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Monday 27 November 2017

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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

Don't miss out on one of EIN's most popular articles for 2017 - now updated
UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback.
Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

The Music Diaries – Rock, Roll, Religion – Elvis Presley’s Gospel Side Overlooked: Elvis Presley's early life and upbringing were grounded in poverty, after being born into a poor sharecropping family in Tupelo Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His depression-scarred father struggled to feed the family, and eventually had to move north in search of greener pastures in Memphis. It was there that Elvis became hooked on the music of pioneering black artistes being played on the radio, got immersed in black Memphis blues clubs, and absorbed the music of local impoverished black communities.

A roll call of Presley's close musical associates shows James Brown, bluesman B.B. King, Fats Domino, Sammy Davis Jr, Ray Charles, Rufus Thomas, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Brook Benton, Billy Ward, Roy Hamilton and Mahalia Jackson - all negro artistes who have been photographed with Presley, and who have vouched to his non-racist leanings.

The real Elvis Presley was a deeply religious individual who had a compelling propensity for singing hymns and recording gospel songs.
I'll bet that the flooding of the Memphis airwaves with both black and white gospel, and Presley's early attendances at gospel concerts, must have influenced his decision to get into the recording studio to do gospel songs.

His triple-CD compilation album of 2000, Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings debuted at number 13 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian album chart in January 2001. Among his early gospel releases were Take My Hand Precious Lord, It Is No Secret, If We Never Meet Again and Crying In The Chapel - all done between 1956 and 1960.
Although the Rock 'n' Roll King achieved so much in that genre, ironically, his only Grammy awards were for gospel, in the category of Best Sacred Performance. They were How Great Thou Art (1967), He Touched Me (1972) and a concert recording of How Great Thou Art (1974). (Article, Source: Jamaica-Gleaner.com)

‘Promised Land’ Video Clip: What reason do you need to watch a stunning edit of Elvis performing at his in-concert best.
Neatly expanding on the short ‘This Is Elvis’ version this is a cracker.

Recommended by EIN before, but well-worth watching again

Click HERE to YouTube.



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Palm Springs Honeymoon House Going Cheap for $5,9Million!: Now on sale - and featured in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Hot Property Section. The price has now dropped over four million dollars since it was put on the market a few years ago.
Now the "Historic mid-century estate" known as the Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway is back on the market for $5,9Million! Described as "an iconic treasure designed by the famous modernist architect William Krisel. Quietly situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, with completely privacy, oversized pool, tennis court, and gorgeous scenery of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley. Fantastic for entertaining!" It also features some cute Elvis honeymoon memorabilia. - Go here to bid!
(News, Source;PGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis: Official Elvis Collector's Vol.12 Out Now:  The Official Elvis Collector's magazine is proud to present Elvis: His Finest Photos, a one-of-a-kind issue showcasing the best and most iconic views of the star, from the early days of rock & roll to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing his name.
Featuring exclusive images, performance stills, family photos and stories from those who knew him best, it's a fitting tribute to the man who revolutionized entertainment as we know it today: the one, the only, Elvis Presley.

For sale in the US for $9.99.
Click here to "On Newsstands Now' to purchase and for series info.



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 26 November 2017
'The Wonder Of You' Elvis UK Tour 2017 back in full swing: Following the sellout British arena tour in 2016 and the No.1 multi-platinum album The Wonder Of You, Elvis Presley's return to the UK ''The Wonder Of You' live concert experience is back in full swing.
The six date UK arena tour kicked off in Glasgow last Thursday before taking in Leeds and getting to Newcastle Arena last night 25th, while tomorrow it hits Birmingham Genting Arena (27th), then Manchester Arena (28th), with the finale at London's O2 Arena on November 30th.
Last year's run gained critical applause including, the Lancashire Telegraph's "By the end, the show left no-one in any doubt. Elvis is and always will be the king of rock and roll - and so much more besides".
Featuring a special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley, the shows will once again give fans a chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music.
If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You (Elvis' 13th No.1 album in the UK!) were produced by Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and EPE. Priscilla Presley will be also be making a very special appearance at the arena shows.
These shows will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren't enough and who continues to break records.
Go here to EIN's exclusive review of the Elvis / RPO 2016 London Concert
  Tour Dates: - ON SALE NOW - click here for tickets
November 27 Birmingham Genting Arena
November 28 Manchester Arena
November 30 London O2 Arena
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

DELUXE 'Christmas with Elvis and The RPO'Out Now: The deluxe edition of the new Elvis/RPO Christmas album album, containing four bonus tracks (new symphonic versions of material from Elvis’ Peace In The Valley EP) is now available at your local record stores from November 24. The deluxe version features this cool red cover.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream, the latter of which has sold over 1.1 million copies.
Priscilla Presley, executive producer, said, "I hope you’ll enjoy this new Christmas album. The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year. I’m positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making.”
Songs from Christmas with Elvis will feature in his upcoming UK tour this November, which runs between November 23 - 30.
This holiday season also marks the 60th anniversary of "Elvis' Christmas Album" the perennial classic that's become the top-selling holiday album of all-time.
Tracklist: 1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town, 2. White Christmas, 3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) 4. Merry Christmas Baby, 5. Blue Christmas, 6. I’ll Be Home For Christmas, 7. Winter Wonderland, 8. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me), 9. Silver Bells, 10. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem, 11. O Come, All Ye Faithful, 12. The First Noel, 13. Silent Night - Deluxe edition tracks: 14. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), 15. I Believe, 16. Take My Hand, Precious Lord, 17. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

The Best Uses of Elvis Presley Songs in Movies or TV: The TVOvermind website recently posted 'the Best Uses of Elvis Presley Songs in Movies or TV'
... ELVIS PRESLEY, The King, is simply too big for words. His acting wasn’t that great but he was what many people would call a god among rock and roll. He didn’t conform to the desires of those that wanted to see something clean cut or family friendly. He went out and rebelled just like any other rocker and he did things on his own terms. His legacy that was left behind was one that has people still talking about him, listening to him, and sees his songs still being used in pop culture for maximum effect. He is and will always be the King.
Here are a few movies that made good use of his songs.
At NUMBER ONE- 'Blade Runner 2049' - 'Can't Help Falling In Love'
Yes, in 2049 ELVIS is still relevant! His great musical legacy continues and his holographic image is still playing in Las Vegas
As Harrison Ford comments, "Listen to this, this was my favourite Elvis song"
Was this because, as a replicant he couldn't feel love?
6. Passengers - A Little Less Conversation
Imagine being stuck on an interstellar relocation cruise liner and being the only one that wakes up after the ship runs afoul of a meteor storm that the autopilot somehow missed. Ah well. You’d have virtually everything you’d ever want provided that you could somehow find a way to access it. Of course you’d be alone, but that would only be an issue after a few months, or years.
5. The Conjuring 2 - I Can’t Help Falling In Love
It seems like such an odd thing to see a song this positive stuck into a horror movie, but okay. The chances are good, I haven’t seen the movie, that this scene was intended as a way for the Warren’s to get to know the children they were there to help and put them a little more at ease so that they wouldn’t be so tense. If your home was haunted would you really care about a guy playing guitar? Just sayin’…
4. Forrest Gump - Hound Dog
Forrest Gump points out a lot of things throughout history that were in fact all caused or somehow came from the mind or actions of this one character. It’d be interesting if any of it were true but
the film is such a playful and well-written piece that no one seemed to care that it was all staged and set up to make it look like Forrest had influenced so many aspects of history.
3. American Idol - Burnin’ Love
When just one won’t do, get another, maybe two, or maybe three more to perform an Elvis medley that will drive the crowd wild. Even after all this time and all that’s transpired since Elvis’ passing, yes, he is really gone, people still absolutely love his music. There’s a lot of reasons why after all and one of them is that he’s just that good, or was. Believe it, he’s gone folks.
2. The Blues Brothers - Jailhouse Rock
It’s hard to improve on a classic and I won’t say that the Blues Brothers manage to do that entirely, but this cover is pretty good. The Blues Brothers is a movie that is so utterly ridiculous and over the top that it couldn’t help but be funny. It’s one of the classics that people either love or can’t stand and has obtained a cult following for good reason.
Hail to the King baby.
Go here to the original article
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 23 November 2017
Trying To Get To You: The Truth Behind The Elvis And Roy Orbison Show Rumours: For decades there has always been an unsubstantiated rumour that Elvis Presley appeared as a guest on Roy Orbison's TV show on the local station KOSA.
The Roy Orbison website notes that both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley performed on Roy’s TV show in late 1955.
Respected author Colin Escott wrote in his book Good Rockin’ Tonight about a kinescope of Elvis on the Roy Orbison TV show actually existing.
Some keen Elvis fans have said that they have seen this very kinescope at Elvis Week shows back in the 80s.
But like infamous Pied Piper of Cleveland does this footage really exist and is there any real proof that Elvis did appear on the Roy Orbison TV show?
Shane Brown (author of Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide) has done an immense amount of investigation and thinks he has found the answer.
Go here as EIN contributor & author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy.
(Spotlight; Source;SBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis' Dr Feelgood Elias Ghanem: Elias Ghanem was a doctor to both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson (need we say more?). He later became the chairman of Nevada's State Athletic Commission.
Dr. Ghanem was originally a Lebanese immigrant who went from being an emergency room doctor to a "physician to the stars". His patients also included Bill Cosby, Ann-Margaret and Barron Hilton.
Ghanem's part in Elvis' downfall is often overlooked due to the extreme focus being placed on Dr Nick.
Recently The Spa Guy has posted an interesting youtube video which takes you to the grave of Elvis' Dr Feelgood Elias Ghanem in Las Vegas and discusses the influence he had on Elvis.
The video features discussions with Richard Crofts, Arjan Deelen, Andy Norman and Jeff Carlson.
Click here to YouTube to view the 13 minute feature

(News, Source;AJ/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 22 November 2017
Interview - Angie Marchese, Graceland Director of Archives: Following the success of the 2014/15 Elvis at the O2 exhibition, which attracted a staggering 200,000 visitors, Graceland have decided to return to London’s O2 Arena with the Elvis on Tour The Exhibition. The focus this time has been narrowed down to the period from 1969 – 1977 and over 200 items are included from the Graceland archive, including over 35 outfits, costume sketches and guitars that Elvis used onstage.

Zoey Goto, author of Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits visited the exhibition to meet with Graceland’s director of archives, Angie Marchese to discuss how the show was put together and Elvis’ unique style. Angie also discusses who had creative control of Elvis' on-stage fashions, the "must-see" item of the Exhibition and other artists that have been influenced by Elvis' striking fashion sense.

(Interview, Source: Zoey Goto/EIN)

Dan Warlick Nashville attorney dies at 69: Dan Warlick (right) was the chief investigator for the medical examiner when on Aug. 16, 1977, rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley died. Shortly thereafter, Warlick would leave to become an attorney. He died on Nov. 16 at his home in Nashville.
Before relocating to Nashville, the former chief investigator for the Tennessee Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner resided in Memphis, where he was on duty the day Elvis Presley's body was found.
After arriving at the hospital to confirm Presley was dead, Warlick "went directly to Graceland" and joined homicide detectives as they photographed and investigated the scene.
Warlick, in medical school at the time, also participated in Presley's autopsy with medical examiner Dr. Jerry Francisco.
Dr, George Nichopoulos and his attorney, Dan Warlick, said drugs in Elvis' system were not at "toxic or lethal levels" when he died. "He died a natural death," said Warlick.
After beginning to work at a medical malpractice law firm in Memphis, Warlick eventually moved to Nashville, where he met Yarbrough.
In 1999 he sued Tammy Wynette's doctor for her wrongful death, "Of course, Dan was perfect for that type of case, because he knew the medical side and the legal side," Yarbrough said.
Warlick was described as someone with "a tremendous sense of humor" who "really enjoyed life,"
Yarbrough noted Warlick's "brilliant mind and a deep concern for his clients."
Go HERE for EIN's exclusive 2010 interview with Dr, George Nichopoulos
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

David Cassidy has died, 67: David Cassidy, the former teenage heart-throb of 1970s TV show The Partridge Family, has died at the age of 67.
Cassidy was surrounded by his family when he died - he was in a Florida hospital suffering from organ failure.
The teen and pre-teen idol starred in the 1970s sitcom and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer.
The Partridge Family aired from 1970-74 and was intended at first as a vehicle for Shirley Jones, the Oscar-winning actress and Cassidy's stepmother.
Jones played Shirley Partridge, a widow with five children with whom she forms a popular act that travels on a psychedelic bus. The cast featured Cassidy as eldest son and family heartthrob Keith Partridge.
Cassidy went on to a hugely successful solo career as a singer and pop idol. He was extremely popular in Australia too, with singles I Think I Love You and Cherish hitting the number one spot on the charts.
In a similar teenage impact to Elvis in the fifties, Cassidy swept hurricane-like into the pre-pubescent lives of millions of American girls. He sold six and a half million albums and singles; 44 television programs; David Cassidy lunch boxes, bubble gum, colouring books, wall posters, love beads etc
In the 1970's his jumpsuit stagewear was also copied from Elvis Presley's dynamic costumes.
Kicked out of high school for truancy, David Cassidy dreamed of becoming an actor and had made appearances on Bonanza, Ironside and other programs before producers at ABC television asked him to audition for The Partridge Family.
In 2010 Cassidy was arrested in Florida on suspicion of drink-driving after police said they found a half-empty bottle of whisky in his car. Even while "The Partridge Family" was still in primetime, Cassidy worried that he was mistaken for the wholesome character he played.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

 'The King Strikes Back' 10CD Import set: The Audionics label has announced a new, comprehensive 10CD project, dedicated to Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas Summer ’74 season. It is called 'THE KING STRIKES BACK!' and for the first time ever, all rehearsal and live soundboard recordings are presented in best possible sound quality and in one box!
These recordings were released through the years by various bootleg labels and by the official collectors FTD label, too. Nevertheless, many of these original releases are hard to find nowadays, including several already deleted FTD CDs!
For some of these recordings we have used master cassettes as a source. We have spent dozens of hours in studio, to restore and enhance them. As usual, every recording was treated individually and restored from scratch, using today's advanced technology to achieve the best possible sound quality.
Each disc is placed in individually designed cardboard sleeve and there is a 16-page booklet, full of high quality August / September 1974 photos (including several rare ones) and reproductions of fan reviews from 1974. These reviews are special, because they were published shortly after the concerts and those memories are immediate and fresh.
This is the first-ever Audionics comprehensive box. - Contents:
16.08.1974 rehearsal - approx 82 minutes
16.08.1974 rehearsal binaural - approx 58 minutes
19.08.1974 Opening show - approx 60 minutes
20.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 67 minutes
20.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 69 minutes
21.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 67 minutes
22.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 8 minutes
24.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 59 minutes
27.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 16 minutes
28.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 9 minutes
29.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 22 minutes
30.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 85 minutes
02.09.1974 Midnight closing show - approx 91 minutes
EIN says several of these have been out officially on the FTD label and via other bootlegs. Check details before purchasing.
Go here to 'All The CD Release News 2017' for full Tracklist & full details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) 

Sunday 19 November 2017
'Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74' FTD In-Depth Review: 'ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74' features another value-for-money double pack with two Dinner Shows from May 25 and May 26 1974. This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
The setlist at Lake Tahoe this season was fine, and while the May 25, 1974 Dinner Show has been out as an audience recording, the May 26, 1974 Dinner Show is totally unreleased.
Although both concerts are "Dinner Shows" on May 26, with The Jackson 5 in the audience, Elvis was inspired and included several rarities - and pushed the band on with unexpected reprises.
Both concerts create a good combination - making this a great two-for-one release from FTD.

Graceland Holiday lighting ceremony: The holidays have officially arrived at Graceland. On Thursday Elvis Presley's home was lit up for all to enjoy.
"It really looks like we're going back in time," said Elvis' longtime friend George Klein. "Elvis really loved Christmas. It was his favorite holiday."
Klein goes way back and remembered lighting up the Whitehaven home with Elvis for the very first time in 1957.
"We used a broomstick as part of the light switch," he said.
Since then the tradition has grown and attracted people from all over the world.
The extensive Christmas display at Elvis' home includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more.
EPE noted that the items were all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family.
The interiors of Graceland mansion are also decorated for the holidays featuring the Presley family's Christmas décor. - Go here to EPE to watch the livestream of the lighting ceremony.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Christmas With Elvis And RPO' - another poor review: Almost all the general media have ignored the release of the new 'Elvis and the RPO' Christmas album.
However CASHBOX recently published a review by David Bowling - and it's not good. It rates the album 2/5  - identical to EIN's rating in our review.
Cashbox review includes.. "You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why, Elvis Presley is coming to town (again). Christmas is less than three months away and another batch of Elvis Presley music has been re-imagined. The latest in the Elvis sweepstakes is 13 of his Christmas tunes, now being backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Elvis Presley’s three Christmas albums have sold a combined 24 million copies and his original 1950’s Christmas album remains his biggest selling album. The original release is one of the better Christmas releases in that it combines rock, sacred, and gospel with some gritty and in several cases bluesy vocals by the king. It is just about the perfect Christmas album.
As Jim Croce wrote, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger,” - and you don’t mess around with the perfect Christmas album.
In many ways the background orchestra takes away from the power of Elvis’ vocals. When the orchestra is reduced to the distant background and the vocals are more upfront, it is just a better listen such as “Merry Christmas Baby.”
If you have not heard or want to obtain some of Elvis’ Christmas music, seek out a copy of his original first album. It is readily available. If you are an Elvis fan who has to have everything, then go ahead. - Rating: **

Go here to EIN's 'Christmas With Elvis And RPO' reviews.
(News, Source;Cashbox/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE goes to court over New Arena: The saga of EPE's proposed 6,200-seat venue on its Graceland campus took another turn Wednesday.
Officials from EPE Inc. filed a declaratory judgment action asking the Chancery Court of Shelby County to declare that the development of the venue would not violate the non-compete and non-participation covenants in the FedExForum use and operating agreement between the City of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies.
In its statement, EPE wrote, "It is, and always has been, EPE's position that the FedExForum Use and Operating agreement does not prohibit the City of Memphis and Shelby County from extending tax incentives to support the development of the 6,200-seat venue in the same manner that the city and county regularly extend such incentives to other qualifying commercial enterprises."
The statement goes on to read, "Despite EPE's good faith negotiations and its proposal to substantially change the development and to agree to limitations on the use of the multi-purpose facility, EPE was not able
to reach a reasonable business agreement with the City of Memphis and the Memphis Grizzlies."
On Aug. 22, EPE presented its original plans for the concert and event facility to Memphis City Council and asked them to support an increase in the tax increment financing from 50 to 65 percent to fund the venue.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal takes a rather negative view saying "EPE takes on Memphis and the Grizzlies with a misguided lawsuit"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - - - - 2nd News Update - - -
'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. Watching the classic movie ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is’ you can feel the power of his spirit.
Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis Divorce papers sell for £20,000:  Divorce papers signed by Elvis and his ex-wife Priscilla have sold for £20,000 at auction.
The papers, 12 pages, include details of the divorce after the couple, who married in 1967, started living apart in 1972.
As part of the settlement, Elvis signed over to Priscilla his 1971 Mercedes Benz, 1969 Cadillac Eldorado, Harley-Davidson motorbike and $100,000.
The documents also reveal the 'Dallas' star received half of the income from their three properties in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
It reads: "The parties were married on May 1, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunate circumstances and unhappy differences have arisen between the parties by reason of which they have lived separate and apart since February 23, 1972, and by reason of which they intend to dissolve their marriage."
The papers were sold to a phone bidder from USA at the Henry Aldridge Auctioneers in Devizes. The auctioneer said the 12 papers were a "fabulous piece of show business history".
The papers, from 15 August 1972, have been signed three times by Elvis and four times by Priscilla. These are exceptional examples of Elvis's signature, being both bold and large. It is extremely rare to have Elvis sign in his full name, Elvis Aaron Presley, and also Aaron with two AAs, as it was written on his tombstone. Each of the 12 pages contains fascinating details and offers the reader a snapshot into the details involved between both parties that only legal documents can give.
He said the person selling the items was a collector from USA and had chosen the Wiltshire auction house after seeing the company's previous sales of Elvis material reported in US media.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Dodgy" Elvis Auction results: With so many of Elvis'  true friends and acquaintances no longer with us, getting verification on Elvis memorabilia up for auction is getting harder and harder. 'COA's (certificate of authenticity)  are becoming less and less reliable as unscrupulous collectors try to make big cash from Elvis' legacy.
One of the dodgiest looking Elvis auctions happened at the weekend, with Bill Kinard selling supposed Elvis owned items through GWS auctions.
A supposed genuine "Aloha" jumpsuit was withdrawn early on once it was shown to be a fake.

EIN thinks that the work our friends at Elvis Express  - Lee and Tony - did to help expose these frauds and to protect  Elvis fans from being fooled by potential fakes was outstanding.
Both the 'Wooden Tupelo Home' and 'Pink & Black  Cadillac'  did not get sold.
Here is the news as posted by EER ...
Success 1 - Aloha Jumpsuit - EER proved this to be FAKE  (WITHDRAWN FROM SALE)
Success 2  -  [Lot # 3]  Wooden Tupelo Home  -  EER show that all claims by Charlene Presley & Kinard are HIGHLY questionable (NO SALE)
Success 3  -  [Lot # 5]  Pink & Black  Cadillac  -  EER proved there is NO HISTORY that Elvis ever owned this car  (NO SALE)
We've been successful to date preventing Kinard from passing on his various items of crap and we will continue to do so if he decides to try out yet another auction house to try to sell his FAKE Aloha suit, his Cadillac that has absolutely no evidence what so ever that Elvis even even looked at it, let alone owned it. And of course, the wooden house which just like the Caddy, has no evidence at all PLUS, the star witness has told 2 totally different tales....on film, regarding the year it was moved.
Although we prevented these big ticket items from selling, we do believe Kinard had a few other items in this auction that were just ridiculous and in fact SHOCKING that an auction house would even give them the time of day, let alone put them up and promote them? 

We made GWS Auctions and their legal representative fully aware of our findings and were more than ready to work with them and reveal all we had found to disprove the claims that ALL these items listed on this page were NOT what they were claimed to be. We left phone messages and email communications in order to best advise GWS Auction and to help prevent passing on FALSE items to their customers."
Go to ELVIS EXPRESS Radio here > to read the FULL Kinard/GWS Auction Investigation.
Congratulations EER - Lee,  Tony and Joe.
(News, Source/EER/ElvisInfoNet)

'Love Letters From Elvis' - Spliced Takes Special: The CMT label is back with an incredible release, 'Love Letters From Elvis - Spliced Takes Special'.
Including 14 "spliced" tracks from the 1970 recordings. Including all tracks from the original album plus three bonustracks.
Fans of the series know what to expect, and this release is among their best yet! Some songs don't have complete outtakes and the STAR team managed to present an album with full versions only! Rare snippets and rehearsals are used and it works like magic!
Tracklist- Love Letters - Spliced take 3,1, When I'm Over You - Spliced master, If I Were You - Spliced take 2,3,55, I Got My Mojo Working - Spliced rehearsal, Heart of Rome - Spliced take 2,2,1, Only Believe - Spliced take 1,3, rehearsal, This is Our Dance - Spliced take 6,8,8,11, Cindy, Cindy - Spliced take 2,3, I'll Never Know - Spliced take 2,3, It Ain't No Big Thing - Spliced take 1,2,6
The Sound of Your Cry - Spliced take 1,3,6, Sylvia - Spliced take 4,3,9, Mary in the Morning - Spliced take 1,2,4,4,4.
Life - Spliced take 1,2
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Four new Import / Public Domain CDs: The Elvis One / Bootleg Series label has announced four new releases. These generally fall under the 'Public Domain' / Bootleg sphere.
- Night & Day In Nashville: ‘Night & Day in Nashville’ is a sampler of material recorded by The King in Nashville from ‘56 to ‘66.
A total of 22 tracks, including 20 alternate recordings and original mixes (15 previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company).
EIN cannot understand what tracks have been previously unreleased.
It’s a great new album, with (almost) only complete takes, and this time no studio banter or false starts (as they are available through other releases from the Elvis One label).
Enjoy these fantastic recordings over and over again... Including a 16 pages booklet with photos and recording information.
Tracks include I Got A Woman (Alternate Take), I’m Counting On You (Take 13), I Got Stung (Original Master), Thrill Of Your Love (Original Master), He Knows Just What I Need, Kiss Me Quick (Take 7), Good Luck Charm (Original Mix)...
- The Elvis Presley Movie Album - Volume 3
Volume 3 contains 22 alternate tracks, all complete versions! Including outtakes, movie versions and unedited masters presented in the best possible sound.
A great alternate movie experience! Of course this album is a limited edition, just as volume 1 and 2...
- Elvis Army Days Revisited Part one & two: "Elvis Army Days Revisited | Part One & Part Two" contains all German A & B sides of Elvis singles released during his time in the Army, all known recordings of interviews and press conferences from March 1958 to March 1960, newsreels and more! Including some previously unreleased material. You can hear these historic recordings in the best possible sound all together for the first time ever on 2 cd's! Each cd comes with a 12 pages booklet...
Go here to 'All The CD Release News 2017' for full Tracklist & full details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 10 November 2017
New FTDs 'Kissin' Cousins' & 'The Bicentennial Show': Follow That Dream have announced their next two releases - and the big surprise is the long-awaited release of the 'Kissin' Cousins' Classic Soundtrack Album.
A double soundtrack album from 1976 is also coming out with concerts from 4th July 1976 & October 16th 1976.
- 'Kissin' Cousins'  - As part of its Classic Soundtrack Album series FTD is pleased to announce the release of the original soundtrack album. It features unreleased outtakes, rarities and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia, movie trivia and photos. Due to the small amount of existing outtakes (as Elvis didn’t record with the band) it includes instrumental masters recorded at the RCA Studio in Nashville that show the great musicianship of the players.
The one CD features the Original Album plus the following extra tracks-  13 Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2) (unedited master)*, 14 Catchin’ On Fast (unedited master)*, 15 Anyone (Could Fall in Love with You) (v.o. take 2/alternate master)*, 16 Kissin’ Cousins (hillbilly vocal)*, 17 Kissin’ Cousins (regular vocal)*, 18 Barefoot Ballad (vocal overdub, take 2 & pickup take 4 - partial)*, 19 Barefoot Ballad (instrumental)*,
20 There’s Gold In The Mountains (instrumental)*, 21 Pappy Won’t You Please Come Home (Dolores Edgin vocal, take 6/M)*, 22 There’s Gold In The Mountains (track, takes 1-2)*, 23 One Boy Two Little Girls (track, take 2)*, 24 Once Is Enough (track, take 1)*, 25 Tender Feeling (track, take 1)*, 26 Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2) (track, take 1)*, 27 Smokey Mountain Boy (track, take 1-intro & take 4/M)*, 28 Catchin’ On Fast (track, take 1 & ending take 2)*, 29 Barefoot Ballad (track, take 2)*, 30 Anyone (Could Fall in Love with You) (track, take 4)*, 31 Kissin’ Cousins (track, take 1)*, 32 Tender Feeling (vocal only, take 1/M)*.
- 'ELVIS: The Bicentennial Show' - FTD is pleased to announce the release of the legendary 'ELVIS: The Bicentennial Show'
This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
DISC 1: Recorded live at Mabee Center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma July 4, 1976 at 2:30 PM
Disc 2: Recorded live at Duluth Arena, Duluth, Minnesota
October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM

Bonus tracks 24-28 Recorded live at Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 at 8:30 PM
Go here to FTD / SONY CD News 2017 for full details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

"You'll Be Gone" as Morrissey B-Side: Morrissey (ex The Smiths) has announced the third single to his new upcoming 11th solo album 'Low in High School' as "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage" to be released as a 7" single with a cover of Elvis Presley's "You'll Be Gone" as the b-side, a rendition the singer opened with on his tour's kickoff date in Portland.
This rather obscure Elvis song has been occasionally featured in Morrissey's live sets since 2015.
Morrissey, a lifelong connoisseur of mid-century American pop culture, had previously put an Elvis Presley cover to tape on the Smiths' live album Rank, on which a shortened cover of "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" was performed as a segue into the band's Meat Is Murder cut, "Rusholme Ruffians."
Audiences got their first preview of "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage" during a live performance on the BBC Radio 6 program 6 Music Live.
The Smiths 1987 single 'Shoplifters of the World Unite'  also featured Elvis on the cover of the single.
Morrissey is noted to be an Elvis fan and has dressed in Elvis' Leather jumpsuit look in the past.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New CD releases from Straight Arrow: The imports label 'Straight Arrow' has announced three new releases all of the AUDIENCE RECORDINGS
- 'Stormy Weather Ahead' -  A new double CD dedicated to Elvis' August/ September '74 season. This recording was taken directly from a recently found new source audience-recorded mastertape. September 2nd Dinner Show - this fascinating, previously unreleased concert now in such excellent sound quality!
The penultimate show in Elvis' August/September '74 season was a memorable occasion, especially for British and European fans in attendance. Certain issues in Elvis' personal life influenced what took place on stage at that Labor Day performance.
The set list included several songs unique to this season: "It's Midnight", "Big Boss Man" and "If You Talk In Your Sleep", the latter with a karate demo midway.
In between songs, he related stories ranging from the amusing to serious topics - the circumstances surrounding his divorce and the overblown stories in the movie magazines. Along the way, Elvis' emotions ranged from undisguised anger (the drug stories) to tenderness - introducing Priscilla and their six-year old daughter Lisa Marie. - Go here for full Tracklist & full details.
- 'Breakdown In Baltimore' -  A new double CD dedicated to Elvis' May '77 tour "40 Years After Vol. 3". This recording was taken directly from a new audience recorded mastertape.
The Baltimore, May 29th, 1977 show was never before available in such good sound quality!
When The King made his last visit to Baltimore 40 years ago, no one knew he would be dead less than three months later. But many suspected that something was wrong.
The Elvis Presley who took to the stage at the Civic Center on May 29, 1977, was not the Elvis most of his fans knew. Presley was no longer the sexy, virile, electric presence that revolutionized both the recording industry and live performing in his heyday. Still, his voice and charisma were present.
As usual, Elvis opened the show with “See See Rider,” it was reported that Elvis left the stage for 30 minutes, actually it was barely 20 minutes and after his return, Elvis performed knock-out versions of “Help Me”, “Hurt” and THE SONG of the evening: a fantastic version of “Unchained Melody”.
He must have felt terrible, but still he pulled out all the stops to be Elvis Presley for his audience. A must, and a unique insight into the man’s will-power and love for his fans.
Go here for full Tracklist & details.
- 'Rockin' And Lovin' In Las Vegas' - A single CD with the previously unreleased Las Vegas August 17, 1972 Dinner show. It was taken from a 1st generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette, made back in the 70s by English super-fan and collector Rex Martin. Once again the sound quality is great! Rex taped many shows and usually, his recordings were of very good sound quality. He also filmed portions of shows with 8mm camera.
The August 17th Dinner show was another great performance by Elvis. Elvis performs a solid and very entertaining shows. His vocals are outstanding. The liner notes are taken from recent Rex Martin August 1972 personal notes. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipak that includes rare photos taken in Las Vegas in August/September 1972. If you liked Straight Arrows previous 1972 releases - then brace yourself, because this is another keeper!
Go here for full Tracklist & details.
(News, Source;SA/ElvisInfoNet) 

Priscilla in Australia: Priscilla first arrived in Brisbane earlier this week for her show 'Elvis and Me: An Evening with Priscilla Presley'. (See Tour Details Below)
Tour insiders confirmed rumours that she had left Scientology, despite a representative for Presley publicly denying the reports.
“She is completely out of it,” the insider said. “She says she lives a normal life.”
Fans will be able to ask her more at her show where the 72-year-old Priscilla talks about her teenage years, being romanced by Elvis, their marriage and life inside the gates of Graceland.
She also answers questions from the audience.
She said that she was also excited to spend a day watching the horse racing on Oaks Day at Flemington.
Elvis' ex-wife explained that she is very familiar with horses.
"I'm very fond of them, I had horses at Graceland, a quarter horse and a Tennessee Walking Horse.
Wearing an outfit by Australian designer Manning Cartell, Presley said she was very fond of Melbourne.
"It's my third time here but I've never had as much time as I do now. Last night I was on the river and I was able to see whole city and all the lights lit and had a little glass of wine and it was absolutely beautiful."
(News, Source;AussieTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie suing former financial managers for squandering over $100Million: 49-year-old Lisa Marie has stated that her managers stopped paying her taxes in 2012 and 'secretly used her money' on 'bad investments'
Lisa Marie Presley is said to be filing a lawsuit 'as early as Monday' against her former financial managers.
She is suing Provident Financial Management for 'squandering more than $100M over the last decade.'
It began in 2004 when the 49-year-old entrusted PFM's Senior Managing Director Barry J. Siegel to sell 85 percent of her late father's estate to Robert F.X. Sillerman for $100M.
According to TMZ, the singer claimed Sillerman and Siegel's investments tanked, including putting $9M into an English estate then stopping payments.
Lisa Marie alleged that PFM stopped paying her income taxes in 2012, which left her with a $7M IRS bill and, as of May 2016, the trust was depleted to $14K on top of her $500K credit card debt.
Siegel responded that Presley went broke twice due to her own spending habits, and he reportedly plans on countersuing for $800K in unpaid management fees.
The case with suing and countersuing is bound to be complicated
(News, Source;TMZ/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 6 November 2017
'ELVIS Christmas' with the RPO' - Shane Brown Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from both his 1957 and 1971 Christmas Albums, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Shane Brown, author of the new book 'Reconsider Baby' and Elvis music expert, has written a fascinating and thought-provoking review. He raises the issue that fans should be genuinely concerned what these "Re-Imagined" versions are doing to Elvis great musical legacy.
The REAL ISSUE could be that the desperation to earn a quick "Christmas" buck may lead to Elvis' musical legacy being diluted by overdubbed tacky M-O-R versions that have nothing to do with Elvis' original recordings.
He suggests, "All good things must come to an end. Thankfully, all bad things must come to an end, too – and the new Christmas release should prove to be the end of the road of the RPO albums with Elvis."
Read Shane Brown's incisive review and send us YOUR feedback.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis the "Bling King" London O2 Exhibition: The UK Guardian reports on the new Elvis exhibition in London. More than 200 artefacts from Graceland, jumpsuits included, give London fans colourful picture of singer’s life on the road
There is the wildly impractical Fringe suit that got caught up in guitar leads and microphone cables, the ornate Spanish Flower suit complete with a 20lb cape, and of course the Black Phoenix suit that was originally created as a zebra.
“Elvis looked at the design upside down and said ‘that’s a weird looking bird,’” explained Graceland’s director of archives Angie Marchese. “So the designer had to figure out where Elvis had seen a bird and make it look like a bird.”
Marchese’s memories of bell-bottomed jumpsuits were prompted by the opening of a three-month Elvis Presley exhibition at London’s O2.
Opening last Friday, it explores Elvis’s touring years, between 1969 and 1977, when he was more or less always on the road in the US, performing more than 1,100 shows. More than 200 artefacts have travelled from the Graceland archives, many of which are being seen in the UK for the first time.
The outfits are the stars of the show, particularly the jumpsuits designed by Bill Belew, all given names by fans: Amber Stone, Snowflake, Conquistador, Purple Owl, Stoned Eagle, White Pyramid. The Jewelled King of Spades, the show reveals, was also known as the Kitchen Sink suit.
Other memorabilia featured as part of the exhibition.
The items are among around 40 outfits going on display at the O2 and also include the DEA jacket he wore as he arrived for what would be his final gig in Indianapolis in June 1977.
Six weeks later, Elvis was dead. Marchese acknowledged that the intense touring schedule played its part.
“He was constantly on tour, basically, and it led to his death, being always on the road in different cities. It became so routine that he became bored as an artist, by ’77 it was not the same as it was in ’69 and ’70. He was going out and doing the same thing and he wasn’t having the time to relax and renew his spirit.”
Marchese said the success of an Elvis show at the same venue three years ago, which had more than 225,000 visitors, encouraged Graceland to come up with a follow-up exhibition.
Away from costumes there is the large tour trunk that contained books on Elvis’s interests – sport,
religion and numerology – guitars, including the Gretzch Country Gentlemen, which he used onstage in Las Vegas in 1969; and the glamorous gold belt given to him by the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
“He is the king of bling, the first king of bling,” said Marchese. “Before bling was bling.”
The most poignant object is the trunk that was packed on the day of his death, ready to travel to Portland, Maine, for the first date of his tour.
The touring also put a huge strain on Elvis’s marriage to Priscilla, before their divorce in 1973. Nevertheless she was overwhelmed by the success of the first O2 show and excited by the new collection.
Elvis on Tour is at The O2 3 Nov -4 February. - Click here for info and tickets
(News, Source;Guardian/ElvisInfoNet)

'Please, Stay In Your Seats' New Import CD: Out soon from the Ragdoll label is their new 1977 AUDIENCE RECORDING release ''Please, Stay In Your Seats'' recorded live at the spectrum in Philadelphia, PA on May 28 1977. Taken straight from the 1st generation audience recorded master tape, this show features a fine show, with Elvis in good spirits, doing fine versions of ''Polk Salad Annie'' ''My Way'' ''Little Sister'' among others, a very young Bruce Springsteen was in the audience this night, and he noted ''I remember enjoying the show tremendously'' while also acknowledging ''It was not a good night'', we feel it's up to you to judge what you think of this show. Ask your dealer for samples!
Tracklist 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. My Way 06. Jailhouse Rock 07. You Gave Me A Mountain 08. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never (Incomplete, Edited with 2nd Source) 09. Little Sister (With Break) 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 11. And I Love You So 12. Polk Salad Annie 13. Introductions 14. Early Morning Rain 15. What'd I Say 16. Johnny B. Goode 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 18. Jerry Scheff Solo (Battle Of New Orleans) 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) 20. Electric Clavinet Solo (Bobby Ogdin) 21. School Days 22. Hurt 23. Walk That Lonesome Road (JD Sumner 24. Hound Dog 25. Can't Help Falling In Love 26. Closing Vamp / Announcements
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 5 November 2017
Shane Brown - author of 'Reconsider Baby' - also gives his review of 'Elvis Christmas' tomorrow on EIN
UPDATED - 'ELVIS Christmas with the RPO' CD Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from his 1957 Christmas Album and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream both reached Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.
But can producers Nick Patrick, Don Reedman and Priscilla Presley really keeping milking the money-making Elvis cow or will they turn out an overdone Christmas turkey?
Do the "new" Producers even care about Elvis' fabulous musical legacy?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Brittany Edwards go into the Listening Booth to cause "Double-trouble" and try and discover what's good and bad...
NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR FEEDBACK - do you think this was a good idea- do you agree with our review?- .CLICK HERE.
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Elvis' Birthday Celebration Graceland: EPE have announced their schedule for Elvis' Birthday celebrations January 5-8 2018. The schedule of events includes an Elvis Birthday Brunch, Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, Club Elvis and much more. Our special guests include Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield, who met Elvis during his time in the Army; Evelyn Helms, who was Elvis' junior high school classmate; and two of Elvis' co-stars, Larry Domasin and Victoria Paige Meyerink.
One of the highlights is "Graceland Evening Tour and Reception" - a special event featuring a private evening tour of Graceland decorated for the holidays plus a reception across the street at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The reception will be a progressive event moving throughout the new complex. The special evening tour of Graceland Mansion will include the iPad tour and Elvis Christmas music playing throughout the mansion grounds. Special guest appearances will include: Larry Domasin, who co-starred in “Fun in Acapulco”; Victoria Paige Meyerink, who co-starred in “Speedway”; Rex Mansfield, who served with Elvis in the Army; and Elisabeth Mansfield, Elvis' secretary while he was stationed in Germany. Tickets are $65.00 for adults,
Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 6.
Go here to EPE for info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Raquel Welch talks Elvis: The gorgeous Raquel Welch is now 77-years-old and is still on TV as Rosa on UP TV’s family-friendly sitcom “Date My Dad.”
Keen Elvis fans will remember Raquel Welch worked with Elvis in 1964 in his movie “Roustabout”. (right in photo)
In 2017 Welch tells how she was surprised by Elvis when she met him on set.
“I first saw him when I was 14 in a concert performance in San Diego, along with a whole bunch of screaming teenagers, he was pretty irresistible. I was just all a flutter as a young girl. But when I finally did meet him on set, he just didn’t look the same. It looked like they cleaned him up.
"It was like white bread or something. It was not at all his kind of sassiness that he exhibited on stage. The way he wore his hair, the kind of clothes he wore, the way he moved. It was just all very polite now… What happened to the rebellious, sexy guy? I was so in love with him as a teenager.”
Welch would later see Presley again in Las Vegas, where he underwent another transformation.
“Later in Vegas Elvis was wearing a lot of studded jumpsuits. That was not the Elvis I was crazy about.

He still sounded like Elvis, but there was such a difference about it. He didn’t sound like he was 100 percent. It was more like he was doing it for all his fans. He enjoyed the adulation, obviously. But it didn’t seem to me like his involvement in the earlier part of his career was there. He didn’t have the passion anymore. He just performed a tremendous amount.”
Welch wondered if his non-stop performing schedule contributed to his early demise.
"They just had him on a treadmill all the time, repeating every wonderful thing that he did. And you could tell it was not fun for him anymore. It was a sad, sad thing that happened to him... I just think he was a nice Southern boy.”

(Right: Raquel Welch in the movie Roustabout)

(News, Source;FoxNews/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 2 November 2017
- Apologies - YOUR THOUGHTS & FEEDBACK 'Elvis Christmas' links now fixed.
'ELVIS Christmas with the RPO' CD Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from his 1957 Christmas Album and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream both reached Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.
But can producers Nick Patrick, Don Reedman and Priscilla Presley really keeping milking the money-making Elvis cow or will they turn out an overdone Christmas turkey?
Do the "new" Producers even care about Elvis' fabulous musical legacy?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Brittany Edwards go into the Listening Booth to cause "Double-trouble" and try and discover what's good and bad...
We also want YOUR FEEDBACK - do you think this was a good idea- do you agree with our review?-
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

2017 - Elvis Presley #4 Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: It is the second year running that Elvis has been placed fourth in Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities.
Michael Jackson tops the list of highest-paid celebrities for the fifth year in a row, with earnings of $75 million. However this pales in comparison to his 2016 earnings of  $825 million, the highest annual total for any entertainer dead or alive, mostly due to the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue. Jackson's $75 million tally puts him on par with the 17th best-paid living entertainer, Bruce Springsteen.
Elvis Presley finishes fourth with $35 million almost #10 million up from last year’s $27, thanks to the new $45 million Memphis entertainment complex and recently opened hotel The Guesthouse at Graceland.
Others on the list are Golf legend Arnold Palmer up to the No.2 spot with $40 million. Barely a year after his death, more than 400 stores still sell Palmer-branded apparel in Asia, and AriZona Beverages produces 400 million cans of its Arnold Palmer line annually. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranks third with income of $38 million, MetLife recently retired Snoopy and Charlie Brown from its ad campaigns, but the cartoonist’s contract does not expire until 2019.
  Bob Marley rounds out the top five. Tom Petty who only died last month is (very sadly) at #6 with $20 million.
Other musicians also feature Prince at #7 and David Bowie at #11.
Top five Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2017.
1. Michael Jackson - $75 million
2. Arnold Palmer - $40 million
3. Charles Schulz - $38 million
4. Elvis Presley - $35 million
5. Bob Marley - $23 million

Last year - Top five Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2016.
1. Michael Jackson - $825 million

2. Charles Schulz - $48 million
3. Arnold Palmer - $40 million
4. Elvis Presley - $27 million
5. Prince - $25 million

There is no doubt that things will change next year as EPE will have to push hard to make as much as in the "40th Anniversary" year - plus Jackson's estate keep working on new concepts such as CBS's "Michael Jackson’s Halloween". Let's hope that Elvis' HBO special and associated marketing can keep our man in the charts.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New London Exhibition, 'Elvis on Tour' Opens Tomorrow: Elvis Presley will be returning to The O2 in London with a new exhibition, Elvis on Tour, opening tomorrow November 3, 2017.
Following the mammoth success of 'Elvis at The O2 exhibition' which was visited by over 200,000 people, Elvis on Tour The Exhibition will showcase more than 200 artifacts from the Graceland archives many of which will be in the UK for the very first time.
This new exhibition covering the years 1969 – 1977 will provide an in-depth look at the world that was Elvis on Tour, offering a unique insight into exactly what drove the audiences wild in the ’70’s – the chance to see the King in concert as he toured America.
Bringing together dozens of examples of Elvis’ costumes and stage wear along with the guitars, jewellery, posters and - for the first time - unique interviews with Elvis’ touring band.
Providing an insight into what went on backstage, the planes, the clothes and of course the music, Elvis on Tour The Exhibition will bring fans as close as possible to the experience of seeing the King live for themselves.
Artifacts showcased in Elvis on Tour The Exhibition and leaving Graceland include:
  Over 35 jumpsuits and costumes worn by Elvis between 1969-1977
 Elvis Guitars from tours played during the period, including the Gretzch Country Gentlemen Guitar from 1969
 Tour trunks including one still filled with silk scarves that Elvis gave out to audiences at his concerts during 1969-1970
 Original acetate of ‘An American Trilogy’ – brought by Priscilla
 Original costume sketches designed by Elvis’s designer Bill Belew
Gold Belt given to Elvis in 1969 by the International Hotel to mark his record breaking live performance attendance in the City

Priscilla Presley will be making a very special appearance in London on November 30, 2017, joining the RPO on stage at The O2 as part of the Elvis in Concert – Live on Stage UK tour.
Opens November 3, 2017 Tickets: Adult £25 / Child £12 / Concessions £18.
To book, please visit: www.elvisontourexhibition.co.uk Opening times: 9:30am > 7:30pm
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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

Elvis' Monovale Home Up for Sale: Elvis' old home at 144 Monovale Drive is up for sale at a cool US$35Million! It does however include an adjacent property presumably with the idea of a new mega-expansion.
Described as 7 beds, 7 baths, 9,756 sq ft, 1.63 acres lot.. a "Spectacular development opportunity. Beautifully situated at the corner of Ladera and Monovale Drive, this property offers unlimited possibilities. A long private drive leads up to a motor court and a stately Tudor Revival house with leaded glass mullion windows, imposing archways and high-pitched roof. An authentic Japanese tea house and wrap-around Koi pond evoke a Zen quality to the property, which also features a tennis court, pool, pool house and two detached guest quarters."
Click here to buy!
(News, Source;PGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Palm Springs Honeymoon House Going Cheap for $5,9Million!: The price has now dropped over four million dollars since it was put on the market a few years ago.
Now the "Historic mid-century estate" known as the Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway is back on the market for $5,9Million! Described as "an iconic treasure designed by the famous modernist architect William Krisel and built by the renowned custom home builder of the era Robert Alexander in 1962. Quietly situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, with completely privacy, oversized pool, tennis court, and gorgeous scenery of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley. Fantastic for entertaining!" It also featuires some cute Elvis honeymoon memorabilia.
Go here to bid!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier last week . . . .
Fats Domino Has Died Aged 89: Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer and one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era, has died in Louisiana. He was 89.
Antoine "Fats" Domino had more than three dozen US Top 40 pop hits from the early 1950s and ’60s, among them 'Blueberry Hill', 'Ain’t That a Shame', 'I’m Walkin’', 'Blue Monday' and 'Walkin’ to New Orleans'. He sold 65 million singles in those years, with 23 gold records, making him second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force. Elvis always acknowledged Fats Domino as a predecessor.
Elvis told Jet magazine in 1957, "A lot of people seem to think I started this business, but rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I can’t sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that."
Rotund and standing 5 feet 5 inches Fats Domino had a big, infectious grin, a fondness for ornate, jewel-encrusted rings and an easygoing manner in performance; even in plaintive songs his voice had a smile in it. And he was a master of the wordless vocal, making hits out of songs full of "woo-woos" and "la-las."
Working with songwriter / producer / arranger David Bartholomew,
Domino and his band carried New Orleans parade rhythms into rock ’n’ roll and put a local stamp on nearly everything they touched, even country tunes like "Jambalaya" or big-band songs like "My Blue Heaven" and "When My Dreamboat Comes Home."
Antoine Domino Jr. was born on Feb. 26, 1928, the youngest of eight children in a family with Creole roots. He grew up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where he spent most of his life.
Music filled his life from the age of 10, when his family inherited an old piano. He was almost entirely self-taught, picking up ideas from boogie-woogie masters like Meade Lux Lewis, Pinetop Smith and Amos Milburn.
In 1952, on a chance visit to Cosimo Matassa’s recording studio in New Orleans, Fats Domino was asked to help out on a recording by a nervous teenager named Lloyd Price. Sitting in with Mr. Bartholomew’s band, he came up with the memorable piano part for "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," one of the first rhythm-and-blues records to cross over to a pop audience
Through the early 1950s Fats Domino turned out a stream of hits, taking up what seemed like permanent residence in the upper reaches of the R&B charts. His records began reaching the pop charts as well.
Appearances on US national television, on Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan’s shows, put him in millions of living rooms.
He did not flaunt his status as an innovator, or as an architect of a powerful cultural movement.
At Elvis' Las Vegas Press conference in 1969, Elvis interrupted a reporter who had called him "the king." He pointed to Mr. Domino, who was in the room, and said, "There’s the real king of rock ’n’ roll."
Elvis recorded Fats' 'Blueberry Hill' in 1957 as an album track for his third LP.
Fats Domino still toured worldwide until the early 80s, when he decided that he did not want to leave New Orleans, saying it was the only place where he liked the food.
He went on to perform regularly at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and in 1987 Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles joined him for a Cinemax special, "Fats Domino and Friends." He released a holiday album, "Christmas Is a Special Day," in 1993.
Reclusive and notoriously resistant to interview requests, Fats Domino stayed home even when he received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 1987.
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Christmas' Elvis / RPO Chart positions: 'Elvis Christmas' with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra having been released so far before Christmas it is hardly going to have the momentum to top the charts in 8 weeks time.
Diluting the impact of the initial release with a fan-tempting "expanded" deluxe version a few weeks later will also not help the cause. So have EPE / SONY milked that "Elvis/RPO" milk-cow just a little too hard?
Unfortunately news just in is that 'Elvis Christmas' has dropped to 82 on the Official UK Album Charts dated 20th October.
On the UK Sales Chart it dropped from 13 to 39
On the UK Physical Album Chart it dropped from 10 to 29.
On the UK Scottish Album Chart it drops from 11 to 43. This week
Last week there was promise when 'Elvis Christmas' was a new UK entry at #22 on the Official UK Album chart.
'Elvis Christmas' was also a new entry at #7 on the Official UK Vinyl Album chart.
and a new entry at #11 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
'Elvis Christmas'  at least made a solitary #1 on US Classical Album Chart although this week it had already dropped to #4.
In Australia it hasn't yet entered the album charts
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - FTD - What now, What next, Where to – What’s left?: During Elvis’ lifetime, RCA released a total of between 60 – 70 albums, consisting of dedicated recordings, movie soundtracks and live performances.
The FTD label has been doing an excellent job at looking at the recording anthology of Elvis Presley and releasing every significant LP or recording session on a 1CD or 2CD ‘Classic Album’ version.
However as noted with the recent "ELVIS" second LP release there are less and less outtakes and studio sessions left in the vaults.
FTD’s first release was ‘Burbank ’68’ seventeen years ago, so with all the past releases and packaging what is left for the collector?

Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines what has been released and what is left for the FTD collectors label. - CHECK OUT EIN's table of Studio sessions and LIVE TOURS to see what is left for the FTD label.

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

MRS New 1956 Vinyl: The MRS label has new two VINYL releases coming out in November focusing on Elvis' "1956 Sessions":  Firstly 'Radio Recorders: The Complete 56 Sessions' 180gram vinyl LP album, plus 4-page pull-out poster as a Limited Edition.
Side A
1 Rip It Up
2 Long Tall Sally
3 Anyplace Is Paradise
4 First in Line
5 Ready Teddy
6 Paralyzed
7 Too Much
8 Love Me
9 Old Shep
Side B
1 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold
2 How Do You Think I Feel
3 How's the World Treating You
4 Playing For Keeps
5 Old Shep (Take 5)
6 Rip it Up (Takes 10 – 14)
7 Rip it Up (Take 15)
8 Rip it Up (Take 16)
9 Rip it Up (Take 17)
10 Rip it Up (Take 18)
Also 'Music City: The 56 Nashville Recordings' 180gram vinyl LP album, plus 4-page pull-out poster. Side A
1 - I Got a Woman
2 - Heartbreak Hotel
3 - Money Honey
4 - I'm Counting on You
5 - I Was the One
6 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
7 - I Got a Woman (Unknown Take)
8 - I Got a Woman (Incomplete Unknown Take)
9 - Heartbreak Hotel (Incomplete Take 4)
10 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 5)
11 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 6)
12 - Money Honey (Incomplete Take 10)
Side B
1 - I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 2 Dry Version)
2 - I'm Counting on You (Take 13)
3 - I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 14)
4 - I Was the One (Takes 1 & 2)
5 - I Was the One (Take 3)
6 - I Was the One (Take 7)
7 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 13)
8 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Incomplete Take 14)
9 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 15)
10 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 16)
Both albums out November 24, 2017.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in October . . .

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis And Me' in Australia 2 weeks to go: Priscilla Presley, the original first lady of Rock n Roll, has stories to share. Be captivated by Priscilla as she tells us about her teenage years, being romanced by Elvis, their marriage and life inside the gates of Graceland. Hear how she raised a daughter during the rise of the tabloids and how she coped with Elvis’ passing. Audiences will feel invited into her living room as she shares intimate stories and hand-picked pieces from her private collection of movies and photos.
For the first time, Priscilla will answer your questions directly - Do not miss this opportunity to join this intimate and once in a lifetime open conversation!
Saturday 4 November 2017 - The Star, Gold Coast
Monday 6 November 2017 - Crown Theatre, Perth
Thursday 9 November - Crown Palladium, Melbourne
Sunday 12 November - Star Event Centre, Sydney

Click here to RCM Touring for tickets and more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Millie Kirkham  - Bob Hayden Interview for EIN: Millie Kirkham was one of Elvis' favourite back-up singers. Upon hearing her vocal on Ferlin Husky’s million selling 1957 hit record 'Gone' Elvis asked her to join in with The Jordanaires at his 1957 recording session. Millie Kirkham would work on Elvis' studio sessions through to 1967 and join him on-stage in Las Vegas for live performances including 1970's 'That's The Way It Is' filming.
As well as working with Elvis, Millie Kirkham worked closely with the Jordanaires on some of the most famous Nashville sessions including records by George Jones, Patsy Cline, Bobby Vinton, Jim Reeves, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn.
Millie Kirkham was a little reluctant at first to do an interview as she had been mis-quoted in the past and had that fear of it happening again. She agreed to the Q & A after she was advised she would not be coming to Australia for the first "Elvis in Concert" tour.
Millie answered every question and seemed to be most happy and full of life for her age at that time.
Go here where Bob Hayden has recently provided his full and detailed interview with Millie Kirkham for EIN.
(Interviews, Source;BobHayden/ElvisInformationNetwork)

FTD October Releases OUT NOW: The two FTD CD releases for October 2017 are out now.
- 'Elvis: The Last Movies'  Classic Soundtrack Album.
Finally, Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series. “The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
Tracklist: 1. Change Of Habit 2. Rubberneckin’ 3. Let’s Be Friends 4. Have A Happy 5. Let Us Pray 6. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard  7. Almost 8. Charro 9. Let’s Forget About The Stars 10. Let’s Forget About The Stars (rough mix)* 11. Charro (rough mix)* 12. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (undubbed master) 13. Almost (undubbed master) 14. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (movie version) 15. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (female vocals and brass overdub)  16. Signs Of The Zodiac (duet with Marlyn Mason)  17. College Songs Medley (Far Above Cayuga’s Waters* / Boola Boola* / Dartmouth’s In Town Again* / The Eyes Of Texas* / On, Wisconsin* / The Whiffenpoof Song / Fair Harvard* / Notre Dame* / Violet) 18. Almost (takes 1-3*)  19. Almost (takes 4* & 6)  20. Almost (takes 10*-11)  21. Almost (take 13*)  22. Almost (takes 14-16*)  23. Almost (takes 22-25*)  24. Almost (takes 27-28*)  25. Almost (take 29*)  26. Let Us Pray (alternate vocal overdub)  27. Let Us Pray (M/vocal only) * Previously unreleased
- 'ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74' Following on from the recent (”Las Vegas ’74” and ”Elvis In Atlanta”, releases, FTD’s 'ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74' features another value-for-money double pack with two Dinner Shows from May 25 and May 26 1974.
This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
FTD have previously released 'High Sierra' from May 21, 1974, Midnight Show (see review here)
While 'Spanish Eyes' is a popular bootleg of May 24, 1974, Midnight Show.
The setlist at Lake Tahoe was fine, the May 25, 1974 Dinner Show has been out as an audience recording while the May 26, 1974 Dinner Show is unreleased.
EIN contributor Ciscoking notes that "In May 26 Dinner Show Elvis introduced 'The Jackson 5', Lisa Marie was there, too ... very fateful."
All tracks recorded live at the High Sierra Room at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada
For full tracklistings go to 'FTD/ SONY CD News 2017'
The release of the 'Roustabout' - VINYL 2-LP limited edition is delayed until mid next month.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - 'Strictly Elvis: 1973-74-75' Book Review: Photographer Keith Alverson's new book with Erik Lorentzen was the perfect new publication for Elvis Week 2017.

Keith Alverson first saw Elvis in concert in the early 70s when he secretly smuggled in his small pocket camera to sneak a few photos of Elvis from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts where he was able to get quality photos of Elvis in concert was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
Alverson's outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan. With 1,500 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 has the possibilty to be a real stunner.

With the book arriving a little late in Australia EIN's Piers Beagley has at last had the chance to discover whether the book really lives up to its publicity -- Hint - It really does!

Go here to our in-depth review of this stunning book - with plenty of example pages. Now updated with reader comments including super-fan Jeanne P who saw Elvis 19 times in concert.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis - The Movies': The Ultimate Elvis movie book by Alan Hanson and 'Elvis Files'  Erik Lorentzen.
Kj Consulting Are Proud To Present:
Elvis - The Movies
New book in the Gold Standard Series from KJ Consulting is heading to the printers.
Written by one of the best writer in the Elvis world, Alan Hanson.
432 pages with some sensational unseen photos.
Be sure to get your copy.

Pre Order Now - for €128 including shipping all over the world..
Click here to Elvis Files to preorder



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Hologram Show Delayed: This week a US a federal court ordered Pulse Evolution to pay $524,196 to Darren Bagert, a Broadway producer, for breaching their deal to develop a new Elvis Presley Hologram musical.
Pulse Evolution specializes in making lifelike holograms for concerts and films. It previously resurrected rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012, and breathed new life into singer Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014.
In 2014 Pulse Evolution next acquired the rights to create a virtual version of Presley from EPE. It hoped to put him back on stage in a 90-minute show, and brought in Darren Bagert, a producer of An American in Paris and Dear Evan Hansen, to oversee the $15 to $25 million project.
Note that although Priscilla has recently stated that EPE were "not interested in a Hologram show" Simon Fuller is still working on the show haven been given the rights by EPE! 
According to their agreement, Bagert had to assemble a creative team, build a budget, and attend meetings with potential investors. Pulse Evolution, in return, had to give him advances against a production fee, a slice of the net profits, and 200,000 shares of its common stock.
However after Bagert fulfilled his obligations, Pulse Evolution announced a new partnership with the creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller and stated that he would focus on developing the Elvis Presley hologram show.
“That was a game-changing moment for us,” recalled Bagert, emphasizing that “two producers were attached to the same project.”

The Broadway producer continued to work on the show behind the scenes. But, last October, he had enough, and decided to bring Pulse Evolution to arbitration. He claimed that Pulse Evolution never paid him some of the advances against the production fee, and the shares that he received were all restricted stock, meaning that he could not sell them on the open market.
Pulse Evolution chose not to defend the matter in arbitration and Bagert was awarded $500,000, finding that the Pulse had breached their agreement.
Bagert then sued to enforce the arbitration award in federal court, and Pulse Evolution, once again, decided not to defend the matter. The court has now ordered it to pay up.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'The EPE Catalog' New Book: A new book announced from Erik Lorentzen / KJ Consulting and authored by Bob Pakes 'The EPE Catalog - a comprehensive guide to vintage Elvis Presley Enterprises memorabilia'.
Bob Pakes is a dedicated ELVIS collector who runs the website  www.elvisechoesofthepast.com - a site dedicated to "the glorious 50’s - with interesting, entertaining, and / or just plain cool collectables"

'The EPE Catalog' is a book packed full of Elvis memorabilia that Bob Pakes has been working on for 4 years looking at everything Elvis that has been manufactured by EPE - which started way back in 1956.

No publishing date as yet - should be in a month or two - Full details and more info soon.
(News, Source;BP/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Hell Of A Ride' New book by Red West: In a surprise announcement the recent 'Memphis Magazine' has published details of an autobiography by Red West that he had been working on before his tragic death last July.
Co-author Jon W. Sparks has opened up on a few details.
... Red West and Elvis were friends ever since the day in high school when Red broke up a plan by some punks in the boys room to give shy outsider Elvis an unwanted haircut with a pair of scissors. The events between that moment and Red’s death in this past July could fill a book, and that’s just what he and his wife Pat were finishing up when an aortic aneurysm felled the man who was not only a friend and confidant to Elvis, but also someone who had carved out his own career as an acclaimed songwriter and film and television actor. I’ve had the privilege of working with Pat and Red to tell their story. There are hours of interviews, detailed notes, and memorable photographs
going into the forthcoming book about this couple who have had the experiences of a lifetime.
In the early 1950s, of course, not a soul could have imagined that Red would become the first member of what would become the Memphis Mafia, that Elvis would become a global phenomenon, and that their relationship would have the ups and downs of the Zippin Pippin.
They were together in Germany when Elvis was drafted into the US Army.. “One day I walked into the living room in the house we were renting. Nobody else was around and Elvis was sitting in there alone, quiet and staring at the floor. I told him he looked like he’d had a rough day and asked if everything was all right.
“He looked up at me and said, ‘Red, I reached the top, man. I had it made and suddenly it was snatched away. I was drafted into the Army, then my mother dies while I’m in boot camp and
I’m shipped to Germany and my father’s screwing a sergeant’s wife while the man’s away on duty freezing his ass off. I’m sick of this shit. I’m here and my career is finished. It’s hard to handle.’
Go here to Memphis Magazine for more
'A Hell Of A Ride: Recollections of a Remarkable Life Before, During and After Elvis & The Memphis Mafia' by Red and Pat West with Jon W. Sparks, will be published next year.
This book will be essential for all Elvis fans
(News, Source; JeanneP(thanks)/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend December 15-16, 2017: Celebrate the holiday season with a very special weekend at Graceland featuring three festive live concerts at the Graceland Sound Stage at Graceland's new Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex. These are the very first holiday concerts ever to take place on the Graceland campus.
Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m., Christmas with Elvis at Graceland - with Live Orchestra will feature a live concert orchestra presenting Elvis' biggest Christmas hits, featuring live material for the first time in the U.S. from the new release, "Elvis - Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra."
Then, on Saturday, December 16, two themed concert events on one night:  An Elvis Gospel Christmas, featuring the legendary Terry Blackwood and the Imperials, who toured with Elvis from 1969 to 1971, and the acclaimed Blackwood Brothers Quartet; and the second show: Elvis Live in Concert with an All-Star Band, featuring Elvis on the big screen with a live band of incredible musicians who will bring Elvis' concert tour to life in a stage show that celebrates the music and legacy of the greatest entertainer of all time.   
 Saturday, December 16 at 5pm -An Elvis Gospel Christmas - Live at Graceland
This show will feature two legendary gospel groups - Terry Blackwood and The Imperials and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - performing some of Elvis' favorite Christmas and gospel songs. Terry Blackwood was a member of The Imperials and toured with Elvis from 1969 to 1971 and recorded with Elvis for his GRAMMY
Award-winning gospel album, "He Touched Me," in 1971.  The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet, led by James Blackwood, sang at Gladys Presley's funeral at the special request of Elvis and Vernon Presley.  James' younger son Billy Blackwood now continues the Blackwood Quartet legacy.
Saturday, December 16 at 8:30pm - Elvis Live in Concert - with an All-Star Band
Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest hits with Elvis live in concert and on the big screen, in the tradition of Elvis' legendary, live concert tours.  A live, rock 'n' roll band of all-star greats will accompany Elvis and bring this stage production to life for the first time at Graceland.  A not-to-be-missed concert event.
In addition to the holiday shows, Graceland will also unveil on December 16 a white, Knabe baby grand piano that was originally purchased by Elvis for the home in 1957. The piano will be placed back in the famous music room, which will be restored to its original 1960s-ear appearance including the white piano.
Go here to EPE for tickets and details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Auction starts to Unravel?: It seems that the "Aloha jumpsuit" that was claimed as one of Elvis' originals has been pulled from the auction after it was shown to be fake. EIN hopes that the general public will be checking the facts very closely before spending any of their hard-earned cash on these dodgy looking items that have recently been publicised in the general media.
"Elvis' Childhood Home" is still up for auction but now called "NOT THE BIRTHPLACE" and altered to "A home Elvis Presley spent some of his childhood years in".
As the news item rightly states "The below information about the items in the auction has not been verified."

In addition to the home, Elvis' 1957 pink Cadillac is still up for auction.
... . . (see details at http://www.gwsauctions.com)
BUT we know that Elvis' famous Pink Cadillac is in the Graceland Car Museum
The flimsy tabloid news story continues, "Florida collectors are selling off their treasure trove of ELVIS memorabilia worth millions, Bill Kinard and his wife Linda have decided to sell off their extensive collection of Elvis memorabilia"
Fans may remember that Bill Kinard was previously involved in the attempted sale of other Elvis memorabilia that didn't go so well.
The suggestion is that "what Bill claims is Elvis's 1957 Cadillac could sell for up to $3 million at auction"
It all sounds way too far-fetched to us and that a possible scam is being tried out in a last-ditch effort for cash.
Surely with genuine Elvis artefacts potentially "worth millions", anyone would go through EPE's Auctions where the big-spenders go and which guarantee authenticity?
As with all auctions BUYERS BEWARE.

(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Tom Petty's Top Ten Elvis Songs: With the sad passing of the respected Tom Petty we look back at when Rolling Stone asked him to pick his ten favorite songs for their special playlist series.
In 1962 Petty’s uncle got a job on the film set of Presley’s film ‘Follow That Dream‘ and Petty had an opportunity to stop by for a visit. “He arrived in a fleet of white Cadillac’s and people were screaming, handing records over a chain-link fence for him to sign. I remember his hair was so black that the sunshine was glowing off of it,” recalls Petty. That moment was pivotal for Petty and it lit a fever in him to get every Presley record he could.
Petty seems especially impressed by the fact that Presley knew some of the old songs he later made his own, such as the obscure ‘That’s All Right’ by Arthur Crudup and ‘Baby, Let’s Play House’. Petty prefers the pre-Army Presley and states that ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ could have been the national anthem.
Petty has fond memories of being a young kid and hearing the lyrics “She kiss so hard she bruise my lips/ Hurts so good my heart just flips,” in ‘Mean Woman Blues’ and he describes ‘One Night’ as “heavenly.” Rightly so, given Presley changed the lyrics of Smiley Lewis’s version from “One night of sin is what I’m paying for” to “One night with you is what I’m now praying for.”
As Petty says, “Elvis became the soundtrack of my early years.”
Tom Petty’s 10 Favorite Elvis Presley Songs:
1.’That’s All Right‘ – 1954, 2.’Baby, Let’s Play House’ – 1955, 3.’Heartbreak Hotel’ 1956, 4.’Hound Dog’ – 1956, 5.’Mean Woman Blues’ – 1957, 6.’One Night’ 1958, 7.’Santa Claus Is Back In Town’ – 1957, 8.’Can’t Help Falling In Love’ – 1961. 9.’A Mess Of Blues’ – 1960. 10.'(Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame’ – 1961.
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet) 

Tom Petty has Died aged 66: Tom Petty has died after suffering a cardiac arrest. The singer, aged 66, was rushed to hospital unconscious. The iconic artist had suffered a full cardiac arrest in his Malibu home Sunday night and was found unconscious and not breathing.
Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida on Oct. 20, 1950, into a rough childhood. He lived in poverty with an abusive, alcoholic father.
An encounter with Elvis Presley in the '50s saw him gain an interest in rock music. Aged 17, he dropped out of school to play in a band. He would later rise to fame with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the 1970s. The band's self-titled album dropped in 1976, eventually going Gold and with two classic rock anthems, “Breakdown” and “American Girl”.
It was the band's third album, 1979's Damn the Torpedoes!  which saw the band enjoy their breakthrough to mainstream success. The album went triple Platinum, producing two US top 20 hits with “Refugee” and “Don't Do Me Like That".
They continued to perform over the past four decades, and played a sold-out show at BST Hyde Park in London this year.
Petty's final concert was last week at the Hollywood Bowl concluding their 40th anniversary tour. He told Rolling Stone that he thought this would be the group's last tour together.
(News, Source;JM/ElvisInfoNet)

How Elvis changed Tom Petty's life: Tom Petty is a well-known US singer and guitarist who has produced numerous hit singles such as 'American Girl', the #7 hit 'Free Fallin', the #12 hit 'I Won't Back Down', and a 1981 #3 with Stevie Nicks on 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.' In 2002 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Elvis changed Petty's life when one summer morning in 1961, an 11-year-old Tom Petty sat on pine straw in his front yard, wondering how he was going to spend his day. By the end of the afternoon, he knew how he would spend his life. The difference made by that afternoon added another notch to rock 'n' roll history, and a tantalizing addition to Florida lore. For, by the end of the day, the young Petty would encounter none other than Elvis Presley, the swivel-hipped sensation who had already been crowned "The King of Rock 'n' Roll." And by that evening, the Gainesville youngster would be forever fascinated - and hooked - on rock 'n' roll. "I caught the fever that day and I never got rid of it," says Petty. "I learned all of those early Elvis songs, and having that kind of background in rock 'n' roll, of where it had come from, has served me to this day. It became an invaluable thing to have. So for that, I thank him." Click here to read the full story in our 2007 EIN spotlight. (Spotlight, Source; Gainesville.com)

How 'Suspicious Minds' found its way to Elvis: In USA Today Tennessean 'Suspicious Minds' composer Mark James recently expanded about how his classic composition got to be recorded by Elvis.
Mark James: I recorded the song first in 1968 for Scepter Records, working with Chips Moman. They loved it, up at Scepter Records. They said, “Smash!” Chips and I went up there and we had a big party, a big promotional thing, 25 promotional people were there. They all said "smash, smash, smash" and they even gave Chips a Rolls Royce for producing that. … It was a small label and maybe they didn’t know how to market it like Atlantic or other people. Anyway, it never happened.
The title 'Suspicious Minds' came to me one night. I was playing organ bass pedals at an apartment I was living in and I was getting kind of a riff thing, same riff, and I was getting the groove of it, playing bass pedals. And then when I got a certain portion, I went to the studio and finished it up on grand piano. And when Chips heard it, he said, “Man, I want to cut that on you,” and he was real excited.
But, let me skip to when Elvis arrived at American Sound.  Don Crews was the publisher, and every time I’d go back to American Studios he’d say, “Well, you capture anything for Elvis yet? You know he’s coming in in a week and a half.” And I said, "No, not yet, not yet.".. l hadn’t come up with anything. (Don) says, “What about your old catalog?”
He said, “What about 'Suspicious Minds'?” I turned around in the chair and it was like seeing a golden number one and I knew that was the song I’d been looking for. And of course, I said, “That’s the song I’m looking for, that’s the song!” And I felt like telling George Klein, Marty Lacker, I felt like even shaking Elvis and saying, “This is a great one for you, man, to record.” But I knew probably everyone in the world had probably said that to him. So all I could do is tell all the guys around him, “Get him to cut this, this is a great one for him!”
… Sure enough, when Elvis came in, he played it for him and Elvis said, “Let’s hear that again.” And I wasn’t there. And sure enough, he got it several times, liked it so much Chips made a tape for him. He took it home.
I stayed away from the recording session, but I went to the studio one time. I went upstairs and I heard they were taking a break. … I was curious and at the same time I said, “Is he really Elvis and is he going to cut ‘Suspicious Minds’?”, that’s the main reason I went in there. And I went in there and he happened to be leaning up against the baffle. It’s real funny, I said, “Hey Elvis, I heard you might cut ‘Suspicious Minds.’ ” And he said, “Hey Mark, been thinking about it,” you know, just like Elvis would say it. ... But, I mean, this was a great guy.
Elvis invited me to Vegas when “Suspicious Minds” was going up, and I remember he was at a table talking in a long room with Sammy Davis or Andy Williams, two people, way across the room. And I came in the room and he walked, stood up, walked clear across the room and said, “Hi Mark. How you been doing?”
I said, “Man, this guy is something else, y’all.” Classy guy, you know?
(News, Source;USATennessean/ElvisInfoNet)

'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?: 'Suspicious Minds' was released on August 26th 1969. While the NBC '68 TV Special, along with the single 'In the Ghetto' had pushed Elvis back to the forefront of popular culture, it would be the release of Elvis' last US Number 1 single that would ultimately prove to all the critics that Elvis was a still relevant contemporary musical force.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary EIN looks back in detail at the history of this classic song, including new interviews with Marty Lacker and Bobby Wood, as well as insights from composer Mark James and producer Chips Moman.

Go here for this fascinating spotlight

(Spotlight, Source; EIN)

'The Wonder Of You' Australia Encore 2018 ON SALE NOW: Back By Popular Demand - Australian ELVIS fans will have a chance that many have never had before - to experience the man who changed the course of popular music in THREE SPECIAL ENCORE SHOWS in April 2018, including new venue in Newcastle, NSW. The Official show, direct from Graceland with ELVIS live on screen, with a full 40 piece Orchestra on stage.
Elvis will beam down from 'state of the art' video screens to give fans the closest possible experience to seeing The King "ELVIS" perform live.
After the sellout success of the Wonder of You concert series this year, the King of Rock ‘n Roll is back in Australia due to overwhelming public demand. Direct from Graceland Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will see the King performing on state-of-the-art screens where audiences can enjoy the passion and excitement of this charismatic rock ‘n roll icon.
Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will feature the 40-piece Chong Lim symphony orchestra live on stage performing the King’s most well-known songs and ballads. Experience the enchantment and wonder of Elvis – the highest selling solo artist in history – whose musical genius helped to inform and shape a generation of fans and performers.
CLICK HERE to Ticketek Australia for tickets

(News, Source;RCM/ElvisInfoNet)

Chasing Bernstein - Giving Elvis His Due: One of the most famous quotes about Elvis was made by distinguished American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein. While Bernstein’s observation that Elvis “is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century” is widely reported, it is usually not sourced beyond Bernstein’s name.

EIN decided to investigate where and when Bernstein made his famous statement. While our investigations led to a number of dead ends, the following passage in Pulitzer Prize winner David Halberstam’s riveting account of the 1950’s, appropriately called the Fifties, gave much needed clarity to the origin of Bernstein’s words.

In chapter 31 of his 1993 New York Times bestseller, Halberstam discusses the events that signified the break between the older, more staid America and the new, fast-paced America. The first of these was around segregation and the second was Elvis Presley. Halberstam wrote:

In cultural terms, his coming was nothing less than the start of a revolution. Once, in the late sixties, Leonard Bernstein, the distinguished American composer and conductor, turned to a friend of his named Dick Clurman, an editor at Time magazine. They were by chance discussing political and social trends. "Elvis Presley," said Bernstein, "is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century."

Clurman thought of the sultry-faced young man from the South in tight clothes and an excessive haircut who wiggled his body while he sang about hound dogs. Bernstein’s statement seemed a bit much. “What about Picasso?” he began, trying at the same time to think of other major cultural forces of the century. “No,” Bernstein insisted, and Clurman could tell he was deadly serious, “it’s Elvis. He introduced the beat to everything and he changed everything–music, language, clothes, it’s a whole new social revolution–the Sixties came from it. Because of him a man like me barely knows his musical grammar anymore.”

Or, as John Lennon, one of Elvis’s admirers, once said, “Before Elvis there was nothing.”

If he was revolutionary, then he was an accidental one, an innately talented young man who arrived at the right place at the right time. He had no political interests at all, and through his music symbolized the coming together of black and white cultures into the mainstream in a way that had never happened before…

More recently, coinciding with Elvis Week 2017 (and the fortieth anniversary of Elvis’ passing) Time.com published an excellent article by Jon Meacham, Elvis In the Heart of America, which included the Bernstein-Clurman discussion.

References: (i) the Fifties, David Halberstam, Villard Books, 1993, ASIN: B00RWS8UDW; (ii) Time.com Article originally published by EIN in 2002

'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set: 'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' is the brand new 3-LP set released september 25 in Australia.
Described as "an incredible collection of Elvis' hits highlight his astonishing career.
From the poor streets of Tupelo to world domination via some of the biggest songs ever released, Elvis became the first really global star.
The 50 songs on The 50 Greatest Hits include all the classics, from his first recording at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios, "That's All Right (Mama)", through his hits including "All Shook Up", "Viva Las Vegas", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love", through to one of his last hits "Suspicious Minds". The album also includes songs taken from Elvis' film soundtracks including "Return to Sender", "Hard Headed Woman" and "King Creole".

Heavyweight triple LP package on 180gm audiophile vinyl, completed with a stylish black & white info sheet."
Available in Australian JBHiFi stores for only AU$80 - AUSTRALIANS click here to JBHiFi to purchase on-line
The same 'The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set was released in the UK back in 2010 and is still available for £44.79 with FREE Delivery in the UK. >>>
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


More new Elvis Vinyl!

The new Elvis / RPO "Christmas" album  is one of the biggest charting vinyl albums this week on pre-order. Selling in the UK with guaranteed price of £20.70 with FREE Delivery in the UK. - Release date 6 Oct, 2017

Meanwhile 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters' VINYL is also selling nicely in the UK at £19.99 on Amazon UK.

Who thought that vinyl would fade away!? SONY Australia will open a brand new vinyl factory next year in 2018!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'A Boy From Tupelo' 2017 In-depth Review: Back in early 2012 Ernst Jorgensen published his definitive look at Elvis during his sensational and creative Sun Records period as a FTD deluxe book/CD package. It had been a project he had been working on for more than a decade.
Now in 2017, RCA/SONY has republished 'A Boy From Tupelo' in a cut-down format and at a price anyone can afford.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.
It features all of Elvis' Sun recordings on 3 CDs plus Elvis LIVE, on the radio, and in concert in the best possible sound. The new release also includes a previously officially unreleased "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
Our in-depth 3,000 word review provides a detailed look, with 14 example pages plus additional photos from the book.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new slimline version released for the 'General Public'..
For fans who have asked, we also compare the 2012 'A Boy From Tupelo' Deluxe FTD to the new "Mainstream"  release.
(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

<< Buy from Amazon US for only $26.80

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Australian and NZ fans should go to Amazon UK here >>> and get it for ONLY AU$43.00 including postage to your door..

Elvis and the Girl from Vienna (documentary) - Aussie fans can watch it now!: On 10 September, Australia's multicultural television broadcaster screened the new documentary, Elvis and the Girl from Vienna, which tells the story of Trude Forsher and her relationship with Elvis when she was Colonel Parker's office manager/personal secretary as Elvis broke nationally and internationally.

Australian fans can catch up on this very interesting one hour documentary on the SBS On Demand online streaming service. It is available until the second week of October.

Trude Forsher's diary notes of the period were released in book form as The "Love Me Tender" Years Diary. The book is an insider's behind the scenes account of what it was like as Presleymania unfolded and Elvis became a movie star (see Amazon order link opposite).

(News, Source: Bob Hayden/EIN)

Parkes Elvis Festival 2018 Program: Primp that pompadour, start swivelling those hips, and get ready to rock 'n' roll, the Australian Parkes Elvis Festival is back! From Wednesday Jan 10 to Sunday Jan 14, 2018, over 25,000 people will shake, rattle and roll into the small NSW country town of Parkes to celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival program is jam-packed including the headline Feature Concert Series, Elvis Gospel Service, Street Parade, non-stop free entertainment at the Cooke Park Main Stage, Miss Priscilla Dinner, competitions and plenty more!
Starting out at as a small get together between likeminded Elvis fans in 1993, the festival has grown today into an internationally renowned phenomenon endorsed by EPE.
This year's festival theme is the '68 Special, in celebration of 50 years since the king appeared on television in a special unplugged style performance that helped re-launch his. Expect plenty of pomade and loads of black leather.
Festival Director Cathy Treasure said, "The festival is back and bigger than ever, celebrating the 50-year anniversary of one of the truly great television moments in music history and Elvis' resurgence into the music industry. We have all your festival favourites and also for the first time two fantastic rail services to get you into Parkes in style."
Tickets are on sale now to all events including the 2018 Feature Concert Series featuring multi-award winning UK Elvis tribute artist Ben Thompson for the first time in Australia. Ben will perform four high-energy shows at Parkes Leagues Club, showcasing the king's greatest hits.
A new train service, the Blue Suede Express, will join the Elvis Express this year, featuring luxury heritage passenger train the Blue Zephyr and plenty of onboard entertainment. The 2018 Miss Priscilla Dinner on January 11 will feature a special performance by Parkes' 2016 ETA winner Jack Gatto, and will see the crowning of the 2018 Miss Priscilla.
The 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival will see celebrated Elvis Tribute Artists converge for five days of incredible live music. Aussie ETAs Mark Andrew and Dean Vegas will return as well as "She is the King" Jacqueline Feilich.
The preliminary round of the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest also returns 2018.
For the first time you can purchase tickets online.
For info & tickets go here www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Money Honey' - EIN Spotlight: Released as the final track on Elvis' dynamic first album, Jesse Stone's 'Money Honey' has always been noted as a classic Elvis recording.
“You know the landlord ring my front door bell” has to be one of the most memorable entrances Elvis ever made into a song.
Elvis' take on Money Honey is unique, unforgettable and unalloyed genius. It is also an object lesson in what you might call the misunderestimation of Elvis.
With Bill Black on bass, Scotty Moore on lead guitar, D.J. Fontana on drums and Floyd Cramer at his sharpest on piano, Elvis’s Money Honey rocks hard.

In this EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this classic track from Elvis' first album ...


(Spotlight, Source;PSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide" 2017- Shane Brown Interview : Since Elvis's Since Elvis' death in 1977, thousands of books have been written about Presley, but very few concentrate on the most important thing: the music.
Shane Brown's 2014 'Elvis Presley: A Listener's Guide' was a first in its very detailed look into the remarkable and yet often frustrating musical legacy that Elvis left behind.
Now in 2017 Shane Brown has revisited his original Elvis guide expanding it to include even more detailed insights - as well as including a large number of recently unearthed contemporary reviews from the time.
EIN was fascinated by the idea of an even bigger examination of Elvis' musical legacy and Shane Brown kindly agreed to be tell us all about his new expanded look at Elvis' music -
Questions we ask include..
- What expanded insights does this new edition provide?
- Why do a second edition?
- How many contemporary reviews from the time have you unearthed?
- Do you think that the Media understood Elvis' musical ambitions?

Go here to our detailed interview - EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELVIS: Studio Sessions 1956' In-Depth Review: MRS newest release, a massive 3CD/172 page book compilation "Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56 The Complete Recordings". The 172-page book, with text by Gordon Minto, focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Also included are all the out-takes from this interview.

Once again MRS release a first putting all of Elvis' key 1956 Studio Session masters onto one disc, with the addition of two other fully-packed cds of 1956 material and a stunning 172 page book. But what does this set offer over other previous releases
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer. Includes stunning example photos & a detailed audio investigation.
(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

ELVIS WEEK 2017 - FINAL- EIN exclusive report: ‘C’mon Everybody’ and watch out Memphis because Sanja Meegin, EIN's roving reporter, is back in the Promised Land once again to give us all the inside scoops on Elvis Week 2017.

Today she reports on her final two days in Memphis - before bidding farewell. She meets plenty of famous Elvis friends at Vernon's house get-together including Billy Smith and Mindi Miller, visits Forest Lawn Cemetery, checks out some fine music with Jamie Aaron Kelly, meets with Elvis' grandson Ben Keough and does her final visit to the Meditation Garden to say her thanks. What a way to end Elvis Week 2017.

EIN is the only website with these exclusive Sanja Meegin Elvis Week 2017 reports, click here & don't miss her great photos

(Elvis Week 2017, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Sun 78rpm Vinyl' - Review: So how did EIN spend the day of August 16, 2017? - well spinning some of Elvis' most important singles ever released - the SUN 78rpms.
This is the first time since Elvis Sun replicas produced in the 1970’s, that have been made to play the original 78RPM speed. Since then some were only made at 45rpm.
The publicity promised that each of the five Sun replica 78s have the original etched numbers included with the appropriate song sides and are by far the most authentic original 10 inch Sun 78 Records yet produced. All the labels are printed as the originals in size, accuracy and color.

How good do they sound, how fine do the look?
Check out EIN's turntable as we commemorated the sad fortieth anniversary of Elvis' passing by spinning his first five singles as they should be played. - Go here for our review.

(Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Forever Elvis - Forty Years On: In his all too short career Elvis managed to achieve more than any other entertainer, the birth of rock 'n' roll, his career renaissance after two years in the army, the family entertainment of his sixties movies, the powerful musical comeback of 1969, the on-stage live return-to-splendour of the 70s, the power of his musical creativity throughout his whole career, his unbelievable generosity and more than anything, the love he gave to his devoted fans.
Forty years on we all are once again thinking about tragic end to Elvis' incredible life and how much he did for us in his all too short life-time.
In 2017 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is so important to us all forty years on - - along with memories of Elvis from Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker and Larry Geller

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Roustabout' FTD Soundtrack Review: Roustabout was Elvis' 16th movie, it had been five months since Elvis’ last album session and his publishers had a chance to secure soundtrack material from a variety of composers. Eleven songs were needed and while the carnival theme stopped most of them having any inspired lyrics, at least the composers Leiber / Stoller and Otis Blackwell were included in the selection.
Reaching #1 on Billboard in early 1965, it would Elvis’ last chart topping album until "Aloha From Elvis Via Satellite" in 1973.
53 years after its original release FTD is pleased to announce the long awaited "Classic Album" version of "Roustabout". Packaged in 7" format with a full colour 16-page memorabilia booklet, it contains some previously unreleased material.
So why has it taken FTD so long to release?  It was once noted that only the masters had been located in the vaults, so there was not much to include for a “Classic Album”...  
Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines this new FTD soundtrack release and checks out what's new.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Some of the better Elvis books released for the 40th anniverary:

'Elvis - Live in Concert' Returns to Europe June 2018: Hot on the heels of the European tour this May, the reprise of "The Wonder Of You" tour has been announced by EPE for June 2018.
Elvis will return to Europe to visit ten new cities, and to give music fans an opportunity that many have never had before: experiencing the biggest selling solo artist in history in a live concert experience. The 2018 tour will once again feature the most recognizable voice of all time with a full symphony orchestra live on stage performing his most well-known rock 'n roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.
Following the success of the two orchestral albums and a sold out UK arena tour featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen backed by a full symphony orchestra in November 2016, a very successful European 10 date arena tour has just been completed this May. After rave reviews from fans and media alike, a new European tour has been announced for June 2018, exactly 50 years after Elvis' iconic '68 Comeback special.
Elvis: Live in Concert is produced by EPE. The European concert tour is produced by GEA Live.
Tour Dates Europe 2018
June 1st - Sweden, Gothenborg Scandinavium
June 2nd - Sweden, Stockholm Ericsson Globe
June 3rd - Norway, Oslo Spektrum
June 4th - Denmark, Copenhagen Forum
June 6th - Hungary, Budapest, Papp László arena
June 7th - Poland, Krakow, Tauron Arena
June 8th - Czech Republic, Prague, O2 Arena
Click here to EPE for Tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis: The Wonder of You" Glorified end to Australian Tour: The Australian "Elvis: The Wonder Of You" tour ended  its capital city run last weekend with stunning reviews and packed houses. Close to forty years since Elvis checked out of Heartbreak Hotel, The King was back in the building and rocking Australian audiences at every venue.
The review from Elvis' last stand in Melbourne included..
Elvis Presley is a legend and although it’s almost been 40-years since his death, his music is still just as powerful and unfortunately for Australians, he never had the opportunity of touring Australia until now. Using past footage of Elvis from concerts and his films plus the live music from an orchestra and back-up singers, Elvis Presley the Wonder of You is a true concert spectacular that almost makes it feel like the King is actually performing.
The Master of Ceremonies for this leg of the tour is Jerry Schilling who had a very close friendship with this music icon who helps set the scene of this
performance. Although Elvis is no longer with us, Schilling creates a link for the audience. Matched with the exceptional orchestra and back-up singers, Elvis Presley the Wonder of You is quite a powerful performance which also tugs at your emotional heartstrings. Given that, it’s quite a loud experience!
Hearing Elvis performing American Trilogy with the live orchestra was definitely a wow moment and there’s plenty of them throughout the concert. Seeing the actual footage of Elvis on the giant screens not only showcased the talent of this man but also his wide range of vocals that becomes quite an immersive experience from start to finish. Songs such as Always On My Mind and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin are lifted to a new level thanks to the live music that not only pays homage to the original songs but creates a new experience for both new and old.
So as you become drawn into the music and
imagery, at times you could be mistaken in thinking that Elvis is actually live on the stage and that is where Elvis Presley the Wonder of You succeeds in creating the unthinkable and the illusion that one of the greats was actually performing right here in Melbourne Australia.
Go here to EIN's exclusive detailed original 'The Wonder Of You' concert review from London.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘74' FTD Review: A double set featuring both Dinner and Midnight shows from August  20, 1974 from Elvis' legendary 1974 Summer Season at the Las Vegas Hilton. 
For Elvis 1974 was an emotionally turbulent year. This was his sixth season singing to the Las Vegas casino audiences, still doing two shows a night, and he was really feeling the loss of Priscilla. Yet this inner turmoil helped produce the most fascinating Las Vegas season of his career. He gave some of his longest performances and with a varied set-list including great new songs It’s Midnight, Promised Land, If You Talk In Your Sleep and Help Me.
One of the fascinations of this new double-pack is that it presents Elvis' second and third concerts by which time Elvis was back once again to the old regular set-list routine. Whatever the reason for Elvis' backwards step, fans can consider whether these concerts capture Elvis' happiness at being back pleasing his audience with the regular set-list.
Go here as super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new release.
(FTD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Available from Amazon US and UK:

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 22,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

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

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

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UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

Please Do Not be ripped off by other Australian Elvis shops.

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
(CD Reviews; Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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