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Monday 30 April 2012

The Elvis Files Vol. 5 69-70 Pre-Orders Selling Fast: This is surely going to be the SELL-OUT Volume of this great series. In EIN's opinion the best series of books on Elvis ever-produced.  The Pre-Orders are already the highest ever - so Don't Miss Out. See more new example pages below.
From the desk of Erik Lorentzen... Next month 'The Elvis Files' will Return ... The Elvis Files Vol. 5 1969 - 1970.
Bigger and better than ever: 560 pages & 1,600 photos
– This is a labour of love for me, says Erik Lorentzen, author and long time Elvis fan, who has found images and information never revealed before.
All ELVIS EVENTS in this Time Frame Period 1969-1970 are shown
- Every Working Moment...
- Every Getting to that Busy Elvis Schedule
- Elvis AT PLAY Images. (over 200 Newly Discovered for the first time)
- Plenty of Off Set CANDID Moments.
- All the Recording Sessions have pages of Features (Film & Studio)
- All the " Interviews" are shown.
- Elvis In Las Vegas his return to live performances
- The Tours of 1970 are showcased with Many Rare Pictures
- Houston, Phoenix, St. Louis, Detroit, Miami, Tampa, Mobile, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, L.A, San Fran, Oklahoma City and Denver.
- With many Surprises - more than 1600 PHOTOS on 560 PAGES
Go HERE for more FULL SIZE tasty ELVIS images - EIN has the scoop - plus ordering info and more...
EIN says Don't miss out - this volume will sell-out.
(News, Source;ElvisFiles/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Norah Jones inspired by Elvis: She has sung 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' in honor of Elvis and now Norah Jones says everyone should visit Elvis Presley's Graceland home at least once in their lives for inspiration.
The 33-year-old musician is a huge fan of the late 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' and going to his mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, and the city itself inspires her songs.
She said: 'I love it in Memphis. It's the most amazing city full of warm people and great food.
'Everybody should visit Elvis' home Graceland once in their lives and while they're at it they should take a trip to the Sun Records museum. It's the record label that launched Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.'
Norah - the daughter of legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar - is more inspired by artists from the 50s and 60s than modern musicians.
And the 'Happy Pills' singer often dreams of hosting her idols at a dinner party.
She said: 'I'm really inspired by other music and musicians. My fantasy dinner party would include Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Billie Holiday. They're just some of the people I look up to. I have about 50 musical icons.'
Norah Jones has often refered to her Elvis inspiration playing 'Love Me Tender' and 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' in concert - Click here for her great version.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Re-Christens American Queen steamboat: Priscilla Presley smashed a champagne bottle against a steamboat Friday, christening the American Queen as it resumed voyages along the Mississippi River.
“Just floating down the river brings back a lot of nostalgia for the heartland,” said Presley, the former wife of rock ’n’ roll icon Elvis Presley, who lived in Memphis.
The American Queen is the largest steamboat in the world, carrying 436 passengers.
The christening took place just before the boat left its home port of Memphis on a seven-day river cruise to Cincinnati. It is scheduled to take part Wednesday in the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race.
Elvis Presley’s Christmas Cruise will take place on the the American Queen from November 30 - December 9, 2012.
Presley thanked the boat’s owners for naming her godmother of the boat. “She’ll be bringing fun to families and friends from all over the world,” she said, adding that the American Queen represents a city her husband loved.
(News, Source;AP/Sanja/ElvisInfoNet)

 Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough Rocks Out: It looks like Elvis' granddaughter would be a worthy heir to his rock and roll crown if she ever decided to take up music. For Riley Keough looked stunning as she attended the launch of a new Johnny Ramone's autobiography in Hollywood last night.

The actress looks to have inherited the genes of her handsome grandfather ELVIS as well as from her glamorous Naked Gun star grandmother Priscilla, both aesthetically as well as artistically.
Riley, whose flawless looks helped her net fiance Alex Pettyfer, looked wonderful in a floral green jacket, long blackcurrant shirt and matching top top.
The blonde seemed thrilled to be posing next to her 44-year-old mother, Lisa Marie who went down a more daring route by donning a black leather dress and fishnet tights.
Riley's own star is already on the rise after she starred in the critically praised 2010 film The Runaways.
She starred as alongside Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart in the movie, which was a biography of the iconic 70s all-girl rock band.

(News, Source;Sanja/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 28 April 2012

EIN Elvis Trivia Quiz: Every year EIN holds the 'EIN Elvis MEGA QUIZ' for our paid-up Fan Club members here in Australia. It is a chance to test your knowledge, as well as learn something new about our man.
The EIN Mega Quiz is also designed so that older fans who do not have easy access to the Internet (yes, there are still some out there!) have a chance to win through multiple choice questions.
The idea is not to easily "Google" every answer but to try and find them through Elvis books, films, CDs etc.
The EIN Fan Club Mega Quiz top contestants get a chance to win some special hard-to-obtain Elvis prizes. But no prizes here, just a chance to have some FUN and to get your name in lights.
The Top Ten entrants who send in their answers by MAY 14, 2012 will get their names listed as Elvis Experts!
Go HERE to our weekend Quiz - and try and equal EIN fan club member Peta Garriga who got 100% correct!
(ElvisTriviaSpotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Suspicious Minds" Songwriter Mark James Joins Elvis Week 2012: Elvis fans can now experience a blend of storytelling and music with the man who wrote Elvis' hit singles "Suspicious Minds" and "Always on My Mind" among others. Songwriter Mark James will be appearing at the new Elvis Week event, Elvis Songwriters Showcase, on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Mark James is famous for writing hits for Elvis, B.J. Thomas, and Brenda Lee. The Texas native crossed paths with the king after being signed on as a staff writer for Memphis producer Chips Moman's publishing company. James originally recorded "Suspicious Minds" in 1968 but from a lack of commercial success, handed it over to Elvis who made it a #1 single in 1969. 
"Suspicious Minds" became one of the most notable Elvis hits and was ranked #91 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
Mark James greatest personal success came with another Elvis hit after co-writing "Always on My Mind" with Wayne Carson and Johnny Christopher. James received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year after Willie Nelson's 1982 rendition. 
James will be appearing along with Mike Stoller of the songwriting team Leiber
and Stoller, who wrote songs such as “Hound Dog,” “Loving You,” and “Jailhouse Rock.” More songwriters will be announced soon.
Go HERE to EIN's spotlight on 'Suspicious Minds' Elvis' Greatest Single.
- and - CLICK HERE to the complete EPE Elvis Week 2012 schedule & for tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Sanja's Saturday Rare Elvis Photos - added to EIN today:

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

Now with over 5,300 photos and with more added every week – including YouTube footage.

Click here to access our Facebook Elvis Information Network. You need to be a Facebook Member.

‘Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album' Out Now!: Memphis Recording Service have managed an early release of the CD/Book package titled ‘Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album'.
The CD is an expanded edition of the original soundtrack album ‘Blue Hawaii’ originally released in 1961.
It contains many previously unreleased out-takes and alternate versions of the soundtrack recording including Elvis’ number 1 hit, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’. - It fills in on the outakes that the expanded FTD release missed out on - a real bonus for avid collectors.
As an extra treat the CD is accompanied by a 40 page book containing many rare and unpublished photographs taken on and off the set of ‘Blue Hawaii’.
This title is available on Amazon UK and Play at only £9 - SEE BELOW.
GO HERE to EIN's Elvis 2012 CD Releases for full tracklist and details
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Some great Elvis music buys at affordable prices:

Lisa Marie Talks About Returning to Her Graceland Roots: Lisa Marie Presley talks about finding her own style with her upcoming album "Storm and Grace."
Lisa Marie's new CD returns to her Southern roots with an ominous, swampy vibe which evokes the ease of an impromptu back porch jam session at her childhood home of Graceland. Lisa Marie poses inside the bedroom of her late grandparents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, and is seen hugging her children in between takes. She can also be seen posing in various places on the Graceland property, the place where she grew up with her iconic father. 
The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots with an American-inspired showcase of her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by twelve-time Grammy Award-winner T-Bone Burnett, "Storm & Grace" is a marked departure from Presley's previous albums.
CLICK HERE to the YouTube video
See below for the great review of her new album.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN note: For some reason in the article below the INFDaily journalist suggests that, a) Lisa Marie was eight when Elvis died. She was of course nine-years old. b) Lisa Marie states that Gladys (her Grandmother) died aged 42, the same age as Elvis died. This is also not correct. Gladys pretended she was younger than she really was but she died aged 46. Surely Lisa Marie would know this! At her wedding in 1933 Gladys stated that she was 19 years old and younger than Vernon who stated he was 22, which was not the truth. She was 21, and Vernon was only 17 and too young to officially marry.
Lisa Marie thought she would die at the same age as her father: Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley, opened up to Elle magazine about how it felt for her to reach the age that her father was when he passed away.
Lisa Marie admits that when she turned 42 two years ago, the realization that her father never made it past his 42nd birthday was worrisome for her. The fear was exacerbated by the fact that her grandmother passed away at the age of 42 as well. (see EIN note above)
“It freaked me out,” she told Elle. She continued, “It was my grandmother as well [who died at] the same age, and I was like, ‘What are my odds here?’”
Presley was only eight years old (see EIN note above) when her father died, and the media attention that she received at that time and continuously thereafter was very difficult for her to deal with. As a young woman she struggled with drug use and other behaviors that were deemed questionable by the media, such as her famous marriage to pop legend, Michael Jackson.
However, now a mother of four children – Riley Keough, 22, Benjamin Keough, 19, Finley Aaron Love Lockwood and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood – and married to Michael Lockwood, Presley feels as if her troubled past is far behind her.
While everything may look good on paper for Presley, the singer claims that she still finds it hard to be happy, according to Elle.
“It’s hard for me to be happy because I’m always worried about something going awry, or what could happen to screw up,” she says.
One thing she can check off of her list of worries is not being able to see past her 42nd birthday, like her father and grandmother. Since celebrating her 42nd birthday, when she thinks about the fact that her father wasn’t able to meet his grandchildren and son-in-law, Presley admits to the magazine that she does “get emotional.”
(News, Source;Sanja/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 26 April 2012 --- 2nd News Update

Gladys Presley was born 100 years ago - April 25: Elvis' mother Gladys Love Smith was born on April 25 1912 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi to parents Bob and Doll Smith.
It was in 1933 after a whirlwind romance that Gladys Smith and new boyfriend Vernon Presley eloped and were married on June 17. Vernon was only 17 years-old, while Gladys was 21.
Two years later Elvis and stillborn twin Jesse Garon were born.
Vernon said in an interview...
"At that time there was almost nobody poorer than my wife Gladys and me. But we were thrilled and excited when we learned that we were going to be parents. I was only 18 years old, but throughout Gladys’ pregnancy it never occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to take care of her and the baby.
Gladys and I were so proud of Elvis and enjoyed him so much that we immediately wanted more children. But, for reasons no doctor could understand, we had none. While Elvis grew from infant to toddler to lively little boy, we consulted doctors about our failure to have another child. We prayed about it, too. There was no medical reason why my wife didn’t conceive again, but she didn’t."
Click HERE for the Vernon Presley Interview in full)
Sadly after a long period struggling with hepatitis at 3.15am, August 14 1958 with Vernon at her side, Gladys Love Presley died at the age of 46.
At her funeral Elvis sobbed, crying out, "Oh God, everything I have is gone. Goodbye, darling, goodbye. I love you so much. You know how much I lived my whole life just for you."
The book 'Elvis and Gladys' by Elaine Dundy is essential reading.
Go here for EIN's interview with Elaine Dundy.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Eric Bana not to play Elvis in 'Elvis & Nixon': Actor Eric Bana says he's not playing Elvis Presley in 'Elvis & Nixon' the directorial debut of Cary Elwes.
"I'm not doing that. I was attached for a while, but I'm no longer attached," Bana told The Hollywood Reporter. Last October the Aussie heart-throb was lined up last October to play the rock and roll king with Danny Huston taking on the equally iconic and oft-impersonated character of President Nixon. Bana is known for a spot-on Elvis impersonation. Bana was named as an executive producer on the film through his Pick Up Truck Pictures, marking the company's first U.S. production.
Elwes co-wrote the script with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal; the project is financed by producer Michael Benaroya (of Margin Call).
Three other Elvis movies are also believed to still be in production. Steve Bing's Fox 2000 project 'Last Train to Memphis' a traditional biopic; 'The Identical' which has a faith-based theme and centers on an Elvis impersonator - plus 'Fame & Fortune' adapted from Sonny West's autobiography.
Go here for EIN interview with John Scheinfeld director of  'Fame & Fortune':
(News, Source;THR/ElvisInfoNet)

Tom Jones advised Elvis to stay away from drugs: The 71-year-old crooner and the legendary Elvis Presley became friends whilst performing at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas during the 60s and 70s, and would often chat about the pitfalls of being in the public eye.
But while Elvis was known for his prescription drug use, Tom insists he declined to have anything to do with that side of fame and urged his friend to do the same.
The 'Delilah' singer said: "He picked my brains a bit. I never realised he was doing it, but Elvis would say, 'how do you deal with it, fame?' And I'd say, 'well, I enjoy it'. Then he'd say, 'what drugs do you take in order to enjoy it?' And I'd say, 'well, I don't' - and I think that's maybe helped me."
Despite being surrounded by cocaine and marijuana at celebrity-packed parties, Jones insists he was never tempted to dabble.
He told the paper, "It has never interested me. Cocaine, for instance - going to a party and seeing there's a bloody big mound on the table. Christ, I don't get anything from it.
"I like restaurants, I like pubs. I like to be standing with the fellas by the bar, a social thing that you don't get from drugs. I still like a good pint of British ale."
(News, Source;TheUK Tabloids/EIN)

Lisa Marie Presley 'Storm & Grace' New CD Review: Lisa Marie Presley was 35 when her first album was released, 2003's To Whom It May Concern. Her debut's success was followed two years later with Now What. Again, Presley impressed critics and music buyers alike for her mature and earthy material. However, Presley let it be known she felt she was being pulled in directions she didn't want to go. She needed time and inspiration to restart her creative juices. Then announcements for her forthcoming Storm & Grace suggested her 2012 return would be a major departure for Presley. As it turns out, these claims are largely true. Her third album is not as hard-charging as her previous releases, and it is far more "organic," to use Presley's own description.
But Storm & Grace isn't just a stripped-down "roots" album, with players simply laying down good grooves behind a singer. Thanks immeasurably to producer T Bone Burnett, the musical settings maintain a unified moody tone throughout the 11 songs. The set is full of subdued echo, haunting guitar lines, and the ambiance of a live session trying to capture both the cerebral and emotional elements in each song. Presley's lyrics balance both the dark and the hopeful, her painful trials and hard-won triumphs, a few hellos and many goodbyes. In other words, storm and grace

Storm & Grace is soulful on several levels -the style of the vocals, Burnett's musical arrangements, and the depth of the material. While every song deals with surviving pain of one kind or another, the tone is typically one of reconciliation, even if all the victories aren't easily won. For example, "Forgiving," co-written with Steve Booker, asks for the secrets of forgiveness as that's hard to do. But these very secrets are scattered throughout the songs in which Presley waves goodbye to the past, which is full of unworthy lovers and glaring flaws within herself.
So Storm & Grace isn't a disc to pep up your party, but it is one worth repeated listening. If it's surprising, that's probably due to comparisons with her two previous releases and the fact that the attempt here was far more artistic than commercial. Lisa Marie has her own blues to sing and she delivers them with style and grace. This is one Presley very much in the building.
Go here to the full review by BlogCritic Wesley Britton. -
Go HERE for More Lisa Marie Presley Information
(News, Source;BlogCritic/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 24 April 2012

The Elvis Files Vol.5 & New Elvis Files magazine!: Elvis Files producer Erik Lorentzen today announced the news that there will be an Elvis Files magazine. The Elvis Files Magazine first issue will be published in September, with lots of great photos and articles. There will be 4 issues a year.
Lorentzen says the reason for the magazine is that he has bought some new huge photo collections which he would like to share it with other fans. The magazine will also include photos and articles that haven't been used in the book series.

Here is also the new poster for 'Elvis Files Vol.5' which is in the printers now, with 580 pages and more than 1600 photos it is really looking good.





(News, Source;ErikL/Elvis Info Network)

This is surely going to be the SELL-OUT Volume of this great series. In EIN's opinion the best series of books on Elvis ever-produced. 
... The Elvis Files Vol. 5 1969 - 1970. more than 1600 PHOTOS on 560 PAGES
HERE for more FULL SIZE tasty ELVIS images - plus ordering info and more...
EIN says Don't miss out - this volume will sell-out.
(News, Source;ElvisFiles/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Monday 23 April 2012

'Elvis In Ottawa' Spotlight & Elvis Interview: Elvis performed in Ottawa, Canada on April 3rd 1957, 55 years ago this month. Janet Fulton was only 13 years-old when she attended Elvis' concert and one of the highlights of her life was not only meeting Elvis but also being kissed by him. Back in November 2011 EIN interviewed Janet Fulton about the experience of meeting Elvis and recently she also provided us with this interesting article on 'Elvis In Ottawa' - 55 years ago this month.
Following the spotlight is Ottawa's radio CKOY Mac Lipson's interview with Elvis on the same day.
"I have never thought I had a good voice. I just enjoy what I'm doing and I put every part of my heart, soul and body into it. But I guess one of the reasons the people have liked it is because it was a little something different" - Elvis Presley, Ottawa 1957.
Go here to this fabulous look at Elvis in Ottawa. 
(Spotlight, Source;JanetFulton/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Aloha 2013' Packages Now On Sale to General Public: All Elvis fans can now make reservations to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Elvis' Aloha from Hawaii. Vacation packages are currently on sale to the public.
Go Here for more info and event details
(News, Source;EPE)

Graceland Gates Installed 55 years ago: While Elvis was touring Canada (as noted above) the new front gates were installed at Graceland. With an electoric gate opener as an added addition the cost was $1,700. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and ordered from the Tennessee Fabricating Company.
The original gates painted were a red, iron colour but have been repaired many times and for a while painted white. There was a major repair when in March 1974 a tour bus accidenitly crashed into the gates.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 22 April 2012

Elvis Presley duets album Back On?!?: At Friday’s Tisch School of the Art's Gala, music mogul and NYU alum Clive Davis told us that while he hasn’t had a chance to see Tupac’s hologram perform at Coachella, he is "in the midst" of an afterlife-inspired project of his own: an Elvis Presley duets album. Apparently Priscilla Presley brought him the idea and it “struck a responsive chord” with him.
“I immediately thought, My God, to go through his repertoire and not to be a slave to his tracks but to have some freedom to perhaps change some tracks as we see fit. Could Lady Gaga do 'Viva Las Vegas' with Elvis? You know, different ideas. We all have to explore what’s fresh and new, even if it explores the departed.” Maybe Gaga could even perform with Elvis' hologram. “Elvis would be great,” Davis agreed. Though, on second thought, perhaps Elvis should perform with Jo Calderone (Lady Gaga's fictional male alter-ego) and we can see who does Elvis better.
EIN's Brian Quinn has also heard from official sources that after the recent success of the Tony Bennett Duets album, SONY are once again interested in the often-discussed Elvis Duets album.
(News, Source;Vulturenews/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Nixon aide Bud Krogh and Jerry Schilling added to Elvis Week Insiders Conference: Elvis Insiders will have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the day the King of Rock 'n' Roll sat down with an American President during Elvis Week 2012. Elvis' lifelong friend Jerry Schilling and President Nixon's former aide Egil "Bud" Krogh will both take part in the official Elvis Insiders Conference on Monday, August 13, 2012, to discuss when Elvis met Nixon.
Jerry Schilling was with Elvis the day he met President Nixon and he also worked with Elvis throughout his career. Former Nixon aide, Egil "Bud" Krogh arranged the meeting and took the official notes for the one and only time Elvis sat down with an American president in the Oval Office. Krogh also authored the 1994 book "The Day Elvis Met Nixon."
On December 21, 1970, when Elvis approached the White House, it was "Bud" Krogh who was convinced of Elvis' sincerity and arranged the meeting

between the king and President Nixon.
Both men witnessed history in the making and can give detailed accounts of the conversations between Elvis and President Nixon. Schilling and Krogh will be joined by a number of other guests at the Official Elvis Insiders Conference, including Tom Perryman, Dixie Locke Emmons, Larry Geller, DJ Fontana, and many more!
CLICK HERE to the complete EPE Elvis Week 2012 schedule & for tickets
(News, Source;EPE)

Sonny West doing much better!: Good news from Sandi Pichon, Sonny West is doing MUCH better after his operation. She reports today that if Sonny continues to improve they will move him from ICU to a room tomorrow! Sonny came through the surgery fine after they ended up doing 4 bypasses. He is once again laughing and talking.

Please keep up the good thoughts, they are apreciated.

(News, Source:SP/ElvisInfoNet)

Remembering Elvis' Birthday Celebration on 'American Bandstand': With Dick Clark's recent death, AP journalist  Linda Deutsch recalls being 15-years old and determined to keep her hero from being forgotten after entering the Army in the height of his fame. The New Jersey native was the president of an Elvis Presley Fan Club and started a petition to ask "American Bandstand" to dedicate the entire 90-minute program to Elvis' music on his 24th birthday.
A photo taken over half a century ago paints the picture of an Elvis fan, who pulled out all stops to keep Elvis' music and image fresh while he served in the U.S. army.
After getting 3,500 signatures, Deutsch's father drove her and her best friend to
deliver it to Dick Clark in person. Once they arrived, a crowd of Elvis fans greeted them outside the studio and Clark's staff ushered them inside.
Dick Clark rolled out the 16-foot long petition for his audience to see and the next day he announced on-air he had spoken with Colonel Tom Parker to arrange an entire show of Elvis music in honor of his birthday.
On January 8, 1959, Dick Clark and "American Bandstand" dedicated the entire show to Elvis. Elvis sent a telegram to Dick Clark thanking him for the birthday wishes and had Colonel Tom Parker deliver a birthday cake for the staff to enjoy.
He also asked that Dick Clark thank his fans for their loyalty.
Go HERE to her full article,
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 20 April 2012

'Aloha from Hawaii' 2013 Presale Now On: Elvis Insiders can now make reservations to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Elvis' Aloha from Hawaii. Vacation packages are currently on sale for basic and plus members of the Elvis Insiders affinity group and former guests of The Elvis Cruises. The sale for the general public begins on April 20, 2012.
Come celebrate Elvis and the 40th anniversary of Aloha from Hawaii on Thursday, January 10 - Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Experience six days and five nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach and enjoy the perfect mix of exceptional resort accommodations, classic Hawaiian hospitality and the best Elvis-themed entertainment in the world.
Go Here for more info and event details
(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

Sanja's Friday Rare Elvis Photos - added to EIN today:

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

Now with over 5,300 photos and with more added every week – including YouTube footage.

Click here to access our Facebook Elvis Information Network. You need to be a Facebook Member.

Melbourne Fans DONT FORGET ELVIS Double-Bill THIS Saturday April 22nd: Australian fans in Melbourne don’t miss out on this great double bill SUNDAY 22 April at 7:00pm. Combining the fabulous 'Viva Las Vegas' with the sensational 5.1 Surround Sound blast of 'That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition' -at the Astor Theatre.
Click here for details
(News, Source;TonyC/ElvisInfoNet)

Dick Clark dies at 82; The music impresario Dick Clark whose 'American Bandstand' show helped introduced America to rock 'n' roll died Wednesday at 82-years-old. He left behind a legacy of over 50 years in American popular entertainment. While in recent years he was perhaps best known for counting down to midnight on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve—not to mention the many other specials, award ceremonies, and game shows he hosted—Clark first became a household name with American Bandstand, for which he took the mic as host in 1956.
With the exception of Elvis Presley, Clark was considered by many to be the person most responsible for the bonfire spread of rock 'n' roll across the country in the late 1950s. "Bandstand" gave fans a way to hear and see rock's emerging idols in a way that radio and magazines could not. It made Clark a household name and gave him the foundation for a shrewdly pursued broadcasting career that made him wealthy, powerful and present in American television for half a century.
In his interview with Elvis Presley on the first day that "American Bandstand" went national, Mr. Clark could have been a stand-in for Pat Boone, the clean-cut white-bucks-wearing pop star who was the antithesis of the gyrating, wet-lipped Elvis with his pompadour and bedroom eyes.
Over the 34 years that Clark hosted the show, he shared the stage with just about every major movement in popular music including Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, James Brown, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers who all made their national television debuts on "Bandstand."
Neither Elvis nor The Beatles ever appeared on his show. However Elvis wasn’t slighting Clark by not appearing as by the time Bandstand went national in mid-1957, Elvis had already abandoned TV entirely. Colonel Parker reasoned that if Elvis’ fans could see him for free on TV, they were less likely to buy tickets to his movies.
Although he kept Elvis off Bandstand, the Colonel recognized Clark’s ability to communicate with teenagers and Dick Clark phoned Elvis several times when he was in Germany away from his US fans. In 1959 Clark noted about Elvis and teenagers, "There is nothing basically bad or wrong about our teen-agers today. They are better citizens than past generations for they are better educated in school and at home. They have broader tastes. They have ideals and they have values."
When parents complained Dick Clark offered a respected adult voice in support of Elvis. "He’s a great talent. Whether you call it rock and roll or rhythm and blues or country music, his style is authentic. He has never faked his music. Elvis' music is honest. Many adults couldn’t see it. The younger generation, whose tastes were not prejudiced, accepted Presley’s singing for its freshness and exuberance. But this is not the secret. It’s something more than talent that Elvis has. Some people call it magic. I call it girl-appeal."
RIP Dick Clark AKA Richard Wagstaff November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

UK Bridlington Elvis Festival in May: Now in its third year the UK 2012 Bridlington Elvis Festival will be bigger and better than ever. Come and celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley, the greatest entertainer of all time over the May bank holiday weekend May 4-7 2012.
With Special Guest Ed Bonja - Elvis Presley's Tour Manager and Official Photographer.
The highlight of the Elvis weekender is the Elvis Masters Competition, where professional ETAs and our Wildcard entrants compete for an exciting cash prize of up to £10,000 and win the title of Elvis Masters Champion. Also includes Sunday Gospel service and more.

For more details on attending this great Elvis Weekend and entering the Elvis Masters 2012, Click HERE to the Elvis Weekender Website.
(News, Source;Elvis.co.uk)

Elvis Co-Star Dolores Hart Wins Life Achievement Award; It was announced yesterday that Mother Dolores Hart who was recently profiled in the Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary "God is the Bigger Elvis" – will receive the 2012 Christopher Life Achievement Award during its 63rd annual Christopher Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 24th.
As part of the annual Christopher Awards which recognize books, films and TV/Cable programs that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit," the organization also presents special Awards to worthy individuals and achievements, one of which is the Life Achievement Award.
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dolores Hart enjoyed a successful acting career that led her to co-star in movies with Robert Wagner, Anthony Quinn, and Elvis Presley. She became the first actress to kiss Elvis in a movie, and portrayed St. Clare in the film "Francis of Assisi." Though she enjoyed her time and work in Hollywood, Hart felt an even stronger spiritual call from God that led her to give up the acting life to become a cloistered Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn.
Mother Dolores still remains an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, giving her a vote to help determine each year’s Oscar winners. She watches the movies on screener DVDs and invites her fellow nuns to see the good ones.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Is an Elvis Hologram show next?: Last weekend Tupac Shakur played the Coachella Valley Music (shown below) even though he died in 1996. A hologram of the rapper appeared on stage and performed two songs alongside his still-living contemporaries Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. At the end of the act, hologram Tupac exploded into an impressive light display.
The performance was the result of a four-month collaboration between Dr. Dre’s production company and two hologram-imaging companies.
Previously a digital Frank Sinatra sang at Simon Cowell’s 50th birthday party in 2009 and a digital Black Eyed Peas also performed at a French awards show in 2011 costing several hundred thousand dollars. The extra work built into this recent project likely means that Tupac cost a bit more. Still, that’s much less than the well-over $1 million that a living, breathing festival headliner would have demanded from concert promoters.
This concept has been thought about by the Elvis estate and of course there is plenty of genuine Elvis footage that can be used to create authentic 3D performances.
Back in 2007 a 3D image of Elvis was used on American Idol but not with a hologram (which needs near darkness to work) but instead using digital merging rotoscoping, which traced Presley from the original footage, superimposing Elvis over the original stand-in.
So how long will it be before Elvis Presley will be performing the 'Elvis In Concert' shows in 3D? 
EIN cannot wait!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis 69/Change of Habit' JAT trailer: Competing with several other upcoming Elvis books that feature 1969,  Joe Tunzi is working his new book, 'Elvis 69: Featuring the Universal Film Change of Habit'. The book with 160 pictures concentrates on 1969, the year of the King's fabulous return to live shows in Las Vegas, but also the year when the movie with the same title was released. It was his 31st movie, featuring the great Mary Tyler Moore.

Go here for the short trailer.

(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

Sonny West In Hospital: Elvis Unlimited received a troubling message this morning concerning Sonny West. He needs to undergo open heart surgery and is hospitalized in Nashville.

Please pray that everything will go well

(News, Source:ElvisUnlimited)

'Bootleg Elvis' New Book out in July 2012: After many years of painstaking research, a group of five European mega-collectors have finished their work on the ultimate vinyl bootleg bible 'Bootleg Elvis'. Now, in 2012, the time has come that this massive - 640 pages- work of love and labor will be made available to all Elvis fans and music lovers worldwide. With more than 1200 color pictures, track listings, cross-references, matrix numbers, cover/label/vinyl/sound descriptions of about 1000 records on 480+ pages, this is the most in-depth work on Elvis vinyl bootlegs ever! This book will not only list and visualize every known Elvis bootleg record, but it will also list and show all known variations of each record. All records will be listed in several chapters, being:
- 7-inch Singles·
- 7-inch Extended Play Albums
- 10-inch Albums & 78 rpm Singles
- 12-inch Long Play Albums and Maxi Singles
- Interviews and Session Talks
- Novelty and Tribute Bootlegged Records
- Far Eastern Bootlegged Records
To top it off, there is an almost 65 pages description about the history of (Elvis) bootlegging, starting in 1901 up to today. There are about 70 pages of stories written by all the major bootleggers from the USA, Canada and Europe. They will tell you why they made their bootlegs, how they obtained their recordings, how they got their records and sleeves made and how they managed to sell their records without being caught. Read stories -first hand- about albums like Please Release Me (the first Elvis bootleg ever!) The Hillbilly Cat "Live", The '68 Comeback, Million Dollar Quartet, Loving You Recording Sessions, Welcome In Germany and many more. These are more than fascinating insider stories that were never known nor published before! All in all, this book gives you the most complete insight ever into the evolution of bootlegging Elvis. Even if you’re not a vinyl collector, this book is definitely a must-have! - More info soon.
(News, Source;BootlegElvis)

'ELVIS Forever Vols1 & 2' New Import release: The classic original ELVIS FOREVER albums, released in stunning 3 panel 2-disc digipacks are a huge worldwide success!!
The first two releases, volumes 3 and 4 were sold out within 2 weeks.
Be sure to keep your collection complete, as 2 new volumes are out NOW!!
Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available (500 copies only!!! ) as double cd albums including great bonus tracks.
SO Order Your Copies Today!!!

Go here for full details and tracklist

(News, Source;ElvisForever/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Melbourne Fans DONT FORGET ELVIS Double-Bill THIS WEEKEND April 22nd: Australian fans in Melbourne don’t miss out on this great double bill SUNDAY 22 April at 7:00pm. Combining the fabulous 'Viva Las Vegas' with the sensational 5.1 Surround Sound blast of 'That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition' -at the Astor Theatre.
Click here for details
(News, Source;TonyC/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 16 April 2012 ........ 2nd Special Update

UPDATED 'On Stage' FTD Classic Album Review: The long-awaited double-CD Classic Album version of RCA's 1970's 'On Stage' - and featuring three officially unreleased LIVE concerts. Recorded in Las Vegas February 1970, the original album was released in June 1970 and for Elvis fans the album was an absolute stunner showcasing some fabulous original material.
A few months ago EIN reviewed ‘ReBooked’ the deluxe 4CD bootleg set of Elvis’ Jan/ Feb 1970 Vegas season. Now FTD follows up with a marvellous "Classic Album" version that very cleverly matches the bootleg release giving us 25 brand new unreleased performances.
"I’m about to lose this damn thing. Get me a belt! Excuse us while we forgot what we were doing - because I lost control hours ago!" - Elvis Presley in Las Vegas Feb 19th 1970.
Go here to Piers Beagley's in-depth review with photos and extracts.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Kieran Davis Exclusive Interview: Kieran Davis is the author of the excellent 'Elvis On Tour- November 1971' plus the more recent 'Elvis Live at the International' a book containing 170 pages describing in meticulous detail exactly what it was like to see Elvis in concert in Las Vegas
Both of his books are packed with sections of tape transcripts, jumpsuit descriptions, photographs of memorabilia, advertising campaign, RCA promotional material along with marvellous fan recollections of seeing Elvis, meeting him and even spending time with him.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley interviews author Kieran Davis about how he manages to produce such excellent books and includes with some lovely book extracts and photos.
Including Peggy Elzea describing spending time close-up with Elvis in 1969.
(Book Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘All The King’s Women’ shows Elvis in a little different light: Are You Lonesome Tonight? Well put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Surrender yourself to an evening chronicling the era and honoring the influence of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. If you don’t laugh you have a Wooden Heart.

“All The King’s Women” written by multiple award winning playwright Luigi Jannuzzi and directed by Missy Barnes, associate professor of Theatre Arts at Catawba College, comprises eight vig-nettes tracking changing times during the life of Elvis Presley, and how those times were shaped by the man himself. For those of you with Suspicious Minds: it is Fever pitch, family friendly, fast and funny.

Opposite: Lori Van Wallendael, Celsa de Jesus and Mary Ann McCubbin. Photo by Chris Speers

One Tupelo Saleswoman – Bethany Sinnott — (yes, the Shakespearean authority Dr. Sinnott — who knew?) plays a 1940s Mississippi sales lady who sells Elvis his first guitar when the future gyrator and his Mother pop in to her store to choose Elvis’ 11th birthday gift. Bethany commands a bare stage, but you’d swear there’s a store full of people interrupting her monologue: “.…Asbestos Insulation Sir? Aisle 4.” With apologies to you know who: Bethany is the soul of wit.

The Censor And The King — Tammie Casper and Claudia Galup epitomize a new world of 1950s women in the workplace as their characters discuss how the censors will scrutinize pelvic movement, before Elvis’ first appearance on the Steve Allen Show. Gina Christoffersen plays The Colonel’s secretary. The questions and precautions of the day, as well as hilariously portrayed, seem incredible now.

3 A.M. In The Garden With A God — Kat Campagna plays a ’60s housewife whose few minutes of daily independence generally fall in the middle of the night when she takes a trip to the local supermarket to buy peanut butter and bananas. Kat’s “highlight of my life” recital of her collision with Elvis in the produce section is a show stopper. Your sides will be All Shook Up.

When Nixon Met Elvis — Mary Ann McCubbin, Celsa de Jesus, and Lori Van Wallendael are three 1970 White House secretaries fawning over a visitor at the White House gate. The three do a good job bouncing off one another: transitioning through denial, shock and eventual weak kneed contact with the aspiring federal agent.

A 15-minute intermission is followed by Warhol Explains Art To Elvis — Claudia Galup and Robin Hendrick, embracing their full flower power regalia, make plans to entice Elvis to endorse Warhol’s Elvis Pop Art Exhibition. Jeannie Lefler questions their approach.

Pink Cadillacs and God – Showroom manager Bob Paolino struggles to determine which of his super saleswomen: Sharon Doherty or Lori Van Wallendael, will sell Elvis the king’s next and 100th Cadillac. The three actors do an excellent job of hitting the funny lines and the scene also does more than any other in the show to depict the dichotomy of Elvis’ public persona and his struggle to earn respect from the establishment.

One Private Guard — Rodney Lippard is a security guard inside Graceland, who knew and worked for Presley before the king’s death. Reflections on the compassion and generosity of Elvis Presley are poignantly portrayed by Lippard.

Leaving Graceland – It is 2012 and a young woman: Willow Catherine, is quitting the souvenir shop at Graceland. Her obsessed Elvis Impersonator boyfriend Chris Speer cannot believe she’s leaving and inept sales clerk Pat Proctor just never thinks it will happen. The three play off each other well. Graceland is full of tourist trinkets and the world is moving on.

During scene changes, Bob Paolino has a recurring role as the radio announcer, relating sound-bites of American society throughout the decades, recalling the cause and effect of many aspects of the mid-20th century.

So it’s not just an Elvis Fan Club night. But you should spend One Night watching All The King’s Women before we go our Separate Ways. Don’t delay, It’s Now or Never, the show runs only through Saturday, avoid Crying In The Chapel on Sunday. Shake Rattle and Roll Until It’s Time For You To Go… Too Much?

Tonight-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. at the Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee Street, Salisbury. Admission $10 at the door, reservations not available. Doors open at 7. Email leestreettheatre@gmail.com for more information. (Review, Source: Len Clark, Salisbury Post)

Pre-orders open for 2013 Elvis Calendars

UT Opera Theatre to Present Elvis-Inspired ‘Marriage of Figaro’: The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre this month will present a modern-day adaptation of Mozart’s classic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, where Elvis is star and pop culture takes center stage.The spring opera will debut Friday through Sunday, April 20 to 22, at the Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue.

It is under the direction of James Marvel, Opera Theatre director, and conducted by Kevin Class, Opera Theatre music director.

Figaro will be an interactive play where audience members may become part of the show and may be invited to dance on stage. Friday and Saturday nights will include pre-show performances by the Rockabilly-Ska band Demon Waffle.

“If you thought you couldn’t enjoy opera, this evening will change your mind forever,” Marvel said. “People who should attend this production include those who love Mozart, opera, Figaro, Elvis, swing dancing, rock and roll, pop culture, classical music, living, laughing, loving, and comedy.”
Marvel decided to interpret Figaro as Mozart’s opera about Elvis because, he said, “both personas are immensely likable and musical.
“Both are good dancers and play the guitar,” he said. “Both have amazing hair. Ultimately, Figaro is the barber, and barbers are all about the hair.”
Marvel’s adaptation of Figaro will also feature representations of former First Lady Jackie Onassis and Liberace, a flamboyant American pianist and vocalist.
Show times are 8:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
Tickets are $5 for UT Students, $10 faculty, staff, seniors, and non-UT students, and $15 for the general public. They are available for purchase at the Clarence Brown Theatre box office, online at www.knoxvilletickets.com, or by phone at 865-974-5161.Tickets are also available at the theater on the evening of the performance.
For more information, visit www.music.utk.edu/figaro
(News, Source: Google News)

Graceland Express (Book Reviews): Marie Vernon's new Elvis related novel is receiving strong reviews from critics and fans.

A wonderful novel: Vangie O’Toole is a truly endearing character representing many Elvis Fans and Fan Clubs all over the world that are so generous and giving in the name of Elvis Presley. You feel for her through her struggles, hopes and dreams of getting to Graceland when complications and mysterious circumstances threaten her trip of a lifetime.

A fun read, a touching character line and a nice tribute to how Elvis’ giving spirit continues to influence his fans some 30 years after his death.” (Review, Source: Tracy Duncan, President “I’ll Remember You Elvis” Fan Club, Jacksonville, Florida) 

OK, you tell yourself: Another Elvis book. Ho hum. But what a pleasant surprise. As it turns out “Graceland Express” is a fast-paced tale of Vangie who works at K mart and is trapped in a life which revolves around a mother who is convinced that Gypsies are invading her home. Author is St. Augustine resident Marie Vernon, a former feature writer, columnist and reviewer for the Baltimore Sun.

Central character of “Graceland Express” is Vangie, a member of the Elvis 4-Ever Fan Club, a group which is planning a trip to Graceland to mark the 10th anniversary of Elvis’s death. Vangie wants desperately to go, but when the Gypsies again become the focus of Vangie’s mother’s life, it looks like the Elvis bus will be leaving Baltimore without Vangie.

But Vangie is a lot more than just an Elvis fan. She is a caring young woman who is devoted to hospitalized children and performs good works in the name of the Elvis 4-Ever Fan Club for the children in a Baltimore hospital. Her devotion and contributions catch the attention of the

Baltimore newspaper, and Vangie is thrust into the spotlight.Humor makes this book a fun read — and you find yourself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, especially visualizing the burly truck driver who favors Tom Selleck in looks and is devoted to his demanding feline Konstanze. Then there’s Vangie’s brother, Floyd O’Toole, who is always positive that the next big score will allow him to flee the country and live in luxury in a tropical paradise with the current woman of his dreams.

Elvis fan or not you’ll get a kick out of “Graceland Express” and its twists and turns leading up to departure day for Graceland. And you won’t believe the ending.” (Book Review by ANNE C. HEYMEN; the St. Augustine Record, September 4, 2011)

Saturday 14 April 2012

Memphis Horns' Andrew Love Dies: Wayne Jackson has sent EIN this very sad message >>.  The Passing of Andrew Love April 12, 2012. What can I say about my best friend, Andrew Love? He was the best man I knew. He was a great husband and father. He was a fabulous musician, and he left behind for us a wealth of recorded saxophone so we can continue to be amazed by him. How fortuitous of God to have put the two of us together. The first time I heard Andrew play was at the Manhattan Club with the Willie Mitchell band. I knew we would be perfect together. He had a big tone, and I had a big tone. And I knew that they would blend in the the most natural, beautiful way. We loved to laugh together. We laughed and traveled all over the world together making records with artists of all genres. Andrew and I knew we were blessed beyond most people. We got to do what we loved everyday and share our unique gifts. It all paid off this year with The Memphis Horns receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 
I will miss him - Wayne Jackson

Both Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love's wife made very emotional and touching speeches when receiving their Grammy awards earlier this year acknowledging their love of music - and each other. G0 here to these wonderful speeches.
Wayne Jackson was the diminutive spitfire on trumpet and Andrew Love the
lanky, laid-back cat on sax. Together, as The Memphis Horns, they made beautiful music for five decades. They were forever just out of the spotlight, sidemen was the term, but their sound was front and center, furnishing the heart, soul, and ballast behind hit records by Elvis Presley (Memphis Sessions), Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, James Taylor, U2 and countless others.
Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, 70, is still doing session work and supporting young musicians.
Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Wayne Jackson about his time with Elvis.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis The Last Stop Hotel' new DVD: From the Chrome Dreams budget label another DVD looking at Elvis' Last Days.
The publicity promises.. Many would claim that the music Elvis Presley made towards the end of his life paled in comparison with that he made in the 1950s. But, as is often the case in the King's career, re-appraisal of those later performances and recordings reveal a passion and vitality as charged as anything he'd recorded during earlier times. This film documents the final years of Elvis's life, with particular emphasis given to his last few months on earth, and details in depth his final days. Presented in documentary style with plenty of rare and previously unseen Elvis footage, exclusive interviews with those who were with The King during his final days (such as members of the 'Memphis Mafia', other friends and colleagues and his spiritual advisor) news clips, archive interviews with the man himself and numerous other features to make, in completion, the finest film yet on this part of Elvis.
To be released on May 21, the DVD costs less than US$7.20! Fans beware!
Sounds like a re-release of E True Hollywood Story's "The Last Days of Elvis".
(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 13 April 2012

These Elvis boots were made for walking: We wonder if yellow wiggle Greg Page has put his feet in these brown leather boots and we think it is highly likely. The boots were worn by Elvis Presley during his 1968 Comeback special and are just one of many Elvis items owned by Page
You may not be able to slip your feet into the boots but if you are in Australia you certainly will be able to look closely at them. Page has given the go-ahead for part of his multi-million dollar Elvis Presley collection to tour and Albury is on the venue list (see below).
Page's touring collection comprises five display cabinets full of items either owned by the King or have a strong connection to him. Items include clothes, jewellery, a movie script, keys and even a wash cloth Elvis used on stage.
Exhibition promoter David Johnstone said that Elvis fans have been known to "react" on seeing items once owned by Elvis.
"I've seen grown men crying and I say 'Are you OK?' and they say 'This is the closest I'll ever get to Elvis Presley!'".
Elvis Presley's treasures can be seen at the Albury Entertainment Centre, New South Wales, this weekend. Friday April 13th and Saturday April 14th
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sanja's Friday Rare Elvis Photos - added to EIN today:

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

Now with over 5,300 photos and with more added every week – including YouTube footage.

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Elvis Presley in yet another new film?: Yet another Elvis movie being flagged in the pres. The King of Rock ‘n Roll is back and he’s teaming with Richard Nixon, a South Florida musician and a conspiracy theory to rock the U.S. government. This time the public will vote on whether this tale gets to the silver screen.
"Elvis Came Back to Manage Me" is a screenplay written by Hallandale Beach writer, Jay Schorr. But what makes this movie different than other political thrillers is that voters are being asked to lobby Hollywood producers to green light the project. "Usually the producers in Hollywood decide which films get made but this is the first time someone’s trying to vest that decision with the movie-going public."
Singletary says there’s no better way to test market a potential movie concept than to put it out there before the public. "They buy the tickets and know what they want to see."
"Elvis Came Back to Manage Me" is based on the story of Charlie Blake, a struggling South Florida country musician. One night, while performing at a Fort Lauderdale Moose Lodge, Blake sees an apparition of Elvis Presley. Elvis tells Charlie he's come back to manage him and propel him to stardom. In exchange, Elvis asks that Charlie assist him in his quest to track down those responsible for the King’s premature demise.
But Elvis’ interest in Charlie goes far beyond any conspiratorial unraveling. It is soon revealed that Charlie is the King’s illegitimate son. What follows is nothing short of a cosmic series of events with profound repercussions for father, son and the fabric of American society.
"The movie is destined to become a cult classic," said Schorr.
Schorr said the public will be able to read his script online, then if they like it, click on a thumbs-up link to major movie studio executives. The public also will get to participate in casting the movie.
"We’ve already begun to explore talent attachments," Schorr said. "People will be able to vote on who they want to star in the movie. We’ve already put out feelers to Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and John Travolta."
The title track, Elvis Came Back to Manage Me, will be performed by a major country music star.
You can hear the scratch track of the title song here on YouTube (EIN notes that the clip features some EPE copyrighted images of Elvis, I bet they don't know that!)
(News, Source;Brian Quinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie Interview in May Edition of Elle Magazine: A rare interview with Lisa Marie Presley in the May edition of Elle magazine tells all about her transformation from heir to the King of Rock 'n' Roll to finding her own place in the world and the upcoming release of her new album, "Storm and Grace."
Elle magazine music correspondent, Liza Ghorbani, sat down with Presley at her Medieval style estate outside of London, England. Lisa Marie talked about growing up the child of a music icon, her new album, and how motherhood has softened her once bad-girl image.
"I think people think I'm harder and more arrogant and cocky than I am because I know how to put on a front, but it's nothing like who I am inside. To be honest, I'm really overly, scarily sensitive," said Lisa Marie.
Lisa Marie described her new album as no longer "pissed off and bitter" but "exposing her vulnerability" and "laying her soul bare with a 'this is me, take it or leave it' attitude."
"Her songwriting is brave and real. She's saying something," said Oscar-winning producer T Bone Burnett, who helped produce her

latest album. "I think it helps Lisa Marie to have that genetic makeup, because there wasn't a better singer in the last century than Elvis Presley. Her dad had extraordinary taste and I think she got that from him."
Both Lisa Marie and Burnett tell Elle magazine the album is something Elvis would have been proud of and both are pleased to have achieved that goal.
Read more of Lisa Marie's interview in the May edition of Elle magazine.
See more news at EIN's Lisa Marie Presley's World.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts & Sales: This week,The following appeared on the Billboard Catalog Album Charts (w/e 21st April, 2012):
- 'An Afternoon In The Garden' selling 2758 copies. Total sales to date: 455335 copies.
- 'Elvis: The Very Best Of Love' selling 2574 copies. Total sales to date: 255,757 copies.
- 'Elvis Rock' (Compilation) selling 1595 copies. Total sales to date: 161,217.
- 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) selling 1379 copies. Total sales to date: 103,458 copies.
- 'Elvis Gospel/ An Evening Prayer' (Compilation) selling 1348 copies. Total sales to date: 150,857 copies.
- 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) selling 1559 copies. Total sales to date: 83890 copies.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: His Music, His Treasures' Australia Tour: Combined with the Greg Page owned Elvis memorabilia tour noted above is the 'ELVIS: His Music, His Treasures' official tour of Australaisia that combines the music of Elvis Presley, as sung by some of Australia's best Elvis Tribute Artists, with GENUINE Elvis artefacts from the Greg Page collection, officially endorsed by EPE.

The Tour is playing in Albury, tonight, Friday 13th and Saturday 14 April
Next week it is playing in Geelong, Victoria Friday 20th, Saturday 21 April

Go here for tickets & details

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 12 April 2012

'The Original Elvis Tribute’ 2012 Review: Elvis Today's Thomas Melin reviewed the Opening Night show of the recent 'The Original Elvis Tribute’ European Tour.
The opening show in Vara, Sweden, as performed by ‘The Original Elvis Tribute 2012’, is without question the best Elvis tribute show I've ever attended. No doubt this has a lot to do with the fact that it features musicians and singers who once worked with Elvis, such as Bobby Wood on keyboard, bass player Duke Bardwell, backing vocalists Mary and Ginger Holladay, and Jerome 'Stump' Monroe on drums.
Another factor working in the show's favor is hard working leadsinger Robert Washington, who sounds remarkably close to Elvis. Also, I was amazed by the talented rock & roll guitarist Carl Bradychok, who is only 21 years old. And last but not the least the mix of songs included in the show works really well, combining
famous hits like “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog” with lesser known songs such as “Just Pretend” and “Walk A Mile In My Shoes.”
The sold out show kicked off with a couple of classics from the 50's, among them “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Love Me.” From the start it was obvious that the musicians enjoyed themselves. Their smiles, laughs and good humored banter were contagious, and I was soon clapping my hands and stomping my feet, just like the rest of the audience.
I noticed that Ginger and Mary Holladay seemed to have a really great time on the stage. They added a lot to the show, not only their beautiful voices, but energy and joy as well. One of the highlights was Ginger Holiday telling the audience that she got to sing a duet with Elvis in the studio (“I was 19 and they picked me!”) and then performing that duet, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” together with Robert Washington. The Holladays singing “Sweet Inspiration” as a tribute to the Sweet Inspirations was a special
moment, too. One of the things I like with ‘The Original Elvis Tribute’ concept is the idea to let the original musicians perform songs as well, and Duke Bardwell's version of “Peace In The Valley” was awesome. I'm sure Elvis would've approved. Likewise, it was great listening to Bobby Wood singing “If I'm A Fool (For Loing You),” a song he originally recorded in 1964. Before singing it, he told us it was a favorite of Elvis' father Vernon, whom he met during the famous 1969 sessions at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, when Elvis did his version of the song.
Another highlight was a driving version of “For The Heart.” What a shame that Elvis never did this one live! And just like Arjan Deelen pointed out in an interview before the show, it was incredible to hear “Suspicious Minds” with the vocal parts sounding exactly like they did when the Holladay Sisters sang them over 40 years ago. No wonder this performance got a standing ovation.
The show then ended with two encore songs, “Unchained Melody” followed by “Burning Love.” By this time the audience was on their feet again, wildly clapping their hands. So ended the first show of ‘The Original Elvis Tribute 2012’ tour and I found myself wishing I could catch the rest of them as well. It was that good.
Go here to 'Elvis Today' Blog for the full review & video clip.
(News, Source;ThomasMelin/ElvisInfoNet) - Go HERE for all the TOUR DATES -

Since yesterday the MRS 'Such A Night In Pearl Harbour' has also entered the BBC Official UK 'Independent' Album Chart at No.30 in its first week of release - See our in-depth review here.

Bernard Lansky's Alzheimer Struggle: Elvis Presley was merely the most famous patron of Lanksy Brothers, founded by Bernard and his brother, Guy Lansky, in 1946. Others were Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas and Otis Redding.
Bernard Lanksy worked seven days a week even into his 80s at Lansky Brothers store, which began under another name as a tie store in 1981. But an era ended about two years ago when Alzheimer's left him unable to do what he lived to do, serve his customers. A quiet family dinner marked his 85th birthday on March 10.
"We miss having him here," said Hal Lansky, who worked with his father for almost 50 years. "We were a great team."
Lansky's was at ground zero of a cultural revolution that began with rock and roll.
In 1952, Beale Street was jumping with blues clubs, bars, gambling dens and cool cats who liked to parade in loud suits and snazzy shoes. Lansky Brothers menswear at 126 Beale was the place to get them, not just for Memphis but for much of the Mid-South.Patrons were almost all black, except for the occasional hipster wannabe like Elvis, then 17, whom Lansky would see pressing his nose to the glass until Lansky finally went out to meet him. Lansky would become a key player in creating a distinctive style for a rising supernova.
While other young rebels were wearing T-shirts and jeans, Elvis, with Lansky's help, blazed forth in silk suits, blousy shirts and voluminous trousers with peg-leg pants that only accentuated his flying legs and rotating pelvis. He wore bright-colored shirts, especially pink and black (when men didn't wear pink) and lime-and-black combinations. His shoes were a novel black-and-white spectator look, or white bucks or patent ankle boots.
Lansky helped create all the outfits Elvis wore to perform on the "Louisiana Hayride" shows that helped launch him, including a bubble-gum pink suit. He put Elvis in the big plaid jacket and black pants that stood out even on black-and-white TV for his breakthrough performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
At the start, Lansky let the penniless Elvis buy on credit. A shrewd businessman, he new that a hot young performer would be a walking billboard for Lansky fashions.
Go HERE to EIN's fabulous and feisty interview with the great Bernard Lansky from 2002.
A great man, EIN sends his family best wishes for peaceful final years.
(News, Source;MemphisCommercialAppeal/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Michael Jarrett comments on 'Elvis In Concert' and the TCB Band: Michael Jarrett, Elvis composer/musician ('I'm Leaving') has written to EIN commenting about the possible removal of the TCB Band from the 'Elvis In Concert' Event.
Michael Jarrett.. Like many others, I'm very disappointed to hear EPE wants to replace the TCB band. As you know, it will change the total uniqueness of the show .. that special connection with the audience to be able to witness the "kickass band" that backed the King those many years on stage right before their eyes; both in person and on screen at the same time and; have both the past and present together ... what a great concept.
When I play music with other musicians that also have had that "special connection" with Elvis, it brings me such joy, as it takes me full circle back to my youth when I first heard his music and was mesmerized by it.

Sometimes when I'm sitting there at the keyboard playing during an Elvis Tribute concert and looking out at the audience and watching them react with such joy; I realize that they too are feeling what I'm feeling and we're collectively sharing a very unique "moment in time"; recapturing something very meaning full and special to all of us.. It's an awesome experience ..
In turn these great TCB musicians still want to honor the man that changed their lives in so many ways and to continue to play those great classic songs that the King made legendary ..
For me, that's the total experience of this show.
Let's hope EPE gets an "earful from the fans" and they change their mind.
Long Live The King .. Michael Jarrett

Melbourne Australia ELVIS Double-Bill April 22nd: Australian fans in Melbourne don’t miss out on this great double bill SUNDAY 22 April at 7:00pm. Combining the fabulous 'Viva Las Vegas' with the sensational 5.1 Surround Sound blast of 'That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition' -at the Astor Theatre.
Click here for details
(News, Source;TonyC/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis – Hawaii; for God and Country' Delayed: Due to recent developments and new contacts made, and new collaborations established, 3764BLVD Publishing say they have had to revise their release plans. We want to bring you the definitive product on HAWAII ’61, and not just a quicky money grabber as some might be tempted to do, hence our decision to delay our release for a few more weeks. Various top collectors have provided unique photos and other materials with us, which we intend to share with you. Moreover, we will have some surprising – no, make that revealing info – about the show and the way it was recorded. Some of this information will blow your mind! The basic concept of our release - the CD with ticket, promo photo and the vinyl issue – will remain the same. However, the format of the book will be different, BIGGER, BETTER and MORE photos. Wait a sec, make that more UNRELEASED photos! Due to the large amount of new data about the show there will also be more text, and yes, more AUDIO. We want to do this right, and even though we are doing our best to meet our deadline, we believe that our main goal should be a top of the line final product. That’s why "Elvis – Hawaii; for God and Country" will now be released this summer. We are all very excited about these recent developments and look forward to sharing all this with you. Thank you for your patience.
(News, Source;3764BLVDPublishing)

Meanwhile the MRS 'Such A Night In Pearl Harbour' version of the same concert, released just last week, is the Number One Rock'n'Roll Bestseller in the Amazon UK charts - See our in-depth review here.

Did Madonna manipulate the charts?: She's already broken Elvis Presley's record in the UK with her new #1 album MDNA, and now Madonna has achieved similar success in the U.S.
The 53-year-old queen of pop's album MDNA sold an impressive 359,000 units, making it her eighth album to top the Billboard 200 albums chart. MDNA now is the highest selling debut of 2012 so far.
However a new report suggests that the Material Girl resorted to some trickery in a bid to secure a number one spot on the Billboard charts, as her album wasn't sold the typical way.
Her label Interscope and Ticketmaster combined her latest album with ticket sales to her upcoming concert tour. For every ticket that was sold to one of her shows buyers also received a copy of MDNA. It isn't yet known how many album sales were directly attributed to concert ticket purchases.
In the US she needs two more number ones to overtake Barbara Streisand who currently holds the record with nine number one albums.
With her 12th chart topping release, she beats Elvis Presley's former record of 11 in the UK album charts.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Tupelo Airport board to hear name change request: After the disappointing recent rejection from Memphis Airport towards a petitioned name change, now Tupelo Regional Airport board will hear a proposal Tuesday night to change its name.
Airport Executive Director Josh Abramson says a request was made to allow the Elvis Presley Fan Club to make a presentation at the April 10 meeting.
Abramson says the name changes has been discussed for years and airport officials did consider it in the past.
He says Elvis Presley Enterprises stated in the past they would not license the name to the airport.
More info when we get it.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts & Sales: This week, 'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops out of the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts (w/e 14th April, 2012) selling some 2672 copies. Total sales to date: 452,577 copies.
The following also appeared on the Catalog Album Charts:
- 'Elvis: The Very Best Of Love' selling some 2233 copies. Total sales to date: 253,183 copies.
- 'Elvis Rock' (Comp) selling some 1381 copies. Total sales to date: 158,244 copies.
- 'Elvis Country' (Comp) selling some 1218 copies. Total sales to date: 102,079 copies.
- 'Elvis Gospel/ An Evening Prayer' (Comp) selling some 1169 copies. Total sales to date: 149,509 copies.
- 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) selling some 1098 copies. Total sales to date: 79,979 copies.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 8 April 2012..........................................................................Happy Easter reading!

'Such A Night In Pearl Harbor' MRS Book/CD Review: This new MRS release documents Elvis' benefit concert recorded at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Elvis' obvious enjoyment is apparent as he is once again on stage, performing just his 3rd show since 1957. With Elvis unleashed and like a livewire he delivers an extraordinary musical experience, hailed as one of the most thrilling and exciting Elvis shows ever!
Also included for the first time ever, is the 30 minute promotional radio broadcast from before Elvis' arrival. The CD is accompanied by a 100 page book that contains many rare photographs with extensive and informative liner notes detailing Elvis' arrival and performance
Every Elvis fan needs to know about this great moment in Elvis' legacy. If you don’t previously own this recording then this surely has to be an essential purchase.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Graceland goes blue for Autism Awareness Month:

Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis is illuminated with special blue lights after the ceremony with Autism Speaks representatives on the evening of Wednesday, April 4 in support of the organization’s global 3rd Annual Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. Check out the new photo gallery and video featuring the families who helped flip the switch!  

The iconic mansion joins a list of nearly 3000 structures, buildings and landmarks in over 600 cities and 45 countries around the world that shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. The Empire State Building in NYC, the Aspen Ski Mountain in Colorado, Niagara Falls in Canada, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even the International Space Station will all join Autism Speaks and Elvis Presley’s Graceland in support of the millions of families affected by autism.  

Ways members of the community can support Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign:

  • Light windows or homes with specially marked blue light bulbs and LED lanterns sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide
  • Download the FREE LIUB iPhone App at the iTunes Store and turn your own pictures blue with different style frames
  • Bake puzzle piece-shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness
  • Wear blue clothing and the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our photo gallery at www.lightitupblue.org
  • Social Media: Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo or update your Facebook/Twitter status to read “Light it up blue to shine a light on autism.”
  • For other unique and fun ideas visit Light It Up Blue website at  www.lightitupblue.org

Learn more about Autism Awareness Month and check out the photo gallery and video of Graceland going blue! (News, Source: EPE, elvis.com)

Elvis worked around system: In your April 2 issue, there was an article about the Elvis Presley concerts at Stokely Athletic Center in 1972. The remarks included on how bad the sound was for the afternoon concert. As is often the case, there is a story behind that.

I was manager of University Concerts, which produced the two shows. About an hour before the afternoon show, an electrical accident in Stokely blew out the expensive sound equipment in place for the event. Nothing of that quality was available in Knoxville, so the concert went on with what was the basic Stokely sound system (never very good at best) with what help could be found.

When we told Elvis of the situation, he said, "Tell me what you've got to work with, and I'll give them the best show that I can." Given what he had to work with, I thought he did an admirable job. By the evening performance, another sound system had been brought in from Nashville. (Letter to the Editor, William J. Morgan, Knoxville, knoxnews.com)

Photo opposite courtesy of JAT Publications

Wild Tiger in Concert: The MxF label will release soon the first volume of “Wild Tiger in Concert" featuring the Long Beach, November 14, 1972 Show.  The November Tour represent the third tour of a busy year, Elvis in 1972 is still a rocking Elvis but without any doubt it is the last year with Elvis is still on the top of his shape.

For this reason his performance is superb, in spite some fatigue and maybe some worries about the imminent Hawaii TV satellite Show, Elvis is very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm and he sings with power the classic repertoire of the 1972 including the incredible “new rocker single” “Burning Love”.

On stage you see an impressive figure in his Aztec star blue jumpsuit and golden cape, the rocker attitude still intact, his voice is great, the atmosphere enormous, the demand terrific, 28.000 lucky people attended at the two shows of Long Beach.

The show was previously released in a substandard quality using an unknown generation copy of the tape released by the Tiger label way back in 1991. Here we present the show directly from a first generation copy of a privately-recorded 60-minute cassette. The sound was painstakingly restored for your listening pleasure. The improvement is incredible, the sound quality here is incredible good, considering it was taped from the audience. Elvis’ voice is loud and clear, the band sounds very powerful in very good balanced mix with some great James Burton’ guitar solos, the audience is never too intrusive giving instead the real feeling of the concert.

Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful four panel digipack with a collection of photos taken during the actual show. As bonus the first 500 copies will come with a poster 24x12 cm. The recording excellent quality and the superb show give to Wild Tiger in Concert the status of UNIQUE. Don’t miss it!!!!

Tracklist: As recorded live at Long Beach Arena, November 14, 1972....01.2001 Theme 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman / Amen 04.Until It's Time For You To Go 05.You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 06.Polk Salad Annie 07.Love Me 08.All Shook Up 09.Heartbreak Hotel 10.Blue Suede Shoes 11.One Night 12.Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 13. Hound Dog 14.Love Me Tender 15.Little Sister/Get Back 16.How Great Thou Art 17.Suspicious Minds 18.Introductions 19.Burning Love 20.Funny How Time Slips Aways 21.You Gave Me A Mountain 22.Fever 23.A Big Hunk Of Love 24.Can't Help Falling In Love 25. Closing Vamp. CD runs about 56.00 min. (News, Source: Elvis News/ For CD Collectors Only)  

Paying the Dues in Tahoe: TOUCHDOWN PRODUCTIONS proudly presents a recently discovered complete and much better sounding source from the midnight show an October 13, 1974 including the former unreleased 'Let Me Be There'. After the mediocre September/ October Tour Elvis is back in decent form and delivered a real good show at the Sahara Hotel. The sound quality is very good for a show that was recorded from the audience.

Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider / I Got A Woman/ Amen / Greeting The Audience / Love Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / If You Love Me, Let Me Know / Fever / Big Boss Man / It's Midnight / Hound Dog / Joking With The Audience / Introductions Pt.1 / Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Introductions Pt.2 / Why Me Lord / I'm Leavin` / Johnny B. Goode / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Let Me Be There / Can't Help Falling In Love. All tracks recorded on October 13, 1974 in Lake Tahoe at the midnight show. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis The Last Stop Hotel: The Chrome Dreams budget label announced the May 12, 2012 release of the DVD 'Elvis The Last Stop Hotel'. From Amazon: Many would claim that the music Elvis Presley made towards the end of his life paled in comparison with that he made in the 1950s. But, as is often the case in the King's career, re-appraisal of those later performances and recordings reveal a passion and vitality as charged as anything he'd recorded during earlier times. This film documents the final years of Elvis's life, with particular emphasis given to his last few months on earth, and details in depth his final days. Presented in documentary style with plenty of rare and previously unseen Elvis footage, exclusive interviews with those who were with The King during his final days (such as members of the 'Memphis Mafia', other friends and colleagues and his spiritual advisor) news clips, archive interviews with the man himself and numerous other features to make, in completion, the finest film yet on this part of Elvis Presley's life.  (News, Source: elv75 / Elvis News)

Elvis fans to celebrate 40th anniversary of “Aloha from Hawaii” worldwide concert: Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. this week announced a vacation package to Hawaii tied to the 40th anniversary of his Aloha From Hawaii concert held on Jan. 14, 1973 in Honolulu.

The package, Jan. 10-15, 2013, will feature concerts, panel discussions and tours of Elvis-related locations on Oahu, such as Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay, which were featured prominently as the backdrops in the films Blue Hawaii and  Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

The Aloha From Hawaii concert was broadcast live via satellite from the Honolulu International Center — now the Neal Blaisdell  Center. It was the first musical event to be broadcast worldwide by satellite.

The concert served as a fundraiser for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund. Lee, a Hawaii composer and entertainer who died of throat cancer in 1966, was the composer of the song “I’ll Remember You,” which was recorded by Elvis.   Aloha From Hawaii  featured that song along with several older hits and tunes from the 1960s and ‘70s. The lineup ranged from “Blue Suede Shoes” to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and the Beatles’ “Something.”

According to a press release issued by Elvis Presley Enterprises, the vacation package dubbed Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii, the 40th Anniversary Celebration, includes a five-night stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Wakiki Resort.

Here are some of the celebration’s highlights:

•   Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest   (hosted by Legends in Concert  Waikiki)  — 8 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 12, 2013 at the Royal Hawaiian Theater in The Royal Hawaiian Center, just a few blocks from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Legends in Concert Waikiki is also presenting an Elvis tribute show spotlighting top-notch tribute artists on Fri., Jan. 11 and Sun., Jan 13, at 8:15 p.m.  

•   Aloha From Hawaii screening  — Mon., Jan. 14 (evening) at Neal Blaisdell Center. Elvis fans will gather in the venue where four decades ago Elvis took the stage for his famous concert. The screening of the Aloha from Hawaii show will feature re-mastered video on giant, multiple screens. Included will be rare footage and audio, according to Elvis Presley Enterprises.

The celebration’s concerts will feature musicians who performed with Elvis at the Aloha From Hawaii show and other Elvis fan favorites, according to Elvis Presley Enterprises. Among the guests slated for Elvis-related panel discussions are Jerry Hopkins, author of Elvis in Hawaii and Jan Shepard, Elvis’ co-star in  King Creole and   Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

For additional information about Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii, the 40th Anniversary Celebration, click here  (News, Source: Maureen O’Connell, hawaiimagazine.com)

Elvis' legacy rocks on: "Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.” Even though it’s been 35 years since Elvis left for good, his legacy rocks on. Elvis mania is unabated, highlighted by many “tribute artist” shows and events. 

Rock, roll and remember: Tens of thousands of fans from around the world make the pilgrimage to the Elvis mansion, Graceland, in Memphis, Tenn. annually.

A highlight is Elvis Week, Aug. 10 to 18, with concerts, discussions and events including a candlelight vigil on Aug. 15 to mark his death at age 42. The 30th anniversary attracted 75,000 people and even more are expected this year.

“There are even more ways than ever for fans, many of whom were not yet born when Elvis passed away, to celebrate their love for the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” said Scott Williams of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

One of three new exhibits at Graceland is “Elvis on Tour,” marking the 40th anniversary of the documentary of the same name. There’s also “Elvis … Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” highlighting the relationship between Elvis and his only child.

The largest exhibit is “Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley,” featuring artifacts from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. “The exhibit will celebrate Elvis’ status as a music pioneer and icon that paved the way and influenced many of today’s artists and notable celebrities,” Williams said.

Licensed Elvis festivals take place all over the world: They happen in Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Miss. to Stage West Hotel in Mississauga, the Collingwood summer event, as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.

Graceland is open year-round for tours and includes Elvis’ automobile and airplane collections and his family gravesite in the Meditation Garden. Visitors see the quirky “jungle” den, a true retro “man cave” where he hung out with his buddies, the living and music rooms, Elvis' parents' bedroom, dining room, kitchen, and TV and pool rooms. There’s an extensive collection of his stage costumes, an enormous collection of gold records and awards, along with an extensive display of career mementos, jewelry and photos.  www.elvis.com;  www.elvisweek.com

Shake, rattle and roll: Some 50 tribute artists will groove for a weekend of fun at the Toronto Elvis Festival at Stage West Theatre Restaurant ( 5400 Dixie Rd.) in Mississauga.

The event on April 21 and 22 is organized by Nevin Grant, formerly of Oldies 1150 Radio in Hamilton, and his wife Heather, both of whom have been Elvis festival judges. Elvis fests continue to attract “loyal fan gatherings” and Stage West is an ideal setting with its Las Vegas-style dinner-theatre, Nevin said. A pre-fest event on April 20 at 6 p.m. is a Memphis-style barbecue buffet at the hotel’s Haida Garden Cafe followed from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with an open mic session with tribute artists.

Menu items include southern rub smoked brisket, Graceland chicken and dumpling stew, smoked bourbon gumbo, crab cakes and pulled pork with baked beans.

The competition runs on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a luncheon buffet. That night, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., is a Superstar Tribute Show and dinner featuring Elvis Festival Grand Champion Mark Anthony, Tim E. Hendry as “Vegas Elvis” and Bruce Herron as “Leathers Elvis.”

There will be tribute artists recreating performances by Garth Brooks, Michael Buble, John Denver, Connie Francis, Elton John and Martina McBride. A Gospel Breakfast opens the festival on April 22 followed by competitions from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. and the finals to name the winner to advance to the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” in Memphis.

During the judging, tribute artist Gino Monopoli will perform along with music by Rudy and the Angels. www.torontoelvisfestival.com. Also at Stage West, is the highly acclaimed performance All Shook Up, “inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis.” Continuing through April 20, the fast-paced show is based on the original performance on Broadway and is a romantic story set to the King’s music in a small-town America in 1955. www.stagewest.com; 1-800-263-0684.

Elvis sightings continue: Tribute artists will strut their stuff on stage, at street parties and during an old-car parade through town at the Collingwood Elvis Festival from July 26 to 29.

Recognized as the world's largest Elvis tribute festival, Collingwood has featured the Sweet Inspirations (hisbackup group), D.J. Fontana (his long-time drummer) and some of his movie female co-stars.www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com; 1-866-444-1162. (News, Source: Jim Fox, QMI Agency/Toronto Sun)

2-year fight over “Elvis Bus” yet to be resolved: A 2-year-old feud over who owns the so-called Elvis Bus continues in a Mississippi court. It may be a while longer before the issue is settled.

The North Mississippi Daily Journal reports Lee County Chancellor Talmadge Littlejohn postponed a hearing this week into a challenge to the bus' title, presently held by Bill Kinard of Tupelo.

Kinard said he never wanted to sell the bus and that Tupelo bus rehabber Larry Michael stole it when he moved it to Nashville. Michael claims Kinard owes him $134,000 for paying the bus' promissory note and for its retrieval from Washington State in early 2009. He also wants to be paid for certain "restoration" of the vehicle.

On Wednesday, Michael's attorneys agreed to delay the hearing.

John Spelling at busforsale.com in Nashville said when the March 31 sale deadline passed, Larry Michael's bid was the only offer for the 40-foot long, 8-foot wide 1976 vehicle. Before court Wednesday, Kinard backed off a bit from saying the King actually owned the bus, saying instead that Elvis gave its purchase money to music colleague J.D. Sumner to tour with his Stamps Quartet. Kinard said he wants to keep the bus and take it on tour to make a living away from his Legacy Hall of Fame museum in Tupelo.

In court documents, Michael denies Kinard's allegations and countersued for the money he claims he's owed. On Dec. 12, all sides apparently agreed to a court-filed compromise to put the bus up for sale. But Kinard said he was under a doctor's care and should not have signed anything. (News, Source: AP)

Thomas Kinkade has died: California artist Thomas Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of   idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches were big sellers for dealers across the country, died Friday, a family spokesman said.

Kinkade, 54, died at his home in Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area  of what appeared to be natural causes, David Satterfield said.

In recent years Kincade was responsible for the 'fan favorite' artwork "Graceland"(opposite) and later "Graceland Christmas" (below).

Kinkade's sentimental paintings, with their scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light, were beloved by middlebrow America but reviled by the art establishment. The paintings generally depict tranquil scenes with lush landscaping and streams running nearby. Many contain images from Bible passages.

Kinkade, a self-described devout Christian, claimed to be the nation's most collected living artist. His paintings and spin-off products were said to fetch some $100 million a year in sales, and to be in 10 million homes in the United States.

"I'm a warrior for light," he told the   San Jose Mercury News  in 2002, in reference to his technical skills but also the medieval practice of using light to symbolize the divine.

"With whatever talent and resources I have, I'm trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel."

Before Kinkade's Media Arts Group went private in the middle of the past decade, the company took in $32 million per quarter from 4,500 dealers across the country 10 years ago, according to the Mercury News.

The cost of his paintings range from hundreds of dollars to more than $10,000. (News, Source: Yahoo News)

A trip to Las Vegas is not complete unless….:A trip to Las Vegas, though, would never be complete without seeing an Elvis impersonator and there is none bigger than Big Elvis, who once tipped the scales at 960 pounds.

He has slimmed down to 450 pounds thanks to dieting, walks in the park and swimming laps in his backyard pool.

OK, he's still more than a fifth of a ton but the guy -- Pete Vallee -- (shown opposite with Sonny West) can really belt out the Elvis hits. His vibrant baritone voice has vaulted him into Time magazine's Top 10 list of Elvis impersonators.

Big Elvis performs three times a day during the week for free at Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon. The afternoon we saw him, the place was packed. Big Elvis was celebrating his 10th anniversary performing on the Strip.

After being treated to a rambling speech by his agent, Big Elvis asked his wife, Amanda, to dance for his next song. Part Hawaiian and part Filipino, the slim Amanda, who has an ELVIS PRESLEY tattoo on her neck, swayed in rhythm to "Blue Hawaii." With many in the audience saluting the performance with raised bar glasses and beer bottles, Big Elvis turned to his wife and smiled. The room erupted in applause.

Yakima Valley residents are not immune to harboring warm feelings for impersonators. Several weeks ago, Danny Vernon, from the Seattle area, brought his hip-swiveling Elvis to The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima. He earned a well-deserved standing ovation, as he did last year when he performed before a standing-room-only crowd. Vernon offers a far more athletic version of Elvis the Pelvis than the sedentary Big Elvis, whose generous girth keeps him firmly planted in his gold-embroidered, high-back chair. (News, Source: Spencer Hatton, yakimaherald.com)


Saturday 7 April 2012..........................................................................Happy Easter reading!

Listen to first single off new Lisa Marie Presley album: For fans of solo female artists with strong voices, times are booming. There’s Adele, of course, still commanding the charts; Norah Jones, set to release her Dangermouse-assisted new album in less than a month; and Fiona Apple, whose overdue comeback is prowling just around the corner.

Now, add Lisa Marie Presley to the mix. After a seven-year absence, the scion of a legendary pop legacy is about to unleash the T Bone Burnett-produced Storm and Grace.“

When songs from Lisa Marie Presley showed up at my door, I was curious,” Burnett says of working on the record. “I wondered what the daughter of an American revolutionary music artist had to say.”

“What I heard was honest, raw, unaffected, and soulful,” he continued. “I thought her father would be proud of her.” The album doesn’t hit shelves until May 15, but you can listen to the smoky, spooky lead single “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” here

Storm & Grace reviewed: On May 15, Lisa Marie Presley will release 'Storm and Grace' - her first album in five years and her Universal Republic/XIX Recordings debut. Presley is managed by Simon Fuller, CEO and Founder of XIX Entertainment. Storm and Grace' is a marked departure from the hard-edged sound of Presley's earlier albums - 2003's RIAA Gold-certified 'To Whom It May Concern' and 2005's 'Now What', both of which debuted in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200.

The album was produced by 12-time GRAMMY® winner T Bone Burnett and recorded at The Village in Los Angeles. Burnett said: What I heard was honest, raw, unaffected and soulful. I thought her father would be proud of her. The more I listened to the songs, the deeper an artist I found her to be. Listening beyond the media static, Lisa Marie Presley is a Southern American folk music artist of great value'. (Review, Source: BusinessWire.com)

Read the full review of Storm & Grace

God is the Bigger Elvis (Review): Dolores Hart gave Elvis Presley his first screen kiss in 1957’s “Loving You,” and six years later gave up the Hollywood life (and a fiance) for a Connecticut nunnery.

Now the Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis tells her story in Rebecca Cammisa’s Oscar-nominated HBO short film “God is the Bigger Elvis.”

Using clips from Hart’s films, vintage home movies and new interviews with Mother Dolores and other nuns taped within the rarely photographed confines of the abbey, “God is the Bigger Elvis” ponders the cost of faith in one woman’s life. Most poignantly, the film includes a visit from the man Hart left nearly at the altar, and who never really got over her.

In its scant 36 minutes, the film makes a star of Dolores all over again. She’s as charming and thoughtful as the film, and suggests why, 52 years later, the fiance still professes his love.

“God is the Bigger Elvis” airs Thursday on HBO at 8 p.m. New York time. Rating: *** (Review, Source: Greg Evans, Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Meanwhile The Detroit News wrote: There is a fantastic love story at the heart of the documentary "God Is the Bigger Elvis."   It's a romance between a former Hollywood actress, Dolores Hart, and God. Find out what made the woman who kissed Elvis Presley in 1957's "Loving You" dedicate her life to a higher calling when the film airs at 8 tonight on HBO. Hart joined the Abbey of Regina Laudis, a Benedictine monastery in Connecticut, in 1963 and today she is a mother prioress.

Visit EIN's Celluloid Elvis section for more on God is the Bigger Elvis

Amazing Graceland competition surpasses 10,000 entries!: In less than three months, Deborah Allen’s Amazing Graceland Contest has generated more than 10,000 entries from Elvis fans around the country hoping to win an all-expense paid trip to Elvis Week 2012.

The contest, which invites fans to submit their memories about Elvis and Graceland at www.AmazingGracelandContest.com, ends this Saturday, April 7. Allen will announce the winner on Friday, April 13, during George Klein’s “Elvis Hour” radio show on Sirius XM. Since the contest began on Jan. 8, Allen has appeared on the program numerous times to read some of the thousands of entries she has received online and through the mail.

“The response to our ‘Amazing Graceland’ contest has exceeded all of our expectations,” says Allen. “It just goes to show you how timeless and iconic Elvis Presley remains in this country and in our culture.

As a Memphis native, I am a devoted Elvis fan, and it was his spirit that moved me to write “Amazing Graceland.” I never thought it would take on a life of its own the way it has, though! The number of letters and emails we’ve received just floors me!”

Allen wrote “Amazing Graceland” after visiting Elvis’ famed Graceland mansion in 2009. The powerful tribute song is the opening track on her 2011 Delta Rock Records release, Hear Me Now, and has become one of the multi-talented singer’s favorite songs to perform live.  

The Amazing Graceland Contest grand prize winner and a guest will receive roundtrip airfare and three night’s hotel accommodations, admission to select Elvis Week 35th anniversary events and attractions in Memphis (Aug. 15-17 only), an autographed copy of Allen’s latest album, Hear Me Now, and a special meet-and-greet and dinner with the Grammy-nominated performer. Elvis Week 2012 is held Aug. 10-18, 2012.

For complete contest rules, visit www.AmazingGracelandContest.com

About Deborah Allen: Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and Grammy-nominated recording artist Deborah Allen is known as one of the music industry's most diverse and dynamic talents. With more than 1,600 published songs, including her own hits like “Baby I Lied,” “Rock Me” and “I’ve Been Wrong Before,” Deborah Allen has written songs recorded by an impressive list of artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Brooks & Dunn, Janie Fricke, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Sheena Easton, Diana Ross, Issac Hayes and Fleetwood Mac, among others. Allen’s newest album, Hear Me Now, was released Aug. 16, 2011. She also released her first ever children’s book, “The Loneliest Christmas Tree,” in 2011. For more information, visit www.DeborahAllen.com (News, Source: mi2N.com)

New Alfred Wertheimer book releases:

Left: USA softcover release (April 2012)

Right: UK Limited hardcover edition (July 2012)

EIN comment: Wertheimers sublime 2006 release Elvis at 21 New York to Memphis was also released as an expensive limited edition in clamshell box with bonus extras with an asking price of US$395.00. Taschen's July UK release of Elvis in the Beginning will want to be something very special to justify its price of £450.00. Both books are available for pre-order from the relevant Amazon site (click above images). (News, Source: EIN/Amazon/Amazon UK)

Eco Elvis sings about sustainability: If there is any one person who can be recognized by just about any individual it would be the King of Rock — Elvis Presley.

Today he is one of the most popular celebrities to impersonate, but it would be false to assume that all Elvis impersonators are the same. In fact, a very different kind of Elvis impersonator recently paid a visit to Iowa State.

Abby Dubisar, assistant professor of English, is the instructor for the graduate level class English 611, “Seminar in Rhetorical Theory,” which she explains is “focused on rhetorics of activism, justice and social change.”

In order to show her students a unique form of activism, she invited Matt Riggs — or Eco Elvis (shown opposite), an Elvis impersonator who writes lyrics about environmental issues to the tune of popular Elvis Presley songs — to perform for her class and talk about his rhetorical strategies.


“I think the visit was a dynamic opportunity for my students to see creative activism in action,“ Dubisar says. “Eco Elvis not only wowed the class with his musical stylings, his talent as a vocalist and guitar-player and his incredible ability to rewrite Elvis songs to offer environmental messages, but he also articulated how he crafts his message to appeal to particular audiences, attracts attention and holds the attention of audiences of all ages, balances addressing controversial topics like food politics and population control with a humorous/parody-heavy style, and more.”

Matt Riggs, from Kansas City, Mo., was inspired to create the persona of Eco Elvis by his “love of the environment, Elvis music, Weird Al Yankovic, Dread Zeppelin” and the desire for a career away from an office cubicle. He has been donning a green jumpsuit, embellished with pop tabs, and performing his sustainability themed songs, such as “I reduce, I reuse, I recycle” and “Burnin’ Globe,” for 15 years.

“I look for songs that have refrains that match the subject I’m interested in writing about, either through rhyme, phrasing or both,” Riggs explains. “I then thoroughly research the subject, outline all the topics I want to cover in the song, and convert the outline structure to the verse and bridge structure of song. From that point on, it is writing the lyrics, setting them to music and refining the lyrics.”

He hopes the lyrics of his songs will encourage people to start working actively to improve the conditions of the planet in order to preserve the health of humans, animal welfare and Earth’s resources.

“Everything that’s important to us as human beings — our health, our children, our economy, our national security, our survival as a species — depends on a healthy environment,” he says.

He also uses lyrics to raise awareness for what he describes as “the most important issue we all have to deal with to save our species-population stabilization.” He wrote the song “Population Bomb” to address this issue.

In his performance for Dubisar’s class, Riggs demonstrated that not activism looks that same by adding a unique twist to the five canons of rhetoric. Dubisar says “inventive individuals like Eco Elvis utilize their creative talents and ingenious approaches to make sustainability sustainable because they invite us to listen, participate and carry their message into new contexts.” (News, Source: Meg Grissom, meg.grissom@iowastatedaily.com)

Check out EIN's Almost Elvis/ETA section

Fim Review - fan made X Files episode....GRACELAND: The Elvis world is an eclectic one!

EIN found this review among others for Zombies in my Neighborhood, Joker does Shakespeare and The Island of the Asteroid Monster, on the intriguing FanBoy Will's Fanboy Theatre website:


My review for this amazing Fan Film is long overdue, so I apologize to the creators up front. GRACELAND is a huge breath of fresh air in a Fan Film world flooded with Star Wars and Batman Fan Films. The reason being is that Graceland is both an X-FILES, and an ELVIS Fan Film, You don't see too many of either one of those around. GRACELAND tells the story of a waitress (in Graceland New York) who claims to have been impregnated by the King Of Rock N' Roll after a strange, abduction like encounter. The FBI gets the report and Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are on the case.

Mulder is played brilliantly by Dan Masucci who exhibits all the same bad habits, mannerisms, and dry jokes that make Fox such a great character. Masucci (who also Directs the Film) even looks alot like Duchovny. Dana Scully is played by Donna Hayes who also does a great job of portraying Her X-Files counterpart. The chemistry between Hayes and Masucci is perfect so their portrayl of the characters are second to none. Scully and Mulder travel to Graceland

New York to look into the claim and question any and all who might know something about the strange case including the woman named Priscilla who claims to be pregnant with Elvis's child. Scully of course is very skeptical about the Woman's claim and decides to do some lab work for proof positive. Mulder decides to look for answers elsewhere around town. Mulder gets a taste of Graceland's city life complete with Honky Tonk Bars and Elvis look-alike's. While visiting one particular Bar Mulder is encountered by a mysterious Man who claims that Mulder and Scully's life will be in danger if they continue their investigation. The Man tells Mulder to meet with one of His connections to hear the whole truth. Mulder agrees and meets with a man named Mr. Wai, a shadowy figure who claims to have all the answers that Mulder is looking for. Shocking secrets are revealed about Elvis and the conclusion Has You on the edge of Your seat.

I can't say enough good things about this film. Attention to every detail of the show from Morley Cigarettes down to Mulder's oral fixation are covered and make this a very believeable Fan Film that remains one hundred percent faithful to the look and feel of the original show. The film reminds Me of those quirky episodes of the X-Files which made You laugh and really made You think at the same time. Eat Your heart out Chris Carter! This film is brought to You by The Masucci Brothers (Dan and Joe) and Fountainhead Pictures. The film is currently available online thanks to the Comic Book Bin. Clips of the film are also available at the official website. The truth is still out there.

USA fans can watch the "Graceland" video here

For more on Elvis related fims visit EIN's Celluloid Elvis page

Simply The Best: The Argentinean Garra Record has released the CDs Simply The Best volume 1 and 2.  According to Elvis Club Berlin both volume 1 and 2 are also in a DVD/CD combination, we have no idea what's on the DVDs.


Volume 1: Jailhouse Rock - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Stuck On You - Crying In The Chapel - Fever - It´s Now Or Never - Make Me Know It - Soldier Boy - Loving You - I Gotta Now - Ain´t That Loving You Baby - I Believe IN The Men In The Sky - Reconsider Baby - (I´m Gonna) Walk Dem Golden Stairs - Hard Headed Woman - In My Father´s House - A Mess A Blue - Pocketful Of Rainbows - The Girl Of My Best Friend - White Christmas - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Ready Teddy
Volume 2: Don´t Be Cruel - Fame And Fortune - G. I. Blues - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) - Working On The Building - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - I Got Stung - Heartbreak Hotel - I Beg Of You - I Need Your Love Tonight - King Creole - Know Only To Him - Mean Woman Blues - Tutti Frutti - Trouble - Milky White Way - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - (Now An Then There´s) A Fool Such As I - Like A Baby - Silent Night - It Feels So Right – Surrender (News, Source: Elvis News)

Old Denver police gym, built by donation from Elvis Presley, may be razed to make way for Walgreens: A piece of Elvis Presley and Denver Police Department history may be torn down to make way for a Walgreens.

Presley donated money to the department in 1971 for the completion of a gym in the name of a slain officer. The building, which housed the District 2 station, including the Nading-Presley Memorial Gym, at 3555 Colorado Blvd., is an attractive location, said Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger.

Opposite: Elvis with Denver police chief, George L. Seaton in 1970


"We haven't signed a lease yet, but, yes, we are looking at that location," Elfinger said.

In 1971, Officer Merle Nading was killed while on duty by a gunman at East Colfax Avenue and Gaylord Street, according to police.

Presley, who was close friends with former Denver police Capt. Jerry Kennedy, was troubled by the news and donated $5,000 to the department, Kennedy said.

"One of Elvis' great loves was law enforcement. He was in town visiting and heard Merle was killed. He was visibly shaken hearing a police officer had been killed," Kennedy said.

The news of the station's demolition came as a surprise to Kennedy. "I am really sorry to hear that. How sad," he said. The department stopped using the gym when the District 2 station moved to its Holly Street location, said Raquel Lopez, spokeswoman for Denver police.

Friends with Elvis since he worked his concert security detail, Kennedy said "the King" was an extremely sincere man.

"He just did those kinds of things," he said.

Officials from Historic Denver and History Colorado were initially unaware of the building's significance but now have piqued interest.

"We had no idea, but it is being looked into now," said Shannon Haltiwanger, preservation communications manager for History Colorado. (News, Source: RyanParker, denvernews.com)

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Thursday 5 April 2012......................................................Happy Easter reading from EIN!!!

"God is the Bigger Elvis" debuts on HBO tonight (USA time): From the late ‘50s to the early ‘60s, Hollywood starlet Dolores Hart appeared in ten films, acting opposite such big names as Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift and Anthony Quinn. But in 1963, she shocked family, friends and fans by abandoning her blossoming career to become a Benedictine nun.

In GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS, Hart (now Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis) tells her story with insightful candor and humor, offering a unique glimpse at the spiritual journey of a former rising star, her fateful decision and her current life in a rural Connecticut abbey.

Recently nominated for a Best Documentary Short Oscar, the exclusive HBO presentation debuts THURSDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00-8:40 p.m. ET/PT). Rebecca Cammisa (the Oscar-nominated “Which Way Home”) directs.


For more information: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/god-is-the-bigger-elvis (News, Source: Raimy N. Rosenduft, BLT & Associates)

Conversations with the King - Journals of a Young Apprentice: David E. Stanley spent seventeen years growing up with his iconic stepbrother Elvis Presley. From 1960 to 1977 he was the young apprentice to an Elvis few knew—Elvis the mystic and healer.

In his new book, Conversations with the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice, David chronicles the spiritual journey he took during his 17 years with Elvis and addresses perhaps today's biggest spiritual challenge: Closing the gap between the higher wisdom that comes through us and our everyday behavior that often contradicts it.

David will commence a world tour talking about Conversations with the King later in 2012. Aussie fans should note Australia is one of his planned destinations! More to come. (News, Source: Katy Stanley)

Conversations with the King (website)

More on EIN:

Interview with David Stanley

Protecting the King (DVD review)

Notes: EIN will review Conversations with the King in coming weeks


Pre-orders open for new Lisa Marie Presley album, Storm & Grace

EIN will publish a review of Storm & Grace in its next update

Visit EIN's

Lisa Marie Presley


Elvis charms actress Jean Simmons and watches film sixty times!: In his engrossing autobiography, Sparks Fly Upward, film icon, Stewart Granger, includes a paragraph about his then wife, the beautiful Jean Simmons (Spartacus, Elmer Gantry, Young Bess, The Blue Lagoon) meeting Elvis (see photo opposite). Granger wrote:

Jean had better luck. She was introduced to Elvis Presley and told me that apart from being one of the best-looking men she'd ever seen, he was charming with a great sense of humour. He seemed to know that I was her husband and explained he was a great fan of mine, having seen Solomon's Mine sixty times.

'Sixty times! You're not serious!'

'Oh. I sure am, Miss Simmons. I was an usher in the cinema.' (News, Source: EIN)

EIN Note: Elvis and Jean Simmons met on the set of Jailhouse Rock in 1957

Left: Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons in the period costumer, Elizabeth 1

Right: A very different role


A Duke who could've been King: Duke & The King to premiere April 22 at the Nashville Film Festival. New documentary reveals the compelling story of Elvis Presley’s former bass player. There’s danger in meeting one’s hero, especially if your hero becomes your boss and your boss happens to be the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Duke Bardwell learned that the hard way.

Part documentary, part concert film, Duke & The King tells the story of Bardwell, one of the great, unheralded talents in American music. Bardwell’s story demonstrates what can happen when the right words and music come together to alter destiny and, in doing so, offer a shot at redemption.

Duke & The King is produced and directed by Kris Wheeler of Canton, Georgia and Wayne Franklin of Chelsea, Alabama.

The film makes its World Premiere April 22 at the Nashville Film Festival.
(News, Source: DukeBardwell.com)

The Presley Connection: The sequel to Monte Nicholson's controversial novel, The Presley Arrangement, will be released in August 2012.

According to the website around the book:

We will be updating this page often so check back for the latest.  We will also be doing some contests with prizes and top secret stuff! 

For more information and to buy the original book (The Presley Arrangement), visit:

The Presley Connection/The Presley Arrangement (website)

Read EIN's review of The Presley Arrangement

EIN Note: Monte Nicholson featured on The Elvis Conspiracy TV special hosted by Bill Bixby

Click here for EIN's Elvis Conspiracy page

Legendary singer predicts Lady GaGa could be bigger than Elvis!: HE met Elvis Presley when he was just starting out: ''My God, handsomest guy I ever saw in my life.''

Half a century on, Tony Bennett is trading lyrics with Lady Gaga and predicting the flamboyant singer could be even bigger than Elvis.

''Oh, yeah, she's brilliant, she really is,'' the 85-year-old crooner said yesterday.

''A very lovely person, too.'' (News, Source: Fiona Hamilton, Herald-Sun, Australia)

Blue Suede Shoes withdrawn from auction: These pair of Blue Suede Shoes were said to be signed by Elvis Presley in 1956 and the picture shown was said to prove it. Sadly though, the shoe he is signing is not the same as the one that was set to be auctioned off this weekend.

The shoe in the photo is clearly a slip on shoe, it certainly has no laces and therefore must in itself bring doubt onto the actual signed shoe.

Perhaps because of the growing doubt of the authenticity, the the was been withdrawn from the auction this weekend.  (News, Source: Elvis News/Elvis Matters)

Elvis Presley Memphis (Mini Book Review): Elvis Presley Memphis is a travel guide of sorts.  From Elvis’ various Memphis residences, the Sun Studio, the original Piggly Wiggly and Ellis Auditorium to Graceland, Elvis’ favourite amusement park, Libertyland, and the Mid South Coliseum, the author brings to life the landmarks which were part of Elvis’ day-to-day existence and many of which helped shape his phenomenal career.  Underlying the reader’s travel around Memphis is a minimalist biography of the King. 

Released as part of the publisher’s MusicPlace Series, Mark Bernardo’s text is quite superficial at times but this is to be expected in the context of the many landmarks he covers in the book’s less than 150 pages. Value added extras are relevant street maps of Memphis and chapter notes (source references).  There are also a number of routine b&w photos. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Overall, Bernardo’s travelogue/biography is a minimalist but interesting overview of the interaction between Elvis and Memphis. (Book Review, Source: Nigel Patterson, EIN)

Publisher's PR: Weaving the story of the King’s personal and public life with detailed descriptions of the locations in Memphis that served as the setting for his musical education and evolution, this pop culture guide offers a refreshingly even-handed account of Elvis Presley’s life. Elvis came to Memphis as a 13-year-old boy, and within a few years, he was shocking and seducing the world with a mixture of moves and sounds he had first seen and heard in the city’s streets, churches, and bars.

This comprehensive tour of places on which Elvis left his mark includes the Peabody Hotel, where he had his senior prom; Ellis Auditorium, where he played his first show; the Sun Studio, where he recorded his first singles; Lansky Brothers Clothiers, where he bought his suits; and Graceland, where he lived with his wife Priscilla and died in 1977. Anecdotes about each of the locations and how they shaped Elvis’s personal and musical identity enhance the travel information, while street maps and a handy size make this book an invaluable companion to Memphis visitors and lovers of rock and roll.

Some great Elvis music buys at affordable prices:

You can read EIN's original review of the Elvis '68 Comeback Special 2008 box-set here

Elvis and Graceland - an appraiser's view: Elvis Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, and he died Aug. 16, 1977. He left a legacy that continues to inspire many fans to this day. In addition to his mansion, Graceland, his mountain of hit records and his popular movies, Elvis still connects with collectors decades after his untimely death. Beloved by millions, Elvis was a star among stars.

Recently, I made my way to Memphis, Tenn., to pay homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Visiting Graceland was a truly moving experience.

Elvis' famous home is both a museum and a memorial. While the living room and kitchen certainly were throwbacks to the 1970s, the upstairs bedrooms were off limits in keeping with Elvis' tradition of only meeting guests on the main floor of the home. Graceland visitors are allowed to tour only the main floor and lower areas of the main house. The most interesting room was the famed Jungle Room, located just off the kitchen. Decorated in typical late 1960s/early 1970s era exotica furniture and accessories, this room was Elvis' informal music room where he played the guitar and sang with his friends.

Collectors are devoted to Elvis and what some call "Elvis-abilia" in a manner that differs from that of other celebrities or rock stars. Elvis was an icon, and while his hit records are valuable on today's secondary market, it is his global appeal that has attracted so many collectors to Elvis objects.

Elvis made a career out of connecting with his audiences. What's more, his personal decisions to serve in the military and to support American causes contribute to his widespread popular appeal.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll raised funds to help construct Hawaii's famed USS Arizona Memorial, assisted in the fight against drug abuse and helped underprivileged children. He was immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp in 1992. The Elvis stamp remains the most publicized stamp in U.S. history, yet its collectible value is rather low because so many — more than 500 million — were distributed.

Many Elvis collectibles are quite pricey. His bejeweled stage costumes are on view at Graceland and some have sold to collectors ranging in price from $30,000 to $300,000. An early career leather jacket brought $37,000 from one collector at a sale.

Elvis was an avid collector of American automobiles, mainly Cadillacs dating from the 1950s through the 1970s. His classic cars are on display in a special exhibit at Graceland.

In addition, Elvis recordings continue to bring high prices. A Sun Record 45 rpm recording of "That's All Right" in its original paper sleeve sold for $1,100. Major fine artists also helped to further immortalize Elvis. Andy Warhol's pop art masterpiece of Elvis Presley from 1963 titled "Single Elvis" in silk-screen ink on a silvered background sold at auction for $3.3 million.

Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, or call 888-431-1010. (News, Source: Courier-Express)

Note: Cover artwork is indicative only

Coming soon: Geraceland.....one of Australia's leading Elvis tribute artists, Mick Gerace releases his latest album....Geraceland in August. Featuring the legendary James Burton on guitar and the ever so sweet sounds of the Sweet Inspirations on backing vocals, Geraceland is a brilliantly conceived 2 CD set which is a contemporary revision of Elvis recordings in two parts....disc one offers 11 classic Elvis tracks in "vintage" format while disc two "mixes" the music up to inject the tracks with a potent 21st century cocktail of musical resonance......plus there is an added bonus of two stunning 2012 dubs of the funky, high energy rock 'n' soul track, Rev It Up.

Geraceland is the culmination of more than 12 months creative input with the finished album having been recorded in Sydney, Los Angeles and New York.

One element which makes Geraceland stand out from other contemporary Elvis remix albums is the reworking of several tracks to incorporate a very effective rap component, with leading Australian rapper, Tone-Z, providing complementary vocals (and new lyrics) to Mick Gerace on two stunning tracks, Walk A Mile In My Shoes and Stranger In My Own Home Town.

Geraceland will be available in CD and download formats.

EIN will review Geraceland in coming weeks. For more information about the album click here


'Springtime' Graceland featured in April issue of At Home Tennessee: Elvis’ Graceland is the backdrop to the fashion section in April’s issue of At Home Tennessee magazine.

John Terry Forrest Hill Photography teamed up with Graceland and At Home Tennessee to bring you the latest looks of the season. The headline which reads, “Graceland in the Spring,” features spring fashion ranging from a floral jumpsuit, featured on the front steps of the mansion, to an over the shoulder red dress featured at the steps of the foyer.

An abstract tropical print cocktail dress is perfect for the Polynesian feel of the Jungle Room and the halter top striped maxi-dress adds to the '60s theme of the living room and music room. (News, Source: EPE/Elvis Matters)

Check out the complete online edition here


Tuesday 3 April 2012

'Way Down' Jerry Scheff autobiography Review: Jerry Scheff, TCB Band bassist, has played behind some of the great names in popular music and spent several years in the US Navy before making his way to Los Angeles to begin the life of the session bassist, leading to his pivotal role in Elvis’ TCB band.
In his autobiography 'Way Down' Jerry Scheff gives us his view of some of music's biggest names as their audiences never saw them, tired at the end of a session, burned out after a show, inspired by a new song. Particularly interesting are his emotional insider tales of touring with the "Elvis Family".
Telling his story for the first time, he blends memories of childhood and adolescence with evocative anecdotes about studio sessions end encounters with a host of major stars - and while Jerry doesn’t bad-mouth anybody nor does he evade the topic of the pretty heavy-duty drug taking of that particular era.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley reviews this delightful book including some interesting extracts.
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Walk A Mile In My Shoes' New Book: In the Elvis world, we are so used to hype and self-promotion that it’s easy to get a bit blasé when hearing about another ‘sensational book that you must own’. More often than not, the product fails to deliver and ends on your book shelf, never to be dipped into again. We will therefore keep our information about our forthcoming book publication simple and to the point. Elvis For Everyone! Publication has built a good reputation over the years with past photo-books like the highly successful “Images” series. We are now putting the finishing touches on a book titled simply “Elvis Walk A Mile In My Shoes” (A4 size, 140 pages) that will blow our earlier books right out of the water. The book will contain many amazing photos from 1954 to 1977, and most of these have never been seen before, not even in books like “Elvis Files”. Many of these photos were taken directly from the original negatives and dias, thus ensuring top quality, and some of these come from the collection of Elvis’ associates and musicians, one of whom has written the foreword for this remarkable book. The majority of these photos are in stunning color, and in the A4 format you can see all the details with amazing clarity. If you get only one book this year, then make sure that it’s “Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes” – the one book that can actually live up to its hype. Publication: May 2012. For more info, please contact Constatijn Zantingh at: elvisforeveryone@zonnet.nl
(News, Source:ElvisCornerUtrecht)

’The Original Elvis Tribute’ has arrived in Copenhagen!: Bobby Wood, Mary & Ginger Holladay, Duke Bardwell, Jerome ‘Stump’ Monroe, Robert Washington and Carl Bradychok all arrived at Copenhagen airport yesterday, tired after the long flights but very excited about the coming shows in Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway and Holland.
“I’m SO looking forward to the shows!”, Duke stated with his always contageous enthusiasm, while Ginger Holladay added: “I’m really looking forward to working with this great band and singing for the European fans for the first time. What Elvis left us what something very special, and it’s an honor for us to be paying tribute to this great man”. The chemistry in the band is great (I guess a few rounds of Carlsberg always does the trick!)
and everybody is now geared towards working up a great show for the fans in the coming days. In the first photo you can see Duke, Robert and Stump arrive at Copenhagen airport, and in the second photo there’s Mary, Ginger and Bobby together with tourmanager Arjan Deelen. The first (sold out) show is on Saturday, April 7th in Vara, Sweden. -- Go here for concert dates and info.
After the great success of the 'Elvis In Concert' video show in Copenhagen, it's great to see the power of Elvis' music still selling out in Europe.. To be continued!
(News, Source;ArjanDeelen)

"Memphis Legend" Ernie Barrasso Dies: Memphis legend Ernie Barrasso passed away last Saturday 31 March after a long illness. Ernie lived his life with style and humour, generosity, and charm. His big thrill came after running with Red West and the Elvis Gang; he used to join them when they rented out the roller skating rink and the movie theatres after hours with Elvis and his many friends.
He hung around with the guys from not only Catholic schools, but Humes High and all the schools in Memphis. His big thrill came after running with Red West and the Elvis Gang. He used to join them when they rented out the roller skating rink and the movie theatres after hours with Elvis and his many friends. One afternoon while watching television at Elvis’ house, an advertisement came on the TV showing the new Thunderbird sport car for Ford Motor Company. Elvis asked Ernie if he had seen the car, because he thought it was really cool, and that there was only a few Ford dealerships that were allowed to sell the car, as it was a limited edition. Ernie told Elvis that they had a red one on the showroom floor where he worked. Elvis told him he wanted to come by the next morning to
see it. Elvis met Ernie at the lot, saw the car and told Ernie “he would take it”. After doing the paperwork Elvis got in the car and someone snapped a picture of Elvis sitting in the front seat with Ernie standing by the open door. Ernie always wanted to open a nightclub so he was always looking for a location to follow his dream.
Eventually Ernie achieved his dream and opened several nightclubs including the Thunderbird Lounge, and Memphis' disco “Club Caesar” and “The Godfather” in Overton Park Square buying the actual car with the gunshots from MGM studios and placing for customers to see it.
He will truly be missed and always loved by family and friends. He is survived by his sister, Rosanne Barrasso and brother-in-law, Nick Luciano who will miss him greatly, but they know he is in heaven.
(News, Source;Memphis CommercialAppeal)

Monday 2 April 2012
NEWLY UPDATED today - 'Elvis In Concert ROCKS Copenhagen in 2012: An insider's review of the new 'Elvis Presley In Concert' tour. Tour producer Arjan Deelen was at the Copenhagen March 24 performance. This year bassist Norbert Putnam has also joined the TCB Band regulars, bringing some new energy to the shows. However there are rumours that EPE will soon replace the original band with younger performers! James Burton stated that "This is such a wonderful show. Elvis would have loved it. And now with Norbert in the band, the show is better than ever. It’s a wonderful tribute to Elvis. We all want to continue doing this show for the fans for as long as we possibly can".
In this informative review Arjan Deelen talks with the TCB Band and explains just how well the 'Elvis In Concert' tour still ROCKS - as well as wondering how long EPE will keep the TCB Band as part of the tour. NOW UPDATED with NEW Concert Videos PLUS YOUR FEEDBACK.
Click here to read the stories the TCB Band have to tell - and also have YOUR SAY on the future of 'Elvis In Concert'.
(Spotlights, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Meet Those Who Met Elvis: EPE have started a new Video Legacy Gallery. On the site EPE share some great stories from those lucky few who met, worked with or had a personal relationship with Elvis himself. Three new videos worth checking out are ..
Fred Daviss - talks about how he first met Elvis in Las Vegas while touring with his friend James Brown. Elvis invited the two up to his hotel suite and then out for coffee. Daviss describes the two musical icons as being playfully competitive over gospel music knowledge.
(Also go here to EIN's Spotlight James Brown and Elvis, soul-brothers and spiritual kin)
Cato T. Walker III met Elvis for the first time when he was working with B.B. King in Las Vegas as the opening act for Ann-Margret. He shares

his story of meeting Elvis and being invited up to his suite at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Sam Bell grew up with Elvis in Tupelo. He was recently a guest during Elvis' 75th Birthday Celebration and shared some of his favorite stories with the audience at Conversations on Elvis.
----- Click HERE to the Video Legacy Gallery.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis’ Longtime Friend Bill Morris Featured in Memphis Magazine: Bill Morris, former Shelby County Sheriff, mayor, and close friend of Elvis is featured in the April issue of Memphis Magazine. Bill Morris talks of his life in the article "Taking Care of Business: The Bill Morris Scrapbook."
Memphis Magazine writer John Branston writes about Morris's childhood, friendship with Elvis, career, and years spent in politics. Morris shares photos from his personal collection including several of his time spent with Elvis.
Bill Morris describes the fun and playful side of the man who brought rock 'n' roll to the forefront.
"Elvis was youthful and playful. We would shoot roman candles at each other and use garbage can lids to defend ourselves," said Morris.
Morris also describes Elvis as a giving man who often spent his fame and fortune helping others in Memphis and across the world.
"When he made his first money, he gave $50,000 to the city to distribute to charity. He wrote checks to St. Jude early on and lot of them. I asked that the trauma center at The Med be named in his honor, because I thought it reflected another side of Elvis beyond his talents as a performer."
One picture features Bill Morris and Elvis' entourage at Graceland after receiving honorary deputy badges. Another photo is of Elvis, Priscilla,

and Bill at the Jaycees Awards where Morris sponsored Elvis for the "Ten Outstanding Young Men" award given by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce - the only award Elvis ever accepted in person.
After the awards show, as a token of their friendship, Elvis gave Bill and his wife, Ann, a "Taking Care of Business" and "Tender Love and Care" necklace. Bill Morris still wears the necklace to this day.
Bill Morris has been at the center of Memphis history for over 40 years and played a pivotal role in Memphis politics and law enforcement.
(News, Source;EPE)

New Elvis Collectors Book release: Being released this summer is a new Elvis collectors' price guide by Sean O'Neal called "Collecting Elvis Presley - The 1950's". Joe Krein has helped make this book possible with the author using 100s of images from his collection.

The book includes:
• 700 Color Photographs of Elvis Memorabilia
• Selection of never before pictured Elvis collector's items
• Current Market Value of each item
• Tips for making sure that you buy authentic Elvis collectibles
• History of EPE (Elvis Presley Enterprises)
Retail Price is expected at $60.00.

Click here to the promo video for the book at Elvis Express
(News, Source:ElvisExpress)

Latest Billboard Album Charts & Sales: This week, 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 200 to 191 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (w/e 7th April, 2012) selling some 2668 copies. Total sales to date: 449,905 copies. It was also at 47 on the Catalog Album Chart.

The following also appeared on the Catalog Album Charts:
'Elvis: Best Of Love' selling some 2339 copies. Total sales to date: 250,950.
'Elvis Rock' (Compilation) selling some 1432 copies. Total sales 158,228 copies.
'Elvis Country' (Compilation) selling some 1258 copies. Total sales to date: 100,861 copies.
'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) selling 1238 copies. Total sales 78,881copies.
'Elvis Gospel'/'An Evening Prayer' (Compilation) selling some 1180 copies. Total sales to date: 148,340 copies.
'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' (Download Sales Only) selling some 511 copies. Total sales to date: 135,310 copies.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Madonna To Surpass Elvis On All-Time #1 Albums: Madonna is due to overtake Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most Number 1 albums. The star's new record MDNA is 29,000 copies ahead in the race to the top spot this weekend, according to the Official Charts Company.
The news will be a relief to Madonna as her recent single didn’t even make the Top 20.
As EIN contributor Brian Quinn notes, Elvis' last No.1 album in the UK was 'The King' in 2006 - some 29 years after his death. Will Madonna be getting No.1 albums 29 years after her death? I doubt it. Further, Elvis still has more No1 single hits in the UK than either The Beatles or Madonna with 21. He also has more No.2 singles than The Beatles or Madonna and been on the UK Charts for more weeks than any other artist/group. Of course, Elvis still has a chance to get more No.1 albums in the future.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Three new FTD Releases for late April: Three new FTD releases have been announced for late April release, one soundboard, one book and a double-vinyl Promised Land.
- 'Another Saturday Night' 1975 soundboard: A previously unreleased concert, from June 7 1975 Evening Show not even on a bootleg audience recording, plus three well-chosen bonus tracks! If one place is to be picked as the most important in the career of Elvis Presley, it is without doubt Shreveport in the northwest part of Louisiana. The exposure that Elvis got through the radio broadcast of The Louisiana Hayride in 1954-56 was one of the key factors of establishing the early part of his career. With the exception of Las Vegas, there is no place where Elvis played more shows, and his return to the city in 1975 was like a homecoming to both Elvis and the many fans he had there since he started out. We have chosen to release the soundboard from the evening show of June 7 – definitely a show that Elvis and the audience truly enjoy, and with a great set list featuring old and new favourites.

Back in January EIN noted the rumour that this would be an FTD March 2012 release, we were close!
The CD comes in a 5" digipack with an eight-page booklet featuring photos from the June 1975 tour.
Go to FTD/SONY Elvis Releases 2012 for full tracklist.


- Welcome Home Elvis 1960: Flaming Star, in collaboration with FTD, publishes a 260 pages book (with bonus CD) about the vital weeks in 1960 where Elvis regained control over his career. The format is the same as the well-known FTD book format (King Creole -The Music and A Moment In Time). The book includes:
- More than 300 photos, many of them previously unpublished,
- text by David English
- CD with the original mono master for "ELVIS IS BACK".
Pictures include Elvis coming home from the army, several press conferences, pictures at Graceland, coverage of the Sinatra TV show and much more.

'Promised Land, The Companion Album' Double-Vinyl FTD:
FTD vinyl is pleased to announce the release of "Promised Land – The Companion Album" - A Special Limited Edition 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set. This release follows the other FTD "sessions" albums in not featuring the Masters but only alternate takes.

• Disc 1- alternative version of album featuring Stax outtakes
• Disc 2 – STAX more outtakes!
• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing

Go to FTD/SONY Elvis Releases 2012 for full tracklist & More details.

(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE announce the "Elvis Presley Holy Land Tour": EPE and Israel Theme Tours proudly announce The Elvis Presley Holy Land Tour, taking Elvis fans to Israel May 12 - 21, 2013. Elvis fans from around the world will have the chance to explore the gospel side of Elvis with an Elvis-themed Holy Land tour experience unlike any other.
Travelers will follow in the footsteps of Jesus, cruise the Sea of Galilee, experience the Western Wall and the ancient city of Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, roam the beaches of Tel Aviv, and experience baptism in the Jordan River. The tour group will even make a stop at the infamous Elvis Inn Restaurant in Abu Ghosh – An Elvis-themed diner and souvenir shop.
"It’s no secret that Elvis loved Gospel music of which he won 3 Grammy awards for his spiritual recordings. This unique travel offering gives Elvis fans the opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Holy Land with world famous gospel artists who worked both on stage and in the studio with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll," said Kevin Kern of Public Relations for EPE.
The tour will feature special guests Joe Moscheo and Terry Blackwood of Elvis’ Imperials, and Bill Baize, a former member of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet. All performed with Elvis and knew first-hand his love for Gospel music. The legendary Gospel music artists will join the tour group each day for a variety of activities and exclusive fan access.
The Elvis Presley Holy Land Tour is limited to 100 travelers and tour spots will go on sale March 28, 2012. Click HERE for more info and Itinerary.
(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

More recent news from March ....

New Elvis Week Guest and Event Announcements: Clarifying EIN's weekend info about Elvis Week.
EPE are excited to announce the following will be joining our Elvis Week lineup:
Mike Stoller will be a special guest at the Elvis Songwriters Showcase on August 11
Brad Birkedahl and band will perform during the Elvis Week Kick-Off Concert on August 11
• Ultimate ETA Contest winners Justin Shandor and Brandon Bennett will perform at the Celebrate The King Concert on August 12
• DJ Fontana, Tom Moffatt, Ginger Holladay and Mary Pederson will join the lineup at the Official Elvis Insiders Conference on August 13
• James Burton and Joe Guercio will be special guests at the Fan Club Presidents’ Event on August 14
• Loanne Parker, Dick Grob, Sam Thompson and Charles Stone will all share stories of being on tour with Elvis during Conversations on Elvis – Behind the Stage on August 17
• David Briggs, Norbert Putnam and Chip Young, session musicians on many of Elvis’ legendary recordings in the ‘60s and ’70s will speak at Conversations on Elvis – In the Studio on August 18.
The Last Chance Ultimate ETA Contest returns to the Memphis Hard Rock Cafe on August 10, 12 and 13.
More guest announcements will be coming soon!
CLICK HERE to the complete EPE Elvis Week 2012 schedule & for tickets
(News, Source:EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Aloha from Hawaii' 40th Anniversary Celebrations: It has been known about for a while - and any fan could have guessed - but there will of course be major 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the 1973 ultimate extravaganza 'Aloha from Hawaii'.
Elvis "Aloha from Hawaii" 40th Anniversary Celebration recreation in Honolulu, Hawaii: The main part of the EPE Aloha celebration plans are revealed. "Experience six days and five nights of Elvis-themed musical entertainment, movie screenings, panel discussions and tours of places Elvis loved to visit when he was in Hawaii with this vacation package. This luxurious Elvis celebration culminates with an amazing multi-media experience as Elvis Presley presents his “Aloha from Hawaii” concert, exactly 40 years after it became the most watched television concert in history". 
Celebrations from January 10 –15, 2013
It is of course also very close to Elvis' Birthday Week
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/EPE/EIN)

'The Complete '68 Comeback Special' Budget Re-Release OUT: 'The Complete '68 Comeback Special' 40th Anniversary Edition CD Box-set originally issued in 2008 is now being re-released by Sony in 2012 as a "mini-book with the 4CDs" budget set on 12 Mar 2012.

You can read our original review of the 2008 box-set here.

Click below and order it now for only £12.00 (US$18) from Amazon UK

... The Complete '68 Comeback Special- The 40th Anniversary Edition


(News, Source;AmazonUk/ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Files Vol. 5 1969-1970- More sneak previews: This is surely going to be the SELL-OUT Volume of this great series. In EIN's opinion the best series of books on Elvis ever-produced. 
From the desk of Erik Lorentzen... Next month 'The Elvis Files' will Return ... The Elvis Files Vol. 5 1969 - 1970.
Bigger and better than ever: 560 pages & 1,600 photos
We haven't room for Great Photos that you have already seen. Every Section is Crammed with BEAUTIFUL, SUPERB QUALITY, "N E W" ELVIS IMAGE MOMENTS.
– This is a labour of love for me, says Erik Lorentzen, author and long time Elvis fan, who has found images and information never revealed before.
All ELVIS EVENTS in this Time Frame Period 1969-1970 are shown (with full Info.)
- Every Working Moment...
- Every Getting to that Busy Elvis Schedule
- Elvis AT PLAY Images. (over 200 Newly Discovered - seen for the first time)
- Plenty of Off Set CANDID Moments.
- All the Recording Sessions have pages of Features (Film & Studio)
- All the " Interviews" are shown.
- Elvis In Las Vegas his return to live performances
- The Tours of 1970 are showcased with Many Rare Pictures
- Houston, Phoenix, St. Louis, Detroit, Miami, Tampa, Mobile, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and Denver.
- The Movies: Change Of Habit and That’s The way It Is are covered in Great Details with lots of unseen photos.
- With many Surprises - more than 1600 PHOTOS on 560 PAGES
HERE for more FULL SIZE tasty ELVIS images - EIN has the scoop - plus ordering info and more...
EIN says Don't miss out - this volume will sell-out.
(News, Source;ElvisFiles/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Such A Night in Pearl Harbour' - OUT NOW through Elvis Dealers: MRS in association with JAT Productions new release ‘Such A Night in Pearl Harbor’ is OUT NOW through local Elvis dealers - although the AMAZON release date is still April 2, 2012. It contains the completely new re-mastered CD of Elvis’ performance of the benefit concert at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on March 25th 1961 to aid of the USS Arizona Memorial Fund.
The quality is of this concert is far superior than anything of this ever released before and will now be considered, one of the best Elvis concert recordings up until that time. The audio was re-mastered at Studio D who did such astounding work on the recent MRS 'Hayride' release.
Elvis performs 15 songs and sings every one as if it were the first time he had ever presented them to an audience.
Also included for the first time ever, is the 30 minute radio broadcast from Hawaii a week before Elvis’ arrival. It promoted the concert for the memorial fund, playing selected tracks from Elvis’ Christmas and ‘His Hand

in Mine’ album, released at that time including words by Elvis Presley.
As a bonus, the CD is accompanied by a 100 page hard back book that contains many rare photographs with extensive and informative linear notes detailing Elvis’ arrival and performance in Hawaii.
CLICK HERE to Order> Such A Night In Pearl Harbor (CD + 100 Page Book) - Only £13.99  (US$22) and includes audio samples to check out.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNetwork)

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