"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)





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Saturday 30 April 2005
TV Guide "Elvis" covers: Here are the latest TV Guide covers featuring Elvis. Attached to the four (4) covers of the May 8, 2005 newsstand issues of TV Guide is a never-before-released version of "Young and Beautiful", by Elvis with the Jordanaires. Apart from the four "newsstand" covers there is also a bonus subscriber-only cover (which does not include the mini-disc) - candid moment, 1956 tour (Elvis relaxing with a cup of Pepsi!). The mini-CDs feature four different designs. Each is a different color and has a different Elvis silhouette. Designs are randomly affixed to each of the four different magazine covers. This issue coincides with two prime-time specials
on CBS: "Elvis by the Presleys", the 2-hour special that features a collection of newly recorded interviews with his former wife, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, and their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. "Elvis", a four-hour miniseries on May 8, will tell Presley's electrifying yet tumultuous story - from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame. NB: The CD affixed to the cover may be played only on CD players and computers that have front loading trays. This CD cannot be played on any car stereo or non-loading tray computer or home stereo. Loading the CD onto a non-tray-loading device is likely to damage the machine. (News, Source: EPE/TV Guide)

How rare?: Elvis's 'All Shook Up' was the 1000th #1 single on the UK chart. Just listed on eBay is the All Shook Up limited edition CD boxset - No 1000 with a start price of...you guessed it...1000 pounds. eBay item #: 7510183311. (News, Source: eBay)

Strong bidding on original 1957 UK Elvis songbook: An "ELVIS PRESLEY'S ROCK N ROLL SONG BOOK", originally presented free with "Secrets" in January 1957 has sold on eBay for more than US$50.00. It was originally printed and published in Great Britain by John Leng & Co Ltd and D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd of Fleet Street of London. (News, Source: eBay)

Elvis liquor decanters and more...: For $500, in boxes & in excellent cond., many more Elvis collectibles available." When asked how many Elvis things she has, Marie Wellman sighs and says, "Oh, I don't know - too many." After 35 years of piecing together Elvis' life one ticket stub, one charm bracelet and one decorative plate at a time, Wellman, 52, and her husband are selling their house in Tarpon Springs and moving into a smaller one. She was 16 or 17 the first time she saw Elvis in concert. "Any time he was anywhere near here, we'd go," she said. In the mid '70s she took her first husband with her to a concert, where, she devilishly admits, she left him in the crowd so she could sneak backstage. She was there just long enough to see Elvis and grab his hand before his entourage whisked him away. She went to Graceland in August 1977 after Elvis' death. She remembers how her boss thought she was nuts when she called to say she wouldn't be in for a few days. But she had to be there, had to witness the spectacle. Had to find a way to reconcile the loss. Had to say goodbye. Now comes change in Wellman's life. So, out go the trinkets, baseball cards, liquor decanters and limited-edition lithographs. But she's keeping her record collection and her newspaper clippings. The memories may need to be dusted off from time to time, but they will never die. (News, Source: St, Petersburg Times)

Priscilla Presley book signings: Priscilla Presley will be in London from May 18th-20th to promote the new book "Elvis By The Presleys". The book includes previously unseen personal photos, memorabilia and handwritten notes. Priscilla will be making a rare public appearance at Waterstones, 311 Oxford Street from 1-2pm on Wednesday 18th May to sign copies of the book. Three major television interviews are confirmed - Friday Night With Jonathan Ross on BBC1, Richard and Judy on Channel 4, and This Morning on ITV. Priscilla will also be giving selected radio and print interviews. In the US, Priscilla will appear at Barnes & Noble, Rockefeller Center, New York on 13 May between 1 and 2pm promoting the book. (Source: Elvis World Japan/ElvisNews.com)

Friday 29 April 2005

Ten Network secures Australian rights to mini-series, Elvis: The Early Years: Australia's commercial TV network, Channel 10, has bought the rights to telecast the upcoming mini-series, Elvis (The Early Years). (News, Source: The Sydney Morning Herald)

Thursday 28 April 2005
"The King on the Road" reprinted: In the UK, Robert Gordon's great book "The King On The Road" from 1996 is reprinted with a new cover. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan/ElvisNews.com)

Elvis is coming (back?) to Newbern: Northview Drama Club presenting play this Friday. There's an urban legend that at one time, way back when, Elvis Presley made a stop in Newbern. Whether or not it's true is up for debate. But, he is returning. Northview Drama Club will present the play "Who Killed Elvis?" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Northview Middle School Little Theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call 627-3713. Written by Craig Sodaro, "Who Killed Elvis?" takes place in 2002, the 25th anniversary of Elvis's death. The setting is The Drop On Inn, a café and motel complex in Butter Bluff, a small Southern town. With the café in financial trouble and having to put two of her three daughters through college, a mother decides to capitalize on the fact that Elvis ate there in the 1950s and was waited on by her mother. To help bring in the customers, they rename the café "Elvis Ate Here" and hold an Elvis impersonation contest. But as the contest begins, a murder -- of an Elvis impersonator -- is committed and the mystery and comedy begins. (News, Source:Dyersburg State Gazette)

Sonny West "Aussie" tour dates: The dates and venues for the Australian leg of Sonny West's tour "downunder" have been announced. (News, Source: Judy Youngs/Chris Drummond)
Wednesday 27 April 2005

Miniseries tries to dig into real Elvis: As a new Elvis Presley miniseries arrives, two questions linger. Who was Presley, really? Was he as great as some people say? Who was Colonel Tom Parker? Was he as awful as many people say? Both questions ripple through "Elvis," on CBS at 9-11 p.m. May 8 and 8-10 p.m. May 11. Clearly, the film loves Presley. It worked with his estate; it uses his singing voice. CBS also airs the documentary, "Elvis by the Presleys," at 8 to 10 p.m. May 13. The film follows Presley from a penniless teen to his comeback concerts. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays him as someone with dreams and body at full-throttle. "He was in constant motion," Rhys-Meyers says. "He was fidgety; he never stopped moving." Parker, Presley's manager, is another matter. "He was an enigma," says Randy Quaid, who plays him. He shaped rock history, making all the big decisions. "Without Colonel Parker, Elvis would have never been Elvis," Rhys-Meyers said. "He created the first real rock star." Still, people didn't know him. "I sort of knew he came from a carnival background," Quaid says. "I thought he was from the South." He grew up in the Netherlands and left as a young man. In the United States, he worked with carnivals and country stars -- Gene Austin, Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow. Then he met Presley and changed everything. His accent mixed the South and the Dutch. For Quaid, who is from Houston, half of that was a challenge. Rhys-Meyers had a bigger stretch. He speaks with a rich Irish accent, far from Elvis turf. (News, Source: Detroit News)

UK #1 Chart Predictions Here are the first predictions for this week's UK singles chart according to Music Week. Elvis Presley’s reissue campaign could end on a high note this weekend, with early retail reports suggesting his final RCA-released reissue, A Little Less Conversation, is in the running for a number one placing, with a 40% sales advantage over Tony Christie & Peter Kay’s (Is This The Way To) Amarillo. The Comic Relief charity track has, however, reclaimed the number one spot from early leaders on more than one occasion in recent weeks, so the battle for number one is likely to be a close-run fight at the week’s end. Summary Singles 01 (NE) Elvis Vs. JXL - A Little Less Converstion; 02 (01) Tony Christie ft. Peter Kay - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo; 03 (NE) Snoop Dogg ft. Justin Timberlake. (News, Source: Music Week/ElvisNews.com)

MSN City Search includes "Graceland" as one of top 10 "road trips": MSN editors picked the nation's top 10 "road trips" as: Alamo Historic Site - San Antonio; Texas Disney World - Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; French Quarter - New Orleans, La.; Graceland - Memphis, Tenn.; Grand Canyon National Park - Grand Canyon, Ariz.; The Strip - Las Vegas, Nev.; Mall of America - Bloomington, Minn.; Niagara Falls - Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Rock City - Lookout Mountain, Ga.; Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park, Colo. (News, Source: EPE )

Elvis & Kathy: A copy of the rare memoir, Elvis & Kathy by Kathy Westmoreland has sold on eBay for a massive US$216.00. (News, Source: eBay)

Tuesday 26 April 2005

WCCO-TV And KOOL 108 Present The Eight Days Of Elvis: You can celebrate the King of Rock ‘N Roll by: Watching WCCO-TV for special features on Elvis, including interviews with his band members, his ties to Minnesota and a special tribute during Las Vegas’ 100th birthday - Listening to KOOL 108 for an Elvis-sized playlist. This means KOOL 108 will spike their playlist with a minimum of two additional Elvis songs every weekday. Listen to KOOL 108 for daily Elvis trivia during the KOOL Car Pool. Winners will receive a Hounddog Prize Pack, which includes the new Elvis by the Presleys double CD and hardcover book. Listen to KOOL 108 to win free tickets to the King’s viewing party at KFAN the Restaurant on Wednesday, May 11. You can win a table for four and become eligible to win the grand prize—a trip to Graceland! (News, Source: wcco.com)

Did Elvis visit Holland?: Did Elvis drive to Eindhoven, Holland, to deliver a letter from the Colonel to his mother? Nobody says it’s true, but rumours have been flying around ever since his army days in 1958-1960. Sender of the letter was Tom Parker, born Dries van Kuyck and raised in Breda, Holland. During his army days, serving his country in Germany, Elvis supposedly drove to Holland by request of Colonel Parker. The mere ‘rumour” was enough to trigger a brand new documentary that premiered on Dutch local television, “TV Brabant”, last weekend. In the documentary, relatives of the Colonel talk about the now famous manager, and the cameramen even found the house where Elvis may have rang the doorbell. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/ElvisNews.com)

UK singles sales: The sales for the top 3 selling singles in the UK were: (1) Is This The Way To Amarillo?: Tony Christie Ft. Peter Kay - 57,810 copies; (2) Way Down: Elvis - 26,783 copies; (3) I Like The Way: Bodyrockers - 21,373 copies. (News, Source: Brian Quinn, For CD Collectors Only messageboard)

Monday 25 April 2005

Tony Joe White chews the fat with EIN: Tony Joe White’s latest CD ‘The Heroines’ was recently voted #2 CD for 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine. In this collection of righteous duets, TJW calls upon some of roots music's most revered female singers, including Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams, to get hot & steamy with the man. As Elvis would say, “Some of you never been down south too much”! EIN tracked down the elusive Tony Joe White while he was in Sydney during 2003 and discovered some fascinating facts about his relationship with Elvis. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Watch TV Guide's "Elvis tribute": And also enter its "Discover Elvis" sweepstakes (US residents only). (News, Source: EIN)

Elvis vs JXL artwork: This is the cover art for the last single "A Little Less Conversation" in the 18 UK #1 singles re-issue series. This time not a standard sleeve like the 50s and 70s sleeve we saw until now, but a sleeve matching the slipcase. Unlike previous singles, this single only contains two tracks - the radio and extended version of "A Little Less Conversation". The single is available starting April 25, 2005 and marks the end of the re-issue series. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com)

"Now What" drops to #33: After debuting last week at #9, the new Lisa Presley album fell 24 places to #33 on the latest Billboard Hot 200 Album chart. (News, Source: Billboard)

"Elvis" TV Guides sell more than 100 million copies: According to TV Guide in the US, more than 100 million copies of its various editions with an Elvis cover have been sold. (News, Source: TV Guide)

Sunday 24 April 2005

"Way Down" debuts at #2: Way Down debuted at #2 on the latest UK singles chart. It is Elvis' 76th top 10 hit single in England. The Wonder Of You slipped 30 places to #34. (News, Source: BBC)

Stanley Oberst ("Rockin' Across Texas") interview: Elvis International has a very interesting interview with Stanley Oberst, author of the new FTD book Rockin' Across Texas. (Interview, Source: Elvis Charts)

Elvis "Lisa Marie" flightlog pages sold: Three original separate flightlog pages from Elvis' jet, Lisa Marie, have each sold on eBay for between US$120.00 and US$390.00. Each page was signed by Captain David Elwood. (News, Source: eBay)

Suzi Quatro to record Elvis tribute: Rocker Suzi Quatro's tribute to Elvis called "Singing With Angels" will be recorded with Elvis's original backing singers The Jordanaires and guitarist James Burton in Nashville next month and be released later in the year. (News, Source: EP Gold) - see news update 3 June 2005

"Elvis & Kathy" book heading for US$200.00: There is always fierce bidding on eBay for copies of the very rare Kathy Westmoreland memoir, Elvis & Kathy. One copy has risen to more than US$160.00 (with less than 24 hours to go), while a second copy was listed earlier today with a start price of US$99.00. Happy bidding! (News, Source: eBay)

"Why Elvis" DVD: A new DVD set for release by Kultur on June 28, 2005 is called "Why Elvis?". The running time is 76 minutes. The DVD is already available for pre-order on Amazon. (News, Source: Amazon.com/ElvisNews.com)

Elvis - the complete archive of the Macon, GA, April 24, 1975 concert is now available: This archive contains 125 photos, mainly of ONLY ELVIS. All photos are WAIST HIGH, and very few contain any of the bandmembers. Three weeks after his first Vegas Engagement of 1975, Elvis begins his first tour of the year that will cover the Southeast part of the country. Macon marks the return of Bass player Jerry Scheff, who had left the band two years earlier. It is also where Elvis performs T-R-O-U-B-L-E live for the first time. Shots include: Elvis reading lyrics from a page, great smiles, powerful expressions while he sings, funny and unusual expression, and a neat shot of the back of the jumpsuit. (News, Source: Derek - email)

Saturday 23 April 2005
"My Home Videos of Elvis...Joe Esposito" now on VCD: The fondly remembered video Joe Esposito's Home Videos of Elvis is now available on VCD from Asia. EIN takes a look at the rarities this release has to offer. (VCD Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis exhibition in Germany: The King of rock 'n' roll might have left his throne to become a soldier, but to German fans, Elvis Presley's royal stature didn't end because of a change in rank. Memorabilia of Presley's two years in the Army including 17 months in Germany are on display through May 29 at Frankfurt's Communication Museum along the Main riverbank. The Elvis in Deutschland exhibit is a small, but informative collection of about 300 pieces from Sgt. Presley's life as a soldier in Friedberg from 1958 to 1960. Photos and personal items from Presley are sprinkled throughout memorabilia of the times. Elvis buffs can read up on how Germany's favorite GI affected their lives and culture, with English and German explanations set up near each display case. Times: The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Costs: The Elvis in Deutschland exhibit is free. Museum entry costs 2 euros for adults, 1 euro for children. There is no charge for children under 5. (News, Source: Stars & Stripes/Sanja Meegin)

Lisa Presley's painful song about Johnny Ramone: LISA MARIE PRESLEY struggles to sing new song WHEN YOU GO live because she wrote it as pal JOHNNY RAMONE was dying. The rocker reveals she penned the poignant song when she learned Ramone was fighting for life in hospital while she was on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. She says, "He made it out of the hospital, and he lived for three more months; but it was a really hard song to sing because I realised that it applied to him just as much as it applied to everything else I was writing about." But she relishes singing another new song, IDIOT: "That is about somebody who I went through years of hell with before I finally just went, 'You know what? I've just had it with your a**. I'm going to shoot you at point blank, right between the eyes, and nail you right where I see you.' "It's just a good 'f**k you' song." (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: contactmusic.com)

Friday 22 April 2005

Elvis magazine "mania" on eBay: While many Elvis books listed on Ebay continue to struggle to sell, the same cannot be said of 1950s and 1960s movie magazines featuring Elvis stories. With around 20 to 30 new magazine listings each day, titles like Teenagers Weekly, Movie Mirror, Record Mirror, Cabaret, Movie Stars Parade, Photoplay, Fury and Whisper are regularly attracting 2 to 6 bids. (News, Source: eBay)

Elvis original 1977 frontpage republished: The well known French speaking (Belgian) newspaper La Dernière Heure celebrates its centennial anniversary next year. Last April 19th, 99 years after the newspaper made its debut in Belgium, La DH presented the 100 most important front pages in their history. Needless to say that they couldn't pass by the August 17th 1977 edition. Front page news then was "Elvis Presley est mort d'un défaillance cardiaque" ("Elvis Presley dies of Heart Failure"), bringing the dramatic event of almost 28 years ago in Memphis under the attention of their readers, once again. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/ElvisNews.com)

Goa is all shook up with Elvis: The Elvis Presley craze is making a comeback in Goa, a popular tourist destination in western India. The American singer may have died in 1977 but his popularity lives on as a barrage of Elvis clones try to out-perform each other. He is possibly the most impersonated rock‘n‘roll celebrity. Although it‘s nearly three decades since he passed away, the spirit of Elvis Presley lives on in the many performers who make great efforts to dress and sing like him. In India‘s popular tourist resort of Goa, that seems to be the newest attraction for holidaymakers. At restaurants and nightclubs, a motley mix of chubby and middle-aged Elvis Presley look-alikes belt out hits from the 1950s and 60s. (News, Source: Asia Pacific Post)

Thursday 21 April 2005

"Aloha" & "Comeback Special" single disc DVDs: BMG Australia has scheduled the single disc editions of Aloha From Hawaii & the '68 Comeback Special for release in August. (News, Source: BMG Australia)

July FTD soundboard - "All Shook Up": The 1 July release on the Follow That Dream label should be a live recording of Elvis' August 26, 1969 Midnight Show according to postings on several message boards. From this performance the famous laughing version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight" is the best known song. We have asked Ernst Jorgensen for confirmation. A tentative track listing posted from the FECC message board: Intro - Blue Suede Shoes/I Got A Woman/All Shook Up/Love Me Tender/Jailhouse Rock - Don't Be Cruel/Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/I Can't Stop Loving You/ Mystery Train - Tiger Man/Elvis Talks/Baby What You Want Me To Do/ Runaway/Introduction of Del Shannon/Surrender (excerpt)/Are You Lonesome Tonight? (laughing version)/Rubberneckin'/Yesterday/Hey Jude/Introductions by Elvis/This Is The Story/Suspicious Minds/What I'd Say/Polk Salad Annnie (excerpt)/Can't Help Falling In Love. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com/Andylon Lensen )

Essential Elvis Interviews: This book will be released this coming Monday. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Updated Elvis Week calendar: EPE has updated its Elvis Week 2005 calendar. (News, Source: EPE)

Elvis karate footage on "Elvis By The Presleys": We found this posting on the Elvis Collectors messageboard - "EPE confirmed to me by e-mail that on the new Elvis by The Presleys DVD set, footage of the uncompleted karate documentary The New Gladiators will be used! I know most of us have seen the footage filmed off screen, but the Estate has footage from all cameras, not just the one that was shown. I am very glad that they have finally decided to use some of this. Professional footage of Elvis in the Seventies ''off stage'' is very rare and finally we will see something. I only hope it won't be a few seconds. Time will tell. Cheers Simon". (News, Source: Simon, Elvis Collectors messageboard)

Tyler Hilton credits Elvis for early hairstyles: One Tree Hill star Tyler Hilton credits Elvis for his childhood fixation with looking after his hair. While the majority of the legendary rocker's fans admire him for his music, Hilton admits Presley really made an impact on his tresses. He says, "Elvis is the reason I started putting product in my hair. After a family trip to Graceland in elementary school, I wore my hair like him for years. "Now I just put stuff in my hair and don't wash it for a week and see what the bed does to it. Every day my hair is different it's got its own personality. It scares me!" (News, Source: contactmusic.com)

Elvis Shop to open in Netherlands: On June 11 2005 the first real Elvis Presley shop "Rare Record Collectors" will open its doors in The Netherlands. The shop will be open Tuedsay - Saturday and the first Sunday of each month between 10.00 and 17.00. Address: Amsterdamsestraatweg 293 3551 CG Utrecht. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com)

New TV Guides with Elvis covers - trip to Memphis to be won: TV Guide (USA) will run a sweepstakes to coincide with its latest "Four Collectible Elvis Covers" for its May 8 issue. Each of the four covers will include a miniature CD (master recording courtesy of SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group) showcasing a never before heard version of the Elvis single “Young and Beautiful. The sweepstakes will send one lucky winner and a friend to Memphis in style, where they will stay for two nights in the Graceland Suite of the Heartbreak Hotel. Once there, the winner will be afforded a unique and intimate look at the life of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s original legend and unprecedented access to the inner sanctums of his world, including a visit to one of the famous Graceland archives, riding a golf cart in the backyard of Graceland just like Elvis, and an interview at Graceland with Elvis’s life-long friend, George Klein. A CBS Early Show camera crew will follow the winner throughout the big day in Memphis. Following the trip to Memphis, the winner will be flown to New York City to appear live on The Early Show on Thursday, May 5 to discuss the experience. Also while in New York, the winner will receive two free tickets to the Broadway musical “All Shook Up,” and will have the opportunity to go back stage and meet the cast. (News, Source: EPE)

Wednesday 20 April 2005
Graceland ads update: Further to our news item yesterday, EPE has released new information about its two ads encouraging tourists to visit Graceland. (News, Source: EPE)

Digital Elvis commercial unlikely..but a duet with Britney?: If rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley shows up in any future digital projects it will not likely be in a commercial, The Los Angeles Times reports. Robert F.X. Sillerman, who recently gained control of Presley's name, image and likeness, said he doubted Presley would appear in a car commercial, the way the late Steve McQueen recently did. Sillerman also said he didn't think it would be a good idea to do with Presley what was done with the late Conway Twitty recently, when bits of Twitty's old records were manipulated through a computer program to make it sound like he was singing a new song. I'm not sure you're going to see Elvis in a commercial, Sillerman said. With Elvis, less is more. George Klein, a pallbearer at Presley's funeral who currently operates an Elvis station on Sirius satellite radio, said he would welcome a new Elvis record. I think it's strictly business and this is 2005, Klein said. He's been dead 27 years, and you have to move on. Market what you got. A duet with Britney Spears or something like that would be great. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: Los Angeles Times/Chad Heywood)

Way Down tops mid-week "sales" chart: In the Midweek Sales/Download charts, Elvis Presley and his 1977 hit single 'Way Down' has removed Tony Christie from the UK' #1 spot. Recent sales patterns suggest 'Amarillo' could return to number one by the weekend due to Elvis sales dipping towards the week’s end. At this time, official sources state there have been NO Elvis downloads of his current single release. Singles (Sales/Downloads Chart) - figures are combined. 01 (NE) Elvis Presley - Way Down (19,226); 02 (01) Tony Christie ft. Peter Kay - Amarillo (13,149); 03 (NE) Nine inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds (6,828); 04 (02) Razorlight - Somewhere Else (5,442); 05 (06) Will Smith - Switch (5,217) (News, Source: Elvis-Express)

Elvis DVD competition winners: Congratulations to the five winners in our recent Warner Bros 8 DVD competition: Peta Garriga, Christine Bamford, John Hogg, Laurie Barker & Michael Langley. Many thanks to everyone who entered and to Warner Bros Australia for providing the prizes. (News, Source: EIN)

Tuesday 19 April 2005

"Elvis By The Presleys" DVD & CD release date in Australia: BMG Australia has a provisional release date of Sunday 30 May for the release of the DVD and CD editions of Elvis By The Presleys. BMG is working towards releasing both on the same date. (News, Source: BMG Australia)

"Elvis Lives" DVD probably won't happen: BMG has advised EIN that clearance rights for all parts of the Elvis Lives DVD (the TV special hosted by Chris Isaak) could not be obtained. The DVD is unlikely to be released. (News, Source: BMG)

Tom Jones on Elvis: Superstar Tom Jones talks about some amusing times with The King. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

New Zealand leg of Sonny West's "downunder" tour cancelled: Due to a budget shortfall Sonny West will not be appearing in New Zealand but the Australian leg of his tour will go ahead. Negotiations are underway to hopefully bring Sonny and wife Judy to New Zealand next year. (News, Source: Chris Drummond/Susan & Roy NZ)

Elvis one of the greatest Americans: Elvis Presley one of only a few singers whose names shall be unveiled today as finalists for Discovery`s Greatest American TV program. Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson are also listed. They will unveil the 100 list today, at AOL, then, program by program ( there will be four such programs, starting today), bring the list down to 25, then to 5, through open debates, etc so that, in the last program, the greatest american is chosen, including allowing voting via AOL subscribers, or through other means, mail, etc. (News, Source: Elvis 2nd To None/ElvisNews.com)

"1957 Herald" re-printed: Fifty years have passed since Elvis' high school graduation. Yet he is still young in our hearts. Elvis loved his alma mater and showed his appreciation on many occasions. He purchased football tickets to a local game for the students. He donated money for R.O.T.C. uniforms. He unexpectedly stopped by Humes High School during Father's Night and gave a brief performance.
In the early years Elvis would stop by the school with Hollywood friends to visit students and his favourite teachers. The students of Humes high school returned Elvis' generosity in 1957 by dedicating that years annual to him. The annual from 1953 (the year when Elvis graduated) was the first to be re-printed. But a short while ago was the 1957 one also reprinted. Elvis Unlimited has both books for sale plus the story behind them. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

TV ads to attract more visitors to Graceland: Graceland, Elvis Presley's former home in Memphis, Tenn., will air television ads for the first time this month to attract fans and tourists to the mansion. Thompson & Co., an independent Memphis shop, has produced two 30-second spots that use vintage home movies of The King, including some footage never shown publicly before. The ads will begin airing on Dish Network satellite channels HGTV, Lifetime, Food Network, Style, Discover Home, WE, Lifetime Movie Network, Discover Health, DIY, Wisdom Television and SoapNET. (News, Source: adweek.com)

UK DVD re-releases: The 20th Century Fox "Studio Classics" series will re-release 2 of their Elvis movies on August 1st 2005 in the UK - 'Love Me Tender' - Widescreen. In his film debut, singing idol Elvis Presley stars in this action filled romance set in the aftermath of the Civil War. 'Flaming Star' - Widescreen - In the years following the Civil War, Western Texas has become an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures; one white, the other Native American. When fighting breaks out between the settlers and natives, despite his peacemaking efforts, Pacer (Elvis) is pulled into the deadly violence. Plans to re-release Elvis' 3rd Fox movie 'Wild In The Country' have yet to be finalised by the studio. (News, Source: Elvis-Express.com)

Comment - UK Top 40 sales figures: Despite what a number of other sites are suggesting, the inclusion of downloads is a sensible industry initiative to fully reflect the most popular songs as expressed by relevant consumer interest...it is not a conspiracy to stop artists like Elvis from dominating the charts. The reality is that "sales" of CDs have been generally diminishing for many years (singles sales are now a fraction of what they were even just five years ago) as consumers use a mix of means to obtain and listen to their favorite artists and songs. This is progress. (News/Commentary: Source: EIN)

UK Top 40 sales figures: The first ever chart figures integrating sales and digital downloads are out. (News, Source: Elvisnews.com)

Monday 18 April 2005

EIN interviews Bud Glass (Part 2): Bud Glass is one of the world’s best known collectors of Elvis memorabilia who also happens to be friends with a great number of Elvis personal acquaintances like Sonny West & Sandi Miller. His ‘Behind The Image’ DVDs & books are essential for any true Elvis fan. In part 2 of our interview Bud Glass replies to EIN's challenge that Elvis did not look "Born to Rock" in 1975, and talks about EBay rip-offs, the Madison Square Garden footage & Marilyn Monroe's white dress! (Interview, Source: EIN)

Book review - Elvis Presley The Complete Guide to His Music: EIN takes a peek inside the updated re-issue of John Robertson's Elvis music compendium. (Book review, Source: EIN)

Ridiculous price being asked for Elvis LP on eBay: With a reserve price higher than US$1,000.00, one seller is hoping to sell a vinyl copy of Elvis Gold Records (50 million fans can't be wrong) Volume 2. The description reads: "You are bidding on a rare collectors item, this is Elvis gold record volume 2 (Can't Be Wrong). Album cover is in fair condition, But record in excellent playing condition. All songs play perfectly." eBay item #4720415321. EIN wishes the seller the best of luck as in our opinion, based on the photo and scant details provided, the listed item is worth considerably less than $100.00, let alone $1,000.00. (News, Source: EIN)

Sunday 17 April 2005

"The Wonder of You" debuts at #4: The latest Elvis single in the UK debuted at a respectable #4. This is the first week the UK chart has incorporated both sales and digital downloads, and while Elvis wasn't expected to debut highly the result isn't a bad one. Crying In The Chapel slipped 31 places to #33. (News, Source: BBC)

Video of opening night on Broadway: Click to go to Broadway.com to see a great video from the opening night in New York of the Broadway musical All Shook Up. (News, Source: EPE)

"Elvis" wins Starstruck: Anthony Petrucci won the grand final of Australia's Starstruck entertainment show. Anthony performed as Elvis and received enough viewer votes to beat "Roy Orbison" who finished second. Petrucci's success mirrored the result in the UK version of the show, Stars In Their Eyes, also won by an Elvis tribute artist. Petrucci has won a trip to Las Vegas where he will appear in the famous Legends revue. (News, Source: EIN)

Elvis at the Movies CD: Released by the UK chain store Marks And Spencer is the CD "Elvis At The Movies". The CD contains twenty movietracks. Track listing: Return To Sender/G.I. Blues/Girls! Girls! Girls!/ Bossa Nova Baby/Roustabout/Jailhouse Rock/Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do/ Love Me Tender/Treat Me Nice/Loving You/King Creole/Crawfis /Can't Help Falling In Love/Viva Las Vegas/I Got Lucky/A Little Less Conversation (original version)/I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell/Swing Down Sweet Chariot/Rubberneckin'/Clean Up Your Own Backyard. (News, Source: Elvis Presley Scrapbook/ElvisNews.com)

Meeting set to discuss Elvis celebration If you are interested in helping plan a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's concerts in Sweetwater, please attend an organizational meeting, Tues-day, April 19, at 5 p.m., at the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce, 810 East Broadway. If you have memories, photos, tickets, etc. from either of Elvis Presley's two concerts in Sweet-water in 1955, we want to talk to you. We are planning a commemorative section reflecting on Elvis and his influence on Sweetwater. If you have something to contribute, please contact Brenda Adams at 236-6677 or Lynn Adams at 235-5488. (News, Source: Sweetwater Reporter, Texas)

Sun acetates for sale on eBay: We found this suspect listing on eBay with a "Buy It Now" price of US$2,500.00 - "Very rare garage find. One side 10" acetate (45RPM) in excellent condition. I think this is a differend version. I found too 4 more one side 10" acetate from Elvis. 1. Baby's Gone. 2. That's all Right. 3. I love You Because. 4. Blue Moon of Kentucky. All in MINT minus (excellent) condition. Great sound. Maybe I will sell the other 4 acetate later?". eBay item #4717873866. EIN suggests "caveat emptor" (buyer beware). (News, Source: ebay.com)

Lamar Fike back home: Lamar Fike is now home from hospital but he will be receiving further sessions of chemotherapy on an outpatient basis according to Marty Lacker to the Elvis Express. "I am really pleased and overjoyed to report that Lamar is having no adverse reactions to the chemotherapy so far, as a matter of fact he is surprising the doctors and those of us close to him." (News, Source: The Elvis Express/ElvisNews.com)

Rare Elvis book sells on eBay: Moods of Elvis Alphabet, a very rare book of Elvis sketch portraits by Jad Fair recently attracted strong bidding on eBay finally selling for US$28.50. Moods of Elvis features unusual portraits, one for each letter of the alphabet and each reflecting Elvis in a different emotional state from Affectionate to Zany. (News, Source: EIN)

Survey identifies Elvis fan demographics: More than 176 million Americans (84 percent) have in some way had their lives touched by Elvis Presley, according to a Harris Interactive poll. The ubiquity of Elvis delivers strong interest from consumers around the world. In fact, according to the Harris Interactive poll, over 71 million Americans consider themselves Elvis fans. 60 percent are female 70 percent are between the ages of 26 and 55 75 percent have purchased collectibles 80 percent are located in the United States. Almost one-third of all Americans (31 percent) have bought Elvis records, CDs or videos. (News, Source: Harris Interactive)

Elvis & Tom Jones CD: This is the cover art of the free CD from the UK newspapet the Mirror. It contains 20 tracks by Elvis and Tom Jones. It contains 12 tracks by Elvis according to the information we found on eBay. The "Volume 1" on the cover tells us that there probably will be another CD with Elvis (and Tom Jones). Heartbreak Hotel (Little Rock 1956) / Good Rockin' Tonight (SUN) / Blue Suede Shoes (Live - Tupelo / Little Rock?) / That's All Right (SUN) / Hound Dog - with blues reprise (Live, not Hayride) / I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (SUN) / Long Tall Sally (Live) / Blue Moon Of Kentucky (SUN) / Baby Le't Play House (Live) / Maybellene (Hayride) / Tweedly Dee (Haride) / I Was The One (Live - not Hayride). (News, Source: eBay/ElvisNews.com)

Elvis Insiders: EPE has announced changes to the Collector's Club, including the new name of Elvis Insiders. EPE states: "As an Official Elvis Insider, you'll know Elvis better than anyone. You'll have access to never and rarely seen photos, artifacts, video clips and documents from the Graceland archives. You'll be given confidential information, exclusive updates, and news about Elvis before anyone else." The changes include a new website www.ElvisInsiders.com to be launched on May 2; a new chat room, allowing EPE to host chats with people who knew or worked with Elvis or are involved with his career today; a new Graceland Online Artifact and Photo Archive, where they will add one artifact or rare photo each week and one video each month; and a new WebCam looking out of Elvis's upstairs bedroom window. (News, Source: EPE/Amber Smith)

Saturday 16 April 2005

"Now What" reviewed: EIN gives you a track-by-track analysis of Lisa Marie Presley's second album. A strong follow-up and aurally more accessible to To Whom It May Concern. (CD Review, Source: EIN)

Video of opening night on Broadway: Click to go to Broadway.com to see a great video from the opening night of the musical All Shook Up in New York. (News, Source: EPE)

Who wants to be Elvis?: Performer and Elvis tribute artist, Ronnie McDowell is reported to be lined up to host a new reality TV show starting in August called "Who Wants To Be Elvis". The planned series is said to be a 26 part show and will be screened on the CBS network. Ronnie is a huge fan of Elvis and many fans feel that with his involvement in the show, it will be tastefully done? Right now, there are two versions of this "Elvis Idol" doing the rounds, one from Elvis-A-Rama and now one from CBS. (News, Source: The Elvis Express)

"Live From Las Vegas" CD: This is the cover of the "Elvis , Live From Las Vegas" release, which is part of "The Las Vegas Centennial Collection". The Elvis CD will be released by Capitol Records on 10 May 2005. Track Listing: See See Rider (2-70)/Release Me (2-70)/Sweet Caroline (2-70/The Wonder Of You (2-70)/Polk Salad Annie (2-70)/Proud Mary (2-70)/Walk A Mile In My Shoes (2-70)/Let It Be Me (2-70/I Can't Stop Loving You (2-70)/Never Been To Spain (2-72)/You Gave Me A Mountain (2-72)/It's Impossible (2-72)/It's Over (2-72)/The Impossible Dream (2-72)/An American Trilogy (2-72). (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)

Elvis Lives: How do they do that? It seems impossible, but more than 20 years after his death, Elvis will be shaking his blue suede shoes at the Mohegan Sun Arena. How can this be, you ask? Well, thanks to some cutting-edge video projection technology, "the king" comes to life via a large overhead screen Saturday night. Plan to be shocked and awed when Elvis, backed by a 16-piece orchestra, including a group of his original band members, provide the music and showmanship and create an atmosphere that implies that the man who changed the definition of rock and roll forever is indeed in the building. This stylish tour began in America in 1998 and has received rave reviews from the harshest of critics. Elvis The Concert is at 8 p.m. in the Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets are $20 and $30. For tickets, call 1-800-477-6849. (News, Source: theday.com)

Elvis Mega Fair in Holland: Today and tomorrow there is another edition of the Mega Record & CD Fair in Utrecht, Holland. The Fair will again be packed with dealers, including Elvis Unlimited. The entertainment includes Di-rect guitarist Spike and radiopresentor/Tacker-guitarist Eric Corton. All visitors will get a free screen print of former Dutch pop star Herman Brood and a free record cleaner. The Mega Record & CD Fair is open Saturday April 16 from 9 am till 6 pm and Sunday April 17 from 10 am till 5 pm. See you at the Mega Fair! (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Selfridges goes "VIVA LAS VEGAS": All you Elvis Tribute Artists get on down to Selfridges in London on April 17th and enter their contest with fantastic prizes including performing LIVE in Las Vegas, performing at the London Palladium or winning a holiday for two in Vegas. Selfridges has a Vegas theme throughout the stores to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Las Vegas. To start the promotion on April 17th Selfridges will get into the Guinness Book of Records by having the most Elvii singing the same song together appropriately, "Viva Las Vegas". (News, Source: Elvisly Yours)

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