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Tuesday 31 May 2011
'Special Delivery – The Ultimate Elvis Collector’s Box' Coming Soon: Essential Elvis in the UK says watch out for this incredible limited numbered edition sets coming very soon. It’s going to be very collectable as there is only 1000 of this product being manufactured worldwide. It includes a unique 60-page Elvis & Priscilla Wedding Album and an incredible CD entitles Fame And Fortune which contains a total of 13 previously unreleased studio outtakes, movie versions and a special bonus track (Fame And Fortune (take 1) / He Knows Just What I Need (take 9) / In My Father’s House (take 8 ) / Surrender (take 4) / Soldier Boy (take 5) / Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (master take 4) / Frankfort Special (movie version) and many others).
You’ll also receive a beautiful Special Moments DVD featuring rare footage of the King. If that’s not enough, this set includes 6 deluxe photo postcards plus an Elvis sticker with collector’s cards.

(News, Source:Essential Elvis)

'Viva Elvis – The DVD': After all the fans mixed feeling about Viva Elvis, now comes the DVD! STAR is proud to announce a new viewing experience with Viva Elvis – The DVD. Many fans wondered if this would get done, most knew that it was just "A Matter Of Time". Well, it has happened and it’s out soon!
It’s been quite a while but now STAR is back and this DVD takes editing to the next level. It contains the COMPLETE Viva Elvis album on DVD and many bonus clips. Expect the best high tech effects and edits.
There’ll be an exclusive teaser / trailor soon.
It starts off with some great Elvis commercials including a funny battery commercial, a Pizza Hut commercial, the fantastic 2011 C&A commercial, and an historic 1956 commercial for Elvis’ first album.
The DVD has all the tracks from the original album and more…
1. Didja Ever/Return To Sender (exclusive performance by the cast)
2. Bossa Nova Baby (exclusive performance by the Viva Elvis cast)
3. One Night (exclusive performance by the Viva Elvis cast)
4. Opening
5. Blue Suede Shoes
6. That’s All Right
7. Heartbreak Hotel
8. Love Me Tender

9. King Creole
10. Bossa Nova Baby
11. Burning Love
12. Memories (Interlude)
13. Can’t Help Falling In Love
14. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Piano Interlude)
15. Suspicious Minds

More news to follow soon.
(News, Source;STAR)

Bonus Clips…
1. Love me Tender (official videoclip)
2. Burning Love (official videoclip)
3. Suspicious Minds (official videoclip)
4. Blue Suede Shoes (exclusive performance by the Viva Elvis cast)
5. Love Me Tender (French Television)

Monday 30 May 2011

Graceland needs YOUR Vote!: Memphis's local news paper "The Commercial Appeal" has just put a poll online to find out what the best tourist attraction of the city is - according to their website visitors. So far, the Memphis Zoo gets 60% of all votes in the category "Best Tourist Attraction", and Graceland has a disappointing 22%. It's time to change things, folks!
Click THIS LINK and vote Graceland to the #1 Spot.

Elvisfans around the world can make that happen! The "Best Tourist Attraction" is under the second link, MEMPHIS PLACES.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Colonel Parker on ABC's Nightline: Recently noted on FECC is this August 1987 interview from Colonel Tom Parker aged 78, with ABC news Anchorman Ted Koppel.
Midnightx succinctly commented, "Parker was a complicated man. A somewhat innovative manager for the new genre of Rock N Roll during the mid/late 50's (his influence on marketing, promotion and exposure is still felt today), but a man that lacked artistic vision and an ability to evolve. His style and approach was never refined and became outdated. He ultimately derailed the career of Elvis Presley because he lacked vision and sophistication to manage an act during the mid/late 60's and 70's."
CLICK HERE To the 1987 Parker Interview
Also go here for EIN’s Article "The Dark Side Of Colonel Parker"
(News, Source;FECC/EIN)

2011 Tupelo Elvis Festival – On Sale Now: The 2011 Tupelo Elvis Festival is June 2 - 5. Always a big event celebrating Elvis in Tupelo, Mississippi, his Birthplace, the festival features a long weekend of fun and entertainment.
Events include a 5K run, parade, movie poster exhibit, and Sunday gospel concert. There will also be live performances from artists such as Sonny Burgess and The Pacers with DJ Fontana.
Plus, there will be a 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round. The winner will get to compete in the semifinal round in Memphis during Elvis Week 2011.
Tickets for the 2011 Tupelo Elvis Festival are on sale now. Purchase them at the festival's office at 108 South Broadway in Tupelo, Mississippi or by calling 662-841-6598.
Go here for info and Tupelo Festival 2011 Schedule.
(News, Source;TupeloFestival)

Wintersun Festival in Australia in June: Meanwhile downunder in Australia the annual Rock’n’Roll Wintersun Festival delivers two weeks of Rock'n'Roll across a variety of events such as street parades, concerts, dancing and classic and vintage car parades, performances and entertainment reflective of the 40's 50's and 60's, plus plenty of Elvis - and for the first time in picturesque Port Maquarie.
The Wintersun Festival is on June 3-13, 2011 in New South Wales, Australia and will also feature an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round. Three rounds of competition will be held on Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, with the finals on Saturday, June 11. The winner will go on to compete at Elvis Week 2011 in Memphis.
Go here for Wintersun Festival News and Events.
(News, Source;Wintersun)

Saturday 28 May 2011

Budapest names Elvis Presley honorary citizen: Budapest's city council has named Elvis Presley an honorary citizen of the Hungarian capital in gratitude for his support of Hungary's anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.
Last wednesday's announcement comes nearly a month after municipal authorities named a small park – chosen by voting on the city website – after The King.

On Jan. 6, 1957, during his last appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Elvis sang a gospel standard, "Peace in the Valley," which Sullivan said reflected the singer's concern for Hungarians' plight after the short-lived uprising. Sullivan said Elvis wanted people to make donations to be sent to Hungary.

(News, Source;AP)

Elvis & The Platters - Marty Lacker comments: Marty Lacker comments on the Valcom Inc finance story see below, which EIN only sees as manipulative and false marketing spin.
>>> I was with Elvis in '64 and at no time did he do a recording session with the Platters or anyone else.  The only way they could have his voice is if they lifted it from one of his own recordings of those songs and I don't remember him recording any if not most of those songs.  They would have had to make one helluva a deal with Parker and RCA to use his voice that way.
I think this is another case of someone trying to capitalize on Elvis since he died. It's funny they have waited 34 years to make that claim.  If Elvis had done that someone from The Platters or Buck Ram's assistants would have known it was done and they would have spoke up sooner.  It's just some more bullshit in regards to Elvis.  This is just a ploy to sell that album. - Marty.

(News Source;MartyLacker/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Original Elvis Tribute Tour' ROCKS Europe: As we posted yesterday EIN's friend Rick Crofts reported on the success of the european 'The Original Elvis Tribute Tour' 2011.
>>> The 2011 tour featured Elvis' original musicians Duke Bardwell, Jerome "Stump" Monroe and Bobby Wood. We rolled into Madrid, Spain. This really was a cool experience. Just to see the light in these fans eyes to meet someone who knew Elvis, or performed, or recorded with Elvis was really fun. They had such energy, and a glow that was unmistakable. They loved Elvis. Period.

Other fans have requested to see more clips, these are some of EIN's favourites. If we didn't live in Australia we would have surely been there.
- How Great Thou Art
- Any Day Now
- It Feels So Right

And go here to EIN's interview with Elvis Drummer 'Stump' Munroe.
(News, Source;ElvisInfonet)

'Elvis Live Live Live - Vol.2' new DVD/CD: Coming soon from Messiah Productions ' Elvis Live Live Live Volume 2': The Cincinnati Special plus the main attraction Elvis On Tour and That's The Way It Is Out-takes in perfect quality.
The DVD includes Johnny B. Goode complete version...Always On My Mind with different camera angles and see Elvis walk out of the studio, an outstanding never released version of Words and the complete Fort Dix farewell interview.
There's more...80 minutes of Elvis in Cincinnati on March 21, 1976, both the afternoon and evening performances with 30 minutes of unreleased footage from the two shows.
If that's not enough a bonus CD of rare tracks with many unreleased versions  come one and all to the video and audio event of the year.
This DVD / CD project is a limited edition....Get one while they last !
Plus Bonus CD
Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - undubbed master
She Thinks I Still Care - unedited undubbed master
The Last Farewell - False start, undubbed master
Moody Blue -  overdubbed unedited master
Hurt - undubbed master
Love Coming Down - undubbed master
Sweet Angeline - undubbed master
Fool - long version
I've Lost You - undubbed master
Love Song Of The Year - undubbed master
(News, Source FECC)

Friday 27 May 2011

Elvis in Brazilian TV Commercial!: A VERY cool new commercial for Brazil's leading fashion retailer C&A features the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself! Using new technology, the TV ad shows Elvis Presley performing at a party and flirting with some very lovely ladies. The commercial is airing now in Brazil.

Brilliant stuff.
THIS IS GREAT -  Click here to watch the new ad!

(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

'Original Elvis Tribute Tour' ROCKS Spain & WIN a signed poster: EIN's friend Rick Crofts reports on the success of the european 'The Original Elvis Tribute Tour' 2011.
>>> The 2011 tour featured Elvis' original musicians Duke Bardwell, Jerome "Stump" Monroe and Bobby Wood. We rolled into Madrid, Spain. This really was a cool experience. Just to see the light in these fans eyes to meet someone who knew Elvis, or performed, or recorded with Elvis was really fun. They had such energy, and a glow that was unmistakable. They loved Elvis. Period. They were in awe to meet these people, and were dying to get any kind of detail about Elvis that they could. It was such a refresher from the nit picking, and the negative vibe found in a lot of places that the hard core fans gather.
This night was a celebration of Elvis, and his music. It really was a thing of beauty. The Spanish audience was classic....a great crowd. They sang loudly through most of the songs. People were fist pumping, jumping up and down, clapping, holding each other. It was great. There were several songs where several members of the

audience were in tears, it really was that good. The feel, the vibe, the music, it was so great that it was emotionally overwhelming for many people in attendance. I had goose bumps myself many times. It really was an amazing show. Robert Washington was the star of the show up front. He didn't go up there and act like he was in character as Elvis, he was Robert Washington, singing Elvis' songs. There were no jumpsuits, or aviator glasses, but Elvis was in the building through his amazing music, no doubt about it. A few highlights from the night were The Wonder Of You with the crowd singing almost louder than Robert, and he had the microphone, this song brought a of of tears from the girls. How Great Thou Art was a show stopper, the place was shaking, again, more people were brought to tears. 'Mystery Train' rocked the place, Chris Casello on guitar is a work of art, his chugging guitar style on the song reminds us of what an instant classic this song really is. Peace In The Valley completely stopped the show. It was performed by Mr. Duke Bardwell. Who knew the bass player could sing, and sing this well.
GO HERE to the video Mystery Train/Tigerman 2011 Madrid, Spain & others
AND if you GO HERE and join up to the fabulous and independent 'Too Much Monkey Business- Elvis Forum' you can read more and also win a fabulous signed poster by the band members.
(News, Source;RickCrofts/EIN)

VOTE for ELVIS!: Yet another poll for the "Top Legendary Singer" this time by the media related 'Rumour' website. They are asking fans to vote for their 'Top Legendary Singers' - Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon and Frank Sinatra.
The last century has seen some of the biggest music legends of all times. Different styles, different periods of time, different genres, yet they all have something in common: they’re legendary artists.
If you had to choose one legendary music icon, who would that be? Who had the biggest influence or the greatest talent, in your opinion? Who will never get old? Who will live forever through his music? Voting is open until next Thursday.
Please be aware that this isn’t about pitting one against the other, but about sharing your thoughts on the artist you appreciate the most.
At the moment ELVIS is second behind Michael Jackson - With just 800 votes we can make Elvis Number One!
Click to VOTE HERE.
"What exactly is it that makes them so genuine? Is talent enough to help make a legend or are there other factors that are vital?
Tell us who is your favorite all-time music legend and why you admire him, how has his music influenced you and what you think makes them unique." Click to VOTE HERE.
(News, Source;DavidJohnstone/ElvisInfoNet)

'Keep Rollin' On' new Venus CD: Venus Productions are proud to be able to keep up their image of bringing you quality products with unreleased recordings and an "out of space" sound. This time we'll take you back to Jan/Feb 1969 to the American Sound Studios in Memphis, TN. As a special bonus to you, we've also included four goodies from 1971 & 1973. Sit back and feel the thrill of listening to unreleased versions of songs that Elvis recorded at the height of his career. Be again prepared for a great sound quality. This Special Products, Extended Play release contains the following songs:
Tracklist: 1.I'm Movin' On Take 2 3:03 Jan. 15, 1969 Brass & Backup O.V. 2.In The Ghetto Master 2:55 Jan. 21, 1969 Backup O.V./unrepaired vocal 3.I'll Be There Take 6 2:27 Jan. 23, 1969 Alternate Master 4.Inherit The Wind Alternate vocal 3:29 Jan. 21, 1969 Strings & 1st Backup O.V. - V.O. 5.After Loving You Master 3:16 Feb. 18, 1969 Unedited 6.Any Day Now Master 3:08 Feb. 21, 1969 unedited & unrepaired vocal 7.Mama Liked The Roses Alternate vocal 2:26 Jan. 21, 1969 Undubbed - V.O. 8.It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' Master 2:40 Feb. 20, 1969 undubbed 9.You'll Think Of Me Take 14 4:16 Jan. 14, 1969 Unedited - No fade out 10.Good Time Charlie's Got
The Blues Take 8 3:22 Dec. 13, 1973 Unedited - No fade out 11.Lead Me Guide Me Master 2:44 May 17, 1971 12.I've Got Confidence Take 2 3:09 May 18, 1971 Unedited 13.Are You Sincere Take 3 2:13 Sept. 23, 1973 previously unreleased - no B.V. O.V. = overdub V.O. = vocal overdub
Go here for all Elvis CD new releases 2011 . EIN questions whether there is that much new on this release that hasn't already been issued.
(News, Source;Venus)

Elvis Recorded With The Platters?: Here's a fascinating news story spotted by EIN contributor Brian Quinn - that is unfortunately not true.
>>>> "ValCom, Inc. reported a big gain in quarterly earnings when the media and entertainment company disclosed the financial results for the 2nd quarter of its financial year.
A key statistic in the 2nd quarter 2011 financial data is the company's total assets which grew over 200% from September 2010 to over $24 million.
ValCom expects a great surge in revenues from its content library. The company has over 6,000 video and audio titles in the library. In 1st quarter 2011, an appraisal was conducted by DOS Broadcast and Appraisal Services to determine an accurate value of the content owned by the company. DOS has estimated that the value of the library exceeds $128 million. The library contains rare and unique video and audio content including 13 master recordings of Elvis Presley with The Platters; masters from Ike & Tina Turner before they were stars; and a very rare 3 Stooges film. The library also contains films starring the top names in Hollywood like Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Robert DiNiro, Jodi Foster, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson."
EIN notes that while Elvis is said to have sung some Platters songs between recordings at the 1976 Jungle Room Sessions - no recordings exist. Elvis also sang The Platters 'Only You' in concert in his early 1950 concerts.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Hot Shots And Cool Clips Vol.5' DVD OUT NOW: The new DVD from JAT Productions is out now.
JAT say it contains great quality footage of ELVIS in Vegas 1956, unreleased Army induction footage, the complete "Elvis Sails" Brooklyn interview and his arrival in Germany. Elvis in Concert, Chicago 1972 (almost 11 minutes, long), his arrival in Hawaii in 1961 and 1962, and a tribute to the " anniversary of the 1961 PearlHarbor show. There is more footage, in great quality, of the "Elvis Aloha Press Conference" in Las Vegas
Runs 60 minutes - retail $29.95

Click here for more info and to buy

(News, Source:JATProductions)

Elvis fan Scotty McCreery wins American Idol: Congratulations to Scott McCreery who has just been crowned the winner of "American Idol" Season 10! Scott grew up listening to Elvis Presley and has said that the King of Rock 'n' Roll is his main musical influence. During this season of Idol, Scott performed two Elvis songs, including "That's All Right" which earned him rave reviews from the judges.

Scotty McCreery has always admitted a fascination with Elvis Presley. He said today that perhaps his early interest was that Elvis gave her a deep voice now.

Go here to watch a clip from his Elvis inspired performance.


(News, Source;USIdol)

Latest Billboard Chart Positions: EIN contributor Brian Quinn reports that 'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops from 114 to 131 on this week's (w/e June 4th) Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and drops from 13 to 15 on the Catalog Album Charts. 'An Evening Prayer' drops from 20 to 26 on the Christian Album Charts.

Have you had YOUR SAY on which is your favorite Madison Square Garden release?

(News, Source;BrianQuinn)

Wednesday 25 May 2011
Elvis & The Beatles Come Together for UK Exhibition: A unique exhibition is uniting the world's biggest music icons! Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in Memphis, along with The Beatles Story in Liverpool, England, have announced a transatlantic partnership to develop an exclusive, jointly curated exhibition that will explore how The Fab Four were influenced by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
'Elvis and Us' represents the first time the two cornerstones of 20th century popular culture have come together since that fateful meeting in 1965 at Elvis’ Bel Air home. The exhibition will include rare artefacts from both The Beatles Story and the Graceland archives, many of which have never before been displayed publicly.
'Elvis and Us' will open to the public on September 28, 2011, at The Beatles Story in Liverpool, England. It will be a multimedia, interactive experience filled with music, video and artefacts. The exhibition will allow visitors to experience the power of Elvis and The Beatles along with their explosive impact on music and popular culture. From hit albums to movies, books, and plays, both Elvis and The Beatles are celebrated around the world today.
EIN was there first as we already featured Elvis in 'The Beatles Story' back in April 2010 with a spotlight by Tony Stuchbury - LOOK HERE.
One of the key elements explored in the 'Elvis and Us' exhibition will be the evening Elvis and The Beatles met in person on August 27, 1965, at Elvis' home in Bel Air, California. The white Fender bass guitar played by both the king and the Fab Four at that meeting will be on display. It's a piece of pop culture history that has never been publicly exhibited before!
Other artefacts being brought to the UK for the first time include the shirt worn by Elvis in the "Jailhouse Rock" movie, telegrams from Colonel Parker and Elvis to Ed Sullivan, rare video footage from the earliest days of Elvis' career, a ticket to the ‘68 Comeback special, and the pool table played on by Elvis and The Beatles.
Click here to find out more about the new 'Elvis and Us' exhibition.
- Go here to EIN's detailed articles on Elvis and The Beatles.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

"Elvis: The End Of An Era" - August 1977: The 35th anniversary 2011 issue of the 'City Of Memphis' magazine features this important Elvis eulogy from that fateful month of August 1977.
It was written by Memphis professor Jackson Baker who was deeply affected by Elvis’ passing as he had spent a good several months of his late childhood as the Presleys’ next-door neighbor on Lamar Avenue, observing the meteoric rise of the new Sun Records star with keen interest and no little adulation. When the shocking news of Elvis' death broke, Jackson resolved to write about it. By any standard, the result was a remarkable journalistic achievement, a cover story that was, truly, fit for a King.
Jackson Baker today comments. "I’ve been lucky enough to experience, and to write about, many larger-than-life types — Bill Clinton being one of the most remarkable, for the power of his energy field. But nobody beats Elvis.”
>>> It was Monday evening, August 15th 1977, at the Graceland Mansion, and Elvis Presley’s aides had just informed him that they were unable to arrange a private screening of MacArthur, because a projectionist from the Ridgeway Theatre, where the film was playing, would not be available at the late hour which Elvis had requested. It was the night before Elvis and his sizeable entourage were scheduled to leave for a 13-day national tour, and he was looking for a way to relieve some of the tension that normally preceded such departures....
Go here for this great article.
(News, Source;MemphisMagazine/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Florida Woman Recalls the Kiss She Got from Elvis in 1956: What a memory! About five years ago, Kathy Campbell Bray made an awesome discovery while going through some old family photographs. The Orange Park, Florida woman found a photo of Elvis Presley kissing her right cheek at one of his early concerts! He was 21 years-old at the time; she was 15.
Kathy tells the Clay Today news that the image was taken on August 10, 1956. Her father had dropped her off along with three friends to wait in line to see Elvis perform at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville. Before the concert got started, a photographer invited her and one of her friends to go backstage and meet Elvis. The photographer took a photo with his own camera of Elvis kissing her cheek and one using Kathy’s camera.
"We wore a lot of make up in those days, but I still didn’t wash my face right away" Kathy says. "It was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad I got to meet him. My best friends were with me at the concert and experiencing it with them was what counted."
"Elvis was, and still is, one of my favorites."
In fact, her parents’ support of her teen crush on Elvis was unusual since they were very strict and believed, "If you didn’t go to church on Sunday, you didn’t go out the rest of the week." She says, "My parents were good sports, when so many other parents were not. My friends would come over and we’d sit there screaming whenever Elvis performed on Ed Sullivan."
Read more of Kathy's story here in Clay Today!
(News, Source;ClayToday)

‘The 'Pot Luck' Sessions’ Limited Edition 2-DISC Vinyl Set: As we posted below, FTD is following up this June on their successful vinyl releases with THE POT LUCK SESSIONS. Similarly to the Jungle Room Session this time the double vinyl set contains the best of the outtakes from the hugely successful FTD CD edition and not any of the original Masters. The album is packaged in a gloss gatefold sleeve and features nostalgic original RCA Victor inner bags.
Here is the tracklist
Side 1
1. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Take 1)
2. Just For Old Time Sake (Take 1)
3. Suspicion (Take 1)
4. Kiss Me Quick* (Take 1)
5. Gonna Get Back Somehow (Take 1)
6. (Such An) Easy Question (Take 2)
7. I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Take 1)
8. She's Not You (Take 1))
9. Night Rider (Take 1 - 0690)

Side 2
1. Something Blue (Take 2)
2. You''l Be Gone (Take 2)
3. Fountain Of Love (Takes 1, 2)
4. That's Someone You Never Forget(Take 1)
5. I'm Yours* (Take 1)
6. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 2)
7. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Take 2)
8. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Take 4)


Go here for all the details on the new June 2011 FTD releases.

(News, Source;ElvisAustralia/FTD/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Side 3
1. She's Not You (Take 2, Wp Take 4)
2. Fountain Of Love (Takes 4, 9)
3. That's Someone You Never Forget ( Take 5)
4. Just For Old Time Sake (Takes 2, 3, 4)
5. (Such An) Easy Question (Takes 1, 3))
6. I'm Yours (Take 2)
7. Night Rider (Takes 1-Fs, 2 - 1006)
Side 4
1. Kiss Me Quick (Take 4)
2. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Take 5)
3. I'm Yours (Take 5)
4. Night Rider (Take 5 - 0690)
5. Suspicion (Takes 3, 2)
6. I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Takes 4, 3)
7. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Takes 3, 5)
8. That's Someone You Never Forget (Take 7)

'Wild Tiger at The Hilton Vol.2' new import CD: The MxF label will release soon the second volume of 'Wild Tiger at The Hilton' featuring the unreleased Vegas September 1, 1974 Midnight Show.
Elvis' performance is superb, still at the top if his ability he deliveries a long show which is very intense, there is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the new song "It's Midnight" and the classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sang terrifically. At the same time he worked in heavy rock songs like "Big Boss Man" and the showstopper "If You Talk In Your Sleep" not to forget two classic early 70' singles like 'Until It's Time for You to Go' and 'I'm Leaving' and as you can see from the tracklist no classic oldies in the show. This season will be remembered for the great opening night and naturally for the Closing Nights from the numerous dialogues, but for the superb music too, Elvis looks fantastic and it is clear that despite it all the music keeps his brain active.
The sound is great an unbelievable for an audience recording, We
have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely super quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music.
EIN says Buyers Beware - The MxF label described the sound on their Hilton Vol.1 as "an unbelievable audience recording.. great definition to the background music" when in fact it was extremely poor quality with unbearable audience screaming. A few EIN readers commented that "Wild Tiger Vol.1 was so poor I will probably never play it again." Hopefully this show is in better quality. The concert has been out on CDR previously.

'For The Good Times' - New Bouke CD feat. Glen Hardin: During the Elvis Matters 'Elvis Rocks' Concerts, backstage TCB pianist Glen D. Hardin and Dutch singer Bouke showed off their new CD, "FOR THE GOOD TIMES". Among the tracks are well known Elvis songs like "For The Good Times", "Lead Me Guide Me", "Unchained Melody" & "Wearin’ That Loved On Look". Some of the songs were recorded in Nashville, with Glen Hardin on piano.

Go to here Elvis Matters shop to buy this CD.


(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

Is 'Glee' the New Elvis, Really?!: Author Dave Whitaker has written this interesting article on whether the lightweight TV show Glee is anything like as important as Elvis' musical legacy.
>> Once upon a time there was young man who was attractive and charming. His teen followers swooned as he threatened to revolutionize their world by introducing them to his brand of music. While the kids embraced the Man, he rubbed some members of the Establishment the wrong way because his music was deemed a dangerous influence on the youth. I’m talking, of course, about Elvis Presley. No, wait. I mean, I’m talking about the basic plot line of Glee.
Elvis fans may cringe, but there are parallels between one of today’s most iconic television shows and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Much like the man from Tupelo, Mississippi, has become synonymous with American music in the ‘50s, Glee is a touchstone for the state of American music in 2011.
The Charts - The notion that Elvis and Glee even belong in the same musical discussion was sparked by a 16 February 2011 article in Billboard magazine, "‘Glee’ Cast Tops Elvis Presley for Most Hot 100 Hits" (by Gary Trust). The industry leader’s flagship US chart, the Hot 100, crowned a new king for most chart entries – and it wasn’t The King.
A television show that was nonexistent two years ago surpassed the 108 hits Elvis Presley accumulated over a two-decade career. This statistic is a little misleading. The Hot 100 launched in 1958, by which time Elvis had already spent two years racking up 31 hits on predecessors to the Hot 100 chart (see "Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"‘s Record?", by Gary Trust, 18 February 2011). That boosts his total to 139 charted hits from 1956’s "Heartbreak Hotel" to the 2003 remix of "Rubberneckin’." As of 14 May 2011, the Glee cast had amassed 137 Hot 100 hits. Give ‘em another week.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Glee hasn’t left us with a treasure trove of immortal songs like "It’s Now Or Never" or "Suspicious Minds". When the Glee cast passed Elvis’ record, they’d logged a wimpy 150 weeks total for all their chart entries, meaning about 80 percent of their "hits" logged a solitary week on the chart. By comparison, Elvis amassed 994 cumulative weeks. Only 700 or so more Glee hits and they’ll have caught up to the King!
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GO HERE to the Full Article
(News, Source;DaveWhitaker/PopMatters)

Monday 23 May 2011
"The Real Elvis" new UK SONY Compilations: Sony announces the release of  "The Real Elvis" both single CD and triple CD set. They are both released on June 20 2011. These UK releases are a clever - albeit too late - cheap-priced counter-attack from Elvis Presley's official record company against the unending "public domain" releases being released for the EU market.
"The Real Elvis" single CD costs only £1.46 U.K. approx US$2.40
"The Real Elvis" triple CD set costs only £2.59 approx US$4.10
Click here for more info
(News, Source;Amazon/EIN)

Excellent Health Update from John Wilkinson: Elvis Matters recently reported that John Wilkinson's health is doing fine. He had another medical check-up at the hospital in Springfield, MO and the test results were everything everybody hoped for. Very positive news. John Wilkinson will be one of the speakers at the Talks On Elvis event at the Orpheum in Memphis, next August during Elvis Week.

Go here for the Elvis Week 2011 Event Schedule


(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

Only one of Elvis' Personal Books left on Ebay: LAST CHANCE - less than 10 hours to go. Keen Elvis fans know that Elvis liked to read books especially spiritual and religious book plus books pertaining to the entertainment industry. One day in the early 70's Marty Lacker was in Los Angeles on music business and it was the same time Elvis was in L.A. after one of his Vegas engagements.  A number of times Elvis' looks were compared to that of Rudolph Valentino's and Elvis was fascinated with everything HOLLYWOOD.
In the mid 70's however when Elvis was cleaning out his bookcase he gave Marty Lacker two books as a gift, one was a Valentino book and the other was entitled "The Wit & Wisdom Of Hollywood" by Max Wilk. That book has many wonderful inside stories about Hollywood and the movie business and those that ran and participated in it. Marty kept both books a number of years and now because of personal reasons he has decided to sell them.
Here's a chance to own, as claimed by Marty Lacker, Elvis' very own book - touched by Elvis' loving hands.
Click here for details about The Wit & Wisdom Of Hollywood
(News, Source;MartyLacker)

‘Marching In One Line’ - OUT NOW. From the Showroom label an audience recording from Lake Tahoe 1976, the May 1, 1976, Midnight Show. Previously released on CDR, fans of audience recordings and 1976 might be interested in this ok-for-1976 concert. Elvis’ 1976 Tahoe shows were some of his best of the year and tha audio quality is ok for an audience recording. It comes with a 12-page booklet.
May 1, 1976, Midnight Show, Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe
Tracklist: 2001 Theme When The Saints Go Marching In (one line) / See See Rider I Got A Woman / Amen (incl. one line of Early Morning Rain + Fever) Delilah (1 line) Love Me If You Love Me (Let Me Know) You Gave Me A Mountain All Shook Up Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel Fever Rip It Up (one line) My Way Burning Love Band Introductions Solos Love Letters School Days Hurt (with reprise) How Great Thou Art Mystery Train / Tiger Man Can't Help Falling In Love

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Joe Guercio recuperating after surgery: Meanwhile Elvis Matters reports the good news that Joe Guercio is home again after back surgery in Nashville. Joe complained about pain in his legs and doctors advised surgery. The operation was a complete success and Joe is home again, recovering. He should be the 'young himself' again in just a matter of weeks.
Of course Joe Guercio is one of the key members of the 'Elvis In Concert' tour that is expected to tour worldwide in 2012.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

No jailhouse rock for UK Elvis impersonator: An Elvis impersonator who beat up TCB guitarist James Burton's son, who he thought was trying to seduce his wife has avoided a prison sentence. Michael Cawthray (right), 43, kicked Jeffery Burton (far right), 48, between the legs and broke his nose by punching him in the face after getting something of a suspicious mind at an Elvis convention.
He found his wife, Sioned, having a drink with Mr Burton who was half naked in his hotel room earlier this year.
Michael Cawthray, left, kicked guitarist Jeffery Burton between the legs and broke his nose
Cawthray admitted actual bodily harm against Mr Burton, the son of one of Elvis's former guitarists - James Burton.
Judge John Phillips said: 'This was an isolated incident in which you lost control of yourself in the most disgraceful way.
'You initially kicked him between the legs. You then punched him around the face'.
'You assumed that some improper behaviour had taken place between your wife and the complainant in the complainant's bedroom.
'And to use precisely your own words in interview you saw red.'
Prosecutor Mohammed Rafeez said Mr Burton had lost a lot of blood and suffered from a fractured nose.
The incident happened at Birmingham's NEC Arena in January during the European Elvis Championship where 80 impersonators competed at an event on what would have been the rock star's 76th birthday.
After performing a string of the Elvis hits in front of thousands of fans, Mr Burton asked Mr Cawthray's wife to share a nightcap in his room at the Hilton Metropole.
When Cawthray found Mr Burton stripped to the waist talking to his wife he feared the worst.
Cawthray was given a 12 week prison sentenced, suspended for 12 months at Warwick Crown Court and ordered to pay fines and compensation totalling £2,020.
(News, Source;Sanja/EIN)

Friday 20 May 2011
Three New June FTD releases: On June 21, there will be 3 new releases available from FTD...
‘STAGE REHEARSAL’ a collection of stage rehearsals from 1970, 1972 and 1973 recorded at the International Hotel, Las Vegas (later renamed The Las Vegas Hilton). To be released as a 5" digipack.
Most of these tracks are from Elvis’ fascinating August 10th, 1970 Stage rehearsal. If you like TTWII this will be an essential purchase.
Tracklist 1) You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (version 1) 2) I Just Can't Help Believin' 3) Something 4) Sweet Caroline 5) Polk Salad Annie 6) You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (version 1) 7) I've Lost You 8) Bridge Over Troubled Water 9) Patch It Up 10) Can't Help Falling In Love 11) You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (version 2) 12) You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (version 2)
BONUS SONGS - 13) Any Day Now 14) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 15) The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (a few lines) 16) Fever 17) Portrait Of My Love 18) I'm Leavin' It All Up To You.

‘AMARILLO '77; - Recorded March 24, 1977, at Civic Center, Amarillo, Texas. This concert is from Elvis’ second tour of 1977 (of 12 concerts), and has never been previously released, not even on bootleg. Only a few songs from this 1977 tour were released previously on the FTD ‘Spring Tours' compilation. Of particular interest is the selection of Bonus Tracks including a 1977 ‘Steamroller Blues’.
Tracklist 1) That's All Right 2) Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3) Reconsider Baby (intro only) 4) Love Me 5) If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 6) You Gave Me a Mountain 7) Jailhouse Rock 8) O Sole Mio/It's Now or Never 9) Little Sister 10) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 11) My Way 12) Band Introductions/Early Mornin' Rain 13) What'd I Say/Johnny B. Goode 14) Band Introductions 15) School Days 16) Hurt 17) Hound Dog 18) Can't Help Falling in Love
BONUS TRACKS - 19) And I Love You So 20) Fever 21) Love Me Tender 22) Blue Suede Shoes 23) Steamroller Blues 24) Help Me 25) Why Me, Lord 26) Bosom of Abraham 27) You Better Run 28) How Great Thou Art 29) Trying to Get to You

‘THE 'POT LUCK' SESSIONS’ Limited Edition 2-DISC Vinyl Set: Following on from the successful HOW GREAT THOU ART vinyl set, FTD is pleased to anounce THE POT LUCK SESSIONS. It contains the best of the outtakes from the hugely successful FTD CD edition. The album is packaged in a gloss gatefold sleeve and features nostalgic original RCA Victor inner bags.
Reasons to Buy
• Due to the increase in material costs, FTD vinyl prices will increase in July 2011. This release is being made available at the current dealer price.
• Back catalogue items that are still available will increase in July too so it is recommended to get orders in now if stock is required.
• Re-mastered from original analogue US tapes
• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing
(News, Source:PeterHaan/FTD/EIN)

'The Elvis Files Vol.4' special sneak preview: Elvis Files author Erik Lorentzen has sent EIN several special preview pages from the new book 'Elvis Files Vol.4 1965-1968' to be published August 15 2011.

As previously reported 'The Elvis Files' series of books has now been expanded to seven volumes, rather than the initial six. See below for details

Click here for some high quality example pages from The Elvis Files Vol.4 1965-1968 - Don't miss these great examples.



(News, Source;E.L)

'Elvis Superstar Outakes Vol.1': Released in the late 1970s both 'Elvis Superstar Outakes' Volume 1 and Volume 2 are considered these days as true bootleg classics. With the beautiful sleeves they are highly collectable among many Elvis vinyl collectors and mint copies are still sold for huge prices on the internet.
Also, the sound quality and tracklists were outstanding and unheard in those days. NEDMAC proudly presents these 2 bootleg classics for the first time on Silver Pressed LIMITED EDITION CDs.
These CD releases contains the full original tracklists with, of course, the latest updated sound sources, PLUS many great BONUS tracks that are in the same league as the original songs.
VOLUME 1 IS OUT NOW!!! (Volume 2 will be released in a few weeks)
- Limited Edition of only 500 copies
- Original reproduced sleeves artwork
- 8 page booklet with rarely seen pictures from the Steve Allen & '68 Comeback Show
- Original tracklist PLUS many great BONUS tracks
Be sure you have these CLASSIC in your collection!
Go here to EIN 2011 CD News for full tracklist & more details.
(News, Source;NedmacRecords)

Latest Billboard Chart Positions: EIN contributor Brian Quinn reports that 'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops from 98 to 114 on this week's (w/e May 28th) Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and remains at 13 on the Catalog Album Charts.

'An Evening Prayer' jumps from 24 to 20 on the Christian Album Charts.

Have you had YOUR SAY on which is your favorite Madison Square Garden release?

(News, Source;BrianQuinn)

'Elvis - The King of Hawaii' new book OUT NOW: Meanwhile Erik Lorentzen's new book "Elvis - The King of Hawaii" is already released and at dealers.
From the movies: Blue Hawaii - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Paradise Hawaiian Style - to the Greatest Show ever on Earth: ALOHA FROM HAWAII.
Features 400 pages loaded with photos. Many of them "never seen before."

Ses below for details


(News, Source;E.L)

Elvis featured on 'Hawaii Five-0' Season Finale: The season finale of the CBS hit series "Hawaii Five-0" paid homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll! The episode opened with Danny, played by actor Scott Caan, lying in bed and watching Elvis Presley's 1961 movie "Blue Hawaii." Danny is quick to point out the king's flawless style! "Look at that suit," he says to his ex-wife. "White shirt, white pants and a red lei. Two people on this earth could pull that off and I'm the other one."
- Over 10 million people watched the episode.
As EIN previously reported, this is a inside joke since Scott Caan is the son of Elvis' old girlfriend Sheila Ryan, who married actor James Caan soon after she and Elvis separated.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 17 May 2011
'Elvis In Concert' 2012, Possible WORLD Tour: The 'Elvis In Concert' 2012 Tour may be a lot bigger than we've been told so far. According to the Times Record News, the Stamps (that's Ed Enoch and four new members, Jerry Kelso, Michael Means, Roger Robinson and Chad Riley) will be the male backing vocals. Also, Times Record News, whose journalists spoke with Ed Enoch, indicates that the 2012 Tour will be traveling to Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Hawaii.
From the Times Record News Website: The Stamps these days are led by Ed Enoch, the only remaining member of the group who toured with Elvis in the '70s. The King invited the quartet to tour with him in 1971, and they were a regular fixture at his live concerts until his death in 1977.

The band members often would go to The King's hotel suite after performing a concert, where they'd sing gospel music with him. The Stamps also contributed vocals to many of his studio recordings between 1972 and 1977.
It was during this time that the gospel group also released one of its most critically acclaimed double albums, "Live at Murray State." The Stamps Gospel Quartet is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and is a multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning group.
Ed Enoch joined The Stamps as a baritone in 1969 and later became lead vocalist and road manager. "I will never forget Elvis as a wonderful, talented, kind and compassionate friend," Enoch has said.
Besides working with Elvis, Enoch, as part of The Stamps, has sung for Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and Ricky Skaggs, to name a few. He and the rest of the group — that's Jerry Kelso, Michael Means, Roger Robinson and Chad Riley — are scheduled to tour Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Hawaii in 2012 with "Elvis: The Concert."
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/EIN)

Vegas Sahara Hotel Closes- End of an era: Las Vegas marks the end of an era this week as one of the US gambling mecca's last original "Rat Pack" casino-hotels, the Sahara, finally closes its doors.
Opened in 1952, the Sahara hosted everyone from Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis to Frank Sinatra and the Beatles in the 1950s and 60s, and their photos still decorate the walls above the reception. But in recent decades Vegas saw an explosion of mega-sized casino resorts which left the "small" Sahara struggling to fill its 1,700 rooms.
The death knell was sounded in March, when its owners since 2007, SBE Entertainment, announced that the casino-hotel complex with its more than 1,050 staff was no longer a viable business.
"But you know, I've been in this business for 50 years, time's up," Dennis Carade, a front desk clerk said, recounting anecdotes about Elvis and Clint Eastwood -- who made "The Gauntlet" here in 1977.
In the 1950s the "Rat Pack," a group of actors led by Sinatra but also including Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., appeared in numerous Vegas shows and several films, including the original "Ocean's Eleven."
Elvis Presley stayed at The Sahara on several occasions, most notably during the filming of "Viva Las Vegas" in 1963. He reportedly stayed in the Presidential Suite during the filming with co-star and love interest, Ann-Margret.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Change Of Habit' Very Rare promotional Item: From the Rare-Elvis website, probably the rarest piece of Elvis Presley movie promotion in Germany. What a sensational image of Mary Tyler Moore and Elvis! It was made in 1969 by Universal to promote Change Of Habit during the 69/70 season under the german title Asphalt Melodie. The fold-out sheet (91/2 x 13”) is so rare, because the movie never made it to the theatres at that time. It was first seen 1985 in Germany on television under a different title. The reason why the movie was dropped by Universal is, that at the same time, a similar german movie was played at the theatres. What a shame. Universal never published any promotion material for Change Of Habit in Germany, but instead they shredded all the prints and only a few copies survived. The beautiful painting continues on the last page. Page 2 and 3 feature press informations, where they say Elvis plays an author! Four-page sheet. 
Value: 200 - 300 US$ Click here to see more Rare Elvis Information.
(News, Source;RareElvisElvisInfoNet)

Monday 16 May 2011

Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview: Sam Thompson first met Elvis in November 1972. At the time Elvis was dating Sam's sister Linda Thompson. As an officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Elvis and Sam became fast friends. In July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam less than a mile from the gates of Graceland. Sam travelled with Elvis on the road tours from 1972 until 1976 as Elvis' friend and companion. In July 1976, Sam went to work full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis at Graceland, his other homes in California and on all the road tours, including hotel and airport security.

Do not miss this fascinating interview where Doug Elfman discovers the true character of Sam Thompson and his deep-friendship with Elvis.

(News, Source;LasVegasJournal)

'The Elvis Files' new release Update: As we reported 9 days ago, 'The Elvis Files' series of books has now been expanded to seven volumes, rather than the initial six. Author Erik Lorentzen has recently bought two new photo collections, including a large number of unpublished photos, and he wants to give fans the chance to see them all.
The Elvis Files publication schedule has now changed. 

The next book as announced Vol.4 1965-1968 will be published, August 16 2011.

Then Vol.5  1969-1970
Then Vol.1  1953-1956
Then Vol.6  1971-1973
Finally Vol.7  1974-1977

See below for more example pages from The Elvis Files Vol.4 1965-1968

(News, Source;ErikL)

Life & Time of Elvis: (Tupelo to Memphis): A new biography by author Therlee Gipson, Life & Time of Elvis: (Tupelo to Memphis).
Described as "The Mississippi Delta is generally considered to be the birthplace of the blues in the United States during Slavery, Blacks began singing blues in the cotton fields. However, Elvis was not born in the Delta, He was born in Tupelo. He got his early influence from Gospel and Rhythm & Blues. You hold in your hands, one of the most important books I have ever compiled on a White person becoming famous from singing African Americans music: Life & Time of Elvis (Tupelo to Memphis). Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 and died on August 16, 1977. He was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records."
144 pages, ISBN-10:1461154138, Out May 2011.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Hot Shots And Cool Clips Vol.5' DVD: The new DVD from JAT Productions will be available this month.
JAT say it contains great quality footage of ELVIS in Vegas 1956, unreleased Army induction footage, the complete "Elvis Sails" Brooklyn interview and his arrival in Germany. Elvis in Concert, Chicago 1972 (almost 11 minutes, long), his arrival in Hawaii in 1961 and 1962, and a tribute to the " anniversary of the 1961 PearlHarbor show. There is more footage, in great quality, of the "Elvis Aloha Press Conference" in Las Vegas
A Video Documentary - Runs 60 minutes - retail $29.95

Click here for more info and to buy

(News, Source:JATProductions)

'The Original Elvis Tribute Tour' European finale: Yet another wildly successful Europe tour of 'The Original Elvis Tribute Tour' ended last weekend with their final concert in Germany. The 2011 tour featured Elvis' original musicians Duke Bardwell, Jerome "Stump" Monroe and Bobby Wood.
We'd like to congratulate Arjan Deelen and all the international participants that made this EU tour a success. Pictured from left to right: Helmut Radermacher, Arjan Deelen, Chris Casello, Markus Henfling, Duke Bardwell, Sue Moreno, Robert Washington, Jerome "Stump" Monroe and Bobby Wood.
Click here for a look at last year's sensational Original Tribute tour.
(News, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisMatters)

Tiger Man:Vol.6 (My Treasured Memories of Elvis) [Kindle Edition]: A new Kindle Book, Tiger Man:Vol.6 My Treasured Memories of Elvis by author Judy Palmer Bendewald, Mike Freeman (Editor), Betty Harper (Illustrator).
Described as "A book written by an Elvis fan for Elvis fans.So many fans want to know “What was he like?” Judy answers this question by sharing her experiences with you. Elvis lives on today, not only because of the big moments in his career; but also that endearing quality of his character. The heart of Judy’s book is her concert photos. Many fans took countless number of photos of Elvis performing. After 1970 Judy taught herself to photograph in natural light so she wouldn’t get caught by the showroom security. She was now free from the limitations of flash photography. She always sat close to the stage. Her new skill and proximity to Elvis gave her a point of view most amateur photographers did not have. She gained a reputation as one of the finest amateur photographers of Elvis. She created a “brand name,” an identity for herself among Elvis fans.
She met Elvis many times and has the snapshots and autographs as proof. She saw Elvis perform over sixty times and created the stunning images of him onstage."

Kindle Price only $1.99 - Click here to Amazon

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 14 May 2011
UPDATED with MORE Your Comments -'Elvis At Madison Square Garden' An In-Depth Report: Elvis' June 1972 concerts in Madison Square Garden were a key part of his stunning career. Only days after the first concert RCA rush-released the album 'Elvis: ‘At Madison Square Garden’. Most serious Elvis fans will own both the original release as well as the 1997 release ‘An Afternoon In the Garden’. While both shows are impressive, fans and reviewers often describe Elvis’ evening show performance to be as if he was running to catch a bus and suggest that the earlier Afternoon show may have been a better concert.
Go here to read this fascinating EIN spotlight and have YOUR SAY over which is your favourite MSG concert.
(Spotlight/CD Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Gladiator, Al Holcome Has Died: Essential Elvis reports>> The Elvis world has just lost another true gent. Al Holcome, one of Elvis’ original Gladiators just passed away in Memphis. Big Al, or Mr. Bear as he he was known, had the biggest hands I had ever seen! He was a guest at our Gladiator reunion at the old Tennessee Karate Institute during EW10, but was unable to make the stairs. Incredibly, he came and spent some time greeting fans outside the building. I’m honoured to have known him, and I thank Master Wayne Carman and his wife Susan for introducing me to Al all those years ago. Our thoughts are with Al’s wife, Lisa, and the Holcome family.
(News, Source;AndrewHearne)

Elvis Presley Music for UNESCO Heritage status: The Official Portuguese Elvis Fan Club "Burning Star" aims to do something for Elvis Presley music so it will never be forgotten, as well as its impact on cultural, social, civilization and eternal quality as artistic creation. Our aim is that UNESCO will recognize Elvis Presley Music Intangible Cultural Heritage status. We'd like to ask you to help us and spread the word.

They ask for fans to go to this Facebook page here and Click LIKE.

(News, Source;www.cofebs.com)

‘Downtown Long Beach’ 1972 new Import CD: The Touchdown label is releasing ‘Downtown Long Beach’ featuring the November 15th, 1972 show via an audience recording. It comes with a 16 page Booklet
As noted by Ciscoking - "The sound is ok and the show is solid, too. Elvis doesn`t talk too much and focusses on the music. Also the setlist is quite appealing. As always, there`s a 16-page booklet, too. What makes me take this disc with reservations anyway is the fact that we already had it on 4 (!) previous releases: Return To Long Beach (1992), A New Live Experience (1993), A New Live Experience (1993, 2nd pressing) and Welcome Home, Elvis (1994)." A good show if you don’t already have a copy.
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - 1 Got A Woman - Until Its Time For You - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Welcomes The Audience - Love Me - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - The Wonder Of You - Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Little Sister/ Get Back - Hound Dog -

I'll Remember You - How Great Thou Art - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - Burning Love - Fever - You Gave Me A Mountain - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp & Announcement
(News, Source:FECC)

Beautiful Photos of Elvis' Granddaughter in Elle Italia: Riley Keough, the 21 year-old granddaughter of Elvis Presley, looks beautiful in a new photo spread for the May issue of fashion magazine Elle Italia! The images, taken by photographer Matt Jones, feature Riley in a number of settings including a retro motel and behind the wheel of a pickup truck. Can you see the ELVIS connection?

Click here to check out Riley's new photos!
Riley is also currently being featured in the new ad campaign for Lee Jeans.

(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

‘Marching In One Line’ new Import CD. From the Showroom label an audience recording from Lake Tahoe 1976, the May 1, 1976, Midnight Show. Previously released on CDR, fans of audience recordings and 1976 might be interested in this ok-for-1976 concert. Elvis’ 1976 Tahoe shows were some of his best of the year and tha audio quality is ok for an audience recording. It comes with a 12-page booklet.
May 1, 1976, Midnight Show, Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe
Tracklist: 2001 Theme When The Saints Go Marching In (one line) / See See Rider I Got A Woman / Amen (incl. one line of Early Morning Rain + Fever) Delilah (1 line) Love Me If You Love Me (Let Me Know) You Gave Me A Mountain All Shook Up Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel Fever Rip It Up (one line) My Way Burning Love Band Introductions Solos Love Letters School Days Hurt (with reprise) How Great Thou Art Mystery Train / Tiger Man Can't Help Falling In Love

(News, Source;FECC)

More ELVIS on American Idol: "American Idol" top three finalist Lauren Alaina kicked things into high gear this week with her cover of Elvis Presley's 1958 hit "Trouble." The song was penned by acclaimed songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This week's episode was a tribute to them, with all of the Idols getting to chose a song from their repertoire. "Trouble" was featured in Elvis' 1958 movie "King Creole."
Lauren, a Georgia native, drew rave reviews from the judges for her performance of the king's hit! Jennifer Lopez told her, "I saw a quality in you when you came out that I had not seen in you before. It was like total attack and it was really, really good."

Watch Lauren's performance here!

(News, Source;EPE)

Memphis Area Flood - Not So Bad as reported!: The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau has issued the following letter in an effort to set the record straight about the high water situation in Memphis. Please read for a better understanding of how the Memphis community has really been affected, and again, we thank you for all of your concerns!
"We've been tracking river levels very closely and, with the Mississippi River having crested yesterday, water levels have begun to recede. We will see a slow but sure return to normalcy in the coming weeks. We have watched, amazed, at national media coverage of this event. Just to set the record straight, 98% of our community is dry, water-free and open for business. Inundating national news reporters with these facts has not tempered the headlines.
Here are the facts:
• Fewer than 1% of Memphis households have been affected by rising waters and less than 20% of the City's land area. Most affected are outlying communities, where some residences have been built in flood plains of the Mississippi's tributary rivers.
In downtown Memphis, water has lapped into three of our parks. It has encroached over Riverside Drive and pooled at the west end of Beale Street. This pool of water – depicted so ominously on national news – actually is sitting at the base of a long slope, four blocks west and well below Beale Street Entertainment District. Located on a bluff that is 30 feet higher than the river's crest, Beale, FedEx Forum and our major downtown hotels are all open and operating at capacity. The airport and our conference and convention facilities are operating at capacity. Restaurant and attractions are ready for visitors ... and the weather is perfect!
To our friends, thank you for your calls of support and concern. We are doing great. To our visitors, we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

(News, Source:Memphis)

Thursday 12 May 2011
Memphis Floods, but Graceland OK: The Mississippi River is expected to reach 48 feet, its highest level since 1937. Graceland, Beale Street and other landmarks are safe, officials say. Memphis braced for the rain-swollen Mississippi River to reach its highest level in more than 70 years by Tuesday, marking what officials hope will be a turning point in the fight against a slow-motion disaster that has flooded low-lying homes and farmland and sent hundreds of residents to emergency shelters.
The Tennessee city's musical landmarks — including Beale Street, Sun Studio and Graceland — should be spared, officials said.
By 6 p.m. Monday, the great river had reached 47.8 feet at Memphis, just under the expected crest of 48 feet. The record is 48.7 feet, set in 1937 — a historic flood that killed 500 people in several states and inundated 20 million acres of land. Memphis Mayor emphasized that city landmarks were safe on higher ground.
That included two Elvis Presley shrines: Sun Studio, where the king of rock 'n' roll made his early recordings, and Graceland, his former estate several miles south of downtown.
Jackie Jones from EPE marketing reports that "I’m glad to report that Graceland has not been affected by the flooding. In fact, more than 98% of the Memphis community is dry, water-free and open for business. Please pass this positive message on, as some reports have made the situation seem much more dire. - Thank you for your concern!"
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisMatters/EIN)

Thirty-Two RARE Elvis photos

Elvis Candids with Fans

Don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.
From EIN's Rare Elvis Photos Facebook page, now with over 3,000 members including many of Elvis' friends!

CKX sells out to Apollo Global Management: Robert Sillerman's dream collapsed this week when the New York-based company that owns the Graceland operation and the rights to the name and image of Elvis Presley, as well as other entertainment companies, was sold for about $511 million in cash.
A private-equity group led by Apollo Global Management announced Tuesday that it is buying CKx, which operates Graceland, Presley's iconic Memphis home, and has proprietary rights to the "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" brands.
This isn't the first time an Apollo deal touched Memphis. Five years ago, it bought then-Memphis-based Harrah's Entertainment and a unit of International Paper.
The CKx board and The Promenade Trust, a group that benefits Lisa Marie Presley and is the company's partner managing the Elvis Presley name, support the deal, as does Robert F.X. Sillerman, the company's largest shareholder with a nearly 21 percent stake.
A cash tender offer is expected to start soon and expire in 20 days.

It was unclear Tuesday what consequence the deal may have for Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises and Memphis.
It's conceivable that Apollo would be better positioned to carry out a $250 million plan by CKx -- announced in 2007 but mothballed -- to expand Graceland's visitor center and add shops, attractions and a new hotel.

"We're certainly hoping they will take a good, hard look and listen to experts that run Elvis Presley Enterprises locally," Kane said, "and continue on with some of the enhancements we think will take Graceland to the next level.
"The goal is: How do we get Graceland to go from 650,000-700,000 to over 1 million visitors a year? How do we invest to get a return on annual basis of 30 percent in added visitors?"
EPE already has invested money in property acquisition and demolition of old apartment complexes.
"I can almost assure you they are going to continue down the path considering all the work that's been put in it thus far," City Councilman Harold Collins said.
Whatever happens with Graceland, the city will pursue a $45 million improvement of a 2.5-mile section of Elvis Presley Boulevard stretching from Brooks Road to Shelby Drive, Collins said. The project would include $1.8 million from the city and the rest in federal and state money.
But the deal brings to an end one-time radio and concert mogul Robert F.X. Sillerman's dream of creating an entertainment power built on the licensing rights of the baby boom's cultural icons. (Above, Sillerman with Priscilla) At one point he even hoped to land rights to The Beatles. CKX caught everyone's attention in 2005 when Sillerman bought Idol creator Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment. CKX also owns the firm that manages Woody Allen, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. Sillerman had to be taken seriously: A pal of Mel Brooks and co-investor in his Broadway production of The Producers, Sillerman became a billionaire in the 1990s after collecting and selling the network of concert venues that now forms the core of Live Nation. But Sillerman's plans for CKX fell apart after he invested in Las Vegas property with the idea of creating an Elvis Presley-themed casino, just before the real estate market collapsed. He left the company last year but remains a major shareholder. CKX shares, which traded for as much as $29 in 2005, closed yesterday at $4.45. Sillerman and Lisa Marie Presley, also a major CKX shareholder, have agreed to the sale.
Revenue fell 20 percent to $53.3 million from $66.6 million, last year.
(News, Source;Various)

Dolores Fuller, Elvis song-writer, dies at 88: Composer Dolores Fuller, who starred with Ed Wood in the cult classic "Glen or Glenda," died Monday of complications from a stroke. She was 88.
Fuller, who was also a lyricist who penned the words to a number of songs performed by Elvis Presley in his films, was romantically involved with Wood, often described as the world's worst director. She also appeared in Wood's 1954 pic "Jail Bait" and 1955 film "Bride of the Monster."
After her relationship with Wood ended a couple of years later, she studied with Stella Adler at the Actors Studio in New York. Fuller also worked as a songwriter. Her credits include "Rock-a-Hula Baby" (with Benjamin Weisman and Fred Wise), from the 1961 Presley pic "Blue Hawaii," and "Do the Clam" (with Weisman and Sid Wayne), from "Girl Happy." She also co-wrote "Someone to Tell It To," recorded by Nat King Cole, and "Losers Weepers," which Peggy Lee recorded.
Fuller also served as a talent manager.
The publicity generated around the release of the 1994 Tim Burton biopic "Ed Wood" brought some attention to Fuller as Wood himself had died in 1978. Sarah Jessica Parker played Fuller in that film, with Johnny Depp as the irrepressibly strange Wood.
(News, Source;EIN)

New book 'Elvis Presley: Memphis':  A new book by author Mark Bernardo. Weaving the story of the King’s personal and public life with detailed descriptions of the locations in Memphis that served as the setting for his musical education and evolution, this pop culture guide offers a refreshingly even-handed account of Elvis Presley’s life. Elvis came to Memphis as a 13-year-old boy, and within a few years, he was shocking and seducing the world with a mixture of moves and sounds he had first seen and heard in the city’s streets, churches, and bars. This comprehensive tour of places on which Elvis left his mark includes the Peabody Hotel, where he had his senior prom; Ellis Auditorium, where he played his first show; the Sun Studio, where he recorded his first singles; Lansky Brothers Clothiers, where he bought his suits; and Graceland, where he lived with his wife Priscilla and died in 1977. Anecdotes about each of the locations and how they shaped Elvis’s personal and musical identity enhance the travel information, while street maps and a handy size make this book an invaluable companion to Memphis visitors and lovers of rock and roll.
Go here for more info - Selling for $10.

(News, Source;EIN)

Monday 9 May 2011
'Elvis At Madison Square Garden' An In-Depth Report: Elvis' June 1972 concerts in Madison Square Garden were a key part of his stunning career. Only days after the first concert RCA rush-released the album 'Elvis: ‘At Madison Square Garden’. Most serious Elvis fans will own both the original release as well as the 1997 release ‘An Afternoon In the Garden’. While both shows are impressive, fans and reviewers often describe Elvis’ evening show performance to be as if he was running to catch a bus and suggest that the earlier Afternoon show may have been a better concert.
We all know that Elvis always preferred performing at his evening shows, so has this classic concert been misrepresented or was it just a badly mixed rush-release?.
With ‘An Afternoon In the Garden’ making the billboard charts once again in 2011 EIN contributor Daniel Massey has examined each show very closely to truly discover which is the best show.
Go here to read this fascinating EIN spotlight and have YOUR SAY over which is your favourite MSG concert.
(Spotlight/CD Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Rock, Sex and Roll' new JAT book: Coming later this year the greatest year of Elvis Presley now the greatest book on that same year 1956.

The title of this book was chosen because we believe we will capture Elvis Presley in his coolest, sexiest way. More soon.




(News, Source:JATProductions)

Saturday 7 May 2011 - - - - with Eight new Elvis Updates

'The Elvis Files Volume 4' UPDATE: Originally set for publication in May 2011 and focussing on the five years 1965-1969 author Erik Lorentzen has discovered way more material and new photographs than could be squeezed into a 600 page book. Therefore the timeframe of Volume Four of The Elvis Files has now shifted to cover January 1965 to December 1968. Due to the new discoveries the book is still being worked on but it will still be over 500 pages and with more than 1000 of the finest photos and archival materials from the time. There will now be seven volumes of The Elvis Files.

The publication date is now August 16th 2011.

Go here for EIN's review of The Elvis Files Volume 2.


Two example pages below of the quality pictures you can expect.

The last volume retailed at around US$100, GB£60 or EU70 plus postage.

(News, Source;ErikLorentzen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' May Update: We're back with a sensational 16 new fabulous Elvis clips. Starting with some rare 1957 Candid colour film, we have footage from Cincinnati LIVE 1971, plus a live 1969 'Johnny B Goode'. We also have a great Bill Medley interview about his friend Elvis, the rare 'Stranger In The Crowd' TTWII rehearsal, a brilliant 1976 'Steamroller Blues', a cute sixties 'I Feel So Right', a stunning 'Power Of My Love' and more rare footage from 1972 and more...   As EIN always says "Catch them now before they get taken away" ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source:EIN)

'Welcome To The Jungle - Hurt' New Import CD: Venus Productions just released a new volume in the Welcome to The Jungle series titled Hurt. As usual, this CD offers you some spectacular recordings from the famous Jungle Room sessions, including some never heard before outtakes. There’s no need to brag again about this release being sensational, having a great sound quality or about the beautiful 16 page booklet, because you all knew that on forehand.
Hear how Elvis and his band go from strength to strength on “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, “For The Heart” and “Hurt”.  This is a great follow-up to all previous volumes so don't you dare miss it!!!  If it sounds like from outer space, you can be sure it's from Venus.
Tracklist: 1- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Takes 1,2  5:14; 2- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Take 3  4:07;  3-I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Takes 4,5  3:58;  4- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Undubbed Master 3:40; 5- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Master 3:44;  6- For The Heart Take 1  3:46;  7- For The Heart Takes 2,3  4:15; 8- For The Heart Take 4  4:05;  9- For The Heart  False starts,Take 5  4:30;  10- For The Heart  Undubbed Master  3:26; 11- For The Heart  Master  3:25;  12- Hurt  Take 1  1:16; 
13- Hurt  Take 2  2:19; 14- Hurt  False starts, Take 3  2:47; 15- Hurt  Take 4  1:16;  16- Hurt  Take 5  2:11; 17- Hurt  Take 6  0:46;  18- Hurt  Undubbed Master  2:10;  19- Hurt  remixed  2:07; 20- Hurt  Master  2:10;  21- Hurt  Take 69 (David Briggs Tape X-Rated Version) 2:20
(News, Source;Venus)

Esquire names Elvis as One of the 50 Most Stylish Male Musicians: The King of Rock 'n' Roll also had a knack for fashion! Esquire Magazine has named Elvis Presley one of the 50 most stylish male musicians of the last 50 years. The order of the list is somewhat strange with Serge Gainsbourg, Pete Doherty (what?) and The Beastie Boys listed before Elvis?!
Other artists listed in the poll include David Bowie, the Beastie Boys, Miles Davis and Mick Jagger.

Esquire notes that "The King was comfortable in stripes-over-stripes. Automatic pass."

Check out the complete list here!


(News, Source;Esquire)

Graceland is Open despite Southern US Floods! Although there are some areas around Memphis that are experiencing flooding, Graceland is dry and not affected by the floods. Springtime is a great time to visit Memphis, with sunny, warm weather and lots of fun events happening throughout the city. If you are planning a trip to Memphis in the next few weeks, due to some high water, you may want to check road conditions before heading this way.
The Coast Guard closed a section of the swollen Mississippi to barge traffic to protect a Missouri town from floodwaters last Friday as police in Memphis went door to door urging residents to leave nearly 1,000 homes that could be swamped by the mighty river. Some Memphis homes were in water (see right)
Graceland however is on higher ground.
EPE have posted a list of weather resources for you on Elvis.com - go here!
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Always On My Mind' on American Idol: Elvis was back in the building during last night's US episode of "American Idol."
Season 10 standout and final five contestant Scott McCreery once again turned to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, singing Elvis Presley's 1972 hit 'Always On My Mind'. Judge Steven Tyler called it "beautiful."
Go here to watch McCreery's performance!

Last month, McCreery received rave reviews for his rendition of Elvis' hit song "That's All Right." The North Carolina native has called Elvis Presley one of his top musical influences.

(News, Source;EPE)

Elvis Presley Car Show at Graceland Returns for Second Year: During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend of Friday, May 27 > Sunday May 29, Elvis’ love for collecting cars will be celebrated during the 2nd Annual Elvis Presley Car Show at Graceland. The special three-day event will be free to the public and feature a festival atmosphere complete with music, food, and an impressive display of classic cars for visitors to see and enjoy. Hundreds of cars - classics, new and everything in between, plus motorcycles - are welcomed to register.

If you are a classic car fan - Go here to EPE for more info

(News, Source;ElvisInsider)

Don’t be blue, Elvis, but Jacob is now the king: In 1957, the song “Jailhouse Rock” was No. 1. That was the peak year for naming your baby boy “Elvis.” But the name has gone the way of the 45 rpm record.
“Elvis” is out. No longer among the top 1,000 names — for the first time since 1956.
According to data released Thursday by the US Social Security Administration, “Jacob,” after 12 years, is still at the top of the charts for popular boy baby names.
Nearly 22,000 US boys were tagged such in 2010, followed by Ethan, Michael, Jayden and William. About 23,000 girls were named Isabella (No. 1 last year, too), followed by Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Ava.
Truthfully, “Elvis” peaked in 1957 at no higher that No. 312.
On Thursday, area hospitals could find no recent newborns named Elvis. Nor could pediatric nurses remember any.
The last live concert by Elvis Presley in Kansas City was 1977, but we’ve had brushes with several Elvi since then, including Elvis Grbac, quarterback for the Chiefs.
The name caused a ruckus in 2008, when a couple in Sweden wanted to name
their daughter “Elvis.” No, they were not Elvis Presley fans, the mother said.
But Sweden’s National Tax Board — which has the authority to veto baby names — decreed that Elvis was a first name of a masculine type, “clearly inappropriate as a first name for a woman.”
Still a popular choice among cat and dog owners, Elvis ranks 123rd and 191st, respectively. (No breakdown on how many hound dogs bear the name.)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/KansasCity)
Thursday 5 May 2011

'Spanish Eyes By Request' GRM CD Review: On May 16th 1974 Elvis kicked off his 22-concert season at the Sahara Tahoe hotel, his third season at Lake Tahoe. The excellent quality soundboard tape of Elvis' May 24, 1974 Midnight Show was originally released 15 years ago by Fort Baxter. Celebrating Linda Thompson's birthday Elvis was on fine form and sang a personal request for "Spanish Eyes" not something he did too often. The overall set-list was also a good selection, with a fine variety of new songs.   
Now the performance has been re-issued by Gravel Road Music with corrected speed, improved sound and in a super-deluxe package.

EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this upgrade of an old favourite.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

May 5th 1956 - Elvis' very first album 'Elvis Presley' hit the #1 spot on the Billboard charts where it remained on top for 10 solid weeks.
It spent a total of 48 weeks in the billboard charts. Have you got the magnificent FTD Classic Album version of the 'Elvis Presley' LP? Check the review here.
Sherrill Nielsen Fundraiser CD: Our my dear friend Sherrill Nielsen died from lungcancer the 10th of December last year. It was a shock for us all and it is still a shock. His beloved wife Brenda was/is still confronted with the monumental costs of the many treatments Sherrill had to endure as a support to conquer the disease. Under those dramatic circumstances it didn't took long for me to come to what I thought to be the only right decision. When hearing of Sherrill’s passing and Brenda’s need of financial help, Jerry Deewood immediately offered to help and in honor of Sherrill, Adonda Records has determined to provide her with all of the net profits from the sale of this album. Jerry Deewood recorded two albums with Sherrill Nielsen and has released a compilation CD to help her pay the bills. The CD is available both as download and regular release. 
Click here for more CD info and to purchase
Go here as Donnie Sumner Remembers his friend Sherrill Nielsen: 
(News, Source;Adonda records)

Elvis & Priscilla's Honeymoon 1967: Elvis' co-best man at the wedding Marty Lacker amusingly commented to EIN about the YouTube wedding video we featured (see below)..
. "After watching the youtube wedding memory you have on your site today, I am reminded what a good actor Elvis was!" - Marty
Billy Smith in the Memphis Mafia Revelations book also noted about their honeymoon.
'For a honeymoon, Elvis figured him and Priscilla would go to Palm Springs and spend a few days. He thought it would be enough for them to be together. But Vernon and Dee were there, and Priscilla's family, too.
Now, Priscilla wanted the whole place to themselves. But Elvis didn't. And rather than either one of 'em giving in, they had big arguments about it. He wanted one of the guys with him at all times because he was used to people getting him whatever he wanted. He thought, "I'm wealthy, let other people do it." I think he figured he had the loyalty of these guys, and he didn't know if a woman was going to give him that or not.'
(News, Source;Marty/ElvisInfoNetwork)

"Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World' New Book: Voyageur Press announced the release of the 232 page book "Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History" by Michael Dregni (Author), Sonny Burgess (Foreword). It features articles by Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, David McGee, Craig Morrison, Randy McNutt, Dan Forte, Garth Cartwright, Vince Gordon, and more. More than 600 rare photographs, concert posters, singles and LPs, memorabilia and collectibles—from Elvis to the Stray Cats to today - illustrate this book.
It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ’n’ roll and ruling the world. Here’s the story of Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle.
It is due out this month.
Go here to Amazon for more info.
(News, Source;Elvis75)

McQueen biopic gives 'Sgt. Presley' a major promotion: Elvis biographer Marshall Terrill will make his big screen debut with a Steve McQueen biopic and hopes producers will give "The King" the royal treatment for his next screen adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter announced on April 28 that two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker and The Town) has formed a production company, The Combine, and will play Steve McQueen in an upcoming biopic.
"I'm absolutely thrilled because this has been 20 years in the making," said Terrill, who has written three books on Presley. "Renner is perfect as McQueen and is probably the hottest star on the planet right now."
Writer-director James Gray, who wrote and directed We Own the Night and Two Lovers, is attached to write the McQueen screenplay, which will be based on the two books by Marshall Terrill: Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel (1993) and Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon (2010).
Renner will produce the McQueen project with Academy Award-winning Hurt Locker producer Greg Shapiro, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (one of the producers of Black Swan), and Zacharias’ producing partner Nick Landon.
Terrill says this latest development gives Sgt. Presley, a book he co-authored with Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield about Presley’s stint in the Army, a major boost.
"The movie was optioned by producer Peer Oppenheimer in 2009 and this announcement can only help in our quest to get Sgt. Presley to the silver
screen," Terrill said. "This movie is about about the forces of friendship, duty, passion, deception and love, and is the next Elvis movie that should get made."
Terrill is the author of 15 books and three of his other works are in development to be made into movies. His next project is an oral biography, photo album and documentary on rock and roll roadies. He hopes to include a section on Presley.

Donny Osmond Talks about Meeting Elvis in New Interview: In a new interview with Nashville.com, actor and musician Donny Osmond talks about the superstars he's met throughout his career - and that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll!
"Elvis walked into my dressing room in Las Vegas because he came to see our show" says Donny. "He really talked like this too: (Donny does an Elvis impression) 'Hi, I'm Elvis.' He invited us to come over to his house to have a barbeque, but we never did. We never took him up on the offer. He was a real humble guy. He really affected me a lot. I was starstruck with him."
Donny says he's also in awe of Stevie Wonder.
Read his interview here.
Elvis costume designer Bill Belew also worked for The Osmonds as you can see here.

(News, Source;EPE)

Monday 2 May 2011
'Elvis Is Back!' Legacy Edition review: ‘Elvis Is Back!’ the album that Elvis Presley recorded in Nashville in March and April 1960 is widely regarded as one of the best and most important albums he ever made. A half-century later, "Elvis Is Back" is now coupled with 1961’s "Something For Everybody," an album he recorded back in Nashville one year later. Along with one dozen hit single sides also recorded in Nashville’s famous Studio B and which charted over roughly the same period of time.
The deluxe 'Elvis Is Back!' Legacy Edition" combining these two great albums was released on March 8, 2011.
Following on from the impressive Legacy versions of 'On Stage' and 'From Elvis In Memphis' is this re-release really worth purchasing all over again?
EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new RCA Legacy release.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Love Me Tender actor William Campbell dies: William Campbell who appeared in Elvis Presley's first film 'Love Me Tender' as well as the TV series 'Star Trek' and in the 1950s was married to Judith Campbell Exner, who went on to have an affair with President Kennedy, died last Thursday. He was 87.
He was a busy film and television actor in the 1950s and '60s, making his film debut in 1950's "The Breaking Point" and singing with Presley in 1956's "Love Me Tender." Other film roles included 1954's "The High and the Mighty" and "The Naked and the Dead" in 1958.
Campbell had roles in "Star Trek" episodes during each of the original show's first two seasons, including playing a Klingon warrior in the second-season episode "The Trouble With Tribbles." He returned to the role in a 1994 episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
He served in the Pacific with the Navy during World War II.

Campbell met Judith Exner in 1952 at a party when she belonged to "the young Hollywood set," he told The Times in 1975. They married that year and divorced in 1958. She died in 1999.
Exner said that her relationship with Kennedy was of a "close, personal nature" and that she also had a personal relationship with mafia figure Sam Giancana.
"What mutual friends we had you could count on one hand," Campbell said of his former wife in a 1975 Times article. "How she ever met the president, I don't know."
Campbell spent many years during and after his acting career working with the Motion Picture & Television Fund, including as its chief fundraiser. Campbell is survived by his wife, Tereza, whom he married in 1963.

Go here for more about actor William Campbell
(News, Source;LATimes)

John Wilkinson Interviewed at Graceland: Elvis' TCB Band guitarist John Wilkinson recently visited Graceland. While there he was interviewed by EPE's Jackie Jones about his life with Elvis.
Click here to the Interview Highlights.

John Wilkinson is one of the special guests at the Elvis Week 2011 August 14 'Conversations on Elvis' event at the Orpheum.
Click here for Elvis Week 2011 schedule of Events
(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

'Elvis Jukebox' 3-CD 36 Masters Canadian mystery release?: Sony Canada claims that this 'Elvis Jukebox' a 3-CD 36 track set was only a limited edition for Costco Stores, and is no longer available.
EIN contributor & Elvis super-collector Barry Mclean has discovered a collector's treat.
Issued in 2010, very few copies have surfaced, the ones that have all have a small drillhole in the spine.

(News, Source; BarryMclean/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis Day in Amneville, France: If you're in France on May 29th, why not check out the 'Elvis Day' in the city of Amneville? There are Elvis shops, merchandise booths, exhibitions and video documentaries. With Big screen videos from 11.30am. Follow the signs that lead to 'Snowhall' and you won't have any problem finding the event.




(News, Source;ElvisMatters/EPGold)

Sunday 1 May 2011

Elvis and Priscilla's Wedding 44 years ago today: Elvis Presley and Priscilla Ann Beaulieu were married on May 1 1967 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Priscilla has noted that being called "Mrs Elvis Presley" sounded better than other labels like live-in-Lolita that had been given to her by some of the press. After the wedding ceremony they flew in Frank Sinatra's private jet flew to Elvis' Palm Springs home.
Elvis then carried his new bride across the threshold singing 'The Hawaiian Wedding Song'.
Nine months later to the day Lisa Marie was born.


Click here to a cute YouTube tribute to the day they got married.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Glen Campbell To Retire: Legendary country star Glen Campbell and friend of Elvis, is finally hanging up his guitar - he plans to retire after releasing a swansong album this year. The veteran Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, 75, has been working in the music industry since the early 1950s and has enjoyed a varied career.
Working with Elvis as far back as the Viva Las Vegas sessions, Campbell was a member of Phil Spector's infamous band of studio musicians before going on to enjoy a successful solo career.
The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker has recorded more than 50 albums - but his upcoming release, Ghost On A Canvas, is likely to be his last. Campbell tells Mojo magazine, "Most people are retired at 60. And I'm slowing down. I've slowed down, I'll put it that way."
Campbell has said he thinks often of Elvis.
"He's with me all the time," Campbell said. "I'll see stuff and it'll remind me of him. He was really, really a nice guy. I knew Elvis when he came in through Albuquerque, and that's where I was at the time playing in my uncle's band.
That's the first time I met him and he opened for Farron Young, and guess how many times he opened for Farron Young? Once. The crowd was saying, 'We want Elvis! We want Elvis!' I think Elvis had more charisma than anybody I've ever played with, ever met or ever seen. He just had it."
"When I started the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour in 1969, I'd make it a point to go to Elvis, when Elvis was there, and he'd make a point to (come to me).'Cause we really enjoyed talking to one another and singing. He was born and raised the same way, out in the sticks."
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis On Tour - November 1971' new book?: Reported by elv75.com, a new book on Elvis in 1971. According to the Ebay seller it was published earlier this year and limited to just 150 copies. The 150 pages book contains over 200 amateur and professional photographs (many never before published) of Elvis on stage, official tour documents, diary extracts and interviews with fans who attended the shows, this is the definitive story of what is considered Elvis' greatest tour.
"With countless other images of rare ads, ticket stubs, seating charts and memorabilia, plus fascinating stories from the fans who were there (including the most detailed story of Elvis' concert in Kansas City that has ever been published) this is a must have book for the concert aficionado" according to the information from the seller.

News of this book seems to be a mystery to most fans, as it is to EIN!
Example pages below.

JAT are about to release their '71 @40' deluxe book.
See here on Ebay.
(News, Source; elv75.com)

Budapest Names Small Park After Elvis Presley: Budapest's city council has approved a plan to name a small park after Elvis Presley in commemoration of The King's support for Hungary's anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.
Budapest mayor Istvan Tarlos said Wednesday that a plot near the Margaret Bridge will be called Elvis Presley Park to honour the singer's "sincere sympathy" toward the short-lived uprising.
On Jan. 6, 1957, during his last appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Elvis sang a gospel standard, "Peace in the Valley," which Sullivan said reflected the singer's concern for Hungarians' plight after the uprising. Sullivan said Elvis wanted people to make donations to be sent to Hungary.
The site in Buda, separated from Pest by the Danube River, was chosen in voting held last month on the city website.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/EIN)

Elvis' Birthplace in Tupelo, new expansion details: New details about an exciting expansion project at Elvis Presley's Birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi. The 10,000 square-foot addition will include an event center, a 135-seat theatre, a snack bar, and a large hall for receptions and public events. New restrooms will be added to the new structure, and guests can relax in comfort in two new patios.
The $4.6 million project is being partially funded by the Mississippi Legislature, with matching funds from the City of Tupelo, the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Carpenter Foundation. Construction on the expansion project is set to begin this spring.
Each year, around 80,000 visitors come to Tupelo to see Elvis Presley's Birthplace. Nearly half of those visitors are international fans.
(News, Source;EPE)

UK Gold's Top 300 Songs Of All-Time: Elvis has done exceptionally well in this latest UK music Poll.
Elvis is featured 12 times in the Top 50, including Suspicious Minds at #2.
Elvis was only beaten by Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at Number 1.
The other Top 5 placings were 5.Procol Harum, A Whiter Shade Of Pale - 4.John Lennon, Imagine - 3.The Beatles,Hey Jude. Perhaps the biggest Elvis surprise is the relatively unknown 'Suspicion' at #48
2. Suspicious Minds
6. American Trilogy
7. The Wonder Of You
8. Always On My Mind
11. Can't Help Falling In Love
14. Jailhouse Rock
16. In The Ghetto
30. Heartbreak Hotel
32. Burning Love
46. Don't Be Cruel
48. Suspicion
Elvis has another four hits in the Top 100, and another surprise was 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' being his final entry in the Top 300, at #296.
Click here to the full UK Gold list
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

New RIAA video Awards for Elvis: EIN contributor Brian Quinn has found the following newly noted awards.
"Elvis He Touched Me: Gospel Songs Of Elvis Presley", V.2 1999 - 2.00x Multi Platinum Video.
"Elvis He Touched Me: Gospel Songs Of Elvis Presley", March 1998 - Platinum Video.

To qualify for a Video (Longform) Platinum Award it must sell 100,000, the first released album has sold 100,000 and the (Vol.2) - 200,000.


Go here to new look RIAA website.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis - The King of Hawaii' new book: Respected author Erik Lorentzen announces the future publication "Elvis - The King of Hawaii."
From the movies: Blue Hawaii - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Paradise Hawaiian Style - to the Greatest Show ever on Earth: ALOHA FROM HAWAII.

400 pages loaded with photos. Many of them "never seen before."
- A great review of the Aloha show by Mike Eder
- A lot of photos from the November 1972 Concerts
- Behind the scenes photos from the movies, Vacation, & Live in '57 and '61.
- Designed by: Chris Middleton, Nightrider Design,

Price: Euros69 - Release date: May 15, 2011.

Erik Lorentzen is the publisher of the sensational 'The Elvis Files' series
(News, Source;E.L)

'You'll Never Walk Alone' New CD: In a couple of days, Straight Arrow will release a new CD called 'You'll Never Walk Alone' (SA 2011-20-02). It will feature Elvis' famous July 19th, 1975 8:30 pm show from Uniondale, NY.
17 years ago, Claudia label released this show in slightly incomplete form, using an unknown generation tape copy of the original recording. Straight Arrow managed to obtain the original (mono) tape directly from person who recorded it. No edits - and in the best possible sound! The title-song in particular sounds stunning: a truly goosebump-inducing performance in the best soundquality possible!
As most of die-hard fans know, Elvis' July 1975 tour was one of his best. No need to go into big details. His evening Uniondale concert was of the highest quality - a rockin' setlist, rare songs, great mood and brilliant vocal work.
As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, this original recording was completely restored in a studio and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.
The CD package is completed with a standard 16-page booklet, including a

collection of photos from the Uniondale 8:30 pm show and a critically written but positive review by Nick Cohn.
"You'll Never Walk Alone" will be released in early May, 2011. Don't miss your chance to obtain the ultimate release of one of the coolest Elvis shows ever. And as the front cover show, on stage, Elvis was never walking alone!
Go to Elvis CD News 2011 for tracklist & more
(News, Source;SA)

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'VIVA ELVIS'- The King Butchered! CD review:
'The Complete Elvis Presley Masters' in-depth Review:
'Boston Garden '71' FTD CD Review:
'King Creole - The Music' FTD Review:
'Elvis On Tour' BluRay Review:
'Elvis Forever' London concert Review:
SHOWTIME! - FTD Review - Elvis LIVE Dec 76
Book: Return of The King Elvis Presley's Great Comeback
CD: HT Long Sings The Golden Hits of Elvis Presley
Book: Viva Las Vegas (Lichter-Tunzi)
CD: Elvis Presley Electro Cover Compilation
'High Sierra' FTD Review:
'The Elvis Files Vol. 3' Book Review:
'Elvis Coming Home' STAR DVD review:
'On Stage' 40th Anniversary release in-depth review:
'Off Duty with Private Presley' Book/CD Review:
'A Minnesota Moment' FTD in-depth review:
'Jailhouse Rock' EIN in-depth FTD Soundtrack review:
'The Wonder Of You' FTD Review:
Latest Articles (Spotlights)
-'Elvis At Madison Square Garden' An In-Depth Report:
'Elvis Memphis to Madison 1977' The Gas Station Incident:
'Heartbreak Hotel '- 55 years ago today:
John Lennon And Elvis: It was "Thirty Years Ago Today"
Elvis Statues & Memorials - an EIN Spotlight:
Remember 'The King' with Music:
'Elvis Tattoos' and EIN Spotlight:
SONY/RCA 2010 Future CD Release Details:
ELVIS WEEK 2010, EIN Exclusive reports:
Elvis' 1956 Mystery Kisser Found!
EIN Spotlight on 'Girl Happy':
The Night John Lennon Met Elvis:
ELVIS WEEK 2010, EIN Special Photos:
'Elvis Forever' London concert Review:
'The Original Elvis Tribute 2010'- An Elvis band on Tour:
'Elvis Meets The Beatles':
'A Heart That's True', Remembering Elvis in 2010: 
March 1960 - The Return Of The King:
Viva "VIVA ELVIS!' all the Cirque news
Happy Birthday Elvis!!!
On his 75th birthday, Elvis lives on in hearts of fans:
Elvis and the Coal Mine - a tax fraud!
'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?:
Spotlight: Rosella Presley
Film Posters & Lobby Cards - a photo gallery
Elvis; Concert Review 1969: EIN 40th Anniversary special Spotlight:
Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star?
Dark Side of the Colonel


Latest Interviews
Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview:
'Losing Graceland' Book Review - plus Micah Nathan Interview:
James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis:
Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview:
Donnie Sumner Remembers his friend Sherrill Nielsen: 
Lamar Fike EIN Exclusive Interview
Jamie Aaron Kelley - EIN Interview:
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'The Complete Masters' and more:
D.J Fontana Interview - Elvis Week 2010 special: 
Red West Interview:- 2010 Elvis week special
Linda Thompson - Interview Special:
Elvis in 1969 - Ann Moses & Ray Connolly Interviews:
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'On Stage' and Elvis' Legacy in 2010:
Paul Lichter
Dr. Nick talks to EIN
Alanna Nash
Ernst Jorgensen (2009)
Ron Brandon - Elvis in Tupelo
Jimmy Velvet
Eliza Presley (Part 1)
Paul Monroe
Duke Bardwell Interview
Sandi Miller Interview:

Lamar Fike


Best of Elvis on YouTube
Graceland cam
EPE's Multimedia Elvis Gallery
Sirius Elvis Satellite Radio
Elvis Radio (ETA's)
Elvis Express Radio
Ultimate Elvis Radio
Elvis Only Radio
"Images in Concert" PhotoDatabase
Radio Interview: Vernon & Gladys Presley
Sanja's Elvis Week 2007 Photo Gallery
'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube'
The Music of Elvis Presley - Australian Radio Show
All about Elvis
All about Elvis Tribute Artists
All about Graceland
All about Lisa Marie Presley
Ancestors of Elvis
Art Archives
Book Releases 2009
Contact List
Elvis and Racism
Elvis as Religion
Elvis Film Guide
Elvis Online Virtual Library
Elvis Research Forum
Elvis Rules on Television
Graceland - The National Historic Landmark
How & where do I sell my Elvis collection?
Is Elvis the best selling artist?
Links to Elvis' family & friends
Links to other Elvis sites
Marty's Musings
Online Elvis Symposium
Parkes Elvis Festival 2009 (Australia)
Presley Law legal archives (Preslaw)
Presleys In The Press
Sale of EPE (Archives)
6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography
Did You Miss?
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - the most 'covered' Elvis album of all-time
Spotlight: Elvis Film Posters
FTD Review: An American Trilogy
Book Review: Elvis: A King in the Making
Interview: Vic Colonna - the Dangerous World of Bootlegging Elvis