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Elvis on UK TV: A new BBC2 series 'The Worlds Most Photographed' begins on Wednesday 6 July with Elvis being the first subject. (News, Source: Joshua, FECC messageboard)
DVD re-issues in Germany: DVD-inside mentions the re-release of several Elvis titles from Warner for September 30, 2005. The titles are "Jailhouse Rock", "Elvis Premium Collection", "Definite Elvis Gold" and "Definite Elvis Silver". (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
Bono sees mirth in ‘Elvis girth’ in courtroom showdown: BONO may have had a quarter of a million people eating out of his hand in Croker over the weekend but it was his own dietary habits that engrossed a courtroom yesterday. At issue was the reason why the rock star had several pairs of the same black, high-waisted, three-quarter length trousers made up in different sizes.
"Dr. Elvis" Concert: If you are a music lover - and particularly an Elvis Presley fan - here’s a concert you should not miss. No, you don’t have to travel to Las Vegas just to watch the rock ‘n roll king - or any of his thousands of impersonators - do his thing onstage. A Tribute to Elvis Presley Part II is a presentation that doesn’t require you to travel elsewhere. The show is on Saturday, July 2, starting at exactly 8 p.m. Then you’ll ask, who’s going to perform? Okay, let me tell you that a true-blue Oponganon (Opong is actually the original name of Barangay Opon, Mactan island) in the person of Bernard Pino is going to do the two-hour show on Saturday evening. This retired physician was born and raised in Opon. After finishing his medical studies here, he flew to Michigan, USA where he practiced his profession for close to 33 years. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Sun Star Cebu)
"Elvis Radio Day" declared in Memphis: World’s first all-Elvis radio channel is celebrating its 1st anniversary on-air and at Graceland....public festivities at noon on Saturday, July 2 include official “Elvis Radio Day” proclamation, birthday cake and giveaways. (News, Source: EPE)
Charlie Hodge, James Burton and DJ Fontana on Elvis Radio: Charlie Hodge, James Burton & DJ Fontana will each be featured on Elvis Radio in the next few days. Click for full information. (News, Source: EPE)
Remembering Elvis: Fans of the late king of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, in Malaysia will be gathering for a tribute in conjunction with the passing of the legendary performer on Saturday, Aug 20, 2005 at the Dragon Head, Kelana Square, Kelana Jaya, at 9 pm. A musical tribute of Elvis songs will be performed by Malaysian Elvis impersonators, including Aziz Presley Daud. Guests will be treated to one complimentary drink and dinner for a nominal fee of RM36 per person. Rare footages of Elvis's video clips and movies will be screened, while guests may sing along till 9 pm before the main show starts. Dancing is allowed. Elvis Presley is a household name for the millions of fans throughout the world till today and will be best remembered for the evolution of Rock and Roll music. Although the King has ‘has left the building’ since Aug 16, 1977, his music and impact remains unforgotten. Elvis's fans can expect to listen to songs such as Just Pretend, Words, CC Rider, How The Web Was Woven and at least 20 other hits at the tribute. Of course, trademark songs like Teddy Bear, Don’t Be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel and more will not be left out. Those who are interested may call 019-2668446 or 016-3591971 for details or write to Aziz Presley Daud. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Sanja Meegin)
CKX, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering and Exercise of Over-Allotment Option: CKXE today announced that, in addition to closing its public offering of 20,000,000 shares of common stock, it also closed the sale of an additional 3,000,000 shares following the exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters in connection with the offering. (See previous press release). All of the shares were newly issued by the company and were sold at the previously announced public offering price of $11.00 per share. As a result of the exercise of the over-allotment option, the company received additional net proceeds, after underwriting discounts and commissions, of approximately $31 million, which resulted in total net proceeds from the offering of approximately $235 million. Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. was the sole book-running manager and Lehman Brothers Inc. acted as joint lead manager in connection with the offering. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. The offering of these securities was made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus may be obtained by contacting Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., c/o Prospectus Department, 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179 or Lehman Brothers Inc. c/o ADP Financial Services Integrated Distribution Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717 tel. (631- 274-8321). (News/Sale of EPE, Source: EPE)
'Jailhouse Rock' is Elvis' best, bar none: Elvis Presley was a bigger star in life than he could ever be in Hollywood. He was so good at being Elvis -- on stage and off -- that no fictional role could measure up. The King persona was better suited for home movies than big motion pictures, and that's why his lesser concerts hold up better than the better films. In the later films, it seemed that even Elvis knew he was betraying his music. So he quit Hollywood after starring in 31 movies, and when you look back at some of them, it was the right choice. Jailhouse Rock is one of the exceptions. The King's third film was the best showcase of his musical talents and, just as importantly, the best camouflage of his acting weaknesses. As Vince Everett, the moody young man who finds music while in jail, Elvis mirrors the handsome portrait that hangs on history's walls. The raw charisma, perfect hair and slender physique are all there. It's the Elvis everyone wants to remember.
Watching the film today, the campy contrivances to get Elvis out of his shirt or onto a stage are obvious. But while the story might be forgettable, Jailhouse Rock is an important part of the interesting and unforgettable story that was Elvis Presley's life.
'Jailhouse Rock' is screening in Kentucky:
What: Part of the Summer Movie Classics series. The show also will include a classic cartoon and 1943 Batman serial. Cost: $3.
When: 1:30 and 7:15 p.m. Today............Where: The Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St.
Information: Visit www.kentuckytheater.com or call (859) 231-6997. (News/Celluloid Elvis, Source: Lexington-Herald)
New line of Elvis clothing: The second clothing line of Elvis Presley Enterprises will be unveiled in August with an upscale line and a U.S. department store line. The first Elvis clothing line flopped when it premiered in February, but after making changes suggested by retailers such as different pant-leg styles, the clothing line will reemerge, Forbes.com reported. The founder of Sasson Jeans, Paul Guez, the designer behind the old and new Elvis line, has invested millions in Elvis Presley Clothing. However, while the Elvis name continues to make money more than 25 years after the singer died, there is still a question which Elvis the clothing line will follow. While fashion follows the playboy Elvis in the movie Viva Las Vegas, much of the Elvis fan base is the age and size of the jumpsuited Elvis who performed in Las Vegas. Carol Butler, director of worldwide licensing for EPE, admitted the new fashion line with its subdued fashions and fitted clothing doesn't sit well with the traditional fan base. The older audience doesn't like that, she said. They want something boxy. (News, Source: Forbes.com/UPI)
Elvis on cover of Oprah magazine: The June issue of Oprah magazine has a feature article about men and The King is the cover photo. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Lifeblood donation unit at Graceland next month & Elvis Week: Several times a year, Graceland is among the locations Lifeblood of Memphis sets up its mobile blood donation unit in the visitor center complex across the street from Graceland Mansion. Lifeblood's next Graceland visits are:Saturday, July 2/Saturday, July 9/Saturday, July 16/Saturday, July 23/Saturday, July 30. Hours each day are 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Lifeblood will return to Graceland during Elvis Week in August. (News, Source: EPE)
Fame in the frame: A new exhibition featuring portraits of stars - some in very unlikely poses - illustrates a trust between celebrities and photographers that has long since been destroyed by the rise of the paparazzi.
Veteran, Memphis-based musician Jim Dickinson likes to tell the story of the time Johnny Cash showed him a short film of the young Elvis Presley relaxing in Las Vegas: 'Elvis is wearing a gold suit and he has a Vegas showgirl under each arm, a bottle of champagne in each hand, and a big cigar sticking out of his mouth, drunk as a coot. Johnny said that Elvis offered him a small fortune for it, he was so scared his mom would hear about it.' According to Dickinson, Elvis the original rock'n'roll bad boy was also Elvis the fearful mummy's boy. 'In the Sixties, it was a known fact in Memphis that if you had a photograph of Elvis smoking a cigar, which he liked to do, he'd give you $150 for it. Bam! Just to keep his mother from seeing it.'
Forty years later, I am looking at a series of images of Elvis at play backstage at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Munich that would surely cause his mom, Gladys, to turn in her grave. There are no cigars or champagne in evidence, but Elvis looks bad to the bone canoodling with two jaded-looking strippers who are all over him like a cheap suit. His unforgiving biographer, Albert Goldman, would later describe the same photographs thus: 'He allows himself to be taken with every ugly hussy in torn net-stockings and sleazy sateen leotard. As the dancers and hookers of this upholstered sewer entwine themselves about him, flashing manic grins, Elvis offers himself up like a lifesize dummy.' The photographs of Elvis and the strippers were taken in 1959 by Rudolph Paulini, the Moulin Rouge's in-house snapper, who promised they would never be seen outside the club. Unbelievably, that promise held for 20 years and, while the original snapshots faded and curled beneath the glass of the Moulin Rouge noticeboard, Elvis grew up and grew prematurely old, shedding his younger, wilder image to become the first totally stage-managed pop star. Paulini's graphic images, harsh and unforgiving in their delineation of excess and dissoluteness, are perhaps the last, and certainly the rawest, purveyors of Elvis the unreconstituted Southern wild boy, untrammelled and untamed. But they are purveyors, too, of Elvis's innocence and trusting nature, and of a long-gone time when the contract between snapper and star was often based on trust as much as mutual benefit, a time when the now all-pervasive power of the PR machine was still in its uncertain infancy. In this instance, Elvis trusted Paulini to be true to his word and, in doing so, defied for a brief moment his all-controlling manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, who, three years before, had instigated a draconian policy of image-control, denying all but the most servile photographers access to his suddenly world-famous charge. 'These snapshots of Presley in a sleazy club in southern Germany were a million miles away from the colonel's artfully constructed image,' writes curator Robin Muir in The World's Most Photographed, the catalogue of the National Portrait Gallery's imminent show of the same name. 'It was perhaps a glimpse of an all-American hero that Middle America was not yet ready for.'
Fifty years later, we live in a time when the snapshot rather than the posed portrait is the defining image of celebrity. The process of absolute control instigated by Parker in the Fifties, and insisted upon today by the phalanx of agents, PR consultants and managers that surround every celebrity, has, paradoxically, created a guerrilla industry specialising in the taking and disseminating of snatched images, often captured on the run or from several hundred yards away. (News, Source: Sean O'Hagen, The Observor)
"Elvis" in harmony with racing elite: When the curtain finally fell in Paris for the horse universally known as "Elvis", it brought to an end one of the most remarkable turf careers.
None of the above champions can match the Herculean feats of Elvstroem. For that, trainer Tony Vasil deserves a curtain call. Pure Steel, the aptly named harness champ of the late 1970s, was feted for being as tough as tungsten. What Elvstroem has achieved this season, particularly on his world odyssey, makes "Steelo" look like a powder puff. Apart from December and January, Elvstroem raced in every month of the season. He relished the work, thrived on the challenge and repeatedly produced when the pressure, at the elite level on the world stage, was at its peak. In one remarkable 10-week period, Elvis contested five Group 1 races in five countries. As we have witnessed many times, it requires a horse with an iron constitution to handle overseas travel. Elvstroem took it all in his stride and was able to perform at his maximum. He flopped in the Hong Kong QE II Cup, where he didn't handle the reverse way, but Elvstroem either won or ran a place in the other starts. And it wasn't against ho-hum opposition. Even in his latest run, it took last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Bago to touch him out of third. Clearly, the Dubai Duty Free success was the defining moment. Elvstroem defied the "visitor's" draw and horses from seven countries to do what few horses do from the Dubai Duty Free start: lead all the way. During his marathon season, which included Group 1 wins in the Underwood Stakes and Caulfield Cup, Elvstroem earned a cheque in 15 starts. He made Frank Tagg and his co-owners $4,387,008. It was sustained excellence of the highest order. Elvis has left the racetrack, long live the King. (News, Source: Herald-Sun, Australia)
Correction: Yesterday we published a story about the price of 'All Shook Up' on bn.com. It turns out the listing is not the FTD release, it is actually for the 18 #1 Singles Boxset. Our apologies. (News, Source: bn.com)
FTD sale price is "All Shook Up": Online bookseller, Barnes & Noble has the FTD release 'All Shook Up' listed for sale at a staggering US$257.99. (News, Source: bn.com)
All Shook Up - the Broadway album: "All Shook Up, the musical at the Palace, left me distinctly unstirred. The CD, from the new Sony BMG combine, is somewhat more interesting". (CD Review, Source: Steven Suskind, Playbill News)
Lisa Presley gigs cancelled: No official word yet on why but a number of Lisa's upcoming concerts have been cancelled. There have been rumours of slow ticket sales. (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: Sanja Meegin):
New books examine impact, role of Southern music, performers: While many books have been written examining various aspects of Southern music and the accomplishments of noted performers, new volumes from James L. Dickerson and Paul Simpson take divergent but equally informative and compelling approaches to spotlighting both the region's, and Elvis', importance. (Book review, Source: Nashville City Paper)
Elvis' final live concert: Twenty-eight years ago today - June 26, 1977 - was the last time Elvis performed in front of a live audience. The King's final live concert was at the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana. (News, Source: EIN)
Australian chart update: On the latest ARIA charts, Elvis By The Presleys DVD held firm at #3 on the Music DVD Chart (2nd week in); Aloha From Hawaii dropped to #38 on the Music DVD chart, and the Elvis By The Presleys album maintained its position of #22 on the Album chart. (News, Source: Aria.com.au)
A Deal Unfit for The King: Are cracks showing in Robert Sillerman's media empire or is it simply a tougher market? (Article/Sale of EPE, Source: Forbes.com)
The "E-Team" skydivers in Australia next month: The skydivers famous for jumping out of a plane in their white Elvis jumpsuits in the Nicolas Cage movie, Honeymoon In Vegas, are appearing (or should we say dropping in) in Australia. They have never before visited Australia and will be appearing at the Queensland International Air Show on the weekend of the 16th-17th July. Visit the E-Team website. (News, Source: Christine Bamford)
Is another "independent" shop at Graceland Crossing to close?: According to Sid Shaw from Elvisly Yours in England, another independent store, "Loose Ends", may have lost its lease at Graceland Crossing with EPE officials (or the "Blue Meanies" as Sid likes to call them) not renewing it. Recently "Memories of Elvis" announced that EPE had elected not to renew its lease at Graceland Crossings - see our Sale of EPE archives for more information. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: Sid Shaw)
"Wearing Elvis" - EPE's new strategy: There are currently 150 Elvis licensees, but EPE is moving away from the smaller licensees to build consistency into the brand. (News, Source: Forbes.com)
"Elvis to the Max" in Sydney: The legendary Max Pellicano will be performing in the showroom at Star City Casino on 30 September. This show will take you from the early year's of the King's career wearing the Gold Lame suit to the famous Black Leather outfit worn for his 1968 CBS Comeback TV Special. Complete on stage with Max's Las Vegas Dancers and comedian. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: NRMA Boxoffice)
McFarlane release Elvis #4 figure: McFarlane Toys' fourth Elvis action figure features the King of Rock 'n Roll in another timeless pose. Dressed in his famous gold lame outfit he wore during a New York City appearance in 1956, Elvis is captured in amazing true-to-life detail. Impeccably detailed, this collector's figure includes a custom marquee base and microphone stand. Measures 6" tall. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
New Lisa Presley singles: Capitol Records will service two new Lisa Presley singles to radio stations in America in July. The tracks, both from her "Now What" album are "Idiot" and "Thanx". (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: EP Gold)
Tupelo fan appreciation day in August: On Monday, August 8 2005, Tupelo Birthplace Park will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day for fans from around the globe. The celebration will begin at 10:45 AM that day with a brief ceremony to welcome the guests and talk a little about the BIRTHPLACE PARK. Entertainment will be provided by LANDMARKS GOSPEL QUARTET & KAY BAIN, THE MORNIN SHOW BAND, AND OTHER MUSICAL GUESTS. Refreshments will be available across the street also at St. Marks Methodist Church.Special ticket price that day for the BIRTHPLACE and MUSEUM will be $5.00. (News, Source: Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo)
The Porthcawl Elvis Festival 2: The festival will officially kick off today in Bridgend. The famous McArthur Glen Shopping Outlet Mall is hosting the first ever national Welsh Elvis Contest to find the rock 'n' roll "King of Wales". Sorry, entry for the contest has now closed with 22 entrants. Fans from all over Britain are very welcome to go along to Bridgend to cheer on the Welsh Elvises. The festival proper will be staged between 30 September and 2 October. The highlights include a tented festival Elvis village with all-day Elvis entertainment; an Elvis cruise;Elvii Rugby XV vs Portcrawl RFC; Elvis films; Elvis rides at the Funfair; meet Dick Grob, Sam Thompson, Patsy Andersen, The Sweet Inspirations and Jerry Presley; and an Elvis Gospel Service. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Sid Shaw, Elvisly Yours)
"Photos From The Heart" book delayed: Sandi Haynes Pichon's new book "Photos From The Heart" has been postponed as Sandi and her publisher, Apex, have "creative differences". The author assured Elvis News that the book will be available before the end of the year. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis was a racist? (#2): Continuing our series on accusations that Elvis was a racist and stole "black" music, we present a 1994 article by Steve Hammer certain to anger many fans. In it Hammer begins: "A distant relative of mine went to see the very last Elvis Presley concert, which was held in June 1977 at Market Square Arena. From all accounts, it was a travesty of a show. Elvis was fat, half-dead, bloated and sweating, tossing soaked scarves into the audience, walking through cruel parodies of his songs." (Spotlight article, Source: NUVO NewsWeekly)
Elvis and Chagall - Lecture At Dixon Gallery And Gardens in Memphis: One would not immediately make the connection between renowned French painter Marc Chagall and the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley. But on Sunday, August 21, at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, noted lecturer Vivian R. Jacobson and New York composer Seth Weinstein will present a unique program pairing the incomparable works of Chagall and the career of Memphis’ beloved rock legend during An Afternoon with Elvis and Chagall, beginning at 2 p.m. The event’s co-presenter is Bornblum Judaic Studies of the University of Memphis. Media sponsor is Memphis Jewish Journal. The lecture is free with museum admission. Upon a closer look, both Chagall and Presley came from humble beginnings. Both had mothers who encouraged them to pursue their dreams and both became 20th century icons. Both men tapped into that place inside us all that evokes a strong, emotional reaction while both left behind the greatest gifts in art and music. And inevitably, both remain cherished today. (News, Source: EPE)
CKX public share release: CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE) has announced the pricing of its public offering of 20,000,000 shares of common stock, all of which are newly issued by the company, at $11.00 per share. CKX will use approximately $150 million of the net proceeds to repay substantially all of its outstanding indebtedness. (News, Source: EPE)
"The Memphis Flash - The Way It All Began" DVD: Chrome Dreams in the UK will release the DVD "The Memphis Flash - The Way It All Began" on 1 August 2005. The DVD is region 0, PAL format and the catalogue number is CVIS387. (News, Source: amazon.co.uk/Elvis News)
October FTD releases announced: The regular quarterly FTD release for October 2005 is a Vegas concert "soundboard" recording from August 1972, with bonus songs. It is tentatively titled Summer Festival. Also coming in October are two more releases in FTD's Classic Albums program, which reissues Elvis albums that are no longer part of RCA Records' mainstream Elvis catalog. FTD is considering several different options, but it looks like these reissues will be one movie soundtrack album and one studio album. These reissues feature original album cover art and great bonus material not part of the original release. (News, Source: Source:EPE)
20th Century Fox: Screen Classics: Elvis' movies "Flaming Star" and "Love Me Tender" have been chosen as two of seventy films to be released/re-released on DVD to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of 20th Century Fox. The films chosen were strictly from the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s. The new cover for the "Flaming Star" DVD is "excellent" accroding to the update on the 2nd To None messageboard. This disc will be released on August 1st. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis Radio/Sirius 13 upcoming programming: In his 'Elvis Album Spotlight' on 22 and 26 June (at 8pm), Rick Tarrant features "Burning Love", the 1999 compilation of Elvis hits and classics from 1972. Meanwhile Doc Walker will have an (as yet unnamed) EPE representative on his show on Wednesday 22 June at 5.45pm. (News, Source: EPE)
"Elvis by the Presleys" DVD still #1 in NZ: Good news from New Zealand, on the Music DVD chart, "Elvis by the Presleys" is #1 for the fourth consecutive week. In the albums chart, the CD dropped to #19 from last week's #13. In the Dutch Music DVD chart "Elvis by the Presleys" dropped one place to #3 from last week's #2. On the Dutch Free Record Store Music DVD chart the DVD remains at #1 for a third consecutive week. The "Elvis by the Presleys" CD dropped off the Top 40 Welsh albums chart and on the Swiss albums chart the CD dropped to #85 from last week's #62. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis invited Suzi Quatro to Graceland: In an interview before her recent tour of Australia, rocker Suzi Quatro revealed how Elvis had invited her to visit him at Graceland. Suzi declined the invitation because she was so nervous at the thought of meeting her idol. With hindsight she regrets her decision. Suzi also said that her on-stage leather outfits were inspired by watching Elvis on the "'68 Comeback Special". (News, Source: Linda- Flaming Star of Elvis Presley news group/Amber Smith)
"Elvis' DNA Proves He's Alive" book: Bill Beeny's book about Elvis being alive was finally released by Branden Books last month (it was originally listed for publication in February). Copies are available through amazon.com. It has also been released in Germany (ISBN: 0828320896). (News, Source: amazon.com/Elvis News)
Lake George Elvis festival to return next year: Elvis may have left the building for this year, but the good news is he will be back. Organizers said the Lake George Elvis Festival was a success and will return in 2006. More than 50 tribute artists from all over the world participated this year. The weekend-long event kicked off on Friday with performances by the tribute artists, fireworks and a classic car parade. Organizers said they hope this festival will grow to be as big as Canada's Collingwood Elvis Festival in Ontario, which has an attendance of about 75,000. (News, Source: Capital News 9)
Circle G Resort project gets tax waiver: Horn Lake aldermen have agreed to waive some taxes on the proposed golf course and entertainment resort at the site of the old Circle G Ranch once owned by Elvis Presley. The 155-acre ranch, just south of Memphis, is where Elvis and Priscilla spent their honeymoon in 1967. Under Mississippi law, developers of a "major theme park" or similar resort can recoup up to 35 percent of the amount they spend in capital improvements over the first two years of construction. The board of aldermen voted 3-2 Tuesday to give up all sales taxes generated by "qualifying" improvements. The Mississippi Development Authority decides what qualifies and it also determines how much of the construction would be recognized as completed within the two-year window. (News, Source: Associated Press)
Engelbert sets the record straight: Engelbert Humperdinck has set the record straight about Elvis, saying "He didn't copy my image at all. The truth of the matter is this: I put my sideburns on in 1965...that's prior to Elvis, he did it in about 1972," says Humperdinck, who like Elvis was an important mainstay of Las Vegas clubs. He pinpoints the source of the confusion: "When he finally wore that famous white jumpsuit of his, an artist sketched him in it and presented it to him on a TV show...and he said, 'Hell, that's not me, that's Engelbert Humperdinck.'" (News, Source: Daily Yomiuri Online)
New Elvis books in June: Due out 'any day now' in the US are the following book titles: "The Ballad of Outlaw Elvis and Other Songs of Freedom" (D.A. Morello; Unreadcomicbooks, USA, ISBN: 0974409022) and "Elvis Presley: The Man, The Life, The Legend" (Pamela Clarke Keogh) - being released in audio cassette (ISBN: 0786135492), MP3 (ISBN: 0786180552) and CD (7 discs/8 hours) (ISBN: 0786177381) formats. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Elvis books published in 2005: Check out EIN's comprehensive listing of Elvis books published between 2005 and 2007. With more than 70 titles it is the biggest listing of its kind. (News, Source: EIN)
Elvis statement to Paul McCartney: Somewhat ambiguously, Elvis apparently said to "Beatle" Paul McCartney during a telephone conversation that he liked the cover art on the 'With The Beatles' album because it made the band look like the faces in the film 'Children of the Damned'. (News, Source: Nixon at the Movies/Amber Smith)
Elvis and karate: If you're into Elvis and karate we recommend you check out this great site. It includes the latest info about Elvis' induction into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2005 Hall of Fame Trip). (News, Source: Dusty - email)
Cory Cooper hits back at Paul Terry King about "Roses" song: Cory Cooper has responded to comments made by Paul Terry King on EIN yesterday. Cory says: "I saw the comments from Paul Terry King about me on your website and I wanted to offer my own comments on the topic. He contacted me when this all started, I had never heard of him or his song, he contacted me out of the blue and it was HIS idea, not mine, to be on some radio show together to debate the validity of his song and at the time, I didn't realize what a fraud he was appearing to be. The comments on his ebay listing that included me were made up and later he apologized to me and stated it was the publicists that wrote it. He has made strange comments to me like "You have been chosen" and "Fly with me" which I don't understand and when I told him he had Elvis' birthdate wrong on his song registration, he tells me he got the information in a book in Salem, Oregon. In some of his publicity it states he wrote "Love In The First Degree" for the country group Alabama, yet his name is not listed as a writer and then when I write to the bands Website, they tell me that there are two different versions of the song and his is not the one that Alabama used. The bottom line, NOBODY I've spoken to over this topic believes his story is real. Including, Ernst Jorgensen, noted Elvis Authority who is charge of the Elvis catalog for RCA/BMG Records and who has written books on Elvis. Three members of the Memphis Mafia do not believe his story and even Elvis Presley Enterprises say they don't believe his story. I'm not the one telling tales here, I've done my research to find out if his story is credible or not and from everything I've found, nobody believes it." EIN's "If Only I'd Bought Her Roses" archives - see: 21 June; 15 June; 7 June; 6 April; 5 April. (News, Source: Cory Cooper)
Although Miles is now an experienced musician, he admits to still having stage fright from time to time. He prides himself in having traveled all the way to Memphis and seen Elvis in person, through a pair of binoculars, in front of his home. On his Web site Miles wrote to his fans, "When I think about Elvis standing perfectly still in those beams of sunlight, which were majestically shining through those huge trees, with his arms stretched out, in that purple and gold robe, head back, looking up into the heavens, looking God-like himself, I believe he was communicating with God, his maker, in prayer and meditation. It is a picture I will never forget." Miles also opened a theater bearing his name in Myrtle Beach, N.C., where he still performs from time to time, in between concerts throughout the country.
Elvis fails to make final 5 in "Greatest American" voting: The final 5 are: George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Martin Luther King Jr.; Ronald Reagan; Benjamin Franklin. Elvis ranked #8 and was the highest placed non-politician on the list. (News, Source: aol.com)
Paul Terry King responds to Cory Cooper about "Roses" song: Singer/songwriter, Paul Terry King has sent EIN a message responding to comments made by Cory Cooper (see 15 June). Paul says: "You know these Elvis experts should really get their heads out of the sand. They only know what they read anyway or are told by the other experts. But what it really gets down to, most of them never even met or worked or had any connection at all with Elvis Presley!!! I saved an email from this one where he wanted me to keep him in mind for a live national debate over the song which didn't occur. I guess he decided to carry the torch by himself to draw some fame and attention his own way." EIN has asked Paul if there are any "facts" he can provide to substantiate his claim that Elvis co-wrote "Roses". (News, Source: Paul Terry King - email)
German edition of "Elvis Presley: The Man, The Life, The Legend": Pamela Clarke Keogh's book will be issued with German text as "Elvis Presley, The King" next month. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis News)
"Elvis by the Presleys" chart update: The CD edition of "Elvis by the Presleys" has still not entered the Global Top 40 'Best Selling' Album chart. The DVD edition is ranked #26 on the Global DVD chart for the second consecutive week. (News, Source: United World Chart/Elvis News)
Could it be the King?: Owners, experts debate voice on studio tapes, but until he can answer the question of whether or not the reel-to-reel tapes he inherited from his uncle contain some of Elvis Presley's earliest recordings, the world will simply have to wait to know the truth. (News, Source: Frisco Enterprise)
"Elvis by the Presleys" book: The "Elvis by the Presley" book dropped to #18 from last week's #11 on the New York Times best sellers list. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis fans remember The King: The Lake George Elvis Festival put the rockin' and rollin' aside for few hours on its final day to honor the man who made it all possible in the first place. Dozens of people showed up Sunday for a prayer service and gospel music tribute to Elvis Presley. Organizers said they're "All Shook Up" just thinking about The King's influence on so many people's lives. Festival consultant Yvonne Price said, "A lot of people think it was just the rock and rolling, but the beautiful voice, inside the man himself he was one of the kindest people in the world, kindest people ever that was here. And I think it's very important that we remember him this morning." This was the second year the Elvis Festival was held in Lake George. (News, Capital News 9)
"Elvis His Love for Gospel Music" brings high price at auction: A copy of this rare book by J.D. Sumner sold yesterday on eBay for US$126.00. (News, Source: ebay.com)
Karen was a true Elvis fan: Kay Rabenberg referred to herself while talking to a friend, as "Strictly a Mobridge product - born, baptized, schooled, confirmed and married in Mobridge." She was also one who loved to travel and she hoped to visit all 50 states. At the time she was speaking she had visited 35 states, Canada and Mexico and worried about Hawaii. "I'll have to fly there and I'm not too crazy about flying." One of her travels took her to the Black Hills and brought a memory she treasured. Elvis Presley was appearing in Rapid City, she attended his concert and he gave her his scarf. "I was in the audience and he singled me out. I was so excited!"A sudden and unexpected massive heart attack prompted a rush to St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, but Karen died at the hospital on Sunday, June 5, at the age of 52. (News, Source: Mobridge Tribune, South Dakota, USA)
Australian chart update: A mixed debut for Elvis on the charts "downunder" today. The "Elvis by the Presleys" DVD debuted at #3 on the ARIA DVD music chart with "Gold" status (7,500 units sold), while the CD edition came in at #22 with a bullet. "Aloha From Hawaii" dropped to #34 on the Music DVD chart. (News, Source: ARIA)
Elvis vs. Jerry Lee Lewis: Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis went back a long way. But in 1976 one incident happened which strained their relationship. Jerry Lee arrived at Graceland - "He was screamin', hollerin', and cussin'...." (Spotlight article, Source: EIN/Memphis Flyer)
Michael Jackson's Last Supper with Elvis: One of the interesting things revealed in the aftermath of the Michael Jackson case is that above the star's bed in Neverland there is a vast reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci's painting 'The Last Supper'. Jackson's painting has a major difference toi the original - it features not Jesus and his disciples but portraits of historic figures including Abraham Lincoln, JFK, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Elvis. (News, Source: Herald Sun)
"Elvis Aaron Presley A Candle In The Wind" shipped: Bill Burk advises that pre-order copies of his new coffee table book have been shipped. Copies can be ordered directly from Bill and are also available at Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"Elvis sand" relisted on ebay: Well the price has dropped by US$170,000 but they still want at least $29,000 for a jar of sand Elvis walked on. eBay #7523099244. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin/ebay)
Elvis was on Charles Manson hit list: Rocking out for charity in New York's City Hall Park recently,
Will Elvis close the UN Anniversary Concert?: "Elvis The Concert" producer, Stig Edgren has been signed to produce an upcoming concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations on October 26th, 2005. The concert will be broadcast live on TV around the world and Edgren is said to be very keen on getting permission from EPE to be able to end the concert with Elvis' 1968 performance of "If I Can Dream" with the TCB band and the Sweet Inspirations playing along live. The concert is still in the development stages but the possibility of have the Elvis performance is apparently looking very promising. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
New "alleged" Fort Baxter release questioned: We found this interesting posting from Mathias on the FECC messageboard - "Hi, I would like you to know that the new release "Kansas City Blues" from the Fort Baxter Classic Series is not from the original Producers. It's not even from the original Mastertape, the source they used was the original CD from the Profile Boxset. I was mentioned before (not by myself) that the artwork, design and overall layout looks pretty familiar and looking at it the Madison label comes right to your mind. I have no confirmation if Madison is behind the release, but I have confirmation that what was stated above is 100% true. I don't care who's behind it or not, I do like the new release for its artwork and improved sound.
EIN note: It is well known that a number of seemingly different "bootleg" labels have the same operators. (News, Source: FECC messageboard)
Elvis postage stamp news: 2005, the 70th anniversary of Elvis' death has seen a flourish in the number of Elvis stamp sets released around the world. Countries which have released sets include several countries in Africa: Cameroon in Africa with a two stamp issue featuring profile shots of Elvis from the 1950s and 1960s. Other African countries are the Congo River which issued a four stamp set featuring full face pictures of The King, and Djibouti's four stamp 'Elvis movie' theme. Gambia weighs in with two 6 stamp 'movie' sheetlets, Liberia went "viva Las Vegas" in its 5 stamp set and the Somali Republic wasn't to be outdone, issuing a 4 souvenir sheet set. (News, Source: EPFC of Victoria)
The CD contains 19 tracks, all about the life of Elvis Presley told by Elvis and his family. Learn more about "Elvis: The Entertainer", "Elvis: The Man", "Elvis: The Generous", "Elvis: Style" and more. The CD also contains a special message from Vester Presley (previously unreleased on CD). Recordings used for this special cd release are from the 1950's, 1960's & 1970's.
ELVIS: THE ENTERTAINER
Criticism of EPE's "Elvis Insiders" club: EPE's Elvis Insiders club has come in for a barrage of criticism on Elvis messageboards. Formerly known as the Elvis Collector's Club, major criticisms are that it is "too US focused" and "overseas postage charges are far too high". One fan asked: "Don't they realise Elvis belonged to the world not just America?". (News, Source: Elvis messageboards)
Jazzy Willy's reborn as Elvis bar: Hugh's Jungle Room in DesMoines, Iowa, a new bar described by its owner as "a tribute to the King, as well as to that entire era," is scheduled to open July 15 in the former Jazzy Willy's building at 5715 Douglas Ave. Owner Hugh Duoblys said he's gutting the inside of the building and making it over in the style of Elvis' lair, complete with tiger-print carpet. The stage will remain for live bands and karaoke, and the bar will feature new booths, arcade games and dartboards. Duoblys hopes to organize a Jungle Room dart team to play in a local bar league. The Jungle Room will feature limited food service. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (News, Source: DesMoines Register/Sanja Meegin)
Elvis' honeymoon destination to become resort - might include 24-hour bars: The place where Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their honeymoon is about to get overhauled. The newlywed Presleys spent their honeymoon at a 155-acre Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake, Miss., in 1967. The resort that's going up on that land will include 35-story high-rise towers, two golf courses, two hotels, entertainment venues and shops, and, if approved, 24-hour bars. It will likely take five years for it to be completely built. Also see 16 June 2005 for earlier report. (News, Source: AP)
Originally from Pittsburgh, Gigliotti and his wife, Lucy, purchased the building at 4381 Elvis Presley, originally a car dealership, and named it The Ranch House. Later, they expanded it and renamed it after one of their daughters, Marlo (who was named after actress Marlo Thomas). As a lifelong Elvis Presley fan, Gigliotti decided to display his vast collection of memorabilia on the walls for other fans to enjoy. A jukebox filled with Elvis tunes plays six days a week, with Sundays reserved for gospel music. But the most eye-catching sights are the tabletops, which contain hundreds of photos, magazine articles, original newspaper clippings and documents detailing almost every event in the late singer's life, to the delight of Elvis fans, who are seen daily wandering from table to table, viewing everything with fascination.
Said Gigliotti: "I get a real kick out of sharing my collection with the fans. Elvis fans are the best people, and you can never get too much Elvis." The Gigliottis have three daughters. Lucy, who was a critical care nurse at Methodist Hospital for 18 years, said, "Marlo is our stay-at-home mom; Toni Lynn is a nurse, and Melissa is the one who is here at the restaurant, working with her dad." Missy (as Melissa is known) is perfectly at home handling the many responsibilities alongside her father and somehow managing to help run the nearby Rock and Roll Cafe with her husband, Mike Coleman. "Nothing is more important than family, and the secret to a happy life is doing what you love," Gigliotti said. "We have relationships with our customers that go beyond the normal; our regulars are very much a part of our extended family."Marlowe's is known for its pink limousines and good food. Everything is freshly made, taken from family recipes. The Marlowe's City Hogs barbecue team has won countless awards. One recent accomplishment involved Turner South voting Marlowe's wet ribs among the best in the South. The restaurant hosts several annual events, including those put on by local deejay and Elvis friend George Klein and Elvis World Fan Club luncheons headed by writer Bill Burk. "Elvis fans come here from all parts of the world," said Gigliotti. "We meet so many great people without having to go anywhere. The world comes to us." (News, Source: Germantown Appeal)
"Elvis Festival" this weekend: It may not be Graceland, but it will look like it in Lake George, NY, USA this weekend. The 2nd annual Elvis Festival kicks off on Friday. Thousands of the King's fans will descend upon Lake George this weekend for Elvis stage shows, tribute competitions, and an overall celebration of the rock and roll legend. The festival takes place throughout Lake George village all this weekend. (News, Source: Capital 9 News)
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Garry Enders)
" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"