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Saturday 28 March 2020 - - - - VIVA ELVIS - - - -

‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ CINEMA Rescheduled to AUGUST 13: Trafalgar Releasing has announced the cinema re-release for “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” - originally planned for April 22 worldwide - has now been rescheduled to AUGUST 13. .
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.”
The film was directed by Denis Sanders.
On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade.
Elvis' series of concerts broke all box office records and completely re-energised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The film followed Elvis’s summer festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. An unmissable event for fans around the world. Elvis: That’s The Way It Is will be shown in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany and Austria.
Also, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand. Go HERE to the TTWII website to BOOK LOCAL CINEMA TICKETS & for all the details - (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Movies Rated! Earlier this week EIN suggested a way of enjoying the COVID19 lockdown was by watching one Elvis movie every single day. By the second time round the Lockdown will hopefully be gone if Wuhan's example in China can be replicated. It must be added that EIN is not suggesting that the 11 million people of Wuhan watched Elvis' movies twice during their lockdown, but what a fascinating experiment that would have been!
Elvis' 1950s movies are all respected by Elvis fans with King Creole often recognised as his best directed performance.
Elvis super-fan Roger Mogstad has posted his list of favourite Elvis films in a neat youtube clip.
He has rated them (as noted below) with King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Change of Habit, Follow That Dream and Flaming Star as his top-five
In the past EIN's Nigel Paterson has discussed, "Why is it OK to openly enjoy an Elvis movie?"
... It is important to recognise that there is actually much to like about many Elvis films and the myth they are not good movies and were universally panned is actually incorrect. if you read the film reviews of the day you find that at least some major critics, while maybe not effusive in their praise, nevertheless recognised positive and enjoyable aspects in Elvis films.
Blue Hawaii has to be rated highly in the sense that is a very enjoyable film experience and of course it was the template for subsequent "Presley travelogues" and simply the most perfect of them all with its cool narrative, vibrantly colorful location, attractive cast, wonderful music and of course, Elvis.
From a film technical perspective, King Creole stands out with its visual style, use of long and close up shots, framing - I could go on. The Trouble With Girls was also neatly filmed with some great camera work.
Like art criticism, the problem with film criticism is that it is an intrinsically subjective and biased endeavour. For example, Tickle Me may have low production values and be derided by critics, but for many fans its wonderful mix of comedy and very strong music soundtrack make it a very enjoyable film to watch! So while a film may exhibit low production values it can still have value (an enjoyable viewing experience) for some or many viewers. That begs consideration of the different form 'value' can take in a film.
I am also a big fan of the 3rd period in Elvis' film career, the late 60s films when they gave Elvis an adult makeover. Despite its initial panning, Charro is more than a half-decent spaghetti western (a pity they censored the nudity and violence in it), Stay Away, Joe may be politically incorrect but is loads of fun to watch, Live A Little, Love A Little - my goodness Elvis is in bed with a woman! - an underrated, fun and funny sex farce, The Trouble With Girls a cumbersome title but a well-produced and costumed period piece albeit with slow narrative, and Change of Habit, now quite dated, but at the time a not unreasonable, if somewhat flawed attempt at socially aware drama.
So, why is it OK to openly enjoy an Elvis movie? Quite simply because they were, and continue to be, fun!! They contain a good balance of story, music, attractive locations, engaging characters, glorious color, and of course, plenty of Elvis! Even those Elvis films with scant musical content may not be Oscar candidates but are generally well made productions, clever and enjoyable to watch.

Elvis films can (unfortunately not all of them - Paradise, Hawaiian Style being my pick as the worst of them) brighten one's day! (from Nigel Patterson's interview with The Memphis Flash)
Click here to 'EIN presents a look at Elvis' 31 narrative films in chronological order.'
Click here for 'Elvis' Best Movie Performances' by Harley Payette
(News, Source;NP/EIN) - Thanks to Joan Gansky for the word-up. Click here and send us your comments
1.  King Creole
2.  Jailhouse Rock
3.  Change of Habit
4.  Follow That Dream
5.  Flaming Star
6.  Charro
7.  Wild In The Country
8.  Kid Galahad
9.  Loving You
10.  Roustabout
11.  Love Me Tender
12.  Viva Las Vegas
13.  Stay Away, Joe
14.  Blue Hawaii
15.  G.I. Blues
16.  Live A Little, Love A Little
17.  It Happened at the World's Fair
18.  Tickle Me
19.  Fun In Acapulco
20.  Clambake
21.  The Trouble With Girls
22.  Girls! Girls! Girls!
23.  Harum Scarum
24.  Speedway
25.  Frankie and Johnny
26.  Girl Happy
27.  Double Trouble
28.  Spinout
29.  Kissin' Cousins
30.  Paradise, Hawaiian Style
31.  Easy Come, Easy Go

Graceland Closed to April 19: EPE have now extended their original period of closure. In line with Federal and CDC guidance and with the absolute best interest of our Guests and Staff in mind, Graceland will be extending its closure through April 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary closure includes morning walk ups to Meditation Garden. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed. Please continue to check Graceland website for updates.
Graceland tour tickets for March 21 to April 19, 2020, will be automatically extended to use any date within one year of the original tour date.
The full value of your original tour ticket will be applied towards your rescheduled tour ticket.
EIN notes that if EPE believe the COVID19 pandemic is going to be over by April 19 they are dreaming.
If they are open by June 2020 we will be surprised

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley News Report April 2020: Emiel Maier has released his latest roundup of "things Elvis".
Always interesting, Emiel is to be congratulated on his great monthly video release for Elvis fans.

"I hope you enjoy this video with the current Elvis News.
The coronavirus covid-19 also affects the Elvis World

Watch the April 2020 report here
- Runs 15 minutes

 (News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 24 March 2020 - - - - VIVA ELVIS - - - -

Today USA time...
Elvis Presley has been dead for as long as he lived.
42 years, 7 months, 8 days.

It is a sobering thought and one that resonates deep within us all.
... In his all too short career Elvis managed to achieve more than any other entertainer, the birth of rock 'n' roll, his career renaissance, the family entertainment of his sixties movies, the powerful musical comeback of 1969, the on-stage live return-to-splendour of the 70s, the power of his musical creativity throughout his whole career, his unbelievable generosity and more than anything, the love he gave to his devoted fans.
. . . . . "Elvis Forever"

Survive Corona-Fever with Elvis; While there can be no ignoring the terrible situation we all find ourselves in, can it possibly be a coincidence that the original Wuhan epidemic faded after 62 days.
"Everybody's got the fever, That is something you all know. Fever isn't such a new thing, Fever started long ago"
ELVIS released 62 albums in his lifetime, stared in 31 films, while FTD have released sixty-two concerts on soundboards and FTD / Elvis Files and BoxCar have together published 62 deluxe ELVIS photo-books.
So, YES, we can all get through this lock-down period with a little help from Elvis.
The medical community have provided suggestions as to how to keep focused and enjoy these difficult times.
- Have a routine to keep you happy and occupied
a) Listen to each of Elvis' albums, one per day. If you have the FTD "Classic Album" versions this will be a double CD and occupy you for almost three hours.
b) Watch one Elvis movie per day - another 90 minutes (if it lasts 62 days you will have seen every film twice)
c) Listen to two Elvis Concerts on soundboard.
d) Thoroughly read through one FTD / Elvis Files / BoxCar deluxe book - another 90 minutes well spent.

That easily occupies SEVEN hours with ELVIS every single day!
Once you have "walked the dog" and done some cleaning and shopping your day will be nearly done.

As the mental health websites explain, we need to....
1. Find a project - That's ELVIS
2. Practice gratitude for the things we have and do - That's ELVIS
3. Meditation / Relax / Enjoy to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety - That's ELVIS
4. Maintain your social connections - That's all your ELVIS fan club friends.

In all seriousness, everyone here should be happy that you are part of this GREAT Elvis World.
Please Keep Happy and Safe  - and wash those hands.

EIN wishes Good Health and Happiness to all our readers

(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD Releases Delayed: The two new FTD releases are now delayed - for obvious reasons - probably until late April.
1. 'ELVIS: St. Louis & Spokane 1976' - Released as a 2 - CD 5” soundboard. 2. 'The Kid Galahad Sessions' -
This two CD set includes many remixed, remastered and UNRELEASED studio outtakes all in sensational audio quality.
Go here to 'Elvis FTD News 2020' for full tracklistings

'Elvis That's The Way It Is' 50th Anniversary Cinema Screening Cancelled: Sadly the screening of “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” for April 22 is also cancelled as cinemas become part of the worldwide coronavirus lock-down.
The event would have marked the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Hopefully Trafalgar will provide an update soon on their website. Go HERE to the TTWII website

(News, ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 21 March 2020
Graceland Now Closed: Perhaps a little late on the uptake, today EPE have announced that Graceland is closed.
"In line with Federal and CDC guidance and with the absolute best interest of our Guests and Staff in mind, Graceland will be temporarily closed beginning March 21 through April 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will vigilantly monitor the situation and remain in regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts. Please continue to check Graceland website and our social media for updates.
Graceland tour tickets for March 21 to April 3, 2020 will be automatically extended to use any date within one year of the original tour date.
We will continue to make adjustments to our operations as appropriate and look forward to welcoming Guests back to Graceland as soon as it is advisable.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Kenny Rogers Dead aged 81: Kenny Rogers was one of country-music's true crossover artists who featured on 30 Number One singles across the US pop, country and adult contemporary charts from 1977 to 1999. Rogers earned three Grammys along with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He also charted internationally with some of his most enduring hits, including 'The Gambler,' 'Lucille,' and 'Islands in the Stream' a 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton.
Over six decades Kenny Rogers recorded and performed always using his gravel-tinged vocals to dramatic effect. Along the way, he also became a globally recognized actor, photographer, businessman, and philanthropist.
Rogers final Nashville concert was in 2017. He died Friday night at age 81 from natural causes.
Born August 21st, 1938, Kenneth Ray Rogers was the fourth of eight children, raised in a public-housing project in Houston's Fourth Ward where, like Elvis, he was exposed to everything from jazz and R&B to pop and country.
Moving to Los Angeles, in 1967 Rogers formed "The First Edition" recording the classics 'Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)' and Mel Tillis classic 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town'.
One of country music's first acts to sell out arenas, Rogers' 1980 Greatest Hits has since sold in excess of 24 million copies worldwide.
Rogers told Billboard magazine in 2000, "I've never considered myself a great singer but I am a great storyteller. I tried not to compromise. I did songs I believed in. If you do that you have to commit to it. That's what I think I've done best. I've believed in things and I've stuck to 'em."
Rogers has told the following story about meeting Elvis...
"Elvis was playing Vegas at the time and I was down there with my band. He'd catch my shows and I'd drop in on his. Pretty soon, we were buddying around.
I remember being backstage with him once. I told him I was going out front to enjoy a few games of blackjack and he was real anxious to have a game as well.
He said to me: 'Kenny, you don't know what I'd give to just go down to the gaming tables and play a few hands'. - I said 'What's stopping you? Let's go right now'.
He just shook his head. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had him frightened of the public, which stopped him living a proper life.''

Priscilla was photographed with Kenny Rogers at the Country Music Awards show in 1979.
Rogers recorded 'I Can't Help Falling in Love' as well as 'Green, Green Grass Of Home'.
There is a suggestion that Rogers' song 'Sweet Music Man' was inspired by Elvis but it is more likely written about himself!
Note that a man that looks exactly like Kenny Rogers is seen in the TTWII 'After Party' MGM footage. EIN cannot understand why Rogers never mentioned this in later interviews if it was indeed him.
EIN thanks Joe Carnevale for the reminder.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 20 March 2020
ELVIS Biopic Now Suspended Indefinitely: An update on the earlier ELVIS biopic story, now director Baz Luhrmann has announced that his upcoming Elvis movie will not be continuing production for a while.
The movie starring Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge and Tom Hanks was shut down after Hanks was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Lurhmann posted, "I'm sure it will come as no surprise that this is not the moment to be resuming production on the film. Please know this is in no way a reflection on our commitment to make this movie here in Queensland. In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days.
I have spoken to the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and we all agree that right now, this is the right time for people all over the world, from all walks of life, to be at home, indoors, with their loved ones - washing our hands five times a day.
All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we left off as soon as the time is right."

Tom Hanks posted an update on his situation, "Hey folks. Good news: One week after testing positive, in self-

isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.
"Bad news: my wife has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and now leads by 201 points!"
Tom Hanks plays Elvis' manager Col Parker - The film was slated for release in October 2021.
(News, Source;AAP/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland is OPEN!: Despite the suggestion of limiting the numbers in group gatherings due to the coronavirus, Graceland is, for the moment, open for business. EPE have posted.. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of Graceland guests, staff and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are in contact with city leaders and local health agencies for information and guidance.
While some concerts and events have been rescheduled, Elvis Presley's Graceland and The Guest House at Graceland Hotel will continue to welcome guests as usual, while continuing to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies. Graceland has always had high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention, and we will remain proactive around all areas of the Graceland campus.
Go here to EPE website for details and hours of operation

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Sun Studio Closed: Sun Studio has posted, In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sun Studio is closing temporarily to help keep everyone safe and healthy. We hope to be back up and running soon and hope you will plan to come back and see us!

A veritable icon of music and a Memphis landmark, Sun Studio is known as the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In this simple building run by Sam Phillips the, so-say, very first rock single 'Rocket 88' was recorded in 1951 when it was called the Memphis Recording Service. The former recording studio’s musical heritage was made famous thanks to the superstardom of artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and Roy Orbison.Go here to SUN Studio website for details

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Files Magazine #30: As always Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen photos....
"We are now working on # 30 and it will soon head to the printers."

The magazine feature articles on
- It Began in Texarkana, May 1955
- Sedona, Arizona, November 1967
- Anaheim, CA, November 1976

Subscriptions (4 issues - 29, 30, 31 & 32) ) Send € 58 by PayPal for your subscription to: sales@elvisfiles.no If you want to order only issue # 30, send € 15 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Record Store Day 2020 postponed until June: Yet another event postponed due to Coronavirus, with Record Store Day 2020 officially delayed until June
Originally scheduled to take place on 18th April, Record Store Day 2020 will now take place on 20th June, 2020.
Previously, David Bowie and U2 were among the first confirmed artists for the celebration of all things vinyl. A full list of RSD 2020 releases was announced last week.
Record Store Day stated, "We’ve decided that the best of all possible moves is to change the date of Record Store Day this year to Saturday, June 20. We think this gives stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day, while taking into consideration the recommendations of doctors, scientists and the need to be good citizens of both local and worldwide communities."
(News, Source;RSD/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 17 March 2020
ELVIS Biopic Delayed by only two weeks: According to Film Australia Tom Hanks remains the only person involved in the Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic to have contracted (COVID-19) Coronavirus.
A representative stated, "We have delayed our start date by approximately two weeks to allow for their full recovery."
Production should re-start in early April.
"We are aware of only the one case of the coronavirus amongst cast and crew and additionally the cast member's wife Rita Wilson.
Working closely with the Queensland Health Department we have delayed our start date by approximately two weeks to allow for their full recovery."
Tom Hanks had been on the country's Gold Coast for the pre-production of the biopic, in which he plays the music icon's long-time manager Colonel Parker.
(Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood's Austin Butler is playing Presley.)
Filming for the movie has been halted after both Hanks and his Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus.
Director Baz Luhrmann (right with Tom Hanks) and his family remain in the standard 14-day isolation in a house on the Gold Coast.
(News, Source,AAP/ElvisInfoNet)

Nashville Elvis Festival 2020 Cancelled: The Producers of Nashville Elvis Festival have wisely decided to cancel this year's festival.
Tom Brown & Brian Mayes note, "The safety and security of our audiences, talent, and staff is our top priority, so with heavy hearts we have regretfully decided to cancel the 4th annual Nashville Elvis Festival. We do so in an abundance of caution and in cooperation with President Trump's national emergency declaration earlier this week.
In light of cancelling Nashville Elvis Festival, we will be refunding ticket buyers and VIP pass holders for their purchases.
The need to cancel was not an easy decision, as it impacts many people throughout the Nashville community and Elvis family, including our dedicated staff, performers, partners and many more.
However, in these most difficult of times, we must keep our entire community safe.
For any questions or concerns, please email info@nashvilleelvisfestival.com.
This is an unprecedented event, and we ask for your patience as we navigate this tremendous undertaking.
We hope to see you next year for the 5th (almost) annual Nashville Elvis Festival. SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 11-14, 2021
Very truly yours.... Tom Brown & Brian Mayes - producers of Nashville Elvis Festival.
(News, Source;NEF/ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Presley Birthplace is temporarily closed: The Coronavirus pandemic is sadly affecting the Elvis World in many ways, not only the delay of the ELVIS biopic production in Australia.
For the safety of our community and visitors, the Elvis Presley Birthplace has announced that it is currently closed.
"We will continue to follow the COVID-19 situation.
Updates will be shared on our website, on our Facebook page, and through our e-newsletter.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Thank you, and stay safe.
We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

The Elvis Presley Birthplace
(News, Source;EPB/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 14 March 2020
Baz Lurhmann’ ELVIS biopic production halted: After Tom Hanks tested positive for Covid19 a few days ago, the production on the ELVIS biopic he is shooting in Australia has now ground to a halt, according to reports. The 63-year-old is set to play Elvis’ manager Colonel Parker in the yet-to-be-titled film currently in pre-production on the Gold Coast. Despite his son Chet insisting his parents ‘aren’t even that sick’, the Lurhmann production is taking no risks.
Luhrmann has also told his cast and crew to stay at home saying that they faced a difficult situation but that the health and well-being of our entire company is our absolute focus at this time.
Other cast members include Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rufus Sewell as Elvis’s parents, Vernon and Gladys, Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla and Austin Butler as the man himself, Elvis.
In a statement Warner Bros noted, ‘We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis film, which is currently in pre-production in Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual'.
Tom Hanks has posted, "What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach. We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!’
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Ann-Margret Talks Elvis: Elvis had complex relationships with women - not least of which was with Priscilla - but there was another woman who has arguably remained his only true ally in the years since his death.
ELVIS was the most famous man in the world during the 1960s but even then was no stranger to gossip, tabloids and controversy and since his death he has all too often been badly exposed by interviews from his various colleagues.
However one truly close friend, Ann-Margret has remained stoic in her determination to preserve Elvis' memory.
While Ann-Margret had an impressive career starring in a vast array of movies from Hollywood’s golden era it is her appearance alongside Elvis and their strong connection on and off the movie-set that has proved one of the most memorable.
In a delightful show of loyalty Ann-Margaret still refuses to talk about the details of her love-affair with Elvis.
In one interview CBS journalist Charlie Rose did his best to grill the star and Ann-Margret got visibly upset over the various interviews she’s read about her ex.
Her voice audibly shaking, the actress insists Elvis was a great and wonderfully “gifted” performer, describing him as one of the great men in her life.
Interviewer Rose begins: “It seems that there was about the two of you, kindred souls, something deep inside that you both knew that you both had, and it’s almost now as if you were trying to protect that.”
Ann-Margret replied, “Oh yes, it was extremely special, our relationship was
very strong, and very serious and very real.
We went together for one year, and he trusted me, and I do not want to betray his trust even in death. I knew him very very well.”

There’s been so much written that has been negative about Elvis, I want to celebrate his life, the man that I knew.
He was so gifted, and it makes me extremely angry that all of a sudden all these people who made fun of him right near his death, all of a sudden posthumously right after he passed on, were writing reams and reams of stories about him, how gifted he was, why didn’t they do that when he was alive?"

In response to speculation if Elvis' friends had stepped up they could have saved his life, Ann-Margret tries to steer away.
“I just cherish his memory, and so did my father and my mom and my friends. And I remember the good times that we had, and his generosity."
Reflecting on all the years she received flowers shaped like a guitar in the post before her shows, Ann goes on to say she finds it so hard to talk about because she’s “real private”, and Presley “was too”.
"Elvis was just so sensitive and considerate and he knew about honour, and respecting your elders, and manners and
being civilised. He loved his family, loved his parents, he loved his little daughter so much. There never will be anyone else like him. He’s an American original."
(News, Source;UkExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

FTD 'American Sound '69' Deleted: Elvis The Man & His Music have posted that FTD have now Sold Out (Deleted) of the 5 CD set 'American Sound '69' box-set.
This gorgeous set is highly recommended by EIN (even if it is not the "Complete" sessions) and fans need to track down a copy if they are still considering adding it to their collection. Elvis The Man & His Music note that they still have a handful left at the original price. "Suggest you snap one up now if you want to avoid paying greedy eBay prices" GO HERE to NDT shop

(News, Source;TC/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 12 March 2020
Tom Hanks Catches Coronavirus: Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have unfortunately both tested positive for Coronavirus while working in Australia.
Hanks is starring as Colonel Parker in Baz Luhrmann's new ELVIS film and both of them have been put into isolation while they recover
The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor is currently in Queensland filming Luhrmann's currently untitled Elvis Presley production.
Hanks wrote on Instagram on Thursday that after he and Wilson had been feeling "a bit tired, like we had colds" and had been "found to be COVID19 positive".
"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds and some body aches, Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach."
Production on the Luhrmann film had been set to begin filming on Monday.
In a statement Warner Bros said, "The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Speedway / Stay Away Joe' Book PREVIEW: The book features hundreds of movie and "Behind The Scenes" previously unpublished images.
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(News, Source:EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 9 March 2020
'Inside Elvis' - Arjan Deelen Interview: The new book 'Inside Elvis' from Elvis One / Rock Legends publications features Arjan Deelen's interviews with Elvis' musicians including James Burton, Bob Lanning, Scotty Moore, Jim Murray, Jerry Scheff, D.J. Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations, The Holladay Sisters, Glen D. Hardin, Johnny Christopher, Charlie Hodge, Duke Bardwell, Sherril Nielsen and The Imperials. While some of these interviews first appeared in Elvis - The Man and his Music here all these in-depth, candid interviews are presented in complete, unedited form and matched with some exclusive images.
This 300-page book contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp. The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has made it a visually stunning work.
Also included is a Bonus CD with 29-tracks containing various rarities.
'INSIDE ELVIS' seems to have slipped out rather quietly, perhaps with less fanfare than it deserved. It has been almost a decade since Arjan Deelen's last book and EIN readers have wanted to know more about this new publication.
In this exclusive EIN interview Arjan Deelen reveals some fascinating stories, as well as some truly touching moments.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions
(Interview, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

New FTD Releases: Two new FTD releases have been announced for later this month.
1. 'ELVIS: St. Louis & Spokane 1976' - As part of its ongoing live on tour series FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'ELVIS: St. Louis & Spokane'.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis at the Kiel Auditorium on March 22 1976 and The Coliseum on April 27 1976.
Both shows were "Closing Nights" of these short 1976 tours where Elvis would often go that little bit further for his loving fans.
Larrie Londin played drums with the TCB band from March 17 to March 22 1976 as well as on Elvis' final ever concerts June 25 & 26 1977.
It will be a treat for collectors to get an official release featuring 'A Different Beat' with Larrie Londin playing at St Louis on March 22, 1976.
Songs include Steamroller Blues, And I Love You So, America, How Great Thou Art, Trying To Get To You, Funny How Time Slips Away, Polk Salad Annie, My Way and Hurt
Go here to 'Elvis FTD News 2020' for tracklistings

2. 'The Kid Galahad Sessions' - FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'The Kid Galahad Sessions'.
This two CD set includes many remixed, remastered and UNRELEASED studio outtakes all in sensational audio quality.
This 7” deluxe 2-CD package features a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos. Go here to 'Elvis FTD News 2020' for full tracklistings

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Tony Curtis and Elvis: Recently Priscilla explained to the Hallmark channel about the connection between Elvis and actor Tony Curtis and how Elvis learned to keep looking youthful from Hollywood star Tony Curtis thanks to a little bit of makeup.
"Elvis always thought that that the eyes are so expressive.
When he was very young he was an usher at one of the theatres in Memphis.
And he would study all the actors who all had a real impact and longevity.
Tony Curtis was one. Observing Tony Curtis taught Elvis how to put a little black eyeliner, just a little bit, above his eye.
And that was a trick back in the day for men as well. If you look at him you can see a little bit of shadow there and he thought it was just great.
Elvis loved the art of transitioning from what he saw as realistic to him to that extra dark look which gave it that punch.
So when I say he loved makeup, he loved eye makeup.
It was obvious how Elvis also loved the look of how Tony Curtis modelled his hair.
Elvis later met Tony Curtis when the latter was filming 1960's The Rat Race at Paramount Pictures and Elvis was filming 'G.I. Blues' at the time
One day Curtis walked by Elvis' trailer on the lot and the door was open.
Tony Curtis noted, "I looked up, and there was Elvis and he grabs me and pulls me in.
And he said,
'Mr Curtis, I want you to know what a fan I am. I used to watch your movies in Tennessee.'
"And I said, 'Please, don't call me Mr Curtis.'
And this handsome kid looks at me and
said, 'So what do you want me to call you?'
"And I said, 'Just call me Tony.'"
Curtis added, "And I said, 'So what do I call you?'
And he said,
'Mr Presley!' Bam, was he funny.
We had a great time together. We passed a few girls between us, that's what guys do."

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 7 March 2020
Elvis Week Tickets On Sale Now: Elvis fans can start making plans to return to the Promised Land for Elvis Week 2020!
The Elvis Week 2020 line-up includes A concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at RCA’s Studio B with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs;
Elvis TTWII 50th Anniv Enhanced Screening celebrating Elvis’ 1970 documentary with appearances by members of the TCB Band and Elvis’ Imperials;
Conversations on Elvis with special guests Mother Dolores Hart, Sam Thompson, Charles Stone and former member of the Stamps Larry Strickland;
Elvis Gospel Homecoming featuring gospel groups with special Elvis connections, including former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland & Terry Blackwood and The Imperials;
Elvis in 1970 Conversations to celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” documentary through stories and memories from those who were there.

It also features the usual Elvis Imitator stuff like Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest 2020. Ultimate ETA winners Shawn Klush, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, Cody Ray Slaughter, Taylor Rodriguez and Ben Thompson will return.
Get tickets now at ElvisWeek.com if you can afford them - see article below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Pushes to increase EPE Revenue: After the recent Rolling Stone article on future ELVIS EPE plans (see below),  The Blast comments...
.. Elvis Presley's ex, Priscilla has been a busy woman over the past several months. Priscilla has been working every angle and idea possible to boost the income for the Presley estate. ABG have been pumping out idea after idea on some major new Elvis Presley projects.
(EIN actually suspects Graceland COO Joel Weinshanker's major involvement here)
If you can name it then there is likely a product version for the Elvis Presley brand or one in the making. Just a few new Presley projects that are in the works include an Elvis Snapchat filter, a soon to be released Elvis favorite pets DVD and CBD infused Hound Dog treats for your pooch.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg in upcoming merch featuring the late King of Rock and Roll.
Priscilla shares her input on all things Elvis related. With an Elvis cartoon series underway for Netflix, the plan is to make Elvis gain in popularity with the younger crowds. It is going to be a very aggressive push. To date, the estate is estimated to be worth around $400 million.
For fans who make their travel and vacation plans around Elvis events Memphis you had better start saving up a little more cash because ticket prices to tour Graceland are rising.
The 2020 Elvis Week tickets offer several packages. The first the Limited Platinum Package costs $1600, while the Gold Package is $655. The Guest House Theatre Concert Package will cost you $121.
Fans have noted that ticket prices continue to rise and with Priscilla at the helm there are now numerous events and memorabilia museums of your choice. At the rate the events and new attractions are unfolding it seems that EPE is turning Presley's once-beloved mansion into a major entertainment park.
While some fans are thrilled with the opportunity to tour and participate in everything Elvis, many others are not too happy with the price increases.
(News, Source;TheBlast/ElvisInfoNet)

Jimmy Page 1974 Elvis Tour: Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist Jimmy Page posted a rare photo from 1974 from when he saw Elvis In concert.
Jimmy penned down a letter about the concert that he played with Robert Plant at the Pyramid Arena, Memphis in 1995. He also mentioned ‘Elvis Presley On Tour’ from May 11, 1974.
“On this day in 1995, Page and Plant played the Pyramid Arena, Memphis. Did not get the keys to the city, did not have to slip out of town, did not gain entry to Graceland but did play a great show in the memory of Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and D.J. Fontana.⠀
Here’s a photo of me wearing an Elvis on Tour ribbon after we first met in 1974."

The L.A. Forum played host to some of the greatest shows Led Zeppelin ever put on, and it was also the place where, on May 11, 1974, the band came face to face with its greatest hero.
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham were in LA for the launch of their record label Swan Song. The night after the launch party at the Bel Air Hotel, the band, minus bassist John Paul Jones, attended Elvis Presley’s concert at the Forum.
At some point ELVIS must have been alerted to the presence of the rock group in the audience because during the show he can be heard saying to his band, “Wait a minute. … If we can start together, fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there. … Let’s try to look like we know what we’re doing, whether we do or not."
Led Zeppelin and the King shared the same promoter, Jerry Weintraub, who set up a meeting after the show between the two parties… Zeppelin’s and Presley’s paths would cross another two times in the ‘70s.”
Check out Jimmy Page Instagram
(News, Source;JPI/ElvisInfoNet)

Jerry Lee Lewis Recording a New LP: After a stroke last year robbed Jerry lee Lewis of use of his right hand, the Rock and Roll legend thought his piano-playing days were over. Now, at 84, he just recorded a new album and he's working with James Burton.
When Jerry Lee Lewis entered a Nashville recording studio late last month, he had no idea what was going to happen. He had not played music since February 2019, when he suffered a serious stroke at his home in Nesbit, Mississippi. Though his team described the stroke as "minor" at the time, it wasn't; Lewis was left with mobility issues, and those around him feared he wouldn't survive. Lewis was more concerned about whether he would ever be able to play the piano again; he spent three months in a rehab facility relearning to walk and trying to gain use of his right hand. It was a struggle.
Late last monththe 84-year-old Lewis booked a recording session, his first in more than five years, to see if he could still make music. The idea was to begin a long-planned album of gospel classics that he'd known since his childhood in Ferriday, Louisiana songs he knew before he helped kick-start rock & roll
with hits like "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire." Before the session, Lewis told his team and producer T-Bone Burnett that he didn't want a piano in the room at all: his right hand wasn't working, and he just wanted to sing. But they kept one in the room just in case. When Lewis sat on its stool, he couldn't help but lift his right hand onto the keys. To his own surprise, his fingers started moving.
Lewis said, "I couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it. I never experienced anything like that. There I was playing piano with my right hand. I thought I would never play again."
With his wife, Judith, sitting next to him, Lewis spent two days laying down tracks with a band that included guitarists Kenny Lovelace and James Burton, plus Lee Ann Womack and gospel legends the McCrary Sisters on backup vocals. After shaking off nerves, Lewis eventually loosened up; at one point, he told the band about the time, when he was a kid, he walked across a narrow bridge 150 feet above the Mississippi River on a dare. Though his vocals could be rough, there were flashes of his old power, and his piano playing remained loose, confident, and unmistakably the Killer.
Lewis doesn't hold back describing the pain of last year. "I've never experienced anything like it. It was very challenging, and it was a very emotional experience. I didn't know what was going on. I woke up in the hospital. And I just did some heavy praying, and tried to get back on the right track."
After his successful return to the studio, Lewis has a new goal on his mind. He wants to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which usually announces its inductees in March.
Nowadays Lewis spends most of his time at home with his wife, taking it easy. Sometimes, he'll call Little Richard, one of the only other rock & roll innovators left. "Oh, I talk with Richard occasionally," Lewis says. "We talk about old times, and good times, and what's going on in our health. He's a good friend of mine."
Since Lewis lives near Memphis, occasionally he'll ride past Sun Records Studio, where he, Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and others started a musical revolution that still echoes through the culture today. "I go by there sometimes," Lewis says. What goes through his mind? "Precious memories," he says.
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

Queen and Adam Lambert perform Heartbreak Hotel: Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel has been covered in a surprise live performance by Queen and Adam Lambert during their Rhapsody tour when last week the trio performed their show at Melbourne’s AAMI Park. There lucky Australian fans were treated to a cover of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel.
Queen's Brian May shared a video clip on Instagram of his guitar solo and Adam Lambert singing Elvis’ Heartbreak Hotel.
The 72-year-old wrote: “A little free wheelin’ tonight - on the ancient classic HeartBreak Hotel."
Heartbreak Hotel was a hit single for Elvis Presley in 1956, the single topped Billboard’s Top 100 chart for seven weeks and was Elvis’ first million-seller.
Heartbreak Hotel is a favourite cover for
Queen touring with Adam Lambert and they have been performing the Elvis stunner as a "surprise addition" over the last few years. Yesterday, May posted how he was finding the pace of the Rhapsody tour tough, but reassured fans that they were doing their job “to the max”.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 4 March 2020

The plan to "reboot" Elvis ....and a 50th Anniversary boxset: With earnings declining over the past decade, the company responsible for licensing and marketing Elvis has big plans to make the King "cool" again. This fascinating article in Rolling Stone should be read by all fans. Here is an excerpt:

Elvis Presley may have died 43 years ago, but on a recent morning in midtown New York, plans are underway to resurrect him. In a conference room in the offices of Authentic Brands Group, the firm in charge of licensing and marketing Presley, executives are discussing the many projects they’ve been working on since taking over the estate in 2013.

There’s an Elvis filter on Snapchat, which gives you his face, pompadour, and bedazzled jacket. There’s a plan to release a video of Elvis and all of his beloved animals on the Dodo, a popular pet site (you will also be able to buy CBD-infused Hound Dog treats). There are film and TV projects, including Agent King, an offbeat animated series coming to Netflix next year. Co-created by Priscilla Presley, the show will aim for a BoJack Horseman feel, where a cartoon Elvis goes undercover as a crime-busting government spy. At the head of the table, CEO Jamie Salter confidently promises that next year will be “probably the biggest year in the history of Elvis Presley.”
 These plans are all part of a major effort to make Presley cool again. More than 60 years after his first momentous sessions at Sun Records, his empire is in need of a reboot. While the Presley estate was annually pulling in $60 million a decade ago, that number has since fallen by 30 per cent, according to Forbes. Sales of memorabilia dropped from nearly $4 million in 2017 to less than $1.5 million last year, according to Invaluable, which tracks auction houses. This winter’s Elvis: Seen and Unseen tour, featuring surviving members of his TCB band playing along to video footage of Presley, was postponed, for the second time, due to “unforeseen circumstances” with the archival footage. According to The Guardian, a 2017 U.K. poll found that nearly 30 per cent of respondents ages 18 to 24 had never heard one of Presley’s songs. 

Given that Presley was one of the first rock stars, the campaign to bring him back amounts to what one music executive calls a “canary in the coal mine” for the legacy of rock & roll. Can it possibly work, and what does it mean for the future careers and earnings of artists like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, who followed Presley and who are now increasingly distant legends for those who grew up listening to hip-hop, pop, and EDM?

There are reasons for concern. Jeff Jampol, who represents the estates of Janis Joplin and the Ramones and also works with the surviving members and estates of the Doors, recalls a recent dinner with friends in their thirties and forties. "I said. "I'm going to the restroom now, and when I come back, I want the title of three Beatle songs, and you can't use your phones," he recalls. Upon his return, they told him they'd come up with one: "Daydream Believer," a hit by ... the Monkees. "That's where we are with the Beatles," Jampol sighs. "imagine where we are for anybody else."

In an office at Sony, Jackson is at work on a box set documenting the 50th anniversary of three intense days of 1970 Presley sessions, and he’s also in the midst of supplying master tapes for Luhrmann’s biopic. “There’s been no more beautiful of a human being than that, right there,” he says, pointing to a box set with a photo of peak Fifties Presley on its cover. “It needs to remind people that, ‘Look, that guy existed once." (Article, Source: Rolling Stone)

 Read (a lot more) in the full article.....

......including targeting the younger market, ticket prices, the unsuccessful attempt to move from low price Elvis trinkets to up market clothing, Agent King, an Elvis hologram (digital Elvis), streaming Elvis songs, and a desire for more dance remixes like Junkie XL's global mega hit, A Little Less Conversation

CD Review - Elvis Presley 1968 The Unreleased Recordings (Elvis One): Kees Mouwen, author of Elvis Day By Day 2019 and administrator of the Elvis Day By Day blog recently took time out to listen to and review the latest CD release in the Bootleg series from the Elvis One label.Is the latest volume in Elvis One's "Bootleg" series worth a spin? And is Elvis One treading a dangerous line

To find out, read Kees' review

(CD Reviews; Source;KM/ElvisInfoNet)

Surprising look in photo explained: This photo of members from the Official British Elvis fan club meeting Elvis was taken in 1973. Many people have commented on the demeanour of the woman in the photo. Michaela Doggett, a member of the Elvis TCB Group on Facebook, decided to find out the back story by contacting Todd Slaughter, head of the British fan club. This is the story:

Todd Slaughter explained to me:
... "The woman in the picture is Vikki, my ex-wife who thought that Elvis should know how badly our fan club group was treated after all their tickets were cancelled by Emilio. We had 250 members in Memphis (1973) and we got a message from the Hilton saying that our group was not welcome, as they were taking up too many seats in their showroom so all our tickets would be cancelled. We had a reporter on the trip from the London Daily Mirror, so I, Tony Prince and Peter Muller from the Mirror flew to Vegas two days before the group was due to arrive to attempt to sort our the problem and we were treated like dirt by the Hilton staff. So Muller pretended to be from the BBC and put in a dummy phone call from the BBC in Washington to Bruce Banke at the Hilton - he was then their publicist.

When it came to meeting Elvis we were told by Esposito "no pictures, and no more than a minute". So Vikki anxious to get her message to Elvis said, "thanks for giving up a

minute of your valuable time" and just as she was about to tell Elvis about our members' ticket problem she was dragged away by Red West. She was trying to help the fans in Vegas, but never got the chance to speak about their difficulties in getting tickets, and I doubt that he would have understood her strong Scottish accent. Having been made aware of the problem by Colonel, Elvis said the following night that we would be invited to see him after the show, but because of the ticket problem we had given away our tickets for that event to fans who hadn't seen Elvis - so we never heard the invitation until fan's returned to our hotel from the Hilton desperate to know what Elvis' suite was like." (News, Source: Michaela Doggett)

Elvis News 2019 Quiz: Fans from around the globe entered the “Elvis Day By Day 2019” quiz. The question was “what was your most important (Elvis) news from 2019?”The reactions can be grouped in various categories: movies, music, Elvis, 50th anniversary returning to stage/1969, NBC Special and Christmas at Graceland.#1 Music: mentioned most in this category is the “Live 1969” 11 CD box, followed by the “American Sound” sessions, the "Elvis Is Back Sessions”.#2 Movies: Baz Luhrman’s “Elvis” biopic movie is the No. 1 in this category followed by NBC’s All Star Tribute and Graceland’s cooperation with the Hallmark Station on the “Christmas at Graceland 2” movie.

#3: Fans still love Elvis, he may have been gone for (almost) 42 years in 2019, but thankful for his musical and movie legacy.

The 3 runner’s up:

Karsten: My hope is that Baz will finally be able to make a worthy documentary for Elvis and his fans (like the remarkable and successful biopics about Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Johnny Cash, “I walk the Line” or Elton John’s “Rocketman”). Elvis deserved it.John Bull: The highlight for me was while playing the American Sound CD in my car. My 5 year old grandson becoming obsessed with “In The Ghetto” and then “Suspicious Minds” to then wanting to know more about Elvis, thus starting another generation of Elvis fans in my family.Tony Cannata: The 1969 live deluxe set was an important release for 2019. It made the general public aware that Elvis was still on top of his game. It showed that he wasn't on the oldies circuit. It showed Elvis performing with passion, feeling, and heart. He also shares his sense of humor. It showed that Elvis was a human being full of heart and soul.The prize-winner:Harrison Vetter: I am confident that the most important Elvis news of 2019 was the release of the "Elvis LIVE 1969" deluxe 11 CD box set. While some of the material has already been released on FTD or otherwise, the packaging wasn't necessarily the most impressive, and each concert featured pretty much the same setlist and script, there's no doubt that hearing Elvis at his untamed, electric best in great sound and all in one place makes any shortcomings fade into the background like Charlie Hodge fetching Elvis' guitar after “See See Rider”. 

Nowhere else do we get to listen to our man rock out to “Suspicious Minds” for 7 minutes, or hear him give even “Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel” similar treatment. These 11 Vegas '69 shows, unedited and in their entirety, are mixed and mastered superbly - each one is clear as a bell. With Elvis giving it his all, as only he can, the King was back on top: this was a demonstration of pure rock 'n roll at its finest by the King himself. Raw and unleashed when rocking, smooth and emotive when crooning and eliciting shrieks out of the ladies - Elvis was polished and in total control. He had the audience on a string.Elvis was having fun on stage, and pretty soon everyone else in the building was too. With James Burton as good as ever and Ronnie Tutt driving the show, the TCB band was hot, tight, and picking up on Elvis' every move. It's exciting to experience everyone coming together, better and better each show.

If you ever wondered whether Elvis was a one-trick pony, a mere puppet of the Colonel, overrated - whether he truly is the King - this set casts all doubts aside. Now if only we could hear some of the July rehearsals!

Congratulations to the winner Harrison Vetter and a big ‘thank you’ to all who entered the quiz. If you missed out on the book in this quiz, you can get it on the Elvis Day By Day website or through the Amazon links above.

EIN thanks Kees Mouwen for his kind gesture in providing a copy of his great book Elvis Day By Day 2019 for the competition winner, and thanks the many EIN readers who entered the competition

Follow That Dream - My Life as the Asian Elvis (Part 7): In the seventh chapter of his exciting journey as an ETA, Robert "Yoshi" Kim talks about the time he met, and sang to, Anne Helm, Elvis' co-star in Follow That Dream. (Almost Elvis, Source: Robert Kim)

Read Yoshi's latest chapter: The Jailhouse Rockers

Monday 2 March 2020

‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ CINEMA Re-Release April 22 BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW: Trafalgar Releasing has announced the cinema re-release for “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” for April 22 worldwide  in 14 countries.
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.”
The film was directed by Denis Sanders.
On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade.
Elvis' series of concerts broke all box office records and completely re-energised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The film followed Elvis’s summer festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. An unmissable event for fans around the world. Elvis: That’s The Way It Is will be shown in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany and Austria.
Also, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand. Tickets will be on sale from February 26, with all the details of participating cinemas. Go HERE to the TTWII website to BOOK LOCAL CINEMA TICKETS & for all the details

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Fans outraged by Elvis Week 2020 Prices: Colonel Parker may have been a total scoundrel but he always knew where Elvis' true fan-base was and rightfully kept ticket prices affordable. A front row ticket to see an Elvis concert in 1977 cost just US$15 - which is US$70 in today's value.
Now EPE is suggesting that fans pay $750 each to their exclusive 'Down In The Jungle Room' event and fans are rightly outraged.
While of course it is a unique event, surely this should be selected via a ballot or random selection from Graceland visitors on the day. It should be fair for all and not for just the super-rich.
In the same way to join the "Graceland Guest House Founders" was priced at up to $30,000 this Jungle Room event is surely nothing that ELVIS would have agreed to.
EPE note "DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM EXPERIENCE" $750. Very limited availability (20 available). In 1976, the Jungle Room at Graceland became a make-shift studio – and Elvis recorded there in February and October of that year. During this exclusive experience, attendees will step back in time to 1976 with some of the guys who were part of the Jungle Room sessions to hear their stories of what it was like to record with Elvis. Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests sharing their memories include bassist Norbert Putnam, piano player David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt and guitarist James Burton.
To EIN this again symbolises EPE’s move to an Elvis Week beyond the “traditional” Elvis fans. Is a physical room worth paying $750 for when the same Elvis musicians Putnam, Briggs, Tutt & Burton can be heard at other Elvis concerts at much more affordable prices. And you can easily meet them for FREE!
Similarly there is no way that EPE will be bringing in the complete RCA recording set-up that was used back in 1976. - And EPE are repeating this money-grabbing trick twice!
Fans have posted on EIN Facebook..
- EPE ripping off fans again. Shame, if Elvis was alive he would be very disappointed with how it being run.
- Just imagine what Elvis would think.... $750 to meet them, he would be disgusted. Elvis was always one to go down to the gates and very personable with his fans....I think he would really dislike this.
- I’d expect Elvis himself to be there for that price!

Click here to EIN Facebook to comment
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Justin Bieber beats Elvis as youngest solo artiste with 7 No 1 records: Elvis was 26 when he managed the feat of seven Number 1 albums on the Billboard charts while Bieber’s achievement happened just shy of his own 26th birthday.
Justin Bieber has gone from teenage heartthrob to record-breaker. With his latest album Changes reaching the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 chart, Bieber is now the youngest solo artiste in history to have seven records reach the coveted No 1 spot, according to Billboard.
ELVIS had previously set the record in 1961 with Blue Hawaii at the age of 26 while Bieber’s achievement happened just shy of his own 26th birthday, which is March 1.
Worth noting (apart from the ease of Bieber being discovered via YouTube at age 13, whereas in the fifties you had to slog around nightclubs and school-hops to get noticed) is that Bieber had his first Number 1 album age 16, whereas Elvis had to
get signed nationally by RCA to be able to release his first Number 1 album at age 21.
ELVIS managed seven Number One Billboard albums within 5 years. This record is still unbroken.
It still is a big achievement to be sure, but Bieber was a little mellow when it came to celebrating the news.
Bieber simply said that he felt “grateful” and on Instagram, he simply wrote “thank you”.
Bieber is of course a big Elvis fan and thanked EPE for acknowledging his success - “Thank you King and to the entire Presley family.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Collingwood Festival has left the building!: After various submissions and rumours the Collingwood Elvis Festival 2020 is no more.
The town officially ran out of expressions of interest for the 2020 Elvis Festival when the third and final group that expressed interest in running the Collingwood Elvis Festival withdrew its application.
According to a notice posted on the town’s website, the final proponent said they were unable to secure the talent required for a successful event, and were unable to license the festival for their “desired weekend.”
Previously the town itself had funded and run the annual Collingwood Elvis Festival but decided to cease operating the Festival after the 2019 event, which was the 25th annual festival in Collingwood.
The town however offered a permit for a third-party to operate the festival. The permit could be issued on a first-
come, first-served basis provided the proponent met the requirements.
The town received three applications and has received three withdrawals from those proponents since January.
The town had placed a hold on the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena to ensure a proponent could rent the facility for July 24-26. As of yesterday, that hold was removed, according to the town’s website.
Sadly it seems that the long-running and popular festival may be no more
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier this week . . . .

WIN a copy of Elvis Day By Day 2019 (Kees Mouwen): The author of Elvis Day By Day 2019, Kees Mouwen, is offering a signed copy of his new book, Elvis Day By Day 2019 to one lucky EIN reader. To enter to win simply click this link and tell us what (and why) you think was the most important Elvis news of 2019. Author, Kees Mouwen will decide the winner (and contact them to obtain their address). Entries close Monday March 2nd.

(Competition, Source: Kees Mouwen/EIN)

Don't Miss This Great Prize - it is a FABULOUS book - - - - - Read EIN's review of Elvis Day By Day 2019

Elvis Week 2020 Announced: Graceland has announced the initial plans for Elvis Week 2020 which will mark the 43rd anniv of Elvis’ passing.
The cornerstone event, the CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, will begin on Saturday, August 15, at Graceland’s front gate. Elvis music sets the tone of the evening as fans walk up the driveway to the Meditation Garden.
New this year, an exclusive  DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM EXPERIENCE will allow a small group of fans to step into the Jungle Room with some of the musicians who were there for Elvis’ 1976 recording sessions and hear their stories of what it was like to record with Elvis there. Special guests include guitarist James Burton, piano player David Briggs, drummer Ronnie Tutt and bassist Norbert Putnam. In addition guests will enjoy a rare photo opportunity inside the Jungle Room with Elvis' musicians.
The Elvis Week 2020 line-up also includes
- NASHVILLE MARATHON SESSIONS 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at RCA’s Studio B with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs;
- ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS 50th ANNIVERSARY ENHANCED SCREENING celebrating Elvis’ 1970 documentary with appearances by members of the TCB Band and Elvis’ Imperials;
- The GRACELAND ELITE AUCTION featuring 30 to 40 of some of the most sought-after Elvis collectibles. Included in this auction will be 10 unforgettable Graceland and Elvis Experiences, benefitting the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.
- CONVERSATIONS ON ELVIS with special guests Mother Dolores Hart, who co-starred with Elvis in “King Creole” and “Loving You”; Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard; Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis' tours and career; and former member of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet Larry Strickland;
- ELVIS GOSPEL HOMECOMING featuring gospel groups with special Elvis connections, including former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland & Terry Blackwood and The Imperials;
- ELVIS IN 1970 PANEL which will celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” documentary through stories and memories from those who were there.
There will also be the usual pile of Elvis tribute artist events including the ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST featuring semifinalists from around the world competing for the 2020 title;
Also other Elvis tribute artist events AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SHAWN KLUSH AND CODY RAY SLAUGHTER and an acoustic afternoon with ELVIS UNPLUGGED: STARRING DEAN Z & FRIENDS.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events on-sale for general public Friday, March 6, see ticket information here at EPE
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis That's The Way It Is 50th Anniversary Film Trailer: To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film's original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas - remastered - with Elvis: That's The Way It Is, an unmissable event for fans around the world. CLICK HERE to YouTube for the 2020 trailer.

(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

Sign petition to reinstate Elvis' name on the USS Arizona sign: Stefan Demarest has started this petition on Facebook. Stefan says: The goal of this petition is to reinstate Elvis' name on the "USS Arizona Memorial" in Pearl Harbour - Hawaii... Elvis' name was removed from the memorial because of his alleged abuse of prescribed medication! This removal is an insult to the memory and legacy of Elvis Presley! Elvis helped to raise the funds to finish the construction of the memorial by doing a benefit concert in 1961. Elvis should be acknowledged and his name should be reinstated!!!!! So far the petition has received almost 3,200 signatures. (News, Source: Facebook)

Sign the petition


'Elvis The Man & His Music' March 2020 Issue: EIN's favourite magazine about Elvis and his music which as Editor Trevor Cajiao‎ notes is, "packed with exclusive content and totally bullshit-free"!

Features in EMM 127 include.
- I’m Comin’ Home – March 1960 Day-By-Day
- The Fifties Albums – UK Style
- The Reel Deal – The Elvis Presley Film Society
- Hiding In Plain Sight – Anomalies In Your Collection
- Elvis In Person
- Readers’ Letters
- CD & Book Reviews

Go here to NDT to purchase or subscribe

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Engelbert talks about Elvis: Music icon, Engelbert Humperdinck was recently interviewed by Star News Online. Several questions and answers will be of interest to EIN readers. How did you meet Elvis Presley?

He came to see my show at the Riviera (in Las Vegas) and he came in done up to the nines -- he was wearing his cape and everything. Of course I found out he was in (the room) and I was very nervous. I introduced him, he stood up on the table and opened his cape, and the audience went berserk for 10 minutes. I’m not joking. He stopped the show for 10 minutes! But afterward we became great friends. He taught me stagecraft, humility and not to take yourself too seriously.

It is true that Bruno Mars performed for you when he was the world’s youngest Elvis?

Yes it is. Many years ago my fan club had a party and the entertainment was a little 5-year-old boy -- Bruno (EIN note: dressed in an Elvis jumpsuit, young Bruno did a mean Elvis!...see below). I said to him then, “Young man, you are going to be a big star.” Well, he’s not a big star, he’s a megastar.

You mentioned learning some stagecraft from Elvis. Are there other entertainers who influenced you?

I learned a lot from watching Ray Charles, and Dean Martin. Dean was one of my favorite entertainers. He was another guy who never took himself too seriously.

Have you ever met any descendants of the other Engelbert Humperdinck- the 19th century German composer?

No, but I was asked the other day if I wrote (the 19th-century Humperdinck opera) “Hansel und Gretel.” I said, “Are you crazy? You’re talking about something that was written in 1893.” (News, Source: Star News Online)

Video: Four-years old Bruno Mars doing Elvis
Video: Six-years old Bruno Mars doing Elvis
(after watching these videos, is it any wonder Bruno Mars became a mega star!)

Rare Elvis Vinyl collectable: In 2016, Dead or Alive's fourth studio album 'Nude' (originally released in 1988) by the electronic/punk artist, was reissued on 12" LP. Due to a production error initial copies of the album, while saying Dead or Alive on the record labels, had as one side, Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from The Wonder of You album. Only a limited number of the incorrect pressings were circulated before copies were recalled and the correct pressing issued. Collectors should be on the look out for the errant edition.

(News, Source: Record Collectors)

Danzig Sings Elvis set for April release: Glenn Danzig's long-awaited collection of Elvis Presley covers, appropriately titled "Danzig Sings Elvis", is scheduled for an April 17 release.

Tracks set to appear on the effort include "Is It So Strange", "Loving Arms" and "One Night". Two live shows in support of "Danzig Sings Elvis" will be announced next week for Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Set to take place in late April, these will be small, intimate seated performances as Glenn wants to try to capture an old Las Vegas night club atmosphere.

In 2018, Danzig spoke to Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show about why it has taken him so long to complete "Danzig Sings Elvis".

"Every time I'd have downtime, or if I was working on soundtrack stuff, I would just record another Elvis track or two... So what started out as an EP, I now

have more than enough for a full album; I have extra songs that won't even make it on the record. So I'm really gonna have to sit down and pick the songs that I really want on the record. But it came out really good; I can't wait for everyone to hear it. A lot of people ask me about it all the time when I'm on the road. So it will be nice to get it out." Danzig previously covered Presley's "Trouble" on his eponymous band's "Thrall-Demonsweatlive" EP in 1993. He also recorded a version of "Let Yourself Go" for 2015's "Skeletons".

"Elvis is actually kind of how I got into music," Glenn told Rolling Stone in 2015 interview. "When I was a kid, I was cutting school pretending I was sick and I would lie at home watching old movies, and 'Jailhouse Rock' came on with Elvis. I was, like, 'I want to do this. This is great.' And that's how I veered to music."

Regarding how he came to cover "Let Yourself Go", Danzig said: "It's a song that a lot of people may or may not be familiar with, but he actually liked it so much he put it on the '68 Comeback Special'. It's just a cool song I've always liked. I knew I could do something really cool with it. I didn't want to do the obvious Elvis song, you know? You don't have to highlight an Elvis song, everyone's heard them, this is just probably a lesser known song of his thousands of songs that everybody knows. I like his delivery, his voice. He's not just standing there, he's moving around. I like that. I don't like singers who just stand there. It's boring to me. I like singers who are really getting into it and showing you they're getting into it. I think he has all of that."

Danzig was formed in 1987 after Glenn's involvement with horror-punks the MISFITS and gothic hard rockers SAMHAIN. Danzig Sings Elvis will be available in both CD and vinyl format. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Danzig's musical career has encompassed a number of genres through the years, including punk rock, heavy metal, industrial, blues and classical music. (News, Source: blabbermouth.net/EIN)

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EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in February ...

Yola to play sister Rosetta Tharpe in upcoming Elvis film bio: British musician Yola will play singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe — dubbed the Godmother of rock and roll — in Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama ELVIS. The film so far stars Austin Butler in the title role, Tom Hanks as Col Tom Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Presley’s mother and Rufus Sewell as his father. Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce and Sam Bromell. The movie revolves around the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history.

Tharpe was a rock and roll pioneer who gained popularity in the 1930s and ’40s through her experimental gospel recordings.

She was an early influence on Presley’s career. Yola released her critically acclaimed, genre-bending debut album “Walk Through Fire” in February 2019. Nine months later, she received four Grammy Award nominations, including best new artist. (News, Source: Variety)

Read EIN's article on Sister Rosetta Tharpe's influence on Elvis

Watch an electrifying clip of Sister Rosetta Tharpe with some incredible electric guitar work

Unusual Elvis inspired upcoming book release – The Elvis Machine: Due for publication on 2 June, The Elvis Machine appears to be a very unusual (and we suspect potentially challenging) Elvis related release. Described as a book of poems inspired by living, loving, and hate-f*****g in Memphis, Tennessee — a city still kissed with the 1950s.Forged in a dumpster fire of toxic Elvises, these poems are pornographic bad romances, psychedelic love dirges, and threnodies for sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll. They’ll make you laugh off the pain as much as you'll cry, cringe, and feel exposed in this 'No Boys Allowed' clubhouse of feminine rage and healing.

Pre-publication reviews include:

"Kim Vodicka is the sexier Stephen Wright of poetry, with incisive one-liners so sharp and mind-blowingly funny that you forget how hard you were laughing before you started crying, then started laughing again." (John Skipp, author of The Art of Horrible People) “Vodicka’s poetry is a seasick-sweet treasure trove of marvel. Her verses leave you yearning for the kind of love and life you know is bad for you, but you can’t stop reading. (Elle Nash, author of Animals Eat Each Other)
“The Elvis Machine is foaming at the mouth all over your pillow. Vodicka takes our balls and wears them like a teething necklace. Her wordplay is as bloody as it is brilliant. This is a love story dissected and displayed of its most vulnerable parts. Once again, she has managed to rock all my sensibilities.” (Kelsey Marie Harris, author of The Jolly Queef). (News, Source: Amazon)

EPE loses another appeal against the Memphis Grizzlies: Elvis Presley Enterprises lost in the Tennessee Court of Appeals this week, again.  In December, the company that owns Graceland lost its appeal of a lawsuit against the Memphis Grizzlies, which it had accused of interfering with its efforts to secure incentives for a small arena at Graceland. And, on Tuesday, that same appeals court declined to rehear the case. 

"After a careful review of Appellant's arguments and Appellee's responses, the petition for rehearing is respectfully denied," the appeals court wrote. 

EPE has been stymied in its pursuit of public tax incentives for its arena. However, there is nothing stopping it from building such an arena with private funds. It continues to host concerts at the Graceland Soundstage.
(News, Source: The Commercial Appeal)

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‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ CINEMA Re-Release April 22: Trafalgar Releasing has announced the cinema re-release for “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” for April 22 worldwide  in 14 countries.
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.”
The film was directed by Denis Sanders.
On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade.
Elvis' series of concerts broke all box office records and completely re-energised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The film followed Elvis’s summer festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. Now 'Elvis: That’s The Way It Is' returns to cinemas worldwide for one night only on April 22, 2020. An unmissable event for fans around the world.

Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing notes, "Trafalgar Releasing are pleased to be able to celebrate 85 years of this musical legend in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Authentic Brand Group.
It's been 50 years since this career-changing documentary about The King of Rock 'n' Roll was released, yet the lasting legacy of Elvis Presley and his music can be seen more clearly than ever in film, music and culture.”

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is will be shown in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany and Austria.
Also, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand. Tickets will be on sale from February 26, with all the details of participating cinemas. Go HERE to the TTWII website for all the details, cinemas and tickets

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS' Billboard Charts NOTE: Earlier this week EIN featured the news that "ELVIS still #3 for Billboard's Hot 100 Top 40" as rapper Lil Wayne had recently passed Elvis Presley for the second-most hits on Billboard's Hot 100 Top 40.
As many EIN readers reminded us, Billboard OFFICIALLY counts their statistics from 1958 when the charts were officially formatted.
Elvis' Golden Era which changed the history of popular music were, of course, in the years 1956 and 1957 previous to these collated statistics.  
ELVIS in reality has 115 Billboard Top 40 hits, the last one being the 'Blue Christmas' single re-entry, Christmas 2018.
So, ELVIS still is Number One over 42 years after his death.

Thanks to all who contacted us.
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Files Magazine #30: Erik Lorentzen has published the stunning cover of the Elvis Files Magazine #30. As always Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen photos....
"We are now working on # 30 and it will soon head to the printers."

The magazine feature articles on
- It Began in Texarkana, May 1955
- Sedona, Arizona, November 1967
- Anaheim, CA, November 1976

Subscriptions (4 issues - 29, 30, 31 & 32) ) Send € 58 by PayPal for your subscription to: sales@elvisfiles.no If you want to order only issue # 30, send € 15 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD Releases OUT NOW: The two new FTD releases are heading to your local Elvis dealer.
1. 'Elvis In California' Double-soundboard, a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis touring during May 1974.
Elvis' 10th tour was short, five concerts in California over four days the most famous being his two 'Forum of Inglewood' concerts on May 11, 1974. (As released on FTD 'Live in LA')
Elvis was in good form.  The local review of Elvis' first concert there included, "Above all Elvis Presley knows what the faithful want and he bowls them over with his style. That's why he was a sellout at the Swing last night, will be on Monday night when he returns, and sells out wherever he performs. "I'm a cement mixer, baby," he snarls at the screamers, "a churning urn of burning funk." Believe it."
The shows, taken from the original soundboard tapes, feature unreleased concerts from Selland Arena, Fresno (May 12) and Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino (May 10 & 13).
The set-list is familiar early 1974 material including, Steamroller Blues, Help Me, Funny How Time Slips Away and Big Boss Man.
Go here for full tracklists

2. 'Love Letters From Elvis' special double-vinyl.  FTD Vinyl’s next release is the upgrade of 'Love Letters From Elvis' featuring plenty of outtakes and masters.
Recorded during the marathon sessions held in Nashville, June 4-8, 1970, the original LP became the last album of utilising songs recorded during that week.
This new 180-gram heavyweight vinyl edition mastered at Abbey Road in London.
Tracklist includes Cindy, Cindy takes 2, 3 (undubbed master), Rags To Riches – take 3, Love Letters – takes 1,3, It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) – takes 1,2 as well as If I Were You – takes 2-5 and Heart Of Rome – takes 2, 3 (undubbed master). Unusually EIN notes that this release includes 7 master versions
Go here for full tracklist

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Rufus Sewell to play Vernon Presley:  Pre-production continues on Baz Luhrman’s ELVIS biopic as another name is added to the film’s cast. Rufus Sewell (Judy, A Knight’s Tale, The Man in the High Castle) has joined the Elvis biopic as The King’s “reserved, soft-spoken” father Vernon Presley.
The story, staring Austin Butler, will follow Elvis and his “elevation to a level of stardom and celebrity set against an evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.”
Rufus Sewell’s role will be a significant one as Vernon Presley was a proud supporter of his son and would also manage his business affairs in an office behind the famous Graceland mansion. Vernon was also keen on Col Parker (Tom Hanks) and his love of money. However, coming from a poor background, Vernon was famously insecure and often worried about losing
their fortune and going back to the poor lifestyle they led before.
Tom Hanks plays Col Tom Parker noted as "a man who would end up betraying Elvis and taking advantage of his stardom".
With all the rage surrounding musical biopics lately, thanks to the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, there will undoubtedly be a lot of hype around this movie.
With Baz Luhrman's OTT style and cool designs ELVIS should be truly memorable and a massive success.
Elvis has a release date of October 1, 2021.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS still #3 for Billboard's Hot 100 Top 40: Lil Wayne has recently passed Elvis Presley for the second-most hits on Billboard's Hot 100 Top 40.
The rapper has landed four new tracks from his chart-topping Funeral album in the countdown, taking his tally to 82 - one more than Elvis.
EIN notes that the world population in 2020 is TWICE the world's population in 1970 and records are now "One Click Away". The real news is that ELVIS, who passed away in 1977, is still at #3 on the Billboard chart. In 1977 you had to travel to a Record Store and buy VINYL!
Only Drake has more Top 40 hits with an even 100.
Taylor Swift is a distant fourth, with 63 hits and Elton John rounds out the top five with 57.
Lil Wayne has sold over 100 million records worldwide, including more than 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks in the United States, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists.
Billboard Most Top 40 Hot 100 Hits
1.  Drake - 100
2. Lil Wayne - 82
3. Elvis Presley - 81
4. Taylor Swift - 63, 5. Elton John - 57, 6. Kanye West - 56
7. Nicki Minaj - 54, 8. Eminem  /  Glee Cast - 51,
10. The Beatles / Jay-Z / Rihanna -50
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Three new VINYL EPs: The El Toro Records label continue their series of composer-themed Public Domain VINYL EP releases. - These are "85th Anniversary" releases.
- Elvis Sings Don Robertson - Tracks 1. I'm Counting On You, 2. I'm Yours, 3. No More, 4. There's Always Me
- Elvis Sings Stan Kesler - Tracks 1. I Forgot To Remember To Forget, 2. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone, 3. Playing For Keeps, 4. Thrill Of Your Love
- Elvis Sings Pomus & Shuman - Tracks 1. Little Sister, 2. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow, 3. A Mess Of Blues, 4. His Latest Flame
Released 17 January 2020, priced on AmazonUK at £11.11
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 14 February 2020 - - - Happy Valentine's Day - - - -
'Elvis Day By Day 2019' Book Review: 2019 was a year of many celebrations. It marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's triumphant return to live performing and the release of two of his most iconic recordings, "Suspicious Minds" and “In The Ghetto”.
Sadly 2019 also marked the 42nd anniversary of his untimely death - yet his cultural impact may very well have been more visible and ‘alive’ during the last 42 years than when he was actually alive. And so is the Elvis-world today.
Kees Mouwen's "Elvis Day By Day 2019 - The year in Review" compiles a comprehensive and illustrated chronology of ‘everything Elvis from 2019’ in one physical reference book and with over 500 illustrations.
Joan Gansky first met Elvis on August 18, 1967 and was there at the '68 Special' as well as Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas live return.
She writes, "We are both honored and proud that this book features my husband Paul's photographs and my fond memories of August '69 at the International Las Vegas! When I wrote them back at that time, I never dreamed 50 years later they would be printed in any book, especially one of this high caliber. This ongoing deep interest is due to Elvis Presley and the enduring love for and appreciation of him by his fans worldwide."
Go here as Joan Gansky provides a lovely insider's review..
(Book Reviews, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

'Speedway / Stay Away Joe' New "Double Features" Book: Just when you thought "Elvis Files" Erik Lorentzen might be retiring he has announced a brand new book - a "Double Features" special  on Speedway and Stay Away Joe.
The book features hundreds of movie and "Behind The Scenes" previously unpublished images.
Lorentzen told EIN, "I had planned to retire after the TTWII Box Set but after getting my hands on another set of hundreds of unseen photos I have decided to do at least two more.
I was afraid that if I did not publish this book, the photos will be unseen forever, and I can't stand that thought. Beside, I love what I'm doing !
As with most of my books there are several writers and reviews involved but most of all it is about ALL THE UNSEEN photos.
Of the 400 or so photos in the book and around 300 of them are 100% unseen."

All the photographers are taken from original negatives and slides. More previews coming soon The book will be published as a 2020 "Easter Special"

(News, Source:EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Stories behind the Songs (Volume 2)' New Book: Elvis super-fan and BBC presenter Matt Shepherd has announced his new book 'Elvis Presley: Stories behind the Songs (Volume 2)' to be published 31 March 2020.
This second volume begins 60 years ago when Elvis Presley returns from the army, wondering if he still has a career and massive fan base after being away for two years.
He needn't have worried himself, the fans lapped up his new and more ambitious recordings. Songs like It's Now or Never, Return to Sender and many more sold in their millions proving the King was back!
Although many of Elvis' countless solid gold hits feature in the book, the author is also keen to explore the lesser-known album tracks including the hugely underrated album Elvis is Back which came out 60 years ago this year (2020).
I hope the reader will look at each song in a different light maybe they will go and play the lesser heard songs and appreciate them in a whole different way after reading the story behind that particular track.
If it further builds on the fans' knowledge about Elvis and brings around a bigger appreciation of Presley's music then the book will have achieved its purpose. Go here for EIN's review of his 'Elvis Presley: Stories behind the Songs - Volume 1'

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Make Your Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"! Elvis means romance, Elvis means lust! If you are a true Elvis fan then surely you feel a tightness in your chest and teardrops in your eyes when you listen to a sublime Elvis song and ELVIS can truly fill you with love on Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is the ultimate celebration of love, the most precious of human feelings, personified by Elvis as no one else has with so many songs featuring love and heartache.
In today's competitive modern world and media dominated by the likes of Dua Lipa, Post Malone, The Weeknd and Drake what people miss out on is the softer qualities of love, romance and angst of separation which endeared Elvis and his music to a generation and now do not find much of a chance to survive.
It is sad that whole new generations are really missing out on something which generations of parents and grand parents were granted to experience but have no real means of passing on.
Put on your favourite Elvis compile, relax and feel the true emotion of classics such as 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Always on My Mind', 'Love Me Tender', 'I Just Can't Help Believin', 'I Need Somebody To Lean On', 'The Thrill Of Your Love' or 'Let It Be Me'. . . . . - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.

Graceland Lights Up Red for Women: Graceland lights up red for women in support of the American Heart Association from Friday, February 7. The mansion will be illuminated red at night to raise awareness of heart disease among women through Monday, February 17.
The Go Red For Women campaign encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives.
The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.
It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk.
It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart-healthy life.
Friday, February 7 was National Wear Red Day.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Upcoming book release likely to be one of the standout Elvis books of 2020 - Reinventing Elvis: An American Icon in a Cold War World: This new "academic" book by Mathias Hauler and published by Bloomsbury Academic, has been announced for publication in December this year. No cover image yet but the publishing pr is interesting: Elvis stands tall as perhaps the supreme icon of 20th-century US culture. Yet he was perceived to be deeply un-American in his early years as his controversial adaptation of rhythm and blues music, and gyrating on-stage performances, sent shockwaves through Eisenhower's conservative America. This book explores Elvis' transformation from America's 'inner enemy' into one of its most potent Cold War weapons, demonstrating the power of popular culture in shaping perceptions of the United States at home and abroad. It reveals how this process was driven by non-state actors such as journalists and record companies, who worked tirelessly to 'sell Elvis' in a hostile political environment, and then later hijacked by US propagandists; culminating in Elvis's influence on the European Cold War frontline.

- Häußler demonstrates how Elvis' synonymous identity with US

culture proved to be a double-edged sword, as his celebrity seemed to vindicate long-held anti-American stereotypes in Europe and Soviet propaganda about the allegedly materialistic nature of American society. This became particularly stark during the 1970s when Elvis' personal decay seemed to mirror a post-Vietnam, post-Watergate America deeply uncertain of its role in the world.
Tracing Elvis's story from his unlikely rise in the 1950s right up to his tragic death in August 1977, this book uses new archival research to offer a riveting account of changing US identities during the Cold War, forcing us to reconsider the role of popular music and consumerism in the cultural struggle between East and West.
- The book's cover is yet to be released and while it was listed on Amazon UK a few days ago the listing has since been removed. (News, Source: Amazon UK)

Pre-orders open for Eric Wolfson's From Elvis In Memphis book: Another book release many are looking forward to is Eric Wolfson's examination of Elvis' seminal recordings at American Sound Studio in 1969. Published as part of the popular 33 1/3 series by Bloomsbury Academic, the pr states:

"I had to leave town for a little while--" with these words, Elvis Presley truly came home to rock and roll. A little over month earlier he had staged rock's first and greatest comeback in a television program, forever known as "The '68 Comeback Special." With this show, he resurrected himself--at the age of 33, no less--from the ashes of a career mired in lousy movies and even lousier soundtracks. So where to go from here?

Like a killer returning to the scene of the crime, Elvis came back home to Memphis, where it had all begun. Eschewing the fancier studios of Nashville and Hollywood, he set up shop at the ramshackle American Sound Studio, run by a maverick named Chips Moman with an in-house backing band simply known as "The Memphis Boys," and made the music of his life. The resulting work, From Elvis in Memphis, would be the finest studio album of his career, an explosion of mature confidence and fiery inspiration. It was the sound of Elvis--and, in turn, rock and roll--grappling with adulthood in a teenage music, as sung by the person who shaped it more than anyone else. (News, Source: Amazon) - See EIN's EXCLUSIVE interview with author Eric Wolfson here

Elvis Day By Day 2019 - now available from Amazon: EIN may be biased (as we contributed to the book) but it is a good one.

2019 was a year of many celebrations for Elvis Presley fans. It marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's triumphant return to live performing and the release of two of his most iconic recordings, "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto". This was celebrated with several milestone releases like the "Elvis Live 1969" deluxe 11 CD box, a vinyl re-issue of "From Elvis in Memphis" and the sessions for that album on the "American Sound 1969" 5 CD set, a Record Store Day 2 LP and the “Elvis Now In Person” book.

2019 also marked the 60th anniversary of the release of the classic "A Date With Elvis" LP, his trip to Paris and much more. The Follow That Dream collectors label celebrated its 20th anniversary. Sadly 2019 also marks the 42nd anniversary of his untimely death. Elvis Presley has (almost) been gone for longer than he was among us, but he left a permanent mark. His cultural impact may very well have been more visible and ‘alive’ during the last 42 years than when he was actually alive. And so is the Elvis-world today. Today’s Elvis news primarily finds its way to fans through on-line channels and in summarized form in newsletters and fan-club magazines. Based on the Elvis Day By Day news blog, and with additional and exclusive in-depth reviews by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley from the Elvis Information Network website, this book compiles a comprehensive and illustrated chronology of 'everything Elvis from 2019' in one physical reference book. (News, Source: Kees Mouwen)

New book: 'Elvis 1960 March 7 to March 31': Paul Belard's latest photobook from Linden Press has just been released. The 200-page softcover chronicles in photographic and archival form Elvis' return to Memphis after his stay in the army. It starts with the afternoon conference in Graceland and ends with the recording of the Frank Sinatra show in Miami. Linden Press expects to release Paul Belard's visual record of Elvis' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show next month.

(News, Source: Paul Belard)

Read EIN's review of Paul Belard's Elvis A Humanitarian

Read EIN's review of Paul Belard's Elvis 1958 Germany Bound

Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Gladys Presley in Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic: The Warner Bros film stars Austin Butler in the title role and Tom Hanks as Elvis Presley’s manger, Colonel Tom Parker.
Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce. The movie revolves around the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history.
Throughout his career, Presley talked about his devotion to his mother, constantly calling her his number one girl. The close relationship is said to have continued when the musician’s career took off and during Gladys’ bout of depression due to his time away from home.
Gyllenhaal just wrapped the final season of her critically acclaimed HBO drama series “The Deuce.” On the film side, Gyllenhaal was most recently seen in Netflix pic “The Kindergarten Teacher” - (News, Source: Variety)

Sam Thompson Talks Elvis: The Uk tabloid The Express is once again featuring Elvis.
Elvis' former bodyguard has lots of funny stories about his time working for Elvis in the 1970s, but it was the personal one-on-one times with the man behind the icon that he really cherishes
Speaking with Spa Guy last year, Thompson spoke of visiting Elvis’ birthplace and where he grew up in Tupelo along with Elvis.
Thompson said, “We drove right through Tupelo and Elvis said, ‘This is where I grew up’.
And we drove by his house and he said, ‘That was my house’.
Just me and him in the car and nobody even noticed us.”
It's little moments like that where you forget this man can stand in front of 20,000 people and mesmerise them.
This was a human being, a person.”
"Elvis would say, ‘Nobody really knows who I am.’
And I said: ‘Elvis, people love you man! They love you. They know you all over the world.’
He said: ‘No, no, no. They know that guy on the stage. They don’t know me.’”
And it’s really true, you have to become another person when you’re performing like that. And that’s what he was on the stage. But he was a different person when you could just sit and talk with him.
“That’s the guy that I miss and those are my most cherished moments.”
Go here to EIN's Sam Thompson Interview to find out more.... including the night Jerry Lee Lewis turned up at Graceland with a gun.

(News, Source;UKExp/ElvisInfoNet)

Nashville Elvis Festival 2020: Join fans from around the world for the 4th Annual Nashville Elvis Festival - March 19 - 22, 2020. Nashville Elvis Festival is a premier Elvis event unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join us for a weekend of live music performances, celebrity appearances, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition and more! Nashville Elvis Festival is hosted by Tom Brown.
Elvis friends Dick Grob and Larry
Strickland will be there while you can also book an intimate evening of stories and songs from one of America’s most beloved entertainers Pat Boone.
Don’t miss Pat Boone’s final Nashville-area concert appearance, as he reminisces about his incredible career, and shares some loving memories of his friend Elvis Presley as well.
Click here to Nashville Elvis Festival website.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

NOW UPDATED - '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?

MRS 'Elvis:Back In Living Stereo' in-depth Review: The new MRS set contains 6CDs of essential 1960-1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes - including plenty of officially unreleased material - and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s.
The 100 page book, with text from Gordon Minto, includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62.
Musically the packed cds - over seven hours - present a stunning look at Elvis recording in the early sixties before the shine wore off. The "Master" sessions nicely contrast with the looser "Outtakes" discs and with Elvis getting even more uninhibited on the Home Recordings. - Very unihibited with a certain Nancy Sharpe!

But with so much thrown into the mix, and some tracks in poor audio quality, have MRS packed "Too Much" into the one release.Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley check out the positives and negatives in their in-depth review.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Inside Elvis' Out Now: Available now is the new hardback book 'Inside Elvis' an "Elvis One / Rock Legends" publication. The 300 page book features Arjan Deelen's interviews with many of Elvis' musicians, including James Burton, Bob Lanning, Scotty Moore, Jim Murray, Jerry Scheff, D.J. Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations, The Holladay Sisters, Glen D. Hardin, Johnny Christopher, Charlie Hodge, Duke Bardwell, Sherril Nielsen and The Imperials. Some of these interviews first appeared in "Elvis - The Man and his Music". These in-depth, candid interviews are presented here in complete, unedited form. Highlights include the first-ever interview with the elusive Bob Lanning, and a heartwarming conversation last year with Jim Murray, where Jim concluded the interview saying, "These are things that I've never told anybody before". There are many great stories and unique insights that will give you a deeper perspective of the man and his music.

This impressive work contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp. The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has worked during most of 2019 on the design of 'Inside Elvis', and has made it a visually stunning work.

Also included as an extra is a 29-track CD containing various rarities, including the acetate of 'Viva Las Vegas', rare live attempts at 'Crying Time', promos for both 'Love Me Tender' and 'Jailhouse Rock', as well as 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Hound Dog' from Elvis' show at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on October 11th, 1956 (note: very poor audio), courtesy of longtime collector Luuk Bonthond, who had the recording since the 60s.
You can order 'Inside Elvis' directly from Arjan Deelen at: deelen@elvis.dk Price for the book is EUR50. Postage to Europe is EUR20, rest of the world US$30.

(News, Source;AD/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn' - The King In Motion Vol. 4 (Venus Productions): Elvis' 1972 'On Tour' performances have been featured in multiple books as well as the official MGM movie / DVD. The latest Venus Productions multimedia set revisits this tour with a composite book, DVD and CD set. The DVD promises a qualified revamp of "Elvis On Tour" compiled from hours of unreleased footage taken from the best sources available - while the CDs include the never-before-released Hampton Roads Afternoon Show from April 9, 1972 plus an unreleased alternate mix of Elvis' Greensboro April 14, 1972 concert.
The main feature is the 200 page hardcover book with loads of rare pictures of the On Tour performances.EIN's Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson recently explored this new release. What did they find? How does the book component compare to other Venus releases? What do the audio-visual elements offer?

Read Piers and Nigel's detailed review featuring plenty of example pages of 1972 Elvis 'On Tour' on-stage action.

(Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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Baz Luhrmann' ELVIS movie update: Priscilla and Jerry Schilling recently supplied a few more details about the up-coming Baz Luhrmann' ELVIS movie.
While in the UK for Elvis Seen/Unseen Priscilla revealed how she’s met with Baz and given him some feedback on the movie.
“I’m involved as much as Baz will let me be involved because he’s learning as he’s going along. I also asked Jerry come to my house and visit with Baz.”
Baz told us both what he had in mind and of course as it is "Baz Luhrmann" it is going to be very stylised - and not just a regular biopic.
I met him in Memphis and he brought Austin Butler over, who is playing Elvis, to meet me.
I am meeting with Austin soon, back in LA. He is sending me the script when they finish up the little details. So he has me pretty much involved.”
(Photo shows Baz Luhrmann and Elvis stars Olivia DeJonge and Austin Butler)
Elvis’ ex also confirmed her hopes of being in the biopic. (EIN - Surely NOT!)
“I don’t know. I will be in it, of course, but I have no idea yet because I haven’t seen the script yet.
He’s not quite finished. This is going to be out in 2021. So there’s a lot of changes in the script.
They’re really working diligently to make it right, or to make it about what Baz is looking for. So I’ll be seeing that soon, but I think there’ll be a lot of changes.”
Schilling added, "Tom Hanks is playing Col Parker and he’s the easy-to-go-to bad guy. But he was actually quite a special guy. A good human being. (EIN - Surely NOT!) There might have been differences, but they were creative.
But Colonel Parker is, I think, the most undeveloped personality in rock-and-roll history, and the most interesting. He’s like the PT Barnum of rock-and-roll.”
(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)
Col Parker was NOT a "good human being" go here to EIN's 'The Dark Side of Col Parker'

'ELVIS: The 1972 Press-Conference - The Way It Was and How It Is Today': It is almost 50 years since Elvis held his Madison Square Garden 1972 press conference in the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton.
Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes” or at least stand in the same rooms and places that Elvis did. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
After his 2017 visit to the Las Vegas International / Hilton Hotel, EIN contributor Arjan Deelen recently returned to New York and the Mercury Ballroom, home of Elvis' famous 1972 'M.S.G' press conference.
"The image is one thing, and the human being is another”… a well-known Elvis quote from his press-conference at the Mercury Ballroom in the New York Hilton, on June 9th, 1972. At the time Elvis gave us a brief glimpse of the pressures that he was living under being Elvis, even adding, “It’s very hard to live up to an image, I’ll tell you”.
“First of all, I plead innocent of all charges!”.
Go here as Arjan Deelen revisits Elvis’ New York press-conference - together with photographer Phil Gelormine
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: From Hollywood To Nashville' MRS Vinyl review: Released just in time for my birthday MRS has put out a limited edition vinyl compilation 'Elvis: From Hollywood To Nashville - The Essential 1957-58 Studio Masters'.
Featuring a delicious selection of Elvis' studio work from 1957 until he he got "drafted & shafted" in 1958, this album basically features all his studio recordings - except for the movie soundtracks and the ubiquitous Christmas album. From 'All Shook Up' to 'I Got Stung' Elvis was riding a creative peak. With a limited pressing of 1,000 copies, 400 in Clear Vinyl and 600 in Black vinyl this is a treat. EIN grabbed a copy and played it loud - go here for our review.

(Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Updated - The Most Dramatic Elvis Film Poster ever released (and other rare posters): While many fans in English-speaking countries are familiar with the normally seen Elvis film posters, most will not have seen many of the very different posters released in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Yugoslavia. In this pictorial spotlight article, EIN presents 25 rarely seen Elvis film posters and lobby cards, starting with what is arguably the most dramatic Elvis movie poster, an extra large 4 sheet (40" x 60") released in Italy promoting Charro.View EIN's rare Elvis film poster pictorial

Now with Reader FEEDBACK and corrections...

(Spotlight, Source;NPatterson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' FTD confirmed: FTD's Ernst Jørgensen has confirmed with EIN that the expanded deluxe FTD release of 'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' is already being worked on.
Jørgensen notes that FTD do not like to announce future releases anymore since this only makes bootleggers rush in to bang-out poorer quality copy-cat product.
"We are normally working on a handful of these projects simultaneously" he adds.
EIN notes that with all the on-going debate about the recent "Venus" (really?) issue of their 'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai' 'Blue-Hawaii sessions' (without the advertised "Top-Notch" sound!) it is good to know that fans of quality session releases can wait for the FTD version. In this circumstance, where the bootleg is already out, EIN thinks it is a real positive that FTD let fans know their sessions product will be released in the near-future.

(News, Source;EJ/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Unleashed' EIN exclusive Review: The publicity stated... Experience the King Like Never Before With 'Elvis Unleashed'. Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe this fall with the new music special, "Elvis Unleashed" featuring previously unseen footage on movie theater screens of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special." The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King.
"Elvis Unleashed" captures the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special, and sheds new light on Elvis as a cultural icon. Each screening will include a new 30-minute segment with LA writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, rising pop/country artist Jade Jackson and the esteemed director of the "68 Elvis Comeback Special," Steve Binder, to discuss Elvis's life and legacy.

But does the cinema-event really live up to all the publicity, is there really anything new to enjoy? The answer is that, "the material is amazing and essential viewing, you can tell that Elvis knew that a lot was at stake – he simply works his ass off".
While the US and Australia screenings were cancelled EIN contributor ARJAN DEELEN saw this movie-event in Copenhagen last night - and kindly sent us his on-the-spot review... he notes, "All fans deserve to see this footage"..
(Spotlight/Reviews, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisinfoNet)

'Elvis - That’s The Way It Is' Future FTD Release: There is no doubt that 2020 will be a massive celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' MGM filmed August 1970 Las Vegas concerts.
Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has already announced his 3-book set 'Elvis Summer Festival' (see below)
Now FTD have announced their future 2020 deluxe TTWII Book / CD set.
.. David English & Pal Granlund who have just released details on their forthcoming FTD book/cd Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas are proud to announce a new book, which will be released in 2020 on the 50th Anniversary of the documentary Elvis That’s The Way It Is.
Some brief details are listed below.
THE BOOK: 'Elvis Presley - That’s The Way It Is'– Hardbound book with deluxe slipcase containing over 400 pages. It is a 12 by 12 Deluxe format, in the same style as the FTD book ‘Elvis Presley - A Boy From Tupelo’ and ‘Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas.’
With access to 2,000 original negatives
and 35mm slides, these images have been restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before. The book will also contain items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
THE AUDIO: The package will also contain a gatefold sleeve and three compact discs with unreleased material, more details to follow.
EIN presumes the 3 cds will include the unreleased rehearsal material
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Calendars for 2020: A range of Elvis calendars have been released in the US for 2020 (EIN will feature EC released calendars shortly). They include:

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

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

UK Amazon >>> £71.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.

ELVIS Forever - 2019: - August 16th, 1956, Elvis arrived on board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles International airport in order to start work on his first film role, The Reno Brothers soon to be renamed 'Love Me Tender'.
Elvis was only 21 years old and at the start of his incredible trajectory to become the world's biggest superstar.
Little did Elvis know that he was already halfway through his all too-short life on earth.
In the same month Elvis would tell fans, "I've been lucky. You know something? I just feel sometimes like it's all a dream, like I'll rub my eyes and wake up and it will be over. I hope not. I hope it never happens. I hope it never ends"
Sadly, just 21 years later, it would end far too soon.
Forty two years on we all are once again thinking about tragic end to Elvis' incredible life and how much he did for us in his all too short life-time.

In 2019 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is still so important to us - along with memories of Elvis from Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, Alan Fortas, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike and Larry Geller
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

31 July 2019 .... It was FIFTY YEARS ago today ... Elvis was back in Las Vegas ..
Elvis’ in 1969 - the triumphant return: - By Maria Davies / Rex Martin
Ian Fraser-Thomson 1969 fan Interview: he was there for Opening Night show and the Press Conference

(Book Review): Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show (Richard Zoglin): EIN recently interviewed senior editor of Time magazine, Richard Zoglin, about his new book, Elvis in Vegas. To complement our interview, EIN's Nigel Patterson provides a detailed review of Zoglin's book, a release that offers a lot more than its title suggests, and a book that is clearly one of the most important Elvis releases of 2019.

Read Nigel's detailed review of Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

Read EIN's interview with the author, Richard Zoglin

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in March 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is a 3-CD set that the publicity noted included more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts and complete takes!
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson - with all tracks recently remixed and remastered.
A Mexican locale, some Tijuana horns, plus the interesting presence of the Mexican ‘Amigos’ at the recording sessions presented a novel setting for Elvis.
If you like Elvis, sunny locations, sixties movies packed full of songs and the Latino sound then there is no doubt that Fun In Acapulco must be one of your favourites.
But 56 years after the original album and movie can there really be that much of interest left in the vault unreleased?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set, discovers all the Previously Unreleased Delights - and wonders if 33 minutes of Guadalajara might be too much for some...
A FTD Deluxe set deserves a proper review and EIN gives you 4000 words plus to see if you really need to add this limited release to your collection!
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Ken Sharp Interview 2019: Ken Sharp is a New York Times best-selling writer who has published an astounding number of books about musicians such John Lennon, David Bowie, Kiss, Cheap Trick, LA's Wrecking Crew as well as Elvis Presley.
He authored the stunning FTD book 'Writing For The King' as well as the unique 'Elvis Vegas 1969' and has published a multitude of interviews with key Elvis acquaintances in major music magazines such as Goldmine, he has also supplied sleeve notes for some major Sony ELVIS releases.
Packed full of unique interviews, fans have asked EIN whether "Elvis Vegas '69"is being republished for the 50th anniversary. It has been a while since EIN has caught up with Ken Sharp - and with the 50th anniversary of Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas Return-To-Splendour about to be celebrated we thought it was about time to find up what he was up to.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions.. and YES you can get copies of 'Elvis Vegas 1969' now at a special price for the 50th anniversary.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review): Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound (Paul Belard): Paul Belard's latest visual and archival record of the Elvis story focuses on just one month, September 1958. This was the month Elvis prepared for his departure from the USA on deployment to Germany to continue his Army training. EIN's Nigel Patterson took a tour of duty through Germany Bound. He has taken inventory and you can read what Nigel found here:

Read Nigel's review ......

..(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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)

'The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special' CD Review: The original NBC TV Special featured Elvis playing with so much passion that it inspired a career renaissance
Released to cash-in on the recent “Elvis All-Star Tribute” one can only hope that the mass of Post Malone and Ed Sheeran fans will consider Elvis’ amazing musical legacy worth checking out.
Elvis never looked cooler than in the 68 Special and this surely has got to help.
The original ELVIS NBC soundtrack vinyl album was obviously the very first selected ‘Best Of’ while BMG’s marvellous 1998 “Memories” double-album was an expanded version. This new ‘Best Of’ has presumably been selected by Rob Santos and John Jackson.
Elvis was SO DAMN GOOD performing for the NBC TV special that any alternate edit has to be enjoyable so EIN thought it worth giving the new set a spin. With all of Elvis’ USA sales getting a positive bump after the new TV show we know that this new set is being played in a fair few homes.  
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates, can another '68 ComeBack Special compilation really be worth buying all over again?
and Have Your Say! Does this really help Elvis' great legacy...  
(CD Review, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Larry Geller talks to EIN: Larry Geller, Elvis' personal hair stylist and spiritual confidante, recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about a range of Elvis and Larry related issues. Larry's fascinating and candid interview traverses issues including:

  • Elvis' last few years and his dramatic plans to change his life and career from September 1977new claims about Elvis by Aurelia Dupont Yarbrough and singer-songwriter, Leo Sayer meeting Elvis for the first time - and later working for him"What was Elvis really like?", what Larry tells fans who want to know Elvis and UFOsVernon Presley and the "blue light" over the Presley home in Tupelo the night Elvis was born
  • Larry's new company, Wisdome Organics, based on his Holistic Hair Care Philosophy

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)

'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 27,000 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 Presley: The Searcher' DVD Review: For fans of Elvis’ music there is no doubt that the HBO documentary “Elvis Presley The Searcher” was one of the best programmes ever made about Elvis and where his inspiration and music came from. Fans were therefore pleased to know that the documentary would be released on DVD. The vision quality is excellent and it is a joy to slow-mo through some of the newly found clips and historical footage of Elvis. However, how can such a fine documentary feel like such a let down as fans discover there are no DVD extras included that look deeper into Elvis' search?
EIN's Piers Beagley looks at the recent Australian DVD releases to find a good value-for-money documentary is also one of the biggest Elvis marketing failures in years and a disgrace. Go here for the full review, a look at the "Questions & Answers" bonus material plus the special 20-page booklet. Is it really what Elvis fans wanted in this special DVD release?

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

The standard versions are available from under US$18 and £14.99 in the UK.

'The Searcher Collector's Edition' costs $33 from Amazon USA.

(Book Review) The Comeback - Elvis and the Story of the 68 Special (Simon Goddard): The past two months have been a busy period regarding Elvis' legendary '68 Comeback Special. Marking its 50th anniversary, the Special was shown in cinemas and two new books were published, one by Steve Binder (Director/Producer of the Special) and the other by noted rock music analyst, Simon Goddard. EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took a few deep breaths and submerged himself in the Simon Goddard release.Having previously read a number of the author's cerebrally challenging books, he was not surprised to find that Goddard's treatise on Elvis' legendary Comeback Special is one hell of an intellectively challenging and dizzy rollercoaster of a ride....... a journey most rewarding for those brave enough to go the distance.

Read Nigel's detailed review (Book Review, Source: EIN)

UPDATED - ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ In-Depth Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After commercial failure of the last Elvis / RPO album that concept has been dropped in favour of an Andy Childs led “Re-Vamp” of some Elvis Gospel.
Recorded over fifty years ago there is no doubt that some of Elvis’ Gospel songs might benefit from some sensitive modern production. And, after all, there is an interesting selection of tracks to work with. Not only that, but Lisa Marie was also involved in the recording.
So can a new ‘Re-Vamp’ of Elvis Gospel really work and can we recommend it to Elvis collectors?
Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
MORE UPDATES with YOUR FEEDBACK - Our review certainly has stimulated great debate with comments from "The two of you haven’t a clue!" to "A great, sobering review" - Now updated with even more of your comments - go here to check out the full review and send EIN YOUR THOUGHTS

(Book Review) The Elvis Experience (Dave Hebler): As a member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, Dave Hebler was part of Elvis' inner sanctum at least until his acromonious sacking, along with Red West and Sonny West, in 1976, and the subsequent publication of the infamous book, Elvis What Happened?. Over the years, Dave, Red and Sonny West reclaimed respect in the Elvis world, at least with many fans, if not the Presley family and EPE. Dave Hebler's new book was released during Elvis Week 2018. The Elvis Experience has a 'fan friendly' feel to it. There are many amusing and fun stories and the author does not shy away from discussing at least some of the not so positive aspects of his experience working for Elvis. To find out more about "The Elvis Experience" you can read Nigel Patterson's in-depth review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

UPDATED - Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO film review): EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an in-depth look at Thom Zimny's documentary film about Elvis and his music.

What Nigel finds will surprise many fans. Discover what's The Good and The Bad about this new documentary looking at Elvis' music.

Is the film a masterpiece (the definitive Elvis documentary), over-rated or somewhere in the middle?


Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - EIN review ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Deluxe CD boxset: If your main interest in Elvis is his music then HBO’s ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ will probably become your favourite documentary ever produced about our hero.
The companion 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances and rare outtakes plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including several early singles that inspired Elvis.Thom Zimny said, "To live with the music of The Searcher over a period of years was more than a privilege. It changed my thinking about the emotional life of songs, both for those who make them and those who listen to them."
While keen Elvis fans may already own all the chosen songs Director Thom Zimny's selection is so eclectic that there is still plenty to enjoy and discover. But does the box-set really work without having seen the film?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley provides an indepth review and investigates how the new box-set works compared with the HBO documentary.... Now updated with YOUR Comments
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat. EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more. For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

'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)

FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/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)

'Elvis:The Last Movies' FTD in-depth Review: Charro!, The trouble with girls, Change Of Habit, finally Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series.
“The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
In this period Elvis' voice had matured and the sound of ‘68/’69 was a great musical turning point for Elvis with the NBC TV special and the Memphis sessions. While some of the movie compositions were not as good as he deserved, with Elvis sounding vocally great at this time what does this new Classic Soundtrack have to offer?
The one disc contains previously unreleased material, including "rough mixes" and also multiple outtakes from 'The Trouble With Girls' 'Almost' session.
EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD Classic soundtrack album release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;IanGarfield/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback. Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged. Go here to Arjan Deelen's fascinating investigation.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

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)

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'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.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

'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)

Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read. Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

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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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.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

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