Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
Rumor of "bad taste" Elvis tribute to screen on Auusie TV: A member of the popular Australian music group, Human Nature, is rumoured to be performing a "bad taste" tribute to Elvis in an upcoming TV program celebrating 50 Years of Television in Australia. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
New Joseph Tunzi book in works: Paul Lichter tells EIN that he is providing for a new JAT book & CD release, Tickle Me, which has a provisional release date early in 2007. (News, Source: Paul Lichter)
Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert Ticket Pre-Sale: A three-day “pre-sale” of tickets for the 30th Anniversary concert will start on September 12, 2006. Tickets are $90.00, $70.00 and $50.00. Also available are limited number of $250.00 VIP tickets. Tickets can be purchased starting on September 12 via Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (901) 525-1515, in person at Ticketmaster office locations, and at the FedEx Forum box office. Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert will be August 16, 2007, at the FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis during Elvis Week 2007. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis owned cadillac for sale: You don't often hear of ex-Elvis Presley Cadillacs coming up for sale at a UK auction, but that's what's going to happen in Derbyshire on September 12/13. The auction sale in Buxton will feature a white 1960 Cadillac Coupé DeVille which is believed to have covered just 76,099 miles since it was built and owned by Elvis Presley. Estimated sale price is between 22.500 and 35.000 euro. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)
FTD information on November 2006 releases: There will be two or three extra releases in November, 2006 and one of these will be Ken Sharp’s book Writing For The King, including 125 interviews with people who wrote songs for Elvis. It will include 2 CD’s: one of Elvis’ recordings of songs by these writers, and one with demos of Elvis songs. It’s a blast!More information by October. (News, Source: EPE)
FTD announces October release: LET YOURSELF GO...The Making of “Elvis” – The Comeback Special
FTD to delete four releases: Follow That Dream Records has announced the first deletions from its catalogue of Elvis CDs. Here is the message from FTD producers Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon:
Elvis Presley In Concert, New Zealand ticket sales: EPE advises - "Dear Elvis Fans, Below are new updates concerning the sale of the Premium Ticket Packages, read on for the latest info! Don’t forget to tell your fellow fans to visit http://www.elvisworldtour.com and sign up for email updates!
CHRISTCHURCH TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE MONDAY: Beginning Monday, August 28 @ 10 AM in New Zealand/ Christchurch, Gold and Platinum Ticket Packages will go on sale. Please note that ALL Gold Package tickets will be picked up at the Will Call the evening of the show to ensure timeliness as this date was added late. Platinum will of course pick up their tickets at their Platinum Experience Check In Session. For full details on the Ticket Packages, visit http://www.elvisworldtour.com now!
AUSTRALIA TICKET PACKAGES CLOSE OUT SOON, DON’T MISS OUT!: Sales will be closing SOON for the Australian shows! Act fast as the very limited inventory will no longer be available after September 11, 2006 at 10 AM local time. Don’t miss out on the chance to buy these Premium Ticket Packages before they are gone! Visit http://www.elvisworldtour.com today!" (News, Source: EPE)
Monday chart update: On the Australian ARIA Music DVD Chart this week, the '68 Comeback Special rose two places to #3 and Aloha From Hawaii two places to #4. Both DVD albums are certified 2xPlatinum. (News, Source: ARIA)
Weekend chart update: In the official French Music DVD Top 40 chart the "Aloha" DVD is new entry at #37 while the "68 special" enters at #25.
"The Love Me Tender Years Diaries" released: Following on our recent news report, this new book by Trude Forsher, a secretary to Colonel Parker who enjoyed a close professional relationship with Elvis, has been released. Buy from Amazon (News, Source: Bob Hayden)
12. It Is No Secret
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful
14. The First Noel
15. On A Snowy Christmas Night
16. Winter Wonderland
17. The Wonderful World Of Christmas
18. It Won't Seem Like Christmas
19. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day
20. If I Get Home On Christmas Day
21. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees
22. Merry Christmas Baby
23. Silver Bells - - - (News, Source: EWJ)
TV's Doctor Who with an Elvis theme: Proving that Elvis is everywhere even Doctor Who, the BBC sci-fi TV classic, had an Elvis theme last night (in Australia). In the show The Doctor travelled back in time specifically to see Elvis perform on The Ed Sullivan Show! Unfortunately the Doctor's aim was off by a few years & a few 1000 miles as he ended up in London in 1953. Instead of Elvis there was the usual problem with aliens, which The Doctor still tackled sporting an impressive rock'n'roll quiff. (News, Source: EIN)
All in all, this anniversary of EP’s passing into the rock ‘n roll blue heaven was my favorite. Besides watching Elvis and Ann-Margret gyrate on the Strip, the Bartok’s fresh new documentary on lives changed by the King left me smiling and strangely moved. My eyes couldn’t help but wander through the star studded screening spying the likes of X-Men 2 and 3’s Aaron Stanford (Pyro), Panic Room and Zathura’s Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Joan Hart of Sabrina the Teenage Witch fame chomping popcorn and laughing away. Richard Terregrossa, author of the upcoming Cary Grant bio, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with me in the lobby about the legacy of EP’s revolutionary style and fashion sense. Who knew there were so many young Elvis fans. Guess the King hasn’t left the building! (Review, Source: David Kale/Jayce Bartok)
Read EIN's review of "Altered By Elvis" the film
New book 'Elvis Presley Limited Edition": To be released by Genesis Publications and by Mike McCartney and Lew Allen. McCartney is the editor of this large format volume, which features Lew Allen's superb photographs of Elvis along with Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers. Click for the latest info and to find out more (News, Source: ElvisBookresearch)
Maryland Zoo In Baltimore Presents Elvis Tribute: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is getting all shook up, but that’s all right, mama. It’s because Elvis is coming for a visit.
New Sony/BMG Christmas CD details: Ernst Jorgensen mentioned that BMG would be issuing a Christmas CD again this Christmas at the "Insider's Conference" in Memphis. According to the SONY/BMG website the release date is October 3, 2006.
Tupelo tourism group approves funds for work at Elvis museum: The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has approved a $50,000 request to fund renovations at the Elvis Presley Museum.
The CVB had denied the request on two occasions earlier this summer because members of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation had refused to turn over some financial reports. The foundation - a city-created trust that runs the Elvis attractions in Tupelo - provided the information, which was published in a Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal newspaper story this past weekend.
The foundation has also asked for $100,000 from the city, which is expected to make its decision in September. Daphne Holcombe, the city's chief financial officer, said council members have already inserted the request into the budget.
The project to turn the museum into a "world-class" attraction will cost $262,400. The foundation will contribute $100,000 of its own money and raise another $12,400 through "internally generated funds." Renovations are expected to begin this fall on a multimedia exhibit focusing mostly on Elvis as a boy. Presley, who died in 1977, was born and grew up in Tupelo. The museum also will feature a tribute to Presley-family-friend and longtime foundation chairwoman Janelle McComb, and memorabilia from Elvis' days as an entertainer.
The new showcase is slated to open by Presley's Jan. 8 birthday. (News, Source: APWire)
"The Elvis Hour" to air daily: Darwin Lamm tells us: We have decided to air the Elvis Hour on a daily basis to give every Elvis fan the opportunity to listen in. The Elvis Hour will now be available every day starting today at Noon(eastern) and then again at 7:00PM (eastern). The newest segment of "The Elvis Hour" will be released every Sunday. Remember this show is Free and is intended to promote Elvis The Magazine. (News, Source: Darwin Lamm)
Lisa Marie Presley set for new tour?: Rumors are circulating of a new tour by Lisa Marie Presley and her band. (News, Source: Official Lisa Marie Presley site)
Planet Elvis?: Elvis may have left the building, but if Beale Street bar owner Silky Sullivan has his way, the King will have a new place in the solar system. Sullivan has begun a local campaign to re-name Xenu, the recently discovered pseudo-planet just beyond the orbit of Neptune. He wants to call it Planet Elvis. The official task of naming planets belongs to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), but Sullivan believes a little grassroots work can convince the agency to take his advice.
“Just imagine when a child opens his textbook and sees the planets in the solar system. He’ll say, ‘Look, Daddy, there’s Pluto. And there’s a Hunk of Burning Love,” says Sullivan. (News/Odd Spot, Source: Memphis Flyer Online)
Elvis featured in "Number Freaking" book: Doodling with numbers, with over 200 pages of surreal sums and absurd arithmetic. For example, Elvis Presley was eating 65,000 calories daily when he died at the age of 42. According to McDonald's, a Big Mac contains 600 calories. Elvis was eating the equivalent of 108 Big Macs a day when he died! (News/Odd Spot, Source: Cafe Press)
2006 Images of the King Contest Winners: This year's winners in Memphis were (Source: Charmaine Voisine):
Chart update: On the Australian ARIA Music DVD Chart the Comeback Special has debuted at #5 and Aloha at #6.
On the Billboard Music Video Chart, Elvis' '68 Comeback Special DVD is at #5 while the Aloha from Hawaii DVD is at # 6. On the Billboard Comprehensive Music Video Chart, the '68 Comeback Special is at #6 while the Aloha from Hawaii concert is at #7. (News, Source: ARIA/Amber Smith)
Parkes mid-year Elvis concert a hit: More than half of those in attendance travelled to Parkes especially for the event, with many Elvis fans coming from Tamworth, Canberra and Penrith.
"It's great to see that this new event was able to attract visitors to travel and stay overnight in Parkes," Parkes Shire Tourism Manager, Monique Kronk said. "There'll be a few things we'll have to change to develop the event, but going by the great response I'm sure this mid-year event will be a permanent new addition to the Parkes calendar. "I'm sure the Elvis Committee will keep this mid-year event fairly low key at least for a while -we've already got our hands more than full planning for January for 10 months of the year!" Monique said. (News, Source: Parkes Champion Post)
Confessions of a girl who didn't worship Elvis: I'm all shook up. It never occurred to me that my friend might have been involved in some alternative religion, or that she was trying to draw me in. As I knelt beside her to watch Elvis 45s spin 'round and 'round on her portable record player, was I unwittingly joining her in a ritual? Was the rapture I saw in her face worship of a deity? Did I somehow edge her toward a deeper faith in Elvis by my presence in her sanctum? Am I to repent of something now, decades later? Should she recant?
I always thought my 9-year-old friend's infatuation with Elvis was just a rite of passage, not a real rite. I saw her adoration of him fanciful fan behavior. Am I now to believe that it was religious fanaticism?
I don't know, but I do confess that I did not share her love of Elvis. It wasn't because I rejected the whole rock 'n' roll doctrine; I just didn't get it. After all, The Beatles hadn't yet appeared to say they were more popular than Jesus. "Stairway to Heaven," not yet on the airwaves, would only have made me think of the steep steps at the front of my church.
I can't recall my pastor at that time ranting against Elvis or any other musician. I don't remember any drive in my little town to cast rock 'n' roll records into a lake of fire. Or maybe I was too interested at the time in Nancy Drew mysteries and "Perry Mason" episodes to notice. So if I pushed my friend deeper into a heresy by my passive response, I am sorry. I was only 10 or so.
Our visions didn't focus: I do remember feeling confused that I didn't share her vision of Elvis. I don't know if she failed to expound it properly to me or if I couldn't hear it for "Hound Dog" blasting as loud as the little speakers could go. I must have shown rejection when she introduced me to her passion, because I don't remember her playing Elvis records for me again.
By the time, years later, that I had a sort of epiphany of my own and turned into a follower of a long-haired band (the eminent Paul Revere and the Raiders), Elvis, even in shades and long sideburns, seemed like a prophet without honor in his own country.
My friend, perhaps, turned into a secret Elvis believer while I venerated for a while one of the many who displaced him. Wherever you are, old friend, I sort of hope you don't regret batting your eyes at the poster of Elvis on your wall. You and your idol were young. If that was worship, the King would forgive. (News, Source: The Decatur Daily - Religion)
Weekend chart update: On the UK Budget Albums chart for the week ending August 13, 2006 the compilation "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" climbs from #3 to #2 while on the Canadian Country Albums chart this compilation is listed at #35 in its 203rd. week. (News, Source: Elvis 2nd To None /Elvis News)
Chart update: U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of August 26, 2006:
(sg - sales gainer, gg - greatest sales gainer, ne - new entry, re - re-entry)
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - up 3 to #7 (sg)
Top Pop Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - re-enters at #44 (re, sg)
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - up 7 to #24 (sg)
Top Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - up 1 to #5
Top Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - up 1 to #6
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - up 1 to #5
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - up 1 to #6 (News, Source: Elvis International)
Rolling Stone magazine picks favorite Elvis tracks: On the anniversary of Elvis' death, Rolling Stone editors have selected their favorite Elvis tracks. (Spotlight, Source: Rolling Stone)
No Cirque du Soleil Elvis show until 2009: CKX, Inc., , its subsidiary Elvis Presley Enterprises and Cirque du Soleil have reached an agreement with MGM MIRAGE to create a permanent Elvis Presley show at the CityCenter hotel/casino, under construction in Las Vegas. The show is expected to open with the hotel in November 2009. Read full story (News, Source: boursorama.com)
Conspiracy theory update: Thanks to AJ who pointed out to us that the conspiracy theory we mentioned yesterday is in fact not a "new" one. The theory was first floated in 1977 and raised periodically since then. (News, Source: Email)
"The 25th Anniversary Concert" DVD sold out until 2007: According to Terry Blackwood in The Imperials Quartet newsletter the just released DVD "The 25th Anniversary Concert" is already sold out. No more than 1.000 copies were made available, and all have been sold. The worldwide release date is set for January 2007. (News, Source: Elvis Matters /Elvis News)
AUDIO: Remembering the young Elvis
President Bush and his wife, who brought Elvis fan and Japanese leader Junichiro Koizumi to Memphis in June for a tour of Graceland, sent their regards. The White House sent a letter to be read to the fans noting Presley's "special place in the cultural life of America." It says the anniversary gives fans around the world an opportunity to come together, share memories and celebrate Presley's legacy. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
"To the world he was The King," Linda said. "To me he was the sweet southern gentleman who swept me off my feet back in 1972. In Memphis for Elvis Week I got to meet with fans, fanatics and old friends, who I haven't seen in many years who gathered to honor his memory."
Linda gave "Extra" a tour of Graceland, including the famous Jungle room. "Elvis and I actually went shopping, and we picked out all this furniture together, so I helped him decorate this room," Linda said. "Please keep in mind that it was his taste I was deferring to." Linda also showed us a piece of jewelry she gave Elvis as a Christmas gift one year.
"I designed this Maltese cross for him with our birthstones, each heart, intertwined and brought together by a single diamond," Linda shared. "So many memories, so little time." (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
25th Anniversary Concert DVD released: The 25th Anniversary Concert DVD was released during Elvis Week. It was available at the "Insider's Conference" for $19.95. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Shows added to Elvis Presley In Concert tour: Dates in Christchurch, New Zealand and Bangkok, Thailand have been added to the October 2006 tour of "Elvis Presley In Concert," starring the real Elvis via video and featuring, live on stage, original Elvis bandmates. Click for the concert tour schedule (News, Source: EPE)
THE ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHDAY POPS - 1/6/07: Reminder: Tickets are on sale now for this Memphis Symphony concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and special guest stars, The Imperials. Click for details (News, Source: EPE)
New conspiracy theory: ELVIS PRESLEY's father was the man who secretly plotted to snatch The King's dead body from his mausoleum resting place - to convince Memphis, Tennessee officials that the rocker should be buried at his Graceland home. The bodysnatching incident stunned Elvis fans just a week after he was buried at Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery in 1977, and now one of the grave robbers is speaking out about the plot in a new film. In THE TRUTH ABOUT ELVIS, RONNIE LEE ADKINS insists he met with Presley's father VERNON in a parking lot to arrange the theft of the King's body.
He says, "He asked me if there was anything that might be able to be done to get Elvis moved from Forest Hills Cemetery. "I said, 'The best thing to do is put him in a mausoleum, where it's easier to get to, it's inside work and that way we won't be seen.'" Former FBI secret agent IC SMITH backs up Adkins' claim in new documentary, adding, "The Presley family had gone to the Memphis City Council and asked for permission to bury Elvis at Graceland and there was no provision for burying people in one's yard." Presley now lies at rest alongside his mother, grandmother and father at Graceland, where his grave is visited by millions of fans every year. (Conspiracy/News, Source: Contact Music)
Elvis lives on through DVDs from Bud Glass: Yesterday marked 29 years since
BUD GLASS, an avid collector of Elvis memorabilia, was frustrated at the lack of the quality of the Elvis footage that was circulating collectors circles. There was plenty of Super 8 mm footage being passed around, but as copies were made, the quality deteriorated. Glass dreamed of creating a high-quality, affordable DVD of all of the accumulated footage. Out of this desire, along with Praytome Publishing, he created 'Elvis: Behind the Image' Volumes 1 and 2.
The DVDs feature original footage replicated directly from the film reels with cutting-edge laser technology into DVD format. Content-wise, they combine historic coverage with never-before-heard insights on the life of The King, from first-hand experiences of those who surrounded him. To find out more about these DVDs, visit www.behind-the-image.com. (News, Source: The Insider Online)
"Chaos in College Park" CD confirmed: The rumors about the show of 27 September (8.30 pm), 1974 in College Park, Maryland seem to be true. The Straight Arrow label should release this show by the end of the month under the title “Chaos in College Park” (Straight Arrow SA 2006-4-02), according to Elvis’s musicians one of his worst shows ever.
TCB Band finally has its own website: After all those years, the TCB Band finally has its own site at www.tcb-band.com. It was put online on August 16, 2006. More news and shows will be added on later. The site is hosted by ElvisMatters. (News, Source: Elvis Matters /Elvis News)
Speaking Roses International Inc. inks new deal with EPE: Salt Lake City-based Speaking Roses International Inc. has announced that its license agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises has been renewed through July 2008. Speaking Roses uses its patented embossing technology to print images of Elvis on live and silk roses. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Elvis has overrun the building: Paul MacLeod, 64, has converted his home on a sleepy street in this north Mississippi town into a 24-7-365 shrine to the King of rock 'n' roll.
"I eat, sleep and breathe Elvis, 24 hours a day," said MacLeod, a Detroit-born former prison and auto worker, delivering a line with the same cadence as a carnival barker. "This place oughta be declared a national monument -- the Taj Mahal of Elvisology, better than Graceland, Disneyland, the Neverland ranch.
"Elvis has not left the building," he said. "Never has and never will."
MacLeod opened his home, which he dubbed Graceland Too, in 1990. Since that time, he claims to have had more than 285,000 visitors, who drop in from the early morning to the middle of the night for a tour of his Elvis memorabilia. (News, Source: Fox News)
Audubon Drive - Uri Geller vs. Freeman & Hazen update: Bill Burk tells us: "BANKRUPTCY COURT re-hearing for Mike Freeman and Cindy Hazen still set for tomorrow, 17 August, in Memphis. MEANWHILE, Uri Geller, the Londoner who thought he has bought the Freeman/Hazen house on Audubon Drive, has filed a lawsuit in U. S. District Court in Memphis against Freeman/Hazen for breach of contract. The word "fraud" appears frequently in the filing papers. The papers were served this week to Freeman/Hazen . . . but YOU are the first ones to know this (since the local paper isn't aggressive in covering REAL news!!!). Geller and his two partners have employed one of the very top legal firms in Memphis to represent them." (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis tributes on youtube:
A wonderful performance that deserves an official release. I cry everytime.
"Elvis Presley In Concert" Aug 2007 pre-sale tickets: A "pre-sale" for tickets to "Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert" (2007) begins on September 12, 2006. Click for full details. (News, Source: EPE)
$3m reward if Elvis still alive: In conjunction with British oddsmaker, William Hill, filmmaker Adam Muskiewicz is offering a $3 million reward for proof that Elvis is still alive. Adam Muskiewicz is making a documentary called "The Truth About Elvis." He writes on his Web site, ElvisWanted-dot-com, that he has spent two years interviewing 150 friends, conspiracy theorists and others trying to find out what they know about Elvis' whereabouts. The film is due for release around August 2007. (News, Source: AP/The Truth About Elvis)
New CD release - "ELVIS - THE SONGS THAT INSPIRED THE KING, VOLUME 1" CD: on Hustlerz, Inc. Recordings (Catalogue No: HUST1001).
Over one hour of the great early hits of Elvis Presley back-to-back with the original artists that inspired his work and their songs that he covered. Including Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Dean Martin, Bill Haley, Arthur Crudup, Junior Parker, Big Joe Turner, Lavern Baker and many more. Take an educational journey of a young Elvis Presley and a generation of performers and songs that have inspired the work of the King.
Available in all good record stores. Distributed by Active Media / T.H.E. Distribution (UK and Export). Contact T.H.E., Tel: +44 (0) 1782 566566 (UK) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Press and publicity, email: email@example.com (News, Source: Colin Crook)
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Track listing :01- Love Me * 1:35 ; 02- If You Love Me, Let Me Know 2:54 ; 03- You Gave Me A Mountain 3:36 ; 04-Trying To Get To You 2:25 ; 05 - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 4:09 ; 06- Little Sister 1:52 ; 07 -Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:10 ; 08- Help Me 2:42 ; 09- My Way 4:02 ; 10- Polk Salad Annie 4:08 ; 11- Hurt ( with reprise ) 2:50 ; 12- Hound Dog * 2:02 ; 13- Unchained Melody 2:36 ; 14- Little Darlin' 1:52 ; 15- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 1:58 ; 16- Love Me 2:41 ; 17- Fairytale ( false start ) 0:31 ; 18- If You Love Me, Let Me Know 2:54 ; 19-You Gave Me A Mountain 3:44 ; 20- Jailhouse Rock 1:58 ; 21- O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 3:34 ; 22- Big Boss Man 2:53 ; 23- Heartbreak Hotel 1:55 ; 24- Blue Suede Shoes 1:12 ; 25- And I Love You So (with false start ) 4:08 ; 26- My Way 4:13 ; 27- Hound Dog* 1:53 ; 28- Can't Help Falling In Love* / Closing vamp * 2:17 * previously unreleased
Tracks 01-15 recorded on April 24th, 1977 Ann Arbor, MI. Tracks 16-28 recorded on April 26th, 1977 Kalamazoo, MI Total running time = 74:59. (News, Source: FECC)
Foxtel Australia - August 2006 Elvis Screenings update: Elvis movies galore on Foxtel this month!
"Elvis in the Beat of the Night" new book release: Due for release in the US later this month is "Elvis in the Beat of the Night: True Stories of Elvis and His Police Buddies". Published by Phillips Entertainment, Incorporated, no author is listed. ISBN: 0978853407. The softcover book can be pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Audio format releases for Jerry Schilling memoir: "Me and A Guy Named Elvis" by Jerry Schilling will be released in audio format in the US next month. It will be available in both "unabridged" 'CD' and 'MP3 on CD' formats. There will be two 'CD' editions, one a library only release and one for the retail sector. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Day #7 - Elvis Week 2006 - Click for EIN's Daily Update Archives
"Elvis Hour" radio specials: Darwin Lamm will be broadcasting his famous Elvis Hour radio specials every Sunday Evening at 7 PM(eastern) to promote their new online magazine Elvis The Magazine. It all starts next Sunday August 20th at 7:00PM (eastern). It will air on www.elvisthemagazine.com and is FREE. Each of these 65 shows will only be broadcast once and you will not want to miss a single show. So pass the word on to other Elvis fans to tune into www.elvisthemagazine.com Sunday Evenings at 7:00PM (USA eastern) for these superb Elvis radio specials. (News, Source: Elvis The Magazine)
‘Elvis On Tour’ for 2007 release?: Steve on FECC posted the following - Tom Brown of Turner Classic Movies was on the George Klein show this afternoon as he is in Memphis for the Elvis Insiders convention. He stated that they did TTWII-SE in 2001 and that someday he wanted to do the same for Elvis On Tour. He went on to say he wanted it to be a 2 DVD set with the first being the original and disc 2 being all the other concert footage along with all the backstage stuff plus interviews from the people that were there. He then stated that maybe they could get it out for next year.
EIN comment: There can be no doubt that 2007 will be a huge celebration of ‘everything Elvis’. It will also be the last key marketing chance for any major Elvis public releases. As Ernst has mentioned this upgrade since 2002, EIN feels certain that 2007 will see a special edition ‘Elvis On Tour’ finally released. (News, Source: FECC/EIN)
Zimbabwe Elvis musical update: The timeless music of Elvis Presley will be the focus of a brand new musical production in Harare, to be staged at Reps Theatre in late August and early September.
Elvis Lives is the production, to be directed by award-winning actor and singer David Smith. It will feature nearly 30 of Elvis' most famous songs and will be a tribute to the late "king of rock and roll," who died in August 1977 at the young age of 42.
Audubon Drive sale update: Bill Burk reports: "NOT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED yet, but it's reported that Mike Curb, the 2nd person to "buy" Elvis' old house at 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, will "donate the house to Rhodes College."
The house was sold on eBay and it was first announced that Uri Geller of England had submitted the winning bid of $905,100. Days later, it was reported that sale had not been finalized (both sides issue differing reports as to WHY) . . . and that the house had been sold a 2nd time to Mike Curb for about $1 million. Curb was owner of Curb Records and one time served as lieutenant governor of California.
GELLER HAS SAID he would sue the sellers -- Mike Freeman and Cindy Hazen -- and eBay. He is said to have hired a top-ranked U.S. legal firm to represent him in this affair. EW has expressed an opinion this matter will probably be settled out of court, but Geller's camp resoundingly says "NO !!" MEANWHILE, Hazen and Freeman are scheduled to re-appear in Bankruptcy Court on 17 August.
SOON AS THIS THING finalizes, one way or another, will let y'all know." (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
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MIFA’s Presley Place Event to Feature Elvis’ Favorite Recipes and Author of “Graceland’s Table”: On Wednesday, August 16, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) will host a reception and tour from 10 a.m. to noon at Presley Place, located at 709 St. Paul Ave., adjacent to MIFA’s Les Passees Center for Children and Families. The reception will feature cookbook guru Ellen Rolfes and food samples from her book, Graceland’s Table, filled with recipes from Elvis's fans and friends.
Jerry Schilling on QVC August 16: At the invitation of Sony BMG, Jerry Schilling will appear on QVC television program on August 16th at 6:30-7:00 AM Eastern to promote the new Elvis '68 Comeback and Aloha from Hawaii Special Edition DVDs and the Hitstory and Peace in the Valley CD releases, along his book, Me and a Guy Named Elvis - My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley. Jerry is a participant in the Elvis Week 2006 edition of The Elvis Insiders Conference with a special segment about his book. (News, Source: EPE)
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Elvis chart update: U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of 19 August 2006:
(sg - sales gainer, gg - greatest sales gainer, ne - new entry, re - re-entry)
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - down 1 to #10
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - down 2 to #31 (News, Source: Elvis International)
New FTD "Clambake": banquet feast or damp squid?: Some interesting debate on the FECC messageboard regarding the latest FTD soundtrack release. EIN's Piers Beagley put the negative case for the release and while many agreed with Piers there were some who didn't, as well as a number of potent observations about a possible double standard in FTDs approach to Elvis albums. Read full story (Comment, Source: FECC)
Revised edition of "Fairytale" planned: Following our review of the "underground" book Fairytale, Wanda June Hill has revealed she owns the copyright to the anonymously authored book and is planning to excise parts of the original manuscript and publish a revised, shorter edition. (News, Source: Email)
"Aloha From Sweden" DVD released: The long awaited Aloha From Sweden DVD and Cd release from Elvis Unlimited has now been released. This is the very first complete Elvis show by the TCB Band and The Sweet Inspirations that has been released on DVD. Al "Elvis has left the building" Dvorin is also staring in this DVD. The lead singer is the great and very popular Maarten Jansen from Holland. The show was filmed and recorded in Uddevalla, Sweden on April 3, 2004 as the closing show on the Aloha tour. The sound on the DVD is both in 5.1 surround and stereo. The CD is in stereo. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
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'The Complete Million Dollar Quartet' BMG release update: BMG Australia has confirmed that 'The Complete Million Dollar Quartet' will also be released "downunder" around September 19th. This version will be the complete tape and with audio restoration by Kevan Budd ('Elvis At Sun', 'Elvis Presley'). The session will be in the correct order of songs sung and will feature material never before released. Kevan Budd has done some incredible audio restoration work in past (for instance the acetates on the 'Loving You' FTD) so we can expect this insight into Rock'n'Roll history with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins to be well-worth purchasing. (News Source: Sony BMG/EIN)
Elvis: Dead Famous, Ghostly Encounters: Part travelogue, part ‘X-Files’ the TV programme DEAD FAMOUS: GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS explores the beloved locales of the world’s most famous departed to unveil the real story of their lives... after their deaths. Last night, as part of this month’s celebrations, the Biography Channel investigated the spirit of Elvis.
Based on reports of actual encounters, two real-life ghost busters Gail Porter, a self-confessed sceptic, and Chris Fleming, a psychic able to detect paranormal events beyond the range of five senses, examined Elvis' presence in Memphis. They followed up on multiple claims including that the ghost of the Elvis is still often seen at the Graceland Gates at midnight. Both June Juanico & Bernard Lansky talked about their life with Elvis, and Sun Studios was the first of Elvis’ old haunts that they visited. Next was Elvis' Audubon Drive home where the psychic was able to pick up some interesting ghostly feelings both in the hallway and in Elvis' bedroom. The original fifties' wallpaper in Elvis' hallway was particularly nice to see.
At the end of the programme they spent time at the Graceland Gates. There psychic Chris Fleming was able to pick up some interesting paranormal vibes from the other side. He also sensed a malevolent spirit near the gates coming from an obsessive fan or watcher, but this one wasn't Elvis'. He did however feel the essence of Elvis’ excited spirit in the area and using special equipment they were also able to record some paranormal 'Electronic Voice Phenomena' (EVP) which are claimed to be the sound of spirits. One wanted them to leave, and one seemed to say "help." Finally when asked whether he believed Elvis in spirit is still with us, Chris Fleming replied "Yes". He felt that the love of Elvis' faithful followers won't let him move on.
Maybe the final mystery is that EPE would not let the Psychic TV team into Graceland itself. And we all know why that is.... (News, Source: EIN)
Elvis Week 2006 Update #3: Muvico Theaters and Peabody Place present Memories of the King in Concert on 12 August from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center, 150 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN. The concert pays tribute to Elvis Presley and will include three segments presenting music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Call 901-248-0101 for more information. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
New tribute CD "Echoes Of The King": Released in Australia this week is what is possibly the best Elvis tribute artist release of 2006. Australia's award winning El Gamble, on the eve of his return to live performing, has recorded a stunning 20 track compilation of adrenalin fuelled Elvis ballads and rockers. Click to view album artwork EIN's review of "Echoes Of The King" will be published in the next 48 hours (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Events of Events Pty Ltd)
German & French book releases: In Germany, Bosworth Music GmbH will release the German edition of Careless Love by Peter Guralnick (paperback, ISBN 3865431070). Release date is set for August. In February this year they also released the German edition of Last Train to Memphis. Also in August, Bosworth Music GmbH will re-release Elvis - Story und Songs Kompakt (paperback, 160 pages, ISBN 3865432301).
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Tickets are now on sale for the Memphis Symphony's Elvis Presley Birthday Pops in Jan 2007: 8:00 PM. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street in downtown Memphis. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of Elvis music performed from the original music charts from Elvis Presley's concert tours. The Terry Mike Jeffrey Band performs as the rhythm section. Lead vocals performed by Terry Mike Jeffrey. Special guest vocalists, The Imperials: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, Gus Gaches and Joe Moscheo. Tickets are on sale now at www.MemphisSymphony.org. Groups of 10 or more may contact Colleen McNichol, Marketing Manager via email at groups@MemphisSymphony.org. CLICK HERE to see the complete calendar of events for the Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 2007. (News, Source: EPE)
Platinum packages for Aussie tour of "Elvis Presley In Concert" end soon: Just a quick note to let you know that your last chance to order Platinum Hotel Packages for the Australian tour of Elvis Presley In Concert is quickly approaching! There is a VERY limited quantity available and will only be on sale through this Sunday, August 13 2006.
Latest celebrity visitors to Graceland: Actress Megan Mullally of Will and Grace fame and her husband, actor Nick Offerman, toured Graceland on Saturday, August 5. Click here to go to News Archive for an article listing Graceland's celebrity visitors since opening for tours in 1982. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis Week 2006 Update #1: Bill Burk tells us fans should bring their drink bottles. Temps in Memphis around 100 degrees F. Temps in Tupelo over 100 until Friday when they are expected to drop to a "coolish 97". Bill also says " WHILE IN Tupelo during August, drop by the Lee County Library (over near Milam Jr. High). They have a month-long Elvis exhibit there and we've been told it has some wonderful one-of-a-kind Elvis things on display." (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"The Collection" USA CD boxset: Released July 11, 2006 by BMG Strategic Marketing was a long box/cube case entitled "The Collection". This box features the three classic Elvis albums: "Elvis Presley", "Elvis" and "Loving You". (News, Source: Elvis World Japan /Elvis News)
BMG Japan boxset reissues: On 16 August BMG Japan is reissuing the following four Elvis boxsets - Platinum A Life In Music; That's The Way It Is (Special Edition); Live In Las Vegas; Today, Tomorrow & Forever. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
New Australian CD release: The Payless label in Australia has released a 2CD boxset featuring tracks from Elvis' Louisiana Hayride appearances. RRP A$9.95. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Jon Bon Jovi speaks: When asked what happens when we die, singer/actor Jon Bon Jovi replied:
"If we've been good we go to a show featuring Elvis and Lennon on the bill. If we've been bad it's Michael Jackson, and not the young one either, and the Spice Girls reunion." (News, Source: MOJO)
"King Of The Mountain" Elvis tribute from Kate Bush: MOJO had this to say about Kate Bush's haunting tribute to Elvis: "...in which Kate, in a quivering voice (a homage?), wonders if Elvis is still alive in some snowbound realm where mysteries dwell, happily sledging down a mountainside on Kane's Rosebud. She lets this happen with an opaque membrane of sound, which is later embellished with some shanky guitars. The drums arrive late and loud. King of the Mountain suggests that Aerial will be pleasingly spare."
'King Of The Mountain' was the first single from the latest Kate Bush album, "Aerial".
Sanity Australia says of the single: " 'King Of The Mountain' starts out as an atmospheric, lo-fi electronica ballad, which slowly settles into a lilting reggae-lite rhythm, before building into a lumbering, bass-heavy, rock track, resulting in a challenging and experimental piece of artistic statement.
EIN says: "'King Of The Mountain' is one of the best, most interesting and experimental Elvis tribute songs in a long time" (News, Source: MOJO/Sanity/EIN)
Joe Esposito answers Playboy magazine article claims about Elvis: Listen to Joe counter the "outrageous lie" printed about Elvis in an article that appeared in Playboy several months back. (News, Source: Joe Esposito website/Charmaine Voisine)
TCB Band House Party in Scotland Update (see earlier stories 3 and 15 July 2006): Ann Ogilvie sent us this message: "It looks like the event will be a complete sell out!! At the moment, we just have 3 castle places remaining, so if you know of anyone that wants to come but they haven't booked yet, please ask them to contact Natalie Scheff NOW!" (firstname.lastname@example.org) (News, Source: Ann Ogilvie)
Scrapbook company to market Elvis: Whether wanting to commemorate a trip to Graceland or that unforgettable first concert, EK Success, the country’s leading scrapbooking and creative consumer products company, along with Elvis Presley Enterprises is launching the licensed Elvis craft line. Available starting in November 2006, the collection features paper-based scrapbooking products, such as papers, albums and dimensional stickers, that capture the music and lifestyle of one of America’s most beloved rock and roll icons. The collection made its debut to retailers at last week’s annual Craft & Hobby Association 2006 Summer Trade Show in Chicago. (News, Source: EPE)
The Nine Days of Elvis: Elvis Presley was a larger-than-life celebrity, so it's only fitting that the
week celebrating his life and career would be nine days instead of seven.
Vernon Presley home for sale on ebay: The home that ELVIS PRESLEY's father VERNON once owned is to be auctioned off on website eBay. The 3650 Hermitage Drive property in Memphis, Tennessee, is being offered by the same company, the Honky Tonk Hall of Fame llc, that recently auctioned off the superstar's first home for $1 million (£555,500). Vernon Presley's home was just a mile from his famous son's Graceland mansion. The auction began on Friday (04AUG06) and continues for a month (03SEP06). (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Links to these Elvis related radio stations are now permanently included in EIN's "audio-visual" section in the right hand column of our Home page (see below right under "Latest Interviews")
Graceland Cellars gears up for holiday season: Graceland Cellars has released several new wines for the holiday season featuring classic Elvis imagery combined with award-winning wine. The new wines are a charming addition to the holiday table and the ideal gift for Elvis fans and wine enthusiasts alike. Click to read full story, prices and get the wine recommendations (Source: EPE)
Sleep in Elvis' Palm Springs Home: Reno Fontana and his wife Laura are the proprietor's of the Elvis Presley Estate at 845 West Chino Canyon in Palm Springs, CA. They are establishing a unique Elvis fan club where members will be able to hold private parties in the house and will be able to sleep in Elvis' bedroom! Any fan clubs or fans interested in being part of this new club should contact the Fontana's. (News, Source: Reno Fontana)
Reissue "Most Famous Hits Elvis The Early Performances" DVD: According to reports, this DVD has been reissued in Malaysia. Originally released a few years ago it features low quality footage of various Elvis TV appearances in the 50s and shorts about his time in Germany and film career. The man behind the DVD is apparently Ray Santilli, who claimed to have bought the 'Pied Piper of Cleveland' footage and also released the "fake" Roswell alien autopsy video. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Chart update: No chart entries in Britain or Australia this week. U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of 12 Aug 2006:
(sg - sales gainer, gg - greatest sales gainer, ne - new entry, re - re-entry)
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - up 6 to #9 (sg)
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - up 4 to #29 (News, Source: Elvis International)
EIN: How's the publicity going?
DCE: Well there is still 2 1/2 months to go and we are very aware of how important Elvis Week is this month, so fans will see our publicity increasing. Elvis' guitarist James Burton has also been lined up for radio interviews in the next couple of weeks, so fans should keep their ears open for those. In fact Elvis' whole band have told us how much they are really looking forward to coming back to Australia, so don't let anyone miss out. After all, this could be the last major worldwide Tour that will come all the way over here. As soon as I have more information about the special Elvis Memorabilia display and anything else, I'll let all the fans know. (News, Source: EIN)
Sales of FTD releases: "thenexte" posted this interesting message on the FECC board about sales of FTD releases circa 1999-2000. It was originally found by "ElvisSessions" in an interview with Ernst Jorgensen in the quarterly magazine, "Elvis The Man and His Music" (March 2000):
"Regarding overall sales, we had an idea that the top bootleg titles were selling around 4,000 copies each and we thought we needed to do at least 50% better than that to make it viable and keep the interest of the parent company. We realised that the outlets and availablility would be more or less the same as it was for the bootlegs; we're not going far beyond that to deal with retailers, book clubs or whatever. So initially we thought that if we could do 6,000 then that would be okay. But in reality we've been doing 8,000 on each of the [first] three titles, so it's been better than our expectations. It would not be good if they ended up selling 20,000 copies because then that would prove that they should have been out as regular albums and you could assume that they would sell even more copies than that. So at the moment we'll be quite happy if things continue the way they have been gonig with the first three releases." (News, Source: ElvisSessions/thenexte, FECC)
Scam has Elvis festival visitors "all shook up": Ontario Provincial Police are warning people who visited the Elvis Festival in Collingwood to be wary of phone calls offering them free boat cruises after two women uncovered an apparent scam. After the festival wrapped up last weekend, several people who gave out personal information while filling out a contest entry form received phone calls telling them they had won a free cruise.
The caller then asked them for an $800 transfer fee to collect their prize. Ontario Provincial Police said the crooks took credit card information and made the transaction immediately. Two women discovered the scam when they were talking on the phone and found out both had won the same prize. Realizing that was unlikely, they contacted the police. Bruce Peninsula OPP Const. David Meyer said one of the women had already paid part of the fee using her credit card.
About 70,000 people attended the 12th annual Collingwood festival, but it's unknown how many entered their names in the fake draw. Provincial police are trying to track down the company or individuals responsible. Meanwhile, the festival is still waiting to hear whether a performance of All Shook Up by 94 Elvis Presley impersonators will make it into the Guinness World Records book for the largest Elvis impersonation event. (News, Source: CBC News Canada)
Aussie Elvis festival wins award: The ClubsNSW Parkes Elvis Festival has brought home a prized trophy, taking out the winning title in the CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Awards. On Sunday night, the Elvis Festival was named winner in the Festivals and Events Category at an Awards Presentation Dinner in Wagga Wagga. The Elvis Festival won within a pool of high quality finalists, including Parkes Shire's own Tullamore Irish Festival.
"This is an exciting win for the Elvis Revival committee!" Monique Kronk, Parkes Shire Tourism Manager said yesterday. "The volunteer Committee members work very hard all year round to make the Festival happen and they should be very proud because their work is now acclaimed and held up as an example for others across New South Wales."
The Awards which received 72 entries this year, are open to entrants from right across Central NSW, Outback NSW, Riverina and the New England. (News, Source: Parkes Champion Post)
Elvis Film Day in UK & Australia on Turner: On August 16, the Turner Film Classics channel is broadcasting 24 hours of Elvis movies. EIN has been informed the movies will screen, at least, both in the UK and Australia. (News, Source: FECC messsageboard/Foxtel magazine/Robert Vasilevski)
Elvis documentarty specials on Foxtel in Australia: Robert Vasilevski has advised EIN that the following specials are listed in the Foxtel (Australia) magazine for telecast on 8 August: The Biography Channel -
"Mystery Train" on Aussie TV tonight: Australian fans take note - on SBS tonight at 10pm is the Jim Jarmusch Elvis inspired movie, Mystery Train". Abstract storytelling at its best, "Mystery Train" involves three separate stories linked by their setting in a seedy Memphis hotel, Elvis and the foreigners who stay there. Idiosyncratic characters and trademark deadpan Jarmusch wit make this an enjoyable endeavour especially for anyone who has ever wanted to visit Graceland or Sun Studio. The movie features cameos from Screwamin' Jay Hawkins and The Clash's Joe Strummer. Australian fans: register for our "Aussie Only" E-Alerts and receive more about Elvis in Australia. (News, Source: The Canberra Times)
New Elvis related comic book: "Cindy and Her Obasan in: Elvis and the Lost Halo": This new comic book is due for US release in October. Book overview: Cindy wakes one morning to the sight of her new fairy godmother, Obasan (Japanese for “auntie”), a palm-wand (reducing the changes of carpal tunnel syndrome) carrying magical being who has been assigned by Fairy Godmother Inc. to take care of Cindy’s wishes.
New book - "Who Is the Greatest? Elvis or the Beatles?": Coinciding nicely with EIN's ongoing series of articles comparing Elvis and the Beatles, comes news of this new softcover 232 page book by Mike Stephens and Bill Slater. Due out in the USA on 28 August from the Dorset Group (ISBN: 0976802112). (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Read EIN's articles on Elvis vs the Beatles
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m