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Wednesday 29 June 2011
Two Elvis major 1956 SONY/Legacy releases to match EPE’s 55th Anniversary Celebrations
- Click here to EIN's 'Young Man With The Big Beat' detailed information - and for special purchase deals.
Australians & New Zealanders can Pre-Order the deluxe box-set for only AU.$112 . An amazing deal.
'The Very Best Of Elvis Presley Live' new SONY budget CD: A "camden" CD for the new millenium? 14 classic Elvis in concert greatest-hits tracks for under US$10. Nothing from the 1972 tours and a pale shadow compared to other recent budget releases, like the excellent BMG Genre cd 'Elvis Live' which was similarly priced. Must have taken 30 seconds to design the cover! Interestingly most tracks are taken from the more recently released August 22nd 1969 show that featured on the 'In Person' FTD.
Release Date; July 12, 2011.
That's All Right (August 13, 1970)
Blue Suede Shoes (August 22, 1969)
All Shook Up (August 22, 1969)
Love Me Tender (August 22, 1969)
Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (August 22, 1969)
Heartbreak Hotel (August 22, 1969)
Hound Dog (August 22, 1969)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (August 22, 1969)
The Wonder Of You (August 13, 1970)
An American Trilogy (January 14, 1973)
Burning Love (January 14, 1973)
In the Ghetto (August 22, 1969)
Suspicious Minds (August 22, 1969)
Can't Help Falling In Love (August 22, 1969)
Click here for purchase details
(News, Source:ElvisWorldJapan/EIN)

Jim Curtin Passed Away:  It is with great sadness that I must report that Jim E. Curtin, Elvis impersonator and collector supreme, passed away this past weekend. I received the sad news from my oldest friend in the Elvis world Paul Dowling this morning.  Paul and I were just young pups when we first met Jim (the original Elvis freak).  His knowledge of everything Elvis was astounding and, in fact, I learned much from him about the world of Elvis records. At one point Jim Curtin (shown right with Elvis) presented Elvis with a black Gibson acoustic guitar with "EP" in the neck and Elvis gave him a jumpsuit to thank him. Jim Curtin's huge Elvis collection included 3 jumpsuits and thousands of unique pictures. The majority of his collection has been noticed when it was auctioned off. Jim wasn't very active in the Elvis world in recent years but his contributions to the world of Elvis collecting will not be forgotten. Jim produced a number of good books including Christmas With Elvis; Unseen Elvis: Candids of the King; Elvis The Early Years; Elvis and the Stars and The Elvis Scrapbook.
May God Bless his soul. - Paul Lichter
(News, Source;PaulLichter)

'Elvis - Original Album Classics' - new SONY box-set: The Colonel would be proud as SONY release a 5-CD box set of Elvis' 'Gold Records' series. The original series started in 1958 and subsequent titles followed in 1959, 1963, 1968 & 1985.

Volume one of this 'Original Album Classics' series was back in 2008 with five albums from 'Elvis Presley' to 'GI Blues'
Release date August 1st.

Click here for more info

(News, Source;AmazonUK)

Wanda Jackson credits Elvis for foundation of her career: Wanda Jackson, now 73, is still touring and has had her recent CD produced by Jack White of the White Stripes
"I haven't quit working," Jackson said during a recent phone interview in advance of her Summerfest show. "I did take some time off for one year, but I had to get back on the road, because life at home was destroying me. So much of what I've recorded was in Europe, and I'd also been in gospel music. It was a very rewarding time for me."
Nevertheless, her return to larger infamy is a result of her return to rockabilly - and of the encouragement of Jack White, whose work with the White Stripes and elsewhere has often shown the influence of the '50s. Jackson and White first discussed collaborating when Jackson was considering a duets album. On the advice of a friend of her publicist, she got in touch with White.
The resulting album, "The Party Ain't Over," came out early this year, and it pairs Jackson's distinctive high-pitched growl to songs as varied as Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel #6," to Amy Winehouse's "You Know That I'm No Good."
"The Party Ain't Over" is meant to return Jackson to her rockabilly glory, and even its title is a nod to her biggest hit in that realm, "Let's Have a Party." And White couldn't have been unaware that Elvis Presley had also recorded that song, or that Presley and Jackson toured together in 1955 and '56.
"Elvis was so playful and had so much fun onstage," Jackson said of Presley. "I remembered that that's what I needed to do. I caused everybody to have a good time, and I learned that from Elvis."
Presley was also the one who encouraged her to become, for all intents and purposes, the first female rock 'n' roll singer.
"I told him I couldn't sing that kind of music," Jackson said. "He said, 'Well, I think you can, and if your ambition is to become a big name, you need to start doing that.' That encouragement and wisdom he gave me was valuable. I'm still enjoying the fruits of my labor back then."
Elvis fans should consider what a potential classic album could have been recorded in 2011 with Elvis Presley & producer Jack White at the helm - a real shame the King left the building way too early. .  
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Damaged in Fire: Wearing his Elvis-print pajamas, musician and Sun Studio's engineer, Cowboy Jack Clement watched as 40 firefighters hosed down his house Saturday afternoon for more than an hour—the result of an undetermined fire.
Clement’s Tennessee home has been the site of legendary recordings, including those of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and John Prine. In his 30-year-old studio, the producer stored master tapes of these recordings, as well as other memorabilia that was lost in the fire.
However, Clement’s girlfriend, friends and three cats managed to escape the fire. He also was able to retrieve his "baby"—a Gibson J200 he purchased in 1951 while in the Marines. The guitar reportedly was scratched by Elvis Presley’s belt buckle.
"That guitar means more to me than the house," Clement told The Tennessean.

Clement has worked with rock ‘n’ roll legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins, as well as many others. He’s produced tracks for U2 and Louis Armstrong.
The 80-year-old producer bought the house 1970.
(News, Source;AP)

Monday 27 June 2011

'Elvis Presley And Nancy Sinatra On The Speedway' Book Review: A JAT production, the book features text by Paul Lichter and inside there are hundreds of world premier photos never-seen-before including the director Norman Taurog's inside Elvis' Palm Springs home and behind the scenes with Norman Taurog, Elvis and Nancy. Approximately 300 exclusive and breathtaking photographs!!!

A definitive look at Elvis' movie Speedway, following on from JAT's highly recommended classic look at Viva Las Vegas.

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson checks out this new JAT quality hardback look at Elvis' 27th movie filmed in late 1967.

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

June 26th Elvis Anniversary - Can it really be 34 years ago?: June 26th is a major anniversary in the life of Elvis Presley and his legacy. Not only does the date celebrate the birthday of Elvis manager 'Col' Tom Parker - but also the death of Vernon Presley, Elvis' father, in 1979.
On June 26, 1977 Elvis performed on stage in Indianapolis Market Square Garden for the very last time. 
The local newspaper The Indianapolis Star reported:

18,000 enthusiastic, sweaty-palmed fans at Market Square Arena prepared to greet royalty-the hip-swivelling singer who has been called the King of rock 'n' roll since the Mid-1950s.
Elvis. His name was everywhere: on posters, buttons, souvenir books, T-shirts, hats, and homemade clothes that proclaimed with personal touches, admiration for a man idolised by millions.
Elvis appeared, in a gold and white jumpsuit and white boots, bounding onstage with energy that was a relief to everyone. At 42, Elvis is still carrying around some excess baggage on his mid-section, but it didn't stop him from giving a performance in true Presley style.
His opening number, the audience-grabbing 'C.C. Rider', got his portion of the show off to a flash-bulb-popping, hand-clapping start. His 'Amen', in which he encouraged everyone to lap and sing along, seemed to bring everyone together, as did 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'I got a woman.'
His older numbers seemed to draw more applause, although just about everything he did created mass hysteria, especially his "leg jerks."
One of his best numbers, we feel, was 'It's Now Or Never', followed by a medley of his hits. He also offered 'This Time You Gave Me A Mountain',
and 'Fairytale', plus several others. He also did his famous "I uh, well, well, well, well, well, well" monologue, which seems to turn dyed-in-the-roots Elvis fans on. They coveted scarves, tossed into the audience after gracing the singer's neck, caused mad scrambles by the stage as he got rid of them just about as fast as they were put around his neck. The fans were well-behaved, considering the usual stampedes that take place at rock concerts.
The packed Arena was indication enough that Elvis is still as popular as ever. Well, well, well, well.- The Indianapolis Star
Elvis would never perform on stage again - Long Live The King.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Michael Jackson the second Anniversary: Saturday marked the second anniversary of the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Fans came from all parts of the US, from Europe, Australia and Japan, to remember their idol but in surprising low numbers compared to the well-marketed sales of his legacy.
At Jackson's final resting place at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles, there were only a few hundred fans who filed past barricades to get close to the mausoleum where Jackson is interred.
Compared to the sometimes 70,000 fans that attend the Memphis commemoration of Elvis Presley's death some 30 years after his passing, what does it say for the enduring legacy of Jackson's music. Will Michael Jackson's impact on popular culture fade faster than any Epic/Sony marketing man feared. Surprisingly Jackson's first posthumous album of original material 'Michael' also failed to make Number 1 in the charts.
Michael Jackson died in his LA home on June 25, 2009, while rehearsing for an
ambitious concert tour. The cause of death is deemed an overdose of painkillers, but details remain unclear.
The trial against the singer's personal physician, Doctor Conrad Murray is ongoing. Murray insists he is innocent and rejects the charges of unpremeditated murder.
Jackson's first wife Lisa Marie Presley is reported to have said in a recent interview that the singer was afraid for his life and believed he might be killed so that certain individuals can profiteer from his songs.
Rihanna and Usher were among the stars who gave emotional tributes to late superstar Michael Jackson on the second anniversary of his death.
Go here to EIN's 2009 article 'Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star?' and other Jackson Lisa Marie links.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Sonny West Health Update: Sandy Pichon has sent us the following upon visiting Sonny West in hospital.. When we arrived we were distressed to see him. His color was gray, he had many cuts and abrasions and bruises and his hands, feet and legs were very swollen. His spleen was lacerated and his heart was not functioning normally. He is on oxygen and was in a lot of pain. Sonny had blood clots in his lungs (pulmonary emboli) and in his legs. It was urgent that a Vena Cava Filter be put in place to prevent more clots from entering his lungs or his heart. We prayed with him, consent forms were signed and he was taken down. The procedure was performed immediately and his color began to improve. We were able to talk with him more until he asked for more pain meds. He is not out of the woods yet. The dr is unable to put him on blood thinner due to the spleen as a spleen bleed could be fatal, as could the clots. The dr said that the fall actually saved his life as they believe the clots were there before the fall and had he not been brought to the hospital he would have died. Sonny asked me to thank you for your prayers and that you continue to lift him up until he is completely healed. He is anxious to get back to work on his movie Fame and Fortune. He is too sick to receive visitors, but if you would like to send a card to Sonny, you can send it to me at PO Box 161052, Memphis TN 38186. I plan to go back to Nashville soon as I promised Judy I would certainly be there for them when they need me. This is a very difficult time and I ask that you all please continue your prayers. I will update you as his condition progresses. - Sandi Pichon.
(News, Source;SandiPichon)

Greatest Rock Concert Poster of All Time: Andrew Hawley an avid vintage rock concert poster collector believes the greatest rock concert poster was printed by Hatch Show Print for the 1956 Elvis Presley tour. He bought the only know existing original of the Elvis Jacksonville, Florida concert poster from Jordanaires member - Gordon Stoker.
How Hawley acquired the Jacksonville Elvis concert poster started when Gordon Stoker, the tenor and manager for the renowned singing group Jordanaires, noticed the Elvis concert poster nailed to a tree when driving to a rehearsal before the Jacksonville show in 1956. Stoker saw that the name of his vocal group was misspelt with two "o’s" instead of one. He stopped the car and took the poster from the tree. He folded it and placed it under his car seat. Twenty-one years later the poster resurfaced. Hawley got wind that one of the Jordanaires had a 1956 Elvis concert poster. He contacted Ray Walker a Jordanaire member who mentioned that Stoker had it. After much effort to meet Gordon Stoker, Hawley met him in Nashville at a recording studio and acquired the poster.
According to Hawley, "The Hatch Show Print Elvis Presley concert posters for
1956 tour are the greatest rock poster of all time. The big red block lettering on white background is stunning on this large 22 by 28 inch concert poster. It is striking because of its size, use of bold bright colors, and images on a white background. The gigantic image of Elvis on the poster is called "the tonsil shot". Many people claim they took this picture of Elvis. It was taken in Tampa, Florida in the summer of 1955."
Hawley continues, "Hatch printed the concert posters in Nashville, Tennessee and shipped them to Jacksonville and other venues by Greyhound Bus. Elvis did a string of shows in Florida in August of 1956 and posters looked exactly alike, but different venue information was printed on the tour blanks depending on where he was playing." 
This poster can be viewed here.
Hawley will pay $25,000 for original vintage 1956 Elvis Presley concert posters.
(News, Source;PR)

'Alternate G.I. Blues' CD: Rumoured for release on August 8th, making the most of UK's Public Domain law and MRS's recent GI Blues Cafe Europa Sessions. "G.I. Blues - The Alternate Album Version". The album features 26 outtakes and movie versions, 19 of the outtakes were previously released for the first time officially with the release of the Memphis Recording Service 4 CD set "The Cafe Europa Sessions" and the remaining 7 tracks are all previously unreleased movie versions.
The suggested Retail Price is: £8.99
Track-listing G.I. Blues - The Alternate Album Version:
The Alternative Album:
1. Tonight Is So Right For Love (Take 9)
2. Whats She Really Like (Take 13)
3. Frankfort Special (Take 8)
4. Wooden Heart (Take 4)
5. G.I. Blues (Master)
6. Pocketful Of Rainbows (Take 8)
7. Shoppin Around (Take 10)
8. Big Boots (Fast Version; Take 5)
9. Didja Ever (Master)
10. Blue Suede Shoes (Take 1)
11. Doin The Best I Can (Master)
More Outtakes:
12. Tonight's All Right For Love (Master)
13. Pocketful Of Rainbows (Take 7)
14. Shoppin Around (Version 2; Take 2)
15. Frankfort Special (Fast Version; Take 7)
16. Tonight Is So Right For Love (Take 4)
17. Whats She Really Like (Take 11)

(News, Source: elv75)
18. Big Boots (Slow Version; Take 6)
19. Tonights All Right For Love (Take 1)
Movie Versions:
20. Frankfort Special (Movie Version)
21. Shoppin Around (Movie Version)
22. Tonight Is So Right For Love (Movie Version)
23. Wooden Heart (Movie Version)
24. Pocketful Of Rainbows (Movie Version)
25. Big Boots (Movie Version)
26. Didja Ever (Movie Version)

Saturday 25 June 2011
'Why ELVIS Left The Building' - Book Review: Being republished now is one of the worst-ever books about Elvis - full of lies and totally denigrating our man.
"Elvis had rotten green and yellow teeth" and "Elvis was the Forrest Gump of the Lauderdale Courts" are just some of the ridiculous claims by Jimmy Denson from whom the material for this book is sourced.
The book promotion is misleadingly positive, stating .. "In this phenomenal book written by Heart Lanier Shapré, amazingly, seven lost years of the King’s childhood are revealed. Learn the foundations of what shaped this mega star’s life. Of all the entertainers who have influenced pop culture over the past 50 years, Elvis Presley stands at the top. His influence can be felt in music, film, fashion, and in the emotions of all the lives he has touched around the world." (see publicity news item below).
EIN presents its original 2006 review of this book from Nigel Patterson - who has read some terrible books in his time - but says this is worse than the Albert Goldman fiasco. - Go here to reveal all.
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis - Live At The International' - New book: By author Kieran Davis the book tells the full story of Elvis' time at the International Hotel from August 1969 to September 1971. This book contains ~150 pages describing in meticulous detail exactly what it was like to see Elvis at the International. Taken from the diaries of super fan Peggy Elzea, the chapters describe meeting Elvis backstage, the shows, the hotel, the staff, the food, even the call girls. There are sections of tape transcripts, jumpsuit descriptions, photographs of memorabilia, the hotel's advertising campaign, the list goes on. If you ever wanted to know how Elvis chipped his tooth on stage in 1971 even that is in here. With over 100,000 words, there will never be a better chance to read about Elvis' first five engagements in Vegas as seen through the eyes of a fan who was there. Peggy wrote her memories down forty years ago and so they are as honest and fresh as if it all just happened yesterday. There has never been a book like this.
This hard cover A4/letter sized book will be available soon
EIN notes that 'Elvis On Tour November 1971' also by Kieran Davis is one of the best Elvis books recently released - A detailed EIN review will be published soon.
(News, Source; KieranDavis)

Sonny West In Hospital: Sonny West, co-author of the August 1977 gossip book "Elvis What Happened?!" and a sometimes persona non-grata at Elvis events, took a fall off his daughter's porch. The circumstances are not clear, but apparently the man broke 3 ribs and also has some cuts, abrasions and bruises. He is in the hospital recovering.

Go here to EIN's exclusive interview with Sonny West in 2007.

(News, Source:ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS LIVES Elvis Tribute Artist Tour announced by EPE: Having finally decided to acknowledge Elvis impersonators after many years, EPE is now taking them out on an extensive USA tour! EPE states.. "Capitalizing on the rave reviews of its initial debut in 2010, the touring production has been enhanced to capture the imaginations and interests of all types of fans including Broadway, concert and Elvis aficionados.
These performers deliver a moving musical presentation of the greatest entertainer that ever lived. The Elvis tribute artists will be joined by a live band, back-up singers, dancers, and an Ann-Margret tribute artist, as well as iconic imagery made available from the Graceland archives.
The nationwide tour will kick off in Morganton, North Carolina, on January 14, 2012, and continue to more than 20 additional cities. Subscription tickets in select markets are currently on sale. Single ticket on-sale dates for multiple markets will be announced soon.
EIN wonders what the real Elvis would think!

Go here for the US tour dates and more details.
(News, Source;EPE)

Elvis' Personal Brass Coil Letter Holder From His Desk - On Ebay: Marty Lacker has two new Elvis items on Ebay, which he has decided to sell due to unfortunate medical bills.  Relisted at a cheaper price.
As described, "One night, a few days after Elvis opened his office in a new business complex near the Memphis airport, he wanted to take a ride with Marty to see his offices. After telling Marty how much he liked the offices they went back to Graceland and went upstairs to Elvis' Graceland office.  About 20 minutes into their discussion about various things  Elvis took a brass coil shaped note and letter holder from his desk, as shown, and asked Marty if he could use it in his new office, he then gave it to Marty. ....  Marty has had the holder for the last 40 years and utilized it in his Mempro office and for the last 14 in his home office."
For more info and to bid on this unique item Click Here.
(News, Source;EBay)

Elvis' Personal Brass Note Paper Holder From His Office:
As described, "One night up in Elvis' Graceland office shortly after Marty began Pepper Records, Elvis took a brass note paper holder from his desk, as shown, and asked Marty if he could use it in his office at Pepper, he then gave it to Marty.
He has decided to sell it to some lucky Elvis fan or collector as he has large hospital and medical bills to pay. Lucky high bidder will receive a letter of authenticity from Marty Lacker. Relisted at a cheaper price.
For more info and to bid on this unique item Click Here.
(News, Source;EBay)

Thursday 23 June 2011 - Now Updated

'Young Man With The Big Beat' UK Release Info: EIN contributor Brian Quinn contacted Sony(UK) to ask if the new box-set would get a UK release and what were its chart prospects.
SONY replied, "Yes it will be released in the UK. It’s a high end piece so will get focused but limited promotion. Not sure it’s chart eligible but with the numbers we can sell it wouldn’t bother the UK top 40."
GO here for full 'Young Man With The Big Beat' details.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Billboard Explores Elvis' Record-Breaking Span on the Charts: To celebrate the longest day of the year on June 21, Billboard.com is taking a look at some of the "longest" record-breaking moments on the Billboard charts. That includes a record-breaker from the King of Rock 'n' Roll!
According to Billboard, Elvis Presley has the longest span of #1 albums on the Billboard 200. Elvis had his first #1 46 years, 5 months and three weeks before his last one. The king's first #1 album was "Elvis Presley," which first hit the top spot on May 5, 1956. His most recent #1 album was "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" which was in the top spot on October 26, 2002.

Click here to Billboards record-breaking moments!
(News, Source;EPE)

'Viva Las Vegas' special LA showing this Saturday: The Alex Film Society in Glendale, L.A, presents a special showing of 'Viva Las Vegas', this Saturday June 25. - Elvis is at the wheel but Ann-Margret drives him wild! The sizzling combination of Elvis Presley and vixen Ann-Margret is enough to carry Viva Las Vegas over the top, even with several flashy musical numbers, a glamorous locale and one electrifying auto race sequence.
Viva Las Vegas stars include Cesare Danova, William Demarest, Nicky Blair, and Jack Carter. Produced and directed by George Sidney.
Legendary actor and comedian Jack Carter (right) will be the special guest at the 8pm screening. Join the Alex Film Society and meet Mr. Carter at our Members Only reception.

Elvis fans in LA, Don't Miss this!
Go here for more info - Starts at 8:00 PM.

Please note that Elvis author Ken Sharp will also be at this special L.A. 'Viva Las Vegas' event and will be on-hand to sell signed copies of his fabulous 'Vegas '69' book after the show. He may also have a few copies of his excellent "Writing for the King" book which is now out of print and hard to find.
LA Elvis fans don't miss out as the 'Vegas '69' book will be at a special show sale-price!

Go here to EIN's review of the must-have 'Vegas '69' & also 'Writing For The King'

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis' Martin Guitar Featured on Fox 10 Phoenix TV: There was great coverage for Elvis Presley's iconic Martin D28 acoustic guitar, now on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona! Fox 10 Phoenix recently did a feature on the historic instrument, which is currently being restored by museum conservators. Elvis played this guitar during his last concert on June 26, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will be restored to the condition in which he last played it.
In August, the Musical Instrument Museum will unveil a new Elvis Presley exhibit in its Artist Gallery. The exhibit will include a rich selection of Elvis' musical instruments, clothing, personal items, and other artifacts from the Graceland archives.
Click here to watch the Fox 10 story on Elvis' guitar!
(News, Source;EPE/Fox10)

Elvis Voted 3rd in NME Poll: A disappointment, but perhaps not a surprise when Michael Jackson was voted #1 in UK magazine NME's poll of the 'Greatest Singers Of All Time'. Freddie Mercury came second, with ELVIS coming third. NME.com states that 10 million votes were cast and there were 4000 Facebook comments.
EIN suspects that this poll reflects the number of their fans active on the Internet.
Several EIN members asked us why the NME scores did not change over several days, yet the site said they were updated every 30 minutes.
EIN wrote to NME but got no answer.
Of course Freddie Mercury would certainly be an NME reader favourite - and Jackson the most publicised performer of late. Thank God Justin Bieber didn't win!
EIN contributor Brian Quinn in the UK comments.. I concur with the observations of those who voted in the NME Poll. Votes for Elvis were going fine on some days but as soon as they started to increase faster than those of Jackson or Mercury they suddenly halted. Another interesting observation was that Mercury's vote never moved for the last week of the poll. It looks as though the vast majority of votes for Mercury and Jackson occurred before the Elvis fans got wind of the poll. I suspect the NME did not want Elvis to win as he does not fit into their 'purchasing' demographics. There is no way that Elvis fans are going to take out subscriptions to the NME!
Go here to NME's Poll
(News, Source;NME/BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Why ELVIS Left The Building' New Re-publish: The publicity states .. Before there was Michael Jackson and The Beatles, there was Elvis. Of all the entertainers who have influenced pop culture over the past 50 years, Elvis Presley stands at the top. His influence can be felt in music, film, fashion, and in the emotions of all the lives he has touched around the world. In this phenomenal book written by Heart Lanier Shapré, amazingly, seven lost years of the King’s childhood are revealed. Learn the foundations of what shaped this mega star’s life. 'Why ELVIS Left The Building - Revealing Seven Lost Years' explains the truth of these lost childhood years based on interviews with the book’s narrator, James Samuel Denson, who was selected by Gladys Presley to help raise her son Elvis, and on the DVD Elvis Through My Eyes. Notes the author, "The story has to be told; there was a person up there on stage beneath those costumes who had struggles, FBI involvement and is a phenomenon of life. What was the price?" To quote Elvis, "My image is one thing and the human being is another … it’s hard to live up to an image."
EIN Note – This is an update of the 2006 book. The above publicity is very misleading.EIN cannot recommend this book since it denigrates Elvis in a worse way than Albert Goldman! EIN review coming soon.

Go here to the author's website for details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Apollo Global Completes Acquisition of EPE owner CKx: The $510 million deal by Apollo Global has now taken the company, which also owns 'American Idol', 'So You Think You Can Dance' along with EPE, the rights to the likeness and names of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali. After failed acquisition attempts by others in recent years, Apollo made a cash tender offer of $5.50 per share for CKx and a follow-up offer, which expired earlier this week.
Since CKx is privately owned now, trading of its stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market was suspended prior to the opening of Wednesday trading.
Also see Monday's news story below.
(News, Source;AP/EIN)

Graceland Hit By Storm: Elvis Express reports that they had been informed that Memphis was hit by a horrible storm last Thursday night and the Graceland mansion & grounds received damage.
The mansion had minor damage while the ground lost five of it's trees, four of which were big
and visible to visitors.
The Racquetball building narrowly (right) missed a direct hit from one of the tree's and the mansion
lost power and was running on generator power most of the day.

See Elvis Express radio for more details.
(News, Source;ElvisExpress)

Las Vegas Elvis Festival Details Announced: The first annual Las Vegas Elvis Fest will be held at the legendary Las Vegas Hilton on July 28-30, 2011. As the home to Elvis' record breaking sold out Las Vegas run, there's no better place outside of Memphis to surround yourself in the sights and sounds of the King of Rock 'n' Roll!
The three-day event will be hosted by one of Elvis’ closest friends, Joe Esposito, and will feature over forty of the world’s top Elvis tribute artists participating in a Tribute Artist Showcase, the Heart of the King Awards Concert, and the special recreation of Elvis’ "That’s the Way it Is" concert featuring Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Shawn Klush. He'll appear on stage with Elvis’ back up singers The Sweet Inspirations, Elvis’ Imperials and comedian Sammy Shore who opened for Elvis during the original show.
Other highlights on tap throughout the weekend will include Elvis collectibles, Elvis at the Hilton memorabilia displays, after hours parties and events, discounted tickets to Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil, tours of Elvis’ dressing room, and a special celebrity forum where Elvis fans will be able to meet many of Elvis’ friends, confidants and movie co-stars.
Go here for more details.
(News, Source;EPE)

Monday 20 June 2011
'The Essential ’77 Soundboard Collection' New Import CD: A newly announced 3-CD set from the GrooveMasters Label.
The publicity states, "Yes, It’s possible, a brand new set with really improved sound quality.
This brand new 3 cd set of 1977 soundboard recordings.
Groove masters wants to take a lead by offering you the best available sound quality to date of these recordings by mastering the groove!
Warning: If you’re used to average sound, Please, first sit down before pushing Play."
This Orlando soundboard was recorded on February 15th, 1977. Clearly, it was a good night. There’s a ‘joie de vivre’ in Elvis’ performance that was generally lacking in that final year. Particularly impressive are his astounding renditions of ‘Hurt’ and ‘My Way’. A heart-warming performance – captured in a vibrant and exciting live sound.
On May 3rd, 1977, Elvis Presley performed in Saginaw, MI for the second time on this tour. This performance was also the final night of the tour. It’s clear that Elvis is exhausted, but nevertheless he does his best to give the crowd their money’s worth. He even opens with ‘That’s All Right Mama’

instead of the usual ‘C.C. Rider’. An above-par performance from a very troubled year for Elvis.
This soundboard tape was recorded near the end of Elvis’ final tour, in Madison, WI on June 24th, 1977.
His regular drummer Ronnie Tutt was replaced on this night by the Sweet Inspirations drummer, Jerome ‘Stump’ Monroe. And considering the fact that Jerome was asked to fill in during the soundcheck with no possibility to rehearse, he does a tremendous job: "Leave the driving to Stump!".
EIN notes that this is the second version of the Madison Concert announced this week.
GO here to EIN's review of this June 24th, 1977 concert, originally released as part of 'The Final Curtain' box-set.
Go here to EIN's exclusive Interview with Stump Monroe.
_ Check out all the tracklisting at EIN's Elvis 2011 CD News
(News, Source;GrooveMaster)

Graceland expansion slated for 2012 / 2013: With the Apollo CKX takeover in progress the slated Graceland expansion has been mentioned. .. "In connection with the definitive merger agreement reached with CKX, Apollo has also obtained support agreements from two significant stockholders, The Promenade Trust, the sole beneficiary of which is Lisa Marie Presley and which is the Company's partner in EPE, and Robert F.X. Sillerman, the Company's largest stockholder. CKX will become a private company, controlled by an affiliate of Apollo, after completion of the offering.
Analyst Michael Altberg commented, "We believe potential volatility in the domestic television performance of American Idol, and the characteristic long-term decline of such shows, would have negative repercussions on revenue generated" noting that these factors are only partly offset by American Idol's current dominance of primetime audience ratings, and some degree of annual revenue visibility due to TV license fees and royalties/licensing revenue from its 85% ownership interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises. The Graceland tourist attraction, while popular, is slated for expansion capital expenditures in 2012 and 2013, and involves a risk of return on investment."
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'ELVIS Superstar Outakes Vol.2' - New Import: Released in the late 1970s both 'Elvis Superstar Outakes' Volume 1 and Volume 2 are considered these days as true bootleg classics. With the beautiful sleeves they are highly collectable among many Elvis vinyl collectors and mint copies are still sold for huge prices on the internet. Volume 2 now looks back at the old vinyl bootleg from the past 
- Limited Edition of only 500 copies
- Original reproduced sleeves artwork
- 8 page booklet with rarely seen pictures from the 50s and 70s
- Original tracklist PLUS many great BONUS tracks
'ELVIS Superstar Outakes Vol.2' features THE DORSEY SHOWS
First Show, jan 28 1956:
01 Shake Rattle And Roll / Flip Flop And Fly
02 I Got a Woman
Second Show feb 4, 1956:
03 Baby Lets Play House
04 Heartbreak Hotel
Third Show, feb. 11, 1956:
05 Blue Suede Shoes
06 Heartbreak Hotel
Fourth Show, feb 18, 1956:
07 Tutti Frutti
08 I Was The One
Fifth Show, march 17, 1956:
09 Blue Suede Shoes
10 Heartbreak Hotel
Sixth Show, march 24, 1956:
11 Money Honey
12 Heartbreak Hotel
NASHVILLE STUDIOS June/September 1970
13 Rags To Riches
14 The Sound Of Your Cry
The Las Vegas Hilton 197215 An American Trilogy
16 Never Been To Spain
17 You Gave Me A Mountain

18 A Big Hunk O' Love
19 It's Impossible20 The Impossible Dream
21 It's Over
Louisiana Hayride, August 20 , 1955:
22 Maybelline
Informal Rehearsals 1972/1973:
23 I've Got to Go
24 Portrait of My Love
25 I'm Leaving It Up To You - Asheville, July `24, 1975:
26 Pieces of My Life (only live version available)
TOTAL PLAYING TIME 67:20 minutes

(News, Source;Superstar)

VIVA ELVIS on the 38th Emmy Awards: Fans who tuned into 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS, witnessed an exciting performance from Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil from the hit Las Vegas show.
The show was broadcast from Las Vegas.
Good to see the show still getting good publicity.

Go here to EIN's 'VIVA ELVIS!' for all the previous Cirque news updates


(News, Source;VivaElvis)

Saturday 18 June 2011
'Elvis In The Beginning - Mr. Dynamite' - New JAT Special: In 1955, to promote Elvis’ performance in Texarkana, Arkansas, at the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium, an interview was  conducted by Elvis’ then manager, Bob Neal. It featured Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black. This interview, recorded in Memphis Tennessee is one of the earliest known Elvis Presley interviews.  JAT Records, through a special arrangement with  Memphis Flash Records, has obtained the original, vintage vinyl interview record and label, complete with a special  two-sided Elvis Presley Picture Sleeve, but that’s not all. 
In 1956, the year Elvis changed the world forever, Colonel Parker produced the first 100% Elvis tour book, that  accompanied Elvis on his concert stops. This nostalgic photo book included stories and photos of Elvis rockin’, Elvis with his parents, and much more.
Now, for the first time ever, with the purchase of the reproduced vintage vinyl interview  record, you will receive a stunning reproduction of the legendary Elvis (Mr. Dynamite) tour book, absolutely free.  This special product from JAT Records/Memphis Flash, is a limited edition & a Rush Release. 
Price $29.95.
Go here to purchase and for more info.
(News, Source;PL/JAT)

More Paul Lichter/Joe Tunzi Book News:
1 - '71 At 40- the Paul Lichter/Joe Tunzi book, will be released at the end of this month and is still available at Elvis Unique Record Club at the pre-publication price of $49.99 until then.
Go here for the special offer.
2- 'Elvis Rock, Sex And Roll' - the Paul Lichter/Joe Tunzi book, , will be the biggest book ever produced by JAT and will give every Elvis fan much, much more than they ever could imagine.  Others have attempted books on Elvis 1956, the year he changed the world, but all have fallen short.  Elvis Rock, Sex And Roll is guaranteed to raise the bar and set the standard.
3. 'Elvis In Vegas' by Paul Lichter coming soon. Bud Glass, Elvis historian says, "Fasten your seatbelt and hold on tight! Paul Lichter is taking you back to a magical time in Las Vegas when Elvis set up court and reigned as King. He may have toured the country, but when it came to live performances, Las Vegas was home to Elvis . . . The book in your hands is a virtual time capsule that will allow you to relive the excitement of Elvis on stage in Vegas."
Go here to 'Overlook Press' for more info.
4 - An EIN Exclusive - JAT Publications will close out the year with a Paul Lichter/Joe Tunzi surprise book release. 
Details will follow and the Elvis Information Network will be the first to supply that information.
(News, Source;PL/JAT)

ELVIS WINS!! - Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash?: During last Monday's US Republican debate in New Hampshire, CNN's John King broke from serious policy discussion to ask Michele Bachmann which she preferred: Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash.
The quality UK newspaper The Guardian followed with an on-line Poll of Elvis vs Johnny Cash,
But as someone noted, "In the history of Rock and Roll, Elvis gets a chapter. Cash gets a footnote".
The race was close with one day to go - but in the end Elvis rocked through with a 64% WIN (but of course)

Click HERE to see the results and comments

(News; Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Viva Las Vegas' candids for sale again!: More Ebay News - It seemed an amazing price to pay for 11 candid photos  - US$6,300, and lo-and-behold the winning bidder was faking it!
So these 11 never-before-seen-candid photos of Elvis taken during the making of "Viva Las Vegas" are back on ebay.
When asked about the reappearance of the rare Elvis snaps, the seller said; "the winning bidder did not pay & 2nd chance bidder never responded. Both have now been blocked from bidding. Best I can figure was two people with nothing better to do"... The Elvis world never ceases to amaze me.

Go here once again for your chance to purchase. Current Bid now only US$300.

(News, Source;ElvisMatters/EIN)

Rare Elvis letter to UK fan to be auctioned: A rare thank you letter from Elvis Presley, discovered by the family of a lifelong fan after her death, is to be auctioned.
The letter says: "Dear Yvonne, thank you so much for the lovely Christmas card and magazine and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Elvis Presley."
The letter, found in Bucks, is being auctioned at JP Humbert, Towcester, Northamptonshire, on 23 June.
It is estimated to sell for between £2,500 and £3,000.
Written in blue ball point pen on cream paper, the folded letter has been verified as having been written by Elvis Presley.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said, "The family of Yvonne, who was a lifelong Elvis fan, were clearing her estate and found this in her handbag. Bearing in mind Elvis died in the late 70s, it seems it has been in her handbag ever since. We think it's probably circa early 1960s, his writing changed through his career and it became more and more spurious, but it's authenticated by other signatures of the 1960s."
In this, the name Yvonne has been added in what appears to be Elvis' hand. It was written just before the filming of Blue Hawaii in the early 1960s, Mr Humbert said.
The auction will be filmed for the BBC series 'Antiques Roadshow' - Go here for more auction info
(News, Source;BBC)

Latest Billboard Chart Positions: EIN contributor Brian Quinn reports that 'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops from 154 to 194 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for week-ending 25th June, 2011.

Have you had YOUR SAY on which is your favorite Madison Square Garden release?

(News, Source;BrianQuinn)

'Elvis As Recorded Live In Madison, MI' New Dodgy Bootleg: Recently announced is the bootleg by an "unknown import label" of the CD 'Elvis As Recorded Live in Madison, MI' containing the soundboard recording from June 24, 1977.
This is the 1977 concert which featured drummer Stump Monroe replacing Ronnie Tutt.
Copied from the now infamous 'The Final Curtain' deluxe boxset, the label doesn't realise that the concert took place in Madison Wisconsin, not Madison, Mississippi!!
As they say - "FAIL"!
A bootleg to be ignored!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Wednesday 15 June 2011 - - 2nd Update
Two new Elvis 1956 SONY/Legacy releases to match EPE’s 55th Anniversary Celebrations
‘Young Man With the Big Beat’ New 1956 DELUXE BoxSet 5cd Release: A new 1956 Super Deluxe 1956 boxset to be released September 27, 2011.
... "The recorded legacy of Elvis Presley continues to be discovered by new generations that never saw him or heard him perform live. It's hard to appreciate that he started so much of what we take for granted now in popular music. Until 1956, the teenagers of suburban America, and the rest of the world, had to endure ditties by Rosemary Clooney and Perry Como but everything was about to be tossed upside down. On January 28 on a cold night in New York, Elvis took America by storm as he appeared on CBS-TV's Stage Show hosted by Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. On February 4 for his second appearance he sang a song that literally changed the world of popular music "Heartbreak Hotel". Its unique sound and style literally blew everything before it away while at the same time inducing the blueprint for everything that was to come; by April, it would be #1 on Billboard. This incredible step-change in musical history resonated around the world and while liberating millions of young adolescent teenagers it also inspired many successful artists of today to pick a guitar or sing - everyone wanted to be like Elvis. The pure spontaneity of these seminal recordings
shows through even today; "Heartbreak Hotel", Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Blue Suede Shoes" and "My Baby Left Me" are some of the greatest rock 'n' roll records ever made. Elvis' unprecedented level of achievement is still the benchmark by which artistic success is measured today and YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT is testament to the phenomenon and cultural icon that is Elvis Presley.
- THIS SUPER DELUXE EDITION CELEBRATES 1956 in style with this retro 12x12 format and offers;
-2 CDs of RCA master recordings, digitally remastered
-1 CD of live performances including a complete UNRELEASED concert from the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana;
Little Rock, Arkansas - March 18 and the New Frontier Venus Room , Las Vegas May 6-1 CD of insightful outtakes that offer a fly-on-the-wall experience of an Elvis recording session
-1 CD of revealing and rare spoken word recordings including THE TRUTH ABOUT ME plus outtakes, the complete TV GUIDE PRESENTS ELVIS and Colonel Tom Parker interviews; the complete WARWICK HOTEL interview; the extremely rare Elvis RCA Victrola advertisements.
& Incredible 80-Page color 12 x 12 book with 12-month day-by-day chronology, rare photos and memorabilia; including original RCA and Elvis Presley Enterprises artifacts and documents.
--- Also included is a unique memorabilia envelope containing original size replicas of; RCA's first ever poster for Elvis YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT; Mosque Theater Poster, Venus Room Flyer for The New Frontier Hotel Appearance 1956; Original RCA Order Form for Heartbreak Hotel; unique Colonel Parker letter and Cotton Bowl Ticket Stub plus five 8 x10 photos suitable for framing!
Click here to EIN page for tracklisting & MORE Inside Images and SPECIAL Purchase deals.

(News, Source;SONY)

‘Elvis Presley: Legacy Edition’: As previously noted on EIN, the RCA/Legacy next Elvis release ‘Elvis Presley: Legacy Edition’ is the combination of Elvis’ first two albums and associated 1956 singles.
Following on from the excellent ‘Elvis Is Back’, ’FEIM', and ‘On Stage’ Elvis' vitally creative albums are now included in fabulous quality and packaging as part of the Legacy series.
Final cover not yet announced.


To be released September 27, 2011.
Priced at US$16.33.

Disc: 1

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I m Counting On You
3. I Got A Woman
4. One-Sided Love Affair
5. I Love You Because
6. Just Because
7. Tutti Frutti
8. Trying To Get To You
9. I m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
10. I ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
11. Blue Moon
12. Money Honey
13. Heartbreak Hotel
14. I Was The One
15. My Baby Left Me
16. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
17. Shake, Rattle And Roll

(News, Source;Amazon)
Disc: 2
1. Rip It Up
2. Love Me
3. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
4. Long Tall Sally
5. First In Line
6. Paralyzed
7. So Glad You re Mine
8. Old Shep
9. Ready Teddy
10. Anyplace Is Paradise
11. How s The World Treating You
12. How Do You Think I Feel
13. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
14. Hound Dog
15. Don t Be Cruel
16. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
17. Too Much
18. Playing For Keeps
19. Love Me Tender
20. Let Me
21. Poor Boy
22. We're Gonna Move

The King question: Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash?: During Monday's US Republican debate in New Hampshire, CNN's John King broke from serious policy discussion to ask candidates 'this or that?' preferences, posing to Michele Bachmann which she preferred: Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash.
Michele Bachmann said she liked both, but in the UK Guardian Poll you have to choose:
Which do you prefer of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash?
The race is close with just ONE Day to go!

Click HERE to vote for Elvis or Johnny Cash

(News; Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Ger Rijff Is Back! Author of over 20 Elvis books, Ger Rijff, has re activated himself and is currently working as a contributer for 'Too Much Monkey Business: The Elvis Forum'. He's got his own section titled 'I Gotta Know', where he's digging in his collection of vintage magazines, photographs, Elvis cartoons (nobody does it like him!)  and lots of Elvis memorabilia he shares with those who are interested. Too Much Monkey is open to everybody.

Click here to 'Too Much Monkey Business: The Elvis Forum'.



(News, Source;ElvisNews)

"The Real Elvis" Australia new SONY Compilation: Sony Australia announces the release of  "The Real Elvis" Single CD - (no word on the triple CD set release). It is released in Australia on July 1st 2011. The UK releases of both (see 2011 CD News details) are a clever - albeit too late - cheap-priced counter-attack from Elvis Presley's official record company against the unending "public domain" releases being released for the EU market.
Tracklisting: 1) Jailhouse Rock 2) All Shook Up 3) Hound Dog 4) Blue Suede Shoes 5) A Big Hunk O’ Love 6) That’s All Right 7) Don’t Be Cruel 8) Love Me Tender 9) Can’t Help Falling In Love 10) Are you Lonesome Tonight 11) Heartbreak Hotel 12) Fever 13) Blue Moon 14) Blueberry Hill 15) Tutti Frutti 16) Long tall Sally 17) Shake, Rattle 7 Roll 18) King Creole 19) Too much 20) (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care 21) Swing Down Sweet Chariot 22) I Believe 23) Old Shep 24) Stuck On you 25) It’s Now Or Never 26) G.I Blues 27) Surrender 28) Wooden Heart 29) Have I Told You Lately That I Love You 30) Peace In The Valley.
For the REAL ELVIS 3CD Tracklisting you can go to AMAZON - they are all the usual UK 1955- 1960 "Public Domain" tracks. 
Click here for more info
(News, Source;Amazon/EIN)

'Fifth Time Around' new Audionics CD - OUT NOW: The legendary March 20th, 1974 Memphis, TN concert has been released on a number of occasions, beginning with RCA's original 1974 LP edit with artificial applause mixed in. In 2004, BMG's "Follow That Dream" the Elvis collectors label finally reissued this show nearly complete, in a beautiful deluxe package. But was it the definitive release? For die-hard fans it wasn't, and some viewed it as a letdown. Parts of the dialogues, introductions and even the false start of "Help Me" were omitted, and many have complained about the sound and mixing. Clearly, too much compression and artificial reverb had been applied.
Well, at long last this legendary set is now truly complete, and without the audio choices made by FTD several years ago.

This CD is OUT NOW and nearly Sold Out - Check your nearest Elvis dealer for copies. - don't miss your chance to obtain this alternate version as provided by Audionics. A decision you will not regret!
Go here to Elvis 2011 CD Releases for more details.
(News, Source;Audionics)

"Wonderland" new Bootlegs on Ebay: On eBay there are two new releases from the "Wonderland" import label appeared; 'Tiger Man Anthology Vol.1-4', a four CD set and 'Elvis On Tour '75' an 13 CD set. Both sets are limited editions of 500 copies according to the information from the seller on eBay.
Tiger Man Anthology Vol.1-4 is a 4 CD set from the Wonderland import label appeared. A limited edition longbow digi-pack release of 500 copies.
Elvis On Tour '75 - An 13 CD set from the Wonderland import label containing 13 concerts recorded between March and December 1975. This digi-pack sized box comes with a 20 page booklet with the complete track listings.
The concerts:
CD 1: Las Vegas, March 22 1975, midnight show
CD 2: Las Vegas, April 1 1975, dinner & midnight show

CD 3: Macon, Georgia, April 24 1975, evening show
CD 4: Jacksonville, Florida, April 25 1975, evening show
CD 5: Lakeland, Florida, April 28 1975
CD 6: Lake Charles, LA May 4 1975, afternoon show
CD 7: Lake Charles, LA May 4 1975, evening show
CD 8: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, May 7 1975
CD 9: Uniondale, NY, July 19 1975 part 1
CD 10: Uniondale, NY, July 19 1975 part 2 & evening show
CD 11: Las Vegas, August 19 1975, dinner show
CD 12: Las Vegas, August 20 1975, dinner show
CD 13: Las Vegas, December 13 1975
EIN notes that these "Wonderland" releases sound very homemade to us & copied off previous bootlegs.
(News, Source;ElvisNews/elv75)

Saturday 11 June 2011

VOTE for ELVIS in a poll that counts!!!: A serious music poll by the well-respected UK magazine NME that deserves your attention. Unlike most of the throw-away polls this one should be noted, so Elvis fans - make your voices heard!

Vote for Elvis in NME magazine's new poll of the top twenty greatest singers of all time. At the moment ELVIS is third, behind Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury.

Vote for Elvis in NME Poll of Greatest Singers of All Time
CLICK HERE and Vote now!


(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

Interview with Elvis' girlfriend Marilyn Riehl from the "Million Dollar Quartet": On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins jammed together at Sun Studio in Memphis. This gathering of the young musicians on the cusp of stardom would later become known as the Million Dollar Quartet,and a hit musical would be based on their night playing together. What many people don't realize is that the quartet was actually a quintet! Marilyn Riehl, who was dating Elvis at the time, was present for that legendary jam session (see photo right). EPE recently had the chance to speak with Marilyn about her experience and what it was like to date the future King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Q) Tell us how you met Elvis.
Marilyn Riehl -  I was working at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas as a dancer in the show. I was 19 at the time. Elvis was staying there after having just finished filming "Love Me Tender." The dancers and showgirls would often hang out in the coffee shop at the hotel in between shows. Elvis came in one day and sat down with us.

We were all talking and he passed me a napkin that read 'Can I have a date with you?' We dated while he was there in Las Vegas and then he asked me if I’d like to come to Memphis and meet his parents. I said yes, but I had to ask my mother. She was not too thrilled, but his mom actually called her. They talked about it for awhile and my mom finally said it was ok. I flew to Memphis and met Elvis' parents. I stayed there for several days and had a great time. It just so happened that one afternoon we were riding around on his motorcycle and stopped at Sun Studio. The whole thing evolved from there!
Q) What was Elvis like?
Marilyn Riehl - He was gorgeous, very young, very respectful, and very sweet. Just a really nice guy.
Q) What was his relationship like with his parents from what you observed?
Marilyn Riehl - He was very close to his parents, particularly his mom, who was a very pretty lady. She had beautiful facial features.
Q) Did you know anything about Sun Studio prior to when Elvis brought you there?
Marilyn Riehl - I knew nothing about Sun Studio! We were just having a great time in Memphis. People recognized him by then, but they didn’t mob him, so we could go to the gas station and he could fill up his car. He could come and pick me up from the airport. People would just say 'Hi Elvis.' It was very comfortable.
GO Here to the full EPE interview & picture of her today at the MDQ stage show.
(News, Source;EPE)

'Elvis '71 @ 40' JAT book Promo Trailer: The new JAT book 'Elvis By Special Request 71 At '40 will be released at the end of this month. This is the first JAT book devoted solely to 1971, something that has been requested many times of the years.

JAT states that... "This special edition hardcover book will feature many rare photographs of the rarely seen and exciting 1971 tour. With over 100 unpublished color and black and white photos, this book will be a throwback to some of the early classic JAT titles. Over its 23 years JAT Publishing has captured almost every element of Elvis Presleys illustrious career with the exception of a book devoted entirely to the November 1971 tour. This is a book not to be missed." 

Click here for the trailer.

(News, Source;JAT)

Latest Billboard Chart Positions: EIN contributor Brian Quinn reports that 'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops from 150 to 154 on this week's (w/e June 18th) Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and rises from 22 to 21 on the Catalog Album Charts.

Have you had YOUR SAY on which is your favorite Madison Square Garden release?

(News, Source;BrianQuinn)

Thursday 9 June 2011 - With TEN big news stories - and GREAT ELVIS deals!
US Fans, Win a Deluxe Trip to Elvis Week 2011! EPE are offering a chance to win the Ultimate Elvis Week Adventure by entering their sweepstakes for a chance at the Elvis Week 2011 experience of a lifetime!
Simply head to Elvis Presley's Facebook page and look for the Rock, Roll & Win tab on the left side of the page. Click on the tab below and follow the prompts to enter this contest. To enter on Facebook, you must be a fan of Elvis.
One lucky grand prize winner will receive a TOTAL Elvis Week package that includes:
  - Round-trip airfare for two to/from Memphis for Elvis Week 2011
  - 5 nights hotel accommodations in Memphis
  - An Official Elvis Insiders Membership
  - Elvis Week 2011 Gift Pack
  - An after-hours tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland with a Graceland Archivist
  - 2 Tickets to Memphis-area attractions, including Sun Studio, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Dixon Gallery and Gardens and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Plus VIP Tickets and much more...
CLICK HERE to enter and for Full Details (Sadly this is only for US residents over the age of 18)
(News, Source;EPE)

CHEAP Deal For 'The Complete ELVIS Masters': Being offered for the next 18 hours only -  Pop Market is celebrating the upcoming US Father's Day with the definitive collection of Elvis Presley's complete master recordings at the VIP discount price of only $499.99! This set features:
- ALL of Elvis' originally released master recordings plus rarities, Over 35 hours of music - over 800 tracks
- 240-page exclusive hardcover book
- Display case to house the collection
Elvis Fans should not miss this great price.

For Australians for instance this makes the price AU$507, nearly 1/2 the price of the original release. It is AMAZING VALUE - buy now!

Click HERE to buy. - SORRY, NOW Sold Out -
SEE EIN's review here.

New Keith Flynn ELVIS Information Website: Don't miss checking out the brand new updated site from Elvis expert Keith Flynn, featuring all the detailed Elvis Sessions information that you ever need to know. EIN rates it as the best Elvis Recording Information website around - full of up-to-date information that cannot be faulted.

Go here to check it out.

Used by 'Elvis The man and His Music' magazine and FTD's Ernst Jorgensen - how can it not be the best around? 
(News, Source;EIN)

Please see UPDATED- 'EPE Challenged for Copyright Infringement' story below:
The Elvis Event of the year in Las Vegas: The Las Vegas Elvis Festival (formerly Heart of the King) is an Elvis Fans’ Festival, Convention, ETA Showcase and Concert at the legendary Las Vegas Hilton from July 28 - 30, 2011.
The property is arguably one of the most historic locations in the career of Elvis Presley®. This event is in celebration of the anniversary of Elvis’ Las Vegas performances of the Greatest Entertainer of All Time. Forty years ago, Elvis’ performances at the Hilton were the subject of the documentary film and live album “Elvis, That’s The Way It Is”. One of the highlights of the festival will be to celebrate those historic performances portrayed in the documentary in a concert entitled ‘Elvis, That’s The Way It Was’ on July 30th. The show will include much of the same cast such as Elvis’ Imperials, the Sweet Inspirations, comedian Sammy Shore and more along with special guest Elvis’ drummer and Rock N Roll Hall of Famer DJ Fontana. Elvis’ closest friend, Joe Esposito, will host the events. The tribute show will feature Shawn Klush, Graceland’s Official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and the BBC’s ‘World’s Greatest Elvis’ in the same room Elvis made history.
Highlights of the festival and convention will include:
- An Elvis Tribute Artist Showcase
- The Heart of the King Awards & Concert - the "Oscar Awards" of the Elvis world
- An Elvis Insiders - Celebrity Forum with friends, co-workers and co-stars of Elvis
- Joe Esposito's Backstage Tour of Elvis' dressing room and Hilton's suites
- An Elvis memorabilia and collectibles vendor fair
When: July 28 - 30, 2011
Click here for info.
(News, Source:Elvis LasVegas)

'Elvis Presley: The Great Performances' DVD release for 2011! After yesterday's Amazon news of 'Elvis #1 Hit Performances' DVD re-release comes the news that SOFA Entertainment announces the re-issue of the 'Elvis Presley: The Great Performances' 2 DVD documentaries on August 2, 2011 in the USA.
Described as "The ultimate DVD collection celebrating the life of Elvis Presley returns to the marketplace, after several years, boasting over 2 hours of remastered video, new packaging and never-before-seen interviews with legendary artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins along with others who were close to the beloved and undisputed King of Rock `n Roll. The two-disc Elvis: The Great Performances brings together classic performances spanning more than 20 years, from his first televised appearance that shocked a nation to a concert a few weeks before his death on August 16, 1977.

Click here for more details

(News, Source:elv75)

'Viva Elvis – The DVD' The Promo Trailer: After all the fans mixed feeling about Viva Elvis, now comes the DVD! STAR is proud to announce a new viewing experience with Viva Elvis – The DVD. Many fans wondered if this would get done, most knew that it was just "A Matter Of Time". Well, it has happened and it’s out soon!
It’s been quite a while but now STAR is back and this DVD takes editing to the next level. It contains the COMPLETE Viva Elvis album on DVD and many bonus clips. Expect the best high tech effects and edits.
There’ll be an exclusive teaser / trailor soon.
It starts off with some great Elvis commercials including a funny battery commercial, a Pizza Hut commercial, the fantastic 2011 C&A commercial, and an historic 1956 commercial for Elvis’ first album.
The DVD has all the tracks from the original album and more…

Click here for the Promo Trailer

(News, Source;EPGold)

'The Essential Collection' UK Special Release: Back in 2009 Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia and Sony/BMG Spain released some of Elvis' best albums in a series of illustrated 30 pages hard-cover books containing the CD discography and biography of Elvis.
This series is now available in the UK with fans who subscribe receiving FREE DVD's worth over £50.00 with their order. The series consists of 20 of Elvis' very best albums selected to form the collection which includes:
From Elvis In Memphis, That´s The Way It Is, NBC TV Special, Elvis Presley, Elvis, King Creole, Elvis Is Back! and 13 more.
Each book is divided into the following chapters: Recording sessions, The musicians, The songs & The Legacy. Each book also comes with a biography where you can read all about his family, friends and his attempts to balance his public and private life.
CD 1 is at the special price of only £2.99. Each CD after that will be sent at the regular cover price of £9.99 -

CLICK HERE for details and to order.

(News, Source;ElvisExpress)

Elvis's 1964 Movie Guitar For Sale: Up for auction is this vintage Gibson LG-2 in sunburst finish with factory order number "6959 3" stamped on the neck block of the guitar and "LG-2" stamped on interior brace. The guitar features a rectangular bridge, 19 fret fingerboard with dot inlay, modern Gibson logo on headstock that has been colored over with black marker, and tapered thickness headstock. Based upon the tapered headstock that was discontinued in 1950 and available factory order number information the guitar is from 1950 or 1951.
The guitar belonged to, and was used by Elvis Presley on screen during filming of It Happened At The World's Fair (MGM, 1963). The guitar is accompanied by photos of Elvis from the film and a typed letter dated April 11, 1993, signed by Charlie Hodge. The letter states, "...The sunburst design Gibson acoustic guitar had a blue twine type strap on it...I think the studio put it on and we never changed it back. Elvis would play jam sessions during breaks in the filming and he and I both used to use it at home. It got to the point I used it more than Elvis and he eventually gave the guitar to me. I've had it ever since that time..."
The auction starts in 16 days, the expected highest bid for the instrument is 30,000.00 $US.
Go here for more details
(News, Source: ElvisMatters/SanjaElvisInfoNet)

Alice Cooper: 'Elvis Asked Me To Put A Gun To His Head': Another media beat-up to still cash-in on the popularity of Elvis 33 years after his death. Alice Cooper has revealed that upon meeting Elvis Presley for the first time, The King handed him a pistol and told him to put the gun to his (Elvis's) head. Speaking to London's Daily Mirror, Cooper said the incident occurred in 1971, in Elvis's penthouse suite in a Las Vegas hotel.
"Elvis took me into the kitchen, opened a drawer, and pulled out a loaded pistol, telling me to put it to his head", Cooper said. "I recognized it straight away - a snub .32. I didn't know what to do. I had this gun in my hand and was expecting one of his security people to come in any second, see me holding a weapon and shoot me dead."
Cooper continued: "A little voice in my left ear was telling me, 'Go on, this is history, kill him, you'll always be the guy who killed Elvis'. In my other ear was another voice saying, 'You can't kill him, it's Elvis Presley – wound him instead, you'll only get a few years!' A fraction of a second later Elvis did a flying kick on the gun, and sent it flying, before tripping me and pinning me to the ground by my neck, announcing, 'That's how you stop a man with a gun'."
EIN notes that this is not the first time Alice Cooper has told this story. Marty Lacker has denounced this story as a Crock Of Sh*t!
(News, Source;TabloidCrap)

Tuesday 7 June 2011

‘The Very Best of Elvis Presley Live’ new RCA CD: To be released in July 2011 is the RCA/Legacy budget CD ‘The Very Best of Elvis Presley Live’.
No tracklisting has been announced but you can pre-order it here on Amazon for US$9.20.

It will be interesting to see how it compares to the rather excellent quality BMG Genre CD ‘Elvis LIVE’ from 2006 or the first live compilation featured on the ‘Viva Las Vegas’ double LIVE CD of 2007.

Product Details, Release Date July 12, 2011. ASIN: B0051YKSMA

(News, Source;Amazon)

‘Elvis #1 Hit Performances’ DVD Re-Release for 2011?: Also flagged for a July 12 2011 re-release is the DVD ‘Elvis #1 Hit Performances’ Selling for US$11.00

This is presumably exactly the same as the 2007 15 track USA DVD of the same name.
Product Details, Color, DVD, NTSC, Release Date: July 12, 2011

Click here for details


(News, Source;Amazon)

Elvis Vegas Candids SOLD for US$6,300!: The set of 11 ORIGINAL Snapshots from 1963 of Elvis in Las Vegas finally sold for an amazing $6,300. Ten Are color and one is black and white. Most appear to have been taken outside of the "Flamingo Hotel" In Las Vegas. Each measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 All are the ORIGINAL one of a kind snapshots THEY ARE NOT COPIES !
They originated from the John Dessel collection, Mr Dessell moved to Las Vegas in 1952 and was Chief of Security for the "Last Frontier Casino" who's property was also home to the famed "Silver Slipper". John met and became friends with many of the celebrities who visited and performed at either of the above mentioned Las Vegas properties. Begining in 1952 through 1955.  He died in 1971.
Click here for more info and images.

(News, Source;Ebay)

Wertheimer recalls time with a young Elvis: Alfred Wertheimer photographed Elvis Presley in the year that Elvis became the world's first rock star, a TV sensation and movie star heartthrob, but it had been 55 years since his last visit to Elvis' East Memphis home on Audubon Drive.
The home, Elvis' family and his new swimming pool were a major part of the backdrop for the 1956 visit and the memories that made Wertheimer, 81, ask to revisit the home. His stopover Sunday was on his way to Memphis International Airport after talking about his work during Saturday's opening of an "Elvis at 21" exhibit at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock (see EIN story below).
That exhibit title was Elvis' age when Wertheimer encountered him in 1956. The photographer remembered his rock star subject as a pensive man in private who turned into a different personality on stage. "At home, he was basically relaxed, thinking. But his stage presence was explosive," Wertheimer said.
The New York photographer was the last one given unlimited access to Elvis before his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, took control of almost every aspect of his star's career." ...
Click here to the full article & photos in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
(News, Source;MCA)

UPDATED- EPE Challenged for Copyright Infringement: After their legal challenge against various individuals for copyright infringement, Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) find themselves now in a challenge over the same issue.
Tony Stuchbury of Elvis Presley Scrapbook was visiting the official Elvis Facebook page when he came across something he recognised. "I decided to have a browse around their photo albums only to be surprised to see one of MY photos being used in the "Graceland" photo section. No one had asked for permission to use my photograph and to be honest I was a little surprised and thought THEY, of all people, should know better".
Mr Stuchbury contacted EPE asking politely that they remove the image but after no response, he decided to go all ‘official’ himself and filed a copyright complaint with Facebook. The photo was taken in 1990. He noted, "I draw attention to the Berne Convention that automatically affords me copyright not only in the U.K. but other countries worldwide of which the USA is included".
As a result of the challenge, Facebook removed the image and have also disabled access to the entire folder which housed the photo which violated the "Statement of Rights & Responsibilities".
EPE was slower to respond, but after initial reticence that the Copyright Infringement had anything to do with EPE, Scott Williams, Vice President of EPE Marketing & Media replied & offered an apology - as well as some Graceland Tour passes...
" I’ll go back and check and see how it was uploaded since you are correct, we are very careful about that. I apologize that it was up there. If you plan on visiting in the next 12 months, let me know and I would love to send you some Graceland Tour passes that you can use.
Thanks, SW"

Update - Tony (with respect) has declined the EPE free pass offer but asked if the passes could be transferred to a friend, who’s Husband is taking her to Graceland in September this year for a special Birthday treat and Scott has agreed.
Tony wishes to applaud Scott for his problem solving and strategic thinking regarding the matter after his complaint.
BRAVO Scott, great PR work! - Tony Stuchbury
Photo used on E.I.N. with permission of Tony Stuchbury.
(News, Source;ElvisExpressRadio/EPScrapbook)

Elvis Guitar Art in Tupelo: People of all ages turned out for the unveiling of an Elvis Guitar art display on Saturday where 15 guitar sculptures were painted with an Elvis Presley theme.
The game plan is to put 15 of these brand-new guitar sculptures along Main Street, extending all the way out to the Elvis Presley Birthplace in east Tupelo, and to place them in strategic locations along the road. Organizers say that placement will add some character and continuity to downtown Tupelo.
"They will kind of fill in the east end of Main Street towards the birthplace," adds Stafford. "So it will be an icon that we have going down our Main Street for visitors and for people from this community."
Besides the Elvis connection, the guitar attraction also serves a purpose of educating people about the benefits of art.
Each guitar has its own theme, ranging from gospel music to the blues.
(News, Source;WVAT)

Clinton Presidential Center Debuts Two new ELVIS Exhibits: This last weekend the William J. Clinton Presidential Center opened two new exhibits "Elvis" and "Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" which will run through August 21 and September 11, respectively, and will be accompanied by exhibit-related events, activities and programming throughout the summer.
"Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" is a collection of 56 captivating black-and-white images of Elvis captured by noted photojournalist Alfred Wertheimer. Hired in 1956 by RCA Victor to shoot promotional photographs of a little-known and recently signed recording artist, Wertheimer realized that his subject was on the verge of creating a music revolution. This exhibit takes visitors on a photographic journey that captures the fleetingly private life of one of the world’s most public figures.
"When I was originally given the assignment, I had to ask ‘Elvis who?’ said Wertheimer. "As soon as I met him, on March 17, 1956, I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I was determined to make the most of it. I took more than 2,500 images, 56 of which will be showcased at the Clinton Center."
"Elvis" is an original separate exhibition that was inspired by President Clinton’s own fascination with the birth of rock ’n’ roll and the man behind the music. President Clinton describes his appreciation for Elvis in his autobiography, My Life, "Beyond his music, I identified with his small-town Southern roots. And I thought he had a good heart." In partnership with Graceland, items will include memorabilia from some of Elvis’ most popular movies, such as Elvis’ red MG from "Blue Hawaii."
"Elvis Presley fans are among the most dedicated and most diverse, and we are proud to include President Clinton as an admirer of Elvis’ music, movies and his on-going cultural influence," said Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Media for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Click here for ELVIS exhibition information.
(News, Source;EPE)

Winning Piece in Elvis in 1956 EPE Art Contest: Congratulations to Juanita Howard of Kearns, Utah! Her pencil portrait of a young Elvis Presley received the most 'likes' in the Elvis in 1956 online art contest. More than 20,000 votes were cast in the contest that featured artwork from artists around the U.S.
Juanita has won a prize package worth over $7500 that includes a trip to Elvis Week 2011, tickets to Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil and a cabin on the 2012 Elvis Cruise.
"This is a dream come true for sure!" Juanita says. Her last visit to Graceland was in 1978 and Juanita says she's been wanting to come back. "Ever since I was 12 years old, I have loved Elvis. In my opinion, there will never be another Elvis or anyone who even comes close. His voice was absolutely beautiful!"
Juanita has been drawing since she was a teenager. She says she spent about 15 hours working on her portrait of Elvis.
Click here to check out all the Elvis artworks in the EPE contest.
(News, Source:EPE)

Saturday / Sunday 4th & 5th June 2011
Liza Minnelli talks about Elvis: In a recent BBC interview Liza Minnelli talked about Elvis, Karate and visiting him in his Vegas Hilton suite.

Elvis invited Liza Minnelli as he apparently fancied one of her on-stage dancing girls, also present were Alice Cooper and Linda Lovelace. 

Click here for the Minnelli interview (runs 3 minutes)

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis Vegas Candids reach over US$5,000! Don't miss out on checking out these Elvis Vegas candid photos for sale on Ebay. With only a few hours to go fans have bid over $5,000 for the 11 photos! The set of  11 ORIGINAL Snapshots from 1963 of Elvis in Las Vegas. Ten Are color and one is black and white. Most appear to have been taken outside of the "Flamingo Hotel" In Las Vegas. Each measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 All are the ORIGINAL one of a kind snapshots THEY ARE NOT COPIES ! Bid on the group of 11.
Originates from the John Dessel collection, Mr Dessell moved to Las Vegas in 1952 and was Chief of Security for the "Last Frontier Casino" who's property was also home to the famed "Silver Slipper". John met and became friends with many of the celebrities who visited and performed at either of the above mentioned Las Vegas properties. Begining in 1952 through 1955.  He died in 1971.
Click here for more info and images.

(News, Source;Ebay)

'Memphis Heat' new August 1974 Import CD: Coming soon from the Touchdown label is Memphis Heat. The former unreleased evening show from March 16, 1974 in Elvis' hometown in Memphis, Tennessee in an audience recording. This release has been out on CDR previously.
Tracklisting: Recorded Live In Memphis March 16, 1974 - Evening Show.
[1] Also Sprach Zarathustra (1.16) [2] See See Rider (2.17) [3] I Got A Woman (3.48) [4] Love Me (1.32) [5] Trying To Get To You (2.06) [6] All Shook Up (0.59) [7] Steamroller Blues (2.52) [8] Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel (1.50) [9] Love Me Tender (1.38) [10] Johnny B. Goode (1.33) [11] Hound Dog (1.10) [12] Fever (2.57) [13] Polk Salad Annie (3.42) [14] Why Me Lord (3.41) [15] Suspicious Minds (3.37) [16] Band Introductions (2.08) [17] I Can't Stop Loving You (2.16) [18] Help Me (2.39) [19] American Trilogy (3.53) [20] Let Me Be There (with reprise) (3.50) [21] Funny How Time Slips Away (3.10) [22] Can't Help Falling In Love (1.39) [23] Closing Vamp (0.49)
The Afternoon show was recently re-released on the excellent Venus Productions 'Bringing It All Back Home' CD/Book
(News, Source;FECC/EIN)

German TV Star Headlines "Elvis Rock'n'Roll Party": This Sunday June 5th German tv star Peter Kirchberger will be the headliner of the "Elvis Rock'n'Roll Party", presented by the fan service "The King's World" in the city of Datteln this Sunday.
Kirchberger is well known in Germany as a successful rock'n'roll singer, Elvis interpreter, actor and producer and has had many appearances at television and at radio programs.
At no less than seven Elvis movies - "Double Trouble", "Clambake", "Stay Away, Joe", "Live A Little, Love A Little", "The Trouble With Girls", "Change Of Habit" and "Elvis On Tour" - he provided his voice to Lip-Sync Elvis' part for the German issues.
At the "Elvis Rock'n'Roll Party" Peter Kirchberger will be available for an exclusive live interview, pictures and an autograph signing session. Other highlights of the show feature rare Elvis clips on video screen and a large offer of Elvis items such as cds, dvds, books and memorabilia.
  The "Elvis Rock'n'Roll Party" will take place at the location "Zur Postkutsche" in the city of Datteln (near Dortmund) on Sunday, June 5th, 2011. Doors will be open at 3 pm.
There won't be any entrance fee, but visitors are asked to contribute donations to the children's hospital "Arche Noah", which is supported by "The King's World" since this year. Go here for more info.
(News, Source:TheKing'sWorld)

Four generations of Presleys hit London: In his celebrated lifetime, Elvis Presley never visited London.
Now his family are making up for it, it seems. The famous family were four generations-strong as they enjoyed a trip to London.
Four generations stepped out for a night in the capital, dining at the Ivy before heading to another celebrity haunt, the Groucho Club in Soho. Singer songwriter Lisa Marie, 43, was joined by her mother Priscilla, 66 and grandmother Anna Lillian, 85. Her daughter Riley,21, and her son Ben, 19  were also in attendance.
And the older women in the family have certainly appeared to defy the ageing process.

Lisa Marie looked youthful in her pink jacket and dark trousers and showed off a two tonal hair tonal.
Meanwhile Priscilla, ex-wife of music legend Elvis, was sporting a flash of red hair which matched her all black outfit.

Teenager Ben towered over his mother and had stepped out in an edgy look consisting of black jeans an unbutton shirt and dark eyeliner on his lower lids.
Meanwhile model Riley, who has had a strong of high-profile jobs after making her catwalk debut at the age of 14, went casual with her blonde hair scraped back, a pair of rolled up jeans and a brown jacket.
See all the photos and complete story here.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/DailyMail)

Scotty McCreery Interview on Elvis Radio: "American Idol" Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is on SiriusXM's Elvis Radio tomorrow! Scotty will talk about how he became an Elvis fan, and why the King of Rock 'n' Roll is his main musical influence. He'll also share a story about an Elvis experience in his hometown of Garner, North Carolina, and how it felt to be named the "American Idol."

Click here to tune in to Elvis Sirius Radio tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CST to hear this exclusive interview!


(News, Source;EPE)

Latest Billboard Chart Positions: EIN contributor Brian Quinn reports that 'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops from 131 to 150 on this week's (w/e June 11th) Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and drops from 15 to 22 on the Catalog Album Charts.
Have you had YOUR SAY on which is your favorite Madison Square Garden release?

(News, Source;BrianQuinn)

Flood of Elvis 2012 Calendars: It's only June and yet more Elvis calendars for 2012 have already been announced...








(News, Source:ElvisNews/ElvisClubBerlin)

Graceland needs YOUR Vote!: The independant Elvis Forum 'Too Much Monkey Business' has asked us to post this again- Memphis's local newspaper "The Commercial Appeal" has just put a poll online to find out what the best tourist attraction of the city is - according to their website visitors. Gracalend is catching up, now the Memphis Zoo gets 56% of all votes in the category "Best Tourist Attraction", but Graceland still has a disappointing 28%. It's time to change things, folks!
Click THIS LINK and vote Graceland to the #1 Spot.

Elvisfans around the world can make that happen! The "Best Tourist Attraction" is under the second link, MEMPHIS PLACES.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 2 June 2011

Country Music Marker to Honor Elvis in Tupelo: EPE announces a great honor for Elvis Presley! The Mississippi Country Music Trail will dedicate a marker to Elvis tomorrow in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis was born on January 8, 1935. The dedication will take place on Thursday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m. at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum.
Tupelo is already home to a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Elvis' honor. His music appeared on the country charts over 50 times throughout his career, and Elvis continually pushed traditional country music toward a more modern sound.

Go here for more info

(News, Source;EPE)

'Fifth Time Around' new Audionics CD: The legendary March 20th, 1974 Memphis, TN concert has been released on a number of occasions, beginning with RCA's original 1974 LP edit with artificial applause mixed in. In 1994, a more complete, unofficial version was issued by " Fort Baxter". It was, however, a patchwork from several different sources incl. many tracks taken from the original RCA LP with overdubs. In 1997, "Steamroller Blues" was issued in pristine quality on "Platinum - A Life In Music". Finally in 2004, BMG's "Follow That Dream" the Elvis collectors label reissued this show nearly complete, in a beautiful deluxe package. But was it the definitive release? For die-hard fans it wasn't, and some viewed it as a letdown. Parts of the dialogues, introductions and even the false start of "Help Me" were omitted, and many have complained about the sound and mixing. Clearly, too much compression and artificial reverb had been applied.
Well, at long last this legendary set is now truly complete, and without the audio choices made by FTD several years ago. Audionics worked with a DAT copy of an original, rough mix tape "as recorded at the Coliseum". Every bit was carefully enhanced in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible quality for your optimal listening pleasure. We hope that you enjoy the results.
No remixing. No noise reduction. No edits. No artificial reverb or other added effects. No heavy compression. Just a pure, raw and natural sound. The King back in his hometown Memphis, on the 20th anniversary of his first release "That’s All Right Mama". Elvis was in great form for this recording, and now, for the first time, you can enjoy the excellence of his performance that night in the best-ever sound!
This CD will be released in digipack accompanied by 20-page booklet with many photos from the concert and an interesting essay.
For many, this concert remains the definitive, mid-70s document of The Elvis Presley Show. And that's all right. If you are not satisfied with previous releases of this show, don't miss your chance to obtain this alternate version as provided by Audionics. A decision you will not regret!
Go here to Elvis 2011 CD Releases for more details.
(News, Source;Audionics)

Elvis Houston Astrodome footage on EBay: On offer on EBay is this possible brand new footage of Elvis at the Astrodome in 1970. Described as "Offered for your consideration is a Fabulous array of 8MM Travel Film Reels in 17 Matching Aluminum Cans and 6 smaller boxed reels. Reel #15 Documents Elvis Presley performing at the 1970 Fat Stock Show in Houston...I went on Line and Elvis did perform February 27 1970 at that show and held a record for 8 years as the largest attendance at this prestiges exhibition.  There is one reel of the Jimmy Carter Inauguration in 1977.  Some of the early travel reels are taken in the 1950's Miami and Panama City Beach Florida area and should be a vintage fashion history movie.   I do not have a reel to reel projector, so have not seen these, but each reel and can appears to be clean and in great condition as is the steel case that holds each set. .."
See here for details
(News, Source;EBay)

Elvis Matters New ELVIS Shop: The Dutch Elvis Matters site proudly presents its new webshop. The site offers information in SIX (!) different languages. Shopping has never been easier and more safe than now! ShopElvisMatters gives you the chance to explore all the latest releases in the Elvis World: the items are easy to trace and easy to order. Because of the growing interest in our onlineshop worldwide, the shop-website is now offered in six different languages. So take your time to discover what we have in stock, and remember: the site will be updated  daily.
Click here to have a look.

(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

Elvis set of 11 ORIGINAL Snapshots 1963 on EBay: On Ebay now are the set of  11 ORIGINAL Snapshots from 1963 of Elvis in Las Vegas. Ten Are color and one is black and white. Most appear to have been taken outside of the "Flamingo Hotel" In Las Vegas. Each measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 All are the ORIGINAL one of a kind snapshots THEY ARE NOT COPIES ! Bid on the group of 11.
Originates from the John Dessel collection, Mr Dessell moved to Las Vegas in 1952 and was Chief of Security for the "Last Frontier Casino" who's property was also home to the famed "Silver Slipper". John met and became friends with many of the celebrities who visited and performed at either of the above mentioned Las Vegas properties. Begining in 1952 through 1955.  He died in 1971. Mr Dessell took these photos himself and all originate from his personal collection. 
Click here for more info and images.

(News, Source;Ebay)

'Special Delivery – The Ultimate Elvis Collector’s Box' Coming Soon: Essential Elvis in the UK says watch out for this incredible limited numbered edition sets coming very soon. It’s going to be very collectable as there is only 1000 of this product being manufactured worldwide. It includes a unique 60-page Elvis & Priscilla Wedding Album and an incredible CD entitles Fame And Fortune which contains a total of 13 previously unreleased studio outtakes, movie versions and a special bonus track (Fame And Fortune (take 1) / He Knows Just What I Need (take 9) / In My Father’s House (take 8 ) / Surrender (take 4) / Soldier Boy (take 5) / Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (master take 4) / Frankfort Special (movie version) and many others).
You’ll also receive a beautiful Special Moments DVD featuring rare footage of the King. If that’s not enough, this set includes 6 deluxe photo postcards plus an Elvis sticker with collector’s cards.

(News, Source:Essential Elvis)

'Viva Elvis – The DVD': After all the fans mixed feeling about Viva Elvis, now comes the DVD! STAR is proud to announce a new viewing experience with Viva Elvis – The DVD. Many fans wondered if this would get done, most knew that it was just "A Matter Of Time". Well, it has happened and it’s out soon!
It’s been quite a while but now STAR is back and this DVD takes editing to the next level. It contains the COMPLETE Viva Elvis album on DVD and many bonus clips. Expect the best high tech effects and edits.
There’ll be an exclusive teaser / trailor soon.
It starts off with some great Elvis commercials including a funny battery commercial, a Pizza Hut commercial, the fantastic 2011 C&A commercial, and an historic 1956 commercial for Elvis’ first album.
The DVD has all the tracks from the original album and more…
1. Didja Ever/Return To Sender (exclusive performance by the cast)
2. Bossa Nova Baby (exclusive performance by the Viva Elvis cast)
3. One Night (exclusive performance by the Viva Elvis cast)
4. Opening
5. Blue Suede Shoes
6. That’s All Right
7. Heartbreak Hotel
8. Love Me Tender

9. King Creole
10. Bossa Nova Baby
11. Burning Love
12. Memories (Interlude)
13. Can’t Help Falling In Love
14. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Piano Interlude)
15. Suspicious Minds

More news to follow soon.
(News, Source;STAR)

Bonus Clips…
1. Love me Tender (official videoclip)
2. Burning Love (official videoclip)
3. Suspicious Minds (official videoclip)
4. Blue Suede Shoes (exclusive performance by the Viva Elvis cast)
5. Love Me Tender (French Television)

Colonel Parker on ABC's Nightline: Recently noted on FECC is this August 1987 interview from Colonel Tom Parker aged 78, with ABC news Anchorman Ted Koppel.
Midnightx succinctly commented, "Parker was a complicated man. A somewhat innovative manager for the new genre of Rock N Roll during the mid/late 50's (his influence on marketing, promotion and exposure is still felt today), but a man that lacked artistic vision and an ability to evolve. His style and approach was never refined and became outdated. He ultimately derailed the career of Elvis Presley because he lacked vision and sophistication to manage an act during the mid/late 60's and 70's."
CLICK HERE To the 1987 Parker Interview
Also go here for EIN’s Article "The Dark Side Of Colonel Parker"
(News, Source;FECC/EIN)

2011 Tupelo Elvis Festival – On Sale Now: The 2011 Tupelo Elvis Festival is June 2 - 5. Always a big event celebrating Elvis in Tupelo, Mississippi, his Birthplace, the festival features a long weekend of fun and entertainment.
Events include a 5K run, parade, movie poster exhibit, and Sunday gospel concert. There will also be live performances from artists such as Sonny Burgess and The Pacers with DJ Fontana.
Plus, there will be a 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round. The winner will get to compete in the semifinal round in Memphis during Elvis Week 2011.
Tickets for the 2011 Tupelo Elvis Festival are on sale now. Purchase them at the festival's office at 108 South Broadway in Tupelo, Mississippi or by calling 662-841-6598.
Go here for info and Tupelo Festival 2011 Schedule.
(News, Source;TupeloFestival)

Wintersun Festival in Australia in June: Meanwhile downunder in Australia the annual Rock’n’Roll Wintersun Festival delivers two weeks of Rock'n'Roll across a variety of events such as street parades, concerts, dancing and classic and vintage car parades, performances and entertainment reflective of the 40's 50's and 60's, plus plenty of Elvis - and for the first time in picturesque Port Maquarie.
The Wintersun Festival is on June 3-13, 2011 in New South Wales, Australia and will also feature an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round. Three rounds of competition will be held on Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, with the finals on Saturday, June 11. The winner will go on to compete at Elvis Week 2011 in Memphis.
Go here for Wintersun Festival News and Events.
(News, Source;Wintersun)

Budapest names Elvis Presley honorary citizen: Budapest's city council has named Elvis Presley an honorary citizen of the Hungarian capital in gratitude for his support of Hungary's anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.
Last wednesday's announcement comes nearly a month after municipal authorities named a small park – chosen by voting on the city website – after The King.

On Jan. 6, 1957, during his last appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Elvis sang a gospel standard, "Peace in the Valley," which Sullivan said reflected the singer's concern for Hungarians' plight after the short-lived uprising. Sullivan said Elvis wanted people to make donations to be sent to Hungary.

(News, Source;AP)

Elvis & The Platters - Marty Lacker comments: Marty Lacker comments on the Valcom Inc finance story see below, which EIN only sees as manipulative and false marketing spin.
>>> I was with Elvis in '64 and at no time did he do a recording session with the Platters or anyone else.  The only way they could have his voice is if they lifted it from one of his own recordings of those songs and I don't remember him recording any if not most of those songs.  They would have had to make one helluva a deal with Parker and RCA to use his voice that way.
I think this is another case of someone trying to capitalize on Elvis since he died. It's funny they have waited 34 years to make that claim.  If Elvis had done that someone from The Platters or Buck Ram's assistants would have known it was done and they would have spoke up sooner.  It's just some more bullshit in regards to Elvis.  This is just a ploy to sell that album. - Marty.

(News Source;MartyLacker/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Original Elvis Tribute Tour' ROCKS Europe: As we posted yesterday EIN's friend Rick Crofts reported on the success of the european 'The Original Elvis Tribute Tour' 2011.
>>> The 2011 tour featured Elvis' original musicians Duke Bardwell, Jerome "Stump" Monroe and Bobby Wood. We rolled into Madrid, Spain. This really was a cool experience. Just to see the light in these fans eyes to meet someone who knew Elvis, or performed, or recorded with Elvis was really fun. They had such energy, and a glow that was unmistakable. They loved Elvis. Period.

Other fans have requested to see more clips, these are some of EIN's favourites. If we didn't live in Australia we would have surely been there.
- How Great Thou Art
- Any Day Now
- It Feels So Right

And go here to EIN's interview with Elvis Drummer 'Stump' Munroe.
(News, Source;ElvisInfonet)

'Elvis Live Live Live - Vol.2' new DVD/CD: Coming soon from Messiah Productions ' Elvis Live Live Live Volume 2': The Cincinnati Special plus the main attraction Elvis On Tour and That's The Way It Is Out-takes in perfect quality.
The DVD includes Johnny B. Goode complete version...Always On My Mind with different camera angles and see Elvis walk out of the studio, an outstanding never released version of Words and the complete Fort Dix farewell interview.
There's more...80 minutes of Elvis in Cincinnati on March 21, 1976, both the afternoon and evening performances with 30 minutes of unreleased footage from the two shows.
If that's not enough a bonus CD of rare tracks with many unreleased versions  come one and all to the video and audio event of the year.
This DVD / CD project is a limited edition....Get one while they last !
Plus Bonus CD
Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - undubbed master
She Thinks I Still Care - unedited undubbed master
The Last Farewell - False start, undubbed master
Moody Blue -  overdubbed unedited master
Hurt - undubbed master
Love Coming Down - undubbed master
Sweet Angeline - undubbed master
Fool - long version
I've Lost You - undubbed master
Love Song Of The Year - undubbed master
(News, Source FECC)

Elvis in Brazilian TV Commercial!: A VERY cool new commercial for Brazil's leading fashion retailer C&A features the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself! Using new technology, the TV ad shows Elvis Presley performing at a party and flirting with some very lovely ladies. The commercial is airing now in Brazil.

Brilliant stuff.
THIS IS GREAT -  Click here to watch the new ad!

(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

Elvis Recorded With The Platters?: Here's a fascinating news story spotted by EIN contributor Brian Quinn - that is unfortunately not true.
>>>> "ValCom, Inc. reported a big gain in quarterly earnings when the media and entertainment company disclosed the financial results for the 2nd quarter of its financial year.
A key statistic in the 2nd quarter 2011 financial data is the company's total assets which grew over 200% from September 2010 to over $24 million.
ValCom expects a great surge in revenues from its content library. The company has over 6,000 video and audio titles in the library. In 1st quarter 2011, an appraisal was conducted by DOS Broadcast and Appraisal Services to determine an accurate value of the content owned by the company. DOS has estimated that the value of the library exceeds $128 million. The library contains rare and unique video and audio content including 13 master recordings of Elvis Presley with The Platters; masters from Ike & Tina Turner before they were stars; and a very rare 3 Stooges film. The library also contains films starring the top names in Hollywood like Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Robert DiNiro, Jodi Foster, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson."
EIN notes that while Elvis is said to have sung some Platters songs between recordings at the 1976 Jungle Room Sessions - no recordings exist. Elvis also sang The Platters 'Only You' in concert in his early 1950 concerts.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Hot Shots And Cool Clips Vol.5' DVD OUT NOW: The new DVD from JAT Productions is out now.
JAT say it contains great quality footage of ELVIS in Vegas 1956, unreleased Army induction footage, the complete "Elvis Sails" Brooklyn interview and his arrival in Germany. Elvis in Concert, Chicago 1972 (almost 11 minutes, long), his arrival in Hawaii in 1961 and 1962, and a tribute to the " anniversary of the 1961 PearlHarbor show. There is more footage, in great quality, of the "Elvis Aloha Press Conference" in Las Vegas
Runs 60 minutes - retail $29.95

Click here for more info and to buy

(News, Source:JATProductions)

Elvis & The Beatles Come Together for UK Exhibition: A unique exhibition is uniting the world's biggest music icons! Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in Memphis, along with The Beatles Story in Liverpool, England, have announced a transatlantic partnership to develop an exclusive, jointly curated exhibition that will explore how The Fab Four were influenced by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
'Elvis and Us' represents the first time the two cornerstones of 20th century popular culture have come together since that fateful meeting in 1965 at Elvis’ Bel Air home. The exhibition will include rare artefacts from both The Beatles Story and the Graceland archives, many of which have never before been displayed publicly.
'Elvis and Us' will open to the public on September 28, 2011, at The Beatles Story in Liverpool, England. It will be a multimedia, interactive experience filled with music, video and artefacts. The exhibition will allow visitors to experience the power of Elvis and The Beatles along with their explosive impact on music and popular culture. From hit albums to movies, books, and plays, both Elvis and The Beatles are celebrated around the world today.
EIN was there first as we already featured Elvis in 'The Beatles Story' back in April 2010 with a spotlight by Tony Stuchbury - LOOK HERE.
One of the key elements explored in the 'Elvis and Us' exhibition will be the evening Elvis and The Beatles met in person on August 27, 1965, at Elvis' home in Bel Air, California. The white Fender bass guitar played by both the king and the Fab Four at that meeting will be on display. It's a piece of pop culture history that has never been publicly exhibited before!
Other artefacts being brought to the UK for the first time include the shirt worn by Elvis in the "Jailhouse Rock" movie, telegrams from Colonel Parker and Elvis to Ed Sullivan, rare video footage from the earliest days of Elvis' career, a ticket to the ‘68 Comeback special, and the pool table played on by Elvis and The Beatles.
Click here to find out more about the new 'Elvis and Us' exhibition.
- Go here to EIN's detailed articles on Elvis and The Beatles.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'The Elvis Files Vol.4' special sneak preview: Elvis Files author Erik Lorentzen has sent EIN several special preview pages from the new book 'Elvis Files Vol.4 1965-1968' to be published August 15 2011.

As previously reported 'The Elvis Files' series of books has now been expanded to seven volumes, rather than the initial six. See below for details

Click here for some high quality example pages from The Elvis Files Vol.4 1965-1968 - Don't miss these great examples.



(News, Source;E.L)

'Elvis In Concert' 2012, Possible WORLD Tour: The 'Elvis In Concert' 2012 Tour may be a lot bigger than we've been told so far. According to the Times Record News, the Stamps (that's Ed Enoch and four new members, Jerry Kelso, Michael Means, Roger Robinson and Chad Riley) will be the male backing vocals. Also, Times Record News, whose journalists spoke with Ed Enoch, indicates that the 2012 Tour will be traveling to Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Hawaii.
From the Times Record News Website: The Stamps these days are led by Ed Enoch, the only remaining member of the group who toured with Elvis in the '70s. The King invited the quartet to tour with him in 1971, and they were a regular fixture at his live concerts until his death in 1977.

The band members often would go to The King's hotel suite after performing a concert, where they'd sing gospel music with him. The Stamps also contributed vocals to many of his studio recordings between 1972 and 1977.
It was during this time that the gospel group also released one of its most critically acclaimed double albums, "Live at Murray State." The Stamps Gospel Quartet is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and is a multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning group.
Ed Enoch joined The Stamps as a baritone in 1969 and later became lead vocalist and road manager. "I will never forget Elvis as a wonderful, talented, kind and compassionate friend," Enoch has said.
Besides working with Elvis, Enoch, as part of The Stamps, has sung for Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and Ricky Skaggs, to name a few. He and the rest of the group — that's Jerry Kelso, Michael Means, Roger Robinson and Chad Riley — are scheduled to tour Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Hawaii in 2012 with "Elvis: The Concert."
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/EIN)

Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview: Sam Thompson first met Elvis in November 1972. At the time Elvis was dating Sam's sister Linda Thompson. As an officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Elvis and Sam became fast friends. In July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam less than a mile from the gates of Graceland. Sam travelled with Elvis on the road tours from 1972 until 1976 as Elvis' friend and companion. In July 1976, Sam went to work full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis at Graceland, his other homes in California and on all the road tours, including hotel and airport security.

Do not miss this fascinating interview where Doug Elfman discovers the true character of Sam Thompson and his deep-friendship with Elvis.

(News, Source;LasVegasJournal)

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