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:
New restaurant to open at "Elvis Presley's Memphis" (News, Source: EPE)
Celebrity photographer dies: Photographer Peter C. Borsari, whose celebrity snapshots over three decades included candid moments of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Jack Nicholson, has died. He was 67. He captured images in 1969 of Elvis performing at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas (including the press conference), Elvis meeting Tom Jones back stage and Elvis performing at the Forum in Los Angeles. (News, Source: AP)
Jimmy Hoffa in Elvis' grave!: Conspiracy theorists have floated the hypothesis that it is Jimmy Hoffa, not Elvis, in Elvis Presley's grave. (Odd Spot, Source: ProgressiveU)
Elvis 2006 CD releases update: The moment your back is turned a plethora of new Elvis CD releases, both Official and Bootleg, get announced! Twenty-Nine years after The King 'stopped recording' how can the Elvis collector still afford it? Today we've added yet another 14 new Elvis CDs to our ever-growing EIN list.
Elvis 1956 Exhibit at Graceland: A temporary exhibit in the Sincerely Elvis Museum, part of the Graceland complex, focuses on Presley's revolutionary year in pop music. Displayed are the Gibson guitar he played in numerous 1956 concerts, correspondence between Presley's manager and Ed Sullivan, and an original TV Guide magazine with Elvis on the cover, unearthed in September from Elvis' father Vernon Presley's Graceland office. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
"Elvis The Early Years" mini-series DVD for Japanese release: The 2005 'Elvis' CBS Mini-Series starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Randy Quaid will be released on DVD in Japan on 11 August. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
DJ Fontana & Steve Binder in Belgium: Elvis' former drummer D.J. Fontana will be reunited with 1968 TV-Special director Steve Binder for the 45th. anniversary of the United Elvis Society of Belgium. For more details, visit our event section. (News, Source: The United Elvis Presley Society / Elvis News)
The Imperials in Belgium: On October 7, 2006 the Imperials will be in Belgium (Europe) for the "A Touch Of Gospel" concert from the Belgian fan club Elvis Matters. More details in the Elvis Matters event section. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)
ELVIS PRESLEY SUMMERFESTIVAL ***** JUNE 25, 2006 *****: Do you know a better way to welcome the summer of 2006? One complete day with Elvis as top priority. Just take your good spirit, sit down, enjoy and relax. Take all your Elvis friends to this special day. You all know that at June 26th 1977 Elvis gave his last concert in Indianapolis, so that's why this date has been set. We'd like to show you some great Elvis shots on big screen, do some singing (karaoke) for those who would like to join and ofcourse we treat you with the best music the world has ever known. The restaurant will take care of some Elvis menu's and you are able to buy your souvenirs, cd's, dvd's as always. A special Elvis car will drive around Rotterdam. Inside the car you will feel right at home, so you could drive around just for fun, even though you don't need any transport. We'd like to give our special thanks to Peter de Wolf and the cafe owner Richard, for his involvement in setting up this meeting! Date: 25th June 2006....Eetcafe "de Schuimspaan"....Laan op Zuid 984-986....3071 AC Rotterdam..... + 31 104848606 (News, Source: Freia Roos)
Virgin Mega Store, New York selling FTDs: According to a post by Mike C. on the FECC board, the Union Square Virgin Mega Store in New York has "Loving You" and "Something For Everybody" for US$35.00. (News, Source: FECC)
BMG Canada's new release: BMG Canada has a new series titled 2xPlatinum, included in this series are Elvis Presley & Elvis packaged together. (News, Source: Barry, FECC board)
Plan to launch "Elvisology" qualification for tribute artistes: If you passed an ology you could become a scientist, according to the classic TV advert. But a new qualification, the Elvisology, is more likely to lead to a career in a white jump suit than a white coat.
The course is the brainchild of author and music fan Peter Phillips, who announced his plan at the press launch of this year's Porthcawl Elvis Festival, which he began in 2004. Having been successful in discovering and helping to launch new tribute artists through the autumn event and the spin-off Welsh Elvis Idol competition, Mr Phillips thought the time was right to formalise the process. He said: 'I'm in touch with the South East Wales Open College Network and I'm also talking it through with Bridgend College.
'The course will probably consist of existing learning modules in performing arts, business management and marketing and new specialist modules for business planning in the Elvis market, and performance in the Elvis market.' I anticipate the Elvisology will be gained over a two-week residential course, although this could change, and would rank alongside a BTec.' It will be for people who want to actually position themselves professionally in the Elvis market, which is enormous and highly lucrative.'
Nineteen-year-old Dave Smith, of Cwmaman, Aberdare, who ditched his job in Tesco to become a full-time tribute artist after being crowned Welsh Elvis Idol 2005, said the course may be a good option for those who also want to reach for the stars.' I think it could help people get to grips with the business side of things,' he said. This year's Porthcawl Elvis Festival, the largest event of its kind in Europe, takes place between September 29 and October 1. Highlights include the world premiere of the Elvis Story musical at the Grand Pavilion. The heats of this year's Welsh Elvis Idol take place at Bridgend's McArthurGlen Designer Outlet on Saturday, June 10. For more information go to www.elvies.co.uk (Almost Elvis/News, Source: South Wales Echo)
"Like WWII battle" as Elvis phenomenon hits Canada in 1957 (Concert Review): Toronto Star critic Hugh Thomson could only complain about aching ears when he returned from Maple Leaf Gardens the night of April 2, 1957, after watching Elvis Presley in what was the area's first major arena rock and roll concert — a crowd headlined "His Largest Ever."The paper was impressed enough at the Elvis phenomenon to interview almost anyone who would talk about the liver-lipped, hip-swivelling 22-year-old, riding high on hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and "Don't be Cruel." There were stories about Elvis the marketing phenomenon, and how his crafty manager, Col. Tom Parker, was selling some 60 items, including Elvis busts, glow-in-the-dark photos, bobby sox, lipstick (in Hound Dog orange, Heartbreak Hotel pink and Tutti Frutti red) and "a pomade for kids with unruly hair." There were also plenty of stories about his hypnotic effect on women, complete with interviews with females from 4 to 64. A cutline under photos of shrieking fans read: "Flash cameras popping made the arena look like a World War II battle. Psychologist saw nothing abnormal in squeals." However, Thomson noted he really couldn't hear much actual music, because of the sustained screaming of the 23,000 fans who attended the back-to-back performances. "I've heard it said that the lurchin' urchin, Elvis the Pelvis, hasn't any kind of singing voice, and I was anxious to hear if there was anything in the rumour," Thomson complained. "Frankly, after all of his rock 'n' roll ballads, delivered with a ferocious intensity and manoeuvres known in the burlesque business as "all-out grinds and bumps," I still have no way of knowing. I just didn't hear one note or word he sang." (News. Source: TheStar.com)
Price of select Elvis book titles rising: ElvisBookResearch reports that in the past 12 months the prices paid for select Elvis book titles has risen significantly. In particular, the following books have seen a particularly good rise in what fans are willing to pay for them:
ElvisBookResearch reports that while certain titles and authors are attractive to buyers, the majority of Elvis books listed on ebay fail to sell, even those priced very low. ElvisBookResearch tracked the sale of Elvis books on ebay from 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
"Over The Fence" book updated: The book "Over The Fence" by Elvis Presley's former neighbour Sara Erwin has been updated. This 2006 edition comes with a new chapter and unreleased photos from collector Russ Howe and is signed by the author. (News, Source: Essential Elvis / Elvis News)
CKX enters into new credit deal: CKX Inc., which produces the American Idol TV show, said Thursday it entered into a $125 million revolving credit agreement with several lenders. The revolving credit facility is led by Bear Stearns & Co. and includes UBS Securities LLC, The Bank of New York, Lehman Commercial Paper Inc. and Credit Suisse. The new facility will replace the company's previous $50 million facility, which the company said it has not drawn on. The available loan pool could help the company finance acquisitions and joint ventures, said Robert F.X. Sillerman, chairman and chief executive, in a statement.CKX, aside from owning the company that produces American Idol, also owns a 85 percent stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., which licenses the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, as well as operates Graceland. Shares of its stock fell 33 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $12.56 in afternoon trading on 25 May on the Nasdaq. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: AP)
More DVD reissues in Japan: On 7 July 2006 the following DVD titles will reissued in Japan: King Creole; G.I. Blues; Blue Hawaii; Fun In Acapulco; & Paradise, Hawaiian Style. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
Elvis Week Art Contest - Application Form Now Available: EPE is now calling out to artists who wish to participate in the Elvis Week 2006 Elvis Art Contest & Exhibit in August. Here is the event listing with a link for artists to find out how to do so:
Elvis Week Art Contest & Exhibit Daily, August 9-15. Exhibit in place in the ticket office pavilion in Graceland Plaza. Free admission to view this exhibition of Elvis-themed artwork from amateur and professional artists from around the world. Artists wishing to enter their work may click here for guidelines for participation and an application form. (News, Source: EPE)
Click for interesting article on "Elvis and Tupelo"
DVD re-releases in Japan: On June 9 the following DVDs will be re-released in Japan: "Girls! Girls! Girls!"; "Roustabout"; and "Easy Come, Easy Go". Then on June 23, the DVD boxset, "The Definitive Elvis", will also be reissued. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
UK DVD & CD releases: In the UK the Elvis movies "Speedway" and "The Trouble With Girls" have been re-released on DVD by Warner Home Video (region 2). No information is available on audio or bonus material. Set for release on the "Most Famous Hits" label on June 5, 2006 is a 2 CD release entitled "The Album" (Catalogue Number: DCD6525B). On June 27 the UK United States Of Dist. label will release the CD "Interviews & Music" (Catalogue Number: CDU Part# 7111769). (News, Source: Amazon.co.uk /Elvis News)
Graceland not happy visuals of DVDs released: Yesterday, EIN and other major Elvis websites published news and images relating to the single disc editions of the Aloha and Comeback Special DVDs and the six "genre" CD albums. While our story made it clear the artwork for the remaining three "genre" albums was provisional, this was not also stated for the DVDs, the visuals for which it turns out are quite different to the final artwork.
In response, EPE's Todd Morgan issued a strongly worded statement published on Elvis News. In addition, EIN and a number of other sites were asked by Sony BMG to remove the news story from their sites (which EIN promptly did). This action was redundant in light of the message from EPE.
EIN believes that even if the original advice to sites failed to note the DVD artwork was final this is not a major issue. The story served as important pr for the releases, and while some fans may believe the story was misleading, an alternative strategy on EPE's part would have been simply to draw site owner's attention to the erroneous artwork and we all could have amended the story. It is unfortunate that this matter has been made more than it needed to be.
Having said this (and removed the offending images), Sony BMG Australia is planning to release the single disc DVD editions of Aloha & the Comeback Special on 7 August. The Special Edition of "68" features a newly edited and expanded version and video collection of fun moments from throughout the shooting of the special and a new photo slide show (total running time: 94min). The Special Edition of "Aloha" features again post-concert "insert" songs and in addition (compared to to the deluxe version) a new photo slide (total running time: 87min).
Also that month Sony BMG Australia intends to release the three remaining "genre" albums, Elvis Live, Elvis R&B and Elvis Movies. EIN has re-published the other news about the planned "Elvis on Ed Sullivan" DVD below. (News, Source: EIN/Sony BMG)
Can you help? - amateur footage needed for new Elvis documentary: Carly McHugh needs our help. She is currently putting the finishing touches on the script for the upcoming documentary, "Elvis Aaron Presley, How Great Thou Art". Carly desperately needs some amateur video footage of Elvis to include in the film. Carly is willing to pay for the footage and acknowledge its source in the film's credits. If you can help please contact Carly. (News, Source: Carly McHugh)
President Bush may visit Graceland with Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi: When Junichiro Koizumi makes his last visit to the US as Japanese premier next month, he will pay homage to the president and the King.
Elvis featured on Fifa World Cup CD: The official CD from the Fifa World Cup soccer championship features Elvis' version of "Always On My Mind" (remastered). (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin Forum / Elvis News)
EPE's relief for travellers - "tank,you, tank you very much" campaign: With gas prices rising as fast as an Elvis hit on the charts, Graceland (http://www.elvis.com/ ) is helping visitors offset their increased travel costs. Through June 30, 2006, visitors to Elvis Presley's Graceland will save $3.00 off their Platinum Tour ticket when they present a gas receipt and a coupon downloaded from the free online Graceland Trip Planner. http://www.elvis.com/gracelandtours/
The new program called "Tank you, Tank you very much" was developed as a way to help visitors planning a trip to Memphis and feeling the pinch of increased gas prices around the country. "Over 75% of the visitors to Graceland arrive by automobile, so we want to let them know we understand the prices are high, and thank them for coming," stated Graceland spokesperson Kevin Kern. (News, Source: EPE)
Original 'Clambake' LP fetching high prices: With FTD to release the Clambake soundtrack in July it is interesting to see copies of the original vinyl album selling for high prices on ebay and through dealers. In particular, original 'mono' editions and copies of the LP with the color picture insert are selling for up to US$130.00.
The Clambake film and soundtrack are often maligned, yet the film is an easy-to-watch, fun 90 minutes and apart from the excellent 'bonus songs' on the soundtrack album, there are several first-rate recordings in You Don't Know Me; The Girl I Never Loved, and A House That Has Everything. (News, Source: ebay/EIN)
July FTD releases confirmed: FTD announced today that they will add another title to their
planned releases for July 1. This one will be a 7" deluxe edition of Elvis' first LP 'Elvis Presley'. It will be made like the other releases in the classic album series. It will of course feature the original album plus outtakes. As a special bonus will there also be included a very interesting unreleased radio interview with Elvis from 1956.
Act Naturally: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and "rocksploitation.": EIN recently came across this erudite analysis of Elvis and Beatles films. It is an excellent article going way beyond the usual surface analysis of the Elvis' body of film work. (Celluloid Elvis/Spotlight, Source: Screening The Past)
"This Is Elvis DVD update: In issue #323, the UK music magazine, Record Collector, mentions that Warner will be releasing a 2 disc DVD of 'This Is Elvis' in August 2007. This follows Sid Shaw's earlier info that his contact in Warner had indicated the same thing. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Marian Cocke's husband dies: From EPE: "We wanted to let you know that Marian Cocke's husband passed away this morning at home. He had been ill recently and had returned home from the hospital. His visitation will be Tuesday, May 22 at Memorial Park on Poplar here in Memphis from 5 - 8 pm. His funeral service will be at Lindenwood Church on Wednesday at 2:00 pm.
Philadelphia Inquirer not impressed with CKX/Cirque du Soleil plans for Elvis: Some biographers say Elvis Presley's life - that would be when he was chubby and really rich and into booze and pills - was like a circus.Now it is - literally. CKX, which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises, has made a deal with Cirque du Soleil to create a series of embarrassments based on the King. (Is that him rumbling in his grave?) The Canada-based troupe will also create a bunch of multimedia, interactive museums called Elvis Experiences. ("Experience firsthand what it was like to be desperate Aging Elvis, trapped in Vegas revues and bad TV specials!") The Cirque atrocities will take about 18 months to develop. The circus is also set to debut its Beatles show next month in Sin City. (News, Source: Philadelphia Inquirer)
1 I'm 21
Now for the first time ever, the complete soundboard recording of the February 23rd, 1970 closing show. It includes a 16 page full color booklet, with many photos of that season mainly from the same show. Refreshing lay-out in the style of the Vegas souvenirs.
Plus great stories about this season and necessary facts for listening it over and over again!
- For the first time, Elvis on stage at the piano, giving a forceful rendition of “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy” and playing a part of “Blueberry hill.”
- On electric guitar, playing “One Night” and “It’s Now Or Never”
- See see Rider is, for the last time, a non-opening song
- Singing the one-liner “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes.”(News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis at 21 (Wertheimer book): This is the book description for the upcoming book (in no way related to the earlier above news story) showcasing images from Albert Wertheimer's famous Elvis photo archives:
'In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable and unparalleled career and photographer Alfred Wertheimer was asked by Presley’s new label, RCA Victor, to photograph the rising star. With unimpeded access to the young performer, Wertheimer was able to capture the unguarded and everyday moments in Elvis' life during that crucial year, a year that took him from Tupelo, Mississippi to the silver screen, and to the verge of international stardom and his crowning as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll.” As Alfred Wertheimer photographed Elvis during 1956, and again in 1958, he created classic images that are spontaneous, unrehearsed and completely without artifice.
Elvis at 21 is available to pre-order in several different editions from Amazon. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
BBC Elvis special available online tonight!: As we reported on 20 May, Matt Shepherd from BBC Cornwall tells us he is producing a one hour Elvis Special which will be broadcast later today between 6-7pm UK time. It can also be heard, at the same time, on the BBC Cornwall website. The web address is: www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall (then click on the listen live logo on the right of the homepage) In the one hour special, there will be an interview with Jerry Schilling who talks about his new book, plus loads of great Elvis music, and out-takes.
Matt is also hoping to get hold of Uri Geller to talk more about his win on ebay! Matt, a MASSIVE Elvis fan, presents two or three Elvis specials a year on the BBC in Cornwall. The more online fans who tune in the greater the chance of more Elvis specials. Let's get behind Matt and support the show! (News, Source: Matt Shepherd)
'Memphis Recording Service' package reissue: Just released is a 2006 version of the Memphis Recording Service package, including a book, dvd and vinyl single. The package is the same. Only some minor things are changed, including some spelling errors in the book and the vinyl single is also a little bit different than the original 1st pressing. Click to read EIN"s review of the original release (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club/Elvis News)
Aussie chart split could benefit Elvis: The Brazin group of retail chains, including Sanity, HMV and Virgin, have withdrawn their sales figures from the ARIA charts in Australia. ARIA has traditionally been the only recognised national indicator of the public's popular music taste in Australia. Without sales from the Brazin group, ARIA will account for only 850 of the nearly 1,300 stores which previously contibuted sales figures for the chart.
The upshot of the chart split is that the the Brazin-free ARIA chart could reflect music from an older demographic if it relies more heavily on sales from department stores such as K-Mart and Big W, which are usually slow to stock new or alternative music. This would see back catalog acts like Elvis more likely to feature in the album and DVD charts.
The withdrawal of sales figures has arisen because of a a battle over technology, with Brazin claiming its technology, which allows daily updating of charts, is more sophisticated than that used by ARIA. Brazin is pushing for the charts to be more up-to-date, not a week old when published. (News, Source: Herald Sun)
BBC Elvis special available online: Matt Shepherd from BBC Cornwall tells us he is producing a one hour Elvis Special which will be broadcast this coming Bank Holiday Monday between 6-7pm UK time. It can also be heard, at the same time, on the BBC Cornwall website. The web address is: www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall (then click on the listen live logo on the right of the homepage) In the one hour special, there will be an interview with Jerry Schilling who talks about his new book, plus loads of great Elvis music, and out-takes.
Matt is also hoping to get hold of Uri Geller to talk more about his win on ebay! Matt, a MASSIVE Elvis fan, presents two or three Elvis specials a year on the BBC in Cornwall. The more online fans who tune in the greater the chance of more Elvis specials. Let's get behind Matt and support the show! (News, Source: Matt Shepherd)
EPE softens stance on ETA's: Elvis impersonators can relax: No one's coming after their bespangled jumpsuits.At least not anytime soon." It's not even on the radar screen right now," said Robert F.X. Sillerman, the head of the entertainment company that owns the legal rights to Elvis Presley's name. CKX Inc. took control of Elvis Presley Enterprises last year, and Sillerman wondered aloud in a recent interview with The New York Times if the company should do something about "unauthorized Elvis impersonators."
That shook up the pompadoured crowd of impersonators in Memphis, Las Vegas, London and elsewhere around the world, and since then Sillerman has backed off a bit." The only comment I have made about the future of Elvis impersonators was simply an answer to a reporter's hypothetical question," Sillerman said in a statement from his New York headquarters." In truth, the issue is not something we at CKX are actively looking into." Impersonators still worry about an uncertain future.
"Nobody seems to have any answers," said Ed "Doc" Franklin, founder of "Images of the King," one of the oldest and best-known Elvis impersonator contests. Held in Memphis for five straight days on the anniversary of Presley's death at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, it attracts contestants of all ages, races, nationalities, even sex." It's such a worldwide thing, you can't just jump out there and say, `Hey, wait a minute. You can't do this anymore, boys.' It would be like a big revolt," said Franklin, a retired veterinarian who took care of Presley's horses and other pets.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, the former business arm of Presley's estate, has a long and successful history of shutting down interlopers trying to horn in on its business. But most of those battles focused on trinket or souvenir hawkers, and the impersonators, who like to call themselves "tribute artists," were largely left alone. The impersonators could be embarrassing at times, but Presley fans enjoyed having them around, and shutting them down for violating the estate's publicity rights would be tricky. It's one thing to tell a souvenir maker to quit putting Elvis' face on coffee mugs, but it's something quite different to shut down a singer because he favors white jumpsuits, rhinestones and sideburns." It's entertainment, which has traditionally been accorded a wide scope of protection," said Roberta Kwall, a DePaul University law professor and specialist on publicity rights.
If an impersonator includes a bit of his own style in his act, it becomes an interpretation - or even a parody - rather than a mere copy of Presley's work." It's a bit of a moving target," Kwall said. Matt Lewis, an impersonator who has toured the world and now performs 12 times a week at the Imperial Palace casino in Las Vegas, says CKX would be hurting itself if it went after Elvis acts." Elvis impersonators drive the popularity of Elvis," Lewis said." We get new fans all the time, which sells merchandise, sells CDs, which promotes Elvis' name. People don't go out and buy my T-shirt after the show - they get an Elvis T-shirt somewhere." Lewis works for one of the few licensed Elvis acts around, the "Legends in Concert" show owned by Las Vegas-based Onstage Entertainment Inc.
Onstage CEO Tim Parrott said his company signed an agreement with the Elvis estate in 1995 authorizing the use of an impersonator. A crackdown on unlicensed Elvises could help the company, he said." If they start closing other people down, we'll be the survivor," he said.Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, and her Elvis Presley Enterprise sold the rights to her father's name to CKX last year along with Graceland's souvenir shops and museums for about $100 million in cash and stock. She retained title to the house itself, but CKX controls it, too, through a 90-year lease. Elvis Presley Enterprises became a subsidiary of CKX, which also owns the "American Idol" TV show, a Hollywood talent-management company and most of the marketing rights to boxer Muhammad Ali's name and likeness. Michael Hoover, a professional Elvis impersonator who took over the "Images of the King" contest two years ago, said he is a little concerned but expects the show to continue.
"If it comes down to somebody saying you can't wear that wig or you can't wear that shirt or you can't sing that song, that will upset a lot of people," he said. "You would see some really serious reaction from the impersonators." (News/Almost Elvis, Source: http://tinyurl.com/o7vv9/ Charmaine Voisine)
Breaking news: CKX and Cirque du Soleil to Develop Elvis Presley Shows and ''Experiences'' Worldwide - The Elvis World Tour Kicks Off in 2008: CKX, Inc., through its subsidiary Elvis Presley Enterprises, has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Cirque du Soleil for the creation, development, production and promotion of Elvis Presley Projects, featuring touring and permanent shows, as well as multimedia interactive "Elvis Experiences," throughout the world.
Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of CKX, Inc., commented, "This arrangement will allow fans around the globe, who have only seen Elvis Presley in movies or listened to his music, to truly experience what it was like to see Elvis perform. Cirque du Soleil remains one of the most stunning and exciting entertainment experiences on the planet and brings the creative genius needed to produce shows and multimedia events that will capture the true Elvis Presley."
Guy Laliberte, Founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, commented, "This new arrangement, with such incredible new partners as Robert F.X. Sillerman and his team, promises to be a most exciting and stimulating creative project for Cirque du Soleil. It also clearly demonstrates our intention to pursue the diversification of our artistic content through different live productions."
CKX and Cirque du Soleil will each own 50 percent of each Elvis Presley Project, sharing equally in the costs of creating, developing, building and producing each project and in the profits from each Project. CKX will also receive royalty payments on various aspects of its intellectual property used in the Elvis Presley Projects.
The parties have agreed to open at least one touring show in Europe and/or Asia and one "Elvis Experience" outside of the United States by 2008. Beginning in 2009, at least one Elvis Presley Project will be opened in each of the next six years. Beginning in 2014, at least one Elvis Presley Project will be opened every two years during the next eight years, through 2021. Shows in Las Vegas are not included in this arrangement at this time.
EIN Comment: This announcement is arguably the most important news since CKX bought an interest in EPE. If successful the venture will be a key driver in ensuring Elvis' legacy is publicly exposed and appreciated for the next 15 years. (Sale of EPE/News, Source: EPE/CKX)
Original Elvis motherstamper for sale: From Elvis Unlimited in Denmark: "Elvis Unlimited can now offer a very special collectors item for sale. This is an original Elvis motherstamper from RCA's vinyl factory in Nashville. A motherstamper is the piece that you press the vinyl single from. That means that it's a one of a kind and there is only one copy of this motherstamper around. The motherstamper can't be played on a record player, but it's very nice for framing. You get both the A & B side of the single All Shook Up/That's When Your Heartaches Begin. Both sides are coming in the original RCA papersleeve. This is absolutely a rare one of a kind pieces for every Elvis collection. Price 6500.- Dkk." (News, Source: Elvis Unlimted)
Elvis 30 #1 Hits re-enters Billboard Album chart: On the heels of the American Idol "Elvis" special, 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits' has re-entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #191. Sony BMG would arguably have been hoping for a better showing, as at such a low position the sales spike is not particularly significant. On other Billboard charts, 'HitStory' entered the Top Digital Albums chart at #22 and the Top Country Albums chart at #60. 'Heartbreak Hotel' rose one place to #13 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. (News, Source: Elvis International)
"Rigor mortis" issue stirs debate: A number of people did not agree with EIN's position on the 'rigor mortis' issue as added yesterday to our article on the Beeny DNA evidence. We've added numerous responses to the article and we'll leave it to readers to make up their own mind. (Spotlight, Source: EIN)
A month after the singer moved in, Heartbreak Hotel hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, ultimately ending any privacy he had in the neighbourhood. Fans lined the neighbourhood streets and police frequently had to be called in. A Life magazine article from August 1956 had pictures of teenage girls sitting with their ears pressed to his bedroom wall and picking through the grass in his yard for souvenirs. The commotion became so intense that Elvis moved his bedroom to the back of the house.
While Presley lived in the home, he appeared on Ed Sullivan's TV show, starred in Love Me Tender, bought his pink Cadillac and posed in his gold lame suit. Hazen and Freeman have partly restored it and uncovered the wallpaper printed with musical notes and instruments Presley added in the hall. The porch the singer converted into a game room and where he rehearsed and recorded remains as it was, with star-shaped lighting fixtures and trophy cases. Outside is a swimming pool, at the time the biggest residential pool in the city. "The house is like an archaeological dig," Hazen said. See below for earlier stories dated 15 & 17 May 2006 (News, Source: http://tinyurl.com/lb39q / Charmaine Voisine)
Elvis Picnic Concert & American Car Show: We recently received this message about an upcoming event in the UK:
Hi, Elvis fans might like to know that Broadlands in Romsey, Hampshire, England are putting on a "Stylish Commemorative Picnic Concert and an American Classic Car Show in a day fit for a King!"With Lee 'Memphis' King, Orchestra and singers. Sunday August 13th. Box Office/Ticket Info Line: 02380711825. We are taking our classic american Pontiac, should be a great Night! (News, Source: Debbie Bolton)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #100: Today sees the final in our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song. We hope you have enjoyed this series. The final proverb is: "Man who 'met a little honey' at 'buzzing Bumble Bee Cafe' and all money soon gone, surely say "I got stung'" (Source: EIN)
George Klein & Elvis DVD: In the latest issue of Bill Burk's excellent quarterly magazine, Elvis World, Bill reveals that Elvis friend, George Klein, is working on a DVD showcasing his life and times with Elvis. Bill reports that George has long talked about writing a biography but could find no takers for the $1m advance he was seeking. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Sonny West book has two publishers interested: Also in Elvis World #80, Bill Burk reveals that Marshall Terrill (who is putting Sonny's book together) has told him there are two publishers in line to publish the book. One wants to release it by December 2006 while the other, a larger publisher with better distribution, is looking at a 2007 release. Sonny will make his final decision soon. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis Week 2006 tickets go on sale May 23: Tickets for EPE-sponsored events for Elvis Week 2006 will go on sale Tuesday,
May 23 through Graceland reservations. Elvis Week 2006 is August 8-16 and this
year includes a two-day Elvis Insiders Conference, Elvis Dance Party,
Candlelight Wine Dinner, Bears on Tour Scavenger Hunt, Merchandise and
Memorabilia Showroom, and more. Many of these events have limited tickets
available so EPE says be sure to order early. (News, Source: EPE)
Kissin' Cousins FTD Update: The EPE site had the following update on the Elvis programming on Sirius Radio: "This week's edition of Soundtrack Saturday Night with Bill Rock will feature music from the film "Kissin' Cousins". The reissued/expanded soundtrack album is available on the Follow That Dream Records collectors label as part of their program of reissuing movie soundtracks and classic Elvis albums no longer part of the mainstream catalog."
'Q' magazine article biased: Rockin Rebel posted the following message on the FECC board:
"In the June edition of Q magazine there is a feature titled ‘Tour Babylon’ which features the ‘fifty most insane road stories’. Predictably at number one we have Elvis’ Las Vegas years. Unfortunately, whilst the article tells us that Elvis returned to the Las Vegas stage in the summer of 1969, there is no mention of the high standard of the shows from the 1969 – 70 period or Elvis’ physical appearance during this period.
'Going Back In Time' new unofficial 'audience recorded' CD: The next Straight Arrow release will be another show from the February 1977 tour. '' Going Back In Time '' will feature the complete February 15th, 1977 recorded from the audience ( from the original tape ) in Orlando, FL. and as a bonus 14 minutes of the same show recorded from the soundboard. This CD is set for release in June 2006. (News, Source: FECC)
Audobon Drive buyer revealed: Well known psychic, Uri Geller, was the successful bidder for Elvis' former Audobon Drive residence. It had been assumed Geller was out of the bidding as he registered several bids under his own name early in the auction. However it is now known he re-entered the bidding with two partners using a different bid addy.
"We are unbelievably pleased. This is a piece of history," Geller said by phone from England. "We intend to restore it to its old glory. We would like to bring sick children there (for tours), Palestinian children, Israeli children, American children," the Israeli-born Geller said. "Hopefully one day we might get approval to turn it into a museum." See earlier story below dated 15 May 2006 (News, Source: Reuters/Sanja Meegin)
EPE wasn't interested in buying Audobon Drive: After the sale of 1043 Audubon, Elvis' home before he bought his Graceland Mansion, Elvis News asked Todd Morgan's EPE if they considered buying this house, here is his reaction:
'We did not consider purchasing 1034 Audubon.
If the house at 1034 Audubon Drive were closer to Graceland and were not sitting in a neighborhood zoned as purely residential, perhaps we would have deemed it a potentially viable addition to our Graceland tour operations and might have considered trying to buy it. The kind of money owners Mike Freeman and Cindy Hazen were looking for was way beyond our budget for new archival acquisitions at this time and there would have been no sure way for us to recoup the investment. All our energy and resources for perservation are focused on Graceland Mansion and our vast Elvis archives. We felt confident that the future of 1034 Audubon would be "safe" when we saw that the bidding was exceedingly far above market value for homes in its neighborhood. Any of the bidders surely had to value its Elvis history to be willing to pay so much.
Some fans suggested that we buy the house at 1034 Audubon and move it to the Graceland visitor center property to make it available for tours. It's an intriguing idea, but it would have been prohibitively expensive in addition to the purchase price, and there is no room in the budget for such an undertaking in our plans for revamping the visitor center properties.' (News, Source: Elvis News)
Birthplace museum shut for upgrade from October: After many years, the “TIMES AND THINGS REMEMBERED“ museum at The ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHPLACE is going to change. Effective October 9, 2006 the museum will close for a Major renovation. This upgrade will take about 8 to 10 weeks to complete. During that time the rest of the attractions at the Birthplace will continue to be open and the ticket prices will be adjusted to reflect the temporary change. The plan is to reopen in early December 2006 with a new concept for the museum. All the fans need to make your plans now to visit or revisit the Birthplace to see this new and unusual tribute to “The Elvis Years in Tupelo“. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
Win tickets to "This Is Elvis" stage musical: FANS of The King can win free tickets to the new musical This Is Elvis at Milton Keynes Theatre in the UK on Saturday, May 20. The free 'Elvis Night' event will be held to mark the launch of the new musical, offering a professional Elvis impersonator on stage, ticket giveaways and more. The two most eye-catching Elvis impersonators in the audience will win family tickets to see This Is Elvis, running from Monday, May 22, to Saturday, May 27.
To apply for the free event contact Alison Duguid at Milton Keynes Theatre on 01908 547500. Tickets for This Is Elvis can be booked through the theatre box office on 0870 0606652. (News, Source: http://tinyurl.com/qzh9w / Charmaine Voisine)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #99: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who have 'twenty women by his side' and he 'gonna to kiss them all' better have tube of chap stick handy " (Source: EIN)
"Kissin' Cousins" soundtrack for FTD release?: The EPE site had the following update on the Elvis programming on Sirius Radio: "This week's edition of Soundtrack Saturday Night with Bill Rock will feature music from the film "Kissin' Cousins". The reissued/expanded soundtrack album is available on the Follow That Dream Records collectors label as part of their program of reissuing movie soundtracks and classic Elvis albums no longer part of the mainstream catalog." (News, Source: EPE / Elvis News)
The TV Times DVD: Out now is a double DVD titled The TV Times. This DVD contains more or less all the TV show with Elvis beside the 68' Comeback and Aloha From Hawaii. The TV Times contains the following TV shows:
'Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Hero' CD delayed: European releae of the new budget compilation, 'Elvis Rock 'n Roll Hero' has been delayed. See original story 13 May 2006 (News, Source: The United Elvis Presley Society/ Elvis News )
Elvis Tribute Show featuring the Jordanaires: On September 16th, the Association brings back The Jordanaires, Elvis' original back up group, and Las Vegas Legend, Matt Lewis, in a full tribute to Elvis. This show is back by popular demand and promises to be one of the most popular of the season!
OJ Simpson to appear as Elvis: OJ Simpson is to star in a new reality TV show, where he will appear as an Elvis impersonator amongst other roles. In Juiced, OJ will also pretend to be a street-corner fruit seller, an elderly man at a bingo game and himself trying to sell the car he used when he was arrested on charges for murdering his ex-wife. The show will air on pay-per-view in the US this month and will be followed by the release of a DVD. A spokesperson said that OJ was not paid for his role in the programme and purely thought it would be fun. (Odd Spot, Source: Digital Spy TV)
'Wade the Elvis Cup Guy' selling photo of Elvis taken months after his death: Wade the Elvis Cup Guy is selling (on ebay) a color copy of the famous "poolhouse" photo. Meanwhile, Wade continues to tour with the famous "Elvis cup". (Odd Spot/Conspiracy, Source: Wade the Elvis Cup Guy)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #98: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who say his'baby's lips are sweet as wine' need be careful she not closet drinker" (Source: EIN)
Track listings "Celluloid Rock" DVDs: On 13 May we reported on two new underground DVDs featuring songs from Elvis' movies. Luuk published the following track listings on the FECC board:
Volume 1: Easy come, easy go - You gotta stop - No more - The lady loves me - The love machine - Bosa nova baby - Adam and evil - All that I am - Never say yes - Am I ready - Beach shack - Spinout - Smorgasbord - Queenie Wahine's papaya - Scratch my back - Drums of the islands - Datin' - House of sand - Stop where you are - This is my heaven - Drums of the islands - Who needs money? - A house that has everything - Confidence - Clambake - You don't know me - Hey, hey, hey - The girl I never loved - Let yourself go - Your time hasn't come yet, baby - He's your uncle, not your dad - Who are you? - There ain't nothing like a song - We'll be together - I'll be back. 35 songs, playing time circa 80 minutes
Elvis Presley Memorial Dinner: Elvis' friend, and Nurse Marian Cocke has asked Kathleen DeNike to let us all know about the upcoming Elvis Presley Memorial Dinner Charity Event. This year the event will be held on August 13th, 2006 in the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN at 7PM, and preceded by the auction from 3:30 - 5:30 PM. Cost of tickets are $75.00 USD each, non refundable, and may be purchased by mailing a cheque/check payable to Marian Cocke/EPMD Charity Event 784 Pecan Gardens Circle, East, Memphis, TN USA 38122.
For tickets to be returned, please send SASE, or pick up tickets at the door on the day of the dinner.
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VISIT US AT:
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Chinese "Elvis" proverb #97: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man on sand who 'slice to the left, slice to the right' must be beach golfer" (Source: EIN)
Jerry Schilling guest speaker at Elvis World Luncheon during Elvis Week 2006: Jerry Schilling, with Elvis for years and still involved in developing Elvis projects, has agreed to speak at Bill Burk's annual Elvis World Lunch on 13 August. Jerry's book, "Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship With Elvis," will be released during Elvis week in Memphis. EW Shoppers Service will be selling the book and Jerry has agreed to autograph copies for EW's readers.
The EW Lunch is 1.30-3.30 p.m., Sunday, 13 August, at Marlowe's Restaurant, 4381 EP Blvd, one mile south of Graceland. Tickets are $13 each (non-refundable). EW Lunches are no-smoking, no-cell phone affairs so we can devote 100% of our attention to the speaker. Tickets are advanced sales only. Checks (only) to:
Memphis TN 38186 USA
First come, 1st served. Bill has about 20 tickets left. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Jerry Schilling interview in Elvis World magazine #81: Bill Burk also tells us "I am just off the phone from a 2-hour! long distance interview with Jerry that will be heavily featured in EW81 (August), which starts our 21st publishing year". (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Jerry Schilling book pre-pack for sale: While on the subject of Jerry Schilling and his upcoming book, Amazon is offering a 12 copy, signed, pre-pack softcover edition for US$312.00. (News, Source: Amazon)
Elvis Presley Personal Mementos Offered For Sale: Strickler's Celebrity Autographs has listed on consignment several Elvis Presley personal items as well as other entertainment collectibles. These pieces are from the personal collection of author Margo Bluma. The mementos were purchased over time from Presley's associate Don Wilson and the items were verified by Elvis' longtime friend and confidant Joe Esposito.
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #96: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who invites girl to his little beach shack probably not the marrying kind" (Source: EIN)
Florence Kaye passes away: Florence Kaye, co-writer of over forty-five Elvis songs, and the last surviving member of the songwriting team Giant-Baum-Kaye, passed away last night. Florence co-wrote such songs as, "Devil In Disguise", "Today,Tomorrow and Forever," "City By Night", "Power of My Love", etc...Your condolence cards would be very welcomed by her surviving daughters. Write to: Karen Kaye, c/o Bill Bram, P.O. Box 844, Hicksville, NY 11802. Your cards will be forwarded to Florence's daughters. (News, Source: William Bram)
New CD compile from BMG - "Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Hero": A new budget release compilation has been approved by BMG New York. It will be released in late May in Europe with a price of 7.50 Euro. Artwork and track listing not yet known. (News, Source: BMG/The United Elvis Presley Society/ Elvis News)
New DVD "Elvis The Later Years": We already had "Elvis - The Early Years", now there is a DVD entitled "Elvis - The Later Years". This region 2 DVD will be released June 6, 2006 in Europe. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #95: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who 'run on for a long time' probably a 'runaway' " (Source: EIN)
The Best Ever Quote About Elvis: Arguably the greatest and most insightful quote ever about Elvis came from another musical icon, Leonard Bernstein. When talking to Richard Clurman, an editor of Time magazine, Bernstein said, "Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century." What about Picasso?, Clurman wondered. "No", Bernstein insisted. "It's Elvis. He introduced the beat to everything and he changed everything - music, language, clothes. It's a whole new social revolution - the sixties came from it." (News, Source: Elvis Presley The Man. The Life. The Legend, Pamela Clarke Keogh)
Marty Lacker responds to Bill Beeny "DNA" article: Memphis Mafia member and co-best man at Elvis and Priscilla's wedding, Marty Lacker, has some strong views on our artricle about the Bill Beeny DNA article and suggestions Elvis did not die in August 1977. Click above to read Marty's comments. (Spotlight/Elvis Conspiracy, Source: Marty Lacker)
Elvis USA chart update: Courtesy of Elvis International, U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of 20 May 2006 are:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - up 3 to #14
Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - re-enters at #24 (re-entry & sales gainer)
Three day Elvis party to hit 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 and showcase. There will be karaoke after the shows nightly until midnight! Click here to purchase your tickets (News, Source: Elvii Radio)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #94: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who tells girl 'we're kissin' cousins and that makes it all right' heading for 'jailhouse rock'" (Source: EIN)
Bill Beeny responds to EIN article about flaw in 'DNA' evidence: Our recent article looking at the DNA evidence allegedly supporting the idea that Elvis did not die in August 1977 has proven to be one our most popular ever. Today we add substantive comment from Bill Beeny, the man responsible for arranging the DNA analysis. Bill makes a number of important and cogent points in response to our article. (Spotlight, Source: Bill Beeny)
New movie, "The King": While it is called 'The King' and its main character is named Elvis, we don't think it has anything to do with Elvis Presley. This is the film synopsis:
Elvis Valderez is a twenty-one year old dreamer who has just been honorably discharged from the US Navy. With his duffle bag and rifle, he travels back to his hometown of Corpus Christi Texas, where he intends to seek out his father--a man he has only heard about from his Mexican mother, who has since passed away. Elvis quickly discovers that his father, David Sandow, is now the pastor of a thriving Baptist church, and has a family of his own--a beautiful wife, Twyla, and two picture-perfect children, Malerie and Paul. While seeking out his father at church, Elvis unwittingly strikes up a conversation with sixteen-year old Malerie and there's an immediate, unspoken attraction between them. Elvis then waits for his father after church and follows him and his family to their suburban neighborhood, where he approaches David in front of their Norman Rockwell style home. The encounter is brief. David wants nothing to do with Elvis, who is an uncomfortable reminder of his own wayward past and a well-kept secret from his children and his parishioners. Rejected, Elvis resolves to leave this happy family to themselves. However, Elvis can't shake the image of Malerie, his half sister, and can't stop himself from befriending her. The relationship soon develops into something romantic and natural taboos are quickly discarded. Through his courtship of Malerie, Elvis begins to slowly infiltrate the family, thus setting the stage for the unleashing of violence and a tragedy of biblical proportions. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis World's Bill Burk assesses American Idol "elvis" performances: AMERICAN IDOL has presented its "Elvis" themed show and each of the four contestants sang two Elvis songs.
EW graded the first round thusly:
1. Chris Daughtry, Suspicious Minds
2. Taylor Hicks, Jailhouse Rock
3. Elliott Yamin, If I Can Dream
4. Katherine McPhee, Hound Dog
In the second round, EW judged it:
1. Gamin, Trouble
2. Daughtry, A Little Less Conversation
3. Hicks, In The Ghetto
4. McPhee, Can't Help Falling In Love With You
The three judges were of the opinion Hicks' rendition of Ghetto was the best of that round, but EW felt Hicks was more "mouthing words," than expressing the deep feelings that Elvis poured into that song, which has long been our own favorite Elvis song.
McPhee just didn't have it tonight and it's our opinion she will be voted off tomorrow night. For one, we feel it was just too hard for a female to sing Elvis songs. Too, her selection of songs were not the best. However, we understand the contestants did not have a choice of the full range of Elvis songs; rather, a limited choice. McPhee, we felt, would have done much better doing ballads.
Postscript: Bill tells us the public has voted and Chris Daughtry (the bald headed one) is GONE!, while Katherine McPhee remains IN ... by the skin of her teeth! (Bill Burk's Elvis World Online)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #93: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who tells girl he can be 'as tame as a baby' or 'wild as a raging sea' probably got split personality" (Source: EIN)
"Elvis The Concert" DVD set for June release: The DVD of "Elvis the Concert" is almost ready. The concept of this 2002 show is to present Elvis doing the show, with his musicians backing him up. According to the information we received the result is "spectacularly good, this will definitely be a winner!". The release date is scheduled for next June. Fans who travel to Memphis this August, will have the chance to see the DVD show on a big screen. Extra bonus footage includes interviews with band members and co-workers. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #92: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who sing 'she may be tall, she may be short, she may be wide' need to get glasses fixed" (Source: EIN)
Could Elvis win American Idol?: Legend (erroneously) has it that in his struggling years Elvis Presley aspired to appear on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour (the American Idol of the 1950s), but flunked the tryout.
A writer named Lea Brandenburg included the story in a list of inspiring factoids for the Web site creativityforlife.com. Her version goes this way: “In the 1950s, one of the best ways struggling new talent could start on the road to fame and fortune was to appear on a nationally televised program called the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. A singer from Tennessee tried out for the show, but failed the audition. Today few people under 50 remember the Ted Mack Amateur Hour or any of the ‘winners"’ of the audition the singer failed, but every year the legend of the young man from Tennessee, Elvis Presley, grows.”
For comparison’s sake, some of those who did win on Mack’s highly rated TV show were Pat Boone and the Rock ‘n Roll Trio, a Memphis group that included Tommy and Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison, all of whom became well-known in their own right.
True or not, the question took on a quirky relevance last week when American Idol sent its four remaining competitors to Graceland for some instruction from record exec Tommy Mottola. Proving that in pop music as in life, what goes around comes around. Sooner or later. (News, Source: Memphis Flyer)
Irish TV documentary producers need Elvis fans' help: We recently received this intriguing message:
We are currently in pre-production on a documentary about Elvis Presley for Irish television. It’s a documentary with a difference and a definite Irish angle. In fact, it’s a bit of fun – not your conventional documentary. Basically the idea for the programme revolves around “Jailhouse Rock” and particularly the sweater that Elvis wore in the pool scene where he sings “Baby I Don’t Care”. We have
So, we are on a quest to find that particular costume or at least try and find out what became of it. Unfortunately, in all reference books and internet sites we cannot find anyone listed for the wardrobe department on “Jailhouse Rock”. Basically, we are trying to find out if anyone can give us the name of someone from the wardrobe department on that film or if there is any information regarding the costumes from that movie. Did MGM keep their costumes? Are they lying in a warehouse somewhere? Is there any chance that sweater still exists and if so, where might it be? Could you possibly give us any leads?
I know this is an unusual request, but I figure if anyone will know, then you guys will. Any help or lead you can give us, no matter how small, would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much for your time. If anyone can help, contact Brian Reddin, Producer/Director, Dearg Films, 118 Foxrock Grove, Foxrock, (News, Source: Dearg Films)
(News, Source: Dearg Films)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #91: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who follow that dream wherever it may lead better hope it don't come to give way sign" (Source: EIN)
Critics "all shook up" over Scots rock & roll/Elvis claim: FOR some, rock’n’roll was born in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues; for others it was Tupelo, Mississippi, birthplace of Elvis Presley. Now Scotland is being promoted as the spiritual home of the stirring rhythms that gave the world the King, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Scotlandnow, a link from a website for expats produced by a Scottish executive agency launched by Jack McConnell, also claims Scotland is responsible for inventing country and western music.
An article on the arts and culture page at www.friendsofscotland.gov.uk/Scotlandnow claims that the 250,000 Scots who fled to the New World in the 18th century brought with them folk songs that eventually mutated into rock’n’roll. “A wintry night in 1746. Somewhere in the icy swirl of the Irish Sea a young man stands and gazes over the stern of a creaking brigantine, staring into the blackness which smothers the homeland he is leaving behind forever,” the article states. “A few others gather around him. Another man produces a fiddle and as the wind bites down, Scottish voices carry into the sea night, singing songs of love and protest, loss and defiance, hope and despair.
“A hundred years later, in the high, rugged, country of the Appalachian mountains, the great-grandson of the boy on the ship sings these same songs. Their fiddles now augmented by lightning-picked five-string banjo and driving acoustic guitar. “The years pass and the music travels south, towards the Mississippi, where it mixes with the spirituals and chain-gang gospels sung by slaves under the hot Delta sun. “Another century later, in the 1940s, in Nashville Tennessee, Hank Williams stands in the ice-blue spotlight of the Grand Old Opry, singing his cracked, haunting songs.
A short hop forward, a decade later, on September 9th 1956, Elvis Presley, explodes out of 50m TV screens across America and at a stroke, popular culture is changed forever.” It then describes Glaswegians clamouring to watch Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. “Witherspoon’s roots, like those of Cash, Presley and the music they played, can be traced back to Scotland.” Professor Richard A Peterson, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, is doubtful about the claims.
“It is safe to say that if the Scottish part of the British Isles had never existed US country music would be much as it is today,” he said. Dr Ian Russell, director of the Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen University and an expert in traditional music, said: “You could substitute the word Scottish with English or Irish and or in other contexts with Welsh, French or African.” However Rob Gibson, the Nationalist MSP and folk musician, believes Scots have played a disproportionate role in moulding modern American music. The author of the book Plaids & Bandanas, which explores Scots music in America, claimed Caledonian culture spread much further than the Appalachian mountains.
“There are a lot of cowboy tunes that come from Scotland including the Aberdeenshire whaling ballad Fareweel tae Tarwathie, which became Railroad Corral,” he said. Last year Yale University Professor Willie Ruff claimed the roots of the gospel music of the Deep South lie in the Scottish Hebrides rather than Africa. He claimed the call-and-response form of musical worship stemmed from the Gaelic psalms taught to black slaves by plantation owners from the Western Isles. (News, Source : http://tinyurl.com/mo5bc)
Scotty Moore's Gibson guitar in 'Musicians Hall of Fame': The Musicians Hall of Fame will be opened this June. Scotty Moore’s Gibson L-5 along with personal items from his long career in Elvis Presley's band will be part of the museum. James Burton attended the pressconference, he said the Musicians Hall of Fame was "so long overdue.” (News, Source: Official James Burton Site / Elvis News)
Collingwood Elvis Festival 2006: All events, festivals, fairs etc. must include some “Elvis” content or performance.... 2006 Collingwood Elvis Festival. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #90: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "One boy with two little girls asking for T.R.O.U.B.L.E." (Source: EIN)
Elvis: Frame By Frame: With Douglas Brode's 'Elvis Cinema & Popular Culture' due for release on 30 June 2006 comes word of another serious look at Elvis' film career. Bill Bram, who wrote the text for the JAT publication "Elvis Presley As The One Called Charro", is searching for a publisher for "Elvis: Frame By Frame".
A large portion of the book will consist of direct quotations from the interviewees, edited to create an interesting narrative of each film. It is a running commentary on Elvis’s films. In addition the book will contain information obtained directly from the movie files. Decades old questions regarding particular scenes and songs, believed to have been filmed, will be addressed and answered. Readers will find chapters on King Creole, Kid Galahad, Roustabout, Double Trouble, and Live A Little, Love A Little among others. The book concludes with a fascinating chapter on the Elvis movie that should have been: A Star Is Born.
Any publicity is good publicity: Proving the old addage yet again, following our review of the revisionist book, Elvis Through My Eyes, by Heart Lanier Shapre as told by Jimmy Denson, online sales of the book spiked, rising more than 300,000 spots on Amazon for several days before dropping sharply. This repeats what happened following a number of email messages telling fans to avoid the book (see EIN news reports dated 30 March and 4 April 2006). (News, Source: EIN/Amazon)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #89: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who say 'hey, hey, hey' needs get stutter fixed" (Source: EIN)
ELVIS ON TOUR: 14 · Opening scene Elvis On Tour (1972 · From The Movie) ; 15 · A conversation with Elvis about Elvis On Tour; 16 · El Paso (March 30 · Rehearsal excerpt ); 17 · Backstage Discussion (April 15, 1972 · Macon, GA); 18 · Denise Sanchez meets Elvis (April 19, 1972 · Albuquerque, NM.); 19 · Dressing Room Conversation (April 1972) ; 20 · Elvis and co-producer/director Bob Abel talking about The Wild Early Years 21 · Entertaining Fans 22 · Assembling Singers And Musicains; 23 · Live Performances 24 · Jaycee Awards Speech 25 · First Talent Contest ; 26 · His Famous Sideburns 27 · Humes High Annual Minstrel Show, 1953; 28 · Driving A Truck And Sun Records 29 · From The Waist Up 30 · Jealousy And ; Acceptance 31 · Trapped In Hollywood 32 · His Entourage 33 · Tour Preparation; 34 · Film Title Revelation (April 1972); 35 · Little Rock Concert Promotor Interview (April 1972)
SPECIAL BONUS: 36 · RIAA Gold Records presentation (August 1972 · At Elvis Dressing Room, Las Vegas)' (News, Source: FECC)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #88: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man with one track heart need get up with the times" (Source: EIN)
1. Stuck On You (Lilo & Stitch) From the Soundtrack Lilo & Stitch 2. Welcome To My World (Re-mixed version) From the album Welcome To My World 3. American Trilogy (overdubbed version) From the Soundtrack This Is Elvis 4. Always On My Mind (overdubbed version) From the album Always On My Mind 5. My Boy (overdubbed version) From the album Always On My Mind 6. For The Good Times (Alternate take 3) From the album Love, Elvis 7. That’s All Right (August 11, 1970 Dinner Show)Exclusively appeared on a mini-CD single from T.V. Guide 8. Suspicious Minds / Live (Radio Edit) From The European CD Single Suspicious Minds / Live
9. Don’t Cry Daddy (Duet between Elvis & his daughter Lisa) From Elvis The Concert 1997 10. I Was The One (overdubbed version) From the album I Was The One 11. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (overdubbed version) From the album I Was The One 12. Baby Let’s Play House (overdubbed version) From the album I Was The One 13. Rip It Up (overdubbed version) From the album I Was The One 14. Little Sister (overdubbed version) From the album I Was The One 15. Paralyzed (overdubbed version) From the album I Was The One 16. Young And Beautiful (Alternate take 11) Exclusively appeared on a mini-CD single from T.V. Guide 17. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Alternate take 9) From the album Great Country Songs 18. Just Call Me Lonesome (Alternate take 7) From the album Great Country Songs 19. Snowbird (Undubbed master) From Time-Life’s The Elvis Presley Collection, Country 20. There Goes My Everything (Alternate take 1) From the album Great Country Songs 21. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Alternate take 3) From the album Great Country songs 22. Make The World Go Away (Alternate take 3) From the album Welcome To My World 23. Burning Love (March 31, reprise) From Time-Life’s The Elvis Presley Collection, The Rocker 24. Separate Ways (Alternate Take 1) From Time-Life’s The Elvis Presley Collection, From The Heart 25. ELVIS vs Rafaëlla / Don’t Be Cruel (Idols 2006 / Netherlands) Previously unreleased recording 26. The Elvis Medley From the album The Elvis Medley 27. Heartbreak Hotel (Lilo & Stitch) From the Soundtrack Lilo & Stitch (News, Source: FECC)
The two most well known people in the world: "I don't mean this sacreligious, but Jesus Christ and Elvis Presley are the two single most known human beings in the history of the world." ( Ray Walker, "The Jordanaires")
Jamey Tucker says: "I don't know if anyone could argue with the bass singer of the world famous Jordanaires. I spent some time with Ray this past week at RCA's Studio B on Music Row. It was in that building in 1960 that Ray first met, and then performed with Elvis Presley. The interview is part of "The Gospel According to Elvis" that runs at 10pm Sunday night. I've travelled to Graceland, interviewed one of Elvis' former girlfriends, and researched tons of quotes about the King's spiritual life and faith background.
I find the story fascinating. Here's the man who ushered in the sexual revolution, but yet he is often credited with bringing Christianity into American pop culture. It's hard to argue. Before Elvis hit the scene, religion and faith were not discussed that much outside of the home and the church. People were more private with their beliefs than people are today. Ask someone from "the Greatest Generation" and they'll tell you while they went to church regularly and prayed, they very seldom felt comfortable talking about it.
But when Elvis sang "Precious Lord Hold My Hand" and "Peace in the Valley" on network television, not only did young people begin to shimmy and shake to the radio, some started to talk about their belief in God. There's so much about Elvis that has been produced and printed and broadcast dozens of times. But I don't recall seeing that much on the faith behind the King of Rock and Roll. I think you'll find the story and the subject as interesting as I do. And I'd love to hear your thoughts, and maybe even your experiences.
Did Elvis bring people closer to God...or did he lead us farther away?" (News, Source: Amber Smith)
New Tunzi book criticised: A number of posters on the FECC messageboard have criticised the latest JAT release, A Man Called Charro. The claim such books are overpriced isn't new but this time there are also concerns about the quality of the paper stock. (News, Source: FECC)
"The Truth About Elvis" documentary: Elvis Presley died in 1977, right? That's the official story. But some people say they've seen Presley alive years after he supposedly was put to rest on the grounds of his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn. He must have gotten tired of being the king of rock 'n' roll and faked his death, some surmise. Perhaps he took up residence in a smallish Midwestern town with a funny name.
Director Adam Muskiewicz and producer Dan Bliss were in Kalamazoo recently to do interviews for their documentary "The Truth About Elvis.''
"We're very excited about our interviews here. We've always known that Memphis, Vegas and Kalamazoo were our keystone cities'' for the mythology surrounding the legendary musician, Muskiewicz said Wednesday.
In the spring of 1988, the supermarket tabloid Weekly World News printed a story that Elvis had been spotted in a Kalamazoo Burger King restaurant. Gazette reporter Tom Haroldson wrote about the sighting report that May. He found the woman quoted in the tabloid story, Louise Welling, of Vicksburg, who said she had seen Elvis at a Vicksburg grocery; she said it was her daughter who had seen Elvis at the Burger King.
The story, former Gazette Editor James R. Mosby Jr. said Wednesday, then ``took on a life of its own, and it took off not only around the country but around the world.'' The Gazette story moved on the Associated Press wire and made its way into newspapers such as the New York Times. ``Then suddenly one day Haroldson's getting phone calls from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) wanting to interview him,'' Mosby said.
On Wednesday morning, Muskiewicz interviewed Mosby and Kalamazoo Mayor Hannah McKinney on camera. He interviewed Welling later on Wednesday and Haroldson on Thursday. Before meeting the filmmakers, Mosby suspected the film might be a spoof. ``I thought they were going to do a put-on or put-down of the whole thing, or of Kalamazoo, but it didn't appear that way at all. They appeared to be very much into the Elvis thing, and very much into why there's this myth that keeps popping up and bouncing around almost 30 years after he died.''
Muskiewicz, an actor from Cleveland who has been in independent films, teamed in 2004 with Bliss, a producer of poker DVDs in Los Angeles, to look into the Elvis mystery. Muskiewicz said he thought, after hearing stories of Elvis still walking the earth, that it would be a great documentary subject, but only if filmmakers approached it seriously.
"There is nothing poking fun or making fun of anybody in this movie at all,'' Muskiewicz said.
Welling's story had Muskiewicz wondering about Elvis, who would be 71 years old today, after he spoke with her Wednesday. After 18 years, he said, "she's absolutely sure'' she saw Elvis at the checkout lane of the Vicksburg Harding's store, now a Felpausch store. Muskiewicz said he asked her how she knew it was Elvis. `"Obviously it was 10 or 11 years after Elvis had died, so presumably his appearance would've changed a little bit,'' he said. "She made it clear, like so many people have said, when you're next to Elvis you know, simply because the man had an aura about him.''
Muskiewicz said he hopes to have "The Truth About Elvis'' ready for a premiere on Aug. 16, 2007 -- the 30th anniversary of Elvis' official date of death. In the meantime, he will keep looking for evidence and stories and would like those who believe they have seen Elvis to contact him at www.truthabout-elvis.com. (News/Conspiracy, Source: Adam Muskiewicz)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #87: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from or title of an Elvis song: "Man who say 'all I needed was the rain" obviously need 'big boots' when searching for 'pocketful of rainbows' " (Source: EIN)
Remaining American Idol finalists heading to Graceland: The 4 remaining finalists will be taken by private jet to Graceland immediately following tonight's show. There they will get "an education on Elvis" and meet with former Sony exec and Mariah Carey ex, Tommy Mottola. Of course, as owner of AI and Graceland, it was just a matter of time before CKX started cross promoting. (News, Source: Tom in North Carolina, FECC)
Thieves steal Elvis collection: A Coquitlam, British Columbia,(Canada) homeowner’s Elvis Presley memorabilia collection was ripped off during a break-in last week. Police say the break-and-enter happened between April 24 and 29 at a house in the 1600-block of Sprice Avenue, near Vancouver Golf Club. Among the collection were Elvis calendars, CDs and 12 sound makers (small jukebox toys). As well, the thieves stole home electronics, CDs and DVDs, cash and jewellery. Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (News, Source http://tinyurl.com/pce8f /Charmaine Voisine)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #86: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who 'love only one girl' avoid 'double trouble' " (Source: EIN)
"Elvis: The Movie" for DVD release in Japan??: On the elvisnumberones bulletin board, Shug McKenna has posted news that the Kurt Russell TV movie is being released on DVD in Japan this month. EIN was unable to find it listed with any online seller. (News, Source: Shug McKenna, Elvisnumberones)
Priscilla to possibly star in London West End play: Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla Presley is thinking of performing live on stage for the first time in a comedy play, which is scheduled to take place at London's West End.
The 60-year old Presley feels the play may be an interesting opportunity for her to exhibit her versatility as an actress. She has films like The Naked Gun, and The Hayley Wagner to her credit and now she is all set to perform for the first time in front of a live audience.
"I've been offered a fantastic role that can't say too much about, but it's a comedy with a serious message. I've never really done stage before but that's the challenge of being an actress," Contactmusic quoted her, as saying. (News, Source: Contact Music/Asian News International)
"One Night With The King" special guest: Although the crew of ElvisMatters is down to their very last tickets for the show "One Night With The King" on May 20th in Eindhoven, still they like to treat the visitors to a very special surprise. That night, Lee Towers, one of Graceland's official "King's Men", will do a special guest performance. Lee will sing a few of his favorite Elvis songs, backed by the big orchestra, the TCB Band, the Imperials and the Sweets. Lead singer throughout the show though, is Jenson Bloomer. The very last tickets are available through the special One Night With The King website. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)
At the reception up to 15 guests, who dine on wedding cake washed down with sparkling cider, are entertained with an Elvis concert. Finally, newlyweds can don their complimentary Elvis shades as they exit the chapel for their return limo ride back to their hotel.
What's unique about this venue: Couples who wed in this family owned and operated chapel, which offers personalized attention by booking just one ceremony per hour, will walk in the footsteps of movie and television star Kevin Dillon, who chose the Hound Dog Special when he said "I do" to model Jane Stuart in April 2006.
A Elvis Chapel: 727-C South 9th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Telephone: 1-800-452-6081 or 702-383-5909
Elvis in Eircom commercial: According to a posting on the 2nd To None messageboard Ireland's national telephone company Eircom is using a silhouette of Elvis gyrating to advertise it's services. Just the words, "Uh Huh", are heard. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #85: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who want make world go away live in vacuum" (Source: EIN)
Update- The Death of Elvis Presley? - DNA evidence flawed: There has been a huge response to our article on the Elvis DNA findings. From members of the Memphis Mafia, to the Presley Commission, believers and non-believers, we have so far received more than 30 comments. We have added a large number of your comments to the article today and will continue to add more as they are received.
In particular, author of an upcoming book on the Elvis is alive conspiracy theory, Patrick Lacy, has drawn our attention to the story (discredited a number of years ago) of Lisa Johansen (who claimed to be the "real" Lisa Marie Presley). The direct links between Ms Johansen and both Bill and Andrew Beeny are a further major blow to the Beeny claims, and EIN will be publishing a follow-up article in the next week or so on the implications of this issue. (Spotlight/ Conspiracy, Source: EIN)
CBS TV mini-series on DVD in Australia: As we reported last month, the CBS TV mini-series, Elvis The Early Years, will be released in Australia on 17 May. For one of the lowest prices on this DVD (and many other Elvis Region 4 DVDs) we recommend you visit EzyDVD. Low prices can also be expected for the DVD in K-Mart and Big W. (News, Source: EzyDVD)
Fan club presidents event: EPE will shortly be sending out official invitations to fan club presidents to attend the Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents' Event on Sunday, August 13, 2006 as they celebrate Elvis's film Speedway. Alternatively, registered club presidents can access the invitation by clicking the 'official invitations' link above. EPE says:
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #84: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who walk mile in my shoes better hope his feet are same size as mine" (Source: EIN)
Pre-orders strong for Jerry Schilling book: This year is a particularly strong one for quality Elvis book releases (see story below). The standout release, at least in terms of pre-order sales, is Jerry Schilling's long awaited memoir, "Me and A Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley". (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
The Top 10 Elvis book releases of 2006: ElvisBookResearch has released its list of the Top 10 Elvis book releases of 2006:
Elvis & Tom Hanks connection: Screen superstar, Tom Hanks, wrote in a recent article for the New York Times:
"In October, after my final shot as Robert Langdon in "The Da Vinci Code," a birthday cake big enough to feed our entire unit was rolled out, candles blazing. In what must have been a divinely timed coincidence, I wrapped "The Da Vinci Code" the same day Dan Striepeke, my makeup man for 19 years, turned 75.
I had earned enough industry clout, and learned enough, to choose as the keystone of my squad this 40-year veteran of movie making, who had given Elvis Presley his tan in "Viva Las Vegas" and Laurence Olivier his Roman nose in "Spartacus."
Most civilians think makeup men are little more than hovering sprites who powder noses. But they are true artists, often unsung, who imprint films with the soft touch of their brushes and the hard work of their craft. Their creation, which will be examined on the big screen for as many years as the film holds its audience, is the most physical manifestation of an actor's interpretation of his role.
In a partnership any actor would envy, Danny protected the exterior finish of my characters so I could ponder my roles without having to explain things that can't be explained anyway. On both movies that were fun ("Catch Me if You Can") and ridiculously tough ("Turner & Hooch"), Danny juggled my mercurial attitudes and the condition of my skin, offering his ear for my complaints and altering my body chemistry when necessary with a new facial scrub, a homemade bran muffin or a glass of cabernet. My makeup man and I worked around the world and at every studio in Hollywood. With my face as his canvas, he turned me into a cop, an astronaut, an Army Ranger, an FBI agent, a Master of the Universe, a Slavic tourist and even Santa Claus.
Through a freezing Chicago winter on "Road to Perdition," he showed the violence of my character with a slightly broken nose and eyes framed by the harsh lines of my hat and mustache. "Cast Away" was all Danny and hair stylist Kathy Blondell. As I lost weight to show four years of being marooned in the South Pacific, Danny created scars, sunburns, rashes, rotted teeth and seeping wounds. On "Forrest Gump," Danny took me from a teenager to a Vietnam soldier to parenthood as Sally Field died of cancer, earning him and his team one of "Gump's" Academy Award nominations. From his perch at the makeup chair, Danny told of his career, dazzling me by the titles alone: "The Ten Commandments," "Kismet," "Giant," "Around the World in 80 Days," "The Sound of Music."
I'd demand a story about Elvis, and Danny would tell of Presley's gentlemanly manners and squirt-gun playfulness. I'd hear about the Memphis Mafia, Ann-Margret and how "Harum Scarum" was a piece of junk.
In January, Danny called my office with news: He was done. Done, done. No more 5 a.m. calls; no more night shoots in exotic locations like Moscow, Monument Valley or Stage 5 at Culver Studios. He had other things he wanted to do besides put goop on my face in an increasingly difficult effort to make me look good. (News, Source: New York Times)
Chinese "Elvis" proverb #83: Continuing our series of humorous Chinese proverbs based around a line from an Elvis song: "Man who need woman to make him know it must be slow. Woman should avoid him" (Source: EIN)
"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 Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly 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 offered $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