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Monday 28 June 2021
"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project.
Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement..
"It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."

We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet.
(Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!)
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

"Segui quel Sogno!" New Italian Book: Published last week is the new Italian book "Segui quel Sogno!" (trad. Follow that dream!).
It is the first book on the Elvis 'FTD' label that is available on mainstream platforms.
It features reviews of all FTD products (cds, vinyls and books) from 1999 to 2020. Most of the sessions are analyzed take by take.
The book is written in italian and includes b/w pictures of all releases.
The authors are Marco Degli Esposti, Davide Raga and Giuseppe Castiglia.
This book is mainly text, the only pictures, are the ones of the cd, albums and books.
The team have been working on the book for the past 12 months.
Author Giuseppe Castiglia providing the chapter on books with detailed reviews and the reviews for the complete sessions series.
The book is published for the Elvis Italian Collector Club (www.elvis-italian-collector-club.it that is run by the authors.

It will be soon available on Amazon.it and other major Italian on-line stores and bookshops.
Go here to Italian Amazon or the IBS bookshop to order.

(News, Source;CG/ElvisInfoNet)

Does China remember Elvis?: China was one of the only places in the world that did not release Presley's music at the time of its initial release, said Anders Nelsson, managing director of BMG Pacific Ltd., the Hong Kong-based company that eventually distributed his albums in the country.
During the Cultural Revolution in China, the few Elvis fans who managed to get their hands on his records often saw the material set ablaze by Red Guards. But that didn't stop The Cat King as he was better known later in China from rising to the top of the charts in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, as well as in Hong Kong.
Finally in 1977, Presley's classic 1958 album, "Golden Hits," was released in China, with hit songs like "Jailhouse Rock", "All Shook Up" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
All 20,000 cassette tapes were sold out in six days on it’s initial release, and later another 30,000 was pre-sold on the second scheduled run, said Kenny Bloom, president of BMG's China licensee, KB Communications.
In Hong Kong, a unique fanclub continues to celebrate the life and legacy of the Cat King. It comprises some 120 members from all walks of life including bus drivers, doctors, lawyers, Japanese performers, a Myanmar obstetrician, businessmen, and of course Elvis impersonators. Of those impersonators, Melvis Kwok Lam-sang, better known in Hong Kong as
Melvis the Elvis, stood out the most. He had been doing Elvis shows for nearly two decades. Kwok, who sadly died in December 2020 aged 68, owned 20 sparkly suits, two guitars and a black wig sprouting outsized sideburns. He used to be found in the Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo neighborhoods, where he'd burst into an occasional song.  "Melvis" made his living by playing the King’s greatest hits to adoring night revellers who were always willing to part with some cash to be entertained by Hong Kong’s very own King. 
Today, Presley's popularity in China has dwindled as the country embraces more modern western pop acts, but his Chinese fans continue to celebrate Elvis' legacy in their own way, despite their small number.
EIN notes that in 2002 - after the massive ALLC worldwide hit - Elvis cds were stocked in China's record stores including more obscure releases such as 'Sunrise', 'Rhythm & Country' and '50 Greatest Love Songs' 
(News, Source:CGTN/ElvisInfoNet)

Why is Elvis known as “Maowang, the Cat King” in China?: In China, Elvis Presley is a strange name but "Cat King" is not. Chinese people have long been familiar with Elvis Presley being known as cat king. For Chinese people, cat king is not just a most frequently used nickname but a proper name for Elvis Presley, so, here's the problem, why is Elvis Presley known as Maowang, translates to Cat King, in Chinese? Westerners may find it strange, Elvis Presley has some other nicknames like the kind, Memphis flash and so on, how did Chinese people link cat with a king like Elvis? There is nothing close to his original name at all in Chinese.
"The name cat king is originated from the Elvis fans from southern US "the Hillbilly Cat", native cat, but this name is not widespread in US. It wasn't until 2001 that an album called 'The Hillbilly Cat" was published by Elvis,” said by a netizen from Zhihu, the Chinese leading question-and-answer website. On the other hand, compared to the long name in the West, Chinese tend to be simple in calling each other's name.
"We are likely to simplify the name of foreigners," said a comment on Zhihu.
Another said Cat King is the abbreviation of 'the Hillbilly Cat and King of the Western Pop' as whenever Elvis sang a long song, he always attracted a bunch of female fans around just like a male cat attracts a pile of female cats. Although "Cat King" was widespread in China during that time, Elvis's album wasn’t well consumed in China. Behind this fact was considered to be the cultural differences and public prejudice to rock 'n' roll music. Elvis music was only well accepted within small groups in China such as English lovers and intellectuals who are interested in American 50s or 60s' culture.
Unfortunately, "Cat King" has not been able to become a massive music consumption object in China, and his influence was far less than Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears. Elvis' music is still considered as a minority music in China, but his influence has rooted in the Chinese culture. In the TV shows and singing reality shows, a little clue of Elvis can be found from a popular Chinese singer Li Yuchun danced in a singing competition broadcast on China's leading entertainment channel.

EIN Comment: EIN has long been of the view that China (with its 1.5 billion population) represents a golden opportunity for EPE and Sony to establish Elvis as a new major marketing presence. Back in 2002 BMG China did release some Elvis collections (as noted above) but as China now has a massive consumer culture as well as being 'on-line', Elvis’ music catalog is diverse, and his role as a saleable icon around the world is unparalleled, surely it’s a no-brainer!

Go here to read EIN’ series of articles about Robert “Yoshi” Kim (the Asian Elvis)

(News, Source;cgnt/ElvisInfoNet)

Li’l Elvis Jones & the Truckstoppers Coloring Book: The titular hero in this children’s animated series from Australia (late 1990s) was left on the doorstop of truck-stop proprietors Grace and Len, who are fervent fans of Elvis Presley.
In the opening sequence for each episode Li’l Elvis is thrown out of a gold Cadillac in a guitar case, hinting that he is the illegitimate child of Elvis Presley.
This critically acclaimed series concerned 10-years-old Li’l Elvis and his friends and featured a neat rock and roll soundtrack.

It was also the subject of a series of books. In 2021, a new coloring book has just been released.
(News, Source: Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)


Two new ELVIS Shows in Australia: "Today’s technology has enabled us to create two shows the equal of any in the world".
Next month in Perth see ‘The King of Rock and the Prince of Pop’. For more than a generation they were the two biggest rock stars on the planet - and they still are!
ELVIS was King and Cliff Richard, England’s answer to Elvis, became the PRINCE and was duly knighted to become Sir Cliff.
Australian music legend Marty Rhone is a master when it comes to singing Cliff and Mark Andrew has performed on every continent as Elvis. Together they bring you an unparalleled night of music magic.
This is the first time these two legends and their music will be presented on the same stage. Hear Suspicious Minds, Viva Las Vegas, Jailhouse Rock, Devil Woman, Wired for Sound, Young Ones, and more.
‘The King of Rock and the Prince of Pop’ is on July 17 in Perth (Lockdown permitting) then again at the Frankston Arts Centre Friday 17 December and then other capital cities in 2022. - Go here for Perth tickets and more info
Also ‘ELVIS King of the World – The Final Encore’ which is the biggest Elvis concert ever staged anywhere in the world and for that reason it is only being presented once and Melbourne Australia is the lucky city.
The date is Sunday August 1st, 3pm at Hamer Hall.
The Final Encore, features the incomparable Mark Andrew as ELVIS in the biggest ELVIS concert ever staged anywhere in the world.
The largest group of performers that ELVIS ever shared a stage with was 47 musicians and singers. King of the World, the Final Encore, at Melbourne’s magnificent Hamer Hall will feature over 100 musicians and singers on stage, more than double the King ever worked with.
You can be in the audience for this historical, record breaking event that is never likely to be repeated and coinciding with the 43rd Anniversary of the King's sad passing.
Melbourne booking details here.
(News, Source;MR/ElvisInfoNet)

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Thursday 24 June 2021

Judy West has died: It is with a heavy heart that EIN has heard the news of Judy West's passing.
Judy West was a big part of Elvis' life, even living with both Elvis and Priscilla at their Monovale Drive home. At the time their recently-born son, Bryan, even lived there until he was almost a year old.
Sonny West sadly passed away back in May 2017 after a terrible battle with lung cancer.
In a twist of bad luck Sonny’s wife Judy also suffered with breast cancer.
Elvis was the best man at Sonny and Judy's wedding, on December 289 1970, Priscilla was Judy's matron of honor.
When EIN asked Sonny West what was the secret to their four decade marriage, Sonny West replied,
"Judy is the secret. She has had to deal with a lot during our years together, and she has handled it with flying colors. She is the glue."

R.I.P. Judy West
EIN's condolences and prayers go out to the family.

See EIN's interview with Sonny West here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis , racism, and changing song lyrics to avoid jail time: There have been several good books published debunking the myth that Elvis racist. These include Elvis From Black and White to Technicolor (Paul Belard and Joseph Krein), Dispelling the Myths An Analysis of American Attitudes and Prejudices (Todd Rheingold), and Thirty Pieces of Silver: The Betrayal of Elvis Presley (Joyce Rochelle Vaughn). In his book, Dispelling the Myths, Todd Rheingold neatly addresses both the racism issue and also the songwriting credits Elvis occasionally got. On the issue that Elvis stole “black music”:
 .. When black musicians say that Elvis stole everything from them, they are shifting the focus of responsibility from where it belongs. If the American people did not wholly support a stratification or racial hierarchy within the recording industry, there would be no reason for thinly veiled racial classifications such as Country & Western and Rhythm & Blues in the first place..... The blame belongs on the backs of American people, not on Elvis Presley.
 Racism is so deeply embedded in the American psyche that one would be hard pressed to come up with alternatives to marketing musical product for popular consumption in this country that would be completely removed from racial overtones.


R&B legend James Brown, a close friend of Presley’s, writes in his autobiography that when Elvis first started, “he was copying B.B. King and them, but finally they didn’t have enough fire for him. That’s  when he really got into his own thing. Elvis was great. People still said he was copying, but he found his own style. It’s true we’ve kind of had a monopoly on certain kinds of music, but everybody’s entitled to it. They shouldn’t steal it, but they’re entitled to learn it and play it.”

 Regarding Elvis receiving a “songwriting credit”:
 Exacerbating the situation was that his publishing companies, Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music, had their songwriters agree to forgo publishing royalties if they had their own publishing company or separate publishing contract.......When Elvis inquired as to the legitimacy of such action. he was informed that his contributions in the studio as far as arrangements and “occasional word changes” warranted such compensation. Actually, Presley did make some important alterations in the lyrics of several songs, particularly R&B songs that were too scandalously written for a mainstream audience. Besides his early Sun revisions, Elvis refurbished tunes like Smiley Lewis’s “One Night of Sin (Is All I’m Paying For)” for RCA Victor. While the original was about an orgy, with lyrics like, “The things I did and I saw/Would make the earth stand still,” the remake had to do with passionate, but monogamous sex. Elvis changed the above line to “The things we two could plan/Would make my dreams come true.”
 Today, these modifications may not seem so drastic, but in 1958 they made the difference between a pop song and an R&B song.

There is evidence to suggest that if Elvis had sung the original and put it out as a single, he probably would have been thrown in jail for obscenity. He had already been threatened enough times wit obscenity charges for his performance style, and various authorities, including the F.B.I., were monitoring his every action in their efforts to safeguard America’s moral fabric from his corruptive and corrosive influence...... This does not change the fact that as a result of his co-authorship and Colonel Parker’s deal with Hill and Range, songwriters had to accept a cut in their royalties.
(News, Source: EIN/Dispelling the Myths)
For more about Elvis and racism:
Elvis was NOT a racist! (Spotlight article)
Elvis Black and White to Technicolor (Book Review)
Thirty Pieces of Silver: The Betrayal of Elvis Presley (Book Review)

Presley Movies: USA Today Top 10: USA TODAY recently published this article about Elvis’ films... The story of Elvis Presley's film career is one of wasted potential. Too many of the 31 movies he shot from 1956 to 1969 were money-making hack jobs, their scripts existing to do little more than fill time between musical numbers. But for the Elvis fan, part of the appeal lies in watching his instinctive onscreen ability and thinking about what might have been: imagining Presley with Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road or opposite Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born, two roles he could have had. USA TODAY picks 10 movie favorites (well, OK, 11) from the Presley canon, plus a few to avoid.
1. King Creole (1958) - Presley's best picture shows what surrounding him with talent could do for him. Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, Angels With Dirty Faces) brings a noir-ish black-and-white style to the story of a young singer who falls in with organized crime in New Orleans. Initially written with James Dean in mind, King Creole was based on Harold Robbins' A Stone for Danny Fisher, and co-stars Carolyn Jones (who later found fame as Morticia Addams on The Addams Family) and Walter Matthau.
Even The New York Times, which usually mocked Presley's films, found itself surprised by his performance: "Cut my legs off and call me Shorty!" Howard Thompson's review began. "Elvis Presley can act."
2. Jailhouse Rock (1957) - The singer's third film received mixed reviews at the time, with several high-profile publications panning it vociferously. British magazine The Spectator, for instance, called it "dangerously near being repulsive." They were, of course, wrong. This story of an ex-con pop star has held up better than almost any of Presley's other movies. The plot offers parallels to Presley's own story, particularly when he gets involved with a manipulative manager. It's also got first-rate songs from the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and the title song's great dance sequence, arguably the most thrilling thing Presley ever committed to film.
3. Loving You (1957) - His first starring vehicle was a fairly conventional showbiz musical, with country boy Deke Rivers rising to fame then dealing with its pitfalls. In other words, a story not unlike Presley's own. By 1950s teen rock-film standards, Loving You is credible, with plenty of energy and a strong soundtrack including the No. 1 hit Teddy Bear, Mean Woman Blues and (Let's Have A) Party. Variety pronounced that Presley "shows improvement as an actor" and that the film "exposes the singer to the kind of thing he does best." You know, like singing and hip-swiveling. Too bad Presley and his handlers would soon learn they could still make money with less effort and attention to quality.
4. Flaming Star (1960) - After the genial but fatuous G.I. Blues, 20th Century Fox tried to re-establish Presley's dramatic credentials, casting him in this Western as Pacer Burton, a half-breed caught in a culture war and land dispute. Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra had both been associated with the project, co-written by Nunnally Johnson, who previously had written and directed The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Three Faces of Eve. The role demanded more of Presley than most of his movies, and he found genuine chemistry with the great Mexican actress Dolores del Rio. The New York Times called Flaming Star "an unpretentious but sturdy Western that takes the time, the place and the people seriously." Theater owners called it a flop.
5. Wild in the Country (1961) - Perhaps Presley's most ambitious dramatic film, Wild in the Country was ultimately undone by the competing priorities of those making it. The script, penned by playwright Clifford Odets, called for Presley to play a callow country boy loaded with literary talent. A cast that included Hope Lange and Tuesday Weld and an attempt at topical relevance made Wild better than the average Presley film, though Variety found it "wobbly and artificial." Smash Blue Hawaii followed, firmly establishing the kind of movies he'd make for the rest of his career.
6. Viva Las Vegas (1964) - Flashy, gaudy, trashy and thin on story, just like the Vegas myth. There's not much of a script, but swimming instructor Ann-Margret looks hot, and so do Presley's cars. "As pleasant and unimportant as a banana split," said The New York Times, and that's just about right. The film that foreshadowed Presley's future boasts some great tunes, though, and one of the most perfect sequences in any of his films — a dreamscape for the jazz-infused I Need Somebody to Lean On in which Presley has the beatific look on his face that he usually reserved for gospel tunes.
7. Follow That Dream (1962) - After Blue Hawaii, Presley headed to Florida, where he played a beach squatter named Toby Kwimper that New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther described as "a combination Sir Galahad and Li'l Abner." Presley seems engaged here, and displays a nice comic touch. Bumped up one spot on this list for helping set the life's course of an 11-year-old Tom Petty, who visited the set.
8. Kid Galahad (1962) - Take Presley out of the equation, and Kid Galahad is a run-of-the-mill boxing picture. In fact, that's just what it was the first time around, in 1937, when Michael Curtiz (who'd go on to direct King Creole) made it with Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Presley, whose weight had ballooned, made for a doughy but hard-punching ingénue who gets caught up in a fight-fixing scheme. At least he had a decent supporting cast, which included Charles Bronson.
9. Love Me Tender (1956) - Presley's first film appearance might rank higher on this list if he had starred in it — but he had only a supporting role in what Variety called "a minor-league oater," the only time he'd be in that position. Presley clearly was inserted in the film, set during the 1860s, to capitalize on his popularity. Theaters hoped to pull young viewers away from the TVs that were popping up in households across the nation, and it worked. It's charming to watch a greenhorn Presley enthusiastically acting opposite more seasoned veterans who knew they weren't in a particularly good picture.
(tie) Change of Habit (1969) - The singer's final feature isn't a great film, by any stretch of the imagination. It's barely a decent one. But it goes a long way on its concept alone: Presley plays
an inner-city doctor whose love interest is Mary Tyler Moore — as a nun. What's not to love there, right? Change of Habit is sort of the film equivalent of In the Ghetto, a heavy-handed attempt at cultural relevance. (At one point, his character says, "I get the feeling there's a message here.") Look for the great Darlene Love in an uncredited role as a backup singer. Ed Asner, who would later play Lou Grant to Moore's Mary Richards, is in it, too, though he and Moore don't have any scenes together.
(tie) Blue Hawaii (1961) - In a perfect world, Blue Hawaii would have been the worst movie Presley ever made. (see EIN Blue Hawaii Spotlight!) Instead, it's solidly in the top third. For all practical purposes, it's a travelogue with a nice soundtrack, including Can't Help Falling in Love.
That would have been just fine, if it hadn't been so successful that the moviemakers and Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker, used it as the template for nearly every Presley film that followed, with ever less impressive results.

Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) - The third and most unwatchable of Presley's Hawaii films. Remember how engaged and excited he looked in King Creole and Jailhouse Rock? Yeah, that guy's gone.
Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) - Having previously served in the Army (G.I. Blues) and the Air Force (Kissin' Cousins), Presley enters the Navy as a frogman. It's hard to sing underwater, but that's OK: When your most memorable tune is Yoga Is As Yoga Does, there's no point singing, anyway.
Harum Scarum (1965) - Presley battles Arab assassins in a film so bad it would take "a fifty-fifth cousin to P.T. Barnum to sell it," Col. Tom Parker wrote to MGM. This from a guy who suggested a talking camel narrate the picture.
(News, Source: Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY)
For more on Elvis movies see - A FANS GUIDE TO "ELVIS MOVIES" - By EIN Movie specialist Nigel Patterson

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Monday 21 June 2021
FTD "May Releases" OUT NOW: After inevitable delays the FTD "May releases", the 1973 Las Vegas double-concert pack plus a new Pål Granlund / David English looking at Elvis' first movie Love Me Tender are OUT NOW and at your Elvis dealers.
1) 'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘73' - double 5” digi-pak.
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD announces the release of ELVIS: LAS VEGAS ‘73.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis from two shows at the Las Vegas Hilton; August 20 (midnight) and September 2nd (3AM).
EIN Notes: The August 20, 1973 (Midnight Show) is an old favourite that was released as a Fort Baxter bootleg back in 1995 on 'A Profile The King On Stage Vol 1'. It was a "stereo sound booth audience recording" in pretty good quality. Fans can expect an upgraded release.
The September 2, 1973 (3AM show) is previously unreleased.
Elvis was not happy at this Las Vegas season. He walked on stage at the final concert with a monkey on his back and was in a bad mood with both Col Parker and the Hilton.

2) 'Love Me Tender – Through The Lens Of Robert Vose' Book / CD Combo. FTD Books is pleased to present “Love Me Tender – Through The Lens of Robert Vose”.
Pål Granlund and David English visited the 20th Century-Fox Studios archive several years ago which proved to be an amazing experience. These stunning photographs captured by Robert Vose – the majority of them unseen and unpublished since September 1956 – reveal life on the movie set with Director Robert D. Webb, his cast and crew.
Accompanying the book are two CDs.
Disc 1: The original EP, Outtakes, Stereo Masters and The Truth About Me interview.
Disc 2: The 13 recordings made at Radio Recorders between September 1-3, 1956. (EIN Notes: These were for Elvis' second LP 'Elvis' already released as an FTD Classic Album)

Go here to SONY / FTD Releases 2021 for Tracklist and Details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS June VINYL Releases - OUT NOW: Also released this week more treats for Elvis VINYL collectors from the UK based MRS label.
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for tracklist etc
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
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New book from Italy – 'Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito' (Antonella Santovincenzo): This new book in Italian looks to be very interesting. Its Introduction translates to: 'When Elvis smiled the sun started to shine.' Thus expressed Joe Esposito. The importance of a smile. Like the one, one of the last, that Elvis did during the interpretation of the song Unchained Melody on June 21, 1977 and which impressed Antonella Santovincenzo so much. The smile of a tired and suffering man, still capable, however, of creating indissoluble bonds in space and time. It is precisely by chasing this smile that Antonella leads us to discover Elvis as a man, beyond the myth, drawing an extremely private, almost intimate portrait of him. Retracing the places where the artist lived, and visited by the author, the book manages to probe all the character aspects of Elvis: loneliness, generosity, insecurity, versatility, moods, charisma, intelligence, ambition, aesthetic sense, talent, patriotism, spirituality. The second part of the book is dedicated to the traveling exhibition curated by the Author, in collaboration with other Presley admirers, aimed at discovering the private Elvis, his passions, the relationship with his mother and family of origin. The book contains 384 pages including 24 pages of b&w photos. The cover is semi-rigid (with fins).
Note: EIN will publish an exclusive interview with the author, Antonella Santovincenzo, shortly.
(News, Source: ElvisDayByDay)

The Elvis Presley Thread Shop: Recently announced by Sony / ABG, a brand development offering a variety of Elvis Presley products and merchandise, including newly-designed apparel, on the Amazon Elvis Presley store.
The Amazon Elvis store offers fans a wide variety of merchandise including apparel, accessories, toys, books, movies, music (streaming and physical product) and more. The Thread Shop has created an exclusive line of Elvis apparel for the store with newly-designed pieces including t-shirts, tank tops, V-necks, raglan sleeves, crew sweats, hoodies and more.
The Thread Shop designs, manufactures and markets fashionable and functional merchandise and lifestyle goods that reflect the vision and aesthetic of its artist and brand partners. It offers artist-specific product lines, limited-edition customized merchandise and full-scale tour merchandising through a variety of online and physical retailers, as well as through artist e-commerce sites and pop-up retail environments in tour venues and stores.
GO to AMAZON TO Check it out.
(News, Source;ABG/ElvisInfoNet)

Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis’ move away from rock and roll: In his wonderful book, Memphis Beat The Lives and Times of America’s Musical Crossroads, Larry Nagar explores the city that lies at the root of so much of America's music, beginning back in the 1800s, following the frontier to the 1920s blues, 1950s rock-n-roll, and the Grand Ole Opry. His observations about Elvis’ career are thoughtful as the following passages illustrate: It was an incredibly volatile time in pop music. The gap between Elvis’ first Sun single and his army induction was barely three years – a thousand days from shy Memphis kid to the dominant superstar in American music. In that light, Parker’s game plan of moving Presley away from his teenage rock and roll audience makes some sense. The Colonel wasn’t above hawking souvenir photos of Elvis at a dime apiece to screaming fans, but he saw rock and roll as that same sort of nickel-and-dime scam, a fad that would be over in a few months, if not a few weeks. It was a faddish decade, after all, wit that other Tennessean, Davy Crockett, selling millions of coonskin caps after Walt Disney’s 1954 TV series. Nineteen fifty-eight saw the sale of 100 million hula hoops. Make as much fast cash as you could, Colonel Tom thought, then get out of rock and roll. Get into a field where there was staying power and real money, like the movies....... Of course, Parker was a terrible gambler and he folded his rock and roll cards a bit prematurely. He took Elvis out of the game long before the rock revolution of the sixties, when the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan, and the Memphis soul movement would take the stage.
(Archives, Source:NP/Memphis Beat,.. Musical Crossroads by Larry Nagar)

New conspiracy book (Kindle) - 'Evidence of Murder: Investigating the Strange Death of Elvis Presley' (Michael John Sullivan): Theories around Elvis’ death never go away. Promotion for this new book includes: After fifteen years of extensive research, the non-fiction book, "EVIDENCE OF MURDER - Investigating the Strange Death of Elvis Presley", presents the first full, in-depth critical study of the complete facts of Elvis' sudden demise. This book has been an uncompromised quest for the truth, and the result is both astonishing and shocking. All of the facts in the book firmly establish one, and ONLY one conclusion: ELVIS PRESLEY WAS MURDERED. Unrelentingly focusing on the vital aspects of WHY the murder was committed, HOW it was brilliantly and flawlessly executed, and exactly WHO the perpetrator was, the book meticulously examines seven prime suspects and then carefully eliminates them one by one until the guilty assassin is fully and unmistakably exposed. A shocking revelation that the previous hard facts of the investigation will make it impossible for any honest reader to dispute or reject. And, on the contrary - those legions of doubters who have closed their minds to rational thinking and clear facts will probably most happily have found a topic which they will hotly and vehemently debate for the rest of their lives.
(News, Source:NP/Amazon)

New book in German (Kindle) - 'Elvis trifft Buddha: Musikalische Erlebnisse in Myanmar, dem Land der goldenen Pagoden' (Jean-René Reyma): The title translates to Elvis meets Buddha: Musical experiences in Myanmar, the land of the golden pagodas. The book publicity (translated) indicates: The music of Myanmar is alien to people from the west. This is not only due to the exotic instruments, but also to the Burmese musical structure. In addition, European classical music only came to what was then Burma in 1820 through the British colonial power. The military ruling in the post-colonial era banned jazz, swing and later rock and pop. Today, however, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Burmese musical tastes sometimes meet and unite to form a tolerant symbiosis. For example at the largest Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar, the Golden Rock near Kyauktion. That is where the author Elvis Presley presented Jailhouse Rock.
(News, Source:NP/Amazon)

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Friday 18 June 2021

(Book Review) Elvis November 1956: As fans, we do not always realize that what we think we know about Elvis’ life, happened in short periods of time. Paul Belard’s visual biography series illustrates how hectic Elvis’ life and rise to fame was.
The latest release in Paul Belard’s series of photobooks, covering just one month in 1956, highlights just how much happened.
It was a busy time, Elvis spent time with his girlfriend Natalie Wood and buddy, Nick Adams on his new Harley Davidson. He did a small tour in the south with Scotty, DJ and Bill making stops in Toledo, Cleveland, Troy and Louisville, Kentucky. And managed to squeeze in a 10-day holiday with Bitsy Mott, Gene Smith and Richard Dougher to Las Vegas, returning to the New Frontier Hotel.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen joined forces to provide a detailed review of the narrative, visual and archival highlights from what was a a very busy month for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)

'Elvis Presley Live' - new vinyl and CD from RoxVox: Elvis Presley, live from the International Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas 26th January 1970. From 1969 through 1976, Elvis Presley performed 641 stage shows during 15 engagements at the International/Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. The entertainment press widely covered his opening Vegas appearance in August 1969, and RCA issued a live album spotlighting his return to the concert stage. Fuelled by a subsequent host of recordings, photos, and books through the years, those initial engagements still resonate loudly as a turning point in Presley’s career. The backing of the TCB Band was also undeniably fundamental throughout these performances and in enforcing the physical and emotional power of Elvis Presley, live in Las Vegas. Rox Vox very proudly presents, live from the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas on 26th January 1970; the legend, the king of rock ‘n’ roll; Elvis Aaron Presley. Professionally re-mastered original PBS-TV broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.
EIN Note: This is yet another 'Public Domain' release of the recent MRS 'Las Vegas 26th January 1970' show. Looks like multiple labels are now following in MRS footsteps.
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for tracklist etc
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The impact of Elvis’ death: When Elvis died on August 16, 1977 the outpouring of grief and public and media interest was unprecedented. RCA not only had its vinyl presses operating 24/7, but had to engage the services of other record companies in order to meet the demand for Elvis records. An estimated 100 million Elvis records were sold in the months after his death. Television stations all around the world ran Elvis specials, his films, and news segments for weeks after his death. And the print media went into overdrive as these examples, sourced from the excellent book, When Elvis Died (Neal and Janice Gregory), suggest:
-   The Memphis Press Scimitar and Commercial Appeal newspapers on August 17, had to be reprinted due to the high demand, while Memphis Publishing Company had to hire forty extra employees to handle the number of requests for a mail-order only special Elvis newspaper. It also had to erect a ceiling high chain link fence inside the building to protect the papers from potential thieves.
-   The Philadelphia Daily News published a special section and ordered a press run of 304,314 copies. The section was reprinted with an additional run of 250,000.
-   The New York Daily News sold an extra 110,000 copies of its editions reporting Elvis’ death, while in Macon, Georgia, the paper News, which normally sold 1,000 copies of its final afternoon edition, sold 18,000 copies.
-   The Charlotte Observer Experienced the biggest print run in its history, 262,652 copies (compared to its normal through the week print run of 170,000. Similarly, The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, had its biggest ever printing, circulating 385,000 copies (its usual daily distribution was 210,000).
-   The Lee County News, a Tupelo weekly, added an historical section on Elvis to its regular edition and printed 30,000 copies, 26,000 more than its normal press run.
-   The National Enquirer had its biggest ever selling edition when it featured the photo of Elvis in his coffin on its front cover. It sold a staggering 6.7 million copies.
-   Country Music magazine published special tribute issue. It sold five times its usual print number.
(Archives, Source: EIN/When Elvis Died)

New Italian book - 'Elvis l'Ultimo Re' (Elvis The Last King) by Michele de Pippo: This limited edition (100 copies) release comprises stories and photos the author has collected over 50 years of being an Elvis fan.
Michele also ran an Elvis fan club for five years in the 1980s. Also featured in the book is Nicla Crispa's account (with photos) of meeting Elvis twice in Vegas with well known fan, Livio Monari. Jean Marie Gargiulo also contributes an account of his two meetings with Elvis in 1969 and 1973.

There will be an official launch of the book on July 24.

(News, Source: Elvis Day By Day)

A case of Ripley’s Believe It or Not?: The UK Tabloids are beating-up an old story that Elvis entered an impersonator contest and didn't win. Any Elvis fan would know that this is rubbish.
The recent report says,, A new book claims that Elvis once entered an Elvis impersonator contest and he didn’t win. One night in the late 1950s, Lil Thompson's Steakhouse in Tennessee held an Elvis Presley impersonator contest. The great man heard about it, turned up with his entourage and sat quietly at the back. No one recognised him, so he decided to take part. 'I'm going to smash this,' said Elvis. Lil was worried that everyone would go mental when they realised who the newcomer was, but nothing of the sort took place. Elvis sang Love Me Tender, the audience applauded politely — and he came third.
The book, 'Pop Miscellany: Sex, Drugs And Cars In Swimming Pools' (Marcus Berkmann) was published by Little Brown on June 3 at £14.99. It features a vast number of stories about celebrities including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa, the Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard, John Denver, Ozzy Osborne and many more.
Sadly the rubbish about Elvis is hardly a good promotion for the book. Marty Lacker (RIP) always confirmed that this was a typical fake Elvis story. "That is a load of bull-manure. Elvis did not enter and would not enter an Impersonator contest. In any case they didn't have those while he was alive that we knew of because there wasn't really any number of impersonators while he was alive."
(News, Source:UK Trash tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

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Tuesday 15 June 2021
'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3.  However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required  – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download.  The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features:
    Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
    Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
    Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
    Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
    Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates   
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
    A section detailing promotional records
    Hundreds of illustrations
    An Interview and spoken word index
    A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following:
    The Making Of Elvis UK
    Golden Grooves
    LP Re-issues

Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip.  Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price.  The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. 
More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website – www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
See EIN review of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis British CD 1983-2005'- highly recommended

''72 ELVIS ON TOUR': The publicity and competition is now ramping up with both FTD and 'Elvis Files' Erik Lorentzen hoping to win over the ELVIS fans with their 50th Anniversary 'ELVIS ON TOUR' deluxe publications.
Erik Lorentzen has announced that his "3-book edition of approximately 1,200 pages with double the amount of photos and 5-600 previously unpublished images" is already heading to the printers. Hopefully for a July publication date
SEE YouTube Promo video here.
In 'Elvis On Tour 1972-2022' the April, June and November concerts are extensively presented with lots, lots of text to accompany the shows that Elvis performed. 1972 was a grueling year for Presley.
Not only the photos with text, but also ─ for the first time EVER ─ all the studio, the rehearsals and recordings of this series of concerts from 1972 are discussed in detail with many rare and
unseen photos with accompanying text. No other publisher can beat this, never done before.
Hard cover, glossy paper, weighs 9 kgs and is for pre-order NOW. Little money for such an extensive publication.
Go here to Elvis Files website for more info and to purchase - €280.EUR = US$340 (includes postage)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'A Powerhouse Performance August 1970...Continued' New Import Vinyl / CD: Out Now on the newly found Now Entertainment label is the second beautiful Ultra Limited edition boxset containing 3 Powerhouse Performances on Vinyl & 5 On Cd!.
The first shows from this August engagement were shot by MGM for the legendary “That’s The Way It Is” these were AUDIENCE recorded right after the MGM & RCA crew had left. This boxset contains the following shows
August 20, 1970 Midnight Show
August 21, 1970 Dinner Show
August 21, 1970 Midnight Show
on CD the same, plus Aug 23, 1970 DS & Aug 24 DShow
All is presented in a high quality boxset and the records are housed in high quality record sleeves.
Available on Orange Or White 180 Grams Virgin Vinyl.
All shows are remastered and speed corrected and never sounded better then now.
EIN Note: AUDIENCE recordings on VINYL! in 2021 is this what Elvis collectors are really searching for? No wonder the release is "Ultra limited"!
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for tracklist etc
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS ON TOUR' Import Vinyl: Golden Globe Records presents their second deluxe 2LP set containing the fantastic April 10 1972 show recorded in Richmond, Virginia. In total 4 shows were recorded for the Golden Globe winning motion picture “Elvis On Tour”.
The Richmond show is the second show that was recorded for the award winning documentary and is also the second one issued in this Elvis On Tour Series.
This is the very first proper high quality outing of this show on vinyl.
Presented in a beautiful deluxe gatefold cover containing 2 high quality 180 grams coloured vinyl albums.
A CD version is also added to this package.
This very limited edition is available in RED or BLUE vinyl.
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for tracklist etc
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 10 June 2021

FTD 'On Tour' Deluxe Release Confirmed: As many fans have suspected, FTD have now confirmed that they will be releasing a special 'On Tour' deluxe release to celebrate the film's 50th Anniversary.
For fans of the 'TTWII deluxe set' that was released last year, this is GREAT news.
A "big" FTD production for September / October 2021 is also noted.

FTD author David English posted.
... "In response to many questions I have received, I can confirm that both Pål Granlund and myself are busy working on an FTD 'On Tour' project for the 50th Anniversary of the movie, with a tentative release date - August / September 2022 (Audio elements will be included though not finalised).

If any collectors own any materials/ photos/ documents in relation to the movie, Elvis On Tour, then please get in contact with me at david_memphis@hotmail.com

In addition, we are putting the final elements together for a big 2021 September / October release - more details to follow.
With thanks - David"

(Regarding the "big 2021 September / October release" EIN notes that Blue Hawaii's 60th Anniversary would be November 2021, a delightful 'The Making of Blue Hawaii' would be a nice treat!)

(News, Source;DE/ElvisInfoNet)

New novel - 'Elvis Returns to Graceland' (D.P. Smith): While living eternally in Heaven, Elvis Presley peers through the clouds down to where he once lived his mortal life . . . and sees a world filled with chaos. The date is August 16, 2020, and the entire world is upside down, suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic, racial strife and unrest, violent protests, political upheaval, and non-unity between the many, many people Elvis once knew as his adoring fans. Elvis becomes quite distraught, and somehow convinces God that he can make a difference for the better if he can just go back to Earth. God allows Elvis to return as his 33-year-old self, wearing nothing but a sequenced jumpsuit, his jewelry, and his famous large-rimmed sunglasses. God also has one other provision: Elvis will be a mortal human being once again . . . but for only one month. After that, he must return to the land of Milk and Honey, God's glorious Kingdom. Can Elvis, arguably the greatest entertainer who ever lived, change the world for the better in only 30 days? For Elvis, it's now or never. He has no doubt he can change the world. But the question remains, will the mortal world change Elvis?

Published in softcover and Kindle formats – see buy link below.


(News, Source:Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

'Tupelo Elvis Festival 2021' Kicks Off: After going on-line last year, the Tupelo Elvis Festival IS BACK!
The 2021 Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo's native son, and the impact that his music has on the world. The 23rd annual Tupelo Elvis Festival runs June 9 thru 13.
Wednesday kicked off with the Opening Night Showcase concert at the arena.
Thursday's schedule includes the youth workshop plus tribute artists during the Louisiana-to-London concert at 7:30 p.m.
Another tribute artist concert, Rockin' Around the World, is set for 3 p.m.
Friday's lineup the first round of the Tupelo Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition at 10am, tribute artist concert at 7:30pm.
Linda Thompson joins festival host Tom Brown during the Conversations program.
With Saturday's Tupelo UETA semifinals plus the 'Tupelo to Memphis Concert' there is plenty of Elvis-For-Everyone. - Go to the Tupelo-Elvis-Festival website for tickets and info.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The Charlie Hodge Incident: One night in the summer of 1976 something happened at the Graceland gates that because of the humor and the person involved has stuck in my mind ever since. Elvis was home from the tour and that meant his buddy Charlie Hodge was also home. He lived up at Graceland as you probably know. Elvis' stepbrothers were also around and that meant a lot of activity going in and out of the front gates. Unlike Elvis who rarely ventured out, these guys were always coming in and out. Unless the gates were opened, which they usually were, especially during the day, the guard had to hit a black button inside the guardhouse to activate the gates. One time to open the gates for the car and again to close the gates.

There was a restaurant across the street from Graceland called "The Hickory Log." It was nothing fancy, just tables, a jukebox and a gambling type of pinball game. It was illegal to gamble on it but the owners paid you off on the side if you won. Charlie was hooked on this game and could often be seen playing it in the wee hours of the morning. If memory serves me right I once retrieved some change for Charlie while he was playing the machine. However that was about the extent of my relationship with Charlie.

Like a lot of Elvis' guys, Charlie was a bit standoffish. It was like they were saying, "we have Elvis and we ain't sharing him with nobody so go away." Now if you were a female and not bad looking you stood a better chance. We were friends with the owners' daughter Kathy and she told us Elvis himself actually popped in there about 4am one morning perhaps to see that game that Charlie and the others were so hooked on?

Charlie was often quiet and never gave me a second look or even a first look. So I never said a word to him. I never saw Charlie without a cigarette. It always amazed me how these good singers could smoke and still sing. Even Elvis with his cigars, some smoke must have still been inhaled. Part-time gate guard Fred Stohl usually worked the graveyard shift on Sunday nights, giving Harold Loyd a night off.

I used to help Fred while away the hours by playing Fred's favorite card game with him, "Crazy 8's." Fred was always a bit nervous, especially when the guardhouse phone rang. Fred would jump up from the couch or chair right quick to answer. It was usually Elvis' Aunt Delta.
- "Yes Miss Biggs, okay Miss Biggs", Fred would say.

One night when Elvis was home I was hanging out in the guardhouse with Fred. It was maybe three or four in the morning. Charlie had gone out earlier and was over at the Hickory Log playing that game. At the time Charlie was driving a light green or jade colored Caddy that Elvis had given him. Fred was zonked out on the couch sleeping like a baby. I was sitting on a chair near the door to the guardhouse. The gates were closed. No fans at the time, I had never seen Graceland so quiet with Elvis at home.

All of a sudden and out of the stillness comes a loud horn. I jumped up and peered out the small guardhouse window. The same window when I saw Jerry Lee Lewis' car up against the music gates the night he crashed the gates. It was Charlie driving his green Caddy so I immediately hit the black button to open the gates. Just then Fred awakened from his slumber and without realizing what I had done, pressed the black button. Can you guess the result? The gates closed and pinned Charlie's car at the doors. Charlie had started up the drive and made it about halfway through when the music gates closed on him. The surprised look of wonder on Charlie's face was one I'll never forget. I know if Elvis had witnessed this that he would have laughed his butt off! I guess from that night on Charlie cringed a bit every time he had to come through those music gates.

I hope you enjoyed this little remembrance about Elvis' good buddy Charlie Hodge and my recollection of a special Graceland night during the summer of 1976.
(News, Source:NP/Larry Blong)

'Sold Out 6' DVD: Another 'Sold Out' DVD, this time featuring Dave Hebler! There’s always a reason for celebration when a new volume of ‘Sold Out!’ is released, because you know that you are going to get almost three hours of ultra-rare Elvis 8mm footage that up to now had only been privy to a select few. And at only a fraction of the price of what others have paid to own this remarkable footage. This time, the focus is on 1972 – 1977, and the set contains 22 different 8mm films from those years. This release offers you a fresh look at those years, with an amazing variety of material, and much of it being amongst the best 8mm footage around. It’s amazing to see this footage after all these years: small gestures that you hadn’t seen before, suits that you hadn’t seen on film, his fun interaction with the audience, superb vocal performances… It’s almost like rediscovering the man and his unbelievable talent.
Someone who can often be seen in this footage, usually at the end of shows, is Elvis’ bodyguard DAVE HEBLER. In Vegas footage, you can usually see him holding the curtain for Elvis, while on the road he is often at the edge of the stage. We tracked him down, and he kindly agreed to write the liner-notes for this release. The liner-notes that Mr. Hebler wrote are some of the best-ever on an Elvis release. Great care is taken during the restauration process of the high-resolution transfers from the original 8mm films. Our aim is to stay true to what was originally recorded, and present it in the best way possible.
Packaged in a beautiful 3-panel digipack, this is a true collectors dream and a feast for ears and eyes.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley Died (more than) 40 Years Ago. Here’s Why Some People Think He’s Still Alive: The death of Elvis Presley on Aug. 16, 1977 stunned the music industry and devastated millions of fans worldwide. In the days following his funeral, speculation grew among a small group of skeptics that Elvis might not have died after all. Despite clear statements from doctors and a coroner that the 42-year-old superstar was dead, disbelievers were adamant that the gyrating beloved baritone had faked his own death to go into hiding. Over the past four decades, fans across North America have insisted they’ve spotted Presley out and about.

In 1989, three so-called Elvis enthusiasts even created The Elvis Sighting Society to monitor these apparent incidents. Some people even claimed he appeared as an extra in the 1990 blockbuster, Home Alone. Presley isn’t the first famous figure our nostalgia-obsessed pop culture has been unable to fully let go.

Conspiracy theories have cropped up after other high-profile deaths, from Hollywood star James Dean’s demise in a car crash in 1955 to Michael Jackson’s prescription drug death in 2009, as fans insist their favorite celebrities must still be alive.

Here’s what to know about the conspiracy theories surrounding Presley’s death:
- Some believe Elvis was connected to the mafia: One of the biggest theories on why Presley may have faked his death is because he had to in order to escape the mafia. Gail Brewer-Giorgio, the author of the 1988 bestselling book Is Elvis Alive, recalled in a recent interview with TIME how she pored through thousands of FBI documents to come to the conclusion that Presley was an American hero who had to go into witness protection.
“Do I know if Elvis is alive today? No, I don’t know,” she said. “But I know he didn’t die on Aug. 16.” Brewer-Giorgio, now 78, said the FBI enlisted Presley as an undercover agent in 1976 to help the agency infiltrate a criminal organization called “The Fraternity,” which was apparently made up of dozens of racketeers. Presley volunteered, spurred by his love of America and respect for the FBI, according to Brewer-Giorgio. The author said the agency had approached Presley because a member of “The Fraternity” had apparent dealings with Presley over the sale of an airplane the singer had. But when Presley was found to be a mole, he was put into the witness protection program, Brewer-Giorgio said, citing what she said was evidence from FBI documents and interviews.

“Elvis faked his death because he was going to be killed and there was no doubt about it,” she said. The FBI did not immediately comment on the decades-old claim that Brewer-Giorgio describes at length in her book. There’s no mention of Presley aiding the FBI in the more than 760 files the federal agency has released that pertain to the singer between 1956 and 1980. The FBI never investigated Presley, but a folder in his name was created because he had been the target of several extortion attempts the FBI probed. The released documents outline the extortion cases, and they also show Presley’s admiration for the FBI. During a tour Presley took of the FBI’s headquarters in 1971, the musician “spoke favorably” of the bureau and offered his “services in any way,” according to an FBI memo. There’s also mention of Presley’s plane and a business arrangement involving the aircraft. Elvis experts say the docket lacks evidence suggesting Presley is alive.

“Those FBI files are available to the public. I have them. There’s nothing in there,” said Patrick Lacy, an Elvis Presley researcher who wrote Elvis Decoded, which debunks the theories surrounding Presley’s death.“All of the evidence points to a death — the medical evidence, the eyewitness report,” Lacy told TIME. “To have him have faked his death would have required the silence and the services of literally hundreds if not thousands of people over the years.”

- Others point to Elvis’ tombstone as evidence: Besides believed sightings, skeptics also point to what they insist are slip-ups from Presley’s family in media interviews and an apparent name misspelling on the King’s tombstone as proof of a cover-up. The skeptics say Presley’s middle name was purposefully spelled wrong — Aaron instead of Aron — on his tombstone because putting his real name would have been taboo since he was alive. Debunkers say the King started spelling his middle name Aaron instead of Aron later in life. In a 2005 interview with Oprah on the TV host’s show, Presley’s wife Priscilla was addressing how Presley spoiled their daughter, Lisa Marie. Skeptics believe Priscilla said: “It’s exactly what he said the other day” before correcting herself and saying, “you said,” to Oprah. They also say Lisa Marie evaded Larry King’s question during a 2003 interview when the host asked if she ever feels “communication” with her father.

The impact of the Elvis conspiracy theories: The conspiracy theories bring unnecessary pain to Presley’s family, said Lacy, who calls himself a “big Elvis fan.” “I didn’t just get into this because I’ve got nothing better to do. I believe that the people who

say Elvis is alive are doing a great disservice to him and his family,” he said. “Imagine you have to go through your life saying your father did all of these things and that he conned his fans. Elvis’ death hurt a lot of people. It still does. You have to ask what kind of person would Elvis be to do that to his fans?” A vast majority of Americans believe Presley did in fact die in 1977. A Gallup poll conducted in 1997 found only 4% of Americans thought Presley was alive, while 93% of those surveyed were certain he was dead. Still, Brewer-Giorgio remains firm on her stance. The Georgia woman, who said she does not have a single Elvis album and owns no memorabilia of him, insists her findings are based on facts and not feelings. “I know what he really did,” she said. “The world needs to know that Elvis Presley put his life on the line.”

“I think it’s sad that we don’t know the whole Elvis,” she added. “If I don’t do this for Elvis, nobody is going to.”
Go HERE to EIN's Elvis Conspiracy pages if you really need to read more
(News, Source:NP/Melissa Chan, Time)

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'You Know, My Bass Man Is Bound To Die' New Import CD: The Ampex label announces a brand-new concert, March 24th, 1975 dinner show. This show has never been released and comes in a great AUDIENCE recorded sound quality. Elvis is very loose and has a ball. Opening in Las Vegas on March 18th, Elvis presented a rejuvenated show to his audience. Some of his classics like ‘Teddy Bear’ / ‘Don't Be Cruel’, ‘Love Me’, ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘I Got A Woman’ / ‘Amen’ would remain, but his show consisted mostly of recently recorded material, some of it only a week old!
Elvis performed ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’, ‘Fairytale’ and ‘And I Love You So’ from his still to be released album Today.
The March 24th dinner show is well worth having in your collection, with Elvis joking with his fellow band members, during ‘Trilogy’, Elvis still can't seem to contain himself as he jokingly sings, ‘You know, my bass man is bound to die!’
We've included the March 19th dinner show pre acts on disc 1, to give you a full overview of the Elvis Presley show.
Digipack with newly acquired photos, newspaper reviews etc.
Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for tracklist and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 7 June 2021
“King of Karate” New Exhibition: Graceland has announced the new exhibit “King of Karate” highlighting Elvis’ lifelong passion of the art of Karate
To celebrate the 39th anniversary of the opening of Graceland to tours on June 7, 1982, Graceland is opening a new POP-UP exhibit inside the Graceland Archives Experience in Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Elvis was first exposed to Karate in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany. His first instructor was a German shotokan stylist named Juergen Seydel who taught Elvis at his off-base housing in Nauheim until 1958.
Elvis developed a passion for Karate which continued throughout his life.
When he returned to Memphis, Elvis earned his first-degree black belt in 1960 under Chito-Ryu stylist Hank Slemansky. Later, he trained in a Memphis dojo under Master Kang Rhee, who bestowed upon him a seventhdegree black belt in March of 1973 and his eighth in September of 1974. Kang Rhee was also one of the people who Elvis gave a custom Cadillac to as a gift in 1973. Elvis would open his own center, the Tennessee Karate Institute in the Crosstown area of Memphis in 1974.
The exhibit documents Elvis’ love for karate and features artifacts from the Graceland archives including his personal Karate Gi’s, Testatkarte Karate card and Honorary Membership Certificate, plus many other artifacts including the original handwritten script for his 1974 Karate documentary the “New Gladiators” as well as many more rarely seen items.
The exhibit opened today Monday, June 7.
Go here to Graceland website for more info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

"Me And The Colonel" Peter Guralnick; In his recently published book 'Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing' Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick includes a chapter on Colonel Parker.
The chapter is featured in the UK 'MOJO' magazine April 2021 issue. (Now on sale in Australian newsagents).
Guralnick says of his book, "All of these portraits, old and new, tell stories that are just as exciting to me today as when I first encountered them, and they connect with one another now in ways that I might not always have suspected. In another newly written piece, which started out as a talk and then evolved, I sought to place Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in a different, deeper, and I hope more entertaining perspective by utilizing my own interaction (and correspondence) with him over an almost ten-year period.
Apart from the chapter "Me and the Colonel" others of interest to Elvis fans include ..
- John R. Cash: I Will Rock and Roll with You (If I Have To)
- Call the Doctor: The Further Adventures of Doc Pomus, Part I
- Some Cats Know: Words and Music by Leiber & Stoller
- Meeting Chuck Berry
- Perfect Imperfection: The Life and Art of Jerry Lee Lewis
Part of the "Me and the Colonel" extract includes..
.. Elvis's post-Army career has been both much maligned and much misunderstood. John Lennon was
famously quoted as saying, "Elvis died when he went into the army," But in fact Elvis returned home from Germany with a renewed sense of ambition and an expanded sense of purpose, which included the determination to broaden his artistic horizons.
- So what went wrong? With both Elvis - AND Elvis and the Colonel?
This clearly is not the place to recount the whole story — but suffice it to say, I don't think Elvis ever got over the death of his mother, or the sense of confusion that this introduced into the sure purposefulness with which he had conducted his march to success. For two and a half years from 1964 to mid-1966, he got lost in his spiritual studies (he at one point declared to the head of the Self-Realization Fellowship, that he wanted to become a monk in the religious order), and neither the Colonel nor RCA nor anyone else was able to lure him into the studio for a non-soundtrack session, not even to fulfil his contractual obligations..
.... Six months (after Aloha) Elvis fired Colonel, in an incident that might have been a replay of the 12th Annual White River Water Carnival in Batesville, Arkansas, 18 years earlier. On-stage at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Elvis
delivered an out-of-control, stream-of-consciousness diatribe against the Hilton hotel management for firing his favourite waiter. The Colonel was understandably upset, but when he remonstrated that this was no way to behave, that Elvis should always remember that he was a professional, Elvis fired him in front of everybody, and Colonel, tired of it all, responded with the classic comeback, "You can't fire me I quit." In the end he didn't stay fired, Elvis owed him too much money in deferred commissions, and, perhaps more to the point, lost his nerve. So they continued in an uneasy alliance that did credit, really, to neither one. It was like a marriage gone bad, a folie à deux, which neither could be the first to say goodbye."
Find MOJO at your local store, or check out 'Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing' on Kindle and Hardback (448 pages).
(News, Source;Mojo/ElvisInfoNet)

David Bowie covers Elvis: David Bowie and Elvis were both superstars, creative living legends who coincidentally shared the same birthday.
Bowie flew over to New York to see Elvis’ 1972 Madison Square Garden concert, “Elvis was a major hero of mine, and I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.”
Bowie also claimed that when he wrote his hit single ‘Golden Years’ he had offered it to Elvis to record but that Presley declined it. Both were major RCA artists.
Bowie happened to be bringing his Area 2 Tour to an end on 16 August, 2002 with a momentous headline show in Seattle on the 25th anniversary of Elvis’ death. In high spirits Bowie paused between songs to share stories including recalling the time he found out about the death of Elvis.

Bowie noted, “I was looking through the newspaper this morning and I realised it is 24 years and Elvis is still dead. You have to believe this, this is absolutely true. I was in a Maasai encampment

in West Kenya in 1977 on this day and I was drinking milk and blood taken from a cow by one of the tribesmen. I went back to my hotel in the evening, I tried to stay in one of the huts there but they wouldn’t let me, I went back and the paper said: ‘Elvis Dead’. I still have it, the Nairobi Times. Isn’t that bizarre?’
So what can an anniversary be without doing something by the man. We just learned this real quick..”

Bowie then launched into a rendition of Elvis’ 1961 single ‘I Feel So Bad’. Clearly enjoying himself Bowie’s encore also include another Elvis hit – the 1959 Number One single ‘One Night’.

In his best Elvis impression, Bowie adds, “Thank you very much. Thank you, thank you very much,”

Listen here to both tracks via YouTube.

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 4 June 2021 - - - - Today with TEN big Elvis News stories ...

‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ was released last month. The CDs contain three captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover just how good these concerts sound in stereo - a perfect concert package for any Elvis fan.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Quincy Jones Recent "Elvis Was A Racist" Nonsense: Once again the tabloids have tried to beat-up a news story about Elvis being a racist. A topic that has been regularly thrashed around since 1957.
This time they have grabbed on to a new Quincy Jones interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he talked about music and gave his thoughts on Elvis Presley, Billie Holiday, and George Floyd’s protests.
During the interview when asked if he would have worked with Elvis Presley, Quincy Jones said, “No. I wouldn’t work with him.”
(EIN comment: That is a strange leading question siunce Jones is famous for working with Micheal Jackson and other R&B or Jazz musicians - why was the Elvis question even asked?)
Jones replied, “I was writing for [orchestra leader] Tommy Dorsey, oh God, back then in the ’50s. And Elvis came in, and Tommy said, “I don’t want to
play with him.” He was a racist mother, I’m going to shut up now. But every time I saw Elvis, he was being coached by [“Don’t Be Cruel” songwriter] Otis Blackwell, telling him how to sing.”
The article commented that "Rumors have long circulated that Presley was racist."
Jones also spoke on the George Floyd case and gave his opinion on protesters. “It’s been coming a long time, man. People have been turning their heads the other way, but it’s all the same to me, misogyny, racism. You have to be taught how to hate somebody. It doesn’t come naturally, I don’t think. I don’t think so, unless you’ve been trained."
Quincy went on: "For Michael Jackson to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words. Divinity brought our souls together. To this day, the music we created together on Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad is played in every corner of the world, and the reason for that is because he had it all ... talent, grace, professionalism, and dedication."
EIN NOTES: This has been a huge beat-up repeated over the typical media tabloids.
Quincy Jones states that "Every time I saw Elvis, he was being coached by Otis Blackwell, telling him how to sing", however Otis Blackwell always noted that, sadly, he never met Elvis in person!.
Yet, in a previous interview Quincy Jones praised Elvis noting, "Before Elvis, white pop music was `The Ballad of Davy Crockett’ and `How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?’ Then Elvis came on TV in 1956, and they wouldn’t shoot him below the waist because they still couldn’t handle anybody shaking their rear, black or white. And the show got 8,000 letters about his performance. I could see it then, I thought: `Things are going to change because they’ve discovered how to emotionally feel music.’ This had been happening with black music forever, but this was the first time young white kids did. It was amazing to watch.”
And while it has little to do with Elvis, but plenty to do with controversial legends, Quincy Jones will not discuss the sexual misconduct allegations of his most legendary collaborator Michael Jackson.
As an 88 year-old respected musical statesman Quincy Jones should be more considerate in his interviews.

See EIN's Spotlight 'Elvis was NOT a Racist'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis was not a Racist'- A Spotlight: Back in 2005 EIN's Piers Beagley wrote an in-depth look at Elvis' background & cultural influences, discovering a man that not only helped the local black community but who was also key figure in the racial integration of popular music. As James Brown said, "I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother" and Muhammad Ali, "Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know."
Later in 2012 EIN's good friend Bernard Tanner, Jr. sent us a wonderful letter explaining his reaction when faced with young adults in his hometown of Altanta Georgia accusing Elvis of being a racist. He says.. "My refusal to back down against their impassioned but wrong-headed and false accusations of Presley's race bigotry shocked them.... .. And (often) lost in these arguments is the fact that Elvis was supernally

gifted as a performer and as a vocalist. And that he marshaled those rare gifts to the African-American cultural and musical construct and helped to give those musical idioms, not only a much wider acceptability, respect and legitimacy - but supernally so!
CLICK HERE to see this important article now updated.
(Spotlight, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Release The Elvis On Tour Footage" Petition: Elvis Presley was the most famous Cultural Icon of the 20 century and yet the majority of the professional Film of ELVIS on Tour at the Peak of his Career has NOT been released apart from the Original Movie in 1972 which won Elvis his Only Golden Globe.
ELVIS ON TOUR filmed by MGM covered Elvis rehearsing in the RCA studio and then onto a 15 day Tour which covered 19 shows we have been told at least Four complete concerts were filmed as well as mountains of Backstage and Airport Arrival Footage at least 40 hours are said to remain in your vaults Warner Bros.
The Elvis Fans of that time are getting Older and we have lost many along the way,we want to see the hours of remaining footage released for the fans and future generations of fans to enjoy this exceptional footage of the Most Famous Rock Star to have ever Graced our planet .
Please Warner Brothers release all you have of ELVIS ON TOUR in 1972 so we can ALL enjoy Elvis' legacy.
Thank You
Please sign the "Release The Elvis On Tour Footage" Change.org Petition HERE
and check out their Facebook Page here
(News, Source;TCBKevin/ElvisInfoNet)

B.J. Thomas Dead at 78: Sad news that five-time Grammy award winner and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee B.J. Thomas died May 29 at his home in Arlington, Texas at 78.
A versatile songwriter, Thomas’s career spanned country, pop, and gospel and sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, scored eight No. 1 hits and 26 Top 10 singles over his 50 years in the music business.
He won an Academy Award for his classic “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.” His hits included a cover of the Hank Williams song “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” the Grammy winning, “Hey Won’t You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” and the monster hit “Hooked On A Feeling.”
To Elvis fans he is famous for the single “I Just Can’t Help Believin'' which Elvis performed on stage in 1970 and was featured in the film TTWII. Elvis also covered his hit 'It's Only Love' in 1971.
B.J. Thomas had one of the longest relationships with the Chips Moman's Memphis Boys recording hundreds of songs over a 40-year period. Many of his career-defining singles, such as “Eyes of a New York Woman”, “Hooked on a Feeling”, “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” and “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” were recorded at Memphis' American Sound Studios.
Songwriter Mark James actually invited the legendary singer to Memphis in late 1967. From the minute Thomas arrived at American and stepped on the studio floor, he felt like they were his band and he was their singer. In his words, “We just fit together perfectly like hand-in-glove.”
Other Thomas hits included “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love,” and “New Looks From An Old Lover. ”
Born in rural Hugo, O.K. as Billy Joe Thomas, he moved to Houston, Texas and began singing in church as a child.
In 1968, he released the million-selling “Hooked on a Feeling,” from his album “On My Way.” Dionne Warwick met Thomas when he visited the Scepter offices in New York and introduced him to songwriter-producer Burt Bacharach. That led to a collaboration on “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” written by Bacharach and Hal David and sung by Thomas.
The song was featured in the Paul Newman / Robert Redford film Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, earning the Oscar for best original song. But the success wasn’t easy on Thomas, who fell into drug use. But he returned as a Born Again Christian in gospel music, signing with Myrrh Records and releasing the album Home Where I Belong in 1976.
In 2019 he appeared at Elvis Week with The Memphis Boys where he sang a handful of songs and an unplanned, earthshaking acapella “Peace in the Valley.”
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley’s Songs Don’t ‘Impress’ Tony Bennett and He Doesn’t Like His Singing: Tony Bennett and Elvis Presley were famous around the same time, however, that doesn’t mean Bennett was a fan of Elvis’ songs. However over the years he’s offered quite a few criticisms of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
During an interview with The Guardian Bennett explained whether the thought Elvis or Sinatra had a greater impact on 20th century music, “You can’t compare them. Presley is country music, white music. Jazz is Black music – it was invented by Black people in New Orleans. And I’m really a jazz singer. I was impressed with Elvis – he was the handsomest guy I ever met in my life, and a very nice person, too. But the music doesn’t impress me.”
Bennett reducing country to an exclusively white genre is highly inaccurate. It’s also odd that Bennett classified Elvis as a country artist when he made rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and pop music as well. In addition, Bennett cited Sinatra as one of his heroes alongside Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bennett once praised one of his collaborators — Amy Winehouse — for singing properly, unlike Elvis. “She was really, since Elvis Presley and The Beatles
and The Rolling Stones… she was the only singer that really sang what I call the right way. She was really a great jazz singer, a true jazz singer.”
Bennett even predicted Lady Gaga (photo above) would outshine the “'Can’t Help Falling in Love' singer.” “The minute I heard Lady Gaga sing, I knew that she really knows how to sing. My first reaction to her is that she’s going to be bigger than Elvis Presley”.
Bennett’s comments on Elvis raise an interesting question about how his success compared to Elvis’? Bennett released 23 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100. None of those songs reached the top 10.
On the other hand, Elvis released 109 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Of them, 25 reached the top 10 and 7 reached No. 1.
There is no doubt that Elvis clearly had more hits and influence on the future of modern music regardless of what Bennett thought of his singing.
EIN Comment: Tony Bennett is a bonafide musical icon, but his views on Elvis and his music are surprisingly very one-dimensional.
While Bennett said that one cannot compare Frank Sinatra to Elvis, old Blues-Eyes himself noted, ”I’m just a singer. Elvis Presley is the embodiment of the whole American culture.”

(News, Source: Matthew Trzcinski, cheatsheet.com)

Dolly Parton Talks Elvis: Dolly Parton is such a well-known singer / songwriter with the success of forty-four Top 10 country albums and 110 US charted singles. She has sold more than a hundred million records worldwide.
In the past the Great Smoky Mountain's songbird shared why she feels a kinship with the King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley noting, "There Was Nobody That I Ever Related to More"
Dolly Parton may be a country music great while Elvis was a rock 'n' roll star but the two have much in common.
Parton once revealed that she has long felt a palpable link to the musical icon, who died in 1977. "I always felt that we were kin. I feel like I know exactly how he was. Every time he'd come in town, even if I was home, I just wouldn't go,
somethin' always kept me from goin'. There were other people I liked to hear sing better, but there was nobody that I ever related to more."
Her admiration of Elvis also ran deep. "Elvis was very loving, very emotional, very sensitive, very giving, very humble, thankful, grateful. I always felt that he was totally in awe of his own success and he didn't quite understand why he had been so chosen and why he was such an idol," she continued, surely a situation reminiscent of how Parton must have felt, given her impoverished origins.
It is a fact that both of the singers grew up poor, though both of their childhoods were filled with rich musical experiences, surely paving the way for their careers to come. Their music is very different, but the impact it has on the listener is the same having a way of staying with you long after a song ends.
Perhaps the closest the two ever came to collaboration was when Elvis was going to record Parton's 1973 now mega-famous tune, "I Will Always Love You" but she ultimately turned him down as she didn't want to give up her publishing rights.
(News, Source;SouthernLiving/ElvisInfoNet)

Sun 10" Vinyl EPs: The WHBQ Memphis label have announced three new 10" VINYL EPs containing various SUN recordings, 'I' Don't Sound Like Nobody', 'The Hillbilly Cat' and 'Phone Booth Bully'.
All titles are limited to 250 copies.

EP1: I Don't Sound Like Nobody
Side 1: My Happiness, That’s When Your Heartaches Begin, I’ll Never Stand In Your Way, It Wouldn’t Be The Same (Without You).
Side 2: Harbor Lights, I Love You Because, That’s All Right, Blue Moon Of Kentucky.
EP2: The Hillbilly Cat
Side 1: Blue Moon, Tomorrow Night, I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’), I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine.
Side 2: Just Because, Good Rockin’ Tonight, Milkcow Blues Boogie, You’re A Heartbreaker.
EP3: Phone Booth Bully
Side 1: I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (Slow Version), Baby Let’s Play House, I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone, I Forgot To Remember To Forget.
Side 2: Mystery Train, Trying To Get To You, When It Rains It Pours.

(News, Source;ElvisDayByDay)

Reward for missing “Elvis” in Tupelo: Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Mississippi is offering a $1,000 reward to figure out who took the word “Elvis” off the landmark’s sign.
The museum discovered the first name taken from the “Elvis Presley Birthplace, Museum & Chapel” sign over the weekend.
The word “Elvis” had been written as the rock ’n’ roll pioneer’s signature.
The museum in Tupelo isn’t sure exactly when the brick sign was damaged. The entire sign was stolen three months ago and had just recently been replaced, WTVA-TV reported.
The singer’s birthplace also survived a tornado moving nearby in early May. The site includes the restored two-room house built by Presley’s family for $180. He was born there in January 1935.
(News, Source:AP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley News Report June 2021: From Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier, here is the Elvis Presley News Report of June 2021, includes a fabulous look at Andy Warhol and Elvis with some sensational file footage!

Runs 11 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube

well worth watching.

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


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Elvis News from earlier in the week...
'Elvis On Tour' New Book. Announced this week, a new book from Erik Lorentzen. Elvis' final film shot in 1972 proved to be a critical success by winning the 1973 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary, making it the only Elvis film to win an award of any kind.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented this award for Best Documentary Film at the 1973 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The MGM film was a musical documentary directed by Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge. It provided a behind-the-scenes perspective on Elvis on a 15-city U.S. tour as well as footage from his legendary live performances.
Erik Lorentzen - in collaboration with Jerry Luckenbach (Elvis Summer Festival TTWIWas Volume 1-2-3 4 & 5) has been able to get his bands on hundreds of unseen and unpublished photos from the 1972 April, June and November tours.
Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions (live / studio / matters / dubs and overdubs) - (SIC). Tons of newspaper reviews from every performance Is described and documented. Dates, times, places, producers, musicians. footnotes ... etc, the list is miles long. We promise a COMPLETE historical film - audio-biography presented in a Deluxe 3-book edition.
As 2022 'On Tour" marks its 50th anniversary:
We celebrate ELVIS ON TOUR with a very well researched and groundbraking publication by Erik Lorentzen and Jerry Luckenbach among others...
'ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022' is the first and only monumental reference work for decades.
A 3-book publication, over 1200 pages with more than 1000 unseen photos.
This Is Elvis extravaganza. - - - More details to follow - see Elvis Files website and shop -
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis's First Girlfriend' New Book: Announced by Graceland a new book 'Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis's First Girlfriend' by Dixie Locke Emmons.
Dixie Locke is highly regarded as Elvis's first girlfriend and recollects her experiences with Elvis over time.  This memoir is a must read for every Elvis fan.
Dixie Locke Emmons was 15 years old when she spotted Elvis Presley at the First Assembly of God in Memphis. At 19, the future King of Rock had a start in his career thanks to a recent recording with Sun Records, but that didn't stop him from pursuing love.

Dixie Locke Emmons is appearing at Elvis Week 2021 so presumably this book is a tie-in with that event.
"Dixie's heartwarming book is a must read for not only Elvis fans but for those who are curious about his early life before fame.  Her story is captivating in that you feel like you are living it with her."   - Priscilla Presley

Hardback, 171 Pages.
No publisher noted. - Go here to Graceland Shop - $26.95

(News, Source;Graceland/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis "TCB" Sunglasses' sell for $126,500! The Rockhurst Auction closed on May 27 and the runaway bid was for Elvis' iconic "TCB" sunglasses. The estimate was $15,000 - $20,000 but they sold after 28 bids for an incredible $126,500.
Described as "Elvis Presley Owned "TCB" Grand Prix Sunglasses - One of the Earliest Pair Made - All Metal!" - created by Dennis Roberts of Optique Boutique in 1970 or 1971. These early "prototype" "TCB" sunglasses ended up with Elvis' dear friend Lamar Fike.
Fike's signed letter detailing the circumstances around the sunglasses reads:
"Elvis wanted a personalized version of the aviator sunglasses and asked Dennis Roberts. Dennis Roberts made various prototypes and a few TCB lgoo designs . This pair was one of the first made for Elvis. The glasses were still too heavy when wearing it for a longer period, and it left red spots on the nose. This pair was given to me." - Lamar Fike.
Other high bids were ...
- Elvis Owned and Worn “TCB” Gold and Diamond Ring. Estimate: $30,000 - $45,000 sold for $43,125
- Elvis Owned Gold and Diamond Ring / “8” in Blue Sapphires. : $15,000 - $20,000 sold for $14,950
See EIN news story below and GO HERE to Rockhurst Auctions for all the bidding details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie / Michael Lockwood Divorced: Almost five years after their split Lisa Marie and Michael Lockwood are legally divorced.
A judge granted a dissolution of marriage on May 26. Custody and other issues are yet to be finalised and include financial disclosures, alleged misappropriation of properties and attorneys' fees and costs.
The judge granted a dissolution of her marriage and ruled that the pair can be considered legally divorced as they continue to sort out child custody and visitation rights for their 12-year-old twin daughters, Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love.
Presley married Lockwood in 2006 and filed for divorce in June 2016.
Ever since their separation, the two have been embroiled in an ongoing custody and financial battle. Though the pair share joint legal custody of the twins, Lisa Marie has physical custody.
In July, Lockwood filed court documents asking a judge to strip Presley's primary custody of the twins, claiming concerns over her potentially relapsing in the wake of the death of her 27-year-old son Benjamin whom she shared with ex-husband Danny Keough.
Lisa Marie, who is also mother to 31-year-old actress Riley Keough, previously attempted to keep her addiction private, however, details of her battle with sobriety emerged during divorce proceedings.
In the book 'The United States of Opioids' foreword, Lisa Marie admitted "I am grateful to be alive today… and to have four beautiful children who have given me a sense of purpose that has carried me through dark times."
Lockwood is Presley's fourth husband after Michael Jackson, actor Nicholas Cage and singer-songwriter Danny Keough.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in May ...

Book Review: 'Elvis The King of the Rings Vol 1': Author-researcher Paul Belard has released the latest installment in his ongoing Elvis day-by-day biography series, visually (and narratively) documenting Elvis Presley's life and times. Unlike previous volumes, this book doesn’t cover a specific period of time, it covers a “shiny” part of our man's life, his love for big and glittery jewelry, specifically rings.
Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”

Belard's new book features 254 pages dedicated to Elvis’ love of rings.
The photos include close-ups of so much glorious "Bling" along with stories of Elvis wearing them on-stage and even where they ended up.
Go here to read our review by Kees Mouwen and Nigel Patterson
(Book Review, Source:DayByDay/ElvisInformationNetwork)

(New book) 'Elvis November 1956' (Paul Belard): The latest volume in Paul Belard’s bourgeoning series of Elvis photo-journals has been published: Elvis November 1956. That month was an interesting one for Elvis. Not only was his first film, Love Me Tender, released in cinemas, but Elvis enjoyed a 10 day holiday in Las Vegas (where he attended Liberace’s show and visited him backstage), went riding on his Harley Davidson with Natalie Wood and friend Nick Adams, attended a charity football event in Memphis, and went on a four-day tour performing shows to enthusiastic crowds in Toledo, Ohio; Cleveland; Troy, Ohio; and Louisville, Kentucky.
As usual, Paul Belard captures all of these through a combination of great color and b&w images and interesting archival material, much of which is rare.
The book contains 214 (near A4 size) pages.

Copies of the book can be ordered directly from the author pbelard@hotmail.com and will be available from Amazon.

(News, Source:PB/ElvisInfoNet)

'Harum Scarum' Ralph Strobel (Oboe) Interview: EIN's friend Thomas Melin recently published this neat interview on his Elvis Today blog with Harum Scarum session musician Ralph Strobel.
It features some fabulous stories about recording in Studio B at the time.
Even in snowstorm, and in 1965, fans stood outside Studio B waiting for Elvis.. .. I arrived at the RCA building before 10pm. The building is on a corner and on the side street, there were two police cars with flashing red and blue lights and what looked to be over 100 young female fans on the side of the building, apparently waiting to greet Elvis. Policemen were outside their cars watching these screaming females jumping up and down in a very cold temperature of 10 degrees.
And a great story about The Jordanaires..
.. I heard someone ask, "Where are the Jordanaires?" Elvis's back up group. "Oh, they're in another room smoking a joint", a musician said. I peeked into the room and sure enough, that IS what they were doing. However, it didn't seem to affect their singing or performance."
Go here to 'Elvis Today' to read the whole interview - and to discover how Thomas Melin tracked him down.
(News, Source;TM/ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla At Elvis Week 2021: In a neat push to ramp up excitmednt about this year's Elvis Week, Graceland is excited to announce that Priscilla Presley will make special appearances during Elvis Week 2021 at ELVIS IN CONCERT on August 16 and CONVERSATIONS ON ELVIS on August 17 at the Graceland Soundstage, in addition to attending the exclusive cocktail party on Graceland’s Back Lawn for Elvis Week Platinum Package Holders on August 17.
New Guests for Elvis Week include Dixie Locke Emmons at Conversations on Elvis on August 17; Sam Thompson, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs at Conversations on Elvis on August 14; and Charles Stone at Fan Celebration on August 16.
A limited amount of Platinum Elvis Week Packages including the exclusive cocktail party are still available. Yours for only US$1,650 each!
(EIN would want to meet ELVIS at that price!)
Go here to Graceland for tickets and more info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis tribute songs: Elvis may have stopped recording over 40 years ago but musicians are still releassing music about his life. These new tribute songs were recently released:

- Priscilla - (Our Band)
The music video for the accordion-laden song finds the human beings interacting with a set of puppets one of whom is looking to right a wrong in the office. Goofy? Absolutely!

- Long Live the King - (Margo Price)
"Elvis sang Willie Nelson, On the day that he died
"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"
With the pain inside, Took his pills and he went to bed"

(News, Source: EIN)

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"Elvis 2 Times" sells for $37 Million: Last Wednesday Sotheby’s staged its auction of the American art of Texas ranching heiress Anne Marion.
Andy Warhol's "Elvis 2 Times" hit an incredible US$37 million, well above the estimate of $20 million.
The evening's sale was expected to reach $436.8 million but the final tally was $597 million.
Sotheby’s Senior Vice President Michael Macaulay said: “Mrs. Marion’s extraordinary collection not only embodies critical innovations of twentieth-century American Art History, notably uniting paragons of Abstract Expressionism with original icons of Pop Art, but it also singularly reflects a simply remarkable life. Warhol’s legendary depiction of Elvis as cowboy alludes to a lifetime devoted to the stewardship of Southwestern traditions. She was a true visionary, and her collection is testament to an extraordinary eye, boundless energy and limitless spirit of inquiry.”
Andy Warhol, 'Elvis 2 Times' 1963 a Silkscreen ink and silver paint on linen is perhaps the most famous depiction of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll by the Prince of Pop Art. Warhol’s 1963 'Elvis 2 Times' represents a watershed moment in twentieth-century Art History. The painting combines an investigation of the uniquely American fascination with celebrity and mass media that emerged in the 1960s with unsettling visual evocation of both violence and desire.
For the compulsive movie-fan Andy Warhol, Elvis as the reluctant gunslinger presented the zenith of subject matter: ultimate celebrity invested with ultimate power. The source image for this particular work was a publicity still for his acclaimed 1960 movie Flaming Star, in which Elvis plays the character Pacer Burton, the son of a Texan father working as a rancher on the frontier.
Claude Monet’s 'Le Bassin aux Nymphéas' topped the evening's bidding at $60 million. The seller had purchased the work 15 years ago for $16.8 million, against an estimate of $9 million.
Between the contemporary and Impressionist and modern art sales 17 works in total were guaranteed, with four carrying irrevocable bids making up a collective low estimate of $138.5 million or 32 percent of the total low estimated value across both sales.
For more info go to Sotheby's ArtNews here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Andy Warhol - The Elvis Works: In this narrative and pictorial article we look at some of the iconic images by pop artist, Andy Warhol. In 1963 Warhol established a studio in an abandoned fire station in New York's East 87th Street. It was there that he began work on a head of film star Elizabeth Taylor and a full-length portrait of Elvis Presley.

Warhol’s 1963 'Elvis 2 Times' represented a watershed moment in twentieth-century Art History. The painting combines an investigation of the uniquely American fascination with celebrity and mass media that emerged in the 1960s.

And read about Bob Dylan, Warhol and Elvis - - Dylan acknowledged, "I once traded an Andy Warhol “Elvis Presley” painting for a sofa, which was a stupid thing to do."
The visuals range from variations of "Elvis in Flaming Star" to "Red Elvis". - Go here to discover more about Elvis and Warhol.
(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInfoNet, June 2008/ 2021)

'Elvis The Sun Sessions In Stereo' New CD: From Good Music label their new release 'Elvis The Sun Sessions In Stereo'.
Their publicity notes.. Elvis's early Sun recordings are well known to fans, but you've never heard them like this before!
They sound more alive and detailed, and you will discover elements of the original performances you never heard before! It becomes a brand new listening experience.
Bonus LIVE recordings are the clearest they've ever been.
This is a superb fete of first-class engineering that adds a whole new dimension to Elvis Presley's recorded legacy. Relive the historic early days of Elvis at Sun as well as demos and live performances as he introduced rock 'n' roll to the masses.
The raw energy Presley expressed -- his native talent, creative spirit, his synthesis of R&B, Gospel and country -- captured the imagination of America and charted his meteoric rise to being the world's most enduring and iconic artist.
Now you can step inside Sam Phillips' studio in the formative early days and feel like you are there in person as The King was born! 22 great songs you will re-discover in STEREO!
This CD utilizes the new "DES" (Digitally Extracted Stereo) audio technology to transform classic monaural recordings into stereo.
EIN Note: While the publicity says "Elvis's early Sun recordings, never heard like this before!" That is incorrect as TEN of the original fifteen SUN masters have already been included on Good Times previous "From Mono To Stereo" releases! Naughty, naughty.
Go here to Good Music for more info and tracklist
See EIN's lengthy debate on "Elvis: New Mono To Stereo" and yes, some SUN tracks are fascinating to hear in fake stereo!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Lloyd Price, RocknRoll star dead at 88: Lloyd Price one of the earliest pioneers of Rock'n'Roll died on May 6, 2021, aged 88.
One of the "Last Men Standing", Lloyd Price composed and recorded the classic 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' back in 1952 at his first recording session, working with Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
The song became one of the biggest selling R&B records of 1952 and was recorded by a variety of artists including Elvis Presley.
His 1950s hits included 'Stagger Lee', 'Personality' and 'I'm Gonna Get Married.'
Born March 9, 1933, in Kenner, La, Price released a few other sides for Specialty that made the R&B top 5 but entered the Army in 1954. By the time he was discharged, rock 'n' roll music was in full swing, with Specialty label mate Little Richard acknowledged as one of the music's seminal figures. Price continued to record, and in 1957 his single 'Just Because' was picked up by ABC Records, rising to #3 on the R&B chart but only #29 on the main Billboard singles chart.
The final song on John Lennon's 1975 album Rock 'N' Roll was a cover version of Lloyd Price's 'Just Because'.
It was 'Stagger Lee' in 1958 that truly put Lloyd Price on the
map taking it to #1 on both the R&B and pop charts.
Elvis also tried out 'Stagger Lee' at his 1970 rehearsals for his TTWII shows.
'Personality' co-written by Price and Harold Logan also went to #2 pop and #1 R&B.
Price took on the nickname "Mr. Personality" as a result of the popularity of his hit, and it stuck throughout the rest of his career.
Price continued to place singles on the chart via ABC Records into early 1962 but never reached  the top 10 again.
Price also took part in various oldies package tours, singing his hits well into the 21st century.
Lloyd Price was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
In 2011 he published his memoir "The True King of the Fifties: The Lloyd Price Story."
(News, Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis PORTRAITS ─ A Life In Photos' OUT NOW: After a little delay the new monster project by Erik Lorentzen is OUT NOW. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.

€115 (US$140) incl shipping - OUT NOW buy from Elvis Files website and see sample pages > www.theelvisfiles.com
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

New “Kindle” novel – Elvis On Patrol: According to its Amazon listing, "Elvis On Patrol" is an exciting novel that tells the story of the nights that Elvis rode as a Dayton Police Officer.
Get ready an exhilarating journey filled adventure and crime. This book provides an inside look into nights with the Dayton Police Force, as Elvis joins the force and experiences what it's like to serve and protect the community.
After twenty-five years of active service, the author masterfully weaves personal experience with creative storytelling to share this unforgettable story.
Published 10 May.
(News, Source:NP/ElvisInfoNet)
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'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight: In April 1956 Disc-jockey Jay Thompson, from Breckenridge radio station KSTB, interviewed a young Elvis Presley while he was touring through Texas on a string of one-night stands. In that 1956 interview Elvis interestingly revealed that he was previously training to be an electrician, that his first movie would be The Rainmaker and that he did not know Bill Black or Scotty Moore before their Sun session.

In 1982 Elvis fan Scott Wheeler befriended and interviewed Jay Thompson about the experience. Although Jay never actively participated in Elvis-related events or productions in later years he also never sought notoriety for the interview either. However we believe it's important that Jay Thompson be well remembered for his valuable contribution to the history of Elvis.

Go here to our special Spotlight - plus Elvis' Wichita Falls Interview - by Scott Wheeler / Piers Beagley...
(Spotlight; Source;SW/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Bobby Morris, Vegas Conductor, Dead Aged 93: Bobby Morris was not only Elvis Presley’s original conductor with his own 48-piece orchestra at the International Hotel’s opening season in July 1969 but also a well respected drummer.
Morris passed away peacefully on May 1, 2021 aged 93.
Morris was born on June 30, 1927 in Wilno, Poland and came to America in 1937 at the age of 10, not knowing a word of English. On the streets of New York, he shined shoes and mowed lawns to earn enough money for a weekly drum lesson. While honing his skills as a drummer at the Catskill Mountains resorts, he toured with several big bands before discovering a “little town” out west called Las Vegas in 1950.
He became the driving force on all the Capitol recordings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, even creating his own signature drumbeat, henceforth known as “The Morris Shuffle.”
Bobby later played drums for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Bobby Darin, and was chosen by Buddy Rich to perform with his band. He worked with dozens of stars on the Las Vegas Strip including Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Robert Goulet, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Danny Thomas and Elvis.
He ran the successful Bobby Morris Agency, Inc. from his own building in Las Vegas since1965 and was involved in management, booking, and entertainment direction of many major hotels on the Strip.

His favourite story about working with Elvis was explaining to The King how to stay calm on the Opening Night.
"As I'm walking with Elvis since my dressing room right was right next to his, he asked me who was out there and I said 'Elvis you wouldn't believe the world every star is out there'. Elvis said to me, 'Well, I'm kind of nervous Bobby' and I told him to just think of everybody out there with no clothes on! And it worked!"
Bobby Morris worked with Elvis as a conductor of his own 48-piece orchestra during the opening seasonJuly 1969 with the Sweet Inspirations and The Imperials at the International Hotel.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' was released last month.
The CDs contain rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. With remastered audio and accompanying 40-page booklet the package is aimed at the general public, plus Elvis collectors who could not afford last year's FTD fan club deluxe release.
Elvis’ glorious rehearsals on 24 July at RCA studios are the real key to this release. Twenty seven classic performances and with Elvis not only rehearsing the familiar songs we would all come to know from the MGM movie but also songs he would never perform on stage.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover some neat surprises along the way.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

MRS June VINYL Releases: The UK Memphis Recording Service will release 3 separate vinyl releases in June 2021.
These are strictly Limited Edition sets and will be available in both Black and Clear vinyl.
Please note, the clear vinyl is ONLY available from Elvis fan clubs and exclusive Elvis dealers and WILL NOT be available to the mainstream public and stores.
The 3 vinyl releases are as follows:

This triple album set contains rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. These truly historical recordings, remastered and restored, capture the raw and early development of songs that were performed weeks later in Las Vegas and which were recorded by the MGM cameras for Elvis' stunning TTWII movie.

The album features 48 recordings from Elvis' rehearsals at MGM Culver City 15 July 1970 as well as his stunning session at RCA Studios, Hollywood, 24 July 1970.



Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details


This double LP contains Elvis’ second engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in January & February 1970.

The first LP features Elvis Opening Show, 26th JANUARY 1970, the second album features the season's Closing Show, 23rd FEBRUARY 1970



Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details


(Single LP 180g)
This single album contains the earliest known recorded performance from Elvis’ first engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in August 1969.

Capturing Elvis at his energised best weeks before the RCA mobile van arrived to record his later 1969 performances that would be compiled into his classic 'In Person' album.


Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details


'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau' New CD: The Memphis Mansion label announces a brand new CD release, 'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau'.
This features 'The Frank Sinatra Timex Special with Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, jr., Joey Bishop, Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford'.
Recorded 26th of March, 1960. Shown on television for the first time on the 12th of May, 1960.
For the first time ever, you will hear the show in a completely magical sound quality! Comes from a newly found acetate.
We guarantee that you have NEVER heard this show in this kind of HiFi quality!!
If you want to give yourself a blast of a new Elvis experience, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this release!
Go here to Memphis Mansion to Pre-order and full tracklisting - €13.75.

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)

Joanna Lumley Talks Elvis: UK actress Joanna Lumley recently talked about her love of Elvis to Uk's Woman & Home Magazine.
Joanna Lumley, now 74, said she would love to seduce rock n' roll legend Elvis Presley in the afterlife, joking the crooner is "obviously waiting" for her on the other side!
The actress went on to reveal that she even explained her love of Elvis to Priscilla when they met.
"I've talked to Priscilla about this. I said, ‘Do you know if Elvis had met me, your life would have been very different?'
(Photo right, Joanna Lumley in 1969 looking exactly like Elvis' type of girl!)
"The world has been in love with Elvis, forever and ever and ever."

The Absolutely Fabulous, and travel documentary TV star went on to say she isn’t sure if she’d be married if she hadn’t met Steve.
She noted that, "The thing is a long marriage is staggeringly difficult to accomplish".

Joanna Lumley believes you either get Elvis or you don’t. She still remembers the day that she got him.
“I was 10 and staying with my aunt in Kent when Blue Suede Shoes came out. We played it on a gramophone and I became besotted!
“I’d never heard anything like that and what a magic voice he had. Back then I hadn’t seen a film of Elvis in action because I didn’t have a television. But I remember seeing a photograph with his slick of hair and just falling in love.”
“The thing about being a fan of Elvis is that you just love everything about him. I loved the way he looked, the way he sang, the way he dressed, the photographs of him, the way he performed on stage…
Her favourite Elvis place is Sun Studio where Elvis made his first record, That’s All Right' in 1954. “The thought of him politely going in there and putting down his $4 and saying to the woman at the desk that he didn’t sound like anyone else… And he was right!”
In 2015 Joanna Lumley made the documentary "Elvis And Me" for the BBC.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Two New FTD May Releases: For release next month, FTD have announced a 1973 Las Vegas double-concert pack plus a new Pål Granlund / David English looking at Elvis' first movie Love Me Tender.
1) 'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘73' - double 5” digi-pak.
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD announces the release of ELVIS: LAS VEGAS ‘73.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis from two shows at the Las Vegas Hilton; August 20 (midnight) and September 2nd (3AM).
EIN Notes: The August 20, 1973 (Midnight Show) is an old favourite that was released as a Fort Baxter bootleg back in 1995 on 'A Profile The King On Stage Vol 1'. It was a "stereo sound booth audience recording" in pretty good quality. As FTD do not state that these are both soundboards it is a good possibility that CD1 is the same booth recording but upgraded.
The September 2, 1973 (3AM show) is previously unreleased.
Elvis was not happy at this Las Vegas season. He walked on stage at the final concert with a monkey on his back and was in a bad mood with both Col Parker and the Hilton.
The cover photo (see 'Elvis - Caught in a Trap' by Arjan Deelen & Laurens Van Houten) features Elvis with the monkey peeping over his shoulder.
The incredulous Closing Show was released by FTD back in 2004. While not a "great" concert it is totally fascinating for Elvis' powerful, no holds bared, comments and performances.  See EIN review here.
2) 'Love Me Tender – Through The Lens Of Robert Vose' Book / CD Combo. FTD Books is pleased to present “Love Me Tender – Through The Lens of Robert Vose”.
Pål Granlund and David English visited the 20th Century-Fox Studios archive several years ago which proved to be an amazing experience. These stunning photographs captured by Robert Vose – the majority of them unseen and unpublished since September 1956 – reveal life on the movie set with Director Robert D. Webb, his cast and crew.
Accompanying the book are two CDs.
Disc 1: The original EP, Outtakes, Stereo Masters and The Truth About Me interview.
Disc 2: The 13 recordings made at Radio Recorders between September 1-3, 1956. (EIN Notes: These were for Elvis' second LP 'Elvis' already released as an FTD Classic Album)
Go here to SONY / FTD Releases 2021 for Tracklist and Details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Anne Helm Talks Elvis: Canadian actress Anne Helm played Elvis' love interest Holly Jones in the movie 'Follow That Dream', filmed in Florida in the summer of 1961.
Helm was an up-and-coming actress who had worked as a model and had danced professionally at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City.
Elvis of course denied having any romantic relationship with his co-star however the photos of the two of them implied something more and in a 2010 interview Anne Helm did confirm they did in fact have a relationship.
Helm confirmed, "We did have a romance, it was quite wonderful while we were on location in Crystal River. Elvis was away from the madding crowd, it was like a shipboard romance.
I met him in a very small community. It was a motel, basically. There were about 50 or 60 of us on location, the crew and everyone else involved in the movie.
In those days we were very promiscuous and of course I knew he was having a lot of affairs, but we really adored one another."
Helm was only 19-years-old at the time revealed how serious she was about being with 26 year old Elvis.
“I mean, I really loved him. I just sensed that his life was very compartmentalised. It was a more innocent time.
We were very young… Everyone knew about Priscilla, although he didn’t talk a lot about Priscilla to me, but it was rumoured they were going to be married.
We used to hang out with his friends (The Memphis Mafia), Elvis loved to hang out with the guys. They made his word good. No one questioned what Elvis wanted. It wasn’t that his demands were out of line. He just didn’t want to put up with any nonsense.
Elvis had a lot of patience. He was always very polite, but he wanted things a certain way. It wasn’t my idea of a fun date after a while.
It was just me and the guys. It was just never quite comfortable for me. It's abnormal to have a relationship with seven or eight guys around. Naturally, they disappeared when we had romance, but then they came back again. That’s sort of a strange way to spend your evenings with a person you care about.
I really fell for Elvis, I mean, who wouldn’t? But being the celebrity that he was, it was difficult. He was loved by so many people.
When Elvis visited the Florida mermaid show, thousands of fans showed up and they were kept behind a wire fence just to keep them away from him. I was really overwhelmed by it because I'd never seen such madness for someone... But Elvis was so sweet, he sent me back to the motel and he stayed on signing autographs for about three or four hours for his fans and I was so touched by that. He really revered his fans and he was so kind to them. I was very impressed.
I did continue to see him when we came back to Hollywood, but it was very difficult, Elvis had so many women around him. It wasn't like Crystal River where I had him all to myself every night."
Go here for EIN's 50th Anniv Spotlight on Follow That Dream
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview): Joe Shooman (author of An A-Z of Elvis: Infrequently Asked Questions) talks to EIN: Joe Shooman’s new book is unlike any other Elvis book you’ve read. Its subject matter (presented in encyclopedic style) is offbeat and at times confronting, with amazing beliefs from the outer limits of the Elvis world.

In his interview with Nigel Patterson, Shooman notes, "I'm a journalist above all so I tend to dwell on things that are factual, but as a fan of Elvis I am also drawn toward the rich and wonderful theories that abound in pop culture...."

Join EIN to find out why the author chose such an unusual theme for the book and be intrigued as he reveals information that challenges our usual understanding of the Elvis story, such as British pop star, Tommy Steele, taking Elvis on a tour of London in 1958, the “elusive” Presley (Commission) Report, and Vernon Presley not being Elvis’ biological father.

(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

“Skin on skin. I think it was good’ – my night with Elvis: Gael Greene is a name not instantly recognisable in the Elvis story. Ms Greene is a highly celebrated American restaurant critic, author and novelist. And, if we are to believe the account in her easily digestible and nourishingly satisfying memoir, Insatiable Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess (2006), her name should be one we well know. Variously described as being audacious, sensuous and with fierce wit, Insatiable is a fulsome read....” a plateful of pleasure without any guilt”.
(EIN can attest to the unending and moreish delights of Ms Greene’s life as recorded in her book – for the record, it appears she believes ‘the best lover turns into a pizza at 3 am’)
The opening chapter, The Fried Egg and I, is about Ms Greene’s encounter with Elvis.
It is deliciously tasty to say the least (and we are only providing one tantalising morsel of the salivating information on offer). An aspiring journalist, but yet to be employed by any newspaper, Ms Greene wrote to the Colonel in 1956 asking to interview Elvis, and managed an invite to his official press conference where she was befriended by Lamar Fike (who likely realised the lithe and attractive Ms Greene, would be to Elvis’ taste).
As the story unfolds, she was led to the bedroom by Elvis where things became a blur because of the moment and the incessant noise from the street below where young teen girls were chanting: “We want Elvis. We want Elvis.” Ms Greene’s post-coital account is nutritionally amusing, and reveals the culinary significance of the fried egg.
While the chapter is only three and a half pages long, its placement as the entrée to her wonderfully moreish life, is tastefully telling.
(News, Source: ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis slunk directly toward me, “And who are you?”
I babbled something.
Elvis didn’t seem to be listening. Silently, he took my hand, and led me to a bedroom. I was thinking, Oh my God … this is Elvis… . I am going to do it with Elvis. I am not going to be coy. I will not make him talk me into it. He didn’t ask. I didn’t answer. He closed the door, dropped his pants ...
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(Interview) Evangelos Proiou, President of the official Greek Elvis fan club talk to EIN: In the past year EIN has interviewed several Elvis fan club presidents from around the world (Jean-Marie Pouzenc - France and Carlos Ares – Argentina). 

In our latest interview, we talk with Evangelos Proiou. Evangelos, and his wife, Anna, have been running the Elvis Forever Fan Club of Greece for more than four decades.
Evangelos discusses a range of topics including Elvis’ most successful records and films in Greece, rare Greek releases, and promotion of Elvis in Greece.

Read Evangelos’ full interview

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Something For Everybody Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released Released back in November 202, 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' (ft 'The Wild In The Country Sessions') was another in FTD’s “complete sessions” releases. An 8 inch deluxe 4-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos. It includes remixed and remastered unreleased studio outtakes - all the RCA session takes from Elvis' RCA November 7 / 8, 1960 and March 12 / 13, 1961 recording sessions.
On close investigation we discover various Elvis comments that had been previously edited out such as, “I’m gonna’ get this son-of-a-bitch” on ‘Give Me The Right’ - while the frustration of the repetitive 'Wild In The Country Sessions' also becomes obvious.

But it there really enough previously unreleased material to makes this session worth purchasing all over again?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new Deluxe set and discovers some hidden delights for session collectors....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review 'An A-Z of Elvis': Joe Shooman’s new book 'An A-Z of Elvis... Infrequently Asked Questions' is an offbeat look at various parts of the Elvis story.
As the author notes, "This isn’t your bog-standard rehash of the same old Elvis tropes, instead we decided to look for the weird and wonderful…"

The A-Z entries are a diverse, eclectic collection, from the well-known to the weird and controversial. Each entry is afforded a paragraph or two up to a page of interesting text, with many of the entries complemented by impressive contemporary, hand drawn, artwork.

Our review discovers that at times, there is an almost punk sensibility in the narrative as author Joe Shooman dredges the darkest recesses of the multi-layered Elvis story and occasionally assaults the reader’s conception of Elvis Presley reality....

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson checks out this fascinating sounding publication.


(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis UK3' Book UPDATE: Elvis collectors will be interested to know that the new on-line book 'Elvis UK3' by John Townson and Gordon Minto has already undergone its first update.

They note.. "Following the launch of 'Elvis UK3' in February, as promised, we have carried out the first of our planned (and periodic) updates - taking the opportunity to correct some minor typos at the same time, also.
This update had been held back pending the release of FTD’s 'The His Hand In Mine Sessions', and this information has now been added to the text in the appropriate places.
All subscribers will have immediate access to the changes seamlessly - they don’t need to do anything!"

EIN is impressed that the work can be updated so quickly in this ever-expanding Elvis world.

Go here for EIN's in-depth review and page samples

(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'Just Pretend': Need a quality blast of Elvis to get you to the weekend?
Check out this lovely High-Res YouTube clip of Elvis' classic Just Pretend.
Filmed at his Midnight show August 11th 1970.

How easy it is to forget that 'Just Pretend' was not included in the original 1970 TTWII theatrical release.

CLICK HERE to YouTube for 4 minutes of pure Elvis magic



(News, Source;RobV/ElvisInfoNet)

“Monogamy wasn’t in Elvis’ DNA!”: So says Elvis’ long-time partner, Linda Thompson. Ms Thompson also admitted that ‘she would always forgive’ Elvis.
Linda continued: “In his defence, women were far too readily available to him, and monogamy just wasn’t in his DNA.
I always chose to forgive him, because I loved him and because he truly needed
Linda also wrote: “Elvis was the king of cool as well as the king of rock ‘n’ roll. He had an enormous heart, an unbridled generosity, an innovative talent, a loving, affectionate nature, and a profound sensitivity.
“He was an original. He was complex in his simplicity, and he was very human.
The world lost an icon over 43 years, but Elvis still lives in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.”
- Go HERE for EIN's exclusive Interviews with Linda Thompson - and Sam Thompson

(News, Source: GSimpson, UKTabloids/EINet)

Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005. The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone.
EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'The Best Use of Elvis Music in Recent Movies': In the first two decades after his untimely death it was rare to hear an Elvis song in a new feature film - and certainly not in a TV advert.
EPE / BMG seemed reluctant to licence Elvis' music which is strange considering the amount of sub-standard Elvis products they were pumping out to fans. But everything changed in 2002 with ‘ALLC' hitting number one all around the world .
So with Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic in production it's a good time to revisit some of the best use of Elvis music in recent movies.
Film producers have discovered that using ELVIS in recent movie soundtracks can be a powerful and positive idea.
From the cartoon Lilo & Stitch to the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and the Elton John biopic Rocketman, the use of Elvis songs in the soundtrack can add that something special.
EIN lists Movie blog Screenrant's recently posted Top Ten and also adds EIN readers favourites.
Visit our EIN spotlight and also send us YOUR THOUGHTS on your favourite use of ELVIS in modern films.
(Spotlight, Source;SR/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Day By Day 2020' Book Review: 2020 is a year none of us will forget. But as we all tried to adapt to a "new normal" the wonderful world of Elvis Presley provided a very fine distraction. 2020 brought us several great Elvis releases on CD and vinyl (lots of it!), many new books, movie releases on DVD, Blu-ray and in cinemas around the world. We had to say good-bye to friends from the Elvis world and there was the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a huge impact on the Elvis world too.

Everything Elvis Presley from 2020 is captured in this comprehensive, day-by-day yearbook. Fully illustrated, with new in-depth reviews, articles and interviews on the main - and odd-ball - releases of the year. The good, the bad, the funny and the sad, and even the news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one comprehensive book to revisit 2020 as it happened.

The book is.. "Impeccably written, in an attractive and easy to read composition, it is peppered with facts accompanied by high quality B&W and color pictures. It demonstrates in detail that Elvis is still present and influential."
Go here to Elvis author Paul Belard's full review..
(Book Reviews, Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)

Book Review – 'Elvis 1956 July 5 to July 31 (Memphis-Biloxi-New Orleans)': Paul Belard’s latest photobook is another strong release. Focusing on a month in 1956 when Elvis actually got to take vacation.
Starting on July 5, 1956 (the day after Elvis’ triumphant concert at Russwood Park in Memphis - this will be covered in another volume), the hundreds of photos (many candid shots) show a different side to Elvis than normally associated with books about Elvis during the height of Presleymania.

.. July 1956, Elvis days off were spent deep sea fishing and relaxing before Elvis returned to Memphis on the 20th, where photographer, Lloyd Shearer, was on hand to take a slew of photos of Elvis around the city. At the end of the month Elvis returned to Biloxi....

The images are nicely complemented by a diverse and fascinating collection of archival materials.

Go here to read EIN’s detailed review from Nigel Patterson


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Interview: 'ELVIS UK3' authors John Townson & Gordon Minto: Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations.
It is a massive undertaking that provides the definitive guide to Elvis's UK compact disc releases from the ' The Legend' - the world's first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 - in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way.
With such a massive book EIN readers have asked questions such as..
- Who is this book actually aimed at?
- Did you learn particular new insights into RCA's marketing on Elvis?
- How important was Roger Semon in changing Elvis' musical legacy
- Was 'The King Of Rock n Roll' box-set the true turning point?
- Should RCA have stuck to 'The Beatles' approach of only one essential release per year?
- Why is it a digital release and not a hard-back?

EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed authors John Townson and Gordon Minto to find out more about this amazing work ...
Go here to their fascinating and detailed interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis The King of the Rings Volume 1 (Paul Belard): Hot on the heels of Elvis July 1956 July 5 to July 31 Memphis-Biloxi-New Orleans (EIN’s review will be published next week), prolific photo-journal publisher, Paul Belard will shortly release, Elvis King of the Rings Volume 1.

The book description: Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems. Like Elvis himself, they were at times dazzlingly tasteful and things of beauty, and at other times flashy, ostentatious, in your face.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”
Elvis’ entourage had this line down pat: “Elvis, this ring is beautiful.” And Elvis would remove it from his finger and give it away. Was he taken advantage of? The answer is yes, as quite a few of the rings that show up at auctions were gifted to members of his coterie.

Elvis’ penchant to give things away is sometimes difficult to understand, even taking in the fact that Elvis was not materialistic. When he was in Las Vegas, he saw a doctor whose name was Elias Ghanem. Elvis lavished upon him a $32,000 Stutz car, a Mercedes, watches, rings, including the one he wore in Aloha from Hawaii.

A list of the gifts to this individual comes to a staggering total more than fifty items. The value of the item was of no concern to Elvis. The horseshoe ring he wore in Aloha from Hawaii eventually sold at auction in 2017 for $204,800.

EIN has seen an advanced draft of this 250 page book, and the hundreds of full-color images and supporting background text for each of the rings featured, is visually and narratively impressive. And because Elvis bought so many rings during his life, there will be a second volume!

(News, Source: Paul Belard/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland plans in-person events during Elvis Week: Publicity is ramping up with media reporting that 'Elvis Presley's Graceland is preparing to host visitors and offer in-person activities during the annual Elvis Week this summer in Memphis, Tennessee.'
On the 44th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, fans will get to celebrate the musician once again at the annual Elvis Week event in Memphis, Tennessee.
Presley's Graceland is preparing to host visitors and offer in-person events for Elvis Week from Aug. 11 through Aug. 17. Organizers said public health protocols will be in place, including the requirement of masks, temperature screenings and socially distanced seating.
The event will feature appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, parties, bus excursions and the Elvis tribute artist contest. The keystone event, once again, will be a candlelight vigil as fans visit his grave.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elvis Week events were mostly held online last year.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) The Jewish World of Elvis Presley (Roselle Kline Chartock): The latest Elvis related book by an academic draws attention to an issue many fans will have been unaware of – the strong affinity Elvis had with Jews and how it influenced his life. Jews were disproportionately represented in Elvis’ life and inner circle – for instance, five of the Memphis Mafia were Jews. Was it just coincidence that there were so many Jews in Elvis’ life or was there something more at work?

Roselle Kline Chartock (Professor Emerita of Education) has written an absorbing and accessible account of the importance of Jews in Elvis’ life from his Jewish roots to the many personal friendships and professional relationships he enjoyed with them.
In so doing, the author reveals that what has previously been seen as a series of anecdotes, is actually a coherent and important theme in the Elvis story.
Read Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfomationNetwork)


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'Elvis Week' Tickets On Sale Now: Elvis Week 2021 will mark the 44th anniversary of Elvis’ passing and Graceland is hoping for the gathering of thousands of Elvis fans and friends.
Taking place August 11-17, Elvis Week is an annual, multi-day gathering celebrating Elvis’ life and legacy. Hopefully CV19 restrictions will be sorted by mid-summer.
It has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from around the world.
Events include appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, parties, fan events, the usual Elvis Impersonator / Tribute Artist Contests, special bus excursions around Memphis and to Tupelo, and much more.
Events and special tours will be held at the Mansion, the entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the Guest House at Graceland hotel, and the Graceland Exhibition Center, home to the Jungle Room Bar.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events are on sale now!
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS WEEK 2021 Schedule Announced: Graceland has just announced the Elvis Week 2021 schedule and we cannot wait to welcome fans back to Memphis in August for a celebration like no other!
It will be a great time to gather again with friends to celebrate the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Week 2021 highlights include a 50th anniversary concert celebrating Elvis’ Nashville recording sessions, Blue Hawaii Luau, Ultimate ETA Contests and concerts, exclusive tours, first-time experiences, Elvis in concert on the big screen, and much more! An Elvis Week not-to-be-missed!
Tickets and Packages go on Sale Friday, February 12
Note - COVID-19 Protocols will be in place for all events. This includes the requirement of masks, temperature screenings, and socially distanced seating.

EIN Note: Many of the events are what were planned for Elvis Week 2020, let's hope the COVID-19 situation has calmed down by August.

The two Highlights for EIN would be ...
- Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert - August 13
Celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at Nashville’s Studio B in 1970 and 1971 with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, and Charlie McCoy, who shared the studio with Elvis during these legendary recordings. Joined by vocalists Terry Mike Jeffrey and Dean Z, this concert will feature an unforgettable evening of music and storytelling. From fan favorites songs such as “Just Pretend” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to “I’ve Lost You” and “Stranger in the Crowd” – enjoy a very special night of Elvis music at the Graceland Soundstage.
- Elvis In Concert - August 16th
Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Graceland during this live concert experience featuring amazing on-screen performances by Elvis himself, backed on stage by a live band with special guest appearances by TCB Band members guitarist James Burton and piano player Glen Hardin, plus Terry Blackwood and The Imperials. A not-to-be-missed concert event!
- ‘Down In The Jungle Room’ – is once again a special Event at $750 per ticket!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
- Also this year ‘Hidden Graceland Tours’ yours for only $500!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview) Brandon Yip (author of Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada): Elvis only performed outside the USA on five occasions – all shows in Canada in 1957. Canadian born and bred writer and author, Brandon Yip, formed an obsession about Elvis’ Canadian concerts.
Dissatisfied with the information he had read about the shows, particularly Elvis’ final Canadian performance in Vancouver, Brandon went in search of more information, tracking down and interviewing people who were lucky enough to see Elvis “live” in Canada.

The result of his research is his new book, Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada. It includes first-hand accounts by fans and legendary Canadian radio DJ, Red Robinson.

Brandon recently took time out to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about his book and what he found.

Read the full interview here

(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Tony Plews - 'Walk A Lonely Street' - INTERVIEW: Recently published author Tony Plews' 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”.
The book, Walk A Lonely Street, spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, it uncovers the truth, placing events in context, and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley’s artistic vision and achievements.
It is unlike any Elvis book that you will have read before.
EIN wanted to know some answers such as.....
- Part biography, part investigation, part reference and part thriller, how did he come up with the concept
- Why does a book about "Heartbreak Hotel" start in 1865
- How did he find connections to Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden and even Delta Pinney (who shot that lonely man) and what did they think when he came calling?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Tony Plews to find out how he came up with such an incredible concept for his first book - and what discoveries he made along the way...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Inventing Elvis – An American Icon in a Cold War World (Mathias Haeussler): The latest academic examination of the Elvis Presley story explores his relationship in the context of a rising trans-national youth culture and Cold War politics. Assistant Professor Mathias Haeussler has written a powerful account of how Elvis’ role in each of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was an evolutionary one, reflecting the broader socio-cultural and political changes of each decade.
The subject matter is diverse, ranging from Elvis’ image as a threat to the morals of youth in the 1950s (in a sense mirroring the threat of communism), to the cultural imperialism reflected his 1960s movies (while American culture and political influence was spreading globally), and Elvis’ decline in the 1970s (at a time when America was reeling from its own excesses including the disastrous Vietnam War).

Read EIN Nigel Patterson's in-depth review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares): The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review


(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review: Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud. A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review
Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review: A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready".
EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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(Book Review) 'Technicolor to Black & White' (Jean-Marie Pouzenc): The latest ‘coffee table” multi-media” (book, CD and 10” vinyl) set from Jean-Marie Pouzenc continues his history of producing fan pleasing, high quality, releases!
Focusing on Elvis’ film career in France it is a wonderfully expressive record of its subject and offers a neatly balanced package between its narrative, visual, archival and audio elements.

Elvis didn’t incarnate almost supernatural heroes, he was you and he was all of us. He played an everyday guy, an ordinary character with a job....(Jean-Marie Pouzenc)

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Destined to Die Young (Sally Hoedel): Could Elvis’ death at the young age of 42 have been avoided? This question is answered in Sally Hoedel’s thought provoking book, Destined to Die Young.

The book is the result of exhaustive research by the author who found a key factor which was to affect Elvis throughout his life – one which meant that regardless of his diet and overuse of prescription medication, he was destined to die young. The narrative is full and colorful, and its depth of detail reflects the extent of research undertaken by the author.

In her introduction, the author establishes an important context for Elvis’ longevity (or lack of longevity) and health issues, this being his family tree....  Hoedel identifies the genetic disorder as Antitrypsin Deficiency, a condition which can result in lung and/or liver disease. In this respect, her discussion of the life and death of Gladys Presley is thought provoking..

Go here to read EIN Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Review. Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) From Elvis in Memphis (Eric Wolfson): The 150th volume in the popular Bloomsbury Academic 33 1/3 series of music history and criticism books is Eric Wolfson’s From Elvis in Memphis (due out on 12 November).
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down and submerged himself in what is the first (and long overdue) extensive examination of any Elvis album.
What Nigel found was a deeply considered, strongly written, and thought provoking analysis of what many regard as Elvis’ finest album.

.. "In 1968, Elvis Presley was worse than dead – he was irrelevant. After helping to establish rock and roll as a cultural force and becoming its biggest star in the 1950s, he now found himself eclipsed by the music. New artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan blew the mid-1960’s rock landscape wide open.. Elvis, once the epitome of the young and exciting rock and roll star, had become old and stale.
From the moment that From Elvis in Memphis begins with a rock and roll Odysseus returning home after “a little while”, the album refuses to settle. Over the course of the record, people drive eight-wheel locomotives, ride in long black limousines, and soar like beautiful birds...."

Read Nigel’s detailed 3,000+ words review of From Elvis in Memphis

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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Jean-Marie Pouzenc Interview: Jean-Marie Pouzenc is one of Europe's most well-known identities in the Elvis fan world. He is the founder and long-time president of the celebrated Elvis My Happiness fan club and publishes one of the best Elvis magazines in the world.
Jean-Marie has also written a number of acclaimed Elvis books including his latest coffee table release, Elvis Technicolor in Black & White.
In this fascinating interview Jean-Marie Pouzenc, now 77 years old, discusses...
- How and when he became an Elvis fan
- What changes he has noticed in the Elvis world since 1956
- Elvis' popularity in France
- His new publication 'Elvis Technicolor in Black & White'
- Elvis in Paris
. . . . and much, much more

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music, including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Arlo Guthrie 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You': A marvelous story for CV19 lockdown.
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (son of legend Woody Guthrie) tells a truly wonderful life-affirming story of singing Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' at a European folk festival, to 30,000 folk music lovers!
He jokes about choosing a song made popular by 'The King of Folk Singers' Elvis Presley. 
Arlo Guthrie teases fellow musician Pete Seeger about him being a core "Folkie" and exactly how Elvis' music fits into the whole equation.
After all everyone knows Elvis' music and the world is a better place if you are an ELVIS fan.
Live at Wolftrap, August 8, 1993
Go here to YouTube for a life-affirming 9 minutes.
EIN HIGHLY recommended
with big THANKS to our friend James Bracken
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
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'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished.
And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future?
Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)
One of EIN most popular recent articles - NOW UPDATED with YOUR comments - Have YOUR SAY - do you agree with Shane's comments? What were YOUR favourite releases and why?

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.

Now $105 (down from $160) <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.

Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ... "The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best.  I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!"
Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show.
Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show.
One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published - Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
(Review/Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for? In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 30,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

The VINYL Boom: Over 7.6 million vinyl LPs were sold in the USA during the first half of 2018, a 20% increase from the previous year, while in Australia vinyl sales increased by $3 million, the same increase of 20%. In the same period CD sales however dropped by 15%.
Elvis vinyl is still selling very nicely with ‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ recently in the UK Top ten VINYL charts.
And there is plenty of Elvis Presley vinyl on offer....

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ on GOLD Vinyl: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was re-released by Sony Music on GOLD Vinyl on 12 October. UK's Entertainment-Focus have posted this cute review.
... What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said?
It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. 16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl.
Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special.
Presley was an incredibly prolific artist so getting this collection down to 31 tracks was no easy feat. It also includes the ALLC Junkie XL remix.
 What was achieved with ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits though, is a

collection that gives you all the highlights you need from The King’s career to showcase the incredible impact he had on music. The album opens with Heartbreak Hotel and there isn’t a single filler track here.
It’s actually near impossible to pick out highlights across the 2LPs because every single one of these songs is a classic.
Of course no Elvis collection would be complete without Suspicious Minds and that track is near the end of the track listing on the final side.
The release features the artwork from the original 2002 release and it’s a beautiful, high-quality gatefold. I mentioned earlier about the gold vinyl but what I’ve not commented on yet is the sound. The CD version was a little patchy given that the songs were all recorded at different times. It’s not as noticeable on the vinyl release and the quality is crystal clear. The warm crackle of vinyl adds to the overall feel too.
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan. While he had plenty of great songs that aren’t featured here, this collection truly is the definitive one to own. There’s not a single bad song here and it’s lengthy enough to give you value for money. The whole vinyl package is fantastic and it looks as good as it sounds.
They don’t make artists like Elvis anymore and they probably never will again.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ GOLD Vinyl Double LP.

'ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits' is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan.

The Official 'A Boy From Tupelo' Vinyl album is still selling, while there are some interesting Public Domain Vinyl releases out in the UK including 'Jailhouse Rock' with 16 tracks even including 'Lonesome Cowboy'! Also the rather odd CD called 'Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You' with thirty tracks including Bonus tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and even 'Good Luck Charm' out 29 October 2018 from Hoo Doo Records!





'ELVIS ON TOUR - 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' IN-Depth Review: Amiga International's long awaited LIMITED-EDITION boxset featuring 9-CD’s, all remastered, of all known recordings made for the Golden Globe Award-winning concert documentary ELVIS ON TOUR is OUT NOW. It includes the premiere of the complete rehearsal recorded in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 1972, with three previously unreleased performances.
The 13-inch boxset also includes a huge 128-page hardcover book containing detailed essays of the entire April 1972 tour with RARE AND UNPUBLISHED photographs and related memorabilia.

When considering the lack of attention paid to this concert documentary, it seems a shame that so few official releases have emerged. It is for this reason that AMIGA International presents this deluxe package to honor the excellent recordings made for the much neglected "Elvis On Tour" film.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - Trying To Get To You: The Truth Behind The Elvis And Roy Orbison Show Rumours: For decades there has always been an unsubstantiated rumour that Elvis Presley appeared as a guest on Roy Orbison's TV show on the local station KOSA.
The Roy Orbison website notes that both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley performed on Roy’s TV show in late 1955.
Respected author Colin Escott wrote in his book Good Rockin’ Tonight about a kinescope of Elvis on the Roy Orbison TV show actually existing.
Some keen Elvis fans have said that they have seen this very kinescope at Elvis Week shows back in the 80s.
But like infamous Pied Piper of Cleveland does this footage really exist and is there any real proof that Elvis did appear on the Roy Orbison TV show?
Shane Brown (author of Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide) has done an immense amount of investigation and thinks he has found the answer.

Go here as EIN contributor & author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy.
(Spotlight; Source;SBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review "Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide": Elvis Presley made over 700 recordings during his life. This book by author Shane Brown examines all of them. Session by session, song by song, Reconsider Baby takes the reader on a journey from Elvis’s first recordings in 1953 through to his last performances in 1977.
This significantly expanded and revised edition of 2014’s Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide provides a commentary on Elvis’s vast and varied body of work, while also examining in detail how Elvis and his recordings and performances were discussed in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
The text draws on over 500 contemporary articles and reviews, telling for the first time the story of how Elvis and his career played out in the printed media, and often forcing us to question our understanding of how Elvis’s work was received at the time of release.

Can another detailed examination into Elvis' musical legacy really be worth buying? (Hint, the answer is a big YES!)
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley reviews the newly expanded look into Elvis' musical legacy, including some choice book extracts...

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common.
Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.

EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . .
- Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral 
. . . and much much more...
Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK

'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly.
Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy.
Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker.
Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969.
(Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Marty Lacker RIP : Sadly Marty will no longer be able to answer all your those fascinating questions, but his honesty and openess should not be forgotten.

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
- Felton Jarvis as Elvis' Executive Album Producer.
- The Jungle Room sessions
- Elvis might have some illegitimate children
- Why did Elvis never travel to holiday in Europe,
- Is David Stanley, Holy Priest of truth, OR a liarGo here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

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'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

Please Do Not be ripped off by other Australian Elvis shops.

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
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Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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