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Friday 29 February 2008

Actor Pat Harrington talks about Elvis: Pat Harrington co-starred with Elvis in Easy Come, Easy Go. He is perhaps best known for his role as Dwayne "Schneider" in the long running sitcom "One Day At A Time":

DF: You were in a film with Elvis Presley, Easy Come, Easy Go (1967). Any good Elvis stories?

PH: When I did Easy Come, Easy Go, Elvis was at the top of his game. That's when he was the Elvis that we all know. He was lean -- 168 pounds, 160 pounds -- lean! He was quick and fast, and he was into all that karate stuff.

The difficulty with Elvis was that he was surrounded by nine guys named "Red." Red Jones and Red Brown and Red Brown-Jones, you know, those guys. So you couldn't get close to Elvis.

When we did a scene, then I had him to myself. He would never get it on the first take or the 10th, but eventually he'd get it. We would talk in between, and I said to him, "Elvis, I can make you laugh." He'd say, "Oh, you can't make me laugh." And I'd say, "Yes, I can." So he said, "All right, next take." And I said, "Next take is going to be tough for you. [The shot's] going to be over my shoulder on you."

So the scene starts and I flared my nostrils just a little bit -- nobody else could see that except him. And he started to laugh uncontrollably.

DF: And nobody else could see it because the shot was on him--

PH: Nobody could see it!

DF: Did he have a little more respect for your comedic abilities afterwards?

PH: No...he was pissed!


Complete Interview Pat Harrington: http://allday.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/02/26/701886.aspx
(News, Source: www.epgold.com) 


Elvis remix #1 in Italy AGAIN: The "Baby Let's Play House" Re: Version is back at #1 on the Official Italian Download chart. It had fallen to #4 two weeks ago, climbed back to #3 last week. The single is now enjoying its 7th non consecutive week (out of 12) at #1. (News, Source: Elvis News)

"Elvis In The Beat of the Night (True Stories of Elvis and His Police Buddies)" into 2nd printing: The first printing of this unusual and very interesting book about Elvis and his friends in law enforcement has sold out. Phillips Entertainment has advised EIN stocks of the 2nd printing should arrive and be despatched next week. EIN willpublish its review of the book next week. (News, Source: Jud Phillips)

Visit "Elvis In the Beat of the Night" website & order the book


Elvis themed commercial in Belgium: A new commercial can be seen on Belgian TV: a promo for the cookies from Lu. The Belgian impersenator Gilbert Rodts, alias Jesse Presley, admits that there is only one Elvis and it is impossible to imitate him, the same for the cookies from Lu: they have the one and only real cookies. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


"Moody & Blue" alternate CD release: Released on the Fans Only label is the CD "Moody And Blue" featuring 22 alternate takes of the "Moody Blue" album.

All taken from other official and bootleg releases. (News, Source: Elvis News)


"Good Times in Promised Land" CD: Released on the Fans Only label is the CD "Good Times In Promised Land - The Stax Recording Sessions". The label does what more import labels do these days, continue series started by BMG.

The cover mentions "Essential Elvis Volume 8 73 - 74". All takes come from other official and bootleg releases. (News, Source: Elvis News)


Million Dollar Quartet vinyl release: The two disc vinyl re-issue of "The Million Dollar Quartet" on the Code7 label is a picture disc. The set is due for release March 3, 2008 in the EC. (News, Source: Play/ Elvis News)

Kathy Westmoreland's new DVD


More on George Klein owned "duets": We have received a number of enquiries about the three duets George Klein acquired from Felton Jarvis' widow. The duets with Larry Gatlin (Help Me), Jerry Reed (Guitar Man) and Carl Perkins (Blue Suede Shoes) were not done when Elvis was alive. Felton Jarvis produced the duets as part of his 1980-81 "overdub" project which saw the Guitar Man album released.


Cover artwork for new MRS single: Here is the cover artwork for the upcoming remix single "That's All Right", with Elvis accompanied by Lucy Clark. (News, Source: MRS)

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Thursday 28 February 2008

Mattell 'Elvis And Priscilla' Barbies!!:  Where all the other Elvis websites incorrectly say "There are no pictures available at this time" - EIN brings you pictures of the "Wedding Day Elvis and Priscilla" barbies to be released by the Mattell company in June 2008. Who says that EIN doesn't bring you all the important news first! Price will be $90 and you can pre-order them now.

 

 

 

(News, Source;EIN)


Elvis December 15, 1956 Hayride show - owned by Ernst Jorgensen?: Interesting news via EP Gold that Ernst Jorgensen may own the complete tape of the Saturday, December 15, 1956 Hayride Show. Joey Kent from the Louisiana Hayride Archives stated the following to Andylon from EP Gold.
"I lost out several years ago in a bidding war with Ernst Jorgensen for the tape of Elvis's final Hayride show. I can confirm the tape does exist - I heard samples of several tracks. The seller had made a deal with me but then backed out once BMG took interest, and he ended up selling to them.
I told him if he sold it to me I would put it out and tell the story of how his father, a Texarkana DJ, had recorded the tape off the radio back in 1956, and how the tape came to be saved. He could have been famous! I told him if he sold it to BMG, it would most likely be put in a vault...and so it has happened.
I don't know of any plans for them to put it out. Sony would have to pay me as I own the rights to all of Elvis Presley's Hayride songs - maybe that's why it hasn't come out yet. They deal in big sales and if it weren't for Jorgensen's Follow That Dream label, a lot of collector material would never find its way out, which is a shame.
I would hope this early concert - 10 songs covering about 35 minutes, would be enough to warrant a release sometime soon.
- Thanks, Joey Kent, The Louisiana Hayride Archives"

Elvis Hayride show, Saturday, December 15, 1956.
Tracklist:
Heartbreak Hotel, Long Tall Sally, I Was The One, Love Me Tender, Don't Be Cruel, Love Me, I Got A Woman, When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, Paralyzed, Hound Dog, (News, Source;EP Gold)

Spankox Elvis Remix Album Volume.1: Elvis World Japan recently announced a ten track CD from the Italian remixer Agostino Carollo a.k.a. Spankox entitled "Elvis Presley Spankox Re:Versions Volume 1". Currently his Remix of "Baby Let's Play House" has been #1 on the Italian download charts. The album should be out early April  2008. As the remixes have to all be Public Domain songs from the fifties EIN really can't see the point.

It is interesting to note that the song 'That's All Right' is also on this album. Recently the MRS label released a dance-version of this very song that caused an uproar in some circles with a few fans along with some Elvis websites noting the tune as being "sacrosanct". Well I am sure the same theory would apply to 'Heartbreak Hotel' and others.
Elvis Presley Spankox Re:Versions Volume 1.
Tracklist: Baby Let's Play House, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Don't Be Cruel, I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone, That's All Right. 
(News, Source;EIN/EWJ)

 

Tuesday 26 February 2008

April FTD releases: The next two FTD releases due for April 1 will be a 2 Cd 7" deluxe Classic Album edition of That's The Way It Is and a digi-pack release of the Cd from the book The Way It Was. Both can already be pre-ordered from EIN

That’s The Way It Is (2 CD 7” deluxe): 

Disc 1 THE ALBUM: I Just Can’t Help Believin’ (live)/Twenty Days And Twenty Nights/How The Web Was Woven
Patch It Up (live)/Mary In The Morning /You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me/You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (live)
I’ve Lost You (live)/Just Pretend/Stranger In The Crowd/The Next Step Is Love/Bridge Over Troubled Water 

BONUS TRACKS: Patch It Up (studio version)/I’ve Lost You (studio version)/Twenty Days And Twenty Nights – take 8
Bridge Over Troubled Water (live)/Little Sister/Get Back (live)/Something (live)/The Next Step Is Love - undubbed master/Patch It Up – take 1/Bridge Over Troubled Water –alternate mix 

Disc 2: Tiger Man (jam)/Twenty Days And Twenty Nights – rehearsal, takes 1,2,3/I’ve Lost You – rehearsal, take 1/Bridge Over Troubled Water – take 1/You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – rehearsal composite/The Next Step Is Love – rehearsal, takes 2,3,6/How The Web Was Woven – rehearsal, take 1/Stranger In The Crowd – rehearsal, takes 1,3,4,5/Stranger In The Crowd – master take 9 – rough mix/Mary In The Morning – takes 1,2,3,4 /Patch It Up – takes 2-7/Patch It Up – take 9 – alternate master/You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – takes 1,2/Just Pretend – takes 1,2/The Next Step Is Love – takes 7,8,9,10/Bridge Over Troubled Water – rehearsal, takes 2,5/I’ve Lost You – takes 4,5,6/Twenty Days And Twenty Nights – takes 5,6/Twenty Days And Twenty Nights – take 9 master – rough mix

The Way It Was: Words (Rehearsal)/The Next Step Is Love (Rehearsal) /Ghost Riders In The Sky (Rehearsal)/Love Me (Rehearsal)/That's All Right (Rehearsal)/I Got A Woman (Rehearsal)  /I've Lost you (Rehearsal) /I Can't Stop Loving You (Rehearsal) /Just Pretend (Rehearsal)/Words (Rehearsal) /I Just Can't Help Believin' (Rehearsal) 
Something (Rehearsal)/Polk Salad Annie (Rehearsal)  /Mary In The Morning (Rehearsal) /You've Lost That Loving Feeling (Rehearsal) /Sweet Caroline (Live) /Hound Dog (Live) /Heartbreak Hotel (Live)   /Don't Be Cruel (Live) 
Blue Suede Shoes - Live /You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Live) /Mystery Train/Tiger Man (Live) /The Wonder Of You (Live) /One Night (Live) (FTD News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

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Perry Lopez dies: Veteran actor Perry Lopez has died of lung cancer. He was 76. Lopez passed away in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday February 14, 2008. Elvis fans may know him from his role as "Two Moon" in the 1960 movie "Flaming Star".

Born in New York, Lopez began his career on the New York stage before finding work as a character actor in movies including Creature From The Black Lagoon, and The Lone Ranger. He went on to star in movies such as Kelly's Heroes, Chinatown and its 1989 sequel The Two Jakes and Death Wish 4: The Final Crackdown. Lopez also appeared in TV shows including Star Trek, Hart To Hart and Charlie's Angels. (News, Source: Amber Smith/Elvis Matters/Elvis News)

Aussie fan reaction to Elvis The Official Collector's Edition magazine: Since our news item about the relaunch of Elvis The Official Collector's Edition magazine EIN has received the following feedback:

Tony Cannata: I admit it. I went for the Elvis - The Official Collector's Edition. And I have to say its fantastic. I get it by mail and I've got 19 issues already. What won me over is the artifacts. You get some fantastic artifacts such as cheques, movie posters, contracts, las vegas menue rare unseen pics etc. You get 4 issues a month. Iv gone for the option of $55 a month which includes 2 dvds a month. Its half the price without the dvd option. I can honeslty highly recomend it.

Sharon: I love the new Elvis mag. Its full of interesting articles and the artifacts are great.

Ben Simons: I've been buying the John Wayne magazines and wondered when we'd see an Elvis series. I have to say the Elvis set has a lot more going for it than the John Wayne set. Maybe not as many DVDs but as I had the Wayne movies already I haven't been disappointed.

Jenny Purcell: The new Elvis magazine is awesome!!! The memorabilia is so good. I can't wait to receive future issues.


Elvis on Myspace and Facebook, plus an Elvis Week Ticket Alert!: There is alot going on with Elvis right now, so we wanted to send a quick note around to all of our friends to let you know what is going on. So many people have asked us who runs our MySpace page. Our MySpace account is run by Graceland, the same people who bring you Elvis.com.

- Myspace: As you can probably already tell, our Elvis MySpace page has received a face lift. We hope you like it, and please help Elvis get as many friends as you can by inviting your friends. If you have not, be sure to add a little Elvis to your MySpace page by going to our resources page, where you can grab Elvis backgrounds, banners, contact tables and more.

- Facebook: We know many of you also have a Facebook account, so, if you do, be sure to add yourself as a fan of Elvis on our page. We will also be updating that page with news, videos, music, products and more.

- Elvis Week 2008: We already have so many great Events planned for Elvis Week 2008, and you can view the Elvis Week Calendar here. Remember, tickets for these events go on sale for Elvis Insiders members on March 3, and then to the general public on March 10. If you are not an Elvis Insider, click here to find out more. (News, Source: EPE)

MEMPHIS: Private and public Elvis: Elvis Presley memorabilia from his 18-month stint in the U.S. Army and his first appearance in a TV special will be shown publicly for the first time in two new exhibits opening this month at Graceland.

"Private Presley" will include his Army fatigues, dress uniforms, other items of clothing, his foot locker and a cedar clothes storage chest.

"Elvis 68" will show the suits he wore for his appearance on the special "Presley edition" of the 1968 Frank Sinatra TV show, along with other items.

These exhibits also will be part of the new and expanded VIP Tour that includes an exclusive showing of other items never shown publicly; "front of the line" privileges; special shuttle service; and an all-day pass to Graceland mansion, the Elvis Presley automobile museum, Lisa Marie Airplane Tour, and All-Access exhibit. (News, Source: Newsday.com)


Repaid by The King: Robert Shands, nearing 70, dedicated his professional life to sound, and the sense remains important in retirement. Shands estimates that he worked on 15 Academy Award-winning movies in his career. Not one of them starred Elvis Presley, but there’s more to the movie business than Oscars.

"I made about eight movies with Elvis," Shands said.

He and the King of Rock 'n' Roll hadn't known each other in Northeast Mississippi, but they had mutual friends back home and built up a cordial relationship during films like "Double Trouble," "Spinout" and "Kissin’ Cousins." One day, Shands told Elvis about attending his 1956 homecoming concert at the Tupelo Fairgrounds.

"I'd mowed yards and worked all summer to buy my ticket," Shands said. "He came out and I only heard him say one thing, then people were all yelling and screaming. I saw the head of the guy in front of me more than I saw him."

Shands said he thought he’d been cheated.

"Elvis said, 'How much did you pay for the ticket?,'" Shands said, pretending to reach into his pocket. "Then he took the money out and gave it to me - 'Here.'"
(News, Source: djournal.com)


Elvis still appeals to the young: EIN is not sure who wrote this uncredited article on Bucks Free Press, but it makes for very interesting (and instructive) reading:

Now I've never been a huge follower of Elvis Presley, but I thought I'd show my son a few of the King's videos to give him a taste of rock history.

He loved it immediately and Elvis has become his number one favourite. My entire CD collection in the car is now devoted to young and old Elvis, and I've now belatedly begun to become a fan.

I was talking to a colleague this week about the bizarre fact that a five-year-old could become so engrossed with a singer who has been dead for three decades, when there is so much newer, more modern stuff about.

But she replied her five-year-old nephew was also a big Presley fan and constantly watched DVDs of him.

We came to the conclusion that Elvis is still a hit for youngsters because, despite being so long dead, he remains better than most if not all of his successors in the music industry. His ability transcends generations. And yet, my son wouldn't have stumbled upon this if it had not been for the high-tech digital revolution. (News, Source: Bucks Free Press)

 

Monday 25 February 2008
'An American Trilogy' - FTD CD Review: The January- Feb 1972 Las Vegas season was an all-important step as Elvis headed towards his 'On Tour' filmed performances and finally to Madison Square Garden. Elvis was in great shape both physically and vocally, and he was once again serious about performing. The Billboard Magazine review said, "The tight, fast paced just long enough show .... had no weak spots. "An American Trilogy" showcases a cleverly edited complete concert - but at the same time repeats several previously released tracks. EIN contributor Armond Joseph investigates. Go here for the full review (FTD Reviews, Source; EIN, Feb 2008)

Annie Cloyd Presley dies: Elvis World magazine's Bill E. Burk advises:

Sadly, from Tupelo last night, came this message from Rachel Harden:

Annie Cloyd Presley of Tupelo MS passed away last Thursday.  She was a friend of Gladys Smith Presley and was interviewed over the years by numerous authors of Elvis books.  We visited her last December and she was her usual delightful self---always glad to see us.  We remember her saying "Ya'll are so good to come visit." 

You will find her in the family tree as Annie Virginia Cloyd.  She was the only person we have found that married into both Rosella Presley's line and also Rosalinda (Mary Jane) Presley's line. She first married Sales Presley (Rosella's line) and then, years later, married Sales cousin, John Delton Presley (Rosalinda's line).  She was a delight to know and she will be missed. 

I was one of the "numerous authors" to interview Aunt Annie for our EE: The Tupelo Years book.  We probably spent more time recording Aunt Annie's interview than any other the others.  And, in writing the book, I noted in print that I was leaving her quotes exactly in the language she used since she talked SO typically Southern.
 
We visited Aunt Annie as often as possible in the years following the book's release.  She was always in good spirits and had such a good memory.
 
It was Aunt Annie who told us it was purely Myth that Gladys walked Elvis to and from school every day.
 
They both had kids about the same age and she said "sometimes" they would walk the kids "up to the corner"(Highway 6) and watch them cross the street safely; but did not even do that often since Elvis' 5th grade teacher lived across the street and most of the neighborhood kids walked to/from school with her.
 
STILL, writers write that Gladys walked Elvis to/from school every day, even all the way thru Humes High School (yet another Elvis Myth). (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

New "alternate" CD release: This new fantastic release contains:

  • 20 fantastic outtakes!
  • A BLACK cd disc, which resemble miniature vinyl !! It even feels like an original vinyl album!!
  • STUNNING 4 page full color booklet with recording information and quotes from Elvis' original studio musicians!
  • All tracks have been digitally cleaned and remastered, with some great surprises!!
  • LIMITED EDITION ONLY

.........you liked the first release in this series???? We ensure you you'll LOVE this second volume!!

TRACKS: America ( ending only - take 2 ) / Never Again ( take 11 ) / Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall ( take 1 ) / For The Heart ( take 5 ) / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain ( take 2 ) / Love Coming Down ( take 3 ) / Solitaire ( take 7 ) / Hurt ( take 5 ) / Last Farewell ( take 2 ) / Danny Boy ( take 9 ) / I´ll Never Fall In Love Again ( take 5 ) / Bitter They Are ( take 2,3,4,5 ) / Love Coming Down ( take 4 ) / Solitaire ( take 3 ) / Never Again ( undubbed master take 14 ) SESSIONS: For The Heart ( take 1 ) / For The Heart ( take 2,3 ) / For The Heart ( take 4 ) / Hurt ( take 2 ) / Hurt ( fs, take 3 ) (News, Source: Email)


Chart update: On the Australian Music DVD Top 40 Chart this week, the "'68 Comeback Special" re-enters at #37 while "Aloha From Hawaii " drops four spots to #35. In Ireland "Love, Elvis" dropped from #61 to #8t on the Album Top 100. In The Netherlands "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" climbs from #48 to #45 in it's 96th week on the Back Catalogue Album chart.

The Billboard chart listings for the week ending March 1, 2008:

Billboard Top 200: The Very Best Of Love: #186
Top Independent Albums: The Very Best Of Love: #21
Pop Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #34
Country Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #4
Music Video: Elvis Lives: #39
Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii: 35

The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped off the Comprehensive Albums chart.

In Sweden "The King Of Rock And Roll" compilation DVD dropped off the Music DVD Top 20 chart, it reached the #1 spot two times during it's stint on the chart. The "Essential Elvis" compilation drops from #24 to #43. (News, Source: ARIA/Elvis News/Elvis International)

Dutch edition of "The Gospel Side of Elvis" book: Here is the cover art for the Dutch translation of "The Gospel Side of Elvis" entitled "De Gospel-kant van Elvis".

This edition is the first translation of Joe Moscheo's bestselling book.

The official presentation takes place on March 15th and 16th in Belgium and Holland. Joe Moscheo will be present on both days, and happy to sign the books for you.

The book can be pre-ordered from Elvis Matters


5 new CDs released in the EC: Just released is a five CD series with the European public domain tracks, now including tracks like "Jailhouse Rock". The CDs are entitled "Just Because", Love Me Tender", All Shook Up", "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jailhouse Rock". (News, Source: Elvis Corner/Elvis News)

Artist Touch CD release: Another budget release with the European public domain tracks like "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Love Me Tender", "Heartbreak Hotel", All Shook Up" and others. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Paul Terry King Jr. book update: The son of songwriter Paul Terry King, who claims to have written two songs with Elvis, is writing a book. King says: "Fathers confide a lot of things to their sons and in most cases all that knowledge and yrs of experience goes in one ear and out the other of the boys, not this time though! 

Paul Terry King jr. age 27 is writing a book of his recollections of his dads stories of Elvis Presley and the music corporate world in general he has heard first hand  from his father Paul Terry King Sr. who rocked the Elvis world recently with his tell all stories and songs the world never heard 

No doubt many more sceptics even Patrick Lacy of Elvis Decoded fame will come over to the revelations and truthfulness of this young authors first attempt at writing.  I'm the one that found on the web the Terry King murdered Elvis Presley mock case in Oregon In 1999. I was 19 then but i still remember as a kid when dad would unplug the radio and throw it at the wall when he hear certain songs he had written being played without his permission or credit that he had  written with friends in Tennessee even before i was born!  Dad may or may not die with cancer whatever god wills but his namesake and stories will live on  forever with me and be around a long long time to come!!!" (News, Source: Paul Terry King)


EPE files on trademark: On February 12, 2008, Elvis Presley Enterprises filed to protect the trademark The Elvis Las Vegas and The E Las Vegas in relation to goods and services in three categories:

“real estate services for residential apartments, condominiums and retail establishments” “casino, golf course, sporting events and entertainment services, namely, live performances featuring musicians music and singers, prerecorded music and video, dancers, magicians, actors, acrobats and comedians” and…

“resort hotel, hotel, restaurant, bar, lounge services, arena services, namely providing facilities for sports, concerts, theater, conventions and exhibition; providing theme park services; cafes; cafeterias; catering; child care; cocktail lounge buffets; cocktail lounges; hotel services for preferred customers; spa services; providing banquet and social function facilities for special occasions; providing convention facilities; providing facilities for exhibitions; snack bars”.

The majority of Elvis Presley Enterprises (85%) is owned by CKX, Inc., owner of 19 Entertainment, creator of American Idol. CKX Chairman Bob Sillerman announced plans in 2006 to turn Graceland and the surrounding areas into an international tourist destination and double the 600,000 annual visitors. Sillerman has stated that a new hotel is a possible component to these plans.

Mork wonders if The Elvis Las Vegas will be in Memphis in the area around Graceland, or if Elvis Presley Enterprises is actually planning a resort hotel in Las Vegas. In any case, you can go home now. Mork has just left the building.

Click Here for more detailed informattion: http://www.trademork.com/the-elvis-las-vegas
(Sale of EPE Archives, Source: www.trademork.com  /  www.epgold.com)

 

Saturday 23 February 2008

She Is the King - 'Comeback' CD review: Let's get it straight from the start, "Elvis male impersonators - Who needs them?!" But here is something entirely different - and quite an exciting counterpoint too, a female Elvis ETA releasing a CD of classic Elvis songs. 'She Is The King' - Jacqueline Feilich - is the only woman ever to be selected by EPE to compete in the worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition and she has already achieved quite an impressive international following. Visually and musically she is imbued with a number of iconic Elvis qualities but can she carry it through to an album of Elvis covers? Well her fans won't be disappointed as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers. Go here for full review. (CD Reviews, Source: EIN, February 2008)


The Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Ride For Life: The Inaugural Elvis Rock ‘n’ Roll Ride for Life was launched April 22, 2007 from the steps of Elvis’ Graceland mansion. Over three hundred riders from twenty-two states and three countries rode almost 100 miles through four north Mississippi counties returning back to Graceland for a huge post-party celebration, raising $100,000 for the American Diabetes Association. Get ready for the ride of your life, as Elvis will ride again on April 18-20, 2008!  To register and find out more - go here to check out the EPE Elvis Presley Rock 'n' Roll Ride for Life web-site.

(News, Source;EPE)


Elvis Presley: The King: A new 2008 CD release on the K-tel label (remember them and "Elvis 40 Greatest Hits"?) from the UK. Focusing only on Elvis' Public Domain 1956/57 songs - it features two CDs, 'Rockin' With Elvis' and 'Lovin' With Elvis'.

(News, Source;EIN/Barry McLean)


Elvis Tribute Artist Doug Church Back in the Mix of Contests: After touring all over the United States and the world performing in England, Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany and Canada, Elvis Tribute Artist and Performer Doug Church, known the world over as "The Voice of Elvis" due to his uncanny vocal talents to sound like "The King of Rock n' Roll", has decided to step back in the world of ETA Contests. After an 11 year hiatus from performing in contests, Mr. Church has decided to get back in the mix.
"I felt the need to grow and learn and missed the friendships and camaraderie with the other performers. Being back on the contest stage I get to see a whole new audience. I enjoy their energy and performing for them"
Seeing Doug perform live is an incredible experience. The voice, mannerisms and stage presence takes you back to what it must have been like to feel the excitement of seeing Elvis Presley live on stage. Doug's amazing vocal range is what sets him apart from other Elvis Tribute Artists performing in the business. He still tours the world doing the shows that have won him so much acclaim and is a show you do not want to miss.
(Almost Elvis News, Source EIN/SanjaM)

 

Friday 22 February 2008

"Growing Up With the Memphis Flash" (Book Review): EIN reviewer, Susan MacDougall, recently delved deep inside Kay Wheeler's memoir of the heady rock 'n' roll 50's and her time with Elvis. Reflecting on Ms Wheeler's book in the context of a similar release by June Juanico, Susan offers insight into Kay's observations on important issues including how Hollywood changed Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker. Susan then gives her appraisal of whether or not Growing Up With the Memphis Flash warrants a place in our Elvis libraries.

Read Susan's full review

....Kay Wheeler’s book contains matters in common with June Juanico’s. Each different perception of Elvis is part of a mammoth jigsaw puzzle. Whether we’ll ever see the whole picture is another matter..... (Book Review, Source: EIN)


"That's All Right Mama" Remix Update: The new Elvis remix ‘That’s All Right’ featuring Lucy Clark will now be released in March through I-Tunes and other download stores. In which time a new video will be shot featuring lots of Elvis.

A new replacement cover has been issued and will now be replaced with the alternate mix that was made featuring Anthony Krizan on drums from ‘The Spin Doctors’ and the original guitar licks by Scotty Moore . The additional mixing and mastering was done by Dutch Engineer Real Bouwman.   

The new track listing and titles will now be as follows:

1. THAT’S ALL RIGHT (RADIO DANCE EDIT)

2. THAT’S ALL RIGHT (CLUB DANCE MIX)

3. THAT’S ALL RIGHT (EXTENDED CLUB DANCE MIX)

4. THAT'S ALL RIGHT (ORIGINAL VERSION)

To hear the new remix versions of the above, they will be premiered on www.elvis-express.com TODAY and the show will be available for 1 week to listen or download. Elvis Express Radio will also be playing the Club and Extended mixes during the course of next weeks two shows.

In the meantime you can hear the new details and the new sample on www.memphisrecordingservice.com (News, Source: Joseph Pirzada)


Ginger Alden auctions off Elvis items: We mentioned some time ago Ginger was planning to sell some items. The auction has now been announced Visit auction site (News, Source: FECC)


Lisa Marie pregnant?: EIN first reported this story a while back. This week it caught on as a number of media outlets and Elvis sites finally carried the news:

Lisa Marie Presley is reportedly pregnant for the third time: Sources say the actress - the daughter of Elvis Presley - and her fourth husband Michael Lockwood have told pals they are expecting.

Presley, 40, already has two teenage children, daughter Danielle Riley and son Benjamin, with her musician ex, Danny Keough. She has also been married to pop star Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage.

A spokeswoman for Presley said of the pregnancy reports: "[She] is not one to comment on her personal life."
Presley wed Lockwood, a guitarist and music producer, in Japan in January 2006. Her mother, Priscilla Presley, has just been unveiled as one of the 12 new contestants on American TV talent show, Dancing With The Stars.

Elvis themed hotel one step closer: A funny site all about "trademark oddities, information and news" reports that Elvis Presley Enterprises recently filed paperwork to protect the trademark "The Elvis Las Vegas" and "The E Las Vegas."

The protections are for three categories which include these goods and services: resort hotel, hotel, restaurant, bar as well as real estate services for residential apartments, condominiums and retail establishments.

We've been following the plans for a Las Vegas Elvis-themed hotel for a while now but TradeMork also speculates that a hotel could go up near Graceland in Memphis. While we don't doubt that will happen someday, we are guessing the Elvis Las Vegas is the actual hotel that will go up in Las Vegas and the E Las Vegas sounds like the residential bit of the hotel complex.

After all, would you live in a place named after Elvis? On second though, don't answer that. There are probably plenty of you who will. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)


Comedian Sammy Shore voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame - book in the works: Mr. Shore first received national attention when Elvis Presley chose him as his opening act at the International Hotel in Las Vegas from 1969-1972. He then went on to work with America's comedy greats and music legends and also founded the world-famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Shore is currently completing an exciting new book, The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh, due out this year which will be produced by Joe Esposito and Daniel Lombardy and their firm TCBJOE Publishing. This book will reveal in hysterical detail the comedy routines that made Elvis and all of America laugh. With wit and wisdom, he reflects on his fifty-year career in show business, with all of its pinnacles and pitfalls, and includes the reflections of many of America's great comedians.

In addition to his stand-up comedy career, Mr. Shore has appeared in movies, TV sitcoms and plays, wining numerous prestigious awards. (News, Source: Darwin Lamm, Elvis International)


Elvis magazine relaunched in Australia: In October Last year we mentioned the DeAgostini Group "Elvis The Official Collector's Edition" magazine was available in Australia.

After little promotion and (reportedly) poor sales the magazine is now being promoted via TV ads.

Issue #1 can be bought from newsagencies for A$2.95 (regular issue price $7.95). Binders are also available for the 65 part series.

The magazine series comes with bonus items including memorabilia reproductions and DVDs.

Response to the magazine series in other countries has been mixed.


"The Voice of Elvis"  Doug Church Back On (The Contest) Stage: After touring all over the United States and the world performing in England, Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany and Canada, Elvis Tribute Artist and Performer Doug Church, known the world over as "The Voice of Elvis" due to his uncanny vocal talents to sound like "The King of Rock n' Roll", Elvis Presley, has decided to step back in the world of Elvis Tribute Artist Contests. After an 11 year hiatus from performing in contests, Mr. Church has decided to get back in the mix. 

"I felt the need to grow and learn and missed the friendships and camarderie with the other performers. Being back on the contest stage I get to see a whol;e new audience. I enjoy their energy and performing for them."

Seeing Doug perform live is an incredible experience. The voice, mannerisms and stage presence takes you back to what it must have been like to feel the excitement of seeing Elvis Presley live on stage. Doug's amazing vocal range is what sets him apart from other Elvis Tribute Artists performing in the business. He still tours the world doing the shows that have won him so much acclaim and is a show you do not want to miss. See "The Voice of Elvis" Doug Church perform soon in a city near you.  (Almost Elvis, Source: Elvis Expert)

 

Wednesday 20 February 2008

'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' Weekly Update: Another massive EIN update with a sensational 17 new video clips added. This week there are FOUR 'Clips Of the Week'! Featuring "Elvis in concert" close-up - from 1955 to 1977 in 10 minutes

A fabulous 'That's All Right' at Madison Square GardenRare 1957 Graceland home-movie with Elvis getting his tractor stuck in the mud - plus  'Why Can't They Leave Him Alone' a touching tribute.

We also feature clips from Elvis in the Fifties, the Sixties and rare on-stage footage with some astounding close-up concert material from 1970 to 1977! Not forgetting the beautiful clips to 'His Hand In Mine',  'And I Love You So' and even 'Earth Angel'. With over two hundred videos listed, catch them all before the Internet police take them away!

('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source: EIN/YouTube)

Priscilla confirmed for Dancing With The Stars; First confirmed to EIN through Elvis' nurse Marian Cocke is the fact that Priscilla will be taking part in the next series of Dancing with the Stars. Other celebrities signed up include tennis champion Monica Seles, Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Howard Stern, actor Steve Guttenberg and R&B singer Mario. The programme's sixth season begins in the US on March 17.
The programme, in which six male and six female celebrities are paired with professional dancers, regularly attracts more than 20 million viewers.
The show's casting net for stars yielded its usual mix of sports standouts, familiar faces (Guttenberg, Matlin and Presley), a few folks you might need to Google (Mario etc) and at least one guy who you guess does the cha-cha-cha about as well as Tucker Carlson (Carolla).
Priscilla will perform with Dutch ballroom dance champion Van Amstel in her dance team. The new lineup, though, does feature at least one innovation. For the first time since the gray-haired days of John O'Hurley, Dancing's elder statesman will be an elder stateswoman. At age 62, Presley, late of the King, Dallas and the Naked Gun movies, will be the oldest competitor. The 52-year-old Jillette is the only other dancer to fall outside the 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
The show will have one new innovation: A double-elimination results episode on Mar 24, featuring the expulsion of two dance teams.
No one said dancing with, or by, the stars was easy. (News, Source;EIN/Sanja/Gansky)


This year's 'Elvis Presley Memorial Dinner' August 14 preliminary guest list announced: The Elvis Presley Memorial Dinner will be held at the Peabody Hotel on Thursday, August 14, 2008 in the grand ballroom. This year's guest list will include the famous and fabulous Jordanaires, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Kevin Mills, Vince Anthony, Gary Coleman, Will Debley , Gary Elvis Britt and others.  As an added bonus we have Kevin Adams doing his great impersonations and he is really something and if you've never seen him perform he will have you in stitches.  We have another bonus for you - we will allow three names to be drawn - on stage - for any amateur present who might like to come on stage and sing - bring your own CD!
Tickets are $75.00 each. (News, Source;KDeN/Marian Cocke)

TCB Band concert in Holland: Even though Priscilla announced the final 'Elvis - the Concert' performance back in August, Elvis' TCB Band keep on rockin'. The pre-sale for the Tickets to the TCB Concert in The Netherlands with Jerry Scheff, Glen Hardin and James Burton on March 29th starts on March 3rd. Tickets are 29.50 euro and the extravaganza also includes guest singers Rene Shuman and Lee Towers. Go here for more info.

(News, Source;Various)


Make-Believe Elvis Free on Bail for Made-Up Fire Story: When Elvis impersonator Frederick Denmark told pals his house had burned down, they orchestrated a fundraiser — collecting not only clothes and appliances but more than $2,000, according to The Tampa Tribune.
Sadly, as Presley himself crooned, "that was just a lie," and now the Good Samaritans are saying Denmark "ain't no friend" of theirs. The fire — like this Elvis — was a fake. When the women who tried to help him grew suspicious and did a little digging, they uncovered his ruse. Tampa police charged the 47-year-old with felony organized fraud and felony grand theft last week. Denmark, of Ft. Lauderdale, said Monday that he needed the money and he made a mistake.
"He said he made a bad decision and wants to pay it back if he can," Tampa Det. Curtis Smith told the Tribune. "He even cried." Denmark, whose stage name is Fred Alberts (photo right), is currently free from jail on $4,000 bail, according to prison records. But those who held the benefit aren't free of the bad memory of how they were conned. "A lot of people are very disgusted," one of the fundraising friends, Shelby Ewbank, told the Tribune. "He ain't nothin' but a hound dog." (News, Source; EIN/SanjaM)

 

Monday 18 February 2008

"Love Me Tender" DVD in Argentina: Argentina has just released LOVE ME TENDER DVD (title in Spanish: LA MUJER ROBADA).

An instant collector's item featuring rare original memorabilia unavailable in ANY OTHER WORLDWIDE RELEASE including SIX different 78 rpm releases, RCA Victor record store's ad, original One-Sheet poster, newspaper ads, etc., etc. (News, Source : Carlos R. Ares /FECC)


"Rock Biography - Elvis Presley" Kindle book: Amazon has released an Elvis biography in their Kindle format. The electronic book requires a Kindle viewer (available from Amazon.com) in order to be read. (News, Source: Amazon)

Chart update #1: The Billboard chart listings for the week ending February 23, 2008:

Billboard Top 200: The Very Best Of Love: #181
Top Independent Albums: The Very Best Of Love: #23
Comprehensive Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #198
Pop Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #28
Country Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #4
Music Video: Elvis Lives: #22
Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii: 29 (News, Source: Elvis News)


Chart Update #2: Elvis Aloha From Hawaii rises 4 spots to #35 on this week's ARIA Music DVD Chart in Australia. It has been on the chart for a total of 57 weeks and is certified 2xP. The Comeback Special DVD is no longer in the Top 40. (News, Source: ARIA)


Changes to the VIP Graceland Tour: Graceland's new VIP tour will now showcase the deed to Graceland, a gift from Elvis to his parents, and fun items from his personal wardrobe. We all know what a flamboyant dresser he was!

A replica of his upstairs dressing room has been created and in it will be some of the unique clothing he wore at home just for lounging and custom outfits for family dinners. The VIP tour will also include the barn, where Elvis loved to retreat at times.

On display will be his personal saddle, chaps and other artifacts relating to his equestrian activities. Cost for the VIP tour is $68 with no discounts for seniors or children. (News, Source: UltimateElvis/www.epgold.com) 


Irish fans - wn tix to "My Boy Elvis": We have double tickets for 'My Boy Elvis - The Musical' at the Olympia Theatre (Ireland) on Sunday 24 February to give away. The musical stars Liam Murphy, who won 'The World's Finest Elvis Impersonator' competition in the US in 2006, Alan Curran as Colonel Tom Parker and 13-year-old Craig Connolly as the young Elvis.

The story finds The King and his manager in the afterlife, reflecting and reminiscing about their lives and how things could have been different.

Written, directed and produced by George Twamley, the production features such classics as 'Hound Dog', 'Tutti Frutti', 'The Wonder of You', 'Suspicious Minds', 'An American Trilogy' and 'Burning Love'.

To be in with a chance of winning tickets, answer the following question: What was the name of Elvis' manager?

 

Send your answer, name, address and telephone number marked 'My Boy Elvis Comp' to entertainmentonline@rte.ie by Thursday 21 February at 12pm. One entry per person. Prize is show tickets only.

The full tour dates for 'My Boy Elvis' are:

Dublin - Olympia Theatre, Sunday 24 February 

Castlebar - Royal Theatre, Saturday 8 March 

Belfast - The Waterfront, Friday 18 April 

Killarney - The INEC,  Saturday 12 July

 

Sunday 17 February 2008
'Unchained Melody' voted 'Most Popular Song of All-Time': An Australian Brisbane radio station has named - sorry not Elvis' version - but The Righteous Brothers' global hit 'Unchained Melody' as the most popular song of all time. The recording, which was used in the film 'Ghost,' beat the likes on ABBA, the Beatles and Elvis Presley, in the list of the Top 1000 Most Popular Songs, as voted by the listeners of Brisbane radio station 4BH. The second most popular song of all time title went to John Lennon's 'Imagine,' while the third spot was secured by 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon and Garfunkel. Elvis' most popular song'Love Me Tender' came in sixth. Program manager Geoff Harrison said the radio stations takes "thousands" of votes from listeners over a three-week period. It is interesting to note that Elvis recorded classic versions of three of the Top six songs! The top 6 Most Popular Songs were:
1. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers.
2. Imagine - John Lennon
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
4. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
5. Dancing Queen - ABBA
6. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley

New York Radio Station WCBS-FM meanwhile voted three Elvis songs into their Love Songs chart Top Ten. The Righteous Brothers was also their most popular Love Song.
1. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
2. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
3. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
4. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
5. Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
6. The Wonder Of You - Elvis Presley
7. My Girl - The Temptations
8. All My Loving - The Beatles
9. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
10. Always & Forever - Heatwave   (News, Source;EIN)

TCB Band with Jim Lauderdale on Conan O'Brien: To promote his new album 'Honey Songs' Jim Lauderdale will be a musical guest on the Conan O'Brien show on NBC Monday, February 18th. As reported previously on EIN the TCB Band & Emmylou Harris were among the many musicians who recorded with him on his new CD so Jim be performing on TV with James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Al Perkins and Gary Tallent. The album release of Jim Lauderdale and The Dreamplayers, "Honey Songs," will be released on Yep Roc Records February 19th.
The Conan O’ Brien TV Band aslo features Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg as band-leader.

(News, Source:JB)


Copyright Protection For European Performers May Be Increased: The European Union said that it would seek to extend copyright protection for singers and musicians to 95 years - rather than the current 50 - a move designed to prevent performers from losing out in later life. This proposal should be ready for adoption by the EU Commission before the summer break of 2008.
The proposals would extend to EU performers the entitlements to royalty payments enjoyed by their counterparts in the United States, and by composers in Europe, most of whom have 70 years of copyright protection.
McCreevy said that, with longer life expectancy, 50 years of copyright protection did not give artists a guaranteed lifetime income. 'If nothing is done, thousands of European performers who recorded in the late 1950s and 1960s will lose all of their airplay royalties over the next 10 years', McCreevy said.
The proposal, which needs approval from EU governments and the European Parliament, is designed to benefit not just big names like Cliff Richard and Charles Aznavour, but session and lesser-known musicians, McCreevy said. The proposals were widely welcomed by the music industry.
The commission also wants to revisit a reform of copyright levies charged on blank discs, data storage and music and video players. These charges, which vary widely among European countries, help to compensate artists and copyright holders for legal copying of their material.
As most fans are aware the UK market is flooded with PD releases, from multiple labels, of Elvis' 1956 & 57 recordings. (News, Source;EIN)

 

Saturday 16 February 2008
New Elvis movie being written from Lamar Fike's Memoirs; EIN published the news first in our recent Marc Bego interview - but veteran PR man David Salidor, who will be handling publicity for the book "Fike - An Uncommon Journey", also now hints in a media interview that a screenplay will soon be in the works. The book is co-written with music writer Marc Bego who also collaborated on David Stanley's 1996 book Raised On Rock as well as on books with Micky Dolenz and Martha Reeves.
From the interview: Lamar Fike, the man who for years ran Elvis Presley’s publishing company in Memphis, is hard at work with writer Mark Bego putting the finishing touches on a new book entitled An Uncommon Journey. It seems that this one-time member of the King’s "Memphis Mafia" is willing to finally share all his untold stories.
He also reveals a rather odd connection to this particular bit of tub-thumping. "My Dad had worked for the legendary Decca Records back in the day and knows Lamar," Salidor explains. "So, when we first spoke, Lamar said to me, ‘I met you when you were five at the Copacabana in New York.' Amazing and, true."
Meanwhile, in a synopsis of the book posted on Fike’s official website, the former King best pal makes a rather intriguing comparison: "Let me tell you, The Memphis Mafia was the original Entourage… I never knew what to expect when I was around Elvis. There would be Hollywood starlets in the pool or Natalie Wood would drop by for a visit."
- And how’s this for a side trip? In the book, Fike also recounts his experiences in Rome with Tennessee Williams and Hercules actor Steve Reeves while Elvis was stationed in Germany. Go here for EIN's exclusive and fascinating interview with Marc Bego where he first mentioned the new Elvis screenplay. And coming soon a new EIN exclusive interview with Lamar Fike. (News, Source:lamarfike)

'Elvis Presley: NEW YORK : RCA STUDIO 1' - MRS box-set reissue: Cargo distributors announce the re-issue of MRS's earlier 'New York: The Complete Sessions' as the 'New York: RCA Studio 1' CD Boxed Set. Still featuring the 19 classic 1956 recordings remastered and restored from high quality 24 bit/94k resolution for a totally new sound experience. Included is a rare interview and 6 Bonus tracks. The package also features the audio DVD and book containing a stunning collection of rare and unpublished photographs of Elvis at the New York Sessions by famous photographer, Alfred Wertheimer with detailed informative text. Release Date: 25 February 2008. Go here for more details.

(News, Source;Cargo)


Australian Release 'Elvis! - Lights Camera Elvis Collection': Paramount will release the eight DVD box set, "Elvis! - Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection in Australia in April. The eight titles are the same as released last year in the Elvis, 30th Anniversary Collection; They are also identical to the 2006 release 'ELVIS Album DVD Collection' with remastered editions of King Creole, G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Roustabout, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun In Acapulco, Paradise, Hawaiian Style and Easy Come, Easy Go.

(News, Source;ElvisAustralia)


"Elvis: From Memphis to Hollywood" for June reissue: As previously reported on EIN the long awaited 388-page book "Elvis: From Memphis to Hollywood" by Alan Fortas and Alanna Nash will at last be reissued later this year. It has now been confirmed by Aurum Press Ltd for a June release (ISBN: 1845133226).
From the publisher:
"When in June 1968, clad in black leather, a nervous Elvis Presley made his television "Comeback Special", Alan Fortas was one of the five friends asked to be on stage with him.Fortas ultimately spent nearly twelve years working for Elvis, having been asked to join his fraternity of bodyguards and close buddies that came to be known as "The Memphis Mafia" back in 1958.
He lived, travelled and played hard with Elvis during that time, watching Elvis become increasingly disillusioned with the endless stream of movies he was forced to act in, saw him become increasingly reliant on drugs, and witnessed Elvis' colourful sex life.
The only other memoir of Elvis that can offer such genuine inside knowledge and intimacy is "Elvis and the Memphis Mafia", by three other members of his bodyguard fraternity, which "Uncut" magazine acclaimed as "the best Elvis book written to date", and which Aurum has already re-published and seen reprint four times. Now it re-issues Alan Fortas' book, which has been out of print for over ten years."Go here for EIN's review of the thoroughly recommended 'Elvis And The Memphis Mafia' (News, Source:aurumpress.co.uk)

"The Presley Family and Friends Cookbook" paperback edition: Yet another re-issue Elvis edition, 'The Presley Family and Friends Cookbook' by Donna Presley Early will be published as a paperback edition by Cumberland House on Feb 28, 2008 in the UK.

The 288-page book synopsis: The Presley Family & Friends Cookbook is a special blend of recipes, memories and photographs compiled by the people who knew Elvis best: his personal cook, family, friends and fellow performers. Simmering with nearly 300 recipes, it contains an amazing variety of foods, from Elvis' 'All Shook Up' Milkshake to his You Ain't Nothin' but a Hot Dog to the family's King Creole Lobster and Clam Bake, plus his favourite banana pudding and hamburger recipes. Also included are recipes from his favourite restaurants and Memphis juke joints. The Presley Family & Friends Cookbook contains more than 100 personal family photos - many of which have not been published - and provides personal reminiscences from Elvis' family and friends. Also included are dozens of fan-friendly sidebars and useful information about Elvis movies available on video, plus lists of his many hits and albums and when they appeared on the pop charts. Come and enjoy platter after platter of some the King's favourite foods, straight from the kitchens of some of his most beloved cooks. (News, Source:amazon.co.uk)

Wednesday 13 February 2008
Elvis items raise money at Grammy Awards Charity Auction: Four Elvis items were up for auction during the Grammy Awards Charity Auction benefitting the MusiCares foundation:

A gold record for "Elvis In Concert" raised $375.00
An Elvis owned and worn shirt raised $9,000.00
A photograph of Elvis with his parents raised $656.25

And finally an Elvis owned and played Gretsch guitar raised $180,000.00 and was the biggest selling item during the auction which raised $540,250.00 in total. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Wattstax: “I Am Somebody!" Exhibit: In celebration of Black History Month, Rhodes' African American Studies Program is hosting "Wattstax: I Am Somebody!" an exhibit of over 50 rare photographs from the archives of the Stax Museum of American Soul of Music, Memphis, TN.

The 1973 film "Wattstax: The Living Word," is based on Stax Records' seven-hour concert that entertained more than 100,000 people in the Los Angeles Coliseum at the annual Watts Summer Festival in 1972. The event is believed to have launched the careers of Richard Pryor, Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, and the Staple Singers and moved Rev. Jesse Jackson to lead the crowd in the “I Am Somebody” refrain.

In July and December 1973, Elvis recorded several well-known songs at Stax, including "If You Talk in Your Sleep," "I've Got a Thing About You Baby," "My Boy," and a cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land."

The "Wattstax: I Am Somebody!" exhibit recaptures the Wattstax concert and documentary and chronicles the African American experience during a time of social change and empowerment.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be on display in the Paul Barret, Jr. at the Rhodes College Campus library in Memphis from February 2-28, 2008. Times are: Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Those with specific inquiries can contact Dr. Anita Davis at 901-843-3989. (News, Source: EPE)


Memphis Dynamite": This is a 2CD release due out in the EC on March 31, 2008. It will feature 40 tracks from Elvis' mid 1950s catalog. (News, Source: Play /Elvis News)

The Gospel According to Elvis - Hills Centre Sydney: In 2008, The Hills Centre for the Performing Arts in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills celebrates its 20th birthday. As a special treat for the local community, The Hills Centre is bringing Elvis into the building for one night only on Thursday April 17.

The Gospel According to Elvis features 19 hit Gospel songs performed by the soulful Adelaide-born Andy Seymour and his extraordinary three piece rockin' band and three piece vocal backing choir.

From the opening scene set in Elvis' Memphis Pentecostal church, to the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas showroom, this is a powerful and moving story of the man and his music providing insight into his lesser-known spiritual side. Awe-inspiring voices will lift your spirits.

The Gospel According to Elvis was a smash hit at the 2003, 2005 and 2007 Adelaide Cabaret Festivals and has since been touring the country throughout regional SA and Victoria. Sydney audiences can enjoy the sweet soulful sound of the King’s Gospel hits at this strictly-one-night-only-performance at The Hills Centre on Thursday April 17. 

Andy Seymour, self confessed son of a preacher man (his father was a pastor in rural SA and Vic), fell in love with the King at the age of seven, after discovering his early religious recordings.

'What Elvis had done is take hold of traditional hymns and sort of Elvis-ised them, turned them into hit pop songs for the era. It was very hip, it was sort of like God, wow, Elvis has made gospel music cool!' says Seymour'My show is not just about the music, it’s also about spreading a message of positivity'.

The Gospel According to Elvis is written by Chris Naylor, Andy Seymour and Ivan Tanner, starring Andy Seymour as Elvis with backing vocals from 'The Queen of Gospel' Trace Canini plus Luke Thompson and Allan Boyle. The band features Steve Todd on Drums, Mark Ferguson on Piano and Shireen Khemlani on Bass.

The show reaches a crescendo when The Queen of Gospel leads ‘The Tongues of Fire Gospel Choir’ onto the stage.  This ensemble will be sourced from the local community via a series of Gospel Master Classes. 

'The sheer presence of Andy Seymour tells the audience very clearly that the spirit of Elvis is in the house'. Adelaide Advertiser.

'The fact that the Australian Andy Seymour qualified fifth from a field of fifty-five without a costume is indeed a testament to his talent. He is the voice of Elvis'. American Elvis Convention, Las Vegas Nevada

'…finally, great Elvis songs without the jumpsuit…I looked around to discover much of the audience shedding tears of emotion and joy'. Gas Magazine.

Venue: The Hills Centre For The Performing Arts

Carrington Road, Castle Hill

Date & Time: Thursday 17 April, 2008 at 8pm

Prices: Full $39, Conc $35, Seniors $33, Child $22
Groups 10+ (incl 1 comp) $33

Bookings:  Box office (02) 9899 3433 or online: www.hillscentre.com.au

All Media Enquiries: Merran Doyle Publicity (02) 9905 4644 / mobile: 0419 999 607 or email: merran@merrandoyle.com.au (News, Source: Elvis Australia)


"Elvis Presley" CD: This is the cover art and tracklisting of the Not Now Record label budget release simply entitled "Elvis Presley". Tracklisting:

Rip It Up
Love Me
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold
Long Tall Sally
First In Line
Paralyzed
So Glad You're Mine
Old Shep
Ready Teddy
Anyplace Is Paradise
How's The World Treating You
How Do You Thing I Feel
Hound Dog
Don't Be Cruel
Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
Too Much
Playing For Keeps
Love Me Tender
(News, Source: Play /Elvis News)

Elvis, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Dave Brubeck and the Grammy's: Does the name Elvis Presley ring a bell? With 1 billion records sold and more than 100 Top 40 hits to his credit, he went down in history as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Yet the three Grammy Awards he won over the course of his career were only for gospel recordings.

"It's the absolute jaw-dropper shockeroo of all time," says Tom O'Neil, author of "The Grammys" and columnist for theenvelope.latimes.com, an awards-show Web site.

"The ultimate hedonist's only Grammys were in religious categories!" O'Neil says. "It's a scream!"

Rapper Kanye West leads this year's contenders, with eight nominations. Embattled neo-soulstress Amy Winehouse has six nods, including one in each of the four top races -- record, album and song of the year, and best new artist. The hard-rocking Foo Fighters, pop singer Justin Timberlake and hip-hoppers Jay-Z, Timbaland and T-Pain each have five nominations.

We'll see if any more howlers ensue Sunday night during the 50th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Bestowed by the Recording Academy, the golden gramophone trophies are regarded as the music industry's top honor. Over the past half-century, however, the Grammys haven't always gotten it right. Bob Dylan, for example, didn't win a single one for any of his seminal 1960s recordings.

Chances are he wouldn't get any sympathy from the likes of the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin or Led Zeppelin, to name but a few of the major talents who mind-bogglingly never won a Grammy.

How did luminaries of this magnitude slip through the cracks?

"Because they were young and dangerous when the voters were old guys," O'Neil says. "Remember who votes on this. It's the music-industry establishment. They're always fighting off challenges to the established sound."

Academy makes 'progress': The Recording Academy (formerly known as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) was founded in 1957. It has 12,000 voting members -- including musicians, producers and recording engineers -- who cast Grammy ballots.

For years, some people dismissed the awards as "the Grannys" because they seemed hopelessly out of touch with the latest musical trends.

"We've made tremendous progress," says Neil Portnow, a former Jive Records executive who became president of the Recording Academy in 2002. "There may have been a time when as an organization, we were in development mode and in a transitional phase," Portnow says. "When the first Grammy Awards were given, it was an interesting time culturally, when you still had a great dominance of music from a previous generation. "Now, mainly because of our voting population and a more highly sophisticated vetting process, we generally do get it right."

All the same, there's still room for improvement. Hip-hop, the dominant form of popular music for decades, consistently comes up short for the top awards. Ditto country music -- at least until last year, when the Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood won big.

The Grammys cover 110 categories, ranging from best rap/sung collaboration to best jazz instrumental solo. And don't forget best spoken word album, in which this year's nominees include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

For all their shortcomings, the awards can pay big dividends for winners. After the Dixie Chicks won five Grammys last year, their "Taking the Long Way" album sold nearly 108,000 copies, a 700 percent increase over the previous week. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, a three-time Grammy winner, won record and song of the year for "Sunny Came Home" in 1998.

"I felt very proud and lucky," Colvin says. "It certainly gave my career a little boost."

Beachwood-based record company Telarc and its subsidiaries have won 54 Grammys for classical, jazz and world-music recordings. Awards in those fields are handed out during the pre-telecast ceremony. Elaine Martone, Telarc's executive vice president of production and senior recording producer, has three Grammys to her name. She was awarded the classical producer of the year prize in 2007.

"It was great," she says. "I got up and did a little dance in the aisle."

Artists welcome coveted statue: Winning a Grammy brings a certain amount of cachet, which can be good for business, Martone says.

The Grammys "get it right to the extent that things get recognized that deserve to get recognized," she says. "But there are some glaring exceptions."

Take Dave Brubeck, the Grammy-less jazz legend of "Take Five" fame. Still going strong at 87 years old, he released a solo album, "Indian Summer," last year on Telarc.

As the Grammys pass the half-century mark, the question remains: Do these gleaming gramophones reflect the best music out there, year in and year out?

"We certainly think so," Portnow says. "I suppose the question is: 'According to whom?' There are different ways to evaluate that question. "One could look at popularity. One could look at record sales. One could look at chart positions. That's not what we do.

"Our voting members are peers of the nominees. . . . In their estimation, these nominations are in fact the best music of the past year."

The Grammys "tell us who's in and who's out of the club," O'Neil says. "It's absurd to believe this is the best music of the year. But on the other hand, they make a valid point. "We don't expect the edgiest movies to win the Oscars or the grittiest TV shows to win the Emmys. But God help the Grammys if the coolest rap music doesn't win. That's an unfair standard."

The Grammys "can't speak for everybody," says Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas. He took home three Grammys in 2000 for his contributions to "Smooth," Santana's monster hit.

"Music is subjective," Thomas says. "One artist is somebody's favorite and somebody else's least favorite. "It's great to be nominated. It's great to win. Everybody should appreciate it. But after the Grammys, put it on your shelf and leave it there."c (News, Source: www.cleveland.com/EP Gold) EP Gold)   / www.epgold.com 


Book release in Spain: The 124 pages paperback "Guia Musical De Elvis Presley" by author John Robertson was released January 28, 2008 by Grupo Editorial Tomo in Spain. (News, Source: Amazon / Elvis News)

Man who inspired Elvis' Hound Dog dies: Freddie Bell, a forerunner in the 1950s rock 'n' roll era whose toe-tapping versions of "Hound Dog" and other songs inspired a young Elvis Presley to cover the song, has died. He was 76. He died late Sunday in a Las Vegas hospital of complications from cancer, said his publicist Norm Johnson.

Bell was performing at the Sands casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in the mid-1950s when Presley played Las Vegas for the first time accross the street at the New Frontier. Bell's upbeat covers, and perhaps his knee-wiggling dance moves, inspired Presley, Johnson said. He loved Freddie's version," Johnson said. "He added new words and a better beat."

Bell went to Las Vegas in 1953 from his hometown of Philadelphia and was considered one of the great lounge acts of the time, alongside the trio of Sam Butera, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Johnson said. He was good friends with some of the most popular performers of the era.

"They remained friends throughout Elvis' lifetime," Johnson said. "Freddie was very, very close to Frank Sinatra. That was one of his compadres. Whenever they were in any town performing, Frank would show up, or Freddie would go to see him." Bell also appeared in a number of films, including 1956's "Rock Around the Clock," starring Bill Haley. (News, Source: AP)


TCB Band back in Europe: In cooperation with ElvisMatters, the Dutch promoter Volendam Music has booked the TCB Band for a live show on March 29th. Lead singer for the Band (James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Glen Hardin) is Maarten Jansen. Rene Shuman has been asked to open the show, while Lee Towers will do a guest performance. Tickets are now for sale - just click the link below.

Saturday March 29: TCB Band Live with guests - Van Zantenhal, 1415 IJweg – Nieuw Vennep (NL)

Tickets: 29.50 euro

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"Elvis The Incomparable" 3CD set: These are the details of the of the 3 CD box "Elvis The Incomparable" featuring 76 live and studio tracks and several interviews. The CD is due for release March 10, 2008.
(News, Source: Play /Elvis News)
Tracklisting The Incomparable:

Disc 1
  1. Baby Let's Play House
  2. Tomorrow Night
  3. Blue Moon
  4. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone
  5. You're A Heartbreaker
  6. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
  7. I Love You Because
  8. Good Rockin' Tonight
  9. Just Because
  10. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
  11. Harbour Lights
  12. That's All Right Mama
  13. Mystery Train
  14. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
  15. Milk Cow Blues Boogie
  16. Trying To Get To You
  17. Maybelline (Live)
  18. Baby Let's Play House (Live)
  19. Money Honey (Live)
  20. That's All Right Mama (Live)
  21. Good Rockin' Tonight (Live)
  22. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Live)
  23. I Was The One (Live)
  24. Tweedle Dee (Live)
  25. I Got A Woman (Live)
  26. Long Tall Sally (Live)
  27. Interview - Mace Born Auto Florida (1955)
  28. Interview - Texarkana
  29. Interview At Louisiana Hayride

Disc 2

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Blue Suede Shoes
  3. Hound Dog
  4. I Got A Woman
  5. Money Honey
  6. Tutti Frutti
  7. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  8. Shake Rattle And Roll
  9. I Want You I Need You I Love You
  10. Don't Be Cruel
  11. Paralyzed
  12. Long Tall Sally
  13. Ready Teddy
  14. Rip It Up
  15. Blue Moon
  16. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
  17. I'm Counting On You
  18. My Baby Left Me
  19. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
  20. We're Gonna Move
  21. Poor Boy
  22. Love Me
  23. Any Place Is Paradise
  24. Love Me Tender

Disc 3

  1. Jailhouse Rock
  2. All Shook Up
  3. Party
  4. Teddy Bear
  5. Treat Me Nice
  6. Too Much
  7. Baby I Don't Care
  8. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do
  9. Don't Leave Me Now
  10. Hot Dog
  11. Mean Woman Blues
  12. Blueberry Hill
  13. I Want To Be Free
  14. How Do You Think I Feel?
  15. I Need You So
  16. Take My Hand Precious Lord
  17. Peace In The Valley
  18. Lonesome Cowboy
  19. How's The World Treating You?
  20. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
  21. True Love
  22. Young & Beautiful
  23. Loving You

 

Tuesday 12 February 2008

Original Elvis Presley Louisiana Hayride Tape for auction: For sale on eBay is the original 1/4" reel-to-reel tape recording of Elvis Presley singing "Tweedle Dee" on the Louisiana Hayride during a road show in Gladewater, Texas. The seller is Joey Kent who is the owner of the historic Louisiana Hayride Archives.
His father, David Kent, purchased the Louisiana Hayride name and assets from KWKH in 1975 and this Elvis tape was part of that collection. This tape represents the last remaining original reel he has of Elvis. It was recorded by Louisiana Hayride engineer Bob Sullivan on the evening of Saturday, April 30, 1955.
Elvis had some car trouble that evening and was very late getting to the show. In fact, you can hear Hayride announcer Horace Logan admonish him by saying "Well, sir, he got here a little late..." as he squeezes in Elvis for the last song of the evening. Logan asks Elvis if he's got a "two minute version of Tweedle-dee-dee" to which a dejected Elvis replies "Yes, sir, I guess so...".
The bidding starts at $2500 with no reserve. Although the song itself has been released on multiple Hayride CDs the seller reserves all rights to the contents. The tape comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Joey Kent and Hayride announcer Frank Page, along with a detailed Provenance. Auction ends Feb 16th. Go here to bid! (News, Source EBay)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


'Opening Night - January 1970' new Madison CD release: The CD "Opening Night - January 1970" will be the follow up to Madison's "Hot August Night". This January 26, 1970 opening show recording was overall of poor quality because of severe microphone overload. It ain't perfect but now for the first time you will be able to enjoy this great concert from beginning to end. It seems just the other day this same show was released on the 'Rock In Black' bootleg but a new source tape has been found and Madison promise the best release so far. (No cover design has been yet released).
From the Press release: This excellent new source has been greatly improved into a surprising fuller, dynamic and warmer sound. Elvis' vocal never sounded so good, and neither gives the impression this was produced from a worn out tape. Most previous releases of this show had the closing song cutting short (less than 20 seconds) and mentioned as "not completely recorded". The whole closing number was recorded and features on this new version.
This limited edition of Opening Show - January 1970 will come with a professionally designed 16-page booklet, liner notes, memorabilia and photographs from Elvis' second Las Vegas season. Don't miss out in March 2008 a remarkable concert and 'Closing Night - February 1970's perfect companion, 'Opening Night - January 1970'! Watch out for an unreleased 1973 soundboard recording from the same label!
Tracklist: 1- Opening - All Shook Up 2:22 / 2- That's All Right 2:51 / 3- Proud Mary 2:55 / 4- Don't Cry Daddy 3:00 / 5- Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel 2:24 / 6- Long Tall Sally 1:50 / 7- Let It Be Me 3:53 / 8- I Can't Stop Loving You 2:50 / 9- Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2:56 / 10- In The Ghetto 3:23 / 11- True Love Travels On A Gravel Road ( with false start ) 3:44 / 12- Sweet Caroline 4:02 / 13- Polk Salad Annie 5:27 / 14- Band introductions 2:16 / 15- Kentucky Rain 3:18 / 16- Suspicious Minds 6:27 / 17- Can't Help Falling In Love 2:02
(News, Source:FECC)

When I married Elvis: For nearly 50 years Charlotte Richards has embodied Las Vegas, the self-styled "wedding capital of the world". As a young woman she made a name for herself among the great and the good as a wedding organiser par excellence. And over the better part of the last three decades, she has owned and operated the Little White Wedding Chapel, the most famous business of its type in the world on a sprawling site at the unfashionable end of Las Vegas Boulevard. This is a business in which nothing sells like celebrity. Richards has married off more famous couples than a busload of archbishops. Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Jack and Vera Duckworth: they have all said their vows in her presence.
When "my dear, precious Elvis" married Priscilla at the Aladdin Hotel back in 1967, Richards was there to ensure there were no hitches. "I was his wedding co-ordinator," she recalls. "I got the judge, the flowers, his cake, everything. And I made sure that everything ran well. Many times my husband Merle and I had been with Elvis before he was married. This wasn't just somebody we arranged a wedding for. This was someone who was tender and warm. His music was an example of the tenderness of his heart."
Richards was also on hand again when Sinatra married Farrow. She recalls a phone call from the wife of comedian Red Skelton. "She said, There's something we've got to do.' We went over to the Sands Hotel, and we had to decorate it just so, because she said, It's Frankie's wedding and he's going to be married tomorrow'."
But isn't a wedding meant to be forever in the eyes of God? "Well, I'd like to be able to believe that," she says. "Unfortunately, I can't go home with them and say, No, don't do that!' Some people are not who they think they are when they get married. People think they're in love, but some are not.
"I've seen it all. I've heard it all. And I love it all. Except when they come back and say, It's me again'." Richards pulls a shocked face, as she falls into an imaginary conversation with a bride-to-be. "I say, Oh no - what happened?' Well, I chose the wrong one.' I say, Well if at first you don't succeed, try again'. But I pray that this time, it will be the time of your life." (News, Source;E.I.N/Sanja.M)

The Billboard chart listings for the week ending February 9:

Billboard Top 200: The Very Best Of Love: #191
Top Independent Albums: The Very Best Of Love: #24
Pop Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #27
Comprehensive Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #189
Country Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #4
Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii: #39

On the Australian Music DVD charts the '68 Comeback Special' re-enters at #40 the "Aloha Special" at #39.
(News, Source;elvischarts.com)

 

Saturday 9 February 2008
'The Request Box (Cancelled)' - Tracklist & Booklet preview: A special preview of the new 'Request Box Shows' double-CD '(Cancelled) The Request Box' - featuring the rare recording of Elvis' August 19th & 20th 1975 performances in Las Vegas, where although in poor health Elvis introduced the positive idea of a Request Box for audience song choices. The season was cancelled after only 5 performances. Although only available from audience recordings this upgrade is taken from the original tapes (this not yet another cheap copy!) using one of the best audio engineers around. The 2 CDs also feature more than has been previously released. The August 19th Dinner show is complete with over half of the Midnight show also included. The 20th Dinner show is also complete with a bonus segment from the Midnight performance. Both CDs run the full 80 minutes. From the sensational combination of the two labels Southern Comfort and Audionics, the release date is set for the end of this month. Go here for the full Tracklist and fascinating story.. (News, Source: The Flying Dutchman)

The spirit of Elvis is in the building! Well not quite but Lisa Marie's daughter, the gorgeous Riley Keough, made an appearance at the Anna Sui fashion show in NYC on Wednesday. Recognise the look around the eyes? Fans question why she's dating American pop rock musician Ryan Cabrera.

 

 

(News, Source;EIN/SanjaM)


Nervous Cher once turned down a date with Elvis: Cher once turned down a date with Elvis because she was too terrified about spending the night with The King. The pop superstar has revealed she almost became Elvis' girlfriend when the tragic rock 'n' roll icon made his feelings for her known - and she'll forever regret not jetting off to Las Vegas to romance him.
In a candid TV interview, aired in America on Thursday morning (07Feb08), Cher tells Good Morning America, "I was nervous to go to Las Vegas with him, for the weekend. I regretted it forever." And the diva admits Elvis wasn't the only megastar suitor she turned down: "I regretted it (not dating) with Marlon Brando too." (News, Source;EIN/SanjaM)
Friday 8 February 2008

"All Shook Up" opens in the UK: Award-winning Stage One Theatre Company celebrates its 40th production in true rock 'n' roll style when it presents the UK premiere of All Shook Up at the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford next week. Never afraid to try something different, Stage One has enjoyed considerable success since its inception in 1992, as one of the leading purveyors of musical theatre in east London.

Performed in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc, All Shook Up is a radical new musical comedy inspired by, and featuring the songs of, Elvis Presley. Combining all the hits with a rock 'n' roll story, All Shook Up tells the romantic tale of how a small town girl's dreams become reality when a mysterious stranger arrives and turns the town upside down with his hip-swivelin', lip-curlin' and sexy song singin'. He even helps the townsfolk discover the magic of romance and the power of rock 'n' roll changing their lives forever.

A show about tolerance and understanding, as well as fun, All Shook Up took Broadway by storm with a score of Elvis classics including Heartbreak Hotel, A Little Less Conversation, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes and It's Now Or Never. Stage One founder and director Jai Sepple, who also plays the lead role of Chad, says: "This is an exciting musical about romance, rebellion and rock 'n' roll, but also about breaking barriers and acceptance. "Elvis' music helped to break many barriers, and it was arguably the single greatest influence in the cultural revolution that was rock'n'roll.

"This is reflected in All Shook Up as the characters learn to look beyond the surface and accept one another. It's like an Elvis movie with more than just a dash of Grease, Footloose and The Wild One thrown in."

This show will be performed at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, from Wednesday- Saturday, February 13-16 at 7.45pm, with a 3pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets from 0208 553 4466, or click this link. (News, Source: EP Gold)


EPE buys Whitehaven Multifamily: Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. purchased 1032 Craft Road in Whitehaven for nearly $1.58 million from Michael E. Reed. EPE purchased the property as part of its $250 million redevelopment of the Graceland visitor center. The property at 1032 Craft Road is an apartment building on 5 acres. EPE purchased the property for its land value and will tear down the 88-unit apartment building that was built in 1963. The land sold for about $315,000 per acre.

EPE’s parent company, CKX, plans to own more than 105 acres that surround Graceland. It plans to build new hotels and improve the public spaces around Graceland. For instance, the existing 128-room Heartbreak Hotel will be raised and in its place will be a much larger convention hotel on the Graceland side of Elvis Presley Boulevard. Furthermore, the existing visitor center will be raised and replaced with one seven times the size of Graceland.

New website for the David Stanley film, Protecting The King:

Click here to visit the site

Read EIN's review of "Protecting The King"


Quote of the Week: “The coal mine is not a place for an Elvis impersonation”.  (from the book Red Helmet by Homer Hickam)


Jerry Scheff squashes rumours: It has been brought to the attention of Jerry Scheff that a number of Elvis Fan Club websites have posted on the internet that due to health problems, he will no longer be part of The TCB Band and will be replaced by Duke Bardwell.

As the Official TCB Band website we can confirm that this statement is totally untrue. Jerry has asked us to publish the following statement on his behalf:

“The rumours flying around at this present time are nothing but malicious gossip. I do not have any idea were any of this has originated from. I want everybody to know that there is know truth in any of it and I am not leaving The TCB Band nor being replaced. Best Wishes, Jerry Scheff.” (News, Source: Ann Sunderland, TCBfanclub.com)


"Super Hits" CD: This is the cover art for the Sony/BMG Special Markets release "Super Hits" featuring 10 "super hits" by Elvis. This CD is due for release February 12, 2008. Tracklisting:

1. No More
2. Little Sister
3. Doncha' Think It's Time
4. Don't Be Cruel
5. I Gotta Know
6. It's Now Or Never
7. Never Ending
8. Rags To Riches
9. We Can Make The Morning
10. Until It's Time For You To Go (News, Source: Amazon/Elvis News)

CD reissues: The 2 CD set "Elvis Presley - NBC TV Special / Aloha From Hawaii" will be re-issued as a slider pack by RCA on April 2, 2008. On that same day also Elvis' first two albums will be released as a 2CD slider pack.

The "Million Dollar Quartet" recordings featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins will be re-issued on a 2 CD set by the Code7 label on March 3, 2008 in the UK.

A CD entitled "Rockin' CD" will be released by the Sunset Strategic Marketing (SSM) label on February 5, 2008 in the US.

Tracklisting: Blue Suede Shoes / Dont Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Poor Boy / Tutti Frutti / Paralysed / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / My Baby Left Me / Mystery Train / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold / I Was The One / Shake Rattle And Roll / Thats Alright Mama / Money Honey / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / Love Me Tender / I Love You Because / Blue Moon

The FMM Rewind label will release a 2CD set entitled "Heartbreak Hotel" on February 15, 2008 in Germany.

The Black Label (Intergroove) will release a CD entitled "Original Sound" on February 29th in Germany.

(News, Source: Amazon.de/ Amazon.co.uk/ Elvis News)

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Set sail on the Elvis Cruise with Special Savings: The Elvis Cruise will embark August 28, 2008, from New Orleans and will include four nights and two afternoons of live onboard entertainment dedicated to different phases of Elvis's life and career. Elvis Insiders can save 10% off the Graceland Package and the VIP Packages on The Elvis Cruise. (News, Source: EPE)


The Jack to a King Forum: From Scott - I would just like to add a few words about our brand new Forum. Although there are many forum's such as this one, we have an edge to it that no other forum has.It was built and is run by Elvis family members and that is unique in its self.
 
It is a site where questions are welcomed on Elvis the family man, which other persons do not really have an insight to.  Many people have known Elvis,  but few knew the family side of him,  he rarely mixed the two,  as it didn't work for him to do so. We will welcome as members, all serious Elvis fans, whether that be, Eta's, ordinary folk or Joe Bloggs from next door. You want to talk Elvis then,  we're for you.
 
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Read Rockin' Robin Rosaaens's article/interview in the latest edition of Reader's Digest


Elvis' movie capabilities: Darren from elvisonline.org advises - Fellow member, Elvis Once said...

"I have a lot that I'd like to accomplish in time. I'd like to improve in a lot of ways. For one thing, the acting thing, but it'll take time. You can't overstep your bounds." WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF ELVIS' MOVIE CAPABILITIES...

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Chart Update: In Sweden the compilation DVD "The King Of Rock And Roll" remains steady at #1 on the Music DVD Top 20. In Australia both the Comeback Special & Aloha DVDs exited the ARIA Music DVD Top 40 this week. (News, Source: Elvis News/EIN)

 

Thursday 7 February 2008
Memphis Tornadoes, Kentucky Rain but Graceland Safe ©: Tornadoes that roared through parts of  Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky killed at least 45 people and injured nearly 100 more Tuesday night, authorities said.  In Memphis, a tornado swept through the southeastern section of the city, killing three people and injuring a dozen others, according to emergency management officials. Luckily Graceland was NOT damaged and none of  its employees were injured.
The storm prompted the early closures of polling places, damaged a university, a shopping mall, a retirement home and a hospital, and caused damage that may not be fully apparent until daybreak. It trapped people in damaged buildings and ignited a fire that sent flames shooting hundreds of feet into the night sky.
"Rescue crews are going to go all night long," said Matt DeCample, a spokesman for the Arkansas governor. "Until daylight comes, we're really not going to know the scope of things." The storm killed 13 people in four counties in Arkansas, according to the state's emergency management agency. The National Weather Service said the roof was ripped off a hangar at Memphis International Airport.
Storms also ripped through western Kentucky, killing at least three people at a mobile home park in Muhlenberg County, emergency management officials said. State emergency spokesman Buddy Rogers said a state of emergency has been declared in the county and Kentucky National Guard troops have been deployed. The same storm then moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and damaged a dormitory at Union University, where eight students were temporarily trapped at the dormitory but escaped serious injury, school officials said.
On May 5th 1975 Elvis played a benefit concert in Jackson helping raise over $100,000 for the victims of the January 1975 McComb, Mississippi tornado, which at the time left hundreds homeless.  © Headline Copyright EIN! (News, Source;EIN)

New Elvis License Plate officially unveiled: The new official Tennessee license plate featuring Elvis Presley, the King of Rock‘n’Roll, and the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center was unveiled in at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. The license plate was placed on Elvis's purple 1956 Cadillac Eldorado and a few lucky Elvis fans were present when the very first plate was shown to the public. This official "artist proof" plate, license number (EP)0000, is being donated to the Graceland Archives and will become a permanent part of their collection. An auction will take place at a later date of the highly collectible artist proof plate that contains the signatures of EPE and State of Tennessee officials in addition to those of Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley. 
A portion of the proceeds from all Elvis Presley License Plate sales in the state of Tennessee goes directly to support the wonderful lifesaving work done by The Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center and The MED Foundation.  The Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center is this region's only Level-1 trauma center and has served the trauma emergency needs of a 5-state, 150 mile radius from Memphis, TN for over 20 years. (News, Source;EPE) 

Missing Elvis painting valued at $15,000 is returned: A painting of Elvis soon will be back home in West Lakeland Township where it belongs.
A motorist who thought the expensive portrait of the rock star was being discarded drove off with it Jan. 30, but turned it in to authorities Tuesday after she saw a news report about the missing painting, said Detective Tim Harris of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The painting, valued at $15,000, features a depiction of Presley's face in the 1950s movie "King Creole."
Its owner, Jon Kittelsen, had placed it at the end of his driveway mounted on a sawhorse, thinking that would be a welcoming touch for guests arriving for a fundraiser he was hosting. A passing motorist spotted the painting and thought it was being thrown out. So she did what any Elvis fan would do. She saved it from the trash and gave it to her sister, who is a huge Elvis fan.  Harris said the sister, who lives in Oakdale, saw a news report asking for its return, so she contacted the sheriff's office and requested that it be "Returned to Sender." Authorities notified Kittelsen that the painting has been recovered. No charges will be filed, Harris said. (News, Source;Sanja Meegin)


'Vegas Variety: Vol 2' new import CD released: Rainbow Records have just released their new 'Vegas Variety, Vol. 2' CD. Taken from an audience recorded cassette, this double CD contains the complete and nearly 85 minutes long performance of Elvis’ December 11, 1976 Midnight Show in Las Vegas. While this 1976 season is often recognised as Elvis' poorest Vegas engagement, there were still some up-beat concerts and this is one of the better ones. For an audience recording the the sound quality is pretty good.

(News, Source;EMail)


Graceland Celebrates National Wear Red Day: On Friday, February 1, 2008, the American Heart Association celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Go Red For Women movement, a nationwide initiative that celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together and wipe out the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease, by wearing red.  In 1997, only seven percent of women believed that heart disease was the greatest threat to women’s health. Since the inception of Go Red For Women, that number has nearly tripled. Yet, in spite of our efforts, only one in five women (21 percent) believe that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. Local landmarks and buildings in Memphis supporting Wear Red Day include Graceland which will be illuminated red Jan. 31 – Feb. 14 as well as the fountains of CB Richard Ellis buildings at Corporate Plaza and Thousand Oaks Business. Nine Methodist Le Bonheur locations will also be participating. (News, Source;EPE)

 

Tuesday 5 February 2008

EPE acquisitions continue around Graceland: Elvis World's Bill E. Burk reports: EPE continues buying up every inch of land within sight of Graceland.  Last two purchases have been apartment complexes on the hill behind the shops, giving Graceland now over 100 acres in the area  -- bigger than the Memphis Zoo!  ALL of announced plans have "Elvis"connected things (hotel<s>, restaurants, shops, visitors center, parking) being re-located to the east side of EP Blvd., leaving a vast amount of acreage on the west side unannounced.  The name "Disney" keeps getting mentioned more and more and time passes. 

Until EPE gets its hands on the Boulevard Souvenirs property, don't expect a lot of work to get started on the east side ... but 2009 seems to be the target date for opening all these things.

Amazon UK taking prer-orders for Loving You/Best of Elvis: Loving You/Best of Elvis will be released on 11 February 2008.  You can pre-order yours for just £4.99 by following the link below.

Loving You/Best of Elvis Price: £4.99

Product Description: The twelve tracks on this CD are taken from the 1957 release Loving You, an album that was formed by the soundtrack of the film of the same name, together with a number of other previously released tracks. The remaining ten tracks are taken from the hastily assembed Best Of Elvis album, issued to capitalise on his growing popularity in the UK. Many of the tracks on this CD have become standard Elvis repertoire - All Shook Up, Hound Dog and (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear are as vital today as they were when originally released.


"Elvis Presley Words The Complete Lyrics Vol. 10" released: The 10th and last volume in the Words – The Complete Lyrics series has now been released. This volume contain the lyrics and stories behind each title between WHA and Y. The 10 volumes in the Words series feature more than 800 songs. All recorded or sung by Elvis Presley. Order from Elvis Unlimited


Currently on eBay:

  • Conspiracy book: Tupelo-Memphis Murders (1st edition)

 

  • Elvis Personality Profile based on his handwriting

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Sir Cliff and Elvis: We've run this story several times before and it is doing the rounds again: Singer SIR CLIFF RICHARD turned down the chance to be photographed with ELVIS PRESLEY - because he was too fat. The 67-year-old was a huge fan of the Suspicious Minds hitmaker and always dreamed of having his picture taken with his idol. But when Richard finally got the opportunity to be snapped with Presley in 1976, he refused as the star was looking "really heavy" at the time. Richard says, "I noticed that when he was making a film he would diet down and regain the animal magnetism. And I wanted a picture of Elvis looking good. So I said no and I waited." But, much to the singer's disappointment, a year later (77) Presley died of a heart attack and Richard has regretted his decision ever since. He adds, "I really kicked myself." (News, Source: Contact Music)


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Graceland booklet written by realtor: Did you know that Mrs. Virginia Grant, the relator (real estate agent) that sold Graceland to Elvis afterwards wrote a booklet of the transaction.

Here's the short version:
Mrs. Grant accidentally met with Gladys outside one of Memphis' major department stores, Lowenstein's East, Feb. 11th 1957. When she walked out of the store she noticed "the most gorgeous pink Cadillac I have ever seen".

After learning that it's Gladys sitting inside "this beautiful vehicle" she raps on the closed window to get her attention and they start to chat. Gladys learn that Mrs. Grant is in fact a relator, who remarks, "I heard that you folks would be interested in finding a good farm". Gladys said this was untrue but they actually would like to find a few acres with a big house somewhere out of town.

Grant then said that she had a nice seven-acre site. But as Gladys and Vernon (who was inside the store when Grant talked with Gladys) was leaving that very day for LA to visit with Elvis they would instead welcome any referrals when they got back home again.

Then on Saturday the week after Vernon calls her and he wants to see the house she had talked about. After the party (Grant, Vernon and Gladys) arrives at the site, Grant detects only a vague interest and writes in her booklet, "I had made the error of showing them property of a much lesser value than they expected to buy. Fortunately for me I discovered my mistake immediately...".

Gladys then asks her, "Don't you have anything to show us with a Colonial home?". Although the Graceland listing was with another relator, and the fact that Mrs. Grant had never even been in the house, that's what she suggested, "Oh yes, on Highway 51 South as you approach Whitehaven Plaza, there is the most beautiful Colonial mansion which a friend of mine has for sale - it's thirteen beautiful acres too". Gladys wanted to see the house that very day, and loved it, as did Vernon. By 6 pm. Mrs. Grant had their offer, contingent on the approval of Elvis, not later than 8 pm. the following Monday.

When Monday came Elvis showed up early, and slowly walked through Graceland for the first time and sat down with the piano. He got up and remarked, "This place sure needs a lot of work done on it". Mrs. Grant's heart sank.

Then he continued, "This is going to be a lot nicer than Red Skelton's house when I get it like I want it". Mrs. Grant's heart soared.

Elvis was ready to sign, and he wanted to close the deal as soon as possible. The story was also, as I understand it, well covered in Memphis Press-Scimitar with daily coverage of the house buying for almost a week.

Elvis told the reporter; "I want the darkest blue there is for my room, with a mirror that will cover one side of the room. I probably will have a black bedroom suit, trimmed in white leather, with a white rug". He also said he intended to have a hi-fi receiver in every room and that he wanted the entrance hall painted to resemble the sky with clouds on the ceiling and dozens of tiny lights for stars.

Gladys commented, "I think I'm going to like this new home", while Vernon complained, "We just had the old place fixed up like we wanted it, now we have to start all over again...". Elvis also remarked on the basement bathrooms were marked "Boys" and "Girls", and that he thought that the first thing the house needed was a swimming pool on the south side of the house with a large sunken patio leading up to the pool.

He also said that he wanted a six-foot stone fence across the front and up the sides of the property, (the wall also made it easy for Gladys to have her chickens again, and to hang out washing behind Graceland as it was not so easy for fans to grab the clothes with the fence). Elvis also noted the house had garage place for only four cars...

Elvis and his parents moved into Graceland in late April of 1957. (News, Source: Mr.T/www.epgold.com)
Officers all shook up as drugs raid uncovers rare Elvis pieces:

IT is an Aladdin's Cave of memorabilia fit for "the King".

Detectives carrying out a drugs raid on the flat of a suspected dealer in the city centre discovered thousands of pounds worth of rare Elvis souvenirs.

The collection, believed to be worth more than £4000, includes a valuable poster advertising an early Elvis gig in the United States. Officers seized several items, including a signed photograph and gold disc, after the resident was unable to give a plausible explanation for the treasure trove in their spare room.

No drugs were found. Detectives believe the memorabilia was stolen during a break-in at the home of an Elvis fan elsewhere in the Capital.

The bill poster advertises an Elvis show at the Mosque venue in the US city of Petersburg in February 1956, where the singer performed with a backing band called The Blue Mooners.

Because the name of the backing band was rarely used during the singer's early career, experts believe the poster could fetch up to £3000 at auction. The framed poster also includes a $100 cheque Elvis was apparently paid for the performance.

Another item was a gold-plated RCA gold disc from March 1956, which is listed as one of just 3700 ever produced. Experts believe it could fetch up to £600 if it was produced at the time of the recording early in Elvis' career. A framed photograph of Elvis in his US Army uniform shortly after being drafted, signed by the man himself, was also recovered and could be worth £300.

A gold disc for Don MacLean's 1970s hit American Pie signed by the singer was also found in the flat and may be worth up to £100. Danny Reddington, a dealer in rare records, with 40 years experience, said the value of the recovered haul could be significant.

The Birmingham-based expert said: "The bill poster could certainly be worth $5000 if it was genuine.

"An item like that would sell at Christie's or Bonham's, rather than on eBay. "It really depends on whether the certificates of authentication refer to originals produced at the time or later issues."

A police source said: "The flat resident was not able to explain how they came into owning these discs and photographs. They were discovered with Playstations and Nintendo Wiis in a bedroom.

"All of the items look genuine, including the Elvis signatures. The papers are all yellowed and look like they come from the period.

"We're looking for whoever might have had these possessions stolen to contact police. They are obviously potentially valuable but may have also had sentimental value. "We've had thefts from lofts recently where people have not discovered their property was missing."

A police spokesman said: "Anyone who recognises these distinctive items should come forward." (News, Source: Alan McEwan, Edinburgh Evening News)

Online Elvis slot machine release: Online casino software supplier, Wagerworks, is pleased to finally announce an online version of the popular Elvis Multi-Strike land-based slot, which is now available at VirginGames.com and GetMinted.com. The online version of the Elvis Multi-Strike slot game features music of the king as well as photos and the chance to win half a million dollars in just one spin. The game showcases three levels of reels, 60 paylines and the Rockin' Re-Spin, which gives players the chance to trigger a bonus.

Players can bet all 60 paylines which activates all three levels of reels. As players make their way up the activated levels with any payline wins, and increasing multipliers are added to their win on the second and third level, multiplied by two and four times! The game also has two amazing bonus rounds, Fan-O-Meter and Photo Memories Bonus. Fan-O-Meter combines some big rewards with Elvis concert clips and Photo Memories shows some wonderful memories of the king while players watch their winnings add up.

The new game also boasts a Gamble option that allows players to double or nothing red/black proposition that is playable after any regular game or bonus win. (News, Source: onlinecasino.org)

 

Monday 4 February 2008

EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' Weekly Update: Don't say we don't warn you! Recently as a "special" Christmas present, hundreds of Elvis clips were removed from YouTube by EPE & Warner! Sadly two of EIN's all-time favourite posters smithersjones and thepresleyclan were taken away. However EIN can help kick your blues away with fifteen brand new clips. This week we have added two fabulous 'Burning Love' compilations - a rocking' re-mastered 1972 'Johnny B Goode', an Elvis 1956 interview & a wonderful 'Is It So Strange' along with some fantastic 1956 photographs. We also have some sensational live on-stage 8mm film from 1971, 1972 and the oddity of 'Fever' from Closing Night 1973. And don't miss out on Elvis' 'Chicago 1977' performance. As EIN always says "Catch them now before the Internet police take them away!" ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source:EIN)

"Elvis" character to feature in new James Bond film: For those of you who have completely given up on trying to remain spoiler-free, there are now many details of a key car chase that will occur in the film along with the mention of a new "Elvis" character. The Italian press have been detailing that the usual high-speed car-chase will take place along the banks of Lake Garda, between the resort towns of Navene and Malcesine and that the cars are expected to top speeds of 125 mph. According to them "the pursuit will feature spectacular and reckless maneuvers in a series of tunnels, culminating with a scene where a truck brings the action to an abrupt halt and a huge explosion." Finally, of interest to Elvis fans, is that thanks to some advance toy marketing we know that there will be a character in this film known as 'Elvis.' There's no confirmation on who this character is supposed to be, but since he is prominent enough to be toy-worthy, expect yet another casting announcement soon. The film is the 22nd James Bond movie.

(News, Source:EIN/M16)


The Magic of Elvis 'still growing': EPE had its "biggest year ever" in 2007, according to EPE director of marketing Scott Williams. What made 2007 stand out, Williams said, was the successful brand partnerships like the partnership with Reese's for a Collector Edition Peanut Butter & Banana Creme version of its peanut butter cup. Other successful partnerships in 2007 included Harley-Davidson, Budweiser, Sports Illustrated, Tennessee Tourism and American Idol. Another standout partnership, according to Williams, was with NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. "The only fans I can think of who are bigger than Elvis fans are NASCAR fans," Williams said with a quick laugh.
The Ultimate ETA Contest, of which Tupelo hosted one of the preliminary rounds, contributed to the year's success as well. Tupelo, being the birthplace of Elvis, was selected again to host a preliminary round at the Tupelo Elvis Festival June 6-8. Williams said EPE used Tupelo last year as the model for a lot of the smaller towns that were hosting qualifying rounds. Business also was good at Graceland
and the surrounding properties in Memphis. Williams said about 600,000 people buy a ticket to tour the house each year, and another several thousand visit just to shop or do the free walk-up to the house.
And Williams said he only expects business in the Elvis world to get better.
"The magic of Elvis is still growing as more younger fans discover Elvis," he said. About one-third of visitors to Graceland are younger than 34 and 75 percent of Graceland tourists are visiting for the first time. "According to all of our research, it's growing and growing," he said. EPE's goal is to "preserve, protect and enhance the legacy of Elvis" - but EIN is not sure how Peanut Butter & Banana Creme bars or rubber ducks achieve that! EPE is a subsidiary of CKX Inc. a publicly traded company that also includes American Idol and Muhammad Ali. Go here to our EIN Spotlight on CKX and the sale of EPE. (News, Source;EIN/DailyJournal)

'Elvis In Concert' - Should it be Released Officially' EIN Spotlight Update - with your comments
Donnie Sumner, 'In The Shadow Of Kings' update: Donnie Sumner is wrapping up his book entitled "In The Shadow Of Kings". The publisher has asked him to create an addendum to the book. They would like questions from the Elvis fans and the J.D. fans. If you have something you want to ask about either just sent him an email at the following address donnie.sumner@comcast.net.
Donnie Sumner asks to keep your questions to the point because he is sure that the response will be overwhelming. Donnie Sumner saves a copy of all the questions and those that the publishers choose will be forwarded a complimentary copy of his book as soon as it is released.
"I look forward to hearing from you and Keep looking up .... There's a blessing coming down God bless you according to THE WORD. Your Friend Donnie" - (News, Source:EPGold)

Elvis' Childhood Church moving to Tupelo Presley Birthplace and Park: The Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation today announced the newest venue at the Birthplace and Park will be the church where Elvis learned the basic chords he needed to begin the trek that ultimately made him the "King of Rock and Roll." Foundation Executive Director Dick Guyton said the original structural of the First Assembly of God in East Tupelo, until recently used as a private residence, will be relocated today to the Birthplace grounds and completely restored as it was when Elvis and his family worshiped there.
"The church will be within 100 feet of the existing memorial chapel built by fans’ donations at the Birthplace," said Henry Dodge, Chairman of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation. "This will present the full life cycle of the gospel music of Elvis, from the roots learned as a boy in the historical original church to the Birthplace memorial chapel where the contemporary gospel music of Elvis is constantly played. This will be the only place in the world where fans can have that experience," Dodge added.
The structure, which had been located at 1358 Berry Street, will move to a site just south of the chapel. Access to the south parking lot behind the chapel will be relocated, and the church placed approximately 100 feet from the chapel entrance, Guyton said.
"The First Assembly of God Church in East Tupelo was at the center of the Presley family’s life and provided the social structure as well as entertainment on which the family thrived. Young Elvis regularly sang in church, as did many of the members, but according to his minister, Brother Frank Smith, Elvis was fascinated with music and the prospect of learning to play the guitar. Brother Frank taught Elvis how to make a D chord, an A chord and an E chord…all he needed to play "Ole Shep," Guyton said.
The Assembly of God Pentecostal church services of this time period will be described and featured in a multi-media presentation. The plain, humble structure will greatly contrast with the lively and intense nature of the sermons and the music. Small groups of visitors will be admitted to the church, the optimum number will be 10 to 15 people at a time. A docent will invite them inside. Once visitors take a seat in the center of the church, the docent will turn a key switch that activates the first projector. The entire presentation is about 10 minutes in length. During heavy traffic times the maximum time between tours will be 15 minutes. The project is being funded by the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation from ticket sales and gift shop purchases of fans, and by a $40,000 donation from the Carpenter Foundation. (News, Source;EPE)

Black Elvis serenades Hillary Clinton: Remember when the Clintons lived in the south where a lot of the Democrat voters are black? Hillary went back there this week to touch base with the folks and got a big nod from the King himself — Elvis! Or, to be more accurate, "Belvis," the black Elvis. Clinton was making nice with some people at a Little Rock diner when she was accosted by Dwayne Turner, aka Belvis, who serenaded her with the opening bars of "Blue Suede Shoes," much to the ex-First Lady of Arkansas’ delight. Belvis, who was a child during the Clinton governorship, explained why he’s got ’90s throwback fever:
I said, ‘how come the white kids get bused in my community, but we got to walk to go to school?’ And [Bill] said ‘Really?’ . . Three weeks later we had buses.
Oh, Bill! If only you’d been able to provide transportation for every future flamboyant local character back in the ’80s, your wife would have been president years ago. (News, Source;EIN/AP)

Obsessive Elvis Fan and Thief inspires UK TV Drama: A new UK TV drama is to tell the story of a real life Elvis fanatic. 'Caught In A Trap' due to be aired at the end of the year, was actually inspired by former North Kesteven District Council employee Julie Wall. She stole more than £500,000 to fund her obsession with The King buying 8,000 Elvis records, CDs, DVDs and signed mementoes - often for a lot more than their market value. Reality TV star Connie Fisher has been cast to play Wall.
Business manager Garry Goodge said: "I have never thought of the story as a script or film material but I suppose it is very quirky and a strange thing to happen. "It will highlight the fact that no-one uncovered it for such a long time and because of the Elvis thing there is a strong fan base out there - it will capture the imagination." An employee for 30 years, Wall stole the money from Sleaford parking meters. And her deviant sprees went unnoticed for nine years while she ferreted away an average of £4,850 a month. The title 'Caught In A Trap' aptly reflects Wall's eventual fate - a three-year prison sentence. But possibly more distressing was the sale of the precious loot to repay the council's loss. (News, Source:EIN)

The Day the Music Died - Feb 3rd 1959: Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were all killed in an air crash 49 years ago. Buddy Holly 22, Jiles P Richardson - known as The Big Bopper 28, and Ritchie Valens 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa at 0100 local time. The pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Reports from the scene suggested that the aircraft spun out of control during a light snowstorm. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were travelling to Moorhead, Minnesota, the next venue in their Winter Dance Party Tour.
Born Charles Hardin Holley - changed to Holly after a misspelling on a contract - he had several hit records, including a number one, in the US and UK with 'That'll be the Day' in 1957. A singer and guitarist, he was inspired by Elvis Presley after seeing him at an early concert in his home town of Lubbock, Texas. With Presley serving in the Army, some critics expected Holly to take over his crown.
Richard Valenzuela was the first Mexican American to break into mainstream music, after being discovered by record producer Bob Keane, who changed his name to Ritchie Valens. He had made three albums and achieved a number two chart position in the US with his composition Donna - about his girlfriend - in 1958. His rock 'n' roll re-working of the traditional Mexican song La Bamba - on the B-side of Donna - has also received acclaim.
The Big Bopper had been a record-breaking radio DJ - with a 122-hour marathon stint - and reached number six in the American charts with his record Chantilly Lace. (News, Source;EIN)

The Billboard chart listings for the week ending February 9, 2008.
Comprehensive Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #176
Pop Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #25
Country Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: #3
Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii: #40
Note: Unfortunately the "ELV1S #1 Hits Performances" has already fallen off the Music Video chart.
(News, Source;www.elvischarts.com)

 

Saturday 2 February 2008
Stephen Frears' movie 'The Importance of Being Elvis' put On Hold: Back in 2004 Oscar-Wining director Stephen Frears ('The Queen', 'Hi-Fidelity', 'Mrs Henderson Presents') talked of making a new comedy-drama 'The Importance of Being Elvis'. The reported premise of 'The Importance of Being Elvis' was about a man who assumes Elvis' identity while the singer was serving in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s. Elvis loses his golden singing voice after being shot in the throat. An impersonator named Brian is then tapped by Elvis' shady manager, Col. Tom Parker, and the U.S. government to take over for The King. Stephen Frears was to direct with the screenplay by Christopher Bradshaw & Roger Payne. Stephen Frears' representative told EIN this week that Frears is no longer involved with his Elvis project but will let EIN know if anything changes. (Celluloid News, Source;EIN)

Dwight Hemion, 'Elvis In Concert' director, dies: Dwight Hemion, who directed the 'Elvis in Concert' CBS TV special has died aged 81: TV producer-director Dwight Hemion, the record-holder for the most Emmy Award nominations (47), died at his home on Monday of renal failure. The recipient of 18 Emmys and five Directors Guild of America Awards, he was a pioneer in televised concerts and variety specials. For much of his career he worked closely with producer Gary Smith and worked with such stars as Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret and Frank Sinatra. 'Elvis In Concert' was filmed in June 1977, 6 weeks before Elvis' death and was the last professionally filmed footage of Elvis. EPE is still considering whether it should be released officially on DVD. Go here to see EIN's spotlight 'Elvis In Concert'- Should it be released officially?' - do you agree?

(News, Source;EIN)


'Elvis By The Presleys' Vietnam CD release: The 2005 CD 'Elvis By the Presleys' is being re-issued in Vietnam with a very cool new cover design and picture disc. Go here for EIN's original BMG CD review.

 

(News, Source:HT Long)


'Elvis Sings with The Girls' duets bootleg CD: From France on the 'At Last Records' import label is a four track CD titled 'Elvis Chante Avec Et Les Filles'. The CD comes in its own in plastic sleeve, the cover is just single sheet of paper. The CD does not appear to be a CD-R.

Tracklisting: 1. Don’t Cry Daddy – Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley, 2. In The Ghetto – Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley, 3. If I Can Dream – Elvis and Celine Dion 4. Love Me Tender – Elvis & Linda Rondstadt.

(News, Source;ElvisAustralia)


US Presidential candidate uses Elvis as a Theme Song: For years presidential campaigns have used theme songs to set the tone, underscore their candidate's message and frame a candidate's personality. In his second bid for the Republican Party's nomination, Sen. John McCain has played the Swedish disco group Abba's "Take a Chance on Me," Chuck Berry's "Johnny Be Good" and more recently, the theme song to the movie "Rocky."
At a time when voters routinely tell pollsters they want "change," Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign has blasted "Blue Sky" by Big Head Todd and the Monsters with the lyrics: "Yes, you can change the world, she stands and she won't back down."
Campaigning as a Washington outsider, former Gov. Mitt Romney plays the dance remix to Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" to emphasise his "take action" style.
The various candidates running for president this year may have different policy platforms, but their campaign playlists all have similarly upbeat, catchy popular tunes designed to energize their supporters. "What candidates are looking for in the pop songs they choose is nothing horribly offensive and something uplifting, something energetic, something that makes them seem youthful," said Brian Hiatt, associate editor of Rolling Stone magazine.
Interestingly Romney's theme song "A Little Less Conversation" contains far more explicit lyrics than perhaps the candidate who touts his "family values" would have liked: "A little less conversation, a little more action please/All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me/Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me." Music experts say it's a mistake to take the campaign songs too literally. "Looking too deeply into these songs can be misleading," Hiatt said. "It's often a very superficial thing that they're taking from the use of these songs."
Pop culture analysts say candidates usually rely on safe choices. "Personality-driven politics is going to push you into an inane pop music realm," Heidkamp said. But Hiatt noted that Presley's music used to be considered controversial, but has now become ubiquitous. "Maybe in 50 years people will be using Eminem's 'The Real Slim Shady' as their campaign song and no one will blink twice." (News, Source;EIN)

 

Friday 1 February 2008

Lisa Marie turns Forty today!

She was born at 5.01pm on February 1st 1968. It's hard to believe but Elvis' little girl turns forty today!    

Go here to EIN's Lisa Presley's World

 

 


'That's All Right' remix release postponed: The ‘That’s All Right’ Duet remix due for release this week has been postponed for around 3 weeks. This is due to a number of factors including, that we cannot get it fast enough to all the music download stores at the same time, meaning it would only be available in limited stores. Also a delay in the video shoot for the promotional campaign that starts in 3 weeks across radio stations in Europe.
The Mix will be available before the end of February and will also be an additional Radio Edit version different available to the version we already know. So in total there will be 3 mixes of the duet remix. More details to follow. Elvis Express Radio will be airing the new radio edit on it's next all Elvis show, in today's Friday show.

(News, Source;MRS)


Script About Bill, Monica, and Elvis Circulates Around Hollywood: While investors debate over Oliver Stone's film "Bush," a script about President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky has quietly circulated around Hollywood. Set to Elvis Presley music, "Bill and the Silk Box" is a comedy/drama about the popular President, whose Secret Service nickname was "Elvis."
"Nothing will be more entertaining than for the Clintons and the Bushes to compete at the box office," said Daniel R. Vovak, a screenwriter and owner of Greenwich Creations. "The challenge of writing the script was juggling the political motivations of the characters with the importance of giving the film broad appeal. The Clinton era needs to be put into proper perspective, with comedy as its medium."
Vovak said he's open regarding casting, contrasting with Stone's narrow approach of portraying Bush as Josh Brolin. He sees Bill Paxton, David Morse, or Tim Robbins in the role as Bill Clinton. Monica Lewinsky could be played by Amanda Bynes, Nia Vadralos, or Minnie Driver. Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady, does not have any speaking parts.
"Talking with the real-life characters gave me a well-rounded perspective of the former President," said Vovak. "I deduced that Bill is a lonely person in private, which is a consistent theme in Elvis' music, and a perfect hook for the script."
The plot of the film is from July 1995 through January 1998, while the White House was in turmoil over Paula Jones and a brief government shutdown. Meanwhile, Monica Lewinsky was secretly enticed by gifts from Bill. The script also depicts a scheming White House staff that sends Monica to permanent exile in the Pentagon until she licks her wounds and returns for a place in United States history.
According to Vovak, he has Japanese representation because of the complexity of Elvis music ownership and their overlapping business interests with EPE.  (News, Source;SanjaM)

Elvis second only to Jesus Christ :Mancrush the website that "Illuminates mankind's history for the entire world, and to invite all men to join with us in this noble and ambitious endeavor to classify and rank every man in history" has recently voted Elvis Presley as #2 most important male in "Every Man In History".
1. JESUS CHRIST The Christian Lord and Savior
Miracles: 12,875 and counting.
Omipresent.
2. ELVIS PRESLEY The King
Chance still alive: 24%.
Impersonators: 89,023,642.
3. BARACK OBAMA Freshman senator, Illinois
Contender for the presidency.
4. TEDDY ROOSEVELT 26th U.S. President
Cavalry regiment: Rough Riders.
For more information and to vote go to www.mancrush.com (News, Source;Various)

Elvis' Gretsch Guitar for Live Charity Auction: On February 8th Julien's Grammy Awards Charity Auction will offer various items of music memorabilia including Elvis' Gretsch guitar used by him during the 1969 Las Vegas Season. The estimate is $100,000 and will be, as the star lot, auctioned last as Lot #80.  Elvis' Gretsch were used both on stage and in the studio. Elvis was photographed extensively with this guitar on opening night at the Internaional in 1969. According to the auction catalogue, there are two models of this guitar with one still at Graceland. The Gretsch Country Gentleman Guitar was endorsed by Chet Atkins with Elvis, George Harrison and Duane Eddy among players. Accompnaied by a letter of authenticity from Jonathon Taurog, son of Norman Taurog. Norman Taurog was the director of nine Elvis Presley films and was personally given this guitar by Elvis in the 1970s. If anyone would like to buy it for EIN we would be more than happy! Go here for more details.

(News, Source;Ebay)


Priscilla rumoured for 'Dancing With The Stars': The TV rumour mill is alive with the possible news that Priscilla will be slipping into her blue suede shoes for the US TV show 'Dancing with the Stars'. The word is that Priscilla Presley has signed on, or is close to signing on, to compete in the next season of ABC’s hit dance competition show. The fact that Elvis' 'Viva Las Vegas' documentary was also on ABC makes the news more likely. Although there is no official announcement as yet, if Ms. Presley goes through with it, the 62-year-old grandmother and former wife of the late Elvis Presley will become the oldest woman to compete on the show. Jane Seymour competed last season at age 56.
The oldest man to do some waltzing is George Hamilton, who gave it a try at age 66 in season two. I’m told Hamilton’s former Dynasty costar Joan Collins was in talks for some time with Dancing producers, but a deal was never made. Collins is 74!
A rep for the show said she "can't confirm or deny casting rumors for the show." Priscilla's rep said Presley stated she is not "confirmed to do Dancing." The rep could not confirm nor deny that Presley has been in talks with producers.

(News, Source;e-online)


The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll rules again with WagerWorks: Colonel Parker would totally approve when the much anticipated Elvis Multi-Strike online slot machine game was launched by Wagerworks last week - and is proving very popular across the Internet. Based on an original favourite, the Elvis brand is one applauded for quality and success.
The online version features the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley in a feature-rich slot game that Wagerworks boasts is like playing three games at once, with the chance to multiply payline wins for king-sized awards. Also featured are two bonus rounds where the sounds, sights and songs of the undisputed rock ‘n’ roll legend take players back in time to a memorable Las Vegas of the seventies.
Loaded with features, music and pictures of Elvis Presley, together with memorable video footage of some of his most legendary performances, the new game is already proving to be a big hit with all levels of players.
One of the two unique WagerWorks game Bonus features is the Fan-O-Meter Bonus, which presents players with the chance to bet on the crowd’s rousing applause to an Elvis song of their choice. The player selects a concert displayed on one of five television screens, and during the song the crowd goes into celebratory frenzy at different points in the performance. The Fan-O-Meter at the side of the screen indicates the strength of the applause; the louder the applause, the higher the payout.
In the Photo Memories bonus feature, pressing the Spin button starts an arrow spinning on a record surrounded by a collection of Elvis photos. When the arrow stops on a photo, it adds an award to the player’s bonus total and is replaced with a Collect symbol. As the bonus game progresses, additional arrows are added up to a maximum of eight, and the values of the photos increase. However, as photos are collected, more Collect symbols are added to the record, and if an arrow points to a Collect symbol, the bonus is over. A spokesman for the late Colonel Parker said that The Colonel was turning in his grave for not having thought of this marketing idea first. (News, Source;EIN/S.Meegin)

Faith Hill debut of 'That's All Right' online: Faith Hill's new video of  her performance of Elvis’ classic 'That’s All Right' is now on-line. After originally recording both “That’s All Right” and “Peace In The Valley” for the “Viva Las Vegas” 2-hour ABC TV special honoring the late singer, CMT began airing “Peace In The Valley.” But after numerous inquiries “That’s All Right” has also been added to her website.
“We recorded “Mama” and “Peace In The Valley,” last year in a completely empty arena, in the round and stripped down, said Faith. “It was a blast. We channeled Elvis by setting the stage as if we were back in Elvis' 68 TV special. These songs and being a part of the special reminded me of who he was, what he stood for; he defined what it was and is to be an entertainer.” The “Viva Las Vegas” special, produced in cooperation with EPE originally aired on September 18, 2007. Click here to see the video and for more info go to www.faithhill.com. (News, Source;EPE)

 

 


Fires Destroy Fort Chaffee Barracks: Arson is suspected in fires fanned by winds exceeding 50 mph that spread through the old Fort Chaffee engulfing about 150 vacant barracks. Videos of the scene showed flames raging sideways rather than upward because of the wind. By late afternoon, the fire had charred about 100 acres. Sandy Sanders, the former executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, said the fires had missed Building 803, where Elvis Presley submitted to a buzzcut March 25, 1958. The barracks were closed a decade ago but some new businesses that had moved onto the property, now called Chaffee Crossing.

 

(News, Source;AP)


New 3-CD 'Love Elvis tin-box set' from Sony/BMG Canada: This is the new 3-CD 'Love Elvis Can Set'  featuring 30 tracks and a similar listing to the 2005 'Love Elvis' BMG CD. 'For The Good Times' is still noted as 'previously unreleased Alternate Take 3'. Go here for EIN's original review of 'Love Elvis'.

(News, Source: Barry Mclean)


TCB Band, Emmylou Harris feature on new Jim Lauderdale CD: Emmylou Harris and Patty Loveless are among the many musicians appearing on Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players' upcoming album, Honey Songs. The country project will be released Feb. 19 on Yep Roc. Other guests include guitarist James Burton, pianist Glen D. Hardin, bassist Gary Tallent (E Street Band), pedal and lap steel player Al Perkins (Flying Burrito Brothers) and drummer Ron Tutt. Buddy Miller and Kelly Hogan also provide backing vocals.

 

(News, Source;JB)


$2.5 Million - Crazy Ebay Elvis prices: While on the topic of auctions as above - spotted on Ebay an Elvis RCA 78rpm of 'Blue Moon' up for opening bid of $2.5 Million! Genuinely worth around $100 there is not even a description of its condition. If you have money to burn there are three days to go, no bids as yet! Look here for a laugh. . 

(News, Source;Ebay)


Elvis fanatic found hanged on King of Rock 'n' Roll's birthday: An Elvis fanatic was found hanged on what would have been the King of Rock 'n' Roll's birthday. Devoted Paul Barkham, 40 - known as Elvis - was found dead at home. The dad-of-two did tribute acts wearing a quiff and jumpsuit like his idol. Paul, of Brighouse, West Yorks, also auditioned for The X Factor last year. Mum Catherine, 69, said: "He sounded like Elvis, looked like him, he lived and breathed the man." The King's hits were played at the funeral, where the coffin had a 3ft floral guitar tribute and flowers spelling Elvis.

(News, Source;SanjaMeegin)  


More classic Import CD upgrades: In cooperation with the Southern Comfort/Baxter/Bilko and 2001 import labels the Audionics label will re-issue several old bootleg classics. The 'Cancelled - Request Box' 2CD set will be released March 2008 after which Elvis' March 22, 1975 concert, 'A Hot Winter Night', 'Goodbye Memphis 76' and 'April Fool's Day' (audience recording), the complete "Opening Night 72" and others will also follow. All releases will be remastered from the original tapes, some of which obtained from The Colonel himself. The Audionics team will take care of the audio restoration and remastering while the Baxter/Bilko/2001 team will do the design of the booklets. As previously noted on EIN, these upgrades are taken from the original tapes (this not yet another cheap copy!) using one of the best audio engineers around. Go here for full info on 'Cancelled - The Request Box'. (News, Source;Fort Baxter)

 


 

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