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Thursday 30 April 2020

'INSIDE ELVIS' - Book Review: With the world in lockdown now is the perfect opportunity to invest time into some quality and thought provoking reading. 'Inside Elvis' by author Arjan Deelen might be just what the doctor ordered, with insightful interviews from key Elvis musicians such as James Burton, Scotty Moore, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge, Bob Lanning, Jim Murray, Duke Bardwell and many more.
We can learn what was it like working with Elvis. What was it like being on the road day after day as the world’s most famous entertainer and it all helps us understand more about Elvis’ complicated life story.
The 300-page book also contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp.
The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has made it a visually stunning work.
Also included is a Bonus CD with 29-tracks containing various rarities.

EIN's Piers Beagley takes a break and enjoys soaking up time with Elvis and his friends. Go here for his review and check out some example pages along the way.
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'From Elvis In Memphis' (book update): The Table of Contents for Eric Wolfson’s upcoming examination of Elvis’ seminal album, From Elvis In Memphis, has been released:
1. Prologue: From Elvis in Hell: June 1, 1967
2. The Cover: From Elvis in Hollywood
3. Side 1: From Elvis in Memphis
4. Interlude: From Elvis in Purgatory: February 17, 1969
5. Side 2: From Elvis in Memphis
6. Back Cover: From Elvis in Vegas
7. Epilogue: From Elvis in Paradise: November 1, 1969
More about the book - "I had to leave town for a little while--" with these words, Elvis Presley truly came home to rock and roll. A little over month earlier he had staged rock's first and greatest comeback in a television program, forever known as "The '68 Comeback Special." With this show, he resurrected himself--at the age of 33, no less--from the ashes of a career mired in lousy movies and even lousier soundtracks. So where to go from here?
Like a killer returning to the scene of the crime, Elvis came back home to Memphis, where it had all begun. Eschewing the fancier studios of Nashville and Hollywood, he set up shop at the ramshackle American Sound Studio, run by a maverick named Chips Moman with an in-house backing band simply known as "The Memphis Boys," and made the music of his life. The resulting work, From Elvis in Memphis, would be the finest studio album of his career, an explosion of mature confidence and fiery inspiration. It was the sound of Elvis--and, in turn, rock and roll--grappling with adulthood in a teenage music,
as sung by the person who shaped it more than anyone else. The book, which forms part of Bloomsbury’s popular 33 1/3 series, is due for release on 12 November.
(News, Source: Bloomsbury Academic)

From the archives- 'Elvis Presley draws 4,000 to Vets for his first Iowa show': A young man from Mississippi who is billed as America’s “only atomic-powered singer” spread a vast amount of rock-n-roll radiation over the spacious Veterans Memorial Auditorium crowd. A lot of the “fallout” from Elvis Aaron Presley’s “atomic” singing hit empty seats during his concert May 22, 1956, but the estimated 4,000 who were present – most of them teenagers – absorbed enough to keep them staring into space for the rest of the school term.

Seeing is believing - What happened when the 21-year-old Presley walked on the stage had to be seen to be believed. A mob of young people left their seats and swooped down to the edge of the stage. They stayed there throughout Presley’s 20-minute performance, though some had to sit on the cement floor because they were blocking the view of others. Presley, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, loped across the stage like a starved panther. Merely striding across the stage set off a loud chorus of screams. He grabbed the microphone and started to sing and squirm.

Things got worse in a hurry. As Presley staggered and jerked his way through “Heartbreak Hotel,” the shrieks and whistles of the crowd were so loud his voice could hardly be heard.

Flicks sideburns - He strummed his guitar a few times and flicked his long sideburns when he bolted his way through “Long Tall Sally.” He shook his shoulders and wiggled his hips. Every move brought more screams. Then Presley stepped to the microphone and said: “I dread to sing this next number because when I’m through I’ve just about had it. I’m just too popped to pop after singing it.” He swaggered his way through “Blue Suede Shoes” and the screams increased. For his last number Presley sang “Hound Dog” while he wrestled the microphone to the floor of the stage. As he knelt near the edge of the stage, many teenagers stretched out their hands to touch him.
Also on the bill were Rick Flaim and his 6-piece orchestra; singer Jackie Little; Irish tenor Frankie Connors; comedian-dancer Phil Maraquin; and the Jordanaires, a quartet of pretty fair singers.
(This review by Des Moines Register reporter Nick Lamberto was published the day after Elvis’ first concert in Iowa).

(News, Source: Des Moines Register online)

“Fake News” - Elvis’ Autopsy Report to be made public in 2027: Doing the Internet, UK Tabloids and social media rounds (again) is the story that Elvis’ autopsy report will be made public on the 50th anniversary of his death in 2027. A longstanding myth is that Vernon Presley requested in 1977 that it be sealed for 50 years (or that Tennessee law requires it be released after 50 years). Reports include: ‘As the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ death approaches, the years are counting down to the moment when the autopsy is unsealed. Fans and conspiracy theorists are awaiting the moment it’s released, with some believing it may hold details about how he died which might shed further light on the truth of the matter.’
However, this is “fake news”.

What will be released in 2027, under Tennessee law, is Elvis’ official death certificate.

Regarding the autopsy report, as Vernon Presley, and not the State of Tennessee, requested the autopsy, the report forms part of Elvis’ personal medical/health records and as such is a “private” document which belongs to the Presley family.
It is unlikely they will ever release it.

Right: The Medical Examiner's report - often described as 'Elvis Presley's Autopsy Report' which it is not.
(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

New “Kindle” book - 'The Elvis Interviews': Compiled by Peter Whitmer (author of The Inner Elvis: A Psychological Biography of Elvis Presley), this 85 page release is described as: Elvis' friends and co-workers speak.

From childhood in Tupelo, a college professor and a Psychiatrist; through Director Hal Kanter and actress Lizabeth Scott in Loving You; the Producer and impresario of the famed '68 Comeback Special, Steve Binder, and finally the man who 'opened' for Elvis' concert years, Jackie Kahane: in their own words, verbatim and unedited.




(News, Source: Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

WAS Elvis Presley’s Cadillac alive and well and living in Mill Hill UK?: This was the question back in 2002 when a major international investigation was launched to trace the history of the 20-foot long pink and white monster. The car was owned by by car collector Ted Lethbridge who had recently retired to Spain leaving John Wallwork to sell off his collection. Mr Wallwork studied the title deed - the American equivalent of the car’s registration document - which said that one Elvis Aaron Presley was the registered owner of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville in 1961 with his address being listed as Twentieth Century Fox, Hollywood, California. Elvis had left the army in 1960 and had turned his back on recording to embark on a movie career which saw him starring in films such as Blue Hawaii and his debut, GI Blues.
He was a well-known lover of Cadillacs and would often buy them as gifts for his friends. Before
discovered the title deed, the car had been priced at £15,000 but as John explained: “There has been so much interest generated over the last few days that we have taken the car off the market until we know more.
“We accepted the car as a part exchange against a Ferrari and never paid much attention to the history of the documents. We just knew it was a really attractive classic. But now common sense tells us to hold on. The former registered owner in the 1980s was Rudolf Mansini - the owner of Queens Hotel, in Blackpool, who collected cars from famous people, so it could be quite exciting.” If you know what happened to the car, please email bygones@nqnw.co.uk
(News, Source: John Anson, lancashiretelegraph.co.uk)

Sunday 26 April 2020
Baz Luhrmann Talks ELVIS Biopic: Australian director Baz Luhrmann talked to Deadline magazine this week about his ELVIS biopic and the shock of Tom Hanks getting coronavirus.
Baz Luhrmann: So I was getting ready to begin shooting on that Monday, and I'm rehearsing the scene where we've built the Vegas showroom, and Tom as Col Parker, guides in Austin Butler as Elvis, and it's a scene where basically hundreds of girls are kissing Elvis, in a '70s show. Tom guides him through the crowd. All of a sudden I see my producer, Patrick McCormick on the set, and he had that look in his eyes and I thought, well this can't be good. You and the world knows what happened next. Tom and Rita handled it all so well, and we were so fortunate we had this direct connection with the head of infectious diseases,
because it was an immediate shutdown. Without getting into the Australia-U.S. comparison, when it comes to the health system, they are so robust here. They were right on it.
We immediately shut down that day. Everybody who was in the video practise footage and that included Austin and myself we were one hundred percent quarantined for 14 days, no contact with anybody. I was in my house and we were locked down entirely. A team turned up in hazmat suits and we were tested. We wouldn't have been immediately infectious - you have to see if you have symptoms - but poor Tom and Rita, they were in the hospital and we were locked down in quarantine. And it turned out we never had one more infection in the entire crew.
I was only four days out from shooting. I had built the Vegas showroom, the International which became the Hilton, and you know that famous scene where Elvis is playing that showroom?
We were rehearsing camera positioning, everything, and I'd done all the tests, Austin, Tom, and the whole cast was on fire. We were that close.

Q- It sure seems after seeing Austin Butler in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, you've caught hold of a terrific young actor...
Baz L: During the testing process, Austin Butler's commitment, his transformative abilities from the young Elvis to beyond, he had been playing so very well. He was terrific. There was such great energy and excitement in the cast and company, about the show we were about to shoot
Now we are making lateral plans but we will not get back into it until the end of the year, if all is going well. We've just been re-dated to NOVEMBER 2021 release. Anything can happen...

(News, Source;Deadline/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley Collected' New Book: A new hardcover 112 page book by Michael A O'Neill.
The publicity promises... Follow the incredible story of the man they call the "King of Rock and Roll". Elvis Presley's life and career is shown from his care-free beginnings at Sun records in the 1950s to global superstardom. In addition the book features rare interviews with the legendary Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, Drummer DJ Fontana and Elvis's loyal backing singers the Jordanaires.
To bring you even closer to the King the book features a wide variety of superb on the page rare memorabilia and documents from the archives covering Elvis' career including tour posters personal letters publicity material and fascinating items and tickets from his greatest gigs together with his best album covers.
- Michael O'Neill is a writer and actor who writes for historical documentaries and has written many best-selling books including a biography of Frank Sinatra. - - - (example pages below)
Published by Danann Books. Out on February 11, 2020.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis, Bill Withers, Cyndi Lauper Oldies spike during pandemic:
When it comes to music everyone is feeling a bit nostalgic during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the first week of April, Spotify US says there was a 54% increase in nostalgia-themed playlists, with songs from the 1950s seeing the biggest increase in streams compared to the first week of March. Elvis Presley's 1957 hit "Jailhouse Rock" was the most-added song from that decade.
One of the most popular songs overall in the first week of the month was "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Cyndi Lauper's 1983 hit, which had more than 2.3 million streams.
"Every artist's dream is that their music can be a sense of comfort, of joy, of inspiration," Lauper says on Spotify's blog. "That's why we do what we do; to connect, to tell shared stories that people can relate to, cry to, laugh with, dance to and to comfort."
Most-added songs to playlists by decade:
50s: "Jailhouse Rock"- Elvis Presley
60s: "At Last", Etta James
70s: "Ain't No Sunshine", Bill Withers
80s: "Take on Me", A-ha
90s: "Mambo No. 5", Lou Bega
00s: "I Gotta Feeling", Black Eyed Peas
Unsurprisingly other Elvis songs also taking off during the lockdown is 'Fever', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' and 'In the Ghetto'. Another topical favourite is Al Green's 'Tired Of Being Alone'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: In The Valley of The Sun' New JAT Book: Tunzi's JAT Productions are pleased to announce a new book focusing on Elvis' concert at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix Arizona on September 9, 1970 for the 50th Anniversary of this performance.
This marked the day that Elvis went back on the road as a touring performer for the first time since October 1957.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary JAT are releasing 'Elvis Presley: In The Valley Of The Sun'.
The publication will include over 100 super rare and unpublished photos from the show, arriving in Phoenix, backstage and much more!
These photos are exclusive to JAT productions.
Also included is a CD featuring Chips Moman's last

ever interview also exclusive to JAT. - Plus Bonus free 'Throwback 2020 Pocket Calendar'.
All for US$99.95 (with free postage) - Go here for a preview youtubeclip
(News, Source;JAT/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis UK Impersonator raises thousands for NHS: While we wish Elvis was alive and imitators didn't exist, it was touching to see that Elvis singer Mark Summers recently raise thousands for UK National Health Service.
Thousands of people watched the Elvis performer live stream and raise more than £13,000 for the NHS by singing requests from his front room.
Mark Summers said he was "humbled" by the thank you messages and support from those watching his three-hour live stream.
"Elvis's music is so powerful it brings all age groups together," he said.
Sir Cliff Richard and Olympic diver Tom Daley, who are big Elvis fans, were among the stars who backed the event.
The event, which was streamed on Facebook on Saturday evening, and its recording have had 75,000 viewings.
The funds, which are also being raised through auctioning donated items, will go towards NHS Charities Together.
"It was an incredible response. There were families watching and dancing and kids giving their £2 pocket money," he said.
"I had so many messages from NHS staff and some were streaming it live on the wards."
Mr Summers included a message from Sir Cliff Richard who wished him luck and said: "The NHS is the greatest, Elvis was the greatest, they go really well together."
Go here to Mark Summers FB page for more
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Danzig Sings Elvis' Reviewed: Riff magazine has given the new Glenn Danzig album a neat review.
... On his new album "Danzig Sings Elvis" the Misfits lead singer Glenn Danzig takes on the songs of Elvis Presley.
It seems ridiculous to have to point that out, but in our modern culture of constant irony it's worth mentioning. The album title itself could be the sort of faux-sincerity that someone would put on something totally unrelated as a joke. But no, it's entirely earnest.
Danzig is clearly a man who loves Elvis, and he channeled his love into an album of covers of what one assumes are his favorite Elvis songs. He called it what it is and he released it. There's no joke. The sincere earnestness and unironic love of the source material is the best part of Danzig Sings Elvis. The once and future Misfits frontman paying tribute to an artist he admires by singing the songs he loves is a beautiful thing and turns the album's flaws into endearing highlights.
In addition to giving Danzig some serious Elvis fan street credibility, it makes the material feel fresh more than inaccessible. Anyone would pale in comparison to the King so it's best to avoid the automatic association, and his apparent connection to the songs absolutely helps.
As for the music itself, when the song suits his style and range, Danzig really does sound like Elvis. The first two tracks, especially- "It Is So Strange" and "One Night"- could very well be performed by Elvis himself. The biggest tells aren't in the vocals but in the production quality; the instrumentals have the clarity and precision of a modern recording, but the vocals have that sort of tinny tone and slight reverb that rock songs had in the '50s.
In the end, the production of the songs becomes secondary. The appeal is listening to someone do something he loves for no reason other than because he loves it. Danzig certainly didn't go into this album expecting it to be a profitable smash hit, and thanks to a long and successful career he doesn't need it to be. There's no shallowness to his motives.
Danzig put his heart and soul into these songs and it shows. And sometimes what we need to hear is an artist performing from the heart. - See full RIFF review here and listen to a sample
(News, Source;Riff/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 24 April 2020
Dick Grob Has Died: Memphis Mafia member and former Elvis bodyguard Dick Grob has died at his home in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Melissa Grob recently posted the sad news...
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Richard “Dick” Grob on April 22, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He passed peacefully at home, knowing he was immensely loved and surrounded by family.
Given current events, a small ceremony restricted to immediate family will be held. At a later date, we will announce a larger ceremony of life to celebrate his remarkable journey here on earth with the family and friends he loved so dearly. Thank you for your prayers and support.
At this time, we ask that you please respect our privacy as we work through this difficult time together as a family."
- Melissa.
... Dick Grob first met Elvis on May 1, 1967 the day of Elvis and Priscilla's wedding. "I met Elvis in Palm Springs California. He was just married in Las Vegas to Priscilla and they came to Palm Springs for their honeymoon. I was a policeman off duty at the time working special events. I was assigned to watch the house that Elvis was leasing and keep the crowds away. Elvis came out of the house, walked over to the police car where I was sitting, he introduced himself and asked if he could sit in the car. We listened to the police radio for about an hour and a half before he went back inside. As he left he told me if I wanted any more lemonade I should come into the house to get some... From the first time I met Elvis we were friends. Whenever he came to Palm Springs, which was often, he would always call me and I would go up to the house. I would talk with him as two friends would along with everyone else that was there...
See EIN's 2014 in-depth Interview with Dick Grob below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
- - R.I.P. Richard “Dick” Grob - -

Dick Grob R.I.P. - Arjan Deelen's personal tribute:
In the Elvis World, a lot of people have an opinion of Dick Grob, and I guess some have found it easy to dismiss him as a flawed character. There have been stories over the years of certain dubious business dealings. I knew that well when I brought him over to Europe back in 2014. In fact, Dick himself was a bit apprehensive about coming to Europe, fearing certain fan reactions. But of course, it all went well, and the audiences loved him and his stories about EP. I must admit that I had my own prejudices about him, but he was a powerhouse on the tour. He was entertaining onstage, and he was kind, helpful and fun to be with on the road. He was clearly a guy who had seen and heard it all, and yet he was quite modest and easy to deal with. We all loved those moments where we’d all be relaxing, Dick with a glass of whiskey in his hand, telling one great story after the other. And he was a good
storyteller. He was very particular about details, and he would describe everything in such vivid detail, that it was almost like you were there with him, on the road with The King. Particularly touching were his stories about Elvis’ final moments.

Dick Grob was there 24/7 and he saw everything. And as Elvis’ world was collapsing, he was one of the few with the thankless task of trying to keeping things together. Grob did his job calmly and diligently, without ever ratting on his boss. Even after death. And Grob saw more ugly stuff than most. He also told me about the firing of the Wests in ’76 in a way that gave me a different perspective on the matter.

What I remember now mostly is his warmth and his kindness. Just the two of us together in a bar, having a few drinks, exchanging stories, talking

women, laughing… During those moments he was totally in his element, and just great company. He also reached out to me when I got divorced, and I still remember his wise words as well as the concern he showed for me and my family.

Three years ago, Dick and his wife Melissa invited me and my kids to his favorite Italian restaurant in Las Vegas, and we had a splendid time together. I remember him laughing as we said our goodbyes, because I was slightly tipsy by the end of the evening. Dick could drink a lot, and you’d never even notice.

For those that are easy to judge, just remember what Elvis sang about the subject (‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’). Let’s just bury the bad stories together with the body, and remember the good stuff. All I can say is, I certainly enjoyed him and his very entertaining stories, I was impressed with him on the tour, and he showed great kindness to me and my family. Moreover, I think he did a good job of protecting the legacy of his former boss, TCB-ing to the very end.
R.I.P. Dick Grob.
Your loss will be felt in the Elvis World.

- Arjan Deelen

Top photo: Dick Grob, Stump Monroe and Duke Bardwell are reunited together for the first time in years - with Arjan Deelen.

Interview with Dick Grob, Elvis' Head Of Security: Some fans have very strong opinions about some Elvis associates such as Priscilla, Charlie Hodge and indeed Dick Grob. One can ask the question whether it is fair to judge these people like we sometimes do, since in reality we were not there – and yet they were.
Elvis’ life was pretty extraordinary, with many highs and lows, and one wonders how any of us would have coped with the stress, especially if you were responsible for the man’s safety.
In our special interview Dick Grob talks about Elvis as a friend and as a human being, life on the road, Aloha, Elvis’ fondness for the police, Ginger Alden, Elvis’ plans in ’77 for shows in Europe, Elvis’ decline and his death. Grob also discusses, Elvis’ reaction to a fan who said he should smoke marijuana to improve his music and his final conversation with Elvis in the very early morning of August 16, 1977.

Go here for this fascinating interview by EIN Contributors Arjan Deelen & Mariusz Ogieglo
(Interviews, Source;ArjanDeelen/MariuszOgieglo/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS 'Elvis: In Living Stereo' VINYL Tracklist: The Memphis Recording Service label has announced their forthcoming VINYL version of 'Elvis: In Living Stereo'.
The set features 61 tracks presented on 180gram quality 3LP / TRIPLE GATEFOLD and titled 'IN LIVING STEREO’.
To be released on 22nd May, 2020.
The 3 LPs contain remastered tracks of the Essential 1960- 1962 master recordings plus bonus rare alternate outtakes never before released on vinyl.

CLICK HERE for tracklist and details
With each side running around 24 minutes, from 'Make Me Know It' through 'Little Sister' to 'She's Not You' (Take 2FS & Comp) every vinyl side is a real belter!

This is a limited edition release is 1000 copies (600 Black and 400 Crystal Clear).
The clear vinyl will only be available from your local Elvis dealer and not from the main distribution channels such as Amazon etc.

Last year MRS released a 6-CD Book/Combo deluxe set. See EIN's In-depth Review here
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 20 April 2020
'Elvis: Live in California' May 1974 FTD Review: The most recent live soundboard 5” double-digipack FTD release which this time focused on Elvis' short Tour of California which went from May 10 to May 13 1974. CD1 features a combination of May 10 San Bernardino Opening Show / Fresno May 12 show while the second CD features May 13 San Bernardino Closing Show.
Best of all, these shows are previously unreleased soundboards.
In 1974 Elvis added the new songs 'Help Me', 'Let Me Be There' and ‘Why Me Lord’ to his set-list plus the old SUN classic ‘Trying To Get To You’ while on this tour Elvis added 'Big Boss Man' which he would then keep performing through to 1977. With 'Polk Salad', 'Steamroller Blues', 'Suspicious Minds', 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and 'An American Trilogy' also in the mix, the set-list was a truly solid selection.
With a mix of fifties oldies, classics hits, new material and some nice surprises fans would have truly enjoyed these shows.
Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley have a close look at this new FTD release .....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

ELVIS song confirms Albert Einstein prediction: It does sound like conspiracy craziness however leading science researchers this week claim that "they had picked up vibrations from a cosmic collision that harmonized with the opening notes of an Elvis Presley hit".
The source was the most exotic merger of two black holes detected yet, a pair in which one weighed more than three times as much as the other. Because of the stark mass imbalance, the collision generated gravitational waves at multiple frequencies, in a 'I Can’t Help Falling in Love' Elvis harmony. The chord also confirms a prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity, or general relativity.
If the black holes have distinctly different masses, then general relativity predicts that they should

also generate weaker waves at higher frequencies, or overtones.
If the main frequency were a C on a piano, the overtone would be the next higher G a perfect fifth, and the interval of the first two notes in the melody of Elvis' hit “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” That is what the LIGO and Virgo researchers detected, says Maximiliano Isi, a physicist and LIGO member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who also spoke at the meeting. The overtone rang roughly as loudly as predicted by general relativity, Isi says. “Einstein prevails again.”
Such oddball events might help researchers figure out how the black holes pair in the first place.
The fact that the one black hole is so much heavier than the other and appears to be spinning fast suggest that it, too, was the product of a merger. “It looks quiet like the product of a multiple-generation merger,” he says.

The fact that ELVIS is involved in outta-space activity only goes to prove that - as noted in the movie 'The Men In Black'- "Elvis is not dead. He just went home."

(News, Source;ScienceMag.org/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Upstairs: The recent Graceland video / Q&A with director of archives Angie Marchese revealed some secrets about the off-limits upstairs. The recent videos and Q&A have included areas that fans cannot usually visit on their Graceland tours.
When Angie Marchese was recently asked, “Can we see upstairs? Does it look the same as when Elvis was here?”
Marchese explained, “The one thing about Graceland and its mystique is the upstairs and the fact that it was Elvis’ private area.
It looks as if he just got up and left.
It is part of my job to maintain it. So we do go up there to maintain the space.
The record on the record player is the last record he listened to.
There’s even a styro-foam cup that sits on a bookshelf.
Elvis' bed is made, so we really maintain it the way that Lisa wants us to preserve it.
However it is off-limits, a personal space, so unfortunately, we can’t see it, but it is taken care of
Later pointing out the stairs near the kitchen.
Marchese explained, “These stairs here actually lead up to the main landing, which would take you to Elvis’ bedroom.
And this is how Elvis would come down to the kitchen.
He would come down these stairs and come and make himself at home here in the kitchen.”

As it stands Graceland is set to reopen to the public on May 1.
However the temporary closure could well be extended due to the lockdown across the US.
Click to Graceland videos to watch more with Angie Marchese
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Down By The Falls' New Import CD: A new release from the Touchdown label, 'Down By The Falls' contains the previously released afternoon show from July 13, 1975.
This new upgraded AUDIENCE recording of the Niagara Falls concert, that was first released over twenty-five years ago, offers a much improved sound quality and more than half-a-dozen bonus tracks that represent other highlights of Elvis’ acclaimed late summer tour in 1975.

EIN Note: This July 1975  tour has so far not been covered by FTD although plenty of the concerts have been bootlegged such as 'Gyrating Asheville' and 'Pieces of my Life'.
In fact this CD features 'Pieces of my Life' from the final Asheville show.

Go here to 'All CD News 2020' for tracklist and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Still Classy In Omaha' New Import CD: The Verve label also suggest they shows how good soundboards can sound, if done properly.
When FTD released the April 22, 1976 Omaha concert in 2008 almost everyone was disappointed about the mix, which had the background singers way, way up in front. It sounded terrible and it still is one of the worst releases by the collector’s label. (Umm, EIN would agree with that!)
It was always said that you can’t do anything about the sound picture, as the soundboard is what it is, but that’s wrong.
It is possible to correct the sound picture, which we did and now you can listen to a concert and find out why the press stated about Presley’s concert on the next day: "Still classy as a caddy!“
The background singers are mixed properly in the background and Elvis’ talent and charisma shines over it all. And a fine concert it was!
EIN Note: The final concert of this 1976 tour, Spokane, April 27 is about to be released on the next FTD 'ELVIS: St. Louis & Spokane'. Hopefully the Closing Night will be better than Omaha.
See 'All CD News 2020' for tracklist and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 16 April 2020

Graceland "Ask Archives" LIVE Q&A later today: A neat move from Graceland while it is closed, a chance to ask questions about what's in the ELVIS archives.
Tune in on Instagram TODAY Thursday, April 16 at 2:30pm CST for a special live Q&A session with Angie Marchese, Graceland's Vice President of Archives and Exhibits.
During this session, Angie will be talking all-things Elvis and answering select questions from fans about Graceland and the Graceland Archives.
Join in on the fun and participate by following @VisitGraceland and @Elvis on Instagram. See you there!

"While Graceland is closed, we'll bring Graceland to you!"


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS 'Elvis: In Living Stereo' VINYL Release: The Memphis Recording Service label has announced their forthcoming VINYL version of 'Elvis: In Living Stereo'.
The set will be on 180gram 3LP / TRIPLE GATEFOLD and titled 'IN LIVING STEREO’. Release deat 22nd May, 2020.
The 3 LPs contain remastered tracks of the Essential 1960- 1962 master recordings plus bonus rare alternate outtakes.
This is a limited edition release is 1000 copies (600 Black and 400 Crystal Clear).
The clear vinyl will only be available from your local Elvis dealer and not from the main distribution channels such as Amazon etc.

All tracks have been cleaned, repaired and restored using the most advanced technology available.
Last year MRS released a 6-CD Book/Combo deluxe set.
See EIN's In-depth Review here

More info when we get it

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Knox Phillips Dead at 74: His father, SUN Records founder Sam Phillips, towered above Memphis' creative edge but Knox Phillips would later also find a way to bring his own influence to the Memphis music scene. For six decades Knox was a creative presence as an engineer, producer, studio owner, community organizer and unwavering supporter of original artistry.
Knox Phillips sadly died, Wednesday, at his home at the age of 74. The Memphis Music Hall of Famer had battled cancer and related complications for many years. (Right, with Elvis and his brother Jerry)
The oldest of Sam and Becky Phillips' two boys, Knox was born in Memphis in 1945.
His passing comes less than a week after the death of his good friend, singer-songwriter John Prine, whose 1979 album “Pink Cadillac,” he co-produced.
With his mane of golden hair and irrepressible energy, Knox was a distinctive and much beloved figure in his hometown.
Elvis, and Sam Phillips, biographer Peter Guralnick noted, “I don’t think anyone was more passionate about Memphis music or had greater faith that it was always going to endure. He inherited so much from Sam, his eloquence and also his loquaciousness. But he also very much struck out on his own. He had a fundamental kindness and decency and an outreach that everybody that’s passed through Memphis in the last half century couldn’t help be aware of, or touched by."
“He was the ultimate Memphis music lover,” said his younger brother, Jerry Phillips. “He was a real advocate for Memphis and thought Memphis and Memphians made the greatest music.”
Growing up the son of Sam Phillips might have been a millstone for some, but Knox relished his father’s achievements and flourished in carrying on the family tradition. Being Sam’s son, that is not the easiest thing in the world, but Knox was able to thrive because he was genuine and real. There was nothing phony about his enthusiasms or the charge he was trying to lead.
"As a little kid, I watched my father just knock himself out for something that he totally believed in," Knox told The Commercial Appeal, "He loved that music so much, he thought, 'If I can just get it out there then people will love it as much as I do.' That enthusiasm and belief always stuck with me."
Knox recalled seeing the Prisonaires record at Sun under the watchful eye of armed guards, and playing spaceship in Ike Turner's tour bus, with "Rocket 88" painted on the side.
(News, Source;MCommAppeal/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 12 April 2020 - - - - EASTER GREETINGS from Elvis Presley! - - - -

James Drury (Love Me Tender) Dead at 85: James Drury who was most well-known as the the mysterious, nameless title character on the 1960s NBC Western The Virginian, died last Monday of natural causes. He was 85.
For Elvis fans he was a co-star of Elvis' first movie 'Love Me Tender' playing his younger brother, Ray Reno.
Coincidentally he also supported Pat Boone in his movie debut Bernardine (1957).
Preparing for his most famous role, Drury appeared in several Westerns on the big screen, including Good Day for a Hanging (1959) with Fred MacMurray, Ten Who Dared (1960) at Disney and Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962), working opposite Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea (who starred in the 1946 film The Virginian).
The Virginian was TV’s first 90-minute Western and ended up being one of its longest running and enduring, airing nearly 250 episodes from 1962-71.
Drury’s character never revealed his real name as he “forced his idea of law and order on a Wyoming Territory community in the 1890s.”
James Drury was born April 18, 1934, in New York City, however and he spent most of his younger days on one of his Mother's family ranches outside Salem.
His maternal grandfather, John Crawford, taught him woodsman skills and marksmanship and instilled in him the values that Drury said he brought to his Virginian character.
Drury described it as "'The Cowboy Way -If it's not true, don't say it. If it's not yours, don't take it. And if it's not right, don't do it."
James Drury noted, "Elvis was just such a fine, polite, eager young man at that time. I thought he was extremely effective in Love Me Tender. He played a real flesh and blood character in that movie and he did a very good job of it. Of course when we started the picture we had no idea who Elvis was but when we finished the movie we certainly found out who Elvis was - and from then on he became such an enormous international star! Elvis was a good man and I enjoyed working with him. Throughout the rest of his life if I'd be in a town where he was doing a concert I'd go and see it even without telling him.. But he'd always know I was there and ask me to come backstage and visit with him, and we did sometimes for hours at a time. Elvis was a great guy and I am happy to say he was a great friend"
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland "Exclusive Content" on Social Media: A nice treat for all Elvis fans who are suffering the COVID-19 "Lockdown"  with time on their hands.
While Graceland is temporarily closed, they are bringing exclusive content to our subscribers via our social media.
Graceland Archivist Angie Marchese opens some secret doors and lets fans have a sneak peak around Graceland behind the scenes - and more coming soon!
Since you can't be here at Graceland, let us bring Graceland to you!
- A look through Elvis' record collection
Have you ever wondered what kinds of music Elvis listened to at home?
- "Working From Home" in Vernon's Office
Vernon's office or office located behind Graceland. The video includes the 1958 Memphis telephone directory and Vernon Presley's typewriter.
- A Closer Look at Some of Elvis' Items
Check out this video to get a closer look and learn more about some of the artifacts on display inside our Archives
- Vernon's Safe Cabinet (Behind-The Scenes)
We're back in Vernon's office, so let's open up a cabinet and see what we find inside!
Each video runs a few minutes. 
Click HERE to Graceland-Facebook
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Memphis Mayhem: A Story of the Music That Shook Up the World' New Book: Coming out in October a new book by David A. Less that is publicised as "The definitive tale of the birthplace of rock and roll".
Memphis Mayhem weaves the tale of the racial collision that led to a cultural, sociological, and musical revolution. Beginning with the 1870s yellow fever epidemics that created racial imbalance as wealthy whites fled his hometown, David Less moves beyond W.C. Handy's codification of the blues in 1909 to the mid-century advent of interracial music, the birth of punk, and finally to the growth of a music tourism industry.
The city's musical ecosystem included studios, high school band instructors, clubs, record companies, family bands, pressing plants, and retail record outlets, and it produced a startling array of talent, including Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Al Green, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carla Thomas, Booker Little, Alex Chilton, Ann Peebles, Jim Dickinson, Furry Lewis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Justin Timberlake.
Lively and comprehensive, Memphis Mayhem is a provocative chronicle of finding common ground through music and creating a sound that would change the world.
David Less is a 3rd generation Memphian David Less has studied Memphis music for over 40 years, including work done for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Gibson Guitar Foundation.
He has published in Rolling Stone, DownBeat, and Blues Revue magazines and Ethnomusicology. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Paperback: 200 pages - out 6 October 2020.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis - December '76" Import box-set: Recently announced a seven CD set of Elvis in late 1976.
Supposedly a 700 Limited Edition.
EIN Notes - do seven hundred people really need this? Surely not!
Bootleggers truly scraping the barrel!

CD 1:
7.12.1976 - Hilton Showroom, Las Vegas
Previously out as 'As Recorded Live In Las Vegas'
CD 2 + 3:
12.12.1976 - Hilton Showroom, Las Vegas
Previously out as 'Black Diamond'  / 'Softy As I leave You'
CD 4.
28.12.1976 - Memorial Auditorium Dallas, Texas
FTD official release 'Showtime!'
CD 5:
29.12.1976 - Birmingham-Jefferson Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama
FTD official release 'Showtime!'
CD 6 + 7:
31.12.1976 Civic Center Arena, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
As the excellent 'Backdraft' 'Final Countdown To Midnight'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 8 April 2020

(Book Review) Elvis March 7 to March 31: Paul Belard’s latest photobook focuses on the 25 days following Elvis’ discharge from the Army up to and including his important appearance on the Frank Sinatra Timex “Welcome Home Elvis” TV Special.

Over more than 200 pages, the author has compiled an impressive collection of images and rich archival material.

Read EIN’s detailed review


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInfoNet)  

Upcoming book from Paul Belard: Now that 'Elvis March 7 to March 3'1 is available, Paul Belard has released the cover images for his next book release 'Elvis 1956 September 9 First Ed Sullivan Show'.




(News, Source:Paul Belard/EIN)

Barbara Stanwyck talks about working with Elvis: Roustabout was one of Elvis’ better 1960’s movies, in a big part due to his co-star being Miss Barbara Stanwyck, one of Hollywood’s biggest and most celebrated actresses. In Barbara Stanwyck A Biography, author Al DiOrio, recorded:
Barbara didn’t make another film for two years and then suddenly in a surprising pice of casting turned up with Elvis Presley in Roustabout. Barbara was surprised when Hal Wallis called her with a part in Presley’s film but later explained that, “The idea of working with Mr. Presley intrigued me because that would bring me to a younger audience than I’m accustomed to. And I thought this would be rather fun.”
Barbara did have reservations about what sort of professional attitude she would find in the singing sensation but was pleasantly surprised and, as usual, didn’t hesitate to say so. “So many people expect the swelled head and all that sort of thing. As a matter of fact, very honestly, so did I. It is not the case. Elvis was a wonderful person to work with. His manners were impeccable, he is on time, he knows his lines, he asks for nothing outside of what any other actor or actress wants.”

Even the New York Times was pleased with the film and said in its review:

"It has three assets. One is Mr. Presley, perfectly cast and perfectly at ease, as a knockabout, leathery young derelict who links up with a small-time transient midway. It also has, as the carnival owner, the professional seasoning of Miss Barbara Stanwyck.  Welcome back, Miss Stanwyck, and where on earth have you been? And while the carnival canvas yields little in the way of dramatic substance, it does cue in 11 songs.”

(Right:Barbara Stanwyck, Elvis and director John Rich)

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Guy Harris, friend of Elvis in Tupelo has died: One of Elvis Presley's childhood friends and Tupelo native, Guy Harris, has died. Harris died on Monday. He was also a historian at the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo. Harris never turned down an opportunity to talk about his friend, Elvis. Mayor Jason Shelton said, "We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Mr. Guy Harris. As a lifelong friend of Elvis Presley, his insight was invaluable at the Birthplace here in Tupelo. We will greatly miss his stories as told to Elvis fans from all over the world right here where it all began." Harris was also a retired Tupelo Police captain.
No word yet on funeral arrangements.
For his book, Early Elvis The Tupelo Years, Memphis journalist and EIN contributor, the late Bill E. Burk, interviewed Mr. Harris, who stated: “My first memories of Elvis, we were just all playing together. Us, the Farrars, the Clarks and Elvis. We were not allowed out of the neighbourhood. Our parents knew where we were at all times. They had set (geographical) boundaries for us. We couldn’t go across the highway....We weren’t supposed to go down to the creek, either, but we always found a way to get off and get down there.”
Photo by Paul Gansky:Guy Harris with EIN contributor Joan Gansky, Birthplace Museum October 11th, 2019.
(News, Source:The Elvis Newspage –TCOTOE; Early Elvis The Tupelo Years/PaulGansky)

Vote for ELVIS as the King of Music: There was a time when Elvis topped most of the online music polls. A highlight was Time magazine’s poll to find the world’s greatest entertainer of the 20th century. Elvis romped it in with more than 1 million votes. In its infinite wisdom, Time ignored the poll result and awarded the title to Frank Sinatra!
Surprisingly, Elvis is not faring well in two out of three categories in a current online poll, the King of Music.
In the main category he is trailing runaway leaders, Engelbert Humperdinck 34% and Michael Jackson, and also being out voted (at present) by Cliff Richard and Billy Fury (go figure!).
In the Song of Ages poll Suspicious Minds is ranked third, 5,000 votes behind Cliff Richard’s In The Country. On a positive note, Elvis is currently leading the Album of Ages poll with his debut album, Elvis Presley, almost 200 votes ahead of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
EIN says let’s move Elvis up the rankings to where he deserves to be! Voting is open until January 2021 and you can vote once each day in the three categories:
King of Music  http://thekingofmusic.com/
Album of Ages (vote for his debut album, Elvis Presleyhttp://albumofages.com/
Song of Ages (Suspicious Minds or Love Me Tender, we recommended Suspicious Minds//songofages.com/
(News, Source: Linda Gentry, Team Elvis Facebook group)

Friday 3 April 2020
King Creole Blu-Ray: Paramount Pictures have announced a new “Paramount Presents” label to recognize and celebrate films from the studio’s vast and storied library. The “Paramount Presents” banner will be used for a new line of collectible Blu-rays featuring movies that had a cultural impact upon their release. The first three films in the Blu-ray line will be 1958’s acclaimed Elvis Presley drama King Creole; the unforgettable phenomenon 'Fatal Attraction' and Alfred Hitchcock’s 'To Catch A Thief'.
"Elvis Presley brings a new beat to Bourbon Street in KING CREOLE; presented here newly remastered from a 4K film transfer. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, White Christmas), Elvis plays a troubled youth whose singing sets the French Quarter rockin’. With a sweet girl to love him and nightclubbers cheering, it looks like he’ll shake off his past and head for the top. But a mobster (Walter Matthau) and his man-trap moll (Carolyn Jones) could snare him into a life of crime."
Presented in collectible packaging with foldout
original movie poster and interior artwork featuring key movie moments, each Blu-ray in the Paramount Presents line features new interviews with filmmakers and/or celebrated film historian Leonard Maltin.
All three titles are out April 21, 2020.
Click here to AMAZON - Pre-Oder for only US$22.99
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis and The Beatles: The UK tabloids continue to mine the Elvis legend, sadly with tons of annoying click-bait. Recently they commented on the infamous meeting between Elvis and The Beatles.
....Elvis Presley met The Beatles during their 1965 US tour. As Beatlemania kicked up a gear, the Fab Four took time out of their wild schedule to sit down with their idol, the great King of Rock ’n’ Roll at his home, Graceland. (EIN Notes, it was NOT Graceland!)
John Lennon revealed an incredible fact that Paul McCartney actually offered Elvis some bass guitar tips during their meeting.
Lennon noted how many of the greats wanted to come and meet them when they toured the US in 1965.
He said, however, that they weren’t too bothered about seeing the likes of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra because they didn’t think they “really liked us or our music”.
It was different with Presley, though, of whom Lennon was a lifelong fan.
“It was a real thrill to get to meet Elvis, especially to play with him.”
Recalling something he said to the King upon that first and only meeting, Lennon added: “Because we were
both Peter Sellers fans, I remember saying to him, ‘Zis is ze way it should be. Ze small homey gathering wiz a few friends and a leetle music!’”
The Beatle said he knew his bandmates McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were all feeling as nervous as he was when they arrived at his LA home and were greeted by their idol.
“He was a legend in his own lifetime, and it’s never easy meeting a legend in his own lifetime, however, Elvis tried to make us feel at home.”
However once settled down the room remained silent with Elvis eventually breaking the ice by joking: “Look, guys, if you’re just going to sit there an stare at me, I’m going to bed.”
He then proposed they jam a little, instructing one of his staff to bring some guitars into the room.
Lennon revealed how Presley had ended up with a bass guitar, while he took a rhythm guitar.
“Elvis obviously wasn’t that familiar with his instrument,” he said.
At this point, the star recalled his bandmate McCartney stepping in to give the King some quick tips.
So Paul gave him some instructions,” he said.
“‘Here’s how I play the bass,’” Elvis said, strumming a few chords, ‘It’s not too good, but I’m practising.’”
Beatles press officer Tony Barrow also revealed an awkward jibe Lennon had made at the expense of Presley.
“John asked what had happened to the old rock ’n’ roll Elvis, who at that point was mainly singing the soundtracks to his films. “He was joking but he meant it,” he added.
Though Presley reportedly laughed off the comment, the atmosphere was somewhat cold after that.

See EIN's Spotlight 'Elvis Meet The Beatles' for more factually correct stories!
(News, Source;UKExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Owned and Used Artifacts On Sale: There's a lot of T.R.O.U.B.L.E. and corona-fever going on and right now you can avoid the EPE Graceland Auction added price and get some discounted genuine Elvis Items via ELVIS RELICS.
The items listed below represent a single collection of rare, authentic Elvis artifacts that are owned by a very close friend of Elvis Relics Bud Glass.  The prices on these items have been greatly reduced by him to make them more affordable to the average fan/collector.

If you are a new or beginning collector, or even a long-time fan who has previously only collected memorabilia, and always wanted to own an authentic Elvis owned, worn or used artifact,this is your chance to get a great item or two at a very reasonable price.

Some Items on offer
- Elvis personal handcuff tie tack pin with photo of Elvis wearing. Comes with handwritten letter from Sonny West
- Choker necklace worn by Elvis on stage and later given to J.D. Sumner
- Grey “EP” monogrammed shirt 1960’s

- Silver Lame Shirt worn by Elvis in the 1960’s - later given to his nurse Tish Henley
- Multi-colored “rainfall” shirt from 1970’s with letter from Graceland
- Blue Tahoe scarf given by Elvis during a performance, with Elvis’ sweat stains
- White scarf received personally from Elvis by fan at Montgomery Alabama concert – scarf he wore out on stage.  With detailed letter from fan who received it,
- Blue scarf taken from trunk at Graceland that was destine for last concert tour that never happened with Elvis -from Greg Howell former Graceland Archives supervisor
- Black scarf from Barbara Klein (wife of George Klein) that was given to her from someone AT GRACELAND after Elvis died from the same trunk that scarf was destine for last concert tour that never happened
- Elvis’ guitar pick sold originally by Graceland
- Blue short-sleeve Hawaiian shirt
- Green checkers shirt worn by Elvis on set of FOLLOW THAT DREAM (not film worn)
- Hawaiian style sports coat worn by Elvis in the 1960’s
- Elvis pants worn in unknown film with MGM label

Click here to Elvis Relics to check out these items and prices

(News, Source;ER/ElvisInfoNet)

Three new Import CDs from 'Elvis One':
'Chicas !!! Chicas !!! Chicas !!!.' A collection of 43 tracks from the Hal Wallis' production "Girls! Girls! Girls!".
This cd contains the mono albums masters, unedited masters and outtakes, the Gilda Maiken recordings for the movie (taken from acetate) and 9 radio spots.
A great new collection including some official previously unreleased recordings and for the first time on cd.
9 hard to find promotional radio spots from the movie taken from the original promo record.
Including a booklet with photos and recording information.


See 'All The Elvis CD News 2020' for tracklist & details

"From Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, California + Soundstage Recordings" Part3: Part 3 contains 25 Tracks including some great movie versions and outtakes.
The movie versions with (film) score from "G.I. Blues" will surprise you as well as the 3 great radio spots from "Wild In The Country".
These and some other tracks you can hear for the first time on cd! Including a booklet with photos and recording information.

This title is part of The Bootleg Series.


See 'All The Elvis CD News 2020' for tracklist & details


Elvis Presley 50's: A great cd with 33 tracks from the fifties!
On this album you can hear for the first time on cd the unedited Elvis performances at The Milton Berle Show from April 3, 1956 and The Steve Allen Show from July 1, 1956, including the full introduction of these shows and the complete unedited Comedy Sketch - Range Roundup.

Also five unique Radio Spot Announcements for the movie “King Creole” taken from the original and very hard to find promo disc from Paramount Pictures.... and there’s more to enjoy...

Let's go back to the fifties!

See 'All The Elvis CD News 2020' for tracklist & details

Elvis News from earlier this week ...

‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ CINEMA Rescheduled to AUGUST 13: Trafalgar Releasing has announced the cinema re-release for “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” - originally planned for April 22 worldwide - has now been rescheduled to AUGUST 13. .
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.”
The film was directed by Denis Sanders.
On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade.
Elvis' series of concerts broke all box office records and completely re-energised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The film followed Elvis’s summer festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. An unmissable event for fans around the world. Elvis: That’s The Way It Is will be shown in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany and Austria.
Also, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand. Go HERE to the TTWII website to BOOK LOCAL CINEMA TICKETS & for all the details - (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Movies Rated! Earlier this week EIN suggested a way of enjoying the COVID19 lockdown was by watching one Elvis movie every single day. By the second time round the Lockdown will hopefully be gone if Wuhan's example in China can be replicated. It must be added that EIN is not suggesting that the 11 million people of Wuhan watched Elvis' movies twice during their lockdown, but what a fascinating experiment that would have been!
Elvis' 1950s movies are all respected by Elvis fans with King Creole often recognised as his best directed performance.
Elvis super-fan Roger Mogstad has posted his list of favourite Elvis films in a neat youtube clip.
He has rated them (as noted below) with King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Change of Habit, Follow That Dream and Flaming Star as his top-five
In the past EIN's Nigel Patterson has discussed, "Why is it OK to openly enjoy an Elvis movie?"
... It is important to recognise that there is actually much to like about many Elvis films and the myth they are not good movies and were universally panned is actually incorrect. if you read the film reviews of the day you find that at least some major critics, while maybe not effusive in their praise, nevertheless recognised positive and enjoyable aspects in Elvis films.
Blue Hawaii has to be rated highly in the sense that is a very enjoyable film experience and of course it was the template for subsequent "Presley travelogues" and simply the most perfect of them all with its cool narrative, vibrantly colorful location, attractive cast, wonderful music and of course, Elvis.
From a film technical perspective, King Creole stands out with its visual style, use of long and close up shots, framing - I could go on. The Trouble With Girls was also neatly filmed with some great camera work.
Like art criticism, the problem with film criticism is that it is an intrinsically subjective and biased endeavour. For example, Tickle Me may have low production values and be derided by critics, but for many fans its wonderful mix of comedy and very strong music soundtrack make it a very enjoyable film to watch! So while a film may exhibit low production values it can still have value (an enjoyable viewing experience) for some or many viewers. That begs consideration of the different form 'value' can take in a film.
I am also a big fan of the 3rd period in Elvis' film career, the late 60s films when they gave Elvis an adult makeover. Despite its initial panning, Charro is more than a half-decent spaghetti western (a pity they censored the nudity and violence in it), Stay Away, Joe may be politically incorrect but is loads of fun to watch, Live A Little, Love A Little - my goodness Elvis is in bed with a woman! - an underrated, fun and funny sex farce, The Trouble With Girls a cumbersome title but a well-produced and costumed period piece albeit with slow narrative, and Change of Habit, now quite dated, but at the time a not unreasonable, if somewhat flawed attempt at socially aware drama.
So, why is it OK to openly enjoy an Elvis movie? Quite simply because they were, and continue to be, fun!! They contain a good balance of story, music, attractive locations, engaging characters, glorious color, and of course, plenty of Elvis! Even those Elvis films with scant musical content may not be Oscar candidates but are generally well made productions, clever and enjoyable to watch.

Elvis films can (unfortunately not all of them - Paradise, Hawaiian Style being my pick as the worst of them) brighten one's day! (from Nigel Patterson's interview with The Memphis Flash)
Click here to 'EIN presents a look at Elvis' 31 narrative films in chronological order.'
Click here for 'Elvis' Best Movie Performances' by Harley Payette
(News, Source;NP/EIN) - Thanks to Joan Gansky for the word-up. Click here and send us your comments
1.  King Creole
2.  Jailhouse Rock
3.  Change of Habit
4.  Follow That Dream
5.  Flaming Star
6.  Charro
7.  Wild In The Country
8.  Kid Galahad
9.  Loving You
10.  Roustabout
11.  Love Me Tender
12.  Viva Las Vegas
13.  Stay Away, Joe
14.  Blue Hawaii
15.  G.I. Blues
16.  Live A Little, Love A Little
17.  It Happened at the World's Fair
18.  Tickle Me
19.  Fun In Acapulco
20.  Clambake
21.  The Trouble With Girls
22.  Girls! Girls! Girls!
23.  Harum Scarum
24.  Speedway
25.  Frankie and Johnny
26.  Girl Happy
27.  Double Trouble
28.  Spinout
29.  Kissin' Cousins
30.  Paradise, Hawaiian Style
31.  Easy Come, Easy Go

Graceland Closed to April 19: EPE have now extended their original period of closure. In line with Federal and CDC guidance and with the absolute best interest of our Guests and Staff in mind, Graceland will be extending its closure through April 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary closure includes morning walk ups to Meditation Garden. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed. Please continue to check Graceland website for updates.
Graceland tour tickets for March 21 to April 19, 2020, will be automatically extended to use any date within one year of the original tour date.
The full value of your original tour ticket will be applied towards your rescheduled tour ticket.
EIN notes that if EPE believe the COVID19 pandemic is going to be over by April 19 they are dreaming.
If they are open by June 2020 we will be surprised

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley News Report April 2020: Emiel Maier has released his latest roundup of "things Elvis".
Always interesting, Emiel is to be congratulated on his great monthly video release for Elvis fans.

"I hope you enjoy this video with the current Elvis News.
The coronavirus covid-19 also affects the Elvis World

Watch the April 2020 report here
- Runs 15 minutes

 (News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 24 March 2020 - - - - VIVA ELVIS - - - -

Today USA time...
Elvis Presley has been dead for as long as he lived.
42 years, 7 months, 8 days.

It is a sobering thought and one that resonates deep within us all.
... In his all too short career Elvis managed to achieve more than any other entertainer, the birth of rock 'n' roll, his career renaissance, the family entertainment of his sixties movies, the powerful musical comeback of 1969, the on-stage live return-to-splendour of the 70s, the power of his musical creativity throughout his whole career, his unbelievable generosity and more than anything, the love he gave to his devoted fans.
. . . . . "Elvis Forever"

Survive Corona-Fever with Elvis; While there can be no ignoring the terrible situation we all find ourselves in, can it possibly be a coincidence that the original Wuhan epidemic faded after 62 days.
"Everybody's got the fever, That is something you all know. Fever isn't such a new thing, Fever started long ago"
ELVIS released 62 albums in his lifetime, stared in 31 films, while FTD have released sixty-two concerts on soundboards and FTD / Elvis Files and BoxCar have together published 62 deluxe ELVIS photo-books.
So, YES, we can all get through this lock-down period with a little help from Elvis.
The medical community have provided suggestions as to how to keep focused and enjoy these difficult times.
- Have a routine to keep you happy and occupied
a) Listen to each of Elvis' albums, one per day. If you have the FTD "Classic Album" versions this will be a double CD and occupy you for almost three hours.
b) Watch one Elvis movie per day - another 90 minutes (if it lasts 62 days you will have seen every film twice)
c) Listen to two Elvis Concerts on soundboard.
d) Thoroughly read through one FTD / Elvis Files / BoxCar deluxe book - another 90 minutes well spent.

That easily occupies SEVEN hours with ELVIS every single day!
Once you have "walked the dog" and done some cleaning and shopping your day will be nearly done.

As the mental health websites explain, we need to....
1. Find a project - That's ELVIS
2. Practice gratitude for the things we have and do - That's ELVIS
3. Meditation / Relax / Enjoy to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety - That's ELVIS
4. Maintain your social connections - That's all your ELVIS fan club friends.

In all seriousness, everyone here should be happy that you are part of this GREAT Elvis World.
Please Keep Happy and Safe  - and wash those hands.

EIN wishes Good Health and Happiness to all our readers

(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD Releases Delayed: The two new FTD releases are now delayed - for obvious reasons - probably until late April.
1. 'ELVIS: St. Louis & Spokane 1976' - Released as a 2 - CD 5” soundboard. 2. 'The Kid Galahad Sessions' -
This two CD set includes many remixed, remastered and UNRELEASED studio outtakes all in sensational audio quality.
Go here to 'Elvis FTD News 2020' for full tracklistings

'Elvis That's The Way It Is' 50th Anniversary Cinema Screening Cancelled: Sadly the screening of “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” for April 22 is also cancelled as cinemas become part of the worldwide coronavirus lock-down.
The event would have marked the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Hopefully Trafalgar will provide an update soon on their website. Go HERE to the TTWII website

(News, ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in March ...
Kenny Rogers Dead aged 81: Kenny Rogers was one of country-music's true crossover artists who featured on 30 Number One singles across the US pop, country and adult contemporary charts from 1977 to 1999. Rogers earned three Grammys along with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He also charted internationally with some of his most enduring hits, including 'The Gambler,' 'Lucille,' and 'Islands in the Stream' a 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton.
Over six decades Kenny Rogers recorded and performed always using his gravel-tinged vocals to dramatic effect. Along the way, he also became a globally recognized actor, photographer, businessman, and philanthropist.
Rogers final Nashville concert was in 2017. He died Friday night at age 81 from natural causes.
Born August 21st, 1938, Kenneth Ray Rogers was the fourth of eight children, raised in a public-housing project in Houston's Fourth Ward where, like Elvis, he was exposed to everything from jazz and R&B to pop and country.
Moving to Los Angeles, in 1967 Rogers formed "The First Edition" recording the classics 'Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)' and Mel Tillis classic 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town'.
One of country music's first acts to sell out arenas, Rogers' 1980 Greatest Hits has since sold in excess of 24 million copies worldwide.
Rogers told Billboard magazine in 2000, "I've never considered myself a great singer but I am a great storyteller. I tried not to compromise. I did songs I believed in. If you do that you have to commit to it. That's what I think I've done best. I've believed in things and I've stuck to 'em."
Rogers has told the following story about meeting Elvis...
"Elvis was playing Vegas at the time and I was down there with my band. He'd catch my shows and I'd drop in on his. Pretty soon, we were buddying around.
I remember being backstage with him once. I told him I was going out front to enjoy a few games of blackjack and he was real anxious to have a game as well.
He said to me: 'Kenny, you don't know what I'd give to just go down to the gaming tables and play a few hands'. - I said 'What's stopping you? Let's go right now'.
He just shook his head. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had him frightened of the public, which stopped him living a proper life.''

Priscilla was photographed with Kenny Rogers at the Country Music Awards show in 1979.
Rogers recorded 'I Can't Help Falling in Love' as well as 'Green, Green Grass Of Home'.
There is a suggestion that Rogers' song 'Sweet Music Man' was inspired by Elvis but it is more likely written about himself!
Note that a man that looks exactly like Kenny Rogers is seen in the TTWII 'After Party' MGM footage. EIN cannot understand why Rogers never mentioned this in later interviews if it was indeed him.
EIN thanks Joe Carnevale for the reminder.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS Biopic Now Suspended Indefinitely: An update on the earlier ELVIS biopic story, now director Baz Luhrmann has announced that his upcoming Elvis movie will not be continuing production for a while.
The movie starring Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge and Tom Hanks was shut down after Hanks was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Lurhmann posted, "I'm sure it will come as no surprise that this is not the moment to be resuming production on the film. Please know this is in no way a reflection on our commitment to make this movie here in Queensland. In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days.
I have spoken to the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and we all agree that right now, this is the right time for people all over the world, from all walks of life, to be at home, indoors, with their loved ones - washing our hands five times a day.
All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we left off as soon as the time is right."

Tom Hanks posted an update on his situation, "Hey folks. Good news: One week after testing positive, in self-

isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.
"Bad news: my wife has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and now leads by 201 points!"
Tom Hanks plays Elvis' manager Col Parker - The film was slated for release in October 2021.
(News, Source;AAP/ElvisInfoNet)

Sun Studio Closed: Sun Studio has posted, In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sun Studio is closing temporarily to help keep everyone safe and healthy. We hope to be back up and running soon and hope you will plan to come back and see us!

A veritable icon of music and a Memphis landmark, Sun Studio is known as the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In this simple building run by Sam Phillips the, so-say, very first rock single 'Rocket 88' was recorded in 1951 when it was called the Memphis Recording Service. The former recording studio’s musical heritage was made famous thanks to the superstardom of artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and Roy Orbison.Go here to SUN Studio website for details

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The Elvis Files Magazine #30: As always Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen photos....
"We are now working on # 30 and it will soon head to the printers."

The magazine feature articles on
- It Began in Texarkana, May 1955
- Sedona, Arizona, November 1967
- Anaheim, CA, November 1976

Subscriptions (4 issues - 29, 30, 31 & 32) ) Send € 58 by PayPal for your subscription to: sales@elvisfiles.no If you want to order only issue # 30, send € 15 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Record Store Day 2020 postponed until June: Yet another event postponed due to Coronavirus, with Record Store Day 2020 officially delayed until June
Originally scheduled to take place on 18th April, Record Store Day 2020 will now take place on 20th June, 2020.
Previously, David Bowie and U2 were among the first confirmed artists for the celebration of all things vinyl. A full list of RSD 2020 releases was announced last week.
Record Store Day stated, "We’ve decided that the best of all possible moves is to change the date of Record Store Day this year to Saturday, June 20. We think this gives stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day, while taking into consideration the recommendations of doctors, scientists and the need to be good citizens of both local and worldwide communities."
(News, Source;RSD/ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Presley Birthplace is temporarily closed: The Coronavirus pandemic is sadly affecting the Elvis World in many ways, not only the delay of the ELVIS biopic production in Australia.
For the safety of our community and visitors, the Elvis Presley Birthplace has announced that it is currently closed.
"We will continue to follow the COVID-19 situation.
Updates will be shared on our website, on our Facebook page, and through our e-newsletter.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Thank you, and stay safe.
We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

The Elvis Presley Birthplace
(News, Source;EPB/ElvisInfoNet)

Ann-Margret Talks Elvis: Elvis had complex relationships with women - not least of which was with Priscilla - but there was another woman who has arguably remained his only true ally in the years since his death.
ELVIS was the most famous man in the world during the 1960s but even then was no stranger to gossip, tabloids and controversy and since his death he has all too often been badly exposed by interviews from his various colleagues.
However one truly close friend, Ann-Margret has remained stoic in her determination to preserve Elvis' memory.
While Ann-Margret had an impressive career starring in a vast array of movies from Hollywood’s golden era it is her appearance alongside Elvis and their strong connection on and off the movie-set that has proved one of the most memorable.
In a delightful show of loyalty Ann-Margaret still refuses to talk about the details of her love-affair with Elvis.
In one interview CBS journalist Charlie Rose did his best to grill the star and Ann-Margret got visibly upset over the various interviews she’s read about her ex.
Her voice audibly shaking, the actress insists Elvis was a great and wonderfully “gifted” performer, describing him as one of the great men in her life.
Interviewer Rose begins: “It seems that there was about the two of you, kindred souls, something deep inside that you both knew that you both had, and it’s almost now as if you were trying to protect that.”
Ann-Margret replied, “Oh yes, it was extremely special, our relationship was
very strong, and very serious and very real.
We went together for one year, and he trusted me, and I do not want to betray his trust even in death. I knew him very very well.”

There’s been so much written that has been negative about Elvis, I want to celebrate his life, the man that I knew.
He was so gifted, and it makes me extremely angry that all of a sudden all these people who made fun of him right near his death, all of a sudden posthumously right after he passed on, were writing reams and reams of stories about him, how gifted he was, why didn’t they do that when he was alive?"

In response to speculation if Elvis' friends had stepped up they could have saved his life, Ann-Margret tries to steer away.
“I just cherish his memory, and so did my father and my mom and my friends. And I remember the good times that we had, and his generosity."
Reflecting on all the years she received flowers shaped like a guitar in the post before her shows, Ann goes on to say she finds it so hard to talk about because she’s “real private”, and Presley “was too”.
"Elvis was just so sensitive and considerate and he knew about honour, and respecting your elders, and manners and
being civilised. He loved his family, loved his parents, he loved his little daughter so much. There never will be anyone else like him. He’s an American original."
(News, Source;UkExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

March 12- Tom Hanks Catches Coronavirus: Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have unfortunately both tested positive for Coronavirus while working in Australia.
Hanks is starring as Colonel Parker in Baz Luhrmann's new ELVIS film and both of them have been put into isolation while they recover
The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor is currently in Queensland filming Luhrmann's currently untitled Elvis Presley production.
Hanks wrote on Instagram on Thursday that after he and Wilson had been feeling "a bit tired, like we had colds" and had been "found to be COVID19 positive".
"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds and some body aches, Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach."
Production on the Luhrmann film had been set to begin filming on Monday.
In a statement Warner Bros said, "The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Speedway / Stay Away Joe' Book PREVIEW: The book features hundreds of movie and "Behind The Scenes" previously unpublished images.
PRE ORDER NOW! and get a free Awesome Poster with your order Coming Soon from The Elvis Files Team
Double Features - Speedway & Stay Away, Joe
It's Not About The Two Movies
It's About Elvis Behind The Scenes.
With Hundreds of New and Unseen Photos.
All from Photographers Negatives and Slides.

To order -
Send € 110 (includes shipping with DHLEXPRESS) by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no And as always, we promise to keep our promises to you regarding unseen photos. CLICK HERE to see Sneak-Peak PREVIEW PAGES - plus the sensational Free Poster

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'Inside Elvis' - Arjan Deelen Interview: The new book 'Inside Elvis' from Elvis One / Rock Legends publications features Arjan Deelen's interviews with Elvis' musicians including James Burton, Bob Lanning, Scotty Moore, Jim Murray, Jerry Scheff, D.J. Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations, The Holladay Sisters, Glen D. Hardin, Johnny Christopher, Charlie Hodge, Duke Bardwell, Sherril Nielsen and The Imperials. While some of these interviews first appeared in Elvis - The Man and his Music here all these in-depth, candid interviews are presented in complete, unedited form and matched with some exclusive images.
This 300-page book contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp. The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has made it a visually stunning work.
Also included is a Bonus CD with 29-tracks containing various rarities.
'INSIDE ELVIS' seems to have slipped out rather quietly, perhaps with less fanfare than it deserved. It has been almost a decade since Arjan Deelen's last book and EIN readers have wanted to know more about this new publication.
In this exclusive EIN interview Arjan Deelen reveals some fascinating stories, as well as some truly touching moments.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions
(Interview, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Week Tickets On Sale Now: Elvis fans can start making plans to return to the Promised Land for Elvis Week 2020!
The Elvis Week 2020 line-up includes A concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at RCA’s Studio B with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs;
Elvis TTWII 50th Anniv Enhanced Screening celebrating Elvis’ 1970 documentary with appearances by members of the TCB Band and Elvis’ Imperials;
Conversations on Elvis with special guests Mother Dolores Hart, Sam Thompson, Charles Stone and former member of the Stamps Larry Strickland;
Elvis Gospel Homecoming featuring gospel groups with special Elvis connections, including former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland & Terry Blackwood and The Imperials;
Elvis in 1970 Conversations to celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” documentary through stories and memories from those who were there.

It also features the usual Elvis Imitator stuff like Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest 2020. Ultimate ETA winners Shawn Klush, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, Cody Ray Slaughter, Taylor Rodriguez and Ben Thompson will return.
Get tickets now at ElvisWeek.com if you can afford them - see article below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Pushes to increase EPE Revenue: After the recent Rolling Stone article on future ELVIS EPE plans (see below),  The Blast comments...
.. Elvis Presley's ex, Priscilla has been a busy woman over the past several months. Priscilla has been working every angle and idea possible to boost the income for the Presley estate. ABG have been pumping out idea after idea on some major new Elvis Presley projects.
(EIN actually suspects Graceland COO Joel Weinshanker's major involvement here)
If you can name it then there is likely a product version for the Elvis Presley brand or one in the making. Just a few new Presley projects that are in the works include an Elvis Snapchat filter, a soon to be released Elvis favorite pets DVD and CBD infused Hound Dog treats for your pooch.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg in upcoming merch featuring the late King of Rock and Roll.
Priscilla shares her input on all things Elvis related. With an Elvis cartoon series underway for Netflix, the plan is to make Elvis gain in popularity with the younger crowds. It is going to be a very aggressive push. To date, the estate is estimated to be worth around $400 million.
For fans who make their travel and vacation plans around Elvis events Memphis you had better start saving up a little more cash because ticket prices to tour Graceland are rising.
The 2020 Elvis Week tickets offer several packages. The first the Limited Platinum Package costs $1600, while the Gold Package is $655. The Guest House Theatre Concert Package will cost you $121.
Fans have noted that ticket prices continue to rise and with Priscilla at the helm there are now numerous events and memorabilia museums of your choice. At the rate the events and new attractions are unfolding it seems that EPE is turning Presley's once-beloved mansion into a major entertainment park.
While some fans are thrilled with the opportunity to tour and participate in everything Elvis, many others are not too happy with the price increases.
(News, Source;TheBlast/ElvisInfoNet)

The plan to "reboot" Elvis ....and a 50th Anniversary boxset: With earnings declining over the past decade, the company responsible for licensing and marketing Elvis has big plans to make the King "cool" again. This fascinating article in Rolling Stone should be read by all fans. Here is an excerpt:

Elvis Presley may have died 43 years ago, but on a recent morning in midtown New York, plans are underway to resurrect him. In a conference room in the offices of Authentic Brands Group, the firm in charge of licensing and marketing Presley, executives are discussing the many projects they’ve been working on since taking over the estate in 2013.

There’s an Elvis filter on Snapchat, which gives you his face, pompadour, and bedazzled jacket. There’s a plan to release a video of Elvis and all of his beloved animals on the Dodo, a popular pet site (you will also be able to buy CBD-infused Hound Dog treats). There are film and TV projects, including Agent King, an offbeat animated series coming to Netflix next year. Co-created by Priscilla Presley, the show will aim for a BoJack Horseman feel, where a cartoon Elvis goes undercover as a crime-busting government spy. At the head of the table, CEO Jamie Salter confidently promises that next year will be “probably the biggest year in the history of Elvis Presley.”
 These plans are all part of a major effort to make Presley cool again. More than 60 years after his first momentous sessions at Sun Records, his empire is in need of a reboot. While the Presley estate was annually pulling in $60 million a decade ago, that number has since fallen by 30 per cent, according to Forbes. Sales of memorabilia dropped from nearly $4 million in 2017 to less than $1.5 million last year, according to Invaluable, which tracks auction houses. This winter’s Elvis: Seen and Unseen tour, featuring surviving members of his TCB band playing along to video footage of Presley, was postponed, for the second time, due to “unforeseen circumstances” with the archival footage. According to The Guardian, a 2017 U.K. poll found that nearly 30 per cent of respondents ages 18 to 24 had never heard one of Presley’s songs. 

Given that Presley was one of the first rock stars, the campaign to bring him back amounts to what one music executive calls a “canary in the coal mine” for the legacy of rock & roll. Can it possibly work, and what does it mean for the future careers and earnings of artists like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, who followed Presley and who are now increasingly distant legends for those who grew up listening to hip-hop, pop, and EDM?

There are reasons for concern. Jeff Jampol, who represents the estates of Janis Joplin and the Ramones and also works with the surviving members and estates of the Doors, recalls a recent dinner with friends in their thirties and forties. "I said. "I'm going to the restroom now, and when I come back, I want the title of three Beatle songs, and you can't use your phones," he recalls. Upon his return, they told him they'd come up with one: "Daydream Believer," a hit by ... the Monkees. "That's where we are with the Beatles," Jampol sighs. "imagine where we are for anybody else."

In an office at Sony, Jackson is at work on a box set documenting the 50th anniversary of three intense days of 1970 Presley sessions, and he’s also in the midst of supplying master tapes for Luhrmann’s biopic. “There’s been no more beautiful of a human being than that, right there,” he says, pointing to a box set with a photo of peak Fifties Presley on its cover. “It needs to remind people that, ‘Look, that guy existed once." (Article, Source: Rolling Stone)

 Read (a lot more) in the full article.....

......including targeting the younger market, ticket prices, the unsuccessful attempt to move from low price Elvis trinkets to up market clothing, Agent King, an Elvis hologram (digital Elvis), streaming Elvis songs, and a desire for more dance remixes like Junkie XL's global mega hit, A Little Less Conversation

CD Review - Elvis Presley 1968 The Unreleased Recordings (Elvis One): Kees Mouwen, author of Elvis Day By Day 2019 and administrator of the Elvis Day By Day blog recently took time out to listen to and review the latest CD release in the Bootleg series from the Elvis One label.Is the latest volume in Elvis One's "Bootleg" series worth a spin? And is Elvis One treading a dangerous line

To find out, read Kees' review

(CD Reviews; Source;KM/ElvisInfoNet)

Fans outraged by Elvis Week 2020 Prices: Colonel Parker may have been a total scoundrel but he always knew where Elvis' true fan-base was and rightfully kept ticket prices affordable. A front row ticket to see an Elvis concert in 1977 cost just US$15 - which is US$70 in today's value.
Now EPE is suggesting that fans pay $750 each to their exclusive 'Down In The Jungle Room' event and fans are rightly outraged.
While of course it is a unique event, surely this should be selected via a ballot or random selection from Graceland visitors on the day. It should be fair for all and not for just the super-rich.
In the same way to join the "Graceland Guest House Founders" was priced at up to $30,000 this Jungle Room event is surely nothing that ELVIS would have agreed to.
EPE note "DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM EXPERIENCE" $750. Very limited availability (20 available). In 1976, the Jungle Room at Graceland became a make-shift studio – and Elvis recorded there in February and October of that year. During this exclusive experience, attendees will step back in time to 1976 with some of the guys who were part of the Jungle Room sessions to hear their stories of what it was like to record with Elvis. Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests sharing their memories include bassist Norbert Putnam, piano player David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt and guitarist James Burton.
To EIN this again symbolises EPE’s move to an Elvis Week beyond the “traditional” Elvis fans. Is a physical room worth paying $750 for when the same Elvis musicians Putnam, Briggs, Tutt & Burton can be heard at other Elvis concerts at much more affordable prices. And you can easily meet them for FREE!
Similarly there is no way that EPE will be bringing in the complete RCA recording set-up that was used back in 1976. - And EPE are repeating this money-grabbing trick twice!
Fans have posted on EIN Facebook..
- EPE ripping off fans again. Shame, if Elvis was alive he would be very disappointed with how it being run.
- Just imagine what Elvis would think.... $750 to meet them, he would be disgusted. Elvis was always one to go down to the gates and very personable with his fans....I think he would really dislike this.
- I’d expect Elvis himself to be there for that price!

Click here to EIN Facebook to comment
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Collingwood Festival has left the building!: After various submissions and rumours the Collingwood Elvis Festival 2020 is no more.
The town officially ran out of expressions of interest for the 2020 Elvis Festival when the third and final group that expressed interest in running the Collingwood Elvis Festival withdrew its application.
According to a notice posted on the town’s website, the final proponent said they were unable to secure the talent required for a successful event, and were unable to license the festival for their “desired weekend.”
Previously the town itself had funded and run the annual Collingwood Elvis Festival but decided to cease operating the Festival after the 2019 event, which was the 25th annual festival in Collingwood.
The town however offered a permit for a third-party to operate the festival. The permit could be issued on a first-
come, first-served basis provided the proponent met the requirements.
The town received three applications and has received three withdrawals from those proponents since January.
The town had placed a hold on the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena to ensure a proponent could rent the facility for July 24-26. As of yesterday, that hold was removed, according to the town’s website.
Sadly it seems that the long-running and popular festival may be no more
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2020 Announced: Graceland has announced the initial plans for Elvis Week 2020 which will mark the 43rd anniv of Elvis’ passing.
The cornerstone event, the CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, will begin on Saturday, August 15, at Graceland’s front gate. Elvis music sets the tone of the evening as fans walk up the driveway to the Meditation Garden.
New this year, an exclusive  DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM EXPERIENCE will allow a small group of fans to step into the Jungle Room with some of the musicians who were there for Elvis’ 1976 recording sessions and hear their stories of what it was like to record with Elvis there. Special guests include guitarist James Burton, piano player David Briggs, drummer Ronnie Tutt and bassist Norbert Putnam. In addition guests will enjoy a rare photo opportunity inside the Jungle Room with Elvis' musicians.
The Elvis Week 2020 line-up also includes
- NASHVILLE MARATHON SESSIONS 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at RCA’s Studio B with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs;
- ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS 50th ANNIVERSARY ENHANCED SCREENING celebrating Elvis’ 1970 documentary with appearances by members of the TCB Band and Elvis’ Imperials;
- The GRACELAND ELITE AUCTION featuring 30 to 40 of some of the most sought-after Elvis collectibles. Included in this auction will be 10 unforgettable Graceland and Elvis Experiences, benefitting the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.
- CONVERSATIONS ON ELVIS with special guests Mother Dolores Hart, who co-starred with Elvis in “King Creole” and “Loving You”; Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard; Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis' tours and career; and former member of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet Larry Strickland;
- ELVIS GOSPEL HOMECOMING featuring gospel groups with special Elvis connections, including former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland & Terry Blackwood and The Imperials;
- ELVIS IN 1970 PANEL which will celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” documentary through stories and memories from those who were there.
There will also be the usual pile of Elvis tribute artist events including the ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST featuring semifinalists from around the world competing for the 2020 title;
Also other Elvis tribute artist events AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SHAWN KLUSH AND CODY RAY SLAUGHTER and an acoustic afternoon with ELVIS UNPLUGGED: STARRING DEAN Z & FRIENDS.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events on-sale for general public Friday, March 6, see ticket information here at EPE
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Day By Day 2019' Book Review: 2019 was a year of many celebrations. It marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's triumphant return to live performing and the release of two of his most iconic recordings, "Suspicious Minds" and “In The Ghetto”.
Sadly 2019 also marked the 42nd anniversary of his untimely death - yet his cultural impact may very well have been more visible and ‘alive’ during the last 42 years than when he was actually alive. And so is the Elvis-world today.
Kees Mouwen's "Elvis Day By Day 2019 - The year in Review" compiles a comprehensive and illustrated chronology of ‘everything Elvis from 2019’ in one physical reference book and with over 500 illustrations.
Joan Gansky first met Elvis on August 18, 1967 and was there at the '68 Special' as well as Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas live return.
She writes, "We are both honored and proud that this book features my husband Paul's photographs and my fond memories of August '69 at the International Las Vegas! When I wrote them back at that time, I never dreamed 50 years later they would be printed in any book, especially one of this high caliber. This ongoing deep interest is due to Elvis Presley and the enduring love for and appreciation of him by his fans worldwide."
Go here as Joan Gansky provides a lovely insider's review..
(Book Reviews, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Stories behind the Songs (Volume 2)' New Book: Elvis super-fan and BBC presenter Matt Shepherd has announced his new book 'Elvis Presley: Stories behind the Songs (Volume 2)' to be published 31 March 2020.
This second volume begins 60 years ago when Elvis Presley returns from the army, wondering if he still has a career and massive fan base after being away for two years.
He needn't have worried himself, the fans lapped up his new and more ambitious recordings. Songs like It's Now or Never, Return to Sender and many more sold in their millions proving the King was back!
Although many of Elvis' countless solid gold hits feature in the book, the author is also keen to explore the lesser-known album tracks including the hugely underrated album Elvis is Back which came out 60 years ago this year (2020).
I hope the reader will look at each song in a different light maybe they will go and play the lesser heard songs and appreciate them in a whole different way after reading the story behind that particular track.
If it further builds on the fans' knowledge about Elvis and brings around a bigger appreciation of Presley's music then the book will have achieved its purpose. Go here for EIN's review of his 'Elvis Presley: Stories behind the Songs - Volume 1'

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

NOW UPDATED - 'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished.
And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future?
Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)
One of EIN most popular recent articles - NOW UPDATED with YOUR comments - Have YOUR SAY - do you agree with Shane's comments? What were YOUR favourite releases and why?

MRS 'Elvis:Back In Living Stereo' in-depth Review: The new MRS set contains 6CDs of essential 1960-1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes - including plenty of officially unreleased material - and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s.
The 100 page book, with text from Gordon Minto, includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62.
Musically the packed cds - over seven hours - present a stunning look at Elvis recording in the early sixties before the shine wore off. The "Master" sessions nicely contrast with the looser "Outtakes" discs and with Elvis getting even more uninhibited on the Home Recordings. - Very unihibited with a certain Nancy Sharpe!

But with so much thrown into the mix, and some tracks in poor audio quality, have MRS packed "Too Much" into the one release.Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley check out the positives and negatives in their in-depth review.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn' - The King In Motion Vol. 4 (Venus Productions): Elvis' 1972 'On Tour' performances have been featured in multiple books as well as the official MGM movie / DVD. The latest Venus Productions multimedia set revisits this tour with a composite book, DVD and CD set. The DVD promises a qualified revamp of "Elvis On Tour" compiled from hours of unreleased footage taken from the best sources available - while the CDs include the never-before-released Hampton Roads Afternoon Show from April 9, 1972 plus an unreleased alternate mix of Elvis' Greensboro April 14, 1972 concert.
The main feature is the 200 page hardcover book with loads of rare pictures of the On Tour performances.EIN's Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson recently explored this new release. What did they find? How does the book component compare to other Venus releases? What do the audio-visual elements offer?

Read Piers and Nigel's detailed review featuring plenty of example pages of 1972 Elvis 'On Tour' on-stage action.

(Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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Baz Luhrmann' ELVIS movie update: Priscilla and Jerry Schilling recently supplied a few more details about the up-coming Baz Luhrmann' ELVIS movie.
While in the UK for Elvis Seen/Unseen Priscilla revealed how she’s met with Baz and given him some feedback on the movie.
“I’m involved as much as Baz will let me be involved because he’s learning as he’s going along. I also asked Jerry come to my house and visit with Baz.”
Baz told us both what he had in mind and of course as it is "Baz Luhrmann" it is going to be very stylised - and not just a regular biopic.
I met him in Memphis and he brought Austin Butler over, who is playing Elvis, to meet me.
I am meeting with Austin soon, back in LA. He is sending me the script when they finish up the little details. So he has me pretty much involved.”
(Photo shows Baz Luhrmann and Elvis stars Olivia DeJonge and Austin Butler)
Elvis’ ex also confirmed her hopes of being in the biopic. (EIN - Surely NOT!)
“I don’t know. I will be in it, of course, but I have no idea yet because I haven’t seen the script yet.
He’s not quite finished. This is going to be out in 2021. So there’s a lot of changes in the script.
They’re really working diligently to make it right, or to make it about what Baz is looking for. So I’ll be seeing that soon, but I think there’ll be a lot of changes.”
Schilling added, "Tom Hanks is playing Col Parker and he’s the easy-to-go-to bad guy. But he was actually quite a special guy. A good human being. (EIN - Surely NOT!) There might have been differences, but they were creative.
But Colonel Parker is, I think, the most undeveloped personality in rock-and-roll history, and the most interesting. He’s like the PT Barnum of rock-and-roll.”
(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)
Col Parker was NOT a "good human being" go here to EIN's 'The Dark Side of Col Parker'

'ELVIS: The 1972 Press-Conference - The Way It Was and How It Is Today': It is almost 50 years since Elvis held his Madison Square Garden 1972 press conference in the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton.
Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes” or at least stand in the same rooms and places that Elvis did. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
After his 2017 visit to the Las Vegas International / Hilton Hotel, EIN contributor Arjan Deelen recently returned to New York and the Mercury Ballroom, home of Elvis' famous 1972 'M.S.G' press conference.
"The image is one thing, and the human being is another”… a well-known Elvis quote from his press-conference at the Mercury Ballroom in the New York Hilton, on June 9th, 1972. At the time Elvis gave us a brief glimpse of the pressures that he was living under being Elvis, even adding, “It’s very hard to live up to an image, I’ll tell you”.
“First of all, I plead innocent of all charges!”.
Go here as Arjan Deelen revisits Elvis’ New York press-conference - together with photographer Phil Gelormine
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

Updated - The Most Dramatic Elvis Film Poster ever released (and other rare posters): While many fans in English-speaking countries are familiar with the normally seen Elvis film posters, most will not have seen many of the very different posters released in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Yugoslavia. In this pictorial spotlight article, EIN presents 25 rarely seen Elvis film posters and lobby cards, starting with what is arguably the most dramatic Elvis movie poster, an extra large 4 sheet (40" x 60") released in Italy promoting Charro.View EIN's rare Elvis film poster pictorial

Now with Reader FEEDBACK and corrections...

(Spotlight, Source;NPatterson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' FTD confirmed: FTD's Ernst Jørgensen has confirmed with EIN that the expanded deluxe FTD release of 'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' is already being worked on.
Jørgensen notes that FTD do not like to announce future releases anymore since this only makes bootleggers rush in to bang-out poorer quality copy-cat product.
"We are normally working on a handful of these projects simultaneously" he adds.
EIN notes that with all the on-going debate about the recent "Venus" (really?) issue of their 'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai' 'Blue-Hawaii sessions' (without the advertised "Top-Notch" sound!) it is good to know that fans of quality session releases can wait for the FTD version. In this circumstance, where the bootleg is already out, EIN thinks it is a real positive that FTD let fans know their sessions product will be released in the near-future.

(News, Source;EJ/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Unleashed' EIN exclusive Review: The publicity stated... Experience the King Like Never Before With 'Elvis Unleashed'. Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe this fall with the new music special, "Elvis Unleashed" featuring previously unseen footage on movie theater screens of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special." The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King.
"Elvis Unleashed" captures the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special, and sheds new light on Elvis as a cultural icon. Each screening will include a new 30-minute segment with LA writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, rising pop/country artist Jade Jackson and the esteemed director of the "68 Elvis Comeback Special," Steve Binder, to discuss Elvis's life and legacy.

But does the cinema-event really live up to all the publicity, is there really anything new to enjoy? The answer is that, "the material is amazing and essential viewing, you can tell that Elvis knew that a lot was at stake – he simply works his ass off".
While the US and Australia screenings were cancelled EIN contributor ARJAN DEELEN saw this movie-event in Copenhagen last night - and kindly sent us his on-the-spot review... he notes, "All fans deserve to see this footage"..
(Spotlight/Reviews, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisinfoNet)

'Elvis - That’s The Way It Is' Future FTD Release: There is no doubt that 2020 will be a massive celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' MGM filmed August 1970 Las Vegas concerts.
Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has already announced his 3-book set 'Elvis Summer Festival' (see below)
Now FTD have announced their future 2020 deluxe TTWII Book / CD set.
.. David English & Pal Granlund who have just released details on their forthcoming FTD book/cd Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas are proud to announce a new book, which will be released in 2020 on the 50th Anniversary of the documentary Elvis That’s The Way It Is.
Some brief details are listed below.
THE BOOK: 'Elvis Presley - That’s The Way It Is'– Hardbound book with deluxe slipcase containing over 400 pages. It is a 12 by 12 Deluxe format, in the same style as the FTD book ‘Elvis Presley - A Boy From Tupelo’ and ‘Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas.’
With access to 2,000 original negatives
and 35mm slides, these images have been restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before. The book will also contain items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
THE AUDIO: The package will also contain a gatefold sleeve and three compact discs with unreleased material, more details to follow.
EIN presumes the 3 cds will include the unreleased rehearsal material
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Calendars for 2020: A range of Elvis calendars have been released in the US for 2020 (EIN will feature EC released calendars shortly). They include:

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.

Now $105 (down from $160) <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £71.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.

ELVIS Forever - 2019: - August 16th, 1956, Elvis arrived on board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles International airport in order to start work on his first film role, The Reno Brothers soon to be renamed 'Love Me Tender'.
Elvis was only 21 years old and at the start of his incredible trajectory to become the world's biggest superstar.
Little did Elvis know that he was already halfway through his all too-short life on earth.
In the same month Elvis would tell fans, "I've been lucky. You know something? I just feel sometimes like it's all a dream, like I'll rub my eyes and wake up and it will be over. I hope not. I hope it never happens. I hope it never ends"
Sadly, just 21 years later, it would end far too soon.
Forty two years on we all are once again thinking about tragic end to Elvis' incredible life and how much he did for us in his all too short life-time.

In 2019 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is still so important to us - along with memories of Elvis from Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, Alan Fortas, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike and Larry Geller
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

31 July 2019 .... It was FIFTY YEARS ago today ... Elvis was back in Las Vegas ..
Elvis’ in 1969 - the triumphant return: - By Maria Davies / Rex Martin
Ian Fraser-Thomson 1969 fan Interview: he was there for Opening Night show and the Press Conference

(Book Review): Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show (Richard Zoglin): EIN recently interviewed senior editor of Time magazine, Richard Zoglin, about his new book, Elvis in Vegas. To complement our interview, EIN's Nigel Patterson provides a detailed review of Zoglin's book, a release that offers a lot more than its title suggests, and a book that is clearly one of the most important Elvis releases of 2019.

Read Nigel's detailed review of Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

Read EIN's interview with the author, Richard Zoglin

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in March 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is a 3-CD set that the publicity noted included more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts and complete takes!
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson - with all tracks recently remixed and remastered.
A Mexican locale, some Tijuana horns, plus the interesting presence of the Mexican ‘Amigos’ at the recording sessions presented a novel setting for Elvis.
If you like Elvis, sunny locations, sixties movies packed full of songs and the Latino sound then there is no doubt that Fun In Acapulco must be one of your favourites.
But 56 years after the original album and movie can there really be that much of interest left in the vault unreleased?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set, discovers all the Previously Unreleased Delights - and wonders if 33 minutes of Guadalajara might be too much for some...
A FTD Deluxe set deserves a proper review and EIN gives you 4000 words plus to see if you really need to add this limited release to your collection!
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Ken Sharp Interview 2019: Ken Sharp is a New York Times best-selling writer who has published an astounding number of books about musicians such John Lennon, David Bowie, Kiss, Cheap Trick, LA's Wrecking Crew as well as Elvis Presley.
He authored the stunning FTD book 'Writing For The King' as well as the unique 'Elvis Vegas 1969' and has published a multitude of interviews with key Elvis acquaintances in major music magazines such as Goldmine, he has also supplied sleeve notes for some major Sony ELVIS releases.
Packed full of unique interviews, fans have asked EIN whether "Elvis Vegas '69"is being republished for the 50th anniversary. It has been a while since EIN has caught up with Ken Sharp - and with the 50th anniversary of Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas Return-To-Splendour about to be celebrated we thought it was about time to find up what he was up to.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions.. and YES you can get copies of 'Elvis Vegas 1969' now at a special price for the 50th anniversary.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review): Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound (Paul Belard): Paul Belard's latest visual and archival record of the Elvis story focuses on just one month, September 1958. This was the month Elvis prepared for his departure from the USA on deployment to Germany to continue his Army training. EIN's Nigel Patterson took a tour of duty through Germany Bound. He has taken inventory and you can read what Nigel found here:

Read Nigel's review ......

..(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ... "The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best.  I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!"
Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show.
Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show.
One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published - Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
(Review/Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special' CD Review: The original NBC TV Special featured Elvis playing with so much passion that it inspired a career renaissance
Released to cash-in on the recent “Elvis All-Star Tribute” one can only hope that the mass of Post Malone and Ed Sheeran fans will consider Elvis’ amazing musical legacy worth checking out.
Elvis never looked cooler than in the 68 Special and this surely has got to help.
The original ELVIS NBC soundtrack vinyl album was obviously the very first selected ‘Best Of’ while BMG’s marvellous 1998 “Memories” double-album was an expanded version. This new ‘Best Of’ has presumably been selected by Rob Santos and John Jackson.
Elvis was SO DAMN GOOD performing for the NBC TV special that any alternate edit has to be enjoyable so EIN thought it worth giving the new set a spin. With all of Elvis’ USA sales getting a positive bump after the new TV show we know that this new set is being played in a fair few homes.  
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates, can another '68 ComeBack Special compilation really be worth buying all over again?
and Have Your Say! Does this really help Elvis' great legacy...  
(CD Review, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Larry Geller talks to EIN: Larry Geller, Elvis' personal hair stylist and spiritual confidante, recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about a range of Elvis and Larry related issues. Larry's fascinating and candid interview traverses issues including:

  • Elvis' last few years and his dramatic plans to change his life and career from September 1977new claims about Elvis by Aurelia Dupont Yarbrough and singer-songwriter, Leo Sayer meeting Elvis for the first time - and later working for him"What was Elvis really like?", what Larry tells fans who want to know Elvis and UFOsVernon Presley and the "blue light" over the Presley home in Tupelo the night Elvis was born
  • Larry's new company, Wisdome Organics, based on his Holistic Hair Care Philosophy

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)

'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for? In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 27,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

The VINYL Boom: Over 7.6 million vinyl LPs were sold in the USA during the first half of 2018, a 20% increase from the previous year, while in Australia vinyl sales increased by $3 million, the same increase of 20%. In the same period CD sales however dropped by 15%.
Elvis vinyl is still selling very nicely with ‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ recently in the UK Top ten VINYL charts.
And there is plenty of Elvis Presley vinyl on offer....

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ on GOLD Vinyl: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was re-released by Sony Music on GOLD Vinyl on 12 October. UK's Entertainment-Focus have posted this cute review.
... What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said?
It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. 16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl.
Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special.
Presley was an incredibly prolific artist so getting this collection down to 31 tracks was no easy feat. It also includes the ALLC Junkie XL remix.
 What was achieved with ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits though, is a

collection that gives you all the highlights you need from The King’s career to showcase the incredible impact he had on music. The album opens with Heartbreak Hotel and there isn’t a single filler track here.
It’s actually near impossible to pick out highlights across the 2LPs because every single one of these songs is a classic.
Of course no Elvis collection would be complete without Suspicious Minds and that track is near the end of the track listing on the final side.
The release features the artwork from the original 2002 release and it’s a beautiful, high-quality gatefold. I mentioned earlier about the gold vinyl but what I’ve not commented on yet is the sound. The CD version was a little patchy given that the songs were all recorded at different times. It’s not as noticeable on the vinyl release and the quality is crystal clear. The warm crackle of vinyl adds to the overall feel too.
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan. While he had plenty of great songs that aren’t featured here, this collection truly is the definitive one to own. There’s not a single bad song here and it’s lengthy enough to give you value for money. The whole vinyl package is fantastic and it looks as good as it sounds.
They don’t make artists like Elvis anymore and they probably never will again.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ GOLD Vinyl Double LP.

'ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits' is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan.

The Official 'A Boy From Tupelo' Vinyl album is still selling, while there are some interesting Public Domain Vinyl releases out in the UK including 'Jailhouse Rock' with 16 tracks even including 'Lonesome Cowboy'! Also the rather odd CD called 'Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You' with thirty tracks including Bonus tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and even 'Good Luck Charm' out 29 October 2018 from Hoo Doo Records!





'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' DVD Review: For fans of Elvis’ music there is no doubt that the HBO documentary “Elvis Presley The Searcher” was one of the best programmes ever made about Elvis and where his inspiration and music came from. Fans were therefore pleased to know that the documentary would be released on DVD. The vision quality is excellent and it is a joy to slow-mo through some of the newly found clips and historical footage of Elvis. However, how can such a fine documentary feel like such a let down as fans discover there are no DVD extras included that look deeper into Elvis' search?
EIN's Piers Beagley looks at the recent Australian DVD releases to find a good value-for-money documentary is also one of the biggest Elvis marketing failures in years and a disgrace. Go here for the full review, a look at the "Questions & Answers" bonus material plus the special 20-page booklet. Is it really what Elvis fans wanted in this special DVD release?

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

The standard versions are available from under US$18 and £14.99 in the UK.

'The Searcher Collector's Edition' costs $33 from Amazon USA.

UPDATED - ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ In-Depth Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After commercial failure of the last Elvis / RPO album that concept has been dropped in favour of an Andy Childs led “Re-Vamp” of some Elvis Gospel.
Recorded over fifty years ago there is no doubt that some of Elvis’ Gospel songs might benefit from some sensitive modern production. And, after all, there is an interesting selection of tracks to work with. Not only that, but Lisa Marie was also involved in the recording.
So can a new ‘Re-Vamp’ of Elvis Gospel really work and can we recommend it to Elvis collectors?
Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
MORE UPDATES with YOUR FEEDBACK - Our review certainly has stimulated great debate with comments from "The two of you haven’t a clue!" to "A great, sobering review" - Now updated with even more of your comments - go here to check out the full review and send EIN YOUR THOUGHTS

(Book Review) The Elvis Experience (Dave Hebler): As a member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, Dave Hebler was part of Elvis' inner sanctum at least until his acromonious sacking, along with Red West and Sonny West, in 1976, and the subsequent publication of the infamous book, Elvis What Happened?. Over the years, Dave, Red and Sonny West reclaimed respect in the Elvis world, at least with many fans, if not the Presley family and EPE. Dave Hebler's new book was released during Elvis Week 2018. The Elvis Experience has a 'fan friendly' feel to it. There are many amusing and fun stories and the author does not shy away from discussing at least some of the not so positive aspects of his experience working for Elvis. To find out more about "The Elvis Experience" you can read Nigel Patterson's in-depth review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

UPDATED - Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO film review): EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an in-depth look at Thom Zimny's documentary film about Elvis and his music.

What Nigel finds will surprise many fans. Discover what's The Good and The Bad about this new documentary looking at Elvis' music.

Is the film a masterpiece (the definitive Elvis documentary), over-rated or somewhere in the middle?


Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - EIN review ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Deluxe CD boxset: If your main interest in Elvis is his music then HBO’s ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ will probably become your favourite documentary ever produced about our hero.
The companion 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances and rare outtakes plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including several early singles that inspired Elvis.Thom Zimny said, "To live with the music of The Searcher over a period of years was more than a privilege. It changed my thinking about the emotional life of songs, both for those who make them and those who listen to them."
While keen Elvis fans may already own all the chosen songs Director Thom Zimny's selection is so eclectic that there is still plenty to enjoy and discover. But does the box-set really work without having seen the film?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley provides an indepth review and investigates how the new box-set works compared with the HBO documentary.... Now updated with YOUR Comments
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat. EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more. For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

'ELVIS ON TOUR - 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' IN-Depth Review: Amiga International's long awaited LIMITED-EDITION boxset featuring 9-CD’s, all remastered, of all known recordings made for the Golden Globe Award-winning concert documentary ELVIS ON TOUR is OUT NOW. It includes the premiere of the complete rehearsal recorded in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 1972, with three previously unreleased performances.
The 13-inch boxset also includes a huge 128-page hardcover book containing detailed essays of the entire April 1972 tour with RARE AND UNPUBLISHED photographs and related memorabilia.

When considering the lack of attention paid to this concert documentary, it seems a shame that so few official releases have emerged. It is for this reason that AMIGA International presents this deluxe package to honor the excellent recordings made for the much neglected "Elvis On Tour" film.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - Trying To Get To You: The Truth Behind The Elvis And Roy Orbison Show Rumours: For decades there has always been an unsubstantiated rumour that Elvis Presley appeared as a guest on Roy Orbison's TV show on the local station KOSA.
The Roy Orbison website notes that both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley performed on Roy’s TV show in late 1955.
Respected author Colin Escott wrote in his book Good Rockin’ Tonight about a kinescope of Elvis on the Roy Orbison TV show actually existing.
Some keen Elvis fans have said that they have seen this very kinescope at Elvis Week shows back in the 80s.
But like infamous Pied Piper of Cleveland does this footage really exist and is there any real proof that Elvis did appear on the Roy Orbison TV show?
Shane Brown (author of Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide) has done an immense amount of investigation and thinks he has found the answer.

Go here as EIN contributor & author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy.
(Spotlight; Source;SBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback. Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged. Go here to Arjan Deelen's fascinating investigation.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Book Review "Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide": Elvis Presley made over 700 recordings during his life. This book by author Shane Brown examines all of them. Session by session, song by song, Reconsider Baby takes the reader on a journey from Elvis’s first recordings in 1953 through to his last performances in 1977.
This significantly expanded and revised edition of 2014’s Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide provides a commentary on Elvis’s vast and varied body of work, while also examining in detail how Elvis and his recordings and performances were discussed in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
The text draws on over 500 contemporary articles and reviews, telling for the first time the story of how Elvis and his career played out in the printed media, and often forcing us to question our understanding of how Elvis’s work was received at the time of release.

Can another detailed examination into Elvis' musical legacy really be worth buying? (Hint, the answer is a big YES!)
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley reviews the newly expanded look into Elvis' musical legacy, including some choice book extracts...

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common.
Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.

EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . .
- Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral 
. . . and much much more...
Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly.
Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy.
Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker.
Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969.
(Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Marty Lacker RIP : Sadly Marty will no longer be able to answer all your those fascinating questions, but his honesty and openess should not be forgotten.

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
- Felton Jarvis as Elvis' Executive Album Producer.
- The Jungle Room sessions
- Elvis might have some illegitimate children
- Why did Elvis never travel to holiday in Europe,
- Is David Stanley, Holy Priest of truth, OR a liarGo here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
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Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read. Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
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'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

Can it really be as good as promised? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our indepth review featuring plenty of extracts and wonderful photographs.
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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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