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Monday 30 November 2009
'An Evening Prayer' tracklist: The tracklist for the new Sony Special Products budget Gospel CD "An Evening Prayer"has been announced. Out December 29, 2009. (see full news article below). No cover art has been yet supplied.
1. His Hand In Mine
2. Joshua Fit The Battle
3. I Believe In The Man In The Sky
4. How Great Thou Art
5. So High
6. Somebody Bigger Than You And I
7. Only Believe
8. He Touched Me
9. Amazing Grace (Alternate Take 2)
10. Bosom Of Abraham
11. Help Me
12. If That Isn't Love
(News, Source;Amazon)

Warhol's 'Eight Elvises' sells for $100 million: The sale of Andy Warhol's artwork 'Eight Elvises' for $100 million (according to ElvisMatters) brings the controversial artist in the same category as Picasso and Van Gogh. The special thing about this work is that it is a unique piece and that is not always the case with Warhols work. Eight Elvisses was already sold last year, but the news was only now revealed.

See EIN's spotlight on Elvis & Warhol.


(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

'Vegas Trumps Vol 4' new import CD: Due for release is the CD "Vegas Trumps volume 4".  The disc comes in a cardboard package and features four tracks from Elvis Presley's midnight show as recorded on August 28, 1974 is Las Vegas and three previously unreleased tracks. According to the information Elvis News received this should be one of the best sounding audience recordings available.

- But don't they always say that!!


(News, Source;ElvisNews)

Aussie Chart Update: Elvis The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll holds steady on tomorrow’s ARIA Music DVD Chart at #39. 

It has been on the chart for 81 weeks for a high of #4 and is certified 2xP (but is edging closer to 3xP).



(News, Source: ARIA)

Keeping up with legendary entertainer Tom Jones: When Elvis is telling you one thing and Frank Sinatra is telling you another, it's hard to know who to listen to. But that's what it was like for a young Tom Jones when he first made it in the US.
In 1965, when British fever was in full swing, the Welsh singer had his first big hit with It's Not Unusual - it was No.1 in the UK and top 10 in the US.
Not long after, the former construction worker from Pontypridd got to meet his idols, whom he had watched on TV as a teenager.
He became good friends with Elvis, who took a keen interest in his work.
"I did an album of standards once," recalls Jones, "and (Elvis) said, 'We don't do that, Tom. We leave songs like that to Sinatra.'
"And I said, 'Well, OK, then.' And when I was talking to Frank Sinatra, he said, 'You could be a great jazz singer. You should do more big band stuff.'
"So Elvis was wanting me to be more rock 'n' roll and Frank was advising me to sing more swing stuff, but I said, 'I like it all'. "
His friendship continued until Presley's later years. Jones still has a recurring dream where he goes back in time to warn Elvis about his future.
"It was shocking," he says about Elvis's death. "I didn't realise he was that sick. I could see that he was getting heavy, and then he pushed away a lot of people so I couldn't get to talk to him for the last few years of his life because he wouldn't answer any of my calls any more."
The piece of advice Jones remembers Sinatra telling him is about his voice: "Frank Sinatra did tell me not to sing so hard all the time," he says. "He said because you lose your voice, you're going to blow it, you're forcing, so he said relax a little bit more, you've got plenty there, you've got plenty of volume. You don't have to prove it every song because you're going to hurt yourself."
But at 69 years of age, Jones's voice has not faded and Jones has never let his success get to his head, and remembering his working class roots is "very important".
"Maybe the most important," he says. "The early years of any child's life is so important and I was lucky to have a great childhood in Wales. I came from a big family of aunties and uncles and cousins, we all lived in the same town; it was a wonderful experience. I had a great start, and that's carried me through."
What did his coalminer father think of his singing son?
"We all sing in Wales, so he knew, but he didn't know I was going to be so successful, so he was knocked out. Because I retired him.
"The financial side has been very important, so I could look after my family, which I always wanted to do, and fulfilment - I'm doing something, still, that I love to do and I'm getting paid for it."
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Saturday 28 November 2009

New Rainbow Records release: Soon to be released is the latest production from “Rainbow Records”. This release will feature the complete performance of Elvis Presley's very last concert in Mobile, Alabama - recorded June 2nd, 1977.

There were several reasons why this show was chosen for a release. First of all – it had to be unreleased. Second, the show should contain some interesting, unusual material, maybe a rare version of a seldom performed song?

Another important aspect was to find a tape that has a listenable, decent sound quality for an audience recording. This is why we chose Elvis´ final visit in the state of Alabama as our newest cd project.

Although Elvis was clearly not in best shape regarding his physical appearance his voice was strong and powerful as always on this closing show of his second to last concert tour. “An American Trilogy” which Elvis included to his setlist rather surprisingly or the performance of “You Gave Me A Mountain”, “Help Me” and “Hurt” prove that his spirit and feeling for many of his songs was still there. All in all you will get a nearly perfect overview of what Elvis was able to deliver to his audience on June 2nd, 1977.


Don’t miss this release. You will get another classy CD from Rainbow Records. By the way: Needless to say that its booklet will feature great liner notes with a lot of information regarding the event on 20 pages in full colour!

Tracklisting: 01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra 02 - See See Rider 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen 04 - Love Me 05 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06 - You Gave Me A Mountain 07 - Jailhouse Rock 08 - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 09 - Help Me 10 - An American Trilogy 11 - Polk Salad Annie 12 - Band Introductions 13 - Early Morning Rain 14 – What'd I Say 15 - Johnny B. Goode 16 - Drum Solo by Ronnie Tutt 17 - Bass Solo by Jerry Scheff 18 - Piano Solo by Tony Brown 19 - I Really Don´t Want To Know 20 - Electric Piano Solo by Bobby Ogdin 21 - Hail! Hail! Rock´n´ Roll! 22 - Hurt 23 - Hound Dog 24 - Unchained Melody 25 – Can't Help Faling In Love 26 - Closing Vamp 27 - Announcement by Ed Hill (News, Source: EP Gold)

Elvis Presley 75th Anniversary Collection: The King Of Rock And Roll (2CD + DVD + Book) [Illustrated] (Hardcover)

by Schroer (Author), Knorr (Author), Hentschel (Author)

Product details:

Hardcover: 140 pages

Publisher: Pegasus Entertainment (7 Dec 2009)

Language English

ISBN-10: 0956420206

ISBN-13: 978-0956420206 Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk

Chart Update: With the recent change in how Billboard treats albums originally released more than 18 months ago, three Elvis albums are now in the Billboard Top 200 (Source: FECC):

#122 (re) Elvis' Christmas
#125 (re) It's Christmas Time
#185 (re) Christmas Duets

French fan club promo CD: The French Elvis My Happiness fan club releases the promo CD "Elvis Golden Records Volume 2" to celebrate the 11th anniversary of their shop in Paris.

The CD comes free with every purchase of € 50.00 or more. (News, Source: EP Gold)


New French text book: La vie d'Elvis (Life of Elvis) (Paperback) by Alain-Ulysse Tremblay (Author)

erbPaperback: 102 pages; Publisher: Les 400 coups (12 Nov 2009); Language French;   ISBN-10: 2923603087/ISBN-13: 978-2923603087 Order from Amazon UK


Friday 27 November 2009
Eight new Soundtrack Re-Releases & Gospel CD: Sony Special Products are re-releasing 8 new Elvis Soundtrack original albums BUT are including 'Viva Las Vegas' as a single album release for the first time. The soundtracks are G.I. Blues, Viva Las Vegas, Roustabout, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Frankie & Johnny, Girl Happy, Clambake, Fun In Acapulco all with the original tracklistings. To be released on January 26, 2010.
The new Gospel CD 'An Evening Prayer' is also announced for a December 29 release but with no tracklist provided.
Tracklist for new 'Viva Las Vegas' CD
1. Viva Las Vegas
2. What I'd Say
3. If You Think I Don't Need You
4. I Need Somebody To Lean On
5. C'mon Everybody
6. Today, Tomorrow And Forever
7. Night Life
8. Santa Lucia
9. Do The Vega
10. You're The Boss (Duet with Ann-Margret)
11. The Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas
12. The Lady Loves Me
Go here to EIN's review of the sensational 'Viva Las Vegas' FTD Release. A Must Have.
(News, Source;Amazon)

Johnnie's Drive-In gets new owner: Johnnie's Drive-In, Tupelo's oldest restaurant, has as a new owner and he's a familiar face because he used to own Johnnie's! Seven years ago, Don Knight sold the eatery on East Main Street and wished he hadn't.
'I got burned out, Knight said , But about two weeks after I sold it, I was ready to buy it back"
The famous eatery where Elvis used to enjoy cheeseburgers and RC Cola is Knight's once more. For 22 years, Knight owned Johnnie's, having bought the restaurant from the original owners, Johnnie & Margret Chism. They originally opened the restaurant on Oct. 17, 1945.
After selling the restaurant, Knight realised how much he missed it all.'I never thought I'd be able to buy it back and had given up on it." Knight said. Now that he's back in charge. Knight said he plans to make a few minor changes.
'A few things were altered, and I'm going to change them back to the way I think they should be', he said. 'I hope I don't upset or lose any of our customers in the process, but Johnnie's is going back to the way it was. the way Elvis liked it"

(Right:Elvis at Johnnie's)

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Gansky) (Go here for more on Elvis and Tupelo)

'Elvis Presley: 50 Australian Top Ten Hits 1956-1977' Tracklist: Sony Music will celebrate the 75th anniversary of The King's birthday in style with the release of Elvis Presley: 50 Australian Top Ten Hits 1956-1977 in Australia on January 8, 2010. Together with the 50 hit songs, an 18 page booklet containing specially written liner notes and images of original RCA releases, and CD label art inspired by his first album release, the set provides a unique insight into Elvis Presley's popularity in Australia, a country where he managed an incredible twenty-year streak of placing hits on the singles chart. The real interest is on CD2 where Viva Las Vegas, It Hurts Me, Do The Clam,  I'm Yours, Judy, Edge Of Reality, Rubberneckin'and Pledging My Love all make the Top Ten with Ain't That Lovin' You Baby making #1 in 1964.

Disc1: 1: Heartbreak Hotel (#3 - 1956), 2: Love Me Tender (#6 - 1957), 3: All Shook Up (#5 - 1957), 4: Teddy Bear (#8 - 1957), 5: Jailhouse Rock (#3 - 1957), 6: Don't (#9 - 1958), 7: Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (#4 - 1958), 8: Hard Headed Woman (#2 - 1958), 9: I Got Stung (#10 - 1959), 10: (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (#1 - 1959), 11: A Big Hunk O' Love (#2 - 1959), 12: Stuck On You (#1 - 1960), 13: It's Now Or Never (#1 - 1960), 14: Are You Lonesome Tonight? (#1 - 1960), 15: Wooden Heart (#1 - 1961), 16: Surrender (#1 - 1961), 17: (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (#2 - 1961), 18: Little Sister (#2 - 1961), 19: Can't Help Falling In Love (#1 - 1961), 20: Good Luck Charm (#1 - 1962), 21: She's Not You (#5 - 1962), 22: Return To Sender (#1 - 1962), 23: One Broken Heart For Sale (#9 - 1963), 24: (You're The) Devil In Disguise (#2 - 1963), 25: Bossa Nova Baby (#4 - 1963)

Disc 2. 26: Viva Las Vegas (#4 - 1964), 27: Such A Night (#3 - 1964), 28: Kissin' Cousins (#7 - 1964), 29: It Hurts Me (#7 - 1964), 30: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby (#1 - 1964), 31: Do The Clam (#4 - 1965), 32: Crying In The Chapel (#1 - 1965), 33: (Such An) Easy Question (#6 - 1965), 34: I'm Yours (#9 - 1965), 35: Judy (#5 - 1967), 36: If I Can Dream (#2 - 1969), 37: Edge Of Reality (#2 - 1969), 38: In The Ghetto (#1 - 1969), 39: Suspicious Minds (#1 - 1969), 40: Don't Cry Daddy (#3 - 1970), 41: Rubberneckin' (#3 - 1970), 42: Kentucky Rain (#9 - 1970), 43: The Wonder Of You (#3 - 1970), 44: I've Lost You (#6 - 1970), 45: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (#7 - 1970), 46: Burning Love (#3 - 1972), 47: Separate Ways (#8 - 1973), 48: My Boy (#10 - 1975), 49: Pledging My Love (#6 - 1977), 50: Way Down (#6 - 1977).
(News, Source;EIN/ElvisAustralia)

'Viva ELVIS' cast visits Memphis: EPE have posted an interesting little video of the cast of Cirque du Soleil 'Viva ELVIS' as they experience Memphis.Click here to the video.

Go here for more about Viva ELVIS.

(News, Source;EPE)

VH1, Let's get ELVIS on their Message Board: EIN contributor Brian Quinn has sent us this comment.
I urge everyone to go to the link, sign up and start posting on this Elvis message board. VH1 has a top 5 that they show on their channel of the most visited artist pages and so far Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga and MJ were the four that I remembered. Pass the word around and let's get Elvis to the top!!! (News, Source:Brian Quinn)

Clicke here to the forum


BBC To Honour Elvis On 75th Birthday: BBC Radio 2 marks what would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday with a season of revelatory documentaries, from 26 December 2009-8 January 2010. Including programmes presented by Suzi Quatro, Jerry Hall and Rob Brydon, the season encompasses everything about "the King of Rock 'n' Roll", the music, the films, the brand and his personal life.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes, Radio 2, says: "From expert opinion, to Elvis through the eyes of his fans, Radio 2's season of documentaries provides a fascinating insight into Elvis the man, his music, his influence and his enduring legacy as the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll."
Jerry Hall kicks off the season on 26 December with Elvis – Gospel According To The King (at 10pm), as she explores the importance of gospel music in Elvis Presley's life. Travelling back to his early influences, and featuring contributions from The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, James Burton and Jerry Scheff, the programme also explains how Elvis incorporated gospel songs into his on-stage repertoire and his movie soundtracks.
Jerry comments: "Although Elvis was The King of Rock 'n' Roll, his roots were the gospel music that he had grown up listening to while still a small boy when his momma took him to the Baptist churches in rural Tennessee."
Between 1956 and 1969, despite having no training as an actor, Elvis made 31 films. Elvis – Movie King Or Celluloid Sellout (Part 1 can be heard on 28 December at 11.30pm and Part 2 on 29 December at 11.30pm), presented by Paul Morley, investigates the movie career of the singer, revisiting the songs and exploring the stories from GI Blues, Blue Hawaii and King Creole, to Girls Girls Girls, Flaming Star and Kissin' Cousins.
Also on 29 December, Paul Gambaccini presents Elvis – Elvis & Dewey, at 10.30pm, the fascinating story of a pioneering DJ who played a part in the birth of rock 'n' roll in Memphis and the start of Elvis's career.
Dewey was the first DJ to introduce an Elvis record on the radio in July 1954. The programme includes extracts from Dewey's radio and TV programmes and interviews from Louis Cantor, classmates of the entertainer and the late Memphis musician and producer, Jim Dickinson.
Don't Start Me Taking About... Elvis (on 1 January at 7pm) tells the story of Elvis in the words of his fans. Offering a unique insight, the programme investigates the way The King impacted on everyday life and the commonplace.
Rob Brydon's World Of Elvis – The Las Vegas Years (2 January at 10pm) explores the relationship that the singer forged with the fascinating city. Focusing on his seven-year run between 1969 and 1976, Brydon explores his Las Vegas legacy in a programme that revisits a golden period in his remarkable career.
On 4 and 5 January, Paul Gambaccini tells the story of brilliant reinvention and cultural obsession of what is arguably the most influential celebrity brand in history. Elvis – The Brand (Part 1/Part 2 at 11.30pm), sidelines the singer's musical fame and highlights his power and influence as an American icon.
Paul comments: "I am delighted to be involved in Radio 2's Elvis season. Elvis & Dewey spotlights the very first DJ to play a Presley record. At the other end of the time span, The Brand is right up to date in its analysis of Elvis as both cultural icon and commercial goldmine."
Elvis – When The King Met The President (on 5 January at 10.30pm) is the story of when The King of Rock 'n' Roll met the President of the United States to offer his services and help in the fight against drug abuse and Communist brainwashing.
Exploring the meeting between the two individuals, the programme includes accounts from President Nixon's aides, who were present on the day, and Jerry Schilling, who reveals how the relationship continued after their meeting.
In a Memphis hotel room back in 1974, American singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro declined an invitation by The King himself to visit him in Graceland. Thirty-five years later, Radio 2 sends her there to explore her life-long obsession with Elvis, the connection she feels with him and his influence on her career.
Graceland (on 7 January at 10pm) follows Suzi on this amazing journey as she visits Elvis's birthplace, meets his childhood friends and heads to Memphis to his first recording haven - Sun Studios.
Life-long friend George Klein offers a personal insight, before Suzi makes the long-awaited and highly emotional visit to Graceland itself.
Suzi comments: "To finally be going to Graceland after all these years ... wow – what a journey. It was ... very, very emotional. I was in tears many times as I traced the footsteps of Elvis Presley who was, and is, the reason I do what I do."
Following his previous series profiling Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland, Michael Freedland marks The King's life with a six-part series on what would have been Elvis's actual 75th birthday. Part one of The Elvis Trail (on 8 January at 7pm) begins in Tupelo, Mississippi, on 8 January 1935. Shortly before dawn, Gladys Presley gives birth to twins – Jessie Garon is born dead, but Elvis Aaron is alive and healthy.
This series looks at the incredible journey of Elvis's life, ending with his untimely death on 16 August 1977. Click here for BBC ELVIS Info
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/BBC)

Elvis Presley First Album Re-issue: According to Amazon, Elvis' self-titled first album will be re-issued on vinyl (again) through the Music on Vinyl (Cargo) budget label on November 27, 2009 in Germany.
It's all in Public Domain so nothing new here! Even the colours of the LP cover are wrong!

Go here for EIN's review of the FTD special release - Another MUST HAVE!

(News, Source;EIN/ElvisNews)

Wednesday 25 November 2009
Libertyland Demolition & Zippin Pippin Update; Demolition crews tore out a hunk of the Zippin Pippin last week as part of the project to sweep away the remains of Libertyland. But only a chunk was torn out, to see if the famous roller-coaster, one of Elvis' favourite funfair rides, was salvageable.
Some city officials and community leaders have wondered if the wooden roller coaster, like the recently dismantled carousel, could be repaired and reinstalled somewhere else. Lipscomb thinks that's unlikely. "What they're going to do is analyze how bad it is and see if it can be salvaged. The timbers are really, really rotten," he said.
Steve Mulroy, a county commissioner and member of the non-profit Save Libertyland, wasn't pleased. "In the final analysis, it probably doesn't matter because we'd have to replace that wood anyway," he said. "But the fact that they assured us they wouldn't touch the Pippin, and did anyway, is a little troubling."

Fox News meanwhile has broadcast a news item stating that the fight to save Elvis' favourite ride is still on! However the demolition continues on the remains of Libertyland. The city has been trying to figure out what to do with the Mid-South Fairgrounds site for several years. Last year, city officials chose a plan backed by real estate developer Henry Turley to redevelop the area into a centre for retail, entertainment and other purposes. But disagreements over fees have slowed that project, leading officials to consider other alternatives. The ownership of the coaster is even in dispute.

Save Libertyland says they own it after a previous developer, Carolina Crossroads, deeded it to them. However, Mulroy said city officials told Save Libertyland to remove the coaster. When they didn't, Mulroy said, city officials claimed ownership.
When asked who owned the ride, Lipscomb could only say, "I have no idea," then added, "If they own it, they need to get it moved."

Click here to view the Fox News Zippin Pippin report .. (Right: Elvis with Anita Wood)
(News, Source;MemphisCommAppeal)

'Viva Elvis' Media rumours: More on the media rumblings about major changes taking place in Cirque du Soleil's "Viva Elvis" show at CityCenter: The show is still on track for CityCenter's Dec. 16 opening, but there's talk that it might go on a three-week hiatus and return for a Jan. 8, Elvis extravaganza on what would have been The King's 75th birthday. It is reported that at least one young Elvis actor has been dropped from the cast. Apparently Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte checked out Cirque’s “Viva Elvis” show last week and called for some major changes. Alan Felddman, MGM Mirage senior vice president of public affairs, however said he attended a rehearsal with Laliberte last week, “and he was far from upset. the show looked great.”
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

'Any Way You Want Me' Pink Vinyl: Following on from their last successful Blue Vinyl release now Rockwell Records re-issue a new vinyl album entitled "Any Way You Want Me - Elvis 1956 part 2" as a limited edition of 250 vinyl picture discs. Side A:
I´m Counting ON You - Trying To Get To You - Blue Suede Shoes - One-Sided Love Affair - My Baby Left Me - So Glad You´re Mine - Tutti Frutti
Side B:
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don´t Be Cruel - Any Way You Want Me (That´s How I Will Be) - Love Me Tender - We´re Gonna Move

(News, Source:Elvis News/Elvis Club Berlin)

Elvis’ songs never needed gospel group: Most non-Elvis fans have never heard of Gordon Stoker. At the moment, I can’t seem to get him out of my mind—neither him nor the vocal gospel group he led, the Jordanaires... comments writer Jeff Simon of The Buffalo News.
That’s because an upcoming four-disc Elvis Presley box set retrospective— "Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight"— is being issued Dec. 8 in advance of the celebration of Elvis’ 75th birthday at Graceland from Jan. 7 through 10.
I’ve been listening to advance discs of the set, and it is Stoker and the Jordanaires that stop me every time. There they are, all through Elvis’ early work for RCA, singing godawful, insanely inappropriate gospel backup to this iconic, radical, culture-smashing hybrid music from Memphis.
If, for instance, you listen to Elvis’ "Hound Dog" - Scotty Moore’s two seminal guitar solos are accompanied by the wordless gospel harmonies of Gordon Stoker and a couple other singers, stuffed there by Nashville producing honcho Chet Atkins, to appease terrified record executives. You listen to it now, more than 50 years later, with any objectivity and you can’t help muttering, in perfect hindsight, "What the …? What’s THAT doing there?"

Listen to the earlier music Elvis made for Sam Phillips on Sun and it’s just Elvis with his boys—Moore, bassist Bill Black and, occasionally, drummer Johnny Bernero— singing the most radical American hybrid music this side of Ray Charles (who had stolen church ecstasies and made them sexual for R&B).
No Stoker; no Jordanaires.

But RCA Victor—which spent a fortune for Elvis—just wasn’t sure yet what it had bought. So Chet Atkins stuffed an inane white gospel vocal sound from Red Foley records in there, just so that anybody too scared of all the pelvic thrusting could listen to this wild, radical new music and hear, with their own comforted ears, how, in some ways, it wasn’t completely different from, say, the Four Aces or the Ames Brothers.
In one of his first official acts as the legendary nice boy he so often was, Elvis, not long after, told Stoker that it would always be HIS group—the Jordanaires—that would perform with him, live and in the studio, and not whatever pickup gospel bunch Atkins would assemble.
And so there they were, the Jordanaires, a bunch of guys whose actual job was to damage the strength and purity of Elvis Presley’s music so that the RCA Victor executives wouldn’t be too put off.
And the kid himself had secured their positions.
I’ve been listening to big reissues of vintage American music of one sort or another for 40 years. And there’s one thing that simply refuses to go away, even in so much of the best of it: Purity in the middle—even a radical departure from everything else—is surrounded by demeaning production mediocrity.
It’s always the way—not on EVERY song, mind you, but somewhere.
You listen now to so much Ella Fitzgerald and even Frank Sinatra, and you’re stunned by the uncomprehending blandness of the arrangements and production. How much better so much of it would sound now with just those fabled American voices and a piano trio.
And there were Stoker and the Jordanaires, the actual sound of mediocre reassurance pasted for eternity to that sensational Elvis music, just so no one would get the idea it was as gorgeously raw as it actually was.
Eventually, with Elvis’ own insistence.
The "What ifs?" start here; feel free to supply your own.
- By Jeff Simon - You can add your reply by clicking here.
Go here to see EIN's own Spotlight on Gordon Stoker
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Monday 23 November 2009

Angie Best reveals what really happened on her night with Elvis: It is one of the most intriguing stories ever to come out of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! - how Elvis Presley stole the girlfriend of his friend George Hamilton.Hamilton, who has a reputation as one of Hollywood's greatest Casanovas, revealed on the ITV show that he had gone to one of Elvis's Las Vegas concerts with his girlfriend Angie MacDonald-Janes, who went on to marry footballer George Best.The perma-tanned actor said he had waited for 45 minutes while Angie went to Elvis's dressing room - and then left, feeling 'like an idiot'.But when The Mail on Sunday contacted Angie Best, she gave a rather different version of events.She insisted her time backstage with Elvis was 'entirely innocent', although the singer gave her a turquoise ring and insisted she take his phone number. And she says that Hamilton was so jealous that he sneakily changed the numbers in her address book so she couldn't contact Elvis.The story emerged in last night's edition of the show as Hamilton, 70, told his fellow contestants about the concert in 1971.

He said: 'There was a girl in London who I was dating called Angie - she married a footballer named Best. I was dating her so I brought her to Elvis's show. We went backstage.'

Hamilton was close friends with Elvis's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who lived near his Californian home.

'Elvis was changing and he saw Angie and of course Angie just thought he was incredible. She said something about his concho belt [a native American belt with several metal buckles].'She said, "Elvis, where did you get those?" He said, "I've got a lot of them, I've got a collection, would you like to see them?" Well, I thought he was going to bring out the collection, but he said, "Come with me. So I see her go off and I'm waiting and waiting - 45 minutes go by and I felt like an idiot. So I got up and said, "Guys, please tell Elvis that I saw the show and send him my best and please tell the young lady that it was lovely to see her and I hope all goes well" and I walk out of the casino. I never saw her again until 18, 20 years later on a plane and we were both going to London and she said, "Hi George, remember me?" And I said, "Angie, what happened?" She said, "Nothing". I said, "I waited 45 minutes and I never forgot it."'But last night Angie said of her brief relationship with Hamilton: 'It's funny how people's memories are different. He does sound a little bit bitter.'I had just arrived in Los Angeles from England. I was just 19 at the time, and I didn't really know who Elvis was, not properly. George took me on a private jet from LA with Sammy Davis Jr and his wife to Las Vegas. We went to the hotel and we watched the show, and afterwards the Colonel came over to our table and asked if I wanted to come backstage to meet Elvis.'George didn't like that at all, so he said I couldn't go, but the Colonel came back a little bit later and said Elvis had spotted me in the crowd and thought I was the prettiest girl there. I went back and spent about 45 minutes with Elvis. He wasn't my type at all - I'm English, I don't go for a man wearing a white jumpsuit with glittering stars!'He poured his heart out to me about how unhappy he was and how he couldn't find love, and he just wanted to find someone to love and settle down with. 'To be honest, I was falling asleep. It was a bit of a rant - I think he was on drugs. But when I went to leave, he said, "Can I give you my number? I'd love to see you again". So he wrote his number in my book. And he gave me this turquoise ring he was wearing.'She said Hamilton was still there when she returned from her conversation with Elvis.

'He must have stayed because we flew back to LA on the private jet with Sammy Davis Jr. I didn't go on any more dates with George after that. That was the end of him - he was such a womaniser. But I did see him about 15 years later, and he admitted he had gone into my little black book - it must have been on the private jet - and had changed the numbers so I couldn't call Elvis.'

Angie, 57, met George Best in LA four years later. They married in 1978 and had one son, Calum. She now splits her time between London and LA, running her fitness centres Best Bodies, with a new one opening in Henley, Oxfordshire, next week.

'I've still got the ring,' she said. 'I keep it in a very special box. The last person to wear that ring was Elvis Presley. (News, Source: James Tapper and Amanda Perthen, Mail Online)

A Car fit for A King....Elvis Mercedes on eBay: From the eBay listing: In 2008 this car was appraised at $750,000 by a New York appraiser for a possible donation to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This is Elvis Presley’s personal car that is incredibly documented from new. This is definitely a piece of Rolling Art probably better described as Rock and Rolling Art. Elvis purchased this car and titled it in his name. One of the very few cars that were ever titled and registered in his name. This is the one with the famous “Lightning Bolt” in gold leaf with TCB (Takin' Care of Business) logo on both front doors. I have copies of the original bill of sale, Elvis’s registration card, the Retail Delivery Statement from Mercedes, the title and the finance contract.. Yes, The “King” financed this car placing $5500.00 down payment and 36 payments of $344.44 per month. Amazing!

I also have a copy of a great photo of Elvis in a tuxedo getting into this car. In addition I have Elvis’s authentic driver’s license issued September 1975 through 1977 by the State of Tennessee which states on the reverse side that it was also good for motorcycles. I believe that this may have been Elvis’s last driver’s license.

Elvis' Mobile Home to Become A Museum: One of the mobile homes Elvis purchased for the Circle G Ranch may soon become a mobile Elvis museum. The trailer was purchased by Elvis and later sold. The buyer says Elvis and Priscilla may have possibly stayed in this trailer. There have been little to no renovations made to the mobile home since 1967 when Elvis owned it.

From the bill of sale and various paperwork, this mobile home is a Delta trailer. It is a two bedroom trailer, measuring at 12 X 16. The buyer tells us Elvis financed this as a tax write off in 1967. The paperwork which came with the purchase of the mobile home included three notarized documents, the original title to Elvis, the purchase contract and the bill of sale which is personally signed by Elvis himself! (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Elvis Auction Results: The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has turned out to be an auctioneers' dream celebrity as prices for Jacko memorabilia outstrip even those for items that belonged to Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe.Thousands of bidders from around the world were attracted to the Jackson auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, where auctioneers were taken aback by the big prices paid for some of the late star's belongings.Yesterday's Music Icons auction in NYC was highly anticapated. Entertainment memorabilia ranged from Steven Tyler, The Beatles, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley, James Brown, Michael Jackson and of course, Elvis Presley!The Elvis items were purchased by collectors from all over the world including Dubia, Japan,China, Australia, the USA and of course, Denmark!


Michael Jackson's 80 pieces in the auction sold for over 2 million US Dollars. The biggest buzz is over his glove which sold for 420,000.00 US Dollars! MJ wore the glove at a 1983 performance during "Motown 25," an NBC special where he debuted his revolutionary moonwalk. Fellow Motown star Walter "Clyde" Orange of the Commodores, who also performed in the special 26 years ago, said he asked for Jackson's autograph at the time, but Jackson gave him the glove instead. Hoffman Ma, bought the glove on behalf of Ponte 16 Resort in Macau.

Here are the results from the Elvis section of the auction:

MODEL HOME FOR DR. NICK $640.00 US Dollars
214 ELVIS GIFTED CROSS $2,048.00 US Dollars (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited; guardian.co.uk)

Two film clips concerning Cirque Du Soleil and 'Viva Elvis':

Thanks to Brian Quinn for these links:


BBC Elvis Radio Tribute Show: The BBC needs contributions from fans for its upcoming Elvis tribute show.

For the show, a British Broadcasting Corp. radio crew will visit Tupelo today for a two-hour show on Elvis Presley. Suzi Quatro, an American singer who had a hit song with “Stumblin’ In,” is hosting the show which will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Elvis’ birth, on Jan. 8. (News, Source: Brian Quinn; Northwest Mississippi Daily Journal)

Dutch biography release: Due for release in the Dutch language is the strip biography "Elvis". This biography was originally released in Germany, it was written and illustrated by Reinhard Kleist & Titus Ackermann. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Chart Update: United States:Billboard Comprehensive Albums:
• #145 (Re) It’s Christmas Time
• #171 (Re) Elvis’ ChristmasTop Holiday Albums:
• #25 (26) It’s Christmas Time
• #30 (36) Elvis’ Christmas
• #42 (39) Christmas DuetsTop Holiday Songs:
• #22 (19) Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley & Martina McBride)Top Catalog Albums:
• #22 (Re) It’s Christmas Time
• #31 (Re) Elvis’ ChristmasTop Country Catalog Albums:
• #4 (9) Elvis’ Christmas
• #8 (10) Christmas Duets
• #17 (12) Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits
• #46 (39) Essential ElvisUS (SoundScan) sales, as of this week:
• Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits - 4,551,216 (sold 2,095 copies this week)
• Elvis’ Christmas - 366,654 (sold 4,542 copies this week)
• Christmas Duets - 356,247 (sold 3,312 copies this week)
• Essential Elvis - 283,149 (sold 1,251 copies this week)


Australia:Top 40 DVDs:
• #39 (38) Elvis: The King Of Rock ’N’ RollTop Catalog Albums:
• #36 (30) Elv1s: 30 #1 HitsSweden:Top 60 Singles:
• #58 (55) In The GhettoNorway:Top DVDs:
• #2 (2) The 30th Anniversary DVD CollectionIreland:Top 100 Albums:
• #24 (90) Rockin’ With The KingFrance:

Top 250 Comprehensive Albums:
• #192 (203) Gold - Greatest Hits

(News, Source: Elvis News/Martin Arvidsson

Elvis on Lennon Soundtrack: Sony Music announced the tracklist for the original soundtrack album to "Nowhere Boy", the new biopic movie on the early life of John Lennon which will feature the music that inspired the young Lennon to become a musician. The album is scheduled to be released on December 14 in the UK and 15 in the U.S. The album is set to include 2 songs by Elvis of whom Lennon famously said, “Before Elvis there was nothing”.

Disc 1
01 Wild One - Jerry Lee Lewis
02 Mr Sandman - Dickie Valentine
03 Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
04 Shake, Rattle & Roll - Elvis Presley
05 Hard Headed Woman - Wanda Jackson
06 I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
07 Maggie May - The Nowhere Boys
08 That'll Be The Day - The Nowhere Boys
09 Rockin' Daddy - Eddie Bond & The Stompers
10 Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
11 That's Alright Mama - The Nowhere Boys
12 Movin' and Groovin' - The Nowhere Boys
13 Raunchy - The Nowhere Boys
14 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
15 Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
16 Hello Little Girl - Aaron Johnson
17 In Spite Of All The Danger - The Nowhere Boys
18 Mother - John Lennon

Disc 2 (pending clearance)
01 Baby Let's Play House - Elvis Presley
02 Twist & Shout - The Isley Brothers
03 Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
04 She Loved Everybody But Me - Charlie Rich
05 Putting on the Style - Lonnie Donegan
06 Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
07 These Dangerous Years - Frankie Vaughan
08 Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins
09 Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
10 Come Go With Me - The Del Vikings
11 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley
12 Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
13 Rip It Up - Little Richard
14 See You Later - Alligator Charles
15 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
16 The Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero
17 Party Doll - Buddy Knox
18 Let the Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
19 Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino
20 Bye, Bye Love - Everly Brothers
21 I Fought The Law - Bobby Fuller Four
22 I Got A Rocket In My Pocket - Jimmy Lloyd

(News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis and Michael Jackson can be reached by technology: Hot news from the afterlife. Several psychics now claim they can contact dead celebrities using Twitter, a web system that enables short messages ("tweets") to be transmitted to multiple recipients ("followers") by Twitter users ("pathetic idiots").

Being a bit of a pathetic idiot myself, I couldn't resist trying this. But how do you get in contact with dead people? First, I went to Twitter.com and looked up St Peter, who is said to hold the keys to heaven. I found him.

Me: So, St Peter, are you a Twitter user? ST Peter: Of course I am. Who knows more hot news stories than me? I mean, you won't believe who I've just rejected from heaven! It's the one and only.

Me: The one and only who? ST Peter: Sorry, I ran out of space. We are only allowed 140 characters. The person who has just been rejected from heaven, is, get this, none other than

Me: None other than who? Did you run out of characters again? ST Peter: I did. Anyway, what can I do for you? Do you want regular Twitter updates on who's in and who's out?

Me: No. I want to see if I can use Twitter to contact dead celebs. I want to send a question to their mobile phones. ST Peter: People in heaven don't have mobile phones! Me: They don't? How do they keep in touch with each other? How do they survive (so to speak)? ST Peter: They have an amazing, magical, celestial device. They just flutter their fingers over it, and it enables them to talk to people far away, hear music, summon memories, anything they want.

Me: You mean they have i-Phones? ST Peter: Yes, that's what they're called. Me: Please forward this question to their i-Phones: "So, what's it like being dead?" ST Peter: Fine. I'll send it out right now and channel the answers back to you.

Ten minutes later the responses flowed back. John Lennon: Staff make my life miserable. They never let me forget that I sang, "Imagine there's no heaven; it's easy if you try." Michael Jackson: The afterlife stinks! Ninety-nine percent of people are old! There are no kids! Frank Sinatra: If I can make it here I'll make it anywhere, it's up to me, Heaaaven, heeaaaven.

Heath Ledger: Why so serious?

DR Seuss: They serve me green eggs and ham! Every day. I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I keep repeating this but they think I am mad. ME: I can't think why.

Shakespeare: Greetings. I say only this. The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns, puzzles the Will. Sigmund Freud: They make me share a house with my mom. It's so embarrassing.

After that, there was silence. But then I got one more Twitter message.

Elvis: Oh babe it's so lonely baby, oh babe it's so lonely ah could die. Me: But Elvis, you're already dead. Elvis: Oh yeah.

I forgot. Me: We're still buying your records down here. Millions of us. Elvis. Really? Thanks. I'm all shook up. Me: Is that true? Elvis: Unh-ha. Unh-ha. Yay-yay yeah. Time to stop Twittering. Amen. (News, Source: Nury VittachiBangkok)


Saturday 21 November 2009

'Original Elvis Tribute' visits Italy & Holland: The 'Original Elvis Tribute' Show, which delighted European audiences last May, will be returning in January 2010. The itinerary will include 2 shows in Italy, and one exclusive Holland show:
January 22: Auditorium Flog, Firenze,
January 23: Rock Planet, Pinarella di Cervia (Ravenna),
January 24: Effenaar, Eindhoven (NL) This remarkable show, which includes Elvis bassplayer Duke Bardwell and songwriter Michael Jarrett (a.o. I'm Leavin'), will also feature Robert Washington this time. "We're very excited about having Robert as part of the show", Duke says. "He's the closest to Elvis that I have ever heard. I got goosebumps all over when he sang 'You'll Never Walk Alone' for me. He's the real deal".
Go here to see our review of the 2009 'Original Elvis Tribute' show. To hear Robert Washington sing 'Always On My Mind', click here.
Go here for full Tour Information.

(News, Source:ArjanDeelen)

Elvis Birthday Virtual Expo Is Back: A large number of enthusiastic Elvis fans were disappointed when EPE did not put on the real 'Elvis Expo' for Elvis Week this year. Creating an on-line Expo removes the chance to meet Elvis' associates, and of course is an easier way to make money. So on a negative and the positive (that it will be back for Elvis' Birthday) the new Elvis Birthday Virtual Expo is now online. The Elvis Birthday Expo features booths of new Elvis products, question and answer sessions with special guests, access to pre-orders of upcoming products and much more. Take some time to browse through the isles and check out the various booths. More booths will be coming soon so be sure to check back often.
Click here to check it out.
Go to to EIN's exclusive on Elvis Week 2009.
(News, Source;EIN/EPE)

VOTE for YOUR favourite ELVIS highlights of the last Decade:

Nominations are pouring in for Best ELVIS Highlights of the Past Decade Poll. In less than two months time the world enters a new decade.  With 10 years of the new millennium almost gone EIN thought it time to look back at the major Elvis highlights, music and non-music related, during the decade. And we want you to tell us what the highlights were!

Vote for your Best and Worst of EVERYTHING ELVIS! See our full story & Details below.

Click here and send us your Lowlights and Highlights

Friday 20 November 2009

Ron Brandon - Elvis In Tupelo Interview PART 2: With the release of the MRS ‘Tupelo Welcomes Elvis’ book/cd, Ron Brandon who recorded the concert sent EIN this message.
"I received the new Tupelo MRS release today and I am sure I am not the first to tell you that it is outstanding. And to everyone involved, I (and Charlie Watts) are indebted to each of you for finally making it possible for us to get a bit of recognition for being there way back all those years ago. I have sent one along to Charlie, and I'm sure he will be as impressed as I am.
I am now really looking forward to my return trip to Tupelo next spring & meeting up with Roy Turner.
Thanks again fellows... I really appreciate it."
- Ron Brandon.
Our original interview with Ron Brandon received a lot of positive feedback from EIN readers. We were therefore delighted that Ron agreed to answer a few more follow-up questions about his time in Tupelo.
Click here to our updated and detailed interview
(Interviews, Source:EIN)

Hot news On The 'Viva Elvis' Show and CD: EIN contributor Brian Quinn reports >>.. Apparently the Aria Theatre which will house the 'Viva Elvis' Show is amazing. Further inside information reveals that the 'Viva Elvis' CD from the said show is said to be outstanding and mixed with far superior technology to that of the Beatles' 'Love' album. The sound on the CD will be the most contemporary sounding Elvis we have ever heard.There is a strong chance of some single releases from the show including Duets.
This release will get the 'full works' from Sony and it is hoped sales will be in excess of the 30 No.1 Hits. Sounds great and this will be followed up in 2011 with similar technology for a new 'Duets' album - another big seller. There is also the possibility of the show being filmed in 3D for the cinema circuit.
I can also confirm that Simon Fuller is in the process of outlining a Biopic of The King along the lines of Johnny Cash's 'Walk The Line' but that could take a couple of years to get off the ground.
2010 and beyond - Elvis is still in the building!
(News, Source;EIN/Brian Quinn)

Live Streaming of Annual Graceland Lighting Ceremony: Graceland will officially begin the holiday season on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m., when the switch is flipped on the holiday lights during the annual Graceland Lighting Ceremony.
This year, joining a group of children from St. Jude to "flip the switch" will be GRAMMY Award winner Richard Marx, an Elvis fan and supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
The interior of Graceland mansion will also be decked in Elvis’ Christmas décor for the holiday season. This includes his traditional red velvet drapes and Presley family Christmas artifacts displayed around several Christmas trees throughout the home, including the famous Jungle Room.
You can be part of the annual tradition as the Graceland holiday lights come alive for another year on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 PM CST. The ceremony will feature Grammy Award Winner Richard Marx and patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please be sure visit this page on Friday at 6:00 PM Memphis time. Midnight Friday GMT & London to be part of the ceremony no matter where you are in the world.

New SHE IS THE KING Single for Jan 8th 2010: In honor of Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday (January 8th, 2010) & following 2 years of local & international performances on the back of her debut album - "Comeback" - SHE IS THE KING is here in Australia to release her third single - "I Got A Feelin’ In My Body".
"I’m super excited about the crossover potential of this new track first recorded by the King in 1973 at Stax in Memphis. This funky but soulful track gives me ‘A Feelin In My Body' that it’s not only for Elvis fans."
Out January 8th, 2010. Released on Mystery Train Music/Liquid Music through MGM.
She Is The King will be a major attraction at this year's Australian Parkes Elvis Birthday Festival which attracts crowds of more than 10,000 dedicated Elvis fans.
Go here for more information.
(News, Source;SITK)

Enter the Elvis 75 Sweepstakes: SIRIUS|XM and Elvis Radio are celebrating Elvis' 75th birthday by giving fans the chance to win one of two incredible once-in-a-lifetime Elvis experiences. The Grand Prizes include either a trip to Graceland for the 75th Birthday Celebration or a trip to Las Vegas for the opening of Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil. Other prizes include: SIRIUS Satellite Radio with a free 3-month subscription, the 4-cd box set: Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight from Sony, and more!
Click here to enter.
(News, Source;EPE)

Memphis Vs Tennessee - Presley in the house: Priscilla Presley, Lindsay Davenport and Peyton Manning were among the famous faces in attendance at the FedExForum.
But the lure of the country's top two teams with No. 1 Memphis Tigers hosting No. 2 Tennessee playing each other Saturday night in Memphis was too much to pass up if you could wrangle yourself a ticket.
It didn't even matter that even Manning, the former Tennessee quarterback, needed help from Memphis officials to land a ticket to watch his Vols play the Tigers.
Presley, who helped bathe the late Elvis Presley's Graceland with blue lights a night before in honor of the Tigers' perfect start, had a front row seat. Appropriately enough, the halftime show featured a series of songs by her former late husband ELVIS. Priscilla and Elvis separated in 1972, five years before his untimely death.
Davenport and Blake are in town for a tennis tournament, and they took to the court during the first media timeout of the first half to help advertise that event. They each hit tennis balls up into the crowd.
The game was such a lure that even Justin Timberlake and girlfriend Jessica Biel were rumored to be in attendance for the sold-out night but hadn't been seen by halftime.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Thursday 19 November 2009

Another Chance to get Marty Lacker's UNIQUE Elvis Photo Collection: Although the initial auction ended a week ago, Marty was unfortunately frauded by a fake bid. So here is another chance for you to bid for these fantastic, unique candid Elvis photos.

For twenty years Marty Lacker was a close friend of Elvis Presley and for a number of years was his right hand man or as Elvis and The Memphis Mafia called it, “The Foreman”. Through those years Marty took some great candid pictures of Elvis and the MM in various situations and he was also given many pictures by other people who shot them.  There are some great never before seen pictures of various places and times that Elvis and the guys enjoyed within those 20 years.  He also has a couple of pictures of Elvis’ jewelry that Elvis gave to Marty as well as pictures that include a few other stars that knew Elvis taken with Elvis or the guys with them.

We are calling them a collection because Marty has decided to sell all 210 pictures, one of the largest photo collections related to Elvis and he is selling them as a total 210 picture package.  This is not a sale of individual pictures.

Over 98 percent of the pictures are casual candids just a few are professionally posed pictures. They are both 8x10's and snapshot size. It is a great mixture and one that any fan or Elvis or photograph devotee would love to have. Compared to the recent Gary Pepper auction price for just a few pictures, this collection is a big bargain.

Click here to EBay for this fantastic offer.

Elvis 1956 Tupelo Concert Photographer, Terry Wood has died: James Terry Wood, 79, long-time Tupelo resident, died Sunday Nov 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following an extended illness. An accomplished photographer, he is perhaps best known as the former owner of Terry Wood Photography, founded in 1954. His award-winning works were well known both nationally and throughout Mississippi. His homecoming photos taken in 1956 of Elvis Presley have been used in media and books worldwide. He loved to tell people, "the entire world recognized two words, Coca Cola, and Elvis Presley"
From 1954 until retiring from photography in 1993, he became a nationally recognized figure in the photographic profession. Wood was a founder of the North Mississippi Photographers Association and a lifetime member since 1949 of the Professional Photographers of Mississippi and Alabama. In 1976, he was chosen president of the American Society of Photographers and became an honorary lifetime member in 1987. Approximately 250 of Terry’s photos from the 1950’s and 1960’s were chosen in a Harvard University project.
He was actively involved locally in several organizations and was a senior member of Tupelo Rotary Club. He had a beautiful bass voice and sang in a local quartet several years. On Feb. 14, 1987, he married Peggy Robinson of Tupelo.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
(News, Source;TupeloNews)

"An Evening of Memories and Song: Remembering Elvis Presley" new JD Sumner CD: A brand new compilation focusing on Elvis, his love of gospel and his favorite bass-singer J.D Sumner.
The press release notes ... "Elvis’ love for Gospel music was his real link with his earliest years, providing constant support throughout his demanding career. His passion for Gospel music formed the foundation for his long, personal relationship with J.D. Sumner. As a teenager in 1954, Elvis considered J.D. a hero. After his death in 1977, J.D. knew Elvis was his hero. J.D. always remembered Elvis with humour, grace and love. This album is J.D.’s tribute to the late Elvis Presley."
JD Sumner passed away in 1998 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The CD is set for release this month. Go here for tracklist & purchase information.
(News, Source;jdsumner)

National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Awaits Elvis Exhibit: Echoes of Elvis opens on January 8, 2010, marking the 75th anniversary of Elvis' birth. Although Elvis died more than thirty years ago, the world remains fascinated with his image and music. His records have continued to sell by the millions and public interest in his music, career and life has yet to subside. During the last half century, Elvis became part of the artistic discourse as well. Early in Elvis’s career, Andy Warhol illuminated the role he played in the new and youth-powered popular American culture; later, Ralph Wolfe Cowan, Red Grooms and others created mythical, spiritual and earthly images of the man whose legacy includes multiple superlative moments in music, entertainment, life and afterlife. To this day, both the historical Elvis Presley and the fantasy-based vision of Elvis are the subject of poetry and art.
Go here for more info.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Jason Lee Grabs "Elvis" role in new TNT Pilot ‘Delta Blues’: Jason Lee, who you know from everything from Mallrats to My Name is Earl, will be the lead in the new TNT pilot Delta Blues. His character is Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Big names surround Delta Blues, so there’s reason to have confidence in it already. Aside from Lee, there’s Emmy-nominated Clark Johnson (The Shield) who will be directing, actor Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight), a script by Liz M. Garcia (Cold Case) and executive producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov with Warner Television.
"Jason Lee is the ideal choice to bring the compelling, off-kilter Dwight Hendricks to life," said TNT exec Michael Wright, "With extraordinary talent in front of and behind the camera, along with an outstanding script, DELTA BLUES is shaping up to be a hugely entertaining show and a great fit with our line-up of original drams"
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

'Top Ten Hits & Christmas Favourites' new UK CD: This is the new Christmas issue 2-CD tin-box set from K Tel in the UK. "This previously unreleased collector's edition" features two CDs of twelve tracks each. The standard Xmas 1950's (Public Domain) selection, plus another regular 12 hits from the fifties on CD2. (News, Source; Barry Mclean)

Preparations for Elvis' 75th birthday underway: UK newspaper The Independent is promoting Elvis' Birthday.
"If Elvis were still alive, he would turn 75 years old on January 8, 2010. So the party plans are starting with several events planned to commemorate the date, including a CD package, special concerts at Graceland in Memphis, and a Cirque du Soleil tribute show.
The Elvis Birthday Celebration 2010, January 7-10, 2010, happens in Graceland and other venues throughout Memphis.
Sony Legacy will release a four-disc box set, Elvis 75-Good Rockin' Tonight, on December 8. The collection of 100 songs from the King of Rock'n'Roll's repertoire, spans genres from rhythm and blues and rock to country, pop and gospel.
With hits from "Hound Dog" and "Burnin' Love," songs from his movies, tracks from his platinum albums, and concert performances, and "A Little Less Conversation" (JXL Radio Remix Edit). The retrospective package also includes a booklet with rare photographs and a definitive essay.
A single disc edition of Elvis 75, featuring key tracks from the box set, will be released on January 5, 2010. (see EIN news yesterday).
In addition Cirque du Soleil will premiere a new show, Viva Elvis, in December at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The choreographer, Vincent Paterson, who has worked with Madonna, collaborated with the troupe to combine their unique contemporary circus style into a stunning visual event with Elvis music. They previously did a Beatles tribute show called Love. One of Forbes magazine's top five post-mortem earners, Elvis' estate earned $55 million this past year."
Go here for EPE Birthday Celebrations Event information
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Sillerman's Vegas Dreams Crash: Wall Steet Journal reports that Robert F.X. Sillerman, the media entrepreneur who runs the company that produces American Idol, acquired 17.7 acres in Las Vegas with dreams of building a casino resort with an Elvis theme - but that the plan has become the latest victim of Las Vegas’s sagging economy.
Mr. Sillerman’s company that owns the six contiguous properties, FX Real Estate and Entertainment Inc., said last week in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the land is set to be sold as part of a pre-packaged bankruptcy agreement that it has reached with lenders.
The collapse is yet another sign of the sharp downturn of the gambling industry, which has seen Las Vegas revenue and land values plummet while forcing a few casinos and resorts into bankruptcy. FX Real Estate was never able to fund its $3 billion Elvis resort that featured a luxury hotel casino with 2,269 rooms and 93,000 square feet of casino-floor space.
The expected bankruptcy also may provide a barometer of just how much Las Vegas real estate has suffered.
Mr. Sillerman declined to comment.
But, Las Vegas real-estate experts say the location of the property may be too good to pass up.
"There is going to be some interests in that one. That’s one of the best remaining opportunities in the Strip area right now," said Charles Jack, who runs an eponymously named land and appraisal company in Las Vegas. "It’s begging for a higher and better use."
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Wednesday 18 November 2009 ...... with TEN new stories

New 'Vault Book' Offers Unique Look at Elvis' Life: From the he EPE Press Release... (& note that Priscilla has written the forward for the book) >>> Elvis Presley was arguably the single most influential person in the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll, and as a result, there have been hundreds of books tracing his music and his rise to the top. This book, however, differs from the rest. Elvis: A Tribute to the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll from Whitman Publishing is a 144-page “scrapbook” tracing Elvis’ rise from the poverty of East Tupelo, Mississippi, to the elegance of Graceland. What makes this publication unique is the use of replicas throughout the book, items like his birth certificate, concert and movie posters, and event tickets. There is even a menu from one of his gigs in Las Vegas. It is a must-have for any Elvis collector.
“From the outside looking in,” writes Priscilla Presley in the book’s foreword, “Elvis was a man who entertained the world, but to me, he was my rock, my best friend, my mentor, my confidant and loving father to our daughter. He has given me a lifetime of memories that I will cherish forever. I hope this book leaves you with great memories of Elvis, just as it has revived memories of my own, and that you enjoy it as much as I do.” 'Elvis: A Tribute to the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll' is part of the Specialty Vault series from Whitman Publishing, LLC, of Atlanta and is now now available at ShopElvis.com and wherever books are sold. Click here to order

(Right: an inside page layout)

(News, Source EPE)

"All Shook Up" Campaign from Sirius radio: Elvis is featured in a new promo campaign. This time footage from the '68 Comeback Special was used for a commercial for Sirius Satellite Radio. RadioSirius XM "shook up" the nation’s televisions last weekend with the launch of what CEO Mel Karmazin referred to as "the most aggressive national ad branding campaign in our history.”
The new Sirius XM thirty second ad spot, seen on millions of US televisions, begins with vintage footage of Elvis from his ‘68 Comeback Special singing a rousing version of “All Shook Up.” While the song continues to play, the slick visual moves through footage of Michael Jordan, Richard Pryor and Howard Stern. The end of the ad brings text exclaiming “Satellite Radio is changing it again.” The Sirius XM logo and web address to the newly launched siriusxm.com are shown in the final frame.
This new eye-catching advert is getting a positive public response. Filmmaker/writer Jason Hill said, “The ad is one of the more creative ads I have seen in a while, connecting the achievements of the best in music, sports, comedy and radio to what the service has to offer. I like how the ad opens up with “All Shook Up” while showing nostalgic clips of Elvis, Jordan and Pryor, then transitioning to Stern with nice motion graphic titles married to the frame — the presentation is very impressive.” Impressed with the strategy of the ads message as well, Mr. Hill said, “The ad does a good job of promoting Sirius XM’s content by putting out in front the value of their primary offerings, and doing it with lots of style. The ad is very entertaining while cleverly promoting all four major content products Sirius XM offers: music, sports, comedy, and talk radio.” Click here to see this recommended ELVIS Sirius Advert.
(News, Source:SanjaM)

'Good Times' FTD full Details: The complete details of the FTD collectors label re-issue of the 1974 "Good Times" album have been released. This edition comes as a double-disc 'Classic Album' set. The audio has been Mastered by Jean-Marc Juilland and the set should be released at the beginning of December.
From the press-release: Originally released in 1974, this great album featured the legendary 'Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues', 'My Boy' and 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby'. In addition to the masters, it will contain many great outtakes from the Stax Sessions of 1973. The package features the 7" inch digipack format with 12-page booklet.
Click here to the full tracklisting and credits.
(News, Source;FTD)

"Elvis 75" Single Disc version: Elvis World Japan has posted the cover art and tracklisting for the single CD version of  the 2010 "Elvis 75" CD. Due for release January 5, 2010.
That's All Right
I Forgot To Remember To Forget
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Don't Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Love Me
All Shook Up
Jailhouse Rock
It's Now Or Never
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Little Sister
Can't Help Falling In Love
Viva Las Vegas
How Great Thou Art
Guitar Man
If I Can Dream
In The Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
Polk Salad Annie
An American Trilogy
Burning Love
Always On My Mind
-- (News, Source;ElvisWorldJapan)

Elvis' Imperials news updates: After nearly 5 years singing with Elvis' Imperials, Gus Gaches will move on to join the legendary, award winning group, “Legacy Five”.
“We applaud them for recognizing this fine young man. He has enormous talent and a deep Christian commitment. We are so proud of him and Gus can now pursue his first love, singing Southern Gospel music. We wish him well, as do our fans and friends, and we thank him for the fine contribution he made to our group! Keep smiling, Gus!” - Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood and Sherman Andrus
Elvis' Imperials have been inundated with requests from singers around the globe who want to audition for the 1st tenor position. An announcement will be made very shortly, introducing the new singer and a detailed schedule of their already very busy schedule for 2010. Go here for more details at The Imperials new website.
(News, Source:EPE)

Elvis's Cadillac to be restored: The BBC reports that a Cadillac which may once have belonged to Elvis Presley is being restored to its former glory in Tyneside. A team of Heaton-based specialist restorers have been commissioned to revamp the seats inside the gleaming white convertible. The 8.2-litre Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado, built in the early '70s, has been bought by an English car collector who wants to remain anonymous.
He said the car once belonged to the singer, who died in 1977 aged 42.
Restoration experts at Northumbrian Leather will remove layers of gloss white paint from the seats of the Cadillac.
Co-owner of Northumbrian Leather Max Tait said: "Somebody down the line has thought it was a good idea, in the name of restoration, to slap a few coats of thick white paint across the seats.
"It is not that the car has been re-sprayed and the seats have changed colour, they have just been repainted and repainted and repainted probably every year, for years, to keep them white.
The car has been bought by a UK car collector, who remains anonymous, "Now they feel horrible. Hopefully we can get back to soft original leather beneath all the dry and crispy paint and restore the original finish."
Mr Tait described the V8 engine-powered vehicle as a "bit of a monster" and added: "If you can imagine fitting a set of brakes to a boat then that's what it's like to drive."
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

New novel about Elvis' twin: Jesse Garon Presley was born the same day as Elvis Aaron Presley in 1935. However, Gladys and Vernon Presley's other son was stillborn, and never knew the family's poverty, or the riches they enjoyed when Elvis became the king of rock 'n' roll. But in an alternate literary reality created by Hatfield writer Brett Wallach, Jesse, Elvis' fraternal twin, survives.
"Because they were so poor, they sold the baby on the black market," said Wallach, noting that the country was in the throes of the Great Depression at the time.
In the e-book "Jesse Garon: The Search for Elvis Presley's Twin," the baby is raised by a couple in Philadelphia, unaware that he is Elvis' brother.
A big music fan and a songwriter since his teen years, Wallach adds a delicious twist to the fantasy when the adoptive parents, the Zimmermans, rename the child Robert, as in Bob Dylan's real name — Robert Zimmerman.
"He ends up working at a newspaper as an advertising salesperson. (He grows up to be) a nondescript middle class person. He doesn't want any notoriety. I talk about the duality of fame (in the book)," Wallach said.
That's why the hero of the story, private investigator Phil Allman, is hired by some nefarious characters looking to find Zimmerman and make a buck off exploiting his connection to Elvis.
The story is available as a $5.95 download through Culver City Calif.-based Wild Child Publishing.
Wild Child publisher Marci Baun, who admitted that she's "not a big mystery person," agreed that the storyline involving the dead Presley twin was compelling.
"What we are looking for is a unique story that is well written. It was the mixture of mystery, the humor and the presentation," she said of Wild Child's willingness to take a chance on an unknown author.
Click here for more info about the book.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

"Elvis Meets Buddy" with Donnie Edwards Australian Shows: Hey all you boppers... the Big Bopper himself is inviting you to shake, rattle and roll like never before for ELVIS MEETS BUDDY - A stage spectacular bringing to life a concert like nothing you've ever seen before... Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly... together on one stage for a once in a lifetime concert that can only be made here in heaven.
We invite you back to the Fifties... a time when the colours of the spectrum were exaggerated, and grease backed hair was a fashion... and also the era that gave birth to Rock and Roll. Starring Donnie Edwards as Elvis and Doug Parkinson as the Big Bopper.
DONNY EDWARDS, is one of the most sought after Elvis Tribute Artist in the world. He performs in casinos, theaters, and at corporate events throughout the U.S. and internationally. Donny's television performances include: ABC's Monday Night Football, MTV's Viva La Bam, The Young & The Restless on CBS, ABC's "The Next Best Thing", and the Kingsmill ads in the U.K. Recently, Donny was awarded the top Elvis tribute artist in the world by two different organizations.
Touring throughout Australia in April/May 2010.
Go here for more info and TOUR DATES.

(News, Source;EIN)

Buddy Holly Guitar To Go On Auction Block: The guitar that Buddy Holly customized himself as a tribute to Elvis Presley is going to be auctioned. Christie's auction house will sell Holly's Gibson J-45 guitar. Holly covered the guitar in leather because he had seen Presley play a leather-covered guitar in 1955.
As William J. Bush recounts: Unlike Presley, however, Holly did the leatherwork himself, tracing the outline of the J-45 on brown paper and shrinking the leather in the bathtub to fit to size. He then hand-tooled, scribing his name, his state, and the titles of his first Decca releases on it.
The guitar is expected to sell for $450,000 to $550,000. Holly's tweed stage jacket will also be sold, and it's expected to go for at least $3,000.
Also at the actions will be original 78's of Presley's first five singles for Sun Records. They have an estimate of $2,000 - $3,000.
The auction will take place in New York on December 3.
Go here for more Christie's Auction info.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Sunday 15 November 2009

Lock Of Elvis' Hair A Big Hit At Auction (see earlier story dated 8 Nov): A tiny strand of hair said to have been clipped from the head of Elvis Presley has sold at auction for more than £1,000.The snippet, which is mounted in a 12in by 22in frame alongside a photograph of the music legend, had been tipped to fetch up to £250.Wiltshire auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son brought the hammer down at £1,055.The strand had been cut off and kept by Presley's barber of more than 20 years, Homer Gill Gilleland.

He used to dye the singer's sandy-blond locks black, and cut his hair into a towel.

He would then apparently pack the strands into a plastic bread bag and take them home with him. After Presley's death in 1977, the barber is said to have sold the hair across the road from Graceland. The filament sold in Devizes was obtained in September 2002 by Thomas B. Morgan Jr. He was once an employee at the sheriff's office of Shelby County and Memphis, Tennessee, and apparently knew Presley.The £1,000-strand comes with a note of authenticity penned by Mr Morgan.If you missed out on the snippet, fear not - it is likely others will become available.

In November 2002 a small jarful of The King's hair sold for $115,000 (£70,000) in an internet auction - prompting speculation it would later be re-sold, strand by strand. (News, Source: Katie Cassidy, Sky News Online)

Spankox Elvis Christmas Remixes: These are the details and a preview of the new "Christmas Remixes" album by the Italian DJ Spankox.

From the press-release: We're happy to present to all Elvis Presley's fans and good music lovers an extraordinary release: the new Elvis Presley's remix album called 'Christmas Remixes'.

The CD contains ten Elvis Presley's Christmas tracks carefully remixed by Agostino Carollo aka Spankox, producer of 'Re:Versions' and 'Re:Mixes', the only Elvis Presley Enterprises officially approved Elvis Presley's remix albums in history.

Produced using the latest technical and sound restoration technologies, featuring the cooperation of exceptional musicians and also of an international symphonic orchestra, this album presents Elvis's voice and music in a fresh and innovative way. The songs feature new arrangements carefully orchestrated and played with huge respect for Elvis: all the tracks gain a 'new life' in these new versions, and Elvis's unique voice shines with a new and wonderful light. The sound of the newly remixed Elvis's tracks is phenomenal and absolutely 'state of the art' and has been praised also by Mike Stoller, the original Elvis Presley's producer and composer for Elvis of songs like 'Santa Claus Is Back In Town' and many others: 'It sounds great! - said Mike Stoller - I love the remix of 'Santa Claus Is Back In Town'. It's just right'.

This original 'Christmas Remixes' album is a new approach to some of Elvis's best Christmas songs and is set to be one of the hottest albums of the approaching Holiday Season; in fact it caters to a very wide audience: long time Elvis fans, that will rediscover Elvis in a new way and a new generation of fans too.

'I'm a big Elvis fan since I was 5 years old - said Spankox - and I made this record first of all to honour Elvis as one of the greatest cultural influences of all time'. (News, Source: Press Release)

'Bringing It All Back Home' CD release: The label Venus Productions will soon release the double CD set Bringing It All Back Home featuring two concerts recorded in Elvis’ hometown.From the press-release: The first CD will contain the matinee performance of March 16, 1974, his first live appearance in Memphis since 1961. The source used was the first generation soundboard tape for optimum sound quality.

The second CD features the only performance of Elvis at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1975. For the first time EVER this concert will be as complete as possible with the inclusion of ‘’An American Trilogy‘’ (ending spliced with version from the previous night ), and you’ll be able to hear this show as recorded that night, without any addition of reverb or any other sound gimmicks.

This release as our previous set Black Angels In Vegas will come to you in a beautiful full color, hardcover book with many pictures and liner notes, spread over 132 pages. Here is your chance to get both shows in the best sound quality ever, in the ultimate package, so … bring them all back home for good!CD 1 Memphis, TN March 16, 1974 AS:1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- C.C. Rider ;  3- I Got A Woman / Amen ;  4- Love Me ; 5- Trying To Get To You ; 6- All Shook Up ; 7- Steamroller Blues ; 8- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel  ;9- Love Me Tender ; 10- Johnny B. Goode ; 11- Hound Dog ; 12- Fever ; 13- Polk Salad Annie ; 14- Why Me Lord ? ; 15- Suspicious Minds ; 16- Band Introductions ; 17- I Can't Stop Loving You ; 18- Help Me ; 19- An American Trilogy ; 20- Let Me Be There ( with reprise ) ; 21- Funny How Time Slips Away ; 22- Can't Help Falling In Love ; 23- Closing Vamp. Total running time: 58:10CD 2 Memphis, TN  June 10, 1975: 1-Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- C.C. Rider ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen ; 4- Love Me ; 5- If You Love Me ( Let Me Know ) ; 6- Love Me Tender (with false start ) ; 7- All Shook Up ; 8- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ; 9- Hound Dog ; 10- Fairytale ; 11- Burning Love ; 12- Band Introduction #1 ; 13- Johnny B. Goode ( featuring James Burton ) ; 14- Drum Solo ( featuring Ron Tutt ) ; 15- Bass solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) ; 16- Piano solo ( featuring Glen D. Hardin ) ; 17- Band Introduction #2 ; 18- School Day ( featuring J. Guercio & orchestra ) ; 19- Introduction of Vernon Presley and Dr. Nick ; 20-T-R-O-U-B-L-E  ; 21- Why Me Lord ? ; 22- How Great Thou Art ( with reprise ) ; 23- Let Me Be There ; 24- Funny How Time Slips Away ( with reprise ) ; 25- Little Darlin' ; 26- An American Trilogy ( spliced * ) ; 27- Mystery Train / Tiger Man ** ; 28- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp ** Bonus: 29- An American Trilogy ( unedited-June 10, 1975 ) * Last 30 seconds from Jackson MS June 9, 1975** Jackson ,MS June 9, 1975

Total running time: 70:28 (News, Source: Elvis News)

The Best Elvis Highlights of the Past Decade!: Nominations are pouring in for Best Highlights of the Past Decade Poll.

In less than two months time the world enters a new decade.  With 10 years of the new millennium almost gone EIN thought it time to look back at the major Elvis highlights, music and non-music related, during the decade.

And we want you to tell us what the highlights were!

What have been the highlights for you?  Was it the:

  • sale of EPE?
  • announcement that Elvis In Concert will tour again next year?
  • release of From Elvis In Memphis 40th Anniversary Legacy Edition? FTD going vinyl? Elvis Week 2007? release of Elvis 30 #1 Hits? Joseph Tunzi finally releasing a book of the year (Elvis ’68 at 40)? release by MRS of audio-visual footage of Elvis’ historic Tupelo Homecoming Concerts in 1956?
  • or something else?

Tell us what you think were the:

  • Major moments/News stories (can be positive or negative)
  • Best CD releases
  • Best FTD releases Best DVD releases Best Book releases Best ETA’s Best Merchandise releases from EPE
  • Best stories, articles or reviews

In fact, the best of anything Elvis related!!! 

We will compile a list of the most popular (by category) and publish an article around them, followed by a series of qualifying polls (Major Moment/Best Music Release/Best Non-Music Release) and culminating in a final poll to decide the #1 Elvis Highlight of the Past Decade.

Let EIN know what you think are the Elvis highlights by clicking here.  There is no limit on how many highlights (or lowlights) you can nominate.

 Nominations close 25 November 2009

Elvis owned ring for sale: Throughout the realm of Elvis fans, the news is out — the King's ring is for sale.

Big, bold and encrusted with 19 diamonds of various sizes and cuts, it's a piece of jewelry that only a renowned entertainer like Presley would wear, and it's being auctioned Dec. 6 in Tallahassee by Affiliated Auction Galleries on Apalachee Parkway.

"That ring has gotten a tremendous amount of press in the UK, Europe and Asia," said Malcolm Mason, Affiliated's director of operations. He expects bidders from around the world. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind type of entertainment memorabilia," Mason added.Included are all the news clippings, ticket stubs, photos, and consigner Lloyd Perry's account of how he received it as a gift in Asheville, N.C., the night of July 24, 1975, when Elvis performed there — the last stop of the singer's concert tour at the time.The ring is a gold casting, size 11, and has a total 10 carats' worth of diamonds. The stones range in size from 0.44 to to 1.39 ct. The ring weighs 27.2 grams. Presley was known for his taste in unique jewelry items, but Mason said it's not known exactly who made the ring or where the King got it.Just as amazing is how Perry got it. He and friends were on the front row in Asheville that night and at one point several songs into the show, Elvis paused to toss a rather well-worn Gibson guitar toward the front row. Perry and the guy next to him caught it. They took turns playing with it."Although the other guy kept the guitar, I think Elvis wanted me to have it," Perry says in his account of that night. "After a couple more songs, all of a sudden my wife nudged me and said 'Elvis is motioning for you to come to the stage.' Well, I looked up and went to the stage to shake hands with him, and to my absolute surprise, he was trying to put this ring on my pinky finger."I got him to put it on my ring finger while I was shaking like a leaf. I then went back and sat down," he said, adding that the audience was going wild. "Afterwards Elvis walked back across the stage, shrugged his shoulders and said, "Aw, what's $16,000?' "Mason says memorabilia from the entertainment world is one of the big segments of the auction business, and Affiliated sells its share of items from screen and stage. Perry contacted the Tallahassee firm about selling the ring for him and the date was set.If you're interested, you can bid in person, by phone or submit an absentee bid in advance. There are options for bidding via the Internet as well. (News, Source: DemocratBusiness.com)

For more info:

www.affiliatedauctions.com or:

Cell Ph. 828-333-2970
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Aussie chart update: On tomorrow's ARIA Music DVD Chart, Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll, drops eight places to #38 after 79 weeks on the chart and a high of #4. (News, Source: ARIA)

Chart Update: Elvis Presley releases still chart around the world; various CD and DVD titles are listed - even close to the #1 spot - in the US, Canada, Sweden, Norway and Hungary.United States: Top Holiday Albums:

  • # 36 Elvis’ Christmas
  • # 39 Christmas Duets
Canada: Top 100 Albums: 
  • #37 Christmas Duets 
Top 50 Country Albums: 
  • #24 Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits
Sweden: Top 60 Albums: 
  • #52 The Collection (7CD) 
Top 60 Singles: 
  • #55 In The Ghetto
Norway: Top DVDs: 
  • #2 Elvis Presley
Hungary: Top DVDs: 
  • #17 Elvis: The Journey
Sound Scan Update.......Additionally, here’s a couple of "up to date" soundscan figures (US sales):
  • Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits 4,547,212 Elvis' Christmas 360,031Christmas Duets 351,501 
  • Essential Elvis 280,809
Chart changes..........Reuters reported several changes to come to the Billboard chart.

Good news for fans of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and other veteran artists.

The compilers of the Billboard 200, the benchmark pop albums chart in the United States, said on Wednesday they would dramatically overhaul the listing later this month to include catalog recordings as well as current releases.

The Billboard 200 generally lists only albums released in the past 18 months, and accordingly failed to reflect two of the biggest events in the music world this year: Jackson’s death and the reissue of the Beatles catalog.

Fans scooped up millions of copies of both artists’ albums, but an 18-year-old policy at trade publication Billboard meant that the stampede was marked in its relatively obscure Top Comprehensive Albums chart, which combines both current and catalog releases.

The comprehensive chart essentially becomes the new Billboard 200. The change takes effect for the week ended November 22. Sales data, collected by tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan, are published on Wednesdays.

If last week’s Billboard 200 were based on overall sales, 35 catalog titles would storm the chart, led by Jackson’s “Number Ones” at No. 13, Billboard said.

The 2003 compilation was the top album in the United States for six weeks in the wake of his June 25 death, and Jackson is the second-biggest selling artist of the year, just behind country star Taylor Swift.

The first new-look Billboard 200 could include up to seven of Jackson’s solo catalog titles, as well as a pair from the Jackson 5, depending on overall sales.

The Beatles reissued their digitally remastered catalog in September. First-week sales would have sent five of the group’s albums into the top 10 of the Billboard 200, led by “Abbey Road” at No. 3. The new chart could also include up to seven Beatles albums.

Greatest-hits albums by the likes of Bob Marley, Journey, Guns N’ Roses and Creedence Clearwater Revival could also make the cut.

“The events of 2009 and the continuing creativity in the repackaging of catalog titles have led us to conclude that the Billboard 200 would be best served presenting the true best-sellers in the country, without any catalog-related rules or stipulations, to our readers, the media and music fans,” said Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s director of charts. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis People play views celebrity obsession: Playwright Doug Grissom read a biography of Elvis Presley “some years ago,” he says, “and became interested in the great singer's effect on mid-20th century American culture.”

Not necessarily an Elvis fan, Grissom nevertheless was intrigued by the people who were and remain “huge fans of the King,” he says.

Grissom is the author of “Elvis People,” which opens at the Warehouse Theatre on Friday for a four-week run. The play is directed by Chip Egan. Although he did visit Graceland, Elvis' Memphis home, Grissom says he drew most of the characters for his play from imagination. The play is sliced into 11 unconnected vignettes. Some are based on true stories, says Grissom, such as the one about a newlywed couple for whom the generous Elvis buys a car but who get mad at him because he doesn't give them the car they really wanted.The playwright's favorites include the not-necessarily-true stories in the play — one about an Elvis impersonator's life, another about parents' disconnect with their teenage daughter's choice of music and one about a Vietnam vet who is motivated to survive his war injury by listening to Elvis songs. Egan, a former drama faculty member at Clemson University, knows the playwright through academic connections — Grissom teaches theater at the University of Virginia — and says this is the fourth production of “Elvis People” he has directed.Grissom says although his work has been produced numerous times, including off Broadway, “Chip has been the best director so far.”Egan describes the play “as a portrait of us, Americans, viewed through the lens of our fixation on celebrities.” Many of its observations hold true in the recent death of another celebrity, pop icon Michael Jackson. (News, Source: Greenvilleonline.com)


Friday 13 November 2009

Sony Australia to release Elvis Presley 50 Australian Top Ten Hits 1956-1977: In 2001, EIN proposed to what was then Sony BMG, that they release a compilation of Elvis's Top 10 Hits in Australia. While many Elvis greatest hits compiles have been released (and continue to be released) around the world, there were a number of songs which had been a hit in Australia but not in most other countries, giving an Aussie compile a point of difference to other such releases........#1 and top 10 songs including Ask Me; Ain't That Loving You Baby; Viva Las Vegas; Such A Night; Judy; Edge of Reality; Separate Ways; Don't Cry Daddy; I've Lost You and The Next Step Is Love.Finally, in 2010, Sony Music (Australia) is to release a double album of Elvis's Top 10 Hits in Australia. While the full track listing has not been announced, limiting the release to 50 Top Ten hits means more than a dozen Top Ten hits in Australia miss the cut. We can only hope Sony includes songs not usually included on the usual 'greatest hits' compiles to make its Aussie release distinctive! And we can only hope that the release, a very worthwhile one, gets the promotion it deserves! The official Sony press release states that between 1959 and 2002 Elvis had 120 chart topping releases.......EIN is unsure how Sony arrived at this very high number.

BBC2 to celebrate Elvis's 75th: BBC 2 is running an Elvis night in January 2010, days before what would have been the singer’s 75th birthday. The evening, part of the station’s winter / spring 2010 schedule which was announced today, will include new and archive programmes, such as Elvis By The Presleys Uncut, a 90-minute home film portrait of Elvis by his closest relatives.

There is also a new documentary with a working title of Elvis In Vegas, looking at what Presley did for Las Vegas during the latter years of his career; as well as be two performance specials: Elvis – The Comeback Concert from 1968 and Elvis – Aloha From Hawaii from 1973. The schedule also includes the New Review Show, a new cultural discussion programme in the Newsnight Review slot. It will examine cultural, current affairs and the artistic landscape.
(News, Source: Brian Quinn)

A special fund raiser for Elvis's 1st girl friend.......Mary Magdaline Morgan (Elvis' first wife - see image opposite)
At Tupelo Elvis Fan Club meeting this past Tuesday night we learned that Elvis' 1st girlfriend "Mary Magdaline Morgan", has fallen upon "hard times".
Our personal thanks to "Roy Turner" for bringing this to our attention.
We, Presley Heights Museum plans to give "Mary Magdaline Morgan" 25% of the ticket sales:
You as fans may also make a donation in our "donation box" that will be available at the door, "after the show".  The box will say, "Fans Forever Donations, Building Fund", however, "all donations" that night will go to Mary Magdaline Morgan, Elvis' 1st girl friend.
Don't be a "Hound Dog" and let "Elvis" down.  Come to the show and "donate"!
Double Elvis Show: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of November: Tickets are $20.00 US per person:
Please phone (662) 620-9966 to reserve seating and/or e-mail us at elvispresleyheights@gmail.com .
Presley Heights Museum:
100 Briar Ridge Road
Tupelo, Ms. 38804
(News, Source: Bill Kinard)


Thursday 12 November 2009

Elvis voted #3 in 'initial' Madison Square Garden poll: MSG had a poll on its site to decide which of the acts that performed there is the best. Of course Elvis is listed, and the results are in. More than 1 million votes were tallied. 

Here is the top 10:

  1. Rolling Stones 53.9% Led Zeppelin 20.9% Elvis Presley, 20.6% Village People, 3.0% Concert for Bangladesh, 0.30% Fleetwood Mac, 0.28% The Who, 0.19% Bruce Springsteen, 0.15% KISS, 0.11%
  2. Johnny Cash, 0.10%

The top-10 finishers will move on to the next round, which begins December 3. (News, Source:Elvis NewsMadison Square Garden: 100 Best)

Another Elvis 75 release: This is another 3 CD edition of the "Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight" anniversary set which is due from Sony Music  on January 4, 2010.  (News, Source: Elvis News/  Amazon.co.uk)

Fundraiser Double Elvis Show: A special fund raiser for Elvis's 1st girl friend.....Mary Magdalene Morgan: 
At Tupelo Elvis Fan Club meeting this past Tuesday night we learned that Elvis' 1st girlfriend "Mary Magdalene Morgan", has fallen upon "hard times". Our personal thanks to "Roy Turner" for bringing this to our attention.
We, Presley Heights Museum plans to give "Mary Madeline Morgan" 25% of the ticket sales:
You as fans may also make a donation in our "donation box" that will be available at the door, "after the show".  The box will say, "Fans Forever Donations, Building Fund", however, "all donations" that night will go to Mary Magdalene Morgan, Elvis' 1st girl friend.
Don't be a "Hound Dog" and let "Elvis" down.  Come to the show and "donate"!
Double Elvis Show: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of November............Tickets are $20.00 US per person:
Please phone (662) 620-9966 to reserve seating and/or e-mail us at elvispresleyheights@gmail.com .
Presley Heights Museum:
100 Briar Ridge Road
Tupelo, Ms. 38804 (News, Source: Bill Kinard)


Wednesday 11 November 2009

Legal obstacle to Dutch Graceland: The city Breda (NL) could be the home of a new 'Graceland'. A copy of Elvis' home is already build up to the roof, but the neighbourhood is asking to remove the building because they think the building is to big and luxurious to fit between the other houses.

According to the city Breda, all licenses are approved and they are giving permission to the owner to finish the mansion against the will of the neighbours. The dispute will be settled in court. (News, Source: Elvis News/Elvis Matters)

Original Michael Jackson-Lisa Marie Presley 1994 marriage certificate to be sold Jan. 22-24, 2010:

The original marriage certificate issued to Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley on May 26, 1994 in the Dominican Republic will be sold Jan. 22-24, 2010, by Philip Weiss Auctions. The certificate was signed by both Jackson and Presley.

The original marriage certificate issued to Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley on May 26, 1994 in the Dominican Republic, where the couple embarked on their brief but highly publicized life together, will be sold in an important multi-estate sale slated for the weekend of Jan. 22-24, 2010, by Philip Weiss Auctions. The certificate was signed by both Jackson and Presley.

“Anything relating to Michael Jackson is of extreme interest right now because of his untimely death and the release of the movie,” said Philip Weiss, “but when you have an item that combines his name and legend with the Presley name and legend, their marriage certificate no less, with both of their signatures on it, you’ve got something that’s almost impossible to predict what it will bring at auction.”

That same weekend, another slice of music and pop culture memorabilia will be sold by Philip Weiss Auctions: a large photo of the Beatles, signed by all four members of the group, personalized to the late pianist Liberace. In their lighthearted way, the Beatles signed it “to Liber-Archie” as a play on words. Also in the auction will be many other pieces of authentic signed Beatles-related memorabilia.

Previews for most sales begin the Wednesday before the sale date, from noon to 5; Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 each day; and 8:30 a.m. on sale day. To view the marriage license, click the link below.

Lisa and Michael Marriage License (News, Source:  www.elvisunlimited.com/www.epgold.com) 

Private Elvis DVD: In Germany a DVD entitled Private Elvis will be released in January 2010. (News, Source: Elvis News/Elvis Club Berlin)

Quick News:

Verizon 'Blue Christmas' ad on YouTube (News, Source: Brian Quinn)

November FTD releases now out!

Concierge now available to assist Viva Elvis patrons and Las Vegas visitors: Planning a visit to Las Vegas can now be accomplished with unprecedented ease. Beginning today, the expert Concierge of ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter are only a phone call or e-mail away, ready to provide ARIA guests personalized assistance on everything from transportation and tee times to dining, spa and show reservations.

Upon opening December 16, ARIA will introduce a new generation of resort experiences, giving people around the globe a new reason to visit the Las Vegas Strip. With the early availability of ARIA’s Concierge, guests will experience first-hand the exceptional service that ARIA provides before ever setting foot inside the resort.

Available to all ARIA hotel guests, Concierge are available seven days a week and may be reached by calling 877-347-2742 or 702-590-9520 or by emailing concierge@arialasvegas.com."ARIA will be demonstrably different than any resort that has preceded it," said Bill McBeath, the resort’s president and COO. "We wanted to make sure our guests could experience that difference long before the day they check in." The Concierge offers ARIA guests access and information on all that defines this unique destination. Featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service and spectacular amenities, ARIA will offer impeccable hospitality and creative personalized attention, providing each guest an unmatched journey. The contemporary architecture of the ARIA tower designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli will be complemented by the resort’s lavish accommodations. Within ARIA’s 4,004 guestrooms, including 568 suites, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows will offer magnificent views of Las Vegas’ striking skyline. Modern decor, lavish amenities, cutting-edge entertainment and next-generation technology will be the hallmark of these plush retreats.

ARIA will offer unrivaled entertainment. The visionary team at Cirque du Soleil has partnered with CKX, Inc. and its subsidiary Elvis Presley Enterprises to create a permanent production, Viva ELVIS(TM), celebrating the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley. Extraordinary artistry, astonishing acrobatics, stunning special effects and The King will rev up vintage Vegas into a show like no other. Guests of ARIA receive priority access to Viva ELVIS. (News, Source: cnnmoney.com)

News from EIN correspondent, Sanja Meegin: The following three news items were contributed by Sanja....

George Clooney to produce Elvis related TV cop show: George Clooney is returning to television in a producing role: The Men Who Stare at Goats star and partner Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures have teamed up with Warner Horizon for the drama pilot Delta Blues which revolves around a quirky Memphis cop by day but Elvis impersonator by night who still lives with mom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Clooney and Heslov-executive produced project has been around for a while. TNT added it to its development slate in May 2008. Although this is the first pilot for Smokehouse, Clooney has produced for TV before: improv series K Street and Unscripted on HBO.

(Opposite: Sanja with the legendary James Burton)

Priscilla Presley set for West End debut: Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla Presley is thinking of performing live on stage for the first time in a comedy play, which is scheduled to take place at London's West End.

The 60-year old Presley feels the play may be an interesting opportunity for her to exhibit her versatility as an actress. She has films like The Naked Gun, and The Hayley Wagner to her credit and now she is all set to perform for the first time in front of a live audience.

"I've been offered a fantastic role that can't say too much about, but it's a comedy with a serious message. I've never really done stage before but that's the challenge of being an actress," Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.

Permanent presence for Elvis on the high seas?: We've heard of one-off Elvis themed cruises, but a regular Elvis presence on the high seas? That's the plan at Norwegian Cruise Line, which is announcing today that one of Las Vegas' best-known shows, Legends in Concert, will be debuting on the line's next ship, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic.

Billed as the original tribute show, Legends has been a Sin City staple for 25 years and is known for a cast of uncanny celebrity look-alikes that perform as Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Madonna, Garth Brooks, Cher and others.

NCL executives say Legends cast members will perform regularly in two venues on the 153,000-ton Epic, which debuts next summer. Three celebrity tribute performers will take the stage in the ship's 685-seat Epic Theater for six 45-minute shows over three days during each seven-day cruise.  In addition, a cabaret-style show will be performed on three additional nights in the Manhattan Room, the ship’s New York-inspired supper club. 

The celebrity performers will change every four months to keep the show fresh, the line says, so the Elvis look-alike or any other specific performer won't be on every voyage. Norwegian plans to announce the initial lineup of look-alikes in the coming months. The line also is announcing today that another well-known show experience that is in Las Vegas and other destinations, Howl at the Moon, will be coming to the ship. It'll be performed four times per cruise in the Headliners, the Norwegian Epic’s 280-seat comedy club.

Howl at the Moon is an entertainment experience where piano players not only entertain visitors but pull them into the show. The four-hour set planned for the ship will center around two baby grand pianos and feature rock music from the 1970’s to today.

The new shows are just the latest big name productions to be announced for the Norwegian Epic. The line previously announced the ship will boast regular, 75-minute performances of another icon of Las Vegas, the Blue Man Group, as well as performances by comedy group Second City. Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan, in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, says such blockbuster offerings should help the line get the notice it deserves.  

"Our brand has not really ever gotten the credit (it deserves) in the marketplace," Sheehan tells USA TODAY. "We're just trying to break away in the market, and these are the kind of things we need to do to get people to take notice."

Sheehan says there will be no charge for passengers to go to either new show. Bigger than all but a handful of Royal Caribbean ships, Epic will be more than 60% larger than the largest NCL ship currently at sea and dwarf the biggest vessels operated by such big-ship lines as Carnival, Princess and Celebrity.

Elvis suits slay dragons: Nanaimo costume designer Eleanor von Boetticher captivated the dragons’ attention with her sparkly Elvis Pro Jumpsuits. Von Boetticher appeared on the Oct. 28 episode of CBC’s Dragons Den, a television program where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to venture capitalists – referred to as dragons on the show – in hopes of convincing at least one of the dragons to invest development capital into the business.The company was one of three selected from Nanaimo in May to appear on the television program. The Nit Nannies, owned by Andrea Cowdery and Sandra Friess, which focuses on methods to eliminate head lice infestations in school children, and a proposal for a travelling bodypainting show by Dawn Tyndall, artist Jeff King and model Amy Houlton, failed to get the dragons to pull out their chequebooks.Pro Elvis Jumpsuits was started several years ago to supply a world-wide market of 85,000 Elvis impersonators who need high-quality, durable costumes. But the labour-intensive, custom-made costumes are expensive and von Boetticher wanted to mass produce a less expensive alternative for performers.The dragons liked her idea.

“We went in there looking for $30,000 for a 30 per cent stake in the company and we came out with $30,000,” von Boetticher said.

The dragons bought in with $5,000 for five percent of the company profits and $25,000 as a low interest rate line of credit – a better deal than what she was asking for.“It makes a lot of sense because it keeps all the control in my hands, but it gives us the money that we need to expand,” she said. W. Brett Wilson and Robert Herjavec are the two investors.“It was just really an exciting experience,” she said. “It was just a flurry of activity getting ready for the show and it’s just been going over the top busy since the show aired.”Well wishers have shown support for von Boetticher and her company with dozens of of e-mails. Simply appearing on national television would be trying for most people, but von Boetticher had to overcome a speech impediment that causes her to stutter.“It was a pretty daunting effort. I had no idea whether I would be able to speak or not, really, but I was pretty amazed that I was able to get through it,” she said. “Oh, I still have it, but I guess I’ve had more practise public speaking now.”At the moment the line of credit is being used to buy huge amounts supplies to ramp up production. She is also gearing up the company to start production of Michael Jackson tribute costumes.“Since he died there’s a lot more interest and he’s a guy who’s really known for his costumes as well,” she said. “So we want to cater, again, to the high-end costumes that are as close as possible to the originals.”Pro Elvis Jumpsuits website is www.proelvisjumpsuits.com. (News, Source: Chris Bush, Nanaimo News Bulletin)


Monday 9 November 2009

Autographed celebrity photos from the Marty Lacker Collection for sale: Marty Lacker, Elvis Presley's former right hand man and friend for 20 years is offering for a "Buy It Now" sale of a special 30 picture collection of autographed pictures of many of Elvis' movie co-stars.  These include Ann Margret, Shelley Fabares and many more. Plus a couple of pictures given to Marty by music stars he knows like Jackie Wilson,  Dionne Warwick, Jackie De Shannon and others.  You can buy this package of 30 pictures by bidding or if you'd like to Buy It Now you can do that for just $3,000. For those who are better at math than Marty, that averages out to be just $100 per picture. You can "Buy It Now" is  first come first served.  Serious offers only please.

As in the past, Marty always reveals why he's selling anything.  He and his family have lived in their home for over 20 years and as most homes of that age, major things break down and need to be replaced and the quickest way to pay for it he has found, is to sell something of his own that reflects his years with Elvis and at the same time share them with devoted Elvis fans to enjoy.  He could probably hold out for much more money but as always he only asks the amount he needs to take care of what he needs to do.

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Eddie Belman passes away: Eddie Bellman, the Biloxian who helped keep the “Elvis was here” stories alive on the Mississippi Coast, died Friday at 89. Through stories backed by photographs and film, Bellman regaled locals and occasionally the nation with observations about a young Elvis, who in 1955 and 1956 performed and played here.

Bellman took Elvis Presley on his first deep-sea fishing trips, where The King snagged bonito, mackerel and sharks. On one trip, Bellman took an 8-mm movie camera, and his 17 minutes of color clips are now classics of the early Elvis years. Bellman’s rare film footage shows a 21-year-old Elvis who was already making movies and gold records but not yet insulated from the public.“Elvis was a happy person then, very accommodating, very friendly, cooperative and very polite,” Bellman told the Sun Herald. “He was so happy to be out on that boat...His way of paying me back was to make an appearance at my shoe place.”

With his usual humor, Bellman added, “I don’t think anybody bought shoes that day and they really messed up the store.”

Bellman’s footage shows Elvis pretending that a boat boom is a microphone. Fans particularly love the scenes of Mrs. Presley feeding Elvis his favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich. There is also film of Elvis frolicking with Biloxi girlfriend June Juanico. Bellman stuck the film in a closet and forgot about it until 1997 when Juanico wrote a book about her Elvis relationship.

Some of Bellman’s footage has appeared on TV shows such as “Entertainment Tonight” and “Inside Edition,” and in a video called “Elvis’ Lost Love.”

Presley repaid Bellman by signing autographs in his shoe shop inside of David’s on Howard Avenue. David Rosenblum, who owned the main store, wanted to repay the star, so he and Bellman presented Elvis with his first .410-gauge Winchester pump-action shotgun. That presentation has become a classic local Elvis image.

Bellman’s graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday at Southern Memorial Park in Biloxi. (News, Source: Elvis News/  Sun Herald)

Seating charts and entrance fee 'Viva Elvis': The official Aria resort site, the location for the 'Viva Elvis' show, has published the seating chart and entrance fee for the production. The theater will hold 1800 seats and is divided in two levels. The ticket price may look high, but these are regular prices for a top production in Las Vegas. The price including a reservation fee and 10% entertainment tax is as follows:

$114(€76), $143(€96), $170(€115) and $198 (€133). The show will start on December 18 in pre-premiere. The official VIP premiere with Priscilla on the guest list is not known at this moment. Travelers who will celebrate New Year with Graceland Tours in Las Vegas, will have the chance to see this long awaited show as one of the first in the world!
(News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Gold Lounge in Aria Resort: In most of the vegas casinos that are hosting a Cirque Du Soleil show, they also have a bar or lounge that is dedicated to the shows theme. The Aria resort will open the 'Gold Lounge'. The logo is already released and the bar is inspired by Graceland. Cirque du Soleil® and The Light Group present this artistic and captivating lounge which exudes the spirit of the King of Rock-n-Roll. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Aussie chart update: On this week's ARIA Music DVD Chart, Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll slips six places to #37 after 77 weeks on the chart. (News, Source: ARIA)

Book Pick: "Elvis and the Grateful Dead" by Peggy Webb: Every year, a hip-shaking herd of Elvis impersonators descends upon the King's birthplace of Tupelo, Miss., for the annual Elvis festival. Usually the main attractions are lots of sequined jumpsuits and even more off key singing, but this year something much more deadly has the town all shook up.

When the first Elvis impersonator is found slumped over his piano, a heart attack seems the likely suspect. But when a second keels over mid-swagger at Callie Valentine Jones' party, suspicious minds begin to wonder if something foul is afoot. (Source: goupstate.com)

Order quickly......MRS down to last 200 copies of:

'TUPELO WELCOMES HOME ELVIS PRESLEY' CD/Book release pre-orders exceeding expectations: Pre-orders for the latest release from the acclaimed Memphis Recording Service label were only announced recently and the response has been exceptionally strong.

See original news item dated Mon 2 November 2009 Click here to order:Tupelo Welcomes Home Elvis Presley Update:

MRS has advised all of its stocks now exhausted. A second pressing/printing will be available in 2010.


Sunday 8 November 2009
Richard Marx to turn on Graceland Christmas lights: Richard Marx will throw the switch to light up Elvis Presley's Graceland for the holidays.

Marx and a group of children from St. Jude Children's

Research Hospital will switch on the holiday light display at Graceland on November 20. The display includes hundreds of blue lights, a life-size nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and other decorations Elvis and his family used back in the day. (News, Source: AP)

Elvis films in high definition: The on-line US iTunes store lists several Elvis movies in High Definition format.

According to the posting on the FECC Forum some of the titles are "Love Me Tender", It Happened At The World's Fair", Blue Hawaii", "That's The Way It Is" and Girl Happy".

Perhaps a sign of things to come in the physical market. (News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum / Elvis News)

Cirque Du Soleil Shows to tour Europe with "Elvis 2010": The Variety site mentions a new Elvis Presley venture for 2010:"The following year [2010] will bring ... a touring version of the [Vegas resident] Elvis show to play Europe." The working title is "Elvis 2010".

A previous CXK press-release mentions "One new Elvis Presley Project will open each year from 2009-2015".


Viva Elvis opens on December18 in Las Vegas. The show will fuse dance and acrobatics, live music and iconic tracks, nostalgia and modernity, high technology and raw emotion. The choreographer is Michael Paterson.

While he is most famous for his collaborations with Madonna and Michael Jackson, Paterson has also worked in the performing arts. In 2006, he staged a '50s style revival of Massenet's Manon for Los Angeles Opera.

Diehard Elvis fans will recognize his oversized belt buckles covering the exterior of Cirque du Soleil's Elvis Theater. The interior's decor is a nod to the Elvis years at The International (now the Hilton), which was built by Kirk Kerkorian, the ageless lion of MGM Mirage. A "big splash" is planned, Murren said, for Jan. 8, which would have been Elvis' 75th birthday. (News, Source: Elvis NewsVariety/ Brian Lipton, Theatermania/Norm, Review Journal)
More Elvis hair at auction: A strand of hair from the late Elvis Presley, saved by his personal barber, is to be auctioned in Wiltshire.

Homer Gill Gilleland toured with Elvis for more than 20 years. He dyed the singer's hair black and then cut it, saving strands in a towel.

Friends of Mr Gilleland said he would then bundle up the towel, with hair inside, and take it home in a bag.

The piece of hair is expected to fetch up to £250 at the auction in Devizes on 14 November.

After Elvis's death in 1977, Mr Gilleland is said to have started selling strands of the hair in a souvenir shop on the street opposite the singer's home Graceland in Memphis in the US.

The strand currently up for auction was given to Thomas B Morgan Jnr in 2002 by the barber. Mr Morgan worked in the Sheriff's Office of Shelby County and knew Elvis.

The hair, which comes with a certificate of authenticity, is mounted in a frame alongside a photograph of Elvis.

It will be put up for auction at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes along with other Elvis items including a dessert plate owned and used by him.

In November 2002, a wad of Elvis' hair sold for 115,000 US dollars (about £70,000) in an internet auction, while earlier this week a clump of Elvis' hair sold at auction in Chicago for $15,000.00 (
see story dated 4 November below).

Still-electrifying Elvis sound in need of a better story: One year into its Chicago run, and with its four stellar key performers now back in place, the musical Million Dollar Quartet has lost none of its crowd-pleasing energy nor raw musical exuberance. And with some lingering song-rights issues now resolved, the show has added to its repertoire such hitherto missing Johnny Cash classics as "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line." Those crowd-pleasing ditties kill, as do many of the numbers in this hugely enjoyable show.

But with a Broadway opening just a few months away, it's now time for the show to figure out how to better showcase its principal human assets: Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley, Rob Lyons as Carl Perkins and, especially, the eye-popping duo of Lance Guest as Cash and Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis. And better showcasing these hugely talented guys will require fixing up the book.

Based on the 1956 night when four rock 'n' roll greats jammed together at Sam Phillips' Sun Records, "Million Dollar Quartet" has thrived by offering theater-goers a quartet of powerhouse performances that go far, far beyond one's usual expectations of what singing actors in a musical revue can and will do. Guest is a superbly authentic and heartfelt Cash, and Kreis, a star ready to pop, tears up the stage as Lewis.

The good news now is that young Clendening, whose Elvis looked wobbly a year ago, has matured significantly into this difficult role, which he still plays in smartly counterintuitive fashion.

But while the book might suffice for a scrappy, music-focused, off-Loop revue, it won't fly on a big Broadway stage without major work. A few cuts and changes to the show I saw a year ago haven't improved the storytelling -- in fact, they have muddied the narrative waters by confusing flashback sequences with real time and cluttering up the opening of the show. The increased emphasis on Sam Phillips (now played in earnest but too-florid fashion by Tim Decker) also gets in the way of the audience's desire to get to the heart of the real stars: the musicians. And I include Chuck Zayas' bravura work on bass.

Much needs to be done to excise the often-crude and self-conscious way in which little biographical nuggets make their way into dialogue ("The Colonel may own 25 percent of you but..."), and hanging the main conflict of the show purely on whether Cash will re-up with Sun is not going to fly. Deeper issues of how and why these artists abandon their surrogate father (Phillips) must be probed. Stronger scenes involving Cash and Lewis are needed. And the absurdly generic character of Dyanne, the Elvis girlfriend who was there that night (and whose true identity was revealed by the Tribune last year), needs to either become a real character -- this is a real event, after all -- or hit the cutting-room floor.

No one will need this thing to become Tom Stoppard's "Rock 'N' Roll." This is a show with dynamite musical performances from masterful showmen who have now gelled into an extraordinary rock 'n' roll band -- this show should not be missed before they head east. One hopes they will now get the script they need. (Source: Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune)

When: Open run

Where: Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.

Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Tickets: $25-$70 at 773-935-6100 and ticketmaster.com

Another Elvis launches music career: Elvis Stojko, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, released the first single from his new album "100 Lifetimes" yesterday. It marks the beginning of the skating champion's music career.

His parents named him after Elvis Presley because they were fans of the singer. Stojko has chosen Presley's music as accompaniment during exhibitions.Elvis Stojko, 37, has returned to the spotlight after all but retiring following the 2002 Olympics with the release of the single, "Let Me Be The One," reports the Canadian Press.

Stojko's album "100 Lifetimes" will be released later this fall. The album will be featured in a musical figure skating show titled "Rock the Ice" to be held Jan. 3, 2010 in Peterborough, Ontario. The seven-time Canadian figure skating champion and three-time world champion moved south near Guadalajara, Mexico eight years ago to do some soul-searching and last year he decided to make a return to the sport with CNE's Aerial Acrobatics and Ice Skating Show this past August.

Elvis has not been sitting still these past years. Besides working on his music career since 2006, Stojko has also been dabbling in acting and in 2004 he joined the Toronto production of the stage musical "Grease", reports Canadian Press. Outside of figure skating, Mr. Stojko's biggest interest is in martial arts, a passion he shares with the original Elvis (Presley), and Elvis fans were able to see this side of him in the September 12 debut of the Bravo TV series "Star Portraits.''

According to Stojko's website music has played a large role in his life. His father was a "classically trained tenor and has been singing for over 40 years and his mother was a dancer back in her home country of Hungary."  (News, Source: Digital Jornal/Wikipedia)


Friday 6 November 2009

Update - Marty Lacker........Elvis Photo Collection being auctioned: With a little over 2 days left in bidding, the Marty Lacker Photo Collection has attracted more than 40 bids and the price has exceeded US$2,000.00. The reserve price is yet to be met. Fierce bidding is expected in the next 48 hours as collectors try to secure one this rare collection of Elvis photographic history.

See original story dated 2 November

EIN Note: Final sale price was US$2,950.00!

Delta Music Foundation Christmas Gift/Fundraiser - Sauces made in Memphis: Hi fellow blues and Memphis Music enthusiasts, Delta Music Foundation in Memphis, TN has set up Christmas/Gift/Fundraiser for you guys. A company in Memphis (Ingredients Corporation of America) has invented & patented a BBQ Sauce, made in Memphis, that is available in colors...Brilliant red, Deep Blue, Orange, etc.

And it is real BBQ Sauce. They also offer the traditional sauce as well as a 1 lb bag of Beale Street Rib Dry Rub Sauce and Beale Street Chili Fixin's. Normally Ingredients Corporation will only sell to distributors, but we have made special arrangements to make the products available to you at wholesale and minimum orders of $100.

They will also "private label" the product with your logo for your club or town. Please be sure to abide by copyright and trademark laws.

The products include the colored sauces, traditional sauces, BBQ Rib Dry Rub, Chili Fix,etc all customized for you or buy under the Memphis Blues BBQ Label & Beale Street. Prices are great.

16 oz BBQ Sauce w/ label as pictured above: Retail- $18.95  Your Cost- $6.75

Rib Dry Rub- Retail- $12.95 1 lb w/ custom label  Your Cost- $5.00

Chili Fix- 9 oz (6 batches)- Retail- $11.95 w/custom label  Your Cost- $4.50
I have blues organizations putting combinations of items together for prizes, gifts, and fund raisers. I also have gift shops retailing the items (usually under the Memphis Blues logo).

The web sites are:


The delivery time is about 20 days. Let me know if you have any ideas for these products!

Please reply to this email for more info or to learn about the Delta Music Foundation. Delta Music Foundation has restored and maintains the KWEM Radio Station (www.kwemradio.com)  KWEM Radio is the statio that in the late 1940's and early 1950's launched the careers of B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Johnny Cash, and even Elvis Presley and his band made their first live radio appearances on KWEM in 1953! Google KWEM Radio and you will be astounded.

KWEM was located in West Memphis, AR. Carl Perkin's manager was KWEM's station manager. James Cotton and Junior Parker had their own shows. In fact, everybody that Sam Phillips discovered ( up through Johnny Cash)  was at KWEM Radio (except for Rufas Thomas and the Prisonaires)! We'd love to hear from you.

To place an order you can reply to this email or contact:
Dale Franklin
Sales & Marketing
Ingredients Corporation of America

901-525-4422 (News, Source: Chris Bamford, TCB Fan Club, Queensland)

Viva ELVIS.......Further to our story yesterday, this is the Elvis Theater in the ARIA Resort and Cssino where the show will be perfiormed (News, Source: ElvisAllc, FECC forum):

iTunes budget albums: The virtual compilation "Legends" was released on the Play Digital label on October 1, 2009. It contains 15 early recordings.Released on October 26, 2009 on the PIAS Budget label is the double CD compilation simply entitled "Elvis Presley".The virtual compilation "miCollection" was released through iTunes on November 1, 2009 on the Play Digital label.The "Ultimate Collection" is a three CD set released November 2, 2009.

The MDI Distribution label will release the double disc compilation "Best Of The Best: Elvis Presley" on December 1, 2009. Contrary to most budget releases this set features tracks up to the 1977 hit "Moody Blue". (News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis 75th Anniversary Collection - The King Of Rock 'n' Roll: Due for release from Pagasus Entertainment on December 7, 2009 in the UK is the DVD set "Elvis Presley 75th Anniversary Collection - The King Of Rock And Roll".  The running time of this budget disc is 60 minutes (although Amazon mentions 3 discs). (News, Source: Elvis News)

James Burton on tour: James will be joining 7-piece Dutch band Mufkin Tass for a twelve date tour of Holland with a difference. Rather than purely focusing on the music of the legendary Elvis Presley, this one-time-only tour will feature the full reportoire of James' impressive 50+ year career!

The music James made with Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, The Monkees, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Denver, The Everley Brothers and Gram Parsons as well as Elvis, will be included in these unique shows of legendary American music.

This is a unique chance to hear the golden pieces from the history of rock and pop music played by the one and only man who shaped and peppered these songs with his unique trademark guitar work.

Details of venues and tickets (not on sale yet) to follow shortly.
(News, Source: www.tcbfanclub.com  /  www.epgold.com

Position vacant! 'Elvis" Imperials seeking new tenor: The youngest member of the 'Elvis' Imperials', tenor Gus Gaches, told ElvisMatters that he will leave the gospel quartet.

The Elvis Cruise that will sail off next week will be his last performance with the group. Besides being a singer, Gus is also a producer. He has received an offer to change his musical career, but this opportunity does not allow him to keep up with the busy schedule of Elvis' Imperials.

Gus says he is blessed that he was able to be part of the Elvis family during the past years.
(News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Montreal Convention this weekend: The Elvis Presley Convention in Montreal will be held on November 7, 2009 from 11:00 to 16:00 . The St-Gilbert Hall is located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St. Michel metro station ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photographs ,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps.  Door prizes will be handed out all day long. There will be live entertainment at 13:00 and 14:30. Admission: $5.00 source: For information contact Michel at :  Michel@elvispassion.comNovember 5, 2009 (News, Source: FECC)  


Thursday 5 November 2009

It's now official - upcoming Cirque du Soleil Elvis show is called.......Viva ELVIS:

As we reported several months ago (courtesy of eagle eye, Brian Quinn) the new Cirque du Soleil Elvis show is Viva ELVIS. The title was officially announced today.

The show is due to open in December 2009 at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

From the EPE site: Viva ELVIS, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.

Created in the image of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – powerful, sexy, whimsical, truly unique and larger than life – the show highlights an American icon who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of his era.

Significant moments in his life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with the timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts. Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas and the entire world of entertainment: Elvis Presley.
Click here to watch a video of the cast learning the new name of the show on a trip to Graceland.

Click here to find out more about Viva ELVIS.

Carl Ballantine dies: Actor Carl Ballantine, whose career spanned vaudeville, television, Vegas and Broadway, died Tuesday at his Hollywood home of natural causes. He was 92.

Born Meyer Kessler, he started performing magic tricks as a kid, learning them at age 9 from his barber. By 13, he was a successful enough performer to support his family. One night a magic trick went haywire and he threw out some funny lines to cover it. Thus the Amazing Ballantine was born. Ballantine caught the tail end of vaudeville, playing the Palace in New York City and the Hippodrome in Baltimore, among other major venues.Ballantine was the first magician to play Las Vegas, appearing on a bill with Harry James, Betty Grable and Sammy Davis Jr. He made his biggest impact as a comically inept magician, billed variously as "The Amazing Ballantine," "The Great Ballantine" and "Ballantine: The World's Greatest Magician."Steve Martin presented Ballantine with the Lifetime Achievement Fellowship from the Magic Castle in Hollywood in 2007. 


"Carl Ballantine influenced not only myself but a generation of magicians and comedians," Martin said Wednesday in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "His was also the most copied act by a host of amateurs and professionals."

Ballantine appeared on the television shows of Gary Moore, Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Dinah Shore, Andy Williams, Dean Martin and Ed Sullivan. He had numerous other television credits, the best known being "McHale's Navy," on which he played Lester Gruber.He also appeared in feature films including "The Shakiest Gun in the West," "The World’s Greatest Lover," "Mr. Saturday Night" and "Speedway." The latter film starred Elvis Presley, who offered Ballantine a Cadillac. His wife, comedian Ceil Cabot, wouldn’t allow him to accept it.However, she did approve of him going to Broadway in the 1971 revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" with Phil Silvers.

Ballantine is survived by his sister, Esther Robinson; and daughters Saratoga, an actress, and Molly, an advertising sales executive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Used Pets, 517 W. Buckthorn, Inglewood, CA 90301. (News, Source: Brian Quinn, thewrap.com)

Wednesday 4 November 2009

NPR Invites Listeners to Vote for Music’s ‘50 Great Voices’: Who would win in a dulcet-toned grudge match between Judy Garland and Otis Redding? What voice would crack first if Stevie Wonder took on Dolly Parton?

The musical minds over at NPR are asking those questions with their new 50 Great Voices online vote. Pooling more than 100 historic sets of vocal cords from around the world and through the genres and decades of recording arts, NPR asks you to pick your favorite five singers of all time. You can also learn something about the lesser-known international acts included in the nomination list.There are some surprising choices in the initial lists. No Barry White? No Art Garfunkel? Few contemporary jazz vocalists or modern country performers, but a bunch of rappers? Still, these lists exist to trigger debate.Online votes will go toward selecting which 50 artists NPR eventually profiles on air as part of the “50 Great Voices” radio series in 2010.

This reporter’s five? In no particular order (except for The King): Elvis Presley, Maria Callas, Roy Orbison, Robert Plant and K.D. Lang. Obviously, my selections betray a generally 20th century, Western popular music slant (Callas not withstanding). But your choices will be different. After you pick your five, check into the comment section and tell us your nominees. (News, Source: John Scott Lewinski, wired.com)

Elvis 75 release now 3 releases!: First it was a 4CD boxset comprising 100 tracks, now a single disc edition and a 3CD boxset edition have also been announced. Elvis World Japan reports:Sony Music Japan will release the 3 CD set "Elvis 75 - 75 Classic Hits" on January 6, 2010 (SICP-2544).

The track listing is:

Disc 1

  1. Heartbreak HotelBlue Suede ShoesI Want You, I Need You, I Love YouHound DogBlue MoonLove Me TenderToo MuchAll Shook UpTeddy BearParalyzedPartyGot A Lot O' Livin' To DoLawdy, Miss ClawdyTrying To Get To YouJailhouse RockDon'tWear My Ring Around Your NeckHard Headed WomanKing CreoleOne NightA Fool Such As IA Big Hunk O' LoveStuck On YouA Mess Of Blues
  2. It's Now Or Never

Disc 2

  1. Are You Lonesome Tonight?Wooden HeartSurrenderWild In The CountryHis Latest FlameRock-A-Hula BabyCan't Help Falling In LoveGood Luck CharmShe's Not YouReturn To SenderOne Broken Heart For SaleDevil In DisguiseBossa Nova BabyKiss Me QuickViva Las VegasKissin' CousinsSuch A NightAin't That Loving You BabyCrying In The ChapelTell Me WhyLove LettersAll That I AmGuitar ManU.S. Male
  2. If I Can Dream

Disc 3

  1. In The GhettoSuspicious MindsDon't Cry DaddyThe Wonder Of YouI've Lost YouYou Don't Have To Say You Love MeThere Goes My EverythingRags To RichesI Just Can't Help Believin'Until It's Time For You To GoAn American TrilogyBurning LoveAlways On My MindThe FoolMy BoyPromised LandThe Girl Of My Best FriendSuspicionMoody BlueWay DownMy WayIt's Only LoveBeyond The ReefA Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)
  2. Rubberneckin' (Remix)

Tupelo to celebrate Elvis' 75th: The city of Tupelo will celebrate Elvis Presley's 75th birthday in January with special exhibits, art displays and concerts.

Presley was born in Tupelo and moved to Memphis when he was 13. Presley died at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, and is buried in a small garden on the grounds. His 75th birthday is Jan. 8.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the festivities will kick off Jan. 7 when 14 metal guitars painted by students in the local public schools will be unveiled in downtown Tupelo. The 6-foot guitars will be a permanent display in downtown Tupelo. (News, Source: AP/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)

Winner of Elvis UFO Connection Competition: Congratulations to Jochen Christian Jakopitsch, the winner of EIN's latest competition. Courtesy of the authors, Jochen has won a copy of their very rare and intriguing book, Elvis UFO Connection.

EIN received more than 130 entries in the competition where we asked you to indicate whether or not you believe intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. There was a strong Yes vote of 80%, while 14% indicated No and 6% were uncommitted. Thank you to everyone who voted.

Read EIN's review of Elvis UFO Connection

Read EIN's interview with Dan Guyll, co-author of the book and buy one of the last remaining copies of this highly collectible Elvis book!

2010 Countrylink Parkes Elvis Festival gears up with release of its first Annual Calendar: The 2010 Countrylink Parkes Elvis Festival kicks off in just over two months. A new innovation is the release of a full color calendar (only A$10.00) displaying visuals from past Festivals.

For more information click here

Elvis' hair sells at auction: A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the Army in 1958 has sold for $15,000 at a Chicago auction house.Also among the 200 Elvis-related items up for grabs at the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers inChicago on Sunday was a shirt that once belonged to the King which sold for $52,000.The buyer of the hair paid $15,000 plus an additional $3,300 in auction house fees.Other items on offer included scarves, photos from the reception of Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla, Christmas cards he sent and lots of records. Elvis dolls and Elvis Pez dispensers numbered among the memorabilia.

All the items had belonged to the late Gary Pepper, who ran a fan club and was a friend. Pepper, who had cerebral palsy, died in 1980. (News, Source: Chicago Tribune) - See related news item dated 22 Oct 2009

Norwegian Music DVD chart update: At long last Elvis is back on the Norwegian charts again. "The King of Rock'n'Roll - 30 No. 1 Hits" DVD is currently #2 in the Music DVD chart. (News, Source: Flaming Star (Norway / Elvis News)


Tuesday 3 November 2009
'TUPELO WELCOMES HOME ELVIS PRESLEY' CD/Book release pre-orders exceeding expectations: Pre-orders for the latest release from the acclaimed Memphis Recording Service label were only announced yesterday and the response is reportedly exceptionally strong.

See original news item yesterday Click here to pre-order:

Tupelo Welcomes Home Elvis Presley

Vote for Elvis as best ever act at Madison Square Garden in New York: MSG has a poll on its site to decide which of the acts that performed there is the best.

Of course Elvis is listed (in the 1970s category), and we can all vote for him. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis the Fertility Totem: The Reverend Howard Finster, a self-proclaimed “man of visions”, once told Professor Vernon Chadwick that “Elvis was sent by God to revive sex.........to stimulate sex and nature” at a time when America needed to raise its reproduction rate. 

EIN Comment: We suspect No-Durex was behind this!

'Elvis: Aloha '73-Ho'i Hou' update: This is the new promo ad from JAT Publishing for their book Elvis: Aloha '73- HO'I HOU that is scheduled for release for August 2010. (News, Source: FECC/Elvis News)



Parkes Elvis Festival 2010 Calendar......Elvis Wade returns to Memphis!.......

and more......

Monday 2 November 2009


Marty Lacker Elvis Photo Collection being auctioned: For twenty years Marty Lacker was a close friend of Elvis Presley and for a number of years was his right hand man or as Elvis and The Memphis Mafia called it, “The Foreman”.

Through those years Marty took some great candid pictures of Elvis and the MM in various situations and he was also given many pictures by other people who shot them.  There are some great never before seen pictures of various places and times that Elvis and the guys enjoyed within those 20 years.  He also has a couple of pictures of Elvis’ jewelry that Elvis gave to Marty as well as pictures that include a few other stars that knew Elvis taken with Elvis or the guys with them.We are calling them a collection because Marty has decided to sell all 210 pictures, one of the largest photo collections related to Elvis and he is selling them as a total 210 picture package.  This is not a sale of individual pictures.   Over 98 percent of the pictures are casual candids just a few are professionally posed pictures.  They are both 8x10’s and snapshot size.  It is a great mixture and one that any fan or Elvis or photograph devotee would love to have. 


Judging from a recent auction of Elvis items in Chicago, a few pictures of Elvis’ wedding went quickly and for big money ($6,000), therefore anyone interested in this one of a kind super collection that also includes Elvis' wedding pictures that Marty was the Co-Best Man at, we advise to get your bid in quickly. Compared to that auction price for just a few pictures this collection is a big bargain.

By the way the picture shown is only half of the collection, there are still much more snapshot size pictures that are not shown. There are more snapshots then 8x10's.From the eBay description:

The collection also includes pictures of Elvis' wedding where Marty served as Elvis' co-Best Man,  pictures of the inside and outside of Graceland with Elvis and the guys. Pictures on movie sets and locations. Pictures of a few of Elvis' close relatives not seen before.  Plus so many more different situations.  Over 98 percent of the pictures are casual candids just a few are professionally posed pictures.  They are both 8x10's and snapshot size.  It is a great mixture and one that any fan or Elvis or photograph devotee would love to have.  Judging from a recent auction of Elvis items in Chicago, a few pictures of ElvisÂ’ wedding went quickly and for big money ($6,000), therefore anyone interested in this one of a kind super collection we advise to get your bid in quickly. Compared to that auction price for just a few pictures this collection is a big bargain.

You can see more on eBay

MRS PRESS RELEASE: 'TUPELO WELCOMES HOME ELVIS PRESLEY' FINAL DETAILS: The upcoming MRS release CD/Hardback Book ‘‘TUPELO WELCOMES HOME ELVIS PRESLEY’ is to be released earlier than expected on the 9th November.


Dealers should have their copies by the end of this week. This release as a Special CD Collectors Edition featuring the two homecoming from Tupelo Mississippi recorded on the 26th September 1956, with rare interviews and a bonus interview with Elvis from Tupelo 1957 never before released on CD .

Also included is a 40 page hardback glossy book packed with rare photographs, informative text from this event and includes recently acquired new information on the recording of these concerts by Ron Brandon. Text is provided by Roy Turner and Ron Brandon.

The Mississippi - Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, Fairgrounds Tupelo, Mississippi

DATE:  26th September 1956


Afternoon Show:01. WTUP Interviews Elvis Presley02. Heartbreak Hotel03. Long Tall Sally04. Presentation Key To The City05. I Was The One06. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You07. Announcement08. I Got a Woman 09. Don't Be Cruel10. Ready Teddy 11. Love Me Tender

12. Hound Dog

13. WTUP Interviews Elvis’ parents, Vernon & Gladys

Evening Show:14. Love Me Tender15. I Was The One16. I Got a Woman17. Dialogue18. Don't Be Cruel 19. Blue Suede Shoes20. Dialogue21. Baby, Let's Play House22. Hound Dog23. Dialogue

24. Bonus Track (First Time on CD) - WELO Interviews Elvis Presley (27th September 1957)

New Alanna Nash book update #1: Alanna Nash's new book, Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him, is due out the US in early January 2010. Alanna has told EIN that she is currently making her final corrections to the manuscript and clarified that the alternate listing on Amazon UK (Elvis and His Women, 320 pages) was based on a preliminary title for the release and before the final number of pages was known. The actual page number is a mammoth 704 pages!

Alanna also had this to say about Baby, Let's Play House:

"Even after writing three previous Elvis-related books, I am still astonished by the depth of his story. And in telling it largely through the eyes of the women who knew and loved him, platonically as well as romantically, it nearly takes on a different shape and tone. I have been amazed by that, and gotten to know him better."

Baby, Let's Play House can be pre-ordered from Amazon:

EIN will publish a review of Alanna's eagerly awaited new book in the coming weeks. (News, Source: Alanna Nash)

New Alanna Nash book update #2: Book Signing: The Elvis Presley Scrapbook is proud to be the first to announce that Alanna Nash will be signing copies of her new book, Elvis- Baby Lets Play House on January 7th 2010 in Memphis Tennessee at the following location.Davis-Kidd Booksellers 387 Perkins Ext
Memphis, TN 38117901-683-9801 Please feel free to post this news to your Elvis news sites and pass it onto any Elvis friends or family you think might be interested.

Although the book is yet to be released I can honestly report from my preview copy that this book is ‘truly a new angle on the Elvis biography’. (News, Source: The Elvis Scrapbook)

Aussie Music DVD Chart Update: On this week's ARIA Top 50 Music DVD Chart, Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll slips 6 places to #37. It has been on the chart for 77 weeks (HP #4) and is certified 2xP. (News, Source: ARIA)


Sunday 1 November 2009

The Rosella Presley Story: Just who was Rosella Presley? Elvis' great, grandmother is a mysterious figure who had 9 or 10 children and apparently never married.Genealogist, Lorina Bolig, author of Ancestors of Elvis Aaron Presley 50 Generations, recently decided to do some serious detective work on Rosella and her family. Scouring through all available documentation from US Census Data to university databases and births, deaths and marriages, Rosella believes she has unlocked many of the mysteries surrounding Rosella.

With more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie mystery, read what Lorina discovered about Rosella including evidence of possibly one marriage and a surprise son! (Spotlight, Source: Lorina Bolig)

Book Review - "Ancestors of Elvis Aaron Presley 50 Generations": In 2009, Lorina Bolig has published a revised and updated edition of her groundbreaking book. The new edition has blown out to a mammoth 806 pages (1,000 plus when we add a currently under construction Citation Source Name Index), making it, I believe, the largest single volume book yet released about Elvis. 

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently explored the fascinating world of Elvis's ancestors and in so doing came face to face with Kings and Queens in many countries across the globe and other wonderful folk who may not have a royal pedigree but who nevertheless share a link to the world's greatest celebrity icon. Fascinating and eye opening stuff!! (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis vs. Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson coming in above Elvis in this year's Forbes listing of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities (see story dated 28 October 2009) has re-ignited the debate over who will have the most enduring impact. The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis is running a poll. (News, Source: Brian Quinn)

Click here to read their story and to vote for Elvis Below: This editorial cartoon by Bearman appeared at Beartoons.com on June 29, 2009. It depicts an overweight Elvis impersonator trying to get work as a Michael Jackson Impersonator. 

Win a copy of the very rare book,

Elvis UFO Connection – Non-fiction Account of Alien Intervention

Courtesy of the authors, Dan Guyll and Richard Vaculig, EIN one lucky EIN reader can win a copy of Elvis UFO Connection – Non-fiction Account of Alien Intervention.  To enter, contact EIN and tell us if you believe in intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe.  Simply put YES if you believe and NO if you don’t believe. 

We will collate the number of readers responding to both views and publish the result on EIN.  The lucky winner of Elvis UFO Connection will be drawn on Tuesday 3 November. Entries close soon!

Read EIN's interview with co-author Dan Guyll & buy a copy of the book

Read EIN's review of "Elvis UFO Connection"

Elvis grave monument: In yesterday edition of the Belgian newspaper 'Het Belang Van Limburg', Elvis Matters noticed a remarkable advertising that fits well in this weekends Halloween theme.

This company is offering clients to make monuments by special order. On the pictures, we can see a monument that reads 'Elvis Presley - 1935-1977'. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


Friday 30 October 2009
Elvis Remixes #1 in Italy: Elvis Presley n.1 in the Italian album record sales chart. A dream that could become true for the first time in history for thousands of Italian fans of the King of Rock’n’Roll, 32 years after his death. On the 30th of October the new official Elvis’s album “Re:Mixes” will be released and since days an unstoppable word of mouth has been spreading all over the Internet to go to buy the record in the shops on the day of the release or the day after, so that the highest possibile number of copies sold will concentrate in the same week and be counted for the official album sales chart.

If many copies of the new album will be bought in those two days (October 30th and 31st), there are serious chances that Elvis Presley’s new album “Re:Mixes” will enter the album chart straight at n.1.

“The number one in the chart would be a fantastic and historical event – people say at Milan’s official Elvis’s fan club “One Night With Elvis”, among the leaders of the word of mouth. - This news would go around the world and would make all Italian fans pride. It would also be a perfect tribute to Elvis, whose music keeps on giving us great emotions”.

In the meantime the word of mouth is spreading rapidly, expecially since people heard that Mike Stoller, legendary producer for Elvis of hits such as “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog” among many others, said the new album is “amazing”. The stores are getting a lot of pre-orders and considering the fact that Elvis Presley’ “Re:Mixes” will be the first album in history to be sold on a new media called VinylDISC (a special CD made of Vinyl that can be played also on a turntable), becoming therefore a valuable item for any record collection, it’s sure the album will be a hit. And who knows, maybe Elvis is ready to amaze all. (News, Source: EP Gold)

Elvis's Speedway jacket plus more at auction: The announcements for upcoming auctions with Elvis items are following each other in a fast tempo. On November 21, the Hard Rock Café in New York will be the location of the 'Music Icons' auction, hosted by Juliens Auctions.

In the catalogue, you can find 19 Elvis related items. The red-white striped jacket from the movie Speedway and a big ring that Elvis had around his fingers on stage are two eye-catchers. You can see the complete catalogue here. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Understanding Elvis: The sea change in the perception – and the demographics – of Elvis’s spirituality can perhaps be traced to the release of Paul Simon’s hugely successful Graceland album of 1986.  That haunting title song – about a pilgrimage by an urban sophisticate in pain, a guy who’s “blown apart” by the loss of love, going to Graceland with “the child of my first marriage”, seeking some kind of secular spiritual succor for his pain at the place where the pain-racked body of Elvis Presley finally came to rest – suggested that the grace of Graceland was something accessible to all.

Similarly, Elvis culture has transcended the camp ridicule, the kitschy condescension, the hostile tell-all bios (whose portraits of a burned-out wreck of a burning love, crucifying himself with pills and self-pity, only fuelled the compelling power of his suffering savior image).  The pilgrimage to Graceland has become a way for all kinds of Americans to come to terms with all kinds of pain and loss. 

Not a chance: A cry began to build from the audience.  A few yelled: No! No! Do Hurt!  But most simply cried out, Hurt!  A chant began to build: Hurt! Hurt! Hurt! And it continued until he relented and sang it.

Hurt! Hurt! Hurt! It was a demand, a song request, yes, but in a sense it was more than that: It was a self-diagnosis.  It was Elvis fans expressing what they, commoners, shared with the King: hurt.  The pain of their lives, of life itself, a pain that was acute and unappeasable, whether experienced in

Graceland or a trailer park; the kind of pain that pills and religions seek to minister to, the kind of pain that is the true source of the growing reach of the Elvis faith.


Charles Reagan Wilson, professor of history at Ole Miss and author of Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis, says that for Elvis’s religiously inclined followers, he occupies a kind of intermediary realm that “blurs the boundaries between the supernatural and the sacred, something like the way UFOs do for believers.”  (That) Elvis is a figure more than human, less than divine, with elements of St. Francis of Assisi and E.T.

Source: Excerpts from “Elvis, Healer (In Which the Hurt, the Lame, and the Tenured Seek the Graceland Within)” in The Secret Parts of Fortune, a compilation of articles by celebrated Yale graduate, Ron Rosenbaum, whose intellectual investigative journalism has taken him from unresolved controversies among Hitler biographers and Egyptian heretics to the ghost of Lee Harvey Oswald and being the only writer banned from Starbucks.

24 Karat Hits And Elvis Is Back On SACD And 45 Vinyl: Steve Hoffman posted on his website that the albums "Elvis 24 Karat Hits" & "Elvis Is Back" will be re-issued on Super Audio CD and 45 vinyl.

This is his posting: Don't know if this is a secret or not but the "Elvis 24 Karat Hits" album that I compiled for DCC back in the 1990's is coming out again on vinyl (12" 45 RPM) and SACD dual layer by Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions. "Elvis Is Back" (as wonderfully engineered by Bill 'DC to light' Porter in RCA-Victor's "Nashville Sound Studio B") is going to be reissued on both as well.

I will be doing the "Elvis 24 Karat Hits" remastering at AcousTech/Record Tech with Kevin Gray, from scratch again and it looks to be a bear of a job. Great music though.

Something to look forward to if you like Elvis. Also, the great "Elvis Is Back" album (his first album after the army) will be mastered at Sterling in NY from the "dash 1" stereo first generation tapes, flat (L2WY-1967-1 and L2WY-1968-1). Same tapes I used for the DCC. I think the DCC metal parts for the vinyl were reused somewhere in the world for a current pressing of "Elvis Is Back" so the old DCC is still available as well. The new AP version should be a different approach than my old DCC tube cutting so we'll see what happens! (News, Source: Elvis NewsSteve Hoffman)

Elvis's popularity stifled by poor management and blinkered record company marketing: Several years ago, music writer Brian W. Fairbanks wrote a thoughtful article about Elvis’ pervasive presence in society, “Elvis is Everywhere”.  In it, Fairbanks directed criticism at both Colonel Parker and RCA........

His unrivaled popularity, even in death, is proof that talent and charisma are more important to stardom than marketing or management. Elvis had the worst manager of them all in the form of Colonel Tom Parker, a con man to whom many give undue credit for Presley’s success. But Parker latched on to Presley only after the star had conquered the South in ways unseen since the Civil War. Parker rode Presley’s coattails to glory while creating hurdles that his client had to overcome.

The long string of mindless movies that wasted the star’s talent for almost a decade were Parker’s idea. And if Parker had had his way, the 1968 TV special that rescued Elvis from

Hollywood’s manipulative and destructive claws would have been a cozy, mild-mannered hour of Christmas carols rather than the dynamic showcase for Elvis’s talents that it became.

Nor did RCA Victor, the record company that bought his contract from Sun Records, provide him with much support. The label treated its biggest star as little more than a steady source of predictable profits. Knowing his records would always sell a minimum number of copies, the company rarely gave his albums and singles the promotional push that would have increased his existing fan base. Until his death, his RCA contract required him to crank out three albums a year at a time when major artists were considered prolific if they released only one in the same time period. With Presley product flooding the market, it’s little wonder that after 1972’s “Burning Love,” his singles consistently failed to crack the top ten and his albums stalled below the half million mark needed for gold certification. (News, Source: EIN Archives)


Thursday 29 October 2009
Elvis Film Posters and Lobby Cards from around the world - photo article: EIN has compiled an impressive gallery of more than 50 images of promotional material for Elvis' films from a dozen countries around the world covering South America, North America, the far east, Middle East, Europe and Australasia.

We also feature an ultra rare and unusual film poster from Israel, one of the rare "Miltary" posters used for films screened on miltary bases and two Italian posters for Kid Galahad where the emphasis is on co-star Charles Bronson rather than the amusingly named "Elvy Presley".

Take a virtual tour of Circle G Ranch: The Elvis Ranch is for sale for a cool $6.5 million, but anyone with an Internet connection can take a virtual tour.

The 155-acre property just across the Tennessee-Mississippi state line in Horn Lake, Miss., is officially known as the Circle G Ranch. Elvis Presley owned it from 1966 to 1971. He and Priscilla honeymooned there in 1968, and the building known as the "honeymoon cottage" still stands today.

Prudential Collins-Maury Realtors agent Rodger Motz, who is handling the sale, said calls have come from as far away as Denmark.

To see the ranch, go to visualtour.com and type in property number 0201-2316. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)


Another Elvis ring hits the auction block:

Elvis Presley's massive 10ct diamond concert gift ring hits the auction block. Gifted to fan Lloyd Perry in Asheville N.C. at concert in 1975. This one-of-a-kind piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia will be sold at auction December 6th, 2009. Ring is conveyed with complete file of provenance and guarantee of authenticity.

Affiliated Auction Galleries, headquartered in Tallahassee FL, announces the sale of Elvis Presley's 10ct diamond concert gift ring in its December 6th, 2009 catalog auction.

A most unique and original piece of Elvis Presley entertainment memorabilia.

Gifted to the consignor, Mr. Lloyd Perry, by Elvis Presley during his concert in Asheville, NC. On July 24th, 1975. This was the last stop of Elvis Presley's concert tour. Four songs in to his 1.5 hour show Elvis tossed his Gibson guitar in to the audience. Mr. Perry and the gentleman seated to his right simultaneously caught the guitar. After strumming it a bit, Mr. Perry allowed the other gentleman to have the guitar. A few songs later, possibly feeling Mr. Perry should receive a memento for having allowed the other gentleman to have the guitar; Elvis motioned Mr. Perry on to the stage from his front row seat. Elvis shook Mr. Perry's hand, and then took this diamond ring from his own finger and gifted it directly to Mr. Perry. The 10ctw diamond ring, consists of 14 round cut approximate .44ct (each) / F-H color / I-1 to SI-1 clarity, 1 round cut approximate 1.29ct / H color / I-1 clarity, 1 round cut 1.39ct / H color / I-1 clarity and 3 emerald cut approximate .35ct (each) / H-I color / VS-2 clarity. 19 four-prong set diamonds in total. Set in 14K yellow gold. Weighing 27.2 grams. Size 11.

The ring is conveyed with a complete file of provenance from consignor Lloyd Perry, to include; autographed copy of Lee Cotten's book "Did Elvis sing in your hometown too 1975" (gift event referenced on page 208), 3 copies of The Asheville Citizen-Times and Bristol Herald Courier with feature stories about the ring gift event, in excess of 40 original photographs of the event as it occurred and others of Elvis wearing the ring in other venues, original tickets from the concert and a signed letter of authenticity from Consignor Lloyd Perry.

The following tells how the consigner became the owner of this ring, in his own words:
"Elvis was coming to Asheville, N.C. for 3 nights on July 22nd, 23rd, 24th 1975. A friend of mine got us tickets for the 24th and believe it or not it was front row seats, right in the middle of the stage. I could reach out and touch him we were so close. Of course when Elvis came out the crowd went wild. We noticed he kind of looked at our group there in the front. Maybe it was the light and he could see us. Well, 2 or 3 songs into the show he turned, walked back to the center of the stage, and then turned around and threw his guitar toward me and this other guy seated next to me. We both caught it and played around with it. It was an old scratched up Gibson guitar, with Elvis Presley written in pearls down the neck.

Although the other guy kept the guitar, I think Elvis wanted me to have it. After a couple more songs, all of a sudden my wife nudged me and said Elvis is motioning for you to come to the stage. Well, I looked up and went to the stage to shake hands with him, and to my absolute surprise, he was trying to put this ring on my pinky finger. I got him to put it on my ring finger while I was shaking like a leaf. I then went back and sat down. I remember the crowd was going wild. Afterwards Elvis walked back across the stage, shrugged his shoulders and said "aw what's $16,000". Well, that night Elvis gave away his Gibson guitar and the ring, and the night before is when he gave JD Sumner the horse shoe ring. An amazing night I will never forget." Consignor: Lloyd Perry (News, Source: Sanja Meegin/PRWeb)

Elvis tumbles down list of Top Earning Dead Celebrities: While it was no surprise that Michael Jackson surpassed Elvis on this year's Forbes list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities, Elvis placing at #4 was a surprise as were the top two positions:

Yves Saint Laurent was the highest-earning dead celebrity last year, making $350 million (£213 million), according to the annual list compiled by Forbes.com.The fashion designer was followed by the composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein with $235 million, and Michael Jackson at $90 million.Elvis Presley, who has topped the list seven times since its creation in 2001, was fourth with $55 million.

Matthew Miller, the editor of the list, forecast that Jackson would rise in the coming year.

“He will make tens of millions because he has lucrative publishing rights and rights to all his memorabilia,” he said.

The rankings assess the earning power of dead celebrities, including musicians, authors, actors and songwriters. (News, Source: Times Online)


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