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Monday 28 October 2019

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

Burning love: Afghan Elvis's legacy endures, decades after controversial death: Sporting a black quiff and sideburns, Ahmad Zahir sang of love and heartbreak in liberal 1970s Kabul -- a city now plagued by war and suffering, but where the popularity of Afghanistan's "Elvis" remains undimmed 40 years after his death.

Zahir -- the son of a former prime minister with a penchant for brandy and his red Mercedes -- rose to fame in an era when the capital hummed with Western tourists and women strolled through the streets in high heels.

"Everybody loved him," 73-year-old Safiullah Sobat, a long-time friend of Zahir, told AFP. "At nighttime girls would come outside his house and honk the horn of their cars." But on the day of his 33rd birthday in 1979, Zahir was found dead in his car in mysterious circumstances. His death -- much like his life -- has become part of folklore.

In Afghanistan today, where space for music and dance has shrunk under the shadow of war, music channels still play his songs daily and fans -- even those born decades after his death -- continue to snap up his albums and join Facebook groups created in his honour.
"His songs will touch your heart no matter what mood you are in, happy or sad," says Hashmat, who goes by one name and is the manager of "Ahmad Zahir's Cottage", a colourful restaurant in downtown Kabul. The 26-year-old welcomes his customers -- mostly young couples -- with tea, a hookah pipe and most importantly, their hero's songs.
Zahir -- an ethnic Pashtun -- played concerts in various locations across the country and had fans among all ethnic groups in Afghanistan, which is far more polarised now than at the height of his fame.
"Today we see ethnic rivalries have sadly increased but Ahmad Zahir's music is still connecting people," explains Basir Burhan, a 30-year-old amateur musician. Wherever you go in Afghanistan, he said, "if there is music, there'll definitely be one Ahmad Zahir song playing".
The 1960s and 70s are remembered as a golden age of music for Afghanistan, when young musicians were mostly influenced by Indian classics and would flock to "Radio Kabul" -- the only radio broadcaster at the time -- to record hits at their studio. Zahir's best-known works were inspired by Persian poets like Rumi and Hafiz, and he sang mostly in Dari or Afghan Persian. But he did not shy away from covering Western greats such as France's Enrico Macias and, of course, Elvis Presley.
"At a time when singers shaking their bodies or dancing on stage was seen as awkward, he appeared on stage and screen doing exactly that," said Zahir's friend Sobat, who also runs "Ahmad Zahir's Art and Culture Centre" in Kabul. "He was talking about Elvis a lot and when you look at his hairstyle, his clothes, the way he moved his body in concerts, you realise he was inspired by Elvis."
Over the decades since his death, conflicting accounts have surfaced about whether Zahir -- who recorded more than 20 albums in his short life -- was killed or died in a car accident. The official line was that he was killed in a crash near the Salang Pass, north of Kabul.
But many maintain the communist regime assassinated him after his songs became increasingly critical, or because of rumours he had a secret affair with the daughter of the then prime minister. Sobat believes he was murdered. "When I saw his body in the coffin, there was hole in his forehead. He was shot at close range," he said.
Sporting a black quiff and sideburns, Ahmad Zahir sang of love and heartbreak in liberal 1970s Kabul -- a city now plagued by war and suffering, but where the popularity of Afghanistan's "Elvis" remains undimmed 40 years after his death.
(News, Source:EIN/NP/Usman SHARIFI - Agence-France Presse).

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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Thursday 24 October 2019

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)

Monday 21 October 2019

'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)

'ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL' SNEAK PREVIEW-UPDATE: Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen's new project the "Photographic Trilogy" of Elvis' stunning 'That's The Way It Is'.
Erik explained, "Out of the blue I was offered 2,000 unseen photos from my all time favorite period "That's The Way It Is". All from the original negatives and colour slides.
UPDATE - very sadly due to a terrible vehicle accident to the webmaster the Elvis Files website is down. To purchase please use paypal.

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 - and if you pre-order now you get 18 unique photos 'perfect for framing'
(News, Source;EL/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)

Elton John on Elvis as a Wake-Up Call: During the 1970s, at a creative peak, like all-too-many superstars Elton John struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Sadly Elton would not meet Elvis until 1976 by which time Elvis' demons and the treadmill of continuous touring had also taken their toll. When he finally met Elvis he was not young Elvis of his childhood and John has called the June 1976 meeting a wake-up call.
"It was so sad, because he turned into this big man with no eyes," John told Oprah Winfrey in 1997. "They had sunk into the back of his head and it was sad."
"In the end, there are pictures of me when I look at them and think, 'Oh my God, you know, I turned into Elvis. You just shut your door, and you gained weight, and you did this. You did that and you didn't care how you were.' It's very easy to do that."
At the meeting Elton asked Elvis to perform "Heartbreak Hotel," but the singer refused to change his set for the concert John attended.
"Elvis was someone who was in a complete drug haze giving nylon scarves away to these fans, and yet it was still, in a way, magical."
Recently the 72-year-old has published his first autobiography, simply titled Me, in which he wrote about his drug and alcohol abuse in a frank manner. He also wrote about attempting suicide three times before he became clean.
"It all changed with having children. Ten years ago... I had nothing planned for the rest of my life except making music and touring, and then we had two fabulous little boys... And as much as I love playing, I want to be with my boys now. This is the new part of my life."
John's life story also became a movie, Rocketman, starring Taron Edgerton as the singer. The film grossed $195.1 million worldwide. - The ELVIS segment of 'Rocketman' was edited out.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai 3 CD' - Another EIN reader who owns this new bootleg release says that he found it not as bad as EIN warned below but agrees that there are faults, "It is not the usual 'Top Notch' sound of Venus, but it's not that bad that you could not listen to the session. The set is proceeded chronologically, that also makes sense and fun. No booklet. Although not everything is perfect, it is an extensive Blue Hawaii Sessions. In my view not wasted money with the best compilation of these recordings until today and for a fair price." - Karsten

"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)

Friday 18 October 2019
'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)

'The Nashville Marathon Vol.2' New Import CD: MTP is back with some amazing new releases, continuing their series with two releases which will be in your player for weeks, and are again "Meant to be Played"
This time we get the 1971 sessions in the same treatment as the first volume, some hard to find tracks and outtakes are included as well as some nice surprises and edits such as the extended version of "Lady Madonna" which rocks like never before.
Another highlight is the new "Don't Think Twice It's All right" edit of take 2 recorded on May 17th.
Presented in deluxe digipack
Includes spliced takes of It's Only Love, Help Me Make It Through the Night, It's Still Here, plus Lady Madonna - Extended Jam.

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Elvis Presley Coin Collection': Australia's Macquarie Mint is proud to present The Elvis Collection, celebrating the "The Greatest Hits of the King of Rock 'n' Roll", offered for the first time in Australia as official legal tender of the United States.
This collection features the Elvis Presley's best-known hits spanning two decades before his tragic death in 1977. All coins present in full-colour on American half dollars.
. Official Legal Tender of the USA half-dollars
. A ten-coin collection commemorating Elvis best-known hits
. Reverse full-colour image of Elvis with the song title and year
. FREE special edition Elvis - The King Half Dollar Comeback Special coin as part of your final delivery
EIN notes: This is not a cheap product - although the intro special deal looks interesting.
(Each collectible is $39.95 plus $9.90 postage)
Click here to Australian M Mint to look
(News, Source;KimOsman/ElvisInfoNet)

'Out In Hollywood Vol.3' New Import CD: Another alternate compilation from "Meant to be Played" label. Elvis in Hollywood, hard to find outtakes and new edits, presented in a deluxe digipack edition.
Another collection of 22 great songs, most are hard to find, or released on cds where you get so many takes of the same song, you probably only have heard them once, or more likely... never.
Also included are some cool UNRELEASED tracks like "Poor Boy" which is an alternate master and "Stay Away" which has the harmonica intro followed by the master take, the sound is much better than the actual movie version.

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 11 October 2019
'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)

'ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL' SNEAK PREVIEW: Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen's new project the "Photographic Trilogy" of Elvis' stunning 'That's The Way It Is'.
Erik explained, "Out of the blue I was offered 2,000 unseen photos from my all time favorite period "That's The Way It Is". All from the original negatives and colour slides.
I felt that to do these photos justice, a deluxe box set of 3 books was in order. After talking to some good and understanding people in the Elvis world, the matter was settled...
That's The Way Is Was, it had to be done. The books will be printed in early November and ready to be sent out the first week of December.

Click HERE to our EIN Sneak preview - and if you pre-order now you get 18 unique photos 'perfect for framing'
(News, Source;EL/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)

Tuesday 8 October 2019

'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)

Sunday 6 October 2019

Critic not impressed by 'Elvis Unleashed': Cath Clarke, film critic for The Guardian is not impressed with Elvis Unleashed, rating it 2 out of five stars. She wrote:

Last year, the famous 1968 Elvis Presley TV comeback special was released in cinemas to mark its 50th anniversary. Now here’s a superfluous documentary featuring outtakes from that film’s live sets. Rolling Stone recently described Elvis’s performance in the show as one of the greatest in rock’n’roll history. The King himself was reportedly so shook up by it that he ejaculated into his leather trousers. But I couldn’t help feeling underwhelmed, vaguely repelled even by his preening, smirky stage presence.

In 1968, Elvis hadn’t performed live in seven years after switching to movies, acting in a succession of increasingly ropey productions. For the TV comeback he performed two unplugged sets plus two accompanied by a 45-piece orchestra, dressed throughout in uncomfy skintight black leather, chest exposed, hair slicked back. At 33, he’s still looking good – the days of bloated Vegas Elvis are still to come. But bequiffed and crooning “Do the chairs in your parlour seem empty and bare?” he must have looked seriously quaint to the youthful rebels of 1968.

Still, the TV show was a triumph, proof that the King still had it. And there are some heartstopping moments in the acoustic sets as he jams rhythm and blues with his original bandmates, guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana. But to be honest, the performance is all swagger

and no soul, with Elvis displaying the spoilt petulant air of a man with a large entourage to maintain. And there is something stagey about his interactions with the audience – at one point asking for a handkerchief from a woman in the front row to mop his brow. I’d much rather watch the beautiful boy of 1956 shaping rock’n’roll with his sexually charged performances. This looks a bit like asking the Johnny Depp of today to act the role of Edward Scissorhands.
EIN will post fan reviews tomorrow - how much did 'Elvis Unleashed' differ from last year's cinema event?
(News, Source:EIN/Guardian)

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)

Elvis was the Gypsy King, says UK traveller magazine: It was designed to dispel myths about the travelling community. But a magazine which claims that Elvis was a gipsy is simply peddling more, critics say.

The journal, which cost taxpayers up to £70,000, was produced by organisers of the Government backed gipsy history month and sent to schools. It says that Elvis Presley was descended from German gipsies who emigrated to the U.S. in the early 18th century, pointing out that his mother's maiden name was Smith – said to be a common surname used by British Romanies.

The journal also claims gipsy descent for Charlie Chaplin, Sir Michael Caine and Rita Hayworth.

But an expert has accused the magazine of spreading 'cant and misinformation' and pointed out that Elvis never claimed traveller origins. David Altheer, a writer and researcher on gipsy culture, added: 'As far as it is known, there is no record of Elvis ever having claimed anything to do with gipsies. The fact someone had gipsy in their family 300 years ago is frankly irrelevant – it does not mean you are a gipsy.'

More than 20,000 copies of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Magazine have been produced for schools and public libraries. Under the headline Gypsy Roma Traveller Hall of Fame, Elvis's entry says that his 'ancestors came from Germany in the early 18th century and their original surname was Pressler'. It added: 'It is also likely that his mother Gladys Love Smith was a Romanichal.'

But Mr Altheer, who co-ordinated the 2006 London International Gipsy Film Festival, described the magazine as a 'waste of taxpayers' money'. Writing in the online magazine Spiked, he said: 'Being raised in the relevant land or culture is surely a basic requirement – which makes the promiscuous re-labelling of various stars as gipsies rather ridiculous.'
Charlie Chaplin occasionally 'spouted dreadful fibs' about his family and claimed gipsy status from family members who were not blood relatives. Rita Hayworth's father was not a flamenco gipsy, as has been claimed, but a Jewish Spaniard. As for Michael Caine, he was born Maurice Micklewhite to a Billingsgate fishmonger and a charwoman, not typical gipsy occupations.' Mr Altheer added: 'There are plenty of potential role models for gipsies who are quite happy to put themselves up as such. I object to these myths being propagated among schoolchildren when the idea is to be educating them about gipsies.'
(News, Source: www.romea.cz)

-- EIN Comment: Did someone say Chesay?

Warrant issued in Tennessee for Elvis Presley's arrest: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Elvis Presley, a White County man suspected of stealing from the Crossville Walmart. The theft charge against Presley stems from an incident around 2 a.m. Saturday at the store on Obed Plaza. According to police, surveillance video showed a man grab a $400 Kitchen Aid mixer from the shelf, walk past the checkout lanes and get into the passenger seat of a Toyota Camry in the parking lot.

As the driver of the car backed out of the store’s parking lot, the video showed a near-collision with another vehicle, officers said. The driver and theft suspect were able to get away. The camera captured the license plate on the Camry, which was reportedly registered to a 32-year-old woman from Sparta. Detectives checked that woman’s social media accounts and said they found pictures of her with a man, identified as 40-year-old Elvis Presley, who matched the appearance of the Walmart theft suspect. When deputies in White County were unable to locate Presley at his residence in Sparta, a warrant was issued for his arrest on a theft of merchandise charge.

Elvis Presley, who has no known relation to “the King,” is described by investigators as 5-foot-8, 190 pounds with red hair.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231.

(Odd Spot, Source: Josh Breslow, www.wkrn.com)

Friday 4 October 2019
EIN Update - 'Elvis UNLEASHED' is still being shown this week in the UK / Europe - see 'FATHOMROCKS' for info. EIN believes that the cancellation is due to content rights issue rather than low ticket sales. Perhaps the EU Public Domain laws make a difference. It is disappointing that there has been no official word from Fathom / EPE.  

(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)

"She Is The King" - new recording: I've Got A Thing About You Baby: One of Elvis’ most underrated singles is I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (1974). Written by legendary “swamp rocker”, Tony Joe White (Polk Salad Annie), it was arguably both in, but somehow out of step, with the mid 1970’s “musical vibe” - peaking 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. A music video supporting the song will be launched shortly. To find out more:




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

(News, Source: EIN)

Guitar teacher and member of Wings of Pegasus analyses Elvis’ guitar playing: Fil Henley, front man for British hard rock band, Wings of Pegasus, and a qualified guitar teacher with more than 15 years experience, has analysed Elvis’ guitar playing proficiency. Watch Fil’s very interesting 16 minute analysis here via YouTube – he explains technical issues in easy to understand terms and we learn a lot about Elvis’ guitar playing ability.

On YouTube Fil has analysed the guitar playing of many famous stars including Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Glen Campbell and Led Zeppelin.

Also included are analyses of Scotty Moore and James Burton

In the analysis of James Burton we learn how James influenced the size (gauge) for how guitar strings are made.

(News, Source: YouTube)

(Album Review) Elvis' Golden Records: Decades before "fake news" became commonplace, the 1950s had "fake sound". This (somewhat bittersweet) review, written by Joel Goldenberg, appeared in The Suburban website:

Elvis' Golden Records, the first Elvis Presley greatest hits collection, was one of several milestones in my record buying life. The LP was the first Elvis album I ever purchased, and song for song, it is one of the best albums ever put together. In one place, you have Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Loving You and other great songs.

On the other hand, based on the second milestone in my purchasing life, it's also one of the most horrific albums ever put together.

That's because the pressing I had of the LP was the one in electronically reprocessed stereo, aka fake stereo, my first exposure to the process. At the time I got it (circa 1983), that was the only version available in stores. The mono would return a couple of years after CDs first hit the market. Interestingly enough, the first CD pressing was of a fake stereo version.

In the case of my vinyl LP, the blurb hyping the fake stereo was intriguing, saying their reprocessing method came about after years of research.

Doesn't sound like it. Of all the fake stereo methods developed by the different record companies, at least that I've heard, RCA's was the absolute worst. On slow tracks like Love Me Tender and Love Me, Elvis sounded like he was 100 years old, and the "stereo" spread was very clattery. On the other hand, a fast song like Jailhouse Rock sounded wilder than the original mix, and even more clattery. It all sounds very heavy, in a bad way.

So, by all means, get this album but - in mono. -- (Review, Source: The Surburban)

EIN says - why not get the excellent FTD Classic Album release of 'ELVIS' ?

My Life as the Asian Elvis - Chapter Five:  "Elvis Gets A Star": In the latest part of Robert “Yoshi” Kim’s journey as an ETA, he discusses being invited to the official ceremony to commemorate Elvis’ star on the Walk of Fame in Palm Springs meeting Colonel Tom Parker and Kathy Westmoreland, and details a shocking revelation about the Colonel told to Yoshi by Jerry Schilling.

Read chapter 5


(Almost Elvis, Source: Robert Kim/EIN)

From the Archives - Person of the Week.... Elvis Presley: To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death, TIME magazine published this article:

Wise men say only fools rush in
but I can't help falling in love with you.
Shall I stay
would it be a sin
If I can't help falling in love with you?
—Elvis Presley, "Can't Help Falling in Love"

Twenty-five years to the day after his death at the age of 42, Elvis Aaron Presley's name fairly droops under the weight of its acquired cultural significance. Briefly tagged a teen idol, the King of Rock and Roll swiftly transitioned into category-defying superstar. Today, college professors devote whole careers to examining Elvis's influence on America's cultural mores, his impact on American sexuality and most of all, our apparently unflagging passion for his music.

Even in death, Elvis's commercial success is unparalleled; he's sold more records (1 billion worldwide) than any other artist in history, and his estate is priceless. Given his spectacular popularity, it's easy to forget that when he first came on the national scene in the 1950s, Elvis was considered highly subversive.

Middle America was flummoxed by his singing, which didn't fit with the era's squeaky-clean bill of fare. It wasn't just his lyrics; it was what he introduced vocally — appropriating the blues and gospel styles of the African-American South, he brought "black" music to white Americans. Then there was the matter of his stage presence. Elvis Presley, the performer, was all about sex — it may have only been the suggestion of sex, but it was there all the same, in the sneer, the gyration, the raised eyebrow. And that unfettered sex appeal represented everything American parents wanted to suppress in the mid-1950s. Wanted to — but couldn't.

Born in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley showed an early aptitude for music. By the time he was 19, he was recording his own music, and at 21 he was an international star.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine.

-"Hound Dog"

In 1956 and '57, Elvis appeared several times on television variety programs hosted by Ed Sullivan and Milton Berle. During his second appearance on the Berle show, he sang "Hound Dog" and engaged in a bit of his trademark hip swiveling. The broadcast generated shock nationwide, and sparked a flurry of hysterical press.

In 1957, the famously stiff Ed Sullivan, who'd once vowed never to have Elvis on his show, was so thrilled by his guest's effect on the show's ratings that he announced on camera, "I wanted to say to Elvis and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy." Such sentiments did not keep the network brass from issuing an historic decree to the cameramen: Elvis was to be shot strictly from the waist up.

The Elvis revolution was on — and as parents around the world quickly realized, the sultry crooner wasn't just a temporary distraction. As the singer's popularity exploded, his risque dance moves sent girls into paroxysms of excitement and his slightly suggestive half-snarl made mothers everywhere a little bit nervous. Much as he loved music, Elvis also wanted to be an actor — a serious actor, like his idols, James Dean and Marlon Brando — but producers and directors kept sending him puff scripts.

He appeared in 33 films, and while all of them were profitable, only a few (the mega-hits "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole" included) truly satisfied their star.

Well, since my baby left me,
I found a new place to dwell.
It's down at the end of lonely street
at Heartbreak Hotel.
—"Heartbreak Hotel"

The end came for Elvis during the 1970s, a time when no worthwhile American Dream stumbled to a halt without first exposing its dark side. Elvis, despite his tremendous success, is generally believed to have been a depressive, even, it has been suggested, manic-depressive, or bipolar. When he died in 1977 from a cardiac arrhythmia, his finances were in wild disarray, he was overweight and (it is believed) he had been abusing alcohol and prescription drugs for years. His private life was also a mess; his marriage to Priscilla Presley had hit the rocks four years earlier.

It is testament to Elvis's appeal that none of the less-than-glamorous trivia of his final years and death has marred his sheen. If anything, in fact, it's the excruciatingly human details of Elvis's sad last days that has endeared him to so many fans. It makes him more like one of us: life-size, even vulnerable. It even enhances the pleasure of listening to his music, reminding us that the voice that brought us all those heartbreakingly beautiful tunes belonged to a person who ached and longed and lost. (News, Source: Jessica Reaves/TIME, Aug 2002)

Looks Like Elvis continues to win: An Australian race horse named after Elvis is enjoying success in his current racing campaign, winning four of his last five races and placing second in the other. Trainer Brian Dais’ decision to stay in Brisbane with Looks Like Elvis paid off when the gelding won the Makers Mark Handicap at Eagle Farm. Dais had at various stages been looking at the Newcastle Cup or a race at Caulfield this week but was worried the gelding wouldn’t get a start. He elected to stay home and Looks Like Elvis ($2.40) did the rest coming from near last over 1800m to beat Reckless Choice ($4.20) and Morton’s Fork ($11).

The gelding will now get his chance in the south with his connections having plenty of confidence. Dais took Looks Like Elvis to Melbourne and Sydney last campaign and since returning from a spell he was won four races and finished

second in the other. The win on Saturday should raise Looks Like Elvis’ rating which will be needed for him to make the field in some stakes races in the spring carnivals. “I have been saying for a while this is the best horse I have had. He just keeps improving,” Dais said. “I haven’t totally ruled out Sydney but the main thing is to find dry tracks.” (News, Source: SportsNews.com.au)

ETA who stole valuable parrot sentenced to jail: An Elvis impersonator has been sentenced to 10 months' jail after stealing a valuable parrot from a Parkes pet store. Horace, a four-year-old, hand-raised green Eclectus Parrot, owned by Parkes Pet Barn's Sean White, had a $2500 value on his head. The bird often roamed free inside the store and was able to come and go from his cage as he pleased.

According to police facts tendered in court earlier this month, Elvis Stefanoski, 44, of Kemps Creek, stole Horace from the pet shop on November 24, 2018. Stefanoski grabbed Horace by the legs and placed him in a bag and left the store - bird in bag. Stefanoski was identified through circulation of the CCTV footage. Opposite: Horace with Pet Barn owner, Sean White

Stefanoski was found guilty of larceny in Parkes Local Court and Magistrate Philip Stewart sentenced him to a term to 10 months jail with a non-parole period of five months. He will be eligible to be released on parole on December 19. Parkes police inadvertently found Horace four months after he was stolen. He was returned to Mr White but four months of neglect took their toll and despite rigorous attempts to rehabilitate the bird, he was unable to be returned to his former good health. Sadly, Horace died. (Almost Elvis, Source: Parkes Champion Post)

Tuesday 1 October 2019

'ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL' New 3-Book Set: Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen's new project the "Photographic Trilogy" of Elvis' stunning 'That's The Way It Is'.
Erik explained, "Out of the blue I was offered 2,000 unseen photos from my all time favorite period "That's The Way It Is". All from the original negatives and colour slides.
I felt that to do these photos justice, a deluxe box set of 3 books was in order. After talking to some good and understanding people in the Elvis world, the matter was settled...
That's The Way Is Was, it had to be done. The books will be printed in early November and ready to be sent out the first week of December. - More Special Preview photos Monday - here on EIN.

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'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)

Elvis News from earlier in the week....
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 Unleashed' Worldwide Promo Video: The company that brought the '68 Special' 50th anniv event in the cinemas worldwide are going for another replay.
Their publicity says...Experience the King Like Never Before With 'Elvis Unleashed'.
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 two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King, will air in cinemas on October 7, with an encore screening on October 10.
"Elvis Unleashed" captures the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special and sheds new light on Elvis as anl icon. Click HERE for cute promo Video.
Fathom Events will present "Elvis Unleashed" in more than 800 US movie theaters -  for a complete list of U.S. theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website.
Click here to Fathom Events for US Theatre locations & info
In Australia showings have been announced - Click HERE for Australia EVENT cinemas - check your area
In the UK various cinema chains are showing the movie - do a local search. Includes SHOWCASE and also MyVue
(News, Source;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)

Nashville Elvis Festival 2020: Join fans from around the world for the 4th Annual Nashville Elvis Festival - March 19-22, 2020. Nashville Elvis Festival is a premier Elvis event unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join us for a weekend of live music performances, celebrity appearances, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition and more!
Nashville Elvis Festival is hosted by EPE Elvis Week regular Tom Brown!
We are excited to announce our first headliner Elvis Tribute Artist Ben Thompson.

EIN notes that compared to their first year sadly the Nashville Festival has had to become more reliant on Elvis impersonators and less on genuine Elvis performers and musicians.

Click here to the NEF website for more details

(News, Source;NEF/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)

Baron Hilton Dead at 91: Hotelier and philanthropist Barron Hilton died on Thursday Sept 19, of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, He was 91.
“The Hilton family mourns the loss of a remarkable man,” his son, Steven M. Hilton, who serves as chairman of the board at the foundation, said in a press release. “My father was a loving husband to our mother, Marilyn, a wonderful role model to his eight children, a loyal and generous friend, visionary businessman, respected leader and a passionate sportsman. He lived a life of great adventure and exceptional accomplishment.”
Elvis' Las Vegas magnificent concert return of course took place at the International Hotel in 1969 but in the early 1970s Mr. Hilton oversaw the acquisition of both the Flamingo Hotel and Las Vegas International, later renamed Las Vegas Hilton. The move made Hilton Hotels the first company listed on the New York Stock Exchange to enter the U.S. gambling industry.

It was Baron Hilton who gave Elvis a 14 karat solid gold bolo-style rope chain necklace as a gift - (it was presented to Elvis by Henry Lewin, Hilton senior vice president) for the incredible success of Elvis' residencies at The Hilton. The elongated, hexagonal-shaped bolo-style clasp is stylized bamboo shapes, with elaborate script initials “EP” on the cross bar.
The billionaire inherited and expanded the hotel empire build by his father, Conrad Hilton; his other business pursuits included founding the L.A. Chargers, and an early credit card company, Carte Blanche.
Long before he passed, Barron Hilton set his affairs in order. Back in 2007, he pledged to donate 97% of his fortune to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The foundation's press release notes that his gift will increase its endowment from $2.9 billion to $6.3 billion. Thanks to that $3.4 billion, Barron Hilton will be the organization's largest donor.
According to its website, the foundation has a wide range of initiatives, which target everything from homelessness in L.A. to unsafe drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) (Thanks to Pontus for the correction)

'Suspicious Minds' Songwriter Talks Elvis: It was over fifty years ago that Elvis released one of the biggest hits of his career: "Suspicious Minds."
Composer Mark James was at Elvis week 2019 appearing on stage with the musicians that played on the original recording.
Now in a new video from EPE, "Suspicious Minds" songwriter Mark James talks about how the song came about, how it came to Elvis' attention and more.

Click HERE to YouTube to watch the interview - EIN recommended - runs 7 minutes


(See EIN's Suspicious Minds indepth spotlight here)

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Indian Prime Minister is like Elvis!: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday likened Indian Prime Minister Modi to the famous American singer and actor Elvis Presley as the two leaders met at the UN Headquarters for a bilateral meet. This has come just two days after the two leaders jointly addressed a mega event at Houston, Texas.
While interacting with the reporters, PM Modi thanked the US President for coming to Houston and said that Trump was a good friend. "I am thankful to Trump that he came to Houston. He is my friend but he is also a good friend of India," PM said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received like American rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley by members of the Indian community at the grand event in Houston.
Owing to the rousing welcome the two leaders received and the popularity that PM Modi enjoys, Trump said, "They love this gentleman to my right. People went crazy, he is like an American version of Elvis."
"He (PM Modi) is a great gentleman and a great leader. I remember India before was very torn. There was a lot of dissension, fighting and he brought it all together. Like a father would bring it together. Maybe he is the Father of India. We'll call him the Father of India," he added.
(EIN notes that we guess Trump meant that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like an "Indian" version of Elvis!)
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in September ...

‘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)

Was or is Elvis cool?: The following short but thought provoking article was written by a member of the National Autistic Society in Britain:

It’s a little hard now to understand why pubescent fans went sex-crazy over the Beatles.

In the case of Elvis Presley, it makes immediate sense. The King of rock ’n’ roll, as he later came to be known, was ridiculously good-looking, with a sloppy grin, darkly feminine eyes and the thick, slicked quiff of ink-black hair. In addition to which, the way he danced when he sang his songs was practically pornographic. However much he denied it (as he felt forced to, in the face of moralistic horror that greeted his rise to prominence) the sleazily athletic jerk and sling of his hips was erotic in the most literal sense. No wonder the girls screamed and clawed at their hair.

None of which is to detract from Elvis’s achievements as what critics call an interpreter of song (meaning he didn’t write his own stuff).

The blend of his looks, his louche stage presence and strong, high-baritone voice make him the most successful singer of all time. Add to this fact that, as a pretty white boy with a knack for outsider music, who introduced the pain of blues to the aw-shucks ease of country music, he embodied — even more than James Dean — the breakthrough of “cool” style into the mainstream.

Elvis somehow managed all this without losing his air of being a decent, straightforward country boy from Mississippi, and one who, most of the time, just seemed to be having fun.

In interviews, he came across as sharp and grounded. If anyone could handle unprecedented levels of fame, surely it was Elvis?
As it turned out, not. His legend has been strengthened by it’s tragic arc: from paragon to parody, and finally to parable. The one-time sex symbol became a caricature of excess, addicted to Cadillacs, bacon and banana butties, and prescription medication. He took pills to sleep, pills to perform, pills to go to the loo. Near the end, he gave a performance in Las Vegas of his ballad, Are you lonesome tonight? Obese, exhausted, heavily perspiring, and wired on drugs, Elvis forgot the lyrics. He amuses himself improvising some alternative words, but there’s fear in his eyes, and such tiredness. He was found dead at the age of 42 at his ranch in rural Tennessee, slumped in the bathroom, killed by a cocktail of causes brought on by his prescription drug abuse.

I am biased, I think, and will always think that Elvis is cool. Let me ask or pose a question:
If someone came to light today as great as Elvis, would you consider him or her to be cool?
If your answer is yes, then by default Elvis is cool.
My mind is already made up, but is yours?
(Opinion, Source: Matt, National Autistic Society, UK)

Bobby Morris Talks Elvis: It was the opening night of the brand new International Hotel in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 and Elvis Presley was backstage getting ready to perform his first show in front of a live audience in almost eight years. The crowd of 2,000 was star-studded with Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Harry Belafonte and more in attendance for the huge event headlined by Elvis himself.
Backstage with him was Bobby Morris, a local drummer and host for the celebrities preparing for opening night.
"As I'm walking with Elvis since my dressing room right was right next to his, he asked me who was out there and I said 'Elvis you wouldn't believe the world every star is out there'," Morris said during an interview last week. "He said to me 'well I'm kind of nervous Bobby' and I told him to just think of everybody out there with no clothes on."
Elvis ended up putting on one of the best performances of his career, kicking off a four-week concert engagement at the International Hotel that broke every Las Vegas concert attendance record at the time.
That was sort of Bobby's specialty — being in the room with big names, at big moments.
Today, at age 92, he's sharing those moments with everyone in his new book, "Bobby Morris — My Las Vegas".
After rubbing shoulders with everyone from Elvis to Barbara Streisand to Liberace, Morris has stories to tell about the celebrities of the day and how he got to see Las Vegas grow through the years.
Born in Poland in 1927, Morris moved to the US three days before his tenth birthday in 1937 to escape the chaos unfolding in Europe surrounding Nazi Germany.
"Things became very bad in Poland and we had to leave as people know now with the Holocaust, so we came to America and fortunately my father was an American citizen who fought in World War I so the United States let him retain his citizenship."
"So I'm sitting at Charlie's Tavern, which was a popular musicians hangout in Detroit, and a person came in and said 'I'm looking for a drummer to go to Las Vegas' and I said I would take it, I don't care how much it pays," Morris said. "I just wanted to get away from all that cold and so I moved to Las Vegas and got a job at the Last Frontier Hotel, where the opening act was Liberace."
When Morris moved to Las Vegas in 1950, he says that there were fewer than 25,000 people and only five hotels in the entire town that had more than one floor. "It was small and everybody knew each other," he said.
Morris says that during his time opening for Liberace, he was approached with a proposition that Morris be the drummer for his new show.
A year or two later, The Riviera Hotel opened in Las Vegas and Liberace went on to become the first act ever to make $50,000 a week after the success of his act landed him a network television show.
Despite missing his chance with Liberace, Morris continued to rise in notoriety, joining a relief band that played for some of the biggest celebrities in the world at the time and making $210 per week.
And jJust before the turn of the decade in 1969 Morris was hit up by Bill Miller, one of his friends who was the entertainment director at the Flamingo Hotel back in Las Vegas.
Miller asked Morris if he wanted to be the musical director for the showroom of the new International Hotel, the tallest building in Nevada and biggest hotel in the world at the time of its grand opening in July 1969.
Morris accepted but this would also mean he would have to conduct, which he had never done before.
After taking what he describes as a crash course in conducting, Morris was also asked to be the personal conductor for Elvis as he was making his return after his famous '68 Comeback Special by playing four weeks at the opening of the International Hotel.
In May of 1969, Morris was invited to Hollywood and RCA Studios so he could get acquainted with Elvis before opening night.
"They took me through the rooms that show the many million cellars of recordings, the gold records and platinum records and then we traveled by limousine and went up to Elvis' home in Beverly Hills," Morris said. "The gates opened and I spent a couple of weeks with Elvis going over the tunes for the opening"- prepping the songs and running down the plans for the biggest night in Las Vegas history on July 31, 1969.
Go here to the full article
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'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 SUMMER FESTIVAL' New 3-Book Set: Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen has announced his new special project a "Photographic Trilogy" of Elvis' stunning 'That's The Way It Is'.
Erik explained, "I had plans after turning 70 that 'ELVIS NOW IN PERSON 1969' would be my last book however, out of the blue, I was offered 2,000 unseen photos from my all time favorite period "That's The Way It Is". All from the original negatives and colour slides.
After checking some samples I went totally crazy as, being an Elvis photo collector for almost 60 years, this was incredible.
It took months to obtain all 2,000 photos and my plans to retire from this Elvis world would have to be put on hold.
I felt that to do these photos justice, a deluxe box set of 3 books was in order. After talking to some good and understanding people in the Elvis world, the matter was settled...
That's The Way Is Was, it had to be done. The books will be printed in early November and ready to be sent out the first week of December.
I both believe and hope you will be as excited as I am.

You can Pre-Order from the Elvis Shop London
More info and examples soon.
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

New Cover! - 'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' FTD 5CD Box-Set: Fans will be pleased to see that FTD have redesigned the cover of their up-coming boxset 'ELVIS: AMERICAN SOUND 1969' 5CD Deluxe "Complete sessions" release.
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.

Fasn should note that the set was never intended to be the 'complete' sessions. Therefore it does not include sub-standard, inconsequential and fragmented material that has surfaced illegally on bootleg over the years. It features all the recordings deemed essential by the producers.
We will only be manufacturing to satisfy initial orders."

EIN noticed from the start for instance that the tracklist is obviously missing 'Only the Strong Survive' takes 2-7 "Dear Georgie"!

However 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 delayed until the last week of September. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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)

New James Burton Interview: Legendary guitar maestro, James Burton, was recently interviewed by Terry Gross, host of the Fresh Air podcast. Gross is known for her stimulating and wide ranging interviews and her discussion with James is a beauty. Apart from his time with Elvis, James talks about his start in the business at age 14, working with Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, and a lot more. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Terry Gross: My guest is guitarist James Burton. He's featured on the new 11-CD box set "Elvis Live 1969." These Vegas concerts were the first time he was, like, back onstage in front of a lot of people live. And he was nervous about getting onstage. I think he told you that he was afraid that he wasn't going to be able to do it. Is that right?

JAMES BURTON: Yeah, he - backstage, just before we went out on stage, he was very nervous. He came up to me, and he said, James, I don't know if I can walk out there. And I said, Elvis, you'll have no problem. Just when you come out onstage, man, just sing maybe three or four songs just to the band, you know? We'll just key off each other and forget the audience. And after he did that, he just kind of relaxed

and loosened up, and he started talking to the audience. But he was very nervous. He actually hadn't been onstage in nine years. He just did movies for nine years. And when he called me and asked me to put the band together in '69, he said that his favorite thing was to be onstage and sing to his live audience. And that's what he really missed most of all - is singing to the fans.
TG: Was there ever a moment where you thought he's really not going to make it; he is not going to be able to go onstage?
BURTON: No, not really. He was always wound up and ready to go. I mean, all of his performances were fantastic. You know, that suit he wore weighed, like, 5,000 pounds. It was the heaviest suit I've ever seen. I don't have a clue how he could jump around onstage in that suit.
TG: : Well, let me describe this. It's a white jumpsuit, but it had, like, a zillion really large rivets on it, like... instead of buttons, there were rivets. And then it's, like, a heavy white material with a big collar - not the huge collar that he later wore, but a pretty big collar nevertheless.
BURTON: It was so heavy, Terry. I got to tell you. I picked it up one day to move it off the couch, and I couldn't pick it up. It was so heavy. I really don't know how he could jump around like a little kid on stage wearing that suit.
TG: I read that he rehearsed with weights on his hands and feet so that he'd be...
BURTON: He would do that because, I guess, wearing those suits and everything, he had to get ready for it - jumping around onstage.
TG: And describe your pink paisley guitar that you got for these concerts.
BURTON: Oh, wow. That guitar - this was amazing. My friend that was - he was actually the vice president of Fender - called me. He said, I have a guitar here with your name on it. And I said, really? Well, send it to me. And he said, no, no. You have to come down and check it out. So I went down and had lunch with him that day, and he said, there's the guitar in the corner. So I went over and opened the case, and I said, no, no, no. That's too flashy, too bright for me.
But anyway, I took the guitar to Vegas with me. The first two weeks, I decided to only play my Telecaster that my mother and dad bought me and I played on thousands of records. And two weeks later, we had two weeks left in Vegas. And I said - Red West came to me, the Memphis Mafia guy. He came to me and he said, James, you've got to play that new guitar, man. So I was a little nervous about playing it. I figured, you know, it's a little too flashy.
Elvis might say something onstage and, you know, might embarrass me.
But anyway, I played the guitar that night. We did two shows, and he never said anything. And after the second show, Elvis said, "hey, James. I noticed you were playing a different guitar tonight. Man, it sounds great, and it looks great". And I said, yeah. I told him a story. I said, yeah, I was a little nervous about bringing it out onstage. I don't know what you might think about it. And he said, "no, it looks great and it sounds great, so play it all you want to." So I continued playing it. It was great.

TG: So what was it like standing behind Elvis or to the side of Elvis onstage facing the audience, watching the audience, watching him? Because, like, you're onstage, but, like, the eyes are mostly going to be, like, fixed on Elvis, and you're taking in the whole spectacle.
BURTON: Yeah. You know, he loved guitar. He always keyed off guitar, and he'd always give me looks onstage.
He'd always kind of follow me on guitar, and we had to watch him every second because he would change in middle of a song or something. We never knew what he was going to do, so we had to watch him every second. But it was amazing. He was - we couldn't get too close because he was moving so fast and kicking and - a little bit of karate there. We didn't want to get our head chopped off.
TG: So you kept playing with Elvis from '69 until his death, so you weren't put in a position to watch his health deteriorate. Do you think he understood that the pills he was taking were addictive and were really harming his health?
BURTON: Well, you know, I never saw him do anything or take anything. I know that sometimes, he would he would gain a little weight, and then he would say, man, I got to go back on my diet. I got to slow down here and lose this weight. I've seen him gain quite a bit of weight and then lose it real fast, which is not good. But I never saw him do anything or take anything. And all the time I worked with him, I never saw any of that.
TG: You know, you've had such a big influence on guitar players. And I think part of that comes from being on "Ozzie And Harriet," which, like I said, like, all teenagers watched it at the time. Elvis watched it. Elvis told you he used to watch it.
Go here for EIN's spotlight on 'Ricky Nelson and James Burton'
BURTON: Well, I found out later. But when Elvis called me and asked me to put the band together for a 1969 comeback and he said, "you know, I watch the "Ozzie And Harriet" TV show, I watch Ricky sing and you play guitar - it's my favorite show. I watch it every week". And I said, you got to be kidding. The king of rock 'n' roll watching me on TV, watching me play guitar? (Laughter). But he said he loved it. He watched it every week.
TG: So what Phil Spector records do you remember playing on?
BURTON: Oh, boy. I don't have a clue right now. I don't have a clue. There's so much stuff. You know, I was doing, like, four sessions a day seven days a week, and it got pretty crazy because sometimes, you didn't even know who the artist was, you know? But I know I'd go from one session like The Monkees and, of course, The Beach Boys - Glen Campbell and I played on a lot of Beach Boys stuff. And I used to go up to Brian Wilson's house in Bel Air, and we would play all weekend. We cut a record, a whole album in one weekend, and he would have all the studio guys come up there and stay. He said, nobody goes home. Everybody stays up here. And we just played day and night, and it was crazy.
Go here for the full TG podcast / interview
(Interview, Source: npr.com/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' quiff hairdo voted the most iconic of all-time: A study of 2,000 adults in Britain once again saw the dark, slick-backed ‘do' worn by Elvis Presley during his rise to fame in the 1950s and 1960s come top of the poll with almost a third of the vote.

Second place went to ‘Back to Black’ singer Amy Winehouse’s famous beehive, followed by Bob Marley’s dreadlocks. Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ cut from the early years of Friends, Marilyn Monroe’s blonde curls and Star Wars’ Princess Leia’s ‘cinnamon buns’ also featured in the top 10.

And Liam Gallagher’s thick, layered bob also scraped into the top 50 list, along with Russell Brand’s dark flyaway hair and Ed Sheeran’s messy look. Meanwhile, former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham even made two appearances in the top 50 thanks to his Mohawk style and his classic blonde curtains.
A spokesperson from Perfectil Hair Crush, which commissioned the study said: “Our hair is a huge part of our identity. Many may have a love/hate relationship with their hair, but as this research shows, a good style can be memorable for years to come.

“Some of these celebrities' hairstyles have been talking points for decades and even though many would now be considered dated, they are still considered iconic. (News, Source: The Sun UK)

Two new book releases from Paul Belard: The latest books from prolific Elvis researcher/author, Paul Belard are now available to buy: Elvis May 1956 and Elvis A Humanitarian.

Elvis May 1956 catalogs the final week of Elvis' season at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas and then his two week tour performing shows in 11 states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Omaha, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio.

Elvis May 1956 is essentially a photo-book and features hundreds of color and b&w images (many rare) which form a comprehensive pictorial record of Elvis' life on and off the road in May 1956. As with all of Paul Belard's releases, it also includes important archival material.

Elvis A Humanitarian, like Belard's earlier wonderful release, Elvis Black and White to Technicolor (which addressed the Elvis and race issue), is an important photo-journal record of Elvis' charitable nature. Over nearly 300 pages the release catalogs Elvis' many acts of genorosity. As a photo-journal rather than a photo-book it is balanced between narrative and visual material.

As stated in the book Preface:

Throughout his career, Elvis performed benefit concerts in support of various causes. He donated to many charities, some of them every year, other in a more random fashion. He also reached out to friends, family and total strangers, paying hospital bills, providing financial assistance, or buying cars, house and other things.

One can only guess at how many people he touched throughout his career, from expensive gifts to tender and poignant embraces he gave sick or disabled children. The true depth and breadth of his generosity and community involvement might never be known, but it is all right since it is something he was reluctant to advertise. Much of what he did was done quietly, without fanfare, except when his notoriety made it impossible to keep his acts off the public eye.

EIN will publish a detailed review of Elvis A Humanitarian shortly.

For more information about the books or to order them, email Paul Belard (News, Source: Paul Belard)

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)

Mixing 'Elvis LIVE': The new ELVIS LIVE box-set features eleven Elvis 1969 performances which have all been remixed by Grammy-winning Memphis engineer Matt Ross-Spang.
Previously Matt Ross-Spang has worked on 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' and The Searcher soundtrack all done in 'Sam C. Phillips Recording Service' in Memphis.
Recently he spoke to Bob Mehr of the Memphis Commercial Appeal about the importance of the project.
"It is Elvis, so you try not to think about the gravity of the assignment," says Ross-Spang, sitting behind his studio console at Phillips.
"But then people would pop into the studio... and Phillips has these wonderful echo chambers and acoustically, it's amazing. If you walk in the front door, it almost sounds like Elvis was here recording."
His first job for the Elvis estate and Sony/Legacy came in 2015.
"I worked on 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' - the studio
outtakes and unreleased takes. Then we did some live recordings from 1972, and studio recordings of those rehearsals for The Searcher soundtrack, and now this wonderful box set of Elvis at the International Hotel. They've all been amazing to work on. Everything Elvis is special."
"Live 1969 was the biggest show Elvis could do and you get to hear, for lack for a better word, his goofiness, his humor and hear him build his confidence back up as a performer.
The only thing I wanted to do was make sure you really heard Elvis through everything. I mixed it kind of old school. The great thing about Sony/Legacy is they want to do it right, using an analog console, doing it with analog gear. I did use some digital stuff for tape restoration. But main thing was just getting in there and riding the faders like they used to, to make sure you can hear Elvis' voice and then defining the band around that.
I tried to work fast. I always feel like the first impression is the best impression. I didn't want to overthink it, because there was a rawness to it that I wanted to keep.
On a lot of my favorite records, things jump out. The guitar solo might be a hair too loud, or a tambourine comes in a little too hot. But that's what pulls you in. I didn't want to make it like more modern records where everything is in its perfect little place.
It's a live concert. They're playing things a little faster than they would on the record, so things need to be punchy.
One of the unique highlights of the set for Ross-Spang was in the musicians who backed Presley including keyboardist Larry Muhoberac.
"He brought an extra funkiness. He played Wurlitzer and piano and played it a little bit differently and brought a real funkiness to the songs. The whole band really spread out on some of the songs, you could tell Elvis wanted to have fun with it."
Despite the somewhat daunting volume of material, more than 14 hours of audio, LIVE 1969 reveals a bigger story.
"To the non-Elvis fan, if there is such a thing, it might seem a crazy amount of stuff. But what's cool is hearing them refine the show as they go along, and Elvis refining how he tells his story. To me it's almost like a documentarian thing of witnessing him make it the best show possible. The box set as a whole is incredible."

Go here to Comm Appeal for the full article
(News, Source;MCA/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
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'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)

Friday 16 August 2019 - 42 years ago today the world lost the greatest entertainer of all time

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)

(Interview) Eric Wolfson, author of 'From Elvis in Memphis': In a very interesting and detailed interview, Eric Wolfson talks to EIN's Nigel Patterson about how his upcoming book, From Elvis in Memphis (part of the popular Bloomsbury 33 1/3 series), came about and what we can expect in it.

Eric also discusses why American Sound Studio was so successful and whether, by the late 60s, Elvis' recordings could have been improved through more innovative use of contemporary recording techniques.

If you are interested in Elvis' recording sessions and how they led to the stunning impact of "The Memphis Sessions" this is a fascinating read.

(Interview, Source: EIN)

Read Eric's interview

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

'Elvis - 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)

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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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)

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

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

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

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

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .


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


an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson


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...

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Elvis Week 2018
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Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?
Elvis "Non Stop Erotic Cabaret":
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John Lennon And Elvis: It was "Thirty Years Ago Today"
Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star?
Dark Side of the Colonel
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Dave Hebler Interview Part Two with EIN:
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Bob Hayden author of Lee Gordon Presents Elvis Presley
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