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

(Leonard Bernstein)


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

(George Klein)


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

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)



"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)


"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"

(Bono from U2)


"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"

(Little Richard)


"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')


"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"

(Johnny Carson)

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)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

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 Facts:

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
















































































































































































































































































Welcome to the "Elvis Information Network", home to the best news, reviews, interviews & articles about the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley...

The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:

Monday 31 July 2006

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 slept here" couch for sale: A retired physician is putting up his ten-piece brown leather sectional sofa on online auctioneer eBay -- the same piece of furniture that Elvis Presley slept, ate, and watched TV on. Donald Huttner says the sofa was housed in his condo in Vail for about 10 years, during which Presley and his group visited there in 1975 and 1976.

Huttner has included on his auction site pictures and affidavits signed by three former Denver police officers who were Presley's bodyguards during the 1976 stay. Huttner, who is 71-years-old, says he's putting the sofa on the block to help pay for a kidney transplant.

As of early Friday, there hadn't been any bids on Huttner's piece of Elvis memorabilia. The auction (Item number: 320010926714), which starts off with a minimum bid of $1,000, will end just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
(News, Source:Google /Elvis News)

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)

Sunday 30 July 2006

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)

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"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)


Saturday 29 July 2006

"Elvis By The Presleys" book reissue: Here is the cover of a new reissue of the "Elvis By The Presleys" release from last year. This English hard cover bound (EIN note: Amazon UK lists the release as a softcover from Arrow Books with 240 pages) edition contains 288 pages and will be released September 9, 2006.

Synopsis from the publisher: Twenty seven years after his death, Elvis Presley remains one of the world's most beloved and iconic figures. There has been an impressive array of best-selling Elvis books over the years, but there has never been a book like this. Now, for the first time, Elvis, the man, husband father and artist, is remembered intimately and honestly by his ex wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie and other close family members.

Including deeply personal documents and previously unseen family photographs, this lavishly illustrated book will also feature new interviews with family and friends by celebrated Rolling Stone founder, David Dalton. From personal diary entries to unearthed artefacts, "Elvis by the Presleys" is set to become a publishing phenomenon and will come closer than any other book in revealing the private dreams and truths of the extraordinary and complex man, who became the king of Rock and Roll." (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)

See all Elvis books released in 2006-07

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)

New "genre" CDs released: Although officially due for release on August 1, 2006 the new DSD remastered "genre" compilations "Live", "Movie" and "R&B" are already available at SamsClubUSA according to a posting on the FECC forum. A long box with all three titles (just as there was for the first three "genre" releases) has not been spotted yet. (News, Source:  FECC/ 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)

"Memories of Elvis" has new Elvis photos for sale

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)

Friday 28 July 2006

Single disc DVD editions of 'Aloha' & 'Comeback Special' feature new extras:

Mr Majestyk posted this message on the ElvisNumberOnes board: "I have just been reading some stuff and get this, the Aloha single DVD has the press conferences and interview on the disc, news footage and a photo album----why wasn't all this on the deluxe DVDs? Same goes for the 68 Special, more outtakes that are unseen and great covers for these DVDs, much better than the cheap looking deluxe ones."

Sony BMG has confirmed to EIN that there is extra material on both discs. (News, Source: ElvisNumberOnes)

"Elvis Presley In Concert" 2006 Aussie Tour Posters selling well on ebay: At least two copies of the very rare tour poster for the October 2006 of "Elvis Presley In Concert" have fetched good prices ($40.00+) on ebay this week. (News, Source: Bob Hayden)

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View rare French film poster for "Jailhouse Rock"

New novel - "The Elvis Interviews": What do a mysterious southern sheriff, a car thief disguised as an Elvis impersonator, the Japanese Yakuza, the Mafia, a locked metal briefcase, a couple of beefy goons and a washed-up investigative journalist on the brink of a major breakthrough…all have in common?................A Pink Cadillac!

But not just any pink Cadillac. We're talking about what might well be the most valuable car in the world. Hop aboard the rollicking roller coaster ride of Glen Bonham's new novel, The Elvis Interviews, and hang on! (News, Source: The Elvis Interviews)

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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


Thursday 27 July 2006
Songwriter Mike Stoller recalls how he almost drowned as 'Hound Dog' hit #1: In an amazing story, one half of the legendary Leiber-Stoller team recounts his terrifying ordeal aboard the luxury liner, Andrea Doria (shown opposite before sinking) after it collided with another vessel and sank in July 1956. Read the full story (News, Source: Times Online)

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)

Elvis vs. The Beatles - The Matrix Argument: We have updated our article published on 24 July, incorporating more of your diverse feedback. (Spotlight Elvis, Source: EIN)

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)

Wednesday 26 July 2006

Mad Tiger label reissues several Elvis CDs: The Mad Tiger label has reissued the following CDs:

  • Mobile Trouble
  • From Ann Arbor To Kalamazoo
  • Macon Magic
  • Dallas '76
  • Raw The Other Side Of Elvis
  • Recorded Live At The Las Vegas Hilton

Click to view track listings and covers for all releases (News, Source: Elvis News)

"Elvis American Idol": Elvis was undoubtedly the original American Idol. But does this latest book offering from Susan Doll differentiate itself from the rest of the Elvis book pack and is it worth its asking price? EIN delves inside this "book brick" release and delivers you the answer. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Sneak preview of Elvis World #81 cover: Here for a sneak preview of the stunning cover for the next issue of Bill E. Burk's famous quarterly magazine, Elvis World. Now in its 21st year of publication and in full color, Elvis World is crammed full of news, articles and reviews which sets it apart from other Elvis magazine releases. The cover for Elvis World #81 was designed by world famous Elvis artist, Betty Harper. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

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Contact Bill E. Burk to subscribe to "Elvis World"

Personalised copies of Jerry Schilling memoir - time extended for orders: Bill Burk has told us: "If you want an autographed Schilling book signed to your name (To Sadie Mae ... etc) from Jerry, e-mail me your order by 8 p.m. (CDT) Friday, 28 July (USA time). Visa or MasterCard #, Exp. date, and your mailing address.

Prices including p&p: $29...USA/$32...Outside USA surface/$38...Outside USA air mail." (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)


Tuesday 25 July 2006

'Burning Love'- A classic single?: Was 'Burning Love' a classic subversive rock'n'roll single deserving of being Number 1, or was it just an over-rated hunka-hunka self-parody? Voted one of the best singles of 1972, perhaps this was the final proof that in the seventies Elvis was still The King. EIN contributor Harley Payette examines the intensity & excitement of Elvis' essential recording 'Burning Love'. (Spotlight Article, Source: EIN)

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)

"Elvis The Early Years Dutch DVD release: Here is the Dutch edition of the CBS television special with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Elvis (2006 Golden Globe winner for best performance by an actor). This special 2 disc collector’s edition comes with a bonus disc with the documentary "Elvis: The Last 24 Hours". The total playing time is 221 minutes.

Features Disc 1:
16:9 Anamorphic widescreen [1.78:1]
Dolby Digital 5.1
Chapter Selection
Subtitles On/Off
Genre: Movie
Playing Time: 166 minutes
English Languages
Dutch Subtitles

Features Disc 2:
The Documentary Elvis: The Last 24 Hours
Playing time: 55 minutes
(News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club /Elvis News)

Elvis vs. The Beatles - The Matrix Argument: We have updated our article published yesterday incorporating your diverse feedback. (Spotlight Elvis, Source: EIN)


Monday 24 July 2006

"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 - The Matrix Argument: Continuing our controversial series of articles comparing the impact of Elvis and The Beatles, in this article we present a tabular (matrix) comparison of the two musical-cultural icons plus supporting arguments/views. Our examination is based on a review of a cross-section of online and printed material about both artists. Your feedback will be added to the article over the coming weeks. (Spotlight Elvis, Source: EIN)

"On Fire!" CD: The Lone Star (A789) import release "Eternal Flame" (soundboard) with Elvis' October 20. 1976 evening Show, recorded live in Southbend, Indiana, has been re-released (bootlegged) with the title "On Fire! - Live In South Bend, In." The cover also got a make-over.

Track listing: 2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me (let me know) / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / Help Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / Steamroller Blues / Band Intros / Early Morning Rain/What'd I Say/Johnny B. Goode / Ronnie Tutt solo / Jerry Scheff solo / Tony Brown solo / David Briggs solo / Love Letters / School Days / Hurt - Hurt (reprise) / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away (part) / Little Darlin`/Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Theme (News, Source: Elvis News)

"T.R.O.U.B.L.E. in Texas" CD: The 2001 Lone Start soundboard import CD "The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You" (A123) has been reissued (bootlegged) with the new title "T-R-O-U-B-L-E In Texas ". The cover of this soundboard recording with Elvis' performance from June 4, 1975 from Houston, TX. also got a make-over.

Track listing: I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / Love Me Tender / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel/ Hound Dog / The Eyes Of Texas (exceprt) ? The Wonder Of You / Burning Love /Band introductions / Johnny B. Goode (guitar solo) - Drum solo - Bass solo - Piano solo - Orchestra / T.R.O.U.B.L.E (incomplete) / Why Me Lord? /How Great Thou Art (with reprise) / Let Me Be There / American Trilogy / Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) / Little Darlin' / Mystery Train - Tiger Man / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp
(News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis and Jocelyn Lane - "Tickle Me" music video clip

"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)


Sunday 23 July 2006

Dakota Fanning tackles sex abuse in controversial film with Elvis sub-theme: As we reported on 7 June 2006, Dakota Fanning has signed on to star in a film called Hounddog. The film is about a young girl who retreats into her love of Elvis after being sexually abused. Eric Davis from Cinematical comments:

"Pic tells the story of a young girl who turns to Elvis for inspiration after suffering through a tremendous amount of abuse. Dakota Fanning? Elvis? At first, the whole thing sounds pretty cheesy. However, reports are now saying Dakota's role in the film calls for her to be -- wait for it -- "raped in one explicit scene and to appear naked or clad only in 'underpants' in several other horrifying moments.

"Yeah, I'll let you sit with that one for a second.Due to the alarming subject matter, a bunch of potential investors wanted nothing to do with Hounddog. In fact, production on the film had to shut down for awhile after its funds dried up. Luckily (?), the producers located some emergency investors and Hounddog resumed filming, with a wrap scheduled for today. Based on the description of these scenes, it appears Dakota goes a bit farther than Brooke Shields and Jodie Foster did when they were that age.Though it's been done before, I was still somewhat shocked to read Dakota's mother and agent liked the explicit scenes, thinking they had Oscar written all over them. While that may be true, who in their right mind wants to see a 12-year-old girl stripped naked and raped on screen? Would you want to pay ten bucks for that?" (News, Source: cinematical.com)

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.

Candlelight Vigil on Elvis Radio: This year, we're doing something new and exciting. If you aren't able to be in Memphis, the 2006 VigilCast on Elvis Radio on Sirius will be the only way to experience live, the gathering of fans at Graceland to pay tribute to Elvis with a candlelight vigil. The live broadcast will air Tuesday evengin, August 15 (time TBD) and will feature live or recorded interviews with celebrities and fans in town for Elvis Week. You'll get to hear Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, Pat Boone and many others who knew or worked with  Elvis. You'll get to experience every moment as fans gather in the street to celebrate Elvis. If you aren't an Elvis Radio subscriber, you can download a free trial and experience Elvis Radio for yourself.

Elvis Week Photo Gallery: There will be a fun gallery of photos from all the Elvis Week events. You'll be able to see your fellow fans at all the events including the Wine Dinner, the Elvis Insiders Conference, the Dance Party, all the fun and games in Graceland Plaza and more. A link will be installed here as soon as the gallery is set up.

Elvis Insiders Conference Audio Feed: You can listen in LIVE as an amazing list of special guests discuss their memories of Elvis at The Elvis Insiders Conference or listen to a recording after the event.  Special guests include Maxine Brown Russell, Jerry Schilling, Gordon Stoker,  Sam Thompson, Linda Thompson, James Burton, Pat Boone and many more. More information on hearing the conference will be posted on the Elvis Insiders message board.  If you aren't a member, join today so you can experience this historic event for yourself.
(News, Source: EPE)

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.

Doc Walker's next Elvis In Concert program will feature the Follow That Dream Records release Tuscon '76 - a soundboard recording from Elvis's concert appearance at the Community Center Arena in Tuscon, AZ on June 1, 1976. (News, Source: EPE)

"It's Elvis Time" #251 released: The latest edition of this long running magazine from The Nertherlands is now available. Click to contact IET for subscription details. (News, Source: Pete Smith)

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 royalabseil@aol.com for your registration pack. (News, Source: Daily Post, Liverpool)


Saturday 22 July 2006

"Altered By Elvis" documentary film is lead story today on Yahoo.

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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.


"Spinout- The 100% Complete Recording Sessions" CD: A new import release set for release next week is the CD "Spinout - The 100 % Complete Recording Sessions". According to the information this new 2 CD set should contain all the takes of every song from the original "Spinout" album in crystal clear sound quality.

Tracklist: CD 1: [01] Smorgasboard (take 1) [02] Smorgasboard (take 2) [03] Smorgasboard (takes 3-4) [04] Smorgasboard (take 5) [05] Smorgasboard (takes 6-7) [06] Stop, Look And Listen (takes 1-2) [07] Stop, Look And Listen (take 3) [08] Stop, Look And Listen (takes 4-5) [09] Stop, Look And Listen (take 6) [10] Stop, Look And Listen (take 7) [11] Am I Ready (take 1)[12] Am I Ready (take 2) [13] Am I Ready (takes 3-4) [14] Am I Ready (takes 5-6) [15] Am I Ready (take 7) [16] Beach Shack (takes 1-2) [17] Beach Shack (take 3) [18] Beach Shack (take 4) [19] Adam And Evil (takes 1-2) [20] Adam And Evil (takes 3-4) [21] Adam And Evil (takes 5-6) [22] Adam And Evil (takes 7-8) [23] Adam And Evil (takes 9-10) [24] Adam And Evil (take 11) [25] Adam And Evil (take 12) [26] Adam And Evil (take 13) [27] Adam And Evil (take 14) [28] Adam And Evil (take 15) [29] Adam And Evil (take 16)

CD 2: [01] Adam And Evil (takes 17-18) [02] Adam And Evil (takes 19-20) [03] Never Say Yes (takes 1-3) [04] Never Say Yes (takes 4-5) [05] Never Say Yes (take 6) [06] Spinout (takes 1-2)[07] Spinout (take 3) [08] Spinout (takes 4-5) [09] All That I Am (take 1) [10] All That I Am (take 2) [11] All That I Am (takes 3-4) [12] All That I Am (take 5)[13] All That I Am (take 6)[14] I'll Be Back (take 1)[15] Tomorrow Is A Long Time (takes 1-3)[16] Down In The Alley (take 1) [17] Down In The Alley (takes 2, 3, 4) [18] Down In The Alley (take 6) [19] Down In The Alley (takes 7, 8) [20] I'll Remember You (vocal overdub take 1)[21] I'll Remember You (vocal overdub take 2) [22] 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)

Riley Keough dating teen star: Teen star RYAN CABRERA is officially dating ELVIS PRESLEY's model granddaughter RILEY KEOUGH, just two weeks after ditching his most recent squeeze. Cabrera, 24, has been linked with Keough - whose mother is LISA MARIE PRESLEY since splitting with THE VERONICAS singer LISA ORIGLIASSO earlier this month (JUL06).

Confirmation was provided when the pair stepped out to celebrate Cabrera's 24th birthday at New York nightspot the Plumm together, reports the New York Daily News. They were also joined by guests including JESSE METCALFE and Cabrera's manager JOE SIMPSON, the father of his former girlfriend ASHLEE SIMPSON. (News, Source: Contact Music)

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)


Friday 21 July 2006
"King of the Flies" CD: Reissued with the title "King Of Flies" is the 2004 Madison label release "Fly T-R-O-U-B-L-E" containing the matinee performance in Jackson, MS. from June 8, 1975.

Track List: I Got A Woman/Amen (incomplete); Love Me; If You Love Me (Let Me Know); Love Me Tender; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; Hound Dog; The Wonder Of You; Burning Love; Introductions by Elvis; Johnny B. Goode (James Burton); Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt); Bass solo (Jerry Scheff); Piano solo (Glen D. Hardin); More Introductions by Elvis; School Days (Joe Guercio Orchestra); T-R-O-U-B-L-E; Why Me Lord?; How Great Thou Art (with reprise); Let Me Be There; Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise); Little Darlin'; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Fever (false starts only); Can't Help Falling In Love-Closing Vamp (partial) (News, Source: Elvis News)

"Tickle Me" DVD from Hollywood Classics: Pavel Cernocky from Memory Records tells us "Tickle Me" has been issued on DVD. Pavel says: The DVD is worldwide region, NTSC standard- which means it plays on all machines worldwide. The picture quality is definitelly best available as far. Much better than on previous VHS versions. Picture is sharper and colours are more realistic than before. The format of the picture is nearly 14:9, suitable for wide and standard TV screen also.   

Also the sound is much better than on previously released CHARRO! movie - less hiss, real hi-fi quality. However there are some drop-outs in sound in the fist minutes of the movie- accaptable due to the age of the material.  The DVD is again equiped with bonus material- nice picture gallery and - chaptered by the songs- nice touch, you can go directly to any song included in the movie.

The moving menu itself is very impressive. The cover is of a standard quality, in the line of Hollywood Classics releases. Contact Pavel for more details (News, Source: Pavel Cernocky)

"Elvis At The Top Of The Game" CD: Elvis' Phoenix Arizona April 22. 1973. 8.30p.m. show. is being released shortly by Memory Records in Czechoslovakia. Contact Pavel Cernocky for more details (News, Source: Pavel Cernocky)

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.


Thursday 20 July 2006

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)

Reader's Digest Australia releases new Elvis CD boxset: "Elvis The Definitive Collection' is the latest 4CD release from Reader's Digest in Australia. With a price of $79.96 plus p&p it is an attractive looking package featuring 94 tracks from 1954's 'That's All Right' to the 2002 Junkie XL remix smash, 'A Little Less Conversation'. Also available in cassette format.

Reader's Digest has previously issued two other Elvis boxsets: 'Elvis Presley's Greatest Hits' and 'Elvis The Legend Lives On'. (News, Source: Reader's Digest/Elvis News)

Elvis novel "Lips" - possible movie deal: We received an interesting message about Byron Edwards' Elvis novel "Lips" including the news that negotiations are underway to make it into a film. Read full story (News, Source: Vivian Edwards)

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)

Win an Elvis CD: The first person to correctly break EIN's Elvis code will win a copy of the BMG 'genre' CD 'Elvis rock'. The four word code is: Fmwjt...nbssjfe...Qsjtdjmmb...cfbvmjfv

To enter click here and send us your answer

Read EIN's review of Elvis rock


Wednesday 19 July 2006

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)

Sonny West inks book deal with Triumph/Random House: Sonny West, Elvis Presley’s longtime bodyguard and charter member of the Memphis Mafia, has signed a publishing deal with Triumph/Random House for his upcoming book, “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business.”

Opposite: Sonny West with EIN's Sanja Meegin

The deal was inked on June 1, 2006, and is set for a 2007 release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death. West, who was Presley’s bodyguard from 1960 to 1976, said he’s extremely happy his long-awaited book has the backing of one of the world’s largest and best-known publishers.

“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)

Early Ger Rijff book sells on ebay for high amount: The early classic from Ger Rijff, Elvis Faces and Stages sold on ebay yesterday for nearly US$100.00. At the same time bids on a copy of Sean Shaver's 'The Elvis Book 2' currently stand at US$151.00. (News, Source: ebay)

15,000 item Elvis museum for sale: Now on ebay with a start price of US$300,000.00 is this 15,000 item private collection. Includes original 1950s vinyl and 3,800 LPs from around the world, original bubblegum cards, rare paper items, jewelry and a lot more. (News, Source: ebay)


Tuesday 18 July 2006

Elvis "theatre lobby card" postcards released: Faithfully reproduced from the Original USA Theatre Lobby Cards is this beautiful series of 36 Sets of Postcards. The Original Lobby Cards were in Sets of 8 for each Movie as are these 6"x 4" 8 per movie postcard sets. Some sets actually had rehearsal shots or scenes that were not used in that movie!

Why are there 36 sets you might ask, as we all know there were only 33 movies. In 1959 while Elvis was serving in the Army "Loving You" & " King Creole" were distributed to the Theatres in the USA as a 'back to back' Double Feature, and for the first & only time NEW Lobby Cards were produced.

Loving You was a totally different layout with different pics whereas King Creole NOT ONLY had New Pics & a different layout they were also in Colour !This then makes the 34th & 35th Sets, to finish off this superb series "THIS IS ELVIS" was added as it was a Theatre Release accompanied with Lobby Cards. £5.99 per set - this includes p& p anywhere in the world! Order from The Elvis Shop (News, Source: The Elvis Shop)

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)

Monday 17 July 2006

"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.

In true Hard Rock fashion, instead of U.S. presidents, 'Mount Rockmore' as it was dubbed, featured the countenances of rock legends Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. The monument was carved by artisans as a tribute to rock 'n' roll legends who have inspired, influenced and entertained generations of music lovers.

With more than five years in creation and design, the innovative Hard Rock Park will feature six unique "rock environs" celebrating rock's culture, lifestyle, legends and irreverence. Appealing to the family audience, the destination theme park will offer a diverse blend of rides, shows and interactive elements creating a totally immersive full day experience.

The 150-acre park is expected to entertain as many as 30,000 guests per day and will create more than 3,000 jobs, providing an economic boon to the state. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)

New 'Lisa Marie Presley Fan Club'

"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)


Sunday 16 July 2006
Ernst Jorgensen talks about the 'Easter Special' FTD CD; During Easter this year, Sirius D.J. 'Doc Walker' interviewed Ernst Jorgensen, the respected keeper of Elvis’ musical legacy, about the 'Easter Special' FTD CD. In this fascinating interview Ernst revealed why he chose the particular tracks, the importance of Charlie Hodge's musical input and also his thoughts on Elvis' religious recording sessions. (Interview, Source: Sirius/ElvisSessions- Transcript EIN, July 2006)

"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 The Documentaries 2" CD: Set for release this weekend is volume 2 of the CD "The Documentaries" with recordings from "That's The Way It Is" and "Elvis On Tour". This is a EFE Promo release is not a usual "talking album only" according to the information from the fan club, it contains a lot of different recordings for listening pleasure and a 16-page booklet with photos and information. All recordings are remastered, some are available for the first time. (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club /Elvis News)


Saturday 15 July 2006

"Inside G.I. Blues" - take a peek inside in the new book release (1 August) from Elvis Unlimited

Buy the limited edition "Inside G.I. Blues" book, DVD & 7" vinyl package

"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: info@elvisinhawaii.com. (News, Source: Elvis In Hawaii /Elvis News)

Read EIN's review of "Elvis In Hawaii"

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.

This was the message of Terry McBride, president and CEO of Nettwerk Records & Management, a music producer of artists including Dido, Avril Lavigne and Barenaked Ladies.

McBride suggested that 'lifestyle products' like wine and music have plenty in common, but the wine business was missing major marketing opportunities by its largely traditional approach to communicating with consumers. Addressing delegates at the Institute of Masters of Wine Symposium in Napa, he noted that most people tended to associate wine with classical music and jazz.

'That was all very well until the 1950s,' he said, 'but then along came Elvis and you lost it. That's the moment when consumption of wine became generational.' He told the audience: 'You missed your first major branding opportunity.'

He pointed to his own company's innovative use of the internet to reach niche markets by accessing social sites to build awareness of new bands from scratch. He said there was little creative use of the internet by wine companies. But even if the wine business has missed the branding opportunities of hip hop, acid house or garage, McBride thinks there is still hope, in the rise of the singer-songwriter.

Someone who creates a personal, hand-made product that from the heart seems to be a natural fit for wine. 'Be smart,' he urged. 'Step outside your normal way of thinking about things.' (News, Source: decanter.com)

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!
  • Castle accommodation will remain at £650 per person per weekend
  • Cottage accommodation will be reduced from £560 per person per weekend to £250!
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 (natalie@scheff.biz) asap as these places will go fast!!! (News, Source: Ann Ogilvie)


Friday 14 July 2006
'Something For Everybody' FTD CD review: From blues to pop, ballads to rock, in 1961 this was indeed Something For Everybody. Although this deluxe release cannot hold that many new surprises for hard-core collectors, CD 1 is a sublime 78 minutes of perfect pop while CD 2 has hidden treasures that will satisfy any fan. The real strength of this collection is the inclusion of the major 1961 singles and the upgraded & flawless sound, as well as a very nice cover & 16-page booklet. (FTD Review, Source: EIN, July 2006)

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)

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Thursday 13 July 2006

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.

The DTMSA organizes the event, which this year earned $335,325. Revenues came from corporate sponsorships, fan club memberships, fees paid by food vendors, the carnival and activities, and from the sale of tickets, beverages and merchandise. After subtracting the $275,448 spent on hosting the festival, DTMSA retains $60,985 in profits.

"We've been in the hole before, so it's nice to have this cushion," Brangenberg said at the association's regular meeting Tuesday at the CREATE Foundation.

The Elvis Presley Festival's executive committee voted to place $50,000 of that profit into a certificate of deposit or other interest-bearing account to be used as a rainy-day fund. Part of the remaining funds likely will be used to support a capital project downtown, although that project has not yet been determined. Organizers are looking toward next year's festival, which they hope will maintain - if not eclipse - this year's successes. To do that, they will need to "have more Elvis," said DTMSA assistant director Jim High.

"This year the Elvis influence showed us that it's a huge market for Elvis fans, and it attracted hundreds and hundreds of them from around the country and around the world," he said. "We'll continue to try to put as much Elvis in our next festivals as possible." That will include keeping a second stage for Elvis acts while maintaining a main stage for other headliners.

"We've doubled the size of our festival," he said. "There's no way to back up now."

A plan to fully support future festivals with corporate sponsorship is also in the works, with past president and organization committee co-chair Randy Burchfield saying getting more sponsors should be easier this year. "We struggled getting sponsors," he said, "but after this year we think it should be no problem." (News, Source: djournal.com)

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)

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"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 liamhoran04@yahoo.ie . 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)


Wednesday 12 July 2006

"Altered By Elvis" (Film Review): What is an Elvis fan? The answer to this question is as diverse as the ever changing, colorful images in a kaleidoscope. For a challenging perspective on the "fan", EIN recently viewed the critically acclaimed film about Elvis fandom, "Altered By Elvis".

What we found was thought provoking, comforting and confronting! Step inside "Altered By Elvis" in EIN's detailed review of a rich and sometimes disturbing film which offers a multi-layered perspective on the cult of celebrity and some of those who inhabit it. (Film Review, Source: EIN)

All Shook Up at the cathedral - new BBC Radio Elvis documentary: Elvis Presley may have been known throughout the world as The King of Rock and Roll, but his passion lay in gospel music. And now a special gospel tribute of Elvis' sacred recordings will be held next month at the Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. Read the full story (News, Source: Matt Shepherd, BBC)

Great Elvis books due for release in the next month: The next four weeks will see a number of potentially excellent Elvis books released. Leading the pre-sales race is Jerry Schilling's memoir, Me and A Guy Named Elvis, while other titles include The Blue Moon Boys (The Story of Elvis Presley's Band (Burke & Griffin); , Fortunate Son The Life of Elvis Presley (Charles Ponce De Leon); and Elvis Religion The Cult of the King (Gregory L. Reece). Advance sales of the Schilling memoir are well ahead of the other titles. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

View EIN's comprehensive list of Elvis books in 2005 & 2006

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)


Tuesday 11 July 2006
"Elvis The 25th Anniversary Concert" DVD update: Coming Home Music has found that they need more time in setting up full retail distribution of the DVD.  The PBS affiliate airings/offering have been rescheduled for sometime in December.  The general release date and full retail rollout has been rescheduled for January 2007.  However, as the DVD and its packaging will be complete within the next couple of weeks, Coming Home will be able to provide product to Graceland/EPE for its retail operations - the shops at Graceland and ShopElvis.com - starting in early August 2006 as planned.

Coming Home Music continues to pursue possible television airings in addition to PBS affiliates. 

As an Elvis Week event special "world premiere" screenings of the DVD will be held on the evening of August 14th at Malco's Studio On The Square theatre.  Tickets are free.  You can enjoy this concert on the big screen in 5.1 sound with the theatre's excellent sound system.  See the August 14th section of the Elvis Week 2006 calendar for details about the screening.
(News, Source: EPE)

Now its the "Elvis bicycle": EPE has approved a number of Elvis bicycles. The range includes "Love Me Tender" and "Blue Suede Shoes" at US$179.99, and the grandaddy of them all, the "Jail House Rock" bicycle (shown opposite) at US$349.99. (News, Source: EPE/Elvis News)

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."

NASA has offered to retrieve the time capsules aboard the Mariner series, Voyager 1 and 2, that they previously sent out into deep space to distant civilisations, and have promised to relaunch them with an image of a man and a woman, the earth and the sun, and the other planets, and a DVD of the 2008 Elvis Comeback Special. Read full story (Spoof, Source: The Spoof)

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)

Monday 10 July 2006
Personalised copies of Jerry Schilling memoir: Fans wanting a personalised copy of Jerry Schilling's memoir, "Me and A Guy Named Elvis" only have until Satrurday 15 July to order a copy from Bill Burk. Each copy will cost US$26.00 + shipping ($3.00 inside USA; $6.00 Seamail outside USA; $12.00 Airmail outside USA) Contact Bill to order (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

"The Forgotten Family of Elvis Presley" new book released: The new book based on Aunt Lois Smith's story, The Forgotten Family of Elvis Presley, has been released. Click to buy (News, Source: Rob Hines Sr.)

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)

Cover art - "Bits and Pieces" CD/DVD: Here is the cover art for the DVD / CD release "Bits And Pieces About ... Elvis Presley" which was released July1, 2006 in the EC. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)

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)


Sunday 9 July 2006
'I Found My Thrill' FTD CD review: Did Elvis really sing "Does your chewing Gum loose its flavour on the bed-post overnight"? Should he have recorded Charlie Rich’s "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"? The answers are all here on this stunning new release from FTD which features a fabulous concert from Elvis’ almost unknown January 1974 Las Vegas season. The set-list is a fascinating selection and Elvis is inspired & energetic. Best of all the bonus tracks are truly sensational! EIN is thrilled - don’t miss out on this one. (FTD Review, Source: EIN, July 2006)

Elvis' memory lived on this weekend in Ypsilanti, Michigan: The Seventh annual Michigan Elvisfest played to big crowds this weekend with a lot of collar-popping, leg-jerking Elvis jailhouse-rocking. The party kicked off at the Ypsilanti Marriott Eagle Crest hotel, when seven Elvii pulled up in a limo and a classic Cadillac convertible, to throngs of screaming fans. Some raved about meeting the many incarnations of the 1950s, '60s and '70s music and movie star on Friday. "They were all cool" said long-time Elvis Presley fan Mary Mullins of Ypsilanti, who attended a meet and greet at the hotel with her daughter. Featuring eleven ETAs, including Canada's award-winning tribute artist Stephen Kabakos (right), crowds of 10,000 were expected.
This year the Michigan Elvisfest had Graceland's sanction & added publicity. Festival director Mary Decker said, "Graceland put us on their website and their fan club lists," She said fans travelled from as far away as Georgia, Nebraska, Missouri, Florida, New York and Canada. "I found out there's a lot of people out there that may not tell you they're Elvis fans, but they definitely are." This year's Elvisfest centred around concerts by 11 Elvis tribute performers with oth ers artists performing tributes to Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Cher, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and the Blues Brothers. (News: Source, EIN/Sanja)
Dolly Parton tells how The Colonel stopped Elvis recording 'I Will Always Love You': In an interview with CMT producer Jeremy Thacker about the 'Greatest Moments' of her career, Dolly Parton revealed how Elvis nearly recorded her famous song.
Dolly Parton: "I hesitated to tell it for a long time because I thought maybe people would not take it right, because it was about Elvis. But Elvis loved "I Will Always Love You," and he wanted to record it.
I got the word that he was going to record it, and I was so excited. I told everybody I knew, "Elvis is going to record my song. You're not going to believe who's recording my song." It's like one of those things I told everybody. I thought it was a done deal because he sent word that he loved it and he was doing it. They got to town and they called and asked if I wanted to come to the session - and, of course, I was going to go.

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)


Saturday 8 July 2006

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)


Friday 7 July 2006
Elvis Week 2006 Presents Two Concert Events: On Friday, Aug. 11, enjoy a concert of Elvis music performed by Elvis tribute artists Shawn Klush, Donny Edwards and Irv Cass, backed by the ExSpense Account Showband, during the Elvis Tribute Artist Showcase. Tickets for the Elvis Tribute Artist Showcase go on sale, Monday, July 10 through Graceland reservations. Then, on Saturday, August 12, hear Elvis music performed live by Terry Mike Jeffrey and The Imperials. Tickets for the Saturday night concert are on sale now. Click to read more (News, Source: EPE)

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)

July FTDs released: The three new CD's from FTD have beeen released. Check EIN's FTD Shop for details (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Elvis World #81 to be "Collector's Edition": Bill Burk tells us: "The next issue of "Elvis World" is going to be a collectors' item, for sure, since it will be our 20th anniversary edition.  And EW81 is going to have extensive coverage on the Bush/Koizumi visit to MEM -- more than any other publication I know of today.  Called in ALL my friends at ALL their stops and really got some great photos!!" (Bill E. Burk's Elvis World)

Opposite: cover "Elvis World #80" (view larger image)

The Return of Australia's legendary "El Gamble": He's back! The critically acclaimed Aussie with the "Elvis voice". Headlining the "Back to the 50s and 60s" night in Parkes, NSW next month, "El Gamble" was recently voted #1 on Elvii Radio in the US!

View the concert posters, read EIN's review of "In The King's Shadow"

(News/Almost Elvis, Source: Ian Coombs)

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.

For the last two years, the Patton Museum has offered visitors a look at an exhibit concerning "the Soldier known as Elvis Presley," but its last day is Friday. The exhibit opened March 24, 2004, on the 46th anniversary of the day Elvis joined the Army and has included mementoes of Elvis when he served as an enlisted Soldier in Friedberg, Germany.

Presley served in the Army from March 1958 until March 1960, spending the majority of this time assigned to Ray Barracks in Friedberg. The time is running out to see -- among other things -- the Army fatigues and overcoat worn by "The King."
(News, Source: Elvis News)

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.
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Thursday 6 July 2006
Critically acclaimed rock ballet, "Blue Suede Shoes" returning for encore performance: Ballet San Jose has announced the final remaining program slot in its 2006-07 "Season of Favorites." Dennis Nahat's BLUE SUEDE SHOES, set to the music of Elvis Presley, will run March 16-22, 2007 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Read full story and see photos from original stage run (News, Source: EPE)

Jerry Schilling tells why he wrote "Me and a Guy Named Elvis"

"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)

"Elvis in Germany": A 496 page 50th anniversary editon of "Bravo" will be issued in July 2006. Bravo is a German (pop) magazine targeting mainly teenagers. "Bravo 1956-2006" will have a special "Elvis in Deutschland" chapter. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /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)


Wednesday 5 July 2006
"Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro!" (Book Review): Joseph Tunzi's recent photobook showcases one of Elvis' lesser known films, "Charro!" EIN spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon taking in the visual highs and lows of this release and its intriguing narrative by Bill Bram. From the visuals of, and revelations about the two deleted nude scenes, to its candid and color sections, we offer our view on the merit of "Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro!"(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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 mipss@anu.edu.com (News, Source: The Canberra Times)

Amazon short: "The Poster of Elvis" (available for download)

New Elvis book releases: The following books have been announced for release later in 2006:Elvis (Priscilla & Lisa Presley) - softcover edition of "Elvis By The Presleys" (Arrow Books, 192 pages, September 2006; ISBN: 0099497972); Elvis Presley Volume 1 (sheet music compendium with CD from Hal Leonard Publishing, December 2006, ISBN: 0634099558); All Shook Up (sheet music compendium of the stage play from Hal Leonard Publishing; July 2006, ISBN: 0634096842). (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

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 Presley In Concert 2006 Australian Tour update: The pre-sale of regular tickets and special ticket packages for the the October 2006 tour of Australia - Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney - has ended.  The general on-sale for Perth has been underway for a while and the general on-sale date for the other cities is July 6th.  With the press and public at large now made aware of the special ticket packages (including a "meet the band" opportunity), act now to get in on these packages before they sell out.  Click this link to News on Elvis.com for information (News, Source: EPE)


Tuesday 4 July 2006

Jerry Schilling talks about Elvis' passion for practical jokes: Elvis Presley may be famous for his pelvic thrusts and never ending sideburns but a new book is all set to reveal that he had a passion for practical jokes too.

According to the New York Post, in Me and a Guy Named Elvis, which hits stores next month, author Jerry Schilling, a key member of Presley's Memphis Mafia, recalls one night when John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin stopped by with a few friends to meet Elvis and found him decked out in pajamas. Elvis "stood, eyed John, and said, 'Let's swap pants,' while simultaneously, in expert [Monty] Python fashion, letting his pajama bottoms drop beneath his robe.  John burst out laughing. Nobody accepted Elvis' offer."

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

"Let It Roll" CD update: Let It Roll will be the next Madison release and feature unreleased '70s alternate takes & unedited studio material in excellent sound quality , pretty much in the same quality as Danny Boy  and  Funny How Time Slips Away on Elvis - A Legendary Performer volume 8 . This CD will show the ever-present talent of Elvis in his later period, but also his good humor and dedication while working in studio. The packaging will include a 16 page, illustrated booklet and relevant notes.

This new CD should please all the fans with some rare studio and live recordings. Hear Elvis rehearsing  It's Midnight  before going into the first take of this song, a brief studio jam of  Johnny B. Goode  and having fun afterwards, one of his last performances of the song  Help Me  recorded at the closing show of the April/May '77 tour in Saginaw,MI., Elvis and the Imperials get down to cutting a terrific version of  Bosom Of Abraham  and more. All the tracks on this CD are in full stereo and superb quality.

Track listing : 01 - It's Midnight (rehearsal*) December 10, 1973 ; 02 - It's Midnight (take 1*) December 10, 1973 ; 03 - Bosom Of Abraham (alternate take*) June 9, 1971 ; 04 - I'm Leavin' (master take 8, unedited) May 20,1971 ; 05 - Always On My Mind (take 2, unedited) March 29, 1972 ; 06 - Always On My Mind (take 3, unedited) March 29, 1972 ; 07 -Promised Land (take 5, unedited) December 15, 1973 ; 08 - My Way (master take 1, original 1971 mix) June 10, 1971 ; 09 - Johnny B. Goode / O Holy Night (jam*) May 18, 1971 ; 10 - Patch It Up (master take 8, unedited) June 8, 1970 ; 11 - Help Me (live multi-track*) May 3, 1977 ; 12 Without Love (take 1) January 22, 1969 ; 13 - Without Love ( takes 2*,3,4 ) January 22, 1969 ; 14 - Without Love (master take 5, undubbed) January 22, 1969. * previously unreleased (News, Source: FECC)

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:

"John (Lennon) always felt that Elvis was washed up after he returned from the services. We used to argue about it (laughs). I was influenced more by the movie albums than by anything he did in the early days.

When I heard the FRANKIE AND JOHNNY recordings, I was drawn in by the sincerity in Elvis' approach to dixietime music. He took you back while managing to keep a 60s sensibility in evidence. It was my favourite album of his and I still treasure it. It had a lot to do with how HARRY (Nilssons excellent 3rd album issued in 1969) came to be. I put a lot of dixie in there. A bit of elevator music. I really borrowed from Elvis and the results pleased me beyond doubt." (News, Source: FECC)


Monday 3 July 2006
Graceland character to remain despite overhaul: A massive overhaul to the Graceland complex that was announced last winter is still in the works, but "there's no specific timetable set," said Kevin Kern, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Media mogul Robert F.X. Sillerman got control of the late singer's name and likeness in 2005 after paying out $100 million, according to a story in The New York Times. In March he announced plans to overhaul Graceland, which receives about 600,000 visitors annually, into a destination that would attract many more patrons.


In particular, plans to tear down the 128-room Heartbreak Hotel and replace it with an entertainment complex, two 400-room hotels and restaurants, is still on the drawing board, said Kern.

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)

TCB Band House Parties in Scotland (see update story 15 July above): We received this message from Ann Ogilvie: I'm currently doing some work for Natalie Scheff and the TCB Band helping to organise and promote two very special weekend events taking place at Duns Castle in Scotland in November.  

The band are going to be hosting two weekend House Parties. Fans will have plenty of time to chat with the band members as well as having the privilege of attending a private concert on the Saturday night. Numbers are limited to approximately 50 per weekend. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is not to me missed! For more information/prices/reservations, email natalie@scheff.biz  (News, Source: Ann Ogilvie)

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Elvis in Belgium car ad: In Belgium, Dodge uses Elvis image for a new advertisement. The text with the picture tells the story of Elvis using his Dodge camper to travel between Memphis and Hollywood making movies in the sixties. (News, Source: The United Elvis Presley Society /Elvis News)


Sunday 2 July 2006

'Elvis' Best Performances - In The Movies': Celebrating the end of EIN's 'Film Month', we have one final look back at Elvis' best dramatic performances. Can it be possible that Elvis, the actor, really created something special in movies such as 'The Trouble With Girls' or 'Follow That Dream' or even 'Girl Happy! Elvis expert & EIN contributor Harley Payette chooses his favourite eight Elvis dramatic performances and wonders where it all went wrong. (Celluloid Elvis/Spotlight Article, Source: EIN)

Rarest Aussie CD promo sells at ebay: For the second time in around a month a copy of the extremely rare 25 track (BMG in-house) CD promo, "Elvis The Cream of the Catalogue", has sold on ebay. Fierce bidding in the last few minutes of the auction saw the price rise from just over A$100.00 to the winning bid of A$317.25 (US$230.00). (News, Source: ebay)

"Tickle Me" for Region 2 DVD release in August 2006?: The July issue of the UK DVD magazine, DVD Review (#91), lists "Tickle Me" for Region 2 release on 14 August at a RRP of 12.99 pounds. (News, Source: Amber Smith)


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Saturday 1 July 2006

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?

PRIME MINISTER KOIZUMI: It's like a dream. I never expected President come with me to visit Graceland. There's Elvis song: To Dream Impossible. (Singing Elvis song.) (Laughter.) My dream came true. Thank you very much for -- thank you. Thank you very much for treating me nice, the Elvis song. (Singing Elvis song.) Thank you.

PRESIDENT BUSH: We're going to go have some barbeque, thank you.

Hawaii '61: The JAT Publishing Hawaii 61 book is scheduled for July 25th, 2006. This book will feature among other things photographs of the U.S.S. Arizona Benefit Show with over 130 black & white and color photos, many unpublished, informative text, with a special Bonus collector CD and replica ticket.The suggested retail price is $45.95. You can contact JAT Publishing directly from their website at  www.jatpublishing.com. (News, Source: FECC)

Larry Geller responds to Rhys-Meyers claims: If Jonathan Rhys Myers' remarks about Elvis weren't so mean-spirited, they would be laughable and not worthy of comment.  But since some people don't know the truth they can be swayed or confused by lies.  For those of us who knew Elvis and spent many years with him, this is particularly absurd.  Of all people, Elvis was the essence of the all-American heterosexual male.  Obviously, Jonathan Rhys Myers is looking in the mirror and his vision is clouded by his own questionable sexual orientation. (News, Source: Larry Geller)

"7 o'clock rock" CD: A new release is the CD from Weton-Wesgram B.V. (The Netherlands) entitled "7 O'clock Rock Elvis Presley". This CD is packed in a slipcase and contains 14 songs; the first three are Sun masters, the other eleven songs are recorded live at the Louisiana Hayride. (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club/Elvis News)

Wanted - Shreveport memories of Elvis: Elvis Presley, who began his professional career in Shreveport in the 1950s, gave his last performance here 30 years ago Saturday.

And just 13 months earlier, he’d given his penultimate concerts in Shreveport, shows mildly criticized by The Times’ amusements editor. That resulted in fans who were anything but amused and made it impossible for him or anyone else here to get any work done for several days.

Memories like those, from both the start and the close of The King’s long career, give Shreveport and Shreveporters a special claim to Elvis Presley. And The Times would like to hear from people who have memories to share of those last performances here.

If you have a memory or a photo of Presley’s last shows in Shreveport to share, send them by e-mail to The Times in care of japrime@gmail.com. We’ll share them with readers, giving you one last fling with The King.
(News, Source: Amber Smith)

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.

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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)



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"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"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"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"

(Bob Dylan)


"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"

(Johnny Cash)


"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)

Elvis Facts:

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