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Thursday 28 November 2019
"Elvis in Concert" Manchester UK Review: The first show of the 2019 UK tour and the Manchester Messenger published a positive review..
.. More than forty years after his death and Elvis Presley can still play to arenas.
This latest incarnation of the show combining original concert footage of the 'The King' and the musicians of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accompanying him live had an added bonus.
For joining the orchestra for parts of the show were the original members of the TCB Band who played with Elvis throughout his 1970s tours.
(EIN Note: We were surprised that the TCB Band are only featured for the last parts of the first and second acts. Keen fans note that all the footage looked familiar - no "never before seen" material stuck out - and as always the TTWII footage was the same poor quality it has always been. Why this footage has never been properly remastered for the huge screen beggars belief)
This was a chance to see rock and roll royalty - guitarist James Burton, pianist Glen D Hardin and drummer Ronnie Tutt - on stage together for one more time.
There is something slightly surreal about watching the star of the show on a giant screen.
The whole idea really shouldn't work, but it does. The key is to suspend your scepticism and open your ears.
The problem with Elvis is that his legacy has been tarnished by the sheer number of tribute acts - some excellent, the majority less so.
It is only when you hear that voice through a state-of-the-art PA system that you can fully appreciate just how good he was.
The RPO isn't a bad backing band to have either. It can't be easy playing live to a performer who himself was performing live, albeit up to 50 years ago.
But they rose to the challenge majestically. And they had a blast while they were doing it. As we were treated to a series of early Elvis rock and roll numbers, the string section turned into the Ikettes, dancing away with giant smiles on their faces.
The show featured hit after hit and spanned much of Elvis's career from the early days through to his movies.
Priscilla Presley and lifelong friend Jerry Schilling acted as slightly distracted comperes to the evening, sharing a few anecdotes and offering a glimpse of some of their home movies on the big screens.
But the evening really didn't need any embellishment.
The songs, the musicians and that ELVIS voice had everything you needed.

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(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet) - EIN says a big THANKS to our man-on-the-ground for these great photos

'American Sound 1969' Special RSD Vinyl: OUT TOMORROW Record Store Day special "BLACK FRIDAY 2019" release - 'Elvis Presley - American Sound 1969' gets a limited 4000 copies double-vinyl release.
... 1969 was a pivotal year for Elvis Presley. Fresh from the success of the '68 Comeback Special, a revitalized Elvis headed to American Sound Studios with producer Chips Moman and a crack group of local session musicians. From these sessions came From Elvis In Memphis, one of the most beloved LPs of his career, plus the seminal hits "Suspicious Minds" (his 18th and final No. 1 hit) and "In The Ghetto." American Sound Sessions 1969, available for the first time on vinyl, features rare and unreleased outtakes from these legendary sessions.
As an "Alternate Album" this looks quite delicious.
These RSD Exclusive titles are physically released only at indie record stores.
Event: BLACK FRIDAY - 29/11/2019
Label: Legacy - Quantity: 4000

Go to EIN SONY Releases for full tracklist and RSD info

(News, Source;RSD/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' 85th Birthday Celebrations: Elvis' 85th Birthday will be celebrated over four days at Graceland from January 8-11, 2020. These include the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, The Auction at Graceland, an Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Tour, a Birthday Celebration Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, plus the fan-favorite concert Elvis: Live in Concert featuring TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Ronnie Tutt, Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling.
The highlight of the celebrations will be two concerts at the Soundstage at Graceland:
- Friday, January 10, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra brings their annual Elvis Pops Concert to Graceland. Musician and singer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band join the orchestra for a special birthday salute featuring music from all facets of Elvis' career. With performances featuring his greatest hits, movie songs and love ballads that will take you from Memphis to Las Vegas to Hawaii all in one evening.
- Saturday, January 11, fans will be treated to a very special Elvis: Live in Concert. The concert will feature amazing on-screen performances from the King of Rock 'n' Roll, backed live on stage by a live band with appearances by TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Ronnie Tutt. Plus special appearances by Priscilla Presley and long-term Elvis associate Jerry Schilling. - This will be the first time to see them all together at Graceland on one stage.
Festivities begin on January 8, Elvis' birthday. At 9am the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony will take place on Graceland's North Lawn. The special ceremony will feature a birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day.
At 11am fans and collectors from around the world will have the opportunity to participate on-site and online in The Auction at Graceland.
On January 9 at 10am Tom Brown will host a special Conversations on Elvis featuring Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, who will share some of their favorite memories and stories about Elvis.
Go here to EPE for full schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Watch the 2019 Graceland Lighting Ceremony: The 2019 Graceland Lighting Ceremony was a festive event, complete with snow, Elvis Christmas music and lots of lights!
Cast members of the new Hallmark movie "Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays" plus the movie's director Eric Close and country star Chase Bryant, flipped the switch on the king's traditional Christmas lights.
Chase performed a few tunes, too, including the Elvis Christmas classic, "Blue Christmas."
DJ Argo of SiriusXM Elvis Radio hosted the annual event.
Following the lighting, fans gathered in the Soundstage at Graceland for the world premiere of "Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays."
Click here to EPE live to watch the Lighting Ceremony
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'First In Line Vol. 2' New Import: Out now 'First In Line Vol.2' from MxF Records focusses on Elvis’ January & February 1974 Vegas season, featuring the midnight show January 30th and the evening show February 8th, 1974, both the shows previously unreleased and from the original AUDIENCE high-quality tape.
Elvis’ tolerance for Vegas has reached its limit in the previous august 1973 season so after the deserved rest of 5 months, Elvis is back in Las Vegas Hilton. The repertoire was reduced compared to the previous season to 15/20 songs with three new additions: Help me, Spanish Eyes and the popular Let Me Be There. The choice of songs in the different shows varied little, but due the 9 days of the distance of the two shows here presented we have some a few variations in the songs, this for sure make more interesting the listen of both the shows.
MxF are happy to be able to associate two great performances with great audio quality. Housed in a deluxe 300 grams single sleeve that includes 150 grams vinyl, the two Bonus CDs and bonus high glossy 130 grams 60x30 cm Poster both sides printed.
Click HERE to 'All The CD News 2019' for tracklist & more.
(News, Source;STAR/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 25 November 2019
James Dean, Not ELVIS to appear in 'Finding Jack'!: Ever since the news broke that the upcoming Vietnam War film "Finding Jack" would utilize CGI technology to digitally bring back James Dean for a starring role, film fans have been voicing their opinions all over social media about the idea of using someone's digital likeness in a new role after their death.
Now we learn that CGI versions of ELVIS and Paul Newman were originally set to join James Dean in the upcoming film.
The movie, based on the Vietnam War, will see a "CGI version" of James Dean in the starring role.
However the Elvis Estate rejected the plan to use CGI version of Elvis as an Army unit leader.
The lead role, a soldier called Fletcher, was also optioned to be CGI "young Paul Newman."
Filmmaker Anton Ernst says, "We don't want this to become a spectacle - more than it already is" and called the huge reactions to the announcement of the CGI James Dean as "nuts, just nuts."
"We searched high and low for the perfect character to
portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean."
"We feel very honoured that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact. The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down."
Since "ELVIS" did actually appear in a small role in 'Blade Runner 2049' (see below) the Elvis estate is obviously not totally opposed to a CGI Elvis appearing in a new film at some point.
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla and Jerry Schilling in UK to promote Elvis Concerts: With the UK tour "Elvis' Greatest Hits" kicking off tonight in Cardiff and playing six arenas across the UK, Priscilla and Jerry Schilling have been promoting the tour on TV. This tour will include performances from the Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the TCB Band.
Priscilla Presley and long term associate Jerry Shilling will also appear on stage at each date, sharing stories, personal photos and rare home movies.
The 2019 tour marks 50 years since Elvis made a triumphant return to live performing with a Las Vegas residency in 1969. Priscilla noted, "We're BACK and better than ever!"
Priscilla (now 74) joined Jerry Schilling, 77, in London before heading to Cardiff.
Priscilla cut a very chic figure for her turn on the promo trail as she was spotted leaving BBC's Wogan House in London on Saturday.

Elvis's Greatest Hits tour dates:
November 25 - Manchester Arena
November 26 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 27 - Birmingham Resorts Arena
November 28 - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
November 29 - Glasgow Hydro
December 1 - London O2 Arena
go to ticketmaster.co.uk for bookings
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The ELVIS Movie' New STAR DVD: A new DVD from the STAR label, 'The ELVIS Movie' starring Kurt Russell but with the soundtrack of Elvis Presley!
It's the same story but the performances have made an incredible upgrade!
STAR keeps surprising fans worldwide, this time they have chosen something "risky" but they deliver once more!
They have replaced Ronnie McDowell's soundtrack with the only singer that should have been there in the first place ELVIS!
Lots more music is included and the whole film has a more modern touch then before and can now compete with blockbusters like "Walk the Line" and "Great Balls of Fire"
Rare live versions and outtakes were handpicked to find the best matching songs for the scenes.
Kurt Russell's lip-syncing looks much more natural and real then before, and how cool it is to hear the actual radio broadcast (Dewey Philips) from the time when "That's All Right" was first played on the air, or to hear "The Blackwood Brothers" at the funeral of Elvis his mother Gladys.
After 40 years the movie finally is ELVIS!
Factory Pressed Dual Layer DVD - Pal
Go HERE to YOUTube for a short preview

Click HERE to 'All The CD News 2019' for tracklist & more.
(News, Source;STAR/ElvisInfoNet)

'Vegas Throat' new Import CD: The CMT label returns with an incredible follow up to last years "I'm Evil"
Elvis Presley - "Vegas Throat" (Live chronicles volume two)
Presented in a six panel digipack, limited to 500 copies, this one will be sold out before Christmas!
Every Elvis fan of course will know that this year marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis returning to the stage.
An amazing 11 disc boxset was released and although it is a must, it is most likely it will be played often because most shows are pretty much the same as the one before.
CMT/STAR have made an outstanding "Ultimate" release which includes ALL the songs (29 tracks!) in ONE performance!
Lots of time and effort went into the editing and it sounds like one complete show.
This is the one you will be playing over and over, this is why we are Elvis fans; to enjoy his music!
"Good evening ladies and gentlemen, this is my first live appearance in nine years. It is very dry in Las Vegas and singers have what they call a "Vegas Throat"
Click HERE to 'All The CD News 2019' for tracklist & more.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 22 November 2019
'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn' New Venus release: The DVD/CD/Book combo 'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn' "The King In Motion vol. 4" is out now from the reliable Venus label.
Their publicity notes, 'The Best Elvis Movie of All Time' - Elvis' renaissance as a contemporary artist received special recognition in January 1973, when "Elvis On Tour" shared a golden globe "Best Documentary Film" award with another film, "Walls of Fire". A lot of MGM footage went unused in the final edit, and remained unseen for a number of years ... until now!!
Presented here is a qualified revamp of "Elvis On Tour," compiled from hours of unreleased footage. Taken from the best sources available, this professionally-restored movie will astound you for almost 95 minutes.
Also included in this set is a CD of the never-before-released Hampton Roads afternoon show from April 9, 1972, digitally restored from the original ambience tape.
As an additional bonus, we also offer an unreleased alternate mix of the Greensboro performance from April 14, 1972.
The book is filled with scores of unpublished and rare photographs from April 1972.

EIN Notes - To be honest there is very little here that we haven't seen already, after all the bootleg barrel is very empty. However like their previous 1971 combo 'Tearing 'Em Up! 1971' this will no doubt be a well-produced upgrade of what we already have.
The never-before-released Hampton Roads afternoon show is also an AUDIENCE recording so it better be of fine audio quality otherwise it won't be worth playing more than once.
Of course most collectors will have bought the fabulous AMIGA On-Tour Deluxe coffee-table set of similar material so the VENUS April "rare" photos promised here better not be a repeat.
The DVD looks a fine compilation even though everything appears to have been released on previous bootlegs.

Click HERE for all the details / tracklistings at 'All The CD News' .
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

'INSIDE ELVIS' New Book /CD: To commemorate Elvis' 85th birthday in January 2020, 'ELVIS FOR EVERYONE!' is proud to present our new 300 page, A4-size photobook, titled simply: INSIDE ELVIS.
This handsomely designed book contains a collection of more than 300 rare photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, with a focus on the concert years.
Many of these showcase the grace and artistry of the greatest entertainer that ever lived. The detail and clarity of some of the photos will almost make you feel like you are there.
The stunning artwork was done by Dutch artwork director Michael van Werven, whose stylish design has turned this into one of the most gorgeous photo books on Elvis out there.
The text consists of interviews with various of Elvis’ musicians and associates, including Jim Murray, Bob Lanning, Ginger and Mary Holladay, Charlie Hodge and Chips Moman. Several of these interviews by Arjan Deelen were first published in “Elvis – The Man and his Music”.
INSIDE ELVIS comes with a CD containing various rarities.
Out next month

More info coming soon.

(News, Source;AD/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland guests all shook up over additions to Elvis Presley's estate: A new $45 million entertainment and exhibit complex showcases Elvis Presley's phenomenal career........

Soon after my evening arrival at the Guest House at Graceland, I lined up with other hotel guests at the peanut butter and jelly station, just off the lobby, which opens for one hour nightly at 10 p.m. Some were dressed casually in shorts, others in comfy white hotel bathrobes over pajamas. And all seemed eager to pay homage to Elvis Presley by making their own free, bedtime version of his favorite sandwich, topped with sliced bananas.
“It’s awesome,” declared Ervin Campbell, 60, of Columbus, Ohio, as he slathered peanut butter on bread. “I’m a huge Elvis fan and visiting Graceland is a bucket list item for me. I’m not sure why we waited as long as we did.”

You don’t have to be a diehard fan of the King of Rock ‘N Roll to enjoy a getaway to Memphis and Graceland, Elvis’ mansion estate that has added multiple new attractions in recent years to broaden its appeal.

From the Guest House at Graceland, a 450-room resort with Priscilla Presley-designed VIP suites and perks like the peanut butter sandwich bar, to Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a new $45 million entertainment and exhibit complex showcasing his phenomenal career, costumes, lifestyle and legacy, there’s much to discover about one of music history’s biggest icons.

Upcoming special events, such as the anniversary of Elvis’ birth, pump up the excitement. Elvis would have turned 85 next Jan. 8 (he died in 1977 at age 42), and Graceland is throwing a birthday bash Jan. 8-11.

The pool at the Guest House, a 450-room resort hotel, is within walking distance of Elvis Presley’s museum-home in Memphis. (Photo: Susan R. Pollack)

Free viewing hours also will be expanded in the Meditation Garden, behind the mansion, where visitors file past the gravesites of Elvis and family members, including his stillborn twin, Jesse Garon. It’s not uncommon to see fans of both sexes cry at the site, which is dotted with floral tributes and stuffed animals.

During my recent introduction to Graceland, I joined several guests eating their PB&J sandwiches in the lobby of the 3-year-old Guest House, under a white, mirrored ceiling inspired by Elvis’ rhinestone-studded capes. We sat in asymmetrical plush chairs that “are designed to look like the collars on Elvis’ jumpsuits,” said Anna Hamilton, the hotel’s night manager, who wears an Elvis wristwatch and leads tours of the $92 million resort.

The mirrored ceiling in the lobby of the Guest House was inspired by Presley's rhinestone-studded capes. (Photo: Susan R. Pollack)

Live piano music wafted from the Lobby Lounge (try the Blue Suede cocktail), and, just out the door, hotel guests relaxed by the pool or the heart-shaped “Burning Love” firepit.

Boasting up to 600,000 annual visitors, the museum-estate opened in 1982 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. It’s the second most visited house in America, after the White House.

With interactive iPad tours in nine languages, including Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese, Graceland welcomes throngs of international visitors. The recorded tour, narrated by John Stamos, is interspersed with the voices of Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Elvis bought the southern Colonial-style mansion in 1957 for $102,500 with proceeds from his first hit, “Heartbreak Hotel.”
My favorite spot in the 23-room time capsule is the white living room with peacock-themed stained-glass windows framing the adjoining music room with its 1950s TV and baby grand piano. Elvis loved the storied Jungle Room with green shag carpeting, indoor flagstone waterfall and Polynesian-style wood furniture reminiscent of Hawaii.

Another head-turner is the billiards room, whose couches, walls and ceiling are done up in more than 350 yards of pleated cotton fabric. The racquetball building recently was restored to its 1977 look and the trophy building has been updated with personal items including family photos, Priscilla’s wedding gown, Lisa’s childhood toys and Elvis’ collection of police badges.

Gold records, jumpsuits and cars are on display at Elvis Presley's Memphis, a new exhibit complex at Graceland. (Photo: Susan R. Pollack)

In the new museum complex visitors can spend hours checking out his pink Cadillac and other cars, motorcycles, ski boats, jumpsuits, gold and platinum records and much more.
I especially enjoyed exhibits about his stint in the U.S. Army in Germany, and “Icons,” highlighting 25 artists he influenced. As John Lennon famously said: “Before Elvis there was nothing. … If there hadn't been Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles."
If you go: The annual Christmas at Graceland celebration gets underway this weekend.

Beyond Elvis: Memphis offers other don’t-miss attractions, including:
- the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.
- Sun Studio, the legendary “birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” where tour guides detail the story of Sam Phillips’ and stars including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
- Beale Street, to hear blues and jazz day and night.
- the Memphis Zoo’s red pandas.
- the Peabody Hotel’s daily duck parade.
- The Arcade, Memphis’ oldest restaurant for sweet potato pancakes, and Central BBQ for slow-smoked pulled pork.
Information: memphistravel
(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet/ The Detroit News)

The other Elvis pays tribute to Elvis in Memphis with a special guest in the audience: When Elvis Costello and the Imposters took the stage at Graceland last Saturday night, the irony was palpable. As it should be, given that this other Elvis is a songsmith and wordsmith of subtle twists and turns of phrase. The fact that he's also a dedicated fan and historian of Memphis music only gave the irony a more heartfelt touch. This show was nothing if not soulful.

Indeed, when the lights went down and shadows gathered on the stage, the first sounds we heard were exhortations to give our hearts to Jesus and the ecstatic sounds of a genuine gospel band. Then the lights came up and we saw that was all simply a recording, and the band launched into the thundering tom toms of "Strict Time."

The bandleader's whimsical outfit was just one manifestation of the playfulness he brought to the evening, perhaps inspired by the meta-irony of playing literally in the King's backyard. Dodges, feints, and witty asides were the order of the evening, and such looseness was a perfect foil to some of the thornier content of his back catalog.

As Elvis Costello noted, "I once found myself sitting next to a woman, and I sang this to her..." With that, he launched into the evening's first nod to the King. Singing the chorus and song title plaintively, "Don't...Don't...Don't..." Elvis then abruptly cut off the tune with a curt quip, "So I didn't." Ba-dum-bum!

Later, he revealed that "the woman" was none other than Priscilla Presley, whom he met on a talk show, as he revealed in his generous between-song banter. Other bits of the King's history found their way into the set from then on: "Mystery Dance" gave way to a bit of "His Latest Flame" the coda to "Alison" became a stylized interpolation of "Suspicious Minds" and the old chestnut "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Understanding" even had a bit of "Mystery Train" thrown in.
Other gems of Memphis music history were also present: a full-on rendition of Johnny Cash's "Cry, Cry, Cry;" a quote from "Mr. Big Stuff" at the end of "Everyday I Write the Book;" and an especially gospel-drenched treatment of a Sam & Dave tune Costello put his stamp on decades ago, "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down."

It was a spirited evening, in which Costello's vocal chops only got better and better. Once again, he showed that one can find a perfect balance between punk energy and musical craftsmanship, between history and innovation, between irony and soul.
(News, Source: Alex Greene, The Memphis Flyer)

Elvis’ granddaughter, Riley Keough, to play Rockstar in upcoming Amazon series: Actor, and Elvis Presley's granddaughter, Riley Keough, has another exciting TV opportunity on her plate. After garnering a Golden Globe nomination for her work on Starz's The Girlfriend Experience, she's returning to the small screen to portray Daisy Jones in Amazon's upcoming adaptation of Daisy Jones & The Six, as reported by Deadline. The actor recently acknowledged her latest casting news by telling fans on Instagram, "I’m so honored to be your Daisy."

Keough has made a major name for herself with her many, high-profile roles in various film and television projects. In addition to starring in The Girlfriend Experience, she has also appeared in Logan Lucky, Mad Max: Fury Road, and It Comes At Night. Interestingly enough, Keough has also made a recent appearance on The CW series Riverdale in 2018 after taking to Twitter to write, "I just want to be cast in Riverdale."

Daisy Jones & The Six is a musical drama that follows the fictional band (that has many similarities to Fleetwood Mac) through its ups and downs. Jones is a singer-songwriter who has a tricky relationship with the frontman of The Six, Billy Dunne. The TV series is based on Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling book of the same name.

(News, Source: Pop Culture)

Would Elvis have liked Donald Trump?: Two opposing views were recently published on this question:

Ryan Moore says "Elvis would have been for Trump": President Donald Trump held a ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Tupelo, Mississippi. And I believe Elvis would have been a Trump supporter.

On Nov. 16, 2018, President Trump awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to music legend Elvis Presley. The Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the United States’ national interests and security, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Elvis kept his personal political views private. But Elvis loved America, served proudly in the U.S. Army and had great respect for law enforcement. Elvis was also a Christian. In his letter to President Nixon, Elvis said, “I am Elvis Presley and admire you and have great respect for your office” and further added, “I believe that you, Sir, were one of the Top Ten Outstanding Men of America, also.” For me it’s a safe bet that Elvis was a Republican and that he would have supported President Trump and his America-first policies.

Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House from President Trump. I find it a little disappointing that the statement on the ‘Graceland: The Home of Elvis Presley’ website did not mention President Trump by name. Even if I am wrong in my supposition that Elvis would have been a Trump supporter, I am certain Elvis would have graciously and specifically thanked President Trump for the honor. I was a young child when Elvis died. I’m not sure if I knew much about Elvis beforehand but I vividly recall when it came on the news that he died. It was also my first experience with death that I can remember.

Growing up in Tupelo in the 1940s in a largely black neighborhood, Elvis saw and heard friends and neighbors performing blues music on their porches. Later in 1948, the family moved to Memphis, and Elvis spent quite a bit of time on Beale Street, which was the heart of the Memphis blues scene. Elvis’ version of “My Babe,” by the great songwriter Willie Dixon, is my favorite Elvis song. Elvis also did outstanding versions of some of the other great blues songs such as “Baby, What You Want Me to Do,” “Reconsider Baby” and “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy.”

I usually consider the songwriter as the most significant contributor to any music but in the case with Elvis Presley, for me, he was the best singer, arranger and producer and chose the best songs. I believe he was the single most important person in 20th century music and probably in the history of music.
RYAN MOORE is a writer, songwriter and social media strategist.
(Opinion, Source: djournal.com)

However, not everyone agrees with Ryan Moore as this post on Quora indicates:
Elvis would be appalled by Donald Trump: Hninzi Lwin, MBBS Pediatrics, Institute of Medicine - says Elvis was a southern gentleman. Extremely polite. He would be appalled by Trump’s crassness and rudeness.
Elvis liked Nixon at first, however,after Watergate, according to his entourage’s memoir, Elvis dismissed him as a crook. So he definitely would not approve of Trump’s shenanigans.
Both Elvis and his dad were not racist. In fact they were so poor they lived around black neighborhoods and grew up with blacks. That’s where he got his sound from.
Elvis cared about poor people. So I would lean towards a "No".
(Opinion, Source: Quora)
And while EIN doesn't agree with its intent some will find this of interest:

Rod Stewart opens up about the connection between his hit song "You're In My Heart"and Elvis: Speaking in a video on his social media channels, Rod discussed You're in My Heart. He said: "There's a sad story attached to You're in My Heart because I wrote that the day Elvis died.

"I was in Canada and we were just laying down the track and it was on the television in the studios. So every time I think of that song when I wrote it Elvis crops up." (News, Source: The Scottish Sun)

Elvis' autopsy and bone cancer: Since Elvis died a recurring claim has been that he had bone cancer at the time of his death. The claim relates to findings from Elvis' (never officially released) autopsy report and the reality of the "bone cancer" issue has evolved through a process of "Chinese whispers".

In his 2010 interview with EIN, Dr. Nick explained about the "bone cancer" issue:

EIN: Many things have been claimed about Elvis’ medical conditions around the time of his death.  A number of people close to him have claimed he said he had bone cancer.   Was this a medical issue for Elvis?

Dr. Nick: The bone cancer theory came from a doctor on the autopsy team, who thought there were signs of bone cancer evident at autopsy. After further tests were performed, and I explain this in my book, it was determined that Elvis did not have bone cancer.

It appears the initial concern Elvis "may have had bone cancer" morphed into "he did have bone cancer" and in 2019 it is evident on various social media that some people still believe he did.

As the above suggests, it is always best to check out primary sources before accepting unsubstantiated 'third party' claims. The interesting thing about so doing is that it can throw up unexpected outcomes as well as explain some of the technical issues.

In his book, Elvis Presley - The Truth Will Prevail, published in 2018, author-researcher Darrin Memmer conducted one-on-one interviews and consulted a range of primary source materials including the Memphis Fire Department's Emergency Unit Incident Report No, 79350 (Aug 16, 1977); Baptist Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Form for Elvis A. Presley on August 16, 1977; and "The Jerry Hopkins Collection" and "Death of Elvis Presley Materials" (Cole and Thompson) held by the University of Memphis.

In his interview with Dan Warlick, Chief Medical Investigator for the State of Tennessee (circa August 1977), this interesting answer arose in relation to the cause of Elvis' death:

What Jerry Francisco said was it was a "cardiac arrhythmia of undetermined cause," which kinda threw Dr. Sexton and Dr. Muirhead a curve [both doctors were part of the Baptist Memorial Hospital autopsy team]. All Jerry said was that his heart stopped: cardiac arryhythmia. but those guys were hospital pathologists. And I have got to tell you, a hospital autopsy in those days would reveal a description of every major disease process but never really, necessarily, told you exactly what the cause of death was.

On the issue of Elvis having experienced earlier heart attacks (another claim some some people believe), Warlick said:

I did not see that. No. But let me explain "why" too. He had a large heart that appeared to be a hyperintensive heart. One that the whole pump is wearing out because it's pushing too much against a lot of vessels that are not dilating and responding properly - that's your hypertension. Coronary artery disease doesn't enlarge the entire heart. Cornonary artery disease causes the area where a particular artery is clogged up, to die and have insufficient flow. That doesn't make that an autopsy. And you can also pick up that in an EKG. So, if he'd had any EKG's, they would have invariably shown a previous myocardial infarction.

But if his heart, straining, ran out of rhythm: the whole thing would have been hypoxic [inadequate supply of blood] or received some damage. But it wouldn't show up like a specific area or a punctate heart attack that we could see at autopsy. If you take a heart and look at it and it's got a white scar or a tough area on the interior wall of the left ventricle, then you know that the left descending coronary artery has been plugged up and caused an infarction. And then that area healed into a scar. This is your heart attack.

But when you see a big ole, 500-gram heart, that doesn't sound like one that's having little punctate areas of dead muscle scarring over. It's just the whole thing wearing out. He had a big ole, what I call "hypertensive heart", that was just kind of sickly looking.

There is also a common misconceoption that Elvis' autopsy report was sealed, at Vernon's request, for 50 years and will become publicly available in August 2027. That is not the case. Under Tennesse law an autopsy ordered by the District Attorney General is a "public autopsy" and is a publicly available record. However, Vernon Presley formally requested Elvis' autopsy, thereby making it a "private autopsy" and as such it forms part of Elvis' health records. Lisa Marie Presley could, at any time, make it public, but this is considered unlikely. In relation to Elvis' autopsy report, it is interesting to note that Vernon asked that a copy not be made available to Dr. Nick.

(News, Source: EIN/Dr. George C. Nichopoulos/Darrin Memmer, Elvis Presley - The Truth Will Prevail)

She Is The King's latest single in Top 20 on HotDisc Top 40: I've Got A Thing About You Baby by Jacqueline Feilich (aka She Is The King) moved up two spots on the UK HotDisc Top 40 chart to #18.

As we reported last month, in 2019, Jacqueline Feilich (aka She Is The King) has recorded the often overlooked Elvis single written by Tony Joe White song as her latest release. To find out more:

Watch the music video of I've Got A Thing About You Baby


To request She Is The King’s new song, go to: www.auscountry.com.au

(News, Source: Jacqueline Feilich)

"Follow That Dream: My Life as the Asian Elvis" - part Six: "Yoshi Meets the Jordanaires": It's every Elvis Tribute Artist’s biggest fantasy to sing with Elvis’ original backup singers, “The Jordanaires.”, and in the latest instalment of his story, Robert "Yoshi" Kim describes how this happened for him, why the Jordanaires were interested in recording with him, and the unexpected "music icon" from Elvis' early days who also asked to be part of the session.

Read the full story


(Almost Elvis, Source: EIN/Robert "Yoshi" Kim)

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Monday 18 November 2019
'ELVIS: The 1972 Press-Conference - The Way It Was and How It Is Today': It is almost 50 years since Elvis held his Madison Square Garden 1972 press conference in the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton.
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” or at least stand in the same rooms and places that Elvis did. 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.
After his 2017 visit to the Las Vegas International / Hilton Hotel, EIN contributor Arjan Deelen recently returned to New York and the Mercury Ballroom, home of Elvis' famous 1972 'M.S.G' press conference.
"The image is one thing, and the human being is another”… a well-known Elvis quote from his press-conference at the Mercury Ballroom in the New York Hilton, on June 9th, 1972. At the time Elvis gave us a brief glimpse of the pressures that he was living under being Elvis, even adding, “It’s very hard to live up to an image, I’ll tell you”.
“First of all, I plead innocent of all charges!”.
Go here as Arjan Deelen revisits Elvis’ New York press-conference - together with photographer Phil Gelormine
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

'Bravo 'Elvis 85' New CD: German youth magazine Bravo was only a few months old when it first interviewed Elvis when he was almost an unknown in Europe. In February 1957 ELVIS featured BRAVO's front page for the first time and after that everything changed as Elvis stormed the charts in Germany, Britain, Austria and Switzerland. Almost overnight, the handsome rebel with the styled pompadour hairstyle became the idol of a new generation: with an electrifying sound, an incomparable voice and an emphatically provocative hip swing.
Now the still popular BRAVO has scored a first celebrating Elvis' 85th birthday when release their special 3CD box-set on December 13, 2019. It features a mixtures of greatest hits as well as some alternate versions plus a 24-page booklet.
They note... ELVIS IS AN ICON. His records are legendary. Now the King would be 85 - even though he left us in 1977 Elvis remains immortal! This album, a collaboration with BRAVO, celebrates his life and work. A unique compilation of his biggest hits, favorite songs and best cover versions, like My Way or Bridge over troubled Water. Rock n Roll, Country, Blues, Soul, R & B and Gospel Elvis covered all these genres masterfully. He could sing everything with his divine voice. BRAVO ELVIS - Celebrate your youth. --Sony Music
This will surely be a nice collectable - selling for only €18,99.
Click here to Amazon German for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Amazon)

“Christmas at Graceland: Home For The Holidays”: The Hallmark Channel will premiere the Graceland based movie on November 23. “Christmas at Graceland: Home For The Holidays” also co-stars Priscilla Presley, who appears as herself in the movie.
The movie stars Kaitlin Doubleday in the lead female role. Kaitlin has appeared in the TV series Empire and Nashville, as well as in the major motion picture Catch Me If You Can alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
In the lead male role will be Adrian Grenier, who you may remember from the HBO series Entourage.
“Christmas At Graceland: Home For The Holidays” is about a world traveler named Harper (played by Kaitlin Doubleday) who returns home to Memphis to be with her family for the holidays.
Harper and Owen end up helping to prepare an “Elvis at Christmas” exhibit and a fundraiser

for Owen’s company at Graceland. Over time Harper realizes how much she likes living near her family. Ultimately, she must decide if her home for the holidays will end up being her forever home.
The movie has a little of everything – romance, love, singing, kids, Christmas, and ELVIS!
“Christmas at Graceland: Home For The Holidays” premieres on Hallmark, Saturday, November 23 at 8pm ET.
Click here to Hallmark Channel for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Love My Teddy Bear Tender' New Import CD: Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, September 3rd, 1971, the AUDIENCE recorded Dinner show. While some of Elvis import labels are just re-releasing repackaged stuff, the E P Collector label is always looking for something new. We now have a number of interesting concerts, which now enables us to release two more surprises.
The first new release is titled 'Love My Teddy Bear Tender' (EPC 2019-22) and it brings us the Las Vegas, September 3rd, 1971 Dinner show. You'll have to forgive us for the somewhat clumsy title, but maybe you'll understand when we tell you that it contains a sensational concert rarity! During this concert, he sings "Love Me Tender" to the tune of "Teddy Bear"!! He only did this once, during this concert, and now for the first time you can hear this amazing discovery!!! Who would think that we would still be getting surprises like this in 2019?!
Elvis concerts from '71 are hard to come by especially unreleased ones. During this season, Elvis was on fire, and his setlist was varied and strong. Near the end of the engagement, his shows were a bit looser, and this one is a real delight. This concert recording is a completely new show. The audio was mastered from an original audience recorded cassette tape. Digipack with a press review and a collection of images taken in Las Vegas, NV, in August / September 1971.
Click HERE to 'All The CD News 2019' for tracklist & more.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Knoxville Knockout' New Import CD: Live at the UOT Stokely Arena, Knoxville, TN, April 8, 1972 AUDIENCE recorded Evening show. EP's second new CD is titled 'Knoxville Knockout' (EPC 2019-23).
Just as our first release, the Knoxville, TN, April 8, 1972 8:30 pm evening show is previously unreleased, never before in circulation, in any form! Interestingly enough, RCA was there to record, but their tape recorder malfunctioned.
This concert is taken from a recently discovered original audience recorded cassette tape. Unfortunately, "An American Trilogy" is incomplete, and it is possible that there's is one song missing, just before the "Can't Help Falling In Love" finale.
As we've come to expect from the April '72 shows, Elvis is in excellent form. And what a rare treat to finally get an audience recorded tape from this highly regarded tour! Elvis is firing on all cylinders. He knocks "How Great Thou Art" out of the ballpark. Wow, just wow!!
Packaged in a nicely designed digipack with excerpts from a local press review and a collection of images taken on tour in April, 1972, including a couple of real, very rare Knoxville show shots.
Click HERE to 'All The CD News 2019' for tracklist & more.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 17 November 2019
'BACK-IN LIVING STEREO' New MRS OUT NOW: MRS have released their 6CD/100-page book 'BACK-IN LIVING STEREO' - NOW at your Elvis dealers. - Go HERE for an inside sneak-peak
The 6 CDs contain over 150 remastered tracks of the essential 1960- 1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes (including unreleased material) and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s.
All tracks have now been cleaned, repaired (there are too many to mention), and restored. The home recordings have now had the same mastering techniques as used so successfully on the recent MRS release Made in Germany.
The set also includes unreleased recordings - including one that will have the Elvis world ‘all shook up’, as well as a previously unreleased stereo version of a home recordings.
The 100 page book includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62.
The six CDs focus on different sections of Elvis stunning early sixties career - as well as his personal musical inspirations and home recordings
CD1 – THE ESSENTIAL 1960 MASTERS - 'Make Me Know It' through to 'Working on the Building'
CD2 – THE ESSENTIAL 1961 - 1962 MASTERS - ' I'm Comin' Home' to 'She's Not You' (plus 2 bonus tracks)
CD3 – SELECTED ALTERNATE OUTTAKES 1960 – 1961 - 'Make Me Know It' to 'For the Millionth and Last Time ' alternate takes
CD4 – SELECTED ALTERNATE OUTTAKES 1961 – 1962 - '(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame' to 'She's Not You' plus plus unreleased extras including 'Goin’ Home' outakes

Click HERE for MORE Sneak Previews - at 'All The CD News' .
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Seen/Unseen' US Concerts Rescheduled: EPE announced last month that "Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control" the 'Elvis: Seen/Unseen' shows originally scheduled on East Coast for Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 have been postponed.

The new dates are as follows:
January 30, 2020 Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
January 31, 2020 Atlantic City, NJ - The Borgata
February 1, 2020 Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre at Westbury

All tickets previously purchased for the original date will be honored for the rescheduled date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date a refund will be available at the original point of purchase.

Click here to Ticketcity for more info

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Celebrates the Christmas Season: There's no place more magical than Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis at Christmastime. Recently nominated as one the Best Holiday Historic Home Tours in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, Graceland celebrates the Christmas season this year with two festive holiday events. The holiday season kicks-off on November 21 with the time-honored tradition of Graceland's annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony. This year's ceremony features a special performance from country music star Chase Bryant, who will be joined by cast members from Hallmark Channel's new movie "Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays" to help light Graceland Mansion for the holidays. This year's holiday celebration features a 100 percent chance
of snow, a special visit from Santa Claus, kids crafts and fun for the entire family. Following the lighting ceremony, the festivities continue into the night with the world premiere of Hallmark Channel's all-new holiday film at the Soundstage at Graceland - "Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays" which was shot on location at Graceland and other Memphis locations.
"Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays" premieres Saturday, November 23 as part of Hallmark Channel's annual "Countdown to Christmas."
Graceland's Lighting Ceremony is free and open to the public. The premiere event for "Christmas At Graceland: Home for the Holidays" is a ticketed event.
Go here to EPE for ticket info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 15 November 2019
Elvis & Beatles New Liverpool Plaque: A plaque celebrating Elvis' Memphis and The Beatles' Liverpool relationship as musical "Rock ‘n’ Soul Mates" was unveiled last week in Liverpool's Mathew Street.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and Kevin Kane, president of Memphis Tourism, officially unveiled the latest link between the two cities.
An identical plaque is being placed in world-famous Beale Street in Memphis where blues and rock ‘n’ roll were born.
Speaking at a special event at the Cavern Club, Mr Kane said: “There aren’t two cities in the world that had a bigger impact culturally through music than Liverpool and Memphis. We should celebrate that.”
The plaque – donated by Memphis - states that “Liverpool on the banks of the River Mersey and Memphis on the mighty Mississippi River are bound by their definitive music heritage.. The iconic sounds of both cities changed the world and continue to reverberate globally weaving into new and exciting revolutionary music genres even today.”
In 1950 Sam Phillips opened Sun Studio in Union Avenue, Memphis. It was there in 1954 that a teenage Elvis Presley recorded That’s All Right – and rock ‘n’ roll was born.
Four thousand miles away, Presley’s music inspired a certain John Winston Lennon to pick up a guitar (as well as naming his cat Elvis) and what would become The Beatles was born.
Although Elvis and The Beatles met only once – at Presley’s mansion in Bel Air in 1965, both singer and band changed the face of popular music.
Links between Liverpool, a UNESCO City of Music, and Memphis go back to 2004 and the 50th anniversary of That’s All Right. - In 2011 venues in the two cities agreed to become Rock ‘n’ Soul Mates.
Elvis' Graceland home receives over 600,000 visitors per year while Liverpool’s music heritage industry is now believed to be worth around £90m per year to the city. New works are being planned in Liverpool to transform the Mathew Street area to be similar to Memphis' Beale Street in offering visitors a great musical experience.
Go here for EIN's detailed look at all things 'Elvis / Beatles'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Presley - New All Shook Up restaurant chain: Six degrees of separation refers to the notion that all people are six, or fewer, social connections away from one another. Imagine if only two degrees separated you from someone very famous, in other words, an A-List celebrity is “a friend of a friend.” We experienced this situation in 2009 when a walk-in client told us that she worked extensively with Priscilla Presley.

Lively discussion ensued about the possibility of naming an orchid after Presley, which we followed up with a letter. Little did we know that Elvis Presley had given his future bride 16 purple Cattleyas for her 16th birthday. So, to put it mildly, she was keen on having a namesake orchid, particularly if it was a purple Cattleya. Fast-forward 10 years, and the hybrid, Laeliocattleya Priscilla Presley ‘Beverly Hills,’ has garnered much attention. It was featured in the American Orchid Society magazine, and it regularly gets blue ribbons at spring orchid shows.

Recently we met again at the Sunset Marquis, a legendary rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurant/hotel in the heart of West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.
I had brought a fancy orchid arrangement that consisted of three different genera — all purple — a miniature Dendrobium, a reed-stem Epidendrum and a heavily spotted Phalaenopsis. She was fascinated by each orchid, its culture requirements and the duration of the blooms. Her eyes lit up when talking about plants.
Things picked back up when we started discussing her acting role in the hit TV show “Dallas.” She had played Jenna Wade from 1983 to 1988 and thoroughly enjoyed her time, ultimately befriending many of the cast, she said.
Most notably, her business savvy was on full display. She recently helped open a 450-room hotel, The Guest House at Graceland and now she’s launching a national restaurant chain, All Shook Up, where you can bet there will be plenty of vegetarian dishes.
(News, Source: Arthur Chadwick, Richmond.com)

50 Years Ago - 'Change of Habit' becomes Elvis Presley's last film: Elvis Presley was a movie star. This is a fact that often gets lost in our memory of him, but in the 13 years between his first role in 1956's Love Me Tender and his final one in 1969's Change of Habit (opposite: Belgian film poster) he made 31 films, often churning out two or three a year.

This career move coincided with a retreat from performing, organized by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and it was at first a smashing success. Because of his legion of fans the movies were virtually always profitable, a rarity in Hollywood. And some of them were even good.

In 1958's King Creole, directed by Michael Curtiz of Casablanca and set in the seedy world of New Orleans nightclubs, the singer shows a good deal of acting skill in a role originally intended for James Dean. Jailhouse Rock, from 1957, highlights his languorous, smoky sexuality, and gave birth one of his most iconic songs.

Even 1964's Viva Las Vegas, in which he plays a race-car driver who takes a job as a waiter to finance his dream of driving in the Las Vegas Grand Prix, and which produced another hit song, still contains some of his youthful dangerous charm. But as the '60s wore on, his movies became more and more formulaic. Over time, the Army veterans and singers and carnival workers and beach bums and pilots and race-car drivers all seemed to blur together into one undifferentiated character, in a mediocre movie, singing songs that were beneath his talent.

By the end of the decade, this parade of schlock had taken its toll. His star was fading, in the musical arena as well as on the screen. It was during this skid that his famed 1968 comeback special arrived, rocketing him back into the limelight. It also signaled the end of his movie career as he refocused on his music; Change of Habit, released in November 1969, would be his last film.

It's a fascinating and at times almost impossibly strange movie, one that perfectly encapsulates the collision between the '50s rock 'n' roll culture that shaped Presley and the new Age of Aquarius world he'd found himself in as he reached his mid-30s.
Presley plays John Carpenter, a doctor who works on Washington Street in a poor black and Hispanic neighborhood. Mary Tyler Moore plays Sister Michelle, one of three nuns who arrive on Washington Street, not wearing their habits, on a secret mission to help the local population. Together, Dr. Carpenter and Sister Michelle start to tackle the neighborhood problems, including underprivileged children, surly teenagers, a local loan shark and the resistance of an older out-of-touch parish priest who disapproves of the nuns' undercover operation.

Slowly, Dr. Carpenter falls in love with this Sister Michelle, not knowing, of course, that she has committed her life to God. And Sister Michelle begins to have some of the same feelings. ... We close in a church, with Dr. Carpenter leading the congregation in a gospel song and Sister Michelle looking back and forth between him and the religious imagery on the walls, trying desperately to come to a decision about what course she will take: God or love?

What no summary can do justice to is the whipsaw effect created by this mixture of rock and roll, religion and social commentary. It features, in no particular order, a black nun (Barbara McNair) being confronted by two Black Panther-types about whether she's being true to the cause or is a race traitor; a pair of elderly women who appear at various points to give comedic commentary on the events; a group of young Latinas who learn a lesson in true femininity from Moore's nun; one of the nuns using her feminine wiles to trick some neighborhood men into moving her furniture and then is almost assaulted by them; a teenager with a terrible speech impediment who is first helped by and then attacks Moore's character; a sit-in, played for laughs, at a butcher shop that charges exorbitant prices; some extended commentary on the question of the amount of reform possible in Catholic doctrine; and a closing musical number which explicitly raises the question of who's better, Elvis or Jesus.

The effect of all this is at turns charming and chaotic. The '60s are in full swing, and the filmmakers can't quite figure out what to do with them, other than to try to throw in every sequence they can dream up to show that they're hip and with it.
But throughout it all, one can't help but be reminded of the charisma and presence of the man around whom the film revolves. As absurd as many of the sequences are, Presley is always somehow both openhearted and mysterious, sexual and noble, the kind of guy one really could imagine saving the less-fortunate and convincing nuns to fall in love with him.
The King was, all the way through to the very end, the King.
(Review, Source: Tyler Sage, ultimateclassicrock.com)

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Monday 11 November 2019
'You're Driving Me Crazy' MRS Vinyl Promo: MRS have now released  'You're Driving Me Crazy'  (Anita Wood calls Elvis Presley) a one-sided vinyl 'Promo LP Track' to help advertise their new 6CD/Book combo 'Elvis: Back In Living Stereo'. This is surely one of the strangest Elvis collectable's ever to be released.
It features a 25 minute phone conversation between Anita Wood and Elvis that she recorded in 1961 when she was becoming suspicious of Elvis not being faithful to her.
Worth noting is that because it is a phone conversation recorded in 1961 the audio quality is terrible.
More importantly in this new "Me Too" era Elvis comes off as arrogant, angry and not the charming man all his fans want him to be.
Anita Wood has since stated that she wished she had never made the phone call (see story below) and it is interesting that in the low-tech early 60s she had decided to record the conversation. You can feel that she was setting Elvis up as she keeps on pushing him for better answers to tricky questions.
What Anita Wood hoped to prove (or record) I have no idea.
Most people at some time or another wish they hadn't said such stupid things to their friends / partners and this feels like such a private conversation I doubt if fans would ever want to listen to it more than once.
Whether this private phone conversation should ever have been released is a debatable point. My personal feeling is that it will be sad interruption in the otherwise glorious up-coming MRS box-set of Elvis' early 60s recordings.
However there is no doubt that this vinyl promo release will become a real Elvis collectable.
You can hear more discussion about this new track in the most recent 'Elvis Express' radio show.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: From Hollywood To Nashville' MRS Vinyl review: Released just in time for my birthday MRS has put out a limited edition vinyl compilation 'Elvis: From Hollywood To Nashville - The Essential 1957-58 Studio Masters'.
Featuring a delicious selection of Elvis' studio work from 1957 until he he got "drafted & shafted" in 1958, this album basically features all his studio recordings - except for the movie soundtracks and the ubiquitous Christmas album.

From 'All Shook Up' to 'I Got Stung' Elvis was riding a creative peak.

With a limited pressing of 1,000 copies, 400 in Clear Vinyl and 600 in Black vinyl this is a treat.

EIN grabbed a copy and played it loud - go here for our review.

(Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The Anita Wood, Elvis Phone-call: In her "biography" 'Elvis and Anita', written by her daughter, the recorded phone conversation is featured over a few pages. Anita admitted it was a "Fishing exploration" since by that time she had realised that Elvis was being unfaithful with other women. She also wished she had never made the phone call as it did change her feeling for Elvis. It is notable that Anita felt strongly enough at the time to actually record the private conversation. As her daughter explains in the book..
...By now my mother understood that the one certainty about life with Elvis is that there would always be rumors about women, especially when he was on tour or off making a movie. While she never liked hearing these stories, by and large she knew to ignore them. Because no matter how many miles separated them, Elvis always called her — if not every day, then usually every two or three days — and assured her that she was the one.
One time, however, the press seemed to be circulating even more rumors than usual. ... This made Momma believe that, maybe, just maybe, Elvis really was seeing someone "special" this time, and not just for publicity.
Though Momma hated the idea of confronting Elvis, she also knew that this was something she needed to get off her chest. So she picked up the phone and asked him why he hadn't called... it was a fishing exploration, pure and simple.
The conversation went something like this:
"I haven't heard from you in a while," Momma began. "You must be working real hard... or something... Seems that's the only time I do talk to you these days, is when I call!"
Elvis tried to smooth that over with a laugh, but Momma wouldn't have it.
"Well, you know I love you, Anita."
"I don't believe you do," Momma replied. "Don't you miss me?" "Of course, I miss you," Elvis said, "You're my Little Itty-Bitty."
"Well, it sure don't seem like it."
"Well, it may not seem like it to you, Little, but that's the way it is. That's the way it is, and you know it." Then he tried to "baby talk" her, but Momma wouldn't go for that, either.
"Elvis, I am not a baby right now." She came right out and said it. "Do you have a girlfriend out there?"
"Do I have a girlfriend out here?"
"You heard what I said."
"Oh, don't be that way, honey. I've told you a thousand times, I'm crazy about you."
"Well, you're sure not acting like it."
"Anita, can't you take my word for it? If I didn't love you, I wouldn't be wasting my damn time with you. Just because I don't call you three or four times week, don't mean that I don't love you. Don't go crazy on me now — every time I talk to you, you tear my damn head up!"
"That's not true, Elvis, and you know it!"
"Well, then, you ought to know by now how I feel after you, Little. I love you very much, I miss you very much, and if you were with me right now, I'd be perfectly happy!"
When she looks back on it now, my mother wishes that she had never made that call, because she and Elvis ended up arguing with each other for nearly half an hour. But at the same time, her gut kept telling her that something was different, that no matter what he said, he was not being faithful. And it was about time that she stop pretending to herself, and to everyone else, that he was.
Even so, their conversation gives us some insight into Elvis' feelings. I don't believe he was insincere that night when he told Momma that he loved her.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Ed Bonja's Memorial Service: The memorial and reception for Elvis' friend and photographer Ed Bonja was held on November 8, 2019, South Pasadena.
EIN contributor Paul Gansky spoke about their good friend.
"Ed was a dear friend to Joan and I. You may have heard him say he lived in Culver City. He lived with us in our Culver City home for several years before he moved to Germany.
Twice a year or so, he would be invited to Elvis-related events in L.A., Las Vegas, Yuma and other places. When traveling to these places, he would always arrange to stay few extra weeks at our house so that he could visit his family and local friends. Ed was very proud of all of his children, and spoke very highly of them very often.
As we got to know Ed, we encouraged him to make healthier food choices. He resisted with all his might! Vegetables and fruit would NEVER pass his lips! His favorite eatery was Denny’s!
On a typical morning, Ed would meet Artie Dadyan in downtown L.A. for breakfast. (Artie was also known as Party Artie and was famous for making Elvis-style jewelry.) After breakfast, Ed would drive over to Whittier for a visit with another Elvis friend, Sherif Hanna, at Sherif’s auto care center.
On most Sundays, Ed would attend mass at Saint Augustine Church in Culver City. He often sang in their choir, which he enjoyed a lot.
Joan and I love having house guests, especially Elvis fans from faraway places and other countries. A special treat for them would be to meet Ed in our home. He loved sharing his Elvis stories and would sign photos for them.
One of Ed’s favorite stories was about a prank played on Elvis, with Ed mimicking J.D. Sumner’s very deep bass voice. Elvis could not stop laughing for several days!
Ed was invited to many annual Elvis festivals in Europe as a celebrity guest and speaker. He always received a very warm welcome. He traveled to England, Poland, Denmark, Finland, the South Pole and all over Germany.
I’d want to give a special thank you to Ed’s special friend Claudia Engel for helping him in Berlin, and for bringing him home. - We love you Ed, and will always remember you!

(News, Source;PGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis By Request of Japanese Fans' New Import CD: The publicity notes... Originally released as a 4 LP set in 1980 this set has always been a fan favorite. (EIN, Really??) Not only this is one of the best compiled Elvis releases of all time, but also the cover art drew some attention. Many times referred to as the “tear” cover this set can be found in many serious Elvis collections. It’s a stunning beauty. And now this wonderful box set is available on cd.
Presented in a clamshell box set including the original lp set on 3 cds plus a fantastic bonus cd containing rare or hard to find recordings. The set contains the original tracks as released on the 1980 Japanese lp set. So for the first time you can find some original electronic stereo tracks on cd. A fantastic set full of fan favorites which will be in your player for a long long time.
EIN notes: The bootleg market is scraping the bottom of the barrel to make a buck. This comes from no reputable label and any Elvis collector could surely compile the same tracklist. And in any case the song selection is all over the place with, for instance, 'You Gave Me A Mountain' followed by 'Mary In The Morning', 'Blue Suede Shoes' and 'That’s All Right' (both in "electronic stereo"!) before 'The Wonder Of You', 'Early Morning Rain' and 'All Shook Up'. It truly doesn't play well at all!
Go here to 'All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 4 November 2019

Ultimate Classic Rock magazine celebrates Suspicious Minds: Elvis Presley enjoyed his last US No.1 hit when “Suspicious Minds,” released the previous week, reached the top spot on Nov. 1, 1969. It was a massive transformation for the star, who’d endured a period in the doldrums before returning to the big time in 1968.

The song had been written and recorded by Mark James in 1968. Certain it would be a hit, he and his record label had thrown everything they could at it, but they lacked the scale to secure the required sales. Producer Chips Moman had retained a high regard for the song, however – it was said the label had given him a Rolls-Royce for his work on it – and his regard was to pay dividends.

Mark James noted, “Late one night, fooling around on my Fender guitar and using my Hammond organ pedals for a bass line, I came up with a catchy melody. I was married to my first wife then but still had feelings for my childhood sweetheart, who was married back in Houston. My wife suspected I had those feelings, so it was a confusing time for me. I felt as though all three of us were all caught in this trap that we couldn't walk out of.”

James had relocated to Memphis to become a house writer for Moman at American Sound Studio. When the producer told him that Presley wanted to work there – specifically so he could harness the country music power of house band the Memphis Boys – Moman also asked him to come up with songs for the King to consider. However, James was struggling for ideas. “We went to about two days before,” he recalled. “I was down, man, because I still hadn't come up with anything.”

Then he thought of “Suspicious Minds.” “It was like seeing a golden number one and I knew that was the song I'd been looking for,” he said. “I knew most of the guys with Elvis, some of them working there, around Memphis – 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!’” James wasn’t in the room when Presley first heard the song – and immediately asked to hear it again. Moman recalled that he took to it so quickly that he’d already learned it by the time he left for home with a tape under his arm.

Recording began at 4AM on Jan. 23, 1969, and eight takes were recorded over three hours before Presley added his vocal track. Once again, James wasn’t present, having attended a previous session and felt as if it made Presley uncomfortable. “I went to the studio one time,” the writer recalled. “I went upstairs and I heard they were taking a break. … And I went in there and he happened to be leaning up against the baffle. … 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.” (News, Source: Ultimate Classic Rock)

Tupelo Visitors Center display: The Tupelo Visitors Center has some fun with the idea that Elvis’ muse was Captain Marvel, Jr.: Visitors can read about Elvis’ childhood via giant comic books. Here, you’ll also learn the stunning fact that Elvis was actually a natural blond.






(News, Source: Tupelo.net)




New book - Elvis and Society: According to the Amazon listing: Elvis and Society by Michael Young is a 155 page book which has new information never published before about Elvis Presley and his mother and dad. Elvis and Society also is about society and how society effected and impacted Elvis Presley's life.

(News, Source: Amazon)


Updated - The Most Dramatic Elvis Film Poster ever released (and other rare posters): While many fans in English-speaking countries are familiar with the normally seen Elvis film posters, most will not have seen many of the very different posters released in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Yugoslavia.

In this pictorial spotlight article, EIN presents 25 rarely seen Elvis film posters and lobby cards, starting with what is arguably the most dramatic Elvis movie poster, an extra large 4 sheet (40" x 60") released in Italy promoting Charro.

View EIN's rare Elvis film poster pictorial

Now with Reader FEEDBACK and corrections...

(Spotlight, Source;NPatterson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Finnish Elvis Fan Club releases Livre de Coloriage Elvis Pour Les Enfants et les adultees aussi! / The Elvis Coloring Book for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!: Following on from their previous successful book releases, Sun Singlet (Sun Singles) and The Elvis Map, the busy Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Finland has released its latest book targeted principally (but not exclusively) at a young audience.

EIN's Nigel Patterson rediscovered his inner child and dusted off his aging crayons for a colorful journey around Elvis' Memphis. The book has been published with English, French, German and Finnish editions.

With contributions to the book (which has been released in English, French and Finnish editions) from people who knew Elvis including Tish Henley, Cynthia Pepper, the Smith family and Bill Morris, what Nigel found was that while his artistic skills are still not up to scratch there was still plenty to enjoy and learn while coloring his way across Elvis' Memphis. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel's full review of:

Elvis Coloring Books For Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

Conversations With The King released in softcover and ebook formats: In 2011, David Stanley, Elvis' youngest step-brother, released Conversations With The King Journals of a Young Apprentice as a hardcover (with dust jacket) edition. The book has now been released in softcover and Kindle formats with an amended sub-title: The Enduring Spiritual Legacy of Elvis Presley. It is co-written by Dr. David Gruder.

The book is thematically different to most other books about Elvis and provides an intriguing perspective on Elvis’ spiritual side (his search for meaning) and its legacy for others in a world where many people are seeking spiritual development. Based on a platform of self-development, the authors discuss themes such as authenticity and inauthenticity, while each chapter includes important Questions to Ponder. (News, Source: Amazon)

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Why might The Beatles seem a bit disappointed when they met their hero Elvis? Did Elvis perceive The Beatles as a threat to his kingdom?: The Quora site recently posted this topic written by Harold Philip Benson, (former Keyboard, Classically Trained - 1983-2016). Benson wrote:

The Beatles were very excited as they drove over to Elvis’s house in L.A., laughing and talking in the car. They were impressed by the big house and living room with the huge television. They were also amazed that 10 helpers lived there also, with their wives (Elvis’ ‘mafia’). But, after everyone sat down, the meeting started slowly. The Beatles and Elvis sitting, all the Beatles afraid to talk first, and Elvis kind of shy and just sitting there. Elvis felt a little awkward, but he felt mostly shy. Elvis showed he felt a bit shy and awkward when he suddenly broke the silence by quietly saying, “If you’re gonna’ just sit there, I’ll go to bed”. (It was a bit after 11 PM.)

So John nervously and quickly shot out a bunch of questions to Elvis, like why does he do those movie ballads and what happened to good ol’ rock n’ roll. That got the ball rolling a bit.

The Beatles and Elvis next swapped some stories, but the atmosphere was not yet relaxed. Elvis asked for guitars and they had a brief jam session with him that included “I Feel Fine” and a Cilla Black song.

Elvis had been playing a bass guitar when the Beatles arrived, so he played bass during the jam. Things eased up during the jam and when Paul and Elvis talked about blues and playing bass. After that, they discussed their respective fans, tours and movies. They all played a few games of pool also. They thought Elvis was shy and quiet…which he was. The meeting lasted about three hours.

In all, the Beatles thought it was great and exciting. John, however, felt it a bit more boring than he’d hoped. They did NOT feel antagonism. All but John did NOT feel particularly disappointed. I think they, as big fans of Elvis like anyone else, expected a dynamic, outgoing, animated guy in Elvis who would lead the way and show them a great time. But Elvis was real: Shy. Elvis did not act like he was defensive or threatened, although at the start of the meeting he seems to have betrayed a bit of this.

PAUL: “It was one of the great meetings of my life. I think he liked us.” (News, Source: Quora.com)

Elvis Presley News Report November 2019: Emiel Maier has released his latest roundup of "things Elvis".

Always interesting, Emiel is to be congratulated on his great monthly video release for Elvis fans.

Watch the November 2019 report here
- Runs 10 minutes


(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 1 November 2019
'Elvis LIVE UK Tour 2019' Selling Well: Elvis' new UK tour showcasing "Presley's greatest hits" is kicking-off later this month and the good news is that tickets are selling very well. At most venues there are only a few tickets left for any worthwhile seat.
Elvis' Greatest Hits tour plays at six arenas across the UK. As well as performances from the Philharmonic Orchestra this time the show will also feature the TCB Band.
Priscilla Presley and long term associate Jerry Shilling will also appear on stage at each date, sharing stories, personal photos and rare home movies.
The 2019 tour marks 50 years since Elvis made a triumphant return to live performing with a Las Vegas residency in 1969. Priscilla noted, "We're BACK and better than ever!"
"I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to the UK. Please join me live on stage to present this brand new show backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Elvis' TCB Band, never before seen new footage of Elvis and more surprises, including, Jerry Schilling. This will be a once in a lifetime show... you won't want to miss."
Elvis's Greatest Hits tour dates:
November 25 - Manchester Arena
November 26 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 27 - Birmingham Resorts Arena
November 28 - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
November 29 - Glasgow Hydro
December 1 - London O2 Arena
go to ticketmaster.co.uk for bookings
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis is Back! once again #2 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: Last year ELVIS once again jumped back up the Forbes charts to become #2 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity and this year he retained that same position earning a cool $39 million - helped no doubt by the expanded Elvis Presley's Memphis museum and interest surrounding the 1969 '50th Anniversary'.
In 2019 Michael Jackson again tops Forbes magazine's annual list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities but with an estimated of $60 million income - this is a MASSIVE DROP from his income last year of $400 million.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer drops to No.4 with $30 million while "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz is back to No.3 with a $38 million.
As last year, rounding out the top five is reggae icon Bob Marley ($20 million).
Even with CD sales collapsing nine musicians feature in the list of 13, up from just six a year ago. John Lennon is the richer late Beatle at #7 on the list with $14 million (much of it owed to the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road) while George Harrison is 13th on the list, with $9 million.
Other musicians included are Prince #9 ($12M), Rapper Nipsey Hussle (who was shot in Los Angeles) comes in at 10 with $11 million, XXXTentacion, who died in June 2018, is 11 on the list having made $10 million since his death. He is most-streamed deceased celebrity in America.
Whitney Houston is #12 ($9.5M). The great Marilyn Monroe is #8 ($13M) while children’s author Dr. Seuss is #6 ($19M)

Top Ten Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2019.
1. Michael Jackson $60 million (down from $400m!)
2. Elvis Presley $39 million (down from $40m)
3. Charles Schulz ('Peanuts' creator) $38 million.
4. Arnold Palmer $30 million.
5. Bob Marley $20 million.
Also - 6. Dr. Seuss $19 million, 7. John Lennon $14 million, 8. Marilyn Monroe $13 million, 9. Prince $12 million, 10. Nipsey Hussle $10 million.

As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!

Elvis left the building 42 years ago - will Michael Jackson still be in the list in 30 years' time? - EIN truly has its doubts.
(News, Source;Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)

Luhrmann finds his Priscilla for Elvis Biopic: Director Baz Luhrmann has found the Priscilla to his Elvis for his new biopic in 'The Society' actress Olivia DeJonge.
Australian DeJonge, who also starred in M. Night Shyamalan's 2015 thriller The Visit and Netflix series “The Society” will portray Priscilla Presley in Luhrmann's untitled movie that will follow a 20-year period of Elvis Presley's life as he hit stratospheric levels of fame and success.
“Olivia is capable of manifesting the complex depth and presence that has made Priscilla Presley an icon in her own right. She’s an extremely talented young actor and the perfect counterpoint to Austin Butler's Elvis,” Luhrmann said in a statement.

Butler beat out the likes of Ansel Elgort and Harry Styles to play the King of Rock 'n' Roll in the film that will examine the musician's life through his relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.
Principal photography will begin early next year in Queensland, Australia.
Luhrmann co-wrote the screenplay for his film alongside Craig Pearce.
The as yet untitled Warner Bros. film, which is due to hit cinemas next year on October 21,
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)

Jason Momoa dresses up as Elvis on Ellen: Aquaman's Jason Momoa channeled Elvis himself on the Halloween episode of the Ellen show. Momoa appeared in a light pink bedazzled bell bottom jumpsuit with a cape along with a pair of sunglasses, a black wig and a red lei. He made his entrance at the top of the audience staircase, proudly displaying the cape's design before making his way through the crowd and onto the stage, though not before getting a little dancing in to one of the King's hits.
The 40 year old Aquaman star walked out through the crowd in an epic pink Elvis jumpsuit, even giving a costumed fan a lei. He even mimiced Presley's iconic, 'Thank you, thank you very much,' while admitting to Ellen that he's 'obsessed' with The King of Rock and Roll.
Momoa noted, 'I am obsessed with Elvis, my momma raised me on him and I was so obsessed I bought a bike like him and I got an old '55 Cadillac.
When asked if he has dressed like The King before, he admitted that he dressed up like Elvis on Halloween in his youth.
'Actually, I did it on Halloween when I was 19, and that was my first time in Los Angeles. I was working on a little show called... Baywatch,' Momoa said. 'So a 19 year old Jason showed up as a young Elvis and this is my second time playing Elvis. Halloween is good to me,' he said.
EIN notes that if Jason Momoa can interest Aquaman's $1-billion-box-office-audience in ELVIS that has got to be a very good thing.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie and Riley in 1994: Looking very much like a photo of Priscilla pushing Lisa Marie in a pram, this photo posted this week by Riley Keough, is in fact an old shot of herself with her mother Lisa Marie. The photo is from 1994 and shows Lisa Marie pushing her daughter, who was around 5 years old at the time, in a stroller.
Lisa Marie's twins Finely and Harper also celebrated their birthdays on October 7th with the girls turning 11.
Grandma "Nona" Priscilla posted "HAPPY BIRTHDAY Harper and Finley. I love you, NONA,"
Priscilla recently gushed about the twins while speaking with Us Weekly ahead of Graceland’s first annual Elegant Southern Style Weekend.
"I can’t believe they are so smart with technology, they can handle the phone better than I can. They know how to Google already, they know how to draw things and characters, and oh, my gosh. They’re just little girls experiencing life and having fun."
Priscilla added that the girls are aware of their grandfather's fame to a certain extent at their young age, though they play it cool when they hear their famous relative's songs in public.
Priscilla said, "If they hear an Elvis song in a store, they’re very, um, demure about it. They they will look at each other and look at us with little smiles. So they’re very respectful."
(News, Source;JP/ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier in the week ...

The Most Dramatic Elvis Film Poster ever released (and other rare posters): While many fans in English-speaking countries are familiar with the normally seen Elvis film posters, most will not have seen many of the very different posters released in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Yugoslavia.


In this pictorial spotlight article, EIN presents 25 rarely seen Elvis film posters and lobby cards, starting with what is arguably the most dramatic Elvis movie poster, an extra large 4 sheet (40" x 60") released in Italy promoting Charro.


View EIN's rare Elvis film poster pictorial

(Apologies - Article now fixed)

(Spotlight, Source;NPatterson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL' - Get It Now UPDATE: Elvis Files' Erik Lorentzen's new project the "Photographic Trilogy" of Elvis' stunning 'That's The Way It Is'.
Erik explained, - 2,000 unseen photos from my favorite period "That's The Way It Is". All from the original negatives and slides.
UPDATE - With only 1,000 copies printed don't leave it to the last minute to order. And CHECK OUT these stunning images below that are featured in the book ..

All orders can be done by sending €230 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no
This includes DHL worldwide shipping

Click HERE to our EIN Sneak preview - to see more great preview photos.
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Ed Bonja book "Elvis We'll Remember You" still available: Thanks to Hannu Ignatius who sent us the following message:

Concerning your wonderful interview of our common friend Ed Bonja, I'd like to let you know that the last photo book "Elvis - We'll Remember You" by FinnFan Productions, published in summer of 2014: it is still available. You published a piece of news in 2014 when the book was about to come out.

The hard cover coffee table book (+170 pages) is written both in English and Finnish. For more info you can send e-mail to: epfkea@outlook.com

Read EIN's interview with Ed Bonja

Did you know Elvis briefly dated a pro-wrestling women's world champion?: Believe it or not, but prior to his Army stint Elvis dated Penny Banner, who in the 1960s became the first American Wrestling Association (AWA) Women's World Wrestling Champion. In her entertaining autobiography, Banner Days (published in 2004), Ms Banner details her "dates" with Elvis. Her account is both respectful and insightful, confirming a number of characteristics of Elvis' personality, his "kissing" ability, and his unusual attitude to sex.

Read EIN's book review of Ms Banner's autobiography

(News, Source: EIN)

Australia's Parkes Elvis Festival named as a finalist in 2019 Grey Nomad Awards: The Parkes Elvis Festival has been named a finalist in the 2019 Grey Nomad Awards, helping cement the town’s reputation as a top destination for mature age tourists with a penchant for rock’n’roll.

The Festival has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Grey Nomad Festival or Event’ category. Parkes Elvis Festival is the largest celebration of Elvis' life in the Southern Hemisphere, encompassing more than 200 events across five days.

Grey nomads made happy by crooning rebirthed Elvis songs were even cheerier upon learning that 80% of events were free to attend. The typical Festival visitor is a mature traveller over 50 who stays in a caravan or RV, with one in every three visitors over the age of 65.

Festival Director Cathy Treasure explains “we are beyond thrilled to be nominated for a Grey Nomad Award. Parkes Elvis Festival has been a cultural touchstone of regional NSW for over 25 years and this is largely thanks to the unbridled support of travellers over 50.

The Awards were judged by mature-age tourism professionals, some of whom have experienced the grey nomad lifestyle and attended the Festival personally, adding weight to the Parkes Elvis Festival’s success as a finalist.
The judges congratulated the Parkes Shire Council on catering so well to grey nomad festival goers, saying “we love that the town found a unique way to attract visitors when much of Australia is focussed on seaside holidays. As children of the 50s and 60s, grey nomads love Elvis and we can see why a favoured activity this year was participating in the love-filled Elvis Renewal of Vows ceremony.”
The judges added “festivals like the Parkes Elvis Festival encourage people over 55 to see, learn about and enjoy the many facets of Australia, and therefore make a valuable tourism contribution well beyond what is initially recognised.”
Grey nomads are a huge, still largely untapped segment that represent one of the biggest opportunities in domestic tourism. This age segment possesses 32% of Australia's disposable income and love learning about the country. Importantly, they are fiercely loyal. Once they discover something they like, they will return.
The Awards dinner is being held on the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday 6th November, immediately following The Art of Attraction Tourism summit which will feature guest-speaker Festival director Cathy Treasure. The summit marks the first national event to explore two fast-growing 21st century tourism segments - senior travel and arts tourism.
For more information go to www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au
(News, Source: Australian Leisure Management)

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EIN exclusives and News from earlier in October ...

Two New FTD Releases for November: Announced for release next month, two special treats from FTD and perfect for Christmas!
- 'The Elvis Is Back Sessions' New FTD Deluxe-Set: To celebrate its 60th Anniversary year, FTD is pleased to announce the release of “The ELVIS IS BACK Sessions”.
Hailed by many as Elvis’ finest recordings. For the first time, here are all the songs as recorded in sequence. Included are all the RCA outtakes and masters.
The release includes a deluxe 28-page booklet and sound carrier adorned with, beautiful portraits, rare photos, insightful essay, recording data and classic memorabilia.
Fans are sure to know what tracks were recorded at these crucial sessions - but what a treat to get the Complete Sessions plus new outakes from songs such as 'Make Me Know It' , 'Soldier Boy', "Mess Of Blues', 'Fame And Fortune' and 'Girl Of My Best Friend'.

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

- 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' New FTD Book: Also out next month, the new 'deluxe' book announced by FTD, 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' by David English and Pal Granlund.
This book is large Coffee-Table format, same size as previous FTD book/cd publication 'Elvis Presley A Boy From Tupelo' with a hard slip-case.
The ultimate in background story into how the fabulous musical starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret was created. This 400 page hardback book gives a fascinating and comprehensive insight from script to screen.
The book features, 250 newly discovered images, including wardrobe stills, memos, contracts and pages from director George Sidney's personal script, Soundtrack recording session documents, Memories from the cast and crew. The shooting schedule, filming dates and locations revealed for the first time. Exclusive Warner Brothers interview on the film restoration of Viva Las Vegas. Book includes a deluxe slip case
The audio on 3 cds: The first official release of the original soundtrack in mono. The original conceived 1963 studio album. Bonus songs from the soundtrack and newly discovered songwriters' demos.
CHECK OUT the promo video here
Go to FTD / SONY News for tracklisting and more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' FTD confirmed: FTD's Ernst Jørgensen has confirmed with EIN that the expanded deluxe FTD release of 'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' is already being worked on.
Jørgensen notes that FTD do not like to announce future releases anymore since this only makes bootleggers rush in to bang-out poorer quality copy-cat product.
"We are normally working on a handful of these projects simultaneously" he adds.

EIN notes that with all the on-going debate about the recent "Venus" (really?) issue of their 'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai' 'Blue-Hawaii sessions' (without the advertised "Top-Notch" sound!) it is good to know that fans of quality session releases can wait for the FTD version.

In this circumstance, where the bootleg is already out, EIN thinks it is a real positive that FTD let fans know their sessions product will be released in the near-future.

(see another reader comment about the Venus release below)

(News, Source;EJ/ElvisInfoNet)

Woody Harrelson‘s as Elvis in new movie 'Zombieland: Double Tap': Actor Woody Harrelson has always said that he is a BIG fan of Elvis, and now he gets the chance to play his idol in the new movie 'Zombieland: Double Tap'.
The movie also features Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Luke Wilson.
In previous interviews Woody Harrelson has always stated that performing his impersonation of Elvis for his high-school football team (he still does a mean "All Shook Up") was what led him in to acting. Performing Elvis for the first time in front of a crowd everyone started clapping and gathering all round him as he then jumped on the library table dancing. Afterwards the Drama club scout sort Harrelson out to telling him that he must start with her theatre group.
Yes, his love of Elvis helped make Woody Harrelson the star he is today.
In this next Zombieland installment the zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of
zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. Also new to the cast are Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia and Rosario Dawson.
Zombieland double taps hits cinemas  this month.
Click here to Woody Harrelson & Jesse Eisenberg on YouTube discussing Elvis impressions and trying to film at Graceland (Priscilla said no!)
(News, Source;RCramp/ElvisInfoNet.com)

"She Is The King" - 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby' Video: One of Elvis’ most underrated singles is I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (1974). Written by legendary “swamp rocker”, Tony Joe White it only peaked at #39 on Billboard's Top 100 Chart and #4 on it's Top Country Chart.

In 2019, Jacqueline Feilich (aka She Is The King) has recorded the song as her latest single. With a resonant, deep assured vocal and lively country beat, Jac’s recording is a strong one, true to Elvis’ interpretation....... and one which has the potential to bring the song to a new audience. As she notes, "As with everything I do, I try to give much needed light to Elvis’ more obscure tracks as I’ve always believed they were majorly underrated and deserved another shot in the ears of today’s young people."

Go here to YouTube to watch the cute new video

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

OCT 18- 'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' FTD 5CD Box-Set OUT NOW: Fans will be delighted to know that the FTD 5CD deluxe boxset 'ELVIS: AMERICAN SOUND 1969' has at last been released and is OUT NOW.
The Memphis 1969 session collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions, which resulted in his From Elvis In Memphis record later that year. 'Elvis: American Sound 1969' is the deluxe box-set featuring all known and previously unreleased outtakes from the legendary American Sound Sessions, Including “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds”.
This 5-CD set that’s part of FTD’s new ‘Sessions’ series, includes a 28-page booklet with rare photos and memorabilia.
Go here to 'FTD Releases' for the full-tracklist.
EIN notes that in all honesty only a very few outtakes have not yet been released by FTD and these are...
Long Black Limousine – Takes 1,2,3 & 5
Wearin’ That Loved On Look – Takes 1,2, & 5
You’ll Think Of Me – Takes 11, 19, 20 & 22
In The Ghetto – Takes 5-10 - .... and that is all.

While not a "Complete Sessions" to have all these session gathered together on a 5 disc set with 28-page booklet plus uniform remastering makes this an essential collector's purchase if you can afford it.
Both the FTD 'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' box-set and ‘Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee’ Double-Vinyl releases are OUT NOW

- Photo courtesy Henrik Knudsen

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'American Sound 1969' Special RSD Vinyl: Record Store Day are doing special "BLACK FRIDAY 2019" releases this November and 'Elvis Presley - American Sound 1969' gets a limited 4000 copies double-vinyl release.
... 1969 was a pivotal year for Elvis Presley. Fresh from the success of the '68 Comeback Special, a revitalized Elvis headed to American Sound Studios with producer Chips Moman and a crack group of local session musicians. From these sessions came From Elvis In Memphis, one of the most beloved LPs of his career, plus the seminal hits "Suspicious Minds" (his 18th and final No. 1 hit) and "In The Ghetto." American Sound Sessions 1969, available for the first time on vinyl, features rare and unreleased outtakes from these legendary sessions.
As an "Alternate Album" this looks quite delicious.
These RSD Exclusive titles are physically released only at indie record stores.
Event: BLACK FRIDAY - 29/11/2019
Label: Legacy - Quantity: 4000

Go to EIN SONY Releases for full tracklist and RSD info

(News, Source;RSD/ElvisInfoNet)

RARE Elvis Photos: Readers Digest on-line features "9 Rarely Seen Vintage Photos of Elvis Presley". Although several of them are familiar images there are some also some delicious rarities to check out.
Including.. "In 1957, my husband, Norm, was a disc jockey at CKDA, a radio station in Victoria, British Columbia. Before he was inducted into the Army, Elvis Presley scheduled one last show in Vancouver. The big night arrived, and I was fortunate enough to get backstage as Norm interviewed 'The King.'" - Elsie Pringle.

Click here to RD to see full-size images

(News, Source;RD/ElvisInfoNet)

'BACK-IN LIVING STEREO' New MRS 6cd/Book: MRS will release a 6CD/100-page book 'BACK-IN LIVING STEREO' on 22nd November 2019 with a new CD housing package box set.
The 6 CDs contain over 150 remastered tracks of the essential 1960- 1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes (including unreleased material) and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s.
All tracks have now been cleaned, repaired (there are too many to mention), and restored. The home recordings have now had the same mastering techniques as used so successfully on the recent MRS release Made in Germany.
The set also includes unreleased recordings - including one that will have the Elvis world ‘all shook up’, as well as a previously unreleased stereo version of a home recordings.
The 100 page book includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62.
The six CDs focus on different sections of Elvis stunning early sixties career - as well as his personal musical inspirations shown via his sixties home recordings
CD1 – THE ESSENTIAL 1960 MASTERS - 'Make Me Know It' through to 'Working on the Building'
CD2 – THE ESSENTIAL 1961 - 1962 MASTERS - ' I'm Comin' Home' to 'She's Not You' (plus 2 bonus tracks)
CD3 – SELECTED ALTERNATE OUTTAKES 1960 – 1961 - 'Make Me Know It' to 'For the Millionth and Last Time ' alternate takes
CD4 – SELECTED ALTERNATE OUTTAKES 1961 – 1962 - '(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame' to 'She's Not You' plus plus unreleased extras including 'Goin’ Home' outakes

Go to 'All The CD News' for the full tracklist - EIN notes that as a book/cd combo this looks a fabulous deal.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai' 3-CD set Buyers Beware: EIN has received a review from a regular VENUS purchaser who feels that he has wasted his money on the recent rush-released Blue Hawaii 'Complete Sessions' set.
He writes.. "I would like to warn the fans, that the new 'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai' 3-CD is a complete rip off. The songs have been taken from already released mono and stereo bootleg CDs, mixed with the original FTD releases. It has been edited very poorly and the sound changes all the time between very dull bootleg sound with strong noise filter and the original FTD sound. The sound is certainly NOT 'Top-Notch'! It is hardly any fun to listen to it.
I cannot even believe, that the people of Venus are behind this release.
To be honest only the Logo looks like Venus, but Venus have never delivered such a poor quality release before, so is it really a Venus product? I really don’t know.
It comes in a simple digipack for 3 CDs, no booklet, no further notes. Usually Venus is famous at least for their outstanding sound.
These CDs are just a mess in terms of sound, I’m really disappointed. Also nothing new in terms of content – everything has been released before, either on Bootleg in better quality (!) (Laurel/TCB) or on FTD.
Yes, FTD will surely release a “Blue Hawaii Session” in the future, so usually there is no need to buy the Venus set anyway.
But maybe collectors are Venus fans like myself, and have all the old Venus stuff and so would be interested in the new release.
I just would like to say to them, forget this one, and save your money." - Michael

NOTE - EIN being in Australia has not seen or heard this release as yet - but the whole product sounded suspicious to us and purely a money-grabbing release.
PLEASE, if you own 'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai' and think it was well-worth buying then please send us your review
EIN thanks Michael for such a fast and informative review
(News, Source;M/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Unleashed' EIN exclusive Review: The publicity stated... Experience the King Like Never Before With 'Elvis Unleashed'. Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe this fall with the new music special, "Elvis Unleashed" featuring previously unseen footage on movie theater screens of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special." The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King.
"Elvis Unleashed" captures the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special, and sheds new light on Elvis as a cultural icon. Each screening will include a new 30-minute segment with LA writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, rising pop/country artist Jade Jackson and the esteemed director of the "68 Elvis Comeback Special," Steve Binder, to discuss Elvis's life and legacy.

But does the cinema-event really live up to all the publicity, is there really anything new to enjoy? The answer is that, "the material is amazing and essential viewing, you can tell that Elvis knew that a lot was at stake – he simply works his ass off".
While the US and Australia screenings were cancelled EIN contributor ARJAN DEELEN saw this movie-event in Copenhagen last night - and kindly sent us his on-the-spot review... he notes, "All fans deserve to see this footage"..
(Spotlight/Reviews, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisinfoNet)

'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai' New Import CD: With the fact that FTD will no doubt release their Blue Hawaii deluxe "Complete Sessions" in the near future the bootleggers are trying a last attempt to earn some cash and releasing their own version.
EIN has asked Ernst for a FTD release confirmation
Publicity notes, Venus Productions is proud to present you a 3-CD set with unreleased outtakes from the movie “Blue Hawaii”.
As with all Venus releases all tracks are uncut and the sound is top notch!

Go here to 'All The Elvis CD News' for full tracklisting and details


(News, Source;Venus/ElvisInfoNet)

Revealing Colonel Tom Parker's Dutch heritage: Even after Elvis' death it was some time before most fans became aware that the Colonel was actually an illegal Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk.

In fact, the Colonel's Dutch beginnings were revealed by Dutch author/researcher, Hans Langbroek, who, in 1970, seven years before Elvis' death, published a neat 64 page book, The Hillbilly Cat (reprinted in 1981). In a chapter titled the great snowman - thomas andrew parker, the author noted: ... something more like the truth would have been: born june 26th, 1909, in breda, holland. Christened Andre Van Kuyk, moved to england in 1929, and, after a few months, moved from there to the west indies, and finally moved to the united states. worked there as a dog-catcher alright, and hot-dog seller and even with a travelling circus, finally he joined the us army in 1931 and left again in 1936, with an injured back and a small pension. after he left the army he wrote home for the last time, told them he had now changed his name to thomas andrew parker and started to sell the cure-everything medicine......

EIN Comments: Even that it was a pre-Internet era, it is surprising that when Elvis broke globally, none of the "Colonel's" Dutch family sold the story to the media for it to be picked up in America and Europe. Albert Goldman in his "hatchet-job" biography Elvis (published 1981) suggests the "Colonel's" family did not know what had happened to him - this may be closer to what actually happened than as suggested by Langbroek.

To add to Langbroek's story, the "Colonel" came to America on a freighter which landed in Florida. During his US Army stint he was stationed at a base in Hawaii and he apparently claimed he was born in West Virginia. His honorary title of "Colonel" was bestowed on him by Louisiana Governor, Jimmie Davis (a former country music singer for whom the "Colonel" had done promotional work).
(News, Source: Hans Langbroek, The Hillbilly Cat; New Netherland Institute; EIN)
- - - and don't miss EIN's essential spotlight : - 'The Dark Side of Colonel Parker'

Poem about Elvis written by Colonel Tom Parker: Thanks to Robert "Yoshi" Kim for sending EIN the following item:



Read Yoshi's articles about his life as an ETA

(News, Source: Robert "Yoshi" Kim)

(Book Review) Elvis A Humanitarian (Paul Belard): Prolific Elvis book author, Paul Belard, has published his latest photo-journal, a comprehensive 300 page record of Elvis' acts of kindness and compassion for others.

The book has a good balance between narrative, visual and archival material, and documents not only the well known but also many acts of kindness by Elvis that many fans will be unaware of.


Read EIN's detailed review



(Book Review, Source: EIN)

'Elvis Unleashed' - CANCELLED!: While there has been no official notification or explanation as yet, it appears that the new cinema special 'Elvis Unleashed' has been CANCELLED in US / Australia.
Despite the big publicity push "Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe next month with the new special, "Elvis Unleashed," featuring previously unseen footage of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special" the film has been removed from Australian Cinema bookings and it has also been removed from EPE's news page and also FATHOM Events bookings.

Both EPE and FATHOM should be honest and offer an explanation (presumably poor ticket sales) rather than just ignore it.
"Elvis Unleashed" was supposed to capture the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special and sheds new light on Elvis as an icon. Click HERE for cute promo Video.
"Elvis Unleashed" WAS going to be shown in "more than 800 US movie theaters" Click here to Fathom Events for US Theatre locations & info
In Australia showings have been removed- Click HERE for Australia EVENT cinemas - - EIN was looking forward to seeing it again!
In the UK (and in Europe) the various cinema chains are STILL showing the new film! check UK theatres via SHOWCASE / MyVu

EIN has been told, "The Australian cancellation was made by the distributor of the film"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

It is a 180gram LP with a 4-page photo pullout poster.
To be released 25th October 2019.
This Limited release of 1000 LP’s produced will be of 600 black and 400 clear vinyl editions.
Only black will be available through Amazon.
Next week MRS will announce its next multi CD / Book boxset release for November.
SIDE A - 23 mins - 1957
01 All Shook Up (with Studio Chat & Count in) 2:02
02 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You 2:31
03 I Need You So 2:39
04 (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) 3:20
05 I Beg Of You 1:54
06 Blueberry Hill 2:38
07 Is It So Strange 2:28
08 That's When Your Heartaches Begin 3:22
09 True Love 2:05
SIDE B – 24:46 mins - 1957
01 Don't Leave Me Now (with Studio Chat & Count in) 2:07
02 One Night (With You) 2:32
03 Don’t’ 2:48
04 Doncha' Think It's Time [Single master] 1:58
05 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 2:15
06 I Need Your Love Tonight 2:04
07 A Big Hunk O' Love 2:12
08 (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I 2:36
09 I Got Stung 1:48
10 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Undubbed Version) 2:22
11 Doncha' Think It's Time [LP master] 2:00

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis’ 85th Birthday Celebration: EPE have announced their schedule and ticket information for Elvis’ 85th Birthday Celebration!
Join Elvis Fans in Memphis on January 8-11 2020 for four days of birthday festivities, along with special guests Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling. Events this year include our annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Tour, private tours of Graceland Mansion with Priscilla Presley, an Birthday Celebration Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffery and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, fan-favorite concert Elvis: Live in Concert featuring very special guests, and much more!
Fans who will be enjoying all four days with us can choose from two Elvis Birthday Celebration Packages. Individual tickets are also available.
Tickets for Elvis’ Birthday Celebration go on sale on Thursday, October 3, at 1:00 pm.
EPE say that this will be a Birthday Celebration not-to-be-missed!
Click here to EPE for schedule and more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis - That’s The Way It Is' Future FTD Release: There is no doubt that 2020 will be a massive celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' MGM filmed August 1970 Las Vegas concerts.
Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has already announced his 3-book set 'Elvis Summer Festival' (see below)
Now FTD have announced their future 2020 deluxe TTWII Book / CD set.
.. David English & Pal Granlund who have just released details on their forthcoming FTD book/cd Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas are proud to announce a new book, which will be released in 2020 on the 50th Anniversary of the documentary Elvis That’s The Way It Is.
Some brief details are listed below.
THE BOOK: 'Elvis Presley - That’s The Way It Is'– Hardbound book with deluxe slipcase containing over 400 pages. It is a 12 by 12 Deluxe format, in the same style as the FTD book ‘Elvis Presley - A Boy From Tupelo’ and ‘Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas.’
With access to 2,000 original negatives
and 35mm slides, these images have been restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before. The book will also contain items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
THE AUDIO: The package will also contain a gatefold sleeve and three compact discs with unreleased material, more details to follow.
EIN presumes the 3 cds will include the unreleased rehearsal material
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis Through the Ages' Book Review: The publicity for ‘Elvis Through the Ages: Images from the Hollywood Photo Archive’ stated..  "From the beginning of his career to his death as the Hollywood icon Elvis Presley sang and enchanted thousands of people. Publicity photos and behind-the-scenes shots from the Hollywood Photo Archives include scores of long been forgotten or abandoned images in neglected studio archives. This book collects 100 of the rarest of the rare, seldom previously seen images of his career. For the Elvis fans who think that they have seen it all, this book will provide a new lens on a beloved American icon.

EIN's Piers Beagley felt tempted by the offer of "100 of the rarest of the rare hollywood images" but now feels a fool for buying such a terrible collection of generic photos and a book full of so many UNFORGIVEABLE mistakes.. The publishers should be ashamed..
With an Elvis IMITATOR on the cover, as well as in the book, EIN readers should not get themselves "caught in this trap".. Please read this review before purchasing.

(PS - Do you love the Elvis and Ann-Margret photos on the front cover, well guess what, they are not in the book!)

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Unseen ELVIS footage: EIN's US contributors Joan & Paul Gansky recently reported that they had seen previously unknown Elvis home-video footage featured in the new PBS series Ken Burns series "Country Music". "Explore the remarkable stories of the people and places behind a true American art form." (click here to PBS for info)
This week's episode was 'I Can't Stop Loving You (1953-1963)'
A visit to Memphis, Tenn., during the age of rockabilly with Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; Ray Charles crosses over racial borders by recording a country album; Patsy Cline rises to stardom with a smooth new sound.
The show included some stunning unseen home movie footage of Elvis and Johnny Cash together in 1957.
Our friend's at Elvis Express Radio note.
"This awesome previously unseen home movie footage which shows Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash together back in 1957. How much more footage was filmed at this time is yet to be known.
The footage in the show so far gives us a mouth watering look at what else is waiting for fans out there, still waiting to be seen and heard by Elvis fans around the World.
In the promo trailer, we were treated to a split second of a never before seen piece of film footage of Elvis in colour from 1957. Now that the 8 part, 16 hour series has started we got a little more to wet our thirst for all things Elvis with more from that unseen film reel running 40 seconds and we see that cool Elvis giving a little rockin moves and generally looking damn cool.
Then we get some footage of Johnny Cash walking along a street and then in the back of a car with a cigarette. The footage stays with Johnny, and this time his with Elvis and the two legends look like they are listening to records together. Oh my word how I wish there was sound.
We can only hope that we get to see even more footage from this unseen film reel in the remaining episode.
Click here to YouTube to watch - it is SENSATIONAL
(News, Source;Gansky/ElvisExpress/EPJC57/ElvisInfoNet)

Parkes 2020 Elvis Festival Program Announced: The program for the 28th annual 2020 Australian Parkes Elvis Festival has been announced and it's certainly one fit to honour the memory of the king of rock and roll. Since going on sale on Monday, tickets are selling quickly for a packed program featuring more than 200 Elvis-themed events.

US Elvis tribute artist Dean Z has been announced as the 2020 Feature Artist and Joe Camilleri will be inducted on the Parkes Elvis Festival Wall of Fame. Australia's most decorated country artist, Adam Harvey, will perform a tribute to Elvis' country music hits, and making his long-awaited return to Parkes Elvis Festival, Australia's leading Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Anthony will present his dynamic show ELVIS - A Legendary Performer.

The Festival theme is based around the 1966 Elvis film Frankie and Johnny, a classic Elvis hit where The King played a Mississippi riverboat performer with a weakness for gambling.
Festival Director, Cathy Treasure said the movie features card sharks, casinos, a masked ball and theatrical costumes. "The Festival is expecting to witness one of the most colourful events in history, Frankie and Johnny was a

wonderfully fun film full of amazing costumes so we're expecting our attendees to have a lot of fun with it."
Cathy said the 2020 program is bigger and better than ever. There's also a bunch of great highlights, family focused activities, outdoor markets, special performances and much more.
"We've collected some of the country's top artists for a series of standout shows and Dean Z is arguably one of the world's best Elvis Tribute Artists so his concert series is sure to impress," she said.
The program also features a slew of returning favourites including Northparkes Mines Street Parade, Renewal of Vows Ceremony, Goodsell Machinery Miss Priscilla Dinner free ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage Entertainment and Elvis Gospel Service.
The Parkes Little Theatre will open its doors to a variety of shows, a range of exciting workshops for young and old will be available, Mark Andrew will perform his Grease Show on the ARTC Main Stage with special guest Shelly Minson as Sandy. Elvis tribute artists from Australia and abroad will once again battle it out in the preliminary round of the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest for the chance to compete in Memphis, USA, during Elvis Week in August.
Elvis Express and Blue Suede Express regional train services will once again be bringing hundreds of visitors wanting to arrive in style to the Festival, with sleeper carriages being used as accommodation for the first time.
Each year, hundreds of travelers in bejeweled jumpsuits and poodle skirts converge on Sydney's Central Station for a morning of live entertainment before hopping aboard the luxury trains where they are serenaded by top Elvis Tribute Artists all the way to Parkes.
You can also fly to the Festival on the Regional Express Hound Dog Express where you can enjoy drinks and Elvis style entertainment in the REX Lounge at Sydney Airport.
From Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 January, the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival will see over 27,000 people make the annual pilgrimage for the biggest tribute to The King in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the official Parkes Elvis Festival 2020 website
(News, Source: Central Western Daily)

'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' New FTD Book: A new 'deluxe' book announced by FTD, 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' by David English and Pal Granlund should be out in November.
This book is large Coffee-Table format, same size as previous FTD book/cd publication 'Elvis Presley A Boy From Tupelo' with a hard slip-case.
The ultimate in background story into how the fabulous musical starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret was created. This 400 page hardback book gives a fascinating and comprehensive insight from script to screen.
The book features, 250 newly discovered images, including wardrobe stills, memos, contracts and pages from director George Sidney's personal script, Soundtrack recording session documents, Memories from the cast and crew. The shooting schedule, filming dates and locations revealed for the first time. Exclusive Warner Brothers interview on the film restoration of Viva Las Vegas. Book includes a deluxe slip case
The audio on 3 cds: The first official release of the original soundtrack in mono. The original conceived 1963 studio album. Bonus songs from the soundtrack and newly discovered songwriters' demos.
CHECK OUT the promo video here
Go to FTD / SONY News for tracklisting and more info
(News, Source;DE/ElvisInfoNet)
1. 'Appreciation' (master)
2. 'Night Life' (full version, long fade)
3. 'What'd I Say' (take 4, extended version)
4. The Lady Loves Me' (version I)
5. 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever'
6. 'Jealous Fool' (performed by Jimmy Breedlove)
7. 'My Rival'
8. 'Just Like Me'
9. 'Viva Las Vegas' (performed by Mort Shuman)
10. 'You're the Boss'
11. 'I'd Only Love You More'
12. 'The Climb' (performed by The Coasters)
13. 'The Big Wheel'
14. 'Appreciation'
15. 'The Lady Loves Me' (version 2)
16. 'Do the Vega'
17. 'C'mon Everybody' (performed by Bob Johnston

Elvis and Bigtop Records - the time Elvis could have left RCA and co-owned his own record company: This is the obscure but true account of how Bigtop Records had discussions with Colonel Parker, to lure Elvis away from RCA.

While Bigtop Records is a little known label from the late 1950s-1960s it almost became, not only Elvis’ "recording" home, but also would have been part-owned by the King!

Read the full and fascination story here


(Spotlight, Source: EIN)

Sept 4 - Ed Bonja Photographer / Tour Manager has died: EIN has heard the sad news that Elvis' photographer Ed Bonja died in Berlin last night, aged 74. EIN's good friends Joan & Paul Gansky noted..

... Our dear friend and Elvis Photographer/tour manager Ed Bonja has joined Elvis and so many of his friends, co-stars, musicians, backup singers and others in Heaven. Leukemia and other medical complications brought his life to a close on September 4th, 2019. He was 74. Rest in peace Ed, our special friend.

Ed lived in Germany, most recently in Berlin, for the last 12 years of his life, participating in hundreds of shows at Hotel Estrella with Elvis-connected entertainers and friends. He also was a guest celebrity at many Elvis-events all over Europe and the USA.
Previously, he had called our house in Culver City “home” for several years. Whenever Ed visited the USA, he had his old “Bonja Suite” reserved in our home!
Our precious memories are too numerous to mention here, but we will always remember him as a gentle soul who went through life seeing good in everyone that crossed his path. - Paul & Joan Gansky

EIN Comment: Ed's passing is another sad day for Elvis fans. His photos were among the best taken of Elvis. Ed released several books including Elvis: Shot By Ed Bonja, Viva Elvis, and Spotlight On Elvis. In 2012, EIN reviewed the deluxe, coffee table release, Viva Elvis, rating it as one of the finest Elvis photo books ever published and a "visual assault on your senses" - the text was in Japanese and the photos were viscerally mouth watering. We gave it a "Highly Recommended" commendation. Copies of Viva Elvis are still available from Amazon Japan.
In 2004, EIN's Piers Beagley spoke with Ed Bonja at length in a great two-part interview.
(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

Available now:

Elvis Calendars for 2020: A range of Elvis calendars have been released in the US for 2020 (EIN will feature EC released calendars shortly). They include:

'Elvis: Stories Behind The Songs' Book Review:  BBC Local Radio presenter Matt Shepherd has published his first printed book looking at some of Elvis' biggest hits and lesser known treasures.
'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind The Songs' is the first of a two volume book and starts in January 1969, almost 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time in 14 years.
The 248-page book features nine chapters examining Elvis' stunning musical legacy. Elvis' recordings from 1969 - 1973 feature in the first section of the book while Elvis' fabulous fifties performances make up the second part.
A lot of EIN readers will have read so much about Elvis' amazing legacy already that a new book really needs to have an alternate viewpoint to keep one interested - and we think Sheppard’s 248-page book does just that.
Unlike other books, Sheppard’s examination of each song (usually) explains the composers backstory, the connection to Elvis, who previously recorded the song, alternate reviews, interview extracts and website links to other sites (such as youtube) and performances of the song by other artists.

EIN's Piers Beagley selected the book for some summer holiday reading on the beach and found himself enjoying what he found ..

(Book Reviews, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

ELVIS Movie in Pre-Production: Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, husband and wife collaborators are back home in Australia to work on what will probably go down as their biggest career gamble to date: recreating the life and times of music icon Elvis Presley for the big screen.
Naturally the local film industry is excited by the huge Warner Bros project coming to Australia, with the production being split between Queensland and Sydney.
Luhrmann and Martin have previously recreated Belle Epoque Parisian nightclubs and Jazz Age New York with much fanfare in Sydney, so Graceland on the Gold Coast is highly feasible.
But in these early days knowing exactly what to expect with the Elvis film is uncertain. Indeed, while Luhrmann and Martin share a love of sequins with Elvis (see below) when delving into the the real life of the King of Rock, things can get quite murky.
It was last June at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood that Luhrmann was working hard on his Elvis epic, a project which has been on the backburner for several years. (EIN first reported this project back in May 2014!)
It was at the time that Luhrmann confirmed he had won the blessing of both Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla as well as Lisa Marie to make the film. Both women have been long-term defenders - and fierce proponents - of the Elvis image and estate, which has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue since his death in 1977.
So the question remain about just how accurately the legend of the much-loved Elvis Presley showbiz icon and "Southern gentleman" reflects the reality of Elvis Presley the man.
Handsome young actor Austin Butler will portray Elvis in Baz's film which covers a 20-year period tracking Presley’s rise from
“very famous” to “minor American God.”
Central to the story will be Presley's tumultuous relationship with his manager, a colourful and rather disturbing character named Colonel Tom Parker, who will be played by Tom Hanks.
When Presley died in August 1977,  Parker did not join the global outpouring of grief. Instead he flew to New York to negotiate a deal for the merchandising rights to the name and likeness of the dead star.
Posthumous sales of Elvis records and memorabilia boomed.
"Elvis didn't die," the Colonel told callers in the days following Presley's death. "The body did. We're keeping Elvis' spirit alive."
Before managing Elvis, Colonel Parker worked in a travelling circus with a dancing chicken act. The fowl were encouraged to perform by placing them on a kitchen hotplate, invisible to the audience.
Some have argued Colonel Parker's methods did not change much by the time he got hold of Elvis, who at the end of his career was touring in an endless series of fairly low rent productions at Parker's behest.
But what about Elvis himself? How will he be presented in the film? As the hip-swivelling love god or as the grown man who, by today's standards, dated rather young girls.
It was in 1959 when Elvis was 24-years-old serving in the military in Germany that he met Priscilla Beaulieu who was only 14-years-old at the time but who later would become his one and only wife.
They dated for six months before he returned to the US. In her memoir Elvis and Me, Priscilla writes that Elvis remained a gentleman until they married many years later in 1967.
Jerry Lee Lewis' career was initially ruined when the UK pres discovered he was married to Myra Gale Brown, his first cousin once removed, who was only 13 years old. It was Lewis' third marriage.
Let's hope Baz Luhrmann can pull off a genuinely truthful and also stunning look at the magnificence of Elvis' early career.
(News, Source;SMH/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.

Now $102 (down from $160) <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £80.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.

'Elvis Is Back' next Complete Sessions FTD: Ernst Jorgensen was in Memphis for Elvis Week and at the panel discussion he informed the audience that the next FTD "Complete Sessions" deluxe box-set would be the 1960 'Elvis Is Back' post-army sessions.
'Elvis is Back' was originally released by RCA in April 1960 and was recorded at two sessions March and April at RCA Studio B.
The sessions included ‘Girl Of My Best Friend’, ‘Stuck On You’, ‘Fever’, ‘It’s Now Or Never’, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’, ‘Reconsider Baby’ and ‘Such A Night’.
FTD have released nearly all the sessions already (see 'E.I.B' FTD review) however there are still a few outakes we haven't got from tracks including 'Make Me Know It' , 'Soldier Boy', "Mess Of Blues', 'Fame And Fortune' and 'Girl Of My Best Friend'.
(See Keith Flynn's marvellous ELVIS Sessions site for all the info)

EIN rated the 'Fun In Acapulco Complete Sessions' very highly

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS Forever - 2019: - August 16th, 1956, Elvis arrived on board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles International airport in order to start work on his first film role, The Reno Brothers soon to be renamed 'Love Me Tender'.
Elvis was only 21 years old and at the start of his incredible trajectory to become the world's biggest superstar.
Little did Elvis know that he was already halfway through his all too-short life on earth.
In the same month Elvis would tell fans, "I've been lucky. You know something? I just feel sometimes like it's all a dream, like I'll rub my eyes and wake up and it will be over. I hope not. I hope it never happens. I hope it never ends"
Sadly, just 21 years later, it would end far too soon.
Forty two 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 2019 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is still so important to us - along with memories of Elvis from Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, Alan Fortas, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike and Larry Geller
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

31 July 2019 .... It was FIFTY YEARS ago today ... Elvis was back in Las Vegas ..
Elvis’ in 1969 - the triumphant return: - By Maria Davies / Rex Martin
Ian Fraser-Thomson 1969 fan Interview: he was there for Opening Night show and the Press Conference
Wednesday 31 July 2019 .... It was FIFTY YEARS ago today ... Elvis was back in Las Vegas ..
'Elvis Needed a Reboot in July 1969. So Did Las Vegas': Today is the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ Vegas comeback show, on July 31, 1969. This was a milestone and is being celebrated by the new RCA 11-CD boxed set of his ’69 Vegas performances, a reunion concert in Memphis next month and major Elvis Week celebrations.
Author Richard Zoglin reports in the New York Times.
... In the late sixties Elvis’ bona fides were in question when he returned to LIVE on-stage performances after more than eight years. His ’69 comeback show was a make-or-break gamble.
Unfortunately Elvis’ Vegas years are mostly recalled in the tabloid press as a period of commercial excess and artistic decline: the bombastic shows, the gaudy white jumpsuits, the ballooning weight, the erratic stage behavior, the drugs. “For many,” wrote Dylan Jones in “Elvis Has Left the Building” “Vegas Elvis was already Dead Elvis.”
But for that 1969 comeback, and at least a year or two after, Elvis was at his peak as a stage performer, and he created a show that not only revitalized his career, but changed the face of Las Vegas entertainment.
The younger generation was going to arena concerts, not hanging out in the Sands Hotel lounge. So it was fitting that Las Vegas, a town blindsided by the rock revolution, would turn to a megawatt rock ‘n’ roll star as the agent of its reinvention two weeks before Woodstock would take place in upstate New York.
Elvis’ return to the stage in Vegas was a make-or-break career gamble. Colonel Parker had envisioned a traditional
Vegas show, with chorus girls and choreography. Elvis wanted something different: a concert to reconnect him with his fans and showcase all the music he loved.
But when Elvis walked out, to a throbbing rhythm intro, grabbed the microphone with a trembling hand, and launched into “Blue Suede Shoes,” the audience went wild.
It was the old Elvis, rocking as hard as ever, on a song he hadn’t done in a decade. He followed with more vintage hits — 'All Shook Up', 'Don’t Be Cruel,' 'Hound Dog'. He did them faster than in the old days, almost as if he wanted to get through them as quickly as possible, to get to the more mature and varied material he was starting to record. He sang “In the Ghetto,” the social-protest song that had been released in the spring and became a hit. He did covers of songs identified with other artists — Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” Ray Charles’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” the Beatles’ “Yesterday.”
The high point of the show was a galvanic, seven-minute version of a song almost no one in the crowd had heard before: “Suspicious Minds,” which would be released during his Vegas run and give him his first No. 1 hit in seven years.
The show lasted an hour and 15 minutes, and Elvis was on fire throughout — prowling the stage like a panther, doing karate kicks, sweating and downing water and Gatorade. He was huffing and puffing after just a few minutes, but the voice never faltered: richer, more expressive, more powerful than ever. “I never saw anything like it in my life,” said Mac Davis, the singer-songwriter who had written “In the Ghetto” for him and was in the audience that night. “You couldn’t take your eyes off the guy. It was just crazy. Women rushing the stage, people clamoring over each other. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face the entire time.”
Presley talked to the audience too — nervously, with a few corny jokes and a lot of self-deprecating asides. But that was part of the appeal: this was no slick Vegas performer with polished jokes and programmed patter. Elvis seemed just as awed by the occasion as everyone in the audience.
He played for four solid weeks, seven nights a week, two shows a night — not a single evening off — and every gig was sold out. The critics raved; David Dalton in Rolling Stone called Elvis “supernatural, his own resurrection.” Richard Goldstein, writing in The New York Times, said watching him “felt like getting hit in the face with a bucket of melted ice. He looked so timeless up there, so constant.” The hotel instantly signed him up for five more years.
Elvis brought something new to Las Vegas: not an intimate, Rat Pack-style nightclub show, but a big rock-concert extravaganza. He showed that rock ’n’ roll (and country and R&B too) could work on the big Vegas stage. And he brought in a new kind of audience: not the Vegas regulars and high rollers, but a broader, more middle-American crowd: female fans who had screamed for Elvis as teenagers, families who made Elvis the centerpiece of their summer vacation. It was the same audience that Vegas would discover, over the next couple of decades, as it embarked on its own reinvention — a foretaste of the Vegas we know today, the Vegas of Cirque du Soleil, theme-park hotels, and (more recently) a new generation of pop-star residencies, from Elton John to Lady Gaga.
Go here to the NYT for the full article.
(News, Source;NYT/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Live 1969' SONY Promo Video: SONY have released a cute promo video for the brand new "Elvis Live 1969" deluxe 11CD boxset and also the double August 26 1969 vinyl release.
Worth a look - only runs 1 /12 minutes

Unfortunately they state that "Elvis hadn't performed on stage for over 11 years" - which is crazy seeing that the March 1961 Arizona Memorial - Pearl Harbour fund-raiser was one of Elvis' best concerts of all time.
Elvis also performed two concerts in Memphis on February 25 1961.

Click here to YouTube to see the promo video

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review): Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show (Richard Zoglin): EIN recently interviewed senior editor of Time magazine, Richard Zoglin, about his new book, Elvis in Vegas.

To complement our interview, EIN's Nigel Patterson provides a detailed review of Zoglin's book, a release that offers a lot more than its title suggests, and a book that is clearly one of the most important Elvis releases of 2019.

Read Nigel's detailed review of Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

Read EIN's interview with the author, Richard Zoglin

(Interview) Richard Zoglin (author of Elvis in Vegas) talks to EIN: Time magazine contributing editor and theater critic, Richard Zoglin, recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about his much anticipated new book, Elvis in Vegas.

In an illuminating interview, Richard discusses, among other things:

  • why Elvis was so important to Vegas;
  • how Elvis redefined the Vegas show;
  • the important role Colonel Parker played in the success of Elvis' comeback to Vegas in 1969;
  • the impact of Elvis' lack of a musical director for his Vegas shows;
  • Elvis fans and his decline;
  • Elvis and rock critics; and
  • mob rule, Howard Hughes and the corporatisation of Vegas.

Read the full interview ...........(Interview, Source: EIN)

'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida' April 1975 FTD Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. This 5" digipack double-soundboard features two concerts from April 1975. The Opening Show at the Coliseum in Macon on April 24, 1975 and previously unreleased Lakeland April 27, 1975 Afternoon Show. Elvis always had an extra spark on the first date of a tour and would often include some new songs in the set-list.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' an audio-mix with a HEAVY bias towards Piano tracks - there was often very little drums, guitar or orchestra in the mix. FTD have already released 'Elvis In Atlanta' two concerts from this same tour, plus the April 27 Lakeland Evening show so can this set really provide anything new?

Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out the reality of this new FTD double-pack with mixed feelings.....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in March 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is a 3-CD set that the publicity noted included more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts and complete takes!
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson - with all tracks recently remixed and remastered.
A Mexican locale, some Tijuana horns, plus the interesting presence of the Mexican ‘Amigos’ at the recording sessions presented a novel setting for Elvis.
If you like Elvis, sunny locations, sixties movies packed full of songs and the Latino sound then there is no doubt that Fun In Acapulco must be one of your favourites.
But 56 years after the original album and movie can there really be that much of interest left in the vault unreleased?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set, discovers all the Previously Unreleased Delights - and wonders if 33 minutes of Guadalajara might be too much for some...
A FTD Deluxe set deserves a proper review and EIN gives you 4000 words plus to see if you really need to add this limited release to your collection!
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Ken Sharp Interview 2019: Ken Sharp is a New York Times best-selling writer who has published an astounding number of books about musicians such John Lennon, David Bowie, Kiss, Cheap Trick, LA's Wrecking Crew as well as Elvis Presley.
He authored the stunning FTD book 'Writing For The King' as well as the unique 'Elvis Vegas 1969' and has published a multitude of interviews with key Elvis acquaintances in major music magazines such as Goldmine, he has also supplied sleeve notes for some major Sony ELVIS releases.
Packed full of unique interviews, fans have asked EIN whether "Elvis Vegas '69"is being republished for the 50th anniversary.

It has been a while since EIN has caught up with Ken Sharp - and with the 50th anniversary of Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas Return-To-Splendour about to be celebrated we thought it was about time to find up what he was up to.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions.. and YES you can get copies of 'Elvis Vegas 1969' now at a special price for the 50th anniversary.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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



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

Read Nigel's review ......


..(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

The 14 award categories include the best:

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

Plus EIN names its top two Elvis books of 2018!

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

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

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

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

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)

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

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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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


Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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


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

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





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

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

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

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

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


(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

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


Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
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Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

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

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

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
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'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

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

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

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

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