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Thursday 30 December 2021 - One More Sleep until New Year's Eve -

Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley Top of The UK Charts: In the UK Cliff Richard (UK's answer to Elvis) and ELVIS have topped the UK 2022 calendar charts beating pop hunks and beauties more than half their age
UK Chart-topping singer Cliff (now 81) and rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis, who died 44 years ago are still going strong and nabbed first and second spots in the review of UK music calendar sales chart.
The veteran crooners pipped ex-1D star Harry Styles, 27, who has forged a hugely successful solo career but only came third.
In fourth is 53-year-old Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue, who outsold all her younger female counterparts.
Little Mix in sixth and Taylor Swift, down in ninth, were the only other women to feature in Calendar Club’s top ten music category.
Elvis still sells close to a million calendars world-wide each year due to the clever EPE marketing as well as his stunning looks and fabulous daily media presence.
You can never get enough of ELVIS and EIN has two calendars on their office walls every year

(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

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Help increase Elvis' 2022 calendar sales!
Get one today!
and why not a second one? 

Australian '2022 Elvis Presley calendar' AU$17

Australian 'Elvis Presley 2022 Calendar' AU$20

'All Shook Up' Single BPI Silver Award: In a neat end-of-the-year treat the British Phonographic Industry (similar to US RIAA) have awarded a SILVER Award for the 2004 re-release of the single 'All Shook Up'.
It is Elvis' 10th BPI Award this year.
The single has sold 200,000 UK copies with combined digital and physical sales

'Love Me Tender' single re-release was given a similar Silver Award back in August.

It's great to know that Elvis sales still keep on going and keep getting those awards he deserves.


(News, Source;Phoenix/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Hawaii 1973' Double 10" Vinyl: From the UK "Elvis - Hawaii 1973" the re-release of Aloha as a 10-Inch Double Album on Sky Blue Vinyl. Presumably released through EU 'Public Domain' as being originally a "TV broadcast", the cover design is a shocker. The publicity sadly describes the artist as sometimes "bloated and intoxicated" and states...
.. Elvis Presley died 16th August, 1977 at the age of 42. In his last years, bloated and intoxicated, his shows were lacklustre, a sad reminder of his previously outstanding talent. By contrast however, the show on this record is a moment of brilliance. This is the soundtrack of the satellite broadcast of his concert special from Hawaii on 14th January 1973. This was arguably his final moment of genius.
Featuring many classics from Presley’s catalogue, the 22 songs he performed included Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog and An American Trilogy.The broadcast was seen by approximately 1.3 billion people in 36
countries and remains a fan favourite that clearly demonstrates the abilities of the man they call ‘The King’ – Elvis Presley. - Costs US$52 & Postage
Go here to StylusGroove if you want to know more
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'February 1970, Las Vegas International Hotel' 7cd Bootleg: EIN has been saying all year that the Bootleg Vaults are basically empty - bar the occaisional miracle (like Kansas City 1974).
Well let's end the year with yet another useless announcement from a no-name label
'February 1970, Las Vegas International Hotel'- coming out next month is a limited 7 CD set (300 copies) that features shows from February 1970 over seven CDs. Limited Edition - what a surprise!
CD 1 - January 26, 1970 Opening Show In Glorious Mono
CD 2 - February 15, 1970 Midnight Show
CD 3 - February 16, 17,18 Shows
CD 4 - February 18, 19 Shows
CD 5 - February 19, 1970 Midnight Show
CD 6 - The Felton Jarvis Rough Mix Album
CD 7 - February 23, 1970 Closing Show
EIN would immediately point out that it is a direct copy of 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' Elvis On Stage January / February 1970' a 7cd set that came out in September 2018.
(EIN commented at the time "The set features nothing new gathering all its material from official releases as well as previous bootlegs such as 'Elvis Rebooked'. The bootleggers are struggling to make a buck. Checking the tracklist they have taken the recent FTD 'OFF STAGE' release and re-sequenced it to the two correct concerts. Other material is such as FTD's 'Polk Salad Annie' Feb 15th show. It all combines to makes 7CDs, albeit the two 16th & 17th shows being only the 6 / 7 songs released by FTD so are super short. )
And now it gets another flogging - you can find it at dealers for around US$77 so that's pretty cheap - but who knows the quality?
Happy Elvis Bootleg New Year everybody! -- May 2022 brings us some nice surprises.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 25 December 2021 - MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY! ...
Everyone at EIN wishes all of our readers a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Santa Claus Is Back in Town

Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling down
Well you be a real good little girl
Santa Claus is back in town
Got no sleigh with reindeer
No sack on my back
You're gonna see me comin' in a big black caddilac

Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

Merry Christmas everybody! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS ..... literally thousands of Rare Elvis Photos!

Click here to EIN Facebook page for more Christmas Photos.

EIN's special facebook group with over 43 thousand members.

Thursday 23 December 2021 ....... 2 days - Santa, Bring My Baby Back To Me ... .

'Elvis News '2021 Year In Review': It is the end of the year, so Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier neatly wraps up all the Elvis news with his 2021 year in review.
If you missed any key episodes or any ELVIS news items from this last year then this round up will provide you with all the highlights!
Main news is the up-coming Elvis BioPic, New Music releases, Elvis Auction results plus a trip around the Elvis World!

Runs 20 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Making of Jailhouse Rock' Unboxing: Despite supposed delays to Elvis Dealers the German 'Elvis Presley Gesellschaft' (Elvis Presley Society) have recently posted an "Unboxing" of the new Deluxe FTD book/CD combo  'The Making of Jailhouse Rock'.
FTD's David English and Pål Granlund present the in-depth backstory on how the MGM movie 'Jailhouse Rock' was made. This Deluxe collector's edition includes two hardback books, providing a fascinating and comprehensive insight from script to screen into the making of the film PLUS 3CDs and a 45rpm single. Includes a 365-page hardback book featuring many newly discovered photographs, details of deleted scenes, pages from the script, shooting schedule, memos, cast and crew memories plus a matching 85-page book featuring photos, documents and detailed session information, including pages from a newly found MGM recording session log.
There seems to be plenty of test to read and hundreds of brilliant photos. While many of the images look very familiar (EIN bought the original FTD/TEF Jailhouse Rock 350 page book) there is plenty of new images for collectors to check out.

GO HERE to YouTube to view - - - And check out where to spend your Xmas gift certificates!
Suggested price (Elvis Shop London) is £180 = US$250 plus postage
(News, Source;NP/EPGesellschaft/EIN)

Elvis Met Nixon, December 1970, fifty-one years ago: On December 21, 1970, a White House photographer snapped a photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon together in the Oval Office. Today, that photograph is the most requested image in the National Archives.
That afternoon, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll strolled through the security entrance to the White House, wearing a dark jumpsuit, cape, sunglasses, and a large belt buckle.
“Bud” Krogh, White House deputy for domestic affairs, noted that “Presley kept repeating that he wanted to be helpful, that he wanted to restore some respect for the flag which was being lost. He mentioned that he was just a poor boy from Tennessee who had gotten a lot from his country, which in some ways he wanted to
Incredibly Elvis then asked for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Elvis' girlfriend at the time was Joyce Bova who was a Capitol Hill staffer on the House Armed Services Committee when she first met Elvis in 1969 in Las Vegas during her vacation.
Elvis stayed with her in her Washington DC flat - and Bova also accompanied Elvis at his 1971 recording sessions..
In her exclusive interview with EIN she noted,
"I was at Elvis' May 71 recording sessions.. It was the “Wonderful World of Christmas” album.  I remember he asked me to write down the words to one of the songs, because he couldn’t remember them.  He kept asking my opinion, like I could ever be objective. Hey, I can’t even carry a tune.  But he was like that….involving me so I would feel a part of things.
Elvis practiced every now and then when he was working on a new song.  And he liked playing the piano and fooling around with the guys.  I loved it when he did this; it was fun and spontaneous and he got a kick out of it.  There was one song, “All That I Am” that I liked.  I relate this in my book about how he sang it to me because I asked him to when we were flying back to DC, although I had to remind him of the words..."

Go here for EIN's 2015 interview with Joyce Bova
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Motown meets Elvis' show coming to Oak Ridge, Tennessee: EIN doesn’t often promote Elvis tribute shows but this one caught our eye….while intriguing, surely Motown meets Elvis, is a somewhat incongruous pairing?
The "Motown meets Elvis" concert is set for Saturday, Jan. 1, at The Grove Theater…. "Fans of the Motown era and fans of The King of Rock and Roll will not want to miss an evening of classics hits. We are taking you back to the sounds of Detroit, Michigan and back to the days of Graceland. The Hits and Oldies Band will be rocking throughout the night," a news release stated.
Grammy nominated singer and entertainer Dre Hilton will be rocking the house with classic Motown hits. Hilton gives tribute to legends of soul music such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and The Temptations.
Eli Williams is a three time-World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist, taking home the trophy at Elvis Festivals in Waikiki, Hawaii, Pala California, Penticton, B.C, "Known for his charisma, moves and incredible stage presence he strives to always capture the true essence of Elvis Presley live in concert. His dynamic tribute highlights the life of The King, from his humble beginnings and all the way to the bright lights of Las Vegas,"
Showtime is at 6pm. This event will be hosted by "JJ Jeffries" from 104.9 Lake FM. Go HERE for ticket info.
VIP tickets are $42.50. General seating is $30.
(News, Source: The Oak Ridger)

Australian Elvis Daybill Movie Poster Collection:

Rick B. has posted a video on YouTube of his impressive Elvis daybill collection.

Here is my collection of Australian daybills for all Elvis movies, plus a couple of extras and re-releases. I  believe only two other people own a complete collection of original release daybills. I'll add a video of Australian one-sheets  and US and UK posters at a later date, along with videos of my other movie posters. I hope you enjoy and feel free to like and subscribe.





(News, Source: EIN)

Two Elvis films screening on Australian TV on Christmas Day: If you are not busy celebrating with family and friends, 'Prime 7two' is featuring two ELVIS movies for your enjoyment, Stay Away, Joe followed by Charro on Christmas Day from 1.15pm.

Check your local Aussie TV guide

(News, Source: EIN)

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Monday 20 December 2021 ....... 5 days & Santa Claus is coming to town... .

Graceland Christmas CD 2021: Graceland have posted out their annual Christmas / Holiday CD to Elvis Fan Club Presidents.

As usual it features three Xmas songs and this year it has a rather attractive design. A neat collector's treat.


(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Wins "Best Holiday Historic Home Tour": USA Today readers have voted Graceland as the 2021  "Best Holiday Historic Home Tour".
Ever wondered how Thomas Jefferson spent his holidays or how Elvis Presley whiled away his hours at home? These historic houses pull out all the stops for their holiday tours.
1. Graceland - Memphis
"You don’t have to love Elvis to spend an afternoon in his grand house," says voter Melanie Reffes. "Make time to peruse the gift shop." Every year, more than 600,000 people go to Elvis Presley’s former estate in Memphis. The Christmas season at Graceland kicks off with a lighting ceremony mid-November, after which visitors can tour the home decorated for the season with traditional lights, a live-size nativity scene and Santa. Presley family Christmas artifacts are on display during this special time of year.
The Top Five were rounded off by...
2.  The Stetson Mansion - Deland
3.  Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - Akron
4.  The Breakers & The Elms - Newport
5.   Biltmore - Asheville
go here to 10Best USA Today for more details
(News, Source;USAT/ElvisInfoNet)

New 'Elvis Files' Book Delays: Disappointing news from The Elvis Files publishers. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the print chemicals needed will not be available in time and therefore Carlos Varrenti's book ("The Airplanes & The King") and Virginia Coons memoirs ("....And Then There Was Elvis") have been delayed until January. We are very saddened to have to inform you of this . . . But, the good news is that these books will definitely roll off the press when supplies from America are available again. It will take a little longer but you will eventually get 200% value for your patience.
Go here to TEF for pre-orders.
(News, Source;TEF/ElvisInfoNet)

Australian Elvis Sheet Music book: Prolific Elvis researcher-author-expert, Bob Hayden has published a revised edition of his interesting book on Australian Elvis sheet music.

The bibliographic source, Elvis in Print: The Definitive Reference and Price Guide, said of the release:

Neatly designed and visually appealing compendium of more than 230 covers of Elvis sheet music, sheet music books, and small sheet music books, published in Australia. Also includes various artists sheet music featuring Elvis. Presented in alphabetical (rather than chronological) order. Printed on high quality gloss paper stock. The revised edition (late 2021) included an additional 25+ covers for promo and sample sheet music releases.

For more information/to order, Bob can be contacted at: elvis2594@gmail.com


(News, Source:BH/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection': Next year, 2022. will mark the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ passing. To honor the king, Graceland will launch ELVIS 45 - a yearlong celebration in 2022 with events, concerts, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and more!
In honor of this yearlong celebration, Graceland is excited to announce a very special offering - ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection - which features a 2022 Graceland Annual Pass, limited-edition Elvis 45 records and collectibles case, plus other can’t buy items exclusively reserved for this one-time only package!
'ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collections' go on sale starting Tuesday, December 21, at 10am CST.
The collection is truly unique offering – with only 500 being offered during this special time in history.
The six Elvis 45 rpm records will be hand-numbered and authenticated with custom Sapphire Collection record jackets that will be only available via this offering.
In addition, three of the records will be custom pressings, with a one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world!
The collection also includes a swatch of Elvis’ personal wardrobe that was used as part of a 1971 bonus inside Elvis’ album Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2. The clothing swatches, enclosed in the original RCA Records envelopes, are currently housed inside the Graceland Archives, and will be pulled exclusively to be included as part of this anniversary collection.
The price is US$600.-Go here to EPE for more
(News, Source;Graceland/EIN)

Six Unique 45RPMs for Graceland visitors 2022: EPE have announced yet another great reason (or six) to visit Graceland in 2022!
For six days in 2022, Graceland will be giving out 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM Records to visitors who tour on these select days.
Record giveaways are scheduled for:
- Saturday, Feb 12: Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-a-Hula Baby
- Sat, April 9: Jailhouse Rock /Treat Me Nice
- Sat, May 7: Suspicious Minds /You’ll Think of Me
- Sat, Sept 24: Memphis, Tennessee/ That’s All Right (custom-pressing)
- Thursday, Nov 17: Blue Christmas/ Merry Christmas Baby (custom-pressing)
- Sat, Dec 10: I’ll Be Home for Christmas / Peace in the Valley (custom-pressing)

All records will feature an ELVIS 45 custom jacket and only be available by touring Graceland on these dates.
The custom-pressings are one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world!
EIN really likes the look of the 'Memphis, Tennessee/That’s All Right' (custom-pressing)
Go here to Record Giveaway at EPE for more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 17 December 2021 ....... I'll Be Home For Christmas .... 7 sleeps to go...

'Elvis The Christmas Sessions' CD Version: The Danish Memphis Mansion label have announced the CD follow-up to their vinyl version of Elvis' 1957 Christmas Album.
'Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me): The Christmas Sessions' The eleven track cd was compiled and mastered by EIN contributor Anthony Stuchbury.
"A must have in your Christmas collection"
1 Treat Me Nice
2 Blue Christmas
3 My Wish Came True
4 White Christmas
5 Here Comes Santa Claus
6 Silent Night
7 Don’t
8 O Little Town of Bethlehem
9 Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
10 Santa Claus Is Back In Town
11 I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Recorded September 5-7 1957

EIN loves the cover design!

Go here to MM to order
(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)

“Elvis Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe Yugoslavia* Romania” delayed: Publication of the second volume of Piotr S.’s Eastern Europe Elvis Vinyl trilogy has been delayed. Piotr has told EIN he hopes to now have Elvis Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe Yugoslavia* Romania published around February next year.


In EIN’s opinion, the first volume, Elvis Vinyl Discography from Easter Europe Bulgaria* Croatia* Czechoslovakia* German Democratic Republic* Hungary* Russia, together with his four other books published this year, all rank as being among the best Elvis books of 2021! For those not familiar with Piotr’s books, each volume is a deluxe production with great page design and printed using high quality paper stock. The background and release information is excellent and the visuals, stunning! Remaining copies of Piotr’s books are on ebay:





Piotr also has several other rare Elvis vinyl and book releases for sale on his eBay page (News, Source: Piotr S./EIN)

"‘Not a lick of truth!" Elvis hit back at his Critics: The UK Tabloids can't get enough of Elvis - which can't be a bad thing!
This week they venture their take on Elvis responding to the press in a magazine article in 1956 over comments made about his appearance, all of which he claimed were untrue.
In 1956 Elvis made a concerted effort to connect with his fans. At 21-years-old he wrote a lengthy article in the magazine "Elvis Answers Back" with 32 pages full of pictures.
During the piece, he answered some questions about himself, including one about his sideburns...
Elvis was no doubt inspired by his Mississippi roots and country music before he became the ultimate Rock And Roll star.
The King told his dedicated fans..
... I’ve heard so many stories about why I grew my sideburns that I just can’t help from laughing sometimes. One magazine said, “… he started wearing sideburns at 15 because they made him feel mature and important. He still wears them for the same reason…”
Man, that magazine made me laugh because there wasn’t a lick of truth to the things they said. Heck, I couldn’t have grown sideburns when I was 15 if I’d wanted to! I wasn’t hardly even shaving by then! I was 17 when I first started growing ‘em. And I sure didn’t feel “mature and important” when the sideburns started coming in. I grew them for one reason only… because I’d always admired them. I never thought they make you look older, and certainly never thought they made me look important. Nope. I just like them, that’s all. That’s why I wear ‘em. A lot of people ask me why I don’t cut
them off now. You know what I tell them? I tell them that I got started off wearing sideburns and I’m like those folks who don’t like to change horses in the middle of the stream. All my friends have liked me with the sideburns on, so I don’t really see any reason for cutting them off. And, oh yes, there’s one other thing, too. I still admire them very much, just like I did when I was a little kid.
They ask me why I wear the clothes I do. What can I say? I just like nice clothes, that’s all. I like colour and such. Is there something wrong with that?
As for My Greatest Ambition - I know I’ve been lucky in an awful lot of ways. But I think the luckiest thing that ever happened to me is that I’m beginning to realize my biggest ambition.
All of my life, I’ve wanted to be an actor, though I never was in any school plays or recited a line other than the Gettysburg Address for my sixth-grade homeroom class. But always sticking in the back of my head was the idea that somehow, someday, I’d like to get the chance to act.
I came out to Hollywood almost three months ago, and Mr. Hal Wallis of Paramount Pictures asked me to take a screen test. I jumped at the chance. I went in to take the test and Mr. Wallis told me not to worry about trying to act like John Barrymore or anybody. He told me to just act like myself. I studied up on what they wanted me to do, and then before I knew it I was in front of the camera. I
wonder if you can ever know what it’s like to be standing in a movie sound stage and hear a bell ring and people shout “Quiet”, and then all of a sudden realize that everyone’s watching you, and you’re supposed to be acting out a part. I’ll tell you, it’s enough to make your legs slide out from under you.
I’m ever grateful to my fans everywhere. They really are responsible for my acceptance and success...
Now that I have finished Love Me Tender for 20th Century-Fox, and am making another picture for Paramount, it likes like I’ll be spending a lot of time in Hollywood. So please address your mail to me via Box 94, Hollywood, California. A million thanks!

(News, Source;NP/UKExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

FTD "Christmas" releases delayed: FTD have notified dealers that 'The Making Of Jailhouse Rock' deluxe-book - and the already delayed 'Raised On Rock' double-vinyl - have not left the Denmark warehouse. This means there is no way for them to be sent to most customers in time for Christmas.
FTD's Roger Semon noted, "I have been advised this morning that warehouse orders should be completed and ready for shipping by tomorrow." The original shipping date was supposed to the the first week of December.
Looks like they won't make Santa's sleigh after all!
'The Making Of Jailhouse Rock' deluxe-book price is £175 = US$250 plus postage   
FTD's David English and Pål Granlund present the in-depth backstory with a 365-page deluxe hardback book featuring many newly discovered photographs, details of deleted scenes, pages from the script, shooting schedule, memos, contracts, and cast and crew memories. 'The Making of Jailhouse Rock; The Music' is a matching 85-page book featuring photos, documents and detailed session information, including pages from a newly found MGM recording session log.

See CD tracklist & more details here - More info when we receive it
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

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Sunday 12 December 2021
Elvis and Natalie Wood: Yet again Elvis' connection to 'West Side Story' (new Spielberg adaptation coming soon!) has got 'The King' back in the UK tabloids. This time discussing his relationship with 'West Side Story' star Natalie Wood.
Here is EIN's version of the story...  
Elvis was in Hollywood for the first time in 1956 and being fascinated by James Dean and the film 'Rebel Without A Cause', Elvis started hanging around with its stars Nick Adams and Natalie Wood. James Dean had sadly died the previous September.
And by late 1956 Natalie Wood and Elvis Presley were two of the hottest stars in the world and now both were in Hollywood.
Elvis was still dating Memphis girlfriend Barbara Hearn, as well as seeing June Juanico, but that didn't stop him dating Natalie Wood. Nor seeing Dottie Harmony later in the year!
Natalie Wood was so taken with Elvis that she gave him two "Hand-made" velvet shirts created by her dress-maker.
Elvis wore these at his historic concert at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show concerts on September 26, 1956. (photo below)
Wood told reporters, "I was Elvis' picture in the paper and I liked his eyes. I thought then I just had to go out with him. He’s really great and the most totally real boy I’ve ever met. He’s very courteous and polite and so sweet! He’s the nicest boy I know. A wonderful dancer – and he sings all the time to me. All the girls in the country are in love with him – so why should I be any different?"
In a later interview Natalie said that "Elvis was very sweet with a wonderful little-boy quality. He didn't drink, He didn't swear, he didn't even smoke. Elvis was the first person of my age group I had ever met who said to me, 'How come you're wearing make-up? Why do you want to go to New York? Why don't you want to stay home and be a sweet little girl?' It was like having a date that I never ever had in high school. I thought it was really wild. I hadn't been around anyone who was so religious. Elvis felt he had been given the gift of his talent by God. He didn't take it for granted, he thought it was something that he had to protect. He had to be nice to people, otherwise God would take it all back."
But Elvis and Natalie's relationship ran hot and cold.
When asked by reporters at the Tupelo concert about his relationship with Natalie Wood Elvis replied, "I worry about her when I out in Hollywood. I don't think about her when I'm not."
Natalie Wood visited Memphis in November and stayed in Elvis' Audubon Drive home. Elvis even bought a new motor-cycle and went riding with Natalie clinging tightly to him on the back. She was shocked by the amount of attention he was getting and described her visit as being "like a circus".
Lamar Fike noted that Elvis would play the piano while his pet monkey would sit and screech. This made Elvis laugh like hell but Natalie hated it.
Elvis' mother Gladys also didn't approve of Natalie considering her a wild girl compared to homespun June Juanico.
According to her sister Lana, Natalie called home saying, "Gladys has wrecked everything. I don’t have a chance. Get me out of this, and fast.'
Natalie’s romance with the king of rock fizzled out, with Lana explaining that Natalie told her "God, it was awful. He can sing, but he can’t do much else.'"
Later on Elvis and his friends nicknamed her 'Mad Nat', "a good person but nuttier than a fruitcake."
At one point, back in Hollywood, she climbed onto a balcony and threatened that she was going to jump but Elvis stayed calm about the situation.
By November Elvis had been to Las Vegas and met dancer Dottie Harmony who he would bring home to Memphis for Christmas.
When asked a few months later about her relationship with Elvis, Natalie Wood confirmed it was over.

The two stars would had been reunited however had Elvis been chosen for the lead role in 'West Side Story'.
Elvis was apparently considered for the lead role of Tony in the 1961 top-grossing movie and the timing would have been right for his career.
However the budget for 'West Side Story' was $6.75 million and how would Elvis feature on a shared soundtrack album?
It is said that Colonel Parker was "not happy about the story line based on street gangs" and rejected the idea, however it is more likely that Parker wanted complete control, movies made for cheap budgets, big selling soundtrack albums and for Elvis to stay under the 'Hal Wallis' contracts.

( News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Man & His Music' Issue 134 Out Now: Sorry but we missed this announcement late November and our copy has still not yet arrived down-under!

EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine has been going almost as long as EIN's own Fan Club magazine - which is now up to Christmas issue #135!

'Elvis: The Man & His Music' December 2021 issue articles includes..

- Kent McCord Interview - an extra from five of Elvis' movies
- Jobs For The Boys
- Ridin’ On The Mystery Train
- All You Need Is Love
- Alexa, Play…
- Readers’ Letters
- CD & DVD Reviews

Go here to NDT-Uk website to subscribe

News, Source;ETHHM)

'Gotta Have Rock and Roll' Auction Results: Perhaps the starting prices were too high but the majority of the Elvis items at the 'Gotta Have Rock and Roll' Auction were passed in - or got lowish bids.
- The "Million Dollar Quartet" Sun Studio Piano (1950-1960) - did not sell.
The Sun Records’ studio piano,a vintage 1949 Wurlitzer spinet with serial number 387912 that was played by a stellar rock and roll list of “who’s who” including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Charlie Rich and many more. The piano was used on many of Memphis’ 1950’s Sun Records classics.
Minimum offer was $700,000 - but got no bids.
- Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips Signed 1954 Sun Records Contract (shown below)
Hoped for $100,000  but sold for $52,000
- Elvis Owned & Worn Brown Suede Fringe Concho Belt
Minimum bid was $4,000  did not sell
- Elvis Stage Worn 14kt Gold Diamond Cluster Ring - (shown in news item below)
Hoped for $15,000 - sold for $11,000
- Elvis “Double Trouble” Film Promotion Used Guitar
sold for $28,000
An Elvis Presley "EP”  Triangular Guitar Pick
a neat collector's item sold for $1,200
Go here to GHRnR for results
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Another pile of barrel-scraping bootlegs. EIN was banned from commenting on FECC and Phoenix Elvis forums about "The Collapse of the Bootleg Empire" yet these new ridiculous releases below are still being flogged by the 'Usual Suspects'. You know who you are. We know who you are. - Buyers Beware.  
'Closing Night - International Hotel - Sept 7, 1970' New Import: Paradise Road presents 'Closing Night - International Hotel - Sept 7, 1970'  with lots of fun and some nice rarities, including many false starts, the medley 'Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Blue Suede Shoes' and Bob Dylan impersonations! This album contains some nice bonus tracks from the September 4, 1970 show including the oneliners 'La Bamba' and 'My Way' and also a short version of 'Crying Time'.
These are great and rare AUDIENCE recordings!
PLUS some backstage recordings from August 10, 1970 (recorded and partly used for the movie 'That's The Way It Is').
All performances have been remastered and in the best possible sound.
EIN Note: This was previously out as a bootleg from Audionics, "Like A Greek God"
The audience recorded audio quality is pretty poor - CHECK before purchasing

Go to 'All Elvis CD News 2021' for tracklist
(News, Source ;PR/ElvisInfoNet)

The publicity states, "Paradise Road Records presents by special request... a print of the the cd releases where the VINYL releases were sold out within a few minutes..."
Reminds EIN of Col Parker and his mid-sixties desperation for anything to put out on 45rpm release..
An EIN reader posted "please, no more of these" 

‘Elvis - 68/69 Sessions’ Bootleg CD: Paradise Road Records presents ‘Elvis - 68/69 Sessions’ on CD.
Featuring alternate recordings from the phenomenal 1968 Elvis Presley television special, ‘Elvis’, the 1969 American Sound Studio Sessions and more. All performances have been remastered.
This is an extreme limited edition! (EIN is not surprised)

The cd release contains the original vinyl tracks PLUS some bonus tracks, including more outtakes from 1969 and a 20+ minutes band rehearsal 'Come Out, Come Out (wherever You are)'.


Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘February, 1970 - On Stage - The Alternate Recordings’ Bootleg Vinyl: Paradise Road Records presents ‘February, 1970 - On Stage - The Alternate Recordings’ this time on CD.
Featuring Alternate recordings from February 1970. The first 6 selections are soundboard recordings, all other selections are AUDIENCE recordings. All performances have been remastered.
This is an extreme limited edition! (EIN is not surprised)

The cd release contains the original vinyl tracks PLUS some bonus tracks, including more great and rare live recordings!


Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 9 December 2021

New Elvis Presley plaque unveiled in Honolulu, Hawaii and PBS documentary: Thanks also to Trina Young for sending EIN links to these news items. Marking the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the new plaque dedicated to Elvis’ fundraising show in support of the USS Arizona Memorial was unveiled this week.
The plaque reads...
“On March 21, 1961, Elvis Presley performed in a benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena to raise funds for the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial.
Elvis held his pre-concert press conference here at Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Following the concert, Elvis remained at the hotel for the filming of the renowned movie, “Blue Hawaii.”
The hotel was to become his place of retreat during his many visits to Hawai’i.

Dedicated on December 7, 2021 – The 80th Anniversary of the Day of Infamy – by the World War II Foundation.”
The plaque is displayed in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower, where the history of the hotel is shown on posters on the wall. (Note: Elvis' concert at Bloch Arena was in fact on March 25th 1961. How did they get that wrong)
A background article on the Memorial and PBS documentary by the Elvis News Examiner commented: "Without Presley’s concert, the USS Arizona memorial may have never been finished".
As George Chaplin wrote in the Honolulu Advertiser in 1991: “His [Presley’s] Hawaii concert did more than raise

money. It created national publicity and revived public sentiment for the memorial. That September, Congress was prodded into voting $150,000; then the Hawaii Legislature added $50,000 to a previous contribution.”
The PBS documentary aired last month, it is impressive viewing.
(News, Source: Trina Young/Elvis News Examiner)

'The Beatles & Elvis': Peter Jackson's new Beatles documentary 'Get Back' has been getting plenty of media interest. In three parts in runs over seven hours - if only 'TTWII' or 'The Searcher' had been allowed that luxury.
Elvis' influence is noted in the documentary as The Beatles jam together over the 3 weeks of filming.
Someone has calculated that The Beatles performed more than 200 covers over the course of the Get Back / Let It Be sessions. Some are full performances while others are the typical "one-liners".
The musical range of their chosen covers is quite staggering, including everything from gritty US R&B oldies to ridiculously corny contemporary pop hits, instrumentals, old folk songs and even pre-war standards. And of course, ELVIS.
The speed with which they conjure up
arrangements of just about anything is no doubt due to their early years on the punishing Hamburg club circuit. It's also a reminder that all four of the Fabs were major music fans and serious record collectors.
The list of covers played demonstrates their influences and heroes still affecting this studio work in 1968/69.
Top of the list is Chuck Berry with a massive 15 songs mentioned while Bob Dylan - obviously a massive influence from 1965 onwards - racks up 13, Elvis comes third with 12 songs and then Buddy Holly with nine.
Other artists touched on by The Beatles are Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson and Ray Charles.
Some of the Elvis songs included are All Shook Up, That's All Right, Baby I Don't Care and Good Rockin' Tonight.
The last session was January 1969 the same month that John Lennon told his bandmates that he wanted "a divorce."
John Lennon often talked about the influence Elvis Presley had on him...
Lennon stated that, "I was shown the name Elvis Presley in the New Musical Express.. I thought it sounded a bit phony, "Heartbreak Hotel'. The music papers were saying that Presley was fantastic and at first I expected someone like Perry Como or Sinatra - 'Heartbreak Hotel' seemed a corny title and his name seemed strange.
But when I heard it for the first time it was the end for me. Elvis turned out to be fantastic.
I remember rushing home with the record and saying, 'He sounds like Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray and Tennessee Ernie Ford!..
I'm an Elvis fan because it was Elvis who really got me out of Liverpool. Once I heard it and got into it, that was life, there was no other-thing. I thought of nothing else but rock'n'roll, apart from sex and food and money - but that's all the same thing, really.
People have been trying to stamp out rock'n'roll since it started. It was mainly parents who were against rock'n'roll. The words had a lot of double entendre in the early days.
They cleaned it up for the white audience, a lot of it. That

black stuff was very sexual. They made Little Richard re-record Tutti Frutti' and they had to clean up a lot of words. Elvis did 'One Night With You'. The original was 'One Night Of Sin' - 'One night of sin is what I'm praying for.' The words were pretty good; they were street words or black words.
Rock'n'Roll will never die. It's been apparent in all the music since it began. It came out of its roots of blues and rhythm-and-blues and jazz and country. It was really a combination of black and white music. That's what finally made it.
There have only been two great albums that I listened to all the way through when i was about sixteen. One was Carl Perkins' and the other was Elvis's first album. Those are the only ones on which I enjoyed every track.
There was only one person in the United States we ever wanted to meet, we just idolized him so much. The only person we wanted to meet was Elvis Presley.”

(News, Source;GetBack/ElvisInfoNet)
For more go here to EIN spotlights on ELVIS meets The Beatles

Elvis Presley's secret live-in girlfriend in Germany: Trina Young has published her latest article detailing one of the many interesting stories included in her book, Elvis: The Army Years Uncovered.

Only 19 years old at the time, she recalled, “I thought I was going to faint. All I wanted was his autograph, and now I was invited to join him. Not even in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine this would happen. I was shaking from excitement and had butterflies in my stomach that wouldn’t settle down.” 

(News, Source: Trina Young) 


ELVIS at Rockhurst Auctions: The bidding has started for the annual Rockhurst "Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana" auction - bidding ends December 11, 2021.
The auction features more than 100 lots of Elvis Presley personal clothing, his jewelry, autographs, personal effects and vintage concert memorabilia.
Highlights include...
- Elvis Stage Worn Neostyle Nautic Prescription Sunglasses with Smoky Red Lenses.
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
- Elvis Stage Worn Diamond and Black Star Sapphire Gold Ring – with Photo Evidence - Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
- 1970s Elvis' 14k Gold and Large Diamond Stage Ring Gifted to JD Sumner - LOA from Graceland Authenticated - Former - Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000
Elvis Owned Motorcycle Belt with "EP" Monogrammed and Pasaryu Karate FIST - Gifted to a Worker at Graceland
Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
Incredible 1969 Elvis Presley Opening Night Complete VIP Box Set Signed by Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley, Vernon Presley, Colonel Tom Parker, James Burton and Six Others! - Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis Presley's 1956 Debut Album Elvis Presley - Certified in 1966 – His First Album!! Early White Linen Matte Style- Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
“Elvis Presley” Original Commissioned Portrait Oil Painting by George Underwood (Oil on Masonite)
Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500
The online auction ends Saturday, December 11. - Check it all out here at Rockhurst Auctions.com.

EIN is rather fascinated by Lot #36 a Massive 1958 King Creole Medium Format Contact Sheet Archive with 800+ Images... The images document nearly the entire film, scene by scene, and are crystal clear. Many of the sheets have date stamps from January, February and March 1958, during the time period of filming King Creole.

(News, Source;RA/ElvisInfoNet)

Spanish edition of Being Elvis – A Lonely Life released: Ray Connolly’s biography of the genius from Tupelo was published recently by Alliance Publishing in Spain, with the title, 'Ser Elvis: Una vida solitaria".
The Spanish edition has been translated by Ana Pérez Galván. The book contains 440 pages and retails at 22.00 Euro (print copy) or 14.99 Euro (ebook). Reviewer Javier López Rejas commented about the book:
There are characters who do not become great for being great but for being the first. Elvis Presley was great and he was the first. No one before him stepped on a planet while creating it. Elvis was the messiah of syncretism, the channel through which the meandering tributaries of blues, country and rock passed...
Elvis made his mark in the grooves of Sun Records and became a unique product that, as Ray Connolly (Lancashire, UK, 1940) shows in this book, ended in utter loneliness. He was devoured by his insecurity, by an uncontrolled fame and fortune, unbridled, never seen before in a musician and, let's say, by a Mephistophelic Colonel Parker who instead of understanding the phenomenon squeezed him into an acting machine and of ingesting drugs. Connolly builds his biography respecting a studied chronological sequence, with an abundance of data, anecdotes and statements from the protagonists.
His impeccable image, his shaking on stage and his "extraordinary two-and-a-half-octave voice", as defined by the author, went beyond the intuition of producer Sam Phillips... and effortlessly impacted the imagination of new phenomena such as the Beatles, Springsteen or Dylan.. The Memphis Press headline for August 17, 1977 said it all: "Lonely Life Ends on Elvis Boulevard." And it is that this King, like the biblical creator, had a beginning but never an end. -
Check out the book at Amazon.com here.
(News, Source: Javier López Rejas/ElvisInfoNet)

'Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis – The Bill Black Story' New Book: Paul Belard’s latest book is now at the dealers feady to be sent out.

Published in conjunction with Henrik Knudsen’s Memphis Mansion organisation, the 250+ page book 'Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis – The Bill Black Story' is the first detailed account of the Bill Black Story and is filled with rare images provided by the Black family.

Included is a special Flexi Disc, sure to be a collector’s item!
“If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days” – Scotty Moore
€54 plus shipping- go here to order

(News, Source:PaulBelard/EIN)

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Saturday 4 December 2021
Rita Moreno, now 89 years-old, features in the new Spielberg adaptation of "West Side Story" - her career started when she stared as Anita in the original 1961 film. Once again (like Tom Jones) this week she uses her connection with ELVIS as key interest in her media interviews. Below is what EIN ran as a news story back in 2018!
2018 - Rita Moreno says Brando better lover than Elvis! This week 86-year-old Rita Moreno had some sexy secrets to dish out on the "Wendy Williams Show".
Moreno, Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony awards winner, revealed that Elvis Presley may have been dubbed "The King" when it came to music but he was no match for Marlon Brando in the lovemaking department.
"Marlon slayed me good 'cause he was the king of everything. Eeeeverything! He was the king of movies and he was really one of the most sexual men on Earth.
It was one of those very tempestuous love affairs. It lasted eight years, on and off, on and off, on and off."
Rita Moreno, who was just 22 when she met Brando (seven years her senior), told Williams she wanted to marry the "Streetcar Named Desire" star, but he had no interest in limiting himself to one woman.
She recalled finding that out the hard way when she discovered she wasn't the only woman Brando was sleeping with.
"One time when I found some lingerie that was not mine, I just went home devastated, weeping and crying," but then noted that "something wonderful happened the next day."
That wonderful thing was none other than Elvis, who "liked what he saw" and asked to meet with her.
Moreno immediately accepted, as Brando's infidelity was "still on my mind."
What was good for the goose was not good for the gander, however, and Brando was furious when he found about her fling with the "Heartbreak Hotel" singer.
"The man threw chairs," quipped Moreno of Brando's jealousy. "It was wonderful!"
Yet when it came to lovemaking, Moreno admitted that Presley wasn't even in the same league as Brando.
"That's like a two-year-old and the king," she said in comparing the two.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Gotta Have Rock and Roll' Auction LIVE Now: Once again the 'Gotta Have Rock and Roll' Auction is offering an outstanding selection of over 1,000 Rock & Roll and Pop Culture rare artifacts! The on-line auction closes December 10.
Plenty of Elvis items are featured including....
- The "Million Dollar Quartet" Sun Studio Piano (1950-1960)
Offered here for the first time ever the iconic “Million Dollar Quartet Piano” - the Sun Records’ studio piano,a vintage 1949 Wurlitzer spinet with serial number 387912 that was played by a stellar rock and roll list of “who’s who” including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Charlie Rich and many more. The piano was used on many of Memphis’ 1950’s Sun Records classics.
Estimate: $800,000 - $1,000,000
- Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips Signed 1954 Sun Records Contract
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000
- Elvis Owned & Worn Brown Suede Fringe Concho Belt
Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
- Elvis Stage Worn 14kt Gold Diamond Cluster Ring - (shown below)
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
- Elvis “Double Trouble” Film Promotion Used Guitar
Estimate:$25,000 - $30,000
... Lots of Elvis acetates as well...
The auction also features, Marilyn Monroe’s Pearl Necklace possibly Worn at Her First Wedding as well as stage worn outfits from Lady Gaga,
Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, and much, much more.
Go here to GHRnR for info and to bid
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'Can't Help Falling In Love' #1 Wedding Song: Fabulous news for 2021 that "new-comers" Adele and Ed Sheeran were beaten to top spot for UK's best wedding first dance song by Elvis, in recent on-line research.
Elvis' 1961 'Can't Help Falling In Love' came top of the list with four of the top five still consisting of 1960's classics
Elvis beat modern hits including Sheeran’s multi-platinum selling 'Thinking Out Loud', Adele’s 'Make You Feel My Love' and Legend’s 'All of Me'.
All but one track in the list’s top five were sentimental 1960s’ classics, with
Frankie Valli’s 'Can’t Take My Eyes Off You' second, Frank Sinatra’s 'The Way You Look Tonight' third, and The Righteous Brothers’ 'Unchained Melody' at number five.
The research also revealed Legend’s 'All Of Me' was in fourth place, with Sir Elton John’s 'Your Song' released back in 1970 coming in sixth.


(News, Source;UKTabloids)

Katy Perry As Elvis: Katy Perry channeled Elvis Presley as she promoted her new Las Vegas residency while showing off her curves in a sparkly white jumpsuit.
The 37-year-old American Idol jury wowed fans with the performances as she walked around in the sequined and studded suit in a short video.
In glamorous photos of her Vegas-friendly ensemble, Katy showed off her newly painted glossy raven locks, which glowed thanks to the colorful streamers mixed in. - (see Katy Perry twitter)
Katy’s suit had voluminous flared sleeves and pointed shoulders, along with gold "Elvis" fringes that ran down her arms.

The plunging top emphasized her cleavage and was adorned with sequins and studs in the shape of playing card

suits, while the best around her midriff read “KP LV” for Katy Perry and Las Vegas.
Perry is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 143 million records worldwide and has had nine Billboard #1 singles.

Perry has previously acknowledged the importance of ELVIS's legacy.
Her song "Waking Up In Vegas" included the lyrics
... "Why are these lights so bright
Oh, did we get hitched last night, dressed up like Elvis,
And why, why am I wearing your class ring?
Don't call your mother...
'Cause now we're partners in crime"

If Katy Perry wants to promote the importance of ELVIS to new generations, that's fine by EIN!

(News, Source;Various)

Thursday 2 December 2021
MRS - 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956' OUT NOW: The newest release from the UK MRS label, the Deluxe Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
The 2CD set contains the complete master recordings of Elvis’ 1956 RCA studio recordings in mono and, for the first time, in stereo. Using DES (Digitally Extracted Stereo), authentic stereo mixes from original mono recordings. All tracks have been restored and remastered using highly sophisticated sound processing techniques
CD 1 Stereo: I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - Money Honey - I'm Counting On You - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - My Baby Left Me - One-Sided Love Affair - So Glad You're Mine - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Tutti Frutti - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Playing For Keeps - Love Me - How Do You Think I Feel - How's The World Treating You - Paralyzed - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - Old Shep - Too Much - Anyplace Is Paradise - Ready Teddy - First In Line - Rip It Up - Old Shep (Alternate Version - Take 5)

CD 2 Mono Versions same tracklist
Our good friend in Europe Kees Mouwen already has his copy and gave it a very interesting and detailed review - Go here - Re-creating true "Stereo" separation from mono studio recordings is always going to be much harder than from the atmosphere and audio of a live performance.
(News, Source;ElvisDayByDay/ElvisInfoNet)

- EIN previously ran an extensive piece about Elvis Mono > Stereo DES versions, some work, some do not -

'And Then There Was Elvis' New Book: While 'The Airplanes & The King' is heading to the printers (see interview below), the Elvis Files team have announced their next 400-page hardcover book ' 'And Then There Was Elvis - A Superfan's Adventures in the Elvis World' containing all the stories and photos of superfan Virginia Coons. As Elvis Files Magazine subscribers will know it is the personal stories of Virginia Coons that truly stand out.
The publicity notes.. Virginia Coons was an Elvis super-fan. Her interest in Elvis Presley started with his breakthrough in the mid-fifties, and continued up to her very last day. Over the years she met up with Elvis many times.
Coons served as a direct link between fans in America, England and the rest of Europe, making sure that the latest LP and single releases found their way overseas. Not only did she have contact with Elvis, but also with everyone close to him including Priscilla, Colonel Parker's office and RCA.
Virginia Coon's memories were curated by her daughter, Elaine Christan, into this 400-page hardback book. Anyone who reads The Elvis Files magazine will be familiar with Virginia Coons. And now, all her personal memories and stories, illustrated with many hi-res photos plus candid pictures from Erik Lorentzen's collection came together in this memoir by Elaine Christan and Virginia Coons..
With so many fascinating and personal stories, it's a Elvis collector's delight. More info soon
(News, Source;TEF/DayByDay/ElvisInfoNet)

Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek: As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team, EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.

EIN is delighted to be able to talk with the author Carlos Varrenti - as well as Elvis Files designer Robert Van Beek to find out more.

We find out more about Carlos Varrenti's Argentinian background, how he came to be involved with designer Robert Van Beek and The Elvis Files for the expanded reprint, what highlights are in the book and what new stories fans will be able to discover within the covers.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interview, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis News Report December 2021: Once again Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier wraps up all the Elvis news from last month. It includes a cool examination of the first short trailer for Baz Lurhmann's Elvis biopic, recent Elvis Auction results, Graceland holiday lighting, and new FTD book on Jailhouse Rock, and much more ...

Runs 11 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

DVD 'SOLD OUT  Vol 11': The publicity states.. The spring of ’75 was a good period for Elvis. He was performing with renewed energy and vigor, and his joy for performing made these shows very memorable. He was truly back again, and Sold Out volume 11 takes you back to those dynamite shows. This is some of the most fun & enjoyable 8mm performance footage we have of Elvis on stage in the 70s. Girlfriend Mindi Miller was there and exclusively for Pyramid, she wrote a detailed account about life on the road with Elvis, with many fresh details.
As always, we’ve also included plenty of unreleased film from other significant tours. There’s the raw sexuality of the November ’71 tour, the professionalism of the spring ’73 tours (lovely close-ups of EP in his Red Flower suit), the power and energy of the June ’74 shows, and at the other end of the spectrum, a man in trouble during the October ’74 tour.
We’ve also included plenty of private footage of Elvis arriving at hotels, venues, etc. What you are getting on this release is the REAL Elvis Presley. Whether it is the rough energy of “I Got A Woman” from the November ’71 tour, or the majesty of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, with Elvis at the piano in July ’75, singing as if his life depends on it. And there’s plenty of rare moments too, such as him improvising “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”. You can see him rocking in his Peacock suit and there’s equally spectacular footage of Elvis in his Eagle and Indian Feather suits.
We all know that 8mm footage is not perfect, but it’s what we have from these shows, and let’s just be grateful that someone had the foresight to film these precious moments. Carefully restored and beautifully presented, “Sold Out volume 11” is a must, order your copy today from your favorite dealer, and have it in your home before Christmas!
(News, Source;Pyramid)

TigerMan Birthday Bash with Mindi Miller: Recently announced for Elvis' Birthday Week 2022 in Memphis the 'TigerMan Birthday Bash' on the evening of January 7th at the TigerMan Dojo & Museum in Memphis.
International borders are opening so if you are planning to be in Memphis to celebrate Birthday Week in January don't miss out on something special.
This will be the party to be at, and they look forward to welcoming back all your friends, old and new.
Special guests include Elvis' girlfriend from the 1970s, Mindi Miller.
Plus Wayne Mann and Janet Smith (Elvis' 1st cousins) there to greet you, along with Elvis' 2nd cousin, Joey Smith, who grew up at Graceland.
More amazing guests have been invited so stay tuned!
Doors will open at 5pm, ready for a 2-hour Q&A session with Mindi Miller, conducted by Colin Paul, at 6pm.
A special VIP tour, in groups of around 12 fans, will commence at around 8pm allowing plenty of time to then relax, enjoy some great music, and mingle with our guests for the remainder of the evening.
Complimentary coffee will keep you warm, and for those who can stay with us until midnight, we will sing a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Elvis.
It'll be a wonderful evening, and the tickets are just $59.95 each.
Go here for more info and Book now to be added to the VIP list!!
Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Mindi Miller.
(News, Source/SM/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATE - Four new "Australian" Elvis books: As a result of our news item on Monday, Elvis author-researcher, Bob Hayden, has “sold out” of his three-volumes Elvis Presley Australian 45RPM Record Label Scans in Catalogue Order and Elvis Presley Australian 45RPM Picture Cover releases. A second printing of the four books has been ordered and Bob is taking orders this week (only). Bob is also having a “revised and expanded” edition printed of his full colour book, Elvis Presley Australian Sheet Music Book (it contains more than 200 sheet music releases).
About the Elvis Presley Australian 45RPM Record Label Scans in Catalogue Order trilogy, the bibliographic resource, Elvis in Print: The Definitive Reference and Price Guide, commented:
...     Colorful trilogy showcasing the labels (A and B sides) for Elvis’ Australian 45RPM vinyl releases. Includes several paper sleeve illustrations and labels of the various Preview/Not For Sale 45RPM records. Initial chapters provide important information about label pressings, markings, trade details, writing styles used, RCA logo sizes, label inner rings and centre marks. The only thing missing are dates for each release. Impressive to see how many variations there were for individual releases. For example, Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One, had 21 variations/releases.

As EIN noted in our earlier news item, these books will appeal to Elvis bibliophiles and researchers.

For more information/to order, Bob can be contacted at: elvis2594@gmail.com

(News, Source: Bob Hayden)

Amazon Australia links - for our Aussie readers

MRS 'Las Vegas Presents Elvis – September 1970' (Deluxe 2CD Digi book)

BLUE HAWAII  - Coloured Vinyl

Perfect Elvis Presley Soundtrack Collection - 20 original albums

Australian 'Parkes Elvis Festival' Tickets On sale: Meanwhile downunder, the Australian 'Parkes Elvis Festival' is normally held in January, coinciding with Elvis Presley's birthday.
However due to COVID restrictions the 2022 Festival will now be held from 20-24 April 2022.
Now in its 29th year, the Festival continues to grow with more than 200 events across five fabulous, fun-filled days.
US Elvis tribute sensation Taylor Rodriguez will wow audiences as part of the Feature Concert Series proudly sponsored by Pacific National.
For one night only in a Festival exclusive, the internationally acclaimed sensation Mark Anthony will be rockin' the Leagues Club on Wednesday, 20 April at 8pm with a tribute to our theme, Elvis' 1968 movie Speedway, with the fabulous Mel McCaig making a guest appearance channeling the iconic Nancy Sinatra.

The Festival is also proud to present the 2022 Elvis Wall of Fame honouree, Brian Cadd, in a special 60 minute acoustic duo show.
It’s been over 40 years since Elvis Presley left the building, yet 25,000+ Elvis fans still gather in the Central NSW town of Parkes annually to celebrate The King each January.
This year's festival theme will celebrate Elvis’ 1968 musical film, Speedway. The costumes are fun. Think go-go dancing girls, overalls, racing suits, cars, red, white and blue – so many options to dress in theme!
Tickets on sale now at the Parkes Elvis Festival website
(News, Source;Parkes/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier in the week...

'ELVIS: Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971’ New CD: The official anouncement.. UK Label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) will release a CD Deluxe titled ‘Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971’ on 28th January 2021.
CD contains a captivating performance from one of Elvis’ earliest tours of the 1970s. Performed and recorded in Boston on 10th November 1971, this show demonstrates the raw energy and spirit Elvis displayed when performing away from his Las Vegas engagements, reminding everyone that, finally, he was back!

For the first time ever, this recording (formerly in mono) has been remastered, carefully restored, and remixed to true stereo using the most sophisticated technologies. The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken from this performance, along with introductory notes.

Go to 'All Elvis CD News 2021' for tracklist

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Four new "Australian" Elvis books: Australian Elvis researcher, Bob Hayden, has just published his latest books (printed on glossy paper stock with flexi-covers).

The trilogy: Elvis Presley Australian 45RPM Record Label Scans in Catalogue Order (Books 1 -3)
and Elvis Presley Australian 45RPM Picture Covers.

These will appeal to Elvis bibliophiles and researchers.

For more information and ordering, author Bob Hayden can be contacted at: elvis2594@gmail.com





(News, Source: Bob Hayden/EIN)

'Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis – The Bill Black Story' New Book: Paul Belard’s latest book is on its way to the printers and is expected to be released before Christmas.

Published in conjunction with Henrik Knudsen’s Memphis Mansion organisation in Denmark, the 250+page book 'Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis – The Bill Black Story' is the first detailed account of the Bill Black Story and is filled with rare images provided by the Black family.


(News, Source: Paul Belard)

Nick Cave; ‘What does Elvis mean to me’': Before the new Baz Luhrmann movie the last major cinema Elvis biopic was the posthumous release 'This Is Elvis'. Released in 1981, four years after his death, it presented a neat encapsulation of Elvis' life story using genuine footage and re-enactments. To most fans it was pretty emotional trip. Recently one fan, Australian musician Nick Cave revealed how watching ‘This Is Elvis’ truly upset him (via his fan blog The Red Hand Files). As often Nick Cave writes about the transformative power of music, and here writes specifically about how it relates to Presley near the end of his life.
Cave explains in 'What does Elvis mean to me?'
.. “In 1981, I saw the movie This Is Elvis. I had always been an Elvis fan, with a special love for the songs he made in the seventies – Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Kentucky Rain, Always on My Mind – and had a particular obsession with the gospel album, How Great Thou Art that he recorded in the mid sixties. The last ten minutes of 'This Is Elvis' changed my ideas on performance forever.
In the final minutes of the film, we see Elvis, on stage in Las Vegas, sing the famous so-called ‘Laughing Version’ of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'
(EIN NOTE: Nick Cave is incorrect as this version was actually from the 1977 CBS TV Special - and not in Las Vegas)
The camera begins with a long shot and does a slow zoom in on Elvis’s face. Elvis is stoned and overweight and by the time he performs the disastrous central monologue, we can see the pure anguish of his performance, the drugged and mortified eyes, the terrible aloneness, the horror of the moment – his vast soul crucified on the cross of his own body as he blunders through the words. It is one of the most traumatic pieces of footage I have ever seen. This is followed by the medley, An American Trilogy. Elvis dies and as the world media reports his death, we hear him sing Dixie over shots of his funeral procession. We see the motorcade, the weeping crowds, the coffin, and the flowers, as the film returns to the Vegas concert and Elvis sings the eternally beautiful "All My Trials.”
To me it is immeasurably moving, Elvis’s head bowed, his extraordinary voice steeped in sorrow – then the band rises, he lifts his head and sings The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Elvis is resurrected, triumphant. It is pure religion and as powerful as anything I have ever seen.
The final shot of him, in slow motion, arms outstretched, the angel wings of his silver cape flung wide, shows his exultant ascent into heaven.
As I walked from the cinema, I was left with these three images – Elvis’s mortified, tear-streaked face; his head hung in sorrowful acceptance; and his caped arms outstretched in triumph. These are the stages of Christ’s passage upon the cross, the anguish, the sufferance and the resurrection, a journey which welcomes us all, in time.
Elvis continued performing until the end. In my eyes, he was some kind of angel; both terribly and awfully human yet divine in his meteoric reach that touched so many hearts. He was fallible and God-like at the same time. Elvis crucified himself on stage in Vegas, at the supper show and the late show, hundreds and hundreds of times.
His latter years on Earth were as sad and lonely as any can be, but his Vegas performances were epic triumphs of human transcendence, where the angels looked down on one who had fallen so far, then looked up to where he ascended."
See Nick Cave’s complete blog ‘What does Elvis mean to me’
(News, Source;NCave/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Airplanes & The King' English Version -ORDER NOW!: As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version. The Prologue was written by Elvis expert Carlos R. Ares.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.

EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.

Check out these YouTube Trailers - Trailer 1- and brilliant flip-through > Trailer 2
The author notes, 'As an Aeronautical Engineer, and a huge Elvis Presley fan, I have always wanted to write a book on Planes and the King. Since my first visit to Graceland, back in 2001, I have been extremely intrigued by Elvis' history with his aircraft and his link to aeronautics in general. In my life every little detail, every short paragraph in a book, every video, every photograph, every little note or information related to Elvis and his planes, was always marked and kept in my personal archive. In 2021 all this information, along with some unique Elvis stories, has now been beautifully arranged in this glorious book, for every Elvis fan."
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team!

. Coming December 2021 - Pre-Order NOW via The Elvis Files.

Check out more via the author's website - Airplanes & The King

- - EIN will publish an extensive interview with the book's authors this monday

(News, Source;CV/ElvisInfoNet)

BillBoard 'Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists': Billboard music magazine has published their updated 'Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists'.
These rankings are based on weekly performance on the 'Hot 100' from its start on August 1958 to November 6, 2021.
Elvis Presley fans must realise that Elvis' key record-breaking initial chart years of 1956-July 1958 are not included.
The Top Ten are the same as in 2018 but now with Canadian rapper Drake hot on their heels at #11.
1, The Beatles
2, Madonna
3, Elton John
4, Elvis Presley
5, Mariah Carey
6, Stevie Wonder
7, Janet Jackson
8, Michael Jackson
9, Whitney Houston
10, Rihanna
The Beatles are still at No.1 a record twenty #1s on the weekly Hot 100, with 34 top 10s, the most by any group.
Billboard acknowledges that "Elvis Presley is #4 even with his career having predated the Hot 100’s inception by two years"
Elvis Presley Billboard stats
Seven #1 hits: 25 Top 10 hits: 109 songs to make the Hot 100.
Longest lasting song at No. 1: Are You Lonesome Tonight? (6 weeks)
Longest lasting song on the Hot 100: Way Down (21 weeks)
You can find more recent artists like  Taylor Swift #21, Bruno Mars #29 and Justin Bieber #38.
See Billboard for more info.
(News, Source;BB/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in November ...
November FTD Releases At Dealers: Good news for FTD collectors, the two CD sets have been shipped to dealers this week.
- 'Elvis: The Pot Luck Sessions' 5cd box-set:
It is without doubt the ultimate triumph for Hill & Range’s song plugger Freddy Bienstock. Superbly crafted hits like “Little Sister”, "His Latest Flame”, “Good Luck Charm” and She’s Not You” dominated pop charts in the early ‘60s and Elvis’ flawless performances accompanied by Nashville’s finest musicians still resonate today some 60 years later.
If “Easy Question”, “Suspicion” “I’m Yours” and “Kiss Me Quick” had been released as 45 rpm singles during this fertile period, and not years after, undoubtedly each could have matched the chartbusting success of the others.
This remastered 5-CD boxed set includes a 28-page booklet featuring an insightful essay, rare photographs, memorabilia, and recording data
Go here FTD / SONY News 2021 for details

- 'Elvis: South Bound' 2cd Soundboard: Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis' two shows: Curtis Hixon Convention Center, Tampa, April 26, 1975 (2:30 PM) and Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, May 2, 1975 (8:30 PM)
Both soundboards are incomplete with both concerts starting after 'I Got A Woman' with Elvis' third song 'Love Me'...
EIN Note: in 2017 FTD released 'Elvis In Altanta' two of his three 1975 shows that he performed in this tour. At the time we noted that the audio mix left a little to be desired "The sound quality is what we expect from this tour with VERY prominent Piano and Voices but with everything else - drums, guitar, orchestra - way in the background. The benefit is you can easily hear Elvis" but we also noted "There is no doubt that he was well loved by his adoring audiences in Atlanta. The Omni ‘Opening Night’ captures a great crowd reaction and Elvis truly enjoying himself on stage. Worth playing several times." lets hope his final Omni performance is as good.
Go to FTD/ SONY 2021 news for tracklists
Note the double-VINYL 'Elvis: Raised On Rock' is unfortunately delayed until next month

'Colonel Parker - Hero or Heel' New Book: With Baz Luhrmann's new ELVIS biopic being released next year and focussing on Elvis' relationship with Col Parker his manager, UK Fan Club President Todd Slaughter has announced the release of his new book, 'Colonel Parker - Hero or Heel'. Out April 2022.
The subtitle 'Godverdomme' is Dutch for 'God-damn'
As Elvis fan-club President Todd Slaughter frequently corresponded with Col Parker, and of course it would be Parker who helped arrange the tickets for Elvis' concerts as well as the chance for Todd Slaughter to actually meet with Elvis.

Slaughter's book will no doubt suggest that, despite his minor faults, Col Parker was a hero. 
Others closer to Elvis and Parker might say otherwise...
Red West, "I'd like to know who says he's the greatest manager. It couldn't have been anybody that was around Elvis."
Marty Lacker, "In my opinion Parker never was concerned about Elvis' well being and his bullshit after Elvis died was to always say "he only did what Elvis wanted him to do".
Elvis should have gotten rid of him around 1962... I blame Parker's actions for a big part of Elvis relying on pills to escape his mental well-being."

Go HERE for EIN's spotlight 'The Dark Side of Colonel Parker'
Go here for some wonderful tales and truths about Col Parker from Marty Lacker.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

Vote For GRACELAND as 2021 'Best Historic Holiday Home Tour': A chance for you to keep ELVIS back on top!
Please vote for the king's castle in the latest USA TODAY 10 Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards!
Graceland is nominated for the 2021 'Best Historic Holiday Home Tour' Award.
Graceland is the only attraction worldwide ever to receive eight 10Best Readers' Choice Awards.
Click HERE to vote and thank you, thank you very much for doing so!
Note- Fans can vote once per day, per device now through December 6th.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Quentin Tarantino And Elvis: Director Quentin Tarantino wrote the movie masterpiece 'True Romance' - released in 1993. Clarence Worley (Christian Slater), a lonely pop culture geek, is led into daring territory under the spiritual guidance of his hero: Elvis Presley (played by Val Kilmer). The King appears as an extension of his fevered mind and advises: “Well, can you live with it? That son of a bitch walking around breathing the same air as you. Getting away with it every day… Well, I’d kill him. Shoot him in the face. Put him down like a dog.”
And thereafter a chaotic exploration of vengeance and love unfurls.
Directed by Tony Scott the film offers up perhaps the most defining paradigm of the Pulp Fiction auteur. The thrill-ride unspools like Tarantino’s very own
fantasy with Clarence Worley sharing many of the same passions as the man himself, most notably an obsession with ‘The King of Rock and Roll’.
A year later Tarantino would write 'Pulp Fiction' which originally included a scene discussing "There are only two kinds of people in the world, Beatles people and Elvis people. Now Beatles people can like Elvis and Elvis people can like the Beatles, but nobody likes them both equally. Somewhere you have to make a choice. And that choice, tells you who you are.” (the scene was later deleted).
Tarantino's love of Elvis is so profound that he once even appeared as an impersonator in a stupefyingly baffling end to a Golden Girls episode. As it happens, this appearance even helped him to get his career off the ground. “Before I did Reservoir Dogs, I had a very unsuccessful acting career,” Tarantino once said. “One of the jobs I did get — and not because I did a wonderful audition but simply because they sent my picture in and they said, ‘He’s got it’ — was for an Elvis impersonator on The Golden Girls.”
In short, it is clear that his love for ‘The King’ is very real, but, as ever with Tarantino, it isn’t quite a straightforward devotion. As he said when championing Elvis’ 1976 compilation record 'The Sun Sessions', “This has been a hugely important album to me. I was always a big rockabilly fan and a big Elvis fan, and to me, this album is the purest expression of Elvis there was. Sure, there are better individual songs—but no one collection ever touched the Sun Sessions album.”
During this prime period, Elvis became the progenitor of rock ‘n’ roll and pop culture as we know it. He shared a kinship with Tarantino’s daring attitude and thrust liberation into the mainstream media.
However, thereafter Tarantino felt that the star became increasingly kitsch and commercial. He added: “When I was young, I used to think Elvis was the voice of truth. I don’t know what that means, but his voice…shit man, it sounded so fucking pure.
If you grew up loving Elvis, this is it. Forget the Vegas period: if you really love Elvis, you’re ashamed of that man in Vegas. You feel like he let you down. The hillbilly cat never let you down!”

Go here to see Quentin Tarantino as Elvis on The Golden Girls
Right - check out the original 'The Sun Sessions' release.
(News, Source:TomTaylor-faroutrmagazine/ElvisInfoNet)

AUSTRALIAN AMAZON Links - for our Aussie EIN members.
'Elvis: Back In Nashville' CD box-set - AU$58 - free delivery
'Elvis: Back In Nashville' Double-Vinyl - AU$46
'Elvis Presley 2022 Calendar' - AU$18

Now on YouTube – interesting Elvis related audio/videos:

- America’s New Trinity of Love: Dean, Brando, Presley

- Glen Campbell talks about the first time he met Elvis

- Pat Boone recalls his pal, Elvis Presley

- Gates of Graceland – Laurel Goodwin

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Making of Jailhouse Rock' New FTD Deluxe Set: Following on from FTD / David English's excellent 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' comes another Elvis movie in-depth exploration with the December 2021 publication of 'The Making of Jailhouse Rock'.
FTD's David English and Pål Granlund present the in-depth backstory on how the MGM movie 'Jailhouse Rock' starring Elvis Presley and Judy Tyler was made.
This Deluxe collector's edition includes two hardback books, providing a fascinating and comprehensive insight from script to screen into the making of the film PLUS 3CDs and a 45rpm single.

'The Making of Jailhouse Rock; The Movie' is a 365-page deluxe hardback book featuring many newly discovered photographs, details of deleted scenes, pages from the script, shooting schedule, memos, contracts, and cast and crew memories.
'The Making of Jailhouse Rock; The Music' is a matching 85-page book featuring photos, documents and detailed session information, including pages from a newly found MGM recording session log.

Also included with this release are 3 CDs containing the entire recording sessions mixed for the first time, from the original binaural tapes to mono sequences in session order.
It includes the previously unreleased complete Instrumental Versions of (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, featuring Elvis on Bass Guitar.
Also included will be a special "collectible 45rpm" with a reproduction of the "Vince Everett" Treat Me Nice single as seen in the movie Jailhouse Rock.

Suggested price from Elvis Shop London is £180 = US$250 plus postage   

FTD have of course released almost every session recording in their previous two 'Jailhouse Rock' Classic albums.

See CD tracklist & more details here - More info when we receive it
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisShop/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: '72 Summer Festival' Book Review: Published back in 2019 by author Kieran Davis, this impressive hardcover book focuses on Elvis' 1972 stunning summer season in Las Vegas. With every performance examined in detail over 160 pages, it features rare on-stage photographs, plenty of memorabilia, exclusive original tour documents and best of all fan diaries detailing Elvis' every move.

Packed with rare pics, multiple concert reviews, detailed tracklists, articles on meeting Elvis, an examination of his new stage attire and much much more.. it is one of the most comprehensive books ever written about Elvis' 1972 summer season.

It has been described as a labour-of-love by a true Elvis fan who wanted to self-publish a worthy book for true Elvis fans. Originally Sold Out, the book has now been re-printed for 2021

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out whether the book truly captures Elvis' great 1972 Las Vegas Summer Season.


(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

First ‘ELVIS’ Movie Teaser: Australian director Baz Luhrmann is taking care of business.
The filmmaker shared a teaser trailer for his upcoming Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler as the iconic musician.
The brief video which Luhrmann shared via Instagram included a shot of Butler from behind as a young Elvis and other shots of the singer walking backstage in his recognizable performance wear.
The video ended with the letters TCB and the date June 24, 2022.
Baz Luhrmann  noted, "Made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022."
The ELVIS biopic was originally supposed to release on June 3rd, 2022 but thanks to Luhrmann's tweet it's been confirmed the film has been pushed back to June 24th, 2022. Luhrmann's latest film will be released only in theaters and not in a hybrid fashion.
Warner Brothers has been trying to move away from their previous pandemic distribution plan, which saw film released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.
(News, Source;Insta/ElvisInfoNet)

NOV 12 - "Elvis: Back in Nashville" Out Now!: The official announcement from SONY that the long-awaited box-set is officially released.
The SONY publicity notes... This comprehensive collection chronicles Elvis’ fabled 1971 marathon recording session that would be his final session in Nashville.
These pristine recordings reveal some of the most compelling singing of his career and include “I’m Leavin’,” “My Way,” and “If Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread).”
EIN NOTE: Sadly the song is called "Fools Rush In" and not  “If Fools Rush In"!
"Elvis: Back in Nashville" is an essential addition to any collection.
Like its predecessor 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' is designed to showcase Elvis and his core band as they sounded during the actual sessions without orchestral overdubs and vocal accompaniment. A key difference between Elvis’ 1970 and 1971 Nashville sessions is that many of the 1971 recordings included backing singers; therefore, 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' offers a variety of song performances both with and without vocal augmentation.
This amazing collection is available on vinyl 2 LP 12” edition and 4-CD Box Set!
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

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'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review 2021': Kees Mouwen of 'Elvis Day By Day' has announced the publication of the fourth volume in his popular 'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review' yearbook series.
It will be released January 2022 by Poplar Tunes Publishing and Memphis Mansion Publishing.
Like the previous volumes on 2018, 2019 and 2020, it will cover everything Elvis Presley from this year over 350 colourful pages.
All the news as it happened and when it happened with over 60 in-depth reviews on the important music, movie and book releases by Elvis fans, Elvis-experts and Elvis-authors from around the world, making this volume a real 'international edition'.

Contributions by Carlos R. Ares (Argentina), Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson (Australia), Andy Pendl and Michael Sander (Germany), Giuseppe Castiglia (Italy), Rogier Van Luyken (The Netherlands), Phil Gelormine, Robert Gilbert and Trina Young (United States). Great to see Elvis still connects fans around the world!

The foreword was written by Elvis Songwriter Michael Jarrett.
You can listen to two of his compositions on the new 'Elvis Back In Nashville' box-set.

Go here to Memphis Mansion or ElvisDayByDay to preorder.
(News, Source;KM/ElvisInfoNet)

Kieran Davis announces more reprints – Elvis October 1976 and Spirit of ‘76: Kieran Davis has advised: Two more of our books will soon be available in reprint form for those that missed them the first time round. To make both of these books available in the most cost effective manner for a very short print run (50 copies) both books have now been combined under a single cover. If you have both of the old versions of these books you DO NOT need this one as the contents are identical, they have simply been printed in a single volume. If you missed out on either volume now is a chance to reserve a copy.
As the title suggests, the book covers in detail Elvis' tour of October 1976, with a special focus on the show in Champaign, for which there are approximately 100 previously unpublished black and white images.
There are numerous reviews, personal stories, images of memorabilia and Elvis on stage, plus glimpses into the internal workings of the Elvis Presley Show, life in the box office and more. All of which are incorporated into an extensive narrative. ~300 pages and hardbound.
This book is currently at the printers, but print times have increased due to the global supply chain delays.
We are expecting this book within the next 6 to 8 weeks. We do not like taking fully paid preorders for books in case there are longer delays or print problems. However, we are accepting deposits to guarantee a copy of the book. The book is expected to be £60 plus shipping (£5 in the UK, ~£20 in Europe, ~£30 for the rest of the world). To reserve a copy of the book for £10 please Go here > theelvispresleyshow.com
... EIN will add a new review of Kieran Davis' excellent 'Elvis ‘72 Summer Festival' book tomorrow.
(News, Source: Kieran Davis/ElvisInfoNet)

“Elvis Presley: Exodus” 1971 LP: When RCA released the best of Elvis' 1971 secular recordings spread over two albums and singles it was a grave error which ended up diluting the quality of Elvis' seventies releases.
The alternate compilation “Elvis Presley: Exodus” would have been a potentially vital LP in Elvis' musical legacy.
With the official 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' about to be released and to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the recording sessions, EIN contributor George Smith has taken the opportunity to lay the ghosts to rest to assemble his definitive collection of secular 1971 tracks: this is the 1971 album that should have been.
“Elvis Presley: Exodus” - the album that was never released - is an exploration of adult relationships expressed through the medium of folk music.
In this fascinating spotlight he has collected his thoughts regarding the songs and the circumstances surrounding their recording and has much to say about this lost masterpiece.
Don't miss this sensational article as George Smith reflects on Elvis' 1971 Nashville Sessions and the album that never was...
(Spotlight, Source;GS/ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Dennis van Tiel... the Netherlands: EIN continues its series of interviews with Elvis world identities in different countries, this time discussing “things Elvis” with Dennis Tiel from the Netherlands.
Dennis has published several books about Elvis and is also responsible for the long-running series of “annual” publications, Almost in Elvis.
His view about the Elvis world and what fans can learn from "everything Elvis" is truly fascinating.

As Tiel explains, "'Almost in Elvis' is an initiative for writers, journalists, poets, artist and just passionate lovers of the character Elvis A. Presley. Every issue has is own theme. The style and the design are different every issue and follows the theme of that edition sort of speak. You could consider Elvis is a kind of muse in this context."
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson discovers more ..
(Interviews, Source;NP/ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Elvis Back In Nashville" 8/10 Review: It's great to see the mainstream music press already giving truly positive reviews to the new "Elvis Back In Nashville" box-set that comes out next week.
UNCUT uk music magazine have already reviewed it noting....
"The King's final recordings in the country music capital"
Elvis Presley was more ambitious than his late career output might suggest.
During his 1971 sessions in Nashville, he cut tracks for his dream project: a folk-rock record featuring songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kris Kristofferson and others. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, and tracks from those sessions were scattered across cookie-cutter collections throughout the'70s.
'Elvis Back In Nashville' collects those recordings in one place, showcasing his stylistic range (gospel, carols, standards... you name it) and offering a glimpse of what might have been.
Despite being sold as a nostalgia act, Elvis was absolutely devoted to whatever he song he was singing. He immersed himself in the story and invested each line with nuance and character, whether it's the casually funky "Put Your Hand In The Hand" or the delicate "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (recorded while he had the flu).
Box-Set rates 8/10.
Extras: 6/10. Archival photos and liner notes by David Cantwell.

You can also have a sneak preview of 30 seconds of every track via PlatoMania - CLICK HERE to listen

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS presents 'ELVIS: September 1970' in-depth Review: MRS's new 2CD deluxe set features a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD that covers the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans. Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand-new previously unknown concert captures Elvis feeling 'loose-as-a-goose' yet still performing with a real intensity. His live versions of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' were truly exceptional this evening.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and enjoy a hilarious ride-with-the-king.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Exhibition 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' for Victoria, Australia: The Australian southern state of Victoria has scored and unprecedented Elvis Presley exhibition for early 2022.
This major new biographical exhibition exploring one of the most iconic and influential figures of the 20th Century. Elvis: Direct from Graceland, will open on 19 March 2022 at Bendigo Art Gallery.
Exclusive to Bendigo, VIC, the exhibition will explore Elvis’ stellar career, his larger-than-life persona, lesser-known aspects of his early years, interests and personal life, and his radical sense of style.
In a major coup the Gallery has been able to secure unprecedented access to the Graceland archives to present a comprehensive exhibition on the world’s greatest and most popular artists.
Elvis: Direct from Graceland will feature around 300 authentic artifacts owned by Elvis direct from the icon’s Graceland home - including his military uniforms, his 1976 Red Bicentennial Custom Harley Davidson, and an amazing array of his famous jumpsuits to personal items like Lisa Marie’s baby clothes, Elvis’ first job application and the 1st grade crayon box he took to school. Visiting Australia for the first time ever is a bright red convertible 1960 MG from the movie Blue Hawaii, the only car from his films that Elvis actually owned and had brought to the Hawaii location to get around in his free time.
The exhibition will also feature many items that rarely travel beyond the Graceland gates, including Elvis’ wedding tuxedo and Priscilla’s wedding dress, two costumes from the acclaimed television performance known as the ‘68 Comeback Special, and garments from his eclectic home wardrobe.
Graceland's Angie Marchese stated, "While Elvis was never able to visit Australia himself, it brings us great pride at Graceland to know that his legacy and music lives on there. We look forward to sharing a glimpse into Elvis’ life with the fans in Australia.”
Key periods in Elvis’ life and career will be covered, including his early years living in the ‘shotgun shack’ in Tupelo, Mississippi, his break-out Sun Studios hit, U.S. Army service, his time in Hollywood, his unforgettable ’68 Special performance, and the glamorous Vegas years.
The exhibition also moves beyond the familiar story of his musical and acting career to present his more private side, his devotion to his parents, his love of books, motorcycles, horses and karate and the haven he created in Graceland for his friends and family.
The exhibition includes garments and jewellery worn by Elvis throughout his life, personal items from Graceland, as well as vintage Elvis-branded merchandise, costumes and scripts from the Hollywood movies and much more.
Bendigo Art Gallery Director Jessica Bridgfoot said, “We are so excited to be able to bring this iconic collection to Australia at a time when international travel has been limited.
This is the latest in the international series of exhibitions presented by Bendigo Art Gallery that pay homage to the great style icons of our recent history."
Victoria Minister for Tourism Martin Pakula said: “Landing this exhibition is a major coup for Bendigo and Victoria and thousands of Elvis fans will be marking the dates in their diaries right now.
Whether people come for the jumpsuits, the Harley or just to celebrate one of the great figures in recent history, the benefit will extend to cafes, restaurants and hotels across the region.”
Elvis Presley: Direct from Graceland runs 19 March – 17 July 2022
Tickets on sale now at bendigoartgallery.com.au
(News, Source;BendigoArtGallery/ElvisInfoNet) - EIN will have more details soon-

(Book Review) Elvis June 1956: June 1956 was another busy month for Elvis Presley and author Paul Bélard captures the frenzy and excitement of Elvis' rocket-to-stardom in this new photo-book, ‘Elvis June 1956’.
Elvis' 1956 juggernaut was picking up strength during the month with a series of dynamic live shows across America, appearing on Wink Martindale’s ‘Dance Party’ TV show, violating segregation laws in Memphis, outraging media critics and many parents with his burlesque show rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ on The Milton Berle Show and rehearsing for his appearance on The Steve Allen Show as the highlights.
The book includes some wonderful archive material such as..
- “Singing Sensation Causes Near Riot Here”
- “Writhing Singer Has Long Beach Soxers Wailing”
- "Elvis Sends 6,400 Here Into Frenzy”
- “Presley Leaves You In A Blue Suede Funk”
· “The Presley Problem”

This graphic biography illustrates how our man worked hard getting his career off the ground. All this packed on 220 pages.
Go here as Nigel Patterson and Kees Mouwen check out this look at one of Elvis' key months of his career
(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)

Ronnie Tutt has died Aged 83: Very sad news for all Elvis fans today, finding out that the incredible TCB Band drummer Ronnie Tutt has died aged 83.
Graceland posted a heartfelt tribute...
.."All of us at EPE were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt. In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland. We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis' Birthday and many other special occasions. Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis' legacy - sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans - as well as bringing Elvis' music to arenas around the globe through later "Elvis in Concert" shows and performances.
Ronnie Tutt played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977. He was part of the band put together by James Burton for Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas opening - and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977.
Ronnie later toured with Neil Diamond's band. He also recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, Michael McDonald, among others.
Our hearts go out to Donna, his family, his fellow TCB Band members - and to his fans around the world.
He will be deeply missed by all of us."
- Ron Tutt was born in 1938 in Dallas, Texas and was considered a "Child Prodigy" by many as by the age of three he was already enrolled in voice and tap dance classes. He was soon playing violin in his school orchestra, then trumpet and finally playing drums in his final years at school.
He later studied music at North Texas University before moving to Los Angeles as a professional drummer.
Ronnie said, "The two greatest music influences on my life were Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond. Elvis for the flashy, explosive, slightly out of control, style of playing that he needed and Neil for wanting the opposite and a very disciplined drummer."
Ronnie Tutt was a true gentleman, a friend to all, and a delightful person to talk to.
He will be missed by all.
R.I.P 'Ronnie Tutt' 12 March 1938 - 16 Oct 2021
EIN recommends this delightful interview with Ronnie Tutt at NAMM 'Oral Histories'
Also see the Ronnie Tutt page at Drummer World
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

James Burton posted....

RONNIE TUTT - We are in shock 😭 💔.
Top of the list drummer, amazing work with any top recording artists and live shows.
The James Burton and Friends show in Nashville, to our knowledge, was the last show that Ronnie played and it was truly an honor to have him give of his talents to the James Burton Foundation to give guitars to kids and vets.  His playing on this show was INCREDIBLE.   ⚡️TCB⚡️
Playing together over the years was so much fun, it was like a hand in a glove.  We knew exactly how to play off each other.
You bet I will always miss him!!! 🥁🎸
The wonderful thing is that we know for sure Ronnie is in heaven with God and his family, Elvis and friends.
What a joy for his family to have this knowledge and we love all of them so much. 🙏✝️😇
- The James Burton Family

ELVIS Birthday Celebration 2022: Graceland is getting in early with an update about ELVIS' Birthday Celebration in January 2022.
... Join us in Memphis on January 6-9, 2022, for Elvis' 2022 Birthday Celebration.
Enjoy four days of birthday festivities surrounding the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday!
The celebration includes
- Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Christmas Tour
- Elvis Gospel Dinner
- Elvis on Tour late night movie screening
- Conversations on Elvis

Founders and Insiders will be contacted directly about pre-sale opportunities.
Go here to EPE for all the details

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Book Review 'From Elvis in Japan': David Ward's 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018' is the a very detailed and visually attractive Elvis “discography”. It covers Elvis LP (vinyl) releases in Japan between 1956 and 2018, the e-book is full of interesting information about each release and stunning images of the LP covers and discs.

The discography contains information on 131 Elvis LPs released in the “land of the rising sun”, a complete song index, and “value add” sections such as How to Read Elvis’ Name in Japanese, Japanese Albums with US Artwork, and English Lyrics (the translations are often outrageously funny!).

Japan also pressed plenty of unique compilations such as 'Elvis Presley Special 24', 'Elvis on Screen', 'Elvis Presley The Complete Singles (11 LP box set)' and 'Elvis Presley By Request of Japanese Fans'.

Go here and discover even more as EIN's Nigel Patterson reviews this fascinating look at Elvis' Japan releases.

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

Baz Luhrmann Taking Care Of Business!: ELVIS movie director Baz Luhrmann has announced a weekly ELVIS DAY when he will share pictures to get fans involved in his upcoming biopic.

Luhrmann tweeted.. "Still taking care of business here... Thought we’d make Monday, ‘Elvis Day’, dropping you some favorite pics as we go through our journey."

Next summer his new ELVIS biopic will hit cinemas, charting the life and career of The King of Rock and Roll. But with less than a year to go we still haven’t had our first look at Austin Butler as Elvis or Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker, let alone a trailer.

The first set of pictures featured Elvis posing and performing back in the 1950s. The second set yesterday featured the comment, "To Understand The Elvis phenomenon you must first understand the Colonel".

The weekly pictures are on Baz Luhrmann Twitter feed.

(News, Source:NP/UKExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview) Robert Elder, author of (recently released) 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll' talks to EIN: All fans know how important Christmas was to Elvis. Elvis and Christmas are the subject of a delightful new book by celebrated author, Robert K. Elder. Arranged with the assistance of EPE, the book is informative, colorful, and “party” fun.
Robert recently took time out of his hectic schedule (promoting the book) to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, Robert’s interview covers a range of subjects:
    - what is in the book
    - why Christmas was so important to Elvis
    - the assistance he got from not only EPE, but also two other well known authors
    - the Christmas with Elvis Bobblehead set; and
    - there are also appearances by Kurt Russell, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, U2, and Ernest Hemingway.

Read Robert’s full interview
(Interview, Source: Robert K.Elder/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide': Out Now from author Robert Elder, 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll'
Written in collaboration with EPE, the book helps you Celebrate Christmas with the King of Rock n' Roll!
In this spirit, Christmas with Elvis is designed like a Christmas party Elvis himself would have liked. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic music and songs Elvis sang and recorded for his bestselling holiday albums, alongside favorite stories, trivia, and Yuletide cocktails and munchies, all wrapped up with a merry Christmas twist fit for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

Go here as EIN’s Nigel Patterson investigates more...

(Book Reviews, Source;/ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) David Ward, author of 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018': A new e-book by David Ward chronicles more than 100 Japanese Elvis LPs in great narrative detail and full color images.
Long-time collectors will be very aware of how different many Japanese Elvis records were.

In a fascinating and entertaining interview with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, David discusses:
    - the extra effort RCA Japan put into Elvis’ LP releases
    rare albums
    - what you can find in Japanese obi strips on Elvis LPs
    - the Elvis LP obi strip doubling as a poster
    - Elvis’ record sales in Japan
    - the single you need to hold up to the light
    - some very funny Japanese transcriptions of English lyrics, and a lot more.

There is also a shout out to Ernst Jorgensen!

Read David’s full interview - & check out the great covers..

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis The Army Years Uncovered (Trina Young): EIN thanks our good friend, Kees Mouwen (administrator of the best Elvis blog on the Internet....Elvis Day By Day), for allowing us to publish his informative review of Trina Young’s latest book.

Despite what some fans may think, Elvis’ Army years were eventful, full of interesting and sometimes sad, incidents.
Those two years in the Army were important in shaping Elvis as a person.
As Kees notes in his enlightening review, in her book, Trina Young “goes behind the superficial public relations story of Presley’s army years”.

Read Kees’ detailed review

(Book Review: Source: Kees Mouwen)


Trina Young talks to EIN: Music journalist, Trina Young’s latest Elvis book, Elvis: The Army Years Uncovered: Behind the Scenes of the Two Years That Changed The King of Rock and Roll's Life, is now available.

Trina recently took time out to speak with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about her new book, her earlier Elvis books, the concerning issue of plagiarism of her works, and more.


Read Trina’s full interview



(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: Fort Worth, Texas 1974' FTD in-depth Review: This FTD double-pack features two concerts from Elvis’ third tour of 1974, both performances from Father's Day in Fort Worth, Texas, June 16 1974. Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock. Reviews included, "Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand".
In fine humour, at the evening show Elvis jokes that the whole band are from Texas... “John Wilkinson from Waco Texas, Ronnie Tutt from Dallas Texas, Duke Bardwell from Abilene Texas, Charlie Hodge from Decateur Texas, Voice from Nashville Texas and Joe Guercio with the all-Texas choir band! And I’m from Tupelo, Texas."
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley give you the complete low-down on this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes.
However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions.
Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
(Spotlight; Source;ShaneBrown/EIN)

New MRS VINYL Review: What Elvis playlist do you listen to on August 16th ever year? Mine is always some recent new VINYL.
There is something so tactile and visual about VINYL that not only does it feel more "genuine" but it also reminds me of when Elvis was alive and everything we listened to was on vinyl.
This year 2021 - while in CV19 lockdown - my most recently acquired vinyl were the three recent MRS VINYL releases and what fine and innovative albums they are.
- 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – August 1969' - Single album.
- 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – January Thru February 1970' - Double album.
- 'Elvis Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' - Triple album.
Featuring three concerts of Elvis at the height of his Las Vegas return-to-splendour power, plus a triple album of Elvis' TTWII rehearsals, all packaged as stunning vinyl releases - these were certainly a neat way of celebrating Elvis Week.

EIN's Piers Beagley spins the discs and checks them out.
(Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.

EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies.
In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including...
- Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography

EIN was delighted to be able to finally talk with the man and find out more. EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Piotr Soczynski talks to EIN: While serious collectors will be familiar with Piotr Soczynski’s phenomenal work in documenting little known parts of the Elvis recording catalog, most fans will not. This is a great pity, as Piotr, who lives in Poland, has already published five of the best Elvis books in 2021, with two more volumes due later this year and in 2022. These books are:
Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953-1965
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965-1993

Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 1
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 2 (late 2021)
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 3 (expected 2022)
The first four volumes sold out quickly earlier this year, while the more recent first volume of Piotr’s Eastern Europe vinyl trilogy is selling fast. The depth of information, glorious visuals, and strong, clean book design have resulted in fascinating “coffee table” releases which will please (amaze) both collectors and the general fan. Piotr recently took time out to discuss Elvis in Poland and his series of books which are an important narrative-visual record of little understood Elvis vinyl releases.
Read Piotr’s full interview with Nigel Patterson and marvel at some great page visuals from the various volumes
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: Back In Nashville' Vinyl tracklist: RCA/Legacy Recordings will release Elvis: Back In Nashville, the definitive presentation of Presley's May-June 1971 Nashville studio sessions on Friday, November 12.
The 4 CD collection presents 82 pristine Studio original recordings, free of overdubs.
Graceland is also offering an exclusive 2LP 12" color vinyl collectors pressing of 'Elvis: Back In Nashville'.
A standard 2LP 12" vinyl version of the album will also be available.
The vinyl tracklist features the best selection of outtakes and remixed original recordings
Elvis: Back In Nashville Graceland 2LP 12" vinyl edition is available for pre-order from EPE here. US$24.98

Go HERE to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2021' for the tracklist
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Selling Elvis in 2021' EIN Spotlight: One of the most common questions asked of EIN is "how do I sell my Elvis records?"
Sadly, the market for Elvis’ recorded material is a shadow of what it was in the decade following his death. The exceptions are high quality original Sun Studio singles and various obscure releases such as test pressings, demos and acetates.
The best time of the year to sell anything ELVIS related is, of course, now around "Elvis Week" in August.
In 2021, demand for Elvis records generally continues to diminish as the sheer volume of Elvis records pressed means most collectors already have what they want, older fans are passing away, and younger fans are not as interested in physical records.
Highlighting the situation, a recent edition of the excellent Vintage Rock magazine featured a fascinating article discussing how the market for 50s vinyl has dipped and which artists and recordings are maintaining buyer interest.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson puts a spotlight on the declining vinyl market
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformatoinNetwork)

UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game.
Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end...
And EIN wants YOUR SAY - Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more...
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 44,000 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.

"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project.
Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement..
"It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."

We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet.
(Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!)
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Elvis November 1956: As fans, we do not always realize that what we think we know about Elvis’ life, happened in short periods of time. Paul Belard’s visual biography series illustrates how hectic Elvis’ life and rise to fame was.
The latest release in Paul Belard’s series of photobooks, covering just one month in 1956, highlights just how much happened.
It was a busy time, Elvis spent time with his girlfriend Natalie Wood and buddy, Nick Adams on his new Harley Davidson. He did a small tour in the south with Scotty, DJ and Bill making stops in Toledo, Cleveland, Troy and Louisville, Kentucky. And managed to squeeze in a 10-day holiday with Bitsy Mott, Gene Smith and Richard Dougher to Las Vegas, returning to the New Frontier Hotel.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen joined forces to provide a detailed review of the narrative, visual and archival highlights from what was a a very busy month for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)

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'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3.  However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required  – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download.  The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features:
    Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
    Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
    Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
    Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
    Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates   
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
    A section detailing promotional records
    Hundreds of illustrations
    An Interview and spoken word index
    A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following:
    The Making Of Elvis UK
    Golden Grooves
    LP Re-issues

Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip.  Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price.  The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. 
More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website – www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
See EIN review of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis British CD 1983-2005'- highly recommended

‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ was released last month. The CDs contain three captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover just how good these concerts sound in stereo - a perfect concert package for any Elvis fan.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review: 'Elvis The King of the Rings Vol 1': Author-researcher Paul Belard has released the latest installment in his ongoing Elvis day-by-day biography series, visually (and narratively) documenting Elvis Presley's life and times. Unlike previous volumes, this book doesn’t cover a specific period of time, it covers a “shiny” part of our man's life, his love for big and glittery jewelry, specifically rings.
Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”

Belard's new book features 254 pages dedicated to Elvis’ love of rings.
The photos include close-ups of so much glorious "Bling" along with stories of Elvis wearing them on-stage and even where they ended up.
Go here to read our review by Kees Mouwen and Nigel Patterson
(Book Review, Source:DayByDay/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight: In April 1956 Disc-jockey Jay Thompson, from Breckenridge radio station KSTB, interviewed a young Elvis Presley while he was touring through Texas on a string of one-night stands. In that 1956 interview Elvis interestingly revealed that he was previously training to be an electrician, that his first movie would be The Rainmaker and that he did not know Bill Black or Scotty Moore before their Sun session.

In 1982 Elvis fan Scott Wheeler befriended and interviewed Jay Thompson about the experience. Although Jay never actively participated in Elvis-related events or productions in later years he also never sought notoriety for the interview either. However we believe it's important that Jay Thompson be well remembered for his valuable contribution to the history of Elvis.

Go here to our special Spotlight - plus Elvis' Wichita Falls Interview - by Scott Wheeler / Piers Beagley...
(Spotlight; Source;SW/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' was released last month.
The CDs contain rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. With remastered audio and accompanying 40-page booklet the package is aimed at the general public, plus Elvis collectors who could not afford last year's FTD fan club deluxe release.
Elvis’ glorious rehearsals on 24 July at RCA studios are the real key to this release. Twenty seven classic performances and with Elvis not only rehearsing the familiar songs we would all come to know from the MGM movie but also songs he would never perform on stage.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover some neat surprises along the way.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005. The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone.
EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'The Best Use of Elvis Music in Recent Movies': In the first two decades after his untimely death it was rare to hear an Elvis song in a new feature film - and certainly not in a TV advert.
EPE / BMG seemed reluctant to licence Elvis' music which is strange considering the amount of sub-standard Elvis products they were pumping out to fans. But everything changed in 2002 with ‘ALLC' hitting number one all around the world .
So with Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic in production it's a good time to revisit some of the best use of Elvis music in recent movies.
Film producers have discovered that using ELVIS in recent movie soundtracks can be a powerful and positive idea.
From the cartoon Lilo & Stitch to the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and the Elton John biopic Rocketman, the use of Elvis songs in the soundtrack can add that something special.
EIN lists Movie blog Screenrant's recently posted Top Ten and also adds EIN readers favourites.
Visit our EIN spotlight and also send us YOUR THOUGHTS on your favourite use of ELVIS in modern films.
(Spotlight, Source;SR/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Interview: 'ELVIS UK3' authors John Townson & Gordon Minto: Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations.
It is a massive undertaking that provides the definitive guide to Elvis's UK compact disc releases from the ' The Legend' - the world's first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 - in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way.
With such a massive book EIN readers have asked questions such as..
- Who is this book actually aimed at?
- Did you learn particular new insights into RCA's marketing on Elvis?
- How important was Roger Semon in changing Elvis' musical legacy
- Was 'The King Of Rock n Roll' box-set the true turning point?
- Should RCA have stuck to 'The Beatles' approach of only one essential release per year?
- Why is it a digital release and not a hard-back?

EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed authors John Townson and Gordon Minto to find out more about this amazing work ...
Go here to their fascinating and detailed interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares): The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review


(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review: Recently published 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.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud. A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review
Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘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)

US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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‘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)

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)

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?

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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)

'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)

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!





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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
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- 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 - 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'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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