Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
Elvis and the Mexican Bracero - is it true?: "It turns out that the main movie house in Lubbock was presenting the film "Love Me Tender," and as a special attraction Elvis would be there live. Pedro didn't think twice and asked his father's permission to go see the movie and meet Elvis in person". (Spotlight, Source: FECC)
Elvis The Concert - a new world tour?: There’s a good chance that “Elvis The Concert” will go on a worldwide tour, this fall. The video show featuring the original Elvis cast, may even bring the magic of Elvis as far as Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand, Australia. However, Europe – at this point – is not included in the tour schedule for 2006. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)
Remember Elvis: Joe Esposito has a new book in the pipeline!
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #53: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "If woman talks in sleep, man gets beaten to unsightly pulp" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Attack on book backfires - "any publicity is good publicity": It appears the robust attack on the new Lanier Shapre/Jimmy Denson book has backfired as interested fans have ordered the book to see what the fuss is all about (see original story below dated 28 March 2006). Proving the old addage, "any publicity is good publicity", following the attack there was a temporary spike in sales, at least on Amazon. Following the spike, the book dropped nearly 100,000 places on the Amazon sales ranking from 231,402 (28 March, 2006) to 327,779 (29 March, 2006). While the sales ranking does not indicate relative sales, the spike and then large drop suggests a temporary increase in sales. (News, Source: Amazon)
Believe it or not - Elvis and Barbra Streisand: Elvis4life recently posted this interesting message on the FECC messageboard:
"Christohper Andersen, who has revealed the secrets of everyone from "Jack & Jackie" & "George & Laura" to "Diana Ross" in his best-selling biographies, now turns his attention to America's reigning diva. In "Barbra: The Way She Is" [Morrow $23.95], he takes a long look at Streisand, both the artist & the woman. This exclusive excerpt is all about Barbra & some of the men who figured large in her life, if only in passing.
DJ Priscilla: Priscilla Presley did more than hobnob with Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton when she visited Graceland Monday morning for the attraction’s official designation as a National Historic Landmark. She also yakked it up on Sirius Elvis Radio, thanking fans for attending the ceremony and remembering how the “68 Comeback” for NBC-TV was the first time she saw Elvis perform a live concert. Disguised just a little behind aviator shades, DJ Priscilla also played a few Elvis tunes: “If I Can Dream” and a rendition of “America.” Click for photos of Priscilla looking sharp in the Elvis Radio studio (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #52: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Why is thou art[work] great?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Johnny Lightning Rock Art Elvis Diecast Series: Wonderstuffer has posted a message on the FECC board saying the new 2006 Johnny Lightning Rock Art Elvis Diecast Series (6 different Cars and CDs) has been released. Every package contains a Car and a replica of a "original" Cover and a CD. (News, Source: FECC)
Audoben Drive residence auction on again: A house in Memphis, Tennessee purchased by ELVIS PRESLEY in 1956 will go up for sale on internet auction site eBay next month (APR06). Presley and his parents purchased the home in March 1956, the same month HEARTBREAK HOTEL became his first number one hit. The home was the setting for many famous photos of The King, notably ones taken by ALFRED WERTHEIMER. The family moved out of the house in 1957, when they relocated to Graceland, which was named a National Historic Landmark on Monday (27MAR06). The mid-'50s ranch-style house has a low-pitched hip roof, an attached two-car garage, a motorcycle garage and a swimming pool. Bidding on the online auction site will open on 14 April (06) and close 14 May (06). (News, Source: Sanja Meegin/Contact Music)
This work demonstrates how Elvis, through his films, reflected a shifting social, cultural and political landscape in America. Encompassing all 31 movies and two 1970s documentaries, it provides a film-by-film study of Elvis Presley and America, and argues that each film reflects the society for which it was made. Throughout his career, most of Elvis’s characters combined rebellion with wholesome, traditional ideals, but the public’s perspective changed, and what was considered radical in 1954 was called reactionary by 1970. Studied sequentially, his films reflect those cyclical ideals, and unconsciously portray America’s process of renewal and redefinition of self.
About the author: Douglas Brode is the author of more than twenty books on the visual and performing arts. A professor of film history at Syracuse University, he lives in Phoenix, New York. (News, Source: McFarland & Co.)
BMG to sell its music publishing companies: Bertelsmann is making preparations to sell its music companies as Europe's largest media company fights to maintain its private status. People briefed on the plans said it had mandated investment bankers to prepare disposals of its music publishing catalogues and its stake in Sony BMG, Elvis Presley's Record company, its recorded music joint venture with the Japanese group.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #51: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who wish he in land of cotton, probably never been black" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
New book incenses well known identities in the Elvis world: A new book based on the account of Memphis resident Jimmy Denson is causing a real stir throughout the Elvis world. EIN has the background to the controversy. (News, Source: EIN)
Jerry Schilling book update: Jerry Schilling's book, 'Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley' will be released in both the US and UK in mid August 2006. The publisher is Gotham and the book's ISBN is 1592402313. Jerry has written the book with the assistance of Chuck Crisafulli. (News, Source: Amazon)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #50: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who has ex always on mind need move on" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Should Graceland be a national landmark?: CNN is running a poll on this question. The results to date are YES (36% - 22,763 votes); NO (64% - 40,725). Click to vote (News, Source: EPE)
Cindy Walker dies: Songwriter Cindy Walker died March 23, 2006. She was 86. Elvis Presley recorded her compositions "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" (1956) and "You Don't Know Me" (1967) which Cindy Walker composed with Eddy Arnold. Other artists that recorded her compositions are Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer, Faron Young. Eddy Arnold, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Roy Orbison en Jerry Lee Lewis. (News, Source: Today Tomorrow And Forever / Elvis News)
"Run On" CD to reissued: The import CD "Run On" will be re-released by Front Row records. This CD contains a concert from December 7, 1976, recorded live at the Las Vegas Hilton. A date has not been mentioned yet.
Priscilla and the Wolf: Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Certainly not Priscilla Presley. The perennial beauty, famous Scientologist, star of the Naked Gun comedy trilogy, and Elvis' ex will narrate Peter and the Wolf by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, at a concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon. This particular performance of the children's classic, which has educated and entertained audiences since it was commissioned by Moscow's Central Children's Theatre in 1936, is a guaranteed sell-out. If you're lucky enough to score tickets, be sure to arrive at the Cannon Center well before the 2:30 p.m. curtain time. The symphony is hosting an "Instrument Petting Zoo," musical bingo games, and storytelling sessions in the lobby, beginning at 1:15. We know you're dying to get a glimpse of Priscilla in the flesh -- just don't forget to bring the kids!
Peter and the Wolf, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 26th, The Cannon Center,Memphis, $15 (News, Source: The Memphis Flyer)
George Klein's weekly "Elvis Hour" cancelled: Charmaine Voisine has sent us the following message: "Last week there was a Humes High Class Reunion. Approximately 15+ of the alumnies attended Humes High when Elvis was a student there. During the course of the evening, a classmate of Elvis' and George Klein informed the group that the local Memphis radio station has cancelled George Klein's Elvis Hour weekly show. This show has been a Memphis tradition for 25 years. A group has started a petition to have the station reverse their decision and keep airing the show. Contact Charmaine for more info. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #49: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man whose dog not catch rabbit need to set trap" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Loving You" DVD release in Germany: Unlike UK and Irish Elvis fans, German fans will have to buy their copy of "Loving You", as "Gold Aus heißer Kehle", its German title. The DVD will be re-released in Germany (Region 2) in June 2006. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis News)
The RIAA & Elvis update: Guillermo Felipe Perez Arguello posated this interesting message on the Elvisnumberones Bulletin Board:
Exclusive New Content for Elvis Insiders: This week, Elvis Insiders see an exclusive photo of Eric Roberts at Graceland, a 1972 issue of Hit Parader magazine with Elvis on the cover, an exciting interview from ElvisRadio about an upcoming '68 Special release, an FTD review from member Kylan, new stories and photos from member and friend of Elvis, Sandi Miller, and lots more. EPE says: If you haven't joined the thousands of new members, visit the FREE sample page to try it and see what you are missing. (News, Source: EPE)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #48: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who rips it up will regret it because he will need it tomorrow" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Graceland Mansion To Be Designated National Historic Landmark: Interior Secretary Gale Norton To Designate Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion National Historic Landmark.
Priscilla Presley UK dates: March 26, 2006 Priscilla will narrate "Peter and the Wolf" with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra....March 27, 2006 Priscilla will be on the "Today" Show as Graceland is designated a National Landmark...April 5, 2006 Priscilla will be at Harrods for the UK launch of the Priscilla Presley Luxury Linen Collection. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Recipe - Elvis Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich: Mix 3 Tablespoons of soft peanut butter and 1 mashed banana together. Lightly toast 2 slices of bread. Spread the peanut butter and banana mixture on the toast and place the slices together. Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a skillet, place the sandwich in the melted butter and brown on both sides. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #47: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man in ghetto, face down with gun in hand... have fake gun, real gun not
This week in Elvis history: Elvis is often identified with the gold lame´suit that his manager Colonel Tom Parker had Hollywood tailor Nudie Cohen make for him in 1957. It has become one of the most, if not THE most, iconic item of rock 'n' roll wardrobe. Lame´is made by using strands of metallic thread (not real gold) in the weave of the fabric. The first time he wore the gold suit on stage was in Chicago on 3/28/57. He wore it on the following night in St. Louis. He wore the full suit on stage only one more time - this being in Canada, opting instead to wear the jacket with dark slacks. Parker was afraid Elvis would wear out the fabric scooting across stage on his knees and Elvis decided the suit was more clownish than cool. Thus the adaptation in the look. The last appearance of Elvis on stage in components of the gold suit was in March 1961 when he performed a benefit in Hawaii to raise funds for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. Again, black pants substituted for the gold pants. (News, Source: EPE)
Bogus auction items withdrawn: Memphis Flash posted this interesting message on the FECC board: "Props to Doug Norwine of Heritage Auction Galleries for pulling the following fraudulent auction, and to our very own Ray for his sharp eye in spotting the fraud in the first place.
The item listing referred to by Memphis Flash read:
Regency Superior Elvis auction: The American auction house Regency Superior, who collected close to 2 million dollar at the auction of the Jim Curtin collection last January, is offering a new set of collector's items in April (22nd - 23rd). Among the many items are a TCB jacket (2-3000 dollar), a gold and diamond ring, hundreds of records and lots of signatures. The catalogue is available here: www.regencystamps.com (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #46: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who think Mary pretty in morning and pretty in evening, probably
Elvis DVD releases in Japan: On March 25, 2006 the DVD "Elvis, The Echo Will Never Die" will be released in Japan. That same day "Elvis '56", "King Creole", "G.I. Blues", "Blue Hawaii", "Roustabout", "Girls! Girls! Girls!"." Fun In Acapulco","Paradise, Hawaiian Style" an "Easy Come, Easy Go" will be re-released by Paramount Japan.
New Elvis exhibit "all shot up" (see story 20 March 2006): Elvis Presley had a reputation as a night owl and a new exhibit that opened Monday at Graceland gives a peek into his nocturnal activities. There's the jukebox, wrapped in yellow and green neon, that provided him with a steady supply of popular music. There are film clips that show family and friends discussing late-night excursions to an amusement park or his favorite movie theater, which he would rent for the night. And then there's the television with a bullet hole in the screen.
"This is the only surviving television or appliance that Elvis shot out that was kept," said Kevin Kern, a spokesman for Graceland, Presley's longtime Memphis residence.
Presley, it seems, had a habit of occasionally breaking out a firearm from his gun collection and opening fire at TVs and other items. As the story goes, entertainer Robert Goulet was performing on TV when Presley blasted the 25-inch RCA that's part of the exhibit called "Elvis After Dark." "There was nothing Elvis had against Robert Goulet. They were friends," Kern said. "But Elvis just shot out things on a random basis."
There were no reports Presley hurt anybody with his gun slinging, but he was known to have a fascination with firearms. He converted part of a rear building at the estate into a firing range. Another display also opened Monday at Graceland's Sincerely Elvis Museum, which changes its exhibits annually to show off thousands of artifacts that are not part of regular displays at the mansion. The new show is focused on the explosion of Presley's career in 1956, when he got his first gold record and his first big-time TV exposure. Gerri Resch of Belford, N.J., saw Elvis on one of his first TV appearances and the clips shown in the exhibit "...brought back a lot of memories. One of my sisters, the older one, was going nuts," Resch said. "He seemed to make everybody happy. But of course our mother said he was disgusting."
Presley died of heart disease and drug abuse at Graceland in 1977. The "After Dark" exhibit makes no mention of how his use of prescription drugs may have affected his leisure activities. Presley also collected badges from police and sheriff departments around the country and was even given a federal law enforcement ID during an uninvited visit with President Richard Nixon in 1970. Red, blue and yellow dashboard lights similar to those used by police or fire departments also are part of "Elvis After Dark." Presley, a "special deputy" appointed by the local county sheriff, used the lights from time to time to play lawman. "Elvis was the type of guy that would pull over people who he thought were speeding and give them a warning and send them home with an autograph," Kern said.
A large photo shows Presley at the nighttime scene of a traffic accident near Graceland. Beside the picture is the red leather trench coat he was wearing. "He was passing by the accident scene and he stopped to see if he could help," Kern said. (News, Source: AP)
Comedian, David Spade's Elvis obsession: David Spage, star of 'Just Shoot Me' and 'Arrested Development', is an Elvis nut. From a recent talk with Arrested Development co-star, Rob Schneider:
"He's got Elvis' watch," Schneider said, pointing to Spade.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #45: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "If milk cow not give milk and butter, sell to slaughterhouse" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Liner note bloopers: Renan recently posted details of some of the hilarious name bloopers on the Brazilian edition of 'Elvis On Tour' (News, Source: FECC board):
-> Burning Love is titled Burning Low
Elvis Festival Celebrity Watch: Tupelo, Miss. -- The eighth Elvis Presley Festival will include a musical mix featuring gospel, hard rockers and tribute artists, organizers said. On June 2, the Main Stage will feature rockabilly trio The Dempseys, followed by country singer Jeff Bates and Travis LeDoyt, who shakes his hips like Elvis, who died on Aug. 16, 1977. New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth will close the opening night.
'Heartbreak Hotel' in Aussie charts: The new single, Heartbreak Hotel, debuted (with a bullet) at #37 on this week's ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart in Australia. (News, Source: ARIA)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #44: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who so hurt, probably not be able to sing about it" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Priscilla and Marco split: Tabloid story breaking news that Priscilla Presley and Marco Garibaldi have split. Priscilla and Garibaldi, an Italian raised in Brazil, have been together since 1986. Their son, Navarone, was born March 1, 1987. At the beginning of their relationship, Priscilla Presley, 60, and Garibaldi, 10 years younger, signed a promissory agreement that if they should break up, he will not write a book about her. The news will officially hit the papers tomorrow. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis cover story in Record Collector: The excellent British music mag, Record Collector, has great interviews with DJ Fontana and Ernst Jorgenson in its April 2006 issue. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Push continues for Elvis Presley International Airport: The "Elvis Presley International Airport, Memphis" campaign, first publicised by shrewd journalist, Scott Shepard, in the "Memphis Business Journal" 2001, and subsequently in newspapers around the globe, including "The Times" Online and the British "News of the World", raised a few eyebrows in the rest of the Memphis media.
New EPE exhibits open: Officially open now are two exciting new exhibitions in the Graceland visitor center – Elvis ’56 and Elvis After Dark, featuring a provocative array of items, culled from the vast Graceland archives, many of them never before shown.
The Elvis ’56 exhibit, located in the Sincerely Elvis museum in Graceland Plaza, is part of Graceland’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the year Elvis Presley’s career exploded and the music and popular culture of the world changed forever. The exhibit depicts the professional and personal highlights of this pivotal and dizzyingly fast-paced year of the legendary entertainer’s life with photography, footage, archival documents, wardrobe and personal items recalling his historic television appearances, his memorable concerts, his first mega-hit recordings, his first movie, the introduction of the big business of Elvis merchandising, and the first home his success allowed him to purchase for his family.
Also illustrated in the exhibit are the outpouring of adoration from his new legion of fans and the media critics’ reviews that ran from glowing praise for the new star to scathing pans of Elvis as some sort of strange curiosity to be dismissed.
Items in the Elvis '56 exhibit include the famous Gibson guitar Elvis used during many performances and recordings that year, his never before seen bedroom nightstand from the Audubon Drive home, his personal copies of his 1956 hit movie "Love Me Tender" and his first TV Guide cover and correspondence
between Elvis's manager and Ed Sullivan regarding details of his second appearance on the show in New York just to name a few.
The Elvis After Dark exhibit, located in a newly created exhibit area in the Graceland Crossing shopping center, is themed around that fact that, for much of his life, Elvis Presley was a “night person.”
By dark of night, Elvis moved about more freely than his fame allowed him by light of day. But, sometimes, he was just sitting up in bed at home with a good book and the television. And sometimes he was in the recording studio creating his next masterpiece or working his magic on stage in Las Vegas or on national concert tour in front of ecstatic, loving audiences.
Both exhibits are open during regular Graceland business hours. However, Elvis After Dark and the restaurant and shops of Graceland Crossing remain open well into the evening after all other Graceland Tours and Graceland Plaza operations have closed for the day. (News, Source: Elvis Express / EPE)
Opera star covers Elvis classic: Andrea Bocelli has recorded Can't Help Falling In Love. By all accounts it is a fantastic version, recorded live in Las Vegas for his new album 'Amore'. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis wasn't Charlie's only friend: Charlie Hodge fans have a message for Charlie's Decatur family. They want them to know how much they admired Charlie, who performed with and was a friend to Elvis Presley. Since THE DAILY's story on Charlie's death ran, fans from places such as Indiana, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Malaysia and England have written to Holly Hollman to share their thoughts of Charlie.
One wrote, "I pray he is having a great reunion with Elvis."
Another wrote that Charlie "was a legend also in his time and always will be remembered as the man beside the king of music."
A woman from Pennsylvania wrote that while driving through Knoxville in May 2005, she passed a Cadillac with the license plate ELVIS-10. "I'm sure it was Charlie Hodge," she wrote. (News, Source: Daily Decatur)
Elvis duck becomes biggest seller: EPE has told Elvis Insiders members that the Elvis Celebriduck has sold out more quickly than any of the other ducks in the Celebriduck collectible line and, we are hearing, they have become a much sought-after collectible. And coming soon, ehat we've all been waiting for, the '68 Comeback Duck (no kidding!) (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #43: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "How tiger and man interbreed to make tiger man?" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
'Elvis at 21: New York To Memphis' Albert Wertheimer book update: This hardback from Insight Editions featuring Albert Wertheimer's seminal Elvis photos from 1956 will be released in October 2006 in several editions. The regular hardcover will have 224 pages (ISBN:1933784016) has an RRP of US$60.00 (Amazon is offering it discounted to $37.80 + postage and handling) while the deluxe edition (248 pages; ISBN: 1933784113) will retail at a whopping US$395.00 (Amazon has it discounted to $248.85). (News, Source: Amazon)
New book - 'Elvis in the Lake and other stories': From PublishAmerica and written by this 164 page collection of short stories was released in the US last month. ISBN:1424118514. (News, Source: Amazon)
'Elvis Religion: The Cult of the King' book release update: This book by Gregory L. Reece, originally announced for release in the US late last month, has apparently been postponed until September 2006. (News, Source: Amazon/Amber Smith)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #42: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Girl returning letter so often not interested" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Yellow Wiggle's" amazing Elvis collection: We knew it be stunning and it was. Greg Page, aka the Yellow Wiggle, is an Elvis collector and some of his amazing 200 item Elvis collection was featured on the Australian TV show, Collectors, last night. Half of Greg's collection was once owned by Elvis including clothing, Elvis' Holy Bible, and the last Cadillac Elvis ever owned. Greg beat rap superstar, Puff Diddy, at auction to obtain the automobile. (News, Source: EIN)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #41: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Paralyzed man no cause to sing about it" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis Birthday Tour segment on Chicago TV: If you saw the Elvis Birthday Tour segment on "Upscale Chicago" last Thursday, please call FOX television at (312) 565-5532 and tell them that they you loved Upscale Chicago and the Elvis segment and would they please re-run it? and when? If you didn't see Upscale Chicago and the Elvis Birthday Tour segment on Thursday, please call FOX television at (312) 565-5532 and ask them when are they re-running that Upscale Chicago episode? and can they run it at an earlier time because its on too late.
A Chicago based TV show that filmed interviews and backstage preparations on the first night of this years Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour at the Paramont Arts Center in Aurora, IL will air the segment overnight on Thursday. The Upscale Chicago episode aired again overnight Thursday, March 16th, at 12:30 a.m. on WPWR channel 50 or usually channel 8 if on cable). For more information, please visit www.upscaletv.com Upscale Chicago with William Kelly - Upscale Chicago is a fast, funny, music-infused take on the world of luxury. On this week's Upscale Chicago, host William Kelly trades stories with Elvis friends, rock legend DJ Fontana and Myrna Smith of the Sweet Inspirations and learns what it was like to be Elvis from acclaimed tribute artists, Ryan Pelton and Shawn Klush. A whirlwind tour of Chicago's North Michigan Avenue, the historic Hotel Intercontinental and the premiere of the first Upscale TV music video with Motorbaby, are also featured. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
New book - 'Elvis: remembering August 16, 1977': Due for release in June 2006. Written by Ron Callamore. (News, Source: Scott Haigh, FECC board)
Continuing issues with site due to server crash: Our site host informs is it will now not be until tomorrow that all data is transferred following the recent server crash. EIN apologises for any pages currently missing, but fingers crossed you'll be able to access all of them by tomorrow. (News, Source; EIN)
EPE statement on future of Graceland et al: The EPE site has published a statement regarding plans for the future of Graceland, the surrounding area, Heartbreak Hotel, and possible tours of the upstairs part of the mansion. Not surprisingly, at this stage, there is no mention of the future of Elvis tribute artists. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: EPE)
Lisa Presley pregnant: Sources reveal that Lisa Marie Presley was pregnant when she tied the knot for the fourth time in January to Michael Lockwood. The couple is rumored to have been planning a spring wedding, but when the royalty rocker found she was expecting her third child, she moved the wedding date up considerably.
Lisa Marie and her new husband opted for a traditional Japanese ceremony which took place in the Far East with only 9 close friends and family.A friend reveals, "Lisa Marie was determined to look great for her wedding. I think she didn't want to be pregnant in her photographs. If they'd have waited until the spring when they were due to get married, the bump would have been showing."As soon as she found out she was pregnant in early January, she told Michael, 'Let's get married now.' They told the wedding planner she had five days to organize a wedding in Japan and told their families to pack their bags."
Another friend of the couple confirmed Lisa Marie’s pregnancy, saying, "Lisa didn't want to say anything till she was over the first trimester, but she and Priscilla are very happy." (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: Headline News)
Audoban Drive house auction postponed: The Ebay auction of our home, 1034 Audubon Drive, which was to begin on March 20, has been postponed again. The good news is that the current owners are working in agreement, probably for the first time, to sell this house properly.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #40: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who sing about cuddly toy not man" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
'Carol's Gifts & Collectibles' now open: Carol Light who lost her lease for 'Memories of Elvis' with EPE late last year has opened her new outlet. The address is: 7174 Stage Road, Highway 64, Suite #123, Bartlett, TN, 38133. You can also contact Carol by clicking here (News, Source: Carol Light)
EIN "all shook up" by server problems: Our apologies for the site being offline for nearly 48 hours. It was beyond our control and related to major server issues which are now rectified. (News, Source: EIN)
Single disc editions of "Aloha" & "Comeback Special" update: Following a scheduling delay, EPE has announced (and as usual EPE forgets the Internet is a global audience): 'As a follow-up to the smashing success of the release of Elvis: '68 Comeback - Deluxe Edition DVD (3-disc set) and Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii - Deluxe Edition DVD (2-disc set) in 2004, single-disc DVD releases are coming from EPE in August 2006. As with the deluxe sets, the distributor will be Sony BMG.
New King of Memphis: The parade of cars drove through the gates of Graceland, making its way up the driveway to the big house on the hill. Elvis Presley's home was closed to the public, but Memphis coach John Calipari had arranged for a private tour of this shrine for ESPN, which was filming two weeks of Tiger basketball for "The Season."
The tour guide was nattily dressed George Klein, the best man in Elvis' wedding, a host at a local casino and a longtime Memphis basketball junkie. For Klein, this was a labor of love. "If Elvis was alive today, he'd be a huge Memphis fan," Klein told Calipari.
Presley was a huge pro football fan before Klein introduced him to Wilt Chamberlain. "Elvis actually wanted to give a scholarship to the basketball team," Klein said. "But when we called, the university said the money had to be allocated to athletics in general and couldn't be earmarked for one sport.
"In the end, Elvis wound up giving an autographed picture to Wayne Yates, who was the coach at the time. Whenever Wayne would visit a recruit, he'd show the picture and tell them, 'Elvis is on our side.'"
NBA basketball moved in three years ago to this town built around a confluence of Beale Street blues and Memphis basketball. (News, Source: New York Daily News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #39: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who is loving you can't be loving me" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"And I Love You So" audience recording: Set for release is another import CD called "And I Love You So". It contains an audience recording from 1977, recorded in Milwaukee. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Bud Glass initiates DVD legal action: A company named 23rd Century Productions has pirated the Bud Glass DVD, Behind The Image Volume 1. The pirated release is inferior quality and fans are warned to avoid it. Bud has initiated legal proceedings to protect his material. (News, Source: Elvis The Man And His Music #71)
New book by Larry Geller: Larry Geller, Elvis former hairdresser and “spiritual” friend is working on a new book entitled “Leaves Of Elvis Garden”. It deals with Elvis interest in the spiritual world and contains conversations, Elvis’ experiences and passages and quotes from his favorite books and more. Larry claims he and Elvis discussed writing a book on this subject, this should be the extension of that. The reason for the title is that Larry gave Elvis a book “Leaves Of Morya’s Garden” which he buried in the Meditation Garden (leaves represent pages). (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited / Elvis News)
Stax Studio ignores "The King": On July 20-25 and December 10-16 1973, Elvis Presley recorded 29 songs at Stax studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Visitors taking a tour of the famous 'STAX' studio were able to see a small display featuring the album covers featuring the recordings and a Karate gi which he wore during one of the sessions.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #38: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who search for wife in Kentucky rain, search for sister too" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Only 4 artists recognised for non USA album sales: Abu posted the following on the Elvisnumberones.com Bulletin Board. It is sure to add fuel to the debate over Elvis' "unproven" global sales: "
A lot of the statistics for worldwide record sales of music artists are invented by magazines to boost their circulation or to bolster publicity for their favourite artist. Any publication giving estimates for worldwide sales for an artist must be treated with caution. Reliable estimates usually quote their methods for ascertaining their estimates and/or give their sources for their data.
Tracklist : 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (" 2001 A Space Odyssey " theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me ( Let Me Know ) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock ( with false start ) - 08. O Sole Mio ( by Sherrill Nielsen ) / It's Now Or Never - 09. Little Sister - 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. My Way - 12. Band Introductions - 13. Early Mornin' Rain - 14. What'd I Say - 15. Johnny B. Goode - 16. Drums Solo - 17. Bass Solo ( Blues ) - 18. Piano Solo - 19. Love Letters - 20. School Day - 21. Hurt ( with reprise ) - 22. Danny Boy ( by Sherrill Nielsen) - 23. Walk With Me ( by Sherrill Nielsen ) - 24. Polk Salad Annie - 25. Introduction of Miss Tennessee Terry Alden - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Approximate running time 67:26 (News, Source: FECC)
New Madison label release - "One Night Only!": About two weeks ago, the Madison label announced their immediate follow-up to ''Elvis - A Legendary Performer Volume 8'' would be the 2 CD set ''The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort.'' This great title is being pushed back to late May / early June to properly meet the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' performance in Fort Worth, TX on June 3rd, 1976.
In the meantime, Madison will present '' One Night Only! '' containing Elvis' inspired, one-time only Boston performance of November 10th, 1971. This show was previously released on disc in 1997 as '' The Power Of Shazam. '' Unfortunately, the sound quality left a lot to be desired, and diminished the impact of Elvis' tremendous effort that night. This is all about to change, as the Madison label managed to recently acquire a first-generation soundboard of Elvis' wild and rockin' night in the Boston Garden. The audio is excellent and will prove to be the best 1971 show ever released, period.
For those who missed ''The Power Of Shazam'' almost nine years ago, this is your chance to finally enjoy a very special night. For the ones who possess the older title, you will not be disappointed by '' One Night Only! " (News, Source: FECC)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #37: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Woman that suspicious needs dropping" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Country music exhibit to include Elvis: A new exhibit titled Guitars, Fiddles and Coats of Many Colors: Country Music Highlights from the Tennessee State Museum will open at downtown Nashville museum on March 22. The exhibit includes artifacts from Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, DeFord Bailey and others. Items also include the original 1947 guitar-shaped sign from the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and stage costumes designed by Nudie Cohn and Nathan Turk. The exhibit continues through January 2007. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis goes Latin: A PROFESSOR who calls himself the Roman Rocker is performing classic Elvis Presley songs — in LATIN. Dr Jukka Ammondt croons Nune Aeternatis, meaning I Surrender, and Nunc Hic Aut Nunquam, (It’s Now Or Never). He also sings as The King in Sumerian — the world’s oldest written language, which died out 4,000 years ago.
Elvii Radio in Las Vegas: Mardi Gras Hotel and Casino will host a three day event June 23, 24, 25, 2006. This event has been designated as the Elvii Radio Listener Appreciation Party. The 3 DAY event will consist of memorabilia, collectables, special guests, and an ETA Contest. There will be karaoke after the shows nightly until midnight! Showtime is 8pm Daily. Doors open at 7pm. Single Daily and Weekend Passes are available. Tickets are on sale now (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Jamie Coyne)
Shirley Bassey as actor "starstruck" over doodling Elvis: It has four costume changes, a plethora of stars, and one unmistakable voice. In Another Audience With ... Dame Shirley Bassey reveals her relationship with the stars, how she found her singing voice and why she loves Bond. She was asked...
(as) Coronation St actor Anthony Cotton was recently asked, "Have you ever been starstruck?"
"Oh God, yes - Elvis Presley. I went backstage to see him after his show in Las Vegas and I had one of those jumpsuits that were very fashionable in those days. There was a button there, (gestures to top of chest), and then it was open, and a button there, and then open, and a button there, and then open, right down to my navel. He started doodling on my skin - I can't go on, I still get goosebumps just talking about it. I went to my room and got undressed and looked in the mirror and there were all these crazy drawings on me. I never washed again!" (News/Odd Spot, Source: icwales.co.uk)
TV series in Austria with all Elvis soundtrack: Austria has a new TV-series with an all Elvis soundtrack. The hero with the same name in Kupetzky is an Elvis fan. The obvious like Heartbreak Hotel is played, but also more or less rarities like Stranger in the Crowd and the rehearsal of My Way are used. The show aires every Thursday on ORF 1. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis Radio on Sirius honors Charlie Hodge: Elvis Radio/Sirius Satellite 13 will present replays of two special programs that remember the late Charlie Hodge, longtime friend of Elvis Presley, who died on March 3.
More cities and casting will be announced. Christopher Ashley will reprise his role as director. The original Broadway creative team which featured set design by David Rockwell and costume design by David C. Woolard is also expected to contribute to the tour.
All Shook Up ran for 213 performances on Broadway from March 24, 2005 to September 25th.
The musical is inspired by the music of Elvis Presley. It tells the story of a guitar playing man who shakes up an Eisenhower-era American town and brings romance, rebellion, and rock-n-roll into the life of a small town girl.
Some of Elvis' songs included in the score are "Blue Suede Shoes," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Jailhouse Rock," and of course "All Shook Up." (News, Source: monstersandcritics.com)
The Top 10 Sellers of Albums Worldwide: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industries (IFPI) estimated in January the worldwide album sales of the Top 10 artists. These 'stats' were printed in the March edition of 'Record Collector" magazine. (News, Source: Paul Wood, Elvisnumberones Bulletin Board)
DVD release of "Elvis On Tour" postponed: According to Elvis Unlimited, the 'bare bones' DVD release of "Elvis On Tour" has been postponed. And if EIN interprets the amazon.de site correctly, it appears the release is postponed until 31 December 2006, perhaps suggesting it isn't coming, and we need to wait for the rumored special edition release. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited/ EIN )
Presley says "I married Michael Jackson to hide!": Serial bride LISA MARIE PRESLEY insists she married pop superstar MICHAEL JACKSON because he could empathise with her upbringing in the limelight. The daughter of rock legend ELVIS PRESLEY - who recently wed guitarist MICHAEL LOCKWOOD - now realises her nuptials with Jackson were a lapse in judgement. She says, "I have never met a man who could cope with me, who I am, the Presley name. Which is why I married someone even more famous than myself. "Hiding behind someone else was, I guess, easier, although not necessarily the right thing to do." (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: Contact Music)
Janelle McComb Memorial drive: Elvis Presley's Good Luck Charms Fan Club of Alabama is working together with the Tupelo Birthplace to raise money for a memorial for the late friend of Elvis, Janelle McComb. They ask that any donations be sent to:
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #35: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who rhumba in sports car drink too much Margarita" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Tiger Man Alt. Anthology Volume 2" CD: A new import release from the Shake label entitled "Tiger Man Alt. Anthology Volume 2" (EPCD 2) will be out soon. This CD contains various alternate and undubbed studio versions, jams and rehearsals. The details of the track listing are not yet confirmed.
Click to view latest Elvis graphic by Charmaine: "Mr Cool"
"Inside G.I. Blues" book update: Elvis Unlimited's Henrik Knudsen posted this message on the FECC board regarding the upcoming book & single package, Inside G.I. Blues (see original news story 6 March 2006):
"The single will include a very rare radio promo. The DVD will include some unreleased footage from 1960.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #34: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man with wooden heart probably puppet on a string" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #33: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man whose wish came true, not ask for enough" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Good Rockin' Tonight - Canadian Elvis contest will raise funds for breast cancer: Dust off those blue suede shoes and prepare to get all shook up -- Elvis is coming to Oshawa. Make that 10 Elvis impersonators and one Buddy Holly for good measure. On March 26, the Canadian Legion will be hosting an afternoon of hip swivelling and lip quivering to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ten Elvis impersonators from across Ontario will be on hand to vie for the people's choice award, joined by special guests Robin Kelly, the 2002 Collingwood Elvis Grand Champion, and Oshawa resident James Begley who will be making his debut as Buddy Holly.
"I've been doing Elvis for almost four years and I realized that there are 40,000 Elvis impersonators in North America," Mr. Begley said. "I don't want to get lost in the shuffle, so I thought I'd try Buddy Holly too."
It will be an adjustment for local fans who are used to seeing him perform everything from 50s Elvis tunes in gold lame, to the King's later songs dressed in leather and white Vegas jumpsuits. But Mr. Begley says he is excited to tackle Buddy and is ready with the singer's signature bow tie and glasses. The showcase is being presented by Ladyluckmusic.com, a Montreal based all-Elvis radio station that brings Elvis look-a-likes and their fans together for fundraisers all over Canada. Organizer Nora Cleaveley, a huge Elvis fan, is confident that the event will attract a crowd. "Elvis popularity is at an all-time high right now. I think it's because his music is something the whole family can enjoy, from kids to seniors," she said. "And almost everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, so this is a cause people want to support."
Net proceeds from the show will go to support the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The Oshawa People's Choice Elvis Contests takes place March 26 at Royal Canadian Legion branch 43 located at 471 Simcoe St. S., in Oshawa. Doors open at noon and the show gets underway at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available in advance at Wilson and Lee Music, 87 Simcoe St. N., or 905-725-4706 or by calling the legion at 905-723-4511 (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Are Elvis tribute artists an endangered species?: The new owner of the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas is concerned about a possible ban on Elvis impersonators. Brendan Paul not only owns the Chapel, but he is a veteran Elvis impersonator. It seems that Robert F.X. Sillerman owns the rights to control Elvis' name and likeness. He is planning a major Elvis presence in Las Vegas and told the New York Times he has not decided the fate of the Elvis Impersonators.
The founder and creator of "Legends in Concert" believes it would be impossible to put a stop to the impersonators. John Stuart said, "You've got 20,000 Elvis impersonators out there. He could never stop all of them. Besides there is First Amendment protection." Years ago, Stuart paid Elvis Presley Enterprises $100,000 for the right to use "Elvis" in his lineup.Another local impersonator, Steve Connolly, stated that he did 700 shows his first year in Las Vegas. Top impersonators are said to make over $300,000 a year. No way are they going away without a fight.So if your dream wedding is to be married by "Elvis," then you might want to book your flights and exchange your vows before Sillerman takes the dream away. (News/Almost Elvis/Sale of EPE, Source: Amber Smith)
EPE's Heartbreak Hotel to be demolished!: The New York Times reports that the 'Heartbreak Hote', across from Graceland,l will be demolished and Elvis' presence will return to Las Vegas. The news report includes:
The Walk The Line soundtrack, featuring Cash songs sung by actor Joaquim Phoenix, is No. 4 on the ARIA album chart and has gone gold. There are four Cash compilations in the charts. It is the first time in ARIA history that one artist has had four albums (five if you count the Walk The Line soundtrack) in the Top 40. Cash, who died in 2003, also has two entries in the DVD charts with the Highwaymen Live at No. 5 and Johnny Cash Live Montreaux 1994 at No. 14. And Cashmania shows no signs of slowing thanks to the discovery of unreleased tapes at the House of Cash, the family headquarters in Tennessee. (News, Source: Herald Sun, Australia)
EIN Comment: It's great to see the fantastic talent of Johnny Cash getting deserved recognition. However, we doubt his current chart success will endure. Elvis' success in the charts, in memorabilia sales, in visitor numbers to Graceland etc puts him in a class above other deceased rock stars.
Elvis Presley Tupelo festival to feature gospel, hard rock: The eighth Elvis Presley Festival will include a musical mix featuring gospel, hard rockers and tribute artists, organisers said. The Main Stage will feature rockabilly trio, The Dempseys, on June 2, followed by country singer Jeff Bates and Travis LeDoyt, who shakes his hips like Elvis. New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth will close the opening night.The Main Stage's June 3 lineup includes country artists Chris Cagle and Chely Wright, as well as hard-rocking Saliva. At the Fairpark Stage, the recreation of Elvis' triumphant 1956 homecoming concert will feature a trio of tribute artists, Donny Edwards, Jamie Aaron Kelley and Brandon Bennett. In addition, Kay Bain and The Mornin' Show Band, Sonny Burgess and The Pacers and The Dempseys will perform.
On June 4, First United Methodist Church will host The Landmarks and LeDoyt during a gospel show that also will include Elvis' backing vocalists, The Jordanaires. Presley was born in Tupelo but moved with his parents in 1948 to Memphis, Tennessee, where he later began his recording career. Presley died in Memphis on August 16, 1977. (News, Source: HindustanTimes.com)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #32: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who kiss' cousins go beyond the bend" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis (and ABBA) helps surgeon operate: Sydney neurosurgeon Charles Teo says without the "pleasant background" of Abba or Elvis love songs while he operates his stress levels would be compounded by other audible distractions, such as the beeping of the monitors or the chatter of a nurse. (News, Source: The Age, Australia)
New book - "Inside G.I. Blues": According to a post by Tony on the FECC board, Inside G.I. Blues is due for release later this year. The release is apparently being produced by Elvis Unlimited and not the legendary Ger Rijff. Rijff was the man behind the superb book releases, Inside Loving You; Inside Jailhouse Rock; and Inside King Creole. (News, Source: FECC)
Sonny West book update: Sonny West's new book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business is currently in the hands of agent Tony Seidl, with three publishing houses expressing an interest in it. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Long time club president resigns: Tommy Ooi has resigned as President of the International Elvis Presley Fan Club, a unique multi-nation fan club in Southeast Asia. Ooi cites needing "a break from all the pettiness and quarrels", and is being replaced by Kevin Wong, a 20 year member of the club. Tommy Ooi will be remembered for being a high profile club president with a lot of energy. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Upcoming DVD Release - "Elvis The Early Years": Universal, in Australia, is releasing the mid-priced DVD, Elvis The Early Years on 17 May 2005. More details when we receive them. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis returns to Australian TV: Parts of the Nine network in Australia will be screening "It Happened At The World's Fair" on Saturday 11 March at 1.30pm. Check your local guide. (News, Source: EIN)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #31: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who kiss her quick probably do too much monkey business" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Charlie Hodge Viewing and Funeral Service: (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
The death of "Sir Charles": Bill E. Burk sent this message last night about the death of Charlie Hodge:
"We just arrived back from Connie's birthday dinner and got hit smack in the face with news that Charlie Hodge died this afternoon in Pigeon Forge, TN. I've made the necessary calls to verify this. Sir Charles died this afternoon in Intensive Care at the hospital. He had been hospitalized earlier this week from adverse reactions to his radiation treatments for cancer, but that got settled and he went home about two days ago. Today he took a turn for the worse and was rushed back to the hospital's IC ... but did not pull thru this time". (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Letters of condolences may be sent to:
Campaign for Charlie Hodge Memorial: Charmaine Voisine sent the following message: "Dear Elvis Fans and Friends, I feel that there should be someone to initiate a "Memorial Plaque for Charlie Hodge" to be placed at Graceland - after all Charlie was Elvis' closest friend and confidante. How does everybody else feel about this idea and how something like this should be initiated? Charmaine."
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #30: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who have hard headed woman have hard luck .... " (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Elvis" dreams of walking Oscars 'red carpet': Impersonating a fat Elvis from the 1970s, Michael Romeo stood on Hollywood Boulevard Thursday in a white jumpsuit and cape and dreamed of walking the red carpet as an Oscar nominee. With preparations for the Oscars in full flight -- the red carpet is laid, the bleachers are up and a block of the famed street is closed off -- Romeo lamented his business of posing as Elvis was suffering.
“This is costing me $100 a day in lost money,” said Romeo, who for three years has posed for snapshots with tourists on the heart of Hollywood Boulevard in return for tips. But like many in Hollywood, he is an actor hoping for his big break.
“I am going to make it. I just need some new head shots, and an agent. Elvis needs an agent,” he said, standing yards from where workers laid plastic sheeting to protect the red carpet, where Hollywood’s biggest stars will walk after arriving for Sunday’s 78th Academy Awards ceremony. “I just need two good movies to take me from here to that red carpet,” said Romeo, who has appeared as an extra in some films. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Amber Smith)
Charlie has been performing nightly at the Memories Theatre for the past few years and he was only diagnosed in December 2005 that he had lung cancer and continued to perform despite that he had cancer, like Elvis, he was a true and dedicated performer for the love of his fans. We have designed a forum where fans of Elvis Presley and Charlie Hodge can come together to post up messages of condolences for the family of Charlie Hodge and also to post up messages they can share with the the Elvis community of friends and fans ~ their own experiences of meeting Charlie Hodge , spending time with him ~ or seeing him perform LIVE ~
This forum is in Memory of a wonderful person and great friend and confidante to our beloved Elvis Presley We would like to welcome you all to join this forum and post your messages - we will be making sure that his family and friends see this forum To join:- http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Charlie-Hodge or :-
Leading Elvis tribute artist back after suffering a stroke: On 16 April Frank Anthony will make his Comeback during the EASTERPOP festival 2006 in The Netherlands. On December 22, 2005 , Frank Anthony had a stroke at his home. After he awoke, Frank noticed his motor dysfunction of his rightside of his body. He and his family instantly knew there was something wrong with his health. Shortly after calling an ambulance the paramedics arrived and brought Frank to the hospital. In the hospital Frank had another stroke in the emergency room! Within 72 hours Frank's condition improved. (News, Source: Frank Anthony)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #29: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Granny who get eaten by gator need good luck charm not polk salad" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Loving You" DVD giveaway in Ireland: Following the U.K edition of the Daily Mail free "Loving You" DVD give-a-way the Irish Daily Mail comes with a free "Loving You" DVD too this weekend. According to a posting on the FECC forum there were "plenty of TV Ads this afternoon showing clips of Elvis singing 'Party', 'Teddy Bear', and 'Got a Lot of Loving to Do'. Scenes with Lizabeth Scott and Dolores Hart". (News, Source: FECC/Elvis News)
Priscilla Presley's linen range "fit for the King": BEING privy to the finest linens at Elvis Presley's Graceland is undoubtedly going to influence a girl. So it was no wonder Priscilla Presley -- in Australia to launch her linens range with design partner Bruno Schiavi -- this week declared her range "fit for the King". One of the world's most-famous widows hosted a catwalk show of her expensive collection of bed linens, cushions, towels and bath robes -- and there wasn't a leopard print or any blue suede in sight.
The range is as impeccably put together as the woman herself, who, at 60, looks best when she breaks her carefully maintained porcelain veneer with a giggle, as opposed to her media-wary smile. Conceding her taste for luxury between the sheets stems from her Elvis days, she said that was her first introduction to finery and once she'd slept in fine linens, she couldn't go back. The collection is top-end, but according to Presley, provides the best means for a good night's sleep. (News, Source: Herald Sun/Sanja Meegin)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #28: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man want precious Lord take hand already sold other parts to Devil" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Presleys PUNK'D the press: LISA MARIE PRESLEY managed to keep her Japanese wedding to guitarist MICHAEL LOCKWOOD a secret for a month. Media outlets which got hold of photos from the rocker's unorthodox Kyoto nuptials last month (FEB06) were told the ceremony had just happened - but now her mother PRISCILLA admits her daughter "punk'd" the press because the wedding actually took place in January (06). The proud mum says, "She had her dream, she wanted to see how long she could get away with it and it was great because she got away with it for a month." (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: Contact Music/Sanja Meegin)
Special officer for Elvis?: The Parkes Elvis Festival committee will investigate the possibility of funding a coordinator to oversee the planning of all future Elvis festivals. From humble beginnings the festival has grown in popularity over the years to become the region's premier January attraction. This year's event generated an estimated $4million in tourist revenue during the three day staging with thousands flocking to Parkes from throughout Australia and overseas.
Parkes Shire Council's Tourist Manager Monique Kronk said the Elvis committee had identified the need to do some long-term business planning to guarantee the festival's success. In recognising that the committee was strongly reliant on the support of Council she said strategic planning was now required to ensure the festival's growth remains sustainable - both financially and in its future impact on the town's infrastructure. "The committee intends to engage an events consultant in the next few months to workshop planning issues and opportunities,' Ms Kronk said. "They will also explore the feasibility of funding a future coordinator for the festival. A coordinator with event and management expertise is required to lead the volunteer festival committee through this important growth stage."
Ms Kronk said that options were currently being explored on how an Elvis Festival coordinator might work alongside or be combined with the proposed new Shire Events Officer. (News, Source: Parkes..Your Guide, Australia)
Elvis related items in online auction (search for "Elvis")
Online tool to aid planning for trip to Graceland: Planning a visit to tour Graceland just got easier. GracelandTours.com is the ultimate way to plan and organize a trip to Memphis to experience Elvis's home in Memphis. In addition to details about the different Graceland tours and packages, information about Heartbreak Hotel and links to other Memphis attractions, the site also includes home movies and a link to the live GracelandCam. (News, Source: EPE)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #27: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Hard headed woman need man with wooden heart" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Sir Charles" health update: Bill Burk tells us: "I notice all kinds of reports are flying on the Elvis newsgroups relating to Charlie Hodge, so here is the straight poop, right out of Pigeon Forge, TN, as of 12.50 p.m., Tuesday, 28 February. Charlie suffered a reaction to the radiation treatments he's been undergoing and it was bothering his eating. He was hospitalized and the problem was found immediately. For precaution, Sir Chaz was kept in the hospital a couple of extra days.
Charlie went home yesterday (27 Feb). While he wanted to return to the stage at Memories Theater immediately, he's being asked, for his own good, to rest at home for a couple of weeks. The doctors said, after X-rays, that Sir Chaz is showing "some improvement." He will undergo another scan in about two weeks. It wouldn't be Charlie otherwise, but while in pain in the beginning of his hospital stay, I'm told he kept the nurses laughing. It can't get any straighter than this". (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
The Imperials In Italy: The Imperials will debut in Milano (Italy) during a Gospel event from the Italian fan club Elvis Friends on May 13, 2006. For more information on this event visit our event section. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #26: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who say you never walk alone, probably stalker" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
Ghost of Elvis Appears on Office Depot Receipt: Could this really be the ghost of Elvis? Jenna Cage of Northern California was looking up an Office Depot rebate receipt when she discovered the ghostly image of the King eerily manifested on the receipt itself. The detailed features of the eyes, nose, and mouth are unmistakable--could this really be proof that Elvis lives?
Jenna recounts the eerie circumstances leading to the discovery of the Elvis ghost. "Last month, shortly after Christmas, I purchased 2 laptops from Office Depot. There was a mail-in rebate offer which I immediately sent in after my purchase. I had not received the rebate check so I got out the copies of the rebate paperwork with intentions to call Office Depot so they can look up the status of my rebate.
Number of Elvis eBay listings rise: A recent search of "Elvis Presley" on eBay brought up a staggering 31, 536 listings!EIN thinks it would be interesting to see what percentage of the listings and what types of Elvis items actually sell. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #25: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who indescribably blue, probably been dead long time" (Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Sir Charles" hospitalised: Elvis’ long time friend, army body and guitarist, Charlie Hodge, has been hospitalized due to his ongoing battle with cancer. Charlie has been fighting the 'Big C' for some time. Our thoughts are with Charlie and his family. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Priscilla offended by tabloid headline: Priscilla Presley says she is offended by suggestions there is something wacky about her family. Tabloid magazines this week labelled as "kooky kabuki" her daughter Lisa Marie's marriage to musician Michael Lockwood in Japan, with both wearing kimonos."It does offend me," Presley told AAP in Sydney. "It was not wacky in any sense of the word because you appreciate a culture and you appreciate tradition, that is wacky for somebody to say that."
Lisa Marie and Lockwood exchanged vows in a traditional Japanese ceremony on January 22, both wearing traditional Japanese costumes. It was a fourth marriage for Lisa Marie who has previously been married to Nicolas Cage, Michael Jackson and Danny Keough, the father of her two children. Priscilla Presley walked her daughter down the aisle and gave her away."The wackyness isn't on our end," said Presley. "I don't think we have ever been known to be wacky."Maybe having lived our whole lives in front of everyone, things might look that way but this was so well thought out and she is very happy." Presley described Lisa Marie's wedding as "beautiful". "The wedding was everything she wanted and the mood was so tranquil and very traditional in dress," she said.
Priscilla Presley arrived in Australia on Saturday for the worldwide launch of her bed linen range with Australian fashion designer Bruno Schiavi, titled The Priscilla Presley Collection. The 60-year-old was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973 and has two children, Lisa Marie with Presley and Navarone Garibaldi with partner Marco Garibaldi. She acknowledged that Elvis, who died of a heart attack in 1977, was always going to be a big part of her life.
"It was such an impactful era that I think everyone feels they own a little bit of Elvis," she said after the launch at Sydney's inner city Myer department store. "As far as separating myself, I can't really deny that was history and I was very much a part of history in that sense. "It was a great time, a great era and a great loss". (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Menphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowlt lost to Delta Automatic Transmission. 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was ofered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m