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Saturday 30 January 2021

'His Hand In Mine Sessions' New FTD deluxe set: The first FTD announcement for 2021, another deluxe set in the on-going "complete" sessions series the 'His Hand In Mine Sessions'.
This 8” deluxe 3-CD package features a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, recording data, memorabilia and rare photos.

EIN Note: Many collectors will be wondering what new takes are included that were not on the excellent and near complete FTD 'Classic Album' from 2006.
We can only find two or three officially unreleased outtakes in the tracklist, 'In My Father's House' (w/p Take 1) & Take 8 plus possibly 'Surrender' incomplete Take 4 where the ending was spliced to complete the master.

For full tracklist and details go here to "Elvis FTD/ SONY News 2021'.

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Luhrmann’s ELVIS movie now for 2022 release: Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic, now currently in production in Australia, has moved its official release date from November 5, 2021 to June 3, 2022.
The movie will explore the life and music of Elvis ( Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.
The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
Olivia DeJonge, Gary Clark, Jr., Yola, Shonka Dukureh, Shannon Sanders, Lenesha Randolph, Jordan Holland, Kelvin Harrison Jr. , Alton Mason also star. Australia's David Wenham will play TV director Steve Binder. The biopic also stars Natasha Bassett as Dixie Locke, Xavier Samuel as Scotty Moore, Leon Ford as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds as Billy Smith, Josh McConville as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn as Bill Black.
On the cast, Luhrmann said: “Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich personalities, and we are very fortunate to pull together a tremendous ensemble to tell this story. It’s exciting to unite some of Australia’s finest actors, from longtime collaborators from Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham and Kate Mulvany, to exciting new faces such as Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more. ”
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 29 January 2021
‘Elvis Day By Day 2020 – The Year In Review’ OUT NOW: The new book by Kees Mouwen, from Poplar Tunes Publishing and Memphis Mansion, is OUT NOW.
Clearly showing that Elvis Presley still matters today, it features all the 2020 news plus over 50 in-depth reviews, articles and interviews, covering both the important as well as more odd-ball releases of the year, in one complete and fully illustrated reference-book.
The book was compiled and written by Kees Mouwen with additional contributions by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley - from the Elvis Information Network - and other fans from around the world, and a preface by renowned Elvis Presley author Alanna Nash.
The full color book measures 20 x 25 cm / 8 x 10 inch and contains 300+ pages with more than 550 illustrations.
EIN has seen a sneak-preview and Kees Mouwen has done a fabulous job, creating a beautiful, stylish and colourful look to the book with even more impact than last year's edition.
It features a pile of unique reviews - some very interesting vinyl reviews - as well as a fascinating comparison between the two TTWII deluxe releases from Erik Lorentzen and FTD.
There is also a delightful foreword by Alanna Nash
It includes the good, the bad, the funny and the sad and news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one complete book to revisit 2020 as it happened.
For more information or to order the book, only €30.00, visit: Elvis Day-By-Day or Memphis Mansion
See more preview pages here. - - - - (News, Source;KM/ElvisInfoNet)

Jimmie Rodgers dies [composer of 'It's Over']: James (Jimmie) Rodgers composer of  Number 1 'Honeycomb', 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' and 'It’s Over' which Elvis featured in his stunning Aloha TV performance died on January 18, aged 87.
EIN contributor Jeremy Roberts writes,
... The death of Jimmie Rodgers at age 87 from kidney disease and COVID-19 complications on Jan. 18, 2021, prompted a deep dive into his discography. Between 1957 and 1967, the Camas, Washington-raised artist accumulated 14 Top 40 Billboard singles such as “Honeycomb” [No. 1], “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” [No. 7], “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again” [No. 7], “Secretly” [No. 3], “Are You Really Mine?” [No. 10], and “Bimbombey” [No. 11]. Rodgers’ composition “It’s Over” [No. 37 POP, Glen Campbell and drummer Hal Blaine were on the session] was given an orchestral makeover by Elvis Presley during his innovative Aloha from Hawaii satellite broadcast.
A songwriter and acoustic guitarist since his Korean stint in the Air Force, Rodgers’ career trajectory found him exploring pop, folk, country and western and even gospel. Rodgers pioneered folk rock and had an unusual guitar style where he strummed hard right hand rhythm barre chords with his thumb. A lap steel guitar belonged to his parents, and Rodgers learned by tuning to an open E chord. Richie Havens was a similar picker, albeit on a more accomplished scale. Dolly Parton studied Rodgers’ technique as
strumming with long acrylic nails would have been impossible in a regular tuning.
Towards the end of Rodgers’ four-year tenure with Morris Levy’s notorious Roulette Records, he waxed “Sloop John B” under its alternate title of “The Wreck of the John B”.
A diverse array of singers- e.g. the Weavers, Johnny Cash, soul stirring balladeer Jerry Butler, Barry McGuire, Dick Dale and His Del-Tones, The Ventures, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed — have tackled the traditional folk standard recounting a sailor’s homesickness going back to the dawn of Truman’s second presidential administration.
Founding Beach Boy Al Jardine acknowledges the Kingston Trio’s 1958 recording, found on their debut self-titled album, as inspiring Brian Wilson’s landmark Pet Sounds production which enlisted the prolific Wrecking Crew for a lush, Spectorized “Wall of Sound” intertwined with multi-layered group harmonies. “John B” was a runaway smash in the hands of America’s Band, narrowly missing the top of the charts in late spring 1966 and becoming an oldies radio perennial.
Besides an unexpected Top Five hit in the UK with “English Country Garden” in 1962, Rodgers’ radio-friendly days grew sporadic.
In spite of a heart attack and earlier major altercation with the Police, the deeply religious Rodgers toured intermittently, singing and playing guitar live to deep cuts including the Buddy Holly-dedicated “500 Miles Away from Home.” Elvis fans heard him interviewed on Memphis mafia alum George Klein’s SiriusXM Elvis show. In 2016 Rodgers exhibited symptoms of dementia and was living in a care facility in California at the time of his passing.
To learn more about Jimmie Rodgers' complicated life including the $11 million lawsuit go here to Jeremy Roberts full article on Medium.com
(News, Source;JR/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley ─ The World's Most Photographed' New Book: More Previews: Coming soon, a new monster project by Erik Lorentzen. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.

€115 (US$140) incl shipping - Pre-order at Elvis Files website and see full size sample pages > www.theelvisfiles.com
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 27 January 2021

(Interview) academic and Elvis researcher Mathias Haeussler talks to EIN: In December 2020 Professor Mathias Haeussler’s book, Inventing Elvis: An American Icon in A Cold War World was published.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson sat down with Mathias for a fascinating face-to-face (via the wonders of Zoom technology) and thought-provoking interview.
In the first part of their discussion, some of the topics explored are why Mathias decided to write a book about Elvis’ role in the Cold War context; the official certificate he noticed on display at Graceland; Elvis, youth culture and propaganda in the 1950s; the impact of Elvis’ sexualised performing style; Elvis’ films and the Cold War; and Elvis and the issue of Race.

Read the fascinating interview here..

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

New "Letters of Colonel Tom Parker" Book: Another confirmation that music writer and Elvis author Peter Guralnick is working on a new book around the “letters” of Colonel Tom Parker. In an interview with Jim Patterson (for chapter16.org) Peter Guralnick said: I’ve started now on a project that initially I wanted to start 20 years ago, which was a collection of Colonel Parker’s letters, which I would select and annotate and introduce. That’s actually becoming a reality.
This will give us a completely different picture of Colonel Parker than most people have, because the letters are so eloquent, so witty, also so smart and so to-the-point that they’re just fascinating.
I learnt when I told both Sam Phillips and Col Parker the title of the first volume of my biography of Elvis, “Last Train to Memphis,” Sam got hugely indignant. “So what are you talking about? The last train? There’s going to be lots
more trains. This isn’t the last train. You know, the future is looking bright ahead.”
At the time Col Parker said to me, “What are you talking about? We took trains and buses... You know, money doesn’t grow on trees.” So I thought, okay, that’s it. No more revelations along those lines.
Photo above: Peter Guralnick with Col Parker and Sam Phillips
(News, Source:NashvilleScene.com/arts/EIN)

'Don't Be Cruel: The Story of Bill Black' New Book for 2020: News update that Danish super-fan Henrik Knudsen is working on a new book about Elvis' first 'Blue Moon Boys' bassist Bill Black. After quitting Elvis' band in 1957 he had a successful solo-career with The Bill Black Combo. The working title for this project is 'Don't Be Cruel - The Story of Bill Black'. Bill Black's brother, Johnny Black, is contributing to the project, which will be published by the Memphis Mansion label.
More news when we have it, a release date has not been decided.

Meanwhile it is worth checking out the excellent book 'The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band'


(News, Source;ElvisDayByDay/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Unlimited' new Magazine FlexiDisc: EIN remembers the old 'Elvis Unlimited' magazine from years ago.
Below we announced that "Memphis Mansion" has decided the time is right to launch a new magazine.
Coming soon the "new" Elvis Unlimited Magazine - Spectacular First Issue.
4 magazines yearly, in English, 60-pages.

"Exciting Elvis article written by people from all around the world"
A free Flexidisc included in the first issue. The Flexidisc will be a unique 'King Creole Movie Version'

Subscription costs €53.75 per year.

Go here to Memphis Mansion to pre-order

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)

Shrinking QAnon to Merge with Elvis Conspiracy Theory: A satire for our times from The New Yorker, Borowitz Report ...
.. QAnon, which has hemorrhaged supporters since Inauguration Day, has announced that it is merging with the conspiracy theory that claims Elvis Presley is still alive.
The announcement, made at a press conference in a parking lot across the street from Graceland, Presley’s longtime home, was seen as a bid to prevent QAnon from vanishing altogether.
The overture to the Elvis conspiracy theorists came after QAnon proposed a similar merger with the National Rifle Association, which declined, citing difficulties of its own.
At the press conference, Harland Dorrinson, a QAnon spokesman, was upbeat about the new joint venture, which will be known as QElvis.
“We are proud to be joining forces with the Elvis conspiracy
theory, which has been going strong ever since that fateful day in 1977 when Elvis didn’t die,” Dorrinson said.
Tracy Klugian, representing the Elvis theorists, denied that there had been friction between the two groups as they hammered out the merger, and dispelled rumors that the Elvis faction had attempted to downplay the QAnon faction’s obsession with cannibals.
“Absolutely untrue,” Klugian said. “Every member of QElvis is committed to one simple truth: that Elvis is still alive, and that his death was faked by George Soros and Hillary Clinton.”

(Odd Spot, Source:The NewYorker/EIN)

Sunday 24 January 2021

(Interview) Brandon Yip (author of Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada): Elvis only performed outside the USA on five occasions – all shows in Canada in 1957. Canadian born and bred writer and author, Brandon Yip, formed an obsession about Elvis’ Canadian concerts.
Dissatisfied with the information he had read about the shows, particularly Elvis’ final Canadian performance in Vancouver, Brandon went in search of more information, tracking down and interviewing people who were lucky enough to see Elvis “live” in Canada.

The result of his research is his new book, Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada. It includes first-hand accounts by fans and legendary Canadian radio DJ, Red Robinson.

Brandon recently took time out to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about his book and what he found.

Read the full interview here

(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Baz Luhrmann praises Austin Butler’s ability to embody ELVIS: Legendary performer Elvis Presley has never been given the proper biopic treatment and with such runaway successes as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman filling cinema seats and garnering Academy Awards, it is about time he did.
Australian Director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) stepped up to the challenge to do the King justice, but the biggest issue with telling Elvis’ story was always going to be casting the correct actor to play the versatile star.
Thankfully Luhrmann believes he found the perfect on-screen Elvis in former Disney star Austin Butler. He explained: “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right. We searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural
movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star [Elvis], but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.”
Touching upon the arrival of Butler, Luhrmann said: “I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway. Through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”
Despite being a relative newcomer to cinema, he was in Tarantino's Award winning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Butler has already gained quite the fan in Luhrmann.
The film - simply titled ELVIS - is due for release at the end of the year.
(News, Source:UKTabloids/EIN)

What was it like being an Elvis fan in the 50s?: Even after decades, Elvis Presley - known to many as the King of Rock & Roll, or simply "The King" - still has a profound impact on popular culture as we know it today. His ascent into superstardom in the 1950s was one that America had never seen of before, and one that was only made possible by his fervently devoted fans.
Amidst the norms of conservative etiquette and manners, Elvis fans threw away their inhibitions to scream and dance freely, mass buy records, and turn up the energy at sold-out shows in a way no one had ever seen before.
 Fans of Elvis were arguably one of the first iterations of what we see as typical youthful fandom behavior today. But as with anything new and unfamiliar, there was backlash and dark sides.
For every unforgettable concert, there was a ruthless review condemning Elvis and his fans for moral corruption and delinquency. And for every time a mob of fans crowded tore his clothes off, there was probably an unsuspecting fan who fell prey to Elvis' own advances.

Here's what it was really like to be an Elvis Presley fan in the 1950s.
 According to Andrew Solt in an interview for EPE, a post-World War II, 1950s America had a sleepy character. Without war looming over everyone's head, much of society had settled down calmly. But for some, calm also means boring. This seemed to be especially true for middle-class teenagers who had been too young during the war to appreciate the serenity of their lives in the 1950s. When Elvis burst onto the scene, American teens were the first to latch on to who they saw as a breath of fresh air, a symbol of the non-traditional.

As suggested by Solt, the rock & roll star represented their sense of "brewing rebellion."
 As it is with many artists, huge fame often comes with equally strong criticism. Fans of Elvis in the 1950s likely had to deal with those around them, especially older adults, vehemently disapproving of the controversial rock & roll star.
While his fans would scream and faint at the sight of his shaking hips, others were horrified at the vulgarity. According to Rolling Stone, churches and religious organizations condemned his moves as lewd and protested the corruption of the youth. Parents saw him and rock & roll as instigators of disobedience and "juvenile delinquency."

     Read the full article >>> : What It Was Really Like To Be A 1950s Elvis Presley Fan
(News, Source: grunge.com/ElvisInfoNet)

Future stars in the Elvis fan club: Being a fan of Elvis in the 1950s would have put you among some notable company. Countless musical legends have mentioned being a fan of Elvis, often citing him as one of the main reasons they got into music.
Cher, at the age of 11-years-old, went to an Elvis show as her very first concert, a fact that was presented at the "Icons: The Influence of Elvis Exhibit" (via Moody Blue). "Even at that age he made me realize the tremendous effect a performer could have on an audience," she has said.
Her mother used to take her to Elvis concerts, "It was so exciting and I remember that all the girls were standing up screaming on their chairs and I hadn't gotten to that point yet. I wasn't sure

what that whole thing was, but I said to my mom, 'Can we stand up on our chairs and scream?' My mom said, 'Sure let's do that'. I was screaming for him before I even knew why I was screaming for him."
She was in great company with other Elvis fans and future music sensations, such as The Quarrymen.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

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Wednesday 20 January 2021
Phil Spector Dead Aged 81: Phil Spector the massively influential music producer whose “Wall of Sound” productions revolutionized the way pop music was recorded in the sixties, died Saturday at the age of 81.
Spector’s life was tumultuous and ultimately tragic as his groundbreaking studio accomplishments were overshadowed by his 2009 conviction for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
At the height of his career he was hailed as the first person to see the potential of the recording studio as an instrument in itself. The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson described him as the most influential music producer he knew. (Right: In the studio with Darlene Love and Cher)
Phil Spector always recorded using LA's "Wrecking Crew" musicians who were in effect "The Beach Boys" on Brian Wilson's major recordings.
Similarly it was the "Wrecking Crew" who backed ELVIS on his NBC TV "68 Comeback Special" while many of the same musicians ie super-drummer Hal Blaine worked on countless Elvis sessions.
Phil Spector began recording on the West Coast in L.A.’s Gold Star Studios where soon produced four Top 10 hits in 1963: the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Then He Kissed Me”, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and greatest of all The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby”.
He had twenty Top 40 hits between 1961 and 1965. Co-Produced The Beatles “Let It Be” with his most stunning achievements The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” which sold over 2 million copies and became another Number One hit plus Ike and Tina Turner's “River Deep – Mountain High”.
John Lennon called him the greatest music producer of all time, (with him he produced the song “Imagine”) but Spector’s inspirational career came to an end in the late 1970s.
Phil Spector had a few ELVIS connections. Being a friend of composer "Doc Pomus" Spector produced some demos for Elvis including the Pot Luck track 'Night Rider'.
Darlene Love (of The Blossoms) was also a lead singer for Spector. She commented, "Both were important men in my musical life. Elvis looked like something that God just created, just for us - while the other proved himself to be a jackass."
Phil Spector was a huge fan of Elvis and noted in an interview, "Elvis is sensational. He can do anything with his voice. He
can sing anything you want him to, anyway you tell him. Elvis is the unquestionable King of Rock n' Roll".
In an interesting sidenote Phil Spector also introduced Elvis to his personal bodyguard Mike Stone who was similarly interested in martial arts. Soon after this Mike Stone would become Priscilla's Karate instructor and that particular affair would help lead to Elvis and Priscilla's divorce in 1973.
Phil Spector knew that his studio magnificence was tempered by the lows of his depression and what he described as the demons inside him. "I'm probably relatively insane" he told the UK Daily Telegraph in 2003 just before he murdered actress Lana Clarkson. "I'm my own worst enemy."
He needed serious help and therapy, he never got what he needed. After the 2009 murder trial he was sentenced to 19 years to life - Spector died in prison due to Covid19 complications.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Unlimited' new Magazine Launch: EIN remembers the old 'Elvis Unlimited' magazine from years ago.
It seems that "Memphis Mansion" has decided the time is right to launch a new magazine.
Coming soon the "new" Elvis Unlimited Magazine - Spectacular First Issue.
4 magazines yearly, in English, 60-pages.

"Exciting Elvis article written by people from all around the world"
A free Flexidisc included in the first issue.

Cost €53.75 per year.

Go here to Memphis Mansion to pre-order



(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Soundboard Series Vol. 2' Import VINYL/CD: The Petticoat label presents 'The Soundboard Series Vol. 2' LP + CD.
Petticoat Records mainly released studio highlights on high quality vinyl, now they present a fantastic collection of live performances.
This second volume features some of the best live performances in Elvis' career.
Many of these tracks were only performed live very few times and are making their vinyl debut!
A must have and a great spinner for sure!
Available in Gold or Clear vinyl.
Features live versions of Moody Blue (Feb 21, 1977), Just Pretend (Dec 13, 1975 MS), Reconsider Baby (Feb 21, 1977), Danny Boy (June 1, 1976), Spanish Eyes (May 23, 1974 MS) etc.

Go here to 'All ELVIS CD News 2021' for full tracklisting

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 17 January 2021

(Book Review) Inventing Elvis – An American Icon in a Cold War World (Mathias Haeussler): The latest academic examination of the Elvis Presley story explores his relationship in the context of a rising trans-national youth culture and Cold War politics. Assistant Professor Mathias Haeussler has written a powerful account of how Elvis’ role in each of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was an evolutionary one, reflecting the broader socio-cultural and political changes of each decade.
The subject matter is diverse, ranging from Elvis’ image as a threat to the morals of youth in the 1950s (in a sense mirroring the threat of communism), to the cultural imperialism reflected his 1960s movies (while American culture and political influence was spreading globally), and Elvis’ decline in the 1970s (at a time when America was reeling from its own excesses including the disastrous Vietnam War).

Read EIN Nigel Patterson's in-depth review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Graceland Virtual Live Tours: A new concept from EPE, for the first-time ever there will be a limited number of Graceland Virtual Live Tours!
The Graceland Virtual Live Tours will provide behind the scenes and never before seen highlights of the Mansion, the Lisa Marie jet and Elvis Presley’s Memphis exhibit and entertainment complex.
The two-hour guided tour will offer a behind the ropes look at the Mansion, a tour of the Lisa Marie jet and a walk through Elvis Presley’s Memphis exhibit and entertainment complex.
Hosted by VP of Graceland Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese, the Virtual Live Tours will provide guests a VIP experience with an in-depth look into Elvis’ life. The artifacts spotlighted and stories told will
vary from tour to tour making each experience unique, and viewers will have the opportunity to ask Angie questions throughout the event.
The Mansion aspect of the tour will begin at Graceland’s front door and conclude with a quiet moment in the Meditation Garden.
Guests will enjoy touring the same rooms inside Graceland Mansion, but will get a special perspective, as the camera goes behind the ropes offering rare insights with intriguing commentary.
The experience also includes a look onboard the Lisa Marie airplane, the Convair 880 jet, nicknamed the "Flying Graceland" by Elvis, featuring two half-baths, a lounge area, a conference room, sitting room and a master bedroom. Following that viewers will visit Elvis Presley’s Memphis and continue their tour through 200,000 square feet of Elvis-themed exhibits where Angie will highlight and discuss
many of the unique archives including Elvis’ spectacular outfits, awards, automobiles, motorcycles and more.
Graceland Virtual Live Tours are $100 and begin at 8am CST on the following dates:
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Thursday, March 25, 2021    
Tickets are on sale now. Click HERE to EPE for info and tickets.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Welcome Home Elvis! – Deluxe Box Set' VINYL: More new release VINYL from the Memphis Mansion label for those with cash to spare.
Memphis Mansion presents – "Welcome Home Elvis! – The Acetates"
The Frank Sinatra Timex Special with Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, jr., Joey Bishop, Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford
Recorded 26th of March, 1960. Shown on television for the first time on the 12th of may, 1960.
Deluxe Box Set: Includes: 2 x 12″ vinyl and 1 x 10″ vinyl, Booklet & Poster -  €121.25 (US$150)
For the first time ever, you will hear the show in a completely magical sound quality! Comes from a newly found acetate. We are going to guarantee that you have NEVER heard this show of this kind of way!!
If you want to give yourself a blast of a new Elvis experience, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this release!
It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Opening ensemble)
Frank’s Time Machine (Frank Sinatra and Joey Bishop)
Witchcraft (performed by Frank Sinatra)
Come On Bess (performed by Sammy Davis Jnr.)
Oriental Wedding Celebration (Leona Irwin and the Tommy Hansen Dancers), Gone With Wind (performed by Frank Sinatra)
Uh Oh-The Nutty Squirrels (The Tommy Hansen Dancers)
Sammy Recalls the Oscars (Sammy Davis Jnr.)
Shall We Dance (Sammy Davis Jnr. and Peter Lawford)
Fame and Fortune (Elvis Presley) - Stuck on You (Elvis Presley)
Love Me Tender/Witchcraft Duet (performed by Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley) and Love Me Tender/Witchcraft reprise.
Love Makes You Feel So Young ( by Frank and Nancy Sinatra)
Let’s Dance (Nancy Sinatra) - Goodbye (Frank Sinatra)

Go here to Memphis Mansion shop to order.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tom Jones Talks Elvis: If there is one performer who loves to relate their tales of time with Elvis it is Tom Jones. This season Tom Jones is a judge on the UK "The Voice" TV show.
Recently Sir Tom revealed to UK viewers that Elvis sang his own ballad back to him.
Another Voice UK judge Olly Murs probed Jones about his decade-spanning career and meeting with Elvis Presley.
Olly asked: “Tom, was there anyone you were nervous singing with?”
“Well, Elvis Presley I sang with - and I was excited. Well, I mean Elvis was the one of course, I met him in LA in 1965 with a ballad out called With These Hands,” Sir Tom recalled.
“And he was coming towards me and he was singing ‘With these hands, I will cling to you’ - You know, it was Elvis Presley with his hand out, do you know what I mean?
“I went, ‘If the boys back home could see me know?’ Elvis is singing my song back to me.”

Sir Tom even pretended to be Elvis as he snag snippets of With These Hands. His revelation left the UK judges stunned and viewers at home also wanting to hear more about Sir Tom’s relationship with Elvis. Later in the show, Olly asked Sir Tom to sing With These Hands and while the judge was initially reluctant, he eventually gave in. Viewers at home were overcome with emotion as they listened to Sir Tom give an impromptu performance.
As EIN readers will recall Tom Jones' regular promotional stories are always about Elvis.  
This truly demonstrates the legacy and the Power of ELVIS!
(News, Source:UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 15 January 2021
Rockhurst Auctions Elvis Presley Offerings:  Rockhurst Sports, Rock & Roll and Americana Auction ends soon - this saturday 16 January 7:30PM
Bidding is ongoing and the auction of 414 items features nearly 100 lots of Elvis Presley personal items, jewelry, autographs, personal affects (like his saddle!) and vintage concert memorabilia.
Highlights include...
- Elvis' stunning, 14K gold nugget style ring with a dozen diamonds embedded randomly on its face that was owned by Elvis Presley and gifted by him to the lead singer J.D. Sumner. Sumner was a close friend and early idol of Elvis', going back to Sumner's time in the gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet in the early 1950s. Throughout Elvis' 1970's tours, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps were fixture, backing up the singer for years. During that time, Elvis constantly gifted items such as the offered ring to J.D., often times after they left the stage after a show. He admired Sumner and showed it any way he could. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000
- Elvis Presley Owned Bible Given to Him By Gary Pepper at 1957 Graceland Christmas Eve Party. The bible was given to Elvis by Gary Pepper, a long time friend, on December 25, 1957. Elvis used the bible and then gave it to Elvis’ Aunt Nash, in early 1965 during one of their many bible discussions. Any time that Aunt Nash was around Elvis would often take her upstairs to his bedroom, wrap her in a blanket and they would have in-depth conversations about the bible. During one of these conversations - Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000
Other items include
- Elvis Owned Custom Black Three-Piece Tuxedo Made for His 1969 Film The Trouble with Girls - with Graceland Authenticated LOA
- Elvis's Saddle Used at Graceland and His “Circle G” Ranch – Made by Mike McGregor - with Graceland Authenticated LOA
- Elvis Owned 14K Gold Nugget Diamond and Garnet Ring Given to His Girlfriend Sheila Ryan – Former Jimmy Velvet Collection
- Elvis Owned Custom Made Shirt Blue Nylon V-Neck Button Down Gifted to His Cousin Billy Smith
- Elvis Owned Deep Red Sweater 1960's “Sy Devore” Button-Down. - 1957 RCA Green Felt Gold Record Award to Colonel Tom Parker for Making Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” A Million Seller
- Elvis Owned "ELVIS" Silver ID Bracelet - Gifted to His Cousin Patsy Presley
- Elvis Presley Signed and Inscribed Photo and Priscilla Presley Signed Wedding Photo
- Go HERE to bid - and check out all the ELVIS items - The online auction ends this Saturday, January 16 US time
(News, Source;RA/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Rocks The Garden' New Import: From the Straight Arrow label.. in 2012 we released the great June 9th Madison Square Garden NYC concert (CD "Left a Good Job in The City". This, now classic, is totally sold out for many years. Now we have restored this recording again from scratch. In 2020 we obtained two quality tapes of other NYC concerts from June 10th Evening and June 11th, Afternoon.
Now all three shows are released in one deluxe 3CD set.
We are fully aware that the June 10th Evening show was released several times officially by RCA from the professional multi-track tapes. Nevertheless, we have found an alternative source - an excellent audience-recorded tape! It brings you a whole new listening experience! The incredible audience reaction to every song will blow you away! The June 11th Afternoon show was released in 2010 from an inferior source. Once again, we have found an excellent audience-provided alternative.
Both the June 10th E/S and 11th A/S were recorded by the same person, using a reel-to-reel tape deck instead of usual the cassette recorder.
Presented in the usual top notch digipack
Go here to 'ALL The CD News' for details and tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 14 January 2021
'Elvis Presley ─ The World's Most Photographed' New Book: More Previews: Coming soon, a new monster project by Erik Lorentzen. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable
copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.
€115 (US$140) incl worldwide shipping - Pre-order at Elvis Files website > www.theelvisfiles.com
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Danish Singles Collection: Vol.3': Yet another upcoming VINYL release from the Memphis Mansion label.
'The Danish Singles Collection Volume.3' - Preorder now for €33.75
All tracks newly remastered

Featuring,  A Mess Of Blues, Girl Of My Best friend, It´s Now Or Never, Make Me Know It, Are You Lonesome Tonight, I Gotta Know,  Wooden Heart,  Tonight All Right For Love,  I Feel So Bad, Wild in Country, Little Sister, His Latest Flame, Rock A Hula Baby, I Can´t Help Falling In Love

Click here to Memphis Mansion shop


(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie Sells Out of the UK: Lisa Marie Presley has finally sold her manor house in East Sussex for £3.35 (US$4.57) million.
Elvis’ only child, 52, bought Coes Hall in Rotherfield in 2010 with then husband Michael Lockwood. (photo right)
When they split in 2016, she put it up for sale but despite its indoor pool and 50 acres of land she found no one was interested.
Back in 2010 Lisa Marie said, "I had to leave LA. It was like living in a goldfish bowl. I had tour buses driving past our house, looking in like we were on show, and celebrities hanging out wherever we went. I have taken to country life in the UK and love all aspects of living here. And the people who live here are so
sweet and normal. I needed that more than anything.
They are really sweet and leave us alone and I'm just the same as them in their eyes.
I love to watch the sheep and I took care of one baby lamb after its mother passed away last spring. He was so poorly so I bottle-fed him. They are beautiful out on the field."

Sadly the UK media along with her failing marriage forced her to move back to the USA.
(News, Source/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 11 January 2021

(Interview) Carlos Ares talks to EIN: With his latest book, elvis@argentina 1963-1969 just published, Argentine Elvis world legend, Carlos Ares, took time out to talk to EIN’s Nigel Patterson about the book and other things Elvis.

In a wide ranging and fascinating interview, Carlos discusses how he first became an Elvis fan, his famed Elvis collection, how he moved from managing rock bands in South America to becoming an Elvis dealer (Elvis Shop Argentina) full-time, Argentinian Elvis records and  film posters, how the assassination of JFK affected popular music, the release of 'Elvis La Pelvis' and to make most of us jealous seeing Elvis live on stage, plus a lot more.

Read Nigel Patterson's interview with Carlos R Ares.

(Interview, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)

'It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling / Fame And Fortune' new Single:  The Memphis Mansion Label is releasing 'It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling / Fame And Fortune' as a new vinyl single with the audio taken from a new sound source - and it is the best quality we have heard so far.
The single is produced by Anthony Stuchbury and designed by Søren Karstensen -
"For the first time ever, these songs will be released in a amazing sound quality – from a newly found improved sound source"

You can preorder here - €13.75

Check out a taster of new sound source here.

and more info here on the Elvis Phoenix forum

(News, Source;AS/ElvisInfoNet)

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

1970 rehearsal cds was expensive at £180 but this set at £111 (US$240) for a 200-page book (not totally on Elvis) plus two 1976 soundboard concerts (with audio doco) seems ludicrous. Atlanta December 1976 features a very poor piano-heavy audio mix. Hopefully FTD see reason and release the soundboards as a CD- double-pack after this limited edition sells-out - Go here to 'All The FTD 2020 Release News' for tracklist and more details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Las Vegas drive-in’s Birthday Movie homage to Elvis: The Las Vegas Sun reported on the Snappy Burger boutique drive-in theater Elvis movie marathon
Snappy Burger boutique drive-in theater launched an Elvis movie marathon last week set to culminate on Friday, Elvis' 86th birthday, with a screening of, of course, “Viva Las Vegas.”
Presley made 30 movies from 1956 to 1969 and Snappy showed them all back to back.
The hardest of the core those who stayed for every single film without leaving their cars for any, yes any, reason would be rewarded with a special certificate from the Graceland-recognized local Elvis fan club and free Snappy food for a year.
Bob Pinch, 86, and his companion Joyce Dickerson, 83, weren’t there as competitors, just on a date.
Pinch noted that he was stationed with the Army in Germany at the same time as Presley, but they didn’t
cross paths. They’re huge fans of Presley’s music. “Their” song is “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Dickerson sings it for Pinch at karaoke night.
Snappy proprietor Jon Basso, 55, is living a dream with his drive-in. “I told my wife, ‘I’m gonna own a movie theater before I die,’” he said. She told him to make it clever and profitable, so that’s what he set out to do.
And he’s tying in his own Elvis affection with the movie marathon. As a young fan growing up in Phoenix, Basso would dress up in white jumpsuit garb and go cruising with his buddies to celebrate the King.
If you missed the marathon Basso plans to do it again for the anniversary of Elvis’ death in August.
Go here to Viva Las Vegas LA fan club FB page for more Vegas Elvis stories
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 10 January 2021

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

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review


(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis Presley ─ The World's Most Photographed' New Book: Coming soon, a new monster project by Erik Lorentzen. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable
copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.
€115 (US$140) incl worldwide shipping - Pre-order at Elvis Files website > www.theelvisfiles.com
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Online historians’ forum marking Elvis’ 86th Birthday – all Elvis fans invited: Mathias Haeussler (author of Inventing Elvis: An American Icon in a Cold War World), is convening a historians' roundtable on YouTube to mark the occasion of Elvis's 86th birthday on Friday 8 Jan. The basic idea is to discuss Elvis's significance and importance from the viewpoint of "professional"/academic historians, both during his lifetime and today.

The participants were Michael Bertrand (Race, Rock , And Elvis), Bertel Nygaard and Mathias Haeussler.
The host was Jasmin Loerchner, journalist, podcaster and Elvis-expert based in Phoenix, AZ!
The broadcast can be watched here on YouTube (where you can also find some further information).
Runs 90 minutes

(News, Source: Mathias Haeussler/EIN)

Elvis Presley’s Performance Was So Sexy Americans Burned and Hanged His Effigy in Protest: Elvis Presley, known as the King of Rock and Roll, is still considered an iconic figure today. He and his music have inspired many musicians since he became famous in the mid-1950s. During the time he was famous, teens everywhere were in a frenzy over the hip-swinging Presley. However, parents weren’t impressed and soon became concerned for their children. History.com reported that Presley was seen as so sexy that people burned and hanged his effigy after one of his performances. Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, grew up in poverty and when Presley was a teenager, the family moved to Memphis. There he recorded an acetate at Sun Records and after listening to it, producer Sam Phillips eventually gave him a contract. Presley performed blues and country songs, rocknroll, gospel and so much more.

Presley already has a flashy personality, and he always liked to wear outlandish colored clothing combinations. Still, his musical personality became more developed when he began performing blues singer Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s song “That’s All Right Mama.” By 1955, Presley had started to gain a substantial following in the South. This same year, Presley’s management was handed over to Colonel Tom Parker who negotiated a contract with the larger RCA label. After this, Presley’s career took off. His debut album topped Billboard’s album chart in 1956, and his single, “Heartbreak Hotel” sold more than one million copies.

In the Summer of 1956, Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, arranged a deal to make three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show for a fee of $50,000. Ed Sullivan considered his television show to be family-oriented. So he initially said he would not book Presley because of his hip-swiveling and lip curling. Sullivan changed his mind after Steve Allen hosted Presley on his show in July 1956, and his rating skyrocketed past Sullivan’s. Presley’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show happened in September 1956. Sixty million people tuned in, which was more than 80 percent of the TV audience at the time. After his second appearance on the show in October, people in Nashville and St. Louis were angry by his sexy performance. They were worried rock music would corrupt teenagers. So, they hanged and burned Presley’s effigy.
(News, Source:UkTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

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Elvis On Tour: The Singles Collection: For vinyl fans only. MGM’s Golden Globe winning movie ELVIS ON TOUR was released in 1972.
On the movie poster was mentioned:
“MGM presents a very different motion picture that captures all the excitement of ELVIS LIVE!”
This catch phrase says it all. Unfortunately, there never was a soundtrack album available for this movie. Now available is this deluxe 45RPM boxset containing 6 beautiful 45s
Single 1:
Johnny B. Goode – March 30, 1972
Polk Salad Annie – April 9, 1972
Single 2:
Separate Ways – March 30, 1972
Proud Mary – April 18, 1972
Single 3:
Burning Love – April 18, 1972
Never Been To Spain – April 18, 1972
Single 4:
Bridge Over Troubled Water – April 14, 1972
Funny How Time Slips Away – April 14, 1972
Single 5:
An American Trilogy – April 14, 1972
You Gave Me A Mountain – April 9, 1972
Single 6:
Suspicious Minds – April 18, 1972
Lead Me, Guide Me/ Bosom Of Abraham, Mar 31, 1972
With a bonus cd containing some of the musical highlights from this movie. (selling at ¬US$65 for each colour set)
Available in RED or BLUE vinyl -Go here to 'ALL The CD News' for details and tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 8 January 2021 - - - - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS ! - - - -


EIN wishes Elvis all the best, where ever he is, celebrating his 86th Birthday.


Fifty-nine years ago today in 1962 Elvis celebrated his 27th birthday at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas - (photo right).


Elvis was there with Memphis girlfriend Bonnie Bunkley as well as Joe Esposito & friends. Elvis also met up with one of his favourite songwriters Don Robertson.
President Nigel Patterson of the Elvis Information Network Fan Club (Australia's oldest Elvis fan club) was also there to present Elvis with a special Birthday cake. 

'Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony' Watch live: Happy Birthday, Elvis! EPE plus a very few Elvis fans gathered at Graceland to celebrate Elvis' birthday with three days of social-distanced events and, of course, Birthday cake.
The 'Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony' was earlier today at Graceland with reserved but free admission.

Due to mask-wearing and social-distancing, as well as wet windy weather, the ceremony and the birthday cake cutting was basically a non-event.
This year, Elvis decided to stay upstairs and watch from his bedroom window. You can watch the REPLAY ceremony - with nothing to really see, it runs 10 minutes

Click HERE to Graceland FB to watch Elvis Birthday Proclamation REPLAY
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 7 January 2021

Tony Plews - 'Walk A Lonely Street' - INTERVIEW: Recently published author Tony Plews' 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”.
The book, Walk A Lonely Street, spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, it uncovers the truth, placing events in context, and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley’s artistic vision and achievements.
It is unlike any Elvis book that you will have read before.
EIN wanted to know some answers such as.....
- Part biography, part investigation, part reference and part thriller, how did he come up with the concept
- Why does a book about "Heartbreak Hotel" start in 1865
- How did he find connections to Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden and even Delta Pinney (who shot that lonely man) and what did they think when he came calling?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Tony Plews to find out how he came up with such an incredible concept for his first book - and what discoveries he made along the way...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Buzzy Forbess has passed away: EIN has heard the sad news that Elvis’ high school close friend, Buzzy Forbess, has passed away.
Elvis and Buzzy were good friends at Humes High and Elvis’ early days at Sun.
(Teenage Elvis with Friends, Paul Dougher and on the far right Buzzy Forbess)
In his freshman year of high school Elvis teamed up with three friends, Buzzy Forbess, Paul Dougher and Farley Guy, to start a lawn business. With a push lawn mower that his father, Vernon, purchased for him, and a few sickles, Elvis and his team mowed yards at the cost of $4.00 per yard.
Buzzy noted that "In the early days Elvis didn’t have the wiggle and what-have-you then but some things about Elvis never changed. But when Elvis started singing he’d always affect people just with his voice and singing."
Over the years Buzzy was interviewed in various newspaper, magazine and Elvis television documentary specials, contributed to several books and helped inspire an upcoming book about Elvis’ appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
(News, Source: ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 4 January 2021

'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review: Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud. A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review
Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Peloton Exclusive Elvis remixes: Peloton (Bicycles / Workout company) is the only place anyone can hear a trio of classic Elvis Presley songs remixed by DJ Dillon Francis, Big Boi and Chromeo, at least for now. T
The songs, Do The Vega, Catchin’ On Fast, and Clean Up Your Own Backyard, will play out as part of Peloton’s Artist Series of themed workouts.
The remixes are owned by Sony and will be an exclusive on Peloton for an initial launch window.
Elvis fans who don’t have a Peloton subscription needn’t worry as the company is offering a two-month free trial of the Peloton app, which offers classes for strength, stretching, meditation, yoga and everything else.
Peloton has, for a while now, had the Artist Series workouts in which an entire class is backed up with music from a single artist. The most notable name on the list is Beyoncé but you can also enjoy a ride backed by Alicia Keys, Britney Spears and Lizzo.
Peloton teased an Elvis-themed artist series on December 13th, encouraging people to “move to the sounds” of the King. After the initial launch it is possible that Sony might release all three remixes commercially thereafter.
See the 30 second YouTube promoclip here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 2 January 2021 - HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR... EIN wishes you all the best.
Brand New Elvis Army Footage: A lovely surprise for New Year as Chicago Film Archives uploads 18 minutes of new footage of Elvis entering the army.
The quality is excellent and you can see the apprehension on Elvis' face as he heads to a very uncertain future.
Described as, "Singer Elvis Presley is processed into the Army on March 24, 1958 at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. He talks to reporters, fills out paperwork, and gets a physical examination. Elvis' parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, are seen briefly, looking dour. The day was dubbed "black Monday" for his fans by the press.
The singer entered regular Army service as a private, rather than joining Special Services, in which he would have entertained troops."

Click here for "Elvis Enters the Army 3-24-58, Negative Trims" - 10 minutes
Click here for "Elvis Spends His First Day at Camp, Negative Trims" - 8 minutes
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet.com)

Decades After His Death, The Estate Of Elvis Presley Is Still Making A TON Of Money: January 2021, Elvis has been dead for 43 years and he is STILL making a TON of money. Sure, the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down the tourist traffic to Graceland, his former home turned museum devoted to all things Elvis. In a typical year, Graceland brings in more than $10 million of Elvis' estate's earnings. However, 2020, is anything but typical in all ways. Graceland was closed for two months due to Covid-19 and is now operating at reduced capacity. That said, the King of Rock and Roll is the fifth highest-paid celebrity of the year with $23 million in earnings. That's pretty incredible considering it's been more than four decades since Elvis left the building for the last time.
Elvis' earnings from beyond the grave come from two main sources, album sales and Graceland. Despite album sales that are still surprisingly good (even when compared to living artists), Graceland still brings in the bulk of his post-death income.
Elvis sells more than one million albums per year – yes, albums. Elvis is timeless and iconic but the bulk of his fan base is collecting retirement benefits and still playing vinyl albums – something they have in common with hipsters. And isn't Elvis in a way the original hipster? However, Elvis is not, as of yet at least, trending on Spotify, so with no downloading of his music, we expect Elvis' income to wane a bit over the coming years as his biggest fans are, quite literally, dying off (and hopefully getting to meet their idol in the afterlife).
Elvis also earns royalties from concerts and old TV appearances, DVD sales, and the royalties from his movies being shown on television. Elvis' estate has been pretty savvy at pivoting with the times over the years, so I wouldn't be at all surprised to wake up at some point in the near future with a "Release Radar" email from Spotify announcing some all-new Elvis feature. And then there's always the hologram tour that could happen when we get Covid-19 under control and can have concerts and festivals again.
(News, Source: CelebrityNetWorth/ElvisInfoNet)

Tom Hanks shows off new look for upcoming Elvis biopic: Tom Hanks, is that you? The 64-year-old actor was a virtual guest on Tuesday's The Graham Norton Show, and admitted that he's not thrilled with the latest hairstyle he's rocking to play Elvis' manager, Col Parker, in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic about the King of Rock and Roll. For the part, Hanks currently has a completely bald head with the exception of a few patches of hair on the sides.
"Here, let me show you the horrible haircut I have to have in order to portray Col Tom Parker. Check out this horrible — can you see that?" Hanks told the host via video from Australia, where the movie is being filmed.
"Look at that thing!" Hanks quipped, "I just scared the children. I want to apologize for showing that."

"Evidently, that's my gig now, so I only play real people in show business," the Oscar winner replied.
To get a better idea of the infamous character, Hanks previously had dinner with Priscilla Presley.
"He was both a genius and a scoundrel," Hanks said of Parker, "He was a very disciplined man, but also a guy who you might want to check your wallet to make sure you still have all those fives and 10s."
Hanks had dinner with Priscilla in the hopes of getting a better take on the man he was playing. Hanks said he was taken aback by her reaction.
"I was expecting to hear stories about the distrust she had for 'Colonel Tom' Parker over these many years, but she said, 'No. He was a wonderful man, and I wish he was alive today. He took really great care of us. He was a scoundrel in his way,"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Books to look out for in early 2021: The following books are scheduled to be published in the first quarter of 2021:
- Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley’s CD Releases 1983-2005' (John Townson and Gordon Minto) (1,400 pages, 1 million+ words, 4,000 b&w and color illustrations!!!)
- Elvis Day By Day 2020 The Year In Review (Kees Mouwen)
- Kid of the King (Elaine Elizabeth Presley) (Softcover)
- From Memphis to Taipeh – A Reference Guide to the Colorful World of Elvis’ Asian Vinyl Vol. 1 (Ferry Van Der Werf and Dick Dekker) (Hardcover)
- Elvis Presley: The King of Rock and Roll (Frank D’Onofrio) (Softcover and Kindle editions)
- Perfect American Male – Elvis Presley et le Cinema (Jan de Jovert) (French release)
- Elvis The Biography (Jerry Hopkins) (reissue of the author’s combined bios Elvis A Biography and Elvis The Final Years)

Also mooted is a new book about Elvis’s appearance on the Grand Ole Opry


(News, Source: EIN)

Why did Elvis die so young?: Destined to Die Young is the definitive examination of why the world lost Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977, when he was only forty-two years old. Author Sally Hoedel has painstakingly researched the subject and offers factual and scientific data—plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis—to support her claim that Elvis Presley was never going to live a long life.

Copies of the book are available directly from the author.
Price: US$22.00 plus postage

Read EIN’s review of the book



(News, Source: EIN)

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All Girl Tribute to the ‘68 Comeback Special: Coming to His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, Australia from 9 to 13 February is this tribute to Elvis. Presented by Aces at The Maj with Brown Street Studio as part of FRINGE WORLD Festival 2021 - The girls loved Elvis and Elvis loved the girls!

One Tuesday night in spring, a group of Perth’s most talented female singers met at a bar and got all shook up when they each declared their secret crush on the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. After a little more conversation about Elvis and the musical and cultural icon that he is - a show was born! On stage the girls are joined by their very own Rockabilly Boys in an acoustic session - so get up close and personal with them just like Elvis did back in 1968. Our show honours Elvis Presley and celebrates his ’68 Comeback Special.

For more information and to buy tickets


(News, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

Click HERE to YouTube

well worth watching.

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier this week ....

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



(News, Source;NEF/ElvisInfoNet)

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

Go here to AMAZON to purchase >>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go here to read EIN Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Review. Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

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

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

 Read the interview to learn more...

(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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

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

(News, Source: Brandon Yip)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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





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

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

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

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

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

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

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
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Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
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