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Saturday 30 July 2016

(Book Review) Elvis on Television 1956-60 - new Boxcar deluxe production another winner!: Joseph Pirzada and his Boxcar organisation return with their new deluxe, coffee table examination of Elvis' early television performances. Elvis On Television 1956-60 impacts the reader on several levels – it not only informs, but it entertains and also delights as a potent narrative-visual record of Elvis on 50s-early 60s TV, highlighting its importance in propelling his career beyond being contained only to a regional footprint.

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review of another winner from Boxcar - including some great Elvis photos !

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis in Florida 60th Anniversary: Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Elvis' infamous concerts in Florida, two Jacksonville residents share their memories of the history-making performances.
Jackie Rowland first saw Elvis Presley perform at the Gator Bowl in 1955, and her mother took her to meet Presley in Memphis in July 1956. They had a relationship that lasted several years - always chaperoned by her mother.
Elvis Presley was well on his way to becoming a national sensation when he came to Jacksonville in August 1956. When he performed on stage, audiences got to experience the whole package: the sultry voice, the jet-black hair, the crooked smile that was both boyish and sexy. And of course, those gyrating hips. They drove young women wild, and there were reports of adoring fans rushing toward the singer to try to tear off pieces of his clothing as a result of the suggestive movements.
When Presley came to the Jacksonville in '56, a local judge warned him to keep his moves in check, or face the prospect of going to jail. No hip-swinging motions "impairing the morals of minors" would be tolerated.
That meeting with Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding, and the six shows that Presley did Aug. 10-11 at the Florida Theatre under Gooding's watchful eye, ended up in a story on Presley soon afterward in Life magazine. Eventually, the performances became part of pop culture history.
Marilyn Gooding DeSimone, one of Judge Gooding's daughters and Jackie Rowland, who dated Presley off and on for a few years share some memories.
Marilyn Gooding: Elvis was making appearances in South Florida, and everywhere he went, the kids would wreck the premises. It was all in good fun, but people got hurt. So city officials called media to warn them. They said, "You can't let that happen, it gets kids in a frenzy." My father said, "I will have 'Colonel' Parker and Mr. Presley come into my chambers and we will discuss the parameters."
My father said that Elvis could not have been more polite, but Colonel Parker was heavy-handed and a bully. He said that when he met Elvis, he really liked him, and he spoke highly of his mother - Elvis was very devoted to his mother, and I think because of that, he respected an older generation.
But my father was not going to have an unruly show. He told Elvis he could do his entire act, but he couldn't wiggle his hips, and Elvis promised he would not. My father and members of his staff in juvenile court went to all six shows to make sure he would not do it. They also had policemen waiting in the wings, and they had warrants sitting on my father's lap, but they never had to issue them.
My mother took me down to the theater in our station wagon, loaded with kids. I would have just turned 17.
I can't remember which show we went to, but it was one of the evening shows. Inside, it was pandemonium - wonderful pandemonium, not bad pandemonium.
But I was sitting there judgmentally. I was not a happy camper - I was defensive of my father, who was getting a lot of criticism. So Elvis started the show, and in every single song, he'd almost wiggle his hips, then catch himself. Then he got to his last song, and he said, "I want to dedicate my last song to the judge." And then he sang "You ain't nothing but a hound dog. ." I laughed and laughed. My father laughed, too.
Everybody who went in came out happy and excited, and sad that it was over. But there were no problems, no arrests, and that's because the community was prepared, when other communities were not.
Jackie Rowland: The first time I met him was at the Gator Bowl in 1955. My granddaddy was an officer in the police department, I was escorted by a policeman to the side of the stage, and that's where I saw him perform. It was more than a school crush. I was in love with the boy. Then my mother and I went to Memphis in July 1956. I was 14, I had been overweight, and she promised me if I would lose weight, she would take me to meet him. We were standing outside the house on Audubon Drive, along with some other girls, and Mrs. Presley was there, and apparently she had been watching me and my mother. She invited us in. His mother and my mother had a lot in common, and they got along quite well.
Later we got a letter, saying come backstage to meet him. My mother had the letter, we went to the stage door, but the guard refused to let us in. Colonel Tom Parker said, "Oh, no, those are Elvis' special guests," and let us in. We were standing in the wings for the show. I felt so special. I have a picture of us together.
The meeting with the judge was in the newspaper. Everybody knew about it. Elvis made light of what could have been a very bad situation.
Can you imagine? It's so wonderful to be part of history. I would have never thought in a million years that 60 years later I would still be talking about it. What a blessing, to have something that brought me so much joy and to be able to share that with other people.
He was able to look at his audience and draw them in and make every single girl imagine that he was singing to them. He had that kind of charisma and talent.
I traveled to Memphis, Orlando, and other cities to see him. We had a relationship that went on for a couple of years. Wherever we went, my mother was always with me. I was always chaperoned by my mother.
My mother didn't like the fact that he was an entertainer. She did her best to separate us so I would have an education. She said I was going to finish school, and I did.

*** EIN edited from a much longer article - for the full story & more pictures go here
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' BMW heading to Pebble Beach: If you're a classic car fan and you're heading to Monterey this August for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, prepare to get all shook up. Elvis Presley's 1957 BMW 507 Series I Roadster is heading to this year's event as part of BMW's Centennial Display.
The King's love affair with cars is almost as well documented as his life in music and one of early automotive crushes was on the Albert Graf Goertz-designed 3.3-liter V8-powered roadster.
The story goes that while completing his national service in Germany, Presley traveled to France where he saw the 507 race at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry. It was love at first sight and in December 1958 he leased the actual car.
Unfortunately the car was finished in feather white, meaning that every time he parked it, its color made it easy for fans to cover it in phone numbers, pledges of devotion and lipstick kisses.
To counter this issue and to hide the marks, Elvis had
the car repainted a bright red. Elvis sold the car in the early 1960s, but not before he'd been photographed in it many times.
On August 21 at Pebble Beach the newly restored car will be revealed to the public for the very first time alongside a host of other BMW classics. The 507 Roadster and its rarer Series II convertible sister are among the most sought-after and collectable BMW cars. In terms of value, a pristine example, without the provenance of being once owned by 'The King' is worth upwards of $2 million.
Go here to Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

US Billboard Charts: Unfortunately Elvis has no entries on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 6th August, 2016.

'If I Can Dream' rises from 6 to 5 on the Classical Album Chart.

'He Touched Me' - The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley (Vols.1 and 2) drops from 1 to 5 on the Music Video Chart.



(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 27 July 2016

(Interview) Adventurer, author and all round high achiever, Bo Keeley opens up to EIN about his amazing life and his book, Elvis' Humor Girls, Guns & Guitars: If you want to know (among other things) what it's like - BTW, THIS IS ALL TRUE FOLKS!!!:

  • having encounters with ivory poachers in Africa
  • disguising yourself as a Mexican to ride atop freight trains with Central American immigrants before finally being apprehended by the US Border Patrol while swimming the Rio Grande with an expired Mexican visa
  • talking to rattlesnakes
  • being the #1 ranked racquetball player in the world
  • playing chess with the US Champion, and
  • taking time out to write more than 20 books (including Elvis' Humor).....

then this is the interview for you! Bo Keeley's life reads like a Boys Own Adventure or Indiana Jones film. It is undoubtedly the most unusual and fascinating interview EIN has ever published (and there is a lot about Elvis too and a great suggestion about how to approach life!) Read and marvel at what you can achieve in life! (Interview, Source: EIN)

Elvis 1968 Electric Guitar at Auction: Elvis Week is rapidly approaching at Graceland, and in honor of the celebration, several of the King’s personal items are going up for auction, including his electric guitar.
One delightful item being auctioned is Elvis' well-used and beautifully worn electric guitar that was used in rehearsal for the 1968 Elvis Special. The instrument features a cherry sunburst finish with mother-of-pearl inlays in the fretboard, and also includes a modern Gibson hard-shell black case. The guitar has an estimated value of $30,000, but bids will begin at $10,000 when the auction opens on August 13.
Along with the guitar are several other valuables from the icon, including Presley’s birth record, a black and gold outfit he performed in, an Indian ring, and a TCB necklace.

The guitar was gifted by Presley to Nancy Rooks, a maid and cook, and her husband, who has had the guitar in his possession for more than 25 years.
The auction will begin on August 13 at 2 p.m. CT.
Go HERE to EPE Auctions to find out more

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

“Million Dollar Quartet” Show coming to Australia: The “Million Dollar Quartet” recording session of December 4, 1956, which took place in Sun Record Studios in Memphis, is now legendary. The impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, produced almost 50 tracks and is considered a seminal moment in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Million Dollar Quartet, the jukebox musical which dramatises that day of recording, has toured extensively around the US and played Broadway and the West End, and in December this year will kick off its first Australian tour in Melbourne. The musical played for over a year on Broadway and picked up three Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical and one for Best Book of a Musical for the script penned by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux.
The musical features Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, See You Later Alligator, I Walk the Line, Fever, Who Do You Love?, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ On, Folsom Prison Blues, and Hound Dog.
It starts performances at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on December 8 before touring to Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth. - Tickets not yet on sale.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Big Crowds at Collingwood Elvis Festival 2016: The festival is over but they were all rocking last weekend at the Ontario based Elvis festival, fans, families and tribute artists all crowded the Collingwood streets for annual Elvis Presley Festival.
Thousands were in town all weekend to take in the sights and sounds of Elvis Presley - and after more than 20 years, the festival shows no signs of waning.
Elvis tribute artist Oliver Steinhoff, from Germany, was named this year's grand champion following an electrifying show Sunday night at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.
Steinhoff won the professional concert years category, and is will therefore be Collingwood's representative at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest in Memphis starting Aug. 8.
Steinhoff has been an Elvis tribute artist for 13 years. It's his full-time career, and he has won multiple awards in Las Vegas and Europe. In 2012, he finished third at the Collingwood Elvis Festival.
This year's competition included more than 100 tribute artists.
For all the info go to here to the Collingwood Elvis festival website

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 24 July 2016

'Elvis - June 72' New FTD Book: FTD book publisher Pål Granlund has announced a new book "Coming soon" from FTD / Flaming Star. It will focus on Elvis at his fabulous Madison Square Garden concerts and his June 72 tour.  

Pål Granlund was in New York in 1972 for the MSG concerts and there are photographs of him meeting Elvis backstage, so the book will no doubt feature his personal stories (in the same way that The Elvis Files feature Erik Lorentzen's recollections) and much, much more.

After the stunning success of the recently published Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash there will be very high expectations for this new book.

No publishing date has been mentioned - the book will come with a "bonus" CD.


(News, Source;PG/ElvisInfoNet)

August 13 Graceland Auction: This year's Elvis week auction will offer amazing artifacts from both Elvis’ theatrical and musical careers as well as remarkable personal tokens and gifts. Also starring in this auction are Elvis’ original birth record, never-before-seen concert footage, J.D. Sumner’s TCB Necklace, an outstanding photo archive collection and Elvis’ own personal American Express card!
Auction highlights include:
- January 8, 1935 Elvis Presley Birth Record Document from Delivering Physician Dr. Robert Hunt - Also Details the Birth of His Twin Brother Jesse. Estimate: $80,000 - 100,000
- 1973-74 Elvis Signed American Express Card - The Finest Elvis Credit Card in Existence - He Never Left Home Without It! Estimate: $40,000 - 60,000
- 1971 Mathey-Tissot Custom-Made Watch with “ELVIS PRESLEY” on the Bezel - Gifted by Elvis to Felton Jarvis - Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000
- J.D. Sumner’s Diamond-Studded TCB Necklace Gifted by Elvis Presley.  Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000
-  Elvis Presley's Signed and Inscribed Guitar Case (Possibly One of His First). Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000
- 1957 8mm Film of Elvis Presley Performing at the Chicago Amphitheatre - Nearly 5 Minutes of Unpublished Footage of Elvis in his Famous Gold Lamé! Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000
- Incredible Terry Wood Photography Archive Chronicling Elvis Presley’s September 26, 1956, Concert in Tupelo, MS - Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000
-  Boots Worn by Elvis in "It Happened at The World’s Fair." Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000
- 1960's Elvis Presley Owned Electric Guitar Gifted to Graceland Maid and Cook Nancy Rooks' Husband. Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000
- 1969 Elvis Presley Blue Dress Shirt from "The Trouble with Girls." Estimate: $8,000 - 10,000
Go HERE to EPE Auctions to find out more
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

US Billboard Charts: Unfortunately Elvis has no entries on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 30th July, 2016.

'If I Can Dream' rises from 9 to 6 on the Classical Album Chart.

'He Touched Me' - The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley (Vols.1 and 2) rises from 102 to 1 on the Music Video Chart.

'Love Me Tender' (The Love Songs) rises from 11 to 10 on the Music Video Chart.


(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 20 July 2016
'Speedway' - FTD Soundtrack Album Review: Speedway was Elvis' very last Soundtrack album. With the intention of recreating the dynamic atmosphere of 1963’s Viva Las Vegas, MGM cast hot property Nancy Sinatra as Elvis’ co-star but there was no chemistry between them. The original session took place on the MGM soundstage and the recordings flooded in echo sounded terrible. Luckily the four-track MGM Masters still exist and have been remixed for this release creating the best quality recordings we have to date.
With only ‘Let Yourself Go’ and 'Suppose' as the stand out tracks the album was a very dull affair
However several previously unreleased outtakes of the Bonus songs ‘Mine’ and ‘Goin’ Home’ are also included here, help add interest and make CD 1 a packed 79 minutes.
Remarkably with such lacklustre original material FTD have managed to create a rather worthy classic soundtrack album.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this recent FTD release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Looking at Elvis' Books: Elvis Presley was an avid reader, and he had a diverse library here at Graceland.
On EPE's latest episode of Gates of Graceland, host Tom Brown and Graceland's Director of Archives Angie Marchese unbox a few of Elvis' books from the Graceland Archives. You can check out the different genres of literature Elvis enjoyed and see the notes Elvis made in a few of the books.
Also be on the lookout for a surprise found in one of the books.
Includes looking at Elvis' copy of The Prophet, Sacred Science Of Numbers, plus personal letters from both Johnny Cash and Baron Hilton to Elvis

Click here to YouTube to view this Gates of Graceland episode.
Runs 20 minutes. Recomended.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail Unveiled: Yesterday the city of Tupelo held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at First United Methodist Church to celebrate the grand opening of Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail. All attendees were welcome to walk, run, bike or drive on the trail following the ceremony.
“A project such as this enhances the quality of life for all of our residents and the visitors to our All- America City,” said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton. “The projects provides access for bicyclists and 2.2 miles of sidewalks for pedestrians, encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The project also improves our infrastructure, making city streets better and safer for those who drive from the Elvis Presley Birthplace through downtown.”
Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail was an ambitious project undertaken by the City of Tupelo to upgrade East Main
Street costing $11.5 million and taking nearly 2 years to complete. The street has been widened to five lanes with sidewalks and bicycle lanes added. Brick planters were installed to add beauty to the project.
Among numerous featured businesses and attractions on the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail, is Booth Department Store where Elvis bought his first guitar and Johnny’s BBQ where they can try Elvis' favorite sandwich. Already, the newly-revealed trail has drawn dozens of citizens and tourists alike to the final special destination: Elvis Presley’s birthplace.
The trail goes to Elvis Presley’s preserved childhood home that was recently renovated. Now there are 17 acres of picnic grounds, a scenic lake with a Pavilion to enjoy for those who venture all the way down the Birthplace Trail.
Go here to the Elvis Presley’s birthplace site for more info
(News, Source;Tupelo/ElvisInfoNet)

Bonnie Brown, Country Singer, Dead at 77: Bonnie Brown, a 2015 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of sweet-voiced sibling trio The Browns, died Saturday afternoon at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark., due to complications from lung cancer. She was 77.
Bonnie Jean Brown was born July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Ark. She came from a musical family with older siblings Jim Ed and Maxine Brown performing together.
Bonnie Brown (right in the photo) with her sister Maxine and Jim Ed - along with one Elvis Presley.
In the late fifties the Country Music group The Browns were enjoying unprecedented international success, rivaled only by their longtime friend Elvis Presley.
With the runaway success of “The Three Bells,” and the growing popularity of folk music, RCA packaged the Browns as a clean-cut
country-folk act. After recording the solid crossover hits “Scarlet Ribbons (for Her Hair),” “The Old Lamplighter” and “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On,” they were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1963.
"What was a graduation gift for Bonnie turned out to be a gift for country music fans around the world," Stubbs said. "The Browns helped to write the book on trio harmony singing in the world of country music."
"When Bonnie Brown joined her brother, Jim Ed, and her sister, Maxine, in song, the siblings created an incomparable harmony: the smoothest and most elegant blend in country music,"
The connection between The Browns and Elvis is an interesting topic Please read EIN contributor Susan MacDougal review of "Nashville Chrome"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 18 July 2016

(Interview) Zoey Goto (author of Elvis Style from zoot suits to jumpsuits: EIN's Nigel Patterson recently interviewed Zoey Goto about her very different and very interesting book about Elvis and his style - style that encompasses not only his outfits and personal grooming but also Elvis' style in automobiles, food and architecture.

In a fascinating discussion Zoey discusses Elvis and the zoot suit, the controversial Nudie Cohn pink jumpsuit, how Elvis still resonates today in youth culture and a lot more. (Interview, Source: EIN)

The Mystery Behind Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” Has Been Solved: A Carlton University journalism professor named Randy Boswell has solved the 60 year mystery behind Elvis Presley’s first number one hit, “Heartbreak Hotel”. This song catapulted Elvis into international stardom, helped fuel the rock n’ roll revolution, and inspired future musicians to become rock stars.

“The story behind the song’s genesis is legend, repeated thousands of times in newspapers, magazines, books, blogs and documentaries,” says Boswell. “Florida songwriters Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton always claimed that the creative spark was a 1955 Miami Herald article about an unidentified man’s suicide and the one-line note he’d left behind: ‘I walk a lonely street.’ That spawned ‘down at the end of Lonely Street,’ the signature lyric and idea behind Heartbreak Hotel”.

However, the supposed suicide victim has never been identified and the Herald article never found, therefore causing the story behind the song one of the biggest mysteries in rock history.

Searching databases of historical newspapers, Boswell examined digital archives of southern US press from the summer and fall of 1955 when Durden and Axton wrote the song. Through this exploration, he uncovered the story of Alvin Krolik, an aspiring artist and author from Chicago. Krolik did not die by suicide, however. He was shot to death in August 1955 when he tried to rob a liquor store in Texas.

Most importantly, a reporter covering the shooting caught the words Krolik once used to describe his life: “this is the story of a person who walked a lonely street”. This evocative phrase, “walked a lonely street”, showed up in headlines and in news stories across the south-eastern US, coming to Durden and Axton’s attention in northern Florida just before they wrote “Heartbreak Hotel” in September 1955.

In real life, Krolik’s eventual life of crime and death followed heartbreak over a failed marriage to a Chicago nightclub musician named Agnes Sampson.

“In the end, the real-life story of Alvin Krolik has more misery and tragedy even than the gloomy scene Elvis painted in Heartbreak Hotel,” said Boswell. “Krolik truly is the broken-hearted lover behind the song that shook the world”. Boswell’s research was published in Rolling Stone. (News, Source: A Journal of Musical Things)


New Dutch language book - De Genesis van Elvis (The Genesis of Elvis) by Bart van Eikema Hommes: Available in both physical and ebook format is this new release which traces Elvis' music roots. The publicity blurb (translated into English) states:

This biography seeks to uncover the cultural roots of Elvis, to identify the sources from which he could draw, in order to achieve his own unique musical style. One can not avoid going to categorically to work within this structure. Through a focused analysis to clarifying the slurry of information about the biggest pop icon of music.

In what world Elvis landed and what was his genetic background? Where he lived, the churches and schools he attended? Who were his friends and he was hanging out with them ? By which artists he was influenced and what radio stations reached him over the air? Where he performed in his early beginnings and where his voice was first recorded in the grooves of the vinyl?

All of these issues are highlighted in the search for the Presley sound: the innovative sound that has been invaluable to the emergence of rock. (News, Source: Bart van Eikema Hommes)

Click here for more info and to buy a copy

Friday 15 July 2016

All Shook Up - EIN Spotlight: Composer Otis Blackwell liked to boast that he could write a song about anything. So when music publisher and lyricist Aaron ‘Goldie’ Goldmark dropped a Pepsi on the floor and urged Blackwell to turn that into a hit, the songwriter did precisely that.

But Elvis' classic 1957 hit All Shook Up wasn't the first version released - what Elvis managed to do was to transform the demo into something unique with a playfulness, sense of freedom and simple instrumentation that were all reminiscent of the more innocent, earlier understated sound of Sun Records.

Go here to our EIN Spotlight where respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this US best-selling single of 1957.

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Glen Hardin at Elvis Week 2016: When Elvis needed the best piano player to join the TCB Band, he looked no further than Glen D. Hardin.
Glen spent many years on the road and in the studio with Elvis, also appearing alongside him in his iconic TV special, "Aloha from Hawaii." Glen will share his memories of working with Elvis at An Afternoon with Elvis' Piano Man, Glen D. Hardin, on Monday, August 15 during Elvis Week.
Glen, a Texas native, grew up with Joe B. Maudlin and drummer Jerry Allison, both members of Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets. After Holly's death, Glen played with the band and became an honorary member. In addition to writing hit songs, he was also in-demand session pianist, and he worked with John Denver, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings etc.
Elvis called Glen in 1970 and asked him to join the TCB Band to replace Larry Muhoberac. Glen toured and recorded with Elvis until 1976. He also arranged many of Elvis' hit songs, like "Let It Be Me," "The Wonder of You" and "I Just Can't Help Believin.'" Elvis would decide to do a new song on a whim, and he and Glen would often stay up overnight working on arrangements.
After working with Elvis, Glen worked closely with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.
Glen and musician Andy Childs will share stories and music at the Elvis Week event on August 15. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland, $25 - Tickets on sale now - Go here to EPE
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Tim McGraw - "Just Trying to Be Elvis": I thought I knew every musician who’d ever influenced country superstar Tim McGraw until I ran across this Instagram post from Southwest: The Magazine.
"Growing up, I could sing every Elvis song. In first or second grade, I’d wrap a scarf around my neck, put a big hibiscus flower in my shirt pocket, and perform Live From Hawaii," McGraw told the magazine when they asked who his first inspiration was.
Then he told the sad, sad story about missing one of the King’s last shows.
He came through Monroe, Louisiana, on one of his last tours, and my mom was going to take me, but I got mumps. When she was getting ready for the show, I was lying on the floor kicking and screaming because I couldn’t go," he recalled.
McGraw added that he thinks that every artist puts a bit of the King into every performance. Including singing The King's songs such as Suspicious Minds at his concerts.
"We’re all just trying to be Elvis, aren’t we?" McGraw asked.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Illinois Governor's Jailhouse Rock: Former Illinois governor and Elvis Presley superfan Rod Blagojevich is serving 14 years on corruption charges has studied guitar in prison and formed a the band The Jailhouse Rockers!
Blagojevich went behind bars in 2012 and under his current sentence cannot be released until at least 2024.
Inside the former governor has studied guitar and has formed a band named after one of the King's biggest hits, Jailhouse Rock, court documents note.
Blagojevich once owned a life-size statue of the King, which was auctioned off with other belongings after his conviction.
A jury convicted Blagojevich in 2011 of 18 corruption counts, including attempting to sell vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Obama.
He talks almost daily to his family on the phone, quizzing his children to help them prepare for exams, the attorney added. And he has studied guitar and vocals to share his youngest daughter's interest in music.
Dozens of fellow inmates also have offered letters of support, including one prisoner who credits him with helping him reconnect with his daughter.
The US attorney's office noted that his sentence is meant to 'to deter current and future public officials from engaging in similar criminal activity'.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Protest Outside Graceland: Several protesters were detained Tuesday afternoon after sitting down on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland.
The small group of protesters said are unhappy with the way a meeting held with city leaders Monday night.
Some protestors say Interim MPD Director Mike Rallings broke and agreement about who the meeting and how it would go.
Their complaint was "allowing ineffective politicians who do not make positive changes in the city, to be seated in positions above the citizens with whom you agreed to meet."
Finally, the items you had agreed to discuss with us were not discussed. You made a mockery of our agreement. You broke the trust. This says to us that you are not a man of your word. While others sing your praises, we have data that you have proven to be less than praise worthy. We are disappointed.
(News, Source:SM/Ch3/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 12 July 2016

'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

Can it really be as good as promised? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our indepth review featuring plenty of extracts and wonderful photographs.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘Elvis Presley In Person - The Florida Tour - August ’56’ New Book: Announced by Erik Lorentzen "Fresh From The Press" the Worldwide Release on August 3, 2016 of ‘Elvis Presley In Person - The Florida Tour - August ’56’ - "60 Years After - A Historical Document"
This is the book that covers everything from Elvis' famous Florida tour of August 1956.
All the Concerts - Elvis’ Own Words - The Interviews
Press Conferences - On Stage - Backstage
Newspaper Stories - Fans Remember.

Includes some really amazing "new" photos of Elvis in Florida both rare and unpublished.
From The Elvis Files Team / KJ Consulting,
By Erik Lorentzen and Designed by Frode Falch
Hardback, Dustcover 320 Glossy Pages, With Some Awesome Photos.
Photographs are from the collections of Robert W. Kelley (LIFE Magazine), Bob Moreland, Jay B. Leviton, Lloyd Shearer, Charles Trainor, Don Wright, Stan Wayman, Photoplay Magazine, Fred Ward, Jerry Perkins, The Lakeland Ledger, Elvalee Donaldson, Evening Star & Alfred Wertheimer. Bruce Roberts Photographic Archive, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and The University of Texas at Austin.
Book researchers: FrodeFalch, Bruce Roberts, Neil Chris Middleton, Claude Francisci, Christi Dragomir, Louis von Ettinger, Alan Hanson, James V. Roy, Brian Petersen, Chris Giles & Joe Sherlock.
ISBN 978-82-690223-2-2 - Size 25 cm x 30 cm
€75 & postage or €125 including shipping Worldwide
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week Events & Auction: There are two things everyone knows about August in Memphis: it’s going to be hot, and Elvis Week is coming. This year’s Elvis Week will include more than 25 events all about Elvis Presley, culminating in the annual Candlelight Vigil Aug. 15 at 8:30 p.m.
Leading up to the climax of Elvis Week, events will include: the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, the Auction at Graceland and panel discussions with the musicians, costars and friends of Elvis.
This year’s Auction at Graceland will include
- The Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis Presley Birth Record document from the delivering physician, Robert Hunt, estimate $80,000 - $100,000;
- The 1973-74 Elvis Presley-signed American Express Card known to be the finest Elvis credit card in existence, estimate $40,000 - $60,000;
- A pair of pants Elvis wore in his second film, "Loving You," in 1957, estimate $15,000 -$20,000.
The auction is open to registered bidders, and all the items included are from third-party collectors, not from the treasured Graceland Archives.
Online bidding begins on Monday, July 25.
The 10th year of the Ultimate ETA Contest will feature competitors from around the world. The finalists compete for the title of "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2016"on Aug. 13 at the Memphis Orpheum.
For the full Elvis Week schedule click here to EPE.
(News, Source/EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'1970 Bringing Him Back Again' New JAT Book: 'Elvis Dateline...1970 Bringing Him Back Again' 'is a new book from Joe Tunzi that picks up where the best-selling Elvis 'In the Dome' ends from March 1970 to January 1971. This journal will feature newly discovered and unbelievable photos from Elvis That’s the Way It Is and from the June Nashville recording sessions, also unreleased concert photos exclusive to this book from September to November.
This is slated to be an early summer release.

Retail $79.95 & $35 Shipping & Handling.
Click here to JAT to order

To EIN this seems very unfortunate timing as the just released stunning FTD book 'TCB In A Flash' covers a very similar period and features a plethora of unpublished photos and much, much more.


(News, Source;JAT/ElvisInfoNet)

'Return Of The Dragon' New JAT Book: Another new book announcement from JAT 'Return Of The Dragon' features 150 unpublished photos from Elvis' three South Bend, Indiana performances, the two in 1974 plus the final one on Oct 20th 1976.

The cover looks good - not sure Elvis looked so good in 1976 though!

Slated for an autumn 2016 publication.





(News, Source;JAT/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 8 July 2016
'ELVIS - NBC TV Special' FTD CD Review: Elvis’ NBC TV Special was such a high point in his career - his musical renaissance and the sound of him kicking open the door to his prison cell of movie contracts and dreadful scripts - that can there really ever be enough compilations to satisfy us all?
'ELVIS - Original Soundtrack Recording From His NBC TV Special' is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album" with a 16-page booklet and remastered audio.
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus Cuts, while Disc 2 contains a full 80 minutes of Elvis' studio sessions of June 21-23 with LA session band 'The Wrecking Crew'.
The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers that it is one of FTD's best releases of all time!
Go here for our in-depth review
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' Shipped!: The very final volume of the 'Elvis Files' series 'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' has finally been packed up and shipped to dealers. The book covers the final years of Elvis' life, the continuous energy-draining treadmill of tours, the final recording sessions and the last CBS TV Special.

Click HERE for exclusive pages in good quality as a special Sneak-Peak from the book.

While Elvis was not a well man in the last twenty months of his life, collectors will surely find this detailed look into these last years not only an emotional ride but also a part of Elvis' history that cannot be ignored.  

Order by sending € 125 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no
Or click here to order straight from Elvis Files shop
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE Tribute to Scotty Moore: Last week EPE posted their tribute to the great Scotty Moore
Priscilla Presley - “Lisa and I, along with the entire Presley family, join the staff of Graceland in expressing our deepest condolences upon Scotty Moore’s passing. Elvis loved Scotty dearly and treasured those amazing years together, both in the studio and on the road.  Scotty was an amazing musician and a legend in his own right. The incredible music that Scotty and Elvis made together will live forever and influence generations to come.”
  “The staff of Elvis Presley's Graceland is deeply saddened by the passing of Elvis's friend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Scotty Moore," said Jack Soden, CEO of EPE. "Scotty’s immense talent and tremendous influence on rock ‘n’ roll is legendary. His groundbreaking recordings and performances with Elvis and Bill Black launched Elvis’
career and forever changed music and the world. We send our heartfelt condolences to Scotty’s family, friends and his millions of fans worldwide.”
 Scotty Moore, Elvis' first guitar player, died on Tuesday, June 28.
Click here to Watch a clip of Elvis and Scotty in the '68 Special:
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 4 July 2016
'ELVIS Las Vegas 1975' FTD CD Review: FTD This FTD double-album features two of Elvis' best concerts from his Las Vegas March/April 1975 season.
The March 22 Midnight show is considered one of the best concerts of the season and was first released on the Fort Baxter bootleg 'A Profile Vol. 2' while the April 1st Dinner Show captures an enthusiastic Elvis in great humor.
The last time RCA rolled their tapes across an Elvis concert was twelve months before and now his set-list included EIGHT new songs not performed in Memphis back in ‘74. It was ridiculous that this season was never recorded professionally.
Throughout the season Elvis was in fine voice and the excellent set-list includes 'Big Boss Man', 'It's Midnight', 'Promised Land', 'My Boy', 'Fairytale' as well as the one-off 'You're The Reason I'm Living'.
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Jungle Room Sessions' New Gates of Graceland Video: EPE have posted an very interesting video looking at The Jungle Room Sessions.
Host Tom Brown and Graceland Director of Archives Angie Marchese take you down to the Jungle Room in the latest Gates of Graceland episode.
Learn all about Elvis' Jungle Room Sessions and hear from a recording engineer who worked on the sessions.
You can see Elvis' original 45rpm singles and Mike Moran, RCA engineer from the session, talks about how he had to set up the Jungle Room as a working studio. 
Rather strangely they do not mention the new Legacy CD at all!
It runs 13 minutes.
Click here to view on YouTube

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Richard Thomas, Elvis' 1973 bodyguard: Elvis Presley called him “Dick”, while everyone else calls him Richard.
Richard Thomas has been the traffic reporter on and off for legendary country radio station 650 WSM for 40 years but he was on the Metro Police force before that.
So when Thomas got that off-duty job guarding Elvis in 1973, most folks called him “Lieutenant.”
But not Elvis. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll can call you whatever he wants when you’re driving him around in a Cadillac. And Elvis called him Dick.
At first, Thomas didn’t know he would be the main guy guarding Elvis for what would be The King’s last concert in Nashville, July 1, 1973, at Municipal Auditorium.
A few days before the show, a police major told Thomas to get a car from Bunch-Nichols Cadillac at 15th & Broadway, take it home and await further instructions.
Thomas’ home phone rang a few hours later.
“Do you think you can find a little house in Madison?” the major asked.
Turns out Elvis’ eccentric manager, Col. Tom Parker, kept a house there, and Col. Parker wanted to be picked up. Now.
Parker, looking weathered, came out chewing a cigar. “I need you to take me to Music Row,” Parker said.
They went to a record label and went to someone’s house.
At day’s end, Parker declared: “OK, Elvis will be here tomorrow night and I want you to drive him.”
Thomas’ head reeled. He objected, saying his supervisor hadn’t told him to do that.
“Well who has to tell you?” Parker barked, “They all work for me. All a y’all are working for me! If they don’t like it, I can replace them. You’re going to drive Elvis!”
And that was that.
Thomas picked out a brown suit with flared bell bottoms and shiny white shoes.
He picked up Parker first, who gave Thomas some rules. “We have no cameras, no gossip, we don’t talk about things that go on. If you want something, you ask me, you don’t ask him.”
The two headed to a private airport where a Falcon jet touched down around 10:30 at night.
After greeting Parker, The King saw the Cadillac.
“Uh, two-door car?” Elvis said. “Damn, I hadn’t even noticed,” Parker replied, before turning to Thomas.
“He don’t wanna ride in a two-door car. Take this car back.”
Thomas, nervous, broke the rules. He remembers telling Elvis directly, “Look, I’m sorry, but this is what they gave me. It’s late at night and nobody’s open. And believe me, I don’t own a Cadillac, let alone a four-door one.”
Parker climbed in the back, Elvis in the front, just two feet away from Thomas.
“I’m actually in a daze. And I don’t want to keep looking over. But I do.”
Elvis turned out to be friendly, chatting with Thomas on the way to the Sheraton hotel at Trousdale and Harding, asking about the police lieutenant’s family.
Then Elvis asked if there was somewhere open to get something to eat.
“You ever hear of Shoney’s?” Thomas asked.
They pulled in for carhop service, with Elvis saying he wanted to order through the speaker himself.
When the young female server brought the food to the car, she saw Elvis inside and dropped the tray.
She ran back inside, told everyone Elvis was outside, and employees and customers started pouring out of the restaurant to catch a glimpse of the King.
“We gotta go, we gotta go!” Elvis shouted, smiling.
Five or six cars followed them to the Sheraton, but Thomas got Elvis and Parker inside safely.
As they passed some vending machines, someone jumped out and screamed — and Thomas whipped out his .357 Magnum and pointed it at the guy.
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” Elvis shouted, and started laughing. The attacker was a bandmate playing a road prank on the boss. - “It scared me worse than it scared him,” Thomas said.
Click here to The Tennessean for the original story.
(News, Source;TheTenessean/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 1 July 2016

'ELVIS On Television The Complete Sound Recordings' Review: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with this 2CD/100-page set.
The new MRS box-set was publicised as containing the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale interview.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

In the individual chapters Gordon Minto provides the main details and highlights of each TV performance. Matching the text, each chapter features around 15 pages of significant photographs, a surprising number of the in colour.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS CD/Book package with an in-depth review along with some scans from the book showcasing some excellent Elvis images.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Coco Palms Elvis Bungalow Demolished: Some sad news to report in relation to Elvis' bungalow at the Coco Palms - heard this from our good friend & CCP tour guide Bob Kauai Jasper earlier today......
"For some time now we've all been excited to have Elvis's bungalow moved and restored. Since then contractors have been examining the building, checking the structure for wood rot, termite damage and hazardous materials. The reports were not good but a permit was applied for. Because of the horrible condition of the bungalow, permits were denied. It had to be demolished ..... This photo sadly shows Elvis' old bungalow as it is today. To rebuild would be senseless because it would be a replica, not the real thing.
However everything else from Blue Hawaii will remain....the bar, the dining room, that beautiful lagoon from the wedding scene. Coco Palms will still be full of memories of Elvis".

The final price of construction is $175 million. Coco Palms officials want to breathe new life into the resort. The current plan is to open the hotel during the first quarter of 2018.
EIN's Sanja Meegin visited Coco Palms recently - and added new photos to her special article go here.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

FTD June Releases OUT NOW : The two FTD announced new June 2016 release are OUT NOW and at your Elvis dealer.
- Speedway 'Classic Album' as a 2 disc set. It will include both the Mono and Stereo masters plus a few previously unreleased outtakes of the songs, 'Let Yourself Go', 'Mine' and 'Goin’ Home' as well as eight "Remixed Soundtrack Masters".
21 Suppose (long Version)
22 Let Yourself Go - take 5*
23 Let Yourself Go - take 6*
24 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby (movie version)*
25 Goin’ Home - takes 16* & 23*
26 Mine – takes 1*, 2*, 3* & 4
27 Mine – takes 8* & 9
28 Mine – take 13*
29 Suppose (Nashville master) *Previously unreleased
Click here to "SONY FTD NEWS 2016' for full tracklists

'Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash' Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
- Hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career between the autumn of 1970 and the first weeks of 1971
- Features several hundred photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished
- Contains rare documents, reports from the time, and new and exclusive interviews
- Comes with a bonus CD that offers three unreleased versions of studio-tracks from June 1970, two unreleased MONO singles, a remastered recording of Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on November 11th 1970 - plus two other bonus tracks.

CLICK HERE to some Preview Pages and full CD details-
(News, Source;DE/ElvisInfoNet)

28 June, 2016 - Scotty Moore - Guitar Legend, Has Died: EIN has just been informed that the guitar legend Scotty Moore passed away a few hours ago. He was 84.
Trevor Cajiao (of ETM&HM) has verified this truly sad news.
Scotty Moore was in the delivery room when Rock & Roll was born, kicking and howling in the Tennessee night. Without the driving force and support of Scotty Moore, the start of Elvis Presley's career would have been very different.  
On July 5, 1954, it was guitarist Scotty Moore, bass player Bill Black and a newcomer from Tupelo, Mississippi, by the name of Elvis Aaron Presley that recorded ‘That's All Right’ at the Memphis Recording Service - the world was never to be the same again.’
It is noteworthy that 'That's All Right' (Sun 209) was credited to "Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill." Scotty, Bill Black & D.J Fontana were Elvis' key musicians through to 1958 when Elvis went into the army. Scotty Moore would return for Elvis' all important 1960 recording sessions and would keep on working with Elvis until the 1968 Comeback show.

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones famously said "When I heard Heartbreak Hotel, I knew what I wanted to do in life. It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty Moore.'
Winfield Scott Moore III was born on December 27, 1931. He was a great great man, a guitar legend and a very fine gentleman. RIP Scotty Moore 27/12/1931 - 28/06/2016
Go here to Arjan Deelen's interview with the great Scotty Moore.
(News, Source;ETM&HM/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Tribute To The King - Scotty Moore & Friends' DVD Review: If you want to celebrate the great life and work of Scotty Moore this 2006 DVD is a great place to start - ‘Scotty Moore was in the delivery room when Rock'n'Roll was born, kicking and howling in the Tennessee night'. This DVD features the star-studded live concert, plus plenty of excellent Bonus extras. The greatest joy is the humility of Scotty Moore himself, along with seeing him laugh & smile at all these great performances. The line-up is incredible from Eric Clapton, to Mark Knopfler, to jazz-guitarist Martin Taylor. See the full review for concert photos & details. In the interview Scotty also tells some great stories, including the fact that Sam Phillips recorded plenty of other songs that Elvis tried out but that Sam never kept them on tape – “I’m sure sorry he didn’t!” (DVD Reviews, Source: EIN)

(Book Review) Elvis' Humor Girls, Guns & Guitars (Bo Keeley): All fans know Elvis liked to laugh and was a keen practical joker. In this new book, author and adventurer, Bo Keeley, has brought together nearly 300 anecdotes which show Elvis' love of having fun.

EIN's Nigel Patterson has wiped back his tears from raucous laughter to bring EIN readers a detailed look inside Elvis Humor and reveal why this release is not just funny but why it is also an important one. Read Nigel's review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Lisa Marie Files for Divorce: Lisa Marie Presley has filed for divorce from husband Michael Lockwood, her rep confirms. Lisa Marie has cited  irreconcilable differences in court documents filed on June 13.
This is the end to Lisa Marie's forth marriage. The pair were married in 2006 and have twin 7-year-old daughters, Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love.
Presley, 48, is asking for full custody of the couple’s seven-year-old twin daughters Harper and Finley will not be asking for spousal or child support.
Lockwood served as Presley’s musical collaborator before they were wed in January 2006. Back in 2007 Lisa Marie told media that she finally found her match with Michael Lockwood.
She said, “I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’ve chased all the crazies down. At this age I really appreciate having a husband who is a best friend. But you know, the other guys were fun. For a while.”
With an equal love for music Michel Lockwood was Lisa Marie's musical director and lead guitarist, as well as being the producer for singer Aimee Mann.
Lisa Marie noted, “Micheal picks the musicians. That’s how we met, so we kind of knew each other that way and fell in love – you know, by just working together. I’m just amazed at how much he takes on and how much he deals with and handles.”
Before Lockwood, she was married to Danny Keough (1988-1994), Michael Jackson (1994 -1996) and Nic Cage (2002-2004).
She also has two adult children, actress daughter Riley and son Benjamin, from her first marriage.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'One For The Ladies' New Import CD: Out soon is the 8th volume of Straight Arrow's "From The Booth tapes“ series. It's 2xCD entitled "One For The Ladies" featuring Elvis' Dinner and Midnight show from February 10th 1973. These recordings are taken directly from original audience 'booth recorded' mastertapes. Both these concerts showcase Elvis in fine form. It was a busy month, with many highs and lows. There were a few off-nights due to Elvis having the flu, but he was certainly in good spirits at these two concerts, and he delivered the goods to two packed showrooms. These excellent sound booth recordings capture the excitement of these shows beautifully. The Dinner show is previously unreleased, except for portions of an incomplete soundboard recording with a bass-heavy mix and Elvis' voice in the background. The Midnight show has been previously released on CD ("I'd Like You To Meet Jack Lord" and the slightly improved "Turning Up The Heat In Las Vegas" on Memory Records). However, these older CDs have nothing to do with this Straight Arrow’s excellent "booth tape“ version.
See All the Elvis CD News 2016 for full tracklistings & details
(News, Source;SA/ElvisInfoNet)

'Holding His Own In Tahoe!' New Import CD: Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a previously unreleased concert May 8th 1976 Midnight Show from Elvis’ last season in Lake Tahoe. Opinions on the standard of Elvis' last stint in Lake Tahoe often vary. Granted, he did look quite bloated during these shows, and the jumpsuits often looked unflattering, but Elvis was generally in good voice. He delivered his longest ever shows in Tahoe and the King really did seemed to enjoy the intimacy of the showroom. This is one of best concerts from the engagement. With the exception of a messed-up "The Wonder Of You", Elvis performed consistently well at this concert. His delivery, on the whole, was very strong. There’s a nice intimacy to the recording, and his interplay with audience and musicians alike was a true delight. There were also a number of vocally-impressive renditions, one being Elvis’ latest RCA single, “Hurt", which he performed twice. Also Worth a mention were solid performances of "Polk Salad Annie", "My Way", "Tryin' To Get To You" and "Mystery Train / Tiger Man". Presented in a beautiful 4-panel digipak with memorabilia and rare photos.
See All the Elvis CD News 2016 for tracklistings & more details
(News, Source;SA/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in June . . .

Book Review - Elvis Style: from zoot suits to jumpsuits (Zoey Goto): Fashion and design journalist Zoey Goto's new book, Elvis Style is a celebration of the aesthetic world of Elvis Presley - a release that looks beyond just Elvis' wardrobe to his hairstyles, cars and interior design preferences.

EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an inside look at an important aspect of the Elvis story too often overlooked. What he finds is a fascinating narrative-visual account of the importance of style to Elvis and why he has been a style icon not only during his lifetime but since his death!

From what some might only see as his flashy 1950s Beale Street rags and greasy pompadour, to contemporary street style, Elvis' impact on the world of fashion, style and design is a lasting, colorful and busy one.

Elvis Style from zoot suits to jumpsuits is due for release on 1 July. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

‘Elvis On Television 1956- 1960 The Complete Sound Recordings’ CD/Book OUT NOW: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with MRS's 2CD/100-page set titled ‘Elvis On Television 1956- 1960 The Complete Sound Recordings’.
The recordings contain the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored. Fans who have enjoyed our previous mastered works will be pleased to know that our restoration techniques have now been applied these historical television soundtrack recordings. The quality of these recordings are now far superior than ever released before.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale dialogue with Dewey Phillips.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.
The tracklist includes, The Six Dorsey Brothers – Stage Shows (CBS), the two  The Milton Berle Shows (NBC), Wink Martindale – Top Ten Dance Party (WHBQ TV), 
The Steve Allen Show (NBC), Hy Gardner (NBC),  The Three Ed Sullivan Shows (CBS), plus The Frank Sinatra Show (ABC) - a total of sixty-seven tracks over two CDs. With greatly improved audio - remastered for 2016. Heading to dealers very soon.
See All the Elvis CD News 2016 for full tracklistings and more details
Only £29.99 and includes FREE Delivery in the UK. - EIN in-depth review coming soon
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis knew the end was near": Elvis Presley's private story is coming out all over again, whether he likes it or not, courtesy of his "Step-brother" David Stanley.
Nearly 40 years after Elvis Presley's death, a "new" tell-all about his life and times alleges that the King of Rock and Roll deliberately overdosed on pills.
It's called "My Brother Elvis" and it's bound to leave fans all shook up.
The book's author, David E. Stanley, became Presley's step-brother in 1960 when his mom married The King of Rock and Roll's widowed father, Vernon Presley.
In it, Stanley, who was 20 years younger than Elvis and moved into Graceland when he was 4 years old, delves deeply and darkly into Presley's demise.
Stanley, who also worked for Elvis, writes that he last saw Presley on Aug. 14, 1977 - at which time The King told him that he was going away for a few days, but when they next met up, he would be "on a higher plane." Presley was found dead in his Memphis mansion two days later.
Stanley writes that Presley had "done this on purpose" and recalls wondering why.
According to Stanley, paramedics, family and aides were called to Graceland when Presley died, and they found pills and syringes surrounding The King's lifeless body. He quickly started shoving the damning evidence into his pockets before police arrived.
Stanley describes a very dark period leading up Elvis' final days when the singer was on so many prescription pills that his inner circle would stand watch around the clock to help him get to the bathroom. According to Stanley, Elvis frequently couldn't make the trip, which meant the vigil would turn into a cleanup session.
He also recalls Presley falling asleep at the dinner table leaving him and others to "reach inside his mouth and remove the food."
Stanley says that after Elvis died, Vernon gave him his final paycheck for working with Elvis and said, "Take care of yourself." The two spoke only a couple of times before he, too, died a year and a half later.
"My Brother Elvis" comes out on Aug. 16 to coincide with the 39th anniversary of Presley's death.
EIN Notes that David Stanley has already published his inside story about Elvis in his books 'Conversations with the King' in 2012, 'Life With Elvis' in 1986, 'Raised on Rock: Growing Up at Graceland' in 1997 plus the dreadful 'Elvis We Love You Tender' with Dee Stanley - do we really need more?
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

US Billboard Charts: Unfortunately Elvis has no entries on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 2nd July, 2016.
'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' is a re-entry at 22 on the Country Catalog Album Chart.
'If I Can Dream' drops from 4 to 5 on the Classical Album Chart.



(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

June 21, 2016 - Wayne Jackson, Memphis Horns Legend, Dead at 74: Wayne Jackson, trumpet player and one-half of the legendary horn section the Memphis Horns, who played on Elvis' 1969 key Memphis Sessions  died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure at a Memphis hospital. A good friend of EIN's, he was only 74.
His wife Amy Jackson commented, "He was a beautiful soul who touched the world with his trumpet. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his incredible musical legacy, which he leaves us with. God gave him a gift, and he used it to the fullest … He loved his family, his friends and his fans the world over."
Born in Memphis and raised across the river Wayne Jackson's love of music began with a guitar. But one night his mother came home with a trumpet for her 11 year-old son. "I opened up the case, and it smelled like oil and brass. I loved that, so I put it together, blew, and out came a pretty noise. My first taste of Sweet Medicine." The rest is music history.
By 12th grade Wayne Jackson found himself playing with a group called The Mar-Keys. They had a number one smash called, 'Last Night.' It was 1961.
What followed was a magical ride making music history with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, all the soul greats. In 1969, Wayne and sax man, Andrew Love, became "The Memphis Horns" and found themselves working with a host of stars such as Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, B.J. Thomas and Elvis Presley.
Jackson noted that, "Back then, we had to do those songs from front to back with no mistakes and with good feelings. That’s what made musicians out of us. That’s what trained us. Now musicians all around the world judge their performances against those records with us on them, and that’s why we’re heroes."
Jackson's trumpet features on a wide range of classic LPs and singles from that era, including Otis Redding's Otis Blue and Dictionary of Soul, Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and many more soul standards.
Jackson's distinctive trumpet is recognizable on so many classics such as Otis Redding's 'Dock OF The Bay', Eddie Floyd's 'Knock On Wood' and Dusty Springfield's 'Son Of A Preacher Man'.
In 1969, Jackson and Love split from Stax to form their own Memphis Horns, and the duo would quickly find work adding their trademark brass sound to countless albums and singles, including Al Green's Let's Stay Together, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds."
In the ensuing decades, the Memphis Horns were recruited to record with artists like U2, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young and Billy Joel, and tour with acts ranging from Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker to the Doobie Brothers. Jackson also performed on Jack White and Alicia Keys' Quantum of Solace theme "Another Way to Die."
Wayne Jackson played on 52 Number One songs, 83 gold and platinum-selling albums, 116 Top Ten records and 15 Grammy-winning records. Jackson and Love were given Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to music in 2012; a few months later, Love died of complications with Alzheimer's disease.
"How fortuitous of God to have put the two of us together," Jackson said at the time of Love's death. "The first time I heard
Andrew play I knew we would be perfect together. He had a big tone, and I had a big tone. And I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way. We loved to laugh together. We laughed and travelled all over the world making records and touring with artists of all genres. We got to do what we loved everyday and share our unique gifts."
Wayne Jackson was a good friend of EIN's always up for a chat and discussion.  I feel privileged to have known both Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. - (photo above with EIN's Piers Beagley)
Jackson said of Elvis, "The first time I actually heard Elvis sing ‘In the Ghetto’ however I was quietly sitting with my horn and looking at the music. I hadn't heard any of it yet and I suddenly realised that this was really special stuff. I just got a chill up my spine hearing that. I knew that it was going to be a landmark record for Elvis because it was about such a current topic. I thought "My God, here we all are genuinely in the ghetto!" There really was a guy with an automatic rifle on the roof in case of something bad happened - especially after Martin Luther King died.
You see American Studios was in the worst part of town. Stax was a little nearer Graceland, but American & Hi studios, all of them were in the worst parts of town. ‘Suspicious Minds’ was also an emotional subject for Elvis at that time as well and it was a thrill to be involved in those songs, knowing that they would be so important to his future career as they were."

Wayne Jackson - November 24, 1941 – June 21, 2016 - RIP.
Go here to EIN's exclusive interview with Wayne Jackson.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New books from Elvis Files: Erik Lorentzen has announced more details about the first of his series of books called the “Gold Standard Series”.

These books will focus on highlights in Elvis’ wonderful career in the same way that 'A Touch Of Gold Lame' did.

We are proud to announce our two books to be released later this year - both celebrating their sixtieth anniversary.

Elvis In Person - The Florida Tour Of August 1956’
Worldwide release will be on August 3, 2016  – the 60th anniversary
- Pre-Order information coming soon

‘At The Mississippi Alabama Fair And Dairy Show’ September 26, 1956 Tupelo
To be released September 26, 2016 - the 60th anniversary


(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Presley 'Blue Hawaii' movie locations: Many of the places where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii on the island of Oahu are still visible for Elvis fans. Elvis stayed at the Ocean Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village during filming in Oahu from March to April 1961 and that same hotel was used to film many of the famous scenes in the movie.
For example, the cafe by the beach where Elvis was sitting with actresses Joan Blackman and Nancy Walters in one scene is still there. The location where they filmed the scene, then called Makahiki Gardens, is now where The Hau Tree Bar is located. The venue is a casual laid-back bar and restaurant that sits right next to the beach with the picturesque Diamond Head volcano in the background.
The open-air entrance to the hotel was also used in Presley's film. Elvis drives up in the Dodge Dart convertible to pick up his tour group at the hotel entrance which still looks the same to this day.
The resort, which has added many new towers over the years, pays tribute to The King with detailed information on Presley's link with Hilton Hawaiian Village. The hotel displays large photo boards filled with pictures of Elvis and his many visits to the hotel.
Another memorable scene that fans can recreate is the picnic that Elvis had with Maile, played by Joan Blackman. They drove up to a romantic scenic lookout point in Honolulu, which is now an official lookout point in Puu Ualakaa State Park. The park sits on Mount Tantalus and offers gorgeous views that stretch from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor. When Elvis and Joan Blackman filmed this scene there was no designated park there.
Go here to Trina Yannicos full article and more photos at The Examiner.
Also go HERE to EIN's own article about Elvis' special Oahu locations by Sanja Meegin
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TG Sheppard talks Elvis: Country music stars T.G. Sheppard  and Crystal Gayle are set to perform a special Independence Day weekend concert July 1 at the Welk Resort Theatre in Branson. T.G. Sheppard  talked of his friendship with Elvis.
T.G. Sheppard: The greatest Elvis story, for me, is the day he called me up and said ‘Hey buddy, what ya doing?’ Any time he ever called me, that’s what the words were, ‘what ya doing?” I told him it was one o’clock in the morning and I was getting ready to go to bed. He said ‘I need you to get out here to the house.’
So I got up and got in my car at 1 o’clock in the morning and drive out to Graceland. As I pull up to the front door, he’s coming outside and tells me to get in the car. I get in the limo and asked where we’re going, and he says ‘we’re going to Dallas.’
I said ‘man, it’s one o’clock in the morning, why are we going to Dallas?’ He tells me he wanted me to see a new airliner he was having built called the Lisa Marie.
Elvis said ‘I just bought another jet today, a JetStar, and I want to take a trip in it, so let’s go out to Dallas and take a look at this big jet I’m building.’ Both of those are on display today at Graceland, but anyway, we flew to Love Field in Dallas and on the flight out there we’re sitting almost knee-to-knee about two feet from each other. Our noses were almost touching. (laughs)
He looks at me and says ‘Uh, I bought you a bus today.’ I said ‘what?’ He said ‘I bought you a tour bus.’
I said ‘Elvis, uh, I don’t even have a band yet.’

He looked at me and said ‘Well I’m gonna buy you the bus, but I ain’t paying for no damn band.’ (laughs)
So the next day when we got back to Memphis, he had sent J.D. Sumner and Larry Strickland to North Carolina and gave J.D. Sumner a blank check that was just signed, and told him to find me a bus, which they did.
What that did was give me the confidence to go on and get very serious about my career. I thought to myself ‘If Elvis Presley believes in me enough to buy me a tour bus, maybe I have a shot in this business.’
It made me work harder and have the confidence any performer starting out needs to have success. I owe that confidence of mine to Elvis.
Click here to Branson Tri-Lakes News for the full interview.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Little Thing Called Life' - New Linda Thompson book: Linda Thompson finally breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, modern American superstars, Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner.
For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business.  The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King.  Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.
- Now for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between.  From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their  Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland’s greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis’s twin demons - drug abuse and infidelity- forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death. 'We're all human and fallible' explains Linda
- It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis’s death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal-winner Bruce Jenner.  Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the apparently perfect life that they built with their two young sons - Brandon and Brody - before Bruce changed everything with a secret he’d been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly thirty years, a secret that Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world.  Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce’s identity and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together,
- And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster, a relationship that lasted for 19 tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before.  Filled with compelling and poignant stories and 16 pages of photographs, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.
Out on August 23rd.
Pre-order now and SAVE $10 from AMAZON here >> - A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis's Graceland to Bruce Jenner's Caitlyn & Songs in Between - Full price US$28
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'Way Down in the Jungle Room' at Phillips Recording Service: The Memphis Commercial Appeal notes that back in May they reported some interesting Elvis Presley happenings afoot at the Phillips Recording Service. Although details were vague, officials from Sony/Legacy and longtime Elvis band members were on hand at Phillips to work on tracks for an upcoming project. The work was reportedly for a 40th anniversary package marking the King's 1976 home recording sessions at Graceland's Jungle Room.
Last week, Sony/Legacy finally did confirm that a two-disc collection titled "Way Down in the Jungle Room" will come out Aug. 5, just in time for annual Elvis Week festivities. The double disc set rounds up the results of sessions Presley cut in the Jungle Room in winter and fall 1976, with a core of longtime TCB band members including guitarist James Burton and drummer Ronnie Tutt.
While the first disc will include all the masters, it's the previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions that are of particular interest. Those tracks were mixed by Memphian and Grammy-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang, the longtime Sun Studio ace, currently working out of Phillips Recording Service.
"I was recommended to Sony's Rob Santos," says Ross-Spang of his involvement with the project. "He comes to Memphis quite a bit and knows the Phillips family. I mentioned that my favorite place to work was Phillips, and he's always wanted to do something there, so it came together pretty perfectly."
"We mixed 18 tracks from the Jungle Room sessions, and the really cool thing is James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt - all those guys who played with Elvis came to town and hung out while I mixed," says Ross-Spang. "It's pretty interesting mixing with James Burton standing over your shoulder."
The above photo shows Engineer Matt Ross-Spang (far right) with Jerry Phillips (left) and James Burton during mixing sessions at the 'Phillips Recording Service'.
Ross-Spang's work offers a sparer-sounding version of the Jungle Room material. "Those songs were originally done on 16-track at the house, but afterwards Felton Jarvis took the tracks back to Nashville and added strings and horns and overdubs. Which was cool, but it's really great just to have the original kind of swamp-y tracks, real bare bones. I think that's where some of the material really shines."
The sessions find Presley in rare form, feeling comfortable in his home environs and chatty with his band. "It was neat to hear that side of him and to hear all those guys in a room together playing," says Ross-Spang. "It was pretty wild to solo tracks and hear Elvis laugh and joke around with the boys. Or listening and getting chills hearing him do 'Danny Boy' or something. I've worked with a lot of people who thought they were Elvis, so it was really cool to work with the real thing."
Ross-Spang says he tried kept the project pure from a technical standpoint. "Obviously, with all my time at Sun, I'm a massive Elvis fan. I think oftentimes these kinds of projects go to people who maybe aren't the biggest fans, and maybe they want to make it too modern. I'm such a fan of the old stuff that I wanted to keep it in that tradition. We mixed all analog; I used original tape slaps and the Phillips echo chambers and plate reverbs. We kept it mixed how it would've been done back then."
The sessions were particularly special for Knox and Halley, Jerry and Jud and other members of the Phillips family, who have been working diligently over the past couple of years to renovate and relaunch the family studio. "There's three echo chambers at Phillips, and two of them we just rewired right before the session," Ross-Spang says. "So the first thing to run through them was Elvis Presley. Elvis never recorded at Phillips, so it was a pretty magical thing to have him christening the chambers."
"Way Down in the Jungle Room" is available for pre-order on CD at Amazon > Only $13.98 for a double album ! >>> >>
For the complete story by Bob Mehr of The Commercial Appeal go HERE.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Way Down In the Jungle Room' Official announcement: SONY announces the new 2-CD Release 'Way Down In the Jungle Room' To Be Released August 5
The "Definitive Compilation of Presley’s Last Sessions — Recorded in Graceland’s Legendary Jungle Room — Includes Studio Masters, Rare Alternate Takes and 16-page Booklet"
The most complete and comprehensive collection of Presley's final studio recordings ever assembled in one anthology, "Way Down In The Jungle Room" is an essential and welcome addition for every fan's library. In the mid-1970s, Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, became another kind of pioneer as one of the world's first major recording artists to create fully-realized professional level records in the intimacy of his own home studio.
With original recordings executive-produced by Elvis Presley with producer Felton Jarvis (who'd helmed most of Elvis' records from 1966-1977), "Way Down In The Jungle Room" brings together, for the first time in one collection, master recordings and rare outtakes laid down during two mythic sessions (February 2-8, 1976
and October 28-30, 1976) in Graceland's den -- known as the Jungle Room -- which was converted into a professional caliber recording studio for the purpose of capturing these indelible performances. The outtakes have been newly mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Tennessee.
For these sessions, Elvis was backed by many members of his longtime touring band including: James Burton (guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums), David Briggs (keyboards), Glenn D. Hardin (keyboards), Jerry Scheff (bass), Norbert Putnam (bass) and J.D. Sumner & the Stamps (vocals).
In 1976, when the tracks for "Way Down In The Jungle Room" were cut, Elvis Presley had been an RCA Records recording artist for 20 years, inventing the sound and attitude that defined the very essence of rock 'n' roll. With the help of RCA's mobile recording truck and longtime producer Felton Jarvis and engineer Mike Moran at the board, Elvis tackled a far-ranging mix of country and pop covers ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Danny Boy," "Solitaire") and late-period classics of his catalog, such as "Moody Blue" and "Way Down."
Ten of the Jungle Room master takes first emerged on From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee in the spring of 1976, including the Top 10 hit "Hurt." More tracks from these sessions were later paired with live material and released in July 1977 (a month before Elvis' death on August 16) on the "Moody Blue" album. The title track would top the country charts that month; "Way Down" would follow. These were the last studio albums released during Elvis' lifetime.
According to the album's producers, "Way Down In The Jungle Room" has been resequenced to "bring a fresh perspective to the material." The material on Disc 2 - The Outtakes was mixed for this collection at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis and includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a "fly-on-the-wall experience of what the sessions were like." With the exception of track 13 ("She Thinks I Still Care"), the performances on Disc 2 have been sequenced in the order they were recorded.
Way Down In The Jungle Room with also be available on 150g 12" vinyl in a 2LP gatefold sleeve and as a digital collection.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Way Down’ publicity in Rolling Stone: The publicity ramps up for ‘Way Down in the Jungle Room’ with Rolling Stone on-line noting "Hear Elvis' Rare 'She Thinks I Still Care' From Last Sessions".
They note in part … About a year and a half before his death, Elvis Presley grew bored of the typical studio experience and turned the Hawaiian-themed den of his Graceland mansion, known as the "Jungle Room," into a recording space. It's there where he sang what ultimately became his final studio recordings. An upcoming compilation, Way Down in the Jungle Room, due out August 5th, will collect the sessions - including rare alternate takes of songs - for the first time.
(EIN notes that of course this take has been out on FTD releases)
One such rarity is an outtake of one of the first tunes the singer recorded in the Jungle Room, "She Thinks I Still Care." George Jones had made the Dickie Lee-penned cut a country chart topper in 1962, and Connie Francis and Anne Murray both recorded subsequent versions. Presley recorded a number of takes of the song during late-night sessions on February 2nd and 3rd, 1976. One came out as the B Side to the Number One country single "Moody Blue," and two alternate versions – take two and take 10 – will appear on Way Down in the Jungle Room.
CLICK here to Rolling Stone to view the complete article and hear the track.
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

Chips Moman - Passed Away aged 79: Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and guitarist Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman, who wrote and produced hits for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield and many others, died in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia, on Monday, one day after his 79th birthday.
Long regarded as the key force in the rebirth of Elvis' career, Moman also produced Willie Nelson's CMA Award-winning smash version of Elvis' "Always on My Mind." Along with Larry Butler, Moman earned a 1976 Grammy for writing the B.J. Thomas pop-country hit, "(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song)."
As a teenager, Moman hitchhiked to Memphis and was heard playing guitar by Sun Records' artist Warren Smith. Soon, he was playing rockabilly guitar in the touring bands of Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent. The budding musician then relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a session guitarist and became interested in record producing. After his return to Memphis to work as an engineer for Satellite Records, the struggling label would soon rewrite music history as Stax Records. Moman produced the label's first hit, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)," for Carla Thomas.
Moman left Stax in 1962 and opened his own recording facility in Memphis. American Sound Studio became a music powerhouse, where
the boss produced hits for Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Joe Tex, the Box Tops, and many others. The sessions were played by the house band, the Memphis Boys. Moman also continued to write songs, including the soul classic, "The Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." (Right: Chips Moman at the American Sound Studios for the special commemoration ceremony, 2014)
Early in 1969, Moman produced the Mac Davis-penned "In the Ghetto," for Elvis Presley as well as 'Suspicious Minds', 'Kentucky Rain' and 'Don't Cry Daddy'.  The socially conscious lyrics and Presley's momentum from his recent "comeback" concert gave the King his first Top 10 hit in four years. From 1967 to 1971, American Sound Studio placed more than 120 hits on the charts, notching nearly more than one-quarter of the Billboard Hot 100 chart hits in a single week.
In the mid-Seventies, Moman left Memphis for Atlanta, then Nashville, where his "Luckenbach, Texas" (co-written with keyboard legend Bobby Emmons) would become country music's second platinum-selling single. He would go to on to produce and perform on records by Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson, among others, before moving back to Memphis and then West Point, near La Grange.
Moman was described as, "A quadruple-threat. He was a great musician, a great songwriter. He knew players and he knew how to pick a great
song even if he didn't write it. When he put the players together he knew what he wanted to hear because he could do all of it."
Moman was elected into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1990 and Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2014. He is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Monique and son Casey.
Read more about Elvis' key 1969 Memphis sessions here.
EIN will publish an indepth look at Chips Moman's work soon.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Two: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In Part Two of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Being caught & jailed for his bootlegging business
- Where he obtained some of the bootleg tapes
- Meeting Janis Martin the famous “female Elvis”
- Meeting Felton Jarvis
- His official solo projects with BMG
- Working with Ernst Jorgensen
- Seeing Elvis live in concert
- Paul Dowling & Life nowadays
Go here - & Don’t Miss Part Two of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

June 3, 2016 - Muhammad Ali "the Elvis Of Boxing" Dies Aged 74: Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday in a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74. Ali, who lived in Phoenix, had suffered with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years.
Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.
But he was more than the sum of his athletic gifts. An agile mind, a buoyant personality, a brash self-confidence and an evolving set of personal convictions fostered a magnetism that the ring alone could not contain. He entertained as much with his mouth as with his fists, narrating his life with a patter of inventive doggerel.
When Elvis died in 1977, the globe stopped spinning for a while or so it seemed, as everyone took a collective breath to contemplate the magnitude of his premature passing. It was much the same yesterday as everyone awoke to the desperately sad news that Muhammad Ali,
a friend of Elvis' had died. While Ali's death was considerably less shocking, his departure still leaves us in a darker place.
The sport he loved and performed to such an extraordinary, spellbinding level has lost its most prominent figure, the one who with a smile, a poetic quip and a dancing shuffle helped bridge the gap between boxing fans and the rest.
Ali said of his friend "Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn't want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know."
At the turn of the millennium, Ali was voted man of the century, sportsman of the century, and personality of the century. He later appeared at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London to a rapturous reception.
As he said, 'Live every day like it's your last because someday you're going to be right.'
Muhammad Ali, RIP - 17 January 1942 - 3 June 2016
Go here to our EIN Special 'Elvis was NOT a Racist'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' at The Printers: The very final volume of the 'Elvis Files' series 'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' is at the printers. The book covers the final years of Elvis' life, the continuous energy-draining treadmill of tours, the final recording sessions and the last CBS TV Special.

Click HERE for exclusive pages in good quality as a special Sneak-Peak from the book.

While Elvis was not a well man in the last twenty months of his life, collectors will surely find this detailed look into these last years not only an emotional ride but also a part of Elvis' history that cannot be ignored.  

Pre order by sending € 125 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no
Or click here to order straight from Elvis Files shop
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - Paul Dowling in-depth EIN Interview: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In this fascinating and informative interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- How he became part of the Elvis World
- How he became one of the world's most famous Elvis bootleggers
- The shock of Elvis' death
- Unreleased Elvis material
- includes the possibility of 'Don't Be Cruel' outtakes! 
- Unreleased material noted on RCA paperwork
- Famous Elvis Bootleg customers such as Elton John and RCA's 'Elvis producer' Joan Deary

Go here - & Don’t Miss - this exclusive interview with EIN's Piers Beagley - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis At Christmas' the next Elvis & the RPO release?: Elvis Matters fan club suggests that the next 'Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' release will be titled  'Elvis At Christmas'.
Originally EIN reported on December 27 last year that album producer Don Reedman noted that plans were underway for a new Elvis Gospel album featuring the RPO. Perhaps plans have changed, or more likely Gospel material will also be included in the new RPO album. The "Christmas Duets" album was of course not as big a success as had been hoped for.
In Elvis Matters next June magazine they have an exclusive interview with the managing director of the orchestra. During the conversation Ian Maclay told them the news that during the next few months a Christmas album will be recorded with the working title 'Elvis At Christmas'.
The release of the album is planned in November and some tracks will also be part of the set list of the UK RPO concerts tour.
You can read the entire interview with Ian Maclay in the Elvis Matters magazine by joining their fan club - Go here if you want to subscribe
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/ElvisMatters)

Graceland spend another $21M on Expansion Plans: EPE applied this week for more construction permits for work totaling $21.3 million across the street from Graceland.
The company will replace the complex of decades-old tourist buildings that house souvenir shops, dining and an exhibit of Elvis' cars.
Dirt work started a few months ago behind the existing buildings along Elvis Presley Boulevard at Craft Road.
The documents describe the planned construction as "core and shell construction'', the project total cost will around $35 million.
EPE calls it the "Westside Project'' because the buildings are on the west side of the street across from Graceland.
The old buildings will be removed and replaced with 200,000 square feet that will house a new museum of Elvis’ cars, two restaurants, a multipurpose building, six retail spaces, a museum themed “Elvis the Entertainer,’’ and other exhibits.
Graceland officials have said they plan to move Elvis’ gold records, guitars, jumpsuits and other memorabilia from the mansion into the new space.
The tourist facilities will be greatly expanded on a 46-acre site that includes land acquired from where Craft Manor and other apartment complexes once stood. - The two Elvis airplanes will stay in place.
The Westside Project will eventually mean the demolition of Heartbreak Hotel, but only after completion this fall of the new 450-room resort hotel called The Guest House at Graceland. The Guest House is on the east side of Elvis Presley Boulevard, north of Graceland.
(News, Source;EIN/CommercialAppeal)

'Elvis On Television' MRS or BOXCAR?: Several EIN readers have been confused by the two new releases announced for 'Elvis On Television'. Understandably since the cover images are very similar!
Both products celebrate Elvis on TV from his first national introduction on the Dorsey Brothers ‘Stage Show’ in January 1956, through his appearances on other TV shows hosted by Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan, to Elvis’ post-army appearance on The Frank Sinatra-Timex Show in May 1960.

The BOXCAR BOOK delves behind the scenes of each show documenting his arrival, the rehearsals and the shows themselves, all the way through to the Frank Sinatra-Timex Show in May 1960, Elvis' last television appearance for eight years.
Written by Gordon Minto, it is supported by scores of historical documents, memorabilia and hundreds of rare photographs - many of which have never before been published. This book will captivate the reader throughout, and is the most detailed document on the history of Elvis on Television from 1956-60.
The BOXCAR book is Hardcover and 400 pages
A "Coffee-table" sized book, dimensions: 26 x 3.5 x 32 cm

This large deluxe slip-case book is a similar format to the other impressive Boxcar publications. It will contain hundreds of stunning photos of Elvis' TV performances as huge coffee-table size images.
'Aloha From Hawaii' Boxcar book (see EIN review here)
and 'Graceland Through the Years' (see EIN review here)

In comparison, the 'Elvis On Television' MRS CD/Book combo is formatted as CD "box-set" size in a similar format to their recent MRS 'ELVIS LIVE in the 50's The Complete Concert Recordings'.'
Basically, if fans want to buy the Remastered MUSIC of 'Elvis On Television' then you need the MRS release - but fans who collect Elvis photos and books and want a stunning coffee-table sized book need to order the BOXCAR publication.
More info and some preview pages coming soon to EIN.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Now available:

'Elvis & Nixon' "definitely worth watching": The media reviews are very mixed - as are the opinions of Elvis fans - but 'Elvis & Nixon' has received another positive review from the Victoria Advocate.
It includes ..  "Two historical icons meet in the new comedy from director Liza Johnson that's based on an actual meeting between Elvis and President Nixon that secretly took place in the Oval Office on Dec. 21, 1970. This was before Nixon had the White House bugged so the script is a loose interpretation of how that encounter went down. Did I mention it's pretty funny?
There are many reasons why this absurd film is so charming, but first and foremost, it's the wonderful casting of Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Nixon, both consummate actors on top of their A-game who wouldn't be my first choice to play either role. The fact that apart from the clothing neither one really resembles Elvis nor Nixon (although Spacey at just the right angle bears a resemblance) gives the film wacky appeal but also the two actors play the roles without attempting to use a cliched accent and
believe it or not it works.
The film soars during the few minutes that Elvis and Nixon are together in the Oval Office where all presidential protocols go right out the window. Elvis shows off his karate moves and Nixon shows off his moon rock, obviously the two became BFFs.
"Elvis and Nixon" will definitely put a smile on your face and the film is worth watching just to see Shannon and Spacey take on these two iconic figures.
Three 1/2 stars out of five - click here to the full review if you want it.
It premieres in Australia at the Sydney Film Festival in June.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN's Rare Elvis Facebook page Now with 19,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs - from EIN's V-P Sanja Meegin.

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

Click here to access our Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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Interview with Caroline Cahoon-Hauser, author of How 'Bout A Date?: Encounters with a Young Elvis: “How ‘Bout a Date?” is a true story of Caroline Cahoon-Hauser encounters with the twenty-year-old Elvis Presley, whom she met at a local concert at the Sheffield, Community Centre in Alabama only months before his rise to national fame.

Linda Ann McConnell (author of The Dreamer) talked with Caroline about her book and meeting Elvis - their very interesting conversation can be read here

(Interview: Source: Linda Ann McConnell)

Elvis Week 2016 Schedule Announced: EPE have announced their preliminary schedule for Elvis Week 2016.
Elvis Week is August 10-16, 2016.
Join great performers and guests as they share their favorite Elvis stories and music. Guests for 2016 include drummer DJ Fontana, TCB Band member Glen Hardin, Elvis co-stars Francine York and Celeste Yarnall, former members of The Stamps Quartet, Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Charles Stone, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs, Jamie Kelley - and many, many more!
Their schedule of events includes the Candlelight Vigil, The Ultimate ETA Contest, Official Graceland Insiders Contest, Conversations on Elvis: Elvis' Co-Stars, The Auction at Graceland and much more!
Tickets On Sale Next Week - Click here to EPE for the schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

NOW UPDATED - 'The Elusive Norman Taurog' EIN Spotlight: Who was Norman Taurog? - It is a legitimate question because he remains one of the most elusive characters in Elvis Presley’s remarkable career. Even in Starmaker, the memoirs of Hal B. Wallis, for whom Taurog produced six Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies and three Presley flicks, he seems a bit player.
Taurog is not the kind of director to be revered at film school - and film author David Quinlan describes his Presley films as "the only dull spots" in the filmmaker’s career.

So what was Taurog's background and how did he get to direct more films so many Elvis movies?

Go here as respected author Paul Simpson investigates the legacy of Norman Taurog - NOW UPDATED with some fascinating background information thanks to EIN reader Frank Locke.

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInfoNet)

'The West Coast Tour '76' FTD CD Review: FTD have released their second 1976 double-set in a row, this time featuring two shows from Elvis' November tour, San Francisco, November 29, 1976 and Anaheim's Closing Show from the following day. 1976 is not an easy Elvis live-in-concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements.
By late November 1976 however Elvis had become involved with new love Ginger Alden. As fans are well aware Elvis’ final 1976 tour of December is well known for having the most energetic and exciting concerts from this tiring and lacklustre year, however back in November Elvis was already more energised, losing weight and excited to be with Ginger.
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out this new FTD double-pack ....
Superfan Tom McAllister - who was at the concert and took the front cover photo - also adds his own comments..
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
(CD Reviews; Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra UK Tour 2016: Following on from the release of last year’s incredible million-selling album, "If I Can Dream," comes the announcement of the world exclusive live concert experience featuring the most recognizable voice of all time, Elvis Presley, backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, for a six date UK arena run this November.
The critically acclaimed album, "If I Can Dream," uses archive recordings of The King’s voice featuring new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits, to create an overwhelmingly encapsulating and enthralling album. The album is Elvis’ twelfth UK number one album and his fiftieth to hit the UK top-ten.
Now fans will have a chance that many have never had before – to experience the man who changed the course of popular music – the biggest selling solo artist in history (having sold an astonishing one billion records world wide), live on screen, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known “rocking” songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads.
"If I Can Dream" was produced by Executive Producer, Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Priscilla Presley will be also be making a very special appearance at the arena shows. "What an honor for me to present the live debut of what has become a very prestigious and beloved album backed by a full symphony orchestra," she said.
These one-off UK performances will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren’t enough and who continues to break records.
Tour Dates
November 17th – Glasgow SSE Hydro
November 18th – Leeds First Direct Arena
November 20th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 22nd – Birmingham Genting Arena
November 23rd – London O2 Arena
November 24th – Manchester Arena
Ticket pre-sale has commenced - CLICK HERE to ticketline.co.uk for concert tickets and info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

ASK Marty: Today Marty Lacker answers your questions about....

- Why did Elvis perform so many cover songs
- Elvis only played NYC once in 70’s. What were his thoughts/feelings about the Big Apple?
- What do you think of the handling of Elvis' legacy and is Lisa Marie responsible for letting this get out of control?
- Did Elvis ever watch any of bruce lee's movies? what did he think of Bruce?
- Is there any truth in what James Brown "revealed" in his book?
- Did John Lennon go to Elvis' house and play guitar with Elvis a lot
- Was Elvis allergic to Codeine,

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' for his answers plus how to send in your questions. 

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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