Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
Number of Elvis eBay listings rise: A recent search of "Elvis Presley" on eBay brought up a staggering 31, 536 listings!EIN thinks it would be interesting to see what percentage of the listings and what types of Elvis items actually sell. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #25: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who indescribably blue, probably been dead long time" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Sir Charles" hospitalised: Elvis’ long time friend, army body and guitarist, Charlie Hodge, has been hospitalized due to his ongoing battle with cancer. Charlie has been fighting the 'Big C' for some time. Our thoughts are with Charlie and his family. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Priscilla offended by tabloid headline: Priscilla Presley says she is offended by suggestions there is something wacky about her family. Tabloid magazines this week labelled as "kooky kabuki" her daughter Lisa Marie's marriage to musician Michael Lockwood in Japan, with both wearing kimonos.
"It does offend me," Presley told AAP in Sydney. "It was not wacky in any sense of the word because you appreciate a culture and you appreciate tradition, that is wacky for somebody to say that."
Lisa Marie and Lockwood exchanged vows in a traditional Japanese ceremony on January 22, both wearing traditional Japanese costumes. It was a fourth marriage for Lisa Marie who has previously been married to Nicolas Cage, Michael Jackson and Danny Keough, the father of her two children. Priscilla Presley walked her daughter down the aisle and gave her away.
"The wackyness isn't on our end," said Presley. "I don't think we have ever been known to be wacky.
"Maybe having lived our whole lives in front of everyone, things might look that way but this was so well thought out and she is very happy." Presley described Lisa Marie's wedding as "beautiful". "The wedding was everything she wanted and the mood was so tranquil and very traditional in dress," she said.
Priscilla Presley arrived in Australia on Saturday for the worldwide launch of her bed linen range with Australian fashion designer Bruno Schiavi, titled The Priscilla Presley Collection. The 60-year-old was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973 and has two children, Lisa Marie with Presley and Navarone Garibaldi with partner Marco Garibaldi. She acknowledged that Elvis, who died of a heart attack in 1977, was always going to be a big part of her life.
"It was such an impactful era that I think everyone feels they own a little bit of Elvis," she said after the launch at Sydney's inner city Myer department store. "As far as separating myself, I can't really deny that was history and I was very much a part of history in that sense. "It was a great time, a great era and a great loss". (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Australian Elvis tribute artist support act for Englebert: One of Australia's leading Elvis tribute artists, Mick Gerace, will be supporting the legendary Englebert Humperdinck when he visits Australia for his 'Let There Be Love' tour. Sydney fans can see the show on Friday 2 June at the Sydney Opera House. (News, Source: Sun Herald)
Priscilla Presley in Australia: Click for details of her appearances
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #24: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who was given a mountain will someday be very rich" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
EPE buys auto dealership: Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has purchased property at 3674 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Elvis' former Audoben Drive home to be auctioned: A former Elvis home at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis, now owned by Mike Freeman, will be auctioned on March 20, 2006. Fans have reported to Bill Burk's Elvis World that the house and property are badly in need of repairs and/or renovation. Memory recalls they paid about $185,000 for the home. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #23: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who ask do you know who I am, probably not need to find out" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Jerry Schilling on Elvis Radio on Sirius in August: Jerry Schilling, friend of Elvis and upcoming author of Me and A Guy Named Elvis, My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley, will appear on Elvis Radio as a special guest on August 11 (day one of the two-day Elvis Insiders Conference) to share memories of his friend. (News, Source: EPE)
Johnny Cash most awesome dead rock star: Johnny Cash, who is currently being depicted by Joaquin Phoenix in biopic 'Walk The Line', beat off competition from other deceased legends including Elvis Presley and rap star Notorious BIG to claim the top spot in a poll to find the 'most awesome dead rock star'.
The top 10: 1. JOHNNY CASH 2. NOTORIOUS BIG 3. ELVIS PRESLEY 4. TUPAC SHAKUR 5. JOHN LENNON 6. JIMI HENDRIX 7. JERRY GARCIA 8. KURT COBAIN 9. BOB MARLEY 1O. RAY CHARLES (News, Source: virgin.net)
Official Lisa Presley site yet to announce her marriage: Despite the official Elvis site announcing Lisa's marriage a week ago, her official site, with the exception of the Fan Forum, has been surprisingly quiet on the subject. (News, Source: EIN)
Sillerman to capitalize on global fascination with Elvis: Capitalizing on the ever-growing national and international fascination with Elvis Presley, CKX, Inc. which controls Elvis Presley Enterprises and substantially all assets comprising the Presley estate -- has held meetings with prominent Memphis, Tennessee officials to explore ways to expand upon and further promote the legacy of the King of Rock and Roll.
With Graceland already the most visited private residence in America, the discussions have focused on CKX's desire to grow the Graceland experience as the centerpiece of the Whitehaven section of Memphis. While plans and designs have not been finalized, CKX outlined significant aspects of the proposal to officials.
Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKX, commented, "As we are upon the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's explosion into our culture, it is only fitting that Graceland assumes an even more prominent role in American culture and tourism." Working in conjunction with Bob Weis Design Island Associates, a world-renowned design firm, the goal is to enhance the visitor's experience in the area surrounding Graceland while preserving the integrity of the original mansion. "For years, Elvis Presley Enterprises and the Presley family have envisioned a project like this," said Jack Soden, Chief Executive Officer of Elvis Presley Enterprises. "We are thrilled to be able to move this concept forward."
Sillerman added, "To date, Elvis's fans have only seen a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of Elvis artifacts currently warehoused. We're thrilled that beginning next month, with the Elvis '56 and Elvis After Dark exhibits and continuing through the proposed expansion, fans will have the opportunity to view more and more of this never-before-seen array of items."
The Elvis '56 exhibit is part of Graceland's year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the year Elvis Presley's career exploded and the music and popular culture of the world changed forever. The exhibit highlights his historic television appearances, his memorable concerts, his first mega-hit recordings, his first movie, the introduction of the big business of Elvis merchandising, and the first home his success allowed him to purchase for his family.
The Elvis After Dark exhibit is themed around that fact that, for much of his life, Elvis Presley was a "night person." After the sun went down, he'd go on after-hours shopping sprees at department stores; rent out the Memphis Fairgrounds as his own personal amusement park; turn the Memphian movie theater into a private screening room for himself and his friends; host parties at home and at local clubs; or schedule late-night appointments with his jeweler. In short, he made Memphis his nighttime playground.
About CKX: CKX, Inc., a company controlled by Robert F.X. Sillerman and affiliates, is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, CKX has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley and the operations of Graceland. CKX has also acquired proprietary rights to the IDOLS television brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in over 100 countries around the world. CKX plans to continue to make strategic acquisitions of, or partner or align with, companies or individuals that control various forms of established entertainment content, which may include intellectual property rights in music, film, television programming, written works and characters, rights to names, images and likenesses, video games, corporate brands and other related assets For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at http://www.ckx.com. (News/Sale of Estate, Source: EPE/PR Newswire)
7th Annual Michigan Elvisfest - 7 & 8 July 2006 : Following is a press release from Michigan Elvisfest: 'Join the fun at the 7th Annual Michigan Elvisfest, one of the largest tribute concerts in North America. Many of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world will perform their spectacular acts backed by the talented ExSpense Account Show Band. These award-winning tribute artists have appeared on national and international television programs and have been featured in countless newspapers and magazines. And as an added pleasure, performers with tributes to Vegas legends will also be entertaining the audience.
This world-renowned event offers Elvis-fun for fans of all ages. Face painting, clowns, magic acts, stilt walker, kid karaoke, costume competitions, animal exhibits, hands on crafts and more for the kids. For adult guests there will be the best BBQ North of Memphis, classic car show, games of chance, raffles, Tribute Artist auctions, beer tent, Elvis memorabilia and a rare exhibit of Elvis collectibles.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #22: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who rubberneck stranger in the crowd just pretend" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
What Elvis needs is an opera: Robert Sandall asks was The King's life too tragic for a musical? Given the never-ending appeal of all things Elvis - from the music to the memorabilia, and let's not forget the moon sightings - you would assume that Presley musicals must be a regular box-office earner. You might also expect that a life as studded with historic events and immortal tunes as his would have attracted some of the most illustrious names of musical theatre.
Not so, however. In the 28 years since he died, there have been only two serious attempts to render the King and his catalogue on stage in Britain. The first, masterminded by the veteran pop impresario Jack Good at London's New Astoria theatre, appeared shortly after Elvis's death in 1977 and was aimed squarely at the grieving fans.
A rather hurried re-telling of the life, with 82 songs attached, Elvis: On Stage was significant mainly for kickstarting the cult of the impersonators. Reviews tended to focus on the relative plausibility of Shakin' Stevens and P J Proby as the young and not-so-young Elvises respectively. The drama, such as it was, was straight off the CV, and there was little in the way of dialogue. The playwright Alan Bleasdale headed bang in the opposite direction six years later with Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Bleasdale's Liverpool Playhouse production took the music as read, and focused on Presley in his declining years, portraying a reclusive fatso holed up in Graceland and contrasting this sad grotesque with the lean, mean rock and roller of the 1950s. It was a well-received and powerful drama that contained a few excerpts of Presley songs - but it was hardly a musical.
Since then, the boom in stage musicals with pop themes has pretty much passed Elvis by. The most recent attempt to hitch him to the Mamma Mia! bandwagon was All Shook Up, an ambitious American farrago that grafted a selection of 24 Elvis classics, along with the plot of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, on to a love story set in Sticksville USA in the 1950s. It closed last September after only four months on Broadway.
There is one clear difficulty with Elvis musicals that shun the All Shook Up route and take as their subject the man and his music. How do you reconcile the joyous exuberance of his finest songs with the claustrophobic squalor that took over his life? Ironically, it was the decision of Presley's manipulative manager Colonel Parker to sign him up for a string of shoddy film musicals that fenced him off from his audience, and precipitated his descent into cheeseburger hell.
But just try to find the emotional equivalent of that in the Elvis songbook. Conveying the ruined grandeur of the poor boy from Mississippi who changed the world then lost his soul and died on the lav is a tough call for something as cheerful sounding as "Elvis: The Musical". This guy, you begin to suspect, requires nothing less than an original operatic score to himself.
In the absence of that, maybe, just maybe, This is Elvis: Viva Las Vegas! has the answer. This new musical, which is currently touring the country before - demand permitting - transferring to the West End in the summer, looks closely at the only remotely happy phase of Elvis's later career. It covers his triumphant comeback on an NBC TV special in 1968 - in which he appeared clad in black leather with a 30-inch waist and a guitar - and his subsequent, disastrous installation as an uber-crooner in the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1970.
The Vegas contract was the last, and perhaps the most damaging, of the Colonel's money-driven betrayals of his dependably gullible client. While the paperwork on the deal was being signed off, Elvis was dreaming of touring the South performing outdoors with his band on the back of a flatbed truck. The tour never happened; instead the King was progressively dethroned by stage fright, prescription drugs and mountainous quantities of junk food.
For the Elvis faithful however, memories are not made of this, and the new musical knows it. Thirty of the greatest hits, played by an 18-piece band, and a lead with form - Simon Bowman, whose performance as Elvis in Bleasdale's Are You Lonesome Tonight? was widely praised - are trying to keep the legend alive without losing sight of the guy who created it. If it works, it will be a first. If not, Elvis will have to stay in that limbo to which our collective creative imagination seems to have banished him: the moon.'This is Elvis' UK tour dates include the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (0131 529 6000), Mar 6-11 and the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (0870 607 7533), Mar 13-18. (News, Source: Telegraph.co.uk)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #21: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who seek Fame & Fortune need good luck charm " (Source: Sanja Meegin)
'This Is Elvis' play review: Can there really be anything new to say about Elvis Presley? Not according to this new show but there is a lot to enjoy. This Bill Kenwright-produced musical written by Beatles biographer Philip Norman is based around Elvis's comeback television concert in 1968 following his years in movies. That concert was a success and so is this show, slight on plot as it may be. Philip Norman got the best deal with what seems just a few pages of dialogue and even that was based on co-producer Laurie Mansfield's original storyline. But why carp over what is essentially a musical show celebrating the performances of Elvis? And with Simon Bowman playing Presley, the standard is high.
He has to play Presley both in that black leather comeback concert and then the following year in his successful Las Vegas appearance. The televised concert had an intimacy and rock and roll mood while the Vegas appearance showed Presley at his commercial best, dressed in white with a big band and lots of energy. How on earth Bowman can do both performances each night on tour must remain a mystery. It is one of those all-action, no prisoners portrayals that requires not only vocal talent but a physical, demanding presence. Bowman succeeds on all counts, the voice as close to Presley as you might hope, the movements like him and the mood on stage with cross-chat with the audience, pure Elvis. The first half is the more dramatic with Presley having problems with his (off-stage) wife Priscilla as well as his (off-stage) manager, Colonel Parker, both on the end of a phone. Essentially the show is leading to his first Las Vegas appearance complete with its Also Sprach Zarathustra opening and "Elvis has left the building" finale. Between, there is a generous helping of Elvis hits. The audience ends up on its feet cheering and rightly for a solo performance by Bowman that is quite remarkable. "This Is Elvis" is playing the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. (Play Review, Source: Daily Post/Sanja Meegin)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #20: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who surrenders is probably guilty" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Fans can see Priscilla at the launch of her range of New Luxury Bed Linen at Sydney's Myer Store in Pitt Street Mall on Tuesday 28 February. The launch is at 12.00pm (noon) and there will be an instore signing of purchased products by Priscilla between 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the Level 2 Manchester Department. (News, Source: smh.com.au/Daily Telegraph/Amber Smith)
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FTD bought Speedway and Clambake outtakes from the bootleggers: According to a posting from Ger Rijff on the FECC board, the guy behind the Bilko and Fort Baxter labels sold his outtakes of Speedway and Clambake to FTD years ago. John Walker asks if this makes BMG/FTD hypocritical?: actively working with the bootleg police to shut down these underground operations while at the same time buying their material. (News, Source: John Walker, FECC)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #19: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who stands in Kentucky rain is going to be very wet" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis' former Palm Springs home for sale: Now on ebay with an advertised price of US$1.9m! Listing description includes: " It's now your opportunity to purchase this legendary celebrity home located on a beautiful 1.75 acre lot the Little Tuscany area of Palm Springs. Nestled on the hillside this home has 5,040 sq.ft. of living space and enjoys spectacular mountain views and city lights below...It's been years since Elvis lived here and the opportunities to bring this property back to life are endless."(News, Source: alt.elvis.king)
Ernst confirms July 2006 FTD releases: Ernst Jorgensen confirmed that at this stage the plans for the July 2006 releases are a Las Vegas soundboard recording from January or February 1974 and the "Clambake" soundtrack in the Classic Album series. There is a possibility of an additional Classic Album release. (News, Source: Ernst Jørgensen/Elvis News)
Tracklisting for Elvis - A Legendary Performer Volume 8: The Madison label will soon release Volume 8 in their "Elvis - A Legendary Performer" series. The CD has a running time of 72:55 minutes, and the packaging will include a 16 page, illustrated booklet and relevant text. The track listing is:
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #18: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who is lonesome tonight maybe have halitosis" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis Behind the Scenes: On April 14 and 15, ElvisMatters launches a new in-depth series about Elvis. This yearly ‘event’ aims at fans who wish to know everything about Elvis. The fan club has two conditions for the American invitees: they have to had an undeniable influence on the life of Elvis – but at the same time, they must have kept a low profile: no books, no documentaries.
Elvis ranked #1 by Yahoo News: In an article about the surviving members of The Bee Gees performing a recent Miami charity concert, Yahoo News ranks them at #5 on the all-time pop history sales chart with 110 million sales worldwide. At #4, Paul McCartney, #3, Michael Jackson, #2, The Beatles, and at #1...Elvis! (News, Source: Yahoo News)
Lisa Presley #1 on Yahoo Movies Top Cast/Crew Search list: As a result of her recent nuptials, Lisa Presley is currently #1 on the Yahoo Movies Top Cast/Crew Search list. At #2, her new hubby, Michael Lockwood, and at #4, mother Priscilla. Strangely, father Elvis is not featured in the top 10. (Lisa Presley's World/News, Source: Yahoo News)
Elvis' "Always On My Mind" voted best love song: In an internet poll conducted by I-Deck (the ipod music system), Elvis' version of Always On My Mind has been voted the Best love song of all-time. James Blunt's current hit, You're Beautiful, had the distinction of being ranked #2 on both the Best and Worst love song of all-time lists. (News, Source: Sunday Herald Sun/Sanja Meegin)
'Elvis Goes To Parkes' documentary is in very good hands; now editing: The crew producing the SBS documentary, 'Elvis Goes To Parkes' have now returned home to Brisbane and Northern NSW and are busy working on the final stages for screening later in the year. The documentary will profile the annual Parkes Elvis Festival in NSW, Australia and feature numerous locals. It should be completed by mid year and ready for screening late in 2006.
A joint venture between Fusion Films and Big Island Pictures, the crew was comprised of Producer, Noelene Hayes who will receive her first broadcast credit with 'Elvis Goes To Parkes' but has numerous short film credits, one a winner of the New York Short Film Festival in 2004. Director, Anthony Mullins is an award winning writer/director whose short dramas and documentaries have screened at a range of prestigious international festivals including the Cannes International Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Karlo Vary Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and Flickerfest, as well as broadcast on the Sundance Channel, Movieola, Showtime, ABC and SBS.
The residents of Parkes can rest easy knowing the Elvis Festival is in safe hands! 'Elvis Goes To Parkes' will screen later this year. FOOTNOTE: the annual meeting of the Elvis Festival Committee will be held at the Parkes Leagues Club on Monday, March 6. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis "Jon Burrows" signature and matchbook sells at auction: Thanks to Marie for sending us this interesting auction item sold by Latimers last year. Lot 14 was described as:
Elvis aficionados know this is the alias he used when he simply wanted to be anonymous, and this may be the only item on the market with Elvis's hand-written usage of the name! We also note that just hours after his death was announced, a man boarded a plane for Buenos Aires paying in cash and using the name Jon Burrows. You connect the dots. Money sleeve reads "$2000" and is stamped with the date "Dec. 18, 70." There are handwritten initials "MW" on it. Sleeve is NRMT and matchbook is EX-MT but missing about half of the matches . Also a page from Bova's book in which she relates Elvis using the alias. The $2,000 is not included.
Reserve: $500......Number of Bids: 5...... Price Realized: $860.16 (News, Source: Marie/Lelands.com)
Elvis Week 2007 concert lacks innovative thought: From the desk of Elvis World's Bill E. Burk: "Last week we suggested to y'all that Robert Sillerman, EPE's relatively-new owner, should think about staging one gigantic concert during Elvis Week 2007, bringing in some top names from show biz.
"Well, what was just released today is that there will be a "spectacular concert event" starring the real Elvis Presley via video, accompanied live by a large cast of singers and musicians who worked with him. In other words, a re-hash of the "Elvis in Concert" gigs produced in 1997 and 2002. One would have hoped that for the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death, which might well be the last BIG observance of this date, that EPE would have set its sights much higher".
EIN Comment: Bill Burk is spot on in his observation. A major lost opportunity! And it is interesting to see EPE "stretching" Elvis Week 2007 out with an Elvis Insiders conference and the Merchandise and Memorabilia Showroom. Tapering off Elvis Week after the Candleilight Vigil has long been thought of by many as a really good idea. In the early days, the Graceland area became virtually a ghost town the day after the official end of Elvis Week. Elvis Week 2007 occurs from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 August. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"Images In Concert" Photo Database: Recently published is a complete listing of all KNOWN concerts for which photographs of The King are available to buy! Each date and city is followed by the last name of the participating Photographer(s) that photographed the concert. Some concerts are available from multiple photographers, giving us a different perspective at the same show. (News, Source: Derek, Elvis: Images In Concert)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #17: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who walks a mile in my shoes is going to have very painful feet" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business" book rumor: With Jerry Schilling's "Elvis" book announced for release on 17 August 2006 (see story 18 Feb 2006), the rumor is that Sonny West's long awaited book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, could be out around the same time. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
USA chart update: Courtesy of Elvis International, U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of 25 February 2005 are:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - down 1 to #2
Top Country Albums - Ultimate Gospel - remains at #71
Top Christian Albums - Ultimate Gospel - re-enters at #48 (sg)
New entries and re-entries on the charts include Ultimate Gospel re-enters the Christian Albums Chart. It has appeared on this chart 81 weeks total! Note of Interest: never advertised, never promoted, never pushed by BMG, Ultimate Gospel continues to be a quiet, consistent seller. (News, Source: Elvis International)
Reality of US CD singles sales: Fifty years after its original release, Heartbreak Hotel recently enjoyed several weeks at #1 on the Billboard CD Singles Sales chart, albeit with paltry sales figures. Jason Edge, president of Elvis International Fan Club posted this message recently on the 2nd To None board: "There has been discussion about singles sales in the US, and I thought I would post a picture out of the Feb 18, 2006 issue of Billboard Magazine to drive home the point that Singles Sales are very, very minor in comparison to Digital Track sales and CD Sales. If you look at the information for year to date sales closely you will notice that:
(News, Source: Jason Edge, Elvis 2nd To None board)
Advance copies of Jerry Schilling's book during Elvis Week 2006: On August 17, 2006, Penguin Books will publish Me And A Guy Named Elvis, My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley, by Jerry Schilling. On August 11, Jerry will appear as a guest on Day 1 of the two-day Elvis Insiders Conference during Elvis Week 2006 to discuss the book. Advance copies of the book will be on sale in the Merchandise and Memorabilia Showroom that will be set up at the Memphis Marriott Hotel where the conference will take place. A book signing with Jerry will be scheduled in the showroom following his conference appearance that day. Then books also will be available in gift shops at Graceland. (News, Source: EPE)
Personalised Elvis number plates in Australia: Personalised Plates Queensland (PPQ) are launching the very first Elvis Presley personalised number plates in Australia. They will be available in March and on display at the Brisbane Motorshow. (News, Source: Elvis Australia / Elvis News)
Reissued audience recordings: Two new audience recording releases have been mentioned on German forum sites. The CD "We Don´t Care What They Like" with an audience recording from September 2, 1973 from Las Vegas and "Watch Me Ronny... I´m Doing Things Up Here!" with an audience recording from March 22, 1975 from Las Vegas. These titles have already been available on CD-R before. (News, Source: Elvis News)
New CD releases by El Gamble, Australia's closest sounding "Elvis": When we published a review last year of El Gamble's CD, In The King's Shadow, we were inundated with messages from long time Aussie rock and roll fans who fondly recalled attending El Gamble's shows. Well the good news is El Gamble has recorded three great new albums and they are now available:
El Gamble has the distinction of being one of those rare singers whose singing voice sounds remarkably like The King's! To order any or all of the albums, Aussie fans can contact Event of Events on 1-300-732-863 (local call cost) and overseas fans can call +613-9763-6600.
Event of Events has a very attractive pricing plan where you can buy 1 album for $20.00, any 2 El Gamble albums for $30.00, 3 for $40.00, and the set of 4 albums for $50.00. Postage is extra.
The albums will also be available at El Gamble's upcoming gigs and plans are underway for them to be available through leading record stores. El Gamble will also be featured soon on the Newmarket music site. EIN will have full reviews of the new El Gamble albums shortly. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Event of Events Pty Ltd.)
El Gamble #1 on Elvii Tribute Radio: In other El Gamble news, his music has been featured on the popular Elvii Tribute Internet Radio network. El Gamble was voted as the #1 Elvis tribute artist featured on the online radio network last week. Considering the competition, names like Doug Church, Tom Green and Jamie Coyne...that's a real testament to El Gamble's singing ability! If you like ETA's check out Elvii Radio...it's FREE and there are some great artists to listen to, including El Gamble! (News, Source: Event of Events Pty Ltd)
Graceland Cam voted one of the top 25 web cam sites: EarthCam says: "In one of the most comprehensive tour sites of its kind, two live webcams and twelve 360 degree virtual tours capture the majesty, opulence and questionable taste of Graceland mansion. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland is the home of the late Elvis Presley, one of the world's most famous and beloved performers". (News/Almost Elvis, Source: EarthCam / EPE)
Elvis still rockin' at Turnpike Lane Station: A REWORKING of London's world-renowned Tube map to chart the best of 20th century music has seen Elvis Presley hip-swing his way into Turnpike Lane station.
Heartbreak Hotel chart update: On the Billboard Singles Sales chart, Heartbreak Hotel has dropped from #1 to #2 this week. (News, Source: Elvis International)
Jerry Schilling book update: A posting on the FECC board by Liverbobs says Jerry Schilling's book, "Me And A Guy Named Elvis, My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley", is set for release on 17th August 2006. (News, Source: Liverbobs, FECC board)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #16: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man with lot o' livin' to do should stop singing and get on with it" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Heartbreak Hotel USA sales: Here are the sales for "Heartbreak Hotel" by each week (Week 1 was January 10 only, its first day of release which got it to #42). (News, Source: Elvis 2nd To None/ Elvis News)
Week 1 Sales.......221
Week 2 Sales....4,276
Week 3 Sales....3,463
Week 4 Sales....2,586
Week 5 Sales....2,143
For Australian fans - Elvis Memorabilia Shop: 'Sweet Memories of The King of Rock 'n' Roll' in Western Australia has a wide range of interesting Elvis merchandise at reasonable prices. Their catalog includes Elvis handbags, party supplies, CDs, coins collectable items, cooler bags, giftware and novelty items. (News, Source: EIN)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #15: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "What if bridge over troubled water is made of rope and somebody cut rope?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
April FTD tracklistings confirmed: The tracklistings for the two April FTD releases 'Made In Memphis' and 'Something For Everybody' have been confirmed.
Something For Everybody: 'Something For Everybody' continues FTD’s program of reissuing classic Elvis albums that are no longer part of the mainstream Elvis catalogue for the RCA Records label. Set for release on April 1, 2006, this 2-disc reissue comes with the content of the original 1961 release along with a ton of additional material from the recording sessions. It comes with a 7” gatefold cover and a 12-page booklet.
DISC TWO - Album Session Outtakes:
BMG has complete Elvis concert from 1956: Ernst J. revealed during his recent chat with members of Elvis Insiders that BMG has a complete concert from 1956 it is yet to release. No release date set and no word as yet on the audio quality. (News, Source: Elvis Insiders)
New book needs fan contributions - "The Elvis Presley Phenomenon - Eye-witness to History Series": Did you see Elvis perform live? Receive a scarf? Take his photo? Get his autpgraph? If YES, Bud Glass wants to hear from you and is askjing for submissions for inclusion in his new book. This is a great opportunity to have your brush with Elvis recorded for posterity. Click for full details (News, Source: Bud Glass)
BMG Japan to release both the US & UK "Elvis #1 Singles Boxsets": BMG Japan will release the USA "Elvis #1 Singles Boxset" on 26 April and the UK 18 track "Elvis #1 Singles Boxset" on 25 May 2006. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
New Madison label CD - "The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort": Following the release of "Elvis - A Legendary Performer Volume 8" the Madison label will issue a double CD set titled "The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort". This CD features the much-heralded Fort Worth, Texas concert from June 3, 1976.
EPE responds to Warner Bros Germany release of "Elvis On Tour": Christian M received this message from EPE: "Elvis Presley Enterprises does not own the film Elvis On Tour and has not played any role in the German DVD release. We do not know why Warner Brothers' German branch chose to release the exisiting version of Elvis On Tour rather than wait until the new edition Warner Brothers in America is planning becomes available. Whenever Warner Brothers has information to share about the content of the new DVD and its release date, information will be posted in News on our site, our FAQ item about the concert films will be updated and we will include the information in our e-newsletter mailings". (News, Source: Christian M, FECC board)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #14: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who sing about coloured footwear needs get life" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"This Is Elvis" DVD release update: When the story (see 10 Feb 2006) about the 2DVD release of "This Is Elvis" started circulating, Elvis News asked EPE for confirmation. EPE's Todd Morgan responded:
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #13: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man not bothered about lack of sunshine must be vampire" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Rare Elvis vinyl from Thailand for sale on eBay: Three interesting and very rare Elvis vinyl releases from Thailand are currently for sale on ebay. Click on images to view listing. (News, Source: eBay)
Radio station plays every song Elvis recorded: From the FECC messageboard: "Radio Vega is now the only radio station in the whole world that has played every song Elvis ever recorded! The last hour long episode aired on Saturday night. After that there was a 3 hour long chance for the audience to call in and wishing songs that they wanted to hear. A worthly finish for an interesting program". (News, Source: Scarre, FECC messageboard)
Judy Hill killed in car crash: It is with deep sadness that we have to report that Elvis enthusiast Judy Hill (AKA Sue Silver) died in a fatal car accident on Friday. Judy was a supporter of EIN and a well loved person in the Elvis community. Sue/Judy was a teacher who always showed her kids that she loved Elvis and we know that she will be terribly missed. EIN sends our condolences & our deepest sympathies to Judy Hill's friends and family. (News, Source: EIN)
Listen to the fascinating BBC2 documentary on Colonel Parker: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_parker
Manuel Cuevas instrumental with Elvis' fashions: Quite possibly the coolest collection of the week came from a 73-year-old Country & Western legend. Take that fashion snobs!
I don't listen to country music, but after living in the beautiful state of Colorado for six years now, I'm embracing Western style. I wear my Frye boots all the time. I own a pair of cowboy boots. I even bought a pair of Uggs (OK, not Western, but definitely Colorado). I love my Rockmount shirts. And, if only I could afford it (up to $4,500 for a ready-to-wear outfit), I'd be buying up all of Manuel Cuevas's first New York Fashion Week line. And, then, I'd buy up all the men's line for my husband. The coolest leather jackets, shearling coats and customized denim are the height of cowboy couture.
Some fast facts on Cuevas, courtesy The Daily: In the 1960s, he was head tailor for Nudie Cohn, Hollywood's celebrated rodeo clothing designer, where he made duds for Hank Williams, Roy Rogers, John Wayne and Dolly Parton. "I've known Dolly since she was in training bras," he says.
When Walk the Line became a hit song, Johnny Cash ordered nine outfits to take on the road. "I made the outfits, and he called me and said, 'I received my suits, but how come they're all black?' It just became his thing for his whole life. We were very close."
Manuel was key in developing Elvis's aesthetic, beginning with the famous gold lame jacket. "It was the most horrible suit I ever made in my life...But it turned out to be his most famous look." He also made the 70s white rhinestone and fringe Vegas jumpsuits.
In 1967, Manuel designed the Beatles' uniforms for the Sgt. Pepper album. "Those guys were just fun people, great kids, and everybody loved them all over the world. I could have thrown a sheet on them, and everyone would've loved it."
Manuel is credited with designing not only the Grateful Dead's skull and rose logo but also the Rolling Stones tongue. "I made a pillow with the tongue image on it for Mick's birthday. When I make something for someone, I find a part of them -- with Mick it was a big mouth and a loose tongue." (News, Source: Rocky Mountain News)
Garth Brooks album sales catching Elvis: Garth Brooks' album sales now stand at 116 million to place him just behind Elvis Presley as the best-selling solo artist in history, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. While Brooks' The Limited Series, a multi-disc compilation available only at Wal-Mart and its Sam's Club stores, is not listed as a specific title for RIAA certification, the individual discs sold within the boxed set are being certified. As a result, Brooks'1998 album, Double Live, was certified 20-times platinum to catch up with the Shania Twain's Come on Over, the best-selling country album of all time. Other titles included within the boxed set and their new respective sales levels are: Sevens (9 times platinum), Scarecrow (5 times platinum) and the newly-released The Lost Sessions (double platinum). According to the RIAA's Web site, Elvis Presley's album sales now stand at 116.5 million. See related lead story 12 Feb 2006 (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
"This Is Elvis" stage musical - a fan review: Susan & Roy (New Zealand) sent us this review by a fan who has seen the This Is Elvis musical currently touring the UK:
"I went to see the new Elvis musical (This is Elvis) that is touring the UK at the moment... The guy who played Elvis is a good actor who had obviously studied hard for the role, re-enacting scenes from the '68 Special' and 'That's The way it Is' almost verbatim... He also had a strong, trained theatrical singing voice... Stage design and costumes weren't bad either, but for all of this, I never once suspended my disbelief and actually felt that this was Elvis........
And there are a lot of talky bits in Act one (on Elvis' discontent with the movies, the colonel, his marriage etc)... It's like a bizarre on stage documentary made up of anecdotes, hearsay and clichés cobbled clumsily together and delivered by people with woeful American accents..... which had my emotional pendulum swinging between 'bemused' and 'bored'.... Act two was the return to Vegas, which was, by virtue of the music, lights and action - far more lively and entertaining.... if only to look at the crowd who was really getting into it.....
However, even here, there were some abject inaccuracies like Elvis introducing Joe Esposito as part of his band (singing and playing the guitar!!)..... And all because this actor had played the role of Joe throughout Act One, so I guess it would have descended into a Pantomime moment had he been introduced as anyone other than that later.... Would have been funny though.... (audience) "Oh no he isn't!"... (Elvis) "Oh yes he is!".... To surmise then, despite all the annoying bits, the lead (whose name I'm afraid escapes me) put in a sound, professional performance.... But when the curtain went down for the last time and a disembodied voice announced (in the now familiar bad American accent) that Elvis had left the building, the lie was really out.... because trust me... Elvis had never been in it!" (News, Source: Susan & Roy)
Blackwood Brothers to perform at Arcadia First Baptist Church: The Blackwood Brothers, an internationally-famous quartet, will be in concert Wednesday evening at Arcadia First Baptist Church. The Blackwood Brothers have sung with many famous singers, including Elvis Presley. When Elvis' mother, Gladys Presley died, they were asked to sing at her funeral. Among many other appearances, they were guests at the Billy Graham Crusades, The Liberty Bowl and the Presidential Prayer Breakfast. The Blackwood Brothers have recorded more than 200 albums and toured 47 countries. They won eight Grammy Awards and six Dove Awards. They were inducted into the "Gospel Music Hall of Fame" in Nashville, Tenn., in 1998. The concert at First Baptist will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The public is invited to attend. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Listen to the fascinating BBC2 documentary on Colonel Parker: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_parker
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #12: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Already dated big sister, he need get out of south" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Time to bring Elvis to the public...but how best to do it: In light of the great success of Garth Brooks' 6CD box-set sold through Wal-Mart stores (500,00 sold in the first day, catapulting Garth's USA album sales to once again challenge Elvis'), Elvis Express in the UK has published an interesting article about the need to bring Elvis to the public. Elvis Express suggests a series of Elvis box-sets tied to exclusive marketing through a major chain like Wal-Mart is needed. The sets would offer Elvis recordings beyond just the usual recycled greatest hits and love songs releases.
EIN Comment: In 1999 EIN published a Spotlight Article suggesting BMG change its marketing strategy for Elvis. We argued (as we have continued to argue numerous times since 1999) that BMG's strategy of 'recycling and repackaging' has had its day. The strategy is tired with generally declining sales, although admittedly a healthy profit, as BMG owns the majority of the Elvis catalog and does not pay royalties to EPE on many tracks.
While the Elvis Express concept has some merit, EIN is concerned that a number of the proposed titles will do little to reinforce Elvis' musical legacy (eg. Elvis Now, Love Letters, Good Times), and in fact may actually do some damage.
We have long taken the view that BMG needs to start treating the Elvis catalog with artistic respect and not as a commodity. This is how the catalogs for The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Marc Bolan are handled.
By its very nature, The Limited Box concept is likely to appeal most to established fans, not the broader music buying public. The former group is a weakness as it is "greying" and diminishing in number.
To reach the latter group BMG needs to think laterally. Apart from treating the Elvis catalog with respect, BMG needs to seriously consider promoting a number of specific Elvis music genres to relevant market segments. In particular, "blues" and "soul", two rich Elvis musical genres, are largely unappreciated by the non-Elvis buying market.
Readers should find several of EIN's earlier articles on this subject of interest:
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #11: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who tell woman to tie chain around neck is kinky" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Follow That Dream update from Ernst: Ernst Jorgensen spent an hour answering questions from Elvis' Insiders on the Graceland website. Here are the most interesting facs for the "Elvis Outsiders". The April FTD release will be called "Made In Memphis", the other release is "Something For Everybody".
New import CDs released: The two new import releases, "Live From Vegas" and "Live From Fort Wayne" have been released. The first CD features the DS concert from Las Vegas, March 30, 1975. The second CD a concert from June 12, 1972. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited / Elvis News)
DNX vs The Voice "In The Ghetto" #1 in Poland: Interesting to see a contemporary version of one of The King's finest is #1 in Poland. It is sung by Polish singers, not Elvis. (News, Source: Alexander Weintoegl)
Elvis Radio Vaults - The Valentine's Edition: Listen to Elvis Radio on Sun., Feb. 12 at 7 PM ET to hear exclusive interviews with some of Elvis's leading ladies including Celeste Yarnall, Cynthia Pepper, Sandy Martindale and Dixie Locke. The show will rebroadcast on Mon., Feb. 13th at Noon ET and Tues., Feb. 14th at 2 PM & 8 PM ET. Only on Sirius Satellite Radio's Elvis Radio channel. (News, Source: EPE)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #10: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who wanna play house, need tonka truck" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Wembley concert planned when Elvis died!: On part 2 of the fascinating BBC2 radio documentary, The King & I: The Colonel Tom Parker Story, Elvis' tour manager in the 1970s, Charles Stone, reveals that the day Elvis died he (Stone) had a plane ticket in his pocket to visit London to book Wembley. The trip followed a meeting between Stone, Tom Hulet and the Colonel. Stone went on to say that while the Colonel did not have a passport and couldn't travel to England, he trusted Stone and Hulet to handle affairs when Elvis was touring outside the US. To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_parker (News, Source: The King & I, BBC2 Radio)
Site of Elvis' last stadium concert to close: The Pontiac Silverdome is getting ready for its final bow. The former home of the Detroit Lions most recently hosted 2006 Super Bowl activities, including Pittsburgh Steelers' practices. It's scheduled to close after a February 25th fundraising walk. The Oakland County Walk for Warmth raises money each February to help people pay their heating bills. Pontiac has said the dome would close sometime this month. It hasn't finalized plans about the future of the 132-acre site. The Silverdome has hosted many significant events, from Elvis' last stadium concert in 1975 to the 1982 Super Bowl. Pope John Paul the Second led a Mass there that drew 93-thousand people at the end of his 1987 U-S tour. (News, Source: WLNS)
Graceland let me walk in Elvis' shoes: In the early 1970s, Elvis Presley recorded "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," which asked the listener to understand what it takes to live someone else's ups and downs. In June 1993, John Taylor walked Elvis's life in and around the grounds of Graceland, his home for 20 years. John says:
"An Elvis fan since I was 10 years old (he died when I was 14), I knew a journey to Memphis would happen once in my life. That time came at age 29. Two things struck me almost immediately upon arriving at the infamous gates of Graceland. First, I had only seen pictures and footage of Graceland taken while Elvis was living there. His home was located deep in the woods on the outskirts of town. Not realizing the buildup of hotels, roads and souvenir shops that had taken place since his death in 1977, I was shocked to see the citylike atmosphere surrounding this once serene location.
Secondly, I knew that each year one week in January and one week in August were hectic at Graceland in honor of his birthday and anniversary of his death, respectively. I hoped to avoid those crowds by arriving in June. I was awestruck at the size of the crowd waiting to get in. I probably shouldn't have been so shocked since Graceland is the second most visited historic home in America (the White House is No. 1).
Each step along the way showed me a part of Graceland I had only seen in pictures. Each picture always had Elvis posing and I felt sheer excitement knowing that I was in the actual spot that he had been only years earlier. The front steps, the living room, Jungle Room, TV room, each spot I could almost see him living his rags-to-riches life.
When I was there, the tour guide showed us the only horse in the stables that was at Graceland while Elvis was alive. Despite the excitement of seeing things he touched, wore, drove and flew in, it sobered me when I arrived at his gravesite. It put an exclamation point on what I had always known. Although he accomplished so much and gave his fans such thrills, 42 is a young age to die and he wasted a good part of his life.
During the trek, I met dozens of people who had made multiple trips to Graceland. I remember thinking on the way home that unless Elvis returned to do a concert there, I would never return. I had already walked a mile in his shoes. Here it is 13 years later and the memories are as wonderful and vivid as they were that day". (News, Source:Star-Gazette.com)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #9: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Why man go to Heartbreak Hotel instead of dating service?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
But the reporter still goes on to say "he had sex with his mother" and then goes on to say "it must be rubbish".
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #8: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Woman shaped like cannon ball won't be model" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis" space contract: As Mojo Martin once said (and sang), Elvis (really) is everywhere! Analex Corporation, a leading provider of mission-critical professional services to federal government clients, today announced that NASA's Kennedy Space Center has added $32.7 million in new tasks to Analex's Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support (ELVIS) contract. NASA has expanded the ELVIS contract tasks to include increased launch vehicle certification services. The support required includes additional Mission Analysis and Vehicle Systems Engineering to support an increased number of concurrent missions; expansion of the Launch Services Program's government mission success partnership with the United States Air Force; and additional feasibility studies for increasing launch vehicle performance capabilities for future LSP missions. The performance period for this contract modification continues through September 2011. (News, Source: SpaceRef.com)
Getting zingy with "Elvis" Zizek: If you're gonna be lauded as "the Elvis of ... something," why not "the Elvis of cultural theory"? Chances are good you won't be challenged for the throne. Introducing said Elvis, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, the subject of this 2005 documentary, "Zizek!" Watch him discourse on Hitchcock, 9/11, Christianity and Lenin at 1 and 7:30 p.m. today at the Doris Duke Theatre; 532-8768.
EIN Comment: The practice of calling someone who has achieved great things "The Elvis of..." appears to be gaining some momentum, with at least two other instances noted in the past year. Should this trend continue it is possible "The Elvis of..." will become a politically correct term in society and it could even enter our dictionaries as "Elvis" has become an official word in Holland/Netherlands. (News, Source:The Honolulu Advertiser)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #7: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "How fit rainbow in pocket?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis left the building but now he's in the theatre in South Africa: Coming up on the Durban theatre scene soon is the new musical-comedy When Basil Met Elvis, which will premiere at the Catalina Theatre on Wilson's Wharf on February 22. The show's run ends on April 2.
I thought that Doctor Who had whisked me away in the Tardis and we had arrived in the 1980's to once again be surrounded by tabloid trash with bold text sub-titles like: He spied on female guests as they undressed and He was reading raunchy porn, the later refers to Ginger Alden saying that Elvis was reading a book about the Turin Shroud when he died! But according to Dr. Dan Worlick, who led the inquiry into his death, Elvis was reading a raunchy and hardcore pornographic book when he died?
If this is investigative reporting at it's best then we should all do pretty much would appears to have been done here. Take a couple of out of print books and some old newspaper stories and re-hash them. Then fly to Memphis and throw some cash at those that knew Elvis and fill in the blanks of your "Major Investigation".
There are several excerpts from Albert Goldman's two books about Elvis, and Mr. Jones has enlisted the services of:
Patsy Presley Gambill
EIN comment: EIN agrees with Elvis Express about continued sensational reporting about Elvis and asks the question: Who is Dr Dan Worlick???
One Night... With The Complete That's The Way It Is Cast: When ElvisMatters hits the town of Eindhoven (the Netherlands) on May 20th, they bring along a true dream show. Ronnie Tutt has just confirmed that he will be joining his friends, and so will John Wilkinson. In other words: the complete TCB Reunion from October 2004, gets a sequel in May, together with the Sweet Inspirations, the Imperials, Jenson Bloomer, Tony Smith, Joe Guercio and the 75 piece concert band.
Heartbreak Hotel #1 in US for 3rd consecutive week..but with dismal sales!: Elvis News contacted EPE about the success of Heartbreak Hotel on the US Billboard Singles Sales Chart. This was the reply: " Elvis' first nationwide #1 hit regained that position on the Billboard sales chart with 4,500 copies for the first week. EPE's Todd Morgan informed us that the single, now 3 weeks at #1, has scanned 10,546 units". (News, Source: EPE / Elvis News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #6: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "If man got feelin' in body, that mean man is alive." (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis Meet-Up at Marlowes in August: Charmaine Voisine has reminded us about the regular meet-up of fans during Elvis Week. Charmaine says: This may seem a little early but I know many people need to make arrangements at work and with the airlines. This will be on Elvis.com soon.
For more information, email Sharon Parker at:- ElvisMeetUpAtMarlowes@webtv.net (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
She said she plays it because it reminds her of growing up with Elvis. Berkovich and husband Gary, her high-school sweetheart, grew up during the 1950s, Elvis' heyday. She remembers going to Porter Theater and seeing Elvis' first film, and she and Gary have visited Graceland on a vacation to Tennessee. Now, she's getting that Elvis money - well, not quite Elvis money, but she and Gary said they'll take it.
“When you've had to work all your life and raise four children, something like this is nice,” Gary said. “It would have been nice to have these funds when raising the kids.” (News, Source: Porterville Recorder)
"Elvis Memories" radio show in Ireland: The popular Elvis radio programme, Elvis Memories, went on-line from yesterday! Log on to: www.dublincityannaliviafm.com Sundays 6pm - 7pm (BMT). For requests and dedications, call us live at the studio on: (Dublin) 8658020 We would be delighted to hear from you. John Kavanagh (Elvis Social Club President, Dublin, Ireland). (News, Source: Ann Ogilvie/John Kavanagh)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #5: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Shrimp who want go to Louisiana won't end up in my wok" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Rick Saucedo live in Chicago: Noted Elvis tribute artist, Rick Saucedo, is appearing with his Change of Habit band in a Valentine's Day Special at Nikos (Bridgeview) in Chicago on 10 February. For details of Elvis tribute shows in the Chicago area click here. (Almost Elvis, Source: Elvis In Chicago)
Graceland deserted: Bill Burk tells us: "Passed by Graceland 15 minutes ago (11.00 Friday, 3 Feb) and it was like a ghost town ! 3 cars on the big parking lot. 2 on Graceland Crossing lot. A small handful at Heartbreak Hotel. And this is beginning of a weekend". (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
No "jailhouse rock" over Elvis song stabbing: A 30-year-old woman from the Western Australian wheatbelt town of Northam (see original story: 11 Jan 2006) has avoided a jail term for repeatedly stabbing her partner in an argument that arose over an Elvis Presley song. Jenny Jemma Dalbin stabbed her 35-year-old partner with a pair of scissors during an argument last month about him repeatedly playing the song Burning Love. The Perth Magistrates Court heard the couple had a history of violence and domestic abuse. Dalbin was placed on a 12-month intensive supervision order. Her partner was not seriously injured and was discharged from hospital after treatment for cuts to his head, back and legs. (Source: ABC News Online)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #4: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "If man sing love song of year, what will he sing next year?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
The package also includes rare photos and liner notes by another Elvis - Costello - who has led a campaign for a long-overdue Jackson induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (News, Source: M&C Music)
Idea floated for special 30th anniversary concert at Liberty Bowl in Memphis: Elvis World's Bill Burk has put forward a very interesting idea for the 30th anniversary celebrations next year. Bill says: "Wouldn't it be nice -- 2007 being the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death -- if new EPE owner Bob Sillerman (who HAS the show biz connections) would get bold and pull together a truly #1 show at the Liberty Bowl, drawing 20-30,000 for a major act?" Let's hope EPE takes notice of Bill's great idea. (Bill Burk's Elvis World Online)
Suzanna Leigh planning event for 30th Anniversary: While on the subject of the 30th anniversary, Suzanna Leigh, Elvis’ co-star from the movie Paradise Hawaiian Style is planning a big “co-star” event for August 2007 in Memphis. Rumor has it that Debra Paget Elvis’ co-star from his first movie Love Me Tender will attend this show. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
The Perfect Gift for Valentine's Day: From EPE: "Give your sweetheart something very special this year with personalized Elvis roses delivered to their door on Valentine's Day. The uniqueness of the Elvis roses will make this an unforgettable gift for that special someone. And to make sure the roses arrive on Valentine's Day, all rose orders received between now and February 13 at 8 AM MST will be scheduled for delivery on February 14". (News, Source: EPE)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #3: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "If man got stung, man need bug repellent" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Dick Grob: Elvis’ Chief of Security and friend.
Loanne Parker (the widow of the late Colonel Tom Parker), also agreed to go on camera for the first time and discuss the intimate details of her experiences with Elvis, The Colonel and the TCB Gang.
Barry Manilow does Elvis: Barry Manilow does an Elvis song on his new album of 1950s songs. Manilow does Elvis' "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" on the album. Manilow also did a version of Elvis' "If I Can Dream" in the 1990's. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_parker (Audio-visual News, Source: BBC Radio 2 / Elvis Express)
Possible track listing "Better Than Ever": Opening Theme - That's All Right - I Got A Woman/Amen - I Walk The Line - Love Me Tender - I've Lost You - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - The Wonder Of You - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Blue Suede Shoes - Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can't Help Falling In Love (News, Source: Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis News)
Elvis liked fried egg sandwiches after sex!: New York magazine restaurant critic Gael Greene in her upcoming memoir, 'Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess', has revealed that the 'King of rock' Elvis Presley liked to have fried egg sandwiches after a romp in the bed.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #2: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "A hundred years from now man won't be crying because man is dead". (Source: Sanja Meegin)
CD releases in Portugal: According to BMG Portugal, Elvis'first album, "Elvis Presley", will be released on 27 March, and the "'68 Comeback Special (DE)" will also be re-released in Portugal. (News, Source: Burning Star /Elvis News)
Million Dollar Quartet 2CD reissue: According to the Elvis Club berlin website a 2 CD re-release of the Million Dollar Quartet recordings with the title "Million Dollar 4tet". (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)
(From the archives) Elvis fans continued to be "ripped off"!: Since Elvis died in August 1977 there have been various instances of fans being 'ripped-off' by unscrupulous traders:
Recently, a number of auction houses have pulled Elvis items from their lists as doubts over their authenticity have been raised. Meanwhile, asking ridiculous prices for Elvis items continues unabated - several prominent Elvis dealers put price tags of double or more on the 'list' value of records, CDs, books and memorabilia.
In January 2003, The Kodak Rock Photography Collection ( http://www.rockx-posed.com) has been promoted widely via the Internet. It includes a large number of photos of Elvis, including many from the famous Albert Wertheimer Archives. The asking prices however are ridiculous - a 11"x14" photo will set you back US$300.00 while a 16"x20" size photo is a whopping US$500.00!
How companies can justify incredible prices like this is beyond belief. The problem is some fans are probably paying the asking price! Smart fans could use scans of the pictures to have quality photos made at a fraction of the price being asked in the promotion. As Fair Trading authorities say.....Buyer Beware (and shop around)!! (Source: EIN, originally published Feb 2003)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #1: Starting today we are publishing daily a Chinese proverb which relates to a line in an Elvis song: "Man who dances with wooden chair need girl" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Elvis People" play now performing in Roanoke: The second and final offering of this year's Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works at Mill Mountain Theatre is "Elvis People," a play by Charlottesville's Doug Grissom about people whose lives were touched by the King.
Grissom said he got the idea while reading a biography of Elvis. Among the mostly fictional characters are a blues musician, a Vietnam veteran, a college professor and members of Elvis' entourage, known as the Memphis Mafia.
"It's almost a collection of short scenes and monologues," explained Grissom, who teaches drama at the University of Virginia. "It was fun to research and fun to write."
What: "Elvis People," a play by Doug Grissom
When: Today through Feb. 12
Where: Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage, Center on Church
Elvis Special #1: Show up dressed as Elvis at 7:30 p.m Wednesday, and get in free.
Elvis Special #2: Buy a ticket to "Elvis People," and get a ticket to either No Shame Theatre or Big Lick Conspiracy free.
Tickets: Call 342-5740; www.millmountain.org (News, Source: The Roanoke Times)
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
Quote:"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
Quote:"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Menphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowlt lost to Delta Automatic Transmission. 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was ofered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m