Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
However, there are members of Elvis' family now openly stating the shack is not genuine and it is just a replica of the real birthplace, including an aunt who was present at the birth and she is still alive.
Local folklore suggests the shack was moved from the original street in Tupelo and rebuilt at the Park thus making it a tourist attraction and now money-spinner. Apparently, the land on which the Park was built is owned by a wealthy landowner in Tupelo, so it has been very convenient and lucrative for him for the shack to be called the birthplace. It is believed the original house still exists, yet somehow the shack you see in Tupelo has been allowed to keep the mythology of the birthplace.
There is even a historical marker and I wonder what research was conducted by the Agency that issues such markers? I will be writing to them for an explanation and with our contacts in Tupelo will disclose further information to be published in future Cyber Newsletters. It seems the "Presleys" have not been treated well in that part of the South and there are still many, many of them. In fact, a genealogist in Verona Mississippi claims to have found 1,500 Presleys in the family database". (News, Source: Elvisly Yours)
But even more important than the journey to Memphis is what the trip says about Bush’s exceptionally personal form of diplomacy. Bush’s foreign policy aides insist that the idea for a Graceland visit came from the president himself, not from Koizumi. “About a year ago, the president started saying to us as staff, ‘I would like to take him to Graceland,’ and we all thought he might be joking,” said one senior administration official, who insisted on anonymity in talking about Bush’s foreign-policy discussions. “But as he repeated it several times to us, we realized he indeed thought it was a great thing to do.”
The result is an Elvis-themed day on Friday, complete with Elvis movies on Air Force One and a strategic opportunity for Koizumi to go karaoke. “I imagine that Koizumi may pick up a mike somewhere along the way,” the senior Bush aide said. “He does sing Elvis songs.”
Of course the White House would like you to know that it’s not all play. There will be extensive talks about North Korea, Iran and Iraq. And even the fun stuff can have a greater meaning: in Memphis, the two leaders will eat some of the city’s finest barbecue. Given the Japanese ban on U.S. beef because of concerns about mad-cow disease, the mere sight of Koizumi eating American meat is a symbolic stamp of approval.
As trivial as it sounds, there are certain strengths to this kind of one-on-one diplomacy. There’s little doubt among Japan analysts that the close relationship between Bush and Koizumi has been critical in improving relations between the United States and Japan. After the economic rivalries of the 1980s and the Japanese stagnation of the 1990s, the Koizumi-Bush era looks like a golden one. Both the pres and the PM mentioned Elvis in their joint press conference yesterday. (News, Source: Newsweek)
Elvis chapel rises from the ashes: The King may be gone, but his legacy lives on at the foot of the Superstition Mountains. The Superstition Mountain Historical Society and Museum in Apache Junction will soon unveil the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel.
The building was salvaged from Apacheland Movie Ranch, which was almost entirely destroyed in a February 2004 fire. The chapel is a relic of “Charro!” — the legendary performer’s brief foray into Western movies. The chapel is scheduled to open in October, and patrons are already lining up. It will cost $300 to rent for a wedding, money that will benefit the historical society. Historical society officials said they’ve taken calls from Elvis fans who were married at Apacheland and want to renew their vows in the same chapel. They’ve also received reservation requests from people who want to exchange vows there for the first time.
New stage musical "Walking In Memphis": HE may be dead, but his spirit is very much alive in the hip-swinging, velvet-voiced Shaky Russell. An Elvis award-winning performer, he has co-devised the show Walking in Memphis (with Duck Chowles of The Barnyard Theatre Productions) which is sure to have audiences "all shook up" in South Africa.
This charismatic singer has wowed audiences both nationally and internationally, and taking Memphis itself by storm was the ultimate accolade. Shaky is one of today’s supreme Elvis Presley tribute performers with a style and energy that resonates of the King himself. He doesn’t impersonate, nor does he imitate. “What I do is not a ‘rip off’ but a spectacular tribute. I don’t talk to the audiences as Elvis, but about Elvis,” says 24-year-old Shaky. His career highlight was visiting Memphis, Tennessee, and being the only South African to have performed at Elvis’s home, Graceland. Shaky also had a chance to record at the legendary Sun Studio which was home to many stars including Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and, of course, Elvis himself.
“I was bouncing to the tunes of Elvis before I could walk,” quips Shaky and with his very apt name, it seems pre-determined that his life was going to be intertwined with one of the world’s greatest musical legends. The Barnyard is now ready to shake, rattle and roll. There is a cross section of tributes to him with the likes of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis”, ZZ Top’s “Viva Las Vegas”, UB40’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and the Fine Young Cannibals’ “Suspicious Minds”.
In addition to The King’s classics such as “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Devil In Disguise”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock”, audiences can expect to hear his recent remix “Little Less Conversation”. Paying tribute to The King will be an eleven-piece cast lead by five vocalists. Audience members can bring their own food and buy beverages at the theatre. The doors open at 18:30 and the show starts at 20:00.Walking in Memphis opens on 4 July and the first week includes a special offer of “buy 1 get 1 free”. Bookings essential on 083 913 3434 or at the theatre on 021 914 8898 between 9:00 and 17:00. (News, Source: TygerBurger)
Jerry Schilling book signing through Bill E. Burk's "Elvis World": "Elvis World's" Bill E. Burk tells us he has bought 200 copies of the upcoming Jerry Schilling book. Jerry has graciously agreed to sign -- personally by name -- all copies ordered through "Elvis World". To buy an autographed copy of "Me And A Guy Named Elvis", contact Bill Burk. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
More Elvis related real estate up for auction: STEVE SHUTTS is the hot name in the news these days. First he moved Elvis' old home at 1034 Audubon Drive on eBay for $900,000+ or $1 million (depending on who ends up with the title).
Next, he submitted the high bid of $2500 last week for rights to the Zippin Pippin, Elvis' favorite ride at the old Fairgrounds (now Libertyland). Wanting only one car from the Pippin, and given 30 days to remove the roller coaster, Shutts and his partner, Robert Reynolds, will place the Pippin on eBay.
AND NOW, Shutts reveals he has closed deals whereby he will be offering Vernon Presley's old home at 3650 Hermitage ... and a Memphis house Johnny Cash lived in briefly after recording for Sun Records ... both on eBay. The Hermitage house is appraised at $146,000. The Cash house at 5676 Walnut Grove Place, at $228,000.
Shutts has asked for a 30-60-day extension to have the Pippin removed, but to date, the City Commission has not moved off its 30-day limit. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
The ELLE-VIS music has been tastefully re-vamped into the New Millenium whilst still retaining the Magic of the ELVIS era. ELLE-VIS will be appearing at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on 7 October. (Almost Elvis, Source: Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia)
"Essential Elvis" CD/DVD combo: Amazon Germany has a new release listed entitled "Essential Elvis". This CD / DVD combination is set for release on June 26, 2006 in Europe through the import channels. (News, Source: Amazon.de /Elvis News)
Ancestry census reveals the Presley family didn't own a radio: Back in 1930, Tom Hanks' grandfather chased squirrels for a living, Walt Disney lived in an $8,000 Los Angeles home and Elvis Presley's family didn't own a radio. These are just a few tidbits one can dig up from Ancestry.com, which has compiled an online database of information on 500 million people, culled from every U.S. census record from 1790 to 1930. (News, Source: Scripps Howard News Service)
Jimmy Denson lets loose again!: Not all Memphians are excited about the Koizumi-Bush visit. James Denson, 78, whose mother was Elvis' mother Gladys' good friend, thinks the whole Graceland phenomenon is a "trickery driven" scam. He said he's ashamed the president he voted for twice has fallen for it.
"And this joker from Japan is a sapsucker himself," says Denson. "Anyone who idolizes a zombie dope fiend is going to burn in hell."
Read EIN's review of Jimmy Denson's "Elvis Through My Eyes" (News, Source: Commercial Appeal/Bill E. Burk)
Singer-songwriter, Bill Withers, talks about Elvis: "I really stopped recording because I couldn’t get in the studio. For seven years, I was at CBS records and I couldn’t get a purchase order to go in the studio. There was a guy over there in A&R, Mickey Eichner, and he wouldn’t take my phone calls for three years. [A&R rep] George Butler, that used to work there, he told me when Eichner was in the building he would hide from me. Eichner came up with such brilliant suggestions like I should cover Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto.” I don’t cover Elvis Presley. For what? I got my own things. The songs that I’ve written did well for themselves, and brothers don’t cover Elvis, Elvis covers us. So that kinda turned me off to the whole process." (News, Source: Black Entertainment)
Randy Elvis: Various Artists, "Rockin' Bones" (Rhino). Raw. That's a good word to describe the new 4-disc box set "Rockin' Bones" which celebrates 1950s rockabilly music and some tunes that could been seen as a precursor to punk. In the good sense, the raw sounds — minimalist twangy guitar, simple arrangements and amateur night-quality vocals — offer rough simplicity and an honest amount of energy. Keeping in mind that this music came along during the apple pie and crew cut 1950s, this was fairly experimental stuff.
Even Elvis gets randy on "Baby, Let's Play House," one of the standout tracks. "Now listen to me baby, try to understand/ I'd rather see dead little girl than to be with another man," the King sings. If he didn't sound so good saying it, it would downright frightening. (News, Source: San Francisco Chronicle)
Elvii live in Manila: How would you like to watch and listen to Elvis Presley live? Go to the Front Page piano bar on T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila this Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1. Starting at 8 p.m., you can watch and listen to not just one but several Elvis Presleys. Not the real Elvis come-back-to-life, but look-alikes who sing, strum the guitar and gyrate like him. I won’t give you their names just yet, but I assure you that they are the best Elvis Presley impersonators in the country today, having won Elvis titles in various contests. A bonus will be the youngest Elvis Presley impersonator (only 9 years old) ever. This Elvis Presley madness will be followed a few weeks later by a Frank Sinatra fiesta with Sinatra wannabes trying to sound like Old Blue Eyes himself. Wait for further announcements. (Almost Elvis, Source: Amber Smith)
With the Depression a bad memory and the Second World War over, it was an optimistic time, and no one was more optimistic than General Motors. It bestrode the industry like a colossus, selling every second car in America and Canada. And standing atop its automotive hierarchy was the undisputed pinnacle of automobile luxury: Cadillac, the King of Cars and symbol of success. It is only fitting then that Elvis, “The King”, would aspire to a Cadillac to tell the world that this poor Mississippi boy had arrived. And tell it he did. Over the years he owned more than 100 Cadillacs, including sedans, convertibles and coupes, from his first 1954 model to a 1977 Seville.
If Elvis were here today what would he drive? No doubt it would be a Cadillac, likely an XLR-V, Cadillac’s range-topping, high performance, hardtop convertible. It would appeal to his patriotism because it, and the CTS and others, exemplifies GM’s and Cadillac’s resurgence.
Elvis liked flash and style, and none has it more than the low-slung, high powered XLR-V. From its polished wire-mesh grille to its sterling silver finished wheels, it would have said Elvis. And he would have loved it.
Elvis fans relive their memories each year at Collingwood’s Elvis Festival. This year’s the festival will be held from July 26 to 30. The Elvis Festival in Downtown Collingwood has become the largest festival of its kind world-wide. Tens of thousands of visitors from across North America make the trip to Collingwood to enjoy a weekend of music and the popular Saturday morning Elvis Classic Car Parade. For more information, phone 1-877-446-0824. (News, Source: News Canada/Sanja Meegin)
Today in history: Today marks the 29th anniversary of Elvis' final live concert. It took place in front of a screaming, sold-out audience at the Market Sqaure Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her review the following day, newspaper journalist Rita Rose said:
"Just about everything he did created mass hysteria...During C.C. Rider, flashbulbs popped wildly and by the time he had segued into Amen, he had everyone clapping in unison...Toward the end of the show he mesmerised the crowd with Hurt....Then, for the final time, he sang Can't Help Falling In Love. Even as the music faded, he wouldn't leave the stage. He walked back and forth shaking his head in disbelief at the roar as more than 18,000 fans stomped and cheered." (News, Source: Did Elvis Sing In Your Home Town, Too?, Lee Cotten)
"Monkee" Davy Jones slams dead icons including Elvis: First it was Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers raising the 'Elvis was gay' issue (see story below dated 21 June), now MONKEES frontman DAVY JONES has launched an astonishing attack on dead rockers KURT COBAIN, JIMI HENDRIX, ELVIS PRESLEY and JANIS JOPLIN, questioning why society worships people who wasted their lives. The 61-year-old I'M A BELIEVER singer insists they wouldn't have been idolised if they were still alive. Jones says, "I don't have a lot of respect for people like Jimi Hendrix, or Kurt Cobain, or Janis Joplin or Elvis Presley, because they all killed themselves in one way or another. "Although I often wonder what they'd be doing now if they were still alive. Would they be these crumbling lookalikes of the same people, greeting people at the entrance of Caesar's Palace?" (News, Source: Contact Music)
Elvis CDs in 2006: Twenty nine years after Elvis 'left the building' can there really be over 50 new Elvis CDs announced within the first 6 months of 2006? How can a true Elvis fan really afford such riches? EIN updates our list of 2006 CD releases.
Elvis not certifed in Ringtone awards: "Stu" posted the following mesage on the Elvis Number Ones bulletin board:
Ringtones are now awarded sales certfication by the RIAA. On 14th June, 128 songs received awards during the first batch of presentations. In much the same way as physical singles, sales of 500,000 is Gold, a Million is Platinum then, Multi-Platinum for + 2 Million. During a ceremony, 84 songs got gold, 40 were platinum and 4 multi-plat. Unfortunately, Elvis didn't figure in the list but, it would be interesting to know how many ringtone sales he has so far. (News, Source: Elvis Number Ones)
"The Collection/Cube" CD release: Set for release on July 11, 2006 is the CD "The Collection / Cube CD" (catalogue number 86880. CD Universe gives no other details than that is supposed to be a BMG release in the "documentary" category. Set for release on the same day, also supposedly from BMG is the CD "The Collection", this time listed in the "Rock" category. (News, Source: CD Universe / Elvis News)
Strong response to pre-sale tickets for "Elvis Presley In Concert" in Perth: At 8am yesterday morning all of the tickets allocated in the pre-sale offer had been sold for the Perth leg of the five city tour of Australia by "Elvis Presley In Concert". While on sale for two days they sold out in less than 24 hours. Ticket sales for the Perth leg go on sale to the general public on Monday 26 June 2006. Public ticket sales for the shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane go on sale on 6 July. Pre-sale arrangements for these cities have also been announced.
For all cities on the tour the Gold & Platinum packages remain on sale until sold out. (News, Source: Elizabeth Barton/EPE/EIN)
Filipino impersonator records tribute to the Elvis Cup: Last year Wade Jones achieved notoriety when he sold viewing rights to a foam cup allegedly used by Elvis. Now a Filipino Elvis Impersonator (Renelvis) has recorded a song "The Elvis Cup" ( a Tribute to the Elvis Cup). Meanwhile, Associated Press has published a weird story about the Elvis Cup: I channel Elvis' spirit through the styrofoam cup (Odd Spot, Source: Wade Jones)
Tupelo invites Japanese leader to Elvis' birthplace: Tourism leaders here have asked one of the world's biggest Elvis fans to visit the King's birthplace after a stop by Graceland next week. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi received an invitation from the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau to tour Elvis' hometown after his June 30 trip to Memphis with President George Bush. Tupelo officials are still waiting for word on Koizumi's intentions, but if the die-hard Elvis fan comes, his visit will be a big boost for international tourism promotion here.
Elvis' Favourite Ride sells for $ 2,500: Elvis Presley's favorite amusement park ride has sold at auction in Memphis. The Zippin Pippin roller coaster was a top attraction at Libertyland, an amusement park Presley often rented for private parties. Libertyland is closing and its rides and concession stands were sold at auction on Wednesday. Robert Reynolds and Stephen Shutts, partners in a traveling museum called the Honky Tonk Hall of Fame & Rock-N-Roll Roadshow, bought the coaster for $2,500. It went cheap because the sale agreement gives the buyer a month to take it down and haul it away. Reynolds said he had not yet decided what they will do with the Pippin. The Pippin was bought by the city's park commission in 1947. Most of the superstructure for its 2,800 feet of track was replaced over the years, but it's still billed as one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the country. (News, Source: AP)
Vote for Graceland as Event Site of the Year: For the second year in a row, Graceland has been nominated in the 'Event Site of the Year' category in the awards contest sponsored by the prestigious Event Solutions Magazine. Cast your vote for Graceland to show your support. Voting ends July 23 so be sure to vote today. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis Week 2006 Update: Check out EPE's Elvis Week 2006 events calendar to see some new additions, including a concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Imperials on Saturday, August 12. More updates will be posted soon. Tickets for EPE-sponsored events are on sale now through Graceland reservations. EPE says be sure to order early as they expect some events to sell out. (News, Source: EPE)
Chart Update: The Elvis listings on the U.S. Billboard chart for the week ending July 1, 2006. On the Top Country Catalog Albums chart the compilation "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" climbs up 5 places to #14. On the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart the "Heartbreak Hotel" reissue climbs again, 5 places to #26. (News, Source: Elvis International Fan Club/ Elvis News)
"Elvis Presley In Concert" Package ticket prices anger fans: There has been a strong "negative" reaction to the "Elvis Presley In Concert" Australian pricing schedule, particularly prices for the packages which include the meet & greet with the tour group.
With Platinum package tickets costing over A$500.00, many fans have expressed disappointment at the high price which will prevent them from meeting members of the tour group. A number of threads have appeared on the various Elvis messageboards and EIN has so far received more than 50 messages of disappointment from fans around Australia and internationally. (22 June 2006)
Visit EIN's "Elvis Presley In Concert" page for all you need to know about the tour
"Elvis Presley In Concert" ticket giveaways: Next week various Australian radio stations will commence competitions giving away tickets to the five city October tour of "Elvis Presley In Concert". (News, Source: EIN)
Elvis Recipe - Breaded Chicken Liver: The ingredients are:
1 pound chicken livers
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup flour
1/4 cup minced onion
Pinch Curry Power
1 cup oil
Wash chicken livers in cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine flour, minced onion, and curry powder. Coat chicken livers in flour mixture. Fry in hot oil in skillet until done. Bon Appetite! (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
"Elvis Presley In Concert" Set List for Aussie tour
"Red, Hot & Blue" hotel faces possible demolition: A development partnership - Area Hotels LLC - has submitted a set of plans to Memphis and Shelby County planners showing a four-story Hilton Garden Inn being built at the southwest corner of Second Street and Linden Avenue. The eight-story-tall Chisca sits to the east of that land at 272 South Main St.
Read EIN's review of the great book: Dewey and Elvis
Elvis for sale: The Los Angeles auction house Bonhams & Butterfields is selling the purchase and sale agreement that Elvis signed for Graceland. Bonhams & Butterfields is estimating the auction of the document, being held June 25th and 26th, will bring as much as $75,000. Previous Elvis memorabilia sold by Bonhams & Butterfields has brought in $3,000,000. Check it out here. (News, Source: Memphis Flyer)
Future FTD Releases: Elvis World Japan has put together this list of future FTD releases:
Louisiana Hayride Farewell Concert 1956
June is "Elvis Film Month" on EIN: We have added 7 new items to this page including a brief look at Elvis media texts, a rare film one-sheet and a link to the non-Elvis film, "Elvis". We also want to know your favorite Elvis film and why. (News, Source: EIN)
Boxset reissues in Japan: The following Elvis CD boxsets are due for reissue by BMG Japan on 16 August 2006:
This is Elvis recreates all the drama leading up to Elvis's first live appearance in seven years. This is a monumental concert featuring many of Elvis's greatest hits including Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Houndog, Love Me Tender and Suspicious Minds. This is Elvis is the first ever Elvis show to be endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and is a cacophony of Elvis' greatest-ever hits. (News, Source: dublinks.com)
Elvis' "snack attack" #1 Dumbest Rock Star Extravaganza: On the night of Feb. 1, 1976, Elvis Presley pulled off a stunt that combined three of his favorite activities -- profligate spending, showing off to cops and eating repellent things. While entertaining two Colorado policemen at Graceland, he mentioned a sandwich that he had once eaten at the Colorado Gold Mine Company restaurant in Denver: a hollowed, buttered loaf, filled with peanut butter, jelly and a pound of fried bacon. The sandwich was meant to feed eight, but Presley had finished one unaided.
Remarkably, one of the cops expressed an interest. Even more remarkably, Presley insisted they should head to Denver to try it, a distance of 1,000 miles. His stretch Mercedes took them to the Memphis airport, where his private jet, the Lisa Marie -- upholstered in aquamarine plush in further testament to the King's understated elegance -- awaited. Two hours later, they landed in Denver, where 22 of the $49.95 "Fool's Gold'' sandwiches on silver platters, plus a bucket of Perrier water and a case of champagne, were brought to a private hangar at the airport by the restaurateur, his wife and a waiter. (News, Source: The 50 Dumbest Rock Star Extravagances as ranked by Blender magazine/Sanja Meegin)
New Elvis books announced: Three new Elvis books have been announced for publication in the USA in 2006. They are:
No upstairs peek for the Pres & Japanese PM: The prime minister can even warble another rendition of "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," as he did at a birthday party for Bush last year. But there are some things even presidents and prime ministers can't do at Graceland. When the two leaders and first lady Laura Bush visit Elvis Presley's home June 30, the legendary singer's private bedroom and the adjoining bath where he collapsed and died in 1977 will remain off-limits.
"You can't visit the upstairs at the White House, either," said Jack Soden, chief executive of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Graceland opened in 1982. Each year more than 600,000 tourists tromp through its first floor and basement playrooms, and visit Presley's grave beside the swimming pool. But the home's upstairs is closed to the public.
The tour won't be completely standard fare, however. It will be led by Presley's only child and heir, daughter Lisa Marie, and her mother, Priscilla. Lisa Marie Presley turned over management of Graceland and sold the rights to her father's name and image last year to CKX Inc., an entertainment company that also owns the "American Idol" TV show. Graceland's new bosses won't be around for the president's visit because "they didn't want to get in the way," Soden said.
"This is not a photo op for the prime minister," he said. "This is truly a heartfelt desire to tour Graceland, and the president and the first lady want the prime minister to have that experience."
Bush and Koizumi are the first sitting heads of state to visit Graceland, but Soden's staff is accustomed to dealing with high-profile visitors. "We're always ready for visitors great and small," Soden said. "Every hour of every day we're fulfilling somebody's dream. They dream of coming and seeing Graceland and this is their moment. And that's true for the prime minister."
Presley has been one of Japan's most popular American entertainers since the 1950s and more than 2,000 Japanese tourists visited Graceland last year. The Elvis Presley Fan Club of Tokyo boasts more than 3,000 members, and The Elvis Presley Society of Japan lists 2,000. Four years ago, Japanese fans quickly bought all 200,000 copies of a limited-edition Elvis CD featuring 25 songs selected by Koizumi. (News, Source: AP)
Updated Today: Elvis Conspiracy
X-rays of Elvis to be sold on e-Bay: Fans of the King, Elvis Presley, will soon be able to pick up a rare piece of memorabilia connected to their hero.X-rays of Elvis` head and chest are going up for sale on the internet auction site e-Bay. The profile of the singer`s jaw and ribcage was taken in 1971, in Las Vegas, when he was suffering from sinus congestion. Bidding is expected to be fierce for the items and they are expected to sell for thousands of pounds. (News, Source: UK TV)
Another Elvis website closes: Sadly Stacy B's Elvis photo site has closed and, reading between the lines, it appears the workings of a small number of fans are responsible for the decision. Click to read Stacy's farewell message (News, Source: EIN)
COLLINGWOOD ELVIS FESTIVAL: When: July 26-30. Where: Collingwood. Genres: Rock 'n' roll. Event: Elvis tribute artists entertain during a Friday night street party. Activities include classic car parade, Elvis impersonation contest and Texas Hold 'em Poker Challenge. Cost: $15-$75. Info: 1-866-444-1162, www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
R&B: Good Rockin Tonight; That's All Right; Baby, Let's Play House; Lawdy, Miss Clawdy; My Baby Left Me; So Glad You're Mine; I Got A Woman; Shake, Rattle & Roll; When It Rains, It Really Pours; Tryin To Get To You; Mystery Train; Trouble; Big Boss Man; Reconsider Baby; I Feel So Bad; High Heel Sneakers; Down In The Alley; A Mess Of Blues; Stranger In My Own Home Town; Pledging My Love
LIVE: C C Rider; Johnny B Goode; Burning Love; You Gave Me A Mountain; Never Been To Spain; You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'; Polk Salad Annie; The Wonder Of You; Walk A Mile In My Shoes; What Now My Love; I Just Can't Help Believin; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; In The Ghetto; Suspicious Minds; My Way; An American Trilogy; Steamroller Blues; How Great Thou Art; Unchained Melody
MOVIES: Love Me Tender; Loving You; Jailhouse Rock; King Creole; G I Blues; Flaming Star; Wild In The Country; Blue Hawaii; Follow That Dream; Girls Girls Girls; Fun In Acapulco; Viva Las Vegas; Kissin Cousins; Roustabout; Girl Happy; Frankie & Johnny; Spinout; Double Trouble; Easy Come, Easy Go; Clambake; Speedway; Stay Away, Joe; Charro; Change Of Habit (News, Source: Taylor Scott)
Oprah visits Graceland?: We received the following email message from 'Magic': 'Was at Graceland on Sunday and was told by one of the tour guides that Oprah had been there very recently.' (News, Source: Magic)
Elvis tops Forbes list again: , Albert Einstein, Kurt Cobain, Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe continue to earn enviable incomes from the grave, according to Forbes magazine. Presley, who died in 1977, raked in an estimated $52 million last year. Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994, generated about $50 million. Most of that came when his widow, Courtney Love, sold 25 percent of Nirvana's song catalog in April. Einstein, who has been dead for more than 50 years, took in about $20 million in 2005, Forbes estimates. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem controls the famed thinker's estate and collects $5 million a year from the use of his images. The university also earns royalties from Disney's line of Baby Einstein toys and videos, Forbes reports, which generated $400 million in sales last year. Warhol died in 1987. Still, he earned $16 million last year through the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which owns his estate. Monroe, who died in 1962, generated $8 million in 2005. (News, Source: AP/Sanja Meegin)
Audubon Drive sale spin-off news: With all the drama surrounding the sale of Elvis' former residence on Audubon Drive in Memphis, Elvis World's Bill Burk sent us this message:FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY COURT has issued a continuance in the 26 June re-hearing of the bankruptcy case approved last February by Mike Freeman and Cindy Hazen. New hearing will be 9.30 a.m. 10 July.
Freeman and Hazen filed bankruptcy listing $43,000 to creditors. At the time, they were listing the house's value at about $200,000. When it sold (twice) for over $900,000, the Court was asking why the house was not listed at the higher price and why could not the creditors been paid their $43,000 out of that. Once those figures became known, all kinds of people have been asking: "WHY even file bankruptcy when, even at $200,000, the $43,000 could easily have been paid off?" ALSO, our legal people cannot find a divorce on record in Shelby County; though they are saying they are divorced. Meanwhile, Uri Geller, whose $905,000 bid thru eBay was first accepted, then rejected in favor of Curb's reported $1 million bid, seems bent on staying in the fight for the long run.
Both Geller and Curb have DEEP Pocket$ ... so, barring an out of court settlement (which some say will never happen), this sale could be in the courts for a long, long time. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Sillerman after Riviera Hotel - Elvis back in Vegas??: Elvis World's Bill Burk also tells us he received the following news from a contact in the know:
THIS JUST IN from my source in Las Vegas, who has a strong inside informant. He says that as of yesterday, Bob Sillerman, new owner of EPE, is still "very much in the hunt" to buy the Riviera Hotel on Vegas' Strip as part of his planned Elvis presence which, we have been told, would still be "a couple of years away" if it were started on today. BUT, BOOK IT --- Elvis will return to Vegas! (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
New import CD - "The Sound of Vegas Vol. 1": The S&R records label announced its 5th CD release scheduled in early July and titled "The Sound Of Vegas Vol. 1". It will feature a previously unreleased audience recording of Elvis' concert in Las Vegas - August 08, 1973 Dinner show. SR label is dedicated mostly to the releasing of early seventies Elvis’ performances, but the producers decided to give the life to a parallel project called the "Sound Of Vegas", related to the 1973 - 1974 years when Elvis’ rock'n'roll attitude started to disappear and his live act was transformed to a solid, professional performances closer to the musical feeling of other Las Vegas entertainers.
This first one - an early August 1973 concert - is taken from an excellent quality audience recorded tape and the show last about 60 minutes. It is a great performance with Elvis in good mood and strong voice. The highlights of the concert are gospel "How Great Thou Art" and Elvis’ "personal" number "My Boy" but all the repertoire is well performed with no weak moments. The CD contains a deluxe 8-page full color booklet with many rare photos taken in Las Vegas in August-September 1973. The sound was professionally restored for the best possible listening pleasure.
Track listing : 01. 2001 Theme - 02. See See Rider - 03. I Got A Woman - 04. Love Me - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Trouble - 08. Blue Suede Shoes - 09. Rock Medley - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. Hound Dog - 12. Fever - 13. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Band Introduction - 17. My Boy - 18. I Can’t Stop Loving You - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. How Great Thou Art - 21. Release Me - 22. Can’t Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Riff. (News, Source: FECC)
June is "Elvis Film Month" update: We have added several new items to our Elvis Film Month page today. These include a look at the long running Elvis Presley Film Society in Scotland, another Elvis film poster, stills from two Elvis movies, an article on an Elvis type "Blair Witch" movie spoof, and our third esxcerpt from the stimulating new book, Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture. In this third excerpt, author Douglas Brode considers the autobiographical element of Elvis' films, Elvis' film role as a correlative for his own stardom, and changes in the sexual politics of later Elvis films. (Source: EIN)
"Elvis and Juliet" stage play review: (see earlier story below dated 8 June) FRED Willard has long proved he's funny in both films ("Best in Show") and television ("Fernwood 2Nite"). With "Elvis and Juliet," a purported comedy written by his wife, Mary, he proves himself a loyal husband, as well - going way beyond the demands of any marriage vows.
Japanese Prime Minister's visit to Graceland with US President Bush, now official: The White House has issued a statement confirming that the President and Mrs. Bush will accompany Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan to Memphis, Tennessee on June 30, 2006, the day following the Prime Minister's visit to the White House. The two leaders will visit Graceland Mansion, home of the Presley Family. The President and Mrs. Bush look forward to introducing the Prime Minister to the beauty and warm hospitality of the people of the Volunteer State. (News, Source: EPE/Bill E. Burk)
The King has rebel roots: The King of Rock and Roll is famous for his blue suede shoes, but one American woman wants him to be remembered for his relatives who sported gray. Barbara Lee Rowe, who says she's a fourth cousin of Elvis, recently opened a store on Steinwehr Avenue commemorating Elvis' Confederate cousins and uncles who served at the Battle of Gettysburg. (Spotlight Article, Source: The Evening Sun)
"Elvis World" 2006 Elvis Week Luncheon "SOLD OUT!!": Bill E. Burk tells us his annual Elvis World lunch during Elvis Week is well and truly sold out. Guest speaker this year is Jerry Schilling. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Graceland Plaza post office soon to be marked "return to sender": The Graceland post office at Graceland Plaza will closed down soon. Instead will there be build another Elvis souvenir shop at the same spot. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
The Gospel of Elvis: Elvis Presley is purported to have said, "I know practically every religious song that’s been written." It was his Gospel Music, however, that earned him the coveted Grammy awards.
There's a whole lotta Elvis going on in Portcrawl, Wales: Forget the World Cup, there was only one contest to watch at the weekend - the heats of the Best Welsh Elvis competition.
There was a Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On at the Hi Tide Inn, Porthcawl, as eight Elvis impersonators curled their lips and swung their hips in front of a crowd of hundreds. Last year's winner Dave Smith, from Aberdare, won the heat, hosted by Owen Money. But organisers said the standard was so good that all eight would go through to the grand final. Peter Phillips, who runs the contest, said: 'The standard was fantastic, so it would have been unfair to choose only one for the final.'Mr Smith, 19, a full-time Elvis tribute act whose winning songs were Hurt and Suspicious Minds, said: 'I was pleased to win the heat. I like taking part to keep Elvis' memory alive, and for the fans to enjoy it.'
The final takes place at the Hi Tide Inn tonight at 7.30pm. The winner will be invited to perform at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival which runs from September 29 to October 1. (Almost Elvis, Source: South Wales Echo/Sanja Meegin)
New Elvis tribute album featuring the Jordanaires: Rockabilly legend Robert Gordon ("Red Hot") and guitar hero Chris Spedding (Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, Katie Melua, etc.) just returned from Nashville, where they recorded 15 Elvis songs for their upcoming album, a tribute to the King Of Rock 'n' Roll. Gordon, who still remembers the impact of hearing 'Heartbreak Hotel' at the age of nine, says that recording this album together with the Jordanaires was "exciting, exhilerating and exhausting... but wow, what an album! I can't wait for everyone to hear this album, which features the fabulous Jordanaires on 9 of the 15 tracks".Arjan Deelen, who arranged for the Jordanaires to sing on the album, contacted bass-vocalist Ray Walker a few days ago, and Ray wrote that, "a good time was had by all, working with Robert, again. He brought the right talent to work with him in Chris Spedding. They, both, are 'right on'. We hope the best for your project and get a copy to us when it comes out!". (News, Source: www.robertgordon.dk / FECC)
Charlestown fans recollections needed for Elvis article: A young Elvis Presley strolled into Charleston 50 years ago this month, delivering a 'staggering, crawling, shaking on-stage, offstage, understage performance.' At least that's what the old News and Courier wrote at the time.About 4,000 fans, many adoring teenagers, turned out for his concert at College Park, where he made quite an impact, er, imprint, even biting a reporter's hand. The News and Courier printed a few letters related to Presley's performance in the days following the show. Most chastised the singer for his supposed lewdness. Others wrote to support him.
Did you attend his concert? Do you remember him coming to town? What about Charleston's reaction to his visit? If so, The Post and Courier would like to hear from you. Please contact features writer Rob Young at 937-5188 or email@example.com to share your memories. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Elvis fact: As a 12th birthday gift, Elvis's father Vernon, gave him a compilation book of cartoons by New Yorker magazine cartoonist George Price. The inscription read, "May your birthday be sprinkled through'n through with joy and love and good times too. Daddy. 01-08-47." The 25¢ paperback book was published in 1945 and Elvis kept it over the years, even taking it to Germany while he was in the Army. Somehow, it along with several other books were left behind in his rented house when the family packed to return to the U.S.A. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Credible Elvis biopic needed!: Why hasn't there been a credible, critically acclaimed Elvis biopic? Apart from the critically acclaimed 1979 John Carpenter & Kurt Russell TV bio and admirable but flawed "This Is Elvis", the Elvis film offerings have been generally sub-standard. From the EPE sanctioned "Elvis & Me" and "Elvis The Early Years", to the low grade "Elvis & the Colonel" (starring Beau Bridges), Elvis on the big screen has generally failed miserably. And after more than 20 years, EPE still hasn't delivered on its long awaited definitive DVD/video anthology, but has no trouble issuing new numerous merchandise licences. Over the years we have seen credible, critically acclaimed biopics for Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire" starring Dennis Quaid); the Ritchie Valens story (La Bamba); the Ray Charles story (Oscar winning "Ray"), and most recently the Oscar winning "Walk The Line", telling the story of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Even more recently comes news that Hollywood superstar, Johnny Depp, is in discussions to portray Michael Hutchence in the film treatment of the INXS lead singer's tragic life. And there is also talk of a major Hollywood film treatment of the life story of the "Big O", Roy Orbison.
Yet the biggest superstar of them all is yet to see a genuine "A" grade Hollywood presentation of his life and music. With the 30th anniversary of Elvis' passing quickly approaching do we have to wait even longer for The King to receive what he deserves on the big screen? (Comment, Source: EIN)
Elvis inspired Tom Jones to sing: Sir Tom Jones has revealed Elvis Presley inspired him to become a singer. The veteran star, who shot to fame in the 60s with his hit 'It's Not Unusual' says watching 'The King' as a youngster made him realise what it took to become a star. Tom, who is adored by legions of female fans, insists Elvis taught him that sex appeal was just as important as talent.
"It was the first time I heard 'Heartbreak Hotel'. It gave me hope that I could become a famous performer, too," he was quoted by Femalefirst,as saying. knew I had the voice and the flair for it. Of course, Elvis and I became great friends," he added. (News, Source: ANI)
Elvis in Top 10 celebrity ghost list: According to The Hollywood News Web site — which sounds very official and professional but is, in fact, just something compiled by two young writers — Elvis Presley is one of our country’s top-10 “celebrity ghosts.” “Not only is this legendary singer believed to haunt his beloved home in Memphis, but also stagehands working at the Las Vegas Hilton (where he often performed in the early 1970's) have reported regularly seeing him dressed in his famous white-sequined suit.” He ranks above other Hollywood legends such as James Dean and John Wayne, but at #3 is beaten by Marilyn Monroe (#2) and Rudolph Valentino (#1). (News/Odd Spot, Source: The Memphis Flyer)
"Fake Elvis Aloha Rehearsal tapes scam on Ebay?" update: Following our story yesterday a number of interesting comments were posted on the FECC thread about the story. They included:
Thenexte: Just listen to the 1974 rehearsal tape in comparison and you'll find that a recording made on a cassette tape of this vintage is not able to capture the depth of bass that is found in these samples (and you can't increase a bass response that is not there in the first place). Another dead giveaway that this is a fairly recent recording and just another scam.
Jeroen NL: Listen to the samples and turn your bass all the way down, you will hear better that it is NOT Elvis and it is NOT the TCB Band and it is NOT The Sweets and it is NOT JD & The Stamps...(News, Source: FECC)
Lisa Marie Presley merchandise survey: The webmasters for official Lisa Presley site have issued the following media release: Many LMP Fans have requested a wider variety of items in the LMP Merchandising arena. We've listened, and have decided get the ball rolling. We've posted a very short online questionnaire to get a better idea of what items should be made available. If you have a few moments, please visit our online survey and fill it out. (Lisa Presley's World, Source: Lisa Presley site)
June Juanico to speak at 2006 Elvis Insiders Conference: Graceland has announced that June Juanico, who dated Elvis between 1955 and 1957, will share her memories for Friday's segment of the 2006 Elvis Insiders Conference. (News, Source: EPE/Charmaine Voisine)
"Fake Elvis Aloha Rehearsal tapes scam on Ebay?": Jeremiah Smith is promoting a story and tape purporting to be Elvis recorded at rehearsal. The story is circulating on the various Internet Elvis groups. Michael intends selling the "mystery" tape on ebay. EIN has listened to the very hollow, muffled, low quality sound of clips from the tape, and in our opinion there is more than one "Elvis" singer, and many of the clips are not the voice of Elvis. Click to read Jeremiah Smith's claims
Jeremiah's story includes reference to Ernst Jorgensen having listened to the tape. EIN contacted Ernst about the tape and this was Ernst's reply:
"Have heard bits and pieces. My best guess is that it was recorded at a rehearsal for ALOHA FROM HAWAII in an empty halll (H.I.C. Arena??). It's recorded with a simple casette recorded from a seat in the hall and is very hollow in sound. It is however an interesting historical piece as far as I can tell. I have only heard bits and pieces of songs."
EIN Comment: If the tape was recorded all at one session it can't be pre-Aloha as Olivia Newton-John didn't release the original "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" until 1974. The FECC board includes an interesting message string about the tape. In EIN's opinion, it is a clear case of "caveat emptor" ("let the buyer beware"). (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Tupelo Elvis fan club resurrected: They still adamantly call themselves "The Elvis Presley Sweethearts," five die-hard school girls engrossed with the King. In 1955 they started the Tupelo Elvis Fan Club. A lifetime membership to the club was a quarter. "I didn't even have a quarter then," said Linda Hankins, who was the cousin of fan club president, Barbara Mallory, and was one of the first members of the club.
Elvis Festival returns to the Ramada Inn: Local New Jersey town prepares to welcome Elvis Impersonators back for their 5th annual visit to New Jersey. Attention Elvis Fans grab your guitars and head down to the Ramada Inn for a swinging Beach Party & Patriotic Celebration with Elvis®. Date: 2 July 2006 from 10am to 4pm.
Located at the Ramada Inn Highway 9 & 70 Toms River. Featuring 10 Elvis Tribute Artists & Zanzibar Music. Elvis memorabilia vendors and more. Admission is $15.00 per person at the door. Parking is FREE. 100% of the door money donated to Tabor House. Families are encouraged to come and enjoy this event. Children under 10 admitted FREE. FREE Pin Wheels to kids while supplies last. Starring Chris Presley, Johnny P, Sammy J, Jerry EL, Ruben Castillo, Ray Kaminski, Mike Marchitto, Mike Ratcliffe, Paul Daniels, Mike Brooks, special finale by Gene Dinapoli of New York. Sponsored by Andrew & Lori Howard, B&K enterprises Elvis Costumes, Banners courtesy of Point Pleasant Distributors Bill Scholl Marketing Specialist. See our display window showcase at Buckingham BUYRITE 1000 route 70 Lakewood NJ. Elvis® is a trademark of EPE 2006. This is a sanctioned and approved Fan Club event. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 1-732-818-3330. (News, Source: Lori Howard)
"Heartbreak Hotel" CD in Holland: In cooperation with the Dutch Postal Service the Dutch fan club Elvis For Everyone released a special CD entitled "Heartbreak Hotel" to celebrate the release of the first official Dutch Elvis stamp. 500 copies were pressed.
Track listing: 1. Intro “Heartbreak Hotel”/2-9. Elvis answers/10. Behind closed doors / The studio session excerpts #1/11-16. Elvis answers/17. Behind closed doors / The studio session excerpts #2/18-22. Elvis answers/23. Behind closed doors / The studio session excerpts #3/24-32. Elvis answers/33. Softly As I Leave You (spoken live version)/34. Softly As I Leave You (rehearsal)/35-37. Elvis Answers/38. June Carter Talks About Elvis / Elvis Poem (June 4, 1960)/39. Goodbye/40. Complete Robert Carlton Brown interview (March 24, 1956)/41. Complete New York press conference (June 9, 1972). (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Charmaine Voisine)
Tupelo Festival wrap: The carnival rides no longer scrape the sky. The stages are all packed up and put away. And the thousands of people are back to their daily lives. As Elvis Festival officials wind down from what was quite a busy weekend, their thoughts are definitely not on the 2007 event. "We're still trying to catch our breath. We haven't even gone there yet," said Linda Butler Johnson, executive director of the Tupelo City Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
New off-Broadway play "Elvis and Juliet": Fred Willard, star of such film mockumentaries was "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show," is dressed as Elvis in a new Off-Broadway play which opened June 7. This indicates that he is not acting in a revival of Ibsen's The Master Builder or Strindberg's The Father. Still, he is playing a patriarch in the new comedy, Elvis and Juliet, by his wife Mary Willard. Future in-laws clash in the play when the daughter of conservatives falls in love with the scion of a family of Vegas tribute artists. Previews began June 2 in a production by The Abingdon Theatre Company. Yvonne Conybeare directs the play about college sweethearts Juliet Jones and Elvis Lesley, whose "upcoming nuptials will soon face the truest test of love—watching their two families come together for the first time." Juliet is from a family of "conservative Connecticut academics," while Elvis hails from "a flamboyant Las Vegas clan of tribute artists." The work is billed as "a comedy about culture clash, family values and a little hunka-hunka burning love."
Fred Willard ("Everybody Loves Raymond") plays "The King" of the Lesley clan, and David Rasche (Manhattan Theatre Club's Moonlight and Magnolias, TV's "Sledge Hammer") is "his Rat Pack-lovin' brother." The cast also features Bridget Clark, Lori Gardner (as Juliet), Warren Kelley (as the Connecticut dad), Haskell King (as Elvis), Christy McIntosh, Carole Monferdini, Pamela Paul and Justin Schultz. See review above dated 15 June (News, Source: Playbill News)
Uri Geller reveals his "high price" for Audubon Drive residence: (see related story below dated 7 June 2006) As threats of legal action continue, psychic Uri Geller has revealed he and his partners were wliling to go as high as US$1.1m to buy Elvis' former Audubon Drive residence. Geller and his partners have hired the services of Memphis attorney, Douglas Alrutz, in the hopes of recovering the real estate. (News, Source: AP/Charmaine Voisine)
London's The Elvis Shop on the move: The Elvis Shop in East London is closing its physical doors due to rising costs. However, The Elvis Shop will continue to service fans as an Internet/Mail Order business with extra email addresses and an extra phone number to be added. Click to visit The Elvis Shop or contact them by email. (News, Source: Elvis The Man and His Music, #72 - June 2006)
Wright Penn starred in Kampmeier's earlier film "Virgin." The "Nine Lives" and "Empire Falls" co-star has Miramax's "Breaking and Entering" and Warner Brothers' "Beowulf" on tap. Already on the big screen in "Down in the Valley" and "16 Blocks" this spring, Morse has completed work on D.J. Caruso's "Disturbia" for DreamWorks. Morse and Wright Penn previously appeared together in Sean Penn's 1995 film "The Crossing Guard."
EIN comment: This film should be good publicity for ELVIS if it uses Elvis' real music & appeals to young kids. (News, Source: Zap2it)
Click for Elvis cheeseburger loaf recipe (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Elvii Radio update: Elvii Radio On June 10 we'll visit Bearcreek Farms in Bryant, IN for the 3rd year in a row. The Elvis Impersonator Contest will take place at 2pm on Saturday June 10 at the Goodtimes Theater.
Audubon Drive sale update - Mike Curb gazumps Uri Geller with $1m offer but who's telling furphies?: (see also earlier story below dated 3 June) Celebrity psychic Uri Geller says he's lost the Elvis Presley house he thought he bought last month. Geller and two partners were announced last month as the high bidders for Presley's former house on Audubon Drive. They bid $905,100 for the ranch-style house on eBay. But homeowner Cindy Hazen said Monday that they were unable to finalize the contract, so she and husband Mike Freeman sold the house Friday to Nashville record producer Mike Curb for $1 million. Hazen said Geller and a partner, New York attorney Peter Gleason, altered terms of the real estate deal so that it was unacceptable. But Geller said Hazen and Freeman reneged on the deal to accept a higher offer. He said he considers the sale to Curb "a breach of contract." "If I have to, I will take this to the Supreme Court. If I have to, I'll take this to the Pope," Geller told The Commercial Appeal newspaper by phone from his home outside London. Curb served as California chairman of Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1976, became lieutenant governor of California and, under Reagan, was appointed chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee. Curb's musical career began in California and including leading the Mike Curb Congregation ("Burning Bridges") and signing the Osmond family to a record contract. He now is chairman of Curb Records and head of the Mike Curb Family Foundation, which describes itself as a "philanthropic organization dedicated to preserving music history and promoting music business education." Curb's assistant, Becky Judd, said the Curb Foundation is negotiating with a Memphis college to operate a music education center at the home. She declined to name the college. Presley bought the four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house at 1034 Audubon Drive in 1956 with his early song royalties. The singer, his parents and grandmother lived there for 13 months before moving to a two-story colonial house already known as Graceland, the house that Elvis would make famous.
Memphis officials say any new owner of the home will have to go through public hearings and an exhaustive approval process for it to be used for anything other a residence. "Normally people are not that keen on having something in a residential neighborhood," said Mary L. Baker, deputy director of the city's Office of Planning and Development. (News, Source: San Francisco Chronicle)
Updated today - "Elvis Film Month": This month is "Elvis Film Month" on EIN. Today we have added another excerpt from Douglas Brodes' stimulating examination of Elvis' film career, Elvis Cinema & Popular Culture; Elvis' top 5 films as rated in the book, "High Five Video Guide"; Elvis' appearances in the Top Ten Movie Star list; and another rare Elvis film poster. (Celluloid Elvis, Source: EIN)
Better sound "Million Dollar Quartet" release in pipeline: From the latest issue of The Man & His Music magazine: "Set for release this year by BMG (or possibly FTD) is a repackaged version of the famed Million Dollar Quartet recordings. This will come from a much improved tape source and, for the first time, feature the material in its correct sequence. It will also run approximately 12 minutes longer than previous releases. December 4th 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic session, when Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash joined together for the first and only time for a jam session at Sun Records in Memphis". (News, Source: TM&HM)
Wink Martindale gets Hollywood Star: Veteran game show host Wink Martindale saw his name enshrined in concrete Friday as he received the 2,313th star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Martindale was a friend of Elvis' and interviewed him on his "Dance Party" TV show in Memphis on 20 June 1956. (News, Source: AP)
DJ Fontana Summer Tour: DJ Fontana will start a new summer tour this week in Europe, together with The Cadillac band. He will play 6 shows in Sweden and one in Milano, Italy. They made successful trip 2 months ago with the "Good Rockin' Tonight Tour". (News, Source: Elvis News)
Programming update for Elvis Radio/Sirius 13: The latest from Elvis Radio: Girl Happy is Bill Rock's Elvis movie of the week on Soundtrack Saturday Night. Doc Walker begins an Elvis Live In Concert special series chronicling four Follow That Dream Records concert releases in chronological order. He starts this week with Closing Night, a soundboard recording of Elvis's closing night of his August/September 1973 engagement at Las Vegas Hilton. The first seven songs are from the dinner show on September 3, and the remainder of the CD is from the midnight show. Check air times for this week's special programming and learn more about Elvis Radio on the Sirius Elvis page. Not a Sirius subscriber. Check it out with a free trial subscription. (News, Source: EPE)
Tupelo Homecoming report: Elvis World's Bill Burk sent us this report on the festivities at Tupelo over the weekend:
" We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend there, which included a re-enactment of the 1956 Homecoming concert and parade. We met and photographed many of the major players from 1956 and later had dinner with a few at Vanelli's -- one of Tupelo's finest restaurants!
The upcoming "Homecoming" DVD (still not finished) was previewed at the Lyric Theater. It's got great interviews and there are many who would love it in its current state. EW suggested to the producers that the DVD was a bit long; had lots of duplication; and could use some tightened editing before final release. We'll see how they react when the final product is out. This suggestion is one shared by a couple of other professionals who were there. More coverage of the weekend (both written and photographic) in Elvis World #81, coming to you in August." (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis' Army stint subject of photo exhibition: Elvis Presley’s stint in the U.S. Army has come to mark the end of the first wave of American rock n’ roll, as well as the most vital part of his music career. But for Harold Heikkinen, it was a time he’ll never forget, and photos he took at the time are now on public display at the Dee Stadium in Houghton, Michigan. (News, Source: Daily Mining Gazette/Charmaine Voisine)
Priscilla Presley speaks at alcohol rehab center: Last Saturday, Priscilla Presley spoke at the grand opening of Stone Hawk, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Albion's former Trillium Hospital. The appearance by the late Elvis Presley's wife was confirmed Thursday evening, said Per Wickstrom, president of Stone Hawk, which also has a facility in Battle Creek and is an affiliate of Narconon International. "She said, "If Elvis and I had known about Narconon, he would be alive today," Wickstrom said. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
New Elvis recordings discovered & new FTD book: Ernst Jorgensen reports in the recent Elvis 'The Man And His Music' magazine that a new live version of 'That's All Right' has been found from Elvis' performance in Meridian, Mississippi, in May 1955. This brings us more hope for finding other gems like Elvis' live versions of 'Only You' or 'Rock Around The Clock'. There is also the report that a new FTD book & CD project is being worked on called "Writing For The King" which will focus on Elvis' songwriters and feature a CD of demos plus a disc of Elvis outtakes. If anyone has heard writer Otis Blackwell's demos (Paralysed etc) then you know that Elvis fans will be in for a real treat. FTD is already working hard to finish their SUN CD & Book for release later this year. FTD's recent CD/book projects 'Flashback' & 'Rockin' Across Texas' have both been essential purchases. 'The Man & His Music' is highly recommended by EIN, subscribe now! (News, Source: TM&HM/EIN 2006)
Sale of EPE analysed: Sherwin Willmott takes a close look at the sale of 85% of EPE's marketing arm to businessman, Robert Sillerman and identifies a global market for the Elvis brand and a "sweetheart" deal for Lisa Presley. (Spotlight Elvis/Sale of EPE Archives)
Updated today - "Elvis Film Month": This month is "Elvis Film Month" on EIN. Today we have added a news item, article "The Truth About Elvis and Ann-Margret"; selected Elvis film grosses, and three more Elvis film posters from around the world. (Celluloid Elvis, Source: EIN)
The single-disc releases are geared toward reaching the casual and potential new Elvis fans who could be interested in this material but are not ready to commit to the pricier box sets. The single-disc editions also make it possible to get the Elvis '68 and Aloha material into retail outlets that don't carry DVDs above a certain price point. These single-discs will reach a broader market than the box sets have and should make a nice contribution to the growth of Elvis fandom worldwide.
Dirty dealings? - Uri Geller's Elvis museum plan dealt setback: Uri Geller's dream of turning the first home Elvis Presley owned into a museum dedicated to the paranormal has been dealt a setback nearly as bizarre as the spoon-bending trick that made the Israeli-born psychic famous. Geller, who thought he had purchased the Memphis property in an eBay auction last month for $905,100, learned on Friday the sellers had turned around and sold the 3,000-square-foot (280-sq-metres) house to a foundation set up by Mike Curb, the longtime music producer.
Updated today - "Elvis Film Month": This month is "Elvis Film Month" on EIN. Today we have added two more Elvis film posters from around the world and the first of several excerpts from Douglas Brodes' stimulating examination of Elvis' film career, Elvis Cinema & Popular Culture. (Celluloid Elvis, Source: EIN)
How Great Thou Arts' - Elvis Art Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland: Linda Ann Connell, author of the book, "The memphis lullaby", proivided us with the press release for what appears to be a very interesting and different Elvis exhibition. (News, Source: Linda Ann Connell)
Track listing I Found My Thrill featuring the Las Vegas January 27, 1974 Dinner Show: 2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / Let Me Be There / You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' / Sweet Caroline / Love Me Tender / Long Tall Sally - Whole Lotta Shakin? On - Mama Don't Dance - Flip , Flop And Fly - Jailhouse Rock - Hound Dog / Fever / Polk Salad Annie / Spanish Eyes / Suspicious Minds / Introductions / I Can't Stop Loving You / Help Me / An American Trilogy / A Big Hunk O' Love / Can't Help Falling In Love
Update - So how much for Elvis' THIRD house?: Following our story yesterday about the house Elvis bought on Lehr St, Memphis Mafia mamber, Marty Lacker, sent us this message:
"I might be mistaken because it's been a longtime ago but I believe the house on Lehr is the house that Elvis bought for Linda Thompson's parents. They lived in it and they and Linda thought it was theirs but it seems that Elvis' father kept it in Elvis' name instead, unbeknownst to them, and when Elvis died Vernon made them leave the house and Vester and Clettes presley moved into it. When Elvis bought it he told me that he bought it and gave it to the Thompsons and he was proud of doing so. Linda and her parents sued Vernon to get it back to no avail." (News, Source: Marty Lacker)
EP fans shattering myths!: Joe Car posted this interesting message on the FECC board:
'Since the advent of the internet and thanks to many unselfish EP fans, the myth of Elvis living like a recluse is slowly melting away with constant new photo's and stories of him doing this and that. We know Elvis went out, just not to restaurants, didn't appear on talk shows, nor did he attend high profile events such as the Oscars or Grammies, as he said much earlier in his life, he was "sneaky." Just another fabrication made up by the media. They had people by the shorthairs in the seventies, eighties and even until the mid-nineties because we pretty much had to believe them at their word, not anymore however! He also was quoted in the Houston press conference from Feb 1970, as saying he enjoyed "reading." We have since found out about his passion for reading, an everyday normal passion shared by millions of people worldwide, that EP enjoyed up until his death. I can't however thank enough the people who share their photo's or post stories that are new to a lot of us.' (News, Source: FECC)
Elvis International Shop in the Netherlands closes her doors: You're able to visit the Elvis International Shop for the last time this coming weekend. The shop will be OPEN Saturday June 2nd- Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th from 1300. PM - 1800 PM.
"Elvis Bulgaria" investigation smashes child exploitation network: Youngsters forced to work as modern 'Oliver Twists' · Police in Italy have smashed a criminal network that exploited hundreds of children from impoverished families in Bulgaria, forcing them to work as modern-day Oliver Twists.
The children, aged from nine, were sent out to beg on the streets and trained to pickpocket passengers on buses and subways.
Investigators said the youngsters were beaten or threatened if they did not fulfil their daily quota and were "relegated to the status of mere objects", after their families rented them out to the gang in exchange for a share in the profits or an immediate cash sum. In one case, officers in Venice came across a 13-year-old girl who was eight months' pregnant. "The group took advantage of the fact that a child under 14 cannot be arrested in Italy," Carabinieri official Gabriele Passarotto said.
Details of the investigation - codenamed Elvis Bulgaria - were revealed in Trieste in a press conference attended by Piero Grasso, Italy's chief prosecutor of organised crime. (News/Odd Spot, Source: The Guardian)
New restaurant to open at "Elvis Presley's Memphis" (News, Source: EPE)
Celebrity photographer dies: Photographer Peter C. Borsari, whose celebrity snapshots over three decades included candid moments of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Jack Nicholson, has died. He was 67. He captured images in 1969 of Elvis performing at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas (including the press conference), Elvis meeting Tom Jones back stage and Elvis performing at the Forum in Los Angeles. (News, Source: AP)
Jimmy Hoffa in Elvis' grave!: Conspiracy theorists have floated the hypothesis that it is Jimmy Hoffa, not Elvis, in Elvis Presley's grave. (Odd Spot, Source: ProgressiveU)
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m