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Monday 30 April 2007
Shoot your own TV set just like Elvis!: In the room next to the Elvis 'After Dark' expo are some new arcade games. Besides the well known Sterling pinnball machine, you can shoot on a tv set or test your Elvis knowledge together with three others on a huge screen. Not everything in Graceland is going more expensive. Less than a year ago, you'll have to pay $250 for a 30-minute game on Elvis' pooltable. Now, you can do the same for only $100! (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Another budget CD release: Here is another version of the 3 CD compilation "Elvis Presley" on the Weton-Wesgram label. These two versions contain the same 40 tracks. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com)

Click for latest news on upcoming book by Joe Esposito & Joe Russo: Elvis Straight Up (News, Source: Elvis International Magazine)


Another 2008 calendar: Here is another 2008 calendar from Dream publishers. (News, Source: Elvis News)

 

Sunday 29 April 2007
Now official - "Elvis At The Movies" 2CD release: View track listing & larger artwork. Release date 5 June 2007. (News, Source: EPE)

Note: Elvis-Celine Dion duet video has now been deleted by YouTube & Yahoo Video


Preview of "Elvis Is Back" boxset: Here is a preview of the upcoming Elvis Unlimited release "Elvis Is Back" which is due for release May 2007. It will be made like the two “Inside” boxes. The book will be thicker and the DVD will be much longer than in the two previous boxes.

Synopsis: Elvis Is Back will be about Elvis’ return to the music scene in 1960. This year was a bittersweet one for Elvis. He was being discharged from the Army. Music had changed in two years and he was a little insecure about his music career.

Yet he enters the sessions with such ambition and determination. He delivers a new mature diverse voice. “It's Now Or Never” and “Surrender” are truly challenging for Elvis. He proofs himself to be a truly talented singer and not just a flash in the pan. These recording sessions will forever stand out in Elvis’ history.

It’s almost as if Elvis hit the ground running upon his return. The Colonel had been busy preparing for Elvis' return for a very long time. Not only were the recording sessions lined up, an appearance on the ABC televised Frank Sinatra Special and the filming for “G.I. Blues” were immediately following.

His appearance on the Sinatra Special is warmly received by the public. Elvis innocently steals the show from Sinatra. Yet the repertoire between the two performers is very apparent. “G.I. Blues” is a very successful film for Elvis although Elvis hates being in uniform again.

During this year, Elvis is also experiencing many changes in his personal life. Elvis has met Priscilla while in Germany. But he returns to his long time girlfriend Anita Wood. They continue their relationship where it left off before Elvis left for Germany. Vernon marries Dee, which is hard on Elvis because of the loss of his mother. Elvis also brings many of his friends from Germany home and the Memphis Mafia is formed.

But still the most important thing during the year 1960 is the amazing recording sessions. We have two incredible albums from this year, “Elvis Is Back” and “His Hand In Mine.” Elvis truly proves his ability as a performer. He conquers every challenge he is faced with and proves Elvis is back!

Elvis Is Back will present many never before seen pictures from this period. There will even be some very interesting ones from the filming of G.I. Blues. Those were not used in the Inside G.I. Blues book. (News, Source: Elvis News)


New EPE "Aloha" trailer (includes unreleased footage)

(News, Source: EP Gold)


Elvis song in list of 40 Greatest Songs That Changed The World: That's All Right, Mama is listed in Rolling Stone's list of the 40 songs that changed the world. The full list is:

1. Elvis Presley "That's All Right"
2. Ray Charles "I Got A Woman"
3. Chuck Berry "Maybellene"
4. Bob Dylan "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
5. The Kingsmen "Louie Louie"
6. The Ronettes "Be My Baby"
7. The Beatles "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
8. Martha and the Vandellas "Dancing In The Street"
9. The Rolling Stones "(I Cant Get No) Satisfaction"
10. Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone"
11. The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever"
12. The Velvet Underground "Herion"
13. Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze"
14. Aretha Franklin "Respect"
15. Led Zeppelin "Whole Lotta Love"
16. James Brown "Get Up (I Feel Like being a) Sex Machine"
17. Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"
18. John Lennon "Imagine"
19. David Bowie "Ziggy Stardust"
20. Bob Marley "I Shot The Sheriff"
21. Joni Mitchell "Help Me"
22. Bruce Springsteen "Born To Run"
23. Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"
24. The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop"
25. Donna Summer "I Feel Love"
26. The Sex Pistols "Anarchy in the UK"
27. The Sugarhill Gang "Rappers Delight"
28. Black Flag "TV Party"
29. Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"
30. Prince "When Doves Cry"
31. U2 "Pride (In The Name Of Love)"
32. Madonna "Like A Virgin"
33. Dun DMC and Aerosmith "Walk This Way"
34. The Cure "Just Like Heaven"
35. Guns N Roses "Sweet Child O Mine"
36. Public Enemy "Bring The Noise"
37. Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
38. Dr. Dre "Nuthin' But A G Thang"
39. Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time"
40. The White Stripes "Fell In Love With A Girl"
(News, Source: Rolling Stone/Elvis News)


Zippin Pippin donated to save Libertyland: The second oldest wooden rollercoaster in the world, the Zippin Pippin, is still good for some news. After they closed Libertyland, home of Elvis favorite attraction, the coaster was sold to another amusement park. While they are waiting for the attraction to be me moved to it’s new home, it’s still at his location in the middle of the abandoned park. In the mean while, the organisation ‘Save Libertyland’ will try to restore the park in to it’s original glory. The current owner of the Zippin Pippin has decided to donate the coaster and hopes that this will going to be a good start for the re-opening of the park. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


'Idol' outrage - Elvis, Celine duet: So American Idol gives all six contestants a reprieve this week. Big deal. The talent pool is so shallow and scummy this season that it's hard to care who stays or goes. You just want it to be over.

But what really rankled on Idol was that House of Wax "duet" between Elvis Presley and Celine Dion. Somewhere Col. Tom Parker must be smirking. Thirty years after the King's death, they're still finding shabby ways to sell off pieces of his soul.

Yes, it was tacky when they used footage of Fred Astaire for a vacuum-cleaner ad. And annoying when John Wayne became a posthumous beer salesman. But pairing Elvis with Dion is downright sacrilegious.

It's true they both ended up as Vegas headliners, but that's where the similarity ends. Elvis was a stark refutation of everything Dion represents. He was dark, dangerous, and radiantly charged with charisma. She is a plastic figurine with a freakish voice.

Legend has it that whenever Elvis saw singer Robert Goulet (whose parents were French Canadian) perform on television, it would offend him so deeply, he would grab a pistol and shoot out the picture tube.

Celine Dion is just a waifish contemporary replica of Goulet. She's perfect for Idol, but anathema for Elvis. (News, Source: David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Television Columnist, Philly.com)


Audobon Drive home abandoned: On the cover of the newly released book 'Follow Me To Tennessee', we see a picture of the house on Audobon Drive. Visitors of the first house that Elvis ever bought are currently seeing a completely abandoned site. After the divorce of its last owners Cindy Hazen and Mike Freeman, there is are legal proceedings going on about ownership of the property. A successful auction on Ebay has been dismissed. The empty house looks now very sad in its residential neighbourhood. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

 

Saturday 28 April 2007

Duet hits #1 on iTunes: The Elvis and Celine duet completely wowed television viewers and has been making the news around the world. Today, the duet is the number one video download on iTunes. The purchase of the download benefits Idol Gives Back. (News, Source: EPE)

Watch the duet


No release planned for Elvis-Celine duet: The breathtaking duet of 'If I Can Dream' with Elvis and Celine Dion has caused a stir across the globe, newspapers call it historic, some have even stated that the Idols Give Back show was dull and was only saved by the emotionally charged duet.............And yet EPE look set to allow this jaw-dropping performance to fall into music obscurity just like they did with the duet 'Don't Cry Daddy' performed by Elvis and Lisa Marie.

In an email sent to us by one of our listeners, Todd Morgan of Elvis Presley Enterprises wrote, "This was a
one-time, stand-alone event for last night's Idol Gives Back special and an iTunes video download only." He also states "No release of the video on DVD is in the works." (News, Source: Elvis Express)

EIN Comment: EIN agrees with Elvis Express' sentiments on the If I Can Dream duet. Unlike the Elvis-Lisa duet on Don't Cry Daddy, which was a special thing Lisa wanted to do (and therefore we should respect her wishes for it to be a once off, non released performance), the latest duet is a wonderful opportunity for all parties (Celine Dion's best selling album days are behind her) to reinvigorate their faltering sales position.


Junkie XL teaching appointment: Junkie XL, famed among us Elvis fans and beyond for remixing Elvis Presley’s "A Little Less Conversation" into the international hit in 2002 has been appointed as a teacher of composition and Music Design at the ArtEZ School of Music in the Netherlands. Although he lives in Venice, Los Angeles, he will visit three times a year, then coach students online. (News, Source: Elvis UK On-line/Elvis News)


"Hit Collection" CD release: Here are the cover art and track listing for release the AR-Express label release "Hit Collection" which is due for release on April 27, 2007.

Track listing: Love Me Tender - It's Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Don't - Loving You - Can't Help Falling In Love - Love Letters - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - True Love - Young And Beautiful - Doin' The Best I Can - Something Blue - Angel - That's Someone You Never Forget - Just Pretend - For The Good Times - Woman Without Love - He'll Have To Go - It's Impossible (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)

Billboard and Elvis' sales in 1977: The following is an excerpt from an article written in 2001 by Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon:

The RIAA certifications are based on documented sales figures and in the case of older artists these figures simply do not exist any more. In the case of Elvis the RCA figures are incomplete, most importantly sales during the 12 months after Elvis' death are unaccounted for. BILLBOARD wrote in September 1977 that RCA shipped 20 million records a week. They had as many as 40 pressing plants working overtime to cope with the demand. RCA November releases were postponed, in order to supply Elvis product and at one time during the period more than 1/3 of all sales in the country market was Elvis Presley product. On top of this tens of millions of records sold through outside companies including record clubs, are mainly unaccounted for in RIAA totals. (News, Source: EIN Archives)

Read EIN's article on Elvis' record sales


Vernon wants Elvis: Vernon Kay (opposite) has been signed up to host a new show that aims to find the world's greatest Elvis Presley impersonator. The 32-year-old presenter will lead the hunt for the 30 best tribute acts, who will then go head-to-head in front of judges and a live studio audience. The show will be screened on BBC One this summer, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the rock 'n' roll star's death.

It is not the first time that Vernon has hosted a search to find singing talent - he fronted two series of BBC show Just The Two of Us alongside wife Tess Daly. His task to find the The King won't be easy - there are an estimated 85,000 Elvis impersonators across the globe, up from just 170 when he died on August 16, 1977. (News, Source: whatsontv.co.uk)

 

2007/04/27          musicnews 
Friday 27 April 2007

Elvis photographic exhibition in Melbourne: On Tuesday 1 May, the Zephyr Gallery in Melbourne, Victoria launches its inaugural exhibition, It’s a Long Way to Graceland by award-winning photographer Saville Coble.

Read media release and view images

Savile captures impersonators in full regalia at various events including the annual Elvis Presley Festival in Parkes, New South Wales. (News, Source: Jess Arduca, Media Moguls Communication)


Elvis-Celine duet - how did they do it?: A number of readers took us to task over our story yesterday about the Elvis and Celine Dion duet of If I Can Dream on this week's American Idol. Our story, sourced from Contact Music, incorrectly stated Elvis appeared in hologram form. As was correctly pointed out to us, the TV audience saw a cleverly video splice of Elvis and Ms Dion, while those in the live studio audience actually saw Celine performing with leading ETA Ryan Pelton (miming to Elvis' vocal). (News, Source: Various)

Watch the duet


"Follow Me To Tennessee" released: The team of our British colleague Andrew Hearn (Essential Elvis) has just delivered a brand new interesting book for Memphis travelers. In "Follow me to Tennessee", Andrew shows you the footsteps of Elvis, and explains the history of the Elvis Hot Spots in the state of Tennessee. It's not the first book about Elvis in Memphis, but the city has changed so much over the years that an updated book had to be written. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

ACE label releases its first ever Elvis recording: ACE Records released the compilation "The Pomus & Shuman Story: Double Trouble 1956-67". It includes the Elvis track "Double Trouble". This is the first time ACE has presented an Elvis Presley track.

Track Listing: 1. (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle - Tibbs Brothers 2. Lonely Avenue - Ray Charles 3. I Ain't Sharin' Sharon - Bobby Darin 4. Hushabye - Mystics 5. It's Been Nice - Marty Wilde 6. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Del Shannon 7. Angel Face - Jimmy Darren 8. Turn Me Loose - Fabian 9. A Teenager In Love - Dion And The Belmonts 10. Hey Memphis - Lavern Baker 11. Save The Last Dance For Me - Drifters 12. Go Jimmy Go - Jimmy Clanton 13. Too Good - Little Tony And His Brothers 14. Seven Sins - Barrett Strong 15. So Close To Heaven - Ral Donner 16. First Taste Of Love - Ben E King 17. Can't Get Used To Losing You - Andy Williams 18. All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me - Bobby Vee 19. A King For Tonight - Barry Darvell 20. Suspicion - Terry Stafford 21. Seven Day Weekend - Gary U.S. Bonds 22. Spanish Lace - Gene Mcdaniels 23. Double Trouble - Elvis Presley 24. I'm Gonna Cry `Til My Tears Run Dry - Irma Thomas 25. Stop - Howard Tate 26. Say Those Magic Words – Mccoys (News, Source: FECC board/Elvis News)

"Elvis, Linda & Me" book delayed...again: For the second time, release of Jeanne LeMay Dumas' impressive photo-journal of her friendship with Elvis and Linda Thompson has been delayed by its new publisher, Rooftop Publishing.

See also our earlier report dated 13 April which includes ordering links. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

 

Thursday 26 April 2007

American Idol duet update: CELINE DION made TV history in America last night (25Apr07) when she performed live with ELVIS PRESLEY. Technology enabled the Canadian to appear to sing alongside Presley onstage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood during the American Idol 'Idol Gives Back' charity special. The late rocker appeared in hologram form for the breathtaking duet of If I Can Dream with Dion, leaving many audience members stunned and convinced they were seeing a ghost. (News, Source: Contact Music/You Tube/Amber Smith)

Watch the duet


Elvis lyrics to go online: Yahoo and Gracenote have reached a deal to provide Yahoo! users with legit, official lyrics to hundreds of thousands of songs contained in Gracenote's database, which is in development for more than two years. The new service by Yahoo! Music will be the first mass-market Web service to offer licensed lyrics.

Their joint statement says that through the agreement, consumers can search for song lyrics from the Yahoo! Music Search bar, simply by entering even a partial lyric from the song. Consumers will have viewing access to lyrics from nearly 100 music publishers, including the top five: BMG Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, and dozens of prominent independent publishers.

"You mean Bob Dylan isn't actually saying 'The ants, my friend, are in a bowling pin?'" asks Ian Rogers, general manager of Yahoo! Music. "Finally, a free, legal and definitive way to settle a bet with the guy sitting next to you at the bar who is certain the Ramones' most famous anthem declares, 'I wanna piece of bacon.'"

The new service will also allow users to search for lyrics containing a specific verse or phrase. Of course, a classic hierarchical structure will allow people to look up the Artist section within Yahoo! Music, which offers a lyrics page, allowing users to easily browse all song lyrics for that artist.

"Song lyrics are continually among the top 10 searches performed on major search engines, though the results often provide consumers a frustrating experience filled with inconsistent and incomplete lyrics, and annoying pop-ups," said Craig Palmer, president and chief executive officer of Gracenote.

"With Gracenote and Yahoo!, consumers will have access to the largest database of high quality lyrics linked directly to the rich album and artist content available throughout Yahoo! Music."

Apparently, Gracenote is also in talks with Apple, as well as with various other music partners, about its lyrics database. "We wouldn't be in the business to launch just one service, so stay tuned," said Palmer. So probably lyrics from Gracenote will pop up also on Apple's iTunes soon. They already have an ongoing collaboration for Gracenote's music database, formerly known as CDDB.

Yahoo’s lyrical database will reportedly be stocked at first with some 40,000 songs issued by an impressive 9,000 recording artists that will include the timeless class of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Presley, through to more modern musical pacesetters such as U2, Prince, Beyonce, and Kanye West.

"The major advantage is that they’re going to start getting paid for something that has been available for free," said Inside Digital Media analyst Phil Leigh, to Guardian Unlimited. "It’s just taken the publishers a long time to get their act together."

Before, searching for lyrics would have pointed you to an illegal source of lyrics, on often dubious websites infected with trojans.

Formerly known as CDDB, Gracenote powers leading services including Apple iTunes, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, AOL Winamp; home and automotive products from Alpine, Panasonic, Philips and Sony; and mobile music applications from Samsung, Sony Ericsson, KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Europe), and others. (News, Source: Playfuls.com)


"Rock and Roll" album limited edition: As a limited edition of 300 copies the 1972 album "Rock And Roll" will be released soon. This compilation contains the same tracks as the original release.

1. Blue Suede Shoes 2. I Got A Woman (I Got A Sweetie) 3. I'm Counting On You 4. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 5. That's All Right 6. Money Honey 7. Mystery Train 8. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You 9. Trying To Get To You 10. One-Sided Love Affair 11. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 12. Shake Rattle And Roll (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Elvis News)

"Have You Heard The News?" CD release: Due for release shortly is the CD "Have You Heard The News?" The artwork of this 18 track picture disc release should include the last known picture of Elvis as he enters Graceland.

Track listing:

Introduction: 1. Monday, August 15th… The story. Including interviews with Dick Grob, Billy Smith, Larry Geller, J.D. Sumner, Joe Esposito, and others. 2. The King is Gone… Memories by his friends

Original Radio And TV Recordings: 3. WHBQ Memphis Newsreport, including an interview with Elvis’ father Vernon Presley 4. Local Newsreport 5. German Newsreport #1* 6. CBS Newsreport # 1 7. CBS Newsreport # 2 8. Newsroom “Special Bulletin” 9. A Tribute by Geraldo Rivera, including reactions from Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge 10. Channel 7 “Eyewitness News” 11. German Newsreport # 2* 12. Dutch Newsreport*

Johnny Cash Remembers Elvis: 13. Johnny Cash Remembers Elvis & The Million Dollar Quartet* 14. Johnny Cash Remembers Elvis #2*

A Tribute Program by Red Robinson 15. Elvis 12 Years in showbusiness

Q&A 16. Interview with J.D. Sumner

Special bonus tracks: 17. CBS Newscast including an overview of Elvis’ career.
18. Dutch Newsreport # 2* With reactions from a Dutch Elvis Presley fanclub president, a Beatles fanclub president and others. (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Elvis News)


More budget album covers: Here is the cover art of the 16 track budget CD "Love Me" and the 2 CD budget compilation "I Was The One". (News, Source: Elvis Corner / Elvis News)

Red & Pat West moving to Mississippi: Actor Red West and wife Pat are planning to sell their Bartlett residence and move to Biloxi, Miss., closer to family and more plentiful acting opportunities. The Wests met when Red was among Elvis Presley's entourage and Pat was the singer's secretary during filming of "Follow that Dream."

In 2005 West -- also known as a songwriter and friend of Elvis Presley -- was in "Forty Shades of Blue" that won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2006 he nailed a juicy role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced sports flick "Glory Road." And less than two weeks ago he showed up in the pilot of the new FX channel hit "The Riches" in a recurring role. The critically acclaimed series stars Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver as a family of Irish Travelers who take over the identities of a couple killed in a car crash.

Irish Travelers are nomadic clans often viewed as thieves and troublemakers -- and they certainly are in "The Riches." The nuclear family headed by Izzard and Driver's characters have split from the larger clan, taking more than their share of the treasury and shattering the usually tight-knit tribe. West's character is the clan patriarch but has been incapacitated. He can communicate only by ringing a bell and staring with eyes that are sometimes baleful, sometimes angry.

West said filming the show was great fun and he hopes -- as all actors do -- that it will lead to more work. The director of one of the episodes told him that "sooner or later" he'd use West in another project. "I said, make it sooner, son."

Wherever he goes, his wife Pat West is always with him. Back in the early Sixties, he was hanging around with Elvis and she was the singer's secretary. They met, and in three weeks were married. Their honeymoon was spent in Florida where Elvis was filming "Follow that Dream" and director Gordon Douglas gave Red plenty of work -- sometimes as an extra, sometimes doing stunt work, sometimes as a double.

"They made him up all different ways," Pat says, "so we had some money for our honeymoon."

Pat is an agent for members of the Screen Actors Guild. She's as involved in the film business as Red is, but the Mid-South will soon lose both when they settle in Biloxi, Miss. There they'll be much nearer to New Orleans where film and TV shows are constantly in production. They'll also be nearer to their son, actor John Boyd West, and their grandchildren.

They are departing with mixed feelings. Red bemoans Tennessee's lateness in responding to the film incentives that have been offered since 2002 in Louisiana. Substantial tax breaks have lured a steady stream of productions to the state. Tennessee's General Assembly approved an incentive package last year. It still has not been implemented although an announcement is expected soon from the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, possibly in a few days.

The Wests say, however, that local film boosters have gone all out. Pat pointed out that Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission head Linn Sitler and board chairman Herbie O'Mell have worked tirelessly to bring productions to Memphis. For Red, though, the action keeps pulling him back to the Crescent City. His first movie was "King Creole," starring Elvis and filmed in New Orleans. Since then he's been in dozens of movies and dozens more TV shows.

Another reason that leaving town is so bittersweet is that the Wests are leaving their house in Bartlett with a large pond and stables on the acreage. It certainly has acres of memories. A number of celebrities have been by, many speaking to the acting classes Red held from shortly after he moved here from California in 1991 until last year. They include Benicio del Toro, Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Don Baker, Robert Conrad, T.G. Sheppard, Bo Hopkins and Gene Evans.

When "Forty Shades of Blue" began shooting, director Ira Sachs brought Rip Torn, the film's marquee name, over to Red's house. In part it was so the actors could get to know each other, but mainly it was because Torn is a passionate fisherman.

"He stayed out on the pond all day," Red said. "In his dressing room on the set he put lures together. That was his whole life."

Soon the Wests will pack those 8-by-10 celebrity photos and a houseful of memories. The relocation to Biloxi will cut back on those fuel bills, amped up by frequent Memphis-New Orleans runs. But they'll still take frequent jaunts to Atlanta where Red has a stake in Red's Bar and Restaurant, an eatery where the walls are covered with Red West memorabilia.

But if those walls illustrate his colorful past, he's also an actor still cultivating his career. And for his future, he's got to go where the action is. (News, Source: EP Gold)


BJ Thomas and The Memphis Boys to rock Elvis Week 2007: Elvis Unlimited Productions in cooperation with The Official Fan Club Of Great Britian presents the "Back In Memphis" concert at Germantown Performing Arts Center, Memphis, TN, August 17,2007. BJ Thomas and The Memphis Boys (American Sound Studio Band) will be the headliners, in addition to some VERY SPECIAL guests that you will not want to miss! BJ Thomas is well known for such hits as Hooked on A Feelin, Raindrops Keep fallin On My Head, (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, and Just Can't Help Believing which Elvis also recorded. BJ has sold over 70 million records.

He has earned 2 platinum records, 11 gold records and 5 Grammy awards.He has 15 top 40 pop/rock hits and 10 top 40 country hits to his credit. In the film, That's The Way It Is, Elvis mentions recording BJ Thomas' song, Just Can't Help Believin. The Memphis Boys created their unique sound which can not be duplicated at The American Studio in Memphis. They played on countless hits including Elvis' 1969 session at American. They played on such Elvis songs as Suspicious Minds, In The Ghetto, Kentucky Rain, and Don't Cry Daddy. The Memphis Boys played on more "hits" in Billboard's top 40 charts during a six-month period than any other rhythm section in history. Elvis Unlimited has recently added Mark James to the concert. Mark wrote Suspicious Minds, Always On My Mind and Raised On Rock which Elvis recorded. He also wrote Hooked On A Feeling recorded by BJ Thomas.

We are very excited Mark James will be joining the legendary and very talented cast of musicians we have lined up for this historical show! The show will take place at August 17. Doors open at 7 PM. The show starts at 8 PM and an autograph session to follow. This is your chance to experience this legendary sound live with the very talented 5 time Grammy winning artist BJ Thomas! Don't miss this show. Order your ticket today from Elvis Unlimited (info@elvispresley.dk) (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)


.....Media Release.....

Ottawa/Gatineau To Participate in Search for 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist

Sugarphyx Productions to present an official preliminary round of Elvis Presley Enterprises' Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

For the first time ever, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) is holding a world-wide competition to find the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.  The National Capital Round of this important competition, presented by Sugarphyx Productions, will be held at the Lac-Leamy Complex in Gatineau, Quebec on July 6, 2007. 

Elvis tribute artists, many of whom have built careers emulating the legendary superstar down to the last jewel on their carefully crafted replica Elvis stage wear, will come to the Ottawa/Gatineau region on Friday July 6th to compete. The winner will qualify to join other preliminary contest winners from around the world in Memphis, Tenn., in August to compete in EPE's last preliminary rounds, and hopefully the finals, presented as part of the 30th anniversary edition of Elvis Week. The winner of EPE’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals, to be held August 17 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis, will be crowned the 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.

The year 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, and his life and accomplishments are once again squarely in the spotlight. Elvis Presley had an indelibly profound impact on music in the 20th century and, as evidenced by the legions of fans he still has, that impact has not subsided. In fact, Elvis Presley’s popularity continues to grow at an amazing rate every year, reaching new audiences of all ages.

“We are truly excited to be hosting one of the global preliminary rounds in a world-class facility like the Lac-Leamy Complex”, said Alison Wilson, Executive Producer of Sugarphyx Productions. “It’s the perfect venue to showcase these incredibly talented and dedicated artists. We believe that their overall performances will be enhanced, by the luxurious 'Vegas Style' 5-star resort they will be able to work and play in.”

When asked why she thought this competition was so important, Ms. Wilson responded, “We believe that this contest marks a turning point in the validation and recognition of Elvis tribute artists everywhere. It’s also one of many great ways to re-introduce Elvis Presley – the man and his music – to a brand new generation of fans, and it's the chance of a lifetime for many of these performers.” she said. “The impact of winning this competition will most surely increase their exposure and allow them to advance their careers to new and exciting levels. We’re expecting a sold-out show.”

The Ottawa/Gatineau competition is open to the first 72 contestants registering. Both amateurs and professionals are welcome to compete. Everyone will be judged by the same criteria in a number of different categories. The contest is a search for the Elvis tribute artist that is the "best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley." Judges will be looking for talent, appearance, performance, stage presence and each contestant's overall tribute to Elvis.

Elimination rounds will take place during the day, with a sparkling Gala Performance for the top 15 to be held in the evening with one winner being given the top prize and the title of “National Capital Grand Champion” among other great rewards. Cash prizes for first, second and third place will be given away along with a “Fans’ Choice” award.

Fans and contestants are being encouraged to visit www.UltimateElvisTributeContest.com for further information. Registration for contestants begins April 10, 2007 and tickets for spectators are on sale now.

Sugarphyx Productions is an Entertainment and Event Management Company established in 2003, based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is a proud member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. The team at Sugarphyx Productions are dream builders; helping companies and individuals transform their ideas of the perfect event into reality with their unique blend of creativity, ingenuity and enthusiasm while consistently pushing limits of imagination.

Elvis, Elvis Presley and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest are trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), a CKX company.  For more information about Elvis and EPE visit www.elvis.com.  For more about EPE's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and all the events of Elvis Week 2007 in Memphis this August, visit www.elvisweek.com.

For more information about the Ottawa/Gatineau contest, please contact: Ms. Alison Wilson, Executive Producer, Sugarphyx Productions, 2446 Bank Street, Suite 656, Ottawa, ON Canada...(613) 513-7499 (News, Source: Sugarphyx Productions)


JAT Productions announces future releases: JAT Productions is announcing its next projects for 2007 including ( Country's Golden Hits ) - available now for those interested. Their next book is a book related to the movie Tickle Me and scheduled for August 2007, while Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3 for late 2007. You can go directly to their website at www.jatpublishing.com for ordering !!! (News, Source: FECC/JAT)


Elvis 30th Anniversary Album: Here is the cover art to a new 50's compilation entitled 'Elvis - 30th Anniversary Album' from a company called Boomdock records and is due for release in the UK on August 6th 2007.

The album offers nothing new but we think the artwork is pretty cool looking and with a retail price of £4.99 it should attract a few casual buyers to sample 30 of the King's greatest recordings from 1954 - 1957.

ELVIS - 30th Anniversary Album
Tracklisting: 01. That's All Right 02. Blue Moon of Kentucky 03. Good Rockin' Tonight 04. Baby Let's Play House 05. Mystery Train 06. Trying To Get To You 07. Heartbreak Hotel 08. Money Honey 09. My Baby Left Me 10. One Sided Love Affair 11. Tutti Frutti 12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 13. Shake Rattle & Roll 14. Hound Dog 15. Don't Be Cruel 16. How Do You Think I Feel 17. Long Tall Sally 18. Paralyzed 19. Too Much 20. Ready Teddy 21. Rip It Up 22. Got A Lot O' Living To Do 23. All Shook Up 24. Mean Woman Blues 25. I Beg of You 26. One Night (of Sin) 27. One Night (with you) 28. Jailhouse Rock 29. Baby I Don't Care
30. Treat Me Nice
(News, Source: Elvis Express)

"Heroes - Big People": Here is the cover art of the upcoming Elvis Presley book in the "Heroes - Big People" series from Nicotext publishing. It contains quotes and trivia (ISBN: 978-91-85449-24-8).

Synopsis: Heroes is a series of books about the most famous people in the world. People so great that everbody knows who they are. People so famous, that they have become heroes. Famous quotes and trivia in a pleasant mix makes this book about Elvis Presley the perfect gift. The other five Heroes are: Marilyn Monroe, the Rolling Stones, Albert Einstein, JFK and Muhammad Ali. Simply put, Great people � small books. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)


Former Elvis home wins award: Uptown Square in Memphis, once the Lauderdale Courts housing project, where Elvis lived in his formative years, is one of the winners of a NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Pillars of the Industry Award. The award was for the Best Repositioning/ Conversion of a Multifamily Asset – A title which does not roll off the tongue in a hurry.

A run down area in recent years, the area has now been transformed, with new apartments featuring built in wardrobes, full size washer dryers and free wireless internet access - a huge advance from the humble beginnings Elvis had there.
(News, Source: Daily Journal/Elvis News)


Free Elvis CD in UK proves popular: That big gap in the newsagents stand last weekend was where the Sunday Mirror usually sits, but copies flew out when a free 10-track Elvis CD was included with the newspaper as the start of the Mirrors music giveaway, with 12 CDs to collect including Johnny Cash, Dean Martin and James Brown among the list of music legends.

The Elvis CD featured Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Shake Rattle and Roll, Tutti Frutti, Blue Suede Shoes, Paralysed, Reddy Teddy.

Opportunist sellers are already listing the CD on Ebay with current prices going up to £5 or $10. (News, Source: EP Gold)


2007/04/24     Various  /  www.epgold.com

 

Wednesday 25 April 2007
'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' Weekly Update: This week we add an extremely eclectic selection of eleven new Elvis videos. See Elvis rip his jumpsuit while singing Polk Salad Annie! Hear Elvis imitate Johnny Cash, see Johnny Cash imitate Elvis. Hear Ginger Alden and Linda Thompson, Ed Parker, Marty Lacker and others talk about Elvis. We also feature a beautiful edit of 'Early Morning Rain', rare Elvis photos from the fifties and even more. EIN presents the best Elvis videos on the internet, so don't miss out. ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source: EIN)

Memphis gets All shook up™ about Date Night with The King!:

Put on your blue suede shoes and bring your date for a night of movies, food and fun as Lifeblood and Elvis Presley Enterprises host “Date Night with the King” on Friday, April 27th.

The event, featuring the official unveiling of the 2007 Lifeblood/Elvis images series, will be held at the Rose Theatre at the University of Memphis and begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

Those who attend will enjoy hot hors d’oeuvres and will receive exclusive items featuring this year’s Elvis images. Attendees will also enjoy a screening of the Elvis classic, Jailhouse Rock™ and enjoy complimentary parking. (News, Source: EPE) Please RSVP via email to Lifeblood by April 26th.


Jumpsuit panther: Unusual picture from ElvisMatters Member Roelof Stabler: “Last March, we visited Jacksonville Florida, and noticed several panthers in all kinds of art decorations. One of the panthers was dressed in the American Eagle jumpsuit. Very tastefully done, as you can see on the attached picture.” Do you have more Elvis related pictures? Feel free to send 'm to us! (Odd Spot; Source: Elvis Matters)

Elvis Fan appointed as England Cricket Coach: Following the announcement that England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher was stepping down an Elvis fan has been appointed in his place. Sussex Coach and now the new England cricket coach Peter Moores has revealed a passion for singing Elvis numbers and will be joining several other Elvis fans already on the team including bowler Freddie Flintoff. Let's have a bit of Elvis music to liven up the cricket. It's Over maybe? (News, Source: www.elvis.co.uk / www.epgold.com)


Elvis' signature on divorce papers: After our story yesterday, a number of readers contacted EIN about the Elvis-Priscilla divorce document. In good conspiracy fashion they were interested in how Elvis signed his name. Here is the document, with Elvis using "Aa" in Aaron. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)


Tuesday 24 April 2007

The Elvis Files: Exclusive to USA WEEKEND: rarely seen relics from America's top collections.

Likely a tie in with our following news item this is an impressive collection of personal Elvis memorabilia including The King's third grade report card (opposite).

Other items include Elvis and Priscilla's divorce document, Elvis' dental records and his karate certificates.(News, Source: Sanja Meegin)


EPE to launch weekly magazine with artifacts: EPE, together with DeAgostini publishers, will be launching a weekly magazine called ELVIS – The Official Collector’s Edition, which will consist of 28 pages (large format, full colour) in which the Presley career will be highlighted. As “extra’s” there will be artefacts, mini-posters (reproductions of legendary concert posters and the like), while those that subscribe will be able to buy ‘binders’ and a ‘collectors box’. (News, Source: DeAgostini/Elvis Matters)

Visit the DeAgostini site for more info & to subscribe


Elvis: Close As A Brother TV Special With George Klein: To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, 3DD Entertainment has finalized a deal with Record Plant Pictures - in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises -for the distribution of an exclusive one-hour TV special entitled Elvis: Close As A Brother, presented by George Klein, one of Presley’s lifelong friends.

The one-hour special, shot in high-definition, will provide a personal and heartfelt perspective on the legendary star’s life through the eyes of Klein, whom Presley had originally met in high school in 1948. The film is laced with a soundtrack of the star’s music, an original score inspired by the era, exclusive photos, and newsreel and archive footage.

“This candid and touching special is a real gem as it marks the first time that George Klein has ever talked in great detail about his friendship with Elvis, exclusively to camera,” said Rick Stevens, the chairman of Record Plant Pictures. “He does so with integrity and honesty, as one of the elite few to have shared the highs and lows with the star.”

“The timing of this deal couldn’t be better as we soon approach the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s demise,” added Lara von Ahlefeldt, the director of music and acquisitions at 3DD Entertainment. “This will no doubt be a huge occasion for fans worldwide and we are delighted to have been appointed distributors of such a prestigious and exclusive TV special.”

Elvis: Close As A Brother will complement another key collection of up-close and personal high-profile specials from 3DD entitled My Best Friend…, featuring five legendary icons—Steve McQueen, Muhammad Ali, Che Guevara, Audrey Hepburn and Mick Jagger—as seen through the eyes of their best friends. (News, Source: World Screen News)


"Elvis in the Beat of the Night: True Stories of Elvis and His Police Buddies" book delayed yet again: Originally due out in August 2006 publication of this book has again been delayed. Tentative release date is now late May 2007 - this is the seventh time the book has been delayed. (News, ElvisBookResearch)

 

Monday 23 April 2007

'The American Way Vol.3 - Movin And Groovin': CD review: Released by Southern Comfort this CD features five tracks from Elvis' astounding 1969 sessions at Chips Moman's American Studios in Memphis. This is Elvis creatively revitalised and working at his peak, and at last this series presents the complete sessions, chronologically and with nothing missing. With new studio rehearsals and chatter we get a fly-on-the-wall look at Elvis rediscovering his musical roots and playing with one of the coolest bands in town. But with a lot this material previously released is there really more to discover? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates..  (CD Review, Source: EIN, April 2007)


"Elvis Presley Has Left The Building" DVD: Announced from the Eternal Flame label:

There is no way to describe the effect that Elvis' death had on a television audience 30 years ago.

In every country, on every network, broadcasters rearranged their schedules to carry special news programmes and documentary footage marking the end of an era.

No death of any entertainer has ever been given such a massive amount of air-time, both in the USA and around the world.

It would be impossible to present to you every news bulletin from every country, but the producers of this commemorative programme have gathered together some of the most important "breaking news" items of the time which will give you a feel for the emotions which were running wild at the very moment when Elvis Presley's death was announced.

This unique time capsule will transport you back to August 1977 when fans around the world mourned the passing of the greatest entertainer of all time, when Elvis Presley left our building. We thank those broadcasters who have generously let our production company have access to their archives. Please note that some of the material used was recorded off-air and included for historical content, as not all TV companies archive their footage, so the quality of each news report will vary. We hope that you appreciate this documentary piece of TV history. Order your copy from It's Elvis Time (News, Source: It's Elvis Time)


Elvis and Celine Dion "duet" update: Yesterday we broke news of a possible duet between on American Idol. Since our report details have come in. Unfortunately, a "virtual reality" Elvis was nowhere to be seen. This from the FECC board:

First off ... she said it was amazing. Celine sang a song WITH Elvis called "If I Can Dream." Much like her duet with Mr. Sinatra but using an Elvis Impersonator from Vegas for the on-stage person.

Sounds complicated ... I agree, but she said they were going to actually use the REAL Elvis's face and voice, which is why she prerecorded the performance.

The Idols do come on stage through the song doing back-up vocals. They were dressed in all white. Celine wore all black, blazer type top with a shear/mesh type top underneath, hair down and long ... loose curls/flips here and there.

She said Celine was in perfect voice and sweet as could be, even after performing it 5 or 6 times.

This will air Wednesday the 25th.
Read original story (News, Source: FECC) 


Winner of EIN's Trip of A Lifetime" Competition: Congratulations to Robert Sharp who is the winner of our fantastic Elvis prize pack valued at around A$500.00. The pack includes the boxsets Memphis Recording Service Volume 2 and Inside Roustabout, plus an assortment of CDs, books and DVDs. Robert is one of the excited fans joining EIN in Memphis in August.

And for those Aussie and New Zealand fans yet to sign up as part of our tour to Memphis for Elvis Week 2007 there is still time to do so.....we do not need to confirm hotel room numbers until May 3. See Tour brochure and/or contact EIN for more details.

Keep watching EIN as we have another great competition coming up later this week, and this time it is open to all fans worldwide.


 
Audiobook edition of "Last Train To Memphis" out early in Germany: The German audio book edition of Peter Guralnick Biography "Last Train To Memphis" has been released by Bear Family records. This 12 picture disc CD set, with 12 individual covers, was originally due for release May 7, 2007. The book is told by Bela B. Felsenheimer, drummer of the German band "Die Ärzte" and comes with a 52 page booklet. He will also read volume 2 which is due for release August 16, 2007. (News, Source: Collectors Service / Elvis News)

"What If?: A Second Chance at Life for Elvis" new book release: Recently published is this 376 page book by Roger Hannah. Available from both Amazon and B&N. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)


"That's Alright" CD release: Scheduled for release on the Snp label on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 is the compilation "That's Allright". More information when available. (News, Source: CD Universe/Elvis News)


Latest celebrity visitors to Graceland: Actresses Joan Collins and Linda Evans are in town this week with their tour of the play Legends, in which they co-star.  Their Memphis engagement is at the Orpheum.  Separately, each came out to Graceland for a tour today. The two actresses are best known for their starring roles in the long running night time soap opera, Dynasty. (News, Source: EPE/EIN)


Sunday 22 April 2007

American Idol duet rumors include Celine Dion and Elvis: Could the wonders of virtual reality see Elvis singing a duet with Celine Dion on American Idol?

Read full story


One King honors another King: When I was in Daytona in March for Bike Week 2007, we paid a visit to Bruce Rossmeyer's Harley-Davidson (www.brucerossmeyer.com). As we walked through the resort, I noticed a huge crate with the name Elvis Presley on it. My husband being a Elvis fan, I was really curious about the crate and what it was all about. Well, I was really excited to find out what Bruce Rossmeyer was up to with Elvis.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis, Bruce Rossmeyer, CEO of 12 Harley-Davidson locations including the new Graceland Harley-Davidson in the visitors center at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., unveiled the Elvis Presley Anniversary Bike Signature Series yesterday (April 22) at the Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Ride for Life.

Rossmeyer has re-created the 1957 black Harley-Davidson FLH model that Elvis once owned. With only 30 of the bikes being customized and individually serial numbered from 1-30, each one seems to capture the passion that Elvis had for motorcycles.

The motorcycles will feature a 2007 Softail chassis and drive train, and each one will include with its purchase a unique piece by Harley-Davidson painter David Uhl and Harley-Davidson sculptor Jeff Decker. Each of these pieces will be numbered from 1-30 and paired with the corresponding motorcycle.

So you want one, huh? Well, bike numbered "1" will be sold for $100,000, with $40,000 of that being donated to the American Diabetes Association. Bikes 2-24 were offered for sale through a lottery system at yesterday's ride in Memphis, and will be sold for $58,815, and to get in the lottery you had to register for the ride. Bikes 25-29 will be available for purchase at a later date. Bike 30 will be auctioned off Aug. 15 during Elvis Week.

All the bikes will be delivered to the steps of Graceland Aug. 15. The purchase price includes a two-night stay at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, a Graceland Pre-delivery Party on the evening of Aug. 24, and one round-trip ticket from within the continental United States to Memphis for the delivery experience.

If you can't afford all this, well, I found Tejas Thump Cycles in Meadow, Texas, (www.tejasthumpcycles.com), which has a replica Harley-Davidson Panhead motorcycle kit that is equipped with all the necessary parts, except gas, oil and battery, so you can create Elvis' bike yourself for $16,500. (News, Source: Donna Kessler, Record Online)


More 2007 calendars: Here are several more 2007 calendars using the images of our man. The calendar by Dream (in the middle) comes with 12 peel off stickers of Elvis Presley on the back cover of this unofficial Elvis Calendar. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis in the land of monks: It’s been 48 long years since the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has been in exile in India. But they say that his heart is yearning to see Lhasa — the 1,300-year-old holy city. Lhasa has traditionally been the seat of Tibetan Buddhism and is regarded as the holiest centre in politically distressed Tibet. Tourists find it absolutely fascinating to be in a destination that sits on top of the world. But it is conspicuous to notice that during the last five decades of Chinese rule, the city has undergone a major change: it’s become a regular modern day city.

Height of change: The roads are wide and well planned, weaving in and out of the historical city. Travelling is convenient for tourists; people have the luxury now to travel in swanky SUVs. Tall buildings, skyscraper-like, have sprung out of the ground to touch the city’s sky; the Chinese government have started building flyovers now to manage the growing traffic on the roads.

Made in China: Chinese products too have entered the market and are seen stacked in cheap and attractive packages in the modern newly-built malls. The malls have created a shoppers’ paradise for keen tourists. The young Tibetan women I see have given up their ‘Chuba’ (a traditional dress) and now prefer to sport colourful designer wear clothes. Most of the young and well-dressed girls are seen driving imported vehicles and zooming on motorbikes. And while modernity treads to reach the roof of the world, people now don’t mind spending extra dollars on buying expensive and branded apparels. The modern shopping malls have strong local crowd, who now have a strong purchasing ability.

Recreation and music: It’s easy to spot that snooker is the favourite recreation game for the youth. Almost every locality of Lhasa has at least half-a-dozen snooker clubs, and the new culture seems to grow like a wild fire. The elders spend hours on playing cards, sipping tea and smoking Marlboro or 555 in posh tea cafés. Though English is still an alien language, roadside music stalls have introduced the Tibetans to western music and sell a lot of pirated music CDs and DVDs. While there is a strong Bollywood craze in modern Lhasa, Elvis Presley and Elton John are hot favourites among the guitar-playing Tibetans. (News, Source: Hindustan Times)

 

Saturday 21 April 2007

EPE announces 30th Anniversary Elvis Week Photo Book: Here is an announcement that is sure to get you all shook up and excited as an Elvis fan. A commemorative Elvis Week publication, dedicated to Elvis and the fans that have kept this annual event going strong for the past 30 years, is in the works.

So, c'mon everybody and break out the old photo albums and jog your memory, because your pictures and captions will be needed to make this book a reality. Over the years, you might have wondered what will be become of those scrapbooks and photos from Elvis Weeks of the past? Well, wonder no more!

Be a part of 30th Anniversary Elvis Week history by submitting your photos for a very special publication that will commemorate 30 years of Elvis Week and fan friendship.

Deadline to submit photos is May 11, 2007! Visit Official Elvis site for more details and information on submitting your photos for the 30th Anniversary Photo Book. (News, Source: EPE)


Jerry Schilling to promote TCM Event: Jerry Schilling, author of “Me and a Guy Named Elvis” and longtime friend of Elvis, is wrapping up a European visit. He met with his publisher in London, and did promotion work for TCM, including a series of interviews. Jerry will be the tv-host for the special TCM Day on August 16th. Details soon to follow. “Me and a Guy Named Elvis” has sold 40,000 copies so far. Jerry said: “This is beyond my expectation. The book hasn’t been released that long, and there’s already a third print, with the UK release, the pocketbook release and Elvis Week yet to come.” (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


'Once Upon A Time in 1977' EID DVD review: Nicely coinciding with the release of FTD’s ‘Unchained Melody’ CD, EID presents a compile of fan videos taken at Elvis’ first tour in February 1977. By editing together seven concerts of home-video material (in varying degrees of poor quality) EID have cleverly created a ‘complete’ Elvis concert featuring 27 songs. With home-video that is pretty unwatchable, fuzzy and filmed from downright far away at times, this can only be made for the serious Elvis collector. And can one learn anything from it? So while feeling in the mood for some more 1977 Elvis, EIN's Piers Beagley investigates. (DVD Review, Source: EIN)


"The Early Years" 2CD set from BMG: Due for release May 4, 2007 from SONY/ BMG is the 2 CD set "The Early Years" containing 24 tracks.

Track listing:

Disc 1: 1. Heartbreak Hotel 2. Just Because - 2004 DSD remaster 3. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
4. Don't Be Cruel 5. Harbor Lights - 2004 DSD remaster 6. Blue Moon 7. That's All Right - New Sound Remastered 8. I Forgot To Remember To Forget - 2004 9. Trying To Get To You - 2004 DSD remaster
10. I Got A Woman 11. Too Much 12. You're A Heartbreaker - 2004 DSD

Disc 2: 1. Hound Dog - 2003 Sony Remaster 2. Baby, Let's Play House - 2004 DSD 3. When It Rains, It Really Pours - 2004 4. Blue Suede Shoes - New Sound Remastered 5. Fool, Fool, Fool 6. Good Rockin' Tonight - 2004 DSD remaster 7. I Love You Because 8. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - 9. Mystery Train - 2004 DSD remaster 10. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 11. Rip It Up 12. Tomorrow Night - 2004 DSD remaster (News, Source: Elvis Nachrichten / Elvis News)


New US stage play - "Elvis People": Previews for Doug Grissom's new play, Elvis People, will begin June 6 at New World Stages/Stage 1. Directed by Henry Wishcamper, the production will officially open June 21. Casting will be announced shortly.

"No performer before or since," read Elvis People press notes, "has had the impact of Elvis Presley: from that first groundbreaking appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' to Las Vegas to Graceland.

American Demographics reports that 84% of all Americans say their lives have been touched by Elvis in some way. Now, in this new play . . . you will meet some of the funny and touching cast of characters whose lives were forever changed by 'The King' as [playwright] Grissom traces the influence of Presley on our culture."

Elvis People will play Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets, priced $41 (previews) and $65 (after opening), are available by calling (212) 239-6200. A special performance will be held Aug. 16 on the 30th anniversary of Presley's death. The evening, priced $99, will also include a post-show reception and talkback.

New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street, between Eighth
and Ninth Avenues. Visit the Elvis People website
(News, Source: Playbill.com)


Elvis owned ring to be auctioned: Grey Flannel Auctions reports that on May 16: Movie and Elvis fans will check in to see many sparkling items, among them:


o A fire opal ring given by Presley to Priscilla, then his fiancé;
o Clint Eastwood's jacket worn in the movie "Pink Cadillac"; and
o The bowtie worn by Sean Connery in the .007 movie "Doctor No."

For the latest bids on these spectacular lots, please consult www.greyflannelauctions.com (News, Source: PR.com)


Chart update: The U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week ending April 28, 2007:

Top Pop Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - down 13 to #32
Top Country Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - down 1 to #4
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - remains at #16
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - down 3 to #44
Top Music Video - Elvis Lives - 25th Anniversary Concert - remains at #8
Top Comprehensive Music Video - 25th Anniversary Concert - remains at #8

No new entries or re-entries on the charts this week and no releases drop off the charts. (News, Source: Elvis International/Elvis News)

 

Friday 20 April 2007

'Unchained Melody' FTD CD review: While a 1977 concert could never be a highlight of Elvis' on-stage career, there has to be emotional involvement from any true Elvis fan. With this release of a totally unknown concert from Charlotte February 1977, FTD continues to provide thought-provoking material for Elvis collectors. With tracks like ’Reconsider Baby’ and ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ there are also some very fine performances that needed to be officially released. So while this CD will have its detractors who are only interested in the glory days of Elvis' early seventies concerts EIN discovers plenty of reasons that make this CD worth a spin.  (FTD Review, Source: EIN)


"The Elvis Underground" - Paul Monroe talks to EIN: Paul Monroe (pictured opposite) will be a familiar name to those fans who have visited the Elvis underground. Paul was one of the key drivers of several underground messageboards and is now working on a book about his experiences.

In this fascinating interview Paul addresses many topics including: Did Elvis die in August 1977?.......Lisa Johannsen arrested......transcript exposing Belkis Cuza-Male......who wrote the Tupelo-Memphis Murders?......Elvis Presley Jr. (Interview/Conspiracy, Source: EIN)


"Elvis Presley The Early Years" DVD/CD: Due for release from Braun Media on May 15, 2007 in the US is the DVD / CD com-bi "The Music Masters: Elvis Presley The Early Years". This DVD has a running time of 42 minutes.

Product Details:

Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2 (News, Source: Amazon.com /Elvis News)

Lew Allen Elvis photobook to be released in US: In perhaps the greatest photojournalism scoop in the annals of rock music -- certainly the earliest, as it happened in 1956 -- 17 year-old Lew Allen was the lone cameraman covering 21 year-old Elvis Presley's Nov. 23 concert at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, now the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's home city.

50 years later, previously unpublished and mostly unseen, 27 of these priceless, historic images -- stored and unexamined for decades -- are the centerpiece of pre-eminent art house publisher Genesis Publications' newest signed, limited edition, "Elvis & The Birth Of Rock: The Photographs Of Lew Allen."

 

In honor of the magnificent large format volume's U.S. release in late April, the Morrison Hotel Gallery (MHG) in Los Angeles will host a special book signing and reception with Lew Allen on Thurs., May 3 from 6-8PM. Prints of six of Allen's images of Elvis will be on display during the event. Internationally renowned MHG's sole focus is music related imagery -- and one of its co-founders is famed rock photographer Henry Diltz -- making it the ideal venue at which to welcome "Elvis & The Birth Of Rock: The Photographs Of Lew Allen" to the States (it was released in the U.K. earlier this year). MHG is located in the heart of Hollywood on the Sunset Strip at 7517 W. Sunset Blvd. (1/2 block west of Guitar Center), LA, CA, 90046 (add'l MHG galleries are in SoHo/NYC and La Jolla, CA).

The landmark concert that Lew Allen serendipitously captured on film, and which is now featured photographically in "Elvis & The Birth Of Rock," took place two months after Presley's world-rocking debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, and just days after the premiere of his first film, "Love Me Tender." Allen's high school newspaper had dispatched him to document the frenzy surrounding the young star on his meteoric ascent from hillbilly cat-dom to iconic stature, and since the show fell in the midst of a press strike blacking out Cleveland's three newspapers, he was the only photographer covering it. The school paper published only one shot of Presley; Allen, who went on to a photographic career but only reported on music on another couple of occasions, boxed up the negatives and proofs, not thinking they were good enough to warrant further attention.

Genesis credits Allen's nephew, Bob Shatten, with sparking momentum for "Elvis & The Birth Of Rock" after he realized the vast importance of the images found gathering dust in his uncle's basement in 1988. Shatten, Allen (now based in Phoenix, AZ) and editor Mike McCartney provide lively, insightful written commentary to accompany the pictures, which reveal both intimate and onstage moments with the soon to be crowned "King," many simply chronicling the sheer elemental force of his presence. Genesis' website notes, it's "Elvis as he has never been seen before," with the idol's innocence and youth shining through it all -- Allen writes, he was a "gentle, kind, considerate, back-woods country kid. Polite beyond words ... That was my Elvis."

Genesis announced the "Elvis & The Birth Of Rock's" publication in the U.K. in late 2006, and initial Deluxe editions became available in early '07. Set for U.S. release April 26, the book -- which will be available for sale at MHG on May 3 -- also presents rarely-seen photos that Allen shot in 1958 at two shows in Rochester, NY featuring a stellar assemblage of early rock 'n roll legends. These images -- including ones of Buddy Holly (a year before his untimely death), The Everly Brothers, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin -- offer an insider's view into a bygone era, when musicians traveled by bus, casually helped each other with lyrics, carried their own gear and stage outfits and were backed by local sidemen on the road. (News, Source: PRInside)


Richard Sterban Joins Cast Of 30th Anniversary Concert: Oak Ridge Boys bass singer Richard Sterban has joined the cast of Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert. This marks his first time to participate in Elvis Week. For you newer fans who might not know this,  Richard was a member of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet when they first started working with Elvis.  He can be seen in the film Elvis on Tour. (News, Source: EPE)


"Elvis, How Great Thou Art, A Portrait of the Artist" to screen at Cannes Film Festival: The How Great Thou Art Project in association with L.A.M. Productions are proud to announce that the Film, ‘Elvis, How Great Thou Art, A Portrait of the Artist’ has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner located in the Palais des Festivals.

The Short Film Corner is open to all professionals accredited with the Cannes Film Festival and the Marché du Film and presents an international programme of short films.

The film has been digitalized and is viewable on demand on interactive individual screens during the whole Short Film Corner event at the festival.

Screenings can also be held in one of the theatres of the Palais des Festivals. (News, Source: L.A.M. Productions)

View an excerpt from the documentary film

Read EIN's review of the film  


Cover artwork for new release of Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3: Volume 3 in the classic "Elvis Golden Records" series will be released in the "The Hits" series with a cardboard slipcase in May. The reissue of volume 4 has been announced too, probably in the series.

Tracklisting Volume 3: 1. It's Now or Never 2. Stuck on You 3. Fame and Fortune 4. I Gotta Know 5. Surrender 6. I Feel So Bad 7. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 8. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame 9. Little Sister
10. Good Luck Charm 11. Anything That's Part of You 12. She's Not You
13. Wild in the Country 14. Wooden Heart 15. Girl of My Best Friend 16. Follow That Dream 17. King of the Whole Wide World 18. Can't Help Falling in Love. The 18 track edition of Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4 is also being reissued. (News, Source: EP Gold)

Thieves run off with Elvis pictures: Elvis has left Long Sutton in the UK … Twelve pictures of The King were stolen, along with teddy bears, baby clothes and key rings, from a shop in the Lincolnshire town's market place.

“The offenders also stole seven large storage boxes, which could have been used to transport the items,” said a police spokesman. “It is believed that these items are the type of things that the offenders may try to sell at a car boot sale.”

Anyone with information should call police on 01522 532222. (News, Source: EDP24)


Will Elvis join Lady Liberty?: In New York last week, I drifted onto Pier 17. There, a silver-painted street performer portrayed a herky-jerky mechanical man, emitting machine sounds, for donations. Silver-painted machine men. The poor slobs are probably former Detroit auto workers, subprime mortgage lenders or dead-tree journalists. The way my industry is going, it's pretty clear to me that if I want a pension, I'd better learn the robot.

Anyway, it was amusing to come home and see downtown boosters recruiting such colorful characters to "create atmosphere" in the city center. Well, sure. Break dancers, drummers in dashikis, a trio of Latino guitarists strolling Dean De Carli Waterfront Square on a warm summer night. That would be good. Just please, not that guy who leaps out of bushes and scares the daylights out of you at San Francisco's Pier 39. That act is tragically wrong for Stockton.

However, the booster group, the Downtown Stockton Alliance, is charging fees and issuing performer permits "to distinguish them from panhandlers." Speaking only for myself, I require no help distinguishing a street performer from a panhandler. The poor panhandler has duct-taped shoes and enough peat dirt on him to bring Roberts Island back up to sea level. Dressed as a mime and pretending to picnic? Street performer.

"I would love to see an Elvis," said Kathy Miller, head of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, the outfit pursuing this idea.

Already the alliance has been contacted by a balloon artist, a couple of guitarists and a singer who dresses as the Statue of Liberty, Miller boasted. What does Lady Liberty sing? "I'm not sure. But I have to admit I'm very curious," Miller said. (Odd Spot, Source: Michael Fitzgerald, Recordnet.com)


Thursday 19 April 2007
'His Hand In Mine' FTD Deluxe CD review: With a stylish booklet and 53 tracks featured over 2 CDs, FTD once again spoils Elvis fans with the ultimate version of this classic gospel album. Although most of these tracks have been released before, the upgraded sound and exquisite harmonies provide a emotional look into the music that Elvis so loved. EIN's Piers Beagley spent Easter soaking in the glory of The Lord and Elvis' divine Gospel music, leading him to discover plenty of new highlights that would make any fan happy. The CD also features exciting new versions of Elvis' #1 singles 'Surrender' and 'Crying In The Chapel.' Only EIN brings you such in-depth analysis of Elvis' music. (FTD Review, Source: EIN, April 2007)

Excerpt #1 from Sonny West book: The following excerpt from "Elvis Still Taking Care of Business" has been sent to a number of Elvis websites including EIN. We will have two more excerpts from Sonny's book shortly.

EIN thanks Triumph Books and Marshall Terrill, co-author of Sonny's book, for providing the excerpts.

Sonny's book is due for release next month in hardcover format. It has 400 pages.

Read excerpt

Pre-order "Elvis Still Taking Care of Business"

(News, Source: Triumph Books/Marshall Terrill)


Sonny West on UK radio this weekend: Sonny West will be doing a radio interview on the British Elvis Hour on Original 106 on Sunday, 22 April from 5pm (GMT). (News, Source: Amber Smith)


Cover artwork "Elvis rockin' the blue board": Thanks to Jon Por who drew our attention to this attractive artwork on the elvisoncd.com website. See track listing for this release in yesterday's news item.

Ben Weisman health update: Recently we reported that Ben Weisman was in hospital. Elvis News has heard from his family: "Seems prayers might be working. When we ask him to look at us, he does. Not sure yet if we he knows us or not. But doctors say he seems more responsive ... So please pray for this miracle to happen." (News, Source: Elvis News)


2nd print run for "Inside Double Trouble"?: The orders of the complete fan package of “Inside Double Trouble” are beyond expectations. However, the first print is limited to 1.000 copies only, and comes with a super book (112 pages in full color, hard cover), 2 post cards, movie prop sleeve, vinyl single, reprint of the original movie poster, the original movie on DVD with subtitles, a signed & numbered COA and a carry-on Double Trouble box. It now seems that the first print of 1.000 pcs, was a bit underestimated. The second print is for the book only, without the extra gadgets. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


"March of Dimes" LP reissue: Late 1956, Elvis joined the March of Dimes campaing by calling upon the American youngsters to raise money for the fight against polio. This album, featuring other artists too,

contains one of Elvis's 1956 hit songs. The original March of Dimes were huge sized records, but this re-release comes in the regular album size. Order from Elvis Matters (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Billy Bush announced as Grand Marshal for Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Ride for Life: Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), the American Diabetes Association and Bruce Rossmeyer, the World’s Largest Harley-Davidson dealer are pleased to announce that “Access Hollywood” co-anchor Billy Bush has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the new Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Ride for Life benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The ride will begin and end at Elvis Presley's Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 22, 2007. This event for motorcycle enthusiasts will serve as a fitting homage to Presley's passion for motorcycles and to his lifetime of generosity to individuals and charitable causes. Festivities at Graceland will include the unveiling of the limited edition Elvis 30th Anniversary Signature Collection Harley-Davidson® motorcycle produced by Graceland® Harley-Davidson, a branch location of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson.

Named as one of Esquire magazine's "10 Men," Billy Bush is the co-anchor of "Access Hollywood," the daily entertainment newsmagazine. Bush joined the program as East Coast Correspondent in December 2001, and was promoted to co-anchor in June 2004. In addition to his on-air duties at "Access Hollywood." Bush also serves as a contributor for NBC's top-rated morning news program, "Today." He recently hosted the NBC prime time reality series “Grease: You're The One That I Want,” which selected the new cast for the Broadway musical. Billy has a long history of involvement in many charitable causes. He has numerous family connections to Memphis and the Mid-South.

The Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Ride for Life benefiting the American Diabetes Association will depart the Graceland properties at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2007, with the highest level of participants officially kicking off the ride from the front steps of Graceland Mansion.

Interested individuals can get detailed information and sign up for the ride by going to www.elvis.com/ride or by calling call 1-901-682-8232 or 1-888-DIABETES extension 3121. To receive Elvis.com e-newsletters and alerts and updates about the Ride, visit http://www.elvis.com/newsletters/. (News, Source: EPE)


Elvis-A-Rama: What Happened?: Today, James Warner responds to Paul Terry King and poses several questions.


Chris Daughtry re-visits Graceland: Singer Chris Daughtry made is his second visit to Graceland on 17 April.  He parlayed his third-runner-up status on American Idol Season Five last year into real stardom, leading his band Daughtry into top-selling status with their debut album.  Joining him at Graceland were bandmate Josh Steely and members of the band Cinder Road. (News, Source: EPE)


Bill E. Burk's "Elvis World Elvis Week Luncheon #2" now "SOLD OUT": Bill Burk tells us: Our P.O. Box was filled this afternoon . . . to the point we are ABSOLUTELY SOLD OUT . . .for the EW Lunch #2 on 15 August 2007 at Marlowe's. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

 

Wednesday 18 April 2007
Elvis 2007 CD releases update: Elvis Presley released around 70 official albums in his lifetime. 2007 is going to be a huge year for all kinds of Elvis releases and already thirty new CDs have been announced - and that's not including the budget 1955/1956 rehashes! It's enough to make one's head-spin (and my bank manager complain!). And click here to check out all the news of every Elvis New releases in 2007. (EIN Reference, Source: EIN)

More "30th Anniversary Concert" tickets released: VIP auction #2 for Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert starts tomorrow. ALSO, a good number of EPE corporate holds in the $90, $75 and $50 price categories have been released and are now on regular sale! Follow this link to an article in News on Elvis.com for details: http://www.elvis.com/news/full_story.asp?id=1226 (News, Source: EPE)


New "restricted release" unofficial CD - Rockin' The Blue Board, Vol. 1: Johanesson recently posted this message on the FECC board:

Label: Forum Records; Label Number: FOR 20081973; Release Date: 2007
Recording Type: Audience Recording + Soundboard
Location: Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel; Date: August 20 - 1973 , Midnight Show
Sound: Excellent !

Track Listing: 01 2001 Theme 01:11; 02 C.C. Rider 03:12; 03 I Got A Woman / Amen 03:46; 04 Love Me 01:29; 05 Steamroller Blues 02:47; 06 You Gave Me A Mountain 03:10; 07 Trouble 02:03; 08 Blue Suede Shoes 01:02; 09 Rock 'n' Roll Medley 02:43; 10 Love Me Tender 01:46; 11 Fever 02:46; 12 What Now My Love 02:55; 13 Suspicious Minds 03:49; 14 Band introductions 01:49; 15 My Boy 03:24; 16 Release Me 02:09; 17 An American Trilogy 04:01; 18 Mystery Train / Tiger Man 02:21; 19 Help Me Make It Through The Night 01:47; 20 How Great Thou Art 02:39; 21 Can't Help Falling In Love 01:36; 22 Closing Vamp 00:51; 23 When The Snow Is On The Roses (24-08-70) 01:57; 24 Hound Dog (27-05-74) 02:07; 25 Big Boss Man (06-10-74) 02:37; 26 Return To Sender (01-08-76) 02:01; 27 Moody Blue (21-02-77) 03:49; 28 Proud Mary (19-08-74) 03:15; 29 Promised Land (19-08-74) 02:46; 30 Rags To Riches (31-12-76) 02:25; 31 Elvis Talks To The Audience (28-09-74) 03:06; 32 Jaihouse Rock (21-02-77) 02:03

This was CD was only given to the members of a German FORUM.

Same concert recording as on the Fort Baxter Box "A Profile, The King on Stage" Tracks 23-32 are bonus songs from various shows.

Another reissue of a Fort Baxter show. The sound quality is about the same,the cover is amateurish! I can't imagine why they used photos from the 50's for a CD which contains a show from 1973. The bonus songs are probably randomly selected and don't fit together. Hopefully we'll get a quality reissue of this show later. (News, Source: Johanesson on FECC board)


Planning Ahead - Elvis Week & EP Birthday Celebration Dates Through 2010:

Elvis Week 2007 - 30th Anniversary Saturday, August 11 - Sunday, August 19

Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 2008 Saturday, January 5 – Tuesday, January 8

Elvis Week 2008 Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 17

Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 2009 Thursday, January 8 – Sunday, January 11

Elvis Week 2009 Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 16

Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 2010 75th Birthday Thursday, January 7 – Sunday, January 10

Elvis Week 2010 Saturday, August 7 – Monday, August 16 (News, Source: EPE)


'I am as famous as Elvis': John Travolta doesn’t suffer from lack of ego. The “Wild Hogs” star recently boasted that he was as big a star as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe — but didn’t suffer the same fate as them because of his values and religion. “I have fame on the level of a Marilyn Monroe or an Elvis, but part of the reason I didn’t go the way they did was because of my beliefs,” Travolta told the Irish Independent. The star went on to credit his sometimes controversial religion for the difference between his fate and theirs. (News, Source: MSNBC)


Elvis ranked #1 rock 'n' roll star of all-time: An ABC News.Com poll found 38 percent of Americans name Elvis Presley as the greatest rock 'n' roll star ever. Of the 128 performers named, no one else even breaks single digits; the second greatest rock 'n' roll star is Jimi Hendrix at 4 percent. Who Is the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Star of All Time? The results:

Elvis Presley 38 percent
Jimi Hendrix 4 percent
John Lennon 2 percent
Mick Jagger 2 percent
Bruce Springsteen 2 percent
Paul McCartney 2 percent
Eric Clapton 2 percent
Michael Jackson 2 percent
120 Others 1 percent or less (News, Source: ABC/EP Gold)


Sony/ATV Music Publishing Acquires Leiber Stoller Catalogue: Sony/ATV Music Publishing today announced that it has acquired the legendary catalogue of award-winning songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

The Leiber Stoller catalogue contains more than 40 Top 40 hits, including "Stand By Me," "Poison Ivy," "Is That All There Is?," "Love Potion #9" and some of the greatest songs that are part of the Elvis Presley legend, including "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock." Sony/ATV MusicPublishing is co- owned by Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson.

"I have always been a great fan of this amazing catalogue," said Martin N. Bandier, Chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing. "These songs can only be described as gems that help define American music. I am looking forward to exploring ways to introduce them to a whole new generation and to working with Jerry and Mike, who are two of the most prolific and successful songwriters of all time."

"This is an important and exciting acquisition for Sony/ATV Music Publishing," said Rob Wiesenthal, Chief Financial Officer, Sony Corporation of America, and Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Sony Entertainment Inc. "This catalogue traces decades of rock and roll history, and we look forward to further increasing its value for the company going
forward."

"I am delighted that we were able to acquire the Leiber Stoller catalogue," said Michael Jackson. "The songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller have defined an era, and the artists who have recorded their work reads like a who's who of rock and roll."

Leiber and Stoller, who have worked together for more than 50 years, have been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, the Record Producers' Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They also share a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"As an innovative and independent music publishing company,Sony/ATV provides the perfect home for our work," said Mike Stoller. "I am confident that the team at Sony/ATV will give the necessary focus and attention to our songs, creating fresh and innovative ways to promote our work." Jerry Leiber added, "I am pleased to join Sony/ATV Music Publishing's extensive roster of great composers, including Lennon and McCartney, Roy Orbison, and Hank Williams."

Key songs from the Leiber and Stoller catalogue include: Stand By Me, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Kansas City, Love Potion #9, Jackson, Is That All There Is?, Lucky Lips, Yakety Yak, Love Me, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, I'm A Woman, I Keep Forgettin', Don't, Spanish Harlem, Loving You, Searchin', Poison Ivy, Charlie Brown, Ruby Baby, I (Who Have Nothing), Trouble, Treat Me Nice, There Goes My Baby, Dance With Me, Little Egypt, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Young Blood, You're The Boss, She's Not You, Regulate, Saved, Pearl's A Singer, Smokey Joe's Café, Riot In Cell Block # 9, King Creole, Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots (L'Homme a la Moto), Bossa Nova Baby, Down Home Girl and Drip Drop. About Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sony/ATV Music Publishing was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson.Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns or administers over 400,000 copyrights by such artists as the Beatles, Beck, Brooks & Dunn, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Mann, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Richie Sambora, Stephen Stills, KT Tunstall and Hank Williams, among others. It is not part of the Sony BMG Music Entertainment venture. On the web: http://www.sonyatv.com (News, Source: PR newswire/EP Gold)
         

 

Tuesday 17 April 2007

'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' Weekly Update:  A mini Easter update with seven new videos. EIN however has so many great concert clips on offer that Elvis "Live In Concert" now gets its very own EIN YouTube page. This week don't miss out on a fabulous 'Reconsider Baby' live from New Year's Eve 1976, some wonderful rare home-coming 1960 footage (great hair Elvis!), a cool 'Steamroller live 1974' plus some cute obscurities. And don't miss out on seeing last week's controversial 'You Gave Me A Mountain' from Desert Storm. EIN presents over 150 of Elvis' greatest video clips from the internet - so what you waiting for?! ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source: EIN/YouTube)

Paul Terry King responds to Elvis-A-Rama interview: There has been a strong reaction to our interview yesterday with James Warner. In the interview James revealed what happened around the taping of the now defunct Elvis-A-Rama TV show, Don't Be Cruel: Search For The World's Best Elvis Impersonator. Read the interview and your feedback, including what songwriter Paul Terry King has to say about the show. (Interview, Source: EIN)


Elvis movie guitar sold: It's the dream of every fan: a guitar, used by Elvis. On april 14th, such a collectiors item was auctioned. Off all the guitars that where auctioned in the last months, this is be the must reliable item. Elvis used this guitar in 1962 in both 'Follow That Dream' and 'Kid Galahad'. After the recording of 'Kid Galahad' he donated the guitar to prop master Ralph Agnone. The guitar was treasured in the family and Ralph's son received the guitar when he passed away. When Agone jr died at a young age, his widow donated the guitar to the 'Warner Bros Movie Museum'. This year, she changed her mind and asked for the guitar back to 'provide it to the fans'. The auction hammer knocked off at $68.000 (€ 51.000) (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Elvis article in Autograph Collector magazine: The bimonthly American magazine ‘Autograph Collector’ describes Elvis’s signature on no less than 6 pages. In the April/May edition, collector and fan Roger Epperson takes a look at the time frame 1955–1966.

The article comes with several great shots and even a series of fake signatures.

Part 2 of the Elvis Autographs article is scheduled for the June edition. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


"Elvis At The Movies" listed by online retailers: Although SONY/ BMG didn't want the news on new releases to be public yet, the title "Elvis At The Movies" is already available at several on-line shops. It is due for release on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 according to CD Universe.

Track Listing:

DISC 1: 1. Love Me Tender 2. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 3. Jailhouse Rock 4. Treat Me Nice 5. Hard Headed Woman 6. King Creole 7. G.I. Blues 8. Frankfort Special 9. Flaming Star 10. Lonely Man 11. Can't Help Falling In Love 12. Blue Hawaii 13. Rock-A-Hula Baby 14. Follow That Dream 15. King Of The Whole Wide World 16. Return To Sender 17. One Broken Heart For Sale 18. They Remind Me Too Much Of You 19. Bossa Nova Baby 20. Viva Las Vegas

DISC 2: 1. What'd I Say 2. Kissin' Cousins 3. Little Egypt 4. Do The Clam 5. (Such An) Easy Question 6. I'm Yours 7. Shake That Tambourine 8. Frankie And Johnny 9. This Is My Heaven 10. All That I Am 11. I'll Be Back 12. Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On) 13. Clambake 14. Let Yourself Go 15. Stay Away 16. Little Less Conversation, A 17. Charro! 18. Clean Up Your Own Backyard 19. Rubbermeckin" (News, Source: CD Universe /Elvis News)


Chart update: The "Elvis Lives" DVD remains #5 on the UK Music DVD Top 10. In Ireland the compilation "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" drops from #63 to #78. See EIN's earlier reports below dated 3 and 10 April (News, Source: BBC Top 40/Elvis News)


Red West's impressive film and TV credits


Strong bidding on VHS copy of "Touched By Love": With two copies currently for sale on eBay UK, there has been strong bidding for the very rare VHS edition of "Touched By Love" (aka "To Elvis, With Love"). Starring a young Diane Lane, it tells the very moving, true story of Elvis' pen pal relationship with a young girl who is dying from the effects of cerebral palsy. (News, Source: eBay/FECC board)

Read EIN's review of Touched By Love

 

Monday 16 April 2007

Elvis-A-Rama - What Happened?: In a fascinating, but disturbing, interview, James Warner raises serious questions about the now defunct Elvis-A-Rama contest: Don't Be Cruel: Search For The World's Best Elvis Impersonator.

With impressive prizes (which appear not to have been awarded) and names behind the scenes including Jimmy Velvet, Paul Terry King and Chris Davidson, this was a TV show which never aired, leaving contestants financially out of pocket and not knowing what was happening.

James Warner's experience is a strong warning about how innocent people can be ripped off by promoters, who at the end of the day, are interested only in their own bank account. (Interview/Almost Elvis, Source: EIN)


Discover your inner Elvis! (New EPE ad campaign)


DVD re-issues in Japan: A number of Elvis DVDs are being reissued in Japan in June. The titles are: Girls! Girls! Girls!; Roustabout; and Easy Come, Easy Go. And then in June-July Japanes fans can expect the reissues of King Creole; G.I. Blues; Blue Hawaii; Fun In Acapulco; and Paradise, Hawaiian Style. A further 10 Elvis DVD's are to be released in Japan in August: Elvis That's The Way It Is (S.E.); Jailhouse Rock; Viva Las Vegas; It Happened At The World's Fair; Harum Scarum; Spinout; Double Trouble; Speedway; The Trouble With Girls; and Elvis (2005 CBS TV mini-series). (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)


Press Release: Elvis, How Great Thou Art: A Portrait of The Artist


Hawaii's "other Elvis" dies: Legendary entertainer, Don Ho, pased away on Saturday. The man famous for singing "Tiny Bubbles" and "I'll Remember You", played to capacity crowds in Waikiki for more than 40 years with a signature "Ain't No Big Thing" style.

"Legendary" and "like Elvis" were some of the ways locals and tourists remembered Don Ho yesterday in Waikiki and at his namesake restaurant.

At the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber, Jason Iorio, 32, took a photo of the Don Ho poster display before departing.

"He lived a good, long life," he said. "He's Hawaii's big guy, just like Elvis." (News, Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin)


On ebay April 2007:

 

Sunday 15 April 2007

Elvis Tunes from MGM...but where are they?: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Apple Inc. announced that MGM is now offering titles from its catalog of feature films for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. MGM has the largest modern film library in the world and has received 208 Academy Awards in its history, making it one of the biggest award-winning collections of films in the world.

Photographs of the late singer and actor Elvis Presley and actor Marlon Brando (R) are framed by a portion of the Academy Awards bestowed upon films from movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. on display at the studio's Los Angeles office, March 8, 2006.

However, fans looking to download Elvis tunes report they are so far nowhere to be found on the iTunes site. (News, Source: Reuters/Elvis News)


More 2008 calendars: (Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)

Graceland's First National Tourism Ad Campaign: From EPE site on 13 April: Watch tonight's edition of Entertainment Tonight as they do a "tease" about a story they will run on Monday's show.  It's about Graceland's first national tourism advertising campaign.  Also on Monday, look for an article in USA Today and a detailed press release and more here in News on Elvis.com. (News, Source: EPE)

 

Saturday 14 April 2007
Cover artwork Official 2008 Calendar: Here is the design for the Official 2008 Elvis Presley Calender. The calender will be released in August 2007. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Elvis Gospel Open Air Service, 10 June, Monnickendam, The Netherlands From the King to God:
 
There will be a special Elvis Gospel Open Air service on Sunday, 10 June in Monnickendam on the shore of the Lake Yssel.

The theme of this service is: From the King to God. Elvis Presley was not only a magnificent performer who changed the popular culture but was a devoted Gospel singer as well. Especially his inspirationals touch our hearts and minds anno Domini 2007.

After several Elvis Gospel Services throughout the Netherlands this service will feature chaplain Fred Omvlee of the Royal Netherlands Navy and the singers Sue Moreno, Mike Lorentz and René Diekman. These singers will sing their favourite Elvis Gospels each in their own way. The choir Unity will accompany the service.

Location: Recreational Area Hemmeland, Monnickendam. Entrance free Service starts at 10 am.
 
The Elvis Gospel Open Air Service is organised by the Protestant Church of Monnickendam in cooperation with ElvisGospel.nl. For more information and for a view of the former Elvis Gospel Service in Paradiso visit: www.elvisgospel.nl

or contact: Reverend Fred Omvlee, Kerkstraat 19, 1141 BE Monnickendam; phone:00 31-299-653570; mobile: 00 31-6-53 44 18 95; e-mail: fromvlee@hetnet.nl (News, Source: Fred Omvlee)


Chart Update: The U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week ending April 21, 2007:

Top Pop Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - up 19 to #19
Top Country Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - up 3 to #3
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - down 1 to #16
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - up 1 to #41
Top Music Video - Elvis Lives - 25th Anniversary Concert - down 1 to #8
Top Comprehensive Music Video - 25th Anniversary Concert - down 1 to #8

No new or re-entries this week, and no releases dropping off the chart. "Ultimate Gospel" makes a surge up the charts and is noted as a sales gainer. (News, Source: Elvis International Fan Club /Elvis News)


Andrew Lloyd Webber looking for Elvis: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER is looking for a few good ELVISES to play the role of PHAROAH in his upcoming London revival of JOSEPH + THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. The theatre impresario and his fellow producers feel the an Elvis Presley impersonator will add freshness to the role. In a posting on the upcoming production's website, producers insist the impersonators "must be able to sing and dance in the Elvis style". Auditions will be held this week at London's Adelphi Theatre. Previews of the show will begin on 6 July (07) and the musical will open at the Adelphi Theatre on 18 July (07). The winner of new UK reality talent show ANY DREAM WILL DO will land the lead role as JOSEPH in the production. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)


Pedro Infante - The Mexican Elvis: April 15, is a popular date. Abraham Lincoln died. The Titanic sank. Taxes are due-unless it's a Sunday. But if you're of Mexican descent, or just love the culture, this date is the anniversary of the death of Pedro Infante: "Mexican Idol."

It's been 50 years since the beloved Mexican superstar was killed in a plane crash (or was he?), and to celebrate his life, a "Puro Pedro Party" will be hosted by the Border Book Festival, in Mesilla, on the fateful date, with music, food, souvenirs and a screening of one of Infante's most prized films, "Los Tres Huastecos."

If this is the first you've heard of the "Mexican Elvis," then you should promptly be "tied to a hot stove with yucca rope and beaten with sharp dry corn husks as you stand in a vat of soggy fideos," according to Border Book Festival Director, Denise Chavez, author of the novel, "Loving Pedro Infante."


In addition to organizing the Pedro project, Chavez will present readings from her book about a woman in a sordid affair with a married man who finds comfort and cultural identity in her Pedro Infante fanaticism.

Infante's heyday was the 1940s and 50s, the "golden age of Mexican cinema," and while he's loved for his music, it is his movies for which he is perhaps best loved. If you check your local Spanish-language networks, you will probably see there are Pedro films now showing on Telemundo and like channels-evidence of his lasting celebrity.

"It will be a wonderful party," Chavez said, who expressed her hopes that not only will existing Pedro fans turn out, but also those who are less familiar with the star.

"We're looking for old fans and news fans to come out of the woodwork," Chavez said.

Infante memorabilia including photos, Mexican film lobby cards and posters, films and musical CDs, will be for sale at the event. There will also be a raffling of an original lobby card, or movie poster, from Infante's film, "Cartas Marcadas."

The movie star was a pilot and survived two plane crashes before dying in a third in Yucatán, Mexico, in 1957. Infante is compared to Elvis, not only because of his incredible celebrity, but also because of his supposed "life" after death.

"Many still believe that Infante was not in the plane that day and that, like Elvis Presley, went undercover," Chavez said. "There have been many 'sightings' of him over the years."

There will also be an exhibit of Pedro Infante art, newspaper clippings and articles documenting his fame as the "Dean Martin of Mexico," another affectionate American celebrity comparison. (News, Source: NMSU)

Japanese poll ranks Elvis lowly: We always thought Elvis was very popular in Japan, however a recent poll of "History's Most Influential People" rated him only at #70! Not surprisingly there were a high number of Japanese names in the list, but what was really surprising was that identities such as lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury (#52), and Sherlock Holmes writer, Arthur Conan Doyle (#69), were ranked above The King.

Of course, Number One was an obvious choice: Sakamoto Ryoma. You say, "Who?" According to Wikipedia, he “was the leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa bakufu during the Bakumatsu period in Japan. Ryoma used the alias Saitani when he worked against the shogun.” (News, Source: Memphis Flyer Online)

 

Friday 13 April 2007
"Elvis Is Back" book release: The next book from Elvis Unlimited will be titled Elvis Is Back. It will be made like the two “Inside” boxes. The book will be thicker and the dvd will be much longer than in the two previous boxes.

Elvis Is Back will be about Elvis’ return to the music scene in 1960. This year was a bittersweet one for Elvis. He was being discharged from the Army. Music had changed in two years and he was a little insecure about his music career. Yet he enters the sessions with such ambition and determination. He delivers a new mature diverse voice. “It's Now Or Never” and “Surrender” are truly challenging for Elvis. He proofs himself to be a truly talented singer and not just a flash in the pan. These recording sessions will forever stand out in Elvis’ history.

It’s almost as if Elvis hit the ground running upon his return. The Colonel had been busy preparing for Elvis' return for a very long time. Not only were the recording sessions lined up, an appearance on the ABC televised Frank Sinatra Special and the filming for “G.I. Blues” were immediately following.

His appearance on the Sinatra Special is warmly received by the public. Elvis innocently steals the show from Sinatra. Yet the repertoire between the two performers is very apparent. “G.I. Blues” is a very successful film for Elvis although Elvis hates being in uniform again.

During this year, Elvis is also experiencing many changes in his personal life. Elvis has met Priscilla while in Germany. But he returns to his long time girlfriend Anita Wood. They continue their relationship where it left off before Elvis left for Germany. Vernon marries Dee, which is hard on Elvis because of the loss of his mother. Elvis also brings many of his friends from Germany home and the Memphis Mafia is formed.

But still the most important thing during the year 1960 is the amazing recording sessions. We have two incredible albums from this year, “Elvis Is Back” and “His Hand In Mine.” Elvis truly proves his ability as a performer. He conquers every challenge he is faced with and proves Elvis is back!

Elvis Is Back will present many never before seen pictures from this period. There will even be some very interesting ones from the filming of G.I. Blues. Those were not used in the Inside G.I. Blues book.

Elvis Is Back will be released in mid May, 2007. You can now pre-order your copy from Elvis Unlimited for $70.00 (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)


New editions of "Elvis, Linda and Me": Jeanne LeMay Dumas is Linda Thompson's best friend. In this memoir, Ms Dumas tells of her friendship with both Elvis and Linda and her days spent at Graceland. The book comes with many very rare color photos, including images taken in Elvis' "red" bedroom.

Jeanne was Miss Rhode Island Universe the same year Linda Thompson was Miss Tennessee Universe.  At the contest, held in San Juan, the two were placed together as roommates and they have been inseparable since.

Despite reports on other sites, this book has been available for some time now from its original publisher, AuthorHouse, and also through Amazon. AuthorHouse recently deleted the title as....

Later this month (delayed from March 2007) it will be published in both hardback and softcover format by Rooftop Publishing. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)


Jeanne LeMay Dumas guest at Elvis World luncheon #2 in August: And speaking of Jeanne LeMay Dumas, Bill Burk has announced her as the special guest at the popular Elvis World Luncheon (#2) during Elvis Week in Memphis. Jeanne will be personally autographing copies of her book, "Elvis, Linda and Me", which will be sold at the luncheon at a discounted price. Contact Bill to book tickets (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)


Tupelo 2007 Elvis Presley Festival Entertainment Line-Up

'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' Easter Update: Our most diverse YouTube update ever! Fourteen amazing clips featuring everything from J.D Sumner's 'Elvis has left the building', a great Lisa Marie clip, rare Elvis in concert footage, through to Bill Black's combo live in 1961. Don't miss seeing the clip of Elvis' Desert Storm 'You Gave Me A Mountain' without doubt one of the most controversial Elvis videos on YouTube - see it before it is removed. On a calmer note we also feature some great sixties clips - how cool did Elvis look then? EIN presents 150 of Elvis' greatest video clips from the internet - what more could you want!? ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source: EIN/YouTube)

Elvis The Concert "sold out"?: It seems that "Elvis The Concert 30th Anniversary" is sold out as of today: no tickets seats are available from ticketmaster or any other booking online agency. Seats prices no low than 175 US$ are now biding on ebay. (News, Source: Elvis News)


"Fike An Uncommon Journey" book update: Bill Burk spoke with Lamar Fike in the past few days and Lamar told him it is unlikely his upcoming book, "Fike An Uncommon Journey", will be released in time for Elvis Week 2007. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

 

Thursday 12 April 2007
Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access Website And Book: EPE is working on a special (mini) website and book for the "Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access" exhibition. "Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access" is the largest-ever exhibit of Elvis’s iconic costumes, is now open at Graceland. This special exhibit features 56 of Elvis’s stage outfits from the major concert era of his career (1969-1977), and walks you through the evolution of the design of Elvis's stage-wear of this era. See simple two-piece karate-inspired suits to the famed "jumpsuits" with elaborate rhinestones and matching capes.

The (mini)website: http://www.elvis.com/jumpsuits/

Part of the exhibition is a 36 pages soft cover book.

Synopsis: Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access features stunning photos of many of the suits included in this first-ever exhibit at Graceland. See the evolution of the design of Elvis’s stage wear—from his two-piece karate-inspired suits to the ‘famed’ jumpsuits with elaborate rhinestones and metal studding with matching capes.

This unique book includes remarkable photos and information on each jumpsuit and gives you an up-close look at some of the intricate detailing that went into Elvis’s suits. Many of the pages feature great concert and album cover photos of Elvis wearing these outfits. (News, Source: EPE/Elvis News


Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Ride For Life: On April 22, the first official Elvis motorcycle ride, to benefit the American Diabetes Association, will begin and end at Graceland, with limited-edition Elvis 30th Anniversary Signature Collection Harley-Davidson Motorcycles being unveiled during the festivities. Riders and their passengers can choose from a variety of experiences for the 100-mile escorted ride and the weekend’s events. (News, Source: EPE)


Cover artwork for upcoming George Klein book: Due to be published around December 2007 is George Klein's book, "Elvis Presley:The Family Album". It can be pre-ordered from Amazon. (News, Source: Amazon)

"Scouts Rock at Graceland" on April 14th: Join hundreds of members of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America from the mid-south as they tour Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, Graceland, on a special day custom made for scouts of all ages.  A visit to this National Historic Landmark on April 14th, 2007 will offer area scouts the chance to earn achievements toward ranks or pin/belt loop/merit badge requirements in the following areas: art, music, collections, citizenship, American heritage and journalism.

A special $16.00 ticket set up just for the Scouts Rock at Graceland day includes admission to the Graceland mansion tour, the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and the Lisa Marie  and Hound Dog II jets tour, plus a collectible Scouts Rock at Graceland patch. (The artwork to the right is the patch design.) Scouts are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Concessions will also be available throughout Graceland Plaza.

Scout achievement activities will be available 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM and Graceland mansion tours are available 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Tickets will be held for pickup at the Graceland ticket office beginning 8:30am, Saturday, April 14, 2007. A confirmation will be sent participants upon receipt of payment. Orders are nonrefundable. Advance reservations deadline is April 10, 2007. For more information, call Graceland Reservations at 901-332-3322 or 800-238-2000, or click here for a Scouts Rock at Graceland registration form.

A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Chickasaw Council. (News, Source: EPE)

 

Wednesday 11 April 2007

Lamar Fike book announced: "Fike An Uncommon Journey" is the title of Lamar Fike's upcoming book release.

Renowned as a "straight shooter", Lamar Fike was a permanent part of Elvis' entourage over three decades. He and Elvis each other like brothers, and on occasion, fought like brothers. Lamar's insight to the Elvis story and the man who was Elvis Presley is well known to fans.

Co-written with Mark Bego, "Fike An Uncommon Journey" promises to be a unique perspective on the Elvis story. This could well be "THE" Elvis book release of 2007!

Visit the Lamar Fike website for more details and pre-order information. (News, Source: Drawbridge Entertainment)


Elvis costume found and restored after Hurricane Katrina: An Elvis Presley artifact damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Miss., has been restored and returned to its intended casino home. The item, an Army uniform costume worn by Presley in 1960's G.I. Blues, was carried away from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino by Katrina's powerful winds in 2005 just days before the casino was scheduled to open, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The costume, which has been in the possession of the Hard Rock company since 1988, was thought to be lost for good but just days after the storm the entire costume -- including a green army cap -- floated out of the gulf. The costume was stained with oil, rust and mildew and encrusted with salt. It also had a new and prominent tear, USA Today said.

Imperial Gown Restoration of Fairfax, Va., was charged with restoring the costume without concealing the ordeal the costume survived during the hurricane. Clean it, preserve it, repair the tear so that it doesn't fall apart -- but that tear is now part of its history, Steven Saidman, president of the restoration service, told the newspaper. (News, Source: UPI)


Jerry Scheff book and CD update: Jerry Scheff is still working on a book and a CD. The announcement of the book is already from a while ago, but he is almost finished with his writing. If all goes well, the book will come out in 2008. The story starts on august 16, 1977 when the band members are informed that Elvis died. Then the book goes back in time at the time that Jerry was 8 years old and made his first steps in his musical career. From then on, the chapters are following his musical life in chronological order to end again on that dramatic day in august 1977.

The second project, a spoken CD, will be released a lot sooner. Jerry is a very intense and interesting story teller and he wants to record some of his memories on CD. He started the recordings a while ago on his own in his home studio, but he thought that it was not interesting enough talking all alone in to the microphone. So, in a few weeks, he will do a new recording while he is telling the stories to his family members. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)


Cover artwork Elvis Presley Collectors Tin (DVD): Here is the cover art for the upcoming "Elvis Presley Collector's Edition Tin" containing six movies from 20th Century Fox which is due for release May 14, 2007. (News, Source: HMV U.K. /Elvis News)

 

Tuesday 10 April 2007

BMG reaction to 30th Anniversary CD release news: Last week Sony BMG reacted to Elvis websites publishing news of its 30th anniversary CD releases. Sony BMG has now made it clear to EIN that track listings and cover artwork are not yet finalised, hence their concern over the various news stories.


"Legendary Motorcycles: The Stories and Bikes Made Famous by Elvis, Peter Fonda, Kenny Roberts, and 25 Others" book release: This new hardcover book has been announced for release in October 2007.

It will include stories about Elvis' Harley Davidson motorcycles. (News, Source: Amazon)


Chart update: On the U.K. Music DVD Top 10 chart the "Elvis Lives" DVD remeains steady at #5 while the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation, probably the recent "slide-pack" edition, climbs 4 spots to #41 this week. (News, Source: BBC Top 40/Elvis News)


World renowned ETA to star in horror-zombie film: Internationally-renowned Latino ELVIS PRESLEY impersonator ROBERT 'EL VEZ' LOPEZ has landed his first movie role in Australia, opposite rocker MANDY KANE. The odd couple will star in new Aussie zombie comedy DEAD COUNTRY. The film follows the efforts of an eclectic band of humans and aliens who bond together to stop the planet from becoming overrun with the living dead after a space ship, containing hazardous material, explodes over a small rural town, unleashing a deadly virus upon the population - and turning everyone into zombies. (News, Source: Contact Music)

 

Monday 9 April 2007

"Inside Viva Las Vegas" book: While the full Fan Package of "Inside Double Trouble" has yet to be presented (next weekend, April 14-15), the next release in the Inside series is getting shape.

Elvis Unlimited is working on the book "Inside Viva Las Vegas". There's no release date yet, but the producers have done most of the research work already. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


James Burton at Alfreds on Beale Street: The  Cadillac band www.tcband.se will do 2 shows at Alfreds on Beale Street on 16 and 17 April, together with James Burton, Stan Perkins,  the son of Carl Perkins, and Swedish singer Svenne Hedlund. (News, Source: Ulf Nilsson)

Elvis' granddaughter & boyfriend moving in together: ELVIS PRESLEY's teenage granddaughter and her pop star boyfriend have reportedly moved in together. Model RILEY KEOUGH, 17, and RYAN CABRERA are so serious about their romance they've exchanged commitment bands and are living together in Los Angeles.

Cabrera, whose past girlfriends have included ASHLEE SIMPSON, and Keough went public with their romance in December (06) when they were spotted making out at a concert by rock covers band METAL SKOOL in Hollywood. The couple checked the band out again in February (07), and couldn't keep their hands off each other.

The Presley women like to start their romances young - grandma PRISCILLA started dating Elvis when she was 14, while mum LISA MARIE married Riley's dad, DANNY KEOUGH, when she was 20. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)

Latest Elvis graphic by Charmaine: Charmaine Voisine has released her latest Elvis graphic, "Memories".

Click to view larger image and Charmaine's library of Elvis graphics


Kathy Westmoreland autographed photos now available: The photos of Elvis and Kathy, to be signed to you, by her, while cruising the Bahamas, are going fast.

Anyone that still wants to take advantage of this very rare opportunity, for yourself or as wonderful gifts for your Elvis friends, make sure you place your order right away. Kathy rarely sells autographed photos over the Internet, so this is a rare opportunity for Elvis Fans. Each photo will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Details are at: http://www.kathywestmoreland.us/photosbahamas.html

Remember, this offer will close on April 17. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)


Elvis easter egg for White House: Gallatin artist Vicky Cutrer created a decorated Easter egg for the White House that features three of Tennessee's favorite sons. Using dental tools and an ordinary hen egg, Cutrer created a design featuring the likeness of a famous person from each section of Tennessee. From the east, there is frontiersman Davy Crockett; from Middle Tennessee, there is President Andrew Jackson; and from the west, there is The King — Elvis Presley.

"When you're working with an egg, you're only limited by your imagination," Cutrer said.

First lady Laura Bush last week unveiled the White House's annual display of decorated state Easter eggs at the White House Visitors Center, where the display will be showcased for the next four weeks.

"It was such a thrill," Cutrer said about meeting the first lady. "She was so cordial, down-to-earth and just a very sweet person. When she saw my egg, she told me about how Japanese Prime Minister (Junichiro Koizumi) came to the States last year, and the first thing he wanted to do was go to Graceland. 'It was truly an honor".

The Tennessee Egg and Poultry Association commissioned Cutrer to create an egg for the White House.

"I really admired her skill. The detail and workmanship she puts into creating a piece of art on such a small canvas is amazing," said Ann Cox, executive director for the association.

Cutrer has been working with eggs for 20 years and has won prizes for her beautifully detailed jewel boxes, decorative ornaments, gazebos and purses made from the eggs of different fowl — including emus, ostriches and geese.

"I couldn't believe I was chosen. It was truly an honor," Cutrer said.

She began work on the egg last fall, researching the perfect design. "I went to the library and looked through several books on Tennessee," she said. Cutrer originally planned a design using the Tennessee state flag but decided to focus on the eastern, middle, and western regions of the Volunteer State instead.

"I looked for the perfect pictures, and when I found the right ones, I shrunk them and made a decoupage," she said.

Cutrer, who estimates she has made several hundred decorative eggs over the years, created a prototype of her Tennessee egg to keep for herself.

"I never make the eggs to sell. I do it because I love it. It's a passion, and some day I'll pass them on to my children as heirlooms."

After the Easter season, the eggs will become part of the White House permanent collection and are scheduled to be included in the George W. Bush presidential library. Other eggs in the White House Easter display include a design of an onion representing West Virginia. (News, Source: Brian Quinn/FECC; By JENNIFER EASTON, Gannett Tennessee)


Updated Today:

Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2: Joe Tunzi advises that his latest DVD is almost sold out! Buy the DVD (News, Source: FECC)

 

Sunday 8 April 2007

The Complete 1976 8mm Films - THE DEFINITIVE EDITION - 4 DVD set released: 70sElvisIsTheBest posted a very interesting message about this release on the FECC board last month. With a running time of 20 hours the release will interest many fans:

For as long as Elvis import dvds have been circulating, the only good 1976 set to rely on for the best amount of footage was the crown series. Unfortunately, the set lacked a lot of footage that has since been released, and the footage that was there suffered from bad quality. This set can finally lay the crown set to rest and provide the absolute best quality of all films from 1976 ever released. Since these films presented on discs 1 - 3 are in their raw form, you may see footatge from the same show shot from a different part of the audience in their original audio. Read full details of set (News, Source: FECC)


American Idol star inspired by Elvis: Don't let the gray hair fool you: If you look at Taylor Hicks' roots, they have more than a tinge of Elvis. Not only was the King one of the inspirations for Hicks' singing but also for that fancy footwork that gets his Soul Patrol fans on their feet.

"I'd look at myself in the mirror, and that's where I got those moves," Hicks said by phone last week from Chicago, one of the stops on his 53-city tour. "And I threw in a little bit of Elvis. It was just studying and watching all of those greats, like Elvis, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, and loving their music that influenced me." (News, Source: Newsday.com)

"Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Volume 7": Announced in the booklet of the sixth volume of the Shake Records import series Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology" is volume 7. No other details are available yet, but like all previous volumes it will probably contain material taken from both previously released official and import released. (News, Source: Elvis News)


EPE Tribute Artist Contest announces new locations: Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) has announced that the official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest now includes 23 locations, all over the world, licensed to host preliminary contests. Each location will send their winner to the qualifying rounds and finals which will be held in Memphis during the 30th Anniversary Elvis Week.

The response from people all over the world has been amazing, stated Paul Jankowski, Chief Marketing Officer for EPE. Within a few months of announcing the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest we have 23 licensed preliminary contests confirmed and several more still to be announced. Were hearing from the preliminary locations that they are also receiving a huge response from Elvis Tribute Artists who want to enter their contests. We are all thrilled with the response and look forward to even more locations joining us.

In addition to the previously announced cities of Tupelo, Mississippi and Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, Elvis Tribute Artists will currently be able to enter competitions in: Tampa, Florida; Lake George, New York; Blackpool, England; Franklin, Tennessee; Bowie, Maryland; Marian, Kansas; Rapid City, South Dakota; Daytona Beach, Florida; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Queenstown, Australia; Harrodsburg, Kentucky; Longview, Texas; Penticton, British Columbia, Canada; Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; Ottawa/Gatineau, Ontario, Canada; Shreveport, Louisiana; Branson, Missouri; and San Diego, California.

According to Jerry Schilling, former member of Elvis's inner circle of friends, EPE's contest will increase both the visibility and the performance opportunities for Elvis Tribute Artists. "I am personally excited about the high level of quality I have seen EPE put into the planning, promotion and development for these contests around the world. The Elvis Tribute Artists I have spoken with are excited about how this is going to impact their careers. I had the opportunity of introducing Elvis to one of the very first tribute artists at the Hilton in Vegas, so its fun to see it coming full circle.

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is a search for the Elvis Tribute Artist that is the "best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley." Judges will be looking for talent, appearance, performance, stage presence and each contestants overall tribute to Elvis. The best overall performer will be named The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2007. The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is sponsored by Madacy Entertainment and Jazz Cruises, LLC.

Rich Vickers, winner of the Arnold, Missouri preliminary round, the first of 23 such competitions, stated This is such an honor. My dream has been to compete as an Elvis tribute artist in Memphis. Competing during Elvis Week on the 30th anniversary of his death and participating in an Elvis Tribute Artist Contest sponsored by EPE is a distinct privilege.

In addition to receiving the title, the winner of the contest will receive a prize package that includes $5,000 Cash, a $5,000 Shopping Spree at Graceland, a jumpsuit valued at $3,000 and a one-of-a-kind Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest champion belt, both designed and created by B&K Enterprise. The winner will also receive a recording session, courtesy of Sun Records in Nashville, a contract to perform on the first-ever Elvis Tribute Cruise with a compensation package including double occupancy cabin, travel for two and $1,000 cash. Prizes will also be awarded for second and third place winners.

Plans for all the contestants during Elvis Week include media opportunities, private receptions and even a question and answer session at Graceland with Gene Doucette who worked on many of Elviss classic jumpsuits.

Although were sure winning the ultimate title will be life-changing for the tribute artists who win, were making sure all the contestants have the experience of a lifetime while here in Memphis during Elvis Week, said Jankowski.

Elvis Week, to be held August 11-19, 2007, will mark the 30th anniversary of Elvis death on August 16, 1977 and is expected to be the largest commemoration ever. Each year, tens of thousands of people arrive in Memphis to celebrate the superstars life with concerts, charity events, dances, fan club activities and much more.

Tickets are now on sale for both The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Qualifying Rounds on Sun. August 12 at 5:00 pm and The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest FINALS on Friday. Aug. 17 at 7:00 pm and links to purchase can be found on Elvis.com.

For additional information on the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Elvis Week please visit www.Elvis.com or email Ultimate@elvis.com. (News, Source: Business Wire)


More budget releases: And the budget releases keep on rolling: Trying to keep up with the European budget releases, here are the covers of six new titles: "Love Me Tender", "Heartbreak Hotel", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Hound Dog", That's ll Right Mama" and "Blue Suede Shoes". (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Elvis News)

Another budget release in the EC: Released on the Irish Luxury Multimedia Limited label and distributed by the Dutch Galaxy Music is the 3 CD box set "Elvis Presley - King Of Rock And Roll" containing 54 original tracks. (News, Source: Elvis News)

"Let There Be Elvis" Remix CD feedback:The new remix single (NOT sponsored by Sony-BMG) has been released to less than flattering feedback. See original story on 6 April. (News, Source: FECC)


Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert (DVD Review) By Vish Khanna:

"Perhaps taking a cue from the macabre notion that enabled the long deceased Nat “King” Cole and Hank Williams to duet with their still kicking kids, Elvis Presley’s original “TCB” band recreate the experience of seeing the King in the flesh in an oddly fascinating way. A large cast of musicians and vocalists re-learn parts and routines, re-vitalising classic Elvis ’70s fare such as “C. C. Rider,” “Suspicious Minds” and “American Trilogy” before a packed arena while a giant video screen depicts Presley performing with the same group of people some 30 years earlier. Only Elvis’s voice is pre-recorded; the band have rehearsed this show so that they are perfectly in sync with Presley’s vocal cues, right down to bowing to his musician introductions. Occasionally eerie, it’s quite a spectacle and the DVD’s directors weave both eras of the “TCB” band together smoothly. Plus: Interviews." (DVD Review, Source: Exclaim!)


New Elvis Trading Card set: Press Pass, Inc., licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises has produced a new set of Elvis trading cards, “Elvis Is”, the follow-up to “Elvis Lives”.

The new set includes Elvis-worn memorabilia cards, as well as autographs from Elvis and his family, Elvis’ co-stars (such as Barbara Eden, Yvonne Craig and Nancy Sinatra) and band members (such as James Burton, DJ Fontana, and Scotty Moore). (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

 

Saturday 7 April 2007

April FTD releases issued: Just issued are the new FTD releases: the photo book "Live in LA", covering Elvis' LA concerts from the 50s to the 70s, the deluxe 2CD "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" (Elvis' Gold Records Vol. 2), and the live CD "An American Trilogy" (1972). (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Order the April FTD releases from EIN


"Heavy Times" cover artwork": Here is the cover art for the MxF label import release "Heavy Times!" featuring the Vegas performances on January 28th 1971, midnight show and January 29th 1971, dinner show.

Tracks: 01. 2001 Theme / 02. That's All Right / 03. I Got A Woman / 04. Love Me Tender / 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / 06.Sweet Caroline / 07. You've Lost That Loving Feeling / 08. Polk Salad Annie / 09. Johnny B Goode / 10. Something / 11. The Wonder Of You / 12. Heartbreak Hotel / 13. Blue Suede Shoes / 14. Hound Dog / 15. One Night / 16. Teddy Bear / 17. Suspicious Minds / 18. The Impossible Dream / 19. That's All Right / 20. I Got A Woman / 21. Love Me Tender / 22. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / 23. Sweet Caroline / 24. You've Lost That Loving Feeling / 25. Polk Salad Annie / 26. Johnny B Goode / 27. Something / 28, Heartbreak Hotel / 29. Blue Suede Shoes / 30.Teddy Bear /31.Hound Dog /32.Snowbird /33.The Impossible Dream. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Interactive Elvis Music Challenge DVD: Released on March 23, 2007 in Germany is the 2 DVD interactive music challenge "Elvis Presley". It features an interactive game with 1500 questions on Elvis Presley with an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. This DVD was previously available in the United Kingdom.

Synopsis: Disc 1: This is the independent Elvis Presley quiz on DVD and it's totally interactive! Use your DVD remote control to choose the correct answer to a range of 1500 multiple-choice questions on the King and his music ranging from newcomer level to super-fan level and unlock a rare concert performance by Elvis Presley. Along the way you'll find bonus video performances from TV and Radio archives as you make your way to the fiendish final round and unlock the keys to a front row view of a legendary Elvis Presley live show. The interactive quiz requires no special equipment and will play on all DVD players. Your remote control is all you need. The Quiz also works on Play Station 2 and on any PC with a DVD drive.

Levels include:Name that song/Spot that lyric /Name that album/Identify that film clip...and more.

Disc 2: Elvis The Golden Greats: These 26 great performances capture all the thrills and excitement of Elvis live on stage with a stunning collection of tracks which showcase the genius of Elvis from the energy of Shake, Rattle and Roll to the majesty of American Trilogy. (News, Source: Elvis News)

2nd Elvis World EW 2007 luncheon?: Bill Burk advises: "As we told you in February, our annual EW Lunch, set 12 August, with Sonny West as our speaker (and signing his new book) . . . sold out in SIX DAYS.  

Even when we took over the adjacent patio at Marlowe's, it was still sold out and scores more were asking -- no, begging -- to be squeezed in. But you can't pour a gallon of water into a thimble.  Just couldn't be done.
 
SO ... AND READ THIS CAREFULLY . . . WE HAVE TENTATIVELY scheduled a 2nd EW Lunch for noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, 15 August, at Marlowe's.
 

I say tentatively because if we don't get a minimum of 40 fans to buy tickets by 1 June, we will not go forward with this. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

Contact Bill to purchase ticket to one of Elvis Week's most popular events


Ultimate Gospel Reissue - Version 3: Available through the US Target Chain is the third edition of the 2007 "Ultimate Gospel" reissue. This version contains 27 tracks including the two bonus tracks "I Believe" and "It Is No Secret".

Walmart sells a "Collector's Edition" with the two additional bonus tracks: "Mansion Over The Hilltop" and "Somebody Bigger Than You And I".
(News, Source: Elvis News)

James Burton & Billy Swan to tour UK: James Burton will do an eight show tour of the UK with singer/songwriter Billy Swan, who is best known for his song 'I Can Help', which James recorded with Elvis Presley in 1975. (News, Source: Elvis News)


Friday 6 April 2007

"Let There Be Elvis" Remix CD: As reported last month, a new remix single, 'Let There Be Elvis' was due for release on April 16th, and the single has been released ahead of schedule.

The single is not on the Sony/BMG label and is a dance track which uses the speaking voice of Elvis. Elvis Express Radio will be airing the new single on its show this coming Friday (6th).

Those wanting to buy a copy of the single, here is the contact details:

The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain (OEPFC): Telephone: 01664 424 674

Or you can write to OEPFC at: PO Box 4, Leicester, England, UK LE1 3ZL
(News, Source: Elvis Express)


Chart Update: The "Elvis Lives" DVD dropped one place to #7 in its fourth week of release in the US DVD Music chart. In the Netherlands "Elvis Lives" dropped to #14 from last week's #10 in its seventh week on the chart. In Sweden it goes up to #11 from last week #13 in its fourth week on the chart. "Elvis 30#1 Hits" dropped to #78 from last week's #63 on the Irish albums chart. (News, Source: Elvis News)


"Elvis in the Beat of the Night - True Stories of Elvis and His Police Buddies" delayed yet again: For the seventh time this book release (ISBN: 0978853407), originally scheduled for issue in mid August 2006, has been postponed. (News, Source: B&N)


Elvis had a Python obsession: Elvis Presley was obsessed with British comedy institution Monty Python, even learning all the show's catchphrases, his former girlfriend has revealed.

The rock n' roll legend was a big film buff, but his affection to the warped 1970's comedy sketch show - which featured John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman - was previously unknown. His then girlfriend Linda Thompson explains in a recent interview:

"He's be doing all the voices, which is mind-boggling. He'd even do the ladies voices."

Other Python fans included late Beatle George Harrison. (News, Source: Soundgenerator)


Star power perks furniture business...but Elvis themed furniture collection axed: With the theme song from his reality television show blaring in the background, Donald Trump strode into a showroom at the world's biggest furniture trade show and started to brag about, of all things, his couch.

"Trump Home furniture offers consumers a tangible way to experience the luxurious Trump lifestyle for themselves ... even if they can't afford millions for one of my properties," Trump said. "Now the public can not only wear my clothes, they can sit on my couch."

Should Trump's over-the-top bombast not suit your personal style, how about a couch from model Cindy Crawford? Or a couple of chairs from teen stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen? Such boldface names are all over furniture today, and some touted at this spring's International Home Furnishings Market in High Point are among the increasing number whose fame isn't rooted in the business of hearth and home.

The furniture industry has very few consumer recognizable brands -- less than 10 by most measures -- so manufacturers bring celebrities on board to help draw consumers into stores, said Jerry Epperson, a furniture industry analyst with Richmond, Va.-based investment banker Mann, Armistead and Epperson.

"America appears constantly fascinated by the famous, often without regard to their talent or ability," Epperson said. "A celebrity identity gives consumers some comfort and reinforcement that someone else has chosen the item, too."

Such famous-name furniture isn't new -- think Martha Stewart. Other celebrity lines that have sold well include that of American Realist painter Bob Timberlake and a collection named for fashion designer Liz Claiborne, both sold by Lexington Home Brands. But several of the more recent celebrities to enter the market are like Trump, who bring their name to the business as much as a designer's touch or artisan's eye. They include Crawford, whose furniture collection debuted in late 2005, and the Olsen twins, whose second collection will hit stores this spring.

I think it's exciting that the home industry is starting to look like Hollywood," Ireland said. "But customers are the ones who have to determine if these are real brands or not."

Indeed, there have been some notable failures. Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. dropped its Elvis Presley collection just 18 months after its debut in 2002. Company spokesman Doug Bassett said the typical Elvis fan loved the furniture, but couldn't afford it.

"As we like to say, 'Folks, Elvis has left the building,'" Bassett said. "The collection was a successful promotion, but just like Elvis, we wish it would have lasted longer."

The key, Epperson said, is mixing the identity and the appeal of the celebrity with the affordability and attractiveness of the product. "No one will buy ugly or overpriced furniture because someone's name is on it," he said. (News, Source: BusinessWeek.com)


Guilt free "Jailhouse Rock Shake": (1 smoothie: 75 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 17g carbs, 4g fiber, 11g sugars, 0g protein)

So good, it oughta be illegal ...

Ingredients: 8 oz. prepared Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange (made with 1/8th of a tub or 1/2 of an On The Go packet, or purchased in a ready-to-drink bottle)
1 cup frozen mixed berries (no sugar added), 1/2 to 1 cup crushed ice (use more for a more icy smoothie and less for a thicker one)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until well blended. Pour into a tall glass and prepare to enjoy the action! Serves 1. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

The King rocks two thrones: The words "me, too" and "derivative" came repeatedly to mind last weekend as I devoted my evenings to a pair of local premieres. Both of them were "All Shook Up," one of the latest of the A1-to-Z10 jukebox musicals that have infected Broadway. Rights to this Elvis-by-way-of-Shakespeare medley became available to regional theaters while a national tour was still on the road.

Among them are Airport Playhouse and Cultural Arts Playhouse, of which Airport beat CAP to the "Long Island premiere" by one week. The two playhouses - one in central Suffolk, the other in eastern Nassau - compete for the same audience somewhere around Babylon.

So who's the best Elvis? Neither. The 2005 Broadway original featured instead a Brando-inspired roustabout named Chad who rides his motorcycle into a square little '50s town. He just happens to sing Elvis songs and play a guitar while swiveling his hips, causing women to faint. In need of a mechanic to repair his hog's "jiggly-wiggly," Chad encounters grease monkey Natalie (Kristin Digilio at Airport, Katie Mussler at CAP), whose only use for a dress is as a rag to clean engines. In a running joke, she's dumbstruck by love in the chorus of "One Night With You." Along the way, blue suede shoes proliferate like "Love Me Tender" pixie dust, crossing race and gender lines.

At Airport, Jon Rivera presents a brooding Chad while at Cultural Arts, Rich Martino concentrates on hair product and pelvis thrust, leaving Chad's cheery demeanor all but poutless. Among myriad supporting romances, the most significant is a forbidden one between the son of the decency-enforcing mayor and his "colored" girlfriend, Lorraine. At Airport, Golda Kelli Ryan blows away her partner with her vocal urgency on "It's Now or Never." Meanwhile at CAP, Amma Osei as Lorraine's single mom reminds her that "it's not all right with Mama" with a thrilling authority that will remind you of the late Ruth Brown.

As for the Shakespearean derivation, Natalie tries to divert Chad's attention from the most unlikely figure in this square town - a museum docent in a "jiggly-wiggly" dress. Natalie gets closer to Chad by pretending to be one of the guys. Any number of Shakespeare comedies tell us that this is headed for a rockin' "All's Well That Ends Well" dénouement.

CAP director Melinda Pinto has an edge over Airport's Annmarie Fabricatore in stage configuration: CAP has room for an ensemble to stretch dance numbers into a village of characters rather than a handful of human props. Moreover, Airport's hidden orchestra is muffled backstage, while CAP's sounds more like a band than a karaoke recording.

In either case, the spirit of Elvis never leaves the building.
(News, By: Steve Parks, Newsday.com)

 

Thursday 5 April 2007
Ben Weisman in Hospital: Ben Weisman who wrote 57 songs for Elvis, has been hospitalized in a Los Angeles and according to reports is currently fighting for his life. Ben Weisman is 85 years-old and was one of Elvis' leading songwriters and wrote plenty of Elvis classics including 'Got a Lot of Living to Do', 'Wooden Heart', 'First In Line' and 'Follow That Dream.' Weisman said of Elvis, "Elvis was a very spiritual gentleman. And he had a great love for God. Very spiritual. I saw him in between the movie takes. And he was very kind to me. Very, very warm and we had a great rapport." See our review of the songwriters book 'Writing For The King' which features a delightful interview with Ben Weisman. His family informed us to ask the fans to pray for him and just maybe a miracle will happen. (News. Source; Email)

April FTDs Delayed: The suggested release date of the FTD Spring Package was announced for April 1st but delivery has been delayed. According Amazon and other recent information all the CDs and packages will be sent out to distributors for Monday April 9 2007. (News: Source; Various)

Ultimate Gospel 2007 Wal-Mart exclusive release: The final part of the 'Ultimate Gospel' BMG Strategic re-release is this exclusive Wal-Mart version with 2 added extra tracks. This "Collector's Edition" also features the songs 'Mansion Over The Hilltop' and 'Somebody Bigger Than You And I'. Available in Wal-Mart now. Go here for our review of the very fine original 'Ultimate gospel' CD. (News, Source; Barry Mclean/EIN)

New import CD 'Heavy Times': Two 1971 Vegas performances will soon be released on the MxF label. 'Heavy Times!' features performances from Jan 28th 1971, midnight show and Jan 29th 1971 dinner show. For the first time both the performances remastered from the original sources will become available on a sole CD. Although these two concerts were released on two separate imports some years ago - 'Snowbird' and Fort Baxter's 'Lean, Mean And Kickin' Butt' - here both shows are presented in better, improved sound. Using the original source tape we were able to keep Elvis' vocal power central to the mix whilst at the same time giving a new definition to the supporting musicians and singers. Elvis' performance on both nights is superb as he is still performing to the best of his ability. Although he delivers two short shows they are delivered in a very intense, crisp and fresh manner that cannot be denied. Elvis was on stage to have fun and demonstrated this during the older, classic numbers, but songs such as 'Polk Salad Annie', 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' and 'Sweet Caroline' never sounded better. The season will be remembered for the introduction of the new opening composition 'Also Sprach Zarathustra.' As we now know this thunderous opening would be used until the final concert Elvis performed. The season will also be remembered for the beautiful new closing number 'The Impossible Dream' which Elvis sang with power and feeling giving us proof that Elvis continued to grow as a performer.
Packaged with a 16 page professionally edited booklet this picture disc CD will be accompanied by relevant liner notes and with over 27 photographs of the Elvis NOW suit from this season. These are not new shows, but the package and the 79:40 minutes of superb music definitely gives us something different, a different kind of product! The definitive product in reference to Elvis from January 1971, Don't Miss It!!!

Tracklist: 01. 2001 Theme; 02. That's All Right; 03. I Got A Woman; 04. Love Me Tender; 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; 06.Sweet Caroline; 07. You've Lost That Loving Feeling; 08. Polk Salad Annie; 09. Johnny B Goode; 10. Something; 11. The Wonder Of You; 12. Heartbreak Hotel; 13. Blue Suede Shoes; 14. Hound Dog; 15. One Night; 16. Teddy Bear; 17. Suspicious Minds; 18. The Impossible Dream; 19. That's All Right; 20. I Got A Woman; 21. Love Me Tender; 22. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; 23. Sweet Caroline; 24. You've Lost That Loving Feeling; 25. Polk Salad Annie; 26. Johnny B Goode; 27. Something; 28, Heartbreak Hotel; 29. Blue Suede Shoes; 30. Teddy Bear; 31. Hound Dog; 32. Snowbird; 33. The Impossible Dream.
Note that FTD released the Vegas Jan 28th 1971 Dinner Show along with some compiled bonus songs on 'The Impossible Dream'. Click here for our 1971 FTD review. (News. Source; FECC/EIN)

 

Wednesday 4 April 2007
New 18 Singles plus Singles Box-Set announced: Following the same plan as the "Elvis 18 UK #1s" campaign from 2005, which resulted in sales of over 750,000 units, Sony/BMG will release a new set of 18 singles, this time featuring classic Elvis singles which were not part of the first campaign. The campaign will run from August to December, followed by a complete box set also released in December. The 18 singles will be released over a period of 17 weeks, on CD, 10 vinyl, and digital download, with a collector’s edition numbered box at the beginning of the campaign, and a complete box (not numbered and slimmed down) in December 2007.
EIN notes that it would be lovely to see such singles as 'Guitar Man', 'I'm Leavin' or 'Kentucky Rain' released in this way. However the official British BBC Top 40 chart now includes downloads which means unfortunately that it will be very difficult for Elvis to get more Numbers Ones as he did in 2005. In the same way though it is unlikely that The Beatles could ever overtake Elvis for the most Number Ones of all time. (Photo above is only a mock-up) (News, Source; BMG/EIN)

New Elvis DVD 30th Anniversary Collection: Released last December Paramount Pictures will release "Elvis - 30th Anniversary Collection" an eight DVD Box Set in Europe and Australia in August 2007. This is a strange move since exactly the same box-set of DVDs were released last December in Australia under the title 'Elvis Album - DVD Collection' (see photo right). This new release will contain the same movies - "Blue Hawaii", "Easy Come Easy Go", "Fun In Acapulco", "G.I. Blues", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "King Creole", Loving You", "Paradise Hawaiian Style" and "Roustabout". However Warner Brothers is also planning a DVD-set with possibly 6 DVD’s. Those titles will be announced later this month. This matches up with the Sony/BMG 'Elvis At The Movies' CD release below. (News, Source; EIN)

Tupelo 2007 Elvis Festival line-up: The 9th Annual Elvis Presley Tupelo goes for 4 days and starts on Thursday, May 31 with a street dance including performances by Sonny Burgess & the Pacers, Australian Elvis tribute artist Dean Vegas plus the Tip Tops. The music will start on the Front Street Stage at 6 pm June 1, with Cigar Store Indians, followed by Lee County's own Paul Thorn. Country star Darryl Worley will headline. "Worley brings about 20,000 to 25,000 people to Pickwick every year for his Tennessee River Run" said assistant festival director Jim High, " So we hope he brings half of them here." Benji Davis Project will follow Worley. Also on Friday the Battle of the Bands will return to the Fairpark Stage, and the first Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest will start at 9 a.m. at the South Conference Center.
Ten tribute artist finalists will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Fairpark Stage, and three finalists from that contest will perform just before the big Elvis Presley show featuring a trio of professional tribute artists, Dean Vegas, Donny Edwards and Shawn Klush. That show also will include The Sweet Inspirations, D.J. Fontana and The Fabulous Ambassadors.
Over at the Front Street Stage on Saturday, you'll find Thorn and his band, along with Vysion, Killjay and 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. Ingram Hill will close out the night. On Sunday, June 3, The Landmarks, Lane Chapel Quintet and Terry Blackwood and the Imperials will perform a gospel show.
The 2007 Elvis Presley Festival runs from May 31 - June 3 for more info go to www.tupeloelvisfestival.com. Tickets are $30 for a weekend pass. (News, Source; EIN)

 

Tuesday 3 April 2007

New 'Elvis At The Movies' 2CD set announced: Sony/BMG has a new double CD entitled "Elvis At The Movies", scheduled for release on June 4, 2007.

The release of this 2CD set is in conjunction with Warner Brothers’s and Paramount’s marketing push to promote their multiple DVD releases in August.

But haven't BMG just released the genre CD Elvis Movies?
(News, Source: BMG/Various)


New 'Viva Las Vegas' 2CD set announced including unreleased Concert: Sony/BMG has decided to release a 2CD set entitled “Viva Las Vegas” featuring the best Elvis' live recordings from Las Vegas on the first disc and a never before released concert from August 1969 on disc 2. The 2CD-set features 38 tracks. No cover available as yet.  

As Elvis never sang 'Viva Las Vegas' in concert the first track would have to be the studio version. One has to wonder how BMG will sequence it into See See Rider. If the second CD is an unreleased concert could it be the August 22nd Dinner Show or perhaps the August 21st Midnight show?

And haven't BMG just released a similar Elvis 'Best Of' concert with the excellent genre CD 'Elvis LIVE'?    

(News, Source; BMG/Various)

Elvis Seeks Help of Former Sweetheart in New Novel: In her new novel, Cherry McKenzie tells a gripping story of four unlikely allies who search to uncover Elvis Presley's secret past. Elvis' Secret Legacy, now available through AuthorHouse, follows these dedicated women as they help the spirit of Elvis protect his secret. McKenzie, who attended high school with Elvis in Memphis and was asked by the superstar to attend the prom, describes in this fictional tale how Kat McBride gets an unexpected visit from Elvis during one of her daily meditations. He asks for help in searching for his secret legacy. She enlists the help of her best friend, Posey Street, a metaphysical bookstore owner and a woman well-versed in paranormal activities. Posey and Kat work to piece together various clues given to Kat by the spirit of the rock legend.

Their search takes them to Graceland, where they meet Early May, a devoted fan who worked for a veterinarian who cared for the Presley pets. They are reluctant to get her involved because of her eagerness to help, but they realize they need her expertise. As they delve into the meaning of Elvis' original plea, the situation gets more convoluted and complicated. When it looks like the three women have hit a dead end, they encounter Maple Melton, a real estate agent who has strange abilities of her own. What they discover next does uncover the secret legacy of Elvis Presley, but they are surprised to discover links to the underground world of lone sharks and greedy thugs.

"Elvis' Secret Legacy" is an entertaining new novel that weaves a rock icon with paranormal influences and a search for the truth. Kat, Posey, Early and Maple join together as they maneuver their way between the land of the living and the land beyond to ensure that the King's legacy is safe. Born in Memphis, McKenzie transferred to Humes High School, where she sat next to Elvis in speech and drama class. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin) For more about Elvis and the paranormal Click here for EIN's Elvis Conspiracy pages

 

Monday 2 April 2007
'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' Weekly Update:  EIN presents over 150 clips of fabulous Elvis action. This week we select yet another ten great videos. Highlights include a sensational 1971 'Suspicious Minds', some delicious & fun movie clips, 10 minutes of fascinating Hawaii November 1972 footage, emotional 1977 material, as well as an off-beat Bob Dylan tribute song. Catch them all before the Elvis internet police take them away! ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source: EIN/YouTube)

'High Octane' new DVD release: High Octane is a new 2 DVD set from Papa Bear Productions which compiles some of the best quality Elvis home-video footage from 1971 to 1975 - including Elvis performing in his classic 'Red Lion', 'Black Fireworks', 'Peacock' and 'Indian Feather' jump-suits.

Described by the producers as. . . "The follow-up to the 'The King On Tour 70-71' with digitally re-mastered films bringing you clear, crisp images of The King on stage in all his splendour. Kansas City '71 kicks off disc one with perfectly synced sound and Elvis strutting around the stage in the beautiful Red Lion suit. Following this show, we have Cincinnati '71 with him wearing the Way Down suit, then Madison Square Garden 6/10/72 afternoon show in the Porthole suit and the quality of this will totally amaze you!

Disc two starts off with Seattle 4/29/73 and Elvis is wearing the gorgeous Thunderbird suit! Then comes Cleveland 6/21/74 wearing the beautiful 'Dark Blue suit with White Phoenix'. Next is Philadelphia 6/23/74 wearing one of Elvis' own favorites, the 'Peacock' suit. Then we go to the beautiful Aloha Eagle suit with him in Cincinnati 6/27/73. We've also included a newly discovered "master" of the Los Angeles 5/11/74 Afternoon show, wearing the Peacock suit and in beautiful quality! Following this one is Kansas City 6/29/74 wearing the 'American Eagle' suit, fantastic close-ups and great sound quality! Moving on to 1975, we have Jackson with Elvis wearing the 'White 2-piece' suit with blue trim. And last, but certainly not least, we close this disc out with Elvis going home to Memphis 6/10/75 and wowing the hometown crowd in the beautiful 'Indian Feather' suit!"

- Each DVD runs 1 hour. - (News, Source; E-mail)


Britney Spears preps her comeback in Elvis' Las Vegas: Fresh out of rehab Britney Spears may be about to resurrect her singing career by returning once again to Sin City Las Vegas. The pop princess has already had post-rehab discussions with a major Las Vegas casino owner over plans to stage her comeback in the city. George Maloof - the billionaire owner of trendy Palms casino - reportedly approached Spears to discuss a deal less than a week after she checked out of the Promises rehab facility in Malibu. Maloof is a big Britney fan and has long been keen on having the star perform in the Palms' new 2500-seater venue 'The Pearl,' according to a local paper. The potential deal would see the star perform at the resort over a long period of time. Celine Dion, Sir Elton John and more recently Prince have signed up to similar Sin City deals. How Britney would cope living full time in a city famed for gambling, drinking and debauchery is unclear. Elvis Presley serves as a classic warning to stars about the dangers of Las Vegas. 'The King' famously spent his final years performing in the city, bored with his 'Casino' audiences, the demands of his manager Colonel Parker and on a downward spiral of prescribed medications. Some stars, however, have managed to become showstoppers without becoming dirty stop-outs. Barry Manilow packs the showroom of the Las Vegas Hilton with his self-dubbed 'fanilows' almost nightly since beginning his run of performances in February 2005. But let's face it, who cares? NO ONE can compare to Elvis' dynamic Vegas performances. EIN says Good luck, Britney! - (News, Source; EIN/Vegas)

Elvis' Sore Throat Erupts Again In A Row: Elvis Presley's vocal cords are probably the most famous in the history of rock'n'roll. Now the medical instruments that helped keep them on song are at the centre of a court battle involving a multi-million pound array of Elvis memorabilia. Among the disputed items collected by George Nichopoulos, the late star's personal doctor, are the laryngeal scope with which he examined "the king's" chronic sore throat and tonsils, and a device used to irrigate his nostrils before concerts. The collection, amassed by Dr Nick - as the former physician is commonly known - in boxes in his garage, was "the greatest find since the Titanic", said Las Vegas lounge singer Robert Gallagher, one of the men disputing its ownership. Also at the heart of the legal fight are a stuffed toy dog that Presley once threw at Dr Nick, the red strobe car roof light the doctor kept with him in case he needed to hurry to Graceland, the star's Tennessee home, a prescription pill bottle dated August 15, 1977 - the day before Elvis died - and a Smith & Wesson pistol that Presley gave to him.

A wooden desk made by Presley's uncle Vester, from which the singer conducted all his business at Graceland, and a gold watch engraved "from EP and Priscilla", the singer's ex-wife, are also in the collection. The items are being stored in a locked Nevada airport hangar while a judge decides who has the right to control and exhibit them. Mr Gallagher and his girlfriend are lined up against Richard Long, a Californian millionaire and their former partner in the company set up to exhibit the collection. Dr Nick, 80, who had earlier agreed to sell the items to Mr Gallagher in a separate deal, is not involved in the legal dispute. He was a fixture in Presley's entourage for a decade but now works for the FedEx courier company after losing his licence in 1995 for bad professional conduct, including filling out too many prescriptions for Jerry Lee Lewis, the country and rockabilly singer. As Presley's personal physician, he wrote out thousands of prescriptions for the amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquillisers, sleeping pills and laxatives to which Elvis became addicted as his health deteriorated and his body bloated. In 1981, however, he was acquitted of charges that he had prescribed too many drugs for Presley. Because of financial and legal disputes, the collection, entitled Dr Nick's Memories of Elvis, has not been seen since it was shown at four Las Vegas casinos in 2001.

"This is part of American history and musical heritage which shows a side of Elvis Presley so few have seen," Mr Gallagher wrote in a letter to the judge in January.
Mr Gallagher, a flamboyant entertainer who plays a white baby grand piano with his feet and wears a bullet-holed cowboy hat, estimates the collection is worth £127 million. He and Mr Long struck a deal to take Dr Nick's collection on tour, but then fell out. The case started last week in Wilmington, Delaware, where they registered their company.

Thirty years after Elvis' sudden death, aged 42, his name remains one of the biggest earners in US entertainment. An American entrepreneur recently bought the rights to his name, image and likeness, paying £58 million for Elvis Presley Enterprises when Priscilla sold the family-run company. The deal did not include the music of the man who made the most solo hit records in history. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

 

Sunday 1 April 2007
"The Elvis Interview A Second Chance" (Book Review): M.J. Allan's entry to the rich world of Elvis literature is an interesting one. Allan's novel offers the Elvis is alive conspiracy theme, but with a twist. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

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Pre-orders open for "Elvis Presley: The Family Album": Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for George Klein's upcoming book. Due for release in November this year the 144 page book is being published by Little, Brown and Company. (News, Source: Amazon)


Elvis Meets The Beatles '07 Tour of Australia

Dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra...with Newcastle to be announced shortly + exciting competition

Visit the tour website


What was Elvis' vocal range and type?: Two of the most common questions EIN receives is what type of singer was Elvis and what was his vocal range. Many different descriptions of Elvis' vocal ability have been published. Possibly the most authoritative is by Henry Pleasants, one of America's leading music observors and critics. In his 1974 book, The Great American Popular Singers, Pleasants says of Elvis:

"Elvis has been described variously as a baritone and a tenor. An extraordinary compass and a very wide range of vocal color have something to do with this divergence of opinion. The voice covers about two octaves and a third, from the baritone's low G to the tenor's high B, with an upward extension in falsetto to at least a D flat. His best octave is in the middle, from about D flat to D flat, granting an extra full step up or down.....The voice has always been weak at the bottom, variable and unpredictable. At the top it is often brilliant....Elvis' is, in a word, an extraordinary voice - or many voices. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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