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"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)



"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)


"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"

(Bono from U2)


"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"

(Little Richard)


"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')


"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"

(Johnny Carson)

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)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

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 Facts:

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
















































































































































































































































































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The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:

Wednesday 31 May 2006
"Elvis vs JXL" download goes Gold: The RIAA website added a Gold certification for the digital download single "A Little Less Conversation". The digital single was awarded Gold on 31 March 2006. (News, Source: Elvis 2nd To None / Elvis News)

New restaurant to open at "Elvis Presley's Memphis" (News, Source: EPE)

So how much for Elvis' THIRD house?: Psychic/showman Uri Geller recently purchased Elvis Presley’s first home, at 1034 Audubon Drive, for more than $900,000. Two years ago, entrepreneur Robert F.X. Sillerman bought the Graceland estate, and a good portion of Elvis Presley Enterprise as well, for $125 million.

So, how much would Elvis’ third house go for?

We recently turned up a 1974 Commercial Appeal article which mentions that Elvis had purchased a home at 1576 Lehr, just behind Graceland. On September 20, 1974, he paid precisely $33,925 for the one-story 1,500-square-foot property, and the newspaper story noted the homeowner had been told that the King of Rock-and-Roll never planned to live there but had purchased it for an investment.

We’re not sure how much this investment has paid off over the years, but if the present owner ever considers selling it, may we suggest eBay? (News, Source: The Memphis Flyer/ Sanja Meegin)

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)

Pre-orders open for July FTD's: EIN is now taking pre-orders for the three July FTD releases.

As we reported yesterday, FTD will be releasing I Found My Thrill (soundboard 24 Jan 1974); Clambake (soundtrack with outtakes); and Elvis Presley (Classic Albums series showcasing Elvis' first ever album with outtakes and a previously unrelased 1956 radio interview).

Both Clambake & Elvis Presley will come in the deluxe 7" fold-out format. Click for more information and to order

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)

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Tuesday 30 May 2006

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 helps bring peace to Afghanistan': Dutch Armed Forces preacher Fred Omvlee is stationed in the inhospitable terrain of Northern Afghanistan. He is not only an ordained minister in the Dutch Protestant Church but also a huge Elvis-fan. Chaplain Omvlee carries with him the religious appreciation of Elvis' life & music wherever he is working, and has even discussed Elvis with the local Afghan mullah. Here is his fascinating story. (Spotlight: Source: EIN, May 2006)

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)

Mega rare Australian Elvis LP sells on ebay: A few days after Australia's rarest Elvis CD (see 27 May) sold on ebay for less than its list price, a very rare Elvis LP, 'Easy Come, Easy Go', has exceeded list price for a record in poor+ condition. Ranked alongside an original 1957 copy of 'Elvis' Christmas Album' as the most valuable Aussie Elvis vinyl album, a mint condition copy of the LP is listed at A$400.00+. The copy listed had seen better days but still reached nearly A$170.00 (US$120.00). Meanwhile, two Elvis "portrait" series vinyl singles also sold for high prices on ebay. (News, Source: ebay)

New lines from Elvisly Yours: Sid Shaw's 'Elvisly Yours' has several attractive new lines available for fans to buy. The items include an Elvis shirt, Elvis tie, Elvis skirt, Elvis ready-made curtains, and Elvis duvet covers. Click to visit Elvisly Yours (News, Source: Sid Shaw)



Monday 29 May 2006

EIN's "ELVIS 2007 30th Anniversary Tour" to the USA: It is here! The long awaited Elvis Information Networks Elvis 2007, 30th Anniversary Tour. For those who travelled on the 25th Anniversary Tour, we look forward to welcoming you to this special departure. And to all the new fans, this is the premier Elvis Tour, one not to miss.

Please click for the tour brochure, and booking form. We will be restricting space simply on a first in best dressed basis.

We invite all Australian and New Zealand fans to join us on what will be a fun-filled 17 day tour taking in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tupelo and of course Elvis Week 2007 in Memphis!

With EIN's experienced and occasionally witty tour guides, the trip will be loads of fun and a tremendous opportunity to enjoy Elvisly things and places, meet new friends, and come home with fantastic Elvis memories that will last a lifetime! (News, Source: EIN)

"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)

"Elvis Presley, Scotty & Bill" CD release: The Xtra label will release the CD "Elvis Presley And Scotty And Bill" on June 19, 2006. This release contains the well known SUN and Hayride recordings.

Track listing: Baby Let's Play House - Tomorrow Night - Blue Moon - I'm Left Your Right She's Gone - You're A Heartbreaker - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - I Love You Because - Good Rockin' Tonight - Just Because - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Harbour Lights - That's All Right Mama - Mystery Train - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Milk Cow Blues Boogie - Trying To Get To You - Maybelline - Baby Let's Play House - Money Honey - That's All Right Mama - Good Rockin' Tonight - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - I Was The One - Tweedle Dee - I Got A Woman - Long Tall Sally - Interview 1 - Interview 2
(News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)

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)


Sunday 28 May 2006
"Elvis The 25th Anniversary Concert" DVD: EPE has issued a media release regarding the release of "Elvis The 25th Anniversary Concert" on DVD in August. This show took place in front of a sell-out crowd at The Pyramid arena in Memphis, Tennessee on August 16, 2002 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing. It starred Elvis Presley (via video) joined by a large gathering of his former bandmates live on stage - Joe Guercio, the TCB Band, the Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, The Stamps, The Jordanaires, Voice, Millie Kirkham and more. Read EPE's media release for full details including price and release outside of North America (News, Source: EPE)

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)

"Rock 'n' Roll Legend" cover art: Here is the cover art of the upcoming 50's budget CD release, "Rock 'n' Roll Legend". (News, Source: Elvis Corner / Elvis News)

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)


Saturday 27 May 2006
'Made In Memphis' - FTD review: The most recent FTD compilation which this time rounds-up those 'left-over' outtakkes from Elvis’ recording sessions in his home-town. It also includes the famous home recordings of Sam Thompson. By its very concept this has to be a mixed-bag of goodies - but it does feature FIFTEEN unreleased studio outtakes. Following FTD's concept, EIN's Piers Beagley delves deeply into the exploration of Elvis' more emotional & introspective side. Can this really be another essential release? (FTD Review, Source: EIN, May 2006)

Jailhouse Rock co-star special guest at UK Elvis party: Essential Elvis in the UK have secured their usual venue for their August Bank Holiday week-end bash on August 27th in Shoreham-by-Sea. The guys who publish The Elvis Mag have announced that their special guest will be Elvis' Jailhouse Rock co-star, Jennifer Holden. Without a doubt, this show will be a total sellout way ahead of time, so please book early. The reason? In addition to their exciting USA guest and a massive memorabilia stall, they've also booked All Shook Up, a superb rock ‘n’ roll band to add to the ‘50s feel of the sockhop in sunny Sussex. Please, do not miss what will surely be one of the Elvis event of the year. For more information please email: enquiries@essentialelvis.com (News, Source: Essential Elvis/FECC)

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:

Price gain
Memoir: "Elvis & Kathy" (Kathy Westmoreland)
Photobook titles by Joseph Tunzi
Select titles by Paul Lichter
Titles by Ger Rijff
Titles by Sean Shaver

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)

Buyer beware!!: Yet another suspect (in EIN's opinion) Elvis autograph has been listed on ebay

(and the seller has more than one for sale. As for the second one, we'll let you be the judge of what its description means)

Rarest Australian Elvis CD sells on ebay: Earlier today strong bidding saw a copy of the legendary CD promo, "Cream of the Catalog", sell on ebay for nearly US$170.00. Less than 50 copies of the CD were pressed in the mid 1990s. England's Record Collector Magazine (November 2003) ranked this CD as the fifth rarest Elvis promo in the world, with a value of 500UK Pounds($870USD). In the past three years two other copies of the release were sold for around US$500.00 each. (News, Source: ebay)

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)

"Sunshine" going from vinyl to CD: The vinyl picture disc release "Sunshine" from the Universe label will soon be available on CD. On this release are some well known Sun recordings. (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club/ Elvis News)

"From Union Avenue To Thomas Street" reissue: Volume seven in the Dutch EFE fan club Promo series "From Union Avenue To Thomas Street 1954 - 1969" has been re-released as a digipack. (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club / Elvis News)

"Hello Memphis" CD reissue: The import CD "Hello Memphis" containing a soundboard recording of Elvis' March 16, 1974 performance has been reissued a new package. This time the CD comes as a digipack. The design is not as good as the original release, the sound is the same. (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club / Elvis News)



Friday 26 May 2006

EIN's "ELVIS 2007 30th Anniversary Tour" to the USA: On Monday 29 May we will be adding to the site the brochure for our 2007 tour to Elvis Week.

We invite all Australian and New Zealand fans to join us on what will be a fun-filled 17 day tour taking in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tupelo and of course Elvis Week 2007 in Memphis!

With EIN's experienced and occasionally witty tour guides, the trip will be loads of fun and a tremendous opportunity to enjoy Elvisly things and places, meet new friends, and come home with fantastic Elvis memories that will last a lifetime! (News, Source: EIN)

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)

"Elvis Presley" budget CD release in Germany: Released on the Joan Record label on April 7, 2006 is a budget CD entitled "Elvis Presley". (News, Source: Amazon.de / Elvis News)

"Elvis Broadcasts on Air" CD reissue: The CD "Elvis Broadcasts on Air" from the Neo Cleopa (Sony BMG) label will be rereleased in Europe on June 30, 2006. The cover is from the original release.

Track listing:

1. Intro - KWKH on Air/2. That's All Right/3. Blue Moon of Kentucky/4. Hearts of Stone/5. That's All Right/6. Tweedle Dee/7. Money Honey/8. Blue Moon of Kentucky/9. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine/10. That's All Right/11. Good Rockin' Tonight/12. I Got a Woman/13. Tweedle Dee
14. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone/15. Baby Let's Play House/16. Maybellene/17. That's All Right/18. I Was the One/19. Love Me Tender/20. Hound Dog/21. Outro - Elvis Has Left the Building (News, Source: Amazon.co.uk / Elvis News)


Thursday 25 May 2006

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)

"Elvis on Ed Sullivan" DVD: Negotiations and discussions are still on the way for the potential "ELVIS ON ED SULLIVAN" DVD which will for the first time feature all 3 Ed Sullivan shows Elvis performed on plus bonus material. A total of 15 performances from Elvis from September 9, 1956, October 28, 1956 and January 7, 1957 will be made available with the rest of the original shows in a 1-or 2-DVD package (still tbc) mastered with today's technology for optimum sound and picture. (News, Source: 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.

Mr Koizumi will visit Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, the King of rock and roll, as part of his farewell trip before stepping down as prime minister in September. In a highly unusual move, Mr Bush is considering accompanying Mr Koizumi to Memphis for the visit. Mr Bush decided to give Mr Koizumi, a huge Elvis fan, the Graceland trip to thank him for his support, including taking the politically difficult decision to send Japanese troops to Iraq.

Mr Koizumi, who shares his birthday with Elvis, is such a fan that in 2001 a record label in Japan launched a CD called Junichiro Koizumi Presents: My Favourite Elvis Songs . While visiting Australia last year, Mr Koizumi, who was sitting beside the Australian foreign minister, crooned along as the musicians played Elvis’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”. (News, Source: Financial Times)

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)

Wednesday 24 May 2006

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)

Pre-orders open for July FTD's: EIN is now taking pre-orders for the three July FTD releases.

As we reported yesterday, FTD will be releasing I Found My Thrill (soundboard 24 Jan 1974); Clambake (soundtrack with outtakes); and Elvis Presley (Classic Albums series showcasing Elvis' first ever album with outtakes and a previously unrelased 1956 radio interview).

Both Clambake & Elvis Presley will come in the deluxe 7" fold-out format. Click for more information and to order (News, Source: EIN)

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)

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Tuesday 23 May 2006

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.
The announced soundboard release will be titled 'I Found My Thrill'. This one will feature the show from January, 27, 1974 in Las Vegas.
The third release announced for July 1 will be the 'Clambake' soundtrack. It will be made in the 7" soundtrack series. Like all the other ones will it feature the original soundtrack plus outtakes.
FTD also announces that they are working on some kind of a 'Hawaii '61' project. It has not been decided yet if it will be a Cd, Cd + book or maybe even a DVD release.
FTD are also working hard on the long awaited Sun book + CD. It might be ready for November 2006, but that is not for sure yet. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

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.
We have been asked for an address to send her a note. Her mailing address is:
Marian Cocke
784 Pecan Gardens Circle East
Memphis Tn 38122
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marian and her family". (News, Source: EPE)


Monday 22 May 2006

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)

'Elvis at 21' CD: Here is the cover of the new CD "Elvis At 21" from the Dutch Elvis For Everyone fan club.

The CD comes with a 12 pages booklet and contains 25 tracks, including 2 radio commercials, 11 complete interviews and 4 interview excerpts.

The track listing is:

1 I'm 21
2 Elvis Presley "Victrola" special offer #1 (Radio Commercial)
3 Song excerpt "Money Honey" (July 29, 1970 - MGM Studios, Culver City, CA.)
4 At the dressing room #1 (May 14 - Lacrosse, Wisconsin, Sawyer Auditorium)
5 At the dressing room #2 (May 16 - Little Rock, Arkansas, Robinson Auditorium, Ray Green interview)
6 Elvis Presley "Victrola" Special Offer #2 (Radio Commercial)
7 About his Las Vegas flop, record sales & more! (June 8 - Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. Lou Irwin interview)
8 Defending Rock & Roll (June 8 - Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. Lou Irwin interview)
9 Elvis in Hollywood (June 8 - Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. Lou Irwin interview)
10 Love Me Tender* (fast version, July 24, 1970 - Hollywood rehearsal)
11 "Hy Gardner Calling" (July 1 - New York, NY. Warwick Hotel)
12 Song excerpt "I Was The One" (July 29, 1970 - MGM Studios, Culver City, CA.)
13 The engaged affaire (July 9 - New Orleans, Louisiana, WNOE Radio Interview)
14 Bad publicity (July 10 - New Orleans, Louisiana, Jim Stewart Radio Interview)
15 Ray and Norma Pillow interview (August 5 - Tampa, Florida)
16 Another dressing room (August 7 - St. Petersburg, Florida, Bob Hoffer Interview)
17 Song excerpt "Baby Let's Play House" (July 29 - 1970, MGM Studios, Culver City, CA.) 18 High School interview (August 9 - Dayton, Florida)
19 Back in Tupelo (September 26 - Tupelo, Mississippi, The Mississippi- Alabama Fair And Dairy Show)
20 A fan about Elvis! (September 26 - Tupelo, Mississippi, The Mississippi- Alabama Fair And Dairy Show)
21 NBC's Monitor (September)
22 Telephone interview 1956
23 Elvis says goodbye
24 Elvis has left the building (December 15 - The Louisiana Hayride)
25 About 1956 / From the waist up (July 1972 - MGM Studios, Los Angeles, CA.) (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club / Elvis News)

'Closing Night" import CD: A new import release by the Graceland Records label is the CD entitled "Closing Night" with a soundboard recording of Elvis' February 23, 1970 slosing show. The CD, from the label that previously released “Elvis’ Second Night" in 2005, comes with a 16 pages booklet.

The press release: “Elvis was again in Las Vegas, and the result of the sensational comeback 6 months earlier was, that the shows sold out even faster than in August.” Stein Erik Skar “Concert years 1969-1977”

Closing Night (23rd February 1970) Soundboard.

This is by far an outstanding show. Elvis is performing longer than usual. This show is from 2 reels which have been put together for the first time on cd. Digitally re-mastered and restored to maximum listening pleasure. As you can expect from Graceland records, we offer the best quality possible.

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.

Wertheimer’s photographs of Elvis are extraordinary and he appears almost ethereal, whether reading a newspaper while waiting for a cab, or washing his hands during one of his many train trips. After 1958 and Elvis’ induction into the army, the world seemingly forgot about Wertheimer’s magical photographs- for nineteen years- until Aug 16, 1977, the day Elvis died and Time Magazine called. “The phone hasn’t really stopped ringing in the last thirty years,” observes Wertheimer. Many of the photographs in this visual treasury are previously unpublished and some have become almost as famous as the man himself.'

Elvis at 21 is available to pre-order in several different editions from Amazon. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Coming Soon - Elvis Film Course 2006: Enrolments will shortly open for the 2006 semester of EIN's popular online Elvis Film Course. Originating at the ANU Film Group, the course has been attended in class and online by more than 100 participants. The course uses basic film theory to examine the structure, narrative and film techniques used in Elvis' body of film work. The skills gained from the course can be applied to any film or television program and give one a new dimension on which to enjoy what is being viewed, and understand what the director/producer was intending to achieve, and how he/she wanted to influence the audience. More details shortly. (Celluloid Elvis/News, Source: EIN)

Clever 'Elvis interviewed by Wink Martindale' video

'Elvis Presley Forever' DVD: Here is a new import compilation DVD with 26 performances from "That's The Way It Is", "Aloha From Hawaii" and "The '68 Comeback Special". (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club/Elvis News)

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)


Sunday 21 May 2006

"Elvis Decoded" book update: As noted in our recent article on the Beeny DNA evidence, Patrick Lacy's book, 'Elvis Decoded', is due for publication in July. The author has written a book that is long overdue:  a detailed, in-depth examination of the facts and figures that permeate the many Elvis books, websites, articles, and public boards.  He sorts through all the information and puts things in proper perspective.

The book will present in Q&A format an examination and comparison of numerous stories in the Elvis world including the possibility Elvis did not die in 1977, illegitimate children claims, the break-in at Forest Hill Cemetery, Elvis' last will and a lot more. Click to visit the Elvis Decoded website. (News, Source: Cory Cooper)

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)


Saturday 20 May 2006

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)


Friday 19 May 2006

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.

Elvis Presley Projects, expected to debut beginning in 2008, will consist of:

  • Touring shows that will be produced by Cirque du Soleil and incorporate the name, image, likeness and music of Elvis Presley.
  • Permanent shows at fixed locations that will be produced by Cirque du Soleil and incorporate the name, image, likeness and music of Elvis Presley.
  • Multimedia interactive entertainment "Elvis Experiences" that incorporate the music, memorabilia, audiovisual works, and the life and times of Elvis Presley.
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)


Thursday 18 May 2006

Elvis sign told Uri Geller not to worry!: Uri Geller said he got a sign from Elvis Presley, and the message was loud and clear: "Don't worry, you'll have my house." The psychic, who had the winning bid of $905,100 US for a house Presley lived in as his career was taking off, said he was travelling to London in the closing moments of the EBay auction Sunday when the radio began playing, Love Me Tender.

He told The Commercial Appeal newspaper that he knew then that it was a done deal. Presley bought the four-bedroom house at 1034 Audubon Drive in 1956 with his early song royalties. The singer, his parents and grandmother lived there for 13 months before moving to a two-storey colonial house already known as Graceland, the house that Elvis would make famous. Geller, who lives outside London, is buying the house with two partners: Peter Gleason, a New York lawyer and retired firefighter, and Lisbeth Silvandersson, a jewelry maker in England. They plan to restore it to its 1956 splendour and bring sick children from Palestine, Israel and America to see it. He hopes for permission to make it a museum.

Geller said he met Presley in the 1970s and "freaked him out" with his spoon bending. Geller became a celebrity in the '70s for his alleged power to bend spoons and other objects with his mind. Current owners Cindy Hazen and Mike Freeman bought the home in 1998 for $180,000 US. The couple, who have co-authored two books about Presley, said the house is far more historically significant than Graceland.

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)

Updated Today:
Is Elvis alive?: Major investigation identifies flaw in 'Elvis DNA findings' - reader feedback updated & 'rigor mortis' issue added

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)


Wednesday 17 May 2006

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)

Dutch Elvis stamp: On June 6th, this brand new stamp will make history as the first official national Dutch Elvis stamp. Johan Kesseler, member of ElvisMatters, was the first to bring up the idea of an Elvis stamp. Congratulations to Johan, and a big word of thanks for his efforts, and to all the persons that voted for this stamp.

This stamp comes in a set of 2 and 10 and is 0,39 euro each. Available as off June 6th in all post offices in the Netherlands. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)

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."

Update May 16: The reaction of EPE's Todd Morgan:

The reference to the Kissin' Cousins soundtrack's reissue on the FTD label was an error. Elvis Radio routinely features FTD soundtrack reissues and we used our standard text for their Soundtrack Saturday Night programming announcements without thinking that Kissin' Cousins had not been reissued on FTD yet. A case of going too fast during a busy week. We don't know if FTD has a reissue of Kissin' Cousins scheduled at this time. (News,
Source: EPE / Elvis News)

'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.

Instead, as the title of the feature suggests, the article concentrates solely on the excess associated with the later Las Vegas appearances, telling us about Elvis’ eating habits and prescription drug intake etc. We are told that Elvis would ramble incoherently on stage and forget the words to his songs. I thought this was unfair as if you take Elvis’ Vegas period as a whole, there are far more good performances than the type described in this article, which gives the impression that the entire 1969 – 1976 Vegas period was devoid of any artistic merits, which we all know is definitely not the case.

Elvis is described as ‘a sweaty bloated mess, sleepwalking through his act, barely able to squeeze into one of his legendary white jumpsuits’ during his final December 12th 1976 Las Vegas show, and this I thought was particularly unfair. Admittedly the final Las Vegas engagement was not great, and Elvis certainly wasn’t at his best performance wise or physically, but from the photographs and footage that I’ve seen he certainly wasn’t grossly overweight either. The picture used to illustrate this ‘fact’ is (according to the magazine) from March 1976, and is an unflattering candid shot of Elvis in shades wearing the rainfall suit. Had they actually taken the trouble to find a picture from the December 1976 Las Vegas engagement, they might have been surprised to find out that Elvis didn’t actually look that bad, but that would have made a mess of their article.

After seeing mostly positive coverage of Elvis in the music press recently, I found this article disappointing. In fairness none of the fifty stories featured had much to do with any of the featured artists musical achievements, but most covered a much shorter time period. If Q thought the final Vegas season was the best available example of Elvis’ excesses then it really should have been written about it in isolation. Instead the approach they have taken makes the whole seven-year period seem worthless."
(News, Source: FECC)

'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)


Tuesday 16 May 2006

"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:
The Dorsey Shows
The Milton Berle Shows
The Ed Sullivan Shows
The Frank Sinatra Welcome Home Elvis TV Show
TV Broadcast from Las Vegas to promote the upcoming Aloha From Hawaii show
A Little Less Conversation Music Video
The picture and sound quality is very good. Price 249.- Dkk. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Elvis in flowers: During the"Bloemendagen" ("flowerdays") in the Dutch city Limmen people create pieces of art with flowers. During this year's 54th edition of these Bloemendagen this piece of art was created. (News, Source: Todd Halvorson / Elvis News)

'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!

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at Allegany High School. Tickets may still be purchased by calling the Tri-State Concert Association at (301) 759-0580, by visiting TWR Communications at 549 N. Centre Street, or by visiting http://www.tri-stateconcerts.com. (Almost Elvis/News, Source: The Cumberland News)

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)


Monday 15 May 2006
Audobon Drive home sells for US$905,100.00: In a final day of frantic bidding the price rose from $460.000.00 to more than $900,000.00 before the hammer fell and an as yet unnamed bidder, "pg2000", took home one of the richest Elvis related prizes ever. With an appraised value of $280,000.00 the result is a windfall for its soon-to-be-ex owners, Mike Freeman and Cindy Hazen. Bill Burk tells us a book on the home is rumoured to be in production. (News, Source: eBay/Bill E. Burk)

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

Volume 2: King of the whole wide world - Can't help falling in love - In my way - I don't wanna be tied - A boy like me, a girl like you - Because of love - Song of the shrimp - The walls have ears - Moonlight swim - Guadalajara - You can't say no in Acapulco - Ku-u-i-po - The bullfighter was a lady - Marguerita - El toro - Mexico - I think I'm gonna like it here - Ito eats - Slicin' sand - Hawaiian sunset - Beach boy blues - This is living - Home is where the heart is - Island of love - Wooden heart - Pocketful of rainbows - Tonight is so right for love - Doin' the best I can - Little Egypt - Big love, big heartache - Poison Ivy League - It's a wonderful world - One track heart - Riding the rainbow - Hard knocks - Dainty little moonbeams - Girls! Girls! Girls! 37 songs, playing time circa 73 minutes (News, Source: FECC)

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.
Kathleen DeNike
Collingwood Rocks With Elvis Fan Club
Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Entertainment Consultant/Artist Representative
705.445.9477 (News, Source: Kathleen DeNike)

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)


Sunday 14 May 2006

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:
Box 16792
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.

The pieces include a signed 30" inch yellow scarf that was worn by Presley and presented to Wilson as a gift. Presley also presented the silver rose belt buckle to Wilson. A signed 8x10 B/W photograph of Elvis Presley is also included in the offering. Each item was obtained by the owner directly from Don Wilson. (News, Source: Google/ Elvis News)

"Elvis & Kathy" on ebay: One of the most popular Elvis related books ever published is Kathy Westmoreland's 1987 memoir, 'Elvis & Kathy'. Copies sold on ebay in the past year have soared from around US$125.00 to over $200.00. The latest copy listed currently has 15 bids and a price of US$117.50 with less than 3 days left for bids. Originally published with a small print run and never reissued, copies have regularly been found on ebay in the past 2 years. (News, Source: ebay)

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)


Saturday 13 May 2006
Fake autograph for sale on ebay?: What looks suspiciously like a bogus Elvis autograph is being sold on eBay. With a start price of around US$280.00, the item has already attracted one bid. (News, Source: eBay)

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 DVD releases: Using the same name as a noted bootleg CD boxset series, two new import DVDs have just been released. Both contain movie songs from different pictures. Picture and sound quality is great. Volume 1 runs for 80 minutes, volume 2 runs for 73 minutes. The DVDs, released by Wonderland Records, are in 2.0 Stereo, region code free and come in two-sided fold out digipacks. (News, Source: FECC)

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)

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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)


Friday 12 May 2006
"Inside G.I. Blues" pre-orders: In the next day or so it will be possible to pre-order a copy of the book 'Inside G.I. Blues'. The book gives the reader the complete inside look into the movie G.I. Blues and the people involved in its making. The first copies of the book will also contain a DVD with material which collectors and fans will find very interesting. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

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)


Thursday 11 May 2006
'MOJO Magazine' Spotlight and CD Review: The British music magazine MOJO, May 2006, is in Australian 'import' stores right now. Celebrating their 150th issue, the focus is on Elvis in 1956. Robert Gordon wrote the sensational book 'The Elvis Treasures' and his 14-page feature article is yet another excellent & insightful look at Elvis’ pivotal year. Not only that, but the magazine also comes with a fascinating 15-track Bonus CD saluting The King. This includes some very collectable highlights, as well as classic Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash & Roy Orbison versions of Elvis' songs. (CD Review and Spotlight: Source: EIN, May 2006)

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)

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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)


Wednesday 10 May 2006

'The Elvis Files' DVD reissued in Australia due to demand: Released earlier this year in Australia, this budget priced DVD based around Gail Brewer-Giorgio's 1990 book (and video) of the same name, quickly became like her earlier novel, Orion, a very hard to find item. EIN received numerous enquiries as the retailers advertising it appeared to sell out of their stocks on the first day, while online stockists such as EzyDVD had it listed as "out of stock" for months. Well the good news is that the high level of interest has led to the distributor releasing a new supply. Best place to currently pick it up is K-Mart where it's selling for around A$9.00. If you enjoyed our recent article on the Beeny DNA evidence you'll like this conspiracy driven documentary.

And by the way, K-Mart still has Elvis film titles on DVD like The Trouble With Girls, Jailhouse Rock, Spinout, It Happened At The World's Fair, Harum Scarum and Viva Las Vegas for under A$9.00, as well as the 3DVD set, Elvis Films That Rock, for under A$30.00. (News, Source: EIN/K-Mart)

"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)


Tuesday 9 May 2006

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 Ireland’s biggest Elvis fan presenting this documentary and essentially it revolves around the idea that he is convinced that the sweater Elvis wears in “Jailhouse Rock” is in fact an Irish sweater. I don’t know if you are familiar with the Aran sweater from the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway. The sweater looks a lot like one of those and the idea is that our presenter, desperate to make some link to Ireland with Elvis, goes in search of that sweater. So, as you can see, it’s a bit of fun.

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, Dublin 18, Ireland; Phone: ++353 1 2899217; Cel: ++35387 2744802; E-mail: deargfilms@eircom.net (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)


Monday 8 May 2006

It's Elvis Time '50th Anniversary of TV Guide': IET says: 'This cd marks the 50th anniversary of the TV Guide from 1956. The only difference with the vinyl 45 rpm is, that on this cd you will have the complete interview which was recorded in 1956. With the design of this cd we did try to be as authentic as we could get, compare to the 1956 release. All members of It’s Elvis Time will get this cd for free with our next magazine number 251.

This year (2006) marks the 45th anniversary of the oldest, biggest and most respected fan club in The Netherlands “It’s Elvis Time” and it makes us very proud TCB –ing for Elvis after so many years. To celebrate this event we will release this special cd. We will move forward in the future to be at service to our customers and members. We will make sure the next generation will know Elvis Presley, so he will be number 1 forever.' (News, Source: It's Elvis Time/FECC)

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.
It claims Presley, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams can all trace their roots, and their music, back to Scotland. It is hoped the “jock’n’roll” links will encourage music lovers of the 25m-strong Scots diaspora to visit their homeland. But some music experts have dismissed the executive’s claims as “romantic nationalism” and insist Scotland’s influence on modern American music is negligible.

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)


Sunday 7 May 2006

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".

From the author's website: Hundreds of books have been published since Elvis Presley’s death yet none have seriously documented the making of his films. Elvis spent more than half of his career making films, yet this critical time period has been essentially ignored by most biographers. This book investigates the making of nine of his films, in the words of those that worked on and co-starred in them. The author spared no expense to locate and interview hundreds of people who worked on Elvis's films, including co-stars, movie crew members, dancers, extras and stuntmen. Anecdotes and fascinating behind the scene accounts will be the central focus.

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.

Rare behind the scene movie photographs will be interspersed through out the book, never published, and obtained by the author. In addition, the author scouted and found dozens of locations, in and around Los Angeles, used in Elvis’s films. Elvis: Frame By Frame will be the first book to present a detailed account into the making of Elvis’s films. Most importantly, the book offers a new perspective and understanding of the most fascinating entertainer of our time. (News, Source: Elvis: Frame By Frame / Elvis News)

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)

Elvis Presley Gospel Music Study Group: In what is a very interesting and often overlooked subject, fans in the Canberra area of Australia can attend a FREE course on Saturday mornings looking at Elvis' gospel recordings. The course will run for at least 6 weeks. Contact Susan MacDougall for more information. (News, Source: Susan MacDougall)

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)


Saturday 6 May 2006
CD Jukebox DVD: Coming soon..a DVD with 52 Elvis CD's which plays like a jukebox. Complete with animated menu and rare alternate covers. (News, Source: EP Gold)

"Elvis The Documentaries CD": Details of the CD accompanying the upcoming Joseph Tunzi book of the same name have been released. 'From the archives, 36 tracks from That s The Way It Is & Elvis On Tour.

Go behind closed doors and listen to the man himself! A collection as never before! For the first time a complete cd is dedicated to both documentaries!

All the tracks are remastered! With 16 page full-colour booklet!!! A collection of photos and memorabilia from 1970 & 1972. Beautiful picture disc edition! This is an EFE Promo release / limited to 500 copies worldwide!


THAT S THE WAY IT IS: 1 · Rehearsing I Just Can t Help Believing (August 10, 1970 · Las Vegas); 2 · Are You Horny Tonight? (July 29, 1970 · MGM Studios, Culver City, CA.); 3 · Rehearsing Polk Salad Annie (August 7, 1970 · Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal); 4 · Eating Hamburgers (July 14, 1970 · Los Angeles, CA.); 5 · Rehearsing Sweet Caroline (July 14, 1970 · Los Angeles, CA.); 6 · Rehearsing Mary In The Morning (August 7, 1970 · Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal); 7 · Dialogue (August 7, 1970 · Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal) ; 8 · Rehearsing I ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (August 7, 1970 · Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal); 9 · Rehearsal excerpt #2 (August 7, 1970 · Las Vegas); 10 · Don t It Make You Wanna Go Home (July 29, 1970 · MGM Studios, Culver City, CA.); 11 · Nerves (August 10, 1970 · Las Vegas); 12 · Reading Telegrams before opening show (August 10, 1970 · Las Vegas) ; 13 · Talking and singing backstage before opening show (August 10, 1970 · Las Vegas)

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)


Friday 5 May 2006
ELVISDCDFORUA: A new CD release that will come out soon is "ELVISDCDFORU" The Elvis CD For You! A collection of 27 popular Elvis songs you’ll love forever! Including: ELVIS vs Rafaëlla / Don’t Be Cruel, from the Dutch Idols final 2006 & Don’t Cry Daddy, a duet between Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. ELVISDCDFORU contains some very hard to find recordings too, two of which are exclusively appeared on a mini-CD single from T.V. Guide (That's All Right recorded live on August 11, 1970 dinner show & Young And Beautiful, Alternate take 11). Also included are 6 tracks from the I Was The One album released in 1983, and the original Elvis Medley released in 1982. All recordings in the best sound quality available / with improved sound! The track listing is:

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)

Updated Today:
Is Elvis alive?: Major investigation identifies flaw in 'Elvis DNA findings' - new visuals and extensive reader feedback added

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)


Thursday 4 May 2006

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)

Updated Today:

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)


Wednesday 3 May 2006

"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)

"Elvis The Echo Will Never Die" German DVD release: Here is the cover art of the (German) re-release of "Elvis - The Echo Will Never Die" which will be re-released by Black Hill entertainment. This region 2 DVD will be released July 216, 2006. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin / ElvisNews)

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)

Weddings at 'A Elvis Chapel', Las Vegas: The King reigns supreme at A Elvis Chapel, where a gold lamé version of the swivel-hipped singer attends the ceremonies of Las Vegas lovebirds who have found their own "hunka hunka burning love."

A Elvis Chapel's wedding coordinator takes The King's motto TCB (Taking Care of Business) to heart, tending to the details of the venue's most elaborate package, "Viva Las Vegas," which offers a bouquet and boutonniere for the bride and groom, and a total of 48 photos of the nuptials and post-wedding festivities which can be displayed next to a copy of Elvis and Priscilla's 1967 marriage certificate.

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)

Updated Today:

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)


Tuesday 2 May 2006

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:

'This special fan club event will be held at the Memphis Marriott East, located at 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon. You may invite up to three additional members of your club to attend the event with you at a cost of $10.00 each.

We are thrilled to be able to announce our two guest speakers who co-starred with Elvis in the movie Speedway. Mr. William Schallert, who played the role of Abel Esterlake, and Victoria Paige Meyerink, who played the role of Ellie Esterlake, will share stories and memories of their time on the set with Elvis.

In addition to our special guest speakers, you will have the opportunity to hear from Elvis Presley Enterprises leaders and team members about exciting news from Graceland, a look at upcoming projects and licenses, and more. In addition to the special program, you will also have the opportunity to meet new fan club presidents and members from around the world and be able to connect with past friends'. (News, Source: EPE)

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)


Monday 1 May 2006
The Death of Elvis Presley? - DNA evidence flawed: In an absorbing major article, EIN today presents the findings of its investigation of the DNA evidence supporting the contention that Elvis did not die in August 1977. EIN's inquiry, undertaken with the assistance of a professional investigation company, exposes the flaw in the DNA claims, provides a timeline of the "Is Elvis Alive?" conspiracy story, and looks at various other strands to the conspiracy theory. (Spotlight/ Conspiracy, Source: EIN)

"Live From The Hilton" CD release: Set for release on the import 'If' label is the CD "Live From The Hilton" with an audience recording of Elvis' January 31, 1974 Dinner Show. (News, Source: Elvis News)

"Live From The International" CD release: Set for release on the import 'If' label is the CD "Live From The International" with an audience recording of Elvis' September 6, 1971 show. (News, Source: Elvis News)

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 Cinema & Popular Culture, Douglas Brode, late June release Fortunate Son: The Life of Elvis Presley, Charles L. de Leon, July release
Me and A Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley, Jerry Schilling, August release Elvis Religion: The Cult of the King, Gregory L. Reece, August release
The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band, Ken Burke & Dan Griffin, August release Elvis: A Biography, Jerry Hopkins (reissue), September release
Elvis At 21: New York To Memphis, Alfred Wertheimer, October release Elvis Presley Limited Edition, Genesis Publications, late 2006 release
Inside G.I. Blues, Elvis Unlimited, late 2006 release Memphis Recording Service 1955: The Rise of Elvis Presley, Joseph Pirzada, late 2006 release

Click to view EIN's extensive listing of Elvis books being released in 2006-07

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)



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"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"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"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"

(Bob Dylan)


"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"

(Johnny Cash)


"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)

Elvis Facts:

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