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Wednesday 29 May 2019

(Book Review): Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound (Paul Belard): Paul Belard's latest visual and archival record of the Elvis story focuses on just one month, September 1958. This was the month Elvis prepared for his departure from the USA on deployment to Germany to continue his Army training.



EIN's Nigel Patterson took a tour of duty through Germany Bound. He has taken inventory and you can read what Nigel found here:

Read Nigel's review ......


..(Book Review, Source: EIN)

New Graceland Exhibition Center open: A massive new exhibition center opened at Graceland last week with three museum-style exhibits, including “Muhammad Ali: Greatest of All Time” and "A Century of the American Motorcycle”.
Elvis and Muhammad Ali were known to be friends. Presley once gave Ali a custom-made robe in Las Vegas in the early 1970s. A replica of that robe is part of the Ali exhibit, along with photos of the heavyweight boxing and civil rights champion and other artifacts.
Visitors will be able to hit a punching bag and learn the Ali shuffle from a video tutorial by the boxer, who died in June 2016.
A third exhibit, called "National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers," allows visitors to learn about polar regions, oceans, rain forests, mountains, caves, and the African savanna.
The exhibition hall is part of a years-long expansion at Graceland, which already features Graceland itself, the new hotel and the ELVIS entertainment complex / museum and restaurants.
The new exhibition hall also includes a food hall and a full-service bar designed to resemble the famous "Jungle Room" in Presley's former home.
Bringing the lives of Ali and Presley together at Graceland is fitting because of their impact on their professions, and on American and global culture, said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings.
He said he hopes the new, $20 million hall will attract more conventions to Graceland while bringing more large traveling exhibits to the city.
The exhibition is part of a $40 million continuation of a master plan for massive Graceland redevelopment.
Go here to EIN's Spotlight 'Elvis was Not A Racist'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Reflections on Elvis: “Please Release Me” aka “Help, I’m a prisoner of the Elvis cults!”: My son came to visit me; he’d had the surgery, which had apparently been inexpensive, swift and relatively painless. The man in the white smock was the head surgeon, as I’d feared. I saw no one who looked like anything other than Elvis, other than my reflection in the mirror. I did not find the Lookalike women pretty. Gradually, I realized that one – which one? Of the women in the inner compound of Elvisville had to be Lesley; still, I hoped, ever so slightly, that she might have escaped, might have found a way around the surgery. I knew that all of the Elvists had essentially the same personality. 

My son and I talked; we’d had the all the time together I could stand, but all we had in common was the guitar, and oddly, my hands wouldn’t let me play those insidious Elvis songs.  The more I remained hostage in Elvisville, the stubborner I became. They wanted me to stay. They wanted me top become a Jordanaire. But I couldn’t make the right noises. I had no sense of rhythm. I can’t, to this day, gyrate. (Source: The Elvis Cults, Michael Wilkerson in Mondo Elvis, edited by Richard Peabody and Lucinda Ebersole, St. Martins Press, 1994, ISBN: 0312105053)

The Oracle Speaks: The passage above begs the question of why so many people want to look and act like Elvis?  Yes, he was an incredibly handsome and talented entertainer but the same can be said of Cranky Frankie (Sinatra) and Rudolph Valentino, and more recently Michael Jackson (OK his cute look for some reason changed as he got older). Yet, these celebrities don’t inspire en masse anywhere near the same level of overt sadomasochism required to surgically alter one’s look and personality to become another person (Michael J. a possible exception). 

So why Elvis? Part of the answer is that Elvis was incredibly attractive (sometimes this appeal extended to both sexes), and yes he was incredibly talented, but the X factor is that he came along with these qualities at a pivotal time in 20th century socio-cultural change. The mid ‘50s was a vociferous breeding ground for what would in subsequent decades become an increasingly and incessantly pervasive mass media and celebrity focused world.  Elvis was one, if not the most potent of the mid 20th century celebrities who captured the public’s imagination. And Elvis was also an agent of social change, one who changed musical, fashion and grooming styles (therein giving him greater potency than other major celebrities of that era, eg Marilyn Monroe and James Dean). That is the "why Elvis" part of the issue. The other part is more disturbing. Why do so many people want to escape from who they really are? I’ll leave the answer to that for another time. (Opinion, Source: EIN)

Three recent bootlegs that slipped through EIN newsfeed earlier this month
‘My Kind Of Blues’ New Import: Yet another Elvis Blues compilation. It is a true shame that SONY / RCA have never produced a definitive “Elvis Blues” release.
The publicity notes.. From the Petticoat bootleg label who present ‘My Kind Of Blues’ (Petticoat LP 003).
A fantastic vinyl album plus BONUS CD with 15 blues oriented rare and hard to find songs from the late 1950's until the 1970's !
Great stuff, housed in a stunning full color sleeve suitable for framing! This high quality vinyl pressing is now available in very limited GOLD or CLEAR vinyl.
Tracklist: A- Side: 1. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version) 2. Stranger In My Own Home Town (jam, take1M) 3. Like A Baby (spliced take) 4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (take 5) 5. When It Rains, It Really Pours (rehearsal June 24, 1968) 6. It Feels So Right (take 2) 7. Down In The Alley (take 1) B- Side: 1. Give Me The Right (take 2) 2. All I Needed Was The Rain (alternate mix) 3. Tiger Man (rehearsal June 25, 1968, edited) 4. Shake A Hand (original session mix) 5. One Night (live February 23, 1970) 6. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues (take 6) 7. Reconsider Baby (live February 21,1977) 8. Trying To Get To You (live 1968, NBC)
The same 15 tracks are featured on the CD.
EIN Notes these tracks are hardly “Hard-To-Find”! See EIN’s "Elvis Sings The BLUES" spotlight here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'I Do A Lot O’ Things, But I Can’t Fly!' New Import CD: Missed news from 2 weeks ago, the Touchdown label proudly presents another AUDIENCE RECORDING  from Elvis' August / September engagement in 1971, recorded on the dinner show on August 20, 1971.
The tracklisting is enjoyable and so is Elvis!
Tracks include  Proud Mary, Sweet Caroline, Polk Salad Annie and I‘m Leavin‘ even a one-liner of 'So High'
We worked hard to improve the sound quality and hope that you'll enjoy the result as much as we do.
As usual the CD is accompanied by a full-color 16 page booklet with lots of rare photos and information on the event itself.

EIN Notes that this concert was previously out on CDR
Go here to "All the ELVIS CD NEWS 2019" for full tracklist

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Welcome To South Bend, Indiana' New Import CD:  A new release from the Verve label. This time Verve present the soundboard recording from October 20, 1976 in South Bend.
Also the show was released before - it never sounded better than on this release!
Ask for samples!
The release comes with a 16-page booklet with reviews from the show and lots of photos from the two concerts were Elvis wore the so-called "Flame Suit“.

EIN notes that this was previously out as 'Eternal Flame' from the Lonestar label. A fair show from October 1976 but lacking the excitement of audience reaction in the recording. 
FTD have officially released Elvis' October 14, 15, 16 and Oct 17 shows on 'Chicago Stadium', 'The Bicentennial Show',  and 'A Minnesota Moment'

Go here to "All the ELVIS CD NEWS 2019" for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Sells her longtime family home: While Elvis never lived there Priscilla has sold her longtime family home in Brentwood that she bought in 1976.
The ranch-style house, built in 1949, had been occupied for decades by Priscilla's mother. It sold for $3.8 million.
Owned by Priscilla for decades, the single-story house had been used for decades by her mother, Ann Lillian Wagner-Beaulieu.
The corner-lot property has about 2,500 square feet of living space, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The kitchen opens to a covered dining patio.
The corner-lot property is more than a third of an acre and has a concrete patio that surrounds the swimming pool. Lawn and mature trees fill out the sloping lot. There’s also a two-car garage.
Priscilla who makes her home in another Westside pocket, bought the property in 1976 for $170,000.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 26 May 2019
'Elvis: Live 1969'  Deluxe 11-CD Set: EIN announced that SONY would be releasing a 50th Anniversary Deluxe "Elvis LIVE 1969" set back in March and now we have the sensational cover image.
Elvis Club Berlin, Amazon, SONY Europe have all supplied a taster of this new ELEVEN CD set.
EIN notes that nothing however has been officially confirmed by SONY / RCA as yet.
FOUR of these 1969 Elvis Las Vegas concerts have never been released as full performances on CD.
Several others released over a decade ago on FTD will be vastly improved with new audio remasters.
The 11 Elvis performances would be
August 21 1969 Midnight Show - BMG 'Viva Las Vegas CD2'
August 22 1969 Dinner Show - FTD 'Elvis In Person CD2'
August 22 1969 Midnight Show - Unreleased as complete show
August 23 1969 Saturday Dinner Show - Recent VINYL release
August 23 1969 Saturday Midnight Show - FTD 'Elvis At The International' (one of EIN favourite shows)
August 24 1969  Dinner Show - BMG box-set 'Live In Las Vegas CD1'
August 24 1969 Midnight Show - Unreleased as complete show
August 25 1969 Dinner Show - Unreleased as complete show
August 25 1969 Midnight Show - FTD 'Hot August Night'
August 26 1969 Dinner Show - FTD 'Live In Vegas'
August 26 1969 Tuesday Midnight Show - FTD 'All Shook Up'
Something for collectors to really look forward to. More details soon.
EIN thanks MichaelQos for the word-up.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 25 May 2019
ELVIS, Still The Most Top 10 UK Hits: Forbes report this week that over forty years after his death ELVIS still dominates the list of The Most Top 10 Hits in the UK.
While many of the same songs that reach the top 10 in the US also do so in the UK, things move much faster in Britain and it’s common for more songs to break into this chart-topping region in the UK every year than in America. That fact means some superstars have collected nearly unbelievable numbers of smashes in the country with the list updated for 2019 ELVIS is still Top-Of-The-Pops.
The Official Charts Company UK recently published the ranking of the most successful artists in the U.K. based on how many top 10 singles they have charted, and it’s a healthy mix of legendary rockers, pop icons who have been around for decades, as well as some stars who are still in their prime.
Elvis Presley leads the way with an astounding 76 top 10 hits in the U.K. He’s not only in first place, he’s also the only act to hit more than 70 Top 10s, and that accomplishment may remain his and his alone for a long time. Cliff Richard comes in second with 68, followed closely by Madonna, who has 63 top 10s to her credit. Rounding out the top five are Michael Jackson (44) and Kylie Minogue (34).
While artists like Elvis and The Beatles are obviously some
of the most successful names to ever write and record music, the chances either of them will hit the top 10 again is perhaps low - though it’s not impossible, while there are several musicians named who could continue to see their career totals grow. For example, it’s very likely that both Eminem and Rihanna will tack on more massive hits before they begin to slow down, and others like Robbie Williams and even Kylie Minogue could do the same.
Here are UK's 10 musicians who have charted the most Top 10 hits.
1. Elvis Presley - 76
2. Cliff Richard - 68, 3. Madonna - 63, 4. Michael Jackson - 44, 5. Kylie Minogue - 34, 6. U2 - 33, 7. Eminem - 32,
8= Robbie Williams / Elton John - 31, 9. Rihanna - 30, 10. The Beatles - 28
(News, Source;JGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

Sammy Shore, Elvis warm-up Comedian, Dead at 92: Sammy Shore, the comedian who worked as the warm-up act for Elvis' when he returned to Las Vegas in 1969, has died aged 92.
Sammy Shore was also known as an actor as well as the comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. (Right with Elvis and Ingeborg Sorensen)
The actor’s family said he died last Saturday at his home in Las Vegas surrounded by family and friends.
Shore’s nearly seven-decade career stretched from the “Borscht Belt” summer resorts of New York’s Catskill Mountains to Las Vegas to the studios of Hollywood.
Shore began his career doing stand-up with Shecky Greene. Elvis Presley chose Shore as the opening act for his comeback tour, and the comedian opened for many others, including Tony Orlando, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, Ann-Margret, Connie Stevens, Bobby Darin and Glen Campbell.
In 1972, Shore, his first wife, Mitzi, and writing partner Rudy Deluca founded the world-famous Los Angeles comedy club, the Comedy Store. Mitzi Shore died in 2018.
His son Pauly Shore, with whom he toured during the last 20 years, paid tribute Saturday to his father on Twitter.
“Dad, you lived an amazing life and I’m so proud to say that you are my father,” he wrote. “When you’re in heaven I’ll be killing the crowds night after night and carrying on your legacy. Love you Dad. Rest in peace.”
The elder Shore also appeared in a number of films, including “The Bellboy” with Jerry Lewis and Mel Brooks’ “Life Stinks” and “History of the World Part 1.” ”

He also appeared on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and was a guest on the Tony Orlando and Pointer Sisters’ TV shows, as well as Redd Foxx’s “Sanford and Son. He was very proud of his appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, as he believed you had "arrived" if asked to appear on Ed's show.
Upon moving to Las Vegas, he and second wife Suzanne were appalled at the overwhelming number of abandoned animals; so, they joined with the Nevada SPCA to host fundraisers under the umbrella of "Funny Bones."
They raised monies to pay for critical care for animals who otherwise would not have been adopted.
As a result, rather than being euthanized, countless animals found "forever homes."
Sammy Shore was also an author and recorded several albums. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and his son.
RIP Sammy Shore 1927 - 2019
Photo shows Shore & Elvis with  Norwegian model Ingeborg Sorensen (not the as usual noted singer Lynn Anderson). Ingeborg Sorensen went on to become Miss Norway in 1972 - EIN thanks Scott Jenkins for the verification.

Back in 2008 EIN reviewed his book "The Man Who Made ELVIS Laugh"
(News, Source;PGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Summer Festival '72' New Book: Another high-quality Elvis book from author Keiran Davis.
This volume is dedicated to Elvis' 1972 Summer Festival in Las Vegas.
The 154 page book includes stories, documents, photographs, architectural drawings and more from Elvis' 1972 Summer Festival at the Las Vegas Hilton.
This book contains the final diary / memories of Peggy Elzea (in addition to those of many other fans) who attended some of the shows.
It was Peggy Elzea' diaries that made Keiran Davis' 'Live At The International' such an incredible book. (See EIN review and Interview with the author here)
154 page, hard-bound, full colour book

Priced at UK £40 & Rest Of The World £55

The book will sell-out!

Click here to his website to purchase


(News, Source;KD/ElvisInfoNet)

Sheriff Bill Morris talks Elvis' Last Days: When recently publicising his new book Shelby County Sheriff Bill Morris, who was one of Elvis' Memphis friends, has talked about the king of rock and roll’s life and the last time his saw the star and how it brought tears to his eyes.
It was 1977, just 60 days before Presley died from a heart attack that many believe was induced by his addiction to prescription barbiturates. Former Shelby County Mayor and Sheriff Bill Morris had arranged to see a movie with Presley but when he laid eyes on his childhood friend, he was shocked.
"I couldn’t believe it when I saw him walk back to see us. He had gotten so huge. Put on so much weight," 86-year-old Morris told Fox News. "And my wife Ann always bugged him, sort of like mothering him all the time, because they’ve known each other for so many years. And she hugged him. We all hugged each other. And everybody had tears in their eyes because he looked so bad and felt so bad."
Morris recalled how his wife scolded Presley for the state he was in and he promised her he was "gonna be better." The next time Morris saw his friend again he was lying dead in a casket.
"I just couldn’t accept the totality of it all," Morris, who knew Elvis since high school, "He was in this casket, but I couldn’t believe he was dead. He was just 42 years old. I didn’t really want to accept it even then."
Looking back, Morris said their friendship was inevitable. The two men shared a connection that ran all the way back to birth, with their parents who knew each other during the post-Depression years in north Mississippi.
However, the two would only come to meet years later, at the high school graduation of Morris' now wife.
They developed an unlikely friendship that lasted over the years and they never lost touch, even when Presley obtained worldwide fame.
"Elvis was just a normal guy doing normal things. That always impressed me." Morris said.
The former sheriff recently published a book documenting the personalities he has encountered during his life in Tennessee, including Presley. "Bill Morris: A Legendary Life" seeks to dispel the misconceptions surrounding Presley, including his dependency on prescription drugs.
"I think a lot of people thought Elvis was on bad drugs, street drugs. He never was. He did take a lot of drugs, prescription drugs, that would undoubtedly harm him, but he never messed with things like marijuana, opium none of those kinds of drugs you would buy on the street."
Morris said Presley was always humble and never let fame go to his head.
"We could bring a pile of friends down to have a little party at his house and he was just one of the guys," he said. "He never grew beyond a good personal relationship with the people he grew up with. I thought that was a magnificent attribute."
(News, Source;FoxNews/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Used for "The Voice" Publicity: No other entertainer has ever had the influence and media power of ELVIS. Australia's "The Voice 2019" is once again featuring an ELVIS connection as a publicity gimmick.
Dakota Striplin - who does have a rather charming voice and neat Elvis-Quiffed hair - is getting some extra publicity with the odd suggestion that ELVIS might be his grandfather.
EIN Notes: If by any chance his father genuinely thought he was Elvis' son would he not have pursued a DNA test and legal proceedings with EPE by now?
The Voice publicity machine suggests .. The 24-year-old artist from Queensland looks remarkably like the late Elvis Presley and there's a reason for that, the rock'n'roll legend could be his grandfather.
Dakota's grandma, who sadly passed away years ago, had met Elvis when she worked for him while living in Hawaii. And although she didn't make a big deal about their connection at the time (we can guess why!), when Elvis died in 1977 her reaction caused many to wonder if they had more than just a working relationship.
Then when a recent DNA test showed that Dakota's dad, Wayne, wasn't the biological son of his father, speculation grew that Elvis may be Wayne's real dad.
"It's always kind of been a joke that Dad was Elvis' son because he looked like him when he was growing up. My mum brought it up as a joke first and I thought funny, whatever. But when she started saying all these things that could make it possible, it makes it more believable.
The singer doesn't mind the connection at all because he's a massive Elvis fan. Bizarrely, Dakota is the only musical one in his family, working as a music teacher by day and gigging at night.
As a nod to Elvis, for his audition Dakota performed a stripped back rendition of Elvis' song 'Love Me Tender', which landed him a four-chair turn. And naturally once the coaches saw
him, they couldn't help but see the Elvis resemblance too, comparisons Dakota is used to hearing.
Click HERE to YouTube to hear his 'Love Me Tender'
Once again this is more Media craziness showing just how much ELVIS' amazing legacy continues more than 40 years after his death
(News, Source;Voice/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 21 May 2019

(Book Review): Elvis January-February 1956 (Paul Belard): Prolific Elvis publisher, Paul Belard, recently released two more titles as part of his mammoth project to document the Elvis story through (well known and obscure) pictures and rare archival material.

EIN's Nigel Patterson offers his perspective on what the first of Belard's new books, Elvis January-February 1956, has to offer.

The titular months were among the more important in the early part of Elvis' career and Paul Belard has unearthed a wide range of interesting and rare material.




Read Nigel's review (Book Review, Source: EIN)

"Elvis Through the Ages" Publishers Apologise: Thankfully the publishers of the new book "Elvis Through the Ages: Images from the Hollywood Photo Archive" (by Colin Slater) have realised the error of their ways.
The publicist from Lyons Press finally responded to EIN's letters noting that having an Impersonator on the cover of a book about ELVIS was a huge mistake.
He told EIN, "Lyons Press Editorial staff are aware of your complain. While the photo in question was meant to be that of an impersonator, to alleviate any confusion the editors have elected to replace it.
Please rest assured that when the book publishes this September, it will have a photo of the real Elvis on it.
Once the new cover is completed, it will be uploaded to our database, from which it will feed out to all online retailers.
Thank you again for your time."

The Hollywood Photo Archive is not only a wonderful collection of cinematic history, it captures the collective memories of Hollywood. The gunmen, the gallants, the ghosts and the stars of the big screen are represented in an impressive archive of more than 180,000 pieces.
The book is hardcover and 144 pages and A4 size.
Publisher Lyons Press - out September 25, 2019- Priced $24.95

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine June 2019 Issue: Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen has posted this STUNNING new cover that will feature on the mid-year issue of the Elvis Files Magazine #28.

Lorentzen noted, our Elvis Files Magazine # 27 which featured special articles George Klein (RIP), Elvis in Vegas 1970 and Yvonne Lime and Elvis, have been mailed to all  subscribers and dealers all over the world.

We are now working on issue #28 with some awesome photos. Check out the cover....

Subscriptions (4 issues) Send € 58 by PayPal for your subscription to: sales@elvisfiles.no
If you want to order only issue #28, send € 15 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no




(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

My Life as the Asian Elvis (Part 2): Robert "Yoshi Suzuki" continues his adventures in becoming a successful Elvis tribute artist.

In Part 2 of his series of fun articles, Robert talks about his early days participating in ETA contests and finding a cafe that served Elvis' favorite (and famous) Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.





(Almost Elvis, Source: EIN/Robert Kim)

Movie Producer Irwin Winkler Talks Elvis: Film legend Irwin Winkler, the 87-year-old director/ producer behind such classics as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Mechanic and Rocky has shared some of his Hollywood stories with the New York Post.
Over his 50-year career as a writer, director and producer, Winkler has worked with Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Martin Scorsese, Liza Minnelli, Demi Moore and one Elvis Presley.
And long before receiving the first of his 12 Academy Awards, his earliest training in filmmaking as he writes in 'A Life in Movies: Stories from 50 years in Hollywood' (Abrams Press) came when he was a kid in the 1940s in Coney Island.
“I worked on the boardwalk on a bumper-car ride, my job was to separate them when they got stuck, which I guess was a good lesson for Hollywood later on. Because half the personalities I dealt with kept bumping into each other!”
Winkler, now living in LA with his wife of 60 years, Margo, revealed some of the behind-the-scenes secrets and one story was about Elvis.
One of Winkler’s earliest movies was 1967’s Double Trouble, starring a 32-year-old Elvis Presley as a musician who becomes involved with a British heiress.
Double Trouble was directed by Norman Taurog and produced by Judd Bernard and Irwin Winkler for MGM.
The singer charmed Winkler on set. “Elvis was polite, very nice to be with, good company, interested in things”
But Winkler also discovered in Elvis the darker side of fame. For one thing, although the singer aspired to deeper acting roles, his iron-fisted manager, Colonel Tom Parker, refused to allow it.
Winkler said Presley told him how much he admired Point Blank, the revenge thriller the producer made that same year.
“I wish I could make movies like that,” Presley said. “I can’t do that because the Colonel won’t let me.”
Presley’s career was also winding down by then, Winkler noted, but the singer hadn’t accepted that fact.
Every day when he’d leave the MGM lot in a car with his friends Red and Sonny, they’d throw a blanket over the
singer to hide him from view from adoring fans.
But in reality, Winkler told The Post, no one was waiting to see him.
“Did he know the crowds weren’t there anymore?” Winkler wondered about the singer, “or did he simply not want to know?”

Elvis may not have needed to hide under blankets in late 1966 but soon after Double Trouble had its cinema release in April 1967 Col Parker began negotiations with NBC for the 'Comeback Special' and Elvis' popularity would once again go through the roof.
Click here to NYP for the full story
(News, Source;NYP/ElvisInfoNet)

The Two Types of Elvis Presley Fans: Elvis Presley remains to be one of the most well-known and popular entertainers of all times despite reports of his death on August 16, 1977. More than four decades later the circumstances that surround Elvis’ passing are very controversial.

There are actually two types of Elvis Presley fans. There are the fans who loved and adored Presley’s music, acting, and charming personality. These are the fans who gasped in horror on August 16, 1977, when the news broke that The King of Rock and Roll had died unexpectedly at the age of 42.

These are the fans who cried outside the gates of Presley’s Graceland mansion, and the fans who, though still heartbroken today accepted that Elvis Presley had died.

Then we have the Elvis fans who refuse to believe that Elvis is gone. These are the fans who have examined every detail and clue and fully believe to this exact day that Elvis is still alive.
These fans believe with their utmost being that Elvis Presley faked his death went into a witness protection program and continues to live among us.

In fact, there are numerous social media pages and Facebook groups who offer up oodles of “evidence” to back their claims. Here are a few of their top reasons as to why they believe Elvis is alive. The infamous body in the coffin photo. Clearly not the king according to fans based on the shape of his nose, eyebrow arch and a confession from a hairdresser who claims she glued a loose sideburn on the corpse because it kept falling down.
It has also bee suggested that since Presley had a fascination with numerology he used it to pick his death day. Erie example… date of death… August 16th, 1977, has numerical significance: 8 + 16 + 1977 = 2001. Thus Spake Zarathustra, the theme music from the movie 2001, was Elvis’ theme song.

There have also been a number of family and friend slip-ups through the years that have been caught. Also, fans always notice whenever Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley has on more than one occasion refused to answer questions pertaining to her father’s death, or anything to do with it.

Elvis had also reportedly done some odd things in March of 1977. First off he is said to have cashed out three life insurance policies totaling $2 million dollars. He also opened a new checking account with easy access, depositing half of the cash.
Following his death and funeral, a fan taking photos of EP’s gravesite captured the pool house in the background, Later after developing the film he noticed a man’s shape in the window. He blew up the photo and discovered the man eerily resembled Elvis.

Last but not least today there is still one remaining life insurance policy in Elvis Presley’s name that has yet to be cashed in. Presley’s autopsy records have also been sealed all of these years not to be opened until 2027 on the 50-year anniversary of his death.
There are also a zillion other bits and clues far too many to mention here that have left millions wondering as to why all the information pertaining to Elvis Presley’s “death” just do not add up. (In fact they do look here!)

Now Elvis Presley fans it is time to reveal, do you believe Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, or do you believe that there is an 84-year Elvis Presley living out his days out there somewhere?
EIN Notes that Elvis Died on August 16, 1977 - that is the sad truth. However the fact that these conspiracies have recently staged their own comeback shows Elvis' legacy is still as powerful as ever. 
(News/Conspiracy, Source: Sue Francis, Hollywood News Daily)

Popular voice actor, Mark Oliver, debuts award winning “Elvis” film: Mark Oliver is one of Vancouver’s top voice actors, with 89 credits on his IMDb resumé. The 58-year-old rates his own page on  behindthevoiceactors.com, a website where you can hear him do characters like Wood Man in Mega Man: Fully Charged and Dr. Thaddeus Blakk in Slugterra.

Needing a bit of relief from his hectic schedule, he started fooling around with an Elvis Presley monologue of tabloid allegations that he was “strung out” on heroin.

After putting music and images to Elvis’s ramblings, he submitted it to the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany. And on May 6, Elvis: Strung Out won first prize at the prestigious festival. This puts him in good company: Oliver said Roman Polanski, Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog all won awards at Oberhausen at the start of their careers.

“If you’re really interested in boundary-defying cinema, I can think of no better place to go than the short-film festival of Oberhausen,” said Oliver. “It’s very pure.”
Elvis: Strung Out is only 4-1/2 minutes long, about the length of a typical music video. Images of ’70s Elvis doing the Pelvis onstage in a white-fringed jumpsuit are intercut with shots of his adoring audience, while a slinky, hypnotic bass line plays underneath the monologue.
“I always had an archive of these demented Elvis Presley rants,” Oliver relates. “I started to work on them and re-edit them, until they started to approach like a haiku. I thought, ‘This sounds wonderful.’ Then I started fooling around with music to accompany this text.
“Then having edited the music and the dialogue together, I thought this was deserving of its own film. I hunted high and low through Elvis archives (online) to find appropriate footage, and began to cheat the visuals on top of the audio. It’s closely approximated lip-sync, so that you would believe that he was actually delivering all this dialogue live onstage in front of an adoring audience.”
The short film will be available June 1 on Mubi, a streaming service for artier films. Oliver flew to Germany for the festival, but now is back in Vancouver doing voice-overs.
(News, Source: Vancouver Sun)

Thursday 16 May 2019
'Elvis All Star Tribute' Australian TV Debut: The much acclaimed NBC 50th Anniversary 'Elvis All Star Tribute' is getting its debut on Australian Free-To-Air Channel Nine on Monday May 20 at 9pm.
Channel Nine screens 'The Elvis All Star Tribute' hosted by Ryan Shelton, who also performs and features Yolanda Adams, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Alessia Cara, John Fogerty, Josh Groban, Adam Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Pistol Annies, Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
Celebrating one of the greatest musical events in television history, NBC honors a true legend with “Elvis All-Star Tribute,” a look back at the network’s iconic 1968 special that put Elvis Presley back on the map. From Ken Ehrlich, veteran executive producer of the Grammy Awards, the two-hour special features an all-star group of music superstars who pay tribute to Elvis, recreating the spectacle of that legendary night. Elvis’ December 3, 1968 special was his first live television performance since 1961 and a monumental television event. Dressed in a black leather jumpsuit and playing with a full band in front of an intimate audience, the telecast was hugely popular and was, in fact, the No. 1-rated show on NBC that season. In addition to musical performances, the special will showcase rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews from those involved in the special, including Director Steve Binder.
Channel 9 - Monday May 20, 9pm. Australian fans set your recorders.. - (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley’s GREATEST Accomplishment: In a neat article from 'Elvis Relics' Elvis Presley’s GREATEST Accomplishment  …(that no one is talking about)
Question: What does an 85 year old man from China; a 63 year old woman from Brazil; a 44 year old man from Poland; and an 18 year old teenager from Dallas, Texas, USA, have in common?
Answer: In a single word… Elvis.
In his wildest dreams, the poor kid from Tupelo, Mississippi (who just wanted to be a singer), could never have imagined what was eventually to come to pass. Not only did he go on to become a pioneer in music, a multi-millionaire, actor, sex symbol and the greatest entertainer the world has ever known; he became something FAR greater.  He did something that transcends all of his personal milestones and notable accomplishments; Something even greater than being the single largest influence on other future entertainers like the Beatles, the Stones, and even a young Bruno Mars, who started as the World’s
Youngest Elvis Tribute Artist and is a current top recording artist in the world.  Incidentally, every person who is entertained today by an artist who was first influenced by Elvis is a living testament to the powerful ripple effect of the Presley magic and influence. As if his own fan base were not large enough, a piece of Elvis continues to live on through these other talented performers over the decades, and is passed on through them to countless new generations to this very day.
... But Elvis' GREATEST accomplishment is something that few ever talk about and is most likely something that you never even considered. It is something that most dedicated Elvis fans subliminally understand, but few have really pondered its tremendous impact;
Go here to Elvis Relics to find out the whole story and Elvis' GREATEST accomplishment..
(News, Source;BG/ElvisInfoNet)

"June Weddings" Celebration at Graceland This Weekend: Graceland and the Hallmark Channel are tying the knot this weekend May 18-19with a two-day immersive fan event tied to the network’s annual programming franchise, “June Weddings.”
It includes interactive activities, fan-mingling with network stars, previews of Hallmark’s “June Weddings” movie lineup, a VIP tour of the mansion, and themed parties and receptions. The event is inspired by the success of the “Christmas at Graceland” movie that premiered on the Hallmark Channel in November, the channel’s highest-rated movie of 2018.
Its sequel, "Wedding at Graceland," was filmed on location this spring and is scheduled to premiere June 1 on Hallmark.
“It was one of the most successful movies in years for Hallmark, which helped them wanted to bring the wedding fan celebration concept to Graceland,” Ross said.
Several cast members including Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown, Tamara Austin, Claire Elizabeth Green, and Tommy Cresswell, will be in Graceland this weekend. Jack Wagner, Jill Wagner, and Josie
Bissett, who have starred in other Hallmark movies, will also be a part of the weekend.
The Hallmark stars will participate in panel discussions, autograph sessions, and make special appearances at nuptial-themed events throughout the weekend, including a “Going to the Chapel” VIP Cocktail Party, “Happily Ever After” Dinner and Dance Party featuring Jack Wagner live in concert, and “Bachelorette Farewell Dinner Party.”
CLICK HERE to EPE - Tickets now available starting at $75.
(News, Source;EPE;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 13 May 2019
Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ... "The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best.  I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!"
Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show.
Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show.
One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published - Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
(Review/Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Saturday 11 May 2019

FTD 'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida 1975' OUT NOW: A new FTD double-soundboard release 'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida' featuring two concerts from April 1975 is OUT NOW.
Released as a 5" digipack, a 2CD set features Elvis in great form from his shows at the Coliseum in Macon on April 24, 1975 and previously unreleased Lakeland April 27, 1975 Afternoon Show.
The set-list is fine including Big Boss Man, It's Midnight, Promised Land, Burning Love, Help Me, My Boy, T-R-O-U-B-L-E and I'll Remember You.
EIN notes: If this looks familiar to fans it is because FTD released 'Elvis In Florida April 1975' back in 2014 which featured the Lakeland April 27, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano.

First reports are that the new release has improved audio quality compared to when the tracks were first released on the otherwise excellent FTD compilation "Southern Nights"

Sadly with the barrel of unreleased Elvis material getting near empty collectors have to be pleased that we get anything new at all. - Go here to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2019' for full tracklist
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Who will play ELVIS in the new Baz Luhrmann film: The casting call went out for Baz Luhrmann's new ELVIS biopic asking for "an actor between the ages of 19 and 28 who can portray the singer’s shy vulnerability masking his unshakeable faith in his own destiny."
Luckily most Elvis Impersonators are over the age of 28, so hopefully a brand new talent will be found. Having said that several Elvis Impersonators are hoping that they might get a chance.
The big-budget film is being shot on Australia's Gold Coast  and Elvis Roberts (his real name) is a local from Banora Point southern Gold Coast and he has a burning love for The King and also acting.
"I really want to be in it," he said. "I've always acted, I make little short films and I have been in two feature films, but only as extras." The 23-year-old has contacted director Baz Luhrmann.
Dual Oscar winner Tom Hanks has been signed to play the role of Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker.
When the film was announced by the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk right with Luhrmann he said he was conducting a worldwide search for the leading role of Elvis, but added he would also employ locally.
"I am committed … to developing Queensland's creative culture and supporting filmmakers, storytellers and artists of all kinds, in the same manner that we ourselves were supported and mentored early in our careers."
Mr Roberts' love of Presley came from his father, Rusty Roberts, who said he had amassed Australia's largest collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia.
"It's enormous," Rusty said. "Anyone can step forward and try to challenge me.
EIN Notes that Greg Page (ex The Wiggles) has his own Elvis museum in Parkes, NSW and would own the biggest value of genuine Elvis possessions in Australia
The 47-year-old personal trainer said he wants to work on the Elvis Presley movie as a technical advisor.
The film is expected to create 900 jobs and inject more than $105 million into the Queensland economy.
A spokesman from Village Roadshow Studios said the production schedule will be finalised in the coming weeks.
Click here to the ABC for their article
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Duets And Harmonies' New Import CD: Over the years there were many duets released with Elvis, during his life, but even more after his death...
CMT is proud to present this incredible release, which has original duets, rare "harmony" versions and some newly made duets not released on any cd!
Duets include: Lisa Marie Presley, Connie Francis, Ray Charles, Cliff Richard, Anita Wood, Dale Watson, Kitty White, Charlie Hodge, Michael Buble, Nancy Sinatra, Ann Margret, J.D. Sumner, Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Helene Fischer, Jerry Reed, Celine Dion, Shaun Nielsen, The Gatlin Brothers and Glen Cambell!
Just listen to the beautiful duet between Elvis and Dolly Parton, this version of "In the Ghetto" is very different from the original, and stands on its own... it could have been a great release for a record, and without a doubt would have topped the charts!
"Ray Charles" provides a great "orchestrated" version of "I'll Never Stand In Your Way" where a very young Elvis joins him as if he was singing along with the record at home, the same goes for "My Happiness" with "Connie Francis"
Another highlight is the included version of "Softly, As I Leave You" with "Michael Buble". With the official great duets from earlier hard to find releases and you have a very unusual new album including 28 tracks!
EIN notes - Something must be in the water as this is the second Elvis Harmony CD on offer this month!
Tracks includes ... I Love You Because - with Lisa Marie, I’ll Never Stand in Your Way - with Ray Charles, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - with Michael Buble, Today, Tomorrow and Forever - with Ann Margret, Just Pretend - with Helene Fischer, In the Ghetto - with Dolly Parton, If I Can Dream - with Celine Dion, Softly, As I Leave You - with Michael Buble, Help Me - with The Gatlin Brothers, We Call on Him - with Glen Campbell and Where No One Stands Alone - with Lisa Marie Presley
Go here to "All the ELVIS CD NEWS 2019" for full tracklisting and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Is ALIVE (what again?): Only going to show that ELVIS' media value is once again increasing (after a couple of quiet years post 2017 40th Anniversary) the tabloids are one again featuring stories about Elvis being ALIVE.
While EIN is always fascinated by the Elvis conspiracy - which only helps prove Elvis as the biggest most influential performer of all time - we can confirm that Elvis sadly died way-too-young on August 16, 1977.
This time the tabloids are suggesting.. "Newly Surfaced Elvis Presley Video Has Conspiracy Theorists Convinced He's Still Alive".
EIN Notes that the Elvis Houston Press Conference has been around for easy viewing since YouTube was invented!
"Elvis Presley's tragic passing is one that many fans have never fully recovered from. Some have even maintained to this day that the King of Rock n' Roll is alive somewhere, living out his life in private secrecy after the pressure of fame became too much. A newly resurfaced interview from 1974 has spurred that theory on even further.
The video was filmed in Houston, Texas, as Presley was preparing for an upcoming performance. The singer's eyes appear to be brown in the clip, which some theorists take as proof that he was using a body double of some kind. It was notably recognized that Elvis had famously bright blue eyes.
"In this video, one can clearly see the brown eyes and the mannerisms as being different from that of Elvis!" one person wrote of the video, according to a report by The Sun.
"That is because this interview was done by Jesse Garon Presley." (EIN - WTF!? - and Jesse is alive as well!)
Presley reportedly had a twin brother named Jesse Garon Presley, who died at birth. Fan theorists have long held that Jesse actually survived, and was kept secret to serve as his body double later in life. This theory is obviously flawed and based on conjecture, especially because Presley was not born famous. Still, the comments speculated."

This is TOTAL B.S. of course - however with the new Baz Lurhmann movie coming out in 2021 it looks like ELVIS' legacy isn't going away any time soon.
And ELVIS may even appear at this year's UK arena tour - if only he could get out of hiding from the FBI in my Australian garden shed!
(News, Source;TabloidRubbish/ElvisInfoNet)

'Out In Hollywood Vol.2' New Import CD: A new import from the MTP label. We all remember the "good old days" when FTD released their first releases like "The Jungle Room Sessions", "Fame and Fortune" and "Out in Hollywood".
Those cds were in our players for weeks, due to all the unreleased stuff, great sound quality and last but not least the fact there were a lot of complete outtakes never heard before.
After a while, although the releases were still fantastic, we got more and more cds with lots of outtakes from the same songs, great for collecting, but listening pleasure was a bit less fun...
Time for some action!
The new label " MTP " (Meant to be Played) is proud to present their first release: 'Out In Hollywood Volume 2'  a release with some very rare and hard to find "complete" outtakes!
The artwork matches the original first release and has the same "feel" ... this looks to be a real winner!
Includes:  Roustabout - take 13, Bossa Nova Baby - take 11, Let Yourself Go - Reversed Master,  Do the Vega - take 2,  Yoga is As Yoga Does - take 4, My Desert Serenade - take 10, Sand Castles KO take 8, I Need Somebody To Lean On take 5  and many more
Go here to "All the ELVIS CD NEWS 2019" for full tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 6 May 2019

"Elvis Through the Ages: Images from Photo Archive" New Book: Announced for September 2019 publication is "Elvis Through the Ages: Images from the Hollywood Photo Archive" by Colin Slater and The Hollywood Photo Archive.
From the beginning of his career to his death as the Hollywood icon Elvis Presley sang and enchanted thousands of people. Publicity photos and behind-the-scenes shots from the Hollywood Photo Archives include scores of long been forgotten or abandoned images in neglected studio archives. This book collects 100 of the rarest of the rare, seldom previously seen images of his career. For the Elvis fans who think that they have seen it all, this book will provide a new lens on a beloved American icon.
The Hollywood Photo Archive is not only a wonderful collection of cinematic history, it captures the collective memories of Hollywood. The gunmen, the gallants, the ghosts and the stars of the big screen are represented in an impressive archive of more than 180,000 pieces.
The book is hardcover and 144 pages and A4 size.
Publisher Lyons Press - out September 25, 2019- Priced $24.95

EIN notes that the eye-catching cover sadly features only familiar photos we have all seen before and much worse one is an ELVIS IMPERSONATOR! - (we have contacted the publisher for an explanation)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Miley Cyrus shares her love for Elvis & Memphis: Superstar Miley Cyrus brought her proverbial wrecking ball to the Beale Street Music Festival on Saturday. The cultural and media sensation was the surprise guest.
Cyrus emerged dressed in a black Elvis T-shirt, tasseled jacket and wide brimmed hat noting "It’s such an honor to be in Tennessee, my home state.”
Cyrus, a Tennessee native who recently married actor Liam Hemsworth turned up on the grounds just after the gates opened for a brief soundcheck playing in front of a small, surprised audience of onlookers.
During the performance Miley Cyrus then took a moment to talk about her deep affection for Elvis and Memphis, recalling her childhood, and how her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) would bring her to the Bluff City. “The only way he could make me happy was to take me to go see the gates of Graceland,” said Cyrus, noting that these father-daughter drives would be sound-tracked by the Memphis tribute “Walking in Memphis.”
Cyrus then announced a special guest, “Walking in Memphis”
singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, who came on stage and took a seat behind a piano. The Grammy winner told the story of the song’s genesis.
“Back in the late-'80s I came to Memphis looking for inspiration. And I found it on Beale Street, found it in Al Green’s Church, and in the Hollywood Café,” Cohn said. “This song is really about the transformative power of music. That’s why you’re here, and why we’re here.”
Go here to the MemphisCommAppeal for the full story and photos
(News, Source;MCA/ElvisInfoNet)

Tom Jones Talks Elvis (again): Tom Jones, now 78, kicked off a new world tour reminiscing about his glory days of 'staying up all night' with Elvis in Las Vegas coincidentally the very day before dining with the icon's ex wife Priscilla
Jones' tour started last Thursday in San Jose, California with him reminiscing about his glory days with Elvis.
He fondly recalled hanging out with Elvis in Las Vegas, saying the two would sometimes stay up all night listening to music. "You know, when I was singing a lot in Las Vegas sometimes I would be there at the same time as Elvis Presley. Sometimes we would stay up all night. Elvis loved to sing gospel songs, I loved to listen to him and learn."
Jones has previously spoken about growing up in Wales vowing to friends: 'I'll meet Elvis one day'.
The next night, Jones was seen dining with Priscilla, 73, at celebrity hotspot Catch in Los Angeles.
Jones also poignantly remembered Delilah songwriter Les Reed, who passed away aged 83 last week.
As EIN noted below UK songwriter Les Reed was also helped compose Elvis' songs 'Girl Of Mine', 'Sylvia' and 'This Is Our Dance'.
After finishing his classic 'Delilah' Tom Jones appeared sad as he told the audience, "You know, the man who wrote that song is no longer with us. He died - Les Reed, was his name."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

GOT's Sophie Turner and singer Joe Jonas wed in Elvis style: From the most successful TV series every made, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones) and singer Joe Jonas chose to get married on the anniversary of Elvis' wedding and were married by an Elvis celebrant at the Chapel L’Amour in Las Vegas.
Jonas, 29, and Turner, 23, tied the knot on Wednesday, May 1, following the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The 'Cake By the Ocean' crooner and the UK born actress got hitched at the Chapel L’Amour inside 'A Little White Wedding Chapel' with the help of an Elvis impersonator in a red jumpsuit.
Joe Jonas is a member of the pop band the Jonas Brothers, alongside his brothers Kevin and Nick. With billboard hits such as 'S.O.S', 'Burnin' Up' and 'Lovebug' Joe Jonas is worth an easy $25 million.
Meanwhile Sophie Turner is one of the world's most famous stars as GOT hits its final season.
Priscilla was very pleased to hear of the recent wedding that happened to take place on the same day she wed Elvis 52 years prior. Priscilla said, “It's very sweet. Really, really, very sweet” and when asked if she was honored, “Yes, absolutely.”
In attendance for their celebration were Jonas brothers Nick and his wife Priyanka Chopra, Kevin and his wife Danielle Jonas, DJ Diplo and country crooners Dan + Shay who played their hit “Speechless” as the Game of Thrones star walked down the aisle.
Turner, who stunned in a white Bevza jumpsuit and veil, was escorted by her husband’s music manager Phil McIntyre.
(News, Source;JM/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 1 May 2019
Elvis and Priscilla 52nd Wedding Anniversary: Elvis and Priscilla were married in Las Vegas, May 1st 1967. Marty Lacker noted, the ceremony was simple but the news conference that followed was wild. The guests were escorted to the Aladdin Room where the wedding breakfast reception for a hundred people was about to take place.
Elvis, Priscilla and George Klein, Joe and I were led to a different room where there were reporters and television cameramen from all over the country.
The press had not been at the ceremony nor were they to be allowed to join in the reception.
This was the press conference which replaced the one o’ clock meeting scheduled by the Colonel. Elvis and Priscilla sat at a big table at the front of the room, while the rest of us stood on the side.
The reporters started firing questions at Elvis. "What made you finally get married?" "Why did you give up bachelorhood?" "How long were you engaged?"
Why this and how that. Elvis and Priscilla handled the questions nicely. Then the Colonel, in his way, let it be known that the session was over...
Lamar Fike remembers, "Elvis called me and said, "I'm going to have a second reception at Graceland for everybody who couldn't come to the wedding, and I want you there. Before that, though, I'm going down to the Circle G ranch. Come on down."
I guess you could say I went on their honeymoon with them. Because the first night they were there, I was there. We stayed in the trailer. All three of us. I didn't have anywhere else to sleep. And it was a sixty-foot trailer, so it wasn't like we were top of each other. I was in the front of the damn thing, and and Elvis were in the back in the master bedroom. I'd been with Elvis since the beginning, so nothing had changed, really... "!

See below for more...
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS - 'The Wedding' EIN Spotlight- 52nd 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 52 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 back in 2017 he 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)

Luhrmann’s ELVIS to be filmed in Australia: Baz Luhrmann’s Tom Hanks-starring Elvis film is set to shoot significant portions in Australia. This was confirmed by Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland.
The currently untitled film, backed by Warner Bros will explore the life and music of Elvis Presley, including his rise to fame, his unprecedented stardom, and his impact on the world. It will also delve into his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The 56-year-old Director of innovative musicals Moulin Rouge!/ Great Gatsby Baz Luhrmann is still on the hunt for an actor to play Elvis Presley. He is searching for an actor between the ages of 19 and 28 who can portray the singer’s shy vulnerability masking his unshakeable faith in his own destiny. Anyone who is interested in the role should send photos to elviscasting2020@gmail.com.
Palaszczuk said she was looking forward to welcoming the Warner Bros. production to Queensland’s world-class facilities, Village Roadshow Studios, on the Gold Coast. She said that an agreement to shoot in Queensland had been made after a recent meeting with Luhrmann in London.
No schedule for a start of production was announced.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Now In Person' New Book: If fans weren't tempted before these new promo shots for the new Erik Lorentzen (The Elvis Files) 'Gold Standard' series book 'Elvis: Now In Person' celebrating Elvis' 50th Anniversary of his return to live concerts in Las Vegas sure look mouth-watering!

The book features 400 pages with new articles, plus plenty of photos including Elvis at the construction of the International Hotel, Elvis’ Vegas Press conference plus a detailed look at Elvis' fantastic 1969 Summer Season performances from 31 July to 28 August 1969.

The book is available for Pre-Order through the Elvis Shop London.

Or Pre-order with Elvis Files - Send € 105 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no (includes shipping with DHL)

Erik Lorentzen promises lots of new previosuly unpublished photos....

(More example pages below)


(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'42 @ 42' a New Documentary: UK based performer Colin Paul is currently working on a new online documentary which will focus on how the World's media reacted to the Death of Elvis and the aftermath
that followed.
The miss information about whether drugs were involved, the initial lies told about him being found in the bedroom, the touts who were out on the streets just hours after Elvis
passed selling merchandise. The record store's all over the states and the UK selling out of his record's and all tied together with news footage of the time, some much clearer than
we've seen before and even a little not shown since that day.
Featuring original News Broadcast from around the USA, the UK and some various European reports, there will also be interviews with those who were there as it happened, giving
some recent interviews, plus some taken direct from that fateful day.
The first half of the documentary concentrates on media reactions from the USA, while the second half will give fans a look at the UK's reaction. Colin Paul told Elvis Express Radio, "I have some interviews with some of those close to Elvis, kindly supplied by my good friend Carey Rayburn in Memphis which will be intertwined with archive footage. It's coming along nicely, I wanted to put things all together so those that were not around at the time can see just how his death effected us all and still does today."
The documentary '42@42' is scheduled to be released on the 42nd Anniversary of Elvis' passing, August 16th 2019 via Youtube FREE to fans Worldwide.
More details soon..
(News, Source;ElvisExpressRadio/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Lurhmann - the ELVIS research: As noted below Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) is working on pre-production for his new Warner Bros ELVIS biopic.
Latest news was that Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is to play Elvis Presley's iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker.

EIN first reported the news of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic back in May 2014 - but it is only recently that Baz Luhrmann has acknowledged that he is now focussed on his ELVIS project.

Luhrmann has recently posted four videos of  his interview with Elvis' childhood Tupelo friend Sam Bell.
His interviews feature some great photos and delightful insights of Elvis' early years.  (see links below)

The director has also posted three neat photos of him at Graceland with the comment..
"Thanks to Jack, Angie, Regina, and the whole team at Graceland for their support over the last year and a half of research. Not a bad office, hey? Just gotta close the gate on your way out..."
With Academy Award winner Tom Hanks on board and Luhrmann's skills in making epic, music-focused movies there is a real hope that Elvis' legacy will be well-served in this new release.
Baz Luhrmann interviews Sam Bell - Video 1 Click here.
Video 2 Click here. - Video 3 Click here 10 mins. - Video 4 Click here.

EIN Thanks FECC's Jimmy Jamerson for the word-up.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

Actress Anne Neyland ('Jailhouse Rock') Dies at 84: Actress Anne Neyland co-starred in Jailhouse Rock and dated Elvis. A former "Miss Texas" she was one person who got to visit Elvis in hospital when he accidentally swallowed his capped tooth while practising the famous dance-sequence. She also starred in two other 1957 films, 'Hidden Fear' and 'Motorcycle Gang.' Anne Neyland died Wednesday, she was 84.
Neyland played Laury Jackson and Presley starred as Vince Everett, a construction worker who accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl, in Jailhouse Rock, the singer's third movie overall and first at MGM.
She dated Presley during the making of the film and for a spell afterward.
"These last three years Elvis been so used to people tearing at him wherever he goes that he's drawn-into as hell. He's so used to being alone with a few close friends and going for drives and playing records that you can't get him out of it."
Also in 1957, the blue-eyed actress appeared as the girlfriend of John Payne's cop in the Copenhagen-set film noir Hidden Fear, directed by André De Toth, and International Pictures release Motorcycle Gang. Neyland later had an un-credited role in Ocean's 11 (1960), her final onscreen role.
Born in Mississippi, Neyland moved to Dallas as a youngster, won a Miss Texas pageant and worked as a model before she played a chorus girl in Singin' in the Rain (1952).
She went on to appear on TV's Private Detective; Highway Patrol; The Bob Cummings Show; Sea Hunt; and Peter Gunn.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Mighty Elvis: A Graphic Biography' New Book: "The Mighty Elvis" is a commemoration of his life and times in the form of an art book, told through the unique vision of legendary designer and illustrator Seymour Chwast. Beautifully illustrated throughout, it presents an enhanced portrait of one of America's greatest celebrities.
With text by author Steven Brower (Satchmo: The Life and Art of Louis Armstrong), The Mighty Elvis reminds us of the continuing stardom of one of the most popular American singers of all time. Through Chwast's illustrations, cartoons and comics we get to relive his early life, his meteoric rise to fame and how he was affected by, and in turn, affected the world of music in the many genres he mastered. The book covers his first appearances on television, Graceland, his meeting with President Nixon and his wedding to Priscilla, and much more.
Millions of fans loved him, purchased his records, attended his sold out shows and went to his thirtythree films. Death, forty years ago, has not diminished his fame. "Elvis Lives!" The Mighty Elvis is a celebration, in art and design, of the life of a great icon of the American Scene!
Seymour Chwast is an American graphic designer known for his diverse body of work, and lasting influence on visual culture.
Hardcover: 72 pages - Publisher: IDW Publishing. Out 12 Nov 2019
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier in the week....
First character details for Guralnick Elvis biopic: With production set to begin in January 2020, The GWW has obtained character details for the titular role in the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic:

Vulnerable, but with a strong sense of his own destiny. Although shy, he has the enthusiasm of someone who dreams of being big. This is Elvis before he’s famous and adopts his famed persona…

The studio is searching for an actor between the ages of 18 and 29 to portray the King of Rock’n’Roll. 

‘The Great Gatsby’ director Baz Luhrmann is directing the pic, which will star Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager, Tom Parker. Parker both helped Presley rise to fame and hurt him in the process. He never let Presley tour outside the US and took 50% of Presley’s earnings. No release date for the project has been set.

(News, Source: The GWW)

"Made in the USA" - Follow that Dream: My Life as The Asian Elvis (Robert "Yoshi Suzuki" Kim): In the first part of an interesting series of articles, ETA Robert Kim, aka Yoshi Suzuki, takes EIN behind the scenes of the ETA world and tells us how he got his start as an Elvis impersonator.

"I don't know if it was the margaritas, but you sounded pretty good! You should actually practice that... I think you could actually make money doing this."

(Almost Elvis, Source: Robert Kim) 

Read full article

Reflections on Elvis #3: Elvis, the one or two-piece jumpsuit and the budget conscious 1970s:

Elvis’s stage wear also acquired a new look. Instead of two-piece suits, Bill Belew began designing one-piece jumpsuits, which allowed Elvis to move about more freely, and not to worry about his shirt coming out of his trousers.

Made of a wool/gabardine blend, the fabric was sturdy enough to accommodate Elvis’s physical exertions (he’d torn out the seat of his pants at one show during the previous Vegas engagement), but also meant that the outfits were very warm.  (Source: Return Of The King Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback, Gillian G. Gaar, Jawbone Press, 2010, ISBN: 978-906002282)

The Oracle Speaks: That Elvis’s explosion in Las Vegas from 1969 led to an economic boom for cabaret costume designers is well chronicled (well it is now naysayers). Jumpsuited entertainers cropped up in every casino in Vegas, notably The Osmonds, The Jackson Five / The Jacksons, Mick Jagger, David Cassidy and Wayne Newton. Even Gerry Dorsey, sorry Engelbert Humperdinck (no, not the German composer), apparently briefly donned the attire – although as Mr Dorsey tells the story he influenced Elvis’ look, jumpsuits and sideburns, rather than the other way around). Mr Humderdinck told Noise11.com in 2015:

Elvis copied his trademark sideburns from Engelbert. “I had them in 1965 and Elvis put his on in 1972,” Engelbert said. “The true story is this … he had a lady sketching him to find an outfit for him to go on his world tour. That’s where the white jump suit came in. She designed this white jumpsuit with the high collar and the long black side-burns. She presented it to him and he went (in Elvis voice) “Hell, that’s not me, that’s Engelbert Humperdinck”. So therefore you know who had it first”.

Another Vegas act, an illusionist named the Invisible Man, also wore a multi-coloured jumpsuit but sadly as his act actually worked, none of the audience could appreciate the intricate and ornate splendour of its design. We should also not forget that decades later, future superatar, Bruno Mars, started his career as a pint-sized Elvis impersonator.

However, as far as the King goes, the Oracle knows the real truth. Freedom of movement my rear end (and having read Dolly Parton’s biography about sleeping habits in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee in winter time, I’m not going to go anywhere near the front end of the they ‘were very warm’ argument). 

The reality is times were tough in 1970 and Bill Belew’s company obviously offered an attractive discount rate on one-piece designs (especially given the volume of suits Elvis wanted). Just remember who Elvis’ financial manager was…….. the very budget conscious Vernon Elvis Presley! 

I reckon Vernon’s canny business decision would have saved Elvis around $5,000 between 1970 and 1977. BTW, down-south diapers anyone?

(Opinion, Source: EIN)

Do you agree with the Oracle?  Let EIN know your views

Read EIN's recent interview with Gillian Gaar

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in April ...

'Elvis Live In Champaign 1976' New Book: The latest book from Elvis-on-tour specialist Kieran Davis is out now.
The book covers Elvis's show in Champaign in October 1976. It features 136 hardbound pages of photographs from the concert and coliseum documents.
It is different to our other books in that it consists of approximately 90% black and white photographs.
Two options are available
1) Just the book. £30 plus shipping
The initial printing is limited to 100 copie
2) Collectors Edition - the book plus an original one off 7x5 inch photograph printed in 1976 by the photographer who's pictures we have used in the book.
Every photo is different and there is only one of each.
In addition you get an original souvenir seller's inventory sheet from the night of the concert. Every one of these is unique, being an original tour document showing how many tour books, posters etc. a particular vendor sold and how much they earned in commission. Each is an original document actually used by the Elvis Presley Show and not a copy. Each photo and souvenir sheet is over 40 years old
Limited to 30 sets only. Once they're gone that's it. £45 plus shipping
(Collectors Edition now Sold Out)

The book can be ordered from KD website here.


(News, Source;KD/ElvisInfoNet)

Les Reed, Elvis composer, has died: UK songwriter Les Reed, the co-writer of Tom Jones' hits 'Delilah' and 'It’s Not Unusual' has died age 83. Les Reed also co-wrote 'Girl Of Mine', 'Sylvia' and 'This Is Our Dance' supplied to Elvis through Freddy Bienstock's UK publishing company. He also helped compose 'The Last Waltz' for Engelbert Humperdinck, while his songs were also recorded by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, two even becoming football terrace anthems.
Tom Jones paid tribute to Reed describing him as a “gifted songwriter who was instrumental in penning many a hit, incl two important songs for me … Les was a lovely man, whose legacy will live through his music.”
In collaboration with lyricist Geoff Stephens, Reed wrote “There’s A Kind of Hush”, which was covered successfully by Herman’s Hermits in 1967 and The Carpenters in 1976.
Reed composed the score for the 1968 film The Girl on a Motorcycle. In the Seventies he became musical director, conductor and arranger for Granada TV.
Reed was awarded the OBE in 1998, both for services to music.
(New, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Wedding at Graceland' New Hallmark Movie: Last year's 'Christmas at Graceland' was Hallmark’s highest-rated film of 2018 and the production on the sequel 'Wedding at Graceland' is already underway with much of the principal photography taking place in Graceland.
'Wedding at Graceland' reunites stars Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown as Laurel and Clay, the former Memphis sweethearts who rekindled their romance during "Christmas at Graceland."
Expect the nuptials to take place in the Graceland Wedding Chapel in the Woods, which opened during Elvis Week last year. The sequel also features a cameo by Priscilla whose appearance will see her share fond memories of her 1967 wedding to the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The honeymoon will continue as it is confirmed that Kellie Pickler will also return for the third Elvis-inspired Hallmark movie set for December. The third movie will be shot later in the year.
"Wedding at Graceland" will be the centerpiece of what Slay calls the Hallmark Channel's "'June Weddings' franchise." This
"franchise" is an attempt to build a slate of original summer movies to match the appeal of the network's "Countdown to Christmas," an eight-week ratings juggernaut of romantic wish-fulfillment that now makes Hallmark the top network in December, and if that helps push Elvis' marketing appeal to a new generation of romantics there is nothing bad about that.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida' 1975 new FTD: A new FTD double-soundboard release 'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida' has been announced featuring two concerts from April 1975.
Released as a 5" digipack, a 2CD set features Elvis in great form from his shows at the Coliseum in Macon on April 24, 1975 and previously unreleased Lakeland April 27, 1975 Afternoon Show.
The set-list is fine including Big Boss Man, It's Midnight, Promised Land, Burning Love, Help Me, My Boy, T-R-O-U-B-L-E and I'll Remember You.
EIN notes: If this looks familiar to fans it is because FTD released 'Elvis In Florida April 1975' back in 2014 which featured the Lakeland April 27, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano. On the 'Elvis In Florida' release we noted that some of the tracks sounded almost a capella with only piano and backing-vocalists as accompaniment - there was often very little drums or orchestra in the mix.
Three tracks from Disc 1 Macon, April 24, were also on the
excellent FTD compilation "Southern Nights" however these had far from the best audio quality.
Our review noted, "The 3 tracks from Macon suffer from poorer audio but are obviously included for the powerful trilogy of 'Big Boss Man', 'It's Midnight' and 'Promised Land'. It is odd that Kathy Westmoreland's rather dominant vocal shows a clarity that is actually needed for the whole band! 'Promised Land' in particular suffers from the lack of rhythm section."
Sadly with the barrel of unreleased Elvis material getting near empty collectors have to be pleased that we get anything new at all.

Go here to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2019' for full tracklist
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Live at the International, Aug 23, 1969” a Variety RSD Top Choice: Variety has nominated their 25 Best Record Store day releases and Elvis Presley, “Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” is one of them.
Record Store Day 2019 has brought music fans 401 brand new slabs of vinyl, some will be available for months, and some were released in such limited quantities that even joining your local Record Store line at dawn is no guarantor of success.
The total list (see RSD website) of over 400 releases is mind-boggling so Variety selected their 25 highlights including releases from ELVIS, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and Elton John.
They noted..
Elvis Presley, “Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” (2xLP, 3000 copies)
Elvis’ so-called comeback special is rightly revered. What came immediately after, a little less so. But there’s a forthcoming CD box set devoted to the very first run of shows he did in Las Vegas, when he was still riding high off that network special, that represented his first real live gigs in 11 years, that aims to make the case that Elvis in Vegas was initially a beautiful thing, however sour things went before his demise.
In advance of the new 1969 box-set, they’ve issued one complete live show as a two-LP set just for RSD, and the prototype for the TCB Band is as smoking as the still-in-fighting-trim Presley.
Some other releases mentioned were
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “Purse” (EP, 3000 copies) "Everyone should have both Elvises in their lives."
Bob Dylan, “Blood on the Tracks — Original New York Test Pressing” (LP, 7500 copies) "The raison d’etre, the catnip, the holy grail of this year’s Record Store Day"
Jeff Tweedy, “Warmer” (LP, 5000 copies)
Van Morrison, “Astral Weeks Alternative” (EP, 9000 copies)
Fleetwood Mac, “The Alternative Fleetwood Mac” (LP, 12,500 copies)
John Lennon, “Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)” (LP, 5500 copies)
Pink Floyd, “A Saucerful of Secrets (Mono)” (LP, 6500 copies)
Go here to Variety for the full story
(News, Source;V/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Staying in Memphis - despite EPE threat: In the midst of a dispute with the city of Memphis, managing director of EPE apparently made an extraordinary threat: Graceland might leave Memphis and find a new place to dwell.
“We had an offer ten days ago to move Graceland to Japan,” Joel Weinshanker said. “We had two offers to move to the Middle East and one to move to China. They offered us more profit than we could ever make in Memphis.”
The idea that Graceland could be dismantled and shipped overseas, like the old London Bridge that was sent to Arizona, has been forestalled, however, by an expected deal that would grant tax incentives on a $US100 million expansion.
There would be a hangar for Elvis’s planes, an enlarged guesthouse for visitors and a club modelled on the Jungle Room, an eccentrically decorated living room in Elvis’s mansion.
The city council is expected to approve the deal this month.
It had been held up by concerns over a 6000-seat concert arena planned in the expansion.
The city had previously agreed that it would only allow for the use of public funds on a single concert venue, an arena that is also the home of the local basketball team.
Mr Weinshanker said that Graceland already had a soundstage where it could hold concerts and a 500-seat theatre inside a newly built guesthouse. The concert arena “will be done by 2022”,
In the end Weinshanker acknowledged that it was rather unlikely that Graceland would have been moved.
“No matter how famous Elvis got, no matter how much money he made, he always came back to Memphis,”
“The truth is that we can’t continue to expand without reasonable incentives that make sense, but we’ve never threatened to move Graceland,” he said.
Weinshanker blamed the misunderstanding on “misdirection by a small number of politicians who don’t care about the city, they care about themselves.” He did not name the politicians.
Graceland is seeking incentives to build a separate, 6,200-seat concert arena. A lawsuit about the concert venue is ongoing, but it is not part of the expansion plan to be voted on by the council.
(News, Source;Ap/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters' VINYL Review: The MRS label released ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ for Record Store Day 2019.
The double LP set features one side of vinyl dedicated to each one of Elvis' four fifties movies and includes additional gems such as the STEREO 'Love Me Tender' recordings, 'Treat Me Nice' and 'Jailhouse Rock' in STEREO as well as the delightful 'Crawfish' Movie Master Edit from King Creole.
This was a neat idea, one side for each movie with a couple of extra bonus tracks, nice audio mastering plus a stylish 24-page massive inside booklet.
We get ‘Love Me Tender’ on one side with 7 tracks, ‘Loving You’ on Side B, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as a sensational Side C and to my surprise all of ‘King Creole’ fitting neatly into the final side and with a cool Bonus Track not on the original RCA vinyl.
With the 24-page album-size gatefold booklet it truly is a stunning presentation.
Released on 180grm Vinyl and with quality audio remastering.
EIN's Vinyl-lover Piers Beagley spins these new discs and checks out the sumptuous packaging
(VINYL Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

MRS ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ VINYL Review: The MRS label released ‘Made in Germany: Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany, for Record Store Day 2019.
The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology.
Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.
Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP set with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures and with several photos not featured in the recent MRS Book/CD combo.
Released on 180grm Vinyl and with quality audio remastering.

EIN's Vinyl-lover Piers Beagley spins these new discs of Elvis' German Private Recordings and checks out the sumptuous packaging...

(VINYL Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969' OUT TODAY: Great news for Elvis VINYL collectors a brand new PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1969 Las Vegas performance was released today for Record Store Day.
'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969'  2 LP Vinyl
Label: CMG / Legacy
Following his triumphant comeback special for NBC at the end of 1968, Elvis Presley made a highly-publicized return to live performance in 1969, booking an exclusive engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis treated audiences to a raucous rock set inspired by the recent sessions for his just-released studio album From Elvis In Memphis, backed by vocal groups The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations as well as an early version of his famed TCB Band. Live In Las Vegas 1969 showcases this incredible, important phase in Elvis' career with a previously unreleased set from the first of many engagements at The International Hotel.
Click here to RSD for more details
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Two new book releases from Paul Belard: Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, has published the latest photobooks in his ongoing project to present a comprehensive pictorial record of Elvis' life. His new titles are Elvis 1956 January-February and Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound.

Paul has numerous other titles nearing completion including Elvis May 1956; Elvis October 1958, and Elvis November-December 1958, as well as the thematic volumes, Elvis A Humanitarian; Elvis Badges, Cops and Guns; and Advertising Elvis.

Contact Paul Belard for purchase information

Other titles from Paul Belard already published are:

Elvis In Hawaii November 1957
Elvis March 1956
Elvis April 1956
Elvis December 1956
Elvis The Gospel Singer
Elvis Las Vegas April - May 1956

'Elvis LIVE UK Tour 2019': A new tour showcasing Elvis Presley's greatest hits has been announced.
Elvis' Greatest Hits tour will hit six arenas across the UK in November/December 2019.
As well as performances from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this time the show will also feature the TCB Band.
Priscilla Presley and long term associate Jerry Shilling will also appear on stage at each date, sharing stories, personal photos and rare home movies.
The 2019 tour marks 50 years since Elvis made a triumphant return to live performing with a Las Vegas residency in 1969. Priscilla noted, "We're BACK and better than ever!"
"I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to the UK. Please join me live on stage to present this brand new show backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Elvis' TCB Band, never before seen new footage of Elvis and more surprises, including, Jerry Schilling and myself on stage sharing our stories. This will be a once in a lifetime show... you won't want to miss."
Tickets for Elvis's Greatest Hits tour go on sale on Friday, April 12. Dates are:
November 25 - Manchester Arena
November 26 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 27 - Birmingham Resorts Arena
November 28 - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
November 29 - Glasgow Hydro
December 1 - London O2 Arena
UK Elvis in Concert tickets are available from 12 April, 9am go to Ticketline.co.uk, bookingsdirect.com or ticketmaster.co.uk
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Now In Person' New Book: Details are scant but there is news out that Erik Lorentzen (The Elvis Files) is working hard to finish his new 'Gold Standard' series book 'Elvis: Now In Person' celebrating Elvis' 50th Anniversary of his return to live concerts in Las Vegas.

It features over 400 pages with new articles, plus plenty of photos including Elvis at the construction of the International Hotel, Elvis’ Vegas Press conference plus a detailed look at Elvis' fantastic 1969 Summer Season performances from 31 July to 28 August 1969.

The book is available for Pre-Order through the Elvis Shop London.

Editor Paul Sweeney has provided some very fine example pages - shown below-


(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'From The Vault' 3CDs get Digital Release: The 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' released in 2016 included three extra 'Bonus' CDs featuring special tracks 'From The Vaults'. These have now been released on your favourite digital platform.
... Elvis Presley released nearly 60 albums and placed a record-setting 115 singles in Billboard’s Top 40 during his lifetime - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as these three collections showcase. Compiled for The Album Collection box set in 2016, Elvis fans of all stripes can discover exciting rarities and outtakes from his incredible
career, featuring treasures from the Sun years, rare home recordings, duets, and late-period covers.
Click here to SONY for the links..
EIN's review of the 2016 box-set was however not impressed by these strange collections.
..Reviewer Shane Brown noted, "From The Vaults" should have been single-only sides and masters released after Elvis's death. And they would have been a fun listen. As it is, these final discs are a truly unmitigated mess, switching from poor sounding TV recordings to stellar sounding studio recordings to distorted private recordings and then back again. Fans already have this material, and the more general buyer is not likely to have any interest in it.. Go here for our full ''Album Collection" review and tracklisting
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELVIS a PARIS’ 60th Anniversary Book: The first edition of the book ‘Elvis in Paris’ was published by French fan club Elvis My Happiness back in 1999 for the anniversary of the 40th anniversary of his first visit.
A second edition was published in 2007.
For this new, 2019 ultimate release, the book is a luxury edition with better images, more text and stylish design. It features new documents and more interviews than previous editions. It also explains the essential role played by Elvis in France and includes English text.
The 25x25 book brings together more than 400 photos, documents and memorabilia.
It is accompanied by a VINYL album plus a 20 track CD including multiple outtakes plus an interview given in Paris by Elvis. Added to this is a large format reproduction of a photo taken in front of the Prince De Galles Hotel.
Go here to Elvis My Happiness for the complete info.

EIN thanks Elvis Day-By-Day for the word-up.
(News, Source;EMH/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.

With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Files Magazine New Issue March 2019: In the post a superb looking new issue of The Elvis Files Magazine Issue #27. A "New look" is being promised and with Elvis author Paul Sweeney as editor the magazine goes from strength to strength. (The last issue on Elvis 68 Comeback Special was one of the very best).

This issue includes
- A special on George Klein (RIP)
- Elvis in Vegas 1970
- Yvonne Lime and Elvis
- Englebert Humperdinck and Elvis
-  Elvis Live in Buffalo April 1957

Subscriptions (4 issues) Send € 58 by PayPal for your subscription to: sales@elvisfiles.no




(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis In Paris - 60th Anniversary' RSD Vinyl: Earlier news missed by us - a great looking new VINYL release from France for Record Store Day - April 13.
'Elvis In Paris - 60th Anniversary' celebrates Elvis' visit to Paris in 1959. The vinyl is released in (red, white & blue) the colours of the French flag.
It also contains a 12 page booklet. Limited Edition
Side A 1. King Creole (Take 18), 2. I Need Your Love Tonight (Take 10), 3. Don't, 4. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Take 22 undubbed), 5. My Wish Came True, 6. I Got Stung (Take 10), 7. One Night, 8. A Big Hunk O' Love (Take 2),
Side B: 1. I Beg of You (Take 11 - 13/1/57), 2. A Fool Such as I (Take 3), 3. Doncha' Think It's Time (Take 40), 4. White Christmas, 5. Hard Headed Woman,6. Tonight Is So Right For Love (Take 9), 7. Almost Always True (Take 5), 8. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Take 13), 9. Extract Of Press Conference 1958, 10. Press Conference 1959.

What a stunning cover!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tom Hanks to play Col Parker!: Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros biopic about ELVIS. Variety broke the news this week. EIN first reported the news of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic back in May 2014! While Parker helped launch Elvis’ huge career, he of course also hindered it in many ways. Because he himself was Dutch-born and did not have a US passport, he never allowed Presley to tour internationally.
Luhrmann will direct the movie. He also penned the script with Craig Pearce.
Parker discovered Presley when he was just an unknown and quickly moved in as his lone representation. Parker was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.
While Luhrmann always envisioned a star for Parker’s part, he wants a newcomer for the role of Presley. The director has begun meeting with talent for the part.
Insiders say a budget is still being ironed out, but Hanks’ commitment will urge the studio to push the project forward. Luhrmann hopes to get the pic into production sometime this year.
Hanks is no stranger to portraying real-life figures like astronaut Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13,” Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in “The Post,” airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully,” Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips,” and Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
In previous productions about Elvis' life, Parker has been portrayed by actors including Beau Bridges, Randy Quaid and Gene Jones.
With Hanks’ talents as an actor and Luhrmann’s skills in making epic, music-focused films such as Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom there’s now every reason to start getting excited about this new Elvis biopic.
(News, Source;Varity/ElvisInfoNet)

'Return Of The King' Gillian Gaar Interview: Gillian Gaar is the author of the book 'Return Of The King: Elvis' Great Comeback'. With the recently celebrated 50th anniversary of the 1968 Comeback Special as well as the all-important 50th anniversary of Elvis' return in January 1969 for The Memphis sessions it is the perfect time to revisit this fantastic book.
EIN wanted to find out more of author Gillian Gaar's thoughts on Elvis' great legacy

In this detailed interview Gillian Gaar discusses...
- Who she interviewed for 'Return Of The King'
- Elvis, Nixon and what Egil “Bud” Krogh had to say
- Colonel Parker - good manager or just monetarily self-interested?
- How she compares Elvis' 1960 comeback to his return to splendour in 1968-69?
- EPE's refusal to acknowledge Elvis’ work post Aloha.
- Was Felton Jarvis purely a “Yes” man or a positive driving force?
- Her opinion of The Searcher.
- The possible release of the CBS 'Elvis In Concert'
and much more...

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Chick" Crumpacker Dead at 91: RCA executive "Chick" Crumpacker was one of RCA's driving forces in getting Elvis first signed up with the label.
Crumpacker was working in RCA's C&W section when he happened to see Elvis performing in Richmond, Virginia in May 1955and noted, "Elvis was shocking, he was wild, - the effect was galvanic! I was astounded by the reaction". Crumpacker also knew Col Parker through his connection with Hank Snow. He subsequently bought all of Elvis' SUN records to take back to his boss Steve Sholes.
Crumpacker would also write the wonderful sleeve notes for Elvis' second RCA album "ELVIS" which tried to supply a proper musical explanation for this crazy thing others called Rock'n'Roll.
Chauncey "Chick" Crumpacker went on to be a  three-time grammy-nominated producer and executive for RCA Victor. He died on Tuesday aged 91.
Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Crumpacker's career in music began in 1953 in RCA Victor's A&R department shortly after moving to New York City. As well as Elvis he also tried to bring Johnny Cash to RCA but was ultimately unsuccessful after the label failed to support the move.
Crumpacker stayed with RCA for 57 years, eventually moving into producing, working with a wide range of artists including
Chet Atkins, Harry Nilsson, Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte.
He was nominated for three Grammy awards including best historical reissue 'The Best of Fats Waller'.
After 50 years of working at RCA, Crumpacker received a plaque from the company reading, "78s, 45s, LPs, 8 Tracks, Cassettes, Compact Disks and DVDs. You've been a part of the greatest sound developments of the 20th century. Producer, Promoter, Author, A&R Executive, Composer and Archivist. Your Talent knows no bounds. Knowing you is a pleasure. Working with you is a dream come true. Thanks for making history."
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe Set OUT NOW: The second FTD "complete sessions" 3-cd box-set is OUT NOW and at your local dealer. 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is the ultimate 'Fun In Acapulco' release, a 3-CD set that includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes! All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes.
The 8"x 8" slipcase replicates RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson.
The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
Fortunately for us (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car was recorded in a single take, but there are lots of never heard before session outtakes for instance Bossa Nova, Baby Takes 6, 7, 8, 9 10, Marguerita Takes 1-5, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here Takes 2-6 and masses of Guadalajara!
Click here to EIN's 'Elvis FTD/SONY CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

- 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' New Book. OUT NOW
After FTD's new book with 'Flaming Star' was delayed it is also now OUT NOW and at your local Elvis dealer. 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' includes more than 350 photos, with over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington.
A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.

EIN notes that Phillip Harrington photographed Elvis in May 1956 (some of his photos are truly iconic) and 83 of his images can be checked out and bought at the Fine Art gallery. - Click here to Fine Art America

(News, Source/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis: A Moment in Time - 4 Days in '56" Special E-Book Offer: Rated as EIN's "Best E-Book for 2018" - the FTD book "Elvis: A Moment in Time - 4 Days in '56" by Michael Rose is now a Special E-Book Offer from Water-Street-Press for loyal members of Elvis fan clubs worldwide.
The offer is at a crazy $6.99 instead of full-price $9.99. Surely a price any fan would pay - CLICK HERE - limited time only.
While producing a documentary about the early years of Elvis Presley, Michael Rose discovered a cache of photos from 1956 that had been hidden away and forgotten.
These never-before-seen photos track the tail end of Elvis Presley’s spring tour in 1956. The photos capture “A Moment in Time” just before his rocket takes off and he becomes the icon we still know today.
It’s an intimate look at life backstage, on stage, with his band, his fans, and his family during the most important year of his life. We tell this story through the first person accounts of people who were there including his band members, musicians, disc jockeys and from the newspapers that reported on the Elvis phenomenon as it made its way across the country.
Initially published as a lavish coffee table book for collectors, this intimate look at Elvis in now available as an ebook.

One look at these amazing photos and you'll see why Elvis will live forever.
And, if you want more after you have a look inside, you can order framed prints of many of the photos as well.
(News, Source;WSP/ElvisInfoNet) 

'Counting Down Elvis' Finest 100' Spotlight: Dr. Mark Duffett's 'Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Recordings' recently won EIN's joint-prize for 'Best Elvis Book of 2018' .
The book is far, far more than a simple look at Duffett's 100 favourite Elvis songs and each chapter delves deep into Elvis' legacy with the book being a much deeper exploration that you might first think.
Elvis' timeless music ultimately stands on its own and speaks for itself. Listen again to the recordings, and Elvis amazes. Think about what they mean, and he astounds. Another person emerges...
Author Mark Duffett has offered EIN an excerpt from his splendid book so that EIN readers can check out his fine exploration of Elvis' musical legacy.
EIN has chosen a random selection - one from Elvis' classic fifties SUN sessions, a sixties Gospel classic, and a seventies rocker.
If you enjoy these three excerpts than you are surely going to enjoy the whole book.
Go here for our special EIN Spotlight prepared by Piers Beagley.
(Spotlight, Source;MarkDuffett/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis: Aloha The Ultimate Experience (2019) BACK ON YOUTUBE!: The 46th anniversary release of 'Aloha From Hawaii' where new camera angles have been combined from all available versions together with a brand new audio mix.
This historic concert by Elvis Presley was recorded live on January 14th, 1973.
'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience' took a year to complete and is made by a big Elvis fan. Now Back On YOUTUBE here

March 9 - New 'Suspicious Minds' LIVE single!: RCA / Legacy have released a great promo for their new RSD VINYL 1969 concert release (see below) in a NEW SINGLE - digital only.

It teams 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Mystery Train / Tiger Man' both brand new, unreleased, one a new digital single via Amazon, iTunes, Spotify etc.

Taken from the never-before-released-in-any-form August 23, 1969 Dinner Show as recorded in Las Vegas.
Both are described as "single edits".

Click here for 'Suspicious Minds' on YouTube

Click here for 'Mystery Train / Tiger Man' on YouTube


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2019: EPE have announced the Elvis Week 2019 logo (although ours below was better)
EPE says, Mark your calendars, Elvis fans - Elvis Week 2019 is August 9-17, and tickets are on sale now.
There are so many fun and exciting events for all Elvis fans at Elvis Week! The week kicks off with the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and several ETA performances. Then, we celebrate important anniversaries in Elvis' career, such as his American Sound sessions and Las Vegas residency, with concerts and panels.
Other fun events include the Elvis Week Bash, Gospel Brunch, Fan Celebration Event and much more.
After last year's disastrously low crowd numbers EPE have decided that there will be no charges or special passes associated with the Candlelight Vigil.
Surely one of the best reasons to go (no, not the ETA contests!) has to be...
- American Sound Studio 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert. August 14, 7pm. Graceland Soundstage.
An incredible night of music as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' legendary recording sessions at Memphis' American Sound Studio. Join Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who were members of the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio, along with special guest Mac Davis,
Click HERE TO EPE for their updated schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Best (and Worst) Books of 2018: What were the best Elvis books published in 2018? The worst? The most incredulous?

EIN's Nigel Patterson, with help from Piers Beagley, has compiled an extensive list of the best and worst Elvis books of last year.

The 14 award categories include the best:

  • general biography
  • "subject specific" release
  • composite (book/CD and/or DVD) release
  • "insider" memoir
  • photo-journal
  • fiction release
  • ebook
  • book for younger readers
  • non-english text
  • re-issue
  • fan club/fan publication
  • most incredulous release

Plus EIN names its top two Elvis books of 2018!

To find out what they are (and why) and read about more than 70 other Elvis books published in 2018 click here..(Spotlight, Source: EIN)

'The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special' CD Review: The original NBC TV Special featured Elvis playing with so much passion that it inspired a career renaissance
Released to cash-in on the recent “Elvis All-Star Tribute” one can only hope that the mass of Post Malone and Ed Sheeran fans will consider Elvis’ amazing musical legacy worth checking out.
Elvis never looked cooler than in the 68 Special and this surely has got to help.
The original ELVIS NBC soundtrack vinyl album was obviously the very first selected ‘Best Of’ while BMG’s marvellous 1998 “Memories” double-album was an expanded version. This new ‘Best Of’ has presumably been selected by Rob Santos and John Jackson.
Elvis was SO DAMN GOOD performing for the NBC TV special that any alternate edit has to be enjoyable so EIN thought it worth giving the new set a spin. With all of Elvis’ USA sales getting a positive bump after the new TV show we know that this new set is being played in a fair few homes.  
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates, can another '68 ComeBack Special compilation really be worth buying all over again?
and Have Your Say! Does this really help Elvis' great legacy...  
(CD Review, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Larry Geller talks to EIN: Larry Geller, Elvis' personal hair stylist and spiritual confidante, recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about a range of Elvis and Larry related issues. Larry's fascinating and candid interview traverses issues including:

  • Elvis' last few years and his dramatic plans to change his life and career from September 1977
  • new claims about Elvis by Aurelia Dupont Yarbrough and singer-songwriter, Leo Sayer
  • meeting Elvis for the first time - and later working for him
  • "What was Elvis really like?", what Larry tells fans who want to know
  • Elvis and UFOs
  • Vernon Presley and the "blue light" over the Presley home in Tupelo the night Elvis was born
  • Larry's new company, Wisdome Organics, based on his Holistic Hair Care Philosophy

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe Set: FTD announces their second "complete sessions" 3-cd box-set. 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is the ultimate 'Fun In Acapulco' release, a 3-CD set that includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes!
All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes.
The 8"x 8" slipcase replicates RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson.
The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
Fortunately for us (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car was recorded in a single take, but there are lots of never heard before session outtakes for instance Bossa Nova, Baby Takes 6, 7, 8, 9 10, Marguerita Takes 1-5, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here Takes 2-6 and masses of Guadalajara!
Click here to EIN's 'Elvis FTD/SONY CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
The London Elvis Shop is offering a Bonus postcard set with pre-orders.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: St Paul To Wichita: Oct 1974' FTD In-Depth Review: A live soundboard 5” double-digipack this time focussing on Elvis' Tour 12 which went from September 27 to October 9.
Two concerts St. Paul, Minnesota October 3, 1974 and Wichita, Kansas October 7, 1974 are included with three bonus songs from October 4, 1974.
Best of all these are both previously unreleased soundboards.
While Elvis had performed some memorable shows earlier in 1974, the September-October 1974 tour was not one of his best, with highlights sparsely dotted across the shows. The infamous College Park performance was during this tour, but by October 3 it was clear Elvis was up and enjoying himself.
In high energy and good humour Elvis at one point jokes, "By God, you might have been wrong for so long, but you were right tonight J.D!"
The soundboard audio quality is excellent.
Click here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out Elvis' performance
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for?

In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Sunday 13 January 2019 - FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY - - - -

The Memphis Sessions - 50 Years ago Today: It seems impossible that it was fifty years ago this month that Elvis walked into American Studios in Memphis and started work on what are probably his most celebrated sessions, maybe even better than those made at Sun.
Not as influential, of course, but certainly deeper and darker from both the point of view of lyrics and Elvis’s emotional involvement. He was no longer a (relatively) innocent teenager singing about love to his sweetheart, but someone who had really experienced love as an adult.
Elvis could also sing about loss in a way he couldn’t fifteen years earlier, he had lived, and he seemed to pour all of his experiences into the recordings at America, and didn’t care about laying bare his soul. In fact, he knew he had to.
This was make or break....

In this fascinating article EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the importance of The Memphis Sessions and the press reaction from the time...
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?: It was FIFTY YEARS AGO, in the early morning hours of January 23, 1969, that Elvis recorded the song that would guarantee his true musical renaissance would last through until his all-too-early demise almost a decade later.  'Suspicious Minds' would be released on August 26th 1969. While the NBC '68 TV Special, along with the single 'In the Ghetto' had pushed Elvis back to the forefront of popular culture, it would be the release of Elvis' last US Number 1 single that would ultimately prove to all the critics that Elvis was a still relevant contemporary musical force.

Back in 2009 EIN celebrated the 40th anniversary of this Number One single and looked back in detail at the history of this classic song, including new interviews with Marty Lacker and Bobby Wood, as well as insights from composer Mark James and producer Chips Moman.

Go here for this fascinating spotlight

(Spotlight, Source; ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth (Matthew Martin): October 2018 saw the release of a new but little known Elvis book, Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth.

In hardcover format (with dust jacket) and containing more than 400 pages, EIN's Nigel Patterson decided to explore what author Matthew Martin had to offer.

Is Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth simply another run-of-the-mill biography, or does it offer the reader something more substantial?

What Nigel found in a book few have heard of, was a pleasant surprise.

Read Nigel's detailed review


(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Matt Shepherd ('Elvis: Stories Behind The Songs') Interview:  BBC Local Radio presenter and EIN contributor Matt Shepherd has published his first book looking at some of Elvis' biggest hits and lesser known treasures.
'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind The Songs' the first of a two volume book, starts in January 1969, almost 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time in 14 years.
Shepherd notes, "I started my book in 1969 as it was a crucial crossroads for Elvis, he had proved in the 68 Special that he was still a dynamic performer. However the 69 sessions would go on to show Elvis was still a major chart force, able to select and record hit making and relevant songs.
"Had these Memphis sessions not been the great success they were, Elvis could well have spent the rest of his life as a nostalgia act. So it was essential he got it right."

EIN wanted to find out more about this new volume..
- How will your book compare to recent books about Elvis’ music?
- Elvis movie songs are they what was required or tripe that never should have been recorded?
- At what point should Elvis had said "NO, I am not recording this crap”? Can you name a particular song?
- What was Col Parker’s biggest musical mistake?
-  What do you think of Elvis’ “remixes” or the new fake duets? Are they a necessary evil?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the tricky questions..
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: The Searcher - Additional Stories' Spotlight: Like all too many serious Elvis fans Dennis Laverty felt let-down by the lack of seventies content in the HBO 'Elvis The Searcher' documentary. Luckily for us he has produced a lovely documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher - Additional Stories Not in the Original Film" that anyone can view on Vimeo.
He writes, "I really enjoyed The Searcher documentary, but after watching I wished they would have made it 4 hours. The 1950's skipped what pushed Elvis over-the-top when he appeared on TV, two of his best films and soundtracks (Loving You & Jailhouse Rock), and the backlash he took with his rock and roll Christmas Album. The 1960s unfortunately glossed over American Sound, especially Elvis taking a risk with 'In The Ghetto'.
The 1970s disappointed when nothing was discussed about Elvis' only concept album (Elvis Country), nor 'He Touched Me' (they could have included unreleased Elvis on Tour footage of gospel segment) and finally with David Porter one of the Execs of the film from Stax Records that nothing was discussed about Elvis' returning to Memphis and STAX to record three key albums.
My goal was just to highlight those stories in some way.
Obviously I don't have access to the Elvis archives at Graceland, but I hope you enjoy.
The following are 10 segments that I thought could have fit into the film.
... EIN totally agrees and thoroughly recommends this 37 minute video.
This is the type of material that should have been in the DVD Extras     
CLICK HERE to VIMEO to watch
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for his input.
(Spotlight, Source;Dennis Laverty/ElvisInfoNet)


Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis.

This week celebrated our 25,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

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

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.


Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

Book Review - 'Elvis The Gospel Singer' (Paul Belard): Paul Belard has a quest to present the Elvis story in chronological visual form. To date he has released seven books with another 40+ at an advanced stage. In Elvis The Gospel Singer Belard moves from his chronological account of the Elvis day-by-day biography and offers a subject specific chronological account of Elvis' favourite music: gospel.

Over an impressive 300+ pages the author offers a full account of the gospel artists and music influencing Elvis and provides the lyrics for, and often background information to, all of Elvis' gospel recordings.

With more narrative than usual Belard delves deep into Elvis and his love of gospel music and includes rare historic material, and some unusual but valid song choices.

Read Nigel Patterson's review of Elvis The Gospel Singer.
(Book Review, Source; ELvisInformationNetwork)

'The King In The Ring' VINYL 50th Anniv Release: The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's groundbreaking 1968 NBC "Comeback Special" is also being celebrated with the 2LP vinyl presentation of "The King In The Ring." Originally released on a red vinyl limited edition run for Record Store Day this 2LP set showcases the standout, intimate "sit down" sets from the '68 special. These laid-back live performances were recorded in the round before a small audience and featured a powerful ensemble, including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis' original classic backing band.
... In 1968 Elvis Presley re-established himself as the King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the "comeback special", to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS both electrifying intimate "sit-down" sets will be released in the 2LP package with a beautiful gatefold sleeve.

General release November 30th
Great Cover shot.

(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

'The King In The Ring' VINYL 50th Anniversary Release - Double LP.

Great prices at Amazon.

$23 in the USA

And in the UK £18.05

The VINYL Boom: Over 7.6 million vinyl LPs were sold in the USA during the first half of 2018, a 20% increase from the previous year, while in Australia vinyl sales increased by $3 million, the same increase of 20%. In the same period CD sales however dropped by 15%.
Elvis vinyl is still selling very nicely with ‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ recently in the UK Top ten VINYL charts.
And there is plenty of Elvis Presley vinyl on offer....

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ on GOLD Vinyl: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was re-released by Sony Music on GOLD Vinyl on 12 October. UK's Entertainment-Focus have posted this cute review.
... What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said?
It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. 16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl.
Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special.
Presley was an incredibly prolific artist so getting this collection down to 31 tracks was no easy feat. It also includes the ALLC Junkie XL remix.
 What was achieved with ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits though, is a

collection that gives you all the highlights you need from The King’s career to showcase the incredible impact he had on music. The album opens with Heartbreak Hotel and there isn’t a single filler track here.
It’s actually near impossible to pick out highlights across the 2LPs because every single one of these songs is a classic.
Of course no Elvis collection would be complete without Suspicious Minds and that track is near the end of the track listing on the final side.
The release features the artwork from the original 2002 release and it’s a beautiful, high-quality gatefold. I mentioned earlier about the gold vinyl but what I’ve not commented on yet is the sound. The CD version was a little patchy given that the songs were all recorded at different times. It’s not as noticeable on the vinyl release and the quality is crystal clear. The warm crackle of vinyl adds to the overall feel too.
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan. While he had plenty of great songs that aren’t featured here, this collection truly is the definitive one to own. There’s not a single bad song here and it’s lengthy enough to give you value for money. The whole vinyl package is fantastic and it looks as good as it sounds.
They don’t make artists like Elvis anymore and they probably never will again.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ GOLD Vinyl Double LP.


'ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits' is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan.

The Official 'A Boy From Tupelo' Vinyl album is still selling, while there are some interesting Public Domain Vinyl releases out in the UK including 'Jailhouse Rock' with 16 tracks even including 'Lonesome Cowboy'! Also the rather odd CD called 'Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You' with thirty tracks including Bonus tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and even 'Good Luck Charm' out 29 October 2018 from Hoo Doo Records!





'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary' deluxe box-set.

Priced at around US$150 and £95.40 in the UK.

Not cheap if you already own the DVDs and CD box-set but the Blu-Rays are still pretty tempting.

'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary': More publicity out for the new box set.
... '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is set for release on November 30 and includes five CDs of music plus two Blu-ray discs featuring video content.
After spending most of the decade in Hollywood making forgettable movies and mostly boring music to accompany those films, Presley staged a comeback in 1968 with a TV special that was simply called Elvis and aired on Dec. 3.
Part of that program featured Presley singing some of his old hits, as well as a few new songs, surrounded by a lavish, Hollywood-style backdrop. But another section of that show spotlighted Presley, decked out in black leather and armed with a guitar, sitting on a stool on a spare stage that also included guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, two-thirds of the trio that catapulted Presley to fame in the mid '50s with their work on the Sun sessions and early RCA recordings.
That "sit-down" performance included raw takes of some of their best records, including "That's All Right" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
There were also scorching versions of "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" and "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" that pretty much signalled Presley's return to rock 'n' roll.
The Comeback Special, as it was later called, opened the door to Presley's terrific Memphis records from 1969 and his renewed success in the '70s until his death in 1977.
The '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) collects all of the existing audio and video from the show plus rehearsals and sessions recorded with the Wrecking Crew.
The CD Track-listing is a previously noted by EIN - see below.
The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data
There is over 7.5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered Blu-ray discs, overseen by Thom Zimny.

Blu-ray Disc 1:
- Elvis NBC TV Special originally broadcast on December 3, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #1 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #2 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #1 - June 29, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #2 - June 29, 1968


(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Blu-ray Disc 2:
- Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener - June 30, 1968 - All Takes and Raw Components
- If I Can Dream TV Show Closer - June 30, 1968 - All Takes
- Huh-Huh-Huh Promo - June 30, 1968
- Elvis Closing Credits Without Credit Roll - June 30, 1968
- If I Can Dream Special Music Video 2004 - June 30, 1968
- Gospel Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Guitar Man Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Blu-ray Special Feature Re-Cut

Bud Glass Elvis Super-Collector 2018 Interview: Bud Glass is the co-owner of The King’s Ransom Elvis Presley Museum and is a world authority on locating and authenticating rare Elvis Presley artifacts of all kinds. In the past he published the very popular series of  'ELVIS: Behind The Image' books and DVDs.
Not only does he own one of the largest collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the world, he is also an Elvis Presley historian, documentary producer as well as a consultant to major collectors.
Glass’ artifacts have been featured on multiple TV shows and he has even loaned artifacts to Graceland.
EIN heard that Bud Glass has recently started a new project - "Elvis Relics" - and we wanted to know more.
Go here as we discuss fake Elvis memorabilia, dodgy Elvis signatures, the death of Elvis' close friends, can one ever own enough “ELVIS  rarities” and much much more
EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' DVD Review: For fans of Elvis’ music there is no doubt that the HBO documentary “Elvis Presley The Searcher” was one of the best programmes ever made about Elvis and where his inspiration and music came from.

Fans were therefore pleased to know that the documentary would be released on DVD. The vision quality is excellent and it is a joy to slow-mo through some of the newly found clips and historical footage of Elvis.

However, how can such a fine documentary feel like such a let down as fans discover there are no DVD extras included that look deeper into Elvis' search?
EIN's Piers Beagley looks at the recent Australian DVD releases to find a good value-for-money documentary is also one of the biggest Elvis marketing failures in years and a disgrace.

Go here for the full review, a look at the "Questions & Answers" bonus material plus the special 20-page booklet. Is it really what Elvis fans wanted in this special DVD release?

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

The standard versions are available from under US$18 and £14.99 in the UK.

'The Searcher Collector's Edition' costs $33 from Amazon USA.

(Book Review) The Comeback - Elvis and the Story of the 68 Special (Simon Goddard): The past two months have been a busy period regarding Elvis' legendary '68 Comeback Special. Marking its 50th anniversary, the Special was shown in cinemas and two new books were published, one by Steve Binder (Director/Producer of the Special) and the other by noted rock music analyst, Simon Goddard.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took a few deep breaths and submerged himself in the Simon Goddard release.

Having previously read a number of the author's cerebrally challenging books, he was not surprised to find that Goddard's treatise on Elvis' legendary Comeback Special is one hell of an intellectively challenging and dizzy rollercoaster of a ride....... a journey most rewarding for those brave enough to go the distance.

Read Nigel's detailed review (Book Review, Source: EIN)

UPDATED - ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ In-Depth Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After commercial failure of the last Elvis / RPO album that concept has been dropped in favour of an Andy Childs led “Re-Vamp” of some Elvis Gospel.
Recorded over fifty years ago there is no doubt that some of Elvis’ Gospel songs might benefit from some sensitive modern production. And, after all, there is an interesting selection of tracks to work with. Not only that, but Lisa Marie was also involved in the recording.
So can a new ‘Re-Vamp’ of Elvis Gospel really work and can we recommend it to Elvis collectors?
Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
MORE UPDATES with YOUR FEEDBACK - Our review certainly has stimulated great debate with comments from "The two of you haven’t a clue!" to "A great, sobering review" - Now updated with even more of your comments - go here to check out the full review and send EIN YOUR THOUGHTS

(Book Review) The Elvis Experience (Dave Hebler): As a member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, Dave Hebler was part of Elvis' inner sanctum at least until his acromonious sacking, along with Red West and Sonny West, in 1976, and the subsequent publication of the infamous book, Elvis What Happened?.

Over the years, Dave, Red and Sonny West reclaimed respect in the Elvis world, at least with many fans, if not the Presley family and EPE.

Dave Hebler's new book was released during Elvis Week 2018.

The Elvis Experience has a 'fan friendly' feel to it. There are many amusing and fun stories and the author does not shy away from discussing at least some of the not so positive aspects of his experience working for Elvis.

To find out more about "The Elvis Experience" you can read Nigel Patterson's in-depth review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

EIN founding President, Nigel Patterson, interviewed by Pop Music Research Blog Spot: EIN recently interviewed Dr Mark Duffett and reviewed his excellent book, Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs.

Due to Nigel's keen interest in "Elvis world" history and the socio-cultural aspects of the Elvis legend, Dr Duffett decided to "turn the tables" and interview Nigel for his insightful pop music research blog.

In a three-part interview Nigel discusses a wide range of topics including:

  • what the Elvis world was like in the 1970s;
  • the most important "landmarks" (changes) in the Elvis world since August 1977;
  • answers the question: "Do Elvis fans have a shared, collective ethics or morality?";
  • Elvis' unfairly maligned film canon;
  • Elvis as a socio-cultural force;
  • an attempt to establish a national fan club in Australia in the late 1990s;
  • the issues that most divide Elvis fans;
  • the biggest myths that still persist about Elvis;
  • what Elvis' interests in reading say about him as a person;
  • have those closest to Elvis been straight with fans about what he was really like; and
  • a lot more......

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .


... some of the best in popular music research compiled by Dr Mark Duffett


an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson


Documentary 'The King' set for DVD and Blu-ray release: Eugene Jerecki's 'road trip' across America in Elvis' Rolls Royce Phantom V will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 2 October in the US.

The film suggests that America, like Elvis, has squandered its potential and betrayed the promise of its glorious beginning. As Harlem rapper Immortal Technique tells Jarecki in the film: "If Elvis is your metaphor for America, we're about to O.D."

Jarecki's "The King" is essentially a filmed essay, with musical interludes and commentary provided by guest artists (Emmylou Harris, Chuck D), journalists (Dan Rather) and celebrities (a seemingly irrelevant but quite eloquent Mike Myers), many of whom discuss Elvis and America from the back seat of the large luxury car, purchased at auction for the production. (Entering the Rolls in Nashville, musician John Hiatt breaks into tears, struck by how "trapped" Elvis must have felt.) News, Source: EIN/Amazon)

Dave Hebler Interview Update with EIN: Dave Hebler is best known to Elvis Presley fans as being part of the Memphis Mafia and Elvis’ bodyguard in the mid-seventies. As an integral part of Elvis’ personal and professional life, Hebler’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations.
After our April interview with Dave Hebler he has completed his new book 'The Elvis Experience' which is now available through Amazon. (see below)

EIN's Piers Beagley wanted to find out more about the book - released just in time for Elvis Week - and giving Hebler a chance to answer a few EIN readers questions..

Go here for EIN's exclusive catch-up with Dave Hebler including some cool photos..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

UPDATED - Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO film review): EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an in-depth look at Thom Zimny's documentary film about Elvis and his music.

What Nigel finds will surprise many fans. Discover what's The Good and The Bad about this new documentary looking at Elvis' music.

Is the film a masterpiece (the definitive Elvis documentary), over-rated or somewhere in the middle?


Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - EIN review ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Deluxe CD boxset: If your main interest in Elvis is his music then HBO’s ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ will probably become your favourite documentary ever produced about our hero.
The companion 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances and rare outtakes plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including several early singles that inspired Elvis.
Thom Zimny said, "To live with the music of The Searcher over a period of years was more than a privilege. It changed my thinking about the emotional life of songs, both for those who make them and those who listen to them."
While keen Elvis fans may already own all the chosen songs Director Thom Zimny's selection is so eclectic that there is still plenty to enjoy and discover. But does the box-set really work without having seen the film?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley provides an indepth review and investigates how the new box-set works compared with the HBO documentary.... Now updated with YOUR Comments
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more.

For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

'ELVIS ON TOUR - 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' IN-Depth Review: Amiga International's long awaited LIMITED-EDITION boxset featuring 9-CD’s, all remastered, of all known recordings made for the Golden Globe Award-winning concert documentary ELVIS ON TOUR is OUT NOW. It includes the premiere of the complete rehearsal recorded in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 1972, with three previously unreleased performances.
The 13-inch boxset also includes a huge 128-page hardcover book containing detailed essays of the entire April 1972 tour with RARE AND UNPUBLISHED photographs and related memorabilia.

When considering the lack of attention paid to this concert documentary, it seems a shame that so few official releases have emerged. It is for this reason that AMIGA International presents this deluxe package to honor the excellent recordings made for the much neglected "Elvis On Tour" film.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'

Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - Trying To Get To You: The Truth Behind The Elvis And Roy Orbison Show Rumours: For decades there has always been an unsubstantiated rumour that Elvis Presley appeared as a guest on Roy Orbison's TV show on the local station KOSA.
The Roy Orbison website notes that both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley performed on Roy’s TV show in late 1955.
Respected author Colin Escott wrote in his book Good Rockin’ Tonight about a kinescope of Elvis on the Roy Orbison TV show actually existing.
Some keen Elvis fans have said that they have seen this very kinescope at Elvis Week shows back in the 80s.
But like infamous Pied Piper of Cleveland does this footage really exist and is there any real proof that Elvis did appear on the Roy Orbison TV show?
Shane Brown (author of Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide) has done an immense amount of investigation and thinks he has found the answer.

Go here as EIN contributor & author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy.
(Spotlight; Source;SBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis:The Last Movies' FTD in-depth Review: Charro!, The trouble with girls, Change Of Habit, finally Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series.
“The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
In this period Elvis' voice had matured and the sound of ‘68/’69 was a great musical turning point for Elvis with the NBC TV special and the Memphis sessions. While some of the movie compositions were not as good as he deserved, with Elvis sounding vocally great at this time what does this new Classic Soundtrack have to offer?
The one disc contains previously unreleased material, including "rough mixes" and also multiple outtakes from 'The Trouble With Girls' 'Almost' session.
EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD Classic soundtrack album release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;IanGarfield/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) - Exposing the Amazon Elvis Book Rip-Off?: From RCA to Sony Elvis' back catalog has long been exploited at the expense of his legacy. The same thing is now happening regarding Elvis book releases!

Through clever marketing, including the use of different (but suspicious) author names and different book titles for releases which are essentially identical; short and long book editions; and coupling the Elvis story with that of other celebrities, a glut of Elvis related book titles (with repetitive text) only available from Amazon are blatantly misleading fans.

Read EIN's findings in our "exclusive" investigative report

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback.
Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Book Review "Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide": Elvis Presley made over 700 recordings during his life. This book by author Shane Brown examines all of them. Session by session, song by song, Reconsider Baby takes the reader on a journey from Elvis’s first recordings in 1953 through to his last performances in 1977.
This significantly expanded and revised edition of 2014’s Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide provides a commentary on Elvis’s vast and varied body of work, while also examining in detail how Elvis and his recordings and performances were discussed in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
The text draws on over 500 contemporary articles and reviews, telling for the first time the story of how Elvis and his career played out in the printed media, and often forcing us to question our understanding of how Elvis’s work was received at the time of release.

Can another detailed examination into Elvis' musical legacy really be worth buying? (Hint, the answer is a big YES!)
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley reviews the newly expanded look into Elvis' musical legacy, including some choice book extracts...

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

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)

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'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)

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)

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)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

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
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

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 ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'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)

'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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Elvis Film Guide
Elvis Online Virtual Library
Elvis Research Forum
Elvis Rules on Television
FTD Database (EPE)
Graceland - The National Historic Landmark
How & where do I sell my Elvis collection?
Is Elvis the best selling artist?
Links to Elvis' family & friends
Links to other Elvis sites
Marty's Musings
Online Elvis Symposium
Parkes Elvis Festival 2009 (Australia)
Presley Law legal archives (Preslaw)
Presleys In The Press
Sale of EPE (Archives)
6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography
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50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - the most 'covered' Elvis album of all-time
Spotlight: Elvis Film Posters
FTD Review: An American Trilogy
Book Review: Elvis: A King in the Making
Interview: Vic Colonna - the Dangerous World of Bootlegging Elvis