Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
I have always believed “This is Elvis” has been the best documentary on the life of Elvis Presley and with all the new technology available today dramatic improvements can be made to a lot of Elvis film footage. It is now 25 years since “This is Elvis” hit the screens around the world. It never did well in the cinemas and lost money in many countries because it did not receive much promotional support at the time. But, in Australia it made a good profit. I am sure the new “This is Elvis” will be a great improvement on the original that in itself is a classic in the Elvis World." (News/Celluloid Elvis, Source: Sid Shaw)
Buyer Beware!: On 23 April (see story below) we reported that BMG Special Products in the US is issuing the Camden albums, Elvis Sings Flaming Star and Almost In Love. The release date has slipped to sometime in May and both are available online from amazon for under US$10.00. However, we have been advised the albums are being sold by a number of Elvis dealers for up to US$30.00! (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #82: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man on edge of reality need to be "saved'" (Source: EIN)
Original Elvis bandmates scheduled for this tour are: The TCB Band - James Burton (lead guitar), Glen D. Hardin (piano), Jerry Scheff (bass), and Ronnie Tutt (drums); Myrna Smith (vocals) of The Sweet Inspirations, Ed Enoch (vocals) of The Stamps and Joe Guercio (musical director & conductor). Joining Ms. Smith on female backing vocals will new cast members. Joining Mr. Enoch on male backing vocals will be members of his modern-day configuration of The Stamps.
Tickets are expected to go on sale in late June. In advance of the regular on-sale date, will be an advance sale of "golden circle" seats that offer the purchaser special considerations, including premium seating, a backstage reception to meet the cast and more. Details will be posted soon on Elvis.com and on the official site for the show www.ElvisConcertTour.com, and we will spread the word via our free e-newsletters service. Confirmed show dates and venues will be announced sometime in the weeks ahead.
For this same October 2006 tour, efforts are being made to secure some show dates in the Far East. If this works out, information will be shared as soon as it is confirmed. Contrary to rumors on the Internet, there is not a sixth tour of Europe in the works. (News, Source: EPE)
EPE net profit revealed: According to Forbes magazine, Elvis earned $US45 million ($A59 million) in 2004. Mr Sillerman has since boosted his income by $US5.5 million with the release of a two-hour television and DVD documentary. What Forbes magazine doesn't reveal, but Mr Sillerman's annual reports do, is that the Presley business has expenses (in 2005) of $40 million, meaning Elvis only cleared $US10.5 million last year. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: The Age)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #81: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who stranger in own home town got big problem" (Source: EIN)
Sid Shaw critical of EIN report - responds with article on legal battle: On 18 April 2006 we published news of concern and actions being taken by ETAs in the light of news reports that Robert Sillerman may be moving to licence or regulate ETAs. Sid Shaw who operates Elvisly Yours in the UK believes we misrepresented his legal battle with EPE. In his latest Elvisly Yours Cyberclub newsletter, Sid provides an illuminating account of his 'David & Goliath' legal battle with EPE (click above to read). (Spotlight, Source: Sid Shaw)
"Elvis" Honeymoon Weekend: Bill Burk reports that there will be an Elvis event on May 6-7 at Elvis' honeymoon house in Palm Springs CA. John Wilkinson, Ed Bonja and Dennis Roberts will be featured guests. Bill says it's good to see Ed up and about again. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk's Elvis World)
Dillon kicks off married life "Elvis" style: Actor Kevin Dillon got “All Shook Up” in Las Vegas on Saturday when he wed fiancée Jane Stuart in an Elvis Presley-style 'quickie' ceremony. The couple became the latest celebrities to wed at one of Sin City's wedding chapels. Pregnant Stuart wore a white sleeveless dress, while Dillon, brother of Matt Dillon, donned jeans and a leather jacket for the 10-minute ceremony. Dillon's Entourage castmate Kevin Connolly served as a witness, while an Elvis impersonator sang three of The King's classics. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Polar trek update: (see original story dated 14 April below) Former Mirfield man is tackling a gruelling polar trek to raise money for the hospital which saved his son. Johnathan Clayton, 34, is taking part in the Sony Polar Challenge 2006 with his friends Alex Tate and Stephen Goodair, from Horbury - and they're braving the elements dressed as Elvis. Amazingly, the trio are vying with a team led by a Huddersfield man to win the race. Johnathan's team, Gosh Its Cold, are neck and neck the ATP team, led by Mike Dann, of Longwood - with latest reports putting Dann's team in the lead on the second leg of the Challenge. Clayton's trio are competing in the 368-mile Arctic race to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where staff brought Johnathan's son Jude back from the brink of death. (News/Odd Spot, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #80: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Case where he's your uncle not your dad raise serious questions of your mother" (Source: EIN)
Sillerman has no control over ETAs outside the US: According to a report on MSNBC, 'Robert Sillerman has no control over Elvis impersonators in foreign countries. His new rule only applies to the US ones'. (Sale of EPE/Almost Elvis/News, Source: Amber Smith)
Interesting Elvis and Dolly Parton facts: On the Elvis Number Ones board Ian Anderson posted these facts which are timely with the current Elvis and Dolly Parton Tennessee road trip commercial:
Priscilla Presley working on new film: Priscilla Presley is working with the creator of Sex and the City, Darren Star, on a remake of the classic Peter Sellers film, The Party. (News, Source: Contact Music)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #79: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who sing of money honey must be in a very sticky situation" (Source: EIN)
'Elvis Week' & 'Elvis Birthday Celebration' dates to 2010: (News, Source: EPE)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #78: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Lonely man get mess of blues playing for keeps with witchcraft" (Source: EIN)
"Let’s pick it up a little bit, honey. There’s all kinds of things to do in Tennessee," says Parton, who was filmed in Knoxville and then digitally placed in the car, "But next time, let’s take the pink Cadillac."
ETA crackdown talk sparks newspaper editorials: The potential move by Robert Sillerman to regulate or licence ETAs continues to occupy hard copy and online media news space. A number of newspaper editorials also have been devoted to the subject. The 'Daily News' in Australia included these clever words in its editorial on 20 April 2006:
"...They probably have been holed up in heartbreak hotels, staring up at a blue moon and thinking why won't people "treat me nice"...No doubt they would definitely prefer a little less conversation on this matter. They are being told to back off by the big boss man or they might end up doing a little bit of jailhouse rock. But rather than get too stressed about this US billionaire, the Daily News reckons all Elvises should simply wait for a warning letter and then mark it "return to sender". Thank you, thank you very much." (News/Almost Elvis/Sale of EPE, Source: Daily News)
Click to listen to "Elvis' Restaurant" (Thanks to Pam Linden for sending this to us)
Fun conversation between EPE & BMG about the future of Elvis: In a very clever and amusing posting, Jay33 put this "fictitious" conversation on the FECC board recently. And before anyone gets upset, the conversation should be taken with a fun, open-minded spirit:
"I was just thinking (with all of the uncalled for items sold by EPE from those tacky ducks to the countless compilations by RCA that make no sense whatsoever) just what would be said between these two discussing EP's future in sales and marketing:
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #77: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who sing of fairytale probably got lots of boyfriends" (Source: EIN)
Arts project needs "Elvis" help: A UK Based arts project is searching for owners of amateur footage of Elvis on stage for use in a short documentary that will out to depict the music legends artistic achievements in a positive light. The makers are looking for around 10-15 minutes worth of footage to use, but they only have a very small budget and are hoping that a kind hearted Elvis collector who owns footage like this will be able to assist them in what looks to be a very touching and positive look at Elvis Presley.
If you can help or are interested in further information, please don't hesitate in contacting Carly McHugh at email@example.com (News, Source: Elvis Express)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #76: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man on long lonely highway should take next exit" (Source: EIN)
EPE, please take 'Elvis Presley In Concert' to South America!: EIN broke the news yesterday that 'Elvis Presley In Concert' is touring Australia and New Zealand in October (see 22 April below). Sean Ryan on the FECC board has made a long overdue suggestion, why not take the video show to South America. Countries like Argentina, Brazil and Chile have large, avid Elvis followings. This idea has the potential to be a winner for the promoters of the show as its novelty is wearing off in western countries who have already seen it. (News, Source: FECC)
'Almost In Love' Track Listing: Almost In Love, Long Legged Girl ( With The Short Dress On), Edge Of Reality, My Little Friend, Little Less Conversation, A, Rubberneckin', Clean Up Your Own Back Yard, U.S. Male, Charro, Stay Away Joe (take 17) (News, Source: Amazon/Elvis Australia)
'Double Trouble' book announced: ElvisMatters will release their next book, entitled “Double Trouble”, on December 1, 2006. The book tells the true story behind the movie, and focuses on interviews with co-stars, a ton of pictures, news paper clippings, facts and figures. In the movie, Elvis (Guy Lambert) visits Belgium – Bruges, Antwerp, Damme – and the UK (London). (News, Source: Elvis Matters /Elvis News)
Dolly Parton going on road trip with The King: Dolly Parton is going on a road trip this spring through Tennessee with Elvis. See the preview on Entertainment Tonight on 24 April. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #75: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who live in house of sand got real problem when tide comes in" (Source: EIN)
The show will have a dynamic song program similar to that of previous tours, although adjustments in repertoire do occur from tour to tour and production values of the presentation will get a real boost, including the use of Elvis footage camera loads not used on previous tours. Also, for the first time, the show will be accompanied by an exhibit of Elvis costumes and other concert-related items from the Graceland archives. The exhibit will be in the lobby area of each venue and will not have an admission fee.
I am about to put mine on ebay but since some of you here and I have enjoyed our conversations over the years I thought I would give you the first opportunity at them before I place them on ebay this evening.
The starting bid on ebay will be $100.00. I am offering to anyone interested on EIN first shot at them for $100 each.
Anyone interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (News, Source: Marty Lacker)
EP's Memphis was open in the old Lansky Bros. clothing store building from 1997 to 2003. It lost million$. It catered mostly to die-hard Elvis fans, whereas, Ishii will try to attract all types of customers and appeal to the growing downtown Memphis population (as people retreat from the distant suburbs).
Ishii owns 9 other restaurants, including several Sekisui restaurants in Memphis. He was named Memphis Restaurant Association's Chef of the Year in 1998 and Memphis Business Journal's 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year. Ishii was brought to Memphis in the 1970s by Rocky Aoki, owner of the Benihana chain of restaurants, and served as the Memphis Benihana's first manager.
Boggs was drummer for (cousin) Tommy Burk & The Counts and other successful Memphis bands before opening his highly successful Huey's chain of hamburger restaurants across the Mid-South. He also partners in several other successful Memphis restaurants, including Folk's Folly. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #74: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who riding the rainbow better watch out darkness not fall" (Source: EIN)
"Blue Elvis" portrait sells at auction? (see original story 16 April 2006 below): 8NewsEntertainment reports that Rolf Harris' 2002 'Blue Elvis' portrait apparently sold at auction on Wednesday night for STG51,000 ($A122,700). However, a second report, from Playful's.com indicates the artwork failed to reach its reserve price.
Also at the auction a school exercise book containing the "earliest thoughts" of John Lennon and a drawing of a walrus by the then 12- year-old future Beatle sold for 126,500 British pounds (226,000 dollars) at auction in London. But a fateful letter from Paul McCartney to Beatles bandmates Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr failed to reach its 50,000 pounds reserve price. Some experts believe the letter, linked to a dispute between McCartney and the others over who would manage the group, was the final nail in the Beatles' coffin. (News, Source: 8NewsEntertainment/Playfuls.com)
Elvis Insiders LiveChat with Michelle Hovey: Members of EPE's 'Elvis Insiders' can log on to the members only Forum on Friday, April 21 at 4 PM CT for a LiveChat with Michelle Beaulieu Hovey. Michelle, who was instrumental in the Elvis by the Presleys project, met and became close to Elvis when he dated and married her sister, Priscilla. You can log on now to the Forum to post your questions for her in the LiveChat section of the forum. (News, Source: EPE)
New book on life of John Wilkinson: An American admirer has written a new book on the life of John Wilkinson. In "My life before, during and after Elvis Presley", author Nick Moretti talks about John's career. John R. Wilkinson might be best known as Elvis's '70s-era rhythm guitar player, but he has worked with several other singers and groups as well, including the Kingston Trio. The book is to be released next month. (News, Source: Elvis Matters /Elvis News)
Kiwi Elvis impersonators "all shook up": Kiwi Elvis impersonators could be in for more of a lawsuit than a jumpsuit if the gyrating one's impersonators are outlawed by an American businessmen. News that a media entrepreneur, Robert Sillerman, has bought the rights to Elvis's name and likeness has impersonators across America all shook up. Last year, Sillerman took an 85 per cent stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, and has since claimed that some clones have made the burning hunk o' love more of a laughing stock than the king of rock.
The news has rippled through New Zealand's tiny Elvis impersonator community, leaving some with suspicious minds. Brian Childs, a full-time Elvis impersonator and former policeman, is glad he has decided to move into real estate sales next month. When The Press spoke to Childs yesterday, the Wellington-based Elvis impersonator was performing at a fundraiser for Golden Bay High School. On hearing an American billionaire could be giving all Elvises the boot, Childs said he was extremely disappointed.
"Lisa-Marie and Priscilla could've done this years ago but they chose not to. They were keeping the name and the music alive. This is just a big commercial arrangement and I don't have the money to fight a billionaire. "In America, people can make a huge living out of impersonating Elvis. In New Zealand, it's more of a passion and a hobby."
Childs' act focuses on the 1968 to 1973 Elvis era, from the sleek black suits to the jewelled jumpsuit phase. Christchurch impersonators come in the form of odd-job Elvises and singing telegrams.
Occasional Elvis impersonator and Christchurch entertainer Pat Kearns said he was not too worried about the possible ban. He felt he was getting a bit long in the tooth for the likeness to be similar. "But from a distance the illusion is quite good," he said.
Kearns said the real King, with trademark accessories of dark glasses and rhinestone jumpsuits, made it easier to be impersonated because no matter how dissimilar their facial features, they could always be disguised. Court Jesters, a Christchurch theatre group who occasionally provide Elvis-shaped singing telegrams, were shocked by the notion of an Elvis ban. Manager Kirsty Gillespie said the idea was a nonsense. See related EIN stories on 18 & 19 April 2006 below (Almost Elvis/News, Source: stuff.co.nz)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #73: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who needs change of habit shouldn't dress in nun's clothes" (Source: EIN)
Elvis and British comedian, Frankie Howerd: Fans of the late British comedian Frankie Howerd will get a unique insight into his colourful life this weekend when his home is opened to the public for the first time. Howerd's cottage, Wavering Down, was the venue for a host of parties with some of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1970s. A pair of swords from the film Cleopatra were given to him by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Two stone cats from his close friend Lord Olivier, stand by the fireplace. A painting of Elvis given by the King himself hangs on a wall, along with a picture the Queen Mother sent as a house warming gift. (News, Source: Automan on FECC board/The Independent Online)
"Return To Splendour 2006" DVD release: The next DVD project from the Czech Memory Records label is the DVD "Return To Splendour 2006". This DVD is set for release at the end of April 2006.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #72: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Any day now probably mean tomorrow never comes" (Source: EIN)
Law professor comments on possible move to register ETAs in Australia: Associate Professor of Law at Melbourne University, Andrew Kenyon, who specialises in copyright law, said it was unlikely unauthorised Elvis impersonators could be stopped in Australia. "The law's approach to protecting an image varies quite a lot between the UK, US and Australia,'' he said. "There is not a specific area of law that applies to it (in Australia). There might be certain registered intellectual property rights that could apply. There might be things like defamation. There might also be commercial actions related to passing off or deceptive conduct.
Festival organisers "all shook up" by ETA registration talk: The organisers of the Parkes Elvis Festival in the central west of NSW are seeking legal advice about changes to the rules surrounding Elvis Presley impersonators. An American billionaire who owns the rights to the Elvis name and likeness is working to stop "unauthorised" impersonators as part of a plan to open a show and exhibit in Las Vegas dedicated to 'the king'.
More than 5,000 people travel to Parkes each year to see hundreds of Elvis look-a-likes and celebrate his music. The festival's Monique Kronk says very few details about the shake-up are known but organisers want to ensure it will not threaten the event.
"We've got to discuss not just how it affects the festival itself but ... who are coming in and we don't know quite yet enough about what they are planning to change," she said. "But obviously we'll have to speak to Elvis Presley Enterprises and maybe we can negotiate some sort of licence that will cover for the whole festival - festival goers coming - we don't know enough yet about the situation." (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #71: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man with woman always on his mind need change record" (Source: EIN)
ETA's ready to revolt against Sillerman (EIN Comment): Recent reports that Robert Sillerman may 'register' Elvis tribute artists (ETAs), has ETA's around the world ready to mobilise. In Australia, TV news reports today indicate ETAs are preparing a series of concerts in opposition to the perceived Sillerman move and annual Elvis festivals are seeking clarification on what is planned.
The offending statement was made in reference to his planned Las Vegas cabaret show based around Elvis. Sillerman said:
"If we were going to do a show that was based on Elvis impersonators, then obviously it wouldn't make sense to have unauthorised Elvis impersonators."
On the surface Sillerman's statement refers only to an EPE sponsored show, but the use of the word "unauthorised" raises the spectre of ETA's having to be approved by EPE if they want to go on performing. The $64,000 question (with a really easy answer) is whether any move to register ETAs is about ensuring quality performances or simply revenue raising? Obviously, Sillerman is looking for quick ways to recoup his substantial investment in the Elvis brand.
To ensure a better overall ETA performance will never work. The reality is the majority of ETAs work either on an irregular, casual basis or even an itinerant basis, and many come and go regularly from the marketplace. Only a small percentage manage to make a full-time living as an ETA.
The financial cost of administering a scheme to improve the ETA product simply won't work, even just in the US, and as many will be quick to state, this is not what the possible Sillerman move is arguably about. Not to mention, how do you decide what is in good taste, or professional, and what isn't?
With an estimated 30,000 ETAs worldwide, Sillerman will face a logistical and legal nightmare should registration be a real issue on his mind. The Elvis trademark is yet to be fully tested outside US borders (the EPE vs Elvisly Yours/Sid Shaw case in England was a mixed result). Perhaps, after nearly 30 years of unrestrained and variable performances by ETAs, they will be the focus for testing if the Elvis trademark is recognised globally as a legal right. (Sale of EPE/Almost Elvis, Source: EIN/ABC News/Various Others)
Polish Elvis CD: On April 21, 2006 the Polish newspaper "Gazeta Wyborcza” will release the first CD in a series with legendary rock ’n ’roll hits. It will be called “Krol Elvis I Jego Dwor” which means “King Elvis and His Kingdom”.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #70: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who feel so bad may have fever" (Source: EIN)
Rachel, together with director-fiancee Darren Aronofsky, is expecting her first child in May, EIN wishes them all the best. (News, Source: Piers Beagley EIN)
Clarke County resident got to meet and know Elvis Presley: Cindy Garrick says: "I was talking with one of my tax clients recently about a Scyrene resident being close friends with Elvis Presley. It's amazing, but this particular client, Robert Reid, just happened to serve in the military with Elvis. In fact he was one of 15,000 men who left Ft. Hood, Texas in September of 1958 with Elvis. There were three trains and no one knew which one Elvis was on, but they had a six hour layover in Memphis. There were people lined up on both sides of the trains. I'll bet that was the first time Mr. Reid was a bit afraid of a mob! Just think, Elvis was mobbed like that everywhere he went. So much company and yet so alone.
He remembered when stationed in the 1st MTB in Friedburg, Germany with Elvis, he and the other men in their unit were told to clip (not cut) the grass with the knives from their mess kits. Elvis called his contact and had a lawn mower sent into the compound at his expense. Mr. Reid had been in the unit for quite awhile and had been waiting for the company clerk job to open up. There had been a freeze on the position, but he would be the next in line for the coveted job. Finally he received notice that the job would open up and immediately put in for the position. However, it had only been opened so Elvis could have the job. He also said that Elvis was very nice to all the enlisted men and their families.
Mr. Reid admired the fact that Elvis took the time to sign autographs for everyone who asked him.
There was one time in Germany when Elvis had taken the company jeep sightseeing. The jeep broke down and Elvis paid the Germans to fix it. The Germans then called Mr. Reid to come retrieve the U.S. jeep". (News, Source: The Clarke County Democrat)
Elvis Golf Tournament: The 4th Annual Collingwood Elvis Festival Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, June 1 at the Cranberry Golf Resort & Conference Centre in Collingwood. Only 144 participants will have the chance to compete for a table of prizes that last year listed in the $600 to $1000 value range each, packed with high-end restaurant gift certificates, lifestyle products, golf attire and more. Register by May 1 to reserve your space.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #69: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man all shook up lucky he not can of Pepsi" (Source: EIN)
Elvis, Lennon go head-to-head in 'The Frogs': Director Brian Matuszak's adaptation of the climatic duel between ancient Greek playwrights into a battle between Elvis Presley and John Lennon makes more sense than can be believed unless witnessed. In updating Aristophanes "The Frogs" at UWS's University Theatre, Matuszak ultimately demonstrates the enduring truth of the 2,400-year-old script. Ultimately, because the updating of the preceding material often sacrifices the playwright's point to laughs.
Dionysus (Cody Rider), god of drama and wine, disguises himself as Herakles and, with his slave, Xanthias (Chani Ninnemann), descends to Hades to bring back the greatest songwriter of the past, whose wit and wisdom can save humankind from self-destruction. The quest is hampered by a variety of obstacles, including dancing frogs, a manic 1980s ferryman, a troupe of disco-singing Initiates and Dean Martin (Joseph Effinger). Once in Hades, Dionysus discovers that he must judge which of its two contending denizens, Presley or Lennon, is likelier to be humanity's savior.
The digressions, even though they obscure the story, are marvelous fun, thanks to a talented cast, sharp writing and spectacular costumes by Micheal Barbee.
Definitely in the spirit of Aristophanes, the show is liberally laced with local and current allusions:
Dionysus: What's over there?
Xanthias: A lot of mud and darkness.
Dionysus: Oh! Proctor.
Former Mayor Gary Doty and President Bush take some hits, as do Mayor Herb Bergson and a local newspaper theater reviewer, among others.
Barbee's triumphs ranged from the frogs' fantasticgiant-footed jumpsuits to a dead-on little white halter-top dress for Marilyn Monroe (Susan Kusilek).
Modern deceased performers are substituted for names that were celebrities in
The show includes musical numbers, mostly rock 'n' roll, but also a duet by Gast and Effinger singing "Hades" to the tune of Stephen Foster's "Swanee," which was a particular hit with Thursday's audience. The big songs, though -- or snippets of big songs -- came during the great duel, as Presley and Lennon challenged each other to sing while the other analyzed and criticized the lyrics. Other than the songs themselves, the lines were as Aristophanes wrote them, with Lennon's scorn of Presley's dramatic staging in place of Euripides's derision of Aeschylus's bombastic style.
Hill and Regnier were both superb, the former in full white satin jumpsuit and cape, with a cartoonish black pompadour, and the latter with rose-tinted granny glasses and an authentic post-Ed Sullivan, pre-Yoko Ono Lennon hairdo. Hill was bluff and grumpy, Regnier snide and condescending. They pressed their arguments with conviction, though Regnier's Liverpool accent at times made Lennon's side of the debate difficult to follow.
On the other hand, though both are excellent singers, the best vocal work was when Regnier mockingly performed bits from some of Presley's biggest hits.
To find out who prevails, though, you'll have to see the show, or at least read the script, which wouldn't be nearly as much fun. (News, Source: Duluth News Tribune)
Please note, these boots were not Elvis Presley's when he was alive. I bought them new in 1996. They are leather, size 9.5D and made in the USA. I never wore them again after that seance so they still have the scuffs from Elvis Presley's spiritual rage. They have been stored for nearly a decade and are still in excellent condition. Imagine, the lucky winner will be the owner of something Elvis briefly wore after his death, and short presence in this world, before returning to the afterlife. If you are an Elvis collector then this would make a unique addition to your collection". (Odd Spot, Source: ebay)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #68: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man with wooden heart need be careful...wrong wood for transplant cause splinter" (Source: EIN)
What was Elvis' worst day as a performer?: What was Elvis' biggest failure as a performer? Was it his appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955?.....No. Was it Las Vegas in 1956?.....No. EIN takes a look at a little known appearance which was Elvis' worst day on stage. (Spotlight Article, Source: EIN)
Dr Nick's memoir back on track: After years of silence, Dr. Nick (Nichopoulos) has decided to put his memoirs to paper. In a 10 chapter book, he tells the story of his first meeting with Elvis, and how he became to be the always-stand-by physician for the biggest celebrity in the world. Scheduled date of release: 2007. Although 77 years old, Dr. Nick still works at Fed-Ex in Memphis. EIN Note: Around 1990 Dr Nick offered a book synopsis/manuscript (written with Murray Silver), titled "Who Killed Elvis?", to a number of publishers without success. (News, Source: Elvis Matters /Elvis News/EIN)
FTD & Elvis' final Hayride show update: Andylon Lensen from the EPGold website has informed Elvis Express that:
The song list from the concert is: 01. Heartbreak Hotel/02. Long Tall Sally/03. I Was The One/04. Love Me Tender/05. Don't Be Cruel/06. Love Me/07. I Got A Woman/08. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/09. Paralyzed/10. Hound Dog". (News, Source: EP Gold/Elvis Express)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #67: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who forgot to remember to forget needs alarm clock" (Source: EIN)
But the fanboys have made that film a reality now, it seems. Coscarelli is working on the script for the film with Joe R. Lansdale, who penned the original short story. The film will portray a younger, thirtysomething Elvis, and the director says that the original film's star Bruce Campbell "can't wait to put his Elvis jumpsuit back on again." And beyond that? Coscarelli hints that a third film isn't out of the question, and he even goes so far as to give it a name: Bubba Sasquatch. (News, Source: nowplayingmag)
Elvis adventure to the North Pole: Three polar adventurers are preparing to walk and ski to the top of the world dressed as Elvis. Jonny Clayton, Alex Tate and Steve Goodair believe it will the first time Elvis impersonators have been spotted in the far reaches of the frozen Arctic. They are trekking 368 miles from Cornwallis Island, off Northern Canada, to the 1996 site of the Magnetic North Pole in their specially made Elvis style survival suits, complete with thermal insulation and rhinestones. The three friends are taking part in the 2006 Sony Polar Challenge race which starts at the weekend. (News/Odd Spot, Source:Yahoo News)
One-of-a-kind Elvis owned item for sale: Sandi Pichon sent us this message:
"I have knowledge of a very unique item from 1972, which belonged to Elvis, that is going to be offered for sale. The price will be in the $15,000-$25,000 range. It is definitely one-of-a-kind and cannot be duplicated or copied. If you, or anyone you know, may be interested in owning this excellent piece of Elvis' life, please send me an email and I will put you in touch with the seller. Only serious inquiries please. I can assure you that it is well worth the money. Sandi" Click here to email Sandi (News, Source: Sandi Pichon)
"Elvis The Concert" next tour update: There is speculation on various websites that the video show “Elvis The Concert” won’t return to Europe. Elvis Matters says this isn't true. After a tour in the Far East (first show on October 4th), the crew takes a break for a few months. After that, the super show most likely returns to Europe. The schedule for October is almost set, and details should be officially announced soon. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)
Harassed by fans, Elvis bought Graceland 13 months later. Both homes have recently been added to the National Historic Register of Homes. Bidding on the online auction site will open later today on ebay and close on 14 May. (News, Source: Memphis Business Journal)
EPE licenses new Elvis credit card: Elvis Presley Enterprises has licensed a company to create an Elvis branded debit card. The Elvis Presley Prepaid Visa is being created by EDP Technologies Corp., based in Valley Village, Calif., and released by subsidiary EDP Licensing. The company says the Elvis card will be among the first celebrity-branded debit cards.
"We are excited to bring the Elvis legend to our innovative card product line and believe that this marks a milestone in the prepaid card industry," said EDP CEO Paul Cleveland in a statement.
The company plans to introduce a series of the cards with different images of Presley, and the company is promoting the cards as collectible items. Elvis Presley Enterprises already licenses an Elvis Presley Visa credit card. Americans' use of debit cards has been rising rapidly in recent years, as much as 40 percent in the past two years, according to Cardweb.com. Last year, more purchases and bills were paid with debit cards than with checks, the EDP release state. For the past two years, debit card use has surpassed the credit card, the company said.
EDP Licensing, EDebitPay and EDP Secure Deposit Card are wholly-owned subsidiaries of EDP Technologies Corp., a leading marketing group in the country. (News, Source: Memphis Business Journal)
No Elvis stamp for Belgium: Ever since 2003, various fan clubs are busy trying to get Elvis a Belgian stamp. But the Belgian Elvis Matters fan club received a ‘no’ from the Belgian Post Service. 2007 seemed to be an ideal year, but general director Frank Daniëls has just confirmed that Elvis is no longer in the running. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)
Dr Nick's son on Dutch TV: The Dutch TV show RTL-Boulevard airs an interview with Dean Nichopoulos tonight. (News, Source: EP Gold)
Linda Thompson joins Elvis hit making team this weekend: Tune in this Easter Friday April 14, 2006 to Donn Webb's "Cruisin' 66" Radio Show on KDSK.com for yet another super-cool live interview with singer John Krondes and Elvis Girlfriend Linda Thompson. Memory Lane TV & Radio Talk show host Joe Franklin of "The Joe Franklin Show" will join the Hit Team this week. Many Moons Ago, Joe Franklin had Elvis Presley on his TV Show with Ann Margaret; Joe was also one of the first DJs to play "The End" by John Krondes and The Jordanaires on US Radio. Donn Webb's Worldwide Broadcast will also be joined by Elvis Fan Club Presidents from all around the world. George Twamley, President of The Elvis Fan Club Of Ireland will call in support of the Elvis "Hit Making Team". Other Elvis World leaders Marcus Henfling from Germany and Jenny Dror from Israel will join the "Hit Team" cast Friday. Uptown Horns Saxophonist Arno Hecht who shared the rockin' solo on the new release "Baby I Love You" will join the group as well Friday.
Woman who helped clothe Elvis dies: Helen Cohn, who along with her husband helped clothe Elvis Presley, Roy Rogers and a host of stars in rhinestone creations during the height of cowboy chic, has died. She was 92. Helen Cohn died Friday at a hospital near her home in Valencia, her granddaughter, Jamie Nudie Mendoza, said Wednesday. From the 1940s through the 1960s, the now-closed Nudie's in North Hollywood was where singing cowboys, country singers such as Hank Williams and other celebrities went for their sparkly duds.
A gold lame suit for Presley and an outfit embroidered with pills and marijuana leaves for singer Gram Parsons weren't even the gaudiest of Cohn's creations.
Cohn and her husband, Nudie Cohn, were an inseparable business team until his death in 1984. She ran the business for another decade before retiring. She helped her husband sew outfits on a garage pingpong table in the early days and went on to handle the business end of Nudie's for 50 years, her granddaughter said.
"She was the backbone to my grandfather,'' she said. "She ran the store.''
She also was the inspiration for the Nudie's logo, her granddaughter said: a naked cowgirl leaning against a fence, twirling a lasso whose coils spelled out the company name. According to family legend, the logo dates to one evening in the 1940s when she appeared before her husband wearing only a cowboy hat, boots and a holster. The cowgirl on the logo got clothes in the early 1960s, when Nudie Cohn converted to Christianity from Judaism.
Helen Barbara Kruger met her future husband, a Ukrainian immigrant, at her mother's boarding house in Mankato, Minnesota. They married and moved to New York City, where they opened Nudie's for the Ladies, selling G-strings and other outfits to showgirls and burlesque dancers in the 1930s. They later returned to Minnesota and ran a tailoring and dry-cleaning shop. In the 1940s, after hitchhiking across the country several times, they settled in North Hollywood and began creating what would become the famous Nudie's suits. (News, Source: AP Wire)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #66: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who know she's not you must have had eyes fixed" (Source: EIN)
EPE's ShopElvis under fire: Continuing a series of messabeboard postings critical of the service provided by ShopElvis, RKSNASHVILLE posted this message on the FECC board:
"First off - I apologize if this is off topic, but many of you use shopelvis.com to purchase your FTD's. I pre-ordered the 2 new FTD's back in March. When I did my order over the internet I put in all my info - name, address, country, etc. In the country box it said Albania and it wouldn't let me change it.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #65: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man with burning love need fire extinguisher" (Source: EIN)
St. Christopher medal worn by Elvis in Jailhouse Rock for sale: A gold St. Christopher medal worn by Elvis in the filming of Jailhouse Rock is among the many rock memorabilia items being auctioned by Madame Toussaud's in London next Wednesday, April 19. The medallion is expected to bring more than $35,000. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk's Elvis World Online)
"It may not be that it's been as commercially exploited as some of the modern names you might think of,'' he said. "Ali comes from a different era. He's a cultural phenomenon as much as a sports phenomenon.''
CKX Chief Executive Officer Robert Sillerman said the company will be selective about its deals and will likely search for opportunities outside the U.S.
"This is different than a licensing deal with Elvis Presley,'' Sillerman said in a telephone interview. ``It's appropriate and it's consistent with Elvis that there are over 100-plus licensees. That will not be the case with Muhammad Ali. That's not where the power of this is.'' (News, Source: Bloomberg)
"Follow That Dream" DVD release in EC: According various video-dvd magazines the DVD of Follow That Dream, region 2 will shortly be released by Warner Home Video in most of the European countries. (News, Source: The United Elvis Presley Society / Elvis News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #64: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man lucky only a mess of blues, imagine mess if more than one colour" (Source: EIN)
FTD has Elvis' final Hayride performance?: According to a post by Ger Rijff on the FECC board he has been reliably informed FTD has acquired an audio recording of Elvis' final performance on the Louisiana Hayride on 15 December 1956. The only other information currently available is that Elvis' performance of Paralyzed is very audible. (News, Source: FECC)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #63: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who want woman to wear ring around neck must have woman with very small head" (Source: EIN)
Humes High to be renamed after Elvis?: Lakeisha posted this interesting message on the elvisnumberones bulletin board. If true, it is major news:
"A guy I know who knows I'm a big Elvis fan, who lives near downtown told me that he heard through sources that L.C. Humes Junior High could be renamed ELVIS A. PRESLEY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL as early as this summer, plus plans to re-renovate the school are in the works as well.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #62: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who see blue moon of kentucky smoke weird stuff, baby" (Source: EIN)
Jerry Scheff musical memories biography: Jerry Scheff has revealed in an interview that he is working on his musical memoires. A few chapters are spent to his times with Elvis. Jerry, who is living in Scotland now, signed a contract with a London based literary agent. You can find the full interview on the Elvis Brasia site. (News, Source:Elvis Collectors Brasil/ Elvis News)
Ernst Jorgensen interview response: On a thread on the FECC board regarding EIN's recent interview with Ernst Jorgensen, midnightx and Pete Dube, posted the following interesting comments:
midnightx: "BMG is a lost cause and Ernst's politically correct position in that latest interview proves it and proves he has no intention of trying to ever use his influence to give the Elvis Presley catalogue some integrity and organization.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #61: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who want only one night not to be trusted" (Source: EIN)
Gene Pitney wasn't a big Elvis fan: In a 1993 interview for Goldmine magazine, Gene Pitney, who sadly died this week, said:
"I give Jimmy Webb all the credit for what he's done and all the success he's had, but it's just like — I remember the day that I was out cutting the grass and someone said Australia was on the telephone. I came in, I huffed and puffed up to the phone, and it was a guy that I knew very well, calling from Melbourne, Australia, and he said, "What did you think of Elvis?"
I thought, what a strange thing for a man to ask, calling me from Australia in the middle of the afternoon. And I said, "Y'know, I was never really that impressed. I was not a great Elvis fan."
Then all of a sudden he stopped me and he said, "Do you know what's happened?" And I said, "Well, I've been out cutting the grass for about three hours. No, to be honest with you." He said, "Elvis has died."
[Both] Jimmy Webb's songs, and Elvis as a performer never had the depth of the people that I liked. I like a lot of people who were obscure. [Original Drifters singer] Clyde McPhatter was one of my favorites, just a unique individual, in his own pattern, not following after anyone else". (News, Source: National Review Online)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #60: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who slip, stumble and fall need to stop drinking" (Source: EIN)
Elvis signed high school yearbook for auction: Rare, signed, museum-quality memorabilia from Thomas Edison, Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln, Frank Sinatra and Tupac Shakur -- plus other famous historical figures and cultural icons -- will be auctioned online next week as part of a special, one-day event on bid4assets.com. Bidding takes place from 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, until 11 p.m. EDT on Wednesday April 12, 2006. The 600 items from the collection of Paul Sabesky and GovernmentAuction.com can be previewed from now until the start of the auction at http://www.bid4assets.com. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
ONE ENGINE WAS DONATED TO A MEMPHIS AVIATION TECH SCHOOL. ONE ENGINE IS ON DISPLAY AT GRACELAND AND THE OTHER TWO ARE IN THE MOJAVE DESERT. AROUND 1995 A DALLAS AVIATION TECH SCHOOL, DALFORT TRAINING TECH SCHOOL, OPERATED BY B. E. EUBANKS TRADED A CONTINENTAL TO520 ENGINE TO THE MEMPHIS TECH SCHOOL FOR THE GE CJ 805-3A. AN ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE BUSINESS SECTION OF THE SHERMAN DEMOCRAT, SHERMAN,TEXAS ON 06/17/96.
IN 2002, THE TECH SCHOOL WENT OUT OF BUSINESS AND MR. EUBANKS SOLD THE ENGINE TO ME. I HAVE TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF SELLING PARTS OFF THE ENGINE FOR SOUVENIRS BUT DUE TO NUMEROUS HEALTH PROBLEMS, I FEEL IT IS TIME TO SELL IT. THE ENGINE IS IN A CLIMATE CONTROL ENVIRONMENT.
I HAVE FULL DOCUMENTATION TO VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY OF THIS ARTIFACT." Happy bidding! (News, Source: ebay/Sanja Meegin)
Priscilla Presley wary of reprising role in "Dallas": Actress Priscilla Presley today said she would be “very reluctant” to get involved in the big-screen remake of TV soap opera Dallas, in which she starred in the 1980s. The former wife of Elvis said she believed it would be hard to better the hugely successful original series, which followed the fortunes of Texan oil baron J R Ewing and his family.
Elvis plates fetch $4500 for safe driving program: The Lockyer Valley Safe Driver Training program is $4500 better off after Tuesday's auction of Elvis Presley personalised plates on the 4GR Graham Healy midday show. The money raised will help subsidise the costs of a defensive driving course for young people.
Radio host Graham Healy said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of listeners, with the successful bidder from Withcott (who asked to remain anonymous) prepared to go to $5000 if necessary.
"This money will now allow another 70 drivers to undertake the course, and that may very well mean the chance to keep them alive on the roads through the learning of better skills," Mr Healy said. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Singer-songwriter, Mac Davis, honored: The writer of 'A Little Less Conversation' and 'In The Ghetto' will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 36th annual induction and awards dinner this June in New York City. One of the popular pop singers of the '70s and country singers of the '80s, Mac Davis has also been a wildly successful songwriter, beginning with successful recordings by Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, Lou Rawls, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in the mid-'60s. In 1968, Elvis Presley recorded Davis' propulsive, sly "A Little Less Conversation," now the theme song for the television hit Las Vegas. After notching a minor hit with Davis's "Memories," Presley solidified his comeback with the songwriter's topical classic "In the Ghetto" in 1969.
In 1972, Davis scored a Number One hit of his own with "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me," which also hit the country charts. His crossover success continued throughout the decade, with singles like "Stop and Smell the Roses," "Burnin' Thing," and "Forever Lovers." Davis's success continued in the early-'80s: "It's Hard to Be Humble," the title track of his 1980 album, was the first of four consecutive Top Ten country hits that culminated with his biggest country single, "Hooked on Music." (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Charmed star for Elvis related movie: Former “Charmed” star Brian Krause is going from McGowan to Memphis. According to TV Guide, the actor (wonder if he’s scrubbed “Return to the Blue Lagoon” off his CV, yet? hmmm) will join media-fave Tom Sizemore (“Natural Born Killers, “Heat”) for a new film called “The Headhunter”. Says the site, “he'll play Elvis Presley's longtime friend and bodyguard. Tom Sizemore is his costar, so that should be a fun shoot.” Indeed. Various other sites have pegged John Bennett Perry (Yeah, Matt’s dad), Max Perlich (Whistler on “Angel”), Peter Dobson (“The Poseidon Adventure”) and Mark Rolston (“Profiler”) for supporting roles. (News, Source: MovieHole)
Elvis lectures in Texas: Steve Davis will discuss “Elvis in East Texas” during the fifth of six lectures in the Texas Music Culture lecture series at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Elvis Presley started his music career playing at venues in East Texas from the Reo Palm Isle in Longview to Driller Park in Kilgore.
Davis is the social science chair in the history department of Kingwood College. He lectures widely about how Presley developed his approach to music while playing at clubs and saloons throughout East Texas.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #58: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Too many people found crying in the chapel cause flood" (Source: EIN)
Graceland confirms Elvis had cosmetic surgery: A posting on the FECC board about whether or not Elvis had cosmetic surgery is settled once and for all:
"Dear Ramiro Sanchez, Yes, Elvis did have cosmetic surgery twice. He had his nose done in 1957 and he had his eyes done in June 1975. As a teen he also had severe acne and he was able to clear that up as most of us do with maturity and skin preparations. And yes, the interview clip you sent was correct. Archives Staff" (News, Source: FECC)
25 new mid-price Elvis titles: SONY/BMG added 25 Elvis titles to the new Mid-Price series (Source: Elvis News) The mid-price Elvis catalog now is:
Elvis in Mid Price Top 100: On the Mid Price Top 100 Elvis is currently listed 3 times:
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #57: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Any woman who nothing but a hound dog can't be well bred" (Source: EIN)
"Elvis Cinema & Popular Culture" book delay: Release of what is expected to be one of 2006's best Elvis book releases, Elvis Cinema & Popular Culture by Douglas Brode, has been delayed three months until 30 June 2006. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Jimmy Denson book sales finally falling: As we reported on 30 March 2006, the negative publicity for the Lanier Shapre/Jimmy Denson book, Elvis Through My Eyes, appeared to have backfired as there was a spike in online sales as fans ordered the book to see what all the fuss was about. After peaking inside the top 100,000 list on Amazon's daily sales the book has now fallen back to its position (around 330,000) before the negative pr started. (News, Source: Amazon)
"Elvis would have loved the tourists" says Priscilla: Ex-wife Priscilla has endorsed the designation of the singer's former home, Graceland, as a US National Historic Landmark, because he would have loved the attention. The rock 'n' roll legend's Memphis, Tennessee mansion was awarded the status last week (27MAR06), joining a select list of American sites including the White House, Pearl Harbor and the Alamo. And Priscilla insists the late star would be thrilled by the honour. She says, "It's very strange to have Graceland declared a National Historic Landmark, because it was our home first and foremost. "I had no idea when I opened the house to the public in 1982 that it would receive so many visitors. Elvis would be very pleased about it." (News, Source: Contact Music/Sanja Meegin)
A little bit of "Elvisness" on "Trading Places": TLC's 'Trading Spaces' aired the first of two Memphis-based shows on Saturday, April 1. The second Memphis show will air on April 8. With the two episodes being filmed in Memphis, we hear there might be a little bit of Elvisness in them. Check your local listings for the time the shows air in your area. (News, Source: EPE)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #56: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "If man gets tongue tied, must be contortionist" (Source: EIN)
The History Channel honors Elvis: The History Channel will present 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America April 9th - 13th. The following information comes directly from the History Channel news release:
"When Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, September 9, 1956, America stopped, watched and listened. An astounding 82% of households with televisions tuned in to see the gyrating 21-year-old from Memphis whose defiant musical style was, until then, mostly heard in black night clubs and on late night radio shows. Elvis Presley's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was the symbol of a whole new culture involving teenage independence, sexuality, race relations and a new form of music."
Elvis rated #2 historical person people would like to meet: A poll for the new magazine, Dr Who Adventures, found the top 10 historical figures people would like to meet were:
Does this mean Elvis could turn up in Dr Who? (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvii Radio Listener Appreciation Party in Vegas: Plans are coming together nicely for the Elvii Radio listener appreciation party and ETA contest in Las Vegas - June 23,24,25, 2006 at Mardi Gras Hotel and Casino. This is an intimate event focused on networking with fans and ETAs. All attendees (fans and ETAs) will recieve a gift bag. In addition to the great music we will gather for breakfast on Sunday morning. Full details, special guests and itinerary available online soon. But don't delay! Less than 150 tickets and 15 performer slots remain for this event! There will also be other surprises and giveaways exclusively for attendees including a trip and cash prizes. (News, Source: Elvii Radio)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #55: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "If earth boy love angel, it would be interspecies." (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Junkie XL said "NO" to an Elvis remix album: In a recent interview the Dutch DJ Junkie XL, who had a major break through in 2002 with his remix of Elvis' "A Little Less Conversation" for the global Nike commercial, refused the offer of doing a full CD with Elvis remixes. Tom Holkenborg, his real name, confirmed in the Dutch tv show "De wereld draait door" that had could have won a fortune had he agreed. "But it's not about the money, it's about music", was his comment. He also declined a proposal by the Beatles (Paul, Ringo) who had asked for a remix of "Strawberry Fields Forever".
In 2002 EIN was the first Elvis group to be granted an interview with Tom Holkenborg. In a fascinating interview you can read about his not wanting to do any further Elvis remixes, how he discovered ALLC, how he approached the ALLC remix, and his background in music. (News, Source: Elvis News/EIN)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #54: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Why man gay every morning...is he straight at night?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis "coffin photo" still missing:The anthrax cleanup at the former American Media Inc. building in Boca Raton has
taken another twist. It may even have some officials all shook up.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #53: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Why girls girls girls said 3 times when only 2 main girls in movie?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Hernando's Hideaway for sale: The world famous Honky-Tonk bar Hernando's Hideaway in Memphis (Behind the Visitor's Center on the corner of Elvis Presley Blvd. and Brooks) is for sale now. There been rumors over the years that Elvis played this bar in the 50's, but none of them have been confirmed. But other Memphis stars, among them Jerry Lee Lewis, have played Hernando's Hideaway in the beginning of their careers. For many years Hernando's played host to the heats of the Images of Elvis contest and was a popular venue during Elvis Week's. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine/EIN)
Quote:"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
Quote:"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
Quote:"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
Quote:"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
Quote:"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
Quote:"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
Quote:"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
Quote:"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
Quote:"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
Quote:"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
Quote:"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959) #3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957 Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followedDuring the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Menphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowlt lost to Delta Automatic Transmission. 6-13In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real ageIn the 1970s Elvis was ofered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m