh crop of never-before-shared glimpses into what made Elvis tick.
The book features recollections about Fike and Presley by music industry luminaries including Ray Baker, Jimmy Bowen, Jerry Chesnut, Kenny Davis, Kevin Eggers, Eddie Kilroy, Tommy McDonald, Pat Rolfe, Bill Sparkman, Little David Wilkins and Anita Wood - with a special foreword by Fike's esteemed Memphis Mafia colleague, Marty Lacker.
In conversations with the authors, Lamar Fike repeatedly emphasized this book as a way of presenting and preserving as much "real truth" about Elvis as possible.
Check out the book on Amazon>> Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond: An Intimate Conversation With Lamar Fike, Elvis' Closest Friend & Confidant
Go HERE to EIN's exclusive interviews with Lamar Fike.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits"  Explores The King's Unique Fashion Sensibilities: On-Line magazine PASTE monthly discuss the new book about Elvis' style.
... Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits is a celebration of the innovative style-world of Elvis Presley, from his wonderfully expressive hairstyles, clothing and cars, to his unique home interiors.
Written by Zoey Goto, a fashion and design journalist for many of the leading international magazines including GQ, GQ Style, NME, Elle and Numero, Elvis Style speaks to a number of leading design experts to shed fresh light on Elvis’ design choices and influence. These include Sex & the City stylist Patricia Fields, Academy Award-winning costume designer Mark Bridges, Elvis’ personal car-customizer George Barris, and Hal Lansky of Lansky Brothers.
Elvis Style includes more than 175 photos, many of which show rarely seen before Elvis-worn garments, interiors and cars from The King’s extensive private collection.

Go here to EIN's look at "Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits" 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 9 September 2016
"The Wonder Of You" New RPO Album: "The Wonder Of You"is the title of the follow-up album from Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It presents the iconic artist's unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the album spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads. Featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises, standout tracks include a sultry new version of "A Big Hunk O' Love," the glorious "Amazing Grace," the heartfelt emotion of "Kentucky Rain" and a stunning new take on the classic "Always On My Mind."
The new album is the follow-up to the global phenomenon 'If I Can Dream' Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, released in 2015.
The Deluxe Edition of the album will include three additional tracks on CD plus double-vinyl in a Gatefold package, a poster suitable for framing and a 12 page booklet, all housed in a 12"x12" lift-off box.
Release date 14 October 2016.
Tracklist 1. A Big Hunk O' Love, 2. I've Got A Thing About You Baby, 3. Suspicious Minds, 4. I Just Can't Help Believing, 5. Just Pretend, 6. Always on my Mind, 7. Memories, 8. Kentucky Rain, 9. Don't, 10. Amazing Grace, 11. Starting Today, 12. You Gave Me a Mountain, 13. Let It Be Me, 14. The Wonder of You, and (Bonus Track) 15. Just Pretend (Duet with Helene Fischer)
The Deluxe Edition with extra Bonus tracks, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Love Letters & 17. Just Pretend (Duet with Helene Fischer)
CLICK HERE to ElvisTheMusic to get a first listen to the new single "A Big Hunk O' Love"
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis' Gold Records Vol.4' FTD Release: Following up the success of the FTD Classic Album version of 'Elvis' Golden Records Vol3' the upcoming release of 'Volume 4' has been confirmed.
The original album featured 12 tracks chosen from 1960-1966, 1. Love Letters,   2. Witchcraft,   3. It Hurts Me,   4. What'd I Say,   5. Please Don't Drag That String Around,   6. Indescribably Blue,   7. (You're the) Devil In Disguise,   8. Lonely Man,   9. A Mess Of Blues,   10. Ask Me,   11. Ain't That Loving You Baby,  12. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello.
The upgraded CD version included the six Bonus Tracks of Return To Sender, Rock A Hula Baby, Bossa Nova Baby, Kissin' Cousins, Viva Las Vegas and Crying In The Chapel.
With a six-year timeline FTD has plenty of options for unreleased bonus outtakes for DISC 2.
NO official tracklist has been announced yet.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 7 September 2016

Trevor Simpson talks about "Elvis: His Songs of Praise": Out later this month is the first of two volumes titled "Elvis: His Songs of Praise" from author Trevor Simpson.
The two volumes will combine to over 700 pages chronicling the 100 sacred, spiritual and inspirational gospel songs sung by Elvis. Volume 1 promises over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high-quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics as well as a 30-track special bonus CD.

EIN noted that our original 'His Songs Of Praise' tracklisting we posted was not correct. While confirming the track selection EIN's Piers Beagley took the chance to ask author Trevor Simpson some questions about his new book as well as this interesting CD selection.


Monday 5 September 2016

(Interview) Bill "Superfoot" Wallace talks to EIN: Bill was full contact Professional Karate Association (PKA) Middleweight Champion from 1974 to 1980. He appeared in numerous films and continues to tour the world presenting seminars on the martial arts.
Bill became good friends with Elvis and the Memphis Mafia, training with him and hanging out at Graceland. In a wide ranging interview, Bill recently talked with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about his life, Elvis, martial arts and some of his friends including Red West, Ed Parker, Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan.
In his scintillating interview Bill also talks about Elvis' proficiency as a martial artist and recounts the time Bill and members of the Memphis Mafia confronted an armed biker gang in what became a life threatening incident!
Go here for Nigel Patterson's one-on-one with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


ETMHM #113  Out Now: EIN's favourite music magazine, 'Elvis The Man & His Music' September 2016 issue is out now.

In this issue:
- Searching For Scotty - Scotty Moore tribute
- Bustin' Loose - The 1954 - 1959 Billboard Reviews
- It's Diff'rent Now - Mono vs Stereo
- The Greatest - Elvis and Ali
- On The Edge Of Reality - The later film soundtracks
- Shout It Out! - Readers' letters
- CD & Book Reviews

Click here to ETM&HM for more info and to subscribe

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Files Magazine Issue 17: It's hard to believe that The Elvis Files Magazine is about to enter its fifth year of publication.
Erik Lorentzen reminds everyone that it is time to renew any annual subscriptions.
Issue # 17 is heading towards the printers.
"Better than ever and second to none".

What a GREAT cover shot

Send €58 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions

 

 



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Sunday 4 September 2016

'Way Down In The Jungle Room' VINYL OUT NOW: The special double-vinyl version of 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' is out now and available from Amazon UK (see below). The set celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
The vinyl release does not include the masters but instead features the making-of tracks from the second sensational disc of the general legacy double release.


You can read our review of the Legacy Double CD release here - Discover the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Presley - "Way Down In The Jungle Room" - 2LP VINYL
DISC 1, SIDE 1
1. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall – take 1 (5:15)
2. She Thinks I Still Care – take 10 (6:30)
3. The Last Farewell – take 2 (4:15)
5. Solitaire – take 7 (5:37)
DISC 1, SIDE 2
1. I'll Never Fall In Love Again – take 5 (4:04)
2. Moody Blue – take 1 (3:53)
3. For The Heart – take 1 (3:55)
4. Hurt – take 3 (2:30)
5. Danny Boy – take 9 (4:02)
DISC 2, SIDE 3
1. Never Again – take 9 (3:56)
2. Love Coming Down – take 3 (3:17)
3. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – take 4 (4:59)
4. She Thinks I Still Care – (alternate version) take 2 (4:26)
DISC 2, SIDE 4
1. It's Easy For You – take 1 (5:24)
2. Way Down – take 2 (3:50)
3. Pledging My Love – take 3 (5:34)
4. For The Heart – take 4 (4:13)
- - .

In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

Please Do Not be ripped off by other Australian Elvis shops.


'In the Studio with Elvis Presley' Graceland Blog: The new Graceland Blog features a small article on the studios Elvis used. Sadly it only features the select few studios (Western Recorders and NBC Burbank for the 68 Special do not even get a mention!)  but there are a few nice pics!
... "Fans saw Elvis on stage and on the big screen, but fans never had the chance to see Elvis work in one of his favorite environments – in the studio.
And, really, the studio is at the heart of Elvis’ career. It was in studios in Memphis, Hollywood, Nashville and New York, where he cut songs that became No. 1 hits, songs that shook the foundation of American music, and songs that became fan favorites.
Elvis had hundreds of recording sessions in many different studios, but let’s take a look at just a few of the special ones where Elvis recorded some of his biggest hits...

Click here to EPE for the article
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: His Songs of Praise' FTD book Promo Video: Coming out later this month, the first of two volumes titled "Elvis: His Songs of Praise Vol.1" from author Trevor Simpson. The two volumes will combine to over 700 pages chronicling the 100 sacred, spiritual and inspirational gospel songs sung by Elvis.
Volume 1 promises over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high-quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics. Every song has been thoroughly researched in a similar manner to Trevor Simpson’s previous trilogy "Elvis: The Best of British”.
In early interviews, Elvis divulged that spiritual music was his first love and he publicly continued to reaffirm. Despite being acclaimed as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, he was only presented with three Grammy awards and they were for his spiritual music and the stories of these iconic songs are much, much more contained within this book. The book comes with bonus CD - see complete 30 song tracklist below.
View the YouTube promo video here - runs 4 minutes
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis 1974 - In Between Watergate and Ali' Import Box-set: The Rock'n'Roll Majesty label have announced a 5CD bootleg box-set including some of Elvis' lesser 1974 performances all of which have been released before.
Strangely called 'Elvis 1974 - In Between Watergate and Ali' it features the following concerts.
CD 1) College Park, Maryland: Saturday: Sept 28, 1974 Part One
CD 2) College Park, Maryland : Saturday : September 28, 1974 Part Two + The Binaural Rehearsal August 16, 1974 RCA Hollywood
EIN Note - College Park Sept 28  (previously on Fort Baxter's 'A Profile The King on Stage Vol2') has previously been reviewed as - "Elvis is out of breath, his mouth is lazy and he's behind the beat. He's on one of is babbling jags too - you know, where he starts making those embarrassing, off-color, incoherent comments."
CD 3) October 1, 1974: University of Notre Dame, Evening Show
This show is officially out on FTD's 'Dragonheart' release.
CD 4) October 6, 1974 (2.30 pm) Dayton, OH. University Of Dayton.
CD 5) October 6, 1974 (8.30 pm) Dayton, OH. University Of Dayton.
Both better quality Dayton shows are from Boxcar's 'Dayton Reloaded'
EIN truly wonders which collectors really need this peculiar set?

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 1 September 2016
"Elvis, Badger and Bruce Lee" The comic!: Looking back over 25 years 'Badger' was a weird comic - the product of the small press boom of the late ’80s - a product of its time. Badger comic #65 from 1990 was called “Kruisin’ With The King”. The crazy storyline featured the Badger teaming up with Elvis to fight Bruce Lee!
A scuffle in a gas station (sound familiar Elvis fans?) is interrupted by the arrival of a new challenger ELVIS, being driven down the highway in a golden limousine by the star of The Wild Bunch, Warren Oates. Clearly, this is something the Badger wants to get in on, and he cecomes recruited into the King’s inner circle.
It turns out that Elvis’ manager, The Colonel has discovered that Elvis faked his death and went into hiding, and is now trying to smoke him out with threats of new tell-all books and a colorized version of Jailhouse Rock.
The trio heads to Las Vegas but when they arrive at the Little Dragon headquarters, they find the Colonel there with his own new bodyguard - and his name… is Bruce Lee.

EIN just wanted to start this month with something a little different and a crazy Elvis image!
and, C'mon everybody, Elvis would have loved this stuff!


Click to Bizarro Comic Back Issues to read more

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

"The Man Who Dared to Steal the King" DVD: It must be "crazy time" again as today EIN is also informed of a new DVD about the Forest Hill Cemetery break in.
Just 12 days after Elvis died in August 1977 a group of men tried to steal his remains and hold them for ransom. Three desperate men are arrested - accused of plotting to steal the body of Elvis, all for a King's ransom.
The DVD publicity notes that... "For the first time, Raymond "Bubba" Green, the ringleader of these alleged body snatchers, tells his story about the conspiracy, the plan, and the aftermath of the raid on Elvis' tomb.
Discover the whirlwind of corruption and greed that drove an unthinkable crime, grave robbing the most famous corpse in America.
Who was the mysterious stranger with the briefcases full of maps, photos, and cash? Who was really behind the plot - and who benefited from this dark and dangerous plan?
Bubba Green tells all in this mysterious chapter in the legend of Elvis Presley. A chapter that would have lasting implications for the legacy of the greatest icon in music.

The documentary "The Man Who Dared to Steal the King" was made by Tri-Marq Communications, a media production company in Milwaukee.
In the documentary, “Bubba” explains why someone must have alerted police to the plot before they tried to carry it out. “I said go straight and instead of going straight he turned right and pulled right down to where CBS, ABC, NBC, the SWAT teams… everyone in the world was waiting for us

right there,” Green said. The documentary looks at theories on who could’ve tipped off police and how Green managed to avoid going to prison for the attempted heist.
Get more information about The Man Who Dared to Steal the King at their website here.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Road To Nowhere' New Import CD: Out soon is 'Road To Nowhere' from the E.P. Collector label. An audience recording from Louisville, KY, May 21st, 1977. It was the second stop of Elvis’ May 1977 tour and according to Larry Geller, Elvis was in a very bad shape prior the show. Dr. Nick was present in the hotel room, using cold water with ice to make Elvis ready for concert. Listening to this CD, one must say that under those circumstances, Elvis did a remarkably good job! Among the concert highlights are ”That’s All Right“, „You Gave Me A Mountain“ ”Heartbreak Hotel”, ”My Way” and usual show-stopper “Hurt“. The May 21st, 1977 show is previously unreleased in any form and it was never available on the collectors circuit in acceptable sound. The producers have been looking for a good sounding recording for long time. Finally they got a solid sounding tape from an Elvis collector in the USA. Comes in a nice digipak filled with a positive concert review from the local press and a collection of quite decent images taken on May 21st, 1977 in Louisville, KY.
Go to 'All The CD News 2016' for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ASK Marty is Back!: Today Marty Lacker answers your questions about....

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
- Felton Jarvis as Elvis' Executive Album Producer.
- The Jungle Room sessions
- Elvis might have some illegitimate children
- Why did Elvis never travel to holiday in Europe,
- Is David Stanley, Holy Priest of truth, OR a liar

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' for his answers plus how to send in your questions. 

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


"Reel Cowboys" Honor For Elvis: This year Elvis Presley is to be presented with a "Silver Spur"  (The Oscars of Westerns) for his several western films as well as his military service.

The Reel Cowboys are a non-profit organization that has been active for more than 19 years. Each year they produce the famed “Silver Spur Awards”, of which the profits help support various charities, such as “National Veterans Memorial”. Silver Spur honorees are famous celebrities that have worked in westerns, making them Lifetime members of the Reel Cowboys. We are known in 188 countries, and have been labeled “The Oscars of Westerns.”
This year, we are giving a posthumous award to Elvis Presley for his work in several western films (Love Me Tender in 1956, Flaming Star in 1960, and Charro in 1969), as well as honoring him for his military service. Other honorees that will be attending are Ed Faulkner, Richard Herd, Ben Bates (stuntman), and many others. Several other guests that will be attending, are: Morgan Woodward, Bruce Boxleitner, Wyatt McCrea, Janet Arness, Edie Hand (Elvis’ Cousin), Bo Svenson, Louis Gossett Jr., Johnny Crawford, Martin Landau, just to name a few. Also attending is a long-time friend of his, Jerry Schilling, who will be receiving the awards that will be placed at Graceland. In addition, one of Elvis’ high school classmates, Jimmy Angel will be there. We have also invited Lisa Marie & Priscilla Presley.

This event will take place on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at the wonderful Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California.
Go to Reel Cowboys website for all the details and to get tickets.

 

(News, Source;JGansky/ElvisInfoNet)


New Elvis Festival in Nashville: The new Nashville Elvis Festival is promised to be a premier Elvis event unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. Fans from around the world will gather in Middle Tennessee March 30-April 2, 2017 for 4 days of celebrity appearances, live music events and on-stage interviews with Elvis' friends and band members - hosted by Tom Brown, a longtime host of select Elvis Week events.
Two special VIP events will feature live recreations of the "'68 Comeback Special" and an Elvis recording session inside one of Music City's top recording studios (featured on the hit series Nashville). And Nashville Elvis Festival will also be hosting an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round.
Special guests for Nashville Elvis Festival will include members of Elvis' inner circle, who will share their memories of the King of Rock and Roll. Among those scheduled to appear are Jerry Schilling, D.J. Fontana, Richard Sterban who toured with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, Norbert Putnam, Disc jockey and television game show host Wink Martindale, and who hosted the TV show Teenage Dance Party, which featured Elvis as a special guest and

the two became lifelong friends; Sandy Martindale, who dated Elvis for six years, Armond Morales of legendary vocal group The Imperials. Also appearing is legendary Gospel artist Joanne Cash, the younger sister of Johnny Cash, who first met Elvis when he opened for her famous brother. Additional guests will be announced.
Nashville Elvis Festival will also feature performances by some of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world. Scheduled to appear so far are Bill Cherry, Jay Dupuis and Jeff Lewis.
Tickets now on sale at Nashville Elvis festival website - Click here
The historic Franklin Theatre will serve as the host venue, with additional events taking place at Paragon Studios and GRAYS on Main - all just south of downtown Nashville in the charming suburb of Franklin.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis '56' New Sony VINYL release:  Announced by SONY, the new vinyl version of 'Elvis '56'.
A single LP pressed on audiophile 180g heavyweight black vinyl.
Priced at Amazon UK as £17.34
Label: Sony Music Cmg
ASIN: B01G9VFZAS
This title will be released on September 30, 2016.

Click here to Amazon UK>> Elvis '56 [VINYL] for more info or to pre-order

 

 

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'Merry Christmas Baby' SONY Vinyl release: Another new Elvis vinyl release 'Merry Christmas Baby' announced by SONY Germany.
No tracklist as yet.
Priced at Amazon DE as EUR 21.99
Out on October 7, 2016
Label: Rca Int. (Sony Music)
ASIN: B01JKG7VZQ

 

 

 


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News from earlier last week . . .
Graceland to run Prince's "Paisley Park" Tours!: When Prince died last April aged  57, his fans sent sales of his music soaring - just as happened back in 1977 for Elvis. Six months later Prince fans will be able to remember him via tours though his $10 million Minnesota home "Paisley Park" where he lived and also recorded more than 30 albums. Tours of Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., will start on October 3, and tour tickets go on sale soon.
According to a proposed business plan tickets will cost $38.50 and that tours will last just over an hour. If this sounds familiar to Elvis fans then it will be of no surprise as Graceland Holdings (the company responsible for the Graceland tours) will be running  the Paisley Park tours.
Paisley Park certainly doesn't have that "Homely" visual appeal of Elvis' old mansion. Visitor estimates however are 1,500 to 2,000 fans who might tour Prince's home every day during peak season. This puts the figure close to Graceland's 600,000 per year. Of course 30 years after Graceland opened to the public and 39 years after
Elvis' death, the Memphis tourist attraction reached the amazing total of 20 million visitors.
It would be a surprise if Prince's legacy stays as popular for as long.
Despite the likely similarity to the Graceland concept apparently Prince didn't like comparisons as one of his employees told TIME magazine, "Prince doesn't want anybody "to feel like they've walked into Graceland" when visiting Paisley Park."
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Paul Simon, Graceland and Elvis: In the mid-80s Paul Simon found himself in a personal and professional slump. A highly publicized reunion with ex-partner Art Garfunkel had been more contentious than desired and his marriage to actress Carrie Fisher had ended in divorce. Simon's fortunes however began to change in a big way on August 25, 1986, with the release of his seventh album "Graceland" which drew heavily on South African township music as well as zydeco. The album would revive Simon's career, selling 16 million copies, nabbing a Grammy for Album Of The Year, and inspiring other Western musicians to start investigating "world music".
While the album's title track has always been noted by Simon as one his top favourites - strangely it was not his original intention to evoke the late Elvis Presley.  The repeated line "I'm going to Graceland" was purely a mere placeholder that he had planned to swap for something more appropriate eventually. But the idea of Graceland stayed with him until Simon eventually took an unscheduled visit to Presley's Memphis estate himself. He talked about that trip in a 2014 interview with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Although underwhelmed by the house itself, Simon was emotionally
swayed by the sincerity of those who had traveled to the musical landmark to pay their respects to a fallen legend. The song then became the story of a heartbroken divorced man and his young son making a pilgrimage to Graceland in search of redemption.
Though released as a single "Graceland" never made the Billboard Top 50 nevertheless the Graceland album stayed on the chart for nearly two years and sold over 6 million copies worldwide in one year.
Paul Simon said of Elvis, "The first time I heard Elvis' music, I was in a car and I heard the announcer say, "Here's a guy who, when he appears on stage in the South, the girls scream and rush the stage". Then he played 'That's all right, mama'. I thought his name was about the weirdest I'd ever heard. I thought for sure he was a Black guy. Later on I grew my hair like him, imitated his stage act - once I went all over New York looking for a lavender shirt like the one he wore on one of his albums. I felt wonderful when he sang 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', even though it was a touch on the dramatic side - but so was the song."
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis" out on US BluRay: Just two years after Elvis died, Kurt Russell brought him back to life in the original biopic ELVIS about the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Broadcast on ABC in 1979, Elvis marked the first time director John Carpenter would work together in what would become a legendary pairing in film history (Escape From New York, The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China, The Thing and Escape From L.A.)
The movie was released on BluRay this month in the US. It was previously released in the UK in 2010 with the same extras.
Tracing Presley's life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant conquering of Las Vegas, Elvis features Shelley Winters (Gladys Presley), Season Hubley (Priscilla Presley), Bing Russell (Kurt's real-life father as Vernon Presley), Pat Hingle (Colonel Tom Parker), Joe Mantegna ("Memphis Mafia" member Joe Esposito) and Ed Begley Jr. (drummer D.J. Fontana) in an all-star supporting cast for an effort that garnered numerous Emmy nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor for Russell.
It includes Bonus Features - "Bringing A Legend To Life" featurette With archival Interviews Of Kurt Russell And John Carpenter, Commentary By "The Voice Of Elvis" Ronnie McDowell And author Edie Hand, Rare Clips From American Bandstand, Photo Gallery.
In the featurette (also on the old DVD) Carpenter describes the biopic as "a personal film, because I love Elvis a lot. Elvis was a human being who 'became mythical'." Longtime Elvis friend Marty Lacker (credited as an "additional consultant") noted,  "Kurt Russell, who's a good actor, portrayed Elvis as the saddest person in the world, and he wasn't. Our nickname for him was 'Crazy,' for his crazy sense of humor."
Respectful, unpretentious and characteristically elegant (for Carpenter), the modestly budgeted "Elvis" remains the definitive screen portrayal of Presley so far.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Ted Torres Wins "Images Of the King" 2016 Contest:  There are two major world champion Elvis tribute competitions in Memphis during Elvis Week . One is the heavily EPE  sponsored "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" while the other is the original world championship "Images Of The King".  In 2016 there were six concerts, four rounds of competition plus their annual St. Jude's Fundraiser. Artists that performed in the festival included Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter, Ben Portsmouth, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis and David Lee.
From the tough competition the winner of "Images Of The King" Grand Champion 2016 was Ted Torres.
Torres will be touring Norway in November following his world championship win and will be in Berlin at the start of February for 'Stars in Concert' and 'Elvis Das Musical' with the Stamps quartet.
Ted Torres was featured as the soundtrack vocalist for the 2014 independent movie about Elvis called "Nobody".
Go here to his website for more info
(News, Source;IOK/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in August . . .

DJ Fontana gets 'Beale Street Note': During Elvis Week, Elvis' drummer and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer DJ Fontana was surprised by being awarded a "Beale Street Note" from the city of Memphis. This was presented to D.J. at the Official Graceland Insiders Conference. The "Beale Street Walk of Fame" is a volunteer organization that has been presenting Beale Street Notes for the past 25 years. The decision of who should be awarded a special note is done by the committee and this honor is from his musical peers and the Memphis Music Community.
DJ Fontana now joins all the other greats such as Elvis, B.B King, Johnny Cash, Dewey Phillips, Marty Lacker, Bill Black, The Memphis Boys and many many others.

You can read our 2010 Interview with DJ Fontana here


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Visiting The King: Sweeter Than Tupelo Honey: Professor James Akenson is now 73 but still teaching at Tennessee Technological University. He remembers seeing Elvis on TV back in 1956 but had never yet visited Tupelo. In 2016 he decided it was time to find out what Elvis' birthplace was all about and published a lovely article about how he discovered that "The King is still very much alive" and it was "Sweeter Than Tupelo Honey".
The article includes....
...  Finally, we’ve done it. After all these years going to Vicksburg, Mississippi for more than 40 years to visit parents, relatives, and Civil War sites we finally did it. We finally took the time to go to Tupelo, Mississippi to see The King. Of course, The King is none other than Elvis Aaron Presley. Just think, Elvis ‘Left The Building,’ ‘Crossed Over River Jordan,’ 16 August 1977 some thirty nine years ago. But….The King is still very much alive! We have the picts and video to prove it.
... We didn’t want to ‘mess up’ and fail to see The King since we’re not getting any younger.  We missed out in 1977 through no fault of our own. 
Sadly, Tennessee Technological University had signed a contact to have Elvis perform on campus in Fall, 1977. We ‘woulda-been-there”! Elvis’s death saw an unbelievable outpouring  of grief on the local, state, national, and international level. There were songs such as Ronnie McDowell’s The King Is Gone.
... I still remember seeing Elvis on the Tommy Dorsey and the Ed Sullivan television shows.  Black and white, of course! What a sensation!  I really was too young to imagine the significance of what I saw on those remarkable programs. Little did I imagine that I would be marvelling at Elvis some sixty years later.
.... Yes….the years have deepened my appreciation, love, and enjoyment of Elvis far more than I could have ever imagined  back in 1956.  Elvis’s national and international reach continues to thrive. After all, young Rockin Raffi Antonyan from France loves Elvis.
.. Going to Tupelo on a pilgrimage means that over the years I’ve done some reading, viewing, and talking involved with Elvis.
.... The outskirts of Tupelo didn’t make as many Elvis promises as you might have thought. Yes, there was a modest, formal city limits sign, but there wasn’t any ‘Grand Entrance,” grand announcement, of overwhelming power as we drove past the ‘Tupelo City Limit Signs”—sounds like a famous Country Music hit by one J.R. Cash. We felt the Elvis fever though, forgot about checking into our hotel, and went straight to the  Elvis Presley Birthplace and Park. Good move on our part!  After purchasing our tickets we met Guy Harris, a lifelong friend of Elvis, who told us some fascinating things. Lucky us, Guy Harris was ‘fixin’—as they say in the country- to leave as he had completed his volunteer hours, but he took time out to pose for pictures and do a video interview.
.... We came. We saw. Elvis conquered us in style.  Elvis may have left the building but he lives even more deeply in our hearts. Elvis is indeed “The King.”

Please Click here to read Prof James Akenson's delightful story in full.
It includes interviews with Guy Harris as well as Connie Tullos at the Tupelo Hardware store.
(News, Source;PG/ElvisInfoNet)

Glen Spreen, Elvis arranger, has Died: Following a short illness Glen Spreen has passed away- reports FTD author Paul Richardson. Beginning with the American Sound sessions in 1969, Glen Spreen worked as an arranger for Elvis until 1973 - also playing on some sessions. Glen Spreen also worked with Elvis at Nashville's RCA Studio B and has plenty of stories to tell about working with Elvis and arranging the material. Glen Spreen also co-composed two songs that Elvis recorded 'Seeing Is Believing' and 'Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees' with Red West. Paul Richardson had the pleasure of interviewing Glen back in autumn 2015 and his insightful interview was published in ETM&HM magazine #110 and Part 2 in #111.
"He was a true gentleman and a supremely talented arranger/musician. RIP, Glen Spreen."

 

 

(News, Source;PR/ETMHM/ElvisInfoNet)


UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

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James Burton EIN Interview - Happy Birthday: Coincidentally with James Burton talking about The Jungle Room sessions (see above) - we must note that yesterday was James Burton's 77 birthday.
James Burton started playing guitar as a youngster and by the age of thirteen he was playing semi-professionally. It would be a year later that he was hired to work on the Louisiana Hayride show which broadcast from Shreveport. A few years later he move to Los Angeles to join Ricky Nelson's band before becoming Elvis' chickin'-pickin' "favourite guitarist" in 1969 and performed at every Elvis concert until his fateful demise.
James Burton is still going strong - and back in 2003 EIN called him up and wished him Happy Birthday!
Go here for our James Burton interview

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



'Elvis at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show : September 26 1956'
: New book from Erik Lorentzen. Having now finished the Elvis Files series, Erik Lorentzen is concentrating on his new "Gold Standard Series" where he will expand on certain pivotal moments in Elvis' life enabling Lorentzen to publish yet more newly discovered and previously unpublished photos.
EIN has seen the pile of unreleased Tupelo concert photos and they are astounding.
The book will be published next month.
Go here to pre-order

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Graceland Announces Greatest Expansion In Its History: Graceland announced its largest and most significant expansion since opening to the public in 1982 with the unveiling of its plans and artist renderings for “Elvis: Past, Present & Future,” (right) a 200,000-square-foot, $45 million entertainment complex now under construction across the street from Graceland.  The state-of-the-art facility, opening in the spring of 2017, will be five times the size of the current visitor center, and will present the life, career and legacy of the greatest entertainer like never before.  The complex will also showcase interactive and immersive pop culture experiences that connect to Elvis’ personal interests throughout his life, including his passion for automobiles and new technology.
While the acclaimed Graceland Mansion tour will continue to present the personal and family side of Elvis’ life, “Elvis: Past, Present & Future” will tell the rest of Elvis’ incredible story in an unprecedented, interactive and highly-engaging way.  
“We are thrilled to bring Elvis fans the opportunity to explore the things that Elvis loved and what he would have loved today – the music, the technology, the experiences,” stated Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner, Graceland  Holdings, LLC.  “Elvis: Past Present & Future will enable our visitors to live a day in the life of Elvis Presley.  Whether you’ve been to Graceland multiple times or have yet to make the trip, we know that you will be entertained, educated and inspired like never before, here at the world’s greatest music landmark.”
The cornerstone of this new complex will be “Elvis: The Entertainer,” a 20,000-square-foot museum celebrating Elvis’ incredible music, movie and live touring career, featuring hundreds of artifacts from the extensive Graceland Archives, as guests take a journey from his early days in Tupelo, Miss., through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, service in the U.S. Army, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more.  “Elvis: The Entertainer” will be the largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world.
A new Elvis Presley Automobile Museum (right) will showcase over 20 of Elvis’ automobile and motorized vehicles, including Elvis’ iconic Pink Cadillac, and also feature a 200-seat theater space showcasing Elvis movie clips focused on cars and racing.
A 20,000-square-foot “Graceland Soundstage” will be an extraordinary venue for live music performances, movie screenings and premieres, video productions, with theater seating for up to 2,000 people, as well as the flexibility to use for private events, corporate meetings, conferences and trade show exhibitions.
“Discovery” spaces will showcase aspects of Elvis’ life, career and interests in greater depth, from the music genres that influenced Elvis from his earliest days – Rhythm & Blues, Southern Gospel, Country & Western -- to today’s music artists who continue to be influenced by Elvis and his body of work. 
A signature exhibition will present the incredible story of music visionary and legendary producer Sam Phillips, who essentially created Rock ‘n’ Roll and discovered so many incredible artists at Memphis Recording Service/Sun Records. Graceland will partner with the Phillips family to develop an extensive exhibition that showcases Sam’s life and work in an unprecedented and engaging way.  Featuring rare artifacts, photos, videos and documents from the Phillips family archives, the exhibition will shine a light on the great artists that Sam produced, starting with the early blues recordings that profoundly influenced Elvis and continues to impact the music of today.
In a statement, Sam Phillips’ sons Knox and Jerry said, "What better place to do this than at Graceland here in Memphis where it all happened.  Sam and Elvis had such love and respect for each other, now
they will be recognized together again, influencing new generations for years to come. Rock on..."
The “Elvis: Past, Present & Future” experience will also feature Elvis’ two custom airplanes, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, which continue to be a very popular part of the existing Graceland visitor center.  The iconic planes will remain across the street from the Mansion, adjacent to the new venue.
Go here to EPE for full details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Linda Thompson - More on her new book: More publicity from Linda Thompson about her new book. She revealed to the Commercial Appeal...
... Linda Thompson and Elvis were watching TV at Graceland when they saw Bruce Jenner compete for the decathlon title at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
"We were in bed cheering him on," Thompson said. "Sure enough, he crosses the finish line. He's the picture of health and All-American good looks. Elvis looks at me: 'I'm not gay, but that's one good-looking guy right there.' I said, 'Yeah, he sure is. Matter of fact, I'm going to marry him one day.' Elvis said, 'Over my dead body!'
"It was a joke at the time. I think he tackled me in the bed or something after that."
A year later, Elvis died. Thompson met Jenner two years later. They dated and were married.
A former Memphian, Thompson recounts her years with Elvis and her marriage to Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, in her new book, "A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between."
Thompson met Elvis at the old Memphian theater, which the King rented for a movie showing for his cohorts. "He burst through the side door dressed as Dracula — flared pants, black cape with red lining and sunglasses on," she said. "It was July 6, 1972, and it was sweltering hot in Memphis. So humid and hot. I was kind of taken aback by how he was dressed." Elvis shined a flashlight in the faces of people in the theater. When the light hit Thompson, he said, "Oh, hello, honey."

"And kind of sauntered over in this Elvis-esque manner," said Thompson, who then was introduced to the King with her new "Miss Tennessee Universe" title. "I had no designs on him. I was very cordial as Miss Tennessee, (with the) beauty queen smile fixed on my face."
Elvis changed seats so he could sit next to her. "I was a little pert: 'To what do we owe this honor? We're kind of dressed as Dracula tonight. Well, why are you dressed like that?'"
Elvis said, "Honey, I just stepped from an air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned building."
They hit it off. They both had the "same slightly acerbic" sense of humor, Thompson said. "Not mean-spirited. We looked for the inane in every situation. He was one of the funniest people I met in my life. I think more than anything he just loved to laugh. He found humor even in the darkest of situations."
Elvis and Thompson spent 4½ years together. "It would be hard to have met him and spent any time with him and not to have liked him or loved him. He was that kind of charismatic, sincere, authentic, warm and generous spirit. A really unique human being."
Thompson and Elvis broke up around Christmas 1976. "I did not break up with him because I didn't love him anymore. I'll probably love him till the day I die. In fact, I'm sure I will. There's always a place in my heart for him. But I wanted more for my life. I wanted to be a mother. Live a more normal life. I knew Elvis was not monogamous. We could get married, but he'd have other women. His prescription drug problem had gotten worse when I was with him. It would ebb and flow, but it would never go away."

In 1979, Thompson presented an award to Jenner at a charity event. A regular on TV's "Hee Haw," she was introduced as a "Hee Haw Honey" and a former Miss Tennessee Universe. "I was just a little ingénue. A newbie out there. He was separated from his wife. And we just gradually started dating. We both really liked each other a lot." - They dated for 1½ years and were married in 1981.
Thompson never suspected Jenner was transgender. "Not a clue in the world. Just like the rest of the world. I thought he was the most virile, manly man I had ever met. This was a guy!"
Her sons now are in their 30s, Thompson said. "Bruce was not a great father," she said. "Not a participatory parent. He was out of their lives for many years, but they have learned to forgive him, which, I think, is another great lesson in this. I hope people perceive this book in the same spirit I was writing it — love, acceptance, tolerance, compassion. The kids have embraced all those noble qualities and incorporated them into who they are. And made me so proud the way they've embraced Caitlyn. They're not ashamed. That's part of life. That's who she is.
"It's the same quality I found in Elvis. You have to be able to find the humor in almost every situation. And the irony. And be abe to embrace life and let it flow through you."
Thompson has moved on. "In fact, another title for the book could have been, 'Elvis and Bruce Jenner have left the Building.'
" - Go here for the full story = Out on August 23rd.
Pre-order now and SAVE $10 from AMAZON here >> - A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis's Graceland to Bruce Jenner's Caitlyn & Songs in Between - Full price US$28
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)


Latest UK Album Charts: Elvis' new album is still selling well despite serious distribution problems with this release.
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' drops from 16 to 67 on the UK Top 100 Album Chart (19.08.2016).
It also drops from 9 to 27 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from 12 to 39 on the Sales Chart'.
 
'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' is a re-entry at 88 on the Download Album Chart.
 
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' drops from 12 to 54 on the Scottish Album Chart.
 
'The Real Elvis' rises from 83 to 72 on the Scottish Album Chart.
 
'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' is a re-entry at 76 on the Scottish Album Chart.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


US Billboard Charts: Elvis Entries on the U.S Billboard Charts for week ending 27/08/2016.

'Way Down In The Jungle Room' #79 - Billboard 200
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' #25 Top Album Sales- 7072 units
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' #6 Top Country Albums

'Ultimate Gospel' #22 Country Catalog Albums
'He Touched Me': The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley: Vols. 1 & 2) #11 Music Video Sales

'Way Down In The Jungle Room' #25 Top Current Albums
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' #13 Vinyl Albums
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' #8 Top Rock Albums
'Way Down In The Jungle Room' #6 Tastemaker Albums

'If I Can Dream' #5 Classical Albums
Elvis Presley is also the #77 Artist 100 Chart

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 17 August 2016
Graceland Candlelit Vigil 2016: An estimated 8,000 fans gathered this year at the Graceland gates to remember the king. The numbers of fans who stayed to walk through the gates was not helped by the atrocious weather with rain pouring down throughout most of the evening. Presented by Elvis Country Fan Club this year's theme was 'The Impossible Dream'.
Graceland public relations director Kevin Kern described 2016 as “an average Elvis Week" especially in comparison to next year’s Elvis Week which will mark the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death as well as the opening of a new $45 milllion Elvis entertainment complex, which will be be “massive.”
As a fan noted, "To actually walk up the driveway and then through the Meditation Garden surrounded by other fans all in quiet remembrance is unlike anything else. The love and passion for Elvis and all he did is contagious and can truly be felt at the Candlelight Vigil."
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIGIL REPLAY
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Did Elvis' Spirit Stop the Protests Last Night?: In an fascinating piece about the potential Graceland protests that were supposed to happen at the Vigil last night  Memphis Police officer James Schmedes tells about this strange coincidence..
This is the story as written by MPD officer James Schmedes from Memphis' Old Allen Station about the protests last night at Graceland.
... "So there we were, about a block south of Graceland. The call had come down for the riot team to move into position, the protesters were getting out of hand. So we dressed in as the rain began to fall and got into position. The line looked like some kind of modern day Roman legion with armor of plastic and Kevlar instead of leather and bronze. Hickory sticks and pistols took the place of sword and spear.
We stood there waiting for the order to move up. Ready to go and feeling that anticipation before the action, time seemed to stand still for a moment when lightning cracked across the sky above us. Imagine, just at the second when things are going to get hairy four things happen at once.
Lightning flashes. From behind us Elvis starts singing "Are You Lonesome Tonight". The rain comes down by the bucket and everyone is drenched instantly. - The crowd disperses.
So I ask you, did Elvis stop the violence that was about to break loose in front of his home? This was a scene from a movie and very cool to be a part of.
The other officers standing next to me felt the same way, it was surreal. I've never been a real Elvis fan but I think I am now!"

(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 16 August 2016 - - - - ELVIS WEEK 2016 - - - -

Still I recall all the good times together,
The love we shared, the fun and the laughter,
How I wish you could feel what my heart says tonight dear,
I miss you and I wish you were here.

All through the night I will see memories passing,
The way you looked the sound of your laughing,
How I long for the touch of your hand holding mine dear.
Oh I miss you and I wish you were here.

Lord, I miss you and I wish you were here.


Big Sales at Elvis Auction: The bidding was fast and furious, with the 200 different Elvis collectibles generate some $730,000 in overall sales.
associated with the King commanded ransoms befitting royalty during Saturday's Elvis Presley auction at Graceland.
The items were offered by third-party collectors from around the world, as bidding took place online, on the phone and live at the Graceland Archive Studio.

The most significant and hotly contested item during the auction was a "Birth Record" from Presley's delivering physician, the historical document after a fierce volley of bids was won by Elvis Presley Enterprises' archivist Angie Marchese for $87,500 so it can be put on display as part of Graceland's museum exhibits.

Other Big Sale numbers were
- Elvis' Black Star Sapphire ring worn gifted to his bodyguard Al Strada sold for $35,000 on an estimate of $15,000

- 1911 Indian Head Gold $2 ½ Coin and Diamond Ring, which Elvis wore in the 1970s sold for $40,000.
- Black shirt, pants and gold metal belt ensemble, sold for $37,500

- Red and white western style pants from "Loving You” for $42,000 on an estimate of $15,00 to $20,000; - The offered iconic, western-style red pants, with bold white piping elements (see right), were produced for the film and featured in several scenes, as they were part of Deke Rivers’ “on-stage” performing wardrobe, which also included a satin shirt and scarf, also in the same style.
- Blue dress shirt Elvis from “The Trouble With Girls” $13,750
- 24 of Elvis’ pool balls which included table chalk from Graceland $15,000.

The next Graceland Elvis auction is planned for Oct. 29 during the three-day opening celebration for the new hotel, The Guest House at Graceland.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis New RPO release - Kentucky Rain sample: The second volume of Elvis remixed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' is due out in October 2016.
Originally EIN reported on December 27 last year that album producer Don Reedman noted that plans were underway for a new Elvis Gospel album featuring the RPO. Perhaps plans have changed, or more likely Gospel material will also be included in the new RPO album.

You can hear a very short sample of the NEW 'Kentucky Rain' - CLICK HERE - EIN wonders what was wrong with the original 'Kentucky Rain' as this sounds like elevator muzak to us!

The release of the album is planned in October and some tracks will also be part of the set list of the UK RPO concerts tour.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Restoration work about to begin at Elvis’ Circle G Ranch: As the faithful gather in Memphis for Elvis Week events, work is about to heat up just to the south at Presley's former Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake.
Destin, Florida-based real estate developer Davage "Buddy" Runnels Jr., who bought the property at Goodman Road and Miss. 301 in 2014 for an undisclosed price, says the first visible steps are at hand toward creating what he hopes will be become a showcase destination for Elvis fans visiting Graceland.
"Within the next 120 days, there will be work people can see," Runnels said Friday. He said those initial steps include relocating the cottage where Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in 1967 to another spot on the property and starting work on a stable reconstruction project.
The work, when it begins, will represent tangible evidence of a massive and ambitious plan that in time calls for a sprawling, musically-themed "leisure entertainment destination." Runnels' vision includes a $3.2 million first phase that he said in April he hoped to have complete within a year.
Included in long-range are restoration of the honeymoon cottage and stables, a restaurant, a "dynamic water display" with fountains on the property's 14-acre lake and construction of a memorial to children killed in the Holocaust.
Less visible, but equally important to the project moving forward, is infrastructure work by Horn Lake, also about to begin.
Elvis bought the ranch in the 1960s as a getaway that would still be near Graceland. After he and Priscilla married, they spent part of their honeymoon there, but the property has fallen into disrepair in the years since Elvis' death.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Two New FTD Releases: Two new FTD releases have been announced for early september.
- 'Hometown Shows' new FTD CD -  The 'Hometown Shows' is another FTD double-CD release this time focusing on Elvis' Memphis performance from 1974/75. It features two legendary shows from the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, the March 17, 1974 (evening show) and June 10, 1975 performance.
The March 17, 1974 ES soundboard is a brand new unreleased show, while June 10 1975 is one of Elvis' best mid-seventies concerts which has been previously out on bootleg, most recently on  'Bringing It All Back Home'. It is an excellent show and in GREAT sound.
This 1975 concert provided us with the great Ed Bonja cover photo for the 'From EP Boulevard' album (below) so you know that Elvis was up for a good time!.
Note that the last few songs of the June 10 1975 were not recorded and have been replaced here with the same songs from the previous day in Jackson, Mississippi.

Mastered by Jan Eliasson (Disc 1) and Vic Anesini (Disc 2) the release is a 5” 2CD FTD digipack.
Tracklist - Disc 1 - March 17, 1974 (evening show)
1 Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2 See See Rider, 3 I Got A Woman/Amen, 4 Love Me, 5 Trying To Get To You, 6 All Shook Up, 7 Steamroller Blues, 8 Teddy Bear/ Don’t Be Cruel, 9 Love Me Tender, 10 Johnny B. Goode, 11 Hound Dog, 12 Fever, 13 Polk Salad Annie, 14 Why Me Lord, 15 Suspicious Minds, 16. Introductions, 17 I Can’t Stop Loving You, 18 Help Me
19 An American Trilogy, 20. Let Me Be There, 21. Funny How Time Slips Away, 22 That’s All Right, 23. Can’t Help Falling In Love, 25. Closing Vamp
Go to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2016' for full tracklists.

'Elvis: His Songs of Praise' new FTD book/CD combo: Announced by FTD, the first of two volumes titled "Elvis: His Songs of Praise" from author Trevor Simpson. Both books will combine to over 700 pages chronicling the 100 sacred, spiritual and inspirational gospel songs sung by Elvis.
Volume 1 promises over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high-quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics. Every song has been thoroughly researched in a similar manner to Trevor Simpson’s previous trilogy "Elvis: The Best of British”.

In early interviews, Elvis divulged that spiritual music was his first love and he publicly continued to reaffirm. Despite being acclaimed as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, he was only presented with three Grammy awards and they were for his spiritual music and the stories of these iconic songs are much, much more contained within this book. The book comes with bonus CD.
CD tracklisting "Live & Impromptu Performances"
1. Introduction by Elvis and Amazing Grace (Take 2 - Undubbed)
2. America The Beautiful (Composite)
3. Amen (Live in Memphis March 20th 1974)
4. An American Trilogy (Live in Honolulu, Hawaii Jan 14th 1973)
5. An Evening Prayer (Take Eight)
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Unedited/ Undubbed master 1970)
7. He Touched Me (Take 2), 8. Help Me (Undubbed master)
9. I Believe (March Of Dimes Master edit), 10. If That Isn't Love (Undubbed Take 4), 11. If We Never Meet Again (Take 1)
12. Elvis talks about Spiritual music & Joshua Fit The Battle (Take 4)
13. In My Father's House (Take 8), 14. Known Only To Him (Take 2), 15. Elvis talks & I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (Take 4), 16. Miracle Of The Rosary (Undubbed Take 4) ELVIS PRESLEY SPECIAL: PALM SUNDAY - March 19th 1967 Radio Program
17. Introduction Radio Station KVIO - Sedona, AZ
18. Announcer: How Great Thou Art, 19. In The Garden
20. Announcer: Somebody Bigger Than You And I
21. Stand By Me, 22. Announcer: Without Him
23. Where Could I Go But To The Lord
24. Announcer & Red Cross Message
25. Announcer: Where No One Stands Alone
26. Announcer: Crying In The Chapel
27. Announcer: Farewell & advert for How Great Thou Art album
28. Listen To The Bells (Informal jam with The Imperials Quartet)
29. Hide Thou Me (Elvis at the piano - singing gospel at home)
30. If I Can Dream (Album Master)
(News, Source;FTD/LondonElvisShop/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis & 'RPO' Orchestra Tour Australia 2017: Following on from the release of last year’s incredible million-selling album, "If I Can Dream" comes the announcement of a 2017 tour of Australia and New Zealand for this new "live concert experience" featuring Elvis Presley backed by a new Orchestra backing.
This follows on from the six date UK run in November.
The "remixed" album 'If I Can Dream' was a big success in Australia (#1) and New Zealand (#3) ...
while in the US it disappointingly only made #21 in the Billboard charts. The album used archive recordings of The King’s voice featuring new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits.
This will be re-created in concert using a 40-piece orchestra to replicate the original album work of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Now Australian and New Zealand fans will have a chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music live on screen, with a full 40-piece Orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known “rocking” songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads.
No concerts dates have been announced as yet, Tickets should go on sale next month
Go here for the Australian/NZ concert website although there are no extra details at the moment
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis 'Promised Land' - Great Video: Some fans are very creative, here is a youtube clip of Elvis' classic version of 'Promised Land' which captures all the fun and excitement  of Elvis on tour and rushing towards the Promised Land.
Congrats to "Daniellenelvis" over 2.5 million views.

"Oh, Get on..."

CLICK HERE to YouTube - don't miss it



(News, Source;RobV/ElvisInfoNet)


Barbara Gray, the mystery beauty who kissed The King: It started as a kiss between two 21-year-olds, but would become one of the sexiest photos in rock and roll history.
Her name is Barbara Gray, and she remained anonymous for 60 years. She never wanted fame or fortune, she just yearned to be recognized as the beauty caught in the iconic embrace.
Now she is aged 80, is happily married and is a real estate manager in South Carolina, but has one regret - that she let him go.
On the 60th anniversary the snap was taken, she has revealed how her friends dared her to prank call his hotel in Charleston after they had seen the star perform.
'The operator answered and I said "Elvis Presley's room please,"' she told WTVR. Barbara, then 21 and known as Bobbi Owens, said she ended up chatting to Elvis for around an hour.  At the time he was still touring around the country, but was still far from the level of stardom he would reach in the next decade.
But Elvis was curious about the random woman who had called up to his room, so he invited her to his next concert in Virginia. Two days later the pair met up at the Hotel Jefferson in Richmond, and it would be the start of a short yet racy liaison.
'He just reached out and hugged me, I didn't know what to say. It was like I was numb.'
'Elvis turned around and I almost fainted. He was absolutely gorgeous. I just melted.'
They then went to the Mosque Theater where The King was due to appear that night. While they were backstage, he leaned in for a kiss, but Barbara said no.
'I said no I'm not. He said: 'Yes you are,' she added. 'And he was just quick enough to just lean forward and stick his tongue out and that is how quick it happened.'
It was back in July 2010 that EIN first revealed that Elvis' 'Mystery Kisser' had been found in one of our exclusive spotlights
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Elvis on Television 1956-60 - new Boxcar deluxe production another winner!: Joseph Pirzada and his Boxcar organisation return with their new deluxe, coffee table examination of Elvis' early television performances. Elvis On Television 1956-60 impacts the reader on several levels – it not only informs, but it entertains and also delights as a potent narrative-visual record of Elvis on 50s-early 60s TV, highlighting its importance in propelling his career beyond being contained only to a regional footprint.

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review of another winner from Boxcar - including some great Elvis photos !

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


(Interview) Adventurer, author and all round high achiever, Bo Keeley opens up to EIN about his amazing life and his book, Elvis' Humor Girls, Guns & Guitars: If you want to know (among other things) what it's like - BTW, THIS IS ALL TRUE FOLKS!!!:

  • having encounters with ivory poachers in Africa
  • disguising yourself as a Mexican to ride atop freight trains with Central American immigrants before finally being apprehended by the US Border Patrol while swimming the Rio Grande with an expired Mexican visa
  • talking to rattlesnakes
  • being the #1 ranked racquetball player in the world
  • playing chess with the US Champion, and
  • taking time out to write more than 20 books (including Elvis' Humor).....

then this is the interview for you! Bo Keeley's life reads like a Boys Own Adventure or Indiana Jones film. It is undoubtedly the most unusual and fascinating interview EIN has ever published (and there is a lot about Elvis too and a great suggestion about how to approach life!) Read and marvel at what you can achieve in life! (Interview, Source: EIN)


'Speedway' - FTD Soundtrack Album Review: Speedway was Elvis' very last Soundtrack album. With the intention of recreating the dynamic atmosphere of 1963’s Viva Las Vegas, MGM cast hot property Nancy Sinatra as Elvis’ co-star but there was no chemistry between them. The original session took place on the MGM soundstage and the recordings flooded in echo sounded terrible. Luckily the four-track MGM Masters still exist and have been remixed for this release creating the best quality recordings we have to date.
With only ‘Let Yourself Go’ and 'Suppose' as the stand out tracks the album was a very dull affair
However several previously unreleased outtakes of the Bonus songs ‘Mine’ and ‘Goin’ Home’ are also included here, help add interest and make CD 1 a packed 79 minutes.
Remarkably with such lacklustre original material FTD have managed to create a rather worthy classic soundtrack album.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this recent FTD release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Zoey Goto (author of Elvis Style from zoot suits to jumpsuits: EIN's Nigel Patterson recently interviewed Zoey Goto about her very different and very interesting book about Elvis and his style - style that encompasses not only his outfits and personal grooming but also Elvis' style in automobiles, food and architecture.

In a fascinating discussion Zoey discusses Elvis and the zoot suit, the controversial Nudie Cohn pink jumpsuit, how Elvis still resonates today in youth culture and a lot more. (Interview, Source: EIN)


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All Shook Up - EIN Spotlight: Composer Otis Blackwell liked to boast that he could write a song about anything. So when music publisher and lyricist Aaron ‘Goldie’ Goldmark dropped a Pepsi on the floor and urged Blackwell to turn that into a hit, the songwriter did precisely that.

But Elvis' classic 1957 hit All Shook Up wasn't the first version released - what Elvis managed to do was to transform the demo into something unique with a playfulness, sense of freedom and simple instrumentation that were all reminiscent of the more innocent, earlier understated sound of Sun Records.

Go here to our EIN Spotlight where respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this US best-selling single of 1957.

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

Can it really be as good as promised? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our indepth review featuring plenty of extracts and wonderful photographs.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


‘Elvis Presley In Person - The Florida Tour - August ’56’ New Book: Announced by Erik Lorentzen "Fresh From The Press" the Worldwide Release on August 3, 2016 of ‘Elvis Presley In Person - The Florida Tour - August ’56’ - "60 Years After - A Historical Document"
This is the book that covers everything from Elvis' famous Florida tour of August 1956.
All the Concerts - Elvis’ Own Words - The Interviews
Press Conferences - On Stage - Backstage
Newspaper Stories - Fans Remember.

Includes some really amazing "new" photos of Elvis in Florida both rare and unpublished.
From The Elvis Files Team / KJ Consulting,
By Erik Lorentzen and Designed by Frode Falch
Hardback, Dustcover 320 Glossy Pages, With Some Awesome Photos.
Photographs are from the collections of Robert W. Kelley (LIFE Magazine), Bob Moreland, Jay B. Leviton, Lloyd Shearer, Charles Trainor, Don Wright, Stan Wayman, Photoplay Magazine, Fred Ward, Jerry Perkins, The Lakeland Ledger, Elvalee Donaldson, Evening Star & Alfred Wertheimer. Bruce Roberts Photographic Archive, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and The University of Texas at Austin.
Book researchers: FrodeFalch, Bruce Roberts, Neil Chris Middleton, Claude Francisci, Christi Dragomir, Louis von Ettinger, Alan Hanson, James V. Roy, Brian Petersen, Chris Giles & Joe Sherlock.
ISBN 978-82-690223-2-2 - Size 25 cm x 30 cm
€75 & postage or €125 including shipping Worldwide
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS - NBC TV Special' FTD CD Review: Elvis’ NBC TV Special was such a high point in his career - his musical renaissance and the sound of him kicking open the door to his prison cell of movie contracts and dreadful scripts - that can there really ever be enough compilations to satisfy us all?
'ELVIS - Original Soundtrack Recording From His NBC TV Special' is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album" with a 16-page booklet and remastered audio.
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus Cuts, while Disc 2 contains a full 80 minutes of Elvis' studio sessions of June 21-23 with LA session band 'The Wrecking Crew'.
The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers that it is one of FTD's best releases of all time!
Go here for our in-depth review
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' Shipped!: The very final volume of the 'Elvis Files' series 'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' has finally been packed up and shipped to dealers. The book covers the final years of Elvis' life, the continuous energy-draining treadmill of tours, the final recording sessions and the last CBS TV Special.

Click HERE for exclusive pages in good quality as a special Sneak-Peak from the book.

While Elvis was not a well man in the last twenty months of his life, collectors will surely find this detailed look into these last years not only an emotional ride but also a part of Elvis' history that cannot be ignored.  

Order by sending € 125 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no
Or click here to order straight from Elvis Files shop
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


'ELVIS Las Vegas 1975' FTD CD Review: FTD This FTD double-album features two of Elvis' best concerts from his Las Vegas March/April 1975 season.
The March 22 Midnight show is considered one of the best concerts of the season and was first released on the Fort Baxter bootleg 'A Profile Vol. 2' while the April 1st Dinner Show captures an enthusiastic Elvis in great humor.
The last time RCA rolled their tapes across an Elvis concert was twelve months before and now his set-list included EIGHT new songs not performed in Memphis back in ‘74. It was ridiculous that this season was never recorded professionally.
Throughout the season Elvis was in fine voice and the excellent set-list includes 'Big Boss Man', 'It's Midnight', 'Promised Land', 'My Boy', 'Fairytale' as well as the one-off 'You're The Reason I'm Living'.
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS On Television The Complete Sound Recordings' Review: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with this 2CD/100-page set.
The new MRS box-set was publicised as containing the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale interview.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

In the individual chapters Gordon Minto provides the main details and highlights of each TV performance. Matching the text, each chapter features around 15 pages of significant photographs, a surprising number of the in colour.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS CD/Book package with an in-depth review along with some scans from the book showcasing some excellent Elvis images.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


28 June, 2016 - Scotty Moore - Guitar Legend, Has Died: EIN has just been informed that the guitar legend Scotty Moore passed away a few hours ago. He was 84.
Trevor Cajiao (of ETM&HM) has verified this truly sad news.
Scotty Moore was in the delivery room when Rock & Roll was born, kicking and howling in the Tennessee night. Without the driving force and support of Scotty Moore, the start of Elvis Presley's career would have been very different.  
On July 5, 1954, it was guitarist Scotty Moore, bass player Bill Black and a newcomer from Tupelo, Mississippi, by the name of Elvis Aaron Presley that recorded ‘That's All Right’ at the Memphis Recording Service - the world was never to be the same again.’
It is noteworthy that 'That's All Right' (Sun 209) was credited to "Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill." Scotty, Bill Black & D.J Fontana were Elvis' key musicians through to 1958 when Elvis went into the army. Scotty Moore would return for Elvis' all important 1960 recording sessions and would keep on working with Elvis until the 1968 Comeback show.

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones famously said "When I heard Heartbreak Hotel, I knew what I wanted to do in life. It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty Moore.'
Winfield Scott Moore III was born on December 27, 1931. He was a great great man, a guitar legend and a very fine gentleman. RIP Scotty Moore 27/12/1931 - 28/06/2016
Go here to Arjan Deelen's interview with the great Scotty Moore.
(News, Source;ETM&HM/ElvisInfoNet)

Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Two: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In Part Two of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Being caught & jailed for his bootlegging business
- Where he obtained some of the bootleg tapes
- Meeting Janis Martin the famous “female Elvis”
- Meeting Felton Jarvis
- His official solo projects with BMG
- Working with Ernst Jorgensen
- Seeing Elvis live in concert
- Paul Dowling & Life nowadays
Go here - & Don’t Miss Part Two of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Now available:

EIN's Rare Elvis Facebook page Now with 19,800 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs - from EIN's V-P Sanja Meegin.

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.

Click here to access our Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
(CD Reviews; Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra UK Tour 2016: Following on from the release of last year’s incredible million-selling album, "If I Can Dream," comes the announcement of the world exclusive live concert experience featuring the most recognizable voice of all time, Elvis Presley, backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, for a six date UK arena run this November.
The critically acclaimed album, "If I Can Dream," uses archive recordings of The King’s voice featuring new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits, to create an overwhelmingly encapsulating and enthralling album. The album is Elvis’ twelfth UK number one album and his fiftieth to hit the UK top-ten.
Now fans will have a chance that many have never had before – to experience the man who changed the course of popular music – the biggest selling solo artist in history (having sold an astonishing one billion records world wide), live on screen, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known “rocking” songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads.
"If I Can Dream" was produced by Executive Producer, Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Priscilla Presley will be also be making a very special appearance at the arena shows. "What an honor for me to present the live debut of what has become a very prestigious and beloved album backed by a full symphony orchestra," she said.
These one-off UK performances will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren’t enough and who continues to break records.
Tour Dates
November 17th – Glasgow SSE Hydro
November 18th – Leeds First Direct Arena
November 20th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 22nd – Birmingham Genting Arena
November 23rd – London O2 Arena
November 24th – Manchester Arena
Ticket pre-sale has commenced - CLICK HERE to ticketline.co.uk for concert tickets and info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
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Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
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