The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
Highlights Include: For the first time since 1954 we can hear That’s All Right in its true Sun sound without the fake RCA echo. This track has now finally been re-mastered from the original Sun Mother master straight to 5.1 Audio/ Dolby Digital sound. This original version has never before been re-released on record, CD or any digital disc until now.
Huge boost for Parkes Elvis Festival: 'Things From The King' is a totally Australian owned, private collection of Elvis' personal items displayed by his friend, Joe Esposito.
It will be featured in the Coventry Room during the annual Elvis Festival,in January 2006, in Parkes, NSW. The exhibition is a private collection featuring over 60 items, either owned, or connected with Elvis Presley.
The exhibition features an audio guided tour by Elvis' long time friend, Joe Esposito, who worked with Elvis for nearly 20 years and was the best man at his marriage to Priscilla (Joe does not appear in person).
The collection is owned by one of Australia's premier children's entertainers, Greg Page - better known as the Yellow Wiggle. Page has had an affinity with Elvis ever since visiting Elvis' home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.
"It had such a profound impact on me - seeing where Elvis lived, feeling his presence in the house where he walked the halls, and more importantly, finding out about the man behind the legend."
Now Page wants to share that experience with Australians who have never been to Graceland. People who want to experience the King's story, and see his own personal items, as his story is told by one of his best friends, Joe Esposito. For Page, this is an extension upon his love for Elvis and the music that he made. (News, Source: Parkes Champion Post)
New book release - "All Elvis 2": Two years after Elvis Unlimited published the book All Elvis are a follow up in the making. This second volume will be made after the concept as the first volume.
Elvis sighted at Disneyland: Last week, following a pre-Thanksgiving Day visit to Disneyland, a group of park regulars—they dislike being called annual passholders or APs—contacted obe-mediaone.com with an interesting story involving It's a Small World Holiday and Elvis Presley.
While floating past Small World's version of England, this group of friends, which included three Southern Californians and two others from Salt Lake City and London, England, were admiring "the English" Christmas decorations. Thinking it was an English tradition, one of the guys from California asked if there was a pickle hidden in the British Christmas tree. What he was actually referring to was the myth of the German Christmas Tree pickle ornament, but that's another story.
The end result, however, was that all five of these friends began to closely scrutinize the British Christmas tree in It's a Small World Holiday. They didn't find a pickle, but what they did find was just as unexpected. There, about a third of the way up from the bottom and slightly off-center of the artificial tree, was a large "gapping opening" among the neat and tidy rows of festive decorations. Recessed inside the opening, as if peering out from deep within the tree, was a face.
According to one member of the group, "It startled me at first, because I couldn't make out what it was—then I saw a face, which seemed spooky—then I realized it was Elvis, which was just weird." (News, Source: obe-mediaone.com)
The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh: Sammy Shore, the comedian who opened for Elvis between 1969 and 1971, is working on a TV Show/Book/movie project entitled "The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh". He is currently working on the contracts for these three aspects of the project. (News, Source: Elvis Matters /Elvis News)
Bruce Campbell on how he prepared for his role as Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep:
Q: You played Elvis in "Bubba Ho-tep". Taking that role was a risky proposition, wasn’t it? Elvis Presley has an army of imitators, a subculture all its own, and the challenge for any actor playing the King would be playing the man, not the icon. I’m curious: how did you prepare for the role?
Elvis documentary company goes public: Memphis Productions One AVV is a television, video production and marketing company that will invest primarily, although not exclusively, in the development and production of a documentary and related DVD series on Elvis Presley as presented through the historical Barton Elvis Archives and the eyes of some of his closest confidants and friends, such as the “Memphis Mafia”, the producer of his comeback Chips Moman and others with candid insight into Graceland and Elvis’ world.
The Most Important Artifact in Broadcast History to Be Auctioned on December 16, 2005: The Original Vintage Shure Brothers Model 55S Microphone From the Louisiana Hayride Used by Elvis Presley and Through Which the Famous Phrase 'Please Young People, Elvis Has Left the Building' Was First Broadcast.
Profiles in History will auction the most important artifact in broadcast history at a LIVE Hollywood Memorabilia Auction on December 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. This original vintage Shure Brothers 55S microphone is the highlight of the auction including over 350 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia ranging from props and costumes to artist's sketches and vintage photographs worth over Two Million Dollars!
Elvis Aaron Presley, known the world over simply as Elvis, truly was the first international "Superstar" and is one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. He sold over 1 billion records, more than any other artist. He was one of the highest paid actors of the time. His musical influences came from pop, country, gospel and R&B. No one has been as celebrated in the history of music. His sound and style transformed the traditional clapping audiences into throngs of screaming and fainting fans, which created a whole new music audience of groupies!
Elvis created a music phenomenon which stands as popular today (30 yrs. after his death) as it was in the beginning of his career, from his first performances at the Louisiana Hayride. This Shure Brothers Model 55S was used at radio station KWKH located in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was purchased by the station sometime in the mid 1950s, and appears in photographs taken at the station as early as 1956. It was owned by the station until June 10, 1975 when it was sold, along with the name and assets of the Louisiana Hayride radio program. In addition to its use in the KWKH studios, it was also used on the world famous Louisiana Hayride radio program from the mid-1950s until the end of its primary run in August of 1960, and saw continuous use on occasional Louisiana Hayride package shows throughout the 1960s.
Artists signed by KWKH or guest-starring on the Hayride who would have used this microphone include Johnny Cash, George Jones, Roy Acuff, June Carter, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jean Shepard, Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl, Ray Price, Roger Miller, Johnny Paycheck, Hank Williams Jr., Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Nat Stuckey, Leroy Van Dyke, Charley Pride, Freddie Hart, Bob Luman, Grandpa Jones, Marty Robbins, The Wilburn Brothers and countless others.
The most famous role for this Model 55S came on the evening of December 15, 1956 when Hayride announcer Horace Logan first spoke the words "Elvis has left the building" into the microphone as the young Presley exited the Hirsch Youth Building in Shreveport after concluding his final Louisiana Hayride show. Simply trying to encourage the crowd of teenagers to take their seats for the remainder of the Hayride show, Mr. Logan had no idea how famous his words would become in later years! The microphone is offered together with the full rights to the "Elvis has left the building" sound recording, as made by Horace Logan on that December evening. (The full rights, title and interest in the recording will be transferred to the successful bidder from the current owner when the sale is complete.)
The microphone comes with letters of authenticity from Frank Page, an employee of KWKH from 1947 to present, and Joey Kent, son of the Louisiana Hayride owner. A wonderful, historic piece of sound equipment from the Louisiana Hayride show, through which one of the most famous phrases of the 20th century -- "Elvis has left the building!" -- was first spoken.
Collectors may bid in person, live on the Internet at http://www.ebayliveauctions.com, by phone or fax. Visit Profiles in History on the web at http://www.profilesinhistory.com. Profiles in History is located at 110 N. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Joseph Maddalena, President of Profiles in History, is available for interviews and auction items are available for filming. For more information, please contact Lorna Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (310) 859-7701. (News, Source: Media Release, PR Newswire)
Marty Lacker slams "Elvis is alive" author: In part 2 of our interview with noted Memphis Mafia member, Marty Lacker, one of the issues discussed is the idea Elvis that faked his death. Marty takes a very strong stance about the idea and one author claiming Marty and Billy Smith admitted Elvis faked his death. From the 2nd part of our interview (to be published tomorrow):
EIN: In his book "Elvis' DNA Proves He Is Alive", Bill Beeny claims (page 62) that in an article in People magazine (September 1996), you and Billy Smith finally "...admitted...that Elvis faked his death by using a donor body". What is your response to Mr Beeny's claim?
Marty: Bill Beeny is a nutcase and I told him that to his face years ago. The story Billy and I wrote was FICTION and it was presented to the London newspaper it appeared in as FICTION. Fools like Beeny like to use that for their own ludicrous agenda. He's really not worth the effort talking about.
EIN: What is your view on the idea that Elvis did not die on August 16, 1977?
Marty: Elvis died on August 16, 1977. It was witnessed and documented and an autopsy was performed on his body by reputable doctors in Memphis. The lead Dr., Dr. Muirhead is beyond reproach and enjoys a great reputation in the medical field. The people who foster the idiocy that Elvis faked his death are idiots or con men. Click to read part 1 of Marty's interview (Interview/Conspiracy, Source: EIN)
Now there are 2 Elvis reality TV shows!: 2005 has been the year of the Elvis "remix". Is 2006 going to be the year of the Elvis rality TV show?
Earlier this year we published several reports about an American Idol type Elvis show. Well it turns out two shows are in the making. The first, involving a set of auditions in Garland, Texas, is called Elvis, Then, Now and Forever. It is the brainchild of Harry T. Keane Jr., the creator of American Idol. Among those competing are noted tribute artists, Kraig Parker, James Wages, Matt King and Matt Spalding. The winner will receive a mint-condition 1968 Cadillac, a $25,000 recording contract and other prizes.
The second show is tentatively called Who Wants To Be Elvis? Sonny West, T.G. Sheppard, Sheena Easton and B.J. Thomas have apparently been approached to be judges, and the host is expected to be Ronnie McDowell. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
EPE revenues in spotlight: The owner of EPE, CKX, Inc. filed its half-year return with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in August. Some of the interesting filings were:
Contained in the return was also that in 2004, EPE revenues had declined by 6%.
On the expenses side of the ledger, operating expenses for the last 3 months of 2004-5 period increased by $23.8m. During that 3 months period, revenue increased by only $22.4m. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Charts update: The "Hitstory" compilation moves up one place on the Official UK Album Charts this week to #38. The other good news is that with this weeks chart entry for "Hitstory", Elvis moves ahead of The Beatles for the first time in the weekly album points total. He now has a weekly total of 1294 weeks and The Beatles 1293. And there should be a few weeks from 'Hitstory' before it leaves the chart. In Australia, the album has dropped out of the ARIA Top 50 Album Chart after a disappointing short run. Fingers crossed it may re-enter the chart in the lead up to the busy Christmas period. "Hitstory" is yet to enter the World Top 40 Album Chart. (News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum / Elvis News/ ARIA/ United World Chart)
Extract from "The Presley Commission Report": One of the most elusive publications in the annals of Elvis literature is The Presley Commission Report into Elvis' "alleged" death on August 16, 1977. The following extract is from The Presley Commission Report. Even if you don't agree with the Commission's finding that Elvis did not die in August 16, 1977, the timeline and notes make for a greater understanding of events on that day. Some of the notations will undoubtedly generate debate. (Spotlight/Conspiracy, Source: The Presley Commission)
Jerry Schilling book & film deal: A while ago we reported that Memphis Mafia member, Jerry Schilling, was apparently working on a major Elvis project. While it is yet to be confirmed, the latest issue of Elvis World from Bill E. Burk mentions that Jerry may soon close a million dollar package deal that will include a book and movie rights. (News, Source: Elvis World, Bill E. Burk)
Sonny West book update: Meanwhile, Bill Burk's Elvis World also indicates that Sonny's new book needs only two more chapters before its first draft is finished. (News, Source: Elvis World, Bill E. Burk)
Has Madonna tied Elvis?: There is a report circulating that Madonna has tied Elvis for the most top 10 hits in the rock era on the Billboard Hot 100 (Singles chart). The report claims both artists have achieved 36 top 10 hits.
In fact, Elvis has scored 38 top 10 hits on Billboard as listed in The Billboard Book of US Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn. Elvis' tally comprises 32 different singles with both sides of six "double sided" hits making the top 10. The most notable of these was Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel where both sides reached #1. Billboard's media release says: Madonna racked up that tally in about 21 and a half years, starting with "Borderline." Presley scored his 36 top 10 hits in 16 and a half years, from 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel" until 1972 with "Burning Love." We're not sure how Billboard has missed two of Elvis' top 10 hits but hopefully they'll correct their release soon. For the record, the Billboard Hot 100 was introduced on August 4, 1958. Prior to that date Billboard published a Top 100 chart from November 1955. (News, Reuters/EIN)
In "Dell's Lunch Counter", containing nine mini-featurettes, novelist Barry Gifford discusses the adaptation and reveals Lynch had originally neglected to use the line "wild at heart and weird on top" ("the single most important line in the novel!") in his first draft - and was persuaded to put it back in. Diane Ladd recalls how she managed to shock even Lynch during her bathroom scene with Cage. Willem Dafoe reveals how he urinated for real (take after take) when Peru visits Lulu - later to learn the toilet was a prop, to be cleaned afterward by an unfortunate crew member. We also discover that Cage's iconic snakeskin jacket ("a symbol of individuality and my belief in personal freedom") was the actor's own, bought years before in a junk shop, and which he'd always hoped to wear one day in a film. He later gave the jacket to Laura Dern as a present.
Santa Claus is comin' to town: Graceland officially begins the holiday season on Friday, November 25th, with the annual lighting of the lights and decorations on the mansion and plaza property. After a countdown by everyone in attendance, the Christmas switch is flipped and Graceland's holiday lights come alive for another year. This year, Santa will appear decked out with a decidedly Elvis attitude, dramatically arriving at Graceland with Elvis style -- in a limousine -- to participate in the lighting. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids throughout the evening's festivities. Humes Middle School Choir will be on hand with Christmas carols, and hot chocolate and holiday cookies will be available to make this a tradition to remember. (Humes Middle School is the former Humes High School, Elvis Presley's alma mater). Graceland's extensive holiday spectacle includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and much more originally displayed by Elvis. For the seventh year, Arkansas philanthropist Jennings Osborne and his family have constructed larger-than-ever displays of over two million lights in Graceland Plaza. The Osbornes provide lights for over 32 cities, Disney World and Graceland. Their light displays are a gift to the communities that enjoy them. The interiors of Graceland mansion will be decked in Elvis' Christmas decor for the holiday season and Graceland will stay open until 8:00 p.m. this night only for those wanting to purchase a ticket to tour the mansion decorated for the holidays. For Elvis fans on your list, there will be special prices and discounts available at many of the gift shops at Graceland and Guardian Angel Pet Rescue will be offering gift wrapping for donations.
For the sixth year, a view of the spectacle can be enjoyed anywhere in the world via the LIVE "GracelandCam(TM)" at www.elvis.com. For more information visit www.elvis.com or call 901-332-3322. WHERE: Graceland Plaza, Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (Contact Kevin Kern at 901-332-3322 for optimum locations) WHEN: Friday, November 25th, at Dusk (approximately 5:30 PM Central Time) Your coverage of the lighting and festivities is invited. (News, Source: EPE)
More "remixes" for sale on ebay: click images to view ebay listing
Calling All Fans - two Elvis books to have and to hold: If Elvis Presley the man came in all shapes and sizes, why not the books devoted to him? Cases in point: this season's The King (priced at US$75) and Elvis: The Personal Archives (US$29.95).
Piazza's text -- biographical chapter intros, informative photo captions, movie plot lines, time lines, trivia -- perforce takes a back seat to the eye-popping visuals. But there are small moments here too, none smaller perhaps (or more perceptive) than the conclusion reached by actress Dolores (nicknamed by Elvis "Whistling Britches") Hart: "Elvis is a very lonely man" -- an observation Hart made early in Elvis' movie career and, safe to say, before Hart entered a convent.
For more on the subject of loneliness, consider Elvis' gold-plated bedroom phone. Artist Jeff Scott has considered it. He's even had the receiver in his hand. And he's photographed it -- a utilitarian object fit for a king but an object, to Scott's way of seeing and thinking, "representing something far more humble: a quiet man in his isolated domain, away from prying eyes and the desires of others, talking late into the night."
That phone is just one object in the Graceland archives that Scott was allowed unprecedented access to. The photographs -- straightforward shots of Elvis' personal effects (his driver's license, his TV, his Colt 45 automatic, etc.) -- raise the real to the level of the surreal, the everyday to the level of the iconic. They serve as subtext not only to Elvis' private life but to the issue of Elvis' very identity, with this aim in mind: Scott is making a visceral connection between viewer and object that goes beyond looking. He wants you the audience to reach in, grab hold.
And he's happy to add that the people at Elvis Presley Enterprises gave their full cooperation over the three years he worked on this project. "They became like a family," Scott says. "They opened up Elvis' life to me." Scott continues: "I've been a fan of Elvis since I was a kid. But how could I translate Elvis' rise from rags to riches?
"I wanted to study what that journey for him was like. Frame it as one aspect of American culture. Examine it from a fine-art perspective. Strip away the manufactured imagery of celebrity. Humanize Elvis. I wanted to put his archives in your hands." (News, Source: The Memphis Flyer)
Marketing Elvis (Part 2): Almost every rock icon - from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to the Clash - has let his or her songs be shilled on the air. And younger artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins and Modest Mouse seem to wonder what all the "selling out" fuss is about. "As an artist, you've got to put yourself in some interesting places and do some things you might not have done when rock radio was more dominant and when MTV actually played videos," says Catharine P. Taylor, a staff writer at AdWeek.
The Rolling Stones certainly have found new places to go with music from their new album. In order to make a bigger buck for "A Bigger Bang," the Stones have been written into the story line of the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives," and their song "Streets of Love" will be played during the show at tear-jerking moments throughout November.
Tyler Bacon is president of Position Music, a Los Angeles company that serves as a licensing middleman between advertising agencies and music artist. His firm, founded six years ago, manages the licensing of Elvis Presley's songs, among other notables. He said Presley's family is selective about how Elvis' songs are used.
"It's all about retaining his image," Bacon said. "If Elvis is going to be used in any joke situation, the estate will automatically turn it down, no matter how much money is offered."
One example of going too far might be Preparation H's bid in 2004 to use Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" to sell the hemorrhoid cream. Cash's daughter, singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, refused to allow it, telling Advertising Age magazine the idea was "moronic." (News, Source: Tucson.com)
New book announced - "Fortunate Son: The Life of Elvis Presley": To be published by Hill and Wang in July 2006 is this hardcover written by Charles Ponce de Leon. ISBN: 080903042X; Amazon price US$24.00) (News, Source: amazon.com)
New book announced: "Shooting Elvis": Written by Stuart Pawson and published by Allison & Busby this novel is due for release in April 2006. ISBN: 0749082674; RRP US$25.95. (News, Source: Amazon.com)
Marketing Elvis in 2005 (Part 1): We received this thought provoking message from author William P. Haynes:
"One of the reasons Elvis fails to reach many record buyers is point of reference and that has to do with the timeframe that his popularity peaked and the direction A&R took his music in the later part of the sixties and seventies. RCA/BMG and later Elvis Enterprises has always marketed his material as strictly rock and roll and to a very minor extent that was true primarily in the first facet of his career.
However if you look at his catalog with an objective eye, you can see how the marketing has been misguided and Elvis has suffered as an artist because of that. There may be some plausibility to the claim that Elvis Presley was the king of rock n' roll in the fifties but by the late sixties that certainly was no longer the case. Both critics and fans point to the 68 comeback as his resurgence as a rock artist but again I stress to look at the material that followed. His last major recording session commonly called the Memphis recordings produced not one bonafide rock song. The biggest hit was Suspicious Minds which at the time was called adult contemporary.
This brings us full circle to my original point that there is no point of reference for the record buying public. To "sell" Elvis as a product in today's marketplace you have to reinvent the work itself. The "King" tagline needs to be dropped with the rock references. The wealth of material recorded in the later years needs to be seperated into new CDs where the country songs are marketed to the correct audience, ballads with ballads etc. It's time now for Elvis to have a musical identity rather than to lump everything together in new packaging without any thought to the work itself." (News, Source: William P. Haynes, http://www.arminus9-writers.com)
"Carol's Memories of Elvis" to re-open with new name: After 27 years at Graceland Crossing, "Carol's Memories of Elvis" has to vacate its premises on 30 November as EPE is not offering a new lease. Carol intends broadening her business and reopening as "Carol's Gifts & Collectibles". Her new store will still offer many Elvis items. It is scheduled to open on 1 March 2006 at 7174 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN, 38133 (just 20 minutes from Graceland). Memories of Elvis closes its doors on 30 November so there are still a few days left to get some great Elvis bargains. Click to visit their website (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
New website promoting alleged Elvis song "If I'd Only Bought Her Roses": The song Elvis allegedly co-wrote with Paul Terry King is being promoted on Mr. King's new website. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
This week, thousands of people from around the world will be in Memphis to honor Elvis during Elvis Tribute Week, a week-long celebration of the life of the legendary singer. St. Jude also honors Elvis because of his early support of Danny’s dream. Elvis continued to support the hospital after the 1957 event. In 1964, the same year the Beatles invaded America, Presley donated a yacht, the U.S.S. Potomac, to St. Jude. The Potomac had served as the presidential yacht, or “Floating White House,” for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Elvis gave the boat to St. Jude to do with as they saw fit. In a February 13 ceremony that took place in Long Beach, California, Elvis officially gave the boat to Danny. The boat was sold for $65,000 with the proceeds coming back to the hospital.
Elvis’ legacy in music is unparalleled and his early support of St. Jude was remembered fondly by Danny and the Board of St. Jude. His support, and that of many others, enabled the hospital to tackle acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. At the time, only four out of 100 children survived ALL. By 1970, St. Jude research and treatment protocols had raised the survival rate to 50 percent, and today more than 80 percent of children stricken with ALL will survive.
Elvis fans can continue his support: Despite this success, there are still thousands of children dying from ALL and other forms of childhood cancer, not to mention infectious diseases and genetic disorders that St. Jude has pledged to investigate and cure. That’s why the fans of Elvis have continued to support the hospital: to continue the fight Danny began and Elvis joined.
St. Jude has challenged Elvis fan clubs to raise $1,222, which will cover the costs of providing two days of intravenous chemotherapy for a St. Jude patient. Or fans can make a memorial or honor gift in honor of another Elvis fan. St. Jude will send a unique Elvis card to whomever the donor designates. Or the donor can send the recipient a special Elvis e-card, featuring artwork of Presley drawn by St. Jude patients.
“Almost everyone can appreciate the music Elvis gave us over the years,” said David L. McKee, chief operating officer of ALSAC, St. Jude’s fund-raising arm. “But his support of St. Jude was also appreciated, especially in those early days when Danny’s dream had yet to take form. We thank Elvis, his family and his millions of fans for helping create St. Jude and for continuing to support children fighting deadly diseases.” (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis fan wins Australia's Brainiest Comedian: Comedian and media personality, Mikey Robbins, beat a star studded cast to be crowned Australia's Brainiest Comedian today. Mikey's special subject was "Elvis" and while the questions weren't particularly difficult for an Elvis fan, they helped him secure the trophy and $20,000 for his charity, Autism Australia. (News, Source: EIN)
Elvis Presley "Special Collectors Edition" CD released in Australia: Just released is this two disc "budget price" set which we understand features the Hayride recordings and an disc of early Elvis interviews. We hope to add the cover artwork tomorrow. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
New book release: Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture by Douglas Brode. Though Elvis Presley’s music is widely credited as starting a sea change in American popular culture, his films are often dismissed as base marketing vehicles, commercially successful but insignificant. Beyond the formulaic plotlines and increasing reliance on weak songs, however, the films—and Elvis—serve as profound cultural touchstones, revealing changing American aesthetics more than a changing Elvis. Elvis’s rebel image in 1956, as a guitar-swinging incarnation of Brando or Dean, had by 1969’s Change of Habit become safe and sterile.
This work demonstrates how Elvis, through his films, reflected a shifting social, cultural and political landscape in America. Encompassing all 31 movies and two 1970s documentaries, it provides a film-by-film study of Elvis Presley and America, and argues that each film reflects the society for which it was made. Throughout his career, most of Elvis’s characters combined rebellion with wholesome, traditional ideals, but the public’s perspective changed, and what was considered radical in 1954 was called reactionary by 1970. Studied sequentially, his films reflect those cyclical ideals, and unconsciously portray America’s process of renewal and redefinition of self.
Elvis world record set: Good news from the bailiff of Turnhout; the new world record of Olav Pawlenko has now officially been set. During the record breaking attempt, the bailiff and his co-workers visited Olav Pawlenko 8 times, each time unannounced. These reports, and the complete play-list, will now be added to the official documents.
Illness forces postponement of "Elvis to the Max": Max Pellicano's performances at The Basement in Sydney tonight and tomorrow night have been postponed on doctor's orders. The plan is to reschedule them for next month. (News, Source: Max Pellicano)
This year, Santa will appear decked out with a decidedly Elvis attitude, dramatically arriving at Graceland with Elvis style-- in a limousine-- to participate in the lighting. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids throughout the evening’s festivities. Humes Middle School Choir will be on hand with Christmas carols, and hot chocolate and holiday cookies will be available to make this a tradition to remember. (Humes Middle School is the former Humes High School, Elvis Presley’s alma mater).
Elvis "pubic hair" for sale!: We received this "believe it or not" message from Henrik Larsson: "Christmas is approaching rapidly! I am sending this email to notify you about a unique Elvis-related auction, currently running on eBay. Whether or not you personally will find it to be an interesting piece, I stress it is however a 100% serious auction and one that undoubtedly many collectors' will find intriguing. The auction closes in only a few days so make sure to check it out asap. This is a once in a life-time opportunity to own something which likely no other collector has or ever will have. Thank you. Merry Christmas! Sincerely, Henrik Larsson LINK: http://cgi.ebay.com/ELVIS-PRESLEY-S-PUBE-WITH-PROVENANCE_W0QQitemZ7564964026QQcategoryZ108857QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Help support Belgian bid for an Elvis stamp: Right after the success in Holland, The United Elvis Presley Society launches a nationwide campaign to get an official Elvis stamp in their country. Managers at the Belgian post office are informed and will put this matter on the next agenda. There has been a limited edition stamp in Belgium two years ago through a private company campaign, but this one was not on sale in most of the postal offices. You can send requests for this Elvis stamp to: Elvispostzegel@skynet.be (News, Source: The United Elvis Presley Society / Elvis News)
Elvis coffee: How do you like your eggs in the morning? Well, if it's with Elvis coffee, you're now in luck. EPE has licensed little-known Ugly Mug Coffee Co. of Memphis to sell a signature line of coffees and hot chocolate, beginning with the coming holiday season. You can soon order these flavors: Santa Baby, Blue Christmas, Love Me Tender, or the de-caf blend, Silent Night. Orders can be placed now only thru the internet at: www.elviscoffee.com (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis gets 15 years!: An Elvis Presley impersonator who kept his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint for hours in his Soulard home in 2004 was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.
Holland record fair raided for bootlegs: Anti-piracy organizations from the Netherlands and UK yesterday raided the annual Record Fair in Utrecht, Holland, confiscating all bootlegs found. No word yet on how Elvis dealers there fared, but in the past a number of have been jailed for selling Elvis bootleg product. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Australian chart update: The 3CD boxset, Hitstory, fell fifteen places to #43 on this week's ARIA Top 50 Album Chart. The set has been in the chart for 4 weeks and is yet to be certified Gold or Platinum. (News, Source: ARIA)
From the Archives #5: Elvis' high school history teacher, Mildred Scrivener, had this to say about Elvis' appearance and growing popularity with girls: "Elvis began to come out of his shell by his junior year. We had grown accustomed to those sideburns which he sported in defiance of the other boy's trend towards crew cuts. He was growing handsome and, with those nice manners of his, the girls were beginning to regard him as something special." (Source: Elvis...In Days Gone By Vol. 2, Ron D'Ambra, 1980)
Elvisly Yours restaurants update: Sid Shaw provided this update on his proposed chain of Elvisly Yours themed rerstaurants: "For one year we have been negotiating with potential investors to launch 'Elvisly Yours Restaurants' in different countries in the world. Negotiations are still ongoing in several countries, however, in Britain, we wanted to find one investor that would operate the first Restaurant planned for Central London. Instead of finding one investor we have had approaches from many small investors. Rather than delay our Project any further the Consortium who have designed the concept and produced the Business Plan are now drawing up plans to find a group of investors, although each share will probably be at least £50,000.00. Information will be announced in the next Newsletter, on our website and in the media when we are ready to promote the investment scheme. In the meantime, current negotiations will continue around the world". (News, Source: Sid Shaw)
Robbie Williams banned from using Elvis images: Sid Shaw of Britain's Elvisly Yours tells us: "I got a call out of the blue from a film production company that wanted Elvisly Yours memorabilia for a TV video featuring Robbie Williams. Robbie is a huge Elvis fan and I was delighted to be asked to supply a range of our Elvis memorabilia to decorate a film set in Blackpool where the secret film shoot for his next pop video was going to take place. In the video Robbie was to play an Elvis fan that had his home covered in Elvis memorabilia. I had asked if I could meet Robbie and be present at the video shoot and this was agreed.
I had not heard back from the film company to confirm arrangements so I called them. I was told that at the last moment a decision was made NOT to use images of Elvis for fear of problems with EPE if the video was shown in the USA. They had to rewrite the whole script and do a completely new production. In effect, Robbie Williams was banned from using images of Elvis Presley. Instead Robbie dressed up as Elvis. Some stupid lawyer pulled the plug because of some imagined threat that had no foundation. On what grounds could EPE stop a video being shot in Britain featuring an Elvis fan having Elvis memorabilia in his home? My memorabilia has appeared hundreds of times over the years on US television and there has never been a problem. The same thing happened last year with the BBC and "EastEnders". They wanted my memorabilia for the set of a new character who was a big Elvis fan. Again, another stupid lawyer got cold feet and the producer had to stop using memorabilia they had already bought from us.
So I contacted the local paper in Blackpool to tell them about the story and Robbie's filming in the town. As a result, Robbie was besieged by thousands of fans during the shooting of the video and a delighted Robbie said: "It's amazing the amount of people who have come down to say hello. It's made my night. I haven't seen anything like this since my days with 'Take That'. I feel loved." (News, Source: Sid Shaw)
(Click the cursor next to the text 'REVEAL YOUR FUTURE' then click insane, and click on Advertising Space)
The "Southern Nights" last one is a live compilation from the Spring Tours of 1975 and a companion set to "Dixieland Rocks". "Southern Nights" is a soundboard recordings, meaning a recording at shows with semiprofessional equipment. There are several flaws on the original source tapes. "Southern Nights" shows just how vast Elvis’s repertoire was at that time, with 19 songs not featured on "Dixieland Rocks".
Jack Soden visits The Beatles!: Elvis Express published the following interesting story which was featured on the visit Beatles Liverpool site back in May of this year.
Jack Soden, the head of Elvis Presley Enterprises, visited Liverpool and in particular Beatles Liverpool last week. This momentous occasion marked the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first meeting with Elvis Presley and the recent twinning of Liverpool with Memphis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Rock and Roll".
Speaking with BBC Radio, Soden explained that officers from the Elvis Presley Enterprises embarked on the visit to look at how the Beatles are marketed in Liverpool and to share ideas about what Liverpool can learn from Memphis.
In the interview, Jack Soden commented they'd had a "fabulous time". He praised the Beatles Story museum as "well done". He said he'd been very impressed by what he'd seen.
He said he would take away "a flood of memories and a number of observations and thoughts to apply to our own never ending goal of...enhancing the legacy of Elvis Presley."
Regarding Strawberry Fields he said he thought it could be preserved as part of the Beatles Story. (News, Source: Elvis Express/ Tony Stuchbury & visitbeatlesliverpool.com)
Guess who's having a birthday today?: According to Ger Rijff on the FECC messagebeboard, it's Ernst Jorgensen's birthday today. Many happy returns, Ernst. Hope you have a great day! (News, Source: FECC)
Another "underground" board ceases operation: What appears to be the last "underground" messageboard concerned with the is Elvis alive conspiracy, the Larry Blong board, has closed its doors. That makes at least four such boards which have closed in the past 12 months. It appears that after two decades of operation the Elvis underground is grinding to a halt. (News, Source: Larry Blong board)
Robbie Williams does Elvis: For a very nice tribute to Elvis, visit the latest Robbie Williams video clip, Advertising Space (http://whatsyourfuture.com). Click the cursor next to the text 'REVEAL YOUR FUTURE' then click insane, and click on Advertising Space...you will need flash player to view. And we recommend all fans check out Robbie's DVD, The Robbie Williams Story. (News, Source: FECC/EIN)
US 20 #1's Singles Boxset: After several delays it looks like BMG USA will finally release its boxset of Elvis' American #1 singles in January 2006. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
From the Archives #4: In the 1971 Record Mirror Pop Poll Elvis was voted the world's #1 singer. He also had four singles in the top 20 Best Singles category and 'Elvis Country' was voted #2 album of the year. At #3 was That's The Way It Is. Also in 1971, Elvis was voted the #1 singer by the English Federation of Phonographic Industries. (Source: Strictly Elvis #40, August 1971)
In bed with Presley: Priscilla Presley...the King's ex is a big fan of Sydney, Australia. HER ex-husband was famously renowned for getting between the sheets, and now Priscilla Presley is set to work her own bit of bed-linen magic when she hits Sydney in February. The American celeb has announced she will stage the global launch of her new homewares range in Sydney on February 28. Confidential hears the eternally youthful grandmother can't help falling in love with the harbour city, insisting on premiering her Priscilla Presley Collection in Sydney before commencing the international roll-out of the luxury linens, cushions, towels and bathrobes.
"Priscilla is a huge fan of Sydney, and is really excited about coming out for this," a spokeswoman said. Presley will be in town for five days, soaking up the Sydney summer vibe while promoting the range she designed with Aussie entrepreneur, designer Bruno Schiavi. (News, Source: Sydney Confidential/Sanja Meegin)
Elvis 18 #1's Singles for release in Brazil: According to the Brazilian Elvis fan club website, the 18 #1 singles will be released there in 2006. The announcement includes mention of a 3CD set, but it's unclear (as we can't speak or read Portuguese) exactly what is meant. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Former Elvis bodyguard launches self-defence website for women: In a move to make self-defense instruction for women accessible to a wider audience than ever before, former Elvis Presley bodyguard and Kenpo Karate Grand Master Dave Hebler has launched a ground-breaking website, www.protectingwomen.com, that promises to revolutionize Internet instruction and deliver practical, life-saving training to a potentially global female audience in the convenience and comfort of their own homes.
For paid subscriptions of 10 days, 30 days, 3 months and 6 months, women can access 12 self-defense lessons created by Hebler. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, the lessons give women the knowledge and array of techniques they need (potent combinations of kicks, punches, slaps, etc.) to successfully fend off and disable an attacker long enough to get away. Subscribers also tap fresh, rotating content from guest experts that address a variety of related issues. Gift subscriptions to the site are available.
Surpassing the capabilities of a DVD in terms of the flexibility it offers in navigating material, protectingwomen.com is a co-venture of Hebler with partners Jim Taczy and Richard Herrera. It is believed to be the first site to use various existing Web technologies -- Adobe and Macromedia Suites -- in new ways to facilitate learning. Subscribers can study self-defense moves using large-format video they can place picture upon picture, and view from three different angles (such as the turn of a fist or a leg kick from the left, right and at a 45 degree angle). They can choose male or female narration, and get a quick "Flashpaper" print out of each lesson. Plans to offer instruction in different languages are in the works.
Hebler, a 10th degree black belt who battled the legendary Bruce Lee, is a lecturer and self-defense expert who founded The Gift of Power Foundation, a non-profit that gives self-defense instruction and materials to documented victims of violence free of charge. He is author of "MAKING IT OUT ALIVE: Protecting Women and Children From Violence." For more information, visit www.protectingwomen.com. (News, Source: Business Wire)
Elvis maxi single for release: BMG US will issue a maxi single for the 50th anniversary of Elvis' recording of his breakthrough single Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One on January 10, 2006. The single will also contain an alternate version of the legendary song Heartbreak Hotel. It is not known yet when the single will be released in Europe. BMG UK announced earlier this year that it might not be until May 2006 when the single will hit the stores in Europe. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
FTD update from Kevan Budd: Kevan Budd recently posted this message on the FECC board:
Buy "Hitstory" at Aussie K-Marts: If you want a copy of Hitstory, K-Mart Australia is selling the 3CD set for only A$24.73 from tomorrow. (News, Source: K-Mart)
"Memories of the King" sea cruise 2006: Relive your "Memories of the King" during the so-named cruise, Jan. 8-15, that will be a weeklong tribute to Elvis Presley aboard the Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. Daily movies and music, including a gospel concert, special performances and other forms of entertainment on the Presley theme will be the attractions, along with the usual pleasures of a tropical cruise. Priced from $759 to $1,091 plus tax per person, double occupancy. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Elvis and Las Vegas: What may be the emblematic Las Vegas moment occurred almost half a century ago. Oddly enough, it happened 1,400 miles from the Strip, but that's part of what makes the moment emblematic: Las Vegas has never been a location so much as a state of mind.
On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis stopped by Sun Records, in Memphis, where Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis were recording. Later, Johnny Cash showed up. Thus was born the Million Dollar Quartet, an impromptu gathering of the gods. Celine gets a top ticket of $225. Imagine what Caesars could have charged for them.
At one point, Elvis described a recent visit to Las Vegas, where he'd heard Billy Ward and the Dominoes. The group's repertoire included ''Don't Be Cruel," performed by lead singer Jackie Wilson. ''He sung the hell out of the song," marveled Elvis, who declared Wilson's version superior to his own. To demonstrate the point, Elvis (in Memphis) imitated Wilson (in Vegas) imitating Elvis (on vinyl).
What makes this such a Vegas moment is the way it illustrates the fundamental condition to which the city aspires: the abolition of category. In his rendition of Jackie Wilson's version of ''Don't Be Cruel," we hear Elvis collapsing together black and white, recorded and live, here and there, past and present. Las Vegas eagerly elides them all, too, just as it does profit and loss, day and night, reality and illusion, nature and artifice. It's the city's special genius: There's no need to split the difference when you refuse to recognize a difference. ''Vive la difference!" say the French. ''Viva Las Vegas!" say Americans.
How could we not? Vegas, which this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding, is the most American place on the planet. Ronald Reagan, who played four weeks at the Frontier in 1954, liked to describe America as a shining city on a hill. Vegas is a shining city in a valley. (Hills offer less acreage for development.) It thrives on a uniquely made-in-the-USA mix of excess, can-do spirit, and intense awareness of man's inherent fallibility. ''There are no places that better capture the spirit of American culture, for better or worse, than Las Vegas," says Marc Cooper, author of ''The Last Honest Place: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas." (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Chart update: In the UK, Hitstory debuted at #31 on the British Album chart. In Australia, probably on the back of the Ten Network's Elvis night on 5 November, "Hitstory" climbed to #28 with a bullet on this week's ARIA Top 50 Album chart. It is still yet to be certified Gold or Platinum in Australia after 3 weeks in the chart. (News, Source: ARIA/Amber Smith)
New film - Elvis and the lady wrestler: Pro-wrestling legend, Penny Banner, published her biography a year or so ago with the claim she had a relationship with Elvis. The story will now be the subject of a movie, "Banner Days". It will detail her long-term love affair with Elvis. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
FTD's being sold for US$20.00: As part of its closing down sale, Carols Memories of Elvis is clearing out everything...and we mean everything. Included in the "at cost and below" sale are FTD releases for only US$20.00. Last day of trading is Wednesaday, 30 November 2005. (News, Source: Carols Memories of Elvis)
Lisa Presley hits Vegas, LA, Denver and a host of other US cities: Lisa Marie Presley is back on the road with a short tour during November. The second leg of her "Now What Tour" kicked off on November 6th in Portland, OR and will stop off in many cities, including Chicago and San Diego. "Now What", the follow-up to her 2003 Gold debut, "To Whom It May Concern", debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.
From the Archives #3: Record review - "Gee, Elvis is sure having the worst of it these days. First there was that sad stuff about the ghetto, then those suspicious minds and now, his wife's run out on him and his children tell him "Don't Cry Daddy", adding "together we'll find a brand new mommy". "Rubberneckin'" is Elvis in a changed mood, belting, clapping, brassy. There's also an EP called "Lonely Man", another slowie "They Remind Me Too Much of You" with piano backing, a semi-pacer "Doncha Think It's Time" and the oldie and wildie "I Got Stung"." (Archives, Source: Ed Nimmervoll, Go-Set, 14 Feb 1970)
Cover version of 'In The Ghetto': A new Swedish group called MOAFIN have released a cover version of "In the Ghetto". The band is to release their first album in the next year and it will maybe include a cover version of Mystery Train. (News, Source: samses, FECC)
DJ Fontana artworks: Many fans will not know that Elvis' original drummer, DJ Fontana, is also a very talented artist. Click to view his latest collection of artworks (News, Source: )
Is price of FTD releases too high?: There have been a number of threads on the messageboards discussing the price of FTD releases. Some fans have argued the releases are too expensive. It is interesting to note that one of the USA's top touring acts, Jimmy Buffett, has released a number of "soundboard" recordings of his concerts in similar fold-out digipack format to FTD - these can be bought for around US$10.00 less than the Elvis FTD product.
(News, Source: EIN)
The associate of Elvis' that looked at this book believes this was signed around the time Elvis gave the Potomac to Danny Thomas for St. Judes Hospital in early 1964.
Elvis loved children and would donate to charities because he wanted to not for the tax breaks, In fact Elvis & Vernon handed over all the tax info for the IRS to do their taxes for them.
I intentionally take offset photos of autographed items to prevent forgers from getting a autograph that came from a private collection & is new on the market, Elvis had upwards of 20 variations in his signature, although there are distinct characteristics that remained the same.
ITEM HISTORY: This item was originally acquired by the estate of the owner who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. From the letter I have, this person knew Elvis briifly from Getwell Street in the letter it talks about alot of different Elvis related things including when Elvis bought the "old church on Highway 51" Which is Graceland. There is mention of this person being able to cross paths with Elvis in the 50's at the pool hall or soda shop. And how they followed Elvis' career & collected quite a few autographs and other Elvis items during Elvis' life and after he died. Winning bidder will receive a copy of this 2 page history letter and copies of all Estate Documents I received with this lot.
Certificate of Authenticity- Guarantee will be issued to the winning bidder, In addition to any other documents that are affiliated to this item". (News, Source: ebay)
Retired Elvis catches Elvis thief!: A retired Elvis Presley impersonator helped police nab a man suspected of stealing more than $300,000 worth of memorabilia from the Elvis-A-Rama museum, authorities said Wednesday.
Duke Adams, a 62-year-old "older-era Elvis," said he was approached while in line at a pharmacy by a man offering to sell him items once owned by Presley, including jewelry, clothing and the king's revolver. Remembering the March 2004 burglary, Adams said he asked the man to stop by his business the next day. Adams went home and called police.
Authorities arrested Eliab Aguilar last week after the Las Vegas man brought all but one of the stolen items to Adams' employment agency, police said.
"He'd laid it all out on the table. It couldn't have been handed to me more clearly," said Detective Kelli Hickle, who's been on the case since thieves backed a stolen tow truck into the museum, used the vehicle's hook to lift an overhead door and heisted the loot in a matter of minutes.
Aguilar was charged with burglary, grand larceny auto, possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen firearm, Hickle said. She did not release information on any other suspects. Among the items recovered were a 41-carat ruby and diamond ring worth $77,000, a $65,000 gold and black onyx medallion that spells "Elvis" in diamonds, and a gold-plated Smith & Wesson .38 special. (News, Source: AP)
Elvis the greatest bluesman!: The following is excerpted from what sounds like a great book, Between Night and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archives by Dick Waterman:
I think that some of the greatest Bluesmen in the world were Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. They were poor white trash. They hung with Negroes, they listened to Negro music and Gospel. They liked it and played it. I spoke to older black men in their seventies and eighties who knew Elvis and said he's a good boy. He loved the music, he loved the Lord, he loved Gospel music, he honored his mother. They've got nothing bad to say about Elvis.
The idea that white people rip off black is ridiculous. Sure there are isolated cases, but I'm telling you that Blues is based on economics. I think Charlie Musselwhite, who was from Mississippi, moved to Memphis as a teenager, hung on the streets with Will Shay, Gus Gannon, Smiley Lewis, Booker White, moved to Chicago's South Side, hung with Little Walter and Big Walter, Howlin' Wolf, I think that he's more of the genuine to-the-bone Bluesman than a lot of black guys who were more privileged. Obviously it's my opinion, but I've been on the scene now for nearly fifty years. Hank William, Elvis Presley, Charlie Musselwhite, their okay, they're Bluesmen to me. (News, Source: Susan & Roy, NZ)
No Jerry Lee Lewis, TCB Band & Sweet Inspirations shows in England!: The planned shows for November 2005 with Jerry Lee Lewis, the TCB Band, the Sweet Inspirations and Percy Sledge in the UK has been cancelled.
The 5.1 DVD Audio CD will contain 11 fully restored tracks from 1953-1954. All of them has been remastered using never before released original sources of masters, acetates and tapes to produce high quality sound never before heard. A selection of photographs is used to accompany each song.
Processed and pressed for the first time since 1954 from the original Sun master “Mother stamper”. The original Sun 209 45 rpm issue of That's All Right was Elvis Presley’s first commercial record. It was recorded on the 5th July 1954 at the Memphis Recording Service and was released later that month. In late 1955 That's All Right was re-released by RCA Records with an added echo effect on the vocal track. Subsequent re-issues of this song from 1955 to the present day have all contained that same echo effect, not faithful to the first Sun recording. If you have never been fortunate to own the original pressing and hear the sound as it was intended, here it is.
Barbara Pittman, Elvis and Sun Records: Further to our news story on 6 November about the passing of Barbara Pittman, is this interesting article from 1989 in which Barbara talks about her early days and times with Elvis at Sun studio. (Spotlight article, Source: Hank Davis, Canada/John Lee)
A third story tells of his accidental meeting with the drop-dead gorgeous Debra Paget, Elvis’s co-star in Love me Tender, during a research trip to Dallas, Texas, for his book Growing Up With the Memphis Flash (Tutti Frutti Productions, 1994). Not a real ‘Elvis’ book, then, but certainly of interest to the more dedicated Elvis fans as well as those who may be aspiring writers. The Writing Game: Recollections of an Occasional Bestselling Novelist, is available only on the Internet at www.pabd.com or direct from Amazon. Website: www.waharbinson.eu.com (News, Source: Allen Harbinson)
Elvis radio show now available on "podcast": As an additional service to it's listeners, Radio Mi Amigo 192 now offers the weekly Elvis program 'The Memphis Flash' using the latest technical feature: podcasting. Until now, if you missed an episode of the weekly Wednesday show, containing all the studio recordings made by Elvis in chronological order: bummer! But now YOU can decide when and where to listen to your favorite program! Simply surf to http://www.radio-miamigo.nl and click on Podcasting. Look for the Memphis Flash feed and click on the iPodder icon (or surf directly to http://feeds.feedburner.com/MemphisFlashRadioMiAmigo), and you'll never miss an episode again! Lots of out-takes, many originals and valuable information about Elvis Presley at a time convenient to you.And the good thing: it's for FREE!! Relive the Memphis Flash program series starting with Episode 1, Elvis in the Sun studios for the first time in 1953! Although the program is in Dutch, you'll hear many out-takes and Elvis orginials! (News, Source: Radio Miamigo/FECC)
Countdown to new world record attempt: In just a few hours the crew of ElvisMatters kicks off the world record attempt “Non Stop Elvis Music”. Starting on Wednesday, November 9th (2 pm), DJ Olav Pawlenko will begin his world record attempt. Target is 72 hours non-stop Elvis, but the ultimate goal is 80 hours. Although there’s a list of 775 official Elvis-songs that need to be played for the world record, the number of different versions, alternate takes and one liners, is 4.000.
Dutch Elvis Stamp: Congratulations to all Elvis fans and supporters who took the time to vote for the first national Dutch Elvis stamp. We won! Elvis Presley will have his own Official Dutch Stamp, as of June 6th. 2005. Other winners were Sesame Street and local dialects. (News, Source: Elvis Matters /Elvis News)
Australian Idol "Elvis" special wins timeslot: In what must be a pleasing turnaround for its producers, last night's episode of Australian Idol won its timeslot in Sydney beating 60 Minutes. Idol had 522,000 viewers to 60 Minutes', 450,000. Shows on the Prime network, ABC and SBS took out the minor placings. This series of Australian Idol has failed to attract significant ratings, usually coming in 3rd or 4th in the 7.30pm timeslot.
Ratings for the Elvis The Early Years, shown straight after Idol aren't available but it appears the special did well coming in either #1 or #2 during its 3 hour telecast. (News, Source: 2UE)
Baptist Memorial Hospital imploded: Well, Baptist Memorial Hospital, where Elvis was a patient so often, and where he was pronounced dead to the world .. .. .. IS no longer. The implosion took place before sunrise this morning. Local station WMC-TV aired it live for an hour. The actual implosion took place about 45 minutes into the program. SO ... if you wanna watch, go to: www.wmctv.com (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"The Elvis Files" for DVD release: Why did the Memphis Police Department close the files on Elvis’ death before medically or scientifically determining the cause of death? Why no coroners inquest? Why are there no photos of the death scene? Why did toxicology and medical reports disappear? Why would Elvis fake his own death?
EIN note: This budget release appears to be volume 1 of the two volume specials hosted by Bill Bixby. The Elvis Files effectively takes a pro-Elvis being alive position while its follow-up, The Elvis Conspiracy took effectively the opposite tack. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Council investigating Elvis Walk of Fame: Parkes Shire Council has given in principle support for the establishment of an Elvis Walk of Fame in Parkes, NSW, Australia.
This follows a request from the Parkes Elvis Festival committee for the establishment of a Hollywood style walk to commemorate Australian rock 'n roll legends. The concept would see each nominated `legend' having his or her name engraved onto a bronze star for positioning along the walk. Parkes has become famous for its Elvis weekend in January and already the town is booked out for the 2006 staging. Organisers have even put out a request for home billeting - such is the demand for accommodation.
Throughout its history, the Elvis weekend has included a ceremony on the Sunday at Bushman's Dam where an Australian rock ‘n roll star is commemorated on a wall of fame. Discussion at the last Parkes Shire Council meeting on the exact location of the proposed Walk of Fame saw several sites mentioned including a section through the avenue of trees at Bushman's Dam leading to the current Elvis memorial wall. Other suggestions included Cooper Park opposite the Moonraker Motor Inn or a section in Clarinda Street to be established in conjunction with the main street beautification plan.
As a result, council decided to leave all options open when investigating possible sites. (News, Source: Parkes Champion-Post/Sanja Meegin)
Elvis tops Guinness Book of Records list (Source: FECC): Elvis tops tops the annual list of the Top 100 Most Successful Acts Of All Time in The Book Of British Hit Singles & Albums, published by Guinness World Records. The chart is based on the total number of weeks each contender has spent on the official UK Singles and Album charts from 1952 to the end of 2004. The list does not include the success of the Elvis 18 #1 hits campaign in 2005 which pushes Elvis' record even higher. The top 20 most successful acts of all time (including total weeks on the UK singles and album charts) are:
Australian Idol "Elvis" special wrap: Unlike most reports about its Canadian counterpart, the Australian "Elvis" edition of Idol turned in some good performances. The critics favorite, Emily, was particularly good on Blue Suede Shoes, but surprisingly failed to nail Can't Help Falling In Love. Punk rocker, Lee, gave the audience Jailhouse Rock on speed, and it worked. His first performance, Teddy Bear, was also a crowd pleaser. Kate lacked visual purpose with Burning Love and despite receiving good reviews from the judges for The Impossible Dream, she failed to scale the high notes that bring the song to its peak. Dan gave a good vocal on Hound Dog, minus any real Elvis gyrations, and his Heartbreak Hotel was more than competent without being outstanding. The show also paid nice tribute to The King in places, but unfortunately couldn't resist the "fat Elvis" stereotypical quips. (News, Source: EIN)
Australian chart update: 'Hitstory' rose two places to #31 on this week's ARIA Top 50 Album chart. (News, Source: ARIA)
Idol judge in mean mood for Elvis special: TONIGHT'S theme on Australian Idol is Elvis Presley and, appropriately, the final four contestant's plea to the judges is "don't be cruel". Unfortunately, it is sure to fall on deaf ears, if Mark Holden's comments to the are anything to go by. Holden is particularly savage on Melbourne punk rocker Lee Harding, who will be singing Jailhouse Rock and Teddy Bear.
"Lee is in danger of becoming Nikki Webster," Holden says.
The caustic judge has already had a run-in Harding, who admitted he did not understand the overtly political content of the Green Day song Holiday when he covered it on the show. Not that Harding holds a grudge – he rates Holden his favourite judge.
Dreadlocked Dan England fared a little better, but still coped a stinging rebuke. The Brisbane lad says he prefers Kyle Sandilands as a judge to Holden because of the former's "brutal honesty" But, Holden's comments could not be blunter.
"He's never less than excellent," Holden says, "but he's got to get rid of that goo-goo smile."
There is a lot to be read into Kate De Araugo's song choice The Impossible Dream. The Bendigo teenager is an outsider in the betting, a fact not lost on Holden. "She has to make her charge tonight," he says. But the tough judge could not find fault with red-hot favourite Emily Williams, who will sing Can't Help Falling In Love and Blue Seude Shoes
"Emily is simply the best singer Idol has ever had," Holden says. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Early in their careers, the young singers one night stayed up late taking publicity photos of each other.
"They were up to 3 in the morning," Day said. "She got in trouble with Mama for that. She said, 'But Mama, it's Elvis.' Mama said, 'I don't care who it is.'"
Pittman began thinking of a singing career when she won a high school talent contest, Day said. As a child, Pittman spent time at her uncle's pawn shop on Beale Street, where she listened to jam sessions with B.B. King. When she was 10 or 11, she auditioned for Sun Records, only to be told by Sam Phillips to come back when she learned how to sing.
Later Phillips would be impressed by a demo she cut, "Playing for Keeps," and recorded her first session at Sun in 1956, according to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Web site. Other singles followed, including "No Matter Who's to Blame," "Two Young Fools in Love" and "I'm Getting Better all the Time." John Singleton, president of Sun Entertainment in Nashville, said Phillips used mostly male singers but liked Pittman.
"She's considered one of the most important Sun female artists," Singleton said.
Day said her sister had a good sense of humor and "could tap dance. She could do anything." After that trip to England in March, Day said her sister's health declined. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Family Funeral Care, 4925 Summer. Though a major hit remained elusive in her career, finding a gig wasn't.
"She definitely worked hard at it all her life," Day said.
Rumor mill: According to a posting of the FECC board, a radio station suggests DJ R Kelly wants to do a remake of Elvis' #1 classic hit, In The Ghetto, with superstar rapper 50 Cent and hip hop diva Olivia. According to the radio DJ, R Kelly is an Elvis fan and friends with Lisa Marie and even produced a lost track for her that never got released. He said that the remake would be in the image of a min-film video, similar to what Thriller was. (News, Source: FECC)
Question: Why did the transvestite nun kill Elvis?
Answer: “The reason was simple,” says NATIONAL TRUTH reporter Dave Taylor. “The killer nun with the Adam’s apple did it for the money, to pay for a sex change operation in Denmark"...but what an extreme way for a change of habit!
Ride nearly over for Libertyland: Libertyland's executive officers have recommended closing the amusement park that once thrilled Elvis Presley and his entourage but in recent years has become a financial drain. The closing could become official today when the board of directors and certificate holders meet to vote.
Australian chart update: After debuting at #11 on the Sanity Album Chart last week, Hitstory has disappeared out of the top 20 this week. The major Aussie album chart, ARIA, is released late on Sunday evening. The Sanity chart result is not a good omen for how Hitstory will do on ARIA. (News, Source; Sanity)
Lisa Presley appears keen to leave L.A.: "My house almost burned down recently, and I was almost happy, because it would let me get out of here." (News, Source: Contact Music)
Elvis to perform again in Memphis: Elvis is returning to Memphis Thursday, November 10th. Fans at the Memphis Theatre will be treated to an intimate evening with Elvis Wade, as the famous impersonator will be returning to northeast Missouri for the third consecutive year to take the stage for what is expected to be yet another sold-out performance.
Wade performs around the world with his 15-piece orchestra accompanied by seven back-up singers with tickets easily ranging from $50 to $100 per performance. He was initially drawn to Memphis, MO for deer season when he traveled to the area to pursue his favorite pastime. He has returned every season since, noting that he loves the slower pace of Memphis, performing on a more personal level with the fans while also getting a chance to relax for a few days of hunting.
“I really enjoy the intimate setting on stage here in Memphis where I get to do a wider variety of music than at my normal shows,” Wade said. “The people here love to hear the gospel segment, and I love gospel music.”
The Jordanaires, who were Elvis Presley’s back-up singers, performed with Elvis Wade for more than 12 years after Presley’s death. Together they have a gospel CD entitled “God Lives, How Great Thou Art.”
Wade has performed all around the globe with some of the top symphonies in the business like the The Lake Charles Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony.
“Don’t miss your chance to see this international star,” said theatre booster Dr. Harlo Donelson. “Get your tickets early. There will only be one performance. See you there.” (News/Almost Elvis, Source: Sanja Meegin)
Question: Why did the transvestite nun kill Elvis? (answer tomorrow)
"Loving You" to be January 2006 FTD release: According to Todd Slaughter, Ernst has told him Loving You will be the next 7" gatefold release in the Follow That Dream re-issue series. It will be released in January 2006 together with an as yet unnamed soundboard release. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Also included are rare photos of Elvis with each item, and the detailed story behind many of the pieces in the exhibit. A true collectors item for any Elvis fan. Only $12. Plus $3. S&H U.S./ $5.S&H Canada
Australian Idol "Elvis" special update: Next Sunday's edition of Australian Idol will see the remaining four battle it out performing two songs each of Elvis hits. Emily has chosen Can't Help Falling In Love and Blue Suede Shoes; Kate will be singing The Impossible Dream and Burning Love; Lee hits his stride with Teddy Bear; and Dan will rock the studio with a bluesy version of Hound Dog, and Heartbreak Hotel. Following Idol at 8.30pm on the Ten network is an abridged version of the TV mini-series, Elvis The Early Years. (News, Source: Inside Idol)
Elvis themed Halloween event: It was a dark and rainy Halloween, but planners of Greenville’s Halloween-on-the-Square event continued to “Follow that Dream” for the Elvis-themed event, and sure enough, the storm clouds subsided in time for another Main Street hit.
The welcome rain was indeed a treat for area residents who have struggled through one of the most severe droughts in decades, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Rain fell through most of Monday morning and early afternoon, but only a few drizzles persisted past the 4 p.m. start date for the downtown festivities.
2006 fan club president's brunch to have "Ten Outstanding Young Men" theme: The next Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents' Brunch will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the Memphis Marriott East, located at 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. Each (registered) fan club is allowed to invite up to three additional club members to attend the brunch for $30.00 each.
Joe Esposito sweepstakes update: We obviously ruffled a few feathers with our report last month (see 5 October) of apparent problems with the sweepstakes competition being run on Joe Esposito's new website. This letter was received from a Dr Keith Noble and it highlights the sometimes ridiculous nature of the Elvis world:
"My name is Dr. Keith Noble. I have read your posting regarding the private tour with Joe Esposito. I get my information from New York directly and have confirmed it with four other sources two of which are legal attorneys in the employ of EPE, and they are telling me the same thing, namely that your information is incorrect regarding the personal tour being conducted by Joe Esposito.
Here is the story I have. You can draw your own conclusions at the end of this letter.
My verified sources: You can check on this of course starting with (Scott in their marketing and sales department, they should be able to verify a small portion of this I am sure you already have his phone number) got a call from Joe Esposito three weeks before Joe announced the release of his contest on the TCBJOE Website. EPE at first agreed to support and promote the contest and allowed Joe to conduct the tour. However after the first negative emails started arriving about the tickets costing money etc. EPE was forced to retract their offer to publish and promote the TCBJOE contest on their site and to their members, which is understandable considering all of the bad press EPE could draw being associated with the event. I do not need to tell you that bad press for EPE is most unwelcome, especially during the internal changes the company is undergoing at present.
This is the part you need to let everyone know about, before you read it in the upcoming November edition of Elvis International The Magazine which is officially sanctioned by EPE. Joe Esposito is allowed to conduct the private tour with the winner of his contest.
You have a choice to make at this point, leave the article on your site as is and lose your credibility as a reliable Elvis News source to many Elvis fans that visit your site and have your errors for all to see.... Or you can verify what I am conveying to you personally and then tell your the fan base that you have conducted another independent investigation to verify your previous findings and have concluded that a few statements regarding the private tour required some corrections.
Joe Esposito is taking the responsibility of promoting and selling the tickets on his own to the fans since it's his company after all and they realistically have nothing to do with how he runs his business.
I have been a collector of super high end Elvis memorabilia for years and know what bad information can do to your wallet. Your collection is only as good as your contacts and the information they can provide you.
(signed) Dr. Keith Noble
PS: Why do I care if you know this? Quite frankly I do not care about you, but let's just say there are some entities you have on your site that I have an active interest in. I would really not enjoy the substantial financial losses I would realize, if they are no longer receiving the steady traffic you provide if you were to be shut down."
EIN comments: Firstly, we didn't much care for the tone of Dr Noble's message, whoever he is. EIN contacted EPE directly and reported exactly what they told us (= verified source!). Dr Noble...that is not an error! We don't see how our reputation can be harmed by printing what EPE said! If what we printed is incorrect then someone inside EPE is also wrong. We're only too happy to correct any incorrect information we've published. In this case EPE is yet to tell us their original advice was incorrect!
If there is a political issue involved between Joe Esposito and EPE (as is suggested by Dr Noble's letter), then those parties need to need to sort it out. Dr Noble should be taking up his issues with EPE, not EIN!
As for EIN being shut down (appeal to consequences), well sometimes Piers and I might like to think we're that important (but we know we're not). Dr Noble...get real!
In his letter, Dr Noble has engaged in a number of logical fallacies or false arguing. For instance, we fail to see what his collection has to do with the Joe Esposito issue (argument by analogy), and the fact that EPE has nothing to do with how Joe runs his business is irrelevant to the issue at hand. What is relevant is the fact that Joe needs EPE agreement to conduct a private tour of Graceland!
If anyone knows who Dr Noble is (as we've never heard of this super Elvis collector) please let us know.
Red West to co-star in movie: In a recent preview for the upcoming movie, "Glory Road" coming to theaters January 13, 2006 (Disney Pictures) Red West, close personal friend of Elvis, is not only seen but also credited as a co-star.
Jim Curtin collection to go under hammer: Regency-Superior, a leading auctioneer of fine collectibles, is offering one of the largest, privately held collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia ever to hit the market. The auction is being held January 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
This is the personal collection of Jim 'E' Curtin III, a lifelong Elvis fan -- but, not just any fan. Mr. Curtin has been the foremost Elvis impersonator for many years performing live before thousands nationwide. Additionally, he has authored numerous books on The King, and recorded several music CD's -- all the while amassing personal items related to this 20th Century pop culture icon -- a phenomenal accomplishment for someone who genuinely idolized the legend.
Mr. Curtin's collection is extraordinary for its content and rarity, as well as its massive quantity. There are thousands of original SUN and RCA record albums (both American and foreign labels, some autographed by Elvis) over 100 promotional records, an extensive sheet music collection, thousands of magazines, thousands of postcards and advertising posters, and hundreds of pieces of Elvis memorabilia produced by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
From Elvis' concerts, there are original ticket stubs, programs, backstage passes, worn scarves, guitar picks, belts, buckles -- highlighted by three stage-worn jumpsuits and costumes. These elaborately, designed suits are well documented and coveted by the most avid collectors. One such suit is the nail- mirrored, white jumpsuit Elvis wore in concert at the Houston Astrodome on March 3, 1974 before a record-setting 88,000 fans. This suit was personally presented to Jim Curtin on March 31, 1975 by Elvis backstage in Las Vegas.
Viewing of all Elvis memorabilia is available during the week of the auction from January 3rd through January 8th. Online bidding with full color photographs will be available on the web beginning December 7th at http://www.RegencySuperior.com, and will include estimates and up-to-date opening bids. Additionally, collectors will be able to bid via 'eBay Live' during the sale.
The cost of the catalog is $29, and may be ordered by contacting Regency- Superior at 229 N. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis MO 63108, or by calling toll-free at (800) 782-0066, or by visiting their website at http://www.RegencySuperior.com. The cost of the catalog is refundable towards any purchase made at the sale. (News, Source: Regency-Superior)
Robbie Williams does Elvis: British pop superstar Robbie Willliams intends to upstage rivals at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Portugal on Thursday night (November 3, 2005) by performing as Elvis. The singer will do Presley's iconic leather jumpsuit, steal his quiff style and perform either his latest track "Tripping" or follow-up single "Advertising Space". A source says, "The song's all about Elvis, and Robbie's already recreated him for the video. "He's got all the gear and wants to blow everyone's mind by stepping on stage as Elvis. "Rob's looking to upstage everyone. And what better way to do it that by dressing up as the King." (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Desperate Housewives star wanted to be married by Elvis: Eva Longoria, the DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES beauty, 30, and her GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star TYLER CHRISTOPHER eloped to Nevada's Sin City in January 2002, when the Latina beauty was 26, but split last year (04).
Longoria says, "Yeah, I eloped to Las Vegas. Actually I wanted to get married by Elvis, but (Tyler) wouldn't have it. I was definitely too young and not ready for it. It made me realise what a selfless act marriage really is, how you have to be constantly considering the other person, and I just wasn't prepared for that."
Longoria is now in love with Belgian-born basketball star TONY PARKER, who she began dating in January (05). (News, Source: Contact Music)
8th Annual Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo - 50th Anniversary Of Elvis's Return As A Star: Relive the day in 1956 when Tupelo's most famous native son came home for the first time to perform as a star. Festivities begin on Friday, June 2nd with the re-creation of the homecoming parade through Downtown Tupelo and the famous concert held on the grounds of the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. The celebration continues through Sunday, June 4th, with the 8th Annual Elvis Presley Festival, featuring a fabulous music line-up and fun festival activities in a family-friendly atmosphere! Click here to visit the festival Web site for all the details. (News, Source: EPE)
New Elvis book releases: Elvis and the Memphis Mafia (Alanna Nash) is now in leading bookstores in Australia (RRPA$29.95). Also out in Australia is the 2005 reissue of Marie Clayton's Unseen Elvis (hardback). Due out next month in the US is the "special price" (US$8.95) hardback edition of David Stanley's popular The Elvis Encyclopedia (World Publications Inc.; ISBN: 1572153199). (Source: Various)
Elvis sighting - Tanglewood student wins award for Elvis pumpkin: Hannah Eddins, 10, likes Elvis Presley, because he reached for his dreams and succeeded.
“He followed his dreams and I’m going to follow my dreams,” Hannah said. “I want to be a tour guide at Graceland.”
Hannah first became aware of Elvis Presley when she watched Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch.”
“In the movie, Lilo has a pet alien (Stitch) and she tells him he looks like an Elvis fan,” she said.
Lilo dresses up Stitch like Elvis and teaches him Elvis songs. “She is teaching him how to get girls,” Hannah explained. (News, Source: Derby Reporter/Sanja Meegin)
Latest stars to visit Graceland: Country stars Randy Owen, front man for the group Alabama, and Charlie Daniels of The Charlie Daniels Band, visited Graceland on October 25th. Both were in town for an event with Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (one of Elvis's favorite charities, by the way). It was a return trip for Owen, who visited in the 1980's when Alabama appeared in a ceremony at Graceland and presented Elvis's Academy of Country Music "Golden Hat" Award to the Presley Estate. Daniels has a special Elvis connection - he co-wrote the song It Hurts Me, which Elvis recorded in the 1960's. (News, Source: EPE)
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"