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Monday 29 May 2017
Elvis’ Private Jet Sold for US$430,000!: The private jet once owned by Elvis sold for an incredible $430,000 at a California auction on Saturday.
The 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has sat on a runway in Roswell, New Mexico for 35 years and has no engines and an unrestored cockpit.
The person who bought it and the buyer's plans for the plane have not been released, however it did not sell for the hoped-for US $2 > 3 million!. (EIN wonders how as we would like to see photos of Elvis in the actual plane to make it worth visiting!)
The 1962 red Lockheed JetStarOne which Elvis purchased in July 1976 (via a trade-in on his previous investment in a Dessault-Falcon airplane) eventually became the center of a long drawn-out FBI investigation "Operation Fountain Pen" where Elvis and Vernon were swindelled in an aircraft refurbishment deal. Despite the auctions' suggestion that the cool-looking red velvet interior was designed for Elvis, the previous owner has stated that this is not the case.
Though it is unclear where the buyer of the jet lives, the plane will have to be disassembled to be shipped.
Untouched since Elvis owned it, the jet is the only plane once owned by the legendary singer that is privately owned. Two other Elvis owned planes, including the Lisa Marie, are already displayed at Graceland in Memphis.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet).

'The Wonder Of You'  Perth Review: The music.com.au website has posted a general review of the first Elvis 'Wonder Of You' Australian concert in Perth, they wrote..
... A fitting instrumental rendition of Elvis Presley’s 'If I Can Dream' kicked off the Australian debut of The Wonder Of You, led by a rousing sax solo and renowned conductor Chong Lim; an early sign that the swelling talent onstage was going to deliver a compelling performance.
A screen was lowered and Presley appeared, donning his iconic white jumpsuit, and Perth Symphony Orchestra kept the ball rolling with Burning Love. Unlike most other performances, the best seats were from the middle of the arena back, with those near the front truly unable to experience the show in all the glory of the 40-piece orchestra and amazing band onstage. The inability to take in

both at the same time was a major downfall of the setup.
The evening’s MC Jerry Schilling, who had a close 23-year friendship with the music icon, made the occasional appearance to introduce songs and tell stories of his time with Presley, and while his associate with the King gave the authenticity it needed, that’s really all he added. His anecdotes and crowd banter lacked any real punch or excitement.

(EIN notes that this was the first time Jerry Schilling had taken over Priscilla's usual role and that he was more relaxed by the second Adelaide concert - see the fabulous photo below).
Luckily, neither the MC or stage setup could undermine the execution of the songs themselves and charming talents of Presley on the screens as his isolated vocals from a handful of live shows mesmerised the room.
Songs like 'You Gave Me A Mountain' were elevated to new heights while new depths and emotions were added to classics such as 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''.
Overall, the show is charming and uplifting, and once you lose yourself in the surprisingly immersive concept, it’s a powerful experience.

(News, Source; music.com.au/ElvisInfoNet)
Australian Elvis fans, if you didn't win tickets in EIN's competition and still want to go to the up-coming concerts in Brisbane this Thursday June 1, Sydney June 2 and June 3 or the three concerts in Melbourne June 8, 9, 10 - you can still get a few remaining tickets from RCM Touring - CLICK HERE for Australian ticket info.

'Elvis Presley / Elvis' New Budget CD- OUT NOW : From SONY music a double CD combining Elvis' key early recordings.
Both CDs are based on his first two albums but expanded with relevant tracks to 24 tracks on each CD.
Only £8.45 from  Amazon UK.

Hard to believe that Elvis fans would need to buy these two classic albums all over again, however the double package is out now.

Click here to Amazon UK for full track info and to order


(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 27 May 2017
'The Wonder Of ELVIS' Hits Australia: The Australian 'The Wonder Of You' concerts kicked off with their first performance in PERTH last night.
EIN competition ticket winner Michael Pezzali reviewed it as
.. "The concert was outstanding.  It had a totally different feel with the orchestra compared to the other Elvis in Concert tours with the TCB band.
The orchestra and the conductor were really tight and they worked perfectly with the rhythm section and you could not find any fault with the way the music was presented.
There were two standing ovations for the orchestra, one after “American Trilogy” and also after “If I Can Dream” which closed the show.
Some Elvis fans will always find faults with any type of show like this, but we must remember that Elvis has been gone for 40 years and a lot of the film clips

are between 45-60 years old, but what the producers achieved by blending the old with the new, in my opinion was a great achievement and the crowd of around 14,000 people would have left feeling happy about the night.
In the absence of Priscilla, Jerry Schilling hosted the night and his story telling and sense of humour was a real treat as he put Elvis’s music and life into perspective.
Overall it was a great night and I know all the other Australian Elvis fans you will enjoy the show just as much as I did at their up-coming concerts"

Go here for EIN's detailed review of 'The Wonder Of You' concert in the UK
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Australian Elvis fans, if you didn't win tickets in EIN's massive competition and still want to go to the up-coming concerts in Adelaide this Sunday night May 28, Brisbane Thursday June 1, Sydney June 2 and June 3 or the three concerts in Melbourne June 8, 9, 10 - you can still get the few remaining tickets from RCM Touring - CLICK HERE for Australian ticket info.

‘Elvis RPO Christmas/ Gospel’ album for Xmas 2017: As EIN reported back in December 2015, UK producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick were already working on the ‘Elvis RPO Christmas / Gospel’ album before the team, including Priscilla, decided on following up with the second ‘The Wonder Of You’ release and world-wide concert tour.
This was no doubt due to the massive success of the first 'If I Can Dream' album which the previous 'Christmas Duets' experimental album had not achieved.
With yet another Number One album in the UK and the “RPO” concert event ending Elvis Week 2017, EIN believes the delayed ‘Elvis RPO Christmas / Gospel’ album will now be announced for Christmas 2017 release. (Right: an EIN suggested cover)
Watch this space for confirmation..
As you can see below, producer Don Reedman has now moved on to a similar RPO overdub project but this time with Roy Orbison.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' producers & 'Roy Orbison RPO' album: The producers of Elvis' Royal Philharmonic Orchestra albums are now releasing a new Roy Orbison album combining archival vocal performances with newly recorded orchestral accompaniment. It will be released on November 3.
'A Love So Beautiful' Roy Orbison with The RPO features 15 tracks, including newly created versions of classics songs spanning from Orbison's early-'60s heyday through his late-'80s comeback.
It is also produced by Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. Among the many memorable tunes on the record are "In Dreams," "Crying," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "It's Over," "Dream Baby," "Only the Lonely," "I Drove All Night" and "You Got It."
On select tracks Orbison's three sons, Alex, Wesley and Roy Jr. contribute additional instrumental backing.
"If ever there were a singer whose body of work benefits from a collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic it would be Roy Orbison," says Orbison youngest son, Alex. "During the course of his career and after his passing it was constantly noted that his transcendent vocal ability made him something of an anomaly in the world of pop and rock and that, in

another life, he would have taken the classical music/opera world by storm."
"Soon, we'll all be able to experience that 'life' with the release of this project," he adds.
Tracklist, "In Dreams", "Crying", "I'm Hurtin'", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "It's Over", "Dream Baby", "Blue Angel", "Love Hurts", "Uptown", "Mean Woman Blues", "Only the Lonely", "Running Scared", "I Drove All Night", "You Got It", "A Love So Beautiful".
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) 

Elvis Week 2017 Tickets On Sale Now: With expectations of crowds over 80,000 Elvis fans have the chance to buy tickets for EPE events at Elvis Week 2017 starting today.  Elvis Week will celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll like never before, with special events such as Elvis: The Wonder of You Concert Event, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, The Auction at Graceland, Elvis 101, The Official Graceland Insiders Conference, A Band of Legends Remembers Elvis Concert and much more. Our special guests include Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, songwriter Mac Davis, Lisa Marie pilot Ron Strauss, Elvis' "Easy Come, Easy Go" co-star Pat Priest and more.

See below for Elvis Week Highlights

Go HERE to EPE for ELVIS WEEK 2017 Schedule ticket info and more details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'On Fire In Florida' New Import: Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a new 2CD audience recording dedicated to Elvis' February ’77 tour. The Hollywood, February 12th, 1977 show was first released in 1994, 23 years have passed since then and now is the right time for a proper re-release. Straight Arrow went back to the original cassette and restored it from scratch. The West Palm Beach, February 13th, 1977 show has been previously released from an incomplete soundboard source.
Our COMPLETE recording has been taken directly from a previously unreleased original audience-recorded mastertape.
In spite of Elvis’ unhealthy look especially at the beginning of tour, his concerts were solid and playlists were variable, incl. some rarely performed songs, actually, it was best tour of 1977.
As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel double digipak that includes photos taken in Hollywood and West Palm Beach and newspaper reviews of both concerts.
EIN is somewhat surprised that an Elvis 1977 concert can be described as "On fire", surely that would be 1955 in Florida!
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis In Concert: No Comments' Import CD: “If You Haven’t guessed by now... it’s been 40 years!” CMT is back with an outstanding release! It’s been 40 years since RCA released “Elvis in Concert” , still a favorite after all these years, not only for historic reasons, cause although not in good health Elvis voice was still incredible! The producers have done a new approach on these recordings, and decided to make a more enjoyable version by cutting out all the fans comments, and edit the performances to one live concert, using 24Bit 96KHZ audio for the best possible sound. Most edits sound better then the original ones ... Including all songs from the original double album, plus five rare MULTI track bonus recordings, including a rocking “Mystery Train/Tiger Man” bringing the total to 33 tracks! (EIN notes, Can this 1977 concert really be called "Outstanding"?!)
Presented in six panel digipack, with artwork matching the original release (what no 1977 pictures?), including beautiful rare pictures.
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 25 May 2017

Sonny West - has died: With great sadness EIN has learnt that Sonny West has died. It was last year that Sonny West was confirmed to have stage 4 lung cancer - although he had been battling with serious medical issues over the last 5 years. In a twist of bad luck Sonny’s wife Judy was also suffering with breast cancer.

Sonny West told EIN, "Elvis was a substantial part of my life, and one that I truly enjoyed living. I didn’t handle the news of Elvis’ death well at all. I was devastated and just fell apart. - Elvis should never had died so young. Why should someone so talented, with so much still to offer the world in music and movies have to die so early in his life with so much left to give. If that old saying, “only the good die young” is true. Elvis is that personified.
Elvis knew there was something special about him being who and what he was. He just didn’t know what or why. But I am sure he, just as the rest of us, never expected it to be this overwhelming, and for this long with no end in sight. It is truly something very special."

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sonny West talks to EIN: Sonny West needs no introduction to Elvis fans. As one of the members of the iconic Memphis Mafia, Sonny was a close friend to Elvis over many years. Accordingly, Sonny has many great stories to share with fans and many rare insights to offer about the real Elvis Presley, not to mention Sonny's own very interesting life since Elvis' death in 1977.
In part 1 of a long and exclusive interview with EIN in 2007, Sonny talks about:
- his book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business
- the Sonny West story
- why he Red, and Dave Hebler wrote Elvis: What Happened?
- Priscilla and Ann-Margret
- recounts experiences of life around Elvis
- did Elvis have a self-destructive personality?
- the film offer by Barbra Streisand
- his last contact with Elvis
-  Elvis and those racism rumors

(Source: EIN, 8 Aug 2007)

Monday 22 May 2017

EIN's 'The Wonder Of You' Australian ELVIS 2017 Tour competition has now closed. All sixty pairs of concert ticket winners will be informed by email tomorrow. . Thanks for all the entries ..

"So realistic fans felt Elvis really was in the building! "
Almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley appeared to thoroughly enjoy his fully-deserved standing ovation ..
He also looked like he'd earned it, with sweat pouring off his brow at the end of a show called Elvis in Concert - Live on Screen with the RPC Orchestra
Often dressed in a white karate-style suit, this was the King at top of his game, a royal ruler who has spawned legions of imitators for four decades but still no successor.... "

It will be a great night of ELVIS Big-Screen action for all the winners.

Elvis & Vernon Jet for Auction: Elvis' last privately-owned jet will be auctioned on May 27, after sitting for more than 30 years on the tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico. It has no engines and has never been restored.
The 1962 red Lockheed JetStarOne which Elvis purchased in July 1976 (via a trade-in on his previous investment in a Dessault-Falcon airplane) eventually became the center of a long drawn-out FBI investigation "Operation Fountain Pen" where Elvis and Vernon were swindelled in an aircraft refurbishment deal.
There appears to be no hard evidence that Elvis actually travelled in this aircraft.
The Auction website notes that the aircraft is one of three jets owned by the Elvis in his lifetime and was particularly special to him as he owned it with his father, Vernon Presley.
This aircraft has never been restored and features original external painting and detailing, as well as original interior, the listing reads. The interior was custom designed to Elvis' specifications. Down to the gold-tone, woodwork, inlay and red velvet seats and red shag carpet. The jet is currently owned by a private collector, who has not been named. It does not look in good condition.
This rare airplane is one of only 204 aircraft manufactured between 1957 and 1978 by Jetstar - Lockheed.
The bidding has already started with a $10,000 offer, despite the fact that the plane currently does not have any engines.
EIN notes that it is hard to believe that the plane has real value yet alone the "expected to fetch between $2 million and $3.5 million" comment on the auction website.
The plane is being sold without reserve until May 27. Go here to the auction site for more details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Promised Land' Elvis Doco at Cannes Film Festival: The driving force behind director Eugene Jarecki’s investigation is a literal one: Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce. He decides to drive it across America and have interviewees ride along for a while: from blues musicians, to former friends of Elvis, to celebrities, including Ethan Hawke and Ashton Kutcher. A traditional documentary about Elvis unfolds in spurts, though Jarecki is smart enough to indulge in thematic digressions. Discussions about Elvis’s rise to fame lead to cultural appropriation which, in turn, lead to American culture, iconography and philosophy, with almost every interviewee offering their own interpretation of the American Dream.
Eugene Jarecki’s Promised Land doesn’t try to present a coherent vision of recent history, which would likely prove to be dated by the end of the first day’s shooting. Instead, he uses an examination of the life of Elvis Presley as an excuse to take the temperature of a nation. It’s a scattershot, playful approach that,
while not entirely coherent, is repeatedly insightful, and arguably the best film that has been made about a subject whose effects are felt on a daily basis.
Promised Land threatens at first to be a two-hour documentary about Elvis Presley’s car, but Jarecki shrugs that notion off after a few moments. And not without a degree of self-awareness. “This is a metaphor for Elvis, and the human condition,” someone chuckles from the backseat when the 1963 Rolls Royce breaks down
This could turn out to be pretentious, and some links between Elvis and Trump’s rise to power are too tangential or broad for their own good. However, this is offset by Jarecki’s habit for self-deprecation, and questioning the limits of his own filmmaking. At one point David Simon, the creator of The Wire, criticises his Rolls Royce metaphor, saying an American-made Cadillac would have worked better.
There are also outstanding moments from Elvis’ career, and the commentary from those who knew him is frequently heartbreaking. Some of the talking heads are expected: Greil Marcus, Luc Sante, Emmylou Harris. Others, like Alec Baldwin & Mike Myers seem picked at random, but they all come off really well. These are people who haven’t dealt with anything near the degree of notoriety Elvis had, but are quite insightful on the topic of fame. (Kutcher, specifically, should win some sort of plaque for honesty.)
Promised Land is a documentary with no clear purpose other than soul-searching, which feels appropriate in a time of miserable flux. It helps that there are plenty of jokes, both visual and accidental: Alec Baldwin, interviewed in 2016, insists that there’s no chance Trump will win. And while this undoubtedly would have worked better in longer form, there is something inspired in its essay-like pairing of Elvis and Trump as exclusively American icons, which ultimately proves to be rather persuasive. - Go here for more info
(News, Source;Cannes/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Hilton Showroom vol. 7' New Import: The AudiRec label proudly presents 'Elvis: Hilton Showroom vol. 7'' out end of May. Volume 7 of their AudiRec “Las Vegas Series” which concentrates on Elvis´ concerts in Sin City, features the Dinner Show from February 17, 1972 and it is the first time that this audience recording is available on a “real” cd. Since there aren´t too many “listenable” recordings from this Las Vegas season made by fans who were there in the audience it is good to have another in pretty good in sound!
In his 6th Hilton appearance Elvis received quite some rave reviews, especially in comparison to some critics and fans comments which did not sound too enthusiastic when talking about the “King´s” August 71 engagement in Las Vegas. Elvis did a total of 57 shows, starting on January 26 and ending on February 23. RCA was there to do some live recording and because of that and some other reasons Elvis changed his setlist significantly to the benefit of some “big” and “dramatic” ballads.
In fact Elvis February 15, Midnight Show is available via RCA multitrack on FTD's 'An American Trilogy' - review here.
However if fans need more.. please be aware that this new release is limited to 300 copies only!
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 19 May 2017
"ELVIS: The Wonder of You" Confirmed as Elvis Week Finale: As EIN has been stating for months, EPE have now confirmed  "ELVIS: The Wonder of You" as the Elvis Week 2017 '40th Anniversary Celebration Concert Event with Full Symphony Orchestra'. (Australians can win tickets to the same event here through EIN!)
The new, critically-acclaimed concert event which has sold out arenas across the world is coming to Memphis to celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley during the 40th anniversary. The concert will feature a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley plus other surprise guests. This production is inspired by the award-winning, chart-topping Elvis / RPO album releases. Join us for this historic night as we salute the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
8PM. FedExForum, downtown Memphis.
Tickets for the show range from $300 to $65.
Go HERE to Ticketmaster for tickets sale starts Friday May 26.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet

Elvis Week 2017 Schedule of Events: EPE have announced the 2017 Elvis Week Schedule of Events. Elvis Week 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary since Elvis' passing. EPE are hoping for this to be the largest Elvis Week ever with fans from around the world making the ultimate pilgrimage in August to be in Memphis during this very special celebration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26.
Highlights are ..
- Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents' Event
10:00 AM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley's Memphis.
Special guest speaker Larry Geller.
- The Auction at Graceland, 2PM. Guest House Theater
The Auction at Graceland will include artifacts from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, written by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote the king and his career.
- The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert, 8PM Graceland Soundstage A.
Special guest performers Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill, former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet; Terry Blackwood, Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor of Terry Blackwood and The Imperials; plus musician Terry Mike Jeffrey.
Elvis 101. 10am Graceland Soundstage A,
Elvis 101 features scholars, authors and those who have spent hundreds of hours studying Elvis Presley, special guests include author Peter Guralnick, Ernst Jorgensen and Tupelo historian Roy Turner.-
- A Salute to Sun Records Hosted by John Paul Keith. 8pm Graceland Soundstage A.
Featuring special guests Jerry Phillips and Sun studio drummer J.M. Van Eaton with some of Memphis' top musicians.
- Official Graceland Insiders Conference 9am & 12:30pm Graceland Soundstage A,
Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include: Bill Wallace, Elvis' friend and karate champion; Sam Thompson, Charles Stone, Dick Grob, Lisa Marie co-pilot Ron Strauss;
- A Band of Legends Remembers Elvis 8PM. Graceland Soundstage A
Unique concert event with special guests Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman plus guitarist Kerry Marx.
- Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Family & Friends 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A
Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Bill Medley, Bill Morris plus childhood friend Guy Harris.
Songwriters Showcase 3PM. Graceland Soundstage A
Hosted by Andy Childs, confirmed guests include Mac Davis, and Mike Stoller.
- Candlelight Vigil  8:30 PM. Graceland Front Gate
- Conversations on Elvis: In the Studio, 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A.
Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include: DJ Fontana, back-up singers Mary Holladay Pederson and Ginger Holladay and Sony Music's Ernst Jorgensen
- "ELVIS: The Wonder of You" Elvis Week Concert Finale:
8PM. FedExForum, downtown Memphis.
- Conversations on Elvis: Elvis in the Movies, 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A.
Hosted by Tom Brown, confirmed guest include Marlyn Mason, Pat Priest, - more guests to be announced soon.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Showcase, 1PM. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round, 7pm. Graceland Soundstage A,
See more than 20 of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world perform on stage in the Semifinal Round of the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
- Conversations on Elvis: The Elvis Connection, 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A,
This special event will feature musicians, actors and entertainers sharing their story on how they have been influenced by Elvis and what the King of Rock 'n' Roll means to them. Special guests to be announced.
- Inside the Archives: 3PM Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland. Free.
Take a look inside the Graceland Archives. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The Ultimate Return, 7PM. Graceland Soundstage A,
Past Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winners return for an unforgettable concert.
Performances by Shawn Klush, Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry, Justin Shandor, Cody Slaughter, Ben Portsmouth, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, David Lee and Dwight Icenhower.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round, 7.30PM. Graceland Soundstage A
10 Elvis tribute artists from the Semifinal Round compete for the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest title.
Go HERE to EPE for ELVIS WEEK 2017 Schedule ticket info and more details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

The Guesthouse at Graceland Gala August 14: Strictly Elvis (UK) are holding a fabulous gala night in the fantastic new Guesthouse at Graceland.
If you're in Memphis this August for Elvis Week 2017, then come and party with us and the Elvis Family at what promises to be one of the biggest and best events of the week.
Featuring two live music acts, all the way from the UK Rockin' Dave Riley, the amazing Brad Birkendahl plus an all-Elvis disco with one of the UK's best Elvis DJs - Paul Downie, this is one event you will not want to miss!
As always with Strictly Elvis events, we keep the cost low but the quality high - and this is going to be a seriously high quality and classy event.
And as ever - we have invited lots of special guests to be part of the night, you never know who'll turn up!
Monday AUGUST 14 8pm > Midnight
Tickets in advance are just £24 ($30) per person and you can get your tickets now.

Click here for tickets and more info.
EIN recommended




(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

"Why Elvis' posthumous popularity is plummeting": The UK Guardian has now followed up on the previous "Why Elvis memorabilia is plummeting in value" story (see below) with another swing at Elvis asking if "With a third of young adults having never heard an Elvis song and the value of his merchandise sinking, is the king of rock'n'roll destined to be remembered as nothing more than a goofy tribute act?"
EIN would first like to comment that. . .
a) As we stated before, Elvis general memorabilia prices have to be dropping purely due to initial fans getting older & selling off their collections.
This does not mean that genuine RARE Elvis items are reducing in price as shown by recent EPE  auctions.
b) Elvis died nearly 40 years ago yet in 2016 he had the UK's 5th BEST SELLING Album -
above superstars David Bowie and Beyonce (The Beatles at a sad #93 spot!)
In 2015 he had the UK's 4th BEST SELLING Album -
above "new sensations" such as  Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift
Perhaps the new "Elvis RPO" albums do not appeal to the younger generation but there is also no denying the success of the new concert tour as well.
Not bad for a guy who last set foot in a studio back in 1976!
c) It has been 15 years since Elvis' 'ALLC' remix kicked him back in to the charts and re-introduced him to the new generation. Another similar re-start is all that is needed.

The Guardian article includes,,,
... Forty years since his death, Elvis Presley's image remains one of the most iconic in music history. The same cannot be said for his songs, however: according to a snap YouGov poll of 2,034 British adults, a hefty 29% of 18- to 24-year-olds said they had never listened to an Elvis song, with none of this age group listening to him daily and only 8% listening monthly. Asked what they thought of other veteran stars, about twice as many said they liked the Beatles (23%) and David Bowie (25%) "a lot" compared with the King (12%).
Even if there's evidence of dwindling reverence among millennials, the YouGov data clearly shows Elvis's popularity among older generations. Despite this, with the value of rare Elvis merchandise in freefall, his Graceland estate will be acutely aware of the financial repercussions of failing to connect with younger audiences, even as the 40th anniversary of his death approaches.
There's no denying Elvis maintains posthumous popularity: Spotify reveals he achieved 382m streams in 2016. Yet compare this to other deceased stars such as Bowie (who clocked in at more than 600m), Michael Jackson (also more than 600m), or the long-disbanded Beatles (1.3bn), and these numbers look less impressive.
Elvis has fallen to the status of "novelty act", according to David Hesmondhalgh, an author and professor of music, who says that any musician whose image transcends their music will ultimately fade away: "If you ask a small child about Elvis, the fact he died on a toilet through
overeating or wore a silly suit is all that registers. The music has become far less important than the caricature. His image has been cheapened."
"Any fat bloke can throw on an Elvis costume and sing stupidly down the pub for £100," agrees Lee Arthur, the founder of A1 Star Tributes.  "I don't know about America, but it's really damaged demand over here." Elvis tribute acts were once big business, but with so many cheap knock-offs, Arthur says punters are now more interested in Gary Barlow and Michael Bublé lookalikes.
Elvis' golden period was arguably between 1956 and 1960, when his televised "snake hip" dance routines induced a trance-like euphoria among American teenagers. During this period, he dominated the charts, clocking up 12 No 1s.This dominance came before the emergence of the concept album in the mid-60s, when LPs such as Rubber Soul and Pet Sounds would evolve the idea of modern pop music. "Elvis was an excellent singles artist," explains Hesmondhalgh. "He emerges before the formation of rock culture as we know it, so the mythology of the original rock album was lost on Elvis. He doesn't have anything near a Sgt Pepper for young people to connect through."
William Kaufman, professor of American literature and culture at the University of Central Lancashire, says Elvis's image suffered from allegations of racism and cultural appropriation.
(See EIN article 'Elvis was Not A Racist')
By the time Elvis attempted a comeback in the 70s, music had moved on. "For the Hawaii comeback show, Elvis looked great," says Kaufman. "But too much of those late shows starred an Elvis who was prepared to parody himself and let old women throw underwear at him. The rawness had gone. With TV sets, those images left a lasting impression."
Kaufman adds that Elvis's early death prevented him from reinventing his image, in the manner of Johnny Cash's darker late work with the producer Rick Rubin
Over recent years there have been various embarrassing attempts to repackage the Elvis brand, the low point being a hologram duet with Celine Dion. But dig deeper through the Elvis catalogue and there are undeniable gems waiting to be rediscovered.
>From Elvis in Memphis (1969) marked his return to non-movie soundtracks, with songs such as In the Ghetto retaining their gritty sense of social realism nearly 50 years later. During this period, a more mature Presley effortlessly tackled gospel, soul, country and pop, and was backed by such faultless studio musicians as bass guitarist Jerry Scheff, who was later pinched by the Doors to stamp his mark all over their blues masterpiece LA Woman.
 "While I can't see black culture ever embracing Elvis, there is certainly the potential for a hipster-led revival. In the era of Trump, the idea of Elvis as an absurd camp figure could also work well," he adds. "But equally, maybe we should just accept that Elvis's moment has passed."
(Go here for the full article - although fans may find it a little annoying!)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Guest-House Burglars 'Caught in a Trap':  WREG News reports that two men are accused of pretending to be housekeeping staff to enter rooms at the Guest House at Graceland. Officers were called to the hotel around 6 a.m. Sunday, where a security worker relayed complaints about men entering rooms, posing as housekeeping staff.
Luckily they were both caught-in-a trap as the suspects were  seen driving toward the exit and police were able to detain them.
The security worker told police one of the suspects used to work at the Guest House at Graceland but was terminated and banned from the premises. The Guest House at Graceland clarified neither suspect was an employee; they were contract agency workers, one former and one current.
Police said one of the suspects had a master key card in his possession as well as stolen property. Security footage showed the two suspects went into multiple rooms, police said.
The Guest House at Graceland said the stolen property was returned to the guests and the controlled-access system was reset right away.
Police did not give the names of the suspects.
(News, Source;WREG/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest US Billboard Charts: Sadly Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Charts for week of 27th May,2017:
- 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 6 to 5 on the Classical Album Chart
- 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 27 to 30 on the Top Christian Album Chart;drops from 27 to 30 on the Christian And Gospel Album Chart and is a re-entry at 25 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
- 'Heart And Soul' rises from 19 to 17 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
- 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' rises from 21 to 20 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
'Crying In The Chapel': Hymns And Gospel Favourites is a re-entry at 42 on the Christian and Gospel Album Sales Chart

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 15 May 2017
The Elvis Remix That Changed Culture: Unbelievably it is already 15 years since Elvis rocked the new millennium with "A Little Less Conversation" putting him back at the top of the charts worldwide, twenty-five year after his death. It was an astounding resurrection that introduced Elvis Presley to a brand new generation as well as putting him back into dance-clubs for the first time since the early sixties.
Dance-music specialist Angus Harrison has written a lengthy article about  "A Little Less Conversation" for Thump magazine.
The article includes..
...  In the churning tumult of the present, it can be easy to forget the past. It can be easy to forget the ephemera we held dear, the stories we told, and the music we danced to. It can be easy to forget that for a solid year in 2002 the most commonly heard song in the world was a big-beat remix of an Elvis Presley record.
It all started with the upcoming World Cup, a Nike commercial, and a Dutch producer who became the first artist outside of the Elvis Presley estate authorized to remix one of the King's songs. The resulting work - bombastic reimagining of "A Little Less Conversation" - was a number 1 in Britain, before becoming a top ten hit in a further 17
countries, hitting the top spot in at least 10 of them. It soon became a goal compilation staple, gaining further notoriety on the official soundtrack albums of movies like Shark Tale and Bruce Almighty. Its legacy is wide-reaching and varied; it revitalized London's lindy hop scene, was the campaign song for George Bush's 2004 re-election trail, and more.
To honor the 15th birthday of the track we've asked some of our favorite writers to reflect on the song's importance. How ElvisvsJXL shaped them and shaped the world we live in today.
-- Alex Horne: It's hard to overstate just how much Junkie XL's A Little Less Conversation did for the spirit of humanity at the turn of the century. Like an extraterrestrial hero it came from out of nowhere to save us from ourselves.
In early 2002, we were a cowed people, but when the first dings of Conversation's cowbell rang across the post 9/11 landscape we knew we'd be alright. As The King crooned to us from the past, his mouth sounding more full of boiled eggs than ever, the world grew more confident that the storm could and would be weathered. "Come on, come on! Come on, come on!" became a mantra for the new millennia, urging us onwards into an uncertain future.
To the younger generation this JXL classic is just another funky
number for the discotheque, but to those of us a bit older and a bit wiser it represents so much more. Not only the origins of the electro-swing revival, but the origins of hope.
That's why I still hear echoes of that swinging rhythm in the #Resistance, and I recognize those stonking horns in the hacktivisim of Anonymous. It brings me joy that after all these years this aggravation still ain't satisfactioning the youth of today.
--- Tristan Cross: When asked to reflect on the 15-year anniversary of "...Conversation," at first I thought: good tune. Something I'd blast while trying to pull off Joga Bonito skills in my bedroom, wanging a tiny World Cup ball I won from a Pringles competition against my wall and ceiling, damaging the paintwork and devaluing my mum's house with the finesse and grace of Eggy Davids having 2,000 volts pumped through his body. All in all: just a damn good tune.
But then I thought: hold on a second. "A little less conversation, a little more action… please"? Why did this resonate so much in 2002? And how has this informed everything since? Could you not apply its fundamental message - an invocation to do now, discuss later- to the Iraq War? To the global financial crisis? To responding to the looming prospect of humanity's impending
climate-change-caused obliteration by sticking our fingers in our ears and our iPods into the mains? To Sachsgate? To Brexit? To Donald J XX Drumpf?! Have we not spent the best part of this millennium recklessly careening from one avoidable disaster after another without a solitary pause for thought, all on the advice of an Elvis sample?
Then I remembered that I work in content, and that there isn't a single event in the history of the 21st Century that hasn't been meticulously poured over, re-evaluated, re-appraised and re-contextualized by myself and my peers. If anything, we've steadfastly ignored Elvis' pleas. We've discussed everything, without doing anything. I wanted to change the world, but I ended up penning a love letters to The Simpsons Hit & Run for helping reconcile me with my absent father. Damn, son. But then I looked over the 300 words of utter drivel I'd written and thought: this is an awful lot of conversation. And so I put the song on again.
And then I thought: good tune.

EIN first heard this astounding song while, of all things, working for the World Cup in Korea. We reviewed it as "Musical dynamite for the now generation! - This is Elvis' most important single since 'Suspicious Minds'. Buy the CD single; Buy the 12" Vinyl too!" Go here to our 2002 review
(To read the very lengthy Thump discussion go here)
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Harry Styles channels Elvis: Following on from the continuing impact of Elvis and 'ALLC' - see above - in 2017 former One Direction member Harry Styles is one of this century's biggest pop-stars. So who would he want to imitate as he promotes his brand new solo album, the world's biggest superstar Elvis Presley of course!
Harry Styles looked every inch the pop pin-up last week when he stopped by the US Today Show for its Concert Series outside the Rockfeller Center in New York.
Styles channelled Elvis Presley in a pink suit and gave a thrilling performance in a pink blazer just like The King in his heyday. He sent thousands of fans into a frenzy as he played guitar and shook his hips at a mini gig in New York. All he lacked was blue suede shoes.
Harry Styles has previously noted both Elvis and The Beatles as his influences and now it shows.
Much like Elvis, the singer, 23, caused a female fan frenzy, bringing in huge crowds of screaming girls he performed his latest release - the bluesy Carolina - for the first time.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Author Alanna Nash trying to save her "Graceland Home": Alanna Nash is one of the most respected authors in the Elvis world. Her four books about Elvis, ''Baby Let's Play House: Elvis and the Women Who Loved Him ', 'The Colonel', 'Revelations from the Memphis Mafia' and 'Elvis: From Memphis to Hollywood' are all essential to any Elvis library.
However now her southern family home is crumbling and in need of repair and even more so because it so close to "Graceland" in design.
Alanna says of the property, "After all my years researching Elvis, the similarity between my family house in Kentucky and Elvis' Memphis home has always been not only a strange coincidence, but also an inspiration to me. When my parents first bought it in 1963, my mother (who loved Elvis) found a picture of Graceland in one of my early fan magazines, and cut it out and put it in a drawer next to the sofa. There it stayed forever, an unspoken connection.
In a way, when I was writing all four of my books about Elvis, Rabbit’s Run helped me get into how Elvis felt while he lived at Graceland. In the same way losing Graceland would have devastated him, I feel the same way about Rabbit's Run crumbling around me and with no way to save it except with help from my friends. It’s like the end of the world to me.”
Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike, Billy Smith, all three of the guys and even Jo Smith came to Kentucky for some of the interviews for 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia'. I remember sitting in the side porch with Marty, taking a break from recording his memories. He said, ‘This house is a lot like Graceland. Will you keep it once your family is gone?’ I told him that I sure hoped to, if I could afford it. “I hope you can,” he said. “It would really be a shame to lose it."

Alanna notes that she intends to open the house up to community events and as a place for people to discuss popular culture artists and musicians if she can get it back into shape. Perhaps the house could inspire another future musician as Graceland did. - Please go HERE to her 'GoFund Me' page
and see the story of Rabbit's Run here in the "Southern Living' magazine.
(News, Source;AN/ElvisInfoNet)

"Devil In Disguise" EP by Los Kingdom: 40 years after the world lost the King of Rock & Roll, LA based group Los Kingdom is paying tribute to Elvis with their new EP, "Devil In Disguise" - featuring six completely reimagined renditions of Elvis Presley classics.
Los Kingdom is comprised of Arielle Verinis and Dave Green. With Arielle’s East Coast roots and Dave’s British upbringing, the duo adapts historic American songs for today’s Alt-Americana music scene. Following their debut album of historic spirituals, "The Patron Saint," they found inspiration during a tour stop at Graceland last summer. The duo's latest recordings cover some of Elvis Presley's most popular songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Devil In Disguise” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love," rearranged with Beatle-like harmonies and Johnny & June style duets that will certainly draw comparisons to contemporaries like The Civil Wars. It was really important for them to keep the arrangements and production stripped down and intimate, which has been captured in these emotional interpretations.
EIN is very impressed, it's a fine interpretation for 2017.
"Devil In Disguise" is available at all digital retailers.
Check out the “Devil In Disguise” video here
"Devil In Disguise" Track Listing: Can’t Help Falling In Love, Love Me Tender, Don’t be Cruel, Devil In Disguise, Good Luck Charm, It's Now Or Never
Los Kingdom will be performing live at Tupelo Elvis Festival on June 1st & 2nd.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Latest US Billboard Charts: Sadly Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 for Week of 20th May, 2017:
- 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 13 to 6 on the Classical Album Chart
- 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' rises from 30 to 27 on the Top Christian Album Chart and rises from 30 to 27 on the Christian And Gospel Album Chart
- 'Heart And Soul' drops from 17 to 19 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
- 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' is a re-entry at 21 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
'He Touched Me' (The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley) (Vols.1 and 2) rises from 22 to 5 on the Music Video Sales Chart

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

UK Album Charts: After an incredible seven month run in the UK charts the Elvis & RPO album 'The Wonder Of You' dropped out of the Top 100 Album Chart. So sadly Elvis has no entries on the UK Top 100 Album Chart for 12th May, 2017.

Other Elvis Entries on the UK Album Specialist Charts:
- 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 65 to 79 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from 82 to 93 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 67 to 64 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 23 to 25 on the Indie Albums Chart and rises from 89 to 80 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 67 to 95 on the Scottish Album Chart
'The Platinum Collection' rises from 87 to 77 on the Scottish Album Chart

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 12 May 2017
'ELVIS In Atlanta' New FTD:  'ELVIS In Atlanta'  contains two legendary 1975 shows from the Omni Coliseum on April 30th and May 1, 1975 retrospectively.
This soundboard release is a 5" 2-CD digipack.
The digipak features great photos taken by Keith Alverson.
The CDs are mastered by Jan Eliasson
EIN notes that three Atlanta tracks were released by FTD on one of our favourite's "Southern Nights". Hopefully the thin-ish sound on that released has been improved by Jan Eliasson.
EIN's friend Ciscoking comments, "Elvis and Atlanta always was something very special.... Elvis loved Atlanta... Atlanta loved Elvis... he once called it "my second home".. and he always delivered great shows there. The Southern crowd went nuts as soon as he moved his little finger and our man got standing ovations for 'How Great Thou Art' or 'American Trilogy'. Being there must have been a fantastic experience - the King at his best. This will be a most welcome addition for FTD collectors."
The opening numbers of '2001 Theme', 'See See Rider' and 'I Got A Woman / Amen' were not recorded at either shows.
Ex  soundboard recordings, FTD notes there are several flaws on the original source tapes.
Go here to 'Elvis FTD/ SONY News 2017' for tracklisting
(News, Source;FTD/FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

'Spliced Takes - Blue Moon' New Import CD: The series continues, by popular demand with a “fifties” album! Again the STAR team has done all the edits on this album with lots of excellent surprises. Unlike other “import” labels, they truly were able to produce an album using many incomplete takes, to create beautiful new tracks. Their professional edits will blow you away, and will make you believe these are unreleased takes. Get ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll with this fantastic release, some highlights include:
THAT’S ALL RIGHT: Spliced from 2 outtakes, with added echo to re-create the master version.
SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL: Includes ALL verses done by our man, 3 different solos, piano, guitar and drums will blow you away!
LET ME; The “master” of this song was also a splice created from take 3 and 4… here they used the same takes, only the opposite parts, so this is the first COMPLETE new outtake of this movie song.
MONEY HONEY: Only a shore part of take 10 was found, used here to make a nice new track, spliced with the master takes.

BABY, I DON’T CARE: Great version, with spliced takes, and new mix to make it and outstanding new outtake.
BLUEBERRY HILL: FIVE takes used here to make a very fresh new version.
Elvis fans have been spoiled over the years, and they all know.. “the end is near” almost every complete take available has been released, so this is as close as you can get for a “New” album!
The set comes in a “Deluxe Digipack” with beautiful artwork, limited to 500 copies! This will be sold out soon!
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings and more details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 9 May 2017
Elvis Guns set new Auction record: People still want a genuine piece of Elvis as auction attendees took care of business and picked up a pair of wheel guns formerly owned by The King for all-time highs last week.
Rock Island Auction Company sold the Elvis memorabilia during their premiere firearms auction last weekend with an embellished Smith & Wesson Model 19-2 bringing $195,500 and a Colt Python hitting the gavel at $172,500. RIA said each price is a world record for its respective model.
The Python, also a .357,  was expected to bring $125-175K and went for $172,500.
“We had high hopes for these incredible firearms, and our collectors did not let us down,” said RIAC President Kevin Hogan in a statement. Half an hour before Elvis’ items sold, there wasn’t a seat to be had in our auction hall. It was absolutely electric with anticipation.”
According to the auction house, Elvis bought the revolvers in 1970 from a Beverly Hills sporting goods store before sending them to Germany to be elaborately decorated. One was presented to Vice President Spiro Agnew as a gift but was returned a short time later while Agnew was being investigated for corruption.
A diamond and ruby studded Shelby County sheriff’s badge, also owned by Elvis, went in a separate lot.
Go here to RIAC for more details
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Why Elvis memorabilia is plummeting in value: In an interesting coincidence The Guardian UK ran an article in the same week as the "Record Breaking Elvis Gun Auction" noting that "As Elvis Presley's fans die of old age, and their collections hit the second-hand market, vintage Elvis records have never been cheaper"
It is obviously very true that the vast majority of Elvis collectors by now must have acquired almost everything that they want pertaining to Elvis. After all Elvis has been dead to close to 40 years, how can keen fans not have found what they wanted by now?
This however applies mostly to the "Generic" stuff such as vinyl and general memorabilia. What is still very valuable is anything OWNED by The King, (see story above) as well as genuine autographs and rare fifties genuine memorabilia. A MINT copy SUN 'That’s All Right' first edition is still very hard to come by and very expensive to acquire.
Sadly these days there are too many fake SUN vinyl copies and autographs on Ebay and such-like. If the price is almost too-good-to-be-true, Buyer BEWARE it is a fake!
The Guardian writes,,  .... From the moment Elvis Presley landed, we wanted every piece of him. This turned his old records into vinyl and shellac gold. While the value of discs by other popular mid-century artists such as Cliff Richard and Frank Sinatra dropped as time passed, Elvis’s didn’t. As an omnipresent figure, the prices of the King’s records rose to astronomical levels.
Unearthing an original That’s All Right record became a £4,000 lucky strike; a set of five original Sun singles at one time fetched £25,000. This made them a sort of pension for many collectors. They packed items away, hoping one day to exchange them for a caravan in the Dordogne. However, this has all begun to change.
In December 2015, an unheard, one-of-a-kind Elvis acetate surfaced at an auction house in Aston in the West Midlands. Widely publicised, and open to the worldwide market, the recording of Suspicion was expected to sell for £12,000. It achieved £6,500. This shocked many, but not collectors. It marked the arrival of a moment they had always feared. For the first time in popular music history, Elvis records and collections were dropping in value. (EIN notes that Elvis 1960 acetates rarely go for high prices, this was not a surprise)
Take the Good Rockin’ Tonight EP. In 1998, the Rare Record Guide listed it for £125 but – according to online record database Discogs – over the past 10 years it has fetched a median price of £13.50. The singer’s You’ll Never Walk Alone LP was worth £400 in the 2012 Rare Record Guide, but is valued at £150 in the 2018 edition. These are indicative of a general trend. “If you try to sell any Elvis record that could easily have sold for £15-£20 each in the 1980s today, you can hardly give them away,” says Red, who runs an online Elvis vinyl store.
Why is this? It’s depressingly apt that John Duffie, the first collector I wanted to ask that question to, has passed away. The Elvis Shop London – the UK’s only Elvis store – closed its doors recently due to “simply not making any kind of profit”. Europe’s last Elvis music store, the Elvis Corner Store in Utrecht now opens just one day a week. The truth is, with many Elvis fans and collectors well into their 70s and 80s, as each year goes by, more are lost. This then floods the market with their wares.
There are about 32,000 Elvis records being sold on eBay at the moment – this number was closer to 20,000 items for all memorabilia five years ago. And it’s not even as if they are selling well. Of the 40,000 vinyl listings to finish in the past three months, only 16,000 have resulted in a sale. The problem is, there simply aren’t enough collectors left. “You’ll barely see Elvis guys here, not any more,” I’m

told by Alan Simpson, an Elvis dealer at Stratford-upon-Avon record fair, as he stands over a vacant stall.
It’s sad for those who have spent their lives counting on these hoards that their value is diminishing. But if you consider events in recent years, such as the haphazard sale of the Elvis Presley estate, and Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis show in Las Vegas closing after just two years (the first show in the troupe’s history to finish early), it seems to be part of a larger issue. One of a once-immovable object in pop culture beginning to slip out of view.

EIN gets weekly requests for a valuation of "A Valuable Elvis Collection" that is being sold due to health reason or old age, but sadly 99% of them contain nothing of real value, just general post-1977 EPE low-grade rubbish. Perhaps fans have just wised-up and want Elvis memories that are emotionally worth something- like the signature above-!
See EIN's article 'How and where do I sell my Elvis collection?:
(News, Source/Alison-K/ElvisInfoNet)

UK Album Charts: After an incredible seven month run in the UK charts the Elvis & RPO album 'The Wonder Of You' dropped out of the Top 100 Album Chart last week. So sadly Elvis has no entries on the UK Top 100 Album Chart for 5th May, 2017.
Other Elvis Entries on the UK Album Specialist Charts:
- 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 81 to 65 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from 93 to 82 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 69 to 67 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 22 to 23 on the Indie Albums Chart and drops from 88 to 89 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 66 to 67 on the Scottish Album Chart
- 'The Platinum Collection' drops from 83 to 87 on the Scottish Album Chart

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 6 May 2017

'Elvis Studio Sessions '56' MRS Box set: Memphis Recording Service will release a Limited Edition 3CD / book ‘ELVIS STUDIO SESSIONS ‘56’ on June 16th.
The set pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s first recordings made for the RCA label in 1956. The 172-page book focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored to their original sound quality. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Although this has been claimed complete by FTD and other past official releases, they all had a missing sentence that was on the original disc. Included also are all the out-takes from this interview.
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings and more details.

It is available for pre-order on Amazon UK here > Elvis Studio Sessions 56 - The Complete Recordings (3CD + 172 Page Book) - £32.22 & free delivery in the UK.

(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELVIS Collector's Edition' US magazine: Available in US stores now is the new Elvis Presley ‘Collector's Edition’ from ‘Closer’ magazine. 100 pages of Elvis articles and photos. Nothing that keen fans you won't have read or seen before, but good value at only $10.
Articles focus on the usual topics, A Rock Star Is Born, The Colonel, Army Days, The Man And His Music, Graceland etc.
The section on "New Elvis Projects" discusses the new HBO Special, Harvey Weinstein / EPE possible 8-part TV series, Sam Phillips project (with Leonardo Dicaprio), 'Drawn & Recorded' T-Bone Burnett narrated animated Spotify project, the Elvis ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ musical, plus ‘Growing up Graceland’ David Stanley biopic.

Check out Walmarts, magazine stands or Ebay



(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis would be alive if he had played Golf"!: Guitarist Louie Shelton says that "Elvis would be alive if he had played Golf". Shelton was part of LA's famous 'Wrecking Crew' and has played on recordings by Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and most famously The Monkees. Being so in demand as a studio guitarist he once had to turn down an opportunity to play with Elvis Presley.
These days he lives on Australia's Gold Coast and is part of this year's 'Blues on Broadbeach' festival. Although he’s now 76, you hear his sly smile when he describes himself as being "semi-retired".
"I think I’m almost busier than ever between the studio producing and running off to gigs. Still in the game, as they say," he said with a soft, southern accent.
Perhaps the only change is that he plays a little bit more golf than he used to. He firmly believes in its lifestyle benefits, and noted that Elvis himself would still be alive if he’d taken the time to play a regular 18 holes.
(Photo right, Elvis with Gary Player on the set of Blue Hawaii, 1961)
"Elvis had such fame that I think it had a tremendous effect on his life. I mean, I lived in LA for 30 years, and going to the restaurants, you would always see stars ... You’d never see Elvis, because he’d create such a scene he could never be seen in public.
"He lived in a bubble, so I think if he played golf he’d still be around, it would have taken him out of that bubble a bit, into real life so he was experiencing something other than this incredible fame,"
he explained.
"I’d been a great lover of music, and for some reason I always used to imitate the guitar. Even when I was three years old I’d grab a broom and pretend it was a guitar."
He was nine when his sister bought his first instrument, and by the age of 12 he was playing professionally on local radio and television shows.
"One thing led to another, and it just kind of snowballed from there," he said.
"The session scene in LA is a real difficult thing to get into because all the producers already have their favourite musicians. They don’t welcome new guys with open arms."
He ended up travelling right around the country, playing in places like New York City and Chicago before he got a call from the producers of The Monkees.
"The first tune we came up with was the Last Train to Clarksville, and it had a lick that I came up with. It went to number one. From that moment on, I had more work than I could handle ... Barbra Streisand would ring up, and I’d have to say, ‘Oh, I’ve already got a session booked with Neil Diamond’. It was amazing, considering I came from the backwoods of Arkansas."
Shelton worked on some of the Jackson Five’s first records, and he was there at the beginning when Motown became mainstream.
"I also listened to a variety of music growing up, and I became familiar with all the different genres ... that was my strength as a session player. You’ve got to have versatility. I did a lot of homework."
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival 18-21 May - click here for info
(News, Source;JM/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 4 May 2017

'Elvis Studio Sessions 56 - The Complete Recordings' MRS Box set: Next month MRS are releasing a new box-set of three CDs plus 172 page book, 'Elvis Studio Sessions 56 - The Complete Recordings'.
It is available for pre-order on Amazon UK here > Elvis Studio Sessions 56 - The Complete Recordings (3CD + 172 Page Book)
Price: £32.22 & free delivery in the UK.
All tracks re-mastered, 172 page book features rare and unseen photographs.

EIN has no further details, no cover image as yet.
More details later this week.

Release date June 16, 2017.

(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Joe Walsh to play Graceland Residency: Joe Walsh,  singer-songwriter who has been a member of the Eagles, James Gang, The Party Boys and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band is booked to play a three day residency at Graceland Guest House as part of his 2017 tour.
Kicking off Saturday, May 6, the three-day event will include a host of treats for fans, including an acoustic set, Q&A and photo ops, not to mention a tour of the historic mansion and accommodations at the newly opened Guest House at Graceland hotel.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do: Take an evening, invite an audience and just be me,” Walsh says in a statement, before going on to promise some pretty amazing things.
“What you can expect is me playing music, answering almost all questions anyone would ask, a big screen PowerPoint presentation put together and narrated by me, guitar shop talk, slide guitar 101, true stories of road craziness and a discussion of how to destroy hotel rooms and of course playing more music.”
Walsh adds, “I’m particularly excited to talk about my Elvis experiences, what he meant to me and what I meant to him.

We’ll conclude with a town hall meeting, including a strategy and platform discussion for my candidacy to run for President of the United States in 2020 and sing ‘God Bless America’ or something else (Elvis would want that).”
The intimate one-off performance at Graceland’s recently completed 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex is sure to be one of many highlights of his upcoming tour, which will also see him perform 23 dates with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their 40th anniversary tour.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'A Date With Elvis / Elvis Is Back!'& PD Releases: With the major Elvis anniversary coming in August 2017 Public Domain labels are pumping out old compilations to make the most of the increased interest.
One set is the 'A Date With Elvis / Elvis Is Back!' set from the 'State of Art' label.
Out 19 May 2017.
Another is 'Timeless Classic Albums Box set''
This set "gathers 5 classic albums by the king of rock ‘n’ roll into 1 convenient package" it notes.
Features,  Elvis Presley, Elvis 1956, Elvis' Christmas Album, 50,000,000 Elvis Fans can't Be Wrong, His Hands In Mine.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones & Priscilla!: Rumours of a developing friendship between Priscilla and Tom Jones started back in January 2017 although it has been totally denied by Jones.
But here is a unique photo of great Jerry Lee Lewis with Tom Jones and Priscilla together at a backstage meeting with Great Balls of Fire rocker Jerry Lee Lewis last Friday April 28.
Sir Tom Jones had gone to meet his rock and roll idol at the Stagecoach Festival in Los Angeles and had taken Priscilla along with him.
Looking tanned and relaxed Sir Tom planted his arm around Priscilla. Jones, who will be 77 on June 7, has denied they are having any kind of romance.
His wife Linda whom he had described as “the love of my life” died in April 2016. They had been married for 59 years.
The photo was taken by Daniel White, a Jerry Lee Lewis super fan who has struck up a friendship with the star.
Jerry Lee Lewis, 81, lets White stay at his home and has even invited him to be a tour guide at his ranch.

White first saw Jerry Lee performing at Wembley Arena in 1998 and has seen him 55 times since.
The Stagecoach Festival was attended by more than 100,000 people, with 40,000 watching Jerry Lee Lewis headlining on the second stage with a set that lasted 40 minutes.
(News, Source;BirminghamMail/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 1 May 2017

Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common.
Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.

EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . .
- Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral 
. . . and much much more...
Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

ELVIS - 'The Wedding' EIN Spotlight- 50th anniversary: Whatever people's own personal feelings are toward Priscilla, Elvis clearly loved her. We can debate whether he was ‘pushed’ in to marriage by outside forces or whether Elvis who belonged to the women of the world should have married at all, but the fact is that Elvis did marry Priscilla 50 years ago today. May 1st 1967 was no ordinary day in Elvis' life.
There were however some odd choices to the day and the ‘last minute’ exclusion of some of those who grew-up with Elvis was a particularly bad and hurtful.
Marty Lacker was Elvis' co-Best Man at the wedding and he has kindly given EIN permission to publish his story of what happened on that famous day.
Go here to Marty Lacker's story with some great Elvis & Priscilla photos

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Tupelo Elvis Festival Line-up:  The 19th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival, June 1-4 will feature several acts to help celebrate Tupelo's native son.
Musical genres influenced by Presley will be showcased at the BancorpSouth Arena and Fairpark stage.
Friday, June 2, will feature LUTHI and Amasa Hines, with headliner Lee Fields and the Expressions.
Saturday, June 3, will feature Futurebirds and Dylan LeBlanc and the Pollies, with headliner J Roddy Walston and the Business.
The Fairpark stage will kick each night off with an Elvis Tribute Artist. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night can be purchased separately for $12.50 each.
Music at the Mill will be a new event to this year's Elvis Festival. The event will celebrate up-and-coming Mississippi musicians on Thursday, June 1, from 6pm.
Music at the Mill will feature Silas, Light Beam Rider and Rock Eupora, with headliner The Weeks.
The Tupelo Cotton Mill is an old cotton factory newly renovated by attorney Greg Pirkle.
Go to Tupelo Elvis Festival website for info.
(News, Source;TEF/ElvisInfoNet)

'Never Been to Graceland' Short Film Trailer: “Never Been to Graceland” is a short film about several people whose their lives become unexpectedly intertwined when a long-lost Elvis Presley recording is supposedly found. This crew is bringing Elvis Presley back to life - almost 40 years after he died. But The King isn't the climax of this tale.
Justin Gausman, the director and writer, said "King is a four letter word as far as we are concerned. We're focused on the importance of the music and how that affects people."
The film - 'Never Been to Graceland' - tells the story of a reporter and Elvis fan traveling to Rapid City - searching for a long-lost Presley recording. Viewers are drawn into this plot which has a message of hope.
Gausman said "Whether you're young, old, whatever - music changes people, affects people, and saves people."
And it hits close to home for the movie's director and writer - Justin Gausman. 'Never Been to Graceland' was inspired by his personal story.
The movie has been in the works for three years but is now nearing completion. The intention is for it to be released this August, as promised last year.
A new trailer for the film has been released – Click here @ YouTube
Plus a new IndieGoGo campaign to accept pre-orders and help support finishing the film – go here.
Or see their facebook page for more info and movie photos
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Wonder Of You' Drops Out the UK charts after seven months!: After an incredible seven month run in the UK album charts - and having made Number One - the Elvis & RPO album 'The Wonder Of You' finally drops out of the UK Top 100 Album Chart.

 Other Elvis Entries on the UK Charts - 28st April, 2017
-  'The Wonder Of You' drops from 45 to 81 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from 55 to 92 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Platinum Collection' drops from 61 to 69 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 16 to 22 on the Indie Albums Chart and drops from 81 to 88 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 53 to 66 on the Scottish Album Chart
- 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 91 to 83 on the Scottish Album Chart
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Latest US Billboard Charts: Sadly Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 for Week of 6th May,2017:
- 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 10 to 11 on the Classical Albums Chart
- 'If I Can Dream' drops from 21 to 23 on the Classical Albums Chart
'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 14 to 15 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart; drops from 29 to 31 on the Top Christian Albums Chart and drops from 29 to 30 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart
'Crying In The Chapel' (Hymns and Gospel Favourites) is a new entry on the Christian and Gospel Albums Sales Chart
- 'Heart And Soul' remains at 13 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
'The Essential Elvis Presley' rises from 45 to 43 on the Top Country Albums Chart and rises from 21 to 20 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
- 'He Touched Me' (The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley) (Vols.1 and 2) rises from 8 to 4 on the Music Video Sales ChartWeek of 29th April, 2017..
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Westgate Casino and EPE heading to Mediation over Elvis Memorabilia: The former “Graceland Presents Elvis” memorabilia inside the Westgate remains locked up in the resort (right) despite the exhibit’s closure more than a year ago. “Graceland Presents Elvis” was a short-lived attraction inside the former International Hotel, an off-strip resort that hosted hundreds of performances by the legend. The exhibit opened in April of 2015, and closed the following February.
The 28,000-square-foot exhibit offered visitors the chance to view 350 pieces of Elvis memorabilia, the largest collection outside of Graceland. The artifacts included stage outfits were loaned to the casino by EPE.
But with the exhibit poorly attended, EPE threatened to abandon its 10-year lease agreement less than a year after opening. Westgate, which claimed to have invested over $9 million in preparing the space for the spectacle, subsequently closed the attraction and locked the memorabilia as ransom.
Despite a lawsuit filed in March of 2016 that sought for the items to be returned, the Westgate has maintained their possession. After admission numbers failed to meet expectations, with both sides citing poor marketing as the primary reason, the Elvis’ estate wanted to cancel the exhibit and bring everything back to Memphis.
The arrangement between the Westgate and EPE apparently turned bitter when the resort successfully petitioned Las Vegas into renaming Riviera Boulevard to Elvis Presley Boulevard. For some reason Elvis’ estate didn’t want his likeness on a street name, especially one that might aid the Westgate in attracting visitors to its resort.
Last spring, a judge said EPE could post a $9 million bond to recover its items. Instead, the estate and Westgate decided to take the case to arbitration.
Aside from the nearby namesake street, Elvis’ presence today at the Westgate is basically nonexistent.
A mediator is expected to issue a resolution in the coming days.
(News, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis Museum - Decidedly Commercial: The LA Times travel section visited the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis Museum...
... As I paced around Elvis Presley’s pink Cadillac, imagining him behind the wheel. It felt as though he was here almost, as though I could nearly glimpse the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.
This was the experience for much of the four hours I spent in March ambling around Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the new $45-million, 200,000-square-foot museum complex across the street from Graceland.
I also watched him perform “Burning Love” in “Aloha From Hawaii” mere steps from the American eagle jumpsuit he was wearing on screen, wondered at why a Dolly Parton dress was on display, and ate a peanut butter and banana sandwich cooked in bacon grease — just like his mama made.
Graceland offers six ticket options, from a mansion-only tour ($38.75 for an adult) to an “ultimate VIP” package that includes a personal tour guide ($159).
I chose the Elvis Experience for $57.50, which included the John Stamos-narrated iPad tour of the mansion and a self-guided visit to the new complex.
First we visited the mansion for a peek at home life and a respectful visit to the family’s graves.
We were then dropped off at the new complex.
First up was the Presley Motors Automobile Museum, where visitors can check out a dozen of Elvis' cars. The undisputed selfie star is that pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood he used for touring in the early years. The neighboring Presley Cycles gallery showcases an odd assortment of vehicles, including a snowmobile Elvis had converted for use on Graceland’s grass.
I made my way through the “Pvt. Presley” exhibit, featuring uniforms and documents from his Army service (1958-60), and the “Archives Experience,” a grab bag of personal effects such as a copy of Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha” and a baseball inscribed to Elvis by Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.
Then I came to what is perhaps EPM’s strangest exhibit, “Icons: the Influence of Elvis Presley.” The “Icons” room is full of photo banners and glass-cased items from stars across the music genres in which Elvis worked, but the displays provide no context. I wanted to hear what Dolly Parton or Jimi Hendrix or Michael Bublé had to say about Elvis’ effect on them. And there also was no exhibit about the musical traditions and artists who inspired Presley.
Any questions about why the King ruled were answered in the engaging Elvis the Entertainer Career Museum.
Here, it was clear why 50 million Elvis fans couldn’t be wrong in 1959 and why hundreds of millions more are all right today.
The “Elvis on Tour” area has colorful jumpsuits, yes, but also quotes on the walls about the King’s never-ending stage fright and performance philosophy. There are also several video screens and a small theater that showcase what all the fuss was about – that voice, that charisma, that personality.
As I walked through it all, I thought it would have been better to start the day exploring his public life at Elvis Presley’s Memphis before taking the shuttle to Graceland to see his private life, ending with paying respects at the Presley family graves in the Meditation Garden.
After the career museum, there are more exhibits, one about Elvis’ fashion influence was open; others, such as one about Sun founder Sam Phillips and one about Elvis’ childhood in Tupelo, Miss.
The last stop on the way back to EPM’s parking lot is Soundstage A, which screens Elvis movies.
Elvis Presley’s Memphis is a decidedly commercial venture, and most exhibits are entered and exited through gift shops that sell a dizzying array of merchandise. Tempting as the $4,025 American eagle jumpsuit replica might be, I chose a $3.99 “Elvis” ’68 Comeback Special logo pen.
Go here to full LA Times Travel review.
(News, Source;LAT/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Hour on BBC Radio Cornwall - this Monday: UK fans please note that this Bank Holiday Monday in the UK, BBC Radio Cornwall’s regular EIN reader and massive Elvis fan Matt Shepherd presents an hour of Elvis hits, rarities and much more.
The programme will broadcast on www.bbc.co.uk/radiocornwall between 6-7pm UK time.
However fans will be able to hear the show again on the same link for 29 days.

Matt Shepherd will feature hits and rarities by Elvis Presley, marking the 60th anniversary of Jailhouse Rock, 50 years since Elvis married, and almost 40 years since his death.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Daisuke Kiryu Wins Japan ETA contest: Not the kind of news that EIN regularly posts but how good to see Daisuke Kiryu winning the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest of Japan in an ETA world swamped with older-white-men-in-lycra-jumpsuits.
Daisuke Kiryu, who won the ETA contest of Japan, is from Saitama, Japan. He decided to become an Elvis Tribute Artist after he watched "Aloha from Hawaii," which he found very inspirational. He performs as Elvis in Japan, and he is proud to be part of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest because he has so much respect for Elvis. His favorite Elvis song is "The Wonder of You."
Check out Daisuke Kiryu here via YouTube
In the UK, Ben Thompson of London, England, was crowned the winner at the Branson Elvis Festival's Ultimate ETA Contest preliminary. Ben Thompson is from London, England, and he has been an Elvis fan since he was a child. He became an Elvis tribute artist at the age of 15 and has performed in many venues around the world. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream."
Go here to EPE if you need to know more about these ETAs.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

New Guest House At Graceland Pays Tribute To Elvis' Palm Springs Home: Inspired by Elvis' personal style and the iconic Graceland Mansion, The Guest House at Graceland is the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982, and the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years.
Palm Springs 'Honeymoon Hideaway' were thrilled to learn that TWO of the "Upstairs" suites were inspired by Elvis' Palm Springs home on Ladera Circle.
Named after Elvis' beloved parents, the Vernon and Gladys suites feature natural hues of terra cotta  and gold and a custom, serpentine sofa, showcasing a mid-century flair. Watch Priscilla's interview with Jenna Bush on the TODAY show where Priscilla looks at the Palm  Springs home's signature serpentine couch and states, "I can actually see my parents sitting here, my brother, my sister, Elvis, myself,  his father.... sprawled out all over the couch." Jenna replies, "So it brings back good  memories" to which Priscilla responds, "Yeah, it does".
Fans can visit Elvis' Palm Springs Home that inspired the two "Upstairs" Suites.
Click here to Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway for more info & booking options,
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier last week . . .
Chris Bearde, Elvis Comeback Special writer, RIP: Chris Bearde, who won an Emmy as part of the "Laugh-In" team and co-wrote what became known as the Elvis ’68 Comeback Special, died Sunday. He was 80.
Bearde grew up in Sydney, Australia and started in TV hosting a 1950s kids TV show. After working in Canada he moved to Hollywood in the mid-’60s and worked on variety specials including Where the Girls Are and Romp!! before landing the co-writing gig with Allen Blye on NBC’s 1968 Elvis Presley special. Originally titled simply Elvis, the program combined an intimate live performance by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – with Presley’s easygoing magnetism, including an early example of the “unplugged” that MTV would popularize more than a decade later. Airing on December 3, 1968, the resulting program was the top-rated TV special of the year and kick-started Presley career. It became known as the Elvis ’68 Comeback Special.
Steve Binder notes, "Chris Bearde and co-writer Allan Blye went and bought every single album and 45 that Elvis had ever recorded and locked themselves in a room and didn't leave it until they had worked out the basic format.
Chris Bearde had a tremendous personality and practically performed their entire show in front of Elvis. You could tell by Elvis' reactions that he loved their ideas and the concept. In fact Elvis was so enthusiastic he didn't want to change a thing, which made me a little nervous!"  
Around the same time, Bearde became a senior writer on NBC’s shamelessly slapstick political satire Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. It was an out-of-the-box smash, ranking as TV’s most popular primetime program in each of its first two season and launching the careers of such stars as Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Henry Gisbon, Jo Anne Worley and many others. Bearde and the Laugh-In team shared the writing Emmy in 1968 and were nominated again in 1969. It remains a high-water mark of TV satirical comedy and just plain fun.
Bearde left the show after its second season and became a go-to writer-producer for the then-ubiquitous variety genre. After working on specials for Dinah Shore and Andy Williams, he created NBC’s 1970 summer series Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens.  That experience led to writing and producing The Andy Williams Show. He also worked on Williams’ 1971 Christmas special and other projects.
His next big series came in 1971, when Bearde created, wrote for and produced The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Bearde went on to work on The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, before creating The Gong Show. In the mid-2000s, Bearde moved to Las Vegas and opened Chris Bearde’s International Comedy Hall of Fame. He also launched the Chris Bearde School of Comedy in Sin City before relocating it to Los Angeles.
(News, Source;JGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis In Energizer Advert: It's an oldie but goldie, a 1998 US commercial for Energizer.
But just like the battery, it keeps on giving.
A lifetime opportunity never comes back twice. This Elvis fan got it too late !
A 1998 US commercial for Energizer.
Elvis is back. Grab that historic moment

CLICK HERE to YouTube if you missed this classic Elvis moment.

There should be more like these. . .

(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

"Miss Elvis Presley" - the world's rarest Elvis book was (and still is) unique and controversial: The Elvis book world features several thousand titles. As to the rarest Elvis books published, normally titles such as Elvis Presley Ein Lebensbild (A Life Story) by Peter DeVeechi, The Name Code: The God of Elvis (Christopher Byrnes Matthews), Elvis Presley Dead or Alive? (Will Jima), Elvis The T.V. Years (I.R. Bailye) and Elvis UFO Connection (Richard Daniel) are usually mentioned.

However, there is one title that few fans will have ever heard of, a one of a kind publication which lays claim to being the rarest Elvis book of all and was released as part of a set of 21 hand illustrated 1950s vernacular gay chap books!! It is: Miss Elvis Presley.

Due to its (especially in the 1950s) scandalous subject matter the 21 book set received very little, if any, media coverage and more likely was only known about in underground gay circles.

The little known set of 21 books was listed on ebay last year with an asking price of US$45,000.! Not surprisingly it did not sell. The set is still available to buy directly from: Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc ABAA

This is the text accompanying the set's sales listing:









1958. Softcover. Oblong 24mos. Measuring 5" x 8". Illustrated throughout with original ink and watercolor drawings. Each 8pp. Stiff paper wrappers with index cards used for pages and bound with staples or brads. Overall near fine with some wear at the corners and light reading creases to the front wrap along the spine. An elaborate and vibrant collection of 21 gay cartoon books that appear to have been illustrated by one person. Each features very graphic and explicit tales of boy meets boy - and sometimes another boy (and in a few cases a werewolf, or Elvis Presley, or Dick Tracy and well, you get the idea). Each is lovingly composed of seven or eight index cards that have been illustrated on the unlined side and bound into hand decorated stiff wraps, some with applied elements. Though undated, the fashions, furniture, and cultural references suggest the late 1950s with titles such as *Miss Elvis Presley*, *I Was a Teen-Age Werewolf*, and *Space Girl* starring Flash Gordon. A unique collection of handcrafted drawings revealing the unvarnished exploits (or at least the fantasies) of a sexually active gay man of the 1950s with more than a dose of figurative and literal tongue-in-cheek humor and pun filled titles, such as *Ima Hoor Presents: Lover, a Sexascope Production*. The optimistic portrayal of certain physical attributes of the characters certainly parallel or reflect the similarly endowed characters of Tom of Finland, or might possibly even predate them slightly. Due to the singular and clandestine nature of the books, this collection would be almost impossible to recreate today. Originally held for many years by an art dealer who never encountered anything like it, the collection has been in the possession of only one other private owner since. Housed in a specially made slipcase.

The obscure release was consistent with an undercurrent in the Elvis story that he was gay or bi-sexual. Stories about his wearing of mascara and friendship Hollywood with known gay actor, Nick Adams, appeared in several 1950s magazines. (Book News, Source: EIN)

Now available from Amazon:

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in April . . .

'Elvis On Television 1956-1960' MRS Special Double Vinyl OUT NOW & Preview: Saturday April 22nd was Record Store Day and this year's Elvis vinyl treat is out. 'Elvis On Television 1956-1960: The Complete Sound Recordings' is a 2LP 180 gram with 24-page gatefold photo album. EIN has a great look at the beautiful packaging. You can buy this beauty through your local Record Stores - or as under RSD rules any leftover copies can be purchased from next week through local Elvis dealers.
This Limited Edition 180 gram double-album set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival sound recordings of all of Elvis Presleys television appearances from 1956 – 1960.
All the 40 tracks herein are restored re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology.
The bonus 24-page gatefold photo album contains many rare photographs & listings of Elvis TV appearances. EIN thanks our UK buddy Tony S for the photos.

GO HERE to check out this beautiful double gatefold vinyl release of Elvis' early TV performances.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Sun Records' - TV review update: Last month we reviewed the first episode of Sun Records. With the series ending (no word yet on a second season) we thought it appropriate to comment on how the show progressed.

Sadly, subsequent episodes, while maintaining interest and a great 1950s socio-musical feel, deteriorated narratively with several doses of unfactual dramatisation. Journalistic licence was particularly taken with the portrayal of Marion Keisker who is portrayed (fairly) as a woman ahead of her time and (arguably unfairly) as someone who was overly attractive and sexually active. Readers will be interested to know that when the real Marion joined Sam Phillips at Sun Studio, she was a divorcee with a young son - to satisfy her story arc in Sun Records this was totally ignored. In comparison, the character of Sam Phillips, warts and all, is more rounded with his family life shown.

The Colonel's scheming ways were neatly presented while his gambling problems and their consequences made for dramatic viewing. His use of prostitutes was surprising. How he came to manage Elvis was dramatically heightened. - Some viewers will have been also surprised to find that Sam Phillips received shock treatment for depression (factual).

As one of the often forgotten, but oh so important, pieces of the mosaic that make up rock 'n' roll history, the sadly dissonant but musically sublime Ike Turner-Jackie Brensten "Rocket 88" collaboration was wonderful to watch and hear.

The central characterisations were uniformly good, from the visionary Sam Phillips, manic "Daddy-O" Dewey Phillips and young Elvis (the lightest personality of the main cast, yet the one that would ultimately shine brightest) to the roguish Colonel, honest and very likeable Johnny Cash and the amazingly talented but shameless Jerry Lee Lewis.

The use of Blue Moon of Kentucky (not That's All Right, Mama) as the song which started Presleymania and hastened the arrival of mainstream rock and roll when played on Dewey Phillips' Red, Hot & Blue radio program in July 1954, was simply bizarre, while Elvis recording Love Me at Sun Studio was bluntly anachronistic - both were WTF? moments.

Given the driving involvement of respected Elvis researcher/author, Colin Escott, in the script and production of Sun Records, EIN can only think decisions were made by 'head office'.

Despite these criticisms Sun Records was (is) a very entertaining series. The strong ratings enjoyed by the show's debut seriously declined over the remaining seven episodes, thereby placing a question mark against the likelihood of a second season - narratively though, with Carl Perkins first appearing in the final episode of season 1 and the famous Milllion Dollar Quartet yet to occur, there is certainly a lot more story to be told..........and the music is rather good. (Review, Source: EIN)

Estelle Brown Birthday on Tour in Europe: Currently touring as part of our 'An Evening with Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians' show, yesterday we had a great day celebrating Estelle Brown's birthday. Last night's concert in Helsinki was rather special. The audience sang 'Happy Birthday' to Estelle, and the president of the Finnish fanclub, Tomi Raussi, presented her with a special gift. It was a nice salute to a wonderful singer and a great lady. Our tour is doing one more show in Finland tonight, and then we head for Holland for 10 shows, and finally to Belgium for two very special concerts.
The current 'An Evening with Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians' line-up of the Sweet Inspirations, features original member Estelle Brown and Portia Griffin and is touring at the moment. The show also includes Elvis’ 1970 drummer Bob Lanning, as well as his percussion player Eddie Graham, who can be seen in the MGM movie ‘Elvis, That’s The Way It Is’.
The dates are Friday, May 5th at Kursaal in Oosteinde and Saturday May 6th at Stadsschouwburg in Antwerp.
CLICK HERE to order your May tickets and for more info.
The Sweet Inspirations have fond memories of performing in Belgium for both fanclubs, and are looking forward to rekindling those friendships again, while Bob Lanning and Eddie Graham are excited about performing there for the first time.
In the photo Estelle proudly shows the TLC she got from Elvis. Taken yesterday by Jari Koskela.
(News, Source;ADeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

New book releases by Darrin Lee Memmer
Controversial Elvis author, Darrin Lee Memmer, has been very busy in the past year writing numerous new and revised titles. While contentious, Darrin's books are always well researched, interesting and thought provoking. Here is a selection of his titles available from Amazon US and Amazon UK:

Interview with D.J. Fontana: EIN's friend from Sweden Thomas Melin has recently published an interview with D.J. Fontana that he did back in 2006.
Melin had planning a one-hour radio program titled 'Rock Me Lord' dedicated to Elvis' religious songs to be broadcast on Easter. So in the interview he discusses Elvis and gospel music with the great D.J. Fontana.
Includes...  TM: What did gospel mean to Elvis?
D.J. Fontana: I tell you what, he loved gospel music, that was his first choice of songs. Course, he couldn't sing them all the time, you know, the RCA Victor wouldn't go for that, but he cut three gospel albums, and that's the only ones he won a Grammy on, the other stuff, not even a mention. But he loved gospel music, and if you listen to it closely, you can see the feeling he puts into his voice when he sings those songs, he almost cries, he does, he's serious about it.

Go here to ElvisTodayBlog - DJ Fontana for the full interview.
(News, Source;TM/ElvisInfoNet)

Alice Cooper Talks Elvis: Seventies rocker Alice Cooper is still touring he recently recounted the story of his first meeting with Elvis during an interview with The Clarion-Ledger about his upcoming shows in Tupelo and Biloxi.
Cooper recalled Elvis being a major musical and theatrical influence, as were the many Southern blues musicians who influenced other top rock acts of the 1960s and '70s.
He recalled "As I held a loaded .38 revolver on Elvis Presley, the little devil on my shoulder said, 'Shoot him. What a great story. Don't kill him, just shoot him.'"
The king of shock shooting the king of rock 'n roll in 1971 would have, no doubt, made international headlines.
But seconds later, Cooper said, he found himself on the floor in Elvis' hotel suite kitchen, the gun knocked far away and Elvis saying, "That's how you take a gun out of somebody's hand."
"I had a great relationship with Elvis," Cooper said.
"... In 1971, I was in Las Vegas, and I get a call: Elvis wants to meet you ... I went to the Hilton, got in an elevator and in the elevator is Liza Minnelli, Chubby Checker, Linda Lovelace and me ... We get up there and Elvis comes walking in and says, 'Hey man, you're the kid with the snake, right? That's cool man. I dig that makeup, dig that whole thing.' He takes me into the kitchen and says, 'I want to show you how to take a gun out of somebody's hand.'
"Elvis and I had this very strange kind of mutual admiration kind of thing for each other," said Cooper, who took shocking audiences to levels of which Elvis probably never dreamed. "Elvis liked that I was doing something he had done - shock the kids, shock the audience. He loved the fact that somebody was still doing it."
Cooper, 69, is still doing it. Although the shock may have worn off, he's still entertaining audiences with elaborate theatrical performances and sets that include a 50-foot Frankenstein's monster, a guillotine, an electric chair, straightjacket escapes, snakes and pounding hard-rock anthems and hits that span nearly five decades. Many critics agree Cooper's music can stand on its own with no shock, but the ghoulish theatrics are still fun. And he's become an icon, an elder statesman of rock.
Go here for full article
(News, Source;CL/ElvisInfoNet)

'BACKSTAGE' - Marty Harrell, New Book:  The publicity promises a controversial new book 'BACKSTAGE:  Behind the Curtains with the Greatest Entertainers of the 20th Century' that reveals untold stories of Elvis and Sinatra from Las Vegas Insider.  Written by author / actor, Darryl Vidal, it is the memoirs of famed Las Vegas musician Marty Harrell. Harrell's storied past includes playing Bass Trombone for the biggest Las Vegas acts from the 1960's through the 1980's, including Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Connie Stevens and backing up the legendary Elvis Presley through his legendary live tours ending with Elvis' untimely death in 1977. "This is the biggest compilation of Sinatra and Elvis stories that have never been told before! And I was there!" - Marty Harrell.
Marty Harrell was also the best friend and roommate of Frank Sinatra Jr. through their Tommy Dorsey Band years, and was there during the notorious kidnapping event in Tahoe that made world headlines in 1963.
The book is filled with tales of the brightest stars of the greatest era of music entertainment during the nascent days of television and new media, and provides a personal perspective of this behind the scenes character - who unknowingly bears witness to the most beloved of the era at their best - and worst. These great little gems that have never been told before, range from when Dean Martin called the police to close down his own house party, and when Marty stuffed a potato into the exhaust pipe of Liberace’s mini-Rolls Royce on live television. Another favorite is the story of when Elvis brought the whole live tour to Graceland and the bus ran through the famous wrought iron gates.
Another is when Elvis, on his last tour, surprised the band by sitting at the piano, and belting out the most amazing performance of “Unchained Melody” without ever rehearsing it with the band. The narrative non-fiction highlights the innocence and nostalgia of the time, while providing a glimpse behind the curtains, and giving personal perspectives of these truly talented and beloved entertainers and how they interacted with the crowds and their talented backup.
Go here to Amazon for more info
(News, Source;PR/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS & The Colonel' New Paperback: From author Darrin Lee Memmer, 'ELVIS & The Colonel' is an A4 format, 200-page project.
The publicity notes, "Rest assured that this is no whitewash or rose-colored approach to biography; nah, just the most contemporaneously-rich, fair-minded & engaging collection of material about Colonel Parker to be assembled in one place.
So, for the 1st time in your life, you have an opportunity to soak up a tsunami of never-before-published quotes by notable figures including Mac Davis, bodyguard Sam Thompson, Billy Goldenberg, John Hartmann, Hal Blaine, "Bones" Howe, John Wilkinson, Grelun Landon, two-time beautiful co-star Yvonne "Batgirl" Craig, NBC-TV Special visionary Steve Binder, Minnie Pearl, Sam Katzman, Ron Jacobs, bodyguard Red West, Jerry Schilling, Joe Pasternak, Las Vegas Hilton VP Henri Lewin, Freddy Beinstock, songwriter Jerry Leiber, Joe Guercio orchestra member/tour conductor Marty Harrell, CMA President Jo Walker, Hubert Long, Johnny Rivers, Pete Johnson, Bill "The Incredible Hulk" Bixby, and, of course, The Chief Potentate".
Priced at $28 - CreateSpace Independent Publishers - Out March 15, 2017.
EIN has been told nothing about the book, however we note that on Amazon the publicity also strangely states...
a) "The book is dedicated to EIN honorary president and Aussie superfan Mr. Nigel Patterson"
b) A book highlight is the correcting of the "I do drugs" quote attributed to Elvis - "So, sadly for 25+ years, superfans like Geoffrey McDonnell have been led astray."
Bizarre publicity to say the least!!
EIN will review the book in the near future to see what it is all about.
Go here to Amazon if you want to know more.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

- - - Happy Easter 2017 - - -
Happy Easter From EIN: While Elvis loved the Christmas festival he also enjoyed the Easter celebrations and particularly after the birth of Lisa Marie and the chance to do Easter-egg hunts.
... The reason Elvis released and recorded Gospel songs like 'We Call On Him' and 'You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was because The Colonel used every Easter to do an "Easter Special" to publicise Elvis' music on the radio. Parker took out adverts on radio & in the music trade & they played Elvis gospel music every Easter in America on syndicated radio shows.
See below for our Ernst Jorgensen interview where he discusses Elvis' Gospel recordings.
And don't forget Elvis' 'Easter Special' the 10th FTD release from back in 2001. "A brilliant compile of twenty unreleased Gospel songs with excellent alternate versions of old favourites as well as some fascinating Studio discussions." Go HERE and play it today.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Ernst Jorgensen talks about the 'Easter Special' FTD CD; During Easter 2006, Elvis Sirius D.J. 'Doc Walker' interviewed Ernst Jorgensen, the respected keeper of Elvis’ musical legacy, about the 'Easter Special' FTD CD. In this fascinating interview Ernst revealed why he chose the particular tracks, the importance of Charlie Hodge's musical input and also his thoughts on Elvis' religious recording sessions.

'The Wonder Of You' Elvis/ RPO tour for the U.S?: Rumours are starting regarding the possibility of the 'Wonder Of You' Elvis / RPO touring in the U.S.A. later this year.
Priscilla has been hinting about it on her social media pages, noting that discussions are being had regarding the 'If I Can Dream/ Wonder Of You' tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - may possibly touring the U.S. in 2017.
She states that this is currently being talked about but nothing confirmed as of yet.
EIN has always presumed that the "RPO" show would be part of the Elvis Week celebrations 2017. (Why wouldn't it be?)
It would be a good move for EPE to try and get a US tour going at a similar time.
Elvis Week would be a great chance for high-profile publicity in the US where Elvis doesn't do quite as much business.
Though it is possible that for booking venues it might be a little too close.
(News, Source;PP/BQ/ElvisInfoNet)

Book Review - 'Elvis: One Night In Toronto'; The new book from Paul Sweeney, Jean-Marc Carisse and Erik Lorentzen 'Elvis Presley In Person 'One Night In Toronto' April 2 - 1957' has caused a great deal of interest among Elvis fifties collectors with the discovery of over 300 previously unpublished photos and some delicious promises ...
A historical document - for the 60th Anniversary.
* interviews
* backstage stories
* private moments
* hundreds of never before published photos
* Photos taken from original negatives

... and there is no doubt that this new book of Elvis in 1957 in all his gold-lame glory kicks major goals on several levels over its 352 pages....

Go here to read EIN Piers Beagley's in-depth review to see whether a book about just one day in Elvis' life in 1957 can really be that good.... - (Hint: Yes, It Is!) - along with some stunning close-up images from the book

(Book Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Two New FTDs OUT NOW: FTD new releases planned for April 2017 are at your local dealers now.
- 'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘74': A double set featuring two concerts from Elvis' legendary August 1974 Summer Season at the Las Vegas Hilton comes as a 5” 2-CD digipack
The release features both Dinner and Midnight shows from August  20, 1974. (Although previously released audience recordings from these supposed shows do not match FTD's set-lists) 
For Elvis 1974 was an emotionally turbulent year. This was his sixth season singing to the Las Vegas casino audiences, still doing two shows a night, and he was really feeling the loss of Priscilla. The dinner shows were beginning to bore him (people rattling cutlery) and who could blame him? Yet this inner turmoil helped produce the most fascinating Las Vegas season of his career. He gave some of his longest performances and with a varied set-list including great new songs It’s Midnight, Promised Land, If You Talk In Your Sleep and Help Me.
It has been mastered by Jan Eliasson.
Go here to 'FTD / SONY News 2017' for tracklistings

- 'Elvis: His Songs of Praise Vol.2': Trevor Simpson's first book about Elvis' sacred, spiritual and gospel songs came out last september and now the long-anticipated sequel is in the shops. The second volume titled "Elvis: His Songs of Praise Vol.2" features 350 pages about the final half of the chosen Elvis sacred songs - 100 in all.
It promises over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high-quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics. Every song has been thoroughly researched in a similar manner to Trevor Simpson’s previous trilogy "Elvis: The Best of British”.
In early interviews, Elvis divulged that spiritual music was his first love and he publicly continued to reaffirm. Despite being acclaimed as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, he was only presented with three Grammy awards and they were for his spiritual music and the stories of these iconic songs are much, much more contained within this book.
Go here to 'FTD / SONY News 2017' for tracklistings

Click here to the 6 minute YouTube Promo video
More info soon. - Click here to EIN's interview with author Trevor Simpson about this Gospel project.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Strictly Elvis 1973-75' New photo-book: Photographer Keith Alverson has announced that he is excited and proud to announce that KJ Consulting (Erik Lorentzen - Editor) are publishing his long anticipated 'Strictly Elvis 1973 - 1975' photo book.
The publication date will be in August, 2017 during the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death!
Keith Alverson first saw Elvis in concert in the early 70s when he secretly smuggled in his small pocket camera to sneak a few photos of Elvis from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
His outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan.
With 1,400 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 it has to be a real stunner. The volume is interestingly subtitled "Through The Lens of Keith Alverson Volume One".
More updates to come later!

Back in 2000 Elvis Unlimited previously published Keith Alverson's 'Elvis on Stage' book, however that was only a 110 page book and this new high-quality production will surpass any previous release.


(News, Source;KA/ElvisInfoNet)

Ottawa proclaims “Elvis Presley Day”: Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed last Monday as “Elvis Presley Day” in Ottawa, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Elvis playing in the Canadian capital.
However God got in the way of Monique Oliver-Shaw’s only chance to see The King. As a schoolgirl, she had a ticket to see Elvis Presley perform in Ottawa on April 3, 1957.
Oliver-Shaw, recalling the story at city hall on Monday in commemorating the 60th anniversary of that concert, said “Elvis the Pelvis” was too sinful for one of her teachers.
“During the class, the nun was asking everybody who had a ticket for that special night. Several hands came up and I was one, too. Somehow or other, the nun focused on me and she asked me to get my ticket,” Oliver-Shaw said.
“I brought it in the class and she asked me to do the ultimate sacrifice and to burn my ticket because God was loving me so much and in return I had to prove to him how much I loved him, so she produced a book of matches and she burned it in front of me.” It was “heartbreak hotel,” she said.
See EIN's special on Elvis in Ottawa below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview & ELVIS In Ottawa: Janet Fulton was only 13 years-old when she attended Elvis' Canadian Ottawa concert on April 3rd 1957, despite her family having great reservations.
One of the highlights of her life was not only meeting Elvis but also being kissed by him, as shown in the famous photo.
Back in 2011 Janet Fulton contacted EIN regarding some other photos she was tracking down and was kind enough to let us interview her about the experience of meeting Elvis and being a young teenage fan in the fifties.
She tells us the experience of being at Elvis' famous Canadian concert in Ottawa "the nuns were saying it was the Devil's work" - and how meeting Elvis was a totally unexpected surprise.

Go here for our exclusive interview and for some great stories about Elvis in Ottawa in 1957 plus great photos.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

60 years ago in Buffalo, Elvis held her hand!: It is one of the most iconic photographs of Elvis in concert in the fifties - down on his knees looking into the eyes of his adoring, screaming teenage audience dressed in gold lame. Sixty year later we discover even more of the story as Montez Billquist reveals herself as the teenager touched by The King.
As they headed to the concert hall that incredible night Montez Billquist decided she could find a better view than the one promised by the $1.75 ticket in her hand and decided to sneak in at the front along with her friend Ann Meurer.
For Montez, it was a fateful choice.  It would cost her a boyfriend but it would earn her a place in legend. That was April 1, 1957, 60 years ago last weekend.
Montez and Ann ran through a parking lot and scrambled up a ramp behind the stage. No one stopped them. Inside, stunned, amid a flood of distracted musicians and other adults, they realized they were just outside his dressing room. Elvis emerged, wearing a glittering golden jacket as he hurried toward the stage.
The girls, without hesitation, followed him. "All anyone could have done, was to kick us out." No one did. Montez and Ann pushed up to the stage, shouldering for a spot alongside police officers, photographers and stage hands.
They watched as Elvis triggered a shattering explosion of noise described as “incredibly ear-splitting screams and a fervor of arm-waving” from more than 10,000 in attendance, primarily teens.
Before the show was over, Elvis reached out from the stage to hold Montez's hand. She'd turn into a central figure in some unforgettable photographs that captured Elvis on his knees, singing directly to Montez during his final song of the night.
“I never saw him again,” Montez said. She describes herself as someone who rarely looks back but she called that concert "a positive highlight of my life.”
Occasionally, Montez recalls, Elvis would look down and catch her eye as he sang. She kept holding up a piece of paper to him, hoping he would pause to sign it. Yet what he did for her, in the big picture, was far more memorable.
Sylvan Fox in the Buffalo Evening news noted, “Elvis moved violently about the stage, clasped the hand of excited Montez Bellquist, 15, of Jamestown, threw himself to his knees in an impassioned gesture, ended the song and dashed from the stage. He ran full stride down the ramp, into a waiting auto and was gone.”
Robert L. Smith, a photographer for The News, captured the moment when Montez reached toward Elvis, when he dropped onto his knees and sang for her.
From the instant Elvis sang to Montez, her life was never exactly the same. She said she was mobbed by fans in the parking lot who wanted to touch the hand that Elvis held. Back in Jamestown, she received so much attention in high school, and from the regulars at the jukebox stop, that her boyfriend – who felt he could not compete with Elvis – broke up with her.
She never saw him perform again after the show in Buffalo. “But I felt really close to him," she said. "I came from a troubled family, and his music always soothed me.”
Montez sensed a connection. She knows Elvis had almost nothing as a child, that he was raised amid harsh times in Mississippi. She hangs onto the photograph that shows her reaching toward him as he sings, as well as a pencil drawing of his face that she bought years ago. On the day he died – the 40th anniversary will be this August – she felt a sense of grief almost akin to losing family.
Go here to the full Buffalo News article
(News, Source;BNews;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis in Jail - 62 years ago!: Louisiana State Police this week recalled the story about Elvis being stopped sixty-two years ago for speeding in Caddo Parish. Elvis ended up spending a short time in the Caddo Parish Jail before posting a bond of $25 for traveling 20 mph over the speed limit.
Louisiana State Police marked the anniversary of the traffic stop with a Facebook post. The King was 20 years old when he was pulled over Sunday April 3, 1955, for speeding on U.S. Highway 171 in Caddo Parish.
"I turned around and followed him for eight miles at speeds of 65 to 80 mph ...," says a statement by the trooper who stopped Elvis.
It's believed that Elvis was on his way to play a concert at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds in Shreveport when authorities stopped his 1954 pink and white Cadillac.

He reportedly was driving at 80 mph in a 60-mph zone.
LSP noted, "Presley was taken into custody and carried to the Caddo Parish Jail where he posted a bond of $25 for traveling 20 mph over the speed limit."

EIN notes that in fact Elvis would have been rushing home to Memphis from his Saturday night Louisiana Hayride concert in Houston, Texas April 2 1955. Shreveport is halfway between Houston and Memphis.
On April 5, 1955 his name was called three times at the Caddo Courthouse door but he failed to appear, leading to the forfeiture of the bond, records show.
You can click here to official LSP documents

OK- we know the above photo is Elvis in 1957 and not Caddo Parish Jail 1955 - but we love the image!

(News, Source;BQ/ElvisInfoNet)

'Bruce Jackson: Six Years On the Road With Elvis' New Book: Australia's Evan Mueller is excited to announce a project that he knows keen Elvis fans have been wanting for years. The richly illustrated large-format book 'Bruce Jackson: Six Years On the Road With Elvis' delves deeply into sound-man Bruce Jackson’s life travelling with the Elvis Presley Show.
'I mixed and ran the sound for Elvis for six years until his death on August 16 1977. I was 22 when I started working for him. I did hundreds and hundreds of shows with Elvis across mainland United States and Hawaii, constantly on the road to the next city or town. In between there were recording projects Elvis asked me to be a part of and stopovers for rehearsals at Graceland. Over those six years I got to know him on a candid personal level as a friend.' - Bruce Jackson
Written and compiled by the Jackson family using intimate letters and direct quotes from talking tapes recorded by Bruce Jackson back in the day, this book will take the reader on a previously unexplored journey behind the scenes with new stories, new artefacts, and details never before read about Bruce Jackson, Elvis Presley and his entourage. Richly illustrated, you'll get an accurate impression of day-to-day touring life through postcards written and posted along the track by Bruce to his girlfriend and family, through fastidiously collected and preserved tour literature, and what everyone is

wondering about: the tapes. Bruce recorded every show he did with Elvis. It's a fact.
Bruce was warmly welcomed into the TCB inner circle. This is Bruce’s story told in his words, with contributions from family, friends, and colleagues including Roy Clair (co-founder of Clair Bros Audio).
Whilst the release date is to be confirmed, we will post details in due course and let you know how to order your copy of this limited edition.
Evan Mueller has been friends with the Bruce Jackson family for years and is a very knowledgeable Elvis fan. This should be a fascinating book.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

'Platinum: A Life In Music' Re-Release OUT NOW: Sony UK has re-released the classic 4-Cd set 'Platinum: A Life In Music'- in a small-book format twenty years after its first release in 1997.
The set chronicles the outstanding career of Elvis Presley (1954 to 1977) from a unique perspective and it includes 100 performances, 77 of which were previously unreleased in 1997. This historic overview traces his development as an artist and emphasizes how Elvis' music always returned to its unshakable core values. This 4-CD box set contains a 48-page book and consists mostly of previously unreleased alternate takes of Elvis Presley's hits.
There is no info on whether this 20th anniversary release includes audio upgrades of all the "77 were previously unreleased takes" which have since been remastered.
The publicity notes, "You probably think you've heard all there is to hear from The King, what with countless Elvis retrospectives, anthologies, and reissues flooding the market. While PLATINUM is far from the first Elvis boxset, it's unique in that it's composed largely of previously unreleased material. Four discs cover every phase of Presley's career, from young Memphis hip-shaker to the Las Vegas era, adding a fresh perspective to each period.
It's both an education and a kick to hear alternate versions of songs as ingrained in the public consciousness as 'That's All Right', and others from Elvis' legendary Sun sessions."
Only £18.53 & FREE UK Delivery on Amazon UK orders (see below)
(News, Source;Sony/Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK

'The Wonder Of You' Elvis RPO UK Tour 2017: Following the sellout British arena tour last year and the No.1 multi-platinum album The Wonder Of You, Elvis Presley returns to the UK for a live concert experience like no other backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
The six date UK arena tour kicks off in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro on November 23rd, taking in Leeds First Direct Arena (24th), Newcastle First Direct Arena (25th), Birmingham Genting Arena (27th), Manchester Arena (28th), with the finale at London's O2 Arena on November 30th.
Last year's run gained critical applause including, the Lancashire Telegraph's "By the end, the show left no-one in any doubt. Elvis is and always will be the king of rock and roll - and so much more besides".
Featuring a special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley, the shows will once again give fans a chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music.
If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You (Elvis' 13th No.1 album in the UK!) were produced by Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and EPE. Priscilla Presley will be also be making a very special appearance at the arena shows.
These shows will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren't enough and who continues to break records.
Go here to EIN's exclusive review of the Elvis / RPO 2016 London Concert
  Tour Dates: - ON SALE NOW - click here for tickets
November 23 Glasgow SSE Hydro
November 24 Leeds First Direct Arena
November 25 Newcastle First Direct Arena
November 27 Birmingham Genting Arena
November 28 Manchester Arena
November 30 London O2 Arena
(News, Source;BQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

"The Wonder of You" Coming to Sydney: Jerry Schilling is doing the promotional work ahead of the Elvis Presley Australian and New Zealand, The Wonder Of You tour.
Jerry Schilling was only 12 when he met Presley, 19, on a football field but even then this lanky teen, with greased hair, blue jeans and white T-shirt, oozed a cool attitude the likes of which Schilling had never seen.
“We forget that Elvis started out rebel, a danger, not the iconic Elvis that is perceived by most, he was more like a James Dean character,” Schilling says.
“I was drawn to that because in the 50s as teenagers we were very much into rebellion and Elvis personified all of that, He was a rebel but a loveable rebel.”
It was a sunny Sunday in 1954 when Schilling was invited to join a touch football game at a local oval in a poor area of Memphis, it was a game that would change his life forever, the start of a 23-year friendship with Presley.
“We started playing every Sunday and within three weeks everyone in Memphis, where we grew up, knew who Elvis was because his first record (That’s All Right) took off,” Schilling, 74, says. Schilling says for the next decade, while he was in grade school, high school and college, he saw Presley whenever he was in Memphis.
“We continued to play football for years, we would go to all-night movie screenings or the amusement park,” he says.
“After ‘57 when he bought Graceland there would be parties that would go late into the night.”
For a decade Schilling watched with envy as Presley and his crew packed up and went on their latest Hollywood adventure, leaving him behind to finish his studies and attend odd-jobs.
“I was in my last semester at college, I was going to be a history teacher and football coach but I got this offer I couldn’t refuse. I had to quit school, quit two jobs, tell my father and that night we were on a bus that Elvis was driving from Memphis to California,” Schilling says.
He quit working for Elvis twice, to pursue film and TV work and then to work in the music industry. He managed the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie as well as Billy Joel, but Elvis kept him close with enticing job opportunities, including heading up the Elvis Presley Films production company.
Schilling, now a veteran music and film mogul who has been linked to Bono, John Lennon and a host of other celebrities, is committed to keeping the Presley legacy alive with projects, including a new HBO series that focuses on Presley as a music producer, something Schilling says the world never knew.
He is working with Priscilla Presley on both the new HBO series, that will air later this year, as well as the new The Wonder Of You spectacular - at the ICC Sydney theatre on June 2 and 3.
The Wonder Of You, is an Elvis experience like no other with state-of-the-art screens, featuring the man who changed the course of popular music, and a 40-piece orchestra.
Priscilla, who was an executive producer for both albums and closely involved in the creation of the live concert tour, says Elvis loved the big sound and fullness of an orchestra.
She says, “I feel certain this is the kind of live show and these are the kind of albums Elvis would have been doing if he were with us today. He would have loved this. It really is a dream come true.”
Go here to book Australian 2017 Tour Tickets
Go here for EIN's interview with Jerry Schilling
(News, Source;DailyTele/ElvisInfoNet)

Sonny West - Health Update: Concerned fans have been contacting EIN, here is the most recent update from Sonny West's son Bryan . . . "My apologies for lack of personal messages and updates. There have times recently we could have lost dad at any given moment. Thank God that has not happened. Dad is still on the ventilar, however showing improvements. We plan on meeting with a tracheotomy team Monday for a consult. Dad is far from being out of the woods, but we are taking steps in a positive direction. You all know how tough and what a fighter my dad is. He's putting up the best fight of his life for his life. Thank you again for all the prayer, love and support! I'm asking out of respect to leave only positive and uplifting comments. If anyone is wondering, this Gofundme is set up for donations to be deposited directly into my parents account who only they have access.
Prayer and faith are so powerful! I want to thank you all for your prayers, love and support". - Bryan West

There is a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to pay off their debt. PLEASE HELP - click here.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly.
Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy.
Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker.
Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969.
(Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Australian Elvis Presley Stamp in 2017: Back in 2009 EIN sent a proposal to Australia Post that they consider issuing an Australian set of four Elvis Presley postage stamps in 2010 to commemorate four decades of Elvis having Australian number one hits - 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 2000s.  EIN suggested that an Elvis stamp issue in Australia would fit Australia Post's criteria, in that Presley remains a subject of outstanding international interest and significance, enjoying widespread popular acclaim, both within Australia and worldwide. We noted that Australia Post had already established a precedent of issuing stamps with overseas icons, for example, the Star Wars stamps
At the time Australia Post's response to EIN was “thanks, but no thanks”, a case of Star Wars being OK to be celebrated but that Elvis Presley was not.
Now in 2017 Australia Post has announced "The Elvis Presley stamp pack" which comprises of three sheetlets of stamps featuring 25 x $1 red-rose heart stamps from the Love to Celebrate stamp issue. There are 25 stamp-tabs in total featuring images of Elvis throughout his career. For sale in Aussie Post Offices March 14.
Australia Post comments - Gifted and charismatic, Elvis Presley blasted the status quo when he sashayed onto the American music scene in the early 1950s. His career was launched when Memphis studio Sun Records divined his musical genius and pressed his version of “That’s Alright” in 1954, with “Blue Moon of Kentucky” on the flip side. Within a few short years, and picked up by RCA Victor, Elvis had wooed legions of fans worldwide. His distinctive voice, smouldering good looks, provocative style and independent spirit were a magnet for youth, and the musical rebel ignited a revolution in popular culture during the staid 1950s.
Born in 1935 into a humble church-going family in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis was influenced in his music-making by his immediate world. From the Assembly of God’s gospel song to Beale Street’s r&b, the “King of Rock and Roll” deftly wove these musical touchstones into his own distinct sound, challenging mores and expectations in the process.
Over his career, Elvis’s music earned him gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards in American sales, and his global record sales have topped more than one billion. He achieved three Grammys from his 14 nominations, as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides his musical accomplishments, the King extended his influence on popular culture through both the big screen and the small, appearing in 33 films during his lifetime.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELVIS: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’ Review: MRS newest release, a 2CD/100page book compilation ‘MRS: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’. The 100-page book chronicles Elvis’ short recording career there, from its humble beginnings (his personal acetate recordings from 1953) through to the final Sun sessions in 1955. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare photographs and unseen pieces of documentation.

The 2CDs contain the complete archival studio recordings from 1953-1955, Elvis’ personal acetates, the Sun masters, along with rare session outtakes. The tracks have been painstakingly remastered and restored. The set includes for the first time ‘That’s All Right’ taken from the ‘Mother’ master of the original Sun 45rpm.

But how does it differ from previous volumes about the same topic and is the audio any better?
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer.

(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) 'Being Elvis - A Lonely Life': The latest Elvis biography is authored by noted rock writer, Ray Connolly. Media reviews have suggested that... "Perhaps because we all know how it ends, it’s those early years that make for the hardest reading. The decisions Elvis makes all seem to be omens of what’s still to come for the young man."...

EIN's Nigel Patterson offers his observations on a release which searches below the surface to reveal how Elvis' insecurity and loneliness were exacerbated by the unique situation that he experienced as the world's first truly global superstar.

Go here to Nigel's review of this new biography

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Marty Lacker RIP : Sadly Marty will no longer be able to answer all your those fascinating questions, but his honesty and openess should not be forgotten.

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
- Felton Jarvis as Elvis' Executive Album Producer.
- The Jungle Room sessions
- Elvis might have some illegitimate children
- Why did Elvis never travel to holiday in Europe,
- Is David Stanley, Holy Priest of truth, OR a liar

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words!

The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis On Tour' boxset for 2017?: It would make sense to tie in the 2017 long-awaited 'Elvis On Tour' box-set with the already announced 'Elvis On Tour: 1972' FTD book. 2017 is also the 45th Anniversary of 'Elvis On Tour' and what a treat for Elvis collectors for the 40th Anniversary year.
Now the rumours look even more likely as Memphis audio-engineer Matt Ross-Spang (who did such a good job on the "Way Down in the Jungle Room" legacy release) recently announced to music magazine 'Tape Op' that "Now (Sony) have got me mixing some live shows, and rehearsals from Elvis' live shows."
What other shows could they be with rehearsals that need multitrack re-mixing?
Matt Ross-Spang also commented.. that since moving in to Sam Phillips' Memphis studio, "I've been mixing Elvis in here, which is funny. He got tired of recording in Nashville, so he demanded they record him at home. He'd done the record at American Sound Studio, obviously with From Elvis in Memphis. So then Felton Jarvis bought a bread truck, turned it into a mobile studio, and drove it down to Memphis. It promptly broke down in Jackson, Tennessee, so they towed it to Graceland, where it stayed until after Elvis died. We found one picture of the
outside, but we've been trying to find pictures of the inside of the truck. They recorded a bunch of dates in Graceland's Jungle Room, so I mixed a lot of that.
They put out the original masters, as well as all my mixes of the unreleased music [Way Down in the Jungle Room - see EIN review here]. Now they've got me mixing some live shows, and rehearsals from the live shows.
- (Hearing Elvis' voice) It's amazing! The studio banter is incredible too, because you hear Elvis completely relaxed in his "element." He really controlled the sessions musically, as well. He really pushes the band to get the feeling he wants. When I was mixing, they brought the guys down, so James Burton [guitar], Ronnie Tutt [drums], and Norbert Putnam [bassist] were there.
- (Ronnie Tutt) He's like Animal (from the Muppets) on the drums; just endless energy, especially with that double bass drum! Mixing the Elvis tracks has really inspired me with the artists I have been working with lately. Those Elvis records had incredible arrangements, with horns, strings, and The Stamps Quartet that really make choruses huge and the songs feel so cinematic. I really love the impact that they have on his records, so I've been stealing that idea!

Go here to the full article --- (Cover above is an EIN suggestion!)
EIN thanks Johnny van der Geld for the LINK
(News, Source;JVG/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2017 Tentative Schedule of Events: EPE is already making plans for Elvis Week 2017 which will mark the 40th anniversary since Elvis’ passing. Graceland is anticipating this to be the largest Elvis Week ever. Fans from around the world will make the ultimate pilgrimage to Graceland in August 2017 to be close to Elvis' spirit during this very special celebration of his life and legacy.
Elvis Week 2017 will be August 11-19.
Click here to EPE for a tentative schedule of events for Elvis Week 2017 for planning purposes.
EIN notes Wednesday, August 16 features the "Elvis Week Concert Event" for 8pm, which we presume will be the "Elvis with the RPO" performance with special added guests.
EPE notes, additional information will be posted as details are finalized.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN review - 'Elvis & RPO In Concert' London: The general media have been very positive in their reviews of the new 'Elvis & the RPO' UK concert tour. It is amazing that almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley is still getting fully-deserved standing ovations at packed arenas.
Cleverly put-together, the interaction between an On-Screen Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra works better than many expected.
Once again the new Elvis shows have such an impact that reviews note, "So realistic fans felt Elvis really was in the building! "
Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Brian Quinn was at the London O2 concert and reports back in detail on the lengthy concert.
Go here for the review, concert photos and more 

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So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.

Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

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UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
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Please Do Not be ripped off by other Australian Elvis shops.

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
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Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
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(Book Review) Elvis on Television 1956-60 - new Boxcar deluxe production another winner!: Joseph Pirzada and his Boxcar organisation return with their new deluxe, coffee table examination of Elvis' early television performances. Elvis On Television 1956-60 impacts the reader on several levels – it not only informs, but it entertains and also delights as a potent narrative-visual record of Elvis on 50s-early 60s TV, highlighting its importance in propelling his career beyond being contained only to a regional footprint.

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review of another winner from Boxcar - including some great Elvis photos !

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'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

Can it really be as good as promised? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our indepth review featuring plenty of extracts and wonderful photographs.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS - NBC TV Special' FTD CD Review: Elvis’ NBC TV Special was such a high point in his career - his musical renaissance and the sound of him kicking open the door to his prison cell of movie contracts and dreadful scripts - that can there really ever be enough compilations to satisfy us all?
'ELVIS - Original Soundtrack Recording From His NBC TV Special' is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album" with a 16-page booklet and remastered audio.
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus Cuts, while Disc 2 contains a full 80 minutes of Elvis' studio sessions of June 21-23 with LA session band 'The Wrecking Crew'.
The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers that it is one of FTD's best releases of all time!
Go here for our in-depth review
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS On Television The Complete Sound Recordings' Review: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with this 2CD/100-page set.
The new MRS box-set was publicised as containing the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale interview.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

In the individual chapters Gordon Minto provides the main details and highlights of each TV performance. Matching the text, each chapter features around 15 pages of significant photographs, a surprising number of the in colour.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS CD/Book package with an in-depth review along with some scans from the book showcasing some excellent Elvis images.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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