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Thursday 31 December 2020 ..... HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR... EIN wishes you all the best.
It is the right time, this moment, to enjoy Elvis' last great performance, New Year's Eve 1976

'Elvis Presley News Report' 2020: The Year in review.
From Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier, a look back at all the serious news that was ELVIS in this crazy year of 2020.

Catch up with all this year's highlights and more. Runs 20 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube

well worth watching.

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 28 December 2020 ..... In the meadow, we can build a snowman ...

Nashville Elvis Festival cancelled 2021: "In an abundance of caution" the Nashville Elvis Festival has announced that it will take a pause in 2021.
We will return in 2022, bigger and better than ever. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Nashville Elvis Festival is usually in March and celebrates the music and legacy of Elvis Presley.
It is produced by Tom Brown and Brian Mayes for Music City Festivals, LLC.



(News, Source;NEF/ElvisInfoNet)

Composer Geoff Stephens Dead aged 86: British composer Geoff Stephens died December 24 aged 86. A prolific songwriter Elvis recorded his songs, 'Heart Of Rome', 'This Is Our Dance', and 'Sylvia', hardly Elvis' best work.
Geoff Stephens had major chart hits in the UK and worldwide, often collaborating with others. Hits included the 1966 #1 'Winchester Cathedral', 'The Crying Game', 'There's a Kind of Hush' (Carpenters, Herman's Hermits), David Soul's #1 'Silver Lady' and many others.
His songs for Elvis were Freddy Bienstock supplied and Geoff Stephens realised that Elvis had little interest in them.
He told Ken Sharp for 'Writing for The King', "It was a great feeling to know that Elvis had recorded some of my songs and he performed them well enough. But there was a spark missing somehow.
It sounded as though they were just fulfilling record company demands without giving a great deal of thought to the recordings. I'm not sure Elvis connected with any of my songs. From what I have heard and read, Elvis did whatever The Colonel asked without questioning."

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'From Memphis to Taipeh': The book 'From Memphis to Taipei - A Reference Guide to the Colorful Magic of Elvis' Asian Vinyl' by Dick Dekker ('Bootleg Elvis' book) and Ferry Van Der Werf should be published next month, January 2021. The limited print run is 750 copies worldwide.
It was in the late 1950s that the first Asian records featuring Elvis' music were released. Hundreds of records followed afterwards many with beautiful covers in different variations and with beautifully coloured vinyl. However no collector's guide to Elvis' Asian vinyl has ever been published. There has never even been an information booklet on these Elvis albums.
So this new book is the very first reference guide to Elvis' vinyl releases in Asia. This volume examinest the 10" and 12" vinyl releases from six major Asian countries: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
In the book fans can discover where, why and for whom these records were made. And there were plenty of Elvis fans.
The cover images and label designs are presented in large format so you can check the design and often the interesting spelling mistakes.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 25 December 2020 ..... MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY!
Everyone working at EIN wishes all of our readers a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let's all wish for a safe, happy & peaceful 2021 ...

I hear a choir
Singing sweetly somewhere
And a glow fills my heart
I'm at peace with the world
As the sound of their singing fills the air

Oh why can't every day be like Christmas?
Why can't that feeling go on endlessly
For if everyday could be just like Christmas, What a wonderful world this would be....

David Bowie’s Christmas impression of Elvis: In a neat coincidence David Bowie and Elvis have the same birthday, January 8th.
Bowie was a keen fan of Elvis, performed Elvis songs in concert and said of Elvis, “Elvis was a major hero of mine. And I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something."
David Bowie's first wife Angie said that Bowie could do a “devastating impersonation of Elvis".
So back in 2013 it was no surprise when David Bowie delivered his own Christmas message from the USA in character as Elvis, including the cool, Thank-You-Very-Much.
Bowie joked, "Hello everybody this is David Bowie making a telephone call from the US of A. At this time of the year I can’t help but remember my British-ness and all the jolly British folk, so here’s to you and have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas and a Happy New Year, “Thank you very much.”!
Go here to YouTube to listen.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Paul McCartney, "Elvis was the Coolest Person I Ever Met": Discounting his third wife Nancy Shevell, Paul McCartney recently revealed that thinks ELVIS was the 'Coolest Person' he had ever met.
The Beatles and Elvis only ever met once on 27th August 1965 sadly under mutual agreement that no photos or recordings would be made.
In a new interview on The Adam Buxton Podcast, Paul McCartney was asked to name the coolest person he ever met.
He replied, "My wife Nancy she is very cool, however speaking like that if I had to choose I’d have to do Elvis. I met Elvis Presley who was darn cool, this was pre his Las Vegas and the rhinestone suit period, this was just sort of Beverly Hills sixties. And he was really cool."
Other than calling him super-cool, McCartney also explained about Elvis’ influence on The Beatles music and not only at the start. After
they stopped touring it was Elvis who helped inspire their iconic 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band'. McCartney said, "We came back after touring and we started to think, ‘What can we do, we don’t want to tour again’. We heard that Elvis Presley had sent his gold-plated Cadillac out on tour. He didn’t go with it, he just sent it out. And people would flock to see Elvis’ Cadillac, and then it would go to the next town and those people would flock. So we thought, ‘That is brilliant! Only Elvis could have thought of that.’ We said, ‘Well, what we should do is, we should make a killer record and that can do the touring for us.’ So that’s what creating Sgt. Pepper was all about.
Go here to EIN's spotlight 'Elvis Meets The Beatles'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 23 December 2020 .... 2 more sleeps... Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me!
“Elvis Presley's Greatest Accomplishment': Bud Glass and ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE (The Series) is proud to announce the release of Episode 3 of the new FREE video series premiering NOW on YouTube. Go here > “Elvis Presley's Greatest Accomplishment"
Totally free for all Elvis fans to enjoy. This one is a bit different from the first two episodes, and my hope is that people pay close attention to the detail of the underlying message of this video production.
Although all of my productions are intended for ALL Elvis fans (from the most ardent, die hard fans -who love and appreciate anything to do with our boy - down to those visiting YouTube who are only marginally interested in Elvis)-

THIS particular production has a very special meaning and relevance to those dedicated fans who really "get it" ...and as they say, when you are a fan who "gets it" then "no explanation is necessary".
It's a much shorter production than my previous episodes; but one that I think will greatly resonate with those who share our passion - especially with long-time Elvis fans.
Merry Christmas to all - and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Yours Bud Glass.

Runs 10 minutes.
(News, Source;BG/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis and Linda Thompson At Christmas: It is close to fifty years ago that Elvis started dating Linda Thompson. This week Linda, now 70, has shared some of her Graceland Christmas photos via instagram.
She commented that..
"This is a photo of our first Christmas together, and he had given me this coat, along with a beautiful platinum and diamond ring that I found in the coat pocket at his urging. He had taken the diamond from one of his rings and had it mounted in the beautiful ballerina ring he had designed & made for me. Christmas was his very favorite time of year… Because he was so inordinately generous, and he derived so much joy in giving to others. Elvis was so incredibly generous that we called him the real Santa Claus. Of course Christmas always reminds me of Elvis’s generous spirit and sensitivity to this special time of year."

Go HERE to EIN's interviews with Linda Thompson.
(News, Source;LT/ElvisInfoNet)

A Tribute to William Speer: In July 1955 a 20 year old Elvis Presley arrived at Memphis photographer William Speer's doorstep. He had been sent by his manager Bob Neal to have some photos taken that could be used in the promotion of the rising star.

The session produced eleven portrait shots that have obtained iconic status..

"Elvis had an electric charge, an animal magnetism", William Speer noted.

Bob Pakes' excellent 'Elvis: Echoes Of The Past' website this month features a beautiful in-depth tribute to William Speer, along with his iconic Elvis portraits in all their glory.
Bob Pakes tells EIN, “I think that William Speer has never gotten the attention and credits he deserves”
Please go HERE to A Tribute to William Speer find out more.
(News, Source;BP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Graceland Birthday Celebrations: Graceland will be celebrating Elvis' 86th birthday on January 7-9, 2021, with three days of events - including the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, a Birthday Celebration “Elvis Unplugged” Concert featuring singer and musician Dean Z, exclusive tours and more. Events will be held in accordance with the Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 protocols will apply with socially distanced seating at events.
Festivities begin on January 7 with a dinner and a movie at the Guest House, featuring the fan favorite movie “Blue Hawaii.” Later that evening “Gates of Graceland” Host Tom Brown and Graceland’s VP of Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese, will lead an exclusive, after-hours tour of Graceland Mansion. This one-of-a-kind experience will provide a glimpse of items not seen on regular tours.
On Elvis’ birthday January 8, the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony will take place in the Graceland Soundstage in Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
January 8 evening concert with Dean Z and an evening of Elvis music live.
On January 9, a special “Conversations on Elvis” hosted by Tom Brown, will include favorite memories
and stories from friends, bandmates, and colleagues. Due to COVID-19, the event will feature one in-person special guest to be announced soon, plus special newly recorded Zoom interviews.
Go HERE to EPE for all the info and tickets.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Christmas Essentials Playlist': Apple music members can , "Hear why Elvis had more of a handle on the holidays than any other first-generation rock 'n' roller on Apple Music’s Elvis Christmas Essentials Playlist.
Nobody brings out the underlying loneliness some folks feel during the holidays like Elvis Presley does on his legendary Yuletide lament "Blue Christmas." But The King has a way with carols that goes far deeper than a single song. Hearing him delivering season’s greetings in the form of a gritty, grooving 12-bar blues on "Merry Christmas Baby" or digging into his spiritual side for a goosebump-inducing version of "Silent Night" underlines the fact that Elvis had more of a handle on the holidays than any other first-generation rock 'n' roller.
Listen to Elvis deliver on “Blue Christmas”, “Silent Night”, “Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)” and many others."
Apple's 'Elvis Presley Christmas Essentials'

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 21 December 2020 ........ 3 days & Santa Claus is coming to town... .
‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review: A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready".
EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

News regarding the new REX MARTIN DVDs: EIN has been contacted by several readers wanting us to confirm the authenticity of these new 'Rex Martin' dvd releases.
Back in August 2013 EIN reported the sad burglary of Rex Martin's home just after he died. At the time we noted,"After Rex died, someone entered Rex's home and removed some personal items as well as the core of Rex's Elvis Collection. Since there was no sign of a break-in, it is believed that this person or persons had access to a key to the property. It is also evident that whoever did this had inside knowledge as to what Rex's rare Elvis Collection consisted of, where it was stored and where he kept his personal belongings.
Anyone seeing Rex Martin items offered especially SUPER 8 for sale PLEASE contact Rex Martin's family via his website
Moments In Time."
Sadly EIN cannot confirm where these tapes have come from, although super-fan photographer Phil Gelormine has commented that it was he that filmed Elvis' College Park concert, NOT Rex Martin. "I would like to find a guy who is falsely claiming that these are all from the Super 8 reels of Rex Martin. Many of the shows advertised I have attended but I haven’t seen these two DVDs yet but I can unequivocally tell you that the College Park footage is mine and I have the original reel to prove it. The underground Elvis market is very devious and I have been stolen from before but as long as I have breath in me, I will seek credit, compensation and an apology."
The Bootleg Elvis world is sometimes a worrying place. Buyer Beware.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Graphic Novels: With a new Elvis graphic novel to be released in August 2021, EIN thought it opportune to showcase some of the graphic novels we have been treated to:
- Elvis The Graphic Novel, Chris Miskiewicz (author) and ) and Steven Brower (author), Yoe Books, 2019, 72 pages

- Graphic Elvis Special Limited Collector’s Edition, Stan Lee (of Marvel Comics fame), 2012, Liquid Comics Limited, 140 pages – targeted at teen readers Michael Shelfer (illustrator) (Hardcover, Softcover, Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions), 2021 (pre-order here)

- The Mighty Elvis A Graphic Biography, Seymour Chast (illustrator

Elvis A Graphic Novel, Terry Lee Collins (author) and Michele Melcher (illustrator), 2011, Capstone Press, 32 pages – targeted at primary school readers
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'Elvis and Nixon' 50th Anniv New Graceland Exhibit: Graceland has opened a new exhibit to commemorate Elvis' meeting with President Nixon 50 years ago on December 21, 1970.
Graceland unveiled the new pop-up exhibit, among the artifacts displayed are the five-page handwritten letter from Elvis to Nixon, the outfit Elvis wore to the Oval Office, the Presidential cufflinks given to him as a gift from the President and the badge presented to him.
Elvis was an enthusiastic collector of police badges and the owner of dozens from departments and agencies from all over the United States. But there was one badge that he really wanted: a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. So, in December of 1970 he flew from Memphis to Washington, D.C. with his friend Jerry Schilling to hand deliver a letter he wrote while on the plane, to President Nixon at the White House. In the letter he offered his services in the war on drugs, as a “Federal Agent at Large.”
Elvis' arrival at the White House gates on December 21, 1970 proved effective. Following some confusion from the Secret Service and White House staff, after a few hours he had the meeting with President Nixon, gifted him with a Colt .45 pistol and asked for the badge he so wanted to own. Nixon obliged, they had their photograph taken, and the next day Elvis returned to Graceland.
The official photo of this unusual event has become the most requested in the history of the National Archives.
Go here to Graceland for more info
(News, Source;Graceland/ElvisInfoNet)

Rare Elvis related book attracts strong bidding on ebay: One of the hardest to find Elvis books is the softcover, The King Is Dead The Funeral of Elvis Presley by Robert Holton. Originally published in 1998 as a 1,000 limited edition, it was re-released in 2004. On both occasions the book proved elusive to find. While a few copies of the 2004 edition have sold on ebay, we had to wait until last week for a copy of the original 1998 edition to be listed. It attracted strong bidding from six parties (28 total bids) before selling for a whopping US$406.56 (A$540; 307 Pounds; 336 Euro).
The book details the account of Robert Kendall, the Funeral Director that Vernon Presley engaged to arrange Elvis’ funeral, including, at very short notice, sourcing a coffin matching the one Gladys Presley had been buried in. The moment-by-moment account of how Elvis’ funeral was arranged explains things that others have uncritically and opportunistically developed into/promoted as wild conspiracy theory.

(News, Source: ebay/EIN)

Elvis and punk rock – Bono (U2): Lead singer of U2, Bono, made this interesting comment about Elvis’ significance: ‘The best quote I ever read about Elvis was on a toilet wall in the Dockers Pub, Dublin, in the late 70s, just as punk rock was just blooming. “Elvis is alive, we’re dead,” it proclaimed. I’m not sure punk would existed without him. In fact I’m not sure a lot of things existed without him."


(News, Source: Elvis Has Left The Building, Dylan Jones/EIN)


Friday 18 December 2020 ....... I'll Be Home For Christmas .... 7 sleeps to go...

(Book Review) 'Technicolor to Black & White' (Jean-Marie Pouzenc): The latest ‘coffee table” multi-media” (book, CD and 10” vinyl) set from Jean-Marie Pouzenc continues his history of producing fan pleasing, high quality, releases!
Focusing on Elvis’ film career in France it is a wonderfully expressive record of its subject and offers a neatly balanced package between its narrative, visual, archival and audio elements.

Elvis didn’t incarnate almost supernatural heroes, he was you and he was all of us. He played an everyday guy, an ordinary character with a job....(Jean-Marie Pouzenc)

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

“Elvis wasn’t the world’s greatest singer, but he had a sound”: So said Chips Moman in the recently published biography, Chips Moman The Record Producer Whose Genius Changed American Music. Written by James L. Dickerson (who also wrote That’s Alright Elvis with Scotty Moore, and Colonel Tom Parker The Curious Life of Elvis Presley’s Eccentric Manager), the book is a thoroughly entertaining and detailed account of Moman’s career. The chapter on Elvis’ legendary American Sound Studio sessions and the procession of other stars passing through Moman’s studio is more than impressive. Apart from Elvis there was Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Booker T. Jones, B. J. Thomas, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Wilson Pickett, The Gentrys, Sandy Posey, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Carla Thomas, and Bobby Womack..... just to name a few.
There are many fascinating accounts in the book, including the scandal caused by Petula Clark touching Harry Belafonte on national television and how Ms Clark and her husband erased (nearly) all the takes of the scene.
(News, Source: EIN)

'Walk A Lonely Street' OUT NOW: A stunning new book from author Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
WALK A LONELY STREET: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel - by Tony Plews
• An Elvis Presley book like no other
• Almost a decade of research, writing and revisions
• 200,000 words, 700 pages and 563 tales to be told
• 33 photographs, documents and articles, most previously unpublished or unseen.
• A chapter devoted to every Presley recording session 1953-1956
• Made with the assistance of the families and estates of Tommy Durden, Mae Boren Axton, Agnes Sampson and Delta Pinney..
Coming soon, EIN interviews author Tony Plews
Go here to Walk A Lonely Street website for more information and reviews
(News, Source;TP/ElvisInfoNet)

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'SOLD OUT! The Rex Martin 8mm Collection vol. 1 (2 DVD-set): Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to experience amazing shows like the two Nassau Coliseum concerts on July 19th, 1975? Or even controversial shows like College Park ’74? Good news for all fans of rare Elvis footage, because we have just obtained the complete Rex Martin 8mm footage collection, and plan to release it all over the next months. Much of this footage is superb quality, with amazing action clips and fantastic close-ups.
This is as close as it gets to experiencing the man in concert!
From Pyramid Records (UK) their first release is “Sold Out! The Rex Martin 8mm Collection volume 1”, a 2 DVD-set that contains THREE hours of rare 8mm footage, most of it never released before.
All from the original tapes, raw and unedited, everything just as it was originally recorded. We decided to release this footage as is, without any editing, for historical purposes.
There are many amazing, lovely, cool, funny and GREAT moments on this release: Elvis using his guitar like a bayonet during ‘C.C. Rider’ in Uniondale ‘75, singing a rare ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ during
the rock medley in ‘73, and much, much more.
This is the REAL Elvis, captured live during tours from ’70 to ’76.
Support this release and we will finally open the floodgates for rare & amazing footage.
This is a release from fans to fans. We could have included an expensive book to make more money, but we just wanted to make this material available in the most affordable way possible.
Hence this 2DVD-set that’s absolutely filled with rare 8 mm footage.
(News, Source;PR/ElvisInfoNet)

Rex Martin (Worldwide Elvis News) exclusive EIN Interview: It was in 2008, that EIN tracked down the ellusive Rex Martin who had been keeping away from the Elvis scene for quite a few years. Nigel Patterson spent several hours talking with Rex Martin publisher of the legendary publication, the Worldwide Elvis News Service Weekly.

The result was a fascinating multi-part interview. In Part 1 Rex speaks about his early years, becoming an Elvis fan, why he started the fondly remembered weekly, his trips to the US and what he has been doing since he ceased publishing the Weekly in 1978.

For those not familar with Rex's publications, the "Weekly" revolutionised how fans right around the world received their Elvis news while his Elvis booklets (see opposite) offered well researched and rare material for readers to enjoy. The home videos he managed to film of Elvis would impress any fan.

EIN invites you to take a trip down memory lane and witness a very important part of Elvis world history.... (Source: EIN, Dec 2008)

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Elvis' Honeymoon House Sold for $2.5million+: Elvis and Priscilla's former honeymoon home has finally be sold. The Palm Springs, California home was recently swooped off the market by a mystery buyer.
"It's scheduled to close today," listing broker Scott Histed told The New York Post on Monday. He revealed that there were "several offers on it," and the highest was above the $2.5 million asking price.
This 5,000-square-foot mid-century modern pad is where Elvis and Priscilla Presley periodically stayed during the years of 1966 and 1967. It's also where they spent their honeymoon following their May 1, 1967 wedding, as noted on the home’s landmark page. Born exactly
nine months after their wedding day, the couple's first daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is rumored to have been conceived here. While the home is long out of the Presley family's hands, its rich history and standout design did inspire two suites at the Guest House at Graceland.
Besides the home's connection to one of the most iconic rock stars of all time, its futuristic design has also made it a Palm Springs landmark. Built in 1960 by Robert Alexander, its architecture consists of a number of different shapes and structures.
In fact, the property was dubbed Look Magazine’s 1962 "House of Tomorrow." The house has been listed 10 times over the past six years with the original asking price of $9.5 Million!
In November this year the price was reduced to $2.5 million and the house is finally sold.
(News, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 14 December 2020

(Book Review) Destined to Die Young (Sally Hoedel): Could Elvis’ death at the young age of 42 have been avoided? This question is answered in Sally Hoedel’s thought provoking book, Destined to Die Young.

The book is the result of exhaustive research by the author who found a key factor which was to affect Elvis throughout his life – one which meant that regardless of his diet and overuse of prescription medication, he was destined to die young. The narrative is full and colorful, and its depth of detail reflects the extent of research undertaken by the author.

In her introduction, the author establishes an important context for Elvis’ longevity (or lack of longevity) and health issues, this being his family tree....  Hoedel identifies the genetic disorder as Antitrypsin Deficiency, a condition which can result in lung and/or liver disease. In this respect, her discussion of the life and death of Gladys Presley is thought provoking..

Go here to read EIN Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Review. Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Walk A Lonely Street' New Book: A stunning new book from author Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that launched his career and changed the world.
WALK A LONELY STREET: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel - by Tony Plews
• Published week beginning 14th December 2020 via Amazon
• £17.99 + postage
• The in-depth story of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame, as viewed through the lens of “Heartbreak Hotel”
• An Elvis Presley book like no other
• Almost a decade of research, writing and revisions
• 200,000 words, 700 pages and 563 tales to be told
• 33 photographs, documents and articles, most previously unpublished or unseen since the 1950s
• A chapter devoted to every Presley recording session 1953-1956
• Made with the assistance of the families and estates of Tommy Durden, Mae Boren Axton, Agnes Sampson and Delta Pinney, including the only living witness to the event that inspired the songwriters
.. Gordon Minto of 'Elvis: The Man and His Music' writes..
Walk A Lonely Street has all the hallmarks of a thriller: a complicated
plotline, great characters, plus tantalising pieces of the jigsaw which leads up to the denouement of the tale and beyond. Recounted in a sprightly and often comic way, it holds the reader’s attention throughout and does what all good books should do: engage, entertain and illuminate.
The author’s writing style is vibrant, highly literate, and compelling, drawing the reader into the complex narrative, but doing so in a most accessible way, judiciously employing literary devices such as repetition to underscore points and help signpost what is to follow. Coincidences and parallels abound in the careers of Eddy Arnold, Elvis Presley and countless others! ... extremely well researched (using source material from eminent and highly respected writers) and beautifully written in a rather droll and ironically amusing manner.
... Crucially, you get the feeling that you are there – and so can visualise the action in an almost cinematic way - as he unravels the stories and, of course, it makes you want to read on – as you would with a gripping novel.
Fascinating stuff!

EIN has seen preview copy and would agree that it is the most intriguing Elvis book we have read this year. Unlike any other Elvis book ever published! 
Coming soon, EIN interviews author Tony Plews
Go here to Walk A Lonely Street website for more information and reviews
(News, Source;TP/ElvisInfoNet)

Charley Pride country superstar dead: In very sad news Charley Pride, the first black country-music superstar, died Saturday and tragically of complications from COVID-19. He was 86.
The trailblazer charted 29 #1 hits and another 21 Top 10 singles between the 1960s and 1980s, including "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone" and "Mountain of Love."
Pride enjoyed his greatest success in the 1970s, becoming the best-selling performer for RCA Records after Elvis Presley with over 70 million records sold..
His final performance was on Nov. 11, when he received the Country Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award at Nashville's Music City Center. He brought down the house with his hit "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'."
One of 11 children born to a sharecropper in Sledge, Mississippi, Pride served in the Army, worked at a Missouri smelting plant, and tried several times to break into big-league baseball before moving to Nashville in 1963.
He recorded demo tapes soon afterward, but it was years before Chet Atkins signed him to a contract with RCA.
Pride won three 1972 Grammys for a gospel single and a 1973 Grammy for best male country vocal performance.
In 2000, he became the first black performer elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1967, Pride became the first black performer to appear at the Grand Ole Opry in more than a quarter century.
Country music legend Dolly Parton noted, "I'm so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It's even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you."
Elvis and Charley Pride were friends and Elvis not only introduced him when Pride attended his shows but also sangs lines from his songs 'Kaw Liga' (a #3 in 1969) and 1968's 'The Easy Part's Over'.
Pride said of his RCA co-star Elvis, "We used to play the Houston Livestock Show. In fact, I went to two of Elvis' openings. The third opening I went to with him was 1971. That year, I won male vocalist and entertainer of the year. I was out in the audience.
Elvis said, ladies and gentleman, out in the audience is a (singing)
"The Easy Part's Over now", the line in one of my singles - and he says, Charley Pride. So I waved and everything, and he invited us all up to the suites. Then I got up there, Lulu, and I walked all the way around all those 15 suites up there. I said, boy, this is a long way from picking cotton beside my dad...
Charley Pride R.I.P. March 18, 1934 – Dec 12, 2020.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 11 December 2020

(Book Review) Beyond the Stars: My Seven Year Journey with Elvis Presley (Grace Pearl): Do our souls survive our mortal being? Can we communicate with those who have crossed over? Some believe, others don’t. EIN’s Nigel Patterson approached this new book by psychic-medium, Grace Pearl, with an open mind.
Regardless of one’s belief, Beyond the Stars is an interesting book. It is well written and offers a perspective that will be foreign to many readers.
It challenges preconceived notions and for those that accept its basic premises, offers insights to our psychic abilities and an intriguing narrative account of communication and experiences with the spirit entity, Elvis Presley.
Go here to read EIN’s full review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


'Bruce Jackson, On The Road With Elvis' To be released in January: Gary Jackson’s 2018 book on his brother’s adventures on the road as Elvis’ sound engineer between 1971 and 1977, complete with three new cds.
CD 1: An audio documentary on Elvis in 1976 hosted by Jack Mullins.
CD 2: Previously unreleased soundboard of Elvis’ concert in Sioux Falls, October 18th 1976.
CD 3: Previously unreleased soundboard of Elvis’ concert in Atlanta, December 30th 1976.
To be released in January 2021. It is a strictly limited release so if you want it pre-order it now.
EIN Notes: Wow, EIN thought the FTD deluxe 'TTWII' 600-page book with 8

1970 rehearsal cds was expensive at £180 but this set at £111 (US$240) for a 200-page book (not totally on Elvis) plus two 1976 soundboard concerts (with audio doco) seems ludicrous.
For super-keen Elvis fans who purchased the book when it was first released, this seems an unfair deal to have to buy it all again just for the 1976 soundboards.
Hopefully FTD see reason and release the soundboards as a separate double-pack after this limited edition package sells-out

Go here to 'All The FTD 2020 Release News' for tracklist and more details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

What Elvis Presley’s televised polio vaccination can tell us about the shortfalls of celebrity-endorsed health campaigns: If you had tuned into the Ed Sullivan Show on October 28 1956, you would have witnessed an unexpected promoter of public health. Just before he took the stage to gyrate his way through his hit version of “Hound Dog”, the teenage heartthrob, Elvis Presley, received a polio vaccination live on television. The city’s health commissioner, there for the photo op, raved about Presley: “He is setting a fine example for the youth of the country.”
Indeed, young people were the problem. Polio was perceived as a disease of the child, not of the teenager. So when it was announced a year before Presley’s famous injection that the American virologist and medical researcher, Jonas Salk, had produced a vaccine that would stop the ravages of polio, initial distribution efforts were focused on infants and young children. Teenagers, however, were more difficult to convince. Presley’s on-air vaccination was meant to change all of this. If the king of rock and roll does it, they hoped a generation of teens would say, I will too!
As it turned out, there were many reasons teenagers – and others - came up with to defy their king and refuse vaccination. One of these was almost certainly the 1955 “Cutter incident”, in which improperly prepared doses of the vaccine produced at the Cutter Laboratories in Berkeley, California, reached the market containing live poliovirus. The ensuing outbreak did not improve public confidence. Another was the logistics of receiving the vaccine: three injections, each $3-5 (around $30-50 per jab in today’s money), was quite a commitment, especially for a population many did not consider to be urgently in need of immunisation. Indeed, the real game-changer came from the teenagers themselves, who, particularly in an association called Teens Against Polio, organised campaigns and sponsored the very popular (footwear optional) dances known as “sock-hops” for which immunisation was the price of admission.
Perhaps more important than any of these for us now, however, is that the relationship presumed between public personalities and their fans is not nearly as straightforward
as it has sometimes seemed. Individuals, then and now, are capable of being told by a celebrity to do something and, for all sorts of reasons, decline to do it. This was a fact not lost on those putting forward public health messages in the latter decades of the 20th century. Over time, celebrity endorsements of public health projects fell away in favour of subtler alternatives. One of these was the rise of medical educational entertainment, or “medutainment”. This involved the integration of public health messaging into narrative developments on popular medical television programmes.
In 2011, researchers in the US found that while only 24% of those surveyed had faith in what celebrities said about immunisation safety, over 70% had “a lot of trust” in their child’s doctor.
(News, Source: The Conversation)
 Polio was a serious health issue in the 1950s. In 1949 there were 2,720 deaths and over 42 thousand cases reported in the US. Elvis also helped promote the March Of Dimes fundraiser.
 "March Of Dimes' Joanne Kelly talks to EIN: This photograph will bring back a lot of memories for many long time fans. In 1956-57 Elvis helped promote polio vaccinations for the March of Dimes (MOD). He was photographed with the organisation's poster girl, Joanne Wilson, and also having his polio vaccination.
Subsequently, Elvis' "Love Me Tender" and an interview were featured on the 1957 LP, 'Remember Me! March of Dimes 1957 Galaxy of Stars'. The LP is now a rare collector's item.
But whatever happened to the little girl who was lucky enough to meet and kiss Elvis?
In 2007 EIN's Nigel Patterson tracked her down and had the pleasure of talking to Joanne Wilson (married name Kelly) in a very entertaining and informative interview.

In this exclusive interview Joanne opens up about her exciting time as the MOD poster girl meeting not only Elvis, but many other big name celebrities such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack Benny, and Tab Hunter.

(Interview; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

(New book) Kid of the King (Elaine Elizabeth Presley): Due out in Jan 2021, this release is the autobiography of Elaine Elizabeth Presley who claims to be the elder daughter of Elvis and Priscilla. Apart from her claim that Elvis and Priscilla are her parents, the book apparently also details the circumstances of a seven-year federal investigation about her including 20 federal court appearances, DNA evidence, and the involvement of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Army, and the Virginia governor.
Ms Presley has been active of social media for a number of years (Facebook) and has released a number of albums.
She is also prominent in charitable causes including raising money for veterans and establishing a home for children in Africa.
Ms Presley lives in Memphis.
The book will be available on Amazon.

(News, Source: EEP/ElvisInfoNet)

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‘The Jewish World of Elvis Presley’: The Berkshire Edge recently published an interesting interview with Roselle Kline Chartock author of new book ‘The Jewish World of Elvis Presley’.
In the interview she notes, "As I discovered, Elvis is the least prejudiced of people; considering his background, coming from the deep South, from a deeply religious fundamentalist Christian family, in an area where anti-Semitism was certainly present, he went above that and he discovered for himself that prejudice was evil.
Everything I do and teach has to do with education about the irrational nature of prejudice and how destructive it is and how all of the causes are very clear. Prejudice is an evil in this world and is also part of human nature, but it is something that we can diminish, to a certain extent, through education.
Nobody knows that [Elvis] was Jewish; I didn’t know this when I started the research, for goodness sake.... I remembered seeing Elvis in these plaid jackets and really wild clothes, and I thought: “Now there’s a guy who really knew how to dress.” Then I wondered, and I’m not sure why: “Who came up with all these outfits?”

So I put my glasses on and plugged into my phone: “Who was Elvis Presley’s tailor?” What came up was the Lansky Brothers in Memphis, and I remember thinking, “OMG, he had a Jewish tailor.” Come to find out, not only was Bernard Lansky and his brother Elvis’ tailor, but they were his friends. In fact, one of the most heartwarming stories in the book is about how Bernard Lansky came to know and love Elvis, it turned out that he not only clothed him through his whole life, but the suit that Elvis was buried in was from the Lansky Brothers clothing store. I was fascinated. The next morning I got to wondering if he had other Jewish friends, and that’s where it all began. It was like an onion ... every little piece that I took off [revealed] something else about his inner circle, his entourage (the Memphis Mafia), half of whom were Jewish.
BE: Is there a particularly surprising nugget you learned about Elvis while researching this book that stands out from the others?
RC: That Elvis had an affinity for Jews and Judaism, and the fact that he had so many Jewish friends; and thirdly that he was such a sensitive, philosophical, humane, unprejudiced person. What more can you learn? Such eye-opening things to learn about someone you just thought of as a swivel-hipped rock and roller. The image that I have tried to portray is of a very different side of Elvis Presley, and one that I admired tremendously. He gave millions upon millions upon millions of dollars to over 50 different charities, including the Memphis Jewish Community Center, which gave him a free membership when he
didn’t have any money, and then became the place he’d play racquetball in the middle of the night, when he became famous, so that no one would be around to bother him. My discovery that he not only had Jewish ancestry, but that he had best friends, he was very interested in Jewish literature and Jewish music, in Jewish philosophy.
Go here to Berkshire Edge for the full interview
(News, Source;BE/ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Sells her Beverly Hills home for $13 million: I'm sure she is not in dire financial straits but Priscilla Presley is certainly much better off this month as her Beverly Hills European-style mansion sold last week for US$13 million.
It was originally on the market last August for $16 million and was the first time the retreat had been on the market for 45 years.
In October, she dropped the price to $14.5 million.
Presley purchased the Italian-style villa in Beverly Hills a few years after her divorce from Elvis. She and Elvis maintained an amicable relationship after their split, and she wanted to live close to make it easier for him to visit their daughter, Lisa Marie. Elvis then lived nearby in Holmby Hills.
Priscilla said she loved there because, "Elvis stayed in the Holmby Hills home I found for us and I wanted to make sure his house was near to our daughter, Lisa Marie." - (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 6 December 2020

Sally Hoedel (author of Destined to Die Young) talks to EIN: Elvis’ death at a young age could not have been prevented! Why did Elvis die so young?
This question is examined in Sally Hoedel’s new book, Destined to Die Young. Sally kindly agreed to take time out to speak with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about her research into the untold story of Elvis’ health struggles.
In her revealing interview, Sally discusses the key factors that affected Elvis’ life and health from pre-birth and how his lifestyle and overuse of prescription medication contributed to his premature death.
What Sally has to say challenges several commonly held beliefs about the causes of Elvis’ death!

 Read the interview to learn more...

(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Note, EIN’s detailed review of 'Destined to Die Young' will be published shortly.

New animated Elvis "Blue Christmas" Video: With the holiday season in full swing, the first animated official music video for Elvis Presley's yuletide classic "Blue Christmas" premiered this week at EPE's YouTube channel
The new clip follows a young man as he makes his way back to his apartment alone on Christmas after his plane flight was canceled, a young mother spending the holiday with her two children at their house while her husband is stationed on a naval ship, and an older couple who connect with a younger family member via computer while celebrating Christmas.
"Blue Christmas" was written during the late 1940s by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, and Elvis' version was first released on his Elvis Christmas Album,
which spent four weeks on the Billboard charts in late '57 and early '58.
Elvis' rendition was released as a single for the first time in 1964, and the tune hit #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. - CLICK HERE to YouTube - it is CUTE!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Are Elvis Fans being Ripped Off?: In July 2020 EIN published an article, Changing Times, Heavy books, and the two-class Elvis world (Are the less well-off fans being forgotten?). The issue of very high costs is again being highlighted by the new MxF release, South Chicago Night (The Fan Wooden Box Edition).
This vinyl set is limited to 20 copies and is being advertised for circa 220 Euro (not including postage). That is around US$265.00 or A$360.00.
So what do you get for this price? In EIN’s opinion, not really very much. The set consists of:
-    2LP red vinyl with personalised large exclusive back cover sticker
-    exclusive “certificate of authenticity” (EIN suggests this is meaningless given the nature of the release)
-    exclusive 60 x 60 cms poster printed on high quality paper
-    cassette of Elvis’ October 14, 1976 show in Chicago
-    foldable half litre water bottle
-    special CD/DVD set housed in an exclusive long digipack with folded poster inside
-    all housed in a solid wooden box (33.3 x 33.3 x 5.5 cms) with two different Elvis logos printed on the front
A case of presentation over substance? EIN wonders if all 20 copies will be sold.
(News, Source: EIN)

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'Memphis Outtakes' New Import: A new import CD focusing on Elvis’ legendary Memphis recordings at the American Sound Studio.
(EIN wonders if fans really don't have everything already via other old bootlegs such as 'The American Way' and 'Unsurpassed Masters' etc)
This cd features 23 tracks that were not released on Elvis Presley - American Sound 1969.
More than 30 alternate takes!
A great alternate collection of Elvis at his best in 1969!
Enjoy this limited edition release and a great addition to the official set.
Includes, Come Out, Come Out (Wherever You Are) rehearsal, medium tempo, True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (take 3), Power Of My Love (rehearsal + take 2), Wearin’ That Loved On Look (takes 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11), Dear Georgie and more!

Go to 'All The CD News 2020' for full tracklisting

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis As Recorded Live In Huntsville '75' New Import: A new cd release from the REVISITED label with Elvis live at Von Braun Civic Center. Saturday May 31, 1975 (8:30 PM). Huntsville, AL.
A great soundboard recording released only once before on a single disc many years ago on "Across The Country Vol 2". A show with great songs like "Hawaiian Wedding Song" and "I'm Leavin'".
The beginning of the evening show was not recorded but as a bonus we've included recordings from the matinee show one day later (Sunday. June 1, 1975. Huntsville, AL.), including "How Great Thou Art" and a medley of early hits.
Elvis was truly inspired by the superb reaction he received in Huntsville, selling out five shows. These are recordings from show number 3 and 4 in very good sound quality.
Note that FTD released the afternoon show of the same day May 31, 1975  on 'Dixieland Delight'
This is a limited edition SOUNDBOARD release to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this great event! Including a booklet with photos and information about these shows.
Go to 'All The CD News 2020' for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 3 December 2020
Don't Miss Out- 'TTWII' in US Cinemas: Elvis is coming to the Movies at US cinemas with limited screenings Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 3 to 6.
To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas – remastered – with “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition.”
On July 31,1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of concerts broke all box office records and completely reenergized the career of the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
This feature-length documentary reveals the legendary singer as a man preparing for an emotional career comeback, a history-making event and delivering electrifying live performances.
US Elvis Fans GO HERE to check ElvisThatsTheWayItIs.com local sessions and GET TICKETS
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 2 December 2020
‘Elvis Day By Day 2020 – The Year In Review’ New Book: Poplar Tunes Publishing and the Memphis Mansion are proud to announce the release of ‘Elvis Day By Day 2020 – The Year In Review’.
The 600 news-updates on everything that happened in the Elvis world this year clearly show that Elvis Presley still matters today!
We compiled all the news and added over 50 in-depth reviews, articles and interviews, covering both the important as well as more odd-ball releases of the year, in one complete and fully illustrated reference-book.
The book was compiled and written by Kees Mouwen with additional contributions by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley - from the Elvis Information Network - and other fans from around the world, and a preface by renowned Elvis Presley author Alanna Nash.
The full color book measures 20 x 25 cm / 8 x 10 inch and contains 300+ pages with more than 550 illustrations.
The year 2020 will be remembered as a ‘special' year. We saw several great Elvis releases on CD and vinyl (lots of it!), many new books, movie releases on DVD, Blu-ray and in cinemas around the world. We had to say good-bye to friends from the Elvis world and there was the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a huge impact on the Elvis world too.
This year marked several anniversaries. We celebrated Elvis' 85th birthday with a virtual Elvis Week. 65 years ago Elvis signed his first contract with RCA Records, 60 years ago he
appeared on Frank Sinatra’s 'Welcome Home Elvis’ TV-show, released the classic ‘Elvis Is Back’ album and his first gospel LP 'His Hand In Mine'.
2020 also marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ ‘On Stage Season’ and album, breaking his own attendance records, the sold-out Houston Astrodome Concerts and Elvis’ legendary visit to President Nixon at the White House.
But above all, 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the legendary Nashville Marathon recording sessions and the release of the 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is' movie and LP. Fans were spoiled with a great box-set, books and Elvis’ return to the big screen.
Everything Elvis Presley from 2020 (and more) is captured in this comprehensive day-by-day yearbook. Fully illustrated with new in-depth
reviews, articles and interviews on the main - and odd-ball - releases of the year.
The good, the bad, the funny and the sad, and even the news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one complete book to revisit 2020 as it happened.
The book will be available mid-January 2021.
For more information or to (pre-)order the book, only €30.00, visit: Elvis Day-By-Day or Memphis Mansion
(News, Source;KM/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS UK3 - Ultimate CD Guide' New Book: Co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley’s CD Releases 1983-2005' is now almost ready for publication. The 1400 page book (containing over a million words, plus 4,000 plus black and white and colour illustrations), provides the definitive guide to Elvis’s UK compact disc releases and details the development of the medium from the 3 CD set The Legend – the world’s first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 – in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, BMG, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued in the UK up to 2005 are written about individually in comprehensive detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, charting and describing company and industry developments along the way. It has been painstakingly researched, and features many contributions by former RCA / BMG personnel who helped with key background information.
(Note that the image right is not the cover, but an EIN creation!)
The book also includes sections on various artist CDs containing Elvis material and company promos, including BMG in-house CDs etc. The huge song index is presented in forensic detail, indicating exactly where each master and outtake can be located and, in the
case of live performances, when and where they were recorded.

EIN has glimpsed a few preview pages and found the thorough in-depth research and comprehensive cross-referencing truly fascinating. It is a must for serious collectors! - More details to follow soon.
(News, Source;UK3/ElvisInfoNet)

(New book) Elvis Presley: 'All Shook Up' in Canada: Author, Brandon Yip, has advised that his new book was published in August and is available for purchase on Amazon. It is a new and fresh interpretation of Elvis' tour of Canada in 1957 (the only time Elvis toured outside the US during his career).
In addition, the book also contains interviews with fans and media who met the King; along with rare photos and more.

It is available in softcover (231 pages) and Kindle formats.

(News, Source: Brandon Yip)

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Dolly Parton tells of another potential Elvis number one stopped by The Colonel: Back in 2004 EIN published this story below, a sad tale that Dolly Parton is still re-telling 16 years later..
(2004) Thirty years ago Elvis Presley asked a pretty blond country singer if he could record a love song she'd penned. The request for ‘I Will Always Love You’ in 1974 stirred Dolly Parton's blood. "I got so excited," she drawled wide-eyed, recounting the story for a packed house in Ontario, "I told everybody Elvis was doing it. I’d been invited down to the studio to meet Elvis and be there when he sang my song. That was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me. Who doesn’t love Elvis?
But then Col Parker called me before the session and said ‘You do know we have to have at least half the publishing on any song that Elvis records?’
“And I said ‘No, I did not know that’. He said ‘Well, it’s just a rule’. So I said ‘Well, it’s not my rule’.”
Parton added: “And I cried all night long, ’cause I was so disappointed. It wasn’t Elvis, I loved Elvis. And I’m sure he was as disappointed as I was because he had it all worked up and ready to go. I know he loved the song.”
Speaking about Presley’s wife of six years, Parton said: “Priscilla told me later that he sang that song to her when they were coming down the steps of the courthouse after they divorced. That really touched me and I thought ‘Oh well, I can only imagine’. But it wasn’t his fault.”
In 2004 Parton told the story to set up a new song she's written, ‘I Dreamed About Elvis’, to memorialize the event. "I was disappointed I never got Elvis to record it . . . but Whitney Houston did it and made me a ton of money,"
laughed the 58-year-old music and film star. "It has been the biggest song of my career." Whitney Houston’s single sold 5 million copies in 1992 and spent 14 weeks at number One.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing' New Book: Out later this month, 'Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing' is the new book from acclaimed music writer Peter Guralnick. ('Last Train to Memphis, The Rise of Elvis Presley' and 'Careless Love'). The anthology finds the award-winning author reflecting on memorable encounters with icons like Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Tammy Wynette, Colonel Tom Parker, Howlin’ Wolf, Doc Pomus, and Merle Haggard. The result is a collection that “tells a subtle story of Guralnick’s own long journey”.
Including such stories as a novella-length account of the life and hard-then-redemptive times of Dick Curless and an epic new portrait-in-three-parts of Solomon Burke, refracted through his 30-year friendship with the “King of Rock ‘n’ Soul", Looking To Get Lost is a diverse, wide-ranging anthology that feels just as vital as Guralnick’s ground-breaking first collection of music writing Feel Like Going Home, published nearly fifty years ago.
Through his writing, Guralnick has earned a Grammy and an illustrious list of on-record fans and collaborators, including Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Martin Scorsese, Chuck D, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mick Jagger. Jagger and DiCaprio are currently working on a film adaption of Guralnick's most recent book, 2015's Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll.
“If there’s a leading figure among writers on American popular music—one who both defines and transcends the field—it has to be Peter Guralnick.” - The Wall Street Journal.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier this week ....
Elvis’ 30 top-selling single records: A neat article by Charles Apple for The Spokesman Review.
Elvis Presley, the original “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” long before Michael Jackson was born, graduated from the regional Memphis-based Sun Records to a major recording contract with RCA Records in late 1955. He’d go on to sell 50.5 million 45 rpm records in the US, and that’s not counting his many albums or tickets to the movies in which he starred.
Here’s a look at Elvis’ success as a singles artist.
Elvis’ very first RCA single release, “Heartbreak Hotel,” would ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for seven weeks and at No. 1 on the Billboard Country and Western chart for 17 weeks. And even with all that success, “Heartbreak Hotel” is “only” Elvis’ seventh best selling single in terms of discs sold.
Elvis’ all-time top-selling single, “It’s Now or Never,” was based on the Italian standard “O Sole Mio.” Elvis had heard Mario Lanza’s recording of that song during his time in the Army in Germany and asked his publisher what he could come up with along the same lines. The result would spend eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would also be Elvis’ biggest international hit.
Deserving of special notice is Elvis’ huge 1956 two-sided single hit single. He recorded “Don’t Be Cruel” but then – instead of the usual throwaway song – the label added “Hound Dog” as the single’s B-side. “Hound Dog” took off first, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Best Sellers chart before “Don’t Be Cruel” overtook it, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop, Country and Rhythm and Blues charts. Between the two sides, the single would spend 11 weeks at No. 1 – yielding only to Elvis’ next single, “Love Me Tender.”
In all, Elvis would spend 25 weeks at the top of US Billboard’s Best Sellers chart in 1956.
Numbers sold, as listed by the Recording Industry Association of America and reported by Chartmasters.org
EIN adds, to be honest I am not sure how  the classic #1 ‘Suspicious Minds’ is beaten by ‘Good Luck Charm’ or even ‘In the Ghetto’.
The RIAA only note Elvis’ US sales rather that Worldwide, hence ‘A Little Less Conversation’ down at #24 surely Elvis’ biggest selling worldwide #1.
The UK the Top five are also different
1. It's Now Or Never
2. Jailhouse Rock
3. Are You Lonesome Tonight
4. A Little Less Conversation
5. The Wonder Of You

Go here for the full Spokesman article.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The James Drury Interview': EIN contributor Jeremy Roberts has been absent of late, but today we discovered his facsinating in-depth interview with Elvis' Love Me Tender co-star James Drury.
Described as "Revelations from Elvis’s rebellious ‘Love Me Tender’ brother tempered by a Benedictine nun"
in an extract from the interview James Dury notes..
"Elvis was a very eager and earnest young man on Love Me Tender. He wanted to learn about motion picture acting. He questioned us constantly about different camera shots and hitting your marks. We gave him all the advice we could. He went on to great success, of course.
Q. Was it difficult to talk with Elvis in light of the ever-present Memphis Mafia?
J.Drury: "Oh no, they knew that Elvis and I were friends. They left us alone. We didn’t have any problems with them. When Elvis first came to California in 1956, he didn’t know anybody. He had to have some familiar faces around him, people he trusted that could take care of him, be his bodyguards, and be his friends. Some were cousins, and some had been with him since Humes High School. In other words, life-long friends. Elvis wanted them around him, and he was making tremendously big money which enabled him to support them for many years.
Q. Did you run into Elvis after Love Me Tender wrapped?
JD: Very definitely — I was friends with Elvis for the rest of his life. Anytime he was playing in a city where I was I’d go to see his concert. I would never call him backstage or anything, but he would always know I was there. He had “spies” in the audience. Before very long, he’d send a message to me. A guy would come over and say, “Elvis wants you to come to his dressing room after the show.” I would go and spend hours with him [On the road Presley avoided backstage socializing, spending minimal time in the venue before showtime. Within a few minutes of his “Can’t Help Falling in
Love” finale, he was in a limousine headed to the next city. In Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe backstage access was more common].
Q. Did you go to any of his Las Vegas shows at the International / Hilton Hotel?
JD: I went to see Elvis in Vegas several times over the course of the years, and maybe in Denver one time.

Go HERE to Medium.com for the compete interview
(News, Source;JR/ElvisInfoNet)

'Rare items unearthed in Graceland archives: At Graceland this year, archivist Angie Marchese has been giving Elvis fans a behind-the-scenes look in her Inside the Archives videos. Posted on Graceland’s official Instagram account, the latest saw the Elvis historian surprised by one particular item uncovered in the archives.
At the start of the video, Angie found a members receipt for the American Guild of Variety Artists, dated October 3, 1956.
But it was the second randomly selected item that surprised the Elvis historian. Angie picked out a brand new cheque book from the National Bank of Commerce, with the first one being for the Presley rental account.
She said: “I’ve never heard of this
account! Think I’m going to have to do some research on that to see what that one’s about.” Perhaps it was a bank account Elvis used for when he rented particular items he didn’t want to keep?
Meanwhile, another of Elvis’ possessions had a connection to his early girlfriend June Juanico. It was a matchbook from the Buena Vista hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, presumably from around the mid-1950s when they were dating.
Angie enthused: “Wow! Elvis was in Biloxi on vacation with June Juanico. I wonder if this is where they stayed.”
Finally, the Graceland historian uncovered a very early possession of Elvis’ father Vernon Presley.
Angie showed fans Vernon Presley’s United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America union dues book from 1942. The item said the initiation fee was $50 and even had Vernon’s birthdate on it of April 10, 1916.
GO HERE to INSTAGRAM for the Video
(News, Source:UKTabloid/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis The Man And His Music #130 Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine December 2020 issue is out now

Articles include...
+ More Questions Than Answers – LP cover anomalies
+ Brenda Nielsen Murray interview
+ The Gospel Truth – More Tall Tales, Rumours And Hot Air
+ The Way It Had To Be – TTWII 50th Anniversary box-set review
+ The Complete Picture – Meridian, Mississippi, 1955
+ Presley Press – Hal Wallis visits Elvis in Germany
+ CD & Book Reviews

Go here to NDT for subscriptions and to purchase



(News, Source;NDT/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in November ...

(Interview) Grace Pearl, author of Beyond the Stars My Seven Years with Elvis, talks to EIN: Grace Pearl is a medium. Her latest book, Beyond the Stars My Seven Years with Elvis, was recently published. Grace kindly agreed to talk to EIN about her new book and her relationship with what she calls the Entity of Elvis Presley, recalling conversations that vary from what brought him to drug abuse, to admissions about his one true love, even discussions about the meaning of life.
In the interview Grace Pearl explains,"Everyone has experienced telepathy. You suddenly think of a person you haven’t heard from in six months. The telephone rings and it’s that person. Suddenly, comes to you an idea you would have never thought of about a particular situation you’re dealing with. And you feel a strong emotion with it.... An amazing sequence of events, which happened to me in the course of a year, led me to be in direct contact with Elvis. They happened so unexpectedly that I lived each of them somewhat naturally. I hadn’t done anything to make them happen, they just did."
This is an intriguing and interesting interview which will likely engross some readers and frustrate others.
(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Don't Miss 'TTWII' in US Cinemas: Elvis is coming to the Movies at US cinemas with limited screenings Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 3 to 6.
To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas – remastered – with “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition.”
On July 31,1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of concerts broke all box office records and completely reenergized the career of the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
This feature-length documentary reveals the legendary singer as a man preparing for an emotional career comeback are the fans who traveled from all over the world for this history-making event and electrifying live performance.
US Elvis Fans GO HERE to check ElvisThatsTheWayItIs.com local sessions
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis Releases.. . . .

Graceland Christmas Season Kicks Off: The Christmas festivities have started at Elvis' house! Discover the magic of Christmas as Graceland is decorated for the holidays through to January 8, 2021.
The Graceland Annual Lighting Ceremony kicked off our 2020 holiday season, as fans from around the world tuned in to watch the holiday lights at Graceland Mansion come alive for another year! 
A number of special guests have helped us kick off the holiday season by turning on the Christmas lights at Graceland Mansion. Join us for a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Graceland's Holiday Lighting Ceremony over the years!
Our "Best of Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony" video features: Trisha Yearwood (2015), John Stamos (2014), Scotty McCreery (2018), and Chip Esten (2013). Click Here To Watch The Best Of Graceland's Holiday Lighting Ceremony
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David Stanley Talks Elvis: The UK tabloids keep posting "new" Elvis stories, and although badly fact-checked they at least show Elvis' on-going popularity in the UK.
Recently they featured "David Stanley says Elvis' inner torment caught up with him in the end"
... Elvis' step-brother David Stanley grew up alongside The King at Graceland and was with him until the very end as an inner member of the Memphis Mafia.
David Stanley became part of Elvis' family in 1960 when his mother Dee married the star's father, Vernon Presley, on July 3, 1960. He grew up living next door to Graceland and, when he was old enough, became part of the inner circle who made sure everything went smoothly and exactly as Elvis wanted. David was even there in the bathroom at The King's Memphis mansion on the night Elvis died.
Stanley describes a man who was always struggling with his gifts and his fame, who struggled to allow people to truly know and love him.
As a child, he just remembers being taken to school in a pink Cadillac by the man who "looked over at me and he picked me up and he gave me a hug and he welcomed me into his family.
"He took me in and he shared his life with me. He knew that my dad had been swept out of my life, and he did that replacement thing."
But as David grew up, he started to understand the pressures his step-brother was under and to see a man struggling to feel worthy of all his extraordinary gifts.
David said: "When people talk about him and how big he is, he was such a magnet, people were just drawn to him.
"He had a hard time being that. I mean, he was being Elvis Presley. I think in the end that's what caught up with him.
"How do you become a person that everybody loves? How do you become a person everybody adores and follows and wants to be around and wants that pat on the back?"

He says Elvis struggled with more than just fame. The star famously delved deeper and deeper into spiritualism in his final years, rooted in his sincere attempts to make sense of his life
David added: "Watching him being Elvis, cool Elvis, up Elvis, down Elvis, sad Elvis, the great entertainer he was, watching him do that and towards the end, watching him go through that... Many times Elvis would sit down by himself and say, 'Why me? Why I do have these phenomenal gifts?'
He always wanted to share it but he always had that problem of, 'why has this been bestowed on me?'"
Elvis "went the extra mile to make you feel special" and yet was not able to let others do the same for him.
He explained: "Elvis loved to love people but it was difficult for Elvis letting people love him or letting us love him. He would just go inside himself and try to figure out who he was."
No matter how much those around the star tried to help him, especially towards the end, David added: "Elvis was ultimately responsible for himself. We could only take care of him as much as we could."
Go here to EIN's exclusive interviews with David Stanley
(News, Source;UkExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

“Elvis And The Legend Of The Jeweled Cross Pendant” New BTI Ep: Bud Glass and ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE (The Series) is proud to announce the release of EPISODE 2 of the new FREE video series premiering NOW on YouTube! Go here > “ELVIS AND THE LEGEND OF THE JEWELED CROSS PENDANT”
The story follows the curious trail of a very unique gift that was first given TO Elvis, and much later received FROM Elvis in an incredible incident that has become famous in Elvis history.  It involves a future U.S. President, an attempted theft, and a legendary act of generosity after Elvis comes to the aid of a scared little girl at one of his live performances. This story is one you may THINK you know, but trust me - this is a true, real-life adventure that I guarantee that you have absolutely never seen before!

This story took many years of investigation, tracking and collecting all of the data - starting back in the 1980’s.  Decades later, I was finally able to find additional material and assemble all of the pieces of the puzzle for you here in this full, feature - length documentary. 

I was personally amazed to discover so many details and first-hand accounts - and I never expected this story to lead me down a series of previous hidden paths that I had no idea ever existed. 

Like in Episode 1- there are several unexpected twists that come out of nowhere. Plus an ending that you never see coming! Many great photos, custom-created illustrations, accentuating audio and video bites, custom tailored backing music, exclusive interviews and some rare 8mm Elvis footage from my personal archive- are all strategically placed for maximum effect and illustration in making this amazing story come to life in your mind’s eye.

Runs 75 fascinating minutes - features some stunning photos and footage.

Highly recommended by EIN - Go here don't miss it.

After the first episode: 'Double Trouble (As Elvis Goes Ballistic When Two Female Fans Cross the Line)', I was bombarded with comments from Elvis fans from all over the world who said that they loved the work and wanted more.  Nothing pleases me more than to assemble a brand-new creation and share detailed, true Elvis adventures with fellow fans who genuinely appreciate them;  It’s even better when seasoned fans tell me it was a story they have never heard before in their entire life.
FAIR WARNING: “Watch out for the Zinger!”
There’s a small bit in Episode 2 that’s a tad risqué -  but anyone who knows me well, knows that I have never been one for coloring within the lines.

Now … what is coming in an episode in the near future will separate the men from the boys!  Like everything I try to do, its important to have fun with it!
As always with my productions, (Both the full episodes and the bonus material) …ALWAYS be sure to stay to the ABSOLUTE END of the video (AFTER the closing credits), for some fun surprises!

More ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE (The Series) News: EIN asked Bud Glass about all the work and time he is putting into these feature-length free videos...
Bud Glass: In some ways I have been researching this rare Elvis material since the 1980s. My idea is that fans will be literally transported back to the place these stories happen.
My archives are full of rare material, film, audio, interviews I gave conducted over the decades and stories that will die with me if I don’t do something to make sure they are put together properly and cemented in Elvis history.  My goal is to do that in an entertaining format, in my own personal style and presentation - showcasing the man BEHIND the image,
as my mission statement for the past 21 years has attested.  It dawned on me recently that I have - not just the material- but the stories disclosed to me personally, recorded interviews, memories of both Elvis insiders and fans – many of whom are now deceased.  I feel I have an obligation to share that material.  My idea for the new series is my way of continuing my original BEHIND THE IMAGE book/dvd concept that was conceived in 1999, and tying all of those components together plus - utilizing my own personal collection along with my life experience in the Elvis world - presenting it all in a totally unique and fun way.
MANY long hours, time and expense has been sacrificed to give this free gift from me to Elvis’ fans as my way of giving back to the Elvis world that has entertained me and enriched my life since childhood.
As for future plans, Episode 3 is “in the can” and will be released before Christmas, and will be a special episode that EVERY Elvis fans NEEDS to see, and will no-doubt want to share.
More details to come soon!  All subscribers to the ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE YouTube channel will be automatically notified with each new release.
And don’t forget to join the free “ALL-ACCESS, MEMBERS ONLY” area to see extra, bonus material for each episode. Bonus material in EP 2 is “ELVIS AND THE EXORCIST”  …and yes …it is strangely tied to Episode 2!
(News, Source;BudGlass/ElvisInfoNet)

Rolling Stone, ‘From Elvis in Nashville’ "an electrifying listening experience": The Rolling Stone magazine has given Elvis' new set a rave review. It includes, "Elvis meets the Nashville Cats with glorious results" and "This finds Presley at his thrilling best — vamping, scatting, and even swearing, in thrall to the performance. At four hours and 25 minutes, it is an electrifying listening experience."
The article includes some interesting comments from Charlie McCoy.
"The Memphis Mafia were so protective of him. But when we were recording, these guys were nowhere to be seen.” The studio was sacred space, where Elvis was free to create and vibe off the musicians. 'From Elvis in Nashville' takes fans where even Elvis’ inner circle couldn’t go.
Over 74 tracks, the four-disc package puts you right in the studio with Elvis, guitarist James Burton, and members of the Music City studio pros casually known as the “Nashville Cats,” including Carrigan, Putnam, pianist David Briggs, and the harmonica ace McCoy.
Like previous box sets issued by RCA/Legacy 'From Elvis in Nashville' is a Presley fan’s dream, a collection of rip-roaring performances that could convert even the most obstinate of Elvis deniers. At four hours and 25 minutes, it is an electrifying listening experience.
... Ballads like “Make the World Go Away,” “How the Web Was Woven,” and “Twenty Days and Twenty Nights” capture this contemplative side of Elvis. He’s singing with vulnerability, baring a pained soul.
But despite the immense power of the ballads, it’s the rambunctious, country-soul jams that make this particular set so irresistible. Elvis is performing unburdened, and the band is on fire, tearing through “Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off of It,” “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Elvis spontaneously swears throughout, overcome by the energy in the room.
“I said you’re long, lean and lanky, sweet as she can be, motherfucker now!” he vamps in the “Got My Mojo Working” medley. At the jam’s end, someone shouts, “Damn right!” and the boss laughs. “It’s that type of material that’s not good or bad, it’s just mediocre shit,” Elvis says of the performance. He couldn’t be more wrong.
“We’re not trying to change history,” Matt Ross-Spang says of the updated mixes,“But it’s amazing, with the abilities we have, to go back and showcase how invested Elvis was in the music and in the songs.”
“It was all night,” McCoy says of those wild, dusk-to-dawn sessions. “Elvis would sleep all day and then he came in raring to go. I walked out of the studio with just enough time to go to breakfast and go to my next session.” - Go here to RS for the full article.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley - The Making of 'From Elvis in Nashville' (Mini Documentary): A cute 5 minute mini-documentary explaining how producer Ernst Jorgensen and engineer Matt Ross-Spang assembled the brand new 'From Elvis In Nashville' 2020 package together.
Watch them both as they examine the separate musician tracks from the RCA recording sessions and discover how the cameraderie and spontaneous playing helped create such stunning 1970 Elvis Masters.

Well-worth watching
Go here to YouTube

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

NOV 20 - 'From Elvis In Nashville' OUT NOW: Great news as Elvis' 2020 major release 'From Elvis In Nashville' is out now, even delivered by the Australian postman at 9am this morning. (Despite rumours the release would be delayed in Australia).
And it is an absolute gem, capturing Elvis creating some truly magnificent Nashville magic. While these Marathon Sessions have often been compared unfavourably with the life-changing 1969 Memphis Sessions Elvis and his core musicians work truly hard as the camarderie between them inspire some of Elvis' best work of the 70s.
The shame is that the core soul of the original recordings of Elvis and the Nashville Cats would often be hidden by the later orchestral overdubs or clean ups.
As the publicity says, "these sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs of earlier releases - in other words how Elvis would sound if you were in the room with him" and it is right.
There are delights to discover in the previously unreleased Undubbed Masters such as I've Lost You, The Sound Of Your Cry, The Fool,  It's Your Baby You Rock It, Stranger In The Crowd, Mary In The Morning, Just Pretend, even Bridge Over Troubled Water never before officially released as Undubbed but with harmony vocal.
While others such as I Really Don't Want To Know,The Next Step Is Love, Funny How Time Slips Away, I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water, even Only Believe have a new "fuller" more soulful feel courtesy of the Matt Ross-Spang new audio mixes.
The 28 booklet is packed full of information plus two detailed articles, four pages by Ernst Jorgensen on the session themselves plus an interesting 7-page essay by Nashville author David Cantwell explaining how the musicians all came together to create such important music.
Ernst writes, "What Elvis called "sitting ready" essentially meant that he expected the musicians share his inspired moments and instantly fall in with whatever he began singing.... Spontaneity was key, and to Elvis, it was always about the feel, and not about perfection."
A core thread is that it was the RCA Range & Hill supplied material that let the overall quality drop and plenty of those tracks never even get mentioned in Ernst's session essay.
Like the STAX 2013 deluxe SONY release and 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' once again it is Elvis' pure recordings that prove he was still a force to be reckoned with after the musical renaissance of the 1969 Chips Moman Sessions.
This is a MUST BUY for any Elvis Fan.
In-Depth EIN review coming soon..
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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‘From Elvis in Nashville’ WSJ Review: The Wall Street Journal has positively reviewed the new ‘From Elvis in Nashville' set.
The review, "Elvis The King Captured in His Favorite Form" includes....
A CD set documenting Presley’s intimate 1970 sessions in Music City bears out the singer’s view that he was at his best live in the studio with a responsive band.
...  While Elvis was willing to do multiple takes for complex, multitrack productions when that was called for, he believed he was recorded best working live in the studio with a responsive band right at hand. “From Elvis in Nashville” proves his instincts were correct.
Forty tracks recorded that summer are revisited without the orchestral and horn overdubs piled on for those releases, presenting the wide array of material Presley and band took up live in the studio. The results are all the more immediate and intimate for it, and alternate takes and rehearsal recordings are added on separate discs, showing how those results were achieved.
Elvis works with an evolved set of players here... with a loose, funky rhythm section, Elvis' comfort and identification with these players is palpable, their broad versatility liberating for him, as tidbits of uncensored outtake conversations underscore.
Presley was a music fan with broad, deep roots-music interests as much as a practitioner. That’s unquestionable. He leads the band, in the course of these sessions, back into rockabilly (Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and Sanford Clark’s “The Fool”); blues, with Muddy Waters’s “Got My Mojo Working”; and gospel both serious (“Where Did They Go, Lord;” “Only Believe”) and in the American tall-tale hokum vein (“I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago”). The excursion is as much fun as it sounds like it would be.
The artist’s ease and innovation recording in RCA Nashville’s Studio B, and his enduring welcome there, will likely surprise many. Elvis Presley was very much at home in Nashville, Tenn. and with this R&B-practiced band behind him now, he was all the more so. You can hear it.

Go here to the WSJ for the full review
(News, Source;WSJ/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis #5 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: Last year ELVIS jumped back up the Forbes charts to become #2 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity but this year he has taken a bad hit, dropping down to Number 5 but still earning an easy $23 million without getting out of bed.
Michael Jackson again tops Forbes magazine's annual list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities but with an estimated of $48 million income, a drop of 12mill from last year, with his Music catalog (which includes Elvis and Aretha Franklin!) and a long-term Sony deal accounting for more than 70% of his earnings.
Dr. Seuss gets #2 thanks to a series of seven-figure TV and film deals with books still Dr. Seuss’ biggest income stream earns $33 million.
Charlie Brown & Snoopy creator Charles Schulz stays at #3, while Arnold Palmer also holds at #4 with his Arizona Beverages deal bringing in millions.
Elvis' income was truly hit by the coronavirus as Graceland closed for two months this year and is now operating at reduced capacity with earnings dropping by millions.
Sadly, there are also young newcomers to the list 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD (No. 7) who died December 2019 earned $15 million and NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January, is ranked No. 6, having earned $20 million.
The top ten also featured Bob Marley with $14 million, John Lennon $13 million and Prince with $10 million.

Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2020.
1. Michael Jackson $48 million (down from $60m)
2. Dr. Seuss $33 million (up from $19m)
3. Charles Schulz ('Peanuts' creator) $32.5 million.
4. Arnold Palmer $25 million.
5. Elvis Presley $23 million (down from $39m)
6. Kobe Bryant $20 million,  7. Juice WRLD $15mill, 8. Bob Marley $14mill,  9. John Lennon $13mill, 10. Prince $10mill.
Also noting 11. Freddie Mercury with $9 million, 12. George Harrison $8.5mill and 13. the great Marilyn Monroe $8 million.

As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!

Elvis left the building 43 years ago - will Michael Jackson still be in the list in 30 years' time? - EIN truly has its doubts.
(News, Source;Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)

'Destined to Die Young' New Book: A fascinating new book,  'Destined to Die Young' is the definitive examination of why the world lost Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977, when he was only forty-two years old. Author Sally Hoedel has painstakingly researched the subject and offers factual and scientific data - plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis - to support her claim that Elvis Presley was never going to live a long life.
In this well-documented book, Hoedel explores how prescription medication was only one aspect of his compromised health and did not ultimately cause his demise. She examines Elvis Presley — a son, husband, father, and devoted friend — while ploughing through the negative hype and legendary myths surrounding the man. Elvis’ downward spiral of health struggles is presented and, for the first time ever, it is revealed that he suffered from disease in nine of eleven bodily systems, five of which were present from birth. This book dispels the long-held theory that abuse of prescription drugs is what killed Elvis.
Author Sally Hoedel interviewed many people close to Elvis for instance nurse Tish Henley Kirk who noted, “One show, they weighed his suit before and after. It weighed eight pounds more after the show, and he still had an evening show to do. We were in a different town all the time. I wasn’t up there doing the shows and wearing myself out like he was. Dr. Nick and I both knew how exhausted we got and we didn’t do a tenth of what Elvis did.”
Destined to Die Young is for anyone who is curious to know the true story of one of the world’s most famous cultural icons. For longtime Elvis Presley fans, it provides answers to lingering questions surrounding his death. You may be surprised to learn that, based on
Elvis Presley’s family history and the genes he was dealt, nothing could have saved the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Preorder - $22.00 - Book will be available on December 14, 2020.
Go here to the book's website for details and preorder
(News, Source;SH/ElvisInfoNet)

Sally Hoedel is the author of the new Elvis book 'Destined to Die Young' - as featured above.. 
EIN wanted to know more..

Q. Elvis died 43 years ago, what do you think fans will learn from your book?  
Sally Hoedel: Fans will learn what Elvis was struggling with health-wise throughout his life, not just in the final years. Everyone knows the struggling Elvis as the bloated image of 1977, but the Elvis of 1957 already had a number of ailments. My book traces when they were first evident. This is so important because when there is evidence of disease/disorder prior to fame then it can be concluded that the disease/disorder was not the end result of the prescription medication problem. The book also traces, when possible, where the ailments came from in the family tree and by doing so, truly explains Gladys’ death in a way that has never been done before. Explaining one, gives us answers for the other as both their lives were cut short.
Q. From Billie Holiday to Amy Winehouse famous musicians have always led an unhealthy life-style. Why does Elvis' drug-

habits still matter to the tabloid media?
SH: There are many reasons why Elvis’ decline is still making headlines. One is that his demise was so visual…he went from a perfect looking human to a visibly compromised man. Second, who else is known around the world by their first name? Elvis is as recognizable as Coca-Cola and Mickey Mouse yet the world tends to forget that he was a human being and not just an image. That leads to the third reason, which is the fact that so much of what general pop culture knows about Elvis is false. He is a man so shrouded in myth and legend that he is rarely allowed to exist within his own humanity.
Q. If you had known Elvis could you have saved him?
SH: If I had known Elvis during his lifetime, I could not have saved him. The point of my book is that no one could, not even Elvis himself.

Right: the author with Elvis' 50s girlfriend Barbara Hearn

NOTE: EIN's detailed interview with Sally Hoedel is coming soon.

'Elvis in Vegas' Paperback Out Now: The excellent 2019 book, 'Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show' by Richard Zoglin, paperback edition has now been published.
"A fascinating history of Vegas as gambling capital, celebrity playground, mob hangout, and entertainment Valhalla, the incredible tale of how the King got his groove back”
"Elvis in Vegas" is a classic feel-good story for the ages.

At the time EIN reviewed the book as... 'Elvis in Vegas is an engrossing, fast paced history of Vegas with Elvis’ comeback and rock approach to staging his show "headlined" as a transformational point in the town's chequered history.  A richly textured book which fluidly examines its subjects in multi-dimensional fashion. ‘Las Vegas saved Elvis, at least for a little while. And Elvis showed Vegas its future’. Highly recommended."

See our 2019 review plus EIN's exclusive interview with the author below



(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review): Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show (Richard Zoglin): EIN recently interviewed senior editor of Time magazine, Richard Zoglin, about his new book, Elvis in Vegas.

To complement our interview, EIN's Nigel Patterson provides a detailed review of Zoglin's book, a release that offers a lot more than its title suggests, and a book that is clearly one of the most important Elvis releases of 2019.

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

Read EIN's interview with the author, Richard Zoglin

New FTDs OUT NOW: After a few weeks delay FTD's new releases are OUT NOW. 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' including 'The Wild In The Country sessions'. It includes remixed and remastered unreleased studio outtakes. This 8 inch deluxe 4-CD package will also feature a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos. Both "October" releases are OUT NOW and at your Elvis dealer.

a) "The Something For Everybody Sessions - with 'Wild In The Country'" a 4CD "complete sessions" set.
All the session takes from Elvis' RCA November 7 / 8, 1960 and March 12 / 13, 1961 sessions.
The vast majority of these session have already been released but it will include several "new" false start / outtakes from 'Put the Blame On Me',  'Wild In the Country' and 'I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell'.

b) 'Easy Come, Easy Go' Special double-vinyl: FTD double-VINYL release of Elvis' 1967 Paramount movie 'Easy Come, Easy Go' soundtrack as a double-LP set. As always this is a 'Limited Edition'.
As there was no official publicity portrait session for the movie, the original six-track EP featured a cover shot from Girl Happy. Around the same time as the ECEG EP release, "See The USA The Elvis Way" EP (based on the ECEG EP art design) was released exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. For this 2-LP limited edition, we have mirrored this rare design that included a publicity portrait from Spinout. Elvis recorded the songs on september 28 and 29, 1966.

Includes Bonus Songs 'Come What May' and 'Fools Fall in Love' plus alternate takes and instrumentals.
180 Gram Vinyl.

Click here to EIN's 'FTD SONY CD News' for full details (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) From Elvis in Memphis (Eric Wolfson): The 150th volume in the popular Bloomsbury Academic 33 1/3 series of music history and criticism books is Eric Wolfson’s From Elvis in Memphis (due out on 12 November).
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down and submerged himself in what is the first (and long overdue) extensive examination of any Elvis album.
What Nigel found was a deeply considered, strongly written, and thought provoking analysis of what many regard as Elvis’ finest album.

.. "In 1968, Elvis Presley was worse than dead – he was irrelevant. After helping to establish rock and roll as a cultural force and becoming its biggest star in the 1950s, he now found himself eclipsed by the music. New artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan blew the mid-1960’s rock landscape wide open.. Elvis, once the epitome of the young and exciting rock and roll star, had become old and stale.
From the moment that From Elvis in Memphis begins with a rock and roll Odysseus returning home after “a little while”, the album refuses to settle. Over the course of the record, people drive eight-wheel locomotives, ride in long black limousines, and soar like beautiful birds...."

Read Nigel’s detailed 3,000+ words review of From Elvis in Memphis

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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Jean-Marie Pouzenc Interview: Jean-Marie Pouzenc is one of Europe's most well-known identities in the Elvis fan world. He is the founder and long-time president of the celebrated Elvis My Happiness fan club and publishes one of the best Elvis magazines in the world.
Jean-Marie has also written a number of acclaimed Elvis books including his latest coffee table release, Elvis Technicolor in Black & White.
In this fascinating interview Jean-Marie Pouzenc, now 77 years old, discusses...
- How and when he became an Elvis fan
- What changes he has noticed in the Elvis world since 1956
- Elvis' popularity in France
- His new publication 'Elvis Technicolor in Black & White'
- Elvis in Paris
. . . . and much, much more

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music, including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector An Illustrated Compendium (Paul Belard): The latest photobook from prolific Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector An Illustrated Compendium, focuses on one of Elvis’ major passions.  Elvis’ love of guns (and other weapons) is well known, but until now there has not been a detailed narrative and visual record of this passion. Belard has managed to compile a visually impressive and narratively comprehensive account, presenting hundreds of Elvis’ guns, knives, holsters, and other associated items, and most of the items are in color.

With interesting background information and a range of rare archival material (including affidavits, auction records, and letters of provenance) this book is an important one which neatly fills a hole in the multi-faceted Elvis story.

Read EIN’s full review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInfoNetwork)

'The Elvis Is Back! Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in December 2019 'The Elvis Is Back! Sessions' is a 4-CD deluxe set released to celebrate its 60th Anniversary year. Hailed by many as Elvis’ finest recordings, for the first time here are all the songs as recorded in sequence. Included are all the RCA outtakes and masters.
The release includes a deluxe 28-page booklet and fold-out CD carrier adorned with beautiful portraits, rare photos, insightful essay, recording data and classic memorabilia.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, plus essay by Alan Hanson. The set includes new outakes from songs such as 'Make Me Know It' , 'Soldier Boy', 'Mess Of Blues', 'Fame And Fortune' and 'Girl Of My Best Friend'. All the tracks are newly restored and remastered by Sebastian Jeansson.
But with the vast majority of this studio session having already been released by FTD, can yet another 'Elvis IS Back!' set really be worth purchasing all over again?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set and finds plenty of new delights
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review): Elvis Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon (Mark Duffett): The latest book release from Mark Duffett (author of Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs) was recently published.
In Elvis Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon, the author returns to his academic roots and offers readers a fresh and stimulating perspective on how the Elvis Presley phenomenon should be considered in 2020.
Challenging other academic positions, Duffett traverses a rich theoretical terrain, including race, culture, consumerism, and sociological and psychological theory, in presenting his position.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson offers his view on this new book. Read Nigel’s detailed review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


"ELVIS 1969" PART 2: While the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' stunning return to live performances was officially celebrated last year, disappointingly there was no related documentary. Luckily, Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has now followed-up his unique in-depth look at 'Elvis in 1968' with this new special, an exclusive two-part documentary focusing on Elvis' stunning year of 1969.
Released today July 31st, "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" continues Laverty's look at Elvis' Las Vegas "Return-To-Splendour" and much, much more.
The story is told by those who were there, including his band members, backup singers, song-writers, friends and family.
Featuring newspaper articles, home movies, archive footage plus unreleased footage from Elvis' 1970 'That's The Way It Is".
"ELVIS 1969" Part 2, released today includes rare archive interviews including Orchestra Leader Bobby Morris (I'd never see this interview before), George Hamilton, Priscilla, Sammy Shore, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr, Jerry Scheff, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Del Shannon plus some wonderful home-video of Elvis on stage in 1969.
Settle down to another impressive two hours. CLICK HERE TO VIMEO TO VIEW.
While "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" has to feature a lot of 1970 material from TTWII to help explore Elvis' legacy back in 1969, fans can only blame Col Parker for that. How could such a monetary based manager not bother to film even 10 minutes of Elvis' comeback?
EIN THANKS Dennis Laverty for his dedication. WATCH THIS NOW, in case it disappears. We hope you enjoy it.
(Spotlight, Source; DennisLaverty/ElvisInfoNet)

"ELVIS 1969" Documentary - EIN Review: Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has produced a new unique in-depth look at 'Elvis in 1968' with this new special, an exclusive two-part documentary focusing on Elvis' stunning year of 1969.
"ELVIS 1969" Part 1 includes rare archive interviews from Chips Moman, Felton Jarvis, The Memphis Boys, back-up singers such as Donna Thatcher and Jeannie Greene, along with Elvis musicians and also includes interviews and scenes from Elvis' last three 1969 era films.
While the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' stunning return to live performances was officially celebrated last year, disappointingly there was no related documentary.
EIN's Piers Beagley takes a look at this unique in-depth four-hour documentary..
(Spotlight; Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Spotlight: Changing Times, Heavy books, and the two-class Elvis world: While a lot of fans believe Col Parker was bad for Elvis the one thing the Colonel usually got right was to look after the fans. From reasonable ticket prices, cheap licensed merchandise and assisting fan clubs, he worked with fans to engender good will and build interest in the latest Elvis releases.

In 2020, the situation is very different. EPE is owned by commercial interests meaning entry costs to Graceland, and buying licensed Elvis merchandise is no longer cheap - and importantly, no longer affordable for many who have been fans since the 1950s.

Another change is Follow That Dream, RCA-SONY, Eric Lorentzen, Venus, etc all now publish expensive "Deluxe" collections. Some costing US$350. Out of reach for most fans, so why is this?
The answer, of course, is money. There is obviously a neat profit in targeting the higher end of the Elvis fan market. In this respect, the proliferation of coffee table Elvis books is similar to the (admittedly) less regular annual Elvis box set extravaganzas from RCA/BMG/Sony. And, of course, plenty of the material in all these publications has usually been previously released but now include a few new additions or "upgrades" to attract customers.

EIN asked you to comment and we received a large number of replies, including a lengthy explanation from Eric Lorentzen. Reader comments include..
- I totally agree. Fans are being ripped-off, there is a money hungry frenzy going on in the Elvis world...
- Even Graceland has become too expensive for the general fan
- Fans are shocked by these new prices, many cannot afford it anymore
- I hope your article resonates with EPE and others that they are ruining it for middle class and poor Elvis fans.

Eric Lorentzen however adds.. "For the money? No way. Fans think that I and others do this only for the sake of money. But have they considered what the purchase of photos, printing, shipping and all other expenses are?"
Go HERE to read these comments in full, - and Have Your Say.
(Spotlight; Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

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(Book Review) Elvis 1956 – September 9 First Ed Sullivan Show (Paul Belard): The latest Elvis photo-book from prolific author, Paul Belard, has been published. The “limited edition” first pressing focuses on one of the most significant events in the Elvis story, his first appearance on America’s most popular television entertainment program, The Ed Sullivan Show.

Elvis was reviewed at the time as ..  Anything more outrageously offensive to good taste, is hard to imagine – within the limits of the law. The young man seems devoid of talent, unless one recognises such a thing as a talent for vulgarity.
How then, does he happen to appear again and again on a program allegedly governed by the American family’s sovereign demand for things of good taste?

EIN’s Nigel Patterson has taken a look inside the new book and in a 1,000 word review, offers his view on the rich range of narrative, visual and archival material featured in it.

Read Nigel’s review 

(Book Reviews, Source: ElvisInfoNet)

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UPDATED- 'Elvis: St Louis & Spokane 1976' FTD In-Depth Review: 1976 is not an easy Elvis concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this new FTD set features Elvis at the Kiel Auditorium on March 22 1976 and The Coliseum on April 27 1976.
Both shows were "Closing Nights" of these short 1976 tours where Elvis would often go that little bit further for his loving fans.
Larrie Londin played drums with the TCB band on the March 1976 tour so it will be a treat for collectors to get an official release featuring 'A Different Beat' with Larrie Londin playing at St Louis on March 22, 1976.

Can there really be that much to say about these two concerts, well EIN's coolest reviewers have rustled up over 4000 words.. and check if there any surprises in store..
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & Piers Beagley check out this new set ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)

Arlo Guthrie 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You': A marvelous story for CV19 lockdown.
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (son of legend Woody Guthrie) tells a truly wonderful life-affirming story of singing Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' at a European folk festival, to 30,000 folk music lovers!
He jokes about choosing a song made popular by 'The King of Folk Singers' Elvis Presley. 
Arlo Guthrie teases fellow musician Pete Seeger about him being a core "Folkie" and exactly how Elvis' music fits into the whole equation.
After all everyone knows Elvis' music and the world is a better place if you are an ELVIS fan.
Live at Wolftrap, August 8, 1993
Go here to YouTube for a life-affirming 9 minutes.
EIN HIGHLY recommended
with big THANKS to our friend James Bracken
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - ‘Elvis Reborn: New Mono to Stereo’ CD In-Depth Review: The publicity notes, "Hear 30 classic Elvis songs like you've never heard them before... in STEREO! These are NOT "overdubs". All of the sounds you hear are the original musicians backing Elvis, but with a clarity that exposes for the first time sounds you never heard before!"
The MONO vs STEREO debate is a fascinating discussion, so we need to get some facts straight before we investigated the possibilities of this new Elvis "Stereo" release.
The earliest recordings of the sound era were recorded in MONO with the singer and orchestra carefully positioned around one microphone. But even in Sun Studios it was actually Sam Phillips who created Elvis' classic mono recordings.
Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys were not playing "mono" - nor were they recorded via one microphone. So listening in "Fake Stereo" can fans really learn anything new about how some of these life-changing songs that Elvis recorded in the studio were created?
Is it truly possible that these "DES Stereo" versions actually sound better than their original classic mono vinyl releases?
- NOW UPDATED with YOUR Comments
EIN's Piers Beagley takes a detailed look into this new compilation and the "MONO vs STEREO" debate.
(CD Reviews, Source;PB/ElvisInformationNetwork) - Click HERE and join the 'Mono vs Stereo' debate!

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

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

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

(Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)

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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 30,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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





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

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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


Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

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

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

Please Do Not be ripped off by other Australian Elvis shops.

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
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Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
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