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Wednesday 29 October 2014

‘Flaming Star’ On Blu-Ray: There is a little confusion from fans as there are two versions of Elvis' very fine 1960 western 'Flaming Star' released on Blu-Ray.
Both releases are limited to 3,000 copies.
The first release from FOX - the basic movie with no extra audio commentary - is available for only US$16 !
The vision quality has been rated as very good.
Click here to Amazon to purchase - Only £9.90 = US$16 >> Flaming Star [1960] [Region Free] Blu Ray

The second version (far right) to be released November on the 'Twilight Time' label will feature the extra Special Features of Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs

and Nick Redman / Original Theatrical Trailers and Isolated Music Score.
This version is for Pre-order for US$29.95 from Screen Archives. Look here.
EIN says - Fans beware as other Elvis website shops are charging excessive prices for these releases.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians' Tour Update: Back in August Arjan Deelen was proud to announce that he had tracked down Elvis' 1970 drummer Bob Lanning. He was able make a deal with him for an exclusive tour in May 2015. This will mark the first time since 1970 that Bob will be playing Elvis’ music. For the first time, you will be able to hear songs like ‘Polk Salad Annie’, ‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ and many others as played by the drummer that you can hear on the original Elvis versions.
Enthusiasm is already running high among Elvis fans for the 2015 “An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians” shows (featuring a.o. Duke Bardwell, Bob Lanning and Marlyn Mason). Below you can see a list of the shows booked at present. We are excited about every show obviously, but we are particularly thrilled about coming to the U.K. for the first time. We will be performing at the prestigious “100 Club” on Oxford Street in London, and also at the impressive “Sage Gateshead” in Newcastle, one of the leading U.K. concert venues. The London gig is in collaboration with Todd Slaughter and the Official Elvis Presley Fanclub of Great Britain, while Trevor Cajiao at “Elvis – The Man And His Music” has been instrumental in getting us the Newcastle show. There’s talk now about doing a special interview session with the musicians at The Sage. Anyone who has read Trevor’s excellent interview with Duke in issue # 31 of the magazine knows that this will probably be very memorable.
Dates booked so far...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 Vara Konserthus, Vara, Sweden
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, U.K.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, U.K.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Sellosali, Espoo, Finland
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Chapito @ Casino 2000 Mondorf, Luxembourg
Friday, May 15, 2015 Metropool, Hengelo, Holland
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Sunday May 17, 2015 Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland

More info soon.
(News, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

Joe Moscheo Elvis Collection On Ebay: The Imperials Joe Moscheo is selling off his personal Elvis collection, all items never before offered. They are coming directly from Joe Moscheo himself. These items are all associated with the career of Elvis Presley and his connection to the imperials. Each item comes with a COA signed by Joe Moscheo and a photo of Joe and Elvis together.
Joe is also the author of The Gospel Side Of Elvis.
The collection for sale includes the 'Telegram from Elvis to Imperials 7/31/69 Vegas Opening Night' for a rather expensive US$3,000. Sadly there is no Elvis signature and it is from "Elvis And The Colonel".
There is also other International Hotel memorabilia and a 1998 signed letter from Priscilla 
The items all  comes with a COA from Joe Moscheo that it is from his personal collection.
Go HERE to check out the Ebay offers.


(News, Source;Ebay/ElvisInfoNet)


'Bicentennial Superstar' New Import CD: From the TNT Record label, again with a little help from our friends at “Audionics” - a closer look to the extremely busy Elvis in the Summer of 1976. As we all know it was a time when Elvis actually should have cared a lot more for himself than for his fans. Money might also have been some kind of reason to continue restless touring and the quality of his performances were in many cases merely a shadow of the past. Still Elvis´ popularity was tremendous and it seemed so easy to sell out every single show. And so he did on the two nights featured in this 2 CD set.
Show #1 took place on June 30th 1976, and the 16000 fans at the Coliseum in Greensboro absolutely loved Elvis´ show although they experienced that “the pelvis didn´t move quite the way it used to” and that “Elvis Presley is in his forties now” and “has put on some weight in the midsection”. While the fans on the one hand didn´t bother that much regarding Elvis´ weight the press did. Anyhow the reviews were still okay and the reporters finally had to admit that the “Elvis magic” still turns ém on! Thankfully the concert has been recorded from the soundboard and for this kind of recordings it has fantastic sound! Plus it
reveals that Elvis delivers at least a decent and entertaining show. Show #2 is from August 31, 1976 and by this time Elvis´ health problems were visual even for his most dedicated fans. On this late August/early September tour The “King” had a very bad start with terrible performances in San Antonio, Houston and Mobile.
EIN notes - Show 1 has been previously released as 'My, It's Been A Long Long Time' on the Luxor label. Show 2 has previously been out as 'Southbound' also on the Luxor label and is a pretty poor concert.
Go to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details and tracklist
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 27 October 2014

Wertheimer's Reaction To Finding The 'Mystery Kisser': It was back in 2010 that radio broadcaster Ron Brandon was the keen Elvis fan who discovered the identity of Wertheimer's famous 'Mystery Kisser'. It was Ron who actually got Mystery Kisser Barbara Gray and Alfred Wertheimer together on the phone for the first time since 1956 to discuss that famous night. This would lead to a Vanity Fair exclusive "The Elvis Kiss Mystery-Revealed!" in August 2011 along with multiple TV appearances and EPE promotion.
When found Barbara Gray, was 75 and didn't reveal her identity for the money or fame. "I just wanted to get my name on the damn picture,". Gray admitted that she become fed up with being known only as the "unknown woman in the wings" with a young Elvis in a stairwell at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia.
With the death of Alfred Wertheimer, Ron Brandon recalls what it was like to make that incredible phone call to Wertheimer and to reveal to him that the Elvis "Mystery Kisser" was finally found...
Go HERE to EIN's exclusive spotlight and fascinating story from Ron Brandon.
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Vale Alfred Wertheimer: Wertheimer, who was 84, died of natural causes at his New York apartment earlier this week.
Priscilla commented, "There has been no other photographer that Elvis ever allowed to get as up close and personal in his life through photos as he did with Alfred. I’m deeply saddened by the death of Alfred Wertheimer. He was a dear friend and special soul. I feel he was a gift for all who knew him, especially Elvis Presley."
Jack Soden, CEO of EPE called Wertheimer a great part of the Elvis legacy. "The young Al Wertheimer collided with the young Elvis Presley at just the most unique time in 1956. Al’s photographs captured the beginning of a new era in popular culture and have continued to define the young Elvis over all the decades since. "
Wertheimer had humble beginnings. His family fled Hitler’s Germany when he was 6 and settled in Brooklyn where his father was a butcher. After time in the army he began a freelance photo business and was hired by RCA to photograph singers. His fateful assignment in 1956 left all the other pictures in the dust. He would say later that he received a two-week assignment and it lasted nearly 60 years.
Among the most famous shots"The Kiss" a photo of Presley nuzzling a woman fan backstage - see EIN story above. Photographs of Presley recording "Hound Dog" and "Don’t Be Cruel," reading fan mail, eating alone, staring out a train window, playing a piano in an empty studio and walking by himself on a deserted New York street depicted a solitude that later was surrendered to fame and mobs of fans.
Wertheimer's photos were about America in 1956, the lunch counters, the trains, the stores where Elvis looked in the windows and wondered if he could ever buy those things. His photos are one of the most important vintage documents of Elvis’ life.
Wertheimer used to say, ‘If your pictures are boring, get closer’ and he lived up to that rule, getting inside Elvis’s world like no other photographer ever could.
He recalled Presley once listening attentively as advisers explained that he needed to stop his provocative gyrating during television performances, to avoid offending parents of the teenage girls who screamed for him. "And then," Mr. Wertheimer said, "when he got onstage, when he had access to that six minutes of glory, singing two songs, he just did what he wanted to."
At a book signing last year, Wertheimer recalled that he shot in black and white because RCA Victor refused to pay for high-priced colour film and processing, uncertain if Presley was going to be worth it. The photographer shot one roll of colour that he paid for himself.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Palm Springs home auction cancelled: Any hopes of bidding on the former Palm Springs home of Elvis Presley have just been dashed. A public auction slated Saturday for the 1946 home located at 845 W. Chino Canyon was cancelled Wednesday morning.
The listing agent, Jeff Egan stated that the seller had instead accepted a pre-auction offer.
The sale price and the identity of the buyer will only become public record after the escrow closes within the next 30 days.
When the auction price was $2.59 million and the home attracted multiple offers and counter-offers.
Egan acknowledged that the home, which has sat vacant in disrepair for months, needs quite a bit of renovation.
During an open house in February, the carpet was stripped in at least one room, and modern updates were clearly needed. One area of the house retained the king’s fondness for the colour red, which was hue of the master bedroom’s carpet and the tiles in the bathroom.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'A New Decade, A New Sound' New Import CD: Out soon is the new Straight Arrow's double-digipak CD release 'A New Decade, A New Sound', (Rick Rennie master tapes Vol. 1) featuring the February 3rd and 5th, 1970 Dinner shows. Looking back at Elvis' final decade of live shows, there are two Las Vegas engagements that stand out: the August '69 one obviously, but certainly also the one in February '70. Most of the oldies were gone from the setlist. It was a very bold move, especially for an artist whose career in the sixties had been marked by boredom and predictability. Released from the chains of the past, Elvis looked and sounded like a man in full control of his career, and he clearly relished the artistic freedom that was now his.
The fact that the music sounded better than before was due in no small part thanks to the two newcomers to the core band; Glen D. Hardin on piano and Bob Lanning on drums.
The two shows have been previously released by the Memory Records label as 'Have Some Fun Tonight' and 'International Earthquake' but were engineered and mastered using obsolete hardware and software

and for some mysterious reason, both shows were even slightly edited.
12 years have passed, and now it‘s time for the ultimate re-release of these special recordings - in a new, crisp, dynamic sound, and with no edits. Straight Arrow’s release of February 3rd and 5th, 1970 Dinner Shows is taken directly from the original tape transfers made in 2001. Every second was digitally restored from scratch to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your local dealer for samples.
As every Straight Arrow’s re-release, this beautifully designed double-digipack edition is limited to 500 copies.
Go to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details and tracklist
(News, Source;SA/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Drivers License on EBay: For sale on Ebay for a "cheap" $10,000 is Elvis' 1968 driving license. Disappointingly Elvis' signature has faded to almost invisible. It is being sold through a "Trusted Beverly Hills Pawnbroker" and the COA says it was (supposedly) given to Angelia Stanley who was married to Billy Stanley.
The COA also states that Angelia Stanley is in the process of writing a book about her life and Elvis.

Go HERE if you have US$10,000 to spare

(News, Source;EBay/ElvisInfoNet)


Tim McGraw Wore Out 1968 Elvis Album: By the time Tim McGraw was old enough to learn how to work a record player, say somewhere in the late 1970s, his very favorite Elvis Presley song was on a 10-year-old album.
"I had an Elvis record that I played," McGraw said in a recent interview. "It had my favorite Elvis song on it. I'm trying to remember the name of the album, but it had 'If I Can Dream' on there. I played it over and over. It's my favorite Elvis song."
The gospel-tinged tune celebrating the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the closing number of what came to be known Presley's '68 Comeback Special.
McGraw also mentioned other music he was into,"I remember playing Alabama, of course," he said. "And I played it over and over and over again."
Like any good teenage boy in the early 1980s, McGraw admits he really loved Rush's 1981 Moving Pictures. He admits also being under the spell of Top 40 radio.
Back in 2011 Tim McGraw also made an amazing discovery during his appearance on the NBC show "Who Do You Think You Are?" A genealogy expert told McGraw that his ancestors emigrated to America with the Preslar family - the ancestors of Elvis Presley.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)


Latest Billboard Album Charts: Once again very little new action for Elvis recently on the US charts but it must be geting near Christmas as Elvis 'regular albums creep bback into the charts.

This week 'Heart And Soul' drops from 155 to 166 on the Billboard Album Chart for w/e 1st November, 2014. As of this week total units sold are 791,183.
'It's Christmas Time' rises from 14 to 6 and last year's release 'Merry Christmas, Love Elvis' rises from 19 to 10 on the Holiday Album Chart'



(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Tuesday 21 October 2014 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

Alfred Wertheimer Passed Away: EIN is sad to report that Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer passed away earlier today. His collection of images of Elvis in 1956 are unequalled.
"Elvis was unique in that he permitted closeness, not six to eight feet away, which was standard, but right up close, three to four feet away. He was so intensely involved with what he was doing: it was as if he were laser focused; whether he was combing his hair or chatting up the girls, he would be himself. I didn't realize how unique that was. I put Elvis under my microscope and studied him."

Wertheimer's images are witness to an incredible time in the history of photography, as well as to the birth of a star and new chapter in the history of music.
He was a lovely man who always took the time to chat to fans. He is pictured here recently with EIN's Sanja Meegin.
Alfred Wertheimer 1929-2014 R.I.P.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


EIN Spotlight on Alfred Wertheimer: Photographer Alfred Wertheimer was a special guest at this year's Elvis Week "Conversations On Elvis". Wertheimer described a few of those moments he spent with Elvis back in 1956 to the crowd but of course the main topic of discussion was the recent discovery and confirmation of the woman belonging to the famous "Elvis Kiss" photograph.
It is incredible to learn that over seven days in 1956 Wertheimer shot over 3,500 photographs of Elvis in the months of March, June, and July in the unbelievable year that "the Memphis Flash" became the iconic "Elvis the Pelvis".
Back in 2009 Vanity Fair contributor Bob Colacello wrote a fascinating and detailed article about Alfred Wertheimer which goes on to explain far more about how Wertheimer and Elvis interacted to get those iconic images - "The First of Elvis".
EIN presents an edited version of that in-depth and fascinating interview along with some stunning photographs of Elvis, some that you may not have seen before. Click here for a great look at Elvis in 1956 with lots of fabulous Wertheimer photos.
(Spotlight: Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

New FTD November Releases: Four new FTD releases coming out in November, a 1975 soundboard, Something For Everybody VINYL set, Elvis' Christmas Album (Classic Album) and Flaming Star soundtrack album.
1. 'Elvis In Florida – April 1975' - The most exciting release, a new soundboard single disc 7" set featuring highlights from Elvis’ concerts during April 1975. The performances are taken from Jacksonville (April 25) and Lakeland (April 27 & 28). The 12-page booklet features great photos by Keith Alverson and memorabilia.
During his April 1975 tour Elvis was in good form, in a great mood and cracking jokes. We have already had plenty of soundboards from the May 1975 but no complete soundboards from April. FTD's Southern Nights captured the fabulous feeling from this 1975 spring era. (See Southern Nights FTD review here)
The tracklist includes plenty of favourites such as, Help Me, My Boy, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, I’ll Remember You, Big Boss Man, It’s Midnight, Funny How Time Slips Away and That’s All Right.
Go here to FTD/SONY 2014 news for full tracklist & more details

2. 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' Double VINYL. A special Limited Edition 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set featuring the best outtakes from Elvis' great March & June 1961 sessions. Also includes plenty of outtakes of the classics 'Little Sister' and '(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame'.
• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing

 

 

Go here to FTD/SONY 2014 news for full tracklist & more details

3. 'Flaming Star' FTD Soundtrack Album.
No tracklist or details have been supplied as yet.
Presumably it will include the complete outtakes from the October 1960 session. It should include the officially unreleased (overdub) outtakes of 'Britches', 'A Cane And A High Starched Collar' and other delights.

Release date late November.

Full details soon

 

4. 'Elvis' Christmas Album' - FTD Classic Album
No tracklist or details have been supplied as yet.
There is little unreleased from Elvis' classic 1957 Christmas album September session. There is a known short part of studio dialogue before 'White Christmas' but the main session outtakes have been lost. Perhaps some more extra studio banter has been found on the master count-ins.
There are however plenty of binaural outtakes from the January 1957 'Peace In The Valley', 'It Is No Secret' session etc.


Release date late November - just in time for Christmas.

Full details soon

(News, Source;KJ/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


Monday 20 October 2014 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

(Interview) Dennis Forbus author of one of 2014's best Elvis books talks to EIN: He may not yet be an household name in Elvis circles but Dennis Forbus's gravitas is increasing thanks to one of the most innovative and impressive Elvis books in many years.

Elvis: An American Trilogy Volume 1 features a powerful narrative wonderfully complemented by literally hundreds of rare archival images of Elvis - Dennis recently took time to talk to EIN's Nigel Patterson about his book. In a wide ranging, detailed and intriguing interview Dennis discusses:

  • his innovative use of the first person in Elvis: An American Trilogy Volume 1 "Family"
  • color, ‘movie camera footage’ of a pre-teen Elvis leaving East Tupelo Consolidated School in 1947!!!
  • Elvis' continuing influence in the world today
  • the impact of segreation and racism on Elvis
  • some of his major discoveries over 19 years interviewing those who knew Elvis and researching his book
  • Elvis and "The Wild Bunch Gang"
  • rare photos of a pre-teen Elvis included in his book
  • and a lot more!

Read our fascinating interview with Dennis Forbus here


'Showroom Internationale' New RSD Vinyl: A new vinyl album 'Showroom Internationale' a special numbered 2LP set is to be released for US Record Store Day.
The album will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available. Now in its seventh year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April plus an annual Black Friday (November 28, 2014) event occurring the day after Thanksgiving.
The publicity notes "Elvis Presley - Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl. The film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances."
The show is of course not previously unreleased as it is the same performance as released on the recent TTWII Legacy release as well as the Deluxe TTWII set.
While we may already have the concert, the album cover is damn fine!

(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis and Marilyn Monroe Holograms: Pulse Evolution Corporation and Authentic Brands Group have announced a partnership to also produce a virtually animated Marilyn Monroe. Together, they will leverage Pulse's leading human animation solutions to present Monroe to today's audiences in the form of new and exciting entertainment and branding opportunities, including "holographic" performances in theatrical productions, live appearances, mobile apps, commercials and more.
This announcement represents the second partnership between the leading brand development and licensing company, ABG and virtual performance industry pioneer, Pulse Evolution. "Fans and brand partners around the world enjoy holographic and virtual performances as a powerful form of modern entertainment. We are thrilled to showcase our leading celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to audiences around the world."
ABG is also the owner of the ELVIS brand and this push to create a Marilyn Monroe hologram can only lead to a faster creation of Elvis as a live performing hologram.
Among the successes of the Pulse team are the Virtual Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella Festival, Virtual Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, the award-winning effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with roles in high-end visual effects films like Avatar, Forrest Gump and more. With the addition of Marilyn Monroe, Pulse Evolution has a virtual performer catalogue that includes Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, representing three of the Top Five highest earning celebrity estates in the world.
(News, Source;CNN/ElvisInfoNet)


Tom Jones to Publish Autobiography: Music legend Sir Tom Jones is to release his autobiography next year through publishers Penguin. The Treforest-born singer, who has had worldwide fame and chart-topping hits for half a century, will share stories of his friendship with Elvis Presley, his racy Las Vegas residencies and turbulent TV career in his memoir. The book, yet to be named, is scheduled for release in autumn 2015 with the famous publisher after they secured the deal with Sir Tom’s son Mark Woodward, who is also the star’s manager. The 74 year-old will certainly have plenty to write about – not least about his incredible musical success, which has seen him notch up 36 UK top 40 hits and 19 more in the US. More recently he has won a new army of fans thanks to being a mentor on BBC One talent show The Voice.
But it’s likely to be his personal life which will whip up the most interest, with Sir Tom known for his legendary lothario which once saw him claim to have slept with around 250 groupies during his early days. Despite remaining married to childhood sweetheart Melinda since 1957 he has allegedly had affairs with Mary Wilson from The Supremes and former Miss World Marjorie Wallace. He’s also expected to lift the lid on his

friendships with some of the most famous faces in the world of showbusiness.
As well as Elvis Presley, who once serenaded him in the shower, the Green, Green Grass of Home singer has received advice and compliments from the likes of Frank Sinatra – who advised him to preserve his voice – and Otis Redding, who told Sir Tom he was the "greatest soul singer in the world".

In the past Jones has always stated that he would NOT publish his autobiography as he would "have to write about a lot of things that are better left unsaid."
Recently his stories about Elvis have become somewhat exaggerated so EIN only hopes that the book will contain some new stories about Elvis that are worth reading.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Number One Hits' New Vinyl: Cargo Records are releasing another compilation called 'Number One Hits' but in reality it is just a typical Public Domain release with nothing from after 1962. The new cover is nice but why buy this when you could own the original Golden Records collections?
Printed on 180gram vinyl. Out November 7.

Side A: Heartbreak Hotel - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don´t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Too Much - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock - Hard Headed Woman
Side B: A Fool Such As I - A Big Hunk O´ Love - One Night - Stuck On You - It´s Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Wooden Heart - Surrender - His Latest Flame - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Return To Sender - Good Luck Charm

(News, Source; ElvisClubBerlin;ElvisInfoNet)


Latest Billboard Album Charts: Once again very little new action for Elvis recently on the US charts.

This week 'Heart And Soul'' drops from 128 to 155 on the Billboard Album Chart for w/e 25th October, 2014 and drops from 13 to 25 on the Catalog Album Chart..





(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Sunday 19 October 2014

(Book Review): CHANNELING ELVIS How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll: Allen J. Wiener's latest book is now available and what a release it is! Focusing on arguably the most important factor in the making and maintaining of Elvis as an international superstar, Channeling Elvis is a long overdue critical examination of the seminal and underappreciated role television played in the Elvis story.

Allen Wiener's earlier works have been critically acclaimed for their rigorous research, deep analysis and thought provoking narrative. And Channeling Elvis is no different - the result of years of research, first hand interviews with people involved with each of Elvis' television performances and cogent analysis, the author weaves a wonderfully rich and expressive narrative full of texture, color and absorbing resonance.

Channeling Elvis is a very important release in the Elvis canon and a mandatory inclusion in any serious Elvis library!

Read EIN's detailed review here


Mismanagement of Elvis' highlighted by latest Forbes list of the highest earning deceased celebrities: The importance of good investments and commercial undertakings highlight Michael Jackson's ongoing reign as the Financial King of deceased celebrities.

More than five years after his passing, the King of Pop remains royalty among postmortem earners, pulling in triple-digit millions every full year since his death. Much of his cash comes from two Cirque du Soleil shows—Immortal, now one of the ten top grossing tours of all time, and One, a permanent show in Las Vegas—as well as his half of the Sony/ATV publishing empire and his own Mijac catalogue. His latest posthumous release, Xscape, debuted at No. 2 on the charts earlier this year.

While Elvis maintains his second place spot, that he lacked a professional financial adviser during his lifetime (with the Colonel offering no guidance to him in this respect), underlines how wastefully Elvis used his incredible earnings.

And more recently, sadly, for fans and the EPE bank balance, one of Cirque du Soleil’s rare failures was its Elvis show, Viva Elvis, which ran from 2010 to 2012 to disappointing crowd numbers in Las Vegas. (EIN Comment, Oct 2014)


Elvis and Ginger continues to chart high on Amazon sales lists: Ginger Alden's long overdue memoir continues to sell well. On 15 October it was #3 on Pop Biographies/Memoirs list (held off the top spot by two books about current boy band sensation, One Direction), #5 on Musical Genres Popular and #13 on Biographies/Memoirs Rock.

On the Amazon Kindle charts it was was #5 on the best selling Kindle Pop biographies chart, #6 on the Composers and Musicians chart and #10 on the Musical Genres Popular chart.

The ebook edition also peaked at #9 on the New York Times (NYT) best seller list and #13 on the NYT combined Print and Ebook Non-Fiction chart.

Read EIN's review of Elvis and Ginger


Thursday 16 October 2014 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

2014 - Elvis Presley #2 Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: Five years after his death, the late and great King of Pop Michael Jackson continues to bring in profits, topping Forbes’ annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list for the second year in a row raking in $140 million - but with Elvis Presley still holding second place.
Forbes determined this year’s rankings which ranks deceased celebrities who grossed the most hard cash in the prior year to come up with an estimate of what each artist’s estate made between October 2013 and October 2014.
As last year, Jackson is followed by Elvis Presley whose estate raked in $55 million in the past 12 months. Peanuts illustrator Charles Schulz brought in $40 million. The report notes that much of the newly amassed wealth stems from several factors, including outside parties managing the artists’ licensing and merchandise after buying their intellectual property rights, attractions like Elvis’ Graceland mansion, and the long lasting franchises like Peanuts, which is in production for a 3-D flick, due in 2015.
This year's report has hardly changed from last year’s list, which also had Jackson as the top earner, followed by Presley and Schulz. Other top-earners are actor Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee, model and pinup pioneer Bettie Page and actor James Dean.
Jackson earnings were boosted this year by a highly publicised (but ultimately disappointing) hologram appearance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards plus a new album Xscape which despite the publicity did not make number one.
Elvis, the King of Rock n’ Roll, may again have taken a back seat to the King of Pop but Elvis' estate is still earning steadily thanks to his eternally
popular image, the internationally touring video-concerts and the stream of revenue from Graceland. Elvis' international earnings were bosted last year with his Platinum-selling UK Number 1 'The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song'. And with new owners ABG changing the marketing-base and with the talk next year of an Elvis hologram things will change - possibly for good or bad.
Top five Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2014.
1. Michael Jackson $140 million

2. Elvis Presley $55 million
3. Charles Schulz ('Peanuts' creator) $40 million.
4. Elizabeth Taylor $25 million.
5. Bob Marley $20 million.
Interestingly Beyonce is this year's top earning living Celebrity taking $115 million last year, less than the late Michael Jackson!
As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!
Elvis left the building 37 years ago - will Michael Jackson still be in the list in 30 years time? - EIN truly has its doubts.
(News, Source;Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Palm Springs Home Auction on Oct 25: The Palm Springs home once owned by Elvis Presley, currently being marketed at $2.59 million, will be sold at auction Oct. 25.
The starting bid is still to be established, said Team Wrubleski Meeks Realtors.
The bank-owned house, built in 1946, had been billed as Graceland West before falling on harder times. The ranch-style home sits on 1.75 acres with panoramic mountain and desert views. The gated lot has palm trees, a kidney-shaped swimming pool and a separate spa.
1970 - Elvis purchases 845 West Chino Canyon from the Kroc family for $105,000 and records nine songs in the house. He and Priscilla (and their daughter, Lisa Marie) live there several months a year; the couple divorces in 1973. But the place is no Heartbreak Hotel: Once a bachelor, Elvis adds another 2,000 square feet to the home–including a new bedroom and an entertainment suite.
1981- Four years after Elvis’ death, singer Frankie Valli purchases the home. Within four seasons he sells it to a Japanese investor for $500,000.
1983-2013 - The property changes hands many times over the next three decades, including several foreclosures and lawsuits about who is the rightful tenant. One of the home’s owners, Reno Fontana, begins offering tours of "Graceland West" (as it is now known), and the value of the house ranges from $883,000 to $2.18 million.
2014 -Graceland West, which still contains many of the original fixtures from when Elvis was still in the building, is listed for $2.59 million. Now it just needs someone to tender an offer–and love it you-know-what.
(News, Source;Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)

Angry Anderson To Receive Honour At Parkes Elvis Festival: Australian rock legend Angry Anderson will kick-off the next Parkes Elvis Festival, with the Rose Tattoo stalwart to be inducted into the Elvis Wall Of Fame at the event.
Anderson will join some illustrious company on the wall, including Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, Kamahl, Billy Thorpe and John Paul Young, when he's inducted on Wednesday 7 January. The ceremony, which is a free event, is the first official part of the Elvis Festival program for 2015.
Anderson is truly one of the mainstays of the Aus rock scene, having began his career as the frontman for Buster Brown in the early '70s and going on to lead Rose Tattoo a few years later. In recent years, Anderson has become just as known for his continuous charity work as he is for his music career, heavily supporting local youth charities and men's health awareness in particular.
The Parkers Elvis Festival will take place between Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 January — head to the event's website for more.
(News, Source;Parkes/ElvisInfoNet)

'Tryin' To Get To Tahoe' New Import CD: Out soon from the E.P. Collector label is the 'Tryin' To Get To Tahoe' recorded at the Lake Tahoe, NV, May 16, 1974 Opening show. Elvis' spring '74 shows were consistently strong, and the May concerts in Lake Tahoe were no exception. Elvis' shows there were solid and entertaining, and he was in particularly good voice. The set lists offered a wide variety of music, and Elvis' commitment and enthusiasm made these intimate shows very memorable for those who were lucky enough to attend them. The show on this CD has never been released in any form, and this very decent, digitally restored audience recording gives you a unique perspective of what it was like to experience him in person in Lake Tahoe during this engagement.
The CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with rare Lake Tahoe, May ’74 cover shot and collection of ”Peacock” images taken in Cleveland show on June 21st, 1974.
(News, Source;EP/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 13 October 2014

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

- Did Billy think Ginger was good for Elvis?
- Was is possible that Elvis' 60s movie period actually preserved his legacy.
- Atlantic Records and the Elvis Sun contract bid.
- Elvis' Football games, How rough were they for injuries?
- Did you know ahead-of-time what ELVIS' Jaycees speech would be
- Was Elvis an avid follower of any sport ?
 

(Book Review): Remember...A Love Story (Eve Thomas): The Elvis book library is a particularly eclectic one.  In 2014 the latest addition to the 'new age' genre is Eve Thomas’s engaging and thought provoking memoir, Remember...A Love Story.  Part biography, part revelation.......it is certainly not your usual book written around Elvis.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took an interesting and surprising journey into the spiritual world of Eve Thomas and her experiences with Elvis. From past lives which include being a passenger on the ill-fated Titanic to training elephants in India and twin flames (souls), this is a book that would have certainly attracted Elvis in his search for spiritual enlightenment and happiness.

Read our full review of a book that challenges and entertains


'Elvis Files Magazine Vol.9' OUT NOW: Erik Lorentzen notes that the new 'Elvis Files Magazine Vol.9' is BETTER THAN EVER and Out Now - and it is a CRACKER issue!

Includes the articles...
- The Day Elvis Became an Elvis Fan
- The August 1st 1969 Press Conference
- Las Vegas September 1974
- Chet Atkins, Charlie McCoy, Paul Evans
- Elvis and Judy Spreckels
- What Elvis Thinks Of His Fans

Go HERE for more full size example photos and info.

AND go here to the Elvis Files for more purchase info


'Elvis At The Hilton' New Import CD: From the AudiRec label a brand new double-CD Set which will be released shortly.
CD 1 includes the complete “3 A.M.” Show while CD 2 includes the complete Dinner Show, both dated September 2, 1973.
It was the summer of 1973 - “Labor Day Weekend” brought thousands of visitors to Las Vegas. No wonder the Colonel agreed when being asked to schedule a special “3 A.M. Show” on Sunday morning (Sept. 2) to fulfill the many requests for tickets. Elvis was so popular in Vegas, it is hard to compare with any of today´s artists. So it is never a fault to say that Elvis was indeed the “King Of Vegas”. For our first release and with all the technical help we could get from our friends from the “Straight Arrow” Label we were able to obtain two rare shows, both from September 2, 1973. Both shows have been recorded with a tape-recorder brought in secretly and have to be called “typical audience recordings”, though clearly ones which are of real good quality for that type of recordings.
Did you know, that Elvis rode on the back of “Memphis Mafia-Member” Lamar Fike when entering the stage at this early morning show of September 2? In the bookelt you will read many details regarding those two shows, written down by witnesses just barely one hour after the shows ended – up at their hotel room at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel!
FTD have released the superb audio quality September 3 1973 D.S / M.S. on their 2004 'Closing Night'.
Go to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full details and tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'14000 Fans Can’t Be Wrong!' New Import VINYL / CD: To be released shortly on the VV label their sixth release "14000 fans Can’t be wrong!" featuring the UNRELEASED complete live audience recording on September 13th 1970 8.30 PM show From Tampa, Florida.. The VINYL will be accompanied from a deluxe digipack cd including the Show plus the almost previous day show from Miami + a bonus glossy PHOTO.
"14000 fans can’t be wrong!!!” wants to give you a unique perspective of the man and his music during his first tour in 1970.. This will be the first STEP of a wider project, in fact the producers’ intention is to accompanied this first volume with other unreleased show from Elvis’ 1970 first tour.
Elvis‘ first tour comes almost immediately after the third Las Vegas season, maybe too soon to give Elvis time to recuperate…from a long and we suspect boring month of concerts in Vegas. The tour was a 8 concerts in 6 different cities. It was a modest tour considering Elvis’ popularity , in fact all the date were an immediately sold out with a wild reaction from the audience. Elvis looked great at the top of his possibility, performing a solid and maybe too short show with the best
of the repertoire of the previous month in Vegas with no new songs added.
In the cd we include together the Tampa show also 30 minutes of Miami Evening show, giving to the listen a wider spectrum about Elvis’ first tour. The Miami show was already released but we have in our hands a straight copy from the original tape, so we decide to add the highlights of the show to complete the bonus cd in the matter to delivery 80 MINUTES OF music.
Both the recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is very good considering the early tour.
The LP 140 VINYL Album - Limited numbers 500 copies
Live Audience recording - Unreleased Show

Saturday 11 October 2014

Lisa Marie $15 million book deal rumor?: The examiner carried this (crazy) story yesterday.
.." Lisa Marie Presley has many stories she could share about her father, her life and Graceland. The entertainer has chosen, up to this point, not to pen a memoir, but the fans would think they had gone to heaven if she ever decided to sit down and write a book.
The stories that Lisa Marie Presley could share would be tales that people haven’t heard before.
Allegedly, a big publishing house in New York City is offering $15 million for the star to share her intimate secrets of her father and her life. The star has declined projects in the past so this rumor could be nothing short of tabloid fodder. Then again, Lisa Marie Presley loves to share the memories of her father with the fans, so maybe she is open to the idea of writing down her life journey for people to read.
Recently, Lisa Marie Presley was interviewed in ‘Healthy Living" magazine and she reflected on being born into one of the most famous families on earth. Reflecting on how she keeps her personal life separate from her entertainment world life, she has managed to stay out of the tabloids while still being a successful musical entertainer.

EIN Notes - While absolute rubbish - Lisa Marie was only nine years old when Elvis died, what secrets could she really tell? - once again this story goes to show just how HUGE Elvis' amazing legacy still is.
(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)


'Winds of Change: Elvis Presley 1954-1955' DVD: A new DVD from Left Field Media. The publicity notes.. On the 5th of July 1954 Elvis Presley entered the Sun Studios and cut a record that changed the face of music forever. Featuring contributions from those who were there at the time and from others who have studied the subject in depth, rare footage, photographs, and the music from those pivotal sessions, this documentary explores the events that led up to this fateful session.
This documentary explores the various threads that came together for Elvis Presley to record his initial batch of singles that would set the template for rock and roll. The film explains how his fusion of various sounds and genres led to the enduring body of work that includes tracks like "Blue Moon," "My Happiness," "Good Rockin' Tonight," and "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

Great cover shot - even if it is from August 1956!
EIN notes- Left Field Media generally release semi-bootleg off-radio performances etc so beware before purchasing.
Out Oct 07, 2014 for around $15

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


AUSTRALIAN release "Bossa Nova Baby" Green vinyl 7": Due to the recent Heineken Elvis promotion now happening on Australian TV, the SONY / Heineken / Music On Vinyl new 45rpm green vinyl release is OUT NOW in Australia. With Heineken using the Viva Elvis remix for "Bossa Nova Baby" in one of their epic commercials it called for an exclusive Elvis Presley 45 on beer bottle green vinyl, featuring both the original and remix of "Bossa Nova Baby"!
- 45 RPM 7" single with large jukebox hole
- Includes original and remix
- 1500 numbered copies on beer bottle green vinyl
- RCA Company sleeve design

Click here to buy it from Australia's JB-HiFi for AU$20 plus shipping. MUCH CHEAPER than other Australian Elvis shops which are charging a ridiculous $35 plus postage!

To watch the Advert on YouTube click here.



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


ELVIS The 60s & The 70s - New SONY Budget Releases: Out now are two 12 track budget CDs from SONY.

The sixties compilation surprisingly features 'Without Love (There Is Nothing), and the seventies features 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby'. The rest of the tracks are all the basic hit selections.

 

(News, Source;BarryMcLean;ElvisInfoNet)


Latest Billboard Album Charts: Very little new action for Elvis recently on the US charts.

This week 'Heart And Soul' rises from 146 to 128 on the Billboard Album Chart for w/e 18th October, 2014 and rises from 14 to 13 on the Catalog Album Chart.





(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


TCB Band Show October 24 in Honolulu: .. "James Burton here! I’m really excited about a show we are playing in Honolulu in a couple of weeks' time – October 24th, 7.30pm. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu.
I wanted to tell you about it personally. We can’t wait to head back to play a one off show at the same site as one of my favourite ever Elvis concerts – the historic ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ special. We’re in the concert hall this time and we can take a little over 2000 people. We are playing for the first time with legendary New Zealand singer John Rowles – who had many hits in Hawaii – especially ‘Cheryl Moana Marie’. He was in residence at The Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch room for many years.
He has a fantastic voice and you can read all about this and also the tour we are doing in New Zealand at www.livinglegendlive.com
It would be great to see you there and we’ll look forward to meeting you after the show!
Aloha and God Bless, James Burton

Go HERE for ticket details

(News, Source;JB/ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 8 October 2014

Elvis, the friend I never met who saved my life: EIN discovered this initially confronting but ultimately uplifting story, on the Indian Country Today Media Network website.

The author, John Christian Hopkins (pictured opposite) is a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island. He is the author of Carlomagno*. He currently lives on he Navajo Reservation with his wife, Sararesa.

John's story is another amazing example of how Elvis has touched people of different races, color, religions, ethnic groups and creeds:

"I can close my eyes and remember the day my friend died. I was sitting in the kitchen on the stairs that led to the second floor. It was on the fourth step, where I always sat because it had a large window to my left.

It was a hot summer day. August 16, 1977.

My "friend" was someone I had never met, someone who never knew that I existed. But he was someone who touched my life in a profound way, possibly even saved it in those lonely wee hours of the silent mornings when the demons made their play for my soul.

His name was Elvis Presley. It's more than being just a fan. Much more. You see, my mom died in February of 1976, when I was 15. I felt lost, depressed, unwanted. I felt my mom was the only person that loved me, and that I would never know love again. And it got worse.

I had never gotten along particularly well with my father, and that relationship withered and died in the years that followed. He told me he wished I had died instead of my mom, told me when I fell asleep that he was going to kill me. I spent many nights sleeping under my bed, or trying to surround myself with boxes as I slept sitting up in a corner of my bedroom.

The time he stuck a shotgun in my mouth and said he was going to blow my head off, I no longer cared. I just closed my eyes and waited for the gun to go off. The truth is I wanted to die. I used to sleep with a loaded pistol pointed at my head, hoping that I would accidentally shoot myself in my sleep.

It was a dark time when I walked through the shadow of depression, thunderclaps of pain crashing about me and loneliness stabbing at me like searing bolts of lightning.

I thought that I would never know sunshine again. But, through it all, when my thoughts darkened and I'd cry and wish I was dead, there was always one ray of happiness that winked through the storm.

It was Elvis.

When I'd listen to "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" it was like he was talking straight to me. Whatever mood I was in, The King had a song to buoy my spirits. It was impossible to remain sad when I was listening to "Jailhouse Rock" or "I Can't Help Falling In Love."

When Elvis lamented life at the "Heartbreak Hotel," it was like he understood my loneliness. And songs like "Love Me Tender" and "If I Can Dream" spoke to me of other, better times just ahead.

When I was depressed—and that was often—it was usually the sound of Elvis's voice that brought me back from the edge of the abyss. Yeah, we never met, but he was my friend all the same. He helped walk me through a difficult time in my life and he's been there ever since.

Elvis may have left the building, but he'll never leave my heart.

I love you, Elvis; and thanks for being a friend." (Article, Source: John Christian Hopkins, Indian Country Today Media Network)

* Carlomagno: Adventures of the Pirate Prince of the Wampanoag, is available in both softcover and Kindle format from Amazon. The book is a work of historical fiction with factual characters interwoven in the narrative. Its plot is nicely described by this overview of the trials faced by its swashbuckling, titular protagonist:

To survive he must escape the chains of his Spanish master, evade the terrible Cimaroons and conquer a land populated by wild beasts, poisonous serpents and man-eating alligators.


Elvis was very proud of his Native American heritage.

His great-great-great grandmother (maternal side), Morning/Mourning Dove White (1800-1835) pictured right, was a full blood(ed) Cherokee Indian.


Alanna Nash reveals story behind her (initially) being "ghost writer" for Alan Fortas memoir: In response to a message from EIN's Nigel Patterson, noted Elvis author, Alanna Nash, recently revealed on the Facebook Elvis Presley Books Discussion Group that: "Nigel, after Alan died, and the paperback reprint was in the works, Alan's son, Miles and I decided to add my name, so that I could talk about the book.

The only reason my name wasn't on it to start with is because I was doing the bigger book with Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, and Lamar Fike, and the publisher of that book didn't want people confused about the two books." (News, Source: Alanna Nash)


'In The Heat Of The Desert' New Import CD: The new Touchdown contains the previously unavailable Las Vegas Dinner Show August 21, 1974. This show has not been available on CD or CD-R before and hence is totally new to fans. Taking into consideration that this is an audience recording the sound is reportedly very good. The show is performed on a highly professional level with a dedicated Elvis giving it all.
Includes a 16 page Booklet.
EIN Notes, Elvis gave 27 shows in this season, 26 of which have already been released on various formats. This concert is the only one that is missing. If it is the genuine article in good quality sound then it is an essential release for all die-hard collectors. However the setlist looks very similar to the midnight 20th August show. EIN is waiting for verification. (Thanks Ciscoking)
Go to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full tracklist
(News, Source;Touchdown/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis 8mm Concert Footage Anaheim Nov30 1976 on EBay: With very little info, a 17 minute home-movie of Elvis in concert at Anaheim, Nov 30 1976 is offered for sale on Ebay. EIN hopes this is nothing to do with Rex Martin stolen material.

With only a few pictures to go buy and selling for £100 = US$160 who knows what you might be buying

Click here to EBay to view



(See EIN's exclusive Rex Martin Interview here)

 


(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)


Monday 6 October 2014

Shirley Dieu, author of Memphis Mafia Princess, talks to EIN: With many fans already getting to know Shirley Dieu through her warmly received book, Shirley has taken time out of her hectic schedule to talk to EIN's Nigel Patterson about her life, and of course Elvis. In her entertaining interview Shirley reflects on a range of interesting topics:

  • her first impressions of Elvis
  • life at Graceland and on tour
  • some of the funny moments around Elvis (including the British comedy group Elvis liked to imitate)
  • the Memphis Mafia
  • Elvis' Monopoly Tour
  • the day Elvis died
  • Shirley's other lives as a, model, actress, Talent Agency operator and proprietor of a car brokerage company
  • the "Princess Di like" cover image on Memphis Mafia Princess
  • nights at Hugh Hefner's private club, PIPS
  • why it is probably a good idea to know your Academy Award nominees
  • revisiting a very different Graceland in the early 1980s (Interview, Source: EIN)

Todd Slaughter and Elvis - Marty Lacker Comments: I read Todd Slaughter's article (see below) and it is easy for me to tell that he was conned by Parker and he probably allowed himself to be to get access to Elvis. However, he doesn't reveal that he had a strong entree to Parker because of the guy who started the fan club, Albert Hand, who made friends with Parker and who visited Elvis a number of times on the sets in Hollywood. All arranged by Parker because, whether Albert knew it or not, Parker was using him for publicity in England. The same with Slaughter, Parker didn't do anything for anyone unless he benefited from it.
Todd should have mentioned Albert who also once gave Elvis a bicycle built for two that he rode around the movie studio a few times. If it wasn't for Albert Hand, Todd would have never gotten near Elvis.

As for Parker's crap about Elvis being the one who did not want to play England - that's bullshit! It was all Parker because he was an illegal alien and he was afraid if he left the U.S. he would be found out.  More than one promoter, including Lloyd Greenfield who was

Tom Jones' road manager, offered deals for Elvis to play England. The first time Jones met Elvis on the set of Paradise Hawaiian, Lloyd was with him and I was standing next to Elvis when Lloyd offered Elvis $1 Million for one show at Wembley.  I told him to take it to Parker which he did - and then Parker
turned him down. - Marty


EIN Adds - Albert Hand was the first President of the Elvis Fan Club of Great Britain and in the early sixties visited the US to meet Elvis. He was also founder and editor of 'Elvis Monthly' magazine as well as producing the "Elvis Special" year-books. He later handed over the reins to the younger Todd Slaughter. Albert Hand died in 1972.
Todd Slaughter does honestly describe himself as "a kind of a sycophant". Parker would have loved that, perfect for manipulation!
(News, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet) - - - - Go HERE for more of 'Marty's Musings'

Saturday 4 October 2014

Todd Slaughter Talks Elvis!: One of the last to meet The King before he died, and friend of legendary manager Colonel Parker, Todd Slaughter has run the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain for almost 50 years.“I was utterly consumed by him.”
"My dream, was to meet Elvis, and I did it.” In fact, the 68-year-old is being rather lenient with the facts.
He actually met Elvis three times, the last time in June 1977. In six weeks, the biggest star rock ‘n’ roll has ever seen would be dead.
“I’d noticed a decline in his health. The first two times I met him, 1972 / 73, he looked the same, maybe put a little bit more weight on. When I met him six weeks before he died, there was a producer who said to me, take a look at him up close, our make-up lady says it looks as if he’s got six months to live – it turned out he’d got six weeks.”
That last encounter was at Indianapolis Airport, where Elvis presented Todd with an award for being president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain for ten years, and the footage of it, filmed by a news crew Todd had slipped $100, is thought to be the last ever recorded of the megastar.
“He came out of the plane, he looked very shaky, he did not look well. I then went to see what was his last show and he sang his heart out and did a set that lasted an hour-and-a-half instead of the usual hour. But I came back thinking things didn’t look good – and when it was announced on the radio that he’d died, I really wasn’t that surprised.”
A mechanical engineer by trade, Todd soon found himself sidetracked by the music industry.
“I met a lot of stars, from The Beatles to the Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, anybody who was anybody. And I was kind of a sycophant anyway! I thought it was great if you could meet these people.
“But it didn’t prepare me for meeting Elvis.” That encounter came about after Todd forged a relationship with Colonel Parker, Elvis Presley’s somewhat imposing manager.
“Colonel Parker was absolutely fantastic (EIN says, see below!), a phenomenal character. He very kindly said ‘you can meet Elvis’,” Todd reveals. "’I’ll arrange for the whole group, at the Las Vegas Hilton.”
While people travelling en masse to the States is a matter of absolute routine now, back in the Seventies it was a big deal, underlining the clamour for Elvis to perform in Britain, something which, famously, he never did.
“Colonel Parker said to me at one point, ‘look, if you want Elvis to come to Britain, you get me an offer’.
“And I did, from a promoter. But it didn’t happen. By then it was 1975 and obviously Elvis wasn’t that well.”
Two years later and he’d be gone, ravaged, it’s commonly thought, by rampant abuse of prescription drugs.
“Back then everything was changing – it was a phenomenal time to be around. All we do now, I think, is duplicate what’s happened before. Music is not as important as it used to be. There’s no excitement about what’s number one.
“Everything’s downloads, it’s in thin air, it’s in the ether.”
Except for Elvis that is. While Todd (shown above right in 2014) keeps his memory alive, The King, jumpsuit ‘n’ all, will always be real.
Go here for the full article on Todd Slaughter - Go here for EIN's 'The Dark Side of the Colonel'
(News, Source;stokesentinel/ElvisInfoNet)

Nashville RCA Studio A Saved!: Just in time, a Nashville-area businessman has agreed to purchase and preserve the historic recording studio in the heart of the city’s Music Row neighbourhood that had been planned for demolition, a potential outcome that had sparked a broader movement to protect other musical landmarks in a place that proudly bills itself as “Music City.” The $5.6 million sale agreement was announced Friday by Bravo Development, which owns the building that houses RCA Studio A, a 49-year-old recording room that has hosted artists including Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and B. B. King.
While Elvis recorded all his classics in RCA Studio B, he did however play a charade on Priscilla arranging for her to observe
a pretend Elvis session in Studio A!
Bassist Norbert Putnam writes about it in his forthcoming book....
" On the first night Felton met David Briggs and me in the corridor outside RCA's Studio A. We stood, just outside the control room door, listening in disbelief as Felton explained that "Priscilla's been buggin' him to come see a session, so Elvis decided he'd stage one." Even though the last album was already pressed and about to be shipped, we would pretend to do a few final touch-ups. Elvis would have a few ideas about the bass parts, even though he never had before. And yes, David would be changing a few piano parts. More than anything else, Elvis had a bunch of new stories he couldn't wait to share with us.
When we entered the control room right on time at six o'clock, there sat the King, the man who in the past had never arrived before eight. He jumped to his feet and pulled his beautiful Queen across
the room to meet us. We were introduced as "Putt and David, the greatest bass player, the greatest piano player in the world!" He went on to say, "Putt was the one who played that great bass part on 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me,' and you remember the great piano intro on 'Love Letters'?"
... In the next minute or two, Pachucki led Priscilla out of the control room and into the large cavernous studio, explaining how he would arrange the room for this important Presley overdub session. With Priscilla gone, Elvis seized the opportunity to apologize for the charade, but begged us to please play along. "You know I love this woman dearly, but I wouldn't ever want her to witness all the silly shenanigans that occur on a real live session," he said. We smiled and nodded our heads in quiet understanding.

EIN thanks Greg Cain for the story.
(News, Source;GregCain/ElvisInfoNet)

Two New Imports CDs from the Bootleg Series: Two new CDs are about to be released by 'The Bootleg Series' label, one focussing on the fifties and one on the early sixties.
- '50's Sensation - Studio Masters & Outtakes' features 34 tracks including original studio banter + outtakes in great soundquality!
The album/single/ep masters from "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck", "Doncha' Thinks It's Time" and "Lover Doll"
Great movie versions from the movies "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole". Radio spot from Pine Bluff, 02-23-55 and much more!
Some tracks previously unreleased by Elvis' record company, released by mistake or hard to find! Now for the first time collected on one great 50's cd release! A special edition from The Bootleg Series!
And also a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.
Features, 'Shake, Rattle And Roll', 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy', 'One-Sided Love Affair', 'Hound Dog' etc
Go to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full tracklist


- 'Top Notch Nashville - Elvis At RCA's Studio B - Part 4' features 24 tracks including 8 outtakes / false starts previously unreleased by Elvis' record company. Includes 'I'm Yours' (Stereo album + single master and Mono album master), Most masters newly remastered and with original studio banter
Great sound quality!
12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.
Features 'Surrender', 'I'm Yours', 'Little Sister', 'What A Wonderful Life (re-created Stereo) and more.

Go to EIN's 'All The CD News 2014' for full tracklist

 

(News, Source;Boots/ElvisInfoNet)


'Such A Night - Rockin' In The Early 60s' 10" Vinyl: Coming out in December 2104, this impressive 10” album from Vee-Tone Records, features 12 rockin’ floor-fillers recorded and released by Elvis Presley between 1960 and 1962.  This special collector’s edition is limited to only 1000 copies and brings together some of Elvis’ finest early 60s dancers on one stylish compilation.  Great sound quality and stunning artwork make this a must have addition to any record collection!
·       Limited edition, only 1000 copies pressed;
·       Ultimate early 60s dance album;
·       Deluxe 10” black vinyl collector’s edition.
Tracklist:Side A 1. Make Me Know It , 2. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell 3.Shoppin' Around 4.Such A Night 5.Slicin' Sand 6.Follow That Dream
Side B 1.Little Sister 2.Put The Blame On Me 3.Steppin' Out Of Line 4.I Want You With Me 5.What A Wonderful Life 6.Gonna Get Back Home Somehow
EIN will post the news when you can pre-order this beauty!
(News, Source;Vee-Tone/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 2 October 2014

Fake Elvis "Answering Machine" message released by FTD!: The promotional blurb for the recent FTD book 'Best Of British – The RCA Years 1957-1958' noted in part, "This is Elvis, with the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958. The CD included with this book features many first-time officially released Elvis tracks. Here, amongst his classic songs, are the songwriters’ demo recordings as Elvis first heard them, plus the message he recorded on his home answer machine!"
Unfortunately it has now been revealed that Elvis' answering-machine message is a fake, edited together from The Truth About Me interview outtakes of August 22 1956. It isn't an answer phone message at all!.

Of course EIN certainly agree that the book, by Trevor Simpson, is a marvellous examination of the period and that the CD is only a bonus however this has to be a major slip-up, albeit only 16 seconds long. It has also been round for long enough for keen Elvis fans to know that it was only a fake. It starts "Hi, this is Elvis Presley" in exactly the same way as the Truth About Me.

Of course it might be OK to add it as a Bonus "joke" track but to promote it as the real deal is misleading at the very least. EIN now learns that FTD were made aware of this potential fake track as soon as the tracklisting came out but for did not think it necessary to update their promotional blurb.

(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis’ Honeymoon 1967 Cadillac Sold for $88k: It was known as the car that Elvis Presley and Priscilla would drive around Memphis after they got married. The famous 1967 Cadillac Coupe De Ville was recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $88,000. Before being out for auction, Elvis Presley’s Cadillac Coupe de Ville has been part of Mike L. Moon’s private collection since 1979. It has been on display at the Elvis Presley Museums in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Niagara Falls ever since.
Elvis purchased this red Caddy on September 15, 1967 and it was the car he drove Priscilla with around Memphis, shortly after they were married. The bidder received copies of the original Bill of Sale, as well as the original Protect-O-Plate showing the name Elvis Presley and listing the address of Graceland. Finished in red with a black interior, the 2-door coupe comes with an 8-cylinder engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll has been released: Allen J. Wierner's latest book has been released. Based on years of research and analytical insight, Wiener's book brings a long overdue perspective on an important part of Elvis' career which is usually examined on a show by show basis and one which not only spanned his whole career but was instrumental in his initial success and then punctuated his career with seminal performances which are now part of television history.
From the press release: Elvis Presley was a virtual unknown when, in 1956, he strutted his stuff in front of a national television audience for the very first time. By year’s end, following a dozen TV appearances, he was an international superstar. Over the next two decades, Elvis turned to TV whenever his career required a boost or a complete makeover. Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll takes a close-up look at his 20-year career through the unique lens of television.

Based on more than a decade of research, dozens of fresh interviews, and careful review of hours of television and other footage, this book focuses on Elvis' TV career and the role it played in creating, sustaining, and reviving his unrivaled popularity. Only television captured the full arc of the King's career, from his initial steps on the national stage and highly anticipated return from the U.S. Army to his resurrection in the wake of some lame recordings and weak movies, renewed acclaim as a concert artist, and premature, self-inflicted 1977 exit. Television captured it all. And Elvis Presley's TV appearances also provided us with the most extensive visual record of this incredible man doing what he loved best: performing live. 

Featuring the insights and observations of some of his closest associates, Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll places us behind the camera as well as in front of the small screen to explore one of the most fascinating and revealing aspects of a legendary career.

Praise for Channeling Elvis: “Unlike the Hollywood-contrived plastic persona that characterized the vast majority of his big-screen appearances, the Elvis who turned American television on its head during the mid-’50s and used it for his rebirth in the late-’60s was the real performer in all of his lip-curling, pelvic-thrusting glory. Equally captivating was the sadder figure who faced the final curtain on his 1977 TV special, and it is thanks to Allen Wiener’s great insight and invaluable research that, at long last, Channeling Elvis investigates and illuminates these pivotal moments of a legendary career.” – Richard Buskin, author of Classic Tracks: The Real Stories Behind 68 Seminal Recordings

Coming next week: EIN reviews Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll


Nashville RCA Studio A To Be Demolished: Nashville country music RCA Studio A that has hosted Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson looks set to be torn down to build luxury apartments - to many it is a symbol of 'old Nashville' and the city's rich musical legacy. Fans of Elvis' fans should not be thrown by this news as it is NOT the famous STUDIO B where Elvis, (Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison etc) recorded their classic material. Studio B is still open for tours and has a truly stunning ambience.
Pianist Ben Folds has fought an energetic campaign to save Studio A but he has bowed out after the rent was more then doubled.
The rather nondescript RCA Studio A in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, has been visited by a host of country stars including Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys and Dolly Parton.
Various news stories report that... 
A) Elvis recorded in Studio A - this is not the case as Elvis' classics were recorded in the smaller, more intimate Studio B.
B) The studios were constructed in 1965 at the request of Chet Atkins, who was originally looking for a place to track string parts for Elvis Presley's gospel albums. However Elvis' 1966 Gospel Album was recorded in Studio B and featured no orchestral overdubs.
However, not everybody in the creative industry is opposed to closing the doors of the recording studio. In an open letter, acclaimed country guitar player Harold Bradley - a former owner of RCA Studio A - rebuked anyone willing to stand in the way of progress. 'What makes a place historic?' he asked. 'The architecture of the Nashville sound was never brick and mortar. Certainly, there are old studio spaces that, in our imaginations, ring with sonic magic; but in truth, it's not the room, it's the music. The architecture of Nashville's evolving sound is a synergy of creative energy. That's still here, and it has nothing to do with this building."
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier this week...

- EIN has received multiple letters wanting Marty Lacker to comment about Ginger Alden and Elvis -

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

- Was Ginger Alden too young to be with Elvis.
- What about Ginger's family demanding Elvis pay for a house.
- How is Sonny West doing.
- Elvis and the kidnapping attempts 
- Who was Gene Mason. He claimed to be at the "Suspicious Minds" sessions.
- Aside from Ann-Margret, was there any other co-star with whom Elvis would've had a "big romance"
- How did girls get to meet Elvis backstage.
- Did Elvis ever watch the "Streets of San Francisco" ep named Target Red
 

- - - It was only back in May 2014 that we celebrated 6,000 members of our EIN Elvis Facebook page - - - This month we hit 11,000 members - the fastest growing Elvis facebook group around!

EIN's Rare Elvis Photos Facebook page now with 11,000 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 and with more added every day – including YouTube footage. Click here to access our Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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'The Elvis Christmas Album' on Red Vinyl: Cargo Records are re-isssuing Elvis' original 1957 this time on red vinyl. It also comes with a CD as well as a free download.
"Elvis Presley's christmas album from 1957 with 12 classic Christmas songs. Pressed on high-quality red vinyl. 'Triple play' includes CD of the album and a download code with gatefold sleeve and obi strip.
Out  20 Oct 2014

Click here to Amazon UK>> The Elvis Christmas Album [VINYL] for more info and to pre-order.
£15 with FREE Delivery in the UK

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Barbra Streisand - with Elvis - Makes Chart History: Barbra Streisand's new duets album "Partners" has entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one, making her the only recording artist in history to have a number one release in six consecutive decades.
Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist in history. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, an honor which includes fellow duet "Partners" Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. She also now has the longest span of number one albums in history; just under 50 years.
Streisand has recorded fifty-one gold, thirty platinum and thirteen multi-platinum albums in her career, including ten number ones and is the female artist with the most in Billboard's history.
"Partners" is Streisand's 33rd album to make it into the Top 10 on the US charts. She is the only female artist to have achieved this milestone, tying her with Frank Sinatra.
Today Streisand posted,"Hearing the news that "Partners" entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!
It's especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, ... and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King! - ... With lots of love, Barbr"

(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley & Roger Moore ‘Haunted’ – New Movie Short: This has been kicking around since 2011 but it is an amusing watch for a lazy weekend. Combining footage of Roger Moore from 1970’s 'The Man Who Haunted Himself and Elvis in ‘Live A Little Love A Little’ this fan-made movie by Natasha Rostov and Alexander Elvis is a fun thriller and clever mix. It is surprising how so much of the footage seems to match.
The story is "James Penlowe (Roger Moore) leads an ordinary life, but his past catches up to him when he gets a mob hitman Greg Nolan (Elvis Presley) on his tail."
Runs 14 minutes....
Click HERE to YouTube to watch

(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)


Latest Billboard Album Charts: Very little new action for Elvis recently on the US charts.

This week 'Heart And Soul' drops from 114 to 121 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 4th October, 2014 and from 16 to 17 on the Catalog Album Chart.



(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


News and EIN exclusives from earlier last month

(Book Review) Elvis and Ginger: It has been 37 years in the making but finally, Elvis' fiancee and last love, Ginger Alden, has released her account of their relationship.

The picture Ginger paints of Elvis is a predominately positive one.  She had concerns about his reliance of medications and his temper, but she also shows the warmth of Elvis Presley and that he wasn’t always withdrawn or emotionally down.  Elvis laughed, talked, read books, played racquetball and had fun!

That said, release of her memoir has elicited an emotionally charged debate and divided some fans.

Read EIN's full review


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

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

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

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


New Footage of  August 19 1975: Recently posted on YouTube is some pretty good quality fan footage synced with sound from Elvis' 1975 Las Vegas Summer Season August 19 Dinner Show.
This was the season where despite poor health Elvis introduced the positive idea of a Request Box for audience song choices. The footage shows Elvis struggling on to entertain his faithful audience and having some fun at the same time.
It is worth watching especially the fun 'My Boy' and Elvis' VERY LAST performance of 'Suspicious Minds'.
However bear in mind Elvis' poor health. Sadly Linda Thompson summed it up so well noting that.."Elvis didn't even realise himself how bad he was at the time" and sadly it was a huge step down from his closing July 75 tour shows.
The footage runs 23 minutes. CLICK HERE to YouTube-
A few years ago Southern Comfort/Audionics released the excellent "'(Cancelled) The Request Box'" which featured several shows from this short season which was cancelled after only five performances.
Go here for the detailed story from Ger Rijff.
(News, Source;FECC/YDKM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis We'll Remember You" OUT NOW: The new photobook 'Elvis We'll Remember You" by Ed Bonja, produced by the Elvis Fan Club of Finland, is out now.
The hard cover coffee table book has 176 pages and it is lavishly illustrated. Text is both in English and in Finnish. There are over 200 photographs in four different chapters; Elvis Live, Elvis and the Colonel, Elvis and the fans and miscellaneous. This would allow the inclusion of some things about the Elvis Presley Show which normally would not be known, especially in the miscellaneous section.
Elvis The Man And His Music recently reviewed it as "the most comprehensive Ed Bonja book to date, put together by a team of fans who obviously care and were keen to present his work in the best possible way."

Price of the book is 35 euros (plus the shipping costs).
Check out just two of the great photos below.
Go HERE to OEPFC for more info and to purchase
(News, Source;OEPFC/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Files Magazine Vol.9' OUT NOW: Erik Lorentzen notes that the new 'Elvis Files Magazine Vol.9' is BETTER THAN EVER and Out Now.

Includes the articles...
- The Day Elvis Became an Elvis Fan
- The August 1st 1969 Press Conference
- Las Vegas September 1974
- Chet Atkins, Charlie McCoy, Paul Evans
- Elvis and Judy Spreckels
- What Elvis Thinks Of His Fans

Go HERE for full size poster.
AND go here to the Elvis Files for more purchase info


'Elvis And Ginger' Selling Well: The continuous publicity campaign is certainly working as 'Elvis and Ginger' charts at #14 on this week's New York Times Hardback Non-Fiction best seller list - becoming one of the biggest selling Elvis books in years!
In further promotional interviews this week Ginger Alden "Elvis Presley’s final love" revealed...
Ginger Alden: To begin with it was hard for me to realise that I was his girlfriend. But in time I got a little used to the fact that Elvis and I were a couple. But in the beginning I respected his privacy. I thought he was a busy man and I don't want to just pick up the phone. But we had exchanged numbers and over time, I felt more comfortable with it.
Ginger: Even towards the end there were so many things he was looking forward to. He wanted to do a more serious film. There was a film called "The Mission" that he told me about one evening and we went to his attic and he looked through a box to look for the script. Elvis was always searching why he was what he was and it kind of paralleled his life and what he was trying to do through his music and bringing joy to others. He wanted to play Europe.
He told me he wanted us to get married. He wanted to have more children.
Elvis was the happiest when he put a smile on someone else's face. He didn't have a lot when he was growing up and he was just the most big-hearted man I've ever met.

(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)

. . . .

UPDATED - 'Elvis Madison 1977 - The Gas Station Incident': Bruce Frey witnessed Elvis stopping a brawl at a Madison Gas Station in June of 1977 - the very last time Elvis would be on tour.
Kathy Westmoreland was on tour with Elvis in June 1977 and got to hear Elvis' story first-hand about how he stopped the fight at the Madison Gas Station in June of 1977.
Thanks to Bruce Frey EIN has received permission from Kathy Westmoreland to tell her side of this famous story. It’s her version of what happened that night and helps explain how Bruce Frey happened to run into him because he went out a back gate and got ahead of everyone!
Go here for this EIN Exclusive by Bruce Frey - and to find out what Elvis told Kathy Westmoreland that night
 
(Spotlight, Source;BruceFrey/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Jimmy Velvet Health Issues: There have been rumours going around on other websites suggesting that Elvis' friend Jimmy Velvet is gravely ill.
While it is true that he was misdiagnosed for a skin cancer a while ago, there is a good hope that it can be removed.
As always everyone associated with EIN sends Jimmy their very Best Wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. 
Jimmy Velvet at one time owned the largest Elvis memorabilia collection in the world before eventually selling his collection. His life and all the musicians he has met over the years is a truly amazing story.
Jimmy Velvet is a lovely man and EIN was lucky enough to share some time and fascinating stories with him.
Go HERE for our exclusive Jimmy Velvet interview and more.

(News, Source;JV/ElvisInfoNet)


Larry Geller interview with Lilou Mace: Lilou Mace  is a French-American webTV host, video blogger and interviewer who was born August 20, 1977 only a few days after Elvis' tragic death. Inspired by Oprah she has interviewed hundreds of authors, speakers and scientists from all over the world about the art of creating a happy, healthy and fulfilling life for her Juicy Living web-cast.
Recently she interviewed Elvis' friend Larry Geller in which he revealed some very funny Elvis stories.

Go HERE to check out the interview - it runs 45 minutes in total.

(News, Source;LG/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more Elvis book reviews


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

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


See EIN' exclusive interview with author Kieran Davis here.

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


(News, Source;KD/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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


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

In limited supplies, ask your honest Elvis dealer!

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


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

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

(News, Source;NBC/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

More great Elvis deals on Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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FTD Releases August 2014 OUT NOW: Three new releases announced for August 2014 release are OUT NOW, a Classic Album, UK book, plus new LIVE vinyl album.
- ‘Elvis For Everyone’ – Classic Album.
This 2-Disc 7" Set Celebrates 1965’s Classic Album "Elvis For Everyone" and features a selection of previously officially unreleased session outtakes.
The original press release posted by RCA in August 1965 says, "This is the first Elvis Presley album since 1962 [POT LUCK] that is not a movie soundtrack album." In this new album, Presley demonstrates great versatility by singing a wide range of songs, familiar and unfamiliar, slow ballads and hard-driving rock’’n’rollers. Only one of these songs has ever been issued before ("Summer Kisses, Winter Tears"). The lead off-song, "Your Cheatin’ Heart." Is the title song of the new movie based on the life of Hank Williams., currently playing throughout the country … ..Varied repertoire and Elvis in top form make this really Elvis For Everyone."
Although it was compiled from previously unreleased recordings, it appeared like a breath of fresh air to Elvis fans that had become
somewhat tired of the formulaic soundtracks. The LP hit the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. 
This 2-CD classic edition features insightful essays, rare memorabilia and great outtakes! 
It also features the rare overdubbed version of "Wild in The Country" that featured maracas and additional bass guitar. Although, the source remains a mystery to this day, it was supplied to RCA-UK for its stereo version of the album as a replacement for "Summer Kisses." This track had been issued two months before on RCA-UK’s unique album, Flaming Star And Summer Kisses. 
Apart from OPTIONAL MASTERS that could have been used, DISC 2 contains 23 Previously Unreleased Outtakes from the ‘60s!!!!!!
Go here to SONY/FTD 2014 releases for full tracklisting.
- "Best Of British – The RCA Years 1957-1958
This is Elvis, with the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958.  As a companion to the critically acclaimed and highly successful ‘Elvis: The Best Of British - The HMV Years’, this book contains the full history of over FIFTY iconic Elvis songs initially released by RCA in Great Britain. Again, each song has been thoroughly researched to the same high standards and is graphically catalogued.
Containing over 1000 illustrations, unpublished photographs and charts, together with rare items of memorabilia, this volume of ‘The RCA Years’ moves the story forward to explicitly reveal previously unknown facts and additional British connections to the songs. 
Within these 500 pages and amongst many formerly unknown
fascinating facts, you will discover: 
The English pub that inspired an Elvis song! 
Exactly where and when Elvis learned to play piano! 
The real life characters contained within the lyrics of Jailhouse Rock! 
The CD included with this book features many first-time officially released Elvis tracks. Here, amongst his classic songs, are the songwriters’ demo recordings as Elvis first heard them, plus the message he recorded on his home answer machine! 
‘The RCA Years (1957 - 1958)’ chronicles the meteoric rise in Great Britain of the ‘Sun King’ to the man who would ultimately be crowned ‘Artist Of The 20th Century’. 
Elvis innovated, others imitated!
Go here to SONY/FTD 2014 releases for full tracklisting.
- "Hot August Night" Special LIVE Double-Vinyl 
Limited Edition Vinyl 2-Disc Vinyl Set.
Vinyl cutting by Abbey Road Studios
DMM Copper Mastering
180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
Strictly limited pressing
Go here to SONY/FTD 2014 releases for full tracklisting.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

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

Go HERE for EIN's detailed YMWTBB review

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

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

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'That's the Way It Is' Legacy 2CD Set - OUT NOW: The double CD Legacy version features the original album, singles, bonus tracks plus the previously unreleased August 12th Dinner Show.
CD 1 Original Album: 1. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 2. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights, 3. How The Web Was Woven, 4. Patch It Up, 5. Mary In The Morning, 6. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, 7. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 8. I’ve Lost You, 9. Just Pretend, 10. Stranger In The Crowd, 11. The Next Step Is Love, 12. Bridge Over Troubled Water,
ORIGINAL SINGLES: 13. I’ve Lost You (single version), 14. The Next Step Is Love (single version), 15. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (single version), 16. Patch It Up (single version), OUTTAKES 17. How The Web Was Woven (Take 1), 18. I’ve Lost You (Take 1), 19. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2), 20. Patch It Up (Take 1), 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 1)
CD 2: August 12, Dinner Show - Previously Unreleased.
Order at Amazon - Only $16 >> That's The Way It Is (Legacy Edition) Go here to EIN's SONY/FTD 2014 page for and full tracklists.
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'Elvis: That's The Way It Is' Deluxe Edition: After weeks of speculation Sony/RCA/Legacy officially announce the release of monumental definitive edition of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)" presented together for the first time ever in a Deluxe Box Set (8CD/2DVD). Available on August 5, 2014.
The CD selection is exactly as EIN predicted with two concerts being officially released for the very first time. 
CD1 ‘That's The Way It Is’ - Original Album
CD2 August 10 Opening Show - (FTD One Night in Vs)
CD3 August 11 DS - Unreleased
CD4 August 11 MS - (BMG Live In Las Vegas box-set)
CD5 August 12 DS - Unreleased
CD6 August 12 MS - (BMG 30th Anniv box-set)
CD7 August 13 DS - (FTD The Wonder Of You)
CD8 Rehearsals - (BMG 30th Anniv box-set)
That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) is the most ambitious Elvis Presley restoration package ever created, bringing together - for the first time ever - the album, the theatrical and home video versions of the film, six full-length concerts (featuring previously unreleased performances), rehearsal highlights and other rare recordings in one astounding and essential package. The result of an historic partnership between Sony and Warner Brothers, the deluxe set combines the video and audio assets of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is with unique and previously unreleased material.
The highly-collectible That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition), bonuses include unreleased material, remixed and remastered audio and a new 80-page book detailing the entire event with facts, songwriter and musician interviews, and photos in a deluxe 8CD/2DVD box set.
Originally released on RCA Records in November 1970, Elvis: That's The Way It Is combined eight studio tracks, recorded in Nashville, and four live concert performances recorded in Las Vegas during Presley's 1970 "Summer Festival" season at The International Hotel in Las Vegas to create one of Elvis' best albums.
On July 14, rehearsals for the movie and live shows commenced at the MGM lot in Culver City, California. The Hollywood cameras rolled for five different rehearsals prior to the opening night on August 10. Unquestionably, Elvis was keen to broaden his repertoire for the film,as more than 60 songs were attempted during the period, far more than the usual average of 20 to 25 that would normally be chosen. Over the four nights filmed by MGM, Elvis and his band worked tirelessly, trying out a broad variety of musical styles, emphasizing his desire to share the wide range of music he loved with his audience. Director Denis Sanders captured the end result magnificently, providing fans throughout the world with their first glimpse of the new contemporary Elvis performing at the peak of his vocal prowess both in rehearsal and on the stage.
'That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)' centers on the SIX complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. Two of the shows are released for the first time in their entirety.
The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-the-wall” outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. Completing the audio section, a separate disc of insightful rehearsal highlights, featuring unusual song selections showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians.
That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) puts the original RCA album and the 1970 MGM documentary feature together in a single package for the first time. It includes the previously released original theatrical DVD version (1970) and the re-edited and extended DVD version from 2000.
(EIN note: What a shame not one scrap of new footage has been included. This would have been the perfect place and presumably indicates that there will never be an official release of any more MGM filmed material).
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