"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)





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The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:

(updated 14 Jan)

Sunday 16 January 2005
Elvis On Tour – The Rehearsals: Released by FTD at the end of last year and they sure saved the best for last. The more one listens to this CD the more faultless it sounds. EIN's Piers Beagley provides an in-depth analysis of the "essential FTD release of 2004". (FTD Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis grabs 1000th #1 single in UK: It's official! One Night has replaced Jailhouse Rock at the top of the UK singles chart giving The King the distinction of being responsible for the 1000th #1 single in England and personally giving him his 20th #1 single release to top the chart. Jailhouse Rock was expected to drop four or five places but actually fell to #10. (News, Source: BBC)

Tour dates/venues - James Burton and Glen D. Hardin with Greg Page: These are the dates and venues so far arranged for the Taking Care of Country tour in Australia. More details as we have them. (News, Source: Greg Page)

'Ticketmaster' - Robert Sillerman: People interested in the sale of EPE should find this detailed article about Robert Sillerman particularly interesting. It details many of his business successes and gives several insights into the psychology of his character. (Sale of Estate/Spotlight Article, Source: NewYorkMetro.com)

Elvis Gospel Service in Netherlands: There will be a service in Monnickendam, Netherlands on Sunday January 23rd 2005 at 7 pm in the Opstandingskerk. This service will be lead by Rev. Fred Omvlee, chaplain in the Netherlands Royal Navy and Elvis-fan. Where could I go but to the Lord, Working on the building, I've got Confidence, If I can Dream, If the Lord wasn't walking by my side and many others gospels will be sung by Elvis and accompanied by the choir Couleur Locale under direction of Anton Poot. Well-known Rock 'n' Roll-singer Sue Moreno will perform some of the gospels as well. The entrance is free, as well as coffee and tea afterwards. Let us inspire you in this warmblooded service! Place: Opstandingskerk, Graaf Willemlaan 1-3, Monnickendam. Time: doors open 6.30 pm, start 7 pm. Info: Rev. Fred Omvlee, Netherlands Tel (0)299-653570 cell phone (0)6- 53 44 18 95 E-mail: fromvlee@wishmail.nl Website: www.kerkpleinmonnickendam.nl (News, Source: Rev. Fred Omvlee)

Saturday 15 January 2005

British fans meet Elvis' first love: An audience with June Juanico is one of the last stops for these British fans' Southern tour of all things Elvis. "You kinda have to pinch yourself when you meet people associated with Elvis," says London resident Chris Lehane. (New, Source: clox.com)

Hills for Hope Concert: In aid of the Tsunami disaster, many of Australia's top rock & roll performers are staging a benefit concert on 29 January at The Hills Centre for Performing Arts in Castle Hill, NSW. On the bill is Australia's foremost Elvis tribute artist, Mick Gerace. Other acts include Frank Ifield, Glenn Shorrock (The Little River Band), The Cockroaches, Greg Page (The Wiggles), John Paul Young and Hush. The concert will be compered by "Rock Brain of the Century", Glenn A. Baker. Tickets cost $35.00 and can be bought from the Box Office or by phoning 02-9899-3433. All proceeds to go to Red Cross and Care Australia. (News, Source: Mick Gerace)
The Elvis Album: Re-release of this book by Millie Ridge should please many fans. EIN takes a look inside what is an impressive and competively priced photobook. (Book Review, Source: EIN)
Britain's top Elvis impersonator named: Leigh Casling's blue suede shoes haven't touched the ground since he was named as the UK's top Elvis impersonator. (News, Source: Yahoo News)

Elvis in an alternate universe: ElvisEagle penned this interesting article about what Elvis might be doing at 70. (Spotlight Article, Source: ElvisEagle)

Trying To Get To Memphis: The Raised Rock label will release an unreleased audience recording from Elvis' dinner show concert from August 8, 1971 this February. The CD should come with an eight pages booklet containing many rare pictures of the concert.
Track listing: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - That´s All Right Mama - Proud Mary - You Don´t Have To say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - Polk Salad Annie - Intermission - Johnny B. Goode - It´s Impossible - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin´ On - Heartbreak Hotel - Teddy Bear / Don´t Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Memphis Tennessee - Trying To Get To You - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - I´m Leaving - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Impossible Dream - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Can´t Help Falling In Love Bonus songs from 10.09.1971 - DS: Jailhouse Rock - It´s Over - You´ve Lost The Loving Feeling. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News.com)

Elvis set to claim 1000th UK Chart Topper: BMG's re-issue of One Night is odds on to become the 1000th #1 hit in England next Monday. (News, Source: BBC News)

If You Don't Come Back: The Raised Rock label will release a compilation album titled "If You Don't Come Back". This CD contains remixed / remastered studio recordings. The CD will be released this February. The first 500 copies come with a promotionposter.
Track listing: If You Don't Come Back (Diff. Mix) - Sweet Angeline (Diff. Mix) - Are You Sincere (Diff. Mix) - Three Corn Patches (Diff. Mix) - I've Got Feelin' In My Body (Diff. Mix) - Find Out What's Happening (Diff. Mix) - Girl Of Mine (Diff. Mix) - Raised On Rock (Diff. Mix) - Loving Arms (Diff. Mix) - It's Midnight (Diff. Mix) - I Miss You (Diff. Mix) - For Ol'Times Sake (Diff. Mix) - Just A Little Bit (Diff. Mix) I Can Help (Diff. Mix) - If You Talk In Your Sleep (Diff. Mix) - I've Got A Thing About You Baby (Diff. Mix.) (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News.com)

New Elvis documentary: Tupelo historian Roy Turner is currently putting together a TV documentary on Elvis' show there in 1956. Roy was the guest speaker at the Elvis World luncheon in Memphis last week. He showed some 17 minutes of clips from raw footage of the documentary, which may be available in August. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

Friday 14 January 2005
James Burton & Glen D. Hardin to back the "Yellow" Wiggle in Australia: Greg Page (aka the Yellow Wiggle) is bringing James Burton and Glen D. Hardin of the TCB Band to Australia. The show will feature songs from their new CD, Taking Care of Country, plus the music of many of the artists that the two guest artists have performed with over the 40 years that their careers span.
Of course, there will be some Elvis songs thrown in for good measure, as these two musicians still play these songs as well as they did 30 years ago with the King. The tour is still being finalised, but at this stage will take in the North Coast of NSW, and finish with some big shows in suburban Sydney RSL clubs. It will commence on approximately the 17th March, and finish in Sydney between 30th March, and 3rd April. (News, Source: GregPage.com)

Elvis and Gospel Music: This article examines the influence of gospel music on the young Elvis Presley. (Spotlight/Article, Source: The Star Online)

Did Sinatra Contract Ruin Jones/Presley TV Duet?: Tom Jones claims he missed the chance to perform on TV with his pal Elvis Presley because of a contract The King had with Frank Sinatra. Jones asked Elvis to appear on his hit TV show many times, and Presley was keen to duet with the Welshman - but he'd signed a contract forbidding him to appear on any show before returning for a Sinatra special. The 63-year-old Sex Bomb singer explains, "Colonel Parker (Elvis' manager) wouldn't let him do it. Elvis wanted to do it, but apparently when he did the Frank Sinatra Show in 1960 he'd signed a contract saying that he wouldn't do guest spots on TV until he'd done another Sinatra show. "He didn't want to sing with Sinatra again. Well, that's what he told me anyway." (News, Source: Elvis World Japan/Elvis Collectors messageboard)

"Elvis Express" now at the at the station and ready to board: The Bradford Exchange is again promoting its illuminated three-piece Elvis train.
The attractive looking electric train set is authorised by EPE and features a diesel locomotive and two carriages, all of which light up. Each carriage is lavishly hand-crafted in dazzling Gold. The Elvis train also includes full color portraits of The King and comes with a free nickel silver 16-piece track set and power-pack. (News, Source: The Bradford Exchange)

Ernst talks Elvis with ICE magazine: RCA/BMG Heritage has January slated for reissues of Elvis Presley’s first three albums, Elvis, Elvis Presley and Loving You, which spent a combined total of nearly half a year at the top of Billboard’s album chart (25 weeks combined at #1). They won’t differ from their previous CD incarnations, which carried several bonus tracks each; but they will have newly mastered sound, using DSD technology, and a dramatically reduced price from $17.98 to $11.98. "Fifty-year-old albums at full price doesn’t work anymore," Presley reissue producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen told ICE. (News, Source: Elvis Collectors messageboard)

BMG to overhaul Elvis catalog: As part of the pr for the Love, Elvis CD in England, a flyer mentions that the release of the original three Elvis albums is the first stage of an entire overhaul of Elvis' original album catalog. (News, Source: BMG)

Thursday 13 January 2005
Elvis Has Left The Building: EIN takes a critical look at Kim Basinger's recent film which uses an intriguing basic premise but suffers from inconsistency in its comedic content, and ultimately is flawed, despite a pleasing finale and a very strong soundtrack. (DVD Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis’ 70th birthday- what if?: If Elvis had lived what would he be doing at 70? Perhaps he would be recording duet albums with other music superstars. EIN's Piers Beagley offers one view. (Spotlight Article, Source: EIN)

Graceland Too: Everyone knows that Elvis lived at Graceland. But where will you find -- as the homemade sign proclaims -- "Universes Galaxys Planets Worlds Ultimate #1 Elvis Fans"? Graceland Too, of course. Run by Paul McLeod and his 31 year-old son, Elvis, this is indeed one of the more unusual stories in the Elvis world. (Odd Spot, Source: cmt.com)

Did you see Elvis in 1955 in Asheville?: Ernst Jorgensen is looking for fans who witrnessed Elvis live on stage in Asheville in 1955. Ernst needs your help in his quest to document The King's rise to fame in 1955. And there are prizes for those who can help. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)

Elvis Recorded in New York: A new audience recording release has been announced. A double CD issue, "Elvis Recorded In New York", will feature audience recordings of Elvis performances in New York on June 9th and 10th 1972. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)

Lisa Presley to present award: Lisa Marie Presley and Usher have been added to the list of presenters for Sunday's (16 Jan) Golden Globe Awards. (News, Source: Contact Music)

David Stanley to appear on Larry King Live!: Elvis' youngest step-brother, David Stanley, will be appearing on Larry King Live on Friday, 14 January 2005 at 8:00 p.m. (central)/9:00 p.m. (eastern). The show was postponed earlier in the month due to the tsunami, so be sure to check your local programming or Larry's website in the event other news takes precedence. http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/ (News, Source: David E. Stanley)

Elvisly Yours plasces world's largest bet: On Wednesday 12 January 2005 Elvisly Yours will place the largest bet in history with William Hill, and win or lose all proceeds will be donated to the Asian Tsunami Appeal. To commemorate the 70th birthday of Elvis Presley, Elvisly Yours and the Canadian company Zamage Digital Art Imaging Inc have published four spectacular life-size artworks of the King as limited editions of 70 of each. William Hill have agreed to accept the no.1 " Spirit of Elvis " as a stake in a bet placed by Sid Shaw of Elvisly Yours that Elvis will have the 1,000th no.1 single in UK history. A bet 6 ft high is considered the largest in history. William Hill are offering Elvisly Yours EVENS for the bet. (News/Odd Spot, Source: Sid Shaw)

Kingsmill withdraws Elvis bread promotion: According to Sid Shaw, Kingsmill has withdrawn their promotion to make loaves of bread shaped like Elvis' head. Sid believes the UK media would have had a field day ridiculing Elvis had this promotion gone ahead. (News, Source: Sid Shaw)

Wednesday 12 January 2005 (we're back from holidays a day earlier than expected)
Elvis Speaks! - a word from Jonathan Rhys-Meyers: In an interview with The Times Online, Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers takes time out from trashing Oliver Stone and his part in Alexander – he calls Stone a "tempestuous boy" at one point – to briefly discuss his title role in the upcoming CBS miniseries, Elvis. "I can't ask Elvis how he did Elvis, I can only perceive how Elvis became Elvis. I'm trying to do my interpretation of how Elvis is. The more raw I can make it the better it'll be," Rhys-Meyers explained. "I'm playing Elvis – from Cork. Can you imagine? They're paying me a fortune. (Expletive), imagine if I turned them down," he mused. Elvis begins filming this week in New Orleans. It will air in May. (News, Source: ign.com)

Lisa Marie on Estate Sale - Presley says she didn’t “go nuts”: Lisa Marie Presley talked to Rolling Stone magazine about the sale of EPE to Robert Sillerman. In the interview Lisa reveals that she had been searching for years for the right buyer and importantly, under arrangements for the sale, she retains the power of veto. (News/Interview, Source: rollingstone.com)

Who's gonna be King of the charts?: THE KILLERS and MANIC STREET PREACHERS are battling it out with ELVIS for the 1,000th UK Number One hit in England. (News, Source: NME.com)

Tupelo officials concerned about future of Elvis fest after sale: Organizers of Tupelo, Mississippi's Elvis Presley festival says they're not certain about its future with a new company in charge of licensing agreements. The King of Rock 'n' Roll was born in Tupelo and the festival brings in thousands of visitors to the city each year. But Tupelo's deal to put Presley's likeness on posters, billboards, brochures, even coffee mugs, ends in September 2006. Lisa Marie Presley has sold 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises to Robert F.X. Sillerman, the founder of SFX Entertainment. The $100 million deal includes all trademark rights to Presley's name, likeness and image and puts new people in charge of deciding who can and who can't use them. (News/Sale of Estate, Source: Wate.com)

Chuck Berry to Headline Elvis Festival: Rock n' roller Chuck Berry, known for his hits "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven," will headline the 2005 Elvis Presley Festival on June 3-5 in Tupelo. Berry will perform Friday, June 3, and the headliner on Saturday, June 4, will be country singer Tracy Byrd. The festival will feature Mississippi native Steve Azar and Lee County native Paul Thorn. Travis LeDoyt, an Elvis tribute artist who has performed at numerous festivals, will be master of ceremonies. Gary Bailey, festival chairman, said fans should expect changes this year, including a carnival and a different stage configuration. "The festival is expanding this year," Bailey said. "We're kicking it up a notch." (News, Source: Yahoo News)

Elvis for sale on the Gold Coast: Elvis fans holidaying around Coolangatta on Australia's Gold Coast can obtain their own life-size Elvis statue. Two statues are on sale at Cash Converters in Coolangatta. One has Elvis at the microphone, the other has The King with guitar in hand. The impressive looking statues are often seen in licensed clubs, and Cash Converters is asking around US$1,400.00 for each one. (News, Source: EIN)

Japanese Elvii square off: Tokyo celebrated Elvis' 70th birthday by holding an impersonation contest. The official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Tokyo organized the event. Both men and women took to the stage, singing their favorite Elvis tunes. Office worker Tatsuro Nagatas won the competition. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Google News)

1 - 11 January 2005
Jailhouse Rock tops England chart on Elvis' 70th birthday: Late US rock legend Elvis Presley, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday last weekend, was back at the top of the British pop charts yet again with a re-release of his 1958 classic "Jailhouse Rock".
The single became the 999th number one in the 52-year history of the British pop charts, and the music icon is also hot favourite to take the all-important 1,000th top spot with another old favourite. His British record label, SonyBMG, are sequentially re-releasing each of Elvis's 18 previous number ones week-by-week to mark the 70th birthday celebrations -- in what could also be seen as a bid to break a record for consecutive number ones. The next release, "One Night", is also heavily tipped to top the charts, as well as a series of other singles. Elvis, who was born on January 8, 1935, died in 1977 but still remains one of the world's best-selling recording artists. "The King" last topped the British charts in 2002 with "A Little Less Conversation", a dance remix of a previously little-known song which shot to prominence after being used in a television advertisement. (News, Source: Yahoo News)

Jailhouse Rock sales figures are low: Here are the UK sales figures for last week's singles according to a post from the official Steve Brookstein's forum site. "Jailhouse Rock" sold 21,262 copies, making this the lowest weekly and 1st week sale for a #1 ever (another record for Elvis). "All Shook Up" sold 17,624 copies which would list this single at #2 if it had eligable for the chart. The number of sold singles for the #2 single by Steve Brookstein were not mentioned. Iron Maiden's #3 sold 14,279 copies. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com)

Elvis Odds On For 1000th Number One-bookies All Shook Up: After taking a number of large bets, bookies William Hill have slashed the odds on Elvis having the 1000th No.1 this weekend from Even money to a 1/8 near certainty. On Sunday Elvis racked up his 19th number 1 single and this weeks release of One Night looks almost certain to rack up his 20th No.1 on Sunday. There are a number of other contenders who are in with a sporting chance and Hills make Ciara, a 19 year old R & B act from the States, joint second favourite with the Scissor Sisters at 14/1. The outsiders include The Killers 20/1, Steve Brookstein 25/1 and the Roosters at 33/1 "Last week we were offering Even money that Elvis would have the 1000th number one but we had not factored in the fanatical nature of Elvis fans. Judging by the weight of money that we have seen for Elvis it looks like the Elvis juggernaut is definitely on the road. That said, we probably owe Elvis fans a payout as we have a taken a number of bets over the years on Elvis to be found alive which is currently 1000/1." said Hills spokesman Rupert Adams Wednesday. (News, Source: rgonline.com)

Fans celebrate Elvis' 70th birthday at Graceland: On Saturday in Memphis, Tenn., more than 500 Presley fans gathered on the front lawn of Graceland to celebrate the king of rock 'n' roll's 70th birthday. They sang "Happy Birthday" and cut a cake in honor of Presley, who was born January 8, 1935, and died at Graceland in 1977. His fans gather each year on the anniversaries of his birth and death. This year is special, though, for many because it would be Elvis' 70th birthday. Jerry Engelby of Jefferson City, Mo., said age doesn't mean much when you're talking about Elvis. "He's immortal. There's no age to him," she said. (News, Source: Yahoo News)

Elvis at 70: Would the pompadour be grey? Would arthritis have stilled the swivelling hips? Would the lip now curl above false teeth? If he were still alive, Elvis Presley would have turned 70 today. But old age and the unfortunate problem of being dead haven't slowed down the King as this article shows. (Spotlight Article, Source: Associated Press)

Cover art Elvis Aaron Presley: A Candle In The Wind: Bill E. Burk's new book will be titled "Elvis Aaron Presley - A Candle In The Wind". This new A4 size 100 pages coffee table book is primarily a photo book with rare pictures Bill has been saving up for several years now. But it will contain several stories too - stories about Elvis and girlfriends, Elvis and police, Elvis and black entertainers, Elvis and co-stars, Elvis and the Memphis Mafia ... and the centrepiece, the untold stories. The very first story in the book, which Bill archived in August 1987, is described by Bill as "the most unusual story of an Elvis concert you will ever read". Bill aims for a release of the book in late February or March 2005. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

Elvis sighting in Edgware Road: On Wednesday morning at 11am an Elvis look-alike (Elvis Shmelvis) will be placing a charity bet that Elvis will have the 1000th No.1 in aid of the Tsunami Appeal at William Hill's Edgware Road branch (260 Edgware Rd), in England. Hills will be accepting an Elvis artwork kindly donated by Sid Shaw of Elvisly Yours in lieu of payment and if Elvis is No.1 Hills will donate £1000 to the Tsunami Appeal. If unsuccessful Hills will auction off the life size work for the same charity. Elvis will be singing One For The Money. (News, Source: rgonline.com)

Russian Elvis "MP3" CDs released: EP Gold.com recently mentioned that four Elvis MP3 CDs had been released on the RMG label in Russia. Each release features numerous albums and tracks. Album 1 contains 18 albums and 213 tracks in MP3 format. (News, Source: EPGold.com)

Elvis' single sales in USA exceed 50 million: Elvis Presley's 1954 single "Good Rockin' Tonight" has been certified gold to push his total U.S. single sales past 50 million. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Presley's birth, Elvis Presley Enterprises will be presented a special RIAA sales award during a ceremony Saturday (Jan. 8) at the singer's Graceland mansion in Memphis. The latest certification, representing 500,000 in domestic sales, solidifies Presley's status as the artist possessing more certified singles than anyone in music history. In second place is Elton John, who has sold more than 21 million singles. Having sold more than 116 million albums in the U.S., Presley remains the best-selling solo artist in history. (News, Source: cmt.com)

Three new FTD releases announced: EPE has advised of three new FTD releases from FTD. They include a new soundboard and double disc releaes of the RCA albums, Elvis Is Back! and Today. (News, Source: EPE)

Rockin' Across Texas track listing: Release of FTD's next combination book & CD project, Rockin' Across Texas, has been delayed until 1 March. EPE has released details of the track listings for the two concerts accompanying the book. (News, Source: EPE)

Poland offers Elvis lottery: On 2 January 2005 there is a new Elvis Lotery in Poland. There are 5 different tickets which cost about half a Euro each. It's a standard scratch ticket lottery where you must collect the correct symbol. 1st place - guitar symbol - 500.000 PLN (polish zloty) - circa 125.000 Euro 2nd place - limo - 100.000 PLN - 25.000 Euro 3rd place - mike - 10.000 PLN - 2.500 Euro 4th place - record - 100 PLN - 25 Euro 5th place - radio - 5 PLN - 1.25 Euro 6th place - note - 2 PLN - 0.5 Euro (News, Source: Rockings/ ElvisNews.com)

Elvis lived with secret lover for three years: ELVIS PRESLEY's alleged secret girlfriend has shocked the late rocker's fans by describing the three years she spent at his Graceland home during their passionate love affair. SHERRY WILLIAMS claims she began her romance with Elvis after being introduced through a mutual friend on her 18th birthday in 1970. Williams ended their affair just months before Elvis divorced his wife, PRISCILLA PRESLEY, although she insists Priscilla was aware of her husband's infidelities, and tolerated them. The 52-year-old says, "The first time I came back was only a year and a half ago and it was very difficult for me. On that occasion, I had been back since Elvis' death and went to Graceland but the emotions of my entire time with him came flooding back. "The first time we met, he arranged for me to stay in a room at the hotel and told me that one of the guys would be in touch with me. I didn't know what that meant. I was 18 at the time and very naive girl. I had never had a boyfriend. (News, Source: contactmusic.com)

Elvis-The Concert in Mohegan: Elvis The Concert will play the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on April 16, 2005 as a "warm up" for the April/May 2005 tour of Europe. Visit the EPE site to go the tour schedule page for further information and ticket links. (News, Source: EPE)

Elvis comes to town: The Elvis Revival Festival in Parkes, NSW, Australia continues to grow and grow with the weekend's activities clearly the best in its 13 year history. Capacity crowds attended most events during the three days of the festival - and the street parade on Saturday morning was undoubtedly witnessed by the biggest number of spectators in the event's history. And the good point to emerge is that everyone says they will be returning next year! The festival was launched in fantastic fashion with more than 300 people greeting passengers on the Elvis Train which came up from Sydney on Friday afternoon. Then followed the street parade on Saturday morning which attracted huge crowds all along Clarinda Street from the Star Hotel to Cooke Park. The atmosphere at Cooke Park was tremendous, with everyone obviously enjoying the picturesque surrounds and ideal weather. The various venues hosting entertainment also reported capacity crowds, but the highlight was the Uniting Church gospel service in the Big W carpark, with more than 650 people in attendance. (News, Source: Parkes Champion-Post)

Cover art for new Larry Geller book: Here is the cover art of Larry Geller's new book "Healthy Life, Great Looks, Healthy Hair!". The book contains a lot of anecdotes and some rare pictures of Elvis. Beside all this will the book also feature information about how to stay healthy and keep your hair in good shape. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com)

Band's Version Of One-time Presley Tune Hits Sour Note: As if the incoming Legislature didn't have enough problems, a high school band's rendition of a tune that was an Elvis Presley hit decades ago drew a complaint from a newly elected member of the Senate. (News, Source: Associated Press)

Monday 3 January 2005

EIN team taking a short break:

We're taking some holidays. From 4 January to 12 January 2005 there will be no updates to the site. Daily updates will resume on Thursday 13 January

Win a copy of Elvis Handbook: While we're relaxing, courtesy of Bookwise International, all fans have the chance to win one of four copies of Elvis Handbook by Tara McAdams. To enter simply click here and tell us how old Elvis would have been on 8 January 2005. Entries close on Thursday 13 January. (Competition, Source: EIN)
Fans can now have their own Elvis website: The latest feature from Jordan Ritchie in Memphis is on-line. If you want to host your Elvis web-site for free, visit ElviCities.com. You get a large amount (50mb) of free web space to host your content, more features to be added soon once the site gets more developed. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com)
BMG Elvis promotion: Elvis' 70th anniversary will be used to promote several new and re-releases. BMG hopes these products will appeal to both the core fan base and the casual Elvis fan. All releases are promoted as remastered releases in optimum sound quality and new mid-prices. The re-release of his first three albums "Elvis Presley", Elvis" and "Loving You" are also promoted with bonus tracks (the same as on the previous re-releases) and restoring of the original LP running order. The CD "Love, Elvis" will be promoted around valentines day with e-mail blasts, on-line banner campaigns, radio promotion, and give-a-ways. (News, Source: For CD Collectors Only messageboard)

Parkes Elvis Festival: The annual Elvis festival in Parkes, NSW kicks off in a few days. (News, Source: EIN)

Sunday 2 January 2005

Just imagine - Elvis at 70: White suede shoes. Heartbreak hospital. A little more conversation, a little less action. OK, enough funny. It didn't happen. Elvis Presley died unexpectedly in 1977 at age 42. So he isn't turning 70 next Saturday the way he should have. But he remains forever young (relatively) and hot (in his younger years anyhow) on film. Examples? Here comes a birthday onslaught next weekend. (News, Source: Newsday.com)

Elvis sells out...again!: According to The Washington Post, the sale of EPE isn't the first time The King has sold out! (Spotlight Article/Sale of Estate, Source: The Washington Post)

Elvis Presley Day: An Irish fan club is proposing an Elvis Presley Day for 8 January 2005. (News, Source: Google)

Concert in London to honor Elvis' 70th birthday: It's being billed as the biggest 70th birthday party for the King north of Memphis -- and Roy LeBlanc is ready to pay royal tribute. (News, Source: The London Free Press)

Petition to stop "Elvis" bread: Sid Shaw's Elvisly Yours club believes Kingsmill's Elvis bread fashioned in the shape of Elvis' head is an insult to The King and has started a petition to stop it. (News, Source: Elvisly Yours)

Swiss Elvis Team Quits: Sad news to hear that the Swiss Elvis Presley fan club The Swiss Elvis Team is ceasing to operate. The reason is that it has become too big for the current fan club president to run without additional support from other members. The fan club site including the message board, will remain on-line for a while. (News, Source: Swiss Elvis Team/ElvisNews.com)

Saturday 1 January 2005

EIN wishes all its readers a very happy Elvis-filled New Year!

Journalist slams Elvis and his fans: According to Tim Luckhurst of The Times, Elvis fans have little musical taste and "Elvis contributed less than nothing" to rock & roll. This article is certain to get fans blood boiling. (Spotlight Article, The Times/Christine Bamford)

RIAA presentation to EPE: This year's traditonal "birthday" ceremony at Graceland will feature a special program hosted by Graceland/EPE officials, including a birthday cake cutting, a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials, and a special Elvis record sales award presentation from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and SonyBMG/RCA Records. (News, Source; Elvis 2nd To None/ElvisNews.com)

Swedish CD release dates: The three newly remastered albums Elvis Presley, Elvis and Loving You will be released in Sweden on 3 January 2005. The upcoming Love, Elvis CD will be released just before Valentines Day, 14 February 2005, and according to BMG Sweden probably with two different covers. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited Sweden)

Elvis six times in Golden Top 200: Popular Belgian station Radio 2 broadcast their Golden 200 on December 26th, as voted by the listeners. Elvis made it (only) six times into the chart with the following titles (position): "Love Me Tender" (161) - "Always On My Mind" (148) - "Jailhouse Rock" (136) - "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (81) - "It's Now Or Never" (55) - "Suspicious Minds" (43) Top position was claimed by Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Elvis On BBC: Next week BBC2 will broadcast part 1 of a documentary about our man, because of his 70th birthday. It will be hosted by Paul Gambaccini. The second part will be hosted by Paul Sexton. Also, yesterday the BBC screened a special, starting at 4 p.m. local time. It was to promote the upcoming single(s) box. Viewers could win a complete box. (News, Source: ElvisNews.com)

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Elvis Odd Spot (updated 13 Jan 2005)