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Australian chart update: On the ARIA Music DVD Chart, 'Elvis By The Presleys' slipped seven places today to #21. It is certified Platinum x 1 and has been on the chart for 7 weeks with a peak position of #3. (News, Source: ARIA)
Call for 10th planet discovered on 8 January to be named "Elvis": ' NASA funded astronomers announced that they had found a lump of rock and ice that is larger than Pluto and the farthest known object in the solar system. The discovery will likely rekindle debate over the definition of "planet" and whether Pluto should still be regarded as one.' As the new planet (#2003 UB313) was discovered on 8 January fans on the FECC Elvis messageboard are calling for it to be named "Elvis". (News, Source: FECC messageboard/Amber Smith)
Janelle McComb funeral: A packed house at Janelle McComb's funeral Friday in Tupelo, as expected. Jack Soden and Todd Morgan represented Graceland; Patsy Andersen was there. Priscilla and Lisa Marie sent floral arrangements. Her son, Jim Hill, and her brother, Buddy Patey, told stories of growing up with Janelle. The EP Birthplace Board is planning recognition for Janelle when fans gather there on Monday, 8 August. Details not final yet. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Buyer defaults on eBay bid for Elvis Mercedes Benz: A 66-year-old Wrightstown resident has filed suit in federal District Court in Philadelphia against a New York man. He's accusing the man of reneging on a bid he made on e-Bay to buy a 1969 Mercedes Benz that was once owned by Elvis Presley. In his lawsuit, Gene Epstein claims that Jason Shepherd of Ballston Lake, New York, entered a "buy-it-now" bid of 245-thousand dollars for the vehicle. But when it came time to collect, Epstein says, Shepherd allegedly claimed that the bid was a mistake made when his daughter accidentally hit a key on his computer. The lawsuit is seeking for Shepherd to pay the original bid, along with 150-thousand dollars in damages. Attempts to reach Shepherd for comment have been unsuccessful. (News, Source: Associated Press)
Sirius Satellite Radio to feature Elvis Week 2005: The King is back! The annual honoring of Elvis Presley also known as Elvis Week will take place on August 8 through August 16 and will be featured only on Sirius Satellite Radio's Elvis Radio.Elvis Radio will be broadcast live from Graceland and will feature interviews with special guests such as Joe Esposito, Elvis' road manager for 17 years, producer Jerry Schilling, members of the American Studios House Band, who backed Elvis in Memphis and The Jordanaires, who sang with Elvis up until the 1970's.Moreover, Elvis Radio will broadcast the 28th Annual Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil ceremony and procession. This special coverage will be on Monday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Sirius' Elvis Radio is the world's only official, authorized all-Elvis, all-the-time radio channel. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin - EIN's intrepid "roving" reporter who will be providing regular updates from Memphis during Elvis Week)
"Elvis squeeze" plans tribute album to The King: A few years ago, Wanda Jackson made the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music list at number 35, edging ahead of Lucinda Williams, K.T. Oslin, Barbara Mandrell, LeAnn Rimes and Linda Ronstadt (Patsy Cline topped the list).The Queen of Rockabilly tag still lingers, although she probably has sung more gospel and country than rockabilly. She has been in the business since the 1950s. Her voice is rawer than most female singers today, more Muddy Waters than Tammy Wynette. She'll bring the same passion for music and fire-breathing chops to a performance with Ruby Dee & The Snake Handlers on Saturday in Seattle. Jackson is working on a CD, a tribute to her old boyfriend, Elvis Presley. Her version of Elvis' "Let's Have a Party" was a Top-40 hit. And yes, she can still growl. Jackson earned another measure of respect in June when the National Endowment for the Arts named her a recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. (News, Source: HeraldNet)
Australia's foreign minister does Elvis: Alexander Downer (Australian Foreign Minister), sang a reworked version of It's Now Or Never at a karaoke party to close this week's ASEAN meeting in Laos. Several observors said he even included a pelvic thrust. (News, Source: The Canberra Times)
Letterman mentions Elvis & the Memphis Mafia: During an interview with Kelly Preston this week on the Late Night with Letterman program, Ms Preston mentioned eating out at Denny's with husband John Travolta, and how he liked going there so much he knew the menu very well. Host, David Letterman joked that 'When Elvis did that sort of thing they would have just called ahead and shut the place down, and Elvis would have gone with Red and Sonny and those guys'. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis' stepbrother in Amsterdam: David Stanley, Elvis' youngest stepbrother, author of several books about Elvis and the man behind the upcoming film, The Headhuinter, will be in Amsterdam on 26 August. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis' maid book signing: Nancy Rooks of Fayette County will be signing copies of her most recent book titled Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers on July 30 from 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. at Sippins in Somerville. The book is Rooks' third, and tells of her experiences working as a cook and maid for rock icon Elvis Presley from 1967 until his death in 1977. Rooks said that her recent book is full of insight into the daily routines in Graceland and what it meant to be close to Elvis and his family on a daily basis. "My intention in writing this book is very straitforward," she said. "I want to share, quite simply, what it was like for me to work for him as a maid and cook." (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis' Palm Springs residence for sale: The former Elvis Presley Estate at 845 Chino Canyon Rd. in Palm Springs, CA is just put up for sale. Elvis and Priscilla purchased the home in 1970 from Mr. and Mrs. E.J. McDonald. The home is for sale for $ 2.5 Million through Coldwell Banker Palm Springs. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited/Elvis News/EIN)
No Elvis Laser Light Show during Elvis Week 2005: The Sharpe Planetarium at the Pink Palace will not present the "Elvis: Legacy in Light" laser show during Elvis Week. But the museum does have several Elvis items that will interest fans in town for the annual salute to the King of Rock and Roll. The planetarium reopened for public shows July 9 after a hiatus of four months because of city budget cuts. But the lineup of shows, now presented on Saturdays, does not include "Elvis: Legacy in Light." As staff is hired to replace the staff laid off in March, days, shows and show times will be added. The Pink Palace has several items on display of interest to Presley fans. In the Pink Palace Mansion exhibit, "From the Boss to the King," visitors can see Elvis's Army uniform and Army trunk from the time he was stationed in Germany in the '60s, as well as photos of Sergeant Presley in uniform. In the lobby, the script from Elvis's 1958 film, "King Creole," is on display. A picture of Elvis with a Cotton Carnival Queen and Carnival court member can be seen in the "Memphis Celebrates Cotton" area. For information, call 320-6362 or visit memphismuseums.org. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Elvis A 50th Anniversary Celebration" DVD: With the current screenings of this documentary in the US, Bill & Connie Burk found this source for fans interested in buying the DVD edition. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Contact Music removes story about Lisa Presley: A story published a few days ago about Lisa Presley has been removed from the Contact Music site. EIN has the full story. (News, Source: Contact Music/Sanja Meegin)
Ernst Jorgensen health update: Said to be recovering nicely from Lyme Disease after-effects in Denmark. NO surgery necessary. EJ's status on being in Memphis for Elvis Week is questionable at this time. Family asks that this subject not be overly-discussed; that EJ's doing OK. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Janelle McComb visitation details:
Visitation: 5-9 pm, Thursday, 28 July
Burial: 11 a.m., Friday, 29 July
Peguese Funeral Home, 535 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo MS 38804 (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Hard Rock's "Rock Across America" Mobile Tour To Visit Graceland: Hard Rock has another exhibit traveling across America this summer. Their Rock Across America tour will make a stop at the Graceland visitor center next week. The two tractor trailer units of exhibits will be available with FREE admission for Graceland visitors to enjoy on 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 2. Visit the Hard Rock site's tour page and see the following: Hard Rock's givin' you a front row look into the lives and careers of rock superstars and the roadies that accompany them! Join us from May to October as we take you on an interactive journey and immerse you in the ultimate rock n' roll road trip... the "Rock Across America" mobile tour has begun ! From stops to redecorate the music memorabilia at some of our most popular Hard Rock Cafes, to concerts and festivals around the country, the "Rock Across America" mobile tour offers you a first hand look at rock & roll history.
Discounted Elvis Week Pass at Graceland: Parking in Graceland's main visitor parking lot is $5.00 per day. But, we know many Elvis fans visit the Graceland property several different days during Elvis Week. As a courtesy to Elvis Week participants, we are offerin special discounted multiple-date parking passes. One accommodates folks who are here for the entirety of Elvis Week and the other accommodates those who get to come in only for the latter half of the week. A 10-day pass good for August 7-16, 2005 is available at the 60% discounted price of $20.00. A 5-day pass good from August 12-16, 2005 is available at the 60% discounted price of $10.00. This parking pass includes unlimited access to the parking lot during regular business hours and for Elvis Week events and activities on the Graceland properties. Parking passes will be sold at the parking booth upon arrival. The passes come in the form of a keepsake "cling" window decal. (News, Source: EPE)
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E-mails may be sent to Graceland@elvis.com and we will collect and forward them. Fans can remember Janelle through some of her written works for Elvis, his family and EPE on the EPE/Graceland website. Many fans will be familiar with her work "The Priceless Gift". (News, Source: EPE)
Ernst Jorgensen hospitalised: Ernst Jorgensen, BMG's "Man Elvis," who ramrods the FTD releases, is in serious condition in a Denmark hospital. Ernst contracted a disease called "Borrelia infection" from a tick bite he received on his horse farm north of Copenhagen. Normally, this can be treated with medications, but EJ's body rejected the medications and he has been hospitalized in serious condition. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Janelle McComb dies: Janelle McComb has passed away at her home. More news when we have it. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis 1st, 2nd & 4ever (DVD review): Based on the CDs 'Elvis 30#1s' and '2nd To None' this sensational DVD features 81 Elvis video clips cleverly remade & remodelled, some of them truly inspirational! This is a fabulous DVD concept that needs to be released by EPE/BMG. EIN's Piers Beagley examines over 4 hours of Elvis clips and picks his favourites from this hard-to-obtain import release from the ‘23rd Century/Star Company’. (DVD Review, Source: EIN)
"Elvis On Tour - Hampton Roads" DVD: Click to view a longer edition of this eagerly anticipated footage. (News, Source: Email)
Elvis Art Exhibition: The Elvis International Art Show (Fan Art from Graceland's Archives) will be unveiled at a wine 'n cheese party this Friday night at Memphis Heritage, 509 S. Main. Graceland has kept every single piece of art sent in by fans over the past 50 years and many of these will be on display. The show opens July 29 and runs for a month. SO, if you're here for Elvis Week, drop by and look at this art display. There are some fine restaurants in the South Main area, including the Arcade, Memphis' oldest restaurant, where Elvis used to go and which has a designated Elvis booth inside. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis flavored "Cry Baby" released as "Director's Cut" DVD in the USA: John Waters' 1990 tribute to the teenage delinquent and Elvis Presley movies of the 1950s remains his most popular and accessible film to date. With a fantastic lead performance from Johnny Depp and an excellent supporting cast made up of some interesting cult movie figures, Cry-Baby may not pack the offensive punch his earlier material did but it's still one hundred percent John Waters from start to finish and it's the perfect follow up to his 1988 film, Hairspray. Depp plays Wade Walker, nicknamed Cry-Baby for his strange ability to shed only a single tear. He's perfect as Cry-Baby, bringing just enough pathos and Elvis-like swagger to the role to really make it work. If this were Depp's show and Depp's show alone, it'd be a good film but thanks to the motley crew of supporting players, it's actually a great film. (News, Source: DVD Talk)
"Elvis Week 2005" celebrations in Canberra, Australia: ElvisCanberra will be having its own Elvis Week in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. Events include: Tuesday 16th August - "Sacred songs of the King" at Wesley Church; Fri 19 Aug - Hellenic Club will have Mark Andrew entertaining; Sat 20 Aug - ACT Rock and Roll, supported by ElvisCanberra Inc and Deakin Soccer and Social will host Vince Gelonese. To find out more: email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0408 947 935. (News, Source: Russ Morison)
Australia's Floriade will have "rock & roll" theme: On Saturday 17 September, ElvisCanberra Inc at the request of the Floriade Committee, will commence Floriade's theme of Rock and Roll with an Elvis Day of songs and tributes to the King. They encourage Canberrans and any EIN subscriber that wishes to join them to email email@example.com or ring 0408 947 935. (News, Source: Russ Morison)
Elvis goes to Russia: Singer/songwriter Igor Yuzov and bassist/balalaika player Oleg Bernov met in Los Angeles in 1995 and immediately knew it was time to form a Russian party band that would draw crowds of beer-swilling, fun-loving fans. That band was The Red Elvises. Yuzov supposedly got the name from a dream, in which Elvis came to him wearing a red dress, but we'll take that with a grain of salt. One thing is for sure: Throughout their various incarnations, the Red Elvises have become a bar staple featuring pompadours, glitzy costumes and, um, oversized instruments. Shows start August 6-7 at Pennsylvania's Bethlehem Musikfest, then they visit the state's Johnstown FolkFest September 3-4 before moving back to their adopted West Coast. In October they visit San Francisco, Petaluma, Portland, Vancouver, Tacoma and Seattle, among other cities, before calling it quits at Yakima, Wash.'s Grant's Brew Pub November 6. The Red Elvises have released several albums including "Grooving to the Moscow Beat" and "Surfing In Siberia". (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Australian chart update: In its 6th week on the ARIA Music DVD Chart, "Elvis By The Presleys" slipped three places this week to #14. (News, Source: ARIA)
"Welcome to Gulag Graceland": Just when you thought it was safe to approach Elvis Week 2005, Sid Shaw in England has published his latest attack on Graceland and EPE. Whether or not you agree with Sid, he certainly writes with a lot of passion. (Spotlight Article, Source: Sid Shaw, Elvisly Yours)
Singer prompts reunion of Elvis' musicians: There's a musical Elvis Presley reunion under way, and the only thing missing is the King of Rock n' Roll. John Krondes, a singer and songwriter, has teamed with what he calls Elvis' "Hit Making Team." It includes The Jordanaires and The Sweet Inspirations, as well as the TCB Band and the Memphis Boys band. "It's weird how all this is coming together," Krondes said over breakfast at the Cracker Barrel on Barnes Crossing Road. "I'm not an Elvis impersonator. That's not what this is about." He was in Tupelo this week to gather in the Elvis mystique and to meet with Sigi Kramer and Angela Marley, a pair of Elvis fans and Luxembourg residents who've been promoting Krondes' efforts in Europe. "We planned to come here for a year. We didn't know John when we planned it," Kramer said. "We thought this would be a great place to meet him, where it all began." Actually, Krondes' story began in New York, where his late father, Jimmy Krondes, was a songwriter. He had a hit called "The End" that was recorded by Earl Grant in 1958.
Buy a guitar just like Elvis did: Remember Elvis' first guitar? Well anyone may now purchase a guitar from Tupelo Hardware where the Presley family bought that first guitar. James Simmons and his son, Eddie, have been furnishing guitars to Tupelo Hardware for the past two years. Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Pam Tillis are among those who have purchased a guitar. (News, Source: James Simmons, The Lakeland Music Store)
Online, Eva Cassidy trumps Elvis: When Amazon.com released its Musicians Hall of Fame this month, ranking the Top 25-selling CD's in the site's 10-year history, a few of the results might have been surprising - Enya at No. 8? - but all the names on the list were recognizable stars. Except one: No. 5, Eva Cassidy.
The explanation probably lies in the rise of the Internet as a tastemaker, and the explosive growth of online commerce that Amazon itself pioneered. The independent Blix Street label began releasing Cassidy's recordings in 1998, the year Amazon added music to its inventory. A word-of-mouth campaign, fueled by chat rooms and fan sites, began to seep into the news media, and by December 2000 two Cassidy albums had pushed a top-selling Beatles compilation down to No. 3 at Amazon, with three other Cassidy albums at Nos. 4, 5 and 7. Just how many CD's she has sold on Amazon to reach No. 5 is unknown; the company does not release sales information other than comparative rankings. But thanks to Amazon consumers, Eva Cassidy is enjoying an unlikely, and lucrative, sort of immortality. (News, Source: New York Times)
Aussie chart update: While "Elvis by the Presleys" CD exited the ARIA National Top 50 Chart this week, the CD re-entered the Top 20 of the major store chart, Sanity. The CD rose one place on the Sanity chart to #20. To further confuse the chart situation in Australia, while the DVD edition slipped to #11 on the ARIA National Music DVD Chart, on the Sanity store chart it is ranked #6 (down two places from its ranking last week). (News, Source: Sanity/ARIA)
Linda Thompson files for divorce: Elvis' former girlfriend LINDA THOMPSON is heading for divorce again after filing papers against her songwriter/producer husband in Los Angeles. Thompson has cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split. Ironically, Thompson and Foster currently appear as a happily married couple in reality US TV show PRINCES OF MALIBU. Sources claim the divorce was planned before the reality show aired. Thompson, a former Miss Tennessee, was Presley's girlfriend when he died in 1977. Foster is famous for his Grammy Award-winning work with artists like MADONNA, WHITNEY HOUSTON and CELINE DION. This will be Foster's first divorce and Linda's second. The actress was formerly married to Olympic athlete BRUCE JENNER. The Princes of Malibu has developed a cult following and this week was the #1 search among TV shows on Yahoo, beating Desperate Housewives and The Simpsons. (News, Source: Contact Music/Yahoo)
Jordanaires join Brian Setzer for a cameo: Brian Setzer plays his pompadour off in the first of a proposed series of discs spotlighting rock heroes. For the first release in this series the spotlight is on the legendary SUN label that brought forth Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and other greats, who all waxed for Sam Phillips' '50s imprint with the cheerful sunrise logo. The album offers a touch of authenticity with a cameo from the legendary Jordanaires, Elvis' favorite harmonizers. (News, Source: Google/Elvis News)
Bernard Lansky talks to EIN: EIN's Piers Beagley chews the fat with a man instrumental in Elvis' fashion sense, the great Bernard Lansky. Bernard talks candidly about Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie, the clothes he made for Elvis, Michael Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nicolas Cage and more in a fascinating interview. Parental guidance advised. (Interview, Source: EIN)
Gospel music, Elvis part of MSU history: Pete Lancaster remembers it like it happened yesterday. All he was doing one July day in 1975 was a favor for then-Murray State University President Dr. Constantine Curris by offering whatever assistance he could to those running the Blackwood Stamps School of Music, co-headlined by legendary Gospel acts the Blackwood Brothers and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. That included period visits to the Regents Hall headquarters for those acts to see if there was anything they needed. Then the phone rang and, with nobody manning the residence hall's main office, Lancaster decided to answer it, having no clue with whom he was about to speak.
The Stamps bear the name of V.O. Stamps, the man credited with first making Gospel music a widely-known, commercial commodity. He founded the School of Music in 1924 and eventually formed the first version of the Stamps Quartet. Since then, the group has achieved perennial power status in the Gospel world with the a cappella version of "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" still stirring audiences to this day, around five years after Sumner's death at the age of 73. Several of its members are in the Gospel Hall of Fame, including Sumner, who was with the Blackwood Brothers before becoming the Stamps' bass man. The Blackwoods also were favorites of Presley, who attended many of the quartet's conventions they hosted in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. That convention was started in 1956 in Louisville with Sumner and James and Cecil Blackwood being the main organizers. Then, after Sumner had left to join the Stamps in 1966, he and James Blackwood, lead singer of his group, headed the school that came to Murray in 1972. Some three years later, that marriage yielded history. (News, Source: Murray Ledger & Times)
New book - "The Year the Music Changed": Watching Elvis perform in Atlanta in 1956 inspired Diane Coulter Thomas to write a novel called "The Year The Music Changed". It's a coming-of-age story set in 1955 and told as a year-long correspondence between Elvis and a 14-year-old girl. The book will be published in September 2005 by The Toby Press. Publisher's Weekly calls the book "a warm, lively and immensely readable novel that will especially touch fans of "the King." (News, Source: Diane Coulter Thomas)
Germany re-release of The Definitive Elvis documentary: In Germany "The Definitive Elvis" documentary series will be re-released by Black Hill on September 30, 2005 in the well known metal boxes. According to the preliminary information on Amazon Germany this re-release contains nothing new. (News, Source: amazon.de / Elvis News)
Shreveport fans want guitarist's statue next to Elvis: Efforts are underway here to raise money for a bronze statue of Shreveport guitarist James Burton, once a band leader for Elvis Presley. The statue would be placed near an existing statue of Elvis outside the Municipal Auditorium, where Elvis performed on the old Louisiana Hayride show in the early 1950s.
Ecclesiaste III game launch: Sesom International Limited, creators of the new game of the future: ECCLESIASTE III “THE QUEST” will launch the game at three Meet & Greet events in
Elvis On Tour Outtakes DVD: While mystery still surrounds the upcoming release of this DVD, EIN recommends the following link for those interested in Elvis On Tour material. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis trophy unveiled at Gates of Graceland: Hollywood has Oscar. Broadway has Tony. The NHRA has Wally. And now Memphis Motorsports Park has Elvis. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Kenny Chesney joins ranks of Elvis & Elton John: Kenny Chesney is on his "Somewhere In The Sun" tour, and he's racking up records matched by only two artists before him. He's sold out three nights at Atlanta's Philips Arena. In the history of Atlanta's major arenas, only Elvis Presley and Elton John have sold out three nights in a row. For the math-minded, that's close to 18,000 tickets per night. Chesney said when they told him, it took him back a little bit. He said the first record he ever bought was Elvis' "Greatest Hits" and he feels he's in some pretty special company. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Priscilla Presley on Aussie TV: Priscilla Presley will be appearing on one of Australia's most popular shows, "Rove Live" next Tuesday night (26th July) at 9.30pm - Channel 10. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Why Elvis? (DVD Review): EIN casts an eye over the latest DVD documentary release and discovers some surprising things. (DVD Review, Source: EIN)
DNA search to find illegitimate Elvis siblings: Timothy Farrell has launched a search for potential half-siblings, in order to determine whether there is a match between him and other individuals as he continues his journey to determine if he is Elvis' son. (News, Source: Timothy Farrell blogspot)
Elvis by the Presleys DVD & CD winners: The lucky winners in our recent "Elvis by the Presleys" DVD & CD giveaway were Kathy Baysdon, Glenn Goldsmith, Bob Hayden, Jenny Winston, Peta Johnson, John Philips and Celia Bright. Winners will be notified by email. Many thanks to Sony BMG for providing the prizes.
Elvis by the Presleys book winners: The two lucky winners in our "Elvis by the Presleys" book competition were Sue McDonald and Gavin English. Winners will be notified by email. Many thanks to Random House for providing rhe prizes.
Lisa Marie finally relates to Priscilla: Singer Lisa Marie Presley has a better relationship with her mother PRISCILLA now than ever before - and her prim parent even tries to swear occasionally to make her daughter feel more at home. The feisty rocker, 37, was always devoted to her late father ELVIS PRESLEY, but she finally feels just as comfortable with her actress mother. She says, "We've reached a place where we like and respect each other. "After so many years of torture, misunderstandings and men getting involved - her boyfriends, or mine - it's been really nice. "She even tries to say 'f**k' sometimes now, which cracks me up, because she does it so politely." (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Don't Be Cruel" the search for the best Elvis: Taping of the 'Elvis Idol' type show starts in Las Vegas next month. The new reality television show, "Don't Be Cruel," uses an elimination format in its quest to find the world's best Elvis tribute artist. The winner will drive away in a 1965 14-karat gold-plated Cadillac and record the controversial, unreleased song, If Only I'd Bought Her Roses, allegedly co-written by Elvis in 1973. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Elvis-A-Rama/Sanja Meegin)
The King and I: Alice Kahn looks inside Priscilla Presley's best selling memoir, "Elvis and Me". (Spotlight Article, Source: San Francisco Chronicle)
Elvis #1 Singles Boxset will be released in Australia: BMG Australia has told EIN that it will be releasing the Elvis #1 Singles boxset. A release date is yet to be confirmed. The Aussie release of the single disc DVD editions of The '68 Comeback Special and Aloha From Hawaii has been put on hold for the time being. (News, Source: BMG)
Australian chart update: After four consecutive weeks in the top 10, Elvis By The Presleys slipped to #11 on this week's ARIA Music DVD chart. The album edition has dropped out of the Top 50 Album chart. (News, Source: ARIA)
Ralph Bettman, man who lit stage lights for Elvis, dies: Ormond Beach resident Hanford "Ralph" Bettman once set the stage lights for performers such as Perry Como, Elvis Presley and Ed Sullivan. After the Second World War, Bettman worked for CBS in New York City. As lighting director, he lit the stage for Elvis' 1957 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. He also worked with Jack Benny, Red Buttons, Rosemary Clooney, and his favorite, Perry Como. Bettman retired from CBS after 35 years at age 73. (News, Source: The Daytona Beach News)
Biographer claims 'King of Pop' to die like 'King of Rock': Michael Jackson biographer Stacy Brown is urging the pop superstar's family to continue their suicide vigil on him - because he's convinced the King Of Pop is keen to die. Both Jackson's father Joe and brother Jermaine have expressed their concerns about the pop star's failing health and pressures he faced during his four month child molestation trial earlier this year (05). But Brown, who penned new expose Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask with the singer's former sidekick Bob Jones, fears the superstar is still at risk. The writer says, "I don't think Michael Jackson will be alive in 10 years time. It's amazing to me that what happened to Elvis (Presley) hasn't happened to him. "He lives on the edge. He's bound to crash and burn. He's 87 pounds and six foot tall - that's unhealthy." But Brown doesn't think Jackson has the courage to take his own life in the conventional sense. He adds, "I don't think he has it in him to take his own life. I don't see him putting a gun to his head. It'll be an accidental overdose - something like that. "It's the most tragic story in pop music history - and he's not dead yet." (News, Source: World Entertainment Network)
Joe Guercio honored with IEBA Founders Award: Joe Geurcio, Elvis's longtime concert conductor and musical director, has been honored by the International Entertainment Buyers Association with their 2005 Founders Award. Click here to go the the IEBA site for details. (News, Source: EPE)
"Elvis A Legendary Performer, Vol. 6" delayed: A manufacturing fault has delayed release of the Madison label's latest CD. It should now be released in late July - early August. (News, Source: Elvis News)
New Elvis DVD announced: "Walking in Memphis" (named after the hit single by Marc Cohn) will be released in the EC on 22 August. No other details are presently available. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis themed gift shop being added to Memphis International Airport: As part of a refurbishment initiative, Memphis International is adding an Elvis themed gift shop for summer 2005. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
CKX, Inc. added to Russell 1000(R) Index: CKX has announced a major achievement with this news. The Russell 1000® Index measures the performance of the 1,000 largest companies in the Russell 3000® Index and is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased barometer for the large-cap segment of the U.S. equity market. The index represents approximately 92% of the U.S. market. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: EPE)
"Elvis" mini-series receives 6 Emmy Award nominations: The 2005 miniseries "Elvis" has been nominated for 6 Emmy's: Best miniseries; Outstanding Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie - Jonathan Rhys Meyers; Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie - Randy Quaid; Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie - Camryn Manheim; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; and Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. Winners will be announced on August 27, 2005. (News, Source: emmys.org)
Ernst Jorgensen to contribute to "Elvis World" magazine: Further to yesterday's story that Ernst J. dined with Bill and Connie Burk during their recent holiday in Denmark, we can now report that Ernst has agreed to contribute to Bill's long-running quarterly magazine, Elvis World. Ernst's contribution could start with the November 2005 (#78) issue. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis Behind The Image Vol. 3: Bud Glass and Praytome Publishing are working on a third volume in this DVD series. It will include more interviews with celebrity guests and as yet, unnamed, never before released Super8 footage. (News, Source: EP Gold)
Ernst Jorgensen dines with Bill "007" Burk: On their last day of holidays in Denmark, Bill Burk and wife Connie lunch with Ernst Jorgensen (BMG/FTD) and his partner Helle at the Riz Raz restaurant. We look forward to hearing about just what was discussed. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Graceland to celebrate Elvis Week 2005 August 8-16: The nine-day celebration of the late superstar's life is held throughout the city of Memphis with numerous events and charity benefits, culminating in the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15th attended by tens of thousands. Elvis.com to feature 6th annual live internet VIGILCAST(TM) of the Candlelight Vigil for fans around the world. Each year since Elvis' death in 1977, thousands of people from around the world have gathered at his home Graceland, in Memphis, to celebrate his life in a week of events now known as ELVIS WEEK. And, for the sixth year, fans from all over the world can participate in the largest activity, the Candlelight Vigil on August 15th, via the live VIGILCAST(TM) on AOL.
The Elvis Week Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey with The Imperials takes place on Saturday, August 13th, and Elvis International: The Magazine Presents A Good Rockin' Elvis Day Festival on Sunday, August 14th. The annual Candlelight Vigil and Vigilcast(TM) 2005 is Monday August 15th. This is the largest Elvis Week event, when thousands of fans are invited to walk up to Elvis' grave carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. A portion of the evening will be broadcast live on AOL as the sixth annual VIGILCAST(TM). (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis' cook passes away: Pauline Nicholson, a former cook for Elvis Presley, has died of cancer. She was 76. Pauline also worked as Elvis' housekeeper and sometimes looked after Lisa Marie when she was little. She has continued cooking for the Presley family after Elvis' death and can even be seen in the recent DVD release 'Elvis By The Presleys' which shows her preparing a meal for Lisa Marie and her mother Priscilla when they came to Memphis and requested Nicholson cook for them. Pauline loved to tell stories of her time with Mr. P (as she would call Elvis). Nicholson, leaves behind a husband of 55 years, seven daughters, a son, an adopted son, 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. (News, Source: Elvis Express)
Mississippi State to review sales tax waiver on proposed 'Circle G' resort: The state of Mississippi will review a proposal to waive some taxes on the proposed golf course and entertainment resort at the site of the old Circle G Ranch once owned by Elvis Presley. The ranch was the former weekend retreat of Presley. He and ex-wife Priscilla honeymooned there in 1967. J.D. Stacy, an Atlanta-based developer, and unnamed investors want to turn the former ranch into a resort complete with two golf courses, luxury condominiums and two hotels. Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker has said he has questions about the scope of the project and what the diversion of sales tax income will mean financially for Horn Lake.
Sonny West in Memphis during Elvis Week 2005: Sonny West will be doing his "Memories of Elvis Show" at The Clarion in Memphis, with special guest Don Rose on August 10 and run every night through the 14th. The shows begin at 7 pm. $15 gets you into both shows. Sonny tells some amusing and loving stories about the years he worked for Elvis and also takes questions from the audience. Don will be doing his Golden Oldies show. (News, Source: Sandi Pichon)Sandi Pichon book signing during Elvis Week 2005: Sandi Pichin will be signing copies of her book, "Raised on Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!" at the following locations: August 11: 11am-2pm Airport Inn and 4-6 pm Marlowe's for the Alzheimers Benefit Dinner; August 12: 2-4 pm Airport Inn; August 13: 9-11 am Airport Inn noon and 5 pm Pool Party at 1034 Audubon Drive; August 14: Good Rockin' Tonight, Marriott Hotel. (News, Source: Sandi Pichon)
Future UK releases: In the editiorial of the most recent Official UK Elvis Presley Fan Club magazine there is mention of future releases:
Chips Moman interview CD: The upcoming Dutch magazine "Almost In Elvis" has the Elvis American Sound Studio Sessions as its theme. The magazine comes with a CD containing an interview with Chip Moman and other musicians who were present at the famous 1969 session. (News, Source:Today Tomorrow And Forever / Elvis News)
"Elvis The Great Performances" on Aussie TV: The ABC TV network in Australia is screening the three 'Elvis The Great Performances' documentaries. The first documentary, Center Stage, screens tonight at 11.10pm. The remaining episodes screen on Tuesday 19 and Tuesday 26 July. (News, Source: ABC TV)
"The Making of Elvis On Tour" DVD: According to Elvis Express, "Rumours are going around the Internet that a DVD is being released in October 2005 entitled, 'The Making of Elvis On Tour'. In an email received by us, the source states that the rumoured release will have a running time of two hours and will contain "Previously Unseen Footage" of Elvis in rehearsal and on stage, all filmed while making the 1972 MGM movie. There is no information as to whether this is an official release or a bootleg, but we would certainly be surprised if Warner Home DVD were to release a 2 hour making of documentary, when the actual film is still yet to see it's debut on DVD". (News, Source: Elvis Express)
The "mysterious" Hooper Twins reflect on working with Elvis: The twins, known by their stage names as Bud and Bud, were the youngest of five kids, born on a 60-acre cotton farm in Joaquin (in east Texas), to Arthur and Bertha Hooper. After picking cotton the boys learned to play their guitars, then, they started to look for paying gigs. As part of their stage identity, the two have steadfastly refused to be known by their real first names, preferring instead to be known simply as "Bud and Bud." Only family and personal friends are privy to their names.The Louisiana Hayride was second in popularity only to the Grand Old Opry. They played, impressed the promoters and became regulars. Soon they were driving to Shreveport on Saturdays, doing the show and returning to Houston. They were getting paid union scale wages, which meant each one received fifteen dollars per appearance. Then came one of their many brushes with fame.
Elvis Presley, who at this time was trying to make a name for himself, also did the show. Like the boys, he also played gigs at the Ft. Worth Hoedown, and the Big D Jamboree, in Dallas. Elvis used to come down to Houston and played at the Magnolia Gardens, and at Cooks Hoedown. He didn't have a band in those days. Once, when he came to Houston to play at Cooks, so the boys backed him up.
"I remember he used to have a heavy hand with his guitar," said Bud. "Elvis was always breaking his strings. He was not much of a musician in those days, but he was a hell of a performer. Elvis knew how to use his body; and his guitar was more than a musical instrument, it was a prop. He used that guitar like it was an extension of his torso. One day, months after we met him and played a gig with him, we where working a live radio show in a used car lot in Houston. We were doing "That's all right with Mama." He was driving by when he heard us playing his song on his car radio. He came over, finished the song, shook hands and left." (News, Source:Houston Courier Online)
Australian chart update: "Elvis by the Presleys" has slipped four places to #9 on this week's ARIA Music DVD Chart. The CD edition has slipped twelve places to #45 on the Album chart. Both releases have been on the chart for 4 weeks. (News, Source: ARIA)
Flying Elvis' Brisbane breakfast: Nine Flying Elvis impersonators from the The E-team and Prentice are in
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Elvis, king of the cockpit: Officials in Memphis are in a dilemma over whether to rename the city’s airport “Elvis Presley International” in honour of “The King”, who grew up near by. The move would be in line with other celebrity runways, including John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Louis Armstrong, John Lennon and John Kennedy airports. But the civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, and many believe it would be more appropriate to call it the “King Airport”, to honor both famous figures. (News, Source: Maurice Colgan)
Elvis - Prestige Collection DVD set: Set for release on September 30, 2005 is the DVD box set "Elvis - Prestige Collection". This region 2 DVD set contains the titles "The Trouble with Girls", "Harum Scarum", "Spinout", "Double Trouble", "Viva Las Vegas", "Jailhouse Rock", "It Happened At The World's Fair" and "Thats The Way It Is". (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
Tracing the Elvis family tree - can you help?: We received this intriguing request from a relative of Elvis' - "Hi there my name is Debbie Flynn and I am a Great Grand Daughter of Niecey Presley. I live in Florida and I have cousins that visited one of Elvis's Aunts that lived somewhere around the Bradenton, Florida area in the late 50's to early 60's. This means that Niecey Presley must have known that side of the Presleys back then for my cousin to remember going over there. She said she remembers this woman saying Elvis had been there for a week and had just left that morning. She can not remember the ladies name. She was a little girl then. I heard of these visits throught my life growing up and knew Niecey must have known this relative of Elvis's. Supposedly Niecy and my line are from Hans Jurie (John) side (son of Valentine Presler), which makes me think these two were cousins and kept in touch. I don't want to take any more of your time and I could tell you more of these visits but I am woking on my family tree now, and I guess this should have been done years ago and this information would not have been lost. If you know why even some of his family was here or who they were I would really apreciate it because it will help tie up loose ends that I have. Much Thanks!!!!" If you can help Debbie click here to contact her. (News, Source: Debbie Flynn)
Elvis Fest saved for another year by cost-saving tactics, other changes: Tupelo's Elvis Presley Festival turned a $9,135 profit in 2005, enough to keep the event going for another year. Before the 8th annual festival last month, planners had hinted at canceling the downtown event if it didn't start making money. Last year, it lost $5,465. In 2003, it lost $2,642. Cost-cutting measures and new twists broke the losing streak this year, festival organizer Jim High told a meeting of Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association on Tuesday.
Tyler Hilton plays "Elvis": In his first professional acting role, singer/songwriter Tyler Hilton was cast in the role of a lifetime - he plays his first musical idol, Elvis Presley. "It was really nerve-wracking," Hilton said in a phone interview from a tour stop in Memphis. "At first I was thinking maybe I shouldn't do the thing because it's too much pressure and what if I screw it up. But then I thought if they offer me the part and I said 'no' and saw someone else do it, I'd be like, 'What! Why didn't you take that?' " The husky-voiced folk pop singer plays a young Presley in "Walk the Line," a biopic of country-music legend Johnny Cash. The film, which is due out later this year, stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. While Hilton did little research to play Presley, he did dedicate time to learning the King's famous hip-popping moves - moves that Hilton does not plan to incorporate into his Tucson show Wednesday. "No, I couldn't pull that off," he laughed. (News, Source: Arizona Daily Star/Sanja Meegin)
It happened 51 years ago today: Dewey Phillips played "That's All Right, Mama" on his radio show, "Red, Hot and Blue"...the response was heard around the world and is now history!!! Across the ocean in Northern Ireland the cries of a newly born baby boy could be heard....the response is now the "Elvis Information Network"!
Jerry Schilling writing book: Memphis Mafia member, Jerry Schilling, has commenced writing a book about his time with Elvis. Jerry knew Elvis from way back to the Humes High School years. He was there during the movie years, at the concerts and even when Elvis met President Nixon. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
MBNA merger - your Elvis credit card not affected: MBNA, which issues the Elvis credit card, announced June 30 that it will merge with Bank of America by the end of the year. This transaction will have no immediate impact on the way your account is managed. In the long run, the consolidation of two of the nation's top financial institutions will result in an even stronger menu of product offerings for GROUP members and a continued single-minded focus on customer satisfaction. For more information on this merger, go to www.mbna.com. (News, Source: EPE)
Pat Geiger condolences: After our news report (4 July), we received the following message from Joan Gansky: "We are very sorry to notify you of the sad news that devoted Elvis fan, Pat Geiger, passed away peacefully on July 2nd. You will all remember how tirelessly this tenacious and wonderful lady worked to get recognition for Elvis on a United States postage stamp and the successful conclusion of her campaign on January 8th 1993. Pat had recently been living with her son Larry and his wife in California. According to her wishes, there will be no memorial services. Her final resting place will be back in her beloved Vermont - next to her mother. Condolences may be sent to: The Geiger Family, 135 McCarron Way, Hemet, CA 92545, USA." (News, Source: Joan Gansky)
Elvis items for sale: The site, Elvis Outlet (www.elvisoutlet.com), has a number of Elvis items for sale including a Sun Studios invoice, RCA collectible and an Elvis "juice" glass (with COA). (News, Source: Christine Bamford)
EPE talks about Graceland Crossing closures: Further to our news stories (5 June, 7 June and 26 June) about the closure of two "independent" stores at Graceland Crossing, Elvis Express has published the following comments from EPE, " Todd Morgan, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises said EPE empire made the business decision due to "it doesn't make a lot of sense to lease space to a competing business." Morgan also said that EPE is constantly considering ideas to expand its visitor center complex, including Graceland Crossing,which is just up the street from Graceland and situated in front of EPE's Heartbreak Hotel.
James Burton festival line-up announced: Shreveport is holding an international guitar party, and everybody is invited. That was the gist of the message shared by the organizers of the James Burton International Guitar Festival during a news conference Monday. Set to take place Aug. 19-21, the festival will feature two concerts and a three-day trade show. The festival's main event, a "James Burton and Friends" concert, is set for Aug. 20 at Municipal Auditorium. In addition to Burton, a local legend who played with Elvis Presley between 1969 and 1977, performers at the "Friends" concert will include Brad Paisley, Sonny Landreth, Eric Johnson, Johnny Rivers, Steve Wariner, Johnny Hiland, the Nelson brothers -- Matthew and Gunnar, Jeff Cook of band Alabama, Jeff Baxter, Seymour Duncan, Steve Luthaker of Toto, Johnny A, Doyle Dykes, Greg Koch, Roscoe Beck, Dr. John, Steve Cropper, Dickie Betts of Allman Brothers and movie-star-turned-musician Steven Seagal.
"I guarantee you, even if you're not a musician, and you're just a music connoisseur, you will not want to miss this," said Jeff Burton, James' son. "We're proud to bring it here to Shreveport. We're proud to bring it here to Municipal Auditorium. ... We're hoping that everybody here joins us on board and just makes it a fantastic thing." Proceeds from the festival will be donated to the James Burton Foundation, which aims to provide children and young adults with instruments, scholarships and grants. "I want to see the kids continue the music legacy and give them the support they need with new instruments ... and music lessons, whatever it takes to continue what we're doing in our music industry," James Burton said. (News, Source: James Burton Music/ Elvis News)
Elvis flies the flag while on a downward spiral: Nothing says America like a parachuting Elvis carrying a flag. “He’s got me all shook up,” admitted Big Ray Caddell, real estate agent and head of the Kool Kats swing band. Sweat glossed the face of Elvis, aka Matt Fitch of Aerial Adventures, as he greeted his fans at Charlottesville’s McIntire Park. A Scottish woman visiting her sister giggled as he struck a kung-fu pose for a picture. (News, Source: DailyProgress.com)
Huge Elvis vinyl collection for sale on eBay: If you want to see an impressive Elvis vinyl collection visit eBay listing # 4743747732. (News, Source: eBay/Sanja Meegin)
Elvis at #3 on UK Albums chart of all-time: Elvis Presley, who earlier this year was named the most successful music act of all time by the British Hit Singles and Albums, was at number three in the album chart. The top ten artists were: 1. Queen (1,322 weeks) 2. The Beatles (1,293 weeks) 3. Elvis Presley (1,280 weeks) 4. U2 (1,150 weeks) 5. Dire Straits (1,136 weeks) 6. Simon and Garfunkel (1,114 weeks) 7. Madonna (1,032 weeks) 8. David Bowie (1,005 weeks) 9. Elton John (989 weeks) 10. Michael Jackson (966 weeks). (News, Source: AP)
All eligible for Elvis pet show: Kids, as well as adults, will have the chance to show off their pets and compete for prizes when the city hosts its annual pet show on Wednesday, July 27, at Corson Park. This year's competition will be themed, "You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog," and will be in honor of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis. "We plan to have a lot of fun with the Elvis Pet Show," Liz Nicke, recreation supervisor, said. "Last year (for the Pet's in the City show), over 100 participated." (News, Source: Bridgetown News/Sanja Meegin)
Riverside Park ready for a hunka-hunka Elvis fun: Solano prepared the jacket as part of the costume for his fifth consecutive performance at the Michigan Elvisfest, this weekend at Riverside Park. The festival, sponsored by the Depot Town Association, is in its sixth year and Solano is one of 10 Elvis impersonators who will be performing. Greg Jacque will make his first appearance, landing himself a place at Elvisfest after winning first place in the Star Search in Belleville. "That was the first impersonator contest I've ever won,'' he said. "I'm performing with the big boys now.'' (News, Source: The Ann Arbor News/Sanja Meegin)
July FTD releases: FTD will ship its three July releases (Tickle Me; Elvis Today & All Shook Up) by Wednesday of this week. (News, Source: Chad Heywood)
"Across the Country Vol. 1" a fake?: According to a post by firstname.lastname@example.org on the FECC messageboard the "not yet released Audionics CD is a fake. Apparently it is not made by Audionics at all but by the USLA (Unreleased Soundboard Liberation Army)'. This posting follows earlier claims that Kansas City Blues on the Fort Baxter label is also a fake. (News, Source: BigRedG, FECC messageboard)
Elvis & Marilyn have classic appeal: American stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley are more sexy than today's Hollywood icons, according to a UK survey. The poll, commissioned by Muller, asked 1000 Britons which American stars they would most like to spend the night with. Fifties screen legend Marilyn Monroe was the preferred choice for men, followed by Calamity Jane actress Doris Day. Modern-day stars Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Halle Berry came next. Elvis came top among the women polled, followed by John Wayne, crooner Frank Sinatra, 1950s rebel James Dean and Humphrey Bogart. Robert De Niro was next, while Tom Cruise and Pitt languished behind their classic counterparts. The younger generation of Britons, aged 16-24, also reckoned that Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were twice as desirable as Robert De Niro and Madonna. (News, Source: Daily Record News)
Has Elvis left the building?: Beverly-based WBOQ is one of the few local stations that still includes music from the ’50s on its playlists, though admittedly not nearly as much as the likes of CBS-FM in its heyday. WBOQ’s program director Charlie Curtis says even if there’s still an audience for the rock and doo-wop of the 1950s, most radio stations are sure to steer clear of it. “There is no tradition in radio other than making money,” says Curtis. “That’s the thing that people find hard to understand. Radio is a business just like any other. You can play all polka all the time and you’ll have a small group of very happy, loyal listeners. But you won’t make any money and you’ll be out of business.” If that’s the case, then what does the future hold for true oldies music, which DeVenne and others readily describe as the root of authentic American rock ’n’ roll? If Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and, yes, Elvis Presley are slowly but surely being squeezed out of the American music scene, where can the baby boomers turn? Well, they could always go see “Herbie Fully Loaded.” “I think it’s always going to be there for people,” says DeVenne. “When they stop listening, I’ll go off off the air.” (News, Source: TownOnline.com)
Elvis' son appears!: It's been a long time since the tabloid media had a field day (and increased sales) with stories of Elvis' "alleged" illegitimate children. Names like Lucy DeBarbin, Deborah Presley and Elvis Presley Jr. were well known in the Elvis world for a few years in the late 1980s. At one time more than a dozen people claiming to be Elvis' offspring hit the headlines. Well this week, Timothy James Farrell has come forward claiming to be the result of a liaison between Elvis and Rebecca Stewart in 1954. (News/Odd Spot/Conspiracy, Source: Scatter, FECC messageboard)
Australian chart update: "Elvis by the Presleys" has slipped two places to #5 on this week's ARIA Music DVD Chart - it is now certified Platinum. The CD edition has slipped eleven places to #33 on the Album chart. It has yet to be certified. (News, Source: ARIA)
Chart updates: In Ireland the "Elvis by the Presleys" compilation CD dropped off the Top 75 albums chart. Meanwhile the DVD with the same title dropped to #4 from last week's #1 in the Top 10 Music DVD chart. In Canada, "Elvis by the Presleys" dropped off the Top 100 albums chart while the "ELV1S 30#1 Hits" dropped to #33 from last week's #23. In the New York Times best-selling books list "Elvis by the Presleys" is up to #23 from last week's #29. (News, Source: Elvis News)
False rumor taints Elvis: Continuing our series on accusations Elvis was racist and stole "black music, we look at an alleged comment made by Elvis in the mid 1950s: "The only thing Negroes can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes." (Spotlight Article, Source: Cox News Service)
Elvis in Amarillo, Texas - a look back at "Elvismania": When Elvis appeared for the first time in Amarillo, it was before Hank Snow on the bill. The public didn't like him so that we had to cancel his performance and send Snow earlier than planned on the stage. That was 1955 - but in April 1956 it was totally different: the Auditorium was filled with 2547 visitors up to the last seat. The crowd broke through doors and windows in order to see Elvis. The fire defense patrol came in order to not let break the total chaos out. Before the show, we had major problems. The people stood so thickly pressed that it was impossible for us to open the doors! The crowd was so large, that on Buchanan Street the traffic simply stood absolutely still. I announced finally over a microphone that we would open the side entrances and the people flooded in. When only around 500 fans were left, we tried to open the front doors again. The mass pressed forward and a young girl was thrown through the glass door - however she wasn't hurt at all and wildly raced back in order to get a good seat. (Article, Source: Paul Terry King/Bringin' It Back #10, April 1995)
Cheyenne Jackson's poster stolen: A New York City theater has changed its poster policy following the theft of a life-size likeness of "All Shook Up" leading man Cheyenne Jackson.
Elvis Behind The Image 'Welcome to his world' Vol. 2 released: The second volume of Bud Glass' Behind The Image book has been released. (News, Source: EP Gold)
The new EIN site turns 1 today! Many thanks to everyone who has provided support, encouragement and helped us to go from strength to strength! It is really appreciated!
The schism between Elvis' stage and studio work: In live concerts Elvis pleased himself by making sure that he pleased the audience. In the studio however many of Elvis' greatest performances came out of Elvis simply singing for his own entertainment. In this thought-provoking article EIN contributor Harley Payette puts the spotlight on this interesting dichotomy. (Spotlight Article, Source: Harley Payette)
EPE signs eFashion to handle its online business: Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) announced today it has signed the nation’s leading ecommerce provider, eFashion Solutions, LLC, (www.efashionsolutions.com) to manage the global web-retailing for officially licensed and trademarked Elvis products. The arrangement will also result in cheaper shipping to non-US destinations. (News, Source: EPE)
Bad news from Sweden: The "Elvis by the Presleys" DVD exited the Swedish Music DVD chart after only a three weeks stay. (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Dream King' tour of Australia falls through: Negotiations to bring one of America's top tribute artists, Trent "The Dream King" Carlini, to Australia for a four state tour in late 2005 have fallen through. (News, Source: Monika Leone)
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)