Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
New Ger Rijff "50th Anniversary of Jailhouse Rock" book update: Ger posted this message recently on the FECC board about his new book: Henrik Knudsen, from Elvis Unlimited, has asked me to do an exclusive photo book, for him, on the 50th anniversary of Jailhouse Rock, next year. It will be a package, similar to his, already succesful G. I. Blues project... Kool bonus items will be part of the project". (News, Source: FECC)
Elvis unites fans in Canada: You could not only "feel the love" on the streets here yesterday at the 12th annual Elvis Festival, you could see it. Thousands of people carried life-size black and white Elvis masks that doubled as fans on the second steamy day of this year's three-day party for fans of "The King." They came from all over North America and as far away as England and Australia to this city of 18,000 on the shores of Georgian Bay.
"On Friday, you saw everything walking down the streets -- Muslims, Hassidic Jews, aboriginals, Chinese, Jamaicans, young and old, in every walk of life from welfare to millionaire," Collingwood resident Bill Brock, 55, said. "Elvis is a uniting force." For the first time in festival history, to kick-off the Friday night street party, 97 of the registered 140 Elvis impersonators or "tribute artists" as they call themselves, sang the Presley classic All Shook Up in unison on the Hurontario St. mainstage.
They set a new Guinness World Record, beating last year's British record of 77 Elvises, although they await official verification from Guinness World Records, festival publicist Marion Lewis said. Among them was this year's only blind Elvis, Doug Leavens, 63, of Sarnia, competing for the first time in the non-professional category and singing I Can't Help Falling in Love with You.
"I was blind from birth and as a teenager, dying of boredom studying classical piano until I heard Elvis," he said, sitting near Collingwood's big clock tower dressed in black and wearing a curly black wig and sideburns. Anyone can buy a pair of thick fake sideburns for $6 at local street vendors to get into the festival mood. Kitchener teacher Cathie Sullivan, 52, wears hers with a pair of big rhinestone studded, hot pink sunglasses.
"This is just the best place to be because everybody has such a good time. You can feel everybody's love for Elvis and you never see a grumpy face," she said. Sullivan fits right in with this crowd where an abundance of silver and gold studs, sideburns, suede shoes and white suits were the rule. (News, Source: Toronto Sun)
CVB nixes funding request for Elvis museum: The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau this week rejected a request to help fund a proposed $262,000 expansion of the Elvis Presley Museum. Board members were asked to contribute $50,000 to the project but declined because they have not seen the Foundation's operating budget. If they see a budget, they might reconsider, said board member Everett Kinsey. Read full story (News, Source: djournal.com)
Book by George Klein questioned: Bill Burk had this to say about the announced memoir by George Klein: "George Klein has been "going to publish" this book since we first tried to interview him for our own book, EARLY ELVIS: THE HUMES YEARS, (now in its 3rd printing), in 1990! He's insisting on a $1 million advance from any publisher, when, in FACT, all Priscilla Presley got for her book was $750,000. IF ... the Geeker's book DOES eventually get printed, I will be quite interested in seeing ALL the photos of him with his best friend Elvis during their Humes days. Meanwhile, don't hold your breath for this release." (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"I'm off to Graceland": Journalist John Bordsen is visiting Graceland. In this somewhat cliched newspaper article he looks at what he can expect when he gets there. (News, Source: Travel.News.com.au)
"Elvis Grace and Grit" exhibition: Elvis devotees - and you know who you are - will not want to miss the "Elvis: Grace and Grit" exhibition that opens at noon today (Sunday) at The Tallahassee Museum, 3495 Museum Drive in Florida. The collection of rockin' artifacts includes a flashy belt worn by the King of Rock 'n' Roll, a leather jacket, pajamas, some vintage photos, lyric sheets and a lot of other Elvis memorabilia. The first 50 folks dressed up in an Elvis-ian manner (sequined jumpsuit, blue suede shoes, jet-black pompadour, etc.) get in free. Thankyaverymuch. By the way, the museum's Trail Break Cafe really will be serving peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches. The exhibit runs through Oct. 29. Admission to the Tallahassee Museum is $8 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and college students, $5.50 for children (4 to 15) and free for children 3 and under. Call 575-8684 or visit www.tallahasseemuseum.org.
World record smashed by Elvii in Collingwood, Canada: There were plenty of sideburns, sequined jumpsuits, tight black leather pants and blue suede shoes when 94 hip-swivelling Elvises smashed the world record for the largest Elvis impersonation event last night in Collingwood.Singing in unison, they performed the Elvis Presley song "All Shook Up" to an appreciative crowd of several thousand who cheered them on in their bid to get into the Guinness Book of Records. The world record bid, at the 12th annual Collingwood Elvis Festival, easily beat the record set by the Selfridges department store on Oxford St., Central London, in April 2005 when 77 Elvis tribute artists sang "Viva Las Vegas" at one time. The record bid followed strict rules set out by Guinness calling for each Elvis impersonator to be dressed in complete costume, holding a numbered paddle and singing in unison. The Collingwood Elvises proved they truly were Kings by singing for just over four minutes, one minute longer than the previous record, said official timekeeper Sandra Cooper, deputy Collingwood mayor of the town dubbed `Elviswood.' Not to be outdone, long-time Collingwood Mayor Terry Geddes took on the role of official Guinness counter and verified there were 94 Elvises. "That was by far the most unusual official duty I've had as mayor, but it was totally exhilarating," said Geddes. Fab Giacomelli, 51, of Hamilton — in a blue-sequined jumpsuit — led the group onto the stage as Elvis Number 1. Being in the first cluster of Elvises meant he had to stand in the sun in front of the stage because the stage wasn't big enough to accommodate all 94 impersonators. "It was hot out there, but it was an incredible rush ... with us all singing together," he said. Wearing matching pink jackets and black pants, their black hair slicked back, brothers Brenen and Brycen Katolinsky of St. Catharines, age 8 and 12, were Elvis Numbers 38 and 39 and sang their hearts out. "It was very exciting," said Brycen. Collingwood will now have to wait for several weeks before official word comes from Guinness on whether their bid makes it into the record books. (News, Source: TheStar.com)
Patti Parry to visit Germany: Bill Burk tells us Elvis Presley Germany is bringing Patti Parry to its country in January. Patti will appear somewhere near Munchen (Munich). (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"Elvis, My Best Man" new book by George Klein: According to the Elvis Australia site Memphis Mafia member, George Klein is writing a new memoir about his friendshgip with Elvis. Due out in late 2007-early 2008 George says" He was best man at my wedding. That's the working title. It will be from day one, from the first meeting in 1948 until today. It will have inside stories that people don't know and pictures people have never seen. You'll hear the whole, true story. I waited because there were so many books and stories that came out about Elvis after he died and into the eighties and I just didn’t want to get caught up in that circus". (News, Source: Elvis Australia/Elvis News)
John Wilkinson in Sweden: John Wilkinson, Elvis' former rhythm guitarist, will be a special guest artist in Sweden at Stan Perkins and DJ Fontana's show "Good Rocking Tonight". The tour starts on August 25, 2006. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Elvis/Bob Dylan essay published in new book: Michael Gray has written the "Bob Dylan Encyclopedia". According to a post on the FECC board by Gregory Nolan Jr, there is a: "heartfelt, learned and revealing entry under "Elvis Presley." Author Michael Gray, who penned a book on Elvis awhile back, manages to draw terrific connections and insights into Elvis and Bob Dylan. While it helps to have some knowledge of Dylan as an artist (the more the better), this essay should succeed in making Dylan fans appreciate Elvis...and possibly vice versa. Any Elvis skeptic (and we've all known them) who likes Dylan would leave realizing that Elvis is a true hero of the man. This is a high quality essay and I recommend that all curious Elvis fans take a look at this volume."
EIN Note: Michael Gray (and Roger Osborne) wrote the excellent book "The Elvis Atlas" and Gray is also responsible for an insightful article about Elvis released in the book "Song and Dance Man". (News, Source: FECC)
Revised edition of "Desert Storm" update: Author Darrin Lee informs EIN that the new edition of his controversial book, Desert Storm, will be released around August 20. (News, Source: Darrin Lee)
Read EIN's review of Desert Storm: Shattering of a Myth
New Ger Rijff book for release in 2007: Ger Rijff has told EIN that he is working on a new book based around Elvis' third film, Jailhouse Rock. Ger says the book should be released in the spring of 2007 (northern hemisphere time). Ger has previously produced the superb release 'Inside Jailhouse Rock'. (News, Source: Ger Rijff)
At Home With Elvis - new line of EPE sanctioned Elvis canvas art
Candlelight Vigil Dinner almost 'Sold Out': EPE tells us: The Candlelight Wine Dinner and Silent Auction has very limited seating still available for this exclusive Elvis Week event on August 10. This encore presentation of last year's hit, upscale event features a gourmet, four-course dinner with a selection of the Graceland Cellars wines from Signature Wines chosen to best accompany the menu. A wine expert from Signature Wines will be on hand to guide you through the dinner and educate you on the art of wine tasting. Also, enjoy a silent auction that will benefit Presley Place. Tickets are on sale now. (News, Source: EPE)
Shaking Up The Great Lakes" Fort Baxter CD: The third release on the Fort Baxter Classic Series will be Shaking Up The Great Lakes . This CD will feature the April 24th, 1977 Ann Arbor, MI show ( originally released on the A Profile - The King On Stage vol.1 ). Since the soundboard recording is incomplete the CD will contain also the performance recorded two days later in Kalamazoo, MI. Both soundboard recordings had some songs edited out when originally released, and for the first time presented in their complete form. These two concerts certainly make a nice double features as both contain several songs done only once, songs like Trying To Get To You, Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel, Help Me, Little Sister, Polk Salad Annie, Unchained Melody, Little Darlin', Big Boss Man, Heartbreak Hotel, And I Love You So, Blue Suede Shoes and Hurt.The material is presented in its best-ever sound quality to date with a 12 pages colour booklet, relevant text and photographs. This is scheduled for release in September. Definitely a very interesting CD to those who missed them out back then, and further more since it will be in better sound quality.
Track listing :01- Love Me * 1:35 ; 02- If You Love Me, Let Me Know 2:54 ; 03- You Gave Me A Mountain 3:36 ; 04-Trying To Get To You 2:25 ; 05 - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 4:09 ; 06- Little Sister 1:52 ; 07 -Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:10 ; 08- Help Me 2:42 ; 09- My Way 4:02 ; 10- Polk Salad Annie 4:08 ; 11- Hurt ( with reprise ) 2:50 ; 12- Hound Dog * 2:02 ; 13- Unchained Melody 2:36 ; 14- Little Darlin' 1:52 ; 15- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 1:58 ; 16- Love Me 2:41 ; 17- Fairytale ( false start ) 0:31 ; 18- If You Love Me, Let Me Know 2:54 ; 19-You Gave Me A Mountain 3:44 ; 20- Jailhouse Rock 1:58 ; 21- O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 3:34 ; 22- Big Boss Man 2:53 ; 23- Heartbreak Hotel 1:55 ; 24- Blue Suede Shoes 1:12 ; 25- And I Love You So (with false start ) 4:08 ; 26- My Way 4:13 ; 27- Hound Dog* 1:53 ; 28- Can't Help Falling In Love* / Closing vamp * 2:17* previously unreleasedTracks 01-15 recorded on April 24th, 1977 Ann Arbor, MITracks 16-28 recorded on April 26th, 1977 Kalamazoo, MITotal running time = 74:59 (News, Source: FECC)
"This Is Elvis" 2DVD official release for August 2007: Another confirmation that Warner Bros will be issuing a 2 disc DVD release of "This Is Elvis" has been made in the past 24 hours by George Klein on his all original Elvis hour radio show. Klein said Warner has updated and "refreshed" the original film that was released back in 1981. This latest news follows earlier news from Elvisly Yours' Sid Shaw and the UK magazine, Record Collector (see story dated 23 May 2006), of the release. (News, Source: minkahead, FECC)
"Elvis vs. The Beatles" Index Page added: We have added an index page containing links to all of our controversial articles comparing the success of both artists. It can be found in the right hand column of or Home page under "Reference"
New book release - The Elvis Interviews: A new book, "The Elvis Interviews" by Glen Bonham will be launched at the 2006 Collingwood Elvis Festival in Canada later this month. View EIN's comprehensive listing of Elvis books published in 2006-07 (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Elvis Week 2006 updates: If you can't make it to Elvis Week 2006, you can still celebrate Elvis's legacy from anywhere in the world online.
The latest from Elvis Radio: Bill Rock's next Soundtrack Saturday Night program will feature music from the film Spinout, part of Follow That Dream Records' reissue program for Elvis movie soundtrack albums that are no longer part of Sony BMG's mainstream RCA Elvis catalog.
Elvis Has Left the Building - Down a Rope: "ELVIS" is due to make a sensational comeback appearance at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital this October along with a few friends. The star-spangled impersonator is due to take part in a 200ft abseil from the top of the hospital in October in aid St Paul's Eye Appeal and the Linda McCartney Centre. 200 other abseilers will also be taking part but there are still places available. CONTACT the Appeals office on 0151 706 3153 or e-mail email@example.com for your registration pack. (News, Source: Daily Post, Liverpool)
"Altered By Elvis" documentary film is lead story today on Yahoo.
Read EIN's review of Altered By Elvis
Sony BMG to reissue more Camden albums?: On the FECC board, Daryl has posted that Sony BMG Custom Marketing will be reissuing two more of the Camden Elvis titles: "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Let's Be Friends." These will be similiar to the recent "Elvis Sings Flaming Star" and "Almost In Love" reissues. (Source: Daryl, FECC)
The Mystery of Elvis' TCB ring: prslady has raised the following issue: Elvis' famous TCB ring is 1 1/2"x1" in size in heavy 18k yellow gold. It has 78 diamonds plus the eleven-carat round diamond and black onyx. The diamond is flanked by lightning bolts and the initals "TCB". As you all know, Elvis' TCB ring is on display in the Trophy Room at Graceland. But did you know that Elvis' TCB ring was auctioned off in Beverly Hills in February of this year by a very reputable, very famous jewelry company that is also a pawn shop for the rich and famous?
Are there two IDENTICAL TCB rings? No, says Graceland, they know of only one ring and it's in the Trophy Room. But, the company that sold the TCB ring is real and worth lots of money. And it was advertised "Elvis Presley Ring".
After contacting the president of the company, he told us that he designed the ring for Elvis and they still have the molds. One mounting is in their posession. Several rings were made for favored friends of Elvis'. This leaves a lot of qyestions: Are there two rings and Graceland knows nothing about it? Is the ring on display at Graceland a fake? Or did Elvis have several identical TCB rings himself? Did Elvis have duplicate of the original made to use just at concerts? And who sold the ring in the first place? If there were two rings why wasn't it reported in the Inventory of the Estate in 1977? If this wasn't Elvis' ring why was it advertised using his name? Will we ever find out the facts??? (Source: prslady)
Elvis Booklist 2006-07 updated: Today we have added a significant update of our Elvis Booklist 2006-07. More than a dozen titles have been added to the comprehensive listing plus numerous release date revisions and online links. There are now more than 70 titles listed in 2006 and more than 10 for 2007.
CD 2:  Adam And Evil (takes 17-18)  Adam And Evil (takes 19-20)  Never Say Yes (takes 1-3)  Never Say Yes (takes 4-5)  Never Say Yes (take 6)  Spinout (takes 1-2) Spinout (take 3)  Spinout (takes 4-5)  All That I Am (take 1)  All That I Am (take 2)  All That I Am (takes 3-4)  All That I Am (take 5) All That I Am (take 6) I'll Be Back (take 1) Tomorrow Is A Long Time (takes 1-3) Down In The Alley (take 1)  Down In The Alley (takes 2, 3, 4)  Down In The Alley (take 6)  Down In The Alley (takes 7, 8)  I'll Remember You (vocal overdub take 1) I'll Remember You (vocal overdub take 2)  I'll Remember You (vocal overdub take 3) (News, Source: Elvis News)
New JAT book in December: The next photobook release from the Joseph Tunzi stable will be "Elvis Starring In Oklahoma". It is due for release in December. More details shortly. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Sid Shaw critical of Parkes Elvis Festival officials: In his latest Elvisly Yours Cyberclub Newsletter, Sid Shaw writes: 'Australians have a great reputation for being strong characters, great in sports, great fighters and have a deep inner strength. They are even Australians that fight crocodiles and they have the world's most poisonous snakes and spiders. Sadly, this wonderful, macho reputation is being ruined by it seems a bunch of pansies who run the annual "Elvis Festival" in Parkes, NSW, Australia. Each year Parkes puts on an Elvis Festival but after reading on the Internet that Elvis impersonators were to be banned the organisers got their "knickers in a twist" ("panties in a wad"), started panicking and have run to Bob Sillerman, the new owner of EPE begging for an "Official" license. Even Bob Sillerman has stated he does not intend to stop Elvis impersonators.
As long as the Parkes Elvis Festival pays the standard fee for playing Elvis music they can have all the Elvis Tribute Artists in the world performing and there is nothing EPE can do to stop Parkes celebrating the music of Elvis Presley. I took on Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc in the UK Courts to bring freedom to the Elvis World. In London alone there are seven Elvis theme restaurants and ETA Contests up and down the country throughout the year. There are probably several thousand unlicensed Elvis shows here annually. Since Australian Law follows UK Law and EPE was defeated here I would be happy to advise the Parkes Elvis Festival Committee about their rights for free. They should save the license fee and give the money to a local children's home, just as Elvis would have wanted if he were alive.' (News, Source: Sid Shaw, Elvisly Yours)
Winner of EIN's break our Elvis code competition: Yesterday we ran a competition to win a copy of the Sony BMG "genre" CD 'Elvis rock'. The winner of the CD is Neil Schmidt who very quickly cracked the code which, when deciphered, read: Elvis married Priscilla Beaulieu. Congratulations Neil, your CD will be winging its way to you shortly. As for the code, each letter in the cipher represented the letter in the alphabet preceding it, for example our first word was Fmwjt (=Elvis). Thanks to everyone who entered and we hope you had fun cracking the code. We'll have another competition in August.
Graceland's upstairs rooms: Fans have long been intrigued about the off-limits rooms upstairs at Graceland. Well wonder no more. A website with photos of the upstairs rooms is now available. Click to visit the site (News, Source: Christine Bamford)
Sewing, Elvis Style - New Product Line from Wrights: Wrights® is offering a new, exciting line of Elvis® Licensed products. Look for appliqués, ribbon, belting, elastic banding, and blanket binding in select Wal-Mart® stores this August. You'll be able to celebrate Elvis by decorating your favorite garments, accessories, and home decor with these fun items that come in a huge variety of styles. You can visit the Wrights® website at wrights.com for suggested uses and ideas or if you are an Elvis Insider, visit the message board and share your ideas with fellow members. (News, Source: EPE)
Movie option signed on Sonny West memoir: The Sonny West group has signed a production 'option' deal with a movie company regarding his memoir due out next year (see news item two below). (News, Source: Marshall Terrill)
Australian CD and DVD release dates: BMG Australia will issue the following releases on August 13: 'Aloha From Hawaii' (single disc DVD), 'Comeback Special' (single disc DVD), and the three latest "genre" CDs: 'Elvis Live'; 'Elvis R&B'; 'Elvis Movies'. In September it will issue the 'Rock 'n' Roll Hero' budget priced CD. BMG Australia has no plans at this time to release an album to coincide with the Elvis Presley In Concert tour of Australia. (News, Source: BMG)
“I’m extremely appreciative that Triumph/Random House sees the value of this work and I look forward to working with them,” West said. “I hope the fans will respond in kind, because my book is a tribute to Elvis.”
West’s co-author, Marshall Terrill, said Triumph/Random House’s involvement will give “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business” a much bigger promotional push than most other Presley books.
“The publisher has very high hopes and they’re going to make every possible effort to promote our book,” Terrill said. “Even though I’m biased, I feel it’s the best and most objective look at Elvis Presley in many years. I believe most Elvis fans will come away with a deeper understanding of the man and his life because of Sonny’s insights.”
The collaboration, which started in 2002, is follow-up to the 1977 book, “Elvis: What Happened?” in which Sonny West co-authored with Red West and Dave Hebler. The book will cover West's 16 years with Elvis Presley from 1960 to 1976, the aftermath of “Elvis: What Happened?” to his thoughts today on Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley.
The book will include photos from West’s personal collection as well as photos donated from the Russ Howe Collection. The book also includes two appendices – “All The King’s Men” and “Myths, Facts and Frequently Asked Questions”. The former is a section on former Memphis Mafia members while the latter is a list of questions West answers directly from Presley followers. In addition to combing through hundreds of documents, the two had several Presley experts read the manuscript to ensure its accuracy.
“It was my privilege and pleasure to help edit the book because I was able to relive a lot of the memories,” said author and longtime Presley fan Sandi Pichon. “I also learned quite a bit about Elvis through many untold stories. Sonny’s book will make a welcome addition to any Elvis Presley library.”
Chicago-based Triumph Books was acquired by Random House in May and will now exist as an independently-run imprint of the Random House Publishing Group. (News, Source: Marshall Terrill)
"Fortunate Son - The Life of Elvis Presley" book review: Here is a short review by Publisher's Weekly about this new book which is for releasse in the US on 25 July: Elvis was "influenced by the products of a national mass culture" until he became one of that culture's greatest icons while creating a sound that wove together various strains of music from Southern whites and blacks. …the personal details are packed tightly into a psychological reading that sees Presley's downward spiral as an attempt to escape the pressures of fame in "an alternate universe governed by his own whims and predilections." Ponce de Leon's portrait is sympathetic, confidently defending Elvis from those who would brand him a racist, but this is all just reinforcement, not reappraisal.” (Book Review, Source: Publishers Weekly)
Elvis Tribute Day 16 Aug 2006: The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs has a special Elvis tribute day on the 29th anniversary of Elvis' death. As part of the tour you will meet rockabilly star Glen Glenn, Ed Bonja and Dennis Roberts, as well as some special guests. (News, Source: Halcyon)
Englebert cans Aussie band: Last month golden oldie crooner Engelbert Humperdinck left local entertainer and leading Australian Elvis tribute artist Mick Gerace and his band seething after he tried to pull the plug on their performance just hours before his first show at the Opera House.
The band, which had been heavily promoted as the support act for the Sydney and Melbourne leg of the June tour, was shocked when told on the afternoon of last weekend's show that Humperdinck had simply decided he would "prefer a magician" to perform in their place.
After a heated exchange, the band managed to play for 20 minutes - half the agreed set time - but huffy Humpy stood firm on canning their Melbourne shows. (News, Source: Daily Telegraph)
"Hound Dog Tour" of Memphis during Elvis Week: Backbeat Tours advises: Hello Elvis fans! During Elvis week in August, Memphis, Tennessee's Backbeat Tours will be providing not only our usual Elvis Presley 'Hound Dog' Tour, but for ONE DAY ONLY we will supersize the 3-hour tour for all of you TCB'ers out there who want to actually go inside Elvis' first Memphis apartment, take a mini-tour of his high school, see his actual favorite seat inside the former Memphian Theater, even stop in Sun Studios for a tour of the recording room where history was changed forever. All of this on top of our usual stops, including the stage where he held his first public concert in 1954. We ride from site to site in class and style with a real-live Memphis musician playing the King's hits right on board. And there is lots more to do & see at our website, www.backbeattours.com, where you can even make reservations online! How high-fallutin' is that?! We are open 363 days a year and we know our stuff. Don't be cruel, come on and have a look-see for yourself. Don't let Elvis Week in Memphis pass you by! Thank you, thank you very much. Memphis Jones, Backbeat Tours. (News. Source: Backbeat Tours)
"Ken Lay and Elvis, through a curious coincidence, are on my mind": So says Joe Guzzardi in his interesting article about similarities between the deceased & disgraced Enron chief and Elvis....and a cadillac connection. Read the full story (Spotlight Elvis, Source: vdare.com)
Elvis in sand: Massive 'Mount Rockmore' Sand Sculpture Highlights Groundbreaking of Hard Rock Park, the World's First Rock 'n' Roll Theme Park. Construction officially began today on Hard Rock Park, the single largest tourism investment in South Carolina's history and the first new major theme park to be built in the U.S. in nearly a decade. The $400 million park is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008.
"X2 Platinum" BMG Canada CD: This issue gives you Elvis Presley, and Elvis from BMG U.S. Issued in 2005. The 2cd's come in a nice slipcase printed in Canada, however each cd has it's own slipcase, which states original album classics, and these slipcases are U.S. slipcases. (News, Source: Barry McLean, FECC Board)
The town big enough for Elvis and Bigfoot: The first thing to understand is that Elvis Presley (really, that's his name - if I'm lying, I'm dying ) is alive and well and living in Phillips, Milwaukee, so don't discount the impossible. Unfortunately, historic Bloom's Tavern, the bar Presley now owns next to a building named Heartbreak Hotel, was not open the day I stopped so I was unable to frame the question any newspaperman would trade his first born to ask.
"Elvis, have you seen Bigfoot?"
So I did the next best thing. I walked
Some restaurants in town were said to have put Bigfoot Burgers or "sasquatch soup" on their menus, Stutzman's story said, while south of town at Roscoe's Country Sausage owner Dennis "Roscoe" Skomaroske changed his outdoor sign to read "Buying Sasquatch Hides." And Solberg Park is very nice. On my way out of town I stopped to see where Bigfoot researchers had camped, hoping to pick up a vibe. The only upright creatures I found were campers, though I kept my eyes peeled as I departed, remembering what Brian Skomaroske had said could be one downside of this whole fuss.
"Some goofy son of a (gun)'ll probably put a monkey suit on and go in the woods," he said, "and somebody'll shoot him."
At least then we could say, Bigfoot has left the building. (Odd Spot, Source: JS Online)
"The Sound Of Vegas Volume 1" new CD release: Set for release in July 2006 by SR records is the CD "The Sound Of Vegas" Volume 1. As usual the SR label has added value added inclusions to the first edition. Read full story & see visuals from the release (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Elvis In Hawaii 2": Jerry Hopkins is working on a follow up to his book "Elvis In Hawaii". Here for he is looking for photographs that could be interesting for this second volume. The follow up to the first volume will probably be a pocket size book. If you have photographs you want to share, you can contact the publisher / author through this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. (News, Source: Elvis In Hawaii /Elvis News)
Elvis would have done wonders for wine: Wine marketers have missed a trick by failing to provide meaningful links between wine and music, the MW Symposium heard last month.
Elvis has come to the aid of the Angels: "Cape Cod Covers: The King," a 20-song CD by some of the Cape and Islands most popular performers, is more than just a tribute to Elvis Presley. The newly released recording is a fund-raiser for Angel Flight New England, a volunteer corps of over 1200 private pilots who provide free transportation to patients in need of life saving medical care, as well as to their families. Read full story (News, Source: TownOnline.com)
EC court annuls Sony BMG merger: A European court has annulled the European Union's approval of a 2004 merger between Sony Music and BMG in a surprise decision that could force the world's second-biggest music company to be unwound. The unprecedented ruling by the European Court Of First Instance on thursday also cast doubt on the viability of combining EMI Group and Warner Music, which are engaged in a duet to buy each other. (News, Source: Luuk, FECC board)
TCB Band House Parties price reduction (see original story dated 3 July 2006 below): Sponsorship has been successfully secured from the Scottish Tourist Board for the TCB Band House Parties! They are very kindly sponsoring the cottage accommodation which will mean a substantial price reduction for guests!
Anyone who has already paid the original price for cottage accommodation will receive reimbursement. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please contact Natalie (email@example.com) asap as these places will go fast!!! (News, Source: Ann Ogilvie)
Elvis' historical concert from 'College Park 27th September 74' to be released?: Often regarded as Elvis' worst concert ever, it is rumoured that the Straight Arrow label will be releasing a good quality audience-recording of this very show later this August. Following on from their release 'Going Back In Time' Orlando, Feb 15, 1977, it is believed that they have obtained the original complete concert tape and that it is in good quality. Previously this has only been available on an appalling quality audience-recording delightfully named, 'All Gut In College Park'. However having the concert with good sound quality we find the show isn't actually as bad as expected with Elvis pulling off fine versions of 'How Great Thou Art', 'It's Midnight' and others. He certainly wasn't a well man but it is an infamous performance in Elvis' concert legacy. The release will surprise many, and it will come with a CD booklet featuring photos from the show, many previously unpublished. (News, Source: Email)
Linda Thompson confirmed for Elvis Insiders Conference 2006: Actress, poet, Academy Award nominated songwriter and former girlfriend of Elvis, Linda Thompson, will share her unique perspective on Elvis in during Day Two of the Elvis Insiders Conference on August 12. This will be Linda's first time to participate in Elvis Week. She will join her brother Sam Thompson (previously announced) in a special segment of the conference. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis Presley International 5K Run and Walk: United Cerebral Palsy is proud to announce the 24th annual Elvis Presley International 5K Run and Fun Walk. It’s scheduled for Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 a.m. at Graceland. The race will coincide with Elvis Tribute Week.
Graceland will once again serve as the backdrop as more than 3,000 runners race to support UCP’s programs and services for children and adults with all types of disabilities. Cash prizes and awards will be presented in all age categories. Walkers, wheelchairs and runners with disabilities also join in the fun in their own categories. The post race party at Graceland Pavilion, featuring entertainment from “The Aims Gang” will highlight the event. Most importantly the runners will draw attention to the needs of people with disabilities. Proceeds from the race will benefit UCP of the Mid-South. The mission of UCP is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with all types of disabilities. Race registration is $20.00 in advance or $25.00 on the day of the event. Your race T-shirt and number are included in the packet along with special coupons from local businesses.
Call (901) 761-4277 for more information and to register by phone. You can register online by clicking here. (News, Source: Eyewitness News)
2006 Tupelo Elvis Festival attacts record crowds and revenue: This June's Elvis Presley Festival attracted more attendees and generated more money than any previous festival in the annual event's eight-year history. Roughly 9,700 people turned out at the June 2-4 celebration in downtown Tupelo - double the previous record attendance, according to Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association executive director Debbie Brangenberg.
Aussie town all shook up over licence to impersonate Elvis: A town in central west New South Wales in Australia is applying overseas for a licence to impersonate Elvis Presley. Organisers say with 5,000 visitors to this year's event, Parkes can claim the biggest Elvis Festival in Australia. Fears that there would be a crackdown on unauthorised Elvis impersonators have prompted the group to start negotiations with the American billionaire who owns the rights to Elvis's name and likeness.
Festival publicity officer Monique Kronk says if they are endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises the group would have to do some policing of its own.
"We will need to be looking at any retailers during our festival which might be selling unlicensed merchandise, there will be restrictions put on them," she said.
But she says the licence would increase merchandising opportunities and safeguard any performer or venue that participates in the festival. She says the endorsement would mean any Elvis impersonator who attends will not be breaching copyright even if they gain financially.
"Basically everyone who is performing as an Elvis in any capacity, and any local venues even for that matter that are putting on Elvis shows, if they register through our office and at no charge, they'll be covered, for use of the Elvis name under our own licence," she said. (News, Source: ABC News)
"From Ireland to Graceland" tour for Irish fans: Music fans from all over Ireland – particularly those with a weakness for Elvis Presley and Country and Western – are invited to travel from Ireland to Graceland. Leading escorted tour operators NST are running a “Follow From Ireland to Graceland” trip to Nashville, Memphis and Graceland from October 28 to November 4, departing from Shannon Airport. The group will visit all the leading attractions in these two outstanding American cities, including Music Row recording studios, Elvis’ residence at Graceland, his birthplace and museum in Tupelo, Nashville Nightlife Theatre, the Grand Old Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The trip, priced at €1899 (per person based on two sharing), is exceptionally good value for the time of the year. This includes return flights from Shannon Airport, six nights B&B accommodation in top hotels, guided tours of both cities, admission to tourist attractions in both cities, return coach transfers to accommodation, and all airport taxes and security levies. The group will be accompanied by guides for all excursions. Anyone interested in travelling, or looking for further details, should contact group organiser Liam Horan (087 9185867), or firstname.lastname@example.org . Or send a deposit of €200 (made payable to NST Ltd) to Liam at 16 Caislean Riada, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, today to secure your place. Early booking is advisable to ensure your place. (News, Source: Athlone Advertiser/Charmaine Voisine)
Latest celebrity visitors to tour Graceland: On July 10, 2006, husband and wife, country music superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw toured Graceland, the day after their concert in Memphis. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis Visa debit card launch: Elvis Presley™ Enterprises and EDP Licensing, Inc.™ announced today the launch of the first Elvis Presley Prepaid Visa® card.
The launch of the celebrity prepaid cards marks a new era for the debit card. Prepaid debit cards are fast becoming the card of choice among American consumers. Last year, more purchases and bills were paid with debit cards than with checks. For the past two years, debit cards have outgrown their big brother – the credit card. Much like a checking account without the paperwork, prepaid cards offer customers the convenience of a credit card and the no-interest charge advantage of a checking account.
According to Paul Cleveland, EDP’s founder and CEO, “The Elvis card marks a new era for the success and popularity of prepaid cards. The program will launch with one card and then a series of collectible cards will follow.” He added, “We believe this is one of the most unique prepaid card programs ever launched and that it will appeal to the millions of Elvis fans across the country.”
Elvis is the most successful celebrity licensing program in the world. EDP Licensing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDP Technologies Corporation™, is the largest online marketer of prepaid cards.
As prepaid cards overtake credit cards in popularity, consumers are looking for ways to add personality and customization to their cards. Until now, there has been little opportunity in the market to do that.
Elvis fans will also love the safety and security of the new Elvis card. (News, Source: EPE)
Coming Home Music continues to pursue possible television airings in addition to PBS affiliates.
EPE licenses new "gold-plated" records: California Gold is proud to introduce four new limited edition framed 24KT gold-plated records commemorating the 50th Anniversaries of Elvis Presley's first four number one singles. The first four titles in what will be a continuing series are "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Love Me Tender." All four records celebrate their 50th anniversaries in 2006. Each beautifully framed and matted presentation features a gold record that has been etched with "The Number One Singles" on the top of the record and a reproduction of Elvis' signature on the bottom of the record. An individually numbered text plate and an image from Graceland's archives are also included in the frame along with the "Number One Singles" logo printed onto the matting itself. These remarkable tributes are a must have for Elvis fans. Images are online now at www.cgframing.com. California Gold is a longtime licensee of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (News, Source: EPE)
Reminder to artists - Elvis Week Art Contest & Exhibit: Daily, August 9-15. Exhibit in place in the ticket office pavilion in Graceland Plaza. Free admission to view this exhibition of Elvis-themed artwork from amateur and professional artists from around the world. Artists wishing to enter their work may click here for guidelines for participation and an application form. For all the information about Elvis Week 2006, click here to go to the Elvis Week pages of Elvis.com. (News, Source: EPE)
UK sales of Elvis DVDs: Stuart posted this message on the Elvis Number Ones bulletin board: 'Deluxe edition DVDs of "Aloha From Hawaii" and the "68 Comeback Special" were released in the UK in July 2004. From July to the end of the year sales were; '68 Special...75,449, Aloha...72,035. They were No8 and No10 in the UK Music DVD bestsellers list that year. Both must have sold more than 100,000 by now. Thats The Way It Is Special Edition (2001), sold 125,000 in its first year.' (News, Source: Elvis Number Ones)
Elvis comeback in 2008!: A new TV studio audience will be assembled with its members being drawn, on Presley's insistence, from a cross-section of the world's races and religions. The leading UK broadcaster, the BBC, has offered to telecast the performance worldwide, but a representative from the Presley camp said: "We don't need the BBC, the BBC need us."
1st Annual "Shadows of the King" Contest winners: Top three for the money, cd's from Golden Voice & scarf's from Silk To Memories. 1st Place Pete Paquette - 2nd Place Rick Wade - 3rd Gino Monopoli. (Almost Elvis, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Large crowd farewells Elvis' vet, revitalizer, businessman -- friend: More than 200 people, Elvis impersonators among them, bade farewell Friday to Dr. Edward Octave 'Doc' Franklin. A noted businessman, "self-appointed" politician, Beale Street revitalizer and Elvis' veterinarian, Franklin died last Sunday at his home in Southaven. He was 69.
Former Memphis mayor Dick Hackett delivered the eulogy during a memorial service at Southaven's Twin Oaks Funeral Home, also serving as an honorary pallbearer. Bill Yoste, Vernon Simpson, Dr. Tim Fleming, Bill Renovich, Mike Glenn, state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, and Robert Wininger were the other honorary pallbearers for Franklin, whose remains were cremated. "Franklin had the ability to make you feel like you were his best friend," said Hackett, now a Nesbit resident, who spoke to Franklin almost daily throughout their friendship. "In fact, there were times where I felt I was his only friend."
Franklin was known and credited for many things, including founding the DeSoto County Tourism Association and overseeing construction of the DeSoto Civic Center. The former Army captain and diehard University of Tennessee, Knoxville, patron also practiced veterinary medicine at Raines Road Animal Clinic in Whitehaven and DeSoto County Animal Clinic in Southaven. His varied business interests included founding Passport Inns Motel chain, Bad Bob's Saloon, The Waterhole Lounge and The Vapors Supper Club. And he was a pioneer in the revitalization of Beale Street in the 1980s, with management of the New Daisy Theater, The Good Tymes Dinner Theater and Proud Mary's.
In 1987, he began the "Images of the King" International Elvis Impersonator Contest, held annually in Memphis during Elvis Week. Appropriately, Franklin's video tribute Friday began with Elvis's rendition of "I Did It My Way." The service rounded out with Michael Hoover, the second person to win the "Images of a King" contest, performing two Elvis hits, "Peace in the Valley" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Yet, Hackett said of Franklin's public attention: "It's not what he was most proud of." Hackett said Franklin talked most about his wife of 26 years, Jackie Franklin, his seven children and 11 grandchildren. In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, Franklin leaves two sisters and an aunt.
"I know from observing (Franklin)," Hackett said, "how to be a better dad, how to be a better husband, how to be a better contributor to the community." (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Weekend chart update: Here are the U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week ending July 15, 2006:
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - down 1 to #18.......Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - up 5 to #31 (News, Source: Elvis International Fan Club)
Then Colonel Parker gets on the phone and said, "You know, I really love this song," and I said, "You cannot imagine how excited I am about this. This is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me as a songwriter." He said, "Now you know we have a rule that Elvis don't record anything that we don't take half the publishing." And I was really quiet. I said, "Well, now it's already been a hit. I wrote it and I've already published it. And this is the stuff I'm leaving for my family when I'm dead and gone. That money goes in for stuff for my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews, so I can't give up half the publishing." And he said, "Well then, we can't record it." I guess they thought since they already had it prepared and already had it ready, that I would give in. I said, "I'm really sorry," and I cried all night. I mean, it was like the worst thing. You know, it's like, "Oh, my God ... Elvis Presley."
And other people were saying, "You're nuts. It's Elvis Presley. I mean, hell, I'd give him all of it." I said, "I can't do that. Something in my heart says, 'Don't do that.'" And I just didn't do it, and they just didn't do it. But I always wondered what it would sound like. I know he'd kill it. But anyway he never got to record it. Then when Whitney Houston's version came out, I made enough money to buy Graceland! (News: Source, EIN/CMT)
John Wilkinson interview: The Brasilian site Elvis Collectors Brasil has published on their site an interview with John Wilkinson. You can access this interview directly by clicking on the following link : John Wilkinson Interview. (Interview, Source: Sergio Luiz/FECC)
1ST ANNUAL GIBSON GUITAR ETA PARTY AND SHOW: ETA Freddy B. tells us: "Could you please help me spread the word to all ETA's that there will be a huge ETA Party and Show planned for August 13th at 6pm, at the Gibson Guitar, Beale Street, in Memphis during Elvis week. All ETA's are welcome to bring their tracks and be prepared to sing a minimum 3 songs each on the Gibson stage. NO COSTUMES...This is a casual party and the Gibson will hold 400 on the main floor and the Rooftop overlooking Beale Street will hold 1,500 people.. I am trying to get it approved through Gibson to add a second sound system on the Rooftop...Any questions or more information should be directed to Freddy.B at www.elvisforhire.com website". (News, Source: Freddy B.)
Laurel & Hardy do Elvis! (this is funny!!) (News, Source: "The Easy Rider")
Celebrity pet names: Beyonce, Rooney, Posh - more Brits than ever are naming their pets after celebrities. While old favourites like Max and Charlie are still popular monikers, celebrity names like Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Beckham and Elvis are growing in popularity, a study carried out by pet charity PDSA found. (News, Source: Sky News)
All Star Line-Up at 2006 Elvis Insiders Conference: Join Pat Boone, Jerry Schilling, Al Wertheimer, James Burton, June Juanico, Gordon Stoker, Maxine Brown Russell, Sam Thompson, and many more as they share their memories of Elvis at the 2006 Elvis Insiders Conference on August 11 and 12. Also, see rare and never-before-seen pictures and videos, receive an incredible conference welcome kit loaded with freebies, and enjoy free access to the 2006 Merchandise and Memorabilia Showroom. Tickets for the conference are on sale now. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis Army exhibit leaving the building: In the days when Elvis Presley was staging concerts, the announcer would signal that the show was over with the line "Elvis has left the building." At Fort Knox, Elvis is leaving the building on Friday.
Vote For Elvis Albums: The Official Charts Company website has a poll going on to find the top UK 'No.1' albums. You can vote for up to 50 albums, so get those Elvis votes in! (News, Source: ColinB/EP Gold) 2006/07/05 ColinB / EpGold.Com.
"Jailhouse Rock" screening in Belgium: The old prison of Tongeren (Belgium) has reopened its doors for visitors. This summer, the prison is host to a series of special movies. On Tuesday, August 15th, they present the original 1957 version of “Jailhouse Rock”. Tickets are 2.5 euro only, and include a tour on the ‘wrong side’ of the prison walls. Info: www.gevangenistongeren.be (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)
Doc" Franklin dies: The founder of the long running "Images of The King" contest, Dr. Edward Octave Franklin died on 2 July 2006 at his home in Southaven, MS. Read obituary (News, Source: Commercial Appeal/ Katherine De Nike)
Elvis music featuring in Australian National University School of Music Gala: The main item for boys at this year's ANU School of Music gala outreach concerts in Canberra, Australia will be O Sole Mio. That won't mean a lot to everyone, but in English it was a big hit for Elvis Presley as "It's Now Or Never", convenor Susan West says. "our plan is to have a few intrepid souls give us the Italian before breaking into the Elvis version. registration and further information about rehearsal times is available from email@example.com (News, Source: The Canberra Times)
Amazon short: "The Poster of Elvis" (available for download)
Elvis meeting in Holland: The Dutch Elvis Presley fanclub Elvis For Everyone is holding its annual Elvis meeting on Saturday, July 15 2006 - from 12.00 to 17.30 hour at the DES Gebouw (Albert Steenbergenstraat 44) - Hoogeveen. Saturday, July 15 2006. There will be Elvis stands with cd's, dvd's, vinyl, books, photos, collectors items and much more and from different dealers! Also a USA Tour 2007 info stand, Elvis on big screen, a tombola... ALSO an ELVIS AUCTION with original collectors items from the 50's, 60's and 70's... And every fan receive a free and limited edition Collectors CD!!! For the first time available this day!Entrance: 10 Euro (including free cd). For more information go to www.elvismagazine.eu (News, Source: Hernando Presley)
Elvis loved to tweak performers who did his act. One night in Las Vegas, he passed a lounge where a burly singer was "overdoing the Elvis vibrato just a bit," the author says. 'Without breaking stride, Elvis . . . stormed into the lounge, walked right up onstage, hoisted his cane like he was going clobber the guy and said, 'If you're going to do it, do it right.' He gave the crowd a great big wink, hopped off-stage, and zoomed right out of there. But the big singer didn't see the wink - he'd been so startled that he'd fallen off the stage."
One habit of Elvis' that was not a joke was his insistence that his own music never be played inside Graceland. Schilling remembers one day when somebody put on All Shook Up during a party. "Who's the wise guy that put that goddamn music on? Get that crap off!" Presley roared. "There was no doubt he was really angry," Schilling writes. "He was proud of his work, but it was just that - his work. He lived with his music outside of the house - he didn't need to hear it while he was trying to relax in his own basement." (News, Source: Asian News International/Sanja Meegin)
To order an autographed copy of Jerry Schilling's memoir, "Me and a Guy Named Elvis", contact Bill Burk
Presleys in the Press: For many years Susan MacDougall maintained a comprehensive archives of print media articles mentioning Elvis. Susan's Presleys in the Press is a valuable historical archive for Elvis researchers and the casual fan. (News, Source: Susan MacDougall)
Elvis influenced singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson: Swingin'-Little-Guitar-Man posted this interesting message on the FECC board:
The late Harry Nilsson (Everybody's Talking; Without You), whose superb three octave vocals led him through some of the most brilliant albums of all time owed a lot of his popularity to Elvis' movie sountracks!! Speaking in one of his last interviews, he explained:
But don't expect the shag carpeting in the mansion's Jungle Room to be taken up and replaced with hardwood floors, the spokesman said.
"The house is a national landmark. You don't make changes like that. You don't change a national landmark,'' said Kern. "There's always the process of maintaining a place, but that doesn't mean you have to make changes. You clean it up. You trim the trees and change out plants, but you don't change the house. Graceland mansion will always be like it was." (News, Source: Dickson Herald)
President Bush & PM Koizumi talk about Graceland visit (watch video): PRESIDENT BUSH: First of all, the Prime Minister and I would like to thank Priscilla and Lisa for their gracious hospitality. And we thank the Graceland staff, as well, for arranging this unusual experience. First of all, my presence here shows it's never too late to come to Graceland. Laura and I are -- we've known Elvis Presley since we were growing up. He's obviously a major part of our music history. He had an international reputation. His reputation was so strong that he attracted the attention of the now Prime Minister of Japan. I was hoping the Prime Minister would want to come to Graceland. I knew he loved Elvis -- I didn't realize how much he loved Elvis. He not only knows Elvis' history, he can sing a pretty good Elvis song. This visit here shows that not only am I personally fond of the Prime Minister, but the ties between our peoples are very strong, as well. And so, again, to the Presleys, thank you all. And Mr. Prime Minister, glad you joined us. Want to say a few comments?
Elvis Presley In Concert pre-sale tickets STILL ON SALE: General Presale Tickets will be available until 8 AM Local Time on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, 7.30 AM Local Time on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 in Adelaide.
After that, Platinum, Platinum with Hotel and Gold Exclusive Ticket Packages will remain on sale until sold out or TBA. Quantities are limited! (News, Source: EPE)
Worst ever photo of Elvis?: Sid Shaw included this awful photo of Elvis in the latest issue of his excellent Elvisly Yours Cyber Newsletter. Sid says:
"Elvis was probably the best looking guy in history. Perhaps Rudolph Valentino fans would disagree, but I don’t think many are around to dispute the fact so in Elvisly Yours’ opinion Elvis wins hands down until you see the worst photo of Elvis ever. As I search my archives, not really archives, more like boxes and bundles of photos I have collected over the years, I come across some interesting photos. I have photos not only of Elvis but also from my 52 trips to Memphis, 40 trips to Russia and visits to many other countries on behalf of Elvisly Yours.
Of my entire collection I think this is the worst ever photo taken of Elvis Presley. He was pulling a funny face on stage in the 1970’s and it always cracks me up when I see it and thought I would share it with you." If anyone has a worse photo of Elvis contact Sid (News, Source: Sid Shaw)
"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)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m