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Easter Weekend 30/31 March 2013
Happy Easter From EIN: While Elvis loved the Christmas festival he also enjoyed the Easter celebrations and particularly after the birth of Lisa Marie and the chance to do Easter-egg hunts.
... The reason Elvis released and recorded Gospel songs like 'We Call On Him' and 'You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was because The Colonel used every Easter to do an "Easter Special" to publicise Elvis' music on the radio. Parker took out adverts on radio & in the music trade & they played Elvis gospel music every Easter in America on syndicated radio shows.
Go HERE for Ernst Jorgensen discussing Elvis' Gospel recordings.
And don't forget Elvis' 'Easter Special' the 10th FTD release from back in 2001. "A brilliant compile of twenty (officially) unreleased Gospel songs this CD features some excellent alternate versions of old favourites as well as some fascinating Studio discussions." Go HERE and play it today.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis Documentary 'Give Elvis for Christmas': A newly flagged Elvis documentary that explores the first years of Elvis Presley's early career through the eyes of his personal secretary, Trude Forsher. It is being funded by 'Kickstarter' the new way to fund creative projects.
.... In August, 1956, Elvis Presley started shooting his first feature film, Love Me Tender. At his side was his manager, Colonel Tom Parker and his just-hired secretary, Trude Forsher.
Give Elvis for Christmas is Trude's account of how Elvis' career went from a Southern United States singing sensation to a global legend.  Over the five years that Trude worked with Elvis and the Colonel, she observed first hand the legendary moment's in the King's life.
Give Elvis for Christmas is also told through the eyes of Byron Raphael, personal assistant to both Trude, Elvis and the Colonel. The film includes music and images that have rarely -if ever-been seen. It is not only the story of Elvis' rise to fame, but of one of his most personal confidants, who escaped the ravages of WW2 to get the job a million girls dreamed of - Elvis' private secretary.
During the 1980's and 1990's, I interviewed my mom on several occasions. Each time she shared different stories about Elvis, the Colonel, the songs and the films during her years with the Presley organization.  A few years back, I began to assemble the material into a documentary.
The title comes from the stamp that Colonel Parker used on all mailings leaving the office during Christmas time. It also reflects a special period in our family life in December 1958, when Elvis and the Colonel personally helped our family during a time of crisis.
"Give Elvis for Christmas" has been 30 years in the making. I began interviewing my mom about her Elvis years back in the early 1980's. I began to acquire footage and develop the storyline back in the early 2000's. It has been a slow process but we are finally at the finish line.
What is needed to finish the project are funds for licensing footage, shooting some contemporary material appropriate to the story and spending a lot of time in the edit bay. The goal is to create a film that is both entertaining and tells a story never before heard about the early years of the Elvis legend.
Go HERE for more info plus short film clip - and if you want to help fund this documentary.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Vegas Variety Vol. 10' New Import CD: Rainbow Records proudly presents the final release in their series “Vegas Variety”. It will be presented in real good sound for an audience recording. When Rainbow Records released their first volume in the "Vegas Variety“ series in 2007, they had the dream about presenting at least one Vegas-Show from each year. The goal was to not only share great music and concerts but they soon learned that each show has at least one special highlight that deserves to be heard by fans worldwide.
During the research they found rare and never before seen photos of Elvis in Vegas and also had the chance to track down some nice memorabilia and unreleased shots of the International / Hilton Hotel. Being fans and collectors themselves, their priority was always to give the fans something „nice & new“. With this 10th release in the "Vegas Variety“ Rainbow Records presents an unreleased recording of the September 5, 1971 Dinner Show performance. 'It‘s Impossible', 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy', 'Sweet Caroline' - it‘s your choice which song you call your personal highlight this time. With the release of a show from 1971 Rainbow Records has accomplished their goal to cover each year from the Vegas Years 1969-1976.
So today, more than 5 years later after the initial release it‘s time to look back: 10 Volumes of "Vegas Variety“ means also a total of 10 unique shows on 12 silver factory pressed CDs. With the releases Rainbow Records was able to present you ultra rare versions of songs like 'Until Then', 'You Better Run', 'Rock My Soul', 'Aubrey', 'Cryin‘ Time' and 'Just Pretend'. Each release featured an extensive booklet of 16-20 pages with background information and great photos of our man in action. With a total of nearly 200 pages these ten booklets are all combined no longer a booklet, but can be called a book! Rainbow Records likes to thank you for your loyalty and the support through the years.
EIN notes that superfan Ciscoking adds, "The show, is okay...sound too.. I know the source.. for junkies like me a must-have"
Go to EIN's 'All the CD News 2013' for tracklist
(News, Source;VegasVariety/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Seeker King' New Book: "The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley" is a new book by author Gary Tillery due for release in October 2013.
The publicity notes...
.. A woman in the audience once handed Elvis a crown saying, “You’re the King.” “No, honey,” Elvis replied. “There is only one king — Jesus Christ. I’m just a singer.” Gary Tillery presents a coherent view of Elvis’s thoughts through such anecdotes and other recorded facts. We learn, for instance, that Elvis read thousands of books on religion; that his crisis over making bimbo movies like Girl Happy led him to writers such as Gurdjieff, Krishnamurti, and Helena Blavatsky; and that, while driving in Arizona, an epiphany he had inspired him to learn Hindu practice. Elvis came to believe that the Christ shines in everyone and that God wanted him to use his light to uplift people. And so he did. Elvis’s excesses were as legendary as his generosity, yet, despite his lethal reliance on drugs, he remained ever spiritually curious. When he died, he was reading A Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus. This intimate, objective portrait inspires new admiration for the flawed but exceptional man who said, “All I want is to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts :Sadly Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 6th April, 2013, - but he is still selling!
The following appeared on the Catalog Album Chart:
- 'Heart And Soul' rises from 133 to 65 selling some 2,179 units. Total sales to date: 628,094 units. It also appeared on the SMEI (Sony Music Entertainment International) album chart at 80.
- 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 108 to 84 selling some 2,046 units. Total sales to date: 536,136 units. It also appeared on the SMEI (Sony Music Entertainment International) album chart at 97.
- 'The Very Best Of Love' rises from 126 to 115 selling some 1,843 units. Total sales to date: 347,079 units.
- 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) rises from 137 to 123 selling some 1,789 units. Total sales to date: 169,610 units.
- 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) rises from 183 to 133 selling some 1,738 units. Total sales to date: 143,557 units.

- 'Aloha From Hawaii' (25th Anniversary) re-enters at 178 selling some 1,521 units. Total sales to date: 605,837 units.
- 'I Am An Elvis Fan' dropped from 65 to 71 on the Top Current Country Album Chart selling some 443 units. Total sales to date: 27,981 units.
- 'Viva Las Vegas' dropped from 66 to 74 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 418 units. Total sales to date: 54,629 units.
- The following re-entered the US Top Music Video Chart at 18 and 19 respectively:
- 'Elvis: He Touched Me' (Vol.1) selling some 504 units. Total sales to date: 218,102 units.
- 'Elvis Lives' selling some 473 units. Total sales to date: 169,799 units.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 28 March 2013
Gordon Stoker Passed Away aged 88. Very sadly Jordanaire Gordon Stoker died this week, after a lengthy illness, at his home yesterday on March 27th.
The Jordanaires originated in Missouri but came to Nashville, where they backed Red Foley on a segment of the Grand Ol Opry called the "Prince Albert Show".
Gordon Stoker joined the Jordanaires as their piano player, but soon became their tenor vocalist.
The quartet then developed a national audience after performing on the Opry and the nationally syndicated show, "Eddy Arnold Time."
Stoker has noted, "Elvis was attracted to the Jordanaires sound as he he'd heard us sing those spirituals. We were working with Eddy Arnold and we went to the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis to do a show. Elvis came back behind the stage to meet us, not to meet Eddy. Elvis said, 'Man, let's sing some of those spirituals.' So, we got to singing with him in the room. That's when he said, 'If I ever get a major recording contract, I want you guys to work with me.' He was on the Sun label at that time. We didn't think anything about it, we had been told that by a lot of people. It didn't mean anything at all. But, when RCA signed him in January of 1956 he asked for us."
The Jordanaires' impact on Presley's recordings should not be underestimated. Their smooth yet effervescent backgrounds made Elvis’ raw-boned rock’n’roll palatable to mainstream radio programmers. Elvis’ major hits such as 'Don't Be Cruel', 'Teddy Bear', 'Too Much' and 'Don't' exhibited the type of vocal interplay that Presley could not have achieved on his earlier recordings.
At Presley's request, the Jordanaires received billing on all his vinyl releases, a sign of respect that he didn't accord his band members.
On tour The King's delirious, screaming fans made it difficult for the group to hear the singer. As a result, Presley had the Jordanaires stand very close to him on stage. "We could also tell by the movement of his head or the movement of his body where he was in the song," explained Stoker. "But, we would be as close to him as we could possibly be. Elvis even wanted it that way in the studio. He always wanted us standing right behind him on those TV shows we did with him. Many times he'd step back on my toes. But you couldn't hear anything because of the screaming and hollering."
As a member of the Jordanaires, Stoker also performed with Patsy Cline on "Crazy", "I Fall to Pieces" and "Sweet Dreams," and with Ricky Nelson on "Traveling Man" and "Hello Mary Lou." The group provided backing vocals for Sissy Spacek in the 1980 bio-pic of Loretta Lynn, "Coal Miner's Daughter."
"He could play by ear," said John Rumble, historian at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. "Anything he could hear on the radio, he could play it."
The Jordanaires, who recorded many gospel albums on their own, were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Gordon Stoker August 3, 1924 – March 27, 2013, R.I.P.
Go here for EIN's Spotlight on the great man Gordon Stoker.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Lives' reminds of singer's 1956 concerts at Bell: It was 57 years ago this week that Elvis Presley made the first of his two appearances at Augusta’s Bell Auditorium on March 20, 1956. So it seems really appropriate that finalists from EPEs’ worldwide Ultimate ETA Contest will perform on that same hallowed stage as part of the new "Elvis Lives" show.
The artists taking part in the touring Elvis Lives production may be unaware that Presley at 21 years old performed on that very same stage in March and then a few months later on June 27.
Elvis' two 1956 appearances were vastly different.
His first appearance was pretty much a country music show because Presley then was known primarily as a rising rockabilly singer whose early hit singles were on the Memphis-based Sun Records along with fellow Sun artists Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Backing him up instrumentally were the Blue Moon Boys (guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana) with opening acts being Grand Ole Opry comedian Rod Brasfield; Mother Maybelle Carter and a Canadian duo billed as Hal & Ginger.
A few years ago, I tracked down Hal Willis at his home in Madison, Tenn., who told me that he and his wife had been discovered by fellow Canadian and Opry star Hank Snow.
Snow introduced them to Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who put them on a tour opening for Presley in Southeastern states shortly after the release of Presley’s first RCA single Heartbreak Hotel.
“He was just a kid then, and I was just 22,” Willis said of Presley. “He treated me and Ginger like brother and sister. He was just starting out in show business and was quite shy.”
One of the people who met Presley backstage at Bell Auditorium was Augusta resident and future rock and roll and country music superstar Brenda Lee. She had been discovered by Opry star Red Foley the previous month at Bell Auditorium and just had been signed to Decca Records.
“We were just two Southern kids who felt so blessed to be in the position we were in,” Lee said, “He loved his fans and was very appreciative of their support and their loyalty. He was just a down-to-Earth kind of a guy. I don’t think stardom ever went to his head. I don’t think he ever thought he was above anybody or anything like that. I still think he was as humble as he always was.”
By the time Presley returned to Bell Auditorium on June 27, 1956, he had signed a contract for a series of movies, appeared on national TV, topped both the rock and country music charts and selling out auditoriums in the days before massive-seating venues existed.
Bell Auditorium at that time had a seating capacity of about 4,000 in the auditorium and another 1,000 in the Music Hall on the other side of the stage. Yet the Augusta Chronicle reported that 6,000 screaming fans, public safety officers and curiosity seekers packed the building.
Presley was reported to have sung eight songs: Heartbreak Hotel; Long Tall Sally; I Was the One; Baby Let’s Play House; I Want You, I Need You, I Love You; I’ve Got a Woman; Blue Suede Shoes and Hound Dog, which he would record a month later.
Many local residents crossed his path during his two visits, including seeing him on Broad Street at the Richmond Hotel, where he stayed, and at Luigi’s Italian restaurant.
Sara Stratacos, who was a hostess for the Belmont restaurant on Broad Street managed by her then-husband, Gregg, said the Belmont in the 1950s was one of the few eating places open 24 hours. She recalled late one night in 1955 that three gold Cadillacs pulled up out front with Presley and his entourage of about six or eight people.
“There almost was no one else in the restaurant" Stratacos said "and Elvis was relaxed and didn’t seem to be in a hurry. He must have stayed about three hours. He wanted a banana-and-peanut butter sandwich. He said they were going on vacation but didn’t have any plans.
“My husband was from Charleston, and we had a friend at Folly Beach who had a restaurant with rooms over them. We sent Elvis that way, and we were later told by our friend, Charley, that Elvis and his group just showed up and stayed a week.”
Many other Augustans would cross Presley’s paths in unusual ways, including soul music superstar James Brown, who was one of Presley’s closest friends.
Brown and Presley reportedly met at a party at the Continental Hyatt in Hollywood, and would go see each other’s concerts. Presley was known to go in disguise so he could sneak into Brown’s shows. (See 'Elvis Not A Racist' Spotlight))
Area resident Ginny Wright Josey was a star of the Louisiana Hayride when she first started knowing Presley.
“I used to go out on stage ahead of him and while waiting I used to talk to him in the wings. He always wore a pink shirt and black pants and only had two band members with him. He asked me how I could be so calm. He said he knew of my records before he came to the Hayride show.”
One of the strangest Presley-related encounters happened in November 1977, when Augusta truckers Leon L. Widener and Carlos E. Young were dispatched by R.A. Willis Transfer Co. to Elberton, Ga., to pick up a delivery for Memphis.
Near Manchester, Tenn., they were fined $90 by highway patrolmen for being overloaded. When their cargo was unloaded in Memphis, they gasped when they saw it was the bronze marker that fans now pay homage to at Presley’s grave in Graceland.
(News, Source;AugustaChronicle/ElvisInfoNet)

'New Girl' - Elvis is everywhere: This week's episode of the very popular US sitcom "New Girl" features Zooey Deschanel dressed as Elvis, proving that Elvis is still everywhere.
The sitcom episode surprisingly tackle the subject of death and friendship while at the same time pushing very hard on your funny bone.
Zooey Deschanel as Jess impersonates Elvis badly but ultimately the theme was nicely done all around.
While EIN has issues with crappy Elvis impersonations, Zooey Deschanel is in fact a talented actress and musician in her own right. Her recent "A Very She & Him Christmas" album was extremely cute for a Christmas release. The album featured her versions of Elvis songs 'Blue Christmas', 'I'll Be Home for Christmas', and 'Silver Bells'.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 27 March 2013

'Summer of '61' New FTD Book Preview: Posted on YourTube is a fabulous promo for the new David English book about Elvis Presley Summer of '61 and the making of the Elvis Presley movie 'Follow That Dream'.

The focus is on the summer months of 1961, with the main focus on the making of the movie Follow That Dream filmed on location in Florida in the months July and August 1961. The book presents original newspaper articles, new exclusive interviews from the cast, the crew, and local residents, and also details about scenes deleted from the final print. The also book includes over 200 stunning unpublished photos taken from the original negatives

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Music FAQ' New Book: Author Mike Eder, who has written some excellent articles for such as JAT and Elvis Files books, will have his first book out later this year "Elvis Music FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King's Recorded Works". (right, dummy cover shown)
Elvis Music FAQ is for anyone who has been inspired by an Elvis Presley record. Following in the tradition of the FAQ series, in Elvis Music FAQ , a lot of rare information is woven together in one concise, entertaining package. There are chapters about every year of Elvis's career, including a look at his pioneering original record label Sun; insight on his management; the continued importance of television in his career; a summation of each Presley concert tour; the inside scoop about the role Elvis's band members and songwriters played in his sound; stories about the amusing musical oddities created by those trying to ride on the Elvis success train; details about the contentious role drugs played in his career; and, finally, a full review of every record the King ever issued. One might say that the only truths about Elvis Presley can be found in the grooves of his records, where his natural talent and passion for music comes through always. Elvis Music FAQ aims to be the one essential companion that explains the reason why the voice heard over the speakers still carries such resonance. Dozens of rare images accompany this engaging text.
Paperback, 400 pages. Backbeat Books - Out October 15, 2013.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Eddie Bond, Elvis Contemporary, Dies at 79: Eddie Bond, a rockabilly singer and radio host who once told a teenage Elvis Presley that he would be better off driving a truck than trying to make it in music, died on Wednesday at his home in Bolivar, Tenn. He was 79.
Mr. Bond was almost 21 and already established on the music scene in Memphis when a 16-year-old fellow band member, Ronnie Smith, invited Presley to audition to sing with the group in May 1954 at the Hi Hat Club on South Third Street. Presley, 19, drinking a Coke with his girlfriend, Dixie Locke, waited nervously to go on.
Peter Guralnick wrote in 'Last Train to Memphis'. "Bond came over to the table to say hello. He asked Elvis what he did for a living, and Elvis said he drove a truck for Crown Electric, but Dixie was embarrassed for him because he couldn’t stop drumming his fingers on the table."
Presley soon took the stage and sang two songs, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Afterward, he and Bond spoke out of earshot of others. Presley did not get the gig, though the following year he and Mr. Bond briefly toured together, along with Johnny Cash and others.
A few years later, Mr. Bond told a friend about the night at the Hi Hat. He said he had told Presley to stick with his day job, "because you’re never going to make it as a singer."
Mr. Bond told many people that he was simply conveying to Presley the assessment of the club owners, but the conversation apparently stuck with the future king of rock ’n’ roll.
In 1957, as Presley was about to film "Jailhouse Rock," he told a friend that Mr. Bond "broke my heart." Traveling by train to Hollywood, he said, "I wonder what Eddie Bond thinks now."
Eddie James Bond was born on July 1, 1933, in Memphis. He was playing in bands by the time he was 16; after serving in the Navy, he continued making and recording music in Memphis. He also hosted radio programs and owned nightclubs.
Mr. Bond never had a major hit as a singer, but he wrote many songs that were popular locally, including several about Buford Pusser, the former sheriff of McNairy County, Tenn., whose efforts fighting crime inspired the 1973 movie "Walking Tall." Mr. Pusser died in 1974. That year, Mr. Bond ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Shelby County, which includes Memphis.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Petula Clark turned down Elvis' Advances: Sixties pop-star Petula Clark talks about Elvis in her publicity for her new album 'Lost In You'.
The Downtown star revealed she met the King of Rock 'n' Roll in the swinging 60s and he made a pass at her and Carpenters' star Karen Carpenter.
Petula said of Elvis: "I wouldn't say we were friends, although we did meet a few times. I think he wanted to be more than friends. Well, I know he did.
"He was doing his big comeback in Vegas, so this was late 60s. I was playing Vegas too but had a night off when my friend Karen Carpenter came to see me. We planned this big girly night out and went to see Elvis' show."
The 80-year-old singer recalled how he introduced her and Karen to the crowd, then invited them back to his dressing room.
"Elvis was drop-dead gorgeous, and he was clearly quite impressed with us too. We might have been the two biggest female stars in the world at that time, and it was pretty obvious he had plans for us.
It was flattering but I shuffled out, dragging Karen behind me, saying we had other things to do.
He was very amused by that. It was probably the first time anyone had ever turned him down."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 25 March 2013
'That's All Right' WHBQ Actetate sells for US$84,500: Rock and roll museums around the world, including the Graceland, were expected to bid for the acetate that kick-started Elvis' career almost six decades ago. It went to an internet bidder, the auctioneer said.
Lot 62, a 1954 acetate of 'That's All Right', was the highlight of the pop and rock memorabilia sale.
Anctioneer Ian Whyte said: "I am delighted, the sale went extremely well. There was huge interest. It is the first ever pop and rock sale in Ireland and I hope it won't be the last."
The 78rpm was recorded on July 5, 1954, by a young and unknown Presley, who had walked into the offices of Sun Records and the Memphis Recording Service, owned by Sam Phillips.
It is the only known surviving promotional copy of his first commercial recording and is considered to be one of the most important foundation stones of rock and roll.
Mr Whyte said it was the first time Presley had hit the airwaves and the station was inundated with phone calls and reportedly had to play it
over 14 times during the course of the show.
The original track was played in the RDS sales room as the auction was broadcast live on the internet for international bids for the unique recording.
Other highlights in the sale included a watch gifted by Elvis to his manager, one of his famous Taking Care of Business pendants and autographs from The Beatles on an Aer Lingus menu as they flew from their only appearance in Dublin. A pair of U2 platinum discs sold for 1,300 euro.
(News, Source;IrishTimes/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Exhibit coming to Ottawa: The City of Ottawa has put out a call for tickets, posters, T-shirts and more for an exhibit on the history of rock ‘n’ roll in Ottawa, starting with the day that Elvis came to town in 1957.
“Ottawa’s rock history is something that is not well known, but needs to be told,” says city archivist Paul Henry, who’s planning to unveil the exhibit in October in the James Bartleman Centre. The ground-floor gallery space will be devoted to artifacts that tell the story of rock in Ottawa, from Elvis to Alanis, Le Hibou to Barrymore’s.
According to a research paper commissioned by the city, rock n’ roll came to Ottawa in April of 1957, when Elvis Presley played the Auditorium, an event that thrilled 9,000 screaming fans and outraged others. The city has the moment documented in a series of photographs in its collection, but there are many gaps to fill to properly illustrate the last 50 years.
“When we originally looked at our collection on the history of rock in Ottawa, there wasn’t a lot,” Henry said. “To be quite frank, it’s an interesting story and we do need to collect the primary source material before it disappears. Concert
tickets, posters and the music itself becomes ephemeral, and being able to capture that before it goes away is particularly important to us because of the predominantly oral culture around rock ‘n’ roll culture in Ottawa.”
Archivists are not only interested in documenting the major concert events by big-name artists, but also chronicling the evolution of the Ottawa music scene, from Paul Anka to Zaphod Beeblebrox. Musicians, venues, studios, festivals, radio stations, instrument-makers and more are all part of the story. Collections can be donated or loaned.
They could start by looking at EIN exclusive article and interview 'Kissed By Elvis' on Elvis in Ottawa!
EIN has already informed our favourite Canadian Elvis fan Janet Fulton.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Memories' New Book: Out this month is a new book by author Michael Freedland. The publicity notes... This is not just another Elvis Presley biography, although it gets closer to the real Elvis story than many of the hundreds of other books that have dealt with the life of the man his contemporaries have called 'The King'. As the author Michael Freedland puts it in his introduction, "Everyone knows Elvis". But not the way his close friends, employees and others who entered his life knew him. For this is their story, told in their words. He interviews those who knew Elvis intimately, from the now elderly woman who was at school with him and whose parents foreclosed on the shack they rented to Elvis' mother when his father was in jail, to the maid who watched him line up the girls he wanted to take to his bed. In between, we meet the black man who remembered sneaking into a local cinema with his pal in defiance of most of the Deep South race laws, members of the 'Memphis Mafia' who went where he went, laughed when he laughed and suffered when he suffered. There's also his doctor who denies giving him fatal doses of the drugs he collected along with the hamburgers. Writer and broadcaster Michael Freedland went all over the West Coast and Southland to talk to these people who shared Elvis' life, telling the complex Elvis Presley story in a way more true to the real man than the usual collection of dates, film and song titles.
Hardcover: 356 pages, Robson Press Out on March 28, 2013.
EIN notes that his previous star biographies (Dean Martin, Doris Day, Judy Garland) have been described as lackluster and under-reseached. Let's hope he does better for Elvis.
(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: 'Elvis 75' (1 CD) re-entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 30th March, 2013 at 44 selling some 11,441 units due to an MP3 sale at Amazon.com. Total sales to date: 101,824 units. It was 1,856 units short of becoming a Top 40 entry. It also re-entered the Catlog Album Chart at 6 and the Digital Album Chart at 19 selling. Total digital sales to date: 30,654 units.
The following appeared on the Catalog Album Chart:
- 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 159 to 108 selling some 1,947 units. Total sales to date: 534,090 units. It also rises from 172 to 164 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,944 units. Total physical sales to date: 533,109 units.
- 'The Very Best Of Love' rises from 161 to 126 selling some 1,816 units. Total sales to date: 345,236 units. It also re-enters the Physical Album Chart at 175.
- 'Heart And Soul' re-enters at 133 selling some 1,776 units. Total sales to date: 625,915 units. It also re-enters the Physical Album Chart at 184 selling

some 1,775 units. Total physical sales: 345,236 units. It also entered the Country Catalog Album Chart at 23.
- 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) rises from 197 to 137 selling some 1,762 units. Total sales to date: 167,821 units. It also re-enters the Physical Album Chart at 189 selling some 1,775 units. Total physical sales to date: 166,788 units. It also entered the Country Catalog Album Chart at 25.
- 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) re-enters at 183 selling 1,540 units. Total sales to date: 141,819 units.
- 'I Am An Elvis Fan' re-enters the Current Country Album Chart at 65. Total sales to date: 27,538 units.
- 'Viva Las Vegas' drops from 51 to 66 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart. Total sales to date: 54,211 units.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 23 March 2013
'Elvis: The Best of British - HMV' new book Selling Fast: A moment snatched on a rainy school lunchtime fired a passion inside author Trevor Simpson that still burns bright. You might even say it’s a burning love. It happened while listening to a 78rpm vinyl recording of a man who would turn established popular music on its head. It started a love of music that has never died and Elvis, even though it is more than 35 years since he died, remains at the very heart of it.
Trevor has just taken delivery of the finished product of five years research - a definitive book on the early years of Elvis Presley and his effect on the British music scene. It is a huge tome, a must for true Elvis fans, and contains two CDs with every record released by HMV with a number of bonus tracks too.
His research threw up local Halifax connections too. Trevor discovered while meeting with the widow of Don Lang, the Halifax musician about Lang’s collaboration with a man named Walter Ridley who launched Elvis in Britain on the HMV label.
HMV, which shared the same logo as Elvis’ US label RCA, went on to release 13 of his singles, two EPs and three LPs.
The book 'Elvis: The Best of British - The HMV Years 1956 - 58' is already selling well all over the world. Elvis estate at Graceland took an initial pre-issue order of almost 1,000 copies. Other dealers are selling out fast.
"It’s taken some time to put together but it’s a true labour of love. Elvis really was the King of rock’n’ roll," said Trevor.
Although Elvis only ever came to Britain once and that was when he landed at Prestwick airport in 1960, his fan base remains as loyal here if not more loyal than anywhere else in the world according to Trevor.
For more info about the book, images, chapter extracts and to purchase direct for the author CLICK HERE.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Jesse D Presley, Elvis' Grandfather died 40 years ago: Born in 1896, Elvis' Grandfather Jessie D Presley was often regarded as the 'bad apple' of his family- and described as being 'mean as hell'. Elvis supposedly had little connection with his Grandfather. This may not be surprising since the wife he divorced, Minnie Mae, lived with Elvis at Graceland. She would go on to outlive both her son Vernon, as well as her grandson Elvis.
He died 40 years ago on March 19th 1973.

Back in 2008 Tony Stuchbury recently investigated the stories of Elvis' Grandfather and decided that after all he may have been unfairly mis-represented within the Elvis history.
Go here to EIN's exclusive spotlight on Jesse D Presley

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Underground identity, Irish Winter, talks to EIN: For those that like the 'Elvis Conspiracy' side of things, today EIN publishes a mini-interview with Elvis underground's "Irish Winter".
While EIN truly believes that Elvis died in August 1977, the fact that the 'Elvis Conspiracy' continues to flourish only goes to show the amazing power and legacy Elvis Presley had over everyone. 
Irish Winter exposes some myths and notes.. "In time, people will look on this conversation/interview and see that I was right. As for people claiming to be founding members of the Elvis underground, well, that's all lies. It was a conspiracy underground with no truth until I came along. I gave people the chance to stand up for their beliefs, against bullies and people who had threatened them. The conspiracy insiders had a good thing going until I came along (to help expose the truth)."
Go HERE to EIN's surprisingly popular Conspiracy Pages for the full interview and more. (Photo Right - Elvis supposedly after August 1977)
(Elvis Conspiracy, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

It's way past time to grant Elvis Presley his due in Indianapolis: Elvis Presley performed his final concert in Indianapolis but the event goes largely ignored complains Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully.
.. It’s great that everyone is excited about the idea of the Market Square Arena site finally being redeveloped. But as that project moves forward, perhaps we should discuss a woefully unappreciated side story.
I’m talking, of course, about the shocking lack of respect given to the most significant event to ever occur in the former arena: that being the final concert ever performed by Elvis Presley. For Indianapolis, this piece of music history stems from nothing more than a routine scheduling decision -- one that had Elvis arriving in Indianapolis in June of 1977 to play the final concert of what would sadly become his final tour during the final weeks of his life.
Every summer, when the anniversary of the event arrives, a little noise is

made. A minor event with impersonators at the City Market, perhaps, and maybe a few short stories in the local media. But that’s it; the moment in music and pop culture history has never received the attention and reverence it deserves in its own hometown. Nutty fans like me mourn.
I don’t get it. This is a town that flips out when Rob Lowe shows up to film a few sitcom scenes or when Ashley Judd runs across the Speedway in a sundress. But it ignores its unique tie to perhaps the biggest star of all time. What am I missing?
Elvis’ home in Memphis is a mecca, a pilgrimage destination for overzealous fans like me. In Nashville, the recording studio he occasionally used is now part of a Country Music Hall of Fame tour that I, of course, have forced my wife to endure. The Mississippi town where he was born attracts tens of thousands of fans each year. And while the Indy-to-Elvis connection is nowhere near as deep as it in is those places, there is something important about the connection.
Hey, I’m serious!
I bring all this up because of the renewed effort to rebuild the old Market Square Arena site. For all of its grand war memorials, and despite some improvements in recent years, Indianapolis remains a city with far too little public art. Drive 30 minutes north from Downtown and you’ll find Carmel, a much smaller city that has filled its Downtown with outdoor art. It’s time for Indianapolis to do the same.
Here’s an idea: Let’s kick-start an increased push for public art with a belated nod to The King. A statue. A mural. Something. Anything.
It’s time for a fitting tribute to the King of Rock and Roll’s last stand.
Go HERE for full article Show Your Support or join the debate
(News, Source;MattTully/ElvisInfoNet)

Florida Georgia Line and Hellbound Glory talk about Elvis' Impact on Music: US Country rockers Hellbound Glory and Florida Georgia Line both recently made the rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Graceland. Fans can now check out videos of Florida Georgia Line's tour of Graceland, plus a special performance by Hellbound Glory on the front steps of the mansion.
Break-out country-duo Florida Georgia Line shares how Elvis impacted their music and why the "Aloha From Hawaii" concert has dominated their playlist for the past six months. Country rockers Hellbound Glory performed the Elvis-classic "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and gave an impromptu show for Elvis fans inside the Graceland plaza. Both country acts have been heavily influenced by Elvis and showed great appreciation for his contributions to music and pop culture.
Florida Georgia Line stopped by Graceland on March 15, before performing for a sold-out crowd at Minglewood Hall in Memphis.
Hellbound Glory's sound takes up where the original outlaw country singers like
Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson left off and they made a surprise visit to Graceland on Thursday, before joining Kid Rock's "Rebel Soul" Tour at the FedExForum on Friday, March 1.
Go HERE to EPE for their performance Videos and More.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 20 March 2013
'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite' Legacy Review: Out NOW and getting great independent reviews including this one from FoxNews
... Only the King could take the place of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” at the top of the charts. And the way he did it was with a bombshell: “Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite” was part of a multi-media extravaganza that captured Elvis Presley at the top of a resurging career in 1973.
Just months after “Elvis On Tour” played the big screen at the movies, “Aloha…” was the first-ever broadcast of a full concert around the globe, reaching over 40 different countries and breaking television viewing records worldwide. The accompanying double-LP soundtrack was rush-released to stores and took up residence on the Billboard chart for a full year, ultimately going five-times platinum. But it turns out there was much more of Elvis’ powerhouse performances than just the 24 tracks from the broadcast, and that’s what makes this 40th anniversary, two-CD release so essential. To begin with, there’s the digitally remastered, “Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite” soundtrack. It’s been the live album of choice for many fans because of its satisfying
combination of classics, new hits and covers, including what were some rarely performed songs at the time.
Which means the playlist ranges from “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog," "Love Me," and "Can't Help Falling in Love" to "Suspicious Minds," "Burning Love," and "Steamroller Blues" — a James Taylor cover and Top 20 hit when it was released as a single that year. Plus other covers as only Elvis could do them: "My Way," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Fever," and the Beatles’ “Something.”
Then there’s the full dress rehearsal of the broadcast (with a slightly different running order), that had been recorded as a backup and previously released separately as “The Alternate Aloha.” Those 22 songs are also here, remixed and remastered, providing a fascinating contrast to the performances in the actual concert. And finally, there are five must-hear bonus tracks from a closed-door, 3:00a.m. recording session that took place after the show was over, featuring a great cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain.”
With a total of 51 tracks —each sounding better than ever — plus rare photos and new liner notes, the Legacy edition of “Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite” adds a bright shine to the King’s crown.
Go here for original FoxNews article
Released March 19, 2013. Priced NOW at only US$12.00 - This new 2-CD Legacy Edition features:
Disc 1 The Original Album (REMASTERED)
Disc 2 The Jan 12 Dress Rehearsal + five bonus tracks recorded after the show, Blue Hawaii, Ku-U-I-Po, No More, Hawaiian Wedding Song and Early Morning Rain. (REMIXED & REMASTERED)
24 page booklet with rare photos and new liner notes - Go HERE for more details -
(News, Source;FoxNews/ElvisInfoNetwork)

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Phil Spector talking about Elvis: Rolling Stone magazine featured an interview with the great producer Phil Spector in the November 1, 1969 issue. It was conducted by Jann Wenner for the magazine in April 1969. The interview features Spector's famous quote about how "sensational" Elvis was. He also makes some interesting comments about Col Parker.  
Q. What did you think of Elvis' (NBC Comeback) television show?
Spector: They ruined it; you should have seen it before they edited it. I didn't see the final version. What was originally done was sensational. How it ended up, I can't tell you. I know they cut out three scenes that were unbelievable. I mean they cut out everything that was Elvis, really Elvis. They destroyed a lot of it, so I can't tell you how the final version was. But I think he's a sensation on stage.
Q. Do you think he's gonna come back?
Spector: Yeah, he's got a hit now. I don't know what it is, but it's a hit. Oh, he should man. He is never gonna die. Somebody ought to cut an album of him singin' the blues. You know, there's a strong belief—and judging from what I saw and heard at NBC, I believed it - that when he goes into a

room with Colonel Parker, he's one way, and when he comes out, he's another way. You know, it's possible Colonel Parker hypnotises him. That's the truth, too, and I can tell you six or seven people who believe it, too, who are not jive ass people. I mean, he actually changes. He'll tell you "Yes, yes, yes," and then he'll go in that room and when he comes out it's "No, no, no." Now, nobody can con you like that. I wonder about that.
Q. What has Elvis got that has survived the worst recording career direction in history?
Spector: He's a great singer. Gosh, Elvis is so great. You have no idea how great he is, really, you don't. You have absolutely no comprehension—it's absolutely impossible. I can't tell you why he's so great, but he is. He's sensational. He can do anything with his voice. Whether he will or not is something else. He and Dylan I would like to record. Elvis can make some masterful records and can do anything. He can sing any way you want him to, any way you tell him.
EIN Note: A large number of Phil Spector's key musicians such as Tommy Tedesco, Mike Deasy, Larry Knechtel, Billy Strange, Darlene Love and Hal Blaine were all involved in Elvis' studio sessions, particularly on the NBC TV special.
With thanks to TJ from the FECC website

(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis, Sinatra and more Nominated For American Pop Music Hall of Fame: Former teen idol Johnny Tillotson visited Washington County to announce the names of 14 inductees to the Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg.
Promoters are hoping the Hall of Fame, which is scheduled to soon open in Downtown Canonsburg, will become a top tourist attraction in the area.
It’s comparable to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
The inductees named by Tillotson on Friday include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Canonsburg natives – Perry Como and Bobby Vinton.
Borough Manager Terry Hazlett said the artists named had to have a major influence on popular music in general. He said Canonsburg was an ideal spot for the Hall of Fame because recording artists from the area were responsible for putting hundreds of songs on the Billboard music charts, especially during the ‘50s and ‘60’s.
Johnny Tillotson composed the song 'It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'' which Elvis recorded at his 1969 Memphis Sessions. 
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 18 March 2013

Gordon Stoker needs Your Prayers: EIN has been informed of the bad news that Jordanaire Gordon Stoker is in hospice care.
Ray Walker was on the George Klein Elvis Show recently and mentioned this sad news.
Gordon Stoker turned 88 on August 3rd, 2013 - and he and Ray Walker are key figures among the few fifties era Elvis acquaintances still remaining. Ray Walker turned 79 this last weekend March 16th, while the great D.J. Fontana turned 82 the previous day.

EIN's prayers and positive thoughts go out to Gordon Stoker and his family.

Go here for EIN's Spotlight on the great man Gordon Stoker.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 1' Out Now & Nearly SOLD OUT!: Author Kieran Davis' new book 'Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 1' is out now and being shipped. The book is 170 pages and covers the Houston Astrodome shows and the September 1970 tour.
The text is compiled from the same places as with his previous books, from unpublished diaries, interviews, scrapbooks, letters etc. You name it and Davis has tried to track it down and use it! The format, style etc. is the same as his previous books. For those who have been waiting to place their order only 20 copies are left and at the present time there are no plans to reprint the book. Please order now to avoid disappointment. Priced at £35 or US$53

EIN highly recommends both of Kieran Davis' previous books which both contained a wealth of unpublished documentation and insights. Go HERE to find out more and read some fascinating book extracts.

Volume 2 will be out later in the year and is dedicated entirely to the November 1970 tour.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Lives, Still in the US Army: The US Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment is an Attack Reconnaissance Company that employs the AH-64D Apache Longbow - and their motto and morale Patch is 'ELVIS LIVES'!
These special patches are used to boost morale and build unit pride. While similar to standard military unit designators they are non-sanctioned and unofficial. Military morale patches by their very nature have been kept quiet over the years as units kept out of trouble with regulations. In WWII, aircraft nose art was a popular way to add a little personalization to a crew. These art pieces gave the aircraft a special life of its own as the female 'face' added a special personality into each mission. Nowadays by utilising velcro a special morale patch can be easily affixed to a troop and just as easily removed while in more strict company. The morale patch is mostly meant as a stress reliever in order to get a laugh or start a conversation in a place and time when either is a welcome break from the day to day stress of combat operations. 'ELVIS LIVES'!
(News, Source;RobLyon/BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Flesh, Blood & Bone' - new Import CD: Another massive (and rather odd) compilation from the Victrola label - 'Flesh, Blood & Bone - Elvis Revisits His Golden Years, 1957-´58'.
The publicity states.. Our previous release dealt with 1956, arguably the best year of Elvis’ career. It was the year that Elvis shot to stardom, broke numerous industry records, and recorded and released an abundance of sensational music. That year, Elvis was the hottest name in the music business. He was the ‘talk of the town’ and created mass hysteria wherever he went, and controversy with almost everything he did. His television appearances made him a household name in a matter of a few months, and his first movie ‘Love Me Tender’ was a smash hit. That year, he could do no wrong. The girls wanted him, and the guys wanted to be like him. He inspired many to pick up a guitar and have their own go at a career. Many acts inspired by him began to pop up everywhere. The success of Elvis Aaron Presley was like nothing the music industry had experienced before.
This release pays tribute to these magical years by focusing on the

songs that Elvis recorded in this timeframe. But instead of presenting you with the regular studio masters, we try to bring you an alternative perspective by using studio outtakes, home recordings, later live versions, alternate masters and one-liners… some unreleased, others rare or unavailable on CD. With these years being so crucial for Elvis’ career, it’s no surprise that he returned to these songs time and again. We have also used relevant dialogue from interviews and from concerts to give the listener additional insight into these songs and the period during which they were originally recorded…. Elvis’ Golden Years.
140 tracks from the period 1956/1977 - one-liners from tours, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas - Deluxe 3CD package with rare pix and indepth liner-notes - Rare Outtakes, Alternate Masters and HomeRecordings - many rare versions from specific tours/engagements and interviews for the first time on CD.
(One Night, August ´69 / Young And Beautiful, November ´71 / Ultra-Rare All Shook Up Master with Studio Chat, January ´57 / Jailhouse Rock, April '72 / Loving You, August ´69 / Mean Woman Blues, June ´71 / Young And Beautiful, May ´76 / Trouble, May '77 / Long-Lost Elvis´ Christmas Album 1957 Promo and much more)
Go to EIN's 'All the CD News 2013' for MASSIVE tracklist and more information
(News, Source;Victrola/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: Sadly Elvis again has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 23th March, 2013, - but he is still selling! The following Albums appeared on the Top Catalog Album Chart:
- 'An Afternoon In the Garden' drops from 135 to 159 selling some 1,667 units. Total sales to date: 532,143 units.
- 'The Very Best Of Love' rises from 173 to 161 selling some 1,658 units. Total sales to date: 343,420 units.
- 'Viva Las Vegas' remained at 51 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 623 units. Total sales to date: 53,759 units.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 14 March 2013
'Stay Away, Joe' - 45 years ago!: Can I really remember dodging an afternoon off school to see this laughable Elvis flick in the local London cinema 45 years ago!? Released 45 years ago this month in the US, this 1968 Comic-Western stared Elvis Presley looking tanned and super-cool along with Burgess Meredith and Joan Blondell. The film grossed US$1.5 million and only reached number 65 on the Variety weekly US box office chart.
- EIN contributor Harley Payette however voted Elvis' performance in 'Stay Away, Joe' as #3 in his look at 'Elvis' Best Movie Performances'
- "Stay Away Joe" - Elvis' great performance is easily lost even amongst die hard fans. Elvis is completely animated in a performance filled with energy. Arguably, his most physical performance and a performance where his reactions are completely in the moment and in some ways innovative. I have often commented on the scene where Elvis lights a cigar and reaches into LQ Jones pocket for a match. It's a spontaneous gesture that tells you all need to know about the relationship between the two characters. This choice is something that comes either from the actor or the director not the script. Either way it's a level of realism that is not reflected in many movie performances.
Go HERE for our EIN Spotlight on 'Elvis' Best Movie Performances'
One thing is for certain, Elvis sure looked tanned handsome and healthy in the movie.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis is #1 with Formula One superstar Mark Webber: Australia's Formula One superstar Mark Webber came out from under his helmet in a surprisingly frank question-and-answer session with a group of Melbourne youngsters who wanted to know everything about him.
Webber was able to forget about Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, and his three-time champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, as he played schoolmaster for half an hour.
He revealed that Elvis Presley was his favourite singer, that he was a Manchester United fan, and that Mick Doohan -- Australia's five-time world motorcycle champion -- was one of his sporting heroes.
Webber turns 37 this year and admitted time was running out to win his home GP.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Happy Birthday Mike Stoller 80 years old!: Composer Mike Stoller turned 80 years old yesterday, March 13th. The only surviving member of the great Leiber/Stoller writing team, his contribution to the legacy of Rock'n'Roll music is astounding.
Jerry Leiber sadly died in August 2011, Mike Stoller is still a sprightly, very alive and interesting character.
Mike Stoller - In the beginning we were kind of curious about this guy who was such a big hit—a white guy singing R&B. We would talk about different kinds of blues records and he knew a lot about the blues. He constantly surprised us. He knew all of our stuff. And, of course, he knew all the country and gospel songs.
One Friday afternoon at MGM Elvis said to me, "Mike, I'd like for you and Jerry to write me a real pretty ballad." Jerry and I got together Saturday morning any, by the end of the day we had finished "DON'T". On Sunday we booked a studio to cut a demo and called Young Jessie to sing the song. I gave the demo to Elvis on Monday and he loved it. Then came a big to-do with Colonel Parker because I hadn't gone through the appropriate channels. You see, when Elvis loved a song, he wanted to record it. Tom Parker and the Aberbachs greatest fear was that Elvis might insist on recording song that their publishing company didn't own.

Go here to EIN's interview with Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber.
(News, Source;Mandy/ElvisInfoNet)

Three US Elvis Festivals this weekend: Three Elvis USA Festivals this coming weekend in Kissimmee Florida, Pala, California and Brunswick, Georgia.
34th Elvis Presley Charity Festival, Kissimmee Florida - March 15 - 17, 2013
Donny Edwards making his first Public performance in Florida with the Blackwood Quartet that sang with Elvis will be at our 34th Annual Elvis Presley Continentals Charity Festival and Car Show. Our own Hawaiian "Elvis" Rich Purnell and his entourage will be performing songs from Elvis’ three movies he made in Hawaii.
Unless you plan on going out to Vegas you will not get an opportunity to see Donny perform in person. So please don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see a performance by Donny here in Florida!!!
Ramada Gateway Resort, Kissimmee Florida. GO HERE for info
Georgia Elvis Festival in Brunswick. March 14 - March 17.
The Georgia Elvis Festival will take place over four days in the beautiful Jeykll Island area in the southeast corner of Georgia. The festival features a three-day Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary and two headline shows. The festival will also feature performances throughout the City of Brunswick including an Opening Ceremony, Gospel Contest, and after parties.
For tickets & information CLICK HERE
- Rockin' Elvis Fest at Pala Casino, Pala, California. March 15 - 17, 2013
The Rockin' Elvis Fest returns to Pala Casino Spa Resort in sunny Southern California at the Pala Casino’s Infinity
Showroom. Fans can enjoy three preliminary rounds of competition and see the top five compete for $2000, plus qualification to the semi-finals in Memphis during Elvis Week 2013. In addition, look for additional fun opportunities for fans and contestants to take part in over the three-day event.
For tickets & information CLICK HERE.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Elvis' music aided race relations: When I first heard Elvis Presley on the radio in the early 1950s, I thought he was black. His voice and the music he chose pointed to that ethnicity. I believed that until I saw a picture of the white girl who was following him from place to place. I knew that in those days, white females were more sensible than to openly pursue a black entertainer. A photo of Presley eventually confirmed who he was.

In his book “Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock ‘N’ Roll,” published in 1982, Norm Nite said, “Undoubtedly, Elvis was the ‘King of rock ‘n’ roll,’ a form of music he single-handedly gave the impetus it needed in the mid-fifties to make it popular with teenagers.” And popular it was with all classes of young people, whether they liked pop, country or R&B. He topped all three of those music charts.

Presley had 23 Top 10 songs on the soul chart, 32 on the country chart and 37 on the pop chart. “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “All Shook Up,” “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” and “Jailhouse Rock” were No. 1 hits on all three charts. “All Shook Up” remained on the pop charts for 30 weeks.

Except to his die-hard fans, his movies were not too much to write home about, but between 1956 and 1972 he made at least 32 of them. They were vehicles to capitalize on his popularity, and too often the songs he had to perform in them were not up to his usual standards.

In the beginning I was confused about Presley’s color because he was highly successful in combining country, R&B and blues, which were the ingredients for what was to be rock ‘n’ roll. He received criticism in some quarters for singing black music and deemed immoral in others because of his sexual moves while performing.

In his initial appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” cameras showed him from the waist up. Sullivan’s producers thought America was not yet ready for “Elvis the Pelvis” and refused to show his lower-body gyrations. His moves, which were not seen on camera, brought loud squeals from the young people in the studio audience.

Born in Tupelo, Miss., Jan. 8, 1935, he began singing in church at an early age and moved to Memphis with his parents when he was 13. He was an usher at Loew’s State Theater, and after high school he drove a truck. Nite says, “One day he decided to make a record for his mother at Sun Records and paid $4 to record the song ‘That’s All Right, Mama.’ ” Sun gave him a contract.

Billed as the “Hillbilly Cat,” he toured the South and sang at a convention of country and western disc jockeys. Steve Shoales of RCA Records paid Sun Records $35,000 for his contract. In January 1956 Presley had his first major hit with “Heartbreak Hotel.” That same year he made his first movie, “Love Me Tender.”

Presley’s success with black-sounding music allowed and encouraged other white singers to follow suit. One of the most popular ones was Pat Boone, who covered Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti-Frutti.” He also recorded Ivory Joe Hunter’s “I Almost Lost My Mind” and Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame.”

Music and sports did more, perhaps, to bring about good race relations than anything else. Without trying and maybe unknowingly, Elvis Presley led the way. (Opinion, Source: Robert Booker, Knoxville News Sentinel)

Read: 'Elvis was not a Racist'- EIN sets the record straight

(Book Review) Elvis, Lennon & JFK: Have you ever wondered what would happen if three of the 20th century's greatest figures ever got together? Male bonding? Ego bickering? Mayhem? Begrudging respect?

Well David Chisnell's new novel, Elvis, Lennon & JFK offers a humorous, reflective and friction laden insight to what such an historic meeting could have meant. And in so doing it addresses several important questions including who of the three will be best remembered!

Read EIN's review of "Elvis, Lennon & JFK"

New book releases in March 2013:

Read EIN's review of From the Holy Land to Graceland

Elvis being considered for London's new Music Walk of Fame: Led Zeppelin, The Who, Elvis Presley and Blur are among the acts being considered for London's new Music Walk Of Fame.

The BBC reports Camden Town is to be officially twinned with Hollywood to create its very own Music Walk of Fame.

The list will go to a decisive public vote on the Music Walk of Fame website in May. "We hope this will be the highest accolade in music," said music promoter Lee Bennett. (News, Source: antimusic.com)


Monday 11 March 2013

Elvis Files News: The ‘Elvis Files Volume 1’ book and the ‘Elvis Files Magazine Issue 3’ are ready to be shipped this week.

Erik Lorentzen is proud to let fans know that he has just bought about 100 original publicity shots from the September 1956 photo session taken by Hollywood photographer Frank Powolny. These will be printed exclusively in the Elvis Files Magazines, starting with the next issue.

Elvis Files Magazine Issue 3 features articles including ‘Aloha From Hawaii – Greatest Show On Earth, ‘Mary Ann Mobley’, ‘The September 1956 Publicity Shoot’, ‘Follow That Dream’ and more.

Go HERE for ‘The Elvis Files Vol.1’ special preview and purchase details.

Go HERE for more details about ‘The Elvis Files Magazine’- and larger Powolny shot

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'That's All Right' Unique WHBQ Acetate for Auction: The all-important acetate played and broadcast by Dewey Phillips in 1954 - one of the MOMENTS of the Birth Of Rock & Roll - is up for auction for a possible US$65,000 and upwards.
The important single sided demo acetate record with Memphis Recording Service label stamped with W.H.B.Q. radio station marking, the name of the artist "Elvis Pressley with Scotty and Bill" spelled incorrectly and the name of the song "Thats All Right". The only known surviving promotional copy of his first commercial recording and the unique example played publicly by disc jockey Dewey Phillips for the first time. "That's All Right" is the first commercial single released by elvis
Presley. it was recorded on 5 July 1954 and released on 19 July 1954 with "Blue Moon of Kentucky" as the B-side, sun records 209. it is regarded as one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever.'
Upon finishing the recording session, according to Scotty Moore, Bill Black remarked, "Damn, get that on the radio and they'll run us out of town." Sam Phillips recorded the song onto acetate and gave it to local radio station disc jockeys Dewey Phillips of WHBQ. Philips promised to play it and on 7 July 1954, he kept his promise playing this acetate of "That's All Right" publicly for the first time on his popular radio
show "Red, Hot & Blue". On hearing the news that Dewey was going to play his record, Presley went to the local movie theater to calm his nerves. Interest in the record was so intense that Dewey reportedly played the record 14 times and received over 40 telephone calls. The resounding success of "That's All Right" ensured that it was officially released just 12 days later on 19 July 1954, it sold around 20,000 copies and entered the local Memphis charts. - Provenance: Last sold in from Dewey Phillips private collection in 1998.
Estimated Price US$65,000 upwards....
To be auctioned at the RDS Dublin, by Whytes auctioneers on the 24th March.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Left The Building And So Did the Artwork!: The iconic silhouette of Elvis Presley bolted to the chimney soon became a symbol that this was the home of Elvis, or at least that it had been. The signature artwork was taken down when the person that lived there removed it when he was evicted. Now the tenant and the art are gone. The artist that made it for the home says he wants it back. The absence of that sculpture represents the diminuendo of Reno Fontana (right, with the Elvis artwork) and his long-winded chorus.
Like the famous Elvis Presley song about a man and the love for his girl, artist Jeffery Howe is all shook up. The artist said he never got paid for his artwork by Reno Fontana, the former tenant of the former Elvis Presley home in Palm Springs. Fontana removed Howe’s iron artwork and now has it hidden. Not only is the artist frustrated that Fontana is not returning his artwork but Howe is also frustrated being stuck on the coast where he lives and works while struggling to keep up with a growing legal dispute.
Howe’s art perfectly defined the Elvis Presley home, and the property defined the sculpture. That the artwork was attached to the house for three years established provenance; yet, detached
from the building that value becomes arguable value. That it was not paid for is a matter for the courts, that it is gone and hidden becomes more a matter for the police to determine if a crime has been committed.
Jeffery Howe tried to talk with Reno Fontana but Fontana is not talking to Howe. So Howe is talking with the Palm Springs Police Department. So too are the Elvis home’s legal property owners of record who are now claiming Howe’s sculpture actually belongs to them since it was part of the property.
Judge Judy would surely be thinking this be too much monkey business!
(News, Source;ElvisExpertCoryCooper/ElvisInfoNet)

Memphis Elvis Presley Boulevard improvements begin: A major traffic blockage in Whitehaven this coming weekend will signal the start of one of the city’s most ambitious neighborhood makeovers in years. Crews will shut down the Brooks Road-Elvis Presley Boulevard intersection Friday evening until early Monday while concrete pavement is installed. It’s an initial phase of a 5 year, $43 million effort to improve the boulevard, which aside from leading tourists to Graceland, serves as a gateway to Memphis.
Stretching about 2.75 miles from Brooks south to Shelby Drive, the project is intended to make Elvis Presley safer and more aesthetically pleasing. Utilities will be placed underground, the street will be made smoother, wide sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle facilities will be added, and the planting of trees will enhance the overall landscape.
The state is contributing $27 million, while the city chips in the remaining $16M funds. Completion is slated for early 2018.
(News, Source;MLacker/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Socks (It To Me) On EBay!!!: When a fan a few days ago mentioned to Marty about the guy selling a pair of Elvis' socks for the ridiculous price of $3000 it reminded him that he has a pair of very warm, heavy duty socks that Elvis wore on a few very cold snowy days they sometimes had in Memphis especially in '68 when they had 14 inches of snow and they spent almost every day on the front lawn of Graceland in it all messing around. There was so much snow that E.P Blvd. was basically closed to traffic until the snow started to disapate.  Elvis also told Marty that he wore them in Vail, Colorado in the 70's when he went there on vacation and he rode snowmobiles in the deep Vail snow. Marty got them from Elvis in the 70's when he cleaned his closet out one day.
The reason he kept them is because from time to time someone from a Memphis charity would ask him if he could get something from Elvis so they could auction them off in their charity drives.  He had done that two or three times with Memphis charities in the past and this way he didn't have to go to Elvis each time he was asked. However since he still has two medical bills he needs to take care,he has said it seems like they keep accruing in his old age,so he thought he'd sell them to go towards the bills.  They don't do him any good just sitting in the box in his closet.
Marty will gladly add a COA with them. Marty Lacker has re-listed the pair at a much lower and basically a giveaway price.
Want a pair of Elvis' Socks (ok, Not so smelly) - Go here to Ebay - and for more info
(News, Source;EbaySockItToMePolkSalad/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday / Sunday 9 & 10 March 2013

New TIME Magazine Feature on Elvis and Alfred Wertheimer: The new book has been reduced on Amazon from $700 to the special price of $612.30 ! EIN still believes it could be the most expensive Elvis book ever released. However with the publicity fans can now check out some of the rare photos in a new article featured on TIME.com.
Photographer Alfred Wertheimer reminisces on the days and nights he spent with Elvis and talks about his new book "Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll."
The new book features several never-before-seen photos of Elvis on the cusp of unfathomable fame, including color photos of Elvis during his first television performances and some of his historic New York recording sessions which include hits such as "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog."  But at over $600 fans would surely hope for a PILE of unreleased images.
"No photographer would ever get this close to Elvis again. But because Presley was, at the time, as innocent and carefree as Wertheimer, these photographs afford us a breathtaking, undimmed portrait of the man who would be king."

You can read the entire TIME article HERE & see the photos.

And check out EIN's spotlight on Alfred Wertheimer here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'You Know It don't have to be Strictly Country - Part 2' New Import: Following on from Part 1 of the series of several years ago, now the Ultimate Acetate Colections with Unedited Un dubbed Versions. Features 22 tracks, with 20 Rare or Unreleased Acetate recordings.
All acetate recordings are collected from private collections of which many for the first time are featured on this CD. These are the acetates that Elvis took home to playback and agreed to be released! All tracks have been digitally restored and re-mastered. These acetates often sound better & different than what we know and made it to a LP or nowadays on CD. Together with Volume 1, it is the complete acetate collection of the famous Nashville sessions of 1970.
When you love the vinyl sound, this is the closest you ever get to Elvis’ original sound of that recording moment! This is the perfect addition to the FTD releases of “Elvis Country, Love letters from Elvis & Elvis, That’s the way it is” All tracks are digitally restored and improved BUT absolute priority has been given to the historical content, this to maintain the true sound of the recording. It comes with a 16 pages )
booklet with in-depth liner notes (part 2) and more info about the acetates and some unusual photos of Elvis.
(News, Source;GRM/ElvisInfoNet

'Snowbird Revisited' New Import CD: With great pleasure GravelRoadMusic announces the release of this excellent Show of 1971. Deluxe Full color Digipack with 16-page booklet includes rare photos and extensive liner notes. Also included a Special bonus gift; a reproduction of an extremely rare two sided promo card this was only available in January – February 1971 at the International Hotel.
The January 29, 1971 Dinner show at the International Hotel Las Vegas. It hardly needs introduction; the set list is a well-balanced mix with an impressive show! A strong mix of his hits and fills the show with his latest recordings and topping it of with par excellence covers of very popular recent top ten charts hits like “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Sweet Caroline, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, Polk Salad, Something, Snowbird”.
Even the closing of the show had a drastic change - Making the performances of January /February 1971 by far the most energizing starts of a Vegas Season.
The extra’s are a part of the Snowbird studio session with the
unreleased undubbed Master take 6 & a rare take of the vocal harmony overdub by Elvis.
As extra bonus we included a seven-minute telephone conversation, privately taped in March/April 1971.
Elvis talks about recording sessions and performing in Las Vegas, his scary International Hotel earthquake experience. (The California/Nevada area had a big earthquake in February 1971).
FTD featured a selection of shows from this season on their "Impossible Dream" release in 2004 - See Here.
(News, Source;GRM/ElvisInfoNet)

American Idol Finalist Janelle Arthur - "If I Can Dream": American Idols continue to take on some Elvis classics in season 12 of America's favorite talent show. Top 10 Girls Finalist Janelle Arthur performed a country version of Elvis' famous "If I Can Dream" to a live audience in Las Vegas.
All four judges praised Arthur's performance calling her style "classic country" and labeling her as "America's sweetheart." Mariah Carey also noted, "You did what you came to do."
Celine Dion first performed the Elvis classic alongside the king in a virtual duet on the American Idol TV special "Idols Give Back," a charity show broadcast in April 2007 to help raise funds for poverty relief programs in America and Africa.
The duet caused quite a stir and was watched all around the world by millions of fans.
Elvis first performed "If I Can Dream" in the final segment of his famous 1968 NBC television special. Written by the show's musical director W. Earl Brown, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “If I Can Dream” describes a world full of hope and free of doubt, pain, and fear. Elvis chose the song based on his own thoughts about the turbulent times of the '60s.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Huff Post Blogger Kevin Ryan Shares His Elvis Experience: Fans travel from near and far to experience the place Elvis called home. Huffington Post blogger Kevin Ryan shares his Graceland experience during the 2013 Birthday Celebration in a new blog on HuffintonPost.com.
In a detailed account of his journey to Memphis, Ryan writes about the experience millions of Elvis fans have traveled from around the world to witness. In his witty and often specific account of his tour of Graceland, Ryan describes each room of the mansion, calling Elvis' Racquetball Trophy Room the "Sistine Chapel of Graceland."
"After passing through halls filled with gold records and movie costumes, photographs and posters, we came to Elvis' racquetball building," writes Ryan. "Dark walls were covered floor to ceiling with awards, records and other signs of his musical achievements. I wasn't the only one with my mouth hanging open."
After his tour, Ryan talks about not being able to shake "the spell of Graceland" and points out how fans lingered around attempting to take in all of Elvis' accomplishments.
"When I crossed the Mississippi on I-40 and said good-bye to Memphis, Elvis was singing 'Blue Suede Shoes' from my CD player. It was hard for America to let him go," writes Ryan. "He left us more than enough, but he left us wanting more. Thank you, Elvis, wherever you are."
It's worth a read - Go HERE to HuffingtonPost.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Such Night' - New Import CD:  The forthcoming release from the "SR" label is titled "Such Night" and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 16, 1969 Midnight Show.
(EIN Note; Why the CD is called "Such Night" and not the correct 'Such A Night' is beyond belief. There are other sloppy spelling mistakes too!)
After a long research finally we located a good Audience Recording that gives us the possibility to produce a show from Elvis very first season.
As everybody knows SR concentrates its work on early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to produce always unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his possibilities. In this our new release, we are proud to present the almost complete show from August 16th midnight 1969 performance of the first Elvis’ historical Vegas season.
The midnight show from August 16th represents one of the best show of Elvis’ first and maybe best Vegas season, Elvis’ first Vegas act is incredible, like a wild animal free from his cage, Elvis gave life to a
memorable first season. Dressed in black tunic, Elvis stepped in the stage shaking, gyrating like nothing was changed in the last 9 years of his absence from the stage, He performed the best of his past hits and the new two singles from the Memphis 1969 sessions. The music is the focus of the season, Elvis appear better than ever, concentrate and strong He delivered a long show with no surprises in the track list respect the season, but pure dynamite from the begin to the end of the show.
This recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is very good considering the first season. We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music.
As usually from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe digipack, containing a collection of live photographs from the season and informative liner notes +a four pages booklet.
Go to EIN's 'All the CD News 2013' for full tracklist and more information
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

'Never-Ending Demand' Vol.3 and Vol.4 - More New Import CDs: To be released March 8, 2013: Rainbow Records proudly presents a new CD set (two separate cds) called “Never-Ending Demand” Vol. 3 + Vol. 4, featuring Elvis Presley´s complete performances of May 3, 1975 (Afternoon Show on Volume 3, Evening Show on Volume 4) at the Civic Center in Monroe, LA. Both shows have not been released on cd so far and will be presented in real good sound for an audience recording.
Although the “King” had turned 40 in January 1975, it seemed like there was never-ending demand for Elvis. Even during this tour (known as “Tour # 13”) he had to play several shows in the same city to make people happy.
When the Colonel worked out the route for the tour, one of his rules was, that it didn‘t make sense to plan every day in advance. He contacted the management of venues and gave his O.K. to start selling tickets. In case the tickets sold like fresh bread, the management had the chance to ask for a second show, or if the demand was there, for a third one.
During this tour, Elvis played 2 shows in Tampa, FL; the demand in Lakeland caused him to play a total of three gigs and to stay one more day than originally planned. Because of the huge demand in Atlanta where Elvis played three days in a row, there was no space for additional shows in Murfreesboro on April 29th.
That‘s the reason why the additional two shows had to be added to the end of the tour which resulted in an unusual travel road for the showgroup. The fans in Lake Charles, LA were fortunate enough to see two shows on one day and the fans in Monroe, LA were also blessed to see the Elvis show twice that historical May 3, 1975. And what the fans saw and heard this day was nothing less but great, as reporter J. P. Casey wrote in his May 4 “Monroe Morning World” article about the afternoon show: “…..when Presley really works at a number, such as How Great Thou Art, he is truly magnificent. And when he lets all the stops out on a number that has a good arrangement and full orchestra and backup vocals, such as Burning Love he is dynamite.”
Go to EIN's 'All the CD News 2013' for full tracklist and more information
(News, Source;Rainbow/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: Sadly Elvis again has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 16th March, 2013, - but he is still selling! The following Albums appeared on the Top Catalog Album Chart:
- 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 143 to 136 selling some 1,896 units. Total sales to date: 530,476 units. It also rises on the Physical Album Chart from 198 to 172 selling some 1,894 units. Total sales to date: 529,498 units.
- 'Very Best Of Love' drops from 135 to 174 selling some 1,705 units. Total sales to date: 341,762 units.
- 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) enters at 198 selling some 1,613 units. Total sales to date: 164,602 units. Rises from 70 to 65 on the Country Album Chart.
- 'Heart And Soul' drops from 68 to 72 on the Country Album Chart selling some 1,492 units. Total sales to date: 622,750 units.
- 'Viva Las Vegas' rises from 58 to 51 on the Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 659 units. Total sales to date: 53,136 units.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 7 March 2013

'Elvis - Aloha via Satellite' Boxcar April Release: Boxcar have confirmed that their 450 page deluxe book about Elvis' historic Aloha Hawaii show is still on track for an early April publication.
The special promo trailer coming soon.
The book includes MANY previously unpublished photos including one set of 25 unpublished visuals from one source!
This massive most comprehensive 450 page volume is packaged and housed the same as Boxcar’s previous outing of "Elvis Presley’s Graceland through the Years" released earlier this year.
The stylish book comprises of hundreds upon hundreds of photographs many of which have never been seen before. Also collected here exclusively are scores of historical memorabilia and the Colonels original internal documents & scripts. This is intended to create a time-travel experience of sorts documenting the most groundbreaking event in the annals of television history.
(News, Source:Boxcar/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis: Live From Vegas" new Exhibit Video: The all new exhibit “Elvis: Live from Vegas” opened at Graceland last Tuesday
The exhibit features part of the 30-foot marquee Col. Parker had made to stand outside the New Frontier Hotel in 1956 and the first jumpsuit worn on-stage by Elvis in 1970.  Other suits in the exhibit include: Elvis’ Leather and Chains suit, from TTWII 1970, Elvis’ three-piece Spanish Flower suit worn in 1972, Elvis’ I Got Lucky jumpsuit that was worn in 1970 in various cities including Las Vegas, Oakland, Tampa and Los Angeles and can be seen on the cover of the 1971 “I Got Lucky” album, as well as many others.
Along with his amazing jumpsuit collection, guests will have the opportunity to view rare artifacts including, hotel receipts, and show memorabilia as well as many other items. From the first time the King of Rock ‘n’ roll stepped foot on-stage in Vegas through his triumphant return in 1969 and beyond, this exhibit captures all of the excitement and energy that is Elvis in Las Vegas.
Check out this cute VIDEO at EPE - if only we all could go through their Elvis archives!
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

"Aloha From Hawaii" Legacy Edition Mini-Review: The first review of this great new RCA Legacy release has been posted by Blog Critic David Bowling....
... "And now ladies and gentlemen, all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii via satellite, it's Elvis Presley again, 40 years later.
Over one billion people worldwide tuned in to view Elvis' historic January 14, 1973 concert at the Honolulu HIC arena. The show didn't air in the US until April 4, but it was one of the most watched television programs of the year. The RCA label released the album, Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite in February (of '73) and it topped both the Billboard Pop and Country charts. It has sold in the neighborhood of five million copies.
Elvis also recorded a full dress rehearsal concert just in case there were problems with the broadcast. It was finally released in 1988 as The Alternate Aloha.
Finally, at about 3:00 a.m. after the audience had left, Elvis and his band recorded five additional songs. Four were from his Blue Hawaii album plus a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain."
Now all the material from the concerts is being released together for the first time as Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite: Legacy Edition [2-CD set]. The official release date is March 19. The music is as clear as the original tapes will allow. There are also new liner notes and pictures.
His Hawaiian concerts were in many ways the apex of the second half of Elvis' career. He had gotten himself in shape and showed none of the deterioration that would begin to plague him in the years ahead. He also seemed involved and committed, which would also become an issue as the years passed. It all added up to a memorable event and album. When I want to listen to a live Elvis album, this is usually the one I turn to.
In retrospect it was a good combination of material as they combined some of his well-known hits with some, at the time, rarely performed live songs. They also were trying not to duplicate very much of the material used on his Live At Madison Square Garden concerts of June, 1972. Classic hits such as "Hound Dog," "Love Me," "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Can't Help Falling in Love" share space with some of his newer hits: "Suspicious Minds," "Burning Love," and "Steamroller Blues." Add in such cover songs as "My Way," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Fever," and "Welcome to My World" and you have a varied, interesting, energetic, passionate, and always entertaining concert.
Most Elvis fans will have the material but having all of it in one place as well as having been subjected to the cleaning process of modern technology is a plus. If you are not familiar with this concert, then this new release is a must.

Go HERE to full original review at BlogCritics - For Sound Samples & the BEST purchase deals see Below-
(News, Source;DavidBowling/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 6 March 2013
"Aloha" New Legacy Release Sound Samples: Posted on the SONY Legacy website are three sound samples from the new up-coming Legacy Release. And they sound very fine indeed compared to the old 1988 'Alternate Aloha 'release.
'A Big Hunk O' Love' newly remixed Rehearsal show
'Suspicious Minds' newly remixed Rehearsal show
'Blue Hawaii' newly remaster from the after-show additions. Unfortunately here Elvis sounds as tired as ever, not surprising since they dragged him back after the biggest performance of his life to record extra fluff
CLICK HERE to listen - Runs 9 minutes total.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Release date March 19, 2013. Priced NOW at only US$14.00 - This new 2-CD Legacy Edition features:
Disc 1 The Original Album (REMASTERED)
Disc 2 The Jan 12 Dress Rehearsal + five bonus tracks recorded after the show, Blue Hawaii, Ku-U-I-Po, No More, Hawaiian Wedding Song and Early Morning Rain. (REMIXED & REMASTERED)
24 page booklet with rare photos and new liner notes - Go HERE for more details -
(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNetwork)

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Tuesday 5 March 2013 --- 2nd News Update ---
Saving the Chisca WHBQ Studio - on Fox News: Notorious DJ Dewey Phillips made Elvis famous from the WHBQ Radio Studios in the Chisca Hotel.  The hotel was abandoned years ago, but is now being redeveloped. A team is working together to make sure the place where Elvis got his start is preserved. Fox News has now featured the story.
It was July 1954. Phillips, an established Memphis radio disc jockey, decided to take a chance on his hit show Red Hot and Blue. He played a song called "That's All Right," by an unknown local teenager named Elvis Presley. The song was an instant sensation and Elvis was brought to the WHBQ Studios to do his first broadcast interview. Mike McCarthy, a music history buff, is leading the charge to turn this room into an exhibit. It's located on the second floor of the long abandoned Chisca Hotel and is relatively untouched.  A development is turning the 100-year-old Chisca into apartments and is on board for saving the room that birthed rock and roll music.
McCarthy is hoping to raise $50,000 in the next six weeks through the website PledgeMusic.com.  It's called Red Hot and Rescue, a play off of Phillips' radio show Red Hot and Blue. The plan is to move this room to the lobby of the Chisca Hotel and restore the original WHBQ radio equipment, which has been preserved. "Just have a little slice of music history downtown," McCarthy said. "One more thing for tourists to see and kids to see and understand,  how Memphis matters in the history and creation of rock and roll."
See FOX NEWS story here - CLICK HERE for Donations and support
For more on Dewey Phillips and Elvis all fans should read this fascinating book "Dewey and Elvis" - See EIN Review here-
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Actor Dale Robertson dead Aged 89: Dale Robertson, who appeared in more than 60 movies, was best known for starring in the NBC series 'Tales of Wells Fargo' he died last week Feb 27. The handsome, square-jawed actor, who was often said to resemble Clark Gable, was an able horse rider by age 10 and was training polo ponies in his teens. He was reportedly quite friendly with Elvis and was at the TTWII Opening Concert. Robertson appeared in more than 60 movies, including a prime role as Jesse James in 1949's "Fighting Man of the Plains." His leading ladies included such glamour icons as Betty Grable and Mitzi Gaynor.
In June 1967 Robertson visited Elvis on the set of MGM's "Speedway" for a combined charity promotion (right) for Christmas Seals which raised funds for various charitable programs.
In 1981 Dale Robertson was in the original cast of ABC's Dynasty, playing Walter Lankershim, a character who disappeared after the first season. His TV work continued into the 90s.
Robertson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is also in the Hall of Great Western Performers and the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
In the expanded version of 'TTWII' Robertson is seen with his wife greeting Elvis backstage at the International after the August 10, 1970 Opening Show.
Several rare photos of Elvis and Dale Robertson appear in Tunzi/Lichter book "Elvis Speedway" - see here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"The Late Late Show" Host Craig Ferguson Talks Elvis: "The Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson a self-professed Elvis fan recently gave a shout out to Elvis' birthplace during the segment of the show where he reads fan newsletters. Ferguson features a nightly segment where he reads fan mail. During the segment, a viewer from Tupelo, MS, prompted a full on conversation about Elvis. In a passionate and hilarious defense of Ferguson's knowledge about the king, he challenges anyone who wants to question his Elvis knowledge. "You think you know more Elvis trivia than me, than I will take you on!" SEE HERE at EPE.
Back in 2005 Craig Ferguson gave a very witty monolague about Elvis and his own connections - and also pointed out why Elvis is the opposite of Madonna - Click HERE to find out. PS - Elvis was a great performer and a good actor who could make any movie better.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: Sadly Elvis again has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 9th March, 2013, - but he is still selling! The following Albums appeared on the Top Catalog Album Chart:
- 'The Very Best Of Love' at 135 selling some 1,769 units. Total sales to date: 340,057 units. It also dropped from 153 to 190 on the Physical Album Chart.
- 'An Afternoon In The Garden' at 143 selling some 1,717 units. Total sales to date: 528,580 units. It also appeared on the Physical Album Chart at 199 selling some 1,713 units. Total physical sales to date: 527,604 units.
The following albums appeared on the Country Album Chart:
- 'Heart And Soul' rises from 70 to 68 selling some 1,440 units. Total sales to date: 621,258 units.
- 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) rose from 75 to 70 selling some 1,388 units. Total sales to date: 162,989 units.
- 'Viva Las Vegas' dropped from 53 to 58 on the Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 593 units. Total sales to date: 52,477 units.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis (smelly) Socks On EBay!!!: Marty Lacker was with and close to Elvis Presley for twenty years and was his right hand man and Foreman of the Memphis Mafia for a number of years and Co-Best Man at his wedding.
When a fan a few days ago mentioned to Marty about the guy selling a pair of Elvis' socks for the ridiculous price of $3000 it reminded him that he has a pair of very warm, heavy duty socks that Elvis wore on a few very cold snowy days they sometimes had in Memphis especially in '68 when they had 14 inches of snow and they spent almost every day on the front lawn of Graceland in it all messing around. There was so much snow that E.P Blvd. was basically closed to traffic until the snow started to disapate.  Elvis also told Marty that he wore them in
Vail, Colorado in the 70's when he went there on vacation and he rode snowmobiles in the deep Vail snow.
Marty got them from Elvis in the 70's when he cleaned his closet out one day. The reason he kept them is because from time to time someone from a Memphis charity would ask him if he could get something from Elvis so they could auction them off in their charity drives.  He had done that two or three times with Memphis charities in the past and this way he didn't have to go to Elvis each time he was asked. However since he still has two medical bills he needs to take care,he has said it seems like they keep accruing in his old age,so he thought he'd sell them to go towards the bills.  They don't do him any good just sitting in the box in his closet.
Marty will gladly add a COA with them.
Want a pair of Elvis' Socks ?!? - Go here to Ebay - and for more info
(News, Source;SmellySocks/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie Presley and Scientology: Has She Left the Building?: Elvis author Alanna Nash recently interviewed Lisa Marie Presley asking her about her affiliation with Scientology.
... On February 1, Lisa Marie Presley turned 45, a significant milestone for several reasons. One, Elvis's only legitimate offspring has managed to live three years longer than her poor, doomed daddy. Two, she has finally found her musical niche. Her much-lauded 2012 Americana release, 'Storm & Grace', is the album of her career. And three, in middle age, Presley appears to have broken with the Church of Scientology, of which she was once a most devoted member.
In years past, Presley had been a vocal mainstay of Scientology's celebrity roster, "Were it not for Scientology, I would either be completely insane or dead by now," the church's website quotes her as saying.
However, last spring, when Storm & Grace was released, sharp-eyed
fans and news organizations, including the Village Voice and BBC News, pointed out that the lyrics to several songs on the album suggested that Presley had cut her ties to the church.
And I too got more than a hint of Lisa Marie's disillusion with Scientology last May, when I interviewed her over the phone for a short piece for USA Weekend. For the 35 years I've written about the Presleys, I've known Lisa Marie to be a fiercely independent spirit. Yet just before our interview, her media team laid down the rules: No questions about religion or politics. But once Lisa Marie really started talking, it sounded a lot like religion and politics to me.
Part of what Lisa Marie told Alanna Nash was..
"..it was pretty much like dominos. So I just thought, "Oh, my God, is everybody this dishonest and awful?" And I really had an obscured view of the world, so I needed to get far away to rediscover people and life and not have a bunch of people around
me. You know how that happens in high-profile situations, where you get so many people around you that they obscure your reality on life and insulate you for their own benefit? That was what was happening. But really, it was a sinister situation."
Go here to EIN's Lisa Marie Presley's World for the full article...
(News, Source;AlannaNash/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 2 March 2013
Help save the Chisca Hotel WHBQ Studio: Red, Hot & Rescue - Help us save the WHBQ Studio where Dewey Phillips did the very first interview with Elvis Presley!
- Memphis: July 8th, 1954: Sun Records owner Sam Phillips brings radio disc jockey Dewey Phillips a recording of a young singer named Elvis Presley who has just cut a song called “That’s All Right”. Dewey has a show broadcast out of the Hotel Chisca called “Red, Hot, & Blue” on WHBQ. Dewey can’t tell if this singer with the weird name is black or white. Sam explains that they created this new music two nights before over at Sun Studio – but they don’t know what to call it. As the night’s broadcast begins, a nervous Elvis goes to the movies a few blocks from his home, thinking that he will fail miserably.
He doesn’t fail. He makes music history, radio history, and American history.
Imagine a 19 year old Elvis Presley being driven to WHBQ, hearing “That’s All Right” projected from the car radios and rolled down windows of Memphis teenagers escaping the July heat. White kids listening to black music, black kids listening to white music – there was no segregation on Dewey’s “Red, Hot, and Blue”. When Elvis finally appears, he stutters to Dewey “I ain’t never been interviewed before…” Dewey makes casual conversation with him in that tiny little room at WHBQ, not informing him until after the show is over, that they had been on the air.
This WHBQ Broadcast booth IS a piece of Rock & Roll History and why the City of Memphis, or EPE, or the developer isn’t interested in preserving it is unbelievable. We don’t have much time. Only 39 pledge days remain.  It is scheduled for demolition May 7!
GO HERE and pledge a donation - however small. Help Save Elvis History.
(News, Source;Sandi Pichon/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED John Wilkinson 1972 Interview: Interviews with Elvis’ band members from the 1970’s are very rare and so it is with great pleasure that EIN can feature this interview with John Wilkinson from September 1972. This nicely ties in with the recent ‘August 1972 Las Vegas Season’ FTD release but also as a tribute to John Wilkinson who sadly passed away last month.
John Wilkinson was an all-round nice guy who unlike some always told positive stories about his friend Elvis.
In this interview John talks about working with Elvis and the TCB Band in 1972 as well as recording ‘Burning Love’ that had only just been released.
Go HERE for this insight into Elvis, John Wilkinson and 1972.
Interview now UPDATED with Marty Lacker discussing Elvis at STAX & more...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis For London Walk Of Fame: Elvis, The Who and Blur are front-runners on a list of musicians to be honoured with Walk of Fame discs along a route in north London. Camden Town is to be officially twinned with Hollywood to create its very own Music Walk of Fame. The first 30 discs will be laid down this summer, organisers said.
It will celebrate the world's greatest musicians, with further discs and an Amy Winehouse statue to be unveiled in September - to mark her 30th birthday.
Front runners likely to appear on the first discs are an eclectic collection of artists including hip-hop DJ pioneer Grandmaster Flash, jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, R&B group Soul II Soul, and Camden's very own Madness. Rock veterans Led Zeppelin, Elvis and legendary crooner Frank Sinatra are also likely to appear on the list, organisers said.
Music promoter Lee Bennett said he would even "like to get bands who have split up back together again" for one-off concerts, when they receive a plaque.
Those honoured will be divided into five groups: innovative artists, influential artists, icons, unsung heroes and industry types like managers and producers.
A committee of global industry figures and local community members are working on shortlist of nominations for the first 30 plaques.
The list will go to a public vote on the Music Walk of Fame website in May.
"We hope this will be the highest accolade in music," said Mr Bennett.
"This is an international brand not specific to Camden, but it is in Camden as
we truly see it as the world's rock and roll capital."
Mr Bennett has spent a lot of time in Los Angeles negotiating terms with Hollywood Walk of Fame.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis The Man and His Music' Issue 99 Out Now: The new issue of EIN's favourite Elvis magazine is out now.
In the March issue:
- Vintage Chet Atkins Interview
- An Introduction to Ken Moore
- Contemporary Reviews of the pre-Army films
- AMMO for Elvis
- It Takes One To Know (Take) One - Take 2!
- From The Time: 1961 - Is Elvis No Longer The King Of Rock?
- Readers' letters, News, rare pix - the works!
- Heaps of CD reviews!

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(News, Source;ETM&HM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis - Aloha via Satellite' Boxcar April Release: Boxcar have confirmed that their 450 page deluxe book about Elvis' historic Aloha Hawaii show is still on track for an early April publication.
The special promo video should be out soon.
The book includes MANY previously unpublished photos including one set of 25 unpublished visuals from one source!
This massive most comprehensive 450 page volume is packaged and housed the same as Boxcar’s previous outing of "Elvis Presley’s Graceland through the Years" released earlier this year.
The stylish book comprises of hundreds upon hundreds of photographs many of which have never been seen before. Also collected here exclusively are scores of historical memorabilia and the Colonels original internal documents & scripts. This is intended to create a time-travel experience of sorts documenting the most groundbreaking event in the annals of television history.
(News, Source:Boxcar/ElvisInfoNet)

'Southern Gypsy Magic' New Import CD: Out shortly will be Straight Arrow's double-digipak release 'Southern Gypsy Magic' featuring the wild July 23, 1975 Asheville show, plus bonus rarities from July 22 and 24. The show was originally issued on a 1997 CD called "Gyrating Asheville." But recently, Straight Arrow obtained a superior audience taped source, one too good to be kept in the vaults: a recorder equipped with two microphones, so there is noticeable "ambience," due to the channel separation. And, for the first time, the show is presented complete, with no edits.
As spring turned to summer in 1975, Elvis spent June and July touring America's southeastern states, giving fans a memorable series of up-tempo performances, night after night. It would be the last time he would do so with any consistency. Asheville was the final city on his July 1975 tour, with three consecutive nights sold out at the newly-built Civic Center. The middle show on July 23, which makes up the core of this release, offers a number of unexpected inclusions like "Turn Around, Look At Me," "Shake A Hand" and "Promised Land," the Chuck Berry classic released on single the previous fall. Bonus selections include a
July 22 performance of "You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me" (possibly for the last time) and a rare version of "Memphis, Tennessee."
From July 24 is the only known live performance of "Pieces Of My Life." Yes, the complete July 24 show appeared on our 2005 debut, 'Pieces Of My Life'. However, instead of simply copying tracks from that disc, we chose to rework the first-generation tape from scratch, with even better results than eight years ago! The package is topped off with many beautiful images from July 23, plus a photo each from July 22 and 24. If you liked our other July 1975 tour outings, 'Pieces Of My Life' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone', you will love this new 2CD-set. Do not miss the opportunity to own the ultimate release of Elvis' magical July 23, 1975 Asheville show.
Go to EIN's 'All the CD News 2013' for full tracklist and information
(News, Source;StraightArrow/ElvisInfoNet)

Justin Timberlake Channels Elvis!: Justin Timberlake recently performed "Suspicious Minds" on a German TV Show. Memphis native Justin Timberlake recently showed off his rock 'n' roll roots during an appearance on the German TV show "Wetten Dass...?" Following his performance of his new single "Mirrors," Timberlake channeled the king with an impromptu performance of "Suspicious Minds."
Timberlake rocked the famous Elvis' curl and performed alongside the show's host on the keyboard. The audience joined in on the fun while clapping to the infamous Elvis hit. Timberlake who's a strong ambassador for the king's home in Memphis has recently made trips to Graceland and has often quoted Elvis as one of his major influences.
CLICK HERE to see the clip
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Personal Letters for Auction: A collection of Elvis Presley's personal notes and poetry as well as his personal copy of Kahlil Gibran's 'The Prophet' is set to hit the auction block. Saturday 9th March, starts 10.30am UK time Omega Auctions sale in Stockport, England,
The key items come from Charlie Hodge's personal collection.
- Elvis' very first copy of the Kahlil Gibran book, "The Prophet". This book was received by Elvis in 1956 and it was one of the first spiritual books that he started reading (besides the bible). He often read passages of this exact copy to his Mother before he left for the Army. Later in 1961 Elvis gave this copy to Charlie Hodge complete with underlined passages , margin notes in over 20 pages and an inscription to Charlie. A fantastic piece of history being one of Elvis` very first books that he shared with his mother.
Estimate - US$3000 upwards
- Elvis Poem "Ode to a Robin!" The poem handwritten in Elvis` hand although was a favourite of Elvis` and he would often recite it for friends. It was a touching sweet poem whose final lines would always catch Elvis` friends off guard and leave them collapsing in laughter.
Estimate - US$3500 upwards
- Hilton Hotel directory with handwritten notes inside written by Elvis when staying. This comes complete with letter of provenance from Charlie Hodge along with a copy of a signed photo for his friend Jack Lord. Estimate: US$2500 +
- A White SIGNED concert scarf with inscription "To Helen. Thankyou for the beautiful nativity WISEMAN. I love it. Merry Christmas Elvis Presley".
Estimate: US$750 upwards
Also offered plenty of original VINYL BOOTLEG LPs in lots of 15 LPs at a time for US$150 up.
GO HERE for images & to bid.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

More news and EIN exclusives from earlier in February ...

'Elvis: He Didn't Come Back, We Did' New Import Book/DVD: From 'Lord Almighty Productions' a special DVD Book presentation due out March 2013 in very limited numbers. The publicity states that... The DVD contains nearly 100 more minutes of further outtakes from the movies ‘That's The Way It Is’ and ‘Elvis on Tour’.

This will contain further unreleased material from both as well as some we have had before but with different camera angles and also for first time in original widesecreen.

The disc is accompanied with a hardback book containing over 100 pages of rare and unpublished photographs.

Go HERE to the YouTube promo - See how much new outtake material you can spot..

Suggested price around US$40

EIN Notes - How much unseen and new footage is actually featured we are not sure. Plenty has been released before via 'The Complete TTWII' etc..

(News, Source;LordAlmighty/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files News: News from Erik Lorentzen that the Elvis Files Magazine Issue 3: March 2013, is almost finished.
Featured articles include ‘Aloha From Hawaii – Greatest Show On Earth, ‘Mary Ann Mobley’, ‘The September 1956 Publicity Shoot’, ‘Follow That Dream’ and more.

News also that ‘The Elvis Files Vol.1: 1953-56’ is almost finished at the printers and will be shipped soon.
Lots of new photos were added in the last few days before printing.

Go HERE for ‘The Elvis Files Vol.1’ special preview and purchase details.

Go HERE for more details about ‘The Elvis Files Magazine’



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'3000 South Paradise Road' FTD CD Review: A two-CD release with 16-page booklet this FTD takes a close look at Elvis’ engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton in August of 1972.
The main disc is the Dinner Show from August 12, 1972 and the second disc is culled from the rehearsals on August 4th, the date of the opening of the engagement.
'3000 South Paradise Road' provides a unique experience of Elvis rehearsing, 6 hours before the opening night at the Las Vegas Hilton. August 1972 was a great period with Elvis out of those typical jumpsuits and looking cool in his two-piece suits. Created by true Elvis fans for Elvis collectors - and with the fabulous audio remaster of the fine August 12 Dinner Show - this is what the FTD label is all about.
Click here to EIN's in-depth review of this new FTD release..

(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

New FTD Releases for April: Three new releases announced by FTD for April release, plus the already noted book/CD package 'Summer of 61'.
- 'From Elvis In Memphis'. In the Classic Album double-album series FTD continues their extensive look at the 1969 Memphis sessions. FTD 117 (506020-975047).
The first CD features the Original Album and 'First Takes' while the second disc features the January and February Outtakes plus the Undubbed Masters.
The Original Album:1.Wearin’ That Loved On Look, 2.Only The Strong Survive, 3.I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms), 4.Long Black Limousine, 5.It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’, 6.I’m Movin’ On,
7.Power Of My Love, 8.Gentle On My Mind, 9.After Loving You, 10.True Love Travels On A Gravel Road, 11.Any Day Now, 12.In The Ghetto, FIRST TAKES: 13.Wearin’ That Loved On Look (tks3,10), 14.Only The Strong Survive (tk1), 15.Long Black Limousine (tk 6), 16.It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’ (tks 1,2), 17.I’m Movin’ On (tks 1,2), 18.Power Of My Love (tk 1), 19.After Loving You (tk 2), 20.True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (tk 2), 21.Any Day Now (tks 1,2), 22.In The Ghetto (tk 1), 23.In The

Ghetto (tks 2,3), 24.In The Ghetto (tk 4).
EIN notes that this does not complete FTDs look at the 1969 Memphis Sessions as the following tracks have still not been released with their session outtakes - Rubberneckin', My Little Friend, Mama Liked The Roses, Don’t Cry Daddy, Hey Jude, I'll Be There, Kentucky Rain, If I'm A Fool (For Loving You), Who Am I?, It's My Way/This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You (jam) and Poor Man’s Gold.
GO HERE to EIN's FTD release page for full tracklistings and details.

- 'Stay Away, Joe'. A single CD extended soundtrack album.
A look at Elvis' Nashville Studio B soundtrack session for 'Stay Away, Joe' from October 1967 and January 1968. FTD 118 (506020-975056)
Features the Masters and various outtakes of the songs 'Stay Away', 'Stay Away Joe', 'Dominic', 'All I Needed Was The Rain', 'Goin' Home', 'Too Much Monkey Business' and 'U.S. Male'.
EIN notes that a large number of these outtakes have never been released before. With 'Too Much Monkey Business' and 'U.S. Male' - plus the good humor during 30 attempts at 'Goin' Home' - there is

plenty to enjoy here plus four takes of 'Dominic' (poor Elvis!).
GO HERE to EIN's FTD release page for full tracklistings and details.

- 'On Stage' Special double-VINYL: FTD vinyl is pleased to announce the release of 'On Stage' a Special Limited Edition 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set.
The tracklist features a selection of Elvis' February Las Vegas recordings plus the 1969 'Runaway' but doesn’t follow the track list of the original "On Stage" album. It also for some reason does not include the original "additional" 1969 track 'Yesterday'.
It is however a very interesting compilation of Elvis live in 1972 on VINYL with tracks compiled from several FTD CD releases, 'On Stage' and 'Polk Salad Annie' and 'At The International'.

GO HERE to EIN's FTD release page for full tracklistings and details.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisShop/ElvisInfoNet)

"Lust, Elvis" – The unreleased CD: RCA have regularly released their Elvis "love songs" compilations (see below) and while there is a positive reason to have these kind of CDs in local record shops, Elvis Presley wasn’t always about love and, in the fifties more importantly, he was far more about lust!
In the 1950s' Elvis was basically too damn sexy for mainstream TV, yet 82% of the US viewing audience couldn’t help but watch! The battle for media censorship struggled while Elvis, seemingly unintentionally, kicked down the door for everyone to follow. American youth would never be the same, & the rest of the world would follow.
Elvis was just a natural great-looking sex-god, oozing LUST and surely that deserves a CD worth of celebration.
So here is the new potential SONY CD "Lust, Elvis (Play it dirty)" as suggested by EIN, play it at home to the partner you desire.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Interview - Dr. Gary Vikan: A rock critic once likened the pursuit of 'experiencing Elvis' to observing something through a refractory glass prism or hall of mirrors in a fun house, where one's viewpoint depends on and is skewed by where one is looking from. Die-hard fans view Elvis essentially as musician/singer; other fans view Elvis as singer and an opportunity for social engagement; while academia sees a fuller Elvis, one comprising the musician and just importantly Elvis as a socio-cultural-religious agent.

I recently reviewed Gary Vikan's impressive and thought provoking book, From the Holy Land to Graceland. Dr. Vikan recently took time to talk to EIN about the Elvis that exists beyond his music.

In his absorbing interview, Dr. Vikan discusses the elements that support Elvis as a religious agent (secular charismatic martyr) including the significant role of Graceland, Elvis Week and ETAs (among other things); gives his reasons for why Elvis will endure for a long time to come and why Princess Di hasn't, and why Michael Jackson probably won't, become an enduring secular charismatic martyr. He also raises our awareness about other contemporary figures and incidents which have been so important that secular worship has grown up around them.

Dr. Vikan's interview is an opportunity to challenge one's thinking not only about Elvis in our own lives, but the role of Elvis (and other celebrities/events) in our 21st century media driven world. (Interview, Source: EIN)

'Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 1' New Book: Author Kieran Davis is finalising his new book 'Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 1'  and it will soon be reaching the final proofing stage. The book will be 170 pages and will cover the Houston Astrodome shows and the September 1970 tour.
The text this time is from the same places as with his previous books from unpublished diaries, interviews, scrapbooks, letters etc. You name it and Davis has tried to track it down and use it! The format, style etc. is exactly the same as his previous books. (Right - provisional cover only)

EIN highly recommends both of Kieran Davis' previous books which both contained a wealth of unpublished documentation and insights. Go HERE to find out more and read some fascinating book extracts.

Volume 2 will be out later in the year and is dedicated entirely to the November 1970 tour. Both will take exactly the same format as our previous two books, both in size, format and content.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite' Legacy Edition PREORDER NOW: Out on MARCH 19 - The Sony Legacy 40th Anniversary release of Elvis' two Aloha concerts. Performed at the H.I.C. Arena in Honolulu on January 14, 1973, Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite was the first, worldwide live satellite broadcast of a concert - broadcast to over 40 Nations and screened to others several weeks later. The concert debuted in the U.S. TV on NBC on April 4 and the Nielsen ratings had the show at 33.8% of homes and 51% of those watching TV - and in the Far-East, TV viewing records were broken in Japan, Philippines, Australia, Korea and Hong Kong!
On Jan 12, a full dress rehearsal took place prior to the main show. Previously issued as "The Alternate Aloha", this dress rehearsal performance makes up the first 21 tracks of Disc 2 of this Legacy Edition, which has been REMIXED and REMASTERED by
Steve Rosenthal and Rob Santos. At the end of the main show on Jan 14, Elvis recorded 5 bonus songs behind closed doors for the US version of the TV show (tracks 25 to 29 Disc 2). Although previously issued, it is the first time all 5 songs have appeared in their rightful place!
Release date March 19, 2013. Priced NOW at only US$12.00 - This new 2-CD Legacy Edition features:
Disc 1 The Original Album (REMASTERED)
Disc 2 The Jan 12 Dress Rehearsal + five bonus tracks recorded after the show, Blue Hawaii, Ku-U-I-Po, No More, Hawaiian Wedding Song and Early Morning Rain. (REMIXED & REMASTERED)
24 page booklet with rare photos and new liner notes - Go HERE for more details -
(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNetwork)

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Book Review: From the Holy Land to Graceland (Gary Vikan): It is always refreshing to read a book about Elvis which considers his importance beyond just his music and considers him from a wider socio-cultural, political and/or religious perspective. As its title suggests, From the Holy Land to Graceland by respected academic researcher and author, Dr. Gary Vikan, is one such book.

So does the argument that we should view Elvis as a contemporary, secular saint have validity? Nigel Patterson takes us deep inside From the Holy Land to Graceland to discover the answer. .....Read the full review

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Prince From Another Planet’ Stock Selling Out!: No Elvis fan should miss out on this FANTASTIC Sony release, their best in years! Focusing on Elvis’ historic Madison Square Garden concerts in 1972 with the two RCA recorded concerts PLUS a DVD of newly found fan-filmed video footage and great book of brilliant and rare photos. This is indeed a deluxe package for the 40th Anniversary Edition and fabulous value-for-money.
Stock is selling out - and some suppliers are now selling it for over $50.
BUY IT NOW before it's too late - and you can still get it for under $30!

"PRINCE? MAKE THAT KING!" - See our indepth review as Arjan Deelen checks out the ‘Prince From Another Planet’ package.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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Elvis' Quiff, the Best Haircut of All-Time!: UK's Crown Clinic recently carried out a poll for the ten best haircuts of all time, all of which David Beckham has tried!
The poll revealed the quiff - the classic slicked-back look made famous by Elvis Presley - as the top hairstyle in a new survey of 1,000 men.
In 2nd place was the classic side parting and in 3rd place was 'the Bieber', the long-fringed look favoured by the Canadian pop hunk.
Top Ten Haircuts For Men 2013.
1. The Elvis Quiff

2. Classic side parting
3. The Bieber - hair brushed forward
4. The James Dean - swept-back Quiff without a side parting
5. Spiky Crop - shaved at the sides, spiky top
6. Classic centre parting
7. Side-crop long top
8. Crew cut
David Beckham has sported all the top ten hairdos of all time - and the three worst ones, too which were curtains, cornrows and a Mohican!
However with over 25 years of keeping the hair looking SUPER-COOL Elvis wins!
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

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