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Thursday 31 July 2008

October 2008 FTD releases: Here’s the first information on the October 2008 releases.

1) Untitled - 2 CD of soundboards from August 1974, including the opening show

2) 2 CD version of ELVIS COUNTRY

3) 2 CD version of IN PERSON
......................................................More information to follow as work progresses (News, Source: Peter Haan/FECC)

"September Nights" CD: The SR label announced their new release: recordings of Elvis' September 4, 1970 Dinner Show and September 7, 1970 Closing Show, both recorded live in Las Vegas.

The press-release: The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the beginning of September is titled "September Nights" and will feature two unreleased shows from Las Vegas September 04, 1970 Dinner Show (part only) + the complete show from September 07, 1970 Closing Night.

As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to provide unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his ability. In this our ninth release, we are proud to present two very rare shows, one complete and part of the second to give you a more complete view of the last part of Elvis’ August 1970 season. Despite being the end of the season, Elvis' love of singing is clear in these tapes and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to them.

The Dinner show from September 4th, as presented on this CD is almost complete, missing the last two tracks only. If we look closely at the late Vegas act of September 1970 we can see that Elvis although tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid and rough; the basic track listing is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents the best of his repertoire from the season. The best song from this dinner show is without doubt the oldie “One Night” here performed in a very rough and concentrated way surely the best version of the season.

The Closing Show of a memorable season maybe the best one, although shorter with respect to the early shows and not of comparable intensity but still valuable. Elvis performs the show in essence as his greatest hits of the season and he performs it as only he can at that moment. Songs like I Just Can’t Help Believing’, You’ve Lost Than Loving Feeling’ and Polk Salad Annie sound solid and well performed overall with feeling, the same feeling the we find at the end with Bridge Over Troubled Water, the best song of the show.

These recordings come from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is very good considering the early season. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.

For the Third time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live unreleased photographs of the August season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.


01. Opening Vamp 0.38
02. That's All Right Mama 1.37
03. I Got A Woman 2.31
04. I Walk The Line (exc) 0.11
05. Monologue/Love Me Tender 6.53
06. I’ve Lost You 2.29
07. You’ve Lost Than Loving Feelin’ 4.09
08. Polk Salad Annie 4.12
09. Band Intro 2.34
10. Hound Dog (exc) 0.05
11. Johnny B.Goode 1.37
12. Band Intro 1.49
13. The Wonder Of You 3.07
14. One Night 1.37

Time 33.32

15. Opening Vamp 0.31
16. That's All Right Mama 2.20
17. I Got A Woman 2.36
18. I Walk The Line (exc)1.54
19. Monologue 3.07
20. I’ve Lost You 2.33
21. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 4.37
22. You’ve Lost Than Loving Feelin’ 4.44
23. Polk Salad Annie 4.46
24. Introductions 8.05
25. Blue Suede Shoes 1.50
26. All Shook Up (inc.) 1.21
27. Hound Dog 2.01
28. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4.59
29. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.55
30. Closing Vamp. (inc.) 0.14

Time 45.46

Approximate Total running time: 79.30

Addition from FECC Forum:

Here is the more in-depth tracklist for the shows, there are some songs missing:

Las Vegas. September 4th Dinner Show - Vegas - 9/4/70 DS (available on CD-R)

Songs performed at this show: That's All Right: I Got A Woman: I Walk The Line(excerpt): Cattle Call(Excerpt): Love Me Tender (False Start):I've Lost You: You've Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Hound Dog (excerpt): Johnny B. Goode: Introduction of Band: The Wonder Of You: Heart Break Hotel(2 false start only): One Night: Everybody Loves Somebody(Excerpt): Blue Suede Shoes-Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin’ on: Hound Dog: Bridge Over Troubled Water: Can't Help Falling In Love

Las Vegas. September 8th 3AM Closing Show - King of Vegas Vol. 6 (Available on CD-R)

Songs performed at this show: That's All Right: I Got A Woman-Amen: I Walk The Line (excerpt): Love Me Tender (false start only): I've Lost You: I Just Can't Help Believin’: You've Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Introduction of Colonel Parker and Vernon and Priscilla Presley: Heartbreak Hotel (2 false start): Blue Suede Shoes-Whole Lotta Shakin' On-Blue Suede Shoes: Introduction of Bill Porter. Felton Jarvis, and Light Man: All Shook Up (false start): Hound Dog (false start): Bridge Over Troubled Water: Can't Help Falling in Love (false start)

Suit Worn At This Show: Chain Suit W/ Red Macramé Belt
Musicians: White Top and Pants
The Sweet Inspirations: White Top and Pants (News, Source: Elvis News)

Surprise Records to release Joan Deary Elvis tapes: Coming late August or early September. Surprise Records proudly presents ...… a new CD full with great Elvis songs taken directly from the Joan Deary Tapes! 24 great Elvis tracks with a total playing time over 77 minutes - in stunning never-before heard sound quality. The late Joan Deary (Elvis' RCA record producer) worked on these tracks for a possible future release on the "Greatest Hits" series, but after Volume 1 was released back then in 1981 (?) a Volume 2 never followed. So these professionally remixed tapes were put into the archives. For years a CD-R was circulating with these great tracks, but now for the first time they will be made available on a professional silver pressed disc!

This CD comes along with a beautiful full color booklet containing all necessary information about every track along with great pictures of Elvis. Also the lyrics to each song will be included - exactly transcribed word for word as Elvis did sing them!

01. Hey Jude
02. Help Me Make It Through The Night
03. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Trade)
04. I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
05. When I’m Over You
06. Always On My Mind
07. It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing)
08. I’m Leavin’
09. Where Do I Go From Here
10. Until It’s Time For You To Go
11. If I Were You
12. Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It
13. Fool
14. This Is Our Dance
15. Cindy, Cindy
16. Separate Ways
17. (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me
18. Life
19. Love Letters
20. I’ll Never Know
21. We Can Make The Morning
22. Early Morning Rain
23. Sylvia
24. The Sound Of Your Cry

Surprise Records will also include a special bonus feature … Look out for this great release that will be the first in a series of great future releases Liebe grüsse Herbi von www.elvisnachrichten.de (News, Source: Email)

New Import Cd from the Label: Las Vegas Archives 080572

August 5, 1972 Dinner Show Hilton Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada

Songs: 2001 Theme See See Rider Proud Mary Never Been To Spain You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling Polk Salad Annie What Now My Love Fever Carry Me Back To Old Virginia (excerpt)/Love Me Little Sister/Get Back A Big Hunk Of Love The Wonder Of You Hound Dog Blue Suede Shoes My Way Suspicious Minds Band Introductions American Trilogy Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

Bonus songs: (August 5, 1972 Midnight Show Hilton Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada) Proud Mary Never Been To Spain The Wonder Of You For The Good Times My Way Johnny B. Goode (News, Source: EP Gold)

Elvis In Person - The Alternate Album (CD-R): Here it is....... the 4th volume in the one and only Alternate Album series! And what a masterpiece it is.........

- 2 BLACK COLORED DISC SET (front and bottom)..............4 PAGE STUNNING BOOKLET.............BOOKBOX CASE (see pic)..........THE BEST STUDIO OUTTAKES ON DISC 1...........A BRAND NEW FANTASTIC REMIXED FULL 1969 CONCERT ON DISC 2 ( no silence between each track, this is a professional remixed concert with the best ´69 Vegas track).............STICKER ON FRONT CASE ( ´limited edition only of 300 copies´)............BEAUTIFUL NUMBERED CARD INSIDE EACH BOOKBOX (see pic)..............All tracks are professionally edited for optimal listening pleasure

Grab it while you can, once they are sold out, the´re gone....KEEP YOUR COLLECTION COMPLETE ! Many thanks for your support!

DISC 1: poor mans gold-suspicious minds ( take 6 ) / Inherit the wind ( NA take 1 ) / this is the story ( take 2 ) / stranger in my own hometown (undubbed master) / little bit of green ( take 1 ) / and the grass won´t pay no mind ( alternate vocal) / do you know who i am ( take 4 ) / from a jack to a king (take 3 ) / the fair´s moving on ( alternate mix) / you´ll think of me ( take 14 ) - Without love ( take 4 ) / hey Jude ( spliced take 1/5) / dont cry daddy ( undubbed acetate) / mama liked the roses ( undubbed acetate) / rubberneckin´( undubbed master) / who am I ? ( master).

DISC 2: blue suede shoes (24-DS) / johnny b. goode ( 24-DS) / all shook up ( 24- DS ) / are you lonesome tonight ( 26-MS) / elvis talks ( 26-MS) / hound dog ( 26 -MS ) / I cant stop loving you ( 24- DS) / My Babe ( 22-MS) / yesterday- hey jude ( 21-MS) / mystery train-tiger man ( 26-MS) /words ( 24-MS) / in the ghetto ( exact date unknown) / suspicious minds ( 21-MS) / cant help falling in love ( 24-DS) / Inherit the wind ( 26-DS) / rubberneckin´ ( 26-MS) / funny how time slips away ( 22-MS) / what´d I say ( 23-MS) : all tracks recorded in August 1969 - MS: Midnight Show - DS: Dinner Show

Note EpGold: All  four volumes from the Alternate Album series are beautiful packaged Cd-R releases. (News, Source: EP Gold)

London taxis promoting Elvis: In the streets of London, you can bump in to a typical cab with a very original paint brushed collage of Elvis, Beale Street and the Stax Studios.

The taxis are making promotion to visit the USA states Tennessee and Mississippi. Both states are linked to Elvis' life. The publicity is made by the tourist office of Mississippi. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

"Elvis In Deutschland" CD: Fifty years after G.I Presley set foot on German soil RCA and SONY release a double CD set entitled "Elvis In Deutschland".

The CD is due to hit the street September 25, 2008 and contains all Top 20 hits from "Are You Lonesome Tonight" to "In The Ghetto" and songs linked to Germany like "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)" and an Elvis interpretation of the James Last composition "Fool".

To complete the album it features a medley of recordings recorded during Elvis days in the service in Bad Nauheim. (News, Source: Elvis Nachrichten)

ETA's could flood MySpace in EPE-News Corp. venture: There's going to be an Elvis karaoke contest on MySpace. That is not a joke. I can't seem to figure out whether it's trying to market Elvis to a younger generation or MySpace to an older one--or if it's just for kicks.

The News Corp.-owned social network, best known for attracting a demographic for whom the King has always been dead, announced Monday that it will be hosting an official Elvis karaoke competition for "Elvis Week 2008," which runs from August 9 to 17. It's in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, and members can enter through August 4 by submitting videos of Elvis song performances to MySpace's karaoke site. Elvis Presley Enterprises, for that matter, has launched an official MySpace page as well.

The winner gets to perform live onstage at Elvis' historic Graceland home, backed by entertainers who actually performed with Elvis himself. Ten second-place winners get a DVD of Viva Las Vegas as well as some variety of MP3 player loaded with Elvis songs. Third-place prizes, of which there are 20, are one-year memberships to an "Official Elvis Insiders" club.

The contest is a singing one, not an impersonation one, but I'm presuming there will be plenty of video entrants decked out in sunglasses and gold-studded leather jackets. Let's hope they welcome contest entrants in Elvis regalia a little more warmly than they do with the media. (Almost Elvis, Source: Amber Smith)

Elvis will shake up Niagara Falls this fall: Hosted by the City of Niagara Falls and Celebrate Downtown, the Days of Elvis Festival will be held Sept. 5 through 7. The indoor/outdoor event will take place along Queen Street and will include live entertainment and an Elvis tribute artist contest. Contest judges will include Ian Mitchell of the Bay City Rollers. Daily passes and weekend passes will be available through www.ticketmaster.ca. (News, Source: Niagara Falls Review)

A LITTLE MORE ACTION ON ELVIS: Wagerworks latest again salutes the king of rock 'n roll - IGT online gambling software provider subsidiary Wagerworks has released another slot themed on the king of rock, Elvis Presley, timed to resonate with the annual Elvis Week, when fans from all over the world celebrate the life and work of the deceased American artiste.
Branded 'Elvis - a little more action', the game features 50 pay-lines, stacked Wilds for combination wins and an Action Free Spins Bonus. This 5-reel, 5-credits-per-line game offers players a variety of opportunities, with each reel providing four or more stacked wild symbols that can trigger useful wins. Enhancing the presentation are colourful and relevant graphics and typical Presley hit music.
Ernie Lafky, Executive Producer of WagerWorks/IGT comments:  “We take a great deal of time and pride in producing top quality imagery and sounds for our games.  Peter Valsamis, audio designer, went to incredible lengths to make the music in our new Elvis game as authentic as possible. Great care was taken in using vintage instruments, microphones, studio gear and recording techniques true to the period of the original recording. The amazing soundtrack, combined with retro imagery, truly evokes 1960’s Las Vegas.”
The multi-denomination, multi-currency game offers a top award of up to 250 000 credits.  Three bonus symbols appearing on the middle reels trigger the Action Free Spins Bonus, and players are awarded five free spins.  The bonus reels are more lucrative than standard reels, with extra stacked wilds and extra bonus symbols. The free spins are recursive, meaning that players can potentially retrigger the Action Free Spins Bonus multiple times up to a maximum of 255 free spins. (News, Source: Online-Casinos.com)


Wednesday 30 July 2008

Elvis letter for sale: The auction site R&R Enterprises has a unique piece of Elvis history in his auction catalogue. A handwritten letter by Elvis, mailed out from the Army to his girlfriend Frances Forbes, shortly after his mother passed away.

Elvis writes: “I can hardly wait till I am back singing and making movies.... I miss mother more over here than anything”

From the auction site:

Outstanding and very rare as signed “Love ya kids, Elvis Presley,” one lightly lined page, 8 x 10, no date [envelope postmarked November 14, 1958]. Elvis writes from Friedberg, Germany, to Frances Forbes in Memphis, heading the letter “Frances, Heidi, Gloria, Diane, Earl, Dottie, and the rest of the gang.”

In full: “Well I don’t know what ever made me write a letter but I guess it’s because I am so homesick and lonely. I just want to tell you that I miss and love you all very much, and I am just counting the hours until I can return and we will all be together again. I can hardly wait till I am back singing and making movies and above all seeing the old gang again. I guess I miss mother more over here than anything because I am just now realizing that she won’t ever be here anymore. I remember the last few wonderful days at Ft. Hood. Someday we will all look back and talk about it. Tell George, Allen, Lewis, Bobby, and little Billy I said hello and that I miss them very much. Also Uncle Travis and Loraine, and everybody at Graceland hello. If you see Uncle Vester and aunt [illegible] tell them I miss them. Tell Patsy I love her very, very much and to be a good little girl till I get home. Well I will go for now just wanted you all to know that I was thinking of you. All my love Frances.”

Elvis writes a few additional lines on the reverse:

“Have a merry Christmas kids, I wish I was with you, we’d have a ball, but maybe next Christmas. ‘Eri Vian Ditchi.’

Quote from ‘Hay Ears’ [“Memphis Mafia” member Alan Fortas, nephew of Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas]—‘I’d kill to go to Germany.’” Elvis was inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958, months before his mother’s death on August 14. After completing basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, he was posted to Friedberg, Germany with the Third Armored Division. Presley served with the division from October 1, 1958, until March 2, 1960; three days later, he was discharged from active duty with the rank of sergeant. The letter is accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Presley’s hand to Forbes, including his return address and signature, “Elvis Presley, Friedberg, Germany.” Also included is a copy of a snapshot of Elvis and Forbes embracing as they say goodbye in September 1958, before Presley shipped out, as well as a 2007 letter from Forbes, stating in part, “I received this letter in the late fall of 1958 and I have held on to it for 49 years.... The day I received the letter I didn’t believe it was real until I opened it and read it.... I immediately called George Klein & Alan Fortas ... they were as excited as I. We all knew we had something special because Elvis didn’t write letters. I was 15 years old and head over heels in love when Elvis left for Germany. I thought my life had ended until I received his letter.”

In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered light toning and staining, and some light creasing and handling wear. Letters by Elvis are of the greatest scarcity, as evidenced by the virtual absence of genuine examples on the market; Elvis’s cousin, Billy Smith, once remarked that if Elvis wrote ten letters in his lifetime, it would be a lot. The present example, so intimately documenting the personal side of Elvis’s military service and his fabled love for his mother, is, with his songs, among the most remarkable documents ever to come from the King’s pen. COA Roger Epperson/REAL and R&R COA. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

The King's 1965 Shelby Cobra 425 Roadster going to auction: A range of the most luxurious and collectable European sports, American muscle, Hot rods and custom automobile will cross the block this August as part of Russo and Steele’s Monterey auction event.  The quality of Russo and Steele Monterey’s collectable automobiles has never been better. 

To be held August 14th -16th at Marriott Hotel in historic downtown Monterey, this visceral auction event has a range of collector automobiles sure to satisfy any collectors taste.

As one of the finest Shelby American automobiles, the ex-Lothar Motschenbacher 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Full Competition offered here is an absolutely beautiful example is one of only 22 full competition models to leave the factory. Motschenbacher successfully campaigned this car in the '65 USRRC Championships against Ken Miles in the factory 427 and Jim Hall's legendary Chaparrals. A year later, Elvis Presley and CSX 3012 co-starred in the hit movie "Spinout." From the fame this added to both Shelby and the music legend, CSX 3012 was to be known as The King’s race car for all time. This Cobra includes complete ownership history and thorough documentation. Further, it features a concours-quality restoration and continues to achieve significant awards on both the show-field as well as the track.

Also on offer at the Monterey auction event are a range from the highly elusive, legendary, and the highest quality of collector automobiles that Russo and Steele has become known to provide at its auction events.  Please visit www.russoandsteele.com to view a variety of featured consignments.

For additional information or images please contact Stephanie Quinn at Stephanie@russoandsteele.com (News, Source: Stephanie Quinn)

'68 at 40' released: Joe Tunzi's latest hardcover photobook has been released. Elvis Matters rates it a winner:

This one is already a winner. Tunzi releases one of his best books until now. The mix of pictures, text and documents is perfect. The text is written by director/producer Steve Binder. The book is setup as a diary, beginning with the very first negotiations and ending with looking back at the whole production. Binder documents his memories with lots of archive material. We’ll see his own handwritten notes from behind the control panel and we can read the first scenario’s, where the title ‘If I Can Dream’ was still blank and filled in with ‘Big Ballad’.

The pictures are page filling and from a never before seen quality. As if the book is not worth its money by itself, there is a picture of Steve and Elvis that was not published in the book. No ordinary postcard, but a full glossy signed 23x21cm photo.

If all releases are going to be on this level, we fans are going to be spoiled! (News, Source: Elvis Matters) 

Your questions needed for interview with Marty Lacker: EIN will shortly be interviewing "Memphis Mafia" member and co-best man at Elvis and Priscilla's wedding, Marty Lacker. And we'd like you to help provide questions we can ask Marty.

Many thanks to everyone who has so far responded. More than 20 fans have sent in questions!

If you have any questions you would like asked send them to EIN. We will select the most interesting and include them in our interview with Marty, who is renowned for being one of the Memphis Mafia's 'straight shooters'.

Parkes Elvis Festival helps town to major Tourism Award: Parkes, NSW (Australia) hosted more than 200 guests on Saturday evening for the inland NSW tourism industry's night of nights, the 2008 CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Awards held at the Parkes Leagues Club.

The event has been touted by many regular attendees as the best so far in its five year history.

The awards have previously been held in Coonabarabran, Tamworth, Wagga, and Wentworth, the praise was heaped on Parkes on Saturday because of the calibre of entertainment, the seamless program of activities, and the famous Parkes hospitality.

The 'Viva Las Parkes' theming created a real spectacle, with guests glammed up and in the mood for a celebration. Elvis made a special appearance, accompanied by local band Risky Business, all of which was very well received. Master of Ceremonies, Mr Greg Page wowed the audience with tales from his travels around the world as a former Wiggle, and performed a couple of impromptu Wiggles favourites following pleas from the crowd.

When it came to the formal aspect of the evening, Parkes Shire fared very well, with three local operators receiving awards.

The local winners were:

. Dish Café in the 'Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services' category;

. CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival in he 'Festivals & Events' category; and

. Newell Highway Promotions Committee in the 'Tourism Marketing' category.

According to Parkes Shire Tourism Manager Kelly Hendry, "this is the best result that Parkes has ever achieved at the Inland NSW Tourism Awards.

‘The operators can be very proud of their business achievements and success at this level".

Parkes also boasted three additional finalists - the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Discovery Centre, Kadina Bed & Breakfast and Trundle Bush Tucker Day. These operators were thrilled to be recognised as finalists, and found the award submission process very valuable to their future business planning efforts.

From here, the Dish Café, CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival, Newell Highway Promotions Committee and CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Discovery Centre will proceed to the state tourism awards. The Dish Café, CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival, and Newell Highway Promotions Committee receive automatic finalist status at this next level. The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Discovery Centre will also re-work its submission to reflect an altered qualifying period, and believe that they can up the ante and be competitive at this next level.

"Overall we were very pleased that Parkes was chosen to host this event. Whilst it has been many months in the making, and a lot of work for Parkes Visitor Information Centre, the positive feedback has certainly made it all worth it," said Kelly.

"The evening not only boosted visitation and enhanced accommodation occupancy, but allowed us to showcase what Parkes is about and what we have to offer to leading tourism operators throughout the state. Whilst most attendees had visited Parkes on previous occasions, for some this was their first visit. Everyone was amazed at the effort and preparation that had gone into gala awards ceremony and offered praise and acclaim to Parkes for hosting such a successful and enjoyable event. Guests also enjoyed our tourism attractions, retail and hospitality outlets whilst in town,” Kelly said. (News, Source: Parkes Champion-Post)

Monday 28 July 2008

The Cult of Elvis.....the King of Rock 'n' Roll died for our sins!: In our latest Spotlight feature, EIN offers three disparate articles looking at a controversial subject which is of increasing interest to both fans and academia.

Is Elvis worship really a cult or growing religion?

"Boscutti's Pure Elvis" - Free online Elvis serialised novel

New album release from iTunes: Released through Apple's iTunes store is the 25 tracks compilation "Heartbreakers" containing 25 rhythm and blues tracks. This album was released June 20, 2008 by V&H Holding Inc.
(News, Source: iTunes/Elvis News)

Tupelo Festival to save 50% of profits: The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has decided to squirrel away half of its profits from the 2008 Elvis Presley Festival. DTMSA President Camille Sloan said the exact numbers aren't in yet from the June event, but the organization expects profits to be around $80,000. It's a big turnaround for the festival, which lost about $46,000 last year.

In addition to putting money in a rainy day fund, Sloan said the board of directors approved spending up to 25 percent on a "tangible, visible investment" in downtown Tupelo and up to another 25 percent on a new position at Main Street.

If profits do come in at $80,000, Main Street's allocations mean $40,000 will be put in savings while up to $20,000 will be spent downtown. Up to $20,000 more will be devoted to a new position on the DTMSA staff. Sloan said the organization has not decided what the "tangible, visible investment" will be, but said she has received multiple suggestions.

At the organization's board meeting earlier this month, members discussed options that included hanging flower baskets, adding green spaces or sprucing up current ones, renovating the facade of the DTMSA office on Broadway and installing benches and trash cans. (News, Source: Carlie Kollath, Daily Journal)

Family-oriented changes for Collingwood Elvis Festival: Serious Elvis partiers will be shakin' their booty in a new, bigger venue this year. The big beer garden is moving over from the Pine Street parking lot to Ste. Marie Street parking lot to make room for a new family venue. The St. Marie Street venue has room for up to 2,500 people -- 300 more than Pine Street. The change is in conjunction with the festival's major sponsor, Sirius Satellite Radio, and a plan to highlight Canadian talent while creating more free and inexpensive activities for families and for every budget.

Festival general manager Rosemarie O'Brien said the Pine Street parking lot will feature a 'Canadian Star Stage' all weekend, with a mixed bag of entertainment including martial art demonstrations, Canadian bands and performers.

On Friday night it will serve as a practice stage for the performers and Saturday, there will be non-stop Elvis performances from noon until 6 p. m. as part of the free Family Venue Tour of performers. From 8 p.m. until midnight, Mike Cadillac and the 88's from New Brunswick will perform; this is tribute artist Mike Bravener's actual band which plays a lot of music from the 1950s and '60s.

On Sunday the Canadian Star Stage will feature the Youth Talent Showcase from 9 until 11 a.m., and the Family Venue Tour of performers from 11 a. m. until 5 p.m. O'Brien says the Youth Talent Showcase may include some Elvis related acts but they don't have to be. Young people can register on-line for the showcase, at the municipal office this week or register the day of. It costs just $10 and each performer will receive a goodie bag filled with products donated by local businesses.

The new Ste. Marie Street venue will feature a giant beer garden all weekend, with a Street Party Video Feed on Friday night. This year, 133 tribute artists are expected to perform and the festival begins with each one performing on the Hurontario Street Stage beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday the St. Marie Stage will feature the qualifying round of the competition from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be a $5 gate charge for this venue. Sunday features the semi-final competition round for tribute artists. The finals take place in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena later that evening.

Back by popular demand is the 'Mountainview Revival Stage' at the end of Hurontario Street. This stage and beer garden will feature 'The Champions Tour' Friday and Saturday night, with a special afternoon show Saturday featuring Ray Guillemette Jr. with general admission seating for $25.

Festival venues include the Curling Club, Eddie Bush Arena, Gayety Theatre, Olde Town Terrace, Collingwood Legion, Village at Blue, Cranberry Resort, and Georgian Manor for shows or performances on the Venue Tour. Regional venues feature Saturday night performances by Anthony Von at the Meaford Opera House, and Gino Monopoli at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex.

There will be two VIP's at the festival this year. Cynthia Pepper, co-star of Elvis' movieKissing Cousins, returns to Collingwood to do a meet and greet on Saturday at the Gayety Theatre between noon and 1 p. m., which will be followed by a free showing of the movie. All are welcome. The second festival VIP is Patti Parry -- the only female member of the 'Memphis Mafia', Elvis' personal friends and staff members. The Memphis Mafia was a nick-name given to the group by the King himself.

Beginning Thursday night, the Gayety Theatre will be host Spending an Evening with Elvis performances, twice each evening at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Each show will feature four different champions for just $10 admission. Don't miss 'Inspirational Elvis', the Gospel Competition on Sunday at Eddie Bush Arena -- this is the fourth annual event featuring invitation-only contestants. This event will be hosted by the 2007 Gospel Champion Anthony Von.

For tickets and information call 1- 866-444-1162 or visit: www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com (News, Source: Weatherall, Enterprise Bulletin/Charmaine Voisine)


Sunday 27 July 2008

Complete '68 Comeback Special Boxset: Rogier Van Luyken tells EIN: The '68 Comeback Special Boxsets are rolling out of the factory and have arrived at the SONY/BMG headquarters, at least here in Holland they have. This is what the Boxset looks like and it is looking quite stunning! This release, aimed at the general public, certainly fits nicely next to the Complete '68 Special Dvd Boxset.

There is a very nice and informative booklet included and the overall sound is very good, thanks to Vic Anesini. The audio on the dressingroom rehearsals seems to have improved quite a bit as well! The Boxset is dedicated in memory of Todd Morgan.
In Holland, the Boxset will be first released this coming thursday during a special release party where fans will get a very limited 7" vinyl promo single for free when the buy the Boxset.

Chart Update: On tomorrow's ARIA Music DVD Chart in Australia, Elvis The King of Rock 'N' Roll falls 6 places to #15 after 17 weeks on the chart and a high of #5, while the #1 DVD, Elvis Aloha From Hawaii, falls 3 places to #18 after 70 weeks on the chart.

ELVIS WEEK 2008 - read about the events

The Essential Elvis Presley 3CD edition: The upcoming CD "The Essential Elvis Presley 3.0" is an limited edition 3 CD version of the "Essential Elvis Presley" compilation from 2007. This edition is available from Sony Legacy on August 26, 2008. (News, Source: Amazon/Elvis News)

Elvis & Priscilla's Honeymoon Hideaway opening in August: Visiting Palm Springs next August? Here’s a suggestion: Elvis’s so-called Honeymoon Hideaway at 1350 Ladera Circle opens its doors to the public. A tour of the house costs you 25 $US, the Indoor Gospel Concert (4 – 7 pm) another 50 $US. More info at www.elvishoneymoon.com.

History: On September 16, 1966, Elvis leased the estate at 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, California for one year for $21,000. Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis's manager, lived in the neighborhood and he thought that it would be the perfect place for Elvis to relax, entertain his friends and escape from Hollywood.

However, Rona Barrett, the famous Hollywood gossip columnist, also lived around the corner. She became suspicious that Elvis and Priscilla were going to be married when Priscilla Beaulieu arrived on the weekend of April 29th 1967 with her entire family. Elvis' entourage also began to assemble (Joan and Joe Esposito, George Klein, Sandy and Jerry Schilling, Marty Lacker, Dee and Vernon Presley).

Apparently "Miss Rona" even had the estate's maid followed in order to find out when and where the wedding would take place. Then she announced on her nightly television broadcast that "the King and Priscilla are to be married in Palm Springs."Originally the plan was to have the wedding and reception take place around the pool at the estate but because of the onslaught of the press and media, Colonel Parker arranged for Elvis and Priscilla to be married in Las Vegas. Escorted by Joe Espositio, the best man, they slipped out of the house at 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning, May 1st, 1967, going out the back way, by the pool and across the fruit orchard to Rose Avenue where limos were waiting to drive them to the airport. They flew to Las Vegas in Frank Sinatra's Lear jet, the "Christina", and by 4:00 a.m. the marriage license was obtained at the court house. At 9:40 a.m. the wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel, in owner Milton Prell's suite. The ceremony was followed by a breakfast reception for approximately 100 guests. On the same day, May 1, 1967, at 2:50 p.m., Elvis and Priscilla flew back to Palm Springs to begin their honeymoon.

Elvis carried Priscilla over the threshold and up the stairs of the Honeymoon Hideaway singing "The Hawaiian Wedding Song". Lisa Marie was born on February 1, 1968, exactly 9 months from the date of the honeymoon. The next day Elvis went to United Artists in L.A. to finish "Clambake" and then hurried back to Palm Springs the same evening. It is believed that the "1968 Comeback Special" was planned during the many months he spent at the estate. After this concert Elvis made numerous personal and concert appearances which led to him becoming the "Entertainer of the Century".

Elvis loved Palm Springs! Elvis' favorite time of the year was the summer, even thought he wasn't too fond of the heat. He resolved this problem by installing hotel-style air-conditioning units throughout the estate and he would keep the thermostat constantly low. His friends constantly commented that the house was like "a meat locker". Elvis often sang gospel music in the living room until dawn. Elvis at times would ride his Harley-Davidson to downtown Palm Springs for ice cream and at other times he would go to a bookstore called Bookland. Occasionally he would visit Colonel Tom Parker, his manager, who resided around the corner. One day Elvis saw Robert Goulet on TV and he jokingly shot a gun at the TV screen. Later that evening he went to an appliance store in Indian Canyon and bought 10 TVs. Elvis had fun racing go-carts in Palm Springs at Camelot Park on E. Palm Canyon Drive. At the Indio Casino, Elvis played blackjack. He liked the game so much, that when he was in Vegas he had a blackjack table put in his Hilton suit. (News, Source: Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Tours)

Tree falls at Graceland: The website Rare Elvis Presley mentions a tree fall at Graceland yesterday. One side of it hit Vernons office and luckly caused no damange.

The other side fell on the carport side near the vip area. Look at the picture close: there is a golf cart sitting under it that a supervisor had just gotten off of. The fence was not damaged at all. (News, Source: Elvis News)


Saturday 26 July 2008
Final artwork for DVD "Fit For A King": Many thanks to producer Andy Dumas who sent EIN the final artwork for this DVD about the B&K Enterprises story. We will have more about the DVD shortly.

18 days left until Elvis Film Festival: It's 1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 to get ready...........Dust off the blue suede shoes and prepare for the ultimate journey down memory lane via the silver screen with Malco Theatres’ annual Elvis Film Festival!

The fifth annual Elvis Film Festival, presented by The DeHart Group, is Tuesday, August 12, 2008 during Elvis Week®, at Studio on the Square in Midtown Memphis. This year’s line-up was inspired by numerous fan requests: King Creole, G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Paradise, Hawaiian Style and those attending the festival will receive a special, collectible commemorative ticket.
Tickets are $5 per film and on sale now at the theatre box office & online at www.malco.com.  
Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Todd Morgan Sound Fuzion Performance Enrichment Fund at the University of Memphis, in honor of the late Todd Morgan, who for over 20 years was the voice of EPE.

Need more info? Contact Karen Scott, Malco Theatres Marketing Director, at 901.761.3480 or karen@malco.com.

Elvis Presley - Hit Collection: Many thanks to super collector, Barry McLean, for these images of this new Sony BMG CD, made in the EU.

Marty Lacker offering VHS copies of "All The King's Men" AUTOGRAPHED by five members of the Memphis Mafia: Marty Lacker has been doing some spring cleaning and come across something special he wishes to now part with. Marty tells EIN:

I have been cleaning my closet out this past weekend and found a box containing eight copies of a special volume one of the video series that was signed by all five of us. Only a limited amount of autographed copies were made for a special video signing the company we did it for set up at one of The Movie Gallery Video stores in Nashville.  We did it in 1997 shortly after the videos were released to the public.  After these are sold there will be no more autographed copies.  The autographs are Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, Lamar Fike and me.

To be one of the lucky eight who can obtain an AUTOGRAPHED copy of "All The King's Men" email Marty for full information

Brief Encounters: From Einstein to Elvis: This new book is due out this month in the US in both hardcover and softcover formats.

Published by AuthorHouse, it features 90 plus interviews with celebrities including Elvis, Bill Cosby, Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Johnny Carson and Lucille Ball. (News, Source: Elvis Book Research)

Buy the book from Barnes & Noble

Elvis songwriter battles cancer: Hank Cochran, the legendary songwriter, and member of the The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has undergone surgery to remove cancerous tumours from his pancreas. The 72 year old songwriter who penned Patsy Clines "I Fall To Pieces", among many classic country tracks, also wrote "Make The World Go Away", which was recorded by Elvis Presley. (News, Source: Elvis UK On-line /Elvis News)

New Sammy Shore bio finally being released: First announced in November 2005 is the book by "comedian" Sammy Shore entitled "The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh" The book is due for release August 2008.

It will shortly be available to buy from Amazon

Sammy Shore was chosen by Colonel Parker to open for Elvis from 1969-1972 in Las Vegas. He also opened the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip and is the father of famous comedian Pauly Shore. A comedian by trade, Sammy has also appeared in many television shows, including Coach, The Munsters and Sanford and Son.

Shore also authored the earlier autobiography (published in 1984), The Warm Up: The Autobiography of A Number Two Man.

Friday 25 July 2008
Warners Brothers still NOT considering 'Elvis On Tour' DVD release: UK Warner Brothers Customer relations manager Jacqueline Allan recently stated "We have no plans to release anything further at present" to super-fan Brian Quinn.
There were rumours that EPE's Todd Morgan was involved in the possible 'On Tour' DVD release but sadly he passed away earlier this year. However with DVD sales on the increase, yet CD sales fast-declining, there should be hope that Warners Brothers would be considering a release of this long-anticipated DVD.
As far back as 2002 Ernst Jorgensen stated the following. .
- "‘On Tour’ is a little bit complicated. Obviously everybody, including Roger and I, thought that this 2002 would be the year. Especially when Turner recreated TTWII it was with hope of critical acclaim and financial rewards for Turner and although I think TTWII has done fairly well it was never a big commercial success. And talking about an investment and recreating TTWII for 1.3 or 1.4 Million dollars financing ‘On Tour’ on the back of something that didn’t sell well … and to a lot of commercial peoples thinking it’s somewhat better than ‘On Tour’ – it’s a younger Elvis, a leaner Elvis in TTWII. They are very nervous about putting out ‘On Tour’ and spending the same kind of money.
So they are trying to find a way to make ‘Elvis On Tour’ available in digital format but it’s not going to be a restoration for scratch like TTWII.
The reason why we haven’t put out anything on either FTD or RCA at this time is that we would ideally like to do it with them. So we are giving them a little more time but eventually if they don’t come around, we will release the material that we have which is pretty substantial."

Six years later FTD/BMG are still holding back on their 'On Tour' CD box-set and waiting for the DVD release. It's enough to make an Elvis fan cranky!
Go here for full Ernst Jorgensen, Roger Semon 2002 Interview. (News, Source;Brian Quinn/EIN)



'Elvis, Linda And Me' DVD: Andrew Hearn of Essential Elvis reports on production of a future 'Elvis, Linda And Me' DVD. This will tell the story of Jeanne LeMay, Linda Thompson's best friend, and her time spent with Elvis. Jeanne LeMay worked for a time as a secretary at Graceland and recently published a book of the same name. Andrew reported that, "The DVD will feature some incredible UNRELEASED footage of Elvis in August 1974. The team at Essential Elvis actually transferred this stunning footage from the original 16mm reels for the first time, so we can guarantee that nobody has seen this material before." Go here for EIN's interview with Jeanne Lemay Dumas.



(News, Source;Andrew Hearn)


'Fit For A King' DVD: The documentary "Fit For A King" DVD on B&K Enterprises, which tells the story behind the company that makes replicas of Elvis' suits will be released August 2008. The documentary features the late Bill Belew, Elvis Presley’s personal designer, and Gene Doucette, who later designed some of the most famous and recognizable stage outfits for Elvis, until his death in 1977. It should also contain rare video footage and archival photographs of Elvis wearing his amazing outfits, "Fit for a King" also showcases the risk-taking costume styling and imagery that was part of Presley’s power as a Rock and Roll Icon.



(News, Source;Elvis Corner)

Great Chinese promo CD 'Elvis Gospel Hymn': Paul Dowling's latest find is the Chinese promotional CD 'Elvis Gospel Hymn'. "In 2001 BMG China pressed a limited copies of a promotional sampler CD to promote Elvis' gospel catalogue. Due to unknown and unforseen circumstances the whole distribution project was abandoned. His contact in China was lucky to find five copies of this forgotten "supposed to be destroyed" CD. The tracklisting should be available soon."


(News, Source;ElvisNews/World Wide Elvis)

Thursday 24 July 2008
'A Greensboro Revolution!' New Madison Import CD:  Here is the cover art of next Madison release A Greensboro Revolution! - Standing Room Only Tapes, Volume One. It will be released soon and Volume Two should follow 3-4 weeks after.   
This sparkling performance, recorded in Greensboro, NC on Friday, April 14, 1972, in the presence of MGM's documentary cameras, has been issued many times in the past, but never in such GREAT SOUND QUALITY.  For the very first time, hear the show mixed down from MGM multi-track tapes into superb STEREO. 
The April 1972 tour was Presley's first of the year.  And he was ready.  Three outstanding performances from this gig made the final cut of "Elvis On Tour" -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "An American Trilogy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away."  In 1992, "The Lost Performances" gave fans a fourth visual, with the inclusion of "Release Me."  All are here, and the entire evening is a delight.   
Track listing :  01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:04 ; 02. C.C. Rider 3:09 ; 03. Proud Mary 2:43 ; 04. Never Been To Spain 3:36 ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:13 ; 06. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:36 ; 07. Polk Salad Annie 3:14 ; 08. Love Me 1:35 ; 09. All Shook Up 1:00 ; 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:26 ; 11. Hound Dog 1:30 ; 12. Heartbreak Hotel 1:49 ; 13. A Big Hunk O' Love 2:00 ; 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:13 ; 15. Suspicious Minds 4:48 ; 16. Love Me Tender 1:34 ; 17. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra 1:21 ; 18. For The Good Times 3:08 ; 19. An American Trilogy 4:42 ; 20. Burning Love 2:44 ; 21. Release Me 3:03 ; 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:49 ; 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:15 
Bonus Tracks: 24. Backstage, Saturday, April 15, 1972, Macon, GA 0:59 ; 25. Bridge Over Troubled Water (unrepaired) 3:43  Total Time = 65:39 (News, Source;FECC)

'Elvis' sculpture stars in auction: An ancient marble sculpture with an uncanny likeness to Elvis Presley is to go under the hammer at the London auction of a major Australian art dealer's collection.
Graham Geddes is expected to pick up more than $2 million by selling off more than 150 Greek vases and Roman marble reliefs at the Bonhams auction in October.
The Elvis-like marble sculpture, complete with a quiff similar to that favoured by The King, is believed to be about 1,800 years old and worth S50,000 - $70,800.
So strong is the likeness, Geddes himself nicknamed the Roman marble acroterion - a carved head from a stone tomb or burial chamber - "Elvis".
"Fans of the King of rock 'n roll, seeing this face from the distant past will be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life in Rome," a Bonhams spokesman said.
Geddes, who has an antiques showroom in Melbourne, has been collecting since the 1960s. (News, Source;MariaSykes)

'Elvis:Return To Tupelo' DVD. More info on the 'Elvis: Return to Tupelo’ 2008 DVD. While the "Tupelo" documentary, which will hopefully get a public showing on US cable TV later this year runs 90 minutes, we are promised another hour of great extras.
- Elvis week / Elvis festival
- Alamo Girls
- Sun Records Line up
- Elvis meets Bill Monroe
- DJ Fontana: Elvis on TV
- Sneeking into the Fair
- Memories of the Colonel
- George Klein remembers the Coach
- June Juanico: first date
- Magdalena Morgan's Christmas gift
- Mike Freeman: owning Elvis' house
- Debunking the myth that Elvis was a Racist
- Elvis enters the Army newsreel
- Elvis leaves the Army newsreel
- Elvis gets married newsreel
- Tupelo tornado newsreel
- 'Washington Merry-Go-Round' Elvis Controversy newsreel
The DVD is region free, so it can be played anywhere. Go here to preorder. Go here for an interview co-producer Roy Turner.
(News, Source;RT)











Elvis snooker tables in production: The British Lordsvale factory, producers of all kinds of amusement games, has just obtained the rights from EPE to manufacture Elvis themed pool tables. There will be a snooker table, UK model and a pool table, USA model. When and for how much these tables will become available is not known at this moment.

(News, Source;ElvisMatters/Intergame Online)

'Raised On Vegas' new Czech CD: More information about the new Memory Records CD, recorded live at the Hilton Hotel, Aug 8, 1973, Opening night. An audience recording. Between July 21-24, 1973 Elvis recorded 10 tracks at the legendary Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee - but only one of these made it into his live act: "Raised On Rock". Just a few weeks after these sessions, on August 6th, Elvis opened another "Las Vegas Summer Festival" with the rather unique concert presented on this CD. During this unusual show, Elvis performed "Trouble" from "King Creole" (1958) and segued straight into the recent "Raised On Rock". This is the only known live performance of the latter song. Later in the show Elvis surprised his audience with another live rarity: "Memphis Tennessee". Elvis also introduced a contemporary favorite of his, "My Boy", a rather hesitantly performed version that predates his studio-version by four months.
1973 was a very busy year for Elvis. The triumph of the "Aloha" show was followed by two Las Vegas seasons, two long tours, July, September and December recording sessions, hospitalization for detoxification as well as the October divorce.
Elvis was truly caught in a trap, both professionally and personally. By now, he was just as fed up with the glitter and artificiality of Vegas as he’d been of the "Travelogue" movies just a few years earlier. Nevertheless, his opening and closing concerts in Vegas were always special events and this one is no exception! Go here for EIN's close look at the Closing Night FTD & Concert review
This recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape as recorded by a member of the audience. The tape source is independent and of much better quality, than the first bootleg release of this show ("FIRE IN VEGAS" - 1993). All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure and the speed was corrected. All accompanying photographs were taken between April and August 1973.
Tracks: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 2. C.C Rider - 3. Trouble (1st live version) - 4. Raised On Rock (only live version) - 5. Love Me - 6. Steamroller Blues - 7. What Now My Love - 8. Blue Suede Shoes - 9. Memphis Tennessee - 10. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Can't Dance/Flip, Flop And Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley) - 11. Love Me Tender - 12. Hound Dog - 13. Fever - 14. My Boy (1st live version) - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Celebrity Introductions (Petula Clark, Guy March, Phillis McGuire, Liza Minelli) - 18. I Can't Stop Loving You - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. A Big Hunk O' Love - 23. Help Me Make It Through The Night - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp. (News, Source;Czech)

Sam Phillips pioneer's Stamp should be Officially Recognized: In less than 2 weeks, a five year anniversary will dawn upon us. On July 30, 2003 the man hailed as the Father of Rock n' Roll passed away. Sam Phillips was 80 years old.
Phillips was the front man who launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and a host of other legendary Rock, Rhythm and Blues greats at a small store front studio called Memphis Recording Service. Phillips, whose motto was 'We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime,' began his business just making records with some of the legendary unrefined black artists such as Howlin' Wolf, James Cotton, Willie Nix, Rosco Gordon and Rufus Thomas. Phillips' ambition was to bring out of all of his artists, what they didn't really know that they had in themselves.
"Sam Phillips made his ‘stamp' on society when change was not of the essence in the segregated South of 1950's America," said Liz Scott, who is a postal activist and the woman who is coordinating the Sam Phillips U.S. Commemorative Postage Stamp Campaign.
"Sam was not interested in doing the same things that had already been done in music. What Sam set out to do was to give the young people of the era something that they could call their own," said Scott. "Sam's gut instinct was to blend various kinds of music; Country, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues. This blend gave birth to Rock n' Roll, something that allowed the young people of the day to experience a freedom of their own true expression."
According to the USPS, commemorative postage stamps honoring a notable and famous American subject will usually be issued on or in conjunction with the individual or subject's birth or a significant anniversary. No stamp will be issued sooner than 5 years after an individual's death. So far, 9,078 people from around the world have hand signed a petition Scott has been passing around at several music themed events. That total does not include the 966 signatures currently on a web site petition portal called www.gopetition.com. "Sam was an American original and a genuine music pioneer," said David Johnson, executive director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. "He's certainly one of Alabama's most significant contributors to the world of music. It's impossible to imagine popular music over the past 50 years without the tremendous impact of Sam Phillips and Sun Records. It's an honor for us to call him one of our own and to keep celebrating his incredible legacy."
Phillips' oldest son, Knox Phillips said of his father, "His idea was to work with people whose principles and values mirrored his own. You could boil it down to the principles he had learned from the Phillips family, which is integrity and individuality to the extreme," said Phillips. "He wasn't interested in working with polished musicians and he wasn't interested in taking someone who was already a star and trying to refine his art. What he was committed to was the same thing his mother and father taught him from childhood; a search for the truth."
If you would like more information about the Sam Phillips U.S. Postage Stamp Campaign, or to schedule an interview with Liz Scott, please call her at (256) 766-2913 or email Liz at samphillipsstampusa@live.com. Or click here to visit her MySpace site (News, Source;EPE)

The Winners of our She Is the King competition were. . . . . Annemaree Burgess and Helena Palumbo. They both win two double-passes to see her in concert this weekend in Sydney. Congratulations.
EIN has heard more insider details but we don't want to spoil the surprise - all we can say is that we know it will be a very fine night of exciting Elvis fun and fabulous music. The Tour kicks off in Balmain, Sydney July 26th. After that she leaves for Memphis and ELVIS WEEK.

Click here for more She Is The King tour information. .

Tuesday 22 July 2008

Marty Lacker offering VHS copies of "All The King's Men" AUTOGRAPHED by five members of the Memphis Mafia: Marty Lacker has been doing some spring cleaning and come across something special he wishes to now part with. Marty tells EIN:

I have been cleaning my closet out this past weekend and found a box containing eight copies of a special volume one of the video series that was signed by all five of us. Only a limited amount of autographed copies were made for a special video signing the company we did it for set up at one of The Movie Gallery Video stores in Nashville.  We did it in 1997 shortly after the videos were released to the public.  After these are sold there will be no more autographed copies.  The autographs are Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, Lamar Fike and me.

To be one of the lucky eight who can obtain an AUTOGRAPHED copy of "All The King's Men" email Marty for full information

Elvis items up for auction: Fans with a large filled piggy bank can spend their money in an online auction, starting today – ending August 6. About 16 unique personal and Elvis related items are up for sale. The eye catcher is the Peacock jumpsuit with a start price of $250,000, est. sale price $325,000.

Other clothing from the movies ‘Clambake’, ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ and ‘Blue Hawaii’ is also available. A ring that Elvis wore on stage has to cost $9,500 , while the catalogue also offers ‘cheaper’ items as acetates and autographs.

There could be some questions raised when it comes to the Grammy award for ‘He Touched Me’. The three Grammy’s that Elvis received are all on display in Graceland. It is not clear from who, where and when the Grammy in this auction is offered. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)

Elvis in Hawaii


Music Row legal challenge: Some high-profile attorneys will outline their plan on Monday to challenge a property battle in Nashville on Music Row. Metro government wants to take a long-time business, Country International Records, and give it to a developer to construct a new $100 million high-rise building. However, the owner, Joy Ford, doesn't want to sell the business to the city. A group called the Institute For Justice has stepped in to fight the city's eminent domain decision. Many famous singers have used the recording studio at Country International, including Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

"The Essential 3.0 Elvis Presley" CD: Due for release from Sony Legacy on August 26, 2008 is the 3 CD set "The Essential 3.0 Elvis Presley". More details when available. (News, Source: Amazon.com / Elvis News)


Monday 21 July 2008
New DVD highlights Elvis' jumpsuits.......Elvis - The Jumpsuitology Vol. 1 - 1969 - 1972.....dedicated to Bill Belew:

"Elvis - The Jumpsuitology" is the anthology of Elvis' stage outfits used during all the 1145 live appearances from 1969 to 1977. It is first ever comprehensive DVD project highlighting this aspect of Elvis’ career. The producers spent several months on research and obtaining materials, and then spent more than 250 hours in a professional studio for restoration and putting the DVD together.

The first volume of the DVD focuses on the years 1969 - 1972. There’s brief, but relevant information on each concert tour, as well as the Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe engagements, all followed by specially assorted good quality photos of the jumpsuits used for each tour or engagement. There are more than 250 photos (some rare) of all the 110 versions of the suits, he Jumpsuitology the first "Herringbone" and "Cisco Kid" suits, the August '72 "Two - Piece" suits and all others.

The video section contains more than 30 rare clips (mostly 8 mm amateur footage) of Elvis on stage in different suits. Every piece of film was carefully selected, edited and professionally restored in a studio and every effort has been made to achieve the highest possible picture quality, nevertheless in few cases producers decided to use substandard quality material in order to maintain the integrity of the project.

Musical background on DVD is by fine U.K. tribute artist Heath Ashton.

Special thanks to Todd Slaughter, the president of OEPFC Great Britain. (News, Source: Pavel Cernocky)

Chart Update: In Australia the "Aloha Special" drops from 12 to #15 on the ARIA Music DVD chart while "Elvis- The King Of Rock And Roll" remains steady at #9. In The Netherlands the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbs from #39 to #36. (News, Source: ARIA/Elvis News)

No "Jailhouse Rock" FTD for October: Despite our news story on Saturday, Ernst Jorgensen has come out and said Jailhouse Rock is not slated for release in October. Ernst told Elvis News: "Always curious to know where these rumors start!!!! But it's not true - We will very soon release the information on what the three October releases will be." (News, Source: Various)

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Sonny Burgess played at King of Clubs: Ask almost any area resident and they likely will know of the club near the railroad tracks between farmland and flatland along state Highway 67 in Swifton. They will likely know who owned it, too. Bob King, who owned and operated the King of Clubs for more than 50 years, died Monday. He was 83.

“He was one the best club owners I ever knew,” said friend and musician Sonny Burgess of Newport. “He was a great guy — a good friend. He’ll be missed by all that knew him.”

In a 2006 interview, King reminisced at home about his days as the area’s well-known club owner. With a head full of gray hair and sitting at his kitchen table, King was eager to talk to anyone willing to listen. Next door stands the business he is known for — but what bothered King the most was not being able to leave home on his own.

“I told (my wife) Evelyn I get so tired sitting and looking out that window knowing I cannot get up and walk through that door,” he said.

Born in 1924 at Battle Axe and raised in Swifton, it wasn’t hard for King to recall things that happened 50 years ago. Sept. 20, 1951 was a date that King remembered well because it was the day he opened the brick, one-story building that has had several names over the years. From the B&I Club to the King of Clubs, most people have heard of “Bob King’s.” Minutes into conversation, King said he never had aspirations of being a club owner at 26 years old.

“Way back then I was a farmer. I worked and lived on the farm until I went into the Navy. It was rough just like it was everywhere else — I guess everywhere else,” he said. “All you had was what you worked hard for and that wasn’t much. It wasn’t like it is now.”

After serving during World War II in the South Pacific, King and his brother bought a café in Swifton. The location seemed to be a pretty good part of the country for it, he said. Looking back, “We’ve had a pretty good business,” he said. But it’s the people who have passed through its doors that has made Bob King’s nightclub a place of history to many.

The idea for entertainment, however, was something that King never considered until he was approached by Burgess, who was looking for places to play with his newly formed band. For $10 apiece, Burgess, Kern Kennedy, Russ Smith and Johnny Ray Hubbard performed for what Burgess called, “a redneck crowd” on Friday nights.

“They’d come out of the farms and they’d get drunk. They’d bring their babies in there and they’d set them on the table and go and dance,” he said.

On his first visit, Burgess remembered that the closer he got, the building’s screened-in front door looked as if it would explode. “There were a couple of men fighting and Bob was right in the middle of them trying to stop it” as Burgess entered the club. “Bob was tough back in those days.”

On one December night in 1955, Burgess said the club was so packed that “you could not believe how many people were there.” That night, a 20-year-old Elvis Presley, who had just signed a contract with RCA-Victor the month before, gyrated on King’s stage for $450. Burgess and his band, the Moonlighters, backed Presley that night. The following year, they recorded on the Sun record label in Memphis that discovered Presley, releasing “We Wanna Boogie,” and “Red-Headed Woman” under the name Sonny Burgess and the Pacers.

King recalled Johnny Cash being there the night Elvis performed. Cash had opened for Presley at Swifton High School earlier that day, and “Elvis asked me if I’d give Johnny $10 to get him to sing a song,” King said.

“I told him no, I’d give him $20 to sing three songs.”

“He (Elvis) was friendly. Jerry Lee Lewis was the silly one,” King said, laughing.

Lewis, with his unique piano style, would play the instrument with his feet and the piano strings almost always would be broken afterwards, King said.

“I liked him as far as that goes. He played quite a few times ... Every time, I had to get Kern Kennedy (Burgess’ piano player) to replace the strings.”

While King has never taken full credit for the club’s longevity, he was always the first to tell people that Evelyn was the club’s lasting force. Conversation about King with those who worked for him does not go far without mention of her. Married in 1956, King first hired Evelyn as a waitress in late 1955.

“It wasn’t a bad decision I made either,” King chuckled in 2006. “I have a wonderful little woman.”

Doug Greeno of Weiner, who was part of King’s house band in the late 1960s, said Bob and Evelyn were wonderful and great to work for. “They were good to me just like family,” he said this week.

“You can’t beat Bob,” Greeno said. King gave a lot of money away over the years. “If something happened to someone, he would give money from his own pocket or help raise money for them.”

King said in 2006 one of the best things about the club is how good people had been to him.

“When we first went in business, people were different then they are now — a lot different,” King said.

In the early days, when crowds got rowdy and people began fighting, King would tell them to go outside and settle it. The loser then had to buy everyone a beer.

“Sometimes THAT would settle it,” he said, laughing. “Everybody gets in trouble every once in awhile. I don’t expect that not to happen,” he said. “But most of them will come in and apologize to ya’ and say it won’t ever happen again.”

Harold Jenkins never forgot when he gambled away all of his and his band’s money behind the club after a show in the 1950s. King told Jenkins, later known as Conway Twitty, that he would replace the money so Jenkins could pay his band members, if the singer promised to never gamble again. The two remained in contact over the years, and anytime King saw him, Twitty recalled that night and the promise he made. After a show in Branson, Mo., King said Twitty told him, “‘I promised you I wouldn’t and I haven’t.’” That was a year before Twitty’s death in 1993, and the last time King saw his friend.

The business was sold and split in 2003. It is now called the King of Clubs and King’s Capri. King was pleased the club lasted 55 years and wasn’t surprised by its longevity.

“It has lasted this long because it had some good managers,” King said. “There aren’t too many people who can run a club right. What I’ve done all my life is run that club. It’s my life — 55 years behind a beer joint,” he said with a laugh.

Husband, father of three and friend, he was many things to many people. However, King’s best known role will probably always be club owner. King’s second cousin, Mike Baker of Alicia, said King was a good man who will be missed.

“He would help anyone he could,” Baker said, recalling the times when King would let him and others “get all the sodas we could get. When you’re young, that’s a big thing,” he said.

Burgess was among those featured in “Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy Of Sun Records,” a television documentary filmed in the King of Clubs in 2000 about some of Sun’s artists. The documentary, aired nationwide on PBS, along with half-hour interviews with some of the artists, is now available on DVD. Burgess credited King for giving him and the Pacers, as well as other young artists, the opportunity to cultivate their talents all those years ago.

“He was one the best guys in the music business,” Burgess said. “He was good-hearted. It’s tough to lose him.”
(Source: guardonline.com)


Sunday 20 July 2008
'Elvis: Return to Tupelo' now available on DVD: The new recut documentary about Elvis' years in Tupelo and his first years in Memphis entitled "Elvis: Return to Tupelo" is now available on DVD. The story traces the Elvis saga from his birth during the depths of the Depression, to his move to Memphis, to his formative high school years, through his early struggles to launch a music career and wraps up with his triumphant homecoming concert in 1956, on the same stage where he’d lost a talent contest eleven years earlier. It’s a little known story that while inextricably linked to an era and a place still resonates today.
Working with Tupelo historian Roy Turner, director and producer Michael Rose premiered this updated documentary at this years' Tupelo Film Festival. Rose has won numerous awards over the years including an Emmy, two Cine Golden Eagles, several educational film awards and he’s had his films screened at international film festivals.
Go here for EIN's recent interview with Roy Turner. And go here for more info about the Return To Tupelo DVD.    (News, Source;RT)

EPE Giveaway for Elvis Week!. Indicating a somewhat reduced ticket expectation EPE are offering some giveaways for ticket buyers.

The Elvis Gospel Breakfast now offers a limited-edition mug which was designed exclusively for this event using the art from the new inspirational music tin from Madacy. The Breakfast happnes at 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 10 & Sunday, August 17.

Also a new "Elvis Presley "Classic Series" Martini and Wine Glasses" will be available at Elvis Expo during Elvis Week!

Elvis never really approved of excessive alcohol consumption but EPE has licensed Glass Studio Ltd to produced these 'Classic Series’ martini and wine glasses. These collectible glasses feature four different images of Elvis as he progressed through his amazing career. Choose glasses containing imagery from the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and the ’68 Comeback Special or the ‘70’s themed glass which also has a Swarovski crystal highlighting one of Elvis’ famous rings. Elvis’ signature is etched across the base of each glass, making this a must have collectible. The ‘Classic Set of 4’ is available for those who simply can’t decide. What would Elvis say?

- It never ceases to amaze me baby!


(News, Source; EPE)

EU 'Public Domain' ruling likely to change: Ageing rock stars and session musicians will keep receiving royalties for their old recordings for the rest of their lives under a European Union plan. Performers currently lose the rights to their recordings after 50 years. This has placed all of Elvis' earlier fifties recordings into the Public Domain. Strangely the recent official release of the "hit" remix of 'Baby Let's Play House' only happened because of this ruling! Elvis will no longer have to look over his shoulder to see who is exploiting his old recordings - although BMG are often accused of doing this for years.
Now veteran artists like Sir Cliff Richard and Roger Daltrey are among those who have campaigned for it to be extended. The EU has now announced a scheme for copyright on recordings to last for 95 years. EU governments and the European Parliament still need to give approval. Under the current regime, the first rock 'n' roll recordings will go out of copyright in the coming years.
That means performers, producers and record labels would no longer get paid for sales or airplay, and the songs could be released cheaply by any record label.
A 95-year term would bridge the income gap that performers face when they turn 70, just as their early performances recorded in their 20s would lose protection.
Sir Cliff's first hits will go out of copyright on 1 January next year, while The Beatles' catalogue will start to enter the public domain in 2013. Sir Paul McCartney and U2 have also spoken out in favour of extending the copyright.
But the EU plan is potentially more important for the thousands of lesser-known band members, session musicians and producers who may be in greater need of an income during their retirement. The proposals were unveiled by European Commission Single Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy. "A 95-year term would bridge the income gap that performers face when they turn 70, just as their early performances recorded in their 20s would lose protection," his scheme said.
Former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey, now chief executive of British Music Rights, welcomed the move. He said: "I am especially pleased that the announcement focuses on the 'invisible' members of our industry - the musicians, engineers and session players whose names are hidden away in the liner notes and credits. "It is they, and not just 'featured' artists and record labels, who could derive real benefits from this move - and at a time in life when their earning power would be severely diminished."
The BPI, which represents British record labels, said the change would "ensure that our performers and labels are no longer treated as the second class citizens in the copyright world".
But the UK government, which rejected its own extension to the copyright term last year, said it was "not convinced" that there was an economic case for the move.
When it looked into the matter, the government said most artists would not benefit from an extension because of their record contracts. Most musicians had contracts requiring them to pass royalties back to their record labels, the government said.
It also concluded that an extension would lead to increased costs for consumers, who would be forced to pay for royalties for longer.
And Anthony Baldwin, a musician and sound engineer who restores old recordings, told The Times: "If the legislation gets through, you can say goodbye to independent European vintage CD reissues." Separate royalties are paid for songwriting. Those payments will continue for 70 years after the death of the writer. (News, Source;BBC)

Saturday 19 July 2008

EIN Scoop........October FTD News: EIN has been informed that the next FTD release after the upcoming three delayed July releases will be Jailhouse Rock. Apparently the release will include many previously unreleased outtakes.

Read EIN's exclusive February 2007 interview with FTD's Roger Semon where he told us that 'Jailhouse Rock' was already planned. Click here for the Roger Semon interview

(News, Source: Email)

EIN Competition - WIN A DOUBLE PASS to 'She Is the King' in her dynamic new show, Balmain, SYDNEY - Saturday July 26. 

Australia's own 'She Is the King' is touring with her brand new show - as reported earlier on EIN.
She is the only woman ever to be selected by EPE to appear in the prestigious worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Competition. After her first singles of Viva Las Vegas followed by Edge Of Reality/If I Can Dream, She Is the King released her first exciting CD album 'Comeback' - which featured a fascinating selection of Elvis covers including the stunning 'I've Lost You.'
She Is The King's brand new show is "Packed with dynamic surprises offering something very new & exciting" and if you are tired of seeing the same old male Tribute Artists singing the same songs, then this will be a breath of fresh air.
Backed by a tremendous live band 'The Magnificent Seven' along with the 'Southern Soul' backing singers and brass section, the sound will really pack a punch. The concert is of course "Inspired by the Music and Legacy of Elvis" and there will be plenty of Elvis surprises along the way. While this will include a heartfelt Gospel segment and some stunning new costumes.
EIN has heard more insider details but we don't want to spoil the surprise - all we can say is that we know it will be a very fine night of exciting Elvis fun and fabulous music. The Tour kicks off in Balmain, Sydney July 26th. After that she leaves for Memphis and ELVIS WEEK.

To be in the draw for a double pass click here and send us the name of She Is the King's first CD album.

You have to be able to get yourselves to Balmain, Sydney! Sadly EIN cannot afford to pay for airfares! 
Go here for more info. .


Elvis' 1972 Cadillac Custom Wagon sold on EBay! In 1972 the American Sunroof Company made two custom station wagons from Cadillac Deville sedans. One was built for Elvis the other for Dean Martin. The vehicle was delivered to Elvis in Palm Springs California and used by him around town. It then stayed at Colonel Parker's House In Las Vegas. Elvis in fact tried to give it to the Colonel as a present but because the King kept "borrowing it back" the Colonel didn't want to keep it at his house in Vegas. When in Vegas Elvis used this vehicle to cart friends around between shows at the Hilton. The car even had its own carpeted parking space. The car stayed in Vegas until 1976 when it was shipped back to Graceland where it remained until 1981.
The car sold before the auction ended - the suggested price was $60,000.
Additional Elvis Memorabilia that came with the purchase included;
> Elvis Auction 200 page Book published by Guernsey with Pictures of the Vehicle and Listing Information
> Original Tennessee Title with Elvis Presley Museum on it.
> Copy of A letter from the President of Graceland that provides details about this vehicle
> Copy of an Insurance Policy Application from 1972 for the car in the name of Elvis and Vernon Presley
> A Poster Size Mounted Picture of this Station Wagon in front of the Graceland Mansion.
> A Picture of Elvis getting in to the car talking to friends.
> UNCUT Gold Cadillac Keys that Came with the car.
> A pair of Elvis Presley Signature Gold Sun Glasses.
Go here for details and more photos. (News, Source;Ebay)

The 14th Collingwood Elvis Festival: The countdown is on for the Collingwood Elvis Festival that runs July 24 to 27th.
The first year of the festival was 1995, and it was held at the Vacation Inn. It was called the Canadian Elvis Tribute and Convention, and was promoted by tribute artist Billy Cann. The name was changed in 1996 to the Canadian National Elvis Tribute and Convention Ball, and was held at the Collingwood Curling Club. By 1998, it was called the Collingwood Elvis Festival, and was owned with a 50 per cent share by the Collingwood and District Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Collingwood BIA. The theme that year was the Elvis Comeback Special 1968.
Every year thereafter, the festival had a theme. In 2002, the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death was honoured; while 2004 celebrated the 10th anniversary of the festival. This year, they celebrate the 14th year of the festival and expect numbers to top all previous years. The overall highest scoring Collingwood Elvis Festival champion will win a $3,000 cash prize this year, compliments of SIRIUS Canada. They will also receive automatic entry into The 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest during Elvis Week in Memphis on Aug. 13 and 14. Go here for more details (News, Source;EIN/SanjaM)

Thursday 17 July 2008

Elvis, the Caped Crusader, in new Batman movie!: Continuing the theme of 'Elvis is Everywhere' - the new 'Dark Knight' Batman movie features Elvis as a possible suspect for the true identity of Batman! As Commissioner Gordon says while looking at a photo of Elvis, "We have checked out all likely suspects and we still don't know Batman's real identity!" Elvis would love it!

(News, Source;EIN)  

Spankox Remixes finally gets UK release: From the press-release: Recognised worldwide as one of the most influential figures in music and pop culture, Elvis Presley is today on the verge of another milestone. 30 years after his death, Presley's classic 'Baby Let's Play House' single remixed by progressive DJ/Producer Spankox, will receive it's Sept 1 2008 debut as the first Vinyl/CD single to be released in the UK.
The 'Baby Let's Play House' Spankox remix release on Vinyl/CD is a special compact disc (CD) playable on a normal CD player, and on a traditional record turntable too. This brand new media boasts one A side (vinyl) and one B side (CD). (EIN thinks this should have been released when the single was #1 in Italy and may be too late to hit the charts.)
Hot on the heels of the Sept 1 single release comes yet another milestone, the historic release of the first official "Elvis Presley remix" album. Elvis vs Spankox 'Re:Versions' will debut in the UK on September 8 2008, released by SonyBMG. The limited edition of the album features 11 tracks, plus a bonus videoclip of the single 'Baby Let's Play House' plus 24 page booklet and housed in a specially printed PVC case. (News, Source; Essentialelvis.com)








A Rockin' Good Night with Essential Elvis: There are only a two days to go to the UK's big Summer Elvis event - this Saturday July 19th - staged by Essential Elvis. There are still some tickets left, so if you'd like to enjoy a great show, with several famous guests, then please book online (www.essentialelvis.com) or by calling 01903 525917.
The event, with Jeanne LeMay, is on July 19th in Hove (near Brighton).

Go here for our EIN interview with Jeanne LeMay.

Click here for Event information & tickets

(News, Source;AndrewHearn)






Wednesday 16 July 2008

'Raised On Rock' new Memory Records CD: The Czech Memory Records label are re-issuing Elvis' 1973 Vegas Opening Show from August 6, 1973. Although previously released in poor quality sound as the 'Fire In Vegas' bootleg back in 1993 this re-issue promises to be from the first generation copy. The show is interesting for having Elvis' first live version of 'Trouble', 'My Boy' as well as his only live attempt at 'Raised On Rock'.  Summer season in Vegas 1973 was an interesting and emotional ride for Elvis cumulating in the extra-ordinary 'Closing Night' as featured in the FTD of the same name. Go here for a look at 'Closing Night'.


(News, Source;EIN/Memory)

Memphis Horns to be Inducted into the Musicans Hall Of Fame: The Memphis Horns are among the 2008 inductees of the Musicians Hall of Fame, along with STAX's Booker T & the MGs on October 28th. The Memphis Horns played a significant part on Elvis' 1969 soulful Memphis Sessions and they have made their mark on the history of rock & roll with a heavy dose of soul for 42 years. During this time, they performed with 32 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and lent their signature sound to 14 Grammy-winning songs, 52 Number Ones and 113 Top Tens. Together and apart they’ve played on 83 Gold and Platinum records (well over 40 million albums sold!).
The Memphis Horns are the quintessential Memphis music combination - Andrew Love, tall, black and as mellow as one of his tenor sax solos; Wayne Jackson, (right with Elvis) short, white and as intense as one of his trumpet blasts. Together they were reared in all that Memphis music had to offer.
Wayne Jackson has played with all the greats from Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond to Elvis Presley. Playing with The Memphis Horns, Wayne's sweet trumpet is one of the most recognised soulful sounds in the last 50 years of pop music.  He has played on over 300 Number 1 records and still is one of the nicest people you could ever meet.
Wayne Jackson knew Elvis from an early age, and not only played on some of Elvis' greatest songs but was also a visitor to Graceland and has some great insights into music and the man. Go here for EIN's in-depth interview with Wayne Jackson. (News, Source;EIN/ElvisMatters)

'Colonel Parker’s Boy' new import CD: From the Memphis Flash label comes 'Colonel Parker's Boy' import CD. According to the information the CD contains many never before released versions of Elvis recordings from the 1960's and 70's. For the first time ever on CD is the new duet version of 'Edge Of Reality' plus two never before heard interviews with Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker from 1987. The sound quality should be very good on all the tracks. EIN - The tracklist gives me a 'Suspicious Mind' as there seems to be lots of strange takes.
Green Green Grass Of Home (Alternate mix)
Fairytale (Undubbed)
It's A Matter Of Time (Alternate mix with strings)
Pieces Of My Life (Alternate mix)
And I Love you So (Alternate mix)
US Male (Alternate mix)
All That I Am (Alternate mix)
I'm Leavin' (Alternate mix)
Slowly But Surely (Alternate mix)
Almost Always True (Remix)
Help Me Make It Through The Night (Long version)
That's What you Get For Lovin' Me (Long version)
Early Morning Rain (Long version)
Edge Of Reality (Unreleased duet version)
Colonel Parker Interview # 1
Colonel Parker Interview # 2  (News, Source;Elvis Unlimited)










'Elvis by The PRESLEYS' Vietnam release: Here's a collector's treat - the Virgin Records Vietnam release, through BMG, of the Elvis By the Presleys CD. Thanks to super collector Barry McLean. (News, Source; Barry Mclean)

'Baby Let's Play House' Remix single - from BMG via Graceland: If EPE/BMG want this to become a major success how odd that the CD single is "only available via Graceland." It features the same tracks as on the original European Public Domain release. (News, Source; Barry McLean)



'Loving You' and 'The Originals' EU public domain releases: Two Public Domain releases from the EU featuring Elvis' RCA tracks from 1956 - 1957. 'The Originals' has 47 tracks over 2 cds, while 'Loving You' is 3 cds of 55 tracks in total.


(News, Source; Barry McLean)

Tuesday 15 July 2008
EPE licenses On-Line Virtual Elvis!: An agency specialising in virtual worlds and large online communities, today announced that it has launched a new company, “Virtual Greats,” to take advantage of the rapidly growing market for virtual goods. Millions of Us also announced that Virtual Greats will have distribution rights for virtual goods associated with the legendary icon Elvis Presley and superstar Justin Timberlake. In addition, Virtual Greats will feature Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton and Marvel's The Incredible Hulk across multiple media platforms.
An analyst estimated in mid-2007 that the virtual goods market was worth approximately $1.5 billion and growing rapidly. Gartner Inc’s prediction that 80% of active internet users will be members of at least one virtual world by 2012.
Discussions are also taking place with numerous other celebrities and rights-holders. Virtual Greats will sell likenesses, catchphrases, animations, clothing lines and other merchandise associated with aspirational characters and entertainment franchises. Virtual Greats will connect Gaia’s more than 5 million dedicated users with the virtual goods of stars such as Justin Timberlake and Elvis Presley.
Virtual Greats is developing a centralized digital sales and distribution system. These goods will eventually be available for distribution across more than 60 different online platforms, ensuring aesthetic and functional consistency along with rigorous piracy protection. The firm will act as both a financial and technical clearinghouse for trade in virtual goods. Go here for full EPE details. Click here for Tim Pope's great 3D Animated Elvis!  (News, SourceEIN/EPE)

'She Is The King' playing Memphis and Australia with her brand new show: She Is The King's brand new show is "Packed with dynamic surprises offering something very new & exciting" according to her management. If you are tired of seeing the same old male Tribute Artists singing the same songs, then this will be a breath of fresh air. Backed by a tremendous live band 'The Magnificent Seven' along with the 'Southern Soul' backing singers and brass section, the sound will really pack a punch. The concert is of course "Inspired by the Music and Legacy of Elvis" and there will be plenty of Elvis surprises along the way. While this will include a heartfelt Gospel segment and some stunning new costumes, this won't be the all-too-familiar jumpsuit performances that fans have seen too many times. The Tour kicks off in Balmain, Sydney July 26th before she leaves for Memphis. Don't miss out on a great Elvis live musical experience. Go here for more info.

(News, Source;SITK)

Elvis Week Expo Celebrities: During Elvis Week the Elvis Expo will feature 65 booths and plenty of Elvis celebrities:
It runs from August 13 & 14: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
Among the celebrities currently scheduled to make an appearance in the Elvis Expo:
Steve Binder (producer), Joanne Cash (sister of Johnny Cash), DJ Fontana, Joe Guercio plus actors Edward Faulkner, Susan Henning, Celeste Yarnall, Francine York, Darlene Tompkins. Also appearing are composer Mike Stoller, The Imperials, Dixie Locke Emmons (Elvis' early girlfriend), comedian Sammy Shore, Elvis' friends Sandi Pichon and Jerry Schilling plus Wanda Jackson, Italian remix DJ Spankox as well as author of 'Elvis '57' Alan Hanson. For full EPE details click here. (News, Source;EPE/EIN)

Elvis' Harley-Davidson featured in new museum in Milwaukee: Milwaukee's new Harley-Davidson Museum opens this Saturday. Among the motorcycles is the oldest Harley: Serial Number One. It's a pedal bike with a small engine, built by company founders William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson inside a 10-by-15-foot wooden shed that had the words "Harley-Davidson Motor Company" scrawled on the door.
Also featured is Elvis Presley's red and white 1956 Model KH, along with its January 1956 paperwork, which notes he bought it from a Memphis dealer, his payments were $50.15 a month and lists his occupation as a "vocalist-self-employed."
His reason for buying: "pleasure and business." Elvis bought it just a few months before his breakthrough single "Heartbreak Hotel" hit the top of the charts
"It was like he knew he was on his way and he wasn't going to Disneyland," Bortner said. "He was going to the dealership."
Elvis was on the cover of Harley-Davidson's magazine, The Enthusiast, in May 1956 -- an artefact also at the museum.
A video screen features classic Harley moments in television and movies. Harleys have appeared in classics such as "Easy Rider," and "Pulp Fiction" and there are animated versions in "The Simpsons" TV show and movie. This year, Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf rode one in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
Ten motorcycles from throughout the years give museumgoers a chance to feel a Harley beneath them. Go here for more details. (News, Source;EIN/SanjaM)




Details on 'You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country' CD: Here is a preview of the cover art plus a press-release for the Gravel Road Music release due this month. See below for track details.
Press-release: - After 38 years, Elvis' voice remains impressive on each track! It easily could have been recorded yesterday.
These are the first 22 amazing tracks collected from private collections of which many for the first time in this shape on CD. These are the acetates which Elvis took home to play-back and agreed to be released!
All tracks have been digitally restored and re-mastered. These acetates often sounded better & different than what we know and made it to the final release!
Some previously released tracks are here for the first time in their more complete form. This includes studio talk, count in, left & right channels, longer fade outs or even different lyrics or simply differently sung. Most are in stereo.
The first masters without dubbing, repairs in their complete form. Unfortunately we don't have every master on acetate of the June and September sessions. So we added some first takes to cover all songs. Also a few tracks of work in progress, a rare chance to hear, a song still being built up to a complete dubbed master. Guide-strings, -horns, -backing vocals, the talking, it's all there!
Background information; It's a public known fact that Elvis regularly dissagreed with the released version of the songs.

Unluckily, he hardly made his point towards the ones responsible, knowing there were times he was wrong and the song became a hit (In the ghetto, Suspicious minds, Burning love & others) This cd contains the versions how Elvis liked it!
These are rare acetates and purists will be happy since no effects have been used to enhance the sound. There are no further copies of acetates available in better sound, only a very few copies were made of each song and most are gone or badly damaged. The acetate lacquer wears out very fast, so every track is really unique.
Note: None of the used versions are included on the recent FTD release of "That's the way it is" or the forthcoming "Love letters from Elvis". Only parts of the acetates, which you can enjoy in full version on this cd are used in the documentary; Elvis "That's way it is". The CD contains 22 songs with a 20 pages full color booklet having extensive liner notes to guide you through the songs, background info about Elvis' 1970 and explains in detail what an acetate really is. Also why and how it's made. See full tracklist below
This is a limited release. Vol 2 will be released later this year. (News, Source;e-mail)

Woman has kept Elvis cake in freezer for 30 years!: So Elvis really is everywhere! Hazel Phibbs, 90, shows the cake her daughter bought her 30 years ago. Phibbs kept the cake in the freezer since 1978. Elvis is in cold storage at a home just east of downtown Dayton.
Well, to be more specific, the image of Elvis is captured in icing on a frozen birthday cake that has been lovingly coveted away in a freezer there for 30 years. Hazel Phibbs, who celebrated her 90th birthday on June 12, vows to keep her Elvis cake until the day she dies. "I love that cake," she said on Thursday, July 10. "It is a treasure to me and I never want anyone to cut it. It's my Elvis cake."
"She has Elvis photos of the wall with spotlights focused on them," said Tracy Beck, Hazel's 35-year-old granddaughter. "She has a plastic Elvis guitar that was once filled with popcorn. She has an Elvis lamp and rare old Elvis 45 rpm records" She added, "But that cake has taken on hallowed status for my grandmother." Hazel even has a backup plan in the event her electric power is interrupted and her freezer stops working.
"I'll find a relative with a freezer and have them rescue the cake as soon as possible," she said. "To me Elvis was the greatest star, and this cake just means the world to me." Did EPE also license this?  (News, Source;EIN/SanjaM) 


Sunday 13 July 2008

Elvis The Mini Series (DVD Review): What it takes to effectively portray the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll should never be underestimated.  Each fan has his or her own preconceptions and expectations about how Elvis should be portrayed on screen and this makes the acting challenge particularly problematic.

So when Elvis The Mini Series was in development, the producers had an unenviable task in selecting their Elvis, not to mention how to fit such a complex and rich story into 2 hours screen time!

How does Jonathan Rhys Meyers stack up as Elvis?

How strong is the storyline?

How worthwhile is this TV mini-series produced with the blessing of EPE?

Read EIN's DVD review to find out


(DVD Review, Source: EIN)

July FTD releases slip to August: According to FTD, high demand has meant stocks of the 3 new FTD albums will not be issued until August 1. The releases are:

Love Letters from Elvis (2CD)

Click to view track listing

Elvis sings Memphis Tennessee (2CD)

Click to view track listing


(soundboard "live concert" recorded April 22, 1976 recorded in Omaha, Nebraska + 2 tracks from Spokane, Washington)

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 /Trying to get to You/ All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / America The Beautiful / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Help Me / How Great Thou Art / Little Darlin'/Its Now Or Never / Funny How Time Slips Away / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp. Bonus songs from Spokane, WA 27.4.76: Burning Love/My Way.

*****Special Offer for Aussie & NZ Fans*****: EIN is offering all 3 releases to Aussie & NZ residents for A$110.00 + $6.00 p&p (NZ fans please add extra $5.00 for additional postage)

Contact EIN to order

Chart Update: On this week's ARIA DVD Music Chart, Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll rises one place to 9 (after 15 weeks on the chart). Elvis Aloha From Hawaii jumps 4 places to #16 after 68 weeks on the chart and a high of #1. (News, Source: ARIA)

FREE Elvis Week 2008 Event: Thanks to Charmaine Voisine for this newsabout FREE entry to Elvis Extravaganza Events (ETAs) - With ALL of the talk about the HIGH PRICES during ELVIS Week (not to mention the high price of fuel to get there - whether by car or by plane) - admission to this event is FREE.

There are a handful of VIP seats available right at the stage and this package includes a good bag.

You can get VIP SEATS here:  http://www.elviselvis.com/elvisweek/

Elvis as reflected in Mexican Folk Art, on velvet......and more: EIN presents a visual look at how Elvis' socio-cultural impact has been reflected in Mexican Folk Art and on velvet.

From colorful visuals to heartfelt designs the eclectic nature of these artworks is both interesting and open to varying interpretations. (Spotlight, Source: EIN)

Girl Happy brings back pleasant memories: David Bowling, in a review for Blog Critics Magazine, provides an interesting reflection on one of Elvis' lesser known films, its music and its impact.

Girl Happy remains, for me, the most memorable movie in the Elvis Presley catalogue. Why you ask? Sometime during my 15th year on this earth I screwed up the courage to actually ask a girl out on a date. The gods must have been in a good mood that day as she agreed. What better place to go than to the newest Elvis Presley movie playing at the Park Movie House in Woonsocket, R.I.

The movie was Girl Happy. While the girl, whom I would take to my prom several years later, and the Park are long gone; Girl Happy retains a wonderful place in my memory bank of life.

Girl Happy was an excellent outing for Elvis. The movie actually made sense as Elvis was a singer who was sent to Florida to look after his boss’ daughter who was there for spring break. Shelley Fabares played the daughter and while the chemistry between her and Elvis may not have been of the Ann-Margret caliber, I do consider her to be number two on my list of Elvis’ romantic movie interests. Shelley could act, she could sing and she looked fabulous.

The soundtrack from the movie was issued March 1, 1965 and reached Number 8 on the national charts and earned Elvis another Gold Record. The music is strong and works well within the context of the film and on its own as a stand alone album.

“Girl Happy" is a fine up-tempo pop number that still makes a person smile 40-plus years later. Elvis is in fine vocal form as he belts out what could have been a successful single release. It is vocals that like this one by which Elvis should be remembered.

“Spring Fever,” in the movie, was a duet between Shelley Fabares and Elvis. The album release contained just an Elvis vocal. The duet was superior and did not surface as an official release until it was added as a CD bonus song decades later.

Four more songs conclude the first side of the original LP release. “Startin’ Tonight” “Wolf Call” and even “Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce” are acceptable pop. Elvis seems to be inspired and really trying as the vocals are crisp and the tracks well produced. “Do Not Disturb” is an excellent ballad in the Presley tradition. All in all this six song set remains one of the best of any contained on his movie soundtracks.

There were two singles released from the album and both probably deserved better than the re-action they received from the record buying public. “Do The Clam” only reached the top twenty for Elvis. The song is not as bad as the title implies. It was a bongo (yes bongo) driven up-tempo song that worked. It even came with a picture sleeve that is quite rare today. “Puppet On A String” may not have been as strong but was certainly better than many of the mid-sixties songs that graced Elvis’ soundtrack albums. Elvis slows the tempo down and just allows his smooth baritone voice to carry the song along.

Girl Happy remains one of the better Elvis Presley movies ranking just below Viva Las Vegas. The soundtrack is also excellent throughout and holds up well. So for an enjoyable evening, grab some popcorn and watch Girl Happy. Better yet, find a date and watch it together. (Celluloid Elvis)

British Government criticised over "Elvis was a gypsy" claim: The U.K government has been heavily criticised for wasting tax-payers' money on a magazine which claimed that ELVIS PRESLEY was a gypsy. Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month magazine also suggests that Presley's ancestors were Sinti - German gypsies who emigrated to America in the 18th century. The publication - for school pupils - also claims that film legends Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth came from gypsy backgrounds. The magazine was given a $140,000 (GBP70,000) grant by the British government. But Schools Minister Lord Adonis has been criticised over the "politically correct" initiative.

Member of Parliament Philip Davies says, "This is a grotesque abuse of taxpayers' money. When families are struggling to pay their bills, for the Government to fund this magazine which speaks garbage is just another kick in the teeth." The Department of Children, Schools and Families said the magazine was designed to increase understanding of travellers' cultural heritage. A spokesman said: "It is not true that Andrew Adonis has approved or endorsed the distribution to schools of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month magazine.

"The department provided GBP70,000 of funding to the gypsy, Roma and traveller community. The aim was to produce material and events across the country to celebrate the culture of the gypsy, Roma and traveller community." (News, Source: Contact Music)

Saturday 12 July 2008

Preview - Elvis Back With A Bang!: This is a preview of the forthcoming release "Elvis Back With A Bang!" from the Audionics / Fort Baxter label. This CD features the Las Vegas, March 22, 1975 Midnight show, taken directly from 1st generation DAT copy of original mono soundboard tape.

This CD should be out early next week.

From the press-release:

This classic concert includes ultimate performances of "Fairytale", "Green Green Grass Of Home", "And I Love You So", "Promised Land" and the rare "You're The Reason I'm Living".

As you've come to expect from Audionics team, the sound was restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible results. And as usually, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of live photographs from March and April, 1975 and informative liner notes.

Don't miss your opportunity to get an ultimate release of legendary March 22, 1975 Midnight show!


Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. And I Love You So - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. It's Midnight - 09. Promised Land - 10. Green Green Grass Of Home - 11. Fairytale - 12. Band Introductions - 13. What'd I Say - 14. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (by Duke Bardwell) - 16. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 17. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 18. Orchestra Solo - 19. My Boy - 20. I'll Remember You - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 23. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 24. I'll Be There (excerpt) / You're The Reason I'm Living (only live version) - 25. Can't Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp.

Tracks 01.-03. recorded in Las Vegas, March 20, 1975, Dinner show. Tracks 04. - 26. recorded live in Las Vegas, March 22, 1975, Midnight show. Total Running time: 62:43 (News, Source: Email)

New JAT book - Elvis Concerts: The next JAT Productions project after '68 At 40: Retrospective will be Elvis Concerts.

It is due for release in December 2008. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Elvis Christmas Duets Album???: According to Elvis Unlimited rumor has it that an Elvis duets album may be in the works by BMG. The original idea is said to have come from Joe Guercio but another producer took the idea to BMG which crushed Joe Guercio. The concept is said to be Elvis singing primarily with female singers for a Christmas album.

The following news is reproduced from an article by Brian Quinn in the July/August issue of Essential Elvis magazine:

Sony BMG are committed to producing a ‘Duets’ Album and again I am very excited about this. This release, probably in 2009, should be a worldwide smash. It is anticipated that different countries will get different versions featuring their own superstars duetting in their native language with Elvis. We will need to start saving up to buy all the different releases.

In connection with such a project it is felt that a ‘switched on’ contemporary producer of the calibre say of Mark Ronson would be beneficial. Such a person would have access to all suitable artist databases whom he could contact at the touch of a button. I suspect many artists will be falling over themselves to get to duet with The King.

Sony BMG are also interested in producing a ‘Remix’ album but not of the ‘club type’ songs. It would appear they prefer to add new instrumentation to Elvis’ original vocals. The fifties tracks are favoured at this time. Chronologically, the ’Duets’ Album will be the main priority.

ELVIS PRESLEY & PAT BOONE Rockin' Rivals (2008 UK Region 0
NTSC DVD: This DVD is described as an entertaining & insightful one-hour look at the friendly rivalry between Mr. Blue Suede Shoes
and Mr. White Buck Shoes; included are rare film, TV &
newsreel clips plus revealing interviews with such
luminaries as Dick Clark, Tom Jones, Glen Campbell, Kenny
Rogers, Phyllis McGuire, Bill Medley, Arlene Dahl, Joe
Esposito, Shirley Jones, and the legends themselves).

Available from Amazon


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our biggest ever update of this page with around 40 new ETA posters, articles & news items added!

Lost Concert Series - Presley & Cash: Due for release August 5, 2008 in the "Lost Concert Series" is the DVD "Presley & Cash Roadshow". This version is coded Region 1.

This DVD was released as Elvis Presley & Johnny Cash The Road Show Interstate in Australia

(News, Source: Elvis News)

World's Best Kept Secret: Elvis live at the Sahara Tahoe: When in Sandi Pichon's book "Elvis on Tour '75" the Tahoe-project was mentioned for the very first time, the fans went wild because a book like that has never been done before and was highly anticipated.

But despite all the prophecies of doom and reactions like "Elvis in Lake Tahoe ? You can't do a book about it, there's nothing you can tell. And the plenty of pictures which are circulating do not justify to publish a book.

Of course, the Praytome Publishing team had done a lot of research before they announced the project. View video

But not only research was done, they tracked done many people and fans who witnessed the shows during the engagements from 1971-1976.

While the Making Of" for "Elvis on Tour ' 75" focused on the different steps of the production of a book, the "Making Of" for "World's Best Kept Secret" is done in a different way and sets a different spotlight on the production. (Source: Praytome Publishing/EP Gold)

A new musical life for the Overton Shell: It's hosted world-famous big bands and legends from Elvis Presley to cult-rock favorites Big Star, and now, Overton Park's Shell will again be a home for live music. Newly refurbished and renamed the Levitt Shell at Overton Park, the venue's free inaugural five-week season kicks off Sept. 4 with a performance by local roots singer-songwriter Amy LaVere.

The music will continue each Thursday through Sunday (with two shows on Saturdays, including an early evening children's concert) through Oct.5. The Shell will launch its second session in May 2009, with another five-week, 25-concert season. Bringing live music back to the Shell has been a long, arduous process since the facility, which opened in 1936, fell into disrepair and disuse in the mid-'90s.

Although there were numerous attempts over the past decade to relaunchthe city-owned facility -- including the "Save Our Shell" campaign -- they all fell short."I don't think anybody was able to put together a clean enough package to get the city to sign on the dotted line for a lease," says Chip Pankey, executive director of Friends of the Levitt Shell and the man responsible for the operation of the new facility. Save Our Shell was an incredible organization, but they couldn't get the major funding.

"The Shell's fortunes changed in 2005 with the involvement of the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. The Los Angeles-based family charity has dedicated itself to reviving band shells throughout the United States. Its stated goal is to provide the "opportunity for individuals and families, regardless of their ethnicity, background, culture or economic and social situation, to enjoy a wide selection of great music in a beautiful, close-up, personal and memorable setting."

So far the Levitt Foundation has launched shells in Los Angeles, Westport, Conn., and Pasadena, Calif.Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, the foundation's vice president, got a tip about Memphis as a potential site for expansion and came to the South to investigate."

Memphis, for me, was a cold call," says Hirsch. "But when I saw that Shell, my heart skipped a beat. It was perfect for what we do. We knew we had to be part of it. ... We saw the Shell as a beauty that had been ignored. It needed a lot of love, and we wanted to provide that love."Supported by the foundation, Friends of the Levitt Shell was formed. Under terms of a contract with the city of Memphis, the foundation provides financing to help renovate and program the Shell for five years. The city is to match renovation costs up to $500,000, while offering a 25-year lease with a 25-year option to the Friends of the Levitt Shell.Additional funding was secured through philanthropic groups including the Assisi Foundation, the Plough Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis as well as several individual donations and the help of the Memphis College of Art. Roughly $1million will be spent on cosmetic repairs and equipment purchases as part of the Shell's re-launch.

In January, Chip Pankey -- a native Memphian with a background in arts and cultural affairs and most recently head of his own commercial photography studio -- was hired to head Friends of the Levitt Shell, handling day-to-day operations and booking.Pankey's vision for the Shell stresses the local component."We want to be a community venue as opposed to a tourist venue," says Pankey."We've had to navigate that issue of Memphis music. We're not here just to promote Stax or Elvis -- though that's a part of our legacy and history. But really we want to focus on contemporary music and the diversity of that music."Pankey has put together a music calendar that encompasses five general categories: R&B/soul/gospel, Americana (which includes folk, bluegrass and jazz), children's concerts, musica Latina and world rhythms."In a given 50-concert season, 25 of our acts will be local, another 25 will be national," says Pankey.

Among the confirmed performers are well-regarded acts like Chicago's folk troupe Sonos De Mexico, French gypsy combo Samarabalouf, Latin orchestra Grupo Fantasma, and Grammy-winning polka band Brave Combo. Additionally, Memphis notables such as LaVere, folk artist Sid Selvidge and soul legend William Bell are slated to appear. This diverse group of performers will be playing a facility, which, according to Pankey, can comfortably accommodate 2,500, "blanket to blanket."

With just 10 weeks out of the year committed, Pankey says, outside concert and event promoters will be able to fill the calendar and the organization's coffers with money from rentals."We're talking loosely with some people who would love to do a film festival, or do Shakespeare in the park, as well as weddings, private functions, all kinds of things," says Pankey.Pankey says the venue won't allow any performances that aren't "family friendly," or that might unsettle the Shell's residential neighbors.

"Being a good neighbor is the first and foremost priority, so we're not just going to rent it out to anybody," says Pankey.The Shell hopes to develop an individual donor program and enlist further sponsorships from local businesses and corporations. "We're a long-distance runner. We've got to look at five years out, 10 years out," says Pankey, "and how can we slowly, but surely, build the program and build the trust within the community." (Source: Amber Smith)

Preview of Inside Love Me Tender: This is a second preview of the Elvis Unlimited book "Inside Love Me Tender" which is due for release at the end of this month.

The book comes as a deluxe box-set contains an in depth full color look behind the scenes of the making of the movie. The foreword is written by Ger Rijff.

The package contains an 45 RPM vinyl single with radio commercials, a DVD with rare footage from the movieset and a certificate of this limited set. (News, Source: Elvis Australia/Elvis News)

Australian fans: Contact EIN for the best price on this release

'DISCOVERING ELVIS' IS NOW PLAYING AT VPP: The latest production at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, Ontario, Canada is a winning combination of music and comedy, which will surely leave audiences wanting more. More Elvis, that is.

"Discovering Elvis," playing now until July 19, is the story of four Elvis impersonators at a karaoke contest, where things get wildly out of hand. Written by Marcia Kash, the comedy is set on a cold winter night in The Upper Club at Petrolia's Squire Tavern, where a national Elvis karaoke contest is being held. Robert More has directed another show-stopping production in Petrolia, where audiences were screaming for the outrageous characters and their on-stage antics.

While the first half -- set backstage before the show -- starts off slower, it sets the scene perfectly for what is to follow, giving a background story to each of the unique characters. Terry Barna (Marty), who starred in last year's VPP production of "Here on the Flight Path" is almost unrecognizable as Marty, a life-long Elvis impersonator who is hanging up his white, beaded suit for the last time. He shares the stage with Phi Bulani (Rick), Dylan Juckes (Jay), Daphne Moens (Cathy), all impersonators vying for the top prize.

Meanwhile, Cyndi Carleton is hilarious as Sue, the shy waitress who winds up having to run the contest, and Jenny Hall perfects her role as the crazy Elvis fan, Darlene. Action in the second act switches to the stage at the karaoke contest.vThis is when the music happens; and the actors don't disappoint, loading up one Elvis hit after another -- each with their own unique twist.

You don't have to be an Elvis fan to enjoy this show -- but you might find some Elvis look-alike's in the crowd! "Discovering Elvis" runs at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia until July 19. Ticket information is available online at www.victoriaplayhousepetrolia.com. or by calling the box office at 519- 882-1221 (News, Source: Tara Hagan, The Observer)

Classic NZ Elvis Christmas album for CD release: Maybe it's not really a CD for this time of the year, but anyway it has just been released and we would like to inform you about it.

Elvis' Christmas Album - Special Edition is a nice Cd released of the old Lp, but what really makes this release interesting is the bonus section.

There has only been produced 500 copies, so no doubt it will be a rarity in a short time.

The vinyl edition of this release, witrh its stunning cover, is one of the most sought after non USA Elvis releases in the world.

2008/07/11      www.elvisunlimited.com  /  www.epgold.com

Tracklist: 1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town* 2. White Christmas* 3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) 4. I'll Be Home For Christmas* 5. Blue Christmas 6. Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me 7. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem* 8. Silent Night 9. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) 10. I Believe 11. Take My Hand, Precious Lord 12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

* Alternate recordings


13. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) (live version) 14. Elvis In Concert Christmas Souvenir Announcement

Elvis' Special Christmas Progrem Sunday, December 3, 1967:

Here Comes Santa Claus/Announcer/Here Comes Santa Claus/Announcer/Blue Christmas/Announcer/Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem/Announcer - Mr. Robertson/Announcer/Silent Night/I'll Be Home For Christmas/Announcer/I Believe/Announcer/Announcer/Announcer/I'll Be Home For Christmas/Special Message From Elvis/I'll Be Home For Christmas/Announcer (News, Source: EP Gold)

"Elvis Is Alive Museum" re-opens with new owner: You might not have seen this one coming. Elvis Presley is alive and well and a local museum has proof. Lots of it.

The recently opened Elvis is Alive Museum on U.S. 49 North contains everything you would ever want to launch your own celebrity-death-conspiracy-theory. About 600 pages of FBI documents. DNA tests. Grainy Presley photos taken years after the alleged date of death.

Museum owner Andy Key , 39, of Laurel, can recite a litany of facts disproving the myth that Elvis is dead - from the misspelling of his middle name on his tomb to the DNA mismatch between his postmortem autopsy and a biopsy taken years earlier.

It get a little fuzzier, when Key explains why the beloved rock 'n' roll icon would orchestrate such a stunt. One theory is that Presley, as an undercover agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, was forced to fake his own death for the sake of his work in a sting operation against the Mafia. As for who or what is in Elvis's casket, lovingly reproduced in a dimly-lit room with gospel music playing in the background, well - there are conflicting stories.

"Some people think it's Colonel Parker's stepson, who died in California, but there was no record of his funeral. Another that it was a guy who was terminal, who had plastic surgery to look like Elvis," Key said. Most likely a wax replica was placed in the casket, he suggested. And the whereabouts of Elvis Presley over the last 30 years?

It's a theory: Key dangles the possibility that Presley is living in seclusion on one of the smaller islands that comprise Hawaii, but he believes that the sociable rock 'n' roller isn't living the hermetic life.

"I think he's traveling around, seeing people." It's a theory that explains at least one tabloid staple over the years. "People ask the question, then well if he's still out there, why don't people see him. Well, there are Elvis sightings all the time; it's just that when there's a sighting, they say he's a crackpot," he said.

Even if it doesn't convince you that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, the Elvis is Alive museum proves that the King of Rock 'n' Roll is alive in a slightly different sense. From busts to life-size cutouts to dozens of concert posters and record covers adorning the walls, the museum feeds anyone's craving to relive a time when Elvis Presley's music ruled the airwaves.

In addition to a casket room, the 1,600- to 1,700-square-foot museum also contains a memorabilia room, gift shop and restaurant called sivlE's Grill that sells hotdogs, nachos and even peanut butter and banana sandwiches made, according to the menu, from Elvis's own recipe. Key didn't begin the museum. It was started 15 years ago in Wright City, Mo., by Baptist minister Bill Beeny, but last year he put the museum on sale on eBay.

A $8,300 misstep: This is where Key stepped in or, more accurately, "misstepped." Seeing the highest bid was $8,200 and expecting it to sell at a much higher price, he decided as a lark to put in a bid for $8,300.

"I completely forgot about. I just did it to become the highest bidder, and then I got an e-mail from somebody in Tennessee congratulating me on getting the museum," he said.

Key promptly quit his job in sales at Cavalier Quality Homes in Hattiesburg and began making arrangements to house the museum. He leased a building on U.S. 49, and after months of renovations, opened it last week. It's been a lot of work, and Key hopes that it will soon dividends with increased attendance. In the short time it's been open, the number of visitors has increased from one or two a day to five to six, he said. "I have to get a bigger sign," he said with a laugh.

Janie King of Sumrall and her grandson, Casey Cochran, were recent visitors. She proclaims having seen Elvis in concert and is an encyclopedia of regional Elvis impersonators, but she stops short at the idea that he faked his death.

"No. It could have been. It was like after World War II when they thought Hitler was dead and they found all of those generals living in South America. ... Anything could have been possible, but I don't think so. I really don't think so."

If you go: The Elvis is Alive Museum is located at 7212 U.S. 49 North, three miles north of the U.S. 59 exit. Admission is free. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Details: museum owner Andy Key (601) 433-2382. (Conspiracy, Source: HattiesburgAmerican.com)

Elvis Pass Collection released: We have mentioned this item before but the official press release is now available.

ClubHouse Pass, Inc. is proud to announce a new licensing agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. ClubHouse Pass is the creator of the newest collectible that has taken the concept of a backstage pass and turned it into a must have for any music fan and serious collector.

“We couldn’t ask for a better situation to be able to create collector passes for Elvis Presley,” says ClubHouse Pass President Michael Speakman. “It’s a perfect opportunity for us, to be able to produce the new collectible for fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

ClubHouse Pass will release its’ first set of limited edition products from “The Elvis ClubHouse Pass Collection” on July 9th, 2008. This special Elvis collection will consist of four different series: the Platinum Pass depicts Elvis’ top selling album;, All Access Pass covers his most important live concerts; Backstage Pass covers his career in the movie industry; and the VIP Pass highlights his milestones in life.

The Elvis ClubHouse Pass Collection will be available at gift shops located in the Graceland visitor complex in Memphis, www.ShopElvis.com and other Elvis retail outlets. For more information, please visit www.clubhousepass.com (News, Source: ClubHouse Pass Inc)

Farewell to the Tropicana: The slow growth of the American industry and the overall economic decline of the US has now reached the famous Las Vegas strip. One of the hotels that recently filed for bankruptcy is the world-famous Tropicana, where Elvis record shots for his movie "Viva Las Vegas" with Ann-Margret.

A full report on the troubling news has been put online at Bloomberg.com. The news couldn’t come at a worse time: EPE/CKX has just announced the plans for an E-resort, Elvis style. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Mini Elvis Film Reviews: (Source: Amber Smith)

Live A Little, Love A Little: In his 28th film, Elvis Presley plays frazzled photographer Greg Nolan, juggling two jobs and scrambling to keep his work life afloat while also contending with the kooky attentions of a beach beauty (Michele Carey). Four breezy songs, including the recent Elvis chart-buster, “A Little Less Conversation” and the “Edge of Reality” dream sequence add to the zippy fun. And, for the first time, Elvis takes on-screen chances with his public image doing more “adult” comedy.
Kissin' Cousins: In his 15th film, the King takes on two roles in this backwoods romp, playing dark-haired Air Force Lt. Josh Morgan and Morgan’s adversary, blonde good ol’ boy Jodie Tatum. Lt. Josh’s assignment: try to convince his look-alike cousin Jodie to allow a missile site to be built on his land. A fistful of tunes “Barefoot Ballad”, “It’s a Long Lonely Highway,” “Tender Feeling,” the title song and 6 others), some whoop-it-up-dancing and 13 mountain cuties called Kittyhawks add to the down-home delights.
Viva Las Vegas: Elvis Presley is Lucky Jackson, an aspiring auto racer with a dream of winning the Grand Prix. Sexy, spunky Ann-Margret is Rusty Martin, the swimming instructor who falls for him against her will, hating the idea of her man risking his life in a race car. Lucky struggles to raise the money to buy a new engine while Rusty tries to convince him to give up racing for her. George Sidney, a seasoned veteran of the lavish Hollywood musical, proves the perfect helmsman for this high-voltage Elvis vehicle. The King croons, shakes, and shimmies while Ann-Margret shows her mastery of 1960s-style gyrations in the glitzy, electric production numbers. The two charismatic stars are at their best during a hilarious first date, which includes dancing, motorcycling, dressing up at a wild West show, skiing, and going for a ride in a helicopter. How could they not hit it off? Their powerful magnetism centers this glittering, extravagant treasure chest of a film that ranks among Elvis's best.
Speedway: He races. She chases. Yet love and laughter find a way when "World 600" stock car driver Elvis meets Internal Revenue Service collection agent Nancy Sinatra in Speedway. "There Ain't Nothing like a Song," pedal-to-the-metal Elvis and go-go-booted Nancy sing. For the first time since he and Ann-Margret proclaimed Viva Las Vegas, Presley pairs with a high-octane singing, dancing leading lady. Bill Bixby is the manager who mismanages Presley into a $145,000 jam with the IRS and laughs are further fueled by veteran TV funnymen Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show) and Carl Ballantine (McHale's Navy). The supersonic song list includes Let Yourself Go, Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby and Your Groovy Self. Have a groovy time!


Friday 11 July 2008

EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' July Update: EIN brings you seventeen classic new videos. A fabulously eclectic mix this week with everything from '3-D Animated Elvis' through to a brand new Lisa Marie/Elvis 'Don't Cry Daddy' duet. Elvis rocks out live with 'Long Tall Sally' from 1957 'Raised On Rock' from 1973 and a blissful 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters'. We have another fabulously surreal Animated Elvis plus a live 1972 'A Little Less Conversation' in concert and more rare interview footage from 1957. And don't miss out on the brilliant 'Separate Ways'. As EIN always says "Catch them now before they get taken away" ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source:EIN)

Sensational Prizes from EIN:

To celebrate the 250th edition of EIN's popular E-Alert, we are running a special competition with some great Elvis album packs to be won. Answer fifteen cryptic Elvis questions and you could win a prize pack including an 'Elvis Singles box-set'.

Click here to the E-Alert & quiz.

Was Elvis really the King of the Gypsies?: The U.K government has been heavily criticised for wasting tax-payers' money on a magazine which claimed that Elvis Presley was a gypsy. Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month magazine also suggests that Presley's ancestors were Sinti - German gypsies who emigrated to America in the 18th century. The publication - for school pupils - also claims that film legends Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth came from gypsy backgrounds.The magazine was given a $140,000 (GBP70,000) grant by the British government . But Schools Minister Lord Adonis has been criticised over the "politically correct" initiative.
Member of Parliament Philip Davies says, "This is a grotesque abuse of  taxpayers' money. When families are struggling to pay their bills, for the Government to fund this magazine which speaks garbage is just another kick in the teeth."
The Department of Children, Schools and Families said the magazine was designed to increase understanding of travellers' cultural heritage. A spokesman said: "It is not true that Andrew Adonis has approved or endorsed the distribution to schools of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month magazine."The department provided GBP70,000 of funding to the gypsy, Roma and traveller community. The aim was to produce material and events across the country to celebrate the culture of the gypsy, Roma and traveller community."
As always Elvis conquers all bases and from the look of Elvis' photo what would you say? (News, Source/SanjaM)


Elvis Cape for auction on Ebay: A rare original Bill Belew/Gene Doucette designed Elvis cape is for sale on eBay with only 2 days to go. Although it is believed that Elvis may have worn this cape on stage in Lake Tahoe there are no known pictures of him wearing the cape.
The description says, "This cape is absolutely unique among the King's capes. Lavishly jeweled with amber stones and brass studs , lined in bold faux tiger skin, it is very heavy and surely one of the most elaborate capes ever worn by Elvis.
Elvis wore this cape during the January/February 1973 Las Vegas season and/or at the May 1973 Lake Tahoe season.
There is a blood stain at the hand level, where he held the open cape, probably caused by a fan pulling on his rings and cutting his finger. There are also sweat stains at the collar.
If you look closely at the picture on top (the back of the cape) you can see it looks like the spine of a tiger. The lining inside definitely confirmed that was the idea. Indeed you can see the designs on the cape were made to match the tiger lines in the lining.
The Cape has never been cleaned after Elvis wore it. Elvis wearing the "Tigerman" jumpsuit in Las Vegas in August 1973.
Angie Marchese, Curator for Graceland, introduced me to Bill Belew in Memphis. Bill Belew stated to us that he did make this cape for Elvis. Further, he remembered this particular suit and cape were special because he usually designed the outfits and submitted them to Elvis for his approval. This time, Elvis himself came up with the design and brought it to him. Elvis' karate name was "Tiger" and therefore, in this suit and cape he would be "Tigerman". The "Tigerman "suit as displayed in Graceland. As you can see on this photograph, they don't have the matching cape. They have used the "Nail jumpsuit" cape. Graceland is aware that I have this cape.
The bid so far is $20,000 with the reserve not yet met. 12 hours to go. Go here to look or bid. (News, Source;Ebay)




All aboard the Australia Elvis Sleeper Train!: The ever increasing popularity of the Australian Parkes Elvis Festival has taken another giant leap forward with the announcement that Melbourne firm Tours Unlimited will send an Elvis Sleeper Train to next year’s event. The train will depart Melbourne on 7 January and spend five nights Parkes before returning to Melbourne on 12 January. According to Parkes Tourist Officer Kelly Hendry Victorian interest is strong for the train service.
`The Elvis Sleeper Train will provide accommodation for all on board throughout the five days the train is in Parkes,’ Kelly said. `While stationed in Parkes portable toilets and showers will be erected outside the train for the use of passengers.’
Kelly said passengers are being offered a fun journey to Parkes and an equally great stay throughout the festival.
Ticket prices start at $1,800 and includes accommodation on the train for the entire tour.
Included in the ticket price are all meals while the train is en-route, a continental breakfast each day in Parkes, an Elvis Festival souvenir bag, live entertainment en-route and an on board tour host. Air-conditioned single or twin berth accommodation is being offered aboard the Elvis Sleeper Train. Meanwhile, Kelly said meetings have been held with CountryLink regarding its services to Parkes for the 2009 festival. An Elvis Express train already travels from Sydney each year to the mid summer Festival. (News, Source:EIN/SanjaM)

'ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! An American Triology' Australian Tour 2008: In September 2008 Australia will have the unique chance to witness for the first time anywhere in the world, Donny Edwards, Max Pellicano and Shawn Klush (right) live in concert in Elvis! Elvis! Elvis! – “An American Trilogy”. A truly rare combination of talents, this can only be described as the ultimate Elvis tribute show. See Donny in the ‘50’s gold lame suit, Max recreating the ’68 Comeback Special and Shawn reliving the ‘70’s Vegas concert jumpsuit era. It doesn't get any bigger, more authentic or closer to Elvis than this.
This will be the main concert event for 2008!
Sept 4th- Penrith Joan Suth Centre
Sept 5th- Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Sept 6th- Melbourne Palms Crown Casino
Sept 7th- Melbourne Palms Crown Casino
Sept 9th- Newcastle Wests Leagues
Sept 10th- Newcastle Wests Leagues
Sept 11th- Brisbane Qpac
Sept 12th- Gold Coast Seagulls
Sept 13th- Sydney State Theatre
Sept 14th- Perth Burswood Casino

Click here for more details

(News, Source;EIN)

'You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country' new Import CD: Gravel Road Music have announced a new release this month called "You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country" featuring various acetates and rare tracks.
The publicity says, "After 38 years, Elvis's voice remains impressive on each track!" is the general reaction during a playback session of the master to Elvis fans.
01. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (Take 9 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
02. I've Lost You (Take 7 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
03. I Was Born About 10.000 Years Ago (Take 1 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited)
04. The Sound Of Your Cry (Take 11 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
05. The Fool (Take 1 - Try Out)
06. Little Cabin On The Hill (Take 2) - Master, Undubbed
07. Cindy,Cindy (Take 1) Unedited
08. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 8 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited, Unrepaired)
09. Got My Mojo Working /Keep Your Hands Off It (Take 1 - Master, Dubbed Brass & Horns -Unedited)
10. How The Web Was Woven (Take 3 - Master, Back-Up Vocals, No Additional Overdubbing ) (Previously Unreleased)
11. It's Your Baby, You Rock It (Take 5 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
12. Stranger In The Crowd (Take 9 - Master, Guide Strings & Backing Vocals ) (Previously Unreleased)
13. I'll Never Know (Take 7 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
14. Mary In The Morning (Take 5 - Master, Undubbed, Unedited) Acetate
15. Ain't No Big Thing (Take 9) (Dubbed Strings) (Previously Unreleased)
16. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 3- Alternate Master, Dubbed Strings - No Backing Vocals) (Previously Unreleased)
17. Just Pretend (Take 3 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
18. This Is Our Dance (Take 11 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
19. Life (Take 20 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
20. Heart Of Rome (Take 3 - Used For Composite Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Stereo (Previously Unreleased)
21. Bridge Over Troubled Water - V.O July 2 3 (Acetate) Stereo (Previously Unreleased)
22. There Goes My Everything (Take 3 - Master, Undubbed -Unedited) Acetate
23. The Next Step Is Love - June 22 (Backup Vocal Overdubs ) Acetate
(News, Source;ElvisNews)

Elvis At Madame Tussauds In Germany: A new wax museum has opened in Berlin, Germany. This museum, located close to the Brandenburger Tor, features a new statue of Elvis as a G.I.. There were already wax statues of Elvis in London (68 Special), Las Vegas (68 Special & Vegas Elvis), Amsterdam (50s Elvis) and Hong Kong (50s Elvis). Madame Tussauds, Unter den Linden 74, 10117 Berlin.


(News, Source;ElvisNews)

'Elvis Original Album Classics' 5 CD release: Out now from BMG US are Elvis' set combining Elvis / Elvis Presley / Loving You / Elvis Is Back / G.I. Blues. Here are the cover images. Thanks to super collector Barry McLean.

(News, Source; Barry Mclean)

Wednesday 9 July 2008

'Elvis '57: The Final Fifties Tours' Book Review: In 1957 Elvis performed in eighteen cities, including a short tour of Canada. 'Elvis ’57: the Final Fifties Tours' by Alan Hanson is a detailed look at these tours which started in Chicago and ended with the headline grabbing sensation of the LA Pan Pacific concerts and the final Hawaii trip in November. These would be Elvis' last live appearances before he left for his army stint and would help cement his place in Pop culture forever. This book is a sensational investigation into the phenomenon of Elvis in the fifties presented from a brand new perspective. The reviews from the time are exhilarating . . 
"He clutches the mike and begins to sing, twitching all over. . . Up and down the stage he goes, dragging the mike like a captive, undulating, shouting feverishly.... Then his face sets, his lips curl back and seizing the mike by the scruff of the neck he prowls like a panther up and down the platform, snarling and driving his worshippers crazy."
EIN suggests that all discerning Elvis fans should invest in this thrill-ride. Go here for full review and photos.

(Book Reviews: Source;EIN) 

Elvis Presley Preloaded Media Player: This exciting new preloaded Elvis Presley media player from Zvue will be available on August 12 only at WalMart and on Walmart.com. It comes preloaded with 10 classic Elvis videos from the 68 Comeback Special and Aloha plus two bonus clips including the Madison Square Garden press conference.
It also features an FM radio tuner, voice recorder, photo viewer, and text reader. Once purchased you can then download other Elvis videos, photos and audio files as well. It come with 1 GB of memory and SD card.
Click here for all the details and images.

I'm not sure why I need one but somehow I want one!

(News, Source;walmart)

'Elvis: Viva Las Vegas ABC TV special' DVD release with never before seen bonus material: Press release from EPE.
Elvis Presley reinvented Las Vegas and how it reinvented him will take the nation by storm. Thirty-one years after Elvis Presley’s passing, the special release of Elvis: Viva Las Vegas, with never before seen bonus material, will be made available exclusively through Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club, beginning August 12, 2008 on both DVD for $10 and hi-definition Blu-ray for $19. Purchases also will be available online through Walmart.com and Samsclub.com. Fans who want to be among the first to own their own copy can pre-order the DVD through Walmart.com starting today.
Hosted by Emmy award winning broadcast journalist Elizabeth Vargas, the DVD special, produced in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., will incorporate rarely seen footage of Elvis performing in Las Vegas, revealing interviews with those closest to him, and special performances from some of today’s top recording stars singing Elvis’ Vegas classics.
Elvis: Viva Las Vegas features performances or interviews with:
50 Cent                 Faith Hill                Miranda Lambert               Lisa Marie Presley
Beyonce                Chris Isaak             The Little Willies               Priscilla Presley
Brandi Carlile          Dwayne Johnson      David Lynch                    Jerry Schilling
Mark Cohn             Tom Jones              Paul McCartney                Patti Scialfa
Chris Daughtry       Toby Keith              Willie Nelson,                    Nancy Sinatra
Celine Dion            with Joe Perry          Jon Bon Jovi and              Rob Thomas
Joe Esposito          George Klein            Richie Sambora                 Three 6 Mafia
In this stunning music documentary packed full of music performances, fans can see Elvis’ triumphs in Las Vegas and his artistic legacy that continues to live on through contemporary artists of today. Among the legendary performers that pay tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in this DVD are Toby Keith and Joe Perry performing “Mystery Train;” Faith Hill with the gospel classic “Peace in the Valley;” Chris Isaak and Brandi Carlile combine with “Love Me Tender,” Three 6 Mafia with “In the Ghetto,” Chris Daughtry singing “Suspicious Minds;” and Celine Dion delivering “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” The DVD also contains never before seen bonus material not included in the original television special.
To celebrate this DVD event, an exclusive launch party for Elvis: Viva Las Vegas will take place on the grounds of Graceland on the evening of August 11, 2008 during “Elvis Week” in Memphis, Tennessee. The kick off party will feature previews of Elvis: Viva Las Vegas in addition to appearances by Jerry Schilling and George Klein who were members of Elvis’ entourage known as the Memphis Mafia and who appear in the special as interview guests.
CMT will premiere the two hour television event, Elvis: Viva Las Vegas, on Monday, August 11th at 8PM ET. CMT viewers can also enter an online sweepstakes at CMT.com through July 27th, 2008 for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Memphis during Elvis Week for a once in a lifetime tour of Graceland mansion, backstage access during the Elvis: Viva Las Vegas launch party and a special meet and greet with George Klein and Jerry Schilling along with CMT’s Lance Smith.
For more information and some great photos of Elvis in Vegas along with Elvis "Bling" go here> Elvis: Viva Las Vegas click here.
(News, Source;EPE)

'68 At 40' Book Press-Release: The following press-release was issued on the upcoming JAT Publishing book "'68 At 40" by Steve Binder.
"This will be the definitive book on the making of the 1968 ELVIS PRESLEY television special."
JAT publishing is proud to present their latest book, ‘68 at 40, the definitive story on the making of the 1968 Elvis Presley TV Special, written by its director and producer Steve Binder.
At more than 125 pages, ‘68 at 40 will feature approximately 100 never before seen photos from the private collection of Timothy Mulrenan and Robert Brower along with rare documents and artefacts from Binder's personal collection.
With its informative text and magnificent photo selection and reproduction, '68 at 40 captures in great detail the essence and magic of ELVIS.
‘68 at 40 is due out on August 6th and will be limited to 1968 hard-cover copies and will include an 8"x 10" photo not used in the book and signed by Binder.
With of the 40th Anniversary of the 1968 special approaching, Binder felt it was time to pen his own book, having read so much on the special that didn't feel right with its director. And when it came time to find a publisher, JAT was Binder's only choice.
Steve explained, "Knowing Joe Tunzi personally and his JAT publishing company makes me very comfortable that I'm in good hands. I have found Joe to be a man of integrity and passion in keeping the Elvis legend alive."
Publisher Joe Tunzi offered these comments, "Being able to publish a book by Steve Binder about the legendary 1968 ELVIS T.V. Special was a dream come true."
Tunzi continued, "This is guaranteed to be one of the greatest books in our vast catalog. Steve is without question brilliant in every sense of the word and one of the most talented and creative minds I ever had the good fortune to work with. Not to mention a true gentleman."
Binder will kick-off the promotional tour for the book with a special appearance in Memphis during Elvis Week 2008. For additional information visit www.elvis68book.com (News, Source: JAT)

'Elvis 45 RPM EPs Spanish CD': Produced by Music Ages in Spain this CD features 4 Elvis EPs on one CD. The back cover states "Restored from his first EPs for Spain, RCA 1956". EIN rather likes the design. Thanks to super collector Barry McLean.

(News, Source; Barry Mclean)

Monday 7 July 2008
SHOCK, RATTLE AND ROLL - FROM THE WAIST UP - THE DORSEY SHOWS: Three classic unofficial album reisues -

-each cd contains the original album tracks
-each package contains the original album artwork
-original record labels are used for the cd's
-Shock, Rattle And Roll contains a 12-page booklet

These historic bootleg albums are now for the first time available on cd. Including all Elvis performances on the Milton Berle Shows, Ed Sullivan Shows, Steve Allen Shows and Dorsey Shows***.

Also including some performances that were not officially released on cd.

***All original tracklistings except for From The Waist Up! - including some bonus tracks!

Most recordings are now for the first time released on a single cd!

Of course limited editions only!!! (News, Source: EP Gold/Elvis News)

Chart Update: On the Australian Music DVD Top 40 the "Elvis: The King Of Rock And Roll" DVD drops from #8 to #10 while the "Aloha Special" DVD climbs one spot to #16 from #17. The "Elvis Lives" DVD drops off the chart.

In The Netherlands the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbs from #38 to #31 on the Back-cataloge Chart. (News, Source: ARIA/Elvis News)

Check out EIN's FREE ONLINE newsletter: E-Alert #250!!!

Includes new competition with some great Elvis prizes to be won!!

Quote of the Day: "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" (Source: Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)

First ever Elvis & Priscilla doll set: Available from the Ashton-Drake Galleries is the "Love Me Tender Priscilla and Elvis Presley porcelain doll set, showcasing the couple on their wedding day.

From the press-release: Celebrate a doll collecting first - the "Love Me Tender Priscilla and Elvis Presley doll set, showcasing the joyous couple on their wedding day! Both the Elvis doll, "Loving You," and the Priscilla doll, "Can't Help Falling in Love," are crafted of fine porcelain and dressed in elaborate wedding costumes, perfectly capturing their expressive features and tender poses.

It took two renowned doll artists, Liz Greenwood and Ralph Bienert, to bring this momentous occasion to life, and both collectible porcelain dolls are officially licensed by the Elvis Presley Estate and - for the first time ever in doll collecting history - by Priscilla Presley herself. This is an incredible, must-have Elvis Presley collectible, available exclusively from The Ashton-Drake Galleries.

This exclusive collectible Priscilla and Elvis Presley doll set from The Ashton-Drake Galleries features:

• A doll collecting first! Two collectible porcelain dolls portray Priscilla and Elvis Presley on their wedding day.
• By acclaimed doll artists Liz Greenwood and Ralph Bienert
• Officially licensed by both the Elvis Presley Estate and - for the first time ever in doll collecting history - Priscilla Presley
• Both the Elvis doll, "Loving You," and the Priscilla doll, "Can't Help Falling in Love," are crafted in finely detailed porcelain, beautifully capturing their expressive features and tender pose
• Elaborate wedding costumes on both dolls recreate all the magic of their special day
• Doll stands for both dolls included
• The "Love Me Tender" doll set is a must-have Elvis Presley collectible, perfect for any devoted fan
• Each doll includes a Certificate of Authenticity
• "Loving You" measures 16-1/2" H; 41.9 cm H; "Can't Help Falling in Love" measures 14-1/2" H; 36.8 cm H.

You can order this set through the ElvisMatters webshop. (News, Source: ElvisMatters)


Saturday 5 July 2008

"Inside Love Me Tender" preview: This is a preview of the upcoming Elvis Unlimited book "Inside Love Me Tender" Deluxe Box which contains an in depth full color look behind the scenes of the making of the movie. The foreword is written by the legendary Ger Rijff.

The package contains an 45 RPM vinyl single with radio commercials, a DVD with rare footage from the movie set and a certificate of this limited set.

Inside Love Me Tender should be ready in the middle of July, but is already available for pre-order from Elvis Unlimited. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Aussie CD releases update: The Deluxe Elvis Complete '68 Comeback Special 4 CD Set to be released August 2 will be available for only a short time, until sold out. Sony BMG have scheduled the release of the standard set in jewel case - for three weeks after the deluxe set.

Both the Elvis - Greatest Hits CD - Steel Box Collection and the five CD set Elvis Presley Original Album Classics will now be released on July 26. The Elvis - Greatest Hits CD - Steel Box Collection contains 20 tracks and comes in a stylish 'steel' case. The 'Elvis Presley Original Album Classics' set contains the following albums; Elvis Presley, Elvis, Loving You, Elvis Is Back and G.I. Blues.

The deluxe edition DVD releases Elvis : '68 Comeback Special and Elvis : Aloha From Hawaii will be re-released in standard DVD cases on August 2. Both of the deluxe versions will be deleted by Sony BMG Australia as stock runs out. (The deluxe '68 Comeback set is already sold out) (News, Source: Elvis Australia/Elvis News)

July FTD releases update: The 3 FTD releases (Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee; America; Love Letters From Elvis) for this month will be released in the third week. (News, Source: Ernst Jorgensen/Elvis News)

The Battle Hymn of the Republic: One part of An American Trilogy is "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Its origin is interesting:

Julia Ward Howe, the wife of a Boston abolitionist, wrote this hymn during the Civil War after visiting the Union army encamped on the Potomac near Washington, D.C. The hymn first appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and went on to become the rallying anthem of Union soldiers. It later inspired American soldiers in World War II as well as civil rights activists in the 1960s. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is the source of the title for John Steinbeck's book "Grapes of Wrath" and is considered to be the unofficial anthem of the Republican Party. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Golden Hits 3CD release: Released June 20, 2008 in the "Golden Hits" series is a 60 track 3CD budget compilation of Elvis Presley's early work.
CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes - Mean Woman Blues - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Hound Dog - Got A Lot Of Lovin' To Do - Jailhouse Rock - Heartbreak Hotel - Rip It Up - Baby Let's Play House - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Let Me - Paralyzed - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again - Playing For Keeps - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - Old Shep - How's The World Treating You

CD 2: Love Me Tender I Believe - Loving You - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - There'll Be Peace In The Valley - I'm Counting On You - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darling) - Love Me - All Shook Up - So Glad, You're Mine - Let Me Be (Your Teddy Bear) - Treat Me Nice - Tutti Frutti - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You - We're Gonna Move - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - You're A Heartbreaker - Blue Moon - Anyplace Is Paradise - First In Line

CD 3: My Baby Left Me - Party - That's Alright (Mama) - Good Rockin' Tonight - Money Honey - Ready Teddy - One-Sided Love Affair - Don't Be Cruel - Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - I Got A Woman - Too Much - Trying To Get To You - Milkcow Blues Boogie - How Do You Think I Feel - I Was The One - Just Because - Long Tall Sally - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Mystery Train - Poor Boy (News, Source: Elvis News)


Thursday 3 July 2008

Bill Bram, author, talks to EIN: Bill Bram is the author of the recent book, Elvis: Frame By Frame.

Bill recently took time out to talk to EIN about how he researched Elvis: Frame By Frame and what he uncovered. In his intriguing interview, Bill discusses many fascinating and little known issues including:

  • that Steve McQueen was very interested in making a film with Elvis!
  • the controversial "rage reduction" scene in Change of Habit
  • do outtakes still exist from Elvis' films?
  • the recent destruction of many of Elvis' personal scripts with handwritten notations

(Interview, Source: EIN)

Read EIN's review of "Elvis: Frame By Frame"

"Elvis If We'd Only Known" (Book Review): There are several categories of books about Elvis Presley. Some authors try to discover Elvis’s elusive character by documenting and analysing his every word and move. Some explore Elvis’s effect on other people’s lives. Other authors write about how Elvis affected their own lives. Yet other books are deliberate frauds, the authors claiming to have known Elvis in order to gain fame by association and to sell books. Authors’ motives vary considerably.

In this context, Susan MacDougall explores this little known book by Sandra Richards. Ms Richards falls into the third category mentioned above....but does it have merit and deserve our attention? Read Susan's review to find out. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Walmart exclusive for Viva Las Vegas Tribute Special: Due for release - exclusively - from Wal-Mart is the DVD release of the "Viva Las Vegas" TV Show from last year.

This DVD - standard and blu-ray - should be available August 8, 2008.


Peace in the Valley - Faith Hill
Heartbreak Hotel - Paul McCartney
Jailhouse Rock - Miranda Lambert
Love Me Tender - Chris Isaak & Brandi Carlile
Don't Be Cruel - Chris Isaak & Brandi Carlile
In the Ghetto - Three Six Mafia
Daughtry - "Suspicious Minds"
Mystery Train - Toby Keith with Joe Perry
Love Me - The Little Willies featuring Lee Alexander, James Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian, and Dan Rieser
Looking for Elvis - Patti Sciafia with Nils Lofgren, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, and Bruce Springsteen
Can't Help Falling In Love - Celine Dion

Bonus Footage: Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi & Ritchie Sambora

And Interviews with: 50 Cent, Beyonce, Brandi Carlile, Chris Daughtry, Joe Esposito, Faith Hill, Chris Isaak, Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson, Tom Jones, Toby Keith, Joe Perry, George Klein, Miranda Lambert, David Lynch, Willie Nelson, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Patti Scialfa, Nancy Sinatra, Rob Tomas and Three 6 Mafia.

On September 18th, ABC aired one of the most successful Elvis documentaries ever produced. "Elvis Viva LAs Vegas" is the chronicle of Elvis' life during the Vegas years with the focus on his music, his ground-breaking style and his legacy. As Elvis paved the way for today's performers in Las Vegas the documentary also featured stellar performances by some of today's biggest stars doing their unique interpretations of the Elvis' songs that had the most influence on them. (News, Source: Walmart.com/Elvis News)

Friends of Elvis Annual Convention: Elvis Presley fans will gather at the Russell O. Brachman School, 600 Barnegat Blvd. North, Barnegat, for the summer 2008 Friends of Elvis Convention for Charity, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 2. The event will feature live concerts by local Elvis tribute artists and Elvis memorabilia vendors. Proceeds from the tickets, which are $15 per person at the door, will benefit the Ocean County ARC. Special guest performers will include Gene Dinapoli, Johnny P and Ruben Castillo. All are welcome to attend. Event presented by Lori and Andrew Howard, plus Zanzibar Music, and the Friends of Elvis Fan Club of New Jersey. Details: 732-818-3330. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Love Me Tinder....Red Hot model of Elvis made from matches: It is a striking likeness. But beware. Just one stray spark and Elvis becomes a hunk-a-hunk of burning love.

Going up in flames is an occupational hazard when you are made of 50,000 matches. The image of Elvis Presley, along with others including Marilyn Monroe, Mao Tse Tung, Muhammad Ali and Buddha are the work of Scottish artist David Mach. It took him more than 500 hours and 1,000 boxes of coloured-tip matches imported from Japan to complete the 2ft Presley sculpture. Each match was glued on to a glass fibre mould.

Using the same technique, Mr Mach, 52, has created a series of other pieces including a gorilla, ram, stag and rhino at his London studio.

He also made four smaller Elvis heads, each using around 15,000 coloured matches.

The big Elvis piece has been sold for £18,000.

'I try to use common things like matchsticks because people know exactly what they are,' Mr Mach said.

'These items are in everyone's lives but they are almost invisible.' (News, Source: Mail Online)

From the Archives........On Tour with Elvis: ROAD WARRIOR - Rock and roll's first superstar made his first records without drums. Elvis Presley began touring the South with just guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Drummer D. J. Fontana tells how he joined the band in 1954 and what those early years were like.

Oh, no, no, no, there was no audition. Elvis, Scotty and Bill come to Shreveport, where I was the house drummer for the Louisiana Hayride. In those days everybody played the Hayride. The headliners were people like Jim Reeves and Webb Pierce, and most of those guys didn't even like drums. I'd just stand backstage until somebody asked me to play. So Scotty come over and said, "Hey, we need a drummer. You want to work with us?" I said, "That's why I'm here."

To me touring with Elvis was just a job. But we worked hard. Heck, we'd play on the back of feed trucks, little bitty high-school gyms--we played 'em all. We worked all those little towns for a year and a half before Elvis even got known. He didn't really get known until he started doing those television shows nationwide. But he always got that same wild reaction. He was a good-looking kid, you know, and the music was different. We'd pack them little old gyms--I think the tickets were maybe 50 cents. We'd also do package shows with country acts, Webb or Faron Young. They were the main draw, the hot artists. Back then the country artists just basically stood up sang all their hit records. They didn't move. So they didn't know what to think of Elvis. There for a while they'd have him close the first half of the show. But see, when Elvis left the stage, there was nobody left to sing to. All the kids would follow him outside.

It got harder as he got bigger, because we didn't have no big sound system. I don't think the kids ever heard us play or him sing, either one. We only had one mike onstage, or sometimes an extra mike for Bill's bass. Scotty had that one little bitty old amp--the whole volume wouldn't go across the room on it. And when Elvis stopped playing rhythm to do his moves, boy, it was like the bottom fell out. So I don't think the kids ever heard us. All they wanted was just to see him out there. (News, Source: By D.J. Fontana | NEWSWEEK Jul 19, 1999 Issue/Charmaine Voisine)

Lakeland, Florida about to get All Shook Up: Theatre Winter Haven announces the cast for the musical "All Shook Up," to be performed July 11-27 at the Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter haven.

Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $18 for students 17 and younger.

The musical combines Elvis Presley songs with a rock 'n' roll story about a young girl's dreams coming true when a guitar-playin' roustabout rides into a square town in a square state.

Songs include "Heartbreak Hotel," "Burning Love," "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes," and more.

Appearing in this show are Derek Wyatt as Chad, Shelia Jones as Sylvia, Jennifer Marshall as Lorraine and Jeremy Chase as Jim. Dennis is played by Mark Bacon, Miss Sandra is played by Michelle Perry and Matilda Hyde is played by Heidi Thompson. Danny Villnow portrays Earl. Haley Miller is Natalie and Michael Dunn is Dean.

The ensemble of singers, dancers and towns people include: Taryn Adams, Kari Baker Kim Bishop-Jones, Gala Bonini, Emily Bruner, Jordan Cadavid, Katie Camp, Sarah Carey, Rhona Dalusong, Robin Davis, Casey Faulkner, Ed Frisbie, Siobhan Gale, Fredd Gunzel, Leigh-Anne Hemenway, Anna Jones, Taryn Jones, Michael Kanago, Michael King, Brittany Knight, Abigail Martinez, Anne Martinez, Bobby Modrall, Laura Modrall, Maria Gabriela Rubio, Jennifer Sabbert, Corey Simoneau, Brittany Stephens, Lindsey Wildman and Lyndsay Wooten.

Director is Katrina Ploof with Don Hopkinson Jr. as musical director. Alex Jones is choreographer and Ted Smith is lighting designer. Costumes will be designed by Camille McClellan and Kent Altman is rehearsal stage manager. Production stage manager will be Tamesia Irwin. Call 294-SHOW. (News, Source: TheLedger.com)

"The Elvis Presley Collection" 3CD: Due for release August 8, 2008 in the EC is the 3CD budget compilation "The Elvis Presley Collection".


Disc 1: Heartbreak Hotel/I Love You Because/Love Me Tender/Don't Be Cruel/That's All Right/I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (My Baby's Gone)/I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/Poor Boy/Old Shep/Just Because/Let Me So Glad You're Mine/I Got A Woman/Blue Suede Shoes/Shake, Rattle And Roll/Hound Dog/ Money Honey/ There's Good Rockin' Tonight/Rip It Up/I Forgot To Remember To Forget


Disc 2: Mean Woman Blues/(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Loving You/Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do/Lonesome Cowboy
Hot Dog/Party/Blueberry Hill/True Love/Don't Leave Me Now/Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?/I Need You So/Tell Me Why/Is It So Strange?/One Night/When It Rains, It Really Pours/I Beg Of You/Party (Alternative Version) Loving You (Alternative Version)/Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (Alternative Version)

Disc 3: Santa Claus Is Back In Town/White Christmas/Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
I'll Be Home For Christmas/Blue Christmas/Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)/Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
Silent Night/(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley/I Believe/Take My Hand, Precious Lord/It Is No Secret (What God Can Do (News, Source: Play / Elvis News)

Wednesday 2 July 2008

Details - Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD):

DISC 1 - THE ALBUM: 01  Witchcraft  2:24 - 02 Please Don't Drag That String Around  1:57 - 03 Love Me Tonight  2:03 - 04 Slowly But Surely  2:15 - 05 It Hurts Me 2:30 - 06 Echoes Of Love  2:42 - 07 (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway  2:23 - 08 (You’re The) Devil In Disguise  2:22 - 09 Never Ending 2:02 - 10 Ask Me  2:09 - 11 Memphis, Tennessee  2:11 - 12 Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers 1:53 - 13 Western Union  2:14 - 14 Blue River  2:11 - 15 What Now, What Next , Where To  2:01 

REJECTED MASTERS 16 Memphis, Tennessee  2:16 - 17 Ask Me  2:10

FIRST TAKES:  18 Witchcraft – take 1  2:40 - 19 Please Don’t Drag That String Around – take 1  2:09 - 20 Love Me Tonight – take 1  2:12 - 21 Slowly But Surely – take 1  2:32 - 22 It Hurts Me – take 1  2:41 - 23 Echoes Of Love – take 1  2:52 - 24 (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway - take 1  2:58 - 25    (You’re The) Devil In Disguise -take 3  2:39 - 26    Never Ending – take 1  2:06 - 27    Ask me – takes 1 & 2  2:40 - 28    Memphis Tennessee – take 1  2:47 - 29    Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers – take 1  2:05 - 30    Western Union – take 1  2:09 - 31    Ask Me (1963 version) – take 1  2:30 

DISC 2 - MAY 1963 SESSIONS: 01 Echoes Of Love – takes 2,4,5,3  5:51 - 02 Please Don’t Drag That String Around – take 2  2:10 - 03 Please Don’t Drag That String Around – takes 3,4,5  3:55 - 04 (You’re The) Devil In Disguise – takes 1,2,4,5,6(M) 5:07 - 05 Never Ending – take 2 & 3(M)  3:20 - 06 Witchcraft – take 2  2:33 - 07 Finder Keepers, Losers Weepers – takes 2 &3M  3:14 - 08 Love Me Tonight – takes 2,3,4  3:00 - 09 Love Me Tonight – takes 6 & 5  2:59 - 10 Memphis, Tennessee (‘63 version)– take 1   2:34 - 11 Western Union – takes 2 & 3  3:29 - 12 Slowly But Surely – takes 2,3,4  2:53 - 13 Blue River – takes 1 & 2  2:29 - 14 Ask Me – takes 3 & 4  3:25 - 15 Ask Me – takes 5 & 6 (alt. master)  3:43 - 16 Echoes Of Love – takes 6 & 7  2:01 - 17 Echoes Of Love – takes 9 & 8 (alt. master) 3:25 

JANUARY 1964 SESSIONS:  18 Memphis, Tennessee – takes 2,3,4,5  4:28 - 19 Ask Me – take 3  2:29 - 20 Ask Me – takes 4,5,6,7  3:54 - 21 Ask Me – takes 8,10,9  2:53 - 22 It Hurts Me – takes 2,3,4,5(M)  4:14 (FTD News, Source: FECC)


"America" FTD details: 2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) / You Gave Me A Mountain /Trying to get to You/ All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / America The Beautiful / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Help Me / How Great Thou Art / Little Darlin'/Its Now Or Never/Funny How Time Slips Away / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp. Bonus songs from Spokane, WA 27.4.76 : Burning Love/My Way. (FTD News, Source: FECC)

"Love Letters from Elvis" FTD details: The Original Album : 1)   Love Letters -2)    When I’m Over You - 3)      If I Were You - 4)      Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It - 5)    Heart Of Rome -6)    Only Believe - 7)     This Is Our Dance  - 8)     Cindy, Cindy - 9)    I’ll Never Know - 10)  It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) - 11)  Life 

New Bonus Songs : 12)  The Sound Of Your Cry - 13)  Sylvia - 14)  Rags To Riches - 15)  Something 

First takes : 16)  The Sound Of Your Cry – takes 1, 2, 3  -17)  Cindy, Cindy – take 1 - 18)  I’ll Never Know – take 1 - 19)  It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) – takes 1, 2 - 20)  Life – take 1, 2 - 21)  Heart Of Rome – take 1 - 22)  If I Were You – take 1- 23)  Rags To Riches – rehearsal, take 2  


Disc 2 – Session outtakes & undubbed masters :  01) Radio Commercial - 02) The Sound Of Your Cry – takes 4, 5, 6 - 03) Cindy, Cindy – takes 2, 3 (undubbed master) - 04) Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It – take 1(undubbed master) - 05) I’ll Never Know – takes 2, 3 - 06) It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) – takes 3, 4, 5, 6 - 07) This Is Our Dance – takes 6, 7, 9,11 (undubbed master) - 08) Life – take10 - 09) Heart of Rome – take 2 (undubbed master) - 10) Love Letters – takes 3, 1 - 11) If I were you - takes 2, 3, 4, 5 - 12) Only Believe - takes 1, 2, 3, 4 (undubbed master) - 13) Sylvia - takes 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 - Rags To Riches - take 3 (FTD News, Source: FECC)

How long live the King? - The future of Elvis: The July / August edition of BusinessTN magazine features Elvis on the cover with inside an article by Donnie Snow on the possible future of EPE entitled "A Little More Action".

A Little More Action: When celebrated deejay Junkie XL remixed a lesser Elvis Presley hit into a 2002 smash, it returned the long-dead king of rock 'n' roll to the spotlight of mainstream pop music. "A Little Less Conversation" was the first relevant blockbuster splash featuring Presley since before his untimely, unseemly death in 1977.

And despite an attempt by bona fide deejay royalty Paul Oakenfold to copy Junkie XL's success with a laudable yet forgettable remix of "Rubberneckin'" the following year, Presley hasn't had a new original hit since. (At press time, a remix of the Elvis classic "Baby Let's Play House" by Italian DJ Spankox was released digitally by Sony BMG Music Entertainment.)

But give the guy a break — he's been dead more than 30 years.

This August marks the 31st anniversary of Presley's passing, and since the JXL remix, the biggest U.S. headlines involving the King included Presley losing his top spot in 2006 on Forbes' morbid richest dead celebrities list to iconic grunge rocker Kurt Cobain (though he regained it the following year) and a flurry of announcements in the financial pages, beginning with the sale of his estate by daughter and sole heir Lisa Marie Presley to billionaire Wall Street wunderkind Robert F X Sillerman in 2004.

Sillerman's acquisition took the cherished "family" business public, and since then he has released several statements relating to the expansion of the Elvis brand—be it in the form of casinos and cruises or hotels and touring shows—and plans for major financial stake in the economic development of the dilapidated Whitehaven neighborhood that surrounds Graceland. With the possible exception of some of the locals who live near Graceland, most believe the brand has been under-commercialized. Lisa Marie Presley said as much when she sold the stagnating company. Sillerman, renowned for building billion-dollar media companies, can mine capital for fuel, but ultimately, it's still the world's first rock star who will power the ship, which begs the question: How long can Elvis float in the famously fickle pool of pop culture?

Fame, Fortune & the Future: Since Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) went public, there has been little action, despite a lot of talk (or rather, a lot of announcements), and the corporate culture around Graceland has become much less interactive with the press. (Not unexpectedly, EPE declined to participate in this story.) According to analysts, the long wait should have been anticipated. "One thing I didn't fully appreciate is the time it takes to develop the sort of large-scale projects they have planned," says Mark Argento, senior research analyst at Craig-Hallum Capital Group.

"Developing anything that can drive big revenue and big profits will take a while," he continues, pointing out that the deal Sillerman's company, CKX, is hammering out with French Canadian circus troupe Cirque du Soleil has taken more than a year. "The planning that goes into it—the lead time is significant. They expect very little increase in revenue in 2008 and 2009, with it really kicking in in 2010 and 2011."

The original deal CKX made with Lisa Marie was announced in December 2004. CKX paid $114 million for an 85% interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises. Lisa Marie, who retained the remaining 15%, was paid $50 million in cash plus $26 million in CKX common and preferred stock. CKX also paid $25 million in EPE debt. Sillerman got a 90-year lease on Graceland, rights to Elvis' name, likeness, image and trademark, publishing rights to 650 songs and royalty rights to the few songs Elvis recorded after 1973, as well as to two dozen Presley movies.

Sillerman also paid $6.5 million to Elvis' ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. Fortune reported that CKX didn't have to pay Priscilla anything, but that doing so would make her more agreeable to appearing at grand openings and the like. It seems just that Priscilla would share in the sale, given that she was among the brain trust that turned the floundering, bankrupt estate into a trailblazing company—and Graceland into the most-visited private residence in the world. Barry Ward, former general counsel to the Elvis estate, was also in that management group, which included long-time family accountant Joseph Hanks; Jim Roscoe, trust officer at the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis; and Jack Soden, hired to head EPE. Ward helped appeal a court decision that denied Presley's estate rights to the rock star's name, likeness and image. This paved the way for the creation of the Elvis Law, the groundbreaking precedent that awarded celebrity estates control of intellectual property and trademarks after death.

"From where I sit, the Sillerman acquisition helped immensely, giving the estate the capital to ratchet up to a new level," Ward says, echoing a common refrain about the deal. When announced, Lisa Marie admitted that EPE could only grow so much and that it needed a bigger player to monetize future interest in Elvis.

"That's the amazing thing about the Elvis estate: just how many things they haven't done over the past 30 years," says longtime rock critic Stan Soocher, an entertainment attorney and associate professor of music and entertainment industry studies at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Elvis is one of the few examples in pop music of a star whose fame hasn't flagged, says Soocher, who is currently finishing his book, They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court, containing coverage of Elvis Presley's estate. (The book will be published in early 2009.)

"The CKX buyout is the most important financial development in the structure of the estate since it was founded," he says.

"Elvis Presley didn't do any international tours," he continues, "and because he's been so popular in England, it seems there is a pent-up demand to exploit." Soocher has a point: Presley's re-mastered No. 1 singles, which EPE released one at a time over the last couple years, tore up the British charts, which leads Soocher to think an international virtual, multimedia tour would likely reap large revenues.

But there's much more to the Elvis brand than music.

"Rockabilly may resurge, but it's never going to be mainstream rock again," Soocher says. "This whole other level [of enterprise] is so important to maintaining the Elvis brand."

He points to the proposed casino as one aspect of enterprise, as well as Elvis-themed destination venues around the world, à la Hard Rock Café.

"Domestically, there's a ton to do" says Argento, "but internationally, the opportunity to take the Elvis brand into a foreign market could dwarf the opportunities in the U.S. Put a casino in Macau or Dubai, put a replica of Graceland in Tokyo—the opportunities are huge. It would be epic for the Elvis brand."

The Mansion that Elvis Built: No kidding. Presley's estate has already earned far more than Presley did while he was alive, but Graceland in Tokyo? What would that do to local commercial and tax revenue streams? Most, including EPE and CKX, believe expanding the brand in such a way will increase interest and revenues in Memphis. According to Fortune, Sillerman's stake in the Presley estate exceeds its worth. Yet the company has announced a commitment to developing Graceland and its 120-acre campus. Plans include building one or more hotels and developing the surrounding neighborhood to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars—not that many checks have been written yet.

"I believe they are still gathering information on the project building specifications," says Harold B. Collins, the city councilman for Whitehaven. Collins says funds have been appropriated for improved cityscape to assist the development of a mile-plus stretch along the Brooks Road corridor, which will coincide with Memphis International Airport's ambitious "Aerotropolis" redevelopment plan.

"We're excited that they are getting ready to move on it," he says, adding that he hopes to see ground broken before the end of the year. "I think Mr. Sillerman knows how important this is to our city and is as eager to get it off the ground as we are." Well, maybe not as eager.

Last summer, news broke on a looming CKX buyout by 19X, a privately held company led by Sillerman and American Idol creator Simon Fuller (the "X" is a Sillerman signature). But in mid-May, the company lowered its buyout offer from $13.75 to $12 per CKX share. Sillerman said in a statement that the private company "remain[s] committed to completing the acquisition of CKX at a price that we believe reflects the continued outstanding performance of the company and which provides a substantial premium above the current price to the company's stockholders. [The price] also takes into account the seismic shift in the buyout world since the time we originally entered into this transaction."

The companies are reportedly working to close the deal by September.

"[The deal] should not have any effect on the economic development [in the area]," Argento says. "One of the reasons to take this private now is that it's a pretty attractive time, especially before the redevelopment gets underway. The bigger risk is the broader credit market—access to capital will probably be the bigger issue."

Most locals involved in the area's development are not giving too much thought to Graceland's goings-on; some view the Graceland makeover and build-out as only a piece of the overall vision.

"[Graceland's] development to come is part of the dynamic of building out what is currently the only fledgling Aerotropolis in the United States," says Arnold Perl, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. "When Elvis Presley Enterprises announces and develops the initiative they're working on, it will provide a significant boost to America's Aerotropolis.

There is no official word from Sillerman or local EPE officials on when Sillerman's real estate spin-off, FXRE, might commence the grand reawakening of the King. But Memphis isn't the only city laying claim to Elvis, and it isn't the only city in which Sillerman is spending money on Presley-related properties. In addition to dealings on Elvis Presley Boulevard, FXRE also has plans in the works involving several acres on Las Vegas Boulevard for a hotel and casino, as well as entertainment, retail, commercial and residential development. It would all feature Presley, perhaps in conjunction with Muhammad Ali. (Sillerman also owns 80% of Muhammad Ali Enterprises.)

Elvis: the Next Generation: But despite all the effort, there remains the question: How Long?

Elvis is undoubtedly the most parodied person in history—Google search "Elvis Tribute Artist" if you don't believe it—and his place in the record books still looms over contemporary stars. In April, at age 38, Mariah Carey finally surpassed Presley for second most No. 1 singles on Billboard with 18 (the Beatles lead with 20), and Madonna, who turns 50 in August, finally passed Presley for the most top-10 hits with 37.

But can Presley reach a new generation that has grown up with Elvis the image, not Elvis the man?

"I think the story is timeless," Ward contends. "America cast's its heroes away very begrudgingly."

For Sillerman, this likely is just the buildup before the big bonanza deal, given his modus operandi of buying media properties at low prices, maximizing the brand, packaging them and then unloading at a higher price. He did it in 1989 with radio stations, which he sold to what is now Viacom for $389 million, and again in 1997 to Hicks Muse for more than $2 billion. Three years later, he sold a bundle of concert venues to Clear Channel for $3 billion.

One can only wonder if/when he will sell EPE—and what it will look like when he does.

Soocher doesn't believe it will happen any time soon.

"You have to kind of figure out where's the sweet spot for the sale," he says. "With Ali and the Elvis estate, you would think Sillerman would want to build up the brands—and they haven't hit the ground running.

"I don't think, as an investor, you would think they would be much more valuable together than apart."

Soocher argues that a more modernizing match would be some entity from the current list of stars that appeals to the younger fan base—and that, essentially, means hip-hop. Coincidentally, Rap mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z just signed a 360 deal with an SFX spin-off company—the concert venue company Sillerman founded before selling to Clear Channel. The deal essentially turns Jay-Z into a property for commoditization, which is what Sillerman is currently doing with Elvis Presley.

Says Soocher: "I think the younger music fans are used to seeing music come at them from all possible ways, so they don't look at that as a violation. Fans are much more accepting today."

Nevertheless, what's unique about the Presley situation is that despite being dead, he is still a towering performance figure in pop music. The Presley estate may have outgrown the man, but it can never seemingly outgrow the performer. Unlike other industry personalities whose businesses can theoretically run without his or her explicit presence—an Oprah Winfrey or even Jay-Z come to mind—can you imagine a Presley industry without Elvis in the spotlight? (Sale of EPE Archives , Source: BusinessTN magazine)

WHEN ELVIS ALMOST DID A BOWIE: According to the Memphis Mafia's LAMAR FIKE, in his forthcoming memoir, AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY: ON ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD (co-written with celebrity-bio man MARK BEGO), "In 1976, David's then-wife Angela, visited us all at the now-defunct International in Las Vegas, and she brought with her a song David had written especially for Elvis, 'The Prettiest Star'. She was a bit under the weather so she didn't get to stay for the show, but gave me the song to give to Elvis. We were terrifically excited to get something from one of the new emerging acts on the music scene. Elvis was always very much aware of the next thing, and, at that point it was Bowie."

Fike has also written a film treatment to accompany the book entitled '57-60: One of the Boys.' "The screenplay is out to a several film companies in N. Y. and L. A. I expect we'll be able to announce a deal in 90 days." (News, Source: David Salidor)

The King's MWW Collection being launched: Rock-and-roll king Elvis is the source of inspiration for an upcoming collection of soft home décor pieces by Manual Woodworkers and Weavers (MWW).

MWW recently inked a licensing partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises to create a line of tapestry wall hangings, furniture covers and bedding items. MWW said it is “thrilled to produce engaging and functional items of decorative memorabilia that pay tribute to the spirit and effervescence of Elvis Presley.”

The launch of the collection is slated for the Atlanta Gift Show this month. (News, Source: http://www.hometextilestoday.com/article/CA6574421.html)




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