In part 2 of his long interview with EIN, Sonny talks about:
Elvis and politics
Elvis and bipolar disorder
the Memphis Mafia
sums up those in Elvis' inner circle
the real reason why the Colonel worked Elvis so hard
Elvis post 16 August 1977 - the conspiracy theories and claims by Dee Presley
Sonny's new DVD and website (Interviews, Source: EIN)
November FTD releases??: Although FTD hasn't confirmed the news, there are several identical rumours about the upcoming releases for November.
To stop all speculation Ernst Jorgensen decided not to release any dates, track listings or titles until the new CD's were ready to ship.
Despite this, the magazine 'Man And His Music' writes in their new issue that in November, FTD will bring out the CD's 'Pot Luck' (2cd) and 'Girls, Girls, Girls' (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Distribution issues in Australia for "Protecting The King": It seems that the new David Stanley film bio has distribution issues in Australia. While it was listed by several leading retailers, including being featured in a recent K-Mart catalog, obtaining a copy of the DVD is proving difficult. EIN surveyed 4 K-Mart stores and none had the DVD in stock and none knew anything about it (despite its photo in the catalog!). Similarly, JB Hi-Fi has it listed only as a Special Order. A number of EIN readers have also indicated their disappointment at not being able to locate a copy.
Poor distribution arrangements can kill sales of new releases and it appears "Protecting The King" is in danger of not finding an audience for this reason. (News, Source: EIN/Various)
Reissue of DVD: The media group “Just Entertainment” has just released the documentary DVD "From Prince To King".
Synopsis: Packed with trailers, live footage, excerpts from TV-shows and private home movies, this DVD puts the spotlight on Elvis’s musical career. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
No 2nd volume of "Elvis Straight Up": Joe Esposito, author of - amongst others - "Elvis Straight Up Vol. 1" has made it known to Elvis Matters that there will be no sequel. Volume 2 was announced, including the black & white cover, but the script itself has been withdrawn. No specific reason was given, other than Joe's hope to be able to concentrate on other book projects. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Chart update: In Austria "The King" remains #1 on the Album Charts while "Viva LAs Vegas" is at #7. In Spain "The King" drops from #11 to #16. In New Zealand "The King" remains steady at #2. In Finland, "The Essential Elvis Presley" drops from #11 to #15.
On the US Cashbox charts Elvis does very well. This is from the Cashbox site:
Last week and this week too, Elvis fans are flooding Memphis, Tennessee on the 30th anniversary of Elvis death. All Elvis product picked up steam and from our independent reports was selling so well the newest RCA releases were sold out in some areas. Our competition has this product at a low chart position, however two of these releases vaulted to # 1 in Cashbox. When is the world going to learn everything isn't soundscanned. A lot of Elvis product moved VIA independent vendors who don't know what soundscan is. I know we got it right. Sorry Billboard, you need to send some folks out in the field especially around Memphis and maybe you would get this weeks chart right. Depending solely on your source didn't get it this week.
Top Country Albums - 'Hitstory' - No.1 (EIN note: this is a surprising result!)
Top Inspirational Albums - 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' - No.1
Top Rock Albums - 'Elvis - Viva Las Vegas' - No.5
Some sales figures, the Billboard with cover date September 1 reports:-
Viva Las Vegas sales to date 27,759 position 54 on TOP 200
Essential Elvis sales to date 92,598 position 146 on TOP 200
In The Ghetto 10,037 downloads postion 70 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. These figures represent first week sales only. (News, Source: Brian Quinn on FECC board/Elvis News/Amber Smith)
Elvis films a hit on DVD:Warner Home Video recently participated in the largest Elvis Week in history with the release of some of Elvis’s greatest movies and the results have been amazing. A whole generation is being introduced to the fun of an Elvis movie, while Elvis fans who already knew, have been able to add to their collections. Some of the new releases are on DVD for the first time, some include new content and added scenes and a some have even been digitally remastered to look and sound even better than when they were first released. Details on each movie are available here(News, Source: EPE)
The Elvis Collection - more editions: Special Elvis movie assortments are now available. If you are a Costco or Sam’s Club member, you’ll want to know that, for a limited time, they are each offering a different, exclusive assortment of some of these movies.
Available at Costco is "The Elvis Collection". This deluxe 2-volume, 10-disc set features eight movies in blue suede-like packaging. Volume one features Jailhouse Rock, This is Elvis, It Happened at the World’s Fair, and Kissin’ Cousins while Volume two features Viva Las Vegas, Elvis That’s the Way It Is, Girl Happy and Live a Little, Love a Little.
Available at Sam’s Club is "The Elvis Gift Set" which features four great Elvis movies are available in a classic black collectible package. This assortment includes Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, Kissin’ Cousins and Girl Happy. (News, Source: EPE)
Vernon Presley home set for demolition?: Sent to Elvis Express Radio by a member of the Elvis Insiders is a post from the forum from one member saying that while at night 2 of the music and movie events on the Graceland grounds, they spoke with an EPE employee who said that a number of houses (including Vernon's) had recently been purchased by EPE with the intent of knocking them down in order to make room for the building of the new Elvis experience we've heard so much about.
How true this is we just don’t know but EER has ONCE again contacted EPE for a comment. (News, Source: Elvis Express Radio)
Sid Shaw back in court in "Elvis vs. The Beatles": A store owner who had trouble celebrating the 30th anniversary of Elvis’s death in style is ready to fight it out further in court.
While a musical showdown between Elvis Presley and The Beatles may never go down in rock history, a dispute involving the two rock greats has left fans of the king of rock’n’roll and The Fab Four all shook up. On the surface, the turf war between two memorabilia stores in London’s tourist district has all the hallmarks of an almighty battle. The ‘rock war’ is shaping up into quite a drama in Baker Street, famed for its stores that stock mementos of British legends such as Sherlock Holmes.
It all began when Sid Shaw, who runs the Elvisly Yours store, tried desperately to get Howard Cohen from The Beatles Museum next door, to see it his way. With both singing a different tune, Shaw decided to go to court in his bid to evict Cohen from the basement in time for the 30th anniversary of his idol's death on Aug 16. Shaw, who held a grand party to mark the singer’s passing, was devastated when the judge threw out his application.
“The 30th anniversary is very important since many people who were alive during Elvis’ time would be dead when the 40th comes along,” he told local newspapers.
Shaw also wants to use the basement to run an Elvis karaoke tour business, using impersonators instead of guides, on open-top buses. The two music fans share a joint lease for the stores and their basements, with Shaw subletting his basement to Cohen last year. Shaw claimed his Beatles-loving counterpart breached the agreement by not waterproofing the basement, damaging his merchandise and not paying him 20% of ticket sales for the gallery.
“The whole thing is very sad. Why does he put me through so much anguish?” he was quoted as telling the media.
Shaw, whose wife Maureen died in March, said he was trying to rebuild his life and to do the things they had both loved to do. Cohen, on the other hand, said he had been working like a dog to pay the rent and was not prepared to budge. His counsel, Gillian Crew, told the court her client had been paying the rent for both men and was consequently owed money. She also claimed there was a delay in bringing the row to court after the agreement between both parties broke down last December.
Central London County Court judge Peter Cowell refused to grant the injunction, saying Cohen was breaking even and providing employment. The case has now been referred for a full trial in October. An epic battle seems to be looming ahead between the colourful Shaw, who wore wearing blue suede shoes to court, and the enigmatic Cohen, who’s determind to stand his ground. But as far as Cohen is concerned, Paul McCartney is absolutely brilliant and “we can hardly wait for his UK tour.”
In any case, he drove home the point that he was getting publicity from The Beatles’ great music, not from private matters. Shaw is adamant he’ll come out a winner.
“I’m a fighter. I fought to get the rights for Elvis in this country for 20 years and I won,” he was quoted as saying.
Whatever the outcome, the media hype surrounding the controversy should prove more entertaining than the case itself. But the publicity generated may actually provide a welcome boost in sales for both stores. After all, no one stands to benefit from any bad blood between fans of the two rock greats. (News, Source: Choi Tuck Wo, The Star Online/EER)
Latest celebrity visitors to Graceland: Diane Sawyer visited Graceland on August 15th to tape an interview with Lisa Marie Presley for the August 16th edition of Good Morning America. Larry King hosted an entire edition of Larry King Live inside Graceland on August 15th with special guest Priscilla Presley. Film and television producer James L. Brooks toured Graceland on August 23rd. Actor/comedian Andrew Dice Clay, who visited once before, toured Graceland on August 24th. (News, Source: EPE)
Thursday 30 August 2007
Elvis upgraded DVDs going cheap in Australia: Target stores in Australia are offering the newly upgraded Warner & Paramount DVD releases for the fabulous price of just AU$8.99. Including 'Blue Hawaii', 'Jailhouse Rock' and the 'Viva Las Vegas Deluxe edition' EIN suggests that Aussie Elvis fans check out their local store asap since the sale ends September 5th. During Elvis Week we saw these same DVDs for sale in Graceland stores for the rip-off price of US$23. For this price it might even be worth purchasing a new copy of 'Harum Scarum'! Note: K-Mart also has the Elvis DVDs for $8.99.
(News, Source: EIN)
'One night' not enough for Elvis fund-raiser: A fund-raiser was all shook up and ready to hang up his Blue Suede Shoes after an attempt to cycle from Elvis, in Shetland, to Presley, near Logie, to raise cash and awareness for a local charity, was cut short just a few miles short of his goal. David Balfour, who was attempting a 24-hour bike ride to raise cash for the Highland Suicide Awareness Group, was attempting 'the King' of all fund-raising challenges by cycling 205 miles in 24 hours from Elvis to Presley. However, despite bad weather and complete fatigue, David, a business consultant in Inverness, still managed to complete an amazing 183 miles in the 24 hours, raising a total of £1,500 for his charity. His challenge, which he was tackling in three stages, started at Elvis Voe, a remote inlet on the north end of Bressay (Photo: Elvis Voe Beach, how good is that!). "A few people know there is a Presley in Scotland, although not many people know it's a wee place outside Forres. However, hardly anyone knows there is an Elvis in Scotland. It's in Shetland, on the island of Bressay. Suicides are a really big problem in the Highlands, particularly among young people. It wasn't just about raising the cash, it was about raising awareness about a serious issue." (News, Source;Forres Gazette)
New Portuguese Elvis children's book:'Elvis: O Rei Do Rock' is the name of this new Portuguese children's book about Elvis. The book by author José Jorge Letria is being released in September and will be launched at Lisbon's Hard Rock Café. It costs 13 euros.
(News, Source; Burning Star)
"Living Elvis" exhibition in Melbourne, Australia: The RMIT Gallery in Melbourne (August 16 to 20 October) is hosting a show bringing together artworks inspired by Elvis, as well as Elvis memorabilia. Featured are Greg Page's (major Elvis collector)collection of original costumes and other artefacts, including a set of blueprints for Graceland. The Artworks range from homoerotic silkscreen prints to the lyrical. Artists such as Marcus Kaiser, Liu Xiao Xian, Nicolaides and Ross all appropriate the image of the 25-year-old Elvis in the role of Flaming Star's Pacer Burton, with his gunslinger's wide stance and heavy-lidded eyes (also favoured by Andy Warhol in 1963.) Whereas the crotch shot used in Harding's 'Koo Wee
Rup Kid Comes to Town' series, with its zippered jeans and big belt buckle looks to be slightly earlier. Five verses of Love Me Tender are superimposed sequentially on the prints: the film of that name dates from 1956. Soda-Jerk's 'Pixel Pirate II: Attack of the Astro Elvis Video Clone' shows "the Pelvis" incapable of making an ungraceful move as he sleepwalks through nondescript rom-com movie scenes. Here the "living Elvis" is not the 30-years-dead Elvis who won't go away, but the slender, softly moulded body of the beautiful boy in his 20s.
Dusseldorf artist musician Kaiser gets it right with Forgetting Elvis/Blue Elvis, a two-screen video projection of a recent performance in which the artist's cello is heard in strange harmonies with snatches of Elvis singing 'Blue Moon'. The two screens slowly zoom in on the full-length Flaming Star figure, with the musician silhouetted in the foreground, until the image dissolves in magnified film grain and digital patterns. It's an astonishingly beautiful mediation on a lyrical song, on a figure lost to time, and on what we project onto that figure. In its different colour registers and shifts in framing, the image is never less than haunting. The mood of the soundtrack is elegiac, but the experience of staying with this 49-minute DVD is completely uplifting. Kaiser, born in Germany in 1967, "gets" Elvis like no one else here. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
New 'Elvis Is Alive' book - 'The Resurrection of the King': A new book called 'The Resurrection of the King: The Most Compelling Elvis Is Alive Story Ever Told' by author Bruce L. Kearns is soon to be released by publishers Booksurge Llc. The novel blends fact and fiction over its 208 pages. The book will intrigue conspiracy theorists, of which there are still a surprising number. If you feel the need to know more, visit EIN's Conspiracy section.
(News, Source; Amazon)
Wednesday 29 August 2007
'In The Ghetto' duet now released worldwide: As expected the Lisa Marie/Elvis duet of 'In the Ghetto' has now been released worldwide by iTunes, as well as in the USA. In Australia it costs $1.69 for the song and $3.39 for the video, while in the UK prices are 79p for the song and the video at £1.89. Proceeds go to the Presley Charitable Foundation benefitting homeless families in New Orleans. So to purchase please click here and search for 'In The Ghetto'.
(News, Source EIN)
Ultimate ETA Shawn Klush gets the Royal Treatment: He made news around the world when he became King of the King impersonators. And he’s a local boy, whose hometown wants to treat him royally. So when Shawn Klush, who was named the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 17, comes back off the road to rest back in Pittston, the hometown folks want to honor him. City fathers would like to have something downtown, maybe a parade or a concert, City Councilman Joseph McLean said, adding, “We have to try to put things hastily together.”
Klush, 38, won the championship round of a series of Elvis tribute contests held around the world. Besides bragging rights, Klush won $5,000 in cash, a $5,000 shopping trip to Graceland’s souvenir shops, $3,000 toward a new Elvis jumpsuit and other prizes. EPE, managers of Graceland and the majority of Presley’s estate, crowned Klush the new king, said his manager, Dan Lentino.
It was the first contest ever sponsored by the late rock star’s estate. But just how his hometown will honor him is not yet decided, Pittston Mayor Joseph Keating said. “We don’t know what costs are involved,” he said. “If nothing else, we’ll probably proclaim a Shawn Klush Day.” It might be a few weeks before Klush is back in town, the mayor said. “We have somebody that’s talking to his manager,” he said. Klush has been touring the northeastern United States, and is scheduled for a South American tour next weekend. The tribute contest in Memphis was part of a week-long series of concerts, dances and memorials in memory of Presley, who died at Graceland, his Memphis residence, on Aug. 16, 1977. Klush, decked out in a white jumpsuit, sang “My Way,’’ “Bridge Over Troubled Water’’ and “You Gave Me A Mountain.’’
“I worked with his father, going back to the 70s,” Keating said. “I could remember him telling me how his kid was always idolizing Elvis. "He got pretty good at it.” (News, Source; Sanja Meegin)
New BMG Japan 30th Anniversary release: BMG Japan has released a special CD for the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' death. The compilation 'Best Hits In Japan' features 29 Japanese favourites selected by Tomoaki Ogura. There is a bonus 3-track disc with early pressings. It is interesting to see the inclusion of 'All That I Am', yet nothing from Elvis' 1969 session featured on the disc.
Tracklist: Heartbreak Hotel; I Want You, I Need You, I Love You; Hound Dog; Don't Be Cruel; Love Me Tender; Jailhouse Rock; Wear My Ring Around Your Neck; It's Now Or Never; Are You Lonesome Tonight; GI Blues; Surrender; Crying In The Chapel; Blue Hawaii; Can't Help Falling In Love; Follow That Dream; Suspicion; Return To Sender; Devil In Disguise; Viva Las Vegas; All That I Am; I've Lost You; Bridge Over Troubled Water; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; I Really Don't Want To Know; An American Trilogy; Always On My Mind; My Boy; My Way; Blue Christmas.
Bonus CD: A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit remix); Rubberneckin' Paul Oakenfold Remix; The Elvis Medley. (News, Source;HT Long)
Elvis' 2007 Worldwide Chart success: According to Elvis news this is Elvis' recent 2007 worldwide chart successes. It is interesting to see that some countries marketed this year's earlier compile 'Essential Elvis' getting it to the top of the charts before the more recent (BMG suggested major release) 'The King.'
Canada is the odd one out with 'Introducing Elvis' (opposite) a 3CD compile with only 30 tracks (of Elvis in the fifties) getting a major marketing push getting it to Number 2.
Worldwide At #1
Sweden (The Essential)
France (The Essential)
Germany (The King)
UK (The King)
Netherlands (The Dutch Collection)
Austria (The King)
Canada (Introducing Elvis)
New Zealand (The King)
Belgium (The Essential)
Ireland (The King)
Australia (The King)
Finland (The Essential)
Spain (The King)
Switzerland (The King)
Denmark (The Essential) ... (News, Source;EIN/ElvisNews)
Tuesday 28 August 2007
Ed Enoch on the future of The Stamps: While on our recent Elvis Week 2007 Tour EIN thought it very strange when we saw two different groups purporting to be 'The Stamps' perform within days of each other. (See EIN exclusive Elvis Week reports).
At the Grand Ole Opry the only original member performing was Ed Enoch, yet he was absent from any of The Stamps performances in Memphis. It appeared to EIN that there was a split within the original members but it appears to be more due to health issues. Here is a letter of explanation from Ed Enoch to the United Elvis Presley Society which sadly confirms poor health within the original quartet.
"Please allow me to explain regarding the Stamps. In August 2003, I applied for the official trademark of the Stamps Quartet name with the United States Patent and Trademark office in Washington, DC. I was granted the official trademark of the Stamps Quartet and I became the owner of the Stamps Quartet in Aug. 2003. The billing for the concert events in Memphis was supposed to be, "The Former Members of The Stamps". The "former members" were Ed Hill, Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland. Not any of these guys sing full-time anymore. Ed Hill hasn't sang with this quartet (The Stamps) since March 2004 when he had a 4th stroke. Ed Hill was recovering from triple by-pass-surgery when he had another stroke. I continued paying Ed Hill for 3 months afterwards - as though he was still singing in this group. I met with Ed for lunch and asked how he was feeling. He could hardly talk. I asked if he thought he could still sing, and he said he had lost his short term memory and would have to have the words written out and he couldn't remember the tunes - his memory was here and there. I explained to Ed Hill (he had just turned 70 years) that I thought it would be best for him if he got off the road and spent time with his family. I explained that he had a hard time when we went overseas six months before and he had to be wheeled around in a wheelchair. I explained that we were going back overseas and I knew that he wouldn't be able to make another tour over there. I explained that I didn't want to take him back overseas and something happen to him and I would have to shipped him back home. He agreed. The best to you... Ed Enoch. (News, Source; United Elvis Presley Society/EIN)
Elvis Number One, and Two on UK HMV Top 40 singles chart: HMV the UK's biggest music store has Elvis at #1 and #2 on this week's singles chart. The BMG new single 'Blue Suede Shoes' is the highest new entry at Number One. Meanwhile the HMV exclusive release 'My Baby Left Me' goes straight in at #2. Elvis also has 'Suspicious Minds' at #6, while the 'Heartbreak Hotel single Box-Set' is at #14. 'Blue Suede Shoes' was first released in May 1956 and now holds the record at 51 years as the longest gap between chart appearances.
Who else but The King could get a 51 year-old single back to Number One? In England BMG has revved up the Elvis publicity with advertising posters for new 'The King' CD along with the new singles prominent in the London Underground and elsewhere.
On the Official UK Top 10 Music DVD Chart Elvis has three entries:
# 4 The 68 Comeback Special
# 5 Destination Vegas (a "cheapo" from Wienerworld Ltd)
# 10 Aloha From Hawaii. (News, Source; UK Charts/HMV)
How Elvis changed Tom Petty's life: Tom Petty is a well-known US singer and guitarist who has produced numerous hit singles such as 'American Girl', the #7 hit 'Free Fallin', the #12 hit 'I Won't Back Down', and a 1981 #3 with Stevie Nicks on 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.' In 2002 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis changed Petty's life when one summer morning in 1961, an 11-year-old Tom Petty sat on pine straw in his front yard, wondering how he was going to spend his day. By the end of the afternoon, he knew how he would spend his life. The difference made by that afternoon added another notch to rock 'n' roll history, and a tantalizing addition to Florida lore. For, by the end of the day, the young Petty would encounter none other than Elvis Presley, the swivel-hipped sensation who had already been crowned "The King of Rock 'n' Roll." And by that evening, the Gainesville youngster would be forever fascinated - and hooked - on rock 'n' roll. "I caught the fever that day and I never got rid of it," says Petty. "I learned all of those early Elvis songs, and having that kind of background in rock 'n' roll, of where it had come from, has served me to this day. It became an invaluable thing to have. So for that, I thank him."Click here to read the full story in our EIN spotlight. (Spotlight, Source; Gainesville.com)
More Elvis chart news: On the Irish Album Charts 'The King' stays at #3 for the second week, while the 'Elv1s 30#1 Hits' climbs back up to #46. On the Irish single Top 50 Elvis has four entries.
#20 'Suspicious Minds'
#24 'Blue Suede Shoes' (new entry)
#31 'Heartbreak Hotel'
#49 'My Baby Left Me' (new entry)
In the Australian Album Charts it's good too see so many Elvis albums displayed on the shelves. Elvis remains steady with five chart entries. #4 'The King'; #63 'Viva Las Vegas'; #77 'Elvis Live'; #85 'Elvis 30#1 Hits'; #95 'Elvis At The Movies'
EIN Note: Another view is that it is the usual BMG "excess of releases" that ultimately damages one special album release doing mega sales (as is the case with The Beatles marketing policy)
On the Australian Music DVD chart the 'Aloha' and '68 Comeback' DVDs change places still at #2 and #3.
In the German DVD Charts Elvis has four Top 20 DVDs in the music chart:
#5 '68 Comeback Special'
#8 'Aloha from Hawaii'
#15 'Elvis by the Presleys'
#19 'Elvis; That's The Way It Is'(News, Source; Aria/Various)
Monday 27 August 2007
Priscilla Presley interview - on CNN: On August 15th as fans assembled for the Candlelight Service, Larry King interviewed Priscilla in the living Room of Graceland. She answered some interesting questions, even showing Larry King some of her personal mementos that belonged to Elvis. Priscilla also talked about meeting Elvis for the first time and their divorce - "We didn't get divorced because I didn't love him." If you missed the programme, now is your chance to examine the interview via EIN's specially edited transcript. EIN also features special photos and the link to the CNN videocast.
Lisa Marie on GMA, as good an actor as her father!: On the USA Good Morning America programme this past week, when Lisa Marie goes into the archive building (photo right) they show her a scarf with a message written on it to her from Elvis. In a strange move Lisa Marie acts surprised and says that she has never seen it before. As this very item is featured in the book 'Elvis By The Presleys' (page 173) how can she not have seen it before? It is possible that she just has a bad memory and has never closely read the book - or maybe it is just good acting! Look here at 12mins 53 seconds into the clip.- (News, Source;Tony Stuchbury/ ElvisScrapbookUK)
Australia's SHE IS THE KING tuesday morning on National TV: After all those overweight (and over 42 years old!) lame Elvis Tribute Artists at the Graceland crossing this year, Australia's 'She Is The King' sure let them know who was the boss! (see photos opposite!) So don't miss this great TV moment when She Is The King appears on Australia's Channel Nine 'Mornings with Kerri-Anne' this Tuesday, August 28th. As the only female Elvis Presley interpreter to have been invited to compete in the EPE sponsored Ultimate ETA competition don't miss out on a chance to see her performing LIVE, as well as revealing all the news about her Memphis trip with Kerri-Anne. The second single from her highly anticipated, and appropriately named, album 'Edge Of Reality' has just been released. Click here for more details. (News, Source EIN/SITK)
Lisa Marie Presley Interview: She's the daughter of music's biggest icon, a singer-songwriter in her own right, a mother of two and the head of one of the world's biggest tourist attractions. Lisa Marie Presley is also very outspoken. On the week of the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which she commemorated by filming a duet of 'In the Ghetto', she shared with Spinner her candid opinions on the commercialization of his music, her distaste for young Hollywood and why she doesn't need fans to remind her how wonderful her dad was. With the new single entering the charts and her upset about the 'Viagra' TV campaign (see below) it is fascinating to hear Lisa's recent views. (Interview, Source: Spinner.com)
Lisa Marie upset about Elvis viagra theme: Lisa Marie Presley is fuming after learning her late father's Viva Las Vegas hit is providing the theme to a new TV campaign for sex drug Viagra. Elvis croons the classic as part of the quirky Viva Viagra TV ad - suggesting even The King understood how frustrating erectile dysfunction can be.
But the rocker's daughter is far from amused by the new ads for drug giants Pfizer. Lisa Marie says, "I find it revolting. Some songs we have no control over and I know we didn't license that one."
(News, Source , Sanja Meegin)
Two new European Elvis fifties CD compiles released: 'Elvis Presley the collection' (left) is a 47 track, 3CD set featuring all the regular fifties public domain songs from SUN and RCA. 'Elvis Presley Icons' collection (right) features the same 47 tracks as a 2CD set.
Elvis back at NUMBER ONE!: Elvis has once again cracked two important Number One spots in Europe. 'Elvis The King' goes straight into the British album charts at #1. In the Nederlands 'The Dutch Collection' CD hit the #1 spot on the Dutch album chart this week. This is Elvis' third #1 album since their chart was started in 1969 with the compile 'Elvis Forever' being his first Dutch chart topper in 1974. Also worth noting is that the new BMG single 'Suspicious Minds' enters their charts at #11. (In the UK it originally made #2 in December 1969.)
'Elvis 30th Anniversary Concert' - The Ultimate Review:The shared emotions of this adoring, loving, crowd wrapped up in the beauty of Elvis as he sang from his heart and soul will never be repeated. When we arrived at the FedEx Forum at 7.15pm we were prepared for anything. We had had such a great trip, that nothing could dampen our spirits, but I don’t think anything prepared us for the treat we were about to experience. Just walking into that massive stadium was electrifying…. the atmosphere was something I had never experienced, and the sense of anticipation was spine tingling. Thanks to EIN the whole group had some great seats, and a surprise was in store for us later in the evening. . . Do Not Miss this EIN ultimate review of the final 'Elvis In Concert' - plus 'The Midnight Show'. Includes complete set-lists and photos. It was a very magical experience. (Spotlight, Source;EIN)
Australia's SHE IS THE KING to appear on National TV: After her sensational Elvis Week performance at the Graceland crossing in Memphis, SHE IS THE KING will appear on Australia's Channel Nine morning show 'Mornings with Kerri-Anne' this coming Tuesday, August 28th. As the only female Elvis Presley interpreter to have been invited to compete in the EPE sponsored Ultimate ETA competition don't miss out on a chance to see her performing LIVE, as well as revealing all the news about her Memphis trip with Kerri-Anne. The second single from her highly anticipated, and appropriately named, album 'Edge Of Reality' has just been released. Click here for more details.
(News, Source; SITK/EIN)
Elvis high in the Australian charts: In the Australian album charts 'Elvis The King' has raced up to Number 4. Also in the album charts are the new double CD 'Viva Las Vegas' at #57, as well as 'Elvis 30 #1' back at #74, and the two new releases 'Early Elvis' at #81 and 'Elvis At The Movies' in at #98.
Elvis also dominates the DVD charts with 'ELVIS: The '68 Comeback' at #2, and 'ELVIS: Aloha From Hawaii' at #3.
(News, Source; ARIA charts)
Friday 24 August 2007
Elvis and Lisa Marie's duet of 'In The Ghetto' enters the Billboard charts at #83; The charity duet version of Elvis' No.1 hit from 1969 as premiered at the 30th Anniversary Fedex Concert is available from iTunes for a limited time. Proceeds go to the Presley Charitable Foundation benefitting homeless families in New Orleans.
Lisa Marie also issued this comment on her website. "Calling all troops! In order to stem the tide of the public (illegally) watching the 'In the Ghetto' video on YouTube and other video sites, we've made a movie that will hopefully persuade the viewers to go to iTunes and purchase it, and thereby.... HELP END HOMELESSNESS! You can help tremendously by downloading the movie, then UPLOADING it to YouTube and any other video site you can think of. Go nuts. Flood the world. End suffering." Click here to see the video. For more Lisa Marie information go here to EIN's special Lisa Marie news page. (News, Source;EIN)
Toby Keith and Aerosmith's Joe Perry to Honour Elvis; Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will join Toby Keith onstage Friday (Aug. 24) in Buffalo, N.Y., to tape a performance for an upcoming ABC News special commemorating the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. The footage from Keith's Big Dog Daddy tour will be featured in Elvis: Viva Las Vegas, a two-hour program analyzing Presley's connection to the gambling mecca. Keith is among several contemporary artists who will perform Presley classics in the special airing on Sept. 18. The ABC News two-hour TV event in High Definition will examine how the King of Rock-and-Roll re-invented Las Vegas and how it re-invented him. Top recording stars of 2007 will perform Elvis' Vegas classics, woven in with previously unreleased music and documentary footage - never-before-seen-film of Elvis's Vegas years. (News, Source; EIN/CMT)
More new Elvis UK Vinyl releases: Following on from our review of the M.R.S. issued 'My Baby Left Me' yesterday, here are the covers of the other British vinyl RCA/BMG releases 'Blue Suede Shoes' and 'Suspicious Minds', together with the M.R.S. 10" cover. (News, Source; EIN)
New Elvis postage stamps released for 30th Anniversary: Popular with collectors these are the new Elvis stamps from St Kids released for the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' death.
(News, Source: ElvisMatters)
New UK budget CD release 'The Blues Roots of Elvis Presley': Announced on Amazon from the Complete Blues label is 'The Blues Roots of Elvis Presley'. Sadly this will not be the definitive Elvis Blues CD that we are all waiting for, instead it will be a rehash of those budget public domain 1955/1956 songs. To be released September 24.Click here for EIN's spotlight on Elvis Blues. (News, Source; EIN/Amazon)
New 'La Légende Du King' French budget CD: This is the cover of the new French budget release 'La Légende Du King' recently issued on August 20. The package contains a CD with the regular selection of budget 1956 tracks, plus one documentary DVD.
(News, Source; Amazon)
Thursday 23 August 2007
'My Baby Left Me'/'One Sided Love Affair' HMV CD/Vinyl single review: Elvis' earliest UK releases were on the EMI label 'His Master's Voice'. These early Elvis releases are very rare and there is something extremely appealing about their purple and gold labels. Owning an HMV original is a real treat for Elvis collectors.
In a very smart marketing move the M.R.S label has released another 'His Master's Voice' collectable, in collaboration with HMV UK stores. Released on August 20th on both 10" vinyl and enhanced CD, this collector's HMV version of 'My Baby Left Me'/'One Sided Love Affair' is a real pleasure. Go here for our full review.
(News, Source; EIN)
Elvis Week - 29th Candlight Service; Scotty Moore's last concert: Continuing our exclusive reports from Elvis Week in Memphis. August 15th was a day of emotion with the EIN Tour group attending Scotty Moore's last ever concert, followed by a night of reflection and contemplation at the 29th Candelight Service. Read EIN contributor Tony Canatta's marvellous article on what it felt like to attend his first Elvis candlelit vigil - "It was always my dream to pay my respects to Elvis and to thank him for bringing so much joy into my life." EIN continues with all the Elvis Week news and photos that others have missed. Go here for all of EIN's Elvis Week reports. (News, Source; EIN)
The Boss's Lady meets The King in 'Looking For Elvis': As featured on MTV Patti Scialfa's (aka Mrs. Bruce Springsteen) new video clip will delight all Elvis fans. The video features Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen as well as a brief clip of Elvis. 'Looking For Elvis' is a track from her new album 'Play It As It Lays' which will be released next month. Click here to view the video clip.
(News, Source; MTV/EIN)
Wednesday 22 August 2007
Elvis Week Insiders Conference; The Main Act, Priscilla: EIN continues its reports from Elvis Week in Memphis with a look at what Priscilla said at the EPE Insiders Conference. There can be no doubt that she has had a marketing, as well as a facial, make-over since she last faced Elvis' beloved fans. She talked about the future for EPE, her concerns over the youth of today as well as some delightful stories about her time spent with Elvis. Priscilla's new relaxed demeanour and casualness made her a real hit with the audience. We also report on the sensational experience of watching 'TTWII' on Graceland's lawn. Unfortunately a data overload stopped EIN's earlier reporting from Memphis, however we will continue with all the Elvis Week news that others missed. Go here for all of EIN's Elvis Week reports. (News, Source; EIN)
'Elvis 30th Anniversary Concert' - a sensational event and YouTube clip: EIN were there in force and the special introduction with Elvis flying in from Graceland to the concert was good enough to give you goosebumps. ETA Shawn Klush provided a fabulous image of Elvis as Jerry Schiling and Joe Esposito called on "Elvis" at Graceland and helicoptered him to the Fedex Forum concert. It was a very magical experience. EIN will provided a detailed review asap, in the meantime check out this marvellous YouTube clip of the concert intro and first two songs. Hearing Elvis noting, "It's a big place" as the helicopter flies over the FedEx forum was very surreal. EIN also noted that this was the first 'Elvis In Concert' performance ever where we saw three camera angles of Elvis running at the same time, all synced and on multiple separate screens.
(Similar to original 'On Tour' concept). EPE even used timecode at the bottom of the screen as if to point out that it was "new/rare" footage. While it was material as seen on the TTWII bootleg DVDs, it was the first time I have seen it used in public. They even used ISO camera material from Aloha that EIN has never realised had been recorded before. This was from at least two cameras, a wide-shot plus the main Elvis camera. Definitely new to me. This must have been a post-production safety back-up recording, seeing as the show was switched "live-to-air" as a TV show would be. Stayed tuned for full review and photos. Go here for YouTube clip.(News, Source;EIN/Nora Sivle)
Elvis' stolen Gun is recovered; As reported yesterday an Elvis fan went too far in the quest for memorabilia during Elvis Week festivities at Graceland. Someone broke into a glass display case at the Elvis After Dark Exhibit last week and stole a gun belonging to Elvis. The Smith and Wesson handgun was valued at $30,000, a police report said. According to the report, the thief was seen on surveillance video shaking the case before removing the glass and walking away with the gun. The report said the theft happened Tuesday August 14, 2007 around midnight but wasn't noticed by exhibit officials until Friday August 17th. Police collected the surveillance video and blood evidence left on the display case to use as evidence in the investigation. Officials with EPE had no comment about the theft. CNN has a video clip of the theft that shows how easy it was to achieve.
The man, wearing goofy sunglasses atop his head, just reached into the case and took the black 9 mm Smith and Wesson. But, by pure luck, the gun was recovered and turned in to police Monday. Seems one Travis Brookins was cleaning the portable toilets behind the Elvis After Dark museum last Thursday when he found what he thought was a toy gun, dropped into that horrendous muck. He took the piece home, cleaned it up and probably didn't think much else about it until news reports surfaced Monday.
"He called us and said he thinks he had the gun and brought it to us," Memphis police Lt. Jerry Gwyn said. Turns out it was the same gun, police said, smelling a little better. It's now in their property room. Surveillance video shows the thief -- wearing extra-long shorts and a camouflage T-shirt pushing open the glass case and snaking an arm in to snag the gun. At some point, he must have stopped by the toilet on the way out, a decision perhaps sparked by adrenaline. And that's when police believe he got fumbly fingers.
"It's a good possibility who ever took it accidentally dropped it in there," Gwyn said. "Of course, whoever dropped it wouldn't go in there." The thief is still on the run, and police wonder if he's even from around here. Go here for CNN video clip of the theft.
As anyone who's toured Graceland knows, the King was a fan of guns, even setting up a shooting gallery behind the house. (News, Source: EIN/Presley In The Press)
Elvis doing nicely in the U.S. Billboard Elvis Charts this week, August 25:
Top 200 Albums - Viva Las Vegas - down 11 to 105
Top Comprehensive Albums - Viva Las Vegas - down 12 to 111
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - up 1 to #6
Top Country Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - up 4 to #14
Top Music Video - Aloha from Hawaii - up 6 to #2
Top Music Video - Elvis Lives - 25th Anniversary Concert - up 10 to #3
Top Music Video - 68 Comeback Special - up 6 to #5
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Aloha from Hawaii - up 6 to #2
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis Lives - 25th Ann - up 10 to #3
Top Comprehensive Music Video - 68 Comeback Special - up 6 to #5
Note that Elvis has 3 of the Top 5 Music videos. (News, Source; www.ElvisCharts.com)
Tuesday 21 August 2007
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New MRS project revealed: Accompanying the new MRS single, My Baby Left Me (see above), is promotion announcing "New York RCA Studio 1 - The Complete Sessions" as the latest MRS project. Joseph Pirzada talks about both the New York and My Baby Left Me releases in part 2 of his interview with EIN (coming soon). (News, Source: Joseph Pirzada)
Bono talks Elvis: U2's lead singer, Bono, has some very interesting things to say about Elvis:
"In Elvis, you had the whole lot; it's all there in that elastic voice and body. As he changed shape, so did the world: He was a Fifties-style icon who was..." read full article(Spotlight, Source: U2 France)
More Elvis for sale: The owners of the Tupelo Hardware Store, the place where Gladys bought her son his First guitar, found another interesting way to cash in on Elvis. A few weeks ago, the glass of the display case in which the guitar was stored, broke because of an accident. The 400 pieces of glass of the original counter, are now for sale for 4.95 $US each – including a certificate of authenticity.
Shirley Sumner, JD’s daughter, has cleaned up the garage, or so it seems. She’s offering some unusual personal belongings of her father, such as a set of old ties (400 dollar each), a tire of a car that Elvis gave JD (4.000 dollar), a contract (12.000 dollar) and a 1972 poster (1200 dollar). Other items are Las Vegas menus, pictures and albums. (News, Source: ElvisMatters)
New Elvis book release in Spain: The book “Elvis Corazon Solitario” (Elvis Lonely Heart), by Javier Márquez, hit the Spanish bookstands August 16th 2007. The book is published in Spain by Editorial Almuzara. The target of this book is taming the different versions known of Elvis Presley with a pinch of that passion which is needed to understand the man that mainly lived his life to make those around him happy, with a song if possible.
Synopsis: Most probably the boy from Tupelo has more written history about him than any other artists of the 20th Century, maybe with the exception of The Beatles.
The bigger problem facing this task is the surplus of information, which makes it too diffused and exploited, and, thus, the details worth of consideration are lost in the sea of information.
For this particular reason this book does not shed a new light into all what has been said and written in the hundreds of books devoted to Elvis Presley published through the world.
The main target of this book is to filter all the existing information, the testimonies of family and friends, the discoveries made by dedicated historians; and mesh it with a critical analysis of his, mainly, musical and cinematographic career with a pinch of that passion that he had. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch/EP Gold)
Elvis gun stolen during Elvis Week: An Elvis fan went too far in the quest for memorabilia during Elvis Week festivities at Graceland. Someone broke into a glass display case at the Elvis After Dark Exhibit last week and stole a gun belonging to the King of Rock and Roll. The Smith and Wesson handgun was valued at $30,000, a police report said. According to the report, the thief was seen on surveillance video shaking the case before removing the glass and walking away with the gun. The report said the theft happened Tuesday August 14, 2007 around midnight but wasn't noticed by exhibit officials until Friday August 17th. Police collected the surveillance video and blood evidence left on the display case to use as evidence in the investigation. Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises had no comment about the theft.(News, Source: Presley In The Press/Elvis News)
Italian DVD releases: A set of 14 Elvis DVDs has been released in Italy for sale in through newspapers shops. Each DVD comes with an 8 pages illustrated booklet and with English and Italian languages.
The 14 films of this series are: Love Me Tender - Viva Las Vegas - Jailhouse Rock - Frankie And Johnny - Harem Holiday - Flaming Star - The Trouble With Girls – Speedway - Kid Galahad - Wild In The Country – Spinout - Double Trouble – Clambake - It Happened At The World's Fair.
All the DVDs are released by "Edizioni Master" under concession of Warner Home Video. Paramount Video is currently re-releasing many of their Elvis movies to be sold through newspapers stores too. The first titles are “Paradise Hawaiian Style", currently on sale, to be followed by "Girls Girls Girls". (News, Source: EP Gold)
Monday 20 August 2007................................the day after Elvis Week 2007
No more "Elvis In Concert": While band members had hinted this would be case during their shows "downunder", it is now official. Priscilla Presley announced that the EW 2007 performance was the last. While the earlier show was a sell-out (see below), the midnight show during EW 2007 was not. (News, Source: EIN)
Lisa Marie "live" during Elvis Week 2007: A sold out crowd rocked FedExForum Thursday night in honor of the King of Rock and Roll, 30 years to the day after he died. Elvis Presley died in 1977 but his spirit was "in the building" for the 30th anniversary concert.
Old Elvis, perpetually young thanks to new technology, a new band and a new live show. For an enthousiast crowd of 17.000 fans Lisa Marie performed the "In The Ghetto' duet with her father at the 30th anniversary concert. (News, Source: Elvis News)
EW 2007 not everyone's cup of tea!: Old-timers, veterans of almost every Elvis Week past, say this year's experience was "horrible." All the jam-packed venues, the over-commercialism, the pushing and shoving. Plus the ultra-high prices everywhere. The old-timers are saying they will be glad to see 2008 come and the crowds drop back down. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis The King (again) of UK pop charts: Elvis Presley was once again king of the pop charts on Sunday as fans marked the 30th anniversary of his death by sending a greatest hits album straight to the number one spot. The compilation titled The King dethroned London singer-songwriter Kate Nash who slipped to second in the album charts with her debut effort Made of Bricks, the Official UK Charts Company said. Elvis was the only new entry in the top 10 which was otherwise little changed. (News, Source: Reuters)
Elvis podcast series: On iTunes you can now subscribe to the Elvis podcast series. The Podcast series covers Elvis life and career through a variety interviews and music featuring musical experts and celebrities like Bill Medley and Billy Bob Thornton. (News, Source: Elvis The Music /Elvis News)
Watch Priscilla on Larry King:On the CNN site you can now watch the interview with Priscilla Presley with by Larry King.(Source: CNN/Elvis News)
Earnhardt Jr. pays tribute to Elvis: In the movie “Spinout” there is a piece of dialogue that sums up the appeal of Elvis Presley in all of his movies, but especially in the ones set against the backdrop of auto racing.
The piece of dialogue is muttered with respect by a wealthy industrialist who has foolishly just tried to hire Elvis’ character to drive his new race car.
“He’s a real guy,” says Howard Foxhugh (played by Carl Betz). “He drives a Duesenberg, he races a Cobra and he told me to go to hell.”
Sound like any real-life auto racers you’ve heard of? Maybe one who raced a black Chevrolet and told more than one person who tried to tell him how to conduct his business, to go, um, take a hike? Perhaps a cosmic nexus is why, on this, the week of the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death, members of Dale Earnhardt’s family traveled to Graceland for a visit that touched all involved. Taking the special tour of the Presley mansion were Martha Earnhardt (Earnhardt’s mother), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Cathy Watkins (Earnhardt Jr.’s aunt).
“He (Elvis) was her man, her favorite,” Earnhardt Jr. said of Martha Earnhardt. And as a result, Elvis became one of Earnhardt Jr.’s favorites as well.
“I just learned a lot from her about his music and his films,” he said, “and that has stuck with me as I’ve grown up. I think there’s a powerful connection people have with the music they grow up with, and Elvis fits into that category with me.”
Because of Martha, Junior began collecting Elvis memorabilia. He once dedicated a room in his house to Elvis, calling it, oddly enough, the “Elvis Room.” Most of the memorabilia has been moved to Junior’s JR Motorsports race shop, but affection for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll has remained where it has always been.
On Monday, after the tour, Earnhardt Jr. signed autographs, held a question-and-answer session with fans and unveiled a special Elvis paint scheme that he will run on his Nextel Cup car. He also took part in the unveiling of the digitally remastered Elvis film, “Viva Las Vegas” at Graceland. “Viva” was one of three Elvis movies that had auto racing as part of the “plot” — the others were “Spinout” and “Speedway”.
None won Academy Awards: Not for acting (sorry about that, Elvis) and not for music (bummer). But especially not for special effects, as scenes of Elvis “driving” in races add more laughs and painful grimacing to the films than gasps of “gee-whiz, look at The King drive.”
Earnhardt Jr. told reporters that his favorite of the three movies is “Speedway.” Most NASCAR fans would probably have to agree. It is the only movie where Elvis is strictly a stock-car driver. It was filmed on location in 1967 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway back when that track was known as Charlotte Motor Speedway and was released in 1968.
“Speedway” also picks up track cred for including some of the best drivers of the time — Richard Petty (King vs. King), Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker and Tiny Lund. That movie, like the others, is more high camp than high art when it comes right down to it. But all are worth viewing if you like Elvis or racing. (News, Source: Jim Pedley, KansasCityStar.com)
Sunday 19 August 2007.........................the final day.....................Day 9 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
Upstairs of Graceland featured in Danish newspaper: As we reported a while ago, the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet was publishing a feature article by Martin
Kirchgässner this week.
The article includes this visual representation of Elvis' upstairs rooms at Graceland. (News, Source: Ekstra ´Bladet)
Elvis rides high on Aussie album & DVD charts: On this week's ARIA charts 'Elvis The King' rockets to #4 on the Albums chart while the 'Comeback Special' and 'Aloha From Hawaii' jump to #2 and #3 respectively on the Music DVD chart. (News, Source: ARIA)
HMV Elvis campaign: HMV, the high street retailer and record label which released the first Elvis singles in the UK, is launching a rebranded identity and logo, its first major image overhaul in more than 15 years.
A strapline called "get closer" will officially be unveiled later in the month, and Nipper, its longstanding dog and gramophone emblem, will be used as a stand-alone ident. Graham Sim, marketing director for the UK and Ireland, says the new design is an evolution for the brand and is designed to give customers an emotional attachment. "We want to say no one gets you closer to films, music and games," he says.
A new press campaign in its "My Inspiration" series of ads will feature Elvis Presley in the new style and will break in the Observer newspaper on Sunday. Sim says he is looking at extending the My Inspiration idea for use in a Christmas campaign.
The Memphis Recording Service reissued the single "My Baby Left Me", exclusively through HMV. The single will be available for one week only. (News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum/Elvis News)
Shawn Klush wins Ultimate ETA Contest in Memphis: During the final round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held earlier this evening, Shawn Klush of Pittstown, Pennsylvania, took home the title of "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2007."
Klush, the winner of the Viva Las Franklin preliminary round, says while he loves performing Elvis on stage, he is first and foremost an Elvis fan. The event, held at the sold-out Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis, featured the top ten finalists from the Qualifying Rounds held earlier in the week. (News, Source: EPE/Charmaine Voisine)
Elvis is for the oldies: The world is run by Elvis fans. Which means the world is run by old people. It is to guard themselves that they call the youth, “the future”. Opinion leaders are old. People who decide what popular culture is are old. And they are in the delusion that Elvis Presley is an eternal icon. But in reality he is the mascot of the aging. To the youth of today which appreciates good music of every era, the charm of Elvis is confusing. The Beatles, The Eagles, Jim Morrison, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, they can understand. But Elvis, even though he had a great voice, is somewhat laughable.
Tim Luckhurst, writing in The Guardian, has captured the view of the youth accurately, “Elvis was no genius,” he says. “He wrote hardly any original music and performed some appalling, lachrymose tripe. Better comparisons include Jason Donovan, Bros and Britney Spears...Listening to him for more than ten minutes is agonising...People of our parents’ generation met members of the opposing sex while dancing to his singles. They are entitled to their nostalgia. The rest of us should grow up.”
More than a musical phenomenon, Elvis is a sociological event. He arrived at a time when the First World was economically emerging and the women saw in him and his shocking stage performances a sexual liberation. Before him, the world was all grey and dank. In 1956, a critic for the New York Daily News wrote that popular music “has reached its lowest depths in the ‘grunt and groin’ antics of one Elvis Presley”. A Florida judge called Elvis a “savage” and declared that his music was undermining the youth of America. Even Frank Sinatra, his contemporary, said unkindly, “His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.”
The words of contemporaries, conservative judges and, especially, media critics, should not be mistaken for the truth. But the real youth of today would identify with Sinatra’s summary. And, of course, with Sinatra’s music.
When he was 11, Elvis wanted a gun and his mother bought him a guitar. Thus began, dramatic historians say, the music career of the man. Taking inspiration from local radio station songs and Memphis’ blues culture, Elvis rolled on to the stage and captured the hearts of millions of people instantly. It is not difficult to see how that happened. His songs were catchy and populist. Even blacks mistook him to be one of them when he first hit radio stations. It was ironic that the man will be accused of extreme racism. He is alleged to have said, “The only thing Negro people can do for me is to buy my records and shine my shoes.” Even his death was not as spectacular as John Lennon’s or as fascinating as Kurt Cobain’s.
Twenty-one-year-old Sagar Sawarkar, one of the finalists of last season’s Indian Idol tries to interpret Elvis in modern times. He says, “Rock-n-roll is a genre that is supposed to lift your spirits. His songs therefore lift you up no matter what. Frank Sinatra was more versatile than Elvis and his voice had depth. However, he wasn’t as histrionic as Elvis. That is where Elvis left him far behind. I also feel Kishore Kumar is better than Elvis.”
The youth of today still relate to The Beatles because of John Lennon and his poetry. They identify with Frank Sinatra’s romantic verse, they know the ebullience of Pink Floyd and understand Nat King Cole’s passionate voice. They try to find out why Elvis is big deal, and give up.
Gary Lawyer, popular singer and one of the earliest Elvis fans, explains patiently how the revolution had unfolded then in India, “I was in St Mary’s school in the late 60s. With Elvis coming to the world scene, boys’ pants began to get tighter and the formal world was thrown out of the window. Rock music today owes everything to Elvis. His songs cheered up whoever listened to them.” But, in time, no one will. (News, Source: India Times)
Saturday 18 August 2007.....................1 day to go..................Day 8 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
30 Years Later - Elvis World Commemorative Issue:The latest issue of Elvis World magazine is now out. Issue 85 is a special edition focusing on the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' passing. It includes a number of archival articles from August 1977 as well as the latest Elvis news and Elvis World's famous "EW Shoppers Service". Some of the other articles in EW 85 are "Where Are They Now?" (a look at what nearly 20 of Elvis' friends, family and Memphis Mafia members are doing in 2007) and Elvis: "Quote...Unquote" (quotes by Elvis during his lifetime). (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Friday 17 August 2007.............Building towards a crescendo.............Day 7 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
Record crowds in Memphis!: While the EPE and Visitor Center estimates of 75,000 to 100,000 may be clever pr rhetoric, there is no doubt Memphis has been invaded this week. Elvis World's Bill E. Burk says estimates of 50,000 are not far off the mark. Bill also says the Candlelight Vigil start time was brought forward to 8pm (15/8) and at 8.30am (16/8) a stready stream of fans was still going up the hill to pay their respects. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Deadly Memphis heat takes its toll: Bill E. Burk also reports: 'We had one Elvis fan die from the heat - a 67-year-old woman fan from New Jersey was found dead in a tent next to her RV, parked behind Heartbreak Hotel, at 2 p.m. on 15 August. Temperature inside the tent reported at 111 degrees(F). Overall, 8 people in Memphis have died from the heat. Many more hospitalized.' (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Thursday 16 August 2007..................Day of remembrance.................Day 6 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
Elvis Aaron Presley: Jan 8, 1935 - Aug 16, 1977
It was 30 years ago today............and millions still care! Therein lies the secret.The music, the warmth, the passion.......they all still resonate around the world.
....And the candles continue to burn brightly in the warm night air.....
Elvis street dance today in London: IF YOU'RE ANYWHERE near the London area and will not make it to Elvis Week in Memphis, make an effort to attend the Elvisly Yours Street Dance at 233 Baker Street from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday (16th). The party will also raise money for the Linda Jackson MacMillan Center to honor Maureen, Sid Shaw's life companion for 27 years, who lost her long battle with cancer earlier this year.
A Legendary Performer Vol. 12: In the "Legendary Performer" alternate takes and performances series volume 12 has just been released on the Cry Wolf label. The running time is almost 66 minutes.
Track listing: A Mess Of Blues (alt. take) / After Loving You (alt. take 2) / Aloha Oe (take 1) / Danny Boy (remix) / Double Trouble (take 1) / Gently (take 2) / Going Home (take 2) / I Need Somebody To Lean On (take 8) / I Want To Be Free (alt take) / If That Isn't Love (spliced take) / It's Midnight (unknown take) / I've Got A Thing About You Baby (take 14) / Make Me Know It (take 18) / My Way (master take) / Night Life (take 3) / One Track Heart (master take) / Pledging My Love (take 3) / Singing Tree (take 4) / Such An Easy Question (take 1, 2) / That Someone You'll Never Forget (alt. take) / Without Love (take 1) / You Asked Me To (take 2) (News, Source: Elvis News)
EPE warned about ETAs contest: A high-ranking official with RCA/BMG records has twice told Elvis World, in private, that in a planning session with EPE for Elvis Week 2007, the record company strongly advised against EPE starting its own Elvis impersonator contest.
"We told them that if they got into the impersonator (ETA) business, all the press would flock to the Elvis look-alikes and would forget everything else. When they insisted they push ahead, we (RCA/BMG) felt like we didn't want to come out with some special release for the 30th anniversary because it would get lost in all the hoopla the press would be giving to the impersonators." WELL, FOLKS, the warning has proven true! You don't pick up a local Memphis newspaper, or turn on a local TV channel, without seeing Elvis impersonators everywhere you look. They're everywhere! They're everywhere! And, of course, media cameras always seek out the heaviest-set, ugliest ones with the worst looking sideburns. One on TV last night sang a few bars of an Elvis song and I felt my TV screen was going to shatter! Even at the new Elvis Expo at the Cook Convention Center downtown, they are there entertaining and there's even an Elvis karaoke which attracts them like flies to a dumpster ! SO ... RCA/BMG seems to have known what it was talking about. The new Elvis Expo has dealer tables covering over 35,000 square feet of space. Heretofore, dealers have been limited to independent productions at the Clarion Hotel and Airport Inn. Now, with the advent of Elvis Expo, we'd venture to say the independent Elvis "conventions" may soon be a thing of the past.ONE WORD can be used to describe Elvis Week 2007: Commercialism! Or maybe two words: ELVIS COMMERCIALISM !!
And this is nothing but a preview of what is to come. Whereas the independent dealers' "Elvis conventions" cost $2 at the door; the Elvis Expo charges $15. And being downtown, add another $10 or so for parking.
"The Vigil": We found this timely poem by Scatter on the FECC board:
It's gonna be another long and sleepless night
The August moon reflecting hues of pale-blue light
A million stars are flick'ring here above my head
Like candles queued to light the wick of one that's dead
While by the gates the crowds are gathered as before
A rev'rent silence still pervades the second floor
And love and mem'ries echo 'cross the rooms downstairs
When lights are dimmed and all the world is unaware
I see you standing silent in the music room
To watch the solemn vigil by the Garden tomb
The famous grin slips slowly 'cross that lovely face
To feel that love still grip you in its warm embrace
And if they tried they might have heard your laugh escape
Or seen your form slip slowly past the window drapes
And shake your head for what you know but they can't see
That death was just a way for God to set you free
One day they'll know that you were just a breath away
Behind a veil their eyes as yet can't penetrate
Where once again old friends are gath'ring for the night
Just beyond our mortal ears and mortal sight
Pauline and Dodger bustle 'round the kitchen door
And Charlie's laughter echoes as in days of yore
Vernon's holding Gladys as they sway and dance
A brand new chapter of a very old romance
JD Sumner's warming up that velvet bass
While Vester talks with Jesse 'bout those Music Gates
And every year the Jungle Room gets fuller still
As more and more are gathered by the Father's will
And satisfied that all he gave was not forgot
Knowing all his struggles here were not for naught
Elvis sits among those loved ones God restored
Just beyond the reach of those outside the door
Who wander past the mansion under velvet skies
Stars and candles both reflecting in their eyes
Unaware that just beyond that solemn throng
A treasured friend still laughs and sings familiar songs.
"A Little Less Conversation" most downloaded Elvis track: Although he’s been gone for 30 years, Elvis is still popular with today’s modern media. The American newspaper USA Today found out that his hits have been downloaded over 4 million times. On the number 5 spot of downloads is Hound Dog (188,000), and further more: Can’t Help Falling In Love (210,000), Jailhouse Rock (222,000), Suspicious Minds (243,000) and on top: the remix of A Little Less Conversation (284,000). (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Robert Sillerman quoted in USA Today: "The next five years will see an orderly release of new music, some of which have never been heard".
Uri Geller pulls out of Audubon Drive legal action - home to be renovated: Finally… after a long legal battle, the future for Elvis’s former home on Audubon Drive looks better than ever. Uri Geller agreed to stop the legal fight, and backs out. Two weeks ago, the new owners started working on the house, repairing the fence, putting a green paint layer on the walls and adding the letter “P” to the plastic shades on the windows. It’s just a matter of time to find out what the new owner’s intentions are…(News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Warner Bros working on next exciting Elvis project: George Feltonstein, head of Warner Entertainment told the Elvis Insiders Conference in Memphis that his company is now working on its next exciting Elvis DVD project. Many fans are now wondering...is it the only outstanding Elvis film yet to be officially released on DVD...Elvis On Tour? (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Wednesday 15 August 2007................Memphis sizzles!..............Day 5 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
Lisa Marie's 30th anniversary project revealed - new duet with Elvis!: A new video of Lisa Marie Presley singing "In the Ghetto," accompanied by her late father, Elvis Presley, will be posted Friday on the AOL Internet site Spinner.com, a company spokesman said Tuesday. To mark the 30th anniversary of her father's death, Lisa Marie Presley's voice was added to the original version of her father's hit song from 1969. The video duet also features images of her late father.
Spinner.com will post the video along with the transcript of an interview with Lisa Marie Presley, AOL spokesman Kurt Patat said. In the interview, Lisa Marie Presley said the project was emotionally stirring.
"We had two hours to lay down my vocals," she says. "So the next morning, I heard the rough ... and ... I've never cried when I've done anything ... ever ... but I just lost it when I heard it.Lisa Marie Presley also talks in the interview about how she was offended to see her father's song "Viva Las Vegas" used in a Viagra commercial. "I find that revolting," she said. "Some songs we have no control over. I know we didn't license that one."Proceeds from the new song and video will be used to help build temporary housing for the homeless in New Orleans, she said. The project is to be similar to Presley Place, a 12-unit apartment building for the homeless built in Memphis by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. in 2001. At the time, Elvis Presley Enterprises was owned by Lisa Marie Presley. She sold 85 percent of the company two years ago to CKX Inc., which now controls the worldwide business in marketing Elvis' name and image.Elvis Presley died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on Aug. 16, 1977, and thousands of fans are in town this week for the 30th anniversary of his death.Lisa Marie Presley, 39, is scheduled to attend a concert Thursday in Memphis that will feature her father performing on video, with live support from his former backup singers and band members. Her most recent album of her own music was "Now What" in 2005, but she said in the interview that she hopes to put out a new album soon.
"I'm definitely going to do it," she said. "I just have to figure out the right way. I'm on a clean slate right now — I just got off my label (Capitol Records). So I'm figuring out my next route." (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: Christine Bamford)
Elvis flips out: Elvis Presley left the building thirty years ago, but Elvis: The Miniseries arrived on DVD today for the first time ever. To promote the release, Starz Home Entertainment is passing out free flip books from Elvis decorated Segways at several celebrations in Memphis marking the 30th anniversary of the legend's death this week.
With a simple flip-of-a-thumb, the flip books bring Elvis back to life by playing full-motion clips from the movie featuring the king of rock n' roll's famous swinging hips and sneering lips – leaving fans feeling all shook up, all over again.
Originally invented in 1882 and recognized as one of the earliest forms of interactive multimedia, flip books create the optical illusion of motion when images stacked in sequential stages of movement are flipped. Produced by Flippies, a New York based manufacturer, the flip books are bringing images of Elvis: The Miniseries to life for fans at events and happenings in Memphis throughout the week. “In this age of high tech interactive multimedia, the simplicity of flip books is not only refreshing, but its illusion is even more captivating than ever,” said Jeffrey Kay, President of Flippies. “Creative marketers like Starz Home Entertainment are, once again, beginning to add flip books into the mix as consumers rediscover the medium as a fun and engaging promotional marketing item.”
"What better way to remember the life of Elvis than with a flip book that shows him dancing and having fun when he was young" said Rose Zivkovich from Starz Home Entertainment. "Flippies are perfect for building awareness and buzz for Elvis: The Miniseries during this historic week in Memphis. We'll also be using them as promotional items at consumer and trade conventions, and also as pre-order gifts for the DVD on select consumer websites." (News, Source: Starz Home Entertainment)
"Elvis The King" charts in UK: The new double album "Elvis The King" is currently #3 in the UK midweek sales charts; the definitive chart will be compiled on Sunday.(News, Source: Brian Quinn, FECC Forum)
Voting in - here is "Elvis The Dutch Collection": Sony BMG will release the ultimate Dutch Collection on August 16, 2007. Dutch fans voted on the tracks for the compile selecting from list of 150 songs. More than 10,000 votes were received and below are the 50 songs that will be on the 2CD set. With one or two exceptions, the voting just goes to show that Sony BMG gets it right with their Elvis greatest hits compiles!
The first copy will be handed over to Wanda Jackson on the Memorial Concert in Valkenburg (NL) on August 16.
Tracks: CD 1: Suspicious Minds/Always on my mind/In The Ghetto/Are You Lonesome Tonight?/American Trilogy Can't Help Falling In Love With You/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender/My Boy/It's Now Or Never/My Way I Just Can't Help Believing/Wooden Heart/Blue Suede Shoes/(You're The) Devil In Disguise/If I Can Dream The Wonder Of You/Burning Love/Don't Cry Daddy/Crying In The Chapel/Return To Sender/One Night/You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling/How Great Thou Art - Live 1974/Don't Be Cruel
CD 2: Bridge Over Troubled Water/You Gave Me A Mountain/(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Memories/Just Pretend/(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/A Little Less Conversation/ Heartbreak Hotel/Guitar Man/(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I/Polk Salad Annie/Kiss Me Quick/Viva Las Vegas/You Don't Have To Say You Love Me/That's Allright Mama/Loving You/I'll Remember You/Don't/All Shook Up/Suspicion/Kentucky Rain/Such A Night/Hound Dog/I Can't Stop Loving You/Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing version) (News, Source: EP Gold/Elvis News)
Graceland welcomes the impersonators - a sign of the new Elvis world: Viewed for years by the gatekeepers to Elvis Presley's Graceland with a mixture of resigned bemusement and outright disgust, impersonators of the King finally have their first chance to participate in an officially sanctioned tribute to the rock legend.Managers of Presley's home in Memphis plan to anoint their first-ever official Elvis "tribute artist" on Friday, near the end of a week of events commemorating the 30th anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977. Elvis died at 42 of heart disease worsened by drug abuse.The rules are simple: Nothing tacky or kitschy, and no ridiculous spoof. The contest judges will be looking for sincerity and respect — even if it is accompanied by karate moves, black pompadours and rhinestone jumpsuits."It's all about paying tribute to the life and legacy of Elvis," said Paul Jankowski, marketing chief for Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., the company that operates Graceland and its sprawling tourist complex.The "Ultimate Elvis" search has been under way since March with a series of preliminary contests around the world. Twenty-four contestants made it to Memphis, but 14 were eliminated Sunday in a final qualifier.
The finalists for the contest are all white men in their 20s to 40s, but Jankowski said preliminary contests, which must be approved by Graceland, are under no orders to restrict contestants by age, race or ethnicity.
The decision to hold the contest follows a change of heart by Elvis Presley Enterprises after its sale two years ago to CKX Inc., which also owns the "American Idol" TV show."There are competitions all over the world and they're all fantastic, but to have one run by Elvis Presley Enterprises is something special," said Paul Larcombe, a professional tribute artist from Crewe, England, and one of 10 finalists for the Graceland crown.Unofficial Elvis impersonator contests, with performers ranging from the ridiculous to the reverential, are held around the globe, drawing participants of all sizes, shapes, ethnicity and ages. There are even female Elvises. But for the serious tribute artists, some of whom make a living copying the King, winning the official Graceland title, or just getting to the finals, may be rewarding. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: AP)
Tuesday 14 August 2007......................Memphis night life alive..................Day 4 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
Elvis and Me with Suzi Quatro: To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley on 16 August, this programme features a selection of people talking about their memories of Elvis.
Presenter Suzi Quatro describes herself as Elvis’ Number One fan, although many would challenge her for that title! She has written a still unreleased tribute song called ‘Singing With Angels’ (EIN Comment: this is one of the best ever Elvis tribute songs, a beautifully sung and lyrically potent recording!), which she recorded with James Burton (Elvis’ guitar player in the 1970s) and the Jordanaires, who provided backing vocals on so many of his records.
In addition to Elvis admirers Robert Plant, Tim Rice and Cliff Richard, there are stories and reflections from those who worked with him such as James Burton, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and Ray Walker of the Jordanaires. Plus songwriter Jimmy Webb talks about his song ‘Elvis And Me’ and its inspiration. (News, Source: Elvis Express)
New DVD in Germany: A new DVD is due for release on August 6 from Flashpoint AG in Germany. The DVD is a collector's box entitled "Elvis Presley".
It contains a documentary on Elvis' life, a slideshow and as a special bonus "London Rock n Roll Show 73". The running time is 207 minutes. (News, Source: Collectors Service /Elvis News)
Surprise for EC fan club presidents during Elvis Week: European Elvis fan club presidents Hubert Vindevogel and Peter Haan got the surprise of their Elvis careers Monday night in Memphis.
Vindevogel is president of the United Elvis Presley Society of Belgium. Haan is president of It's Elvis Time FC in the Netherlands. The two clubs went together Monday night and staged a 45th anniversary party for the clubs. Both Vindevogel and Haan have led their clubs the entire time -- surely a world record?
When ELVIS WORLD publisher Bill E. Burk heard of the party, he approached both Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton and Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton and suggested they each award the two presidents on the basis of the many Elvis fans they have brought to Memphis over these many years.
Hundreds of Belgian and Dutch fans have spent hundreds of thousands of US Dollars in the city-- in hotels, restaurants and on Beale Street.
Herenton awarded Vindevogel and Haan a Key to the City ... while Wharton certified them as Honorary Citizens of Shelby County.
Both were extremely surprised at the twin honors, but shocked when Burk told them now they were "citizens," they could expect tax bills in the mail soon! (Burk, since 1983, has been an honorary citizen of Enschede, Holland, and has visited there 18 times.)
IT WAS THE FIRST TIME any Elvis fan club president got honors from both mayors. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis in Italian magazines: Two of the most important Italian music magazines celebrate the 30th anniversary of Elvis death with massive coverages.
Rock Star magazine (edition 324) has a ten pages special on Elvis, while the RARO! magazine (issue 190) has an eight pages spread on Elvis Presley. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Parade celebrates Elvis!: This week, Parade.com commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley with several special features on The King.
Long box releases: Here are two long box releases. The first one contains "Viva Las Vegas" from the ABC TV Special coupled with "Elvis At The Movies" which contains 24 of Elvis's movie hits.
Also available in a longbox is the "Essential Elvis" collection with 40 tracks on two disc. (News, Source: Elvis News)
BBC1 wants to set Elvis record: BBC 1's The ONE Show is trying to break a World Record. The aim is to gather the greatest number of people to impersonate Elvis. The BBC doesn't mind if you're an Elvis fan, an Elvis Tribute Artist, called Elvis Presley or just want to take part for fun. Male or female. The filming will be on August 16 at the BBC Studios in White City. Anyone interested should contact BBC 1 (Claire: 0208 752 4614)
Elvis Matters releases newspaper: It’s probably a World scoop. For the first time ever, a fan club has released its own news paper inside an existing news paper. In Belgium, the popular daily news paper Het Laatste Nieuws with over one million readers, contained an extra newspaper inside yesterday's edition.
Readers will find 8 pages of information on ElvisMatters with, among others, an interview with Will Tura, and ticket info on Elvis 2007 which is sponsored by the news paper.(News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Monday 13 August 2007......................Memphis night life alive..................Day 3 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
Elvis "no Scot": Elvis Presley's family heritage is getting people all shook up in north-east
Scotland, as fans across the world prepare to mark the 30th anniversary of his
death. Although the singer's distant Scottish heritage is generally accepted, 91-year-old Jack Presley, from Fraserburgh, north of Aberdeen, believes genealogists have got it wrong.Officially, the entertainer descended from emigre blacksmith Andrew Presley, the 10th son of Andrew Presley and Elspeth Leg, who married in the tiny village of Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, on August 27, 1713. But Pressley - who is a relative of the Scotland and Celtic footballer Steven - says that is not true."They've got the wrong Andrew. It was a nephew of the Andrew that got married in Lonmay who went to America," he told the Independent on Sunday newspaper.
Scottish author Allan Morrison, who wrote about Elvis's Scottish link in a 2004 book The Presley Prophecy, disagreed. (News, Source: Gulf Daily News)
The King and I: IT WAS just a casual game of touch football, in a north Memphis park, one hot July Sunday in 1954. Jerry Schilling, at 12 years old, was starting to earn himself a reputation on the school team, so was invited to join in by some older, tougher kids. On the pitch he was introduced to the quarterback, and suddenly, as he recalls, "felt a jolt". The 19-year-old truck driver asking him if he knew how to catch a football was someone he'd heard a couple of nights previously on a local radio station, delivering an electrifying cover version of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song That's All Right Mama, and his name was Elvis Presley.
That scratch football game was the start of Schilling's 23 years as friend, assistant, minder and confidant to the singer who shook popular music by the scruff of its neck. It was a relationship which, in many ways, defined his life and is described in his newly-published memoir, Me and a Guy Named Elvis. Written with the entertainment journalist Chuck Crisafulli, the book is an intensely personal and affectionate portrayal of life as a friend of Presley's and as a member of his entourage. It lapses at times into hagiography, but also depicts Presley's faults and frustrations, his dark humours and tantrums, as well as his extravagant generosity.
Thirty years after he was a pallbearer at Presley's funeral, riding in that long cortege of white Cadillacs, Schilling sits in his home in the Hollywood Hills - the house which Presley paid for, outright - and recalls the singer's impact on his life. Schilling was a working-class Memphis kid, whose mother died when he was barely more than a year old and who was brought up largely by grandparents, aunts and uncles. When he got the phone call on 16 August 1977, telling him Presley had died, he found himself flashing back to that insecure 12-year-old. "Having come from a background that knew some really hard times, I somehow thought that nothing could ever happen to me while Elvis was alive. And I felt that someone had just taken all that away from me."
Captivated by this charismatic new acquaintance, who later became prone to turning up at Sunday football games with dark-eyed Hollywood starlet Natalie Wood on the back of his motorcycle, the teenage Schilling took to frequenting Presley's concerts and hang-outs, and ultimately found himself admitted into the inner sanctum of Graceland, which a rapidly rising Presley bought in 1957. He was swept up in the singer's extravagant leisure life, such as the after-hours sprees when he'd commandeer an entire cinema or fairground for the exclusive use of his magic circle.
To help understand the controversy ignited by Elvis' early, raw music at a time when even popular radio stations were effectively segregated in their playlists and audiences, Schilling's book recounts a childhood incident when, at a friend's house, he played one of his 78s by the Dominoes, a black outfit. His friend's normally amiable mother underwent a kind of Jekyll and Hyde transformation, ripped the disc from the turntable and smashed it.
"You're not going to play that nigger music in my house," she raged.
Small wonder that by some, Presley was branded a "traitor to his race". In 1964, Schilling, contemplating a career as a history teacher, football coach and "generally upstanding citizen", was chatting to Presley on the front porch of Graceland when the star - who had been using an oxygen mask, showing early signs of the ill health which would ruin him - invited him to work for him, there and then.
Within hours he was on board the tour coach, a full-time member of the "Memphis Mafia", as the singer's entourage was known. Moving into Graceland (where, despite the lavish lifestyle, his bedroom had a leaky roof which required him to put a plank over the resulting puddle), Schilling became a close associate and friend of Presley and his family. It was Schilling who was detailed by Presley to drive the couple to hospital for Lisa Marie's birth. He was also often asked to accompany the singer on visits to his mother's grave, while other duties entailed everything from bodyguard to photo double.
Presley he describes as a man who, regardless of his early image as a tearaway, read widely and was interested in "spiritual" subjects, absorbing the likes of Khalil Gibran and Autobiography of a Yogi. Life at Graceland was easygoing, although everyone was expected to drop everything to attend to the man at the hub of it all, who could be prone to sudden mood changes. "There might be a dark day when Elvis was in a bad mood and everybody walked on eggshells, but that wasn't the norm," he says. And one way to really arouse the wrath of the man who revolutionised rock and roll was to play one of his own recordings at his parties - "Get that crap off," was his reaction on one occasion when someone had the temerity to put All Shook Up on the jukebox.
The wealthy singer could be wildly generous to those around him, presenting each member of the Memphis Mafia with a Triumph Bonneville motorbike (Elvis was a Harley Davidson man himself), or dispensing Cadillacs as thank-you presents. As the pair become closer, he paid for Schilling's house above Sunset Strip. The King's increasingly desperate need to spend could alarm those around him, not least his wily manager and Svengali, the legendary "Colonel" Tom Parker. Having once blown a million dollars renovating a ranch, he decided that everyone needed a brand-new Ranchero pick-up. Schilling refused it, so a puzzled Presley simply presented it to a visiting electrician instead. Then there were the "prescription" drugs. As early as 1964, Presley and company were regularly taking Dexedrine, or "speed", to keep them awake at night while driving between venues, then resorting to sleeping tablets to rest up the next day. The Dexedrine, adds Schilling, "was also a diet thing, if he was getting back to making another movie and had put on some pounds".
However, he thinks it wasn't these pills that affected Presley so badly as the painkillers, upon which he became dependent, for chronic complaints such as a twisted colon. As things started to fall apart, one memorable fit of paranoia erupted over Mike Stone, a karate instructor boyfriend of the by-then departed Priscilla. Presley actually demanded that a contract be taken out on Stone's life, but the moment of truth came when he was informed that $10,000 (£4,900) would see the job done. "Elvis immediately went pale," recalls Schilling. "His words had taken us right up to the edge of a terrifying cliff. He wasn't going to take us over it. "'That's a little heavy,' he said. 'Let's just leave it alone for a while.'"
But perhaps the most bizarre example of Presley's sometimes spectacularly unpredictable behaviour was in December 1970, when, on the spur of the moment, he flew to Washington where, accompanied by a somewhat agitated Schilling and a trusted chauffeur, Sonny West, he handed a letter to the security guards at the White House, to be passed to the President, Richard Nixon. In it, he asked to be granted credentials as a "federal agent-at-large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The episode became increasingly surreal within the hour, as they indeed found themselves in the Oval Office, schmoozing with Tricky Dicky. The resulting photograph remains the most requested of all the documents in the possession of the US National Archive.
But Presley's star, his health and his state of mind were all in the descendant. Ultimately, however, Schilling doesn't believe that it was drugs that helped kill Presley at the age of 42, so much as his acute sense of creative disappointment and frustration. The price of being one of the highest-paid performers in Hollywood was the second and third-rate film scripts and other material with which he was landed. "I believe the drugs were just the Band-Aid," says his old friend. "You can't take a genius like he was and just give them the same old stuff."
Schilling walked away from the Memphis Mafia more than once, latterly to pursue a career managing Billy Joel and the Beach Boys, but maintained contact with Presley. It wasn't until he saw a posthumous screening of a CBS TV special filmed shortly before the singer's death that he realised how much he had become a bloated caricature of himself. "I never, in all the years I knew him, saw him look anything close to that," he tells me. "I was furious with the Colonel and said, 'How could you have let him even walk on stage, let alone in front of a camera, like that?'"
Not that he paints an entirely bad picture of the oft-maligned Parker: "He looks like the bad guy, he's got the image of the carnie and all that, and I had creative differences with him. "But there were some great qualities about him. I just think he was more of a promoter than a creative guy. He would have been happy if Elvis had just done Bing Crosby-type Christmas shows." So the young iconoclast whose gyrations shocked one generation and electrified another, was eventually crushed by the triumph of the anodyne. Schilling, now 65, is currently much in demand for Elvis TV specials and, later this month, will host an "Elvis cruise" in the Bahamas.
Cashing in on the anniversary? He is, after all, creative director of Elvis Presley Enterprises. However, he insists that he's turned down other lucrative Elvis-related offers: "For years after Elvis passed away, I didn't talk about him and I got on with my career. When I decided to write the book, four years ago, I had no idea when I would finish it." Presley, he concludes, "was not about being normal. He was either hot or cold, no in between". Yet, he adds, "when people say to me, if I had just one wish, what would it be, I always say I'd just like to stay up all night, just shooting pool with Elvis".
Amazon UK has 25% off Warner 11 DVD box set: Warner Home Video commemorates the 30th anniversary of "The King’s" passing with a collector’s Limited Edition 11-Disc box set containing several Special Edition and Deluxe DVD releases.
As a tribute to the man who made blue suede shoes, hound dogs and hip swivels an indelible part of America’s pop culture, the Elvis DVD box set is a must-have for every Elvis fan and film collector alike.
Containing nine classic Elvis titles comprising 11 discs (details below), this is the ultimate in collectors’ box sets, each individually numbered and beautifully packaged together to resemble a blue suede shoe box. Truly limited edition, once these sets have been sold they will be discontinued.
ELVIS WAS AN ALIEN: SOME fans attribute Elvis's uniqueness to the theory that he was not of this Earth - Elvis, surprisingly, was one of them. He believed that he may have arrived here from a blue star planet in the Orion constellation, mainly because of his father, Vernon, who said that on the night Elvis was born a dazzling blue light appeared in the sky above the Presleys' home. Some fans claim that Elvis had contact with "cosmic beings of light" as a child, and even believe that he didn't die in 1977, he just went back to his own planet. EP phone home?
ELVIS WAS GAY: A RECENT biography, Elvis: The Hollywood Years, by celebrity writer David Bret, suggests that, despite his legions of girlfriends, Elvis was homosexual. Bret claims that his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, used his knowledge of the King's affair with actor Nick Adams to blackmail Elvis and keep him under his control. Several relatives and biographers of Presley have also made this claim, though most who knew him dismiss it, especially the women.
WAS IT REALLY ELVIS IN THAT COFFIN?: IN 1977, National Enquirer magazine smuggled a mini-camera into the public viewing of his corpse at Graceland. The resulting published picture caused shock-waves among fans, because the figure in the coffin looked nothing like him. Rumour had it that a wax figure of Elvis was purchased by a Presley family member days after his death, and that this dummy had been used to cover up the fact that Elvis was still alive. However, when the autopsy had been carried out, Elvis's internal organs, including his brain, were removed and not replaced, so it's unsurprising his form did not resemble its original state when stitched up again. His famous sideburns had to be glued back on to his face before the body was returned to his family for the funeral and viewing. The coffin in which Elvis was buried weighed an astonishing 900 pounds, leading the wax-dummy conspiracy theorists to speculate that there was also an air-conditioning unit inside it to keep the effigy from melting. In fact it was so abnormally heavy not because of that, nor as a result of the rock'n'roll star's obesity or heavy gold jewellery, but because - like his mother Gladys's before him - Elvis's coffin was lined with copper.
Sunday 12 August 2007......................Memphis buzzing..................Day 2 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
New Elvis releases chart in Australia: Elvis has more Top 40 Hits in Australia - on the ARIA Album Chart "Elvis The King" has debuted with a bullet at #22, while on the ARIA Music DVD Chart the '68 Comeback Special and Aloha From Hawaii have re-entered at #7 and #8 respectively. (News, Source: ARIA)
How did Elvis get turned into a Racist?: Noted Elvis biographer penned this insightful article for The New York Times. Mandatory reading for any fan wanting to know what lies behind continuing accusations that Elvis was racist.(Spotlight, Source: The New York Times)
Elvis' white piano for sale on ebay: Elvis' beloved white piano, which was the centerpiece of the Music Room at Graceland for many years, was played by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, and Jerry Lee Lewis, among many others.(News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
New dance remix will appeal to long time fans: Leading Australian ETA, Mick Gerace, launches his new remix single on August 16 ahead of its release by Sony BMG Australia. The recording is a "dance" remix of the sublime but little known Elvis track, (I Got A) Feeling In My Body. Backing Gerace is none other than the Sweet Inspirations.
As is needed to bring Elvis' music to a new generation, "(I Got A) Feeling In My Body" has very competently used current production techniques and styles to give a classic track a contemporary feel and vibe. Read full review and hear sample of the song (CD Review, Source: EIN)
Is Elvis alive in Curaçao?: Elvis Presley Gospel memorial by chaplain Fred Omvlee in Base Chapel Parera. Coming Thursday, August 16th, it’ll be thirty years since Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. Elvis, known as the King of Rock ‘ n ‘ Roll, changed the Western world by introducing Rock ‘n’ Roll in 1955.
His death will be remembered all around the world, and in Curacao as well. Is Elvis known and loved here? In other words: Is Elvis alive in Curacao? On Thursday August 16th Reverend Fred Omvlee will organise an Elvis Gospel Memorial in the chapel of Navy Base Parera. Chaplain Omvlee is an Elvis fan and organised several Elvis Gospel services in the Netherlands and founded www.elvisgospel.nl. Is it appropriate to use the King of Rock ‘n‘ Roll in a church? According to reverend Fred Omvlee was a devoted Gospel singer and a religious man. Elvis always objected when he was called the King.
“There’s only one King and that’s Jesus Christ” , he then used to say. He tried to find peace of mind in singing Gospels before and after his shows. “Off course, Elvis was not a saint and had his human shortcomings. Apart from being very talented, rich and famous, he had a low self-esteem, was addicted to prescription-drugs, was divorced. Is that a reason to condemn him? In my view Elvis is recognisable as a man like us, and a believer like us. Even if you end up like Elvis, you will never fall out of Gods hand.Elvis’ Gospels are still very inspiring and moving. In this Memorial chaplain Fred Omvlee will let us hear some of the most beautiful songs like Peace in the Valley, If I can Dream, How Great Thou Art. He will tell about the life and beliefs of Elvis. There will be a prayer, and the possibility to light a candle. Bring your own candle, if possible. There will be coffee and cake. Entrance is free, but please bring an ID to enter the base.
Walmart "Viva Las Vegas": Here is the artwork for the "exclusive" 2CD edition of 'Viva Las Vegas' being sold by Walmart stores in the US. (News, Source: Barry McLean)
Spotted in Memphis this week: With the city sweltering under very humid conditions, reliable reports are now in that more than one person resembling Elvis in a white jumpsuit has been spotted strolling the streets of Memphis. EIN has been told if fans see one of these "Elvii" they should approach them with caution...otherwise it could be a case of a hunka, hunka Burning Love!
Elvis Week 2007 attendance - marketing hype or on the edge of reality?: It is sure a biggie but as we enter the 2nd day of Elvis Week 2007 a number of prominent Memphis hotels such as The Clarion Hotel on Brooks Road still have rooms. With another 7 days to go in the commemoration it remains to be seen if EW 2007 eclipses the "granddaddy" of them all...EW 1987 (10th anniversary, when it really was very difficult to find a hotel room!). (News, Source: Bill E. Burk/EIN)
Elvis Presley - he was the King of Rock 'n' Roll - online audio biography (very basic & at times somewhat questionable - but great music!): (Source: Voice of America/Amber Smith)
Elvis fan seeks to refurbish the King's Palm Springs home: An Elvis Presley fan wants to give Graceland a run for the money by refurbishing the King's old desert home as a tourist attraction. Reno Fontana and his wife, Laura, bought the Palm Springs home site unseen in November."I want this to be Elvis of California," he said.The Spanish-style white stucco home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, with a sunken tub and a pool. Elvis and Priscilla Presley bought the home in April 1970. The family, including daughter Lisa Marie, lived there part-time.
After his death, Presley's lawyer took control of the estate. It was not immediately known whether anyone lived in the house before the Fontanas bought it. The house is already a bit of a tourist draw."I get asked probably six times a day to see the inside of the Elvis house," said Bill Davis, owner of Celebrity Tours in Palm Springs. "In fact, last week I had a woman from Poland, and all she could say was: 'inside Elvis house,'" he said. "People want to see what's inside."Fontana says he'll provide a look to anyone who knocks on the door. Right now, there's not much to see in the unfurnished home. But Fontana, a lifelong Elvis fan, plans to decorate it in elaborate Elvis style and build a chapel, banquet hall and recording studio to attract weddings and recording business.
"We may have our names on the deed, but we are the caretakers," he said. "This house belongs to Elvis fans around the world." (News, Source: Chris Bamford)
Shoddy reporting in conspiracy story: Australia's Sunday Herald Sun newspaper ran the following story today. It contains factual errors (Hinton's book was supposedly non-fictionand came out in 2001, not 2006) and "old" news (Kingtinued and Americans for Cloning Elvis). It appears the newspaper has simply taken old news and given it a 2007 context:
'THIS week's 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death has sparked a spate of weird conspiracy theories and resurrection stories. Fan sites have been awash with fresh takes on the real story behind Elvis's demise, including alien abductions and witness protection programs.
Some fans even go as far to say a wax dummy was in the air-conditioned coffin at his funeral so it would not melt. Elvis.lives.net suggests The King is now working as an Elvis impersonator and has released an album called Kingtinued.The fansite claims Presley's voice has been compared by a computer program to the crooner on the new album and an exact match has been found. The group claims Elvis's involvement with the Nixon administration meant he had to go into witness protection. Americans for Cloning Elvis have been running an internet petition to get cells from Presley so that "future generations may witness his presence". A novel, The Truth About Elvis Presley: In His Own Words was written by Donald Hinton, who says he helped Presley write it – last year.Other fans are not quite so caught in the conspiracy trap, but hold on to the hope that The King will return to grace the stage once more. The Lincolnshire Echo in England reports two local women will travel to Graceland, to join a candlelit vigil for their hero on the day of his passing. They are expected to be among 100,000 coming to pay their respects.
Many of those to gather at the gates of Graceland continue to have suspicious minds about what really happened to The King.'
Lisa Marie Presley on Good Morning America - send in your questions: What's it like being the daughter of a Rock legend? What was Elvis like around the house and as a dad? Talk Back to find out!
Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, will be appearing on Good Morning America for a special tribute to remember The King of Rock 'n' Roll. Send us your video questions for Lisa Marie by Monday, August 13th at 4 p.m. EST and she may answer them on-air! (Lisa Presley's World, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Saturday 11 August 2007...................Memphis awakens...............Day 1 of Elvis Week 2007!!!
A big news day to open Elvis Week 2007 as EIN adds more than 20 news items, updates and reviews, including arguably the best Elvis Week blog you will read:
EIN speaks with Lamar Fike: EIN's Vice-President, Piers Beagley, briefly caught up with MM member Lamar Fike as part of our Ultimate Tour to Elvis Week 2007. Piers reports Lamar was in very good spirits and doing fine after his recent hospitalisation. Lamar joked that now all he has to do is lose 600 pounds! Lamar also said he is still expecting his book about Elvis to be released in 2008. (News, Source: EIN)
Elvis, the enterprise, looms bigger 30 years on: Thirty years ago, alone and adrift in Graceland, dismissed by some as fat and over 40, Elvis Presley embarked on the ultimate career make-over. By the time he died on August 16, 1977, Elvis had revolutionized popular music, starred in over 30 Hollywood movies and reinvented himself in Las Vegas as a kind of all-American superhero, the iconic man in the gilded jumpsuit.But the next phase was arguably just as big and has run longer.
As fans gather next week in Memphis, Tennessee, to mark the 30th anniversary of Presley's death in what backers have dubbed the "The Summer of Elvis," it is clear that The King is still taking care of business. Thousands of Elvis devotees are expected to make the pilgrimage for a packed calendar of events endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, the firm that manages his lucrative estate."We're gearing up for the best Elvis Week we've ever had," spokesman Todd Morgan said.For a start, there is the Elvis Expo at the Memphis convention center that features sold-out appearances by members of Presley's TCB Band and former wife, Priscilla Presley. There are tours of the Presley birthplace just down Highway 78 in Tupelo, Mississippi, including the hardware store where his mother, Gladys, bought Elvis his first guitar.The main event is an overnight candlelight vigil at Graceland that will be covered live by the all-Elvis-all-the-time Elvis Radio channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. Some 50,000 fans are expected to attend. (News, Source: Reuters)
August 10 – 19 - 10-day pass for $20.00 (A savings of $40.00 off the regular daily $6.00 rate.)
This parking pass includes unlimited access to the parking lot during regular business hours. Parking passes will be sold at the Graceland visitor parking booth. (News, Source: EPE)
Aussie price watch - Elvis music: Yesterday we reported that K-Mart Australia had some great deals on Elvis' films on DVD. Well K-Mart Australia is also offering great savings on his music releases: the three new 2CD albums are on sale - Early Elvis A$14.99; Elvis The King A$20.82 and Viva Las Vegas A$20.82. Meanwhile K-Mart also has the following Elvis music DVDs for A$13.92 each: Elvis By The Presleys; Elvis '68 Comeback Special; and Elvis Aloha From Hawaii. (News, Source: K-Mart)
Soundscan sales figures (USA): According to Nielsen SoundScan, Elvis sold 410,000 copies of the holiday album "White Christmas" in 2000 and about 900,000 of "Second to None" in 2003. His 2004 gospel album, "Ultimate Gospel," racked up 350,000. The 2002 collection "30 #1 Hits" sold 4 million copies. (News, Source: Brian Quinn, FECC board)
Gold and Platinum for Elvis: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists two Elvis titles that have been certified since Elvis' birthday last January. Both special edition DVD sets of the "'68 Comeback" and "Aloha" were awarded Gold and Platinum on March 3 2007.(News, Source: Brian Quinn, FECC board)
Billboard's Fred Bronson on Elvis' chart statistics: Amassing 40 chart entries is impressive, but you might be surprised to know that the artist with the most entries on our R&B singles chart has almost three times that many songs to his credit. The leader of the pack is James Brown, with 117 chart entries between 1956 and 1993. In second place is Aretha Franklin, who collected 98 chart entries between 1960 and 2003. There's a tie for third place, between the Temptations and Ray Charles. The former had 86 chart entries between 1962 and 2000, while the latter's 86 chart entries were between 1949 and 2002. So Mariah will have to more than double her number to be in the top three, and almost triple it to become the artist with the most entries on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Elvis Presley is the clear leader with 138 chart entries on the Hot 100 and its predecessor chart, Best Sellers in Stores. Presley is the only artist to have more than 100 chart entries. James Brown is in second place with 94 and Ray Charles is third with 76. Aretha Franklin is close behind Charles, with 73.(News, Source: Brian Quinn, FECC board)
EIN Comment: The Billboard chart is based on a combination of radio airplay and sales. In the past, Jukebox Plays was also used in compiling the chart.
New import CD: A new import release is the CD "Tour Opening Tempe" with Elvis performance from March 23, 1977 as recorded in Tempe Arizona.(News, Source: Elvis News)
Earnhhardt and Bernstein to Race Elvis Schemes: The King of Rock ’n’ Roll will roll with the King of Beers when NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NHRA young gun Brandon Bernstein pilot commemorative Elvis Presley’s 30th Anniversary paint schemes on the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet and Bud King Racing Top Fuel dragster in September. (News, Source: EPE)
USA Today ETA poll: USAToday.com will soon launch a vote to discover which of the contestants in The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is their reader's favorite. Voting will continue through Friday, August 17. USA TODAY will announce their reader favorite in print and online on Monday, August 20 along with the official winner of the contest. Be watching Elvis.com and USAToday.com for more details soon.(News, Source: EPE)
Elvis Week chat room now open: ShopElvis.com is providing a free chat room for Elvis Week. It's a great way to chat with other fans around the world as you watch the Meditation Garden LiveCam and listen to the live broadcast on ElvisRadio. (News, Source: EPE)
Tom Brown, Vice-President of Original Productions, Turner Classic Movies Joe Guercio, Elvis's Musical Director and Conductor Jon Hornyak, Executive Director of Memphis Chapter of NARAS Joe Moscheo, Entertainment Business Executive & Member of The Imperials Knox Phillips, Entertainment Producer & Son of the Legendary Sam Phillips
Tickets for the Qualifying Rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on August 12 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts are on sale now. Enjoy hours of entertainment from Elvis tribute artists from around the world competing the first-ever Elvis tribute artist contest sanctioned by EPE. The Qualifying Rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest are on August 12 at 5:00 PM at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. Click here to learn about all the conestants.(News, Source: EPE)
"I Love Elvis Papercrafting" Contest from EK Success: EK Success, the licensed partner for Elvis craft & scrapbooking products is sponsoring an "I Love Elvis Papercrafting" Contest. Submit a paper crafting project or scrapbook page and you could win a trip for two to Graceland! For contest details, official rules or to purchase product visit www.eksuccess.com/contest . Contest runs now through Sept 14, 2007. (News, Source: EPE)
Last Man Standing concert tickets: Don't miss Scotty Moore's farewell concert on August 15th at 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel! You can get your tickets directly from the "Elvis...The Magazine" table at the Peabody Hotel, 2nd Level, from August 12th through 15th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. (News, Source: Elvis International)
Good Rockin' Tonite concert tickets:Don't miss the "Good Rockin' Tonite" concert on August 14th at 5:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.! You can get your tickets directly from the "Elvis...The Magazine" table at the Peabody Hotel, 2nd Level, from August 12th through 14th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.(News, Source: Elvis International)
Friday 10 August 2007................the countdown continues............1 day until Elvis Week 2007!!!
Elvis and his public image: We found this very interesting discussion in the paper "Policing Elvis: Legal Action and the Shaping of Post-Mortem Celebrity Culture as Contested Space" by David S. Wall (Entertainment Law, Vol. 2, No. 3, Autumn 2003):
"In constructing his own public image during the early 1950s, Elvis unconsciously appropriated, synthesised and ultimately capitalised upon images from a series of contemporary cultural icons. These ranged from Captain Marvel and Dean Martin to Jackie Wilson. 'Cultural production' states Madow, 'is always (and necessarily) a matter of reworking, recombining, and redeploying already existing symbolic forms, sounds, narratives, and images'. To this effect - on the current standing of US publicity rights law - one could actually begin to question Elvis's right to call the Elvis image his own in the first place; however, few would deny that the Elvis whole was definitely greater than the sum of its parts. The overall effect of his efforts was to create a unique image which had a fresh and vital meaning in post-war society."
"Viva Las Vegas" debuts at #94 on Billboard: According to Soundscan the album has sold 8,100 copies at retail. (News, Source: Brian Quinn, FECC board)
"FightSport" article on Elvis: Elvis is featured on the cover of the Finnish magazine "FightSport". It includes 7 pages about Elvis' karate history. The magazine claims that Elvis was fast and good in karate, and also that Elvis was a huge PR for karate. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Girl Happy (part 2 - continued from yesterday) -Sherry Rich - folk rock singer/songwriter: My mother, a country folk singer, said she married my father because he looked like Elvis. He still does. The first record I owned was an Elvis 45, Such a Night, when I was five or six. I was growing up with music all around me so it wasn't just his sex appeal.
I love the '68 Comeback Special (where a steamy Elvis wore a black leather jumpsuit and sang rock, gospel and roots music in front of an audience for the first time in more than eight years).
He could say so many things from just moving a little bit. He didn't have to thrash around and jump up and down - he could just curl his lip or raise an eyebrow. I met my (musician) husband, Rick, in Nashville. We were married on Elvis' birthday (January 8). Rick played recently in a studio in Nashville where they still had a trapdoor that Elvis escaped through to his Cadillac when he got sick of the session.I went to Graceland a couple of times. You get very emotional after you've done the whole tour, listening to the Elvis story told by Priscilla on the headphones. By the time I got to his grave I was overcome with emotion. You just realise what he went through. I was at a girl-guide camp when he died. I remember my sadness when a girl came through the woods telling me Elvis was dead.When he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?I'd say yes. My husband would have given me the go ahead.
Jane Dust - indie-country singer: I went to Sun studios in Memphis and stood on Elvis' spot and sang Love Me Tender. But I found Graceland a bit macabre. I'm like a born-again Elvis believer. I picked up a compilation of Elvis in Nashville five years ago. I love '70s country tracks, Little Cabin on the Hill and It's Still Here. There is a lot of cheese and razzamatazz with Elvis but beyond that there are three chords and the truth. And he had a good sense of humour about himself. He would be funny to have in your life: gatecrashing the White House to get a narcotics agent badge from Nixon and stuff.
I was one when he died so I might have been thinking about something else.When he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?Probably not. Elvis had to spread himself pretty thinly across all of his women so I would be frustrated by that. I'd want more.
Susan Shaw - rock'n'roll drummer and gospel/bluegrass singer: I discovered Elvis when I was a teenager. I love Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Elvis' voice has the love-tone. It's so rich and warm and sexy. I love the Sun recordings (from the '50s) especially. You can see a vulnerability in Elvis that women love. Little Richard was amazing but no one could handle a crazy gay piano player being sexy. Elvis knew exactly what was needed.
As a drummer I love D.J. Fontana; that Sun sound is something I will often try and emulate in recording. I've stuck a wallet under the snare drums to get a certain sound like they did.I grew up in a Johnny Cash household. I have a funny video of him impersonating Elvis and he acted really faggy. My husband, who is a big Elvis fan, said that's a bit rough. But I said not really, because Johnny Cash was always a man and Elvis was a bit of a boy and a bit effeminate.I remember coming home from school and hearing on the radio Elvis had died and being saddened to live in a world without him - it was later that I fully appreciated him and realised that he does live on.When he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?OK what year was it? 1967? He's still hot, right? And I'm single? Yeah, absolutely.
Tanya Lee, Sherry Rich, Jane Dust and Susan Shaw and others including Collard Greens and Gravy and Sarah Carroll will perform Thursday, August 16, at the Corner Hotel, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia for A Tribute to Elvis - The 30th Anniversary.
Garry Wesley touring Australia:One of America's top Elvis tribute artists, Garry Wesley, is touring Australia again from the end of August. Garry is the consummate professional and puts on a high energy show. (Almost Elvis, Source: Ross Barbaro)
James Burton donates guitars: Elvis Presley's lead guitarist James Burton will donate a series of guitars to St Jude Hospital in Memphis during Elvis Week. James has given away over 600 guitars so far, all to children, in the hope that music can help them conquer their illness and bring them comfort and a ray of hope. The little ceremony takes place on August 15th, at 2 pm at St-Jude's. Elvis Presley's lead guitarist James Burton will donate a series of guitars to St Jude Hospital in Memphis during Elvis Week. James has given away over 600 guitars so far, all to children, in the hope that music can help them conquer their illness and bring them comfort and a ray of hope. The little ceremony takes place on August 15th, at 2 pm at St-Jude's. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/ Elvis News)
Elvis Presley No 2 released: Elvis Presley No 2 has been released. The CD is a remake of Elvis' second album originally released in Britain in April 1957. The content is the same as on the original album, but the design is not. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited /Elvis News)
Elvis lives: ELVIS Aaron Presley was born in Mississippi on January 8, 1935, to a poorly-paid truck driver dad and seamstress mother. Two decades later, he had become the first global pop star - and the most famous man alive. By the time he was 42, he was dead.
On August 16, it will be 30 years since the singer known as The King died. The event will be marked on August 13 by the release of a double-CD, Elvis The King, which contains his best work. The same day, Heartbreak Hotel will be reissued as a single, followed by Suspicious Minds on August 16. Over the coming weeks, 16 more of Elvis' greatest songs will be re-released.
Elvis was born an identical twin, but his brother was still-born, meaning he grew up an only child and was bullied at school for his introvert nature and prominent stutter. His father, Vernon, was once jailed for forging a cheque, during which time the family lost their home.
Two years later, the Presleys moved to Memphis as a jobless Vernon allegedly tried to escape a charge for transporting bootleg liquor. It was then that Elvis made his first public performance aged 10, winning second prize for singing Old Shep at a local singing contest. After graduating, young Elvis became as a delivery driver. Around this time, he started listening to hillbilly country music on radio shows, as well traditional gospel at church.
The turning point came when he went into Memphis Recording Studios in July, 1953 (later known as Sun Studios) where he paid $3.98 to record two double-sided acetates. Six months later, studio owner Sam Phillips was planning to combine white country music and black boogie woogie. Phillips' receptionist, Marion Keisker, reminded him about Elvis and the aspiring singer was asked to return to the studio.
Demo: Unfortunately, he couldn't match the quality of the demo - a version of Without Love (There Is Nothing) - but amazed them with other songs. He was teamed with local musicians; guitarist Winfield "Scotty" Moore and bass player Bill Black. Elvis began performing his own take on Arthur Crudup's That's Alright (Mama) and, when the other two joined in, Phillips began recording. The song received its first play on July 5, 1954. Six weeks later, Sun Recordings had received 6,000 orders for the single.
In 1956, Heartbreak Hotel sold one million copies in America. Two months later, his debut album, Elvis Presley, was released.
He was a sensation, selling out auditoriums and attracting record audiences to TV shows with his appearances. By 1957, Elvis bought Graceland mansion in Memphis, which was his home until his death, and is still mecca for millions of visitors each year.
Between 1956 and 1969, Elvis starred in more than 30 films but turned his back on Hollywood in 1969 to return to music, culminating in record-breaking appearances in Las Vegas, where he performed 1,145 times between 1969 and 1977. He was found dead on his bathroom floor 30 years ago, but his memory, and his music, lives on.
Elvis: The King, a two-CD best-of compilation, is released on Monday, along with Heartbreak Hotel, the first of 18 Elvis singles to be re-released. Buy this release fromAmazon.(News, Source: Manchester Evening News)
Aussie DVD price watch: K-Mart is currently offering a very cheap price on the new Elvis DVD releases in Australia. The store has titles including G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Fun In Acapulco, King Creole, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Easy Come Easy Go, Roustabout and Girls! Girls! Girls! for only A$8.99. The box set of 8 DVDs is on sale for A$39.99, while the new David Stanley film, Riding With Elvis, will be on sale in K-Mart from 15 August at A$19.95. (News, Source: K-Mart)
Probably not. Elvis had to spread himself pretty thinly across all of his women so I would be frustrated by that. I'd want more.
Susan Shaw - rock'n'roll drummer and gospel/bluegrass singer
I discovered Elvis when I was a teenager. I love Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Elvis' voice has the love-tone. It's so rich and warm and sexy. I love the Sun recordings (from the '50s) especially.You can see a vulnerability in Elvis that women love. Little Richard was amazing but no one could handle a crazy gay piano player being sexy. Elvis knew exactly what was needed.As a drummer I love D.J. Fontana; that Sun sound is something I will often try and emulate in recording. I've stuck a wallet under the snare drums to get a certain sound like they did.I grew up in a Johnny Cash household. I have a funny video of him impersonating Elvis and he acted really faggy. My husband, who is a big Elvis fan, said that's a bit rough. But I said not really, because Johnny Cash was always a man and Elvis was a bit of a boy and a bit effeminate.I remember coming home from school and hearing on the radio Elvis had died and being saddened to live in a world without him - it was later that I fully appreciated him and realised that he does live on.When he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?OK what year was it? 1967? He's still hot, right? And I'm single? Yeah, absolutely.Tanya Lee, Sherry Rich, Jane Dust and Susan Shaw and others including Collard Greens and Gravy and Sarah Carroll will perform Thursday, August 16, at the Corner Hotel, Richmond, for A Tribute to Elvis - The 30th Anniversary.
Thursday 9 August 2007................the countdown continues............2 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
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HMV price reductions on Elvis CD singles: HMV have just reduced the prices for all the upcoming Elvis CD singles on their site. All Sony/BMG CD Singles are now £3.99 and 10” vinyl are now £4.99.The exclusive HMV/MRS CD Video Single for ‘My Baby left Me’ is now £2.99 and 10” vinyl £3.99.All Prices include FREE UK DELIVERY.
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Girl Happy: A week today, it will be 30 years since Elvis Presley died. Many women want never to forget. Chris Beck meets four of them.ELVIS and girls have been attached at the hip ever since teenagers swooned at his swivelling hips in the '50s. And decades after his death his image is still kissed goodnight.Elvis movies had a continual rollcall of sexy female co-stars: Ann-Margaret, Juliet Prowse, Stella Stevens, even a chaste Mary Tyler Moore in his final narrative film, Change of Habit. Titles such as Girl Girls Girls, Girl Happy and The Trouble With Girls made no secret of the flavour of the wafer-thin plots.The King married his long-standing love, Priscilla, in 1967. Despite his indiscretions with other women, she was his heartbeat even after they divorced six years later. A popular component of his Las Vegas act in the '70s was roaming the stage kissing eager women from the audience, smack on the lips as he sang Love Me Tender.
Someone once said that in a perfect world Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. The Age spoke to four female musicians who are touched by the music and presence of the true Elvis Presley.
Jane Dust, Susan Shaw, Sherry Rich and Tanya Lee Davies on Davies' bed, over which The King keeps watch. Picture: Chris Beck
Tanya Lee (singer/songwriter and cabaret dabbler): Elvis has always been in my life. I feel like John Lennon - before Elvis there was nothing.The movies were pretty kooky but who else could have muttered that stupid dialogue and still look self-possessed and poised? It's like when he was on the Steve Allen show in the '50s singing Hound Dog to a basset wearing a top hat. He didn't look stupid. Steve and the dog looked stupid.He has such extraordinary stage presence. I was watching one of his Vegas shows on DVD when he does the karate moves and I was thinking, "Who else could get up on a stage in those amazing jump suits and be so credible?". Good cabaret is high art and Elvis is high art.I love the rehearsal tape for his Vegas shows that I've seen. That's when you really get him. You see him in his environment and see how much input he has into what he does. He was able to interpret such a broad cross-section of music passionately and convincingly. You can hear his profound love for music. (News, Source: www.theage.com.au)
Tomorrow: Susan Shaw, Sherry Rich & Jane Dust
Radio Times magazine: Elvis is featured on the cover of the UK's Radio Times television magazine for August 11 to 17, 2007.
And here is a list of all the Elvis movies and documentaries that we could find being screened on UK TV over the 30th Anniversary period:
Friday 10th August on VH1 Classic at 2:00am - Classic Albums: Elvis Presley
Friday 10th August on Travel Channel at 8:30pm-Global Guides: Elvis Week in Memphis, USA
Saturday 11th August on ITV1 at 1:30pm-Kid Galahad
Radio Times magazine: Saturday 11th August on TCM at 2:30pm-Ernst Jorgensen on Elvis
Saturday 11th August on TCM at 3:00pm-Kissin' Cousins
Saturday 11th August on ITV1 at 3:15pm-Elvis By The Presleys
Sunday 12th August on TCM at 2:25pm-Jerry Schilling on Elvis
Thursday 16th August on Sky Movies Classics at 7:50am
Love Me Tender
Thursday 16th August on Sky Movies Classics at 9:35am-Wild in the Country
Thursday 16th August on Sky Movies Classics at 11:35am-Clambake
Thursday 16th August on BBC2 at 11:50am-Flaming Star
Thursday 16th August on BBC2 at 1:20pm-Viva Las Vegas
Thursday 16th August on TCM at 4:35pm-Adrian Wootton on Elvis
Thursday 16th August on TCM at 5:00pm-Double Trouble
Thursday 16th August on TCM at 6:45pm-Girl Happy
Thursday 16th August on ITV3 at 7:00pm-Frankie and Johnny
Thursday 16th August on Biography at 7:00pm-Priscilla Presley
Thursday 16th August on Biography at 8:00pm-Lisa Marie Presley
Thursday 16th August on E! at 8:00pm-The E! True Hollywood Story
Thursday 16th August on ITV1 at 9:00pm-Young Elvis in Colour (NEW)
ITV1 (UK) is to mark the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death next month with an hour-long documentary. Young Elvis In Colour will feature the singer's early film screen-tests together with footage of him in concert. There will also be interviews with his childhood friends and musicians.
It's been 30 years since Elvis Presley shook, rattled and rolled off this mortal coil and despite the occasional sighting by people cheerfully described as "eccentric", his reputation's been set in stone. But does Elvis deserve all this reverence?
What would Elvis be doing if he was still with us today? And how far has his influence spread? This week, RT's Stuart Maconie is joined by a whole host of celebrity Elvis fans to examine the King's legacy and speculate about what might've been if the reaper hadn't been quite so hasty…
Thursday 16th August on TCM at 9:00pm-Elvis: That's the Way It Is
Thursday 16th August on Biography at 9:00pm-A Little Bit of Elvis
Thursday 16th August on Sky Arts at 10:00pm-Altered By Elvis
Thursday 16th August on TCM at 10:50pm-Sanjeev Bhaskar on Elvis
Friday 17th August on VH1 at 8:00pm-Elvis in the Beginning
Friday 17th August on VH1 at 9:30pm-Elvis 56 Special
Friday 17th August on Biography at 11:00pm-Schmelvis (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Elvis Presley Most Wanted" CD: Due for release in September is the CD "Elvis Presley Most Wanted" featuring rarities including the Celine Dion - Elvis Presley duet of "If I Can Dream" and the Lisa Marie - Elvis duet of "Don’t Cry Daddy". Both in great quality according to the information we received. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis and the Train to Nowhere:
“Before Elvis, there was nothing.”—John Lennon
The year was 1955, and I had just heard Chuck Berry on the radio singing “Maybelline.” I was electrified. By the time Berry appeared on television, duckwalking across the stage and playing his guitar, there was no turning back. America had its first black rock’n’roll hero, and rock’n’roll had fused with my soul.
Then along came Elvis Presley. Although Berry had moved me, Elvis became part of me. He combined all the images of rebellion—such as James Dean and others—into one solitary figure and quickly became the poster boy for our generation. And, at first, his story seemed like the American Dream come true.
Sam Phillips, a Memphis recording artist and African-American music enthusiast, had been looking for “a white boy who could sing like a black boy and catch the beat of black music.” With his early “greaser” style, Elvis fit the bill, and Phillips recorded him on his now-legendary Sun label.
Those 1954-55 soundtracks for Sun Records, including “It’s All Right, Mama” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” were some of Elvis’ best recordings. A synthesis of the white and black cultures, Elvis’ music also had a general gospel flavor that reflected his early singing in church.
By the time he had conquered the South with regional appearances, Elvis had also perfected his act. Most notably, he added body gyrations reminiscent of the movements of gospel singers. But on Elvis, the movements took on sexual overtones. The first time Elvis gyrated onstage, the crowd went wild. From then on, wiggling hips became a signature move.
With Elvis’ performances often described as “demon rock as jungle music” by local newspapers, it was little surprise that ministers publicly attacked him. In fact, they threatened to lead a crusade to have him arrested if he set foot in their communities. But religious and parental disapproval only increased Elvis’ popularity, and his television appearances cemented it.
After Elvis performed his first national hit, “Heartbreak Hotel,” on the Milton Berle Show in April 1956, the song moved to number one on the music charts. An appearance on the Steve Allen Show followed in July 1956. Although Allen had persuaded Presley to wear a tuxedo and limit his movements, he still only shot Presley from the waist up to avoid those wiggling hips. And for the first time, Allen beat the legendary Ed Sullivan in ratings.
Between his dislike of rockers and his belief that Elvis’ act was too sexually suggestive, Sullivan wanted nothing to do with Elvis. But after Steve Allen’s success, Sullivan surrendered to market economics and signed Elvis for three shows at the unprecedented sum of $50,000. However, a concern about Elvis’ wiggling hips caused the producers to also shoot Elvis only from the waist up on the first show. Still, after the third show, Sullivan conceded to the audience that Elvis was a “real decent, fine boy.”
In reality, Sullivan’s decision to sign Elvis augured a profound change in American taste. While the white elite had appreciated black jazz in the past, they had a visceral, democratic reaction to Elvis. The old order had been challenged and had not held. New forces were at work, driven primarily by technology. The young no longer had to listen to their parents. It was a critical moment for American society.
Soon Elvis was everywhere, even starring in movies (he made more than 30). However, although Elvis could sing, he couldn’t act. Then, in 1958, Elvis joined the Army. Suddenly, he was part of the establishment, and that’s when his rebel image was tarnished. Indeed, years later, when John Lennon heard of Elvis’ death, he remarked, “Elvis died the day he went into the army.”
By the late 1960s, the British rock invasion, led by the Beatles, had dated the music and stance of ‘50s rockers like Elvis. But his appearance on the classic 1968 Singer Television Special for NBC proved that the boy from Memphis could still move an audience. And in the mid-1970s, with a couple of new hits, Elvis made a comeback.
However, his success was short-lived. After his 1972 divorce brought on violent mood swings, Elvis began to eat voraciously, sometimes consuming a dozen cheeseburgers and a pound of bacon at a time. Literally ballooning to around 250 pounds, the whale-like Elvis was forced to cancel all-important Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe shows. And after hints of drug dependence circulated, Elvis secluded himself at Graceland or his Palm Springs home. Then, on August 16, 1977, Elvis died. He was only 42.
After his death, which shocked and saddened his fans worldwide, Elvis became larger than life. In fact, the Elvis cult that began shortly after his death has now become, in essence, a religion. There are still those who believe he is alive.
In Elvis’ life, we see an allegory of the entire American experience during the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Like many before and after him, a youthful and dynamic beginning ended in premature old age and a bloated, overweight body. A victim of success, Elvis became a parody of himself and of modern, materialistic America. Like so many of the generation he spawned, Elvis was a lonely soul on that train to nowhere. (Source: John W. Whitehead, www.rutherford.org)
I still think of him as alive, it's a bit sad, really. I know he's not around.I was at art school on the day he died. I was devastated. The boy I was dating wore a black armband. He and Elvis were my first true loves.While he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?I'm not going to answer that. That's f---ing disgusting. It's like - he's married to this woman that he loves but would you sleep with him anyway? Oh God ... I couldn't just sleep with him. I'd want us to be in love.
Sherry Rich - folk rock singer/songwriter
My mother, a country folk singer, said she married my father because he looked like Elvis. He still does. The first record I owned was an Elvis 45, Such a Night, when I was five or six. I was growing up with music all around me so it wasn't just his sex appeal.I love the '68 Comeback Special (where a steamy Elvis wore a black leather jumpsuit and sang rock, gospel and roots music in front of an audience for the first time in more than eight years).He could say so many things from just moving a little bit. He didn't have to thrash around and jump up and down - he could just curl his lip or raise an eyebrow.I met my (musician) husband, Rick, in Nashville. We were married on Elvis' birthday (January 8). Rick played recently in a studio in Nashville where they still had a trapdoor that Elvis escaped through to his Cadillac when he got sick of the session.I went to Graceland a couple of times. You get very emotional after you've done the whole tour, listening to the Elvis story told by Priscilla on the headphones. By the time I got to his grave I was overcome with emotion. You just realise what he went through.I was at a girl-guide camp when he died. I remember my sadness when a girl came through the woods telling me Elvis was dead.When he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?I'd say yes. My husband would have given me the go ahead.
Jane Dust - indie-country singer
I went to Sun studios in Memphis and stood on Elvis' spot and sang Love Me Tender. But I found Graceland a bit macabre.
I'm like a born-again Elvis believer. I picked up a compilation of Elvis in Nashville five years ago. I love '70s country tracks, Little Cabin on the Hill and It's Still Here. There is a lot of cheese and razzamatazz with Elvis but beyond that there are three chords and the truth. And he had a good sense of humour about himself. He would be funny to have in your life: gatecrashing the White House to get a narcotics agent badge from Nixon and stuff.
I was one when he died, so I might have been crying about something else.When he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?Probably not. Elvis had to spread himself pretty thinly across all of his women so I would be frustrated by that. I'd want more.
Susan Shaw - rock'n'roll drummer and gospel/bluegrass singer
I discovered Elvis when I was a teenager. I love Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Elvis' voice has the love-tone. It's so rich and warm and sexy. I love the Sun recordings (from the '50s) especially.You can see a vulnerability in Elvis that women love. Little Richard was amazing but no one could handle a crazy gay piano player being sexy. Elvis knew exactly what was needed.As a drummer I love D.J. Fontana; that Sun sound is something I will often try and emulate in recording. I've stuck a wallet under the snare drums to get a certain sound like they did.I grew up in a Johnny Cash household. I have a funny video of him impersonating Elvis and he acted really faggy. My husband, who is a big Elvis fan, said that's a bit rough. But I said not really, because Johnny Cash was always a man and Elvis was a bit of a boy and a bit effeminate.I remember coming home from school and hearing on the radio Elvis had died and being saddened to live in a world without him - it was later that I fully appreciated him and realised that he does live on.When he was married to Priscilla would you have slept with him?OK what year was it? 1967? He's still hot, right? And I'm single? Yeah, absolutely.Tanya Lee, Sherry Rich, Jane Dust and Susan Shaw and others including Collard Greens and Gravy and Sarah Carroll will perform Thursday, August 16, at the Corner Hotel, Richmond, for A Tribute to Elvis - The 30th Anniversary.
Wednesday 8 August 2007................the countdown continues............3 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
Sonny West talks to EIN: Sonny West needs no introduction to Elvis fans. As one of the members of the iconic Memphis Mafia, Sonny was a close friend to Elvis over many years. Accordingly, Sonny has many great stories to share with fans and many rare insights to offer about the real Elvis Presley, not to mention Sonny's own very interesting life since Elvis' death in 1977. In part 1 of a long interview with EIN, Sonny talks about:
his new book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business
where fans can meet him during Elvis Week 2007
the Sonny West story why he Red, and Dave Hebler wrote Elvis: What Happened?Priscilla and Ann-Margret recounts experiences of life around Elvisdid Elvis have a self-destructive personality?the film offer by Barbra Streisand his last contact with Elvis
Elvis and those racism rumors (Interview, Source: EIN)
It’s THAT time of year......... After months of deliberation, it has finally come to me what I want to do for the 30th Anniversary, Aug 16th Event. Of course it all came to me in the 11th hour and is nearly impossible to pull off (and everyone is definitely letting me know that) REGARDLESS, I am on the case myself pretty much 24/7.... It's no simple task as it involves many people and many things and all at the last minute. The opposition at almost every turn has been UN ****ING BELIEVABLE but there are also some amazing people who are helping me pull this together out of good will for absolutely nothing in return. I LOVE THOSE PEOPLE MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW!!! I wanted whatever I do to mean something, this is NO easy task. Wish me luck I need it, ~LMP (Lisa Presley's World, Source: Elvis Express Radio)
Artwork for CD releases: Here are the covers of two "Elvis And Friends" compilations which were released on April 30, 2007. The Cheapolata label released a 5 disc "Elvis And Friends" compilation while the Legends & Co label released a single disc compilation.
"Don't Be Cruel" is a 2 CD set released on the Black Box label on April 30, 2007 featuring just Elvis. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Joseph Pirzada interview update: EIN had intended publishing part 2 of our controversial interview with Joseph Pirzada after Elvis Week. We now intend publishing it in September in order to also include discussion of Joseph's latest project which will be announced shortly. Part 2 of the interview will include Joseph's response to issues raised after part 1 of the interview, the MRS Tupelo set, My Baby Left Me single release and Joseph's next project.
Sound Archives boasts large Elvis collection: Even the most devoted Elvis Presley fan would have a hard time matching Bill Schurk's collection of the King in words and music.Schurk, Bowling Green State University's sound recordings archivist, figures he has more than 200 books about Elvis, as well as 283 recordings-LPs and compact discs alone-featuring Presley or others singing his songs. It's all in BGSU's 40-year-old Sound Recordings Archives, where the 100,000th item to be cataloged, in January 2004, was the 2003 LP Elvis 2nd to None-a title that remains appropriate, says Schurk, who chose the recording for the milestone.“He's as popular as ever,” the archivist adds about Elvis, who died 30 years ago Aug. 16. As evidence, he cites the recent announcement of a planned overhaul of Graceland, Presley's Memphis mansion and, since his death, tourist attraction.
“His fan base started early,” according to Schurk, who says the people who became Elvis fans as teenagers or younger more than 50 years ago “are passing the baton” now to their grandchildren. Elvis, he continues, crossed the boundaries of one type of music and is among the select performers whose interpretation of songs inspires ongoing interest and curiosity in listeners. “There's always a new wonderment,” he says. (News, Source: Newswise Art)
Suzanna Leigh banned from Sirius Radio "Elvis" channel: It appears politics has again raised its ugly head as this report from Elvis World's Bill E. Burk suggests:
A very angry Suzanna Leigh called EW on 2 August to report she has been banned from appearances on Sirius Radio's Elvis channel. This after she had appeared on the George Klein show the past two weekends.
Suzanna, who co-starred with Elvis in "Paradise Hawaiian Style," is staging a 3-day meeting of Elvis co-stars 16-18 August in Memphis. She had been invited back to hype her show on Sirius, but on arrival, was told she was now banned from all future Sirius shows. Said the order came from "on high." Furious.
Well, Suzanna, join the crowd. I was invited to go on Sirius before Elvis Week 2006; told we would schedule my appearance "next week." When "next week" came and went, I tried reaching the program director, who has, still today, not replied to my phone calls or e-mails.
And I doubt Elvis fans are EVER going to hear the voices of Lamar Fike, Marty Lacker, or Elvis' cousin, Billy Smith, who was perhaps the best friend Elvis had amongst the Memphis Mafia.
It seems unless you sing the "official" tune, your chances of landing on Sirius are twofold: SLIM and NONE. No, make that ONEfold!
And yet -- you people have long read my writings on Elvis. Have I EVER written anything bad about him; anything untruthful about him ??? (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis special on Finnish radio: Finnish National Broadcasting company Yleisradio will respect the memory of Elvis on this weekend. Between Friday and Saturday, radio channel called Radio Suomi will broadcast Elvis special from 0.05 PM to 5.00 AM. Finnish timezone is UTC +2. Radio Suomi is the most popular Finnish radio station. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Prince visits Tupelo: Jim Beane has dished up some of his finest pork barbecue for some famous folk, but never a prince.
"We have now," Beane said after last week's visit from Prince Albert of Monaco.
The prince dropped in on Tupelo to pay homage to Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. He called for lunch at Beane's place as his plane landed at the Tupelo Regional Airport on Thursday. "I was here when he called," said Beane, who had to leave before the prince picked up his call-in order for lunch.
Albert, the son of the late Princess Grace and her husband, the late Prince Rainier, tooled around town with his entourage of about 10. One of his stops was the Elvis Presley Birthplace, where he spent about two hours and loaded up on goodies from the gift shop.
"He was really nice," said Rhonda Lamb, who works in the gift shop.
Dick Guyton, director of the birthplace, said he hasn't seen royalty at the site in the five year he has been director. Nobody at the birthplace knew of the prince's visit until that morning "probably 1 1/2 hours before he arrived."
Albert visited the museum, the little house and the chapel. The folks at the birthplace gave the prince a T-shirt and a small statue of Elvis at age 13. After paying respects to the Elvis birthplace in August, the 30th anniversary of his death, the visitors ventured to Tupelo Hardware, where owner George Booth was surprised by the visit.
"He was very nice," Booth said. "He was wearing a white shirt, khaki shorts and tennis shoes."
Booth didn't recognize any other of the members of the group. Of course, Albert wanted to know about Elvis' first guitar, which was purchased from the hardware store.
"It was a very nice visit," Booth said. (News, Source: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
Croner Elvis Poll Reveals Employees’ ‘Suspicious Minds’: On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (16 August), an online poll by workplace experts Croner has revealed that almost a quarter of employees felt they were ‘caught in a trap’ at work.
Twenty four per cent of people who responded to a Croner email questionnaire said that the Elvis classic ‘Suspicious Minds’ was the song that best described their workplace. They felt that their workplace was dominated by office politics and littered with unsupportive colleagues, many of whom would stab them in the back to advance their own careers or who had received undeserved promotions.
Others (13% of respondents) felt ‘All Shook Up’ by work because they were too worried or stressed by not being able to keep to deadlines.
When asked about their boss, the poll did show that 13 per cent of employees had a manager who recognised people’s skills and took them with them as they move up and on in their own careers - ‘Goodluck Charm’ was the Elvis song most people felt appropriate here.
However, 11% of respondents were not so complimentary likening their boss to the classic 1970 Number One hit ‘The Wonder of You’ - somebody who favoured some colleagues over others. Only 5% of those asked felt their boss had a ‘Wooden Heart’.
Although a light hearted look at employees’ attitudes towards the workplace, Croner believes the results have revealed some interesting themes that bosses ignore at their peril. Richard Smith, employment services director at Croner, said: “The results serve as a timely reminder that 30 years on from Elvis’s death there are still issues in the workplace that employers need to be aware of and deal with.
“Stress and feelings of loneliness, isolation and being trapped are as pertinent today as they were in 1977 - perhaps even more so in modern Britain where the pressure to succeed and long hours worked mean that career-minded individuals push themselves to the limit.
“Employers need to be alert to the dangers and develop strategies for tackling any issues that employees have before they become really serious problems and start to undermine employees’ confidence and feelings of worth and value.” (News, Source: onrec.com)
Suspicious Minds tops poll of best Elvis songs: "Suspicious Minds," Elvis Presley’s last No. 1 U.S. record, has been named his best song in a new British poll, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. The Radio Times survey asked 12,000 fans to name their favorite Presley songs, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the music legend’s death Aug. 16.
"Jailhouse Rock" and "Always on My Mind" followed a close second and third, with "In the Ghetto" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" rounding out the top five.
Although 63 percent of those who participated in the poll said they preferred the King of Rock and Roll when he was young and sexy in the 1950s to when he was older and working the Vegas circuit in the 1970s, 32 percent of his fans said they loved him either way. Radio Times columnist Stuart Macone said Presley would still be revered if he was alive today.
"Elvis would be in his 70s, reborn as a Mount Rushmore-style icon of America," Macone said. "He’d have played an emotional blinder at Live Aid." (News, Source: UPI)
Elvis/VH1 Save The Music Shoe: PSDI USA, manufacturers of the celebrity coveted Ed Hardy Shoes, Christian Audigier Shoes and Elvis Shoes, announced today that Elvis Shoes will partner with the VH1 Save The Music to produce an exclusive limited edition Elvis/VH1 Save The Music Shoe supporting the launch of the new Elvis Shoes collection. These limited edition shoes will be available nationwide for Holiday 2007 marking the successful launch of the Elvis Shoes collection.
As part of the partnership, PSDI USA and Elvis Shoes will donate at least $10,000 to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation from the sale of the exclusive limited edition Elvis VH1 Save The Music shoes.
The Elvis Shoes "Future Rock Royalty" ad campaign embodies the spirit of personal creativity and self-expression inherent to the King of Rock 'N' Roll and the Elvis Shoes collection. The Elvis footwear collection marks the first ever signature footwear collection inspired by the King of Rock 'N' Roll. The collection is made possible through a licensing arrangement with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
The Elvis Shoes Fall 2007 collection evokes the spirit of the famous and groundbreaking 68' Comeback Special, in which Elvis(TM) rocked the nation in an all black leather suit. PSDI USA evokes this same bold spirit in the line accompanied by bold bright accents and metallic details and shine. Throughout the line PSDI USA will continue the ELVIS(TM) status crown symbol, the Lion's Den crest and Gothic "E" signature marques.
Elvis Shoes will introduce a series of print ads to support the campaign launch. The rising underground music artists selected for the "Future Rock Royalty" ad campaign were selected for their ability to inspire a generation of musicians, poets, and children through their music and for their iconic personal style, all of which Elvis Shoes collection of footwear represents.(News, Source: Elites TV)
Tuesday 7 August 2007................the countdown continues............4 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
Ernst Jorgensen responds to October FTD rumours: Apparently the British Fan Club has published that the October FTD releases are Girls! Girls! Girls! (single CD) and Pot Luck (2CD). Andylon Lensen from EP Gold contacted Ernst who has indicated decisions are yet to be made on the October releases. He also said there will be no soundboard album in October. Stay tuned. (News, Source: EP Gold)
Elvis feature in Record Collector magazine: The October 2007 edition of the UK published Record Collector includes a 12 pages feature on The King. (News, Source: Maurice Colgan/EP Gold)
Warner Bros DVDs now shipping: The Warner Bros Elvis DVD releases are now shipping from online retailers including Amazon. The Hollywood Collection boxset contains Charro; Tickle Me; Girl Happy; Kissin' Cousins; Live A Little, Love A Little; and Stay Away, Joe. Each of the films is also available individually. (News, Source: Amazon)
Aussie retailer "out of stock" of new DVDs: Meanwhile the online retailer, EzyDVD, is already temporarily out of stock of the Elvis DVD titles released "downunder" yesterday. Also released yesterday "downunder" was the documentary DVD Altered By Elvis (News, Source: EZYDVD/EIN)
Chart update: The new "Elvis The Essential" compilation is a new entry at #12 in the French official Top 40 compilation albums chart this week. In Sweden the "Elvis Love Me Tender" DVD has once again re-entered the Top 20 Music DVD chart at #16 and has now charted for 24 weeks. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Alternative cover to Elvis DVD set: The online retailer, Barnes & Noble, shows a different cover for the boxset from Paramount (see earlier artwork in yesterday's news). (News, Source: B&N/Elvis News)
More budget CD releases:Here are four new budget compilations with famous titles: "Hound Dog", "That's All Right", "Heartbreak Hotel" and the 3CD box "Love Me Tender". (News, Source: Elvis Corner/ Elvis News)
Recent book release: Published in the US in June 2007 was "Health and Happiness Elvis Style: Building a better planet through Elvisness".
Written by Kristi Weldon and released by BookSurge Publishing, the 188 page book is apparently a collection of platitudes based on Elvis' life and music. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
WHBQ vault opened: WHBQ Memphis famous radio an TV station has opened its video vault for every Elvis fan as a tribute to the man on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his passing, to watch some very interresting videos indeed.(News, Source: Elvis News)
Two "Suspicious Minds" CD singles: There will be two CD-single editions of the "Suspicious Minds" single reissue, one vinyl reissue and an iTunes exclusive download.
Standard CD: cat no 88697122372 (9) released Thu 16 Aug – Numbered limited edition:
1. Suspicious Minds
2. You'll Think Of Me
3. Suspicious Minds (Alt. take 7)
10” : cat no 88697122371 (2) released Thu 16 Aug – Numbered limited edition
A. Suspicious Minds
B1. You'll Think Of Me
B2. Suspicious Minds (Alt. take 7)
2 Track CD : cat no 88697147212 (7) released Thu 16 Aug – Not limited
1. Suspicious Minds
2. You'll Think Of Me (Alt take 7)*
iTunes Exclusive : G10001218458M / 88888239365 / released Mon 13 Aug
1. Suspicious Minds
2. You'll Think Of Me
3. Suspicious Minds (Alt. take 7)
4. Do You Know Who I Am (Alt. take 5)* (News, Source: Noble PR/Elvis News)
Another "Early Years" album: The Dutch Kruitvat chain of drug stores added another budget compilation to their site. For 3.89 euro can get get the 3 CD set "Early Years".
CD 1:1. Love Me Tender 2. Any Way You Want Me 3. Rip It Up 4. Love Me Tender 5. Long Tall Sally 6. Paralyzed 7. So Glad You're Mine 8. Old Shep 9. Poor Boy 10. Ready Teddy 11. Anyplace Is Paradise 12. How's The World Treating You 13. How Do You Think I Feel 14. We're Gonna Move 15. Tutti Frutti
CD 2:1. Just Because 2. I'm Counting On You 3. One Sided Love Affair 4. Trying To Get You 5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry 6. I'll Never Let You Go 7. I Love You Because 8. Blue Moon 9. Money Honey 10. I Want You I Need You I Love You 11. My Baby Left Me 12. Hound Dog 13. Don't Be Cruel 14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 15. Shake, Rattle And Roll
CD 3:1. That's All Right Mama 2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 3. Good Rockin' Tonight 4. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 5. Milk Cow Blues Boogy 6. You're A Heartbreaker 7. Baby Let's Play House 8. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone 9. Mystery Train 10. I Forgot To Remember To Forget 11. Heartbreak Hotel 12. Let Me 13. Blue Suede Shoes 14. First In Line 15. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (News, Source: Source: Kruidvat Entertainment /Elvis News)
No Elvis ebb as 30th anniversary approaches: Although the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death is not until Aug. 16, DVD distributors are feeding the Elvis appetite now.Already in stores is the four-movie Elvis (MGM, $39.98), with Kid Galahad, Clambake, Follow That Dream and Frankie and Johnny. Tuesday will find 24 Elvis titles on DVD, including Paramount's blue-suede boxed, eight-movie Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection ($76.99, or $12 individually) and Warner's Elvis: The Hollywood Collection, with six movies ($49.92 for the box, $12.97 individually). (See the accompanying list for titles).There are also new editions of Elvis landmarks like Viva Las Vegas ($19.97) and Jailhouse Rock ($19.97), a set of Elvis: That's the Way It Is with both the 1970 and 2000 versions ($20.97) and a new-to-DVD This Is Elvis, with both the 1981 original and the 1983 expanded version ($20.97).Of course, how much this matters depends on how much you care about the King. (For example, have you really been longing for the widescreen version of Charro? Or for Girl Happy and Kissin' Cousins with restored songs cut from the original versions?) I care enough to have dipped into some movies, but skipped plenty of others.
But people with a sense of humor and a strong stomach may want to venture outside the Elvis canon for the funny, twisted Bubba Ho-Tep. It has Elvis (Bruce Campbell) living in a nursing home and battling a 3,000-year-old mummy. The latest DVD release of it (MGM, $22.98, in stores Tuesday) contains the extras from an earlier DVD version, but a nice DVD sleeve resembling one of the King's sequined jackets. (News, Source: ohio.com)
"The SUN Recordings" single album release: The Chrome Dreams label will release a single disc edition of their original 2CD compilation "The SUN Recordings". (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Elvis News)
Monday 6 August 2007................the countdown continues............5 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
Elvis set to top charts again: August 16th will mark the thirtieth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s untimely death, and what better way to celebrate than by re-releasing some of his most famous songs for a monstrous profits. Man, I love record labels. The campaign will be focused primarily in the U.K. and will mainly target collectors. This is just the type of rampant bottom line exploitation of deceased artists that I would normally rail against, but we’re talking about Elvis Presley here. Any reason to celebrate his heavenly voice is gyratingly OK with me.
According to Billboard, the reissues will come one at a time over eighteen weeks. This brilliant marketing strategy should mirror the success of the 2005 Presley re-release extravaganza that saw all of the limited editions jump into the top 5. A full list of song choices is yet to be released, but it has been confirmed that gems like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes” will be featured. The collection kicks off with “Suspicious Minds” on August 16th. Each CD is individually numbered; so, I would suggest that you head to the record store shortly after that. (News, Source; Mark Rawden, CB Music)
Remembering the "real" Elvis: In the early Seventies Elvis Presley's record label, RCA, released an album of unreleased outtakes called A Legendary Performer. When it outsold his new album of maudlin country ballads the singer must have felt he had begun to lose the battle with his own myth. Trapped inside Graceland, the Memphis mansion that was half home, half prison, the humble country boy who had done more than anyone to invent teen culture became overweight and suffered severe depression. To the outside world, though, he was still the ultimate superstar, the invincible King of Rock'n'Roll.
Eighteen months before he died Elvis told his producer, Felton Jarvis: "I'm so tired of being Elvis Presley." Thirty years after the death of the man, the icon remains as strong as a crucifix. The person behind the curling lip, the real Elvis, remains nothing as straightforward as the image. In innumerous books, he is variously described as generous, charming, sensitive, narcissistic, self-destructive and paranoid. Sam Phillips, the producer at Sun Records who first recorded him in 1954, remembered Elvis, even at the outset, as having "the greatest inferiority complex of any person, black or white, that I had worked with. He was a total loner. He kind of felt locked out."
The fact that he survived his stillborn twin brother may have led to feelings of guilt and incompleteness from the beginning. It could also explain the strong ties Elvis had to his mother (who almost died giving birth) and his pack of surrogate brothers – the Memphis Mafia – who lived with him at Graceland even after he married. When his mother died at 42, just as Elvis was set to do a stint in the Army that he was convinced would destroy his career, the sense of isolation grew.
One of his Memphis brethren was Jerry Schilling, who met Elvis playing football when he was just 12 in 1954. By 1965 Schilling was in his hero's employ, at a time when Elvis had been eclipsed by the Beatles and Bob Dylan and was rapidly becoming an anachronism who churned out vapid movies. "He wanted to grow like any of us," says Schilling, "but the machinery wasn't built that way."
Trapped by his manager Colonel Tom Parker into a Hollywood contract that required three movies a year, there was barely time to sing enough songs for the soundtracks, let alone anything worthwhile. In the year of Rubber Soul and Like a Rolling Stone, the King Rocker was singing Do the Clamand Petunia the Gardener's Daughter. No wonder he was looking for a way out. That option arrived in the unlikely guise of a hairdresser called Larry Geller. "We were just good old boys," says Schilling of the Memphis Mafia. "We talked about girls, football, but Elvis was a real thinker. Larry gave him an outlet. He could explore his spiritual side." Soon Geller and Elvis were investigating astrologyand philosophy.
"Most of the guys didn't want to read a book. They gave Larry a rough time." One day in 1966, staring at clouds, Elvis became overcome with emotion – a cloud had begun looking like Joseph Stalin, then mutated into Jesus. How could he carry on making those dumb movies, he asked Geller, after seeing the face of God? When the story got back to Colonel Parker, he told Elvis to get off his religious kick. A hurt Elvis snarled back: "My life is not a kick."
The Colonel's response was to oust Geller and force his singer to perform the demeaning Yoga is as Yoga Does in his next movie. While girls fell at his feet, Elvis was unlucky in love. He thought he had found the real thing with a young teenager called Priscilla Beaulieu but, just as he promised himself to her, met the actress Ann-Margret on the set of Viva Las Vegas in 1964 and, according to many, discovered what true love was all about. They even discussed marriage. "Elvis wanted the Colonel to manage Ann-Margret," says Ernst Jorgenson, sleevenote writer and the man entrusted with the Elvis tape vaults. "But when the Colonel explained that his time would be split 50-50 between them, Elvis thought it was not such a good idea."
Elvis and Priscilla married in 1967 and divorced in '72. A biographer, Paul Simpson, calls this the "golden age of Elvisness". It included his first (and only significant) refusal to bow to the Colonel's demands, when he made the electrifying 1968 "comeback special" rather than sing a bunch of corny Christmas songs, as well as his return to Memphis to record such classics as In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds. The divorce, though, seemed to be a tipping point. He began to immerse himself in autobiographical ballads ( Always on my Mind, Separate Ways) and self-pity.
At one of his Vegas shows the spotlight fell on Ann-Margret in the audience. "Leave the light on her, man," mumbled Elvis, "I just want to look at her." While the songs of these twilight years are often dismissed as schmaltz, they are just as much a part of the real Elvis as Jailhouse Rock or Hound Dog. Elvis's taste in music extended way beyond the R&B/hillbilly fusion that made his name. His record collection stretched from Eddy Arnold, Mario Lanza and Judy Garland to the Animals and Otis Redding.
But-gospel remained his music of choice and often brought out his best performances – the fire he poured into mid-Seventies renditions of Hurt and Unchained Melody was normally reserved for numbers such as How Great Thou Art and the show-stopping American Trilogy. Something first touched upon in Albert Goldman's scurrilous biography Elviswas the King's odd relationship with women. In Peter Guralnick's Careless Lovea queue of women tell similar stories of arrested development, openness and naivety. He tells Barbara Leigh "his entire life story, from the first time he wrestled with a girl in the yard and saw her little white panties"; he calls Linda Thompson "Mommy".
Sheila Carter tells Guralnick: "He was into the romance. We would go out onto the balcony and he would sing songs to me. We had sex, but what he liked best was the petting, the kissing. It was adolescent." Priscilla undoubtedly would have received the same treatment. When she left her husband in 1971 for Mike Stone she said publicly that her new beau was "a real man" who treated her "like a woman". Elvis – who gave her the pet name Little – unsurprisingly freaked, and toyed with the idea of taking out a contract on Stone. Maybe this public humiliation explains his distaste for performing one of his biggest latterday hits, I'm just a hunka hunka burning love.
Teddy Bear would have seemed more appropriate. By the Seventies, his obsession with philosophy had morphed into one with karate. He had leading practitioner, Kang Rhee, flown in to Las Vegas for round-the-clock instruction. As the possibility of touring outside the States was continually thwarted by Colonel Parker (an illegal immigrant, as Elvis discovered very late in his career), his frequent Vegas shows became punctuated by weird monologues, karate exhibitions and comedy. Once he rode on stage on the back of the Mafia man Lamar Fike with a toy monkey attached to his neck and sang an X-rated version of Love Me Tender.
In 1970 he even forced a meeting at the White House with Nixon, in which he ranted about the Beatles and gave the President a Colt .45 pistol as a gift. Such incidents laid bare the medication abuse that insiders had known about for years. After the Aloha From Hawaii show, his last real success, broadcast live by satellite to more than a billion people, a combination of pain pills, liquid Demerol and heavy-duty depressants, caused a reaction that led to throat and lung congestion, and so to further medication. Red West once asked: "How do you protect a man from himself?
The wonder was not when he died, but the fact that Elvis could die at all. Only the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, has caused such shock and bewilderment since. Looking at the reissued documentary This is Elvis, his later performances are almost physically painful to watch. The only explanation for why he is performing in public rather than lying in a hospital bed is that no one could entertain the idea of Elvis ever dying. As you hear him struggle through My Way, it seems that Elvis Presley was the only person in the world who was aware of his mortality.
— Jerry Schilling's Me and a Guy Named Elvis is published by Viking. The single Heartbreak Hotel is reissued on August 13 (SonyBMG) (News, Source: Bob Stanley, The Times London/Naveen Verghese)
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ELVIS! Collection: Paramount Home Entertainment / $76.99 - Elvis Presley didn't so much inhabit a character as amble through it. No matter the part, he resolutely portrayed the country kid who made good, his hair a slicked, unyielding coif, his gyrations and self-satisfied sneer irresistible to every woman who crossed his path.
The formula is solidly evident in eight Presley movies set for release Tuesday on DVD to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death: King Creole (1958), G.I. Blues (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961), Roustabout (1964), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Fun in Acapulco (1963), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) and Easy Come, Easy Go (1967).
In most of his 31 films, panned at the time but profitable, the ever-cool, photogenic Presley breaks into song at every opportunity, usually backed by a band he has ostensibly just encountered but with which he manages somehow to perform flawlessly.
In King Creole, at least, Presley - playing a poor busboy who gets mixed up with the New Orleans mob - stretches his acting chops, no doubt because of the prodding of director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca).
But in Girls! Girls! Girls!, filmed partly on location in Hawaii and partly - and very obviously - on a well-lighted soundstage, Presley flounders as a fishing-boat captain who spends as much time warbling tunes as he does casting for shrimp and bickering with his two love interests. (There were always at least two.) Special features: There are no special features in this set of movies packaged in a box swathed in faux blue velvet. (News, Source: baltimoresun.com)
Call for "Elvis Underground" to reform: EIN received the following message from Paul Monroe:
Attention Elvis Fans & Elvis Underground, The time has come for everyone to reunite again and become a whole again. As a member of the Elvis Underground I am sending this call out for the Gatheringites and Elvis Underground.First mainly the Gatheringites first. A very dear friend has asked me to gather you guys back up and to ask all of you to bury the hatchet and let the past be the past. This friend of mine has confided in me and is asking the one favor of me.You all know me as Paul Monroe.
I am not the same Paul Monroe as you have seen and heard online. I have turned a new leaf and offer a heart felted apology to each and every person that I have offended or upset over the years and I am asking your forgiveness and I am writing this for the whole Elvis community to see to show that I am being honest and upfront about this. It was been 30 years since that tragic day in Memphis and I the time has come for everyone to come together again for the same common goal.
And that is Elvis Presley and I know there have been many of you who have been hurt by people and people who you thought was friends.I apologize that these people have hurt you and I know there is no way I can fix this for everyone who has been hurt other than to offer my hand in friendship to each and everyone of you. This friend has assured me that all will go as planned.There will be a website coming up soon with the truth as it should be told.
I am not asking for anything other than a few minutes of your time and an open ear and mind.We at one time all shared the same common goal and we all use to talk and share our stories and thoughts and we all use to get along just fine and then people came along and ruined that for us. Now I know there are many of you who are still upset and hurt by the things people have done to you and I dont blame you one bit. I myself was very angry and lashed out at many of you in anger and said things to you and about your families and I deeply and wholeheartedly apologize. And if I could go back and change this or take things back I would do it in a heartbeat.Although I cannot do that all I can so it try to fix things the best way I can and I know it will take some time to for many of you to trust me and trust others.And thats all I ask is for a chance to show that I have turned over a new leaf and outlook at life and at people in general.
Life is too short to be angry at someone who hurt you or upset you. I have learned to take the good with the bad and to not let what others say or thing cloud my judgement about others. Yet I did this in the past and I was so very wrong and had no right saying and doing things that I did. Also my friend who as asked this of me believes me and has been shown that I am doing what I said I have.I have given more than one public and personal apologies to numerous people and many have accepted and many have asked for time to see that I have changed.
As for The Gatheringites this friend will explain everything to you and will set your minds at ease with me and with everything I am asking of you. Gail,Mary,Linda and the rest of you who were Gatheringites please come together for this cause and to give things another chance and if you do this and feel that it is not for you then I will not hold any hard feelings towards you and will completely understand. But all I ask is for you to listen to what this friend has to say and if you dont agree then you are free to walk away.
I am giving my cell and personal line and emal to show you that I am being very honest about this and to also personally apologize to each and everyone of you who have been hurt,conned or been betrayed by someone in the Elvis world.I believed that people are subject to change and would like to prove to you that it is possible to do so.
Also if you are a Gatheringite or once was one I would like for you to contact me by phone or email so I may tell you where we are going to meetup online and there you will have the chance to listen to someone very special and close to me. This friend will explain things to you as well as giving proof. So please take a few minutes of your time to do this and I will assure you it will not be a waste of time. If you are a Gatheringite or know of one please forward this to them and tell your friends.
I know this will not be easy for some of you but I am come bearing a white flag in hand and an open and changed heart and mind. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your time reading this and hopefully responding to this and giving it one last go for the Elvis Underground to become 1 again and knock off those negative things that have been tagged to each and everyone of us. If you can find it in your heart to do so I would greatly appreciate it and my special friend also appreciate it. Thank You again and may God Bless each and everyone of you. I can assure you this is no joke and this is no con. I'm just asking for a minute of your time and an open ear and heart for someone who would like to say a few words to each and everyone of you. Thank You, Paul Monroe
"The Elvis Effect": Recently finished on BBC Radio 4 is the documentary "The Elvis Effect". David Stafford investigates the phenomenon of the Elvis Presley brand. Thirty years after his death, Elvis is still winning awards, breaking box office records and entertaining an ever-expanding fan base. Academics believe that he is more culturally significant today than when he was alive. Stafford profiles the King and visits some of the key locations in his legendary life. They include the two-roomed shack in Tupelo, Mississippi where he was born, and the famous mansion, Graceland, where he died. Download THE ELVIS EFFECT [part 1](News, Source: BBC Radio 4 /www.elvis-express.com)
Places in the Elvis world - Tupelo, Mississippi: Population: 35,000
How to get there: Visitors -- 50,000 annually according to the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau folks -- come from the likes of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland and 42 states to Tupelo, traveling by bus, plane or car. Some fans fly into Memphis and rent a car, driving one hour south on U.S. 78 to Tupelo. Or if little planes don't freak them out, they fly into Tupelo Regional Airport, serviced by Northwest Airlink and ASA Delta Connection.
Significance in the King's life: Born to Gladys and Vernon Elvis, this is where Elvis Aaron Presley let out his first cry to the world on Jan. 8, 1935, in a quaint two-room house. His twin brother, Jesse Garon, didn't survive. Elvis lived humbly in the $180 house built by his father, grandfather and uncle during the Depression. This also is the town to retrace young Elvis' footsteps, his roots -- where he went to school, praised the Lord, hung out, where he purchased his first guitar and crooned to a record crowd at the Tupelo Fairgrounds in 1956 and 1957.
Don't miss: Eating a barbecue pork sandwich layered with a pickle and mustard and sipping a Coke at Johnnie's Drive-In Bar-B-Q, Elvis' favorite hang out. Take a tour of the Elvis Presley Birthplace. The homeplace features the original home, a museum, a sweet, little memorial chapel filled with the sound of Elvis singing gospel as well as stained glass windows, and memorabilia. "This is quite different than Graceland," says Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace. "They are portraying the entertainer. We do the little boy Elvis -- the unknown Elvis."
Channel Elvis by: Standing on the "X" where he bought his first guitar at a counter in the Tupelo Hardware Store, run by George Booth Jr. As the story goes, Elvis didn't have guitar playing on his mind. He wanted a .22-caliber rifle, but his mother nixed that idea and told him to buy a guitar. In this instance, a mother did know best.
Events to remember: The annual Elvis Presley Festival in June and Fan Appreciation Day, which will be Saturday. (News, Source: Lisa Lenoir, Sun Times News Group)
Places in the Elvis world - Place: Las Vegas, Nevada:Population: 1.1 million
How to get there: Take to the skies. Chicago is second only to Los Angeles in numbers of flights to the desert city. The convention and visitor's bureau has a wealth of information available, but every hotel concierge or front-desk clerk will be able to assist you with must-see attractions.
Significance in the King's life: This is where Elvis Presley delivered a great deal of his concert performances between 1969 and 1977. His home base was an entire floor of the International Hotel, which later became the Las Vegas Hilton. It was at the International that Presley returned to live concerts on July 31, 1969, with a four-week, 57-show, sold out engagement in the hotel's 1,500-seat showroom (he hadn't performed in concert since 1961).
His last Las Vegas performance was Dec. 12, 1976. In all, the King played to more than 2.5 million people on the showroom stage, in 837 sold-out shows over eight years.
Don't miss: The bronze lifesize statue of Elvis in the Hilton's lobby.
Channel Elvis by: Visiting the Little Church of the West, 4617 Las Vegas Blvd. S., (702) 739-7971. The tiny wooden structure was used for the final scene in "Viva Las Vegas" as Presley and Ann-Margret exit the church on their wedding day. It's nicely appointed and used for non-denominational weddings (up to 75 guests can be accommodated; Betty Grable and Harry James were the first Hollywood couple to get hitched there). The church is on the National Registry of Historical Places -- it's the oldest remaining structure on the Strip, constructed in 1942.
Or, you can try to feel the King's presence as you stand on the property that is now Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. It was formerly the site of the Aladdin Hotel where Elvis married Priscilla in 1967. (News, Source: Miriam Di Nunzio, Sun Times News Group)
Sunday 5 August 2007................the countdown continues............6 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
Larry King Live from Graceland: An entire edition of CNN's Larry King Live will emanate live from inside Graceland Mansion at 8:00 PM Eastern on August 15, 2007.
From the CNN site: His guest will be Priscilla Presley. The production values of this editon will far exceed any of the shows King has ever devoted to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, so do not miss it!
Check your local listings in the USA and abroad for the live first run and subsequent rerun that evening. Additional runs in the months ahead are likely.
Want to participate in the program? The producers invite you to e-mail your ideas for questions for Larry King to ask Priscilla. Just go the the Larry King Live homepage look to the right and scroll down to the section with the photo of Elvis to find the link for sending your message. (News, Source: CNN / Charmaine Voisine)
Elvis in Now Dig This: The August edition of Now Dig This magazine features a ten pages feature on Elvis to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. It includes Gordon Minto reflecting on how Elvis was marketed over three decades, people choosing their favourite Elvis records, some photos and an interview with Chuck Wiginton who played just one show with Elvis in 1957.
It also has the 3 April 1957 interview in from Ottawa Canada. (News, Source: FECC board)
Elvis - the Lost Roots (Part 1): IT FEELS a little silly to be knocking on the door of an Aberdeenshire council house, when your mission is to track down any remaining traces of an American icon who changed the world.And sure enough, Denis McDonald greets my enquiry with a gentle chortle. Over the years,the building contractor, who has come to the door in his slippers, has fielded plenty of questions from pilgrims who have been blown this far north in their search for an Elvis Presley connection.Now he stands, hands tucked into his boiler suit, surveying the row of one-and-a-half-storey houses.
"Well," he says in a drawling Doric accent. "It isn't Memphis is it?" Lonmay is, indeed, a long way from Graceland. But this parish, it is generally agreed, is where the ancestors of Elvis Presley - the king of rock'n'roll - have their roots. Not that you would know it to look at the place.This small cluster of council houses is a staging post on the way towards the bigger Aberdeenshire towns of Fraserburgh and Peterhead. The settlement itself is an artifice, a combination of farm buildings and modern bungalows that took the name from a railway stop. But while the last train from Lonmay left several years ago, thanks to some determined genealogical research and the chance pattern of emigration, it has now been woven into the mythology that surrounds the name of Elvis.
From time to time, drivers can be seen pulling over on the busy A90 to have their picture taken next to the road sign. Otherwise, there is little for a rock'n'roll pilgrim to find in Lonmay. There was a flurry of publicity a few years ago, when it was firmly established that the Pressleys of Lonmay were the same as the Presleys of Tupelo. Since then, says McDonald, the fuss has died down.The real touchstone for Elvis fans can be found about a mile away, in a graveyard down a country lane, past the old manse. Even here, there is little to see among the rows of lichen-covered headstones.
There are certainly no Presley names; the original family would have been too poor to afford tombstones. But here, beneath the seal-grey clouds and cornfields, can be found the roots of the musician who became the biggest cultural icon of the 20th century.The centrepiece of the walled graveyard is the free-standing archway that contained the door of the16thcenturyparishchurch. Beside it is a section of mortared wall that would have been part of the original building.
It was on this spot on August 27, 1713, that, according to the parish register, Andrew Presley and Elspeth Leg exchanged marriage vows. Nine of their children were recorded in the register, but it is generally accepted that there was a 10th son, Andrew, born about 1720, who made his living as a blacksmith and left Lonmay for the New World, ending up in Anson County, North Carolina, in 1745.Like most graveyards, Lonmay's is a place that lends itself to poignant reflection on the lives of the people who lie there, and the conditions that might have led their descendants to leave the land of their birth. The Presleys' is a classic emigration story: from rags to untold riches, within six generations.
In America, Andrew had a son, also called Andrew, born around 1765, and his lineage can be traced forward over 200 years to a shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley on January 8, 1935. Elvis Presley, the king of rock'n'roll, has Scottish cousins.Elvis was actually born the second of identical twins - his brother was stillborn and given the names Jesse Garon. Elvis grew up as an only child, closely bonded to his mother with whom he lived, just above the poverty line, in Tupelo and later Memphis.
From July 1954 - when he recorded That's All Right (Mama) in Sun Studios as a dedication to his mother - until his death at Graceland mansion on August16,1977, Elvis Presley shone brighter than any other star humanity has produced.Thirty years on from his death at the age of 42, he remains a potent force. As the first global superstar he became the most recognisable name and image on the planet. For those too young to remember him at the height of his powers, it is hard to imagine the impact of young Elvis's arrival. He was the first musician to marry the blues of the black south, the gospel sounds of his childhood and the country influences of America's European settlers. He was a white boy singing the blues laced with country and tinged with gospel, and he did it all with a hip-swivelling sexuality that set an agenda for a musical and cultural revolution.
Commercially he was the most successful recording artist of all time, selling over a billion records worldwide. In 2005, his estate grossed $45 million, making him the highest-earning deceased celebrity (the spot was filled by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain the following year). Thousands of fans still flock to Graceland annually. They will be there in their thousands this month for the 30th anniversary of his death. But here in Lonmay, things are strangely quiet.The original connection between the Elvis Presley family tree and Scotland was established several years ago by the writer Allan Morrison, who melded established knowledge about the singer's ancestral roots with research conducted by genealogical enthusiasts and family members in the northeast.
Previously, it had been claimed that Elvis's people hailed from Paisley, but this was never substantiated. Ireland, Wales and Germany all had claims on him before Morrison settled the dispute.Ironically, Elvis Presley only once set foot once in the land of his forefathers, during a very short stop at Prestwick airport in 1960 on his return from military service in Germany. During his lifetime, he left America just twice. In the northeast of Scotland, there are plenty of Pressleys, Preslys and others known by variations of that name. But only one of them, former Scottish golfer Jack Pressley, comes forward to say that he has made a definitive connection to the King.
The sprightly 91-year-old is a musician himself. He played saxophone and clarinet in big bands in Glasgow during the second world war, before returning to Fraserburgh to open a sports shop and concentrate on golf, one of his many passions.On the mantelpiece in Pressley's Fraserburgh living-room, there is a wedding photograph of his grandson, Steven Pressley, the Celtic defender. In front of him are several large sheets of paper, the size of sea charts, which trace his own family history back to the crossroads with the Presleys of Tupelo.
"I had this thing all rigged up but I never thought for a minute that we were connected to Elvis," he says. "Because with him spelling his name differently I assumed we were different Presleys." But when journalists turned up at his door carrying the Elvis family tree, it was a simple matter to cross-reference the Andrews in each one. Jack, though, is convinced that the researchers identified the wrong Andrew as the crucial link, and that the official story is a generation out.
"I'm sure it was the wrong Andrew they've got. It was a nephew of the Andrew that got married at Lonmay who went to America," he says, his fingers tracing the line through hundreds of years. "See here - Vernon Elvis's father and me were born in the same month in 1916 so I could be Elvis's father," says Jack, referring to parallel family lines.But while he might share genetic heritage with the King, Jack Pressley has little respect for his distant cousin's music.
"The guitar's a great instrument, Segovia and all that, but not in the hands of these idiots," says Pressley, an undoubted musical purist. "A couple of guitars and a drum, this rubbish that Elvis came out with bores me to tears. Berry, Goodman, Duke Ellington, all of them are perfect but this business with the guitars and The Beatles and all that is just gruesome stuff. There's no tone or colour, you see. They're not listening to each other." It seems rock'n'roll never made it to Fraserburgh.
LOST in genealogy, if not lost in music, Jack Pressley's own family is a testament to the continuing story of emigration from the northeast. He is expecting his eldest son, also Jack, to come home from Charlotte, North Carolina, in a few days' time. "When he moved abroad I said there wouldn't be many Pressleys there but he said there was a page-and-a-half of them in the phone book. They must have been busy, these relatives of Elvis." (this article is continued further below)
"Christmas Peace" slider pack edition: Due for release on September 25 2007 is the sliderpack budget edition of the "Christmas Peace" compilation. (News, Source: Bol.com /Elvis News)
"The King is Dood": August 16th will be a very special day for Elvis fans worldwide. ElvisMatters celebrates the music and legacy of Elvis in a special way at the Elvis shop in Turnhout (Belgium - 98 Otterstraat).
Every customer will receive a special free map with the historic front pages of August 17 and 18 1977, as printed in Belgium and The Netherlands. How did the Belgian and Dutch press react to Elvis's death, how did they portray Elvis in 1977? All and more in the special ElvisMatters map, free on August 16th, 2007. (News, Source: ElvisMatters/Elvis News)
Elvis - the Lost Roots (Part 2): A little further south, in Old Meldrum, there are a few Preslys - a different spelling - but those I speak to show little enthusiasm for the Memphis connection. "I'm no exactly sure that I'm related to him," says Jim Presly, of the Meldrum Heritage Society and a man with a keen interest in history.
"You'd really have to DNA the old man to find that out but I know the Preslys are all related in some way." When pressed, he says that his sister, who lives in Houston, is more interested in the subject than he is. One local man who knows his stuff about Elvis's Scottish ancestry turns out to be a fan of the King. Jack Pressley may have his charts, but Stuart West has the tomes on family records.
On Aberdeen's appropriately named King Street, buried in the rooms of the North East Historical Society, West has all the genealogical information he can lay hands on. West, a wanderer in his younger days, discovered that the further he travelled from Scotland, the more he became interested in Scottishness. "I came to the same conclusion as Allan Morrison way back in 1995 and 1996, by a process of deduction," says West, opening his files.
"There is lots of circumstantial evidence, although Andrew is missing from the parish register. It is very unusual for a father not to give his own name to his first son. I reckon it was just missed off the register, but he is the one.""People come in here wanting to be related to Robert the Bruce and they're a bit disappointed when they're not," adds West. But he too is somewhat taken aback by the extent to which the Scottish branch of the Presley family is underwhelmed by their connection to fame. Aberdeenshire, it seems, is more than physically distant from the hype generated by the Elvis industry.
But there is at least one local entrepreneur who has seen the value in Presley's Scottish roots. Not far from the Historical Society's headquarters, on another Aberdeen street, you will find Philip King kiltmakers, whose proprietor, Mike King, produced a special Presley Of Lonmay tartan when that parish's Elvis connection first came to light.The colours are subtle, reflecting the grey sky, green grass and yellow cornfields of the northeast. King only has a few yards of the tartan left in his shop, but in preparation for the anniversary of Elvis's death he has designed a whole new pattern.
And while Presley Of Lonmay was reflective of the place itself, Presley Modern - which is being woven as we speak - is much more of a rock'n'roll cloth."Elvis's favourite colours were black, baby blue pink and gold," says King, "so I've combined them all in the pattern."
Patiently, he explains how this unlikely combination will work: the black and blue background accentuated by a light blue overpattern and a tiny pink stripe with gold guttering. The cloth is being made in a lightweight tweed, which will bring the price of a kilt to below £300. Naturally, the outfit would not be complete without the King-designed gold sporran, which is decorated with a Scottish thistle and an American eagle. There is even a skean-dhu to match.The overall effect might be more Las Vegas than Lonmay: especially if teamed up with a pair of blue suede brogues. But if you're going to wear the Elvis Presley tartan then you have to have a certain swagger about you. A kilted Elvis is in reality no more emblematic than one in lederhosen. Elvis was of German, Scottish, Jewish and Cherokee ancestry. Everyone wants a bite of him - except, it seems, the population of rural Aberdeenshire.
Perhaps the reason that the story of Elvis's Scottish roots doesn't cause much of a stir in Lonmay is that his is just another chapter in the epic story of emigration that continues to this day. After all, everyone has to come from somewhere and it is very easy to be cut adrift from family and from roots. Stuart West spent a large part of his life abroad, Jack Pressley is waiting in Fraserburgh for his son to come home, Jim Presly is separated from his sister by the Atlantic. Sometimes, though, your relatives turn out to be closer than you think.
In Lonmay's Ban Car Hotel, Janis Joplin is coming through the loudspeakers, silver darlings (herring rolled in oatmeal) are on the menu and, in tribute to Elvis, a tailor's dummy has been decked out in Mike King's full dress Presley Of Lonmay tartan. There is a framed dedication from Glasgow fan club, The Elvis Touch, to whom the hotel plays host on alternate years. "This year they're all going to Memphis so we won't see them,"explains co-owner, Tina Gibbins.Recognising my Hebridean accent, Gibbins tells me that although she grew up on military bases around the world, her family are from the islands. Her mother came from Stornoway.
This is hardly unusual, but Gibbins seems eager to give me more information about her family.Her mother is Margaret Davies, nee McDonald, who was from Lewis. She has an 80-year-old second cousin who lives in Wellington, New Zealand.Oh, that's interesting, I say nonchalantly, noting another pinprick on the map of the Scottish diaspora and the Elvis story. But Gibbins continues: "Her cousin's name is Annie. Annie Crichton and her father, Alasdair, was from the village of Swordale on Lewis." Does that ring any bells, she asks? Of course it does.All day, I have been knocking on doors in Lonmay, searching for the lost relatives of Elvis Presley. And I have ended up finding my own. "Hello, cousin," I say. (News, Source: Sunday Herald)
Saturday 4 August 2007................the countdown continues............7 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
Invasion USA...Aussie style!: In the 1980's martial arts icon, Chuck Norris, was able to single-handedly save America from a terrorist attack. In 2007 EIN is not as sure that Chuck or anyone else can save the USA from what is about to hit its shores. EIN's tour group is now in the air and due to touch down in Los Angeles tomorrow. The Aussies are certain to shake up 'things Elvis' as Elvis Week approaches.
EIN recommends US fans watch out for Aussie t-shirts, flying boomerangs, and a group of fans very excited to be commemorating Elvis Week with other fans from around the world.. And if you see us please say hi!
Chart update: U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of August 11, 2007:
Top Country Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - down 4 to #21 Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - up 1 to #11 (sg)
Top Music Video - Elvis Lives - 25th Anniversary Concert - remains at #18
Top Comprehensive Music Video - 25th Anniversary Concert - remains at #19
Top Music Video - Elvis: 68 Comeback Special - up 13 to #20Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: 68 Comeback Special - up 13 to #21Top Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - up 14 to #16
Friday 3 August 2007................the countdown continues............8 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
"Presleyana VI" now available: The latest edition of the Jerry Osborne's acclaimed discography & price guide, Presleyana - The Elvis Presley Record, CD & Memorabilia Price Guide (Sixth Edition), is now available.Presleyana documents his music and memorabilia in much greater detail than any other book — including all speeds and formats of records, CDs, Tapes, and Non-Recorded Memorabilia to this new Edition. Presleyana VI is completely revised from cover to cover! Included in its 344 pages are MANY never-before published photos — over 90% being new. Perhaps you have already noticed the gorgeous Elvis photo, standing in front of Graceland in 1960, as one you have never seen before. It is in print here for the very first time ever! Price: $34.95. No charge for postage and handling on USA orders. (News, Source: Dan Martin)
More "A Legendary Performer" volumes: Just released are the volumes 10 and 11 in the "Legendary Performer" series. Originally this series was started by RCA in the seventies.
A few years ago the Madison label produced an additional four quality volumes after which the Wolf Call label took over with volume 9, containing material copied from other releases. Now volumes 10 and 11 have been added.
Track listing "A Legendary Performer" volume 10: All That I Am (Take 2)/Any Day Now (Take 1)/Big Boss Man (Take 2)/Blueberry Hill/Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Live 23/2-70)/Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 2)/Bringing It Back (Take 1)/Chesay (SP take)/City By Night (Alternate take)/Just Pretend (Take 2)/Kentucky Rain (Live laughing version)/Let’s Be Friends (Solo)/Let Yourself Go (Duet with The Blossoms)/Love Letters (Live 14/12-76)/Loving You (Take 3)/One Night (Live 23/2-70)/Rags To Riches (Live 31/12-76)/Shoppin’ Around//Such A Night (Live 25/3-60)/Suspicion (Without Jordaniares)/This Is The Story (Take 2)/The Girl Of My Best Friend (Take 3)/The Love Machine (Take 6)/Welcome To My World (Live 16/8-02)/What Now My Love (Live 16/8-02)
You Don’t Know Me (Movie version)
Track listing "A Legendary Performer" volume 11: A House Of Sand (SP take)/A Little Bit Of Green (Remaster long version)/A Mess Of Blues (SP take)/Adam And Evil (SP take)/C. C. Rider (Live 19/2-70)/Could I Fall In Love (Alternate harmony)/Earth Boy (SP take)/Fools Rush In (Take 9)/His Latest Flame (Take 9)/I Miss You (Take 1)/I’ve Lost You (Take 1)/Life (Take 10)/Lonely Man (Solo take 1)/Power Of My Love (Remix)/ Rubberneckin’ (Extended mix)/So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 1)/Solitaire (Take 3)/Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Take 2)/That’s All Right (Live 10/8-70)/Where Do I Go From Here (Take 5 extended)
Where No One Stands Alone (Take 1)/Working On The Building (Take 4)/You’ll Be Gone (Take 1) (News, Source: Elvis News)
German town plans Elvis festival: The town where Elvis Presley lived when he was a GI in Germany is getting all shook up for a festival to mark the 30th anniversary of the King's death this month. The three-day European Elvis Festival in Bad Nauheim near Frankfurt will feature a exhibitions, performances by Elvis tribute singers and a Cadillac parade, organizers said Wednesday.
Thousands of visitors from all over the world are expected to descend on the adjacent town of Friedberg when the event gets under way with a gospel concert on August 16, the day of his death in 1977. There will also be an open-air rock 'n' roll night, guided tours and showings of the King's films said Klaus Ruppert, vice president of the Elvis Presley Society.
Elvis served with the US 3rd Armoured Division from 1958-1960 in Freiburg, but lived off base in nearby Bad Nauheim. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
New budget releases: Several new titles have or will be released by various (until now unknown) labels in France:
July 12, 2007: "24 Original Recordings of 1956" on the Delta music label.
August 10, 2007: "250 Golden Hits", a 10 CD set on an unknown label.
August 20, 2007: "The Birth Of The King" on an unknown label.
August 21, 2007: La Legende Du King on an unknown label. (News, Source: Amazon France/Elvis News)
Ed Bonja in Europe: The expo 'I Shot Elvis' from Ed Bonja is for the first time 'on tour' outside the USA. A collection of 80 pictures, made by Elvis' official tour photographer during the 70s is displayed from august 4 to September 16 in Finland. After this the expo travels to Germany and Ireland. Bonja also tells that he will release his picture book 'Viva Vegas' in September. Although Bonja stayed with Elvis untill 1977, his last pictures dates from June 1975. Ed would not take pictures of an overweight Elvis and waited for the right moment...unfortunately it never came. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Elvis special + CD in Revolver magazine: After falling sales, "Revolver" magazine, with the help of Pinkpop Classic organisator Jan Smeets, will get a new start this month. The new magazine will change much compared to the 'old' one. In the August issue, there will be articles about Elvis, Sly Stone and Norah Jones. There will be a cd included with the title 'Elvis Lives'. Besides the 'real' Elvis, there will be songs from 'other' people with the same name: Elvis Perkins, Elvis Barker, Lady Elvis and Hot Buttered Elvis. The Dutch magazine will hit the stores on August 16. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
New edition of "Essential Elvis" CD in France: Released in France is a French edition of the "Essential Elvis" compilation. This release comes in a slipcase with completely different tracklisting, the same as the U.K and German "The King" compilation, from the standard edition of this "Essential Elvis".
CD 1:1. Suspicious Minds 2. Blue Suede Shoes 3. Jailhouse Rock 4. Love Me Tender 5. Don'T Be Cruel 6. King Creole 7. Hard Headed Woman 8. All Shook Up 9. Hound Dog 10. Too Much 11. Heartbreak Hotel 12. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 13. (Let'S Have A) Party 14. That'S All Right 15. One Night 16. (Now And Then There'S) A Fool Such As I 17. A Big Hunk O'Love 18. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 19. Crying In The Chapel 20. Stuck On You 21. Wooden Heart 22. Viva Las Vegas 23. (You'Re The) Devil In Disguise 24. Guitar Man 25. A Little Less Conversation (Jxl Single version) 26. Welcome To My World (Bonus Track)
CD 2: 1. In The Ghetto 2. Burning Love 3. Always On My Mind 4. The Wonder Of You 5. I Just Can'T Help Believin' 6. There Goes My Everything 7. You Don'T Have To Say You Love Me 8. An American Trilogy 9. Are You Lonesome Tonight ? 10. My Boy 11. Green Green Grass Of Home 12. Can'T Help Falling In Love 13. Rock A Hula Baby 14. Return To Sender 15. Don't 16. (Marie'S The Name) His Latest Flame 17. Good Luck Charm
18. Surrender 19. She'S Not You 20. A Mess Of Blues 21. It'S Now Or Never 22. Fever 23. Moody Blue 24. Way Down 25. My Way 26. If I Can Dream (Bonus Track) (News, Source: Elvis Corner/Elvis News)
Elvis Week notes:BETTY HARPER's Elvis art exhibit will be at the Elvis After Dark location in Graceland Crossing 1-5 p.m. 11 August; 10-2 12th; then at the Elvis Expo later on 12th, all day 13th, and to noon 14th.
THE ALLWARDS -- Brian and Nella -- will keep their Elvis shop at the Clarion Hotel on Brooks Road; though they also operate a table at Bob Alaniz's operation, which switches this Elvis Week from the Clarion to The Peabody.(News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"Vegas Variety" released: The Rainbow Records label release " Vegas Variety" has been released. This 2 CD contains Elvis’ 90 minutes dinner show from September 1, 1974 as recorded in Las Vegas and bonus material.
CD 1: 01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Strauss) 02 - See See Rider ( Traditional ) 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen (Charles / Traditional) 04 - Talking About GI BLues (Elvis talks) 05 - Love Me ( Leiber / Stoller) 06 - If You Love Me (Rostill) 07 - It's Midnight (Wheeler - Chesnut) 08 - Big Boss Man (Reed) 09 - Fever (Porter) 10 - I'm Leavin' (Jarrett - Charles) 11 - Softly As I Leave You (deVita - Sharper) 12 - Hound Dog (Leiber - Stoller) 13 - Polk Salad Annie (White) 14 - Band Introductions (traditional) 15 - Monologue (Elvis talks) 16 - If You Talk In Your Sleep (West - Christopher)
CD 2:01 - Karate Monologe (Elvis talks) 02 - Help Me (Gatlin) 03 - Why Me Lord (Kristofferson) 04 - Let Me Be There (Rostill) 05 - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon) 06 - Hawaiian Wedding Song (King - Hoffman - Manning) 07 - Can't help Falling In Love (Weiss - Peretti - Creatore) 08 - Closing Vamp (Traditional) 09 - Voice & Elvis - I Couldn't Live Without You (Hallin) 10 - Voice & Elvis - Bringin' It Back (Gordon) 11 - Voice & Elvis - Aubrey (Gates - Griffin) 12 - Strung Out Monologue (Elvis Talks) 13 - Strung Out Mix (Elvis Talks) 14 - Karate Monologue15 - Ed Parker Talks About Elvis (News, Source: Elvis News)
Sonny West visiting UK fans: UK fans commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death at Pride Park Football Stadium, with Elvis Presley's bodyguard Sonny West as a special guest.Elvis.co.uk are proud to announce that Elvis' bodyguard Sonny West will be their special guest at Elvis: Party In The Park on Saturday August 18, 2007 in Derby.
Sonny will be talking to fans about his time with Elvis and signing copies of his new book: Elvis Still Taking Care Of Business.Sonny West was Elvis Presley's close friend and bodyguard for nearly two decades. He witnessed Elvis's triumphant comeback in Las Vegas, was by his side throughout his gruelling concert tours in the seventies and even accompanied his boss when he made a surprise visit to President Nixon at the Whitehouse.
Sonny first met Elvis in the 1950s and began working for him in the 1960s, when he joined Elvis Presley's inner circle, known as the Memphis Mafia. Elvis also offered Sonny roles in several of his movies and helped him to secure a successful acting career in Hollywood. Elvis was also the best man at Sonny's wedding, and his wife Judy is also joining him for his only UK appearance next month at Pride Park.
An Elvis party to remember - Elvis: Party In The Park is held at Pride Park Football Stadium and hosted by Dave Richards, with an all-Elvis disco, cooked buffet dinner and live rock 'n' roll from the Hayriders. Elvis.co.uk is Europe's busiest Elvis fan site, achieving over 1 million hits per month and providing Elvis news, features, special events and an online shop with official Elvis Presley merchandise, and collectors items for fans such as the highly acclaimed Follow That Dream Collectors label.Photographs of Elvis with Sonny are also available for use. For more details, please visit http://www.elvis.co.uk(News, Source: earthtimes.org)
Thursday August 2 2007................the countdown continues............9 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
'Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley' DVD version out now: Containing the sensational recently discovered LIVE footage of Elvis' 1956 Tupelo concert, the DVD-only version has just been released. The DVD also includes further unseen footage backstage, evening show, parade and many more. Plus a never before released Elvis interview at the 1957 Tupelo show. The DVD Audio section contains 21 tracks of the two shows from Tupelo 1956 concerts. Region 0, plays worldwide. Go here for EIN's in-depth review of the DVD/Book. (News, Source; MRS)
'That's The Way It Is' 2-DVD 2007 Edition: The new 'special edition' 2007 version of TTWII is not quite as special as some fans would have hoped for. Disc 1 is the same as the TTWII SE 2000 version, and somewhat disappointingly the original TTWII film on Disc 2 is in mono.
The extra "outtakes" on disc 2 run around 40 minutes and are also in mono. The added bonus tracks are; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Eating sequence, Cattle Call/Baby Let's Play House/Don't, Farther Along, Oh Happy Day, I Just Can't Help Believin', Walk A Mile in My Shoes, I've Lost You, Sweet Caroline, Little Sister, Stranger in The Crowd, After-show party. Priced at around $16 it still seems good value for money. (News, Source; EIN/FECC)
'Elvis: The Biography' 2007 reissue: Jerry Hopkins' book 'Elvis: The Biography' will be republished in September. The publicity notes, "Elvis Presley is the biggest single entertainment personality in the history of American popular culture. Thirty years after his death in August 1977, he remains the undisputed King of Rock'n'Roll. His talent, charisma, and good humour endeared him to millions. Known the world over by his first name alone, he remains the foremost iconic figure in popular music. Jerry Hopkins has interviewed all those who were close to Elvis; from high school teachers, classmates, old girlfriends, movie directors, agents, recording engineers and disc jockeys; to close friends, bodyguards, sidemen, karate instructors, his doctor, dentist and personal jeweller, to present a comprehensive portrait of this iconic super-celebrity. "Elvis: The Biography" recounts the complete story of Elvis' rise, fall and posthumous legacy; from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi, through his musical development and emergence as the first pop superstar, to his ultimate ascension to the throne of rock'n'roll. This work explores Elvis' unique appeal, his massive influence on contemporary popular culture and recounts many anecdotes and events that combine to provide a matchless impression of an artist who was - and remains - a genuine legend."(News, Source; Amazon)
'Elvis' 40 Greatest' re-released on Import: Here's an image that will be familiar to most Elvis fans and should also bring back some fond memories. Doing the rounds on the bootleg circuit is this CD reissue of the classic UK Arcade chart-topping compilation "Elvis' 40 Greatest". The new cover is a stylish mini double-album slipcase, with the CDs resembling the original two vinyl discs.
(News, Source; EIN/e-mail)
Elvis Managers plan major Graceland Overhaul - 'Heartbreak Hotel' to be replaced: The thousands of Elvis Presley fans descending on Memphis for the 30th anniversary of his death Aug. 16 won't see much sign of it, but plans are moving along for big-time changes at Graceland. Managers of Presley's famous home want to overhaul its tourist complex - with a new visitors center bigger than a football field, a convention hotel and high-tech museum displays that can give a new, digital life to the King himself. All it will take to bring about those wonders is $250 million or so; the total reorganization of CKX Inc., the New York-based company that controls all things Elvis; and a publicly supported facelift for Graceland's struggling neighborhood.
The obstacles are far from small, but the people behind the plans, led by CKX Chairman Robert F.X. Sillerman (photo above right, outside Graceland), have a history of putting together big deals and making money for investors. Sillerman, a multimillionaire dealer in media and entertainment assets, took over Graceland in 2005 when he bought the rights to Elvis' name and image from daughter Lisa Marie, Presley's sole heir. When Presley died, his finances were in sad shape. Led by his ex-wife Priscilla Presley, the estate formed EPE, opened Graceland to the public and solidified the legal rights to make money on Elvis' name and image. Last year, Graceland took in $27 million in revenue, and the overall Elvis business brings in more than $40 million a year.
That made him the second-highest grossing dead celebrity in 2006, behind only Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, according to Forbes. Lisa Marie Presley still owns her father's house and 15 percent of EPE, but CKX controls Graceland and its sprawling complex of souvenir shops and memorabilia museums. "As great as it is," Sillerman said after a recent visit to Graceland, "it can be so much better." The big, white-columned house Presley bought in 1957 for just over $100,000 draws close to 600,000 visitors a year, and for a week around the anniversary of his death on Aug. 16, 1977, it attracts legions of his still-adoring fans. Graceland's current visitors center, souvenir shops and museums were cobbled together by renovating a small strip mall across the street from what the Elvis faithful affectionately call "the mansion." The new plans call for leveling all that and building a 80,000-square-foot visitors center designed from the ground up for handling big crowds and high-tech exhibits.
"To put that in perspective, that's about six or seven times the size of the mansion," Sillerman said. The center will be equipped for the kind of technical wizardry that allowed singer Celine Dion to recently perform what appeared to be a live duet with Elvis on the "American Idol" TV show, which CKX also owns. "People will actually think Elvis is there," Sillerman said. "It's going to be, 'Oh, wow,' I can tell you that." For years EPE has been buying land for expansion and has put together 100-acres needed for the renovation, which would move the tourist center to the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as Graceland. "We've continued all these years to be a major destination attraction with a busy, pretty unattractive street running right through the middle of it," said Jack Soden, EPE's top executive and a major player in opening Graceland to the public in 1982.
Graceland's 128-room Heartbreak Hotel, also on the wrong side of the four-lane street, is to be replaced by a convention hotel, on the better side, with up to 500 rooms. No timeline for the expansion has been set, Soden said. "But moving straight ahead, with every intention of keeping the ball moving, we're probably looking at something in the neighborhood of a three-year process," he said. (News, Source; EIN/AP)
Wednesday August 1 2007................the countdown continues............10 days until Elvis Week 2007!!!
Dennis Roberts, Elvis sunglasses supplier, dies: Dennis Roberts, who made glasses from Elton John to Elvis has passed away. Roberts who was diabetic unfortunately developed pneumonia. He will be laid to rest in Las Vegas, NV. During the 1970s Roberts made spectacles and jewellery for Elvis (he did not make the original TCB pendants) and was one Elvis personality featured in the 2005 DVD, 'Altered By Elvis' where in one of the better scenes he told how he became Elvis' glasses provider.
Here is Roberts' story about how he met Elvis; "It was in 1970 when I was driving one morning on Sunset Boulevard. I was going to deliver some eyeglasses I just made to Elton John. I was stopped at a traffic light at Sunset and La Cienega when I looked over my right shoulder and saw Elvis Presley driving a black 1969 Cadillac Limousine. Elvis had his head out of the window and I said to him, "Elvis, you look like shit" and he said "I feel like shit". I told him that he needed sunglasses and he agreed. I got out of my car and told him that I had a optical shop just down the street and gave him my business card. I also told him that I had just made eyeglasses for Steve McQueen, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elton John and the Beatles. He said "I'll be in to see you". The rest is Rock & Roll history! Visit his Celebrity Sunglasses website here. (News, Source; Various)
'In The Spirit of Elvis' - Sydney commemorates Elvis' 30th Anniversary: Thirty years on and still The King... Sydney Australia will be celebrating Elvis' life with a special concert on Friday August 17th. Mick Gerace will present his special 'In The Spirit Of Elvis' show with his band plus a 10-piece orchestra. Hosting the concert will be special guest Steve Christopher - 'Elvis On Air' DJ and Elvis expert. Steve Christopher is officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and his radio program is broadcast by over 40 stations in the USA. During the concert Mick Gerace will feature his excellent new BMG single 'Feelin' In My Body'. Taking place at the Harbour's Edge, Darling Harbour, Sydney, the concert starts at 8.30pm and will be followed by a Dance Party to keep the spirit going. And keeping in the spirit of Elvis a portion of the ticket sales will go to charity. For more information go to www.MickGerace.com
(News, Source; EIN/Mick Gerace)
SHE IS THE KING new Elvis single: 'Edge Of Reality/If I Can Dream' the new single from Australia's SHE IS THE KING will be released on August 7th. SHE IS THE KING is the only female Elvis Presley interpreter to have been invited to compete in the first-ever EPE sponsored Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition. She will perform at Graceland Crossing this August 2007 to commemorate 30 years since Elvis' passing. The second single from her highly anticipated album - "EDGE OF REALITY" - is being released to coincide with this milestone anniversary. The album will be out October 2007. Go here for more information. (News, Source;EIN/SITK)
'Growing Up In The Shadow Of A King' new book. Released July 16, 2007 is a book from Roger Loyd, son of the late Harold Loyd who was a security guard at the gates of Graceland from the early sixties until he retired in the early 90's. The book is entitled "Growing Up In The Shadow Of A King". From the press release: "My fathers mother and Elvis' mother were sisters. Dad spent most of his life growing up with Elvis and his parents in Tupelo before they all moved to Memphis. Needless to say they were very close. Elvis was even the best man when my parents were married. The book contains many great stories about Elvis that have never been told. Stories such as: The time my mom hit Elvis in the head while they were picking cotton, The time when an older Elvis broke a gumball machine in downtown Memphis, then ran to my dads aprtment to switch clothes, or visiting with Elvis at Graceland while he was watching the gameshow "The Price is Right". There are too many wonderful stories to fit in this one letter, but I know you will enjoy all of them. I titled my book "Growing Up In The Shadow of a King". It also contains never before seen family photos at Graceland and at Elvis' ranch. (News, Source;ElvisNews)
New Elvis documentaries on BBC Radio 2: The BBC are featuring three special Elvis documentaries to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley on 16 August.
ELVIS AND ME: Sat 11 Aug; 2000-2100
This programme features a selection of people talking about their memories of Elvis. Presenter Suzi Quatro describes herself as Elvis' Number One fan, although many would challenge her for that title! She has written a still unreleased tribute song called 'Singing With Angels', which she recorded with James Burton and the Jordanaires. In addition to Elvis admirers Robert Plant, Tim Rice and Cliff Richard, there are stories and reflections from those who worked with him such as James Burton, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and Ray Walker of the Jordanaires.
ELVIS - 68 COMEBACK: Tues 14 Aug; 2230-2330 A one hour documentary explores the amazing impact and legacy of a TV special filmed for NBC called 'Elvis', now better know as Elvis's '68 Comeback special'. It stands as one of the great television moments in rock music history and a stunningly brilliant milestone in Elvis Presley's career. By 1968 it had been more than seven years since Elvis had appeared on stage in front of a live audience. In this television special, Elvis played his greatest role - simply being himself. DON'T START ME TALKING - ABOUT ELVIS: Wed 15 Aug; 2300-2330
Making its BBC Radio 2 return, the groundbreaking oral history programme Don't Start Me Talking gets the public talking about their love of 'The King'. (News, Source; BBC)
EPE licenses an Elvis branded debit card: The Elvis Presley Prepaid Visa is being created by EDP Technologies Corp. and released by subsidiary EDP Licensing. The company says the Elvis card will be among the first celebrity-branded debit cards. "We are excited to bring the Elvis legend to our innovative card product line and believe that this marks a milestone in the prepaid card industry," said EDP CEO Paul Cleveland in a statement. The company plans to introduce a series of the cards with different images of Presley, and the company is promoting the cards as collectible items. EPE already licenses an Elvis Presley Visa credit card. (News, Source;EPE)
Larry Geller's new website now on-line: From 1964 until the very final days Larry Geller was a close friend to Elvis. Larry's own website is now on-line featuring information about his new book 'Leaves of Elvis' Garden', photos, book excerpts, contact details and much more. As Larry Geller was a vegetarian and nutritionalist perhaps Elvis might have lived longer had he paid more attention to Geller's healthy life-style. Go here to see Larry Geller's new website. Click here to read EIN's recent interview with Larry. (News, Source: Larry Geller)
Celebrate Elvis' life with Essential Elvis in Memphis on August 15th:While many fans will be commemorating Elvis' untimely death with the popular Candlelit Vigil, Essential Elvis will be close-by celebrating Elvis' life with several of Elvis' close friends. Elvis' cousin Billy Smith will be there along with Jo Smith, Marty & Patsy Lacker, Sam Thompson, Jeanne LeMay Dumas, Dr Nick and Dean Nichopoulos, Joe Tunzi and Susan Henning. Music will be provided by Shayne Driscoll and Colin Paul and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to charity. The event takes place at Vernon Presley's former home on Dolan Drive. As this celebration of Elvis gathering is in a residential area numbers will be limited. Please go to the Essential Elvis website for more information. (News, Source:Andrew Hearn).
'PEZ Elvis Gift Set: New on the market is this 3-track Promo CD which is only available with the 'ELVIS GIFT SET' from PEZ Candy in the US. Presented in a smartly designed tin-can, this is well-worth searching out as it is sure to be a collector's item in the future.
(News, Source; EIN/Ron Lacourse)
Elvis features in new US National Archive: More than 6 million film and recording artefacts, including footage of Elvis' gyrations, have a new home on a hillside in this town southwest of Washington, D.C. The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center was officially turned over to the Library of Congress on Thursday. The three-building complex brings together all the library's scattered recordings and conservation staff in a specially equipped center for the first time. "It assures the permanent storage and preservation and heightened access to the audiovisual heritage of the last 110 years," said James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress.
A $155 million gift from David Woodley Packard, son of the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co. helped make the center a reality. Congress appropriated $82 million for the project. The trove of 6.3 million items includes footage of Elvis' 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas, the complete set of Ed Sullivan's variety shows and footage of President Franklin D.Roosevelt's speech after the Pearl Harbor attack. The oldest moving image in the collection is a five-second kinetoscope movie of a sneeze, made by Thomas Edison in 1894. The oldest sounds are on two wax cylinders produced by Chichester Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter
in 1889. The library receives 120,000 gifts of film and round a year. Mitch Miller, for example, just sent 200 boxes of 16mm copies of his TV program from the 1960s. A key mission of the center is to transfer unique historical images and sounds from fragile cylinders, tapes or films to digital files, which are less apt to deteriorate. (News, Source; The Washington Post)